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Market Place Dental

The Old Exchange

Mill Lane

Great Dunmow.



Tel. 01371 872 300

Email. [email protected]


O P E N I N G       H O U R S


Monday                                09:00 to 17:00

Tuesday                               09:00 to 19:00

Wednesday                         09:00 to 17:00

Thursday                              08:00 to 17:00

Friday                                    09:00 to 12:00


Out of hours emergency service for registered patients - please call the practice on

01371 872 300 for on-call information.


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Talking teeth

A Blog for dental questions, news and views.

Welcome to Talking Teeth - Market Place Dental's blog. Please email any questions you would like to ask us, or if you would like to comment on anything. We will do our best to answer those niggling dental questions.


By MPD, Jun 8 2015 01:02PM

Where have all the years gone

Long time passing?

Twenty Five with us, wow! So short!

Thank you Chris for your support.

Your gentle eyes survey the scene

And bring a cool collected gaze

Upon our busy dental days.

Here right early and works so late

Keeping all controlled and up to date!

No fluster at reception

Just loyal, consistent, motivation.

The rubbish, blue bagged and neat

Stands weekly lined up in the street.

The plants never get too drunk

But just look forward to a soak!

Should a fire lick through our lot

Chris you’ll see us safe on side-walk

Extinguishers to ready.

But steady now,

Watch it Chris!

You must last a good deal longer

As none of us get any younger

So keep your vigour and your cool.

May God bless you as you serve us all.

5th June 2015.

By Stephen Bazlinton

By MPD, Oct 3 2014 08:29PM

In August Market Place was pleased to welcome our new hygienist Michelle Hawker. Michelle trained in 2002 as a dental nurse receiving her NEBDN national certificate. In 2010 she received a distinction in the Foundation Degree of Oral Health Science from the University of Essex. She has just been nominated as a finalist in the Dental Hygiene and Therapy Awards 2015 in the category 'Best Treatment of Nervous Patients'.

Michelle is currently working every Thursday at Market Place Dental Group. You may be referred to Michelle from your dentist as part of your dental care. New 'direct access' changes means that you can see a hygienist without first seeing your dentist. So if you feel your teeth and gums could do with a good clean and you would like help with your oral health contact our reception and book an appointment with Michelle.

Michelle is also trained in cosmetic treatments such as tooth whitening and facial aesthetics and would be happy to talk through these treatments with you.

By MPD, May 30 2014 02:03PM

Teeth whitening is a popular treatment at Market Place Dental Group, but if you have never had your teeth whitened you may wonder what it's all about.

As time goes on, you may notice that your once-gleaming smile starts to darken and discolour. This could be due to staining from food and drink or from the natural changes over time. Bleaching is a non-permanent, safe and effective way to lighten your teeth to a brighter white in a short space of time.

Staining can happen for the following reasons:

Smoking or other tobacco-related habits

Drinking tea, coffee, red wine or dark sugary soft drinks

Trauma to teeth

Plaque deposits from not brushing effectively

Time! Age can cause a natural discolouration to both teeth and fillings

Whitening your teeth using a dentist-prescribed bleach can make a big difference to the appearance of your smile giving you a brighter and more youthful look. Once your dentist has shown you how to apply the bleach, you take the kit home and control how white you want your teeth.

It works by using a peroxide-based whitening gel which bleaches the teeth. On your first visit you will assessed for your suitability for bleaching by your dentist. Moulds will be taken of your teeth, their shade/colour will be recorded along with ‘before photos’. On the second visit your personalised bleaching trays will be ready. Your dentist will show you how to apply the bleach into the trays and how to seat them. Depending on the product, the trays are worn once a day (from 2hrs to overnight) until your desired level of whiteness has been achieved. The effectiveness of the bleach is dependent on the natural pigmentation of your teeth and/or the degree of staining but can take up to 2 weeks for a natural-looking smile. Your final appointment will involve a review of the colour change and ‘after photos’. You can expect at least 3 appointments, but your dentist may arrange more if necessary.

