General Dentistry in Cornwall

Here at Revitalise Dental Centre, located a short drive from Newquay airport, our aim is to make sure that all of our patients feel welcomed and relaxed as soon as they arrive. By taking the time to reassure our patients about any worries or concerns they have, we build a relationship with them so that when they visit for regular check-ups, they arrive already feeling at ease with their surroundings. We offer general dentistry in Cornwall and are located on the beautiful North Coast in St. Agnes.

General dentistry visits are vital. They allow you to regularly make sure that your oral health is in top condition. Whether you are an existing patient or a new one, we can offer you a range of services as well as routine examinations.

If you are looking for general dentistry in Cornwall, why not consider Revitalise Dental Centre as your new private dentist.

What will a routine examination cover?

On the day of your routine examination, our team will conduct a thorough examination of your head and neck, jaw joints, gums, teeth and overall oral health. By checking all of these areas, we are able to look for signs of gum disease, tooth decay or any other irregularities that may need monitoring. Some oral health problems do not always present symptoms in the early stages of development and can go unnoticed. Regular routine examinations could help spot early signs of potential problems before they develop too far.

Included in your check-up will be x-rays of the inside of your mouth. These will be used to assess your current oral health by checking if you have any cavities between your teeth, seeing how your teeth line up when you bite, as well as your jaw alignment and any abnormalities that may have appeared.

At your appointment, we will;

  • Discuss your needs and concerns
  • Assess the health of your head, neck, and mouth
  • Take any x-rays, photos, or 3-D scans, depending on your needs
  • Identify any issues, even ‘silent’ problems
  • Check for cavities or damage to the teeth
  • Identify problems that could be damaging your oral health, such as teeth grinding

After the thorough examination, we will be able to use all the information to formulate a bespoke plan in order to

  • Help you feel comfortable and confident in your smile
  • Ensure your teeth and gums are strong and healthy
  • Help you maintain a good standard of oral health

Further Information

Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction is the process of removing the whole tooth from the mouth. Whilst this is a routine procedure, unless there are no other treatment options, we try to limit the amount of extractions that we perform. This is due to further problems possible occurring if a gap is left in the mouth. The few times we may consider tooth removal include;

Impacted wisdom tooth

Your wisdom teeth are the last of your adult teeth to grow through and are found at the back of your gums. However, there is not always enough room for them to grow through properly, so they will start growing at an angle. When this happens, they are known as being ‘impacted’.

Once we have determined that your wisdom tooth will not grow properly, or may cause problems later on in life, we will suggest extracting it. This is a straightforward procedure that will be carried out in our dental practice. When a wisdom tooth is removed your mouth should function as normal. Once it has been extracted, there is no need to replace the tooth with a prosthetic.

Infected Tooth

If you are prone to health issues or have a weakened immune system, you have a higher risk of getting a tooth infection. If the infection develops too far, and antibiotics or a root canal cannot fix it, it would be best to have the tooth removed in order to stop the infection spreading to more of your teeth or even other parts of your body.

Non-vital Tooth

A ‘dead’ or non-vital tooth has lost its blood flow and no longer functions. They will naturally fall out over time but waiting for this to happen could cause toothache, discomfort, or even an abscess. Here at Revitalise Dental Centre, if we suspect a tooth is dead, or dying, we will recommend extracting it as to avoid any further risks.

Baby teeth or extra teeth

Your baby teeth don’t always fall out on their own, and sometimes people have extra teeth growing through. In both these situations, the permanent teeth can be stopped from growing properly.

What to expect during a tooth extraction?

Tooth removal can sometimes be an intimidating procedure. Here at Revitalise we pride ourselves on offering our patients a quick and painless removal at our state-of-the-art dental centre, located only a short drive from Newquay airport. We start off the procedure by applying a topical gel anaesthetic to the area of the mouth from which the tooth shall be removed. We then use a local anaesthetic to numb the area. By doing this, we are making it a pain-free procedure for our patients. Once the anaesthetic has started to work, and you feel relaxed and comfortable, our trained professionals will start to widen the tooth socket so they can gently start ‘pulling’ out the tooth.

Although our aim is to offer a quick extraction, we never rush or pressure our patients. We understand that a lot of patients undergoing a tooth removal feel anxious about the process, so we encourage you to let us know if you want to take a short break or feel uncomfortable. Only when you feel ready, we will begin again.

During your appointment, your aftercare will be discussed with you. Looking after your teeth after a removal is vital in ensuring that it is allowed to heal properly. If you are travelling by car for general dentistry in Cornwall, we recommend having someone take you to and from our centre. Due to the local anaesthetic we use, you may not be up for driving home after treatment.

Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment, or Endodontics, is used to treat teeth that are badly infected or if a nerve is diagnosed to be dead (necrotic).
This treatment is only used however when the soft tissues at the centre of your teeth, known as the pulp, have become infected. There are a few ways that the pulp can become infected, such as tooth decay or even if the tooth sustains an injury. When this happens, bacteria is able to enter and grow inside the tooth.

