October 4th, 2012
Having a great smile isn’t a competition, but it’s something that most of us strive for. In the world of cosmetic dentistry, crowns and bridges are here to help everybody achieve a first-place smile. These simple yet effective treatments are the perfect solution to the loss – or decay – of teeth, which can be caused by aspects such as disease or poor oral hygiene.
Crowns are small ‘caps’ specifically designed for the patient’s tooth and are designed to blend in perfectly with the natural teeth. In a crowd of smiles, it’s very hard to spot somebody wearing crowns! Often made of porcelain (or go for gold for extra protection against chipping!) crowns can be used to cover any of the following problems:
- Rotted teeth
- Fillings, implants, or other dental procedures
- Damaged teeth (i.e. discoloured or worn)
If there are gaps in a patient’s smile, and crowns cannot be used to attach onto damaged teeth, bridges are there to – literally – fill the gap. Bridges can be made of the same materials as crowns and can be attached to dental implants or two teeth adjacent to the gap. There are a variety of bridges available:
- Traditional bridges are a permanent solution to gaps in the teeth offering up to three units per bridge. The adjacent teeth are fully prepared to receive the implants and the effect is very aesthetically pleasing.
- Maryland bridges are attached to the adjacent teeth using two metal ‘wings’ hidden from view to make your smile appear flawlessly angelic.
- Cantilever bridges are very effective when bridging a small gap left by just one missing tooth. They can easily be attached to one adjacent tooth and offer firm stability at the front of your mouth.
If you would like to treat your missing teeth then contact the team at Sparkle Dental Boutique near Ealing.
June 14th, 2012
There are a number of reasons as to why teeth become worn and prone to breakage. It could simply be due to age, or it could be due to tooth decay or grinding of the teeth. Whatever the reason, if the wear and tear on the teeth becomes too great they will eventually crack or break.
There are a couple of options that can be used to deal with worn or broken teeth. The first is crowns; crowns are essentially caps, which cover the tooth to provide additional strength. They also protect the natural tooth from further wear and tear and work towards giving a healthier look to your mouth.
The dental crown process
Crowns are only used to cover existing teeth and cannot be used to replace a missing tooth or one that has had to be removed. The process of having a crown or crowns fitted usually takes about two appointments once it has been established that they are suitable for you. The first appointment will involve impressions and scans of your mouth to aid the process of creating the crowns so they match your existing teeth. During this appointment the dentist will also shape the tooth or teeth and fit a temporary crown.
The second appointment will be about 7 days later when the crown or crowns have been created and are ready to be fitted. The temporary crowns will be removed and the permanent ones will be fitted. With proper oral care and hygiene crowns can last for an average of ten years.
Crowns are often used after root canal treatment, to strengthen the tooth once the therapy has been carried out and the tooth’s internal dental pulp has been removed.
For more information on dental crowns please feel free to call our practice near Kew for more information.
December 1st, 2011
Millions of people all over the world upload photos onto Facebook and other social media sites every day – but if you dread being tagged because of your smile, now could be the perfect time to see your dentist and discuss the option of dental treatment to improve the aesthetics of your smile.
If your teeth are damaged as a result of poor oral hygiene, an accident or teeth grinding, your smile may not be one you want to expose to the millions on the internet. In such cases, a simple treatment known as dental crowns could be the answer. Crowns are restorations that are designed to strengthen a tooth and create a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
Many people suffer damage to their teeth, but if this is not treated soon it can start to affect the overall aesthetics of the smile. If a decayed tooth is not treated the bacteria will continue to spread and the tooth may eventually die, which occurs when the living tissue (the pulp) becomes decayed or damaged. If this is the case, your dentist may advise you to have root canal treatment, which involves removing the decayed tissue from the root canals, cleaning the canals and filling them with dental material to prevent further infection.
Once the tooth has been sealed, a new crown can be placed. The crown is the visible portion of the tooth and it will create a flawless, beautiful smile. Crowns are designed to match the natural teeth and to restore the function of a tooth that has been damaged, fractured or decayed. Crowns can be made from porcelain, precious metals or a combination of metal and ceramic material. If you have a new crown it will be shaped exactly like a natural tooth to match your beautiful smile.
The procedure to fit a crown is fairly simple and takes place over the course of 2 appointments at your Acton dentist. During the first appointment your dentist will prepare the tooth and place a temporary crown. At the second appointment the permanent crown will be placed and your dentist will fix it into place, once you are happy and your dentist is content with the fit and appearance.
