Dental Implants…..

July 29th, 2014

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What are dental implants?

A dental implant is used to support one or more false teeth. It is a titanium screw that can replace the root of a tooth when it fails. Just like a tooth root, it is placed into the jawbone.

                                                                                                                                                  

Do implants hurt?

Placing an implant is often easier than taking a tooth out and is usually done using a simple local anaesthetic. You will not feel any pain at the time, but just like after an extraction, you may feel some discomfort during the week after the surgery.

Sometimes your dentist might give you a sedative if you are very nervous or if the case is a complicated one. General anaesthetics are rarely used for implants and are generally only used for very complicated cases.

 

Are implants safe and how long will they last?

Implants are a safe, well-established, tried-and-tested treatment. It’s probably true to say that implants, much like natural teeth, will last for as long as you care for them.

How well you look after your implants – and whether you go for your regular maintenance appointments – will have the biggest impact on how long they will last.

If you don’t look after your implants they will develop a coating similar to that found on neglected natural teeth. Left untreated, this can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort. You could get all these problems with natural teeth.

If your implants are well looked after, and if the bone they are fitted to is strong and healthy, you can expect them to last for many years. However, just as with other surgical implants (such as a hip replacement) there is no lifetime guarantee.

 

I have some of my own teeth. Can I still have implants?

Yes. You can have any number of teeth replaced with implants – from one single tooth to a complete set.

 

Can implants always be used to replace missing teeth?

It depends on the condition of the bone in your jaw. Your dentist will arrange for a number of special tests to find out the amount of bone still there. If there is not enough, or if it isn’t healthy enough, it may not be possible to place implants without grafting bone into the area first.

 

How long does the treatment take?

 Your dentist will be able to give you a rough timetable before the treatment starts.

Usually the permanent false teeth are fitted 3 to 4 months after the implants are put in. Some teeth can now even be fitted at the same time as the implants (these are called ‘immediate implants’) but you should check with your dentist to see whether these are suitable for you. Sometimes treatment takes longer and your dentist will be able to talk to you about your treatment time.

 

If I had gum disease when I had my own teeth, will I get it with the implants?

Yes, if you don’t care for them well enough. If you keep them clean and have them regularly checked by your dentist you should not have any problems. Smoking also affects the health of natural teeth and implants. So, if you smoke, you may need to look after your implants more carefully.

This information has been verified by the Association of Dental Implantology UK.

 

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FLUORIDE FACTS AND TIPS

April 25th, 2014

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A recent report from Public Health England has revealed that more than one in four five-year-olds and one in five 12-year-olds in local authorities with water fluoridation schemes had no tooth decay compared to those in local authorities without.

The use of fluoride in improving oral health is one that has been long documented and often prompts fierce debate between those who advocate its use and those who do not. Whatever your view, there is no hiding the positive effect fluoride has on oral health.

FACTS ABOUT FLUORIDE

1 Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in many foods and in all drinking water.

2 Fluoride can greatly help dental health by strengthening the tooth enamel, making it more resistant to tooth decay.

3 The addition to fluoride to water supplies has been researched for over 60 years, and water fluoridation has been proven to reduce tooth decay by 40-60 percent.

4 The addition of fluoride in toothpaste has been responsible for reducing tooth decay by up to 50 per cent.

5 All children up to three years old should use a toothpaste with a fluoride level of at least 1000ppm (parts per million). After three years old they should use toothpaste that has 1350-1500ppm. These figures should be on the outer packaging.

6 Fluoride varnishes applied by the dentist can help further reduce children’s dental decay.

TIPS ABOUT FLUORIDE

1 Parents should supervise their children’s tooth brushing until age 7and only uses a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.

2 Parents should also encourage their child to spit the toothpaste out and not swallow or rinse after brushing.

3 Fluoride supplements should only be taken on the advice of the dentist.

4 If you are unsure about how much water is in your water, contact your local water company.

5 Ask your dentist about fluoride varnishes to help protect your child’s teeth from decay.

 (Information taken from British Dental Health Foundation Word of Mouth Magazine)

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A little investment goes a long way

April 16th, 2014

It’s all smiles until a little toothache becomes a big dental problem. Don’t wait until the unexpected happens. Spread the cost of your private dental care with a the Essentials payment plan from Denplan. You can see your preferred dentist and with regular Examination visits, Xrays and Hygiene appointments you ensure any unwelcome niggles get solved sooner with a 15% discount off Private Dental Fee’s.  Throughout May and June 2014 there will be  NO Initial Registration Fee when joing Denplan Essentials!

