March 20th, 2010
Dental implants are the most realistic and effective dental substitutions. They are the perfect solution for patients who have suffered the trauma of a knocked out tooth or a tooth lost to infection, who still retain a strong jawbone.
Missing teeth can be very embarrassing and also the source of dental health complications such as misaligned teeth and excessive bacteria build up. It is therefore very important to try and replace missing teeth as soon as possible with a dental restoration. There are a number of these available, including dental bridges and partial dentures. It is the dental implant however, that provides the most solid and lifelike alternative to a real tooth.
The implant itself comes in the shape of a small titanium screw. This is drilled into the jawbone in a process that sounds a lot more unpleasant than it actually is. It is then left to fuse with the surrounding tissue in a process called osseointergration. Once this has bonded, it can then be used as a base for a post and artificial crown. In this way, a dental implant replaces the whole of the tooth from top to bottom, unlike every other dental restoration.
Dental implants are permanent and less likely to suffer damage than other more temporary replacements. They should be treated and cleaned exactly like normal teeth in order to preserve their functionality. It is also possible to have a series of smaller implants fitted to act as a base for a set of dentures. By clipping dentures to mini-implants you can alleviate the annoyance and anxiety of loose dentures or dentures prone to falling out. It also makes eating certain foods a lot easier and removes the need for messy denture adhesives. Ask your Sunbury dentist about your suitability for a dental implant.
March 18th, 2010
CEREC is one of the most modern dental treatment systems in the world using computer-based technology to provide stunning results. Some of the major benefits of CEREC are that it allows treatments to be carried out in a single visit and involves minimal enamel that is often required with other dental restorations.
CEREC allows dentists to design, manufacture and install dental repairs such as crowns, veneers and inlays in a single visit with crown production taking as little as six minutes per tooth. This has been made possible by the introduction of new technology including digital x-rays and three-dimensional imaging. This has also removed the need for time-consuming dental moulds and conventional x-rays.
First, your Sunbury dentist will digitally x-ray your teeth, which produces an immediate 3D image on the screen. This is incredibly accurate and can be used to design a perfectly fitting dental restoration. This information can then be sent to a computer-guided milling machine so it can fabricate the new crown from a single piece of porcelain.
This means that not only are the new dental crowns very strong but they can be made from porcelain that very closely matches the colour of the existing teeth for a more realistic appearance. CEREC technology is cutting edge and set to change the future of dentistry. It is cutting down both waiting and treatment times for patients, as well as providing amazing results for patients who have suffered a dental trauma or the embarrassment of discoloured or stained teeth. Contact your dentist to find out more about how CEREC works and whether it would be suitable for you.
March 16th, 2010
The whiteness of your teeth can make the difference between a good smile and a great smile. As we age, our teeth begin to lose their natural colour, meaning that a smile with faded teeth can make us look older and less healthy. The good news is that there are a number of teeth whitening systems available to restore the white appearance of young looking, healthy teeth.
Enlighten tooth whitening is one of the most common whitening products used across the UK. It has been clinically proven to whiten teeth by up to ten shades. Although not everyone’s teeth will respond in the same way to whitening, you can be fairly confident that there will be an improvement in the appearance of your teeth after just one treatment.
Anybody can have Enlighten tooth whitening as long as their teeth have previously been whiter and they do not have veneers on their teeth. The treatment works by applying a gel to the surface of the teeth in a special whitening tray. The gel contains the active ingredient hydrogen peroxide, which penetrates the discoloured enamel and bleaching it to appear whiter. Hydrogen peroxide has been safely used in dentistry for over a hundred years so a treatment from a dentist will be perfectly safe.
Whitening from Enlighten can last up to three years depending on your teeth and your lifestyle. Frequent visits to your Surbiton dentist will help to keep the newly whitened teeth looking good for longer, as will effective brushing at home. Tooth whitening is a perfectly safe procedure that shouldn’t involve anything more than a mild sensitivity during the treatment or immediately afterwards, which is a small price to pay to have beautiful white teeth.
March 13th, 2010
Dental veneers allow you to cover teeth that are affected by discolouration and staining. They can also be used to restore the shape of worn or unevenly spaced teeth. Lumineers are a relatively new form of ultra-thin veneer manufactured by Cerinate that can perform all of these dental restorations without causing any further damage to your teeth.
