In addition to routine dentistry, listed below are some of the areas in which we can provide the latest treatments & techniques to help solve your treatment needs.

These replace the roots of missing or broken down teeth and enable us to place a crown  that is permanently fixed in the mouth, as much like a natural tooth as is possible.

Undoubtedly the best way to replace missing teeth .

They can be placed at any time, from when  tooth is taken out, to many years later.

A titanium implant is placed into the jaw bone  in the space left behind by the root of the tooth.

The implant is then left alone for 3 months  for the bone to grow around it  and hold it solid within the jaw.

The implant is exposed,  impressions taken and the laboratory custom make a crown to fit onto the implant within your mouth.

The crown is tapped into position into the implant and it can then be used straight away.

Dental Implants

Inlays, Veneers and Crowns that are produced by scan pictures taken of the prepared tooth and its neighbours. It is designed by computer with reference to a database and the shape the tooth in the individual mouth, based on genetic modeling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Root Fillings

Gum treatment

Gum disease is a general term used for a variety of conditions, from simple gum inflammation to serious gum disease that may result in tooth loss.

 

Gingivitis

 

Plaque bacteria can cause swelling and redness in the gums, which will often result in bleeding when brushing your teeth.

 

Periodontitis

 

The attachment between the tooth and the gums is lost, the gum pulling away from the teeth, forming pockets into which tooth brushes cannot reach.

 

If allowed to carry on untreated the bone around the teeth is destroyed and the teeth will eventually become loose and may have to be removed.

 

 

Professional Gum Treatment

 

We will often carry out the treatment under a local anaesthetic over two visits, treating upper and lower jaws on one side at the first visit, and the other side on the second visit.

This will usually involve a deep cleaning of the teeth to remove the plaque and calculus,  especially beneath the gum line.

Teeth will often be fairly sensitive following treatment, this can be eased by using toothpastes such as sensodyne, sometimes by applying them as a cream to the teeth.

We will help provide any guidance that you might need to help you to maintain your oral hygiene to a level that will help to stop or slow the advancement of the gum disease to an absolute minimum.

A regular 3 monthly recall with the hygienist is then often required to keep up the professional cleaning.

Mouth washes containing chlorhexidine can be useful, however they will stain the teeth.

In very severe cases long term antibiotics can also be used to aid the other treatments.

 

 

This refers to the filling of the dead space left when the nerve of a tooth dies and an abscess forms.

 Each tooth has between 1 and 4 nerve canals.

These canals are cleaned with a combination of chemicals and specialised instruments made from Nickel–Titanium alloy, which are extremely flexible to enable them to negotiate the curves within the nerve canals.

Once cleaned the canals are washed and dried, before being filled with a heated wax filler which is size matched to the instrument used to do the cleaning.

Root fillings are usually carried out over two visits, with an antibacterial dressing  and temporary filling being placed in the tooth at the first visit.

The treatment is usually carried out with a rubber dam in place, this is a sheet of rubber, secured over the tooth by a small clip and held by a plastic ring which sits over your mouth. It keeps the area dry while we carry out the treatment, and allows you to swallow and breathe normally.

It is advisable to have back teeth that are root filled restored with a crown once we are happy that the root filling has been successful. This is because root filled teeth are more brittle, and therefore at risk of splitting, which could then lead to needing to extract the tooth.

CAD/CAM Inlays, Veneers and Crowns

The restoration is milled from a block of porcelain which is matched to the colour of your natural teeth, it is then polished and ready to fit within an hour.

These restorations can be undertaken in one visit at our Long Melford Practice, with  just one local anaesthetic, no impressions,  no temporary crowns, no waiting for laboratory work to be carried out and no between appointment sensitivity.

We also use the system in Ipswich and Lavenham, however this would  be over  two visits, two weeks apart.