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    FAQs

What is the procedure when I contact you?

A member of our friendly Welcome Team will answer any questions you may have and find out the nature of your enquiry.

They will take time to listen to you, asking about any concerns (missing teeth, teeth need straightening, etc) and any relevant medical questions to determine the type of appointment you will need.

If it is your first time at Elmsleigh House, they will also ask how you heard about us.

Will I be provided with additional information?
We have treatment brochures, books and clinic information that can be sent by email or post. There is also a lot of information available on this website on specific treatment pages as well as our Elmsleigh Hub.
What happens when I’ve made an appointment?
You will receive by post or email (your preference) a letter detailing your appointment with the dentist and time, as well as a pack containing our welcome and treatment brochures.
How accessible is the clinic?

Farnham is easily accessed by the M3, A3, A31 and M25. Free parking spaces for two hours can be found at the rear of the practice. There are public car parks within walking distance at the nearby train station and in the town centre.  

The clinic is located directly opposite Farnham train station. Trains run twice an hour directly to Waterloo, taking just an hour.

As well as level access from the rear of the practice, we offer downstairs surgeries and a larger downstairs toilet (wheelchair friendly) to ensure all patients can access our dental care.

What happens when I arrive at the clinic?

A member of our friendly Welcome Team will greet you before showing you into the comfortable, bright and airy waiting room. There, you can help yourself to tea, coffee or water, read the supplied newspapers and magazines or use one of our iPads. You can also connect to our Wi-Fi.

We limit the number of patients we treat in a day, so you are seen on time and in a relaxed and unhurried atmosphere.

The dentist will meet you in the waiting room and take you to their surgery, where they will also introduce you to the dental nurse who will be assisting.

What if it’s my first appointment?

Your first appointment typically lasts an hour so that the dentist has time to discuss the detail of your dental health and how we can help you. Your dentist will also perform a thorough dental health assessment.

All findings and recommendations are explained in an unhurried manner, enabling you to ask questions. If further treatment is needed, a plan will be created, taking into consideration your health, cosmetic and financial needs.

What if another dentist has referred me?
If you have been referred by your dentist for specialist or specific treatment, we write to them after the initial appointment detailing the treatment plan agreed. We keep your dentist informed until treatment has been completed, or reached a point where we can hand you back to their care.
Do you use specialist equipment?

We continue to invest in the latest technology and the most reliable techniques to ensure you receive excellence in care and treatment. Our surgeries are equipped to the highest of standards.

For example, as well as taking digital x-ray pictures, which can be immediately accessed by your dentist to show to you, we can take a dental panoramic tomograph (DPT), which is a wide view x-ray of your whole mouth. Our specialist in endodontics has a specific microscope for root canal treatment.

We have two state-of-the-art sterilisation rooms and have recently won a Highly Commended Schülke Infection Prevention and Control award. We were one of only eight UK clinics shortlisted and were awarded one of the four highly commended awards for 2017.

There is also a laboratory that enables us to make replacement teeth and crowns that precisely match the colour, tone and lustre of patients’ natural teeth.

What happens at the end of my appointment?
Your dentist will return you to the Welcome Team. At that point, payment can be made, and we will arrange any future appointments before you leave.
How can I take care of my teeth after my treatment?

After any necessary dental treatment, your dentist and hygienist can offer some advice on a diet as well as practical skills on teeth cleaning and flossing to maintain your oral health at home.

We generally recommend a medium-bristled brush with a small head, allowing you to reach all the surfaces of your teeth, including those at the back of your mouth. Many people find an electric toothbrush to be effective and convenient.

It is important to ensure your toothpaste contains at least 1450 ppm fluoride as this helps protect teeth from cavities and makes teeth stronger; you must spit not rinse to avoid washing it away. Your hygienist will show you how to brush properly and may recommend specialist products, such as interdental brushes or floss.

Click to watch one of our hygienists, Gill, show you how:

Will I have to continue seeing a dentist after my treatment is completed?

Early detection is vital for keeping future treatment to a minimum. So booking regular check-ups and hygiene appointments can help prevent major problems from arising in the future.

Our dentists are also trained to look for early signs of mouth cancer during routine dental appointments. Mouth cancer screening is a short procedure that involves a thorough examination of your whole mouth.

