Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body… But What’s the Link with Replacing Missing Teeth?

There are indications from a recent study that people who stay fit and healthy are 40% less likely to develop tooth-threatening gum infections, possibly leading to gum disease. It was also found that not exercising, not keeping to a normal body weight and unhealthy habits made a person much more likely to get advanced gum disease.

If you are serious about your general health and your teeth, you will want to exercise, eat a healthy balanced diet and keep to a normal body weight.

Black Swan Dental Spa say this about replacing missing teeth:

From a health point of view replacing missing teeth is also important. When a tooth is lost the opposing tooth on either side will have a tendency to drift. The image to the right shows this tooth movement and you can see that the space where the tooth was lost is reduced. This reduction in space and the taping of the adjacent teeth can mean that replacement of the missing tooth at a later date becomes far more difficult, and in some cases impossible.

There are also new findings that support what dental health professionals have suspected all along that infections in the mouth can cause health problems in the body.

Problems that can be caused by poor dental health include:

  1. Heart Disease
  2. Stroke
  3. Diabetes
  4. Lung disease
  5. Premature and low birth weight babies
  6. Alzheimer’s Disease

Staying dentally fit and healthy

How can I keep my teeth fit & healthy?

Fighting dental problems is a joint effort between you and your dental team working together. For the dental problems to be eliminated there must be motivation from both sides to focus on eliminating current problems and preventing similar future problems.

A dentist’s role as Dental Health Educator is paramount in helping you prevent dental problems so that you can keep your teeth for life. Care can be provided tailored to your needs and wishes.

  1. Brush your teeth twice daily for 2 minutes with a fluoride containing toothpaste. You have to be shown how to brush for brushing to be effective.
  2. Get the correct dietary advice which is appropriate for your lifestyle.
  3. Fluoride supplements may be necessary if you are at high risk of developing decay.
  4. Floss your teeth at least once daily.
  5. Use a mouthwash that is right for you to combat decay, gum disease or bad breath.
  6. Have regular dental checks at an interval as agreed between you and your dentist.

 

How can I ensure my teeth look white?

What foods and activities should I avoid?

Majority of people are born with healthy teeth. Due to modern diets we are all prone to extrinsic staining to greater or a lesser extent. The most common reasons why people’s teeth darken with time are:

  1. Smoking
  2. Tea and coffee stains (especially green tea)
  3. Asian Curries
  4. Red wine and certain types of juices
  5. Fruits like blueberries and strawberries
  6. There maybe unsuspected decay that appears like stains

Maintain the colour of your teeth by using whitening toothpastes to help avoid your teeth staining. If you are looking for a brighter smile, consider safe and professional teeth whitening treatments.

Definitely avoid using domestic bleach or any acid containing products to whiten your teeth. Consider having your teeth cleaned professionally by dental hygienists.

What to look out for that would indicate my teeth and gums are not healthy.

Early problems are usually silent and simple to correct. If left undiagnosed, the problems multiply and compound until the teeth become loose, sensitive, crack or develop abscesses.

Watch out for signs of bad breath, holes in a teeth, pain on biting, unusual movement of teeth, clicking joints, unsuspected lumps or bumps, ulcers that persist, signs of tenderness or swelling or even headaches.

If your gums are infected they will feel sore and swollen.

Should I be watching my diet to try to keep healthy teeth? If so what should I eat?

You must have a balanced diet making sure you have your daily intake of fruits and vegetables.  Many people think that it is a high level of sugar in your diet that causes decay, but it is not so.

It is how often you have sugar in your diet, not the total quantity of sugar that causes problems. It takes an average of 40 minutes for the mouth to neutralise the acid caused by eating and drinking sugar. It is therefore important to limit the number of attacks by restricting sugary foods and drinks to mealtimes.

After consuming a meal always end by having a piece of cheese or sugar free chewing gum. This helps to neutralise the affects of acid that is present in the mouth.

Avoid too many fizzy drinks and when drinking use a straw. Too many fizzy drinks will cause the teeth to decay and also cause erosion of the enamel.

