In addition to routine dentistry, listed below are some of the areas in which we can provide the latest treatments & techniques to help solve your treatment needs.
We will often carry out the treatment under a local anaesthetic over two visits, treating upper and lower jaws on one side at the first visit, and the other side on the second visit.
This will usually involve a deep cleaning of the teeth to remove the plaque and calculus, especially beneath the gum line.
Teeth will often be fairly sensitive following treatment, this can be eased by using toothpaste such as Sensodyne, sometimes by applying them, almost as a cream, to the teeth.
We will help provide any guidance that you might need to help you to maintain your oral hygiene to a level that will help to stop or slow the advancement of the gum disease to an absolute minimum.
Mouthwashes containing chlorhexidine can be useful, however, they will stain the teeth.
In very severe cases long term antibiotics can also be used to aid the other treatments.
Implants replace the roots of missing or broken down teeth and enable us to place a crown that is permanently fixed in the mouth, as much like a natural tooth as is possible.: Undoubtedly the best way to replace missing teeth.
They can be placed at any time, from when the tooth is taken out, to many years later.
A titanium implant is placed into the jaw bone in the space left behind by the root of the tooth.
The implant is then left alone for 3 months for the bone to grow around it and hold it solid within the jaw.
The implant is exposed, impressions taken and the laboratory custom makes a crown to fit into the implant within your mouth.
The crown is tapped into position into the implant and it can then be used straight away.
Inlays and Crowns that are produced by scan pictures taken of the prepared tooth and its neighbours, designed by a computer reference to the correct shape the tooth in the individual mouth, based on genetic modeling.
The restoration is milled from a block of porcelain which is matched to the colour of your natural teeth, it is then polished and ready to fit within an hour.
These restorations can be undertaken in one visit at our Long Melford Practice, with just one local anaesthetic, no impressions, no temporary crowns, no waiting for laboratory work to be carried out and no between appointment sensitivity.
We also use the system in Ipswich and Lavenham, however this would be over two visits, a couple of days apart.
Cone Beam Computer Tomography (CBCT) scans provide high resolution, volumetric images that can be viewed in 3D allowing for enhanced viewing of critical facial anatomy and thorough analysis of bone structure and tooth orientation. The accuracy of CBCT is comparable to a medical CT scan but uses a much lower radiation dose. CBCT scan is carried out with a patient sitting on a chair, as opposed to lying in a tunnel, and the time for a CBCT scan is just twenty seconds.