Providing quality dental treatments at competitive prices, we ensure your visit to our practice is pleasant and hassle-free. With a wealth of knowledge and experience in dentistry, you can be confident that your dental filling and any other treatment will be carried out promptly by one of our proficient dentists. Smile with confidence and book your appointment at our surgery in Workington, Cumbria, today.
Your First Visit To Kerrypark Dental Practice
Here at Kerry Dental Practice, our priority is to ensure you feel calm and comfortable when visiting our surgery and to achieve this, our experienced dentists tailor all treatments to your requirements. Offering quality and affordable treatments, we make sure all services are carried out efficiently and in a timely manner
As part of our comprehensive consultation appointments, we carry out an intra-oral and extra-oral risk assessment. These assessments involve checking for oral cancer and gum disease and if required, small x-rays are taken. Your concerns and desired results will be discussed and all recommended treatments agreed with you first. Please be assured, our dentists do not proceed with any treatment before you have received a written report that details any costs involved in the procedure.
Ongoing Treatment and Maintenance
To maintain your bright smile, we provide oral health advice and if necessary, we will refer you to our dental hygienist who will provide a plan of how to achieve great oral health.
Tailoring all services to your needs, we create a dental plan to ensure you receive the most effective treatment at an affordable price. To maintain excellent oral hygiene, prevention is key, and one of the diseases that our dentists aim to prevent is tooth decay (cavities). If we identify any tooth decay (a cavity) in your assessment, we remove the decayed part of the tooth and replace it with a restorative dental material to stop the problem worsening. The choice of material is based largely on the size of the cavity. Smaller cavities can be filled with a direct filling material placed in a single visit while larger cavities may require a coverage restoration (such as a crown or an inlay) which protects the tooth from further breakage.
Services We Offer:
Blending perfectly to the colour of your teeth, white fillings are an ideal choice for the restoration of small cavities. This advances in this material mean that we can effectively treat decay as less drilling is required and the healthy parts of your tooth do not need to be removed.
Amalgam is a silver-coloured material most often used in the rare occasion when we are unable to achieve the correct internal environment to allow a white composite material to be placed. The advantage of dental amalgam is that it does not require the tooth to be dry for its placement, and therefore, provides successful restoration in situations which might otherwise lead to the extraction of a tooth.
With the advancements in ceramics, we are able to use a variety of materials for fillings including Emax and Zirconia which give a visually appealing look without the strength and functionality being affected. These allow perfect restoration and aesthetic replacement for missing tooth tissue which is indistinguishable from the surrounding tooth. Dental Crowns – white or gold.
If a tooth is weak, the chances of it breaking/ fracturing are increased, and although our dentists endeavour to treat the tooth with a filling material, this may not always be possible and a crown may be the only solution to rectify the problem. A crown is an advantageous choice as it covers the entire tooth which means it is more protected. The modern materials that we use also enable us to create or recreate the desired look in terms of shape and colour.
When a tooth is missing and the adjacent teeth need to be crowned, then it may be that a bridge which is supported by the adjacent teeth is the best way to replace the missing tooth.
In cases where you have one or two teeth missing, or if the structure of the tooth is damaged, you may need dental implants. Dental implants are used for people with tooth loss as they are cost-effective and provide more benefits than other treatments. If we believe that dental implants are a suitable option for you, we will refer you to an implantologist.
Recent statistics show that oral cancer is affecting more people, and figures indicate that in the last decade, oral cancer has increased by 50% in the UK. Lifestyle factors such as smoking, drinking, poor diet and sexual activity are most commonly associated with the increase in oral cancer, however, it is important to note that no one is exempt from this disease.
To reduce your risk of being diagnosed with mouth cancer, we carry out an in-depth extra-oral and intra-oral examination before all dental and hygiene treatments. Alongside the examination, we also discuss your medical records and lifestyle history with you to determine whether you are at more risk of being diagnosed with cancer. If we have any concerns, we will refer you to the oncology department at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle.
Do you sometimes wake up with a sore mouth or jaw joint? This would be because you are subconsciously grinding your teeth when you sleep. Many people are often not aware that they are grinding their teeth, and do not associate the symptoms they endure in the daytime with sleeping. Symptoms of teeth grinding include:
- Jaw Joint Ache
- Neck Pain and Stiffness
- Temple Headaches, Especially in the Morning
- Tooth Surface Loss on the Biting Surfaces
- An Altered “Bite”
- Pain Behind Your Eyes or In the Sinus Area
- Difficulty or Pain Opening Your Mouth and Chewing
- Increased Teeth Sensitivity
What Should You Do?
If any of the above symptoms sound familiar to you, we recommend booking an appointment with one of our dentists as soon as possible. In the meantime, here are some self-help measures you can take to ease the pain:
- A Soft Diet to Reduce the Strain on Your Teeth and Jaws (Opt for Soft Foods That Are Easy to Chew or That Can Be Chopped, Ground, Mashed and Pureed)
- Apply Heat to the Area Around Your Jaw Joint by Using a Wheat Bag Heat Pack or Warmed Gloves
- Massage the Area Gently Using Some Light Oil
- Take a Course of Over-The-Counter Pain Relief Medication Such as Ibuprofen or Paracetamol
- Although Difficult, Try to De-Stress as Stress Is a Leading Cause of Bruxism
How We Can Help?
- Check Your Jaw Joint, Teeth and Muscles
- Create a Mouth Guard to Be Worn at Night
- Recommend an Orthodontic Solution If Required
- Discuss Any Sources of Stress That Might Be Causing the Bruxism and Make Recommendations to Help You Reduce Anxiety
Teeth grinding is easily remedied with the right treatment, so don’t panic if the above symptoms sound familiar, just book an appointment with one of our experienced dentists.
When we awake, our muscle tone keeps our airways open which enables us to breathe normally. For people with sleep apnoea, the tissues in your neck collapse during sleep, effectively cutting off your breathing for short periods of time. Therefore, this means that your brain wakes you up usually with a loud snore or jolting snort, to get you breathing normally again. This happens to a person with OSA several times a night and often, they do not remember waking up through the night and as a result, they feel very sleepy the next day.
The symptoms and signs of sleep apnoea include:
- Loud Heavy Snoring, Interrupted by Snorts and/or Gasps
- Excessive Daytime Sleepiness, (Falling Asleep at Work, Whilst Driving, During Conversation or When Watching TV)
- Irritability, Short Temper
- Morning Headaches
- Changes in Mood or Behaviour
- Anxiety or Depression
- Decreased Libido
Here at Kerrypark Dental Practice, we may be able to help if you are an OSA sufferer as we have a range of effective treatments available. It is important to note that if you have false or uneven teeth, gum disease or temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ / teeth grinding), your solution might be more complicated. But don’t worry, help is at hand as we carry out a consultation with you to clarify what your worries are and we identify whether our treatments are suitable for your condition.
As many people are not familiar with OSA, it often can be a surprise when you are told that you suffer from it, but it is not all negative as with our bespoke MAD process, we can effectively treat your symptoms. For Further information about how we can help you overcome OSA or to find out more information, simply call us for a consultation. With our beneficial treatments, you will be sleeping soundly like a baby in no time.