Dentistry has moved into the space age. Who’d have predicted 20 years ago that you could have a dental implant fitted in a day, have your teeth laser bleached or fitted with veneers, a bridge or a crown in an hour, or more amazingly, have those irritating crooked teeth at the front of the mouth straightened within 6 weeks! Well you better believe it because when it comes to teeth aligning, the Inman aligner has reached the dental surgeries of Kingston-upon-Thames. This amazing and unique device promises just that; with its complex mechanism of springs and wires, it pushes whilst pulling the teeth, into place and it’s because the teeth are constantly on the move, that the device is able to work so quickly. This element of speed means that you can plan a treatment to fit into your busy year. Not that the element of time should be a problem anyway, because it has a couple of other aces to play whilst it works. For a start, it sits quite discreetly in the mouth, so wearing it isn’t that much of an issue anyway, however long it takes. But for shear freedom, the aligner is removable too, giving you a couple of hours each day to be free from wearing it. It can be considered to be one of the most expensive options around, but for the sheer audacity of treatment time, it’s got to be worth a look!
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Cosmetic dentistry is a genre all of its own. Over the past 20 years, new technologies have redesigned the boundaries of dental treatments for dentists and their patients alike. Of course, glamour magazines and TV has also played an important part in selling cosmetic dentistry to us and the clamour to get our teeth looking wonderful has never been stronger in Kingston-upon-Thames. The first step is to get our teeth straightened and healthy. There are over a dozen options to do so, offering results anywhere from 6 weeks to a couple of years. Once done, there are a myriad of cosmetic choices that befall you. You can start at home with DIY bleaching kits, very effective and very cheap, but if you prefer your dentist to get involved, you can opt for laser bleaching. If however, your teeth have just grown tired over time and gaps and cracks have appeared you can either opt for some dental bonding to patch you up and replace those old grey fillings too, or choose some form of veneers to rejuvenate a beautiful smile. Tooth loss, can ruin the cosmetic balance of the smile, but thanks to cheap dental implants, bridges and dentures, it’s never been easier to restore a beautiful smile to your face and with it, comes an incredible freedom and self confidence, that you may have felt was passing you by.
We are rather spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a method to get our teeth straightened. But, if you start to scratch below the glitzy surface of the advertising spiel, you will find that many of them are designed work on specific areas of the mouth. The 6 Months Smile however, is the complete package, addressing gaps, overcrowding and all biting complications in the mouth. Your brace will be manufactured in the USA a series of photo’s and x-rays of your mouth, taken here in Weybridge. When it is fitted on it’s return, a number of discreet, tooth-coloured are placed on the surface of the teeth and connected by a thin wire. This is anchored at the back of the mouth. As the treatment begins, you will return to the dentist at regular intervals to have ensure the brace is clean and then to have the wire tightened to keep the pressure on the plates and to keep each individual tooth on the move. It works fast, well it’s in the title- 6 months minimum; compared to most treatments around, that’s incredibly quick. But unlike most other rapid treatments on offer, this device doesn’t take advantage and charge the earth just because of its efficiency, it’s very reasonably priced for the work it does.
It’s hard to believe that tooth decay is up there with flu as a disorder in the body in Sunbury, but it really is just as common. Decay is a direct result of poor oral hygiene that has allowed bacteria to form plaque around the teeth, this can happen after only 20 minutes. If left, the plaque soon turns to tartar, then gum disease and then dental cavities start to form in the teeth, due to a relentless build up of acids on the tooth’s enamel. At this stage, the damage can be stopped with a simple filling. But again, if no action is taken, the teeth and gums can suffer from periodontitis that causes deep decay inside the tooth. This will now require root canal treatment to remove the bacteria from the roots and save the tooth. More dangerously a tooth abscess can develop. These can be life threatening, as they release poison into the bloodstream that damages the brain and heart. If this has rather scared you, it was meant to. Looking after your teeth and gums should be up-most in your daily routine and there are enough plaque busting products on the market to stop dental cavities from forming. Diet should also be taken into account as starchy and sugary food and drinks are the main causes of acids around the teeth.
It’s a credit to the world of technology, that dentistry has so many options to keep your mouth in healthy condition. There is literally nothing the modern dentist cannot do to keep that smile on your face and in Molesey, you can find an incredible array of options to replace a missing tooth too. Though it isn’t always vital to replace a missing tooth, the surrounding teeth in the mouth do tend to move and can be vulnerable to a build up of bacteria from the gap. Multiple tooth-loss can also result in premature aging in the face surrounding the gaps as the muscles start to sag. Partial or full dentures offer a good solution but they can be awkward to wear, although dental implants can help to keep them in place. But then, if you are going too have implants fitted, you may as well go the whole hog and get a completely new set of teeth that will restore your mouth to its former glory and then some. Implants are very robust and once fitted, last you a lifetime. They can also be used to reinforce the fitting of a dental bridge. Bridges are a tried and tested method of teeth replacement and probably the cheapest, permanent option available. The most common is a tooth that is attached to two adjacent crowns and then cemented onto the teeth either side of the gap. Bridges do require attentive cleaning, but are strong and sustain the balance of the mouth.
