Do you like to smile?

There cannot be many people who would tell you that they would not like a beautiful smile. However, if you are someone who feels it’s never going to happen because your teeth just aren’t up to the job, then this can be a problem.

Quite wrongly, many people assume it’s all about teeth whitening but truly great dental work comes from so much more. It’s about knowing what the best treatments are to give you the radiant smile you’ve always wanted.

To get the best out of aesthetic or cosmetic dentistry it’s important to have a good relationship with your dentist and feel that you can tell us the kind of results you want. Of course, part of this process of communication includes listening to what your dentist is telling you and then mutually agreeing the best way forward where it comes to treatments.

A good dentist will always want to set-up an initial consultation with you so that your aims and potential treatments can be discussed. In fact you should be very wary of any dental service that does not ask for this. If they are happy to promise treatment without having seen you then alarm bells should ring.

Preparing for your first consultation

It’s important to feel at ease when you visit the dentist for the first time but equally you should have an idea of what you’re thinking and feeling. In order to do this you will need to be realistic and not feel that when your dentist sees your teeth he or she is going to think “I’ve never seen teeth as bad as this before”!

If you’re worried you can’t communicate what you would like from a new smile, try taking a photo of your smile from the front. Look at it carefully. What do you / don’t you like about it? Try and forget it’s your smile and ask yourself what it is you would change if you could.

This will help you gain a bit more confidence and perhaps feel a little more in control of things. We all have fear and embarrassment from things but these are usually seated with how we feel about ourselves and not what others see. A good dentist will understand and will try to interpret what you want with the treatments available in order to get the very best results.

Dentures should make your smile the most natural thing in the world.

While dental implants can offer the ideal solution for people with missing teeth, they may not be suitable for everyone. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t have great fitting, natural looking dentures that provide you with self-confidence and self-assurance.

At Dental 32 we now offer innovative and highly aesthetic Bifunctional Prosthetic System (BPS) Dentures.

What Does BPS Mean?

Biofunctional : The most important demand on your denture is to reproduce the functions of your natural teeth. The impressions and records for BPS dentures are taken in such a way as to make your bite as comfortable as possible giving you new-found confidence during eating and speaking.

Prosthetic : BPS dentures are extremely high quality and only a small number of technicians are authorised to make your denture after thoroughly analysing your individual situation.

System : BPS dentures are made for specialised materials after excellent cooperation between myself and our specialist technician, using optimum analysis of your jaw shape and movements. This ensures the most natural and comfortable result possible for you.

BPS can be used for

  • Partial dentures for people that still have some of their own teeth remaining.
  • Complete dentures for people that no longer have any of their natural teeth.
  • Over dentures that are held in place using dental implants

Your BPS dentures can be individualised to look more like you original natural teeth. This means, for example, that individual shades, shapes and stains can be used so that instead of just having white, regular, false looking teeth, your dentures can have a true to nature, individual appearance. You can see the results in these before and after pictures of one of my patients.

The result is natural looking teeth that radiate character and attractiveness. No-one could ever tell that your teeth are not all your own!

If you would like dentures that that don’t look like dentures, contact our receptionists Marie and Marlene on 028 79633435.

Old Denture: teeth have an unnatural ‘denture looking’ shape and there is no support for the upper lip.

New BPS Denture: teeth are completely natural looking and individual. There is support to the upper lip giving the smile a radiant, natural appearance

Dental implants – New Teeth, New You

Dental implants are changing the way people live their lives and here at Dental 32 they are the gold standard treatment for missing teeth.

technical image representing tooth implants installation

A dental implant is a titanium ‘root replacement’ that is fitted into the bone to replace a missing tooth. Implants give you back perfectly natural looking teeth.

Whatever the reason for having to replace a missing tooth, dental implants provide the ideal solution for every clinical or dental situation and every aesthetic wish. Titanium implants are artificial high-tech tooth roots, which become fully integrated into the jawbone. They act as if they were a part of you and make a stable foundation for single-tooth crowns or larger bridges. Implant teeth act exactly like your “second set of teeth” – and they also feel like it.