Never consume sugary food or drink just before going to bed. This will cause harm to teeth overnight as the acid will linger in the mouth during the night causing decay. If you are consuming such food or drinks then avoid going to bed for another 40-60 minutes.

 

How Much Does it cost to Replace Missing Teeth

As more and more people decide that they want to replace missing teeth with things like dental implants and dental bridges we thought it would be useful to write an article about the cost of each of these treatments to replace missing teeth and fill those gaps.

Probably the easiest way to go about this is to break the procedure for dental implants down into stages and then to look at the associated costs for each one. Whilst we can provide a guide as to the costs we always recommend that you talk to your own dentist about the individual prices they may charge.

For the purposes of argument we are going to assume that you have already had your teeth extracted, clearly if this has not yet happened you will need to budget for the cost of the extraction.

The cost of dental implants

The process for placing a dental implant to replace a missing tooth is complex because there are so many variables, what will do here is list out the standard protocol and then give you an idea as to the cost.

  1. Diagnostic and planning.
  2. Placement of a dental implant.
  3. Temporarily fitting a new tooth whilst the implant heals.
  4. Fitting of the dental implant abutment and final dental crown/bridge

Let’s look at each of these.

Diagnostic and planning

The diagnostic and planning stage involves multiple trips to the dental practice plus your teeth will be replicated in plaster of Paris by the dental laboratory. On this plaster replica, known as a model, your dental technician will discuss with your dental surgeon the exact placement of the implant. They may also create a mock up of the tooth replacement so that you can see what it will look like afterwards. This normally only happens for front teeth.

Once the mockup has been created and your team know where the implant will be placed a surgical stents is manufactured. This surgical stents helps your surgeon get the implant in exactly the right place so that the final tooth is in exactly the right place also.

Creating the model, the diagnostics, discussing with the laboratory and surgeon and final creation of the stent normally comes to between £200 and £400, depending on your dentists fees.

Dental CT scanYour dentist may also request a CT scan, this scan can produce a 3-D representation of your jaw so that your dental surgeon can calculate the best place to put the dental implant. Many modern scans are digital and integrate with specialist software, using this software your surgeon can rehearse the placement of the dental implant on-screen.

A CT scan can cost from £520.

Placement of the dental implant

Once the diagnostic and planning stages have been agreed the implant itself can be placed. This is normally undertaken at your general dental practice if you are having a few dental implants placed. For more complex cases you may be referred to a specialist dental implant centre.

Some patients prefer to have dental sedation to help them relax during the surgical process, there are various types of sedation which can help from gas and air Inhalation sedation through to intravenous sedation. If you opt to have sedation this could add around £100-£200 to your treatment.

The dental implant is placed by the dental implant surgeon, of course fees vary enormously between dentists but you can expect to pay around £950 for the implant to be placed.

Temporarily fitting a new tooth while the implant heals

Sometimes the gap is left whilst the dental implant site heals over, but occasionally in front teeth we may want to maintain the cosmetic appearance and replace the missing tooth with a temporary crown. This temporary crown would normally be included in the final fee and wouldn’t normally be considered an extra cost.

Fitting of the final dental implant

Once everything is healed the final dental implant can be exposed and have the implant crown placed. When the dental implant is initially placed it is normal for the gum to heal over the top, in fact it is encouraged. This means that in order to have the final crown the implant head needs to be exposed, this is a minor surgical procedure and would normally cost around £100.

Once the implant has been exposed the various components of the implant can be put together, this includes the abutment, abutment screw and final dental crown. Each of these components as an individual cost which would normally be around £900 for a single tooth.

The total cost replacing missing teeth

Let’s look at the final cost:

  • Diagnostic stage-approximately £300.
  • CT scan-approximately £500.
  • Sedation-approximately £100.
  • Placement of the dental implants-approximately £950.
  • Uncovering of the dental implant-approximately £100.
  • Manufacture and fitting of the final dental implant crown-approximately £900.

GRAND TOTAL – £2850

The cost does come down to replace more than one tooth, for example replacing three teeth would require three dental crowns, but would only require placement of two dental implants. You would also only have one scan, one diagnostic stage and one cost for sedation.

How long will this dental implant last?

