Frequently Asked Questions

All our FAQs are listed here, for a specific topic click on the filter to select a specific topic.

Call us on 0131 665 2885 a member of staff is always on hand to take your call during working hours, and will promptly get back to messages left on the answer machine out of hours.

Or alternately email us at or pop by the practice 4 Bridge Street, Musselburgh,
East Lothian, EH21 6AG
 our opening times are:

Mon,Tues, Wed, Thurs 8:45-5:45pm

Friday 8:45am-4:45pm

Sat & Sun Closed

Gum disease is the deterioration of the supporting gum and bone around your teeth. It is caused by plaque releasing toxins which irritates the gums. This causes bleeding, swelling and can eventually lead to the mobility and loss of teeth.

Some people have gums that are more sensitive to this than others depending on family history and conditions such as diabetes.

Removal of plaque and tartar with regular hygiene visits and meticulous home cleaning can prevent gum disease.

In more severe cases of gum disease more in depth cleaning is required which can be done under local anaesthetic.

Appearance and function would be the main reasons to replace a missing tooth. It can also prevent movement of neighbouring teeth into the space where the missing tooth used to be.

Gum disease (gingivitis) will show itself as red, swollen gums that bleed when brushed or flossed. Many people are alarmed when they notice this bleeding and will then brush more gently, if at all. It is important that you continue to clean regularly and firmly in order to fight the condition.

Crowns are a strong way to rebuild teeth which have been broken, or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling. The crown fits over the remaining part of the tooth, giving it the shape and contour of a natural tooth. Crowns are sometimes also known as ‘caps’.

We work with fantastic labs that can recreate characteristics of your natural teeth beautifully. We take detailed photographs and or moulds which are then sent to these labs to custom make the crown.

The life of a crown will depend on how well it is looked after. It is very important to keep this area as clean as your other teeth, or decay or gum disease could endanger the crown. Properly cared for crowns will last for many years.

A dental implant is a metal insert placed into the jawbone. It is used to support one or more false teeth. The false tooth and the supporting insert is known as an implant.

Implants are a well-established, tried-and-tested treatment. Studies show that they are successful in over 90% of cases.

Your tooth colour is made of two layers, the enamel (see through) and the dentine (yellow/brown/grey). The bleach from the tooth whitening kit travels through the enamel into the dentine where it ‘reacts’ with the dentine changing the dark colour to a lighter one. People have different levels of dentine discolouration and different thicknesses of enamel so each individual’s results vary.

This depends on the patient’s diet as teeth naturally pick up stains from beverages and foodstuffs. The average person will require a top every couple of years. (The original trays can be re-used, saving on expense).

This procedure costs

From £210

About Us

Our ethos is minimising problems in your mouth with careful regular checks and professional cleaning, and where issues arise providing you with advice and options followed by high-quality treatment. We take the time to develop a personal relationship and give you all the information required to plan the best way to care for your mouth.

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