Root canal treatment in available in Worcester Park, and can save your tooth. Root canal treatment is performed when the tooth decay extends into the pulp of the tooth, or very close to the pulp. The dental pulp is located in the centre of the tooth, and is made up of different cells and tissues, and contains the tooth’s blood and nerve supply. The tooth begins to die when bacteria and their by-products come into contact with the pulp, usually resulting in pain. Root canal treatment can be performed by a dentist or an endodontist (a root canal specialist). After the tooth is anaesthetized it is isolated using a rubber dam and an access hole is drilled into the pulp of the tooth. The infected pulp and tooth dentin is then removed using drills and root canal files. The inside of the tooth is sterilized and thoroughly dried before to root canal is filled with gutta percha (i.e., root canal filling material). An antibiotic is usually prescribed, and the toothache goes away in about 24 hours. Sometimes pain medication is required for a few days. So go visit your Worcester Park dentist and save your tooth with a root canal!
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Teeth grinding (also called bruxism) can be treated successfully at the Shepperton Dental Clinic. Teeth grinding occurs while you are sleeping and you may be unaware that you are grinding your teeth unless someone else tells you. There are many reasons for grinding your teeth including; nerves, malposed teeth, and discrepancies between the upper and lower jaws. Children also grind their teeth because they bite edge to edge and are not hitting with an overlap. When the adult teeth erupt, this usually improves. Your Shepperton dentist will recommend the appropriate treatment for your child and you, if you are grinding your teeth.
Teeth grinding isn’t usually a big problem, but can cause jaw, mouth, neck, and facial pain. Poor fillings, removable full or partial dentures, and/or missing teeth, can throw off the bite and lead to teeth grinding. The dentist will check your .mouth for wear patterns, and take impressions to have stone models made of your mouth, so that the teeth’s wear patterns can be observed. A bite equilibration may be performed, or the dentist may have the dental laboratory make a hard or a soft type of mouth guard to help keep you from damaging your teeth anymore. These appliances work to help diagnose the teeth grinding problem, and to help solve the problems. If you are grinding your teeth, your dentist will be able to detect the wear patterns on the appliance. You could possibly be referred to a specialist depending on what type of treatment is required to resolve your teeth grinding. Many types of appliances and treatments exist for teeth grinding, and these will be reviewed at your Shepperton Dental Clinic. The problem could also be a very easy fix, such as adjusting the bite on one or two teeth. Visit your Shepperton dentist and get some advice if this problem occurs!
White fillings are tooth coloured fillings, made of composite dental material. These are offered in Kingston upon Thames as an alternative to amalgam fillings, and can be placed in both the front and back teeth. White fillings contain no mercury or metals, and will match your teeth colour quite nicely. They are very natural looking. Your Kingston upon Thames dentist will have many white filling shades and will find the correct match for your teeth.
Placing white fillings are more difficult than placing amalgams, but the amount of tooth that needs to be removed for white filling placement is less than that of amalgam fillings. Your dentist will anaesthetize the area of your mouth where the white fillings will be placed, and will remove decay and weakened parts of the tooth. A protective substructure is then placed, to avoid damaging the pulp, and the tooth is etched, washed and dried. A liquid material (unfilled resin) is placed into the tooth and set up using a special light source. This material flows into all of the nooks and crevices of the tooth preparation. The white filling is then placed into the tooth using special instruments, and this is again set up using the special light source. The white filling in then shaped and polished. The area of the mouth where the white filling is being placed must be kept dry during the procedure. After the white filling is placed, you can carry on as usual!
Your Surbiton dentist now offers the Inman Aligner, a somewhat new removable orthodontic appliance, to help straighten upper and lower front teeth quickly. The advantage of the Inman Aligner over other orthodontic methods is that it only takes 6-8 weeks to obtain the desired results, and is less expensive than Invisalign®. It works by applying cooperative mild forces to the front and back simultaneously pressing them into their final desired position.
The Inman Aligner is removable and should be removed while eating and performing oral hygiene. Several differences that exist between the Inman Aligner versus Invisalign® are that the Inman Aligner has a visible anterior metal bar, and that this appliance cannot be used to perform complicated teeth movements. The Inman Aligner utilizes tiny springs to maintain its tightness. It produces moderate intensity and stability to the front teeth, and is well tolerated.
The Inman Aligner does not require numerous dental office visits, does not take long to achieve its goals, and is worn 16-24 hours daily. You may be aware of a change in your speech patterns for up to 48 hours. Use mild pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, should you experience any discomfort. Visit your Surbiton dentist and start straightening your teeth fast!
