As an established practice specialising in general dentistry in Queenborough, Kent, our friendly and relaxing dental practice provides a complete range of services for patients of all ages. By paying due care and attention to the long-term effectiveness of the treatments we administer, Queenborough Dental Clinic can help patients retain their natural teeth for the remainder of their life. At Queenborough Dental Clinic we are committed to delivering optimum standards of dental care for patients of all ages. That is why we provide a full range of general dental treatments, from routine examinations to root canal therapy.

Dental Check-ups


What's true for almost everyone on this planet (except the really lucky ones) is that, at some points in their lives, people will need dental care. The mouth is resistant to many bacteria that constantly invade it and teeth have their weak spots and eventually they will be exposed to decay.

 

Dental check-up generally takes about 20-30 minutes. Using a probe, our dentist will check all sides of every tooth, looking for tiny points of decay. If everything is fine, all you pay is the minimum check-up fee. If there's any suspicion, an x-ray of the tooth will be taken. Depending on the situation, you'll be advised what's needed to fix the problem.

A dental check-up every six months puts your mind at rest that nothing will be allowed to get out of control. Even if you've had a lot of dental restoration up till now, you can ensure that in future everything will be much easier for you.

At each check-up, our dentist will:

  • Examine your teeth, gums, and mouth;
  • Ask about your general health and any problems you have had with your teeth, mouth, or gums since your last visit;
  • Ask about, and give you advice on, your diet, smoking, and alcohol use, and teeth-cleaning habits;
  • Discuss with you a date for your next visit;
  • Undertake any specialist investigations if required, such as X-Rays, or preventative treatments including an oral cancer screening;
  • Restore your smile;

Generally, the lower your risk of dental problems, the longer you can wait before your next check-up. So people with good oral health will probably need to attend only once every 12 to 24 months, but those with more problems will need check-ups more often.

Cleaning & Prevention


The best way to reduce decay and gum disease, and to maintain the health of your mouth is to attend regular dental appointments. This is called preventive dentistry, where we catch any potential problems before they develop, and so the amount of treatment required is reduced. This means you can avoid having so many extractions and fillings, and are more likely to keep your own teeth for life. Cleaning & Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy, confident and beautiful smile.

 

At Queenborough Dental Clinic your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:

Removal of calculus (tartar):

Calculus is plaque that gets hardened overtime and harbors bacteria. It is caused by the continual accumulation of minerals from saliva and becomes firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can be threatening to the health of gums. Calculus can only be removed with special dental instruments.

Elimination of plaque:

Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!

Teeth Polishing:

Teeth Polishing is removing stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.

Fillings


 

If you dream of being able to throw your head back and laugh with wild abandon, then virtually invisible white fillings are the way forward. It takes some creative flair to match your teeth precisely but that's just what our skilled dentist boasts at Queenborough Dental Clinic.

At Queenborough Dental Clinic, we use the most effective, modern, tooth-coloured materials. 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.

White fillings are carefully crafted to blend in completely, leaving you with a lovely smile of which you can be proud.

What are the benefits of Fillings done by us?

  • Amazing results
  • Highly skilled, experienced dentist
  • White fillings from just £35
  • Smile & laugh with confidence

We will usually numb the tooth and its surrounding area with a local anaesthetic, and will drill the decayed material from the tooth.

When the decay has been removed, the tooth will be filled with tooth coloured fillings. We will then shape the filling, so that it looks as realistic as possible, and so it does not interfere with the way your teeth meet when you bite and chew.

Tooth Extractions / Oral Surgery


 

We understand that having a tooth removed can be an upsetting and anxious time, and, if possible, we'll always try and help you save your tooth, but if a removal is needed, we will do everything possible to make it as comfortable and simple for you as possible.

The most common reasons for tooth extraction is removing seriously damaged teeth because of tooth decay, a fractured or broken tooth or it may also be necessary to reduce dental crowding or the risk of infection and in the case of preparing for a denture.

Tooth extraction procedures today are far less painful than ever before, thanks to powerful anaesthetics and sedatives. In many cases, a patient who has a tooth extracted experiences little or no discomfort and only minor bleeding.

We'll always make sure that the area is completely numb before removing any tooth. We have a great team of specialist for more complicated cases including wisdom teeth removal.

Most tooth extractions are a straightforward procedure, followed by at-home care that includes rest and gentle care of the extraction site. Patients with extracted teeth sometimes need to take an antibiotic, and at the very least, take precautions following the procedure to ensure that infection doesn't occur. Smoking, vigorous brushing, rinsing, and drinking liquids through straws are discouraged during the post-operative period because they hinder healing and may cause the wound to open.

Wisdom Teeth:

Your wisdom teeth normally emerge from the gum (erupt) after the ages of 17. They are the last of the large grinding teeth at the back of the mouth to emerge. Some people never develop wisdom teeth; others can have up to four - one in each corner of the mouth.

Often wisdom teeth cause no problems but sometimes there is just not enough space left in the mouth for them to emerge properly. When this happens, they are described as 'Impacted'. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, swelling, infection or damage to the teeth next to them. If the gum around the wisdom tooth is swollen the jaw may become stiff and sore. Infection at the back of the mouth can cause bad breath and a bad taste.

If you have problems such as infection, cysts or tumours, tooth decay or gum disease around a wisdom tooth you should think about having it removed. If you have impacted wisdom teeth that are not causing problems you do not need to have them removed.

Crowns


 

A crown, sometimes known as a 'cap' is a protective cover fitted over the existing structure of a broken or damaged tooth to restore function and appearance.

