We all try to look after our teeth each day in Sunbury with good oral hygiene and regular visits to the Surrey dentist, but sometimes, things will get out of hand and may go wrong. You may well suffer from tooth decay and worst still, lose a tooth or two. Now at times like this, you’ll need to turn for help to patch up the damage done and one of the best ways of overcoming such issues is to have your teeth repaired with a dental crown. This treatment will help to restore the balance of your mouth and maintain your oral health in the future. Crowns are generally made from two materials, porcelain or gold. Porcelain crowns fit in naturally with the rest of your teeth and give a more natural look to your mouth when they are set into place. Gold crowns however are far more flashy, but they are also incredibly strong. Either or, you will be doing yourself a huge justice by having one fitted. Talk to Mulberry Dental because they not only do they work in the town, but they can offer you the best advice around when it comes to crowns.
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The dental world and its patients adore a dental crown: they are excellent for rebuilding a tooth ravished by tooth decay and a natural replica for replacing a tooth that has been lost. Commonly, they are made from three types of material; gold, porcelain-over-metal or just pure porcelain, although they can be made from any material you like- after all, you are paying for them. If you want razzmatazz, then a gold crown is definitely the one to go for, though that’s not the only reason this material is used; it’s very strong and durable, and it can take quite a battering. For something that is in keeping with the natural balance of your mouth though, then the other two variations made from porcelain are the obvious choice. Porcelain-over-metal is also strong and robust and can absorb a lot of stress, whereas pure porcelain crowns, though fairly strong are pretty much for the shop window- the front of the mouth. Each type of crown has to be made up, so once the desired area has had a mould taken of it, then they can be manufactured precisely to fit your mouth; then they are just popped into place. Mulberry Dental Care of Surrey knows everything about crowns so call them up for more information, as they serve Sunbury.
Sunbury, like all other places, has its own fair share of dental problems, some are fairly trivial, others more complicated. But the good thing about modern dentistry is that is has all the answers to your problems should they crop up. Tooth decay is a particularly nasty little problem: if caught early, it can be treated with a filling, but if it infects the inside the tooth, it can do a lot of damage and the tooth will need rebuilding. To do this, you will need to have a dental crown fitted to restore both shape and size to the tooth. Crowns come in many shapes and sizes, but when it comes to what they are made from, there are two choices you have, porcelain or gold. Porcelain looks more natural and mirrors the tooth’s enamel; a full porcelain crown can be used where the workload is light, but porcelain-over-metal is far stronger and can take a lot more stress, hence, the choice between the two is governed by where the damage has been done in the mouth. Gold is strong anyway, so it can be used anywhere in the mouth and some see it as a bit of a status symbol to have a gold crown fitted. For more information, contact Mulberry dental care. Though they are based in Walton, they lend their services to the area and can help in your decision making.
If you wonder where the future of modern cosmetic dentistry lies in Sunbury, just take a look at CEREC. If you’re in need of a bridge, white fillings, a crown or a veneer, traditionally, that would be a 2-3 week procedure, simply because the moulds taken of your mouth would have to be sent away for manufacture, but CEREC incorporates everything new in dentistry. When you walk in for the treatment, firstly, digital images are taken of your mouth and fed into a computer, which in turn is fed into a milling machine that makes your new fitting on site to the shade that suits your mouth. This process allows your dentist to get your teeth ready for your fitting. The major benefit is that any ‘tweaking’ or adjustments to the fitting can be also done there and then- in one visit! Essentially, what this treatment offers is complete restoration to your teeth in as little as an hour and a half. Now if you’re a person on the go, always busy, but also always need to look good at all time, this treatment is a godsend. It’s getting popular, so prices are tumbling, making it as comparable to traditional ways of fixing your teeth, but without the wait!
If you need some work doing on your teeth the thought of having to endure lengthy visits to the dentist is probably the last thing that you need. So many of us have busy lives with high pressured jobs and families to look after, fitting in the dentist just might not seem possible among all the other things on the schedule. But things have changed in many dental surgeries and now many of the procedures that might have taken a long time, are far swifter, allowing you to get on with your life.
The dramatic changes sweeping through dental surgeries are thanks to CEREC techniques which harness the very latest in computer aided, digital technology to make dental procedures more efficient. The digital x-rays which are now in use, significantly cut down the time that one needs to spend at the dental surgery. These images are three dimensional so that your dentist need only take one x-ray to have access to different perspectives on your mouth. In the past, repeated x-rays would have been needed, all of which would have to be developed in the lab.
These digital x-rays can then be sent to online machines which craft dental products, ready to be fitted there and then in the studio. For example, a porcelain dental crown can be made in just six minutes by one of these machines. Needless to say, this will dramatically reduce the amount of time that you need to spend in the surgery. Costs are not increased as a result of these new techniques because expensive lab fees are often eliminated. Talk to your Sunbury dentist to find out how CEREC techniques are changing the way that dentistry is practiced in their surgery.
What puts some people off going to the dentist is the thought of having to wait for hours in the surgery for a lengthy procedure to be carried out. If you have a busy life then it might not be possible for you to take the whole morning or afternoon off work to go to the dentist. Thankfully, advances in modern technology mean that the time many dental procedures take has been dramatically slashed.
CEREC techniques harness the very latest in cutting edge computer technology. For example, CEREC has revolutionised the way that porcelain crowns and veneers can be fitted. Your dentist need only take one digital x-ray of your mouth, which is in three dimensions. This is a great improvement on the need for expensive traditional x-rays and the associated lab fees.
