Why Choose Private Dentistry and What Will it Cost?

Why would you see us Privately?

  • The dentist you choose to see every visit – our staff turn-over is very low
  • We take time with our patients, a more personal and involved service, we see only 15 or 20 patients per day
  • Highly experienced dentists with a commitment to providing complete, high level care of their patients
  • The Principal Dentist’s mobile number for out of hours advice and care
  • Clear fee structure with payment plans available
  • To be offered more choice and flexibility, but only what’s needed, what is best for the patient
  • To benefit from investment in the latest technology
  • To benefit from shorter waiting times to get an appointment – appointment available within 7 days for a dentist

What will it cost?

Our aim with all our patients is to enable them to look after their own teeth with minimal intervention from professional dental services. We closely follow the principal of minimal intervention dentistry and will only do work that is absolutely required. The emphasis is always on prevention and repairing teeth when needed in a way that lasts many years.

Once we have got our patients teeth to a healthy state with good preventative habits in place we would aim to see them just once a year for a dental check up and either once or twice a year for a hygienist appointment. We titrate patient’s risk factors for decay, gum disease and diseases of the lining of the mouth against the interval we see them.

The cost of one check up @ £48 and one hygienist appointment @ £60 – £108 for the year.

Wedding Day Smile Makeover

Considering how many times your photographer will be shouting “Smile!” at you on your wedding day, it’s only natural to want to ensure that your teeth look their absolute best. Chipped, cracked, discoloured and stained teeth are some of the most common issues we deal with prior to a bride’s wedding. There are plenty of things you can do throughout your engagement to ensure that a near-perfect smile is possible. Whether you need a few months of at-home following a careful oral hygiene routine or a full professional overhaul, Gwynne Dental can help you achieve that perfect smile. A few tips:

  1. Come in for a Consultation

Go for it and get an appointment booked in. It’s important to get the process started early, so you’re not hurrying right before the wedding. Veneers can take two to three months, and orthodontic treatments like straightening and realignment can take up to a year. Ideally give it about a year before the big day if you can.

  1. A visit to the Hygienist

The first part of brightening your smile is giving them a professional clean. This may be the only treatment you require. Our hygienist will not only give them a thorough clean but give your sound advice on how to keep them super clean at home to prevent dental problems and keep them looking great.

  1. Start Whitening

Don’t leave whitening until the last minute! The whitening process generally takes at least two to three weeks, depending on your desired results, so it’s important not to try to rush it. Our recommended whitening procedure is highly effective and long lasting and has no harmful effects o your teeth. Kits bought in the shops and over the internet have been found to cause harm to teeth and are not recommended.

  1. Maintain Your Oral Health at Home

There’s a lot to think about in the months leading up to your wedding, but treating your teeth the right way should be a priority. At Gwynne Dental we follow the best evidence based advice we can find. Using a good electric tooth brush such as a rechargeable Braun Oral B in the correct way will maintain your oral hygiene to a very good standard. Tooth brush instruction is given at all our consultations.

  1. Use a good Flouride toothpaste for prevention of decay.

Most toothpastes on the market have the recommended concentration of fluoride, 1450ppm.

  1. Keep your sugar intake low to prevent unsightly decay.

Frequency rather than amount is the key to sugar intake, keep sugary snacks and drinks to mealtimes.

How we can save your teeth this year

How we can save your teeth: why root treatment is a painless and predictable treatment option.

When a dental abscess develops the tooth sometimes has to be removed, but in many cases a root filling can save it. At Gwynne Dental we take a great deal of care to root treat teeth to the highest standard to maximise the chances of long term success. Mastering this highly technical procedure takes many years. Our dentists continually update their skills and equipment, auditing their work to ensure their work is continually improving and of a high standard. Ensuring your comfort during all procedures is paramount; but contrary to popular belief, root treatments are often completely painless. Using correct local anaesthetics, giving them time to work and checking they have worked before starting is key to a comfortable experience.

Although we are not specialists in root canal treatment all our dentists have a special interest in this area. We do not place a specialist price tag on our treatments however in a few circumstances we will advise a referral to a specialist.

