See a list of our frequently asked questions below. Can't find what you're looking for? Fill in a contact form with your query and one of our reception team will respond (during working hours), or feel free to give us a call on 01282 415543.
Fixed and more discreet options are available. Bridges use the adjacent teeth to support an artificial tooth in that space. Ideally an implant, comprising of an artificial root supporting a crown can be placed. This negates any effect on any the adjacent teeth.
Initially, a visit to the hygienist is advised to remove the majority of external staining. If discolouration is still a concern, tooth whitening is available. If this is not suitable, other options include the use of direct bonding, veneers or crowns. Maintaining your teeth and gums, as you age is an important step in sustaining your general health and well-being. Whilst exercising, eating right and regular health checks are important, looking after your teeth and gums is also essential. Good dental health will help you to lead a long, happy and healthy life.
Aligning teeth with the use of braces (Orthodontics) is a natural means of improving your smile and with technological advances can be nearly invisible. Other methods include the use of direct bonding, veneers or crowns. Our team will be happy discuss this and offer you tailored advice.
Tooth whitening in the form of trays and power bleaching (laser whitening) both provide dramatic results in nearly all cases. Evidence shows that some deterioration of shade is likely to occur within 1-3 years. This regression of shade is affected by several factors including tooth dehydration, patient after-care and the original cause of discolouration.
About half of the patients who undergo a whitening treatment report results that last between 9 and 12 years. Typically, only 10% of patients experience a regression of shade within the first year after treatment, whereas 38% will notice a difference after 3 years.
The best way to avoid slipping back to a darker shade is to occasionally top up your whitening with an 'at-home' tray system. Studies reveal that patients who re-treat their teeth require a much shorter time than the original bleaching treatment (one session per original week of treatment).
Naturally, avoiding heavily stained food and drink such as strong coffee, red wine and curries, as well as nicotine products, will contribute to the efficacy of your tooth whitening treatment.
In most cases, teeth can be extracted simply and quickly by your General Dental Practitioner. However, for more complex surgical extractions, we have an efficient system for referring to the local hospitals.
Bleeding gums are a sign of unhealthy gums. It is extremely difficult to make healthy gums bleed. Bleeding gums are a sign of gingivitis, in most cases a result of ineffective tooth cleaning. Bleeding gums may also be a sign of periodontal disease, which affects the bone holding the teeth in. If this is not treated it can lead to early tooth loss.
Dental hygienists are health professionals who specialize in preventive dental care focusing usually on dental hygiene. To become a dental hygienist requires formal education, usually consisting of 2 years of schooling at an accredited dental hygiene school. Dental hygienists are trained to perform cleaning, bleaching, scaling, root planning, and often dental sealing.
The dental hygienists work on prescription from the dentists. This means that the hygienists cannot treat a patient without specific recommendations from a fully qualified GDP.
For those who are registered at another dentist in Lancashire or the surrounding area that does not offer the services of a dental hygienist, we do accept referrals from other practices. If your GDP identifies any periodontal issues, they should be happy to refer you with a prescription for one of our hygienists.
Alternatively, when we are accepting new patients so why not contact our reception team to organise an initial consultation with one of the dentists? We would be delighted to care for all your dental needs under one roof.
For Private fee paying patients payment is required as each stage of treatment is completed. We do not possess a credit licence so are unable to offer credit terms to patients. Once you are dentally fit you may be interested in joining Denplan - our monthly maintenance scheme. This will assist in spreading the cost of dental treatment and avoid any unexpected expense. Please ask your dentist to calculate your monthly fee at your next appointment or ring reception for an estimated fee.
The Denplan agreement is between you and your current dentist and therefore non-transferable. If you wish to change your dentist you will need to terminate this contract and ask your current dentist to fill in a Denplan leaving form. Once in possession of the leaving form you can telephone our practice and arrange an initial consultation appointment. You would be required to join our practice on a private fee paying basis initially - the first appointment normally costs £99.60 BUT we are offering to greatly reduce this to that of a routine examination fee for patients who are transferring their Denplan from another practice. At this point, any other necessary treatment will be detailed to you and quoted for following this visit. If, however, you are confirmed by our dentist to be dentally fit, a new Denplan contract can be set up immediately. If this is within 3 months of the cancellation of your previous contract, you will not need to pay a new administration fee when re-registering on Denplan.
If you are looking for a private dentist in Lancashire, nothing could be easier than registering at Standish Street Dental Ltd. Simply pop in to reception or give us a call on 01282 415543 and we will organise an initial consulatation appointment for you. This 45 minute visit costs £99.60 (50% deposit required on booking) and this price includes any necessary x-rays, photographs and treatment planning. Once you have attended this appointment, you will be registered as one of our patients. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Our x-ray equipment is well-maintained and regularly checked by appropriately qualified staff. This ensures that the amount of radiation we use is kept as low as possible to get the pictures we need.
We are all exposed to natural background radiation every day of our lives. This comes from our environment, the air we breathe, the food we eat and even from outer space (cosmic rays).
Each dental x-ray gives us a very small additional amount of radiation on top of this natural background.
Our overriding concern is to ensure that when you have an x-ray, the benefits from making the right diagnosis or providing the correct treatment outweigh the very low risk involved with the x-ray itself. We make sure that this is the case before you have an x-ray.