Horbury Dental Care

At Horbury Dental Care & Implant Clinic our mission is to provide state-of-the-art general and cosmetic dentistry in a relaxing & friendly environment. Our family & cosmetic dentist practice is conveniently located near Wakefield and has ample free parking and easy to access from junction 40 of the M1.

Dr. Mark Willings and his team use the latest in advanced technology and techniques to deliver premium quality dental procedures in an clinic that caters to the patient’s needs and comfort. Their greatest priority is helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile while ensuring your complete comfort and satisfaction.

Horbury Dental Implants

Teeth should last a lifetime, but sometimes they just don’t. when a tooth is damaged, decayed or falls out it is important that you get it replaced. It is important for your health and your self-confidence. Whilst you obviously lose chewing ability, a lost tooth can also create problems leading to tooth loss.

Dental implants should be considered as a primary replacement for lost teeth. Dental implants have been a successful and popular treatment for damaged or lost teeth for over 50 years. The treatment is considered more predictable than bridgework.

Dental implants quite simply substitute the roots of the missing teeth. They work as an anchor for replacement teeth or crowns.

So, what actually are the benefits of dental implants?


Firstly, and commonly the most important benefit of dental implants is self-esteem. Having a tooth missing is far more noticeable than you would expect for something just a centimeter big. But the gap it leaves can be emotionally devastating. For some people, it is so bad that the person cannot look in the mirror or even leave the house.


Secondly, and in some ways more important than the first is our health. Our health should be the main priority of our lives and dental implants provide just that. If your leave a gap in your teeth instead of getting an implant then this could lead to further infection or more teeth falling out.


Dental implants will usually rid you of the problem of poor speech. Having a missing tooth or poorly fitted dentures can cause you to slur your words or have a lisp


High-quality dental implants are extremely durable. They can last just as long as real, healthy teeth. Also, high-quality dental implants allow you to eat and chew tough foods that cheaper implants may move or break against.

Horbury Dental Care has been providing excellent, high-quality dental implants for many years. We are more than aware of how great the benefits of dental implants are.

For more information on how we can help you call now on 01924 211 234.

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5 Top Hygiene Tips

Most people want to take the best care of their teeth most also realise that regular check-ups at the dentist are important. Whilst this is undoubtedly a good step to take when looking after your teeth, there are other things that you should also be doing to achieve great oral hygiene.

Here are five of our top tips:

  1. Floss at least once a day

Flossing is not a lot of fun, but it is incredibly important for attaining good oral hygiene. Flossing allows food to be removed from your teeth in the places where your toothbrush cannot get to. This stops a build-up of bacteria which could cause problems in the long-term.

  1. Brush properly

Everybody knows that brushing your teeth at least twice a day is a good idea. When you are brushing make sure that the bristles are at a 45 degree angle and that you touch both the teeth and the gum line.

  1. Use mouthwash

Whilst mouthwash is not a substitute for regular brushing or flossing it can help to kill bacteria in your mouth as well as promote fresh breath.

  1. Try to limit fizzy drinks

Fizzy drinks not only contain a high amount of sugar; they can also have additives and colourings in them which can discolour teeth as well as give them a dull appearance.

  1. Choose calcium rich food

Getting enough calcium is really important for the health of your teeth. Particularly good foods to eat to achieve this include broccoli, yoghurt and cheese. Drinking milk is also a way of increasing your intake of calcium.

Horbury Dental Care is a family run business which has been providing high-quality dental care for over 80 years. Now in our fourth generation, we are committed as ever to delivering excellent standards of dentistry and customer service. For more information about the treatments we offer or to book an appointment please give us a call on 01924 211 234.

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Horbury Dental Care Hold Easter Raffle

With Easter just around the corner, Horbury Dental Care is holding an Easter raffle for our patients, with the chance to win a hamper full of great treats for the holiday period.

This is the first of many events that Horbury Dental Care are carrying out this year, including taking part in other charity events and visiting local schools, teaching them about oral health – keep a look out on our website for these updates.

The raffle is open to all our patients and all you must do is leave your details for a chance to win. The whole thing is free to enter and there are some great prizes on offer.

