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Covid-19 Guidance

To ensure the highest level of safety for you, your family and your community, we are following the latest government guidance around offering acute Emergency Dental Care only.

We are still here to support you as we always have been, but have adapted the way we work to include video and electronic consultation. Due to the Corona Virus, please do not attend the clinic unless you have checked with a member of our team before. Advice is changing daily, and our website is kept up to date with the latest information.

If you have facial swelling extending to eye or neck, bleeding following an extraction that does not stop after 20 minutes pressure, bleeding due to trauma, broken tooth causing pain, significant toothache preventing sleep or eating – then we are able to help you by prescribing antibiotics where appropriate. Please call your clinic for more information.

If you have a loose or lost crown, or problems with your bridge or a broken, rubbing or loose denture, or broken or loose fillings (including a chipped tooth) or have loose orthodontic wires, please follow the guidance on our website.


Keep calm and stay at home

Tips to help manage dental problems until you can see a dentist

Accessing care

  • Following recent guidance from NHS England and the Department of Health, dental practices have been advised to STOP AEROSOL SPRAYS and PRIORITISE URGENT TREAMENT where possible.
  • As well as reducing risk to staff and patients, this will also prevent unnecessary travel in an attempt to reduce virus transmission. This information aims to advise people in pain who still need to access care and also support people in managing minor symptoms at home.

If you need to access emergency care:

  • Have you or anyone in your house been self isolating?
  • Do you have any symptoms?
  • High temperature or continuous cough?

If YES to any of the above, CALL 111. They will direct you to an emergency facility with appropriate protective equipment which will allow staff to treat you safely.

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What counts as a dental emergency?

Urgent dental treatment:

  • Facial swelling extending to eye or neck.
  • Bleeding following an extraction that does not stop after 20 mins solid pressure with a gauze/clean hankie. A small amount of oozing is normal, just like if you had grazed your knee.
  • Bleeding due to trauma
  • Tooth broken and causing pain, or tooth fallen out.
  • Significant toothache preventing sleep, eating, associated with significant swelling, or fever that cannot be managed with painkillers.

Straight to A&E:

  • Facial swelling affecting vision or breathing, preventing mouth opening more than 2 fingers width.
  • Trauma causing loss of consciousness, double vision or vomiting.

Non-Urgent (may need to wait):

  • Loose or lost crowns, bridges or veneers.
  • Broken, rubbing or loose dentures.
  • Bleeding gums
  • Broken, loose or lost fillings.
  • Chipped teeth with no pain.
  • Loose orthodontic wires.

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Anti-inflammatories (like ibuprofen) can help reduce sensitivity from teeth. Combining paracetamol and ibuprofen has also been shown effective.

There is currently no strong evidence that drugs like ibuprofen can make COVID-19 worse.

If you have no coronavirus symptoms carry on taking ibuprofen as normal.

So until we have more information, take paracetamol to treat symptoms of coronavirus, unless your doctor has told you paracetamol is not suitable for you. (Updated: 20 March 2020)

Painkillers should always be taken in accordance with instructions on the packet. Taking too many tablets, or taking medications incorrectly will not improve your symptoms, and can cause serious stomach and liver injury which can be life threatening.

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If the tooth is extremely sensitive to hot or cold, antibiotics will not help. The decay must be removed and filled.

These home measures may help make symptoms manageable until care can be accessed.

Good cleaning with fluoride toothpaste and reducing sugar intake will help stop decay from getting any worse.

If there is a hole in the tooth, or a tooth has cracked and is now sensitive/sharp, a temporary filling can be packed into the space.

These are widely available from supermarkets and pharmacies:

Desensitising/sensitive toothpaste (like Sensodyne repair and protect) can help. Rub toothpaste directly on the affected area and do not rise afterwards. Anaesthetic gel such as Orajel can help ease pain.

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Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom tooth pain is usually due to inflammation of the gum over the erupting tooth, which can be worsened by trauma from biting.

Most flare ups can be managed with good home care and should settle in a few days to a week:

Excellent cleaning (even if it is painful to brush, the area must be kept clean to encourage healing)

Corsodyl mouthwash (avoid use for >1 week as may cause staining)

Soft diet (soft food will reduce trauma from biting)

Painkillers (ibuprofen or paracentamol following packet instructions

Warm salty mouthwash

If you have difficulty swallowing swelling in your face or check or difficulty opening your mouth, call your dentist. You may need antibiotics if the infection is spreading.

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Although painful, most ulcers will heal within 7 – 10 days. Non-healing ulcers/oral lesions present for more than 3 weeks should be assessed by a dentist or doctor.

Warm salty mouthwash

Excellent cleaning (even if it is painful to brush, the mouth must be kept clean to encourage healing and prevent more ulcers forming. Be gentle and use a soft/baby toothbrush).

Difflam (Benzydamine) spray or mouthwash as needed.

Soft diet (soft food will reduce trauma from biting)

Painkillers (ibuprofen or paracetamol following packet instructions)

Rubbing Dentures (Denture adhesives like Fixodent may help secure a loose denture. Any sharp edges can be removed using an emery board. Remove dentures when possible if causing trauma).

Corsodyl mouthwash (avoid use for over 1 week as may cause straining).

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Pain or bleeding after extraction

Continue to take regular painkillers for several days after extraction, it is normal for the pain to be at its worst at day 3 – 4.

We cannot provide antibiotics for pain after extractions unless infection is present. We also cannot prescribe antibiotics over the phone without seeing you in person.

Some pink spit/oozing is normal after an extraction, but if the socket is bleeding freely, bite hard on gauze or a clean hankie for 20 minutes. If bleeding has not stopped, call your dentist.


Bleeding Gums

Bleeding from gums is NOT a dental emergency.

