Get answers to your questions about dermal fillers

A lot of people think that getting dermal fillers Stockwell will involve some sort of surgery. This treatment is completely non-surgical and non-invasive, allowing you to alter your appearance without worrying about recovery time or having to have anaesthetic. At SW9 Dental we want everyone to feel good about their appearance, which is why we offer this straightforward treatment. People opt to have this treatment for a variety of reasons, from reducing the appearance of wrinkles to contouring. It can be used to treat a wide range of areas around the face and neck, meaning you can tailor your treatment to your needs and choose the areas that you wish to target. If you are unsure of which areas you want to have treated then we recommend that you book a consultation appointment with one of our practitioners. They will be able to inform you of how this treatment could benefit you and listen to the concerns that you have about your current appearance.

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Target areas that are specific to you

Certain areas of your face will show signs of ageing more than others. Areas around your eyes, mouth and cheeks can all start to get wrinkles and the skin can appear thinner here than in other places. That being said, these three areas are amongst many others than you can have treated with dermal fillers Stockwell. Some people will want to reduce the appearance of frown lines on their forehead, whilst other people may want to have every area treated to help prevent the signs of ageing from occurring in the first place. The substance that is used to achieve your desired look is called hyaluronic acid, which is something that your body has a natural supply of from birth. Over time though this supply starts to diminish, so having this treatment will increase the amount of hyaluronic acid that is within your skin. The results produced will last for around six months, so you do not need to worry about being back and forth from our practice to maintain your new look. If you are among the few who are not happy with their results, then you don’t need to panic as the hyaluronic acid will dissolve naturally over time and your appearance will return to how it originally was.

A simple, quick treatment that can easily fit into your schedule

When you make the decision to get dermal fillers Stockwell you do not need to worry about having to book any time off work in order to recover, as there is no recovery time needed. The treatment itself will take less than an hour to complete, so this can easily slot into your day without interrupting the rest of it. You will be able to notice the results by the time that you are leaving our practice, too. Whilst there is no recovery time there may be minimal swelling or slight redness in the areas that you have had treated, but this usually goes down within a couple of hours. The fact that this treatment is so straightforward and quick means that it is perfect if you have an extremely busy schedule or want to pop in for a quick appointment to freshen up your look before an important event.

Could veneers in Stockwell rejuvenate the aesthetics of your smile?

Helping you find your true smile

At SW9 Dental it is our principal ambition to help every patient who we treat to find their best and truest smile, alongside the confidence and self-belief to use it as much as possible. By being a reputable provider of restorative and cosmetic treatments such as veneers Stockwell for a number of years now, we have a longstanding positive relationship within the local community area and beyond.

Anyone who feels that our years of cosmetic dental expertise could be of use in helping transform their smile should call or email us today and arrange to discuss matters further with a dedicated and understanding professional.

What are veneers Stockwell?

Dental veneers are by far some of the world’s most recognised and popular forms of restorative cosmetic dentistry, thanks to their long-proven ability to positively alter the entire shape and visual aesthetics of a patient’s smile in a quick and effective way.

Full mouth veneers have long held popularity amongst Hollywood actors and TV stars alike, due to the clean and even polish which they can give a smile. However, this does not mean that in order to get veneers Stockwell from us here you have to pay Hollywood prices, as we offer both individual and full mouth veneer options at competitive and affordable prices to suit every budget.

How do veneers actually work?

As the name implies, dental veneers are thin shell-like covers that are placed over a patient’s teeth to give them a new, even look. Most common veneers are made from durable dental porcelain, and colour matched in order to blend in seamlessly with the other teeth within your mouth. These shells can either be attached to a single tooth, or to multiple teeth, depending on a patient’s individual needs and requirements.

Part of what makes veneers so very popular is that they can address a number of cosmetic problems at once. For example, if you are concerned about the colour of your teeth and any spaces and gaps in between them, then both of these issues could be addressed at the same time by getting dental veneers, to give a more uniform and straight appearance to them.

