Cyncoed dental practice

378 Cyncoed Road
Cyncoed, Cardiff, CF23 6SA

029 2075 4073


Dental Treatments

At Cyncoed dental practice we provide a high standard of dental care and a safe and professional service at all times.

Our service is also personal and individual. Your dentist, Dr Hendly, will get to know you, as you will see her at each appointment and, whatever your age, dental requirements or medical issues, she will endeavour to treat you from a holistic perspective and tailor treatment to your individual needs and expectations.

The range of treatments we offer follows, arranged under broad headings. Some treatments could appear under more than one heading, for example crowns and veneers can be both restorative and cosmetic but, to avoid repetition, each treatment appears only once.

Information on our children's dental care services and what to expect at your appointment also appears here.

Please browse, or click the links below to jump directly to each topic. For information on the underlying dental health issues see the Dental Health page.


General Dentistry

smiling family

Routine Dental Checkups

Regular checkups can prevent dental problems before they occur.

Regular checkups are advisable to:

  • ascertain the health of your teeth and gums
  • monitor any changes to the health of your teeth and gums over the preceding interval of time
  • screen for oral cancer
  • to provide advice, help and encouragement on the prevention of dental disease
  • carry out preventative measures including topical fluoride application
  • simple scale and polish to remove light deposits of calculus and superficial staining or discolouration of the teeth

White Fillings

Cyncoed dental practice provides natural-looking tooth-coloured (white) fillings in most cases. This is in advance of the UK phasing out all use of mercury-containing amalgam in the future.

Although there is no evidence to support existing amalgam fillings causing harm, when we replace an old, failed filling we prefer to use new tooth-coloured materials.

White fillings are very sensitive to technique when placing them so require much longer to do well, hence longer appointment times and higher cost but we think the result is worth it when compared to the old grey/black fillings!

Treating Sensitive Teeth

Dentine sensitivity is a common problem usually experienced as a short, sharp, pain in specific teeth. It may be triggered by cold drinks or breathing in cold air, brushing or touching the affected teeth, or eating or drinking acidic foods including fruit and fizzy drinks.

Suffering from dentine hypersensitivity can be be very unpleasant and painful, interfering with eating and drinking as well as affecting how well you can brush your teeth.

The sensitivity is due to exposed dentine, often near the gum margins, which is usually the result of gingival recession or tooth wear but may have other causes such as decay, a cracked tooth, or gum disease.

During your regular checkup Dr Hendly can diagnose the exact cause of your tooth sensitivity and take steps, often simple, to eliminate it effectively. These include applying concentrated fluoride and varnish to the necks of the affected teeth, or applying bonded resins and composite to exposed areas of dentine.

Dr Hendly can also advise you on a toothpaste for sensitive teeth and help you to develop a brushing technique to minimise abrasion and wear of the sensitive areas without compromising plaque removal.

Treating Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease

Treatment of gingivitis and periodontal disease is much more straightforward in the early stages of the disease; regular checkups help to diagnose a problem at the onset enabling treatment to start before more serious irreversible problems occur.

Gingivitis is a reversible condition and easily treated with scaling and polishing and help to establish good oral hygiene measures at home.

Treatment for chronic periodontal disease often requires a number of appointments when, following administration of local anaesthetic, scaling and debridement of the teeth and roots to remove all deposits of plaque and calculus is undertaken.

It is essential to establish very thorough daily oral hygiene measures at home and good brushing and cleaning techniques will be demonstrated.

Dr Hendly can show and advise you on the best products to use which, as well as stabilising the condition, will help prevent it occurring in the first place.

If a smoker, it is also vitally important to try and quit in order to gain the best possible outcome for treatment.

Treating Dental Decay

As early dental decay (dental caries) and small cavities may be symptomless, regular checkups can catch these lesions early and decay can be arrested by:

  • improving brushing and oral hygiene
  • reducing the quantity and frequency of sugar intake
  • the application of fluoride gels

The use of high fluoride toothpastes and mouthwashes can also be beneficial and Dr Hendly can advise you on the most suitable course of action for your particular case.

Radiographs are a useful diagnostic tool in checking for the presence of dental decay and allowing for early intervention which may avoid the need for a filling.

Dr Hendly most often uses tooth-coloured (white) filling materials. Large cavites may need restoring with tooth-coloured inlays manufactured in a laboratory or tooth-coloured crowns which provide greater strength.

