At Pomfret & Farrell Dental in Chelmsford, Essex, we offer everything you would expect to find at a dental surgery. We use modern equipment and materials to offer you up-to-date dentistry techniques in a relaxing and friendly environment. We offer a range of treatments and services in an effort to cater to your various needs and budgets.
During your first visit, you will receive a thorough oral health examination and assessment using digital radiography and digital photography. Using the information gained from this assessment, we will outline your treatment options in a clear and concise manner allowing time to answer any questions or concerns.
At Pomfret & Farrell Dental, we believe regular dental examinations are important in maintaining your oral health and helping you keep your teeth for longer. Your first visit will consist of a thorough dental examination to identify how healthy your mouth is, and what is required to either improve or maintain your oral health.
Why a Dental Examination?
A dental examination helps you keep a healthy mouth and allows us to see if there are any dental problems that need addressing. It is best to deal with dental issues early, as leaving dental problems untreated could make it more difficult to treat in the future.
How Often Should I Have a Dental Examination?
After your dental examination, your dentist will recommend the date of your next visit. The time of your next dental examination may vary depending on your oral health. For some patients it could be as short as three months, for other patients it could be as long as one year.
What Happens During a Dental Examination?
At your dental examination your dentist will…
- Ask about your health and potential problems you may have had with your gums, teeth, and mouth since you last visited.
- Examine your teeth, gums and mouth.
- Discuss with you your teeth cleaning habits and ask about/give advice on your diet, smoking, and alcohol use.
- Discuss with you if treatments are needed, a detailed treatment plan aimed at improving your oral health.
- Discuss with you the various ways in which you can opt to pay for your treatment such as Denplan, privately on a pay as you go basis, or through the NHS.
- Discuss other cosmetic dental procedures that may help improve your oral health depending on your oral health status.
The hectic pace of today's adult lifestyle often leaves little time for the daily oral health care routine needed to prevent cavities and periodontal disease. This is unfortunate since periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. A high percentage of the population has some form of periodontal disease. Visiting the hygienist regularly could help prevent periodontal disease.
Benefits of Visiting a Dental Hygienist Regularly
- Reduces Risk of Permanent Damage to Teeth and Gums
- Prevents More Extensive and Costly Treatment in Later Years through Early Detection of Periodontal Disease
- Education about Proper Care for Your Teeth and Gums
- Professional Clean for Teeth and Gums, Giving a Healthy Mouth and Fresh Breath
- Healthy Mouths, Fresh Breath, and Clean Teeth Helps Improve Appearance
Our experienced dental hygienists will discuss your oral health needs with you and may recommend you see a dentist if any potential problems are identified. as long as one year.
At Pomfret & Farrell Dental, all of our routine dental procedures are performed with minimal discomfort in private, comfortable surroundings. All treatments will be explained in full and alternative treatment options given. We are experienced in all routine dental work including root canal treatment, fillings, extractions, and dentures. Our main aim however, is to prevent the need for invasive dental treatment in the first place – therefore, we believe in ongoing patient education and regular maintenance through your visits with our dentists and hygienists.
Preventive dentistry means a healthy smile. Preventive dental care includes:
- Proper Nutrition and Dietary Habits
- Brushing and Flossing
- Regular Dental Check-Ups
- Assessing Risk for Developing Cavities
- Evaluating Oral Growth and Development
- Oral Health Education
- Protection against Injuries
- Management of Oral Habits
- Guidance of Erupting Teeth
- - Sealants
- Construction of Sports/Grinding Mouth-Shields
SNORING AND SLEEP APNOEA
Roughly half the population snores, and while it’s something that's joked about, snoring can seriously affect the sleep you get - whether you're the snorer or you live with one. Fortunately, we are now able to provide our patients with a device to help them breathe more easily and help to reduce or eliminate their snoring problem. We offer two different appliances depending on your budget, the Sleepwell and Sleepwell Chrome. Both are worn at night and work to advance and open your bite to allow you to breathe more easily by opening your airway.
Sleepwell is the most clinically proven mandibular advancement splint (MAS) available for the treatment of snoring and mild-moderate sleep apnoea. The Sleepwell anti-snoring device is fully adjustable, giving you up to 9mm of self-adjustment.
FILLINGS & RESTORATIONS
Fillings are used to restore teeth that have been damaged by decay or have been cracked or broken.
Amalgam fillings are silver in colour and are normally used in back teeth, as they provide a strong and hard-wearing biting surface. They should last for 15-20 years, and the mercury used within a dental amalgam filling is not harmful once it is combined with the other materials within the filling. There have been many studies over the year looking at the safety of amalgam fillings, and so far, no reputable study has found a connection between the fillings and medical problems.
Composite fillings can be matched to the natural colour of your teeth, meaning that the fillings are less noticeable. This is especially important if fillings are needed in front teeth that are visible when you smile. Composite fillings are strong, but may not be as hard wearing as amalgam fillings.
Glass ionomer fillings are tooth coloured and form a chemical link to the tooth. This type of filling is fairly weak, so is normally only used on baby teeth or where the filling will not be in contact with the biting surface. The tooth will first be completely numbed using a local anaesthetic. The tooth is then prepared, with any decay removed and shaped to support the filling. If there is a large hole the dentist may place a small stainless-steel pin in place to help strengthen the tooth. The cavity will then be filled, and the material used will depend on which tooth in the mouth needs treating, as well as other factors such as the strength of your bite. Please be sure to let your dentist know if you would specifically like a tooth coloured filling. By having teeth filled and treated quickly after decay or a crack is noticed, the tooth will be prevented from deteriorating further and avoids the need for more extensive dental treatment.