June 6th, 2018
Researchers from Queen Mary University of London claim to have made a major breakthrough in the development of a material, which could put a stop to painful dental decay.
Scientists believe that they have created a material, which could facilitate enamel regeneration, preventing sensitivity and reducing the risk of cavities. The outer surface of the tooth is covered by enamel, the hardest substance in the body. Although enamel is incredibly hardwearing and durable, it cannot regrow once it is worn or damaged. Approximately 50 percent of the global population suffers from dental pain linked to decay or enamel erosion.
The London researchers have developed a means of growing mineralised materials, which would make the regeneration of hard tissues, such as bone and tooth enamel, possible. The team has identified a form of protein, which is capable of triggering the formation and growth of crystals in a way that mimics the development of enamel. The findings of the study have been published in the Nature Communications journal.
Dr Sherif Elsharkawy, co-author and dentist, explained that the study is “exciting” because the versatility of the “mineralisation platform” offers myriad opportunities to regenerate tissue within the body. Fellow author, Professor Alvaro Mata, hailed the research as a “key discovery”, which works by regulating and taking advantage of the protein’s ability to trigger and control the mineralisation process. By finding a way to exploit the proteins, the team worked on a technique that enables them to “easily grow synthetic materials.”
August 7th, 2012
Sensitive teeth are literally a touchy subject: in the city of London, life can be stressful enough, so the last thing you need are teeth that are sensitive to everyday activities such as breathing in cool air, eating and drinking, it could just push you over the edge. If you suffer from this condition, you require an examination from your dentist and an x-ray to identify what’s wrong; you may also be quizzed about your oral habits, from eating to cleaning. It could be that you- grind and/or clench your teeth, suffer from tooth decay or maybe your gums are receding. Once the problem has been identified, then your dentist can treat you, by deep cleaning your teeth, or by a filling or root canal treatment. They can even put a varnish on or fit dental sealants to protect the surfaces of your teeth. However, the rest is down to you and maybe it’s time to review your oral hygiene from cleaning to eating and then improve it. Fluoride re-mineralises the enamel of the teeth and so you could increase the amount you take in through your toothpaste and mouth-washes. You neither need nor want sensitive teeth, but with a little hard work, you can solve the problem.
July 7th, 2012
When summer comes about its nice to be able to enjoy a cold drink or an ice cream, but for many people such cold products can cause create discomfort and pain. Sensitive teeth effect a great many people, your City of London dentist has some recommendations of how it can be reduced. Not can it make eating and drinking less enjoyable but sensitivity can be a symptom of a deeper problem.
Sensitivity occurs when the enamel of your teeth has been worn away and exposed the inner dentin. Dentin is a softer material than enamel and more sensitive to change in temperature. Today a very common cause for the disappearance of our enamel is acid erosion. From soft drinks, fruit juices and alcohol our diets are becoming increasingly acidic. Acid soften your enamel, which is then more easily worn away when it comes into contact within anything. Reducing consumption of acidic foods and drinks should stop your teeth from becoming sensitive. There are many reasons that enamel can be damaged and eroded from tooth decay to gum disease and physical injuries. Having a strict dental routine of brushing and flossing twice a day will keep most of these dangers at bay.
If you are already experiencing sensitive teeth there are a few forms of treatment. For at home use there are a variety of tooth pastes that are specially designed to help combat teeth sensitivity, these should be your first port of call. For more serious cases you should visit your dentist to speak within them about professional treatments methods such as a fluoride spray which may help to restore some defences to your teeth.
May 25th, 2012
Sensitive teeth can be a serious problem on a daily basis in the city of London, stopping you from doing things, eating and drinking things and just down right irritating. The causes are many: over exuberant brushing can wear down the enamel and destroy the gums around the base of the teeth.
