November 22nd, 2010
Over time, our teeth can take quick a battering causing cracks, wear and decay and if unchecked, can lead to more serious problems. It can also affect the aesthetics of the overall look of the mouth and the smile. According to most dentists in London, this is the time that action is needed and crowns may be the answer. Crowns cover an existing tooth that has been damaged by an injury or decay, or can be fitted over an implant to replace a missing tooth. The procedure is fairly straight forward, with the tooth having to be prepared first. The teeth will be cleaned and then moulds taken so that the new crown can be manufactured to size and cemented over the existing tooth. What type of crown you choose depends on your individual vanity requirements. Porcelain crowns are the more cosmetically popular because they posses the most natural translucent appearance. But the problem of an all-porcelain crown lies in its strength; therefore, they are the more obvious choice for teeth at the front of the mouth. Where the majority of biting and chewing is done at the back of the mouth, a dentist may advise on a stronger crown, such as the porcelain-fused-over metal type. In both cases, porcelain crowns are very cosmetically rewarding and if treated with care, very durable, lasting up to 15 years. Costs are reasonable too, and comparable with other cosmetic treatments, starting from £150 per tooth.
October 15th, 2010
Sometimes after a dental operation there can be side effects or health consequences that you need to be aware of. One of the most common is called dry socket and will require treatment from your Central London dentist. Dry sockets occur when teeth have been extracted and blood clots form in the hole left by the missing tooth. If for any reason this clot gets washed away then it can leave the sensitive area and even the bone exposed to bacteria found in the mouth. I’m sure you don’t need to be told to imagine the wider health consequences this could have for the health of your mouth. Certain factors make patients more susceptible to dry sockets. These include smoking, diabetes and female patients who are using birth control medication.
One of the main symptoms of dry sockets is pain. This will initially occur around the area of the missing tooth but can quickly spread to other areas of the mouth if not treated quickly. This pain is often very severe and can’t be controlled with over-the-counter medication. The other main symptoms are a very bad taste in the mouth and having bad breath as a result of the infection that develops.
It is always, therefore, a good idea to keep an eye on any areas that have been the sight of a recent extraction or other dental surgery. If you suspect that you may be suffering, you need to make an appointment as soon as possible with your dentist. They will take an x-ray to examine for any signs of infection and then treat the area according to your needs.
However, the best way to avoid dry sockets is to make sure that your teeth are clean and in good condition before any kind of dental surgery. This can significantly reduce the chances of suffering.
August 15th, 2010
Teeth can be knocked out in many situations. It could be as the result of a sporting injury, a motor accident or even as the result of a particularly nasty disagreement. But having a tooth knocked out is never a laughing matter. Not only will a missing tooth spoil the appearance of the smile but it will also be very painful and cause all sorts of dental problems in the future if the damage is not repaired.
There are a number of ways your Central London dentist can replace your missing tooth and restore both the appearance and the functionality. This could involve using a dental implant or even a partial denture. However, one of the most effective and popular choices is the dental bridge.
A dental bridge is just as it sounds, an artificial tooth that literally bridges the gap created by the missing tooth. The artificial tooth, or pontic from the Latin for ‘bridge’, will be attached by either two dental crowns or resin bonded strips. This will very much depend on the condition of the adjacent teeth.
The dental bridge will last up to fifteen years if it is properly cared for with effective brushing and flossing. The other major advantage of the dental bridge is the cost. When compared to other dental substitutes, the dental bridge is very cheap yet still very effective. You may have to be slightly careful when eating harder foods but other than that, the dental bridge will behave and appear just like a real tooth. If you have suffered a knocked out tooth or need to replace an old dental substitution then make an appointment to discuss dental bridges with your Central London dentist.
July 5th, 2010
If you are suffering from a missing tooth that is spoiling the appearance of your smile, you may want to consider a dental bridge to restore the appearance of your smile. Dental bridges are one of the most common ways of restoring missing teeth and giving you back a healthy and happy smile.
A dental bridge is made by using dental crowns attached to the adjacent teeth and an artificial tooth attached to the crowns to literally bridge the gap. The crowns are fixed to the teeth on either side and left to set for a few weeks. When this has happened the dentist will then attach the bridging tooth, also known as the pontic, using resin bonding and small strips of metal. In some cases, if the teeth are in very good condition, the dentist may simply attach the pontic using resin bonded strips to save removing healthy enamel in order to fix the crowns. In cases where there are only teeth on one side, it is possible to manufacture a cantilevered bridge.
Dental bridges can last up to twenty years if they are properly maintained but in most cases last between ten and fifteen. They are a valuable way of creating the appearance of a full set of healthy teeth and also serve a useful physiological purpose, acting as a rigid structure for the facial tissue. They also have fairly obvious aesthetic purposes.
There are other ways to replace missing teeth available from London dentists that include dental implants and partial dentures but a dental bridge is very often the most affordable option. Discuss with your dentist your options to replace your missing tooth and to find out more about dental bridges and their potential benefits for your smile.
April 9th, 2010
If you have ever lost a tooth you will know that not only is it a painful experience, whether lost to dental trauma or decay, but also that the missing tooth can be a source of great embarrassment, especially if it is in a prominent place in the mouth. Missing teeth can make patients reluctant to smile and be the source of underlying self-confidence issues.