This X-rays show before and after the root treatment. The abscess is the dark shadow at the tip of the root and the white line is the ‘filling’ within the root. The chances of this treatment ‘saving’ this front tooth in the long term are very high.

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Our Christmas 2018 opening times

Christmas is here once again and to confirm, our opening hours during this period are as follows:

  • Christmas Eve; 9-1
  • Christmas Day and Boxing Day closed
  • 27th, 28th and 31st 10-12 emergency cover
  • 1st Jan closed
  • 2nd Jan onwards normal working hours.

For any emergencies over the Christmas period please ring the surgery.

A very Happy Christmas to all our patients!

Let us help to improve your smile

At Gwynne Dental we love to improve your smile without causing any damage to your teeth. The technique of gluing and blending white plastic – known as ‘bonding composite’ – can be very effective and long lasting.

Typically the technique can be used to close an annoying gap, or to change the shape of the teeth.

It can often be done without any drilling or damage to the teeth, and this means no pain and no need for anaesthetic.

This is an example done by a Gwynne Dental Dentist.

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So if you are not happy with your smile, why not pop in and see us for a chat?

Knocking a tooth out: what to do

Any injury to ourselves or our family is obviously upsetting. Dental injuries are very common, yet few people know what to do. Did you know that the right actions can usually save the tooth and reduce the need for dental treatment?

At Gwynne Dental we make sure we use the most up-to-date treatment to ensure the best possible outcome. We have access to resources such as https://dentaltraumaguide.org/ which continually update guidance with the latest research.

Our patients have access to Georgina’s telephone number so out of hours you can get instant advice from an experienced dentist. During office hours we would see a trauma as soon as possible; call our reception team for immediate advice.

Sportsguards

Sportsguards are essential prevent injury but must fit well in order to be effective. We gently take a quick impression of the teeth to create a comfortable custom sportsguard. You can choose from a wide variety of colours and patterns.

Do you know what to do if a tooth is knocked out?

Here’s what to do to help save your tooth

Step 1: Pick the tooth up by the crown only (do not touch the root)

Step 2: Lick the tooth clean if it is dirty, or rinse it in water. DO NOT scrub it.

Step 3: Stick the tooth back in position (adult teeth only)

*** Never try to re-insert a baby tooth ***

Step 4: Bite on a handkerchief to hold it in place

Step 5: Go straight to a dentist

If it’s not possible to put the tooth back in position, put the tooth in milk and go straight to a dentist (out of hours go to A&E).

There is a great website to check out: http://www.dentaltrauma.co.uk/

Broken or chipped a tooth?

Tooth fragments can be glued back into position:

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Childrens food and drinks diary

Childrens food and drinks diary

With the summer holidays now upon us, this is a great time to ensure your children are consuming the right food and drink. This food and drinks diary will help us to offer advice on food and drink choices to help your children look after their teeth.

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Please download our custom diary and start monitoring your intake now from this link: Childrens Diary.

Simply fill out the diary from today and feel free to email our head dentist, Georgina to georgina@gwynnedental.co.uk. Upon doing so, she will be only to happy to offer an assessment via email.

Amalgam and mercury free dentistry

At Gwynne Dental we feel the health and appearance of your smile are important.  We always use modern white composite or ceramic materials which give beautiful long lasting results.  The old fashioned mercury amalgam fillings can be easily replaced either as part of a makeover or as and when required.  When white fillings were first invented they were not as durable as modern materials, and some dentists may still tell you that metal fillings and crowns must be used, but this is very rarely the case.  At Gwynne Dental we can ensure that all your teeth are the colour nature intended – or better!

Amalgam to Composite

Amalgam to Porcelain Onlay

Please see our updated price lists for 2018

Gwynne Dental are proud to announce our new and updated pricing for 2018. You will see enclosed the wide array of services we are able to deliver.

Please see all of our up to date price lists below:

Should you require any manner of dentistry work, please by all means contact us direct today on 01256 321945 or via email to enquiries@gwynnedental.co.uk. Alternatively, please send us an email via our contact form here.

Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

Snoring

Studies have shown that approximately 40% of the population of the industrialised countries snore and that this increases to 60% in men above the age of 60.

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Most of the noises produced by snoring are generated by vibration of areas of the soft tissues. During sleep, there is a natural relaxation of the muscle tone in the neck and throat and the normal firmness of the tissues decreases, resulting in the formation of bottlenecks or even complete obstruction of the airways, especially when the patient lies on their back.

Due to this narrowing of the throat space, the required volume of air must be respired at a higher speed to deliver the same quantity of air. This results in stimulation and vibration of soft tissues such as the soft palate generating the snoring noise.

It has been found that snoring can also be caused by external factors such as alcohol or sedatives. A reduction or elimination of any of these may in mild cases be sufficient to remedy the condition.

Obstructive sleep apnoea
Defined as a respiratory arrest (of more than 10 seconds).

Hypopnea is a decrease in the blood oxygen concentration in blood resulting from a reduction in the respiratory volume during sleep.

At a certain level of severity, this is serious condition that may cause not only sleepiness during the day but also serious secondary effects. The severity of the disease is assessed using the apnoea/hypopnea index, which is calculated by dividing the number of apnoea (longer than 10 seconds) and hypopnea episodes by the number of hours sleep. An index of up to 5 is considered normal, indices of 6-20 or 20-40 are indicative of moderate and sever sleep apnoea, respectively. The index can be determined only in a sleep laboratory.

Referral to a sleep laboratory is urgently indicated, if apnoea is suspected.

Methods of Treatment

  • ORAL DEVICES
    These devices are worn at night and usually operate by displacing the lower jaw forward in a forward direction in order to achieve the opening of the throat section of the airways. Acceptance rates can be as low as 2% but as long as the patient tolerates their use, these devices can be expected to be quite successful in curing the social problem that apnoea poses as well as obstructive sleep apnoea of up to moderate severity. The main reason for patient rejection of these appliances is because of their bulk.
  • BREATHING MASK
    The breathing mask is used for positive air pressure respiration, keeping the airways open. The masks are effective even in severe apnoea cases and are considered the method of choice in these cases. However, the breathing mask must be set up and adjusted in the sleep laboratory. It is a vital piece of equipment although at times may prove inconvenient. 
  • SURGERY
    Usually surgery is used to remove respiration-impairing structures, such as enlarged tonsils, adenoids etc. Widely differing success rates of surgery in treating snoring have been reported (20-40%). Success in terms of the cure of apnoea is unsatisfactory.

The Silensor:

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At Gwynne Dental we offer the Silensor. It is one of the oral appliances which can be worn at night. Its biggest advantage being that it is non-bulky.

The success of the treatment is largely dependent on the patient’s acceptance of the appliance. Obviously, the depth of sleep and comfort of the patient will increase with the reduction in bulk of the appliance.

All these benefits are advantages of the Silensor.

It makes use of the fact that the throat space is enlarged when the lower jaw is displaced in an anterior direction.

This appliance consists of two separate thin mouthguards which fit over the upper and lower tooth arches. The mouthguards are connected by two lateral rotating connectors which gently pull the lower jaw forward. Any further opening of the mouth increases the forward displacement of the lower jaw. Despite wearing this appliance, movement of the lower jaw is possible.

Because the Silensor is of minimum bulk it is comfortable and an effective anti-snoring aid.

The effectiveness of the Silensor Appliance

This appliance has proven highly successful even when breathing through the nose is difficult or blocked, since in almost all cases the noise involved in snoring is caused by constriction of the airways. Similarly, when breathing through the nose is difficult or impossible, e.g. by polyps, use of this appliance is in no way precluded.

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The Silensor cannot be used in the edentulous mouth. Where removable partial dentures are worn and are firmly retained within the mouth the Silensor can be used.

In cases of suspected sleep apnoea we would refer the patient back to their GP for referral to a sleep disorder clinic.