The Osseointegration Process – A Closer Look At Dental Implants

The role patients play in successful dental implant placement.

Placing a dental implant requires a high degree of skill and it is for this reason that any dentist wishing to provide them is required to undergo a number of additional years of training before being qualified to do so.

This degree of skill, along with experience and use of high quality dental implants, means that the success rate of this procedure at our Surbiton practice is extremely high.

This does not mean that things can’t go wrong though, and the patient also has a role to play in the success of their implant placement. Today’s blog takes a look at what you can do to help us to help you with a successful procedure.

Osseointegration

Once a dental implant has been placed by one of our skilled Surbiton dentists, using top quality implants and the latest technology to ensure the necessary precision, the next stage is largely down to nature. Because the bone in the jaw accepts titanium as a suitable material, it will start to bond and fuse with the new artificial tooth root. This procedure will take approximately three months to complete, and, whilst failure is rare, the risks can be increased by not taking care of the new implant, especially in the early stages.

Patient responsibility

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Reshaping Your Gums For A Nicer Smile

Laser gum treatment available at our Surbiton dental practice.

Most people who are seeking to improve their smile are likely to go to a cosmetic dentist for a procedure such as teeth whitening and treatments like this certainly do offer an excellent way to have great looking teeth.

For some people, whilst these procedures can improve their smile, the shape of their gums can also detract from it. Where gums are uneven or misshapen, people may well notice this before they even register the whiteness of your teeth.

This is a problem that can also be rectified by having your gums contoured at the Confidental dentists clinic in Surbiton.

Gum contouring

Traditionally, this procedure would have been performed using a surgical scalpel. Whilst this is effective, it also causes a significant amount of bleeding and subsequent soreness whilst the wounds heal. Some foods, especially acidic ones, would need to be avoided for a while due to the discomfort they would cause to the gums.

Modern gum shaping no longer requires the use of a scalpel and, instead, a fine laser is used to shape the gums. This is a much more comfortable and accurate method, and, in addition, cauterises the wound as it goes, minimising any bleeding. Naturally, you are likely to experience a little soreness for a few days following the procedure, but your gums will soon return to normal and taking appropriate pain killing medication should be sufficient to keep any discomfort to a minimum. In most cases, a local anaesthetic will be given for the duration of the procedure.

Gummy smiles

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Children And Dental Braces

Options for correcting orthodontic problems in children at our Surbiton practice.

Whilst we can, and do, treat patients of all ages for problems with crooked and uneven teeth, correcting this problem in teenagers is especially important as it both enables them to keep their teeth healthier by making them easier to clean, but equally importantly can be used to resolve problems such as overcrowding.

Providing that the child is 18 years old or younger, they may be eligible to receive NHS orthodontics. This will depend on the severity of the problem, and mild overcrowding or other cosmetic issues may not be treated in this way on the NHS. We also receive a limited amount of NHS funding and our Surbiton patients may have to wait for a while before receiving treatment.

Private orthodontics

NHS orthodontics are the traditional type that most of us probably know – sometimes called “train track” braces. Whilst these do work well, they come at the cost of it being obvious to everyone that you are wearing braces. As these may have to be worn for some time, this may be quite troubling for more sensitive teenagers. If you wish to avoid a potential waiting time for treatment, or would prefer to have what are known as ‘near-invisible’ braces for your child, we offer a wide selection of these privately to suit a variety of problems.

The use of each may depend on the age of the child as their facial features change during the teenage years and we need to take account of this before deciding the appropriate orthodontic treatment.

Benefits of invisible braces

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Dentures – Still A Good Option For Replacing Lost Teeth?

Our Surbiton dentist looks at the role dentures still play in modern dentistry.

Many an article has been written about dental implants and how they are the future of artificial teeth replacement. Given that it now seems to be widely accepted that implants are the best method to replace lost teeth, does this mean that dentures are, in effect, redundant in modern dentistry?

Modern dentures

First of all, we should perhaps acknowledge that modern dentures are a great improvement on those worn by our parents, and their parents before them. Not only do they look more natural, thanks to modern production methods, but they also  fit better and are more comfortable to wear. Whether you choose standard acrylic dentures or the latest flexible Valplast dentures, you should find that they provide a natural appearance and an acceptable level of comfort.

Who wears dentures?

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Root Canal Therapy at a Surbiton Dentist

Why this tooth saving treatment is not as painful as you might imagine.

Root canal treatment has, for some time, had an undeserved reputation for being the ultimate in bad dental experiences. Despite the fact that thousands of people have received this restorative treatment without discomfort, this reputation seems to persist.

In fact, root canal treatment is an excellent solution where a tooth has become infected internally. Below, we take a look at what really happens during the procedure and also take a look at how it is used to enable the patient to keep their natural tooth.

Infected root canals

The root canals of the teeth are where the nerves and blood vessels are located. Normally these will be protected by the enamel exterior of our teeth. When the enamel is damaged through decay or breakage, it can expose the porous dentin layer to the bacteria in our mouth and gradually this can cause infection of the nerves in the root canals, often accompanied by very bad toothache. When this problem arises, the infected pulp cannot simply be treated, but must be removed by performing root canal treatment at our Surbiton practice.

The procedure

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Put Some ‘Spring’ Into Your Skin

Botox and dermal filler treatments at our Surbiton practice.

Although it is far from certain that the winter weather is over, many of you will probably have noticed the first signs of spring with the potential promise of warmer weather ahead. It is often around this time of year when many people start to think about their holidays and generally going out more once the warmer weather arrives.