This is where the really interesting mathematics comes into play. Whilst £2850 may seem like a lot of money the reality is your tooth should last a significant number of years.

If you divide this cost across the years it actually works out at exceptional value, let’s say for argument sake the implant only lasts 10 years. That would bring the cost to £285 per year or 78p per day!

The reality is the implanted last considerably longer than this bringing the overall cost/value ratio down considerably.

What about after care of implants?

Dr Zubair Sacranie from Solihull Dental Implant Centre says:

Your dentist may give you some pain relief after the surgery, or check whether you have them at home to take over the next few days if you need them. Your dentist may also prescribe antibiotics. Dont smoke, exercise or drive for the rest of the day. Dont rinse the area and only eat soft foods. However, it is important that you keep your mouth clean by brushing but do not poke the implant site. You can use a chlorhexidine mouthwash every day during the first week after surgery (you can get these from supermarkets and chemists).

DENTAL PHOBIA STILL RIFE THROUGHOUT UK

People afraid of the dentist are being reminded that dentistry has significantly changed after an alarming number of Brits say a visit is scarier than 10 of the UK’s most common phobias, a new survey reveals. One in three (33 per cent) said a routine check-up was scarier than interacting with other people. Visiting the dentist also caused greater anxiety than open spaces (31 per cent),  driving, animals and confined spaces. Spiders and flying (25 per cent), and vomiting and illness (24 per cent) completed the list.
When asked what influences fear of the dentist the most, one in three (31 per cent) said needles and injections while one in four (25 per cent) suggested pain was the main influence.

The results have been published as part of National Smile Month, which ran from 19 May to 19 June 2014. The good news for patients afraid of the dentist is that more and more dentists nowadays understand their patients’ fears, and with a combination of kindness, gentleness and improvements in technology they can do a lot to make dental treatment a normal part of life.

If you haven’t seen a dentist for years through fear and anxiety, be reassured that you should find the experience dramatically more bearable nowadays.

Why are some people afraid of the dentist?

Most people who are scared of the dentist have bad memories from childhood of the smells and sounds of the surgery. The reality is modern dental surgeries are much friendlier environments with flowers in the waiting room, art on the walls, a pleasant reception area and polite staff.

Advances in technology have also improved dentistry. Treatment can now be completely painless. The dental wand (a computer-driven injection system) is great for anyone with a needle phobia or a numbing gel can be used to numb your gums before an injection.

Do you have fear or anxiety about coming to the dentist? The Dental Fears Research Clinic at the University of Washington in Seattle (1) estimates that perhaps 20% of patients experienced enough anxiety that they will go to the dentist only when absolutely necessary.

One of the problems is that if you don’t visit the dentist your oral health can deteriorate without you knowing.

Research by the Harvard Medical School (2) stated that:

“Oral bacteria could also harm blood vessels or cause blood clots by releasing toxins that resemble proteins found in artery walls or the bloodstream. The immune system’s response to these toxins could harm vessel walls or make blood clot more easily. It is also possible that inflammation in the mouth revs up inflammation throughout the body, including in the arteries, where it can lead to heart attack and stroke.”

So really, attending the dentist regularly is vital to keep your dental health and overall body health in excellent condition, so how can we begin to help you overcome that fear?

We often find that overcoming dental fear is about realising that you have a choice.

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Think about it now, you weren’t born with a fear of the dentist, babies are a blank canvas and have no such irrational fears. However, as we get older we have certain experiences that shape our views, so think about it now… what experience led you to believe you were afraid of the dentist?

When you come to see us we will ask you what was the trigger that taught you this behaviour, this will then help us to help you overcome this irrational fear.

The problem is that we have these experiences once and they then shape our thought patterns by teaching us new behaviours i.e. to fear the dentist, this is a key point to understand, your fear is a learnt behaviour – and if it can be learnt, a new way of thinking can also be learnt.

So even as you read this email now, you’ll notice how irrational being afraid of the dentist really is and how comfortable we can actually make dental treatment with all of our modern techniques.

Some simple exercises to help overcome dental anxiety

Do you hear voices in our head?

