At Heaton Moor Dental we believe in offering you the very best of treatments from a team of experienced and well qualified dental professionals. We will spend time listening to you to understand your dental problems and concerns and together we will deliver solutions that are personal to you.
When teeth require repair and reconstruction we can offer the most modern and technically advanced solutions. From tooth coloured composite fillings to the latest ceramic crowns, veneers, inlays and bridges. If damage is through to the nerve of the tooth then we can offer root canal treatments too.
Composite or tooth coloured filling material is the filling material of choice now in most situations where we used to use silver amalgam. Composite is essentially ceramic particles in a resin and so can mimic the aesthetics of a tooth very nicely. These fillings actually bond into the tooth structure and so become part of the tooth hence enhancing the inherent strength of the tooth.
Composite materials are used as part of Minimally Invasive Dentistry or MID which we are very keen on at Heaton Moor Dental. This enables us to retain as much of the tooth tissue as possible and the more we retain we know the longer the life span of the tooth.
Composite materials can also be used on the front surface of the front teeth to improve aesthetics if teeth are discoloured or misshapen. Equally composite can be strong and can be used on biting surface fillings on the posterior teeth. If fillings are very large it is sometimes preferable to repair with inlays or crowns but on the whole composite can be used in many places in the mouth.
Crowns are used to restore form and function either because there is not enough tooth structure left to restore with composite or because we want to improve the aesthetics and shape of the tooth. Crowns can be made in ceramic, EMax, or a combination of ceramic and precious metal or in gold.
The first stage is the decision of which type of crown and then your tooth will be prepared to accept such a crown. Impressions are then taken which are transferred to our highly skilled dental technician who then constructs the crown in the dental laboratory.
We then receive the crown to fit in the practice to restore your tooth back to it’s natural beauty and excellent function. Crowns can give many year of service when maintained and looked after and we encourage all our patients to visit the dental hygienist regularly for maintenance.
Missing teeth can be replaced by bridges of which there are several types. Bridges are fixed in placed once completed and cannot be removed.
This bridge is fixed at either side of the space by crowns joined together to make one structure that looks like separate teeth.
Similar to a fixed bridge but only attached on one side of the space.
Often called a “sticky” bridge, this required minimal or no preparation of teeth on one side of the space with a wing that is bonded on to the back surface of the tooth.
Each of these bridges have their merits and each case will depend on various elements as to which bridge is used. If the teeth either side of the space have already been prepared with crowns then a fixed bridge or cantilever bridge would probably be the choice.
If a tooth has not had any intervention then a Maryland bridge would be preferable as we then retain as much tooth tissue as possible.
A bridge will restore form and function. They are constructed by our very skilled dental technician following impressions of the teeth being taken. Bridges are generally made out of aesthetic ceramics plus some precious metals and once made are “glue” into place back at the dental practice. With good maintenance and good oral hygiene they can last many years an be very successful.
We do our upmost to save your teeth and when they are damaged or diseased to such an extent that simple repair is not possible there may only be two options.
One is removal of the tooth and the other is Root Canal Treatment or Endodntics. We will offer you choices and work with you to decide which is the best course of action for you.
Root Canal Treatment is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth is infected through decay or injury. You may complain of an existing pain or in the early stages of infection not even feel any.
In some cases, your tooth could darken in colour. The infection may spread through the root in bone and lead to an abscess if left untreated.
The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root of the tooth and fill the root canal to prevent any further infection As a dead tooth is more brittle, it will be necessary to restore the tooth with a crown to provide extra support and strength to the treated tooth.
Root canal treatment is routine but a skilled and time-consuming procedure and in most cases will involve two or more visits.