Once your crown has been fitted you can show off a beautiful new smile and look forward to your photos being uploaded onto Facebook, showcasing your brand new smile!
April 11th, 2011
It is the hope that most of us try our utmost to keep our smiles bright, happy and healthy. It is the nature of life though that even when you guard it with your life it can still very easily get damaged – your teeth are no different. If, for whatever reason, you have a damaged tooth then getting a dental crown may be all that is needed to protect and strengthen that tooth and stop the risk of losing it completely.
A dental crown is used to protect any damaged teeth in your mouth and prevent the tooth from any further damage that would lead to loss of the whole tooth. A tooth can be damaged for a number of reasons – decay, fracture, cavities and acid erosion, bad habits such as grinding your teeth and poor diet – and all of these problems can be solved with a dental crown.
Support, Protection and Strength
A dental crown is a simple but very powerful and versatile little piece of kit – it can provide that little extra support; protection and strength wherever it is needed. If a tooth is decayed to a point where a filling will not do the job alone then a dental crown will provide that little extra bit of support to protect it from decaying further. If your tooth is cracked or broken and in need of protection then a crown can support the tooth and keep it healthy. If your teeth have been badly damaged by grinding, poor diet or acid erosion to a crucial point where they require extra protection to survive then a crown will save the day.
Furthermore, not only are crowns useful for offering that little extra protection but they can also be used as part of a dental implant procedure to replace a missing tooth or even just for aesthetic purposes if you want to improve the overall look of your smile; although in the latter case crowns should never be the first option.
Dental crowns could be seen as the next step up from a veneer – a veneer is just a cover for any unsightly things that lie beneath but a crown is the cover with that extra layer of defence that stops the problem it is disguising from getting even worse.
The treatment procedure for a crown is fairly straightforward and your dentist chair trauma can be over in just two visits. A good dentist will make sure that your crown blends perfectly with your natural teeth and once fitted nobody will notice a difference. You can stroll down Hounslow High Street confident that nobody will know what lies beneath your pearly white smile. Even better, with a good oral hygiene routine and by taking good care of your teeth your faux pearly whites should stay strong and healthy for 10-15 years.
Sparkle Dental Boutique are here to add a little ‘sparkle’ to your smile
A dental crown is a knight in shining armour for your teeth when something goes wrong. It is strong, supportive and is guaranteed to protect your teeth from the dangers of decay if you are sure to take good care of it.
February 25th, 2011
When you think cosmetic surgery you automatically think boob job, nose job and an A-list lifestyle.
Therefore, when you hear the words ‘cosmetic dentistry’ most people would be forgiven for thinking that it’s a little more Hollywood than Chiswick; but in actual fact this form of dentistry is more everyday than you might think and does not have to be left for the rich and famous to take full advantage.
Very few smiles are perfect and many of us will have little insecurities about the stained tooth that no amount of whitening product will change or the gap that may be a little too wide for comfort. Cosmetic dentistry is an often simple solution for most of your smile insecurities.
The wonders of cosmetic dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry procedures start small and finish big with many stops in between – the possibilities with cosmetic dentistry truly are endless. Simple procedures include such things as teeth whitening, white fillings, orthodontics, veneers, crowns and bridges – things you might consider to be simple dental procedures rather than flashy cosmetic procedures. The technicalities of cosmetic dentistry climb high though and more dramatic procedures include: gum contouring or reshaping, dental implants, smile ‘makeovers’ and even a facial
rejuvenation – put simply, a non-surgical facelift involving Botox and fillers.
Cosmetic dentistry can sound a little OTT and this can put some people off the idea but for some a smile complex can take over your day-to-day life and at this point it is time to take control; fix your problem and restore that fabulous feeling your flawed smile has chased away.
Many criticise cosmetic dentistry due to the fact that it is based on aesthetics rather than oral health and is therefore ‘unnecessary’. However, when it is possible to restore someone’s confidence and make them feel good by a simple procedure then the pros of cosmetic dentistry very easily outweigh the cons.
Sparkle Dental are here to add a little ‘sparkle’ to your smile
If you are seeking a sparkly new smile and are considering cosmetic dentistry then it is important that you do your research; know your facts; and find a dentist that you trust completely to do a good job. Different dentists have different experience and some are more qualified than others. Make sure you can be sure that the end result of your transformation will be fabulous!