If you are thinking ‘No I don’t have voices’ then THAT’S the voice we are talking about, the one that just said ‘I don’t have any voices’!

We all have voices in our head that talk to us telling us things… ‘you’re no good’ ‘ you’re fat’ ‘ you’re scared of the dentist’… now you know the voice we mean, don’t you.

A key strategy on overcoming fear and relaxing at the dentist is to learn to control these voices, so try this exercise now… it may seem odd, but try it as it will work brilliantly for you.

1) Say in your mind something mean about yourself.

Not anything too mean, but something that is important to you and has meaning for you, something like “You are a failure’, “You’ll never be any good at anything’… you know, the kind of thing we were told as kids and we keep with us as adults.

2) Now take that voice and remove it from your head and imagine it on your shoulder, allow it to keep saying those mean things.

Notice how it seems to have less power now that it is out of your head and on your shoulder

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3) Now hold you arm out straight in front of you, put your thumb up vertically, and imagine your voice coming from the tip of your thumb.

As you do this now, notice that even though the words are the same, the power of the voice is weaker.

4) Now give that voice on the tip of your thumb a comedic voice, something really funny and stupid. Allow it to say the same mean things, but allow that voice to say them from the tip of your thumb and in a comedic and funny voice.

Notice this time how the power is completely gone from that voice. Notice how YOU have controlled that voice to take away it’s power.

Now you have realised that YOU are in control of the nagging voice in your head, each time it mentions fear, then place it at the end of your thumb, give it a comedic funny voice and the power of that negative thought has gone.

Dental Sedation, one more step in the right direction.

Now that you have greater control over relaxing at the dentist, it is a good time to talk more about specifically about dental sedation and what options are available.

Relative Analgesia Sedation Explained

RA Sedation, often called Happy Gas, or Happy Air is a mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen which is adjusted to suit you. Different people need a different mix of these gases to achieve a feeling of being warm, cosy and far-away. We use a small soft sterile nosepiece for you to breathe through.

RA sedation allows you to return to work or home afterwards.

How quickly will you recover from RA Sedation?

Very quickly. After treatment you will usually be recovered within 2-3 minutes and can return to the waiting room. You will usually be able to leave the practice within 10 minutes. We do advise against driving for 30-60 minutes but you can return to your usual activities such as home, work or school.

How safe is RA sedation?

Very safe. We use it for children and adults from 5 to 95 so long as they are able to understand how it works and how they will feel. Since you are able to speak to the dentist, if at any time you feel the happy air mixture is a bit too strong, we can quickly turn it down and within a few seconds you will feel very relaxed again.

References:

1. WEBMD – Dental Fears Research Clinic www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/dont-fear-the-dentist

2. Harvard Medical School – heart disease and oral health: role of oral bacteria in heart plaque www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/heart-disease-oral-health

Same Day Teeth – a New Option For Replacing Missing Teeth?

A rapidly growing area in dentistry is the provision Of new teeth in a day. Typically the process works like this:

  1. You go to the dentist for an assessment of your suitability, if you are suitable treatment plan was devised, records taken, planning undertaken and dates booked.
  2. On the agreed date you arrive at the dental practice and have any necessary teeth extracted.
  3. Dental implants are then placed.
  4. New teeth are constructed supported by these dental implants on the same day.
  5. You leave, go back home and begin to heal.

The process is particularly good for people that need large scale dental extractions in one go, some people even have all of their teeth removed (so long as this is clinically necessary) and replace with dental implants.

Patients will often have Decayed, diseased or dysfunctional teeth which need to be removed. As the teeth removed a dental implant is placed directly into the socket, over which they knew teeth are supported.

We found this review by a patient online on this website www.ukcic.com, The case was completed by Anthony Bendkowski at Complete Implantology, Kent.
Vera’s Experience of Treatment.

For many years I had been on course for losing my upper teeth due to gum disease which seemed like a death sentence, especially as my job as a receptionist was frontline greeting of the general public.

In January of 2013 the inevitable happened and I had to lose them and resort to a full upper denture.

Although the denture was very good aesthetically my confidence was very low, to the extent I didn’t want my husband to see when they had to be removed to be cleaned and being very conscious when eating out.