Bleeding gums are usually due to gum disease, and will not stop until brushing improves. Brush 2x a day with fluoride toothpaste for 2 minutes, concentrating especially on the areas that are bleeding. Use floss or te-pe brushes to clean between your teeth every day.

If you smoke or rinse too soon after an extraction, you risk a dry socket. This can be very painful and regular painkillers are unlikely to be effective. You should call your dentist for an emergency appointment. Antibiotics will not solve this, as a dressing is needed to cover the exposed bone.

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Lost Crown

Lost Crown

  • Clean and check the crown. If the crown is mostly hollow, you can attempt to re-cement it at home if you feel confident to do so.
  • Remove any debris from the crown, you can use something like the tip of a paperclip to scrape the old cement away. Clean your tooth thoroughly. All debris must be removed from both the crown and the tooth for it to seat properly.
  • Check the crown fits without cement. Check that the bite feels correct, if the tooth feels too tall, it is not fitted correctly, double check for debris. NEVER force a crown or post onto or into your tooth, this can cause the root to fracture. If you cannot get the crown to fit, keep the tooth as clean as possible and wait to see your dentist.
  • Crowns should be replaced using a dental cement from a pharmacy like Recapit. DO NOT USE SUPERGLUE or FIXADENT to fit your crown.
  • Once you have practiced placing the crown, dry the tooth and crown, mix the cement as instructed on the packet and fill the crown. Place the crown directly onto the tooth. Bite firmly to press into place.
  • Remove any extra cement with a toothpick and floss between your teeth to make sure they do not stick together.

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West Moors

Welcome to Envisage Dental in West Moors (formerly Moorlands Road Dental Practice and Smile Team Studios)

Dr Andrew Hawker of Moorlands Road Dental Practice and Dr Terry Moon + Dr Peter Mounce of The Smile Team Studios joined Envisage Dental in March 2018 and together formed a 6 surgery state of the art private dental clinic at 212 Station Road, West Moors, Dorset, BH22 0JD in September 2018 to - marking the clinic as the go to dental practice in West Moors.

Moorlands Dental Practice in West Moors near Ferndown and Bournemouth in Dorset, was established since 1962 and has grown from being a single handed practice to 3 Dentists and a team of Hygienist Therapists. The Smile Team's private cosmetic dental practice has also been established over 30 years and has a reputation of being at the forefront of the dental health revolution.

We provide comprehensive dental care and are able to provide advanced treatments, such as orthodontics and replacing missing teeth or stabilising dentures via dental implants. Featured on television introducing computer designed (Cerec) same day crowns, our teams have received many awards for its dentistry and service to patients.

At Envisage Dental, we like to make sure your oral health and dental wellbeing are our top priority. We have a dedicated team of very experienced Private dentists and nurses to help you and look after you in a caring environment. The team has experienced dental surgeons, dental hygiene therapist and excellent support staff. We welcome new patients, particularly those referred to us by people happy with the service we provide.

Mums, dads, kids, grandparents, no matter who you are, we can help you.  We offer a full range of treatments, so if you are just looking for a professional opinion, or a full Smile Makeover, come and discuss your options with us. Our Dental Practice is in West Moors, Dorset, and has plenty of parking.

We have 4 spacious surgeries on the ground floor, making access easy for pushchairs, elderly and disabled patients, including those in wheelchairs. There are also 2 state of the art surgeries on our first floor along with our CEREC technology for same day crowns. We have reserved parking spaces in our car park for disabled patients and for other patients there is ample parking close by.

We believe in working as a team with all members of our staff and our patients, which gives our practice a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, reducing the stresses and anxieties which are often associated with dental treatment. Prevention is better than cure, and our aim is to help you look after your teeth and gums at home, as well as within the practice.

Our practice is mainly for private and Denplan patients. We do have a small NHS list for children, which is almost full. Please contact us if you would like to book your family with our practice.

Call us on 01202 87105301202 871053

email us on[email protected]

Dentist Address : (Moorlands Road Dental & Smile Team Studios) 212 Station Road, West Moors, Dorset BH22 0JD | t: 01202 871053

envisage West Moors is open:

  • Monday .......................................... 8.30am to 5pm
  • Tuesday ......................................... 8.30am to 5.30pm
  • Wednesday .................................. 8.30am to 5pm
  • Thursday ....................................... 8.30am to 8pm
  • Friday ............................................. 8.30am to 4pm
  • Saturday ....................................... Upon Request
  • Sunday & Bank Holidays ........ Closed

Dr Terry Moon B.D.S (Rand) 1988 | GDC No. 65208, Cosmetic Dentist

Dr Terry Moon is the former Principal Dentist of Smile Team Studios and joined Envisage Dental in March 2018. Terry offers cosmetic dental solutions including same day cerec crowns, clear braces and smile makeovers. 

Dr John Edward BDS | GDC Registration No. 82101, Dentist

John qualified from the University of Bristol in 2003 and started his first job in Swanage in the same year. Having spent two enjoyable years working there and learning about life in general practice he then took up a job as a Senior House Officer in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery at Southampton Hospital. This job involved carrying out oral surgery on a day-to-day basis as well as looking after in-patients on the ward. It gave an excellent grounding in surgical technique and enabled him to sit the exams to become a Member of the Faculty of Dental Surgeons of the Royal College of Surgeons (England).

John is trained in using the Cfast cosmetic orthodontic system. This a discreet system for use in adults which can improve the appearance of crowded or crooked teeth for a more even smile.

After the time spent working in hospital John wanted to return to general practice and settled into a private clinic in Shaftesbury. He enjoys being able to provide good quality dental care and though able to provide general dental services he is particularly interested in root-fillings and aesthetic restorative solutions. Through clear communication and a gentle approach patients feel at ease and involved in their care at all times.

