BRIDGE END DENTAL PRACTICE 
 
BRIDGE END DENTAL PRACTICE 
 
 
01978 762 030 
We provide a complete range of general dental services to keep your teeth feeling healthy and looking fantastic-including regular check ups, fillings and crowns 
With regular check ups as recommended by the British Dental Association(link) we can spot any problems before they require any major work. 
 
We will talk with you to develop a personalised dental plan which will detail how often you will need to see the dentist. 
We use the very latest equipment including digital x-rays to monitor your oral health keeping an eye out for any potential dental deterioration or disease. 

FILLINGS 

Fillings are a very effective way to repair teeth that have been damaged either by injury or decay. 
We use a number of different filling materials such as composite(white fillings), amalgam(silver) and porcelain fillings. During your visit we will discuss the different types with you and help you choose the one that suits you best. 
 
Composite (white) fillings are made from natural tooth coloured resins that are more aesthetically pleasing and can be matched to a similar colour as your teeth. 
Amalgam (silver) fillings are made from different metals and are silver in appearance. Amalgam fillings are resistant to wear; however, due to their colour they are more noticeable than composite fillings and are not usually used in very visible areas, such as front teeth. 
Porcelain fillings are called inlays or onlays and are made by a dental technician in a dental laboratory and then bonded to the tooth. They can be matched to the colour of the tooth, resist staining, and are extremely durable. 

Dental Services 

CROWNS 

A crown is a tooth-shaped ‘cap’ that’s placed over the entire visible portion of your tooth. A crown will look, feel and function just like any of your other teeth. 
Why do I need a crown? 
Crowns are needed because of a lack of remaining tooth structure. Most commonly, a tooth that has a large filling or has sustained a fracture will need a crown. 
How are crowns made? 
Generally, it takes two appointments to prepare and cement a crown. During the first visit, your dentist prepares the tooth to enable an impression to be taken and fits a temporary crown, custom-made by a specialised dental technician. At your second visit, the temporary crown is removed and the new crown cemented into place. 
What are crowns made of? 
Crowns can be made from ceramic (such as porcelain), metal (gold, metal alloy), or a combination of both. 

BRIDGES 

Dental bridges are false teeth that are used to replace missing teeth. Unlike traditional removable dentures, a dental bridge is designed to remain in the mouth for a number of years. They are an alternative to dental implants for patients who don’t want to have surgery. 
 
Why do I need a bridge? 
Gaps in your teeth may look unappealing a dental bridge is used to solve this problem, usually by fixing a false tooth in the gap and using the natural teeth to hold it in place. 
How are bridges made? 
Generally, it takes two appointments to prepare and fit a bridge. During the first appointment the adjacent teeth are trimmed down slightly to accommodate their bridge. An impression is taken of the area and the bridge is custom-made by a specialised dental technician. In this first appointment we will also determine the correct colour for your bridge and if necessary construct a temporary bridge. At your second appointment, the temporary bridge will be removed and the new one fitted. Your dentist will ensure the fit is comfortable and that you are happy with the appearance. 

ROOT CANAL 

If a tooth has an infection that cannot be treated by another method and you are keen to attempt to save the tooth then a root canal treatment may be appropriate. 
Why is root canal treatment needed? 
In the middle of every tooth is the root canal and the pulp sits inside this space. If this becomes infected, the infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth and eventually lead to an abscess. Sometimes your tooth may look darker in colour than your other teeth, which means that the nerve inside your tooth is dead or dying. Without treatment the infection may spread further into your jawbone and you may need to have the tooth taken out. 
What is involved? 
The pulp and nerve tissue are removed from inside the root canals, which are cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection. If your tooth is particularly difficult to treat your dentist may refer you to a specialist endodontist.