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General Dental Care

In addition to maintaining a proper home care routine by brushing and flossing your teeth, scheduling regular check-ups with your hygienist will provide you have a healthier mouth.

Our professionals are here to help you.

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Airflow tooth polishing is a dental hygiene treatment that effectively removes stains from your teeth to brighten your smile and boost your confidence.

Airflow Tooth Polishing uses a combination of compressed air, jet water and sodium bicarbonate to remove stains caused by food, drinks and tobacco.

It uses an efficient technique to improve your comfort by polishing your teeth without direct contact with your dental enamel. Airflow is also is suitable for people with orthodontic brackets and other dental restorations.

Here are some benefits of Airflow tooth polishing:

  • Brightens your smile
  • Pain free and more comfortable than scale and polish
  • Can be used if you have bridges, crowns, implants or veneers
  • Remove plaque build-ups quickly and efficiently
  • Results are immediate after the treatment

Your child’s oral health is a vital part of their overall well-being, and we are here to help you and your family to set your children on the right path for healthy smiles.

Research shows that children who develop cavities in their baby teeth are more prone to develop them as an adult. Visit from an early age can help your child to adjust to the dental surroundings and help them feel at ease for their future visits.

We strive to make your children feel calm and comfortable during their appointments with us.

We recommend taking your child to see a dentist within the first 6 months. The dentist can advise you techniques of good oral health habits for your children and it will help your child get used to the dental environment.

We recommend scheduling regular check-ups every six months. However, your dentist might advise you fewer on more frequent visits, depending on your child’s oral health.

The appointments will involve a review of their brushing and dietary habits to check if their teeth are in good condition, and we will help you to establish a pattern of healthy habits for your children.

Good dental hygiene plays a significant role in your oral health.

In addition to maintaining a proper home care routine by brushing and flossing your teeth, scheduling regular check-ups with your hygienist will provide you have a healthier mouth. Our professionals are here to help you.

If your gums bleed while brushing your teeth, or you are experiencing persistent bad breath, these conditions may indicate a problem.

Seeing a hygienist can reduce the risk of gum disease, tooth decay and dental plaque build-up. Your hygienist will remove plaque from the surface of your teeth, as well as help you learn better oral hygiene strategies and give you balanced nutritional advice.

Most patients benefit from a six-monthly hygienist visit. If extra care is required, we will schedule your appointments to address your oral health needs.

Maintaining good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth will provide a healthier mouth, but eating and drinking habits can also influence the state of your teeth and gums. Here are easy steps you can introduce to your daily life to improve your smile and breath:

  • Brushing thoroughly twice a day
  • Flossing daily
  • Eating a balanced diet
  • Limiting sugary foods and drinks
  • Rinsing with a mouthwash

Your mouth cancer screening should be carried out regularly as early detection can save lives.

Book a dental examination with us, and we will check the soft tissue in your mouth for anything unusual that could indicate the signs of oral cancer.

Mouth cancer occurs when a tumour develops in the oral area. It may be on the surface of the tongue, insides of the cheeks, roof of the mouth, lips or gums. There are several known causes of oral cancer, including smoking, alcohol or even a poorly balanced diet.

Your oral cancer screening and assessment will involve inspection of face, neck, lips and inside of your mouth. If your last visit to your dentist was more than 6 months ago, and you experience any of the symptoms mentioned below, we advise you to book a consultation as soon as possible.

Symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • Ulcers that bleed or don’t heal
  • Persistent sore throat
  • Lumps on the soft tissue
  • Red or white patches on the lining of the mouth
  • Pain or stiffness in the jaw
  • Loose teeth for no obvious reason
  • Pain or difficulties in swallowing

Preventative dentistry is the practice of oral care that involves education and the treatment of maintaining your mouth in a healthy condition to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear and many other dental issues.

It includes two aspects of your dental care – the oral hygiene performed by you at home and procedures performed by dental health professionals.

We recommend regular visits to your dentist to help you maintain clean, strong and durable teeth. Our dental health professionals will look for early signs of dental decay, periodontal issues and any other changes in the state of the soft tissue of your mouth to prevent more serious problems like oral cancer.

How can I maintain my oral health?

  • Brush and floss your teeth daily
  • Have regular check-ups (at least once a year)
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Avoid acidic foods and drinks

 

The benefits of preventative dentistry

  • Lower risk of developing decay, gum disease and more serious dental issues
  • Early identification of dental problems
  • Promote good oral hygiene habits and a healthy smile
  • Helps reduce problems connected with chronic medical conditions like diabetes

Fear of visiting the dentist is a recognised phobia for many patients, and if you feel like you can relate to it, we are here to take care of you with patience, and rest assured you will be in safe hands.