There are also a number of health reasons why missing teeth can cause problems. The space left by a tooth can be a shelter for bacteria, which can then cause other oral health problems. Other teeth can also lean into the vacant space causing alignment issues and also interrupting bite. Therefore it is very important to try and replace the missing tooth with a dental substitute. One of the most common and certainly the most realistic is a dental implant.
Dental implants involve placing a titanium screw into the jawbone to act as a base for an artificial crown. Because they are the only replacement to restore the whole of the tooth from root to crown, they are sturdier than other dental substitutes such as dental bridges and partial dentures. They also do not prohibit the eating of certain foods which can be the case with these restorations.
Dental implants are also permanent and will not require updating at any point in the future. Once it has been implanted and fused with the tissue and the bone it almost becomes as much a part of the mouth as a real tooth. London dentists can also use a series of mini dental implants to act as a base for a set of dentures. This removes the need for messy adhesives and also alleviates the anxiety of loose dentures.
February 22nd, 2010
A dental implant is the most realistic and permanent way of replacing a missing tooth. It is the only kind of dental replacement that replaces the whole of the tooth, including the root, to provide the most stable and realistic alternative. Because dental implants replace the whole tooth they are often a little more expensive and take a little longer to fit than other dental substitutes but they are the only replacement that will last for the rest of your life.
Other dental prosthetics such as partial dentures and even dental bridges will last between ten and twenty years depending on how they are cared for. An implant is a completely permanent restoration that carries out all the functions of a real tooth. It alleviates any anxiety that the replacement may break and allows patients to eat exactly what they want.
The implant itself is a small titanium screw that is drilled into a hole in the jawbone itself. This sounds like a more unpleasant procedure than it actually is. Once secure, it is left for a number of weeks or months, depending on the patient, so that it can fuse with bone and muscle tissue to feel exactly like a real tooth root. This process is called osseointergration and is the secret behind the solidity of a dental implant. A post and artificial tooth are the attached to the implant. The whole process will take a few months from start to finish but the results are well worth the added time of treatment.
Dental implants from a London dentist vary according to the nature of treatment required. Although more expensive than a dental bridge or denture. An implant will never need replacing and is far less likely to break than a less permanent replacement.
November 23rd, 2009
One of the most common ways of replacing a missing tooth is to have a dental bridge fitted. A dentist will secure two crowns on either side of the gap and bridge the hole using an artificial tooth, creating the appearance of a real tooth.
People can be missing teeth for a number of reasons. One of the most common causes for missing teeth is sporting injury or other head trauma. Having a missing tooth can be very embarrassing as it is very hard to disguise. It can be the cause of self-confidence and esteem issues and make people reluctant to make eye contact. Furthermore, missing teeth can also have a physiological impact on the patient. Missing teeth can cause other teeth in the dental arc to move around creating a disruption to the bite. This can a source of great irritation and even cause painful grinding of teeth, known as bruxism, or jaw conditions known as TMJs. Missing teeth can also cause the facial tissues to sag which can be irreversible if not addressed in time.
Dental bridges are the most common solution and also one of the most affordable. They are fixed substitutes that create the impression of a real tooth. There are three main kinds of dental bridge called the traditional fixed bridge, the resin bonded bridge and the cantilever bridge, which are used according to the condition of the remaining real teeth.
If properly maintained and cleaned, a dental bridge can last up to ten years before it needs to be replaced. It acts as a realistic substitute for a real tooth and support for facial muscles. More importantly it creates the aesthetic impression or healthy teeth removing the need to feel embarrassed. If you are suffering from a missing tooth or considering having an earlier dental substitute replaced, ask a City of London dentist about dental bridges.
November 8th, 2009
Having a missing tooth or teeth can be the source of great embarrassment and the root of self-confidence and esteem issues. After all, we all want to have a perfect smile and a missing tooth is a definite barrier to that, but a missing tooth can have other health implications beyond the psychological.
If there is a tooth missing in the dental arc it can cause all the other teeth to lean into the space. This can cause alignment issues that can also affect bite, causing irritation and the development of painful jaw conditions called TMJ. It can also be the case that a missing tooth can cause sagging of the facial tissue. Teeth act as rigid supports for the facial muscles and if they are missing the muscles can lapse giving a sunken and unhealthy appearance to the face. Therefore it is important to replace the missing tooth as soon as possible to limit the effects of a missing tooth.
There are several options for patients with missing teeth. A dental bridge or partial denture provide a more flexible and short-term solution to a missing tooth but many patients find these too flimsy or unstable to be comfortable. One form of artificial tooth provides a stable and realistic replacement for a real tooth and as such is increasingly becoming the choice of substitute for patients. A dental implant is a solid metal screw that is secured directly into the jawbone, to which an artificial crown is attached. Because the implant is anchored to the jaw itself it provides a level of stability second only to a real tooth. With the advances in ceramic technology, the attached crown can also be incredibly lifelike and does not prohibit the eating of certain foods like bridges or dentures.
Dental implants can usually be fitted in two or three sessions with the dentist. The screw will be implanted during the first session and then allowed to fuse with the bone and gum in a process called osseointergration. This usually takes two to three weeks before the remaining parts of the implant can be secured. If you are suffering the embarrassment of a missing tooth or are unhappy with an existing substitute, ask a City of London dentist about dental implants.
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
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.