October 11th, 2009
A missing tooth can be a source of great embarrassment, it can inhibit the natural inclination to smile, which is one of the most important ways to communicate, and cause self-confidence issues. Furthermore, missing teeth can cause negative alterations in profile and facial tissue sagging, resulting in a sunken appearance, as teeth act as natural supports for facial muscles.
One of the most popular ways to replace a missing tooth is to have a dental bridge. This is an artificial tooth that is anchored onto existing teeth on either side of the gap. A dental bridge can be used to fill one or more empty spaces from missing teeth to produce the appearance of a full set. It can also help to support facial muscles and prevent sagging.
The bridge itself, or pontic as it is also known, will be a ceramic tooth chosen to closely match the size and shade of the existing teeth. It will be secured to the teeth either side of it with two porcelain crowns. By filling the gap, the dental bridge can help to prevent the build up of bacteria in the hollow and also prevent any difficulties arising with bite (the way the top and bottom teeth sit together).
There are several types of dental bridge: the traditional fixed bridge as described above; the resin-bonded bridge, when the pontic is attached to existing teeth with bonding and metal strips; and finally, the cantilever bridge, when there are only existing teeth on one side of the bridge so the pontic will be secured to two or more teeth on that side.
Dental bridges are fixed replacements and cannot be removed. If properly cared for they can last as long as ten years and can help to improve the condition of the other teeth and gums around it. City of London dentists will be able to fit a dental bridge in only few visits
September 21st, 2009
The kind of tooth jewelry previously only the preserve ultra glamorous rap and hip-hop stars is now more available to non-megarich celebrities. The desire to decorate teeth with a jewel or gold is becoming ever more popular. This kind of dental jewel can be attached to the teeth with little or no consequences for the patient.
The only real criterion for having a dental jewel is having existing teeth that are healthy enough to accept one. It is also important to realize that a dental jewel is quite a visible aspect of a smile and will garner many looks from others. While many will be admiring, a dental jewel is not to everyone’s taste.
The application of a jewel is a very simple procedure. There is no need for any kind of anesthetic and the process will most likely be completely painless. The dentist, after assessing which tooth is most suitable to accept a jewel will then make sure it is completely clean (a full dental hygiene check up is often recommended). The jewel is then attached using a similar adhesive to the one used to fix braces and dental bridges. This adhesive does not damage the enamel, which is important to know.
A dental jewel can last a long time but to maximize its life it is important to practice excellent oral hygiene. If the jewel comes loose it is fairly easy to reattach. If you should decide in the future that a jewel is no longer for you it can be removed easily and will not leave any long term staining or damage, providing the teeth have been properly cleaned while the jewel was in place. Ask a London dentist about having a dental jewel to brighten up your smile.
September 21st, 2009
Dental bridges are artificial teeth that are anchored onto existing teeth in order to restore the natural appearance of a full set. They can be used to fill one or more empty spaces in the tooth line. The artificial tooth is known as the pontic and fused between two crowns which are attached to teeth either side of the gap, forming a bridge between them.
Dental bridges are needed to help restore a healthy looking smile and appearance, but can also have some other cosmetic advantages. They can help improve bite by preventing the existing teeth on either side of the gap leaning into the space, which alters the way the top and bottom teeth sit together. In a similar way they can also help prevent any changes in profile brought about by missing teeth. Dental bridges can also help prevent gum disease by stopping food and bacteria accumulating in the gap.
There is several types of dental bridge, but the most commonly used is the traditional fixed bridge, where the pontic (usually ceramic) is anchored to the neighbouring teeth. These bridges are fixed and cannot be removed. Resin-bonded bridges are when a false two is banded to the neigbouring teeth with metal strips secured with resin. Cantilevered dental bridges are only used when there is only a tooth on one side of the gap, so the bridge must be anchored to more than one tooth on that side
The procedure usually involves several visits to the dentist where he will assess what bridge is most suitable and make a mold of the teeth. On successive appointments a City of London dentist will construct the bridge. This may take more than one procedure, as crowns may need to set before being attached to the artificial tooth.
With the correct care a dental bridge can last up to seven years, and can help improve the condition of the teeth and gums around it. Good standards of oral hygiene and regular dental check ups will prolong its life and leave you with the smile you always wanted.
