All you need to know about general dentistry in Bournemouth

No one likes going to the dentist, but educating yourself can make the experience less intimidating and more productive. Most people fail to understand that a dentist will do more than just check and clean your teeth; they will also check your gums and screen for oral cancer and other potential problems. So, whether you have a full smile, are missing some teeth, or wear dentures or other restorations, it is recommended to visit your dentist at least every six months.

General Dentistry in BournemouthWhen you first call Castle Lane Dental Care, we will typically schedule an appointment, depending upon your oral health needs. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, though, we will strive to book an appointment as soon as possible. From start to finish, general dentistry in Bournemouth involves intensive patient care.

When should you visit your dentist?

Most patients can get away with an annual check-up along with biannual cleanings to maintain a healthy smile. However, if you have problems such as gum disease or tooth decay, you may need to see your dentist more frequently for additional cleanings. You might also schedule an appointment with your dentist if you have symptoms such as tooth sensitivity, bleeding gums or bad breath.

What to expect during a dental check-up

Dental check-ups at Castle Lane Dental Care are very comprehensive and involve a professional cleaning, examination of your teeth and gums, x-rays and oral cancer screening. Our hygienists will use special tools to remove plaque from your teeth and gums. They will also polish your teeth and apply a fluoride treatment to strengthen your tooth enamel. During your examination, our dentists will take x-rays to look for signs of tooth decay and gum disease at the roots of your teeth and jawbone. Finally, your dentist may have a look at the soft tissues of the mouth to identify any lesions that could indicate oral cancer. Oral cancer screenings are often performed in high-risk patients.

Sharing is caring

Our dental team encourages you to ask questions about your dental health and we promise to listen carefully to your concerns. We will take the time to answer your questions and will work together to recommend the best treatment for you.

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General dentistry services in Bournemouth

A general dentist is someone who can take care of all your regular and immediate dental health needs. This is the person you go to when you have damaged a tooth or are suffering from a toothache. General dentists can also prevent gum disease and tooth decay by removing plaque and bacteria from your teeth and gums.

At Castle Lane Dental Care, we offer a variety of services to meet your dental needs, all in one place. Our highly-trained and experienced dentists and dental hygienists provide general dentistry in Bournemouth such as routine dental examinations and cleanings, as well as more complex dental services.

General Dentistry in BournemouthComprehensive examinations

During a dental check-up at our dental practice, our dentists will check for cavities, gum disease and other problems. They will also evaluate your risk of developing health problems, as well as check your face, neck and mouth for abnormalities. We may take x-rays in order to assess the state of your mouth properly. Once this process is done, it will be determined whether a thorough clean and polish is needed. Our dental hygienists will remove plaque build-up from your teeth and offer you helpful advice on how to keep your teeth clean for longer.

Emergency dental care

If you are suffering from an awful toothache or you have dislocated a tooth and require emergency dental care, we offer a same day service for all dental emergencies. Our dentists will strive to take care of your injuries and treat them effectively, so that you can avoid complications in the future.

Root canal treatment

If a tooth is infected due to trauma or tooth decay, a root canal treatment is an ideal option for many patients. As the alternative is the removal of the tooth, the only way to keep it is a root canal treatment. During treatment, all tissue in the tooth will be removed and the root canal system will be cleaned thoroughly for the filling of the root. This will seal the tooth against bacteria in combination with a surface sealant. If your tooth is very damaged, your dentist may place a crown on top of it for improved strength, functionality and aesthetics.

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Why you need professional whitening

We know it’s tempting to buy off-the-shelf or off-the-internet teeth whitening kits but they can be harmful. Teeth whitening may not be an invasive treatment in that it doesn’t involve altering the structure of your teeth or cutting into your flesh or bone, but it still needs to be treated with respect.

When you come to us at Castle Lane Dental Care for teeth whitening in Bournemouth, we take the time to make sure the gel trays that you receive are custom-made for your teeth. By ensuring that the gel trays hug your teeth, we also ensure maximum contact between the whitening gel and your tooth enamel. Badly-fitting trays can lead to the gel seeping out over the top and landing on your mouth’s soft tissue, possibly causing irritation or damage.

Teeth Whitening in BournemouthIt’s always important to treat chemicals with respect and this goes for whitening gel as much as, say, hair dye. Only this stuff you are putting into your mouth.

