If you are losing a number of your natural teeth, then your dentist may want to offer you the chance to have dentures. Everyone is familiar with the traditional style of dentures, grandpa’s false teeth which used to sit in a glass of water on the nightstand, but not all modern dentures have to be like this. If you are losing your teeth early and don’t want to consider having a complete set of false teeth just yet, then you may want to learn about the different types of dentures, and try to find a set that work best for you.
These are the full set that you would have seen in the past. There are two varieties of these, known as Immediate and Conventional. Which type you have will depend on when you have your dentures made. Immediate dentures, as the name suggests, are made prior to the teeth being extracted, and can be put into place on the same day. These are ideal for denture beginners, but will need to be replaced with Conventional dentures once the gums have shrunk back into the jawbone. The latter dentures require extensive fitting and adjustment, and even after this, they will still require replacement after one or two years of use.
Partial dentures are a more modern way of replacing lost teeth. In this case, the partial denture, also known as a bridge, is used when only a few teeth have been lost, and the majority of your natural teeth remain. The partial denture involves either a fixed bridge, which is used to span the gap between two teeth, and is fixed into place with dental cement. The other partial denture is fitted onto a pink plastic base, and can be removed easily. Partial dentures are the best alternative for most people who are losing teeth due to decay.
If you are still not sure about which types of dentures to use, then you should consider dental implants. These are false teeth which are secured into the gumline, and closely resemble natural teeth. Dental implants are very popular, although not everyone can be fitted for these dentures. They are also expensive, so patients will have to weigh up the potential advantages of having fixed teeth with the risks and the expense. If you can have this type of denture, it can be the best alternative.
Many people have a fear of the dentists, whether they have had a good reason in the past or simply because it is something they have learned from their parents. If you are concerned about a visit to the dentist, then there are several things that you can do in order to make it a pleasant and easy experience. Addressing the elements of a dentist’s visit which makes you nervous can help both you and the dental team to relax.
This is the most common type of dentist phobia, and was also much more common in the past, when dental equipment was primitive and personal dental hygiene was less sophisticated. These elements together meant that a regular trip to the dentist was likely to result in uncomfortable treatments. The sound of the dentist’s drill can still send shivers up the spines of some patients. In order to overcome this kind of fear, patients can benefit from a beginner’s appointment with the dentist. At this point, there will be no treatments, so you can just talk to the dentist, explain your fears, and have them discuss your treatment options. Dentists may offer to start with basic treatments, such as a dental polish, before moving on to more serious treatments. This can help you to feel more comfortable in the dentist’s surgery.
If you are more nervous about visiting the dentist rather than the treatments themselves, then you may have to deal with a different set of feelings. Most people who are afraid of the dentist have never had a bad experience – in some cases they might not have ever been to the dentist – but they learn their fear from family experiences or media depictions of dentists. Children learnt to be nervous of the dentist, and their children have learnt to be nervous of visits to the dentist because they are watching their parent’s reaction. People can also fear dentists if they have had negative experiences in the past, either as young children or as adults with poor teeth.
These types of fears are often psychologically rooted, and some patients benefit from talking to our dental hygienists first in order to ‘warm up’ for a full dental appointment. Finding the right dental practice can be essential for those with a fear of dentists, and it may help to talk to the dentist before making an appointment to reassure yourself that they are friendly and helpful.
We work with a cognitive behavioral therapist, Omisona Fasina, who helps our really nervous patients overcome their fear and helps them to attend their appointments no problem at all.
The CBT process is all about understanding what caused the initial fear and helps change the way you see what your scared of, to then enable you to overcome your fear and proceed with your desired treatment.
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If you need to have a number of teeth removed from the same area of your mouth, then your dentist will likely recommend a partial denture or bridge to help cover the gap created by the extraction. Patients often have worries about dentures that they don’t feel able to talk about with their dentist, or that only starts to build up as the date of the extraction occurs. One of the biggest worries for people facing the loss of two or three large teeth, and the requirements for dentures, is that it will somehow affect the remaining natural teeth. There are some reasons why these concerns might be realistic, but there are ways to combat it and to live with dentures.
When you use dentures, you are essentially putting a foreign object into your mouth. This irritates the gum lines, leading to inflammation. When the gums recover, they will tend to sink back against the jaw. This can affect the surrounding teeth. In addition, the use of dentures can increase plaque accumulation in the teeth, which can result in gum disease and tooth decay, increasing the chances that teeth will fall out.
Although gum retraction and tooth decay is a fact of life, there are some things that you can do to prevent the loss of your other teeth. Firstly, good dental hygiene is a must. You have to keep the remaining teeth in good condition, so that they are not damaged. Secondly, keeping the dentures clean is just as important. Don’t just put the denture bridge in water each night. Instead, scrub them with a toothbrush and toothpaste just as you would with natural teeth. This helps to keep bacteria to a minimum, preventing the decay of your natural teeth.
