Dental Services and Dental Treatments focusing on Preventative Dentistry (Dental Hygiene, Oral Hygiene, Dental Decay) but also including Cosmetic Dentistry (Dental Implants, Veneers, Teeth Whitening) are all available from The Village Dental Practice in Ainsdale.
Preventative Dentistry and Hygiene
At The Village Dental Practice we strongly promote preventative dentistry and the maintenance of good oral hygiene.
An effective dental hygiene routine should include brushing the teeth twice a day with a fluoride based toothpaste and cleaning between the teeth daily with floss or interdental cleaning aids. Our dentists and team of hygienists here at The Village Dental Practice will guide you on how best to do this. Your oral hygiene can sometimes benefit from further professional cleaning, which is why we provide regular hygiene visits to suit your needs.
A hygiene visit can help to remove plaque, bacteria and stains from the teeth. This helps to maintain the integrity of the gum and bone around the tooth and reduce the risk of gum/periodontal disease. Good oral hygiene can also help avoid further dental treatment like fillings and extractions.
Whilst we pride ourselves on being a preventive practice we also realise how important it is to have a nice smile. An attractive smile is an important asset and boosts self confidence. All our dentists and staff will be happy to discuss the many techniques available to improve your smile. We offer tooth whitening, tooth coloured fillings, all ceramic crowns, bridges and veneers. We have leaflets, and various visual aids to explain the treatments. Please ask your dentist what he can do to improve your smile. It is the shop window to a healthy mouth.
The Village Dental Practice now offers dental implants. They can be an ideal way to replace missing teeth as an alternative to cumbersome dentures or invasive bridgework. Please ask your dentist for more information. Both Mr Staunton and Mr Smith have attended comprehensive certificated post graduate education in dental implantology. (They have been replacing missing teeth with dental implants for many years).
Radiography & Dental Imagery
This practice makes full use of digital radiographs (x-rays) for the diagnosis of dental and oral disease. Small intra-oral digital radiographs are taken in the surgery and the panoramic extra oral radiographs are taken in our x-ray unit. All the surgeries have intra-oral cameras to help with diagnosis and explanations.
Oral Hygiene Products
Staining can occur for a number of reasons, from bad habits such as smoking to the foods and drinks we consume. These stains can darken the natural whiteness of our teeth. Depending on the severity of your dental stains we will advise you as to which whitening process would be most beneficial for you.
Home Whitening (tray system)
This is the most popular and easiest form of whitening treatment that we provide and is carried out in the comfort of your own home. Custom made trays are made for each individual patient given along with the ‘whitening gel’ which the patient would wear whilst sleeping or for a shorter period during the day. Great results are normally achieved within 2 weeks.
Porcelain veneers can correct stained, chipped or misaligned teeth with an excellent ‘life like’ appearance with minimum tooth intervention. The procedure involves placing a thin yet strong layer of porcelain over the existing tooth – almost like a ‘false fingernail’. Very little preparation of the tooth is required ensuring the tooth and veneer bond securely when cemented in place.
White Fillings (composites)
Until recently metal ‘amalgam’ fillings were most commonly used to fill cavities caused by decay but are obviously visible within the patients mouth. Dental decay occurs when plaque acids and bacteria soften the enamel and reach the dentine layer of the tooth. By using a natural ‘tooth coloured’ restoration these cavities are unseen in the mouth and are an excellent cosmetic improvement.
A porcelain inlay or onlay are restorations made in the dental laboratory that are fitted into or onto a tooth. This would be necessary when there is insufficient tooth left to support a white filling but enough tooth remaining to avoid making a crown which would be more destructive to the tooth.
A crown is an artificial yet natural looking tooth that sits over the top of a damaged / broken tooth to strengthen and protect what is left underneath. Crowns are ideally used when a tooth has broken or has been weakened by decay or a previous large restoration. They can be made from gold, porcelain with metal or all ceramic and are custom made for each tooth, blending in with your natural teeth and are completely functional.
A dental bridge can replace a single or several missing teeth affected by tooth loss. Bridges come in several forms and can be made with different materials. This would depend on the overall health and strength of the surrounding teeth and of the location of the missing tooth/teeth. Briges are made to look and feel like natural teeth returning the appearance and the function of your smile.
