“Here at Drayton Dental Surgery our patients come first. We are an experienced team of dentists, dental hygienists, and dental nurses dedicated to providing our patients with quality dental care in which they can trust. We aim to look after your teeth in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere”.
– Tis Hopp, Dentist
Meet our team and find out why we’re passionate about what we do.
General Dental Council number 78546 Warmth of personality, a caring nature and his enthusiasm as a dentist come across as soon as you meet Tis. Over 20 years as a dentist means he has a wealth of experience. He is particularly …
General Dental Council number 73780 Sylvia’s relaxed and reassuring manner and her gentle approach helps calm even the most nervous patients. A dentist for over 17 years Sylvia has developed a special interest in cosmetic dentistry from tooth whitening to …
Gail Chapman is our Practice Manager. Gail says “I’m motivated by the thought of running a happy and efficient practice that cares for its patients and staff. I love dealing with the public, have a lot of patience and I’m …
I qualified from the University of Birmingham in 2006 with a BSc in Dental Hygiene and Therapy.Since then I have worked in a variety of settings. My approach to treatment is gentle but thorough with an emphasis on helping patients …
I have worked at Drayton Dental Surgery for over 5 years. My main work is to help prevent and treat gum disease within the practice. I adopt a relaxed and reassuring manner and have a gentle approach, which helps to …
Dawn has been a qualified dental nurse for over 20 years and has worked at Drayton for nearly 5 of those. She enjoys a challenge and loves working as part of a team particularly involving new developments in dentistry, for …
Becky has been dental nursing for coming up to 2 years. She is a great team player, with a kind, calm nature and always happy to help with a smile on her face. “ I was always interested in what …
We provide many exciting services that will leave you with a bright,white smile on your face! For details of current offers click on the offers tab below.
Teeth whitening is today the most popular of cosmetic dental procedures. Most people will be able to lighten the shade of their teeth by a course of teeth whitening, and the effect can make you look years younger.
As people grow older the cumulative effect of discolouring foods and drinks will gradually darken the teeth. Probably the most well known culprits in this regard are red wine, coffee, and of course cigarettes.
Different strengths of whitening gel are available to lighten the teeth , the most commonly used being 10% carbamide peroxide (equivalent to 3% hydrogen peroxide). This whitening gel is applied in specially made soft, flexible trays that fit closely over the teeth and are usually worn overnight at home. This is the method of teeth whitening that we prefer here at Drayton Dental Surgery. On average 2-3 weeks home treatment like this will produce significant lightening of the teeth resulting in a new smile, a new you!
It is always important to assess the suitability of each individual for teeth whitening. Your dentist will check your relevant history and examine your teeth fully at an initial tooth whitening consultation. In this way any work required to the teeth before or after the teeth whitening process can be planned for, and any questions that you may have can be addressed.
Sensitivity can occasionally be an issue during teeth whitening but it is usually temporary and toothpastes/gels are available to control this if it arises. Again your dentist will advise you as necessary.
Tooth whitening toothpastes are not a substitute for whitening as described above. However, they can be useful in maintaining your new smile.
Tooth coloured fillings are without doubt the fillings of choice. This does not mean that amalgam or ‘silver’ fillings were without any merits. They certainly stood the test of time, but the disadvantages of this old type of filling material now clearly outweigh any benefits.
Modern tooth coloured filling materials look better and have improved in strength enormously since their introduction, so that they can be used with confidence on front and back teeth alike.
The majority of tooth coloured fillings are resin based or composite fillings and are built up in layers, each layer being set hard straight away with a blue light.
Your dentist will be able to advise you of the suitability of tooth coloured fillings in any given situation. If the filling would be too large for such a filling to give a good life span, other options such as inlays, overlays or crowns may be more appropriate. We can provide all here at Drayton Dental Surgery.
In certain situations, e.g. where there is a gap between two front teeth, due to the adhesive properties of tooth coloured fillings, it can be possible to restore teeth without removing any existing tooth structure.
Most people understand what crowns are. Often called ‘caps’ in the past they may have been made of metal, resulting in a very strong end product but not one of a very life-like appearance!
Where teeth have been badly damaged or very heavily filled crowns can provide a long term solution enabling the tooth in question to be used for normal eating with confidence.
These days with advances in technology all porcelain crowns can in many situations satisfy both the requirements of strength, and of appearance – they can be very life-like.
Our dentists at Drayton Dental Surgery have much experience in the provision of these types of natural looking porcelain crowns.
Where a tooth or teeth are missing different options are available for replacement.
