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Bridging your tooth loss in Swindon

After the initial shock of tooth loss, it is a breath of fresh air when you finally get the problem resolved. Not only because it has sorted out your smile once more, but also because it can help to maintain the overall health of your mouth. One of the finest and most reliable ways of getting around the problem is to opt for a dental bridge; this can come in many forms to suit different aspects of tooth loss. The most popular version of the dental bridge is one that is cemented onto the teeth that are left around the gap, and it can also be used to overcome multiple tooth loss as well, especially if it is used in conjunction with a dental implant, which will help to give the bridge anchorage. In fact, the implant has pretty much changed how bridgework is done; the other variations used to involve wires and resin to bond the bridge in with, but this technique has rather taken second stage because of the validity of the implant- it has also improved the sell by date of a bridge and if you look after it, it will look after you for a good 20 years. The only thing you have to be careful of is cleaning your bridge; you have to vigilant but this will be drilled into you when you first have it fitted. If your fancy the idea of a bridge, then you can get more details from he Clifton dental studio; though based in Bristol, they offer their wisdom to the Swindon aea.  

The natural answer to tooth loss: Dental Implants in Weston-super-mare

Overcoming the shock of tooth loss can be a traumatic, yet a necessary one. The gap caused by a missing tooth can attract bacteria and cause infection. The surrounding teeth may start to move, hence your ‘bite’ or occlusion may become distorted and the skin on your face may become disfigured through sagging. One of the most reliable methods of replacing the tooth is to have a dental implant fitted. It’s permanent and restores total freedom back to your mouth. Today, the procedure is as easy as anything else you may have done at the dentists: x-rays will determine the exact placement of the implant, before a laser will make the hole through the gum and into your jawbone. Then, the small titanium rod can be screwed into position. The operation is so quick to do, but there will be a cooling off period to allow for the healing process to kick-in. But a laser does very little damage, and with the radical healing techniques employed in implant surgery, the healing will be quick. In some procedures, the new crown can be fitted the same day. If you’d like to know more about getting an implant fitted, and the costs involved, Weston-super-mare is served by the Clifton dental studio from Bristol and can supply you with everything you’ll need to know.  

Implants in Bristol: Clifton Dental gives you the low-down

Many years ago in Bristol, having a dental implant fitted was quite an ordeal to say the least as the process was hampered by the tools being used. Drills and scalpels, for all the good work they do, are quite primitive and after the operation was complete, the healing process was very delicate, taking months to heal before the new teeth could be attached to the implant. It is a relief then that the laser came along and radically changed any operation done in the mouth, let alone the fitting of the dental implant. A laser will break through the gum tissue, sealing the wounds as it goes and the produces a hole in the jaw bone with unique, pin-point precision. This takes a matter of minutes to do once the procedure has been set up and today multiple implants can be placed in the mouth in a matter of hours. They are very robust once they have settled in, have numerous uses: for any form of tooth loss, single teeth can be replaced by fitting a crown upon the implant; for multiple tooth loss, a bridge can be used in conjunction with dental implants. Implants can also be used in cases of total tooth loss and are more preferred to dentures. However, even with dentures, implants have come to the rescue; if five or six mini derivatives of the implant are placed in the mouth, they can be used to lock the dentures into place stronger than ever before. It is not all plain sailing with implants though- it still is a delicate procedure as a foreign body is being placed into the body and this takes time for the body to accept this. If you are considering having this treatment, you should first run any concerns by Clifton dental first in order to put your fears to rest.  

Looking after your Teeth Daily in Bristol

Whenever it comes to looking after ourselves in Bristol, we should always try to get into some form of routine so that it becomes automatic and that mind-set should also be the template for how we look after our teeth too. The problems such as plaque, gum disease and eventually tooth loss are borne out of bacteria being able to ply its ugly trade in the mouth; this comes as a direct consequence of poor oral hygiene on a daily basis- after all, it only takes 24 hours for bacteria to get its claws in. There are enough products on the market today to do the job required to keep your mouths healthy so there is no real excuse why you shouldn’t be brushing your teeth with a suitable brush and toothpaste at least twice a day- routine remember? Then there are a great range of back-up products to help; dental flosses and small inter-dental brushes are great for getting right into the nooks and crannies where normal toothbrushes cant. This can be also backed up by some excellent mouthwashes on the market designed to cater for all problems in the mouth. Herbal products are very popular too these days and can only help in the fight to look after your teeth: marry all of these together with regular outings to the dentist and there is no reason at all why you hold onto your teeth forever.

