Dental Treatments

Dental Treatments

Cosmetic Treatments

White Fillings

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.

Cosmetic Bonding

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.

Missing Teeth

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:

  1. Dentures - The classic "false teeth" These are removable and reversible replacements. They are constructed in either acrylic or cobalt-chrome metal and acrylic over a series of appointments involving the dental technician.
  2. Bridges - A bridge is used as a permanent replacement for one or more missing teeth. They are both aesthetic and functional, restoring your natural bite and preventing movement of adjacent teeth and over eruption of the tooth opposite the gap. In simple terms they can be viewed as crowns joined together and cemented on the supporting teeth, with a fixed false tooth in between to "bridge the gap". They are a very desirable alternative to a removable partial denture.
  3. Implants - An implant is a device made of titanium that is gently placed into your jaw to act as an anchor for a single crown, a bridge, or to hold a denture in place. It becomes fixed to the bone by "osseo-integration" i.e. it becomes integrated into the jaw bone as the bone grows around it. The procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic with addition of sedation if required.
Teeth Whitening

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.

  1. Office Zoom Teeth Whitening- Your teeth can be lightened immediately using this technique which is conducted in our Dental Practice. Our Office 1-hour power whitening can whiten teeth by up to several shades, brightening your teeth dramatically to its natural shade. Your lips and gums are covered and a gel is applied to your teeth. A special light is positioned over your teeth to activate the gel, which gently penetrates your teeth, breaking up stains and discolouration. Whiter, brighter teeth in less than an hour!
  2. Home Whitening - A whitening gel is placed in a custom-made tray which you can wear whilst asleep or for short periods during the day. Results are normally seen over 2 weeks.
  3. Power Whitening - A combination of both of the above mentioned treatment. This is advisable for severely discoloured and stained teeth due to different medical conditions or prolonged heavy smoking.

Straighten Teeth Fast with the New Inman Aligner

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!

So how does it work?

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.


Inman Aligner Before and After Treatment

The Inman Aligner is priced from £1350. For further details or to book please contact us on 01227 462857


Oral Health

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.

Fresh 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:

  • Poor oral hygiene.
  • Gingivitis / Periodontitis.
  • Cracked, leaking and over hanging fillings.
  • Poorly cleaned dentures
  • Other causes can include food, drink, fasting, smoking, and general morning mouth
Gum disease

There are two main types of gum disease:

  1. Gingivitis. When brushing and flossing techniques are not carried out effectively, this allows plaque, a soft sticky substance made up of harmful bacteria to build up along the gum line. The bacteria in it can result in the infection and inflammation of your gums; they will look red and puffy. This condition is known as gingivitis and nearly all adults suffer from this to some degree. Bleeding when brushing or flossing your teeth is one of the earliest signs of gingivitis. Plaque left for any length of time will start to harden and form calculus or "tartar" on your teeth. This cannot be removed by tooth brushing alone, and requires specialist scaling by your hygienist or dentist. At this early stage gum disease is reversible. Regular visits to the hygienist will help you return to and maintain gingival health.
  2. Periodontitis. Left untreated, gingivitis may progress to a more severe condition known as periodontitis.This is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults. Here the bacterial infection progresses to the deeper supporting tissues of the teeth known as the periodontal tissues which include the bone. As the disease progresses, this bone supporting the teeth is lost. The teeth become loosened, abscesses can form and teeth may eventually be lost. Symptoms to watch out for are:
  • Gums that have come away from the teeth .
  • Pus between the teeth and gums.
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste.
  • Permanent teeth that are loose or changing position.
Treatment 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:

  • Thoroughly clean your teeth removing plaque, tartar and stains, creating an environment for your gums to return to normal health.
  • Maintain this environment by teaching good oral hygiene techniques.
  • Give dietary advice to prevent tooth decay.

Root Canal Treatment

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.