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Did you know we can restore broken teeth to look like new?

We know all too well that accidents and injuries can happen at any time. If you break a tooth or you have a chipped tooth, don’t panic. We can restore damaged teeth and have them looking like new in no time at all. If you need help, give us a call today!

How we restore broken teeth

We have various treatments available for restoring damaged and broken teeth. If you think you may have cracked a tooth or you’ve chipped your teeth, the best thing to do is get in touch and make an appointment. When you see one of our expert dentists, they will examine your mouth and have a good look at the tooth. They will use tests, such as dental X-rays, to determine the severity of the problem and this will help them to ascertain which treatments will be most effective.

If the tooth is fractured, it may be necessary to fit a new crown. Crowns are dental restorations, which are often known as caps as they sit on top of the natural tooth structure. The crown is made to order for a perfect fit and we can use tooth-coloured materials, including porcelain, to create a natural looking aesthetic. Crowns improve the look of the teeth, but they also strengthen the teeth and reduce the risk of further injury. Once they are in place, crowns should last around five years.

If the tooth is chipped, rather than broken, we may use a filling to restore it or a cosmetic technique called dental bonding. Bonding involves using a material called dental composite to repair and reshape the tooth. The material comes in many different shades, so your dentist will select the closest match to your natural tooth colour. At room temperature, composite is like putty, and this enables your dentist to mould it to fit the tooth perfectly. Once the composite has been positioned, it will be set using a curing light. Bonding only takes around an hour, and there’s no pain involved.

If you have a broken tooth, call now and we’ll do our best to restore your smile as quickly as possible!

Nervous about Having Treatment? How We Can Help Soothe Your Fears

Are you nervous about having dental treatment? Do you feel anxious whenever a trip to the dentist is approaching? We understand that even the thought of sitting in that chair can make some people apprehensive, but we can assure you that you’re in safe hands. We have an experienced team, which will do everything possible to help you to feel more relaxed.

How we can help nervous patients

It is estimated that around 10% of patients suffer from extreme anxiety and up to 90 percent experience mild anxiety. If you’re nervous about having dental treatment, we are here to help. We have a very friendly and compassionate team made up of members of staff who have expertise in caring for nervous patients. We are always willing to meet patients before they have treatment, show them around and answer any questions, and we make every effort to explain exactly what is going to happen so that our patients don’t feel like they’re taking a step into the unknown. Our practice is designed to be a tranquil space where you can enjoy some peace and quiet and feel relaxed and calm.

We offer sedation dentistry for anxious patients and those who suffer from dental phobia. Sedation is a technique that is used widely in medicine and dentistry. It helps to allay fears and make patients feel more comfortable when they undergo a dental procedure. When you’re sedated, you don’t lose consciousness and it’s not the same as going under general anaesthetic. Although you’ll be awake, you won’t feel any pain and you may not remember much when you come around after the effects of the sedative wear off. If you are feeling very anxious about having treatment, the thought of being sedated can be reassuring. If you’d like to know more, our dental team will be happy to give you some more information and answer questions.

If you’re a nervous patient and you’re looking for a caring dentist who understands you and will be there to reassure you every step of the way, call us today and book a consultation.

Should You Clean Your Tongue As Well?

Most of us are familiar with the benefits of brushing our teeth twice a day, but have you ever made time to clean your tongue too? We grow up with teeth cleaning incorporated into our daily routine, but brushing your tongue is also really important.

Why you should clean your tongue

When you brush your teeth, you remove food debris and bacteria from your mouth and give the hard enamel surface a good polish. The aim of brushing is not just to freshen your breath and make your teeth sparkle. It’s also to reduce the risk of plaque formation. Plaque is a colourless substance, which develops when bits of food are combined with bacteria and saliva. If you brush frequently, there’s a much lower risk of plaque forming, and this lowers the chances of you suffering from decay and gum disease. Cleaning your tongue offers the same benefits, but it also helps to tackle bad breath. When you brush the tongue, you eliminate harmful bacteria, which keeps plaque at bay, but you’ll also be taking positive steps towards preventing bad breath. This is because many cases of halitosis are linked to bacteria located at the back of the tongue. These bacteria multiply, and when they feed, they release gases, which have an unpleasant odour.

Tongue cleaning tips

When you clean your tongue, you can use your normal toothbrush or a tongue scraper. If you are using your brush, take care when you reach towards the back of the mouth, as this may trigger your gag reflex. Be gentle. If you need any advice about cleaning your tongue or you’re not sure what to do, your dentist will be happy to offer some helpful tips.

Taking Care of Gum Disease: What We Can Do to Help

Did you know that gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults living in Great Britain? Gum disease can be very serious, but the good news is that it is preventable. Here are some tips to help you protect your gums and some more information about the services we offer to prevent and treat gum disease.

What you can do at home

Gum disease occurs when bacteria present in plaque irritates the gums. This causes them to become red, swollen, and sore. Many people first suspect that they may have gum disease when they notice traces of blood after spitting when they clean their teeth. To prevent gum disease, the best thing you can do is try and eliminate the chances of plaque forming in the first place. Brushing twice-daily and daily flossing help to remove bacteria and food debris before they can combine with saliva to form plaque. Your diet is also really important. Try and make sure that you stick to your recommended daily intake of sugar and avoid snacking throughout the day.