Away from dentistry John enjoys getting away with his young family and exploring in their campervan. When time allows you may find him hacking through the undergrowth on a local golf course or cycling through the lanes.

Dr Gareth Edwards BDS (Hons) MFDS RCPS (Glas), Associate Dentist | GDC Number: 229143

Originally from Bournemouth, I grew up in Winton and attended Bournemouth School, before moving to Cardiff to study dentistry. After practising dentistry in Manchester for several years I have now returned home and brought my brand of non-invasive cosmetic dentistry back to the Bournemouth and Poole area.

Since qualifying from Cardiff Dental School with Honours I’ve had a keen interest in teeth straightening and am a certified provider in both Invisalign and Six Month Smiles orthodontics. I strive to be the best aesthetic and cosmetic dentist in Bournemouth and Poole.

Dr Ahmed Amer B.D.S Belfast, Associate Dentist | GDC Number: 257734


I graduated as a Dentist from the prestigious Queens University in Belfast. Currently, alongside working I am also studying for my MSc in Periodontology (specialising in the hard and soft tissues that support teeth, as well as the disease and conditions that affect them) at the University of Plymouth.

I have a keen interest in preventative, minimally-invasive dentistry, as well as being a certified clear brace practitioner using the 6-month Smile system. This particular brace treatment straightens teeth in an average of 6 months using clear brackets and white wires which is barely noticeable.

Outside of work, I live in locally, in Bournemouth and love the great outdoors. At University, I was a part of the Rugby Team. However, these days I find the best way for me to practice daily well-being is to read a good book, go hiking or swimming.


  • Member of Dr Stephen Phelan’s Occlusion Design coaching program
  • Advanced Anterior Cosmetics by Jason Smithson
  • Advanced Intra-Oral and Extra-Oral Dental Photography
  • Six Month Smiles Accreditation for Clear Braces – U.K

Dr Reginald Yeow BDS Lond 2001, Implant Dentist | GDC 79820

After qualifying in London, Reg worked for a hospital setting. He won a national prize for his root canal work.

Reg qualified at King’s College Hospital, London, in 2001. After a year at Birmingham Dental School, where he worked in the restorative dentistry department, he came to Dorset in 2002.

He has done a master’s degree in dental implants, and won a national prize in 2004 for his work in endodontics (treating root canals).

Reg offers facial aesthetic treatments in addition to dentistry, so please ask for details.

Dentistry with clear results

West Moors Fees
ROUTINE CARE fixed fees
New Patient Dental Consultation with X-Rays £90
30 Minute Dental Health Check (with Intra Oral Cameras) £88
15 Minute Routine Examination (without digital dentistry) £44
Hygiene Appointment (1x60 mins) £165
Hygiene Appointment (1x30 mins) £82
Tooth-coloured Cosmetic Filling £120 - £480
Extractions £120 - £480
IMPLANTS  prices from 
Implant Consultation £complimentary
Implant with tooth £2,500
Sinus Lift £350
Bone Graft £500
Sedation £150
SMILE MAKEOVER prices from 
Tooth Coloured Crown £695 - £1,150
Bridges (per unit) £745 - £1,150
Standard Whitening £345
Premium Whitening  £650
DENTURES (per arch) prices from 
Full Denture £900
Partial Acrylic Denture £750
Partial Chrome Denture £900
Root Canal Incisor £535 - £675
Premolar £650 - £920
Molar £660 - £1,150
Inlays & Onlays £650 to £1,150
Botox £200 - £465
Lip Enhanement £200 - £465
Dermal Fillers £200 - £465
STRAIGHT TEETH prices from 
Smile True £2,800 - £5,250
Invisalign £1,950 - £3,750
Cfast (simple) £1,800 - £3,600
Cfast (complex) £2,700 - £5,000
EMERGENCIES fixed fees
In-Hours Existing Patient Emergency (Get Out Of Pain Only) £75 - £91
In-Hours New Patient Emergency (Get Out Of Pain Only) £120
Out-of-hours Call Out Fee (Get Out Of Pain Only) £150
Membership Plan (Adults) - 15 Minute Routine Examinations £22.79
Membership Plan (Non-Adults < 18 yrs age) £POA
Membership Plan (KIDS < 13 yrs age) £POA
West Moors - Bridges

Bridges are fixed prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, bridges are a semi permanent solution if you have missing teeth. They are cemented to natural teeth or implants adjacent to the gap where the tooth/teeth once stood.

A bridge may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth may cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a poor bite. Placing a bridge can prevent this from happening. They can be made of porcelain bonded to metal, or all porcelain, carefully colour matched to your other teeth.

Bridges can help:

  • Restore your smile
  • Restore your ability to properly chew and speak
  • Maintain the shape of your face
  • Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position

What types of dental bridges are available?

There are three main types of dental bridges:

  • Traditional bridges involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic (replacement tooth) in between. Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge and are made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
  • Cantilever bridges are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth.
  • Maryland bonded bridges (also called a Maryland bridge) are made of plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal framework. Metal wings on each side of the bridge are bonded to your existing teeth.

What is the process for getting a dental bridge?

During the first visit for getting a dental bridge, the abutment teeth are prepared. Preparation involves recontouring these teeth by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Next, impressions of your teeth are made, which serve as a model from which the bridge, pontic, and crowns will be made by a dental laboratory. Your dentist will make a temporary bridge for you to wear to protect the exposed teeth and gums while your bridge is being made.

During the second visit, your temporary bridge will be removed and the new permanent bridge will be placed, checked and adjusted, as necessary, to achieve a proper fit. Multiple visits may be required to check the fit of the metal framework and bite. This is dependent on each individual’s case. If the dental bridge is a fixed (permanent) bridge, your dentist may temporarily cement it in place for a couple of weeks to make sure it is fitting properly. After a couple weeks, the bridge is permanently cemented into place.