We take time to understand your concerns to give you a sense of control and transform your anxieties into a healthy future.

Being a nervous patient shouldn’t interfere with your oral health. When you arrive at our practice, we will provide you with the necessary support to make you feel safe and at ease.

Dental anxiety has many names, all of them describing the fear of dentists and dental treatments which can make you avoid your appointments. Sometimes, it can result in ignoring quite serious symptoms that can turn into severe oral health issues.

Dental anxieties can be caused by a traumatic dental experience in the past, but it doesn’t always have to be based on your history. There are various reasons for the fear to occur, such as sensitive teeth, pain threshold, to name a few.

Regardless of the cause, taking care of your teeth is as important as taking care of your overall well-being, and Heybridge Dental will treat you with respect, care and try to make you feel as calm as possible.

You may find your treatment more at ease with IV sedation as it puts you to a relaxed state. You will be still conscious and always in control while we take care of your oral health. You can feel safe with us as we will talk you through the steps to provide you with a better understanding of the treatments.

There are various techniques you may find useful to have a more relaxed mindset. Aside from taking a trusted friend to accompany you when you visit us, you can arrive early to read a book to get used to our environment.

Alternatively, you could try listening to some relaxing music before your appointment. You can arrange with your dentist to have, for example, a hand gesture to signal that you no longer feel safe or want the treatment to stop.

If you are a nervous patient, sedation enables you to receive your dental treatment with a relaxed feeling, while you still remain in control.

We offer sedation with all of our procedures to make your visit as stress-free as possible.

An IV sedation is an injection into your veins. It relives your anxiety by making you feel relaxed while you’re awake and enables you to follow your dentist’s instructions.

Yes. Most of the patients who have sedation for their treatment have no recollection of the procedure afterwards. Because of the drowsiness, you must not drive or operate any machinery until the day after your intravenous sedation.

You should take somebody with you to your visit to take you home safely after the treatment.

Please note, you should not go to work and avoid alcohol for 24 hours before and after your appointment.

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Tooth Replacement

When all else fails and you need to have a tooth replaced we have various options available to you.

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Replacing a missing tooth with a single tooth implant can help you regain your confidence and repair your cheerful smile.

It will give you a new tooth that looks and functions the same as a real one, and with proper care, it can last a for years.

Our friendly professionals will discuss your options for filling the gaps caused by your missing teeth.

Single tooth implants can be used in people who are missing one or more teeth. For the procedure to be successful, you must have strong bones in your jaw to be able to support the implant.

A dental implant is a titanium screw. It gets surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gum line that allows mounting of the replacement teeth into the required area. It functions as a ‘new root’ for your false tooth that will be custom made to look natural.

In most cases, the treatment is quick and virtually pain-free. Most patients report less discomfort after having implants than after extraction of their teeth.

Benefits of single tooth implants

  • Long-lasting with a good care
  • Looks just like your natural teeth
  • Prevents other teeth from drifting into empty gaps
  • Restores your confidence

A dental bridge is a fixed replacement for one or more missing teeth to restore your smile.

They are designed to fill the empty gaps between your teeth with a custom made ‘bridge’, offering a more natural-looking solution. This is a less invasive alternative to some other treatments for missing teeth.

Dental bridges can be reliable for several years if oral hygiene is well maintained, and regular dental check-up can prolong the longevity of your bridges.

A dental bridge is a custom made to match the appearance of your natural teeth. It requires support from the teeth next to the gap, and it can be made only if the adjoining teeth are strong. Before making your dental bridge, an impression of the teeth adjacent to the gap will be prepared and used to create your dental bridge.

What are the advantages of dental bridges? 

  • Restore a natural-looking smile
  • Restore the ability to chew effectively
  • Less invasive and relatively quick treatments
  • Prevent the natural teeth from drifting into the empty gaps

 

Dental bridges can last up to 15 years with proper care (by regular brushing, flossing, seeing your dentist and avoiding foods that are hard to chew).

Dentures are removable prosthetics that can be used to replace missing teeth.

They function as the natural teeth and fit tightly over the gums to eliminate potential problems caused by gaps. These prosthetics are created in shape, size and colour to mimic your teeth to make your smile as natural as possible.

How does it work?

Dentures can be made of a variety of different materials, including metal-free ones that may feel more comfortable to wear.

Conventional dentures are removable, but some of the designs rely on bonding or clasping onto teeth or dental implants. Before fitting your dentures, your dentist will remove your natural teeth and take impressions of your mouth to design your dentures for a comfortable fit.

Dentures may feel a little strange at first, but it is normal, and it takes some time for the mouth, tongue and facial muscles to get used to them. Making regular dentist appointments after the dentures are fitted can help to maintain them in good condition.

