Specialist Treatment

It is important to us to try to find out what patients feel they want and need, and for us to suggest options that will provide successful and sensible outcomes, both for now and in the future. For each circumstance there are usually a range of options.

 

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We provide specialist care to help improve the appearance and function of your teeth.

Our specialist dentists have undertaken advanced training and are registered as specialists with the General Dental Council.  A dentist who is registered as a specialist will have undertaken additional, higher training in that field at a university.  This incorporates a Masters Degree, passing Royal College of Surgeons examinations and completing research.  It usually takes 6-10 years of training in addition to a basic dental degree to become a specialist.

Our friendly and caring specialists have expertise in:

  1. Implants

    Implants

    An implant is an artificial root that replaces the natural root of a missing tooth. Implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, several missing teeth, a whole jaw of missing teeth, or to stabilise a loose denture.  Implants are often the first choice when replacing a missing tooth.

    A radiograph (x-ray) of a patient who has an implant to replace a front tooth.

     

    This patient had lost most of her teeth in the upper jaw and was unhappy with her existing denture as it was loose and the appearance was unsatisfactory.  Only two of the remaining teeth could be kept. Six implants were placed to allow her teeth to be replaced so that she could smile and chew comfortably without having to wear a removable denture.

    This patient had lost most of her teeth in the upper jaw and was unhappy with her existing denture as it was loose and the appearance was unsatisfactory.  Only two of the remaining teeth could be kept. Six implants were placed to allow her teeth to be replaced so that she could smile and chew comfortably without having to wear a removable denture.

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Implants

An implant is an artificial root that replaces the natural root of a missing tooth. Implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, several missing teeth, a whole jaw of missing teeth, or to stabilise a loose denture.  Implants are often the first choice when replacing a missing tooth.

A radiograph (x-ray) of a patient who has an implant to replace a front tooth.

 

This patient had lost most of her teeth in the upper jaw and was unhappy with her existing denture as it was loose and the appearance was unsatisfactory.  Only two of the remaining teeth could be kept. Six implants were placed to allow her teeth to be replaced so that she could smile and chew comfortably without having to wear a removable denture.

This patient had lost most of her teeth in the upper jaw and was unhappy with her existing denture as it was loose and the appearance was unsatisfactory.  Only two of the remaining teeth could be kept. Six implants were placed to allow her teeth to be replaced so that she could smile and chew comfortably without having to wear a removable denture.

 

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Crowns

Crowns are an artificial shell placed over a tooth.  They can protect a tooth from further damage and improve the appearance and function of a tooth.  Crowns can be either made from gold, tooth coloured materials (eg porcelain) or a combination of both..

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Bridges

A bridge is a false tooth which is fixed to the adjacent tooth/teeth.  Modern bridges require little or no cutting of your teeth and are attached to the teeth using strong glues.

This patient had lost a front tooth in an accident.  We provided a bridge attached to the adjacent teeth.

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Orthodontics

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry which encompasses the development, prevention and correction of irregularities of the teeth, bite and jaw.

An Orthodontist is a dentist who is a Specialist in Orthodontics and aims to move the teeth or modify growth of the jaws to improve appearance and function of the mouth.

Treatments that fall under the expertise of an Orthodontist include:

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Removable Braces (appliances).

A removable brace can be used to provide simple movements of teeth.  They can either be used on their own, or in combination with fixed braces in more complex treatment.

A removable brace was used here for the initial phase of treatment to correct the deep bite of the front teeth and widen the narrowed upper arch of teeth. Subsequently, a fixed brace was used to finalise the position of the teeth.

The removable brace in use:

removable brace
Before After removable brace
removable brace before
removable brace after

After completion of treatment with a fixed brace

removable finished

 

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Fixed Braces (appliances).

A fixed brace is made up of several components.  Brackets or bands are adhesively attached to the teeth.  Special wires then allow the teeth to be moved precisely in many directions

A fixed brace in use
fixed braces in use

This patient had severe crowding of his teeth, many of which did not meet correctly.  Following treatment, both the appearance and function of his teeth were significantly improved.

Before
before front view
fixed brace before right side
fixed brace before left side
After
fixed brace after front
fixed brace after right side
fixed brace after left

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Functional Braces (appliances).

A functional appliance is a special type of brace that is used in children.  It can optimise growth aid correction of discrepancies in jaw size.  Further orthodontic treatment is usually required to finalise the precise position of the teeth.

Due to the lower jaw being underdeveloped in this child, the upper teeth were relatively prominent.  This had already resulted in injury of one the front teeth due to its vulnerable position.  A combination of functional appliances and a fixed brace were used to correct the growth of the lower jaw and align the teeth.  The teeth are now at much reduced risk of further trauma.

Before treatment
functional appliance before treatment
Functional appliance in use
functional appliance in use
After completion of treatment
Completion of treatment

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Hypodontia.

Hypodontia is the developmental abscence of teeth.  It affects about 2% of the population and ranges in severity from the absence of a single tooth to the absence of all teeth.  Patients with hypodontia usually require treatment by several dental specialists and often require orthodontic treatment.

This patient was missing two adult teeth in the lower jaw.  By using fixed braces the remaining teeth were moved to fill the space left by the missing teeth.  This not only improved chewing function, but the patient also avoided having false teeth.

Before After
hypodontia before treatment hypodontia after treatment