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What Is A Gummy Smile?

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Gummy smiles is the term used to describe when a large portion of the gums are visible when you are smiling. Even though it is not a medical problem, it can very much affect the aesthetics of your smile, and is considered a cosmetic treatment to treat.

How Are Gummy Smiles Treated?

Depending on the severity of your gummy smile, there are a number of ways which may be ideal to treat your case. In younger patients who are showing a gummy smile, an orthodontic option may be more suitable for them as the brace can help to manage and control the bone development, helping to reduce the gummy smile.

A more temporary treatment can be through the use of anti ageing treatments. These injections can be used on the upper lip, which will in turn will relax the muscles, allowing them to drop and hide the gummy smile.

Another option is through the use of laser gum reshaping. This is when a laser is used to carefully cut away any excessive gum.

How Do Gummy Smiles Form?

The way a gummy smile is formed can be down to a number of reasons. In some cases, you may of been born with a short upper lip, which causes more of your gum to be shown. Sometimes when your teeth are erupting, you may have an abnormal eruption, which again causes more of the gum to be seen. Lastly, it can be down to how you develop as a child. These early stages can be very important and regular visits with the dentist can monitor any changes, spotting any warning signs early on.

To find out what options may be suitable for your gummy smile, please do not hesitate to call us and book your free consultation.

Do I Need To Have My Tooth Extracted?

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If you have started to experience a lot of pain with a tooth, then you may be considering having it extracted. An extraction is when the dentist surgically and carefully removes the afflicted tooth from your mouth.

In the first instance, we will always evaluate to see if the tooth can be saved. Even though modern restorations are very good at what they do, we understand that nothing will ever be as good as your own natural teeth. We will always explore the options of saving your tooth, which may involve a root canal to save the afflicted tooth.

What If My Tooth Is Not Saveable

In the worst case scenario that your tooth cannot be saved, we will always discuss with you (prior to the extraction) gap management options. There are multiple reasons why it is important to consider gap management options – the most obvious reason is aesthetics, especially if it is one of your front teeth. The other reasons, which are not as obvious, is the detrimental affects that occurs in your mouth after you have lost a tooth. This is known as bone resorption, which is a natural affect, where the area of the missing tooth, starts to fade away and deteriorate – which unfortunately has a knock on effect on your surrounding teeth, as they can become loose and start falling out themselves (the speed at this affects us will vary from person to person).

There are now multiple options that are available when it comes to replace a missing tooth. One of the most exciting and modern ways to do this, is through the use of dental implants. Implants are titanium or ceramic pegs that are placed into the jaw bone (can be done under sedation). They will act as the new roots of your new tooth restoration. The false tooth, bridge, or denture, will then be attached to the implants for a secure tooth replacement option.

To find out more information, please do not hesitate to call us and book your free consultation today.

Why Visit The Dentist Regularly?

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It is quite common and not unheard of for patients to only really attend a dentist appointment, when something is not quite right, or they are in lots of pain. We will always endeavour in the first instance to get the patient out of any pain and identify where the root cause of the pain is.

The reason why it is important to attend regular check up and oral hygiene appointments with the dental hygienist is so we can check that everything is fine with your mouth and for the hygienist to reduce the build up of plaque and tartar (which leads to cavities).

When you start to feel pain, it is a clear indicator that something is not quite right. The reason for this pain can be down to a number of reasons, such as cavities appearing and infection setting in. At regular dental appointments, we will be able to address cavities and stop infection from setting in before it has even begun.

Your natural teeth are very important and maintaining them for as long as possible is always our main priority. Even though modern dental restorations are very effective, they will never be as good as your own natural tooth – they will always be a foreign entity when compared to your natural tooth structure. Responding to pain by seeing the dentist is a more responsive approach rather than a proactive approach of attending regular check ups and keeping on top of your dental health.

We understand that some of the more popular reasons for not attending can be down to being nervous. Our dental team are highly trained and patient to deal with all types of nervous patients, and will help to overcome your fear together. Cost is always another barrier to private treatment. Even though it does cost money to attend regular checks up, by being proactive and stopping problems before they occur, the cost involved with treatment problems once pain has set in and the condition has worsened, will always be far higher than general routine care.

To book your new patient exam, call us today.

Do I Need A Dental Bridge Or Dental Implants?

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When you have lost a tooth or had to have a tooth extracted, it is important to consider what gap management options are available.

Depending on your exact case, there are many different factors which may make certain treatments better suited for you, especially depending on what you want to get out of the end result.

What Is A Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is used to replace the natural bridge in your mouth and cover an area, which has missing teeth e.g. bridges the space in your mouth. Depending on what teeth you have lost or have remaining, the type of bridge that may be ideal for you can vary from one patient to the next. A traditional type of bridge will be supported by a tooth on either side of the gap (the crown goes over your prepared teeth) and then a false tooth in the middle to replace the missing teeth. Another popular method is the use of a maryland bridge. Instead of being supported by the crowns on either side of the gap, it has wings which are fixed to the backs of the adjacent teeth for support. If the bridge is going to be supported by only one side of the tooth, this will be known as a cantilever bridge.

However, if you are looking for a more stable and secure option, then an implant retained bridge may be even more ideal for you.

Implant Retained Bridges

The gold standard way in replacing missing teeth is through the use of dental implants. These are titanium pegs which are placed within the jawbone and will fuse with your bone – they will effectively be acting as the new roots of your teeth. The bridge is then securely fitted on top for a natural and strong restoration.

To find out your most suitable options, please do not hesitate to call us and book your free consultation today.

What Are Six Month Smiles?

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6 Month Smiles are a exciting and modern way to straighten teeth. They are a fixed, clear, ceramic strong brace, that can cosmetically enhance your smile. When it comes to straightening your teeth, one of the most common questions we here from patients is, how long will I need to wear braces for.

Treatment Times With 6 Month Smiles

Just like the name says, 6 month smiles can straighten teeth in just 6 months (case dependant). This is down to the mechanics of how the brace works. Unlike traditional braces, 6 month smile only straightens the visible parts of the teeth (crowns). The reason why other braces take so long to straighten teeth, is because they are taking the added job, of moving the roots as well. In some cases, there will be a need to correct the roots, as well as the crowns. If you have problems with your bite (over bite, over jet, underbite etc), then another system may be more suitable for your case.

If you are facing cosmetic straightening problems, then the 6 month braces system may be ideal for you. We will be happy to offer a free consultation where we assess your teeth and examine which options will be the most suitable for you (there are many modern systems available to meet a wide range of needs).

Flexible Payment Plans

Another common question we here is, are there any payment plans available. We are able to offer flexible payment methods to help meet your needs. There are pay as you go options, 0% and low interest finance plans. After the free consultation, we will send you a treatment plan outlining your options with associated costs. To find out more information regarding which system will be best for you, please do not hesitate to call us and book your free consultation today.

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