What are the benefits of dentures?

  • Replace your missing teeth
  • Improve the appearance of your smile
  • Free you from dietary restrictions caused by missing teeth
  • Improve speech and restore confidence
  • Long-lasting

Tooth Restoration

We can bring you back to full oral health by restoring your teeth using the following treatments in order to avoid tooth loss.

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A dental crown is a fixed restoration fitted on broken teeth and dental implants to restore and protect them from further damage.

Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve the appearance, shape or alignment of your teeth. Unlike dentures, crowns are cemented onto your existing teeth or implants and can be removed only by a dentist.

Crowns come in a variety of materials, such as porcelain, ceramic, gold, acrylic and ceramic. Impressions of the teeth will be taken to shape the crown.

It is essential to take proper aftercare and keep the crown just as clean the natural teeth. Although the crowns cannot decay, the decay can start where the edge of the crown joins the tooth.

What are the advantages of dental crowns?

  • Restore badly broken or fractured teeth
  • Improve the appearance of poorly shaped teeth
  • Support the dental bridges that are replacing other missing teeth
  • Cover teeth that have had root canal treatments
  • Cover dental implants

Dental filling is a treatment used to repair your teeth by filling in holes that have been caused by decay.

Fillings restore the shape and function of your teeth, and regular check-ups can help your dentist spot any problems and treat them early.

During a check-up, your dentist will examine the surface of your teeth to determine whether you have a cavity that requires a filling. What type of treatment you may require depends on the damage caused by decay.

Your oral health professional will remove the decayed part of your tooth to clean it and prepare your tooth for the filling. By closing the spaces where bacteria could enter, a filling will help you prevent any further decay. If needed, we will administer the local anaesthetic to relieve you from any discomfort.

Each individual may require a different type of fillings. Variety of materials that may not be suitable for everyone (due to allergies, the extent of repair, etc.). Your dentist will discuss your options to determine which material will suit your needs.

Filling materials include:

  • Amalgam (‘silver’) fillings
  • Composite (‘tooth-coloured’) resin fillings

 

You may experience some sensitivity and/or discomfort after receiving a filling, but it should reduce. Tooth fillings usually last for years, but they tend to wear out over time and might need to be replaced.

Inlays and Onlays are dental restorations that are custom made for you in a dental laboratory.

They can mend your teeth that have been affected by decay or damage, as well as prolong the life of your tooth’s strength. Inlays and Onlays can also help to reinforce a weak tooth to enable you to enjoy your favourite foods without fear of further fracture.

What is the difference?

Inlays are used to repair larger surface and cavities of your back teeth where plaque or even food can be easily trapped. It is one of the fixing methods to restore a tooth after an injury or decay that hasn’t affected the cusps of your tooth.

Onlays are slightly larger and can repair cavities in the central part of the chewing surface and tooth cusps, and they are made the same way as your inlays.

You will have a local anaesthetic administered to relieve you from discomfort. Your dentist will clean the affected area to prepare your tooth. Detailed impressions of your teeth will be sent to our dental laboratory to make your inlays/outlays.

Benefits of Inlays and Onlays:

  • Restore fractured or cracked teeth to prevent further decay
  • Can be made natural-looking to match your teeth
  • Require less of your natural tooth’s reduction
  • Durable to temperature changes
  • Strengthen the affected teeth

Root canal treatments focus on treating infections at the centre of a tooth – the dental pulp.

Having a root canal treatment when it is infected can save your tooth and avoid its removal.

Many factors can result in bacteria in your teeth to cause an infection, and it can cause a severe toothache. If the infection remains neglected, there’s a risk of more severe issues that can result in the removal of the tooth.

What are the symptoms of a pulp infection?

  • Severe toothache
  • Sensitivity to hot/cold foods and drinks
  • Sensitivity or pain while chewing
  • Darkening of the affected tooth

 

During the root canal treatment, the bacteria infecting your tooth must be removed. We will give you a local anaesthetic to numb the affected area, and after successful procedure, we will seal the cleaned canal, then place a filling or a crown.

Tooth Straightening

Bring out your best smile with teeth straightening at Heybridge Dental, straight teeth give you the confidence to smile.

Invisalign® is a modern orthodontic treatment that effectively straightens your teeth in an almost invisible way with custom-made, clear aligners.

It is a modern replacement for traditional braces and ideal for people who value discretion. You will no longer need to hide your smile because of the gaps or crooked teeth.

You can forget about your insecurities caused by crooked, gappy or misaligned teeth because ceramic braces can transform your teeth.

Ceramic braces are discrete and blend in with the colour of your teeth, to make you feel less self-cautious.

Your dentist will advise you on a suitable straightening technique for your teeth. Ceramic braces can be recommended for adults whose teeth have stopped growing.

