White fillings for beautiful smiles

Sometimes filling are unavoidable, but thanks to modern technologies, they are now more aesthetic and less invasive than ever. Dentists have been repairing decayed teeth with metal fillings for generations, but an increasing number of patients are turning to white fillings in order to fill their cavities and protect their teeth from further decay. Unlike metal fillings, white fillings are inconspicuous and blend in with the natural teeth.

At Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth, if necessary, we remove metal fillings refill with tooth-coloured, composite resin. This is a completely safe procedure that will strengthen your teeth and improve the overall appearance of your smile.

White Fillings in BournemouthWhat are white fillings?

White fillings are used to restore the natural structure and appearance of teeth. They are usually made of composite resin, a combination of different materials such as glass, plastic and silicon. What makes composite fillings unique is their ability to bond with the tooth enamel. Unlike metal fillings that merely fill the gap, white fillings attach to the teeth, taking its shape.

In applying white fillings, your dentist will prepare the surface of the affected tooth with the aid of an acid gel. This will prepare the surface, making it easier for the filling to stick on it. Unlike metal fillings, white fillings are hardened in place with light, a process which takes only a few minutes to complete. After your dentist finishes filling the tooth, they will have you bite on carbon paper to make sure the filling is not irregular. If it is, then your dentist will lower the filling to match the rest of your teeth.

Whereas metal fillings require extensive preparation of the affected tooth, less preparation is usually required for composite fillings. The success of composite fillings depends on your dentist’s technique and experience. At our practice, we offer our patients high-quality white fillings carefully placed in your teeth by our well-trained and experienced dentists.

Get in touch

Want to learn more about white fillings in Bournemouth? Whether you want to change your old, discoloured fillings or whether you need a new filling, your teeth can look naturally beautiful with white fillings. Call our practice today and book your appointment.

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Replace your old metal fillings with white fillings in Bournemouth

Amalgam (metal) fillings have been used effectively in dentistry for many years, however, an increasing number of patients are eager to replace them with white fillings due to various cosmetic considerations. At Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth, we can safely remove your old metal fillings and replace them with tooth-coloured ones for an increased aesthetic effect. This is simple procedure that can be completed in only one visit to the dentist.

What are white fillings?

White Fillings in BournemouthWhite fillings are made of high-strength composite resin (a combination of glass and plastic) that can be easily colour-matched to your natural teeth. Unlike metal fillings, white fillings actually bond to the tooth-protecting the enamel and helping prevent fracture. Composite fillings are less likely to fall compared to metal fillings. At the same time, white fillings protect teeth from extreme temperature changes.

What to expect

White fillings can be placed either by a general or cosmetic dentist, since they have become increasingly popular among patients of all ages. Your dentist will isolate the tooth and try to keep it dry, while removing the old filling from the interior. Then, they will clean the tooth thoroughly in order to ensure that they have removed any remains of the old filling. Once ready, your dentist will place the composite resin material in layers in the filling and sculpt it around your teeth to look natural. Composite resin hardens in seconds, therefore, you can leave with a new filling in only one visit to the dentist.

Advantages of white fillings

Unlike metal fillings, composite fillings bond to the tooth and allow your dentist to sculpt the material for an aesthetically pleasing result. Composite resin is a very strong material that helps restore most of the original strength of the tooth, whereas metal weakens the teeth, making them prone to breaking. Besides looking natural and seamless, white fillings also desensitize teeth and make them more resilient to hot and cold temperatures. More importantly, white fillings require less removal of tooth enamel.

If you are thinking about replacing your old discoloured, metal fillings with white fillings for a natural smile, please call us or request an appointment today. We look forward hearing from you.

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Jaw problems and how to treat them

Jaw problems known as TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders affect your complex jaw joint. If you experience symptoms like pain or a clicking sound every time you bite, you are probably suffering from a TMJ disorder. Fortunately, jaw problems are easier to diagnose and treat than they were in the past. Since some types of TMJ problems can lead to more serious conditions, early diagnosis and treatment are really important.

At Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth, we can treat your jaw problems either by surgery or with the aid of specialised equipment. Depending on your individual situation, our experienced dentists will examine your jaw joints and muscles and determine the best treatment option.

TMD & Jaw Problems in BournemouthHow to determine if you have a TMJ disorder

TMJ disorders are common and depend on many factors. If you clench or grind your teeth or tighten your jaw muscles, then you are likely to develop a TMJ disorder. Same applies for damaged jaw joints or arthritis, a bone disease. Sometimes, a TMJ disorder can be the direct cause of a misaligned bite and can only be treated with teeth straightening. If left untreated, all of these conditions can damage the jaw joint or tear the muscle ligaments. As a result, the little cushion of the jaw joint can move out of position causing pain and discomfort.

