Below you will find a brief overview of our range of treatments and products.
Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces. They span the space where the teeth are missing.
Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth.
Before either a crown or a bridge can be made, the tooth must be reduced in size so that it will fit properly.
Crowns are used to repair and protect damaged or weak teeth. A crown will often be recommended where the damage is too extensive to be repaired by a simple filling. The weak or damaged part of the tooth is carefully removed and covered with the 'crown' which is bonded to the remaining tooth. The end result is both strong and durable.
Dentures are used to replace lost or missing teeth and are either full dentures, which replace all of the original teeth, or partial, which are used as an alternative to a bridge to fill gaps in your teeth.
There are a range of dentures available such as acrylic & chrome. You can also get flexible dentures which don't need clasps as they're held in place by flexing against your natural teeth.
The Invisalign System is designed to reveal the smile that you deserve and is why millions of people have now transformed their lives with Invisalign removable, almost invisible aligners.
Invisalign treatment is clinically proven to be effective. In the hands of an experienced Invisalign Provider it can be used to treat mild to complex teeth straightening issues.
Veneers can improve the colour, shape & position of your teeth. A precise shade of porcelain can be chosen to give the right colour to improve a single discolored tooth or to lighten the front teeth. A veneer can make a chipped tooth look intact again. The porcelain covers the whole of the front tooth with a thicker section replacing the broken part.
Veneers can also be used to close small gaps when ortho (braces) are not suitable. If one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it into line with the others.
Fillings replace parts of the tooth that have been lost through wear, damage or decay. Your dentist will carefully remove any damage or decay and restore the tooth to its original size and shape with a strong and durable filling.
Fillings are not only functional but can be natural looking as well. As many white fillings are classed as cosmetic treatment, this can only be done privately & the costs usually depend on the size & type of filling used.
Gum disease occurs when plaque and tartar build up occurs on the teeth. Gum disease results in receding gums which, left untreated, can result in weakened or even lost teeth.
In most cases, gum disease is prevented by looking after your teeth with a good regular oral hygiene regime which includes brushing, flossing and regular visits to your dentist.
It is important that between visits to your dentist, you look after your teeth well. Good oral hygiene is essential to reduce bad breath and reduce the build up of plaque and tartar that can lead to gum disease. It will also reduce the need for fillings and other future treatment.
Root fillings, or root canal treatments, are needed when a large cavity in a tooth reaches the nerve chamber, or in some cases when a tooth breaks. The decayed nerve needs to be removed and the root space filled. A root filling will often allow you to keep a tooth which would otherwise have to be extracted and replaced with a bridge, denture or implant.
There are a wide range of options available for straightening crooked teeth. The most common uses either a fixed or removable brace to which wires are attached which gently move the teeth into place. This work is carried out by a qualified orthodontist.
Other options exist, including clear braces such as invisalign. If you are interested in straighter teeth, ask your dentist about the options available to you.
Teeth whitening is a simple procedure used to lighten the colour of your teeth to a desired shade without removing any of the tooth surface. A variety of methods are available: home whitening involves the use of a clear gum shield into which a whitening agent is applied and then worn overnight. The other method, which is carried out in surgery and offers more immediate results, involves the application of a gel and laser treatment.
Your teeth can also be stained on the surface by food & drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine & blackcurrant. Smoking can also stain teeth.
Calculus or tartar can also affect the colour of your teeth.
An extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. They are performed for a wide variety of reasons, including tooth decay that has rendered a tooth non-restorable. Extractions of problematic wisdom teeth are routinely performed as are extractions of some permanent teeth to make space for orthodontic treatment.
The TMJ (Temporo-Mandibular Joint) is the joint that allows the jaw to open and close. The jaw joint allows movement between the mandible (jaw bone) and the skull. Muscles attached to the skull and jaw bone cause the jaw bone to move as the mouth is opened and closed.
Problems often involve pain or clicking of the joint. Your dentist will be able to discuss the options available for treatment.
Anyone can be affected by mouth cancer, whether they have their own teeth or not. Mouth cancers are more common in people over 40, particularly men. However, research has shown that it is becoming more common in younger patients & in women.
Many deaths could be prevented if the cancer was caught early enough.
Most cases of mouth cancer are linked to tobacco & alcohol. Cigarette, cigar & pipe smoking are the main forms of tobacco use in the UK. However, the traditional ethnic habits of chewing tobacco, betel quid, paan are particularly dangerous.
Alcohol increases the risk of mouth cancer & if tobacco & alcohol are consumed together, the risk is even greater. Over-exposure to sunlight can also increase the risk of cancer of the lips.
Mouth cancer can be spotted in its early stages during a thorough examination of your mouth & surrounding soft tissues.
If something unusual or abnormal is spotted, you will be referred to your local hospital for a biopsy.
If mouth cancer is spotted early, the chances of a complete cure are good.
A sealant is a protective plastic coating which is applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. This forms a hard shield that prevents food & bacteria from getting into the tiny grooves in the tooth causing decay.
This Denplan Care payment plan caters for the majority of dental treatment to maintain your dental health. A dental assessment is made initially so that the price that you pay is dependent on the ‘health’ of your mouth. It includes the following treatment, when clinically necessary and where carried out at the practice by your registered dentist:
• Dental check-ups
• Hygiene appointments
• Dental x-rays
• Preventive dental advice and therapy
• Periodontal (gum) treatment
• Crowns, bridges, dentures, inlays (excluding laboratory fees)
• Supplementary Insurance arranged by Denplan, which provides you with worldwide dental injury and dental emergency cover and access to Denplan’s 24 hour Worldwide Dental Emergency Helpline