Here at Craigentinny Dental Care for the past 25 years we’ve been a staple in the local Edinburgh community by providing a bespoke, patient-centred dental experience like no other. We believe that each patient is unique, and as such, each treatment ought to be as unique as those seeking it, rather than adopting the one-size-fits-all approach that is favoured by far too many other practices across the city. Treatment here at Craigentinny Dental Care is only carried out by a dentist of the patient’s choosing whom they trust wholeheartedly and with whom they share a good rapport. Treatment only begins after lengthy informal, friendly consultations have taken place.
Clean as a whistle
One procedure which is widely popular here at Craigentinny Dental Care is the range of dental hygienist treatments we offer. These are a range of treatments which are used to eradicate superficial cosmetic damage or stains to teeth caused by smoking, drinking red wine, coffee or just general neglect. We understand at Craigentinny that having a healthy and clean smile is essential to living the fullest and happiest life you can – and that the revere is often true. Patients with teeth which are stained or discoloured can often find their social lives largely impacted and be left with a damaged sense of self-esteem and confidence. Through our scale and polish service, patients can walk out of our practice with a squeaky-clean feeling smile and a renewed confidence. Our friendly and approachable team of dental hygienists are also available for general consultations with patients about numerous home remedies and ways they can maintain a healthy smile and good dental hygiene.
Six month smiles
Another service which is widely popular here at Craigentinny Dental Care is the installation of discreet dental aligners, which are generally favoured by teenagers and young adults over conventional orthodontic methods such as fused metal ‘train-track’ braces. Treatments such as our ‘Six Month Smiles’ process offer discreet and often removable alternative methods of dental realignment which, when worn, are practically invisible. One of the reasons for the success of these methods of discreet orthodontic aligners being favoured over conventional methods is that they are non-invasive and do not affect the user’s outward appearance and as such allows them to undertake essential dental realignment without attracting any unwanted attention from peers or colleagues.
At Craigentinny Dental Care, we understand that a trip to the dentist can bring about a large amount of stress and discomfort for many. As such we aim to make the entire process as stress free and calming as possible. However, in instances where patients suffer from higher degrees of dental anxiety we offer sedation dentistry in Edinburgh. This is an intravenous form of sedative which is administered to the patient prior to beginning treatment to calm them and allow the process to be carried out smoothly. Before undertaking sedation dentistry in Edinburgh, patients must fill out a short medical history form to ensure the process is risk free, as well as discuss the process with a dental practitioner of their choosing. Dental sedation can be massively beneficial to patients who suffer crippling dental anxiety, but still require treatment to maintain a healthy and hearty smile.
Here at Craigentinny Dental Care, we’ve been committed to providing the residents of Edinburgh for the past 25 years with a bespoke, patient orientated, tailored dental service like no other. It is our belief that the individual needs and requirements of each of our patients should be at the forefront of everything we do, rather than opting for the one-size-fits-all approach to dentistry which has sadly become commonplace in far too many practices across the city. Treatment from us here at Craigentinny Dental Care is only carried out by a practitioner of the patient’s choosing whom they trust wholeheartedly and with whom they share a good rapport. Prior to beginning treatment, patients must first undertake informal consultations between themselves and a practitioner of their choosing who will detail the basics of each procedure as well as explain what outcome the patient can expect as a result of their treatment.
One procedure which is particularly popular here at Craigentinny Dental Care is the installation of discreet braces and dental aligners, such as our ‘Six Month Smiles’ programme. Treatment of this sort is largely favoured by young adults and teenagers over conventional orthodontic methods such as typical fused metal ‘train-track’ braces – which are often uncomfortable as well as largely detrimental to the patient’s outward appearance. The primary reason for the popularity of cosmetic dental alignment over conventional methods is that they are virtually invisible when worn, and can often be removable. Thus patients can undertake essential dental realignment without attracting any unwanted attention from peers or colleagues, as well as the removable nature of the treatment affording them the ability to carry out treatment at a time convenient to them – such as when sleeping or at home.
