Restorative dentistry involves managing problems with diseased or damaged teeth and aims to fix them so that you end up with a mouth that functions and looks just like new.
At Laurel Dental Practice our dentists pride themselves on offering the full range of restorative treatment options, from small, white, low cost fillings on a single tooth through to cutting edge implants and dentures to replace multiple missing teeth.
Fillings are most often used to repair cavities in teeth caused by tooth decay. However, fillings can also be removed to fix cracked or broken teeth, and teeth that have been badly worn away. When the rest of the tooth is healthy, a filling can last for years which means they can be a very cost-effective treatment option.
At Laurel Dental Practice we offer composite fillings in a white shade to match your existing teeth. This ensures a pleasing and natural cosmetic finish. If necessary, the filling procedure can take place under a local anaesthetic to remove any pain sensation.
Root canal treatment is required when the centre of the tooth root is infected. This is often due to tooth decay, but can also happen after a traumatic injury. The main symptoms of a root infection are toothache, and as the infection progresses you may develop painful swellings and abscesses. The earlier the infection is identified, the more likely it is that the root canal treatment will be a success. Additionally, antibiotics alone will not eliminate the infection so if you notice the symptoms of a root infection, please come and see us as soon as possible.
Root canal treatment involves the dentist removing any infection from the tooth root, and then filling the root to protect the tooth from future infection. A filling or a crown is then required to repair the tooth surface. The treatment is usually performed under local anaesthetic. Most teeth that have had root canal treatment will last about 10 years, so this option is a great way to keep your natural teeth in your mouth for longer.
Crowns and veneers are both types of custom-made, tooth-shaped, permanent additions to a tooth. A crown is a cap that fits over the entire visible part of a tooth, and is the only option to save a tooth that has significant damage though decay or trauma. In contrast, a veneer is a thin facing that is attached to the front surface of a tooth – a bit like a false nail! Veneers are more of a cosmetic procedure and can be used to hide stained, chipped or crooked teeth.
Crowns and veneers can be made in either a white porcelain material or in a precious metal. If you choose the porcelain option the end result should be colour-matched so that it is indistinguishable from your existing teeth. Alternatively, if you are getting several veneers or crowns done on your front teeth you could choose a whiter, brighter shade.
The procedure for a crown or a veneer are similar. Firstly, the dentist will prepare the tooth to hold the crown or veneer. The dentist will then take an impression of the tooth so that a custom-made crown or veneer can be created to your specification by a dental technician off site. You will need to come back for a second appointment to fit the newly made crown or veneer.
Bridges and dentures are both custom-made solutions to fill the gaps caused by missing teeth. Bridges are permanently fixed onto either your natural teeth or implants, and any gaps will be filled by false teeth. In contrast dentures are removable false teeth that fit over the gums and jawbone. The dentists at Laurel Dental Practice will advise on which option is recommended for you based on the number of missing teeth you have, which teeth are missing (e.g. front or back) and your overall oral health.
Both options will help to restore your smile and promote better chewing and speaking. If you have natural teeth remaining, bridges and dentures will also help to prevent them from moving.
The procedure for creating and fitting bridges and dentures share some similarities. Initially, the dentist will prepare your mouth for the bridge or denture. This could involve preparing any supporting teeth for crowns or removing any diseased teeth. Once the mouth is prepared the dentist will take an impression of the area requiring the bridge or denture and send it to a dental laboratory so they can create your custom bridge or denture. When the denture or bridge is ready, your dentist will work with you to ensure that your new bridge or denture fits well and provide advice on how to care for your new teeth. If well looked after, dentures should last for at least several years, while bridges can last for well over a decade.
At Laurel Dental Practice our bridges are made from either white porcelain to give a natural finish or a precious metal of your choice. We offer dentures in three materials; rigid plastic, rigid plastic with a chrome metal framework, or flexible plastic. Rigid plastic dentures cost the least, however both the other materials can offer a more comfortable denture.
Implants are a modern, long-term, fixed solution for missing teeth. A titanium screw is placed into the jawbone under local anaesthetic as an artificial replacement for the missing tooth root. Implants can then support crowns or dentures, just like your natural teeth.
Dr Stuart Ballard has undergone extensive additional training to offer dental implants at Laurel Dental Practice. After a successful preliminary consultation, Stuart will perform a full assessment consultation including x-rays to design your implant treatment plan. He will then prepare your mouth for the implants if necessary by removing any problem teeth. Once the implant is placed, you will need a recovery period to allow the implant and bone to fuse together. Finally, Stuart will add the top part of the implant in place and take impressions ready to create the crown or denture that will fill the gap.
From start to finish the procedure for an implant can take around 6 months. However, presuming you maintain a good level of oral hygiene, your new implant can last a lifetime – we believe they are an investment worth making.
|White composite fillings
|Root canal therapy
|Price includes x-rays but excludes final restoration
|Can be made of precious metal and/or porcelain. If a post is required an additional £90 is payable
|Re-cementing a crown
|Single tooth veneer
|Bridges (per unit)
|If an adhesive wing unit is required an additional £145 is payable
|Implant assessment consultation
|Includes diagnostic wax cast, photos and xrays
|Price includes all costs related to placing the implant but excludes the crown/bridge/denture the implant attaches to. Bone grafting, if required, is an additional £300
|All on 4/6 Implant System
|Conventional dentures (per arch)
|Chrome dentures are an additional £170