Frequently Asked Questions

Dental Hygiene

Are Revitalise better than the NHS and why?

We have more time to offer patients here at revitalise, meaning we have time to educate the patient on the most effective and efficient ways of reducing biofilm on a daily basis. This is the way we get results, we go back to basics. So many of our patients say they “wish someone had shown them this before” or that their “mouth feels better on a daily basis”, just because we have spent the time modifying techniques and if something isn’t working, we work together to adjust it until it does. We also have current technologies available for biofilm disruption which often aren’t available on the NHS.

Do dental hygiene treatments hurt?

The Airflow we use for all our patients uses 40 degree water cooled slightly with air to 37 degrees, meaning that it is hardly noticeable within the mouth. We can use it on all soft tissues even the tongue, meaning the mouth feels fresher with the knowledge we have disrupted the Biofilm completely by adhering to the Guided Biofilm Therapy protocol. Sometimes we may have to use the Ultrasonic scaler to remove mature calculus which patients can find a little sensitive but this is more due to the water temperature than anything else. Airflow has transformed the way people feel about hygiene treatment with even the most sensitive patients happy to proceed.

How long will a dental hygiene treatment take?

Our standard first appointments are up to an hour so we can establish dental, disease and social history, take medical histories, assess and diagnose periodontal statuses. Once in a maintenance programme appointments are between 20-40 minutes, depending on the individual.

How often would I need to visit following the treatment?

This would depend on the success of the treatment, patient compliance, motivation, dexterity and disease status. Once at a maintenance level generally every 3-6 months. Those of our patients with implants are recommended to attend on a 3 monthly recall to reduce any risk to the implant.

What is the benefit of a dental hygiene treatment?

To improve or maintain the health of the oral cavity. Whether there be a full dentition of a few remaining teeth, all teeth are important and if disease is present it will start to affect your general health. We want to ensure the health of every patient starting with oral health education, instruction and diet advice. If restorative work is planned periodontal health is paramount to successful outcomes.

What is the cost of a dental hygiene treatment?

£60 – £180 depending on the length of the appointment and how much education is needed about the patients periodontal status.

Will dental hygiene treatments get rid of bad breath?

There are many causes of bad breath, but if it were down to periodontal disease, bacteria levels and food trapping hen yes it should.

Will dental hygiene treatments stop my teeth from bleeding?

Many people seem to think bleeding gums is normal. It is not. A bleeding gum is an unhealthy gum, so by working with us we can get you back to having healthy gums. It can take time, but bleeding gums should reduce greatly from the first appointment and continue improving. We take bleeding scores at every appointment to ensure that there are improvements and if any bleeding increases we the reassess, modify and re-treat until we reach a healthy level.


Removable Implant Retained Dentures

Do removable dentures move?

Yes, they do move and can also restrict the types of food that can be eaten. Fixing dentures with implants can offer greater stability and function allowing they to act and feel more like normal teeth.

How do I look after my removable dentures?

Every patient that we help will leave us with a care pack and a maintenance plan individual to them.

How long do removable dentures last?

Like everything if constantly used, they will experience wear and tear. With daily wear and regular maintenance, removable dentures should be replaced every 5-7 years.


Partial & Full Dentures

Do partial & full dentures move?

Yes, they do move and can also restrict the types of food that can be eaten. Fixing dentures with implants can offer greater stability and function allowing they to act and feel more like normal teeth.

How do I look after my partial & full dentures?

Every patient that we help will leave us with a care pack and a maintenance plan individual to them.

How long do partial & full dentures last?

Like everything if constantly used, they will experience wear and tear. With daily wear and regular maintenance, partial and full dentures should be replaced every 5-7 years.


Metal & Acrylic Dentures

Do metal & acrylic dentures move?

Yes, they do move and can also restrict the types of food that can be eaten. Fixing dentures with implants can offer greater stability and function allowing they to act and feel more like normal teeth.

How do I look after my metal & acrylic dentures?

Every patient that we help will leave us with a care pack and a maintenance plan individual to them.

How long do metal & acrylic dentures last?

Like everything if constantly used, they will experience wear and tear. With daily wear and regular maintenance, metal and acrylic dentures should be replaced every 5-7 years.

Dental Implants

Do dental implants hurt?

There is very little pain involved, and at best can be described as uncomfortable.

How long will it take for me to get my smile?

To replace a single tooth with a single implant the whole process will take 12 weeks. If further surgical procedures are required to enhance implant support, this can extend treatment period up to 1 year.

How much do dental implants cost?

Costs vary with each case. Finance options are available along with scheduled payment plans.

Will I be awake and will I hear anything?

Dental implants are a routine procedure carried out under local anaesthesia. Some patients prefer to have conscious sedation. This can help alleviate anxiety before and during treatment.


Fixed Implant Retained Dentures

How do I look after my fixed dentures?

Every patient that we help will leave us with a care pack and a maintenance plan individual to them.

How long do fixed dentures last?

Like everything if constantly used, they will experience wear and tear. With daily wear and regular maintenance, fixed dentures should be replaced every 5-7 years.


Other Treatments

Can I get my veneers or crowns whitened?

The whitening process only works on natural teeth.

Do I need to come back to the surgery each time to top up?

No we can provide you with a kit which enable you to whiten from the privacy and comfort of your own home.

Does it hurt?

It is a painless procedure and many people chose to have this treatment without any local anaesthetic

Does it require any drilling?

If any drilling is required it is usually minimal- less than 0.5mm, often no drilling at all is required.

How long does it last?

With good maintenance most cases last 8-12 years before replacement with similar.

How long will it take to see a difference?

Again every case is individual but you should start seeing results within two weeks

How white can my teeth be?

This varies from person to person

Is it expensive?

Since most treatments can be accomplished in one visit and there are no laboratory costs, resin bonding is usually less expensive than conventional lab made ceramic veneers.

Is teeth whitening costly?

There is an initial one off cost for treatment then an on going reduced cost thereafter in order to “top up” the whitening process

What is composite resin artistry?

Resin artistry is a dental procedure whereby multiple subtly different shades of composite resin (“white filling material”) are applied to your tooth and then precisely polished to mimic a natural tooth invisible to the human eye.

When is composite resin artistry a good idea?

The procedure can be used as a solution to many problems: chipped and worn teeth, discoloured teeth, hiding cracks, improving the shape of small teeth, closing gaps to name but a few.

Where can I get this treatment?

Direct bonding is a highly artistic skill: Dr Smithson has been treating patients with direct bonding for 25 years and has 1000s of successful cases. He is considered to be one of the UK’s foremost authorities on this procedure and has taught 10s of 1000s of dentists throughout the World as far afield as the USA, Australia and the Far East. He has taught at the very highest level at the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the prestigious Spear Insitute in Arizona.

Will whitening harm my teeth?

There is no harming of the teeth however they may become sensitive.

To find out more about Revitalise, meet the team and explore our state of the art treatment centre please call us today to arrange your initial consultation.

What our Clients say

“The minute I met Martin, I just knew he was so calm and relaxing. So then we had a discussion and Martin said what he could do and it had to be what our pocket could afford as well and we went ahead with it. The experience I had at this dentist was unbelievable, it was a journey I loved every minute of.”


Client: Dee
Treatment: Dental Implants

“There’s always smiling, handshakes, hugs and plenty of tea and coffee. They looked after my husband who was there for the day. They do the sedation and Hayley looked after me. Obviously I was unaware of exactly what they were doing, but they always make you feel so comfortable. Although you’re nervous, I don’t think I could’ve gone and got the same treatment anywhere else.”


Client: Carolyn
Treatment: Dental Implants