Frequently Asked Questions | David Marriott Dental

Frequently Asked Questions

When you call us to book an appointment we'll give you a general idea of the cost of a standard treatment. Prices vary according to the time it takes, materials used, and procedures involved to carry out your treatment. We provide itemised estimates prior to the commencement of any course of treatment.

Having your teeth, gums and overall oral health checked at least once a year is an essential part of preventative dental care. Dental health isn’t just about filling cavities and fixing toothaches. It's about preventing deterioration of teeth, gum disease, bad breath and other potential problems, and making sure you have the best smile possible. If all is well, you can be reassured of this by an examination. If not, you can be pleased that any issues with your dental health have been identified early, saving you from discomfort and extra expense.

It is important that you brush your teeth and gums correctly twice a day to prevent the build-up of bacteria, plaque or tartar. Plaque is the sticky substance that collects between teeth and at the edges of gums after eating and drinking. It makes teeth feel furry or rough to the tongue. If it is not brushed off using fluoride toothpaste and proper brushing techniques, it will cause decay and you will need fillings.

This is usually due to plaque build up, which causes the gums to become inflamed. Bleeding gums can also be caused by brushing too vigorously. Be gentle but thorough.

Food particles trapped between the teeth or under the gum line decompose and can result in bad breath. Proper brushing is essential to prevent this happening. There can be other reasons for bad breath; you can discuss this with one of our dentists who will advise the best course of action for fresh and more pleasant breath.

Brushing and flossing combined are the most effective way of keeping teeth and gums clean. You should floss at least once a day. One of our dentists can show you the correct way to use floss and brush.

It’s important to let us know when you book your appointment if you have any fears or anxieties. You're welcome to bring a support person with you and they can sit in the surgery while you're receiving your treatment. We suggest that first of all you come in for a straightforward check-up and clean. You can then talk to one of our dentists about your concerns.

Teeth become sensitive where the enamel is thinner and there is less protection for the sensitive parts of the tooth. Enamel can wear thin over time due to incorrect or over vigorous brushing, or consuming too many acidic foods or drinks. Special toothpaste for sensitive teeth can be used but most importantly, please ask us to show you the best way to brush your teeth so you can prevent further damage to the enamel on your teeth and their sensitivity.

When requested yes, we can do tooth-coloured restorations. However, if we feel a non-coloured tooth restoration is more appropriate we will discuss this with you during your appointment.

For many procedures an injection (local anaesthetic) is advisable. However, certain procedures can be carried out without one. One of our dentists will advise if they feel local anaesthetic will make your procedure more comfortable.

Generally every three months, or sooner if the bristles start to show wear and tear.

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