Their ability to blend in with the colour of your natural teeth makes them ideal for straightening if you don’t want to draw attention.

During the simple treatment, your dentist will carefully position and apply your clear braces to each tooth. You will have to revisit our practice every 6-8 weeks for check-ups to monitor the progress of your teeth as they move into the desired position. Ceramic braces take about 18 to 36 months to straighten your teeth.

Benefits of ceramic braces:

  • Less visible than the traditional braces
  • Moves your teeth safely and effectively
  • Match the colour of your natural teeth

If you are one of those adults who feel insecure because of gappy, crooked or overlapping teeth and fear to wear metal braces, Six Month Smile® is here to offer you a safe and affordable cosmetic solution.

The Six Month Smiles® is the latest dental technique that moves your teeth effectively, using clear braces with low force to move your teeth more comfortably.

The braces will be custom made for you and applied with an adhesive bond to your teeth to hold them into place securely. Throughout your treatment, you will have regular check-ups with your dentist.

The treatment uses low force to eliminate the pain. However, some discomfort might still be noticeable. Increased salivating is also normal due to the foreign object in your mouth.

Benefits of Six Month Smiles®:

  • Takes only 6 months to complete the treatment
  • Clear and discreet braces with neutral wires
  • Predictable final results
  • More comfortable than traditional braces

Preventive Care

Preventive dentistry is at the heart of everything we do at Heybridge Dental, preventing oral health issues before they happen helps you maintain your oral health for years to come.

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Heybridge Dental Practice is dedicated to providing high quality dental hygiene treatments.

From routine tooth cleaning and polishing to the treatment of advanced gum disease, our dental hygienists can help you keep your smile bright and healthy.

Heybridge Dental Practice helps you prevent gum disease and maintain healthy gums with our hygiene services that include, scaling, polishing, AirFlow and detailed oral hygiene instructions unique to your mouth.

At-home care is very important, so be sure to take preventive measures like those listed below:

  • Daily brushing: While holding the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, go over each tooth’s surface with small circular motions, focusing at the gum line. It is recommended to use an electric toothbrush with a small round head.
  • Flossing: Apply dental floss in and out between your teeth to remove debris that could later lead to decay and infection. Don’t forget to floss under the gum as well (where possible).
  • Interdental brushing: Use interdental brushes to clear away plaque and debris that your regular brush and floss can’t access. These are ideal for larger gaps in between teeth. By having regular dental check-ups and following good oral hygiene practices, you can prevent the onset of gum disease and keep your smile clean and healthy.

Facial Aesthetics

Since we go to the dentist to work on the perfect smile, the rise in dentist practices offering other services like botulinum toxins and dermal fillers makes sense.

In fact, we would argue that dentists are the ideal health professional stop deliver these procedures. If you’re somebody who not only wants a great smile but would also like to improve the condition of your skin, these procedures might be for you!

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Botulinum Toxin (BTX) is a form of purified protein that is injected into the facial muscles and works within a few hours of administrating it.

The BTX attaches itself to the nerve endings and impacts their ability to move. In just 3-10 days after the treatment, you will start to notice the skin above these muscles change. They become nice and smooth giving you the desired effect of reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

The effects last approximately 3-4 months depending of the amount of botulinum toxin injected as well as the metabolism of the patient.

These are a little different from BTX, for one they are synthetic gels made of hyaluronic acid. Again, these are injected into the skin to help eliminate fine lines.

Dermal fillers are also used to soften the skin and reduce scarring. Other uses include enhancing lips and replacing lost volume.

Results are different from BTX, they can be seen immediately and can last up to a year.

Why should you have facial aesthetics carried out at a dentist?

As mentioned above, a dentist is actually an ideal health professional to treat these areas. Working in dentistry means the professional has years of experience working with this area of the face.

They will be skilled in delicate tissues, nerve, and muscles of the face and also the mouth. In addition to this, we are also already extremely well versed in administrating injects for anaesthesia.

When it comes to applying botulinum toxin and dermal fillers, dentists will simply require a bit of further training to learn the correct methods.

These may not necessarily be considered as dental procedures, however they are part of an increasing skill set that dentists the top of their game are able to not only offer to clients, but master them. We are proud to say we are one of the few clinics that can offer these exciting procedures to our clients!

Cosmetic Dentistry

With years of experience in various aspects of cosmetic dentistry, we at Heybridge Dental Practice are dedicated to providing the best possible cosmetic treatment using modern techniques and advanced materials.

We will take time to discuss the various options with you and come up with a detailed plan to help improve your smile.

Why not book your dental appointment today to see how we can help you.

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Dental Implants

Single tooth implants can be used in people who are missing one or more teeth.