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Monthly Archives: January 2017

The consequences of not replacing a missing tooth….

Missing teeth cause problems that stretch beyond aesthetics, including serious health complications. Here at Fresh dentist Marcus Spry  has been treating patients for dental implants and bridges for a number of years and has extensive experience in this area. Dental implants are the most effective and durable way of replacing a missing tooth – you can read more about this here.

 

 

Jaw bone loss at site of the gap – Consider that when you exercise your body you help to keep muscle tone – jaw bone mass is preserved when you stimulate through biting and chewing. If you are missing a tooth, the area where your tooth stood will no longer received the same amount of stimulation and will begin to disappear (a process otherwise known as resorption).

Neighbouring teeth will become misaligned, shift and loosen – If you do not have adjacent teeth, teeth will begin to shift into the vacant gap created by your missing tooth. Drifting teeth will also destabilise your tooth roots.

Change of facial structure – Your facial structure relies heavily on the structure of your teeth. When you have a missing tooth for too long, your facial muscles can begin to droop and cause a change in your facial appearance which can lead to a huge loss of confidence.

Disruption to your daily life – A missing tooth can cause chronic headaches as your remaining teeth do not have opposing teeth to bite down on to. Remaining teeth can begin to over erupt and damage opposing gums and cause pain. Overtime this will cause stress to your Temporo Mandibular Joint, causing dull headaches.

Speech and chewing problem – It is fairly obvious that if you have a missing tooth you are going to have some trouble breaking down food though many people do not realise that missing teeth also affects the way you speak which can cause some embarrassment and confidence issues. Overtime digestion can be affected as your mouth cannot break down foods correctly.

Sinus expansion – This is particular to teeth that are lost from the back upper jaw.When this occurs, the sinus cavity located above can expand, eroding your jaw bone.

 

If you would like to arrange a consultation with us here at Fresh Dental, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Treat yourself to cosmetic dentistry in 2017 

It’s a new year and a time when people think about positive and beneficial changes they can make in their lives. Perhaps you’re feeling self-conscious about the way your teeth look and would like to take steps to restore your confidence? Here at Fresh we can help. We offer cosmetic dentistry treatments that can change your life.

 

White fillings

Once upon a time, if you needed a filling the only option you had was a fairly conspicuous dark-coloured filling. Today, white fillings can offer your the brightest and freshest looking smile possible as your smile can look natural and no-one need know you have had a filling. If you already have a mercury amalgam filling, your smile can be transformed by simply replacing this with a coloured composite filling or a ceramic restoration. As well as being more aesthetic, white fillings are stronger and less sensitive to hot and cold temperatures.

 

Crowns and Bridges

Here at Fresh we use state-of-the-art technology known as Cerec to offer same day crown appointments. Crowns are single tooth restorations that can be match to suit the colour and shape of your other teeth, restoring your smile and your confidence. They can be used as restorations for dental implants, giving a finishing aesthetic touch to your smile.

In some cases, a bridge may be a more viable option and can be used to replace gaps by ‘bridging’ the space using false teeth.

 

Veneers

If you have a cracked, discoloured, chipped or damaged tooth, veneers are one of the best ways to restore your tooth. Veneers are often likened to how a false fingernail fits over a nail and replace the whole tooth unlike with crowns. Veneers require little preparation and are custom made porcelain laminates that are fixed onto your teeth. You can discuss what shade and colour you would like your veneer(s) to be and ensure that they match the appearance of your other teeth.

Veneers can also be used to close gaps in-between teeth as well as replace worn edges and resurface discoloured teeth.

 

If you would like to arrange a consultation to discuss cosmetic dentistry, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

Orthodontic mouthguards – the benefits

It’s a new school term and your child may be taking part in some contact sports. Did you know that your child is 55% more likely to suffer a serious tooth related injury if they do not wear a protective mouthguard? With this in mind, it’s paramount that you protect your child from any possible dental injury such as a chipped or cracked tooth or even tooth loss.

 

Here at Fresh we offer orthodontic moutguards that are custom made and more resistant to damage. Shop-bought mouthguards are not fitted to your tooth structure and the excess space can cause your teeth to shift if they are exposed to contact.

 

Why orthodontic moutguards?

Custom fit moutguards are very durable in comparison to shop bought versions and retain their shape overtime. As well as protecting your child’s teeth, mouthguards can also protect against jaw and head pain that occurs from contact to the face.  A prominent problem associated with shop-bought moutguards is that they can cause an uncomfortable gag reflex though this does not occur with custom appliances as they are a perfect fit your your teeth.

 

If your child has braces they can still compete in contact sports and be protected from dangerous contact as special brace mouthguards are also available. Please contact us for more information on this.

 

How are orthodontic moutguards made?

Your orthodontist here at Fresh Dental will invite you and your child to an initial consultation so that the process can be discussed. Impressions of your child’s teeth will be taken so that the appliance can be made up to be an exact fit for your child’s tooth structure.

 

Looking after your mouthguard

  • Do no expose your mouthguard to high temperatures as this can change the shape of the appliance and therefore reduce the protective effect of the mouthguard.
  • Leave your guard away from hot surfaces and direct sunlight.
  • Keep your mouthguard in a protective case when you are not using it so that it does not collect dirt and bacteria.
  • Rinse your mouthguard in cold water and clean it after each use.

 

 

If you would like to arrange a consultation to discuss orthodontic mouthguards, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

A little bit about Fresh Dental …..

Here at Fresh Dental, our approach has always been the personal touch with our patients and to offer personalised attention, care and support. We understand that visiting the dentist can be a great source of anxiety for many and patience and empathy is always part of the care that you receive here.

 

Our aim is to restore confidence and happiness to people’s lives and offer them the tools and knowledge to maintain a healthy life. One of our particular areas of expertise is cosmetic dentistry and our Clinical Director Dr Marcus Spry offers patients 30 years of experience coupled with a particular interest in implant dentistry, cosmetic braces and facial aesthetics.

 

We believe that patients have aright to expect a high standard of care and treatment and our ongoing philosophy is to develop our knowledge and technology.

 

Clinical Director Dr Marcus Spry

Our Clinical Director Dr Marcus Spry qualified from the Royal London Hospital Dental Institute in 1985 where he also had the role of clinical tutor. Fresh Dental Care was established in 2008 with the vision of offering patients a personal service. Marcus possesses a wealth of experience in general dentistry and has a particular interest in dental implants and Invisalign (as well as cosmetic dentistry as mentioned above), having extensively trained in these fields.

 

Marcus’s genuine passion for his work has solidified an excellent reputation for Fresh Dental across the Maidstone area and beyond. Marcus and his team believe in a friendly, non-formal approach that has helped many with dental phobia feel more comfortable about visits to the dentist.

 

The team at Fresh

Our team is made up of dentists, hygienists and nurses who have prestigious experience (Sophie our hygienist and therapist trained at the Royal London hospital) as well as years of valuable experience, so you know you’re in safe hands at Fresh.

 

If you would like to arrange a consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

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