Another reason why natural teeth can fall out after a denture is fitted is due to poor sizing of the dentures. If you are wearing a partial denture or a bridge that is not correctly fitted and held in place, then the denture can rub against the natural teeth, causing them to become loose.
Careful fitting of the partial denture is essential to prevent this from occurring, and you can also help yourself by properly securing the denture to the gumline. You should also make sure to have your dentures replaced every two to three years in order to ensure that the dentures remain correctly fitted to your current gumline. Talk to your dentist for more advice about preventing further tooth loss when using a partial denture or bridge.
Dentures are the main way for dentists to help patients who are losing their own teeth. In the perfect world, dentists are able to use implants to replace-create teeth, as this has less impact on adjacent teeth and gums. Bridges are also good replacements, as they have less plaque accumulation, but many people are uncertain about bridges as they require shaving down adjoining teeth. On the whole, dental implants are the preferred option.
During six month smiles treatment, the average completion time tends to be from four to nine months. Following successful treatment, patients often wonder how their brace is going to be removed.
When the brace is bonded on, we use a composite-based luting cement to hold it in place, which is essentially a glue used on the brackets to glue to the teeth. The idea of this glue is so that it attaches to the enamel of the teeth, without causing any damage upon removal.
We are asked on a regular basis by patients “How are these braces removed?” and the actual procedure is a lot simpler than patients think. Patients often think that because these are fixed to the teeth it’s going to hurt or cause damage to the actual enamel of their teeth, but in actual fact, the removal process can take seconds to minutes.
When a patient arrives during their final appointment to have the brace removed, the appointment mainly revolves around if the patient is happy with their teeth and happy for us to remove the brace.
Once we have consent to remove the brace, we will use a de-bonding tool that will carefully lift the brackets off the teeth. This tool has been specifically designed to ensure that any pressure that’s put on the bracket is directly applied to only the bracket itself, rather than the patient’s teeth.
The brackets will then start to pop off (pain free), and as they do they will make a normal clicking noise. The noise can sometime be disconcerting for patients, but patients soon become used to the actual noise itself.
After we have removed the brackets, there will always be some residual glue left on the enamel of the teeth. We then use a special tool that is designed to safely remove the glue and not damage the enamel. This is very normal and nothing to be worried about and we always carry out procedures with the main goal of protecting the patients teeth.
After the glue is removed, the majority of our patients say that it feels very strange to not have the braces on, and they often find themselves running their tongue over their teeth – which is quite a nice feeling/experience for the patient.
Following this procedure we offer to all of our orthodontic patients (for free), re-contouring of the teeth. In most adult patients there tends to be some form of chips or blemishes which are on the edges of their teeth. So we tend to smooth these out or add some composite bonding to the teeth to give them a nice natural rounded finish.
Any unusual-shaped teeth can also be changed, and often we will remove any deposits of plaque or tartar from their teeth (which can cause tooth decay if left).
At this point, we will fit fixed retainers to the teeth. The majority of our patients tend to have fixed retainers, as this is one of the best ways to maintain the straightness of their teeth. The fixed retainers are predominantly on the front teeth in the arches – but fixed to the backs of the teeth (hidden). They go from the lower canine from one side to the lower canine on the right-hand side. On the upper, they similarly go across the front six teeth.
Once we have applied the fixed retainers, we take impressions of the teeth that are used to make our removable retainers (to be worn at night), which are then also used as the whitening trays (free whitening with ortho treatments).
If you are interested in having your teeth straightened but still have unanswered questions or any concerns, we will be happy to offer you a free consultation where we can examine your case in detail, offering you the most suitable treatments to accomplish your goals. Don’t worry if your a nervous patient, we understand that going to the dentist can be a stressful experience and we will go at a pace to suit your needs.
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Your child’s teeth and well being are very precious. We all know that you can put in place the very best measures to ensure that no harm comes to your child. But accidents can and will happen and even the very best prevention methods will not be 100% fail proof.
You could be an overprotective parent which limits your child to the activities they participate in – but this is then going to affect their emotional and social development which are equally important as their well being.
Participating in sport at a young age is an integral part of a child’s personal & social development. Unfortunately with sport, accidents and knocks are quite a common occurrence – with teeth being one of the likely areas that could succumb to damage. In a worse case scenario, this could mean teeth being knocked out and as your child grows older, a missing tooth can start to make them feel very self-conscious, affecting them in social situations.
Mouth guards are a great way to ensure that if in the event their is a knock or accident while playing sport, your child’s teeth will be protected.
When you suffer from a blow to the face the mouth guard will act as shock absorber for the teeth protecting them from fractures. The mouth guards will also protect the lips, cheek and tongue from any lacerations that could of occurred by being hit by the teeth.
If your interested in finding our more about custom made mouth guards please do not hesitate to call us today for more information or to book your free consultation.