General Dentistry

General dentistry encompasses all of the dentistry needed to keep every member of your family healthy and smiling. Our dentists and staff provide gentle and personalised dentistry that will put you at ease.

Active Maintenance Programme (Preventive Dentistry)

Routine care of your teeth is the only way to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy and that you maintain that beautiful smile.

We believe that early disease detection is critical in order for our patients to maintain optimum oral health. We encourage all of our patients to have regular dental check-ups, which enable us to minimise treatment and maintenance procedures. Together, we help you maintain your optimal dental health with regular active maintenance appointments at an interval determined by your dentist especially for you.

These active maintenance appointments include:

  • Check-up and clean
  • X-rays to assist with diagnosis
  • Fluoride and sealants (as needed)

Some patients achieve excellent oral health with twice-yearly visits, while others may require more frequent visits to keep their smiles looking and feeling their best. Certain conditions, diseases and habits may make keeping your teeth and gums healthy more challenging. We are here to support you based on your individual needs.

We welcome new patients and will look after your family in the same way that we would want ours cared for.

Periodontal (Gum) Treatments

Recent research links this inflammatory disease to systemic conditions including:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Low birth weight and premature births
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Certain types of cancer – especially in ageing women

We take a proactive approach to restoring health by providing gentle, yet thorough, dental cleanings to remove tartar and bacteria both above and below the gumline. Depending on each patient’s unique needs, this may require more than one visit.

Starting out with a fresh, clean smile will assist in healing gums and eradicating infection comfortably and in tandem with improved home care.

Tooth-Coloured Restorative Dentistry

When decay, cracked teeth, wear or trauma causes damage to teeth, both Dr Richard Beale and Dr Louisa Cullen will repair your existing teeth, whenever possible, using highly aesthetic, tooth-coloured restorations.

Advancements in materials and techniques preserve the beauty and health of your smile.

Tooth-Replacement Options

Extraction is a last resort when all other treatment options are impossible. In spite of our best intentions, tooth loss sometimes occurs, but it does not have to mean a compromised smile.

  • Dental implants
  • Partial dentures
  • Complete dentures
  • Fixed bridges 
  • Implant-retained dentures and bridges

We are happy to present all of your tooth-replacement options and the benefits of each to help you make an informed choice for the future of your smile.

Emergency Dentistry

Dental emergencies can disrupt your day, causing you to miss work or important appointments. We strive to treat dental emergencies fast – usually on the same day – and will provide you with treatment options to help you avoid them in the future.

  • Root canals
  • Extractions
  • Palliative care

We invite you to get in touch to arrange your next dental exam at Beale & Cullen Dental, located on Papanui Road in Christchurch. We look forward to welcoming you.