Archives for September, 2010

What is TMJ and what can I do to cure it? A Kingston-upon-Thames dentist explains

TMJ is a disorder that not many of us have even heard of, yet so many of us are sufferers says Kingston-upon-Thames dentist. The degree of the disorder varies and so thankfully not too many of us are chronic sufferers, it is particular in women more than men for an unknown reason. The full name is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, which is ironically quite a mouth full, ironic because the joint involved is the one that adjoins the jaw (Mandible) to the skull. This dysfunction of the joint can cause many other problems from Tinnitus to tooth loss, and it is a disorder that is very difficult to pinpoint as not too much is known about the causes. Inflammations and misalignments of the teeth are the most common symptoms, and a lot of people suffer in silence as they attribute this to other uncontrollable causes. There have been a few cases where patients have reported the symptoms after having had wisdom teeth extracted, it is now believed that the impacted teeth kept the joint in place, and that when they are removed the joint becomes more flexible. This is one of the most common reasons for this awful disorder. It can be quite painful if you are a sufferer, and many are constantly on painkillers totally unaware of the problem. A splint and sometimes a brace will be used to treat the disorder in most cases, these will often stop the grinding of the teeth that is a major attributor to TMJ disorder in the first instance.

A Weybridge dentist explains the advantages of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers have been around for decades, in the good old days only movie stars and pop singers could afford them, but today the cost has been heavily reduced due to their new founded popularity. A Weybridge dentist says that they have noticed more and more people are choosing these types of a veneer to cover a multitude of dental sins; so to speak. The Porcelain that they are made from is a special type of clay that is quite hard wearing, it is easy to work with and the veneers are made by a dental technician to order. Digital pictures are taken of the tooth that needs covering and the teeth either side of it, this helps to colour code the veneer to allow for blending in, this will make the veneer appear more natural. They vary in thickness and how long they last, but the usual lifetime of a Porcelain veneer is around 5-15 years. They will eventually go yellow, but the good news is that they are replaceable. The procedure will involve you losing a fair amount of your natural tooth enamel, the amount will be equivalent to the thickness of the veneer, this is so it doesn`t project out and look false. The enamel never grows back and the veneer can only be replaced with another veneer, the procedure is different in that you won`t need to have any more enamel taken off. It may sound a painful procedure, but it is all quite painless as are all dental treatments these days.

Teeth Whitening explained by a Molesey dentist

Teeth whitening is the new ` Tan`, and it is now available from most High Street dental surgeries’ says a Molesey dentist. A technician rather than a dentist will tend to be the one who will do this simple procedure for you. The cost is quite varied as well as the competition is fierce. Expect to pay between £200 and £400, the procedure takes about an hour and there are literarily no after effects except a little tenderness that lasts for a few days at worst. The technician will place a rubber shield in your mouth, this protects the lips, mouth and gums from being burnt. A gel is the coated onto the teeth and a machine will produce an intense blue, bright light, this reacts with the gel and whitens the teeth. The light would burn your soft mouth tissue if it was exposed to it for a long time, the teeth need about 45 minutes of treatment and this is done in 3 stages. Teeth need to cool done in between the 15 minute sessions, when it is all done the technician will then go over after care procedures that will ensure the whitening lasts a long time, usually a year or more. You will be advised to keep away from any food or drink that will stain the teeth again; coffee, red wine etc are the obvious ones, although white is permissible.

A Weybridge dentist talks about how the Invisalign works

An Invisalign is a brace system that works, and works well. It is an improvement on traditional braces in the way it works and looks, says a Weybridge dentist. On your first visit the dentist will identify the problem that needs fixing, then using digital pictures that are fed into a computer system, they will plan out and design a series of braces that will be fitted every two weeks. The braces are unique in that they are self contained with all the `gubbings` secreted on the inside to hide them from the visible eye. It`s called the Invisalign because of the clear look of the brace, the most amazing thing is that it is also removable and can be taken out and replaced by the client. When cleaning your teeth or eating your food you simply pop them out and then back in again, in fact you can leave them off for a few hours every day. For the busy and fashion conscious executive, this is a handy tool to have when you are used to face to face meetings or business lunches and dinners. The series of braces are all made before the treatment even starts, using a 3D CGI film, which is also created by the system, you and your dentist can see the whole process before you even start, at the end of the film you`ll see the end result. The process is quite scientific as well and will agitate the blood system to produce more new bone cells, these will attach themselves behind the teeth as they move, and keep them in the new position that the braces will manipulate them into.

What is Cerec? A Surbiton dentist tells all

CEREC is a unique invention and procedure that allows a dentist to be a dental technician in their own surgery. It consists of two machines which are adjoined to a computer system, one is a digital camera and the other is a milling machine. Let’s say you have an appointment with your dentist because you have cracked or chipped tooth, the dentist recommends a crown to solve the problem. They will take digital pictures that are fed straight into the computer, this will produce a 3D image of the tooth and a 3D picture of the crown. The information is fed automatically to the milling machine and a blank, readymade ceramic block is clamped into position. The machine will now proceed to mill the crown to order, specifically for you and your problem tooth. While this is going on the dentist will prepare the rogue tooth to have the new crown fitted, to do this they will grind and file down the tooth so the chip or crack is illuminated and the crown will fit straight on. This can all be done in most cases in around 30 minutes to an hour. This unique and innovative system can solve many problems almost instantly, it allows the dentist, with very little training, to do all the work in-house and save you not just time, but money and less visits to the surgery. Veneers and more complicated treatments such as a bridge can also be solved using the CEREC system. This is advanced dental science at its best.