Our dentists are looking for subtle changes in your mouth lining. It is, therefore, important that you have regular check-ups so that changes can be noticed, as well as for your overall dental and general health.

What if I am in pain and need to see a dentist urgently?
If you have an urgent dental problem, please call the Welcome Team on 01252 713797 before 10am where possible so that we can arrange to see you at the earliest opportunity. Outside clinic hours, our answerphone service provides an emergency number linked to one of our dentists, ensuring you always have access to prompt advice and treatment.
What are emergency appointments for?

At our practice, we offer a same-day service for all dental emergencies, from toothache, lost or broken crowns, chipped teeth and fillings to abscesses, trauma, avulsed (knocked out) teeth and a swollen face.

We can take care of your injuries to ensure you heal quicker and more effectively, so you avoid additional dental problems in the future. If you have knocked out a tooth or several teeth, you should consult a dentist immediately to see if the tooth can be successfully replaced.

How will you help me overcome my nervousness?

We understand that some people are especially nervous about dental treatment, so we will take time to listen to your concerns and do all we can to put you at ease.

Dental care has come a long way in the past 50 years, and it is now possible to carry out dental work in a comfortable and painless way.

Modern anaesthetic gels rubbed into the gum, along with new local anaesthetic techniques, can make injections painless. For especially nervous or dental-phobic patients, we offer sedation options that can make the whole dental experience less stressful.

What sedation do you offer?

Inhalation sedation, more commonly called “gas and air” is the mildest form of sedation, helping you to feel relaxed and at ease during treatment.

The mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide is delivered through a nosepiece. It has excellent pain-killing properties and can also reduce the gag reflex – the sensation of choking or feeling sick. As the sedative effect ends when you stop inhaling the mixture, you can drive home after 20-30 minutes.

Intravenous sedation is a stronger option that makes you drowsy and comfortable throughout your treatment. Your sedation is carefully maintained and monitored throughout, but its effects will continue after your treatment. You cannot drive for 24 hours, or travel home unaccompanied, so you will need to plan ahead.

Is intravenous sedation safe?
Yes, we have many years of experience of safely and effectively administering this sedation to a wide range of patients.
How long will I be off work after sedation?
Everyone is different, but most people can return to work the next day after intravenous sedation. However, you will not be safe to drive or operate dangerous machinery for 24 hours after intravenous sedation, so you may need to plan ahead. Your dentist can discuss any concerns you may have before your treatment.
Why is it so important to conquer my fears and have dental treatment?

Recent research has identified potential links between gum disease and a host of other medical problems, including heart disease, stroke, dementia and diabetes.

Allowing us to allay or help conquer your fears to receive much-needed dental treatment will be best for your dental health as well as your overall health. You will also be relieved you have had the treatment you need.

Is cosmetic dental treatment just for vanity?

Problems with your teeth can have a huge effect on your smile and self-confidence – you may hide your mouth with your hand or avoid smiling altogether. This does not need to be the case.

Our dentists will discuss all your cosmetic dental options to eliminate imperfections in your teeth and enable you to regain confidence in your smile.

One lady had her teeth and smile transformed at our clinic. Her husband thanked us for giving him back his wife. She had become so upset about her teeth that she had stopped going out of the house altogether.

After having her teeth repaired with cosmetic dental treatments, she travelled abroad to see her family and became a completely different person.

Can I get my teeth fixed in time for a wedding/holiday/family photograph/work meeting?

Rest assured that, with advances in cosmetic dentistry, our dentists can help you regain confidence in your teeth and smile in time for your special occasion. We offer:

  • Teeth whitening to give you a brighter smile without damaging your teeth.
  • Cosmetic bonding to fill small gaps or smooth over chipped edges to create a uniform smile.
  • Gum surgery to reshape your gum line and improve the appearance of your smile.
  • Porcelain crowns, veneers and white fillings that are natural-looking and long-lasting.

Depending on your timings, we also offer discreet braces that can quickly straighten the front four to six teeth in adults in as little as six months.   

We also have a medically trained doctor, Dr Tina Peers, who offers a range of facial cosmetic treatments to soften wrinkles and ensure a more youthful appearance.

Is teeth whitening safe and effective?

