Restorative dentistry

Our practice is more than just straightening smiles. We want to make sure your smile is whole and healthy too. We provide restorative dentistry to achieve the very best smile results for our patients.


Periodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the health of your gums and supporting soft tissues. It is used to treat periodontal disease (an advanced form of gum disease) and other inflammations in the mouth.

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Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease. If you see blood on your toothbrush while brushing, it’s a common sign of unhealthy gums. You should contact your dentist immediately if you experience bleeding, as gum disease is best treated early.

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Left untreated, gingivitis can become periodontitis, which is much more serious. Periodontitis affects soft tissues that hold the teeth in place. It can cause the gums to separate from the teeth and even begin to dissolve the jaw bones - which can lead to tooth loss.

Luckily, it usually takes years for periodontitis to develop. You should make an appointment with a Periodontist if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Receding gums
  • Discharge around the gums
  • Front teeth becoming more spaced out
  • Teeth biting together differently

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What can my Periodontist do to help?

Periodontal treatment comprises both home and practice-based care. Your Periodontist will advise you on the best way to clean your teeth at home - to make sure harmful plaque doesn’t worsen your condition.

In the practice, your Periodontist will check for loose teeth, receding gums, and an unusual bite. They may carry out debridement, also known as root planing, to clean the gum pockets and remove any plaque or bacteria. You may need a local anaesthetic for this procedure.

If root planing does not work, or if you have deep or inaccessible gum pockets, your Periodontist may recommend surgery.

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Endodontics, also known as root canal treatment, is needed when the pulp in your tooth gets infected. The infection could be due to tooth decay or trauma to your mouth. If left untreated, this infection can spread and cause painful abscesses - and the need for tooth extraction.

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How does a root canal treatment work?

Root canal treatment is a complex and time-consuming procedure, and will usually involve two or more visits. If you come in for a root canal treatment we will:

At a later visit, we will check to make sure all the infection has cleared. Then we will permanently fill your tooth to restore your smile.

  • Use local anaesthetic so you don’t feel any discomfort.
  • Prepare your tooth by drilling into the root canal system.
  • Thoroughly clean and remove all infection and pulp.
  • Fill and seal the root canal system temporarily with a crown.

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Could you benefit from restorative dentistry?

Book an appointment with the skillful team at SmileLux in Milton Keynes. We will ensure your teeth and gums are healthy for years to come.

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