Archives for December, 2010

Enlighten tooth whitening in Sunbury

If you’re always on the go in Sunbury, there’s a pretty good chance that any cosmetic dental work you would like to have, is just too difficult to squeeze into your busy little diary. But what say you to having your teeth whitened while you’re sleeping? Well, you can, thanks to Enlighten Tooth Whitening. This fairly new treatment can be used by virtually everyone whatever your tooth colour, your age or your naughty little lifestyle habits. The first stop is your dentist to get a finite impression of your mouth from which two, close fitting bleaching trays can be manufactured. Once these arrive back from the lab, your treatment can begin. When you are ready for bed, you simply fill the trays with the bleaching agent, slip them onto your teeth and go to sleep! The whole process should take a couple of weeks during which, strong staining foodstuffs and smoking should be avoided, and the teeth brushed with a whitening toothpaste. Once the treatment is complete, it’s back to the dentist for a deep bleaching session. Enlighten Tooth Whitening is a permanent treatment, though you may require a top-up each year depending on your lifestyle, but for around £500, this versatile little treatment is perfect for those of us that are constantly on the move.

Amazing Lumineer veneers from London W1 dentists create perfect smiles

Giving your smile a makeover, like your hair and skin, is now possible with incredible Lumineer veneers. Teeth inevitably become duller over time and lose the sparkle which they have in your youth. Making sure your smile is perfect is hugely important to feeling confident in social situations and Lumineer veneers can help you with this.

There are all sorts of causes for staining and dullness affecting teeth. Drinking coffee, tea or red wine can stain teeth, as can smoking tobacco. Just getting older causes teeth to become dull too through wear and tear and sometimes having poor health generally can leave teeth more open to staining. Having veneers over them represents an option to restore the shine of your smile.

Lumineer veneers are often referred to as contact lenses for teeth because they are so thin and, as such, require hardly any preparation of the teeth at all. In order to fit traditional veneers, sometimes a substantial portion of your existing tooth needs to be removed. This, of course, can be invasive and means that the process is not reversible. Lumineers are different in this regard because they are thin enough to fit over the natural shape of eth vast majority of teeth. This thinness does not mean that there is any compromise with durability. Made from special cerinate porcelain, Lumineer veneers should last in excess of twenty years.

Even if you have existing bridge or crown work, Lumineer veneers can fit over them too. They are ideal for concealing dull or stained teeth and teeth which are crooked. Check to see if your London W1 dentist is registered with Lumineer. If they are then the veneers which are only available from Lumineer’s dedicated laboratories in the United States of America can be fitted.

Digital x-rays in Weybridge

Dental X-rays in Weybridge are a very important procedure in dentistry. They can help a dentist to make a precise diagnosis on any problem that arises in the mouth, hence allowing the patient to get the precise treatment. X-rays can highlight hidden horrors. They can reveal the extent of problems such as tooth decay (cavities), bone-loss due to disease, check the growth of teeth, the condition of the mouth’s occlusion or ‘bite’, and continue to monitor any previous work done. But traditional X-rays could be cumbersome, utilising film images that needed developing and took up storage room, and exposed the patient to radiation. However, like most things these days, computers and new digital imaging have changed all that with the introduction of the digital X-rays. It’s a similar process in theory, yet the big difference is that once a picture has been taken, it can be viewed immediately and then stored on a computer and it’s even used in conjunction with old X-ray images. What this means for the dentist and the patient is that a diagnosis can be made on the spot allowing treatment to begin immediately. In real terms, this can mean eradicating problems before they get started a lot more quickly- which can only mean good news for the patient.

Getting dentures in Molesey

It’s probably the most traumatic time of your life when your teeth start to fall out. Your face can start to sag and sink and with it, your confidence too. Losing teeth can also lead to other oral health problems, gum disease, teeth movement and especially with the bite. If this is not corrected, it can lead to a range of health issues around the head and upper back. But people of Molesey, never fear, dentures are here! The traditional image of dentures is not a good one; teeth in a glass beside the bed, teeth falling out whilst speaking and coming lose when eating. It’s not a good thought. But denture technology has changed quite radically since those days. For a start, the materials from which the dentures are made have changed. Before, dentures looked very plastic and, well fake. Now dentures can be made from flexible materials that adhere to the gums a lot tighter and combined with an adhesive, greatly reduce the chance of movement. The teeth can be produced from porcelain, making the teeth look more natural. Whether or not you have partial dentures or full dentures, there is another technique used in conjunction with your teeth to further reduce movement, the mini implant. In the case of full dentures 5-6 mini implants are screwed into the jawbone, allowing the dentures to click onto and don’t worry, this treatment can be performed in just one day. The basic price of dentures can start from as little £600 and partial dentures from around £300. Prices will inflate with the use of implants.

Dental phobias in Kingston-upon-Thames

In Kingston-Upon-Thames, it’s not easy to identify why we suffer from dental phobias but it is thought that around 70% of us, at some level, do. Most of these fears stem from actual past experiences to ourselves or other people that we know arising from bad dental practises. In other cases, some of us may find dental treatment invasive; it can stem from emotional or physical abuse in the past that transmits into the dental surgery with the fear that we are going to suffer further harm and pain- in short, we are going to be bullied by the treatment we get. Then there is the phobia which we build up in our own heads from sources like the media, i.e. dental adverts, newspaper articles or horror films, and even though we have had no ‘actual’ bad personal experiences ourselves, our minds can race away uncontrollably, so that by the time we arrive for a simple check-up, we’ve reconstructed a scene straight out of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Whatever the cause, dental phobia can prevent us from getting the dental treatment we need unless in an emergency and this can lead to serious health issues in the future. Treating this phobia in some cases can be extremely difficult for dentists. But modern practises have recognised that there is a problem and offer relaxation, psychological and hypnotherapy treatments along with the tried and tested method of pharmacological treatments, ranging from mild sedation to knocking out the patient altogether.

