Holistic Dental Care
Looking after your
Holistic Dental Care
Looking after your oral health - Brilliantly
We are a friendly, family orientated, dentist & dental surgery in Hexham; offering general dentistry, dental hygiene and tooth and gum care, as well as cosmetic dentistry and aesthetic treatments.
11 Battle Hill is a beautiful grade 2 listed building which was first listed on October 2nd, 1951. The surgery downstairs is bomb proof. This was a requirement at the time the building was occupied by Newcastle and Gateshead Water Company. It’s a 3-storey building with characteristic sash windows. To the right of the main entrance remains the old coach entrance and segmental arch at the rear of the building. The archway is part of the “flying freehold”.
We’ve given it a modern twist with a Tooth Fairy House. “Toothlings” when you arrive at Battlehill see if you can find the Tooth Fairy House!
We are a fully private practice with a small contract for children’s NHS and orthodontics. Our private patients have a few options either pay-as-you-go or join one of our monthly plans.
A complete range of services for all of your dental needs
Extractions are the removal of a tooth; this is performed by the dentist or sometimes, in more complicated proceedures, an oral surgeon. Tooth removal may be required when a tooth has excessive tooth decay, infections or in some cases for orthodontic treatments, for example if there is a lot of crowding.
Composite fillings are a blend of quartz and resin with the ability to be manipulated or shaped and adhere to the surface of the tooth. Composite provides patients with a filling material that is tooth coloured, extremely strong and durable.
Amalgam is a liquid mercury and metal alloy mixture used in dentistry to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. Low-copper amalgam commonly consists of mercury, silver, tin, zinc and other trace metals.
Dentures are removable false teeth made of acrylic (plastic), metal or nylon. They sit snugly over the gums to replace missing teeth and eliminate potential problems caused by gaps. They can be made as either a full set, which would replace all missing teeth upper, lower, or partial which will replace one or a few missing teeth.
Dental Crowns are caps placed on top of damaged teeth. Crowns are used to protect, cover and restore the shape of your teeth when fillings don’t solve the problem. Dental crowns can be made from metals, porcelain, resin and ceramics. They typically don’t require special care over time other than regular good oral hygiene.
A Bridge is a fixed dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth by joining an artificial tooth definitively to adjacent teeth or dental implants. Traditional dental bridge consists of a false tooth or teeth being held in place by dental crowns that have been cemented onto each of the abutment teeth. A Maryland bridge uses a framework of either metal or porcelain that is bonded onto the backs of the abutment teeth.
Root Canal Treatment;
Root Canal Therapy, also known as Endodontic Therapy, is a dental treatment for removing infection from inside a tooth. It can also protect the tooth from future infections. It is carried out in the pulp of the tooth, which is the root canal.
Orthodontic treatment is a way of straightening or moving teeth, to improve the appearance of the teeth and how they work. This also helps with the long-term health of the teeth, gums and jaw joints by spreading biting pressure all around your teeth. Orthodontic treatment can be done on the NHS, if under 18 years of age and you qualify, alternatively this is a private treatment. Specialist oral surgery; carries out complicated extractions including wisdom teeth removal. Soft tissue biopsy and TMJ problem diagnoses and advice/treatment.
We also offer the following range of Cosmetic Enhancements
Lighten colour of teeth in a manner that is safe. We use custom made devices for this (whitening trays). We can change any existing dental work to match the shade of whitening results.
Invisalign allows you to transform you smile with in a comfortable and discreet way, with virtually invisible aligners which are removable. The aligners are custom-made for each individually patient to gradually move your teeth without any wires or metal. Invisalign aligners look like clear flexible retainers so they can be removed for eating and brushing teeth.
Ceramic braces are similar to metal braces, but they use clear or tooth-coloured brackets and wire instead of metal. Ceramic braces are an excellent way to create the smile you have always wanted. They are a lot less noticeable than metal alternatives. These are favoured by our adult patients as they are tooth coloured and doesn’t make you self-conscious.
Metal braces are metallic in colour both the bracket and wire, these are more commonly used by children. Metal braces are very affective treatment to get your perfect smile. These are an excellent source of treatment for overcrowded mouths. Metal braces are provided on the NHS for under 18 years old if they qualify, alternatively they are also a private option.
Gum Lift Surgery;
Gum lift surgery is a cosmetic dental procedure that raises and sculpts the gum line. This involves reshaping the tissue and or underlying bones to create the appearance of longer teeth, thereby making the smile more pleasing. This procedure is also known as “crown lengthening”. It is particularly done to reduce the excessively gummy smiles.
Face and lip fillers (dermal fillers) are substances injected into your face. They fill lines and wrinkles and add volume to areas such as your lips or cheeks. Fillers are not permanent. How long they last depends on things like the type of filler and where it's injected. They usually last between 6 and 18 months. Most dermal fillers used in the UK contain a natural substance called hyaluronic acid.
BB Glow is the name given to the procedure which uses Dermapen micro-needling technology to insert the BB Glow serum containing natural nutrients under the surface of the skin. Benefits include: A subtle glow, giving the appearance of healthy luscious looking skin.
Before and after treatment
Our membership plan is the most cost-effective way to maintain your dental and oral health. With paying a monthly direct debit this automatically gives you guaranteed registration with the practice. Starting from as little as 48p per day, you will be able to budget with all routine care with a simple monthly direct debit.