April 19th, 2010
Modern cosmetic restorations like dental implants, crowns and bridges in Chiswick look and feel just like your own natural teeth. All result in improved appearance and good oral hygiene. How?
Crowns preserve compromised teeth and combined with bridges, they prevent teeth from drifting. Implants also prevent drifting and they preserve bone tissue. All three procedures are directly responsible for improved self confidence…which will of course keep you smiling!
A bridge is a combination of crowns and artificial restorations that close a gap left by a missing tooth (or teeth) restoring your smile and redistributing the workload. Placing a crown on a high risk tooth as early preventive treatment, saves time and money and maybe even your tooth!
- If you are in good general and oral health, you may be an excellent candidate for dental implants – no matter what your age.
July 6th, 2009
According to the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD), it appears that more and more men are opting for cosmetic dental treatment. Men used to account for 28 per cent of all veneers, but now account for nearly a third of all procedures, according to an audit of cosmetic dental work undertaken by the BACD.
Similarly, men now account for 25 per cent of all orthodontic procedures as compared with 20 per cent previously.
Women are still the key spenders on cosmetic dentistry, accounting for 61 per cent of all procedures and still account for the majority of whitening procedures.
Dr Sunita Verma from Sparkle Dental Boutique, Ealing says, `The results show that men have become more accepting of having cosmetic dental treatments. We certainly have seen this trend at Sparkle with many men having cosmetic dental treatment to enhance career prospects whilst others are just opting for such procedures to give them the confidence to look and feel good.’
Sunita goes on to say, `With the advent of new procedures such as the Inman Aligner, which we recently introduced at Sparkle, we have seen a growing number of adults wanting to correct uneven teeth with the help of this revolutionary removable appliance. Some may have worn braces when they were younger but their teeth have moved out of alignment whereas others can now see the benefit of the aligner in correcting their teeth within a space of weeks.’
The top five dental procedures for 2007:
Crowns – Inlays – Onlays
October 14th, 2008
Halloween is on its way on the night of 31st October with halloween activities of trick or treating, ghost tours, bonfires, pumpkins, costume parties and haunted houses…and it’s the only time of year where vampire and werewolf looking gnashers are totally acceptable!
No need to only come out at night as transforming your vampire or `fang like’ teeth into sparkly whites, is now easier than ever!
Fangs All Gone! (Smile Transformations by Dr Sunita Verma)
At Sparkle Dental Boutique, Hounslow transforming your gnashers may be simpler than you think. Dr Sunita Verma says, “There are many things that we do at Sparkle, from whitening discoloured or stained teeth, to re-aligning crooked teeth, to closing spaces or gaps left by missing teeth to restoring chipped and broken teeth and much, much more!”
“We can restore teeth and greatly improve their strength, appearance and longevity with bespoke porcelain veneers or crowns. With a fang like tooth, a porcelain veneer or crown can be shaped, coloured, sized and positioned to dramatically improve the look of this tooth. The best thing is that crowns or veneers are made from natural looking translucent porcelain, so blend in well with neighbouring teeth so that no one can tell that you have them.”
So this Halloween, treat yourself to a beautiful looking smile and greater self-confidence and who knows catching an apple in the traditional Halloween `apple bobbing’ game may not be the only thing you catch…
October 3rd, 2008
Wearing the crown jewels may not be a possibility for most of us, but make no mistake wearing a porcelain crown will not only rejuvenate your smile but will make your feel like a queen!
Crowns have always been used to restore teeth that have been severely damaged or weakened by trauma, root canal treatment or large fillings. They are also used to support bridges which are used to close gaps and can be attached to implants to rebuild and enhance your smile.
Crowns are now often used to enhance protect and strengthen teeth and improve the looks of your smile.
Dr Sunita Verma from Sparkle Dental Boutique, Hanwell says “Crowns have come a long way from the all metal restorations, which are often made of gold. They are strong, long lasting but unsightly at times. Porcelain fused metal crowns create a more natural look than all metal crowns and though the metal limits translucency, it adds strength, which is particularly useful at the back of the mouth.”
“The all ceramic or all porcelain crowns look the closest to natural teeth enamel and do not have the tell tale dark metal margins at the gumline as sometimes occurs with porcelain fused to metal crowns. These crowns are strong, long lasting and youthful looking. In fact, we use all porcelain crowns for a lot of our smile design or smile transformation cases to give patients beautiful smiles.”
Today, replacing outdated crowns is a way to take years off your age and appearance!