The Invisalign® system is available in Sunbury. Made up of a sequential series of clear plastic teeth aligners and complex computer technologies, Invisalign® has been successful in numerous cases where teeth straightening and movement are required. Along with being unnoticeable, Invisalign® offers teeth movement that is more comfortable than ordinary braces. The Invisalign® system usually takes about a year to complete versus regular orthodontics, which takes 2 to 3 years to complete. There are several cases where Invisalign® cannot be used, including very crowded teeth or teeth that are not fully erupted. They are not and should not be considered to substitute for orthodontic treatment. However, Invisalign® systems are popular and many patients request them.
Consult your Sunbury dentist to see if you are a good candidate for Invisalign®. If your dentist feels that you are a good candidate after examining your mouth, your dentist will proceed with a detailed oral examination, including dental radiographs and study models. The models are then sent to the laboratory where a complex computer program will evaluate the models and the tooth movements required. A series of 12-48 clear plastic sequential aligners will be made and returned to the dental office. Your dentist will then help you to place your first aligner tray. This tray will snap over your teeth, but may feel that it doesn’t fit correctly. The aligners are fabricated to accurately fit your teeth when your teeth reach their new desired position. Shortly, your teeth move to the guided tray position and then are given time to rest, before the next tray is placed. This allows the bone surrounding the teeth to remodel and tighten your teeth. The whole procedure should take about a year. Your Sunbury dentist will want to see you once a month to see how you are progressing.
You can visit the Shepperton Dental Clinic to have a crown fabricated for your tooth. There are numerous reasons why you may need a dental crown placed on a tooth, such as it being severely decayed or damaged. You may not have the time to be able to visit the dentist due to work or other obligations, and you want to know if the crown can be made at a single visit. Well, now the answer is “yes.” Your Shepperton dentist will introduce you to CEREC technology that can restore your tooth or teeth with a crown or crowns in a single visit which usually takes a little over an hour. Your Shepperton dentist uses local anaesthesia to numb your mouth in the area where they are performing dental work. The tooth is then shaped into a peg-like structure using a dental drill. All of the enamel and different amounts of dentin are removed, depending upon the extent of the decay or damage. Your Shepperton dentist tells you that the clinic has CEREC technology, allowing crown fabrication from a digital photo of the tooth preparation, which is then converted into a 3-D computerised model. Then the on-site dental laboratory will make the crown. The whole process usually takes about an hour.
If the dentist and laboratory are happy with the computer designed tooth/teeth, a high quality ceramic block is then milled in the on-site laboratory and shaded and coloured as desired. CEREC technology offers a very strong restoration and colour matches. After the CEREC crown is properly fitted, it is then cemented in place. With CEREC technology, your Shepperton dentist has more say in your final crown. These CEREC crowns cost slightly less than traditional crowns, however they are a bigger savings due to time saved at the dental office.
In Weybridge, dentists use dental implants to replace lost teeth. Data has shown an excellent 5 year survival rate for these implants. There are other ways to replace teeth, however Weybridge dentists say that dental implants are invaluable and the best preference in the majority of situations where natural teeth are lost. They are stronger and look better than other tooth/teeth techniques used to replace teeth. Dental implants can be used for single tooth replacements or in cases where a few teeth, numerous teeth, and all teeth are missing. Dental implants have been used for many years to anchor removable partial and full dentures as well. These techniques and procedures will be explained to you in great detail when you visit your Weybridge dentist.
Weybridge dentists are trained in implant placement and can perform these procedures. There may be times when your Weybridge dental clinic will refer you to an oral surgeon, if visible complications are seen on your X-rays or in your mouth. The use of an experienced dental team is better at times for the patient(s).
Fabricated from titanium alloy, dental implants are very strong. They have a barrel-like shape, with an area for the final tooth attachment. A hole is drilled into the oral bone where the implant is to be placed using a specific drill, paying special attention so as not to injure vital anatomical structures. Therefore, after discussing dental implants with your dentist, a detailed clinical dental examination that will include dental X-rays, study models, computerised tomography and planning to locate the best implant location and type will be required. A clear acrylic stent will be fabricated to aid the dentist in the dental implant placement(s). Ask questions and take your time in deciding until you are comfortable with the decision. In Weybridge, we are here to help!
