At Oakridge Dental Care, we offer a full range of dental services for adults and children in and around Milton Keynes. In addition to regular dental check-ups and hygienist visits, this page outlines some information regarding general dentist services that we offer.

Fillings

Reasons for filling teeth

  • Tooth decay
  • Broken or fractured tooth
  • Cosmetic

Sometimes as a patient you may feel 'why does my tooth need a filling when the tooth doesn't hurt?'

Generally tooth decay or fracture teeth do not cause pain until the decay or fracture comes very close to the pulp (the centre of the tooth) where nerves and blood vessels live. Normally at this stage the tooth may not be suitable for a filling and may require other forms of more complex treatment such as root canal treatment.

At Oakridge Dental Care we have intra-oral cameras which we can use to demonstrate why we need to do a filling. Please do ask your dentist to show you and we are happy to explain why we recommend you have a tooth filling. 

Types of filling material

There are 3 types of filling material normally used:

  • Composite (tooth coloured)
  • Amalgam (silver)
  • Glass ionomer (tooth coloured)

Please ask your dentist for more information.

Root Canal Treatment

The pulp has a path that runs down through the inside of the tooth and into the gum and jawbone. This path is known as a root canal because it helps to keep the tooth rooted in place. In some cases, a single tooth can have more than one root canal.

The term root canal is slightly misleading because it implies that the pulp and the root canal of the tooth are empty. However, the pulp and the root canal are made up of soft tissue that contains nerves and blood vessels.

If the pulp becomes infected by bacteria it will begin to die, which could result in the loss of the tooth. There is also the risk that the infection could spread down into the root canal, which may lead to the development of a painful dental abscess (a pus-filled swelling). The infection could then spread to your gums (gingivitis) or the tissue and bones that support your teeth (periodontitis). 

Root canal treatment is designed to save the tooth and prevent the spread of infection. The damaged pulp is removed from the tooth and the root canal is then cleaned of all bacteria. After the bacteria has been removed, the root canal and pulp are filled in using an artificial substance, before being sealed.

Is root canal treatment painful?

While carrying out the procedure we are dealing with nerve tissue and with sufficient local anaesthetic the procedure will be painless. After treatment we recommend painkillers and the tooth should settle within 24-48 hours. If this is not the case please call us to book an emergency appointment.

At Oakridge Dental Care we use the latest equipment used to carry out the procedure please ask your dentist to advise you on the option available for the procedure.

Please ask your dentist for more information.

Dentures

We can lose our natural teeth for a wide variety of reasons. It could be through injury, it could be through decay or it could be through a number of different oral health problems. If you’ve faced tooth loss, your dentist will probably have talked to you about dentures.

Dentures are an artificial replacement for natural teeth, made of acrylic and resin, special plastics and sometimes lightweight metal, which are designed to look just like the real thing.

If you and your dentist agree that dentures are the best solution, your dentist will first examine your mouth and take impressions to begin the denture-making process.

Full, upper and lower dentures

A set of full dentures are used when all natural teeth need replacing. Upper dentures replace the top row of teeth and lower dentures replace the bottom row of teeth.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are used when just one or more of your teeth need replacing. They also help maintain the alignment of your remaining teeth and keep them from shifting.

Please ask your dentist for more information.

Crowns

A dental 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. 

Why Is a Dental Crown Needed?

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 mis-shaped or severely discoloured teeth
  • To cover a dental implant

Please ask your dentist for more information.