Bridges can be a very good choice depending on the circumstances, and like modern crowns described above it is possible to construct them in all porcelain for really super appearance.
Like all cosmetic dentistry making the right choice for you depends on a thorough review of all relevant factors, discussion of the pros and cons of the different options, and a decision that you are comfortable with. That’s what we’re here to help with.
Whatever your questions about your teeth, just ask your dentist and we’ll happily discuss things.
Porcelain veneers are very thin ceramic copings or coverings that are bonded to your existing teeth.
Smile makeovers using porcelain veneers can dramatically alter your appearance and the saying ‘new smile, new you’ is very true.
Although teeth whitening can dramatically improve the appearance by lightening the existing shade of your teeth, it cannot rectify appearance issues caused by factors other than discolouration. Appearance problems that can arise from gaps, chipped, worn, irregular or badly discoloured teeth can often all be solved by well designed, made and fitted veneers. In many cases minimal work is required to the existing teeth.
Our dentists will be able to listen to your concerns about your smile, examine your teeth, take X-rays as necessary and discuss with you the suitability of this cosmetic procedure for improving your smile.
Here at Drayton Dental Surgery in Norwich we can arrange for dental implant treatment to be provided in house or by referral to an external specialist, depending on needs.
Dental implants are a way of replacing a missing tooth or teeth without the need to carry out work on other teeth present in the mouth. In most cases an implant, made of titanium , is surgically placed into the jaw where the missing tooth was. Following an appropriate period of healing a crown is fitted to the implant to restore the gap. Single or multiple implants can be placed and in the case of multiple implants bridges can be fitted to replace multiple teeth.
If you have gaps that are unsightly or that interfere with your ability to chew your food comfortably, implants could be the answer. Discuss any questions you have with your dentist for best advice.
How well you look after your dental implants – and whether you go for your regular maintenance appointments – will have the biggest impact on how long they will last.
Looked after well dental implants will last a long time.
Orthodontics is treatment that involves straightening the teeth in order to improve appearance and function, by which we mean the ability to chew efficiently.
Traditionally people associate orthodontic treatment with being carried out in the teenage years, and in the past this was with either removable appliances or fixed metal braces.
Nowadays although the bulk of orthodontic work is still carried out in childhood with fixed braces, increasingly adults are opting to improve their smile where they missed out on this in their early years. Modern adult orthodontics gives us different options of achieving life changing results with very discrete systems such as ‘Invisalign’, or even traditional fixed braces but made of transparent or tooth coloured materials.
So, if you’ve got crooked teeth and/or prominent teeth or you’re just not quite happy with how your teeth are aligned, and you’d like to know what can be done, talk to one of our dentists and they will be able to help.
Accidents can occur when least expected and the sudden loss of one or more teeth can be traumatic to appearance and function.
The use of a properly constructed mouthguard can significantly reduce the risk of breaking your teeth and of injuries to the soft tissues. Recognising the risk when you participate in contact sports and other activities is the first step in protecting yourself. Talk to our dentists at your next visit and ensure that you are fully equipped to safeguard yourself so that you can enjoy your sport safe in the knowledge that you are appropriately protected.
These days dentures can take many forms.
Where all the teeth are missing full dentures can be made and these days very natural looking teeth in many subtle shapes and shades are available to suit the individual.
If the conditions are suitable full dentures may be supported by implants to give maximum stability.
When some of the natural teeth remain partial dentures have been available for many years made on a cobalt chrome alloy framework. Traditionally these partial dentures are light, strong and well fitting and usually preferable to a simple ‘plastic’ / acrylic denture. The fit is often aided by discretely placed clasps or clips which are an integral part of the denture.
In cases such as the above it may now be possible to do away with the need for clasps or clips altogether by making what we call a ‘Telescopic” denture. Such a denture combines the provision of copings or covers rather like crowns for some of the remaining teeth over which the denture is designed to fit very closely. This results in an extremely well fitting denture with no visible metal clips or bars.
At Drayton Dental Surgery our experienced dentists are able to advise you on the options available for your particular dentition, and help you choose the type of denture that you would be happiest with.
I would like whiter teeth. How do I go about achieving a brighter smile?
Tooth whitening is a safe cost-effective way for you to achieve a brighter, younger smile. The process improves the appearance of your teeth without removing any of their natural surface and can even be carried out in your own home.
It is carried out by using a special carbamide peroxide gel placed inside a tray which fits neatly and comfortably over your teeth.
For more information book an appointment with one of our dentists to discuss the suitability of whitening for you.
