Specialised Treatments

 Rob examines a CEREC 3D image.

Rob examines a CEREC 3D image.

Orthodontics

Invisalign

Inman Aligner

Cerec Ceramic Reconstructions

Mouth Guards

Dental Implants

Denplan subscription

 

 

 

 

Orthodontics

Orthodontics was the first specialist area created in the field of dentistry and, broadly speaking, is the treatment and prevention of irregularities of the teeth and jaws.

No matter what your age, orthodontics can protect your bite (occlusion), maximize your teeth's effectiveness and create a well-aligned smile. Today's orthodontics involves repositioning of the teeth and underlying roots, providing better support for the crown of the tooth. Orthodontic treatment is now associated with the benefits of greater aesthetic appeal, increased comfort and reduced treatment times.

Orthodontic treatment can also rejuvenate your facial appearance by reshaping the jaw, neck and lips and well-aligned teeth make oral hygiene easier to maintain.

Currently, the orthodontic procedures available at Rock Lane Dental are either Invisalign, removable orthodontic appliances, fixed appliances or the Inman Aligner.

Invisalign

 An Invisalign in use.

An Invisalign in use.

Invisalign straightens teeth using a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that are custom-made specifically for your teeth.

As you replace each aligner every two weeks, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week, gradually towards the projected final position.  

Comfortable, clear and removable – Invisalign transforms your smile without disrupting your life. Something that over 2.5 million people worldwide have already discovered. 

You will find further information on Invisalign here on the Rocky Lane Dental website.

Inman Aligner

The Inman Aligner is another great solution for crowding or protrusion of the front teeth.

It is really fast, very safe and great value. With the patented Inman Aligner, your front teeth can be gently guided to an ideal position in a matter of weeks. Most cases complete in 6-16 weeks and because it's removable you can take it out to fit with your lifestyle.

 The Inman Aligner

The Inman Aligner

The Inman Aligner is a simple removable appliance used to align front teeth quickly and safely. It's ideal as a stand alone treatment or to prealign teeth prior to further cosmetic options such as bonding or minimal veneers.

The Inman Aligner has Nickel Titanium coil springs that power two aligner bows that gently oppose each other, guiding the teeth into their new position. These gentle forces are active over a very large range of movement, which is why the Inman Aligner works so quickly.

The image below shows the squeeze effect of the two aligner bows on the front teeth. The inner bow pushes forwards, while the outer bow pulls back on the front teeth.

 The Inman Aligner gentle "squeeze" effect.

The Inman Aligner gentle "squeeze" effect.

CEREC Ceramic Reconstructions

CEREC (CEramic REConstruction) is a unique, revolutionary and highly sophisticated CAD/CAM system for the construction of individual, permanent ceramic crowns, inlays and veneers, usually applied in one, single appointment. 

For the patient, this simply means: fewer injections, less drilling, no unpleasant impressions, no temporary crowns and a great deal of time saved.

CEREC is the most advanced, sophisticated reconstruction method available and it's here, now at Rocky Lane Dental Practice, please follow the link below for details.

Find out more about CEREC here on the Rocky Lane Dental website.

 Rob discussing a CEREC treatment with a patient.

Rob discussing a CEREC treatment with a patient.

Mouth Guards

A mouth guard (mouth protector) is a flexible custom fitted device worn over teeth during athletic and recreational activities to protect them from damage.

A good-fitting mouth guard may be especially important if you wear braces, have fixed anterior bridgework or just want to protect your teeth/smile from potential trauma.

Mouth guards can buffer damage to the teeth, the brackets and/or other fixed appliances from blows and physical contact. Mouth guards can also act as a barrier between teeth/braces and the cheeks, between the lips and tongue, thereby limiting the risk of soft tissue damage.

The ideal mouth guard also:

  • Allows speaking and does not limit breathing.

  • Stays firmly in place during action.

  • Provides a high degree of comfort and fit.

  • Is durable and easy to clean.

  • Is resilient, tear-resistant, odorless and tasteless.

Generally, a mouth guard only covers the upper teeth. However, dentists may suggest that athletes with a protruding jaw or those who wear braces or other dental appliances (such as retainers, bridgework or have implant-supported dentures) on their lower jaw wear a mouth guard on their lower teeth.

Who Should Wear a Mouth Guard?

Anyone that plays sport such as: acrobatics, basketball, boxing, discus throwing, gymnastics, handball, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, shot putting, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting and wrestling. Essentially, whenever there's a chance of contact with other players or hard surfaces, wearing a mouth guard makes sense.

For professional advice about how to protect your teeth during athletic activities, talk to Rob about selecting a mouth guard that will provide the best protection for your particular needs.

Advantages of a Mouth Guard 

Wearing a mouth guard is an important precaution for athletes of all ages and abilities, helping to protect against chipped or broken teeth, root and bone damage, and tooth loss. Mouth guards also safeguard against serious injuries such as jaw fracture, cerebral haemorrhage, concussion and neck injuries by helping to avoid situations where the lower jaw jams into the upper jaw. By keeping soft tissue in the oral cavity away from the teeth, mouth guards help prevent cutting and bruising of the lips, tongue and cheeks, especially for athletes who wear orthodontic appliances.

 Mouth guards come in a variety of shapes and colours!

Mouth guards come in a variety of shapes and colours!

Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial teeth consisting of a "root" and a natural looking replacement tooth.

The "root" is made of titanium which is surgically placed within the jaw bone to form a secure foundation.

The replacement tooth is often made of porcelain or even a special plastic (sometimes on a metal base) and it is fitted on top of the titanium root.  Often, the titanium root is used to anchor a denture firmly in place.

Implants are used to replace a missing tooth or to replace a tooth that needs extraction.  If a gap is left from a missing tooth, not only can it be unsightly but the teeth on either side can "tip over" into the gap causing problems with the bite and often, gum disease.

What's the procedure for having an implant?

  • Rob will carefully asses your requirements using x-ray equipment.
  • The titanium root is fitted, usually under local anaesthetic and is generally the longest part of the procedure.
  • There is a short interval, usually 7 - 10 days after which the implant is inspected.
  • Typically 12-16 weeks pass to allow the root to integrate properly and a special cap is placed.
  • 2-4 weeks later, an impression or 3D scan of the new root and surrounding teeth is made.
  • Finally, the replacement tooth is fitted.

Of course, all patients and their circumstances are different so Rob will spend a great deal of time discussing each stage of process.

 

Denplan

What is Denplan?

The UK's leading dental payment plan specialist, Denplan has over 6,500 member dentists and around 1.7 million patients across the country, as well as serving over 1,900 companies with employee benefit schemes.

Set up by two dentists in 1986, Denplan was created to assist both patients and practice team members with private dental care, offering a range of dental payment plans to suit every oral health need and budget. 

Supporting a preventive approach to private dental care, Denplan payment plans help our patients to stop dental problems before they start. With the very best oral health advice, up-to-date dental knowledge and the latest innovative techniques, our dentists and their practice teams work with our patients so that they can enjoy healthy teeth and gums for life.

Find out more about Denplan here on the Rocky Lane Dental website.

 A picture from the Denplan website showing a group of jolly ladies with exceptionally good teeth!

A picture from the Denplan website showing a group of jolly ladies with exceptionally good teeth!

Call Rob on 0151 342 7574 or e-mail: info@rockylanedental.co.uk to discuss any aspects of treatments described.