When you think about advanced dental care, you can rely on us to provide a high quality, patient-centred service.
Occasionally your dentist may diagnose potential problems requiring complex or advanced treatment planning to return you to good oral health. Or you may want to change the physical appearance of your teeth to give you more confidence when you smile. The dentist may recommend you accept a referral for consultation with a member of our Specialist and Referral team.
In taking a referral, you are under the care of a vastly experienced team with many years experience in their field. Whether the treatment is for corrective or aesthetic reasons your expectation should always be the same – to receive clear advice and treatment options with no obligation to proceed.
We do strongly recommend seeing your dentist for a full dental examination prior to referral. Your dentist will propose a full range of options but you may of course request referral. Please ask a member of the team for current consultation fees (where applicable).
The Elms Dental Practice is proud to offer a range of specialist services including:
Do you have gum disease or problems with your gums?
The normal cause is often created by lifestyle choices or inefficient cleaning but whatever the reason, you should seek help to keep your teeth.
If left untreated, your gums may recede or pull away from your teeth leaving them weakened and at risk of falling out. Swollen, sore or infected gums may be caused by gum disease or gingivitis. This is very common and is experienced to some degree by half the adult population in the UK. Bad breath and bleeding gums when you brush your teeth may indicate that you are at risk of developing gum disease.
Helping you to get to a higher level of gum health and advising you on how to maintain this level will help you to keep your teeth for longer.
Do you want to avoid a tooth extraction?
You may be suitable for root canal therapy. When a cavity is large and extends into the inner part of the tooth, your dentist may recommend root canal therapy (referred to as endodontic treatment).
Teeth with cavities close or into the nerve of the tooth can become extremely painful. This initial pain is caused by bacteria affecting the nerve of the tooth. Left untreated these bacteria can often lead to an infection (an abscess) forming within the tooth and its surrounding bone and gum. In these cases a root canal treatment would be required to save the tooth and avoid the need for an extraction.
Once the root filling is completed the tooth is restored using a filling onlay or crown depending on your individual preferences, the condition of the tooth and the level of restoration required.
Your dentist will be able to discuss the problems relating to your tooth and let you know what treatment you require. Options include treatment with your dentist or with a specialist depending on the complexity of treatment. You will be given all the appropriate options including private and NHS treatment.
Minor Oral Surgery is referred treatment for facial injuries affecting the mouth or teeth and for complicated or difficult extractions. For example, wisdom teeth.
If you require treatment from a specialist your dentist will refer you for NHS or private treatment, dependent on your needs and preferences.
Dental implants are a permanent way of replacing missing teeth! they feel, work and look very much like your own teeth.
They can be used to replace individual or even a full set of missing teeth. A dental implant is an artificial or prosthetic tooth root which is placed into the jaw. Once this implant is in position, a tooth that has been built to match your own teeth is fixed onto it.
Following assessment of your suitability for dental implants, you will be referred to a dental practitioner who has undergone extensive training in Implantology.
This skilled procedure starts with the placement of a prosthetic root implant, which is usually made of titanium, into your jaw under local anaesthetic (if you are particularly nervous you can be sedated). After 3-6 months, when the jaw has healed, an impression is taken so that one of our trusted dental laboratories can build your new tooth to the exact size, shape and colour required. This is then tried in place and if you and your dentist are happy it is fixed securely to the artificial root.
It is very important to maintain a routine of good oral hygiene following an implant to make sure the surrounding teeth and gums stay healthy. If you follow the advice of your dentist and hygienist carefully, your implant will last for many years.
Tooth Straightening Options for Children and Adults
Braces are used to improve the position and function of crooked teeth and of course to improve their appearance. There are a wide range of braces available, but the most common systems use wires that gently move the teeth into a more natural position.
If your child’s teeth appear to be developing out of line, your dentist may make a referral to an orthodontist. He or she will examine your child’s teeth and jaw and complete an assessment to identify if they qualify for NHS treatment.
NHS orthodontic treatment is currently only available to children. However, private options are available for adults as well as children, and there are a number of wire and clear-brace systems to suit varying needs. Less severe cases may be treated with a removable brace, but most commonly a fixed brace is required and has to be worn for a significant period of time to achieve the desired result.
Good oral hygiene is particularly important to make sure the teeth remain strong and healthy whilst the brace is in place. Your orthodontist or hygienist will provide appropriate oral care advice.
Do you experience high anxiety about having dental treatment?
If you experience high anxiety about dental treatment, sedation is an option for you.
We know the levels of anxiety are escalated if a nervous patient receives the news that they need dental treatment to achieve a better level of oral health – some people are greatly affected.
All of our dentists strive to provide you with the comfort and assurance that you need to have treatment in their surgery under local anaesthetic but when that is not enough to help you, we may be able to refer you for treatment under sedation. Your dentist will of course offer you NHS and private referral options. If you would like private treatment which can be arranged very quickly, we can help. NHS referrals may take longer.
If you would like to be considered for treatment under sedation, discuss your concerns with your dentist and if necessary, we will refer you to one of our dentists that is highly knowledgeable in this area.
We also offer convenient payment plans.
If you would like further information contact the practice team today.