Do I Really Need A Crown?

Perhaps your dentist has suggested that you need a crown and having gone home and considered the cost implications, you’re unsure about going ahead with treatment. As a busy dentist we regularly use crowns in Bournemouth patients to restore badly failing teeth, so we though we’d take this opportunity to discuss the whys and wherefores of crowns to shed a little more clarity on the treatment.

crowns in BournemouthReasons why a dental crown may be necessary

  • To reinforce a weak tooth which is badly decayed or fractured
  • To replace a previous large filling which is covering half of the width of the tooth or more
  • Following root canal treatment which has left the tooth hollow and susceptible to cracking
  • Fractures inside the tooth which are causing pain when you bite and chew
  • Excessive wear especially if you grind your teeth
  • To improve the appearance of an unsightly tooth
  • In conjunction with other treatments such as dental implants where a crown is placed on top of a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. Alternatively missing teeth may be replaced with dental bridges that are composed of crowns fitted on the teeth either side of the gap and attached to false teeth in the middle.

Crowns in Bournemouth – your alternatives

If you’re having dental implants or a bridge fitted then there is no alternative to crowns. Quite simply they’re an essential part of both treatments. If, on the other hand, the crown is to protect a weakened tooth, then you have the following options:

  • Do absolutely nothing – If your tooth has been held together by a large filling and a small piece of tooth for several years then you may want to adopt the old adage of “if it ain’t broke then don’t fix it.” Sometimes removing a filling can create more problems than are solved and lead to other problems down the line such as needing a root canal and a crown. This could eventually happen anyway but that’s a chance you take.
  • An inlay or onlay – If the tooth is not quite at the point where it needs a crown but too badly damaged for a filling, then an inlay or onlay could be an option. This requires less preparation than for a crown and allows you to retain more of the tooth structure. An impression of the prepared tooth is taken and sent to the laboratory for a custom inlay or onlay to be made. Tooth coloured, it’s cemented into place and gives a seamless and natural appearance.
  • Extraction – If the long term prognosis for the tooth is not good, then you may decide to opt for a dental implant.

As you can see there are numerous reasons for crowns in Bournemouth and 9 times out of 10, if your dentist says you need a crown, then he’s right. If you feel you need a second opinion, then why not get in touch with Queens Park Dental by calling 01202 303322 or contact us via our website at We use the latest in technology and aim to meet your dental needs, including dental emergencies, now as well as in the future and together we can discuss your best options. We’re a Bournemouth dentist that really cares, so call us today.

Why Do I Need A Retainer After Braces?

As an In-Line dentist in Bournemouth one of the questions we’re often asked is why is there a need to wear a retainer once treatment is finished. Basically, the reason is to keep the teeth in their new position. Braces work by gradually easing teeth into a healthier position and a retainer needs to be worn while the bone and tissue settles down around your teeth, and the bite stabilises.

For how long do retainers need to be worn?

orthodontics in BournemouthThe risk of relapse is highest during the first month after treatment has ended and as your body is constantly changing so too can your teeth shift position. Relapse won’t occur over night, but if you stop wearing your retainer your teeth will eventually revert back to their original position. By wearing your retainer as suggested, you can help keep your teeth straighter for longer.

What do retainers look like?

Retainers are custom made to prevent your teeth from moving back to their old position and take the form of a fixed or a removable appliance.

Acrylic and wire or clear plastic fits against the front of the teeth to hold a removable retainer in place. Typically the clear plastic version looks nicer but wears out faster. This form of retainer is usually worn full time for about 6 months after which time it’s worn during the night for several years. A fixed retainer is held in place by wire bonded to the back of the front teeth. This is usually kept in place for around 5 years although it’s not uncommon for an In-Line dentist in Bournemouth to recommend that it’s worn for a lifetime.

Removable retainers need to be taken out for eating and when playing contact sports as well as for brushing your teeth. To clean the retainer brush it using toothpaste and rinse it with tap water and then brush and floss your teeth. If you have a fixed retainer then you’ll need to take more care when brushing the back of your teeth and around the wire so that plaque doesn’t form. Ask your dentist in Bournemouth to show you how to floss using a floss threader.

How does a retainer feel?

Like any appliance worn in the mouth, it will seem a little awkward at first and will take a few days to get used to it and to speak clearly. Don’t worry if you experience more saliva in your mouth than usual, that’s totally normal. Fixed retainers don’t affect speech but do be careful when biting down on particularly hard or crunchy food.

