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General Dentistry

Preventative and restorative treatments to safeguard your oral health

General dentistry includes a wide range of preventive and restorative dental treatments to help patients maintain their oral health. This branch of dentistry focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the teeth, gums, and other structures in the mouth. Preventative treatments help to keep your teeth and gums healthy, while restorative treatments will help to restore teeth after injury, damage or decay.

What does general dentistry include?

At Balornock Dental Care, we offer a wide range of treatments to help you to care for your oral health. This includes routine checkups, dental hygienist cleanings and fillings to help protect your teeth against decay. If you have missing or damaged teeth, we can also create bridges, crowns and veneers to help restore your smile. Maintaining good oral health is important for your overall health and well-being. Poor oral health has been linked with a number of serious health conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and respiratory problems. By visiting the dentist regularly, you can help to keep your mouth healthy and avoid these potentially serious complications.

What is included in a checkup?

A routine dental checkup will usually include a thorough examination of your mouth, teeth and gums. We will also take X-rays to check for any problems that cannot be seen with the naked eye. If we identify any areas of concern, we will discuss these with you and develop a treatment plan to address the issue. If required, we may also recommend a visit to the dental hygienist to help control plaque and tartar build-up. This is also an ideal opportunity to ask questions about your oral health and learn about treatments available with Balornock Dental Care.

How often should I visit the dentist?

We recommend a checkup every 6-12 months to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy. However, if you have any concerns about your oral health, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice. By combining regular dental checkups with regular dental hygienist cleanings, you’ll have an even better chance of protecting your teeth from damage or decay. As a family dentist, we also help children and teens to care for their oral health. Encouraging young people to take an interest in their oral health from a young age is one of the best ways to protect their oral health in the long term. For more information about our general dentistry services, or to book an appointment, please call Balornock Dental Care today.

Bridges

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a kind of restorative and cosmetic dental treatment. It is commonly used to replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth following an extraction. With a dental bridge, the surrounding teeth are used to support a prosthetic tooth. One or two dental crowns are attached to a prosthetic tooth that sits in the gap.

How do dental bridges work?

A dental bridge is a quick and simple way to replace a missing tooth or missing teeth. A gap in your teeth can do more than just damage your confidence. It can also lead the surrounding teeth to fall out of alignment, resulting in problems with your bite. A dental bridge will help to fill this gap before it can become problematic.

We have the unique advantage of having all dental restorations created on-site. This means that the dental technician responsible for making your bridge can be present during your consultation. This ensures that you’ll be able to make special requests about the tooth shape or shade preferences. The process of fitting the bridge is also much easier when the bridge is made on-site.

Veneers

Upgrade your smile in one day

If you’re not confident with your smile, same-day veneers offer a quick and easy way to conceal minor imperfections and reveal a confident new you. Veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures to quickly and dramatically change your appearance.

How do veneers work?

Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that fit over the existing teeth. Modern veneers require very little preparation of the underlying tooth structure, so they are excellent for protecting and maintaining natural teeth. Veneers can be used to make teeth look straighter and whiter. They can also conceal gaps, chips, cracks, discolouration, uneven edges and thinning enamel.

If you don’t feel 100% confident with your smile, veneers offer a fast and effective way to achieve a stunning transformation. This makes it the ideal treatment choice before a special occasion such as your wedding day or graduation. If you want to feel more confident with your smile, veneers offer a quick and simple solution.

Who is a good candidate for veneers?

You could be an ideal candidate for veneers if you have minor imperfections in your smile that you would like to conceal. If you have gaps, chips, cracks, discolouration or uneven edges in your teeth, veneers could offer a way to achieve a straighter, whiter and more even smile.

Before getting started with this treatment, we’ll need to check that you have healthy teeth and gums. This will improve your chances of success and ensure that your oral health is maintained.

How long do veneers last?

With proper care, veneers can last for many years. However, as they are a cosmetic treatment, they may need to be replaced or adjusted over time. We will always aim to achieve long-lasting results, but we will also provide you with advice on how to take care of your veneers to help them last for as long as possible.

