Complex Dentistry

Alongside our range of general and cosmetic dental treatments, we also offer a range of procedures to tackle more complex issues such as broken and missing teeth. These treatments include:

 

Dental Crowns

 

If a tooth has become decayed or broken through injury, a dental crown can be used to protect and reinforce it. Also known as caps, crowns can be made from various materials with their own benefits and drawbacks.

 

 

Bridges

 

For patients missing teeth through decay, injury or old age, a dental bridge can be used to fill the gap. The treatment uses the teeth at either side of the gap as anchors for the bridge, giving a similar effect to having three dental crowns.

 

 

Dentures

 

Dentures are one of the most popular ways of replacing any missing teeth, using either a full denture to replace a full set of teeth or a partial denture to replace several missing teeth.

 

Depending on the individual case, some dentures require adjustment while others can be fitted and used immediately. We also offer implant supported dentures for those having issues with loose or unstable dentures.

 

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Why Should You Replace Missing Teeth?

 

A gap in your smile can lead to issues with the stability of the surrounding teeth, and can ultimately cause them to shift and become misaligned. It also leaves you vulnerable to more food and other debris being stuck in the gap, leading to further tooth decay and gum disease.

 

When is a Bridge the Best Treatment?

 

A dental bridge is suitable when the teeth surrounding the gap are healthy and strong to ensure they’re capable of supporting the bridge. We assess each individual patient to determine the best treatments for missing teeth.

 

What Kind of Bridges are Available?

 

The most commonly used dental bridges are traditional, Cantilever and Maryland bridges. Traditional bridges are made by placing three crowns together and anchoring them on the teeth at either side of the gap. Cantilever bridges only have two crowns, and are attached to a single tooth next to the gap. Maryland bridges are bonded to the back to the surrounding teeth at either side.

 

What are Bridges Made From?

 

The majority of dental bridges are constructed using a metal base, with porcelain used over the top to match the colour of your natural teeth.

 

How Long Does It Take to Fit a Bridge?

 

Most fittings will require two appointments to allow us to prepare the surrounding teeth and fit the bridge. Some adjustments will be made to ensure it looks and feels natural.

 

How Do You Care For a Bridge?

 

Cleaning your dental bridge is largely similar to caring for your natural teeth. Regular brushing will be required to keep it clean and free from debris, and a special floss will be required to clean around the bridge.

 

How Long Will It Last?

 

The longevity of a dental bridge will depend on how well you take care of it, but in many cases it can last upwards of 10 years. Good oral hygiene is required, along with regular check-ups and visits to the hygienist. It’s also important not to place the bridge under unnecessary stress.

 

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What Are Crowns Made From?

 

Crowns are made from various materials, with the most common being porcelain, gold and ceramic bonded with metal. The type used in your treatment will depend on your own circumstances and desired outcome from the treatment. Metal crowns are stronger and more durable, while porcelain crowns will generally be more aesthetically pleasing.

 

The most commonly used are a combination of metal and porcelain, as they provide a good balance between form and function. Crowns will normally look just like a natural tooth, and can help restore a healthy looking smile.

 

How Long Does The Treatment Take?

 

In most cases having a crown fitted will take two visits, spaced a week or two apart. This allows for the preparation of the tooth and the fitting, as well as any adjustments needed.

 

 How Long Do Crowns Last?

 

Well maintained crowns can last a significant amount of time, assuming the patient has a good standard of oral hygiene. Regular check-ups and hygienist visits are required to ensure that the crown and the surrounding area are in good health. If there are signs of decay near the crown it may need to be removed to prevent further infection.

 

 

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What Does Having a Denture Fitted Involve?

 

During your initial appointment we will take an impression of your existing bite. If any tooth extraction is required there will be a period of time required to allow the gums to heal fully, typically around 2 months. Once the gums have healed the denture can be worn regularly, however it can take some time to get used to wearing it.

 

How Do You Care For Dentures?

 

Regular cleaning is required to ensure your dentures remain in good condition. They should be cleaned every day using a soft brush and a denture cleaning solution.

 

Can You Wear Dentures at Night?

 

It has been recommended that dentures are removed for at least 8 hours each day to allow the gums to rest, so we suggest not wearing them while you sleep.

 

Do I Need Regular Dental Visits?

 

Regular check-ups are required to allow us to monitor your oral health and ensure your denture isn’t causing any issues. It’s fairly common for your mouth to change shape, causing the denture to become loose over time. This can cause inflammation of the gums and can be quite painful, so regular visits will allow us to monitor the health of your gums.

 

Are There Any Alternatives to Dentures?

 

There are several alternatives to traditional dentures available. Dental implants are a popular choice, and treatments like All on 4 can replace a full set of teeth in a single day. Implants can also be used to anchor dentures to prevent them from moving around the mouth.

 

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This page was last updated: April 14, 2016