The ideal form of dentistry is preventative. Regular visits to the dentist along with a good home care regime are recommended to ensure good oral hygiene is maintained.
Missing Teeth?-Why should I replace missing teeth?
Your appearance is one reason. Another is that the gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain is put on the teeth either side. A gap can also mean your bite is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes both decay and gum disease
How are Missing Teeth Replaced?
This depends on the number of teeth missing and on where they are in the mouth. The condition of the other teeth also affects the decision. Please read the additional information about implants, bridges and dentures.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is inflammation and infection of the tissues supporting the teeth. There are two main forms of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis affects the gums alone and is usually reversible however periodontitis is more serious and affects the bone supporting the teeth.
What is the cause of gum disease?
Gum disease is caused by plaque. Plaque is a film of bacteria which forms on the surface of the teeth and gums.
Are there other factors that contribute to gum disease?
Smoking is a significant risk factor, as is a family history of gum disease. Diabetes and some medications can also increase your chances of getting gum disease. However, the main cause for most people is plaque - caused by poor teeth cleaning at home.
What are dental crowns?
Crowns can be used to cover and protect damaged or weak teeth. A crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps a tooth or dental implant and is typically bonded to the tooth using dental cement.The tooth will be reshaped, to ensure that once the crown is fitted, it remains the same size and shape as the natural teeth. It may also need to be built up with a filling first.
Caring for your crown
The crown can last for many years if good oral hygiene is maintained, depending on the condition of the original tooth. Additional care should be taken to keep the crown and surrounding area clean. Your dentist or dental hygienist will recommend an appropriate home care regime.
Are crowns noticeable?
Your dentist will match the crown as closely as possible to the other teeth, in size, shape and colour.
What is a Dental Bridge?
Bridges replace one or more missing teeth, by fixing the replacement teeth to the surface of the natural teeth each side of the gap - to bridge the gap.
They can be made from metal, porcelain or a combination of both. The colour can be matched to the rest of your teeth to ensure they blend in and look natural.
How to care for your Dental Bridge
Following the fitting, additional and regular oral hygiene care is required. If it is kept clean and providing there is no accidental damage, a bridge can last for many years.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants enable the replacement of missing teeth, whilst giving confidence that they won't come loose or fall out when eating tough foods. Implants look and feel like natural teeth, they are very durable and will last for many years if good oral hygiene is maintained.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root, usually made from titanium that is placed into the jaw. A crown or bridge is then fitted on top to replace the missing tooth.
How do I care for my implant?
Good oral hygiene is vital after implants have been fitted.
Are the teeth difficult to clean after implants?
No. Cleaning the teeth attached to the implants are no more difficult to clean than your normal teeth.
What happens if the implant does not bond with the bone?
This happens very rarely. If the implant becomes loose during, or just after, the healing period, then it can be easily removed and heals in the normal way. Once the jaw bone has completely healed, another implant can be placed there.
Dentures are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth, and which are supported by surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity.
Conventional dentures are removable; however there are many different denture designs, some which rely on bonding or clasping onto teeth / implants.
What is a Root Canal Filling?
Root fillings or Root canal treatments are needed when a large cavity in a tooth reaches the nerve chamber, or in some cases when a tooth breaks. Root filling involves removing bacteria and damaged or dead nerves from inside the tooth and then cleaning and disinfecting the root canals, before filling to seal them.
The dentist may refer you to a specialist endodontist to undertake the root canal treatment.
Is treatment painful?
No. We usually use local anaesthetic throughout the procedure, and every possible step is taken to ensure that you are comfortable while the work is carried out.
How long does the treatment take?
This can vary according to the complexity of the root canals, the presence of infection, or if re-treatment is being carried out. Sometimes treatment can be carried out in one session. Although further treatment may be required if the canals are infected, or are being retreated.
What is Teeth Whitening?
Whitening will lighten the shade of your teeth, without removing any of the tooth surface.
Teeth Whitening Trays and Gels
Your dentist can provide you with teeth whitening trays and gels that can be worn at home.
Your dentist will take an impression of your mouth and give this to a dental technician, who will build a bespoke tray to the exact measurements of your mouth. Your dentist will check that the tray fits and demonstrate how to carry out the procedure at home. The tray fits closely around the teeth, and is filled with the gel.
How long will the effects last?
This depends on your individual circumstances. If you are a smoker or drink lots of stainable liquids (such as tea and coffee), it is not likely to last as long.
Will whitening work on artificial teeth?
No. Tooth coloured fillings, crowns, bridges and veneers will not lighten when your teeth are bleached.
What is a dental veneer?
Veneers can make your teeth look natural and healthy, improving the colour, shape and position of your teeth. They can hide stained, chipped, misshapen or crooked teeth, or cover gaps in teeth where orthodontic treatment may not be suitable.
A veneer is a thin, custom-made moulding that is used to cover the front surface of a tooth, usually made from porcelain.
Will a veneer look natural?
