Gum Disease should be a thing of the past says a dentist from SE1 in London. It is so easily prevented by a simple regime of controlled and habitual oral care and hygiene. Every dentist has an oral hygiene nurse and when we go to have our 6 monthly check up we should talk to them. Preventative dentistry is as important as repairing and curing gum disease, which by the way is incurable. Most people who have constant and depleting gum disease are exasperating the condition by not brushing their teeth properly or for long enough. Your teeth should be cleaned after every meal, but in the absence of the opportunity to do that you should clean your teeth when you get up and go to bed. Rinsing with a quality mouthwash will also help, but it isn’t a `be all and end all` of cleaning the gums and teeth. Flossing is another much missed opportunity to keep bacteria at bay, especially as most gum diseases are caused by food residue lodged in between the teeth. Once a gum disease like Gingivitis takes a hold there is no cure, the best we can hope for is a delay in the disappearance of the gums. Even slight gum disease is hard to eliminate once it occurs and again this is easily prevented by a good and regular regime. Bad breath is a sign of lodged food in between the teeth, and that in itself should sound the alarm bells about gum disease. If you can’t manage to brush your teeth after every meal, then carrying some floss sticks around is the next best thing, they have a floss hoop at the top and a pick point at the other end, this alone will go a long way to keeping bad bacteria away from the gums.
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Dental crowns, also commonly known as caps, are restorations that protect teeth that have been damaged. Common dental injuries include cracked, chipped or broken teeth that can be the source of great pain. The aim of the crown is to cover the entire tooth that protrudes above the gum line in order to protect it from further damage and cover the exposed and painful dental nerve.
Dental crowns are not always the first option because they involve the removal of otherwise healthy enamel prior to fixing and the dentist will usually try to repair the damage with dental bonding. In many cases the damage may be too severe to repair just with bonding and a crown will be necessary.
Modern crowns are made from a variety of materials but the most commonly they are manufactured from metal, porcelain or a combination of the two. All-porcelain crowns are considered to be the most appealing option because they are the most visually discreet, although some patients do choose all metal or even gold crowns.
The manufacturing procedure of crowns has changed dramatically in the last few years as South East London dentists adopt the latest technology to aid the process. Dentists have utilised the latest digital x-ray technology and computer imaging to produce incredibly accurate crowns milled from a single piece of porcelain. This new technology represents the future of dentistry and has significantly reduced appointment and waiting times.
A well-fitted crown should last between 15 and 20 years before needing replacing and the cost will depend upon the choice of material and severity of the damage suffered by the tooth.
A dentist in SE1 in London has spoken out about Root Canal treatment in order to dispel some myths about it. It may sound like a torture from the Spanish Inquisition, but it is in fact a painless and effective way of curing and preventing diseases of the teeth. The problem with bacteria is that it is small enough to penetrate to the root of the tooth, not even the most effective antibiotics are good enough to kill it off entirely. Root Canal work involves drilling deep down into the cavity of the tooth, and then scraping out the bad bacteria. This is usually the cause of a constant and reoccurring infection of the gums and teeth. The gap that is left is then filled with an anti bacterial material and the tooth is capped to seal it in. The end result is a clean and healthy tooth that has been saved to serve the patient for many years to come. It is more expensive that extracting the tooth, which will usually be quite a healthy one apart from the bacteria problem. The dentist will feel better as well as the patient for having saved the tooth, after all the job of the dentist is to give our teeth the best fighting chance of surviving well into our sixties. It is considered to be preventative dentistry as opposed to just dental repair and general maintenance. Infections caused by bacteria are the most common reason for premature tooth loss, and preventative procedures such as a Root Canal are preferred by the dentistry profession. The procedure is painless and any swelling is usually gone in a few days, and the patient will be back to normal with no further problem from infections in the future.
Lumineers sound like they have something to do with brightness; as in the French word Luminiere which defines light. A South East London dentist says that the definition is spot on. Lumineers are to teeth what contact lenses are to eyes, they are a thin veneer that fit over the tooth as a contact lens fits over the eye. Unlike a veneer or a crown there is literally no reduction in the thickness of the tooth, a veneer and a crown both need some filing of the thickness of the tooth in order to make them fit properly. A lumineer is much thinner and the dentist needs to just roughen up the surface of the tooth in order to get a good contact with the dental cement. The pain level and the discomfort level are greatly reduced and so is the time you’ll sit in the dentist chair, the procedure is however much the same as a veneer and crown. A digital photo is taken of the tooth and then the lumineer is made very quickly, it is then just fitted like a false nail is fitted. The life span varies depending on how you care for it, but most dentists will gladly say it can last from 5 to 10 years, and they are reversible as well. In most cases they will not only take care of discoloured teeth, but they also solve the problem of misaligned teeth and gaps. Big gaps and strong misalignment will still need to be dealt with using more prolonged methods, Lumineers must be thought of as a cosmetic solution to smile problems. It is also a lot less expensive, and most people will qualify for this new age answer to the smile problem that plagues the life of a lot of people. Red wine drinkers and smokers are particularly prone to teeth discolour, and lumineers are the perfect answer.
Wouldn’t it be easy if there was a single quick fix to restore the appearance of badly worn or discoloured teeth? Or if there was just one single treatment to correct chipped, cracked or unevenly spaced teeth? Well, there is, in the shape of porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic shells that can be fixed over the top of existing teeth with resin bonding to completely transform the appearance of damaged teeth in only a single afternoon.
Modern porcelain veneers are also so thin that not only do they have the translucent appearance of real tooth enamel but they no longer require the removal of substantial amounts of enamel in order to fit naturally in the dental arc. Modern techniques of manufacturing porcelain veneers utilise the latest digital x-ray and computer technology which has significantly reduced the amount of time needed to fabricate them. This has reduced the number of appointments needed, increased the comfort levels of the patient and reduced the overall treatment time.
Veneers will generally require two or three appointments with the dentist, with the first being an initial consultation to assess suitability. At the next appointment the London SE1 dentist will prepare the teeth for the veneers and then begin to attaché them with the resin bonding. At this stage adjustments can still be made to the size and shape of the veneers before the bonding is set firm using a dental laser.
Depending on how many veneers are being fitted at any one time, it may be possible to completely transform the teeth in only one appointment. When set firm, any excess bonding is removed and the veneers polished and buffed to match the existing teeth creating a stunning new smile.