Chatsworth House Dental Clinic
Chatsworth House Dental Clinic


 Dental Examination 


Why do I need a dental check-up?

A check-up allows your dentist to see if you have any dental problems and helps you keep your mouth healthy. Leaving problems untreated could make them more difficult to treat in the future, so it's best to deal with problems early, or, if possible, prevent them altogether. 

What happens during a dental check-up?

At each check-up, your dentist should:

  • Examine your teeth, gums and mouth.
  • Ask about your general health and any problems you’ve had with your teeth, mouth or gums since your last visit.
  • Ask about, and give you advice on, your diet, smoking and alcohol use, and teeth-cleaning habits.
  • Discuss a date for your next visit.

How often should I have a dental check-up?

After your check-up, your dentist will recommend a date for your next visit. The time to your next check-up could be as short as three months or as long as two years (or up to one year if you're under 18).

Generally, the lower your risk of dental problems, the longer you can wait before your next check-up. So people with good oral health will probably need to attend only once every 12 to 24 months, but those with more problems will need check-ups more often.

What about dental treatments?

This advice is about routine check-ups only. You may have other appointments for dental treatment such as fillings, teeth cleaning (scale and polish), having a tooth taken out or emergency treatment.

If you have problems with your teeth between check-ups, contact your dental surgery to make an earlier appointment. In an emergency outside normal working hours, contact your surgery on its usual number and you will be told how to access emergency dental care.

Your dentist will suggest when you should have your next check-up based on how good your oral health is.

The time between check-ups can vary from three months to two years, depending on how healthy your teeth and gums are and your risk of future problems.






Ask your dentist what material they recommend, as some will be more suitable than others.


Fillings are used to repair a cavity in your tooth caused by decay. The most common type of filling is dental amalgam, made from a mixture of mercury and different metals. Dental amalgam fillings are often used on your back teeth as they are hard-wearing.

Your dentist will offer you the type of filling most appropriate for your clinical (medical) needs. This may include a tooth-coloured (white) filling. For example, if you need a filling for one of your front teeth, your dentist may suggest a tooth-coloured filling, but the use of tooth-coloured fillings on back teeth is considered purely cosmetic.


Fillings can be made of:

  • amalgam (silver-coloured)  a mixture of metals including mercury, silver, tin, and copper
  • composite (tooth-coloured)  powdered glass and ceramic added to a resin base; they're not as hard-wearing as amalgam fillings 
  • glass ionomer (tooth-coloured)  powdered glass, which reacts chemically with your tooth and bonds to it, but it is weak so is only used on baby (first) teeth or around the sides of teeth




A crown is a type of cap that completely covers a real tooth. Crowns on the NHS can be made of:

  • alloys (mix of metals) containing not less than a third of fine gold, platinum, or palladium
  • alloys containing stainless steel, cobalt chromium or nickel chromium  
  • porcelain
  • porcelain bonded to precious metals
  • alloys bonded to wrought platinum coping
  • ceramic
  • glass
  • gold alloy crowns

Prefabricated crowns (crowns made ahead of time) are made from plastic and metals. These are used temporarily until a permanent crown can be fitted.  






 Veneers are  layer of material placed over a tooth, veneers improve the aesthetics of a smile or and protect the tooth's surface from damage. There are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer: composite and porcelain. A composite veneer may be directly placed (built-up in the mouth), or indirectly fabricated by a dental technician in a dental lab, and later bonded to the tooth, typically using a resin cement. In contrast, a porcelain veneer may only be indirectly fabricated. Full veneer crown is described as “A restoration that covers all the coronal tooth surfaces (Mesial, Distal, Facial, Lingual and Occlusal)”. Laminate veneer, on the other hand, is a thin layer that covers only the surface of the tooth and generally used for aesthetic purposes...



Our services for you

  • Appointment reminder by  SMS
  • Free oral health education  for children
  • Payment by debit card possible

Questions about our services?

Just give us a call on 01423 503534.

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