September 30th, 2014
If you’re looking for a simple, fast and painless way to give your smile some sparkle and shine and a touch of TLC, dental bonding could be the perfect solution. Bonding is a treatment, which is ideally suited to patients who have minor aesthetic flaws, such as worn tooth surfaces and small chips.
About dental bonding
Dental bonding is a dental procedure, which offers a simple and quick remedy for minor cosmetic problems. The changes that are made to individual teeth are small, but the overall impact of treatment is significant and you will really notice a difference after just one hour in the dental chair. This is a perfect choice for people who have chipped or worn teeth or a tooth that is slightly misshapen and it is less expensive and less invasive than porcelain veneers.
The bonding procedure usually takes around an hour and there is no pain involved, so you don’t need to worry about having injections or heading home with a horrible numb feeling in your mouth. With this procedure, your dentist uses dental composite, a material, which is also used for white fillings, to repair damaged teeth, build up worn down surfaces and even close gaps between individual teeth. The composite is like a putty and it comes in lots of different shades, so we can find a close match to your natural tooth colour. While it is still soft, your dentist will mould it to fit the gaps and build up the surfaces; once this is done, a curing light will be directed onto the composite and this makes the composite firm. Once the composite is firm, it should last for several years.
September 25th, 2014
One of the main reasons people suffer serious anxiety from dental phobia is the fear of needles and injections. If you avoid going to the dentist because you can’t stand the thought of needles, we are here to help you overcome your fears and feel more comfortable when you see a dentist in the future.
Other possible causes of dental phobia include a fear of pain, fear of the unknown and negative experiences in the past. Some patients also avoid going to the dentist because they are highly embarrassed and fearful about the state of their teeth and their oral health status. Whatever your reason for anxiety, our highly experienced dental team can help to ease your fears and enable you to feel confident and comfortable when you need dental treatment.
What can we do for phobic patients?
At London Bridge Dental Practice we do everything we can to make our patients feel relaxed and our dentists have many years of experience of caring for nervous patients under their belts. From offering an ear to listen to concerns and worries and taking time to explain what is going to happen, when, to using the latest techniques to prevent pain, our dentists are here to help and support you.
We offer the latest treatments and use state of the art technology to produce excellent results with minimal pain and we can also carry out dental treatment under sedation.
We want our patients to be able to have the treatment they want or need without going through episodes of anxiety or stress. It’s important to see a dentist on a regular basis for health reasons, so if you’ve avoided the dentist for years or you’re battling dental pain on a regular basis, call us now and let us help you.
September 21st, 2014
Sadly, dental disasters can happen from time to time, but with us, you don’t need to panic; we offer emergency dental care and will endeavour to ease your troubles and relieve you from pain as quickly as we can.
Accidents, falls and sports injuries can all take their toll on the teeth, not to mention the sudden onset of dental pain. If you need urgent assistance following an injury or you have sudden pain, call us and we will arrange an appointment as quickly as we can.
Examples of dental emergencies include fractures and broken teeth, dental abscesses, jaw injuries and dislodged teeth. In the case of chips, it’s a good idea to see a dentist to get the tooth checked out but you probably won’t need an urgent appointment.
Dental abscesses require urgent treatment by dentists, rather than doctors because they are treated differently to other types of abscess and they require draining. Abscesses are collections of pus, which are often very sore and painful. If you have severe toothache and you don’t have an abscess, we can also provide immediate relief and examine your mouth to find the cause of the discomfort. Sometimes, pain is caused by fractures and we will X-ray the tooth to make a diagnosis and determine the extent of the damage.
If you lose a tooth and it comes clean out, it may be possible to save the tooth if you are able to get to us quickly enough. If you can find the tooth, wipe it very gently, holding the crown of the tooth at all times and then pop it in a glass of milk or hold it in your mouth between the inside of your cheek and your gum. This advice is not applicable to children, as there is a risk of choking. When you get to the clinic, our dental team will do their best to re-implant the tooth into its socket.
September 14th, 2014
Summer is drawing to a close and before we know it, we’ll be looking forward to Christmas parties and New Year balls. If you’re desperate to be the belle of the ball this winter, why not treat yourself to a veneer makeover?