In the last two issues we have been talking about your options for dental implants. Now let’s look at what the treatment process looks like.

Planning and consultation

The first step fro implant treatment is a free initial consultation. After a thorough examination and a detailed interview, where all the possibilities and alternatives are discussed, an individual treatment plan is prepared. You will be advised exactly about the treatment process and the costs of implant treatment in advance. The treatment can be made more affordable by spreading the cost with interest free credit.

Implant placement

Implant placement is carried out under normal local anaesthetic. The gum
is opened with a small incision. The implant is placed painlessly into your jaw. Generally, the implant placement procedure takes no longer than an hour.

Healing phase

The gum will heal within a few days. After three to six months, the implant has healed into the jaw. You are given a high- quality temporary denture for this period. The placement of the final prosthetic restoration directly after implant placement is only possible in some cases.

The new tooth

After the healing phase, small connection elements are inserted into the implants, to which your new teeth will be invisibly attached. With follow-up care and professional tooth cleaning, your implants will last a life-time.

How much will dental implant treatment hurt?

The answer is less than you may think. Pain is a common concern among people thinking of having dental implant treatment. But there is no need to worry. In fact, many patients are surprised to find that the discomfort they experience is not as much as they expected.

Smiling Older Man

Here at Dental 32, we find that Patients are genuinely very often surprised how easy and painless the process is. The majority of patients experience no pain at all during the procedure and very little pain afterwards.

Having dental implants can be life- changing, giving people the confidence to speak, laugh, smile and eat comfortably again. Patients who have undergone the treatment say that the benefits more than compensate for any temporary discomfort.

Local anaesthetic

Dental implant treatment is usually carried out under local anaesthetic, similar to that given for tooth extraction.

The vast majority of patients experience very little discomfort and by the following day hardly know that they’ve had an implant placed. In actual fact, most patients are amazed at how little discomfort is felt throughout the entire procedure!

Sedation to relax nervous patients

Patients generally say that having dental implants is far less traumatic than root canal treatment or tooth extraction. But if you are a nervous patient, we can offer sedation to relax you during the treatment. Many patients who are treated under sedation cannot recall their experiences at all. They feel as if they have had peaceful sleep throughout, when in fact they have been completely awake and cooperative.

Pain relief following treatment

When you have had a local anaesthetic it may take several hours before the feeling comes back into your mouth. Some slight discomfort may be experienced as the anaesthetic wears off, and pain relief may be needed at this stage.

We will advise you about post- operative pain relief and provide any necessary medication. Any discomfort normally lasts only for a few days and can be relieved by over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.

We often advise patients to take the painkillers that they normally use just prior to the procedure. This ensures that the anti-inflammatory and pain relief benefits are in place once the anaesthetic wears off.

Recovery after implant surgery

The recovery after dental implant surgery depends on many factors. Each patient’s recovery process is unique. Some people heal faster than others. If there is any bruising, bleeding or swelling, this will only be temporary. It should completely disappear within about four to seven days of surgery. The amount of discomfort you experience will be proportional to the complexity of the implant surgery. As a general rule, pain is present for two to three days and gradually subsides from the third to fourth day onwards.

If you have any queries regarding dental implant treatment and would like to come for a free consultation to see if implants are right for you, just contact us at Dental 32. Our team will be delighted to help

Sensitive teeth can be a pain…but you can prevent it!

Having sensitive teeth is something that many people suffer from and not many realise what causes it.

Girl touching her face. Looks like she has a tooth pain.

You can use ‘special’ toothpastes to try and eradicate the problem, but usually it’s important to understand the more serious, underlying reasons that cause sensitive teeth. There are number of reasons you can end up with sensitive teeth. For example, gum disease is a very common cause, but so is tooth decay and in some cases even over-brushing can cause it.

