July 30th, 2012
Teaching children from an early age the importance of good dental care will pay off dividends throughout their lives. Dentistry for children is normally undertaken by a specialist Paedriactic dentist who has had extra training in the needs, issues and behaviours of children in relation to dental care.
When the first teeth appear for a young baby your local dentist will be able to tell you if they are growing properly. It is important that these first teeth are straight and well spaced, both because of the child’s current comfort level but also for their future dental health. The first set of teeth will be lost at some age around six or seven. If a tooth is knocked out or damaged at an earlier age your dentist will normally simply wait for the adult tooth to appear without the need for placing a false tooth of any kind.
As children come into their teenage years the teeth will enter their final stage of development and form into their natural shape. It is only at this point that it will become apparent whether the adult teeth are settling in comfortably. Consult with your Weybridge dentist to see how your teenagers teeth are coming along. If the teeth appear to be angled or misaligned, a fairly common occurrence, your dentist will recommend that they wear braces to properly align the teeth.
As children is the best possible time to set their dental habits. Teaching them the importance of brushing and flossing will help to make sure that they have healthy teeth throughout their lives. Your local dentist will be able to answer any Paedriactic dental questions you may have.
July 28th, 2012
New technologies and methods are constantly being developed within the field of dental surgery. Most people at some point in their lives will require some form of dental surgery, often minor procedures such as crowns or fillings but also major operations such as dental implants or root canal treatment.
Your Surrey dentist will be able to do the vast majority of surgeries in the dental practice. For major reconstructive surgeries it may be necessary to visit a hospital or specialist. The most common form of dental surgery is prosthetic dentistry, using artificial materials to change size or shape of your teeth or gums. Crowns, fillings, veneers, implants, bridges, and dentures are all prosthetics and most can be done under local anaesthetic with your local dentist.
The root of your teeth is living tissue that supports your teeth and links it to your body. Surgery relating to this area is referred to as endodontic surgery. Different types of root canal treatment fall under this category. If the root of your tooth dies your tooth will eventually fall out, and so it is essential to be aware of possible infections.
Orthodontic surgery focuses on the shape of your bite. The installation of braces to restructure your teeth is a form of orthodontic surgery. Making sure your teeth develop in straight lines is vitally important for future dental health.
Your local dentist will be able to talk you through the different dental surgeries if you are to ever need them. Most are very straight forward and require only a local anaesthetic and minimal recovery time.
July 26th, 2012
Most people have a filling. Over time even with the most diligent brushing and flossing cavities can form. And so, it is important to have regular check ups with your dentist to catch the cavities while they are small. Once a cavity has developed your dentist will likely recommend a filling. Traditionally fillings have been made of silver amalgam (a combination of silver with several other metals). But new composite resins have been developed that can be used to create white fillings.
Your Kingston upon Thames dentist recommends you weigh up the benefits that each type of filling offers. White fillings are almost invisible when you talk or laugh. The resin composite can be developed in a variety of different shades of white that can be matched closely to your natural teeth colour, assuring only the closest inspectors would ever be able to recognise them. While silver amalgam fillings are as not as cosmetically pleasing they are still the most durable type of filling, lasting several years, though white filling materials are increasingly beginning to match the endurance.
The process of having a white filling is fairly easy. When getting silver amalgam fillings the process is longer because your dentist will need to drill the tooth to create the correct shape for the filling. Resin composite has the advantage that it can mould to the given shape of the tooth, and so drilling is not normally necessary. When a choice is available, most people opt for white fillings for cosmetic and functional reasons. Silver amalgam fillings can be replaced with white fillings but it is best to wait until the old fillings fall out. Speak to your dentist about which type of fillings will best serve your needs.
July 24th, 2012
Most frequently a symptom of stress, grinding your teeth can cause serious long term damage to your teeth. In the long term the best cure is to learn how to manage your stress levels, lower stress normally equals less grinding. Whether it’s taking up meditation, deep breathing exercises or simply giving yourself a bit of time to relax each day, removing stress from your life will be good for mental and physical health.
