Examinations & Hygiene

At Gold’s Place Dental Practice we advise that regular examinations, or check-ups, are important, even if you carry out the perfect oral hygiene routine with regular brushing and flossing.  You may not be able to spot potential problems by yourself in your own bathroom mirror.

We will give you a thorough oral examination, with oral cancer screening as standard.  We strongly believe in the motto – “Prevention is better than cure”, and recommend an examination every 3-6 months to ensure problems are caught early on and treated when they need a “little fix”, instead of waiting until it hurts and a more drastic and costly solution is required.

When providing scale and polish we can use a special topical anaesthetic designed to relieve discomfort during this procedure.  We always make the patients feel in control during their time in the dental chair.

Dental Fillings

A filling replaces part of a tooth that has been lost because of decay or through accidental damage. There are options of silver fillings and white fillings. “Silver” fillings are made of amalgam – a mixture of mercury with other metals, such as silver, tin and copper.

White fillings unlike amalgam fillings stick to teeth and can form edges, so it may be effectively used to repair front teeth that are chipped, broken, decayed or worn. It can also be used as a “veneer” to cover marks or discolouration that cannot be removed by cleaning. At Gold’s Place Dental Practice we offer you the best possible options with regard to which fillings would be better for you. We always use the highest quality dental materials.

Dental Crowns & Bridges

Crowns are often referred to as “caps” since they cover and protect the entire outer surface of the prepared tooth structure, like a baseball cap fits over ones’ head.

Crowns are needed when the tooth structure is weak or teeth have been fractured. They provide support and stability for your teeth. They are often used to replace large amalgam fillings, fractured teeth or teeth that have undergone root canal treatment.

We use high quality dental material to ensure that your crowns look natural in every way and more importantly indistinguishable from the surrounding teeth.

Bridges provide a permanent solution for the replacement of missing teeth in addition to the stability and support for teeth surrounding the gap. When a tooth is missing, the surrounding teeth can move and drift into the empty space, which can cause problems with your jaw joint and bite.

Porcelain Dental Veneers

Porcelain Veneers are used to:

  • Close Gaps
  • Straighten crooked teeth
  • Porcelain veneers can also improve the shape, arrangement and colour of your teeth!

Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain that is bonded onto the front surface of a tooth. There is usually no need for local anaesthetic, extensive drilling or temporary restoration (coverings). So, improving the shape and colour of your teeth is easy and pain free. We aim to provide you with a natural looking smile.

Inlays & Onlays

You can sometimes have inlays or onlays instead of fillings to repair damaged teeth. An inlay sits in a hole in the tooth and an onlay sits on the tooth and builds up its shape. They are made outside the mouth in a dental laboratory like crowns and then glued to the tooth in the surgery.
Inlays and onlays can be made in tooth-coloured ceramics, gold or white filling material called composite. They are strong and last longer than fillings. They are especially good for chewing surfaces of back teeth and for larger repairs to front teeth. We always match the colour of your own teeth.

Root Canal Treatment

When decay extended to the pulp or commonly known nerve of the tooth then you will be advised to have a Root Canal Treatment. Decay or injury can destroy the living pulp. Because dead pulp lacks a blood supply, it is more prone to infection, leading to an abscess and toothache. Root Canal Treatment (also known as root filling or endodontics) means removing damaged or dead pulp and filling in the space left. The remaining tooth can then be repaired. The procedure is carried out under a local anaesthetic.

Depending on the type of tooth the length of your appointment can vary from 30 minutes to an hour. The dentist will always give you time to have a rest if you need it. Usually it requires two appointments but can be done in one appointment depending on the situation. After root filling you will be advised to have either a normal filling, crown or inlay to restore the rest of the tooth.

Dentures

Dentures are one way of replacing missing teeth. The base can be made from cobalt-chrome, acrylic or flexible synthetic nylon material.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are used to replace a few missing teeth in the dental arch. They can be made from an acrylic or chrome base which can have clasps to hold the denture in place. The clasps can be made of chrome, gold or in a white acetyl resin. Flexi-dentures are flexible acrylic dentures and are suitable for certain cases.

Full Dentures

Full dentures replace all the teeth in the upper or lower arch, or both. They are made of acrylic and sometimes have a chrome base.

Tooth Whitening (Home Kit)

Your teeth can be whitened or bleached in two ways: home whitening or in surgery whitening. At Gold’s Place Dental Practice we offer home teeth whitening method. It is very gentle with no risk of damage to the enamel of the teeth.

Impressions of the teeth are taken at the surgery. From these impressions, upper and lower bleaching trays are made, which are tight-fitting trays designed for your mouth. Some tubes of whitening gel will be supplied. A small amount of the gel is placed in the front surface of each tooth-well in the tray. The aim is to cover the front surface of the teeth with a very thin layer of gel. The tray is placed on your teeth, and wiping away any excess. The tray is placed in the mouth for 1 hour. This treatment is repeated daily for approximately 10-30 days.

If the teeth are sensitive before starting treatment, then the tray should be placed in the mouth for only 30 minutes initially, then any sensitivity checked for 24 hours post treatment. If there is no increase in sensitivity, then the wearing time can be increased. Gradually over several applications the teeth will lighten.

A common side-effect of whitening is increased sensitivity. If this occurs, then delay your next whitening treatment until the sensitivity has subsided.

The amount of whitening varies with each individual. Most patients achieve a change within 2-5 weeks when using the home kit. It is advisable not to drink tea, coffee or red wine, or eat berries or curries after treatment for at least a month.