Between us, we have 167 years of specialist dental experience. 11 miles from Liverpool and Chester, and close to North Wales, we strive to deliver great customer service from a beautifully appointed Victorian building.
At Redcliffe Dental Practice & Specialist Referral Centre we are proud to offer six different specialties:
Complex Restorative Clinic
Oral Surgery Clinic
Our team of leading specialists have the ability to manage multidisciplinary complex cases and collectively we have treated tens of thousands of patients, both in hospital, and private practice. Three of our dentists are dental specialists and four have special interests. This means they've carried out several years of additional study or will treat the more difficult dental issues, including major reconstruction following accidents or oral cancer.
Having all this expertise under one roof is of great benefit to our patients and we believe this is what makes us special and unlike any other dental practice in the area.
Read more below about our specialist dentistry services.
Dr STEPHEN BRINDLEY
Endodontics, Restorative Dentistry, Periodontics, Oral Surgery, Prosthodontics, Implants
Dr STEPHAN EIDHAM
Dr PYNADATH GEORGE
Implants, Complex Restorative, Oral Surgery
Prosthodontics is the art of restoring your mouth as comprehensively as possible, making it easier for you to eat and talk without problems, making your smile look good and also helping you to keep your teeth for as long as possible.
While all dentists are trained to carry out restorative dentistry, our experts have carried out several years of additional full time study to gain additional experience and expertise.
This means they will usually treat the more difficult complex dental issues, such as cases where there are missing teeth or where there are significant problems in functionality or looks.
They can carry out implants, and have additional expertise in the full range of restorative procedures, from crowns, bridges and dentures to major reconstruction following accidents or oral cancer.
Periodontics is the treatment of periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease.
Gum disease affects the gums, bone and ligaments that support your teeth. These structures are the foundations which enable you to keep your teeth for life, but they can be damaged by bacterial infection.
If this is if left untreated it can progress into a more serious condition, called periodontitis. In cases of periodontitis, the deeper structures of the tooth supporting apparatus, including the jaw bone and the connecting ligaments, will be destroyed. Without treatment the supporting structures will have receded to such an extent that the teeth may be lost. In fact, periodontitis is the main reason of tooth loss in adults over the age of 45 in the U.K. according to the last Adult Health Dental Survey (1998).
The main cause of this destructive process is bacteria, which form around the neck of the teeth in a sticky mass, called plaque or biofilm. Biofilm is an organized matrix for the bacteria to live in and multiply. Although bacteria are the main cause of periodontitis, gum disease is a multi-factorial disease. Other aetiologic factors include smoking, genetics, hormonal changes (pregnancy), stress, certain medications and medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
Treatment of periodontal disease starts with an experienced dentist examining the gum tissue and diagnosing the correct type and stage of the underlying gum disease. The aim of periodontal treatment is to stop disease progression and keep the natural teeth. More severe cases need specialist treatment with a periodontist.
At Redcliffe Dental Practice our periodontist, Dr. Stephan Eidam, has over 10 years of experience in treating patients with various forms of periodontal disease. Stephan can provide you with all aspects of periodontal treatment and help you keep your natural dentition.
To understand a bit more about root canal treatment, you need to know more about the tooth. The tooth has several layers. On the outside, there is protective enamel – this is the bit you see. Under the enamel is a fairly thick, hard layer of dentin. In the middle of the tooth is a soft tissue called the pulp, which contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. This pulp runs from the crown of the tooth (the bit above your gum) down to the very tip of your tooth roots – if your tooth has more than one root (your bigger teeth have two or three) then it runs through all of those roots.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes infected or inflamed. This can be caused by dental decay, damage to the tooth such as a crack or chip, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or if the tooth has been accidentally injured (even if it is not showing any external signs of injury).
The infection or inflammation can cause dull or sharp tooth ache, and can lead to a dental abscess, which can be extremely painful.
Not so long ago, this would have meant having your tooth extracted, and then either learning to cope with an unsightly gap, or having to pay for it to be replaced with a bridge or denture. But now we can usually save your tooth, by removing the pulp, making sure that we get rid of any bacteria, and carefully filling the hole that is left. The tooth is usually restored to its full strength and functionality with a crown.
The tooth roots are tiny, and are not naturally straight, so the procedure is very detailed and fiddly, and often takes a while to complete. That is why it is best carried out by a professional with specialist equipment and skills. It is also why the treatment is more expensive than many others – although usually it is still cheaper than replacing a lost tooth
3D render of how a root canal affects your tooth over time