The warmer weather also often improves our appearance as the sun provides the vitamin D that we need for healthy skin, and the heat of the sun can bring a certain glow to our faces.

For many people though, although there is improvement in their skin tone, the lines and wrinkles that occur over the years can leave them less than satisfied with their appearance.

Facial rejuvenation

At the Confidental Clinic in Surbiton, we have a fully trained and experienced facial aesthetics team on hand to help you to ease out the lines and wrinkles that can detract from your appearance. With a simple and rapid procedure, you can, again, have smooth  and younger looking skin for your summer holiday and beyond.

Wrinkle Removal

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Based in Surbiton and Suffering With Uncomfortable Dentures?

Stabilising dentures with dental implants, and other teeth replacement alternatives.

Two relatively common complaints about dentures, by wearers, is that they can be uncomfortable, often rubbing against the gums and causing soreness.

The other issue for some people is that their dentures are no longer as stable as they were when first fitted. Because of this they may have a tendency to move around in the mouth, potentially causing  social embarrassment when they do so at the wrong moment!

Dentures do, of course, vary in quality although we are confident that the cosmetic dentures that we offer at our handy Surbiton dental practice, provide an excellent choice for those who wish to have dentures to replace their missing teeth.

Extra stability

Although dentures can be stabilised, to some extent, by the special adhesives that are available, this is not foolproof, and is also an additional step for patients to take in the care of their dentures. There is, however, a method of stabilising dentures which will stop them from moving around in the mouth. This requires a one-off dental procedure, after which, with regular care, your dentures should be held securely in the mouth, freeing you from the worry of them becoming loose or uncomfortable.

By placing a few dental implants, usually between two and four, into the jaw and allowing them to heal and integrate for a few months, the implants will form firm anchors to hold your dentures in place. This process still allows for removal of the denture for regular cleaning.

Same day implants

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Reasons Not To Fear The Dentist

How we help anxious patients at our Surbiton dental practice.

Does the thought of undergoing a dental procedure fill you with fear, worry and trepidation,  leaving you to endure the pain and discomfort of toothache, rather than see your dentist for treatment?

An estimated one in four of us dreads a visit to the dentist, so you’re not alone. Here at the Confidental Clinic in Surbiton, we fully understand that for many of our patients, undergoing even the simplest of dental procedures can be a very anxious and stressful time. We therefore offer a variety of treatments to help to alleviate the stress and anxiety associated with a visit to us.

Treatment for the nervous patient in Surbiton

We often find that patients who are suffering from anxiety on their visit, are concerned that they will have to sit through uncomfortable, or possibly even painful treatment. This is usually the case if they have suffered a bad experience at a dentist in the past, maybe as a child or young adult.

We strive to ensure that this will not happen when you visit us at the Confidental Clinic. All of your treatments and procedures will be given in the comfort of our modern, friendly and relaxing practice, by a dedicated and caring team of dental practitioners. Our practice uses the very latest anaesthetics, and our practitioners are fully trained to ensure that the care that you receive is at all times exemplary and pain free. We consider our care of you to be failing, if you are not totally comfortable at all times whilst undergoing a procedure.

Here at your convenient Surbiton dentist, we also offer a range of sedation treatments for anyone who is nervous and apprehensive about having any kind of dental treatment. Clients can choose to have either intravenous sedation, or oral sedation, which will help them feel relaxed and calm about their dental care.

What is Sedation?

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Dental Care For Ex Smokers

If you’ve successfully kicked your smoking habit, here’s how we can help you.

Smoking is a highly addictive habit as many readers of this blog will be only too aware of. Thankfully, the knowledge available about health issues, along with support and alternatives to smoking, means that many people have been able to stop smoking, often after a very long time.

If you are one of these people, you might wish to consider some of the benefits that we can provide at the Confidental Clinic to help repair any damage done to your oral health by your smoking habit.

Gum disease

Smokers are at an increased risk of suffering from gum disease. If you have not had your gum health checked before, or not for some time, we would recommend that you see the hygienist at our Surbiton dental practice so that they can examine your gums and also provide a professional clean to rid them of any built up hardened plaque (tartar). Once your teeth and gums have been cleaned, we recommend maintaining hygienist appointments to help keep your gums healthy.

Teeth whitening

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Straighter Teeth Using ‘Invisible’ Invisalign Braces

Our Surbiton dental practice offers discreet and comfortable orthodontics

One of the main barriers for people when it comes to having their teeth straightened, is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the thought of having a mouth full of metal braces. There is no getting away from the fact that, even with modern braces in this style, it really isn’t the most attractive look.

It is perhaps for this reason that many of us avoided having braces as teenagers, and, consequently have been left, as adults, with teeth that are crooked and uneven. Thanks to advances in cosmetic dentistry though, we now have a range of invisible braces at our Surbiton practice that can not only straighten your teeth effectively, but discreetly too.

In today’s Confidental Clinic blog, we will take a look at one of the most popular of these; the Invisalign system.

What is Invisalign?

Unlike most orthodontics, Invisalign uses a new revolutionary system to straighten your teeth. Whilst most modern cosmetic braces still use a wire and brackets system, albeit using much finer and discreet materials, Invisalign avoids the use of these altogether.

Instead, the dentist will take a series of scans and impressions, and, from these, a number of individual transparent ‘trays’ are produced which fit directly over the teeth. Each of these is designed to move the teeth progressively towards their desired position until the patient has even teeth.

Advantages

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