Our Dental Services
Preventive dentistry and mouth hygiene
We strongly believe that prevention is better than cure so that we always encourage our patients to adopt this attitude, starting from a very early age. Our professional team will provide advice regarding the best way to maintain oral hygiene.
Regular check up visits to the dentist, even if you do not have any symptoms, is vital to detect early disease and treat it before any complications occur. Regular appointments with the Hygienist to clear any accumulation of plaque are very important to prevent gum disease, which can be insiduous and if left untreated could eventually lead to loss . In addition to the standard scaling of plaque available under NHS terms, a private hygienist session will include stain removal and polishing to improve your smile and tailored prevention advice.
Dental caries leading to cavities in teeth are the most common conditions affecting teeth. The standard treatment is to fill the cavity to prevent pain and to stop further deterioration. Filling of teeth cavities is one of the most common procedures in dentistry. There is a number of materials used for fillings. On the one hand there are silver mercury based fillings (amalgam fillings), plastic white fillings or composite fillings.
White fillings stick to tooth tissue and so are likely to last longer, whereas mercury-based fillings do not. In general white fillings require less drilling and therefore preserves more of the tooth.
In addition to filling of cavities composite fillings can be used for cosmetic purposes, such as reshaping teeth or closing gaps between teeth.
Root canal treatment
In some cases a cavity in a tooth becomes very big and reaches the nerve in the root of the tooth. The root canals, which contain the nerve and blood vessels that supply the tooth, can become infected. Treatment is usually carried out over two or more stages. The purpose of the treatment is to firstly clear the infection then to remove dead tissue from inside the tooth and to clean and disinfect the root canals. Once clean, the canals are filled to seal them off from re-infection.
The procedure is usually done under local anaesthesia.
For a bright attractive smile, teeth whitening (bleaching) could be an appropriate, easy and low cost choice if your teeth have become stained through lifestyle factors such as smoking or wine or normal ageing. The commonest methods of teeth whitening use a special gel which gently clears the staining without damaging the teeth.
Our method of choice is home whitening, using custom made trays containing the active gel, which you wear overnight, or alternatively for several hours during the day. Initially you will have a consultation with the dentist to assess your suitability for this treatment. Moulds of your teeth will then be made and used to prepare the "trays" which fit your teeth exactly. In most people the course of treatment lasts 2 to 3 weeks.
A side effect which may occur during the period of treatment is sensitivity of the teeth, but this is only a temporary effect and should not occur after the whitening treatment is complete. Sensitivity can often be overcome by the use of a toothpaste designed to treat sensitivity, or by having the occasional night off from the whitening treatment.
Dental crowns or 'caps' are used for restoration and protection of damaged, cracked or broken down teeth. There is a wide variety of materials used to make crowns. There are crowns made entirely of gold. Porcelain bonded crowns are made of a metal alloy core covered by a porcelain outer shell. Metal-free crowns such as all-porcelain or all-ceramic crowns are the best choice for a natural cosmetic look, especially for the teeth in the front of the mouth. A porcelain bonded crown or gold crown is more commonly used on back teeth as they are stronger than metal-free crowns.
The longevity of crowns depends largely on how well you look after your teeth. Dental crowns require the same level of care and attention as your natural teeth. Provided you have a good oral hygiene program, attend for regular check ups by the dentist, don’t grind your teeth and maintain a tooth-kind diet, a high-quality dental crown can last at least 10 years.
Bridges are artificial teeth used to replace one or more natural teeth that have been lost due to disease or accident. The 'bridge' of replacement teeth is supported by the teeth adjacent to the lost teeth.
The conventional bridge, also called a three unit bridge, consists of of one or more replacement teeth with a porcelain crown on either side. The adjacent teeth have to be prepared by being reduced in size to accommodate the crowns that will fix the bridge onto them (unless the bridge is being fixed to implants).
Another type, the resin-retained bridge or Maryland bridge is fixed to adjacent teeth by adhesive material and therefore requires little, if any, shaping of the healthy adjacent teeth therefore less loss of tooth material. Resin-retained bridges, however, often need ‘re-gluing’.
Veneers are thin shells, made either of porcelain or composite material, that fit over the front surface of a natural tooth and glued to it. They are used to cosmetically improve the appearance of discoloured, crooked or chipped teeth or to cover gaps between teeth. The veneers are custom-made to match the colour and appearance of your natural teeth. Porcelain veneers are the most commonly used and are the better choice as they are stronger, more durable and more natural looking.
Dentures are used for replacing a large number of missing teeth where other methods, such as bridges, are not suitable. Dentures are made of plastic or plastic-metal “plates” that hold a number of artificial teeth. They are custom made, almost entirely by hand.
It is possible to fix dentures onto dental implant attachments so that the denture has an excellent fit and will not come out when you are eating or speaking.