We offer a wide range of services and treatments for our patients
Tooth Whitening
A bright and white smile can make you look and feel great. Patients who have experienced the transformation of tooth whitening say that the procedure helps them to smile with confidence.
Tooth whitening is a highly effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth's surface. The whitening process is most effective on mildly discoloured teeth. Darker stains such as those caused by antibiotics, take longer to respond to treatment. Whitening will not affect restorations such as fillings, crowns or dentures. The degree of whiteness will vary from patient to patient, depending on the structure of the teeth and the period for which the product is applied.
Tooth whitening is a process that lightens discolourations of enamel and dentine. The system uses a mild solution retained in a custom fitted appliance that is worn over the teeth. Research indicates that whitening teeth with 9-16% carbamide peroxide under the supervision of a dentist is completely safe for teeth and gums.

How it works
Impressions are taken and sent to a dental laboratory which creates a thin tray that fits snugly over the teeth. The whitening tray is lined with gel and fitted over the teeth. For the quickest results it is worn overnight. As the active ingredient in the gel is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentine and bleaches the coloured substances. The tooth then appears lighter. Results are usually seen within the first week, with the final result emerging over the next 14-21 days.

Side effects
There are no reported long term side effects. Some people experience increased sensitivity of the teeth to cold during the treatment; others report discomfort in the gums or a sore throat. These symptoms always disappear 1-3 days after stopping or completing the treatment. White fillings in front teeth may need to be replaced to match the new colour of the teeth. Teeth will appear lighter than before, but may need periodic repeat treatment to maintain the effect.

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Why do I need a scaling?
A visit to Your Dentist or Hygienist is possibly the most important part of maintaining good oral health and hygiene.  On occasions the Dentist may carry out this important visit for you as part of an ongoing course of treatment.   Basically put,....Healthy Gums DO NOT bleed!  Your Health Care Professional should give you Oral Hygiene Instructions - demonstrating use of Inter-dental Brushes, Floss etc,  so you can continue to keep your mouth healthy .  Some people need regular 3 monthly visits, whilst others  6 months .  However, scaling for your ongoing oral health and regular visits are advised and through this your Dentist will be able to monitor things to prevent build ups or a lengthy scaling visit. 
Calculus or hardened plaque builds up on the teeth and Calcium salts produced by saliva harden any plaque which is left on the surface of teeth.   These deposits are particularly liable to build on the tooth surfaces nearest to the salivary ducts beneath the tongue and in the cheeks close to the upper first molars. The presence of calculus indicates alkaline saliva and  often a lower risk of caries or decay.  

My gums bleed - should I be worried?
Plaque left at the neck of the tooth may cause an inflammation below the top of the gum. This affects the supporting structures of the tooth - the elastic (ligament) fibres that attach the tooth to the bone, and the bone itself.   The inflammation will eventually destroy this attachment resulting in 'pockets' along the root of the tooth and finally a loose [mobile] tooth.  A Sign of Periodontal Disease is bleeding gums.

In the early stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, the gums become red, swell, and bleed easily.   The disease is still reversible at this stage, and can usually be eliminated by careful daily brushing and flossing.   In the more advanced stages of gum disease, called periodontitis, the gums and bone that support the teeth become seriously damaged.   If the disease is left untreated, it can eventually lead to loss of teeth.

What are the signs of gum disease?    
Any of the following conditions may indicate the presence of gum disease, and your dentist should be consulted.  If the gums:
- Bleed when brushing teeth              - have pulled away from the teeth
- are red, swollen or tender               - bad breath that doesn't go away
- pus between teeth and gums          - loose teeth

Remember that pain usually is not present in the early stages of gum disease. 

What can I expect to feel after I have had a scaling? For the first 24 hours, if you have had a particularly deep scaling, gums can be inflamed, tender &  bleed,  but be assured that after this initial period, the gum health will be much healthier for the future.  Remember, we are fighting a bacterial disease.  Continued use of floss and inter-dental brushes used by you at home will facilitate ongoing healthy gums.
How to Prevent Gum Disease:Gum disease can be prevented by taking good care of teeth and by having regular dental checkups that include a periodontal examination. A little time invested in prevention of this disease can improve dental and general health and can help minimize dental expenses.  Here are some suggestions to help keep teeth, gums and supporting bone structures healthy:

1. Brush teeth thoroughly twice a day. This removes the film of plaque (germs) from the teeth. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush that is in good condition and anti-plaque toothpaste.  Rinsing will not remove the sticky bacterial plaque.
2. Clean between teeth every day. Cleaning between teeth with floss or inter-dental cleaners removes bacteria and food particles from between the teeth where a toothbrush can't reach. Early gum disease can often be reversed by daily brushing and flossing                              
3. Eat a balanced diet. Choose a variety of foods from the basic food groups, such as breads, cereals and other grain products; fruits; vegetables; meat, poultry and fish; and dairy products, such as milk, cheese and yogurt. Limit between-meal snacks and sweets.  Avoid excessive use of sweetened fizzy drinks.                          
4. Visit the dentist regularly. It is important to have regular dental checkups, which include a thorough periodontal exam.  Professional cleaning is essential to prevent periodontal diseases.  Once you have been treated for periodontal disease, these maintenance visits are especially important.                          
5. Avoid use of tobacco.  Tobacco use can inflame gum tissue and aggravate existing periodontal (Gum) disease.

We have 2 Dental Hygienists - Jane Wicks Thursdays 9-5   and Jill Jackson   One Friday per Month 9.40-5
We are also extremely fortunate to have with us Reema Aggarwal,   Dental Surgeon who has a special interest in this treatment area of Periodontology (Gum Health)

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Visiting our Hygienists

Jane & Jill are our hygienists in the practice. They all share with Geoff a commitment to gentle quality dental care and will do their utmost to make your visit as comfortable as they can as well as achieving marked improvements in your oral health.

The benefits of hygiene treatment
Regular visits to a hygienist are key to achieving really successful preventative dental care. If you maintain a high level of oral health it has benefits not only for the life and longevity of your teeth, but also for your general health. There are links between gum disease and an increased risk of heart attack and strokes, so the impact of your oral health is not confined to your mouth. But in addition to general health considerations there are some obvious benefits in: Fresher breath; A more confident smile; A more comfortable mouth - with an end to bleeding gums.

What you can expect from your visit
Your visit to our hygienist will teach you:
· Exactly how to brush your teeth
· Various ways of cleaning between your teeth
· The essentials of oral hygiene which will give you lifelong improvement in your dental health
· The treatment and control of any existing gum disease.

Treatment options
Different people have different hygiene needs so we will advise you how frequently you need to have hygiene visits. These may be as standalone appointments or as part of one of our membership schemes. Appointments are normally a maximum of 20 minutes.

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