Patient Registrations and Appointments
We are currently not accepting new NHS patients but we are accepting Private and Practice Plan patients.
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This is dependent on the treatment and number of teeth involved. For example multiple extractions, restorations or dentures along with crowns, veneers and bridges will always require multiple appointments as these are prosthetic made only for your mouth.
We currently do not take patient bookings after 5pm but we do endeavour to meet everyone’s needs for appointments and we aim to do our upmost to book you in at times and days to suit your busy schedule.
We currently do not accept weekend appointments but may do so in the future. We are Currently open Monday to Friday and will do our upmost to help book an appointment that is suitable for you.
Yes we have a ground floor Surgery with full disabled access. Please call us prior to your appointment if you wish to be seen in the ground floor surgery so arrangements can be made to ensure it will be free for your appointment.
If you wish to be reminded of the dates and times of your appointments, we have a reminder email and text service you can opt into.
We need to check your medical history every time you attend the surgery to ensure a full record of your health and any medical conditions/medicines you are taking so we can be certain the treatment is suitable and the medicines we use will not affect you. We do this for your and our own safety.
We need to maintain our records up to date such that we are able to contact you of any changes or to remind you of your appointment. Please ensure you check that your contact details are up to date when you arrive at the clinic.
Your dentist will give full instructions both written and verbally. If you have any problems or questions after an extraction please call the surgery, or if out of hours call NHS 111.
If you have any of the below symptoms, you may experience a dental emergency.
Sever pain and bleeding are signs of an emergency.
The NHS advise is that you should see a dentist if you have toothache that lasts more than 2 days.
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Fast treatment can potentially save a tooth. A loose tooth, even without pain, is a serious problem.
An abscess or serious infection in your mouth can be potentially life-threatening, and treatment should not wait. You may notice swelling or knots on your gums or swelling around the face.
We provide Emergency appointments for patients who are registered with us. You are not registered at the practice until you have completed your new patient exam.
If you are registered, call the practice immediately and describe what happened. If we are closed, please call the NHS on 111.
If you have dental pain and are not registered with a dentist please call NHS on 111.
Costs and Exemptions
Children under 18 are automatically exempt from payment. For Adult patients it is dependent on your circumstances. The NHS asks for a contribution towards your treatment costs if you do not have a valid exemption. There are many different types of exemptions.
Whilst our staff will do their upmost to help to point you in the right direction on how to get help with exemption information we are unable to check or confirm if you qualify for an exemption.
The NHS dental system has 3 bands:
Band 1 = £22.70
Band 2 = £62.10
Band 3 = £269.30
Full details of what these treatment bands cover is available here or call 0300 300 1343.
If you are unable to afford NHS dental treatment, and do not qualify for an exemption please seek advice from your local job centre or HM revenue.
You can also find information about who is entitled to free NHS dental treatment in England by clicking here.
Find information on how to get help with health costs here.
What is available and what to expect
Yes but it is dependant on the location of the filling. White fillings on back teeth are only permitted on pregnant/nursing mothers and children under the age of 15. This is an NHS rule.
The NHS permits white fillings on the front 6 upper and lower teeth only for all other patients. If you do not wish to have an amalgam filling you can opt to have a white filling on a private basis.
For more information about Fillings, click here.
If you have lost a filling, this can be replaced by your dentist or therapist if the tooth is in good condition, although different materials may be used. The dentist will discuss with you if the tooth is able to be refilled or offer other options otherwise.
Crown, Bridge and veneer preparation can take between 20 minutes preparation time to 80 minutes depending on the size or amount of bridges required. You will always be notified beforehand how long each appointment will take.
While you are waiting for your crown or bridge to be made, your dentist will place a temporary crown over your prepared teeth/tooth, while this tooth may not be the correct colour or material you require, this will help protect the tooth especially against sensitivity.
For more information about Crowns, click here.
Dentures are a specialist appliance and require several appointments to complete. On average it will take at least 4 appointments spread over a month to complete the treatment.
For more information about dentures, click here.
Fillings are used to repair a cavity in your tooth caused by decay.
Inlays are used to repair the large chewing surface of a back tooth and to mend larger cavities where a conventional filling wouldn't be strong enough. These chewing surfaces can often develop cavities as they do contain quite deep fissures that can easily trap plaque and food.
Both are available on the NHS although the material may differ.
What's the difference and how can I prevent it?
Most adults in the UK have gum disease to some degree, and most people experience it at least once. It's much less common in children.
If you have gum disease, your gums may bleed when you brush your teeth and you may have bad breath. This early stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis.
If gingivitis is not treated, a condition called periodontitis can develop. This affects the tissues that support teeth and hold them in place.
If periodontitis is not treated, the bone in your jaw may be damaged and small spaces can open up between the gum and teeth.
Your teeth can become loose and may eventually fall out.
You can find more useful information about how to take care of your gums at home by clicking here.
Periodontal treatment is a nonsurgical treatment to help improve your oral health.
This includes a full periodontal examination of your mouth to investigate the state of your Oral health in more detail and an ultra-sonic scaling to remove plaque and tartar deposits from your teeth.
Depending on the severity of your periodontal disease it may or may not be painful although it can be slightly uncomfortable in sensitive areas. Your clinician will always pay attention to your comfort.
How to maintain your teeth white and help remove stains
There are many different brands of toothpastes on the market that can help you get whiter teeth.
The best toothpastes to help whitening teeth contain baking soda which is usually stated on the packaging.
Many people like to use charcoal toothpastes to whiten teeth but please ensure this toothpaste contains fluoride as many don't and this can lead to higher chances of forming dental decay.
There are many different brands of toothpaste on the market for sensitive teeth. Colgate pro-sensitive relief and Sensodyne are the most popular brands with our patients at Alma Square Dental Practice.
If you find you still have very sensitive areas applying a small amount of this toothpaste to these areas after brushing and leaving the paste on the tooth/ teeth for 2 minutes to allow the active fluoride to work on that area may help more effectively.