We recommend regular examinations so that we can catch any problems at an early stage when they are easier to manage. A thorough private examination involves checking the teeth and existing fillings for signs of dental decay and damage. The gums are checked with a blunt probe for signs of bleeding and pocketing which can be a sign of periodontal disease.
All soft tissues are checked for signs of medical conditions especially early changes which may lead to oral cancers. We also examine the occlusion which comprises how the teeth meet together and the jaw joint. Problems with the bite can lead to jaw pain or broken teeth and fillings.
Routine Fillings and Extractions
We provide routine amalgam fillings and white composite fillings. The amalgam is strong and has stood the test of time but is not the best looking. The white composite materials are strong and look quite natural. The white fillings are more expensive as the material is more costly to buy, takes longer and is more difficult to place. It is also not suitable for very large fillings. Otherwise we are happy to provide whichever you prefer.
Routine scaling and polishing either by the dentist or our hygienist is a popular treatment and has been carried out for many years. It involves removal of tartar from the teeth and any staining from tea, coffee, wine etc. It benefits you by making the teeth feel and look cleaner and removes the tartar which plaque can stick to. However the positive effects of a scale and polish will only last if you practice excellent oral hygiene techniques yourself at home. If you need any advice on this matter please feel free to ask.
Crowns and Veneers
Badly broken teeth can often only be restored to function by making a crown to fit over the broken tooth. This will often be recommended for back teeth that are heavily filled or badly broken to restore them to useful chewing teeth as very large fillings break easily and can decay more quickly. Broken front teeth or heavily filled front teeth may be crowned to not only restore them to useful teeth but to make them look more natural and attractive.
Crowns can be made from metal or porcelain depending on how attractive and natural they need to be.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain, very similar to false fingernails, that can be bonded to the front of the teeth to improve their appearance. Once cemented on they are quite strong and can greatly improve the look of unattractive front teeth.
When you have teeth missing you do not have to leave the gap or resort to a denture. Bridges are similar to crowns in design and a false tooth can be fixed to neighbouring teeth giving an attractive natural look which you would use and clean just like a natural tooth. They can be made at any time no matter how long the tooth has been missing. They can also be used to replace more than one missing tooth if necessary.
These are titanium metal “screws” placed into the bone of a missing tooth. To this a crown is connected giving an attractive and natural replacement for a missing tooth or teeth. They can also be used to stabilise loose dentures or to give “fixed screw in teeth” instead of loose removable dentures.
Dentures are the more traditional way of replacing missing teeth although they are becoming less used due to bridges or implants being more fixed in nature. Dentures can be plastic or metal based and can be used to replace one or all teeth in an arch. They can be unstable and move about when eating and do need to be removed to clean. However they can be a cheaper alternative to bridges or implants.
A fantastic way of making you look instantly younger is to make you smile look whiter and fresher. This is easily done by using our home whitening treatment which is quick, safe and causes no damage to teeth. The only side effect is slightly sensitive teeth and gums which lasts only for a day or so. The treatment is only for thirty minutes at a time and not all night like some other tooth bleaching systems.
Our main goal is to provide the treatment or advice that will make your mouth healthy. However we can also, if appropriate, provide treatment to improve your smile using tooth whitening, crowns, veneers, bridges or dental implants.
Please feel free to ask if you have any cosmetic concerns regarding your smile even if everything else is fine.