For More information on the Denplans Essentials plan and to take advantage of the No Registration Fee offer please call 02890618545 or email sara@creativesmiles.co.uk and one of the team would be delighted to help answer your questions!

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10 Facts about Children’s Teeth and Diet: Easter

March 31st, 2014

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1. Britain has the 2nd highest chocolate consumption rate in Europe.

2. Research suggests dark chocolate high in cocoa has oral health benefits.

3. Two in three 16-24 year olds say chocolate is the most likely food to make them smile.

4. Tooth decay affects one in three children starting school.

5. It is not the amount of Easter eggs eaten that would cause tooth decay- it is how often they are consumed.

6. Whenever your child eats anything sugary, their teeth will be under attack for up to one hour.

7. Sugar causes the bacteria in plaque to produce acids. It is theses acids which attack children’s tooth enamel and cause tooth decay.

8. Confectionary bars in Easter eggs containing fondants and caramel are more damaging to teeth than the chocolate egg.

9. Sugar-free Easter eggs are available to buy.

10. Breadsticks, vegetables, cheese are healthy snack alternatives.

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Health Benefits of Straight Teeth

January 23rd, 2014

healthy smileYou may be surprised to know that the benefits of having properly aligned teeth extend far beyond a confident smile. Straightening your teeth can actually significantly affect your overall dental health. Straight teeth can reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Swollen, red gums can often be the result of having teeth that are crowded or too widely spaced. Unfortunately, these are also signs of periodontal disease. When teeth are properly aligned, it helps the gum fit more securely around the teeth.

Daily oral hygiene is made easier when teeth are straight, reducing the risk of possible problems. Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by bacteria. Left untreated, it can cause tender or bleeding gums, bad breath, and possible tooth loss. Studies have shown that oral infections can also lead to other more serious ailments such as heart disease and diabetes.

Here at Creative Smiles we provide a wide range of tooth straightening treatments including Invisalign,  Partially Visible braces as well as 6 month braces and The Inman Aligner!

We offer Various Payment Plans including 0% interest free Finance which allows our patient’s to spread the cost over affordable Monthly payments.

If you would like more information on any of these treatments you can email leanne@creativesmiles.co.uk or call 02890 618545 to speak to one of the Creative Smiles Team today!

 

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Charity welcomes Action on Sugar group

January 22nd, 2014

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A new group formed to tackle and reverse the growing obesity epidemic has been welcomed by the British Dental Health Foundation.

Action on Sugar, formed of a number of leading worldwide experts, hopes to educate the public on the dangers of hidden sugars and raise awareness of the ‘unnecessary’ amounts of sugar added to our foods and drinks, a large reason behind the growing obesity crisis.

England has some of the highest obesity rates in the developed world, with 60% of adults and one third of 10 and 11 year olds being overweight or obese. Diet-related illnesses cost the NHS billions each year, and conditions such as type II diabetes and heart disease have also increased.

Latest figures show more than three in every 10 children starting primary school do so with tooth decay, while a third of children aged 12 have visible dental decay.

Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, welcomed the formation of the group, given the adverse effect large amounts of sugar has on oral health.

Dr Carter said: ‘Health professionals have long held the opinion that sugar is addictive, and it is pleasing to see so many leading health experts come together to tackle the problem.

‘Consuming too many sugary foods and drinks can potentially increase the risk of dental erosion and tooth decay. The increase in consumption of sugary drinks is one of the key reasons for tooth decay.

‘The idea that too much sugar is bad for health is not a new concept, yet it is surprising how many people seem to ignore the message. The additional cost of dental treatment from untreated tooth decay is also a growing problem. Cutting back on regular visits may seem like a good idea on the wallet, but the potential cost of emergency treatment is even higher.

‘Visiting the dentist regularly and cutting down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks are two of the Foundation’s key messages. Following them, and brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste, may help to reduce rising levels of decay in children and adults in the UK.’

