THE TREATMENTS WE OFFER
Dental implants are the treatment of choice for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants have a high success rate and like your natural teeth will last as long, providing you look after them. Dental implants can replace one or more missing teeth without effecting bordering teeth, support a bridge and eliminate the need for removable dentures and provide support for loose dentures making them secure and more comfortable.
We will advise you on the best technique Today’s fillings can not only be functional but natural looking as well. Traditionally fillings were of metal amalgam combining mercury with an alloy of tin, silver and copper. Modern composites are light sensitive quartz based polymers with which we can sculpt fillings to look natural and blend in with the surrounding tooth structure.
Porcelain inlays are another type of white filling used to restore teeth with larger cavities as they tend to be more durable. They are fabricated in a dental laboratory from a casting of the cavity and bonded to the tooth producing a natural appearance with durable results.
Root canal treatment (endodontics)
Root canal treatment is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (known as the pulp) is infected through decay or injury.
Root canal treatment is a procedure carried out to remove the infected pulp tissue from inside the tooth before the pulp space is filled to prevent further infection.
Root canal treatment is often used to save a damaged tooth when the only other alternative is to extract it. If the pulp becomes contaminated, damaged or infected the tooth will effectively die and can lead to a tooth abscess and toothache.
With modern local anaesthetic agents and techniques, root canal treatment need not be painful.
Root canal treatment is a complex procedure and usually involves two or more visits. The first visit involves removing the infected nerve, draining any infection and shaping the canals with fine flexible files ready to be filled. A temporary filling is placed and the tooth allowed to settle. The canals are checked at the second visit and if the canals are free from infection they are permanently filled with Gutta Percha and an antibacterial sealant.
Root canal treatment is a procedure with a very predictable success rate and is offered as an alternative to extraction.
It is recommended by us, the dental profession and dental advisory bodies to keep as many of your natural teeth as possible and avoid dental extractions.
Natural looking dentures can contribute to a great smile. Dentures are removable prosthetic replacements for missing teeth used to improve appearance and chewing function. We work very closely with our technicians to ensure we produce the best possible dentures for you.
Where patients cannot retain a denture or find their dentures are loose due to loss of bone support, implants can be used to anchor the denture in place. Implants are not only useful to make a denture stable but they can also mean not having to cope with plastic covering the roof of the mouth. A loose lower full denture usually only requires two implants to make it stable and comfortable.
Dentures are usually made from plastic resins or can be metal based. Well designed metal dentures tend to be more comfortable, durable, hygienic and kinder to the gums.
Crowns and Bridges
Dental crowns are an effective way of strengthening teeth that have been damaged by injury, decay or undergone root canal treatment. The process of making a crown involves shaping the tooth and taking a mould of the prepared tooth. The dental laboratory constructs the crown from the mould. Crowns can be constructed from precious metal e.g. gold, ceramic bonded to metal or all ceramic crowns where a very natural aesthetic result is required.
Dental bridges replace one or more missing teeth. Teeth either side of the space can be used with some preparation of these teeth to anchor the bridge. Bridges consist of more than one crown unit joined together and fitted over existing teeth and across the toothless space. An alternative to the conventional bridge is the adhesive ‘Maryland’ bridge which is bonded to the back of teeth adjacent to the gap. The advantage of this style of bridge is that it involves minimal preparation of the teeth but is likely to require rebonding periodically.
Bleeding gums, especially when brushing, is indicative of gingivitis (inflammation of the gums). Longstanding gingivitis can lead to breakdown of the bone holding your teeth to the jaw (periodontal disease).
Teeth will become loose and may start to move position, tilt and/or rotate, eventually falling out. The gums may recede, exposing more of the root surfaces making the teeth look longer. The gums are often red, swollen and there may be associated bad breath. If left untreated gum abscesses may appear with associated pus discharge.
Gum disease is a slow progressing disease and the signs and symptoms may not appear until the advanced stages. This is why we encourage regular check ups for early diagnosis of the disease. Early stages of gum disease if diagnosed and treated correctly will greatly improve the prognosis of your teeth.
