If you have one or more missing teeth, a natural looking dental bridge can offer an effective way to fill the gap. A bridge, unlike dentures, is a fixed solution to tooth loss and uses one or more of the surrounding teeth for support. It is cemented to these supporting teeth using a strong dental adhesive which holds it firmly in place. There are many different types of bridge so your dentist will discuss the options with you.
As well as improving your smile, a dental bridge can be beneficial in plenty of other ways such as improving speech and chewing ability, creating a better ‘bite’ and keeping your natural teeth firmly in place.
After your bridge has been fitted, it is important to look after it by keeping it clean with regular brushing and flossing. Your dentist and hygienist will show how best to do this and will keep a close eye on the health of the supporting teeth and gums. Regular check-ups are vital so we can monitor your bridge and ensure it lasts for many years.
Crowns can help to protect teeth that may have become weakened by decay, tooth wear, an extensive filling or root canal treatment.
There are a variety of crown types, such as traditional gold, porcelain and porcelain fused to metal, and more recently a number of highly aesthetic options have been developed, such as E-max and Zirconia based crowns that blend high strength with aesthetics. Your dentist will talk you through the options and advise which is the most suitable for you.
After fitting, it is important to maintain your crown by keeping it clean with regular brushing and flossing. Your dentist and hygienist will show you how best to do this and will keep a close eye on the health of the supporting teeth and gums. You should attend regular check-ups so we can monitor the crown and ensure it lasts for a number of years.
If your missing teeth are messing with your smile, we can restore your confidence with our full or partial dentures. Not only will they bring back your grin but they will also make eating and talking so much easier.
There are many different designs and types of denture, so during your initial consultation your dentist will discuss which type will be most suitable for you.
Your dentures may feel a little strange at first but you will soon get used to them. To make eating with your new teeth a little easier, you may want to start off with softer foods and then gradually introduce harder items. You may also notice a little more saliva but this will soon lessen and if your speech is affected, just keep talking, it will soon go back to normal.
Take care of your dentures by cleaning them with a toothbrush and storing them in water or dental fluid to keep them in good shape. And don’t forget to brush your gums, tongue and any remaining teeth after you remove your dentures at night.
It is important that your dentist checks your dentures regularly for signs of wear and tear. Some routine maintenance may be necessary due to wear and gradual changes to the mouth over time.
If your dentures break we can offer a speedy, high quality repair. We will also investigate why it may have broken to see if we can make adjustments to prevent it happening again.
There are many ways we can enhance the look of your teeth, so if you are unhappy with any aspect of your smile, we will be delighted to talk you through your treatment options.
Veneers can be used to improve the appearance of badly discoloured, malformed or damaged front teeth. These restorations are either made from dental ceramic materials by a highly skilled technician or can be built onto your tooth by your dentist, using natural looking composite materials. We will advise which option is best for your teeth.
After your veneer is fitted, it is important to keep it well-maintained with regular brushing and flossing. Your dentist and hygienist will show you how best to do this and will keep a close eye on the health of the supporting teeth and gums. It is vital that you attend regular check-ups so we can monitor the veneer and ensure it lasts for many years.
Remember – as with any restoration (or even teeth that have not been restored), it is important not to bite fingernails or chew pen tops, or use your teeth to open anything as this can damage the new restoration.
We can brighten up your smile using our highly effective night whitening technique which uses a mild gel to lift off stubborn stains and discolouration. A completely non-invasive procedure, a two week course of night whitening has been shown to be a safe, effective and long lasting way to lighten teeth while maintaining a natural look.
Your teeth may have become discoloured for a number of reasons including:
Inevitably, over time, your teeth can start to dull a little but you can reuse your tailor-made trays for top ups when required.
Sometimes root filled teeth can discolour internally. Using a process that is a variation of night whitening, we can treat this discolouration using ‘Inside-Outside’ whitening.
A much less invasive alternative to a crown, your dentist can discuss this option if you have an unsightly root filled tooth.
Our experienced hygienist, Sarah, will help maintain the healthy support of your teeth by keeping the gums and surroundings tissues clean and free of bacterial plaque.
One of her most important roles is to encourage you to carry out effective home care by offering invaluable advice on tooth brushing techniques. She will also demonstrate how to clean hard to reach parts of the mouth and in between teeth with special interdental brushes and floss.
Sarah will monitor the condition of your gums and carry out gentle, meticulous cleaning to remove tartar deposits both above and below the gum line. She will also thoroughly polish your teeth, removing any surface staining to keep them looking shiny and bright.
She can protect teeth by applying fissure sealants, helping to shield them from harmful bacteria. This is an ideal treatment for younger teeth when they first start to make an appearance. In fact it is a good idea to introduce your children to Sarah from an early age so they can develop lifelong tooth care skills.
Regularly visiting our qualified hygienist will help ensure the continued health of your teeth and gums, and protect your overall well-being as poor gum health has been linked to more serious conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
Your wisdom teeth are the four teeth located right at the back of your mouth and are the last of your grinding teeth (molars) to come through, usually making an appearance in your late teens or early twenties. By this time, as all your other teeth are in place, there may not enough room for your wisdom teeth to grow through properly. As a result they may start to emerge at an angle, get stuck against the tooth in front or only partially push through. When this happens they can be vulnerable to infection, resulting in discomfort or pain.
If you are experiencing any problems with your wisdom teeth, your dentist may take an x-ray to check the position of the tooth and decide whether it will need to be extracted. If the wisdom tooth is likely to be difficult to take out, your dentist may refer you to a hospital for the procedure.
If you are having a tooth taken out, you must tell your dentist if you are taking any medication, particularly blood thinning drugs or bisphosphonates.
After a tooth extraction, it is important to follow some simple guidelines to promote effective healing:
This treatment can help save a tooth from extraction as any infected pulp is carefully removed.
Damage to ‘living’ pulp can occur for a number of reasons including decay, a deep filling or trauma to the tooth. This can lead to infection which can spread into the root canal and cause a painful abscess or, if left untreated, work its way into the jawbone.
Though often thought of as a rather scary procedure, root canal therapy is similar to having a filling as the area to be treated is thoroughly numbed.
When your permanent crown or filling is in place, keep your treated tooth clean and be sure to attend regular check-ups so we can check it remains infection free.