November 9th, 2012
Accidents happen all the time in central London, but we generally overcome them when they happen. However, when it happens, it can still be a bit of a shock to the system and having accidents happen in the mouth can leave you in no-mans land as to what to do. Damage to your teeth need fixing up as soon as you can because depending on how serious the problem is, it can lead to further complications. If your teeth get broken, you should get down to your dentist as quickly as you can for repairs, as sharp and broken tooth can lead to lacerations of the tongue and gums and then your mouth is open to infection. Damage leading to chips and cracks can also affect the way you talk and generally express yourself in front of others, so it’s important to get any problems sorted out. Cosmetic bonding can help to restore most damages to your teeth; though this is not as reliable as having a dental veneer or a crown fitted that will help to give the damaged tooth better longevity. Sometimes, you can’t always get to your dentist out of hours, so if you think that your broken tooth is serious, then you should take the precaution of going to hospital.
December 23rd, 2010
Nobody should have to feel embarrassed about their smile. Such feelings can lead to awkwardness in social situations as you worry if somebody will dislike the appearance of your teeth. If you suffer from teeth which are damaged in some way it is vitally important that you deal with the problem swiftly and effectively so you can get on with living your life confidently.
Crowns can strengthen a broken tooth, allowing it to function just like a natural, healthy tooth. You might find that one of your teeth has broken down to the point where it is impossible for it to be rebuilt. In these situations, crowns are ideal as they cover the broken down tooth, protecting it from further cavity formation.
Crowns are also a good option if you wish to have stained or cracked teeth covered up. Tooth whitening might be more appropriate as it is less invasive but a crown can give permanent cover to stained teeth and allow you to smile again with confidence.
Metal is no longer the preferred material for crowns as it could lead to the formation of dark lines against the gum. The resulting aesthetic effect offered little improvement on having a damaged tooth in the first place. The porcelain crowns which are used now match the surrounding teeth, giving a look that is natural and discreet.
Depending on the state of the tooth in question, your dentist might have to remove a little of it under local anaesthetic. An impression is then taken using dental putty and sent to a lab where the crown is made. Usually you will only need to wait for two week while wearing a temporary crown and then your durable porcelain crown will be ready to be installed. Contact your City of London dentist today if you think that porcelain crowns might be the answer to your problems
October 11th, 2010
Dental emergencies can be very traumatic and very painful. This is largely because the teeth are very sensitive and important parts of the body, but also because there is often a feeling of helplessness when something happens to your teeth. Dental emergencies come in many shapes and sizes. It could be a severe pain of toothache, a dental trauma resulting in knocked out or broken teeth or even the loss of previous dental repair work such as fillings or dental crowns.
If the emergency tales place during practice hours it is not that serious as your City of London dentist will be able to see you around other appointments, especially if the problem is serious but the question arises: what do you do when the emergency happens at night or when the dental surgery is closed?
Most surgeries will have an answer phone message that will give you instructions about what to do in case of an emergency. This will most likely involve calling the on-call dentist, whose details will usually be provided in the message. This will be a surgery somewhere that is open for emergencies such as this. Depending on how serious the problem, they will be able to advise you or see you as soon as possible.
It is also a good idea to know what you can do yourself during a dental emergency. Always try to stop the bleeding with a gauze and remember to look after the tooth if it has been knocked out. Placing it in milk or saliva will extend its life span but you need to get to a dentist as soon as you can. Over the counter painkillers will also help to numb the pain in most dental emergencies.