• 20% off all treatment.
• Access to 24 hour dental emergency helpline 365 days per year.
• Eligibility to request assistance from Worldwide dental emergency assistance scheme
• More cost effective than paying as you go.
• Convenient payment by direct debit
Why people love Battle Hill Dental Practice
I enjoyed my tooth filling. I liked it because it was white like my normal teeth. You are all very kind, because you gave me a nice sticker and because I was their best patient.”
Meet the Team
Kushbah; principal dental surgeon
Dr Kushbah Begum obtained her dental degree from the University of Dundee in 2012. After qualifying Kushbah worked in the Scottish Boarders and Edinburgh but always knew her heart lay in the North East of England, where she is from, so she returned to Newcastle to live and work. Kushbah is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Bringing with her a wealth of experience and a keen interest in helping anxious patients. In addition to this, Kushbah offers a multitude of orthodontic systems for aligning teeth (including Invisalign, ceramic and metallic braces). She is also able to offer some minor periodontal surgery including “gum lift” surgery. In her spare time Kushbah loves spending time with her 10 siblings, nieces and nephews & friends. She has a keen interest in painting, cooking and advises other dentists on a voluntary basis. Kushbah has recently learnt to swim and now has regular swimming sessions after work to relax and keep fit. Kushbah has a little cat, who she adores and loves, called Dorothy (Dot). Amongst all of Kushbah’s hobbies and interests her overall favourite thing, except Dentistry, is make up!
Dr Kushbah Begum
Zain; cosmetic clinician
Dr Zain Remy has a special interest in minimally invasive aesthetic dentistry. He has trained under some of the world’s leading clinicians and academics in aesthetic dentistry. Zain qualified at King’s College London in 2016 in dentistry and also gained a qualification in Pharmacology in 2012. He has since been on a continuing pathway of learning to further hone in on his skills of cosmetic and aesthetics dentistry. Zai is currently undertaking a year long postgraduate diploma in London in Aesthetic & Restorative dentistry with Smile Academy. He is an Invisalign provider and also delivers various other cosmetic procedures such as veneers, white fillings and smile makeovers. Outside of work he spends his time with his lovely fiancee and is an avid tennis and football enthusiast.
Dr Zain Remy
Audrey; specialist oral surgeon
Dr Audrey Kershaw qualified in Dentistry from the University of Glasgow (1987). She continued with her post graduate training and was awarded a Fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (1991). She is a General Dental Council Recognised Specialist in Oral Surgery.
She has worked extensively in various parts of England to gain experience in Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery. She examines for the Royal College Surgeons (Ed) and has previously examined for the General Dental Council’s International Qualifying examination at home and abroad. She has 9 peer reviewed publications to her name.
Audrey came to Dundee in 1998 to take up an Associate Specialist post at Dundee Dental Hospital and School where she was heavily involved with undergraduate student teaching until 2017 (including training our very own Dr Begum). Audrey now provides a peripatetic Private Oral Surgery and IV Sedation service throughout Scotland and Hexham.
Audrey has a very patient centred, caring and holistic approach to patient care. She realises that although the work she does is maybe routine to herself, that this is very much a new, unique and unknown experience for the patient.
In her spare time Audrey enjoys practicing and teaching yoga, cycling, cooking and spending time with her family and dogs.
Dr Audrey Kershaw
Jodie; Dental nurse/practice manager
Jodie is our wonderful practice manager here at Battlehill Dental Practice. She is very friendly with an approachable personality. Jodie is a very fun and caring person who has time for her patients and staff, she will happily go out of her way to make sure our patients are taken care of to the highest standards. She deals with the day-to-day running of the practice and makes sure everything runs smoothly. Jodie has been a qualified dental nurse for 7 years and has worked in both NHS and private practice. Jodie loves spending time with her two young sons and her partner outside of work. They enjoy family days out to Inflataspace, swimming and country walks.
Helen; dental nurse
Helen has been a valued member of this practice for 33 years. Helen qualified as a dental nurse in 1992. Helen always has a cheerful greeting for our patients and will gladly answer any questions you may have about your treatment. Helen has 3 children 1 daughter and twin boys, who she loves spending time with on her days off, even if they are grown up now. Helen also has a keen interest in hockey, gym and swimming. You can regularly find Helen at Tynemouth on a weekend swimming or surfing.
Paige; trainee dental nurse
Paige is our trainee dental nurse, Paige has always had a keen interest in becoming a dental nurse since being at school. Paige is very approachable and friendly, and may be the face you meet at reception. She loves spending her weekends out with friends and family. Paige loves shopping and loves makeup just like our principal dentist. Sometimes Paige likes a good night out too along with a sing and dance.
Dorothy; Kushbah's beloved cat.
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Dorothy the Cat
Becca; Aesthetician, dental nurse and technician.
Becca is our aesthetics queen. She is also a registered Dental Nurse and Lab Technician. She has a keen passion in her job as a nurse and dental technician. Becca is currently expanding her expertise in other aspects of cosmetics including BB glow and Botox. Becca has a young daughter and kitten which she spends her spare time, enjoying different adventures. She loves her fake eyelashes and a good night out.