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The Truth About Dental Extraction

585986_blogThe word ‘extraction’ is enough to make many patients feel apprehensive, but we are able to extract teeth with minimal pain and we have many years of experience in treating patients who suffer from anxiety and nerves. Our aim is to ensure you feel comfortable and to extract your troublesome tooth without you feeling any pain at all.

About tooth extraction

Tooth extraction is the procedure used to remove a tooth. Usually, teeth are only extracted when they are causing problems, such as pain, or when they are severely decayed or infected. In cases where the tooth is infected, we may be able to save a tooth using root canal treatment; however, if this is not possible, extraction is usually the only option.

It is also fairly common for patients to come in for wisdom tooth extraction. The wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop and this means that there is often not enough space for them to grow fully. If there is a lack of space in the jaw, this can cause the teeth to become impacted; impacted teeth are teeth that grow at an angle, usually pushing up against the neighbouring tooth. The wisdom teeth are not essential for your health or the function of your mouth so if they are causing you pain, usually the best course of action is to take them out.

How does tooth extraction work?

Before you have a tooth extracted, the tooth and surrounding gum tissue will be numbed to prevent pain. Your dentist will then start to ease the tooth in the socket using special instruments; they will loosen the tooth in the socket before pulling to release the tooth roots and remove the tooth. After extraction, bleeding will be stemmed by applying gentle pressure and we may advise you to tae over the counter painkillers. It is normal for the gum to be slightly sore after extraction but painkillers should make you feel more comfortable.

Try A Dental Bridge Over Troubled Water In London

18625029If you find yourself in bother with a missing tooth, allow us to solve your dental woes with a bridge. Dental bridges are an effective, painless solution for missing teeth and they are suitable for patients of all ages.

Missing teeth can be problematic for a host of reasons and we strongly recommend replacing lost teeth. Gaps not only affect the look of the smile and your confidence, they also impair your ability to eat and they can also make your speech less clear. With our innovative tooth replacement treatments, we are able to prevent these problems and enable you to enjoy a beautiful, functional smile.

About dental bridges

Dental bridges are restorations, which are designed to replace missing teeth by literally bridging the gap between two teeth when the middle tooth is missing. The most common type of bridge is a traditional fixed bridge, which comprises of a false tooth and two crowns; the false tooth is held in place by a crown on each side.

Dental bridges are often made from ceramic for a natural aesthetic, but they can also be made from metal. We recommend porcelain bridges because they are strong and durable and they match the colour of natural teeth so you can’t tell the difference between the bridge and the rest of the teeth.

Dental bridge treatment

Dental bridge treatment is quick, simple and painless. Before treatment begins, we will create an impression of your teeth and this will be used to create your bespoke restoration by highly trained dental technicians. We will also talk you through the process and answer any questions you have. Once your bridge has been crafted, we can then fit it. Fitting the bridge is not painful and we will simply place it in the relevant position and then secure it firmly. Once it is in place, it can only be removed by your dentist. Bridges should last around 10-15 years if they are well looked-after.

Ease Your TMJ Troubles With A London Bridge Visit

4652780_blogTMJ disorder is a fairly common problem, which many people are completely unaware of until they discuss their symptoms with a dentist. The term TMJ disorder relates to pain and other symptoms, including clicking and cracking noises, stiffness and a lack of mobility, in the temporomandibular joint. This is a very active joint, which joins the bottom jaw to the skull. You can feel the joint in action if you put your fingers on the side of the face in front of the ears and then move your jaw.

TMJ disorder is not usually a serious problem, but it can be very painful and if it affects you on a persistent basis, this can be distressing and inconvenient. At London Bridge Dental, we are here to ease your TMJ troubles and ensure you start every day completely pain free.

What are the symptoms of TMJ disorder?

Common symptoms of TMJ disorder include pain in and around the joint, headaches, ear ache, stiffness in the joint, limited movement in the joint, clicking and popping noises and neck and shoulder pain.

Often, many people experience these symptoms when they first wake up in the morning.

What causes TMJ disorder?

There are various possible causes of TMJ disorder and one common problem is bruxism; this is the medical name for tooth grinding. Grinding the teeth damages the tooth surfaces, but it also increases pressure and tension on the muscles around the jaws and this can contribute to stiffness, pain and headaches.

We provide treatment for bruxism, including using bite guards, which are custom-made appliances, which prevent the upper and lower teeth from clashing together when you sleep. Bruxism is often linked to stress and we can also offer tips for dealing with stress.