This digital data of your mouth can then be sent to an online milling machine. This machine constructs a veneer or crown in an incredible six minutes. Your dentist will then be able to match it to your surrounding teeth and fit it there and then, with no need for temporary crowns or veneers. The reduction in waiting times is a huge bonus for anyone who is on a tight schedule.
Despite the use of such cutting edge technology, techniques using CEREC are actually on the whole cheaper or similarly priced to traditional methods. This is because there is no need for lab fees and the construction of temporary replacements, all of which could add to the price.
If you need a procedure to be carried out in your mouth, talk to your Surbiton dentist and see if CEREC technology can be used to reduce the time the process takes.
Think of dentures and it conjures up a vision of teeth in a glass beside your grand parent’s bed. But as a Molesey dentist advocates, dentures are an important aid in oral hygiene and for both cosmetic and clinical reasons. False teeth come in many disguises, the obvious being crowns and veneers, though these rely on the tooth still being present. When it comes to a missing tooth or a couple of teeth, there are a couple of ways to fill the gap. An implant relies on a screw being implanted into the bone and then the tooth being attached to the screw. The second option is a bridge whereby the false tooth is attached to two adjacent teeth. These methods stop the original teeth moving out of place and support the occlusion. They also support phonetics (speech), aesthetics (looks) and aid mastication. But not everyone is as lucky as this. In some cases, a patient will lose all of their teeth through periodontal disease, tooth decay, trauma or drug use. In this case, once the teeth have been removed, it can take several months for the gums to heal before dentures can be fitted. An impression is taken once the gums have healed and shrunk and the teeth can be fitted using a sealant. In time, and with a quality set of false teeth, the sealant can be discarded. As with all false teeth, the mouth needs time to adjust and dentures can cause irritation for a few days. Speech and eating can be a constant problem at first, but once this new experience settles down, things will return, pretty much, to normal and the recipient can once again smile with confidence.
There are many specialised fields of dentistry and Endodontics is one of them, as a Surbiton dentist explains. An Endodontics specialises in the field of disease, injury and pain that stems from the root of the tooth, the surrounding tissue and the tooth pulp. If the pulp becomes infected, then an Endodontics will perform various procedures in order to save the tooth- the primary goal of Endodontics. One of the most common practices is a root canal. This allows the dead tooth to function without the need for extraction. In time, a decaying tooth can infect the pulp, which houses nerves, blood vessel and fibrous tissues. Once the tooth is infected, this can lead to intense pain. The answer to this is a root canal. Once the Endodontics has diagnosed the problem with an x-ray, the pulp is removed and the remainder of the nerves cleared from the roots. The tooth is then disinfected and filled. In some cases, the tooth may become re-infected requiring an apicectomy. A flap is cut into the gums so that the tip of the root can be removed and the tooth refilled. Root canals are also used for teeth that have been damaged or cracked through injury or trauma and are extremely vulnerable to infection and disease. The same procedure is applied- the clearing out of the pulp and roots so that the tooth can be repaired. In some cases, a dental crown will be fitted if the tooth is badly damaged.
A Dental Bridge is exactly what it says on the tin, a bridge between other teeth, says a Surbiton dentist. A tooth can be lost prematurely for a number of reasons, and a gap in between teeth isn`t a nice thing. The Bridge is in fact a false tooth that is permanently fixed in place, unlike a denture which is taken out and refitted every day. The false tooth is attached to two other false, but hollow teeth. These are shaped inside like a square and they fit over the teeth either side of the gap being filled. Of course the teeth that will be the anchors for the bridge won`t be a perfect shape to take them, so they have to be ground and filed down so they are the exact same shape and size as the inside of the anchors. If you think of the anchors as a crown then you`ll get the picture better, they will act as supports to the suspended false tooth so they need to be a perfect fit. The whole bridge is usually made from Porcelain, as most false teeth are, and as such they need no special treatment or looking after, many wearers simply forget after a few weeks that they are wearing a bridge, that`s the magic of them. They are cleaned like a normal tooth and cleaned every six months on your half yearly check up. The whole procedure is also painless even though it sounds a complicated treatment to have.
A knocked out tooth is probably more unpleasant than you can imagine. Just ask anyone who has experienced it. Losing a tooth to decay is equally as distressing but what is probably more painful is the emotional distress of feeling that your smile and teeth have been ruined and that you are no longer attractive. A missing tooth in the dental arc is pretty easy to spot, especially if in the front, so many patients are very keen to replace it as soon as possible.
There are a number of ways of doing this but perhaps one of the most effective, and certainly cost effective, is with a dental bridge. This involves constructing a ‘bridge’ across the missing tooth area using dental crowns and an artificial tooth called a pontic. The crowns are attached to the teeth on either side of the gap and then an artificial tooth is fused to them using dental bonding. This way, the appearance of the tooth is restored as well as a large part of its functionality.
Dental bridges can last up to twenty years in some cases if looked after especially well, although it is more likely that it will last between ten and fifteen years.
In some cases, if the adjacent teeth are in very good condition, the dentist may be reluctant to remove any healthy enamel to fit the dental crowns and maybe able to attach the pontic just using resin bonded strips. This is often called a Maryland bridge but is not suitable in all cases.
Once in place, the dental bridge will look very realistic and natural, as the pontic will have been specially made to look exactly like the existing teeth. Ask your Sunbury dentist for more information about dental bridges and if they could be suitable to replace your missing toot or teeth.