Another particularly popular cosmetic dental service we offer here at Craigentinny Dental Care is our range of treatments offered by our dental hygienist in Edinburgh. Treatments of this sort are used to eradicate any superficial stains on a patient’s teeth which have come about through drinking red wine, coffee, smoking or just general neglect. Through the implementation of specialist equipment, our friendly team of three in-house dental hygienists in Edinburgh can help reverse years of damage to teeth in a matter of minutes. Here at Craigentinny Dental Care we understand a healthy smile is paramount to a healthy lifestyle and that if a patient has teeth which are stained and discoloured it can have a largely negative effect on their social lives as well as overall happiness. By undertaking our scale and polish services however, patients can walk away from our practice with a squeaky-clean feeling, healthy mouth, and a bright smile to match.
At Craigentinny Dental Care we understand that the dentists can be a trying and stressful experience for many of us, and we do our best to make the process as painless and calming as possible. However, for the more severe cases of dental anxiety, we offer sedation dentistry whereby a sedative is intravenously administered to the patient to calm them down and allow the procedure to be carried out smoothly. Patients seeking intravenous dental sedation must initially fill out a brief medical history form to ensure that they are safe and able to undergo the procedure, as well as a consultation that covers the procedure in detail so the patient can feel comfortable. Treatment of this sort can be massively beneficial to those who suffer severe dental anxiety, yet still require treatment.
At Craigentinny Dental Care, we are proud to boast a lengthy relationship with the Edinburgh community that spans 25 years, and can say with conviction that we consider ourselves to be part of the Craigentinny social tapestry. Relations between local residents and their dental practitioners here form the bedrock of what makes us a staple in the local community, and we pride ourselves in putting the individual needs of each patient at the forefront of our practice – rather than adopting a one-size-fits-all approach common in some other practices throughout the city. At Craigentinny Dental Centre, patient care is centred around the specific needs and requirements of the individual, and we offer a wide range of both cosmetic and structural dental procedures and methodologies – and only begin treatment when the patient is comfortable with both the procedure and the practitioner carrying it out.
Maintaining a healthy smile
One service which we offer at Craigentinny Dental Care is our range of dental hygienist treatments, to tackle and halt any visible signs of decay or neglect on teeth, and help patients maintain healthy and hearty smiles. We have three certified dental hygienists currently practicing out of our centre in Craigentinny – each chosen for their long experience, professionalism and care. Through a scale and polish treatment, whereby superficial stains from smoking, drinking tea or coffee or red wine are power cleaned off, patients can enjoy the squeaky-clean sensation of having their teeth restored to their former glory. This is an effective procedure in its instant clean-feeling results, as well as preventing any further detrimental damage being caused to teeth. More extensive and intensive hygienist treatment can be undertaken for patients who suffer from Periodontal or Gum disease to help control its spread and eliminate the disease at its core. Our Hygienists are also available for general consultations on home remedies and other good practices to ensure patient’s teeth are well maintained and the healthiest and best they can be.
For patients who suffer from anxiety or chronic fear of the dentist, but still require dental care – at Craigentinny Dental Care we offer intravenous sedation, whereby a sedative is injected into the patient which calms and sedates them, allowing the procedure to go ahead smoothly. Before undertaking dental sedation, we require all patients to fill out a short medical history form and to be made aware of the process of undertaking dental sedation.
Another treatment which we offer at Craigentinny Dental Care is the installation of invisible, discreet braces in Edinburgh and dental aligners. Many adults and younger patients may be deterred by the notion of undergoing dental alignment through standard ‘train-track’ fused braces which typically last over a year. Invisible braces in Edinburgh, such as our ‘Six Month Smiles’ treatment, allows patients to undergo alignment surgery in as little as six months time, and in such a way that it is virtually undetectable from the outside. These braces in Edinburgh are fused to the front of the patient’s teeth, however they are made of white brackets and tooth coloured wires, so they are far less detectable.
At Craigentinny Dental Care in Edinburgh, we are proud to say that we have been providing the Edinburgh community with over 25 years of care and service. It is our belief that the individual needs and requirements of each patient should be at the forefront of all dental care, rather than adopting a one-size-fits-all approach, and we are proud to boast that we are founded on a bedrock of solid relationships with the local community based on trust, understanding and respect. Treatment at Craigentinny Dental Care only begins after lengthy consultations using a practitioner with whom patients feel fully comfortable, confident and share a good rapport.
