July 29th, 2012
Xrays have been used for almost a hundred years now to inspect the condition of bones inside the body. The technology has come a long way now and new digital xrays make the process easier, quicker and safer than ever. Save time, money and your teeth by exploring what this new technology can offer. Visit your South East London dentist to find out how digital xrays can help you.
While your dentist’s regular visual inspection will find any surface problems, with the help of an xray your dentist is unable to see every angle of the tooth and what is happening on the inside. Xrays are used for the dentist to see every aspect of the tooth and study whether there is any internal damage or problems on hidden areas of the tooth (such as between the teeth or under the gum line). It is not necessary to have a routine xray but your dentist will advise one if you are experiencing any unexplained dental symptoms or they want a closer examination.
Traditional xrays, will useful, were a slow process. The xray film would need to be sent off for development each time, meaning you and your dentist had to wait several days at minimum before finding out any issues. New digital xrays can be connected directly to your dentist’s wifi network in order to securely upload the xrays images directly to the computer so you and your dentist can inspect the images within seconds. The images can be enlarged and inspected in greater detail when necessary. And special software can show any changes in your teeth over time by comparing different xray images. Digital xrays also use lower quantities of radiation, lowering any possible risks.
July 24th, 2012
Age, accidents, tooth decay and gum disease are just some of the reasons that you can lose teeth. Missing and damaged teeth will not only reduce your ability to chew food and alter your speech patterns but also may be detrimental to your self-esteem and make you embarrassed to even smile. Dentures may well be a solution for you, offering a safe way to restore functionality and your smile.
Unlike most dental treatments, dentures are removable features of your mouth. They can be used to replace part or all of your teeth, depending on what your dentist recommends. Partial dentures will be colour matched to your remain natural teeth to make sure they blend seamlessly in with your teeth. Whether full or partial dentures your new teeth will look natural and indistinguishable from a natural set. Since dentures are removable they are cleaned and stored out of the mouth. Even if you have full dentures, it is essential to maintain good oral hygiene to prevent the development of gum disease or any other potentially dangerous issues.
Your London SE1 dentist will custom produce and fit your dentures to be specific to your needs. The process can take between one and two months from first consultation to finish product. This process will have several stages involve inspection of your teeth, creating a mould of your gums, production of the dentures, and fitting of the dentures. You will return to your dentist after the fitting so any adjustments necessary can be made. Your dentures will be strong reliable and look amazing, visit your local dentist soon for a initial consultation.
July 18th, 2012
Over the years teeth can easily become discoloured, stained, and damaged; it becomes impossible to restore the bright white colour to your teeth. Porcelain veneers are able to give you back your white smile by placing a thin layer of porcelain over the top of your teeth. You will be left with a fresh new clean, white surface. Beyond the cosmetic appeal, veneers can offer dental benefits through the protection of your enamel.
Our modern diets often contain an excess of acid, fizzy drinks are especially bad for this. The acid can wear away the surface enamel from your teeth and reveal the delicate dentin and root. This exposure can cause serious problems as plaque and infections can build up inside the tooth creating a variety of dental problems. Many people grind their teeth together, often when asleep. The grinding can slowly wear away the enamel leading to the same issues. Porcelain veneers placed over the damaged areas can protect the teeth from further erosion and restore their appearance.
Depending on your needs, your dentist in South East London will recommend the best course of treatment. There are a number of options that may be available, porcelain veneers being just one. Many veneers are now completed with composite resin veneers, these have a couple advantages. It is comparatively easy for your dentist to apply resin and the colour can be matched fairly precisely. With porcelain the procedure is slightly longer and more complicated and the colour options are slightly more limited. But it is in endurance that porcelain veneers show their strength, and the reason dentists still continue to use them. Porcelain veneers are stronger and will last longer than other types of veneer. Although porcelain veneers are more expensive upfront, over time their endurance makes them a sound long term investment.
