Long ago as a child, fear of needles soon led to a fear of dentists. But as a long term patient of Little Aston Dental Care it is now (almost!) a pleasure to pay this team a visit. They’ve all been extremely welcoming & understanding.JW
Our full mouth dental examinations include the following checks:
- Gum Health Assessment
We check your gum health, as this is the key to keeping your teeth. Bleeding gums or family history of pyoria or periodontal disease could mean you are vulnerable to other systemic health conditions.
- Teeth & Fillings
Any chipped or broken teeth will allow bacteria to cause decay and infection, these problems do not cause pain until severe in nature. Early detection and treatment can prevent such problems.
- Oral Cancer screening
We always review the soft tissues as part of our Oral Cancer Screening as early detection can save your life.
- Gag reflex
Large tonsils can mean a very strong gag reflex, this can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. We are aware of this condition, and Gurdev’s deep breathing and hypnotherapy techniques can help relax this reflex.
- Wear of teeth
If you are damaging your teeth through grinding or acid damage, we educate you on preventative measures and may advise a custom-made mouth guard. A general soft mouthguard can exacerbate not solve the problem.
- Temporomandibular (TMJ) assessment
We check the jaw joint for any abnormal clicking or pain.
- Bite and excursive bite
Sometimes high fillings, crowns or over erupted or worn teeth can cause you to have sensitivity and pain which you cannot explain. Checking the bite is important assessment to prevent stress and further pain.
Taken as required to help identify decay in hidden areas and to check the bone around the teeth
For small to medium sized cavities, we recommend the use of composite resin (white filling material). Modern white fillings bond to teeth, giving the tooth support and have a very natural appearance making them the cosmetic alternative to silver amalgam fillings. Silver fillings used to be the material of choice and have the advantage of longevity over composites. The silver mercury/amalgam fillings will soon be phased out of use and the alternative for larger restorations will be bonded porcelain inlays/onlays.
Before with Amalgam & After with Composite
For larger cavities or replacement fillings, we strongly recommend bonded porcelainrestorations. The advantages of porcelain are:
- Increased strength – longer lasting
- Bonding to tooth substance – the porcelain will actually bond and support the tooth much better
- Superior aesthetics – porcelain that is artistically shaped and polished has the most life like appearance compared to any dental material
- Precision Fitting – the porcelain inlay or overlay is computer designed and milled in the dental practice using the latest in CAD/CAM technology. The restorations are polished and fitted on the same visit, see Same Day Crowns.
For the longest lasting restorations, gold is the ideal option. Precision made gold inlays or crowns are strong and durable, if you accept the aesthetic compromise.
Crowns are strong covers for heavily restored or weak and cracked teeth.
- Porcelain Crowns
All porcelain crowns are strong, look natural and can bond strongly to tooth substance. This is the metal free, modern choice.
- Porcelain bonded to Precious Metal Alloy
The traditional choice for very weak, cracked or heavily restored teeth.
- Gold alloy crowns
Full gold crowns are strong, comfortable and long lasting. However, they are not as pleasing in appearance as porcelain crowns. If you can put up with the colour, they are the gold standard.
Root canal treatment is required if:
- A tooth is badly broken down
- There is infection inside a tooth
- There is a large, deep filling present that is close to the nerve within the tooth
Gurdev has special interest in this intricate field of dentistry, and takes great care to make this procedure comfortable and pain free. She has gained her experience by working and training with specialists.
We assure you of painless extractions when a tooth or root is requiring removal. We administer adequate, strong topical and local anaesthetic and use specialized, precision instruments to loosen the tooth significantly before careful removal.
Want to find out more? Why not call us on 0121 352 1461 to book an appointment.