A bridge fixes a replacement tooth (or teeth) to the natural teeth on either side of the gap. Some bridges have crowns at each end. These are known as conventional bridges. Others are fixed to the surface of the teeth next to the gap. These do not require the teeth beside the gap to be cut quite as much and are known as acid etch bridges or stick on bridges. Sometimes a bridge is only fixed to the tooth on one side of the gap. Bridges are made of metal and porcelain or sometimes just porcelain.
A bridge lets you almost forget that you have missing teeth. It can improve the way you look, bite, chew and speak. A bridge can last many years, if you keep it clean and if there is no accidental damage. Natural teeth are protected from wear and tear, and from moving or tilting out of line, which could cause your teeth to bite together incorrectly.
If you do not want a bridge, you may have a removable partial denture. The dentist will explain how successful a bridge will be in your individual circumstances. If the supporting teeth are not strong enough, a denture might be better. If you have just had some teeth taken out, a denture might be made first, with a bridge fitted later when the gum has healed.
Another alternative to having a bridge is to replace the missing tooth with a dental implant, which would mean that the teeth on either side of the gap would not be affected at all.
Cosmetic dentistry treatment can be provided, in order to give you a confident smile. This includes crowns, veneers, dental implants and tooth whitening.
The crown of a tooth is the part which is visible in the mouth. An artificial crown completely covers a weak tooth above the gum line and protects it. Crowns are made of metal or porcelain, or porcelain with metal inside for strength. A crown is strong and can look and feel exactly like a natural tooth. The colour and shape can be matched to your own teeth.
Depending on the strength of the tooth underneath, a crown can last for many years, provided you look after your mouth and teeth, and the crown is not accidentally damaged. Crowns can also improve the appearance of misshapen or discoloured teeth. The new all-porcelain crowns look like natural teeth, yet are extremely strong, due to their substructure being made from zirconia.
For those patients with missing teeth or loose dentures, tooth implants are the answer. Where patients are suitable for such treatment, we can replace their missing teeth with dental implants.
For those who still prefer dentures, dental implants can offer stability for the dentures so that they will never be loose. All of this leads to a far more confident smile and the ability to chew all the foods you enjoy.
Dental implants are like having your own teeth back and replace missing teeth without affecting the other teeth in your mouth. Implants can last a very long time, provided they are well-maintained and kept clean.
Our clinical team includes a dentist, James Main who provides implant treatment. We offer implants from Nobel Biocare. This company has a track record in implant dentistry going back more than 25 years. There are a variety of treatment options, depending on your budget and clinical requirements.
Finance is available for this treatment option through Medenta.
We endeavour to provide same-day appointments for dental emergencies (Monday to Friday). Out-of-hours emergency care is provided at the weekends from 9.00am to 7.00pm. Call the practice on 01684 293091 and the answer machine will give you the contact details of the out-of-hours service.
A tooth which is very decayed or damaged, or loose because of gum disease, may have to be extracted (taken out). Wisdom teeth sometimes have to be extracted, if they have come through at an awkward angle and are causing recurrent problems.
Some children need teeth extracted to help other teeth grow straight.
At High Street Dental Practice we can carry out the full range of extractions, as clinically required.
A filling replaces part of a tooth that has been lost because of decay or through accidental damage. You may hear the dentist talk about ‘composite’, ‘glass ionomer’ and ‘compomer’. These are different types of white (tooth-coloured) filling.
White filling material sticks to teeth and can help to strengthen the tooth. It can be effectively used to repair front teeth that are chipped, broken, decayed or worn. It can also be used as a coating to cover marks or discolouration that cleaning will not remove.
White fillings come in a range of shades so they can be matched to the colour of your own teeth. They are less noticeable than silver-coloured amalgam fillings, which, over time, turn black in the mouth. Less of the natural tooth material needs to be removed for a white filling than for a silver one. White fillings can sometimes be used in back teeth, if there is not too much decay or damage.
At High Street Dental Practice, we only offer composite (white) fillings. Your dentist will advise you on the best option for you.
Seeing the dentist regularly is only part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Our hygienists offer professional teeth cleaning, known as a ‘scale and polish’, and provide specific therapies for the prevention and treatment of gum disease. They will show you correct home oral care to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Hygienists can also give advice on diet and preventing tooth decay and gum disease. At High Street Dental Practice you can book an appointment with the hygienist directly, without needing to see the dentist first. – REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT
Periodontal disease affects the gums and bone supporting your teeth. It begins with plaque – a soft, sticky substance that builds up on your teeth. Plaque is mostly made up of bacteria, which feed on sugar from food and drink. Calculus, or tartar, is formed by hardened plaque. This helps plaque to gather and makes it more difficult to remove. The bacteria in plaque can make your gums sore and infected. They will look red and puffy, and will probably bleed when you brush your teeth.
The gum will then start to become detached from the tooth, forming ‘pockets’ in which plaque can gather. Bone supporting the tooth will slowly be lost. Because this process is usually painless, it can become very bad without you noticing. If left unchecked, gum disease can lead to the loss of teeth.
Together with the hygienist, we can deal with most levels of gum disease. Very occasionally, in the most severe cases, the patient will need to be referred for a specialist opinion.
Teeth are held in the jaws by their roots. Front teeth normally have one root, but teeth further back have more. At the core of each tooth is a soft mass of tissue called the pulp. In a healthy tooth, the pulp contains living fibres, cells, nerves and a blood supply, extending into the root(s) through the root canal(s).
Decay or injury can destroy the living pulp. Because dead pulp lacks a blood supply, it is more prone to infection leading to abscesses and toothache. Root fillings (also known as root canal treatment or endodontics) involve removing damaged or dead pulp and filling the space. The remaining tooth can then be repaired.
High Street Dental Practice offers short-term orthodontics to improve your smile. C-Thru is a clear brace system which is virtually invisible. It is made of lightweight plastic and easy to wear. The positioners are only removed for eating, brushing and flossing.
The duration of treatment is dependent on the number of C-Thru stages. Each stage is worn for approximately two weeks until the positioner becomes loose fitting, when the next stage is inserted. Your dentist will be able to tell you if you are suitable and approximately how long your treatment will take when you have the initial assessment. The average treatment time is between 6 and 12 months. To book an appointment call the practice on 01684 293091 or request an appointment online.
Whitening is a way of improving the appearance of your teeth using a bleaching technique. High Street Dental Practice offers professional teeth whitening which is proven, safe and effective. It can be used to whiten discoloured teeth, removing staining from tobacco, food and drinks. Whitening can help you look and feel younger by overcoming age-related tooth darkening.
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A veneer is a thin layer of tooth-coloured material that is bonded onto the front of the tooth to improve its appearance. This is carried out because the tooth might have been damaged by decay or an accident, or might be badly discoloured.
High Street Dental Practice has the latest technology which enables some crowns and veneers to be made while you wait.
High Street Dental Practice offers Botulisum Toxin and dermal filler treatment to help combat the signs of ageing.
Hyperactivity of the facial expression muscles often results in the development of deep frown lines, forehead lines and crow’s feet. Injecting botulinum toxin into the affected area temporarily hibernates the underlying muscles responsible for wrinkling, giving the face a more relaxed and pleasant appearance. The wrinkles become smoother or disappear completely.
Dermal fillers are one of the most popular non-surgical treatments among patients who want to reduce the signs of ageing. They are injected under the skin to help restore the firmness and smoothness that is associated with youth.
The initial consultation for facial aesthetic treatments is free. To book an appointment call the practice on 01684 293091 or request an appointment online.