Root Canal Treatment

Occasionally as a result of dental decay, gum disease or trauma, an infection may develop in or around a tooth. This is called a dental abscess and can be very painful, though not always.

Dental abscesses should be treated quickly by eliminating the source of the infection. Root canal treatment is one way of doing this and can be done at this practice usually over two visits, allowing you to retain the tooth.

Cosmetic Dentistry

bright smile

Dr Hendly can improve your smile, whatever your age, expectations or budget.

Inlays

For larger fillings an inlay is often the treatment of choice. Inlays are strong, cosmetically pleasing and restore the shape and function of the tooth very well.

Each inlay is manufactured to fit your tooth exactly by skilled laboratory technicians; it is then cemeted into place by Dr Hendly.

Crowns

When a tooth is very broken down, or has been root filled, Dr Hendly may advise a crown. This is a 'cap' which fits over the tooth, sealing and protecting it and filling underneath. It restores the shape, appearance and function of the tooth.

Crowns are created by skilled craftsmen and can be made of precious gold alloy covered with porcelain or all porcelain or occasionally, when the appearance is not an issue, of yellow gold.

Veneers

Veneers are ideal to disguise a misshapen tooth or a badly discoloured or poorly positioned tooth or teeth. They are made of a thin layer of porcelain and bonded (cemented) over the offending tooth or teeth, rather like a false fingernail.

Veneers are much less destructive of the underlying teeth than crowns and are capable of transforming your smile, especially where whitening or orthodontic treatment is either unsuccessful or not an option.

Tooth Whitening

Research shows that tooth colour is the most noticeable aspect of our smile. Tooth whitening is a safe and non-invasive treatment which lifts the shade of your teeth to radically rejuvenate your smile.

Most people have some tooth discolouration from a variety of causes: teeth become darker or yellower as we age; surface staining from tea, coffee and smoking; staining in cracks and fissures; antibiotics causing discolouration beneath the surface.

tooth whitening before and after treatment

The photograph above illustrates teeth before and following tooth whitening treatment.

At Cyncoed dental practice we initially assess your teeth to check that your teeth are suitable for whitening and that the process is safe for you.

Impressions of your teeth are taken from which the laboratory creates moulded trays to snugly fit your teeth. At a further appointment Dr Hendly demonstrates how to apply whitening gel into the trays and provides instructions and advice on their use. We usually advise wearing the trays for 3 hours every night or day for a minimum of 2 weeks. A follow-up appointment assesses progress. Note: crowns, veneers and fillings will not change colour.

Some people may find their teeth become sensitive to cold during or after treatment and occasionally may experience discomfort in the gums. These symptoms are usually temporary and should disappear within a few days of finishing treatment. Using fluoride mouthwashes and gels and sensitive toothpastes can also help with sensitivity.

The effects of whitening are thought to last up to 3 years but this will vary from person to person. By safely storing your trays you can easily purchase further syringes of gel to ‘top- up’ when required.

To maintain the new shade for as long as possible it is recommended that you:

  • brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste last thing at night and once during the day
  • cut down on sugary foods and drinks
  • visit the dentist for checkups at regular intervals as recommended
  • avoid smoking or using tobacco products

Restorative Dentistry

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Tooth Wear Restoration

With new bonding techniques and tooth-coloured filling materials it is often possible to restore teeth to their original shape and form and to protect them from further deterioration - also restoring your smile!

If you look in the mirror and suddenly notice your smile has changed or your teeth seem to be disappearing you may be suffering from tooth wear.

Tooth wear may appear as:

  • yellow or brown discoloured teeth
  • dark or grey translucent teeth
  • sharp, chipped teeth with thin incisal edges
  • 'short' unattractive teeth

Tooth restoration is often achievable without invasive and expensive crowns and veneers (which may remove more of the healthy tooth), and there is often no need for injections!

Restoring Missing Teeth

Sometimes despite our best efforts we lose teeth through infection or trauma. It is not always necessary to replace a missing tooth or teeth but when it affects our appearance, speech, ability to chew food, or when its loss may destabilise surrounding teeth, it may be advisable to consider ways in which the space can be restored. Or, you may simply prefer not to have any spaces in your dental arch.

Whatever the reason, there are several options for restoring missing teeth:

Fixed Bridges

A fixed bridge is permanent and natural-looking. A crown is made for one or more teeth next to the space, a false tooth is then attached to the crown or crowns. The resulting bridge is then permanently cemented in place.

