January 12th, 2012
There are many reasons why teeth are damaged or broken, and among these are:
- Bruxism or teeth grinding.
- Improper bite.
- Injury or accident.
- Gum disease, infection and tooth decay.
- Excessive teeth whitening.
- Over-wearing of dentures.
- Unbalanced diet, acidic foods and malnutrition.
The outer enamel surface of teeth is there to protect the teeth and keep them strong. When teeth become worn and discoloured, the outer enamel surface is weakened and this may result in broken teeth or tooth loss. Having regular dental check-ups can help you and your dentist spot teeth that are becoming worn for preventative care. If you have damaged a tooth don’t wait to see your dentist, get dental advice immediately to prevent infection.
Treatments for damaged teeth
Getting early treatment for damaged teeth can save your natural teeth and enhance your health. A range of treatment options exist, such as:
- Root canal treatment.
- Tooth-coloured Fillings.
- Dental inlays or crowns.
Root canal treatment clears infection from the pulp of the tooth and saves you from losing your teeth as a result of tooth decay or infection. Fillings are also a good way to restore damaged teeth and involve using composite resins or porcelain to build up the outer surface of the tooth or to fill teeth cavities, to strengthen your natural teeth and prevent the spread of decay. A special light is applied for fast setting so your teeth can be fixed within one appointment.
An inlay or onlay is used where a filling isn’t sufficient but tooth damage is not enough to warrant crown treatment. Your damaged tooth is rebuilt naturally using a filling-crown combination in tooth-coloured porcelain. Dental cement is used to bond the inlay/onlay to your tooth. Dental crowns are designed to fit over your damaged tooth to strengthen it and give you a natural-looking replacement tooth. Damaged teeth are not always strong enough for a filling and may require root canal treatment, before a crown is used to secure the tooth and give you back your healthy natural-looking smile.
May 9th, 2011
Dental implants have fast become a revelation of modern dentistry. In the past, if you lost a tooth or had a tooth extracted, you either lived with a gap or had a bridge or dentures fitted; however, now, with dental implants, you can replace your missing tooth with a completely natural looking new tooth, which works in exactly the same way as an original tooth.
Dental implants are the most effective long-term treatment for missing or damaged teeth; the implant is a fine titanium rod, which is fitted into a pre-drilled socket in the jaw bone. Once the implant is settled into the jaw, a new crown is fitted to the implant and the new smile is complete.
Dental implants have a range of benefits; they look completely natural, they function as effectively as natural teeth and they reduce bone loss. The implant is made of titanium, meaning that it settles into the bone tissue without having any adverse effects on the healthy surrounding tissue.
As well as being attached to crowns, dental implants can also be used ti support dental bridges and dentures. Many people think of bulky false teeth when they hear the words dentures, but dentures have come a long way and they are now much lighter, more comfortable and more realistic looking. Dentures that are anchored by dental implants improve function and prevent pain and discomfort caused by ill-fitting dentures; you can also rest assured that your dentures will never come loose and you can continue to eat whatever you want.
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Dental implants are expensive, but they are a long-term solution to missing teeth and they can make a huge difference; gaps in the teeth can create problems with speech and may affect your ability to eat and many people with missing teeth also feel self-conscious about the appearance of their teeth when they smile.
October 19th, 2010
London dentists improve smiles with stunning porcelain veneers
Who wouldn’t want the chance to remedy their problems with uneven, damaged or stained teeth? Anyone who has experienced these issues knows that they can severely hamper your confidence and lead to feelings of embarrassment about your smile. One option to consider is having porcelain veneers fitted to your stained, damaged or uneven teeth.
Thanks to incredible advances in technology porcelain veneers are increasingly available using procedures that are extremely quick and efficient. Using CEREC techniques, for example, allows stunning porcelain veneers, tailored to your mouth, can be constructed in just over five minutes. 3D digital x-rays are sent to online milling machines and you won’t have to wait.
The porcelain which is used to make modern veneers is extremely durable and therefore the veneers themselves can be incredible thin. The advantage of this is that your dentist will hardly have to prepare your tooth at all to attach the veneer, some varieties of which are sometimes known as ‘contact lenses for teeth’.
Porcelain veneers are highly adaptable and your dentist will be able to match them to your surrounding teeth, right down to colour, shade, texture and even translucence. They are fitted using an etching agent and then a dental bond and the results are durable and long lasting. You can treat teeth fitted with porcelain veneers just like regular teeth.
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If you are ashamed about one or more of your teeth take the first step towards having the perfect smile you deserve by talking to your London dentist today about the incredible results which are achieved with the use of porcelain veneers.