September 21st, 2009
Everyone knows the old adage ‘Look after your teeth now and they’ll last you a lifetime’. Good standards of oral hygiene and regular dental check ups can prevent massive future expenditure on dental treatment. But in these times of economic worry many don’t see going to the dentist as a priority. While in some ways this is understandable, you do have to consider what the future might hold. A few skipped visits to the dentists and you might miss the onset of tooth decay and gum disease. A few years down the line and you’re have to pay huge sums of money to have a dental bridge or a crown. A few pounds spent now could save you hundreds down the line. Speculating to accumulate, although in this case there is nothing to speculate about.
Another factor to consider is that an overall state of economic depression could increase the need to see a dentist. Stress is one of the major factors that causes bruxism, otherwise known as grinding of the teeth. This can have a serious impact on the bite and will eventually erode enamel exposing the tooth to cavity forming bacteria. Also during recessions people’s diets tend to get worse. They eat cheaper food with higher sugar content which can be very bad for the teeth.
So, although it is understandable that the dentist might not be top of the priority list, when times are tough you really can’t afford not to see a London dentist.
September 20th, 2009
Having one or more missing teeth can really affect your confidence to smile. More than that, it might be adversely affecting your bite (the way the top and bottom teeth sit together). In more extreme circumstances, it can cause speech impediments, increased risk of gum disease and tooth decay, and joint disorders such as TMJ.
It is also important to have missing teeth bridged to prevent existing teeth sliding into the space causing poor alignment and ultimately a poor profile. Dental also bridges protect against gum disease
One of the answers to missing teeth is a dental bridge. Dental bridges use artificial implants anchored to existing teeth to give the impression of a continued tooth line. The most common form of bridges are: the conventional bridge, where crowns are attached to teeth either side of the gap supporting the artificial tooth (like a bridge); the bonded bridge, when the adjacent teeth are in such good condition that the new tooth can be bonded to them with resin and metal strips; and the cantilevered bridge, when there are existing teeth on only one side of the gap. In the case of cantilevered bridges, the bridge will need to be attached to two or more teeth for stability.
Dental bridges can be fitted in two or visits to the dentist and if properly maintained will last between five and seven years. Their cost will vary according to the condition of the existing teeth and the type of bridge required by the patient. There is no need to suffer the embarrassment of missing teeth. Ask a London dentist about dental bridges.
July 12th, 2009
Dentistry is not all about preventing and curing dental problems. Cosmetic dentistry is a field of dentistry which involves various procedures in beautifying your teeth and smile. It includes teeth alignment and other related procedures.
A missing tooth is all that it takes to tamper a beautiful smile. But it is not just about your appearance. Missing teeth are also responsible for a change in occlusion, shifting of teeth, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ), speech impairments and a greater of chance of tooth decay. There are two solutions to replacing the missing teeth problem namely dental bridges and implants.
Dental bridges involve the creation of a bridge that fits the prepared teeth perfectly. Most dentists in and around the City of London prefer dental bridges to dental implants though it is the personal choice of the dentist as to which method he must employ. Dental bridges are observed to be more durable and with proper oral care it is possible that your dental bridge lasts for several years.
Dental implants involve slightly higher investment which has its own risks. Implants generally cost to the tune of tens of thousands of pounds whereas dental bridges cost around one thousand pounds. Dental implants are a time consuming procedure and they are more tedious if there are several implants to be administered. Also, dental implants are accompanied by pain which generally haunts the patient for some days after the surgery.
In other words, dental implants are a costly affair when compared to dental bridges and hence you must zero in on an experienced and skilled dentist to do the job. Dental bridges have lesser hassles comparatively and hence are more preferred among the two.
June 6th, 2009
If you need full mouth dentures, or a bridge, you will find that a City of London dentist can meet all of your needs. This includes repairing old dentures, as well as fitting you for new ones. Aside from this, your dentist will also be able to help you if you wind up with infections, or other issues that are associated with dentures.
Consider a situation where you have worn dentures for many years. Even though the appliance may look just fine, it may no longer fit properly. Unfortunately, changes in your gums and jaw bones may be causing the denture to lose the proper amount of suction. In most cases, when you see your dentist for a refitting, he/she can reline the denture. This will help ensure that the denture fits properly again.
