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.
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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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Oral hygiene is very important

As well as good oral hygiene helping to prevent tooth decay and keep bad breath at bay, there are also several other benefits associated with taking dental hygiene seriously:


  1. It helps avoid the build-up of plaque

Without regular flossing and brushing, plaque can build-up on the gum line which provides an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive. This can lead to serious gum infections including gingivitis, periodontitis and trench mouth. This last condition can mean painful bleeding gums as well as ulcers forming in the gum line due to the harmful bacteria that has developed.


  1. It can help you keep your teeth

Getting into good habits now, can help you keep your teeth for longer as you get older. If you suffer from gum infection on a long-term basis, this could lead to you losing your teeth so it is important to maintain good oral hygiene now to help prevent this happening.


  1. There may be links between oral infections and other health problems

Recently conducted research has suggested there may be an association between gum infection and serious conditions such as poorly controlled diabetes, pre-term birth, heart attacks and strokes. In terms of cardiovascular disease it seems that bacteria that is present in the mouth may result in inflammation across the body, including the arteries.


Horbury Dental is a family run dental practice which delivers premium quality dental treatments to its patients. We are also able to advise on ways to achieve good oral hygiene to help take the best care of your teeth and gums. To find out more about the procedures we offer or to book an appointment please call us 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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Types of restorative dental procedures offered at Horbury Dental

Our team of skilled of dentists offer the following restorative treatments:


Fillings are used to treat teeth which been cracked or broken or are suffering from tooth decay.  A number of different filling materials are available with the two most common being dental amalgam and composite.  Dental amalgam is the silver coloured filling that most people are familiar with.  In contrast, composite has a much more natural appearance.  An advantage of this type of filling is that it can be mixed to an exact shade in order to blend in with the existing tooth.


Crowns are designed to fit over teeth that have been severely weakened by decay or contain a very large filling.  They can also be used in other instances, for example where a patient has a discoloured filling and wishes to improve the appearance of their tooth, to protect a root filling or to ensure a denture or bridge is held firmly in place.  A crown works by fitting over the remains of the original tooth, restoring its natural shape as well as making it strong again.


Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth and span the space where the teeth are missing.  They are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space.  These teeth, called abutments, then serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments.  Bridges are usually made of porcelain bonded to precious metal but can also be made entirely of a special type of strong porcelain.

Horbury Dental Care provides dental services for people in Horbury, Wakefield, Netherton, Osset and the surrounding areas.  To learn more about the range of restorative dental procedures we offer call our office on 01924 211 234.



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The importance of good oral health

Regular appointments at the dentist are important for many reasons.  As well as keeping your teeth in good check they can also provide indicators about your general level of health.  If you have good oral health then this can be a sign that you are well too.  Conversely, if you have oral health problems this may reflect other issues with your body as a whole too.

Seeing your dentist at regular intervals for examinations allows them to detect any problems, which may be present.  These include jaw misalignment, growth and development issues and matters related to insufficient nutrition.  They will also be able to recognise the early stages of gum disease.

It is also important to maintain good oral health to avoid other possible issues such as oral and facial pain and problems with the heart and other major organs.  Sometimes poor oral hygiene can result in digestion problems like irritable bowel syndrome and intestinal failure as well.

Recent research has found that over 90% of all systemic diseases (such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and several forms of cancer) display oral symptoms too.  These often present themselves in different ways such as in the form of a dry mouth, mouth ulcers or swollen gums.  If patients have regular visits to their dentist this means that any changes to their oral health are more likely to be recognised and that a problem can be identified early in its development. 

Horbury Dental Care is a leading dental provider in Horbury, Ossett, Wakefield, Netherton and the surrounding areas.  To book an appointment or to discuss any concerns that you may have regarding your oral health please get in touch on 01924 211 234.

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How cutting down sugar can help your teeth

There are also everyday actions that you can take at home to help look after your teeth and lower the risk of tooth decay.  One of the things you can do is cut down on sugar.  Here are some handy hits for how to do so:

Try and limit sugary food and drink to meal times

Eating any kind of food or drink which contains sugar leads to teeth being under attack from acid for up to one hour afterwards.  You can reduce the number of times that this happens by limiting anything sugary to meal times.

Savoury snacks are best

Ideally, it is best to have three meals each day without any snacks before or after them.  If you do need to eat in between then try to choose snacks without sugar in them.  Examples of suitable savoury snacks include raw vegetables such as cucumber or carrot sticks, nuts and breadsticks.

Know which foods can cause decay

Tooth decay can be caused by all kinds of sugar.  A lot of processed foods have high sugar content, which is something to be aware of when buying these items.  Fruit contains acid, which can damage your teeth, but normally only if you consume a great amount.  On the other hand, dried fruit does have high sugar content so try to limit how much you eat.

Brush your teeth at the correct times

As consuming sugary food weakens enamel, brushing your teeth immediately after eating means that small bits of the enamel may be brushed away too.  To reduce the risk of this happening it is important to wait at least one hour before brushing your teeth.

