The spectrum of cosmetic dentistry offered at Prestige Dental Clinic includes white fillings, teeth bleaching, veneers and crown and bridge work.
Silver amalgam fillings have been around for many years and many people have them in their mouth. Although the silver fillings are highly durable, most people don’t like the appearance of them, especially when they laugh or smile. At Prestige, we believe that fillings can be natural looking as well as highly durable and fully functional. White composite fillings are available at the practice and these can be put in when you initially are diagnosed with a cavity or they can be done if you want old silver fillings replaced.
To give you a whiter smile we have tooth bleaching available. An initial consultation is always required with your dentist to establish suitability for bleaching. This is because crown and bridgework, veneers and existing fillings do not change colour with bleaching and may become more noticeable after suitable bleaching is done.
The bleaching process itself is quite straightforward. This is usually done by making moulds of your teeth and creating individually designed trays of your upper and lower teeth. After we have the moulds returned, you will be given the moulds and several tubes of bleach to use in the comfort of your own home. This method is proven to be the most effective way to bleach teeth and not harmful to your teeth.
Veneers are made from very thin layers of porcelain or composite to sit on the front of your teeth. This can make teeth look natural and healthy, and because they are very thin, minimal tooth preparation is needed.
Veneers can improve the colour, shape and position of teeth. A precise shade of porcelain can be chosen to give the right colour to improve a single discoloured or stained tooth or to lighten several front teeth. Veneers can also be used to close small gaps or to bring a tooth which is slightly out of position into line if orthodontics (braces) are not suitable.
Crowns are sometimes necessary when teeth are badly broken down or have very large fillings in them. Crowns are designed to fit over the existing tooth structure giving it the necessary strength and support.
Traditionally, gold crowns are used now on the NHS which although durable can be unsightly. We aim to provide a crown that is designed to give you back the original looking shape, colour and contour of a natural tooth which will blend in perfectly with your existing dentition.
Bridges are required when one or more teeth are missing filling the gap of the missing tooth/teeth. The bridge is secured to a natural tooth for stability enabling the space to be filled giving the appearance of a regular tooth.
Dental implants are one of a variety of ways to replace missing teeth. An implant is a titanium screw which is placed in the bone of the jaw and is then used to support a new tooth, bridge or denture. A formal dental implant consultation is essential as treatment options vary. Quite often it is not necessary to place as many implants as the number of teeth that have been lost in the past and it is only after an in depth examination and discussion that a satisfactory treatment plan is reached. Implants are a safe and reliable treatment that is usually done with a local anaesthetic allowing the patient to go home that day.
The initial treatment stage is the placing of the implant. The gum is then closed over and the implant is allowed to bind into the bone for the next few months and become really stable. During this healing phase, we ensure that a temporary denture or bridge can be worn to avoid noticeable gaps. After sufficient time has been allowed for healing, the next stage involves uncovering the implant and impressions are taken once the gum is deemed suitably healthy. The crown/bridge or denture is then connected to the new tooth to the implant.
Sedation for Implants
Intravenous (IV) sedation is a technique used in dentistry to help nervous or anxious patients relax. It involves giving a small injection in your arm. This gives you a feeling of relaxation although you will not actually be asleep. One of the effects of IV sedation is that patients do not remember what has happened while they are sedated, so it is particularly useful for more invasive treatments such as extractions or implant placements. Patients opting for IV sedation have to bring an escort to accompany them home and will have to take things easy for the rest of the day, as the effects of the sedation do take longer to wear off. Your safety and wellbeing is of paramount importance to us. That is why a detailed medical history will be taken at your pre assessment appointment. It is essential that these questions be answered as accurately and honestly by you. In addition, your blood pressure will be checked and recorded at this time. Your dentist will discuss with you what will happen and answer any questions you may have at the pre assessment visit. Once you have been given all the information you will be asked to sign a consent form so that we are satisfied you understand the procedures involved.
One of the effects of IV sedation is that patients do not remember what has happened while they are sedated, so it is particularly useful for more invasive treatments such as extractions or implant placements.\r\nPatients opting for IV sedation have to bring an escort to accompany them home and will have to take things easy for the rest of the day, as the effects of the sedation do take longer to wear off.