Enhance Your Smile
As well as meticulous hygiene therapy to clean and polish, tooth whitening, fast acting orthodontics, implants and dentures, the talented team at The Smile Centre in Cornwall has a plethora of services and skills in its armoury to help enhance your smile.
In the past fillings were always made out of either gold or silver-coloured amalgam. Both of these materials work very well and in some circumstances they are still the best choice available. But they both have one really big disadvantage - they don’t resemble natural teeth in appearance.
At the Smile Centre our first choice would always be tooth-coloured material. We can use either a special type of reinforced plastic called composite, or a variety of different ceramic materials related to glass or porcelain. This means that we can create beautiful, natural-looking fillings that won’t spoil your smile.
Tooth wear can cause tooth sensitivity and can lead to changes in your bite, which can in turn cause headaches and neck and back pain. It is an increasingly common problem that should not be ignored.
Our modern diet is often much more acidic and this can soften the enamel and make it more prone to being worn away by the action of chewing and grinding the teeth. Tooth wear tends to happen relatively slowly over a long period.
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At The Smile Centre in Liskeard we carefully assess your teeth for problems of erosion and wear. We will give you a score that will not only show us if the problem is getting worse but will guide us to the best care and treatment, or better yet what preventive measures we can and should take.
Where does tooth wear occur?
Loss of the enamel surface of a tooth most typically occurs on the biting surfaces and also at the necks of the teeth at the gum line. Loss of the enamel on the facing surface of the teeth usually begins at the gum line and can be very unsightly.
What problems does tooth wear cause?
The teeth may also become very sensitive to temperature change and to certain foods. Wear on the biting surfaces of the teeth will result in a gradual loss of height of the bite and can result in problems with the jaw joints, which in turn can cause headaches, neck and back pain.
How is tooth wear treated at The Smile Centre?
Your wear score, or BEWE, will guide us as to whether or not we need to simply monitor the condition and take a preventive approach, or consider providing treatment to restore the natural shape and appearance of your teeth.
If only a small amount of tooth structure has been lost, then tooth coloured fillings, made of a material called composite resin, can provide a cosmetic and cost effective solution. For more severely worn teeth it may be better to consider using ceramic restorations. These provide an extremely beautiful and durable answer to the problems that wear can cause.
Crowns and Veneers
If a tooth is badly broken down as a result of decay or trauma, it may not be possible to build it up again using a filling. In this case it may be better to restore the tooth using a crown.
A crown is an artificial tooth that is attached to the remnants of a natural one. Teeth that are severely discoloured or out of position can also be improved by crowning.
Placing a crown requires the removal of quite a lot of natural tooth tissue so whenever possible we would rather place a veneer. These are rather like false finger nails and are carefully bonded to the surface of a natural tooth to mask imperfections in the enamel or improve the position and appearance. Veneers often require much less preparation of the natural tooth tissue and so preserve much more of what nature gave you.
Your crowns and veneers will be carefully crafted by our technicians who have many years experience in the art of dental ceramics and access to the most technologically advanced materials available. This enables them to achieve beautiful results for you, with long-lasting crowns and veneers so natural even the experts have trouble telling the difference!