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Patient FAQs

Below we have covered some of the most frequently asked questions about dentistry. If you have any other comments or questions about your treatment options, please feel free to contact us.

I belong to another dental practice – why can’t my existing dentist or hygienist do specific treatments?

We are a specialist practice, each of the dentists having undergone very extensive postgraduate and specialist level training accompanied by many years’ experience in practice. This enables us to perform certain treatments to more sophisticated levels of technique and understanding. As a result, we can achieve greater levels of success and predictability in more complex cases. Some dentists simply do not have the qualifications or experience to be able to offer specific treatments.


Is the treatment I need available on the NHS?

It is extremely unlikely that your treatment is available on the NHS, especially in the case of dental implants or adult orthodontics. Within our practice, we can offer more solutions and efficiency of service.


Will my treatment hurt?

We use the latest techniques and highly effective anaesthetics to make treatment as comfortable as possible for you. We also use sedation in the practice to calm the nerves of patients, although we advise the careful and selective use of these procedures.


How much will my treatment cost?

Costs vary according to which treatment you need. We provide the highest level of care possible and, due to the time involved and quality of products that we use, this of course comes at a price. Remember though, that if the procedures are performed to the highest standards, then the long-term result is less treatment and lower costs. We look to the longer term.


How many appointments will my treatment take?

Each treatment is individual to you, so we can only truly answer this question when we have completed our treatment plan. With complex procedures, we advise that it may take a number of visits but also to build in some flexibility where required. It is clearly in everybody’s interest to get the treatment completed as efficiently as possible but without compromising the quality.


What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a titanium insert designed to replace missing teeth. The insert is usually made out of titanium and is surgically placed into the jaw where the tooth is missing. Onto the implant we can then attach secure natural-looking and -feeling teeth. A dental implant is designed to act as the tooth root and anchors an artificial tooth or teeth such as a crown, bridge or denture.


What is periodontal (gum) disease?

The word ‘periodontal’ literally means ‘around the tooth’. Periodontal (gum) diseases are bacterial gum infections that destroy the gums and supporting bone that hold your teeth in your mouth. Periodontal (gum) diseases can affect one tooth or many teeth. The main cause is bacterial plaque, a colourless film that forms on your teeth. If the plaque is not removed, it can turn into a hard substance called calculus or tartar. This can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist. The bacteria in plaque infects the gums causing redness and inflammation which can cause destruction of the tissues that support the teeth, including the bone. The inflammation and the poisons cause destruction of the tissues that support the teeth, including the bone. When this happens, the gums separate microscopically from the teeth, forming pockets that fill with even more plaque causing further infection.


What are the signs of periodontal (gum) diseases?

Periodontal (gum) disease can often go undetected. Symptoms may not materialise until significant bone loss has occurred. That said, common symptoms and signs of periodontal (gum) diseases include:

  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Bleeding while brushing or flossing
  • Gums pulling away from the teeth making them appear longer
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Pus between the gum and tooth Persistent bad breath
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • A change in the fit of partial dentures

I have been told that mine is a difficult case. Will The Campbell Clinic be able to help me?

Our team is comprised of hugely experienced Dental Specialists, and we bring together expertise in most treatment areas. The breadth of our experience means that we’re the ideal people to take on difficult multidisciplinary cases and provide the best outcome.


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