But dealing with stress is often easier said than done. In the short term you need your teeth grinding treated quickly before severe damage is caused. Your Shepperton dentist will be able to help you with reducing damage. A lot of people grind their teeth during sleep, where it obviously cannot be solved purely with self-control. The best and most common method used to deal with this is a special mouth guard. These will place a softer plastic or rubber barrier in between your upper and lower sets of teeth, stopping the grinding teeth from wearing away at each other. Modern mouth guards can be comfortable and relatively inconspicuous.
Wearing a mouth guard while addressing the underlying causes of teeth grinding will greatly reduce any damage done to your teeth. Grinding varies in pressure levels between people, but even a gentle grinding will over time wear away the enamel as the two hard surfaces of the teeth constant scrap at each other. Your local dentist will be able to help you with finding the perfect mouth guard and offer other advice for dealing with teeth grinding, contact them today for help.
July 22nd, 2012
For many people tooth ache can be the worst pain as it throbs inside your mouth and along your entire head. Tooth ache is often caused by an infection that has spread to the inside of your tooth. It is vital that you visit your Worcester Park dentist as soon as possible to check if this is the case. Left unattended the infection could spread and cause serious damage to other teeth, your gums and even spread to your jaw.
If you are suffering from an infection, your dentist will likely recommend that you save your tooth with root canal treatment. A common procedure, root canal treatment involves the dentist drilling into the infected tooth. They will then be able to remove all the infection (this may include a build up of pus). Infection will often build up in the pulp of the tooth, the soft tissue that fills part of the tooth’s centre. Whether due to physical injury, tooth decay or gum disease, infections are able to get through the strong out enamel and inner dentin to reach the pulp.
With luck the infection will not have damaged the root of the tooth. If this is the case the dentist will be able to save the tooth once the infection is removed. They will cover the new hole with either a filling or crown in order to protect it in the future. If the root has become severely infected it may be necessary to remove the entire tooth. Your dentist will layout the full range of artificial teeth that can be used a replacement. A course of antibiotics may be given to be sure the infection is completely removed and does not return.
July 20th, 2012
Straightening your teeth can seem like a long and slow process. Braces typically take up to a year or even two to have the desired effect. But now, new patented technology has been developed that can straighten teeth fast with Inman Aligner. You will no longer need to be concerned about hiding your teeth when smiling; you’ll be able to share your perfect smile with the world. Not only can crooked teeth be unattractive but they risk causing further damage. Unaligned teeth put pressure at unusual angles against each other, further pushing them into crooked positions. Using Inman Aligners will set your teeth straight and avoid this happening in the future.
The technology uses tiny springs that are very specifically designed to place the correct amount of constant pressure on your teeth. Over time your teeth will be pushed into the correct position. The best thing about Inman Aligners is it can have an effect in only 8 weeks. Since each person has a unique set of teeth the length of time will vary but the special design generally allows teeth to be repositioned in much less time than traditional braces. No longer will you need to be stuck with braces for several years.
The procedure for getting the Inman Aligners is straight forward and will involve the dentist measuring and fitting it, along with some follow ups to assure the teeth are progressing as they should. Being removable it is possible to clean the Aligner easily and keep it healthy without any problem. You will also be able to clean your teeth as normal, without a brace getting in the way. Ask your Surbiton dentist how Inman Aligners could help you get the smile that you want.
July 18th, 2012
Crooked teeth are both cosmetically unappealing and risky for your dental healthy. Braces have been commonly used to helps straighten teeth. Unfortunately most braces are unsightly and uncomfortable. With a row of metal running along your teeth it becomes difficult to eat properly, simply eating an apple becomes a challenge as it gets stuck and tangled in the braces. Invisalign is a new technology that is changing our perception of braces. Developed out of a clear plastic material, Invisalign braces are almost invisible to other people.
Teeth straightening the Invisalign way allows you to smile and laugh without embarrassment. Unlike traditional braces there is no permanent fixture or adjustable parts. The process involves the use of a new brace every two weeks, which progressively straighten your teeth into the correct position. Each set is specifically designed for you will apply the right amount of pressure to gradually, with each step, reposition your teeth. Since the thin, clear plastic is designed to fit snugly against your teeth they become inconspicuous. Since they are removal it is possible to enjoy all foods, there is no need to avoid foods that might get stuck in your brace.