Teeth naturally yellow and discolour over time, but smoking and some food and drinks can cause hard-to-shift stains. Teeth can also be discoloured with speckled enamel, white banding or coloured spots, and can be stained during development by tetracycline, a broad-spectrum antibiotic.  

Professional whitening gently removes stains, leaving your teeth cleaner and brighter. Our dentists monitor your teeth whitening treatment to ensure safe and effective results. The teeth-whitening agent used is carbamide peroxide, which is applied as a gel to mouth trays that are custom-made to fit precisely around your teeth.

The carbamide peroxide penetrates the enamel and dentine of your teeth, breaks down the stain, and lifts it out which brightens your teeth without damaging them. 

Professional teeth-whitening has been used for many years and is safe. Your dentist will specify the strength of the whitening gel and the length of time you should wear your mouth trays each day, so that you know that you are proceeding safely.

Many people feel that having whiter teeth takes years off their appearance.

Can you replace my silver (amalgam) fillings?

Many people have old metal (silver) fillings that they now feel are unsightly. White (tooth-coloured) fillings look completely natural, are long lasting and increasingly popular. The filling material is made from a resin-based substance and inorganic filler, which gives it wear-resistance and translucency.

These fillings can be matched to the colour of your teeth, enabling near-invisible restoration. They can also be used to repair chipped, broken or worn teeth.

Do you offer veneers?

Veneers are thin, custom-made pieces of porcelain that are bonded to the front of your teeth. They are strong, durable and hide discoloured, misshapen or crooked teeth, as well as reducing, or closing, gaps between your teeth.

As placing veneers may require removing part of your tooth enamel to get a good result, our dentists will advise you of your options to avoid unnecessary damage to your teeth.

What is facial cosmetics?

Facial cosmetics include non-surgical solutions to improve and maintain the appearance of your skin. They include:

  • Anti-wrinkle treatments that smooth superficial lines caused by laughing and frowning.
  • Dermal fillers that restore volume and structure in your face.
  • Longer-lasting facial sculpting to replace lost facial volume caused by the natural ageing process.

Every aspect of your health is considered when planning facial cosmetic procedures. Our focus is on the optimum outcome for each individual.

Why is it important to see a qualified doctor?

The benefit of having this treatment done by our medically qualified doctor, Dr Tina Peers, is that she has a thorough knowledge and understanding of the facial anatomy and can perform this delicate work in a precise manner.

She uses products that work in harmony with the body, such as hyaluronic acid and poly-L-lactic acid, producing natural-looking results.

What products do you offer?

Dr Tina Peers uses botulinum toxin (Azzalure®) to relax tiny facial muscles and prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Your skin will appear smoother, giving you a younger-looking appearance.

The dermal filler products Restylane® and Teosyal are based on hyaluronic acid, which is a product found naturally in our cells to keep the skin soft and supple.

Sculptra™ works by stimulating the body’s natural production of collagen to create a fuller, younger-looking face. The main ingredient, poly-L-lactic acid, works from deep within the skin’s layers to correct the underlying problem that causes wrinkles, replacing lost facial volume.

Are the injections painful?
Dr Tina Peers uses very fine needles for facial cosmetic treatments, but can apply a topical local anaesthetic cream before the procedure to ensure you are as comfortable as possible during your treatment.
How will I know which treatment to choose?

Dr Tina Peers offers a FREE facial consultation to listen to your concerns and assess your needs. She will recommend the best facial cosmetic treatment to enhance your natural appearance, and will recommend follow-up treatment to achieve optimum and maintained results.

Click to listen to Dr Tina Peers talk about facial aesthetic treatments at Elmsleigh House; Tina offers a free initial consultation to determine the best facial treatment for you.
Do you offer braces to all ages?

Today, no one needs to tolerate crooked teeth or an uneven smile. Advances in orthodontic treatment mean that children, teenagers and adults can benefit from removable or fixed braces.

Kostas Spathoulas is our specialist in orthodontics who can straighten or move teeth using a range of bespoke braces suitable for all ages.

For children, an orthodontic assessment gives the opportunity to treat problems early and minimise the need for more complex orthodontic treatment in the future.

For adults, overcrowded or gappy teeth can cause difficulties with biting and chewing, and may affect your self-confidence and your smile.

Click here to listen to Kostas talk about his range of bespoke braces.

