If you have a problem with the position of your teeth where you suffer from something known as an ‘open bite’, then you may have been advised to use braces to correct this problem. Open bite conditions may involve a number of different problems, from teeth not meeting in the centre of the mouth, to gaps between teeth, meaning that the teeth are not able to meet. You may have found that some foods are more difficult to chew upon due to this open bite, and that gaps between the teeth are obvious and unattractive. This type of dental problem is known as a malocclusion of the jaw. Your dentist may have recommended a few different types of brace to help you alter your bite, and one variety they may have chosen is the Invisalign brace.
If you accept that you have a problem with your bite, then you may wonder whether traditional braces could help you instead. These may be a cheaper alternative to treat your open bite, but you may be after a more discrete treatment. We offer free consultations so we can assess your case and see which options will be the most suitable to meet your needs.
Invisalign can help you if you have an open bite, because they are designed to be fitted into the mouth and align the teeth naturally. The alignment is done through a number of stages, with a different aligner for each stage. It may be necessary to have around 30 aligners for each jaw in order to finish the treatment. It is important to note that the best success with Invisalign is seen in patients with an anterior overbite, where it changes the plan of the bite. The posterior overbite is harder to treat, with any kind of brace, and these patients might require a combination of surgery and braces to attempt to fix the problem.
Invisalign could be the ideal solution for you depending on how your teeth are. Do not hesitate to call us today and book your no obligation free consultation.
If you need to have dental implants to replace missing teeth, then you will usually be offered a standard implant, which includes metal fixings. These are fine for the majority of people, but if you have had a reaction to titanium or nickel alloys in the past, then you may be wary about having metal in your mouth indefinitely. Finding non-metallic dental implants can be difficult, since most dentists only offer the standard versions of implants. However, we can offer you a metal-free ceramic version for peace of mind.
Dental implants which are metal free have zirconium dioxide (Zirconia) and ceramic materials in them instead of the traditional titanium or aluminium fittings. These have been designed to help people with sensitivities to have natural-looking teeth. Zirconium is also considered to have less allergen than other forms of materials. In addition, the zirconium material is also a lot stronger than aluminium or titanium implants, which means that they are more durable.
There are several advantages to getting metal free dental implants, apart from lack of allergens and an increase in strength.
If you are unsure which tooth replacement option will be the most suitable for you, please do not hesitate to call us today and book your free consultation.
If you have had a bad experience of the dentist in the past, and are now too scared to go, then you may have been putting off treatment for a long time. A small hole in a tooth can quickly get out of hand, and broken, chipped or lost teeth can occur. Our dental team can help anyone who needs a lot of dental treatment, but is nervous of dental work or of the dentist themselves. We can help you to relax, have a more pleasant experience, and get your teeth fixed so that they no longer hurt.
The main problem with fixing your teeth if you have a fear of the dentist, is that you can’t relax. Even during the assessment visit, you may hold your tongue, jaw or lips in a position which means that our dentists can’t get a good look at the problem. You may also find that treatments including polishing or whitening are more uncomfortable because your muscles are tense. Fear of pain can increase the chances of experiencing pain, and this could be a significant problem if you are trying to overcome being scared of the dentist.
When you make an appointment to see our team, we can suggest a number of ways that you can overcome your fears and help both yourself and the dentist. One of the ways in which our team can help you is by offering IV sedation with your treatment. In this process, we give you an IV injection which then allows us relax you during your treatment – making an hour or two feel like ten minutes. This will help you to relax, and can ensure that you end up with a more positive outlook on dental work.
If you have never been offered IV treatment before, then you may not know whether it is the right option for you. We find that patients who need a lot of dental work really benefit from sedation, since it allows our dentists to work quickly, and with precision, and we can often complete 2 or 3 treatments in the time it usually takes us to complete one when the patient is alert. This means that when you need extensive dental reconstruction, our sedatives allow you to have fewer appointments, and fewer visits to the dentist, which can be ideal if you are nervous about the visit.
It is a sad fact that many patients are still afraid of their dentist, and this can mean that they put off essential dental work because they are worried about discomfort, or the sounds of dental equipment. The drill is a nightmare for some, and they may even be too nervous to visit the dentist for a routine check up. Even the regular dental patient might become nervous when they know that they need some dental work. In cases like these, our dental team may have offered you the chance to have IV sedation. This is a relatively new method of helping the patient to relax and feel less tense while the dentist does their work. It is also a great way of overcoming fears of the dentist or memories of previously unpleasant experiences.
If you dentist has offered you IV sedation, you may be worried about what that might mean for you. This is intravenous sedation, which means that the dentist will inject a sedative into your arm. For people who are nervous about dentist’s equipment, this might make them even more nervous. Most patients describe the feeling as like a small pinch in the arm. The IV sedation is slowly injected into the patient in a controlled manner. This helps to slowly administer the IV without causing any discomfort to the patient.
If you have decided to have IV sedation, then you may still be concerned about the after-effects of the treatment. The sedated patient will usually experience what is known as an ‘altered state’, where they are conscious but not aware of what is going on or any part of the treatment, and are more likely to have no memory of the procedure after waking up. These types of sedation used will make you feel relaxed, and you are likely to not notice whether you are nervous or not. You will be carefully monitored at all times and time will seem to pass very quickly, so it only feels as though ten minutes have passed, while your dentist can complete a wide variety of treatments at the same time.
After the dental work is finished, you should not drive for at least 24 hours and you shouldn’t be alone, but patients do start to feel alert after the IV sedation is finished. We always have our sedation patients arrive with a chaperone to ensure that you are safe on your journey home. You may experience mild nausea, but this will pass if you sleep and drink plenty of water.