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Chippenham Dental Treatments

From regular dental examinations and treatment such as fillings and dental hygiene services, to a complete smile re-design using modern techniques and the highest quality materials, at London Road Dental Surgery, we’ll work to give you the healthy teeth and confident smile you’re looking for.

Please click on the treatment below for a description of steps and information.





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  • Cosmetic

    This is often a combination of tooth whitening, filling replacement, crowns or veneers. A full discussion is required along with a written treatment plan prior to any treatment being started. More information here – Cosmetic Dentistry

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    Teeth Whitening

    At London Road Dental Practice Chippenham we find that home tooth whitening works very well using low dose whitening agents to keep any sensitivity to a minimum. It takes approximately 2-3 weeks after the trays have been constructed.

    Visit our Teeth Whitening Page for more information on our services.

    We supply you with everything that you need to make teeth whitening as straight forward as possible. Our teeth whitening solutions do not damage teeth and has been found to be very predictable. A top up for a few days may be required every 6 months or so.
    Teeth whitening is often a better solution than veneers or crowns to whiten teeth.

     

    The British Dental Association give the following statement on Tooth Whitening:

    1. Whitening is safe

    If carried out by a trained dental professional, whitening is perfectly safe. Based on their knowledge of your oral health your dentist will discuss with you the options available, decide if tooth whitening is appropriate for you and develop an overall treatment plan that gives the desired result.

    You’ll get to see on a chart what shade your teeth are before the treatment and what shade you’re likely to achieve. At the end of the treatment the dentist will show you the actual result so you can understand how effective it was. You will also see when you look in the mirror!

    2. Only trained dental professionals can whiten teeth

    It is illegal for anyone other than dentists or their teams to carry out teeth whitening. Anyone else offering teeth whitening (e.g. beauticians, hairdressers, and salon staff) won’t have the right training and knowledge, could permanently damage your teeth and gums and can’t help you when something goes wrong.

    3. The preferred option

    Whitening won’t remove the surface of your teeth or change their shape. It’s often a better option than alternatives, such as veneers, because it doesn’t involve permanently altering the tooth’s structure and is easy to look after.

    4. Selecting the right option for you

    Your dentist is trained to know what whitening products will be safe for your teeth and gums. Products provided by non-dentists often do not have enough safety data and evidence to support their use; this can result in burned gums and/or blistered lips or even more serious consequences. Using products that are not appropriate for you will produce poor results.

    5. How it works

    A carefully-controlled concentration of bleach is applied to your teeth using specially-made trays that fit in your mouth. Your dentist will be able to discuss with you the level of whitening you want and give you an idea of how many treatments you may need to achieve the shade you’re after.

    Like hair and skin, teeth vary in colour. Some are yellower or darker than others, even when they are quite healthy. Teeth tend to get darker as people get older. Teeth sometimes become darker if their roots have been damaged or diseased and the ‘nerve’ has died.

    6. What to expect

    You may experience some sensitivity for a short time during your treatment but this is normal and will soon fade away after completion. 

    7. Over the counter kits might not be safe

    The products you can buy online or from high street shops often fail to declare the precise chemicals used so it’s very difficult to assess their safety. Because of this they should not be considered safe. These products won’t produce the same good results you can expect by visiting your dentist.

    Tooth colour can be lightened with Hydrogen Peroxide (bleach) and how strong the dose needs to be will be decided by your dentist.

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    Veneers

    A veneer is porcelain facing that can improve the appearance by masking discolouration or by straightening the appearance of the teeth.

    Two appointments are required – the first to correctly prepare the tooth, to take an impression and make a temporary veneer. The second is scheduled to fit the laboratory-made porcelain veneer.

    Teeth whitening is often a better solution than veneers to whiten teeth.

    Visit our Dental Veneers page for more details. 

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    Restorative Dentistry

    We use both tooth coloured and amalgam fillings for this treatment since each material has a particular benefit that can result in a more predictable outcome – and we want our dentistry to last!

