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Gentle Dentistry

It has always been our intention to provide dental treatment in a caring and sensitive manner. We are aware that many people are quite nervous about having their teeth treated and are well known for our gentle, no-rush approach. From the moment you walk in you should feel that you are in safe hands and that we have your best intentions in mind at all times.

We have certain techniques and materials at hand to make all aspects of your treatment as straight forward as it can be and, more importantly, we believe in talking as we are working to give you as much information as possible which we believe helps to eliminate the 'fear of the unknown'.

Your First Visit:

Your Initial Consultation will consist of a comprehensive series of checks to ensure optimum health of your mouth:

  • Radiographs: X-Ray pictures are considered an essential part of the dental examination. Your Dentist can only see approximately 80% of your teeth by vision alone. The 'hidden'20% is revealed by x-ray examination which shows cavities, bone-loss, buried wisdom teeth, broken roots and cysts. We understand if some people do not wish to have x-rays taken but encourage you to allow these to be done for a full and complete examination.
  • Salivary Glands: These glands under the chin and jaw are checked for swellings and blockages.
  • Lymph Nodes: These are either side of the neck and under the ears. If swollen or tender, they could indicate underlying disorders.
  • TMJ: This stands for Temporomandibular Joint -which is just in front of each ear. We check for clicks and/or pain in these joints which can get worse if not treated.
  • Soft Tissues: We check the quality of the inside of your cheeks, surface of tongue and palate, floor of the mouth plus the gums around the necks of your teeth.
  • Each tooth is charted along with any fillings, cavities or mobility
  • A full treatment plan along with all associated fees is then formulated and presented for your consent to go ahead with treatment.
  • There is always time for questions and discussion before treatment commences.

Preventative Practice

Although we strive to provide you with the utmost care and attention when it comes to repairing damaged teeth and gums, there is no substitute for PREVENTION.

We love to see children at a young age to help parents prevent dental disease by instructing how to remove the causes of decay and gum disease in their young mouths. As they get older our trained staff and hygienists can work with them through the Teenage years to help develop good brushing habits, sensible diets and help stop problems before they start.

Adults who have had extensive restorations of their teeth over the years will also benefit from our Preventative Approach to help stop the advance of further decay around crowns and fillings, plus the prevention of debilitating gum disorders which often lead to early tooth loss.

Our careful cancer screening at each dental examination will ensure that early detection and referral will prevent the disease from advancing too far. Early treatment is essential for continuing oral health.

Patient Plan Direct

Patient Plan Direct is an easy budgeting plan that covers you for the foundations of your dental care, helping to stop problems before they start.  Please ask for details at the desk.

Patient Plan Direct is an option we have set up for those of our Patients who prefer a monthly budget plan rather than the 'pay-as-you-go' option of our Private Dental Care.

Keeping you safe – information on coronavirus

We have recently begun to clear the huge backlog of treatments cancelled due to the Government’s Lockdown Policy taken as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This is not an easy task, as you can imagine, and it has to be done with the utmost respect for the safety of both our Staff and our Patients. We have introduced enhanced Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for our Staff and longer ‘scrub-down’ time to thoroughly sterilise all surfaces for the benefit of our patients. We have also introduced Air Purifying Units which completely change the air in each surgery up to 10 times an hour. High Pressure Electrostatic air purification technology can absorb particles and aerosols and effectively eliminate bacteria and viruses.

As you are aware, the COVID-19 situation changes daily. New information is always being released and the Government guidance for Dentistry is no different. It is constantly being updated to reflect the latest situation to ensure people are kept safe and well. We will actively update this message accordingly.