Up to date information about various treatments and dental issues that may be relevant to you can be found on the Oral Health Foundation website please click on the link.
- TOOTH COLOURED FILLINGS
It may be appropriate to remove unsightly silver (amalgam) fillings and replace them with tooth coloured material ( composite resin or ceramic).
Prices start from £80 or covered under Denplan.
- ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
This is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (known as the pulp) is infected through decay or injury, sometimes causing an abscess. Root Canal Treatment can save a tooth which would otherwise be extracted.
Prices start from £220.00 (1 root tooth) up to £395 for a multi rooted tooth or covered under Denplan.
- MANAGEMENT OF GUM DISEASE
Periodontics deals with the supporting structures around the teeth-the roots of the teeth, the gums and underlying bone. One of the commonest causes of tooth loss later in life is gum disease (or periodontitis) which, when left untreated, causes inflammation of the gums, the development of gaps(pockets) between the gums and the teeth and the loss of the supporting bone. Eventually looseness of the teeth may be noticed and ultimately the teeth may be lost. Periodontitis is caused by an abnormal response to the accumulation of bacteria(plaque) but it may be controlled with appropriate action on the part of the patient and with professional treatment, ensuring life-long retention of the teeth. Periodontal treatments range from simple personal and professional cleaning to surgical correction. Most periodontal treatment can be carried out ‘in house’ but when appropriate we would arrange referral for you to see a specialist periodontist.
Prices start from £50.00 or covered under Denplan.
- CHILDREN’S DENTISTRY
Our team will endeavour to take special care of your children to make them feel safe and cared for. We believe in preventative dental care and advise check ups from a young age. Fluoride applications are a safe and effective way to safeguard your child’s teeth from developing tooth decay. Fissure sealants are another preventative measure mainly for the biting surfaces of back teeth. If treatment is needed, we try to build up trust with your child and make every treatment as gentle, effective and as stress-free as possible.
Denplan for children starts from £11.01/month
- FISSURE SEALANTS
What are fissure sealants?
Fissure sealants are white plastic coatings that are painted onto the biting surfaces of the back teeth.
Why are fissure sealants recommended?
The top surfaces of the back teeth where the chewing takes place are not smooth and flat. They are crossed by tiny hills and valleys called pits and fissures. To prevent tooth decay in the pits and fissures we can seal them off with a fissure sealant. This reduces the risk of decay six times compared to a tooth without fissure sealants.
At what age would we advise fissure sealants?
The primary molars should have completely erupted into the oral cavity with matured enamel- from around 7 years of age.
How do fissure sealants seal the teeth?
The teeth ready to be fissure sealed will be cleaned with an etching-gel and thoroughly rinsed with water. Under absolute dry conditions a thin flowing composite material will be applied onto the fissures, and with a special blue light the composite is hardened.
How often should the sealants be renewed?
The renewing of the fissure sealant depends on the oral care and diet of the child. A fissure sealed tooth can be renewed if some or all of it comes off. We would check for the integrity of the sealants at least twice a year.
Fissure sealants £12 each or covered under Denplan.
When a child is diagnosed with tooth decay, the decay must be removed and the tooth restored. We look to use modern materials (white fillings) such as glass ionomer cement or a composite restorative material.
Fillings from £30 or covered under Denplan.
- PRIMARY TEETH STAINLESS STEEL CROWNS
The loss of primary teeth can cause space problems in the jaw. That is why we focus on preserving diseased primary teeth to ensure that the ensuing permanent teeth have enough space.
Stainless steel crowns are pre-fabricated silver-coloured crowns specially made for primary molar teeth. They maintain the chewing function and space until the permanent teeth erupt. The material is a high quality stainless steel, just like the metals used in fixed braces in older children having their teeth straightened.
Price £75 or covered under Denplan.
A mouth needs protection just as any other vital body part. The mouthguard cushions an attack directed to the oral cavity, otherwise it ends with an injury in the face, lips and tongue, along with broken teeth.
- A mouthguard is not only important for boxing, cricket, rugby, football or hockey players, The American Association for Paediatric Dentistry has advised that children should use a mouthguard while playing baseball, basketball, skating, skate-boarding, cycling, snow-boarding and skiing.
