Most of us go through life harboring some form of anxiety at some point; some can seem quite silly and rarely get in our way, but serious anxieties can literally cripple us and can cause other anxieties to spring up. Ask any dentist in Shepperton and they will probably concur that it is a very real problem when trying to treat some of their patients in the chair, which is why most dentists these days, are trained to deal with dental anxieties, because it can stop their patients getting the treatments they need for a healthy mouth. They also know that it very difficult to get the person into the surgery in the first place to discuss their worries and fears. If you suffer from this problem, for the sake of your health, and how you get on generally in life, this irrational fear of the dentist must be faced and conquered. There could be a labyrinth of reasons as to why dentists scare you; personal past experiences where a treatment was painful, may have left you traumatized. Bad things from your childhood may have left you with a nervous disposition, but the only way to overcome this is by first talking it through. Dentists are very sympathetic and understand these problems- they are the people to talk to, and even, dare it be said, try to get to know. It’s also beneficial to gain knowledge of dental procedures, modern sedation techniques and new technologies that are being used in most surgeries and are virtually pain-free. And if you are part of the decision making process as to what you want, it puts you in control of your dental destiny.
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There are many reasons attached to dental pain but whatever the problems, it can be very uncomfortable and may require treatment from a Surrey dentist to put it right. One of the main causes is tooth decay and will normally be fairly advanced when the pain manifests itself; it can be an annoying throbbing, sensitive to temperature or be a shooting pain during eating. Dangerously, decay can lead to an abscess forming, causing the face to swell and the possibility of blood poisoning. Other pains can come from a chipped tooth rubbing against the tongue and cheeks. Most pains can be countered with painkillers, anesthetic gels or herbal remedies, even antibiotics, but it doesn’t remove the fact that treatment is required at the dentists. Dental procedures too can involve a bit of pain, but if you are anxious about being treated, it would probably be wise to discuss these fears so that you could choose the type of anesthetic that suits you and makes the treatment easier. There are many sedation techniques used by dentists these days ranging from a simple injection to being ‘put under’ completely. Of course, intense treatments can leave you with some discomfort once the anesthetic has worn off. If this is likely, the dentist can offer you an analgesic to take until the teeth settle down.
Blood at the best of times, generally indicates a problem, repetitive blood from your gums, definitely means you have problem, and as long as you’re not brushing your teeth too heavily, then it indicates you may have gum disease. It a problem that many of us in Sunbury will probably suffer from at some point- our general starch and sugar based foods and drinks, certainly don’t help. But like most problems associated with the mouth, bleeding gums and gum disease, or gingivitis, can have a knock-on affect throughout the rest of the mouth and body. Again and again, most of these problems are caused by poor oral hygiene and diet. It’s the build up of several factors that starts with plaque, then gum disease, to periodontal disease- then your teeth can drop out, and if you think that bad, gum disease has be identified to have a strong bearing on heart and diabetic issues. At the first sign of bleeding gums, you must counter it with a two pronged attack, starting with your dentist, to find out the extent of how bad your gums are. It might even involve some treatment and whilst you’re there, you should talk about the best way of looking after your gums because there are enough products out there that will help. But the biggest thing you should analyze is your life style and maybe alter it, for your health and your gums.
It probably true to say most of us go through the average day in Kingston-upon-Thames, talking and chewing and biting on some level. If we get stressed, some of us may even resort to grinding our teeth and all these functions rely on the temporomandibular joint or the TMJ; it’s where the bottom jaw is attached to the upper jaw through two little joints, cartilage and muscles. This area has to take a lot of forces everyday, so what it doesn’t need are extra stresses being placed upon it. This is where the work of your dentist comes in, to protect the bite of the mouth using braces, aligners, mouth-guards, bridges and dentures, all designed to ensure the teeth come together correctly to remove any extra pressure from the TMJ, otherwise the jaw can become suceptible to TMJ syndrome; this is where the joints become worn and damaged. Signs of this are clicking when moving the jaw, constant ear and headaches and pain in the upper back that if allowed to continue unchecked, could call for surgery to correct. People who play contact sports need to be doubly careful, and wear the best mouth-guards to protect the mouth and jaw from damage; those who grind their teeth are also at risk as this is considered to be one of the prime causes of the breakdown in the TMJ.
If you’ve been rather bad of late in Surbiton, missed dental appointments and been rather frugal with your oral hygiene, you are at risk to exposing your teeth to decay. It normally starts by plaque acid eating away at the tooth’s enamel and forming a cavity. If left to carry on, the cavity will eat its way deeper into the tooth, through the pulp and into the roots. The problem with tooth decay is that it is cunning, and you may not realize that you are suffering from it until it starts to cause pain or worse, form an abscess. If you’re a regular at your dentist, they will be able to detect this at an early stage and simply administer a filling. But if you’ve ignored a regular check-up and the problem is well advanced, at best you may be able to save the tooth with a root canal, at worse the tooth may have to be removed all together. Then you’re into implants and bridges to ensure the rest of your mouth doesn’t suffer the same fate. Keeping your teeth clean is the key to fighting the problem to ensure that any sugary or starchy foods are kept off the teeth’s enamel, because these are the worst for promoting the bacteria and acids that cause tooth decay in the first place.
Dental veneers have been an effective way of concealing cracked, chipped and stained teeth for a good number of years now and patients have reaped the benefits of increased self confidence that comes as a result. But what some people don’t know is that dental veneers can also be used on crooked teeth too. This might be just the solution that you have been looking for if you have a solitary crooked tooth, perhaps at the front of your mouth and don’t think it is worth the trouble of having a brace fitted.
