Category: Dental Crowns

It’s Not Too Late to Improve Your Smile for Summer

Summer, we hope, will soon be here as the days gradually get lighter and warmer. It’s a time of year when many of us want to look our best, perhaps for summer holidays or special events and of course it is coming up to the wedding season. So is your smile ready for summer? If not, it’s still not too late to take action and cosmetic dentistry in Basildon can help you get the smile you desire. Some treatments are surprisingly quick to complete but can still make the world of difference to your appearance. These include professional teeth whitening treatments and renewing old fillings, crowns and bridges. We find teeth whitening is extremely popular and by opting for a professional treatment you can be sure of receiving excellent results that will not harm your teeth or gums in any way.

smile-makeoverAbout Our Teeth Whitening Treatments

We offer power whitening in our comfortable dental practice, or we can supply fully customised home whitening kits, containing everything you need to safely whiten your teeth at home. Whichever treatment you choose, you will need a check-up with our Basildon dentist. This is vital to ensure treatment is safe and comfortable and will not harm your oral health in any way. Once we have checked your teeth and gums, you can decide which treatment you would prefer. Both are highly affordable and very effective.

Renewing Old Fillings

This is another treatment that can make quite a bit of difference to your smile and which won’t break the bank. While this is regarded as being a cosmetic dentistry treatment, it can also help protect your dental health. We can safely remove silver amalgam fillings, replacing them with cosmetic, tooth coloured fillings that are extremely hard wearing and which will protect the tooth against further decay. It’s surprising just how much difference this can make as it will eliminate darker areas in your mouth created by silver coloured amalgams. If you have any stained white fillings in your front teeth then it can also be nice to renew these. You do need to replace your fillings every few years and it’s an easy way to protect and improve your smile.

Replacing Old Crowns and Bridges

The previous two treatments are quick to complete, but replacing old crowns and bridges will take a bit longer, typically a few weeks as these restorations have to be handcrafted in our dental laboratory. As with all types of dental restorations, crowns and bridges do need renewing every so often as they can begin to leak with age, letting in bacteria that cause infection and decay. Additionally, dental technology has improved significantly over the past few years and modern porcelains look amazingly lifelike and natural and are ideal for improving your smile. We can even make these restorations entirely metal free using the latest all ceramic materials as these provide the very best quality aesthetic results.

If you are interested in cosmetic dentistry in Basildon, it’s best to make an appointment to come and see one of our dentists here at Felmores Dental Care for a proper consultation. After assessing your teeth, we can recommend treatments that we feel will help you most and which will fit in with your budget and timeframe. To book your appointment just give us a call on 0126 8 726789. If you prefer, you can contact us through our website at www.felmoresdentalcare.co.uk.

My Tooth Is Cracked What Should I Do?

If you’ve spotted a crack in your tooth then the first thing to do is schedule an appointment with your dentist in North Harrow. A crack is a fine line which you can see extending from your gumline to the pointed part of your tooth where you bite. Although the tooth is still in one part, it’s quite likely that the tissue inside the tooth is damaged, and if you don’t get it fixed, then the tooth will split into two.

dental crownOften adults have fine cracks in their teeth often called ‘craze lines’ which occur randomly inside the enamel and shouldn’t cause pain or need treatment.

If you can’t see a crack, then other signs that you may need to pay your North Harrow dentist a visit are:

  • Discomfort from hot and cold food and drinks
  • The area near the tooth is swollen
  • Sometimes it’s painful when you chew
  • Discomfort is caused by sweet foods or drinks

A cracked tooth can be treated with either a dental crown or a veneer.

Dental crown

A dental crown is usually chosen if a tooth has insufficient structure to support a veneer. Or in the event that your nerve is damaged, in which case you might first need to have root canal therapy. The crown covers the whole of the visible part of the tooth to protect it. Crowns can last several years if they’re cared for properly.