Tooth decay can also affect the way your teeth react to temperature and chewing. Gum disease can cause the gums to recede hence exposing sensitive part of the tooth below the gum-line. Teeth grinding and bleaching can also have the same affect. Whatever the causes, you should treat it as best you can; changing your brush to softer bristles and switching toothpaste to a more sensitive one can have immediate effects and take away the pain; fluoride mouth-washes are also very good for this.
You also have your dentist to fall back on with some of these problems; a filling should clear up any problems with tooth decay. As for the exposed areas of the teeth, you can opt for several methods; it is possible to coat the teeth with fluoride varnishes or gels in order to cover the problem. You can also have a dental sealant placed over the exposed areas for protection. Of course, if you grind your teeth, you should really have a mouth-guard fitted in order to protect the enamel from being ground away.
March 21st, 2009
Any discomfort or pain you experience from drinking either hot or cold foods and drinks can be attributed to sensitive teeth. Although this dental condition is not as serious as the other oral problems, it could be quite uncomfortable. In order to address sensitive teeth, you will need the help of a London dentist.
Sensitive teeth can be the result of the removal of the cementum or enamel of the tooth, exposing its dentin. There are actually two kinds: dentinal sensitivity and pulpal sensitivity. Dentinal sensitivity could be due to the following:
• Brushing too hard
• Poor and/or improper oral hygiene
• Tooth wear
• Cracked filling or leak
• Receding gums
• Gum surgery
• Excessive use of tooth whitening products
• Eating acidic foods and beverages
On the other hand, pulpal sensitivity, which affects the root of the tooth, could be due to:
• Infection or decay
• Recent filling
• Pressure from teeth grinding or clenching
• Broken or cracked tooth
If you think you have sensitive dentist, it would be wise to seek proper attention form your dentist. a complete examination of your mouth will be done in order to pinpoint the exact cause of the sensitivity. In addition, you will undergo several tests to check whether you require a root canal treatment in order to save the tooth.
Other treatment options include mouthwashes, rinses, special toothpaste and even dental tools or appliance that could cure clenching and grinding. Your London dentist will be able to recommend the best treatment option based on your needs, preferences and even budget.
August 27th, 2008
Having sensitive teeth is something most of us have experienced. It is so common that many of the patients in London and around the world make toothpaste for sensitive teeth their brand of choice. Dentists in London report that the complaint they hear the most is that of patient’s teeth being very sensitive. It was found that one in five adults have some sort of tooth sensitivity.
Those who have sensitive teeth know that when something hot, cold, sweet, or sour is felt by the teeth, it gives off a sharp pain. It does not last long but the intensity of it is enough to make one stop and take notice. Some individuals have teeth that are so sensitive; a puff of cold air to the mouth will cause the pain to occur.
Most sensitivity of the teeth is a result of the enamel coating on the outside of the teeth being worn down. This enamel is the covering for the dentin and when it is gone, the pain occurs. This sensitivity can also be a result of someone who grinds their teeth, has missing fillings, has a tooth which has been cracked, disease of the gums, receding gums, plaque on the teeth, abrasive brushing, whitening of the teeth, eating foods that are acidic.
If the sensitivity gets worse, you should see a dentist who can help diagnose the problem and find ways to help the condition. They have a treatment known as iontophoresis that applies fluoride to the tooth through electrical currents to help the problem.
July 20th, 2008
Temporary fillings are just a provisional measure. There are placed due to various reasons, but ensure you have them replaced with permanent fillings.
A temporary filling (normally white, grey, or off-white) is placed if:
• You need more than a single visit for treatment.
• Your dentist in London wants to give your tooth a little time to heal.
• Your cavity is quite deep and the pulp (blood vessels and nerve) is exposed in the course of treatment.
• You require an immediate procedure to be performed.
Your tooth tends to feel much better after a temporary filling. The reason is because a filling closes up the tooth, safeguarding the pulp from being attacked by bacteria and lessening sensitivity.
Temporary fillings frequently consist of eugenol, an ingredient present in OTC toothache medications. Eugenol also is found in clove oil, which is very widely used for a toothache.