Many people find their teeth shift position at some stage of their lives and this is why realigning them with a speedy treatment like In-Line is such a good solution for orthodontics. In Bournemouth we have helped restore the smiles of lots of patients who didn’t want to wear a traditional metal brace. We encourage them to wear a removable retainer for longer at night, and a fixed retainer indefinitely, so that they can continue to enjoy their new smile. If you’re in need of orthodontics in Bournemouth or if you have an dental emergency, then why not get in touch with Queens Park Dental by calling us on 01202 303322 or get in touch via our website at We’ll soon have the smile back on your face.

What Are Dental Crowns In Bournemouth Made From?

A dental crown is often the choice of restoration for a tooth that has been badly damaged by decay or trauma where a filling just won’t do. It’s shaped to resemble a tooth and matched in colour and size to your other teeth to give a seamless appearance. More importantly, it’s a replacement for a tooth and as such needs to be strong and durable and fit for the purpose. Most people expect their crowns in Bournemouth or any other town or city, to last for at least 10 years; so what sort of materials are capable of lasting that long and work well?


crowns in BournemouthCrowns used to be made exclusively from metals such as gold, nickel and palladium and as such metal is the ideal material for a crown. The reason being that not so much of the natural tooth has to be removed and because metal is so hard wearing, it lasts for a long time. The downside is that they don’t look particularly attractive.

Porcelain and metal

This is one of the most common choices for a dental crown, especially if it is to be used towards the back of the mouth, where you need strength, but you also want it to look good; well on the top at least. It wears more than an all metal crown but in a way it provides the best of both worlds, by looking good and being strong.


Just occasionally resin may be chosen as the material for a crown because it is cheaper. However, most people don’t choose this type of crown because the price reflects its quality and they are more prone to fractures and wear down quickly.


From an aesthetic point of view these types of crown are the most visually appealing and are commonly used for front teeth. They look amazing since their translucent properties make them look very similar to real teeth, but because they don’t contain any metal they’re not that strong. Fortunately front teeth don’t involve too much pressure being put on the crown and this non-metal option gives teeth a lovely white colour without any tell-tale shadow from the metal.


These crowns are the newest additions to the dental industry and are usually constructed using digital techniques in a laboratory. Zirconia is exceptionally strong and offers good resilience to wear and tear. It also looks good with a translucence that makes for a very natural looking tooth. It’s bio-compatible and contains no metal, which makes it the very best choice if your Bournemouth dentist offers it and you can afford the price tag that accompanies it.

If you have a damaged tooth then we can help restore it. Why not contact Queens Park Dental on 01202 303322 to book a consultation or contact us via our website at where we can take a look and discuss your best options. In a dental emergency, please contact us straight away. Besides crowns in Bournemouth we also offer other tooth restoration options including dental implants.

Why Is It So Important To Have Straight Teeth?

For most people their reason for choosing an In-Line dentist in Bournemouth is to achieve a more beautiful smile which they hope will get them noticed for all the right reasons. However, straight teeth are also beneficial to your dental health as well as your overall health. If your teeth are badly aligned or you have unsightly gaps and spaces between your teeth, then the friendly skilled dental team at Queen Park Dental can help.

invisible braces in BournemouthThe majority of adults think that a great smile can benefit them in the work place as well as being a great social asset. Straighter teeth give them the confidence to smile in all types of interaction and they don’t have to worry about making a bad impression because of crooked or misaligned teeth.

So aesthetics aside, let’s take a look at the benefits of teeth straightening in Bournemouth:

  • Ease of cleaning

Good oral hygiene entails brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day but if your teeth overlap or are crooked, then your hygiene routine may not be as effective as it should be. It can be difficult to get dental floss between and around crooked teeth. Overlapping teeth can obscure parts of a tooth’s surface making it difficult for you to reach with your toothbrush. Because you can’t clean your teeth properly when your teeth aren’t straight, your risk of tooth decay and gum disease is greatly increased. By straightening your teeth, it makes it easier for you to maintain a good level of oral health.

  • Risk of gum disease

Gums that are red and swollen may be the cause of teeth that are overcrowded or gapped. Gums don’t fit as well around teeth which are misaligned and this means that food and bacteria can get lodged in the gum tissue and cause infections which can lead to tooth loss. Gums hug straight teeth closely which helps to prevent this type of infection and in addition, because teeth are held in place more securely, people with straight teeth aren’t so vulnerable to tooth loss.