We also recommend attending regular check-ups. Our dentists are trained to detect the very early warning signs of gum disease, and they can address potential problems before they become more advanced. Ideally, we recommend 6-12 monthly checks. However, if you notice symptoms, call and book an appointment as soon as possible.

Treating gum disease

In the early stages, gum disease (gingivitis) is relatively easy to manage. However, if it is left to progress, it can cause irreparable damage to the gums. The bone tissue, which supports the teeth and gums also becomes damaged, and this results in the teeth becoming loose and eventually falling out. Treatment for advanced gum disease (periodontitis) involves long-term management, frequent cleaning and plaque and tartar removal treatments and sometimes even surgery.

If you’re keen to find out more about gum disease, call us today.

What To Eat on a Night Out to Keep Your Teeth Safe

Summer is coming, and many of us will be looking forward to enjoying nights on the town that don’t involve shivering while you wait for a taxi or trying desperately to avoid downpours as you leave a bar. If you’re planning a night out for a special occasion or you’re catching up with old friends over a drink or two, spare a thought for your teeth. Many of the treats we tend to indulge in after a night out are laden with sugar. Here are some healthier options to get your teeth into:

Whole grain toast: toast is a staple post-night out snack. White bread certainly isn’t the worst thing you can eat, but try and make sure you opt for wholemeal bread, as it has lower sugar content. Wholemeal bread also contains more fibre, which is good for your digestive health.

Dairy products: many drinks are acidic, so tucking into a snack or meal that contains dairy products is beneficial for your teeth. Milky drinks, cheese, and yoghurts are good sources of calcium, which is important for strong bones and teeth, but they also have a high pH value. Dairy products neutralise acids in the mouth, reducing the risk of enamel erosion.

Strawberries: if you fancy something sweet when you get home, don’t reach for the biscuit tin or open a bag of sweets. Instead, raid the fruit bowl and treat yourself to some juicy strawberries. Strawberries are rich in vitamin C, which is good for your gums, and the rough skin also acts as a natural stain remover. Strawberries also contain malic acid, which whitens the teeth.

When you’ve been out for a few drinks, it can be tempting to indulge in some unhealthy snacks when you get in. The next day, you may regret your choices, especially if you wake up with toothache or an upset stomach. Try and stick to healthy options like those listed above, and don’t forget to drink plenty of water.

How to Avoid Damaged Dentures

If you wear dentures, it’s important to take steps to protect them and prevent damage. Sometimes, accidents are inevitable, but if you follow these simple steps, you may be able to avoid denture damage.

Storing your dentures

If you’re not wearing your dentures, make sure you store them in a safe place. Even if you’re in a mad rush, resist the temptation to put them down or leave them lying around. Keep them in a box or pop them in a glass of water or cleaning solution while you clean them or give your gums a rest.

Cleaning your denture

When you’re cleaning your denture, make sure you put a towel down underneath you or fill the basin with water. This way, if you do drop the denture, it won’t get damaged. Even if you don’t have any natural teeth remaining, it’s important to keep your denture clean to minimise the risk of oral infections and gum disease. When you clean your denture, use lukewarm water. Don’t use boiling water, as this can cause the denture to become misshapen.

Dental checks

If you wear dentures, you’ll still need to see your dentist on a regular basis. When you see your dentist, they will check your denture, and make sure that it fits properly. You’ll need to replace your denture periodically because the shape of your mouth changes all the time, and your denture will lose its snug fit with time. If you have any problems with your denture or you notice any cracks or signs of damage, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We offer denture repairs and replacements.

If you need advice about taking care of your denture, your dentures are damaged, or your denture has started to feel loose, get in touch with us today.

How to Help Wisdom Tooth Growing Pains

The wisdom teeth can be incredibly troublesome for some people. If you have painful wisdom teeth, we are here to help. We provide round-the-clock care for patients in need. If you’re in severe pain, or you have pain that is getting worse, give us a call and we’ll do everything we can to make you feel more comfortable as quickly as possible.

Why are the wisdom teeth so painful?

The wisdom teeth are the final teeth to develop, and sometimes, this means that there is insufficient room for them to grow properly. If the jaw is too crowded, the teeth can’t erupt properly, and this causes the tooth to push against the neighbouring tooth. This is known as impaction. It can be very uncomfortable, and there may also be a risk of infection around the tooth. It’s often hard to reach the teeth right at the back of the mouth, and if you can’t brush your wisdom teeth properly, this increases the risk of infection.

If you have painful wisdom teeth, don’t hesitate to get in touch. When you come in for your appointment, we will have a good look at your teeth, and see how your wisdom teeth are getting on. You don’t need your wisdom teeth, so if they are causing problems, we may recommend removing them.

If you have pain, but you don’t need your wisdom teeth extracting, we can recommend pain relief medication, and also give your teeth a thorough clean to try and reduce the risk of infection.

What happens if I need my wisdom teeth taking out?

