Archives for April, 2010

Get your confidence back with porcelain veneers from Kingston-upon-Thames dentist

If you are embarrassed by your discoloured, crooked or damaged teeth, then you may be the perfect candidate for porcelain veneers. Being ashamed of your smile can have far-reaching effects on your every day life, affecting your self-esteem. A set of porcelain veneers could be the change you need to make to restore your confidence and allow you to get on with your life without anxiety about your teeth.

Porcelain veneers are extremely thin ceramic caps that fit over the top of existing teeth. They cover any discolouration and restore shape to uneven, worn or damaged teeth. They are cemented in place using dental bonding and will act as an extra protective barrier against tooth decay.

Using modern dental technology such as digital x-rays and Cerec, it is now possible to design and manufacture porcelain veneers in a fraction of the time it previously took. Computer-guided mills can fabricate very accurate veneers from a single piece of porcelain in only a matter of minutes and some modern porcelain veneers are the same width as a contact lens.

Porcelain veneers from a Kingston-upon-Thames dentist really can transform a smile in a single afternoon. You may have seen the amazing results possible with porcelain veneers in one of the latest TV makeover shows, where even the most damaged teeth can be completely restored. Not only will this help to improve your smile but can also improve your facial structure and profile.

Although porcelain veneers can be expensive, there really isn’t a price you can put on getting your beautiful smile and confidence back.

Know the signs of oral cancer – ask a Kingston-upon-Thames dentist

We all know the statistic that one in three of us will develop cancer at some point in our lives. While this maybe true, it is also true that modern medicine is becoming more effective at treating, fighting and beating many forms of cancer. One of the most crucial factors when treating cancer is early intervention. Catching the disease as early as possible gives you the best chance of surviving. When it comes to cancer it really is a matter of life and death.

One of the most virulent forms of cancer is oral cancer. This affects cells located in the soft tissue of the oral cavity, including the cheek lining, tongue, gums and throat. It usually manifests itself as small red, white or blotchy sore patches that do not clear up naturally in a week or so. There are many other telltale signs of oral cancer including unexplained bleeding in the mouth, extreme and sudden weight loss and pains in the neck and head. Kingston-upon-Thames dentists are trained to spot the signs of oral cancer during regular check ups, just another reason why seeing your dentist every six months is very important.

By catching the disease early, you stand a greater than 80 per cent chance of survival, so that alone should be an incentive to be vigilant. There are certain groups who are more at risk from oral cancer. Smokers are up to six times more likely to develop cancer than non-smokers, and drinking alcohol to excess may also have a large impact. Men, especially those over the age of fifty, are also at a higher risk, although you should always bear in mind that anyone can be struck down with oral cancer at any time. The best you can do is to try and live as healthily as possible and make regular appointments to see your dentist.

Protect teeth with mouth guard from Molesey dentist

Playing physical sports such as rugby, football and cricket can be very dangerous. There are many risks associated with contact sports or ball sports, such as broken or fractured limbs, torn ligaments and head injuries. However, one of the most common sporting injuries, yet often overlooked, is dental trauma. Knocked out, cracked or chipped teeth are no laughing matter, just ask anyone who has had one, but they can also be the cause of many months or even years of costly and uncomfortable dental treatment.

Unless a knocked out tooth is replaced immediately it is unlikely to be saved. This will generally mean a series of dental operations to fit a dental substitution such as a dental bridge or dental implant. These are effective but inferior to real teeth and may cost several thousand pounds. You also the have to live with the knowledge they could break at any time and watch what you eat as a consequence.

There is a simple answer to dental trauma during sports. Mouth guards are simple and effective ways of protecting your teeth against injury. Although it is possible to buy mouth guards from sporting good stores, these are often ill-fitting and offer very little protection. Molesey dentists are able to fit mouth guards at a reasonable price that fit the teeth correctly and offer a far greater degree of protection.

If you are having a mouth guard fitted for your child, you will need to bear in mind that it will need replacing regularly to accommodate their growing and changing teeth. Wearing a mouth guard may not be the coolest thing in the world, but it certainly is cooler than having knocked out teeth when you are in your sporting prime.

Secure dentures with mini-implants from Surbiton dentist

Dental implants are one of the most popular ways of restoring the appearance of missing teeth. By implanting a small titanium screw directly into the jaw, your dentist can create a solid base for an artificial tooth that both looks and feels exactly like a real tooth. Dental implants are becoming more and more popular with patients all across the UK keen to restore their smiles or replace previous dental substitutions, which have become old or loose.

