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Child dentistry

Children’s Dentistry

All children at Greygables Dental 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. We understand the importance of a healthy and beautiful smile for your child’s overall well-being. We’re committed to providing exceptional pediatric dental care in a warm and friendly environment. We believe that instilling good oral hygiene habits from an early age is crucial for maintaining optimal dental health throughout a child’s life. Our team of highly trained and compassionate dentists is here to guide you and your child every step of the way. From routine check-ups to preventive treatments, we offer comprehensive dental services tailored specifically to meet the unique needs of children. Through education and gentle care, we empower children to take an active role in their oral health, ensuring a lifetime of happy smiles.


Restoring tooth decay at Greygables Dental

At Greygables Dental, we are dedicated to offering the most advanced and effective dental treatments, including fillings using the latest materials such as composite and eMax. When it comes to addressing decay and restoring damaged teeth, our skilled team of dentists utilise these state-of-the-art materials to provide aesthetically pleasing and long-lasting results. Composite fillings, composed of a durable resin material, blend seamlessly with the natural colour of your teeth, ensuring a beautiful and natural-looking result. Moreover, for larger restorations, ceramic materials offer exceptional strength and durability, while mimicking the translucency of natural teeth. With our commitment to utilising the latest advancements in dental technology, you can trust Greygables Dental to deliver superior dental restorations that not only restore your dental health but also enhance the overall appearance of your smile.

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Root canal treatment

Root canal treatment

At Greygables Dental, we understand that root canal treatment can be a concerning prospect. However, our skilled team of dentists is here to alleviate any worries and provide you with a comfortable and successful experience. We have invested in a powerful microscope, allowing us to treat more difficult and advanced root canal cases. This ensures the highest level of precision and accuracy during the procedure. This advanced technology allows us to magnify the treatment area, enabling us to identify even the smallest canals and thoroughly clean and disinfect the affected tooth. The microscope’s illumination provides enhanced visibility, ensuring that every step of the procedure is executed with utmost care.

We are also proud to have Dr. Michael Brown as part of our team. With his advanced qualifications in root canal therapy, Michael is a vastly experienced, trusted clinician and receives referrals from colleagues throughout central Scotland. We prioritise your comfort and strive to make your root canal treatment as efficient and pain-free as possible, so you can regain optimal oral health with confidence. We will communicate with you throughout your treatment journey to ensure you are consented to every aspect of your care.




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.


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.