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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What will happen at my first visit to the dentist?
    At your initial visit, we will need to take all of your personal details, such as your address and date of birth. We will also take a full medical history to make sure that we are fully aware of any illnesses or medication that you may be taking and can then treat you safely. Douglas will then carry out a full check-up and chart all of your teeth and previous treatment, he will also assess the condition of your gums and your general oral hygiene. We may also take diagnostic x-rays. If you need to have any dental treatment, we will discuss this with you. We will give you a treatment plan and tell you what the cost is going to be. You can then make any further appointments as necessary. For more detail see our 'Examination' info page
  • I have a dental emergency. What do I do?
    We have reserved appointment slots for same day dental emergency appointments. Priority will be given to patients that; 1 - Are experiencing pain 2 - Have any Swelling 3 - Are bleeding 4 - Are regular patients of the practice 5 - Are currently undergoing treatment If you have a dental emergency out of clinic hours the best method of getting in contact is through our whatsapp here For more information about dental emergencies and what to do please visit our emergency advice page here
  • Why are my gums bleeding?
    Gums bleed when they are irritated and inflamed which is not considered normal. This is due to plaque (a soft film of bacteria) being left on the teeth which causes inflammation called gingivitis and if not addressed can develop into gum disease. Over time, if not cleaned off through daily brushing and interdental cleaning, the plaque can turn into a hard deposit called tartar or calculus which will require professional scaling by your dentist or hygienist to remove it. It is important even if your gums bleed they are still brushed to keep the mouth clean otherwise the bacteria build up in the mouth will make gum inflammation worse. After a few days of thorough cleaning, your gums should stop bleeding. If this does not happen you will need to ask the advice of your dental team as you may need professional cleaning. A good oral care regime should be able to prevent your gums from bleeding if done correctly. We would always suggest that you have regular examinations at your dentist. This can help diagnose and treat anything unusual in your mouth so you get the correct care and advice. You may have to use a softer brush whilst the gums are inflamed until they become healthier. It is also important to clean in between teeth daily using interdental brushes or floss. Smoking can cover up a gum problem as it restricts the blood flow to the mouth. If you have recently given up smoking this could allow the gums to get a better circulation and therefore start to bleed.
  • How much will my treatment cost?
    Routine examinations cost £75, there may be an additional charge if x-rays are required. For a comprehensive fee list please visit our price list here Please be aware that individual prices may change depending on the unique treatment plan you may require. Treatment plans with expected costs will be provided at you consultation via email; a physical copy can be provided if requested.
  • Is there anything I can do to reduce my dental costs?
    We are very aware that the cost of living crisis has caused many people to avoid seeing the dentist in fear of the expense. However in the long run this may cause more issues and therefore more costly treatments further down the line. Here are some of our cost saving tips See your dentist regularly, many dental problems can be treated with minimal intervention (and therefore cheaply) but only if the issue is caught early as part of regular checks. Prevent Dental problems in the first place, As part of your dental check or Hygienist visit we will focus on giving you oral hygiene advice to help you prevent dental decay and gum disease Choosing cheaper treatment options, if you require dental treatment there are often several options available to you and these will all be discussed with you at your consultation along with the pros and cons of each option Sign up for Denplan, spread the costs of your dental treatment into regular monthly payments. Denplan comes with several options. See our Denplan page for more info here
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