Balham Gateway Dental Practice
Balham Gateway Dental is a long-standing independent practice providing NHS and Private treatment. Our experienced and friendly team provides quality dentistry with a personal touch and offers a variety of treatments for differing dental needs.
We see exempt and fee paying patients, including the elderly, children, expectant mothers and families and we take pride in providing a safe, welcoming environment for those anxious about visiting the dentist.
We aim to provide same day to 48 hour appointments for dental emergencies and are open Saturday mornings by appointment.
Located near the heart of Balham within easy access of public transport, British National Rail and London underground services, our ethos is prevention foremost and when treatment is needed we provide a conservative approach, using quality dental materials.
Balham Gateway Dental
13a Station Parade
Balham High Rd
Practice Opening Times
- 09.00am - 5.30pm
- 09.00am - 5.30pm
- 09.00am - 1.00pm
- 09.00am - 5.00pm
- 09.00am - 5.00pm
- 09.00am - 1.00pm
How to find us
Regular attendance for check-ups is recommended. This helps prevent disease and allows us to minimise and treat disease such as decay and periodontal (gum) disease. It allows early intervention and helps limit active disease. Regular examinations allow us to screen for lumps or abnormal tissue. Examination appointments may include screening x-rays.
They are an opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have regarding your oral health. How often you need to attend varies among individuals and will be discussed with you.
Where the tooth is completely broken down or weaker after endodontic treatment, a crown (cap) may be necessary to restore the tooth’s function. Similarly, treatment to place a cast restoration such as a crown, will require more than one visit.
We provide various crown aesthetic options. The dentist will discussed these with you.
These treatments restore the functional aspect of the tooth and alleviate discomfort/pain.
We provide both composite (white) and amalgam (silver) fillings. The restorative treatment of the tooth is carried out by removing the decay and filling the cavity to restore the tooth.
Oral hygiene is about maintaining the health of the supporting tissue (gums) and teeth. It is important to keep the gums healthy as they support your teeth. Studies show that more teeth are lost through periodontal (gum) disease in adults than through tooth decay.
As a practice, we provide hygiene sessions which include scaling, dietary and oral hygiene advice and regular reviews to assist in maintaining healthy gums. Due to varying needs and habits, hygiene sessions are tailored to the individual. The dentist will discuss your treatment needs with you.
We currently provide an in-house bleaching service. This involves custom made whitening trays. Bright smile results can be instant. Teeth whitening results can continue to be improved with the take home kit provided as part of your treatment. Prior consultation is necessary to determine the suitability of the treatment.
If the tooth is not restored and the pulp (nerve) becomes exposed or dies, endodontic treatment (root canal therapy) may be necessary before the tooth can be restored. This treatment may require a few visits before it is completed.
Implants and Orthodontics
Currently the practice works closely with specialists providing these services. Please ask for more details.
Prosthodontics is the art of dentistry concerned with the replacement of missing teeth. We provide full and partial dentures in acrylic or chrome cobalt (metal) material.
Dentures are removable and are used to replace some or all missing teeth. Bridges are a fixed tooth replacement option and various designs are available.
We advocate teeth for life. We endeavour to provide preventative and conservative treatment for your dentition, however when this is no longer possible, the tooth may need to be extracted. Prior to an extraction the dentist will discuss the procedure with you.
NHS and Private Fee Guide
Free NHS dental treatment or help with health costs
You do not have to pay for NHS dental treatment if, when the treatment starts, you are:
- Aged under 18
- Aged under 19 and receiving full-time education
- Pregnant or a mother who has had a baby in the previous 12 months
- Staying in an NHS hospital and your treatment is carried out by the hospital dentist
- An NHS Hospital Dental Service outpatient (however, you may have to pay for your dentures or bridges)
You also do not have to pay if, when the treatment starts or when you are asked to pay, you are included in an award of:
- Income Support
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Pension Credit guarantee credit
- You are named on a valid NHS credit exemption certificate, or are entitled to an NHS tax credit exemption certificate
- You are named on a valid HC2 certificate
For further information on NHS dental services and dental charges, see the dental services section of the NHS Choices website, or ask your dentist or NHS England Area Team for help.
If you are not exempt from charges, you should pay one of the following charges for each course of treatment you receive:
- Band 1 course of treatment £23.80
This covers an examination, diagnosis (e g X-rays), advice
- Band 2 course of treatment £65.20
This covers everything listed in Band 1 above, plus any further treatment such as fillings
- Band 3 course of treatment £282.80
This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures and bridges
You will not be exempt from paying if you receive Incapacity Benefit, contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Council Tax Benefit, Housing Benefit or Pension Credit savings credit, when paid on their own. Medical conditions do not exempt patients from payment for dental treatment.
You will be asked to show your dentist written proof that you do not have to pay for all or part of your NHS treatment. You will also be asked to sign a form to confirm that you do not have to pay. If your name is on a valid HC3 certificate, you may not have to pay for all your treatment. Checks are made on free and reduced cost treatment claims. If you say you have the right to free treatment when you do not, you may incur a penalty charge.
*At some times of the year NHS treatment availability may be limited. Regular attendance is advised for NHS treatment continuity.
|Examination with Scale + Polish
Where heavy tartar and staining exists, an additional fee will be advised on examination.
|Fissure sealant (per tooth)||£48.00|
|Hygiene session (per 20mins)
(Periodontal treatment fee on examination)
|Composite (white) bonded filling|
|Amalgam (silver) filling|
|Porcelain bonded to metal crown||£425.00|
|All ceramic crown (no metal core) e.g. Zirconia CAD/CAM||£495.00|
|High precious metal crowns (yellow or white gold)||£450.00|
|Bridgework (per unit)||£385.00|
|Acrylic denture (per denture)||£380.00|
|Upper and Lower dentures||£630.00|
|Chrome cobalt (metal) denture||£700.00|
|Implants (quotes given on consultation)|
Meet the Team
Dr Anthony Maine (B.D.S. Rand)
Dentist - GDC No 57771
Anthony is an experienced dentist having provided ongoing dental treatment for many years in Balham. He qualified at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and has an interest in restorative dentistry with a conservative approach. He is active in ongoing professional dental development and in the ever-evolving dental profession.
Dental nurse and Receptionist
Debbie has enjoyed working at Balham Gateway Dental for several years. Her role as a nurse/receptionist gives her the opportunity to get to know and support different patients effectively. She is also a qualified oral health education promoter. In her spare time, Debbie enjoys reading, baking and keeping fit.
Dr (Mrs) Kiruba Thillainathan (B.D.S. Scheffield) GDC
Dentist – GDC No 73293
Dr Thillainaithan has worked in our practice for many years. Dr Thillainathan works part-time and has an interest in restorative dentistry. She is a caring and valuable member of our team. In her spare time Dr Thillanathan enjoys especially being involved with her family.