Why does it take so long to straighten crooked teeth?

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You might think that straightening crooked teeth is a simple thing to do, stick on your wire with some brackets wait a couple of weeks and everything will be nice and straight. If only things were that simple.

The dentists that contact us here at cosmetic-dental-treatments.info often tell us that it takes anywhere from 6 months to 2 years  to straighten crooked teeth and here’s why.


Planning

The beginning of the process begins with planning and this will inevitably mean a few visits to the dentist.

  1. First visit. This will be your initial consultation where the dentist will discuss the various options, from this initial consultation a treatment plan will be provided for you including all of the different ways to straighten your crooked teeth  which may or may not include braces. (We explain more about this here)
  2. Second visit. (Typical time from first visit – 2 weeks)  after you have had a chance to digest your treatment plan, options and costs the next appointment will be to work out specifically the type of orthodontics you may have. You may also be required to have impressions,  particularly if the new invisible type of braces being used or the appliance is removable.
  3. Third visit (Typical time from first visit-4 weeks). Your braces may now be fitted and the process has begun.

As you can see, the planning process can often take a month from initial consultation to having the braces fitted.

Moving teeth

When you have braces fitted they are essentially pushing, pulling or rotating teeth in the direction required.  This force stimulates the remodelling of the bone around the tooth,  moving it out of the way in front of the direction of travel and rebuilding it after the tooth has moved.

Osteoblasts and osteoclasts are responsible for this bone remodelling.

There is a speed at which this remodelling process can happen, above which if the teeth are moved too fast the bone cannot remodel and reform around the tooth. This biological process gives a restriction as to the actual speed the teeth can be moved.

The type of braces

Different types of braces are able to move teeth at different speeds. The Inman Aligner can typically move teeth much faster although it is not  suitable for more complicated crooked teeth situations.

Braces which move teeth quicker may, unfortunately be out of someone’s budget leaving them with an option which move teeth slightly slower.

Moving front teeth versus moving back teeth.

Your front teeth don’t believe last word only have one single root, your back teeth  have multiple routes. As one can imagine these routes on back teeth are far more sturdy and firm in front teeth meaning moving back teeth becomes more difficult and therefore slower.

Some of the more modern orthodontic systems only focus on moving anterior (often known as the social six) teeth. This is because these other teeth just seen most in social situations and, went straight, give the biggest cosmetic advantage. If you just want to have a very quick orthodontic treatment looking for braces system which only moves the social six teeth could be for you.

Finding out about moving teeth

The simplest thing to do is to do a Google search for your particular problem, we have however found some good resources around the Internet, The BOS offers a range of leaflets but we’ve also done out own digging, so here is a special report by Dr Philip McDermott answering the questions everyone asks about Adult Orthodontics.

His report includes:

  • Is rapid orthodontics right for you?
  • Are you a candidate for invisible orthodontics?
  • How much will treatment cost?
  • How long will it take?
  • What are the downsides?
  • Will it hurt?

Visit the orthodontic section of the website to download.

Straight teeth are also more comfortable and less likely to develop cavities and other problems

Says Dr McDermott.

Now there’s an incentive for straigher teeth if ever we heard one!

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Why Is Dentistry so Expensive?

keeping teeth cleanOkay, so I’m going to step out a little bit here and say that dentistry is NOT expensive, it is actually neglect which is expensive.

If you have a full set of gleaming white teeth which you have looked after since birth, cleaning them twice per day  with a fluoride containing toothpaste and using interdental brushes or floss and mouthwash in between meals then your dental health costs can be as little as  £10 per month if you join a dental health maintenance plan with a local private practice.



On the other hand, if you neglect your teeth, or have in the past, then your dental health bills are likely to be considerably more expensive, and here’s why:

Restorative dentistry costs

Dental laboratoryIf your teeth have to be restored for example by using dental veneers, dental crowns or dental implants (to replace missing teeth) then the chances are your dentist will be using a dental laboratory.

As with many things, it’s possible to use cheap  or expensive suppliers. Using a cheap overseas laboratory, perhaps from China  could get the cost of the dental crown, veneer or implant down to a few pounds, the dentist could pass on this cost saving to you and therefore save you a great deal of money.

However, as with many things you get what you pay for. Cheap overseas work often comes with minimal guarantees as to the quality of the workmanship or materials… Do you really want your dentist compromising on quality of the material that you’re going to have in your mouth permanently?

We always recommend that you ask your dentist to see which dental laboratory they are using, you can then do your own research into the quality of workmanship from this particular laboratory.

Keeping up-to-date with modern research and training.

If you have to have more complex and advanced dental treatments then your dentist will more than likely have been on a recent training course to keep them updated with the most relevant thinking and research. Attending courses such of this has a double cost, the cost of the course itself and the cost of lost revenue whilst the dentist is out of the practice.

If you want to have a dentist that is able to treat neglected, decayed or damaged in then it will definitely the legal elsewhere certainly cost this dentist in continuing professional development in this chosen area of dental treatments.

Having a team of highly educated dental staff.

As well as the dentist themselves the team need to be fully updated with the use of modern materials, equipment and thinking. If you have a tooth to replace my offer example, you will want to know that the whole team are fully informed about how the tooth replacement process works, again this costs money to the team to attend this type of course.

Cheap dentistry.

ID-10053901-Stuart MilesYou have a big part to play in keeping your costs down in dentistry. Maintaining your dental health and keeping your oral health care routine in check will ensure that  you don’t need to access the more expensive dental treatments such as restorative dentistry  or advanced treatment modalities such as replacing missing teeth, bleeding gums or  dealing with gingivitis or the more serious periodontitis..

