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 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.