What is the process of getting veneers?

If you’d like to see if veneers could be a good fit for your dental concerns, then the first thing to do is arrange for a consultation and examination at our practice. This is so our experts can assess your needs, as well as identify if there are any signs of gum disease or decay present which may interrupt the success of the procedure. It is also during this time that we can take all the impressions that we will need to create your unique veneers. In order for veneers to be permanently attached to your teeth, we must first shave off a small portion of your enamel and etch the tooth surface. This way when we apply the dental adhesive to your teeth it will bond far stronger and therefore the veneer will be fixed in position for a very long period.

Restore the symmetry and beauty of your smile with dental crowns in Stockwell

Get your smile back in shape

If you’ve chipped or damaged a tooth, particularly if it is at the front or visible, it can be a serious problem. Not only can it lead to a number of dental problems which often worsen over time, but there are also potential aesthetic implications that can have a far-reaching negative impact. However, by simply contacting us here at SW9 Dental and speaking with one of our friendly and approachable team members about crowns Stockwell we can set you on the right track to getting the tooth repaired and your smile looking even and healthy again in no time.

What are dental crowns Stockwell?

If your tooth has been damaged in some way where the enamel has been chipped – either from injury, decay or any other reason – then you should consider dental crowns Stockwell as a convenient and effective solution. Basically, dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps like moulds that are fitted over the tooth to give it an entirely new exterior. This makes dental crowns a popular option, not only for those whose teeth have been damaged, but also for anyone who has severe dental staining or has recently undergone root canal treatment.

How can I get a dental crown?

If you have a damaged tooth and would like a way to eat and speak freely, without the risk of damaging your tooth further or facing the social implications of unsightliness, then contacting our reputable clinic here at SW9 is your best bet. We’ve been providing cosmetic and restorative dental care to residents of Stockwell and far beyond for years now, and have always made use of the most up-to-date technologies within a relaxing and comfortable environment.

If you are interested in speaking with one of our experts about dental crown treatment or finding out if it could help you, then it all starts with a phone call and arranging a consultation. At your initial consultation with one of our experts, all the details about dental crowns will be explained to you, and our practitioner will make an assessment of your tooth and take any relevant photography or measurements from which your crown will be created.

What are crowns made out of?

There are many different materials from which dental crowns can be made, each of which has its own advantages and drawbacks. Some of the strongest and most reliable materials for dental crowns are a variety of metals such as nickel, gold, chromium and palladium – each of which can withstand the pressure of chewing and eating. However, these crowns are clearly visible within a person’s mouth, which may make them a less desirable choice for some.

If you’d prefer a dental crown that blends in perfectly with your surrounding teeth, then one which is all-porcelain or all-ceramic is the ideal choice. These options are the most natural looking in terms of colour, however, the strength is less than that of a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown, which is another good choice for longevity and strength.

The best way for you to fully discover what the multiple options for dental crowns are, or which is best suited to your needs, is to head down to our practice and find out for yourself.

Porcelain veneers: a guide

Suffering from stubborn staining on your enamel? Are your teeth not quite perfectly straight after orthodontic treatment? Get instant results with our veneers Stockwell.

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They may have started out special effects makeup but dental laminates have become a permanent and common dental procedure. Back in the early days, they were temporarily held in place using tree resin and were made of acrylic. Today, they are made from porcelain and are held in place using dental cement.

This has led to our durable and seamless veneers Stockwell. There are two main ways that we use them; one is as a single version of veneer, often fitted at the end of a restorative treatment. The whole point of this one is to match the rest of your smile and to obscure whenever reconstruction work has been carried out on the tooth below it. This can be an excellent option for a reconstructed tooth which has been shattered and reassembled. Any of the cosmetic options are set by your surrounding teeth, as the point with this is to create a veneer with similar wear and ageing as the accompanying smile, while giving you a healthy natural appearance.

