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Welcome Back!

We are a well-established family-run dental practice since 1971 and aim to provide quality NHS and Private dental care to the highest standards for you and your family.

 It our philosophy to promote dental health care with emphasis on prevention, education and cosmetic dentistry thereby offering you more treatment options and patient choice.

Our highly skilled and experienced teams provide a wide range of dental treatments necessary to secure and maintain your individual oral health under the NHS in a friendly and modern enviroment. Whether you are looking for routine or complex dental care, emergency care only or a sympathetic approach for dental anxiety, we will keep your best interests in mind and work with you on your patient journey to better oral health.

IMPORTANT UPDATE

We are excited to have the opportunity to welcome you back from the 8th June 2020!

Please see our COVID-19 INFO for our enhanced patient safety protocols for a phased approach back to future routine care. Please do not attend unless you have been given and appointment. Must READ!

We're a part of your community

We’ve been a family dentists for generations of residents in Norfolk and Suffolk. We provide outstanding dental care for people across 11 NHS and 3 Faces & Smiles locations.

From routine checkups to dental implants, orthodontics and elective cosmetic procedures, our patients trust JG Plummers to look after their oral health.

Interested in joining the JG Plummers family?

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Services

Plummers offers a comprehensive range of dental procedures, from simple scale and polish to the most difficult surgical cases. Look at our services below for more information on how we can transform your oral health.

Children & Families

We treat patients of all ages and stages of development, ….

Yes, we can block schedule appointments on the same day for optimal convenience.

All parents and guardians are advised to ensure that young children in their care are taken to see the dentist as soon as their first teeth comes through, and before their first birthday.

Gentle NHS Care

We are passionate about preventative dentistry…

We encourage routine dental examinations and hygiene visits and offer fluoride treatment, diet advice and brushing techniques… for both adults and children. 

We understand that some people suffer from anxiety when visiting the dentist and we hope we can make visits less stressful. If you are anxious, please let us know, so that we can help you.

Happy Smiles CLUB

Our Award winning Oral Health Promotion Service offers free education…..

We offer free oral health education, advice and training to schools, nurseries, clubs, residential homes and community settings. This JGP practice initiative is run by our Oral Health Educators and Dentists. Our HSC operates in both Norfolk and Suffolk.

Minor Oral Surgery Service (MOSS)

Your general dentist will refer you for complex surgical treatments

You can check the status of a referral. You need to know the URN of the referral. This a 10 character alphanumeric code that your dentist will have provided you with or has been sent to you via text message. CLICK HERE>>

Background: Oral surgery referrals from dentists have increased and placing increased pressure on finite hospital resources (Secondary Care). This service has been developed by NHS England and Local Area Teams whereby Primary Care Specialist Oral Surgeons and Dentists with special interest can provide care for selected patients at reduced waiting times and similar levels of quality and patient satisfaction. These clinicians have been appointed as they have the appropriate level of training and experience. This is a non-urgent service  and cannot provide general anaesthetic ( put patients to sleep).

Dentists can do a large number of surgical interventions in the mouth.  The term “Minor oral surgery”refers to smaller operations and include removing wisdom teeth, impacted teeth, and severely broken-down teeth, roots, as well as apicectomies, biopsies and other procedures. 

Within our service our oral surgery is largely carried out by Specialist Oral Surgeons and well as Dentists with a special interest and advanced training in Oral Surgery (DwSI). The dentists providing the treatment have gained the necessary skills and experience by receiving training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Departments in various hospitals. They are all registered with the General Dental Council.

The service provides a range of oral surgical procedures for patients referred by their general dental practitioner. Patients are usually referred for the removal of teeth which the referring dentist has assessed as having a higher complexity and requiring more advanced treatment than they could provide themselves in order to offer you the best care.   

Procedures are usually carried out using routine local anaesthetic (injections) although sometimes sedation can be provided if necessary. Our service cannot provide minor oral surgery treatment under general anaesthetic (when you are put completely to sleep), only your local Hospitals can as they have the necessary equipment and support team in the building. Patients requiring this form of treatment must be referred to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department at the relevant hospital.  Your dentist is able to make this referral if appropriate.   

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Express SERVICE

THIS SERVICE IS NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE DUE TO COVID-19.

Our express service allows us to deliver quality and a quick turn around of dental appliances. Fees are independent to the NHS.

Training Centre

We are an approved training centre for Foundation Dentists on the Norwich Scheme, VTE, PVLE and Advanced Apprenticeship in Dental Nurses. We also host seminars for local GDP’s and nurses.

Endodontics

Root canal treatment is an attempt to save and repair teeth…

When infection reaches the centre of a tooth, root canal treatment may be necessary to treat the infection and save the tooth.

Bacteria can invade the tooth through a number of ways:

  • By damage such as a fall or injury during sports
  • By untreated tooth decay
  • By problems with fillings

Once infection enters the tooth, it can multiply within the soft pulp inside. You’ll feel severe tooth ache, especially when eating or drinking hot or cold foods, and chewing will most likely be painful. The tooth itself may also become loose!

As the pulp dies in the tooth, the pain often subsides, leaving patients thinking that all is well again. In fact, the infection may have spread into the root canal system. This can lead to further pain, and the tooth darkening in colour as well as painful facial swelling.