You can enter by placing your details in the box at reception or by visiting our Facebook page and sharing the competition post to be entered in the draw. We will randomly pick a winner on Thursday 13th April with the winners being announced as soon as possible.

We would like to wish all our patients good luck for the raffle!

Horbury Dental Care are the leading providers of private dentistry services across Wakefield. Whether you require a check-up, treatment or would like some consultancy about your oral health, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We have recently sponsored the rugby team at Silcoates Private School in Wakefield and are involved in many local community events. 

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Cold sore Advice

Most of us can claim to have had, or at least encountered a cold sore before. A cold sore is a small fluid filled blister type sore which can occur on your lips and around the mouth. They are usually preceded by a burning or itching sensation where the sore is going to appear, usually found on the corner of your lips.

These sores are caused by the Herpes Simplex virus. This is the ‘primary infection’ of herpes simplex (usually found in childhood) where you can be quite ill; sore throat, swollen glands, headaches etc. Cold sores often come out when you’re feeling run down, under the weather, have some sort of hormone imbalance, or are suffering from stress.

Cold sores are extremely contagious and are easily spread if a person touches their cold sore and then touches other stuff too! You can spread Herpes Simplex to your eyes, other areas of your mouth (so no kissing!) and even other parts of your body! You can also develop abscesses of the ends of your fingers called herpetic whitlows.

Our advice to you.

At Horbury Dental Care we recommend that you wait until your cold sore has completely gone before attending an appointment. Not only because there is a risk of spreading it but also because your lips may be sore, dry and may crack and bleed during treatment. A cold sore will generally last 7-14 days, fortunately there are antiviral creams, such as aciclovir that you can get from a Pharmacist which can ease the pain and help the sores heal more quickly.

If you do get a cold sore and you’re due a visit to the dentist, please give us a call on 01924 211234

with as much notice as possible, and we can rearrange your appointment.

Don’t forget, keep your hands off!

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SMILE!! And be ready for your close up

Horbury Dental Care provide state-of-the-art general and cosmetic dentistry. The team use the latest advancements in dental technology to deliver high quality premium procedures.

Horbury Dental care offer a wide range of services and treatments. Fully private treatment is not always suitable for every patient especially depending on their requirements. However, the team have developed an ‘Essentials’ package. The package offers patients a range of treatments at fixed rates. Now various treatments will be accessible for patients at great value.

When joining us an Essentials patient you can benefit from receiving the following treatments at fixed prices:

Dental Examination
A dentist will evaluate the overall health of your teeth and oral hygiene. Their experienced eye will look out for decay on teeth or roots and bone or gum disease.

Dental X-Rays
Similarly, the dentist will look for problems in the mouth such as tooth decay. The dentist will also look to find teeth that are out of place or may be slanted from the roots or not coming through the gums. Such problems are a leading cause of sensitive teeth

Amalgam Fillings
Commonly known as silver fillings. Amalgam used in dental fillings is a mixture of mercury, silver, tin and copper.

Composite Fillings
Similar to amalgam fillings, composite fillings are used to restore decayed teeth. The composite is a tooth coloured plastic and glass mixture.

Root Canal Treatment
This involves removing a damaged root and then cleaning and disinfection the inside. Then it is filled with a rubber-like material and the tooth is restored with a crown.

A tooth, that is either broken or decayed, is removed from its socket.

A dental crown is a cap that is placed over the tooth. This is to restore the tooth’s strength and size.

dental bridges work similarly to a dental crown. A bridge however caps to teeth that have a missing tooth in between them. The bridge is usually two or more crowns and a false tooth for the gap.

Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. Usually for full or partial teeth replacements.

Emergency Appointment

The Essentials package allows high quality treatments to be affordable for the whole family. Adults prices start at £27.50, and children from £8.50. Horbury Dental Care have provided excellent dental care to the local community for over 80 years.

For more information about the Essential Package or other dental treatment give Horbury Dental Care a call on 01924 211234

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What is involved with Straightening Teeth?


Most people are not endowed with straight teeth that are perfectly aligned and for many, it results in feelings of low self-esteem. Besides the issue of the teeth being aesthetically unpleasant when they are crooked, some people even find chewing certain food harder, while others are not able to properly clean their teeth, leading to other dental problems. However, with an effective teeth straightening treatment, you should be able to get your healthy teeth and smile back.