Custom-made mouthguards offer the most comfort and fit perfectly — thus giving the best protection. To purchase one, a visit to your dentist is necessary. The dentist takes an imprint of the teeth and a dental technician then prepares the mouthguard.
Pre-fabricated mouthguards are a cheap alternative that can be found in a sports shop. It is however pre-fabricated and therefore not custom-made for each individual — so they may fit badly, keep dropping out and be uncomfortable to wear.
How long do custom-made mouthguards last?
Because your child is still growing, new teeth will come through and move into position. Because of this, the mouthguard may become too tight or loose, and will need to be remade to fit around every 2 years in a developing dentition.
Price from £55
- ORAL CANCER SCREENING
We screen for cancer at every check-up (usually every 6 months) but are always happy to see patients in-between visits if they have any concerns.
- TEETH WHITENING
You may have tried tooth whitening toothpastes or mouthwashes or may have bought home tooth whitening kits from a high street chemist. In our experience, most people are disappointed to find that the results achieved by these products are neither as good as expected nor as long-lasting.
We offer home whitening using overnight whitening gel which starts from £325.
Alternatively we offer a deep bleaching in surgery method for really bright results from £525
A dental bridge is used to treat spaces and gaps where there are a few teeth to replace. There are different types of bridges available.
- PORCELAIN VENEERS*
These are thin “fingernails” of porcelain which are glued to the surface of your teeth following some tooth preparation. They can be used to treat broken teeth, mask mildly discoloured teeth and correct minor imperfections in the position of your teeth.
Prices start from £400.00.
- PORCELAIN CROWNS*
These cover a tooth more completely than veneers. They can be used to treat badly stained or discoloured teeth, badly broken teeth and greater positional imperfections.
Prices start from £450.00.
- COSMETIC DENTURES*
We can make more natural dentures for an improved appearance and also provide dentures with injection moulded plastics for the ultimate in strength and aesthetics. Flexible partial dentures are now available.
Cost depends on type and on whether it’s a full or partial denture.
* Please note all laboratory work is made by a third party and so sent away, We have very good communication with all our laboratories and use only laboratories that will supply us with the highest quality work.
What Is Invisalign?
The Invisalign treatment programme is a very gradual process that uses transparent ‘aligners’ that are made to fit over your teeth perfectly. They are soft, comfortable and barely visible. The aligners can also be easily removed, so you can eat and drink as normal, and they are very easy to clean. Many of our patients tell us that after a few days they don’t even notice they are wearing them!
How Does Invisalign Work?
To begin your Invisalign treatment, your dentist will examine your teeth to make sure you are suitable for treatment and are dentally fit. An impression will be taken that will then be used to create your aligners. You will be able to see how your new smile will look using the innovative ‘ClinCheck 3D treatment plan’, at which time you can accept the treatment plan or ask for modifications if you are not happy with how your new smile will look.
During the course of your treatment, you will be fitted with several aligners, each slightly different to the last, which will need to be changed at a rate of roughly once week. Your dentist will keep an eye on how your treatment is progressing with regular appointments. At the end of your treatment plan, you will need to wear retainers to prevent your teeth from moving back to a less optimal position.
What Issues Can Be Fixed With Invisalign?
- Gaps between the teeth
- Overbite — where the upper teeth excessively overlap the lower teeth.
- Crowded and crooked teeth.
- Underbite — where the lower teeth stick out past the front teeth.
- Crossbite — where the upper teeth bite on the inside of your the lower teeth
Will Invisalign Work For Me?
Your dentist may recommend the Invisalign treatment programme for you if you have crowded teeth, gapped teeth or an overbite, and if you are an older teenager or adult. The system must be kept in place for 22 hours a day or longer and so you must be willing and able to accept this as the most effective way of achieving the smile you want. You can usually use the Invisalign system even if you have pre-existing treatments in place such as crowns or bridges. But if your dentist decides – upon examining your mouth – that this system is unsuitable for any reason then they will be able to recommend a suitable alternative form of teeth-straightening treatment.
How Long Does Invisalign Take?
This is a comfortable, convenient, gradual process that will take several weeks or months to achieve the final result: a straighter, more even smile.