Root canal treatment is carried out by your dentist over 2 or more appointments. The dentist removes the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the root canal, then fills and seals the space. A restoration is placed on the tooth to protect and restore it to full/ partial function. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth but may change colour due to the loss of nutrient supply to the tooth.

Root canal treatment is usually successful at saving the tooth and clearing the infection.

Approximately 80-90% of root-treated teeth survive for 8 -10 years.

Having a crown fitted to the tooth after root canal treatment is important for improving tooth survival rates.The survival of your tooth depends on a number of factors, including:

  • how much of the natural tooth remains
  • how well you keep your teeth clean
  • the biting forces on the tooth

But if an infection does return, the root canal treatment could potentially be repeated.

If the work is particularly complex, your dentist may refer you to a Dentist with Advanced training in root canal treatment or or Specialist, known as an endodontist.
Cosmetic Dentistry

Don’t hide your smile – show it off! Our cosmetic dentistry services will reveal the true beauty of your smile. From whitening to colour-matched fillings, we can give you something to smile about.

Orthodontics

We offer Specialists orthodontics care. It’s never too early or late to get the smile you want! From teens metal braces to Adult INVISALIGN clear aligners, there are great options for you….

NHS orthodontic assessment is available to all children under the age of 18 and treatment may be offered to those who meet the criteria set by the NHS using the IOTN scale for treatment need. This requires an orthodontic referral from your dentist.

Private orthodontic treatment is more affordable than you think and treatment is available to all patients, both children and adults. Free consultations are available with our specialist orthodontists prior to any treatment being planned or offered. Our full range of brace options available include fixed braces both metal and clear braces (Clarity), hidden lingual braces (incognito) along with removable braces and popular clear aligners (invisalign). 

Dental Implants

We can replace missing, dead or damaged teeth with implant devices that are securely anchored to your jaw. No more dentures or bridges that are awkward to maintain, this is as close as it comes to having your own teeth.

Facial Rejuvenation

Reveal a more radiant you, with our range of non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments. Dermal fillers, chemical peels, Botulimun toxin A, hydra facial treatments, nano pen and cryogen.  Expertly administered by our facial aesthetics team.

Teeth Whitening

Discover our teeth whitening options for healthier-looking whiter teeth…

Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a procedure for lightening the colour of teeth. Mild safe bleaching preparations are applied in the treatment room or they can be used at home in a custom-made ‘tray’. This procedure is generally recommended if your teeth are naturally discoloured as a result of ageing, are stained as a result of exposure to certain foods and drinks, or are discoloured because of smoking. Kindly note that we use a variety of whitening product systems in our practice and it your dentist will recommend the best one you.
Professional bleaching can be external or internal. If you have external bleaching, the gel is placed on the outer surfaces of your teeth. Internal bleaching involves the bleaching product being put inside your tooth. External bleaching is more common, as internal bleaching can only be used if you’ve had root canal treatment, making access to the inside of your tooth easier. External Whitening HOME System- Rubber mouth trays are made after an impression has been taken of your mouth. These fit your teeth exactly, and the gel used is will be stronger and therefore more effective what is available over the counter. You will be provided with tubes of bleaching gel and instructions on how to put the gel in the mouth trays. You will need to regularly wear the mouth trays as prescribed (30 minutes to one hour, over a period of four to six weeks). Internal Whitening Internal whitening can only be done if you’ve had root canal treatment. This means that the blood vessels and nerves inside your tooth have been replaced with a rubber filling. If you have internal whitening, a hole is made in your tooth and the bleaching productis placed into the hole. This is then sealed with a temporary filling, leaving the bleach inside your tooth. You will need to go back to your dentist about a week later to have the temporary filling and bleach taken out. A tooth-coloured filling is then placed to match the new shde of your teeth.
You must be over 18 yrs old. If you have tooth decay or gum disease, this will need to be treated before you have any whitening treatments. There are some instances when your dentist may recommend that you don’t have your teeth whitened. For example, bleaching isn’t usually recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women, or for anyone under the age of 18 whose teeth are still developing.
These will vary from patient to patient. Ask your dentist to explain how these risks apply to you. Side-effects are the unwanted, but mostly temporary effects you may get after the procedure. These include temporary sensitivity of your teeth to hot and cold, a sore throat, tender gums and white patches on your gums. These side-effects should disappear after a few days. Contact your dentist if the side-effects last for longer than this.
A correct diagnosis of the cause of the discolouration is necessary in order to correct it. A complete clinical examination by a trained dentist will help this diagnosis and lead to a long-lasting healthy smile. The whitening effects can last from a few months up to three years. This varies from person to person. Topping-up keeps the colour.

Happy Smiles Club

Established by John G Plummer and Associates Dental Surgeons in 2016, the Happy Smiles Club Oral Health Promotion Team aim is to promote a healthy lifestyle by ensuring that all adults and children develop the skills and knowledge to keep their teeth and gums healthy. This is by focusing on good tooth brushing techniques and highlighting the impact of diet, alcohol, smoking as well as keeping dentally fit. 

Email: happysmiles@plummers.co.uk 

Happy Smiles Club JGP