What is Teeth Straightening Treatment?

Have you ever wondered why certain people have such great straight teeth? In most cases, these people have undergone teeth straightening treatment since, malocclusion, which refers to crooked or misaligned teeth, is a universal problem. This means that nearly everyone in the world will experience some type of malocclusion in their lives. Nevertheless, there are several teeth straightening options available to correct this problem including dental braces, teeth crowns, teeth veneers or a teeth straightening surgical procedure.

Major Types of Tooth Straightening Procedures

Dental braces – Straightening teeth with orthodontic or dental braces involves placing small brackets on all the teeth, and the brackets are then joined together using a wire. It is the most common type of tooth straightening procedure as it is non-invasive and cheap to use. The downside is that treatment can take more than a year to complete, and you will also need to regularly wear braces afterwards to keep your teeth straight.

Teeth crowns and teeth veneers – These two are the fastest options to use when straightening teeth. Technically speaking, this treatment option will not straighten teeth (root and crown); instead it works by masking the part of the teeth that is visible and makes it appear straight. Crooked teeth are trimmed back, and crowns or veneers that have the correct alignment and shape are placed on top of them, thus creating straight teeth.

Teeth straightening surgery – For patients with skeletal deficiencies who cannot use dental braces alone for teeth straightening, surgery is usually recommended. Some of the major skeletal issues include jaw discrepancies and cleft palate. It is a highly invasive treatment that is done by experienced surgeons. The period of treatment is also quite long since it requires dental braces both for preparing for surgery and maintaining straight teeth after surgery.

When it comes to tooth straightening, there is simply no fixed solution that is best for everyone. Every individual case must be assessed carefully by your dentist before you make the decision as to which treatment option to use. You should also consider the cost and also the advantages and risks related to each procedure.

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Importance of Regular Dental Check-Ups

While skipping a dental visit every now and then might be tempting, remember that a regular visit to your dentist can actually result in significant money and time savings. More importantly, dental check-ups help preserve the proper health of your teeth. Find out why you need to schedule regular dental check-ups here below.

What Happens During a Dental Check-Up?

Dealing with tooth decay is only one of the parts of a comprehensive dental check-up. During your appointment, your dentist will also evaluate your gum health, perform neck and head examination and also look for any signs of vitamin deficiencies, diabetes or oral cancer. Do not be surprised when you dentist also inspects the movement of your jaws, saliva, and your bite.

Your dentist then cleans your teeth while stressing the need to maintain proper oral hygiene in between visits. Most dentists pay more attention to tartar and plaque build-up in teeth, as they can cause gum disease. Food, tobacco, and beverages also stain teeth, and if the soft plaque is not removed quickly, it can harden and start irritating your gum tissue.

Benefits of Regular Dental Check-Ups

Protect Your Teeth

Early detection of teeth problems, including tooth decay and gum disease, can ensure that proper remedial action is taken early on before the problem persists further. Most adults over 30 years suffer from some level of gum disease, which is the biggest tooth loss culprit. By going to frequent dental check-ups, you can help in preventing gum disease from developing.

Enhance Your Look

During a professional dental clean up, built up plaque and tartar is removed, especially the ones that cannot be removed or reached by standard brushing alone. You will notice that your mouth feels truly rejuvenated and fresh afterwards, which will improve your overall look. Furthermore, regular check-ups also help in preventing disconcerting bad breath.

Protect Your General Health

There are several serious conditions that can be noticed during a dental check-up. Your dentist will be able to alert you early on, even before other more critical symptoms start showing up in other parts of the body. For instance, when oral cancer is detected in its initial stages, treatment can be more effective in dealing with the cancer.

Save Money

Many people have the wrong misconception that regular dental check-ups are very expensive. However, if you think about the cost of undergoing an expensive procedure afterwards just because you did not prevent the dental problem for developing, you will see that it makes financial sense to get regular check-ups.

Ultimately, in order to ensure proper dental health and get tips on how to maintain healthy teeth, ensure you visit your dentist regularly.

