There are now many techniques available to restore a broken or decayed tooth using a tooth coloured filling material. Here at Burgate Dental Surgery we use both composite and porcelain restorations. Both these filling materials are matched to your own natural tooth colour. They are bonded by a special adhesive into your tooth, adding to the retention of the filling and sealing the tooth.
Bonding is a very simple cost-effective way of closing gaps, removing other defects, changing rotated or broken teeth. It involves simply bonding a composite filling material matched to your tooth colour without the need for any tooth tissue removal.
If a tooth has been broken or weakened by a lot of decay or a large filling, you can have a crown (or cap) fitted to strengthen it and improve its appearance. You may have an X-ray taken to check your tooth. Crowns are shaped like natural teeth and fit over the prepared tooth. For teeth near the front of the mouth, crowns are usually made of ceramic materials. Crowns on back teeth may be made of porcelain or gold, or porcelain bonded onto gold. Gold crowns can either be gold or silver in appearance.
Newer ceramic crowns look like porcelain crowns and are strong enough to be used in all areas of the mouth.
It may take one or two weeks for the crown to be ready, so your dentist will fit a temporary one. At the second appointment, your dentist will take off the temporary crown and cement the new one in place.
A veneer is a very fine facing of porcelain made by the dental technician in the laboratory which is bonded onto your natural tooth. The primary function is to improve the appearance and they can involve very little preparation of your own natural tooth.
Veneers can be used in cases where the teeth are chipped, discoloured or crowded. They can produce excellent aesthetic results. They are most frequently used on your upper or lower front teeth. In the more complicated aesthetic cases, treatment planning is the key. We construct a wax mock up of the case on study models, so that you can see the shape of your new teeth prior to undergoing treatment. We are then able to assess the appearance of the teeth before the final restorations are constructed and cemented.
Losing a tooth can be the cause of real social and psychological concern, as well as affecting the function and general health of the other teeth, due to the resulting tooth movement. There are three main ways to replace missing teeth:
Teeth are stained by the foods and drinks we consume. Smoking further stains teeth and the natural bright, white shade becomes darkened. Teeth whitening are a successful and simple method of lightening the colour of your teeth. The degree of whiteness achieved will vary from patient to patient and with the type of bleaching process chosen.
Did you once spend years undergoing painful orthodontic treatment and unsightly braces only to see your teeth slowly slip back to their former wonky ways? Are you one of many who are generally unhappy with the alignment of your teeth and longing for a beautiful, straight smile?
Burgate Dental Practice is proud to introduce a new and leading edge cosmetic dentistry procedure that is taking the UK by storm, The Inman Aligner. This revolutionary concept sees protruding or crowded teeth transformed in a matter of weeks!
The Inman Aligner is a clear plastic retainer with two spring loaded aligning bars that fit easily over the front four teeth. Unlike a regular brace, the Inman Aligner provides a constant gentle pressure on the teeth, easing them back into place far more quickly.
Apart from its aesthetic benefits, the Inman Aligner is easy to use and can be inserted and removed at any time, allowing eating, brushing (and kissing) to continue as normal. Once teeth have moved to the desired position, a very discreet retainer holds them in place, so they remain in their new position.
During the first consultation, an impression is made of the teeth and in the second, teeth are smoothed to make room for movement and the aligner fitted. For the duration of the treatment bi-weekly visits are required to review and adjust the aligner.
The Inman Aligner is priced from £1350. For further details or to book please contact us on 01227 462857
Maintaining oral health is a fundamental part of our work here at The Dental Surgery. Our Dental Hygienists are specially trained members of the team, who have a very important role to play. Our aim is to help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health status. With care and cooperation on your part this is very achievable. Regular hygienist visits will result in healthy gums, clean teeth and fresher breath.
Did you know that approximately 30% of the population have chronic bad breath and 70% of the population notice it on other people. Contrary to popular opinion, the majority of cases of bad breath begin in the mouth and not in the stomach. Around 80% of bad breath is caused by gases given off by bad bacteria involved in gum disease. Causes of bad breath in the mouth:
There are two main types of gum disease:
The type of treatment you have will depend on how severe your gum disease has become. We may refer you for treatment with a dental hygienist, a health professional who specialises in the prevention and treatment of dental conditions such as periodontal disease. If you have severe gum disease, your dentist may refer you for treatment with a periodontologist (a health professional who specialises in treating gum disease).
Dental Hygienists are specially trained members of the team, who have a very important role in your oral health. The Dentist will refer you to the hygienist. On your first visit with her she will assess your periodontal (gum) status, and develop a treatment plan tailored to your particular needs. Their roles as hygienists are to deal with active gum disease and by way of a long-term maintenance plan, the prevention of further gum disease. They work closely with you and our dentists to:
What is root canal treatment? - Root canal (endodontic) treatment is the removal of inflamed, diseased or injured soft tissue and or bacteria inside the root canal of a tooth. The soft tissue is known as the pulp and is made up of blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue.
Why is root canal treatment necessary? - The purpose of root canal treatment is to restore an unhealthy or diseased tooth so that it may function correctly inside your mouth. When a tooth has suffered trauma, such as a knock or fall, or has had significant decay or a large restoration (filling or crown), bacteria may reach the pulp. The injured pulp tissue may eventually die and the root canal may become infected, causing pain, abscess or it may remain symptom-free. In severe cases this infection may spread to the surrounding bone. If root canal treatment is not performed the tooth may have to be removed.
Is it painful? - Endodontic treatment is performed using local anaesthetic and the whole process should feel no different to that of having an ordinary filling placed. There should be no pain during treatment and every possible effort is made to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. It is normal to have some minor discomfort for a short time after treatment and you will be advised about managing this.
What happens afterwards? - You will need to see your dentist soon after the root canal treatment for the final restoration. Usually this is a crown that needs to be prepared and subsequently placed on heavily restored teeth to protect them from fracture. On some occasions this may not be needed and the endodontist will inform you about this. He or she may wish to see you again for review of the treatment and you will be advised of this at the end of your appointment.