How long do dental bridges last?

Dental bridges can last between 5 and 15 years or even longer. With good oral hygiene and regular checkups, it is not unusual for the life span of a fixed bridge to be well over 10 years.

Will it be difficult to eat with a dental bridge?

Replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge should actually make eating easier. Until you become accustomed to the bridge, eat soft foods that have been cut into small pieces.

Will the dental bridge change how I speak?

It can be difficult to speak clearly when teeth are missing in the front or anterior areas. Wearing a dental bridge with the anterior teeth in their proper relationship will help you speak properly.

How do I care for a bridge?

It is important to keep your remaining teeth healthy and strong as the success of the bridge (depending on the type selected) depends on the solid foundation offered by the surrounding teeth. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease that can lead to tooth loss. Your dentist or dental hygienist can demonstrate how to properly brush and floss your teeth, paying particular attention to the bridge area. Having regular dental check-ups as recommended enables problems to be diagnosed at an early stage when treatment has a better prognosis. Selecting a balanced diet for proper nutrition is also important.

West Moors - Crowns

What is a crown?

A crown is a cap that is placed over a tooth and held in place by dental adhesive or cement.

Crowns are used for several reasons:

  • as a protective cover for badly decayed teeth or fractured teeth
  • as a permanent restoration for teeth with large fillings
  • to correct minor problems in natural teeth like spacing and irregular shape or severe discolouration.

What are crowns made from?

Crowns can be made from a variety of materials. They can be made from ceramic or metal alloys. A combination of metal and ceramic is also possible to maximise strength and simulate the appearance of natural teeth.

How are crowns made?

Firstly, a thorough clinical oral health assessment is conducted with radiographs, by the dentist. The suitability for crowns is assessed and any preparatory work is carried out. Your dentist will also be able to advise on material choices, treatment sequence and any other concerns you may have.

At the second appointment, the teeth to be crowned are prepared. This involves reduction of the tooth size (usually under local anaesthesia) followed by an impression or mould of the prepared tooth. This trimming of the tooth is required to create space for the crown to be fitted. The mould taken is then sent to a laboratory where skilled technicians will fabricate the crown. In the meantime, a temporary crown is made and fitted onto the trimmed tooth.

At the third appointment, the temporary crown is removed and the tooth surfaces cleaned. The completed crown is tried on the tooth for fit, harmony with the bite, and appearance. Finally, the crown is cemented onto the prepared tooth with dental cement.

How long do crowns last and how do I care for them?

Crowns are made of inert materials that do not deteriorate over time. However, the underlying tooth is still prone to decay and gum disease.

Ceramic on the surface may chip or fracture. Avoid chewing excessively-hard substances like ice or bones. Daily brushing and flossing are essential for maintaining good oral health as well as keeping the crown trouble-free. The most vulnerable portion of the crown is the margin or the junction between tooth and crown.

Regular check-ups will enable your dentist to detect any problems with your crown and recommend necessary treatment.

West Moors - Dentures

A denture is a removable prosthesis used to replace missing teeth. Commonly referred to as ‘false teeth’, a denture is usually made of acrylic or a combination of acrylic and metal. A partial denture is fitted to replace some missing teeth whilst a complete denture is indicated when all natural teeth are missing. A good set of dentures helps you to eat, speak, function, and often improves a person’s appearance.

How long does it take to make dentures?

Depending on the complexity of each case, the duration of the treatment will vary. After the initial visit of oral health assessment and diagnosis, the subsequent visits will include taking impressions of the mouth, bite registration, try-in of the denture, fitting and review. The Enigma Cosmetic Denture site is a good further source of information about dentures.

What to expect?

New dentures always feel strange when first placed in your mouth. Several days or weeks will be required before you get accustomed to them. Adaptation varies with different persons and often time and experience are essential before dentures can be worn comfortably and function effectively.

Useful suggestions to help you to adapt to the new dentures:

Eating – Eating will take a little practice. Start with soft foods and foods cut into small pieces will help. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time to prevent dentures from tipping. Once you become accustomed to chewing, include other foods until you return to your normal diet.

Increased salivary flow – You may experience an increase in salivary flow when the dentures are first inserted. This is a natural response of the salivary glands that will return to normal after a few weeks. You can improve the situation by swallowing more often.

Speech – New dentures may alter your speech initially. Pronouncing certain words may require practice. Reading out loud and repeating troublesome words will speed up the adaptation process. This problem rarely persists beyond two weeks.

Sore spots – Minor irritation caused by surface irregularities or pressure spots on the denture-bearing areas are quite common. Your dentist will relieve the discomfort by adjusting the denture surface. Stop wearing the denture if the irritation is very painful. Consult your dentist immediately.

Care of your dentures

Like natural teeth, dentures can accumulate plaque and food debris, particularly in areas where the denture is in contact with the remaining teeth and gum. In addition to the usual oral hygiene measures like tooth brushing, dentures should be cleaned regularly. Poor denture hygiene can result in stains on the denture and a bad odour.

If possible, dentures should be removed and cleaned after every meal. When cleaning, remember the following:

  • Use a soft hand brush or a special denture brush.
  • Avoid very hot water as it may distort the denture.
  • Use mild detergent to clean dentures. Avoid using abrasive cleaners that can roughen the polished surface of the denture. Do not use bleach as this may whiten the pink acrylic.
  • Hold the denture firmly while cleaning. Accidentally dropping the denture may result in chipped or broken dentures. Always wash your denture over a basin of water.
  • Soak the dentures in denture cleanser once a week to remove stains and always rinse them thoroughly before using the dentures again.
  • When you are not wearing the dentures, store them in water. Dentures may lose their shape if left to dry out.