What is faster teeth straightening?

Cathleen Perrin offers faster brace systems (anterior alignment orthodontics) to adults, which can substantially reduce traditional treatment time while remaining kind and safe to teeth.

She uses the Cfast, Inman Aligner and Clear Aligner systems, which apply gentle pressure to move the front four to six teeth into the correct position. They can be a cost-effective and discreet way to straighten most adults’ teeth.

Click to watch Cathleen straighten Emily’s teeth with Cfast braces in only six months.

What brace systems do you offer?

Kostas Spathoulas is our specialist in orthodontics who offers a range of bespoke braces to all ages, such as Damon, Insignia and Incognito fixed appliances, and Invisalign, a removable aligner.

Cathleen Perrin offers Cfast, Inman Aligner and Clear Aligner systems to quickly straighten the front four to six teeth in adults.

Sarah Francis offers Invisalign, a clear, removable aligner.

How long will treatment take?

Treatment with each brace system is different, and timings are dependent on a patient’s age and complexity of treatment. As a general guide:

  • Damon braces take around 9-24 months.
  • Insignia braces around 12-15 months.
  • Invisalign aligners around 12-16 months.
  • Incognito braces around 12-18 months.
  • Cfast faster braces around 6-9 months.
  • The Inman Aligner faster system around 6-16 weeks.
I have missing teeth, what are my options?

You may have lost one tooth, several teeth or all your natural teeth. The best option for you will be determined by many factors, which will be assessed at your initial consultation.

Dentures offer a cost-effective solution for replacing missing teeth. Our Clinical Dental Technician, Frank Johnson, offers a free denture consultation to assess your needs and determine the best denture option for you.

He takes time and care to make high-quality dentures that look exactly like your natural teeth and will be made to fit precisely, enabling you to eat, talk and laugh with confidence.

A bridge can support one or more replacement teeth linked to adjacent teeth or dental implants. Your replacement teeth will be handmade to match your natural teeth and will be fixed securely.

Dental implants are the most advanced therapy today for replacing missing teeth because they look, fit and feel just like your natural teeth.

They consist of a small titanium screw, which is placed in your jaw bone, and an implant post that supports the replacement tooth (cosmetic crown), bridgework or denture.

Your replacement teeth will look exactly like your natural teeth, will remain secure and are long-lasting.

When it may not be possible to fix a bridge with dental implants, an implant-stabilised denture can offer a cost-effective solution. Special connectors attach to the implants, anchoring the denture to stop it moving.

To replace missing teeth with dental implants or stabilised bridgework or dentures, you will need to book a dental implant consultation. Your dentist will make a thorough assessment of your teeth and bone density in your jaw, and outline the best options for you to replace your missing teeth.

Do dental implants last?

Many studies show that over 90% of implants are still functioning 20 years after they were placed. Some dental implants have even lasted for more than 40 years!

We have patients in our clinic who had dental implants more than 30 years ago and are still enjoying their replacement teeth without requiring any further work. The key to long-term success is excellent daily home care, avoid smoking and have good long-term professional monitoring.

Tim Thackrah, Practice Principal and lead of the dental implant team at Elmsleigh House, remembers one lady he treated in the 1980s who had very loose, unstable and painful full lower dentures due to extreme bone loss.

It was exceptionally difficult for her to eat and socialise with confidence. Though she had lost most of her lower jaw bone (which happens when teeth have been missing for a long time), Tim placed five dental implants in what remained.

These implants could then support a fixed lower bridge which replaced 12 of her lower teeth. Tim still sees her today, 30 years later, and everything is still functioning well. Regular dental hygienist visits and an annual dental examination are the only treatments she has had since her implants.

I am anxious about treatment – how can you help?
We understand that some people are especially nervous about dental treatment, so we will take time to listen to your concerns and do all we can to put you at ease. For especially nervous or dental-phobic patients we offer sedation options that can make the whole dental experience less stressful.
I have been referred to you for dental implant treatment

If you have been referred to us for dental implant treatment, you will be booked in for a comprehensive hour-long dental implant consultation with one of our experienced implant team.

They will listen to your concerns, assess your dental health and determine the best solution for your missing teeth. This will be written up as a treatment plan detailing all stages of treatment and costs involved, and a copy will also be sent to your dentist to keep them fully informed.

