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Monthly Archives: October 2016

Fresh – Frequently Asked Questions about Dermal fillers

Are you considering having dermal fillers? Below are the frequently asked questions we receive from patients here at Fresh Dental….

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Q. What are dermal fillers?

A. Botox is a prescription procedure administered via injections, around particular muscles in order to temporarily keep age lines out of view. Dermal fillers are injectable gels which can add volume to particular areas of your face, rendering your appearance more youthful.

 

 

Q. How do dermal fillers work?

A. Dermal fillers/Botox work by relaxing the muscles that are responsible for creating unaesthetic age lines and wrinkles, but they leave the natural structure and elements or your appearance in tact.

 

 

Q. Do Botox and dermal fillers have any side effects?

A. The side effects associated with these treatments are particular to the patients. Allergic reactions are very rare but a possibility in some patients, usually with weaker health. If you are in good health, there is no reasons why Botox should not be a great treatment for you.

 

 

Q. How do dermal fillers work?

A. As you age, the collagen and the elasticity in your skin begins to sag and cause deep folds. Many patients choose to fill in the folds around the mouth area, restore their cheek height, add volume to their lips using lip fillers as well as focusing on other areas.

 

 

Q. How long do dermal fillers and botox last?

A. Fillers can last between 4 and 12 months. Many people opt for top ups after their first injection.

 

 

Q. Is Botox an invasive process?

A. No. This is one of its main advantages – it is a non-surgical procedure that allows you to simply walk out after treatment. Hassle-free and lasting between 20-40 minutes, the procedure is quick and painless.

 

 

Q. What is involved in treatment?

A. Initially you’ll have to attend a consultation where your eligibility for the procedure will be assessed. Your skin will be prepared with a numbing and cleansing cream, so that the filler can be painlessly applied. You’ll be given aftercare products to use at home.

 

 

Q. What should I do after treatment?

A. Try to avoid any prolonged sun exposure and vigorous exercise for the 48 hours that follow your treatment.

 

 

Q. Are fillers safe?

A. Here at Fresh Dental we use a type of gel called Restylane, which is one of the most commonly used types of gel amongst professionals. Restylane is safe and effective in temporarily eliminating wrinkles.

 

If you would like more information about dermal fillers and Botox at Fresh Dental, please do not hesitate to contact us and we can answer your questions or arrange a consultation for you.

Fresh technology and facilities

The technological advancements in dentistry have allowed dentists to carry our procedures with ease and speed. Here at Fresh, we use several pieces of state-of-the-art kit in order to help our patients and make our job as dentists easier.

 

Here are a couple of examples …

 

Itero scanner

Gone are the days of tricky impressions that are uncomfortable and time consuming….

The Cerec scanner simplifies orthodontic treatment for patient and orthodontist alike. It’s digital set-up allows your orthodontist to simply scan your teeth and send it of to the dental lab immediately. Conventional liquid impressions have to be physically sent off which can increase the process by 3 or 4 weeks.

Your mouth is scanned using a radiation-free laser.

 

 

Oral-surgery with PRFG-Endoret

When we go through an injury, we release proteins to trigger the repairing process. PRGF- Endoret technology works by isolating the patient’s plasma from the blood, and it is this plasma that contains the proteins which can speed up regeneration.

One your dentist applies a dose to the area of treatment, your body’s regeneration cycle speeds up due to the proteins.

Your dentist will need to draw a small amount of blood – this blood is then centrifuged and processed to obtain the proteins that are essential for regeneration. These proteins are applied to the area where the tissue regeneration is necessary.

 

This technology reduces inflammation as well as the risk of infection or post surgical complications. The use of PRGF-Endoret guarantees a significant improvement and absence of pain.

 

We can also link this to imaging technology with out in-house Cerec milling unit which has the ability to produce a full crown –  totally bespoke to your teeth and taking a mere 6 minutes. You’ll also only need to attend one visit to Fresh Dental Care.

