Archives for September, 2008

Bridging the Gap at Worcester Park

Dental bridges are used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. There are different types of dental bridges, including conventional-fixed bridges, cantilever, and resin retained bridges. These will all be explained to you in great detail when you visit you Worchester Park dentist. Fixed conventional and cantilever bridges require that the adjacent teeth are shaped into barrel-shaped or peg-shaped teeth, and then a bridge is fabricated to replace the original teeth forms and function and be attached to a pontic. A pontic is shaped like the crown of the missing tooth and usually touches the gum tissue between the two or more abutment teeth (i.e., existing teeth that were prepared for the bridge), or in some cases the pontic is shaped to allow for easier cleaning. A cantilever bridge is designed just the way it sounds. Two or more teeth are prepared next to each other, and then the pontic is fabricated in the toothless space next to the abutment tooth, with no attachment or just a rest seat on the other side. A resin-bonded bridge requires much less tooth preparation than a conventional or cantilever bridge, and is most often used to replace a front tooth.
Missing teeth can cause your bite to collapse down onto itself and alter the functioning and appearance of your mouth. It may also affect your smile, and cause shifting of your existing teeth, temporomandibular joint problems, and many other problems.
Your Worcester Park dentist will perform a complete dental examination, including radiographs, and study models, prior to making a decision about providing you with a fixed bridge. Your soft and hard tissues supporting your other teeth should be in excellent shape before the dentist begins this process, in order to prevent loss of supporting bone around your other teeth. The dentist will also make sure that your other teeth are biting satisfactorily and without interferences. The laboratory will shape your teeth adjacent to the edentulous space and fabricate a temporary bridge out of dental acrylic. This way, after the dentist prepares your teeth, the temporary bridge will be placed to keep your teeth from shifting. The dentist anaesthetizes the area that will be worked on, and the appropriate teeth will be prepared. After the preparation, gingival cord will be placed around the prepared teeth in order to get a good impression of the teeth margins, and then impressions will be taken by the dentist of the prepared segment and the teeth opposing the bridge area. A bite registration and tooth shade will also be taken by the dentist, and all of these will be sent to the laboratory so that a bridge can be fabricated, either using porcelain fused to gold, gold, or porcelain. This depends on the strength desired and the location of the bridge. The temporary bridge is then cemented in the area where the teeth were prepared, and touched-up to fit properly. After 1-2 weeks, the dentist receives the bridge from the laboratory, and you will be scheduled for an appointment to have your new bridge placed and cemented.

Weybridge Dentist on Laser Dentistry

When visiting your Weybridge Dental Clinic, you may want to inquire as to whether they perform laser dentistry. The following is a brief overview of the benefits and uses of a dental laser. Laser dentistry integrates state-of-the-art equipment in an assortment of dental procedures and practices. Laser dentistry has not yet been accepted by the majority of dentists, although it increases the precision of treatment, and reduces pain and recovery time. Only about 5% of dentists have lasers available in their offices. It is extremely safe and comfortable, and can vastly improve a dentist’s precision when performing procedures. The benefits of laser dentistry include that anaesthesia or sutures may not be necessary. The dental laser also aids in blood clotting, and the reduction of bacterial infections. Also, oral tissues heal more quickly, and there is much less damage to the surrounding oral tissues.
Several procedures where laser dentistry has shown to be of therapeutic value in dentistry include: the removal of benign tumours; as a dental caries detection device; better viewing of teeth and gum tissues; reduction of pain from cold sores (i.e., fever blisters); crown lengthening; dental fillings, repositioning of muscle attachments; nerve regeneration; sleep apnoea; removal of excess soft tissue(s); teeth whitening; temporomandibular joint treatment; gummy smile, and; tooth sensitivity. Note: Laser dentistry is not used for replacing defective amalgam fillings, onlays, or dental crowns. So, call and visit your Weybridge dentist to see if laser dentistry is for you!