Clean and healthy
Dental hygienist treatments are particularly popular here at Craigentinny Dental Care. These are cosmetic dental procedures which have been specifically designed to target visible, superficial signs of age or staining on teeth – caused by either smoking, drinking coffee, tea or red wine, or general neglect. At Craigentinny Dental Care, we understand that a healthy smile is essential to a healthy mind, and that with poor dental hygiene, you can often be left with a severely detrimental feeling of self- confidence or worth. That is why we have a team of three highly renowned dental hygienists currently in practice – each chosen for their unique sets of skills and expertise in all things relating to dental hygiene. The process of a scale and polish is one dental hygiene treatment which is offered here at Craigentinny Dental Care, in which a patient’s teeth are power-blasted clean using specialised equipment which leaves them with an instantly brighter and cleaner feeling mouth. The effects of such a treatment are not only successful in their instantly visible effect on a patient’s smile, but also in their effectiveness on halting any further detrimental damage or deterioration of teeth and surrounding gums as a result. Our highly skilled hygienists also offer a wide array of tips and advice on how patients can achieve and maintain a high standard of oral hygiene, without numerous expensive trips to the dentist.
Sedation dentistry in Edinburgh
For patients who may suffer from anxiety or any other chronic fear that may be impeding their overall dental wellbeing, we offer intravenous sedation dentistry in Edinburgh at Craigentinny Dental Care which may help them tackle their problems at the root. The process of undertaking intravenous sedation dentistry in Edinburgh initially consists of patients filling out a short dental history form and answering a few basic medical questions – before they are administered with a mild sedative intravenously, which helps to calm them, so that the appropriate dental work can commence smoothly.
Another treatment on offer here at Craigentinny Dental Care is the implementation of discreet dental and orthodontic alignment treatments such as our ‘Six Month Smiles’ procedures. We understand that many young adults and teenagers are deterred from undertaking essential orthodontic alignment surgeries – such as typical, fused ‘train-track’ braces as they are clearly visible when worn, and can damage a patient’s social well being as a result. Treatment offered here combats this by offering a dental alignment process that utilises see-through plastic aligners which are far less visible from the outside. Treatment of this nature can have a massively beneficial impact on the self-esteem and confidence of patients.
At Craigentinny Dental Care for the past 25 years we have devoted ourselves to providing the residents of Edinburgh with a bespoke, tailored dental experience like no other. It is our goal to provide the Edinburgh community with a dental service that caters to the specific needs and requirements of each individual patient, rather than adopting the one-size-fits-all approach that has become common practice in numerous dental surgeries across the country. As can be seen from our many testimonials, we feel we have achieved exactly that, and are committed to continuing to do so for many years to come. Treatment here at Craigentinny Dental Care is only carried out after lengthy, friendly, informal consultations between patient and practitioner – during which time a relationship based on trust and understanding is formed, and the details of any process the patient may undertake are explained.
Good as new
A particularly popular treatment here at Craigentinny Dental Care is the treatment we provide from our dental hygienists in Edinburgh.Treatments of this nature are a cosmetic response to visible, superficial signs of deterioration on a patient’s teeth that have come about from smoking, drinking coffee, tea or red wine, or any other signs of neglect. At Craigentinny, we understand that a clean and healthy smile is imperative to a clean and happy lifestyle. By undertaking our power-cleaning scale and polish service, patients can walk away with a fresh, clean feeling mouth instantly. This helps to restore smiles and self-confidence as well as halting any risk of further detrimental damage to the patient’s teeth, gums or surrounding area coming about through neglect. We currently have three highly skilled and fully qualified dental hygienists in Edinburgh working in-house, each selected for their unique set of skills and expertise, who are happy to consult with patients on basic home remedies and tips on how to maintain a healthy mouth.
