Crowns completely cover a heavily filled or broken down tooth and are used to prolong the life of your own tooth.
A crown may be recommended in the following circumstances:
- Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth structure remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restoring a fractured tooth
- Cover a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
- Cover a dental implant
Crowns are typically from metal or porcelain or a combination of the two. All-ceramic crowns are also available; these provide the best aesthetic result and are very high strength. Your dentist will discuss all the different options with you and help you make the best decision to suit your needs.
At Tavern Street dental practice we can provide natural looking removable partial or full dentures. A partial denture fills in the spaces left by missing teeth; a full denture can provide a replacement when all the teeth have been lost.
There are a variety of different materials and techniques available when it comes to dentures, we will be able to guide you through the options to ensure we achieve the optimal result to complement your smile. We can also help to determine whether the placement of dental implants will be possible to improve the stability and retention of your new denture.
When a tooth has dental decay, the decay is removed and the cavity immediately filled with either an Amalgam or Composite resin material.
Amalgam is a ‘silver coloured’ material that sets and becomes fully hard over a period of 24 hours, therefore care needs to be taken when eating during this period.
Composite is also often referred to as a ‘White’ filling, as it is tooth coloured. This makes it the more aesthetic option for restoring teeth. Composite is completely set using a blue light, leaving no waiting time after the filling has been placed before you are able to eat on it.
Composite fillings are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile. This can be done by replacing old amalgam fillings, using them to reshape teeth or to repair chips and fractures invisibly. They can also be used to reduce sensitivity caused by wear on your teeth.
- Before – Amalgam Filling
- After – Composite Filling
Dental Implants can be used to replace single or multiple teeth, and can allow patients to regain full functionality of speech, chewing and also appearance.
Implants are the closet replacement for your own natural teeth available. They are fixed into the jawbone, with no damage to adjacent healthy teeth or any artificial plastic covering the roof of your mouth. Unlike dentures, implants don’t move, eliminating the need for denture adhesives. With good care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
A dental implant is usually composed of 3 parts:
- A titanium screw embedded within the jaw bone
- An abutment connector that protrudes just above the gum line
- A tooth shaped porcelain crown
Our in-house consultant implant specialist will be able to provide you with a tailor made treatment plan to suit your individual requirements. Call us to book a consultation!
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is needed when the nerve of the tooth has been exposed or irreversibly damaged, usually through decay, fracture or a very deep filling. Tooth decay is often not painful until it has reached the nerve, at which point a continuous pain is usually felt, until it is treated by your dentist by either extraction of the tooth or root canal therapy.
Root canal treatment involves removing the dead nerve and blood supply tissue within the root canals of the tooth, disinfection of the root canal so that no bacteria is left behind and then filing and sealing those canals.
After a root canal treatment, a crown is necessary to add strength, seal and protect the tooth as root canal treated teeth are more likely to fracture.
Anybody who plays a contact sport is at risk of damaging their teeth and jaws. Wearing a properly adapted sports mouthguard can significantly reduce this risk.
Our mouthguards are custom made to fit your mouth perfectly. With a large range of colours and designs to choose from, you are even able to coordinate it with your school or team colours.
Tooth whitening treatments are designed to improve the colour of your natural teeth. While results vary from person to person, your teeth will be noticeably whiter, leaving you with a brighter, whiter smile.
Tooth whitening treatments can only be legally carried out by dental professionals and it is important that your dentist assesses your mouth before undergoing any whitening procedures.
At Tavern Street dental practice we provide you with custom made ‘bleaching trays’ that you will wear each night over a period of 5 to 14 days. These trays are specially designed to hold the bleaching gel in close proximity to your teeth to ensure optimal results. The gel gradually whitens your teeth day by day, allowing you to be in complete control over the rate at which you whiten and allow you to stop when you have achieved your desired result.
A veneer is a thin layer of tooth-coloured ceramic that is fixed over the tooth surface to improve the cosmetic appearance of a poorly shaped or chipped tooth. They can also be used, if appropriate, to improve the appearance of misaligned or spaced out teeth.