Welcome to The Bridge Dental | Marple Bridge
Contact: 0161 449 7080
Monday - Friday
8:45 - 17:00
8:30 - 14:30
Late evening and Saturday by appointment only.
If you need a an appointment please call the surgery on: 0161 449 7080
If you need a dentist urgently outside of opening hours.
A dental examination is a screen of how healthy your mouth is. After the examination, you and your dentist can discuss the results and plan the best way to deal with any problems that you may have.
Your dentist will assess your oral health by looking at your oral hygiene and making any recommendations as required. Your diet will be discussed to determine whether you are consuming too many sugary foods or drinks and whether you are at high risk of decay.
Your social history will also be discussed in terms of smoking and alcohol consumption including previous history to determine your oral cancer risk status. We will offer smoking cessation, advice as is to be expected in any Healthcare setting.
A periodontal screening will also be carried out during your routine examination and again this will help us determine your risk of periodontal disease taking into account any other risk factors.
All of the above will help us to determine an appropriate recall and maintenance regime in accordance with the National Institution of Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guidelines.
Scaling is carried out by a dentist, therapist or hygienist to remove deposits from your teeth such as plaque and/or calculus (tartar.)
Unfortunately tartar cannot be removed by simply brushing your teeth, however, a dental professional has specialist equipment and instruments that can be used to remove these deposits. This is known as scaling.
Is an inflammatory disease that affects the soft and hard structures that support the teeth. In its early stage, called gingivitis, the gums become swollen and red due to inflammation, which is the body's natural response to the presence of harmful bacteria.
Factors such as smoking, hereditary gum disease, diabetes and poor oral hygiene can contribute to this. It is therefore important that you maintain immaculate oral hygiene with mechanical removal of plaque by the use of a manual/electric toothbrush, floss or inter-dental brushes and regular maintenance by your dental professional.
We have been offering simple periodontal treatment and oral hygiene advice at The Bridge Dental Care for many years.
Our current team of Hygienists and Therapists are here to help you combat the effects of Periodontal Disease .
To reduce the risks of gum disease progressing, we advise that you reduce or remove risk factors, maintain excellent oral hygiene and attend regular maintenance and therapy appointments.
Fissures are the grooves usually found on the occlusal (chewing) surface of your molar teeth.
They can be difficult to keep clean and therefore carry a higher risk of tooth decay.
Your dentist may recommend that they be sealed with a tough plastic to prevent decay and further treatment.
A removable denture replaces missing teeth. Partial' dentures replace a few missing teeth and full or complete dentures are needed if all the natural teeth are missing.
Dentures are usually made of a plastic acrylic or alternatively they can be made from Cobalt Chromium metal alloy or even flexible Vinyl.
These types of dentures are more expensive however are usually less bulky and patients find them to be more secure.
Initially impressions (moulds) of your teeth/gums will be taken in the surgery, they will then be sent off to a dental laboratory for the dentures to be constructed.
Usually you will need to attend for several staged appointments over a few weeks whilst they are being custom made.
At your dental examination we always screen for Mouth cancer, also known as oral cancer.
It can appear as an ulcer that fails to clear up after a few weeks, a growth or swelling which has been present for more than about three weeks and sometimes as a white or red patch in the mouth.
The majority of these patches/areas will not turn out to be cancer however if you have any of the above symptoms, it is recommended that you visit your Dentist to have this looked at. A further referral may be made to a specialist team just to be on the safe side.
Contributing risk factors are smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. You are much more likely to suffer from Oral cancer if you smoke and drink alcohol combined.
At your routine examination you will always be asked about your social history. However if you are ever worried about anything, contact us immediately. We are here to help.
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