Crowns are prescribed as a part of a treatment to restore teeth that have:

  • Undergone root canal treatment
  • Severe tooth surface loss
  • Poor aesthetic appearance
  • To replace existing crowns with poor appearance
  • To protect heavily restored teeth from breaking
  • To restore broken down teeth and prevent further breakage

Before we begin your treatment we'll talk you through your options of course as we offer a full range of cosmetic dental crowns. For instance, if you require a crown at the back of your mouth you may prefer to opt for a hardwearing, less expensive crown made from ultra-durable dental composite. Alternatively, if you need a crown towards the front of your mouth you may decide to choose a natural looking cosmetic tooth-coloured one. Whatever type of dental crown is right for you, you can be sure that you'll be very pleased with the results.

Preparation time will vary depending on the condition of the damaged tooth. The tooth will be reshaped, to ensure that once the crown is fitted, it remains the same size and shape as the natural teeth. It may also need to be built up with a filling first. A local anaesthetic is usually given prior to preparation, to avoid any discomfort. After preparation, an impression is taken of the tooth to be crowned and nearby teeth, using a soft mouldable material. This impression is given to a dental technician, who uses it to build your crown to the exact size and shape required. This will ensure that the crown fits comfortably. When using porcelain crowns, the colour will also be matched to the natural teeth.

The crown can last for many years if good oral hygiene is maintained, depending on the condition of the original tooth.

Bridges


 

Sometimes when a tooth is lost a space is left which can be unsightly, can cause difficulty in chewing or can result in movement of the adjacent teeth. There are many options for filling spaces including implant and dentures, but the most popular is the dental bridge. If you have lost one or two teeth but would rather not wear a denture, you may want to opt for a bridge. Bridges are a series of crowns joined together to cover or close a space left by the loss of a tooth. They are permanent and once bonded into place will look and feel similar to natural tooth.

Bridges can be supported by natural teeth or by implants. At Queenborough Dental Clinic we will check the health of your gums and the supported teeth to ensure that they are suitable for treatment and take appropriate measures if they are not. We will discuss all your options with you to ensure that you can keep your mouth healthy and your smile stunning with a well-fitting and natural looking bridge.

Restore your smile;

  • Restore the ability to properly speak and chew;
  • Allocate the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth;
  • Maintain the shape of your face;
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
  • Prevent bone loss, gum disease or decay caused by the presence of food debris in the gap and relieve pressure on the teeth either side of the gap.

Root Canal


Root canal treatment is one of the most complex dental procedures carried out. It is a skilled and time-consuming procedure.

Our caring staff is accomplished in treating the most difficult root canal treatment cases. We often have great success in treating patients who are experiencing pain or want to save their natural tooth, which might otherwise need extraction. By choosing Root canal treatment, you are choosing to keep your natural teeth. If left untreated, you could experience greater discomfort and it could lead to a serious infection.

Treatments are performed to the highest standards using the latest techniques and materials. Our Dentists have extensive experience in this treatment and will ensure every possible step is taken to make you feel relaxed and at ease. A local anaesthetic is also used to assist in your comfort.

Signs you may require root canal treatment:

  • Tooth sensitivity to sweets or hot and cold liquids
  • Constant or intermittent throbbing tooth ache and pain
  • Pain with biting pressure
  • Tissue swelling of the face

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or suspect you may require root canal treatment, please make an appointment with Queenborough Dental Clinic as soon as possible and we will take care of this urgent dental treatment.

Dentures


 

Dentures are removable replacements for your missing teeth, designed to look and function like your own natural teeth and surrounding gum tissues. They are generally made from an ultramodern acrylic material which is high-strength and durable. If you look after the dentures then this material is unlikely to staining or darken and will remain fresh and natural looking for many years.

We make all our dentures in our modern on site denture laboratory, to give you a fast efficient service.

The fact that we provide comfortable, natural-looking dentures is a real benefit to those people who no longer possess their natural teeth but for whom socailising and showing a confident smile is very important.

Our modern knowledge and techniques will ensure that dentures from Queenborough Dental Clinic look great and feel comfortable, allowing patients to eat with confidence. We offer variety of dentures to suit most budgets and advances in denture technology mean that some foods that were off limits to denture wearers in the past, can now be eaten more easily.

If you have several missing teeth, possibly from some time ago, then you will benefit from having dentures as they will provide support for your cheeks and lips. When we design your dentures this way it can reduce the amount of lines and wrinkles around your face, this has the result of making a more youthful look and can literally take years off you. This is the difference between a denture without any thought, and a denture from Queenborough Dental Clinic.

Q. What will dentures feel like?

New dentures may feel awkward for a few weeks until you become accustomed to them. The dentures may feel loose while the muscles of your cheeks and tongue learn to keep them in place. It is not unusual to experience minor irritation and soreness initially. You may find that saliva flow temporarily increases. These problems should diminishwith wear.

Q. Will I be able to eat with my dentures?

Eating will take a little practice. Start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time to prevent the dentures tipping. As you become accustomed to chewing, add other foods until you return to your normal diet. Be cautious with hot food/drink or hard sharp-edged bones or shells.

Q. Will dentures change how I speak?

Pronouncing certain words may require practice. Reading out aloud and repeating troublesome words will help. If your dentures "click" while you're talking, speak slowly. You may find that you dentures occasionally slip out slightly when you cough, laugh or smile. Reposition them by biting down and swallowing. Soon you will be able to cope very well with your new dentures.

Q. How do I take care of my dentures?

Dentures are very delicate and may break if dropped even only a few inches. Stand over a folded towel or basin of water when handling dentures for cleaning. Like natural teeth, dentures must be brushed daily to remove food deposits and plaque. A tooth/ denture brush with soft bristles can be used, as hard-bristles brushes can damage the dentures. Some denture wearers use hand soap and mild dishwashing liquid to clean their dentures. More advanced denture creams and tables are widely available. Avoid using other household product cleaners, which may be too abrasive or even toxic.