I am worried about gum disease, what should I know?
Gum disease is a bacterial infection that destroys the attachment fibres and supporting bone that hold your teeth in your mouth. Left untreated this disease can lead to tooth loss. The first signs of gum disease are reddened, swollen or bleeding gums caused by the build up of plaque and known as ‘gingivitis’. This can be easily prevented by good oral hygiene at home and with the assistance of your dental hygienist.
Are you at risk?
Some people are genetically predisposed to gum disease so it’s a good idea to check if either of your parents lost teeth as a result of gum disease.
Smoking can hide the signs of gum disease as well as reduce the positive effects of any treatment. Not to mention all the other harmful effects not related to your gums!
Stress has been shown to reduce resistance to gum disease meaning people can be susceptible at different times in their lives depending on their lifestyle.
However, regardless of your susceptibility, you and your dentist/hygienist can keep gum disease in check with good oral hygiene at home combined with regular check ups and the appropriate treatment where necessary.
If you are still worried, please don’t hesitate to ask us for further information.
How is smoking bad for my teeth?
It is well known that smoking has many detrimental effects on your health, in some cases leading to fatal diseases. It is also true that smoking can have a serious effect on the appearance and the health of your teeth and gums.
Smoking dramatically increases the risk of mouth cancer.
It can increase the likelihood of developing gum problems and prevent effective treatment leading to tooth loss.
Smoking causes tooth staining and discolouration.
Smoking causes bad breath.
What can you do? Simply, stop smoking. We understand this may be very difficult and are happy to give advice on how you can quit the habit as the overall health and well-being of our patients is our main priority.
What can I do to prevent tooth decay?
Tooth decay is the destruction of teeth by bacteria resulting in toothache and even tooth loss. Bacteria feeds off the food you eat, especially sugary food, breaking them down into acids that attack your teeth. Therefore it is recommended to eat three regular meals a day and avoid sugary snacks in order to limit the number of times your mouth is at risk. Regular and thorough brushing of your teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste will help prevent the build up of plaque, reducing bacteria as well as your chances of tooth decay. For advice on how best to reduce your risk of decay book an appointment to see a dentist or dental hygienist.
SUMMER TEETH WHITENING OFFER – £50 OFF!!
During the months of August and September you can save £50 off the normal price of a course of teeth whitening!
Lightening the shade of your teeth can make you look years younger and add confidence to your smile and your life.
Call us on 01603 860885 to book in for your teeth whitening consultation.
In emergencies we will see you on the day. We ask that you contact us as early in the day as possible.
Outside of normal hours there is always a telephone number that you can call for advice from the emergency dentist.
At weekends we participate in a rota to ensure access to a local dentist if needed.
The details are available on telephoning our normal number; 01603 860885.
The dental hygienist is a specialist, and scaling and polishing the teeth is only a part of what they do. As a member of the dental team looking after patients the hygienist is primarily concerned with the prevention and treatment of gum disease – showing you how to look after your teeth at home and helping to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
The dental hygienist will professionally clean your teeth by removing plaque and calculus (hardened plaque or tartar). However, perhaps their most important role is showing you the best way to keep your teeth free of plaque. Plaque is a sticky layer of food debris and bacteria that forms all the time on your teeth. In addition dental hygienists provide dietary advice to help prevent tooth decay. They will work with the rest of your dental team to give you care that is tailored to your needs.
You can do a lot to help yourself and the hygienist since you are the one who looks after your mouth in between visits to the practice. Your dental hygienist will have shown you the best ways to remove plaque with a toothbrush and they will also show you how to clean between your teeth with dental floss and‘interdental’ brushes.
At Drayton Dental Surgery in Norwich we stock a range of dental hygiene care products, including high fluoride toothpastes, electric toothbrushes, inter dental Te-pe brushes and mouthwashes. Your hygienist will help you choose the combination you need for your mouth.
By reducing the amount of sugar in your diet, and the frequency that you eat during the day, you will reduce the risk of dental decay. Your hygienist can help you by looking at your decay levels and your diet, and then making recommendations for you to consider.
Chewing sugar-free gum for 10 minutes after meals can also help to prevent tooth decay. It causes you to produce more saliva, which neutralises the acid produced in your mouth after eating and drinking.
People often ask why the dentist doesn’t do the scaling and cleaning, and indeed some dentists will still do this type of work themselves. However, many now realise that the dental hygienist has been specially trained to carry out scaling and polishing and can spend longer with you. As an expert in teaching you how to look after your teeth and gums the dental hygienist may spend a number of appointments helping to get the gums healthy ready for the dentist to restore the teeth with crowns and fillings.
