Crown

An artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth.

Dental Bridge

Conventional bridges are made by crowning the teeth on either side of the gap and attaching a false tooth in the middle. They are fixed in the same way as crowns.

Dental Erosion

The loss of enamel caused by acid attack. When the enamel is worn away it can lead to pain and sensitivity.

Dental Hygienist

A dental expert specially trained to work with the dentist in giving care to patients. He is mainly concerned with gum health, showing people correct home care and applying preventive materials to the teeth and gums.

Dental Implants

Titanium rods, which are surgically placed into the jawbone and act as anchors for fastening dentures or crowns onto.

Gingivitis

Inflammation of the gums. Gums around the teeth become very red and swollen and they bleed when brushing.

Gum Disease

It describes swelling, soreness or infection of the tissues supporting the teeth.

Partial Denture

A plate with a number of false teeth on it.

Pit and Fissure Sealants

They make the tooth surface smoother and easier to clean, and stop decay starting in the difficult to clean areas.

Plaque

A thin, sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on your teeth.

Post Crown

A post provides support and helps the crown stay in place.

Preventive Dentistry

The modern way of reducing the amount of dental treatment necessary to maintain a healthy mouth.

Tooth Jewellery

It involves sticking small accessories onto the teeth. They should be fitted by a dentist, who can easily remove them if necessary.

Tooth Whitening

A highly effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface.

Veneer

Thin slices of porcelain that are precisely made to fit over the visible surface of front teeth, like a false fingernail fits over a nail.