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At Chineham Dental we give great importance to the consultation appointment. We book long appointment times to ensure you have all the time needed to tell us what you are willing to achieve. An examination appointment is not only about checking your gums and teeth; we are here to listen to your concerns and requests to enable you to achieve a well-functioning mouth with a beautiful smile. 

We follow a ‘patient journey’ system at our practice which the team has developed after analysing over 80 dental practices across the UK. The ‘patient journey’ is designed to give our patients the best experience possible in a consistent manner. You should expect to receive the same service throughout your contact with us, starting from the reception staff to the surgery staff and even when you are referred to see any of the specialists here. 

Once we have you comfortable on the chair, we will ask you to explain to us what you would like to achieve, whether this is to gain better oral function or whether we can assist you for aesthetic reasons.

Once we have heard your concerns and/or goals we will carry out the following: 

  • A thorough comprehensive examination of your teeth, gums and mouth

  • X-rays discussed and explained as well as photographs taken as necessary

  • A detailed explanation of all active problems and the scope of what can be improved within your mouth

  • When discussing treatment, relevant options will be discussed, so that together we can decide what treatment would be suitable for you. This would include advantages and prognosis as well as any risks or costs involved

  • Maintenance: in order to minimise future risk of additional problems with your oral health we’d discuss daily oral hygiene regime and habits, which may involve being advised to visit our hygienist

  • We'd provide you with a full treatment plan and the opportunity to ask any questions you may have

  • If you require no other treatment, your dentist will let you know when you should come for your next routine check-up

How does this benefit you?


  • Prevention is better than cure. Get tailored individual advice to prevent problems before they start

  • Early detection of problems

  • Maintaining good oral health

Although in the past, all patients were asked to see a dentist every ‘6 months,’ nowadays we know that the level of risk of developing disease should dictate the frequency of your dental check-up. In other words you may need to see a dentist every 3 months, 6 months or 12 months.


Dental Hygiene

Dental hygienists play an important part in dental health care and are mainly concerned with preventive dental health and treating gum disease – showing you correct home care and helping to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

What to expect at a hygienist visit at Chineham Dental:

  • An assessment of your gums and teeth to determine the amount of plaque removal required and risk factors

  • Professional, extensive cleaning and polishing of your teeth with special equipment. This can also be done under an anaesthetic to ensure the treatment is pain free

  • Preventative care for gum disease

  • Advice on how to look after your teeth and gums at home so they can remain free from plaque

  • Demonstration of the best tooth brushing techniques and tips on flossing or interdental brushes

  • Advice about diet and preventing tooth decay 


A clean and healthy mouth will improve your appearance, help you to keep your teeth and give you fresh breath. It is recommended that you come in for regular hygiene appointments to ensure your mouth stays clean and healthy.

Life Benefits:

  • Prevent and treat gum disease to minimise early tooth loss

  • Reduced risk of developing tooth decay and need for fillings

  • Fresh breath



Chineham Dental Practice is here to help when dental pain occurs.

We appreciate that dental problems don’t always wait to happen during working hours, which is why we offer same day, around-the-clock and affordable emergency dental care with our friendly and reassuring team of dentists.

If you need urgent dental treatment, please don’t wait to call us on 01256 469004 or email us on

Emergency dental cases are handled efficiently and treatment is provided on the same day that an emergency appointment is made with every patient given a broad treatment plan and quotation.

Whether you have unexpected dental pain and need pain relief or you have a problem with a wisdom tooth, rest assured that we have a quick, suitable and affordable treatment for you.

Our other emergency dental care treatments include:

If you are suffering from one of the above problems, have a problem that isn’t on this list or unsure of what to do, please don’t hesitate to call us on 01256 469004 or email us on


Sensitive Teeth

Are you experiencing a shooting pain in your teeth when eating or drinking something hot or cold? 

It is important you see a dental professional to identify the source of the sensitivity as there are various causes including:


  1. Wearing away or erosion of the outer layers of your teeth (enamel) which then exposes the underlying dentine causing pain and sensitivity

  2. Temporary sensitivity post-tooth whitening procedures

  3. Diet related – high in sugar or highly acidic food/drink

  4. Certain medical conditions

  5. Tooth brushing habits (brushing too hard)

  6. Tooth grinding


Life Benefits:

  • Prevent further tooth wear

  • Be able to eat/drink comfortably

  • Protect your enamel 

Sensitive Teeth

Tooth  Decay

Tooth decay is when the outer layers of the tooth are dissolved by bacteria combining with food particles (particularly sugar) forming acids in your mouth. Eventually, the acids break down the tooth and form cavities.

How would you know you have decay?

  • Discomfort when eating/drinking

  • Bad breath

  • Black/Grey areas in your mouth

  • Holes in your teeth

  • Unpleasant taste


Routine dental examinations will help catch these areas early because at early stages you may not have any symptoms. 

If it is ignored or left untreated it can lead to further problems.


In its earliest stages we can sometimes work with you to prevent its progression and avoid intervention by applying a fluoride varnish and assessing your diet to reduce your risk of progression.


For later stages, the tooth may require a filling to treat the decay.

In more advanced forms - tooth decay may require root canal treatment and in some cases removal of the tooth. 

Tooth Decay


Your ‘bite’ is when your top and bottom teeth fit onto each other. If your teeth don’t fit together properly, you could have malocclusion or ‘bad bite’, which could cause issues with your teeth, gums, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and the muscles in your face.

TMJ disorder is the term given to this misalignment. It can cause some people to clench their jaw and grind their teeth at night which leads to facial pain, headaches, discomfort and clicking when biting or chewing, migraines, neck and shoulder pain and back pain. If you recognise any of these symptoms or suffer with these on a daily basis, you will need to see a dentist to treat your problems or your dentist will refer you to a specialist if necessary.


Treatment can include the following:

  1. Impressions of your teeth are taken to create a customised plastic appliance that fits over your teeth and is worn at night

  2. When the device is worn, your teeth are in a position where your facial muscles are relaxed, preventing grinding and taking the pressure off your TMJ

  3. The device also protects the teeth, preventing them from becoming worn down by grinding


Depending on the origin and severity of your problem, you may need orthodontic treatment or maxillofacial surgery. Other solutions may include replacing missing teeth or adjusting any ill-fitting bridgework that you may have. The most important thing to do is to see your dentist as soon as possible so that your problem does not become worse over time and require more drastic measures to correct.


Life Benefits

  • Prevention of extensive tooth wear

  • Relieve facial and TMJ pain, including a reduction in headaches

  • Enhance the quality of your sleep 


Children's  Dentistry

At Chineham Dental, we hope you will view our team as an extension of your family.

We believe it is important that parents consider dental visits an integral part of their children’s healthy lifestyle.

To achieve this, we have a team of dentists who enjoy working with children and work together seamlessly to deliver individually tailored care. Beginning with a comprehensive oral-health assessment, and ending with a bespoke treatment plan. Our qualified dental hygienists and dentists are adept at building positive patient relationships, making prevention fun and easy while being able to help with the transition to treatment. Because our team is multidisciplinary, we can care for our patients continually until they turn 18 – an approach that results in less anxiety and better long-term oral health.


Our team represents our ethos:


  • About Community  

  • About Family

  • About Health

  • About Improvement

  • About You

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