The second is a full set of laminates. In this scenario, every tooth (or at least the outwardly showing part) receives their own veneer and the priority is matching them with each other. With no natural enamel exposed, exactly what shade and texture you want on your teeth is entirely up to you. If you provide us with a guide, we will meet those aesthetic goals and the potential options are vast.

How are porcelain laminates are made

Porcelain laminates are manufactured by our dental laboratory partners. Recent and detailed measurements of the areas of your teeth which are meant to be covered and are sent back as slightly oversized thin wafers of porcelain.

They only truly become veneers Stockwell once they are installed by our dentist, as the adhesive used to fix them in place takes some time to set. Our dentist will be able to make fine adjustments to their location on your tooth then using a dental drill to carve and shape the laminate into its final form. In some ways you could say they are half made in a dental laboratory and half made once in place in your mouth. The quality of the result depends heavily on the skill of your dentist and we are extremely proud of the excellent body of work our dental staff have produced.

It is during this fitting stage that they can be used to give the illusion of realigned teeth. They do not help with forming a meshing bite or minimising stress on the jaw but it is possible to have a clinically healthy, well fitting bite which is not aesthetically straight. This is the perfect opportunity to use laminates at the end of orthodontic treatment giving a precise finish.

If you have any further questions about how we could help you with aesthetic dentistry, please feel free to contact the clinic and we would be happy to get back to you. We are currently accepting new patients.

Dental restoration- The Crown

As a dental technique they certainly aren’t new, but they’ve changed a lot. Let’s show you how we do dental caps or crowns Stockwell.

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When dental caps were first implemented into dentistry, their intention was function over appearance; the use of gold alloys was not a status symbol but simply the only practical material soft enough to work with, but hard enough to eat with that was also unreactive.

With modern material options, most dental caps are made from a composite of polymers and porcelain. The old techniques of carving down a total piece of material into a cap has long since been abandoned. When we fit crowns Stockwell, the prosthetic is made to fit you, not reshaping the tooth to fit the prosthetic.

After the minimum quantity of tooth has been removed (usually due to decay) we take very detailed measurements of the remaining tooth and the surrounding enamel surfaces.

With the aid of our excellent partner laboratory, a crown Stockwell is fabricated that not only fits securely on the remaining tooth but seamlessly matches its surrounding teeth. With hard-wearing stain resistant composite materials, this leaves you with an artificial tooth that is both functional and will go completely unnoticed.

Crowning should not be taken lightly; they are a significant investment of both time and money and we do not see them as a first option for dental care. But when a tooth is structurally compromised and filling is simply not up to the task, it is an excellent option.

Alternatives to dental caps

Dental caps are dependent on having a healthy tooth to be built on top of. If dental decay has descended into the tooth root , or the root has been disrupted the lifespan of the cap will be severely reduced.

It is also likely that extraction will be necessary leaving dental implantation as the only viable restorative treatment. Dental implants do not require a root to be present and can happily establish themselves in the vacant socket

Long-term care and maintenance

There are no special additional care needs for dental caps beyond the standard cleaning and the 6-month checkup; with normal wear and tear, you can expect a crown to last 15 years. If a crown does become unattached, you should book in as an emergency appointment to have it re-bonded to its underlying tooth. If you do have a bit of night-time sleep grinding, this can result in damage to your tooth cap but as the modern composite materials are actually harder than natural teeth, the opposite tooth may end up taking additional abrasion.

We understand that dental care is a significant investment. We offer a range of financing plans allowing you to break up the cost of treatment. We also work with major healthcare insurers, as well as providing a credit scheme subject to do credit checks.

If you’re curious how we could help you or one of your family members do not hesitate to get in contact with the clinic and we would be happy to answer any of your queries.

Veneers – instant results

There aren’t many dental procedures that can have such a significant and radical aesthetic change as veneers Stockwell. So, let’s talk about how it works!

