A dentist in South East London has spoken recently on the subject of Mouth Guards. Most of us associate a mouth guard with boxers, but most other sports can cause damage to the mouth and teeth and a mouth guard is advisable in all sports. They come in 3 types; general gum shields are available at most sporting shops, they are non adjustable and usually uncomfortable making it difficult to focus on your breathing and talking. The next type is called a `Boil and Bite` shield; this type is a lot better and is so called because in order to get a good fit you need to soften it by boiling it, then you use your fingers to push it into shape around the teeth. They are better to wear, you can talk with them and they offer better protection between the teeth and the mouth. The last type is a custom made one; this type is specially made by a technician for the individual and is usually associated with semi or professional sports people. The good news about Mouth Guards is that they can be, and it is recommended that they are, worn over braces to offer better protection. The Mouth Guard should be carefully cared for to keep the strength of the protection; they should be rinsed with cold water before, and after use then kept in a case to avoid squeezing. Using a tooth paste and a tooth brush to clean them is also recommended by the manufacturers. Storage is important as the most common cause of damage is improper storage, any damage such as a tear or a hole should be taken as being a sign that the guard be replaced. Damaged guards can cause more damage to a mouth and teeth than not wearing a guard at all.
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In the ever-growing world of cosmetic dentistry, one procedure stands out as the most recognisable and effective. Teeth whitening has existed in one form or another for centuries with many different substances and techniques being used to brighten teeth or remove discoloured patches. But what is it about whiter teeth that is so appealing?
Basically, whiter teeth make us look younger and healthier as teeth generally tend to discolour as we age. So a set of shining, white teeth can subconsciously make us appear much younger. With the advent of modern dentistry techniques, teeth whitening has become even more effective and crucially more affordable which has made it into one of the most popular treatments available.
Whitening treatments generally come in two types: in-surgery whitening and take home treatments. Both of which are available from South East London dentists. Dentists always recommend that you only have teeth whitening carried out by trained professionals as some whitening treatments available form the internet can be dangerous. This is because the active agent is usually hydrogen peroxide, which can be damaging to the soft tissue at high concentrations. A dentist will use the necessary safety equipment to protect your mouth and can also use lower strength whitening gels for take-home treatments.
Teeth whitening varies widely in price with the most affordable procedures costing little more than £40 but more extensive treatment will be available. Whitening of up to ten shades is possible depending on the treatment and the nature of your teeth but whatever the results, teeth whitening can make your smile appear healthier and younger without the need for surgery or orthodontic treatment.
Zoom Teeth Whitening is a cosmetic procedure to whiten the teeth quickly and efficiently; says a South East London dentist. The method is widely used to great effect and is applied by a technician rather than a dentist. It is a purely cosmetic thing though and won’t straighten or repair damaged teeth. It is just a way of whitening teeth that have been discoloured by excessive use of tobacco and red wine, and also usually a lack of regular brushing. It cannot be used on teeth that have diseased gums around them; Gingivitis is a no-no for this method as it exposes the part of the tooth it protects. After an initial consultation the technician will apply a gel to the teeth, and then put a soft shield in your mouth to protect the fleshy parts of it, including the lips and your tongue. Then a light is beamed onto the gel and it reacts to break down and eliminate the discoloured parts. The whole procedure is done in around an hour, and the results are almost instant, the preparation takes about 10 minutes, then the session is broken into three 15 minute parts. It is painless although slightly uncomfortable as your mouth is held open to maximise the light beams effects, you can listen to music or even watch a screen if you wish. It isn’t expensive and can often cost just a couple of hundred pounds, there are restrictions on what you can eat and drink for a while afterwards. If all the advice is strictly adhered to then the client can enjoy a long period of lovely white teeth. It is widely available and some technicians even do home visits, although many people get their Zoom Smile during a lunch break at a salon near their work place.
A dentist from SE1 in London explaining the procedure and the definition of a Dental Bridge, says that it is quite a simple procedure to perform. A Dental Bridge is exactly what it appears to be, a bridge that covers an area of the teeth line to join a gap. The gap is usually cause by the extraction of a bad or damaged tooth, the false tooth is made up and attached to two other false teeth either side. The two teeth either side of the gap are ground down to facilitate the side teeth and literally rest on top of them, the replaced tooth then fills the gap. They are known as a Pontic from the French and Latin word for a bridge. The procedure is quite simple and is usually pain and discomfort free, albeit the patient will need a little time to get used to the new tooth. The bridge helps to fill gaps where food and bacteria can accumulate and cause gum disease, it also assists in cases where the smile and even the face may be distorted due to a missing tooth. This is a preventative method of dental care as opposed to a purely cosmetic one, and it is essential in all cases of missing teeth to prevent other problems occurring later on. The most common type of Dental Bridges in use is the fixed bridge, which consists of a metal base covered in a porcelain coating and fixed permanently to the line of teeth with a cement solution. Other types are made of plastic and are again fitted using an invisible solution of resin, this includes the Maryland Bridge. The other common type is a Cantilever Bridge which is used when there is only one tooth available to anchor to.
A Porcelain Crown is just that, a crown, says a South East London dentist. We all associate a crown as a piece of headgear worn by a king or queen and that is exactly what a tooth crown is, a piece of head covering. That can mean a top crown that is made to replace a part of a tooth that is damaged by a crack or even worse, a chipped tooth. The advances in dentistry science have made it possible to take the top and sides off a tooth, and then simply replace the ground down part of the tooth with the crown. This method is also used to cover the front of a tooth in whole, which can also repair and hold a crack, or cover up a discoloured tooth or a chip. In a lot of cases it can also slightly reduce gaps and cover misaligned teeth. Using porcelain as a material for the crown has a lot of advantages for the technician who makes them to order. Allowing the technician to build up the thickness by layering the porcelain makes the false tooth look more realistic, it also allows the whiteness to be controlled so that it fits in with the other teeth that will lie below, and to the side of the crown. The porcelain is a clay material and when baked it sets rock hard, which makes it easy to cement onto the existing tooth and hard wearing enough to last many years, usually without any or little maintenance. The procedure is in two sittings generally; at the first the dentist prepares the tooth to take the crown, which may mean grinding and roughing the surface. Then an impression is taken and the crown made. At the second sitting the tooth is cleaned and the crown fitted in place.
Tooth decay is the disease which is the most common cause of pain in patients, say a dentist from SE1 in London. It usually starts off in early life and quickly gets a grip to follow us all through our teens and adulthood. The most disturbing thing is that it is so easily prevented if an Oral Hygiene regime is taught and adhered to from an early age. Tooth decay is caused mainly by the build up of acid that is prevalent in bacteria and food deposits that sit in between our teeth, the build up eats away at the enamel and gets in between fillings and cracks in our teeth. This is especially damaging to young teeth and is now the most common cause of mouth problems in the world. It’s a big problem to solve as it mostly occurs in children and is often associated with a bad diet. As parents and relatives of children we buy them sweets which contain all the wrong things for their teeth. Sugar and bad fats are the most deadly of them and these are the worse enemies of our teeth, they all have acids in them which cause cavities that need filling, then the bacteria and acid gets into and below the fillings. Tooth ache follows and the only real way to eliminate the problem is a root canal treatment, and more fillings. Using a fluoride toothpaste and teaching the children to floss and brush properly, will go a long way to preventing the decay that will follow them through life. It takes just a few minutes a day to keep the decay away, but the regime must become a habit or the whole process is worthless. The old saying that an apple a day keeps the doctor away should be applied to flossing and brushing, for these two simple applications will indeed keep the dentist away.