Under NHS regulations we are generally only permitted to place grey mercury containing fillings at the back of the mouth.
If you wish to restore your tooth with a more natural appearance, we can provide cosmetic tooth coloured fillings privately.
These can be carried out in one appointment (composite fillings) or over two visits for larger fillings.
In the latter case we take an impression of your tooth, from which our highly skilled ceramist reconstructs a beautiful and natural looking restoration which is then bonded to your tooth.
All – Ceramic Crown
Crowns need inherent strength to withstand the forces placed on them during chewing. Traditionally this has been achieved fusing the tooth coloured porcelain onto a core of metal. These crowns can often look dull and lifeless.
Advances in dental technology and bonding techniques, allow us to construct a crown without the need for metal. This can mean a much more lifelike and natural appearance to a tooth especially in the front of the mouth.
Your dentist will be able to discuss all of your options, and assist you in deciding which is the best restoration for you.
Advances in bonding technology also allow us to bond thin pieces of porcelain or composite to your teeth in order to improve or restore your smile.
This is a minimally invasive technique which is kinder to your teeth (than making crowns), as it involves little or no removal of tooth. It can therefore sometimes be carried out without the need for an injection.
This is a category of braces which are worn to improve your facial appearance, namely that of your smile. These braces are white or transparent and are designed to be as discreet as possible. These braces are light and comfortable to wear. They are designed to be as unobtrusive as possible and as a boost to your self worth.
Gaps in your mouth can be either be left alone or filled using dentures, bridges or implants.
Implants are often the best way to do this, but your dentist will assess your mouth and discuss what will be most appropriate for you.
Bridges are either single teeth, or groups of teeth that can be used to fill gaps in your mouth.
These can be attached to your natural teeth or dental implants.
What is most suitable(if any) depends on the condition of the teeth adjacent to the space.
Your dentist will discuss what might be most suitable for you.
A simple way to fill a gap in your teeth is to have a denture made. These are not fixed permanently and can be removed to be cleaned.
Dentures can be made under the NHS or with Cosmetic Private teeth.
If plaque is not removed effectively from around the gum area of your teeth this can lead to inflammation and gum disease (Gingivitis). This can be prevented by brushing and Cleaning in between your teeth correctly.
If gum disease is not treated early then this can lead to damaging and irreversible harm to the bone that holds your teeth in the jaw. This condition is called Periodontitis.
Cleaning in between your teeth
Cleaning in between your teeth or using interproximal brushes with the correct technique will help prevent both cavities and gum disease.
If you have large fillings, your dentist may recommend for these to be crowned or have an onlay(smaller cap) made. This is to reduce the fracture potential of the tooth.
Clinical studies have shown that root filled teeth(specifically) at the back of the mouth are more prone to fracture without this type of protection.
In cases where your nerve has been irreversibly injured, it might be necessary to clean out the inside of your tooth and place a root filling.
Often patients are quite nervous of this treatment, however our patients have been pleasantly surprised how pain-free the procedure can be. In fact on more than one occasion, patients have been so relaxed during the treatment that they have fallen asleep!