Treatment – In Depth Details
Fissure Sealants – 85% Fewer holes in your teeth
The open grooves [fissures] on the chewing surfaces of teeth are a great place to continuously harbour decay causing bacteria and sugar, a disastrous combination that causes the majority of holes in back teeth especially in early life. The solution is to seal the fissure closed. This is done painlessly by a process of Fissure Sealant, before the tooth decays and only takes about 5 minutes per tooth. It is most effective when done from age 6-8yrs onwards.
Fissure sealants have been around for 20 years or more, however the problem was how to clean the fissure thoroughly before placing the sealant and therefore sealing in the bacteria and preventing a complete seal. Bushy Park Dental has invested in an Air Abrasion Unit [Prepstart]. This ‘mini sandblaster ‘ allows us to be sure that the fissure is clean and dry before placing the tooth coloured sealant thus ensuring an enhanced seal ; lasting longer and preventing cavities from developing in the first instance.
We believe that it’s important to restore teeth in a way that allows them to:
- Function Well, be long lasting and comfortable
- Look natural, enhancing your appearance
This, along with your committment to keeping your mouth healthy will give you the confidence of an attractive smile throughout your life.
> White Fillings – Natural looking teeth
Where decay has already entered at tooth trough into dentine, it is highly likely that it will progress into something more serious. These smaller cavities are usually painless so you will not be aware of them until the hole is much deeper after a period of time. Regular exams will allow us to detect such small cavities before they do much damage. It is our policy to routinely use aesthetic white fillings in small and medium sized cavities. The modern filling materials are glued into the cavity to prevent future leakage and also help strengthen the tooth to give a longer lasting restoration. They also look great, like natural looking teeth.
> Tooth Whitening – For brighter looking teeth
Home teeth whitening systems allow you to whiten your teeth from the comfort of your own home, but you should not attempt to use one without expert advice.
Tray based teeth whitening treatments can provide the ideal home whitening solution, depending on the level of tooth discolouration.
When you choose tray based home teeth whitening you’ll need an initial consultation with Mike Deasy, the dentist, we will be able to tell you if you are suitable for home teeth whitening treatments. If so, we will then take impressions of your teeth which are then used to produce upper/lower trays made of a soft vinyl rubber.
The trays are tailored to fit the exact contours of your teeth and are specially moulded to fit into your mouth like a very thin gum shield. This allows the home teeth whitening gel to closely contact your enamel to produce an all over, consistent, whiter smile. Readymade trays from other home teeth whitening products simply don’t allow the close contact that is required to create such even results.
When your trays are ready (usually take 5 days) we will see you to do a full mouth scale and polish to clean the surface stain and calcified deposits from your teeth. This ensures that the whitening gel goes to work immediately on the deep seeded stains. Your will be provided with 12 syringes of 10% gel for home use and shown how to use the gel in the custom made trays. You will be advised on the best period of time to wear the trays to achieve the desired results, normally done twice a day (at least 4 hours apart) for 6 days.
By applying a small amount of the gel to the specialised tray and fitting the tray onto your teeth, the home whitening system will remove most stains.
The teeth whitening gel produces oxygen which penetrates the tiny pores in the enamel surface of your teeth. The oxygen removes stains that may have become embedded in the enamel over the years using a safe and easy oxidation process. So why wait? Find out more about home teeth whitening from Bushy Park Dental, today. Ring 020 8941 9090
> Veneers – Improving your smile
Veneers are wafer thin laminates or shells of tooth coloured material known as dental ceramics that are “cemented” to the front surface of teeth to improve their cosmetic appearance. With this treatment it is possible to transform crooked, stained, damaged and badly worn teeth into a straight, white smile.
> Crowns – Protecting damaged teeth
Once a certain amount of the tooth has been destroyed and replaced by fillings there is a higher risk of the remaining tooth cracking away, especially in people who have a heavy bite and or have already lost some teeth. Today’s micro –engineering enable us to save even very badly damaged teeth. In most circumstances even these teeth can be rebuilt with ceramics that look and feel like real teeth.
There are a wide variety of crowns that can be used for different situations. Ranging from All Ceramic Crowns.
Zirconia: Especially for front teeth where cosmetics is of upmost importance. Can be made to match your existing teeth perfectly or made to change the appearance of your teeth if desired. Costs a bit more but worth the investment for great looking teeth.
Porcelain crowns reinforced with palladium metal: Combines beauty, strength and affordability. This is the standard type of crown, if there is such a thing today! The metal inner gives the strength to hold damaged teeth together while the porcelain outer coating allows us the shape and colour the crown to look and feel like a natural tooth.
Gold: Gold is the best material to make crowns with, except its colour. It is extremely durable and requires very thin sections of tooth to be trimmed away. If the colour is not going to concern you than a gold crown is usually the best choice. We understand the reservations some people will have about seeing gold, therefore we tend to do only the very back teeth. If function and strength are critical than we may recommend gold further forward, the final choice will always be yours.
> Root Canal Treatment – Saving teeth
Root canal treatment (endodontics) is used to save the tooth when the dental pulp (blood vessels and nerve in the centre of the tooth) dies and the tooth becomes infected. The cause of infection is usually decay in the tooth, under a filling or if the tooth fracture. Without treatment, this can cause a dental abscess resulting in pain, swelling and infection of the jaw bone.
The only alternative to carrying out root canal treatment is to remove the tooth. Although some people would prefer an extraction, it is usually best to keep as many natural teeth as possible. The aim of root canal surgery is to avoid removal of the tooth where possible. Before surgery, you may be given antibiotics to control any infection that has gone beyond the tooth, to the bone.
