The British Dental Clinic Tias provides a wide range of dental services including (but not limited to) the ones listed below.
If you have any questions about any of our services, do not hesitate to ask.
Crowns and Bridges
A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth.
A crown is sometimes known as a ‘cap’. Crowns are an ideal restoration for teeth that have been broken, or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling.
A bridge is a method of filling a space, most commonly using a crown either side of the space to support an artificial tooth.
Crowns and Bridges can either be made of metal covered in porcelain or an all ceramic material.
A tooth that has been damaged by tooth decay (caries), tooth brush abrasion or trauma can often be repaired by a simple filling. They are usually done in a matching tooth coloured composite material which restores the natural appearance of the tooth. If the damage is too severe for a filling a crown may be necessary.
Q: What is root canal treatment?
A: Root canal treatment (also called endodontics) is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (known as the pulp) is infected through decay or injury.
Q: Why is root canal treatment needed?
A: If the pulp becomes infected, the infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth.
This may eventually lead to an abscess. If root canal treatment (RCT) is not carried out, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be extracted.
Q: Does it hurt?
A: No. A local anaesthesia is used and it should feel no different to having an ordinary filling done.
Q: What does it involve?
A: The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. The root is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure. Courses of treatment may involve two or more visits to your dentist.
Q: Will the tooth be safe after treatment?
A: Yes. However, it is better to restore the tooth with a crown to provide extra support and strength to the tooth.
Having a tooth out is a minor surgical procedure and you must look after the area to speed healing and to reduce the risk of infection. Here are some pointers:
For the first 24 hours, eat carefully, don’t smoke, don’t drink any alcohol and try not to disturb any blood clot which might have formed.
Don’t rinse your mouth for 24 hours after extraction. After that, rinse gently with warm salty water – half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of water is enough.
Brush your teeth as normal to keep your mouth as clean as possible.
You may feel some small pieces of bone work their way out of the socket – don’t worry, this is perfectly normal.
There may be some swelling and a bit of discomfort in the first two to three days. If you need to, take some ordinary painkillers – aspirin, ibuprofen or paracetamol will be fine.
If you feel pain a few days after the tooth has been removed, it might be where the blood clot has broken down leaving an empty hole in the gum. This is called a ‘dry socket’ and will need to be looked at by your dentist. Simply go back and the dentist will pack the wound to ease your discomfort.
Your dentist will have made sure that the socket has stopped bleeding before you leave but a little discolouration in your saliva is normal.
If it begins to bleed again use a clean handkerchief rolled it into a small firm pad large enough to fit over the gap (probably around 1cm by 3cm).
Sit down and gently clear away any blood clots around the gap using the hanky.
Put a clean pad over the gap (from tongue side to cheek side) and bite down on it firmly for 10 to 15 minutes.
Take the pad off and check whether the bleeding has stopped. If not, apply a fresh pad and contact your dentist.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth, either a full denture to replace all the teeth in one jaw or a partial denture, used to fill the gaps between remaining natural teeth, which can be held in place by clasps to make it more secure.
A dental implant is essentially a substitute for a natural root and commonly it is screw or cylinder shaped. Placing an implant is a small surgical procedure done under local anaesthesia. Occasionally the implant is placed at the same time as removal of a tooth.
The main aim during installation of any implant is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding bone. This creates an initial stability, which over time is steadily enhanced by further growth of bone into the microscopic roughness on the implant surface. Once this healing process has taken place, which can be up to five months, it is ready to be used as the foundation for long-term support of crowns, bridges or dentures.
Not everyone is a suitable candidate for dental implants, an x-ray and scan are necessary to evaluate each patient.
Dental hygiene starts at home with daily tooth brushing. It takes time to do a thorough job of cleaning all the surfaces of all teeth and we recommend 4 minutes at least twice a day. An electric toothbrush is an invaluable tool to help you get the best results and we recommend one of the Oral-B range available at many retail outlets.
Regular check-ups help to screen for tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancers.
A regular scale and polish with relevant advice on how you may be able to improve your home care will help to reduce future problems and improve your smile.
Gum disease is the number 1 cause of tooth loss amongst adults. Gum disease may be treatable and controllable with help from your dentist.
Gum disease has been shown to have serious effects on general health.
As everyone knows, smoking is very detrimental to your general health but also causes specific dental problems making you much more susceptible to gum disease and oral cancers.
Good habits are best formed when young and that certainly applies to dental hygiene.
For children 0-4 Years old we offer:
- Free dental health checks for 0-4 years old when attending with their parent or guardian.
- Advice offered on tooth brushing and healthy diet options.
- Advice on dummies and soothers.
- Acclimatisation for children seeing the dentist. Growing without fears.
Older children may benefit from fissure sealants, fluoride treatments and regular checks and advice on their tooth brushing.
Your dentist may suggest one or a series of x-rays to check for tooth decay, infections or other problems not visible under normal circumstances. We use digital radiography which uses a small fraction of the x-rays used in standard dental radiographs and they can be easily sent by email if necessary.
Non Invasive Tooth re-shaping and Gap closing.
If you have chipped or spaced teeth or teeth that are not quite the right shape or size, we can offer a treatment to improve the appearance of those teeth without injections or drilling away healthy tooth structure.
By using composite bonding techniques, teeth can be built up and reshaped using materials that are carefully matched to your teeth and then highly polished to give an excellent and natural result.
Teeth can also be shortened, smoothed or levelled to improve your smile line.
Tooth Grinding, Clenching and Headaches
Many people grind their teeth and often it is worst at night when you are unaware of the damage that is being caused. Your partner may complain about the noise and you may be waking up with sore teeth or aching muscles of the face. Your quality of sleep may be poor and you may suffer from repeated broken teeth and restorations.
This problem is often linked to migraines.
Following a careful investigation of the problem we can often offer a treatment that involves wearing a small custom made bite guard which stops your face and neck muscles from over tensing. This can lead to improved sleep and a relaxation of those tensed muscles.
Tooth Whitening is an increasingly popular procedure for all ages. Whiter teeth are associated with a younger, healthier and more aesthetic appearance.
If you would like whiter teeth speak to your dentist and he will assess your suitability.
Our practice uses a home whitening system which we believe offers good and controllable results.
A whitening gel is placed in a custom made tray which is worn for about 45 mins a day for a minimum of 10 days.