We encourage our patients to attend regular examinations, so any potential problems can be identified and treated as soon as possible or even prevented altogether. Your dentist will advise you how regularly you need to attend.
Both new and regular patients undergo a thorough dental examination at each check-up appointment. This includes
- examination for dental decay
- examination for periodontal disease (gum disease)
- oral cancer screening
- assessment of tooth wear
- evaluation of any prospective risk factors for developing any of the above.
- X-rays may be taken to further check what the eyes cannot see.
At the end of your examination, all treatment options will be discussed and a written plan including costs will be supplied.
We have 2 fantastic Dental hygienists at Guilden Sutton Dental Practice, Gill and Gemma. We are very proud of our preventive approach to dental care that successfully maintains healthy smiles for all ages.
Both hygienists are ‘direct access’ this means you can book a hygiene appointment without seeing a dentist on the same day.
Hygiene treatment Is on a private basis and at a rate of £45 per 30 minutes.
Both hygienists can only be seen on a private only basis. If your dentist says a scale and polish is not clinically necessary but you want one anyway, you will have to pay for it privately.
Hygiene Therapy helps:
- Prevent gum disease and tooth decay
- Keep your breath fresh and your teeth and gums healthy
- Reduce stains, receding gums, bleeding gums and sensitive teeth
- Reduce your risk of serious medical condition that gum disease has been linked to arthritis, heart disease, strokes, diabetes and pregnancy complications
If scaling is clinically required, this is available on the NHS. This can be provided by a hygienist, dental therapist or trained nurse. A simple scaling is included in a Band 1 course of treatment, but more complex treatment for gum problems may be charged within a Band 2 course of treatment.
Fillings are used to repair a cavity in your tooth caused by decay.
The most common type of filling is dental amalgam, made from a mixture of mercury and different metals. Dental amalgam fillings are often used on your back teeth as they are hard-wearing.
Here at Guilden Sutton Dental Practice we will offer you the type of filling most appropriate for your clinical needs.
Fillings on the NHS can be made of:
- amalgam (silver-coloured) – a mixture of metals including mercury, silver, tin, and copper
- composite (tooth-coloured) – powdered glass and ceramic added to a resin base; they are not as hard-wearing as amalgam fillings
- glass ionomer (tooth-coloured) – powdered glass, which reacts chemically with your tooth and bonds to it. These fillings are used on baby (first) teeth or around the sides of teeth
A crown is used to entirely cover or ‘cap’ a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment.
A crown could be recommended to:
- Replace a large filling when there is insufficient tooth remaining for a new filling.
- Protect a weak tooth from further fracture
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discoloured or misshapen tooth
- Cover a tooth after root canal treatment
Crowns can be made from a variety of materials for example metal, porcelain fused to metal and porcelain only.
Crowns are available on the NHS (Band3) however, the material is dependant on the position of the crown in the mouth. For example a metal crown on a back tooth to help restore the tooth from a functional perspective. Speak to your dentist regarding this.
You can discuss with your dentist alternative cosmetic options on a private basis which includes reinforced all ceramic (strong tooth-coloured) crowns or full gold crowns.
ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
If a tooth is broken or a cavity or hole becomes so large that it reaches into the root canal, then bacteria may enter and destroy the nerves. This may be extremely painful and can lead to abscess formation and infection in the gum or jawbone.
Root canal treatment is a dental procedure to treat infection at the centre of a tooth (the root canal system)
Root canal fillings can avoid the need for extraction of the affected tooth.
Once the root filling is completed, the tooth is restored using a filling, an inlay or a crown. Your dentist will be able to advise you accordingly.
This treatment is available on the NHS (Band 2). If the dentist feels the procedure is particularly difficult then a referral to a private specialist will be discussed.
Extractions are a last resort but sometimes unavoidable. In this event we will try to make the procedure as easy as possible for you and endeavour to give you multiple options to replace the lost tooth.
Missing teeth can cause a number of problems both aesthetic and functional- affecting speech and eating.
Advances in technology means dentures can offer a real solution for many people with missing teeth.
Full or partial dentures are custom made using impressions from your gums and can be used to replace one or more missing teeth.
Partial dentures are fitted to an acrylic or metal plate and may be attached to existing teeth with hooks. These can easily be adapted if the patient loses further teeth over time.
Several appointments are necessary to ensure your dentures are fitting correctly and feel comfortable. We offer a variety of denture designs and materials at Guilden Sutton Dental Practice, some of which are available on he NHS.
A bridge is a fixed replacement for a missing tooth or teeth. It’s made by taking an impression of the surrounding teeth, which will eventually support the bridge. A bridge is usually created from precious metal and porcelain and will be fixed in your mouth (unlike dentures, which can be removed).
Mouthguards can help our patients in many different situations. The two main types are used for sports or night time use.
If you play contact sports, we can make your sports guard in different colours and patterns to protect your teeth.
If you grind or clench your teeth at night, a soft acrylic night bite appliance could help relieve this problem and some of the symptoms associated with the habit.