Archives for October, 2016

Keep Your Mouth Happy with Hygiene Therapy

dental-treatmentWe offer an array of general and preventative dental services to promote good oral health, as well as cosmetic dentistry, orthodontic services and restorative treatment. Your health is extremely important to us and we recommend regular dental check-ups and sessions with our excellent hygienists.

What are the benefits of seeing a hygienist?

There are so many advantages of adding a hygiene session into your oral health routine. Hygienists are trained to provide dental hygiene treatments, oral health advice and treatment for oral health diseases, such as gum disease, so they really can make a difference to your oral health. Patients who have a high risk of gum disease, those who have active signs of gum disease and those who suffer from issues such as bad breath are often advised to see a dental hygienist on a regular basis.

Hygienists provide cleaning treatments that are much more powerful than brushing at home. They remove bacteria, break up food debris and cleanse the gums, to reduce the risk of gum disease and cavities and tackle plaque and tartar.

I’ve got healthy teeth and gums: do I still need to see a hygienist?

Even if you have strong, healthy teeth and no signs of decay or gum disease, seeing a hygienist is still hugely beneficial and it will help to ensure that you continue to enjoy good oral health. As well as removing any harmful traces of bacteria from your mouth, seeing a hygienist for a cleaning treatment can also help to make your teeth look brighter and whiter and remove surface stains. Your teeth will also feel lovely and smooth and you get a wonderful fresh feeling, which you can’t achieve when you brush at home.

Why is oral health so important?

Oral health is sometimes moved down the list when it comes to health priorities and many patients admit to skipping dental appointments. But we are eager to raise awareness of the importance of good oral health and encourage our patients to stick to regular check-ups and take good care of their teeth and gums at home. Studies have shown that oral health problems are linked to an increased risk of general health problems and brushing the teeth and seeing your dentist on a regular basis can help to cut your risk of developing serious, life-threatening illnesses, including heart disease and strokes.

Pioneering Treatment for Missing Teeth

Dental implants are one of the most exciting and innovative dental treatments available today and we are delighted to offer our patients high quality dental implants.

Dental implants are a long-term solution for missing teeth and they offer patients of all ages an impressive array of benefits.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are small posts made from titanium. They are secured into sockets in the jaw bone and they take the place of the root section of a missing tooth. Titanium is biocompatible, which means that the implants can integrate into the actual bone tissue. This provides stability for the new tooth in line with that of a healthy, natural tooth.

Once an implant has integrated into the jaw bone, a restoration is attached and the new tooth will look exactly like the other, natural teeth. Implants can be attached to dental bridges, dentures or crowns, making them a viable option for almost all patients with missing teeth, whether they are missing a single tooth or a full arch.

What are the benefits of dental implant treatment?

Dental implants are the closest restorative option to natural teeth and they are designed to last for many years. They provide the same level of functionality as natural teeth and they also help to reduce bone loss. Implants are easy to maintain and they enable you to do all the things you would do with a healthy set of natural teeth without any issues or worries.

What does implant treatment involve?

After the consultation and planning stages, the implants are fitted. This procedure is usually carried out under local anaesthetic and involves making a small incision in the gum tissue and lifting the gum flap to reach the bone. A small socket is drilled into the bone and the implant is fixed into this opening. The gum flap is then closed and left to heal. Once the integration process is complete, the new restoration is attached to the head of the implant and you can start enjoying life with your new teeth. Usually, treatment takes between three and nine months.

Dental Emergency? We’ve Got You Covered!

toothache

We offer emergency dental services to provide you with the care you need around the clock. But if you do experience sudden or severe pain or have an accident that results in cracking, damaging or losing a tooth, there may be some things you can do to help yourself while you wait to see your dentist.

If you lose a tooth

Unfortunately, accidents happen and you could lose a tooth at any time. Many people assume that once a tooth has fallen out, that’s it and they have to live with a gap in their smile. But this doesn’t have to be the case. We may be able to save your tooth. If your tooth has been dislodged, contact the practice to arrange an appointment and keep your tooth in a glass of milk. Do not touch the root section of the tooth, as this can cause irreparable damage. If you are out and about and you don’t have a glass of milk to hand, place the tooth inside your cheek and keep it there until you see your dentist.

If you have broken a tooth

If you have broken your tooth, arrange to come and see us as soon as possible. If you experience swelling in your mouth, apply a cold compress to your cheek after rinsing your mouth with warm water.

If you experience sudden or severe dental pain

Most cases of toothache aren’t urgent, but if you experience very sudden pain or you have pain that gets worse or doesn’t ease with pain relief medication, arrange an emergency appointment. Most cases of toothache are associated with infections, which can usually be prevented by good oral hygiene.

If you bite your tongue

Most of us are familiar with the pain caused by accidentally biting down on your tongue, we’ve all done it! In most cases, the pain eases fairly quickly and there is no need for medical treatment, but if you bite your tongue so aggressively that it bleeds a lot and you can’t stem the flow, see your dentist or a doctor as quickly as possible. Apply a cold compress to your tongue to stop the bleeding and reduce swelling. In extreme cases, where the tongue is severely cut, stitches may be required. Contact the team in London for more information about our emergency dental services.

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