An initial consultation at Cheam Road Dental Practice in Sutton lasts 30 minutes. A dentist will inspect your teeth thoroughly and review all important aspects of your oral health. The results are recorded onto our system. The dentist will also discuss your medical history so please bring along details of any medication you are currently using.
Consultations are also used to discuss your own dental health concerns. Records will be taken on the condition of your teeth and we may take intra-oral photographs. Your gums and the soft tissue in your mouth also undergo examination. To prevent future pain and headaches, we inspect the jaw joint to ensure teeth align correctly.
Following the inspection, your dentist compiles a written estimate of any work required. Patients in Sutton and the surrounding Surrey area may be asked to provide records and radiographs from a previous dentist if possible as these can be helpful in making a full and accurate diagnosis. We recommend that radiographs are taken every three to five years.
Cheam Road Dental Practice conducts routine examinations at intervals of six months to one year based on your dental needs. Because we will already have records from the initial consultation on our system, the dentist will be able to monitor any changes in your dental and oral health within ten minutes.
It is a little-known fact that most of the population suffers from some kind of gum disease. Gingivitis is an infection or inflammation of the gums that can cause bleeding when the teeth are brushed. It can also cause bad breath. Left unattended, gingivitis can develop into periodontal disease. This results in loss of the bone supporting the teeth and can lead to tooth loss.
Our practice has a dedicated hygienist who helps in the prevention of gum disease. If there are already problems present, we can usually arrest disease to help you keep your teeth for longer. Typical treatments include demonstrations on how to clean the teeth and gums properly, removing plaque and removing calculus.
Our hygienist can also assist with basic cosmetic dentistry for patients who do not have any type of gum disease, this includes stain removal. Many patients leave our practice in Sutton with lovely, clean teeth and their winning smile restored.
Your dentist will normally take radiographs every three to five years to detect dental problems that aren’t visible during a routine examination. We take digital x-rays that cut exposure to radiation by up to 90% compared with standard dental x-rays. Our practice has innovative software that immediately displays radiographic images on a monitor.
Should we need to refer you to our wider network of dental and oral health specialists, we can transfer digital images of your teeth by email.
We normally fit crowns in two sittings. Your dentist will recommend crowns to protect any tooth broken or weakened by decay or a root canal treatment. Crowns are custom-made in a wide range of materials that can match your existing teeth perfectly.
The initial appointment takes approximately ninety minutes. Your dentist uses this time to shape the tooth so that the new crown will fit perfectly. An impression of the prepared tooth is taken, and dispatched to our laboratory so that it can be hand crafted to fit. We cement a temporary crown in place which will last until your second sitting.
The second sitting usually takes place a fortnight later. During this thirty-minute appointment, the dentist removes the temporary crown and cements the new crown into position. A new crown can be expected to last for ten years or more. (For more information, click here.)
Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of your natural teeth. They can close unsightly gaps between the teeth, improve the appearance of a chipped tooth as well as improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth.
Veneers are made in 2 visits. On the first visit ,if required, a minimal amount is removed from the surface of the tooth to make room for the veneer. An impression of the tooth is taken and sent to the laboratory. The colour is matched with the surrounding teeth using a shade guide. A temporary veneer is sometimes needed.
On the second visit a couple of weeks later the veneer is bonded to the tooth with special adhesive.
We use root canal treatment when a tooth dies. Patients will usually need to attend two separate appointments at our Sutton practice.
Each appointment lasts ninety minutes. A temporary filling is used between appointments. Your dentist will repeat this process until such time as the infection clears. At this point, we insert a permanent filling. Because treatment weakens the tooth, we usually place a crown to protect it. (For more information, click here.)
Food, drink and smoking cause teeth to discolour as we get older. A dentist or hygienist can lighten the teeth with safe bleaching techniques. If you have crowns, dentures or veneers, you may need to replace them as bleaching does not affect them and replacement is usually the only way to achieve a perfect colour match with your natural teeth.
If you already need a crown, veneer or denture treatment, it is better to have your teeth whitened first. This makes the process more affordable.
During your appointment, we take impressions of your teeth and send them to a laboratory. Here, trays are made to contain the bleaching gel and protect your gums. The tray is taken home and the patient applies the bleaching gel over a three to four-week period until the required shade has been achieved.
Sometimes the teeth become sensitive during the whitening process. If sensitivity occurs for more than a few days, please get back in touch with your dentist.
To find out more about other treatments available see the British Dental Health Foundation website.