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March 2020

I am delighted to announce that our extended contact activity has just been confirmed. Should you wish to make an appointment for yourself or someone else, kindly get in touch with us at your convenience. -Conrad Costa



May 2018

We have updated our privacy policy in accordance with GDPR legislation. Our website does not track you, nor do we collect any information about you whilst you browse our website. We do not covertly make you mine Bitcoin on our behalf nor do we drop any cookies or sell you adverts. We value our own privacy very much and therefore have a lot of respect for your online privacy.

Patient satisfaction Survey

August 2016

Our patient satisfaction survey, which had been ongoing since April, is now closed. We would like to thank all those who participated. We would nonetheless welcome your feedback (whether written, verbal or by email) at any time. Our Friends and Family Test remains ongoing.

New Practice manager

January 2016

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Ms Angelique van Woerkom, who joins us at Castle and Costa as our new Practice Manager. Angelique has many years of experience as a Dental Care Professional and had worked for us frequently as a locum. She is familiar with our working system and is very eager to learn and help us improve our service.

New Associate Dental Surgeon

August 2015

We are pleased to welcome Dr Gavin Gill to our practice as our new associate dental surgeon, following the retirement of Dr Gillian Fellows. Dr Gill has many years of experience in general practice and in teaching hopsitals and will prove to be an asset to our team.

CQC inspection and report

June 2015

We are delighted to announce that Castle and Costa Dental Surgeons have passed their CQC inspection. Following a visit by two inspectors, we were given a clean bill of health - as well as a few suggestions - which we have taken on board. For more information, visit our Resources page.

Dementia Awareness training

November 2014

We extend our congratulations to our dental care professionals and dentists after they were awarded an NVQ level II in dementia awareness training. This will enable us to engage with our patient base better and to improve our understanding of their condition.

Conrad and audrey Costa

March 2013

We are pleased to announce that following the sad demise of Mr Castle, Conrad and Audrey Costa have recently taken over the running of the practice and will strive to maintain and improve the good standard of care that Castle and Costa have been delivering to the non-ambulatory for the past years.

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Relining and Tissue Conditioning

In certain cases, when dentures become unstable or ill-fitting (through resorption of the gums for instance), it may be beneficial to have them relined. An impression of the patient's mouth is taken within the dentures and these are then sent to the laboratory. Casts of the patient's gums are made and the dentures relined or re-based to fit better.


Impressions taken within existing dentures


In other cases, a tissue conditioner may be used to aid in diagnosis and problem-solving. In this technique, an acrylic paste is mixed into a paste and applied to the patient's dentures, which are used as normal. This will eventually set into a thick gel after a few days, essentially resulting in a 'functional impression' of the gums, allowing for a reline which follows more closely the natural anatomy of the mouth in function.

Tissue conditioner pastes can be messy and are quite delicate. Because they will need to stay on the dentures for some time (typically more than one day), it is important that patients take proper care to ensure the tissue conditioner is not damaged.

  1. The dentures must not be scrubbed, rather just rinsed under running water for a while every time they need cleaning,
  2. No denture cleaning tablets are to be used whilst the tissue conditioner is still on the dentures; the dentures should be left in plain water overnight,
  3. The tissue conditioner (including any excess paste) must not be picked at.

Click here to download these instructions in PDF format.