Keeping up with your regular, bi-annual check-up in Surrey is the perfect support you need for your already superb oral hygiene program that you carry out everyday at home. Dental products are big business these days and they get the job done superbly; you’ll find a product for every ailment in the mouth and that can only be good for the overall health of your mouth. However, you’d be foolhardy to get complacent and think that you don’t need have a checks-up as often as you should, just because of the products you use, and in all honesty, can anyone truly say that they carry out their oral hygiene techniques with precision each day? This is why you need the back-up of your dentist: bacteria can form in the mouth very quickly that can lead to the growth of plaque and tartar. This is the point at which you are moving into the ugly world of tooth decay and gum disease. At a check-up, your dentist will check for plaque and tartar and remove them by de-scaling and then polished. But it is also the time to have an x-ray to check for the development of tooth cavities. If caught early, they can be remedied with a filling, but if you have missed an appointment or two, the decay will require a root canal to fix the problem. Gum disease also needs to be checked too, and by regular visits, you can discuss with your dentist the best way to overcome these problems and talk about all aspects that concern your mouth, from diet and the products you use, to cosmetic dentistry.
If you have sudden and unexplained aching in your teeth and jaw then it is possible that you are grinding your teeth in your sleep. This common activity amongst United Kingdom adults can have severe consequences and needs to be dealt with so that the health and functionality of the mouth is retained.
Health professionals reckon that there are two main causes of what is clinically known as bruxism. Patients who suffer from psychological stress often grind their teeth during the night as a manifestation of their anxiety. There can be dental causes of bruxism too, most commonly if the patient has teeth which are misaligned and so grinds them together when sleeping.
In doing so, patients run the risk of wearing down the vital and protecting enamel coating on teeth and leaving themselves open to developing cavities. In extreme cases, teeth can actually break down and begin to entirely lose their functionality. Disorders with the TMJ (temporomandibular joint), the bone which connects the jaw to the skulls, can also ensue, with patients experiencing aching jaws and shoulders and putting themselves at risk of suffering from muscular spasms.
Wearing a mouth guard is a simple way to ameliorate the effects of nocturnal teeth grinding. Your Shepperton dentist can easily make you one of these simple devices which will take the impact out the grinding and protect their integrity. If the problem is with the alignment of your teeth then it might be recommended that you wear a brace or one of the other devices which can correct the layout of your teeth and ensure that you won’t slip into grinding your teeth at night anymore.
Unfortunately its probably something that we’ve all experienced: meeting that person at a party or business occasion whose breath smells unpleasant. What’s worse is when that person is you. It can put a real downer on your ability to socialise if you are aware that there are unsavoury aromas emitting from your mouth every time you talk or even smile. Dentists in Sunbury and beyond call it halitosis and beating this affliction can be achieved by understanding what is causing it in the first place.
The first and most basic thing to understand is that halitosis is caused by the prevalence of certain bacteria in the mouth. This can be made worse by the presence of certain types of food debris that have particularly pungent aromas. Removing the bacteria and the debris will help to put a stop to bad breath but, beyond that, you should try and make your mouth a place in which the bacteria is unable to return to and thrive.
Of course brushing and flossing play their part here. Try to be more rigorous with your brushing, although not more aggressive. Make sure that you are covering all possible corners of your mouth so that bacteria and debris are removed. Remember also that bad breath bacteria likes to hang around on tongues, so you can brush there too although be gentle.
Think carefully about whether or not you want to use mouth wash. Although they invariably boast of being able to kill bad breath, the problem with mouth washes is that they leave the mouth particularly dry after use and this is the condition in which bad breath bacteria can easily hang around. The key then is to keep your mouth nice and moist so that the bacteria cannot ‘stick’ to teeth.
Root canal treatment is a fairly well known dental procedure, but in name only. Many people do not actually know what the treatment involves or when it might be necessary to have it done. Read on to find out more about this complex and vital part of modern dentistry.
Many of the most common dental ailments tend to affect the exterior of teeth, like cavities or the development of cracks of chips. Indeed, many of the common dental procedures are also concerned essentially with the exteriors too: scaling and polishing to remove tartar and cosmetic bonding the fill in cavities.
But sometimes problems occur within the tooth itself. It won’t happen to everyone because teeth are naturally very tough, but a period of inadequate care or a one-off and unexpected accident can lead to a problem inside the tooth. This will require the dentist to gain access to what is inside the tooth.
Inside each and every tooth in your mouth is a mass of nerves, veins and vital tissues which help to keep the tooth alive and functional. Problems can occur if an infection invades this material. The consequences can be very painful indeed and result in constant and severe tooth ache. Rather than drilling into the tooth, dental research has found that the best way of dealing with any problem within what is known as the ‘pulp chamber’ is to enter the tooth via the root and through the canal which carries in the nerves and veins.
Talk to your Shepperton dentist about root canal treatment and why it might be necessary if an infection inside your tooth begins to cause problems.
Dentists in Surbiton are telling their patients all about how they can look after their teeth and gums to ensure that they have long lasting oral hygiene. This is valuable advice because it means that patients won’t have to think about going to the surgery for invasive procedures which could easily have been avoided if only better care had been taken in the first place.
The point of taking measures to protect oral hygiene is to prevent dental ailments from happening rather than treating them once they have taken hold. A key part of this is the removal of plaque from teeth. This acidic substance is unavoidably formed once you have eaten sugary and starchy foods and drinks. The problem with plaque is that it begins to break down the tough layer of enamel which coats teeth for protection.
The best way to remove this plaque is to brush your teeth with a tooth brush and a fluoride tooth paste. Floss as well so that the plaque cannot hang around between the teeth and start to cause cavities and gum disease.
Going to see your dentist every six months is just as important as the care you take of teeth at home. Giving a trained dental expert the chance to thoroughly look over the state of your mouth means that any problems can be diagnosed and treated early. You might just be avoiding the need to have some time-consuming surgery further down the line.
So make an appointment to see your Surbiton dentist as soon as possible. They can give your mouth the once-over and tell you all about what you need to do to secure many years of oral hygiene that reaches the highest standards.