Last week I was contacted over the phone and by email from several patients who are not comfortable seeing a dentist. Because this happened no fewer than six times, I have decided to write something regarding the common fear people have of the Dentist.
Our Dental Practice is a team made up of 6 regular people. Two dentist, Roozi and Anu, two dental nurses, Ayse and Alex and our two receptionists, Maggie and myself, Jasmina. We do have other members of the team but they are not with us every day. As you can see, we are small team and our practice is also small, but proudly this is what makes us different.
How are we different?
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Why taking up overseas based ‘special offers’ for dental implants could be a mistake.
Anyone who is considering a dental implant procedure and has done some research on the internet, can’t but have failed to notice a large number of advertisements for ‘cheap dental implants’ abroad. Looking further into this, you may have found a difference in prices between these dental practices and those in the UK.
There are a number of reasons for this. Some, such as a lower cost of living, are genuine and valid. However, others may well have a negative impact on the outcome of the procedure.
To be able to place dental implants in the UK, a lengthy additional training period is needed. This is necessary to bring dentists up to the standards required by the governing bodies in the UK. All of our implant dentists at the Smile Dental Practice are qualified and experienced; however, this may well not be the case in other countries where different standards apply and where it is also more difficult to check. Any reduction in training and standards could help to reduce prices, but the risk to the patient would be that much higher.
Poor quality implants
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A look at both the practical and cosmetic role of dental crowns.
The dental crown is a well established procedure that is in common use at dental practices across the world.
It can be used to improve both the strength and the appearance of a tooth, as our Bromley cosmetic dentist explains.
The most common use of a dental crown is where a tooth has broken. In the event of it actually snapping, perhaps due to an accident, a crown is an obvious choice. Key to success though is prompt action on the part of the patient. Breaking a tooth can lead to the dentin layer being exposed, and, if not attended to quickly, can allow bacteria to access the area and cause tooth decay.
If left for a long period of time, it may be that the tooth goes beyond saving and has to be extracted. Whilst there are effective replacement methods such as dental implants; at the Smile Dental Practice we prefer to save the natural tooth wherever possible.
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Spreading the cost of cosmetic dental procedures with our monthly payment plan.
With the wide range of cosmetic dental procedures now available, it is not reasonable to think that these could be paid for on the NHS. To do so, would mean significant increases in taxes which would almost certainly not be accepted by the electorate.
NHS dental care, which we also provide at the Smile Dental Practice, was, and still is, designed to ensure that everybody has affordable access to essential dental care. This covers the ‘basics’ such as check ups, x-rays, fillings, extractions and some restorative procedures. What it does not cover, essentially, are procedures that can be classed as ‘cosmetic’.
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Trust your local dentist if you need root canal therapy.
No patient likes to be told that they need root canal treatment. Thanks to its unfounded reputation, those words are, for some, quite a concern.
Thankfully, the procedure is nowhere as bad as we are led to believe, and with the treatment being carried out by the endodontic specialist based at our Bromley dental practice, you can be assured that you are in very capable hands.
In fact, if you are told that you need root canal treatment, it means that the specialist feels that the natural tooth can be saved. This means that there may be no need for extraction with the resultant gap in the teeth, or the need for a replacement such as a bridge or dental implant. The reality is that once the canals of the teeth become infected, they cannot be ‘cured’. The only option available is to access the canals and remove the infected material, cleaning the hollow canals and filling them. To complete the procedure, a crown will be placed on the tooth to create a better aesthetic appearance and to strengthen it.
What causes canal infection?
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The Smile Dental Practice offers private, Denplan and NHS dental care.
At our Bromley dental practice, we see a variety of patients from many different parts of the local area and society. Their needs differ from person to person too, with some simply requiring essential dental maintenance, whilst others are looking to improve the appearance of their smile.
Sometimes we see some confusion about the role of NHS and private dental treatments, so we thought we’d try to address this in our blog.
NHS dental care
At the Smile Dental Practice, we do offer patients NHS dental care. This is very popular and there may be a waiting list, so if you are interested in joining our practice as an NHS patient, we recommend that you contact us now for the latest information. The NHS offers essential dentistry that should be sufficient to ensure healthy teeth and gums. Pricing is split into three categories dependent on the complexity of the procedure. Basic restorations such as fillings and crowns are available on the NHS, as are extractions, although we avoid taking out teeth where other options are available to save them. Cleaning of the teeth and gum line too can be done through the NHS in the fight against gum disease, one of the biggest causes of tooth loss in the UK.
