Adult New Patient Examination (Check-up)
Our relaxed and friendly new patient appointment gives ample time for you to discuss any concerns you may have and to discuss all aspects of proposed treatment and involve you in the decision making. Matthew will perform a thorough assessment of your dental health. He will discuss any dental concerns with you prior to starting, and will take a full confidential medical history. The examination will include a head and neck skin check, an intra-oral skin check, assessment of your teeth and gum health, and an assessment of your jaw function and occlusion (bite). It will also include any x-rays and intra- & extra-oral photographs that will be beneficial to diagnosis*.
The examination lasts between 45 and 60 minutes and assesses your general dental health as well as a brief smile analysis, including possible ways to improve it such as cosmetic work or orthodontics. Matthew will discuss all your treatment options with you. You may need to return to discuss more complicated treatment plans. You will be given a written estimate for any treatment.
Child New Patient Examination (Check-up)
Matthew will perform an intra-oral skin check, an assessment of your child’s teeth and gums, and take any necessary x-rays*. He will also perform a basic orthodontic assessment. The team will discuss your child’s diet with you. We endeavour to make your children’s visits as pleasant and enjoyable as possible.
* excludes any radiographs for which a referral will be required.
Consultation / 2nd Opinion
If you would like to come to us for a 2nd opinion or advice about a specific problem. During the free consultation Matthew will discuss the problem and provide basic advice.
If further diagnostic investigations are necessary then you may need to return for a subsequent chargeable visit.
This is not a new patient check-up, and a full mouth assessment will not be performed. Please note this will not affect your registration with your current dentist as you will not become registered with Manor House Dental Practice.
Our routine general dentistry check-ups include a head and neck skin check, an intra-oral skin check,and an assessment of your teeth and gum health. It will also include investigation of any particular dental problems that you may have. Matthew will also take any x-rays and intra- & extra-oral photographs that will be beneficial to diagnosis*.
* excludes any radiographs for which a referral will be required
When a tooth has been chipped, broken or has a hole in it (tooth decay), it is important to remove the decay and restore the tooth. Often it is possible to restore the tooth using a filling material. Traditionally this was silver in colour (amalgam) but these days we usually use tooth coloured filling materials such as composite resin or glass ionomer cement (GIC) which are more aesthetic and also bond to the tooth structure. Ultimately the decision which material we use is yours but we will advise you which is the most appropriate for your situation.
So if you are concerned that you may have a hole in one of your teeth, please contact us so that we can assess it and advised you appropriately.
Root Fillings (Root canal treatment)
Root canal treatment (also called endodontics) is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (known as the pulp) is infected through decay or injury.
Why is root canal treatment needed?
If the pulp becomes infected, the infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth. This may eventually lead to an abscess. If root canal treatment (RCT) is not carried out, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out.
The procedure: The filling is removed to access the cavity. The nerve canals are cleaned out, shaped and disinfected. Then the canals are sealed, before placing a permanent restoration over the top, usually in the form of a crown or similar restoration. We use the WaveOne system for root canal therapy which is a motorised simple effective system.
Looking After Your Children’s Teeth
Simple Home Prevention
Children’s Dentistry : We aim to prevent dental disease rather than treat it at a later date. Here are some simple ways to prevent children from tooth decay and gum problems. Children’s dentistry is focused on teaching your child to practice good oral hygiene at home. Also, parents can check their teeth and gums at home.
Brushing twice a day for 2 minutes can remove the dental plaque that causes tooth decay and inflammation of the gums (gingivitis).
A good diet is also essential, so avoiding sugary and/or sticky snacks. Also reducing how frequently they have snacks can helps to reduce the risk of decay.
Hygienist visits are not just for adults
A clean mouth is crucial to keeping your children’s gums and teeth healthy. Poor brushing can lead to plaque build up on the teeth, which in turn can cause weakening of the teeth and even decay. Deposits of plaque or calculus can also damage the periodontal tissues (i.e. bone, ligament and gum) which support the teeth. This can cause problems with the gums for life. Poor oral hygiene and gingivitis can also lead to bad breath.
So to keep your child’s mouth in a healthy state ensure they visit our hygienist regularly. They can provide diet advice, oral hygiene instruction, and a scale and polish.
Not registered with us?
Your child can see our hygienist directly without having to see our dentist first.
However we would advise that your child sees a dentist too, as dentists play an important role in keeping your child’s mouth healthy. Screening for gum problems, dental decay and monitoring the development and positioning of your child’s teeth forms an integral part of a routine dental check-up.
Preventative Dental Treatments
Fluoride applications and fissure sealants (tooth coloured sealants) can be applied to biting surfaces of children’s teeth to prevent decay.
Molar teeth are most vulnerable to decay in the 2 years after they erupt. Food particles often become lodged. Fissure sealant is applied in droplet form. The sealant is hardened using a bright light forming a barrier protecting against tooth decay.
We aim to prevent dental disease occurring in the first place. But if a cavity has occurred then a filling is necessary. This is usually done with a white filling material.