All of the cases below are real patients who have been treated at the practice. This represents a small sample of the results that can be achieved with modern dentistry.
Clinical work is by Dr Paul Carroll BDS MClinDent (Prosthodontics) with the laboratory work completed by Mr Adrian Rollings IDT
Porcelain veneers are thin facings of porcelain cemented onto teeth to improve their position and appearance. Beautiful results can be achieved – have your own dazzling smile!
Some of the tooth surface usually needs to be removed to provide space to fit the veneer. This is usually only a small amount of reduction (approximately 0.7mm) but if teeth are badly misaligned or discoloured then greater amounts of tooth may need to be removed.
Veneers last a long time. Research has shown over 90% of veneers last 10 years or more. Of course this is an average figure and the actual lifespan for individual cases will vary.
If veneers need to be replaced it is usually possible to repeat the process.
Because veneers often require only a small amount of tooth structure to be removed they have few long-term side effects. However if teeth are badly misaligned or discoloured then larger amounts of tooth structure needs to be removed. This may increase the risk of nerve damage inside the tooth. Whilst rare, it is usually possible to treat this problem by root filling the affected tooth.
As veneers are made in the laboratory it is possible to control the final colour and shape of the final veneer. This means that veneers can be made to mimic natural teeth creating beautiful smiles.
Dr Carroll has also completed extensive research on Porcelain veneers and presented his findings at the international British Dental Association Conference. Paul also lectures nationally to dentists on this subject.
We are all individuals and as such our teeth vary just as our hair and skin colour do. However, some people may not be happy with their existing tooth colour and wish for a lighter, brighter appearance. In situations where the teeth are healthy and in good alignment whitening procedures may be the answer.
This is one of the simplest methods of improving your smile and is a highly effective way of lightening the colour of your teeth until you are happy with their shade. “At home whitening” can be used which involves using a customised mouth guard into which you add a small amount of whitening gel which is then worn overnight. After two to three weeks your teeth will gradually lighten – whiteningwhen prescribed by a dentist is a very reliable, safe and effective method of brightening your smile, harmless to the teeth.
Whether we realise it or not, we notice people’s teeth and smiles all day long. Subconsciously we notice teeth, smiles and people’s eyes and use what we see to make our judgements.
A recent study proves this fact. 100 participants were shown pictures of 15 people. The participants were asked 3 questions:
•How old do you think this person is?
•How much do you think this person makes per year?
•Would you want this person working for you?
Six months later the same 100 participants were shown the exact same pictures as before with only one difference – the teeth of the people in the pictures had been digitally whitened. The same questions were asked with amazing results:
•The average age was 7.4 years younger!
•The estimated income was $31,322 higher!
•The number of participants wanting to hire these people went from 64% to 87%!
Just by whitening the teeth, these people appeared younger, more successful and more employable! If this is the impression you want to create then you may want to consider whitening your teeth.
Choose the nearly invisible way to straighten your teeth. The convenience and ease of use of the Invisalign system have made it the choice of over half a million people. In fact, Invisalign has been effective in giving hundreds of thousands of people amazing new smiles.
People prefer Invisalign because:
•Most people won’t notice you’re in treatment.
•It won’t disrupt your lifestyle.
•No unsightly metal wires or bands to irritate your mouth.
•Faster treatment times generally.
Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners that are custom-moulded to fit you. The virtually invisible aligners gradually reposition your teeth into a smile you’ll be proud of.
Remove your aligners to eat, brush and floss Change aligners every two weeks. Your teeth move little by little Regular progress checks with Dr Carroll Results often in 12 months
Invisalign®, the clear alternative to braces, has been chosen by over 1 million people who want beautiful smiles.
Only dentists who have been trained and certified can treat patients using Invisalign technology.
Dr Carroll has completed a comprehensive training program in the use of Invisalign and is now one of only a few dentists in the region certified to treat patients using invisalign technology. Call today to take the first steps towards achieving the smile of your dreams.
Implant treatment provides patients with the confidence and security they needed.
If you have bridgework or wear full or partial dentures, implants can help you. Implants allow you to enjoy havingreplacement teeth that not only look and feel completely natural but behave naturally too.
The implant technique was discovered by Professor Branemark, a Swedish scientist whose work was based on the principle of osseointegration – which means that human bone accepts titanium as a natural part of the body and led to the development of the Branemark System and the modern day implant.
