General FAQ's

You asked and we listened - Browse our frequently asked questions below.

    Our treatment FAQ's

    To help you, we have collated some of the frequently asked questions and provided you with the answers below.

      Taking oral hygiene to heart

      Although we understand that poor dental care can lead to poor dental health, our teeth act as the gateway to the body, so ensuring that you have stellar oral hygiene will ensure you avoid more serious health conditions.

        Missing teeth solutions - Dental implants

        We understand that if you have missing teeth, finding the right solution can be a challenge.

          Missing teeth solutions bridges

          We understand that missing teeth can affect your self-confidence, and gaps in your smile may prevent you from sharing your smile.

            Missing teeth solutions - dentures

            If you are self-conscious because of multiple missing teeth, dentures may present an initial or temporary solution to give your confidence a boost and restore your smile. The first of three options in our missing teeth series.

                Balancing your diet

                Understanding which foods are more or less acidic will help to help balance out meals and snacks for your family and encourage them into the right choices for life.

                  Children’s Hygiene

                  As a parent, you will understandably want to ensure that your children have the best overall health possible and good oral hygiene is a key part of this as your children grow; however, it can also be one of the hardest to monitor and influence.

                      Missing teeth

                      Missing teeth can be caused by a number of factors and probably more common than you may realise. The good news is, you don’t need to shy away or hide your smile

                        More than just a check up

                        Regular check-ups are an essential part of a good oral health routine and help to provide a preventative approach to dental issues; but at Portman Dental & Implant Clinic, this is more than just a check-up

                          Increasing safety with air purifiers

                          In all applicable practices, we have invested significantly in state-of-the-art air purifiers, providing a safer environment for you, your practice team and all our patients.

                              How to take a photo for your orthodontic appointment

                              To help your clinicians have the clearest view possible of your teeth and smile, you may be asked to share photos ahead of your appointment.

                                Hygienist Q and A's

                                Our practitioners care about your oral hygiene routine, so to help you maintain a healthy mouth and smile, we have put together some handy video tips.

                                  Dental myths

                                  We have put together a list of the commons dental hygiene myths and why you shouldn't follow them.

                                    Reopening FAQ's

                                    As our practices begin to reopen. We have put together some answers to frequently asked questions regarding your appointments and PPE.

                                      Seven ways to keep you safe

                                      As our practices begin to reopen, we have put together seven simple ways to keep you safe whilst you are in our care.

                                        New patient journey video

                                        Our new patient journey video

                                        Take a look at our video to find out more about our new patient journey

                                          Child patient journey

                                          Child patient journey

                                          We understand that visiting the dentist can often be quite a big event for a child. Now things are different, we wanted to help showcase what a child should expect when they next visit the practice.

                                            Your patient journey

                                            Our new patient journey

                                            Every single decision we have made and step we have taken has been with a focus on the safety of you, our colleagues and clinicians. 


                                              Our guide to using dental floss and interdental brushes


                                                Understanding our approach to cancellations

                                                We are working hard to ensure that patients can return to our practices to receive the care they deserve as soon as it is safely possible.


                                                  Learn about some of the common dental problems and what might constitute an emergency, alongside some tips to help from home

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                                                            Portman Dental Care Awards

                                                            Fmc Logo 2019 Winner Oby M25
                                                            Award Logo 2018
                                                            Dental Industry Award - Portman Dental Care
                                                            Private Dentistry Awards - Portman Dental Care
                                                            The Dentistry Awards - Portman Dental Care
                                                            Elite Practice Award - Portman Dental Care




                                                            Who can benefit from orthodontic treatment?

                                                            At Portman, we have treated thousands of patients, aged from eight to 88 years old. There is never a point in life where we cannot move healthy crooked teeth into their ideal positions.



                                                            What can be treated?

                                                            Orthodontic treatments have evolved enormously over the last 20 years. Now problems such as gaps between the teeth, crowded teeth, overbite (upper teeth covering the majority of the lower ones), open bite (upper and lower teeth almost don’t touch) and cross bites can all be treated.



                                                            Why are my teeth not straight?

                                                            There are many causes of overcrowding, gaps and crooked teeth. For some people it can be inherited or possibly acquired, either due to a habit (sucking of the thumb, prolonged use of a dummy), or because of the premature loss of milk teeth or adult teeth.


                                                            Root canal (endodontics)

                                                            Is a root canal treatment painful?

                                                            Many endodontic procedures are performed to relieve the pain of toothache caused by pulp inflammation or infection. At Portman, we use modern techniques and anaesthetics, and most people report that they’re comfortable during the procedure.

                                                            For the first few days after treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if you had pain or infection before the procedure. This can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications. Your endodontist will give you detailed instructions about how to relieve any pain.

