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Smile Design

Porcelain Veneers and white fillings.

Cosmetic or ‘aesthetic dentistry', is used as a means of improving the appearance of your teeth and therefore your smile. Our aim at The Lodge Dental Suite is to give you a beautiful, natural-looking smile. We offer a range of effective cosmetic treatments that can help with discoloured, worn, chipped or crooked teeth.

General Dentistry

Every day dentistry for the family

At The Lodge Dental Suite, we understand that there is no such thing as ‘basic’ dentistry. To maintain your oral health, it is vital to attend regular check-ups and hygienist appointments.

Whilst we are proud of our many advanced treatments, we are also aware that most of our patients come to us for everyday dentistry. General dentistry is orientated towards the prevention of disease and we place great emphasis on oral health and hygiene.

We can look after your whole family.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth grow at the back of your gums and are the last teeth to come through.  Overcrowding and lack of space in your mouth may mean that wisdom teeth can emerge at an angle or get stuck and only partially emerge, becoming ‘impacted’. 

If you feel pain or discomfort due to impacted wisdom teeth then make an appointment to see your dentist.  We may take an x-ray to assess how your wisdom teeth are coming through and decide whether to remove them.  Extractions can be done in the practice under sedation.

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Extractions

Many people have to have a tooth removed at some time in their lives.

There are many reasons we may need to remove a tooth

  • Overcrowding - as part of the teeth straightening treatment it may be necessary to remove teeth

  • Decay or damaged - sometimes a tooth may be too badly decayed or damage to be repaired

  • Gum disease - in its later stages gum disease can cause teeth to become so loose that they have to be taken out

  • Wisdom teeth - some people have to have their wisdom teeth removed, usually because they are growing in the wrong direction and are causing problems.

Having a tooth removed is like having a minor operation and because of this it is important that you follow our simple after care advice.  If you look after the area from which the tooth has been extracted the healing process will be quick, and you will avoid the risk of infection.

Extraction FAQ’s

A: Try to avoid eating hot food, drinking alcohol and smoking
Avoid disturbing any blood clots that may have formed.
Do not rinse your mouth for 24 hours after extraction. After this time, rinse gently with warm salty water - half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of water is enough.

A: Yes - Brush your teeth as normal to keep your mouth as clean as possible.

A: There may be some swelling and a bit of discomfort in the first two to three days. If you need to, take some ordinary over the counter painkillers, you may also feel some small pieces of bone work their way out of the socket - don't worry, this is perfectly normal.
If you feel pain a few days after the tooth has been removed, it might be where the blood clot has broken down leaving an empty hole in the gum. This is called a 'dry socket' and will need to be looked at by your dentist.

A: Very carefully, clear away any blood clots around the gap using the gauze provided by your dentist or a hanky do not use a tissue. Place a clean pad over the gap (from tongue side to cheek side) and bite down on it firmly for 10 to 15 minutes. Take the pad off and check whether the bleeding has stopped. If it hasn’t stopped apply a fresh pad. Contact your dentist if you have any concerns.

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Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment (also called endodontics) is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth, known as the pulp, is infected through decay or injury. When the pulp becomes infected it can spread through the root canal system of the tooth, eventually leading to a painful abscess. Infection will spread if root canal treatment is not carried out, and you may have to have teeth extracted in the affected areas.

Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure and most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits to your dentist.  The first appointment involves thorough cleansing, any infected pulp is removed, and any abscesses drained.  The root canal is then cleaned and shaped ready for the filling. A temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle.

The tooth is checked at a later visit and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled.

Root Canal FAQ’s

At The Lodge Dental Suite we use modern treatment techniques that means a root filled tooth should not discolour, however there are several procedures available to restore the natural appearance of the tooth should this happen.

Root canal treatment is usually very successful. However, if the infection comes back the treatment can be repeated.

The alternative to root canal treatment is to have the tooth extracted. Once the pulp is destroyed, it will not heal, and it is not recommended to leave an infected tooth in the mouth.  Whilst some people would prefer an extraction, it is recommended by dentists to keep as many natural teeth as possible.

Yes. However, it is better to restore the tooth with a crown to provide extra support and strength.  Root canal treated teeth should be cared for the same as any other tooth.  Clean your teeth at least once a day, preferably with a fluoride toothpaste. Cut down on sugary snacks and keep them only to mealtimes if possible. Visit your dentist for regular check-ups.

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I would like to thank all the staff at the Lodge Dental Suite for the outstanding service you provide. I used to pay astronomical prices to another private dentist for an ongoing gum problem and felt my gums were not improving. After my initial consultation with Melisha, I was shown simple brushing techniques to help my condition, I have found a great improvement in my gum health and my bad breath has also improved. I am always reminded of my appointment by phone and e-mail which is great and all the staff are very friendly. Melisha, you are very good at your profession, you always make me feel relaxed and cause very little discomfort when cleaning my teeth and gums. You run a very professional business and would highly recommend your services. Thank you again and see you soon.

Gero - Waltham Cross