White fillings can restore teeth to their natural appearance more aesthetically than silver amalgam. White fillings are also bonded in place and so are less destructive of the tooth structure than traditional silver fillings. They also offer the advantage of being mercury free.
White fillings are suitable for restoring both anterior and posterior teeth although some larger cavities in molar teeth may require inlays or onlays made in ceramic tooth coloured material.
Root Canal Treatment
During root canal treatment your dentist will remove all the infection from the root canal of your tooth. The root space is then thoroughly cleaned and disinfected and filled to prevent any further contamination. Most courses of root canal treatment are done over two appointments with local anaesthetic. It is advisable to crown most teeth which have been root filled to prevent fracture of the tooth in the long term. Root canal treatment is a routine procedure which we carry out frequently. If any case is particularly difficult then we have a panel of local specialists we can refer patients to.
We use two different whitening gels at the practice. One for one hour day time wear in a whitening tray and the other can potentially be used overnight. The whitening system which your dentist recommends will depend on the severity of discolouration of your teeth before treatment. Whitening does not change the shade of fillings or porcelain restorations such as crowns or veneers.
Crowns can be made from a variety of materials such as ceramic and metal alloys, it is also possible to make crowns from a combination of metal and ceramic to maximise both strength and appearance. Many modern all ceramic crowns are now so life like that they are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Crowns have a long lifespan but it is important that they are kept clean by brushing and flossing. The most vulnerable part of the crown in the margin between the tooth and crown itself. This must be extremely clean to prevent decay at the margin.
A partial denture will replace some missing teeth and a complete denture is indicated when all natural teeth are missing. A well made denture helps you to eat, speak, function and often improves a person’s appearance.
The crowns made are joined together by adding a tooth in between. The resulting restoration is called a bridge. Bridges are made in the laboratory using the same materials used for the manufacture of crowns.
Maintenance care for bridges is similar to that for crowns. It is important that the bridge is kept clean by regular brushing and flossing.
Invisalign available with Miss Eleanor Devlin: a consultation from £90
Invisalign is a discreet way to straighten teeth without the need for traditional metal braces. It uses a series of bespoke clear aligners worn for 22 hours per day to gradually align crowded, crooked or spaced teeth. Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible and allow you to achieve straight teeth with most treatment completed within 12 months. Invisalign is the most advanced clear aligner system in the world with over 14 million smiles perfected with the treatment.
Implants available with Mr James Gilmore: a consultation from £90
A dental implant is a titanium screw that’s placed directly into your jawbone, replacing your missing tooth root. After it’s fitted, the bone surrounding your implant will gradually fuse to it, holding the implant firmly in place.
A false tooth (a crown) which matches the colour and shape of your existing teeth is then fitted to the top of the implant, leaving you with a fixed solution and a natural looking smile.