Regular oral examinations every six to nine months help to ensure your mouth, gums and teeth stay in the best possible shape. We look for any abnormal changes in soft tissue and use x-rays to check for early signs of dental decay so that we can keep your teeth in good condition and avoid the need for remedial treatment later on. We’ll talk to you about any issues you’ve had since your last visit, and we’ll offer advice on diet, oral hygiene and teeth cleaning if required.
We might recommend a filling if we find a tooth that’s decayed, broken, or missing part of an old filling. Our fillings are made of mercury-free white dental composite and blend in with the natural shade of your teeth to ensure the filling can’t be seen when you smile. We’ll also mould the composite to restore any missing tooth structure. The filling bonds to your tooth and sets immediately, so you’ll be able to eat and drink straight away.
Our main priority is to help patients prevent tooth decay and maintain oral health with the minimum of unwanted intervention. But sometimes circumstances can lead to teeth becoming so crooked, damaged or decayed that extraction may be the only sensible course of action to avoid further discomfort or eliminate infection. Whatever the reason for tooth removal, most extractions are carried out using a local anaesthetic as part of a fast and simple procedure.
Head of Practice, Dr David Robinson is a highly experienced and professionally respected practitioner in the area of dental implants - a safe, well-established procedure used to replace missing teeth for over 40 years. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots, (usually titanium screws), surgically placed into the jawbone to hold a crown, bridge or dentures in place. We use the latest modern techniques offered at the most competitive prices to ensure amazing outcomes for our patients that frequently transform their looks and their lives.
Crown and bridges are reconstructive treatments that can make a huge difference to your smile. A crown or cap is an artificial restoration that is cemented over the remaining part of a tooth to give it strength and the shape of a natural tooth. A bridge consists of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of a gap, with a false tooth or teeth in between. With our own on- site 3D printer for creating moulds for crowns and a same-day service, we offer specialist expertise in this kind of reconstructive work and unrivalled value.
We offer orthodontics solutions to meet the needs and budget of both adults and younger patients that want straighter teeth. From traditional fixed braces, which are almost invisible these days, and lingual braces that use brackets and wires to attach to the back of the teeth, to a removable, personalised system of clear trays that fit over the teeth to gently move them, our specialist will fully assess your requirements before helping you to chose the most suitable treatment.
Root canal treatment is usually required when the blood or nerve supply of a tooth is infected through decay or injury. At Modbury Dental Practice, most courses of root canal treatment will involve two or more appointments, and then when the infection has cleared, the root will be permanently filled.
Dentures are removable false teeth normally made of acrylic, nylon or metal. They fit over the gums to replace missing teeth and reduce potential eating and speech problems caused by gaps. We can provide dentures that completely replace all your natural teeth in either or both jaws, or partial dentures that attach to your natural teeth to fill spaces left by missing teeth.
The biggest single cause of tooth loss is through gum disease caused by plaque and calculus build up. Our hygienist is trained to remove this build up from the teeth to help prevent future problems. Our hygienist is dual qualified in USA and UK. She provides specialist nonsurgical techniques to treat gum disease from an early stage up to advanced periodontal disease with major bone loss. She will provide a treatment plan to stabilise periodontal disease and then maintain health. We have cases where we have managed to keep teeth that would previously been extracted, and thus avoided costly implant work. There are increasing links with periodontal disease and general health issues such as some heart disease.
Patients who are anxious about having treatment can opt to have intravenous sedation, administered by Dr David Robinson. We are one of only a few regional practices able to offer this service and Dr. Robinson has over 30 years experience in providing dental sedation. Unlike a general anaesthetic, sedation does not involve being ‘put to sleep’ but makes the patient feel relaxed and drowsy, while being able to breathe spontaneously and respond to verbal instructions. Dental sedation is very safe and after treatment, most patients are unable to remember anything about the procedure.
As a forward-thinking practice, we’re always looking for ways to improve the service we provide. One way in which our patients benefit is through a process called Platelet Rich Fibrin treatment (PRF), which is scientifically proven to accelerate the healing process. It’s a safe, gentle process, where a small amount of the patient’s blood is used to create a mix of white blood cells and platelets. This gel is then applied to the wound to encourage faster healing and tissue regeneration.