Dentistry in depth

Seeing the dentist

Gum disease

If you are suffering from sore, swollen or bleeding gums you may have gum disease, which your dentist may call gingivitis. Gum disease is a very common condition that most people will experience at some...
Seeing the dentist

Private dentistry

Dental practices may offer some or all treatment on a private basis, called private dentistry (as opposed to NHS dentistry). Often, dental practices will offer a mix of both. Private dentistry means that all of...
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NHS dentistry

In the UK, a lot of dental work is provided under the NHS, which makes dentistry more affordable by covering some of the cost of the treatment. The government aims to make NHS dentistry accessible...
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Crowns and bridges

Crowns and bridges are ways to restore damaged teeth (crowns) and replace missing ones (bridges). Both crowns and bridges are fixed in place, and unlike dentures, cannot be removed by you. You may require a...
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X-rays

X-rays (radiography) are an important part of the dental care process. An X-ray is used as part of the diagnostic process when the image created can reveal areas that require treatment. Background An X-ray is...
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Wisdom tooth removal

If your wisdom teeth don’t come through properly, you may have to have them removed. Most adults will have all 28 adult teeth when the wisdom teeth start to appear. Most people have four wisdom...
Oral health

Seeing a dental therapist

A dental therapist is a General Dental Council registered professional who carries out a number of dental treatments directly to patients or prescribed by the dentist. You might visit a dental therapist for aid in...
Oral health

Seeing the dental hygienist

A dental hygienist is specially trained to provide preventative dental care by treating gum disease. They are a licensed dental professional, registered with the General Dental Council. Their main role is to clean your teeth...
Dental implants

Peri-implantitis

Peri-implantitis is one of the long-term risks associated with dental implants. The disease is an infection of the soft and hard tissues surrounding an implant, resulting in gradual loss of bone. An X-ray will be...
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Fillings

A filling is a way to restore a damaged or decaying tooth. A dentist will determine if you need a filling via observation and an X-ray. The dentist will begin the filling process by giving...