I had thought about having an implant removable denture which resulted in me going to see Anthony Bendkowski , Oral Surgeon, at The Complete Implantology Clinic for a consultation.  This turned out to be the best thing I could have done.  From the moment I arrived the staff made me feel so relaxed and more like an old friend than a patient.

The consultation itself was thorough, concise and in a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere.  I was not rushed at all and was given plenty of time to ask questions or voice any concerns I had.  Everything was explained in full detail including pictures and drawings, plus no false promises were made.  I knew exactly what would be happening and what could happen should things not go to plan.  At this consultation the all Teeth in a Day fixed restoration was suggested and explained in full detail. This procedure meant I would have a full upper permanent restoration all in one day. The four implants would be placed and the restoration attached which meant I would leave with a fixed smile (not literally!).  This certainly appealed to me and I couldn’t wait to get started.  The thought of not having to remove the teeth was like a dream – no more embarrassing moments.  This would be the first stage and after approximately 3 months the definitive restoratation would be fitted after the implants had healed.

The whole procedure needed detailed planning and organisation between everyone that would be involved.  I was kept informed at every stage which meant I felt I was in control of my own treatment.  On the second consultation Anthony went over the procedure again and checked that I was still happy to go ahead which was so reassuring that I wasn’t being pressured into anything.  The next step was the taking of impressions and measurements plus photographs.  Again all of this was done in a relaxed yet professional atmosphere where at no time did I feel self conscious about my situation.

The next step was the day of the surgery.  Of course I was apprehensive as anyone would be having surgery but I need not have worried.  This first stage having the implants and the restoration placed was absolutely pain free and I would have no hesitation in having this done again.  The results of the Teeth in a Day were amazing as all my family friends and colleagues will testify.  The only way I can describe it is like having your own teeth back again.

I would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved for making this a real life changing experience and one I can smile about with confidence.  I can honestly say it is the best decision I have ever made.

If you want to know what real team work is visit the Complete Implantology Clinic

Regards
Vera

 

Wisdom Tooth Removal

Wisdom teeth are another name for any one of four third molars found in the permanent dentition. These teeth are normally the last or most posterior teeth in the dental arch to erupt. Although most people have wisdom teeth, it is possible for some or all of the third molars to never develop. In many people the wisdom teeth aren’t visible because they have become impacted (not normally erupted through the gums) under the gum.

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon or your dentist can remove (or extract) a wisdom tooth. The procedure often can be done in the dentist’s practice without any need to go to a hospital. You may have the surgery in the hospital, especially if you are having all your wisdom teeth extracted at one time or if you are at high risk for complications.

If you have any infections, surgery will usually be delayed until the infection has cleared up. Your dentist may have you take antibiotics to help heal the infection.

Before removing a wisdom tooth, your dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. A general anesthetic may be used, especially if several or all of your wisdom teeth will be removed at the same time. A general anesthetic prevents pain in the whole body and will cause you to sleep through the procedure. Your dentist will probably recommend that you don’t eat or drink after midnight on the night before surgery so that you are prepared for the anesthetic.

NICE guidlines suggest that:

Only patients who have diseased wisdom teeth, or other problems with their mouth, should have their wisdom teeth removed. Your dentist or oral surgeon will be aware of the sort of disease or condition which would require you to have surgery. Examples include untreatable tooth decay, abscesses, cysts or tumours, disease of the tissues around the tooth or where the tooth is in the way of other surgery.

Reasons for removal of wisdom teeth according to a dentist in Colchester

  1. The most common reason is recurrent infection of the gum overlying tooth that is partway through the gum (pericoronitis).
  2. Decay (caries) in the wisdom tooth which dentist cannot restore.
  3. Infection of the tooth (abscess) due to tooth decay.
  4. When the adjacent molar tooth is affected by the gum (periodontal) disease or dental decay due to the impacted wisdom tooth.
  5. Progressive cystic (fluid filled sac) formation around the tooth.
  6. As part of other surgical procedures involving the jaw.
  7. There may be other less common reasons that your surgeon will discuss with you.