Veneers

If your tooth still has plenty of structure remaining then a veneer is a great solution to conceal the cracked tooth. A veneer is a really thin layer of porcelain that is applied to the front surface of the tooth, a little like a false nail, to cover any defects or blemishes below. In order to fix a veneer your dentist will need to remove a thin shaving of enamel to make room for the veneer. An impression will then be taken of the prepared tooth so that a custom veneer can be made. This will be colour matched to your other teeth to give a seamless natural finish. Again, like a dental crown, with care your veneer should last for several years.

If you think you may have a cracked tooth then don’t delay. Give Imperial dental Care a call today on 020 8427 2264 or book an appointment online at www.imperialdentalcare.co.uk. We’re a private and NHS dentist in North Harrow dedicated to providing unparalleled dental care for the entire family.

Crowns: Everything You Need to Know About this Restorative Dental Treatment

Have you recently visited a dentist only to be told you require a new crown? If so you might have a few questions about this treatment and how it can help your dental health. In fact a crown is a very good way of protecting a tooth that has been badly damaged and which has lost quite a lot of its original structure. This might be due to trauma or decay or a tooth might have quite a large filling, perhaps as a result of root canal therapy. Whatever the reason, losing a substantial amount of tooth structure leaves a tooth weakened and vulnerable to further damage and a crown will protect your tooth, covering it up completely right down to the gum line.

dental crownsYou will find our dentist in Downham Market can provide you with a beautiful and very natural looking crown that will be made from the very latest ceramics to blend in with your existing teeth. Once the crown is in place, you will be able to eat and chew normally and after a very short while it should feel like your own tooth.

Are There Any Other Uses for Dental Crowns?

A crown can be a good solution for improving the appearance of a tooth that is very badly discoloured or strangely shaped and we often use crowns during cosmetic dentistry in Downham Market. Crowns can also be used to hold a bridge in place, covering up the abutment teeth either side of the gap. You may also need a crown as part of dental implant treatment, restoring your tooth as the final part of the procedure.

What Materials Can Be Used to Make Dental Crowns?

There are a variety of materials that can be used to make a crown. Quite often we will fabricate a crown with substructure made from a precious metal alloy that is covered up with tooth coloured porcelain. Some people prefer the look of gold and we can create crowns made from this material which will be polished to a high sheen. Another alternative is to have an all-ceramic crown that will not contain any metal and this can be a particularly good solution when aesthetics are important, for example when replacing front teeth. An all-ceramic crown is extremely strong as the materials used to make these restorations are very advanced and this porcelain crown can look extremely natural, closely replicating the translucency found in real teeth.

What Is the Procedure for Having a Crown?

You will normally have to visit Downham Market Dental Care at least twice. The first appointment is for your tooth to be prepared. To do this, our dentist will need to remove any areas of your tooth that are damaged or infected and will carefully shape it. The next step is to take an impression of your tooth that is used by the dental laboratory to custom make your crown. We will cover up your prepared tooth with a temporary crown until your new crown is ready, a process that normally takes a couple of weeks. At your next appointment, your new crown can be tried in and fitted before being permanently cemented in place.

If you’d like to discuss all the options available for dental crowns, please contact our dental practice on 01366 382265.

Are Dental Crowns The Right Treatment For Me?

As with all health problems, be they dental or medical, early detection is important to ensure the best possible chance of successful treatment. However, for many reasons, ranging from dread of going to the dentist, lack of finances, to embarrassment over the state of their teeth, many patients put off going to their dentist in Clacton. As a result, we often find that by the time the patient does eventually pluck up the courage to come for treatment, the problem has progressed to a point where it needs extensive treatment. A prime example is in the case of a tooth with a cavity that could have been fixed with just a simple filling, but because it was ignored, the tooth became so badly damaged that it couldn’t be repaired with a dental filling. Fortunately, even teeth which are badly decayed or damaged can be restored with cosmetic dentistry in Clacton. Often patients such as these make good candidates for dental crowns.

What exactly is a dental crown?

dental crownA dental crown is typically made from porcelain and is used to cover all of the visible tooth structure which sits above the gum. By doing this it replaces any tooth enamel that has been lost to decay or damage while strengthening the tooth structure to prevent it from further damage.

