Having a tooth repaired or restored doesn’t just help the way your smile looks. Leaving gaps in your smile can cause your other teeth to move, which in turn affects your bite. Damaged teeth, in particular, can become painful if the internal structure of the tooth is exposed. Restorations help this pain and can prevent further issues from arising.
Routinely, we use white materials for fillings on front teeth.
For back teeth, there are two options. The routine NHS option is often silver amalgam (metal), however, many patients will prefer to have white fillings which can be provided on a private basis.
If you need a filling, our dentist will be happy to discuss your options and provide an estimate.
If unsightly teeth are spoiling your smile, crowns can offer a neat, tooth-coloured cover up.
Sometimes known as ‘caps’, they fit completely over a whole tooth, concealing defects caused by chips, decay, discolouration or large fillings. Made from a variety of materials, they can also be used to support a bridge or to cover a dental implant.
A range of crowns is available on the NHS, but many patients will prefer to have more natural looking crowns provided privately.
If you feel embarrassed about gaps in your smile, a natural-looking dental bridge can successfully fill in those unsightly spaces and help restore your confidence. Often an alternative to dentures, bridges can be an effective way to replace one or more missing teeth.
As well as conventional bridges, involving crowns and a false tooth, we also offer minimal preparation bridges. Minimal preparation bridges go by many names including adhesive bridges, resin retained bridges and Maryland bridges. With a minimal preparation bridge, the false tooth is usually only attached to one tooth with a strong dental cement and an invisible ‘wing’.
In the same way that there are a variety of materials available for crowns, different materials can be used for bridge work. The most attractive materials are often only available privately.
Dentures are removable false teeth that come with a host of benefits, including helping to improve how you eat and speak, as well as boosting your confidence by restoring your smile.
They can also enhance facial shape, especially around the lips and in the cheek area. You can either have partial dentures for a few missing teeth or full dentures to a replace a whole set of teeth for the upper and/or lower jaw.
They are usually made from acrylic, or a combination of acrylic and metal, and modern materials mean that partial dentures can blend in well with existing teeth and complete dentures can pass for the real thing.
Making and fitting dentures can be quite an involved process so typically you will attend the practice for four or more appointments to ensure your new dentures are as secure and comfortable as possible.
We provide a full range of dentures on the NHS, but there are also private options available which can be more realistic and harder wearing.