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Don't let the sweet treats get the better of your children's teeth this Halloween

To most people halloween is a time of ghosts, witches and ghouls, but this year the UK's leading dental health charity reminds parents how traditions such as trick or treating can increase risks of damage to their children's teeth.

After an evening of trick or treating, children are likely to return home with a goody bag full of sweets and sugary foods. Although this is exciting for children, parents need to be aware of the risk of tooth decay. The British Dental Health Foundation's Chief Executive, Dr Nigel Carter, explains that it is better for children to eat sugary foods all together, rather than to spread eating them out over a few hours.

Dr Carter said: "We want children to enjoy themselves at Halloween. The trick is to find a middle ground - not to gorge on sweets for hours." With Bonfire night also only around the corner, and all the food delights that come with it, the Foundation emphasises that everything is OK in moderation.

Dr Carter added: "It's OK to have the odd sugary treat on a special occasion as long as children keep up their regular dental health routine. On a daily basis, it is important that children have a healthy balanced diet, with five portions of fruit and vegetables.


1. Around a third of children at the ages of 5 and 12 have visible signs of tooth decay.

2. The main cause of toothache in children is tooth decay.

3. It is not the amount of sweets consumed that causes tooth decay - it is how often they are eaten.

4. Sugar causes the bacteria in plaque to produce acids. It is these acids which attack children's tooth enamel and cause tooth decay.

5. Every time children eat or drink anything sugary, their teeth are under attack for up to one hour.

6. Saliva plays a major role in neutralising acids in the children's mouth.

7. Giving children 7 -1 0 snack attacks' during the day means their teeth are constantly under attack.

8. Alkaline foods like cheese or milk can help to neutralise the build-up of acid in children's mouths.

9. Dried fruits are high in sugar and are not necessarily a healthier option for children's teeth.

10. For a healthy diet the NHS advises that children's sugar intake is limited to around 33g per day.

In addition to Foundation's three key rules for good oral health1, these following tips are recommended this Halloween:


1. Limit the number of houses visited on Halloween.

2. Stop children eating sweets one hour before bedtime on Halloween.

3. Ensure you supervise your children brushing their teeth before they go to bed on Halloween.

4. Keep any sweets and sugary snacks for mealtimes only in the following days.

5. Take special care of children with braces - make sure their braces are cleaned thoroughly.

"This combined with a good dental cleaning routine with fluoride toothpaste will help protect the teeth against conditions such as tooth decay and gum disease.

"Each time a sugary food or drink is consumed the sugar reacts with the bacteria in plaque (the sticky coating on the teeth) and produces harmful acids. These acids attack the teeth and dissolve the protective enamel coating on the teeth, which after many such attacks can lead to a cavity (a hole) forming in the tooth and eventually a need for a filling or extraction - something every parent would want their child to avoid.

"The key thing for parents to remember is that it is how often sugar is consumed, rather than how much sugar, which affects the chance of decay.

"It takes the saliva in the mouth up to an hour to neutralise the acid. This means every time sugary foods or drinks are consumed, the teeth are under attack for an hour.

"If children are constantly snacking on sweet foods, their teeth never have a chance to recover completely."

For this reason, the Foundation advises parents to limit their children's sugar intake to three meals and two snacks a day. When possible sweet treats should be eaten at mealtimes, during meals extra saliva is produced and this can help rinse away extra sugars and bacteria. Substituting sweets for crisps or other carbohydrate snacks won't stop the risk of cavities either.

These can also create an acid environment in the mouth and lead to cavities. Instead, parents can give out healthy snacks such as fruit or breadsticks or even small toys to "Trick or Treaters".
The Foundation suggests offering sugar-free sweets and avoiding giving out sticky, sweets such as toffee that stick to the teeth and give the bacteria a longer time in which to attack.

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What is a dental implant?

What is a Dental Implant?

The truth is that dental medicine, as well as regular one, is improving by leaps in bonds every single day. New and new solutions are found which make the life of patients a lot easier. One of these solutions is the dental implants. These are particularly advantageous applications as they are capable of providing you with means of battling tooth loss which is something that a lot of people are suffering from.

