White fillings have developed enormously over the last few years. There are now many different types of material, each best suited to a particular job. The improvements in the materials mean more durable fillings, as well as a better appearance.
It can be possible to make 'invisible' repairs to the teeth as well as to replace unsightly silver fillings.
It is essential that white fillings are placed properly to ensure the maximum life for the filling. This does mean the process is longer and more complex than with silver fillings.
There are two main types of tooth whitening so called 'vital' and 'non-vital'. The difference is that vital tooth whitening is carried out on normal healthy teeth, partly by the patient, and non-vital whitening is indicated on root-filled teeth by the dentist.
Vital tooth whitening is a very popular treatment in many countries, especially the USA, and is nowcommonplace here. Essentially, the process involves making a soft plastic gumshield over the teeth to hold the whitening agent in place. Whitening is safe, non-destructive to tooth structure, stable in results and popular. Whitening works.
The whitening can be done at home overnight, in the evening or chairside in only 60 minutes with Zoom 2. The patient needs to see a dentist first for an assessment and for the gumshield to be made. It is advisable to have the teeth cleaned by the hygienist first.
Whitening treatments have become extremely popular for men and women, young and old! Whilst the effect of treatment does not 'wear-off', obviously teeth can become stained and discoloured again, especially if exposed to tobacco smoke, tea, coffee or red wine etc. This can be minimised with an inexpensive top-up process. Hint: keep your whitening trays safe!
Bridges are artificial teeth, which are attached to, and supported by the remaining natural dentition. The bridge can be made by preparing the adjoining teeth to allow a cap to fit over them and the artificial tooth (pontic) to be joined to these caps. Alternatively, a pontic can be made with a metal wing, which fits very closely to the inside of the joining teeth. This involves less preparation of the teeth, but is only suitable for certain circumstances.
Bridges can simulate natural teeth very closely, giving a better appearance than dentures. They also have the big advantage of being permanently fixed and not having to be removed. Bridgework is a form of treatment that should last a long time with appropriate care. This means that the teeth need to be carefully assessed first.
Implants are titanium cylinders placed into the jaws to support replacement teeth. This can mean that the adjacent teeth do not have to be prepared, or a tooth can be replaced where otherwise it may not be possible.