Treatments Our Practices Offer

A scale and polish can be done at both our practices.

The first ‘scrape’ stage removes the deposits of plaque and tartar. Often an ultrasound scraper is used first to get rid of the bulk of the tartar, followed by specialised hand held instruments to scrape away any stubborn remains.

The next step is to ‘polish’ the teeth to make the surface really smooth. While polishing removes stains leaving teeth bright and shiny, it is not just a cosmetic procedure. It also smoothes away minor imperfections and patches of rough texture on the teeth to protect against further plaque build up.

Your dentist will advise you how often you should have a scale and polish. It’s important to remember that professional cleaning is an addition to a good daily oral health routine, and should never replace twice daily brushing with a fluoride toothpaste.

Fillings help restore teeth damaged by decay back to their normal function, and can prevent further decay. Our dentists will consider a number of factors when choosing which type of filling material is best for you. These factors include the extent of the repair, where in your mouth the filling is needed and the cost.

There are lots of reasons why you might need to have a tooth removed. For example, if you have:

  • severe tooth decay
  • gum disease (periodontal disease)
  • a broken tooth that can’t be repaired
  • an abscess (a collection of pus) on your gums or around your teeth
  • crowded teeth – when your teeth don’t have enough space in your jaw
  • impacted wisdom teeth

Our dentists will usually remove a tooth in your dental surgery. But sometimes an oral surgeon will do the procedure in hospital; you can usually go home on the same day.

You’ll meet the dentist who’s going to do the procedure to discuss your care. Your aftercare will be designed to meet your individual needs.

Shaped like a natural tooth, crowns are used to improve contour and appearance of teeth after they’ve been damaged. Crowns are custom-made by our on site dental technician and fit over your existing tooth once it’s been prepared. They can be made of porcelain, gold or a combination, depending on personal choice and its location. The procedure is usually done under local anaesthesia.

Veneers are an effective way of repairing chipped or uneven teeth. The procedure involves fitting a thin layer of tooth-coloured porcelain or composite on any teeth that are chipped, discoloured or misaligned.

Durable, long-lasting and natural in their appearance, dental implants are the most modern method of replacing missing teeth.

The procedure involves fitting an implant which is usually made of titanium, into the bone of the jaw. This implant then holds a false tooth (or teeth) in place. Procedure time will depend on how many implants you’re having. It’s possible to have several implants fitted in the same procedure.

Dental implants are usually fitted under local anaesthesia. If you’re feeling nervous about the procedure we can arrange for you to have some form of sedation.

The cost of your dental implant will vary depending on the complexity of treatment.

A trusted and effective method of replacing missing teeth is to use a customised denture.

Dentures are removable plastic or metal frameworks that carry false teeth. They are removable and can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple missing teeth or a full arch of teeth.

Getting used to dentures may take time, and can be uncomfortable to begin with. We may schedule a check-up appointment a week after fitting dentures to check the fit and make any adjustments if needed.

A bridge uses the teeth on either side of a gap or one side of a gap to anchor onto the missing tooth or teeth.

Bridges consist of two or more crowns made of porcelain or metal, which are then placed adjacent to a space with the false tooth supported by a crown secured to one or more of your teeth. We cement the bridge in place so you don’t have to remove it.

Your HSDP dentist will give you a local anaesthetic injection before the procedure begins, which will block any pain from your gums but you will stay awake during the procedure.

In many contact sports such as football, boxing, rugby and hockey, injury can be prevented through the use of fitted mouth guards.

If you are looking for protection, we can recommend a number of custom-made mouthpieces and mouth guards for sport.