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That's a really difficult question - rather like choosing a car mechanic. You should always check that dentists do continuing education, that they have proper sterilisation procedures in place and that they wear loops (special telescopic glasses). Next, are you comfortable as you can be at the Practice and do you trust the dentist. Ultimately, professional relationships like Doctors and Dentists are always  based on trust, which normally develops over a period of time.  Sorry - that's the best answer we can give you... so beyond that... go with your gut instinct!

Bleeding is normally caused by inflammation of the gums. It is really important to get this under control for healthy teeth and for good health generally. We will always start with a proper perio exam which will chart the pocket depths of the tissue surrounding your teeth to establish whether you require a general clean or a cleaning process.  If deep cleaning is required, this may take several proper cleaning sessions. We believe that healthy gums is about as important as it gets given that your gums keep your teeth in place! Gum disease is also linked to several physical conditions including heart disease and diabetes. 

Ortho treatments definitely have a profound cosmetic effect, but from a dental perspective, the realignment of teeth means that your teeth will function much longer with far fewer problems over the years. The primary options you have are either traditional braces or Invisalign. Invisalign is much less obvious but costs more and is not an option in all cases. We can advise you on costs and options after a proper exam and records are taken which include photography and bite mould registrations.

First of all, not all teeth respond to whitening, so it's best you let us check first before you spend your money! We offer two types of bleaching. The first are trays which you take home and put in a small amount of bleach every other day whilst you watch TV or read for an hour or so. The second is Zoom where the bleaching takes place at the Surgery over a one hour plus period at the end of which your teeth will be whitened. You then have the trays to take home and maintain the effect.

Yes - and possibly more often if you have gum issues. Dental caries/decay don't always cause symptoms of pain and may not be obvious. It is important to pick up on this early so that proper intervention means minimal consequence. The same is true for gum disease which recurs easily.

The first thing we like to do here, is a proper and thorough examination of your teeth and oral health.  All our output is digital so  once all   we have completed all assessment tasks, the dentist will be able to discuss all treatment options with you and their cost. Almost always, there are different options with different costs so we believe in giving you all the information so you can take an informed decision. With extensive dental treatment, we do sometimes offer payment plans which do not cost you any extra.

Dentists have been delivering cosmetic treatment outside the mouth- specifically for the face – for years!

It’s actually quite logical, as few Doctors give as many injections or have a better understanding of head and neck anatomy. As dentists, we regularly assess and address dental cosmetic issues and nothing can be more satisfying than getting the “frame” around the teeth right!

Dermal fillers can be a painful procedure, but not at the dentist! What’s more, patients enjoy the anonymity of the dentist as opposed to going to a dedicated Botox clinic.

Your dental records belong to you. You can request they are sent to another dentist at any time. XRays are normally useful for about 2 years, but not much more than this.

Nothing is going to beat brushing and flossing properly. If you are at high risk of tooth decay or gum disease, you may consider using a mouth rinse, in which case you should choose one that actually does what it claims. Look for the ADA symbol to ensure it is anti-bacterial which may help reduce gingivitis.

A quick exam will establish if the problem is indeed a wisdom tooth - not always the case! Next is to take an OPG which is an XRay that goes around your head and which will determine where the roots of the tooth go. This XRay enables us to decide whether we can take the tooth out at the Practice, preferred option as it is generally less expensive, or if the roots make extraction problematical and the domain of a specialist. Either way, we or the specialist will require the OPG XRay. If the tooth is severely inflamed, we need to stabilise this first prior to extraction. Warm salty water rinses always aid with drawing out the infection and so reducing pain caused by inflammation.  Once a wisdom tooth "blows up" it tends to do so with increasing frequency. We always recommend their extraction as it is normally only a matter of time - and there is NEVER a good time!

Yes we do - the system is called Hicaps. We swipe your Health Fund card and they credit us the amount they will pay for you . You then simply make up the difference.