You’ll need to follow our aftercare advice to help protect your veneers from damage. Since they are made from porcelain, they will be at risk of chipping or cracking. Eating certain foods can increase the risk of this happening. Habits like chewing ice can also damage your porcelain veneer.

Crowns

What are dental crowns?

Crowns are often known as caps and this description gives a good indication of what they look like and how they work – crowns fit on top of a tooth, giving it back its strength, shape and function. Crowns are made from a variety of materials and can provide a very effective cosmetic treatment.

What are your options with crowns?

Crowns are used to treat teeth that have been affected by decay or which are misshapen. They can also be used to cover a large or discoloured filling and to protect a root filling. When you come to Balornock Dental Care, your dentist will assess the condition of your teeth and decide if a crown is the best treatment option for you. He or she will then discuss the different types of caps available and the pros and cons of each. For example, metal crowns can provide a very strong solution for back teeth, while porcelain or ceramic crowns can provide a durable, natural look.

When your crown is put in place you will be given a local anaesthetic, your tooth will be prepared and a mould will be taken to create the crown. You should feel the same level of discomfort that you experience with a filling. Crowns are long lasting, but must be looked after using good oral hygiene and regular check-ups.

Dentures

What are dentures?

Dentures are used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. If you have lost teeth, then dentures can make a dramatic difference, allowing you to enjoy a full range of foods again, restoring your smile, improving your speech and rejuvenating the whole look of your face.

How do dentures work?

When you come to Balornock Dental Care, your dentist will assess the condition of your teeth and decide on the best treatment options to offer you. You will then talk through the choices and decide on the best choice. Complete dentures are used to replace either the complete top or bottom set of your teeth, or both. They comprise a plastic arch (called a plate) onto which a full set of artificial teeth are attached.

Partial dentures replace one or more teeth (filling the space created by the lost teeth). They comprise a plate on which teeth are attached, which is anchored to your existing teeth by a clip or another type of attachment. Modern dentures are made to be very comfortable and unobtrusive. They must be specially prepared to ensure a perfect fit and a natural look. Thanks to the expertise of our team, it is very unlikely that anyone will know that you are wearing dentures once they are fitted.

Can I sleep in my dentures?

Although it’s possible to sleep in your dentures, we recommend taking them out at night to give your gums a rest.

Can I eat normally with dentures?

It can take 3-4 weeks to eat normally again after dentures. Solid foods can be tricky at first and it may take a bit of time adjusting to eating harder foods.

Tough and sticky foods may move your dentures out of place and irritate the gums.

Fillings

Restore and protect your teeth with white fillings

Dark grey amalgam fillings may have once been the material of choice for fillings, but white fillings are now growing in popularity. Advances in tooth-coloured composite material design means that discreet fillings are now a possibility. At Balornock Dental Care, we have dental laboratory technicians on hand to create tooth-coloured fillings or white ceramic inlays and onlays to help complete your tooth restoration. We can also replace older metal fillings with white fillings to improve your smile.

What is a white composite filling?

A composite filling is the same as a conventional filling, but the finished result is far more aesthetically pleasing. Instead of using amalgam fillings, which are a mixture of metals including mercury, silver, tin and copper, we can use white composite resin to complete a tooth restoration.

This procedure may be required following a cavity repair when your dentist removes the damaged portion of your tooth. To help protect the tooth and restore your bite, your dentist will then fill the hole with composite material. By matching the material colour to the surrounding teeth, the result is a lot more discreet.

What is an inlay/onlay?

When you have a more extensive cavity, or when part of the side of the tooth structure has been damaged, we may recommend a custom inlay or onlay. These are small porcelain pieces that are designed to seal a damaged tooth and restore your bite. As we have laboratory technicians to create your inlay or onlay on-site, the process is much easier.

We use impressions and digital scans to create an inlay on only that perfectly fits your tooth. We then use a special dental cement to secure this in place. An inlay or onlay is suitable for situations that are too extensive for a simple filling, but not so extensive that they require a crown. They are especially suitable for the chewing surfaces on back teeth and large repairs to front teeth.

Which one is right for me?

