You can have all the cosmetic dentistry in the world, but if your teeth are not strong and healthy, your cosmetic treatments won’t stay looking great for very long.
Here at Leamington Spa Dental Practice in Leamington Spa, we place great emphasis on offering top quality routine dentistry as well as treatments to make your smile into something special.
Keeping a good oral health routine
Great smiles start with great oral health, which means a diligent routine at home with the toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and interdental brushes. This needs to be coupled with regular check-ups so that we can spot any problems early on before they turn into severe issues. The other part of your oral health regime is to have regular plaque removal appointments with the hygienist. Plaque hardens into a chalky substance called tartar after about 3 days and you will need your hygienist and their special tools to remove it.
This is the foundation of routine dentistry, but along with it come various restorative treatments to keep your teeth in a healthy condition.
We can fix early signs of decay with small fillings. Most patients these days prefer white fillings, which bond with the tooth so that decay bacteria cannot sneak in around the edges. White fillings are also stronger than amalgam, and we can sculpt them to give you back your lost chewing surfaces.
These cover over the entire tooth if it is starting to split or crumble away. Crowns are a great way of strengthening teeth that still have a healthy root. You also have crowns fitted if you are replacing lost teeth with a bridge. The tooth on either side of the gap is ground down and fitted with a buttress crown and then act to give the bridge stability.
Root canal therapy
If you get an infection in your tooth, we will use root canal therapy. For this we remove the infected pulp in your tooth, right down into the roots. We then fill the space and put a crown over the tooth to extend its life.
These are the basic treatments that keep teeth in good shape.
Cosmetic dentistry is everywhere. There’s barely a celebrity on TV with wonky teeth anymore, and you don’t see so many people under 30 who don’t have beautifully, aligned straight teeth. That’s quite a pressure and it can be easy to think that your dentist here at Leamington Spa Dental Practice will be eager to cover you in veneers, cosmetic bonding and braces.
But the truth is, we aren’t going to do any of that if your teeth are not in tip-top condition. It would be a waste of your money and time and would lead to all sorts of problems further down the line.
That’s why we pay as much attention to our routine dentistry in Leamington Spa as we do to our cosmetic dentistry treatments, and to making sure that you are diligent in your oral health care routine at home.
Routine dentistry starts with the check-up. At least twice a year, we carefully examine your teeth, gums, soft tissues and neck. We are checking for early signs of decay, gum disease and mouth cancer, none of which you will be aware of until they are pretty advanced, because it’s only then that they start to hurt. You may need more frequent check-ups if you are a smoker, have diabetes or are pregnant, all of which tend to increase your chances of gum disease.
If you have decay, we will remove it and fill the resulting cavity. We use white fillings for everything but kids’ NHS fillings. This is because we don’t need to remove as much healthy tooth material for a white filling, so your tooth is stronger, plus we can recreate the chewing surfaces of your original teeth. If the cavity is very large, we make porcelain pieces called inlays and onlays to place on top.
These entirely cover a damaged tooth, or one with a lot of discolouration. We prefer this to removing the teeth if the root is still good.
Root canal treatment
Removing infections from the root of the tooth, and then sealing it over, lets you hang onto your tooth for longer.
Routine dentistry treatments and cleanings are an important part of your hygiene and help prevent dental decay and disease. Even if you take very good care of your teeth by brushing and flossing them regularly, professional cleaning will remove mineralised plaque and tartar, keeping your teeth healthy for longer.
At Leamington Spa Dental Practice in Leamington Spa, we recommend visiting the dentist at least twice a year for regular cleanings and check-ups, since prevention is better than cure. As well as cosmetic dentistry treatments, we offer a comprehensive range of preventive treatments to patients of all ages. Regular visits to our practice for routine dentistry allows us to keep your teeth and gums healthy as well as to pick up any dental problems before they worsen and require extensive and expensive treatment.
During your routine check-up, our dentists will assess the condition of your teeth, gums, mouth and neck and we will also perform a routine mouth cancer screening. By keeping on top of your oral health care, we can nip any dental problems in the bud and help you avoid painful treatments.
Apart from you regular check-ups every six months, it is also important to make regular appointments with our dental hygienist. During a routine scale and polish at our practice, your hygienist will thoroughly remove all plaque and tartar deposits as well as stains from your teeth.
If tooth decay is irreversible, we will remove the decay and clean the affected areas of your teeth thoroughly before sealing with a white filling. Most of our patients prefer white fillings for their aesthetic appeal, however we also offer amalgam fillings as an option for children receiving NHS treatment. If your tooth is heavily decayed, inlays or onlays may be placed in or on top of the tooth.
Crowns and bridges
Crowns strengthen and improve the appearance of worn or badly damaged teeth. They sit on top of the affected tooth and are usually made of metal or tooth-coloured composite. Bridges, on the other hand, are ideal for replacing one or two missing teeth in a row.
Root canal treatment
If tooth decay reaches the nerve at the centre of your tooth, then root canal treatment may well be necessary. Our dentists will remove the infection with local anaesthetic and will eventually clean the root canals before filling and sealing them.