General Dental Treatments

For chipped, crooked or misshapen teeth, we can offer crowns, veneers and bonding techniques. For stained and yellowed teeth, we have tooth-whitening, and for missing teeth we offer the latest in dental implant technology or bridgework.

Crowns

Crowns are artificial restorations that fit over the remaining part of a prepared tooth. They’re ideal for teeth that have broken, been weakened by decay or a large filling.

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Crowns  can be used for improving the appearance of a tooth, to protect one that has been root-filled or to hold a bridge or denture firmly in place. There are a variety of types of crown, for example, porcelain, gold, porcelain bonded to precious metal, and ceramic. If a tooth is root filled, it may need to have a metal or carbon fibre post fitted first to support or retain the crown. The appropriate type of crown for your individual needs will depend on the need for strength and aesthetics. Your dentist will explain the differences and advise which is best for your circumstances.

Veneers

veneer

A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth, like a false fingernail fits over a nail. Veneers can improve the colour, shape and position of teeth.

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Veneers improve the appearance of teeth, making them look natural and healthy. Because they are very thin and are held in place by a special strong bond (rather like super-glue) less preparation of the tooth is needed, compared with a crown.

Tooth-coloured Fillings

The ‘metal smile’ is history at The Grove Practice where we now use exclusively tooth-coloured filling materials – it is almost impossible to see that the tooth even has a filling. 

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Old metal amalgam fillings can be replaced to give your teeth that natural look once again. We will usually numb the tooth and its surrounding area with a local anaesthetic, and will drill the decayed material from the tooth. When the decay has been removed, the tooth will be filled. For tooth coloured fillings, the material is placed into the hole in layers, with a special light being shone on each layer to speed up the setting process. We will then shape the filling, so that it looks as realistic as possible, and so it does not interfere with the way your teeth meet when you bite and chew.

Bridges

bridgeA  bridge is made where a tooth is missing and consists of crowns on either side of the space, joined together by a false tooth.

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Bridges are used to replace missing teeth and improve your appearance. A gap can also mean that your ‘bite’ is affected as the adjacent teeth can move and alter the way that the upper and lower teeth bite together. Related problems may include decay and gum disease.

Dentures

dentures

A denture is a plate with a number of false teeth on it. It may be made of plastic or a mixture of metal and plastic.

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Both types may also use retaining clips to keep the denture in place within the mouth. Dentures can be partial, when they are precisely fitted around your own natural teeth, or they can be full dentures if you have lost all of your own teeth.