General dentistry


Your oral health is very important to us. Having a regular check-up is key to maintaining your oral hygiene and will save you from having to undergo extensive dental work in the future. 

Our dental professionals are there to help and encourage you in practising good oral hygiene.

Your dentist will review your medical and oral history before you come to see us. At your appointment your dentist will discuss with you any worries you may have about your teeth and gums, also any changes you would like to make to your smile.

At each check-up your dentist will examine:

  • Any existing dental work
  • Teeth
  • Gums and soft tissues 
  • Jaw muscles
  • Bite
  • Jaw joints
  • Routine oral cancer screening

If any treatment is required your dentist will discuss in detail with you the risks and benefits of the proposed treatment, any alternative options available and the costs involved. We will provide you with a treatment plan which details the costs.

Gum problems

Gum disease is a very common condition in which your gums can become swollen, sore or infected causing pain and discomfort.

If you have gum disease, your gums may bleed when you brush your teeth and it may cause you to have bad breath. This early stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis.

If gingivitis is not treated, a condition called periodontitis can develop. This affects the tissues that support teeth and hold them in place.

If periodontitis is not treated, the bone in your jaw may be damaged and small spaces can open up between the gum and teeth.

Your teeth can become loose and may eventually fall out.

Good oral hygiene is one of the most effective ways of preventing long term dental problems. Cleaning your teeth twice a day and using the correct techniques prevents tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath, it also stops more serious problems such as tooth loss and premature ageing from the resulting bone loss in the jaw.

With regular check-ups and visits to see our dental hygienist we are able to identify any problems and help you in practicing good oral hygiene.

If you have any concerns relating to gum problems please contact the practice to speak to one of our dental professionals.


The last thing your dentist will want is the removal of a tooth.

There are some instances where this is unavoidable, such as the risk of infection or overcrowding of teeth. If you do require a tooth extraction the priority of your dentist is to ensure you don’t feel any discomfort and to help with any anxieties you may have.

If you are nervous and suffer from anxiety we are able to offer sedation which is excellent for patients who find it difficult to get numb, have extensive dental needs or have involved procedures such as the removal of wisdom teeth.

Sedation is not for everyone. Many of our patients who suffer from nerves and dental anxiety say that with our caring and gentle approach it provides them with an environment that they feel relaxed and safe even without sedation.

At Ferndale House we have a resident oral surgeon who works with patients who have underlying medical conditions and challenging treatment needs. With decades of experience working within a hospital setting you can feel reassured that you are in the best possible hands.

Mercury free practice

We have taken the steps to provide an environment that is free of mercury, this is because we take the wellbeing and safety of our patients and staff very seriously.

Silver or Amalgam fillings contain mercury which forms a large number of organic and inorganic compounds. Mercury vapour and almost all of these compounds could be  highly toxic. It is advised that filling containing mercury should not be placed or removed in pregnant women.

If you have any questions regarding the removal of silver (amalgam) fillings please contact one of the Ferndale team on 01246 232436.

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