What is whitening gel made of?

The active ingredient in teeth whitening gel is hydrogen peroxide. It has been tested for safety and effectiveness. It’s a wonderful wound cleaner and disinfectant, and has been used as such since it was first discovered in the 1800s. It’s also been the active ingredient in hair bleach for a long time.

How do I whiten my teeth?

When you come to us for teeth whitening, we first take impressions of your teeth and use this to make your gel trays. You take them home, along with a supply of whitening gel. You put some in the gel trays (we’ll show you how) and wear them for a few hours each day for two to three weeks, depending on your level of staining, to see results.

Now that you own your gel trays, you can repeat this for a day or two every three to four months to keep your whitening topped up. Make your teeth whitening treatment last as long as possible by avoiding tea, coffee, red wine and other staining foods such as blueberries. Cutting back or quitting smoking will also help.

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Give your teeth a boost

There’s nothing quite like a really good smile to brighten up everyone’s day. The person being smiled at feels instantly cheered, the person doing the smiling releases serotonin and feels cheered too. What’s not to love?

Well, if your teeth are not as white as you’d like, you might find that there is something not to love, but don’t worry, because with teeth whitening in Bournemouth at Castle Lane Dental Care, it’s easily fixed.

Teeth Whitening in BournemouthTeeth whitening is the world’s most popular cosmetic dental treatment. It doesn’t alter the structure of your teeth, and you can do it at home under supervision from your dentist at Castle Lane Dental Care.

How does teeth whitening work?

Teeth whitening uses hydrogen peroxide to gently lift out surface stains from your tooth enamel. These stains are caused by coffee, tea, red wine, berries, and even some medications, as well as tobacco. It only works on surface stains, discolouration within the tooth cannot be removed, and you may wish to explore alternatives like veneers or cosmetic bonding to cover it over.

When you come to us for teeth whitening, you will need two appointments. In the first, we will take impressions from which we will make you a set of gel trays that perfectly fit your teeth.

In the second appointment, we will check the trays fit before giving you a take-home kit of whitening gel and the trays.

You put the gel in the trays and then wear them overnight, each night. It takes about two weeks to lighten your teeth, or longer if the staining is very bad.

After you have reached your desired shade of white, you are ready to smile your best smile.


Teeth whitening is not a permanent treatment. How long it lasts depends on how well you take care of your lovely white teeth.

You can preserve the whiteness by avoiding the foods and drinks that cause staining, and also by cleaning your teeth after every meal.

But, now that you own a pair of gel trays, there is nothing to stop you getting more gel and having a top-up treatment when the whiteness starts to fade.


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Is a veneer different from a crown?

A veneer is different from a crown. Both can dramatically improve the overall look of your teeth by changing the colour and shape. They are made from the same material and both adhere to the underlying structure of the teeth. But a crown fits over the entire tooth down to the gums, whereas a veneer will only cover the front of the tooth’s surface.

Veneers in Bournemouth, at Castle Lane Dental Care, are a cosmetic dental procedure designed to cover small surface imperfections in otherwise healthy teeth. We often recommend crowns if you’ve lost a lot of tooth structure because of decay, age, trauma, or because you grind your teeth.

Veneers in BournemouthFor a crown to fit properly, our dentists must remove more of the tooth’s exterior enamel. Once in place, however, a crown will help strengthen the tooth underneath and restore its proper function. Crowns can also be a good choice for back teeth that have structural issues. This is because crowns are stronger under the greater biting force between your molars.

Do veneers last long?

Veneers at Castle Lane Dental Care are designed to be a long-lasting option for enhancing the beauty of your teeth. How long your particular veneers last will depend on if they are looked after correctly and your lifestyle choices, but barring any accidents to your teeth, they could last for decades.

How do I care for veneers correctly?

You can care for your veneers just as you would your natural teeth: by brushing and flossing them daily. Even so, as tough as veneers can be, you will also need to be careful with certain hard foods, such as toffees, and tasks, such as opening packages with your veneer-covered teeth. If you have an underlying issue, such as tooth clenching or grinding, your dentist may also advise you to wear a custom-made night guard to protect your veneers while you sleep, to increase their longevity.

If this sounds like the solution to all your dental woes, give Castle Lane Dental Care a ring today to arrange your initial consultation with one of our dedicated and respected dentists.