Emeritus Professor Aubrey Sheiham from the Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, University College London and a global advisor of Action on Sugar said: ‘Free sugars are the main cause of the most common disease in the world; dental caries. If any dietary product were to cause decay of any other part of the body, it would have been severely controlled. Yet sugars decay the hardest human tissue, teeth, and very little is done about controlling sugars. Therefore, policies should be formulated to develop products, such as baby foods and other food products and drinks that have no added sugars.’

Article taken from www.dentistry.co.uk

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10 Bad Habits Sure To Damage Teeth…..

November 19th, 2013

1. Chewing on ice, not only can this chip or crack teeth but it can also irritate the soft tissues inside the teeth leading to regular tooth aches.

2. Playing Sports with no mouth guard, playing any contact such as Rugby, Football, Boxing and Hockey without a mouth guard can be disastrous chipped teeth and even teeth being knocked out are often seen due to mouth guards not being worn. Custom made guards offer the best protection and can be made by your dentist.

 3. Bedtime Bottles, it is best to avoid a baby getting used to falling asleep with a bottle as bathing the teeth overnight in sugars leads to tooth decay very quickly.

4. Tongue/ Lip Piercings, can cause recession of the gums and damage to teeth, they can often be a haven for bacteria that leads to infection.

5. Grinding, Often caused by stress grinding can cause tooth wear and headaches, wearing a night-guard will protect the teeth during grinding and can sometimes stop the habit altogether. Night-guards can be made by your dentist.

6. Opening and Tearing Stuff with your teeth, bottlecaps, plastic packaging and cellotape are all a common cause of chipped teeth and can be avoided by breaking this habit.

7. Sports/Energy Drinks, Very high in sugar and one of the biggest causes of tooth decay in teenagers today. Swap energy/sports drinks for diluted juice or water to avoid decay and erosion.

8. Chewing on pens, Another common cause of chipped teeth and tooth wear over time.

9. Smoking, Not only bad for overall health and a cause of oral cancer, smoking leads to stained teeth, gum recession, loosening of teeth and eventually tooth loss.

10. Wine, Red wine can stain teeth and White wine is very acidic and can lead to erosion.

 

Gum and Heart link-‘Most direct evidence yet’

November 8th, 2013

Research has shown for the first time that as gum health improves, progression of atherosclerosis slows to a clinically significant degree.

Atherosclerosis, or the narrowing of arteries through the build-up of plaque, is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and death.

The researchers followed 420 adults as part of the Oral Infections and Vascular Disease Epidemiology Study (INVEST), a randomly sampled prospective cohort of Northern Manhattan residents.

Participants were examined for periodontal infection. Overall, 5,008 plaque samples were taken from several teeth, beneath the gum, and analysed for 11 bacterial strains linked to periodontal disease and seven control bacteria.

Fluid around the gums was sampled to assess levels of Interleukin-1β, a marker of inflammation.

Atherosclerosis in both carotid arteries was measured using high-resolution ultrasound.

Over a median follow-up period of three years, the researchers found that improvement in periodontal health and a reduction in the proportion of specific bacteria linked to periodontal disease correlated to a slower intima-medial thickness (IMT) progression, and worsening periodontal infections paralleled the progression of IMT.

Results were adjusted for potential confounders such as body mass index, cholesterol levels, diabetes, and smoking status.

Co-author Panos N Papapanou, DDS, PhD, professor of Dental Medicine at Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine, whose laboratory assessed the bacterial profiles in the gums, said: ‘Our results show a clear relationship between what is happening in the mouth and thickening of the carotid artery, even before the onset of full-fledged periodontal disease. This suggests that incipient periodontal disease should not be ignored.’

Bacteria in the mouth may contribute to the onset of atherosclerosis in a number of ways, scientists speculate. Animal studies indicate that they may trigger immune response and high levels of inflammatory markers, which may initiate or exacerbate the inflammatory aspect of atherosclerosis.

 

Irish Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry Conference 2013

October 1st, 2013

Some of the Creative Smiles team attended the IAAD conference in Belfast last week. There was a number of established speakers present one who made the trip from Switzerland. It was a very enjoyable and an educational day away from the practice. Overall a very successful two day conference and we will be looking forward to next year!

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September 25th, 2013

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