GENERAL TREATMENTS

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As an established practice specialising in general dentistry in Ripon, North Yorkshire, our friendly and relaxing dental practice provides a complete range of services for patients of all ages. By paying due care and attention to the long-term effectiveness of the treatments we administer, Bridge House Dental Practice can help patients retain their natural teeth for the remainder of their life. At Bridge House Dental Practice we are committed to delivering optimum standards of dental care for patients of all ages. That is why we provide a full range of general dental treatments, from routine examinations to root canal therapy.

ROOT CANAL Take the Pain out of the Root Canal

Root canal treatment is one of the most complex dental procedures carried out. It is a skilled and time-consuming procedure.

Our caring staff is accomplished in treating the most difficult root canal treatment cases. We often have great success in treating patients who are experiencing pain or want to save their natural tooth, which might otherwise need extraction. By choosing Root canal treatment, you are choosing to keep your natural teeth. If left untreated, you could experience greater discomfort and it could lead to a serious infection.

Treatments are performed to the highest standards using the latest techniques and materials. Our Dentists have extensive experience in this treatment and will ensure every possible step is taken to make you feel relaxed and at ease. A local anaesthetic is also used to assist in your comfort.

We will usually numb the tooth and its surrounding area with a local anaesthetic, and will drill the decayed material from the tooth.

When the decay has been removed, the tooth will be filled with tooth coloured fillings. We will then shape the filling, so that it looks as realistic as possible, and so it does not interfere with the way your teeth meet when you bite and chew.

We want you to be confident to flash your white teeth with pride, not concern. To find out more about white fillings please give our friendly team a call at Bridge House Dental Practice on 01765 603 215.

Signs you may require root canal treatment

  • Tooth sensitivity to sweets or hot and cold liquids
  • Constant or intermittent throbbing tooth ache and pain
  • Pain with biting pressure
  • Tissue swelling of the face
CROWNS Restore the strength and shape of your tooth

A crown, sometimes known as a ‘cap’ is a protective cover fitted over the existing structure of a broken or damaged tooth to restore it’s function and appearance.

Before we begin your treatment we’ll talk you through your options of course as we offer a full range of cosmetic dental crowns. For instance, if you require a crown at the back of your mouth you may prefer to opt for a hardwearing, less expensive crown made from ultra-durable dental composite. Alternatively, if you need a crown towards the front of your mouth you may decide to choose a natural looking cosmetic tooth-coloured one. Whatever type of dental crown is right for you, you can be sure that you′ll be very pleased with the results.

Preparation time will vary depending on the condition of the damaged tooth. The tooth will be reshaped, to ensure that once the crown is fitted, it remains the same size and shape as the natural teeth. It may also need to be built up with a filling first. A local anaesthetic is usually given prior to preparation, to avoid any discomfort. After preparation, an impression is taken of the tooth to be crowned and nearby teeth, using a soft mouldable material. This impression is given to a dental technician, who uses it to build your crown to the exact size and shape required. This will ensure that the crown fits comfortably. When using porcelain crowns, the colour will also be matched to the natural teeth.

The crown can last for many years if good oral hygiene is maintained, depending on the condition of the original tooth.

For more information on crowns contact the practice today on 01765 603 215.

Crowns are prescribed as a part of a treatment to restore teeth that have:

  • Undergone root canal treatment
  • Severe tooth surface loss
  • Poor aesthetic appearance
  • To replace existing crowns with poor appearance
  • To protect heavily restored teeth from breaking
  • To restore broken down teeth and prevent further breakage
DENTAL IMPLANTS A Modern Alternative to Traditional Dentures

Bridge House Dental Practice offers an affordable, permanent solution to missing teeth, restoring your smile with dental implants.

A dental implant is essentially a substitute for a natural root and commonly it is screw or cylinder shaped. Crowns, bridges and dentures can all be attached to dental implant to give the most natural, secure and long term solution for the replacement for missing teeth.

Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth, and serve as artificial tooth roots. A dental implant is made of pure titanium or titanium alloy, and has almost the same size and shape of the root of a tooth. It is inserted into the bone where a tooth is missing. It is biocompatible with bone and integrates fully within it, creating an extremely strong bond. If you are missing one tooth, or many teeth, we can replace your teeth easily.

The benefits of dental implants are both functional and cosmetic. With our dental implants, your facial features will be restored, and your confidence will be back.