Depending on the situation, your dentist may also want to examine your gums and do an x-ray of the underlying bones. If there is a severe amount of erosion, your regular dentist may want you to see a periodontist. Regardless of the types of procedures that need to be done, you can rest assured that you will be able to wear your dentures comfortably for years to come.
Many people today do not have the benefit of a full mouth of natural teeth. At the same time, just because you have dentures, there is no need to suffer with ones that don’t fit properly. If you do not take care of these issues, you may wind up with gum abscesses, as well as create an excessive amount of wear on your jaw bones. As a result, if you notice even slight changes in the way your dentures fit, it will be to your advantage to see your dentist and have the matter resolved.
May 24th, 2009
If you are missing two or three adjacent teeth, you may feel that it is better to get a dental bridge as opposed to implants. Today, your London dentist can make these bridges, as well as ensure that they are as comfortable and attractive as possible. In most cases, you will be very surprised by the number of options that are available to you.
Consider a situation where you needed to have a number of front teeth removed. While you may feel relieved to have gotten rid of buck teeth, or overcrowded ones, you may still feel a bit upset to have a huge gaping hole in front of your mouth. On the other hand, if implants are beyond your budgetary means, you may find that you can afford to get dental bridges. Aside from being cheaper, you will also have an easier time chewing your foods properly. This will also help reduce placing an excessive burden on your existing natural teeth.
Even though you may develop one mechanism or another for dealing with missing teeth, eventually you will wind up with all kinds of dietary and health problems. Among other things, when you are missing your teeth, it is much harder to chew healthy foods such as nuts, raw fruits, and raw vegetables. This, in turn can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, cancer, and many other problems.
It is very important to do what you can to have those teeth replaced. Regardless of whether you choose to get resin dental bridges or ones made of more durable material, you will look and feel much better. At the same time, you will also have peace of mind knowing that you can look forward to a future where you are not at such a high risk of developing health issues associated with missing teeth.
March 13th, 2009
Having a gap in your teeth could make anyone conscious of their smiles. Aside from the aesthetic aspect, missing teeth could actually result to bite problems such as malocclusion and TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder). One of the favorite solutions used by City of London dentists is dental bridge.
These dental bridges have been used for replacing lost teeth just like partial dentures and implants. There are actually three kinds: conventional, cantilever and resin-bonded.
• Conventional and cantilever – these types require the shaping of teeth surrounding the missing tooth. After, crowns will be placed and then attached to the artificial tooth.
• Resin-bonded – this type does not require much preparation of the surrounding tooth. For this reason, it is the preferred dental bridge for missing front teeth as long as the gums are quite healthy and the adjacent teeth have no extensive fillings.
The entire dental bridge procedure will usually require two to three visits.
• First Visit – your dentist will check your overall oral health to see if you are qualified for a dental bridge procedure.
• Second Visit – an impression of your teeth will be taken in order to allow the dental technician to precisely fabricate the dental bridge according to your needs. A temporary bridge will be fitted to protect your gums and teeth from further damage.
• Third Visit – the temporary bridge is removed and the permanent one is put in place.
The cost of a dental bridge can range between $1000 and $3000. Your City of London dentist will help you choose one that will meet your needs and at the same time, will not break the bank.
February 1st, 2009
City of London dentists use various types of dental bridges in order to replace teeth that are missing or that require extraction. Depending on the situation there are several types of bridges that can be made by your City of London dentist, which include traditional bridges, canti-lever bridges, and resin-retained bridges. After a complete dental examination and discussion with you, your dentist will create a treatment plan in order to properly restore your missing teeth. The different types of bridges will be discussed, along which the dentist’s opinion about which one is best for you. The area of your mouth to be worked on will be numbed with local anaesthesia, and your adjacent existing teeth will be prepared to accept a dental bridge. This is performed using special dental drills. An impression of your teeth is then made using a putty material, as well as an opposing impression and bite registration. A shade is then chosen, and these are sent to a dental laboratory for them to fabricate your bridge. An interim bridge is then made for you to wear until the final bridge is returned from the lab. This interim bridge will keep your teeth from shifting and provide coverage to exposed dentin in order to prevent tooth sensitivity. Teeth that are not replaced may lead to bite and temporomandibular joint problems.