We also offer a range of cosmetic dental alignment procedures, such as our ‘Six Month Smiles’ programme. Unlike conventional orthodontics, which are typically metal, clearly visible and are worn for over a year – our ‘Six Month Smiles’ procedure utilises discreet orthodontic methods and clear plastic aligners, and are only worn for up to six months. Treatment of this description is generally favoured by teenagers and young adults as the brackets of the braces are colour matched to the patient’s surrounding teeth and as such when worn they are almost invisible.
Combating dental anxiety
At Craigentinny Dental Care, we understand that visiting the dentist can be a stressful time for some people, and for those of you who suffer varying degrees of anxiety, we offer a course of sedation dentistry whereby a mild sedative is administered intravenously which calms the patient down and allows for dental work to be carried out smoothly. Before undertaking sedation dentistry, the patient and a practitioner of their choosing would first discuss the details of the process, and provide them with short medical history form to prevent any complications from arising.
For the past 25 years, the committed staff and dentists in Edinburgh here at Craigentinny Dental Care have been committed to providing Edinburgh residents with a bespoke dental experience like no other. We offer a service that is catered to the individual needs and requirements of each of our patients, rather than adopting a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach which is commonplace in numerous other practices across the city and beyond. At Craigentinny Dental Care, we combine our long experience and expertise with the latest technologies at the forefront of contemporary dentistry. Treatment here is only carried out by a practitioner whom the patient trusts wholeheartedly, and only begins after lengthy, friendly consultations that detail the procedures on offer.
Prevention is the best form of treatment
Currently we have three highly revered dental hygienists working at Craigentinny Dental Care, each chosen for their unique set of skills and experiences. Our dental hygiene treatments we offer are cosmetic solutions that target the visible signs of deterioration or neglect on a patient’s teeth caused by smoking, drinking coffee, tea or red wine or any general signs of discolouration. Through our scale and polish treatment, patients can have any visible signs of neglect immediately eradicated from their teeth through a method of power-cleaning them, and can walk away with not just a squeaky-clean feeling in their mouths, but also a minimised risk of any further detrimental damage to their teeth happening as a result. Our hygienists are also available for general consultations about how patients can maintain a healthy set of teeth, and numerous helpful home remedies and tips to ensure their smiles are as bright as they can be.
Another procedure which is on offer here at Craigentinny Dental Care, is the installation of discreet dental braces, such as our ‘Six Month Smiles’ treatment. This is an alternative to conventional fused braces, often referred to as ‘train-tracks’, which are visible metal brackets, often uncomfortable as well as damaging to a patient’s outward appearance and as such their self-esteem. ‘Six Month Smiles’ is similar to conventional braces, however the brackets are constructed from see-through plastics and because of this are far less visible from the outside. Treatment of this sort is largely favoured by teenagers and young adults over metal braces as it affords them the ability to undertake essential dental alignment, without attracting any unwanted attention from peers or colleagues.
Here at Craigentinny Dental Care, we understand that for some, coming to the dentist in Edinburgh can be a largely stressful and unpleasant experience. Whilst this may be universal, for those patients who suffer a larger degree of anxiety when visiting the dentist in Edinburgh, we offer intravenous dental sedation. This consists of the patient being administered a light sedative intravenously to help calm their nerves and allow the procedure to be carried out without any further discomfort. In order to undertake dental sedation, patients must first conduct a short medical history consultation, to ensure that the procedure can be carried out safely. Dental sedation of this nature can be vastly beneficial to patients who suffer from severe dental anxiety, yet still require work.
Metal braces have gone out of style but they are still a great way to align your teeth and get rid of bite problems. However, over the years an increasing number of adults have turned to alternative teeth straightening routes. Luckily, dental technology has come a long way and you can now benefit from other treatments which offer the same results as conventional braces without the trouble caused by metal brackets and wires.
At Craigentinny, we offer a comprehensive range of discreet braces in Edinburgh, so that you can straighten your teeth without bringing too much attention to your mouth. In order to determine which treatment is best for you, simply book a consultation appointment and we will examine your teeth carefully.
Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles is a ground-breaking teeth straightening technique that can move your teeth into their correct positions within 6 months (or less!). Unlike traditional braces, Six Month Smiles braces in Edinburgh blend in with your natural teeth because they are made of transparent brackets. Six Month Smiles braces do not change the position of your bite and are more comfortable to wear than regular braces. These braces focus only on your front 6 teeth (the ‘social 6’) and work for almost everyone who wishes to have a straighter smile quickly and effectively.