Dental implant treatment will not be rushed here at Bridge House Dental Practice. Implants placed are left to heal for a period of time. Delaying the loading of the implant ensures that the implant is fully integrated with the surrounding bone lowering the risk of failure.

Our Implant Coordinator is always eager to answer any questions you may have however big or small, get in touch today by emailing drnatwar@yahoo.co.uk or call us at 01765 603 215

How to determine whether dental implants can be placed

To determine whether dental implants can be placed, we will need to take x-rays. This will help us decide how much room we have to place the implant and we can then start planning your treatment. If the site has been without a tooth for years, we may find that there isn’t enough room to house an implant. This is when something called a bone graft or bone augmentation is necessary. We will explain the procedure & implications to you before commencing any treatment.

BRIDGES Bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth

Sometimes when a tooth is lost a space is left which can be unsightly, can cause difficulty in chewing or can result in movement of the adjacent teeth. There are many options for filling spaces including implant and dentures, but the most popular is the dental bridge. If you have lost one or two teeth but would rather not wear a denture, you may want to opt for a bridge. Bridges are a series of crowns joined together to cover or close a space left by the loss of a tooth. They are permanent and once bonded into place will look and feel similar to natural tooth.

Bridges can be supported by natural teeth or by implants. At Bridge House Dental Practice we will check the health of your gums and the supported teeth to ensure that they are suitable for treatment and take appropriate measures if they are not. We will discuss all your options with you to ensure that you can keep your mouth healthy and your smile stunning with a well-fitting and natural looking bridge.

What are the benefits of Dental Bridges?

  • Restore your smile
  • Restore the ability to properly speak and chew
  • Allocate the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
  • Maintain the shape of your face
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
  • Prevent bone loss, gum disease or decay caused by the presence of food debris in the gap and relieve pressure on the teeth either side of the gap
DENTURES Enjoy comfortable, natural-looking dentures from Bridge House Dental Practice

Dentures are removable replacements for your missing teeth, designed to look and function like your own natural teeth and surrounding gum tissues. They are generally made from an ultramodern acrylic material which is high-strength and durable. If you look after the dentures then this material is unlikely to staining or darken and will remain fresh and natural looking for many years.

The fact that we provide comfortable, natural-looking dentures is a real benefit to those people who no longer possess their natural teeth but for whom socailising and showing a confident smile is very important.

Our modern knowledge and techniques will ensure that dentures from Bridge House Dental Practice look great and feel comfortable, allowing patients to eat with confidence. We offer variety of dentures to suit most budgets and advances in denture technology mean that some foods that were off limits to denture wearers in the past, can now be eaten more easily.

If you have several missing teeth, possibly from some time ago, then you will benefit from having dentures as they will provide support for your cheeks and lips. When we design your dentures this way it can reduce the amount of lines and wrinkles around your face, this has the result of making a more youthful look and can literally take years off you. This is the difference between a denture without any thought, and a denture from Bridge House Dental Practice.

How do I take care of my dentures?

Dentures are very delicate and may break if dropped even only a few inches. Stand over a folded towel or basin of water when handling dentures for cleaning. Like natural teeth, dentures must be brushed daily to remove food deposits and plaque. A tooth/ denture brush with soft bristles can be used, as hard-bristles brushes can damage the dentures. Some denture wearers use hand soap and mild dishwashing liquid to clean their dentures. More advanced denture creams and tables are widely available. Avoid using other household product cleaners, which may be too abrasive or even toxic.

What will dentures feel like?

New dentures may feel awkward for a few weeks until you become accustomed to them. The dentures may feel loose while the muscles of your cheeks and tongue learn to keep them in place. It is not unusual to experience minor irritation and soreness initially. You may find that saliva flow temporarily increases. These problems should diminishwith wear.

Will I be able to eat with my dentures?

Eating will take a little practice. Start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time to prevent the dentures tipping. As you become accustomed to chewing, add other foods until you return to your normal diet. Be cautious with hot food/drink or hard sharp-edged bones or shells.

Will dentures change how I speak?

Pronouncing certain words may require practice. Reading out aloud and repeating troublesome words will help. If your dentures "click" while you″re talking, speak slowly. You may find that you dentures occasionally slip out slightly when you cough, laugh or smile. Reposition them by biting down and swallowing. Soon you will be able to cope very well with your new dentures.

DENTAL CHECK-UPS An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

What’s true for almost everyone on this planet (except the really lucky ones) is that, at some points in their lives, people will need dental care. The mouth is resistant to many bacteria that constantly invade it and teeth have their weak spots and eventually they will be exposed to decay.