  • Better digestion

You probably wouldn’t visit your dentist with severe stomach cramps but if you’re experiencing digestive problems, then it could just be your teeth that are causing the problem. Crooked teeth and bad bites can make it harder for you to chew your food completely and as a result you may be swallowing large pieces of food or food which hasn’t been sufficiently broken down by the saliva in your mouth. With tooth straightening, Bournemouth dentists may be able to put an end to your stomach woes.

Orthodontics in Bournemouth is about so much more than improving your smile and can result in better oral and bodily health. With a wide range of invisible braces in Bournemouth which, in some cases, can deliver results in as little as six months there’s never been a better time to visit your dentist and get your teeth straightened once and for all. Why not come and speak with Hannah at Queens Park Dental to see how we can help you. Call us today on 01202 303322 or contact us via our website at Please also contact us for all dental emergencies.

Uncovering The 4 Top Myths About Tooth Whitening In Bournemouth

If you’ve noticed that your teeth are looking on a little on the dingy side, then you might want to consider tooth whitening. In Bournemouth, here at Queens Park Dental, tooth whitening is one of our most popular cosmetic treatments and many of our patients use it prior to a special occasion. Some people are put off from getting their teeth whitened because they’ve been misinformed or heard bad reports from others. We thought we’d use this blog to untangle the facts from the myths so you can make an informed decision. So here goes:

  • teeth whitening in BournemouthTooth whitening is for anyone – Although tooth whitening in Bournemouth is a great option for many adults it’s not recommended for under 16’s. In addition it isn’t suitable for pregnant women or those who are breast feeding. Tooth whitening needs to be carried out on a healthy mouth, so if you’ve got gum disease, worn enamel, untreated fillings, exposed roots, or any other dental issues, then these will need to be addressed prior to tooth whitening.
  • Tooth whitening is painful – You may have heard that tooth whitening is painful but that’s certainly not the case. However, we would urge people to take the advice of their dentist before going ahead with over the counter tooth whitening products. Anyone with gum disease or any unknown dental issues, could experience heightened sensitivity which usually goes away once they stop using the products. Prior to teeth whitening, Bournemouth dentists will first carry out a full dental check to ensure that a patient has good oral health. Whitening can cause mild tooth sensitivity but usually this is short-lived. Many professional whitening products now use lower levels of hydrogen-peroxide (which can cause sensitivity) which still achieve excellent results.
  • Teeth whitening is permanent – Teeth naturally darken with age and this happens irrespective of whether you whiten your teeth or not. As a result, it will be necessary to repeat the tooth whitening procedure from time to time to achieve continual whiteness. How long tooth whitening lasts depends on whether the person reverts back to drinking such things as coffee and red wine, or continues to smoke, all of which cause teeth to become stained
  • Tooth whitening gives a Hollywood smile – Many people expect their teeth to appear whiter than white like a celebrity Hollywood smile. In reality, teeth are not bright white but more of a pale ivory shade. The take-home bleaching trays we give our patients will lighten their teeth by between 2-8 shades within a couple of weeks for a look which significantly improves their appearance and is reasonably easy to maintain.

If you’d like to learn more about teeth whitening in Bournemouth and find out if it’s suitable for you, then why not come and speak with Queens Park Dental, your friendly local dentist. You can call on 01202 303322 to book an appointment or contact us via our website at Besides cosmetic dentistry, we also cater for dental emergencies, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

Get In Line For A Beautiful Smile

Some people are lucky enough to be born with a beautiful straight smile whereas others may have tooth defects which make them feel self conscious and uncomfortable about their appearance. The good news is that we can put the smile back on your face, quickly and discreetly, using modern orthodontics. In Bournemouth, here at Queens Park Dental, we employ a system known as In-Line which is able to correct teeth that are overcrowded or too far apart.

invisible braces in BournemouthIn-Line is one of the latest types of invisible braces” Bournemouth dentists offer which consists of removable transparent plastic braces that gently move the teeth into their right position without the need for unsightly wires wound around the teeth. Suitable for patients over the age of 15, it can correct a variety of orthodontics issues such as crowded teeth or teeth that have gaps in between them, as well as open and cross bites, to name but a few.

How it works

In-Line is a remarkable way to improve your smile and actually consists of clear plastic trays which fit over your teeth and are virtually invisible. How can a thin plastic tray get the job done? Well, believe it or not, in the same way as traditional braces, by applying gentle pressure on the teeth and moving them gradually into their right position. X-rays and impressions of your teeth are done and a dental plan formulated, so that a series of aligners can be made specifically for you. You’ll start off by wearing your first tray for at least 20 hours a day for the first two weeks, only removing it to eat and brush and floss your teeth. Then it’s time to move on to the second tray to achieve the next gradual movement, and so on until the desired effect is achieved. Total treatment time varies from one patient to another but generally averages between 6-8 months.