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Time to improve your smile

If yellowing, unattractive looking teeth have you feeling blue, or if you’re embarrassed about a chipped tooth or slightly misaligned teeth, porcelain veneers in Bournemouth, at Castle Lane Dental Care can be a way to bring the beauty back to your smile.

Porcelain veneers will restore your teeth’s appearance and improve their overall look by fixing minor dental issues such as spacing, alignment, size, shape and colour. Our dentists will happily evaluate your smile and discuss whether veneers are the right choice for you.

Porcelain Veneers in BournemouthWhat are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are designed to cover the front of the teeth with a thin ceramic layer that mimics the natural tooth enamel. Once in place, only you and your dentist will know they are there.

Veneers are a versatile way to address many cosmetic dental problems, such as discolouration. Smoking, certain medications, food and drink and even ageing will all affect your teeth eventually, turning them discolored or yellow. Porcelain veneers can quickly make your teeth look white again, which can take years off your appearance. A single veneer can also be used to target a discoloured tooth that might have been particularly stubborn in the face of other whitening procedures.

What other dental issues can veneers help?

Veneers can also improve the size and shape of the teeth. If you have a tooth that’s chipped, or teeth that are shorter than their neighbours, veneers can smooth away those flaws. If you’ve always felt like your teeth were the wrong shape or size for your face, veneers also can adjust the shape of your teeth to better balance your facial features.

Veneers can also help with the alignment and spacing of the teeth. Closing small gaps between your teeth and fixing other minor alignment issues with veneers will mean you don’t have to bother with braces if you don’t otherwise need them.

Will they affect my natural teeth?

To fit a veneer, our dentists will have to take away a small amount of your natural tooth’s enamel to ensure a snug fit. But once attached, your porcelain veneer can last for more than 10 years.

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Do you dread ice cream?

If the thought of an ice cream or crunchy apple makes you grimace then you are probably familiar with the discomfort that some foods can cause. Many people have sensitive teeth in Bournemouth and it can happen at any time. Women are more likely to be affected than men and it is most common in people aged between 20 and 40, although it can start in your early teens and affect older patients too. At Castle Lane Dental Care, we hear how debilitating it is for people who cannot enjoy cold foods and drinks or even experience sensitivity due to cold air, acidic or sweet food or heat.

Sensitive Teeth in BournemouthWhy are my teeth sensitive?

Enamel is the hard part of the tooth which protects the sensitive dentine underneath. Unfortunately, the enamel can become weakened or thin due to damage, eating disorders, over-vigorous brushing, lack of dental care, age, medical conditions or tooth grinding. When the enamel can no longer protect the vulnerable dentine, pain can be the unpleasant result.

How can I resolve sensitive teeth?

Keeping your teeth as strong and healthy as possible is important so a good diet is essential, as well as regular check-ups with a dentist and an effective routine of dental care at home. You can also avoid triggers, such as cold or acidic food. There is also a range of toothpastes available which can help relieve the symptoms when used regularly.

When it comes to brushing, it is best to use a brush which is not worn and clean your teeth in gentle circular movements. Avoid brushing immediately after eating as some foods can make the enamel softer and more vulnerable to damage.

If you experience problems which you cannot resolve yourself, it is important to come and see us. We can identify the cause of your sensitivity, offer treatment to strengthen the enamel and suggest a programme of care which should resolve any issues. If you grind your teeth then a specially fitted mouth guard can protect your teeth at night.

Please do get in touch with us to find out how we can help you ease the pain and inconvenience of sensitive teeth.

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Why do my teeth hurt?

People who have sensitive teeth in Bournemouth can experience anything from a mild twinge to severe pain which can last for several hours. It is most likely to happen when you are eating or drinking something cold or your teeth are exposed to cold air. It can sometimes also occur when you are eating something hot, sweet or acidic. Avoiding triggers and taking precautions, such as brushing your teeth with warm water can help but you do need to seek help from your dentist. At Castle Lane Dental Care we can assess the reasons for your sensitive teeth and devise a personalised care plan to reduce the pain, protect your teeth and resolve the problem.

Sensitive Teeth in BournemouthWhat causes sensitive teeth?