Weybridge Dentist Gives some Pointers on Wisdom Teeth

Your third molars are also known as “wisdom teeth.” They generally begin erupting between the ages of 17-25 y.o., and are the last molars to present themselves intra-orally. Your wisdom teeth may erupt into your mouth without any problems, or erupt to one side of your oral bone ridge or the other, if there is not enough room available. If there is less space available for wisdom teeth eruption, they may become impacted, and their growth into the mouth may be prevented by your gums, oral bone, or your other molars (most often your second molars). Part of the tooth may be visible in your mouth, or your wisdom teeth can be totally impacted and no tooth is visible at all. When this happens, this area of the mouth can become very painful and/or infected, depending on whether the tooth is partially erupted or fully erupted. Sometimes there is a flap of gum tissue that is loose where the teeth are erupting into the mouth. If food and bacteria build up in this area, the result will be pain from the swelling and infection. Your Weybridge dentist will clean this area out for you, and prescribe an antibiotic and warm salt water rinses to resolve the infection. Fully impacted wisdom teeth can cause more serious dental problems, in that a “cyst” may form around the crown of the tooth, or the whole tooth. This will cause problems in your jaw bone, as the bone is usually eaten away by such a problem. Your other teeth may also become affected. If left untreated, a more serious surgery procedure may have to be performed to remove it. It must be removed, or a tumour or a broken jaw in that area may result.
It is difficult to predict if you will experience problems due to your wisdom teeth. The best thing for you to do is to go visit your dentist, and have them perform all of the necessary examinations and radiographs required, so that they can evaluate your wisdom teeth. The sooner you do this, the better! Because when wisdom teeth continue to growth and develop roots, they become more difficult to remove. Your dentist may also refer you to an oral surgeon to have your wisdom teeth removed.

Kingston upon Thames Dentist Treats Bad Breath

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a problem that can cause much shame. Numerous people that have bad breath, are not even mindful that they have this problem. See your Kingston upon Thames dentist if you feel that you may have bad breath. The dentist will help find the underlying reason if you do indeed have bad breath, and will develop a therapeutic plan to address and eliminate your problem(s).
Specific foods can cause bad breath; among these are onions and garlic. You may not realize this, but these food’s metabolites enter your bloodstream, and then go to your lungs, where they are breathed out into the air. Although, brushing with toothpaste and using mouthwashes may eliminate these odours, this is only a temporary fix until these foods are completely metabolised and expelled by your body.
Oral hygiene, in the form of brushing twice daily with toothpaste and flossing, is very helpful in preventing bad breath. After you eat, particles of food and bacteria are left behind in your mouth. Good oral hygiene will remove these food particles and most bacteria, thus preventing the beginning of bad breath. Using mouthwashes may only temporarily mask bad breath. Mouth dryness can also cause bad breath. Increasing your sugarless-fluid intake and/or sucking on hard surgarless candies will help. Smoking can also cause bad breath, and you should consider quitting. Medical problems can also cause you to have bad breath. These include, but are not limited to: chronic respiratory tract infections, sinusitis or post-nasal drip, excessive dieting (i.e., this causes ketosis), diabetes, and or liver, kidney, and gastrointestinal problems. Your dentist may refer you to a physician, if your mouth looks to be in good shape. So visit your Kingston upon Thames Dental Clinic and get the help you need with bad breath and other dental problems.

Shepperton Dentist Helps Save Knocked Out Teeth

If your child loses a tooth during an injury, it is important to know that you don’t have to replace the baby (“primary”) tooth, however the more quickly you can get the adult (“permanent”) tooth back into the mouth, the better its chance for survival. The tooth will have the best chance of survival if it is placed back into the mouth and its socket within thirty minutes. So, make sure you watch the clock, as each minute counts.The first thing you should do is to place a piece of tissue in your child’s mouth to control any excess bleeding. Also, this way your child will not be screaming and you can concentrate. Then find the tooth. See if the tooth is a baby tooth or a permanent tooth. A baby tooth will be very small and smooth. Once you have determined that it is an adult tooth, call your Shepperton Dental clinic or doctor immediately, or go to your local emergency room. Do not touch the tooth’s root, only the crown portion of the tooth. Immediately place the tooth either into your cheek area, a glass of milk, or salt water. Tap water should only be used as a last choice, because it contains chlorine, which can injury the tooth’s root. If you can, you should try to place the tooth back into your child’s tooth socket, that is if he or she is old enough to hold it in place, and will not swallow the tooth. Make sure to keep your dentist’s number available at all times. If possible, your dentist will try to save the tooth, by replacing it and splinting it into place using the adjacent teeth. Also, make sure if your child plays sports to have a sports guard custom-made at your Shepperton Dental Clinic.

