St Dunstan’s Dental Practice

General Dentistry

We can treat you and your entire family

From simple advice through to complex treatment, we can offer you and your family a full range of excellent care


Regular dental exams are critical for both dental and general preventative health care. The dentist will check the health of your teeth and gums and check the condition of any previous dental work you may already have. At St Dunstans we also carry out a detailed examination of the head and the neck and the skin inside your mouth as part of our cancer screening. Head and neck cancer screening is a crucial aspect of your dental examination and all our dentists have hospital based experience. There are many medical conditions which can show up with early warning signs in the mouth and our clinicians are always vigilant to signs and symptoms that may be suggestive of underlying problems.

A dental exam might also include dental X-rays (radiographs) or other diagnostic procedures. You will be advised what is required at the outset and costs are always explained beforehand.

The dental examination gives your dentist a chance to provide advice and tips on caring for your teeth, discuss diet and lifestyle factors that promote dental and general health, and to detect oral health problems early when they require less intervention. Our focus is to try and prevent dental disease before it happens!

Hygiene Appointments

Seeing the Hygienist and following their advice is a great way to keep your visits with the dentist to a minimum! They are available every day and also run a Saturday clinic.

The Hygienist will work with the dentist to provide care that is tailored to individual patient needs. This could be a regular scale and polish, oral hygiene advice to prevent plaque build-up, or more extensive treatment of gum disease. Our team of hygienist are extremely well qualified and have decades of experience in managing patients with gum disease and have the latest equipment and techniques available to make your visit as efficient, painless and effective as possible.

Airflow stain removal is a very popular treatment option and is ideal for managing tea, coffee, red wine and tobacco staining. It helps to bring a real sparkle to your smile. The procedure works by using a fine jet of compressed air, water and fine powder particles to remove staining very quickly and effectively without damaging the enamel surface of the teeth, it is quick and painless as well!


With modern day techniques and materials a filling can provide a quick and predictable treatment option. We most commonly use tooth coloured composite fillings which are long lasting, fast setting and so aesthetically aligned with the colour of natural teeth you wouldn’t know they were there!

Amalgam fillings still have a place in dentistry ( despite what you may read in the press) but their use is gradually being phased out as the current effectiveness of modern tooth coloured fillings enables their use in almost all situations.

Tooth coloured composite fillings are a very versatile restorative material, and is often used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the colour of the teeth, or camouflaging crooked or misshaped teeth. They can be used as an alternative to traditional porcelain veneers and have the massive advantage of not damaging the teeth and being far lower in cost and easy to repair.

Please call us to find out more.


Crowns are often the strongest way of restoring very broken down or heavily filled teeth. They provide a full coverage ‘crash helmet’ for the tooth, to prevent further damage or potential tooth loss. Crowns are a great way to restore appearance and function in the mouth. They can look, feel and act like a natural tooth. We provide the full range of crown types, including gold crowns, tooth coloured crowns with a precious metal support, or high technology metal free crowns.

As a dental practice committed to excellence, we ensure that all our crown work is carried out in the UK in modern laboratories by only the most senior and experienced dental technicians who like our own dentists, have a keen eye for detail and precision in everything they do. This helps to deliver excellent restorations that look good and fit well.


A dental bridge is a fixed replacement for missing teeth. A bridge can offer a solution to restore a gap in your smile to improve appearance, chewing or speech function. They are secured in place by one or more of the adjacent teeth. There are several different types of bridges, and your dentist can advise you about which option will best suit your individual needs.

Contact us on 01227 761158 or email to make an appointment to find out which tooth replacement option will suit you.

Root Canal Filling

Having a Root Canal Filling is a way of being able to keep a tooth after the internal living part of the tooth (the pulp) has become irreversibly damaged. This is generally caused by trauma, dental decay or where a tooth has required repeated dental treatment. The aim of the treatment is to prevent and eliminate pain and recurrent infection. The procedure is often carried out using local anaesthetic. The dentist will remove the damaged part of the tooth and nerve, clean, disinfect and shape the root canals and seal it all back up to keep the bugs out. A crown is often required to keep the tooth well sealed and provide additional strength as root filled teeth can often become weakened and liable to breakdown without the additional protection.

We have a Root Canal Specialist at St Dunstan’s, Steve Williams, who can carry out root canal treatments on the more challenging cases, and he also carries out root canal treatment for dentists who refer into the practice.


Our aim is to preserve teeth for life, but occasionally a tooth may need to be removed. Let’s face it…nobody wants to visit the dentist to have a tooth taken out, but together, our team will make the experience as comfortable and relaxed as possible. Local anaesthetic will prevent pain during the procedure, our dentists are highly trained and skilled, our dental nurses are there to support you, and we provide comprehensive aftercare instructions to recover as swiftly  as possible. For more complex surgical procedures or highly anxious patients we can provide sedation.

All of our dentists are capable of undertaking the surgical removal of teeth, and in addition we also have a registered specialist in Oral surgery, Aisha AlShawaf, who accepts referrals for various surgical procedures such as tooth extractions.


Dentures are custom-made, removable replacements for missing teeth. They can be partial to replace one or several teeth or they can be full to replace all the teeth. While dentures take some getting used to, today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever. We work with highly skilled technicians to ensure that good aesthetics, fit and function are achieved.

Replacing missing teeth will help to improve your appearance, your speech and your smile. Without support from the denture, the face and lips can appears sunken, making a person look much older. Dentures can help you eat and speak more comfortably.

Contact us on 01227 761158 or email to make an appointment to find out which tooth replacement option will suit you.

Jaw Problems

Facial, jaw, neck and head pain is an increasingly common cause for patients to visit the dentist. Teeth grinding and jaw clenching (also called bruxism) is often related to stress and anxiety and is a common cause of jaw pain and headaches. Many people who grind and clench their teeth are not aware they are doing this as it often happens during sleep or while concentrating or under stress.

There are different ways to help relieve this pain. Exercises to relax the tension in facial muscles, cognitive behaviour changes and mouth guards or splints can all help. If you have any ‘unexplained’ facial, neck or head pain contact us to see how we can help.

All of our dentists have extensive experience in managing jaw related problems, and can quickly diagnose and offer help.