June 30th, 2012
In our busy lives it is easy to let your dental check ups slide; busy one week, away the next, there is always an excuse to ignore your dental health. But dental check ups are become more important than ever with the increase in sugar filled produce we eat and the acidic diets we unknowingly maintain. Even if you have no noticeable dental problems it is still essential to have a check up at least once a year. Check ups allow your dentist to see any minor issues that could develop into serious problems if left unchecked.
While regular brushing and flossing is essential, even this does not guarantee perfect dental health. When visiting your dentist for regular check ups you can have teeth professionally cleaned, referred to as ‘scaling and polishing’. Using their special equipment dentists will be able to remove stubborn plaque that builds up in hard to reach places and cannot be removed with regular brushing. The polishing will also be able to return the aesthetic appeal of bright, white teeth through removing any stains that can accrue through drinking wine, coffee and many other products.
While longstanding cavities will make themselves known through pain and discomfort, the early stages can easily go by completely unnoticed. At your check up your South East London dentist will carefully inspect your teeth for the beginnings of any cavities. Catching these at an early stage allows the dentist to advise you on preventative measures that will stop further damage. If necessary they can insert a filling or other dental treatment to fix the existing damage. It is essential to visit your dentist at least once a year, your dentist may advise more frequent visits if they deem it necessary. Preventing dental problems is a lot easier than treating them.
June 24th, 2012
New technologies are opening up a whole range of options in cosmetic dentistry. If for any reason you are unhappy with your teeth and gums you should speak to your London SE1 dentist about what cosmetic dentistry can do for you. The possibilities range from the straightening of crooked teeth, the whitening of discoloured teeth, implanting of artificial teeth and many others.
A frequently used cosmetic dental technique is the insertion of veneers. Created out of thin slices of porcelain, veneers are bonded to the outside of your tooth and can quickly create a set of beautiful, straight, white teeth. Veneers versatility means they can be used in a number of different ways. To recreate a white colour after discolouration, gaps between your front teeth can be closed, and cracks and chips can be fixed and covered with veneers.
New forms of composite resin mean that it is no longer necessary to have a mouth full of silver if you require fillings. Your dentist will match the resins colour to your natural teeth and the fillings will become almost indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth. If you have suffered a severe break in a tooth our dentist may recommend the use of a crown, these can also be porcelain and will offer lasting protection for your damaged tooth.
These are just a few of the possibilities that cosmetic dentistry can offer you; there are many more to suit your individual needs. A nice smile is important for your confidence and self-esteem; your dentist will talk you through the options while making sure you maintain full functionality of your teeth.
June 18th, 2012
Whether through a hard bite of food, playing a contact sport or many other activities, a chipped or broken tooth can cause a lot of pain and become unsightly. Don’t let damaged teeth take your confident smile away; speak to your South East London dentist about how cosmetic bonding can be used to fix minor dental injuries. If for any reason the bonding was to be removed your tooth would be in its original condition, this makes it a great alternative to more invasive procedures that may permanently alter your teeth.
Modern composite resin can be used to fix chipped or broken teeth with a natural looking finish. The new materials can be colour matched by your dentist to perfectly blend in with your natural teeth. The versatility of resins means they can be used for a wide variety of cosmetic issues. Along with chipped and broken teeth, if a tooth is misshapen cosmetic bonding can be used to form a natural tooth’s shape. For discolouration of the teeth cosmetic bonding can be used to give a new bright, white colour.
Depending on the amount of work being done, the procedure is generally a very straight forward and quick one. Your dentist may even be able to complete the work in a single visit. If you consult dentist they will be able to recommend the best cosmetic procedure. While cosmetic bonding has a wide range of uses there are other options, such as crowns and veneers, that your dentist may suggest, dependent on your needs.
June 12th, 2012
Cosmetic dentistry is a beautiful thing; these magical dentists of south east London have many tricks up their sleeves to make you feel better about yourself, especially if you have a problematic mouth. But cosmetics are not just about the teeth, they also relate to how your gums look too. Some of you may have had the misfortune of being born with too much gum which gives the effect of having really small teeth and this can make you wary about the way you smile. Yet for all of the cosmetic treatments around, you may be surprised to learn that gum contouring is one of the cheapest and quickest procedures around. Once you have decided that you’ve had enough of your gummy smile, you should sit down and discuss the treatment. Normally, only the gums covering the front teeth need only be shaped, then you pay around a £150 and settle into the chair and try to keep from getting too excited about the future. The operation is slick, especially if it is done with a laser, because a laser does very little damage to the gum tissue and so you will only require a local anaesthetic for the whole experience and in as little as 30 minutes, you will be done! Of course, with any operation, you will need to err on the side of caution for a few days until your gums recover but as long as you rinse with an appropriate mouth-wash and relieve any discomfort with some painkillers (if necessary), you will be as right as rain and the owner of a beautiful smile.
June 6th, 2012
One of the best ways to cover up unsightly teeth in London SE1 is to have veneers fitted. By unsightly we mean the general wear and tear of the ageing process- discolouration, cracked, gaps and worn down teeth to name a few and so if this is happening to you, you may like to consider getting an Empress veneer or two fitted. These wonderful little porcelain things are made with Lucite, a material that makes the fitting very strong and resistant to the everyday forces that you put through your teeth, including staining. When you get measured up, your teeth will be prepared first and if need be, have some of the enamel taken off the teeth. Then a mould can be made from which your veneers can be produced, and once ready, the dentist will cement them into place and cure the cement with a heat lamp. They are very thin, yet their strength multiplies when cemented against the surface of the teeth end because of their thickness, they let a lot of light in giving the final finish an incredible natural look. I they have one off putting factor, it could be the price anywhere up to £1000, depending where you go, but for the rejuvenation to your smile for a good 15 years or so (with care), Empress veneers are a very worthy investment for the future.
June 1st, 2012
There are a lot of cosmetic procedures in dental surgeries around south east London that are all designed to make your teeth aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Some can involve quite intricate work, but there are small, cute procedures designed just to touch-up the teeth- one of which is teeth contouring. This procedure is painless and fairly quick- anywhere up to an hour in the chair, depending of the work required and is designed for healthy teeth with small problems such as sharp pointed, overlapping and uneven length teeth, it is also a procedure that can be used to treat pitted teeth and small chips or tiny cracks in the enamel. When you first go to the dentist, your mouth will first be x-rayed (to check the health of your mouth) and then photographed for reference purposes, then the dentist can start in earnest; with a variety of equipment, they will slowly polish the tooth and then shape the tooth for the desired effect and when the shaping has been completed, the teeth will be smoothed out. The good thing about this is that no major harm is being done to the teeth but it will leave them looking uniform and smooth in size and in their shape and enhance the smile of your mouth