The difference between Lumineers and regular veneers is that they are made form a special patented form of porcelain that is incredibly strong. This means they can be much thinner than normal veneers while maintaining their strength and protective qualities. Lumineer veneers are about the same width as a contact lens, which means that minimal preparation is needed for the teeth. This has always been one of the major drawbacks of veneers that enamel had to be removed from healthy teeth in order to accommodate the new veneers. Lumineers fit easily over teeth without the need to remove enamel and are so thin they can even fit over existing dental work. This means that the process is reversible, although it is unlikely you will ever want to return to your old teeth when you have seen the effects of Lumineers.
Lumineers veneers are all manufactured in the Cerinate laboratory in the US according to specifications form your Kingston-upon-Thames dentist. However, you will only require two appointments to design and fit the Lumineer veneers. There really is no need to suffer with the embarrassment of stained or uneven teeth. Lumineer veneers can restore the appearance of your beautiful smile and can last for up to twenty years if properly cared for. Ask your dentist for more information about Lumineer veneers.
March 12th, 2010
Everyone is familiar with braces in one form or another. Depending on your age you may have very contrasting views to braces. Older patients may remember the old style metal train-track braces that weren’t particularly attractive to look at. However, younger patients may be more familiar with the new generation of braces, which have used technology to make a vast improvement in treatment.
Traditional metal braces, just like modern braces, were used to manipulate the teeth into a more aesthetically pleasing position. They did this by applying pressure with a system of wires and brackets. Not only were they not very attractive but they were also quite uncomfortable and treatment seemed to last forever. Some patients were required to wear these braces for as long as three years as well as suffer the pain of extractions prior to treatment.
Modern braces have addressed many of these concerns to provide patients with a much more pleasant and short-term experience of braces. Modern braces such as the Inman aligner can show results in as little as six weeks in some cases and are also completely removable, although it must be said they are not suitable for all patients. There is also the option to have invisible braces that are made from clear plastic. Invisalign braces are almost completely invisible when in the mouth and capable of producing stunning results in 18 months on average.
Damon braces resemble the old style braces but are much smaller and more discreet. They have also been specially designed to not require tightening, which removes the need for the regular and painful tightening appointments not so fondly remembered by many former brace wearers. To find out more about these treatments and the many others that are available, consult a Weybridge dentist who will be able to tell you which one of these orthodontic treatments is most suitable to straighten your teeth.
March 10th, 2010
If you have ever wanted to have straighter teeth but have been put off by the thought of having to wear braces, then the Six Month Smile might just be the treatment for you. It is now possible to correct your crooked or misaligned smile without having to wear unseemly metal braces for up to three years.
Six Month Smile braces can be used to treat many issues to do with teeth alignment including: crowding, spacing, all forms of bite misalignment and misplaced midlines.
The revolutionary features of the Six Month Smile treatment include wires that are small, discrete and tooth coloured. This makes the brace very hard to see unless standing up close to the patient. Treatment time is reduced by as much as 75% compared to traditional orthodontic treatment and discomfort is kept to a minimum. The all-important statistic, however, is that they cost as little as half as much as conventional orthodontic treatment or Invisalign braces.
The treatment process begins with an initial consultation to see if your teeth are suitable for the Six Month brace. In some cases of extreme overcrowding it may not be possible to use the Six Month brace without some prior treatment. Once the initial appointment has been carried out, you will then have to wait for several weeks while the braces are manufactured. Once fitted, it will be necessary to visit your Molesey dentist every four to five weeks to make small adjustments to the braces but with treatment time lasting as little as six months this is only a minor inconvenience when compared to the alternatives. Make an appointment to see if you could finally get the smile you have always wanted with the minimum of fuss.
March 9th, 2010
When something happens to your teeth that causes pain or discomfort, such as dental trauma during an accident or tooth decay, your dentist will be able to discover the root of the problem and offer treatment to alleviate the pain and protect your teeth from further damage. However, there are other occasions when there is technically nothing wrong with your teeth but simply their appearance is causing you anxiety. This is when your Shepperton dentist could employ a number of cosmetic dentistry treatments to restore the appearance of your smile.
Common complaints that patients make about their teeth include issues with their colour, alignment and, size and shape of gum tissue. All of these and many other complaints can be corrected with a variety of procedures ranging from affordable to expensive and simple to very complex.
For example, teeth that have lost their colour or are affected by discolouration can be treated in a number of ways. Tooth whitening treatments are perhaps the best known of all the cosmetic treatments because of how simple and affordable they are. A special gel is applied to the teeth, which reacts with the tooth enamel, bleaching it whiter to make it look more natural and healthy. Discoloured teeth can also be treated with dental bonding or, in some cases, with a set of porcelain veneers.
