Time for a chechup at your local dentist in Barbican
The check up is our regular chance to make sure that your teeth are in perfect shape, and hopefully prevent any major problems before they occur.
At your initial dental check up you’ll meet your dentist and be able to discuss any questions and treatment options you have in mind. We’ll review your medical history and discuss any issues that may affect your treatment.
After this, your dentist will carry out a thorough examination of your mouth checking all of your teeth and gums. We use the very latest dental technology including intra-oral cameras and digital x-rays so you can see exactly what the dentist sees, and ask any questions you may have. We aim to make this experience as interactive and informative as possible.
Fillings are a wonderfully effective way to repair teeth that have been damaged, either due to injury or decay.
We use a number of different kinds of fillings, such as: composite (white) fillings, amalgam (silver) fillings, and porcelain fillings. During your visit, we’ll discuss the different types with you, and help you choose the one that suits you best.
Composite (white) fillings are made from natural tooth coloured resins that are more aesthetically pleasing and can be matched to the same colour as natural teeth.
Amalgam (silver) fillings are made from an amalgamation of different metals and are silver in appearance. Amalgam fillings are resistant to wear; however, due to their colour they are more noticeable than composite fillings and are not usually used in very visible areas, such as front teeth.
Porcelain fillings are called inlays or onlays and are made by a technician in a dental laboratory and then bonded to the tooth. They can be matched to the colour of the tooth, resist staining, and are extremely durable.
Finally, your dentist will discuss with you the dental treatment options available and provide you with a suggested dental treatment plan.
Have you ever looked in the mirror, and thought ‘Hmmm, my teeth aren’t looking quite as good as they could’? If you have, we’re here to help.
Feeling unhappy about your teeth can really dent your confidence. Fortunately, there are a whole range of cosmetic dental treatments to get your teeth looking fantastic again. It could be as simple as a session of tooth whitening, or as involved as a full smile makeover.
Complexion, colouring and facial structure all play an important part when creating a bespoke, natural-looking smile that’s just right for you. Your local dentist in Barbican .So we use the latest computer imaging technology to determine the very best solutions, and can even show you the potential results before the work is done.
Cosmetic Dentistry began in the 1930’s when a Californian Dentist improved the smiles of the Hollywood stars. Over the decades techniques have improved and developed in cosmetic dentistry. Porcelain veneers, thin layers of porcelain, are bonded to the surface of broken, misshapen and discloured teeth to create beautiful smiles. The porcelain available now can mimic the beauty of natural enamel allowing full control of the colour of the final result.
The British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry was set up in 2003 to provide guidance and education to dentists interested in providing cosmetic dentistry and to provide patients a useful resource to gain information on what is possible in cosmetic dentistry. Dr Dentist is the Past President of the Academy. He has been at the forefront of Cosmetic Dentistry for many years, lecturing throughout the world specifically on the use of computers in creating restorations such as crowns and veneers.
Dr Caplan is now able to produce a smile makeover in a day. This is very unusual, as most dentists would require the help of a Dental Technician to produce porcelain veneers. Dr Dentist uses a system called dentistry that uses computer aided design and manufacture (CadCam) to create porcelain dental restorations.
The process involves scanning the mouth with a highly accurate specialized camera that creates a virtual 3-D image of the scanned mouth on a computer. The teeth to have veneers or crowns are chosen on the screen and various design tools are used to create a virtual porcelain restoration. This is then used to mill a porcelain block shaded to match the patient’s teeth to create porcelain restorations within a few minutes. These porcelain restorations are then characterized and glazed in a porcelain oven, similar to glazing pottery, producing a beautiful life-like porcelain restoration. These are then immediately bonded to the existing teeth. Within a few hours a patient can have their smile transformed.
The Cerec system can be used to treat
Severely discoloured teeth
Spaces between teeth
Denture stabilisation is a rather clever treatment which saves denture users from the embarrassment and inconvenience of slipping dentures. Following an initial consultation, you’ll undergo a procedure whereby four small screws (overdenture implants) are inserted into your jaw.
The procedure takes only an hour, can be performed under local anaesthetic, and will leave your dentures as stable and firm as natural teeth.
All teeth missing
Loose, uncomfortable or poorly fitting conventional complete denture
Implant supported fixed or removable complete arch bridge
Two principal options: permanently fixed and clip-retained
Both options support the bridge, so that it is not resting on the gums
Acrylic bridge supported by implants
Looks and functions just like natural teeth
Combines the security of permanent fixing with the connivence of removable dentures
Solid foundation for natural chewing function, but easily removable for cleaning
Bridge made from the same material as a conventional denture
Implant-supported permanently fixed porcelain bridge
Looks and functions like natural teeth
Only removable by a dentist, for cleaning or extraction of trapped oral debris
The most expensive option for patients with no teeth
Removable (clip-retained) denture
Looks like natural teeth and can be removed for cleaning
Some movement during normal chewing, due to necessary slack in securing clips
Continue with a complete conventional denture
Initially, cheaper than an implant-supported restoration
Continuing impairment of eating, speech, confidence
Bone supporting the gum beneath the denture will shrink due to lack of use
Denture will need to be regularly relined or replaced
The pressure form an unsupported conventional denture during chewing reduces the blood supply to the gums and contributes to accelerated bone shrinkage through resorption
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Many teeth-grinders aren’t even aware they’re doing it, and are baffled by what seem like unrelated symptoms in the daytime. Although 80% of teeth grinding happens at night, when you’re not even aware you’re doing it, the symptoms are present during the day.
Symptoms can include:
Headaches, especially in the morning,
Pain behind your eyes or in the sinus area,
Difficulty or pain opening your mouth, speaking and/or eating
Increased teeth sensitivity
What can you do?
If you experience any of the above symptoms it’s best to get checked out by your dentist. In the meantime, here are some self-help measures you can take to ease the pain:
Eat a soft diet to reduce the strain on your teeth and jaws (opt for soft foods that are easy to chew or that can be chopped, ground, mashed and pureed)<
Apply heat to the area by using a wheat bag heat pack or warmed gloves
Massage the area
Take a course of over-the-counter pain relief medication such as ibuprofen or paracetamol
Although difficult, try to de-stress as stress is a leading cause of bruxism
Why should you see a dentist to treat this?
Simply managing the symptoms won’t solve the underlying problem. Bruxism can lead to serious dental health issues such as worn or broken teeth requiring fillings or crowns, loose teeth (and even tooth loss), as well as further pain and discomfort that might not be as easily remedied.
What will we do?
To help stop you grinding your teeth we can consider pain-free, non-invasive treatment, during a dental consultation.
We will check your jaw joint, teeth and muscles.
We can create a mouth guard to be worn at night.
We will recommend an orthodontic solution if required
We can discuss any sources of stress that might be causing the bruxism and make recommendations to help you reduce anxiety.
Being told you’re a teeth grinder is often a surprise but it needn’t be a bad one. After all, it’s relatively easy to remedy, so if you have any doubts why not come in and let us check you out?