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Dental bonding is one of the most flexible and rapid ways to alter your appearance because it focuses solely on aesthetics. The oldest style of veneering required an extensive quantity of the enamel to be removed from the front of the teeth, but this weakened the tooth, making future cavities more likely. This is no longer the case as the thickness of porcelain composite material has significantly reduced with the development of veneers and other types of dental laminates.

Porcelain

When it comes to dental prosthetics, porcelain has been a major material and will continue to be so, but that does not mean it has always been the same. The ability to match the shade and texture of porcelain to the patient’s natural enamel is extremely useful when applying a single bonding. We usually do this when an aesthetically important tooth has been damaged or altered in some way, perhaps due to extensive filling or trauma.

The porcelain that we use when making dental composites is also thicker than it has been historically, protecting any thinned enamel from damage. However, a key issue that can arise with veneers is that they cannot be whitened and are stain-resistant, so you will need to keep the surrounding teeth in top condition to ensure that they remain visually inconspicuous.

A full set of veneers Stockwell provides for more flexibility since, rather than trying to match a single tooth to the surrounding teeth, you simply select exactly what shade and opalescence your teeth will have. We can also use them to correct minor dental misalignment as the laminates do not have to be precisely in the same orientation as the teeth beneath them, providing a straighter and more symmetrical look.

Longevity and maintenance

With good care, dental laminates typically last between 7 and 15 years before you will be required to replace them. If one of the veneers Stockwell becomes detached, we will happily rebond it to the tooth surface, assuming it is undamaged.

Thankfully, veneers do not require any special aftercare or maintenance; just regular brushing and flossing will do. Furthermore, we recommend that you stick to six-month dental checkups with us so that we can catch any early issues such as delamination or encroachment of cavities.

As mentioned earlier, porcelain and composite are very resistant to staining compared to natural teeth, so if you have only a single bonding, your natural enamel will accumulate staining faster than your bonding could. You can minimise this by avoiding coffee, red wine and smoking, but this will not completely resolve the deviation in shade. If you wish to have our team whiten the surrounding teeth so that they match the laminate, we can easily do this and will endeavour to keep it the same shade to help your smile be as bright as possible.

If you have any further questions about laminates or how porcelain veneering could help you, please feel free to get in contact with our team at SW9 Dental.

Tooth coronation; crowns

Crowns Stockwell are an excellent restoration option, recovering both the function and appearance of badly damaged teeth! But how do they differ from other treatments?

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Restorative dentistry is an important part of what we do, but when carrying out a dental restoration, the goal is to preserve as much of the original tooth as possible. During the crowning process, the original tooth is sculpted down to a dental peg; this allows the crown to have a strong seating, using the tooth’s root as its foundation. The crown will cover every part of the exposed tooth and continue just below the gum line while being held in place with dental cement.

This process has two big points; one is that the root needs to be strong and healthy, and the other is that sculpting down the tooth has to be justified as we are trying to save as much of the natural tooth as possible.

We use crowns Stockwell only if the tooth is severely compromised by either cracks or decay. To such a point, a tooth can no longer handle the stress of everyday eating and talking without crumbling or taking further damage. But what are the other options?

Inlays

Inlays are prosthetic components that are fabricated in a dental laboratory. A gap for the prosthetic is drilled into the tooth before the inlays are inserted and cemented into place, and this works almost like patching up clothing.

Overlays

Overlays tend to be significantly larger and might be placed into the teeth. This usually involves placing them over the entire surface of the tooth; something that is most commonly done with molars to provide a new top surface that takes the abrasion and prevents deep cavities from starting.

This technique involves removing part of your natural teeth but also requires them to retain their physical strength as it is still a load-bearing component. This is unlike a crown that would continue below your gum line and, therefore, put far less stress on the dental peg upon which it sits.

