Archives for November, 2010

Get advice on Halitosis from a dentist at a Sunbury dental practice

Halitosis most usually known as bad breath and is a term used to describe chemical odours produced in the mouth which when smelt are unpleasant, the smell itself is most commonly a result of chemical molecules containing sulphur being abundant in the mouth or other areas of the body. Avoid Halitosis and get advice from a dental practice, Sunbury dental practices offer such help and advice. There are numerous reasons and causes of this problem, firstly in many cases the main problem is poor oral hygiene which lead to bad odour related problems such as gum disease and tooth decay, the most common causes of Halitosis. Smoking cigarettes and tobacco products is another common cause of Halitosis and can lead to gum disease. Flossing regularly, chewing gum, and having a strict brushing schedule are the most effective ways at keeping Halitosis at bay, also it is important to drink plenty of water throughout the day as it’s excellent for diluting excess acid production. Another common agitator of bad breath is to do with your diet and what you eat in particular spicy foods and garlic. There are cases that can cause some concerns and worries as Halitosis is sometimes caused by illnesses such as kidney or liver failure.

Molesey dental hygienists offer best advice about flossing

Dental floss is an efficient way of removing unwanted food and plaque from the teeth and is an alternative tool to using an interdental brush, it is composed of either nylon filaments or of plastic ribbons and is often flavoured to help with freshness of breath. Dental hygienists and dentists such those in the town of Molesey urge the daily use of floss to increase oral hygiene. In combination with brushing flossing can vastly improve your dental health and keep it that way, regular flossing can prevent severe problems such as, gum disease, dental caries (cavities), and bad breath (halitosis). Its use is very straightforward and it comes in a variety of shapes and sizes usually long and string like with a dispenser, however there are some floss brushes which are just as effective. The floss is placed between the teeth and scraped along the edges particularly along the gum areas as this is where food and bacteria tend to build up.

Find out more about endodontics at a Surbiton dental practice

Endodontics is a form of dental speciality which specifically deals with tooth pulp and the tissues that surround the root of the tooth. Endodontists perform quite an array of tooth pulp and tissue procedures such as: treating badly cracked teeth, root canal therapies and treatment of dental traumas. If you are experiencing problems with your teeth particularly related to the pulp of your teeth a local Surbiton dental practice offer all the endodontic advice and treatments you will require. The most common endodontic procedures are root canal or more precisely endodontic therapies, if the pulp of the tooth which contains all the nerves, lymphatic tissue and other important components becomes diseased or badly injured endodontic treatment will be required in order for the tooth to be saved. This treatment involves a complete removal of the pulp of the tooth, cleaning, shaping and decontamination with the use of specific dental files and irrigational solutions and finally it is filled with an inert filling usually a eugonal based cement. Though painless when performed properly, inevitably there is a great degree of anxiety related to these kinds of treatments as it is strereotycially one of the most feared procedures in dentistry, one which most would know about due to the heavy involvement of drilling and filing. However in most cases if endodontic therapy is offered it would be more painful for the patient not to have the treatment due to the nerve damage associated with such problems with the teeth.

Shepperton dental practice offer advice about dentin

Discuss your dentin problems at a Shepperton dental practice to get all the advice you need to help protect your teeth. Dentin is one of the four major parts of a whole tooth, along with pulp, enamel, and cementum. It is made from calcified tissue and is most usually covered in enamel on the top of the tooth and cementum at its roots, it is the most common tissue in teeth and is what determines a tooth`s size and shape. It also determines the tooth’s colour due to the transparency of enamel so in order to change a tooth’s colour the colour of the dentin has to be changed as well. Dentin is made up of many microscopic channels which are called dental tubules which cover most of the tooth, when exposed due to its permeability it often causes problems such as tooth ache and decaying of the tooth. There are a few different varieties of dentin identified by appearance and its stage in development; Primary dentin is what most of the tooth is made from, secondary dentin develops after root formation is complete and forms a great deal slower than primary dentin and tertiary dentin is formed as a result of stimulus to the dentin such as a toxin or bacteria.

Have dental work done with pampering at a Sunbury dental spa

Dental spas refer to a specialist dental practice that is run by a licensed dentist in which dental treatment is offered alongside luxury spa like treatments. This type of spa dentistry offer an array of services not typically associated with dental practice, and if they are they’re usually to do with beautification such as teeth whitening, these treatments include; reflexology, paraffin wax hand treatments, massage therapy, botox, facials and many other therapeutic and rejuvenating treatments. In the town of Sunbury such dental spas can be found and offer a range of treatments catering to the needs of today’s beauty focused world. There are today many variations and adaptations of the dental spa concept however most combine dentistry and pampering as I mentioned previously, such variations are; faux dental spas which do little more than add luxurious items such as flat screen TVs, cookies and smoothies, then there are dental med spas which combine dental practices with plastic surgeons, hair salons, spa treatment and other beautification therapists.

Restore your winning smile at a Kingston-Upon-Thames dentist.

Dental restoration and dental restorative procedures are usually referred to as filings however other procedures fall under this category as well such as, teeth replacements supported by dental implants, and root canals. The treatment is used to restore integrity, functionality and the morphology of missing or decayed tooth structures. If you are experiencing trouble with your teeth and feel you need to have dental restoration Kingston-Upon-Thames dental practices offer all the information, diagnosis and advice on what procedure you require. Restorative dental procedures are divided into two broad categories, direct restorations and indirect restorations. Direct restorations involve the placement of a malleable filling into a prepared tooth and building up the material before it becomes set and hard. One of the advantages of direct procedures is that they are relatively quick and can be performed in a single visit. Indirect restorative procedures refer to the process of creating the restoration out of the mouth using dental impressions made of the patient’s teeth, the finished product is then permanently sealed to the tooth using dental cement usually taking an average of two visits, however more complex restorations take more time. Common indirect restorations include crowns, bridges, veneers, onlays and inlays.

