Archives for October, 2010

Understanding Oral Occlusion By A Kingston-Upon-Thames Dentist

According to a dentist in Kingston-Upon-Thames, oral occlusion is one of the most important aspects of dentistry. The success (or failure) of all dental work carried out in the mouth depends on a patient’s occlusion- the coming together of the teeth which also impacts on the rest of the skull, neck and jaw. As we get older, the position of the occlusion will change due to tooth loss and tooth wear and this causes the muscles and the jaw to work harder- the greatest offender being teeth grinding or bruxism. Bruxism can be caused by stress, anxiety, an aggressive personality, sleep disorders, medication or caffeinated drinks- it can be treated with medication, dental re-alignment and therapy. But malocclusion (‘bad bite’) and can lead to serious health issues if unchecked. A ‘bad bite’ can accelerate gum erosion and stress on the jaw (causing clicking), which in turn leads to headaches, earaches, eye and sinus pains, neck and even back problems. Treatment lies in the hands of your dentist. Depending on how bad the teeth are, an orthodontist can restore your bite with crowns, bridges or fillings. If the teeth are in reasonable shape, then a brace can be fitted to check the alignment of the occlusion.

The Perfect Smile- A Shepperton Dentist Explains Porcelain Veneers

Not so long ago, having great looking teeth was considered to be out of reach for most of us. They are for pop stars, actors, models, etc. But porcelain veneers have come way over the years and are available to virtually everyone, explains a dentist from Kingston-Upon-Thames. Veneers can give you back your self esteem and put that smile on your face. In time, our teeth can become tired. They are subceptible to staining, damage, wear and decay, which can bring other perils like gum disease. Bad teeth can also form gaps and cause the gums to recede. This is where porcelain veneers can benefit your look. They are strong, with a natural, transluscent look. They can close those gaps, re-instate the length of the teeth, hide the damage and are more resistant to staining. But like any treatment, you must first consult with your dentist so he understands your needs and reasons. Once agreed on the procedure, the teeth will be shaped and the porcelain removed before a mould can be taken. Until the veneers are fabricated, you may be fitted with temporary veneers to protect your teeth. When the day of the fitting comes, your teeth will be cleaned before the veneers are cemented on and cured with a special light. The look is great and gives you back instant confidence. Porcelain veneers should last between 5-10 years depending on how you treat them, but will have to be replaced in time. Cost can be quite expensive, between £300-£500 pound each, though, in this case you, get what you pay for. It’s a snip for looking wonderful!

Missing Teeth- A Sunbury Dentist Explains

Going to a dentist about a tooth replacement can often leave you with more questions than answers about the technical aspects of such procedures, explains a Sunbury dentist.
Do I need the tooth replaced? What are the options? Replacing a tooth isn’t always necessary, depending on where the tooth is missing, how vain you are or, under what circumstances the tooth was lost. If the tooth was knocked out in a trauma, it could lead to complications- the damage could run deeper and may weaken the other teeth around it. This in turn could lead to infections and gum disease. So what are the options? Dental implants have come a long way over the years and the procedures more refined. In short, a screw is drilled into the bone and the tooth is then attached to it. It’s a fairly painless operation and should look natural once set. Implants do not come cheap though and can run into the thousands depending on the work required. The cheaper option is a dental bridge or a fixed partial denture. This is where the new tooth will be attached to the existing teeth either side of the gap. The success of both procedures however is in the healing process. We all heal differently and a dentist will be reluctant to give you a precise healing envelope. But you will told what can hinder the recovery- smoking slows down the healing process, heavy drinking stops the gums from healing and in the case of implants, teeth grinding can stop the implant from fusing. Most importantly, oral hygiene during this period is paramount. Making the choice can be a trauma in itself. This is where you need to have faith in the dentist that will carry out the procedures and be happy in yourself that you understand what’s involved- especially the cost.

