Routine Dentistry

Maintaining your attractive smile

We deliver a comprehensive range of general, cosmetic and restorative dental treatments that ensure our patient's smiles leave lasting and positive impressions. Your ongoing dental health is extremely important to us and we will therefore always encourage and remind you to come in for your regular dental check-ups.

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Dental Examination

The dentist will examine your mouth carefully and check for early signs of dental disease, from tooth decay and gum disease to mouth cancer.
By seeing the dentist as often as is recommended, any issues can be spotted at an early stage, and corrected before complicated treatment becomes a necessity.

Seeing the dentist regularly is an essential part of preventive care.

Children's Dentistry

Children are always welcome at Redcliffe Dental Practice on Wirral. Your children’s teeth are just as susceptible to decay and other problems as adults’ teeth are. We feel it is important to show your children how to care for their teeth from an early age, so they can enjoy having healthy teeth for life.

Seeing a dentist regularly is very important. You should start to bring your child with you to appointments from an early age, even before their teeth have come through, so they can get used to the sights, smells and sounds of the practice.

Once they have their own teeth, we need to see them regularly for their own check-ups so we can keep a close eye on how their teeth are developing, and spot any potential issues early on. We can also advise on other issues such as orthodontics (tooth straightening).

Our hygienists, Julee and Gill provide excellent preventive care for children, helping them with brushing and also giving dietary advice. Advice about avoiding food and drinks that cause decay and acid erosion when teeth are more vulnerable, helps our children and teenagers to protect their teeth against these problems. When appropriate, topical fluoride applications and fissure sealants (tooth coloured sealants) are applied to the biting surfaces to help prevent decay.  All this is done in a professional, yet friendly, caring and relaxed way, on a one to one basis.

All check-ups are free up to the age of three. After that we offer Denplan Excel for a small monthly fee which provides all your child’s dental care including all their treatments.

Dental Hygiene

Research has proved beyond doubt that when it comes to caring for your teeth and gums, preventive dentistry is the best way of preventing any potential problems.
Research also suggests that people with gum disease are more likely to suffer from a narrowing of blood vessels, which can lead to heart attack or stroke.
Gum disease can also cause bad breath and by creating a pleasant environment in your mouth your general well being and self confidence is improved.
Achieving optimum oral health requires the collaborative efforts of our hygienist, dentist and you.

Following an examination with the dentist you will be asked to book an appointment with one of our excellent and friendly team of hygienists, Julee or Gill who work closely alongside our dentists and specialists.

Patients with more advanced gum disease can be referred to our in house periodontist.

 
 
 
 
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White Fillings

Fillings are one of the most basic methods of restoring teeth. They do exactly what their name suggests – they fill a hole in the tooth that has been caused by decay, playing an important role in helping us to keep a tooth for many more years.

In the past fillings were always made out of either gold or a silver-coloured alloy called amalgam. Both of these materials are extremely durable and in some circumstances they are still the best choice available. But they both have one disadvantage – they do not match the natural white teeth in appearance.

At Redcliffe Dental Practice, we use the most effective, modern, tooth-coloured materials to enable you to have white fillings. Unlike the more traditional grey amalgam fillings, the tooth-coloured ones look very natural, so no-one will be able to tell you have them. We can use either a special type of reinforced plastic called composite, or a variety of different ceramic materials related to glass or porcelain. This means that we can create beautiful, natural looking fillings that wont spoil you smile.

 

We will usually numb the tooth with our WAND system.  This delivers anaesthetic in a precise, pain-free manner, and numbs only the area around your teeth rather than a large section of your mouth, making the procedure much more comfortable for you.

When the decay has been removed, the tooth will be filled. For tooth coloured fillings, the material is placed into the hole in layers, with a special light being shone on each layer to speed up the setting process.

We will then shape the filling, so that it looks and feels as realistic as possible.

Dental Crowns and Bridges

If you have damaged (broken down as a result of decay or trauma) or discoloured or unsightly teeth (it may not be possible to restore them using a filling) then we can make a porcelain or metal cover, called a crown. The crown is strong and can look and feel exactly like a natural tooth. The colour and shape can be matched to your own teeth.

If you have a missing tooth, or teeth, a bridge can help. It is a fixed replacement tooth which might involve work to the teeth on either side of the gap. It can improve the way you look, bite, chew and speak. The colour and shape can be matched to you own teeth.

custom-made crowns, within just one appointment

What is CEREC?

Our CEREC machine allows us to make a new dental crown for you , on site, within just one appointment. The many benefits include:

  • No impressions
  • No temporary crowns
  • No return appointments

CEREC crowns, inlays (ceramic fillings) and onlays are a custom-made, sophisticated in practice system for creating amazing porcelain restorations. All this is made possible using Computer Aided Design (CAD). So after just one visit you leave with a beautiful bespoke inlay or crown.

Why choose CEREC?

CEREC is the world’s only system for the fabrication of all ceramic dental restorations eg inlays (tooth coloured fillings) and crowns in one surgery visit. With CEREC at your dentist’s side, you can be in and out in a single visit with a permanent all ceramic inlay or crown. For you, this means fewer injections, less drilling and no messy impressions. A CEREC tooth restoration isn’t just convenient it is also healthy and very strong. With CEREC your dentist can use strong, tooth coloured ceramic materials to restore your teeth to their natural strength, beauty and function. These materials closely match the composition of natural tooth structure and so are very comfortable. Also, the materials are chemically bonded to the tooth, so your dentist can save as much healthy tooth as possible while providing you with a dental restoration that strengthens your tooth.

