Learn more about dental procedures at London dentist
There are many dental procedures that exist to treat dental conditions. Modern day dentistry has come a long way in the last twenty years and modern technological equipment has helped to make many procedures more efficient and more comfortable for patients. Some of the most common dental procedures are fillings, dental veneers and teeth whitening.
Fillings are needed when tooth enamel has eroded due to the effects of bacterial acid and plaque. This is the sticky, filmy substance that clings to the teeth after eating and gradually causes a break down of tooth enamel. Once the protective layer of enamel has been penetrated, the bacteria is free to erode the softer dentin and pulp that lies underneath. This is more prone to attack and will eventually lead to the development of an infection, pain and ultimately tooth loss. A filling will replace the lost tooth enamel and seal any cavities that may have formed. Fillings are made from composite resin, which is tooth-coloured and is more aesthetically pleasing than the old-style silver-amalgam fillings.
Veneers are used when teeth have been affected by discolouration or eroded enamel. Veneers are thin ceramic caps that are cemented over the top of the existing teeth. Veneers will make the teeth look whiter, more evenly sized and more uniform. They will last for about fifteen to twenty years if they are well maintained and can be replaced once the initial set have come to the end of their life.
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that aims to improve the appearance of the teeth by making them look whiter and healthier. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular dental procedures carried out by London dentists because it is both affordable and very effective. Make an appointment to find out more.