Horbury Dental Care provides a range of dental services across Horbury, Ossett, Netherton, Wakefield and the surrounding areas.  To make an appointment or to find out more information give our office a ring on 01924 211 234.

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An in-depth look at teeth whitening

Teeth whitening is an increasingly common service that our patients are taking advantage of.  Most people have heard of the procedure but are not sure how exactly it works.  Here we explain how teeth whitening is carried out as well as what the benefits of treatment are.

Teeth whitening is used when teeth have suffered discolouration, for example through staining, aging or smoking.  It involves correcting this damage by bleaching your teeth to make them lighter.  Treatment is used to lighten the colour of the teeth by several shades and can be directed at the upper or lower teeth, or both, depending on your individual requirements.

In order to carry out the treatment, an impression of your teeth will be taken by one of our skilled team.  From this a bespoke mouth guard or tray will be made for you.  This tray is then used to hold a special gel against your teeth each evening for a week or two depending on your personal needs.  The bleaching agent we use removes stains from the enamel quickly and without affecting any existing work.  Once your teeth are the desired shade, occasional treatments are all that is needed to maintain the new level of brightness.

Key benefits of teeth whitening include the fact that it works on Adults of any age so it is never too late to carry the treatment out.  The correction of tooth staining from yellow or brown to white again leads to increased levels of confidence amongst out patients who comment on how the treatment has helped to ‘bring alive my smile again’.  Teeth whitening is a near-permanent solution for a ‘dull’ smile meaning that the brightness will have lasting effects too.

Horbury Dental Care provides dental services for people in Horbury, Wakefield, Ossett, Netherton and the surrounding areas.  Please contact us on 01924 211 234 to talk us about your teeth whitening needs in more detail.

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The benefits of having dental implants

Dental implants are replacement tooth roots.  They are used as a foundation for either fixed or removable replacement teeth which will blend in with your natural teeth.  There are many different benefits to fitted with dental implants.  This include:

A better appearance

Dental implants are designed to look just like your existing teeth.  This means they have a natural appearance and will feel just like your other ones too.

Increased comfort

Removable dentures can often be uncomfortable and painful.  As dental implants are designed to fuse with existing bone, this discomfort can be avoided.

No more inconvenience

Dentures require the use of an adhesive or some kind of paste to hold them in place.  They can also be embarrassing as well as time consuming.  As dental implants are permanent there is no need to spend time or energy on these tasks anyone.

Talk confidently

Another problem with removable dentures is that they can move within the mouth resulting in slurring words and other speech problems.  Dental implants remove this threat meaning as there is no chance that teeth can slide and affect how clearly you can speak.


Dental implants are incredibly hard-wearing and if looked after correctly they can last a lifetime meaning complete peace of mind about your teeth.

Enjoy food again

Removable dentures can make eating certain foods difficult due to problems with movement whilst chewing.  As dental implants don’t move during meal times, you will be able to enjoy foods that were once troublesome without having to worry about any slipping or discomfort.

Raised self-esteem

As a result of all the benefits outline above, our patients consistently tell us how having dental implants has increased their levels of self-esteem.  Having a smile transformed as well as being able to speak and eat more easily has led to them feeling happier within themselves and being more confident at work as well as amongst family and friends.

Horbury Dental provides dental services for people in Horbury, Netherton, Ossett, Wakefield and the surrounding areas.  To find out more about dental implants or to book an appointment call our office on 01924 211 234.

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Straightening your teeth can help with confidence

Whilst straightening teeth allows a patient to achieve their desired smile, this is not the only benefit of treatment.  As well as improving a smile, realignment work can also transform people’s lives by increasing their confidence and allowing them to live life to the full.

For many people, growing up with misaligned teeth has had a serious effect on their confidence and self-esteem.  From being bullied at school to being made fun of by peers, patients will often have faced daily jokes about their teeth leading to embarrassment as well as increasing feelings of self-consciousness.  These experiences often result in avoidance behaviour, for example not wanting to be in groups photos or covering the mouth with a hand during conversations or presentations.

Whilst these feelings amongst patients are common and affect everyday life, they are rarely talked about even with close family and friends, meaning that the upset caused is often not shared.  We understand that the decision to have your teeth straightened is a big one and our experienced staff are here to listen to you and your situation and help you take the steps needed to transform your smile.

The benefits of teeth straightening are wide ranging.  Not shying away in photographs anymore and smiling at every opportunity are just two of the ways in which our patients’ lives have changed after treatment.  Others have told us about how not worrying about having to hide their teeth now has boosted their confidence at work as well as socially too.  Their self-confidence has increased as has their happiness due to no longer worrying about their teeth on a day to day basis.  Many talk about how they wish they had treatment sooner due to the positive effect is has had on their life and self-esteem.

Horbury Dental provides dental services for people in Horbury, Netherton, Wakefield, Ossett and the surrounding areas.  Get in touch with our office on 01924 211 234 to understand more about the teeth straightening procedures we offer.

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