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Welcome to the Smiles Centre dental hub, this is our dedicated page for sharing our news and answering all your questions. You can post questions to us by commenting on an existing post or by getting in touch by email, Facebook or by phone. We are always looking to answer as many questions as possible so please don't be shy, get involved and, if you find something you like then share it with your friends.

July 11, 2014
Pamela Zukowska

New website!

Good job, Simon!

I think out new website looks great! It’s easy to navigate and provides all the information you might need about dental treatments that we offer. I also like the “Meet the Team” part where you can get to know more about our dentists, technicians, nurses and admin staff. Oh, and I like the photographs! 🙂

It is getting close to the completion of my Dental Nursing Diploma and it is a busy time of a year for me.
Apart from the Dental Nursing Exam in October, there is many other assessments that I have to pass before January. The next two weeks will be particularly busy as I need to put together a presentation on “Oral Health Products and Oral Hygiene”, and also, prepare an “Oral Health Advice and Promotion” simulation.

My assessor, Kim, is coming to observe me in the surgery in a couple of weeks. I have already passed Fillings, Extractions, Dental Check-ups, Consultations, X-rays and all Denture Treatments.
I still need to complete Root Canal Treatment, Crowns, Bridges and Veneers. I feel confident about these so hopefully Kim can tick all the boxes on her next visit to Swindon 🙂

See you at Smiles!

Pamela, Trainee Dental Nurse 


July 11, 2014
Simon Miles

Re-lining dentures, is it worth it?

A reline to a denture involves removing a layer of acrylic from the fitting surface and then replacing it with new acrylic that will fit the contours of the mouth better. It’s a great way to have an existing denture updated due to wear and tear and also changes to the mouth.

However, there are several downsides to this procedure.

Firstly, even though some of the original acrylic is removed, the denture nearly always ends up with more acrylic than before, the degree to the amount depends largely on how old the denture is, and this extra acrylic adds weight to the denture. Which is bad news especially if its an upper denture.

Secondly, the material used to reline is not as strong as the actual original denture acrylic in most cases, so relining can make a denture weaker. Although is some situations, the extra thickness of acrylic can make a denture stronger.

Thirdly, not all dentures can be relined. Metal dentures for example, are very difficult to reline and can only be achieved successfully with section relining. this is where only a part of the fitting surface is replaced, after an extraction for example.

You’ll also need to take in to consideration the cost of the reline compared to having a new denture made and the time it takes to make a new denture. You can keep your old denture while your new one is being made but having an old one relined will need to be kept while the work is carried out. Its also worth noting that if a reline fails, you cannot go back to where you were before the reline was carried out. This is very rare but I have had people come to me to sort out failed relines and sadly, there isn’t much that can be done other than having a new denture made. So, a reline really is a great way of getting your denture to fit again but it’s not suitable for everyone!

You can find out more about relining dentures on our website here or if you are thinking about buying a new denture the you should definitely read my Denture Guide Booklet, its free and you can get it in printed copy or a PDF download version is also available.

July 11, 2014
Simon Miles

Still setting up website

Ive been working on this website for the last few weeks and it’s almost done. and so am I! It is 1:30 in the morning.I need some rest

July 10, 2014
Stuart Miles

The New Smiles Centre Website Goes Live!

Our new smiles centre website has just gone live! there may be a few things missing or maybe a few spelling mistakes at this stage so if you spot any, please let me know and i’ll get it sorted out.


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