Ladygrove Dental Practice: Our Services.
Bridges | Crowns | Tooth Whitening | Veneers | My Gums Bleed | Cross Infection
Missing teeth can be replaced by bridges which are fixed onto remaining teeth either side of the space. The supporting teeth are prepared and usually a temporary bridge is fitted while the permanent bridge is made by a specialist technician. The bridge is precision made with a precious metal base. Porcelain is then bonded onto the base to match the colour of your natural teeth. Bridges need to be looked after with care to ensure that they last for many years. Our hygienists will spend time with you explaining, and showing you how to care for your bridge.
Teeth which have been broken, weakened by decay or have a very large filling may need to be restored by crowning (sometimes also called caps). Crowns are made from a variety of different materials and these are constantly being upgraded. Many crowns are made with a precious metal core onto which porcelain is bonded to match exactly the colour of the adjacent teeth. Other materials such as all gold or all porcelain are also used. A crown will require at least two appointments. At the first appointment the tooth is prepared and an impression taken of the prepared tooth. A temporary crown will be fitted while the permanent crown is made to the dentist's specific instructions. The second appointment will usually involve removing the temporary crown and fitting the permanent crown.
Using an at home dentist supervised technique teeth can be whitened in 2-4 weeks. whitening treatment resulted in an average improvement of 3+ shades whiter!
Cosmetic dentistry techniques have changed immeasurably in recent years. Dentists can now dramatically improve crooked, uneven or discoloured teeth easily using ultra-thin porcelain veneers.
Veneers are custom-made by a specialist technician, who works closely with the dentist to ensure that your desired end result is achieved. This process usually involves two visits to the dentist. At the first appointment very little needs to be done to the tooth and an impression is taken. The second stage involves bonding the veneer to the tooth . With care veneers can last for many years.
My Gums Bleed
When I brush my teeth they occasionally bleed. Does this matter? Any bleeding from the gums is usually a sign that there is some gum infection.
- This means they are NOT healthy.
So if my gums don't bleed when I brush them, does that mean that every thing is O.K.?
- Not necessarily, there could be areas where the gums are unhealthy in places that your toothbrush cannot reach, such as in between the teeth.
My gums don't hurt so does it matter if they are a bit unhealthy or inflamed as you put it?
- Gum disease very rarely hurts, even in the more advanced stages. Therefore it is important to have a detailed "gum check" by your dentist or hygienist.
What will the dentist or hygienist look for when they check my gums?
- They will check the gum around every tooth to see if there has been any advanced gum disease. They will also record all the areas where there is any pocketing.
As patients you are entitled to expect complete safety while in one of our surgeries. We ensure that the highest standards of cross-infection controls are adhered to. We use a blend of methods to ensure that each surgery environment achieves our clinical standards.
All of our staff, clinical are trained and regularly updated in cross-infection control procedures. We have a written statement of cross infection control policy, which is regularly audited.