December 20th, 2017
The British Dental Association has raised concerns over a lack of funding for NHS dental services. According to research cited by the BDA, real-term spending on dental care has fallen by £7.50 per head in England.
A new study shows that spending on NHS dental care has decreased, despite the fact that charges for treatment have risen by up to 80 percent. The BDA suggests that a shortage of cash is now contributing to problems with access to NHS treatment, with many patients across the country finding it difficult to get an appointment with a local dentist.
Chair of the BDA’s General Dental Practice Committee, Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, has accused successive governments of failing to provide sufficient funding for an affective NHS dental care system and criticised ministers for hiking charges at the same time as cutting budgets. The BDA also claims that the government has been extremely slow to bring about changes in the dental contract and stated that NHS dental services shouldn’t be a “postcode lottery.”
A recent investigation showed that 24 local authorities in England currently have no dental practices accepting new NHS adult patients. Recently, it was revealed that no clinics are taking on new patients in Jeremy Hunt’s constituency, South West Surrey, and the BDA is hoping that this will spur on a response to a situation that is getting worse by the day.
March 14th, 2013
Wisdom teeth can cause all manner of problems when they are due to come through. For a start, they can become impacted because there simply isn’t the room to erupt into, meaning they can grow in all manner of directions and in doing so, can be very painful; it’s a painful time anyway if they do come through. For some people, aside from the eruption into the mouth, the wisdom teeth pose no problems at all and they will last quite happily for a lifetime. But for impacted or crooked teeth, it is advisable to remove them and this isn’t the easiest of procedures, especially if they are not showing. The roots on wisdom teeth are huge, they don’t give up their home lightly and it can often take a lot of force to get them to give in- this can be quite a dangerous job as it can cause damage throughout the head. You can have the teeth removed one by one using only a local anaesthetic by your dentist, but the common trend with wisdom teeth is to have them all pulled at once in hospital in London and where you have 24 hour monitoring of the situation until you are ready to leave. You have to be vigilant as well after the event in order to avoid infection; smoking is definitely out as it will impede the healing process and you need to use a medicated mouthwash until you are completely through the problem.
January 15th, 2013
If you have recently moved to central London or recently started a family, you’ll need to evaluate the dentist you use. If you are single, finding a dentist can be a bit of a lottery, but with a few rules in hand, you can get through this a lot easier than you think. You should always consider a dentist in close proximity to where you work so that you can nip out to be seen. The choice of dentist can be made with the wisdom of work colleagues; find out which dentists they use and how they rate them. Of course, it’s always important to go along to the surgery and have a ‘gander’ yourself. Talk to the dentists, look at the equipment they have and check out the surgery completely until you are happy. Similarly, these rules apply to finding a dentist for your children as well, although, a child will be more demanding as their teeth go through a lot of changes as they grow. Finding a dentist that will nurture them through these years will not only be a comfort to the child, but will enable the dentist to build up a good historical record as well. Also, your child may need orthodontic work done in the future which will involve increased visits; having the dentist nearby will help keep down travel costs. Finally, trust your instincts- you should at least like the look of the person who is going to treat you!
September 29th, 2012
If you decide to move away from home and move to somewhere as vibrant as central London, even with your family, there are weeks of familiarising yourself with the lie of the land, and somewhere in all of this, will be to find yourself a dentist. Now there are a few rules attached with your decision, because you are about to let a complete stranger into your mouth. Firstly, you could try asking friends, neighbours or work colleagues who they go to, this may give you your first direction to head- if you’re brave, pick one from a directory. Then, the next thing to do is go in and meet your potential dentist, look around the surgery and see how modern it is, because some surgeries are technologically behind others in the treatment they offer: discuss payment plans and insurance policies- essentially, get all the information you need to make an informed decision. Another important factor behind your choice comes if you have children. There is a good chance that one or all of them may need some form of tooth alignment at some point in the future. This will mean lots of visits to the dentist, so you should choose one that is close, otherwise, you will be forking out on a lot of travelling. Finally, when it comes to children, they like familiarity and it is always good to have a dentist that is going to grow alongside them and chart their dental history, and be able to set up a rapport with them.
August 21st, 2012
Root canal treatment has always been a touchy subject to talk about for some people in central London and that’s because it’s a generational thing. When this treatment leaped onto the scene, it was a marvellous leap forward in the treatment of tooth decay. But with any idea, you need the tools to carry it out with, which is why there are so many painful horror stories attached to having your ‘roots’ done. Essentially, what is involved in this treatment is to first get inside the tooth and remove the infected pulp, then comes the tricky part, the removal of the roots. Now roots grow how they want to and can twist and turn, making it difficult to drill the roots out; in extreme cases, the gum would have to be cut and an entry made from the side of the tooth. When the roots were finally removed, then the tooth could be disinfected and crowned. Wind forward to the present and the process of the treatment hasn’t changed at all, but the tools most certainly have. We now live in the age of the laser and this gets the job done so much easier and without any pain whatsoever. Many dentists use lasers in the treatment today so you should try it if you have let your teeth decay and help dispel the myths surrounding root canals- whatever way you go, it may just save your tooth.
