Dental Health Month

If it’s been a while since your last trip to the dentist, you might be experiencing some dental discomfort or want to restore the look of your smile.

At Bupa Dental, we provide a range of restorative and cosmetic solutions. These include long-term options that can help restore the function and look of your teeth. Long-term restorative options include crowns, veneers, bridges and implants.

Restorative treatments don’t just alter the look of your smile; they can also help address issues like dental discomfort or sensitivity. Read on to find out more about restoring your smile and relieving discomfort.

Crowns

A crown fits over your tooth like a cap and is often used to cover or protect a damaged tooth.

Crowns made from porcelain or ceramic can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth, which is a useful option if you’re interested in restoring the appearance of your smile.

Crowns can also be made from gold alloys. This type of crown is usually stronger than porcelain and other ceramics, but less natural-looking. They’re often a good solution for back teeth, which don’t tend to be as visible.

When might my dentist suggest a crown?

  • after a root canal treatment

  • to cover a dental implant

  • to protect a weak tooth from fracturing, or to fix a fractured tooth

  • when a cavity is too large for a regular filling

  • as part of a bridge

Veneers

Veneers are often used to correct discolouration, cover chips and cracks, reduce gaps between teeth, correct minor misalignment and to build up worn teeth to restore a natural looking smile. They can be made from either porcelain or composite resin, depending on your teeth. Porcelain veneers are custom made to fit a particular tooth and once they have been bonded to the front of the tooth, they look and feel very natural. Composite resin veneers are applied one layer at a time, gradually covering the existing tooth. As each layer is placed, it is shaped and cured by your dentist until the final result is achieved.

How do I know if my teeth are suitable for veneers?

To be suitable for veneers, the tooth needs to be healthy without decay or gum disease. If you do have any decay or gum disease, your dentist will need to address this before going ahead with veneers. Also, if you have a tendency to grind your teeth, then veneers might not be suitable for you. It’s best to talk to your dentist about the various solutions to find the best option for you.

Bridges

Your dentist might recommend a bridge if you’re missing one or more teeth. Bridges use artificial teeth that attach to crowns. Like crowns, these can be made from a range of materials, so it’s a good idea to talk to your dentist about your best option.

Implants

An implant is a titanium rod that takes the place of the tooth root when there is a tooth missing. An implant is surgically inserted below the gum line, and your dentist will attach a crown or bridge on top. Implants can be the most natural-looking of the tooth replacement options and they are often virtually unnoticeable. There are various factors associated with dental implants, such as the health of your jaw bone, so be sure to talk to your dentist about which solutions are right for you.*

Is it important to replace missing teeth?

Missing teeth don’t just affect the look of your smile. Sometimes the surrounding teeth will shift and move to fill the gap, which can result in a bad bite. It may be best to fill any gaps before they cause further problems.

Are you experiencing dental discomfort such as sensitivity or pain?

It’s common to feel some dental discomfort at one stage or another.

Dental discomfort and sensitivity can take a lot of different forms, such as dull aches, sharp pains, tender gums or sensitivity to temperature. They can result from a variety of issues, including:

  • broken teeth
  • missing teeth
  • teeth that have worn down
  • gum recession
  • inflammation

Because there are so many causes behind discomfort and sensitivity, you should speak with a dental professional in order to properly address any underlying issues.

Dental discomfort can affect your wellbeing in that you might find it harder to chew food, speak or smile. If you’re experiencing any dental discomfort, book an appointment with your local Bupa Dental clinic.

Do you suffer from anxiety surrounding the dentist?

At Bupa Dental, we’re passionate about helping anxious patients feel comfortable. We understand that experiencing dental discomfort may cause anxiety, and that sometimes this anxiety might mean you don’t want to visit the dentist as often as recommended. While delaying check-ups because of anxiety is understandable, problems can worsen over time.

However, we’re here to help. Simply let our dentists know if you’re feeling anxious or if you have a history of anxiety at the dentist. Once they’re aware of your situation, they can help by adjusting their approach and suggesting a range of techniques for managing your anxiety.

To discuss your options, or for any further information, contact your local Bupa Dental clinic today.

* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.