A process which usually involves the removal of a layer of enamel so that a thin porcelain facing can be made in the laboratory. This is then cemented on to the tooth. The whole process take two visits, and is often used to improve aesthetics.
Whitening is a process where the tooth discolouration is “whitened” to a lighter shade. It removes the staining agent through chemical means. It is a safe procedure when carried out under professional supervision.
Our Dental Hygienist Zita White is specially trained to give advice and treatment to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. She can give advice on oral hygiene and shows you the best ways to care for your teeth at home to keep them free from plague and calculus. She will also give dietary advice to help prevent tooth decay and support to help you give up smoking, which will reduce tooth staining and slow down gum disease. She will also monitor and screen patients who are diabetic or pregnant, as these groups are more susceptible to periodontal disease.
When you visit Zita the hygienist, she will:
- discuss your general oral health
- check your gums and teeth for problem signs such as receding gums or tooth wear
- show you how to care for your teeth and gums by using a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque
- show you how to clean in between your teeth with floss, tape or interdental brushes
- give you advice on the types of toothbrush, toothpaste and other cleaning aids, such as mouthwashes, that are best suited to your needs
- remove any calculus or stains by scaling your teeth, and then polishing them
Regular visits to the Hygienist along with advice will help build your confidence in keeping your teeth healthy.
A dental bridge can be used to fill the gap between two adjacent teeth. A specially designed structure incorporating a hollow crown to support a missing tooth is prepared in the dental laboratory. Similarly to crowns and implants, the replacement bridge “tooth” will be matched to the rest of your teeth to give as natural result as possible. Bridgework can be constructed from a variety of different materials depending upon the application.
A crown or cap that is placed over a tooth and held in place by dental adhesive or cement. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials. They can be made of plastic, ceramic or metal alloys. A combination of ceramic and metal is also possible to maximise strength and stimulate the appearance of natural teeth.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment involves the removal of the pulp tissues from the tooth in the event that it gets infected or inflamed. Removal of the infected or inflamed pulp is the first step in saving the tooth. Debris within the canals is removed by flushing with an antibacterial solution. The canals are finally filled or sealed and the tooth restored to full shape and function by either a permanent filling or a crown.
Molar root canal treatment can be difficult especially if the canals inside the tooth are very narrow. A better success rate can be achieved by seeing a specialist in root canal treatment. They will have microscopes to navigate the canals and have extra expertise. Sometimes root canal treatment is not successful and the tooth has to be extracted. Usually root fillings are crowned to secure a good seal.
A denture is a removable prosthesis used to replace missing teeth. Commonly known as “false teeth”, a denture is usually made of acrylic or a combination of acrylic and metal. A partial denture is fitted to replace some missing teeth whilst a complete denture is indicated when all natural teeth are missing. A good set of dentures helps you to eat, speak, function and often improve a person’s appearance.