Kingston upon Thames dentists will use dental bridges to replace your missing tooth or teeth. Several types of dental bridges can be designed and fabricated, but this depends upon your individual circumstances. Included in these are traditional bridges, canti-lever bridges, and bridges that are fixed inside the mouth using a composite or resin material. Your Kingston upon Thames dentist will examine your teeth and then review a treatment plan with you to replace your missing teeth. While presenting this treatment plan, your dentist will go over the different types of bridges available, and the one that best suits you, along with its advantages and disadvantages. After agreeing to have a bridge made to replace your teeth, the dentist still use local anaesthesia to numb the area, and will use diamond drills to prepare the teeth to be used to hold the new bridges. When the preparations are completed, the dentist will take an impression of this area of your mouth using a type of dental putty, an opposing impression, a bite registration, and will then pick the appropriate shade from a shade guide. Following these procedures, a temporary acrylic bridge will be made for you to wear until your final bridge is ready for insertion. This temporary bridge will keep you teeth from moving, and will protect your teeth from sensitivity.
A missing tooth or teeth can cause bite problems and change the appearance of your mouth and/or the way your mouth functions, leading to TMJ and other complicated problems. At the Kingston upon Thames dental clinic, you will receive a complete detailed dental examination before a decision is made to perform bridgework in your mouth. All of the options will be explored and discussed with you. The dentist will make sure that you have optimal bone structure that will allow the bridge to be successful for many years thereafter.
Porcelain veneers are being offered at Worcester Park. If you have tooth discolouration, wear, and unevenness and/or damaged teeth, porcelain veneers may be the right choice for you. Also known as porcelain laminates or dental veneers, each of these porcelain veneers are specifically created for each individual patient and each of their individual teeth that are having this dental procedure performed. Porcelain veneers provide an excellent cosmetic result in the correct situation(s). A small amount of tooth structure has to be removed for the placement of porcelain veneers. This involves some of the enamel, and under extreme situations some of the dentin layer of the tooth. This is dependant on the whether the teeth are malpositioned, and by how much.
Two visits are usually required for the porcelain veneers procedure to be completed. The first visit usually involves a smile analysis, and an impression of your teeth are taken so that the dentist can have wax placed on the stone models and show you what your teeth are going to look like. The dentist may also use an intra-oral digital camera and have your teeth image available for you to view on his computer. He will then modify the image to show you the results that can be obtained. Anything you want done and any questions that you may have, should be discussed with your dentist before the porcelain veneer procedure is started. If everything is fine, then the dentist will numb your mouth using local anaesthesia and then prepare your teeth. The dentist will then take the appropriate impressions and a bite registration, and choose a shade that you both have agreed upon.
A temporary composite filling or acrylic shell will be made for every tooth prepared to make sure that you don’t experience tooth sensitivity or an unwanted shift of your teeth during the 2 weeks that it takes to fabricate the porcelain veneers. When you return for your insertion visit, the porcelain veneers will be laid out on the dental tray and are not to be touched by hand on the etched side that is going on toward the tooth surface. The temporary shells are removed from the teeth, and the teeth are prepared to accept the veneers. The veneers will then be bonded onto the teeth using specific bonding materials. The veneers are delicate, but when they are bonded properly onto the teeth, they become very strong, due to the bonding agents and the tooth substructure.
These veneers are designed to create a naturally realistic appearance to the smile, and very aesthetic outcomes have been experienced by the patients. Stains and discolouration can be covered, and the tooth enamel’s natural translucency can shine through. People in the United Kingdom usually have darker teeth than their American counterparts; they also prefer to keep their teeth more natural looking than Americans. Through years of experience, your Worcester Park dentists can achieve the specific result that you desire.
Enlighten teeth whitening system is now being offered by Surbiton dentists. Enlighten teeth whitening is a relatively new dental procedure that uses innovative cosmetic know-how to brighten your smile to its naturally lighter shade easy and comfortably. Research has shown that Enlighten can lighten teeth by 10 shades. However, as with other whitening systems, not all teeth respond similarly to whitening (i.e., some shades are easier to lighten than others). As with other systems, composite fillings, bonding, veneers, and crowns will not get lighter. If you have healthy front teeth, devoid of filling materials, etc., you will be a good candidate for Enlighten.
The whitening procedure involves a gel (containing hydrogen peroxide) being put onto your teeth using a tray made specifically for you. You will use this tray and will be sent home with whitening gel to place into the tray. A few months later, you will again visit your Surbiton dentist and they will place a stronger, more highly concentrated gel into your tray, and place it in your mouth. This is done under direct supervision. Your new Enlighten smile may last for 3 years; however results may vary depending on your lifestyle habits. Regular check-ups and cleanings will help you to keep your teeth lighter for longer. You shouldn’t really feel any pain from the procedure, but may experience teeth sensitivity for a short time. Enlighten won’t injure your teeth or fillings, and has been extensively used across the globe. So, ask your Surbiton dentists about the Enlighten Teeth Whitening System!