One way to take a step towards preventing it though, is to visit your dentist or dental hygienist at regular intervals so that they can potentially detect issues before they become a problem. If they see early signs of tooth decay or gum disease, something can be done, which should save you a lot of time and hassle trying to find alternative solutions.

If you don’t have gum disease or any tooth decay you can try some of the following to help eradicate sensitive teeth, or at the very least, to reduce its impact on your daily life.

  • Avoiding food and drink that is acidic is obviously going to help, because it will help to maintain a better level of tooth enamel, which in turn will reduce sensitivity. Additionally you should consider ensuring you maintain a good diet, because this will support your bones and overall health.
  • Using an electric toothbrush with a pressure sensitive light, such as the Oral B 5000, will help prevent you from using too much pressure when brushing and potentially wearing the enamel away.
  • If you have loss of enamel from the teeth then you may need to take additional action, such as bonding with composite fillings. Sadly once you’ve started to lose tooth enamel you cannot strengthen your teeth with toothpaste alone – even if they are specifically for sensitivity in the teeth.

If you are experiencing mild twinges or even more extreme teeth sensitivity then it’s time to visit the dentist for a full examination and means that you can find more permanent solutions to the problem you are facing. This could include various actions to reduce sensitivity as well as varnishes on the teeth, which are designed to protect them.

We are always happy to assist you with any dental problems. If you have any concerns or you are suffering with sensitive teeth, do not hesitate in contacting us for advice or an initial consultation, where we will evaluate your teeth and oral health and come up with a plan of action!

Are your worn teeth wearing down your confidence?

Have you ever looked into the mirror while brushing your teeth and notice that they are worn and chipped? Or perhaps you’ve looked at an old picture of yourself smiling, only to discover that your front teeth look worn down? Whatever reason you’ve had for discovering your worn teeth it can be distressing and make you feel very self-conscious about smiling properly – particularly if you have suffered from repetitive tooth grinding in the past. However, you will be delighted to know that this is something that can be treated successfully.

Portrait of a smiling man in a wet-suite standing on the ocean. Wind is blowing his hairs.

Very often worn teeth are an aesthetic problem, but in extreme cases they can give you headaches, earache and even neck pain where they have affected your bite.

There are three types of accelerated tooth structure loss. We will to run through what they are for you, so you can get an idea as to why you have worn teeth and consequently, how corrective treatment will help eradicate the problem.

Attrition

If you grind or even clench your teeth a lot, then you will probably suffer with worn teeth. Attrition is where you have tooth-to-tooth wear on the biting edges

Abrasion

For anyone that takes their oral health seriously, they can sometimes ‘over brush’ or be too hard when they brush. This kind of issue generally affects the sides and the necks of your teeth. This can get progressively worse leading to destruction of the enamel and sensitivity.

Erosion

This is a very common issue when it comes to worn teeth and is where tooth structure is compromised. Enamel and dentine are effectively dissolved through acidic erosion. They can be from a poor diet, fizzy drinks, sports drinks and excessive consumption of acidic fruit. There are also medical conditions that can contribute such as acid-reflux or bulimia.

Getting the right treatment

There are many treatments available for worn teeth and it will depend on your own specific needs as to what treatments you receive. However, as a guide clenching or grinding are often linked to a poor bite, stress, previous tooth loss or irregular teeth.

If you have a smile that displays your worn teeth then Dental 32 can provide you with treatments such as composite bonding, veneers or crowns – all of which will help to restore your smile to its original glory. To arrange a consultation call us on 02879633435 or e mail info@ dental32.co.uk. Our receptionists will be delighted to assist you.

Don’t put-up with worn teeth. Get them fixed and start smiling again!

Can your 5 a day be bad for your teeth?

Fruit and vegetables are part of a balanced diet and can help us stay healthy. That’s why it’s so important that we get enough of them. But drinking large amounts of fruit juice and smoothies as part of your ‘five a day’ could be damaging your teeth.

Girl with smile on her face is eating an apple

What is a dental hygienist?

