First class care from a highly professional team
As well as routine dental care we provide a range of cosmetic and more advanced dental treatments.
We pride ourselves on being a preventative dental practice and love to see patient’s regularly. At your checkup, you can expect us to not only check your teeth and fillings but to do a thorough examination of your gums and soft tissues. Sometimes it may be necessary to take a radiograph of your teeth to check for decay or pathology that we may not be able to see from the examination. Any issues will be brought to your attention. If there is a number of factors to consider we will write to you so that you can consider the options in your own time. A full costing will be provided when your consultation has finished. We are a family practice and welcome children of all ages to attend the practice.
Most patients benefit from hygienist support whether it be to remove stains caused by food and drink, to clean tartar from around the teeth or a deep clean under the gums. Gum disease is the biggest cause of tooth loss in general dental practice, main symptom is bleeding gums. It has been shown numerous times that patients who engage with their dental hygienist keep their teeth longer.
”I have been a patient of Emsworth Dental Surgery for many years, most of these years I have needed regular dental treatment. Since seeing the Hygienist I have noticed that I haven’t needed any dental treatment. I now know that over three years of seeing your hygienist, that this is a really great value, preventative treatment. Thank you so much for offering the services of a Hygienist at your dental practice.”
We offer direct-access hygiene appointments which means you do not need to be a member of the practice to use the services of our hygienists.
We see numerous people who suffer with headaches and jaw pain, caused by the muscles of the head and jaw being overworked. This is due to clenching their teeth during the day or grinding during the night.
What can be done to help facial jaw pain?
Education – When we tell patients that they may be clenching and grinding – some people realize that they can stop themselves.
The second and most effective treatment is splint therapy. This is when a clear plastic splint is made for the top or bottom jaw. The splint is removable and can be worn during the day or at night. They are a custom-made appliance that we only prescribe when we know it will help ease the pain. Soft splints (gumshield) type splints are sometimes used. They are cheaper and easier to make and work for some patients in the short term.
The main cause is root sensitivity– this is where the gums have shrunk from around the tooth. Using a sensitive toothpaste can really help – they contain products that block-up the tubules within the roots. Sometimes very sensitive teeth can be due to leaking fillings, dying teeth or cracked teeth. A consultation with us, will soon get to the cause.
Cracked teeth are notoriously difficult to treat, it may be that the crack is minimal and will respond to a white filling. White fillings are adhesive and can stick the cracked parts of the teeth together resulting in a much more comfortable tooth. If the crack is worse, we may have to put a crown on the tooth to hold everything together. As ever, prevention is better than cure, and if you are grinding and clenching – the use of a preventative splint can drastically reduce the forces on your teeth and prevent premature tooth loss through cracks.
Fillings are used to repair the teeth where they have been damaged by decay or where they have broken. Fittings tend to be made of either amalgam (silver fillings) or white fillings (Composite resin). In order to get a very strong white filling we may use an indirect method. That is to say that we would take an impression of the cavity and get the laboratory technician to make either a composite or ceramic filling in the laboratory. This could then be glued into the tooth which would look very good and have superior strength.
We also utilize a fantastic new material called Bio dentine that enables us to fight decay from within the tooth. A small hole is prepared, often without an injection and Bio dentine placed. This then hardens the soft decay over a period of months.
This is a common procedure that is required when the nerve inside the tooth has died off. We utilize state-of-the-art preparation techniques to minimize the loss of sound tooth and to thoroughly cleanse the infected canals. The prepared canals are filled with highly – effective bioceramic materials, that not only fill the canal effectively, but are very biocompatible. The chances of the tooth lasting 5 years following root canal work are between 60 and 75%. Teeth that have had the nerve removed are more liable to fracture, it is good practice to place a crown over the tooth to prevent further filling loss or the tooth cracking.
A crown is a custom-made, tooth shaped item that encases the whole tooth to restore the looks and function of an original, healthy tooth. Crowns are ideal if there is a very large filling within the tooth, The tooth has broken or the tooth has had root canal work done on it.
There are a number of different types of crown
1) Gold crown – these were the treatment of choice for many years as the gold is very bio compatible, and where is at a similar rate to the teeth opposing them.
