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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Avoiding the need for a root canal….

When is a root canal necessary?

A root canal (also known as endodontics), is a treatment designed to tackle infections at the centre of a tooth (known as the root canal system). Such infections are caused by harmful bacteria that reside in the mouth and go on to invade the tooth. This can occur after tooth decay, damage to a tooth as a result of a trauma and leaky fillings.

 

If your dentist suspects you have a bacterial infection, they will take a dental X-ray to confirm that pulp has been damaged. If this is the case, the bacteria will multiply and spread.

 

 

Symptoms to look out for:

  • Pain when eating hot or cold food and drink.
  • Pain when biting and chewing.
  • Loose tooth.

 

It is essential that you visit your dentist here at Fresh if you have any reason to believe you may have an infected tooth. When the infection advances, the symptoms above will regress as the pulp in your tooth dies which may lead you to believe that the tooth has healed when in actual fact the infection has spread through the root canal system.

 

The anatomy of a tooth explained:

There are 2 main parts to a tooth which are:

  • The crown – this is the visible top part of a tooth.
  • The root – the non-visible part in the bone of the jaw that anchors the tooth in position.

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Other parts of a tooth include:

  • Tooth enamel – the hard protective outer coating of a tooth. This is the part that stops your teeth corroding as a result of general wear and tear. Protecting your tooth enamel is particularly important as once it has corroded (as a result of smoking/diet/unhealthylifestyle choices) it cannot be restored.
  • dentine – Softer matter supporting the tooth enamel. This makes up most of a tooth.
  • Cementum – hard matter coating the surface of the tooth’s root.
  • dental pulp – soft tissue located at the centre of a tooth.

 

If you would like to arrange a check-up or you are worried about any of the symptoms above, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. It is important to detect problems early therefore regular dental and hygiene check-ups are paramount.

 

 

 

 

Cosmetic dentistry can change your life 

Cosmetic dentistry is as much about improving the aesthetics of your smile as it is about improving your dental health.
The cosmetic services we offer at Fresh include: 
  • Tooth whitening.
  • White fillings.
  • Veneers
  • Crowns and bridges.
‘So how can each of these treatments benefit my appearance and my health?’ you may be asking yourself. Here we explain how some of these treatments can benefit your health and happiness.
Tooth whitening
Tooth whitening is a safe and bespoke treatment here at Fresh, using whitening trays that are a custom fit for your teeth. Before the whitening process begins, the dental hygienist here at Fresh will deep clean your teeth, otherwise known as a ‘scale and polish’. This is when tenacious stains such as plaque and tartar and removed from your teeth, allowing your to ‘reset’ your dental health and hygiene. Following this, the tooth whitening process can begin. Leave the practice on a path to brighten, healthier-looking teeth for the future.
Veneers 
Veneers are thin shell-like custom made porcelain shells that fit over the top of damaged, chipped and decayed teeth and repair discolouration. Veneers are applied by your dentists and matched to the colour of your existing teeth so that you can retain an authentic-looking smile. Your damaged tooth becomes protected by the veneer and is no longer exposed to further, more severe damage.
Crowns and bridges
In contrast to veneers which over the front surface of a tooth, crowns cover the whole tooth, offering additional protection for damaged teeth, as well as a sound aesthetic result for patients.
Missing teeth can lead to severe health complications further down the line, so seeking to replace these is significant investment into your long-term wellbeing. Dental bridges are used to replace 1 or more teeth and rely on surrounding teeth for support. Dental bridges can last over 10 years if properly maintained.
Cosmetic dentistry is an investment into your emotional wellbeing as well as your physical wellbeing. When you are not feeling confident about your smile, this can leave you feeling down and under confident. Cosmetic dentistry could be the best investment you ever make!
If you would like more information about cosmetic dental services at Fresh Dental, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Dental implants – the procedure

There are factors that determine the length of time required to carry out the procedure.

This include:

– Your dental health.

– The number of teeth you wish to have replaced.

– The type of teeth you are looking to have replaced.

– Whether you need a tooth extraction beforehand.

 

What does having dental implants involve?

You will be invited to an initial consultation where the process will be outlined to you in detail. You will be able to ask any questions you have and discuss any anxieties. Our dentists here at Fresh are friendly and approachable and will make you feel at ease. There are generally 2 phases when when your tooth or teeth are being restored with a dental implant.

Phase 1 Your dentist will apply an anaesthetic in order to numb your mouth from any pain. Your dentist will then make an incision into your gum where the implant is to be placed, exposing the bone that is underneath. A quiet dental drill will be used to make space for an implant in the bone. The implant will be screwed in place. Once the implant is in place, the abutment will be placed on top of the implant and will remain until throughout the healing process. Your gum will be closed over the implant with a stitch. During the healing period, the implant will fuse with your jawbone.

Phase 2 The implant will once again be exposed so that an incision can be made in your gums. If an impression is needed, an extension is placed on top of the implant so that this can be made possible – this will be used to fit your new restoration. Your crown will be made up based on the impressions that provided the models of your teeth – this is so that it is an exact fit for your existing teeth. The final step is the placement of the crown. Caring for my implant You can care for your implant like a natural tooth which includes brushing twice a day for 2 minutes and flossing regularly, as well as attending annual appointments with your dentist and hygienist.

If you would like more information about options for missing teeth, please do not hesitate to contact us and we can arrange a consultation for you.

 

What can veneers do for me?

What are veneers?

Veneers are thin shell-like layers of porcelain designed to be directly fitted onto the front of your teeth via a very strong adhesive. Veneers offer patients a lastable option for changing the position, colour and shape of your teeth – changing the appearance of your smile and face.

Veneers can also be used to close unnatural gaps between teeth, resurface discoloured teeth that cannot be whitened with whitening gel and replace worn edges. Veneers differ from crowns and caps which cover an entire tooth – veneers cover the visible section of your tooth a and can wrap over the biting edge.

 

Benefits of veneers

  • Strong and durable – Porcelain veneers are made from a durable and strong material that allows you to eat your favourite foods without having to worry. If looked after correctly, veneers can last up to 15 years.
  • Natural, authentic looking results – Porcelain veneers are bespoke and created to match your tooth colour. Impressions of your teeth are taken before treatment so that your veneers are hand-crafted to fit your individual teeth.
  • Quick and simple procedure – Generally speaking, veneers can be placed over 2 visits.
  • Cosmetic benefits – Porcelain veneers improve cracked, chipped, badly discoloured, widely spaced or broken teeth.
  • Stain-resistant – Porcelain veneers are resistant to staining and you can still have white teeth and enjoy the things you love.
  • No recovery period – Placement is simple and no in-practice after care is needed – you can resume normal activities immediately.
  • Combine as part of a smile makeover – You can combine veneers with other treatments and part of a smile makeover bundle. Veneers are popular alongside teeth whitening and orthodontic treatment.
  • Improve your confidence – Having damaged or broken teeth can be a cause of low self-esteem – veneers can help restore your smile and give you back the confidence you deserve.

 

If you would like more information about cosmetic dentistry at Fresh Dental, please do not hesitate to contact us and we can arrange a consultation for you.

 

 

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