Hangleton Dental Practice, Brighton
How well do you care for your teeth and gums? You might brush regularly but routine check-ups with your dentist are still necessary to prevent cavities and decay. Eating is a normal process but can still damage your teeth from impact stress. Your gums too can be on the receiving end of cuts, bruises, blisters, any unwanted pressure and sometimes disease. As always, prevention is vital.
In the best circumstances, therefore, management of these issues is a collaboration between dentist and patient. Visit any of our clinics for a range of general dental and hygiene therapies.
At Hangleton Dental Practice, our clinics are open to all regardless of whether you have dental insurance. We can respond to any request – whether it’s an immediate repair or you want to make enquiries about tooth alignment or you need an ongoing procedure like treatment for gum disease.
Unfortunately, many people take dental hygiene therapy for granted and are quite surprised to discover that home brushing and flossing won’t offer full dental protection. Moreover, it’s really impossible to survey your own mouth and spot the nasties that may be lurking in the corners. Remember, even dentists visit dentists! Come to Hangleton Dental Practice and receive a full check-up for some relaxing peace of mind.
What should you expect during hygiene therapy?
If you are unnerved by the dentist’s chair, you are not alone. It’s a common worry and we’re fully aware of it. You will be eased into the process before you know it. We explain everything as we go along and always confirm that you remain comfortable.
During a check-up, we’ll look at the current state of things and make recommendations for the future. As you may know, the constant enemy of your teeth is time. They are in the front line and up against it every day. You may feel fine but pockets of infection are deepening without causing a hint of pain as yet.
At an oral check-up, we will:
- Perform a full examination of your mouth, teeth and gums
- Enquire about any problems you may have had in your mouth, gums or teeth since the last visit.
- Ask about your diet, drinking or smoking habits and offer suggestions for better protection.
- Ask about your teeth-cleaning routine and suggest optimal ways to care for teeth, gums and mouth.
- Discuss any treatment procedures, risks and the cost
- Set a date for your next appointment and agree how often we should see you
You may have got used to visiting a dentist only every six or eight months but the condition of your teeth may require more frequent contact. After a preliminary check-up, we can map out the best dental programme for your personal health.
If your schedule is unpredictable share the information with us so we can try and work round your timetable. Don’t be put off contacting us; or just ask our representative to contact you.
Dental treatment plan
If after a check-up, we recommend Band 2 or Band 3 dental treatment, you’ll be issued with a personal dental treatment plan. Such plans contains a comprehensive list of all hygiene therapies and treatment you may need, including their costs.
While treatment plans are not usually issued for Band 1 treatments, you may request one if you wish. The cost of dental charges varies with our procedures and practice. At Hangleton Dental, we pride ourselves on being both professional and competitive. In addition, our treatments are mostly non-intrusive and pain-free.
Dental examination and routine procedures
We normally carry out an initial consultation before proceeding to the next step. If you experience dental discomfort, we focus on the affected area and determine if it has spread to other parts of the mouth and gums.
We do this by:
- Examining the tissues surrounding the gums and teeth.
- Inspecting the lymph and salivary glands, as well as the tongue, the palate and soft tissues around the mouth.
- Taking an X-ray of specific parts of the mouth if necessary.
To keep you informed, we may attach an intra-oral camera so that you can follow the examination as it happens. This will help you better understand the full treatment process.
Hangleton Dental Practice hygiene therapy and solutions
Today, more adult teeth are lost to gum diseases than tooth decay. This makes regular dental hygiene therapy even more critical for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. At Hangleton Dental, our dental hygienist will:
- Conduct a preliminary dental hygiene assessment.
- Perform a comprehensive scaling of your teeth to eliminate any accumulation of plaque or tartar that simple brushing cannot detach.
- Carry out cleaning and polishing to remove superficial teeth stains.
- Offer tailored advice for good oral hygiene and easier home maintenance.
At Hangleton Dental Practice, we also provide same-day dental emergency treatments. So, if you have an injury or feel tooth pain, don’t hesitate to contact us today.
White fillings / inlays
We have the experience and qualifications to combine different advanced dental disciplines to create white fillings that look great and function effectively. Our fillings are also healthy and guaranteed to last for several years.
At Hangleton Dental Surgery, we long ago moved on from metal amalgam fillings to those made from a combination of nano glass particles and white resin. Such fillings are known as ‘composite resins’ in the dental industry.
Like silver-coloured fillings, these white fillings can be used to replace worn-out or decayed teeth or refurbish old metal linings for improved cosmetic appearances. We match these fillings to your personal tooth colour and nobody can tell at a glance whether you’ve had any ‘work done’. Your new teeth will look entirely natural. Safety feature: white fillings CANNOT pose any mercury-related risks.
Our white filings for hygiene therapy last seven to ten years on average, and we recommend them for small to medium cavities. For larger ones, a porcelain inlay is usually more appropriate.
Dental finance options
At Hangleton Dental Surgery, there are many ways to pay for your dental treatment. Like most dental clinics, we accept payments from major debit and credit card providers. However, we offer more than that. In addition to cash plans, we also provide the choice of multiple dental insurance products, allowing more flexibility to pay for your dental needs over time.
You can also take out a patient loan of up to £600. This is interest-free with re-payment options varying between 6-12 months. However, finance is available for people over 18 years old and approval will depend on status.