 

The decision to remove wisdom teeth isn’t always clear. Talk to your dentist or an oral surgeon about the position and health of your wisdom teeth and what’s best for your situation.

Here’s a video that shows the Wisdom Tooth Removal procedure – don’t worry, this is just an animation .

How to replace missing teeth

One of the fastest-growing areas of dentistry today is the replacement of missing teeth. As technology improves and disposable income increases as we get older the logical advancement is to replace our ageing missing teeth with dental implants.

But why should you bother? Why not just leave a gap? Here is what Dr Atkins from Confidence Dental Care in Jersey says:

If you don’t replace missing teeth then the bone in this area can continue to resorb, this can result in a lack of bone if you decide to have a dental implant at a later date which could result in more extensive and costly dental implant surgery, including bone grafts to replace the missing bone.

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So it would seem that replacing missing shows not only looks good but helps to prevent problems with your bone and potentially more extensive and expensive dentistry later on in life when perhaps we have a little more money to spend.

So how do dental implants work?

They are basically a replacement of the root of your tooth. Don’t be fooled though, because we have this technology it is not an excuse to ignore your teeth and simply have bionic ones placed instead! Whilst Amongdental implants are excellent they are not a perfect replacement for your natural tooth.

Your natural tooth has a periodontal ligament around it which provides a cushioning and suspension like effect when you eat. Dental implants are rigid and tend to transfer more of the biting force directly to your bone.

The dental implants also don’t have nerves in them so he won’t be able to feel quite as much as you do with natural teeth, the overall result of this is that your natural teeth will always be better than dental implants, however, if you are unfortunate to lose your teeth then implants could be a viable alternative.

 Are cheap dental implants worth it?

Of course, the definition first needs to be established on what cheap means. Cheap is a variable term and can mean different things to different people, so we are not going to put a specific price on to what we mean by cheap at this point.

As with anything there are branded dental implants, these have heavy investment by the dental implant companies who spend millions of pounds and dollars per year on research and development of their products. The dental implants are manufactured to fine tolerances and the support that these dental implant companies offer is extensive.

Some examples of these companies are (please note this is not an exhaustive list)

  1. Nobel Biocare
  2. Ankylos
  3. Straumann

complex dental implant componentsAlso, because these are companies have been established for many years it also gives you peace of mind. Dental implants are not indestructible and in the event that yours breaks you need to ensure that you can still get components and parts for them. There are tiny screws and components to the dental implant and if the company has gone out of business in 10 years time how are you going to get your dental implant repaired?

This is an important consideration to always bear in mind when deciding if you should have cheap dental implants or not.

 Using a good quality dental laboratory.

We also recommend asking your dentist for confirmation about the dental laboratory they are using. Nowadays some laboratories are situated overseas in places like China and India. If your dentist sends your new dental implant crown to be made in another country how do you know what it will be like? Always ask your dentist which laboratory they use and visit the laboratory website so that you can see for yourself.

Summary.

Dental implants are able to supply you with an excellent alternative if you need to replace missing teeth and exercising caution explained in this blog post will help you get the best result.

Is a dental hygienist necessary?

One of the biggest shifts in modern day dentistry has been the move away from cosmetic dental treatments towards a more preventative and conservative approach. This means that many dentists in the UK at the moment are focusing on the need to preserve teeth, maintain oral health and only undertake cosmetic or restorative treatments if the need is absolute.

As part of this preventative and conservative approach the need to look after your teeth with good oral hygiene has taken a recent increase in the minds of many dental professionals. But how can they deliver this at the same time as providing excellent restorative work for the patients that need it?

In some dental practices oral hygiene education and preventative measures are undertaken by the dentist themselves, in the long run this can end up more expensive for the patient because the time of the dentist is rather expensive. It is also not o good for the dental practice as the experienced practitioner is spending his time on oral hygiene when it would be more beneficial to be treating patients with more complex dental problems.

This has led to the increase in the use of dental hygienists in many dental practices.

A dental hygienist is a highly qualified member of the dental professional team with dedicated training in looking after your oral health.