How long should you wear your dentures?

During the first few days you are advised to wear them most of the time except when sleeping. Always remove the dentures before going to bed. This will allow your gum tissues to rest and promote oral health. Gentle massaging of the gums with a soft toothbrush is encouraged. Remember to soak the dentures in water to prevent them from drying out.

The next denture review

Your jawbones and gums naturally shrink over time and this can cause the dentures to fit less securely. Ill-fitting dentures can give rise to chewing difficulties, soreness, infections and changes in facial support. It is important that you visit your dentist to have your dentures and oral tissues evaluated yearly. Your dentures may need to be adjusted, relieved or even relined from time to time to ensure an optimal fit. Do not attempt to adjust the denture yourself – seek professional help.

With time and practice you will soon learn to eat, talk and smile with your dentures as you would with your natural teeth.


West Moors - Endodontics

When Is Root Canal Treatment Needed?

The crown of the tooth is made up of the hard, white, enamel layer and a thicker dentine layer. Both these hard layers protect the innermost soft tissues of the tooth called the pulp. The dental pulp contains blood vessels and nerves within and extends from the crown to the tips of the root or roots.

Root canal treatment involves the removal of the pulp tissues from the tooth in the event that it gets infected or inflamed. The pulp can be infected or inflamed due to either deep decay or an extensive restoration that involves the pulp, cracked or fractured tooth due to trauma, excessive wear of enamel and dentine exposing the pulp, and sometimes as a result of severe gum disease.

Signs of pulp damage may include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, discoloration of the tooth, swelling, tenderness of the overlying gums or a bad taste in the mouth. On the other hand, there may be no symptoms at all. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can eventually cause pain, swelling and loss of the supporting bone.

What Are The Advantages Of Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment saves teeth that would otherwise have been extracted.

After root canal treatment the tooth is pulp-less i.e. it has no vital tissues within. However, there are vital tissues surrounding the root e.g. the gum, periodontal membrane and supporting bone. A root canal treated tooth can function normally and can be maintained with routine dental care and oral hygiene measures.

How Is Root Canal Treatment Carried Out?

Removal of the infected or inflamed pulp is the first step in saving the tooth. Under local anaesthetic an opening is made in the crown of the tooth to get access to the infected or inflamed pulp within.

Using small, specially designed hand or rotary files, the root canals are cleaned and shaped to a form that can be sealed. Debris within the canals is removed by flushing with an anti-bacterial solution.

The canals are finally filled or sealed with an inert material called gutta-percha. The tooth should be restored to full shape and function by either a permanent filling or a crown, depending on how much of the tooth is left. This should be done as soon as possible as there could be a risk of tooth fracture due to biting forces.

All root canal treatment procedures are performed by isolating the tooth with a rubber dam to provide a clean and saliva-free environment. Root canal treatment may be done in single or multiple visits depending on the complexity of the tooth. In between treatment appointments, medicaments may be placed within the canals and the tooth is covered with a temporary filling.

Often, X-rays are taken to determine the length of the root and to monitor the various treatment stages.

Is Root Canal Treatment Painful?

Root canal treatment procedures are relatively comfortable and often painless as the tooth is anaesthetised during treatment. After treatment, the tooth may be sensitive or tender for a few days due to inflammation of the surrounding tissues. This discomfort can be relieved by taking mild analgesics or painkillers available over the counter at the pharmacy. However, if the pain persists and is severe, or a swelling occurs, you should contact your dentist.

Care Of The Root-Treated Tooth

As far as possible, avoid chewing or biting on the tooth being treated until you have it permanently restored with either a filling or a crown. Excessive pressure at this stage may crack or fracture the tooth. Therefore, it is very important to restore the tooth properly as soon as possible. Most endodontically treated teeth last as long as natural teeth following permanent restoration.

Practise good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing at all times, as root-filled teeth are as prone to decay as natural teeth. It is also important to have your treated tooth reviewed regularly by your dentist.

West Moors - Happy Air
Happy Air

You Do ever

  • Get anxious about your dental visits?
  • Know that you need dental treatment but worry that you won’t be able to cope?
  • Get stressed to the point of physical upset? (raised heart rate etc)
  • Remember uncomfortable, even painful sessions in the past? (elsewhere of course!)
  • Have fears going back as far as childhood visits to the school dentist?

Introducing you to “Happy Air!”

“Happy Air” also known as ‘Giggle Gas’ is gently breathed through a small nose piece and allows you to completely relax. You feel as though you are floating on air and are totally at ease with its very pleasant calming sensation .

“Happy Air” consists of Nitrous Oxide (N20) + Oxygen (02). Low levels of Nitrous Oxide provide a high level of analgesia (pain relief) and sedation. It is carefully “fine tuned” to just the right level for you.

It has been used safely for over 50 years and is very popular in the United States for dental anxiety control.

EXPERIENCE it for FREE and see how it can help!

  • FREE 15 minute introduction sessions of this modern light sedation / analgesia technique.
  • Its completely safe.
  • Fast recovery time and normally able to drive within 30 minutes! (some individuals may vary).

To take up this offer contact The Smile Team to make this free introductory appointment for you.

If you find ‘Happy Air’ really helps you we can use it for your future dental appointments.

Fees for ‘Happy Air’ inhalation sedation vary per session depending on the time taken and treatments planned.

West Moors - Hygienist Therapy

The primary role of a Dental Hygienist is to help every patient achieve optimum oral health which is essential for the success of orthodontic work, restorative and cosmetic dentistry.

Hygienist Therapists assess and treat periodontal disease (disease of surrounding tooth structures) and are highly skilled at removing calculus (hardened plaque) from above and below the gum line.

Calculus is a contributory factor for periodontal disease because it produces a rough surface which harbours plaque.

