A1086 Hartlepool United Kingdom, Easington Rd, Hartlepool TS24 9QU

General Dentistry

General Dentistry

General dentistry aids the overall health or your teeth and gums and begins with a 6 monthly recommended check up. General dentists diagnose, treat and manage oral healthcare needs in the short and long-term, while also providing preventative treatments.


Routine Examinations:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Routine exams involve the check up on Soft tissues, Teeth and Gum health. As a new patient at the practice, we recommend 2 bitewing X-Rays (showing the last 4-5 teeth) as they are an excellent way to see decay within the teeth, tooth structure and infection. During this exam we will create a treatment plan for yourself, allowing you to see the total cost of your treatments and all restorations you may need; however you may not need any restorations.

Urgent Examinations:                                                                                                                                                                                                                      An urgent appointment can be made by current patients and non-patients who are experiencing pain, swelling, cracked teeth etc. Urgent appointments tend to be allocated to patients who need care between 2 and 24 hours from their first symptom. If you are suffering from the following: an uncontrollable dental haemorrhage following an
extraction, rapidly increasing swelling around the throat or eye or trauma
confined to the dental arches; you may require emergency treatment by a hospital. In the case where you would require emergency treatment less than 2 hours after first symptom, we suggest that you contact 111 or seek care with you nearest A&E or emergency dental care provider.

Scale and Polish:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This treatment goes hand in hand with the maintenance of good oral hygiene. It is a professional cleaning of the teeth gums, in which an ultrasonic scaler removes plaque and calculus build up and polisher removes stains with an abrasive paste. It’s an important procedure to remove plaque that would stop you from effectively keeping up good interdental healing from home and a preventative measure to avoid gum disease.

Fillings:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    At Health and Smile we primarily treat cavities with composite fillings (white fillings). These tooth-coloured fillings are a great way to treat your cavities, without harsh gray amalgam fillings disrupting your white smile. Other benefits of composite fillings is that during the procedure less tooth material needs to be removed as well the chemicals in the composite resin actually bond to your natural teeth. This means less chance of cracks between the tooth and the filling itself, minimizing the chance of recurrent caries or fractures. Price varies on the size of the filling, whether its 1, 2 or 3+ surfaces (see fee guide for more information). Its always best to get caries treated as although it may not cause you any pain, it can lead to infection, fractures or lead to the tooth being non-restorable.

Extractions:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A tooth extraction is a dental procedure during which your tooth is completely removed from its socket. During this procedure you will be completely numb from the local anesthetic provided prior the treatment, we are also able to refer patients to be sedated at another practice or at the hospital. You will be informed by the dentist of risks of the procedure and once you are happy they will proceed. Difficult extractions (where the tooth snaps, is causing too much pain etc.) are rare but they do happen and in instances such as these we are able to refer you to the hospital; in the mean time we will provide you with care and pain relief methods. Post-extraction the dentist will give you after care advice and on going care if needed. 

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