 

If you would like to know more about our range of equipment here at Fresh Dental, please do not hesitate to give us a call and we can see what we can do for your dental needs.

What can my dental hygeinst do for me?

Visits to the dental hygienist are often overlooked by patients or substituted for visits to the dentist. Visits to the dental hygienist are vital in maintaining a healthy mouth, and your dental hygienist’s role differs from your dentist’s.

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  • Perform a deep clean of your teeth to remove the build up of plaque and tartar coating your teeth.
  • Offer advice on how to maintain good oral hygiene.
  • What kind of tools to use at home to ensure you are maintaining a healthy dental routine?
  • Perform certain injections such as sedative injections?
  • Carry our treatments such as fissure sealants and fluoride treatment.

 

Why should I look after my dental hygiene?

Your mouth is your body’s gateway and 90% of all systemic diseases produce oral symptoms – the state of your mouth is a good indicator for your overall health. An unhealthy mouth can increase your chances of heart disease and heart attacks.

 

How often should I visit the hygienist?

Regular visits to the dental hygienist mean you are more likely to rule out any unpleasant dental health issues as they can be caught early. Bacteria build up on your teeth on a daily basis and your gums make up the foundation of your teeth, so it’s important to keep an eye on them. It may be that your hygienist notices a subtle change that you may not – keeping on top of such changes is important.

 

Your dentist works in conjunction with your dental hygienist so that their assessments do not clash and so that they can inform one another of developments in their respective fields.

 

Every appointment is different as each patient is treated as an individual, therefore the course of treatment or check-up is bespoke. The services performed by the dental hygienist depend on the state of your oral health.

 

Your dentist’s role differs from your dental hygienist’s role. Dentists possess more training across a broader range of fields, acting as a GP for your teeth. A dental hygienist’s knowledge is not as broad as a dentist’s though they are specialists in their field. Dental hygienists are specially trained in preventative dental care.

If you would like to book an appointment with our dental hygienist, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Gum disease and pregnancy – taking extra care of your oral health…

40% of women will develop gingivitis during their pregnancy and if you already have gum disease, pregnancy can make it significantly worse – so it’s important to keep your eye out for developments during your pregnancy.

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Caring for your gums is an important thing to factor in to your daily routine, as this will contribute to staying healthy and fit.

Pregnancy causes a shift in hormonal changes, increasing your chances of developing oral health problems such as gingivitis and periodontitis. But do not worry – regular check ups with your dentist and hygienist can help keep these at bay and/or under control.

 

Increased levels of progesterone are what give gingivitis-causing bacteria to settle – gum tissue also becomes more sensitive to plaque.

 

Gum disease usually worsens between the second and eighth month of pregnancy and one of the principal symptoms is redder looking gums that also bleed easily.

 

Preventing Gingitivits

It’s difficult to fight your body’s desire to weaken its defences, but it can be done if you apply a healthy oral hygiene routine. This means:

  • Flossing once a day – if you’re unsure about how to floss, your dental hygienist can show you the correct technique as well as the type of floss to use.
  • Brush twice a day for 2 minutes each time.
  • Visit your dental hygienist and dentists for regular check-ups, as these will help monitor any onset of severe gum disease.
  • Use mouthwash that contains fluoride.
  • Avoid foods that are particularly detrimental for your teeth.
  • Using antibacterial mouthwash can also help with keeping infections at bay.
  • Gum disease that does not improve with an enhanced oral hygiene routine may need to be treated with antiobiotics.

 

Research has suggested that there is a correlation between gum disease in pregnancy and premature birth, though further studies are to be conducted before this is pronounced true or not.

As well as gum disease, pregnancy tumours are also common throughout pregnancy. These are lumps with red markings found on inflamed gum tissue. Gum tumours are known to occur at any time throughout pregnancy but are most common during the second trimester.

 

If you would like further information on pregnancy and dental hygiene or your would like to speak to a dentist about this, do not hesitate to contact us to book a consultation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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