The world of aesthetic dentistry has come a long way…
When some people think about dentists they get visions of fillings and tooth removal but thankfully, while those treatments still exists, there are many more sophisticated treatments on offer. Especially when it comes to aesthetic dentistry.
In this series of blogs Advanced Dentistry explains some of the more common and not-so-common treatments currently being offered to our patients, while answering some very common questions.
Treatments in dentistry offer a way to straighten crooked teeth, lighten them, reshape and of course repair teeth, while ensuring oral health is promoted.
Most people have an idea of what Veneers might be but for the record, Veneers are thin slices of porcelain, precisely made to cover the surface of your front teeth.
Why might someone need a veneer?
If you’ve got severely discoloured teeth then Veneers may be a good way of treating that but they can also be used to close gaps between your front teeth or to repair chips and cracked teeth.
How are Veneers created?
The process involves removing a very small amount of enamel from a tooth (this is usually the same depth as the veneer will be).
Then an impression is taken and the veneer is created. Once complete the veneer is then bonded to the tooth and forms a very strong and of course natural looking repair.
Standard fillings (those silver / grey amalgam fillings) have been around for 150 years or thereabouts and for good reason. They are considered to be the strongest and longest-lasting fillings. However, for many people these are unattractive.
Therefore, white fillings can make a good alternative. It’s much easier to match these white fillings with your natural tooth colour and of course they look much more attractive. It all depends on the individual as to whether a white filling is appropriate but certainly for many cases, it’s suitable.
I have a broken tooth. What are my options?
If you have a broken tooth, the location will play a role in how it is fixed. Crowns and caps can be used to restore your tooth’s appearance and it’s strength, not to mention more comprehensive treatments for significant damage.
How is a crown made?
Very often a fitting for a crown will involve shaping the tooth (under local anaesthetic). An impression is then taken and a crown is made that is both precise and a match in colour for you.
What happens to my tooth while the crown is being made?
During the production of your crown the prepared tooth is protected (usually with a temporary crown). The crown will last the time it takes to prepare your permanent crown so your tooth will be protected while you wait.
What are crowns made of?
Crowns are made from a variety of materials. This includes porcelain or porcelain bonded and even gold. Dentistry is highly advanced these days and new materials are being introduced regularly. This is why it’s important to talk to your dentist about the crown that’s going to work best for you.
We will be posting a lot more information about different treatments you can consider when you visit us so do check back again soon!