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Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

Tel: 01482 666635

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Practice Hours
Monday - Thursday
9:00 - 1:00
2:00 - 5:30

Friday
9:00 - 1:00
2:00 - 4:00

Saturday
By arrangement only

Practice Philosophy
Our patient’s needs are of the utmost importance to us. We will endeavour to make your experience of dentistry a good one. Our aim is to provide the highest quality dentistry of all types, from simple routine treatment to the major reconstruction of severely damaged mouths. We aim to ensure that your treatment is as pleasant and comfortable as possible.

Many of our patients come to us through personal recommendation, by friends or family. Referrals are very important to us as they indicate the best example of patient satisfaction.


General Dentistry

At Cosmetic & Family Dentistry we provide all aspects of modern routine dental treatment, including:

Tooth coloured fillings - no more unsightly mercury amalgam.
Hygienist appointments to maintain good oral health.
Digital radiography to minimise exposure to X rays.
Inhalational Sedation for nervous patients.
Oral cancer screening.
Treatment of occlusion / TMJ dysfunction, to prevent jaw problems and undue wear of the teeth.
Sports mouth guards.


Hygienist

Why are hygiene visits so important?

More teeth are lost through gum disease than tooth decay. Regular hygiene appointments will help to prevent gum disease and improve general oral health. Preventative treatment for children, including dietary advice, fissure sealants, fluoride treatment and oral health instruction are all a vital part of our hygienist's routine care.

Patients with advanced gum disease can have the latest treatment, Full Mouth Sterilisation. This is normally only available in specialist Periodontal Practices but here at Cosmetic and Family Dentistry we offer this to our patients as part of our commitment to providing a complete range of treatment.

Mandy McLeish has a vast amount of experience in attending to routine oral hygiene matters and complex treatment of advanced periodontal (gum) disease. She performs most of the preventive measures for children (fissure sealants etc.), provides Full Mouth Sterilisation and also uses our “Air-Flow” technique for a really sparkling clean smile.


Dental Implants
What is the best solution if you have missing teeth and you still want a perfect smile?

Implants are the way to go!!!

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a substitute for a natural tooth root. Typically it is made from titanium and is shaped like a screw . It is inserted into the jawbone and once osseointegtration ( when the bone attaches firmly to the implant) has occurred, a replacement tooth can be secured to the top of the implant. This new tooth can look, feel and perform just like a natural tooth. It is also possible to use multiple implants to support a bridge or overdenture.

What are the benefits of implants?

Implant secured or stabilised replacement teeth are more comfortable than conventional dentures because there is no slipping or movement. This eliminates some of the main worries of dentures and improves self confidence.
Implants are the alternative to bridgework for permanently replacing missing teeth, eliminating the need to grind down healthy teeth.
When teeth are missing the surrounding bone begins to shrink. Dental implants help to maintain the shape and structure of the jaw bone.
What is involved in the implant process?

There are normally several stages in the process of placing dental implants, the first being assessment and case planning.

At your initial consultation, after discussing possible alternatives you would normally have radiographs and preliminary study models made. These will be used to carefully plan the case. In some cases a CT scan may be required to accurately give a 3D image of the supporting bone. A written treatment plan is then given outlining the sequence of treatment and cost.

Implant Placement. A relatively minor surgical procedure that is normally performed under local anaesthesia in sterile conditions, possibly aided by sedation. If after assessment the underlying bone is found to be deficient, a number of options are available for bone regeneration. This may be carried out at the time of implant placement or at a prior appointment.

A pilot hole is usually drilled to a pre determined depth, and this is then widened to take the appropriate size of implant. The implant is then very slowly and gently inserted into the site. The implant may then be buried and left to integrate or may be used immediately to support a temporary crown. Modern techniques make it possible to place several implants and use them to support an immediate acrylic temporary bridge.

Integration Period. Although some implants can be loaded into function immediately, it is often better to suggest that a period of 3 months or more be left to allow the implant to fully integrate before loading. The patient’s own denture or a simple adhesive bridge can be worn during this healing phase.

The Restorative Phase. Once integrated, the implants may need to be uncovered and can be used to support whatever type of restoration has been planned. I use a diode laser to uncover buried implants. This has the benefit of being atraumatic and the area heals very quickly with little discomfort. We work very closely with extremely skilled dental technicians who produce the highest quality, beautiful restorations, whether it is a single implant crown or a full arch bridge.

Maintenance. Following the completion of implant treatment, patients need to clean thoroughly around the implants as instructed by the dentist or hygienist. They should attend for regular reviews so that the dentist can monitor the health of the soft tissues, bone levels and the integrity of the restoration.

Dental implants look, feel and work just like your own teeth. They are a safe and reliable state of the art alternative to dentures and bridges. They allow you to eat, laugh, smile and speak with confidence – no more worries about a denture slipping or a gap showing.

If one tooth is missing….

A single crown on an implant is generally the best way to restore the space and give a natural appearance.

If several teeth are missing…

A bridge or crowns on several implants will restore function and looks.

If all teeth are missing…

A full bridge supported by implants or an over-denture retained by implants are the options available to you.

A full bridge is fixed to 4 or more implants and can only be removed by the dentist. The implant retained over-denture is connected to 2 or more implants, allowing easy removal by the patient. Once in place, it is firmly attached to the implants. The over-denture may have a full palate or be of a “horse-shoe” palate-less design.

