February 9th, 2011
For many years, if you wanted to have your teeth straightened there wasn’t much option but to have a traditional, metal brace fitted. They have always been extremely effective but unfortunately can lead to a lack of confidence because of their obtrusive and unsightly appearance. Advances in dentistry mean that there are now other ways of straightening your teeth with don’t have the same effect on your appearance.
The fact that Invisalign braces are known as the ‘see through braces’ or even ‘invisible braces’ is testament to how discreet they are. They are still constructed individually to suit your unique mouth but they are made of a material that is see-through and even your closest intimates would have a difficult job seeing that you are wearing it.
Modern, digital technology means that they can be made quickly too, without any lengthy waits and the discomfort of dental putty to take moulds. What’s more, they are completely removable and can be taken out for important social occasions or sports as long as they are worn for at least twenty two hours every day.
What with the fact that there is not tightening of wires involved, patients find that Invisalign is far more comfortable than traditional metal braces. Instead of tightening, your dentist will simply provide you with a new Invisalign when you need one to continue the process of adjusting your teeth so that they are nice and straight.
If your Weybridge dentist is certified with Invisalign then they might be able to begin treating you as soon as possible and you will be well on the way to having a beautiful, straight smile that you can be proud of.
February 7th, 2011
Your mouth is a finely tuned composite of all of the different parts and it relies on them all working together to allow it to function properly. If you have lost a tooth or teeth your ability to eat, drink and even talk will be compromised. Thankfully there is a long term solution to this in the form of dental implants, which are widely available in the United Kingdom.
Dental implants basically act as a substitute for the root part of a tooth that you have lost. They are like sockets, into which a replacement tooth can be screwed. They can also be used in conjunction with dental bridge work and support a number of other teeth.
Your dentist will need to make an incision into your gum so that the implant can be placed next to your jaw bone. The reason for this is so that the implant integrates with the bone in a process called osseointegration. This gives the replacement tooth an incredible secure housing.
Then a temporary replacement tooth is screwed into the implant and the area is stitched back up. After a period of healing, your permanent replacement will be installed and you will be able to treat it just like a regular tooth, thanks to the stability and hard wearing nature of dental implants. The fact that they are made of titanium is a huge bonus because this material is very light and very durable.
The success rate of dental implants is extremely high and many thousands of patients have benefited from the procedure. If you want to know more about it, speak to your Molesley dentist and find out what dental implants can do for you.
February 5th, 2011
If you have lost a tooth or some of your teeth it is vital that you get them replaced somehow so that your mouth is able to function as normal. Your mouth is finely tuned composite of all of its parts and it relies on having a functioning set of teeth. If you don’t have a full set of teeth, eating, drinking and even talking can be made that bit more difficult.
You might have lost teeth as result of an accident or because of dental decay or gum disease. There are a number of options for replacement such as dental implants or a set of dentures. Dental bridge work is popular because unlike dental implants, it is not invasive and, unlike dentures, it is a permanent solution and your replacement teeth can be treated like normal teeth.
Dental bridge work basically involves anchoring replacement teeth to teeth that are already in place in your mouth using a strong, dental resin. There are three main types of dental bridge. The first and most common is the traditional or fixed bridge. This is where the replacement tooth is anchored on both sides to healthy teeth. This is a very stable way of doing a bridge but it relies on there being two healthy teeth on either side of the gap.
In the case of a cantilever bridge, the replacement tooth is only anchored on one side, possibly because the tooth on the other side is not deemed to be strong enough. Maryland-bonded or resin-bonded bridge work is carried out if the resin needs to be concealed to preserve aesthetic appeal. This might be appropriate at the front of the mouth.
If you need a tooth or teeth replacing, talk to your Surbiton dentist. They will have all the information you need about dental bridges.
February 3rd, 2011
Keeping your teeth strong and healthy is vital in ensuring that you are able to eat, drink and talk with ease. But that is not all that dentistry can be used for. Did you know that your dentist is also able to improve the appearance of your mouth? Cosmetic dentistry procedures, widely available in the United Kingdom, can give your mouth a makeover and leave you smiling with pride.
There are a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures available to see to all of your needs. Teeth whitening treatments can be carried out either in the surgery or at home from a kit you can buy from a super market or pharmacy. They can restore your teeth to a shade of shiny white that will astonish your friends.
Dentists can place veneers or crowns if you have lost a tooth or have one that has broken down or unsightly. These processes are incredibly fast thanks to advances in modern technology. Your dentist can take a digital x-ray and send that data to an online milling machine which fabricates your crown or veneer in little over five minutes, ready to be fitted. Cosmetic dentistry can fit into even the busiest lives.
These and other procedures can be combined to give you a ‘smile makeover’ if there are several issues you need addressing with your mouth. Many dentists now offer interest free repayment plans so you can spread your payments over a period of time to suit you. As such, cosmetic dentistry procedures are even more affordable than ever.
If you have a wedding coming up or a holiday and there are issues with your smile that you want addressing, talk to your Surbiton dentist about what cosmetic dentistry can do for you.
February 1st, 2011
Bleeding gums are a common problem in the United Kingdom and yet gums seem to get far less attention than teeth. Gums are just as much an important part of your mouth and they deserve to be cared for with just as much diligence. The fact is, gum disease (which bleeding gums can be a sign of) account for more tooth loss than tooth decay itself so it is always worth taking bleeding gums seriously.
There are a number of potential causes for bleeding gums. It is likely that you have a touch of gingivitis, the most common form of gum disease. If this is left to get worse then the bleeding will intensify and you will experience great pain as periodontitis develops. Gingivitis is easily treated and usually just requires you to tighten up your home oral hygiene routine.
If you have just started flossing then you might find that your gums are bleeding because they are not used to having floss dragged over them. Gums are extremely sensitive and need to get used to this process. But the bleeding shouldn’t last for more than the first few times you floss and you should seek advice from your dentist if it does so.
You might even be brushing too hard and causing your gums to bleed as a result. Your dentist might advise you to purchase a brush which has softer bristles so that your brushing is not compromising a part of your mouth that it is supposed to be taking care of.
Quite often bleeding gums are nothing serious but you should always get them checked out by your Molesley dentist in case there is a serious problem lurking that needs to be dealt with.