Cosmetic bonding is a technique used to sculpt chipped or cracked teeth, fill in gaps between teeth, correct uneven teeth, cover up discolourations on teeth and can be used as a more attractive alternative to metal fillings. Composite bonding is often used in conjunction with other cosmetic dental treatments such as teeth whitening in order for patients to gain a bright, beautiful smile.
Why have bonding?
If you have a chipped, cracked or discoloured tooth then cosmetic bonding might be the right treatment for you. Unlike other restorative treatments, there is no need to remove a layer of your natural, healthy tooth to accommodate the restoration. The composite is layered directly onto the tooth, not leaving any negative impacts on the structure and integrity of the tooth.
Composite is also colour-matched to your existing teeth so the end result looks just like a natural tooth. Thanks to modern dental materials and techniques, composite is stronger than ever and can be a long-lasting repair to any damaged teeth.
Looking after your bonded teeth
After your treatment we recommend keeping a healthy dental routine to maintain the results of your treatment and the health of your teeth and gums;
- Brushing at least twice a day with an electric toothbrush
- Ensure you floss daily before brushing your teeth
- Avoid sugary foods Avoid drinking large amounts of coffee, tea and red wine to prevent staining
Crowns are designed to completely change the way a person’s teeth look. They are an ideal way of covering misshapen, discoloured and heavily restored teeth. Crowns are used to support bridges and can also be used to aid the retention of a denture. They provide splinting for broken teeth allowing pressure to be distributed evenly.
Why have a crown?
Porcelain crowns are a long-lasting and practical solution used by many people for:
- Covering stained teeth
- Improving the aesthetics of your teeth
- If you have heavily filled in teeth, to help improve the strength
- Single tooth restoration – if you are having a dental implant we will need to place a crown over the implant
- They are placed after root canal treatment when teeth become weak and brittle and require additional protection.
The dentist will discuss all options in full at your appointment and help you decide if this is the right treatment for your particular case.
Looking after your crowns
You can eat and drink normally after porcelain crowns have been fitted, they should function just like a normal tooth. If you’ve been given anaesthetic, you’ll need to avoid hot food and drink for at least 2-3 hours. If you are somebody that grinds their teeth at night the dentist will recommend a mouth guard to protect your teeth and prevent damage to porcelain crowns.
- Make sure you brush at least twice a day
- Ensure you floss daily before brushing your teeth
- Avoid sugary foods and drinks
- Avoid hard and sticky foods
Bridges can replace a missing tooth while also providing a cosmetic and long-lasting restoration to the teeth that support the new tooth. Bridges are so called because the replacement tooth sits between two crowns. The crowns fit over the supporting teeth, giving a natural looking and secure solution to a gap in your smile.
Why have a bridge?
Having a missing tooth can really knock your confidence. It’s important for your self-esteem and your oral health to fill in gaps. Teeth have a tendency to move and shift when there is space which causes them to move out of position, affecting the bite. Replacing the tooth stops this movement and improves the bite.
For just a single missing tooth, bridges are a non-invasive way to fill in the gap. You’ll not even notice that you have a bridge.
Looking after your bridge
While porcelain is resistant to the decay that bacteria causes, the teeth supporting your bridge aren’t as lucky. Your routine oral care does much of the hard work in keeping your mouth free from bacteria. During your check-ups, we’ll make sure your bridge is still secure and in good shape.
Dentures are the traditional method of replacing missing teeth. Made from modern, comfortable materials, our dentures are a long way from the loose, clunky dentures of the past. We can restore your smile with partial and complete dentures, bringing full functionality back to your life.
Why have dentures?
Having a full mouth of teeth improves your quality of life. It’s important to have your dental health in as good a shape as possible and dentures can give that back, whether you’ve lost only a few teeth or all of them.
Whatever the reason for your missing teeth, dentures are a flexible solution while also being affordable. We use the most advanced techniques to capture accurate data about your mouth shape so your dentures fit securely and work the most efficiently when worn.
Looking after your dentures
Dentures are designed to be hard-wearing but they will last longer if you treat them with care. Dentures should be removed before you go to bed so your gums can have a rest, but they must be stored in water or denture fluid as they could lose their shape if allowed to dry out.
Clean your dentures with a toothbrush or a special denture brush and remember to keep your gums and any remaining teeth clean too. You will also need to attend regular check-ups so your dentist and hygienist can keep an eye on your oral health.