Things to Consider

The reasons for this are various. For some particular reason, we tend to forget about our dental hygiene, and we don’t take it as serious as we need to. This is absolutely counter-productive as it’s capable of leading to some severe complications. In any case, the loss of teeth might also be caused by decay or some particular health condition. Regardless of the particular reason, it’s absolutely crucial to handle this matter as promptly as you can and also as professionally.

Common Misconceptions

One of the most common misconceptions amongst people seems to be that if you get older, you won’t be able to take advantage of dental implants as your bone structure won’t support it. The truth is far from this. Your age is completely irrelevant when it comes to using a dental implant. In fact, it’s highly recommended for older people to take into consideration this particular option as it might provide them with the solution they are looking for. Getting a dental implant constructed is going to provide them with stronger bite which may allow them to eat better as this is something that gets harder as the age advances. It’s also going to provide them with a lot of confidence which would allow them to lead a far more active social life.

The Process of Creating an Implant

The process of creating a dental implant, however, is rather complicated. The dentist is first going to make sure that the teeth on both sides of the gap resulted from the lost tooth are properly shaped so that he can mount the crowns. Once he is done with this, he is going to take an impression of the gap and the surrounding teeth and send this to the laboratory in order to get an exact match of an artificial tooth. Once he gets this, which is known as a bridge, he’s going to mount the dental implant. This is a surgical operation, and not all dentists are going to be able to and allowed to carry this out. This is why you should consult with one of the dentists at Horbury Dental Care in advance in order to know whether or not he is going to be able to handle it. If he’s not, he could refer you to a professional who could get it done.

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Read what our patients have said about our practice recently!


Excellent service!

I rang requesting an urgent appointment which was scheduled for an hour later by friendly Reception staff. The Dentist and Nurse were so caring throughout my tooth extraction. Afterwards, the Reception staff kept an eye on me whilst I sat in the waiting room before driving home. Thank you ALL so much for the great service.
Mrs Stainthorpe

Nick Lane

I just wanted to say a very big THANK YOU for the excellent work you have done on my implants. They are amazing; so natural and a perfect match with my own teeth. I am absolutely delighted!
Thank you also to all your colleagues involved in the process; an excellent experience from start to finish. I would happily recommend you to anyone thinking of having Dental Implants.
Best Wishes
Mrs Gibbons


Another good visit seeing James Hudson. It’s lovely when you don’t dread going to the dentists.
M Mcpherson

Nick & the Team

Nick, you have a great calming manner which put me at ease.
I would just like to say a big thank you for the work you have done on my teeth. I am amazed at all the work you have done whilst keeping me pain free! Anyone considering Dental Implants, I can say it is worth it and don’t worry about anything…you’re in good hands.
Mr Facey

Mark & Team

Thank you for my excellent treatment. I’m so happy with how my implant and crown feel & look. Excellent explanation of treatment and costs. Everyone was very helpful and welcoming.
Thanks again

Horbury Dental Care staff

Thank you for the first class treatment I received at your practice.
Mrs Cann


Just a short but very appreciative note to thank you for you care over the past year or so. I found your handling of my Implant treatment very professional & considerate and I felt I coild not have been in better hands.
With very best wishes
Mrs Padgett

Horbury Dental Implant Clinic

Thank you for taking my difficult case & producing fantastic results. You have achieved a natural look & I now have a smile I am proud of. Thank you for all your time, hard work & professionalism.
H. Sutton


How good to feel complete again!
Mark & the staff have been so reassuring all the way through my treatment.
Thank you

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Why Choose Dental Implants Over Dentures?

Dental implants offer an excellent solution for missing teeth. They act as an anchor that provides better support and stability, as well as reassure the wearer. That’s why dentists today recommend dental implants over dentures. If you are still undecided with dental implants, then below are some of its advantages over dentures and other treatments.

Looks like Natural Teeth

A dental implant restores your teeth so that it feels looks and functions like a natural one. It is stable and strong that you might even forget that they are there. Dentures can result to bone deterioration, and interfere with smiling, eating, speaking, and other things you do daily.

Live Life Worry-Free

Your self-esteem will improve because you don’t need to be conscious about your smile, or worry about missing some of your teeth. With dental implants, you will be able to do stuff that are impossible with removable dentures. Dentures can become loose and fall out while eating, laughing or even just talking. When you have dental implants, you gain full control of your life again.

