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Monthly Archives: November 2017

Upgrade your dentures to dental implants….

Have you been wearing dentures for a while but want a more non-invasive solution? Dental implants are renowned for being the next best thing to a missing tooth and are widely considered to be superior to dentures. Here are a few reasons why….

This model show the teeth have been capped and the stainless pin in the gums.

Fixed solution

In contrast to dentures, dental implants are a fixed solution that you never have to remove once they have been fitted via a surgical procedure. Your dentist will replace your tooth’s root with a dental implant and this will be left to fuse with your jawbone over a period of months, so they actually become a permanent part of your body. This removes the hassle of needing to remove them to clean them, which is the case with dentures.

 

Look and feel like natural teeth

As above, because they are a fixed solution they will feel like they are just another one of your natural teeth. Dental implants are made up of 3 parts:

  • Implant – the part that is inserted into the jawbone to become a part of you.
  • Abutment – the connecting part that links the implant and the restoration.
  • Restoration – the aesthetic part of a tooth – this can be a crown or a bridge.

We can create highly aesthetic, hand-crafted porcelain crowns that are made to be the same shade as your existing teeth – no one need know you’ve even had treatment!

 

Easier to maintain

Cleaning dentures involves having to remove them but you will have no such issue with dental implants. You can treat them like you would your natural teeth, cleaning them for 2 minutes twice a day and flossing once a day. It’s also important to make sure that you continue attending regular check-ups bi-annually/annually depending on what the situation is with your dental hygiene.

 

Avoid jawbone loss with dental implants

Dentures will not save you from jawbone resorption which is when your jawbone has no support from teeth because they are no longer present. Resorption can lead to a change in your facial aesthetic and cause your face to ‘collapse’. Many people lose their confidence as a result, as their face appears older than it actually is. Because dental implants allow the bone to grow around them, this is no a problem.

 

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

Why your dental hygiene is important

Dental hygiene affects many areas of your life, extending beyond your mouth and teeth.

Bacterias and viruses around tooth. Dental hygiene medical concept. 3d illustration

Fresh breath

A poor brushing and flossing routine in combination with the consumption of certain foods can cause bad breath, which in turn can affect your confidence and wellbeing. Sometimes, simply changing your diet and implementing the right dental hygiene habits can help combat bad breath, though there are circumstances where bad breath is not down to dental hygiene upkeep. Fresh Dental can help if this is the case and refer you to the correct specialist if it is something non dental-related.

 

Emotional wellbeing

Plaque and tartar causes obvious staining that can leave you not wishing to smile as much as you might normally. A dental hygienist can perform what is known as a ‘scale and polish’ which involves a deep clean of your teeth to remove tenacious staining that can not be removed through brushing alone. The build-up of plaque and tartar is normal and occurs overtime though it manifests more quickly through poor brushing and flossing. Your dental hygienist can show you how to brush effectively and methodically.

 

Healthy-looking teeth

Visits to the hygienist are essential in maintaining good dental hygiene. The roles of a dentist and a hygienist differ and you should aim to visit the hygienist at least once a year in order to keep on top of your oral hygiene and ensure that any problems are spotted as early as possible – it can be difficult to spot complications yourself.

 

Dental hygiene and your overall health

Health problems that are linked to poor dental hygiene include tooth loss. If you leave decayed teeth for too long, you may risk losing the tooth altogether which will leave you in need of an implant or denture. Avoid the need for these by visiting your dental hygienist regularly, as a missing tooth can impact upon your wellbeing and confidence.

 

If you would like more information about oral hygiene treatments at Fresh, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

What is the difference between Dermal fillers and Botox ?

Whilst Botox relaxes the muscles in your face, fillers work by adding volume to certain parts of the face using the natural substance hyraluronic acid.

To put it more simply, one is a preventative and the other is to combat the wrinkles that already exist.

Concept of skin rejuvenation. Face lift anti-aging treatment - woman with massage lines showing facial lifting effect on skin

Which treatment should I choose?

Factors to consider are your facial structure and expectations of treatment beforehand with your practitioner here at Fresh. Botox is generally better for dealing with dynamic wrinkles as it pinpoints muscles and will reduce the emergence of lines that become visible when you move your face to make specific expressions. Static wrinkles that are visible all the time are best combatted via dermal fillers as they will be depleted areas that need volume.

 

Combining Botox and dermal fillers

Both treatments work effectively as individual treatments though when used in conjunction, the results are accentuated. Dermal fillers will add volume to areas of the face that appear sunken and perhaps gaunt and Botox will temporarily eliminate deep lines and wrinkles. Unlike cosmetic surgery, this combination takes your natural features and makes them look the best that they can be – it does not create a synthetic version of your features as with surgery.

 

Combining facial aesthetics treatments with cosmetic dentistry 

 

 

If you would like more information about facial aesthetics treatments at Fresh, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

 

Orthodontic treatment – adult orthodontics

Many adults used to put off orthodontic treatment in the past as cosmetic options were limited and treatment time periods long. Busy professionals are increasingly opting to correct imperfections like widely spaced, misaligned and crooked teeth as appearances and confidence matter more than ever.

Boosting your confidence
Orthodontic treatment can offer patients benefits such as when your smile doesn’t look the way you would like it to, it will stop you from smiling all together and lower your confidence and self esteem.
Today, 1 in 5 patients undergoing orthodontic treatment is an adult so it’s no wonder as the stigma around braces continues to change.
Your options here at Fresh 
Invisalign 
Invisalign has now treated over 2.6 million patients worldwide and it very popular amongst working professionals due to their removable function. The treatment is comprised of a series of clear alingers, to be worn for 22 hours a day, so you have some leeway for brushing and eating – and if you’ve got a presentation at work, you can remove them to speak. Invisalign is minimally-invasive and can treat a range of orthodontic issues from minor to complex.
Cfast
Cfast braces are designed to straighten your teeth in a short amount of time and offers patients an aesthetics fixed option. A recent development in their design is the introduction of tooth-coloured wires, accentuating the discreet design. Their ceramic brackets render them subtle and cosmetically unobtrusive.
Orthodontic treatment and children 
Unfortunately some children suffer at the hands of other children because their smile is a bit different due to orthodontic complications. Orthodontic treatment could be the best thing you do for your child, giving them back confidence they may have lost in themselves and in their desire to smile.
Your child is more susceptible to damage from contact sports, particularly if the issue in question is an overbite/protruding teeth, so in these cases orthodontic treatment is a preventative solution. rather than a cosmetic one.
If you would like more information about orthodontics at Fresh, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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