Advantages of implant supported teeth over a conventional bridge or denture…

Dental implants:-

Look and feel like natural teeth.
Allow you to speak, smile and eat with confidence.
Are comfortable and stay in place.
Do not need other teeth for support and do not require the cutting down or preparation of other sound teeth


Cosmetic Dentistry

Is there anything you would like to change about the appearance of your teeth?

We have many techniques available to make you feel good about your smile.

Veneers are thin facings of porcelain which are made to fit accurately over the front surface of your teeth. They can be used to disguise chipped, discoloured or slightly irregular teeth.

Tooth Coloured Fillings or Inlays. Say goodbye to all those unsightly mercury amalgam fillings!! Using the latest composite filling materials it can be impossible to tell that the tooth has been filled. If the cavity is too large for a filling, it is possible to have a laboratory made composite or porcelain inlay made. This is bonded into place and re-inforces the weaker remaining tooth structure, whilst not needing as much healthy tooth be cut away for a crown.

Tooth Whitening. Either by using the Home Tray system or ZOOM 2, tooth whitening techniques can really lighten the shade of your teeth in a safe, reliable way. It does not involve any preparation of the teeth and is perfect for that special occasion, a job interview or a dazzling wedding smile.

Aesthetic Re-Shaping. A simple procedure which can give dramatic improvements to the appearance of your teeth.

Crown and Bridgework. Badly damaged or missing teeth can be replaced with crowns or bridges. These can be made from modern materials that make them difficult to tell from natural teeth. We particularly like to use “Procera” all porcelain system.

INVISALIGN. The nearly invisible way to straighten your teeth (see Orthodontic Treatment).


Orthodontic Treatment

Nothing gives a stronger first impression than a dazzling smile, and however you feel about your teeth the improvements that can be made nowadays are outstanding. More than half a million adults are undergoing orthodontic treatment according to the British Orthodontic Society. It's not just teenagers that want a beautiful smile!

With the continual improvements in dental technology you can now have orthodontic treatment and no-one will even know! Ceramic braces and Invisalign clear aligners are all virtually invisible to anyone else. Special archwires also speed up the treatment, so the active tooth movements can be completed in as little as 6 months. Many people feel really cool wearing braces and we do them with all sorts of coloured elastics.

Simple orthodontic treatment can also be provided with removable braces and, although these can be a bit more difficult to get used to, they can make minor improvements to tooth positions very easily.

INVISALIGN

Having a confident smile can make you feel good!

INVISALIGN makes the decision to improve your smile easy, because you can get a great, healthy smile without most people even noticing you are going through treatment.

So start on the right track today and find out how you can achieve the smile you have always wanted with INVISALIGN - the clear choice.

How does it work?

Following a FREE initial consultation, impressions, photographs and X-rays are taken, which allows the dentist to plan your treatment. Our treatment software makes a computer simulation, called a Clincheck, of your proposed treatment plan. We then discuss what is most important to you before you start treatment.

Once you are happy with the treatment plan a series of clear plastic aligners are made. These are worn in sequence and gradually the teeth move into the desired position.

Treatment lengths vary depending on your case, from an average of approximately 6 months (Express) to 12 months (Full Arch). Sometimes a few extra aligners are required to complete the desired tooth movement - this is called case refinement and is included in the cost.

The last set of aligners are then worn as retainers once the teeth are in the correct position.

There are 3 levels of INVISALIGN treatment depending on how much tooth movement is needed:

1. Express £1995.00
2. Anterior £2495.00
3. Full Arch £3495.00

Prices include the Clincheck and any case refinements.

Not everybody is suitable for INVISALIGN treatment, but if you are unlucky enough for this to be the case, we can offer traditional orthodontic treatment with Removable, Functional or Fixed Appliances.


CEREC Ceramic Dental Restoration
CEREC is the world´s only system for the manufacture of all ceramic dental restorations in one surgery visit. With CEREC at your dentist´s side, you can be in and out in a single visit with a permanent, all ceramic crown, inlay, or veneer! For you, the patient, this means fewer injections, less drilling, no messy impressions and less time out of your hectic schedule. So, why are thousands of people world wide choosing the CEREC restorative technique for their dental needs?



Finest Dental Materials

A CEREC tooth restoration isn´t just convenient, it is also healthy. Many years ago, dentists had few options to repair decayed and damaged teeth other than amalgam, gold, and other metals. With CEREC, your dentist can use strong, tooth coloured ceramic materials to restore your teeth to their natural strength, beauty, and function. These materials closely match the composition of natural tooth structure. This means when you eat hot food and then drink something cold, the restoration and tooth expand and contract at almost equal rates. So, your tooth does not hurt, and you can go on enjoying your evening. Also, the materials are chemically bonded to your tooth, so your dentist can save as much healthy tooth tissue as possible while providing you with a dental restoration that strengthens your tooth.

Smile Enhancement

Your dentist can use CEREC for more than just crowns and fillings. CEREC is capable of producing any single tooth restoration. Chipped or discoloured front teeth can be repaired with beautiful CEREC ceramic front crowns or veneers. Your smile makes a lasting first impression. Enhance it with CEREC.

CEREC gives you the highest quality restorative care.





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