Improving your smile
Improving your smile at Carisbrooke
Our highly qualified team of dentists and specialists provide a broad range of cosmetic treatment options to help you achieve an attractive smile and self confidence. Whether you need a simple procedure or complex mouth rehabilitation expert treatment that suits your needs is always available.
Tooth whitening is a bleaching process that makes teeth lighter in colour. The degree of whitening varies but in most cases several degrees of lightening can be achieved. The effects can be long-lasting, however, coffee, red wine and smoking can cause staining.
Tooth whitening should only be carried out by a qualified professional such as your dentist, dental hygienist or therapist.
Not all patients are suitable candidates for whitening. Your dentist will discuss this with you at your consultation.
What happens during tooth whitening?
Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth to make a mouth guard and will explain how to use it with bleaching gel. Using your mouth guard at home, you apply the gel daily for two to four weeks. Some whitening gels can be left on for up to eight hours at a time, shortening treatment to one week.
You may experience some sensitivity during the treatment, this effect is not lasting and may be alleviated by using a toothpaste designed to alleviate such symptoms.
A bridge is a fixed replacement for a missing tooth or teeth. It is made by taking an impression of the surrounding teeth, which will eventually support the bridge. All crown and bridge restorations are made on site in the Carisbrooke dental laboratory. This enables lab technicians to be actively involved in your treatment. It also ensures the bridge fits precisely and is shaded to match the natural colour of your teeth.
A crown is a type of cap that completely covers a real tooth. It’s made from metal, porcelain and metal, or all ceramic and is cemented in place. Crowns can be fitted to restore broken, decayed or damaged teeth or simply to make a tooth look better.
The existing tooth is filed to make a smooth peg onto which the crown is fixed. It can take some time for the lab to prepare a new crown, so a temporary crown will be fitted while the final crown is made.
Dentures are fitted in place of natural teeth. A partial set replaces one or more missing teeth. A full set replaces all your teeth. Dentures are custom-made using impressions of your gums and are usually manufactured from plastic or metal and plastic.
All dentures need to be removed and soaked in a cleaning solution and any remaining teeth should be brushed as normal.
Dentures restore your appearance and improve chewing function. They are especially useful when several teeth are missing.
‘All on four’
Some patients find conventional dentures may move during eating, speaking and laughing, which can cause embarrassment.
All on four is the placement of a bridge onto four or more dental implants. The advantage of all on four is that it keeps replacement teeth securely in position making a denture unnecessary.
Alternatively, dentures can be anchored to implants, prevent them from moving and therefore giving the wearer complete confidence in social situations.
It’s common to break, chip or knock out a tooth. Several methods can address the damage. Your dentist may be able to provide a composite filling which rebuilds the chipped surface and restore the shape and function of your tooth.
If a tooth has been badly broken, a crown or dental implant can easily replace it.
Veneers are new facings for teeth which disguise discoloured or misshapen teeth. To fit a veneer, the front of the tooth is filed slightly and an impression is taken. A thin layer of porcelain is then fitted restoring the appearance of a healthy tooth.