Invasalign Treatment At Worcester Park

Wearing braces at any stage of your life can be daunting and often complex. But a relatively new idea from America has revolutionised the treatment, according to dentists at Worcester Park. Invasalign does what most orthodontic procedures do. It’s concerned with teeth straightening, crooked teeth, crowded teeth and the occlusion of the jaw- the bite, just like traditional braces, but it offers a lot more benefits. Before treatment begins, consultation must take place and once decided upon, then the dentist will take moulds, photo’s and x-rays and feed them into a computer to develop 3-D images. This allows the patient to see forecast images of stage-by-stage treatment and more uniquely, an image of the final result. Once the patient starts the treatment, an ‘invisible’ retainer is fitted to the teeth and starts to work like a conventional brace, slowly pulling the teeth into place. Here’s where the similarities start to differ. Though the retainer must be worn for at least 22 hours a day, it can be removed for eating and teeth cleaning- this cuts down on the build up of plaque and bacteria. It will be replaced every 2-4 weeks with a new one to continue the movement of the teeth. Other benefits of Invasalign is that is non-invasive, there are no wires are the mouth is less likely to suffer from irritation in the beginning. Treatment times also differ greatly from conventional braces. The Invasalign course lasts up to 18 months, normal braces anywhere up to 96 months. But it is the cosmetic advantages that make this product popular. It’s difficult to detect in the mouth and people around you can be unaware that you are undergoing treatment. Price? Up to £3000 can stop the playground ridicule!

Getting ‘The Sunbury Smile’- A Dentist Explains

Having good teeth years ago seemed to be the domain of the rich and privileged. We are constantly being reminded of how beautiful Hollywood’s teeth are in films and on TV and how the British ‘smile’ was the constant butt of an American joke. But now, cosmetic dentistry is available to all- a dentist in Sunbury explains. There are so many treatments available to give you the perfect smile- what you need and the cost, depends on the amount of work required, but with the range of treatments around, almost anything is achievable. The cheaper end of the market starts with teeth whitening and home bleaching. Kits are available from most chemists and dentists. Then we move up to veneers, crowns and white fillings. These require work from your dentist over a couple of weeks but the results are rewarding. Gums can be contoured to relieve you of that ‘gummy smile’. These treatments have become quite standard, assuming the teeth are generally, in good order. But the prices start to rise when teeth are missing, crooked and decayed. Implants can cost anywhere upwards from £3000 per tooth, as can invisalign procedures. Bridging is an alternative to implants and cheaper, but if you simply can’t bear the thought of these treatments or their prices, there is the option of dentures. If you have the inclination, almost anything is achievable in cosmetic dentistry from fangs to diamond inserts. However, the most important thing to consider is the credentials of the dentist doing the work.

Sedation Dentistry By A Surrey Dentist

If you have had a bad experience at the dentist in the past, chances are, you aren’t going to be in hurry to get back there, writes a Surrey dentist. Like a dog outside a vets, you are loathe to go inside just so you can suffer pain and torture! Dental phobias are a very real problem. Some people have no problems with routine dental work, others however, would prefer to be unconcious for a check-up. In certain cases where a person moves around a lot such as mentally ill patients, people with extreme phobias or even children, sedation can be a god-send. As is sometimes the case if the treatment is long and complex- root canals, mouth reconstuction, etc. Sedation dentistry is the use of drugs used to relax a patient during the visit and can be administered in many ways. Oral sedatives- which can take up to an hour to work, are usually combined with an injection. This allows the area being worked on to be free of pain, yet still gives the patient awareness of procedures. Nitrous Oxide and IV will put a patient out but not under completely, though there will be little recollection afterwards; IV is more controlled in this instance because the dentist can continue to administer the sedative through the operation. Finally, a general anesthesia will render a patient unconscious. Although being ‘put under’ is probably the option most people would take, especially in long procedures, it does mean you are putting yourself and your trust in the hands of someone you barely know. This is where a consultation is important. The dentist will advise you on a course of action and having a one-to-one and all the facts, can give you that trust and that should make the visit, at the very least, bearable!

False Teeth- A Molesey Dentist Explains The Facts

Think of dentures and it conjures up a vision of teeth in a glass beside your grand parent’s bed. But as a Molesey dentist advocates, dentures are an important aid in oral hygiene and for both cosmetic and clinical reasons. False teeth come in many disguises, the obvious being crowns and veneers, though these rely on the tooth still being present. When it comes to a missing tooth or a couple of teeth, there are a couple of ways to fill the gap. An implant relies on a screw being implanted into the bone and then the tooth being attached to the screw. The second option is a bridge whereby the false tooth is attached to two adjacent teeth. These methods stop the original teeth moving out of place and support the occlusion. They also support phonetics (speech), aesthetics (looks) and aid mastication. But not everyone is as lucky as this. In some cases, a patient will lose all of their teeth through periodontal disease, tooth decay, trauma or drug use. In this case, once the teeth have been removed, it can take several months for the gums to heal before dentures can be fitted. An impression is taken once the gums have healed and shrunk and the teeth can be fitted using a sealant. In time, and with a quality set of false teeth, the sealant can be discarded. As with all false teeth, the mouth needs time to adjust and dentures can cause irritation for a few days. Speech and eating can be a constant problem at first, but once this new experience settles down, things will return, pretty much, to normal and the recipient can once again smile with confidence.