The visible part of our teeth has a layer of enamel which protects the softer dentine underneath. The enamel is thinnest where the gum meets the teeth and can wear away. When this dentine is exposed, the tooth becomes sensitive. While lack of dental care can be a cause, there are many other reasons why the enamel can become thin. Brushing too hard and brushing from side to side can result in abrasion, particularly where the gum and teeth join. It can also be caused by acidic food and drinks as the acid attacks the enamel, resulting in weakness. Gums can also shrink back, exposing the vulnerable root, due to aging or because they are diseased due to plaque or tartar build-up. Some people grind their teeth which wears the enamel away.

What treatments are available?

When you come for an appointment, we will talk to you about your symptoms, identify the cause of your sensitivity and suggest treatment to tackle it. Applications of fluoride can strengthen the enamel or we can fill or seal vulnerable areas. The discomfort can take some time to improve and you may need several appointments. We will also advise you on how to protect your enamel and reduce the risk of sensitivity recurring.

There is no need to endure the pain of sensitive teeth. Enjoy your food again and talk to us about how we can help deal with the issues you are experiencing.

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Tried and trusted ways to support teeth

If you read about dentistry in the 21st century, most of what is written is about amazing innovations. Incredible invisible braces that can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing. Wonderful white fillings that fill cavities and keep your smile looking perfect. Veneers to cover up imperfections. Dental implants to replace the whole tooth, root and crown.

It’s easy to forget that most dentists, including the team at Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth, still offer solutions that have been around for decades, but have also been updated with new materials, equipment, and techniques to be even more effective.

Dental Crown and BridgeLet’s take a look at two old favourites, crowns and bridges.

All about crowns

Crowns play a really important role in extending the life of teeth that aren’t doing so well above the gum line, but are still in great shape below it, in the tooth root. Roots are vital for maintaining healthy jawbone tissue, so you want to hang on to your natural teeth for as long as possible, and crowns help do this. Crowns are porcelain covers that fit over the entire tooth, strengthening its structure so that you can carry on chewing and biting. These days crowns are usually made of highly durable and strong porcelain that is colour-matched to the rest of your teeth.

If you have root canal therapy, we will put a crown over the top to protect your tooth. Crowns are also a great way to cover up amalgam fillings.

Bridges explained

This is a tried and tested way of restoring up to three lost teeth in a row. It is called a bridge because the replacement crowns are supported by crowns fitted over the two healthy teeth on either side of the gap. The teeth are ground into shape and fitted with false crowns made of metal. This is covered with porcelain if the abutment crowns are at the front of your mouth. If you have a bridge, as they are not removable for cleaning like dentures, you need to be extra diligent about removing plaque and cleaning so that you don’t get bad breath.

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Ways and means to restore your teeth

We need teeth that work well if we are going to eat well and keep our bodies supplied with a good range of nutrients so that it can repair itself. Biting and chewing are important because we only have one set of teeth in the body. Once our food has been swallowed, there are no teeth further down in the digestive system to grind it into a paste that can release its nutrients.

But, as we go through life, things happen to our teeth. They decay, or they get broken, or fall out due to gum disease. Not only do gaps between teeth look unsightly, but they can cause the teeth next door to start shifting around and even fall out.

Dental Crown and Bridge in BournemouthBut the good news is that there are ways to save what’s left of broken or largely decayed teeth, and other ways to replace the odd missing tooth, thanks to crowns and bridges from us at Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth.

What are crowns?

A crown goes over your entire tooth to give it a whole new lease of life. These days crowns are generally made of strong, tooth-coloured porcelain that is shaped and sized to match your surrounding teeth. Crowns are used to strengthen teeth that have lost a lot of material to decay, or have been broken and need building back up. Crowns extend the life of a tooth that is damaged above the gum line, but still has strong and healthy roots. It is a good idea to hang on to such teeth for as long as possible because replacing roots means expensive dental implants, and without your tooth roots the bone in your jaw starts to shrink away, leading to a pointy-chinned, sunken look.

What about bridges

Bridges are used to replace one to three teeth in a row that are missing. They are called bridges because the artificial tooth crowns literally bridge the gap between two healthy teeth. Bridges are fixed in place by grinding down the teeth on either side of the gap to act as abutments to the bridge. The porcelain crowns are sized, shaped, and coloured to match the surrounding teeth.

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