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Hygiene Therapy

Will it be painful?

Our hygienists will ensure the treatment is as comfortable and painless as possible. If you have sensitive teeth or are a nervous patient your hygienist can use local anaesthetic to help put you at ease.

How long will it take?

Our highly skilled hygienists will decide whether a standard clean or a deep clean is necessary. A standard clean takes 20 minutes and a deep clean takes approximately 45 minutes.

How often do I need a hygiene visit?

Your hygienist will advise you on how often you need to attend. Each patient is different but usually we recommend every 3 to 6 months.

White Fillings

What does the procedure involve?

The tooth will be numbed using local anaesthetic. On some occasions fillings can be carried out without any local anaesthetic, especially if they do not require removal of decay. The old filling will be removed along with the decay, a new white filling is then placed in layers. The filling will be smoothed and polished to finish.

Can I eat after getting a filling?

White fillings set immediately so you can eat and drink straight away. If local anesthetic has been used you need to be careful not to drink anything too hot or to bite your tongue when eating.

Do you offer payment plans?

We ask for the treatment to be paid per appointment. We do offer interest free finance on dental treatment over £300. One of our team can give you more details on payment plans.

Crowns

Is the procedure painful?

  • When preparing the crown your dentist will use local anaesthetic to numb the tooth so the procedure will be pain free.

How much does it cost?

The cost of your crown will vary depending on the type of crown chosen.Your dentist will discuss the different options and prices with you before treatment, so you can then make an informed decision.

How long does a crown last?

A crown can last between 5 and 15 years depending on your diet, dental hygiene and regular attendance at the dentist for maintenance reviews. Your dentist will advise you at your appointment.

Veneers

What does the treatment involve?

A porcelain veneer is completed over two appointments. At the first appointment your tooth will be prepped and shaped where necessary. Impressions will be taken which are sent to a skilled dental lab technician who will make the veneer. After 2 weeks the veneer will be ready and cemented on to the tooth.

What is the difference between a crown and a veneer?

A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain overlaying the front of your natural tooth. The preparation required is minimal if any. his is why veneers are ideal for front teeth.

A crown covers your tooth completely. Crowns are used if a tooth is very badly broken down, heavily filled or already has a crown. Crowns are stronger than veneers when treating back teeth especially.

Can I still whiten my teeth?

Porcelain veneers do not whiten. We always recommend whitening your teeth before getting a veneer so it can be matched to the same shade as your teeth.

Composite Bonding

Do I need numbed for the treatment?

No unless an existing filling needs to be removed. Normally the treatment is pain free as your own tooth surface is not touched.

How long does it last?

It usually lasts around 5 years, however each patient is different. Maintenance is required. Your dentist will discuss the longevity of the treatment at a consultation appointment.

Can you still whiten your teeth after getting the treatment?

The white filling material does not whiten. We recommend whitening your teeth before getting the treatment. We have different shades of white resin filling material which we match and blend with your own tooth colour to make it as natural and flawless as possible.

Tooth Whitening

Will my teeth be sensitive?

Our whitening gel has a desensitising agent in it to limit sensitivity. We recommend using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth when whitening. Your dentist will provide further advice on this at your appointment.

How long will my teeth stay white?

This will depend on certain factors like smoking, drinking red wine, tea and coffee or highly coloured foods. The teeth will naturally stain over time but you can use your home whitening kit to top up as and when required.

I need a lot of dental treatment, can I do the whitening first?

We always make sure you have had a recent check up before whitening. If you have dental decay and need dental treatment we always recommend having that work completed before whitening. The reason for this is to avoid causing unnecessary pain or sensitivity.

Orthodontic Treatment

Will the brace hurt?

Getting the brace fitted is a painless procedure. It is normal to feel some discomfort for the first few days after getting the brace fitted as your teeth begin to move. A soft diet is recommended for the first 5-10 days. Your dentist will give you advice on aftercare.

How long does the treatment take?

The length of treatment is something that can only be determined by your dentist as it will depend on the severity of your problems. Usually the treatment takes on average 6 months for adult braces. Some cases are too complex and require referral to a specialist orthodontist.

Can I eat as normal?

With any brace you need to be careful what you eat. A softer diet is recommended and hard foods like crusty rolls, popcorn, sweets are to be avoided as they could damage the brace. The wire is attached to the bracket with clear elastics which can stain. Highly coloured food and drinks should be avoided eg. curry, red wine etc. The elastics are changed at each visit so can be refreshed if they do become stained.

Sports Guards

When should my child get a customised sports guard?

Children start to develop their front adult teeth at the age of 7. These front teeth are very vulnerable and need to be protected as some as the tooth has fully erupted (grown) down into position. Children's sports guards are not as big as adult sports guard, are made to fit snuggly around their teeth & offer full protection.Are

Are different types of sports guards available?

Yes. Sports guards are available in different thicknesses depending on the sport and the amount of protection required.

American football sports guards are also available.

Can you customise your sports guard?

Yes. Different colours, patterns and designs are available. You can even get your logo or club branding on your sports guard. We also ensure that your name is on the sports guard for identification.

Root Canal Therapy

Is root canal therapy painful?

When your tooth needs a root canal the nerve is infected or dead due to prolonged infection. The tooth is numbed using dental anaesthetic to make the procedure pain free. However, sometimes the tooth is so badly infected that it can be difficult to achieve anaesthesia. In this situation we dress the tooth and treat the infection with antibiotics.

How successful is a root canal treatment?

Root canals can be very complex due to anatomical or structural differences in teeth. Sometimes these smaller canals are difficult to navigate with our specialised instruments. Root canals have a 50-70% success rate.

Sedation / Relaxing Gas

Will I be asleep?

No, Relaxing gas or nitrous oxide only relaxes you. You will still be able to communicate with your dentist.

It is very affective.

I have a strong gag reflex, will this help me relax?

Yes, this is a very effective way to help you relax and in doing so relax your gag relfex and allow you to undergo your necessary dental treatment.

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