September 10th, 2010
Dental bridges are an effective and solid way of replacing missing teeth that have been lost either to dental decay or some kind of physical trauma. The bridge fills the gap left by a missing tooth with an artificial tooth attached on either side by a dental crowns or resin-bonded strips.
When tooth enamel is worn away either by plaque or bacteria acid, the central part of the tooth can be exposed to infection and decay. If this is not addressed it will eventually lead to the tooth dying and falling out. This will leave a very noticeable and often embarrassing hole in the dental arc. Not only this, but it can often be very painful and can lead to further dental complications. This is because the hollow left by a missing tooth is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which can cause further decay and infection.
Tooth can also be encouraged to lean and rotate if the tooth next to it is lost for whatever reason. This is why Central London dentists always recommend replacing lost teeth with dental substitutes. There are other ways or replacing teeth such as dental implants and partial dentures, but the dental bridge is the most popular. This is because it is both cost effective and functional. The bridge is attached firmly using dental crowns and if it is maintained properly it can last for up to fifteen years. Caring for your dental bridge is very similar to caring for your teeth. Brushing and flossing will remove plaque and bacteria and also keep the teeth free from discolouration and staining.
Find out more about dental bridges and other dental restorations by asking your dentist at your next appointment.
July 15th, 2010
There are few dental treatments that cause as much fear and anxiety as the root canal treatment. Everybody has probably heard the tales about the dentist’s drill and the excruciating pain, but just what is the truth behind this much-feared procedure?
In reality, using anaesthetic and modern treatment methods there really is no reason a root canal should be any more painful than having a filling and if anything could be responsible for bringing an end to the pain of dental infection. Root canals are needed when dental decay has led to the formation of a dental infection in the central part of the tooth. This can be very painful because this is where the very sensitive dental nerve is located.
If this infection is not treated in time it could lead to even more extreme pain, the spread of the infection and the loss of the tooth. With a root canal, the dentist aims to make a hole to gain access to the root part of the tooth. This is accomplished either using a drill or in modern times even with a dental laser. Once inside the root, the City of London dentist will attempt to remove all the infected matter from inside the tooth. They will then fill the cavity with medicine and seal it using filling material and then possibly secure the tooth with a dental crown.
This will kill the infection and ultimately preserve the tooth, even if the dental nerve has for the most part been destroyed. The root canal has a bad reputation but if you’ve ever suffered from severe toothache and had the pain relieved by a root canal you will know this reputation is unjustified.
February 3rd, 2010
Dental decay can be very damaging to the health of your teeth. It can be the cause of tremendous pain due to the exposure of the dental nerve to extremes of hot and cold and other stimuli. Once decay has penetrated the protective enamel layer this also exposes the softer central part of the tooth to bacteria and the possibility of infection. Should infection take hold in the central cavity the body will produce excess white blood cells to combat it. These white blood cells battle the infected material and eventually produce an unpleasant and nasty smelling substance called pus.
This pus can build up in pockets in the gum and around the tooth causing isolated swellings called abscesses. These areas can be very sensitive and can make even the simplest everyday activity such as talking and eating extremely difficult or even impossible. Furthermore, it is possible for the abscesses to swell to such a point that they become unstable. In these circumstances even a small knock can cause the abscess to burst. Not only will this be extremely unpleasant but it can also lead to a very dangerous infection spreading around the mouth and into the bloodstream. Recent studies have proved a link between dental infection and heart disease, and even strokes so it is important to prevent any dental infection entering the blood stream.
Visiting a City of London dentist every six months can help prevent dental decay reaching a point where it breeches the enamel and prevent infections and abscesses before they have time to start. If you think you have may have a dental abscess it is important to make an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible to prevent the spread of infection to other teeth. Treatment may involve anti-biotics and even tissue removal in extreme circumstances but the earlier the infection or abscess is treated the less severe the treatment will need to be.