General dentistry

General Dentistry – Shenstone Dentist Lichfield

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The practice provides all forms of general dentistry from preventive care to complex rehabilitations. We take extra special care with nervous clients so feel confident when you speak with us.

Some examples are
shown below.

Family Dentist and General Treatments

Tooth coloured fillings

White Fillings, which are also known as composite fillings, allow teeth to be filled and rebuilt utilising materials that mimic teeth. Tooth coloured fillings look better and can often be smaller than traditional metal amalgam fillings. Tooth coloured fillings are ‘bonded’ to the natural tooth so they help strength teeth compared to metal fillings.
The practice uses predominantly tooth coloured filling materials where fillings are required.

Gum (periodontal) disease

Do your gums bleed when you brush? If so then you almost certainly have some gum disease around your teeth. Gum disease is the most common disease in the world and is responsible for bad breath, bleeding gums and is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Recent research also links gum disease to heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Hygienists are most often used to treat gum disease although, if severe, referral to a Periodontist (a dentist who specialises in treating gum problems) is recommended for treatment.

Dental hygienists are specially trained to work with the dentist in giving care to patients.
They play an important role in dental health care and are mainly concerned with gum health, providing treatment and advice to prevent gum disease.

What is the hygienist’s role in the practice?

The hygienist’s main role is to professionally clean the teeth for the patient. This is usually called scaling and polishing. However, perhaps their most important role is showing the patient the best way to keep the teeth free of plaque. The hygienist will work with your dentist to provide care tailored to your needs.

Why is this treatment important?

Regular professional cleaning combined with your home care will help keep your mouth healthy. A clean and healthy mouth will improve your appearance, help you to keep your teeth and give you fresh breath. Recent research shows that healthy gums may also have long term health benefits, reducing the risks of heart disease, diabetes and other general health problems.

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A crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth – covering the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and/or to improve its appearance.

Crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line. A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:
• To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
• To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
• To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left
• To hold a dental bridge in place
• To cover misshaped or severely discoloured teeth
• To cover a dental implant
There are many types of crown, which can be made, all of which have advantages and disadvantages these include:

1.Porcelain Bonded to Metal
The substructure of these crowns is of a dark precious metal with porcelain bonded to the metal. This type of crown is used where the crowns are subject to heavy biting forces and porcelain by itself would not be strong enough. Their downside though is that they do tend to show a dark line around the gum line, which aesthetically is not the best thing. They also do not reflect the light as well as All Ceramic Crowns, so can appear false.

2. Gold Crowns

Compared with other crown types, less tooth structure needs to be removed with gold crowns, and tooth wear to opposing teeth is kept to a minimum. Gold crowns
withstand biting and chewing forces well and often last the longest in terms of wear and tear. Also, they rarely chip or break. The metallic colour is the main drawback. Metal crowns are a good choice for out-of-sight molars.

3. All Ceramic Crowns
These have fantastic properties. They reflect light in such a way that they do not appear as “false teeth” but look real and alive. They contain no dark metal so there is no chance of a dark line appearing around the neck of the crown.

CEREC crowns

Cerec 3D is the latest generation in CAD/CAM technology in dentistry. Cerec allows us to make your crown or large filling in one visit using a digital scanner and on site milling facility. This means no more impressions (great for patients who tend to gag easily), no need for temporary crowns and, because your crown is fitted the same day your tooth is shaped there is no need for a second visit.

Jaw joint problems

Tooth clenching and grinding is a common cause of headaches, jaw pain and neck aches. This is because the muscles that move the jaw become painful if they are overused – just like any other part of the body. Migraine type headaches are closely related to the muscle pain that develops during clenching and grinding activity so SCi mouthguards have proven very effective as a treatment for migraine headaches (in fact the SCi mouthguard is approved by the FDA as the only non-drug based treatment for migraine in the USA).

At times the way we bite can cause problems leading to broken teeth and fillings. In certain instances we can also get headaches and migraines related to the way we bite.Under these circumstances we may need to prescribe a splint such as the SCi occlusal splint, or a full coverage splint, which covers the biting surfaces of all your teeth.These mouthguards relieve stress on your teeth, muscles and jaw, and help reduce further headaches and tooth wear.

Tooth whitening

We are all individuals and as such our teeth vary just as our hair and skin colour do. However, over time, our teeth do tend to darken, partly due to age but also dietary factors such as tea, coffee and red wine take their toll.
Tooth whitening techniques provide a simple and reliable way to whiten teeth. We use either a traditional mouthguard technique or an enhanced, power whitening technique called Enlighten which provides the best whitening effect.

Tooth whitening is one of the simplest methods of improving your smile. Whitening, when teeth and gums are healthy, is a very reliable, safe and effective method of brightening your smile, harmless to the teeth.

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