From basic check-ups to complex dental procedures – we offer the entire range of modern dentistry services to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful throughout your life.
There are 2 types of fillings: amalgam which is the traditional silver-coloured filling and composite, which is a tooth-coloured, plastic and glass mixture.
Amalgam contains mercury which in the past sometimes caused medical problems, but modern methods of combining it with other materials now render it harmless. Amalgam is durable and long-lasting.
Composite fillings look more attractive, but they don’t last as long as amalgam. However, new materials are becoming available and are proving very successful. Your dentist will talk you through the various options suitable for your teeth.
Root Canal Treatment
This treatment becomes necessary when the nerve (otherwise known as the pulp) of a tooth becomes damaged and/or dies. If left untreated, the tooth may need to be removed. There are various causes of nerve damage and symptoms include sensitivity to heat or cold, and/or throbbing pain; an abscess could develop and the tooth may also become discoloured and tender. An appointment with your dentist, sooner rather than later, will reassure you as to what exactly is happening to your tooth and the treatment options will be explained to you. Your dentist will endeavour to make the recommended treatment as painless and comfortable as possible.
The signs of gum disease are bleeding, especially when brushing your teeth, and swollen, red or sore gums. If left untreated, gum disease can affect the bone supporting your teeth, causing teeth to fall out.
Prevention is always better than cure!
Regular trips to your dentist or hygienist will greatly reduce the chances of gum disease developing by removing the main cause, which is plaque. A regular “scale and polish” from your dentist or hygienist plus daily flossing and proper brushing, will keep your teeth plaque-free and prevent more costly treatments.
It is sometimes necessary to have an untreatable tooth removed, but with modern dental techniques and effective numbing of the area involved, having a tooth removed is no longer to be feared! Most extractions can be done very easily at our surgery, but on the increasingly rare occasions when this is not possible, your dentist will refer you to hospital. You may rest assured that every care will be taken to ensure the procedure is as pain-free as possible.
A crown is a cap that is placed over a damaged tooth and held in place by dental glue or cement. Crowns are used for several reasons:
- As a protective cover for badly decayed or broken teeth
- As a permanent restoration for teeth with large fillings
- To correct minor problems in natural teeth, such as gaps, irregular shape or severe discolouration.
Crowns are made of materials that keep their colour and texture for a long time, but the tooth underneath still needs to be checked on a regular basis to see if there is any decay or gum disease.
A bridge is something your dentist does to restore a missing tooth. The teeth on either side of the gap are used to hold the replacement tooth – the bridge – firmly in place. There are different ways of making a bridge depending on your individual needs. Your dentist will be able to advise you on the best method and talk you through the process in more detail.
Modern dentures are much more elegant than old-fashioned “false teeth”; with proper colour-matching techniques and better fitting, people will have difficulty realising that you have dentures at all. The cost does vary according to the material used and your dentist will talk you through all the options available to you.
Aftercare is equally important to us as it is to the health of your mouth, so you will still need regular check-ups.
Inlays and Onlays
These are an alternative to standard fillings and can be made of porcelain or gold. Your dentist will explain exactly what is involved if he or she thinks these would be suitable for you.
It is never too late to wear braces and nowadays there are several advanced, exciting ways to straighten your teeth. Your dentist will be pleased to talk through the options with you.
Oral Health Advice
Gum disease is not curable, but it is treatable and in most cases, controllable. As dentists and hygienists we can do a lot to help, mainly by giving you a regular scale and polish. However, there is much that you can do to prevent gum disease getting worse:
- Avoid smoking, which builds up tartar levels in your mouth
- Avoid stress, which makes it difficult for our immune system to fight off the bacteria that cause gum infections
- Visit your dentist/hygienist on a regular basis and be guided by them on your dental hygiene routine – flossing, brushing correctly and using a good mouthwash.
- Clean between your teeth with the aid of dental floss, special brushes and/or dental sticks
Research has shown that 20-30% of people have immune systems that over-react to the bad bacteria in their mouths, which is why it is so important to get checked regularly. Also, in a small percentage of patients, certain medical conditions can be brought on by gum disease, e.g. heart disease, stroke, diabetes or premature birth.
Your Dentist will be very pleased to talk you through any concerns you may have about your individual dental health.
Regular visits to your dentist are crucial as dental health is directly linked to your general overall health. One in four of us dreads a visit to the dentist, but there are ways to overcome your fear.
If you haven’t seen a dentist for several years because of fear or anxiety, be reassured that you should find the experience more bearable nowadays. Although some treatments can cause mild discomfort, most modern dental procedures are pain-free.
Bridge Dental Practice is a calming and re-assuring environment where you the patient are supported and looked after every step of the way. You can discuss your fears with your dentist on the day of treatment and they will always accommodate your needs.
Need to talk to someone first?
No problem. You can book a telephone consultation or a face-to-face chat with your dentist prior to treatment – many patients find this really helpful. This enables you to ask any questions you like and get to know your dentist and the processes involved.
Please remember – we will only perform a treatment if you are fully comfortable with and informed of the whole process.
5 Tips for alleviating dental anxiety
- Try relaxation techniques such as controlled breathing exercises – holding it, and letting it out very slowly. This will slow your heartbeat and relax your muscles.
- Bring your own music to listen to during the treatment.
- Bring a friend or a family member
- Book a hypnotherapy session to help manage your anxiety.
- Contact us first to discuss your fears
Nervous patient testimonials
I have been absolutely terrified of going to the dentist since I was 6 years old ( I am now 66). Beata Goldin is gentle, friendly and so calming that I no longer stay awake all night worrying about my visit the next day.Gillian Wallis
Dr Goldin is very good at explaining the treatment options available and, most importantly, is great with my sons, who no longer fear going to the dentist. I highly recommend Bridge Dental Practice.Magda Hall