Following a consultation, your dentist will let you know which treatment is right for you. If the repair is small, a filling might be sufficient. The cost of a white filling is between £60 to £105, depending on the size. For larger repairs, or for repairs to the chewing surface of back teeth, we might recommend an inlay or onlay. The cost of this treatment will vary from £175 to £375.

During your consultation, we will explore the options available to you and explain the advantages and disadvantages of each one. This will enable you to make an informed choice about your treatment.

Invisalign

Clear and removable aligners to straighten teeth

If you’re avoiding orthodontic treatment because you are worried about how you will look with braces, Invisalign could offer an excellent solution. This innovative orthodontic system uses a series of clear and removable aligners to gently move your teeth into the correct position. You take them out to eat, drink and care for your teeth, which means no foods are off limits.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a popular orthodontic system that uses clear plastic aligners instead of fixed braces. At the start of the treatment, your teeth are scanned and then your treatment plan is designed. You will receive a case of aligners, with each aligner bringing you a little closer to perfect alignment. You wear your aligners for 20-22 hours per day and take them out only to eat, drink and brush your teeth. Every 10-14 days, you’ll switch to a new aligner.

This treatment plan is popular with adults and teens alike. The nearly invisible aligners are very difficult to see, which means you don’t have to feel self-conscious about your braces. You can also continue to enjoy your favourite foods since you remove them to eat.

Who is a good candidate for Invisalign?

To be a suitable candidate for Invisalign, you need to have an orthodontic case that aligners can fix. During your initial consultation, we will examine your teeth to determine if Invisalign can help, or if another treatment plan would be more suited to your case. It’s a common misconception that Invisalign is only suitable for simple cases; attachments and wings make it suitable for more complex alignment issues.

For the treatment to be successful, you need to wear the aligners for 20-22 hours per day. If you are forgetful or likely to lose your aligners, this might not be the right choice for you. You should also have good overall health and be committed to caring for your teeth throughout the treatment plan.

What treatment options are available?

We offer three different Invisalign treatment plans, including Invisalign Full, Invisalign Lite and Invisalign Teen. We can help you to choose the right Invisalign treatment plan for your needs. We also offer other orthodontic treatments if you aren’t a suitable candidate for Invisalign.

The teen treatment plan is ideal if you do not want to wait for free orthodontics on the NHS and would rather choose private treatment with more flexibility. Invisalign Full is suitable for adults who are interested in straightening their teeth. And Invisalign Lite is ideal for patients with minor orthodontic problems.

Orthodontics

What is orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontics is about more than just aesthetics. Straight teeth function better and are also easier to care for. So while your goals might be aesthetic, you’ll enjoy the added benefits of having perfectly aligned teeth. With traditional fixed orthodontics, you can enjoy a simple and predictable treatment plan that will leave you smiling with confidence.

How does orthodontic treatment work?

Traditional fixed orthodontics uses brackets and wires to move the teeth into the optimal position. White or metal brackets are bonded to each tooth and then a wire joins them. The wire can be adjusted to gradually move the teeth. Orthodontics can fix gaps, rotations, misaligned bite, underbite, overbite, crossbite and overcrowding.

You will have an option between white brackets with clear wires or traditional metal braces. You may also have the choice between fixed and removable braces, but removable braces are more commonly used for young children who are still growing or still have some of their baby teeth. Braces are suitable for individuals of any age, including children, teens and adults.

Who can have orthodontic treatment?

To be eligible for orthodontic treatment, you need to have generally good oral health and be able to follow care instructions during the treatment. Traditional fixed braces are suitable for treating a wide range of issues, including overcrowding, gaps, bite alignment problems, rotations and prominent teeth. It’s also commonly used to prepare for other treatments such as crowns, bridges or dental implants.

If you have severe overcrowding, we may recommend extractions before you start orthodontic treatment. And if you have issues with your wisdom teeth, we may also recommend having these removed before starting treatment.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

This all depends on your case. Simple alignment issues could take as little as 12 months to complete, while more complex cases could take up to two years. Metal braces tend to have shorter treatment times than white braces, which is why many people opt for this choice.

With fixed braces, you’ll need to make time to visit the dentist for adjustments every 6-10 weeks. It’s vital to consider this when choosing your treatment plan.