Root Canal Treatment

lose the toothache without losing the tooth

Root canal treatment, known as Endodontics, is carried out when the inside of the tooth (the root or pulp) becomes infected or damaged. This can cause dull or sharp tooth ache, and can lead to a dental abscess, which can be extremely painful. The treatment eliminates the cause of the pain by completely removing the diseased or damaged tissue from the tooth.

Root canal treatment can often be frightening for patients. However, there is no need to be worried if you need endodontics. Modern techniques mean the procedure is pain-free, and at Redcliffe Dental you can even have sedation, which is just like sleeping through the whole treatment! Best of all, it saves your natural tooth, often for life.

 
 
 
 
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Dentures

Denture wearing is no longer the ordeal it used to be. Modern techniques mean they fit far better than they used to, and look far more realistic too. They are ideally suited to people with a number of missing teeth, or perhaps those on a limited budget. Replacing lost or missing teeth has substantial benefits for your health and appearance. A denture replaces the natural teeth and provides support for cheeks and lips. Without this support, sagging facial muscles can make a person appear older and reduce their ability to eat and speak.

Why choose full dentures?

A denture is an appliance which is worn to replace lost or missing teeth to enable you to enjoy a healthy diet and smile with confidence. A full denture is one that replaces all the natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaws. A partial denture fills in the spaces created by lost or missing teeth and is attached to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments.

Our choice of dentures now includes the latest flexible and more natural-looking Valplast®system. These new plastic dentures are strong, lightweight, practically invisible and completely eliminate the need for unsightly metal clasps.

Patients with a number of missing teeth which cannot be replaced in any other way can opt to have dental implant to hold them in place. This makes the dentures far more secure, and makes it easier to eat and speak with them in place.

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Even if you have lost all your teeth, you will still need to visit us regularly to ensure that your dentures still fit properly, and also so we can check for signs of oral disease, including mouth cancer. You also still need to care for your mouth, brushing your gums, tongue and palate daily as well as cleaning your dentures thoroughly.

 

Extractions

Many people have to have a tooth removed at some time in their lives. This can be for a number of reasons. Some people have overcrowded mouths, and have some teeth removed as part of their orthodontic (teeth straightening) treatment. Sometimes teeth become too badly decayed or damaged to be repaired, and need to be extracted. Gum disease can, in its later stages, cause teeth to become so loose that they have to be taken out. And some people have to have their wisdom teeth removed, usually because they are growing in the wrong direction and are causing problems.

Should a tooth extraction be needed we will endeavour to make this as comfortable as possible for you. For the extremely nervous patient the treatment can be done under sedation.

Oral surgery is another of our skills. We can extract teeth and carry out surgical procedures in the mouth using local anaesthesia or sedation for difficult extractions or removal of wisdom teeth.

 

Sport Mouth Guards

Sports mouth guards are vital for both children and adults. They help to protect teeth and gums from injuries that could otherwise be devastating.

It is important that such mouth guards are professionally made, so they fit properly and comfortably and offer maximum protection.

Play sport safely with our custom made mouth guards. Choose your own colour from our wide range.

We can help all of your team members too!

Anti Snoring

Snoring can cause a number of problems, both for the person who snores and their partner. The most obvious is broken sleep, which makes you tired, sleepy and listless during the day, less effective at work and can increase stress levels. It can also cause headaches and loss of sex drive.

Snoring can be a symptom of a more serious condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, where the patient actually stops breathing while they sleep, causing an adrenalin rush which wakes them. This can happen a number of times in a night, and yet the sufferer may not even be aware of it. OSA can cause increased blood pressure and there is an increased risk of diabetes.


The causes of snoring

When you sleep, the muscles in your neck relax, and under certain conditions this can cause the soft tissue in your upper throat to vibrate, which makes you snore. The relaxation of your muscles causes your airway to partially close – if you suffer from OSA, the airway closes completely.

Men tend to snore more often than women because they have have more tissue around the neck. Other factors which contribute to snoring include excess body weight, age, drinking alcohol or taking sleeping tablets, or simply the way we are built.

How we can help

Our custom-made Sleepwell appliance provides an ideal treatment that is clinically proven but does not require surgery or intrusive facial masks.

It is a little like a mouthguard, and is placed in the mouth before going to sleep. It has been designed for maximum comfort, so will not keep you awake.

It works by holding the lower jaw forward slightly – usually by only 2-3mm, which eases the pressure at the back of your throat and stops or reduces your snoring. It really is that simple!

To find out more, please ask us about arranging a consultation with our Sleepwell specialist Mike Hickley. You may also like to visit www.solutions4snoring.com.

 
 

Don't just take our word for it...

Extremely efficient service in a friendly environment which makes a refreshing change for a dental practice. Dr Steere and the hygienist provided provided excellent professional treatment, I highly recommend this practice.
— Harry Fildes
 
 
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