Swindon dentists solve tooth loss with dental bridges

Dental patients now have a great luxury of choice when it comes to some of the familiar dental practices which are the staple of dental surgeries. This is the case with tooth loss as dental scientists have developed a number of different solutions in order to effectively replace teeth which are missing. Read on to find out about one of them, dental bridges, and then you can decide whether it is the right option for you. Most people will never have to worry about losing their teeth but it can happen as a result of poor dental hygiene, a bad accident which has affected the mouth, or because of old age. If you are unlucky enough to lose a tooth or teeth, you will know how important it is to get it or them replaced with something that can replicate the functions of teeth. Even if you have only lost a single tooth, you will probably find that you can still eat, drink and talk as normal but the teeth surrounding the gap can start to shift into the vacant space and it might affect your appearance and self confidence. Dental bridges are a relatively simple solution to tooth loss in that they involve attaching a false tooth to the surrounding teeth. This means that there is no invasive surgery and can be inexpensive compared to some other methods. Different types of bridge work are used in different circumstances, for example if the tooth is at the front of the mouth or, for whatever reason, the false tooth can only be attached on one side to one tooth. You should make an appointment with your Swindon dentist if you have lost a tooth or teeth and need to find out about the options available to you.

Bath dentists advise patients to consider dentures as a great solution for multiple tooth loss

Dentures are back in a big way. After years of negative press and unsavoury stereotypes, dentists are now able to produce dentures which are a positive solution to multiple tooth loss without some of the problem associated with them in the past. If you need to replace lost teeth, you should talk to your Bath dentist and they will tell you about how dentures represent a viable solution. Fitting false teeth onto a platform that represents a full set of teeth and then wearing them in the mouth is not a new development; humans have been doing this for many centuries in one form or another. It was only in the twentieth century that these devices began to be mass produced and sold to people as the way to solve multiple missing teeth. Unfortunately these dentures were far from perfect and many wearers found that they were messy, uncomfortable and prone to slip out. This is not the case anymore as dentists tailor make sets of dentures based around the unique shape of the patient’s mouth. They are increasingly using material that causes far less friction to the gums of the wearer and, with less chance of slipping, they become less messy as well. Other treatments to replace lost teeth can be more permanent, such as dental implants and dental bridges, but dentures are the most affordable and won’t involve any invasive surgery. In fact, thanks to digital technology, dentures can be constructed quicker than ever without the commensurate increase in cost that might be associated with it. If you’ve suffered from multiple tooth loss, you’ll have to deal with it so that your mouth can function properly in terms of eating, talking and drinking; consider dentures as a solution.

Bath dentists advise patients who are interested in knowing about dental implants

Dental implants are becoming ever more talked about in the public as more and more people opt for them as a solution to their tooth loss. But many people still don’t understand what they are and how they actually work. Your Bath dentist will be able to tell you all about them as they have probably carried out a number of the procedures. For the basics, read on. Humans have long sought to replicate teeth when they have been lost, in recognition of the fact that eating, drinking and talking are a lot easier with a full set of teeth, even if some of them are not natural. Dental implants are the latest stage in this evolution and they represent a leap forward because they are concerned with replicating the actual root of the tooth which holds it in place. False teeth themselves have come a long way and modern pontics (as they are sometimes known) are realistic, lightweight and durable. But dental implants represent a new way of holding false teeth in place in the mouth. Instead of being removable like dentures or secured to surrounding teeth, dental implants are attached to the actual jaw bone itself. In an operation at the dental surgery, your dentist will place an implant beneath the gum and against the jaw bone. In time the titanium implant will fuse with the bone, giving it an incredible secure foundation, into which a false tooth can be screwed. The surgery is invasive and dental implants are not a cheap option but they are a permanent solution to tooth loss. It is this permanence that is making more and more people choose dental implants if they have lost a tooth or teeth.