The role of the dental hygienist has increased recently with the ability for them to see patients directly without the need of a referring dentist. This has allowed patients direct access to the dental hygienists, which can only be a good thing for oral health.

Your hygienist will assess your oral hygiene at every appointment and monitor this on a sliding scale known as a BPI scale. This scale allows you to monitor your performance over an extended period of time to ensure that your oral hygiene is getting better.

Without good oral hygiene plaque has a tendency to build up on your teeth. It is around these plaque filled areas that the bacteria lurk, as the bacteria digests the sugar in your food. They excrete an acid and it is this acid which causes dental decay.

Keeping plaque at bay is a vital part of maintaining a good oral health routine and your hygienist will work with you to ensure that any plaque buildup is kept to an absolute minimum.

They will let you know about teeth brushing techniques, which is the right toothbrush to use, how to floss properly and which mouthwashes are best to use.

Your dental hygienist can also undertake deep scaling and polishing. This is the process whereby they ensure that the teeth are clean all the way down the root face even under your gum. This is an advanced procedure, but is often necessary for patients that have not had good oral hygiene in the past.

What role does the dental hygienists play?

Dr Graham Atkins from Confidence Dental care in Jersey says:

“Most people today are keen to keep their teeth for life. Our dental hygienists play a vital role in this respect, helping you maintain your oral health. All our other team members are fully qualified in dental nursing and have a broad understanding of the services we offer. They are available to advise you about treatment options and to answer any questions you may have. Their involvement is much more than the immediate personal contact you see. Behind the scenes, they ensure that everything runs smoothly, from cross infection control to accurate record keeping.”

So we strongly recommend that you heed the advice of your dentist and make regular appointments with your hygienist. Doing this will keep your overall dental costs down and ensure that you keep your teeth fit and healthy for life, just what everyone wants.

Preventive Dentistry Meets Cosmetic Dentistry

Many times preventive dentistry and cosmetic dentistry are split into two separate ways of thinking.

However more and more dental practices are now considering the blending of these two disciplines to ensure that preventive dentistry is always cosmetic and looks good, and that cosmetic dentistry always is as minimally invasive as possible.

This trend in dentistry is appealing to the patients and is encouraging more people to go back to see the dentist.

What is minimally invasive dentistry?

In years gone by one of the only ways of treating a patient that did not like the teeth was to cut the teeth down into stumps and place crowns (dental caps).

Then as the years progressed dental veneers became more common, these often only required a small reduction of the natural tooth with the thin and high-strength dental veneer being bonded to the surface.

The progression from this type of dental veneer led on to what is known as no-prep veneers popularised by Lumineers. The technique involves no reduction of the natural tooth tool and simply bonding the new, custom-made dental veneer to the surface of the existing to.

This type of zero preparation veneer can only be used in certain circumstances where the tooth is rather in standing. Having no preparation of the existing tooth can also, in some situations, compromised the way the dental veneer fits against the natural tooth. If this junction is compromised it can leave areas for bacteria to infiltrate and cause dental decay and disease.

Unfortunately zero preparation veneers have often been prescribed when perhaps an alternative option would have been better, typically this is down to patient pressure requesting this type of dental veneer often after seeing an advert for no preparation veneers requiring no dental injection.

The most recent advancement in minimally invasive dentistry is the use of dental bonding. This involves placing a small amount of high-strength yet malleable composite material directly onto the tooth by the dentist. The dentist slowly build up the tooth into the new shade by adding small amounts of material at a time, curing that material between each addition using a high-strength light.

These light-sensitive or light curing materials are provided to the dentist in a range of colours which closely match your natural tooth.

The final part of minimally invasive dentistry is to consider moving teeth, rather than restoring teeth. If the natural teeth are actually in good condition but simply in the wrong place, rather than make additions to the front of the teeth to build them into the correct place (by using either dental veneers or dental bonding) the minimally invasive dentist will prefer to move teeth using orthodontics.

“More and more patients are requiring that we move teeth to the correct position using invisible orthodontics, this is preferable to cutting down the teeth and making dental crowns or veneers in many cases. For anyone that is looking for a more healthy and holistic approach to dentistry this is certainly on the top of things to look out for”

Says Sia Maani from IQ Dental in Kent.

