We offer a full range of treatment and services within the practice, ranging from preventative services, to cosmetic treatments and skin treatments. We use the latest in dental technology, and our chair side monitors and intra-oral cameras let you see what the dentist can see. Our digital x-rays allow us to reduce radiation, keeping patient safety and wellbeing a priority.
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Sometimes people opt for a completely new look smile. At Cassidy Dental, Magherafelt we take a professional approach to smile design. Creating new smiles is not just about teeth, but a study of lip line, gum tissue, contouring, in fact the whole face has to be taken into account.
We combine clinical skill with the latest cosmetic dentistry procedures with years of expertise and artistic flair to create a smile that fits you.
There are various ways we can help create a beautiful new smile and these might not cost as much as you think:
Bonding is one of the easiest and most affordable ways of improving your smile. It can disguise those small but niggling issues which can make a big difference to your confidence, such as gaps between your teeth and chipped or cracked teeth.
The procedure is very simple and painless and does not involve any drilling to your existing teeth.
Sometimes teeth can appear too short, or your smile can seem a little “gummy”. We can easily solve these issues with gum contouring, which makes the teeth appear longer, with less gum showing. The treatment is completely pain-free with no bleeding.
If your teeth appear too long, we usually have two options, depending on the reasons why they seem too long. If the problem is gum related we can carry out soft tissue grafting to make your gums a little longer, which will make your teeth seem shorter. Alternatively, we may be able to recontour your teeth which makes them appear shorter. This is painless, and we do not go beyond the hard, protective enamel coating of your tooth.
Dental veneers offer another great way of transforming your smile with just one treatment
Orthodontic treatments to improve your looks
Treating conditions such as too many teeth, poor bite, gaps between the teeth, crooked teeth and poor jaw alignment, all come under a specialist branch of dentistry called orthodontics.
To deal with these conditions we offer a range of painless orthodontic treatments to improve the function and appearance of the mouth.
One of the most common ways to do this is by using dental braces to move teeth into a new and better positions. These can be traditional fixed braces, or virtually invisible braces, such as the Invisalign system that is becoming increasingly popular.
These types of braces consist of a series of clear aligners which gently move and straighten your teeth. By using this type of system, you can transform your smile without it affecting your day to day life. The aligners are comfortable, clear and removable which means you can still eat whatever you want, and it is easy to keep your teeth and braces clean.
Alish McBride is one of a small number of dentists in Northern Ireland certified in Invisalign and Inman Aligner discreet orthodontic systems
Braces that are right for you and your smile
Our appliance options all work a similar way, gradually moving teeth into their new and desired position. Some are more suitable for milder conditions, while others are better for more complex orthodontic problems.
Whatever you require, we will create a personalised and individual orthodontic treatment plan that will give you a terrific smile.
White composite fillings
White composite fillings are not only functional but are more natural looking in the mouth. Many people prefer them over amalgam fillings that are visible when laughing or smiling. White composite fillings are now available with properties comparable to silver amalgam fillings, and are proving very successful. The life expectancy of a white filling can depend on where it is in your mouth and how heavily your teeth come together when you bite. Many white fillings are classed as a cosmetic treatment, so can only be done privately. The cost will usually depend on the size and type of white composite filling used, and the time it takes to complete the treatment.
Dental implants are the 21st century solution for missing teeth no matter how many teeth are missing. Years of research have shown high success rates and given the science of implant dentistry an excellent reputation. It is now possible for virtually any patient to have dental implants.
Dental implants are made of titanium and are tooth root shaped. They become replacement tooth roots. Small posts are then attached to the titanium implant and this provides stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
Dental treatment procedure
The placement of dental implants in the jawbone requires a surgical procedure and this may include bone grafting if there is not enough bone to place implants. The implants are then left for 3-6months beneath the gum to become attached to the bone. During this time you can wear your temporary appliance or denture and not have any gaps.
Following this the implants are uncovered and a special healing collar attached to form the gum shape. An impression will then be taken and posts or attachments connected to the implants. Replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments.