If you have an infected or an impacted wisdom tooth, extraction may be the best course of action. If you need your tooth taking out, you can rest assured that you are in safe hands with our experienced dentists. We understand that many patients may feel anxious at the prospect of having a tooth taken out, and we do everything we can to try and make you feel as relaxed as possible. We can offer treatment under sedation for nervous patients.

If your wisdom teeth are making life a misery, call us today and arrange an appointment.

Don’t ignore It! Why you need to take care of Dental Emergencies Immediately

Any of us are ostriches when it comes to our health. We tend to bury our heads in the sand, and hope that whatever symptoms we have disappear. Sometimes, problems subside without any need for treatment, but often, ignoring warning signs is the worst course of action. If you have dental troubles, it’s always best to see your dentist sooner rather than later.

Why is it important to tackle dental emergencies?

With any health problem, there’s always a risk of the situation getting worse the longer you leave it. If you have dental issues, something that may be simple to treat and manage could spiral into something a lot more severe. Take gum disease, for example. In the early stages, dentists can manage gum disease effectively with good oral hygiene and cleaning treatments. However, if gum disease is left untreated, it can develop into advanced gum disease, known as periodontal disease, which causes irreversible damage to your gums and the bone tissue beneath. A problem that could have been treated fairly easily can end up costing you your teeth.

If you have toothache, this may be a sign that you have a cavity or a developing infection. If you see your dentist, you can prevent any further damage, and you’ll also feel a lot more comfortable.

If you think you may have a problem with your teeth, for example, a broken or chipped tooth, or you have severe toothache or sore gums, seek advice from your dentist. They can have a look, and suggest treatment options. In some cases, there may be nothing to worry about, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

If you need urgent attention outside of normal opening hours, we have got your back! We offer 24-hour emergency dental care for all your dental needs. We recommend routine check-ups every 6-9 months. However, we strongly advise patients to get in touch if there are any issues between scheduled appointments.

Five Ways to Deal with a Broken Tooth On a Night Out

From time to time, accidents happen. One minute you’re having a wonderful time with your friends on the dance floor, the next you’ve taken a tumble. If you’ve slipped or fallen and broken a tooth, or you’ve chipped a tooth trying to open a bottle, you may need emergency dental treatment. If you think you may have a broken tooth on a night out, here are 5 steps you should take.

  1. Avoid trying to repair the tooth yourself: it can be tempting to channel your inner dentist, and attempt some DIY running repairs, but it’s always best to leave dental repairs to the experts. If you try and re-implant the fragment of tooth, you may do more harm than good.
  2. Locate the missing tooth fragment: if you’ve lost a section of the tooth, try and find it. If a large part of the tooth has broken off, it may be possible for your dentist to save the tooth if you can get to a clinic fast enough.
  3. Cover the tooth in milk: if you can find a restaurant or bar that is open late, ask them very nicely for a glass of milk, and store the tooth fragment in the glass until you can see a dentist.
  4. Call your dentist: the sooner you can see a dentist, the better.
  5. Avoid touching the root of the tooth: if you’ve lost the entire tooth, avoid touching the root section, and keep hold of the crown at all times.

Dental practices tend to have set opening hours, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get the assistance you need if you have a dental emergency. Give us a call, whatever the time of day or night, and we’ll do our best to see you as soon as possible.

Don’t Forget Your Mouth. Five Ways to Happier Teeth in 2017

At this time of year, many of us make an effort to be healthier. After the indulgence of the festive season, it’s that time when we sign up for gym membership and put the selection boxes to the back of the cupboard. It’s great to try and cut down on fatty foods and get in shape, but what about your teeth and gums? When you’re trying to stick to resolutions, spare a thought for your mouth. Dental health is really important too! Here are five ways you can achieve healthier teeth in 2017.

  1. Change your toothbrush. Be honest. When was the last time you changed your toothbrush? If you can’t remember, it’s probably high time you invested in a new brush or swapped the brush head. Ideally, you should switch brushes every 3-4 months. If the bristles are worn or damaged, this can affect its cleaning capabilities.
  2. Brush properly. Are you one of those people who sometimes flashes a brush around their teeth and hopes for the best? If so, make it your mission to hone those brushing skills. Brushing is your best form of defence against plaque and tartar. Take care to cover every tooth, and set a timer to make sure that you’re brushing for long enough.
  3. Use fluoride toothpaste: fluoride is a mineral, which is often found in toothpaste. It has oral health benefits because it helps to strengthen the enamel surface. This helps to reduce the risk of decay and prevent cavities from forming.
  4. Stop snacking! Snacking is bad for your waistline, but it’s also harmful for your teeth. When you eat, your enamel becomes softer, and it takes around an hour for it remineralise and recover. If you snack all day, your teeth never have chance to recover, and the risk of damage and decay is elevated.
  5. Call and make a dental appointment. If you do anything in 2017, make sure you visit the dentist regularly. If you haven’t been for a check-up in the last nine months, call and make an appointment now. Research suggests that people who attend regular dental checks are up to 60 percent less likely to suffer from decay and gum disease than those who avoid the dentist.

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