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Common Questions

Q. My teeth are chipped / discoloured?

Bleaching; The simplest way to lighten teeth discoloured by tea, coffee red wine, root canal treatment and time is to use a bleaching technique. We use two different teeth whitening treatments. Our in-houserapid whitening service is not only an effective way to whiten your teeth, but also a fast and simple procedure that can be done in about an hour. We also offer an at-home service which you can carry out at home; this usually involves wearing a custom-made bleaching splint for about an hour/day for a few days. Please see the teeth bleaching link on the main menu for more information. For severe discolorations we often use a combination of in-house and at-home bleaching techniques. Some old restorations may need to be redone afterwards to match your new colour!

Q. I don't like the colours or shape of my teeth?

Ceramic Veneers; these are thin but strong ceramic facings that are bonded to your front teeth to disguise discoloured or blotchy marks or ridges. If the teeth are too widely spaced for your liking, it is possible to alter the size and shape of the teeth in many instances simply by adding the desired shape in the veneer, thus hiding gaps or turning retained baby teeth into full size adult teeth. Usually the surface is simply smoothed down a little although in some instances it may not be necessary to do any tooth surface reduction. The technique is painless, does not require a local anaesthetic, usually completed in a couple of visits, doesn't discolour and is much stronger than composite tooth coloured filling materials;

Q. I want the best possible result; tell me about Emax crowns?

Recent advances in ceramic materials have come up with the most realistic porcelains we have ever had available. They are harder and more translucent, mimicking the way light shines on and through natural teeth.

Where ceramic veneers are unsuitable, e.g. very heavy bite, very rotated or displaced teeth to be corrected large fillings already present, it is preferable to remove a small amount of the outside of the tooth and fit a crown over the whole tooth to protect and restore it. We use a variety of different crowns; we can advise you on the best choice for you. Our Dental Technicians use the latest pressed ceramics and CADCAM computer guided technology to create the lightest, strongest, most accurate frameworks for these crowns and then the final layers of ceramics are added to give colour, transluscency and character to these crowns.

For the most accurate possible aesthetics, we can arrange for our technician to discuss the shape and colour requited. There is no additional fee for this service (we pay for it ourselves). Our patients usually enjoy visiting the laboratory and seeing how their crowns or veneers are made. In the picture below, the tooth third from the left of the picture is a ceramic crown on an implant, blended to mimic the colour of the natural tooth  to its left. The tooth to its right is an old style of crown; see how little character it has; all the same colour, no translucency or surface detail; it looks like a crown!!

Q. What can I do about these metal fillings?

Modern filling materials are available to replace many of the amalgam fillings you may have in your mouth

A type of tooth coloured filling material has been developed which is hardewearing and is suitable for use in teeth used for chewing. This is strong enough for small and medium sized cavities.

Where the filling to be replaced is quite extensive, a stronger result is achievable using a ceramic or composite inlay. These are made in the laboratory and are then bonded into place.

In both types of restoration the bonding process results in a stronger tooth than when filled with the amalgam filings and looks much better!!

Q. What about missing teeth; Do I have to wear dentures?

Missing teeth can often be replaced by crowning the adjacent teeth and bridging the gap with a series of crowns linked together. Alternatively crowns on titanium implants might restore the gap without relying on the adjacent teeth. These are permanently fixed and feel part of your mouth.

Q. What happens in a checkup?


Q. Why do I need x rays?

For most people we recommend 2 small x rays of the back teeth every 2 years to check for early decay between the teeth; sometimes it is possible to prevent these small cavities progressing by preventative techniques. Early detection at worst means a smaller filling, less treatment, a less weakened tooth and a smaller bill!

Every 2-3 years we will take a larger OPG x ray to check the whole jaw to rule out disease, cysts, and other abnormalities in the jawbone, sinuses, joint, dead and abscessed teeth, gum disease.

The sensors on our Digital X Ray system are so sensitive we have been able to reduce the radiation dose to the lowest possible level. You will therefore nowadays get more radiation sitting in a plane to Spain (your 30000 feet nearer the sun) than you will at the Dentist!!


Contact us to find out more...

2 Denmark Street Gateshead NE8 1NQ
Tel: +191 477 2438
Fax: +191 478 2126
Email: dental@denmarkstreetpractice.co.uk
Web: www.denmarkstreetpractice.co.uk

The Denmark Street Practice Ltd are proud to be members of
Association on dental implantology British Society of Periodontology Denplan North East Private Dentists British Endodontic Society