“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 for dentistry 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!
Discoloured teeth are the bane of smokers, red wine buffs, tea, coffee drinkers and even some people who have had antibiotics as a child.
Don’t despair: a safe and effective remedy is only a smile away.
Your dentist will determine whether your teeth are suitable for whitening before making a thin whitening tray that fits comfortably over your teeth. This is worn with a small amount of tooth whitening gel overnight or for two to three hour sessions daily until your ideal colour is obtained.
While you wear your whitening tray, it gently whitens your teeth. Whitening is perfectly safe for teeth and gums. This is because the tooth structure is not changed, just the colour.
If caffeine, red wine and cigarettes continue to be a daily fix, you can rebrighten your smile by wearing the whitening tray one or two times every three to six months.
Advancements in technology allow us to create natural tooth coloured fillings which are used for restoring decay and for cosmetic improvements.
All white fillings in our practice are built up in layers, like a natural tooth, to give optimum strength and a lifelike appearance.
For many years, traditional crowns have been used to strengthen teeth that are heavily filled, weakened, or darkened due to root canal therapy. But thanks to new technology, porcelain crowns look better than your own teeth. This is because the distinctive dark metal line or “blue halo” of old- style crowns have been eliminated.
Porcelain crowns are now metal-free and so natural looking they could be mistaken for real teeth. You don’t have to have the “blue halo” look with your new crowns. Ask how this exciting technology can help create your new smile.
Bridges are constructed to replace a missing tooth. They are made from dental porcelain to ensure a natural colour matching your own personal tooth shade.
There are many different types of bridge and discussion with your dentist will ensure you receive the type most suitable for you.
Porcelain veneers are ideal for creating beautiful smiles in cases of small, oddly shaped, spaced or discoloured teeth. With this procedure you will be involved directly in your own design process in reshaping, widening and brightening your smile, thus ensuring total satisfaction. Your dentist can place temporary bonding for 2-3 weeks to protect your teeth and to create the blueprint for your new smile. Thin skins of porcelain are then fused to the teeth enabling normal social and eating activities to resume immediately.
After treatment, you will feel excited about your beautiful new smile.
Here at Drayton Dental Surgery we can arrange for implant treatment to be provided in house or by referral to an external specialist, depending on needs.
A dental implant is used to support one or more false teeth. It is a titanium screw that can replace the root of a tooth when it fails. Just like a tooth root, it is placed into the jawbone.
Implants are a safe, well-established treatment. It’s probably true to say that implants, much like natural teeth, will last for as long as you care for them.
How well you look after your implants – and whether you go for your regular maintenance appointments – will have the biggest impact on how long they will last.
If you don’t look after your implants they will develop a coating similar to what you get on neglected natural teeth. Left untreated, this can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort. You could get all these problems with natural teeth.
If your implants are well looked after, and if the bone they are fitted to is strong and healthy, you can expect them to last for many years. However, just as with other surgical implants (such as a hip replacement) there is no lifetime guarantee.
Orthodontic treatment is a way of straightening or moving teeth, to improve the appearance of the teeth and how they work. It can also help to look after the long-term health of your teeth, gums and jaw joints, by spreading the biting pressure over all your teeth.
Although traditionally carried out during childhood it may these days be possible to straighten the teeth of adults.
Many people have crowded or crooked teeth. Orthodontic treatment will straighten the teeth or move them into a better position. This can improve their appearance and the way the teeth bite together, while also making them easier to clean.
Some people have upper front teeth that stick out and look unsightly. These ‘prominent’ teeth are more likely to be damaged, but orthodontic treatment can move them back into line. Or the way the upper and lower jaws meet can cause teeth to look unsightly and lead to an incorrect bite. Orthodontic treatment may be able to correct both of these problems.
When the teeth don’t meet correctly, this can put strain on the muscles of the jaw, causing jaw and joint problems and sometimes headaches. Orthodontic treatment can help you to bite more evenly and reduce the strain.
Ask your dentist how we can help.
Imagine what it would be like if you suddenly lost one or two of your front teeth. Smiling, talking, eating—everything would suddenly be affected.
Mouthguards help reduce the impact of a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face or jaw. They typically cover the upper teeth and are a great way to protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining. Knowing how to prevent injuries like these is especially important if you participate in contact sports or other recreational activities. When it comes to protecting your mouth, a mouthguard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be part of your standard equipment from an early age. In fact, studies show that athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth if they’re not wearing a mouthguard.
If you participate in past times that put you at risk talk to us and we can arrange to make a mouthguard to ensure you are protected appropriately.
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.
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.
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.
Dental hygienists are specialists. They work as part of the dental team providing care to patients, and are mainly concerned with preventive dental health and treating gum disease – showing you how to look after your teeth at home and helping to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
The hygienist’s main work is to prevent and treat gum disease. This includes professionally cleaning your teeth by removing plaque and tartar . However, perhaps their most important role is showing you the best way to keep your teeth free of plaque. Plaque is a sticky coating that forms constantly on your teeth. Hygienists can also advise on diet and about preventing tooth decay. The hygienist will work with your dental team to give you care that is tailored to your needs.
You can do a lot to help yourself and the hygienist, as you are the one who looks after your mouth in between visits to the practice. Your hygienist will have shown you how to remove plaque with a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
They will also have shown you how to clean between your teeth with ‘interdental’ brushes, floss or tape.
At Drayton Dental Surgery we stock a range of dental care products, including specialist toothpastes, electric toothbrushes, inter dental cleaning aids and mouthwashes. Your hygienist will recommend those that are best for you.
We recommend that you follow three simple steps to help keep your teeth and gums healthy:
• brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with a fluoride toothpaste
• cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
• visit your dental team regularly, as often as they recommend.
You can help to reduce decay by cutting down the amount of sugar in your diet, and the number of times that you eat during the day. Your hygienist can help you by looking at your decay problem and your diet, and by making some recommendations for you to consider.
Chewing sugar-free gum for 10 minutes after meals can also help to prevent tooth decay. Chewing gum makes your mouth produce more saliva, which cancels out the acid produced in your mouth after drinking and eating.
People often ask why the dentist doesn’t do the scaling and cleaning, and indeed some dentists will do this type of work themselves. However, many now realise that the hygienist has been specially trained to carry out scaling and polishing and can spend longer with you. They are also expert at teaching you how to look after your teeth and gums. Often the hygienist will spend a number of appointments getting 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|
Many people have what are known as ‘amalgam’ (silver) fillings. Although these fillings are strong, they can be unsightly. Also amalgam tends to discolour your teeth over time. In the longer term large amalgam fillings can even sometimes lead to stress fractures …
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 …
For many years, traditional crowns have been used to strengthen teeth that are heavily filled, weakened, or darkened due to root canal therapy. But thanks to new technology, porcelain crowns look better than your own teeth. This is because the …
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 …
Dental hygiene is the specialism of dental hygienists, and teeth cleaning is only one aspect of their work. They work as part of the dental team providing care to patients, and are mainly concerned with preventive dental health and treating gum …
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
For emergencies outside surgery hours: Tel: 01603 860885