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 17th, 2010
There have been many innovations that have changed the face of modern dentistry. One of the latest is Lumineer veneers, a form of porcelain tooth cap so thin it requires barely any pre-treatment and no enamel removal before they can be fixed onto your teeth. As well as completely changing the appearance of the teeth, they also add an extra layer of protection to the teeth to protect them form damage and further discolouration.
Dental veneers have been used for decades to improve the appearance of the teeth and smile. They are mostly used to restore the size and shape of damaged teeth and to cover teeth that have been badly stained or discoloured. These are problems that affect millions of people each year in the UK. This means that although they are quite expensive, veneers are a very popular way of restoring your teeth to their former glory. As well as being very effective, veneers are also very hard wearing and last for many years if properly cared for.
Using the old-style veneers, it was often required that dentist removed some of the healthy tooth enamel to allow the veneer to fit comfortably over the top of the existing tooth. This was never an ideal situation as dentists often hated to remove healthy enamel unless absolutely necessary. Now, using Lumineers, the dentist can simply attach the new veneer using a thin layer of dental bonding. The tooth structure remains intact and the tooth is restored and protected. Lumineers are so thin, about the same width as a contact lens that they can even fit over the top of existing dental work.
Lumineers from a Sunbury dentist could be just the answer to all your dental health needs. Ask your dentist at your next check up to see what they could do for you.
April 24th, 2010
If you are embarrassed by your discoloured, crooked or damaged teeth, then you may be the perfect candidate for porcelain veneers. Being ashamed of your smile can have far-reaching effects on your every day life, affecting your self-esteem. A set of porcelain veneers could be the change you need to make to restore your confidence and allow you to get on with your life without anxiety about your teeth.
Porcelain veneers are extremely thin ceramic caps that fit over the top of existing teeth. They cover any discolouration and restore shape to uneven, worn or damaged teeth. They are cemented in place using dental bonding and will act as an extra protective barrier against tooth decay.
Using modern dental technology such as digital x-rays and Cerec, it is now possible to design and manufacture porcelain veneers in a fraction of the time it previously took. Computer-guided mills can fabricate very accurate veneers from a single piece of porcelain in only a matter of minutes and some modern porcelain veneers are the same width as a contact lens.
Porcelain veneers from a Kingston-upon-Thames dentist really can transform a smile in a single afternoon. You may have seen the amazing results possible with porcelain veneers in one of the latest TV makeover shows, where even the most damaged teeth can be completely restored. Not only will this help to improve your smile but can also improve your facial structure and profile.
Although porcelain veneers can be expensive, there really isn’t a price you can put on getting your beautiful smile and confidence back.
November 1st, 2009
Sometimes when a tooth is chipped or cracked the dentist is unable to repair it using composite dental bonding. If the damage is too severe to repair with bonding, the patient may be in danger of loosing the tooth because its integrity has been affected so badly. In these cases dentists are left with little alternatives than to use a porcelain veneer, or cap, to seal of the tooth and protect it form further damage.
However, veneers are no longer just used to repair damaged teeth. With the advances in dental technology over the last twenty years, veneers are now incredibly realistic and can be used for a variety of different cosmetic procedures. In the past, veneers often appeared unrealistic and were a last resort, but today’s ultra-thin translucent veneers resemble real teeth and can be used to restore smiles affected by worn down, poorly spaced or badly discoloured teeth.
Porcelain veneers are today manufactured using the very latest in computer aided design and 3D imaging. Dentists are able to create an exact replica pf the patient’s mouth using digital x-rays so that they can design a veneer to microscopic levels of accuracy. Once happy with the plans, the dentist can use the computer to mill the porcelain veneer from a single piece, to incredible degrees of accuracy. Not only has this technology improved the look of veneers but it has also significantly reduced waiting times.
Modern veneers are also much thinner than their predecessors. In the past veneers were made from thick porcelain and required substantial removal of existing enamel to fit over the patient’s tooth. As such a veneer was an irreversible procedure that dentists were reluctant to use unless absolutely necessary. Modern veneers are extremely thin, some the same width as a contact lens, and can be fitted to teeth with minimal preparation, even fitting over existing dental repairs.