All X-rays that we take are digitally processed and can be magnified for aid of viewing and interpretation at the chair side.
Our viewing monitors enable the dentist to show you your X-rays easily in order to aid your understanding of the specific issues that they reveal.
As well as standard intra-oral X-rays we have the facility to take Panoramic X-rays which show the whole jaw and dentition on one large film, which can be very useful in a number of situations.
Although a vast number of people understand the importance of a good smile, only half think that their smiles makes the grade
|92.5%||9 out of 10 people agree that an attractive smile is an important social asset.|
|74%||3 out of 4 people agree that an unattractive smile can compromise a person’s chances for career success|
|50%||But only 1 out of 2 people are satisfied with their smile|
Do you feel awkward about your smile?
Do you cover your mouth when you talk, laugh or smile?
When the camera shutter opens, do you close your lips? Do you hate close-up shots?
Do you avoid using bright lipstick because you’re afraid of highlighting discoloured teeth?
Have you ever grown a moustache or beard to hide your smile?
If you answered yes to any of the above, then cosmetic dentistry can help improve your smile. Take a look opposite at the services we can provide.
My husband and myself have been patients of the practice for many years and have been extremely pleased with the professional service and expert dental care. We would not hesitate to recommend the practice to anyone.
– Mrs. MG
Drayton Dental Surgery is to me a very professional organization. From its reminder system for forthcoming appointments, modern reception, through to the caring nurse. The dentist provides me with excellent care and understanding especially to one who finds his chair a little daunting.
– Mrs L
Professional expertise and advice, together with friendly staff in pleasant surroundings, an exemplary service.
– Mr. And Mrs. R&JS
A highly professional friendly first rate service.
– Mr. DL
I have always had a poor set of teeth and I was resigned to feeling that the best I could do was to ensure I kept regular maintenance.
When my dentist suggested options that included several crowns and some re-shaping of my gums, I was a little apprehensive.
However the outcome is amazing. During the treatment I was highly impressed by the care my dentist took and the way he explained beforehand exactly what he was going to do.
I’m absolutely thrilled with the final result. I now have much more confidence together with a much bigger smile.
– Mrs. SP
We regularly review our prices to ensure that they are fair and competitive.
All treatments vary according to individual needs and are subject to examination.
Our prices reflect the high standard and quality of care that we provide.
Whenever you have to return for a course of treatment you will be provided with a detailed written estimate.
You can pay by Card, Cheque or Cash.
Payment is requested at each appointment as treatment is carried out.
If you require any further information please just ask.
|New Patient Examination -Adult. Includes extended examination. X-rays additional as required.||£65|
|New Patient Examination – Children 4-17 years
Includes extended examination. X-rays additional as required.
|as part of new patient examination children under 4||Free|
|children under 12||£15|
|children under 4||Free|
|Panoramic (large) X-ray||£35|
|Tooth coloured filling||£60 – £180|
|Cosmetic all porcelain crown||£550|
Tooth coloured fillings are without doubt the fillings of choice. This does not mean that amalgam or ‘silver’ fillings were without any merits. They certainly stood the test of time, but the disadvantages of this old type of filling material …
Veneers are then coverings of either porcelain or composite. Porcelain veneers are ideal for creating beautiful smiles in cases of small, oddly shaped, spaced or discoloured teeth. They are made by a dental technician to exactly match an impression of …
So, porcelain crowns and bridges. Most people understand what crowns are. Often called ‘caps’ in the past they may have been made of metal, resulting in a very strong end product but not one of a very life-like appearance! Where …
Radiographs, or X-rays, can help us see between your teeth and under the edges of any fillings that you may have. Radiographs are a vital preventive measure that enable the dentist to spot problems at an earlier stage than might otherwise …
The dental hygienist is a specialist, and scaling and polishing the teeth is only a part of what they do. As a member of the dental team looking after patients the hygienist is primarily concerned with the prevention and treatment …
Our surgery is easy to find. In the middle of Drayton Village we are an attractive old red brick cottage just opposite the chemist, and next to Barclays Bank. There is a car park at the rear of the building, accessed from the road to the side of Barclays Bank. Both of our surgeries are on the first floor and are therefore unsuitable for wheelchair access.
10 School Road,
Norfolk NR8 6DN
Mon- Fri: 8.30am to 5.30 pm
Sat- Sun : Closed
Tel: 01603 860885
For contact details in case of an emergency when the surgery is closed: Tel: 01603 860885