These days you no longer need to have unsightly amalgam fillings. White fillings now provide a much more aesthetic alternative, they are made of a resin and a glass like material which can be made to blend in with your own teeth so that the restoration is barely noticeable. White fillings are now comparable in strength and longevity to the old amalgam fillings.
One of the biggest advantages of white fillings is that they can be bonded to tooth, this means that less tooth needs to be prepared and removed when restoring it.
Crowns are an ideal way to rebuild teeth which have been broken, or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling.
The crown fits right over the remaining part of the tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape and contour of a natural tooth. Crowns are sometimes also known as ‘caps’.
Crowns can be made of zirconia, this provides the highest aesthetics or porcelain bonded to precious metals which provides added strength as well as aesthetics. Occasionally a gold crown may be required.
Bridges can be used to replace missing teeth, restore looks and improve function. They also help stabilise the bite, because if a gap is left the adjacent will often tilt into the space and opposing teeth will over erupt creating a poor bite.
Bridges are permanently fixed to the adjacent teeth by a variety of methods some requiring very little preparation of the teeth. Bridges can be made of Zirconia and Porcelain Bonded to precious metal.
A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth, like a false fingernail fits over a nail. Sometimes a natural colour ‘composite’ material is used instead of porcelain.
Veneers can make teeth look natural and healthy again, and because they are very thin and are held in place by a special strong adhesive very little preparation of the tooth is needed. Veneers can improve the colour, shape and position of teeth. A veneer can also be used to repair a chipped teeth. The porcelain covers the whole of the front of the tooth with a thicker section replacing the broken part.
Veneers can also be used to close small gaps.
Root canal treatment (also called endodontics) is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (known as the pulp) is infected through decay or injury. Infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth. This may eventually lead to an abscess.
If root canal treatment (RCT) is not carried out, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out. The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. The root is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection.
Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure.
Replacing lost or missing teeth has substantial benefits for your health and appearance. A complete or full denture replaces the natural teeth and provides support for cheeks and lips. Without this support, sagging facial muscles can make a person appear older and reduce their ability to eat and speak.
Dentures come in a variety of different type and materials we would be happy to discuss these with you.
Tooth whitening can be a highly effective, yet very simple way, of lightening the colour of teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. The whitening product is applied using a specially made tray which fits into the mouth like a gum shield. The active ingredient in the product is normally hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Once your dentist has started the treatment, you will continue the treatment at home, with regular visits with the dentist to monitor the progress This will mean applying the bleach regularly over 2-4 weeks for 45 minutes to 1 hour at a time.
Until now, the alternatives to straighten front teeth involved either long and expensive orthodontic treatments or destructive and expensive restorative treatments.
But with the arrival of the Inman Aligner, all that has changed. The Inman Aligner is a cost-effective removable orthodontic appliance that moves teeth in a fraction of the time of other systems. It aligns crowded or protruding anterior teeth with two opposing spring loaded aligner bars. This provides gentle but continuous pressure over a large range of movement. Surprisingly, this gentle pressure is the quickest way to move teeth but it also makes treatment very safe and kind to teeth.
People love the speed of treatment and it’s changing the face of dentistry as we know it. The average treatment time is only 4-16 weeks and now with concerns over the economy it’s a more justifiable expense.
At the practice we feel it is important to keep your own teeth and prevent loss through disease, and to help you do this we provide a range of preventative treatments from a simple hygiene visit to extensive periodontal treatment. This is further enhanced with appropriate oral hygiene education and diet advice.