Dental Bonding at Shepperton Dental Clinic

Dental bonding involves placing a tooth coloured restorative material on the facial surfaces of the front teeth. Your Shepperton dentist may choose bonding to: repair decayed, chipped or broken front teeth; change the appearance of the front teeth, by making them look better, and closing existing spaces between the teeth; as an aesthetic choice instead of amalgams in the back teeth; and, to cover exposed root surfaces when the gum tissue recedes.
In most bonding cases, very little tooth preparation and no anaesthesia is required. This is, unless the bonding (i.e., composite) material is to be used to fill a cavity or cavities. You Shepperton dentist will use a shade selection guide to match the shade of your tooth/teeth to be bonded. If your dentist is using bonding to lighten your teeth, a lighter shade of composite material will be selected. You tooth or teeth surface(s) will be roughened using a diamond drill where the bonding material is to be placed. Your dentist will then dry the tooth and apply and acid-etch gel to remove organic materials from your tooth/teeth, so that the bonding material will hold. Then, the tooth/teeth will be cleaned with a water spray and re-dried, an unfilled liquid resin material will be applied, and the dentist will use a special “curing light” so that the unfilled resin will set in place. Then your dentist will apply the filled composite (i.e., bonding) material and shape it closely to the desired results and again use the “curing light” to set the material in place. The dentist will then use some drills, polishing stones, and polishing wheels to finish the restoration/bonding. Dental bonding can be performed in a relatively short time, and multiple teeth can be bonding during the same visit. Dental bondings are the least invasive and relatively inexpensive aesthetic dental procedures that you can get. Proper home care must be used to maintain and clean the dental bonding(s), as well as your other teeth. Your Shepperton dentist will review all of this with you during your dental visit.

Surbiton Dentist Explains Causes and Treatment of Tooth Discolouration

Numerous causes exist as to why a tooth or teeth become or are discoloured These include but are not limited to: tobacco use, food and drinks consumed, inadequate oral hygiene, disease(s), drugs dental restorations, ageing, genetics, and/or trauma. Your Surbiton dentist will review your health history and thoroughly examine your mouth, to help determine the causes of tooth/teeth discolouration. In terms of your dental and health history, your Surbiton dentist will asks many questions. These will include:
1) Do you use or have you ever used chewing tobacco or smoked? If so, how much, how often, and for how many years?
2) Do you eat dark coloured fruits and vegetables, drink coffee, colas, tea, or red wine? If so, how much, how often, and for how many years?
3) Show me how you brush and floss your teeth? How often and for how long do you brush and floss your teeth?
4) Are there any disease(s) that you have that will discolour your tooth enamel or dentin?
5) Are you taking any medication(s), or have you in the past, that will cause tooth discolouration? Did you mother take any medication(s), while she was pregnant with you, such as tetracyclines, antihistamines, anti-hypertensives, or antipsychotic, that would have discoloured your teeth?
6) Was there any previous trauma to your teeth, and when and how did this occur?
7) Where did you grow up? Was there fluoridated water? Was the water hard or soft? Was the water from a well or public water supply?
Also, advanced age can be the cause of tooth/teeth discolouration. The enamel layer of the tooth/teeth can be very thin, and more of the dentin (coloured layer) may be visible. Dental amalgams, mostly those that contain sulfides, can discolour your teeth, leaving them gray. Heredity is also a large factor, and if your parents had whiter teeth, chances are that you will also have whiter teeth.
If you want to prevent tooth/teeth discolouration, you may consider making several lifestyle changes in terms of eating, drinking and smoking. Cut back on dark foods and beverages, and try to quit smoking or chewing tobacco. Perform the best oral hygiene you possibly can, and visit your Surbiton dentist and have your teeth cleaned by a trained and certified dental hygienist. If you want a whiter smile, your dentist can help. The dentist will suggest teeth whitening, bonding, and/or porcelain veneers.

