Offering strength and stability, dental crowns provide a solution to a number of dental problems.
Dental crowns offer an excellent means of restoring a tooth and are used in a number of procedures. They can be made from a number of different materials, and, at the Confidental Clinic in Surbiton, we will assess and recommend the best type for you, depending on the type of procedure involved, and your own circumstances.
In today’s blog, we take a look at how dental crowns are used in the procedures available at our own practice.
The most common use for a dental crown is where a tooth has been badly broken, or a large amount has to be removed due to dental decay. Whilst in both cases it may be possible to offer a simple filling, this should be weighed up against how reliable and strong it would prove to be. In many cases, it is better to restore the tooth using a dental crown. This will provide the tooth with sufficient strength and hopefully minimise the need for further treatment should a filling not be strong enough to resolve the problem.
Root canal treatment is an effective way to save a tooth that has become infected; the only other alternative being to extract it. Because this procedure necessitates the removal of part of the top of the tooth in order to access the root canals, the restored tooth is, quite naturally, weakened significantly. The addition of a dental crown both completes the root treated tooth aesthetically and restores sufficient strength for daily use.
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Look after your gums for a healthy and attractive smile.
Most of us will have been told to clean our teeth when younger. Probably though, fewer will have been told to clean their gums as well. This is unfortunate as gum health is just as important as looking after our teeth and, if neglected, can even lead to tooth loss over time.
Gum disease is not uncommon, and can cause unpleasant symptoms such as sore or bleeding gums and bad breath. It is also relatively easily treated in its early stages but if allowed to develop, will start to damage the bone that holds our teeth in position. At this stage a more extensive treatment, a ‘deep clean’, will likely be needed. For some though, even this procedure may come too late and tooth loss may be unavoidable.
Ensuring that your gums are healthy is not especially difficult and just requires care and attention when cleaning your teeth and gums at home. This should include flossing if you do not already do so, combined with regular dental supervision and cleaning. An excellent way for our Surbiton patients to improve the health of their gums, and mouth in general, is to book an appointment with our dental hygienist. This is an ideal opportunity to discuss any oral health issues that you might have, and to learn more about how you can improve the way that you keep your teeth and gums clean.
In addition to this, the hygienist will offer a thorough clean which removes any hardened bacteria (also known as tartar), which often builds up in areas that patients find difficult to keep clean. With healthier gums, you increase the chances of keeping your own teeth for a very long time, possibly throughout your whole life.
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A simple procedure is all that it takes to give you younger looking skin.
Whatever the results of today’s elections, the one thing that we can all be certain of is that, tomorrow, we will wake up one day older.
Days turn into weeks and weeks into months until there comes a day when we take a look in the mirror and wonder exactly when those wrinkles first appeared on our face!
Age has a habit of creeping up on us without us realising it, but some of the effects of ageing can be reversed should we choose to do so. One of the most obvious physical signs of growing older are those telltale wrinkles that appear on our face. Here at the Confidental Clinic in Surbiton, we can help to reverse these.
Our Surbiton facial aesthetics team at the Confidental Clinic are fully trained and experienced and are here to help you to achieve the look that you want. Our procedures are safe and will produce natural looking results that will leave you with fewer facial wrinkles.
There are two main types of procedures available; anti wrinkle treatment and dermal fillers
Anti wrinkle treatment
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Our Surbiton dentists discuss how tooth sensation can indicate underlying problems.
As experienced cosmetic dentists, naturally we hear a lot from patients about how they would like their teeth to look. Some request whiter teeth, whilst others are more concerned about their crooked teeth and want them straightened as quickly as possible.
Equally though, the way our teeth feel is also important and may help us to know whether they are actually as healthy as they might look. Below, we take a look at some of the sensations that people experience with their teeth, along with potential causes.
Whilst patients will nearly always attend a local Surbiton dentists when they are in pain, some choose not to make an appointment where the discomfort is very minor. Even if you experience a level of discomfort that can be managed without painkillers, this is almost always a sign that something is wrong and should not be ignored. If you do not receive early treatment, you may end up with a severe toothache and in need of a more invasive dental procedure later on.
Some patients barely notice an uneven bite, whilst for others, the way that their teeth meet feels unusual and, whilst perhaps not uncomfortable, may feel unnatural. Although this sensation may not cause any pain, if you have an uneven bite the likelihood is that, over time, your teeth will wear down and the enamel become damaged. In some cases, an uneven bite may even cause a tooth to break. It is best to have this problem corrected using one of our wide range of braces available at the Confidental Clinic.
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What our Surbiton dentists look for during routine examinations.
During your regular six monthly dental examinations, our dentists will inspect for many things. Some of these are fairly obvious and include looking for signs of dental decay and gum disease. In addition to this, they also play an important front line role in the fight against oral cancers.
Although oral cancers may not have grabbed the attention of people in the way that breast and lung cancers have, there were over two thousand deaths from this in 2014 with many more people suffering from it in other ways. As with all cancers, the earlier it can be detected, the better the chance of effective treatment.
Increased oral cancer risks
A number of factors can increase the risk of oral cancer. The leading one of these is, unsurprisingly, smoking. Thankfully, most people are starting to realise the dangers of smoking tobacco products and have managed to stop altogether, or have switched to an alternative such as vaping.
Alcohol consumption can also contribute to oral cancer, especially if you are a regular drinker. There are other medical factors too which might raise the risk, including HPV. At the Confidental Clinic in Surbiton, we encourage those at a higher risk to take extra care of their oral health and, if recommended, see us more regularly to be extra vigilant.
Detection and symptoms
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How we use the Six Month Smiles system to straighten teeth in shorter time.
A number of people are put off wearing traditional dental braces due to their “wires and brackets” structure being highly visible in the mouth. This is understandable and is one reason why many adults in the UK continue to live with crooked or uneven teeth.
As well as the way that this affects their appearance, it can also have an effect on the condition of their teeth; for example, an uneven bite may cause wearing down of enamel on opposing teeth.
For most people though, it is the appearance of their teeth which leads them to consider having dental braces in the first place. For those who have considered them, but may have been deterred both by the visibility and the long time that some types have to be worn, we have some good news! Our Surbiton based cosmetic dentists offer a solution in the form of the Six Month Smile orthodontic system.
What is the Six Month Smile?
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The causes and treatment of bruxism (teeth grinding)
Headaches can be caused by a number of things; stress, a blow to the head or even a hangover. Generally, these are temporary and we are usually aware of the causes and can take action to avoid them happening too frequently.
Some people though, find that their headaches are persistent and often cause quite significant discomfort which they find hard to get relief from. In today’s blog, we take a look at some possible causes of such headaches which could be related to dental issues, and the treatment available for our Surbiton patients.
If you do suffer from a persistent headache, it is important to have this checked by your doctor for diagnosis, and where necessary, early treatment, should it prove to be a medical condition. Providing that any medical issues have been ruled out, the next step to take is to arrange an appointment at the Surbiton based Confidental Clinic where our dentists will examine you and assess whether your pain may be caused by bruxism.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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