Therefore, if you have sore, stiff muscles around your jaws and suffer from frequent headaches, it is likely that you are suffering from a TMJ disorder.

Treatment

Your dentist will recommend a number of treatments in order to improve the balance and function of your jaw. Once we evaluate your problem and confirm a TMJ disorder, we may recommend teeth straightening treatment or surgery. If the TMJ disorder is related to teeth clenching, then treatment may include wearing a hard plastic appliance at night to help your teeth surfaces from clenching and putting too much pressure on the jaw muscles. Other treatments may include replacing missing teeth or adjusting any ill-fitting bridgework or dentures that you may have.

A TMJ disorder is a potentially serious condition, therefore, it is really important to visit your dentist as soon as you feel uncomfortable. This will ensure that the problem does not become worse over time, requiring more drastic and expensive measures to correct.

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TMD treatment simplified – everything you need to know about it

Do you suffer from chronic pain in the jaw, face, head, neck or shoulders? This pain may be caused by TMD, also known as a temporomandibular joint disorder. The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. It is a unique and complicated joint, the proper function of which depends on the co-ordination of your jaw joints and teeth, as well as the muscles of your face, head and neck. In order for you to able to chew and speak properly, all these muscles and joints should function properly. When one part of this system is not in balance, you are likely to develop TMD.

TMD & Jaw ProblemsTMD affects an estimated 30% of adults in the UK at some point in their lives. Most patients get better by themselves without any treatment, but quite a few people experience chronic jaw problems and pain. If you are suffering from TMD, your dentist at Castle Lane Dental in Bournemouth will examine your jaw joints carefully and suggest a plan to treat your symptoms.

Causes of TMD

Generally, TMD is caused by a combination of factors like jaw problems and bone disease, such as osteoarthritis. It is also believed that tooth grinding and head or neck muscle tension may worsen TMD symptoms. Stress is also a possible factor for developing TMD. However, it is not clear whether stress is a cause or just a side-effect. Other factors that may be responsible for TMD are ill-fitted dentures, as well as daily habits such as fingernail biting and pen or pencil biting. Poorly aligned teeth can also cause TMD.

How your dentist can help

At Castle Lane Dental Care, we will try to establish the cause of your TMD and use minimally-invasive techniques, to help you self-manage the condition whenever possible. We may suggest wearing a night guard made of clear plastic. This mouth guard fits over the teeth of one jaw so that you bite into it rather than your teeth. We also offer an innovative treatment, called Cerezen. It is inserted into the ear canal and helps to prevent grinding because of the ear canal’s close proximity to the temporomandibular joints. We may also recommend seeing an osteopath, chiropractor or physiotherapist to help alleviate your symptoms.

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Denture stabilisation in Bournemouth

Are your dentures loose and wobbly? Perhaps your dentures move when you use your mouth and you find it difficult to eat, smile and talk with confidence? With implant-supported dentures, you can now goodbye to expensive denture adhesives, sore gums and embarrassing moment and return to something that can be compared to your natural teeth.

At Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth, we appreciate that although every effort is made to produce comfortable dentures, over time bone deteriorates, which can cause previously well-fitting dentures to become loose. Perhaps the best solution to these problems is through supporting your dentures with dental implants.

Denture Stabilisation in BournemouthWhat are dental implants?

Dental implants are small, titanium fixtures, which are surgically embedded into the jawbone and fuse with it over the time span of a few weeks. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants act as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth. Dental implants are permanent and provide a strong foundation for permanent or removable replacement teeth.

Implant-retained dentures

Implant-retained dentures are full dentures that clip onto four or more dental implants, which are fixed sturdily into your upper or lower jawbone. Once your dental implants have had time to fuse with the jawbone and surrounding tissues, your dentures are placed on top of them using special fixtures. This way you can still remove your dentures for cleaning or during sleep, but once in your mouth, they will stay safely in place. Implant-retained dentures combine the benefits of dentures and dental implants for the fraction of the cost of replacing your teeth entirely with implants.

Benefits of implant-supported dentures

Because they are supported by dental implants, these dentures are very solid and stable in your mouth like your natural teeth would be. The mechanism of attachment between the implants and the denture allows for only the necessary movement and flexibility that would be expected with your natural teeth.