Find out more about dental notation from a Weybridge dentist

Dental notation is writing or speech used to associate certain specific information to a specific tooth to make things easier for dentists when referring to individual teeth. There are currently three widely used systems of this type the FDI world dental federation notation, the universal numbering system, and the Palmer notation method. The FDI system is used around the world, the universal system is predominantly used in the USA, and the Palmer notation method is mainly used in the UK. The FDI world dental notation or ISO 3950 notation was developed by the Fédération Dentaire Internationale (FDI). It comprises of a two digit number system in which the tooth’s type or quadrant is the first number and the second represents the tooth’s number from the middle of the face. The universal numbering system on the other hand uses letters in uppercase A-T for primary teeth and the numbers 1-32 are used for permanent teeth with it starting at the right back molar and goes round the mouth with each tooth having a unique number. The palmer notation which despite supposedly being replaced by the FDI system is still the preferred method for many dentists and students in the UK, it uses these symbols to designate which tooth type or quadrant it is ┘, └, ┐, ┌ and it also assigns a number which indicates the position from the middle or midline of the mouth, with adult teeth numbered 1 to 8 and baby teeth represented by A to E. If you need to know more about dental notation a Weybridge dental practice will have all the information you should require.

Cavities can be a problem, see a Mosley dentist to discuss the best way to avoid them.

Dental cavities or caries are more widely known as tooth decay, it is a disease in which bacterial processes target and damage the hardened tooth structures dentin, enamel and cemetium and over time as the tooth is continually damaged it produces holes in the teeth. Though it can be sorted out with a few trips to the dentist if left untreated it can have serious connotations if left untreated leading to: severe pain, infection, tooth loss, and in very severe cases death. Avoid running the risks of having dental cavities, Molesey dental practices deal with cavities and offer all the consultation and treatment you should require. Some who have cavities may not even be aware; the first initial signs of a cavity are exhibited by small chalky white spots on the surface of the tooth which is due to demineralisation of the enamel. As time elapses the legion may turn brown, but will eventually turn into a cavity, up until the cavitation the process is reversible however once it has taken formation it will not grow or regenerate back to its previous state. Once the dentin and enamel become destroyed the cavity will become very noticeable, both in terms of appearance and pain as all the nerves in the tooth are exposed. The creation of dental cavities require four main factors in order for carious formations to occur, first a tooth`s surface is required, fermentable carbohydrates such as sucrose and sugars which are found in most foods, cavity causing bacteria and time.

Orthodontic braces at Kingston-upon-thames Dentist

Dental braces or orthodontic braces are a dental device used to force teeth into alignment most commonly to do with a person’s bite. This type of dental correction can be done at a Kingston-Upon-Thames dental practice. Braces are the principle treatment for malocclusions with teeth such as under bites, cross bites, open bites, over bites and deep bites. They are also used to correct other problems with teeth such as crookedness. Braces are often used in combination with orthodontic techniques and appliances to either increase the jaws palate or to shape the teeth and jaws, predominantly used to correct children and teenager’s teeth and jaw problems it is not rare for an adult to need them. The process of the treatment is relatively simple and painless with an initial inspection of the patient’s teeth and if appropriate then moulds, x-rays, and impressions of the teeth are made which are then used to determine the best course of action. Then brackets are applied to the teeth a few weeks before the braces are attached to ensure that there will be enough space for the bands of the brace. The teeth are then coated in an adhesive to help the cement bond to them and typically the teeth are banded then the final brackets are added which are attached with dental cement and then hardened through a process called curing typical total time for the entire treatment at around six to two and a half years depending on how difficult the problem is.

Discuss amalgams with a Weybridge town dentist

Discuss and find out all the information needed about amalgams with a Weybridge dental consultant. A dental amalgam is widely used in the field of dental restoration and is the most popular and commonly used material used for fillings. It is a composition of a variety of metals, chiefly containing mercury with a combination of other metals. It remains the material of choice due to the fact that its cost of manufacture is very low along with a number of other factors such as its strength, longevity, durability, bacteriostatic effects (its ability to stop the growth and reproduction of bacteria), and its ease of application. There are however a number of issues that have led to a decline in its use as of late in a number of countries. First aesthetically it is very different in terms of colour from the teeth due to its metallic composition so it does not blend whatsoever, making it a concern for a potential patient whom wants a filling that is unnoticeable particularly in the front teeth. This however is often addressed through the use of alternative restorative materials such as composite resins. In addition to this there is the fact that the amalgam is made from mercury a toxic metal which raises issues in two areas, first environmentally due to the hazardous emissions created during its creation and from its waste created during cremations. Secondly there is the fact that those whom have amalgams will be exposed to a daily dose of this toxic metal which has widely been a topic of debate since its inception. However there are a number of studies which have investigated and concluded that those who would experience effects of toxicity would be due to hypersensitivity or an allergic reaction and that amalgams are safe and effective for tooth restoration. However it is advised that those such as pregnant women or renal patients should not have amalgam fillings.