Once your In-Line treatment is completed you’ll need to wear a retainer otherwise your teeth may slip back into their previous position and all of your hard work will have been done for nothing.

If you’d like to find out more about invisible braces in Bournemouth, and for all denal emergencies, then why not get in touch with Queens Park Dental. We’re an In-Line dentist in Bournemouth that has been using this method with great success for several years and have scores of delighted patients. Just think how confident you would feel with a brand new smile. Call us today on 01202 303322 or contact us via our website at to book a consultation.

Instant Orthodontics With Porcelain Veneers

If you mention the word orthodontics to most people then there’s a strong chance that they’ll be thinking of traditional metal braces that many children and some adults wear. If they have some familiarity with more modern dental orthodontics then they might even consider invisible braces or In-Line In Bournemouth however, here at Queens Park Dental we can also fit people with a speedier alternative and that’s porcelain veneers.

porcelain veneersObviously for those with more serious teeth problems your dentist will advise you of how they can correct crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth using more conventional orthodontic methods, but for those with milder orthodontic issues then veneers can be the perfect solution for restoring both the health and beauty of a patient’s smile.

So how do we do this?

Usually porcelain veneers are placed on the front surfaces of teeth in order to provide a better all-round cosmetic look, concealing chips, cracks, and flaws, but they can also be used in mild cases where patients for whatever reason don’t want to undergo long periods of corrective treatment. Because porcelain veneers are customised to suit each patient’s specific requirements they   complement surrounding natural teeth, not only in terms of texture and colour but also in shape and size. This means that porcelain veneers have the ability to…

  • Lengthen teeth that are too short
  • Close any unsightly or unwanted gaps between teeth
  • Straighten teeth that are slightly crooked
  • Improve the contours of misshapen teeth
  • Add strength to teeth that are weakened or cracked
  • Widen teeth that are too narrow

When one or more of these tasks are accomplished veneers have the ability to improve bite and create a great looking, uniform smile just like invisible braces in Bournemouth would, but in a fraction of the time. Aside from this, porcelain veneers are strong and durable and can last up to 10 years. They’re also easy to replace should the need arise.

If you have a mild orthodontic problem but don’t fancy going through the process of traditional orthodontics in Bournemouth then don’t be surprised if your dentist suggests porcelain veneers as an instant alternative. To find out more, why not contact Queens Park Dental and book yourself a no-obligation consultation with Hannah. Here we’ll discuss your dental needs in a friendly, professional way and come up with a solution to suit you To make an appointment either visit our website at or contact us directly on 01202 303 322, especially in a dental emergency. Don’t let crooked teeth spoil your beautiful smile.

Get A Beautiful Smile In Time For Your Special Day

We want to help you get a beautiful smile in time for your special day, whether that be your graduation, your engagement party, your wedding day or some other important event. Happy occasions such as these are full of laughter and joy and it’s good to know that you can smile with confidence. Achieving a healthy white smile may involve little more than tooth whitening. In Bournemouth at Queens Park Dental, we offer a “home” system of whitening whereby we take an impression of your teeth in order to fabricate a custom tray to fit your mouth perfectly, and provide you with the whitening gel to use at home. It only requires two visits to our clinic and in most cases excellent results are achieved within 2 to 3 weeks.

Other options

Tooth whiteningtooth whitening is an effective way of lightening healthy teeth a few shades but it doesn’t last for ever and will need ‘touching up’ in order to keep a constant level of whiteness. Thanks to our ‘home’ tray system we can supply you with additional gel to use as and when necessary. However, tooth whitening does have its limitations and isn’t a good option if your teeth are severely stained, blemished, cracked, or chipped. In this instance you might want to consider porcelain veneers. This treatment involves removing a little of the tooth enamel from the front of the tooth and covering it with a really thin veneer, almost like having a false nail applied. Being made from porcelain, we can match its colour to your other team for a seamless finish. It needs to be noted, however, that this is a permanent treatment and cannot be reversed. Veneers if cared for can last up to 10 years and will then need replacing.

Finally, you may want to consider crowns. In Bournemouth at Queens Park Dental we only ever extract teeth as a last resort and will often use crowns to restore badly decayed or damaged teeth. Crowns offer strength and support which a filling can’t and can be colour matched to your other teeth for a realistic effect.

