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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Considering your dental hygiene….

Dental hygiene is often overlooked, hidden in the shadow of dental check-ups and appointments. Dental and oral hygiene is just as important as dentist check-ups and an appointment with your dentist should not be substituted for a hygienist appointment, as these serve different purposes. Here is a little bit about the importance of the dental hygienist….

 

Difference to the dentist

Your dentist is essentially a GP for your teeth, identifying problems such as disease, carrying out restorative, cosmetic and repair work, as well as writing prescriptions and carrying out X-rays. A dental hygienist is responsible for deep cleaning your teeth and will sometimes perform certain cosmetic procedures. They will also teach patients how to look after their oral hygiene. Dentists possess more training than dental hygienist, but the two work together to make decisions about your dental health, each contributing information from their respective fields.

Scale and polish – This is one of the most common procedures carried out by a hygienist. A scale and polish is a deep clean of your teeth. There are certain stains in form of plaque and tartar which cannot be removed by brushing and flossing alone.

Your hygienist can also advise you on how to take preventative measures to ensure you do not develop plaque and tartar-laden teeth. Your hygienist can also show you how to brush and floss correctly, so that you get the best out of your at-home dental hygiene routine.

Dental hygiene at Fresh

Here at Fresh in Maidstone, we focus very much on prevention, tackling problems such as gum disease and fresh breath treatment, so that you can be confident about your oral hygiene. We use your regular examinations (known as 10-point clinical assessments) to screen for any potential symptoms of oral cancer – early detection is the most significant element in overcoming this.

Your 10-point clinical assessment and hygiene appointments will involve discussing your diet and lifestyle choices and how they impact upon your dental hygiene.

If you would like more information about check-ups and hygienist appointments at Fresh, please do not hesitate to contact us.

CEREC and crowns

What is CEREC?

CEREC technology is state-of-the-art technology that allows patients to get porcelain crowns in a day. CEREC has revolutionised the process of producing, designing and fitting crowns. Here at Fresh, we can create crowns in house in a single appointment.

CEREC allows us to use the very best computer imaging techniques to generate comprehensive chair-side dental impressions of your teeth and without the need to make physical moulds of your teeth – a process that can be very uncomfortable and time consuming. These digital impressions offer the highest level of accuracy. The ceramic materials used are more biocompatible and offer a more aesthetic alternative to other materials such as amalgam and gold.

CEREC have a 10 year lifespan – longer than gold inlays and individually-manufactured ceramic inlays. Research has shown that the CEREC success rate is 95.5% following a period of 9 years, and 84% after 18 years.

 

This imaging technology can be linked to the in-house CEREC milling unit which then creates your bespoke crown in as little as 6 minutes. With CEREC, there is no need for temporary restorations in between appointments (as everything can be performed over a single visit) and only local anaesthetic is used.

 

Crowns

Do you have broken, chipped, decaying, or damaged teeth? A restoration such as a crown could be the answer for you.

 

 

The benefits of crowns:

  • Improve the aesthetics of your tooth – Crowns can improve the colour and shape of your tooth according to your desires. You dentist at Fresh will talk through this with you.
  • Protect your tooth – Crowns are durable (crowns at Fresh are made from porcelain), offering the best possible protection for your tooth.
  • Durable – Research has shown that crowns are the most durable solution over other dental restorations.

 

Other restorations such as veneers and fillings can also be created in a single appointment via CEREC.

 

If you would like more information about CEREC or dental crowns at Fresh, please do not hesitate to contact us.

How can Invisalign help me?

Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment that makes use of plastic removable aligners to straighten your teeth. Invisalign technology has an international reputation.

Hand hold invisible aligners plastic braces dentistry retainers to straighten teeth; temporary removable straightener with plastic dentures on light blue background

The best things about Invisalign…

  • Removable appliance – the fact that Invisalign is a removable treatment makes things a lot simpler for patients in many different ways. Firstly your dental hygiene is easier to keep on top of in comparison to fixed brace solutions which can make this challenging. This is because food particles become stuck in-between the brace hardware such as the brackets. If these particles are not removed, you could develop higher levels of plaque and tartar, exposing you to gum disease.
  • Enjoy the foods you love – another perk of the treatment’s removable capacity – you do not have to be as strict with your diet as you would if you were wearing fixed braces. You can continue eating harder foods which would jeopardise fixed brace treatments.
  • Treatment is custom – the aligners are made to your exact tooth structure so that they are as effective and comfortable as possible.
  • Discreet treatment – the aligners are clear and therefore discreet. You don’t need to worry about your appearance changing.
  • Reputable – many celebrities have favoured Invisalign to treat orthodontic issues, namely Justin Bieber, Kathy Bates and Tom Cruise.

 

Invisalign at Fresh Dental

We offer two types of Invisalign treatment here at Fresh.

Invisalign i7 – Invisalign i7 is a fairly new additions to the Invisalign family. It is designed to deal with minor tooth movements as well as crowding, orthodontic relapse and spacing issues.

Invisalign Express – this range of Invisalign combines the features of its predecessors with a faster treatment time. Instead of taking 12-18 months treatment can take as little as 6 months depending on the type of work you are having done. Both systems use a computer-generated image of your teeth to create the aligners and show you the intricacies of your tooth movement.

You can read more about our choice of Invisalign treatment here. 

 

If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment at Fresh, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

 

 

Dentistry Jargon Buster for patients – Part 1

The world of dentistry can be a confusing place where there exist a myriad of tricky terms to get your head around. Here at Fresh we think it’s important that each patient is very well-informed about the ins and outs of the treatment they are choosing to undergo, which involves knowing certain complex terminology – here is some of this terminology explained…..

 

 

Abutment – An abutment is the connecting element between a dental implant and a restoration (crown or bridge).

 

Alveoloar bone – A person’s teeth are connected to the jaw via the alveolar bone – it is the principal support for teeth.

 

Bone augmentation – Phrase used to define a group of procedure that are used to build bone for those who do not have a sufficient amount for dental implants to be fitted.

 

Bone resorption – This process occurs when a patient has missing teeth. If the missing teeth are left untreated for a long period, the jawbone begins to shrink away (resorb), causing the face to appear sunken.

 

Bruxism – The medical term for grinding teeth and clenching the jaw.

 

Crown – Type of restoration that is used to cover a damaged tooth, rendering it more aesthetically sound and more resistant to damage and decay.

 

Dental implant – Dental implant permanently replace a missing tooth root. A restoration such as a crown or a bridge is fixed over the top to create an aesthetic result.

 

Dentures – Dentures are a removable option for replacing missing teeth. Dentures are sometimes made from porcelain and metal but are generally made from acrylic plastic. Partial dentures are also available to patients who do not have all of their teeth missing.

 

Edentulous – Medical term for those who are toothless.

 

Gingivitis – This is when the gums become inflamed and is recognised as the first stage of gum disease.

 

Impression taking – Dental impressions are used to create custom made restorations and dental appliances.

 

Incisors – A person’s top and bottom 4 front teeth. These are the sharpest teeth, used to cut into food using their thin edges.

 

Lower arch – The arch of teeth located on the lower jaw (also known as the mandibular arch).

 

Malocclusion – A poor bite – top and bottom teeth do not meet correctly.

 

 

If you would like to know more about the treatments available at Fresh, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

 

 

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