The treatment advertised may not be appropriate for every patient and that it is conditional on a satisfactory assessment being carried out
A Dental implant is essentially a substitute for a natural root and provides the ideal solution for missing teeth. Implants can be used to replace bridges and dentures to give you the perfect, natural smile.
When teeth are missing, the surrounding bone begins to shrink. Dental implants can help maintain the shape and structure of the jawbone, therefore retaining the natural, youthful shape of your face.
Replacement teeth which are secured or stabilised by implants are more comfortable than conventional dentures because there is no slipping or movement.
A small screw-shaped attachment, usually made from titanium, is inserted into the jawbone to take the place of a missing tooth root. Once the implant has become firmly attached to the surrounding bone, a replacement tooth can be secured to the top of the implant. This new tooth looks, feels and performs just like a natural tooth.
The implant process normally involves several steps that take place over a period of between three and nine months. Although there are various implant treatment methods, a typical process often includes:
- Assessment planning – after discussing possible alternatives, the dental surgeon will assess the feasibility of providing implant treatment. X-rays may be taken and preliminary models prepared.
- Implant placement – A relatively simple minor surgical procedure that can be performed under sterile conditions in a dental surgery under local anaesthesia.
- Integration period – Although some implants can be brought into function immediately or soon after surgery, it is often advisable to allow time for the implant to fully integrate. During this healing phase dentures or in some cases a simple adhesive bridge can be worn.
- The restorative period – Once integrated the implant can be brought into function with a variety of restorations ranging from a single crown to a removable over denture clipped to the implants.
Well maintained implants placed into adequate bone can be expected to last for many years.
If you are missing just one natural tooth then one implant is normally all that is needed to provide a replacement. Larger spaces created by two, three or more missing teeth do not necessarily need one implant per tooth.
Matthew Gormally is the practice’s implant specialist and is completing a Masters Degree in Implant Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He is happy to discuss the options available to you and create a bespoke treatment plan for you detailing the sequence of treatment and the associated costs.
For a consultation with Matthew, please call the surgery T: 01254 822412
Orthodontics is concerned with the growth of the teeth, jaws and face. It is the area of dentistry that concentrates on straightening teeth. It’s about making the best of your teeth – and improving the harmony of your mouth and jaws.
The most common problems which can be solved by orthodontics are:
- Protruding upper teeth – one of the most common dental problems.
- Crowding – a narrow jaw may mean that there is not enough room for your teeth, resulting in crowding. Conversely, some people have significant gaps between their teeth which may be closed using orthodontics.
- Asymmetrical alignment – this is when the two centre lines in the upper and lower front teeth do not meet, usually because the teeth have drifted or the position of the jaw has shifted.
- A deep bite – when your upper teeth cover the lower teeth too much.
- A reverse bite – when your upper teeth bite inside the arch of the lower teeth.
- An open bite – when your front teeth remain open.
If you can bite together correctly you can eat more comfortably. A misaligned bite can also put strain on the head and neck muscles, causing headaches, migraines and neck pain.
A full assessment of your teeth is required, including x-rays, impressions and photographs, to decide which form of treatment is most appropriate for you. Braces may be suggested and thosen which are supplied most often are:
- A fixed brace – brackets are glued onto the teeth and connected by a wire. Sometimes small elastic bands are used to hold the wire in position. This wire exerts a gentle pressure so teeth are turned or moved into a new position.
- A removable brace – this is sometimes recommended for correcting a simple problem, such as moving a single tooth. It is a plastic plate with delicate wires and springs attached. The removable brace should be worn all the time except when it needs cleaning or when you are playing sport.
- Invisible braces – these are removable and made of a thin, clear material which, as their name implies, makes it virtually impossible for anyone to know they are being worn. They are constructed from specialised impressions which guide specific teeth into new positions.
- Retainers – at the end of treatment, all patients should wear retainers to hold their teeth in the new position. These can be removable or fixed and are an important part of treatment.
Both children and adults can be treated by orthodontics. The main factors taken into consideration before treatment are usually the position of your teeth and the condition of your teeth and gums. Treatment can take more than two years.
Julie Macfarlane has a special interest in orthodontics. She qualified as a dental surgeon in 1984 from Birmingham Dental School and gained her Diploma in General Dental Practice (UK) in 1993 by examination through the Royal College of Surgeons. Julie completed over six years as a Clinical Assistant in Orthodontics in a general hospital before going into private practice.
Although Julie completed her 10 year tenure as Chair of the Fitness to Practice Panel for the General Dental Council in 2014, she continues to work as a Professional Advisor for the NHS Parliamentary Ombudsman. She is currently the Associate Dean for Conduct and Performance for Health Education England, North West, based in Manchester where she works every Tuesday.
For a consultation with Julie, please call the surgery T: 01254 822412.