Bridges are usually made in gold alloy covered with porcelain and have a very natural appearance. The main disadvantage of a fixed bridge is the need to remove some healthy tooth substance when crowning the surrounding teeth.

Adhesive Bridges

A Maryland type of bridge may be used where there are healthy teeth next to the space. The false porcelain tooth is kept in place by metal ‘wings’ permanently cemented to the back of the teeth on one or both sides of the space. The wings are not visible. This type of bridge is not suitable where there is a heavy occlusion or multiple teeth are missing as the bridge may dislodge.

In the right situation Maryland bridges can provide a simple, cost effective and non-destructive solution to the problem of a missing tooth.

Resin bonded bridges are similar in design to Maryland bridges but are constructed in a composite material which can be bonded to the teeth on each side, in a manner similar to tooth-coloured fillings. Although they can prove an ideal solution in the right circumstances they do lack strength.

Dentures

To restore your smile when several or all of your teeth are missing the best plan may be a partial or full denture. The replacement tooth or teeth are on a plate which can be taken in and out for cleaning and at night. The plate can be made of metal or a plastic flesh-coloured material and can appear very natural.

There are many different types of denture and at Cyncoed dental practice our desire is to provide you with the best fitting, most comfortable and natural-looking option, enabling you to smile with confidence.

Dr Hendly is very experienced in providing all types of denture using a skilled, well respected laboratory in Cardiff.

Dentures are a more cost-effective option compared with implants but have the disadvantage of not being permanently fixed in place.

Implants

Implants are 'screw in teeth' made of Titanium metal which osseointegrates (fuses) with bone. Implants are expensive but do have a good success rate. Implants can be used to anchor single teeth, bridges or dentures.

Surgery, often using local anaesthetic, is necessary to place implants so patients need to be generally fit and healthy and be free from dental disease. There is a much higher failure rate of implants amongst smokers. There must be adequate bone in which to place an implant, though grafting (adding bone) can sometimes be carried out to increase the available bone.

Implantology is a dental specialism, carried out by dentists who have completed extensive further training and gained recognised qualifications in implantology. Dr Hendly enjoys a good working relationship with several Cardiff-based specialists and will be happy to refer you for this treatment.

Children's Dental Care

child brushing teeth

When our annual NHS contract allows, we are happy to treat the children of our Private Patients on the NHS where they are entitled to free treatment until the age of 18 following NICE guidelines. We are always able to accept children as patients on a Private fee-paying basis.

We recommend that children visit the dentist regularly in order that we can monitor accurately their risk of developing dental disease as well as their dental development. Your child should be brought to see the dentist as soon as their teeth begin to come through, which is usually from about 6 months of age. Bringing children to the dentist at an early age helps prevent dental phobia and promotes a good attitude to their oral health.

Our main focus for children is prevention and promotion of good oral health. When your child visits Dr Hendly, you can expect a full checkup, advice on diet and help with establishing good brushing techniques and practice.

Where necessary, preventative measures including fluoride application and fissure sealing are also undertaken. We have excellent local orthodontic practices where we can refer patients requiring specialist orthodontic treatment at the appropriate time.

Your Dental Appointment

apple with dental instruments

Arriving at Cyncoed dental practice Dorothy, our Receptionist, will greet you and ask you to complete a medical questionnaire - important so that we can provide you with safe treatment.

Dr Hendly will invite you into the surgery where she will take time to discuss your dental history, any current needs, and your expectations of outcomes of any treatment.

A dental examination will:
  • ascertain the health of your teeth and gums
  • screen for mouth cancer and other medical conditions affecting the head and neck
  • check for any problems with occlusion (your bite) or function
  • evaluate any cosmetic dental issues

Following examination, it may be necessary to take some radiographs and, occasionally, some models of your teeth for more advanced treatments.

To leave you with a fresh shiny feeling in your mouth, a clean and polish may be done at this appointment.

Following discussion of the options available to you Dr Hendly will prepare a treatment plan including estimates before proceeding. You are welcome to revisit and discuss the plan at any point before starting treatment.

Contact us to arrange your dental appointment.

Whatever type of dental treatment you need, at Cyncoed dental practice we take the time to fully discuss your needs and expectations; we explore and explain all treatment options and, before treatment starts, we agree a treatment plan with estimates with you.

If you have extra-special treatment needs you can be confident that we can refer you to highly qualified specialist referral dental practitioners including endodontists, periodontologists and implantologists.