Opening Hours

Monday - 9am - 5:30pm 

Tuesday - 9am - Till Late

Wednesday - 8am - 5:30pm

Thursday - 9am - 5:30pm 

Friday - 9am - 5:00pm 

Saturday - 9am - 1pm 

Emergency appointments available. 

Treatments available at Cuddy Dentists

Cosmetic

A wide variety of unsightly and unhealthy dental conditions can be corrected including chipped teeth, cracked teeth, misshapen teeth, misaligned teeth and discoloured teeth. Veneers are commonly used in correcting some of the above conditions. The result is an amazing and dramatic improvement in your smile. 

Restorative

There are many different types of restorative treatments available from:

Bridges - Crowns - Dentures.

Here at Cuddy Dentists we provide all of these services under one roof. 

Preventative

Dental hygiene treatment includes professionally cleaning the teeth for the patient. This is usually called scaling and polishing. However, perhaps our most important role is showing the patient the best way to keep the teeth free of plaque.

Fillings

Decay is not the only reason you may need a filling. Cracked or broken teeth, or teeth that are worn may also need fillings.

When you are getting  a filling, you will be given local anaesthesia to numb the area if necessary. The dentists  at Frank Cuddy & Associates Dental Surgery have introduced a new type of local anaesthetic to ensure that painless dentistry particularly for nervous patients. Your comfort during the procedure is our priority.

Your dentist will remove decay from the tooth. Once all the decay is removed, he or she will shape the space to prepare it for the filling. A base or liner can be used to  protect the tooth's pulp before placing the filling. Fillings are usually composite-resin fillings ( White fillings)   or amalgam fillings. Finally, after the filling is placed, your dentist will use burs to finish and polish the tooth.

White fillings

Unlike the traditional silver fillings, white fillings have distinct advantage as they can’t be seen when you laugh or smile. In addition, white fillings are different to silver fillings, as they stick to the teeth, which means that they can also be used to repair teeth that have been chipped, broken or decayed.

White fillings come in a range of shades to closely match your existing tooth colour which gives a totally natural appearance

Advantages of white fillings:

Since they bond to the tooth, composite fillings restore most of the original strength of the tooth. Silver weakens the teeth, making them more susceptible to breaking. Since broken teeth are very expensive to restore, composites can save a lot of expense over the long run.

Composite fillings restore the natural appearance of the tooth.

Teeth restored with white fillings are less sensitive to hot and cold than teeth restored with amalgam, if correct techniques are used.

Composites are mercury-free. Mercury in the fillings is viewed by some as being toxic.

Composites require less removal of tooth structure. Especially with new cavities, the size of the hole made for the filling can be dramatically smaller with composites.

Extractions 

Extractions are a lot less common today than they once were as people are taking better care of their teeth and as dentists we are able to save a lot more than we could previously. Despite these advances there are still times when an extraction of a tooth is the only option. A tooth may have to be removed for several reasons, for example if it's damaged and can't be repaired. Severe gum disease can cause a tooth to become loose and it will have to be taken out or  wisdom tooth problems - if there isn't enough space in your mouth for your wisdom teeth they may become impacted (stuck behind the tooth in front) and need to be removed

The dentists  at Frank Cuddy & Associates Dental Surgery have introduced a new type of local anaesthetic to ensure the area is completely numb before we take a tooth out.  We also offer oral sedation to  nervous patients if he or she feels  they need it.  Your comfort during the procedure is our priority. We do everything in our power to make the procedure comfortable as possible.

During the procedure you will feel some pressure in your mouth and hear some noise. You should not feel any pain.

Wisdom Tooth Removal

Both routine extractions and wisdom tooth extractions can be carried out at Frank Cuddy & Associates Dental Surgery, as we have an Oral Surgeon available as well as our general dentists. This means you will not need to be referred to any other surgery or you will not have to wait a long time to have a wisdom tooth removed.

We provide written instructions for each patient following an extraction. The receptionist will give you instructions  before you leave the waiting room.

However, the following will give you an idea what to expect afterwards

What to expect afterwards

There may be will be some bleeding and your dentist may put in stitches. After the extraction, you will be given a piece of soft padding to bite on to stop the bleeding. It's best not to rinse out your mouth or do any exercise for the first few hours after the extraction. This is because any blood clot that may have formed could be disturbed and the bleeding could start again

After the blood clot forms, it's important to protect it, especially for the next 24 hours.

Don’t  smoke and chew tobacco.

Don’t drinking alcohol.

Don’t  suck through a straw.

Don't rinse your mouth vigorously.

Don’t  clean the teeth next to the extraction site.

These activities could dislodge the clot and slow down healing.

After the first few hours, it can be helpful to gently rinse out your mouth with salt water (half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water) a few times a day. You can begin eating normally the next day, or if not by then, as soon as it's comfortable. Continue to rinse your mouth with warm salt water.

If you experience bleeding when you go home, gently bite on a piece of soft padding to stop the bleeding. Sit quietly do not rinse out your mouth or do not do any exercise. If the bleeding persists (i.e. it doesn't stop within 30 minutes) contact Frank Cuddy & Associates Dental Surgery for advice.

Root canal treatment

Root canal treatment is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (known as the pulp) is infected through decay or injury.  This may eventually lead to an abscess.

If root canal treatment (RCT) is not carried out, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out. 

What is root canal treatment?(RCT) 

Root canal treatment is a sequence of treatment for the pulp of a tooth whose end result is the elimination of infection and protection of the decontaminated tooth from future microbial invasion.

The procedure is carried out in the Dental Surgery under local anaesthetic, it is nothing to worry about and it is  relatively painless. The dentists  at Frank Cuddy & Associates Dental Surgery have introduced a new type of local anaesthetic to ensure the area is completely numb before we commence the  root canal treatment, it should feel no different to having an ordinary filling done. 

TMJ Disorders or /TMJ Syndrome

TMJ is short for Temporomandibular joint.

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) Disorders are relatively common and are generally associated with a misaligned bite, bruxism (teeth grinding), and other factors that  put stress on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). TMJ disorders can be the source of a variety of painful symptoms, from headaches to ear and neck pain.  Ear pain associated with the swelling of proximal tissue is a symptom of temporomandibular joint disorder.

Signs and symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder vary in their presentation and can be very complex, but are often simple. On average the symptoms will involve more than one of the numerous TMJ components: muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, bones, connective tissue, and the teeth.

It is important to contact your dentist if you think you are suffering from TMJ Disorders as left unattended it can develop into more serious problems.

Your dentist may carry out some relatively simple procedures that may bring about considerable relief, for example, Restoration of the occlusal surfaces of the teeth.  If the occlusal surfaces of the teeth or the supporting structures have been damaged due to dental neglect, periodontal diseases or trauma, the proper occlusion should be restored.

The dentists at Frank Cuddy and Associates dental surgery have found that

Occlusal restoration reduces TMJ symptoms for some patients.

The provision  of splints (also called night guards or mouth guards) reduce night time clenching in some patients.