Archives for January, 2011

Surbiton dentists offer expert advice about sleep apnea and heart failure

Sleep apnea is a debilitating condition that affects the sufferer’s ability to breath during sleep. It can have a major effect on the life of anyone who has it, leading to a greater likelihood of traffic accidents brought on by fatigue and I higher chance of heart failure.

There are two main types of sleep apnea: central apnea and obstructive apnea. In cases of central apnea, the brain fails to send the correct signal to keep the sufferer breathing during the night. Obstructive apnea involves the airway relaxing during the night and constricting the flow of air to the lungs. Any time of apnea results in patients having very poor and disrupted sleeping patterns because every time oxygen fails to reach the brain, a signal is sent to the body to wake up.

Dentists can help diagnosing sleep apnea because they have access to the part of the mouth that causes obstructive apnea. It is important that sleep apnea is dealt with adequately because there are strong links between apnea and heart failure.

In cases of obstructive apnea, hypertension results because of the poor sleep patterns and this can lead to heart failure. For central apnea patients, there is usually a severe underlying condition often linked to an unhealthy heart.

Sleep apnea and the risks of heart failure is just another reason to visit your Surbiton dentist every six months so that your mouth can be thoroughly examined. If your dentist is able to help diagnose obstructive apnea there are a number of devices that can be worn during sleep to relieve the effects of the condition. If the effects are relieved then the risks of heart failure decrease.

Sunbury dentists straighten teeth effectively with braces

Having the perfect smile can give your confidence a great boost. Social situations and putting others at ease often require you to smile without embarrassment. So what can you do if you have crooked or misaligned teeth? Braces represent a tried and tested solution that millions of people have used over the years to correct problems with their teeth.

Braces work using a combination of metal brackets and wires. The brackets are attached to the teeth and have wire threaded through them. At regular meetings with your dentist the wire will be tightened so that the teeth are adjusted into the desired positions.

In order to create a brace that is perfectly suited to your unique mouth, your dentist will take moulds of your teeth using dental putty. These moulds will then be turned into impressions. The brackets are then attached to the teeth using etchant to ensure that they stay in place.

Sometimes braces have to be worn for as long as three years and some people find them unsightly and even uncomfortable. It is worth bearing in mind that other options are increasingly available. Friction free braces, for example, are more comfortable for the wearer and there are a number of products on the market which are more discreet than traditional braces. Six Months Smile, for example, uses nickel titanium wires which match the colour of your teeth. In this case though, they are only suitable for minor alignment issues.

If you have a major problem with crooked teeth, a misaligned bite or over crowded teeth, talk to your Sunbury dentist today about the long term solutions which are offered by braces.

Spread a healthy smile with Inman aligners from Surbiton dentists

Having straightened teeth is something that millions of people have been able to experience thanks to braces. But although they are very effective they can be inconvenient to patients, especially given that they sometimes need to be worn for as long as three years. What many young people struggle with is having a mouth full of unsightly metal brackets and wires during a time in their life when social situations can be awkward enough anyway.

Thanks to Inman aligners, you can now have your teeth straightened in a manner just as effective as with traditional braces but in a fraction of the time and without all the metal in your mouth. The average time that Inman aligners need to be worn is less than six months and some treatment lasts just six weeks.

Inman aligners are completely removable and can be cleaned with ease; another advantage over traditional fixed braces which can easily become messy. Furthermore they are incredibly discreet, with just one straightening bar running across the front teeth as the only visible part of Inman aligners. Because Inman aligners work using a coiled spring on the inside of the mouth, there is no need to have any brackets or wires on display when you smile.

Rotation of teeth cannot be achieved using Inman aligners but any small alignment issues can be rectified by the treatment which, amazingly, costs about the same as many orthodontic treatments. Contact your Surbiton dentist today for more information about how Inman aligners can give you a perfectly aligned smile quickly and effectively.

Shepperton dentists replace lost teeth effectively with dental implants

There are many potential causes of tooth loss. Gum disease – which as many as three quarters of the adult population in Britain suffers from – is a major cause of tooth loss, more so than tooth decay itself. A one off accident can loosen a tooth, leading it to fall out. Sometimes poor health generally might cause teeth to fall out. Whatever the cause, it is vital that you have them replaced so that your mouth can function as it should.

An increasingly popular option to replace lost teeth is through the use of dental implants. Dental implants act as substitutes for the lost root part of the tooth. They are a bit like a socket for a false tooth and represent a long term and particularly stable option which allows you to treat the replacement just like a regular tooth.

