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Kenilworth Dental Practice offers a comprehensive list of cosmetic dental treatments, including:

White Fillings

wf5beforetext2A great smile can brighten your life both professionally and socially. Modern cosmetic dental treatments can give the appearance of a more youthful, fresher smile.

The dentists at Kenilworth Dental Practice can replace old, metal fillings with tooth coloured alternatives such as composite resin.

Composite resin comes in a range of shades so the dentist can match the colour of your natural tooth making the filling nearly invisable.

Modern materials are durable and hardwearing. Unilke metal materials composite bonds to the tooth structure using adhesive technology.

Please contact us to book a consultation.

So what does the procedure involve?

Composite resin is very technique sensitive. The filling has to be placed in layers, and in order for the bonding (adhesive) technology to be successful the tooth needs to be completely dry.

Phase 1

  • The dentist will administer local anaesthetic and allow the tooth to go numb before starting treatment

  • The dentist then removes the old filling and any decayed or weak tooth tissue.

  • Once the dentist has prepared the tooth, he/she will place a rubber sheet on a frame over the tooth. This isolates the tooth from the rest of your mouth allowing us the dentist to safely apply the cleaning and bonding agents to the tooth, and also keep it dry. This procedure is called rubber dam and makes the process more comfortable.

Phase 2

  • Once the dentist has placed the rubber dam, he/she will wash and dry the tooth and then apply an etchant to the enamel around the cavity. The etchant is made of fruit acid and is applied for about 10-15 seconds. The etchant prepares the enamel surface for the adhesive material. The tooth is washed thoroughly again and dried.

  • The dentist then applies a thin layer of bonding agent to the cavity, which is gently dried to remove any excess then cured (set) with a blue light. This process is sometimes repeated.

  • The dentist then places the filling material. This is done in layers and each layer is cured with the blue light. Once the cavity is completely filled and the material is set the dentist will polish and shape the filling. He/she will use some thin coloured paper to check that the new filling is within your bite but not interferring with it. As the material is fully hardened you can eat and drink on it straight away, however we always advise patients to wait until the anaesthetic has worn off.



Ceramic inlays / onlays


Ceramic inlays / onlays are custom made tooth coloured restorations which are made in the laboratory by a dental technician.

Inlays / onlays are used to replace very large fillings in the biting surfaces of chewing teeth (molars) that would historically have required a crown.

Please contact us to book a consultation.

So what does the procedure involve?

As with crowns and bridges, ceramic inlays / onlays require at least two visits:

Visit one

  • The dentist will administer local anaesthetic and allow the tooth to go numb before starting treatment
  • The dentist then removes the old filling and any decayed or weak tooth tissue.
  • Once the cavity has been prepared your dentist will take impressions of your teeth. The impressions are then sent to our dental technician along with a shade reference so that he can construct the inlay / onlay to match your natural tooth. Your dentist will then place a temporary restoration into the cavity to protect the tooth whilst the ceramic restoration is being made.

Visit two

  • The dentist will administer local anaesthetic and allow the tooth to go number before starting treatment.
  • Your dentist will then remove the temporary restoration and try in the ceramic inlay / onlay. Once your dentist is happy with the fit and appearance of the inlay / onlay he/she will check that you are happy with its appearance before bonding it into place.
  • The process for bonding the ceramic is very similar to bonding a composite resin filling (see above).
  • Final checks are made, then you can eat and drink as normal.


A great smile can brighten your life both professionally and socially. Cosmetic smile re-design techniques can give the appearance of a more youthful, fresher smile. We here at Kenilworth Dental Practice look at the whole mouth and the person behind the smile before we assess how to improve your smile. The process to design your smile starts with a thorough assessment by Dr Arjun Kachhala.

Whether on its own or as part of more complex cosmetic treatment, we at Kenilworth Dental Practice can provide veneers which will brighten up your smile.

Veneer are thin, strong and discrete pieces of porcelain custom-made to fit over the front surface of the teeth to make the overall appearance of your smile look straighter, lighter, wider or more youthful. Two visits are normally required.