August 20th, 2012
Oral surgery can take many specialist forms in dentistry in the city of London and depending upon the nature of the surgery, will require specialist surgeons to carry out the specialist tasks, being that there are so many complex areas of the mouth that can go wrong. It is probably safe to say that any alterations done are some form of surgery which arises from things going wrong in the mouth. Disease and decay can be seen as minor forms of surgery, as they require reconstruction of some degree to rectify what has gone wrong and will involve people like a dentist versed in the field of endodontics. Periodontist will carry out procedures that affect diseased gums and deep tooth decay that has stared to threaten the health of the jawbone. Injury can affect the mouth in many ways- to start with, damaged teeth need to be repaired, but blows to the mouth can also affect the jawbone and surgery here requires the services of possibly a maxillofacial surgeon who may have to rebuild the jaw joints. Such problems to the jaw also arise out of teeth grinding and spread throughout the head and neck and into the back- this can also interfere with the spinal cord and then this requires the work of a neurosurgeon to put right. Even cosmetic dentistry that includes the placement of dental implants can be included into the world of oral surgery. Modern dentistry has splintered into specialised fields which has moved the understanding in every part of the mouth forwards year by year, which as a patient, means you are getting an incredible amount of experienced professionals delivering the most advanced knowledge to help to put you right if things go wrong.
August 18th, 2012
For all its brash boasts of advances in technology and treatments, some people in London people still ‘hate’ going to the dentists and seems that it is going to take a while, if ever, before we arrive at the point where, in some of our minds, going to the dentists is going to be a pleasurable experience, and you better believe it, dentists know this only too well, for an uncomfortable patient that may well be suffering from dental phobia is hard to treat. However, there is common ground for both parties and its called sedation. In some cases, it is the only way to get good dental care administered to the patient. Sedation techniques come in many guises and so as the patient, you should really sit down with your dentist and discuss the options before you undergo treatment. Of course, you also have to evaluate the levels of anxiety you have about the dentists before you can be sedated in the right way. More familiar techniques can be anything from a local anaesthetic to laughing gas that leaves you partially conscious throughout the treatment to being knocked out altogether- what also factors in this is the extent of the treatment you are having done. There are newer techniques of sedation being introduced into dental surgeries which involve hypnotherapy and the use of herbal incense and oils being used before treatments. You need to sit down and evaluate the way you can get your dental treatment done if you have any phobias or fears running around your head, but you do have the power to choose the way you are sedated during treatment.
July 26th, 2012
As with any form of cancer, catching it early can be life saving. When it comes to oral cancer your London dentist will be able to keep a look out for any early signs when you go for your regular visit. It is equally important that you learn some of the symptoms yourself in order to do self-inspections. Luckily the cancer treatments are improving every day and there are now a range of possible treatments that can help you in the unfortunately event that you develop oral cancer.
Oral cancer is able to develop anywhere in the soft tissue of your mouth: lining, tongue or gums. Warning signs and symptoms of cancer can take a wide variety of forms. White or red patches form inside your mouth could be the beginnings of cancerous cells. Mouth ulcers that do not disappear after many weeks can develop with cancer. Pain in the mouth or any related area (jaw, throat, nose, ears, head) may be linked to cancer. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is important not to panic, these symptoms can also easily be the caused by more minor issues. You should visit your dentist for check up if you have any worries and if necessary they are able to refer you to specialists.
No one can completely protect themselves from cancer but there are preventative measures that can be taken, primarily this involves avoiding carcinogenic materials. By a long way smoking is the most major cause of oral cancer. Quitting as soon as possible will have huge benefits to your chances of developing oral cancer and to your general health.
July 25th, 2012
All it takes is a simple examination for your Central London dentist to diagnose tooth abscess. If caught early, treatment for tooth abscess will be less time and money consuming. It will also be less painful for you, the patient. Your dentist may ask you to get x-rays in order to determine how severe the infection is. Tooth abscess can spread infection to bone around the tooth, and in the worst cases can spread from tooth, to jaw, to the rest of your body.
The most common treatment for a tooth abscess is a root canal. The procedure is relatively simple and involves your dentist drilling into the tooth to drain the infection and clean out the area, they will then place a filling or crown over the previously infected area to stop reinfection and protect the tooth in the future. In more severe cases of tooth abscess, patients will lose their infected tooth and the infection will need to be drained through the empty socket. Draining the infection through a small incision in the gums is an alternative procedure. Healing is aided by antibiotics to prevent further infection. Pain medication is also prescribed or taken over the counter. Some dentists recommend gargling with warm salt water to help with pain and swelling during the healing process.
Tooth abscess is a serious cause for concern and should be discussed with your dentist straight away. Luckily the main forms of treatments can normally be performed quickly and on the spot, and although recovery may take a few days in total, you will notice an immediate relief of pain and swelling from the removal of the infection.
July 21st, 2012
Root canal treatment is also referred to as endodontic retreatment. Root canal treatment is a beneficial dental procedure performed by your dentist in Central London that is used for the treatment of infection caused by bacteria in the root canal system of your tooth.
Root canal treatment is a common solution to tooth abscess and is usually performed under sedation. The pulp chamber of the tooth is drilled for the safe removal of infection. Nerves are also removed from the root canal of the tooth and then the root canal along with the pulp chamber are patched with a filling. The benefit of root canal treatment is that it still preserves the original tooth after a tooth abscess with a crown placement.
There is some stigma against root canal treatment as many people fear the amount of pain involved in the procedure. However, most patients who have had root canal treatment will tell you that the surgery caused only minimal discomfort. The discomfort of the root canal treatment is inconsequential to the suffering caused by untreated infection in a tooth.
Modern anaesthetics allow a quick and painless surgery; you will be left with only numbness. If you would like to know more about root canal treatment, take courage and have a chat with your dentist. They will be able to talk through in detail the process and necessity of having your root canal treatment.