The length you may need to wear Invisalign will vary depending on your condition but will normally be for around 1 year, quicker than many older models of braces. Invisalign are design to realign your teeth and not as protection against sugar and plaque, it remains essential that you continue to brush your teeth and floss regularly to assure good oral health. You Sunbury dentist will be able to produce the perfect set of Invisalign braces and explain how you can end up with the perfect smile.
July 16th, 2012
Instead of waiting weeks for your crowns, it is now possible to get same day crowns using CEREC technology. Older types of crown required that you had the hassle of having impressions taken, these had to be sent off for several weeks to another facility to be made into crowns, before finally you would be able to have them fitted. Over those weeks there was always risks of further damage or temporary crowns falling out. CEREC allows a crown to be produced on-site in the same day, waiting times are now measured in hours not weeks.
CEREC technology covers every stage of placing a crown. Using new CAD/CAM systems it is possible to develop a 3D map of your tooth using photographs and scans, without the need for taking impressions. These specifications are then sent to the production machine, within the dentist’s office, where the crown can be produced, to your unique tooth shape, in the same day. In the event that any adjustments were needed this could be done at the same time without the need for a new appointment after the crown has been sent away. CEREC crowns also allow your dentist to strain the crown colour to perfectly match the surrounding natural teeth, making them close to invisible in your mouth.
Your Shepperton dentist recommends same day crowns using CEREC because of the convenience they offer and the reduction in several risks associated with traditional crowns. Arrange a consultation to see if CEREC would work for you, your dentist will be able to give you all the relevant information and book an appointment for your CEREC crown.
July 14th, 2012
Missing teeth but don’t like dentures? Dental implants are a way to restore your original appearance and functionality without the hassle of dentures. With the combination of a fixed metal root and a replaceable false tooth it is possible to create strong teeth that will be durable for many years. Speak to your false tooth it is possible to create strong teeth that will be durable for many years. Make an appointment with your Weybridge dentist to see if dental implants would be right for you.
The process involves your dentist drilling down into the jaw and inserting a titanium rod. Over several months the bone will fuse with the rod and they will be permanently connected. The top of the metal rod that reaches gum level can have false teeth attached to it. If necessary, these teeth can then be replaced over the years without the need for additional surgery. The metal rod is secure enough that several false teeth can be attached to it, making implants one of the best solutions for multiple missing teeth.
The procedure is a major dental operation and will involve either local or general anaesthetic. Some soreness and swelling may be experienced for a little while afterwards. The dentist may proscribe some antibiotics if they believe there is any risk of infection. Dental implants are a more serious undertaking then most other options for missing teeth, such as dentures or bridges. But the results from dental implants are longer lasting and stronger than the alternatives.
July 12th, 2012
For most people missing teeth are unattractive and debilitating. There are now several options available to fill the gap one of which is dental bridges. Using healthy teeth as the support structure, dental bridges offer a strong and durable replacement tooth that blends in with the rest of your teeth with its natural appearance.
Dental bridges become a permanent fixture of your mouth and, unlike dentures, cannot be removed accept by a professional once they have been put into position. The most common type is the fixed bridge, these use healthy adjacent teeth to support the false tooth. Either side of the missing tooth, the healthy teeth are filled down to create the perfect service for crowns to be placed. Designed to the measurements of your teeth, a false tooth is created which is firmly bonded to a crown on either side. The crowns are then positioned on the healthy teeth and anchor the false tooth in position. Your new tooth will then have a similar strength to your original, natural tooth as well as the same functionality. If there are not two healthy adjacent teeth your dentist may recommend a resin bonded bridge which uses metal strips bonded to a one other tooth, instead of the two crowns.
Before making any decision about your missing teeth speak to your Kingston upon Thames dentist. They will be able to layout all of the possibilities: bridges, implants, dentures and more. Each option has different strengths and weaknesses, your dentist will know which is best for your specific condition.