Reversing gum disease: why you should start reversing gum disease now with advice from your Bath dentist

You should take just as much care looking after your gums as you do with your teeth. Gum disease is actually a great cause of tooth loss than tooth decay itself and having diseased gums can be painful and inconvenient. Nobody wants to have to go through the indignity of tooth loss or invasive surgery so read on to find out about how you can successfully beat gum disease. The most common form of gum disease – gingivitis – results from an excess of plaque on the gum line of teeth. The gums become inflamed and visibly reddened, sometimes they will bleed and be rather sensitive too. You might experience bad breath and odd tastes in the mouth. If gingivitis is not dealt with then it can lead onto periodontitis, where the inflammation has spread to the bones holding teeth in place. If you report symptoms to your Bath dentist and he or she diagnoses gingivitis, it is likely that you will simply be advised to tighten up your daily dental hygiene routine. This means taking better care brushing to remove more plaque and also being sure to floss to get to the plaque that can easily build up between the teeth and against the gum. Your dentist might recommend that you use a special mouth wash, formulated to take extra care of inflamed gums. Sometimes, if your dentist fears that tartar (hardened plaque) is being to form against the gums then you might be given a professional clean as tartar cannot be removed by tooth brushes. If you are worried about gum disease and want to avoid it progressing into something worse, talk to your Bath dentist today.

Foods to avoid for good dental health: get advice from Bath dentists

Maintaining excellent oral hygiene makes activities that you take for granted so much easier. If you allow your oral health to slip then you could be face with tooth decay and even tooth loss. These can be painful and inconvenient, making it much harder to eat, drink, talk and even smile. Brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist every six months are crucial, of course, but you can help ensure good oral hygiene by avoiding certain foods. Foods which contain lots of sugar and or starch contribute to excess build ups of plaque. Plaque attacks the teeth, causing cavities and eventually the break down of teeth which might come loose. Brushing and flossing should rid your mouth of the vast majority of this plaque but it is easier in the first place to simply avoid certain foods so that you don’t end up having to deal with a plaque problem. Sweets contribute hugely to plaque formation and the same can be said of sugary and carbonated drinks. These should be eaten in moderation. Unfortunately fruit and some vegetables also contain plenty of sugar and starch. Although these fruit sugars are good for us generally, they can contribute to plaque. As such you should try and brush your teeth after you have eaten fruit or have your fruit before your main meal so that the process of eating the other courses can dislodge some of the plaque that will already be starting to form. Having a generally healthy diet can contribute to good oral hygiene. If one part of you is unhealthy it is likely to affect the rest of you too and this is true of teeth. Talk to your Bath dentist today to get more advice about how a healthy diet can aid good oral hygiene.

The low down on dental implants and how they work. By a Bristol dentist

A Dental implant is an artificial tooth made from porcelain that is uniquely fixed to the jaw bone, for all intent and purposes it is the next best thing to a real and natural tooth. A Bristol dentist says that they have completely revolutionised the dental industry. Invented through many years of research and tests, the Implant was first researched in the 50s and 60s and since then they have been improved on to the present day. To someone who loses a tooth and can`t get on with dentures, they are a really good alternative as an artificial tooth. The process isn’t a quick fix though and the whole procedure can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months. There is a lot of science involved and the method consists of the jaw bone integrating with the new tooth. A plate made of Titanium is the key start to the procedure, it is slide under the gum and screwed to the jaw bone, it is pre-drilled with holes to accept poles later on that will be the anchors for the actual tooth. The plate is left to integrate with the jaw bone by agitating the blood system into producing new bone cells, these grow around the plate to make it part of the jaw. The poles are then screwed in and glued, then the new tooth or teeth is slide on and cemented in, the tooth is now usable after a few days of sensitivity. It needs no special care and can be regarded as a natural tooth.

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Dr. Neil Gerrard BDS (Bristol), RDT, MSc (Dental Implants),  GDC no 76257. Clifton Dental Studio is a Private Dental Practice. Website last updated: July 2018
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