During a dental exam, the dentist will asses
- the health of all soft tissue and oral hygiene
- your risk of tooth decay, and gum or bone disease
- yhe need for tooth restoration or tooth replacement
- and take dental X-rays or, if necessary, do other diagnostic procedures
The NHS will provide silver (amalgam) fillings on back teeth & White fillings on front teeth. White fillings can be provided by your Dentist on back teeth but this will outside the NHS.
Scale & Polish
A scale and polish is a very common dental treatment which is carried out as a form of oral preventative medicine. It is designed to form part of a dental hygiene plan with the aim of keeping your teeth clean and healthy. This procedure is also known as ‘dental cleaning’ and along with tooth brushing, flossing, mouthwashes and healthy eating can help to reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth — to cover the tooth and restore its appearance.
Under the NHS Porcelain Crowns are placed in the front of the mouth, Silver Crowns are placed in teeth at the back of the mouth.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain bonded securely to your teeth to recreate the natural shade and shape of your tooth. Veneers are Porcelain coverings placed over severely discoloured or misaligned teeth. In cases of discolorations, fractures or tooth erosion, veneers are very effective in restoring the original look of your teeth
A Dental Bridge is a structure made to bridge the gap created by or more missing teeth.
- Restore your smile
- Restore your ability to properly chew and speak
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
There are three main types of dental bridges:
- Traditional bridges involve creating a crown for the tooth or on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic (replacement tooth) in between. Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge and are made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramic.
- Cantilever bridges are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth.
- Maryland bonded bridges have metal wings on each side of the bridge (tooth) and are bonded to your existing teeth.
Root Canal Treatments
What is Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment (also called endodontics) is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (known as the pulp) is infected through decay or injury. In the early stages of infection you may not feel any pain. In most cases the tooth will darken in colour, which would suggest that the nerve of the tooth has already died or in the process of dying.
Why Is Root Canal Treatment Needed?
When the pulp becomes infected, the infection spreads through the root canal and may cause an abscess (gumboil). An abscess is a localized area of pus around the tooth. An abscess can cause facial swelling and severe pain and if not treated the tooth may have to be taken out.