a range of techniques to restore and improve the appearance of your teeth
Colour shading can be matched to the existing tooth
It's a strong material, providing good durability in small and large restorations that need to withstand the wear and tear of chewing
Preserves as much of the tooth as possible
Bonds to remaining tooth tissue (enamel and dentine) and as a consequence, helps to restore the strength and integrity of the tooth
composite can be repaired and refurbished in such a way as to limit the frequency of replacement
Versatility in the repair of diseased and damaged teeth
Restorative dentistry is the practice of repairing and restoring damaged teeth. Cosmetic dentistry refers to the typically elective techniques used to improve the appearance of your teeth. the smallest change can have a huge positive impact on your self esteem. It is possible to correct the colour, shape and alignment of your teeth.
These are some typical treatments that we offer -
Tooth coloured restorations
Tooth coloured restorations are dental fillings which match the colour of your teeth. They are different to the old fashioned metal amalgam fillings in many ways.
Tooth coloured restorations are a mixture of acrylic resin and powdered silica particles. This type of material may be self-hardening or may be hardened by exposure to blue light. This Composite is used for most fillings in front teeth and, increasingly, for fillings in posterior teeth. Composites are now the most sophisticated type of filling material used in dentistry.
They differ to old fashioned “Amalgam” restorations mainly in the colour, and the fact that they bond to the tooth surface. Amalgam restorations contain Mercury, which some organizations have raised concerns about. They may also corrode over time and often leak, leading to possible decay underneath.
Unsightly Amalgam restoration
Crowns are made by removing the outer surface of the tooth and then placing a cap, that looks like a tooth, onto the tooth stub.
There are many occasions when this may be carried out,
Heavily restored teeth
Root treated teeth
Changing the shape of teeth
Excessively worn teeth
Crowns are made in a laboratory, and can be made of several different materials. The most common is emax to match the colour of your other teeth. Gold and metal crowns can be made in some cases.
A White Crown
Bridges involve the same procedure as a crown, however they are designed to replace a tooth space.
There are several different types of bridges, and your dentist will discuss the most appropriate bridge for your case.
Veneers are very popular nowadays, they are the dental version of false fingernails. a thin layer of porcelain is placed over the front of your teeth to significantly improve their appearance. some tooth tissue will be removed.
If you are considering having veneers, it is important to chat to your dentist to see which kind are most suitable for you.
For crowns, bridges and veneers, two appointments are needed. the first to prepare your teeth and take moulds, your crown, bridge or Veneers are then made in the laboratory, and a second to fit your restoration.
Implants are an excellent solution to replacing a missing tooth. An implant is a titanium screw, placed into the jaw bone. a crown is then screwed onto the top of the titanium. If an implant is suitable for you, we will refer you to Dr Alan Sidi, a specialist implantologist/periodontist, for the placement of the titanium.
Implants are a complex and lengthy procedure. when a tooth is removed, you need to wait for at least three months for the bone to heal before an implant can be placed. once the Implant is placed they are left to heal for about 3-6 months. Next They are uncovered, and a healing cap is placed to mould the gum around it in the correct way. Finally Paul will place a crown onto the implant. This involves taking specialized moulds which are sent to the laboratory, for a crown customized to the top of your implant.
After care of your implant
It is very important to see the hygienist every three months if you have an implant. they will show you how to clean around and under it effectively and will give it a thorough cleaning. Smoking can affect the success of your implant. if you are considering giving up, Please chat to one of our hygienists as they are trained to give smoking cessation advice.