Invisalign aligners help straighten your teeth with the power of 3D technology. The system consists of a series of plastic, removable, customised aligners that help position your teeth correctly over a specific period of time. At first, we will examine your teeth in order to check whether Invisalign is the right treatment for you and if you decide to proceed, we will eventually create your customised aligners. Simply wear them every day for at least 22 hours and take them out only when you have to eat, drink anything but water, brush and/or floss your teeth.
The Inman aligner
The Inman aligner is a discreet, removable device, which can fix problems such as crowding and protrusion of the front teeth. This straightening system consists of a pair of opposing bows that put force against each other, efficiently pushing and pulling your teeth into alignment.
A LONG POST ABOUT A COMMON PROBLEM
Why Do Braces Cause Arguments At Home?
Braces are a common feature of the teenage years, they help create stable, beautiful healthy smiles for the long term. However the process can be a bit stressful and lead to a few family arguments along the way! Hopefully this post will help to avoid some of these arguments in your house.
I have played referee on more occasions that I can count between parent and child on the subject of cleaning teeth around braces. Dentists know, and most parents fear, that poor brushing technique or lack of brushing will lead to early tooth decay developing around braces. If plaque around braces is not removed the teeth may be straight at the end of treatment but can also have demineralised chalky white areas that are visible around where the brackets were fixed in place. These demineralised areas are more at risk of absorbing stains or at worst breaking down into decay. While treatments are available for this they are not always 100% successful so as ever, prevention is far better than cure.
Orthodontists and their teams do stress to every patient the importance of day to day home care. Ultimately though, they cannot there every day to check tooth brushing so the responsibility for keeping the teeth brushed and free from plaque rests with the wearer of the brace. This is where the arguments tend to start, when parents who are rightly concerned provide a healthy dose of well intentioned “reminders” to brush. This my son tells me can sometimes sound a lot like “nagging,” although I of course would see it differently!
At an appointment with us as the family dentist, we are frequently asked to take on the umpires role and divine…….. are the teeth clean or not? This places us in a tricky spot, knowing exactly why Mum / Dad are asking but also aiming to keep our brace wearing teenager on side. The argument usually goes something like “I keep telling him / her to brush his / her teeth, ” followed by the retort “I DO brush my teeth” ….so who is right and how can we repair family harmony at this point?
Plaque is not always easy to see until it is really well formed and “lumpy” on the teeth. I would also wager to suggest that at the times of the day that most teenagers are examining their teeth they may not be at their observant best. Interestingly most of our young patients who wear braces do think that their teeth are clean and claim to have spent time brushing. What we see in reality in that the same areas bet brushed every day and similarly the same areas get missed.
To settle this argument and hopefully restore domestic peace and quiet I do recommend enlisting the services of a hygienist who provides a treatment approach called Guided Biofilm Therapy or GBT for short. Here is a quick walk through of what it involves and how our hygiene team use it to help motivate encourage and help our brace wearing a patients.
Here we see a 3 tone disclosing solution in use, pale pink shows plaque that is new, dark blue shows old plaque that has been there for more than 24 hours and the yellow/ green /pale blue ( depending on your monitor) shows area where the area is highly acidic, which means conditions are right for tooth decay at this moment.
You can see areas where the teeth are really clean – like above the upper front tooth and areas where the teeth are really coated with bacteria. This alone solves arguments as to whether the teeth are adequately cleaned or not, but more importantly allows us to demonstrate to our patient exactly how to use a brush to get rid of it.
The purpose of disclosing is not to give Mum or Dad “it told you so rights” but to help us educate the person with the brace as to exactly what the scale of the problem is.
Next stage is to wipe out all of the bacteria ( called biofilm) for this we use a technology called Airflow which relies on air, water warmed to body temperature to avoid sensitivity and an antibacterial powder called Erythritol to completely clean the teeth.
