Trafalgar House Dental Practice offers a wide range of dental and cosmetic treatments. From teeth whitening to root canals, dentures to crowns we can help treat, restore and maintain great oral health. Find out more about our treatments below.
Are you experiencing pain when chewing, a swollen jaw or cheek? This could be an indication of a root canal infection that requires treatment.
What is root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is a procedure necessary for treating the infection at the centre of a tooth. Getting root canal treatment can prevent the need to remove the
Why is root canal treatment needed?
Your teeth contain roots that connect them to the jawbone. Within these roots is
something called “pulp”, a mixture of blood vessels and nerves that extends from
the top to the bottom of the tooth. If your teeth become damaged, bacteria can
creep in and infect the pulp inside the root canal.
What are the causes?
There are a number of causes that might lead to needing root canal treatment
• Tooth decay
• A cracked or damaged tooth
• A broken crown
• Cracked or loose fillings
• Gum disease
What are the symptoms?
Common symptoms of a bacterial infection in the root canal are:
• Experiencing pain when biting or chewing food
• A loose tooth
• Swelling around the affected area
• The tooth turning a darker colour
If you’re experiencing any discomfort with your teeth or suspect you might
need treatment then speak to us today.
Is a chipped or decayed tooth causing irritable pain, discomfort, and sensitivity when eating or drinking? You might need a filling to fend off bacteria and restore your tooth back to its proper form and function.
Why are fillings needed?
Fillings are used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay or restore damage from a chipped tooth. Fillings help to prevent bacteria from spreading further into your teeth and causing more damage or decay.
What type of filling do I need?
There are several types of fillings available depending on your individual needs.
Commonly these are:
• amalgam (silver-coloured) – a mixture of metals, including mercury, silver, tin and copper
• composite (tooth-coloured) – made of resin and glass mixture
• glass ionomer (tooth-coloured) – powdered glass, which forms a chemicalbond with your tooth and may release fluoride that helps to prevent further decay.
Each patient will need to be assessed to determine which type is most suitable.
Here is an example of before and after fillings:
A dental crown is used to repair a damaged tooth that can’t be fixed with fillings. There are several reasons why a patient might need a crown, including sustained damage to the tooth, weakness from treatments or purely cosmetic reasons.
There are typically three types of dental crowns:
Metal Crowns: These crowns are constructed from metal alloys, and are used where the patient needs high strength and durability. Due to their noticeability, metal crowns are generally applied to the back teeth.
Metal-Ceramic Crowns: These are hybrid crowns where the structure is made from metal alloy but the substructure is coated with porcelain to improve the aesthetic. Usually, more teeth need to be removed to fit metalceramic crowns than metal ones.
All-Ceramic Crowns: These are the most aesthetically pleasing crowns as they are all tooth-coloured. As such, these are generally used on the most visible teeth.
These are excellent alternatives to crowns that are used to reconstruct damaged teeth, similar to standard fillings but offer greater effectiveness as they are created in a laboratory based on your tooth impression.
Inlays are inserted in the middle of the tooth on the chewing surface.
Onlays are slightly larger and cover a wider section of the tooth covering one or more cusps.
Overlays are the largest type and cover both the inner and outer parts of the tooth.
Nothing exudes confidence quite like a healthy smile with glistening white teeth. Despite our best efforts, natural discolouration occurs through eating, drinking and smoking which can make maintaining whiteness quite difficult!
With our professional teeth whitening service we can help restore your teeth to their natural brightness and get the best possible result.
Dentures are a great way to replace missing teeth. They are made from removable plastic or metal frameworks and can feature individual or multiple false teeth.
Dentures are custom-made to fit your needs and provide the most appropriatesolution.
Dental bridges are used to “bridge” a gap in your teeth. This is done by replacing a missing tooth with a false one that is then bonded to the natural teeth on either side. The two common types of bridges have two crowns that are made of metal or porcelain. Dental bridges can replace missing teeth without the need for surgery.
If you’re looking for a long-term, natural-looking solution for broken and missing teeth then dental implants might be suitable for you. An implant consists of a titanium screw placed into the jawbone where the surrounding bone gradually fuses. A tooth-coloured crown is then fitted to the top which matches the existing shape of your teeth.
Gum disease is a common condition that can be hard to detect but left untreated can lead to gum recession and tooth loss. There are three main types of gum disease: gingivitis, periodontitis and acute necrotising ulcerative gingivitis (ANUG).
Each type represents the gradually worse stages of gum disease.
Common symptoms of gum disease include:
• Bleeding gums when brushing, flossing or eating
• Swollen and inflamed gums
• Noticeably bad breath
• Receding gums
• Loose teeth
Regular check-ups and hygienist appointments help dentists catch gum diseaseand stop it before it can develop. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms then please contact us.
Trafalgar House Dental Practice
Trafalgar House, Malpas Rd, Truro TR1 1QH
Monday 08:30 am – 12:00 pm, 1 pm – 5 pm
Tuesday 08:30 am – 12:00 pm, 1 pm – 5 pm
Wednesday 08:30 am – 12:00 pm, 1 pm – 5 pm
Thursday 08:30 am – 12:00 pm, 1 pm – 5 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 1 pm, 2 pm – 6 pm