Some types of dentures and bridges are also available on the NHS and generally the care available is designed to ensure that a patient has access to a reasonable standard of dental care throughout their lives.
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Visiting a dental hygienist results in better looking and healthier teeth.
There was a time when you simply visited your local dentist to have your teeth checked and possibly filled or extracted, if needed. Modern dental care though has, over the years, become much more advanced and there are now a number of highly focused fields within the dental profession.
Whilst some of these fields involve specific dental procedures such as dental implants or orthodontics; one, sometimes underrated, field is that of the dental hygienist.
Having an in-house hygienist for Bromley patients at the Smile Dental Practice, is a valuable resource in the quest to have healthy teeth and gums for many years.
Role of the hygienist
Whilst hygienists may, for example, assist with the taking of x-rays and other general dental duties, dependent on their training; their key role is in ensuring the oral hygiene of our patients. This involves a number of factors, including education, and especially for younger patients who can then learn good oral health care skills to see them through their adult life. On a practical level though, the hygienist’s key role is in the professional cleaning of both teeth and gums.
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Causes and Dental Restoration Options.
A tooth can break for any number of reasons, often associated with teeth that have been weakened and compromised through poor oral care. A tooth that is weakened through decay, for example, is more prone to breaking than a healthy tooth.
Even healthy teeth can break though and this is more likely to be caused by an accident or blow to the face. Although often unavoidable; tooth damage through playing contact sports can usually be minimised by using a mouth guard during the game.
At the Smile Dental Practice in Bromley, we offer patients a variety of procedures that can be used to restore broken teeth. The most appropriate treatment will be decided following examination of the damaged tooth by our experienced team of dentists.
Where a tooth has suffered damage to the surface or perhaps significant staining, a dental veneer may be an option providing that it is a front tooth that is affected. Whilst a veneer may not be sufficient for more extensive damage, where cosmetic damage alone has occurred which affects the appearance, veneers do offer an excellent solution. Dental bonding may also be used when only minor damage has occurred but it is not as strong or long lasting as a porcelain veneer and also more prone to discolouration.
Filling or a crown?
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Our Bromley dentist answers your implant questions.
Over the years, we’ve understandably had lots of questions asked about dental implants, so, hopefully as a handy guide, we thought we would start 2016 with a look at some of the more common ones and the answers to them.
Is a dental implant procedure painful?
Perhaps unsurprisingly, this is the most common question that we are asked about dental implants at the Smile Dental Practice in Bromley. The answer is that, like all invasive procedures, some slight discomfort may be felt during the treatment. However, given that a powerful local anaesthetic is used and you are in very experienced hands, any level of discomfort should be minor and no more significant than other treatments.
The inconvenience of the procedure and short healing period is well worthwhile, and you will receive replacement teeth that are strong and long-lasting.
Do they feel natural?
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Our Bromley dentist suggests a few ideas for better oral health in 2016.
Within a few days, most of us will be sitting down to eat far more than we usually do, and probably over indulging in drink and ‘unhealthy’ food. There is little point in trying to challenge this status quo; most of us know we will fail if we do.
The period just between Christmas and the New Year though, does give us some breathing space for reflection, and we can use this time wisely to look at ways that we can improve ourselves, and our health, including, of course, our oral health.
To this end, we offer below, a few suggestions that you might like to add to your 2016 resolutions list:
1) Reduce sugar intake. This is one of the biggest things you can do to improve all aspects of your health, but in particular your oral health. Excess sugar intake will lead to dental decay as the bacteria that feed on sugar eat away at the protective enamel of your teeth, exposing the vulnerable inner part.
2) Stop smoking – Smoking may lead to not only more gum disease but also, potentially, oral cancers. You know it is dangerous – stop doing it
3) Drink less alcohol and more water – Alcohol dehydrates the body and reduces saliva flow. This reduction in saliva flow means that both food debris and the bad bacteria in the mouth are not washed away so easily, leading to an increased risk of gingivitis. Bad breath is also a common side effect of having dry mouth syndrome. Drinking more water will help to reverse this and help your body generally flush away toxins.
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