Will it hurt?
When I was little I was terrified of the dentist. I still don’t like going and often wonder how I ended up getting into dentistry, except for the fact that I understand what you are going through and have made it my life’s work to ensure that you are not as scared as I was. Dental treatment does not have to hurt at all and we make it our business to ensure that it doesn’t.
I haven’t been for a long time. Does that matter?
If you haven’t seen a dentist for some time it is possible that there is quite a lot of work to do. But on the other hand it might not. The only way to find out is to come a have a consultation and we can talk through what needs to be done. It’s better not to put it off any longer. We certainly won’t tell you off. It’s your mouth and your choice and you take responsibility for what you do with it!
I’ve got some gaps which I don’t like. What can I have done?
There are lots of options from simple acrylic dentures to fixed bridges or implants to bring your mouth back to the shape you want it. We can talk through these options, give you some advice and you can then choose what will be best for you.
I don’t like the colour of my teeth. Can I have them made whiter?
Many people nowadays want to have their teeth whitened. This can be done either in the surgery or using trays made for you for you to slowly whiten the teeth at home. Please make an appointment to discuss this. It’s not suitable for everyone but it is often possible and you need to think through what you want and whether it will produce the result you want.
My gums bleed when I brush them. Is that normal or am I going to lose my teeth?
If your gums bleed when you brush them it means that they are inflamed. Healthy gums don’t bleed. The cure for this is to brush them thoroughly and not avoid the area that is bleeding. It may be just the gum that is bleeding or you may have some problems with the support for the teeth which is known as periodontal disease. To know the extent of your problem you need to have your mouth checked over and get some professional advice.
I smoke, is this affecting my mouth?
I’m afraid it almost certainly is. The smoke has an effect on the gums and usually results in some sort of gum disease. It’s another good reason to stop smoking as it will really give you a chance to get your mouth healthy again.
I recently stopped smoking and my mouth feels worse. What’s wrong?
It probably means your mouth is starting to heal itself. The smoke often hides what damage is being done and stops the gums from revealing their condition. It’s time to get them sorted and a visit to the dentist to have them looked at would be really worthwhile.