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.
Here at The Dental Surgery we believe in tailoring treatment to suit your individual situation and needs, we consider your dental health along with your desired results to plan the best treatment for you.
As medical professionals, we place emphasis on prevention and early intervention. One of the diseases we are determined to prevent is tooth decay (cavities). If we spot tooth decay (a cavity), we aim to prevent progression by removing the decayed part of the tooth and replacing it with a restorative dental material. The choice of material is based largely on the size of the cavity, smaller cavities can be filled with a direct filling material placed in a single visit while larger cavities may require a coverage restoration (such as a crown) which protects the tooth from further fracture.
Fillings are mostly used to restore the natural shape and function of teeth that display minor erosion due to decay (cavities). If left untreated, cavities can lead to infections or an abscess of the tooth, and even multiple tooth loss.
When a tooth has become functionally compromised and is likely to breakdown or fracture despite our best efforts with a filling material, then a crown may be the best option for the tooth. The advantage of a crown is that the entire tooth is protected and stabilised. Modern materials and our talented technicians allow us to create or recreate the desired aesthetics to a phenomenal degree of accuracy not only in terms of shape but also colour.
When a tooth is missing and the adjacent teeth need to be crowned (see crown section) then it may be that a bridge which is supported by the adjacent teeth is the best way to replace the missing tooth.
If one or more teeth are missing, or if the structure of the tooth is severely compromised, you may be a suitable candidate for dental implants as they offer more stability and a better prognosis than conventional treatments in such situations.
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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?