Unlike regular dentures, implant-supported dentures do not sit on your gums, as they gain their support from the underlying dental implants. This way they are less likely to become loose or cause pain and sores. More importantly, implant-retained dentures are considerably smaller than conventional dentures since their retention is gained through the dental implants rather than the addition of extra dental material.

Long-term solution to tooth loss

If you are unhappy with your loose dentures and considering stabilising them with dental implants, contact us today.

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Replace your missing teeth with dentures in Bournemouth

If you have lost most or all of your natural teeth due to gum disease, tooth decay or injury, dentures can be an ideal and cost-effective solution. Dentures are removable dental appliances. Unlike dental implants and bridges, which are permanently attached to the bone, dentures are essentially prosthetic teeth attached to a supporting structure sitting over the gums.

At Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth, dentures are one of the most popular solutions for missing teeth. Our dentures are either acrylic or metal-based, and can be used to replace several or all missing teeth. Dentures used to replace a few missing teeth are also known as partial dentures, while full dentures cover the entirety of the upper or the lower jaw (or both).

Dentures in BournemouthUnlike older versions, modern dentures are made of high-quality, lightweight materials that look and function pretty much like natural teeth. Dentures can be removed at night, for cleaning, or whenever desired. The most affordable dentures are made of plastic, but even more expensive versions such as dentures made of porcelain usually cost less than dental implants.

Full dentures fit comfortably over your gums, although they may require periodic adjustments in order not to become loose over time. Partial dentures, on the other hand, can be secured easily to your remaining teeth with the aid of special clasps.

Taking care of your dentures

Just like your natural teeth, you should brush your dentures daily in order to remove food remains, bacteria and plaque. Regular cleaning will also prevent permanent staining and help your gums stay healthier for longer.

While you can use any soft toothbrush, it is best to use a special toothbrush designed for cleaning dentures. Avoid using harsh brushes, which can permanently damage your dentures.

Even if you wear full dentures, it is really important to take good care of your mouth. This translates into brushing your gums and soft tissues before you put on your dentures in order to help stimulate circulation and help remove plaque. While dentures are easy to fit and maintain, your dentist will advise you to visit for regular check-ups. These are important for determining the fit and comfort of your dentures.

Overall, dentures offer a simple, functional and affordable solution to the problems of missing teeth.

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Emergency dental care in Bournemouth

You may be taking great care of your teeth but accidents happen. Children can break teeth while playing sports and sometimes you can suffer from a chipped tooth simply by biting down on something hard. Your actions following a dental injury will be determined by its severity, but in most cases, you will need to act quickly.

Pain and discomfort shouldn’t be ignored, especially when Castle Lane Dental Care can provide you with relief in just one phone call. We are happy to accommodate your emergency dental needs during our regular business hours in order to avoid additional dental problems in the future.

Emergency Dental Care in BournemouthToothaches

A toothache is a very common dental emergency and something most individuals will have experienced at some point in their lives. A persistent toothache can affect your diet, your sleep and your overall mood. Usually, toothaches are symptoms of more serious problems such as tooth decay, abscesses and infections and tooth erosion among others. An appointment with an emergency dentist at Bournemouth can help identify the main cause of your toothache and start treatment to relieve the pain.

While waiting for emergency dental treatment, you are advised to rinse your teeth with lukewarm water and brush your teeth gently in order to remove any trapped food remains. You can take regular painkillers but do not put the pills directly on your teeth and gums, since they can damage them.

Avulsed teeth

Sport and car accidents are responsible for a large number of dental emergencies. If you lose a tooth during an accident it is really important to see an emergency dentist as soon as possible, because prompt treatment can mean the difference between saving and losing your tooth. While waiting to see your dentist, do not handle the tooth by its root and do not scrub any remaining tissue. If you can’t reposition the tooth in the gum socket, store it in saline solution or some milk. If you are experiencing pain, gently place a cold compress on the cheek.

We are here for you

A dental emergency can be extremely stressful and take action quickly is vital for a positive outcome. If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, don’t hesitate to call us.

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Emergency dental care in Bournemouth

Dental emergencies can strike at any time and some oral injuries may need immediate treatment, while others can wait until your dentist’s normal business hours. At Castle Lane Dental Care, we believe that no one should suffer through constant, agonising pain, so we are available to assist you if oral pain becomes too much to bear.

At our practice, we offer same day treatment for all dental emergencies including toothaches, lost or broken crowns, chipped teeth, broken fillings, abscesses, face trauma and knocked-out teeth. Our experienced dentists can take care of your injuries to ensure quick and effective healing.