We will liaise with your dentist throughout treatment, returning you to their care once treatment has been finished or for them to perform the restorative work (such as the cosmetic crown).

We have a fantastic relationship with our referring dentists, who consider us an extended part of their team. We will see you for a complimentary review 12 months after treatment has been completed.

My denture is loose when I talk and eat, can you help me?
Certainly! Our Clinical Dental Technician, Frank Johnson, takes time and care to make high-quality dentures that look exactly like your natural teeth and will be made to fit precisely, enabling you to eat, talk and laugh with confidence. Frank offers a free denture consultation to assess your needs and determine the best solution to ensure your denture fits securely.
What is denture stabilisation with implants?

A dental implant comprises a small titanium screw that is inserted into your jaw bone, to which your denture is attached.

To secure a lower denture that moves, we generally place two dental implants at the front of the lower jaw. Fewer people struggle with an upper denture that moves but, if this is the case, then we generally place three to four dental implants. We use special connectors to securely attach each implant to your denture.

Your denture can still be removed for cleaning, but you can be confident that when your denture is attached in place, it will remain secure and will not suddenly dislodge. You will no longer need to use any messy denture adhesive!

Will people know I am wearing a denture?

Our Clinical Dental Technician, Frank Johnson, designs and crafts hard-wearing dentures that look just like your natural teeth. Frank offers two types of dentures at Elmsleigh House – premier and essential dentures.

For premier dentures, measurements of your teeth, digital imaging and even old photographs will be used to carefully handcraft your dentures. This will ensure your dentures seamlessly blend in with the rest of your existing teeth and gums.

For a more cost-effective but equally reliable solution, we offer essential dentures. Each tooth is individually crafted from three layers of resin and fixed on a strong acrylic base. This makes them very resistant to breaking and staining.

Whichever denture option you choose, Frank will be dedicated to making sure that your denture not only looks good but also fits precisely and comfortably in your mouth.

What other options do I have?

Dental implants are the most advanced therapy today for replacing missing teeth because they look, fit and feel just like your natural teeth. They consist of a small titanium screw, which is placed in your jaw bone, and an implant post that supports the replacement tooth (cosmetic crown), bridge or denture.

Your replacement teeth will look exactly like your natural teeth, will remain secure and are long-lasting.

To replace missing teeth with dental implants or an implant-secured bridge or denture, you will need to book a dental implant consultation. Your dentist will make a thorough assessment of your teeth and jawbone, and outline the best options for you to replace your missing teeth.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, includes a range of gum conditions. It is extremely common, and affects three out of every four adults over the age of 35 in the UK, according to the Gum Disease Information Bureau.

Periodontitis is a serious bacterial infection that destroys the attachment fibres and supporting bone that hold your teeth in your mouth. Left untreated, this disease will often lead to tooth loss.

Periodontal diseases include gum recession, gum overgrowth, ulcerating gums and other gum disorders. As it is usually pain-free, people often do not know they have periodontal disease.

Without regular check-ups, it may go undetected for years until it is too late. Regular check-ups with your dentist and hygienist are, therefore, essential for early detection and treatment.

How do I know if I have gum disease?

Signs of gum disease to look out for include:

  • Bleeding gums.
  • Red, puffy gums.
  • Spaces appearing between your teeth.
  • One or more teeth beginning to loosen.
  • Receding gums.
  • Persistent bad breath.
  • Sensitivity to cold food and drink.
  • Vague itching or other discomfort in the gums.

Gum disease can be treated if it is recognised in its initial stages. Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic is one of the few dental clinics in the UK that offers a diagnostic test for periodontitis – the MMP8 test.

This simple and effective test has been developed in Germany to detect MMP8 (activated matrix metalloproteinase-8) in a person’s saliva, which if present indicates active periodontitis requiring treatment. This can be a valuable tool in detecting periodontitis early, and enabling timely treatment.

During your periodontal consultation, our Specialist in periodontics, Manoj Tank, will use special probes to determine the extent of periodontal disease. He will put together a treatment plan, working as a team with our specially trained hygienists, to stabilise the disease and help prevent it from recurring.

What is gum disease treatment?

Periodontal treatment is to promote repair and healing of the gums and bone, and to help minimise the progression and recurrence of the disease.

