Dentistry is no longer just a case of filling and taking out teeth. Nowadays many people turn to cosmetic dentistry, or ‘aesthetic dentistry', as a way of improving their appearance. They do this in the same way they might have a new hairstyle. The treatments can be used to straighten, lighten, reshape and repair teeth. Cosmetic treatments include veneers, crowns, bridges, tooth-coloured fillings, implants and tooth whitening.
A smile makeover may be just as simple as whitening your teeth. It may also involve porcelain veneers, crowns, bridges, gum re-contouring and dental implants. Sometimes orthodontics can be used to straighten the teeth, followed by cosmetic bonding or veneers. A smile makeover not only transforms your smile, but your whole face, giving you greater confidence to smile naturally.
Missing teeth, loose denture or failing bridges can be replaced with dental implants.
Dental implants are a fixed solution. They enable you to speak without lisping. You can eat with the security that they won't become loose. You can enjoy those crunchy apples and even that steak you've been dreaming about!
Dental implant treatment has two distinct processes - surgical and restorative. We work alongside the highest qualified and most experienced local implant surgeon, and we restore the implants at our practice.
This means the most successful, functional and aesthetic results possible are achieved
COSMETIC TOOTH COLOURING FILLINGS
Cosmetic tooth coloured fillings are used instead of silver (amalgam) filling material. Amalgam has long been the filling material of choice for dentists and while there is no denying that this is a functional, hard wearing and long lasting material the cosmetic aspects are far from ideal.
Amalgam fillings may either show directly or cause your teeth to have an unsightly dark, ‘shadowed’ appearance.
Amalgam fillings contain mercury.
Cosmetic tooth coloured fillings are an excellent solution.
Some of the advantages are:
- Cosmetic tooth coloured fillings can be colour matched to your adjacent teeth to give you an instant improvement in your smile restoring decayed or broken portions of teeth almost invisibly, with composite or porcelain inlay.
- The shade/colour of the composite fillings can be closely matched to the colour of existing teeth.
- Composite fillings actually chemically bond to tooth structure, providing further support.
- In addition to use as a filling material for decay, composite fillings can also be used to repair chipped, broken, or worn teeth.
- Usually less tooth structure needs to be removed compared with amalgam fillings when removing decay and preparing for the filling.
- The form and function of the tooth can be restored instead of having a flat surfaced amalgam.
- Tooth coloured fillings are mercury free.
A crown is a type of dental restoration used to fix teeth that have been broken, weakened by decay or have a very large filling. The crown fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. It will also be tooth coloured, giving the restoration a more natural appearance so it fits in with the rest of your teeth.
Crowns can be used to replace these to give you a more aesthetic smile. Also, if you have had root canal treatment you may need a crown to protect or cap the restored tooth, allowing you to eat and bite down on it as if it was a real tooth. Crowns are also used to anchor a bridge or denture firmly in place in the mouth.
A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth, like a false fingernail fits over a nail. These can cover discoloured, crowded, & chipped teeth for better aesthetic appeal. Using photography and the highest standard dental ceramic laboratory these can be matched perfectly to natural teeth.
A bridge is a way of replacing a gap left by missing tooth. The teeth next to the space are restored with a crown with another tooth attached. This can be done for aesthetic reasons and to prevent the other teeth tipping in towards each other.