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure which replaces missing bone which occurs after tooth removal. It is required if there is not enough width or height of the jawbone to hold implants. There are different types of bone grafting procedures including:
This is using your own bone or bone substitute to increase the width, height or both of the bone where the implant is required.
A certain width of bone is required to place an implant
Sinus lift graft
There are two sinuses which are filled with air in the upper jaw. After tooth removal they can increase in size and reduce the amount of bone required for implants. A sinus lift is lifting the sinus membrane up and placing bone substitute to increase the bone available for implants. This is a common procedure and rarely affects the working of your sinuses.
Our experts in implantology
Both Tom and James have years of training and expertise in dental implants. Tom is a member of The Association of Dental Implantology and we are in unique position where not one but both have achieved a Masters in Medical Science in Dental Implantology. We use a state of the art CBCT scanner to carefully plan bone levels and implant placements. You can rest assured that you are in the very best possible hands.
Veneers, Crowns and Bridges
Veneers: A veneer is thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of your tooth. Veneers can be used to improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth. A precise shade of porcelain can be chosen to give the right colour to improve a single discoloured or stained tooth, or to lighten front teeth. A veneer can easily make a chipped tooth appear intact again, by covering the whole of the front tooth, with a thicker section replacing the broken part. Veneers can also close small gaps when orthodontics (braces) are not suitable, and can sometimes be fitted to bring a tooth that is slightly out of position back into line.
Crowns: A crown is 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. A crown is sometimes known as a ‘cap’ and is an ideal restoration for teeth that have been broken, weakened by decay or a very large filling. A crown may also be needed after a root filling, to protect what is left of the tooth. It can also be used to improve the appearance of a tooth after a discoloured filling, or help to hold a bridge or denture firmly in place.
Bridges: A bridge is made by putting crowns on the teeth at either side of a space, and then joining these two crowns together by placing a false tooth in the space. The bridge is constructed in the laboratory and then placed using special adhesives, meaning the bridge cannot be removed. There a different types of bridges available to suit each patient’s individual needs, another option being an adhesive bridge. This has wings that are bonded to the back of the supporting teeth, with very little drilling involved. Bridges are usually made of porcelain bonded to precious metal, although sometimes, other non-precious metals are used in the base for strength. New bridges made entirely of a special type of strong porcelain are also available. However, bridges are only possible if you have enough strong teeth and good bone support.
The key to having healthy teeth and gums and not needing to wear dentures is to take good care of them, both at home and by visiting us regularly for oral health and well-being checks and for hygiene appointments.
Regular dental check-ups enable our dentists to identify potential problems before they develop, saving you time and money. Our check-ups also include mouth cancer screening and so could even save your life.
Our hygiene appointments are vital for your oral health too. Hygienist appointments can make a big difference too in the battle against gum disease. During these we give your teeth a professional deep clean including cleaning between them and below the gum line. This removes stubborn plaque. Plaque is a constantly forming thin and sticky layer of bacteria which can irritate the gums and cause gum disease.
Initial symptoms of gum disease include bad breath and sore, swollen or bleeding gums. With treatment it can be controlled, but if left untreated it can eventually lead to tooth loss and the need to wear dentures. Also, recent research has shown that uncontrolled gum disease is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, strokes, uncontrolled diabetes and other illnesses.
A CBCT Scanner is an X-ray device that produces incredibly detailed 3D colour images of your head, teeth, jawbone and facial muscles.
CBCT scans allow us to plan for complex procedures such a dental implant treatment with precision and accuracy. This should not be confused with an MRI Scan which is generally used for diagnosing other problems.
In certain cases we would recommend a CBCT scan of the jaw(s) prior to commencing your implant treatment. The life-sized 3-dimensional picture of all regions of your jaw that are taken aids us in the placement of your implant and helps avoid important anatomical structures.
We have our own CBCT scanner so there is no wait for us to provide this important imagery.
Oral Cancer Screen
Fissure Sealants to prevent tooth decay