Candidates for dental crowns

As a dentist in Clacton we always aim to preserve as much of the patient’s natural tooth enamel as possible which is why we opt for conservative treatments such as dental fillings or onlays first. However, if the tooth structure has been so badly damaged that a filling simply isn’t an option, then a dental crown is the next best possible choice. A dental crown allows us to restore the aesthetics and functionality of the tooth without the need for extraction. Typically, patients who have lost the function of a tooth, who find their teeth are more sensitive to hold and cold, who have suffered a mouth injury, who have experienced cosmetic damage due to extensive tooth decay, or whose teeth are looking a little worse for wear, are natural candidates for dental crowns. However, we also use crowns in other instances, and those candidates include

  • Patients who need a badly damaged tooth restoring
  • Patients who have lost a tooth (a crown may be attached to a dental implant to replace a missing tooth)
  • Patients who have undergone root therapy treatment (often a crown is placed after root canal treatment to offer additional protection to the treated tooth against future infection)

If you’re suffering with a decayed or damaged tooth then we can help. The earlier your tooth is treated the less complex and expensive your treatment will be, so don’t delay. Make an appointment today with Clacton Dental Care, by calling 01255 221001 or book online at www.clactondentalcare.co.uk. We’re a private and NHS dentist in Clacton committed to offering the very best dental care for all the family.

Dental Crowns Vs Dental Bridges

If you’re missing one or more teeth or some of your teeth are badly decayed or damaged then it’s good to know that there are plenty of options for tooth replacement offered by your dentist in Clacton. Missing teeth can’t be ignored since if they’re not replaced you’re likely to find that your bite is compromised, which can place limitations on your diet, and that you experience further tooth loss in the not so distant future. For this reason it’s important to visit your dentist to discuss tooth replacement options as soon as possible following tooth loss or extraction.

dental crownsTwo of our most commonly used restorative procedures are dental crowns and dental bridges so we though we’d take this opportunity to discuss what each treatment entails and who it would best suit.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are typically made from porcelain, coloured and shaped to match your other teeth. The damaged tooth is shaped and filed down in order for the crown to fit and impressions taken so that a custom crown can be made. Once your custom crown has been made it’s cemented in place over the prepared tooth and covers the entire visible portion of the tooth. A crown restores the shape, size, and strength of the tooth and improves its appearance.

Who is an ideal candidate for a dental crown?

A Clacton dentist would typically use a crown as a last ditch attempt to save a tooth that is too badly damaged or decayed to be treated with a filling, inlay, or onlay. If there isn’t sufficient healthy tooth structure left to support the crown, then extraction would be necessary.

Dental Bridges

As a private and NHS dentist in Clacton another popular restorative treatment that we use for people with one or a few missing teeth is a dental bridge. The dental bridge containing a false tooth or teeth spans the gap where the missing teeth once were and is secured by attachment to adjacent teeth at either end of the gap. The procedure involves filing down and shaping the adjacent teeth at each end of the gap so that a crown can be fitted onto each one which will hold the dental bridge securely in place. Your bridge will be custom made for a seamless finish to your restored smile.

Who is an ideal candidate for a dental bridge?

In order to receive a dental bridge it’s necessary for the patient missing one or more teeth to have a healthy tooth at either end of the gap so that they are strong enough to support the crowns that will be placed on them.

As well as the above, dental crowns and bridges can be used in association with dental implants in Clacton as alternative restorative treatments. A titanium dental implant is placed into the jawbone during surgery and left for several months to fuse with the surrounding bone and gum tissue so that it becomes strong enough to support a dental crown or other prostheses. It matches the strength of a tooth root and becomes a permanent fixture in the mouth.

Generally speaking a dental crown is ideal for capping a single dental implant where the gap is missing just one tooth while in a larger gap where several teeth are missing, then two or more dental implants will be used to support a dental bridge.

If you’d like to learn more about dental crowns, bridges, and implants, then why not book a consultation with Clacton Dental Care where we can discuss all of your dental options and see just how we can help restore your smile. Book online at www.clactondentalcare.co.uk. Or call us direct on 01255 221001.