Foxhall Dental Practice – 50 Years And Still Going Strong!
A full range of services for our Ipswich dental patients
It is hard to say whether the newer generation of dental practices that are now opening will still be here in 50 years time, but we are proud of the fact that we are a long established dentist that has served our patients for just that length of time. In some cases we have treated 3 generations of the same family and our staff, of course, has also seen a number of changes over that time too.
The biggest changes though have probably been around the treatments offered and the technology that allows us to perform the procedures. We suspect that if we could go back to when the practice first opened, we would probably shudder a little if we could see the less refined equipment that was used back then.
As we now offer both private and NHS treatment, we can deliver a wide range of treatments to fulfil a number of different needs. In today’s blog, we will take a brief look at some of the treatments that we currently have available.
Family dental care
Fillings – Something many children who eat a lot of sweets will be familiar with. These are useful for restoring a tooth that has suffered from tooth decay. Increasingly these are being done using tooth coloured filling materials rather than the dark coloured amalgam that many will be familiar with.
Dental crowns – These can often be used where a tooth is more badly decayed or has broken. A damaged tooth is shaped and a natural looking crown then attached using a special dental adhesive.
Hygienist services – Perhaps best known for the ‘scale and polish’ procedure; seeing a hygienist helps you to have healthy teeth and gums and also helps you to learn ways to improve the way you look after your teeth and gums.
Root canal treatment – This treatment is used when the root canals of a tooth become infected. As this is where the nerves are located, an infection of this type can be very painful indeed. To restore the tooth, the canals are cleaned and filled using a special material before a crown is usually added to complete it. We are aware of the reputation that this treatment has but can assure our patients that it should cause no more discomfort than most invasive treatments. Indeed we are always happy to discuss any concerns that you have about this or any other treatment.
Dental implants – In most dentist’s opinions, this is now the ‘gold standard’ of teeth replacement methods. Unlike dentures and bridges, it also replaces the root section of the tooth and not just the crown. It is this factor which gives it the excellent levels of strength and stability that other options might lack.
Orthodontics – Probably more widely known as ‘dental braces’. These are used to straighten crooked or uneven teeth both for practical and aesthetic purposes. There are a wide variety of orthodontics that are now available including the popular and very discreet Invisalign system which does away with wires and brackets altogether, making for a more comfortable and almost invisible teeth straightening experience.
Teeth whitening – One of our most popular cosmetic dental procedures. As the name suggests, it can whiten your teeth by up to 8 shades. At the Foxhall Dental Practice we use an in house system that whitens your teeth in just one hour.
Dental veneers – These fine layers of tooth shaped porcelain can be used to whiten teeth that are very badly stained and which would only benefit in a limited manner from a teeth whitening procedure. They can also be used to protect teeth that have suffered from enamel erosion or are chipped, and also help to prevent sensitivity. They offer a very effective and versatile solution and can last for 10 years or more with good care.
The services that we offer patients seeking a younger looking appearance is not limited to teeth alone. Our experienced facial aesthetics team also provides anti wrinkle treatments to help you have younger looking skin.
Some of these treatments would certainly not have been available 50 years ago and we are sure that there will be new ones that will become routine over the next 50 years. Although most of us will have retired by then, hopefully a new team will still be running the Foxhall Dental Practice for the benefit of Ipswich residents!
None of us can see into the future, but we can take action now to have healthier and nicer looking teeth. Technology may have changed and you can now message us ‘online’, but the telephone is still with us and still the most popular way of contacting us – you can do so on 01473 258396 and our team will be pleased to assist.