Popular Cosmetic Dental Procedures
An overview of modern dentistry at our Central London practice
Here at Zenith Dentistry in Westminster, London, we offer a wide range of dental procedures designed not only to strengthen your teeth and improve their integrity, but also to give you a great white smile that you can be proud of and will last you for a long time provided that you take care of your teeth.
Our range of dental procedures is too wide to cover in just one blog post and we will cover them in more detail in the weeks and months to come. To start with though, we take a look at three of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures performed at our W1 dental practice.
A tooth whitening procedure is perhaps the most popular of all cosmetic dental procedures. This is hardly surprising given the fact that it is a fast and painless procedure and can be done in about one hour. The results too can be spectacular and immediate, with the whiteness of the patient’s teeth increased significantly within a short time.
We offer both kits that can be used at home or a professional in-house whitening treatment which allows the use of a stronger whitening ingredient that can help to transform the whiteness of your teeth when you leave the practice.
Dental veneers are very thin teeth shaped layers of porcelain and are placed on the front of the teeth after an equivalent amount of the natural tooth has been removed. This process is often likened to the process of attaching false fingernails, but for teeth obviously. It is a highly effective method of whitening teeth for those whose teeth are extremely badly discoloured. An example of this may be for those who have been heavy smokers for a number of years. They are also useful in improving the appearance of teeth that have become cracked or chipped too.
Dental implants are rapidly gaining popularity as an alternative to dentures when a tooth has become lost. Whilst dentures can look quite natural, they often don’t feel it and have a tendency to become loose and uncomfortable over time. With a dental implant however, both of these negative traits are eliminated.
A dental implant is a root like object that is made from titanium and is screwed into the jawbone of the patient. This tends to strike fear in many people but as well as the procedure being done using a local anaesthetic, it may be interesting to know that the jawbone actually contains few nerves and is therefore not susceptible to significant pain.
Once the implant has been placed, it is left for a few months whilst the bone in the jaw integrates itself with the titanium implant. This process is referred to as ‘osseointegration’ and means that once completed, the tooth is anchored extremely firmly into the jawbone and is then used as a base on which a dental crown is placed.
Once it has been placed and allowed to settle in, a dental implant not only looks like a natural tooth but is also extremely strong, allowing the patient to eat as they would with a natural tooth. They can also be used to attach a fixed bridge into place or to stabilise dentures; the former procedure often referred to as ‘all on 4 or teeth in a day‘.
Hopefully, this sample of procedures that we perform at our Westminster practice is useful, however please check back regularly for more information and guidance about the other treatments that we offer.