Healthy mouth dentistry treatments are there to make sure your teeth stay strong. In recent years, there has been a significant number of advances in tooth-coloured restoration materials. This gives us the ability to restore your teeth and for them to look very natural.
Most people have a 95% chance of suffering from some form of tooth decay throughout their lives. It is a very common problem but when caught early, is very easy to repair. As soon as you notice it, book an appointment as it’s important to remove the decay and clean and repair the tooth.
Composite fillings are tooth-coloured, meaning they are more aesthetically pleasing that silver amalgam fillings. They have been developed in recent years to mimic the natural tooth layers very closely. The fillings are bonded to the tooth and can be used to strengthen and protect teeth with thin and fragile cusps, as well as filling holes and decay within the tooth.
Although composite fillings have been developed to be much stronger and durable, they are not always recommended for restoring whole or large parts of teeth. In this case, other restoration techniques such as ceramic crowns or onlays may be used.
Inlays and onlays are made from either porcelain or gold. Inlays are small settings within the biting surface of the tooth. An onlay is a facing which restores and replace the whole biting surface of the tooth. Onlays have an advantage over crowns, where less tooth needs to be removed in preparation for the fitting. This means more natural tooth surface is preserved. At Field House Dental Practice, an onlay is usually our preferred option rather than a crown as we see these as a more modern version.
Porcelain offers the ability to perfect match the shade of your natural teeth. It is chemically bonded to the tooth, making it very strong. Gold can be made very thin without compromising on strength and durability, making it a great solution for back teeth restorations.
A crown, or cap, is a way to cover chipped, broken or weakened teeth. This will strengthen them and restore your smile. A crown can also be used to protect the space left from a root filling or to help hold a denture or bridge in place. Your tooth will usually need shaping under local anaesthetic before an impression is made by our dentist. The impression is then sent to a laboratory where your crown will be custom-made out of porcelain (or gold although it’s rare these days).
A bridge is used to fill the space left by a missing tooth, giving you back a full smile. This solution is only suitable if the surrounding teeth are healthy and strong, as they will be used to support the bridge. They are usually made from a porcelain and precious metal blend. All porcelain bridges offer a highly aesthetic look and can be used in some cases.
It’s actually less common for us to use bridges to replace missing teeth these days and dental implants provide a much more healthy option. Sometimes, however, we use a Maryland or Sticky bridge which is now milled from an amazingly strong ceramic called zirconia which is extremely strong and looks fantastic.
A root canal treatment is carried out when the nerve of the tooth is dead or dying, or if the prognosis for the health of the tooth is bad long term. The process involves cleaning the internal parts of the tooth and removing as much bacteria and diseased tissue as possible.
In the majority of cases, this will allow the tooth to be kept and maintained in the mouth. It is often recommended to place a crown or onlay on the tooth soon after root canal is carried out. The treatment will be performed under local anaesthetic and should feel no different to having a regular filling done.
Root canal treatments are Janet’s baby. She loves them! Janet is undertaking on-going study into providing root canal treatments so that she can deliver the highest standards and best results for her patients. Janet is described as a dentist with a special interest in endodontics. She does, however, look a bit like Dr Emmett Brown from ‘Back to The Future’ with her special glasses on.
A dental implant is a very close match to the look of a natural tooth. It is a well-established solution to replacing one or more missing teeth, with 95% of cases lasting many years as long as they are cared for correctly. An implant consists of a titanium rod which is set into the jawbone, an abutment and the natural looking tooth replacement.
We only use Straumann dental implants which are one of the two leading manufacturers of dental implants and have over 30 years of clinical data backing up their success.
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The best way to maintain a healthy mouth is to attend regular dental appointments. This ensures our dentists can notice and treat any potential problems before they become more severe and harder to treat. You will avoid having many fillings and extractions and are more likely to keep your natural teeth for life.
Hygienists perform thorough hygiene maintenance and will teach you how to properly take care of your teeth. If plaque is not removed, it turns into tartar which can only be removed by a professional. It is this plaque and tartar that causes gum disease and tooth decay.
As an established patient of Field House Dental Practice for many years, I have always been impressed by the service level. Since Chris and Janet took over however, the Practice has, in my view, gone further from strength to strength. Facilities are being upgraded, Support Staff are most professional but still very friendly and the clinical delivery is increasingly impressive. Quite apart from doing her job of cleaning my teeth, Victoria manages to be delightfully motivational concerning 'self-help' in between check-ups. I recently had to undergo a deep filling courtesy of Chris, which was the least unpleasant, completely pain and discomfort free, dental experience I have ever had. Underpinning this was a level of communication in language I could understand, delivered with friendly yet professional re-assurance, that I have not previously experienced in my 60 odd years of visiting dentists....
Dear Chris, I would like to say my experience with you as my dentist has been a very positive one. You took time to explain to me exactly what you were doing and why. The procedures never felt rushed and I felt completely at ease. I would say to anyone considering treatment with you to go ahead and they will not be disappointed. In actual fact, you have given me my confidence back, for which I thank you. My treatment was excellent and I received many positive comments. It’s great to smile and be proud of my teeth. You only have one set of teeth and I believe any money and time spent is a good investment, even though my mum paid for them. Thank you for your patience, kindness and understanding ways towards a very anxious dental patient.
I had been wanting to straighten my teeth for a good few years after my perfectly straight teeth began shifting in my mid-twenties, it had come to a point where my top front teeth had become quite crooked. I wanted a treatment that would not take too long and since I only wanted my front 4-6 teeth straightened I set my sights on the Inman aligner after some research. Thankfully the Inman aligner was a suitable option, Dr Chris explained its limitations, especially on rotated teeth and how it would work and roughly how long it could take. I was very happy with the information given and after a few months treatment with the Inman aligner (a visit to the dentist every 2 to 3 weeks during treatment) and a one month treatment at the end with a clear aligner...
Dear Janet, Just a short note to thank you for all your help and care over the last four years, since I moved to Wadhurst. You have combined a thoroughly reassuring professional approach with a relaxed and friendly demeanour. I have been particularly pleased with the way you have managed my rather poor teeth. There has been no drama over the sometimes difficult repair work and while I would have preferred not to have had the procedures, I am certain my teeth are now in far better condition that a few years back. I would strongly recommend your care to potential patients who are thinking of joining your practice. Professional, skilled and friendly sum it up.