How to cope with dental pain in Weybridge

It’s not easy coping with dental pain at the best of times, but it’s often useful to be able to identify the type of pain so that it can be combated until it can be can be properly treated, according to a Weybridge dentist. However, some pains can indicate the onslaught of a dangerous situation and in these circumstances, emergency treatment is required immediately. Minor pains can be caused by a chipped tooth which can lead to tongue or gum laceration and can be cured by a simple visit to the dentist. Other minor pains can follow on from dental procedures such as a filling or a root canal. In these cases, there is normally a cooling off period before the tooth settles down. But most other problems are caused by some level of decay in the tooth where the nerve is starting to be exposed and is often triggered off by chewing, hot and cold temperatures or a build up of pus between the gum and tooth. In these situations, it’s possible to soothe the pain with painkillers, the application of clove oil and flossing until a dentist can be seen. But if the face starts to swell, this can indicate an abscess and can develop into a possible life-threatening situation if not treated immediately. Most of these pains tend to happen quickly. But as in the case of malocclusion or ‘bad bite, it’s down to a build up over a period of time, and may take a long treatment to rectify. In all situations, dental treatment should be sought as soon as possible to avoid any complication spreading.

Getting a dental implant in Kingston-upon-Thames

Losing a tooth is a scary moment, losing them all and the thought of dentures can signal the end of the road for some people. To have a dental implant was once considered to be an operation of Frankenstein proportions, for which you had to sell your soul, just to pay for the treatment. How dentistry has changed, even for those in Kingston-Upon-Thames.

Though the general principle behind having an implant hasn’t changed, installing metal into bone and the fitting of a new tooth, has, due largely to the introduction of computer technology and micro surgery. Treatment times are falling too thanks to new healing processes. When first introduced, the procedure could take up to a year to heal, now it’s fallen to around 4 months and in the case of mini implants used in conjunction with bridges and dentures, the whole treatment is over in a day. Having an implant now is not only considered to be as strong as the real thing, but even to look better than the real thing. Implants are seen as the future of teeth replacement and will soon resign the embarrassment of wearing dentures to the history books. As implant technology improves, prices fall, making it more accessible to all. An implant is available today for as little as £1000 and if you are not in a position to pay for the treatment you need in one go, take out a dental plan and you’ll never have to worry about the future of your teeth again.

The need for a check-up in Sunbury

Getting a dental check-up is not always high on most peoples ‘to do’ list in Sunbury. But ignore it at your peril for regular check-ups are important, not only for the hygiene of your mouth, but for the health of your whole body and bank account in the future. It should not be seen as an inconvenience in your diary, but as a chance to identify and sought out problems, and discuss any anxieties that you have about your mouth. The mouth is very complex and complications can build up very quickly if untreated. A build up of bacteria can lead to plaque and tartar, gum disease, cavities and eventually tooth loss. And this can have a knock-on affect throughout the body- heart problems and diabetes. At the check-up, your dentist will examine teeth, gums and tongue for any signs of problems, de-scale plaque and tartar and decide on a course of action for treatment and repairs if required. You can discuss any problems you may have encountered since your last visit. It’s the chance to discuss all manner of subjects, diet, oral hygiene at home, drinking and smoking and the possibility of cosmetic work in the future. It’s an old saying but prevention is always better than cure, and cure can be very expensive in the long run. Basic procedures and cosmetic treatments, though more readily accessible these days, are not getting any cheaper. So, now will you go for a check-up?

Choosing a dental bridge in Surbiton

If you’ve lost a tooth or some teeth recently in Surbiton, chances are you’ll want to get replacements and for oral health reasons, you probably should. It’s not always necessary to replace a tooth but such a loss can have a negative impact on the teeth that are left- they can move and with that can come all manner of complications. In extreme cases, the face can sag, the gap can look ungainly in the mouth and it can lead to gum disease and other tooth loss. One course of action is a dental bridge. It’s important to consult with your dentist to get the one that suits you. They are made of varying material from porcelain to metal, even gold and depending on the location of the mouth, there are three major types of bridge to choose from. The most common type in use is a false tooth that is attached to two crowns and cemented to the remaining adjacent teeth. A cantilever allows the replacement to be attached to one tooth only with a wire and the bonded over, and the Maryland bridge is a plastic gum and tooth that is bonded to the adjacent teeth with wires. For extra strength, bridges can be used in conjunction with implants, depending on what you are prepared to pay and depending on your requirements, a porcelain bridge can start from as little as £600.

Fighting dental decay in Weybridge

Dental decay in Weybridge affects almost all of us at some point in our lives. If you’ve had a filling, you’ve had dental decay and it’s more commonly caused by a combination of diet and poor oral hygiene. The consumption of foods with a high content of starch and sugars are the main protagonists that can cause plaque to form on the teeth. If not removed, it will start to breakdown the outer layer of the tooth and form cavities and this can lead to expensive repair work such as root canals and the fitting of crowns; worst case scenario is the loss of the tooth, which is even more costly to replace. Dental decay can also lead to gum disease and other health issues throughout the body such as heart problems and even pneumonia. Yet, it seems ridiculous to think that it’s the easiest of conditions to prevent. Regular visits to the dentists should be a high priority as it’s the chance to clear any plaque or build up of tartar from around the teeth in a single visit. But it’s also the perfect opportunity for you to discuss a programme of oral hygiene and a diet of nutrients and vitamins that will help protect the teeth. Brushing and flossing are important, as is the right choice of brush and toothpaste. Combined with a good mouthwash it should be enough to fight any dental decay until you’re next visit to the dentist.