Emergency dental care in BournemouthCommon dental emergencies

Controlling a dental emergency can be difficult when you or a loved one is in pain, but a quick and proper reaction can help save your tooth. It is, therefore, useful that you become familiar with some dental emergencies in order to know what to do in case you ever encounter one.

Knocked-out teeth

If you lose a tooth during an accident or as a result of face trauma, hold it by the crown and rinse the root with lukewarm water. Do not scrub the tooth or remove any attached tissue fragments. Ideally, gently reposition the tooth back in the socket, but if this is not possible, keep it in a container of milk and visit an emergency dentist immediately. Seeing a dentist within an hour or less can mean the difference between saving and losing your tooth.

Toothache

If you suffer from a toothache it is better to visit a dentist as soon as possible, instead of relying on painkillers. Toothaches are often symptoms of more severe dental issues such as tooth decay and abscesses, and can create more problems in the long if remain untreated. If a toothache is getting you down, here are a few steps to follow while waiting to be accepted by your emergency dentist. Rinse your mouth with lukewarm water, gently floss to remove food particles that may be trapped around your tooth. Do not apply pills directly on the tooth or gum tissues.

Contact us

If you are facing a dental emergency, give us a call and we will strive to address your needs as quickly as possible.

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Smilelign braces

Smilelign treatment starts with a visit to your dentist at Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth, who will examine your teeth and take moulds. These moulds are scanned in the Smilelign laboratory and 3D images are produced.

invisible-braces-in-bournemouthUsing the latest software technology, the 3D image of your teeth is assessed and a treatment plan made specifically for you. Your dentist will discuss each stage of treatment with Smilelign technicians before a series of aligners are custom-made for you. Each aligner is minutely different, moving your teeth in gradual stages to their new position.

The Castle Lane Dental Care team use the most innovative software and 3D scanning equipment to plan your treatment. The biting surfaces of your teeth and the shape of them are assessed to determine how they fit together now and how they will fit together when your treatment is complete.

How do they work?

Smilelign treatment is completed using a series of virtually invisible, removable aligners. These aligners are changed every two to four weeks, to enable you to move on to the next stage of treatment.

The process can take as little as 12 weeks, depending on the changes that you require. Each aligner is carefully designed for your teeth and will move them in very small increments little by little, week by week.

You will wear the clear aligners until they have moved your teeth to the final position prescribed by your dentist.

Treatment times can also be really quick. Dependent on your case and how far your teeth need to move, 3 — 12 months is a realistic time to create the smile you have always wanted.

Benefits of Smilelign

With Smilelign you can predict exactly how your smile will look, without the need for unsightly metal brackets and wires.

Each stage is precisely planned and tailor made, for your maximum comfort. Smilelign also provides stable, reliable and aesthetically pleasing results that you can rely on. This can then increase your self-confidence and make you love your smile again.

Smilelign in Bournemouth could be the cost-effective solution you have been looking for. So, why not give us a call and arrange your first consultation.

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Six Month Smiles

Do you cover your mouth when you laugh? Or turn away when the photographer says, “cheese”? If hiding your smile seems like the only option, maybe it’s time you discovered Six Month Smiles at Castle Lane Dental Care.

Six Month Smiles is a short-term invisible brace system that is ideal for crowded front teeth. It’s a fixed brace made of clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires that are much less noticeable than a standard metal brace.

invisible-braces-in-bournemouthSix Month Smiles uses low forces and this means our patients find it more comfortable than traditional braces. Plus, treatment time is very short. It can be as short as four to nine months with an average of six months for most of our patients.

How can it be done in such a short amount of time?

Six Month Smiles is a cosmetic treatment that focuses on only moving the teeth that show when you smile, known as the ‘social six’. Because the system uses the latest technology, it takes less time than traditional braces.

Can I take them out?

No, Six Month Smiles braces are fixed, which increases the speed of the treatment time. But because the brackets and wires are barely visible, wearing braces all the time has less impact on your appearance.

Are they comfortable?

You might think fast results means your invisible brace must be very tight and uncomfortable. But in fact, Six Month Smiles only needs low force to move your teeth gently. It’s a cosmetic solution that aims to change how your teeth look rather than how they bite.There is no greater risk to the health of your gums with Six Month Smiles, than with traditional metal braces.

What happens after the end of my treatment?

After any teeth straightening treatment, there is the risk that teeth will creep back to their original position over time. To make sure your teeth stay in their new position, you can wear a removable retainer or choose to have one that’s bonded to your teeth. Your dentist at Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth will help you decide which one is right for you.

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