Abscess - A dental abscess is a build up of pus resulting from the infection of a tooth or the gum tissue. The signs of a dental abscess are painful tooth-ache and swelling, contact the practice for an emergency appointment.
Abrasion - An abrasion is the wearing away of the tooth structure due to factors such as applying too much pressure when brushing, using a hard bristled tooth brush or from grinding the teeth (Bruxism). Abrasion caused by grinding the teeth can be avoided by wearing a custom made nightguard.
Amalgam - Dental amalgam is a restorative material used for dental fillings. It is the most commonly used material due to its ease of application, strength and durability.
Aphthous ulcer - Also known as a canker sore, is a type of oral ulcer, which presents as a painful open sore. They are not contagious and there is no cure, treatments are aimed at reducing pain and speeding the healing process.
Apicectomy - is the removal of an infected apex (root tip) and surrounding infected tissue of an abscessed tooth. The purpose is to save the tooth in cases where infection persists after root canal treatment.
Artificial crown -is a dental prosthesis that retsores part or all of the crown of a natural tooth.
Bite - Is the relationship of the upper and lower teeth upon closure, also referred to as occlusion.
Bridge - is a fixed dental restotation used to replace a missing tooth by joining permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implant.
British Dental Association (BDA) - We are members of the BDA good practice scheme and have been awarded the silver level membership. To remain on their good practice scheme, as a practice we must prove that we have met the relevant criteria they provide and continue to make improvements to our service.
Bruxism - also known as teeth grinding, refers to unconsciously grinding or clenching the teeth during the night. Treatment of bruxism involves having a nightguard fitted which will decrease the damage caused by bruxism.
Calculus - also known as tartar, is hardened residue that forms on your teeth when plaque is not removed.
Caries - commonly used term for tooth decay.
Cavity - dental cavities [caries] are holes in the two outer layers of a tooth called enamel and the dentin which occur as a result of tooth decay.
Complaints - All complaints can be addressed to the dentist or the practice manager. The practice complaints procedure will then be followed. For more information regarding our complaints procedure please ask our receptionists for an information leaflet.
Care Quality Commission (CQC) - The practice registered with the CQC in 2011 and they have carried out inspections to ensure all their guidelines have been met.
Data Protection - All staff are highly trained in data protection and patient confidentiality.
DBS - Disclosure and Barring Service checks are carried out for all members of staff.
Decay - tooth decay, also known as dental decay or dental caries, is when acids in your mouth dissolve the outer layers of your teeth.
Dentin - is the main substance of the teeth, surrounding the tooth pulp and covered by enamel on the crown and by cementum on the roots.
Dentures - are prosthetic devices contructed to replace missing teeth, and which are supported by surounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity.
Dry socket - can occur after you have a tooth extraction. Usually after a tooth is removed, a blood clot forms in the socket. As the area heals, bone and gum tissue gradually replace the blood clot. if the blood clot gets washed away, the bone is exposed to the air and food which will cause a dry socket.
Emergencies -For out of hours emergencies please see Emergenices
Enamel - tooth enamel along with dentin, cementum and dental pulp is one of the four major tissues which make up the tooth. It is the normally visible dental tissue of a tooth because it covers the anatomical crown and must be supported by underlying dentin.
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Upwell Road Dental Centre
84 Upwell Road
Ground Floor Tel:
First Floor Tel:
Monday to Fridays: 08:40 am to 12:30pm & 01:30 pm to 05:10pm
Saturdays by arrangement
Cottenham Dental Practice
The Old Telephone Exchange
40 Margett Street
Monday to Fridays: 09:00 am to 01:00pm & 02:00 pm to 05:30pm
Saturdays by arrangement
If you have a problem outside our opening hours, please see the emergency plan.
Updated: February 2020