In dentistry, prevention is always preferable to cure. Regular checkups and appointments with Creative Smiles helps to address problems like cavities, decay and gum disease before they have a chance to develop into more serious issues. Our friendly team is also happy to give advice and tips on maintaining a thorough oral hygiene routine at home.
We offer the most advanced materials and laboratories for restorative treatments such as:
- Root canal therapy
- White Fillings
- Removable dentures
- Extraction – our focus is to prevent tooth loss and maintain a healthy mouth, so for us tooth extraction is a last resort.
Get to know our in-house hygienist and therapist. Regular visits with them are the secret behind a healthy smile and our state-of-the-art hygiene equipment will leave you feeling fresher than fresh in the way that only a trip to an experienced dental hygienist can.
Oral Cancer Screening
Catching oral cancer early gives you the best possible chance of beating the disease. So you’ll be pleased to know that oral cancer screening forms part of every routine appointment with Creative Smiles. It’s just one of the ways in which we strive to ensure the very best levels of care for our patients.
The customer service has been superb"
"Creative Smiles had been recommended to me by a friend. I was getting married and wanted a more confident smile. Being a nervous patient I was not keen on visiting the Dentist but after meeting Mark and the Team I was immediately put at ease. Their treatment co-ordinator Leanne explained the sequence of events to me and organised everything every step of the way making the whole experience fantastic. The customer service has been superb and I have been raving about this practice to everyone! I am so much more confident in myself with my new smile, amazing result!!"
"I can now smile again"
"I knew my teeth really needed sorted out but when one of them split I panicked as I felt unable to smile. I saw the results first hand that Mark had produced from his own completed cases and went to see him about what could be done. I would have no hesitation in recommending his work and the practice. It was in one word ‘’great’’ and I can now smile again"Gerard, Belfast
"The dentistry is on another level..."
A Creative Smiles Patient Journey... My teeth were a very sensitive issue for me, it was really important to find someone I could trust and who was not afraid to help me. A genetic disorder meant that I lost and had to have teeth removed. This impacted on my daily life and confidence. Previous dentists did not want or have the experience to provide me with the teeth I had always dreamed and wished for until now. I researched online and the reviews, feedback and pictures highlighted Mark and the team’s capability. Nothing could have made my visits better. The care, sensitivity and want from Mark and his team to help me was clear from day one. He never shied away from the aspect of time and work that was needed. My experience was better than I ever could have imagined from the start with reassurance and support from Leanne through to Mark and his nurse Lyndsey. The honesty and sensitivity shown made it so easy despite the procedures throughout. Mark and the team have the ability and confidence that I have always wished I could find and have transformed my smile, teeth and personality. The dentistry is on another level that I never knew existed or was possible. Mark has been honest from the start and I have trusted him to understand exactly what my issues were and how to give me everything I could ever want. I can now eat, smile, brush my teeth and look in the mirror without a care in the world. Thank you so very much! This case was treated using a combination of Porcelain Veneers, Porcelain Crowns and Dental Implants.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I visit the dentist?+
Routine dental appointments help us spot issues before they affect you— while they’re still easy to treat. To get the best standard of preventative dentistry, we recommend making an appointment every six months.
What do you look at during a routine checkup?+
During your routine checkup, we’ll assess your teeth and gums. We look for signs of tooth decay and gum disease. The early indicators are often thinning enamel. With regular appointments, we can often see the signs of cavities forming before you experience any discomfort. A routine dental checkup is also an opportunity for us to detect the early signs of oral cancer.
What are the early signs of tooth decay?+
Tooth decay occurs when bacteria break down the surface of your teeth, As enamel erodes, cavities form. A dark area may appear on your teeth, however, these are typically difficult to see as they are often on the biting surfaces. As tooth decay progresses, you will experience sensitivity to hot and cold foods. This gradually evolves into dental pain.
How can I prevent tooth decay?+
The best ways to prevent tooth decay are to minimise your sugar intake and brush your teeth every morning and night. Bacteria feed on sugars and starches and create acid in the process. This acid wears your teeth down. Maintaining a high standard of dental hygiene removes plaque buildup and reduces the risk of tooth decay. Regular checkups and hygiene appointments are also an essential part of preventative dentistry.
Why do I need a filling?+
We use fillings to repair cavities. When tooth decay damages the surface of your teeth, it can leave small holes. If you have cavities, bacteria can enter your tooth and it could lead to infection.
What type of fillings do you use?+
We use white composite fillings. These are safe and discreet— blending in with the surface of your teeth.