Resin-based in situ-bondings

Light-cured resins are becoming a more common part of our clinic. They started off as an alternative to dental cement for securing veneers to the front of teeth but have now proven themselves to be highly effective in adding structure to a tooth. By giving a damaged tooth multiple layers of white cured resin and then sculpting that resin into a finished shape, we can produce an in-situ bonding much like a crown but formed within the patient’s mouth without any delay in treatment or use of a dental laboratory. The shade of the resin can be altered by adding pigments when mixing it, making them a suitable option for front teeth.

With newer options like resins, we find that we carry out fewer crowings than ever before; however, crowns remain one of the hardest and most complete restorations.

If you are curious whether crowns Stockwell or one of the alternatives could be helpful for you, please contact our dental team at SW9 Dental.

Rapid transformations with veneers Stockwell

Dental laminates perform the stereotypical Hollywood transformation; their reputation is well deserved, making huge changes to your teeth overnight. So, let’s talk about how we use veneers Stockwell in our clinic.

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Teeth come in all shapes and sizes and not always the way we would like. There are many dental treatments which have elements of cosmetics to them. Orthodontics straighten teeth to have a better formation of bite for eating and talking, but this incidentally results in an aesthetically pleasing finish. The scale and polish is designed to minimise the opportunity for plaque build-up on teeth and reduce the opportunity for gum disease, but it also lightens teeth and gives them a bright sheen and opalescence. Veneers Stockwell are different in that they are purely aesthetic. And as well as being used alone, they are often applied at the end of a long set of dental treatments like adding the finishing touches to braces or extensive reconstruction with inlays and crowns.

The veneers themselves are very thin layers of porcelain, ceramic or composite. Traditionally they were only porcelain and had to be significantly thicker in order to avoid being broken or cracking. But this meant that more of the patient’s natural enamel had to be removed, creating a weakness in teeth that bacteria could later exploit forming cavities.

The bonding that we use in the clinic significantly reduces the amount of an enamel that has to be removed from the patient’s teeth. Only a light etching of the front enamel is required, providing a rough surface that is perfect for gluing the porcelain laminate to.

How dental bonding and laminates are performed

We start all of our treatments with a thorough assessment and, although cosmetic, this is still an extremely important step for laminates, discussing desires and goals, then planning out how best to achieve them is the first stage in a successful  procedure.

The first procedural step is to take detailed measurements of the surface or surfaces that are going to receive the laminate. This information is sent to the dental laboratory that will fabricate the veneers; both their dimensions and their shade. If you are receiving a full set of laminates on your front teeth, you’ll be able to choose your future shade, otherwise we attempt to match your current teeth.

After they have been delivered to us, your second appointment can be booked, where the laminates are attached to the front of the teeth. They are not immediately fixed in place, but are temporarily held there while our dentist sculpts and reshapes the veneers Stockwell into their final form, providing a natural hand finished appearance. After permanently affixing them, most laminates will last between 5 to 10 years with good care and regular check-ups. If a laminates does become unattached, they can usually be easily reattached to the tooth surface.

If you have further questions or are curious if laminates would be suitable for you, please feel free to get in contact with our clinic.

Please note we do not carry out laminates on patients who have active disease states like unfilled cavities or uncontrolled gum diseases; both of these underlying issues have to be treated first.

Inlays, onlays, caps and crowns Stockwell

From gold caps to the newest polymer ceramic inlays dental restoration never stops progressing. And we have kept ourselves at the cutting edge of it with our crowns Stockwell at SW9 Dental.

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As dentists, we have a bit of a bias towards saving teeth! If a tooth can in any way be recovered or restored we see that as preferable to extraction and most of our patients agree. The most subtle form of these restorations is the filling, allowing a cavity to be fully cleaned and then sealed to stop any further penetration into the tooth. But sometimes, this is not an option; perhaps a tooth has been critically broken in two, or the size of the cavity has compromised the structural integrity of the tooth so much that it simply cannot handle the load of chewing anymore. This is when the partial prosthetics become viable, we create a prosthetic element for the tooth and deliver it to the remaining natural tooth.