Some tooth sensitivity may occur during treatment. This can be reduced by brushing your teeth prior to the application of the gel using a sensitive toothpaste, not using too much gel and following your dentist’s advice about how long to leave your tray in. Having a couple of days off can help; if the sensitivity persists it is best to contact your dentist. It is illegal to get teeth bleaching from any provider other than a dentist, so ensure you seek proper professional treatment.

At Market Place Dental, we offer bleaching at the great price of £249, so if you have any questions do drop us a line and we can help you get that brighter smile.

By MPD, Mar 4 2014 02:43PM

An approaching weekend, holiday or important family occasion seems to mysteriously set off a host of dental problems ranging from a broken tooth to a large facial swelling. A toothache that has been perfectly manageable suddenly becomes raging toothache simply because it is Friday night!

On a serious note, dental infections can pose a real health risk so it is always worth seeking dental advice and treatment the moment things don’t feel right. If you experience a sharp pain with cold or heat, or when you bite together, there may be an underlying problem such as decay or a broken tooth. If you start to experience a dull ache or swelling it is vital you seek treatment straight away as it is likely that there is an infection.

Because these dental problems can arise at any moment, at Market Place Dental Group we feel it is important that our patients have access to emergency care whatever the time or day. Simply call the practice and if it is out of hours, listen to the recorded message that will let you know which of our dentists is on call.

So don’t tempt fate by thinking a Monday morning toothache will go away by Friday – get it looked at as soon as possible to make sure your weekend is pain-free!

By MPD, Jan 30 2014 08:46PM

On Wednesday we said goodbye to Chris Picton who retired after 31 years of nursing with us at Market Place Dental Group. It was a time to reflect, celebrate and look forward to new beginnings after three decades of dental dedication.


You have been in association with dentistry for many, many years, and with us for most of your professional life. We have together seen mega changes which us old dogs have found difficult to cope with! But I am sure you will agree that time never hangs on our hands in dental practice, and working with a grateful public has given great satisfaction over the years. I think we can all say WELL DONE for your endurance and optimism.

We have seen our familes grow up; we have indeed known the joys and sorrows of human experience. I don't know of any other profession where you are confined to so small a place for many hours a day, day after day, and not get on each others' nerves. It speaks well of your commiteent and trust that you and I have been able to do this for 31 years!

As employers, we are so grateful for your willingness and calmness in what is a stressful occupation. We have tried to be fair employers - forgive us if we have at times not been up to the mark. We will miss you very much but you leave us to cope with new challenges for the future.

And no more CPD for you! You now enter a different sphere of daily routine, no doubt with new challenges too. But we do wish you godspeed, good health and a good, long, fulfilling future with your extending family.

God bless you,

Your Market Place Dental Group family.

By guest, Jan 24 2014 08:10PM

When your child is born they will have a full set of deciduous (primary) teeth beneath the gums. These start to emerge through the gums, starting with the lower teeth, from about 6 months but can show up much sooner. By the time your toddler is 3 years old all of the deciduous teeth will be through.

Because we dentists love healthy teeth, you can bring your children in as soon as heir teeth start to pop through. We will ensure their teeth, gums and other soft tissues are OK and developing as they should. However if you have any concerns before this point, we are more than happy to have a look.

A really important aspect to bringing your children to the dentist in the early years is acclimatization to the strange environment of the dental clinic. It is better for us to meet your children for a straightforward check-up, than if their first visit to the dentist requires treatment, which may set them up with an unhelpfully negative view of going to the dentist. We'd far rather their first experience is a fun one!

A recent survey* published in 2013 showed that over 27% of 5 year olds in the UK have tooth decay. In 2009, tooth decay was reported as the third most common reason for children's admittance to hospital**. This is alarming.

We believe your children's oral health and good prevention is paramount, which is why at Market Place Dental Group we provide free private dental treatment for children under 6 years old. Our aim is that by preventing tooth decay in their deciduous teeth, your children will be set up for a lifetime of good oral health.



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