The 5 A DAY message highlights the health benefits of getting five 80g portions of fruit and vegetables every day. To get the most bene t out of your 5 A DAY, your five portions should include a variety of fruit and vegetables. This is because different fruits and vegetables contain different combinations of fibre, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.

What are the signs of gum disease?

While fruit juices contain a range of vitamins that are good for your health, they are also often high in natural sugars and acid, which may cause tooth decay and tooth erosion.

Tooth erosion can cause mild dental problems, from tooth discolouration and sensitivity, to more severe dental problems, such as severe tooth wear and even cracked teeth.

While tooth erosion can do severe damage to your teeth it can also be prevented.

Tips to help you get your 5 a day without causing harm to your teeth.

  • Continue to eat fruit but drink water afterwards to help wash away the acid or eat something containing calcium, such as cheese, which neutralises acid.
  • Cut back on carbonated drinks and try replacing them with water, milk or un-sweetened co ffee and tea.
  • Use a straw when drinking natural fruit juices or other sweet drinks and carbonated beverages which are very acidic. A straw enables the liquid to go quickly to the back of your mouth instead of washing over the teeth.
  • Swallow acidic drinks quickly instead of swishing them around or holding them in your mouth.
  • Chewing sugar-free gum can help reduce dry mouth and increase the saliva flow. This neutralises acid and allows your teeth to remineralise. Since tooth erosion can occur from several different factors, it’s important to talk with your dentist if you suspect that you might have tooth erosion. Your dentist and dental hygienist can also keep you informed of dental products that are designed specifically to help sensitivity caused by tooth erosion.

Benefits of visiting the Dental Hygienist

Taking care of your teeth can not only give you a winning smile but is important for your overall health. A healthy mouth will help you eat well, feel confident and look great. We all know the importance of regular dental check-ups but did you know the benefits of visiting your dental hygienist?

Visiting Hygienist, Dentist

What is a dental hygienist?

Dental hygienists are professional clinicians who work alongside your dentist to help you maintain a healthy mouth and smile. Your dental hygienist will teach you how to look after your teeth and gums, and will tailor-make an oral hygiene regime specific to your needs. Our hygienist Louise plays a crucial role in prevention and treatment of gum disease.

What are the signs of gum disease?

The first sign is blood on the toothbrush or in the rinsing water when you clean your teeth. Gums may also bleed when eating, leaving a bad taste in the mouth. Your breath may also become unpleasant. Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss.

If gum disease is discovered and diagnosed early it can be successfully treated. However, if left untreated gum disease can progress, causing disease of the bone and tissues supporting the teeth (periodontitis). Periodontitis is more severe and can cause tooth loss.

Why is oral hygiene important?

Good oral hygiene helps to prevent dental problems – mainly plaque and calculus which are the main causes of gum disease and caries (tooth decay). Good oral hygiene may also help to prevent or delay dental erosion.

  • Dental plaque is a soft whitish deposit that forms on the surface of teeth. It forms when bacteria (germs) combine with food and saliva. Plaque contains many types of bacteria and will cause gum disease if not remove effectively. You can remove plaque by good oral hygiene as demonstrated by the dental hygienist.
  • Calculus, sometimes called tartar, is hardened calcified plaque. It sticks firmly to teeth. Generally, it can only be removed with special instruments the dental hygienist.

Helping maintain good overall health.

Did you know that gum disease is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke and unstable diabetes? By attending the dental hygienist regularly, treating dental disease early and maintaining good oral hygiene at home, your hygienist can help you achieve better health and ultimately a better quality of life.

How your child’s teeth develop.


How your child’s teeth develop.

Parents are often concerned about when to start bringing their children to the dentist and if there anything that they should be looking out for. Last month we discussed how the baby teeth develop; today we’ll look at the adult teeth and when a child needs braces.