Initially, you will be shown how to remove plaque effectively when you clean your teeth. Then our specialist in periodontics, Manoj Tank, will use special cleaning techniques to eliminate the infection around the teeth and under the gums. He will work as a team with our specially trained hygienists to stabilise the disease.

In advanced cases, surgical treatment may be necessary to gain access to deeper infection, and special advanced regeneration techniques could be considered to regrow lost bone and gum attachment where appropriate.

Some patients need delicate gum surgery if they have gum recession or overgrowth concerns.

Following completion of all active periodontal treatment, you will enter the maintenance phase of therapy, which is a vital on-going programme designed to prevent periodontal disease from recurring.

Why do some people suffer gum disease and not others?
Gum disease affects three out of every four adults over the age of 35 in the UK, according to the Gum Disease Information Bureau. Family history, stress and smoking are all contributory risk factors. Stopping smoking is an important way of reducing the risk of developing the disease. Certain general diseases such as diabetes may also make you more susceptible.
I have been referred to you for gum disease treatment

If you have been referred to us for gum disease treatment, you will be booked in for a comprehensive hour-long periodontal consultation with our specialist in periodontics, Manoj Tank.

Manoj will review your medical and dental history, and perform a complete oral and periodontal examination using special measuring instruments to assess the severity of your periodontal disease.

He will put together a treatment plan to eliminate active periodontal disease using specialist techniques, advanced surgical treatment and advanced regeneration techniques as required. All stages of treatment and fees will be detailed in the plan; a copy will also be sent to your dentist to keep them fully informed.

We will liaise with your dentist throughout treatment, returning you to their care once active periodontal disease has been controlled or for maintenance treatment.

It is essential that you maintain regular check-ups with your dentist and hygienist for them to monitor the condition of your gums to make sure the disease does not recur.

We have a fantastic relationship with our referring dentists, who consider us an extended part of their team.

What is root canal treatment?

Root canal or endodontic treatment eliminates infection inside your tooth. Tooth decay may cause the pulp (the centre of your tooth containing blood vessels and nerves) to become inflamed or infected with bacteria.

During root canal treatment, our specialist in endodontics, Somayah Simmons, will use a special microscope to make a small hole in your tooth to gain access to the infected pulp and to the bacteria within the root canals, usually under local anaesthesia.

She will then clean and shape the root canal, and put a temporary filling in place to reduce the risk of bacteria getting in again. You will usually need to see your general dentist to have a more permanent filling or crown; the most appropriate option for each tooth will be different.

Endodontically treated teeth can last as long as natural teeth. With proper cleaning, flossing and regular check-ups, no additional treatment should be necessary.

How will I know I need endodontic treatment?

Signs of infection within a tooth include:

  • Severe pain in your teeth or gums.
  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold drinks or food.
  • Swelling of the gums.
  • A recently discoloured tooth.
  • Pain in biting.

If you are suffering any symptoms, you should always see your dentist to determine the cause and whether any infection is present, as prompt treatment can usually save an infected tooth.

Is endodontic treatment painful?

Modern techniques and local anaesthetic have made endodontic treatment comfortable for most patients. The use of numbing gels and fast-acting local anaesthetic means that it is rare to experience any discomfort during normal procedures.

If you are nervous or concerned about endodontic treatment, we offer various sedation options that will leave you drowsy and comfortable throughout treatment.

For a few days after endodontic treatment, a tooth may be tender and feel slightly different to the surrounding ones. Any discomfort can be readily relieved with ordinary painkillers.

Are there any alternatives to endodontic treatment?

If the pulp of your tooth has been damaged or infected, the only alternative treatment option is to remove the entire tooth.

To prevent neighbouring teeth from shifting, and fill the unsightly gap left, the missing tooth will need to be replaced with a dental implant, bridge or denture, all of which are more expensive than endodontic treatment. 

We will always try to save your natural teeth, and endodontic treatment is one of the best ways to restore infected teeth and keep them healthy in the future
I have been referred to you for root canal treatment

If you have been referred to us for root canal treatment, you will be booked in for a comprehensive endodontic consultation with our specialist in endodontics, Somayeh Simmons.

