General Dentistry Dartford
Your smile makeover will start with a detailed consultation where we will discuss and plan the various treatment options available to give you the perfect smile of your dreams.
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Full check-up, with oral cancer check- A dental check-up is a routine examination of your teeth and mouth by a dentist. Dental check-ups and oral cancer screenings are important because, as with many medical problems, the earlier identification can improve chances of cure.
At your initial dental examination, you will meet the dentist and dental team, and you can discuss any specific dental problems or questions and treatment options you may have in mind.
Routine small x-rays– We also offer routine X-ray services to identify any cavities (holes) or problems with your existing restorations (fillings) or crowns (caps).
Full diagnosis and treatment planning– Your dentist will then discuss all the dental treatment options applicable to you and agree a treatment plan and fees. After a check-up please feel free to ask any questions particularly about any treatment options you may have heard of or read about that you feel may be suitable for you. Also please ask us about our easy finance options.
Scale and polish– The hardened tartar is removed by having a scale and polish by a dentist or hygienist. They will remove the tartar using hand instruments or mechanical tool (Ultrasound) to scrape the tartar off the teeth and slightly below the gum line – known as descaling. The treatment is finished by remove staining on your teeth and polish each tooth using a prophylaxis paste leaving your mouth feeling fresh and your teeth smooth and clean.
White fillings– The dentist will first remove any decay or bacteria from the affected tooth. Such decay is often the cause of the cavity and will need to be removed to prevent further decay. Once the decay is removed, then the dentist will fill the crack, chip or cavity with the composite material. In some instances, some of the tooth material will have to be removed as well in order to create a better seal. We will always endeavour to keep as much of the original tooth as possible.
Local anaesthetic will be used to numb the tooth and the surrounding area while the treatment is happening. This numbness may last for a few hours after the treatment has ended.
An accident or disease may have left one or more of your teeth weak or damaged. The crown is one means by which the natural tooth can be saved, strengthened and to some degree protected from procedures such as tooth extraction.
Ceramic/ Porcelain/ Metal/ Composite Crowns– Custom made for each patient, a crown provides an aesthetic and functional purpose to those patients who need it.
Inlays and Onlays– Unlike crowns, inlays and onlays don’t cover the whole tooth but are used to restore areas of more extensive decay that cannot be treated effectively with a normal filling, usually at the back of the mouth. They are made from hard wearing materials including ceramic, porcelain, gold or composite resin.
Veneers– A veneer is a thin shell that we can bond on to the front of a natural tooth to improve its appearance. Some people choose to have dental veneers instead of teeth straightening if they have mild spacing or crowding issues, but veneers also offer a very effective way to address a range of aesthetic issues with your teeth.
Root canal treatments– Root canal treatment (also called endodontics) is needed when the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected through tooth decay or damaged by an injury to your mouth. This infection may spread through the root canal system and could eventually lead to an abscess, causing a great deal of discomfort. If root canal treatment is not carried out, the tooth may need to be taken out.
Bridges– Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap -these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth- and a false tooth/tooth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
Dentures– Dentures are removable false teeth made of acrylic (plastic), nylon or metal (Chrome). They fit snugly over the gums to replace missing teeth and eliminate potential problems caused by gaps. Gaps left by missing teeth can cause problems with eating and speech, and teeth either side of the gap may grow into the space at an angle.
You may therefore need either:
- complete dentures (a full set) – which replace all your upper or lower teeth, or
- partial dentures – which replace just 1 tooth or a few missing teeth
Dentures may help prevent problems with eating and speech and, if you need complete dentures, they may also improve the appearance of your smile and give you confidence.
Extractions– Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone.
There are two types of extractions:
- A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. General dentists commonly do simple extractions. In a simple extraction, the dentist loosens the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. Then the dentist uses an instrument called forceps to remove the tooth.
- A surgical extraction is a more complex procedure. It is used if a tooth may have broken off at the gum line or has not come into the mouth yet. Surgical extractions commonly are done by oral surgeons. However, they are also done by general dentists. The doctor makes a small incision (cut) into your gum. Sometimes it’s necessary to remove some of the bone around the tooth or to cut the tooth in half in order to extract it.
Most of extractions can be done using just an injection (a local anaesthetic).
Emergency dental treatment– We are happy to see patients at short notice should a dental issue flare up, or should an unknown problem cause extreme discomfort. We do our best work when not under time pressure. Because of this, we urge all our patients to contact us as soon as issues begin to flare up.
How we treat emergency patients usually depends on the type of symptoms that they have. Although we are happy to take emergency patients.
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Interest free Finance
We believe that all patients should be able to access high quality dental treatment at an affordable price. To this endeavour we have teamed up with Tabeo finance ltd, one of the UK’s leading medical finance companies, to provide tailor made finance to suit. 0% finance available. If you would like to find out a bit more about how much your monthly payments would be, how you can spread the cost of your treatment over several years or the low interest payments, please talk to our team. Quotations available upon request, terms and conditions apply. Finance arrangement fee may apply.