Oral Health Treatments & Dentist Check Ups

It’s important to maintain your oral health through regular visits to the dentist.

You have to look after your oral health as day-to-day activities will put a huge strain on your teeth. From sugary snacks to teas and coffees, it seems that there are many potential dangers to avoid. Regular dental checkups mean that you can relax knowing that even if there’s a problem, you and your dentist can solve it together.

Watch out for the signs

Remember that small changes in your mouth may not seem that important but they could be the sign of bigger problems. There are a number of problems that you should look out for. Bleeding gums, soreness when eating and drinking, a painful jaw or even dry mouth could be symptoms of tooth decay, a mouth ulcer, or even oral cancers.

You should take time to schedule a regular dental check up. The more often you visit your dentist, the better they can treat your specific needs. By visiting often, you give your dentist the opportunity to examine your mouth, teeth and gums and for them to ask questions about your lifestyle and medical history.

Regular check-ups

Prompt and consistent visits to the dentist mean that your oral health has the best care possible. By making sure that you visit the dentist regularly you can safeguard your oral health. Early detection of dental problems means that treatment can start much sooner.

Checkups at your dentist are important to ensure that your teeth are looked after and in the best condition possible. You can ask your dentist questions about what treatment is available, the cost involved, and in general it’s always a good idea to seek professional advice.

At the Cheshire Dental Centre you can expect friendly and professional staff and a comfortable and calm environment to put you at ease. If you want to make an appointment simply contact reception and reserve your next checkup.

Your oral health is important, make sure you stay healthy.

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.