Highworth Dental Care says:

WHAT IS THE PERFECT ACCESSORY FOR A CONFIDENT SMILE?

It’s all about having a fresh breath. Together your Smile and your Fresh Breath WILL get you noticed and you WILL be remembered for all the right reasons.

So how can you achieve this perfect match? Remember to take regular and good care of both your teeth and your gum health with the help of your friendly hygienist or dentist at Highworth Dental Care in Swindon.

We, At Cosmetic-Dental-Treatments.info totally agree with Highworth dental care, taking regular care of both your teeth and gums will help keep your smile bright, your fresh breath and your dentistry cheaper!

Why is sugar so bad for my teeth?

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sugar is bad for your teeth because it feeds the acid excreting bacteria. As the bacteria in your mouth feed on the sugar they excrete acid, this acid can attack your teeth causing dental decay.



If these bacteria are not kept at bay they can multiply causing extensive dental problems. The biofilm which covers your teeth and harbours the bacteria can form into hard deposits known as plaque. This plaque can irritate the gums which causes the gums to recede, this then exposes more tooth to acid decay.

How to beat the sugar and acid attack.

  1. Wait 20 min after eating before brushing your teeth, this gives your teeth time to harden again after the acid attack.
  2. Brush your teeth for 2 min twice per day.
  3. Use an interdental brush or floss to clean in between your teeth daily.
  4. Use a fluoride mouthwash once per day, in between meals to boost the strength of your dental enamel.
  5. Visit your dentist regularly as they can spot the early warning signs of decay much sooner than you. They can then ensure that the dental hygienist works with you to modify your oral health care routine and prevent the decay worsening.

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How to Overcome Dental Anxiety

Female doctor consulting patientDental anxiety comes in many forms from feeling slightly anxious about visiting the dentist right through to full-blown dental phobia where even the thought of the dentist is more than you can handle.

Dental anxiety is one of the largest contributors to people not visiting the dentist which, in turn, can lead to a reduction in your overall dental health, dental disease and ultimately tooth loss if things go unchecked.

This post is here to help you overcome your anxiety using a range of psychological and physical techniques.

Talking Therapies Including Hypnosis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Hypnosis

Hypnosis is essentially a state of deep relaxation, to show how successful this can be Dr Mike Gow Successfully used hypnosis during an extraction and placement of dental implants on a patient in 2007. No anaesthetic was used.

This shows the immense power of hypnosis to enable you to control your state and even pain! We know that many people reading this blog post may be fearful of the dentist so we have not embedded video here, however, if you feel up to watching you can watch it on YouTube.

CBT

Cognitive behavioural therapy could help many people with a dental phobia overcome their fear of visiting the dentist and enable them to receive dental treatment without the need to be sedated, according to a new study by King’s College London. 

Patients with dental phobia were able to face down their fear after an average five sessions of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), a study found.

Professor Tim Newton, who led the King’s College team, said: “People with dental phobia are most commonly given sedation to allow them to become relaxed enough for a short period of time to have their dental treatment performed. However this does not help them to overcome their fear in the long term.

“The primary goal of our CBT service is to enable patients to receive dental treatment without the need for sedation, by working with each individual patient to set goals according to their priorities. Our study shows that after on average five CBT sessions, most people can go on to be treated by the dentist without the need to be sedated.”

Physical aids to overcoming dental anxiety

The Wand Dental Injections

The Wand painless injection system was developed to replace the traditional syringe in dentistry. As much of a revolution as an evolution, this computer controlled anaesthetic delivery system is a logical progression from the syringe which has seen little change since its invention more than 150 years ago.

With The Wand, dentists can bring one of dentistry’s last remaining antiquated designs into the 21st century.

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The Wand uses a small hand piece that looks like a pen.

The Wand gives a supply of anaesthetic in a slow comfortable manner.

The Wand uses a unique new technology, which is unlike any other.

The Wand works at a low pressure and a slow rate that gives an improved anaesthesia.

The Wand works more effectively, resulting in a more pleasant experience

Dental sedation

Dental sedation can also be used to help you relax a dentist, sedation typically comes in three forms

  1. Oral sedation.
  2. Inhalation sedation.
  3. Intravenous sedation.

Oral sedation can normally be provided by most dental practices allowing you to take the tablets couple of hours before you go to visit the dentist whilst you were still at home. You will normally advised to have a chaperone with you to ensure you get there and back safely.

Inhalation sedation involves you breathing in happy gas or nitrous oxide during treatment, it allows you to float away into a dreamland very quickly. One of the biggest advantages with inhalation sedation is that the effects wear off very quickly, this means that if you decide you don’t like the effects, you simply stop breathing the gas and return to normal within a few moments.

Intravenous sedation can also be given. This often involves an anaesthetist being present during your dental treatment which can add to the cost. Intravenous sedation means you can completely drift off into your own dreamers like state was the dental treatment is carried out. You will need someone to visit the dentist with you to ensure you get home safely afterwards.

You should not drink, drive or operate machinery after sedation.

Dr Hussein at The Sandford Clinic in Bexleyheath says:

Being anxious about dental treatment is how most people feel. If visiting a dentist causes you extreme anxiety, please rest assured that you’re not alone. If you have an extreme fear causing you to experience unusual distress, you may be dental phobic.

At The Sandford you will experience gentle dentistry provided by a caring and well trained team of professionals to help you overcome your fears and get you on track for healthy teeth.

 

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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 .