Budleigh Salterton Dental Practice

Tel: 01395 442 552

General Dentistry


At Budleigh Salterton Dental Practice we carry out an extensive examination for all our patients. This will include a full charting analysis for new patients, together with a complete oral assessment of gums (periodontal), cancer check, advice on teeth clenching/grinding (bruxism), together with a full medical history. Simple x-rays may also be taken at this stage to highlight any underlying problems that are not visible. Advice and recommendations will be given at the end of the appointment to ensure your future oral health and well being.  If appropriate a treatment plan will be drawn up, showing the estimated costs.

On a routine assessment the charting will be referred to and changes will be noted. Further x-rays are not usually required unless there has been a change in your oral health or treatment has been carried out.

Regular oral assessments are an important part of preventive health care.


A filling replaces part of a tooth that has been lost due to decay or accidental damage. White, (composite), fillings are becoming a more popular alternative to amalgam, (silver and mercury) fillings as they look and feel more natural. They are made of tooth coloured composite resin which is bonded directly to the tooth structure.

Inlays and onlays refer to indirect fillings which are made of a variety of materials such as porcelain/ceramic or gold, made in the laboratory, which are then bonded into or onto the affected tooth. An inlay or onlay is used when there is insufficient tooth structure for a filling but the remaining tooth is still in a condition that does not require a crown.  This can in turn make the tooth withstand the forces of chewing better.  The placement of composite requires meticulous attention to procedure or it may fail prematurely. The tooth must be kept perfectly dry during placement or the resin will likely fail to adhere to the tooth and for this reason we use the rubber dam.


Root Canal Treatment

Endodontic therapy or root canal treatment is a sequence of treatment for the infected pulp of a tooth, which results in the elimination of infection and the protection of the decontaminated tooth from future microbial invasion.  Root canals and their associated pulp chamber are the physical hollows within a tooth that are naturally inhabited by nerve tissue, blood vessels and other cellular entities which together constitute the dental pulp. Endodontic therapy involves the removal of these structures, the subsequent shaping, cleaning, and decontamination of the hollows with small files and irrigating solutions, and the obturation (filling) of the decontaminated canals with an inert filling.

Here at Budleigh Salterton Dental Practice we use the latest techniques and equipment, including the rubber dam, to ensure that root canal treatment can be carried out successfully and painlessly. This type of treatment is required when bacteria reach the centre of the tooth, (pulp), where the nerves lie. Nerves cannot fight off the bacteria and results in infection which then spreads throughout the roots of the tooth. This can be extremely painful.

What is a rubber dam?

A rubber dam or dental dam is a rectangular sheet of latex used by dentists, especially for root canal treatment, but also for things like tooth-coloured fillings. If you are allergic to latex, there are non-latex versions available.


  • It stops bacteria in your saliva (spit) from splashing onto the tooth. This is very important for successful root canal treatment, because the bacteria in saliva can re-contaminate the tooth.
  • You don’t have to worry about your tongue getting in the way.
  • You don’t get water (or, during root canal treatment, bleach) into your throat.
  • It protects your throat from little bits of tooth debris.
  • If you are prone to gagging, it helps to protect your gag reflex area from being triggered.
  • It protects the lips and cheeks by keeping them out of the way.
  • It keeps the tooth dry – very important nowadays because many materials need a dry clean environment for tooth-coloured fillings to bond properly.
  • It gives you peace of mind that the dentist cannot accidentally drop the tiny files used to clean out the tooth (during root canal treatment) into your mouth.


Dentures, also known as false teeth, are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth; they are supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. Conventional dentures are removable. However, there are many different denture designs, some which rely on bonding or clasping onto teeth or dental implants.