Porcelain veneers are a strong and very versatile tool in the cosmetic dentistry cannon. They can be used to repair and maintain teeth and also to improve their aesthetic appearance. If you have a cracked or chipped tooth, or think your teeth could benefit from porcelain veneers ask a Surbiton dentist what they could do for your teeth.
March 7th, 2009
Having damaged or badly-decaying teeth should not mean the end of the world for you. it is still possible to have that fantastic smile with dental crowns.
Dental crowns have always been the popular choice for covering broken or misshapen teeth. It is basically tooth-shaped and placed or bonded over the damaged tooth, resulting to the perfect smile that you have always wanted.
At The Mulberry Dental, you will be able to restore the size and shape of the original teeth and improve your over-all appearance. Aside from these benefits, the teeth are also protected from further damage and decay.
If you are interested in dental crowns, you should know that there are different materials from which they are made from. You can choose from metal alloy-porcelain, porcelain and gold dental crowns. Among them, the porcelain dental crowns are the most popular for they provide a more natural look.
In most cases, your dentist will recommend a root canal treatment first especially if the extent of the decay is really bad and you are at risk for infection.
Preparing the tooth for dental crowns will require filing of the tooth to ensure ample room for the dental crown and obtaining the impressions of both the damaged tooth and the one above it in order to ensure a normal bite. Once this is accomplished, the impressions are sent to the lab. On the other hand, your dentist will fit you with a temporary dental crown until the permanent one is ready.
If you feel any discomfort including pain and sensitivity with your new dental crown, you should immediately inform your dentist. Rest assured that your dentist will make the necessary adjustments.
November 8th, 2008
Porcelain veneers are being offered at Worcester Park. If you have tooth discolouration, wear, and unevenness and/or damaged teeth, porcelain veneers may be the right choice for you. Also known as porcelain laminates or dental veneers, each of these porcelain veneers are specifically created for each individual patient and each of their individual teeth that are having this dental procedure performed. Porcelain veneers provide an excellent cosmetic result in the correct situation(s). A small amount of tooth structure has to be removed for the placement of porcelain veneers. This involves some of the enamel, and under extreme situations some of the dentin layer of the tooth. This is dependant on the whether the teeth are malpositioned, and by how much.
Two visits are usually required for the porcelain veneers procedure to be completed. The first visit usually involves a smile analysis, and an impression of your teeth are taken so that the dentist can have wax placed on the stone models and show you what your teeth are going to look like. The dentist may also use an intra-oral digital camera and have your teeth image available for you to view on his computer. He will then modify the image to show you the results that can be obtained. Anything you want done and any questions that you may have, should be discussed with your dentist before the porcelain veneer procedure is started. If everything is fine, then the dentist will numb your mouth using local anaesthesia and then prepare your teeth. The dentist will then take the appropriate impressions and a bite registration, and choose a shade that you both have agreed upon.
A temporary composite filling or acrylic shell will be made for every tooth prepared to make sure that you don’t experience tooth sensitivity or an unwanted shift of your teeth during the 2 weeks that it takes to fabricate the porcelain veneers. When you return for your insertion visit, the porcelain veneers will be laid out on the dental tray and are not to be touched by hand on the etched side that is going on toward the tooth surface. The temporary shells are removed from the teeth, and the teeth are prepared to accept the veneers. The veneers will then be bonded onto the teeth using specific bonding materials. The veneers are delicate, but when they are bonded properly onto the teeth, they become very strong, due to the bonding agents and the tooth substructure.
These veneers are designed to create a naturally realistic appearance to the smile, and very aesthetic outcomes have been experienced by the patients. Stains and discolouration can be covered, and the tooth enamel’s natural translucency can shine through. People in the United Kingdom usually have darker teeth than their American counterparts; they also prefer to keep their teeth more natural looking than Americans. Through years of experience, your Worcester Park dentists can achieve the specific result that you desire.