What is composite bonding?Composite bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that also has restorative benefits for your teeth. Dental composite is used to repair damaged teeth. In its putty-like form, it can be shaped and moulded to repair chipped teeth, build-up worn tooth surfaces and even close the gap between two teeth. Our dentists will use their creative flair and experience to create amazing results using dental composite and once you are happy with the look of your new smile, the composite will be hardened before final touches are made. Before bonding, your dentist will clean the affected teeth, roughen the edges and apply resin and bonding agent to ensure that the composite will bond properly. The composite is then added and it is set hard using a curing light. After final adjustments have been made, your dentist will give your teeth a polish to ensure you leave with a gleaming smile. Composite bonding usually takes less than an hour and only a single appointment is required; the procedure is painless and most patients do not require local anaesthetic.
Who can benefit from composite bonding?Composite bonding is an ideal treatment for patients who have chipped teeth, worn teeth or a small gap between two of their teeth; this is a more affordable option than veneers and it is also quicker and more straight-forward.
What is complete smile rejuvenation?Complete smile rejuvenation is a technique that uses a combination of restorative treatments to repair and replace broken and lost teeth. Treatments used to achieve a complete smile rejuvenation include:
- dental bridges
- dental implants
- porcelain crowns
What does treatment entail?Complete smile rejuvenation is a complex process and planning is of paramount importance. Before we start carrying out treatment, we conduct thorough examinations and tests to ascertain the degree of damage and decide which treatments would be most beneficial. Communication is key and we explain the treatment options and what is happening at which point.This helps to make sure every client has a clear idea of what treatment involves and what they can expect from their individual reconstruction. Once your personalised treatment plan has been drawn up, your dentist can start your treatment and you will have a series of sessions. The exact process will depend on which treatments you have and your dentist will let you know what is planned for each individual session. By the end of your treatment, you can expect your smile to look more attractive and you will feel a lot more confident when you smile is in the spotlight.
What is smile rejuvenation?Smile rejuvenation, also known as smile reconstruction, is a technique that aims to rebuild and repair damaged teeth and create a more attractive smile. This procedure is generally recommended for those who have sustained extensive damage as a result of an accident or injury, severe decay or infection. We use a series of restorative treatments to achieve a new smile and Dr Neil Gerrard has extensive experience in this area, winning awards for past case studies.
Planning your treatmentPlanning is an essential part of the treatment process and we carry out a range of tests, examinations and scans to assess your level of need and ascertain what kinds of treatments would be most beneficial for you. We involve our clients in every step of the process and discuss the options at length. We also invite you to bring in photographs so we can design your new smile in line with your ideas and preferences.
The treatment processThe process differs for every patient because the choice of treatments varies. We make sure that every client has a clear idea of what is happening when and schedule appointments to fit in with the time-frame as well as our patients’ schedules. Any preparatory work is undertaken first and then the new restorations, be it an implant, a bridge or a crown, are placed. The end result is a reinvigorated, beautiful smile and improved oral function. To find out more, simply call our friendly reception team.
What is a gummy smile?A gummy smile is an aesthetic problem that occurs when an excessive amount of gum tissue is visible when you smile. A gummy smile usually makes the teeth look smaller. With a gummy smile there are no painful symptoms, but many people feel self-conscious about the appearance of their smile and this often has a major bearing on the way they feel.
About the gum contouring procedureGum contouring is a cosmetic technique designed to provide a solution for a gummy smile. The aim of the procedure is to reshape the gums to make more of the tooth crowns visible and improve the overall look and balance of the smile. We use the latest techniques to gently trim away tiny pieces of the gum tissue to expose more of the tooth crown. This makes the teeth look longer and larger and enhances the overall aesthetic of the smile. We perform gum reshaping in a single session and it is a comfortable and quick procedure. If you’re conscious of your gummy smile and dream of feeling more confident and sporting an attractive, healthy looking smile, why not give us a call and book a consultation? During your consultation, we will explain exactly what treatment entails and how it could benefit you. We can also show you some images of what your smile could look like after treatment to give you an idea of what you can expect if you choose to go ahead.
What is complete smile rejuvenation?Complete smile rejuvenation is a treatment process that aims to restore, repair and reinvigorate the smile using a combination of restorative dental techniques and tooth replacement methods. Each case is slightly different because the needs of our patients vary, however the end result is always the same: a healthy looking, functional smile. The preparation stage is vital when it comes to performing complete rejuvenation and we work closely with our patients to draw up a bespoke treatment plan that addresses their needs and caters for their preferences. We have a range of techniques and treatments at our disposal and we discuss the elements of the treatment plan with patients to ensure that they have a good idea of what is going happen at what point and what they can expect once treatment is complete. Once the planning stage is underway, we can set about doing any preparatory work required prior to the actual treatment. This may involve planning a site for an implant, bone grafting or preparing the teeth for veneer treatment.
Our treatment optionsWe have an extensive selection of treatments available for patients undergoing reconstructive treatment, including:
- Crowns, inlays and onlays
- Dental implants
- Dental bridges
- Dentures: dentures are sets of prosthetic teeth. They are custom-designed for the individual and held in place by the suction of the gums. They look like natural teeth and enable you to eat and speak with confidence. We use the finest materials to create high quality dentures and we also offer implant-retained dentures for those looking for improved stability. This option relates to dentures anchored by dental implants.
- Dental bridges: bridges are a popular option for patients who have a single missing tooth. They are most commonly made from a false tooth, which is supported on either side by a dental crown. Bridge treatment is simple and painless and you can choose from a range of materials, all of which create a very natural look. We can usually complete treatment in two sessions and bridges should last up to 15 years.
- Dental implants: implants are an option for patients with single or multiple missing teeth. Treatment involves placing a titanium implant into a small opening in the jaw bone and then connecting a crown, bridge or denture once the implant has integrated into the bone tissue (usually three to eight months later). Implants last for many years and they give you the same level of functionality as healthy, strong natural teeth.