Restorative and Cosmetic Dental Treatments
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Gaps and spaces
A number of techniques and treatments are available to address dental gaps and spaces and these can have significant impact on an individual’s smile and appearance, making patients more confident and less self-conscious. The appliance of braces is a very common treatment, even amongst adults. There are techniques such as Invisalign braces or porcelain veneers that BARD affiliated dentists have used on many patients.
This lady presented with a large space between her front teeth. Porcelain crowns were used to close the gaps and produce a more pleasing smile.
Latest orthodontic techniques can provide braces which are invisible and capable of producing highly successful results within 6 months. Products such as Invisalign are available for this purpose. Any adjacent fractures or worn edges can then be repaired with crowns or veneers, whilst final whitening is achieved by bleaching.
This lady came to see a BARD certified dentist 6 weeks before her wedding. Porcelain veneers were placed onto her front 4 teeth and tooth whitening was completed prior to her wedding.
Fillings are a fairly common treatment and many patients will have had silver mercury or amalgam fillings placed by their NHS dentists over the years, but not many people realise that this type of filling can weaken the tooth. The tooth is effectively packed with the silver mercury amalgam and, as the filling expands, cracks in the tooth enamel can occur when chewing. Often this leads to parts of the tooth fracturing off.
A safer solution is a white (or tooth coloured) filling. However the procedure is much more technique sensitive and requires complete isolation from moisture in the mouth (saliva) otherwise the bond of white filling to tooth is broken. These fillings can be made of composite or porcelain and due to its tooth-like colour has the benefit of looking like a natural part of the tooth
The impact and influence of modern media has increased the demand from patients seeking a “smile makeover” as part of a broader desire to enhance personal appearance. Typically, a smile makeover treatment will comprise a number of cosmetic techiniques, over a period of time, to achieve final results. This might include the application of veneers, crowns, implants, botox and fillers, as well as associated work such as orthodontics or gum lift procedures. The final outcome will be a confident and rejuvenated smile.
Everybody wants to look good throughout his or her life no matter what age we are. Facial ageing is a continuous process which first becomes apparent in our 20’s. As we grow older more lines and wrinkles appear, our skin changes in texture and colour and loses its underlying support so starts to sag and our jaw and neckline may slacken.
Facial aesthetics is a combination of an art and science used to manage the factors responsible for the ageing process, which can have a knock-on effect both emotionally and psychologically.
Facial aesthetic treatments can range from use of cosmeceutical creams to help maintain your skins health, through to Botulinum toxin type A injections and dermal fillers to reduce lines and wrinkles. This is an expanding field with more and more treatments becoming available.
Over time many of us will experience worn teeth. The cause of this can range from the acids in fruits, the sugars in sweets and fizzy drinks, acid reflux from the stomach or simply brushing too hard together with grinding and clenching (bruxism). Bruxism, which occurs at night time as people clench and grind, is often the cause of excessive wear on the front teeth and fracture of teeth and restorations. Often, after restoration, the patient may need to wear a night guard (the dental term is occlusal splint) to protect the teeth from these extreme forces. Veneers, or crowns are the usual treatment to restore the lost tooth tissue.
As part of your assessment a BARD certified dentist will select for you the best individual treatment plan
Veneers are a common treatment for patients with teeth that have been badly stained and cannot be enhanced by whitening techniques. Worn down and damaged teeth are also commonly treated with veneers, resulting in a more pleasing aesthetic profile and appearance. BARD certified dentists have extensive experience in providing veneers to patients
A tooth that is either broken or has already received previous filling can be treated with a dental crown. The crown is fabricated to fit like a cap over the damaged tooth, having been matched and coloured to the existing teeth. Dental crowns can be made to be translucent, allowing natural light to filter through and therefore giving a more realistic restoration.
Full mouth reconstructions
A comprehensive full mouth reconstruction is provided when the entire mouth is in need of significant improvement in function and aesthetics. Crowns, bridgework, veneers and dental implants combine to offer full restoration of all teeth and ensure prolonged function and appearance.
The full mouth reconstruction is often reserved for mouths that are sadly broken down, or have had a lot of NHS poorly fitted crowns, fillings etc. over the years with resulting problems.
Dental Bridgework is one of two fixed options to restore a missing tooth or teeth. The second option is dental implants. Bridgework requires the placement of dental crowns either side of the gap in question, together with the provision of a porcelain tooth in the gap itself. All are then combined into a single construction to give the impression of natural teeth. Bridgework is often the preferred option if the adjacent teeth are already treated or crowned. BARD certified dentists have extensive experience of resolving tooth loss with various bridgework techniques, whether it be for one or more teeth.
Dental implants effectively replace the root of a missing tooth, thereby allowing anchorage for a new replacement tooth (crown). A titanium implant is inserted and a small post fitted on top to support the final crown. Loss of teeth can impact quality of life, whether it be causing eating or chewing difficulties or limiting what you can eat, to being embarrassed about your smile and subsequently losing confidence. Dental implants restore both functional and aesthetic needs and so renew quality of life without any indication that the replacement teeth are not actually real.