General Dentistry at Synergy Dental

As dentists we believe prevention is always better than cure and will always encourage and help you to look after your teeth. If we do identify a problem then we will use the best technique to restore your tooth. At Synergy Dental we offer a wide rage of restorative treatments including white fillings, solutions for teeth grinding and dental crowns.

White fillings and bonding

A small chip to a tooth near the back of your mouth can often be repaired with a tooth-coloured filling, which makes it largely unnoticeable.

If you have a small chip on your front teeth, your dentist may recommend dental bonding. Using a tooth-coloured composite, this will repair your tooth and will be matched in colour as closely as possible to your natural teeth. This procedure can also commonly be done in a single visit.

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Great big smiles!

Cosmetic dentistry is treatment focused on improving the appearance of your teeth. Based on your specific needs, we can straighten, reshape, lighten and repair teeth. We believe Cosmetic dentistry should always be "minimally invasive" and aim to produce the most natural-looking results.

Our wide range of cosmetic dental treatments can help you improve discoloured, worn, chipped or crooked teeth.

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Root canal treatment

Root canal treatment is needed when the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected through tooth decay or damaged by an injury to your mouth. To save teeth great care is taken to painlessly clean and fill infected tooth canals The treatment overall should feel no different to having an ordinary filling placed.

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Dental crowns

A dental crown is sometimes known as a ‘cap’ and is an artificial tooth that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it a natural tooth shape. Dental crowns address aesthetic needs, restore tooth function and enhance the overall health of your mouth.

Dental crowns are an ideal restoration for teeth that have been damaged or weakened by decay or a very large filling. They can be made of porcelain or gold or a combination of these materials.

A dental crown could be used for a number of other reasons; you may have discoloured fillings and would like to improve the appearance of the tooth, you may have had a root filling which will need a crown to protect it or a crown may help hold a bridge or denture firmly in place.

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Wisdom teeth extractions

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth that grow at the back of the mouth and usually appear between the ages of 16 and 24 years. Some people do not have wisdom teeth. On occasions wisdom teeth can be painful and cause recurring infections, especially if there is not enough room for them in the mouth. It is sometimes necessary to have them removed.

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Dentures

Dentures may be used to replace one or all teeth, except the very back molars because to do so would make wearing the dentures more difficult.

Dentures that replace a few teeth are called partial dentures while those replacing all the teeth are called complete dentures. Complete dentures stay in place by suction and muscular control. When complete dentures are worn for the first time many people may find them strange and difficult to control. However, with guidance from a dental professional, within a short time control is usually acquired.

Partial dentures are made of acrylic or metal and acrylic. Sometimes they incorporate wires which are attached to remaining teeth to help to keep the dentures in place.

Partial dentures made of metal are more easily designed to rest on the remaining teeth. This is healthier than covering the gums. Metal is stronger than acrylic and is therefore thinner and often more comfortable to wear, however it is much more difficult to add additional teeth to a metal denture if more teeth are lost.
It is most important that dentures and the remaining natural teeth are kept very clean to prevent the damaging effect of plaque.

At Synergy Dental, Nicky is dual qualified in Dental Materials (Bsc) and Dentistry (Bds). She is passionate about modern denture design and we can we provide excellent bespoke dentures that are constructed using the latest modern techniques and materials, giving you a natural looking smile.

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Teeth and smoking

Smoking has a major effect on the likelihood of developing many diseases including heart disease and cancer.

In the mouth, smoking causes staining of the teeth and bad breath, and increases the damage caused by gum disease. In the long term, it can also lead to throat or mouth cancer.

Quitting a smoking habit is always much more difficult than not starting in the first place. Smokers should seriously consider giving it up.

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Jaw aches and migranes

The way your teeth meet when your top and bottom jaws close down on top of each other is known as your 'bite'. If your teeth don't fit together properly, you could have a 'bad bite', which can cause problems with your teeth, gums, the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) and the muscles in your face.

This misalignment, often referred to as TMJ disorder, can also cause some people to clench the jaw and grind their teeth at night. This can lead to facial pain, headaches, discomfort and clicking when biting or chewing, migraines as well as neck and shoulder pain, and even back pain.

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Sports mouthguards

Sports mouthguards are custom-made rubber coverings worn over your teeth to protect them from damage in contact and ball-based sports. They cushion the teeth and gums and help to avoid chipped and broken teeth.

Being hit in the mouth can lead to serious damage to your teeth, including broken and lost teeth, while contact sports can also lead to damaged, broken or dislocated jaws.

Sports mouthguards provide cushioning to protect against such injuries. Professional sportspeople can often be seen wearing mouthguards for this reason.

Sports mouthguards should be worn by adults and children. Children's mouthguards will need regular replacement as their teeth and jaws grow. You should check regularly that your child's mouthguard still fits and see your dentist for a replacement if it has become loose or tight-fitting.

Adults will also need to replace their mouthguards periodically due to wear and tear.

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