The ins and outs of veneer treatment
Veneers are a very popular cosmetic dental solution for problems including chipped and worn teeth; they can also be used to cover staining or simply to create a lighter, brighter and more beautiful smile. We use porcelain veneers to create beautiful, natural looking smiles, which will make you look and feel amazing.
Veneers are designed to match the shade and shape of healthy, radiant natural teeth. They are available in lots of different shapes and sizes and we invite our clients to get involved in the design process so that together we can produce the perfect smile. Porcelain veneers are really impressive because they have a lovely glossy sheen, which sparkles when you smile.
Veneers are placed over the top of your natural teeth, but before this process can take place, it’s important to prepare the teeth and create moulds, so that your veneers match your natural teeth perfectly. Our veneers are bespoke and they are designed to look like your teeth; we always aim for a natural result so that nobody will be able to tell that you have veneers.
The preparation stage is relatively simple and involves shading away a very thin layer of the tooth surface; the purpose of this is to make room for the veneers. The impressions of your teeth are then created and these are used as the moulds for the new veneers. Once your veneers are ready, we will place them over your teeth and then stabilise them and secure them in position using dental adhesive cement. Then, once the veneers are in place they can only be removed by a dentist.
September 9th, 2014
If you regularly watch the news or you like to keep abreast of health and dental news, you will probably have noticed that there is a great deal of debate surrounding the use of fluoride in dentistry and water fluoridation.
Fluoride is a mineral, which is found naturally in the human body, as well as in water supplies. In some countries, fluoride is added to the water systems as a means of reducing rates of tooth decay. Studies have found that water fluoridation is particularly successful in deprived areas. Fluoride helps to reduce the risk of tooth decay by strengthening and protecting the enamel. Enamel is the hard substance found on the outer layer of the teeth; once the enamel is worn or damaged, there is a high risk of cavities.
Is fluoride safe?
The overwhelming majority of dentists and public health experts support the use of fluoride as a means of tackling tooth decay. The amount of fluoride added to water supplies and toothpaste is very small and levels are monitored very carefully to prevent health problems.
In the UK, there are few areas of the country with access to fluoridated water and most people get additional fluoride by using fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride varnish treatment is also used widely as a preventative treatment for children.
Should I use fluoride toothpaste?
Most dentists advise their patients to use fluoride toothpaste. Most toothpaste on sale in the UK contains a small amount of fluoride and this helps to protect the enamel.
If you have concerns about fluoride or you’re not sure which oral hygiene products to buy, don’t hesitate to ask our brilliant dentists for advice.
September 5th, 2014
Bad breath (halitosis) is a common dental problem, which is associated with bacteria gathering in the mouth. When these bacteria feed, they release gases, which smell unpleasant. We can help you to deal with bad breath and prevent further problems in the future; we have a dedicated team of expert hygienists and amazing dentists to make sure that bad breath is a thing of the past.
Bad breath and oral health
Bad breath is commonly caused by a build-up of bacteria in the mouth, which is often linked to poor oral hygiene. Without good oral hygiene, bacteria collect in the mouth, increasing the risk of decay, bad breath and gum disease. Brushing and flossing are effective ways of removing bacteria from the mouth before they can combine with saliva and food debris to form plaque. Plaque is very dangerous because it contributes to gum disease and cavities.
In recent years, there have been several studies, which have connected harmful bacteria in the mouth with an elevated risk of systemic general health problems. Bacteria from the mouth can travel to other parts of the body via the bloodstream and there is evidence to suggest that these bacteria can increase the chances of heart attacks and strokes; gum disease has also been linked to an increased risk of diabetes and problems in pregnancy and labour.
Preventing bad breath
Good oral hygiene is the best way to keep bad breath at bay and an effective daily regime should include brushing twice a day and flossing daily. Diet is also really important when it comes to bad breath, as many people find that certain foods trigger bad breath; common examples include garlic and spicy food. Smoking is also another common cause. In addition to good oral hygiene at home, we also recommend regular dental check-ups and sessions with a dental hygienist.