Your dentist will need to make an incision into the gum in order to place the implant. This is usually done under local anaesthetic. The implant is placed against the jaw bone so that it can fuse with it. This process of osseointegration provides the tooth with an incredibly stable foundation. The titanium that dental implants are made from are ideally suited for this process and are extremely lightweight and durable too.

If you have lost more than one tooth, a replacement tooth installed with a dental implant can support more replacements using the dental bridge technique. Once installed, dental implants provide a solution to lost teeth that should last you a life time. Even your closest friends won’t be able to tell that you have had some of your teeth replaced as modern replacements are incredibly natural looking.

If you have lost a tooth or teeth, talk to your Shepperton dentist today about the solutions offered by dental implants.

Molesley dentists help put a stop to dental phobia

Visiting a dental professional every six months or whenever you have a problem with your mouth is vital in order to maintain good oral hygiene. However, many people feel anxious about going to see their dentist. This condition, called dental phobia, affects as many as one in every five British women and one in every ten men, according to a recent study.

Overcoming dental phobia can be difficult, especially as it can often stem from feelings and memories left over from childhood. These feelings are deep rooted. It might be that you have a fear of needles or remember a particularly painful dental procedure you underwent as a younger person.

Memories of a personal disagreement with a member of staff at the dental surgery can have a similar effect and put you off from making the appointment. There is nothing worse than feeling that your dentist was unsympathetic to your problems and you might feel that you simply don’t want to see them again. Negative stereotypes in the media don’t help this either.

It might be that you just have a very busy schedule and feel that you don’t have the time to visit your dentist. This avoidance does not stem from feeling anxious but it is important that you make the time nonetheless.

Modern dentistry has changed a lot, probably far more than you realise. Most procedures are not as painful as they used to be thanks to pain free gels and dentists take the time to relax their patients. If you have a grievance with your dentist it is important that you find a new one rather than not having check ups at all.

Allowing a dental professional to thoroughly examine your mouth is the best way to avoid having to undergo invasive surgery as you have a greater likelihood of catching any problem early. Talk to your Molesly dentist today about how to overcome dental phobia.

Sunbury dentists offer expert advice in oral hygiene

Having a healthy mouth allows you to eat, drink, talk and smile with ease and without discomfort. Your mouth is a finely tuned composite of different parts which are meant to work together to maximise efficiency. If one part of it is unhealthy then it can compromise the whole mouth’s ability to work properly.

At a basic level, good oral hygiene means having a mouth that is free from excess plaque and gum disease. Plaque is a substance that is formed by the food that you eat, especially those that contain high levels of sugar and starch. If it is not successfully removed then it can weaken the enamel on your teeth and cause tooth decay and gum disease.

To ensure that your mouth is free from plaque you should brush at least twice a day for about three minutes and floss. It is advisable to use fluoride tooth paste as fluoride strengthens your enamel, giving added protection against the effects of plaque. This should keep your gums free from disease too. Gingivitis is the most common form of gum disease and results in inflamed gums that can bleed and experience greater sensitivity.

Maintaining oral hygiene is achieved by being sure to visit the dentist every six months so that your mouth is checked over thoroughly by a dental specialist. In this way, any potential problems are spotted early so that they can be dealt with before developing into something worse.

If you require more information about oral hygiene, make an appointment to see your Sunbury dentist. They will be able to give you lots of expert advice about how to best take care of your mouth so that you can eat, drink, talk and smile in comfort.

Sunbury dentists help to diagnose central apnea

Central apnea is a condition which causes the sufferer to stop breathing in their sleep. It can be extremely debilitating and might lead to serious consequences. Thankfully dentists can help with diagnosis as they have access to the mouth, where evidence of central apnea can be found.

Sufferers of central apnea frequently stop breathing during their sleep because the brain fails to send the right signal that keeps them breathing. It is usually associated with a severe, underlying condition such as heart disease or a problem with the brain stem. Stroke victims have a higher chance of developing central apnea, as so the morbidly obese.

Because sleep is so disrupted in cases of central apnea, the sufferer might be chronically fatigued during the day. As a result they are more likely to have accidents while driving. The hypertension resulting from not having a proper night’s sleep can lead to heart failure and strokes.