Temporary fillings are a short-term measure. Generally, within one or two months they wear out, fracture or fall out. If you have a temporary filling done, ensure you see your London dentist to have a permanent one done. If a permanent filling is not done, you may have an infected tooth or some other problems may develop.
July 20th, 2008
A lot of people I meet around London ask me direct questions about the procedures involved in cosmetic dentistry, and how much it will cost them. Cosmetic dentistry could supplement an already exemplary oral hygiene, or reverse the damage of dental erosion brought about by lifestyle choices (such as extreme addiction to candy floss or smoking). The cost of cosmetic dentistry varies from patient to patient, and mostly depends on the extensiveness of the procedures.One thing that will greatly magnify the cost and extensiveness of a cosmetic teeth restoration is gum disease. Before any procedure can be implemented, the gum or gingival disorder has to be treated and kept at bay. The initial dental clinic visits will determine whether a patient’s gums are healthy enough to accommodate cosmetic dental procedures or not. Some visible signs to look out for include bleeding gums, sensitivity to heat or cold, and changes in the physical appearance of the gums and teeth over time. Once successfully treated, the dentist will then recommend the best cosmetic procedures applicable to the patient.
Whilst the initial procedures could be the most complex, a patient should go back for consultation to maintain of the beauty of the rejuvenated teeth. These subsequent visits may involve touch up, cleaning and more advice on how to continue caring for a patient’s teeth and gums outside the dentist’s office. The patient must strictly abide by the recommended after-care programme for maintenance of his dental health. That last information is crucial and I constantly remind my patients to follow my guidelines.
July 20th, 2008
It is not difficult to maintain good oral hygiene; all you have to do is to follow these tips on oral hygiene. These tips are not difficult to follow; and you need not use any expensive equipment, potions or lotions to follow them.Bleeding gums is a problem most complaints dentists in London receive from their customers. However to cure this problem, you only have to examine the way you brush your teeth. Brushing away from the gums exposes the roots of the teeth; this is why it is better to use a gentle ‘up and down’ motion when brushing.
Frenzied side to side brushing motion also causes recession of the gums. Try to clean the areas between your teeth using floss; pieces of food found here only decays and will otherwise be detected only with toothache or gum disease. Even smoking is bad for gums as over time, it affects the deterioration of gums.
If you have sensitive teeth, I suggest you use specialized toothpastes to prevent sensitivity. Try rinsing with warm water if you have sensitive teeth and just resent rinsing with cold water.
Bad breath develops with poor oral hygiene. Though an antiseptic mouthwash improves your breath, drinking lots of water is an easier option as it prevents the mouth from drying. Also make it a point to clean the back of your tongue using your toothbrush and to dislodge pieces of food in your teeth to prevent it from rotting in your mouth.
Most important, visit your dentist regularly. If you have any problems, don’t hesitate to consult professionals as we are here to look after the single set of adult teeth you have to maintain throughout your life.
June 21st, 2008
Sensitive teeth are a misery! Nearly everything you eat will cause a sudden, shock like pain. Sometimes even tiny joys like chocolate and ice cream can cause tingling pains in all your teeth. If you have all these symptoms you are definitely suffering from sensitive teeth!There are many underlying reason for a sensitive teeth. The causes may vary from an injured tooth, cavities, shallow depressions in the tooth due to excessive acidity, decayed dental pulp, fracture of the tooth etc. Dental procedures such as large fillings which are very close to the internal nerve may also cause sensitive tooth. To solve your problem you have find out the exact reason underlying it. It’s a good idea to get it checked with your London dentist before the problem gets any worse.
You can take care of your sensitive teeth by proper oral hygiene techniques. Use a soft tooth brush designed for sensitive teeth to brush at least two times a day coupled with flossing once a day. Use desensitizing tooth pastes combined with fluoride containing rinses available in the market for sensitive teeth. Use the toothpaste for brushing and then place a tiny amount of the toothpaste on the areas which are sensitive for about five minutes and then rinse off with the mouthwash.