Fillings and Extractions
Tooth decay occurs when sugars from food tum to acid and attack tooth enamel. It is important that diseased teeth and parts of teeth are not left in the mouth as the effects can spread and cause more damage. Your dentist will advise on the most appropriate type of ﬁlling from the many materials available, including white ﬁllings to preserve your smile. Where an extraction is necessary, we do everything possible to make it as painless and convenient as possible.
Periodontal diseases affect the tissue of the gums and can eventually lead to tooth loss.
Gum diseases are caused by plaque — a film of bacteria that form on the teeth. A dental check-up will spot the early signs of disease which may also result in bleeding from the gums. Thorough cleaning will be done by a dentist or hygienist. You will be shown how to remove plaque yourself and your teeth monitored to prevent recurrence.
Crowns and Bridges
A crown is an artiﬁcial cap which restores the shape of damaged or unsightly teeth. The crown is made especially to the desired shape and colour. The tooth is then prepared by your dentist to give a ﬁrm basis for the crown. When the crown is then fixed permanently over the tooth, you have an attractive, long lasting replacement. A bridge replaces a missing tooth by an artificial tooth joined to crowns over the two adjoining teeth.
Root Canal Treatment
When the blood or nerve supply of the tooth is infected, this can cause an abscess which will lead to further infection and may require the loss of the tooth. Root canal treatment involves removing the infection, cleaning out the canal and filling it to prevent further infection. This requires skilled dentistry and takes time, but is done under local anesthetic and is no more painful than an ordinary ﬁlling.
Teeth can gradually discolour with age, diet and after some treatments such as root canal. Tooth whitening can lighten the colour of teeth to improve appearance and give you back a dazzllng smile. While there are toothpastes and home kits which promise to whiten teeth, it ls always more effective and safer to discuss your needs with your dentist.
Orthodontic treatment (braces) is a way of straightening or moving the teeth to improve the appearance, bite and long term health of the teeth, gums and jaw joint. (You can find out more at the British Orthodontic Society website)
Though treatment is more commonly carried out for children, many adults are now enjoying the benefits.
Braces can be fixed with ‘invisible’ braces on the inside of the teeth or aesthetic tooth coloured brackets as well as the regular ‘train tracks’. Removable braces can also be ‘invisible’. The movements needed for straightening the teeth will usually dictate the type of brace needed. We can discuss the options.
Though orthodontic treatment can be carried out by any dentist, at Abbey Dental Practice we prefer to refer our patients to our in-house specialist, or for those eligible for NHS treatment, to a qualified specialist who is on the General Dental Council specialist register.
Implants are a way of ﬁtting false teeth through a titanium metal rod placed in the jawbone. This allows new teeth to be permanently ﬁxed without the need for a bridge, so any number of teeth can be replaced. Implant technology has been shown to give long-lasting and strong new teeth. We have made a particular study of implants and work with a specialist who stays up to date with the latest techniques.