Dental Fillings

A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. Materials used for fillings include gold, porcelain, composite resins (tooth-coloured fillings), and an amalgam (an alloy of mercury, silver, copper, tin and sometimes zinc)

At Gwynne Dental we have an emphasis on both minimal intervention and cosmetic dentistry which leads us to using porcelain and composite ‘invisible’ fillings.

White ‘Invisible’ Composite Fillings

Traditional fillings were made of metal amalgam but in recent years, white fillings have gained increasing popularity. We’re pleased to offer replacements for these in both Composite Resin and Porcelain Ceramics. Our goal is always to create extremely natural results for our patients, almost undetectable from natural teeth.

Highly aesthetic Composite restorations are created by hand, to an extremely high level of colour matching to your own teeth. Different shades are placed in layers enabling our expert cosmetic dentists to carefully match the filling to the natural colour of your tooth so that it blends in seamlessly. This is a very highly skilled discipline.

Porcelain Fillings

Our Master Ceramic technician can also create porcelain Inlay and Onlay restorations when the old fillings being replaced or the tooth cavity is very large. These beautiful works of art are bonded to your remaining tooth structure to create a virtually “invisible” join whilst preserving your natural tooth. This avoids the need for crowns and reinforces the tooth for long term survival.

The Procedure

  1. The area is numbed using a local anaesthetic cream
  2. Local anaesthetic is very gently placed next to the tooth
  3. All the decay is carefully, gently and completely removed leaving strong, sound tooth structure
  4. The new filling is placed either directly (composites) and impressions are taken for the manufacture of a ceramic filling. In this latter case a temporary will be placed until the new ceramic filling is ready for cementation at a 2nd appointment

 

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the best long-term solution to missing teeth for most people. They act as your original tooth did. The implant, which is made of titanium, is fitted in bone where the tooth root would normally be. When fully integrated to the bone, a crown, bridge or denture is then placed over the implant to replace the missing tooth or teeth. This provides not only a strong fixed solution but as with any crown the shape and shade of the tooth can be cosmetically blended into the natural dentition.

They allow people to eat, talk and smile with confidence, knowing that their replacement teeth appear natural, their facial contours are preserved and they are as secure as their natural teeth.

There are various reasons for tooth loss

  • Diseases such as caries and periodontitis
  • Accidents in sports and daily life
  • Congenially missing teeth (teeth that never developed)
  • When you have one or more, the bone that surrounded the root will no longer receive any stimulation from chewing and therefore may shrink.
  • Bone loss is responsible for many of the problems encountered after tooth loss.

Possible consequences of tooth loss

  • Difficulties with biting and chewing
  • Teeth tipping into the space created by the lost tooth
  • Teeth over erupting from the opposite arch into the space created by the lost tooth
  • Changes in facial appearance due to muscle tone reduction and jawbone deterioration
  • Loss of confidence due to poor aesthetic of missing teeth

Traditional Methods

  • Lost teeth can be replaced with traditional methods like bridges, partial dentures or full dentures. These all rely of the remaining teeth or soft tissues that remain.

Dental Implants

  • Are the closest possible replacement to natural teeth
  • Provide a stable foundation for eating and smiling with confidence
  • Remove the need to compromise healthy teeth for a bridge
  • Can eliminate the problems caused by ill- fitting dentures
  • Help to preserve the jaw bone
  • Can help to maintain the shape of your face
  • Have been significantly tested and documented for over 30 years
  • Have a long term success Rate of over 95% as shown in high quality clinical studies

Dental Implant Placement

  • They are small screws that replace the tooth root to support tooth replacements such as a crown or bridge
  • They consist of titanium, a metal that the body easily accepts and is totally bio compatible, the bone grows into the ‘thread’ of the implant and forms a solid union
  • They are inserted into the jaw bone at Gwynne Dental under local anaesthetic via very gentle procedure

After their placement in the jaw dental implants

  • Form a strong bond with the bone called osteointegration, we wait 3 months usually for this to take place
  • Are firmly anchored to the bone
  • Provide a stable foundation for crowns, bridges or dentures

We offer an implant placement service at Gwynne Dental using the Straumann System. Straumann is a Swiss based company and is the European market leader in implants. It has an extensive research and development arm and provides we feel the very best quality implants you can buy. Many cheaper copy cat systems are on the market today. If you would like more information please ask, all our staff are trained to answer your questions and are happy to help. 

Cosmetic Dentistry

 

Very high levels of aesthetics can be achieved with dental implants

Implant Retained Dentures

The ‘Gold’ standard. Dentures are stabilised with implants which are used to securely hold the denture in place. The implants are small titanium screws and are inserted in your jaw bone keeping it strong and healthy. Two implants are usually placed to secure a lower denture and three to four to secure an upper denture. You can remove your denture for cleaning and attach it securely in place with no need for denture adhesive.