Surbiton Dentist Advises Patients on Gum Disease

Gingivits (i.e., gum disease) happens when bacteria and plaque are not properly removed with personal oral hygiene, and creates an overload that cannot be defended by the inherent defences of the body. When you visit your Surbiton dentist, they will perform a complete oral examination and take radiographs as part of your initial visit. Your gums will be evaluated by periodontal probing, and a charting of your mouth will be made. Your dentist will be looking for signs and symptoms of gum disease. Signs of gum disease are bleeding on probing, redness, swelling, visible pus, and gingival and/or periodontal pockets Gum disease may originate because of harmful bacteria and dental plaque, but can be made worse by systemic factors. Gum disease is reversible if it is treated before spreading to the underlying bone. As soon as your dentist sees any loss of your oral bone surrounding your teeth (i.e., alveolar bone), your problem will then be called “periodontal disease;” this is not reversible but can be arrested. If you do not visit your dentist on a regular basis, your gum disease and periodontal disease can go unnoticed until it is too late. Some of the results of gum disease and/or periodontitis are loosening or loss of teeth, abscesses, bad breath and spontaneously bleeding gums.
To help prevent gum disease, you should perform proper oral hygiene regularly; twice daily brushing and flossing, and use recommended dental care products. If you gum disease progresses to periodontal disease, you may be referred to a periodontist to have this problem treated. The periodontist will perform the treatment necessary to resolve this problem, but it is up to you to maintain the health of your mouth. So, visit your Surbiton Dental Clinic for a check-up and find out if you do have the early stages of gum disease or periodontitis!

Sunbury Dentist Can Treat Gummy Smile

While smiling, do you feel you are showing too much gums, in comparison to the amount of teeth that you show? This so-called “gummy smile” can be treated and corrected by your Sunbury dentist. Some causes of a “gummy smile” are: faulty tooth eruption; your upper lip moving higher than it should move; and jaw bone and teeth developmental anomalies. Your dentist will perform a complete dental examination and take impressions and radiographs of your teeth and surrounding hard oral tissues. Your dentist will then evaluate your smile line, facial muscles, size and shape of your teeth, and gingival tissue configuration.
Dental treatments for a “gummy smile” are dependent upon the extent of the problem. Your dentist may refer you to the proper dental specialist to rectify this problem. You may be referred to an orthodontist, oral surgeon, or periodontist, or a combination of these specialties. Your treatment may include: dental laser treatments; surgical lip repositioning, orthodontics, recontouring of the gingival tissue and/or underlying bone, and/or maxillofacial surgery if required to relocate the bone. Therefore it is important for you to visit your Sunbury Dental Clinic in order to educate yourself when it comes to “gummy smile.” This way you and your dentist can work together can get you the best result possible. This may seem like a rather easy dental procedure, and it is in many cases. However, some of the treatment procedure(s) for “gummy smiles” may at times be complicated.

Sunbury Dentist Gives Overview for Smile Makeovers

When you visit the Sunbury Dental Clinic, after speaking with the dentist and telling him that you are interested in a smile makeover, he will perform an all inclusive therapeutic plan specifically for your dental needs and cosmetic objectives. The comprehensive smile makeovers can include various dental procedures including teeth whitening, bonding, porcelain veneers, dental crowns and/or bridges, orthodontics, decrease in a gummy smile if needed, and maxillofacial surgery.
A comprehensive dental examination must be performed before determining a plan of action. A full intra-oral examination complete with radiographs and study models should be performed, along with a complete periodontal charting and occlusal (i.e., bite) analysis. If gum or bite problems exist, these must be addressed and treated before the dentist begins your smile makeover. Many times, most of the teeth in the mouth require dental attention, so a smile makeover may take a while to properly complete. However, the results will be well worth it. Other times, the patient wants only a few cosmetic improvements in their mouth. These cases may not take as long.
So, what is really involved in a smile makeover? Your Sunbury dentist will explain this to you in great detail. There is more to this than meets the eye. Upon visiting your dentist, your dentist will consider your facial form and appearance, the nature of your skin, appearance of your teeth, colour of your hair, gingival tissues, and lips. Several of the dental procedures involved in smile makeovers are: contouring the teeth, teeth whitening, bonding, porcelain veneers, replacing old amalgam fillings with composite (tooth coloured) fillings, dental implants, crowns, dental bridges, partial dentures and full dentures. Sometime increasing the vertical dimension of the face, if the face looks collapsed due to teeth wear, can remove years from a person’s face. If the bite is to be opened for a smile makeover, proper functioning of the TMJs should be considered. Actually, the TMJ functioning and bite should be considered for all restorative procedures. In addition, orthodontics and oral and maxillofacial surgery may be required for a smile makeover. You may not want to get involved with certain procedures. Your Sunbury dentist will discuss all of your options with you prior to commencing any type of treatment.