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General Dentistry @ Eccleshill Dental

Our comprehensive Dental Health Examinations are designed to assess all areas of your mouth and surrounding areas to help give you the tools to prevent disease, but if present can be identified and treated early.

Our Dental Health Examinations include 17 checks as detailed below. Research has found that a regular programme of Dental Health Checks and disease prevention appointments are the most proactive way to optimise maintenance of your dental health.


Seven important areas we discuss with you at each appointment

  • How healthy you feel your teeth and gums are


  • Any dental problems reported


  • Impact of diet on your dental health


  • Impact of lifestyle on your dental health


  • Progress check from previous visits


  • How satisfied you are with the appearance of your teeth and gums


  • Any medical issues which may affect your dental health or treatment



Eight vital checks we do each time we see you

  • Health and strength of your teeth


  • Health and stability of previous dental restorations


  • Health of the lining of your mouth (visual oral cancer check)


  • Health of your gums


  • Presence of damaging plaque


  • Health of your jaw


  • Health of your glands


  • Comfort and accuracy of your bite



Two important checks we do less often using x-ray:

  • Health of areas inside, under and between teeth


  • Changes in bone quality



Composite White Fillings 

Tooth decay? Tooth wear? Trauma? Conscious of old silver fillings?

Fillings are restorations used to support teeth and avert further infection or damage by filling cavities which are caused when bacteria penetrates the enamel. Fillings help to prevent the spread of infection and keep the tooth strong and healthy.

White fillings or silver, amalgam fillings?

Mercury amalgam (silver) fillings were used in the past but white fillings are becoming increasingly popular as they appear more aesthetically pleasing. Many of our patients are opting to have white fillings rather than metal fillings because they can blend in with the colour of the natural tooth.

Here at Eccleshill Dental we choose to use the finest, advanced materials to create hard-wearing, durable fillings that provide strength and look natural. Our Dentists perform their outstanding skills to hand-craft white fillings, often making them indistinguishable from the rest of the tooth. As well as looking natural, the filling will help to prevent further decay or damage.

The Procedure

The tooth is thoroughly prepared, removing decayed tissue and making sure the cavity is completely clean. The cavity is etched and then the correct shade of white filling material is layered and crafted into the cavity. It is then set using intensive light. Final adjustments are made after it has set to ensure that it is as unnoticeable as possible in terms of comfort and how it looks.

Benefits of tooth coloured white fillings

  • White fillings are mercury free
  • Look natural and matched to the shade of your teeth
  • Require less tooth preparation i.e. drilling, ensuring that as much of the natural tooth remains
  • White fillings are adhesive which allows the Dentist to layer the material to build up chipped front teeth or build up badly broken down teeth


Tooth Extraction

At Eccleshill Dental, our aim is to preserve and save every tooth, offering a range of treatment to do this. However, in certain cases where a tooth may be too damaged or too loose to be saved, extraction may be required.
We aim to ensure our patients are fully informed of the options available to them to retain their natural teeth. We will assess and discuss if extraction is necessary or if there are alternative solutions i.e. root canal treatment that can often be used to save a tooth that is decayed.
If the tooth is beyond repair and extraction is the only option, you can rest assured that our dentists use the latest techniques to minimise any discomfort during the removal of your tooth.
Reasons for tooth extraction:


    • Infection has destroyed the surrounding bone or a large portion of the tooth


    • Decay has reached deep inside the tooth


    • Not enough room in your mouth for all the teeth


    • To make room for teeth that have moved after orthodontic treatment


An x-ray is usually taken to decide on the best way to extract the tooth and decide on the appropriate anaesthetic technique to ensure your care and comfort.
After your extraction, your dentist will give you advice on what to do at home and follow the post-extraction aftercare guidance to ensure your healthy recovery.
Post-extraction aftercare

The following steps will relieve soreness and help prevent bleeding:


    • Rest for a few hours following the extraction and avoid strenuous excercise


    • Do not rinse your mouth for at least four hours


    • From the first day after your extraction, rinse your mouth after meals and before bed with a mouthwash. Salt aids healing and we advise dissolving 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water, hold the solution in your mouth for a few minutes and discard. Repeat this 2 – 3 times.


    • Avoid alcohol, hard or chewy foods and hot drinks and try to avoid direct contact with the open wound.


    • If bleeding occurs sit upright with head and shoulders raised. Apply pressure using a small gauze pad or clean linen and firmly clamp between jaws for 15 minutes, repeating if necessary.


    • Take whatever pain relief you would usually take for a headache but don’t take aspirin.



We advise patients who smoke to avoid doing so for 24 – 48 hours after treatment.


To book an appointment call us today on 01274 633406.


Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment (or endodontic treatment) is needed if the inside of the tooth and surrounding area is infected as a result of decay, wear or injury.
The treatment involves removing dead or damaged pulp in the root of the tooth and filling the space remaining. The treatment is used to prevent or stop toothache and infection and avoid extraction. Contrary to popular belief, root canal treatment is not usually painful.

What are symptoms of an infected tooth?


    • Pain when biting or chewing


    • Sensitivity when having hot or cold food or drinks


    • Swelling of the gum near to the infected tooth


    • Facial swelling


    • Pus leaking out of the affected tooth


Benefits of Root Canal Treatment


    • Stop or prevent toothache and/or infection


    • Allows teeth that can’t be repaired to be saved and fixed with either a filling or crown


    • Stops the risk of infection spreading beyond the tooth


What is the procedure for Root Canal Treatment?


    • Local anaesthetic is used to numb the area


    • The damaged or infected tissue is removed from inside the tooth


    • The area is then cleaned and disinfected


    • The space is filled and sealed using advanced materials


    • The tooth may require a filling or a crown and this will depend on the strength of the remaining structure of the tooth after treatment



To find out more call us on 01274 633406 and book an appointment for a consultation.


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