Here you can see the lower teeth all cleaned up. The process is fast and painless, from a patients perspective the teeth “feel” great afterwards. There is some research that suggests results extend beyond the simple act of cleaning the teeth and that the powder we use helps to reduce the rate at which bacteria multiply and re grow on the teeth after Guided Biofilm Therapy.
Finally here is the whole GBT treatment completed, with all bacteria gone and a clean fresh healthy mouth. Our hygiene team can typically achieve a result like this with a teenage patient wearing braces in just 20 -30 minutes.
The main aim is to help the patient look after things more effectively day to day themselves but the full airflow clean up also gives you as a parent the reassurance that at least today the teeth are cleaned to perfection!
If you are curious to know more take a look at the Guided Biofilm Therapy page on our main website, or just ask any of our clinical team who will be more than happy to share their knowledge.
For some people, going to the dentist can be an anxious time and they may even put off dental treatment. It is not uncommon to be nervous about visiting the dentist, especially if you happen to be visiting for dental implants.
At Craigentinny, we appreciate that some patients are afraid of the idea of oral surgery – especially when it involves dental implants – and for this reason we offer sedation dentistry in Edinburgh.
Overall, dental implants are less painful than other oral treatment and the operation itself involves minimal discomfort. In many cases, pulling a tooth or root canal treatment, can be substantially more painful than receiving dental implants with the help of sedation dentistry in Edinburgh.
Your sedation options
The placement of dental implants is a relatively comfortable procedure under local anaesthetic but very rarely some bruising, swelling or mild discomfort can be expected over the following days. These side-effects can be alleviated with standard pain medication.
Patients who get nervous about dental implants, can benefit from oral or IV sedation. Both methods are extremely safe. With oral sedation you will take a pill just before the operation (or a few hours in advance). Patients who decide to have oral sedation will remain awake during the operation. Oral sedation makes long and complex procedures seem shorter, allowing patients have all their dental work done in a single visit. As an added precaution, a local anaesthetic will also be administered by the dentist, in order to ensure that there is no pain or discomfort.
IV sedation, on the other hand, involves administering the sedative straight into the blood stream. This way patients relax almost immediately and experience no pain or discomfort during the implant surgery. As IV sedation is much stronger than oral sedation, it should always be administered by a trained dentist, who will also be checking the vitals of the patient throughout the procedure. Patients who have undergone IV sedation should remain in the company of a responsible adult for 12 hours following the procedure.
Want to have dental implants but you are worried about pain and discomfort? To learn more about sedation dentistry in Edinburgh, contact us today and we will guide you through the procedure step-by-step.
A dental hygienist is the right hand of a dentist since they are in charge of providing hygiene work on patients. Dental hygienists are also trained to provide minor dental work on patients and are in charge of removing plaque and bacteria from the teeth and gums. Last but not least, dental hygienists provide patients with helpful tips and instructions on how to take good care of their teeth and gums.
At Craigentinny, dentists and dental hygienists work closely to provide high-quality services to our patients. Your dental hygienist in Edinburgh is in a way a second pair of hands for the dentist.
What are the main responsibilities of a dental hygienist in Edinburgh?
Dental hygienists are in charge of the process known as a ‘clean and polish’ which involves cleaning teeth of plaque, tartar (hardened plaque) and stains with the help of special tools. However, our dental hygienists will also examine your teeth and gums thoroughly to ensure that you do not suffer from gum disease and tooth decay. Moreover, they will look for abnormal nodules in your oral cavity.
Your dental hygienist in Edinburgh is responsible for documenting and reporting all their findings to the dentist. They can also provide local anaesthesia to patients when needed (provided they are sufficiently trained), and our hygienists are also trained in taking dental impressions. With this range of services on offer, you can see that they are an important part of our dental team.
Our dental hygienists are also in charge of providing our patients with information on dental and oral hygiene. Your dental hygienist in Edinburgh will show you all the right ways to brush and floss your teeth and will warn you of the consequences of poor oral hygiene. If you want to learn more about smoking cessation, your dental hygienist in Edinburgh is the person you should direct your questions. They can even offer advice on the ways in which your diet can affect your dental health, and adjustments you can make to improve it.
Want to learn more about our dental hygiene services? Don’t hesitate to call our friendly team at Craigentinny today.