These are used to repair the damage caused to a tooth by decay,trauma,wear etc.The two main types are amalgam (silver) and composite (white) fillings.Traditionally amalgams for molars,Composites for anteriors was the rule.However,if the oral hygiene is good and decay rate negligable composites can be used poster
Scale and Polish
This refers to professional cleaning whereby plaque bacteria,tartar,stains etc are removed from the teeth ,washed away and the teeth are polished up afterwards leaving them feeling fresh and clean.Having your teeth professionally cleaned helps improve the health of your teeth and gums.If gum disease is present a few such visits will be needed with deeper scaling required.If we feel you could benefit from guided tissue regeneration,bone augmentation or periodontal surgery we would get a Periodontist to treat accordingly.
This is where a flowable resin is applied onto surface of a tooth to seal and protect it from decay.If there has been a high decay rate in the Deciduous Dentition,sealing the First Permanent Molars is advisable.
These are restorations that fit over prepared teeth making them strong and restoring their shape and cosmetic appearance. They are advised if teeth are very badly damaged by decay or trauma,if the teeth are brittle following root canalwork, or if the old fillings are deemed unsightly .Most crowns made are Porcelain crowns which can be shade matched to your own natural colour of teeth.Sometimes on a molar for example a gold crown is used as this material is very durable and doesnt involve too much drilling of tooth tissue.
These are thin porcelain facings which fit over the front surface of a discoloured tooth.They are used to improve colour,shape and sometimes position of teeth.Sometimes these can be done in composite too,though porcelain usually gives better long term aesthetics.
A missing tooth can be replaced by a bridge which may involve crowning both teeth on either side of the gap.The crowns and false tooth are made of porcelain to mimic appearance of natural dentition.Sometimes a false tooth is bonded onto its neighbour directly (called a Maryland Bridge)which means the neighbouring tooth isn`t compromised
Missing teeth can be replaced by dentures which are removable and made of acrylic (sometimes also with Chrome/cobalt metal). They can be full or partial ,upper and/or lower.A few visits are needed to record shape of mouth,establish a comfortable bite,try in the teeth to check appearance,and finally fit of completed dentures.A new development is the valplast or Flexible denture which have a little "give" in them allowing them to spring into undercut areas giving a snug fit and a stronger denture.
Root Canal Treatment
This is the removal of the nerve of a painful or infected tooth.When the nerve is removed the space or canal left is cleaned,disinfected and filled.It is usally carried out over two visits.The ultimate aim is to save the tooth although sometimes,especially for molars,a crown is needed also to protect the tooth from fracture.We will complete Med 2 Tax form to enable you to claim 20% back from Revenue.
This is a highly effective way of improving the appearance of teeth without the removal of any sound tooth tissue. The active ingredient used is hydrogen peroxide.The dentist will take impressions of your teeth and from these fabricate a soft acrylic tray(like a gum shield)that the patient themselves wears at home with the whitening gel in them:after a few nights the difference can be seen and the teeth whiten nicely.We can check results with our Whitening Shade Scale and make sure you have enough whitening gel for "top-ups"later.