Following the announcement by the government – we’ve been given an advisory date of 8th June to start to plan a phased return to work.
During lockdown we have been supporting and caring for you through our telephone triaging system but rest assured, in the background, we’ve been working tirelessly to ensure that when we do reopen, we do so with new operating procedures and protective equipment that ensures the safety of our patients and our staff.
During lockdown we kept a record of all the patients who needed our urgent help. Understandably we will be giving priority to those patients first but will ensure that we contact all patients who have missed their routine appointments as well as those patients who are mid treatment. To help us achieve this, we will be extending our opening hours in due course.
Our opening hours will differ daily as we phase our return and if you have any questions, contact the practice on 01744 25776 between the hours of 10am and 1pm Monday to Friday. Please do not turn up at the practice until we advise it is ok to do so.
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We thank you all so very much for your patience, continued support and understanding.
Stay safe and healthy!The Kiln Lane Team Close
What is composite bonding?
Composite bonding is a quick and cost-effective cosmetic procedure which involves applying tooth-coloured composites directly to problematic teeth, which may be chipped, gapped or stained.
This is a much quicker alternative to procedures such as veneering and the process is usually completed within one visit to our surgery in St Helens.
Is composite bonding right for you?
In order to establish whether you are an appropriate candidate for composite bonding, our expert dentist will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and gums. If they find that you are eligible for composite bonding, it could be in relation to the following cosmetic issues:
- Chipped, cracked and fractured teeth
- Gaps and spaces
- Tooth discolouration
In some instances, your dentist may decide that there is too much damage to your teeth, and they may suggest other procedures such as crowns or veneers.
What is the composite bonding process?
Before the composite bonding process begins, a rubber dam is placed in the patient’s mouth in order to separate the teeth and avoid moisture interference.
Depending on the extent of the treatment, the patient may require anaesthetic. A dentist then applies a mild acid solution to the tooth’s surface, which is kept on for 15 seconds, as it provides a surface which will strengthen the composite bond and adhesive.
Next the tooth-coloured composites are applied by shaping and moulding composite resin on the problem tooth.
This is then hardened by using a high-intensity curing light and the process of shaping, moulding and hardening is continued until the correct shape is achieved.
To ensure that the composite bonding does not move or cause discomfort, your dentist will place an appropriate finish on the bonding for extra security.
After receiving composite bonding treatment in St Helens your tooth may initially feel sensitive, although this should subside quickly.
What is the aftercare process?
Composite bonding can provide you with a long-lasting smile, however, you must ensure that you maintain good oral hygiene and avoid anything that may have a substantial effect on your teeth.
Any activity such as chewing on sharp objects can cause damage, as composite bonding is liable to chipping under force.
You should also make sure to floss at least once and brush at least twice a day, whilst also ensuring you make regular trips to the dentist and hygienist for examinations.
Before and after composite bonding
This patient was dissatisfied with the colour of her teeth, including the evident white spots. She discussed all her options with our dental team and decided to go with teeth whitening and composite bonding in order to get the best and brightest smile possible in just under two hours.
This patient was unhappy with the colour of her teeth and in particular the white ‘spots’.