For children and adults (fissure sealants and fluoride treatments).
Dental techniques are evolving every but preventative treatment is always a good idea when it comes to your
children's teeth, to avoid more invasive treatment in the future.
• Fissure sealants are a coating, bonded to the back teeth which protects the biting surface so it's harder to for decay to attack. The treatment is painless, non invasive and is an effective solution against tooth decay.
• Fluoride is a safe mineral compound found naturally in water and is absorbed into the tooth enamel to make them more resistant to decay and fractures. It is extremely beneficial for children's developing teeth and will help maintain the teeth into adulthood.
We assess your teeth on an individual level and will recommend the treatments as necessary.
Tooth scaling, polishing and oral hygiene instruction.
Our aim is to reduce/ eliminate the causes of infection which can create the two main gum problems, Gingivitis and Periodontitis.
We do this by focusing on plaque control, dental staining and tartar removal. This creates a more hygienic environment which keeps the harmful bacteria to a minimum if followed with careful home care by the patient. The end result is a reduced risk of tooth loss, the need of restorative treatment, overall better health and fresher breath.
Scaling and tooth polishing is considered the basic treatment of periodontal diseases and may be the only treatment required to treat mild cases of periodontitis
Traditional brackets or Invisalign. (by referral)
Crooked teeth, overcrowding and improper bites can cause difficulty in cleaning as well as making the patient
feel uncomfortable about their appearance.
Modern techniques have surpassed the traditional wire 'braces' and the latest Invisalign system consists of clear plastic aligners that are practically unnoticeable and far more comfortable. This system also has the added advantage of being able to be removed for regular teeth cleaning.
However not all patients are suitable for this treatment and would need to consult with the specialist Orthodontist.
Tooth coloured fillings.
Tooth coloured fillings are used almost universally
now and old unsightly amalgam fillings are replaced normally
with these which greatly improve the appearance.
These new composite fillings also bond to the teeth resulting in safer and more effective remedy for tooth cavities. The life expectancy of a tooth coloured filling can depend greatly on where it is in your mouth and your overall oral hygiene.
We take great care to advise you on the correct filling techniques to alleviate your particular problem.
Larger cavities may require crowns or inlays.
Inlays, Onlays and Veneers.
Inlays are used on back teeth to replace large fillings where a more natural look is desired or in some
instances gold is indicated, these replace the unwanted amalgam fillings. The inlays are made in a laboratory so a
mould is taken before the final piece is bonded into the tooth.
Similar to inlays, onlays cover more of the tooth's surface and are used to replace larger fillings to produce a more aesthetic and harder surface. A combination of these procedures make the perfect way to improve your smile.
Veneers are fine porcelain covers that are bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth transforming a smile which may be suffering form crooked, stained or chipped teeth and not in need of crowns.
This is a relative simple procedure and often local anaesthetic is not necessary.
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns completely cover a tooth to give considerable extra strength, they may be made in gold or porcelain
bonded to an alloy of precious metals to give a natural look.
The latest zirconium crowns are metal free, but extremely strong and offer a translucency similar to normal dental enamel therefore giving a far superior appearance.
Bridges consist of two or more crowns linked together to replace missing teeth in a fixed, natural manner.
root canal treatments
Treating root infections.
An infection is caused by bacteria that live in the mouth and invade the tooth causing decay.
When a tooth becomes badly decayed or infected a painful abscess can occur if it is not treated on time. The nerve tissue and the surrounding pulp needs to be removed to stop any further, painful infection and possibility of losing the tooth.
The procedure has a very high success rate and is completed by a filling or crown.
The alternative is to have the tooth removed and replaced with a bridge or implant, so a visit to us when first showing any signs of dental pain is obviously very important to avoid any unnecessary treatments or procedures.
Tooth scale and polishing.
While we encourage our patients to eat a healthy diet which will maintain a healthy white smile, we also understand the
need for removing stains caused by coffee, wine, smoking etc.
There are a number of ways to whiten your teeth so ask for an appointment to discuss the best method to suit your teeth/ lifestyle.
Artificial tooth roots.
A dental implant is a titanium post that acts in
the same way as a root structure does for a natural tooth.
They are the best option to replace one or more missing teeth and are used to support a bridge, a single tooth or full dentures.
The procedure is a team effort between our maxillofacial surgeon and dentist and we can create a treatment that is specifically suited to you.
Periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your implant, teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy.
Oral and maxillofacial surgery with consultant Dra. Cristina Santiago.
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a specialist treating many diseases, injuries and
deformities in the head, neck, face and jaw treating them by manual or operative methods.
Working together with surgeon Dr. Oscroft, Dra. Cristina Santiago will diagnose and treat all problems of this nature. Complicated extractions, including wisdom teeth, are performed in the practice. For very nervous patients sedation is available under the care of our Consultant Anaesthetist. Our Maxillofacial Consultant also offers the possibility of minor facial aesthetic interventions including dermal fillers and Botox.