Symptoms of an infected pulp

Having an x-ray done of your mouth by your dentist is the only way to determine if the pulp has become infected. Any of the following symptoms are always worth mentioning during your general dentistry check-up;

  • Sensitivity or pain when you eat and drink
  • A tooth that is loose or wobbly
  • Inflammation in the mouth
  • Pain when biting or chewing

If left, the infection could develop and get worse over time, meaning that the pulp will start dying. Your symptoms may clear up if this happens, but that does not necessarily mean that the infection has cleared. Our immune systems are designed to fight off any dead tissues. If left, a dead tooth could cause an abscess or cyst in your mouth.

The original symptoms will eventually return, and may bring with them new ones, such as;

  • Bad breath that does not go away even after brushing your teeth
  • Sickness and fever
  • A bad or unusual taste in your mouth
  • Swelling
  • Pain

What to expect during root canal treatment?

The purpose of a root canal is to remove infected bacteria and debris, therefore saving the tooth from having to be extracted. In order to remove the bacteria, the pulp must be completely removed from the tooth. This is done by creating an opening in the outer structure of the tooth so that your dentist has access to the pulp. Once your root canal has been cleaned and the infection has been removed, it will be either filled with a composite filling, or covered with a crown. For this procedure, you will be given a local anaesthetic, stopping you from feeling any pain.

Fillings and Crowns

Regular general dentistry check-ups can spot cavities and holes that appear in your teeth, before they grow too big, causing further complications like tooth loss or infections. Treating a cavity is as simple as filling it in.

What to expect when receiving a filling

Filling treatments are an extremely common procedure which are carried out under a local anaesthesia so that you can relax and receive a pain-free experience. The treatment starts off by seeing if there is any decay in the tooth. Once any decay has been removed, your tooth will be cleaned up and shaped, before inserting the filling. After the cavity has been filled, your general dentist will check to see that your bite is correct and make any necessary adjustments. This is a simple and straightforward procedure that will only take about half an hour.

Fillings are usually made from one of two types of material; Amalgam or Composite. Amalgam fillings are a mixture of multiple metals, most commonly mercury and silver, which is why they are usually referred to as ‘silver fillings’. Composite fillings are tooth coloured and are more aesthetically pleasing as they are not visible when your mouth is open.

What is a crown and when would I need one?

Where fillings are used to restore small areas of tooth decay, crowns are used to treat teeth that are badly decayed to the extent that a filling would not be able to provide the long-term support that the tooth would need. Crowns are designed so that they cover the tooth, forming a protective barrier from further damage.

A crown may also be used in the following situations;

  • A broken or chipped tooth which needs restoring
  • After root canal treatment, to ensure what is left of the tooth is protected

Revitalise procedures and treatments are bespoke and tailored to your needs and lifestyle.
Contact us now to arrange a time for your initial consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I visit the dentist?

Regular general dentistry check-ups are vital to ensure good oral health is maintained. Here at Revitalise we encourage our patients to make an appointment every 6 to 12 months. We do understand that every patient’s needs are different, so during your initial consultation, a treatment plan will be created and tailored to you and your needs. When you are looking for general dentistry in Cornwall, we will find a time and day that best suits you and your lifestyle.

Why should I choose private dentistry over NHS services in Cornwall?

Unlike an NHS general dentist in Cornwall, as a private dentist we at Revitalise are able to spend more time getting to know our patients and can reduce the wait times for procedures and treatments. Everyone’s teeth are different, which is why we create unique treatment plans for each of our patients. This allows us to educate them on what treatments and aftercare are best for them.

With reduced waiting times we are able to spot signs and symptoms of potential problems quickly and treat them before they develop further. Treatments such as fillings are best done as soon as the problem occurs in order to prevent further damage to the tooth and surrounding teeth. Composite fillings are not always available on the NHS and some patients may not like having noticeable silver amalgam fillings on show. If you are having difficulty finding general dentistry services in Cornwall to meet your needs, get in touch with us today.

Should I have my wisdom teeth removed if they don't hurt?

Even if your wisdom teeth are not currently causing you any problems, they still may need to be removed. This is due to them potentially growing at unusual angles and may end up affecting your other teeth.

However, if after an examination of your wisdom teeth we can see that they most likely will not cause problems in the future, there is no need to have them removed. Most people can go their whole lives and not experience any problems with their wisdom teeth.

If you are travelling by car for general dentistry in Cornwall, we recommend having someone take you to and from our centre. If you need a wisdom tooth removed you may not be up for driving home.

My teeth do not hurt, should I still see a general dentist?

Regular general dentistry check-ups are important, even if you feel as though there are no problems. A lot of oral health problems during the early stages do not always show symptoms of development, such as tooth decay and plaque build-up. This means that you may not even know that you have a problem.

During your dental visit, we also check for signs of cancer by examining your tongue, throat, face, head, and neck.

Does it hurt to have a tooth removed?

Tooth removal can be an uncomfortable procedure. However, here at Revitalise we use local anaesthetic when a tooth is being extracted so that it is a pain-free experience. Once the procedure is complete, and the anaesthetic has worn off, you may experience some mild pain and soreness. This is easily treatable with over the counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. Any pain you do experience should dissipate within 24 hours.

Do you offer emergency appointments?

We understand that oral pain or discomfort can appear out of nowhere and have an impact on your daily life. If you are a registered patient, you will have access to emergency appointments on short notice. Any necessary prescriptions are included as part of your emergency treatment. If you are struggling to get an emergency appointment or services involving other types of general dentistry in Cornwall, get in touch with us today.

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