Child dentistry

Looking after your little ones’ smiles

All children at Greygables are treated for free, under the terms of the NHS, until they turn 18, and we encourage parents to bring children for their first check-up as soon as the first baby teeth appear – or by the age of 1 regardless. Bringing your child to see us early and often means we can flag any problems before they become serious. Our hygienist therapist Jennifer has a passion for treating children and enjoys spending time making them comfortable with dental treatment and, along with our Childsmile trained nurses, we will create positive experiences of the dentist that remain with them as they grow.

Children’s dental services at Greygables

  • Twice-yearly check-ups
  • Tips, techniques and products for cleaning teeth at home
  • Advice on weaning and healthy foods and drinks for children
  • Cavity prevention, including fluoride varnish and fissure sealants
  • Custom sports guards
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Getting a filling at Greygables

If your family dentist flags a cavity before it becomes too deep, fillings are an excellent option for anyone requiring minor dental work. At Greygables, we offer composite white fillings, created using a tooth-coloured, putty-like resin that can be moulded to fit your tooth exactly.

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White fillings have vastly improved in strength in recent years and are consequently a very popular treatment at Greygables. The advantages of white fillings are that they are non-invasive, build on existing tooth structure and remove only the decayed part of the tooth – meaning less drilling is required than for traditional metal fillings. The result is natural-looking and hardly noticeable.

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Gentle root canal treatment in East Kilbride

Root canal treatment is now so advanced, it’s considered as routine as getting a filling – so it’s nothing to fear at Greygables. If you’re experiencing sudden toothache, sensitivity and swelling, it may be that the dental pulp inside your tooth – which includes the root canals – has become infected. At Greygables, we’ll remove the infected pulp during a root canal treatment, using local anaesthetic and ensuring your comfort at all times. The procedure is routine and positive –  saving the tooth from extraction. Once the infected pulp is removed, we then seal it against future infection with a special filling material. After a root canal treatment, most patients require a crown or onlay to prevent tooth fracture.

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FAQs

Children

Why bother taking a baby to the dentist?

Even if they haven’t got any teeth, we recommend that all children are seen by a dentist before their first birthday, and this can be as simple as bringing them with you during your own check-up. This will not only eliminate any potential risks, but also establishes the dentist as a familiar and fun place to be.

When should I start teaching my child to brush their teeth?

As soon as those milk teeth come through! Even babies can start getting used to the idea of brushing, and the earlier you give them a toothbrush, the more likely they are to comply with oral hygiene in the future. As more teeth come through, brush regularly and then encourage them to attempt their own brushing while you supervise. From birth to 3 years, use a flat smear of adult toothpaste with 1450ppm (parts per million) of fluoride in it. After the age of 3, a small pea-sized amount can be used. Children learn good habits from watching what happens in the home, and you can set a good example by brushing and flossing your own teeth twice a day.

Is it ok to give my child a dummy?

Sucking is a natural reflex in a young child and a dummy may be a useful aide to help soothe your baby. The important thing is never to dip the dummy in anything sweet and never use a dummy that has juice in it.

When should my child stop sucking their thumb?

If your child reaches the age of 5 and still sucks their thumb or fingers habitually, it may be time to start gently discouraging them, as this is the age when intensive sucking can cause speech or orthodontic problems. Your dentist should be able to advise you on the best course of action.

Why is fluoride important?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that prevents cavities and is highly beneficial to teeth, which is why it’s routinely added to toothpaste. At Greygables we offer children fluoride varnish, a quick and completely painless procedure that is excellent for preventing child tooth decay.

What do I need to know about fissure sealants?

Fissure sealants are often recommended when the permanent molars erupt, and consist of a plastic seal that is smoothed over the tooth surface, preventing food getting stuck in those hard-to-brush areas.

Fillings

What’s the difference between amalgam and white fillings?

Amalgam fillings are the more traditional silver-metal option – and the most cost-effective solution too. If you don’t want your fillings to show inside your mouth, a white filling, made from a composite resin material that bonds to the natural tooth, is the best option.

Will it hurt to get a filling?

No. Fillings are carried out under a local anaesthetic so you won’t feel a thing during treatment. If you are at all nervous about having an injection, do let us know so that we can gently help you through the procedure – we have a number of tried and tested techniques at our disposal and lots of experience helping nervous patients.

What happens after a filling treatment?

Some patients experience extra sensitivity for up to three weeks after the treatment, which gradually subsides. For most, though, a filling treatment is very straightforward. The anaesthetic wears off after 1-3 hours and after that you should be able to return to normal activity. Children must be observed until the anaesthesia has completely worn off.

How long will my filling last?

Much depends on the size and location of the filling, but both amalgam and modern composite fillings can last years if properly looked after.

What are the advantages of white fillings over metal ones?

White fillings have the major advantage of being tooth-coloured, so your filling isn’t noticeable inside your mouth. They’re made of a material that’s mouldable and bonds to your tooth, which means less drilling is required, and less of the tooth needs to be removed to place the filling.

Root canal

Why would I need root canal treatment?

The causes of tooth infection are varied – deep decay due to cavities or gum disease, cracked fillings or crowns, and damage as a result of trauma, or even teeth grinding. Whatever the reason, a root canal treatment will prevent the need for tooth extraction and future costly treatments.

What are the symptoms?

Root canal symptoms often come in two waves. When the pulp becomes infected, early signs that you might need endodontic treatment include toothache, sensitive teeth to hot and cold foods, and pain when eating and drinking. When the infected pulp dies, these symptoms may temporarily subside – but don’t be tempted to put off seeing your dentist! When the infection spreads to the root canal, those early symptoms come back – this time accompanied by pain and swelling to the face and gums, and pus around the infected tooth, which will often appear dark in colour. In this scenario, contact Greygables immediately for an emergency dentist appointment.

What does the root canal procedure involve?

Root canal treatment is carried out under local anaesthetic and is usually a straightforward procedure, rather like getting a filling. Once the tooth is completely numb, the dentist will use a series of tiny instruments to open up the tooth and extract the infected pulp. The remaining space is cleaned and shaped, ready for filling with a rubbery substance called gutta-percha. A temporary filling is usually placed on top – the permanent restoration would be carried out in a separate appointment.

Will I need to take time off work for a root canal?

You can carry on as normal once the anaesthetic has worn off, though the full healing period will take around a week – just be careful with what you eat, how you chew and maintain an excellent oral hygiene routine.