Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice

The Government recently announced that dentists could reopen from 8th June. For the majority of practices, including ours, this was unreasonably short notice. We reopened to patients from 1 July but are only able to do the most simple treatments at present.

At first, we need to prioritise appointments for people who have been having problems over the last few months as our first priority, and those with outstanding treatment from before lockdown. If you have a scheduled check-up in the near future, it is likely that we will cancel this to free up time for more urgent cases and we hope that you will contact us again in a few months time to reschedule that appointment. You can find more information in this article.

If you have an urgent problem, please call 01784 253140 to speak to our reception staff so that we can offer advice or an appointment as necessary.

Updated 7 July 2020

Scaling

Scaling is the removal of hard deposits such as tartar from the teeth.

If dental plaque is not completely removed every day, it will become hardened on to the tooth because of salts in the saliva and a fluid from the gums. Dentists call this deposit 'calculus' but it is more commonly known as tartar. It may vary in hardness and colour depending on the rate at which that patient builds it and how long since it was last cleaned away.

The presence of tartar means that the gums become red and swollen and they may bleed when toothbrushing is carried out. This is called gingivitis and may be a sign that there is some gum disease present. Scaling does not usually take very long if done regularly. If the tartar has been present for a long time, it may be more difficult to remove and can be very uncomfortable.

Sometimes polishing is done to remove some staining but this is of little health benefit so is not always offered.

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