Dental Implants have been in the news of late, a certain celebrity is having them fitted and so now everyone wants to know what they are says a Sunbury dentist. They were devised through research in the 1950s and 60s, the first procedure was carried out in Sweden and it was a huge success. Since then medical science has improved on that first attempt, and the results are just amazing. What Implants are exactly is a widely asked question, and to answer it is quite simple, they are false teeth that are permanently fixed to the jaw bone just as our own natural teeth are. A Titanium plate is fitted under the gum and screwed directly onto the jaw bone, over a period of a few months the body produces bone cells that cover the plate and secure it better to the jaw. The incision is opened up and spikes are then inserted into the plate, pre-drilled holes are provided for this. Then the false tooth or teeth is fixed in position on the spike, this is cemented into position and becomes a permanent fixture. They need no special treatment and are treated just the same as a natural tooth is, in fact they soon become so settled in the mouth that the patient forgets they actually have false teeth. They are cleaned like normal teeth, are infection free and very hard wearing. If damaged they can be easily replaced in a few weeks. They really are a unique piece of medical science.
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A tooth veneer is the reverse of a veneer on a piece of furniture, with furniture it is a natural covering on a substandard wood, with a tooth veneer it is an artificial covering on a natural material. A Sunbury dentist says that veneers are used in cosmetic surgery to cover up a multitude of sins in the dental department. Misaligned teeth don`t look good, they distort a smile because we are conscious of it and how it appears to other people. A veneer can fix that problem quite easily, and indeed many people plump for a veneer to do just that. Chipped teeth can happen to anyone as the enamel on the teeth is quite brittle, as an alternative to losing the tooth and having a denture fitted, a veneer can easily fix that problem too. Discoloured teeth are probably the most common reason for a veneer, when the front of our teeth becomes discoloured it looks awful and a veneer can easily be fitted to replace the enamel that has been damaged. Veneers are made from Porcelain, which is used a lot in dentistry to make artificial teeth, and they are made specifically for individual teeth using digital photography which is scanned into a computer to assist the orthodontist in making them. They are fitted directly onto the tooth after it has been shave of enough enamel for a perfect fit, they can be replaced if they become damaged. The colour lasts around 10-15 years before they need replacing with another veneer.
A dental emergency kit is a must for every home, the main reason most of us don’t have one is that dental emergencies are thankfully rare, says a Surbiton dentist. The kits are available through the internet and at most chemists, like a first aid kit they contain most of the things you`ll need for an emergency. True to Murphy`s Law, when an emergency happens it is generally in the night or on a week end. Accidents happen all the time, you could easily chip or crack a tooth while eating hard food, or tripping over and banging your face. These kits are prepared for that with dental cement that will cover the chip or crack, the application is quite easy and most kits also come with a dental mirror so you could do it yourself if necessary. The cement is a temporary measure, and shouldn`t be used as a long term cure, as such. You will need to see a dentist as soon as possible to get proper treatment. Tooth ache is dealt with in the kit with Oil of Cloves and baby buds to apply it, the oil generates heat that will relieve the pain, taking Ibuprofen or aspirin will also help to bring down any swelling as they contain an anti-inflammatory. Never use alcoholic drinks as a pain killer, they don`t work very well and if your dentist smells alcohol on you they may refuse to treat you straight away. Remember that you may need an anaesthetic, and they don`t go too well with alcohol in the system.
Root Canals are an everyday procedure for most dentists says a Kingston-Upon-Thames dentist. They may sound like a medieval torture, but they really are a general procedure to carry out. We all get infections in our teeth, most of the time a course of antibiotics will clear it up, and it won`t bother us again. However, there are some strong infections that just won`t go away and a root canal is called for to cure it. Rather than just have a troublesome tooth pulled, a dentist can drill out the centre of a tooth to get to the persistent bacteria that is causing the problem, it is often the only way to save a tooth. Once that is done the bad infection is scraped out and then the area is sterilised to ensure any lurking germs are killed off. To stop future infections a spray will coat the inner chamber with an antibiotic to prevent further breeding of germs. That done, the dentist will now close the hole with a mix that hardens quite quickly to replace the enamel that has been drilled out, painlessly I have to add. This will usually ensure that the tooth remains an asset to the patient for the foreseeable future, it will usually ensure less visits to the chair and save the patient expense in having to replace the tooth with a false one. It is done under a local anaesthetic and is a routine procedure, with little or no side effects.