Fillings are required when teeth are softened by “acid attack”. This causes decay, and a cavity is produced.
On the NHS, cavities on front teeth are restored with tooth coloured materials and the majority of cavities on back teeth are restored with silver (amalgam) fillings. If you would prefer your back teeth to be filled with a tooth coloured material, just ask us and we will let you know if this is a suitable option for you and of the difference in cost.
Root canal treatment
When the nerve of a tooth is irritated e.g. by decay or trauma, it can cause a great deal of pain. Root canal treatment involves removal of the nerve, cleaning of the nerve space and filling with a rubber material. This will allow the tooth to be maintained in the mouth for longer.
A crown (“cap”) may be required when a tooth is badly broken down or has a very large filling. Crowns can then fit over and protect the remaining tooth. They can be metal, porcelain and metal, or completely metal free. On the NHS, all crowns on front teeth are tooth coloured. If you would like to explore the option of a tooth coloured crown for your back tooth then we can discuss your options with you at your next visit.
Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain fixed on to the front surface of the teeth. They can be used to mask discoloured, stained fillings or misaligned teeth.
A bridge is used when one or two teeth are missing. Neighbouring teeth are used to support a false tooth into the space and this is fixed on with a cement. Bridges rely on excellent oral hygiene and teeth strong enough to support them. Your dentist will assess your suitability and advise you.
Dentures are plastic teeth set in an acrylic or metal base and are used to replace missing teeth. They can be full dentures (replacing all teeth) or partial dentures (replacing a few teeth). These different types of dentures are best used in certain situations and we will advise what suits you best prior to starting your treatment.
Teeth occasionally have to be removed when, for example, the tooth cannot be filled due to extensive decay, if it has fractured under the gum, or if there is ongoing infection around the tooth. Teeth may also need to be extracted to allow for orthodontic treatment
Most extractions are carried out within the practice but in certain circumstances we will refer patients to a specialist oral surgeon. Your dentist will discuss this with you where appropriate.
Please bring your little ones along for a check-up as soon as possible.
Prevention is the most important factor in children’s dentistry and we will help advise you how to look after your child’s teeth and prevent dental disease. We have a wealth of experience in treating children of all ages and do so in a caring, friendly manner. We will also make an orthodontic referral for your child where appropriate.
Contact the practice to find out more and arrange your child’s appointment.
Dental anxiety is a common problem that can cause delays to dental treatment. Previous bad experiences, fear of ‘the drill’ or needle phobias can all contribute to this. Our dentist, Fiona Burnett, has a keen interest in treating nervous patients and provided sedation in her last practice to help relax patients and get them through treatment. This will take some time to organise in Stewarton, however, there are many other management techniques we can use to successfully complete your treatment.