Gum Disease Treatments & Prevention Programmes

In many things in life, prevention is definitely better than the cure, and this has never been truer than when it comes to dental hygiene.

Fortunately, our experts have a wealth of knowledge and experience and are waiting to help you look after your teeth and gums. As such, they will be able to advise you on any problems that may arise as well as help you choose the right course of treatment. That way you can feel safe in the knowledge that you are doing the utmost to ensure that your gums and teeth are in the very best of health.

The warning signs

While pain is an obvious sign that your teeth may need some attention. There are other signs which should serve as a warning that you need to visit your dentist. If your teeth feel unsteady, your gums are bleeding or you’re suffering from increased sensitivity or swelling, it’s usually a good idea to pick up the phone and make an appointment to see an expert.

In situations such as this, the best thing to do is to act quickly as a visit to the hygienist and dentist could save you from a lot of health issues down the line. It may be that you are in the early stages of gum disease, or that you just need you teeth cleaning by an expert who will reduce the build-up of plaque. It could even be that you need a little advice with regards to your diet and cleaning regime.

We’re here to help

Either way, the sensible option is to pick up the phone and speak with one of our friendly staff members at the Cheshire Dental Centre. A quick call today could save you a lot of problems with your teeth and gums tomorrow. We look forward to chatting to you soon.

Covid-19 and your care

We have now received clear guidance as to what dental procedures we can safely carry out and at what stages during the pandemic.

Below is a summary of the guidance as we understand it, although this may modify over the next few days as some small inconsistencies are clarified.

The government has set five different risk levels for the pandemic 1-5 (low to high), although this changes on a daily basis.

The treatments that we can carry out safely in dental practice will change with the risk level.

Treatments are significantly limited at level 4.

During the next few weeks, we will attempt to contact each patient that has contacted us with a significant dental problem during lockdown, and we hope to book an assessment appointment for those patients in the week commencing 8th June.

Practice doors will be locked at level 3, 4 and 5. Entry to the practice will be limited to pre-booked appointments.

There will be very clear criteria provided in due course as what is required before arriving at the practice, and what the procedure will be upon arrival. We will endeavour to ensure that each person knows exactly what to expect at their visit as this will be quite different to what you have been used to.

The appointment diary will be structured to take into consideration those patients who are shielding, may have underlying medical issues and so on.

The first week is expected to be a slow start as we ensure that the new protocols are working effectively for everyone’s safety. These protocols will be audited and modified until required.

At level 4 we should be able to carry out the following:

Dental assessment (initially restricted to patients who have current urgent need, or did and contacted us during lockdown).

X rays but only for patients who tolerate them well.

TEMPORARY re cementation of crowns. (We cannot dry the tooth effectively enough to cement a crown permanently with the restrictions we face).

Fabrication or repair of removable dentures.

Simple dental extractions. If a tooth breaks, it is probable we will have to leave the roots in place until we are at a lower level of risk. Naturally, we will assess the risk very carefully prior to treatment.

Tightening of loose dental implants if possible, without using a high-speed handpiece (drill).

Temporary fillings.

Draining of a swelling/abscess.

Provision of antibiotics.

Trimming of sharp orthodontic wires (not reliable re cementation of loose brackets, or replacement of missing brackets).

Treatment is only to be offered after careful assessment.

Cosmetic orthodontics

Cheshire Dental Centre provide many of these treatments. We may now be able to progress some of our Quick Straight Teeth cases. We will be in touch with each patient shortly, but please allow us to contact you; we hope that it is understandable that we will be prioritising patients with urgent dental need.

The PPE (personal protective equipment) requirements for the above are not too onerous, and we will not look too different to normal. As you are aware, the cross-infection control at Cheshire Dental Centre has always been exemplary and one of our top priorities.

Although we have been organised with the new PPE guidelines well in advance there may be the occasional time where we are awaiting stock. All practices are attempting to source the necessary PPE we need to keep you and us safe, but supplies are scarce and consequently very expensive.