Replacing lost or missing teeth has many benefits for your health and appearance. Dentures can replace a complete or partial set of teeth and provide support for lips and cheeks. Without this support, facial muscles can ‘sag’ making a person appear older and reduce their eating and speaking ability. Dentures can be constructed from several materials including acrylic, resin or chrome and are made to custom fit each patients oral measurements and condition. Dentures are designed to look as natural as possible.
You may need a tooth extraction for a number of reasons such as advanced tooth decay, an impacted wisdom tooth or for orthodontic treatment. Extractions are carried out using local anasthetic so that the procedure is pain free and made as comfortable as possible. After care and instructions are routinely given to patients post operatively.
Root Canal Treatment
This is a procedure that is performed when tooth decay reaches the inner chamber of the the tooth and infects the nerve and blood supply. The treatment involves cleaning the infected tooth canals under local anasthetic and then filling and sealing the tooth. A root filled tooth is technically ‘dead’ as the nerves etc have been removed but once filled or in some cases crowned the tooth can be used as it was before.
Dental implants are an advanced and effective solution to the problem of missing teeth. Not only is the visible part of the tooth replaced but the root also, which provides extra stability and improved function. The implant is a titanium post fixed into the jawbone under local anasthetic to replace the missing root. This post is then left to integrate with the bone for a number of weeks. Once the area has healed your new restoration can be fitted using a crown, bridge or denture. Implants provide extra stability, do not need to destruct adjacent teeth or gums, are of a natural appearance and are long lasting. An assessment would be made to see if a patient is a candidate for dental implants, taking into consideration oral health, bone density and dental hygiene.
Dental Hygiene and Gum Disease
Dental hygiene is the foundation of a healthy mouth which needs to be maintained. Keeping your gums clean and healthy can prevent the development of oral health problems which can lead to tooth and bone loss.
‘What is Gum Disease’
This presents as swelling, soreness or infection of the tissues supporting the teeth. There are 2 main forms of gum disease – gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Gingivitis – inflammation of the gums. This is when the gums around the teeth become red, swollen and often bleed when they are brushed.
Periodontal Disease – Long term gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease affecting the tissues supporting the teeth. As it progresses the bone levels decrease making the teeth loose. If this is left untreated the affected teeth will eventually fall out.
‘What causes gum disease?’
Gum disease occurs when bacteria is able to enter the gums and teeth were it spreads and causes damage. Plaque that is left unbrushed progresses into the gum area, hence why it is always vital to remove it thoroughly when brushing and flossing.
‘What happens if gum disease is not treated?’
Unfortunately gum disease progresses painlessly mostly so that you are unaware of the damage it is doing. However, sometimes the bacteria can be more active and this will make your gums sore. This can lead to gum abscesses and over a number of years teeth may be lost and treatment can be more difficult.
Mouth Cancer Screening
Cases of mouth cancer are on the increase and it is believed there are more than 1,700 deaths every year in the UK due to this condition. However the disease can be successfully treated if spotted early enough.
Your dentist has the knowledge and experience to spot oral cancers, hence the importance of visiting the practice every 6 months or so for a routine checkup.
Cutting out certain habits such as smoking and heavy drinking can also help prevent the development of mouth cancer.
For more information please visit:- Mouth Cancer Foundation Website.
Childrens Dental Health
We provide regular checkups for children on an NHS basis encouraging parents to
bring their child / children into the practice as soon as possible.
Good dental health starts in the early years and protecting your childs oral health from decay and disease ensuring they avoid dental problems in the future.
We also provide advice and information on the dangers of sugar and other tooth damaging sources – educating children on the best diet for their dental health.
Preventative treatments are provided where necessary such as fisure sealants and fluoride applications.
We offer a wide range of services, including: dental hygienist, preventative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, radiography, dental imagery and oral hygiene products.
Our recent investment in new surgeries and sterilisation areas enable us to offer high standards of dental care and cross-infection control.
We offer a range of appointment times to suit our patients including early morning and early evening surgeries.