Childs Teeth

5-6 years

Around this age the lower front adult teeth start coming through. If no adult teeth are through after the age of 8 years then your dentist will probably want to investigate the reason why. Similarly if an adult tooth comes through and the same tooth on the other side hasn’t appeared after 6-9 months then it should be checked out. Sometimes adult teeth start to come through when the baby teeth are still present. This normally does not cause any problems and the baby teeth fall out eventually themselves. Everyone is aware that decay in adult teeth should be avoided by good diet, low amounts of refi ned sugar in the diet, and good tooth brushing. Prevention of decay in baby teeth is also important as losing baby teeth early can lead to lack of space in the mouth for adult teeth and commit the child to a course of orthodontic treatment.

9-10 years

At the age of about 9 years the dentist will start checking the position of the upper adult eye teeth. If they have moved out of line your dentist will discuss ways of encouraging these teeth into the correct position and whether your child my need orthodontic treatment.

11-13 years

During the period of leaving primary school and settling into secondary education your child will through a period of losing the last of their baby teeth and getting the rest of their adult teeth. This is a good time to consider braces as your dentist will have a good idea what the final position of the adult teeth will be.

Why have braces?

The purpose of a brace is to straighten teeth and correct a poor bite, allowing easier cleaning of teeth and gums and also importantly have a more confident smile. In complex cases, braces also can reposition teeth to allow placement of dental implants, crowns and veneers

Girl Braces

What age would I start?

Braces usually are fitted to children who need them about the age of 12-13 years when most, if not all, of the adult teeth are through. Treatment usually lasts 18-24 months and nearly all treatments require the patient to wear a retainer for a period of time after the brace comes off . Most importantly it is essential to bring your child to the dentist at regular intervals not only to make sure that the teeth are decay free but that the teeth are erupting properly giving your child the best possible chance of a happy confi dent smile. So if you think your child need braces, to correct a major or even a minor problem, ask your dentist’s advice and get referred to an orthodontist.

Caring for your teeth

Oral health and your diet are more intrinsically linked than you may imagine and certainly surpass the basics of simply avoiding sugary drinks (although this is obviously a very important aspect of looking after teeth).

So why is diet so important?

Each time you drink or eat anything sugary, your teeth will be under an acid attack. This can happen for up to one hour after you have consumed. It happens because sugar reacts with bacteria in plaque and this produces a harmful acid. This is why it’s important to be very wary of constantly consuming sugary foods.

Tooth wear and erosion can happen with acidic foods and drinks too as it wears away the enamel (which you cannot get back), leaving the dentine uncovered. Aside from making your teeth more sensitive it can also affect the overall look of your teeth, which is where you may end up having to opt for some aesthetic dentistry to help.

What kinds of foods can help?

If your diet is rich in minerals and vitamins then it will make a difference. For example, vegetables and fruit can be a good alternative to processed sugar and could help you reduce your risk of getting gum disease or losing teeth.

What is tooth decay?

Tooth decay is the thing that will lead you towards fillings and even extractions and often affects the appearance of your teeth. Decay occurs when sugar reacts with the bacteria and plaque on your teeth. This forms an acid that attacks the teeth and destroys the enamel. Eventually over a period of time, the tooth enamel breaks down and forms a cavity into the dentine. This is where the tooth can decay more quickly and result in your needing a filling.

What kinds of foods cause tooth decay?

All types of sugars can cause tooth decay including processed sugars and sugars in fruits – so a balanced diet lower in sugary foods will help you to avoid tooth decay.

We all know that some foods and drinks are going to be more acidic than others and are sufficiently acidic to attack your teeth directly. The acidity of any food or drink product can be measured by its ‘pH’ value.The lower the number then the more acidic the product will be. Anything with a pH of lower than about 5.5 can cause tooth erosion. To give you an idea red wine has a pH of 2.0 and orange juice has a pH of 3.9 and so if consumed regularly can seriously damage you teeth.

Do you want to improve your smile this year? Contact us at Dental32 for an initial consultation. We can help with all kinds of problems such as tooth decay, gum disease and more!