FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions. Please, do not hesitate to contact us should you require more information.

How do you deal with nervous patients?

Dental treatment can sometimes cause anxiety and worry for some patients. Here at P.R. Jones & Associates our care approach will always aim to put our patients at ease, whatever the treatment, to ensure your visit is as calm and positive as possible. If you are new to the practice then feel free to come and have a look around, meet the staff and get a feel for the surroundings. If you feel you would like to speak directly with your dentist about your concerns, please give us a call so we can discuss the best way to approach your treatment.

What should I do in an emergency?

If you have a dental emergency please call us on 01977 702051. During practice hours we endeavour to see you the same day. If the emergency is out of hours then, when contacted a recorded message will advise you of who to contact. Please note there will be an additional call out charge if the emergency is out of practice hours.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are usually made out of titanium and are shaped similar to roots of teeth. They are placed within either the upper or lower jawbone depending on which teeth need replacing. A single implant may support one or more artificial teeth. In suitable patients, the procedure can be carried out in-surgery. With modern techniques success rates can be very high and the longevity of implant can be excellent. Dr Fayaz Ladak will soon be bringing implant placement to P.R. Jones & Associates, if you require any further information please ask your dentist.

Is teeth whitening safe?

In suitable patients and when carried out by a dental professional tooth whitening can be a very safe and effective procedure. Under the supervision of your dentist, teeth whitening can be completed in-surgery or at home. Both methods produce excellent results and you should ask your dentist which method is most suitable for your needs. Teeth whitening doesn’t affect the strength of your teeth, the only side effect that is sometimes experienced is sensitivity, but this will subside after a short time.

Why are my teeth stained?

One of the effects of smoking is staining on the teeth due to the nicotine and tar content. It can make the teeth yellow or brown in a very short time. Drinks such as tea and coffee can also cause staining. Regular visits to the dentist and by using a correct brushing technique can help minimise stain building up.

How can smoking affect my oral health?

In addition to the damage smoking can have on the rest of our body, it can also severely affect the tissues within the mouth. In particular, smoking is one of the biggest risk factors for gum disease. Teeth can become stained and discoloured. Smoking can also increase the risk of you developing mouth cancer. Your dentist can give you advice on how to stop smoking and will also screen your mouth for signs of mouth cancer and gum disease during examination visits.

What is fluoride and is it safe?

Fluoride is a mineral and can be found naturally in many foods and water and in some areas is added to drinking water. One part of fluoride for every million parts of water (1 ppm) has been shown to have the greatest effect in improving dental health. It can reduce the risk of dental decay by strengthening tooth enamel and by reducing the amount of acid that is produced by plaque bacteria. Fluoride is also found in toothpaste and you can significantly reduce the risk of you developing dental decay by using fluoride toothpaste.

Are amalgam fillings safe?

Amalgam is a filing material that is made from a combination of metals. It has been used in dentistry for many years and is still commonly used today. Millions of people have amalgam fillings. Much research has been conducted into the safety of mercury in amalgam and this has shown no evidence into significant health problems related to its use.

Can I have white fillings?

Most teeth can have white fillings placed. Two types of material can be used, either composite resin or porcelain. Composite fillings tend to be placed in front teeth and for smaller cavities in the back teeth. Porcelain can be used to crown or veneer suitable teeth. Your dentist will advise you as to which is the best option for you.