Cosmetic Dentistry is the process of enhancing the appearance of the teeth and gums. At Godmanchester Dental we endeavour to ensure all of your dental treatment is aesthetically as natural looking as possible. We offer the following range of procedures:
Composite bonding uses the most advanced dental materials to repair and restore a wide range of minor dental issues and structural imperfections.
Dental bonding material is a tooth coloured composite resin. This material comes in a wide range of shades; we will choose the right one to match the natural colour of your teeth. The composite resin is shaped, smoothed and polished until it looks exactly right. It calls for care, attention to detail and no small amount of artistry.
The benefits of bonding are that the material used can be applied to the tooth without any removal of tooth structure, making it minimally invasive. The process itself is relatively quick and can often be completed in a single visit.
Veneers are thin shells of either porcelain or composite that attach to the front of your teeth to improve the colour, shape and contour of your teeth. They can improve the appearance of chipped, discoloured and irregular shaped teeth as well close gaps between teeth. Generally, teeth need to be in a favourable position for veneers. However, if there are minor discrepancies in the alignment of teeth, they can be made to mask this and give the appearance of straight teeth.
The teeth will usually need to be thinned to allow space for the porcelain on the tooth, though with modern ceramics this can be kept to an absolute minimum. In some circumstances no tooth preparation is required.
Inlays and Onlays
The earlier your tooth decay is detected, the better. It means that the decay is easier to clear away, the cavity smaller and therefore easier to fill. But what happens when the decay is already significant when you visit us and a filling will not be sufficient?
In the past, a crown would have been required. A crown is needed when the tooth has decayed to such an extent that the tooth itself is not strong enough to hold a filling. The tooth is drilled down to a conical shape and a crown is fitted over the top. Often healthy tooth is removed in the process
Therefore, in terms of procedures, it is quite a leap from a filling to a crown. Inlays and onlays sit nicely in between the two. They allow us to retain the healthy parts of your existing tooth while spreading the load from your bite to reduce the chance of further fracture of your tooth.
A dental implant is a titanium screw that is placed in the jawbone under your gum in the place of a missing tooth. After a period of healing a ceramic crown is fitted onto the implant. The implant can also be used to attach bridges and to help secure dentures when more than one tooth is missing.
Healthy gums and bone are essential to support implants. They require maintenance in much the same way as your natural teeth. Patients who undergo implant treatment are encouraged to commit to an oral hygiene routine, including flossing, brushing and regular dental hygienist visits to help protect the supporting tissues..
We recommend annual reviews with x-rays to check the health of the tissues and bone levels around the implants. If they are well cared for and maintained with regular hygienist appointments, an implant should last for many years. Implant treatment is probably the most successful dental treatment option today where natural teeth have failed.