Veneers also protect teeth from any more damage. Tooth surface can be dissolved away by acid in the mouth (usually from consumption of certain kinds of food and drink); this can make teeth very sensitive to hot and cold. In this situation, veneers can protect the teeth.


Please contact us to book a consultation.

So what does the procedure involve?

Rest assured, all our dentists are vetted and trained to ensure that you will ultimately achieve a first class result.

Visit one-The front of the teeth involved need to be reduced to the right shape so that the veneers will make everything appear to line up correctly once fitted. This is how:

  • We usually numb the area around the teeth with a painless injection and wait for it to work properly;

  • Using a small, high-speed drill we carefully remove a very small amount of natural tooth material off the front surface– just enough to prevent the veneer making the tooth look or feel bulky;

  • We use a putty-like material to record the shape of the teeth being veneered and the teeth around it – this is called taking an ‘impression’, so our dental technician can tell the shape and size of the veneer to make for you;

  • We send the impression, along with the correct colour information, to our dental technician who will make the veneers;

Visit two

  • The veneers are glued in place. They normally fit perfectly like a 3D jigsaw;

  • Your new smile is ready to use straight away!

How long do veneers last?

  • Veneers will look at their best for 10-15 years or so providing you follow our advice for good maintenance. This means avoiding sweet foods/drinks too often, daily brushing and flossing combined with a strict regime of regular attendance with a dentist and hygienist.

  • Veneers are strong but occasionally come away from the tooth or break if the tooth is knocked. They can sometimes be glued back on, but will have to be replaced if they are severely damaged.

  • As time goes by the veneers may start to look a little less ‘perfect’ than the day they were fitted due to very slight dulling of the shiny porcelain surface. The gums may also recede causing the join between the veneer and the tooth to become apparent if inspected particularly closely. Whilst these are not major issues that necessitate replacement, you may find that you will wish to replace them in the future to have everything look as good as possible. However this is usually your choice rather than there being any clinical need for replacement.

Veneers combined with Teeth Whitening.

If you wish to make the teeth lighter you will need to whiten the teeth before we start veneers (see above). Once the colour of the porcelain veneers is established it cannot be altered without removing veneers and making new ones at additional cost-so if you wish to whiten your teeth now or in the future, you should do it before veneers are made so that their colour can be matched to the whitened teeth.

Contact us to arrange an appointment to have your smile improved with veneers, or to arrange an assessment for a complete smile re-design.



What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is effectively a false root. It is made of titanium and is inserted directly into the jawbone using a simple surgical procedure. Once the implant has integrated with the jawbone an impression (or mould) is taken and sent to the laboratory, where our technician constructs a special crown which fits onto the implant using a device called an abutment.

How long does it take?

Implant surgery takes between one and two hours. Once placed the implant is allowed to integrate for between 12 and 16 weeks. The crown usually takes 2 weeks to be made.


Will I require a general anaesthetic?

No. The placement surgery is carried out under local anaesthetic similar to an extraction

How long will I take to heal?

The gum usually takes between 7 and 14 days to heal. You will be provided with a list of instructions and a course of antibiotics.

I smoke. Can I have dental implants?

Smoking greatly reduces the body’s ability to heal. It also affects implant integration. In non-smokers the national average for successful implant integration is over 97%. In smokers that is reduced to less than 80%. We strongly recommend that all our patients stop smoking, as it is detrimental to oral health and increases the risk of gum disease and oral cancer. The practice policy is not to place implants in smokers, however if you can reduce to less than 5 cigarettes a day we will consider you for implant surgery.

How do I look after my dental implant?

You will need to maintain an excellent level of oral hygiene. You will be assisted in this by regular visits to the dental hygienist who will show you how to brush and floss your implant. You will also need to see one of our dentists at least once a year to have the implant checked, and x-rayed.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or a whole denture. They remove the need to wear removable appliances, and also remove the need to use other teeth to support a false tooth. This means that your natural teeth are not compromised.

Can everyone have dental implants?

Sometimes implants are not possible due to lack of bone, and sometimes an alternative solution such as a fixed bridge is a better option. Once a tooth has been extracted, the bone that used to support that tooth remodels, and that usually involves a loss of bone. The longer a tooth (or teeth) has been missing, the less likely that an implant will be possible.

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