Treatments

Our Services

Every person that joins our patient family has different expectations and goals when they attend the clinic. Some want a regular dental check up to make sure everything is ok, many new patients attend us when they are experiencing dental pain so that we can relieve this pain, others want us to make their smile that little bit better. Whatever the initial goals of treatment we aim to satisfy our patients' requirements.

Long Term Dental and Oral Wellness

All our treatments are aimed at improving the health of the mouth and providing long term successful results, without compromising the health of the teeth or gums. We do not aim for quick fixes that can leave patients in a difficult position in a short period of time.

Bridges

A bridge is a fixed replacement for a missing tooth or teeth. It's made by taking an impression of the surrounding teeth, which will eventually support the bridge. A bridge is usually created from precious metal and porcelain and will be fixed in your mouth (unlike dentures, which can be removed).

Fillings

If part of a tooth has been lost through decay or damaged due to an accident, your dentist may put in a filling. A filling will plug the hole and stop any future pain or discomfort. A filling can be made out of a variety of materials. The most common of these are amalgam (silver) or composite (white).

Silver fillings are made of a material called amalgam, which is a mixture of mercury, silver, tin, copper, and other metals. Amalgam fillings are very hardwearing which is why they are often put into the back chewing teeth.

When a tooth has been damaged by dental decay it may require a filling. Quite often people ask the question "Why do I need a filling if I don't have any pain?"- this is a fair question. If a patient attends with aching pain it is unfortunately too late to treat the tooth with a simple filling. It requires more extensive treatment to correct the problem. If a cavity can be filled at an early stage, before the tooth begins to give pain, this prevents decay entering the nerve of the tooth. It also prevents the pain, stress and root canal treatment or extraction which usually follows.

Composite (White) Fillings

Composite fillings are becoming increasingly popular over the past decade as a way of filling any tooth that has decay. The technology and materials have improved dramatically, allowing them to be used as an effective alternative to amalgam (metal) fillings in small and medium-sized cavities.

Composite (Metal) Fillings

Amalgam fillings have been used for decades to restore teeth that have decay present. It is a very effective material and is still most suitable for teeth that have large cavities. It is also used to support dental crowns.

Root canal treatment

Root canal treatment (also called endodontics) tackles infection at the centre of a tooth (the root canal system). When the blood or nerve supply of the tooth has become infected, if root canal treatment is not carried out, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out.

During treatment, all the infection is removed from inside the root canal system. The root canal is filled and the tooth is sealed with a filling or crown to stop it from becoming infected again. Root canal treatment usually requires two or three visits to your dentist.

With careful technique and experience, root canal therapy is quite straightforward, with no discomfort during or after the procedure. Root canal therapy is a method used to restore a tooth that has broken down, fractured, become infected or is causing a toothache. It is required to remove infection and prevent future infection in a damaged tooth.

Scale and polish

This is when your teeth are professionally cleaned by the hygienist. It involves carefully removing the deposits that build up on the teeth (tartar).

Dentures or false teeth

More commonly known as false teeth, dentures are fitted in place of natural teeth. A full set is used to replace all your teeth. A part set is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Dentures are custom-made using impressions (mouldings) from your gums. They're usually made from metal or plastic.

They're removable so you can clean them, although part dentures can be brushed at the same time as your other teeth. A full set needs to be removed and soaked in a cleaning solution.

Dentures are important if you lose your natural teeth as losing your teeth makes it difficult to chew your food, which will adversely affect your diet and may cause your facial muscles to sag.

Broken or knocked out tooth

It's common to break, chip or knock out a tooth.

If the tooth is just chipped, make an appointment to have it smoothed down and filled, or to have a crown.

If the tooth has been knocked out or is badly broken, see a dentist immediately. Your dentist may fit a denture or bridge. If you need an implant, you'll be referred to a specialist

Teeth whitening

Everyday life takes its toll on our teeth. Drinking too much tea or coffee, smoking or even eating strongly coloured foods can stain and discolour them. There are toothpastes available that will help remove these stains, but they can't change the actual colour of the tooth underneath.

The colour of your teeth is determined by your DNA, just like the colour of your hair or your eyes. As we get older, the dentine - the soft, pulpy substance below the enamel that protects the nerves and the blood supply to the tooth - changes colour, becoming more yellow. This is something which a stain-removing toothpaste alone cannot help.

Dentists can, though. By applying a bleaching agent to the teeth, they can whiten the teeth, giving you a sparkly white smile. This procedure is simple, harmless and practically painless.

It is important, though, to do it under your dentist's supervision. Don't be tempted to buy kits over the counter or on the Internet. Not only are they not made to fit your mouth exactly, it may be that bleaching isn't suitable for you, especially if you have gum disease or crowns.

How does my dentist whiten my teeth?

The most common way a dentist will whiten or bleach your teeth is using a special sleeve and some gel. First of all, the dentist will give your mouth a thorough check-up to make sure there are no other problems and that your gums are nice and healthy. Then he or she will take an impression of your teeth, upper and lower, using a tray with dental putty. Using that impression, a plastic sleeve will be made which can fit snugly and exactly around your teeth.

The dentist will then show you how to put a small amount of the bleaching gel into the sleeve and then how to slide it over your teeth. Then you take the sleeve and the gel home and use it overnight, maybe every other or every third night, until your teeth are the desired colour. You may find that your teeth are more sensitive for about 24 hours after each application, but this is only temporary.

Teeth whitening involves bleaching your teeth to make them a lighter colour. Teeth whitening can’t make your teeth brilliant white, but it can lighten the existing colour by several shades.

Standard teeth whitening involves several visits to the dentist plus sessions at home wearing a mouthguard containing bleaching gel. The whole process takes a couple of months.

Ongoing

A part of any treatment plan for our patients involves establishing the support necessary to maintain a high level of oral wellness month to month, year to year. We want to help our patients reach this level in a caring and supportive environment. Each patient differs in their need for ongoing care. We discuss intended treatment in detail to establish a long term plan and ensure an outcome that is satisfying for both patient and dentist.

Regular dental assessments are necessary so that we can spot any problems and take corrective action before the problem requires more complicated treatment. Ongoing care keeps our patients up to date on the state of their oral health and minimises the potential for unpleasant experiences. Dental sensitivity, pain and possible infection can arise if problems are neglected.

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