An Overview of Treatments

For more information please click on each heading.

 

Treatment for Bad Breath

Bad breath is a serious problem that can affect many people and ruin their self-esteem and social and professional life. Bad breath comes second only to body odour as a concern people have about themselves and others. At Smilecare we are happy to help clients who are concerned about bad breath. We offer a confidential service where we can discuss the problems that may be causing halitosis and offer a treatment protocol to eliminate bad breath odour. For more information please click HERE.

 

Hygienist

At Smilecare our philosophy is centred around preventative care. We believe that regular visits to the hygienist are essential to prevent the development of gum disease. Surprisingly more teeth are lost due to gum disease than tooth decay. Regular visits to the hygienist will help prevent Periodontal (gum) disease, bleeding gums and dental decay (caries).

Diet advice, Fluoride application, Fissure sealants and Oral Hygiene instruction are all part of our programme of prevention. Our hygiene surgeries are fitted with the very latest equipment and our fully qualified hygienist will clean and polish your teeth and advise you on how to care for your teeth and gums on a routine day to day basis. Advice is also available for the care of your children’s teeth.For more information please click HERE.

 

Tooth whitening

We offer two methods of tooth whitening at Smilecare. We are proud to be one of the first practices in the U.K to have taken delivery of the Zoom 2 laser whitening system. This has had more accreditation then any other in-house whitening system currently on the market. It has been widely tested in America and has gained a lot of positive media coverage as 'the,' whitening system used in the T.V series Extreme Makeover. Laser tooth whitening is the fastest way to whiten your teeth and is done in our surgery. The process takes approximately one hour during which time whitening gels are gently applied to your teeth and the Zoom 2 light is used to accelerate the whitening process until the desired tooth shade is achieved. Alternatively, we can provide home whitening kits that achieve similar results over a longer period of time. An impression is taken of your teeth and two custom made trays are made to contain the whitening gel. Patients take the trays and gel home and are advised to wear the trays for prolonged periods (usually through the night) for several sessions until the whitening process is complete. Results using this method are comparable to laser whitening, but some patients find it a less convenient method of whitening their teeth. For more information please click HERE.

 

 

Composite (White) Fillings

Composite fillings are a great way of restoring medium sized cavities. Composites have been significantly improved over the years and studies have now proven that composite has comparable longevity to amalgam fillings. Like porcelain inlays they have superior aesthetic qualities to alternative filling material and they can strengthen teeth by forming a chemical bond with the tooth structure. Composites are not only used to restore decayed areas, but are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the colour of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.

 

Implants

Dental implants are a permanent and fixed solution to missing teeth. Unlike bridge work where teeth either side of the gap are used to support the false tooth, the jaw bone is used to anchor a titanium screw which then has a porcelain crown attached to it. The advantage over bridges or dentures is that an implant feels and functions more like a natural tooth because the jaw takes all the force whilst eating. At Smilecare we use proven and up to date techniques that give the best results and success. For more information please click here.

 

 

Crowns

Crowns are caps made to fit over an existing tooth. Crowns are often recommended following a root canal filling to protect the remaining tooth where strength is often compromised by the extensive decay and infection. Alternatively they can be used to cosmetically treat a smile where teeth are heavily filled and the provision of a crown increases tooth strength, and improves appearance. At Smilecare we provide different types of crowns that can suit all budgets. Costs often reflect the quality of the materials and the craftsmanship involved in designing your bespoke crown. At Smilecare we offer the latest ceramic metal free restorations. These offer long term superior aesthetics, strength and fit. We can also use the same technology to replace missing teeth with bridgework, giving you fantastic aesthetics together with a functioning, comfortable bite. Our dentists are happy to discuss what may be suitable for you.

 

 

Bridges

Bridges are units of false teeth that are fixed to remaining natural teeth to fill a gap. A bridge may take the place of one or more missing teeth and the results can be excellent with good function and aesthetic results. With careful maintenance a well-made bridge can last many years. At Smilecare we offer poreclain metal free restorations. These offer long term superior aesthetics, strength and fit. This allows us to predictably give you fantastic aesthetics together with a functioning, comfortable bite.

 

 

Veneers

Veneers are often used to cosmetically enhance a smile, by either reshaping teeth to close gaps, reduce or increase tooth size or change the colour of discoloured or heavily filled teeth. They are often used as an alternative to crowns where a minimal amount of drilling is required. The materials used to make veneers have radically changed over the years and at Smilecare we use the best materials available and utilize the latest technologies to provide you with the best possible result.

 

 

Porcelain Inlays

We have been providing porcelain inlays for many years at Smilecare. Porcelain Inlays and Onlays are often provided when a large, defective filling needs to be replaced. Porcelain inlays and onlays have several advantages over other filling materials. When used to replace a silver filling, they will add strength to the tooth. Porcelain is also harder and more durable than white composite fillings. The inlay or onlay will be bonded to your tooth, which creates a resilient, watertight seal. The best part of all is that these restorations can be custom coloured to match your own teeth. A porcelain onlay will also be more conservative, saving more natural tooth structure, than a full crown.