The majority of dental treatment in the United kingdom for patients is carried out effectively and successfully with their local general dental practitioner. However it is becoming increasingly common for patients to be referred by their dentist to a specialist. This referral may be for a second opinion or a plan as to how treatment should progress; it may not necessarily be for treatment.
Patients can be referred for specialists for a variety of reasons. It may be to diagnose the cause of pain a patient is having (not all pain that appears to come from teeth is actually tooth related), to revise dental restorations, such as crown and bridgework, that may have worked well for many years but is now failing, to help with the management of traumatic dental injuries or to improve the appearance of the teeth using braces so that further restorative work with possibly crowns can be avoided. Where dentists feel that the dental problems a patient has is beyond the scope of general dental practice then a referral to a specialist may be indicated; this mirror what has happened in medical practice for many years.
The General Dental Council (GDC) maintains the lists of all registered dentists and specialists; just as recognised training is required to register as a general dentist and be able to work in the UK, dentists need to carry out further extensive training over a number of years before being recognised as a specialist by the GDC.
Endodontics is concerned with the preservation of natural teeth; its concerned with maintaining the natural tooth by the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries of the tooth root, dental pulp, and surrounding tissue.
If endodontics fails and the tooth has to be extracted then prosthodontics is concerned with the replacement of missing teeth with crowns, bridges or dentures. Increasingly implants are used to help support bridges where, previously, a fixed solution was not possible.
Orthodontics is the movement of the teeth within the jaw bones to straighten them and help them to bite more evenly together, improve functional and improve the aesthetics. Orthodontic treatment is about making the best of your teeth; it’s about improving the harmony of your mouth and jaws. Occasionally orthodontics is required as a prerequisite to restorative treatment. More adults are now having orthodontic treatment
Paediatric dentists are dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teen years. They have the experience and qualifications to care for a child’s teeth, gums, and mouth throughout the various stages of childhood.
Children begin to get their baby teeth during the first 6 months of life. By age 6 or 7 years, they start to lose their first set of teeth, which eventually are replaced by secondary, permanent teeth. Without proper dental care, children face possible oral decay and disease that can cause a lifetime of pain and complications. Today, early childhood dental decay is 5 times more common in children than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever.
Our team members are chosen for their professionalism and their positive, caring and friendly approach. We are all guided by certain basic principles in the way that we act and operate. We will do our very best to make your visit a pleasant experience to make you feel comfortable, relaxed and at home with us.
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At The Bramhope Dental Clinic, the need for strict confidentiality of personal information about our patients is taken very seriously. We have a ‘Confidentiality policy’ which is a condition of employment for all staff members which ensures that any information revealed by our patient to the dentist, nurse or reception team will not be divulged without our patient’s written consent.