If you’ve got a special day looming ahead and you’re worried that your smile may let you down, then come and have a chat with us to see what we can do for you. The friendly team, led by Hannah can discuss your options and discuss what meets your needs and/or budget. Call us today on 01202 303322 or find out more on our website at

In all cases of a dental emergency, please contact us immediately.

The Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Get Your Teeth Straightened In Bournemouth

Believe it or not a healthy straight smile can have a massive impact on your life. Not only does a nice straight smile make you feel good in yourself but it also affects how others perceive you in terms of personality and attractiveness. People with straight healthy bright smiles exude confidence and self-esteem. Orthodontics in Bournemouth have helped lots of adults enjoy their lives more and improve their health by getting their teeth straightened and correcting their bites.

If you’re not convinced then here’s 3 top reasons why you should consider tooth straightening in Bournemouth:

  • tooth straightening in BournemouthAppearance – The top reason for most people is appearance, since straight white teeth are far more attractive than crooked or protruding yellowish teeth. Although, from a dentist’s point of view, straight teeth means an improved bite. Problems with your bite from underbite to overbite, can cause jaw joint pain, excessive wear on teeth, and even breathing problems. Crooked or crowded teeth, underbite or overbite can lead to gums that are sore, swollen, and bleeding because it’s really difficult to floss around them.
  • Health – Straight teeth are more healthy and less prone to uneven wear, fractures, and cavities. In additions gums are healthier too and you’re less likely to suffer from gum disease. You can eat better with straight teeth too, and can enjoy a more varied diet. Finally, straight teeth are less sensitive to hot and cold liquids or foods and you’ll find you lower the risk of expensive and painful dental problems.
  • Confidence – Finally, the third reason is simply that a nice smile will make an enormous difference to your confidence. The truth is that appearance does matter and no end of studies have shown the difference that appearance and a nice smile makes in relation to job opportunities. It can lead to you landing your dream job or getting a promotion and earning more money. If your love life is non-existent, then according to most dating sites, an attractive smile can even find you a partner. Your smile really does reflect on who you are.

The great thing about orthodontics in Bournemouth is that you’re never too old to take advantage of it. Here at Queens Park Dental Team, we use invisible braces such as In-Line to correct a variety of dental alignment and bite problems, so no-one apart from your dentist need ever know that you’re wearing braces. If you’re tired of hiding your smile, then why not get in touch with us to discuss your options. Call us today on 01202 303322 or check out our website at for more information or in case of a dental emergency.

5 Great Benefits Of Porcelain Crowns

In years gone by if you wanted a replacement dental restoration because of a chipped or broken tooth then the material of choice would have been metal. If you were very lucky, or indeed well-to-do, then you might have substituted the metal for gold. Nowadays however it isn’t only the strength of the replacement restoration that’s important, it’s the overall look too. For this reason most dental practices now use porcelain crowns. In Bournemouth at Queens Park Dental we believe that they’re a great replacement for broken teeth. Here’s why….

Natural looking

crowns in BournemouthOne of the great things about dental porcelain is that it’s white and semi-translucent so immediately it has that natural tooth look about it. This is perfect for bringing out your brightest smile.

Colour matching

Porcelain crowns can be coloured to blend in perfectly with your existing natural teeth. This is better when you have undergone a scale and polish or even teeth whitening. In Bournemouth here at Queens Park Dental we can take care of this as well.

Soft yet durable.

Because of the pliability of dental porcelain it’s easy to mould it into any shape the patient needs, giving them a seamless restoration. Once bonded into place however, it’s incredibly strong and durable and in some cases once a crown has been placed it can last up to 15 years.

Stain resistant

One of the best attributes of porcelain crowns is that they’re stain proof. This means that as a patient you can continue to enjoy all your favourite foods and drink without having to worry about any type of discolouration.

They’re effective

Compared to other restoration or tooth replacement methods porcelain crowns are a cost effective way of retaining your smile. What’s more, they come without the issues associated with some other forms of tooth replacement such as discomfort, wear and tear on other healthy teeth, or in the case of dental implants, possible failure. They’re comfortable and above all they’re low maintenance.

Okay so we mentioned 5 benefits, but here’s one more for luck…..


A custom-made crown should fit perfectly over a damaged tooth and fill the space between any existing adjacent teeth. This allows the patient to chew food better and speak more clearly. In other words it gives you back full dental functionality.

If you’d like to find out more about porcelain crowns in Bournemouth or have an annoying broken or chipped tooth (This includes dental emergencies) that you really need to do something about then come and speak to Hannah and the team. To book an appointment you can either do it online via our website at, or contact us directly on 01202 303 322. We look forward to welcoming you.