Inman Aligners; why you should consider them, by a Kingston-upon-Thames dentist

A Kingston-upon-Thames dentist has recently been assessing the value of the Inman Aligner. The brace is a system that does in a very short time what braces used to take years to do. They are used exclusively to solve misalignment of teeth on the front of the mouth, a different system is used to fix teething misalignment on the back and inside teeth. The brace is made of a clear material and has all its pressure points integrated within the wiring system, the only part that is visible to the eye is the thin front wire that holds it all together. The dentist will make the series of braces and fit them every two weeks, the whole process is unique to the individual client and their particular problem. The braces are removable for the convenience of eating and cleaning purposes, and as long as you keep them in for at least 20 hours a day you can take them out and replace them as often as you like. The treatment process is all tractable using a 3D film that the system makes to assist the dentist to keep an eye on whether or not the process is working as well as the plan allows it. As the teeth are manoeuvred into position to re-align them, new bone is deposited behind the teeth to ensure that they don`t slip back into their old crooked position. For anyone who missed out on a childhood brace experience, this system is highly recommended for the many reasons discussed here.

Dental Implants are very popular. By a Molesey dentist

The most common type of dental implant is Root Form Implants, or ‘Endosseous implants’. These implants are available in either cylinder form, or screw. They can be used to cater for a single artificial tooth or several in a row, dependant on the patient’s requirements. Your dentist will perform a simple procedure, firstly with an incision in the gum, this serves to expose the jawbone where your dentist will be able to insert the base plate. A set of small stitches closes up the wound. Healing can take between three and six months, but is often less. In this time the implant fuses with the jawbone. The next part of the procedure involves the incision being re-opened to allow access the now fused implant. Your dentist will fit an abutment, which the tooth will sit on, to the end of the implant. This simple procedure is the most versatile form of implant. It is made from titanium which fuses well with living bone. It is recommended for patients with a strong jawbone structure. Endosseous blade implants are yet another form of endosteal implant, which have been around for some time. They include long, flat pieces of metal which insert into the bone through a channel. The other good thing about these implants is that need no special care, other than the usual oral hygiene care that you have for your normal teeth, and your six monthly check ups will keep them tartar free. You will floss and brush them in the normal way.

Dental Crowns; the procedure explained by a Sunbury dentist

A dental crown is a simple enough procedure that most dentists can easily perform, says a Sunbury dentist. One of the most common reasons for a crown is after a root canal has been done, the root canal treatment removes the top of the tooth, or the front part, in order to allow the dental surgeon to get right into the inner chamber. The crown is made from Porcelain usually, and is made up on site to make sure that it looks as natural as possible. They are also known as a cap, and some of them are made off site by a dental technician to order. A cracked tooth or a chipped one will be taken care of by grinding down the enamel to illuminate the damage, then the crown will replace the missing part. It is generally fixed in position using dental cement, and will cover the whole of the ground down tooth. They are extremely hard wearing and will outlive the natural enamel on the other teeth. These days the cap or crown is used for a multitude of dental problems, worn teeth caused by grinding of the molars is a common enough one. Even teeth that are discoloured are being fitted with crowns. It isn`t always the first choice for many of these problems though, as veneers do to some extent also cover these problems. They last as long as a veneer which is between 5 and 15 years depending how you car for them, but like a veneer they can easily be replaced at any time.

Dental Bridges and what they are, by a Surbiton dentist

A Dental Bridge is exactly what it says on the tin, a bridge between other teeth, says a Surbiton dentist. A tooth can be lost prematurely for a number of reasons, and a gap in between teeth isn`t a nice thing. The Bridge is in fact a false tooth that is permanently fixed in place, unlike a denture which is taken out and refitted every day. The false tooth is attached to two other false, but hollow teeth. These are shaped inside like a square and they fit over the teeth either side of the gap being filled. Of course the teeth that will be the anchors for the bridge won`t be a perfect shape to take them, so they have to be ground and filed down so they are the exact same shape and size as the inside of the anchors. If you think of the anchors as a crown then you`ll get the picture better, they will act as supports to the suspended false tooth so they need to be a perfect fit. The whole bridge is usually made from Porcelain, as most false teeth are, and as such they need no special treatment or looking after, many wearers simply forget after a few weeks that they are wearing a bridge, that`s the magic of them. They are cleaned like a normal tooth and cleaned every six months on your half yearly check up. The whole procedure is also painless even though it sounds a complicated treatment to have.

Cosmetic Dentistry explained by a Surbiton dentist

Cosmetic dentistry is to teeth what plastic surgery is to facelifts, says a Surbiton dentist. Your usual dentist won`t be interested in most cosmetic procedures for the teeth as they will tend to stick to clean up`s, extractions and fillings. Cosmetic dentistry is a specialised form of dentistry that involves the way your teeth appear and look, rather than how they actually are; health wise. Teeth whitening, veneers, implanting diamonds and fitting Lumineer’s are what a cosmetic dentist will be more involved in, although they are also trained in the usual dentistry procedures that we all need from time to time. Veneers and Lumineer’s are extremely popular with cosmetic dentistry, and they form the most important part of a smile makeover. They are different in the way they are fitted and their longevity, but they both sort out the same problems which vary from chipped, cracked and misaligned teeth to discoloured teeth and gaps between your teeth. A Bridge could also be classed as a cosmetic dental procedure; this involves a false tooth being fitted to replace a prematurely lost tooth in a permanently fixed position. Tooth whitening using an intense light system is also a form of cosmetic dentistry, although this procedure is generally carried by a technician rather that a cosmetic dentist. The procedure is quite simple and takes around an hour to do in 3 stages. It involves an intense light that reacts with a gel on the teeth to stain them white; it lasts around a year if you stick to the special dietary sheet that comes with it.