general dentistry in walberton

At Walberton Dental Surgery, we offer a range of general dentistry treatments for the whole family

As dentists we believe prevention is always better than cure and will always encourage and help you to look after your teeth, so you don’t develop tooth decay in the first place. If we do identify a problem, then we will use the best technique to restore your tooth. Read about the different types of treatments we offer below or contact us to discuss a particular procedure.

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Dental check-ups

As well as flossing and brushing your teeth twice a day, you should also visit your dentist regularly for a dental check-up.  

At each check-up, we will typically examine your teeth, gums and mouth. We will also ask about your general health and any problems you've had with your teeth, mouth or gums since your last visit. In addition, we may ask you about your teeth-cleaning habits, your diet, smoking and alcohol use.

After your check-up, we will recommend a date for your next visit. This may be as short as 3 months or as long as 1 year, generally the lower your risk of dental problems, the longer you can wait before your next check-up. So, people with good oral health will probably need to attend only once every 6 or 12 months, but those with more problems will need dental check-ups more often.

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Fillings

Fillings are one of the most basic methods of restoring teeth. They do exactly what their name suggests – they fill a hole in the tooth that has been caused by decay and they play an important role in helping us keep a tooth for many more years. 

In the past, fillings were always made from either gold or a silver-coloured alloy called amalgam. Both of these materials are extremely durable and in some cases, they are still the best choice available. Amalgam fillings do however have one disadvantage – they do not match your natural white teeth in appearance.  At Walberton Dental Surgery we also offer white or composite fillings which give you a more natural smile.

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Dental Crowns

dental crown is sometimes known as a ‘cap’ and is an artificial tooth that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. Dental crowns are an ideal restoration for teeth that have been broken or weakened by decay or have a very large filling. They can be made from various materials.

dental crown could be used for a number of other reasons:

1. You may have discoloured fillings and would like to improve the appearance of the tooth.
2. You may have had a root filling which will need a crown to protect it.
3. It may help hold a bridge or denture firmly in place.

Dental crowns address aesthetic needs, restore tooth function and enhance the overall health of your mouth.  

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Dental bridges

There are a number of important reasons why you should replace missing teeth. Not only do missing teeth affect your appearance but they can put a greater strain on the teeth at either side of the gap.  A gap can also affect your ‘bite’ because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, possibly causing both decay and gum disease. 

A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth by using one or both of the neighbouring teeth as anchors. A dental bridge will improve the way you look, bite, chew and speak and the colour and shape can be matched to you own teeth. At Walberton Dental Surgery we also replace teeth using dental implants or dentures. If you are interested in replacing your missing teeth, please contact the practice to arrange an appointment and we can discuss the various options with you.

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Dentures

A denture is made from hard-wearing material that mimics the look of teeth and gums to give your mouth a natural appearance.

Your denture will be made to fit snugly on your gums and you will be able to remove it for cleaning. When you wear a denture for the first time it may
take a while to get used to it when speaking, eating and chewing. It is important that you take extra care in your hygiene regime so that you can avoid bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. Our hygienist will be able to show you how to best take care of your denture and gums and will tell you about specialised brushes/techniques you can use to do this.

At Walberton Dental Surgery we offer a range of dentures to suit your needs. For more information please contact the practice.

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Root Canal treatment

Root Canal Treatments are carried out when the inside of the tooth (the root or pulp) becomes infected or damaged. Infection and damage to the root can be very painful, creating inflammation with the risk of severe pain and swelling.

The treatment eliminates the cause of the pain by completely removing the diseased or damaged tissue from the inside of the tooth. The root canal is meticulously cleaned and shaped, before securely filling it back up with a durable, inert material.There have been great innovations in the last few years to improve the comfort, speed and efficiency of Root Canal Treatment.

At Walberton Dental Surgery our dentists are experienced, highly skilled and keep up to date with the most current concepts to ensure we deliver the best possible care for our patients. Root Canal Treatment allows you to be pain free whilst keeping your original tooth.

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Dental Extractions

Sometimes it may be necessary to remove a tooth because of disease, trauma or crowding.

At Walberton Dental Surgery we will do everything we can to make you as comfortable as possible during the procedure. After the extraction, it is important that you follow the advice given by your dentist to ensure the area heals as quickly as possible. In many cases, continued toothache is a signal that you have a problem that your dentist will need to assess, but prompt attention can usually prevent the need for a tooth extraction.

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Children's Dentistry

Children are always welcome at our practice. Children’s teeth are just as susceptible to decay and other problems as adults’ teeth are.

We encourage our parents to start bringing their children with them to their own dental appointments. If this is done from an early age, even before their children’s teeth have come through, it helps them get used to the sights, smells and sounds of the practice.

Once children have their own teeth, we need to see them regularly for their own check-ups so we can keep a close eye on how their teeth are developing and spot any potential issues early on. We feel it is important to show your children how to care for their teeth from an early age,. They can then enjoy having healthy teeth for life.

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We understand it is not always easy to get children to look after their teeth, if you need help encouraging them please take a look at the following videos.

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