    But whatever material is used, the correct placement techniques are required and these often involve a little extra time and care and as part of the examination consultation, we will discuss the pros and cons of each material’s suitability.

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    Crowns

    The crown of the tooth is the section that is normally visible above the gum and large fillings or nearly broken down teeth often require a crown to predictably restore the tooth for a long term solution.

    This treatment resembles a hat covering the prepared tooth to hold it all together.

    Two appointments are required – the first to prepare the tooth to allow for the materials used to create an impression and a temporary crown; the second appointment is to fit the permanent crown.

    Crowns can be:

    Crowns are more expensive than fillings but in the long term, they are often the most effective as they last longer than large fillings.

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    Bridges

    Bridges are used to restore a space. They are more expensive than dentures but cheaper than implants.

    A conventional bridge involves the preparation of the neighboring teeth similar to that for a crown. A permanent bridge is then constructed in the laboratory and fitted 2-3 weeks later.

    Adhesive bridge – this involves the cementing of a metal backing to one neighboring tooth which supports the artificial tooth. Please note adhesive bridges will not last as long as conventional bridges.

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    Dentures

    Dentures are replacements for no teeth. These can be acrylic (plastic) that are gum supported or cobalt chrome (metal) that are usually tooth supported and more rigid.

    Each denture has its pros and cons but we find that metal dentures are better tolerated because they feel more secure to patients.

    Dentures can also be held in place by implants which make them even more secure. If you have loose dentures, please arrange and appointment with our dentists to discuss how an implant retained denture can significantly improve your denture wearing.

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    Preventative Dentistry

    At London Road Dental Practice, we feel prevention is better than cure and with regular dental examinations and visits, our dental hygienists can help you maintain good oral health.

    Where fillings fail or holes occur, we aim to pick them up early as small fillings generally last longer than larger ones.

    Dentistry is not rocket science and a common sense treatment plan keeps dentistry simple which makes treatments more predictable and better value for money.

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    Hygienist

    Gum (periodontal) disease is the biggest cause of tooth loss. But regular visits with a hygienist can play a vital role in the prevention of tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.

    If left untreated, gum disease can result in the loss of the tooth’s foundations which can ultimately lead to becoming “long in the tooth” (not age related), and wobbly teeth.

    Gum disease has been linked to general health problems such as heart disease and diabetes.

    Hygiene therapy is crucial in modern dentistry especially as we are now keeping our teeth longer – we have a two way partnership, working together.

    Visit our Dental Hygienist Page for more information.

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    Extractions

    This is usually the last resort for a tooth. At London Road Dental Practice, we carefully remove the teeth by gentle loosening with specialised instruments – no knees on the chest!

    This process can take a little longer but is much less traumatic so healing is less likely to be eventful.

    If you are nervous, we offer conscious sedation so you won’t remember the removal of the tooth.

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    Root Canal Filling (Endodontics)

    Root canal fillings seem to have an unjust reputation!

    Our experience tells us root canal fillings can be completed without any issues and sometimes the patient can even fall asleep since it does take time to perform a quality root canal filling.

    A root canal filling is usually performed to save a tooth after bacteria has destroyed nerves in the tooth.

    The procedure involves the chemical and mechanical cleaning inside the tooth and the placement of a rubbery root canal filling material. On top of which a filling is placed.

    A crown is usually required after the tooth has been given a period of time to make sure that all has settled.

    Root canal fillings enjoy a success rate of approximately 90%.

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    Dental Implants

    Implants are titanium screws, placed into the jawbone (just like the root of a natural tooth) to support false teeth (called a crown or restoration).

    The result is a natural-looking tooth which has none of the discomfort or inconvenience associated with the wearing of removable dentures.

    Visit our Dental Implants page for more details. 

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    Periodontal Treatments

    Periodontal disease can not only lead to the loss of teeth, but can also affect general health and one’s appearance, resulting in a lack of confidence and low self-esteem.

    Gum disease is most commonly caused by a build up of plaque on the teeth. The bacteria in plaque can irritate the gums, causing them to become inflamed and sore.

    View our Periodontal Treatment page for more details.

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