How long do fillings last?+
With proper care, a filling should last for around ten years. In some cases, a filling will last longer. If your existing fillings have become worn, we can replace them.
What are the early signs of gum disease?+
Gum disease is caused by bacteria in your mouth. As tartar forms around the base of your teeth, it irritates your gums. This leads to inflammation. Gum disease is often hard to spot in the early stages. You may notice small spots of blood when brushing your teeth or biting into food. This is often coupled with red and inflamed gums.
What is periodontitis?+
Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease. As gum disease worsens, it causes bad breath. Pockets form around the roots of your teeth. This causes teeth to loosen and fall out. This form of gum disease can also harm your jaw.
How can I prevent gum disease?+
Gum disease is easily avoided by practising good dental hygiene and visiting us regularly. Brushing twice daily helps remove plaque from your mouth, reducing its impact on your gums.
What are the early symptoms of oral cancer?+
There are many signs of mouth cancer, many of which are easily overlooked. Some of the most common include pains in your mouth, white or red patches in your mouth, ulcers that won’t go away, difficulty swallowing, lumps in your throat, bad breath, and unexplained weight loss.
What are the symptoms of a dental infection?+
A dental infection typically comes with pain and swelling around the affected tooth, spreading to the nearby gums and cheeks. The tooth can look darker than normal. You may also have bad breath and pus around the bottom of the tooth. Dental infections don’t pass on their own and will only worsen without treatment. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, book an appointment as soon as possible.
What is a root canal treatment?+
A root canal treatment removes bacteria and the infected cells that cause you discomfort. This routine procedure is performed under local anaesthetic.
Are root canal treatments painful?+
Many people assume a root canal treatment will be painful, but the truth is it causes no more discomfort than having a filling. In fact, the treatment actually relieves pain and discomfort. We’ll give you an anaesthetic before we start the procedure.
What happens during a dental hygiene appointment?+
During your hygiene appointment, we’ll provide a deep, professional cleaning treatment that removes built-up staining and tartar. Our hygienist can also give you advice on maintaining your at-home cleaning routine and provide advice on brushing techniques, dental products, and lifestyle adjustments that could benefit the health of your smile.
Why do I need X-rays?+
During a checkup or before a procedure, we may take an X-ray of your teeth. X-rays and other scans give us a clear picture of the health of your jaws, tooth roots, and other facial bones. Using X-rays, we can also spot irregularities and issues like decay, cysts, tumours, and impacted teeth.
Should I worry about X-ray exposure?+
No. The X-ray equipment we use emits a very low dose of radiation which is well within safe levels. Even if we need to take several images, this won’t pose any health risks.
When should my child first see the dentist?+
Early dental appointments are important for any child. Their first dental visits are an opportunity for us to monitor the development of their growing smile while starting a lifetime of positive visits to the dentist. Even at just a few months old, your child is susceptible to tooth decay, and the first few formative months and years impact their dental health for life. We recommend bringing your baby for their first appointment soon after their first teeth start to erupt. This is usually around six months of age.
How does smoking affect my dental health?+
While you are probably well aware of the risks smoking poses to your lungs and heart, it also severely impacts your oral health. Not only does smoking dry your mouth out and cause staining and bad breath, but it also restricts the blood flow to your gums, increasing the potential for gum disease. Smoking is also a risk factor associated with oral cancer.
What causes bad breath?+
Various factors can cause bad breath, including having a dry mouth, smoking, poor dental hygiene, eating pungent foods, tooth decay, gum disease, infections, and gastric issues.
How can I prevent bad breath?+
Understanding the cause of your bad breath will help determine the best preventative action to take. We can help identify the root cause of your bad breath during a dental checkup. Possible solutions to bad breath include sipping small amounts of water frequently, changing your toothbrush, improving brushing techniques, cleaning your teeth every morning and night, using mouthwash, and cleaning bacteria from your mouth using a tongue scraper.
Why are tooth extractions necessary?+
We only remove teeth when it’s absolutely necessary. If a tooth is severely infected and cannot be saved, we will extract it. An impacted tooth could cause damage to your jaw or neighbouring teeth. This is a problem many experience when their wisdom teeth erupt.
What are wisdom teeth?+
Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that generally emerge in your early 20s. Often, these erupt without issue. In some cases, there may not be sufficient space along your jaw to accommodate the extra teeth. When there isn’t enough room, the tooth may only partially erupt or grow at an angle. Depending on which way they grow, your wisdom teeth may put pressure on the neighbouring tooth, your gums, or your jaw. This leads to severe discomfort and may cause damage and infection. We will often extract an impacted wisdom tooth.