Dentists can help because they have access to your mouth. The other main type of apnea is called obstructive apnea and is caused by the airways becoming blocked during sleep. Your dentist can tell if obstructive apnea is occurring by looking at the soft palate at the rear of the mouth. If you think you are experiencing apnea of some kind, mention it to your Sunbury dentist during a check up and he or she might be able to tell you if it is obstructive or not. If it is not then you should seek advice from a medical professional.

Various devices can be worn during sleep to stop central apnea from occurring but it might be the case that the underlying problem causing the condition needs to be sorted out before central apnea can be relieved.

Surbiton dentists offer effective solution for cavities with cosmetic bonding techniques

For many years now, millions of patients have had their cavities effectively filled by metal fillings. Cavities can be painful and inconvenient and ought to be rectified as soon as possible. The traditional metal solution to cavities has now been surpassed by cosmetic bonding techniques which are more aesthetically pleasing than metal fillings. The good news is that metal fillings can even be replaced using cosmetic bonding.

Made from fillers and acrylic resin, dental composite is a mouldable substance that is perfect for filling cavities in teeth. Such is the adaptable nature of the material, your dentist can select an appropriate shade and texture so that it matches your surrounding teeth. No-one will even know that you have fillings in your mouth.

Once your dentist has cleaned up the area in the mouth from debris and plaque an adherent gel is applied so that the bond has an extra firm hold on your tooth. A special light with ‘curing’ properties is shone onto the area, giving the bonding a special finish. Your dentist then buffs and polishes the area and the result is a barely noticeable solution to your cavity.

Modern techniques allow this process to be carried out even quicker than before too. Traditional x-rays would have to be sent off to a lab for development but their new digital equivalents can be carried out there and then with no development necessary. Contact your Surbiton dentist today to ask for more information about cosmetic bonding and how it can be used to fill cavities or replace unsightly metal fillings.

Kingston-Upon-Thames dentists help put a stop to teeth grinding during sleep

The act of grinding your teeth during sleep is properly known as bruxism. It is as common as snoring in the United Kingdom and needs to be dealt with because of the effects it can have on the oral health of the sufferer.

Many experts believe that stress is a major factor in teeth grinding during sleep. Dentists also offer faulty alignment of teeth as a potential cause. It is always worth reporting suspected teeth grinding to your dentist so that your mouth can be examined.

Grinding your teeth in your sleep can lead to problems in your mouth. It is possible that the sustained pressure placed in your teeth will lead to one or more of them becoming cracked, chipped or even worn down. It is desirable that this is not allowed to happen so that procedures to correct these problems are avoided. These procedures can be time consuming and costly so it is best to simply eliminate teeth grinding in the first place.

Your dentist can examine your mouth to attempt to find a cause for your teeth grinding. If it is determined that stress is the likely cause then you might be referred to a mental health specialist. If teeth alignment is designated as the cause then your dentist can easily fit you a mouth guard to stop your teeth from having to take the strain of grinding during the night.

Teeth grinding during sleep might not seem like a major issue but it can cause inconvenient problems with, not just your teeth, but also your jaw and face too. Contact your Kingston-Upon-Thames dentist today for more information about teeth grinding during sleep and how to stop it.

Surbiton dentists offer expert advice on fluoride

Fluoride is a substance that can help the mouth to defend itself against plaque. Teeth’s natural protection is the durable substance called enamel which is on the outer surface of all teeth. If plaque is allowed to take hold then enamel can be compromised and the teeth themselves interfered with. This can lead to cavities forming in teeth and even dental decay.

Fluoride can be found in tap water and many tooth pastes too. It has been shown to reduce levels of tooth decay by between forty and sixty and per cent. For some, though, fluoride is a subject of controversy and, in the years since fluoride has been added to tap water, there have been a number of claims that fluoride can be harmful to humans.

It is certainly true that a condition called dental fluorosis can occur in young children who have too much fluoride or even swallow a significant amount of fluoride tooth paste. However this is a very rare occurrence and most experts agree on the benefits of drinking tap water that contains fluoride. Around three hundred million people around the world already do so.

It is best that children under two avoid using fluoride tooth paste but for infants above that age, fluoride has been shown to be extremely beneficial in the development of strong, healthy teeth. The amount of fluoride in tap water varies from area to area and it might be necessary to take a fluoride supplement if there are low levels of fluoride in your water supply.

Your Surbiton dentist is able to offer expert advice on fluoride, which tooth pastes are the best and how appropriate fluoride is for your young children.