Oral hygiene advice best suited to each patient is offered and the combined result of improved home care and regular visits for scaling and polishing results in a cleaner and healthier mouth.

West Moors - Implant Retained Dentures
Implant Dentures

A classic dental problem – the loose lower denture – and its solution.When there is very thin lower gum ridge the denture proves very unstable and makes life a misery for the wearer. This is solved for ever using 4 to 6 Mini Ball implants in lower jaw to anchor the denture very rigidly. For upper dentures the retention is so good that the conventional full palate coverage is no longer necessary and the shape can be the same as a lower denture – just a ‘horseshoe’ arch of teeth – excellent news for those with an active ‘gag’ reflex.

Implants for dentures can be of the bar or ball type. The ball type uses a corresponding housing  to secure it in the denture.


I had a new upper implant (x 4) retained denture. I am very comfortable with the new implant retained denture. They don’t wiggle around like the old ones and it is very easy to eat with them – I’ve even had hard chocolaty things! It also feels very nice not to have a palate on the denture and I can taste again. The old denture was increasing in size as I had more teeth added and retaining wires but the new ones feel so slim in comparison. I’m very happy! Cyril D.R.
Dear Terry and all the girls
I will never beable to thank you enoughfor making me feel so at ease the day I had my treatment, the care and attention and time you gave to me making my implants and denture to fit so perfectly I feel like a million dollars they look and feel fantastic I can’t stop looking in the mirror. I smile with confidence which I have not been able to do for a long time. I have had so many compliments a very big thank you to you all. From one who can’t stop smiling - Elle
West Moors - Implants

Dental Implants are :

  • made of Titanium and are used as an artificial tooth root
  • placed where teeth are missing they are ‘implanted’ into the jaw bone
  • the jaw bone unites with the Titanium (osseointegration) giving a very strong structure
  • they can support individual crowns or bridges
  • they can solve the problem of loose dentures
  • they avoid preparing sound teeth for bridges

We also offer the latest in dental implants from the leading British company Osteocare with economic pricing.

Implants are placed where teeth are missing to provide new roots on which a crown or bridge is supported.

Implants may also be used for stabilising dentures.

West Moors - Invisible Braces

We have been amazed at the fantastic results of the New Cfast Invisible brace system. Teeth that have been crooked for years have begun to straighten within weeks! Add this to Invisible Braces and you really do have a great way to straighten those teeth you've always wanted treated but didn't want to spend forever doing it.

Option 1

Cfast Fixed Invisible Braces - the Orthodontics you don't see! Even Brackets and wires are invisible now without that dark metal look and uncomfortable lingual brackets can be avoided too! The Dentists at the Smile Team use Cfast Invisible Braces and also Smile Tru Clear Aligners.  These are often able to treat a wider variety of cases and faster than Invislign. To put it simply Cfast is a way of achieving a Beautiful Smile really quickly and invisibly! Smile Tru aligners are invisible and slower but are removable. Whether you choose clear brackets or aligners  they are all still invisible!  

Option 2

Cfast and Smile Tru Clear Removable Aligners are wafer thin and made of a transparent medical grade plastic.

They are designed so that you wear each positioner for approximately two to four weeks. Little by little they gently move your teeth from their present to your desired position, as you work through the steps. They are very comfortable and don’t impact on your speech, but importantly, are removable so you can take them out for an important business meeting or a hot date! The System is comprised of a number of different invisible methods that we use in conjunction with clear positioners.  They do take longer than the fixed Invisible Braces but if being removable is more important to you than speed then this is also a great system!

West Moors - Nervous Patients

I have been scared of the dentist for a long time – what is it like now?

Dental techniques have improved so much over the last few years that modern dental treatment can now be completely painless. Despite this, most people still feel a little nervous at the thought of going to the dentist. If you have not been to see a dentist for some time, you will probably find that things have improved a lot since your last visit. The general attitude is likely to be more relaxed, the dental techniques and safety procedures will be much better, and the equipment will be more up to date.

How do I choose a dentist?

Many dentists today offer special treatment for nervous patients. The first fear to deal with is the fear of telling other people that you are afraid of dental treatment. If you can discuss it with your friends or colleagues you are likely to find someone else who has similar problems. They may be able to recommend a dentist to you. A dentist who is personally recommended by another nervous person is usually a very good choice.

Do some practices specialise in treating nervous patients?

Yes. This means that they should be used to dealing with nervous patients regularly.

If you are nervous about dental treatment, you need to be looked after by a dental practice that will take special care of you. You may need to travel some distance, but it will be worth the effort when you are no longer afraid.

I haven’t been to the dentist in a long time, will I need a lot of treatment?

Years ago it was normal for people to need fillings every time they went to their dentist, but things have changed for the better now. The dental team will now want to help you have, and keep, a healthy mouth and healthy teeth. Using a fluoride toothpaste will help to strengthen your teeth and prevent decay. Therefore, you may be surprised at how little treatment you need.

Teeth are for life and can last a lifetime if they are looked after properly. If you can get your mouth healthy, with the help of the dental team, you should need less treatment and there will be less for them to do in the future. It is important to keep up your regular visits to the dental team. The team will not just check for tooth decay, but will also help you prevent gum disease. Once your mouth is healthy, your visits to the practice will often just be easy sessions for checking and cleaning.

What will happen at the first appointment?

Your first appointment should just be for a consultation. See it as an opportunity for you to ‘interview’ the dentist, receptionist and other members of the team, and have a chat about what to expect next.

Should I tell the dental team that I am nervous?

Yes. Make sure that the team know you are nervous, so that they can help you.

Tell your dental team what it is that you particularly dislike about dental treatment. If you think you know the reason, tell your dental team what may have caused your fear.

I am afraid of injections, what can I do?