Depending on how much of the tooth is being rebuilt with a prosthetic, we may wish to use a larger restorative. An overlay or a crown are the most subtle of these; this where a small strip of polymer enamel is added, usually to the top surface of a molar. The most radical reconstruction is the crown Stockwell, where the tooth is reduced down to a dentine peg and a completely artificial construct is affixed to that peg, reusing the natural root, but providing a totally new artificial tooth.

All of these oral prosthetics have historically been made out of metal, from stainless steel to the infamous gold cap, but over time ceramic and resin alternatives have become more common, with UV cured resins finding their way into clinics, allowing in-situ prosthetics to be built over damaged teeth in one session.

For most of these prosthetics, a record of the remaining tooth must be made; this can either be done using an oral scanner or with dental moulds. Either way these are sent on to a laboratory where the fabrication of the prosthetic elements can take place. And when they get sent back to our clinic; we will call you in so they can be fitted. In the meantime, a temporary crown will be made using a filling agent. These are quick and relatively simple temporary large fillings that will not last long and are easily removed when your prosthetics are ready to be installed.

When aesthetics are less important in restoring teeth, such as molars, metal prosthetics are still a popular choice for you. They are hard-wearing and long lasting, but for the most visible teeth, integrated ceramic caps are more common which can be tailored to match the shade of your other teeth, allowing them to fit unobtrusively into your smile.

Once fitted, a full crown Stockwell will continue all the way to your gum line, completely  securing any edges of the original tooth. This does not mean that they are impervious to cavities or decay, particularly if you have receding gums or minor gum disease. It is one of the things that we will look for during your regular check-ups and if we spot anything, we will treat to keep the cap on your tooth safely in place.

How we perform cosmetic dentistry and teeth whitening in Stockwell

We offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry Stockwell, but how do we carry out tooth whitening and what should you expect when you come to our clinic?

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Many types of cosmetic dentistry Stockwell are available at our surgery and we’ve done our best to provide our patients with the newest and most effective procedures (both clinical and cosmetic) carried out in a professional and welcoming environment. We’ve always found cosmetics to be an exciting part of dentistry, one that has the greatest effect on the everyday life of our patients. With its simplicity and low invasive nature teeth whitening, or dental bleaching, is one of our most popular procedures.

Teeth suffer a lot, particularly from everyday wear and tear. And many high tannin drinks like tea and coffee add to the complexity of enamel staining – not to mention smoking. This not only results in the darkening of the enamel, but also it becomes dull and loses its opalescence. In the clinic, we use tooth whitening gels containing peroxide agents to lighten dental staining. You may have come across home kits, but the percentage of peroxide in these gel kits is legally limited and will only contain 1% to 2% of the active ingredient compared to the 60% peroxide gel agents we would use in the clinic. This allows us to achieve much greater lightening in a shorter period of time than you ever could with a home kit. Not to mention the additional safety of having a procedure  carried out under the supervision of trained professionals.

The lustre or sheen can be returned with a polish, much like the polish you would receive as part of a scale and polish carried out by our hygienist. Before we carry out any tooth whitening procedure, we assess your teeth for any active decay or weakened enamel; these would make the whitening unsuitable, as the process can often exacerbate sensitive teeth and it is more important to treat any decay first.

Lightening solutions are less effective on white fillings, crowns and implants than on your natural enamel. This means that you can only lighten your teeth until they match the prosthetics, otherwise your prosthetics will be noticeably darker than the rest of your teeth. If you are planning to receive white fillings or crowns in the near future, it might be wise to have your teeth lightened first and your prosthetic made to match your lighter smile. If you already have prosthetics they will limit the shade we can whiten your teeth to.

A whitening session takes about an hour to complete in the clinic. It will not involve any drilling or invasive procedures and pain relief is not required during tooth whitening. You will be free to listen to music or use your phone during the procedure if you wish. But you will not be able to talk.

If you have any further questions about tooth whitening or any of the other cosmetic dentistry Stockwell feel free to get in contact with the clinic.