Services


Tooth Coloured Fillings.
Most patients now prefer to have their fillings tooth coloured. For small restorations this can be done simply with a composite resin or Glass ionomer filling. Larger fillings may require laboratory made composite or ceramic inlays to achieve strength.

Dentures.
There are three main types of dentures. Acrylic, Cobalt chrome and Valplast.
  • Acrylic dentures now have very realistic teeth and a much higher strength acrylic base than in the past. Acrylic dentures should be replaced every 5 to 7 years as they wear and your mouth changes shape. Correctly fitting dentures minimise further bone loss from your gums , stay in better and are more efficient for chewing.
  • Cobalt Chromium partial dentures have a full or "skeleton" metal framework. These are closer fitting than acrylic dentures and have clasps around your remaining teeth to help them stay in.
  • Valplast® flexible partial dentures are based on a flexible plastic, they are easier to wear, comfortable and adapt to slight changes in the shape of your mouth (e.g. when eating). They are cosmetically excellent with no unsightly clasps and are extremely strong.
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Valplast® website. 

Dental Veneers.
Veneers are ultra thin yet incredibly strong porcelain shells that are permanently bonded to the front surface of the teeth. They are particularly useful for covering stains, chipped teeth and reducing irregularities . Veneers are the treatment of choice used to create the "celebrity" smile.

Crowns.
A crown is a restoration made in the Laboratory on a model of your teeth cast from an impression taken by the dentist. A crown fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape, colour (unless gold) and size of a natural tooth. A crown is sometimes known as a ‘cap’. Crowns are the ideal restoration for teeth that have been broken by accident, or have been weakened by decay or a large filling.

Crowns can be made of several materials.

  • Porcelain bonded to precious metal: This is what most crowns are made from. A precious metal base is made and then porcelain is applied in layers over it.
  • Porcelain crowns: These crowns are made entirely out of porcelain and are not as strong as bonded crowns, but they look very natural and are most often used for front teeth.
  • All-ceramic crowns: These offer a metal-free alternative, which gives the strength of a bonded crown and the appearance of a porcelain crown. Therefore it is suitable for use in all areas of the mouth but is more expensive.

Bridges.
A dental bridge is used to bridge a gap (missing teeth) between your remaining healthy teeth. Suitable teeth on either side or one side of the gap are reshaped and an impression is taken (and a temporary bridge fitted). These reshaped teeth act as anchors, or abutments for the finished bridge. The impressions are sent off for the bridge to be made in the laboratory. When fitted to these anchor teeth the gap is spanned with one or more porcelain , tooth shaped , pontics. Bridges provide a strong, aesthetic replacement without the need for surgery and if looked after should last many years.

Implants.
Dental implants are relatively small titanium screws, cones or cylinders that are surgically imbedded into the bone. Once integrated into the bone they can be used to support a single tooth or a bridge or even retain a denture. We refer our patients to a specialist implantologist for this treatment as we believe this offers the highest chances of success .

Gum Disease.
Persistent sore, swollen, red, or bleeding gums as well as tooth pain or sensitivity and bad breath are warning signs of periodontal disease (gum disease). This is slowly progressive and eventually results in the loss of the teeth. Good oral Hygiene, diet advice and regular visits to the dentist and or the Hygienist can prevent gum disease or halt its progression. Dental hygiene is very important in keeping a healthy smile. Our hygienist Helen is a highly trained , UK qualified and licensed . Hygienists are specially trained in the prevention and treatment of periodontal (gum) disease and dental cavities.

Bad Breath (halitosis).
Dental decay, food particles between your teeth, gum disease and bacteria on your tongue have all been shown to cause bad breath. For some people, bad breath is caused by a dry mouth which may be a result of medications you are taking or other medical conditions you may have.
Bad breath is often found in people with periodontal diseases, including gum abscesses and mouth ulceration. These diseases are usually attributed to less than admirable oral hygiene, dentures, smoking or poor teeth restoration, such as poorly designed bridges or overhanging fillings. Brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist regularly to correct other causes may reduce bad breath.
Some dental hygienists recommend brushing or scraping your tongue with a "tongue scraper", since it traps large amounts of bacteria. Additional protection against the build up of bacteria in your mouth can be achieved by rinsing with a mouthwash after you finish brushing and flossing.

Tooth Sensitivity.
One of the more common dental problems, with a majority of the population having suffered from sensitive teeth at some time or the other. It is a condition in which there is discomfort in the tooth, or teeth caused by the consuming of hot, cold or sweet foods and drinks. The sensitivity can range from twinges in the tooth or teeth, to sharp shooting pain that can last for hours.

This condition occurs when the receding tissue of the gums expose the dentine (the underlying layer of the teeth). The exposed dentinal tubules allow hot, cold or sweet stimuli to affect the nerves in your tooth. This causes discomfort and pain. We can offer two or three solutions to sealing the Dentinal tubules and reducing or eliminating sensitivity.

Whitening.
95% of the population want whiter teeth, teeth whitening has become one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures today. Age, smoking, tea, coffee and red wine are just a few of the things that cause your teeth to discolour. Dental whitening allows stains to be gently removed leaving teeth much brighter. Whiter teeth can take years off your appearance and the effects can last up to ten years depending on your diet and habits.
The evidence we have been given shows tray based bleaching to be more controllable with less sensitivity problems, is longer lasting and in addition is less expensive than "laser" or "light" bleaching. We can offer two systems Night-White and Day-White. Both use custom formed trays, made on models cast from an impression of your teeth. These are thin clear trays and can be worn overnight or for an hour during the day depending on which gel system we choose. Day white is slightly stronger and is more suitable for people with few fillings and no gum problems. Night white is less strong and has less problems with sensitivity during treatment.
A course of bleaching usually takes between five and ten days. These do not have to be on consecutive days but the best results seem to come for those that do not have too many "days off". If in future you need to top up your bleaching it is simply a matter of buying some more gel and using your existing trays.

Tooth Jewellery.
Small dental gems can be simply attached to your existing teeth. Gold shapes, Single white or coloured gems are available or even a diamond in a shaped gold mount can be used. Correctly fitted they will not damage your teeth and can last several years.
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Twinkles for further information.

Facial Aesthetics.
Wrinkles and facial lines result from ageing, muscle (over) activity and your genetic predisposition.
Our practice can offer professional consultations and treatments to reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles using botulinum toxin (Botox). Our practitioners have knowledge of head and neck anatomy and physiology together with training in the use of cosmetic treatments, which can subtly enhance your appearance to make you look younger.