July 12th, 2012
Dental phobias can range from a sense of mild anxiety to dangerous inability to visit dentists at all. Whatever form it takes, your London SE1 dentist understands and can help you overcome your fears. If you suffer from dental phobia or anxiety you should can mention this to your dentist on the phone before you ever step foot inside the office. Your dentist will then takes extra care with you and try and put you at ease.
A lot of dental phobias stem from childhood experience. Maybe the child had a traumatic experience with a dental treatment or the dentist was not considerate. It is important to remember that in the last decade or two dental practices have changed a great deal. New technologies have made checkups and treatments much easier, safer and quicker than ever before. Drills are quieter and efficient and cause very little discomfort. Modern anaesthetics mean that you feel no pain and have only very limited side effects.
There are several things that can help with dental phobias. Ask your dentist if you could come and visit without having a check up. It’ll give you a chance to look around the environment and it’ll most likely dispel any old fashioned notions of dentists you may have. For people with dental anxiety it is recommended to go for an early morning appointment, this means you have less time throughout the day to build up your anxiety. Remember that your first check up will only involve looking, they will not do any work or treatments on your teeth or gums but simply inspect how your teeth look. Since it can be difficult to talk when having your teeth inspected, agree a sign or hand gesture with your dentist to signal that you’d like them to stop.
July 6th, 2012
Missing teeth significantly reduce your functionality and can destroy your confidence. There are several options in dealing with a missing tooth, one of which is dental implants. Implants are the most drastic, but often the most effective and successful, means of replacing a missing tooth. While the initial operation is longer than other dental procedures, the durability and strength of a dental implant should out do any other treatment.
Dental implants are metal, normally titanium, rods that are screwed directly into the jaw bone, replacing the natural tooth root. A false tooth is then screwed on to the top of this artificial root. With time, normally several months, the jaw bone will fuse with the metal rod. The connection between rod and jaw will now be extremely secure and durable. Dental implants are so secure that several false teeth can be supported. If necessary an entire set of false teeth can be secured in the mouth using between 8 and 12 implants.
Implants are not the solution for all problems; your South East London dentist will be able to tell you if they are right for you. Implants are generally only used when teeth are severely broken or missing. If you suffer from gum disease implants will not help as they do treat infection (they may be an option after other treatment has proved effective). Equally, some smokers may be refused dental implants due to the risk of infection in the root that smoking can cause. All patients will suffer some temporary side effects, normally some swelling and discomfort. Dental implants though offer a safe and successful treatment for missing and broken teeth.
July 1st, 2012
It cannot be overstated how important good oral hygiene is. Damaged teeth and gums can cause immense pain, long term issues and a complete loss of self-esteem. A regular routine of brushing and flossing is necessary to make sure your teeth and gums stay healthy.
Throughout the day food particles and plaque will begin to build up, lining your teeth, using a soft toothbrush with a fluoride toothpaste will eliminate the vast majority of the material and prevent this bad material from causing tooth decay. Flossing, or interdental brushing, will remove debris that gathers in between your teeth, and cannot be reached by a regular brush. When the build up of plaque is not regularly removed it will harden and become calcified, this is referred to as ‘calculus’, and becomes hard to remove yourself.
Regular visits, at least once a year, to your London SE1 dentist will assure that this stubborn calculus is removed. Your dentist will be able to use high powered dental instruments to remove the most stubborn material. They will also be able to do a polishing to maintain the healthy white look of your smile. Your dentist will be able if there is anything specific that you need to do to assure your own oral hygiene.
Alongside tooth decay, gum disease is an equally dangerous dental problem. Gum disease is when the soft tissue around the teeth becomes infected. The infection can build up inside the tooth or in pockets along the gums. Without proper treatment, sometimes involving root canal surgery, the infection can spread and cause serious, long lasting damage to teeth, gums and jaw bone. Proper oral hygiene will prevent the build up of bacteria and significantly reduce the risk of gum disease. Some anti-bacterial mouthwashes may also help to reduce the chance of infection.