When the pulp of the tooth is dying or has died, the pulp chamber becomes infected. The body’s own natural defences cannot fight the infection because no circulation remains in the tooth. Root canal treatment is used to open up the pulp chamber, clean out the infected remains of the pulp and fill the chamber with an inert (non-active) material to prevent the infection returning. Disease or infection of the tooth pulp occurs when tooth decay is not treated or when there has been a knock or blow to the tooth. A loose or broken filling may also cause infection in the tooth pulp.
Generally, the front, incisor and canine teeth have one canal, premolars have two canals, and the back molar teeth have three. The more roots a tooth has the longer the treatment will take to complete.
If the treatment is carried out over several visits we may put a small amount of medication in the cleaned canal in between visits to help clear up any remaining bacteria. The tooth will then be sealed with a temporary filling. You may also be given antibiotics to manage and prevent further infection.
Once the root canal has been cleaned out and shaped, the root filling will be sealed tightly into the root canal. The tooth may then be restored with a filling or crown. Root canal treatment is usually very successful; the restored tooth or crown should last for many years without further treatment, as long as you maintain good oral hygiene and regular reviews and Hygienist visits.
> Implants and Bridges – Replacing teeth
Once a tooth has been lost it is usually a advisable to replace that tooth. A front tooth is most commonly replaced to, very importantly; restore the appearance of your smile. While missing a back tooth may not affect your appearance it is still important to replace it. This will fill the gap, maintaining the full function of your bite and stop the surrounding teeth from tilting over. If this is allowed to happen than the uneven nature of the teeth makes them difficult to clean and puts undue pressure on the remaining teeth, causing the early loss of even more teeth If you have lost a tooth and wish to fill the space, the replacement tooth can be held in by a variety of ways.
Implants: An artificial root is used to support a crown. This has the advantage of not relying on other teeth, it is self-supporting. This is particularly advantageous if the adjoining teeth are perfectly healthy or if they are very weak and would not support any extra loading.
Bridges: If the adjoining teeth need crowns than adding the extra tooth and joining the crowns together allows the replacement of a missing tooth via a Bridge. Like a Crown these can be made with a verity of different materials, see crowns above.
Both an Implant and Bridge are fixed in permanently and are no larger than the original tooth, feeling and working just like natural teeth.
> Dentures – Replacing a smile
Where there are several missing teeth or an Implant or Bridge is not suitable than a well-made Denture should be used to replace any missing teeth. Again there are a verity of many different style and types of Dentures. We will be happy to help and advise you as to which will suit your particular circumstances.
We work alongside Andrew Barrs (Dip Clin Dent Tech Rcs Eng 2007, GDC Number 115713), Clinical Dental Technician. We are proud that Andrew was named the ”Dental Technician of the Year 2011”
Once your natural teeth are restored to good health you can see Andrew directly to have your denture made. CLICK HERE to visit their Website.
I am writing to say a very big “thank you” for the high quality and professional service I have received with regards to my new dentures. I have to say that they fit perfectly and will be the nearest thing to my own teeth that I shall ever have again! Your patience and excellent after-care has also been much appreciated. I shall never hesitate in recommending your service to others. Thanks for a job well done.
Low Dose Digital X-Rays – 80% Less radiation
The new system of taking X-rays, called digital radiography, reduces radiation by as much as 80 percent.
X-rays are a form of energy that travels in waves. X-rays can enter solid objects, where they either are absorbed or continue to pass through the object. The denser the material X-rays enter, the more they are absorbed and the less they are able to pass through.
Teeth and bone are very dense, so they absorb X-rays, but gums and cheeks are much less dense, so X-rays pass through more easily. That’s why cheeks and gums appear dark and without detail on the X-ray film, but teeth show up much lighter. And fillings, which are even denser than bone, will show up as a solid, bright white area. Dental caries (cavities) will show up on an X-ray as a darker patch in a light tooth.
How are X-rays Used?
X-ray images, also called dental radiographs, are among the most valuable tools we have for keeping your mouth and teeth healthy. By understanding what the structures of the mouth look like normally on an X-ray film, we can diagnose problems in the teeth and jaws. Radiographs can:
- Show areas of decay that we may not be able to see with just a visual examination, such as tiny pits of decay that might occur between teeth
- Find decay that is developing underneath an existing filling
- Find cracks or other damage in an existing filling
- Alert the us to possible bone loss associated with periodontal (gum) disease
- Reveal problems in the root canal, such as infection or death of the nerve
- Help your us plan, prepare and place tooth implants, orthodontic treatments, dentures or other dental work
- Reveal other abnormalities such as cysts, cancer and changes associated with metabolic and systemic diseases (such as Paget’s disease and lymphoma)
- For children, radiographs are used to watch for decay and to monitor tooth growth and development. Whether extra (supernumerary) teeth are developing or whether any teeth are impacted (unable to emerge through the gums). Often, major problems can be prevented by catching small developmental problems early and then making accommodations.
Intraoral X-rays are the most common radiographs made. Because they give a high level of detail, these allow uss to find caries, look at the tooth roots, check the health of the bony area surrounding the tooth, see the status of developing teeth, and otherwise monitor good tooth health. The various types of intraoral X-rays show different aspects of the teeth:
- Bite-wing X-rays highlight the crowns of the teeth. On each radiograph, the upper and lower teeth in one portion of the mouth are shown, from the crown to about the level of the jaw.
- Periapical X-rays highlight the entire tooth. On each radiograph, the teeth from either the upper or lower jaw in one portion of the mouth are shown. The difference from bitewings is that in a periapical X-ray, the whole tooth is shown, from the crown down past the end of the root to the part of the jaw where the tooth is anchored.
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