Endodontics? A Surbiton Dentist Explains

There are many specialised fields of dentistry and Endodontics is one of them, as a Surbiton dentist explains. An Endodontics specialises in the field of disease, injury and pain that stems from the root of the tooth, the surrounding tissue and the tooth pulp. If the pulp becomes infected, then an Endodontics will perform various procedures in order to save the tooth- the primary goal of Endodontics. One of the most common practices is a root canal. This allows the dead tooth to function without the need for extraction. In time, a decaying tooth can infect the pulp, which houses nerves, blood vessel and fibrous tissues. Once the tooth is infected, this can lead to intense pain. The answer to this is a root canal. Once the Endodontics has diagnosed the problem with an x-ray, the pulp is removed and the remainder of the nerves cleared from the roots. The tooth is then disinfected and filled. In some cases, the tooth may become re-infected requiring an apicectomy. A flap is cut into the gums so that the tip of the root can be removed and the tooth refilled. Root canals are also used for teeth that have been damaged or cracked through injury or trauma and are extremely vulnerable to infection and disease. The same procedure is applied- the clearing out of the pulp and roots so that the tooth can be repaired. In some cases, a dental crown will be fitted if the tooth is badly damaged.

Dental Plaque in Weybridge

We all like to smile and bare our teeth at some point during the day and if we get a kiss too….bonus. A Weybridge dentist explains that the essence of having good teeth relies on us being aware of how to care for our mouths and of having an understanding of bad oral hygiene. There are many causes of tooth decay and one of the major players in this field is plaque. Plaque is thought to form a defence against invasive bacteria that attacks the teeth and gums. It will leave a soft film on the teeth which can easily be removed by brushing or scraping. But plaque, if allowed to develop, can lead to many problems. It can absorb proteins and bacteria. If left more than a couple of days, the plaque will harden into tartar which will then have to be removed by the dentist. Plaque can also lead to gingivitis which affects gum tissue and more seriously periodontisis, which attacks the tooth’s supporting bone and forms pockets between the tooth and the tissue, this pocketing can be found in fifty percent of adults. In short, if untreated, then you will lose your teeth. The first signs of problems are bad breath, a foul taste and pus or blood leaking from the gums- not good for kissing! A dentist will advise on how to check the problem and identify the causes. The old enemies of smoking and drinking are primary causes of plaque, but diabetes, diet and a low immune system can also contribute. Prevention is the best form of attack. Brushing and flossing with a suitable brush and a good mouth wash (even warm salt water) will keep the mouth healthy, but an understanding of diet and drinks being consumed can also heighten the awareness of the causes of plaque.

Dental Implants in Kingston-Upon-Thames

Have you have lost a tooth of late and you’re looks with it? Then help is at hand in the form of a dental implant, as a dentist from Kingston-Upon-Thames explains. Vanity aside, it’s not always necessary to replace a missing tooth depending on where the tooth was and how it was lost. If the tooth was lost due to a trauma or injury, the teeth either side of the gap may start to move and loosen, leading to gum disease and infection. In this case, a dentist may well advise you to replace the missing tooth. One such method is a dental implant. Implants have come a long way over the last twenty years and procedures a lot more refined. In brief, a titanium screw is anchored into the bone structure to act as a root, to which the tooth, dental bridge or crown can be attached. If you are missing several teeth, then several implants may be required. Before implants can be fitted, a dentist will check your mouth for signs of gum disease which must be treated before the procedure can go ahead. Then after x-rays to check the bone structure (in some cases, bone grafts may be necessary), the dentist will cut a flap into the gum and drill into the bone, screw in the new ‘root’ and stitch the gum back. The fusing process can take up to 6 months and during this healing process, hygiene is of the utmost importance. (Heavy drinking and smoking can stop the gums from healing properly and teeth grinding can hinder fusing). When the gums have healed, they are lifted again and a temporary crown is attached for a further 4 weeks until the gums have matured and then the final restoration can be fitted to the implant. If this explanation hasn’t disturbed you, implants can be expensive- up to £2000 per tooth. But the benefits are rewarding and your looks will return!