Every dentist wants you to be able to smile with confidence. This is why they provide a wide range of preventative care, corrective treatments and dental repairs. Oral health is of great importance and can lead to other health implications if not looked after carefully.

Dental treatments can sometimes make people fell anxious, this is why some people avoid going for a regular check-up, sometimes for years! However, things have changed a lot over recent years and even the most nervous of patients are now well catered for at most dental practices.

General Dental Treatments

Dentist are trained healthcare specialists and are highly skilled at delivering the latest oral health techniques. They have regular appraisals to ensure they are keeping up to date with the latest training and treatment options. Some dental surgeries will offer a combination of NHS and private treatment options to their patients. As a rule, both NHS and private practices will offer the following general dental treatments:

Crowns

A dental crown is like a cap that is fitted over a tooth to cover the surface to restore its shape, size, and strength, and to also improve its general appearance. A crown is cemented into place over the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies above the gum line. They are often used on badly damaged or worn teeth that are not able to hold a filling.

Fillings

Dental fillings are used to repair cavities and restore teeth back to their normal function. Fillings can also prevent further decay happening to a tooth. Your dentist will choose which type of filling material is best for you. This could be silver amalgam or white fillings but the choice would depend on the extent of the repair, where in your mouth the filling is needed and the cost.

Root Fillings

Root fillings, or root canal treatment, is similar to a regular dental filling only it is performed on the root of the tooth rather than the crown. After the infecting bacteria have been removed, the root canal will be filled and the tooth sealed with a filling or crown. The tooth may be tender for a few days but it will settle down and the soft tissues around the tooth will heal naturally.

Veneers

Veneers are simply a thin layer of tooth-coloured ceramic material cemented firmly onto the tooth surface. Generally veneers are used to improve the appearance of stained or chipped teeth or to protect a damaged or very worn tooth surface that may be prone to further damage.

Some dental practices may offer a wider variety of general and specialist dental treatments. This is convenient for the patient as they can access different treatments all under one roof regardless of the number of different specialists they may need to see.