It is also now possible to have a series of mini implants, usually about five, right along the gum line to act as a base for a full set of dentures. Many people who have lost most or all of their teeth resort to wearing dentures for both the aesthetic and functional benefits but they can often feel loose and uncomfortable. Loose dentures can even be the source of great anxiety for some people who are concerned they may fall out at precisely the wrong time. Many denture wearers use denture adhesive gels or strips to secure their dentures, which while effective, can also be messy and an unnecessary hassle. It can also prohibit the eating of certain foods.

Just as dental implants are changing the way we think about teeth replacements, mini-implants are revolutionising the way people see dentures. Small clips can be fixed into your existing dentures so that they can clip on and off to the mini-implants with ease. This means your dentures are secure when you want them to be, but can also be easily removed.

Surbiton dentists are receiving more enquiries about mini-implants as word spreads about how they can offer a worry-free denture experience. Surgery to fit mini-implants is fairly straightforward, providing the gums are in a good condition. Find out from your dentist if mini-implants are suitable for you.

Straighter teeth without metal braces – ask a Molesey dentist about Invisalign

Many people who have misaligned or uneven teeth are resigned to the fact they are going to have to live with them because they can’t face orthodontic treatment with uncomfortable and unpleasant fixed metal braces. However, a number of new orthodontic straightening devices have come onto the market in the last ten years that have made vast improvements on the old style ‘train-track’ braces.

One such product is Invisalign invisible braces. Made from one millimetre thick clear plastic, Invisalign braces are virtually invisible when in position in the mouth but they are still as effective as metal braces. The system works by using a series of clear plastic aligners, each worn for a periods of about two weeks before a new aligner is needed. Each new brace has small adjustments designed to gradually move the teeth into the desired position.

On average, the Invisalign treatment lasts about 16 months, six months shorter than the average treatment with traditional fixed braces. So not only are Invisalign braces far more discreet, you will also need to wear them for significantly less time. Another major benefit of the Invisalign system is that the braces are completely removable. They need to be worn for about twenty hours a day to receive the maximum benefits of treatment, but this means they can be taken out while eating, playing sport and for cleaning teeth. In this way they reduce the oral hygiene impact on the teeth that some fixed bracket braces can have.

Invisalign braces from Molesey dentists are perfect for young professionals who don’t want to have the stigma of having braces but want straighter teeth. They are also ideal for teenagers, with a special teen range of Invisalign braces being developed with added features.

Teeth ten shades whiter with Zoom from Sunbury dentist

Zoom teeth whitening is one of many treatments on the market that promises whiter teeth to make you look younger and healthier. The difference with Zoom is that it really delivers on this promise.

Zoom uses a special advanced power lamp and whitening gel to remove stains and discolouration from the surface of the tooth. The heat from the lamp activates the gel allowing for a much faster whitening treatment. Zoom teeth whitening will take less than an hour and can result in teeth that are up to ten shades whiter.

People choose to have teeth whitening to enhance the appearance of badly stained or discoloured teeth. Teeth that are yellowing or have patches can make you look much older than you are. This is because teeth naturally lose their colour as we age, so any premature discolouration will make you appear older. Teeth whitening treatments are one of the most affordable and popular cosmetic dentistry treatments used by thousands of people each week across the UK.

Your Sunbury dentist will be able to tell you how suitable your teeth are for whitening at an initial consultation. Although everyone can have teeth whitening performed, except patients with veneers, some teeth naturally respond better to treatment than others. But even a subtle difference in the colour of your teeth can make a vast difference to the appearance of your smile.

The effects of teeth whitening are usually visible shortly after the treatment is over, though for some it may take more than one appointment. Treatment from a dentist is very safe as they can use all the necessary safety equipment to protect the soft tissue of the mouth. This may not always be the case with certain home whitening treatments.

Experience the latest digital x-ray technology at Weybridge dentist

One of the newest additions to the dental surgery is the digital x-ray. This new technology has allowed the advancement and improvement of a number of dental procedures and also reduced treatment and waiting times for all patients.

In the past, if a dentist wanted to know the exact structure of a patient’s teeth, it would involve taking several traditional x-ray photographs as well as several time-consuming and rather unpleasant dental moulds. These images and moulds would then need to be developed and cast before the dentist could study them before a treatment. Not only did this delay the treatment time but it also suffered from some accuracy problems.