Many people are scared of the local anaesthetic injection needed to numb the tooth. Again, be sure to tell the dental team that this is something that bothers you. There are anaesthetic gels that can be applied to the area of the gum before the injection. This gel numbs the gum so that you cannot feel the needle.

What is the best time of day to visit the dentist?

Book appointments at a time of day when you feel at your best, and when you do not have any other commitments to worry about. Allow plenty of time so that you can get to the practice in a relaxed frame of mind – arriving in a rush will only make you feel more nervous. It is usually best to have something to eat before you go, so there is no chance of you feeling faint while you are in the chair.

Can I go to sleep for treatment?

General anaesthetics are now only rarely available for routine treatment. If a general anaesthetic is needed, patients are referred to a hospital where the necessary safety equipment is available.

Can I ask the dental team to stop if I need to?

Before the treatment is started, agree with your dental team a sign that means ‘stop now – I need a break’. Usually you can just raise your hand, and the treatment can be stopped for a few minutes until you are ready to start again. Once you know that you can control the situation you will feel more confident.

Can I take a friend with me?

People often feel better if a friend comes with them to the practice. Think about what would suit you best. A reassuring and capable friend is often a great help.

Can I take anything with me?

Listening to music is a good way to help you relax. Some practices have it playing in the treatment rooms, but the best way is to take headphones and your phone or MP3 player so that you can have your own choice of music.

I have gone for a check-up, what do I do next?

Take things one step at a time. Discuss any proposed treatment with your dentist, and decide what you feel you can cope with. This may be no more than an examination with a dental mirror first. If you succeed with that, you may feel you could have your teeth polished next, perhaps by the dental hygienist. Don’t be afraid to say when you have had enough – there is usually no reason to hurry through the dental treatment.

What else can I do to help me relax during treatment?

Thinking hard about something other than the treatment is a good distraction. Try to solve a puzzle in your mind, or perhaps work out a plan for each day of next year’s holiday. Or give yourself something tricky to do – try to wiggle each toe in turn, without moving any of the others.

What techniques can the practice use to help me?

This will depend on which techniques the practice is experienced in, and which you feel would help you most. Many practices offer several types of sedation, including inhalation (‘gas and air’) and intravenous (an injection). Other practices offer hypnosis and relaxation techniques. You would learn these techniques yourself, which would allow you to gain control over your feelings of distress or fear. You can also learn relaxation techniques from specialist teachers or at home. They can be very useful in controlling anxiety (see our leaflet ‘Tell me about Relaxation and sedation’).

Counselling is another way of dealing with feelings of anxiety. This is usually carried out by a member of the practice team, in a room away from the surgery. You would be encouraged to discuss your fears so that you can deal with them and overcome them.

Will things get better with time?

As you get to know and trust your dentist and other members of the dental team, you will find your fears start to lessen. In time you will gain control over your fears, and dental care can become a normal part of your life.

What will it cost me?

There may be an extra charge for some sedation and relaxation techniques on top of the normal cost of treatment. It is always recommended that you get a written estimate before starting treatment.

West Moors - Preventative Dentistry

Preventive dentistry is the modern approach to reducing the amount of dental treatment required to maintain a healthy mouth and help keep your teeth for life.

Tooth loss primarily results from gum disease and decay. A proactive approach to the management of these causes therefore increases the opportunity for prevention.

Whilst it is the ideal way to manage the oral healthcare of children and young adults, it is the recommended approach for everyone – including people with false teeth who can benefit through the early identification of conditions like mouth cancer and denture stomatitis.

Through recommended treatment and a maintenance plan, the combined efforts of the Dentist, Hygienist Therapist and patient can help prevent the need for treatment and so avoid the historical pattern of fillings and extractions.

West Moors - Root Canal

Root Canal Treatment is often needed when the nerve of a tooth either begins to die causing pain or a dead nerve results in an infection around the tip of the root. This can lead to swelling and pain in the jaw and gum around the tooth. Once a nerve is dead often the only other choice is extraction but this leaves spaces and allows teeth to drift resulting in bite problems and most likely other cracked teeth.

Here we can see an infection under two teeth appearing as dark areas at the tip of the roots. One tooth, the smaller premolar, has had an unsuccessful Root Canal Treatment done in the past where not all the dead nerve was cleaned away and then this results in a poor seal not properly done right to the tip of the root.  The larger molar tooth has had deep filling work and more decay near the nerve causing it to die.

To be successful a Root Canal Treatment needs to be done thoroughly so that as much old nerve tissue can be cleaned from the root system of the tooth. Here are the same two teeth just after re-Root Canal Treating the Premolar tooth and Root Canal Treating the molar tooth, carefully cleaning out the dead nerve tissue and then carefully sealing the clean canals to the tip of the roots.

Fortunately these days with modern techniques Root Canal Treatment is normally painless and has a very high success rate when done with care. Very often Root Canal Treating a tooth means it can be saved, often for many more years. If the teeth are back teeth or heavily filled then a protective Crown will often be recommended to prevent the tooth cracking.

If a tooth is not suitable or healthy enough for Root Canal Treatment then other options such as Implants, Bridgework or Dentures can be considered.

West Moors - Same Day Crowns & Inlays
Same Day Crowns and Inlays

If you break or crack a tooth, or need a large filling replaced, often you will need a stronger material than normal white filling if you want it to last a long time. Using the advanced CEREC 3D system we can repair or rebuild your tooth on the same day with a Crown (or filling called an Inlayor Overlay) without taking impressions.


We can make Same Day Crowns and Inlays or Overlays using the latest in Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacture (CADCAM). Within ONE appointment we can produce beautiful restorations using the world exclusive system of CEREC 3D Design. The system uses a range of beautiful tooth coloured Ceramics that are very durable and can be colour matched to suit your teeth and smile. These Same day Crowns and Inlays eliminate the need for messy impressions, and a second fitting visit, making it more convenient for you.

