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Of course, we offer the mainstream dentistry services, from fillings to dentures and root canal, we can help relieve your pain and keep you trouble free. All our services are listed below, do have a read!



Dental materials have improved drastically in recent years. Gone are the days when a silver amalgam filling was the only option. Although such fillings are strong, durable, comfortable and relatively inexpensive, they do tarnish and blacken over time, leading to dissatisfaction. At Salisbury House, we only use them in three sets of circumstances – when a patient either:

  • wants a cost-effective solution to restoring back teeth; or
  • needs badly damaged back teeth built up prior to a crown being fitted; or
  • has such a large cavity that an amalgam filling is undoubtedly the best option.

Although these fillings have had something of a bad press recently, it’s important to remember that they’re completely safe, as demonstrated by numerous studies. The only exception to this is pregnant women who should not have amalgam fillings because of their developing baby. Our fillings of choice for front teeth and most back teeth are made of composite (see below). For further information, please contact the practice.


Composite fillings are the much improved successor to silver amalgams. Composed of resin and a filler – hence the name, they have all the advantages of amalgams (strength, durability, comfort), plus the added advantage of being very natural-looking. They can provide many years’ service and look virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

I recommend composite fillings for small and medium fillings, but not for large ones where an inlay, onlay, or even an unaesthetic amalgam would perform better. For further information, please contact the practice.

Inlays & Onlays

Inlays and onlays are, more or less, the same thing – they are large fillings that are made in a dental laboratory by a skilled technician. These are the solution for patients who need an aesthetic solution to an extensively broken down back tooth. Composite fillings are the best option for small and medium-sized cavities, but seldom produce adequate and durable results when used to restore large cavities.

I prepare the tooth by removing all old fillings and any decay, take an impression of the cavity, and then place a temporary filling. A skilled local technician uses the impression to construct the inlay from either a composite resin or porcelain and returns it to the practice about a week later. I then cement it into place. Although inlays and onlays are a very satisfactory – and aesthetically pleasing – solution to extensively broken down back teeth, there are some occasions when a crown will be necessary.

For further information, please contact the practice.


A crown is the solution when a tooth is so broken down that a filling or an inlay is unsuitable. The first decision to take is which type of crown to use. I’ll explain the pros and cons of the different types, and we’ll discuss which one is most appropriate for you and your situation:

  • Gold crowns – although these are still a valid treatment, many patients now opt for a more aesthetic alternative. However, for back teeth with a close bite, gold crowns remain the option of choice.
  • Porcelain bonded to metal crowns – these are made of a shell of metal alloy to which porcelain is bonded. The crowns are therefore both natural looking and very strong. At Salisbury House, we use these crowns as standard for those back teeth that need crowning.
  • High-strength all-porcelain crowns – these are a relatively recent development and are a great boon to the market being both reliably strong and durable. They are particularly good in those situations where aesthetics are of prime importance because they eliminate that disfiguring ‘black line’ so often associated with porcelain bonded crowns in the past. Several brands are available; Lava, Emax and Procera are the ones I use at Salisbury House.

For further information, please contact the practice.


The purpose of a bridge is to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Before the development of dental implants, bridges were very common. Although dentists recommend them less frequently now, they can still be useful in certain circumstances. Essentially, a bridge is a false tooth that attaches to the adjacent teeth; the false tooth therefore ‘bridges’ the intervening gap. There are two main types:

  • Conventional bridges – these involve cutting down the two adjacent teeth as though crowns were to be fitted. After the dentist has taken an impression, a skilled technician uses it to construct the bridge that is then shade matched to produce a lifelike result. Finally, the dentist cements the bridge into position. Bridges of this type can last many years; however, in my view, it’s a shame to cut down healthy teeth unless they would have needed crowns anyway.
  • Adhesive bridges – these are literally stuck to the back of the adjacent teeth with a special dental adhesive. Their big advantage over conventional bridges is that they are much less destructive of the adjacent teeth. Their disadvantage is that they are more likely to come out. This can be inconvenient and embarrassing if they are bridging a front tooth. Although some dentists consider them as little more than a temporary solution, they can be a viable alternative to a conventional bridge if, for some reason, an implant is not possible.

For further information, please contact the practice.


Dental implants replace missing teeth; these could have been lost because of trauma, tooth decay, or gum disease. An implant is usually the best treatment for a missing tooth because it does not adversely affect the adjacent teeth. The only proviso is that there has to be sufficient bone in which to place the implant. After the implant surgery, we place a crown on top of the implant to blend into the bite and restore function and appearance. We also use implants to secure dentures in place; this can be a very satisfactory solution for patients who have difficulty wearing a lower denture.

Implant dentistry is a special skill, and I have chosen to work with a highly qualified dentist with many years’ experience in this area. Together, we can offer patients with missing teeth a viable alternative to dentures that also leaves the adjacent teeth intact. For further information, please contact the practice. You can find additional information on the Association of Dental Implantology website at


Sadly, despite our best efforts, there is sometimes no alternative but for a patient to wear a removable denture. Before recommending this option, I will have explored all other appropriate solutions to missing teeth. These days, dentures can be very natural looking and can last for many years. In fact, dentures are often the most aesthetic answer to missing teeth.

A number of options are available to you. They can be made from

  • Plastic, a relatively inexpensive and traditional option
  • A combination of a metal framework with plastic, or
  • A flexible plastic called Valplast. Please visit for more information.

If you require a denture for the first time I will take special care to explain the options to you. If you are an experienced denture wearer you will probably know what has suited you well but I will ensure you are aware of any options.

For further information, please contact the practice.

Root Canal Treatments

Patients need root canal treatment when bacteria enter the dental pulp which is the living part of the tooth (sometimes erroneously called ‘the nerve’), and the pulp either dies or becomes inflamed. This may eventually lead to an abscess. Sometimes, the tooth causes no pain and the infection only becomes apparent when a patient has a check-up.

The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. We thoroughly clean the inside of the root and then fill it to prevent any further infection. Although root canal treatment is a demanding and time-consuming procedure, it is almost always painless. It is also usually very successful. However, on those occasions when an infection does return, a specialist dentist can repeat the treatment. In such cases, I refer patients to a highly qualified and experienced colleague.

Root canal treatment weakens the affected tooth to such an extent that a crown is sometimes necessary for additional protection. This is almost always the case with back teeth that have had root canal treatment.

Ignoring an infection – and not having the recommended treatment – is risky. You could suffer an abscess and even lose the tooth. If that happens, you may then require a bridge, implant, or denture.

For further information, please contact the practice.

Bad Breath

This is a delicate – and potentially embarrassing – issue, but one that needs clearing up immediately. At Salisbury House, we have successfully treated many cases; if you’re concerned about the freshness of your breath, just mention it to us and we’ll investigate further.

Bad breath is a surprisingly common problem; the underlying cause is usually dental. The bacteria that coat our teeth and gums can often be the culprit as they release smelly gases. Another cause is odds and ends of food; these get trapped between the teeth and the tongue and emit an unpleasant smell as they rot.

You can help to ensure that your breath remains fresh by:

  • Correct and regular brushing; and
  • Regular visits to the dentist.

For example, old filings that are no longer smooth will collect plaque and food debris, increasing the likelihood of bad breath. Your dentist will be able to tell you when such fillings need replacing.

For further information, please contact the practice.

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