A full range of NHS dental procedures for local patients.
Whilst we offer our patients from across Essex the opportunity to have great looking teeth through cosmetic procedures such as our range of discreet orthodontics and teeth whitening; it is important to remember that we also offer NHS dentistry to provide good, basic oral health care too.
Whilst these procedures are not designed to improve the appearance of a patient’s teeth (although some, such as dental braces do), they should ensure that patients’ teeth are sufficiently healthy and functional for everyday use.
The list below is not a full range of the NHS procedures that we use (you can see these on our NHS dentistry page), but offers a brief glimpse of what we offer on the NHS to help preserve and restore our Wickford patient’s teeth effectively.
Fillings – The most common treatment provided at the Cygnet Dental Practice whereby amalgam fillings are available via the NHS service. However, if you wish to have the more natural looking tooth coloured fillings, these are also available privately.
Extractions – The last resort when a tooth can no longer be restored because of damage or decay. Various replacement options are available including dental implants, dentures or a bridge, albeit some of these are not available directly on the NHS.
Scale and Polish – This procedure involves the removal of hardened bacteria from the teeth and gum line, followed by a professional polish. This is an essential tool in the fight against gum disease.
Emergency Treatment – However well we look after our teeth, no one can guarantee that we won’t need a dentist at short notice when, for example, we receive a blow to the face causing pain and damage to a tooth. Our Wickford emergency dentist will always try to see patients in distress as soon as they can. Please do try to call us as early in the day as possible so that we can attempt to make a same day appointment for you.
Root canal treatment – When the root canals of the teeth, where the nerves are located, become infected, it can become incredibly painful. The only alternative to extraction available is root canal surgery. Despite its unwarranted reputation, this procedure should cause no more discomfort than most other invasive procedures and is an excellent way to help patients retain a natural tooth. For some root canal treatment, you may be referred to a specialist.
Dental Crowns – Where a tooth is badly damaged or decayed, a filling may not offer sufficient strength and a dental crown may be used instead. These are made from porcelain and are fitted to the top of a prepared tooth using strong dental adhesive. They can also be used to complete root canal treatment and are the final part of a dental implant procedure (please note that implants are typically not available on the NHS). NHS crowns may not be as aesthetically pleasing as some versions which are available, but they will provide appropriate function.
Dental Bridge – An alternative to dentures, where a tooth has been lost, is to have a bridge. This consists of a replacement tooth which is supported by a bridge and dental crowns attached to the teeth adjacent to the gap.
If you are looking for an NHS dentist in Wickford, or in Essex generally, why not call the Cygnet Dental Practice on 01268 733078 to arrange your appointment? We’ll be pleased to take your call.