General & Family Dentistry at Wincanton Dental Practice
At Wincanton Dental Practice we provide a comprehensive range of general dental care, dental hygiene services and oral health education to help keep your mouth in pristine condition. We’re a family friendly Dental Practice working with patients to prevent problems and improve your oral health. Read about the treatments we offer below, or call us to discuss a particular procedure.
WHITE (COMPOSITE) FILLINGS
A composite (tooth coloured filling) is a great option for many fillings or when repairing a small chip to a tooth. A tooth-coloured composite material is used which makes the filling largely unnoticeable. We will remove any decay and smooth the edges before the filling is placed. We aim to do this in one visit. We believe prevention is better than cure and will always focus on preventing decay, however, if you do require a filling then we recommend tooth-coloured fillings as a solution that is both aesthetic and functional.
ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
When the inside of the tooth becomes damaged or infected, this can cause toothache and even lead to a dental abscess, which can be extremely painful. Root canal treatment will eliminate the cause of the pain by completely removing the diseased or damaged tissue from the tooth.
Those considering root canal treatment can often find the process nerve wracking, however, the treatment overall should feel no different to having an ordinary filling placed.
CROWNS & BRIDGES
Chipped or fractured teeth, broken down fillings, or teeth that are malformed or discoloured are all conditions which can affect your smile. A crown is a natural looking porcelain cap that is used in order to help restore or hold together a tooth that has been chipped or damaged.
Multiple crowns are also used to hold a bridge in place. Their purpose is to restore each tooth to its normal shape and size, while both strengthening and improving its appearance. Having a crown fitted may require two or three dental visits.
SNORING AND YOUR ORAL HEALTH
Did you know that snoring may be damaging to oral health?
Snoring is caused by the muscles in the roof of your mouth, tongue and throat relaxing enough to partially obstruct the airway. It is these soft tissues that vibrate when the air flows past, generating the disrupting snoring noise you hear. Saliva helps to wash dead skin cells off your tongue, cheeks and gums , but if it's not washed away thoroughly, these cells break down and begin to smell. A good oral health routine is essential to combat some of these effects. Additionally, it is something that we can discuss, review and explore ways to help ease your snoring.
TMD AND ANTI-SNORING DEVICES
The sound of snoring can lead to sleep deprivation for your partner and research has consistently found that exposure to noise above 40dB can have a negative effect on all areas of our well-being. If snoring has become a persistent problem,
Wincanton Dental offer anti-snoring devices that can help. You may also suffer from Temporomandbular Joint Disorder (TMD) - a problem affecting the ‘chewing’ muscles and joints between the lower jaw and the base of the skull.
Up to 25% of adults suffer from TMD at some stage in life - with symptoms ranging from face, jaw or neck pain, headaches and painful clicking in the jaw.
Jaw pain, clenching and grinding of teeth are common problems and can cause damage and a number of painful symptoms associated with the jaw, this can affect your overall quality of life.
Collectively, these symptoms are often referred to as Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD).
The Prospect of Teeth Extractions can be scary, at Wincanton Dental Practice, our experienced dentists will only remove teeth if it is absolutely necessary. Teeth may need to be extracted for many reasons such as, orthodontic, damage or where advanced gum disease and tooth decay is present. Should a tooth extraction be needed we will endeavour to make this as comfortable as possible for you. For the extremely nervous patients the treatment can be done under sedation.
Discreet dentures can help restore your smile and bring back the joy of eating once again. Often overlooked, dentures, full or partial, involve the replacement of missing teeth and the creation of removable false teeth which can have incredible results.
Complete dentures replace all your teeth and with the denture removed you would have no teeth in that particular arch (either top or bottom). Full dentures can either sit on the gum, and be held in by suction, or be supported by dental implants, which makes them more secure.
Partial dentures replace only a few teeth. With partial dentures there is not enough material to create a suction to hold them in. Partial dentures therefore either need to be supported by dental implants or by clasps, which grip around the adjacent teeth.
We ensure dentures don’t just perform well but they look great and feel natural. That’s why we carefully match the shades and add slight imperfections just like real teeth, to ensure they go completely unnoticed.
If you have lost all of your natural teeth, you may be struggling with unsecured dentures. While dentures are a great way to replace your missing teeth, traditional dentures do not address other common problems associated with tooth loss, including bone loss and shrinking gums, which can cause your dentures to become loose and uncomfortable.
Dental implants are an excellent way to address these problems, and to give you a smile to be proud of.
What is denture stabilisation?
Denture stabilisation uses dental implants to secure your dentures. You will still be able to remove them for cleaning, but there is no danger of them becoming loose and uncomfortable, or of them slipping out at an inopportune moment.