Rather than correcting a specific medical problem, cosmetic dentistry is all about giving you the perfect, dazzling smile – helping you to look and feel years younger!
First impressions mean a lot and having a beautiful smile can be a tremendous advantage both at work and at play. Broken or discoloured teeth can make you look older than your years but advances in cosmetic dentistry have the potential to reverse these signs of dental ageing.
Cosmetic dentistry has revolutionised the pursuit of beauty, youth and self esteem and, as a non-invasive, practical alternative to what plastic surgeons have offered for years, it can be legitimately known as the scalpel-less facelift.
As we get older the lower portion of our face inevitably begins to lose its elasticity. Cosmetic dentistry can reduce wrinkles and return faces to a more youthful state with a full mouth reconstruction. This is done by manipulating the height, width and size of the teeth and increasing the vertical dimension of the bite – all without surgery.
If you are unhappy with your smile you can change it in a number of ways:
- Teeth Whitening.
- Porcelain Veneers – used to close gaps, realign crowded and protruding teeth and whiten discoloured teeth. Porcelain veneers are very strong and last up to 24 years, providing a lasting smile. They look very natural so people will not know you’ve had the treatment unless you tell them.
- Full Porcelain crowns – cover all surfaces of the tooth and are only used when the tooth is fractured or very broken down. The porcelain is the same as that used for veneers so it is strong and looks just as natural. Being made from porcelain they do not leave a black line at the gum level as seen in many conventional crowns.
Fiona Sutcliffe has been practising cosmetic and restorative dentistry for over 15 years. Fiona qualified as a dentist from Leeds University with a distinction in oral surgery and has since completed several postgraduate courses under the tutorship of internationally renowned dentist, Paul Tipton. She is an associate member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentists.
With the advent of television programmes such as Extreme Makeover and 10 Years Younger, this branch of dentistry is becoming ever more popular.
At that appointment Fiona would discuss with you your concerns regarding the appearance of your teeth and will devise a treatment plan to achieve your desired result.
Consideration will be given to minimize the amount of treatment required for your teeth, but still achieve the result you are hoping for. Usually more than one option will be discussed in order for you to choose the solution which suits you.
For a consultation with Fiona please call the surgery T: 01254 822412.
Our first class dental care, Our ethos is to always act in the best interests of our patients. We aim to provide excelllent quality dental treatment using state-ofthe-art equipment in a relaxed and friendly environment by private arrangement. Some work does carry guarantees.
Our dental service includes all routine treatments from examination, treatment planning and simple remedial therapy, to more specialist services such as Orthodontics, Cosmetic dentistry and Implants.
All new patients are required to complete a confidential medical history questionnaire to ensure that we can take care of your general health and well being as well a improve dental health.
Julie Macfarlane established our partnership in 1991. In 1997, Fiona Sutcliffe joined the rapidly growing practice, becoming a partner in 2003.
In 2005, Matthew Gormally joined as an Associate. Julie, Fiona and Matthew are all qualified dental practioners with their own special interests in areas of dentistry. In addition to all aspects of dental treatment Julie is able to offer a service in Orthodontics to both adults and children. Fiona has a special interest in Cosmetic Dentistry while Matthew has taken postgraduate training in Surgical & Implant Dentistry.
For a consultation please call the surgery T: 01254 822412.
Oral Hygiene and Preventive Dentistry
Preventive dentistry is the modern way of reducing the amount of dental treatment necessary to maintain a healthy mouth; Oral Hygiene is the practice of keeping the mouth clean.
It helps you keep your teeth! Good oral hygiene helps to prevent tooth decay, gingivitis and periodontitis, major causes of tooth loss as well as bad breath and other dental disorders. It also keeps your smile bright!
Tooth Decay – an infectious disease which damages the structures of teeth. The disease can lead to pain, tooth loss and infection.
Gingivitis – inflammation of the gums around the teeth. Gingivitis may be caused by a build up of plaque and tartar from improper cleaning of teeth or by injury to the gums from over vigorous brushing and /or flossing. This condition is generally reversible with proper care but if not treated it can, over the years cause deep pockets between the teeth and gums and loss of bone around the teeth, otherwise known as Periodontitis. Since the bone in the jaws holds the teeth into the jaws, the loss of bone can cause teeth over the years to become loose and eventually to fall out.
Brushing teeth thoroughly but gently with toothpaste and flossing with dental floss are the best ways to ensure oral health. Regular cleaning below the gum line, best accomplished professionally by a dental hygienist or dentist will help prevent inflammation of the gums.
Professional scale and polish treatments remove stains which can build up over time from consumption of highly coloured foods and drink including red wine, tea etc and help keep your smile bright.
We employ two dental hygienists – Carol Henderson & Denise Stott who are trained in all aspects of dental care, including scaling and polishing teeth and the use of ‘Airflow’. Please call T: 01254 822412 for more information.