2) Porcelain fused to metal crown – these are a good, standard crown and utilise a metal core with Porcelain on the outside which makes them look more natural than the gold crown
3) Zirconia – this is a very robust crown and metal-free. This means that it has much better aesthetics than the PFM or gold crown.
4) Ceramic crowns – are once more metal-free. They are not quite as strong as the zirconia crown is but have superior aesthetics and are probably the best looking of all the crown materials.
Bridges are a custom-made device which fills the gap between one or more missing teeth. They are very useful in maintaining patience looks and smile and restoring the ability to chew. Bridges tend to be made out of the same materials that crowns are made out of. That is gold, porcelain fused to metal, or zirconia. Once more zirconia tends to be the material of choice as it is so hard wearing and looks so good. More traditional bridges were made out of porcelain fused to metal which look fine and provide us with a really good option in the back of the mouth.
Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain or composite that covers the front of the tooth which may have been damaged or discolored. They may also be used to improve the color or the shape of the teeth. Veneers can be made out of composite that is to say the same material that we would use for a white filling. The advantage of this is that it can be done quickly and efficiently and therefore they tend to be more cost-effective than using a porcelain veneer. Porcelain veneers have to be made at a laboratory and are therefore more labor intensive, however with modern ceramics we can get are you very natural effect.
Dentures can be either full dentures or partial dentures. Full dentures are when the patient has none of their own natural teeth. The full dentures can be made from acrylic resin, or have a chrome cobalt palate. The dentures rely on the suction to hold them in place, however, as the gums shrink over the years, the ability of the patient to retain the denture can become less and some patients require denture adhesive to give them more confidence in retaining the teeth.
Dental Implants is another way of replacing missing teeth. Unlike bridges and dentures, dental implants are independent structures that can replace missing teeth without relying on support from adjacent teeth. A Dental Implant is a titanium cylinder that is placed gently into bone to replace a root of a tooth. The Implant itself is a single unit of a 3 unit system which holds a crown. The 3 units are the Dental Implant, Abutment & Crown. An abutment is made either from titanium or ceramic material and is a small piece that connects to the implant and emerges into the oral cavity through the gum. Abutments have to be customised to the Implant position and their angulation can be altered to give a realistic tooth appearance. The crown is then anchored or cemented to the abutment.
Invisalign is the leading brand in ‘invisible’ braces. It’s the perfect cosmetic system to aesthetically align your front teeth.Invisalign consists of a series of removable clear (nearly invisible) aligners that are custom made through 3D computer technology, which allows them to straighten and align our teeth to give you the perfect smile. The different sets of aligners, which are changed every 1-2 weeks, gradually move your teeth towards their final perfect position as determined by our professional dentist. In as little as 6 months your teeth could be in the position where you always wanted them to be! During this time regular visits with your dentist will ensure the movement of your teeth remain correct and on track. This clear near invisible system is so discreet it should be worn up to 22 hours a day and to be removed only whilst eating and drinking, allowing you to enjoy what you want. As it does not have any bulky sharp metal attachments on your teeth like conventional braces, they do not to trap bugs and bacteria allowing your oral hygiene can remain healthy! Take a look at the Invisalign video here
Tooth whitening is a safe, effective method of improving the look of your teeth. It has been used for many years as a minimally-invasive solution to whiter teeth.
There are two methods of whitening:
1) in surgery whitening whereby a gel is placed upon the teeth for around an hour. The gel soaks into the teeth and whitens the enamel. This is a really good solution if you are short of time, or if you have heavily-stained teeth and are in need of a kickstart to the whitening process.
Take Home Tooth Whitening Treatments
2) by far the most popular method of tooth whitening is the ‘take-home’ method. This is where custom trays are made by the dentist and the patient takes them home, fills them with the whitening gel and wears them, usually overnight. This method is a more gentle approach and the results tend to last much longer. We would expect the patient to wear the whitening trays for around two to 3 weeks. Following this initial course of whitening you can keep your teeth white by wearing the trays overnight for just 1 to 2 nights. This will remove the stains caused by such things as curries, red wine tea and coffee.
”Courteous, competent, friendly and professional. Informative in a language that I could understand. I received a comprehensive written treatment plan, a fixed-appointment schedule and advance notice of what I had to pay, and when.”