                                                            Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your endodontic treatment is completed. However, if you have severe pain, pressure, or pain that lasts more than a few days, call your endodontist.


                                                            Root canal (endodontics)

                                                            What happens following endodontic treatment?

                                                            The root canal system inside your tooth has been thoroughly cleaned during your treatment, and any irritated tissue and bacteria are gone.

                                                            It’s normal to feel some tenderness in the area over the next few days as your mouth heals. You may also feel some tenderness in your jaw from keeping it open during the treatment.

                                                            These symptoms are temporary and usually respond well to over-the-counter pain medications, such as paracetamol. It’s important for you to follow the instructions on how to take these medications. Remember that narcotic medications, if prescribed, may make you drowsy, and you should avoid operating machinery or driving a car after taking them.


                                                            Does it matter if I have missing teeth?

                                                            A natural smile and a healthy mouth are important for your confidence, but it is important to replace missing teeth for health reasons as well.

                                                            Some of the health reasons to replace missing teeth are:

                                                            1. If you have missing teeth, the way your jaw opens and closes can be affected. This can result in a condition called TMJ dysfunction (or TMD), which is extremely painful and requires surgery in extreme cases.
                                                            2. Gaps between the teeth can allow the movement of other teeth into these spaces. These surrounding teeth become increasingly susceptible to decay and gum disease, which can result in them being lost as well.
                                                            3. Once teeth have gone, it results in bone loss. This not only shortens your face and ages it, but can cause other teeth to become loose which are then at risk of falling out. Your features droop and can appear prematurely aged.

                                                            What is a dental implant?

                                                            When a tooth falls out, the root which normally holds it in place is lost as well. This means there is then nothing to hold a replacement tooth in place. A dental implant solves this problem by using a titanium fixture to replicate the function of the tooth’s natural root.

                                                            The implant is placed into the jaw where it fuses with the bone. Like your natural root, it then provides a foundation. This provides a secure point onto which a crown can be placed, replacing the missing tooth.


                                                            How long do dental implants last?

                                                            Dental implants have been used for over 30 years to replace missing teeth. As with natural teeth, they can be damaged by trauma and affected by gum disease and poor oral hygiene. However, if they are looked after like normal teeth, they can last a lifetime.


                                                            Is a dental implant right for me?

                                                            Most healthy people, who regularly brush their teeth and visit the dentist, are suitable for implants. Dental implants can be a great solution for people of any age.

                                                            While implants are suitable for most people, there are circumstances where implants may not be suitable. It’s important that you speak to your Portman dentist if you’re concerned about any of the below.

                                                            1. Heavy smoking, which slows down and hinders the healing process.
                                                            2. Excessive alcohol intake, which can disrupt healing of the gums.
                                                            3. Those with a weak bones, as the implant needs to fuse with the bone in the jaw.
                                                            4. Severe gum disease. Tooth decay and/or gum disease needs to be treated before proceeding with a dental implant. Gum disease is a major cause of bone loss, which would hinder the success of any implant procedure.
                                                            5. People with compromised immune systems.
                                                            6. People who suffer from teeth grinding (bruxism).


                                                            Will dentures affect my speech?

                                                            For many people there is a period of adjustment when you first get your dentures fitted, in which speaking may be more difficult than before. But this is normally a case of getting used to the feel of them, and you’ll soon be back to speaking normally with a little practise. Your Portman dentist will be able to help you with this.



                                                            Will I need to clean my dentures?

                                                            Dentures must be cleaned as plaque can still build up on them. While brushing after meals is recommended, the most practical way of cleaning dentures is to take them out and carefully brush them over the sink with a special denture brush. Be sure to rinse them well afterwards.



                                                            Is teeth whitening safe?

                                                            As long as you have healthy teeth and gums, teeth whitening is perfectly safe. One factor to look out for is the peroxide concentration in the whitening agent, as it may weaken the tooth enamel.



                                                            Can I have my teeth whitened if I have cavities or gum problems?

                                                            Before treatment you will always be seen by one of our dentists to make sure that having your teeth whitened is right for you.

                                                            It is not a good idea to have your teeth whitened if you have existing dental problems, as the whitening agent can aggravate any cavity or gum problems.



                                                            How long will my teeth stay white?

                                                            The treatment has a long-term impact on the colour of your teeth, but they will not be immune to the same discolouring as they previously suffered. Stains build up on your teeth from everyday living.

                                                            Tea, coffee, red wine, tobacco and spicy foods can all dull the natural colour of your teeth. To maintain the impact of the treatment it is advisable to brush your teeth more frequently. Your Portman dentist will explain the procedure and aftercare at your first appointment.

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