Today, implants are noted worldwide for their success rates and innovative accomplishments. Hundreds of thousands of patients and dentists agree, nothing restores the look, the feel and the function of the natural dentition like dental implants.
Teeth replaced by implants are fixed just like natural teeth freeing you from the shrinking associated with full dentures and the gum irritation and pain caused due to the shifting pressure of partial dentures allowing you to eat whatever you like whilst enjoying the texture and crunchiness of foods to the full. In fact implants are so secure you can often forget they’re not your own and laugh and smile with complete confidence.
Tooth coloured fillings
White Fillings, which are also known as composite fillings, allow teeth to be filled and rebuilt utilising more aesthetically acceptable materials.
White Fillings do not contain mercury and are an ideal choice for achieving long-term strength in filled teeth. Teeth that are heavily filled with large silver amalgam or mercury fillings are at risk of fracturing because the tooth is spread apart by these traditional filling materials. These teeth can be rebuilt with composite inlays, which hold the tooth together as opposed to spreading it apart, preserving the remaining healthy tooth structure.
This allows teeth to be safely and aesthetically restored achieving a more attractive smile
Where a tooth is not too heavily filled but has a silver mercury filling which is noticeable when a patient smiles or opens their mouth a white composite filling may be used as an alternative. Deciding to have a bonded white composite filling means that your tooth will increase in strength and become more fracture resistant as the filling is bonded to the sidewalls of the tooth thus increasing its strength and reducing the chances of fracture occurring.
The fillings themselves blend into the natural surrounding colour of your teeth and provide an unnoticeable restoration. They can also used for cosmetic repairs in front teeth and as an economic alternative to veneers or crowns.
Cosmetic Bonding is a non-intrusive technique that may be suitable for you if you have worn teeth, minor gaps between your teeth, minor chips or fracturesin your teeth or wish to change the shape or colour of your teeth.
A dental composite resin or enamel-type material is applied to the surface of your tooth. The dentist sculpts this bonding material around the tooth in order to create the required shape, colour, size and finish and achieve an aesthetically pleasing result.
Cosmetic contouring is a quick and relatively straightforward process involving minor reshaping of chipped, fractured or overcrowded teeth.
It is a subtle procedure, involving minimal discomfort, which allows the correction of minor flaws of the teeth to create a clean looking, uniform and straighter smile by simply ‘smoothing’ the surface of your teeth.
A crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth – covering the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and/or to improve its appearance.
The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line. A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:
•To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
•To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
•To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left
•To hold a dental bridge in place
•To cover misshaped or severely discoloured teeth
•To cover a dental implant
There are many types of crown, which can be made, all of which have advantages and disadvantages these include:
1. Porcelain Bonded to Metal
The substructure of these crowns is of a dark precious metal with porcelain bonded to the metal. This type of crown is used where the crowns are subject to heavy biting forces and porcelain by itself would not be strong enough. Their downside though is that they do tend to show a dark line around the gum line which aesthetically is not the best thing. They also do not reflect the light as well as All Porcelain Crowns, and can appear yellow and false.
2. Gold Crowns
Compared with other crown types, less tooth structure needs to be removed with gold crowns, and tooth wear to opposing teeth is kept to a minimum. Gold crowns withstand biting and chewing forces well and probably last the longest in terms of wear down. Also, they rarely chip or break. The metallic colour is the main drawback. Metal crowns are a good choice for out-of-sight molars.
3. All Ceramic Crowns
These have fantastic properties. They reflect light in such a way that they do not appear as “false teeth” but look real and alive. They contain no dark metal so there is no chance of a dark line appearing around the neck of the crown.
All ceramic crowns are an excellent choice for front teeth.
As for fees it is almost impossible to provide a 100% accurate fees without first seeing the patient as all treatment is very individual ( all patients will receive a written treatment report and quote from me after the initial consultation) however the following are guide prices:
Initial consultation (including any required x-rays) £60
Tooth whitening (custom made trays) £195
Crown (all ceramic) £560
Porcelain Veneer £545
Tooth coloured fillings £115
Dental Implant (surgery) £1100
Dental implant (crown) £1100
Cosmetic contouring/bonding from £115
cosmetic onlay/inlay £550