Crowns and Overlays will strengthen your teeth and protect them from further fractures and the potential for nerve damage and tooth loss. CEREC Inlays have the advantage that they will normally outlast white fillings.

West Moors - Smile Design

For Patients who are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth we are able to offer smile design. This is a predictable way to produce a new smile that has been designed to look better in many ways.

This is usually done by placing multiple porcelain veneers on your upper teeth, and sometimes your lower teeth also. Porcelain veneers are the most conservative restoration and are very strong and life like. Sometimes we can also use whitening, crowns, bridges, implant retained teeth or orthodontic treatment to help in producing your better smile. Using this technique it is possible to change both the shape and colour of your teeth.

At your first smile analysis appointment we will ask you about exactly what you would like changed about your smile. We will also take photos of your teeth and impressions to make models of your teeth.

After careful analysis, we then send your models to a specialist laboratory. The laboratory produces revised models of your teeth shaped in wax, so that we can show you what improvement is possible to achieve for you. We can also then let you know the cost of your smile makeover.

Once we have agreed a plan of treatment, we then carry out your smile makeover. Sometimes this may only require two appointments. We use your waxed up models as a template at your first treatment appointment in order to design your new smile, so that you will get an instant transformation.

If you would like more information about this, then please book a complimentary consultation with our Treatment Co-ordinator.

West Moors - Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening is a process where the tooth discolouration is ‘whitened’ to a lighter shade. It removes the staining agent through chemical means. It is a safe procedure when carried out under professional supervision. Treatment results usually depend on the severity of the discolouration. Both vital (i.e. live) and non-vital teeth (e.g. dead tooth that has had root canal treatment) can be whitened and may take several visits to complete. It is not effective on dental restorations such as amalgam fillings, metal or porcelain crowns, etc.

Teeth can discolour for various reasons. The dentist will recommend the most ideal method based on your oral condition after an in-practice oral health assessment to establish the cause and nature of your tooth discolouration, as well as provide you with more information on the various types of whitening procedures available, duration & frequency of treatment.

West Moors - Veneers

Veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-coloured materials designed to cover the front side of teeth to improve the overall appearance of teeth. They are made of either thin plastic resin or porcelain and can be placed to:

  • Correct poorly formed or mildly mal-positioned teeth
  • Close gaps between teeth
  • Mask internal stains
  • Restore partially broken-down teeth

Tooth preparation is minimal and confined to the enamel structure. The veneer is bonded to the tooth structure with tooth-coloured resin cement. Several visits are necessary to complete treatment.

Patients should be aware that this is usually an irreversible process because it’s necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate the shell.

West Moors - White Fillings

Dental amalgam fillings have been used to repair teeth damaged by decay since the early 1800’s. They are made from a silver-tin alloy mixed with mercury to form an ‘amalgam’. This is placed in the tooth and over a few hours sets to repair the damage caused by decay.

Problem 1
They can crack teeth after being in place for several years. They then have expanded sufficiently under bite loading to crack teeth. Frequently the fillings also fracture and fall out.

Problem 2

Amalgam fillings look dark and unattractive. They begin to leak at the worn edges and decay is often found alongside or beneath old fillings. If the decay is alongside the filling even check-up X-rays may not show the decay clearly.

Problem 3

Amalgam fillings give off Mercury vapour and this is increased with hot drinks and chewing. This vapour is invisble to the naked eye but can be measured using a Mercury Vapour Analyser. While there is very little evidence to show what harm low levels of vapour may do to the body, Mercury itself is considered a poison and is now banned in many countries in things like Thermometers.

In the UK Dental amalgam is classified as hazardous waste and includes amalgam in any form and materials contaminated with amalgam. Dental Clinics have to have special equipment called Amalgam Separators to collect waste Amalgam and prevent it entering the environment. It is difficult to see how Amalgam can be considered safe in your mouth but everywhere else it is considered as Hazardous waste!

Will my health be improved if they are removed?

• Certainly your dental health will improve with much lessened risk of tooth   fracture, pain and possible tooth loss associated with this.

• Your teeth will have restored cosmetics with the proper shape and colour.

• The potential mercury harm will be removed.

West Moors - Whitening

Are you concerned about the colour of your teeth? Do you hide your smile? Have you a special occasion coming up and want your teeth to sparkle? Choose from :

1. Chair-side Whitening (rapid)
2. Home Whitening (slower)

For chair-side whitening we use Zoom! which is the World's leading tooth whitening system  as seen on "Extreme Makeover". In under two hours your teeth can become dramatically whiter with this fast, effective and safe chair-side procedure. This is the ideal treatment for those busy individuals who want an immediate result with minimum fuss.

Zoom ! whitening system uses a light activated gel which is supervised by the dentist. After a short preparation to cover the lips and gums the gel is applied to the teeth. The Zoom light is then initiated. This aids in activating the gel and penetrating the enamel and dentine of the teeth to break down stains and discolouration. This achieves a rapid result which can be enhanced, if desired using the complimentary home trays supplied.

We look forward to seeing you for your next Dental Examination! We are conveniently located in West Moors, just off the A31, close to Ferndown and Bournemouth.

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Our GOLD Members enjoy 10% off all treatment as well as complimentary 2 x Dental Health Checks and 2 x Hygiene cleans each year. Members also benefit from nationwide emergency cover, redundancy cover, implant cover, worldwide cover and supplementary insurance.


PLATINUM Membership

Our PLATINUM Members can join our plan upon assessment. Based on the condition of your oral health, membership and insurance plans vary from £20 to £60 per month. Members receive full dental care under the plan so you have peace of mind you are covered for all your dental needs.



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