Protect Healthy Bone

Losing one or more teeth can result to other health issues that include the deterioration of the jawbone. When it doesn’t support natural teeth, the jawbone weakens and loses its firmness. Dental implants preserve natural bone, and at the same time stimulate bone growth. Using dentures only can lead to bone loss.

Speak Normally

When you have dental implants, you will be able to speak in a normal manner. Because the implants function like natural teeth, you can easily pronounce the words and don’t worry about the dentures falling out.

No Cavities

Cavities can’t develop in an implant-restored crown. However, you still need to have it clean and maintain through regular visits to the dental office. You also need to observe good oral hygiene just like natural teeth.

Protect Healthy Teeth

Dentures can grind with both sides of the missing teeth, which damage them. Dental implants prevent the grinding from taking place, and will not impact healthy teeth. And at the same time, the nearby teeth will not be shifting because there is no empty space for long periods of time.

Keep Replacement Tooth in Place

Dentures can slip when you smile, kiss, laugh, yawn, cough, talk, and eat. You need to reposition the dentures back into place. On the other hand, dental implants are permanently fixed into place. It fuses naturally with the jawbone, which means that the replacement teeth will not click, shift, or move.

These are the advantages of choosing dental implants over dentures. There’s no need to worry about falling dentures anymore. With implants, you will have replacement teeth that look and feel like the ones you have lost.

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Top Reasons Why You Should Opt For Implant Dentistry


Ever since the advent of implant dentistry, dentures are becoming a less popular choice for teeth replacement. Gone are the days when getting dentures were the only choice you had to replace missing teeth. If you have a few missing teeth, or are tired of wearing dentures, here are a few reasons why dental implants are a better choice. Horbury Dental Care's experienced team can help guide you through the implant process and choices available to you.

Looks and Feels Like Real Teeth
One of the greatest advantage of dental implants is that they look and feel like natural teeth. Dentures are however a dead give-away. They look too perfect to create the illusion of your natural teeth. With dental implants you don't have to worry about feeling like a fake. They are strong, stable and perform similarly to natural teeth.

Stays In Place
Wearing dentures is like wearing a wig, it could fall out anytime. Dental implants stay in place, so you will never have to worry about your teeth moving around during a conversation, or falling out during a fit of laughter. Better yet, you won't have to worry about your dentures falling out when you blow out the candles on your birthday cake. The thing about dental implants is that they are as secure as secure can get. This means they won't let you down and cause embarrassment in social settings. If your dentures have caused you embarrassment on numerous occasions, it's time to switch to dental implants.

Lasts Longer
Dentures can last between five to seven years; however, if they become loose, they will have to be rebased or relined. On the other hand, if you opt for implant dentistry, aside from the occasional readjustments, your implants can last you a life time if you care for them properly. This means also, that implant dentistry is more cost effective than dentures. If you want to save money, then dental implants are the clear winner.

The problem with wearing dentures is that you have to take them out at nights, the same way you remove your contact lenses. With dental implants, you keep your teeth in your mouth and not in a glass overnight. It may take a while for you to get accustomed to having dentures and so you may forget your teeth halfway into your journey to the store, or a very important occasion. Now, that is one thing that will never happen when you are wearing dental implants.

Preserves Your Other Teeth
If you are replacing a few teeth and want to preserve your remaining teeth, implant dentistry is the ideal choice. This is because your dentist has to grind away the teeth on the sides of the missing teeth. In addition, going around with missing teeth can cause the other teeth to shift out of place because they have no support. Dental implants will provide support for these teeth and keep them in place.
Implant dentistry has revolutionised the dental industry. It offers individuals a more reliable, convenient and cost effective way of replacing missing teeth. If you are not a smoker and have healthy gums, there's no reason why you should be walking around with dentures, or a toothless smile. Why not opt for implant dentistry? You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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Gentle Dentistry at Horbury Dental Care

Gentle Dentistry at Horbury Dental Care
Nervous Dental Implants Patients​ A dentist's clinic is probably the one place that people hate to visit. Some may have had an unpleasant encounter during their childhood, or simply just dread the tiniest details in a dentist's room and the whole atmosphere, as it is where you'd pay money to get tortured. Simila...
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