Digital x-rays have addressed all these problems and now allow the dentist to create an incredibly accurate picture of the patient’s mouth prior to surgery. By taking several digital x-rays, the dentist can produce an immediate three-dimensional image of the patient’s teeth on a computer screen. This can be saved to the patient’s file allowing the dentist to get an idea of how the teeth are developing over the years. It also allows the dentist to design dental restorations such as crowns and veneers on the computer, to ensure a high standard of accuracy.

Combining digital x-rays with other modern technology has led to the introduction of Cerec, or chair-side, treatment. Once the dentist has created the image of the new dental restoration, it is then possible to instruct a computer to manufacture the new artificial substitute, sculpting it from a single piece of porcelain. This has given rise to the new idea of one-visit restorations at Weybridge dentists. This huge leap forward in dentistry has all been made possible by the introduction of digital x-rays.

End anxiety of missing teeth with dentures from Surbiton dentist

Losing some or all of your teeth is not a very pleasant thing to happen. Whether it is due to some kind of physical trauma or as the result of tooth decay or gum disease, it can be the source of great anxiety and embarrassment. Having missing teeth can also have repercussions for your health, as gum tissue can be worn away leading to further suffering. For most patients with missing teeth, the only real alternative is to have a set of dentures fitted. This will not only restore the aesthetic appearance of the teeth and face but will also allow patient to eat, drink and talk without difficulty.

The idea of dentures may not suit some patients but modern dentures are far improved from the unrealistic and unwieldy dentures of the past. There are also new methods and ways of keeping your dentures attached in the mouth that remove the anxiety of loose dentures common to many wearers.

A good fitting set of dentures should really fit without the need for additional support. Loose fitting dentures are often due to gum erosion so some patients may opt to have a series of mini-implants to act as a base onto which to clip the dentures.

Dentures should be cleaned just like natural teeth, with a brush, and are usually removed at night. If you are considering wearing dentures as the result of losing some or all of your teeth, make an appointment to discuss your possibilities with a Surbiton dentist. Making the right choice of dentures will help you to put behind you the anxiety of losing teeth and allow you to move on with your life doing all the things you used to be able to do with your own teeth.

Straighten teeth without braces using Inman aligner from Sunbury dentist

If you are unhappy about the alignment of your teeth but have never really fancied the idea of wearing fixed orthodontic braces to correct them, then the Inman aligner may be just the tool for you.

The Inman aligner was introduced towards the end of the 90s in the US and has been causing a stir in the dental community ever since. In the last few years it has also been more commonly used in the UK to straighten teeth in remarkable fast times. The Inman aligner can produce visibly straighter teeth in as little as six weeks, although for the maximum effect Sunbury dentists recommend wearing it for six months on average.

The aligner works by using the power of a coiled spring to move the lateral teeth. This then creates room for the front teeth to move into and straighten. The teeth are simultaneously pushed and pulled into position and aligned against a discreet metal wire, the only part of the aligner visible when in the mouth.

One of the other major benefits of the Inman aligner, apart from its fast results, is the fact it is completely removable. As long as the aligner is worn for around twenty hours a day it will retain its effectiveness but this does mean it can be taken out for eating, playing sport and any other important occasion.

The Inman aligner is also cheaper than most other orthodontic straighteners, which may account for its rapidly increasing popularity. It really is the straightening device for people who don’t want braces and could give you the perfect teeth you’ve always wanted. Ask a Sunbury dentist for more information about the Inman aligner.

Cerec dentistry; what is it exactly? From a Sunbury dentist

Next time you`re at the cinema or watching a futuristic movie on DVD, don`t be too impressed with the script writer’s ideas of future medical advances, says a Sunbury dentist. The future you see is already here, especially in the field of dentistry advances and Cerec is the latest idea that has come to fruition. It is a simple method of doing in a single visit to the dental surgery, what has in the past taken weeks to accomplish. In that I mean cosmetic dentistry made simple and fast. Let’s take a typical situation; you visit your dentist because you have a chipped, cracked, discoloured or misaligned tooth. The dentist will take digital 3D photos of the tooth from different angles, and then as you sit in the chair having a cleanup, this information is fed into a computer attached to a milling machine. The miller is automated and will tell the dentist what type of blank ceramic block to choose and place in position. The machine will then model the block into a unique ceramic veneer, inlay, onlay or crown for that tooth. Instead of a silver coloured filling you can now have a specially modelled white ceramic inlay cemented in the hole. The modelling of a veneer or crown can take just 7 minutes to half an hour to make, then the dentist will polish colouration into the piece to match the rest of your tooth line. Finally, they will cement the crown, inlay or veneer in place, and all in one visit. This science is not in the future, it is right here and right now. All of the work is done on site, so to speak, and the results are instant.