Veneers tend to be made from special dental porcelain these days which has the advantage of being lightweight while still retaining a high level of durability. They are also resistant to staining too. They are highly flexible in the hands of dentists so they can easily be fitted over teeth which are not quite aligned correctly. The appearance will be created of a row of teeth that are all perfectly aligned with one another and no one will know that you even have a veneer in place. As an extra fillip, your dentist can even match your dental veneer to the shade and texture of your surrounding teeth.
You should talk to your Molesley dentist if you have one or more misaligned tooth which is bothering you. There are a number of solutions to this problem but dental veneers are definitely worth considering because they are quick to fit, efficient and generally more affordable than more intensive and/or long lasting treatments. The penetration of digital technological equipment into dental surgeries now means that dental veneers can be fitted in just a single session at the dentist by using three dimensional x-rays.
However hard we try to look after ourselves and our teeth in Sunbury, something invariably goes wrong at some point, and there are a lot of things that can go wrong in the mouth; one of the most destructive is gum disease. It doesn’t happen overnight, there are a lot of factors that cause the problem- normally it begins through bad oral hygiene, diet, and doing things to excess, like drinking and smoking. Strong medication can also contribute to the problem. If food is not removed from the mouth, bacteria will break out causing a build up of plaque and tartar; this in turn will cause acids to build up around the foot of the tooth, gum disease and invariably tooth decay, and then you’ll find yourself in the dentists chair having lengthy, and not too pleasant, treatments. Before gum disease can be treated, the dentist must first remove the plaque. Depending on how bad it is, it can involve anything from deep scaling to root planning, sometimes, surgery. In rare cases, gum disease can be reversed, but generally it can only be stopped in its tracks. Many products on the market today are designed to help in the fight against gum disease, but it also calls for a change of lifestyle if you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy and avoid more serious implications such as diabetes and heart disease that have links to gum disease.
Your teeth are very strong durable objects, protected by a layer of tough enamel. But unfortunately they can be damaged internally by unforeseen events and this can be problematic. Often a process called root canal treatment is required to sort out any problems with internal damage to teeth.
Problems can occur because teeth are not actually solid blocks. They are hollow and house inside them an amount of important things like nerves, veins and other assorted tissues. The area which they exist in is called the pulp chamber and any damage to this area can require root canal treatment to rectify it. Any accidents affecting the mouth can cause the pulp to become infected or advanced and serious dental decay can lead to an infection in the chamber.
The root canal is often the best way to enter the tooth in the case of these incidents. Rather than drilling through the tooth, your dentist can get access to the pulp chamber by entering through the canal which brings the nerves and veins into your tooth via the root.
It is a complicated procedure which requires x-rays to determine the extent of the damage to the pulp chamber, but it is entirely necessary so that an abscess does not form. In entering the pulp chamber through the root canal, your dentist will be looking to ensure that any infected materials from inside the chamber are effectively removed and disposed of.
Keeping up with your home oral hygiene routine in the advised fashion and being sure to visit your Weybridge dentist every six months, should ensure that you won’t need root canal treatment. But accidents can happen and you should be vigilant for signs of dental pain which might mean that you need the surgery.
There is no time like the present and putting off dealing with that issue you have with the way your smile looks will not make it go away. Just think of how much more confident you will feel about yourself if you had that truly perfect smile that you see in the movies and on the television. Thankfully it is easily attainable through the various procedures that dentists can carry out which are called, collectively, cosmetic dentistry.
No problem is too big or too small for cosmetic dentistry procedures because they cover such a wide variety of practices, all designed to improve the way that your teeth look. The humble brace, so long a staple of dentistry, is part of cosmetic dentistry because the treatment is partially concerned with how straight your smile is.
Cosmetic dentistry also includes newer methods of straightening teeth such as Invisalign and Six Months Smile which carry out the same work but in a more discreet fashion. Teeth whitening is another set of procedures which some under the aegis of cosmetic dentistry. Teeth whitening can be carried out at home or under the supervision of your Shepperton dentist and the results can be immensely satisfying.
Don’t be put off by the prospect of shelling out a fortune for these treatments as many of them are far more affordable than you might think. A lot of dental procedures are more efficient now than in the past so this reduces the price and interest free repayment plans allow you to pay in a time scale that suits you and your budget. Ask your local dentist for more information about which cosmetic dentistry procedures might be right for you and your mouth.
Few things in life last forever and porcelain dental veneers are no exception. After a time they may need to be replaced so that they are as good as new again. A persistent worry of patients, especially those who have had veneers installed when they are young, is how often these veneers can be replaced. Read on to find out more information about this issue.
Ultimately there are two types of veneer, those of thinner and thicker varieties. Thinner porcelain veneers (and they can be incredibly thin these days) are made to be replaced. They are very durable but really only have a life span of about three to five years and replacing them is no problem at all.
Where there can be an issue is with the thicker variety of porcelain veneer. This is because dentists will sometimes have to remove a little of the existing tooth in order to accommodate the veneer in the first place. These thicker veneers have an average life span of somewhere in the region of ten to fifteen years so it is not something that has to be considered often. Dentists are experts in these issues and they will be able to achieve it though.
You should not let this put you off considering dental veneers as a solution though. They are extremely effective at what they do in covering up misaligned, chipped, cracked or slightly broken down teeth and they can really boost your self confidence by improving the look and appeal of your smile.
You can talk through any issues about porcelain dental veneers with your Surbiton dentist the next time you are at the surgery.