Gum disease is caused by plaque, a naturally forming film of bacteria covering your teeth every day. Gum disease can be prevented and treated by making sure you remove all the plaque. Plaque must be removed daily with an effective oral hygiene protocol.
We will help by cleaning your teeth thoroughly for you on a regular basis throughout the year and design and demonstrate good oral hygiene protocols for you to use at home.
Where the disease is at an advanced stage deeper cleaning maybe required of the root surfaces of your teeth after numbing the area.
Symptoms of jaw problems include:
- Pain on moving the jaw
- Stiffness of the jaw
- Jaw joint clicking
- Tenderness around the jaw joints
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Continuous teeth sensitivity or toothache of no apparent cause
These symptoms are signs of possible damage to the jaw joint. This can be caused by an incorrect unbalanced bite often as a result of missing teeth, particularly back teeth, or habits such as clenching or grinding your teeth (often while asleep).
Nocturnal grinding (bruxism) can be diagnosed in a dental examination where we may see worn tooth surfaces, broken crowns and fillings or broken teeth.
These problems, once we have diagnosed the cause will be treated.
This may involve replacing missing teeth, careful adjustment of your teeth to ensure that they meet evenly with protective guidance, a mouthguard to wear usually at night if you clench or grind your teeth while asleep.
Teeth whitening involves using oxidizing agents to lighten and brighten teeth. The oxidizing agents lift out internal stains in the enamel and dentine layers. Supervised professional teeth whitening ensures complete safety during treatment and a longer lasting brighter, whiter final result.
The process begins by manufacturing accurately fitting custom made trays designed to hold the whitening gel. The trays are worn with the applied gel overnight for approximately two weeks.
Supervised teeth whitening is safe, effective and can be customised to the individual to deal with particular staining and discoloration to give you optimal results.
This is an effective treatment for correcting and repairing chipped, stained or worn teeth, closing gaps between teeth or reshaping and realigning teeth. In most cases this requires no tooth preparation and can be completed in a single visit. Treatment involves bonding resins with inorganic glass fillers to the tooth using an adhesive, building up, shaping, and adding layers of translucency and colour to the tooth to produce a natural aesthetic result. The beauty of this type of treatment is that you are only adding material to the tooth and therefore preserving and NOT damaging the tooth structure.
Veneers are wafer thin laminates or shells bonded to the front surfaces of teeth to improve their appearance. Usually made of ceramic, these are a more durable option to composite bonding. Veneers can be used to restore chipped teeth, correct misaligned teeth, close gaps and improve the appearance of discoloured teeth.
The right treatment for you
Whenever you eat or drink anything sugary, the sugar will be converted into acid by bacteria in your mouth. The acid that is produced will dissolve the enamel on your teeth causing cavities and tooth decay.
Acidic food and drinks are harmful to your teeth. Dietary acids can cause erosion of tooth enamel and expose the yellow dentine.
Choose to drink fruit juices and acidic beverages e.g wine, beer, fizzy drinks at mealtimes and dilute down cordial drinks. Brush teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, ideally before breakfast and before going to bed. DO NOT brush straight after a meal as mealtime acids will have softened the enamel on your teeth and toothbrushing will remove the softened layer of enamel.
We are registered with The Association of Dental Implantology (ADI), they are a registered charity dedicated to providing the profession with continuing implant education and the public with a greater understanding of the benefits of dental implants.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulates Highfield Dental. We meet all CQC national standards at Highfield Dental.
During an inspection, the Care Quality Commission, ask people about their experiences of receiving care. Talk to care staff. Check that the right systems and processes are in place. Make sure that the service is meeting national standards.
The questions the CQC will also ask:
- Are they safe?
- Are they effective?
- Are they caring?
- Are they well led?
- Are they responsive to people’s needs?
Sometimes inspectors will be accompanied by clinical experts and Experts by experience (people who have experience of receiving care) who will also talk to people who receive care. The CQC judge services against the national standards which are the standards that people can expect when receiving health or social care.