Somayeh will use state-of-the-art equipment such as a high-resolution microscope and digital x-rays to evaluate your tooth and determine the best treatment for you. She will detail the treatment needed and fees in a written treatment plan. A copy will also be sent to your dentist to keep them fully informed.  

If she can proceed with root canal treatment, she will thoroughly clean and shape the infected canals and place a temporary filling. We will liaise with your dentist throughout treatment, returning you to their care to replace the temporary filling with a permanent filling or crown after a period of healing.

We have a fantastic relationship with our referring dentists, who consider us an extended part of their team.

Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?
We remove wisdom teeth because of overcrowding in your mouth. Wisdom teeth often turn or grow sideways, placing the adjacent tooth under unnecessary strain. 
Is an impacted wisdom tooth a problem?

When wisdom teeth become impacted, you will normally experience pain, and your dentist will discover infection and swelling in your gums. This damage often spreads to affect neighbouring healthy teeth and the surrounding jawbone.

Left untreated an impacted wisdom tooth can develop into a cyst or abscess, which can destroy large areas of your jawbone and occasionally become a life-threatening situation.

How will I feel after oral surgery?

After surgery, it is common to experience some mild pain and swelling in the gum. A blood clot will form in the “hole” or socket left by the tooth, which is part of normal healthy healing. It is best to rest for the first 24 hours after surgery, and you can take painkillers.

Try to avoid eating on the side of the extraction, and do not clean your teeth or rinse your mouth out excessively. 

The “holes” or extraction sockets in your jaw may take up to six weeks to fully heal. Below the gum, it will take several months for the sockets to fill with bone.

How can you help me overcome my nerves?
Depending on your particular case and the severity of your problem, you will be given a local anaesthetic for your procedure. For especially nervous patients or more lengthy treatments, we also offer a range of sedation options that will leave you drowsy and comfortable throughout treatment.
What referral treatments do you offer?

Elmsleigh House Dental & Implant Clinic offers an extensive range of referral treatments to enable your patients to access the dental care they need. This includes:

  • Complex dental implant placement and oral surgery, bone grafting and guided bone regeneration, gum grafting, sinus lift, and cosmetic restorations.
  • Specialist periodontist and periodontal surgeon for the management of periodontal and peri-implant diseases, crown lengthening, aesthetic mucogingival surgery, root resections, and complex gum surgery.
  • Specialist endodontist for simple and complex endodontic treatment, removal of a fractured instrument, and trauma.
  • Specialist orthodontist and dentists who offer an extensive range of orthodontic treatment to patients of all ages, Damon, Insignia and Incognito fixed appliances, Invisalign aligners, treating the effects of myofunctional disorders in children, and anterior alignment orthodontics – Cfast, Inman Aligner and clear aligners.
  • All aspects of restorative dentistry, as well as help with treatment planning of more complex cases.
  • Oral surgical procedures, difficult extractions and removal of wisdom teeth.
  • Sedation options for nervous patients, such as nitrous oxide and intravenous sedation, to enable them to access the care they need.

Some of our testimonials can be viewed here:
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How can I refer a patient to you?

To refer a patient to us, you can:

I am interested in restoring implants – do you offer courses?

We created our Implant Prosthetics Course to give you the skills to offer implant prosthetics to your patients. The course is modular, so you can take the training as far as you need.

We run free evening seminars for dentists at our clinic. We also run “lunch and learns”, where you can request a member of our referral team to come into your practice and talk about aspects of our referral treatments over lunch.

To secure a place on our courses or for more information, contact Cat Collins, MD and Course Coordinator, on 01252 715706 or cat@elmsleighhouse.com.
I am interested in joining your Study Club

Our Study Club has been running for over 12 years, with presentations from world-class speakers such as Chris Orr, Martin Kelleher, Eric Whaites, John Besford, Arun Nayyar, and Trevor Burke. We guarantee 27 hours of verifiable CPD including core subjects.

To secure a place on our Study Club or for more information, contact Cat Collins, MD and Course Coordinator, on 01252 715706 or cat@elmsleighhouse.com.

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SPECIALIST TEETH STRAIGHTENING AT ELMSLEIGH HOUSE

When a child sucks their thumb it seems harmless enough, but fast forward 20 years and that child has problems with their teeth. Maybe that child is now you, but help is at hand...

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