New dental technology such as digital x-rays and dental lasers have broadened the limits of possibility in cosmetic dentistry to the point that there are now very few cases, if any, of teeth that could not be almost completely restored with a certain amount of work. It is also possible to have cosmetic treatments carried out on the gums using a dental laser to sculpt the tissue to look more attractive. This is called gum contouring and can have just as much of an impact on the teeth as a complete set of veneers. Ask your dentist fro more information about which procedure are available.
March 8th, 2010
Bad breath is a subject that most people will avoid, and that’s mainly because most people have had, or have a problem with it. There are a number of reasons for it says a Molesey dentist, and the most common is a poor oral hygiene regime. Other causes are liver disease and diabetes, both of which use bad breath as a warning sign that there is a problem. Spicy food consumption is another one, especially garlic, even garlic tablets can cause an odious odour, which is best dealt with by switching to non-odorous tablets. Getting back to oral hygiene this is the single most cause of the problem, and although you may follow all the usual rules in brushing your teeth and using a mouthwash, the problem can still occur. Flossing is the best friend we have in the fight against bad breath, it will remove the food residue that bacteria works on to produce acid and that odour. Cupping the hands to test your breath will just be a fruitless exercise, and the spraying of a mint flavoured mouth odouriser will just mask it for a short while. Chewing gum is a good way of producing saliva that will neutralise the acid production in the mouth, this is most important at night as when we sleep the glands stop working. It is therefore essential that we clean all the food bits from the mouth before we go to bed. Flossing during the daytime after a snack or meal will also help you to keep a fresh breath, and drinking water throughout the day is also not just good for the body, but for the acid production on those sugary and fatty foods we eat during the day. Sweets and chocolate feed the bacteria more than any other food we eat, so when you have a sugar fix make sure that you rinse the mouth and floss if you can.
March 7th, 2010
A Weybridge dentist has advised that veneers can be replaced more that once, but only certain types of veneers. A veneer in the normal sense is just a thin crown that covers a defect on a tooth, which could be anything from a chipped tooth, to a crack or discolouration. A misaligned tooth is not usually covered by a simple veneer, although a porcelain veneer is sometimes used in such cases. With thin veneers the case is that they can be replaced, and usually there is not a problem with them being replaced time after time. They last just 3-5 years anyway so they have to be able to be replaced quite often, it is usual to replace any damaged ones during this period anyway. Porcelain veneers are slightly different in that they aren’t made or used for multiple changes, they last 10-15 years in most cases and after that they are easily replaced in a few sittings. The problem with porcelain ones is that the actual tooth they are covering needs to be trimmed down in thickness quite a bit, this leaves not a lot of tooth left to place a new veneer on, although this is quite easily done after the 15 years lifespan of the original. The third one is usually the problem tooth, but even then a coating of a porcelain paste can be used to build up the thickness again. This is then ground down to facilitate the new veneer and make a good bonding, with all the sides sealed up to prevent infections getting in. Veneers are very flexible in their use and this is what makes them so popular with patients and dentists, they can also be polished to take off any staining that may occur, but not if the stains are too deep.
March 6th, 2010
There are many complex and expensive dental treatments that can be used to improve the appearance of teeth. These are often slightly too expensive for many people to afford but with cosmetic bonding, many of these repairs or improvements are still possible at a fraction of the cost.
Cosmetic bonding is made of a composite resin that can be mixed to closely match the colour of the existing teeth. This is a skilful procedure but one that can yield very impressive results. Once it is mixed to a satisfactory colour the bonding can then be applied to fix dental problems such as chips and cracks, crooked teeth or even applied thinly to cover patches of discolouration.
Prior to application, the surface of the teeth will be etched or roughed so that the bonding has more to grip onto for extra security. It will then be shaped into the desired style or position. Once this is complete, the Surbiton dentist will then set the bonding hard with the heat of a dental laser. Finally, the bonding is then polished to look like the smooth surface of tooth enamel.
Dental bonding is also used to fill cavities in teeth, replacing the old silver amalgam fillings that have caused so much controversy in recent years. Because the bonding can be matched to the other enamel this provides a much cleaner and more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Dental bonding is a very versatile and useful tool in cosmetic dentistry. Although it may not be as realistic or impressive as other treatment such as porcelain veneers, for patients on more of a budget it can definitely be more than satisfactory.