National Health Service...
What We Offer
We are a preventative oriented practice who offer a full range of National Health Services treatment for patients registered with this practice.
Our aim is to promote dental health care at all times, in both a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. At Cliff Road Dental Practice a variety of NHS treatment options are available.
More details on the main types of NHS treatment offered can be seen further down the page. To see a list of costs associated with these NHS treatments please see the following -
NHS Treatment Costs.
Patients who wish to register at this practice should contact reception, either on 01964 533293 or in person.
Band 1 Treatment
A full mouth examination including both hard and soft tissues is offered. This is carried out to determine any current problems and treatment needs for the patient. A full mouth examination
can take up to 10 minutes to conduct, and may include X-Rays.
Diagnosis is conducted should you come to us with a problem. This involves working out the root cause of the issue through a variety of methods
and deciding what the best plan of action is. This can sometimes be done by a quick examination of the mouth, however methods such as X-Rays can be used.
Scale and Polish
Scale and polishes may be conducted by a hygienist, if needed. This is where the teeth are professionally cleaned to carefully remove deposits that
build up on surfaces of the tooth.
Fluoride Varnish or Fissure Sealant
These treatment types are available to under 18s and both act to protect enamel. This is done by strengthening or coating teeth in a protective layer.
Band 2 Treatment
Fillings are used to repair holes made in a tooth through decay. The most commonly used type of filling is called amalgam which is made from a mixture metals.
These metals include mercury, silver, tin, copper and zinc. Your dentist will always offer the most suitable type of filling to suit your clinical needs, this can
include white fillings where appropriate.
These may be indicated where teeth can not be restored or for orthodontic brace treatment. Extractions are carried out under local anaesthetic.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment, also known as endodontics, treats infection at the centre of the tooth. From time to time blood or nerve supply of a tooth can become infected and, if not treated,
will spread leading to the tooth needing removing. During root canal treatment all infection is removed from inside the tooth. Following this the root canal is filled and the tooth sealed
to prevent reinfection. Root canal treatment can require multiple visits to the dentist due to the nature of the treatment.
Band 3 Treatment
A crown can be seen as a cap that will completely cover a tooth. The crown can be made from either metal, or a combination of metal and porcelain. Crowns are fitted where a toot
has been broken, decayed or damaged to make the tooth look better. To fit a crown the relevant tooth will be drilled down to form a small peg in which the crown will be fixed over.
Crowns will not usually be fitted on the same day as the preparation treatment due to the time taken for a custom crown to be created.
Dentures are removable false teeth made of acrylic plastic or metal. These are designed to fit neatly over gums to replace any missing teeth, eliminating potential problems
caused by gaps. Gaps left by missing teeth can cause problems with eating, speech and over time teeth may angle into the gap. These are known as partial dentures.
In certain cases all teeth need to be removed. This results in full set of dentures being required. Complete dentures may replace a full set of either upper or lower teeth.
Complete dentures are fitted as soon as the old teeth are removed, meaning you will never be without teeth. On rare occasions gums may need to be left to heal for up to several
months before dentures can be fitted.
A bridge, like a denture, is used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. A bridge however is fixed in the mouth, unlike the denture which is removable. This is done by taking an
impression of the surrounding teeth, which will be used to support the bridge. The bridge is usually created from a mixture of metal and porcelain.
Braces (Band 3 and Up)
Braces, also known as orthodontic treatment, are used to straighten or move teeth to improve both the appearance and functionality. Braces can be removable, so you can take them out and clean them, or fixed, so that they are
stuck to the teeth and will only be removable by a trained dentist. They can be made of metal, plastic or ceramic. Invisible braces are made of clear plastic. Braces are usually made
available to children however can be made available to adults depending on clinical need. However braces for over 18s are often only available privately, not through the NHS.
Click here for further information on NHS treatments -
NHS Treatment Guide.