Discretion Is Key With Invisalign Teeth Straightening

We see many patients who want straight teeth without the hassle of wearing visible braces and we are proud to offer discreet solutions, which produce amazing results without impacting on your looks. We understand that many of our patients are apprehensive about how they will be perceived by others if they have orthodontic treatment and Invisalign allows us to treat patients with maximum discretion, so that they feel comfortable and confident.

What is Invisalign and could it work for me?

Invisalign is a discreet orthodontic treatment, which uses a series of removable aligners to straighten the teeth. These specially designed aligners, which sit in place for 2 weeks in a set order, are made from transparent parts, which makes them virtually invisible when you smile or speak. With Invisalign, you can get the treatment you need without any worries about what you will look like, or what others will think or say.

Invisalign is planned in advance and each aligner is made individually; they are all slightly different and they work in an order, which allows room for tooth movement. After 2 weeks, the aligner is swapped. Invisalign aligners are removable and they should be taken out when you eat meals and clean your teeth; it is important to wear them for at least 21 hours each day to ensure the best results.

This system is suitable for many orthodontic patients and it is a versatile option. Aligners are generally suited to patients with minor or moderate issues who want a discreet and flexible alternative to traditional braces. If you have very complex needs, which require intensive treatment, fixed braces may be better. We will be able to tell you if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign when you have a consultation and we have looked at your teeth and your bite.

These Foods Can Cause Acid Erosion In London

4546258_blogAcid erosion is one of the leading causes of tooth decay in children and adults and we are eager to highlight the importance of the link between oral health and diet. The connection between oral hygiene and oral health is well-documented, but awareness of the impact of the foods we eat on oral health is less well known.

What’s so bad about acidic foods?

The problem with acidic foods and drinks is that they contribute to acid erosion of the tooth enamel. The enamel is the hard outer surface of the tooth, which is designed to protect the rest of the tooth. Enamel is the hardest substance in the body, but it can be weakened and destroyed as a result of injury or acid erosion.

Acids erode the enamel, making it thinner and weaker and increasing the risk of decay and sensitivity. Once the enamel is worn, there is very little that can be done to strengthen or repair it.

Which foods are bad for my teeth?

Most people are aware that sugary foods, such as cakes, biscuits and sweets, are bad for the teeth, but you may not know that acidic foods can be equally damaging. Examples of acidic foods and drinks to avoid to promote good oral health include:

  • wine
  • vinegar and vinegar-based salad dressing
  • citrus fruits
  • fruit juice
  • fizzy drinks
  • sugar
  • white bread

Reducing the impact of acid erosion

Your diet is extremely important for both your general and oral health. Eating and drinking acidic drinks is bad for your teeth, but there are some ways of reducing the impact of acid erosion and these include:

  • diluting fruit juice and wine with water
  • drinking a glass of milk or water after eating acidic foods
  • eating cheese with acidic fruits
  • sticking to 3 meals a day, rather than snacking
  • avoiding brushing the teeth for an hour after eating acidic foods
  • using a straw to drink to avoid direct contact with the teeth

Lift Your Spirits With London Bridge Cosmetic Bonding

3014970_blogEven the slightest imperfection can affect your confidence when you smile and with our amazing cosmetic dental treatments, we can help to give you a beautiful smile and boost your self-esteem. Bonding is one of our most effective speedy solutions for chipped and uneven teeth and it could help to transform your smile in just one hour!

What is cosmetic bonding?

Cosmetic bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure, which aims to improve the look of your smile by using dental composite to repair and re-shape the teeth. This treatment is an ideal solution for patients who have aesthetic flaws, such as chipped and worn teeth, small gaps between the teeth and uneven, jagged edges. Bonding is a versatile treatment, which can be used to alter the shape and size of the teeth and close gaps between the teeth.

The beauty of bonding is the simplicity; the changes we make to the individual teeth are actually very simple and often very minor, but the overall look of the smile can be completely transformed using this procedure and you’ll be amazed when you see your smile for the first time in the mirror.

How does cosmetic bonding work?

Bonding treatment involves using dental composite to bring about aesthetic changes to the teeth. Your dentist will use composite to make the necessary changes to individual teeth by shaping the composite to build up surfaces, smooth edges and address chips. Initially, the composite is soft and similar in consistency to putty; once it is in place, it is then hardened using a curing light.

Your dentist will match the composite to your tooth shade, so that you cannot tell the difference between your tooth and the composite. Once it is hard and any final adjustments have been made, you can take a look at your new, healthy looking smile.

Is bonding painful?

Bonding is a painless, simple procedure and usually there is no need for any anaesthetic, which means no needles! The sensation of shaping the teeth and bonding the composite may feel a little odd, but the procedure only lasts an hour and you should feel very relaxed and comfortable throughout.

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