Dental check-up generally takes about 20-30 minutes. Using a probe, our dentist will check all sides of every tooth, looking for tiny points of decay. If everything is fine, all you pay is the minimum check-up fee. If there’s any suspicion, an x-ray of the tooth will be taken. Depending on the situation, you’ll be advised what’s needed to fix the problem.

A dental check-up every six months puts your mind at rest that nothing will be allowed to get out of control. Even if you’ve had a lot of dental restoration up till now, you can ensure that in future everything will be much easier for you.

Generally, the lower your risk of dental problems, the longer you can wait before your next check-up. So people with good oral health will probably need to attend only once every 12 to 24 months, but those with more problems will need check-ups more often.

To enjoy the high standard of care we offer here at Bridge House Dental Practice, call today on 01765 603 215 and make an appointment.

At each check-up, our dentist will:

  • Examine your teeth, gums, and mouth;
  • Ask about your general health and any problems you have had with your teeth, mouth, or gums since your last visit;
  • Ask about, and give you advice on, your diet, smoking, and alcohol use, and teeth-cleaning habits;
  • Discuss with you a date for your next visit;
  • Undertake any specialist investigations if required, such as X-Rays, or preventative treatments including an oral cancer screening;
  • Restore your smile;
CLEANING & PREVENTION Let us prevent dental disease rather than treat it at a later date.

The best way to reduce decay and gum disease, and to maintain the health of your mouth is to attend regular dental appointments. This is called preventive dentistry, where we catch any potential problems before they develop, and so the amount of treatment required is reduced. This means you can avoid having so many extractions and fillings, and are more likely to keep your own teeth for life. Cleaning & Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy, confident and beautiful smile.

To request an appointment for Cleaning & Prevention call us at 01765 603 215.

Teeth Polishing:

Teeth Polishing is removing stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.

Removal of calculus (tartar):

Calculus is plaque that gets hardened overtime and harbors bacteria. It is caused by the continual accumulation of minerals from saliva and becomes firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can be threatening to the health of gums. Calculus can only be removed with special dental instruments.

Elimination of plaque:

Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!

BAD BREATH Take Your Bad Breath Away

Bad breath is actually very common, and usually the persons with it are unaware they even have it. Nevertheless, the bad breath cure is effective and relatively fuss-free.

In 90% of cases, bad breath is generated in the mouth, where bacteria produce gases which tend to smell like rotten eggs. These bacteria often hide in the areas that you miss when you clean your teeth, as well as on the back of your tongue.

Smoking is another prime culprit – by drying your mouth it makes the odour worse and also builds-up harmful tar and nicotine inside your mouth.

Under our care, we will investigate your mouth, diagnose the exact cause of your bad breath and show you exactly how to tackle it as part of your regular routine. If gum disease is the cause of halitosis, our expert dental hygienists will clean the pockets between your teeth and gums to remove the ingrained bacteria.

If you have any concerns about the freshness of your breath please do not be embarrassed to tell us. Once we are aware of your concerns we can act to ensure your confidence is restored quickly. Before your appointment do not smoke, use any mouthwashes or chew any gum. Try not to wear any after shave or perfumes. This will allow us to make a fair judgement as to whether a problem exists. Achieving lasting fresh breath is just a phone call away. Call us at 01765 603 215

CHILDREN′S DENTISTRY We make dental visits fun for kids and easy for parents

Sometimes the hardest part of finding the right pediatric dentist is finding someone that your children feel safe and comfortable with. You want to know that someone is taking good care of your little ones and that they are being offered the best, gentlest and most compassionate care available. At Bridge House Dental Practice our goal is to provide superior dental care in a child-friendly environment. We specialize in treating children, and we are committed to helping them achieve outstanding oral health regardless of their age. Our office is geared towards families and children, and it’s our goal to ensure that you and your loved ones are taken care of during your dental visit.

Protect young teeth

At Bridge House Dental Practice, our mission is to protect young teeth and prevent decay. Our trained staff work closely with each child to take care of their teeth and develop good long lasting habits for the future. If necessary we provide practical tooth brushing exercises for the child to learn about. We aim to create an understanding of what causes decay and to identify the initial signs in your child’s teeth.

Orthodontics for Children

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry specializing in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Our goal at Bridge House Dental Practice is to provide orthodontic treatment to ensure balanced growth and development of your child’s jaw – allowing there enough room for their permanent teeth to come through straight.