Dental Care - Cosmetics

 

Do you think your teeth could be whiter?
Do you have any concerns about the appearance of your teeth?
Have any of your friends or relatives made any comments about your teeth?
Are you aware of treatments that are available to you at the dentist?

Many of our patients attend the practice for cosmetic treatment to improve their appearance. We can take 'before and after' pictures using the intra-oral camera, where the images can be seen on a TV screen within the surgery, for the patient to see the improvements made.

 

Treatments

Bleaching (or whitening)
White Fillings
Veneers
Crowns
Missing any teeth? - find out about Bridges, Implants and Dentures

 

Bleaching (or whitening)

Teeth can discolour for various reasons and if the staining can not be removed by routine scaling and polishing, it can be whitened through specialised bleaching.

  • Improvement is noticeable almost immediately

  • There is no pain

  • No damage or harm to teeth

  • The patient is in 'control' of the treatment

  • Can be used for general or specific staining

 

Home bleaching - impressions are taken for soft acrylic bleaching trays, which the
patient takes home along with bleaching formula. Results are evident after a few days
but a review is necessary to monitor progress.

Zoom bleaching - carried out in the surgery with immediate results. Soft acrylic
bleaching trays are made from an impression & formula is given for the patient to
take home and wear for just three days to the finish result.

Should you like more information please do not hesitate to contact us, where a member of our team will answer any queries and a leaflet can also be sent to you.

 

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White Fillings

For many years fillings have been made from 'amalgam', a mixture of mercury & alloy. Although amalgam is a very strong material, many people find it is unattractive along with the much publicized health risks regarding its mercury content.

Now if a tooth needs filling or repairing, in some cases white fillings (composite) can be used instead of amalgam. Once the tooth has been prepared for filling, it is conditioned and then the putty-like composite is placed into the cavity using the same shade of material as the tooth. The material is shaped and 'cured' (set) using a special light and then smoothed and polished.

At the practice we have just invested in a new white filling material. The method of application is much the same - but the results are just amazing! Why?

  • Life-like details can be added, to match other teeth

  • Durability has been improved

  • More tooth shades to choose from


Before


After

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Veneers

Veneers in principle are very similar to a false nail, but made from porcelain. They are used on front teeth for chipped, cracked or discoloured teeth they can also be used to close small spaces.

In some cases local anaesthetic isn't necessary, a very small amount of enamel is removed and an impression is taken. The veneers are made by a dental technician, and are fitted using special bonding agents.

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Crowns

If teeth are heavily filled, broken or malaligned (crooked) crowning is a popular form of restoration.

Usually with local anaesthetic the tooth is shaped and an impression is taken. A dental technician makes the crown which can be entirely made from porcelain (ideal for front teeth) or porcelain bonded to precious metal, which is stronger (durable enough for back teeth). Gold crowns are used because they can be made very thin, they are used on teeth where only a small amount of tooth can be removed when being prepared.

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Missing any teeth?

It is important that missing teeth are replaced for the following reasons:

  • Greater strain can be put on other teeth

  • Teeth either side to the gap can lean

  • Food trapping

  • Digestion problems

For patients who find wearing a denture difficult, there are many options:-

 

Implants

All the common forms of tooth replacement, such as bridges or dentures can be replaced by dental implants.

A dental implant is a substitute for a natural root. Made from titanium the implant is carefully placed into the precise location of the intended tooth, the bone then fuses creating stability for further components to be fitted. Once fitted, these components provide the foundation for long-term support of crowns, bridges or dentures.

Implants can be carried out at the practice by Alan Fields and Edward Storey. For further information please contact us.

 

Bridges

Are constructed to replace missing teeth instead of a denture, providing there is good bone support. There are two basic types:

  • Conventional - one or more adjacent teeth are prepared as if being crowned. The laboratory fixes a colour matched, artificial tooth to the crown/s during construction and the whole structure is cemented on permanently in one piece.

  • Adhesive - in many cases there will be little or no preparation of the adjacent teeth. A colour matched porcelain tooth is constructed with gold alloy 'wings' extending from the tooth. These wings are cemented behind the adjacent teeth holding the false tooth in place. Implants

Can replace individual or multiple missing teeth, by using a metal called titanium, which is placed into the jawbone.

 

Dentures

A denture is a removable appliance that replaces missing teeth. They can be made from hard acrylic or cobalt chrome on the palate. The teeth are made from a very hard acrylic that can match your natural teeth. There are a few appointments necessary for the different stages that are important, so as to make the denture as comfortable to wear as possible.

Dentures should be kept as clean as possible to prevent:

  • Further tooth loss (if wearing a partial dentures)

  • Inflamed gums

  • Bacterial and fungal infections