Dental services and procedures
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NHS & PRIVATE DENTAL CARE
We provide the whole range of NHS dental care for the whole family. We offer comprehensive patient-centered private care for those patients who prefer to receive their general care on the NHS. Click here if you want to find out about NHS charges.
PREVENTION OF TOOTH DECAY AND GUM DISEASE
We are particularly concerned to work with you to help prevent problems in the first place. We will ask you details about your health and lifestyle which will help us to give you the best advice with regard to diet and fluoride and the best oral healthcare techniques for you. Our hygienists have the latest air-polishing equipment to help you gain a gleaming smile and leave your mouth feeling amazingly fresh.
CHILDREN'S DENTAL CARE
We take special care of children and aim to make their visit instructive and fun. We encourage children to attend with the rest of the family for routine care from the earliest age. We particularly encourage preventive care including fissure sealants to protect the surface of back teeth from decay.
All of our dentists have experience in cosmetic dentistry. In virtually all circumstances we can offer you tooth coloured options to restore your teeth if you prefer this to metal fillings and crowns. Your teeth can be remodeled to hide gaps or blemishes either with directly bonded tooth-coloured composite material or thin laboratory constructed porcelain veneers depending on circumstances.
In addition to metal alloy based crowns we can offer you various types of all-ceramic and composite material crowns which are specially bonded to your tooth. Without an opaque metal core they offer significant cosmetic advantages as they allow light transmission just like a natural tooth, and do not have the dark neck often seen with metal based crowns.
Depending upon circumstances missing teeth can be replaced by bridges supported on 'wings' bonded onto the back of adjacent teeth or on 'crowns' fitted to the adjacent teeth after preparation.
We can replace missing teeth with plastic or metal-based dentures. Partial dentures can have increased retention with clasps around remaining teeth and we can even make these out of injection formed tooth-coloured resin to make them inconspicuous.
We are able to arrange denture repairs for regular patients of the practice to be completed on the NHS free of any charge.
We are able to offer you the latest implant techniques to replace missing teeth or retain a partial or full denture. We have our own Specialist Oral Surgeon, Mr David Pagliero, who specializes in placing implants and the bone grafting procedures that enable them to be placed in particularly complex cases where there would otherwise be insufficient bone support.
For especially anxious patients we are able to offer oral sedation (sedative tablets) or for extractions and oral surgery we can refer you to our Specialist Oral Surgeon for treatment with intra-venous sedation.
We are experienced in the latest tooth-whitening techniques and would be pleased to discuss this option with you.
The dentists at the practice are experienced in assessing orthodontic conditions and can offer treatment for straightforward cases. More complex cases ideally require treatment with a specialist and we can arrange to refer you if necessary.
We have our own specialist branch at Cullompton Dental Centre. Our Specialist Oral Surgeon Mr David Pagliero specializes in surgical dentistry including complex extractions including wisdom teeth, implants and endodontic surgery.
Our Specialist Endodontist, Prof. Nico Louw has specialist training and equipment, including an operating microscope enabling him to root-treat many teeth that would otherwise require to be extracted, and re-treat teeth where previous root-treatment has failed.
We are also closely linked with other local specialists.
CUSTOM FITTED MOUTHGUARDS FOR SPORTS
We frequently see patients of all ages who have suffered fractured or loose teeth as a result of a sporting accident. In almost every case the damage could have been prevented or reduced with the use of a custom fitted mouth guard. We can take a special impression so these can be made in a wide range of colours including multi-coloured stripes and special effects. With a custom made mouth guard it is individually shaped for the wearer's mouth, and a uniform thickness to ensure you can tolerate the mouth guard and play hard!