When you come to consider orthodontics you really need to ask what type you want. Generally speaking fixed orthodontics is preferred by are a lot of dentists due to its ability to move teeth naturally and quickly, however with modern advances in clear braces and teeth coloured braces these are becoming more popular as patients wish to have orthodontics with no one else knowing.

The advice of cosmetic-dental-treatments.info is to discuss your wants and desires with the dentist rather than ask for a specific treatment. If you tell your dentist what it is that you want as an outcome they can then decide on the best way to achieve this in the way that fits with your lifestyle the best.

Should Your Gums Bleed When You Brush?

The simple answer to this question is no.

If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth then it is highly likely that you may have the early signs of gum disease. This is a completely treatable condition which is simply tackled by improving oral healthcare.

The signs of gum disease include, but are not limited to:

  1. puffy gums
  2. bleeding gums
  3. swollen gums
  4. Red or inflamed gums
  5. sore or tender gums

If you have any of the symptoms above then it is strongly suggested that you find a local dentist. If you’re unsure of how to do this we recommend that you speak to your friends and family or use the information and tips in our previous blog post about finding dentists.

why should gum disease be treated?

Apart from removing any of the pain associated with this condition it is important that gum disease is treated at an early stage and not allowed to progress. If gum disease progresses it can turn into a far more serious condition called periodontitis.

Periodontitis is the information of the area surrounding the root of your tooth where it connects into the bone of your jaw. If this becomes infected then it can lead to the resorbtion of bone holding in your tooth.

In the short term you would probably not notice this as the gum over your bone would cover any bone loss. However in the medium-term you may begin to see black triangles between your teeth where the gum has started to move away as it follows the resorbtion of the gum.

In the long-term however, periodontitis can result in loose teeth which can lead to tooth loss.

What are the problems associated with tooth loss?

Loosing teeth may not seem like too much of a problem, especially if they are back teeth. However there are more clinical reasons why missing teeth can be an issue, including:

  • the adjacent teeth either side collapsing into the space where the missing tooth has come from
  • opposing teeth on the opposite jaw drifting down into this space
  • bone being lost where the missing tooth has come from

In the long run this means that you could end up spending more on your dentistry (dental implants can run into thousands), something which most people don’t really want to do!

If the teeth drift and the bone resorbs then it becomes clinically more difficult to treat the missing teeth and you could be left with bite problems, chewing problems, aesthetic problems and even headaches.

conclusion

If you have any signs of gum disease then we strongly recommend that you visit your dentist as soon as possible, let us know how you get on…

Celebrites Have Adult Orthodontic Braces

A few years ago it would have been considered seriously uncool to have braces fitted. In fact there was even a sitcom called ‘Ugly Betty’ where the main character was portrayed as being ugly due to her wearing braces.

It seems this is all changing and celebrities are now proud to show off and where their adult orthodontic braces in public. Here are a few examples.

The first photograph shows when Gwen Stefani sporting full upper and lower metal braces. Generally speaking these are called train track braces, although that really is rather an unkind description of them.

Many orthodontists like this type of brace as the patient can’t remove them which means the pressure on moving the teeth is constant, over all this means that the treatment can move teeth a greater distance and is often quicker and removable orthodontics.

gwen-stefani,braces

An alternative to having metal train track braces is to wear ceramic braces, as worn here by Tom Cruise.

tom cruise braces

Ceramic braces are able to move teeth generally speaking the same as their metal counterparts, however they look far more appealing and don’t stand out as much. With the new treatments such as six month smiles which uses a unique type of ceramic brackets, treatment can be completed much quicker… Typically in six months-hence the name!

Another example of a celebrity having adult orthodontic braces is Faith Hill

Faith Hill Braces

Clearly Faith is proud to show off her braces in this posed photograph. She also has done television interviews wearing braces and openly talks about how comfortable they are to wear.

More information about six month smiles.

Overall this means that there really is no reason for you to not consider having braces, the celebrities are wearing them and are proud to show off not only the braces themselves but their final straight smile!

Orthodontics have changed hugely over the past few years, so what are you waiting for?