Dentistry in depth

Seeing the dentist

Anaesthesia and sedation

Most dental procedures surround sensitive tissues in the tooth. This is why it is important to feel as relaxed as possible and use effective pain control when necessary. Local anaesthetic There are two types of anaesthetic...
Dental implants

Looking after your implants

The long-term success of your dental implants is determined by the way you look after them. It is important to attend your regular dental check-ups and take care to keep good oral hygiene. After the...
Orthodontics

Who can have braces?

Orthodontics not only improves the overall appearance of your teeth, but can also benefit the way you bite together. Orthodontic treatment may also make your teeth easier to clean. It is possible to have orthodontics...
Oral health

Tooth brushing

The most important method of keeping your teeth clean and plaque under control is by tooth brushing. The aim of tooth brushing is to remove plaque regularly and effectively without causing damage to the teeth...
Seeing the dentist

Going overseas

Going abroad for your dental treatment may present you with a number of unanswered questions. The important thing is to be prepared. Below is advice from both the NHS the GDC about precautions you should take....
Seeing the dentist

Dental check-up

When you visit your dental practice for a dental check-up, your dentist may: Examine your overall health and take a medical history Examine your teeth, gums and mouth Give you a treatment plan Give you...
Oral health

Periodontics

The term periodontics refers to the supporting tissues of the teeth. The tissues include: Aveolar bone Cementum Gingiva Periodontal ligament. These tissues can become sore, swollen and infected leading to gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis  The...
Endodontics

Root canal

Endodontics is often referred to as ‘root canal therapy’, but the treatments are the same thing. Root canal therapy is needed when there is an infection within the blood or nerve supply of your tooth...
Aesthetic dentistry

Veneers

A veneer is a thin piece of material that fits over the front of your teeth to improve their colour, shape, or position. They are often used to help teeth look natural and healthy, or...
Aesthetic dentistry

Tooth whitening

Tooth whitening involves the use of special chemicals to brighten the colour of the teeth. It is sometimes called tooth bleaching. The chemicals used are NOT the same as household bleach, or the chemicals used...