Are you a nervous or anxious patient?

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If you are one of these, you are not alone. There are so many nervous and anxious dental patients out there, we have more than our fair share of them, maybe it’s because we’re just so gentle, friendly and caring. Once they come to us, they don’t want to go anywhere else. Not only that, they tell all their other nervous friends and family, and they come too! Here at Dobson Dental we love looking after you all, helping you feel more comfortable and relaxed comes naturally to us. We take baby steps, very carefully, and explain very slowly what we’re doing each step of the way.  No surprises, it’s a promise. And guess what? Many of these wonderful patients still come to Dobson Dental 40 years on.


How much is a clean?

This is not a quick answer.  The cost of cleans vary enormously, because the time required to do cleans vary. Some people need a routine 10 minute clean with their six monthly check up, and they brush and floss well, but miss a few areas.  Others have severe gum disease, and didn’t know about it until we told them, then it takes four sessions of an hour each to carefully and thoroughly clean their teeth above and below the gums, often with local anesthetic, followed by careful instruction on how to clean and floss to stop the disease. Clearly these two scenarios cannot carry the same cost. These two situations are at the ends of the cost scale, and everything else exists in between. Everyone is different, even the same person can be different for different cleaning appointments, depending how well they have cleaned themselves since the last visit. At your check up appointment we can usually give you an estimate.


Will it hurt?

Tricky question!Loader

Cleans are usually done without local anesthetic, unless gum disease exists. However most people would say cleans are uncomfortable more than they hurt.

Fillings are very variable. In our practice we probably do at least half of the fillings with no local anesthetic. We are happy to go slowly and carefully, and pick the cases we know are likely not to be sore. Lots of people like to leave the dentist without a numb face!

But for those who just like everything numbed, we are gentle with our local anesthetic and always use a topical gel first.


Will bleaching work for me?

Bleaching is a safe and effective way to brighten smiles, it has been around for over 20 years without any serious side effects. It works quickly for most people, however in a small number of people it can take weeks or even months to work fully. There are a few medical conditions that affect teeth in childhood that bleaching will not work on but we can assess this during an examination. We have information for you to consider before you make any decisions.


Should I have my ‘silver’ fillings replaced?

‘Silver’ fillings are actually amalgam fillings. They should be replaced for several reasons, including recurring decay, fracture, appearance, or root canal treatment. Dentists generally try not to replace perfectly good amalgam fillings, as this can cause problems where there were none. These problems include possible damage to or weakening of the tooth, sensitivity of the tooth, pain after the filling or unnecessary financial burden!


Why do gums bleed?

Bleeding gums are common, but that doesn’t mean it’s okay, healthy gums don’t bleed. Bleeding means that the gums are inflamed, this occurs when plaque is left on teeth, plaque is full of bacteria which then can irritate the gums. Basically bleeding gums means that your teeth aren’t clean, this is called Gingivitis, or possibly Periodontitis, which is gum disease. More rarely bleeding gums can be due to serious medical conditions.

If your gums bleed, you need to book yourself in to see us pronto. 


Will it hurt?

Tricky question! Cleans are usually done without local anaesthetic , unless gum disease exists. However most people would say cleans are uncomfortable more than they hurt.

Fillings are very variable. In our practice we probably do at least half of the fillings with no local anesthetic. We are happy to go slowly and carefully, and pick the cases we know are likely ntooth-friendsot to be sore. Lots of people like to leave the dentist without a numb face! But for those who just like everything numbed, we are gentle with our local anaesthetic, and always use a topical gel first.


Will bleaching work for me?

Bleaching is a safe and effective way to brighten smiles. It has been around for over 20 years without any serious side effects. It works quickly for most people, however in a small number of people it can take weeks or even months to work fully.  There are a few medical conditions that affect teeth in childhood that bleaching will not work on.  We can assess this during your examination. We have information for you to consider before you make any decisions.


Should I have my ‘silver’ fillings replaced?

 ‘Silver’ fillings are actually amalgam fillings.  They should be replaced for several reasons, including recurring decay, fracture, appearance, or root canal treatment.  Dentists generally try not to replace perfectly good amalgam fillings, as this can cause problems where there were none!  These problems include possible damage to or weakening of the tooth, sensitivity of the tooth or pain after the filling, or unnecessary financial burden!


Why do gums bleed?

Bleeding gums are common, but that doesn’t mean it’s okay. Healthy gums don’t bleed, bleeding means that the gums are inflamed.  Gums become inflamed when plaque is left on teeth, and plaque is full of bacteria which irritate the gums.  Basically bleeding gums means teeth aren’t clean.  This is Gingivitis, or possibly Periodontitis, which is gum disease.

 More rarely bleeding gums can be due to serious medical conditions.

 If your gums bleed, you need to see a dentist!

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