A mould is taken of the mouth to ensure that the veneer is made to correct size and shape, to blend in with your natural teeth. The colour of the veneer is also matched to your other teeth, to ensure that a natural look is achieved. If a number of veneers are being replaced, the colour may be further lightened if required.
Caring for veneers
Regular visits to your dentist and dental hygienist are recommended, where they can check and clean the veneer and recommend an appropriate home care regime.
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the area of dentistry which deals with straightening the teeth and jaw alignment, using either a fixed or removable brace (technically referred to as an appliance).
The majority of patients are children, although there has been a considerable increase in the number of adults receiving treatment in recent years due to new advancements in techniques and materials.
What are the options?
There are many types of appliance, ranging in colours and finishes. One of the exciting advancements is the clear appliances; near-invisible custom made aligners, which fit over the teeth and gradually moves them into the correct alignment. Other advances include tooth-coloured and clear fixed appliances, together with sophisticated planning technology that lets you see how your teeth are going to move before you undertake treatment.
How long will Orthodontic treatment take?
Depending on the severity of the problem. Your Orthodontist will be able to advise how long they would expect your treatment to take. This will depend on your specific issue, what appliances are used and how quickly your teeth move.
How do braces straighten your teeth?
Braces apply gentle pressure to the teeth, which causes the jawbone to soften.
What is In-Line?
A beautiful smile can be as simple as that!
A modern and contemporary method called In-Line makes it possible to correct teeth that are too far apart or teeth that are overcrowded. Think how much more confident you will feel with a beautiful new smile!
What makes our system so different?
In-Line is almost transparent and at the same time gently moves the teeth. In-Line consists of a set of removable clear plastic braces, which means the teeth are corrected and repositioned without the need for uncomfortable and unsightly metal braces.
Is the system suitable for me?
The system is suitable for patients of at least 15 years of age. The system is able to correct almost all cosmetic cases of "crowded" or "gappy" teeth. Many patients also find that In-Line® treatment leads to an improvement in the maintenance of good dental hygiene and therefore an overall improvement in dental health.
The key advantages of using the In-Line system are:
In-Line is almost transparent!
Treatment is undetectable
In-Line is comfortable!
Metal braces and wire with sharp edges, which often cause oral inflammation, are no longer necessary.
In-Line is removable!
You can remove the splints while eating, drinking and for daily oral hygiene. This means you are not faced with any inconvenience in your daily life, as you can brush your teeth as usual.
Visit http://www.in-line.co.uk/ for further information.
Treatment time: 8 months
Straight Teeth. Fast.
The Inman Aligner is the perfect solution for crowding or protrusion of the front teeth. It is really fast, very safe and great value. With the patented Inman Aligner, your front teeth can be gently guided to an ideal position in a matter of weeks. Most cases complete in 6-18 weeks and because it's removable you can take it out to fit with your lifestyle.
What is an Inman Aligner?
The Inman Aligner is a simple removable appliance used to align front teeth quickly and safely. It's ideal as a stand alone treatment or to prealign teeth prior to further cosmetic options such as bonding or minimal veneers.
How does it work?
The Inman Aligner has Nickel Titanium coil springs that power two aligner bows that gently oppose each other, guiding the teeth into their new position. These gentle forces are active over a very large range of movement, which is why the Inman Aligner works so quickly.
How long is the treatment with the Inman Aligner?
Most cases are completed within 6-18 weeks. Your Inman Aligner dentist will give you a realistic guide of what to expect.
What's involved in Treatment with the Inman Aligner?
Find a Certified dentist who will determine if the Inman Aligner is suitable for you.
Impressions are needed so that the lab can fabricate your custom made Inman Aligner.
Initial fitting of the Aligner.
Wear the Aligner 16-20 hours a day.
Regular Inman checks every 2-3 weeks.
As with other orthodontic treatment, after treatment is completed with the Inman Aligner, retention is recommended for life to prevent relapse. Retention can come in the form of a lingually bonded retainer or an Essix retainer.
Visit http://www.inmanaligner.com for more information.
What is Endoret® (prgf®) technology?
Endoret®(prgf®) (Plasma Rich in Growth Factors) Technology: It is the most advanced autologous Platelet-Rich Plasma system. It is based on the activation of the patient's own platelets for the stimulation and acceleration of tissue healing and regeneration.
What advantages does Endoret®(prgf®) offer?
What sets Endoret®(prgf®) Technology apart from other technologies in the market?
Pain Free Dentistry
Cowley Dental Practice provides you with the latest and best advances in dentistry.
This is why we now offer anaesthesia with the Wand.
This means that every time we numb you up it will be a pleasant experience.
This system gives a supply of anaesthetic in a slow comfortable manner.
The Wand uses a unique new computerised technology.
It works at a low pressure and a slow rate that gives an improved anaesthesia.
It works more effectively, resulting in a more pleasant experience.
You will be pleasantly surprised.
Crowns & Bridges
Root Canal Treatment
Protein Growth Factors
Pain Free Dentistry
Dr Shapour S. Sarabi
DDS (Denmark) 2001, Dip Imp, MsC Implant (Warwick)