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Why Have Composite Fillings Over Amalgam?

When it comes to dentistry this is a very controversial topic that has drawn a lot of attention from the media in the past. The reason why this is controversial is because of what is contained in the old amalgam fillings that have been commonly placed in the past. They are not very commonly used any more, as the preferred option tends to be white fillings.

The amalgam fillings contains a substance known as mercury, which can be harmful to humans (mercury poisoning). There hasn’t been any definitive research to say that amalgam fillings can lead to mercury poisoning, but there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the subject.

At our practice we are very proud to be a mercury free clinic and do not advocate the use of the old silver amalgam fillings. We opt for the more natural and friendlier composite white fillings material.

Amalgam Danger

The danger associated with having the amalgam fillings is not the filling being in the tooth but the possibility that the filling may crack and therefore leak mercury into your mouth. As it stands, a silver filling in your mouth will not have a cause for concern as the mercury will be sealed inside.

Safely Removing Old Amalgam Fillings

It is becoming more and more common for people to have their old fillings removed and replaced with the friendlier composite fillings. When this procedure is carried out it needs to be carefully done to ensure that all the remnants of the old fillings is carefully removed and there is no leakage. This is done by using a rubber dam protective barrier and high pressure suction to suck all the debris away. We always ensure all safety protocols are followed strictly.

To find out more information please do not hesitate to book your free consultation.

What Is Denplan?

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Denplan is a well known and popular way to access private dental care whilst lowering your dental bills. At our practice we are able to offer a few different essential denplan plans to suit our patients needs.

How Does Denplan Work?

Denplan works on a direct debit monthly scheme, where a monthly fee is taken each month. The monthly fee will depend on what level of cover you have decided to go for. Our plans start from £13.50 a month.

Each plan will then entitle you to the essential recommended dental cover each year with other benefits as well. For example, the basic plan of £13.50 a month will cover you for your 2 routine dental checks and 2 hygiene scale and polishes each year, as well as any xrays as required. This plan will cost you a year £162, and if you paid on a per visit basis it would cost you £210 (2 check ups, 2 hygiene and 2 xrays) a year.

As well as covering you for your essential dental care there is also a further 15% discount towards any additional general work you may need, such as fillings.

It is recommended that you attend the dentist on a regular basis as it will help maintain your natural teeth for longer and any problems you may have will be picked up sooner than if you don’t go to the dentist on a regular basis. In terms of dentistry and dental care, the longer problems are left undiagnosed they can quickly become more serious and severe which leads to more treatment required and more money and time needed to be invested to rectify any problems.

If you would like to find out more information with regards to joining our practice as a denplan patient, please do not hesitate to call us today.

Teeth Implants Vs Dental Bridges

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Missing teeth can be troublesome for both aesthetic reasons as well as functional. Without all your teeth it can cause issues when eating your favourite food as well as affecting your speech. The obvious affects on your aesthetics is down to how it will appear to other people and it can also knock your self confidence.

When deciding to replace missing teeth there can be a number of different options that may be suitable.

Secure Tooth Replacement

Dental implants are a secure way to replace missing teeth. They comprise of a titanium or ceramic pegs that are placed within your jawbone. These then act as replacement roots that will hold the new tooth or teeth in place. The process of getting implants can take between 3-6 months as there needs to be a healing period to allow for the area where the implants were placed to heal.

Bridging a Gap

If you have a gappy smile and you are not too keen on the implant route, then a bridge may be a more preferred option for you. Depending on where the gap is or how many teeth you have missing, the type of bridge that will best meet your needs can vary from one patient to the next. A bridge is effectively a restoration that comprises of two main parts – the bridge, and the pontics. The pontics are effectively false teeth that are attached to the bridge. The way the bridge is then fitted in your mouth will depend on what type of bridge it is and where the gaps are. We will explain this in more detail at the free consultation once we have assessed your case.

It is possible to go for the best of both words and have an implant retained bridge, which will be more suitable for areas in the mouth that does not have adjacent teeth.

To find out what we can do for you, please do not hesitate to call us and book your free consultation today

Who Makes Dentures?

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If you face the unfortunate situation of needing a denture, you may have some questions relating to who makes the actual denture.

There can be quite often a negative stigma associated with getting dentures. This comes down to traditional dentures which may of not been necessarily made specifically for you, meaning they are ill fitting, not as functional and not very comfortable.

This is very much a thing of the past. All of our dentures are custom made and made specifically for your mouth. Everyone is different, and this couldn’t be truer for our mouths. Mouths can vary quite a lot from one person to the next. Mouths come in different sizes and shapes. Careful measurements need to be taken so the base of the denture will snugly fit on top of your jaw bone ridges. When a denture is well fitted, it will remain more stable than an ill fitting denture. This is because the connection between the base of the denture and your ridges, will cause a suction between the two and they will fit comfortably in place.

This is very much a removable option, which will allow you to remove the teeth at night to give your gums a rest (dentures need to be kept in water overnight). If you are looking for a more secure and stable option, then overdentures may be more suitable for you. This is when implants are placed into your jawbone (can be done under IV sedation). The denture is then securely fitted on top and are connected via abutments. We offer free consultations so we can assess your current situation and discuss the suitability of treatments we are able to offer.

We work closely with a local clinical dental technician who makes our dentures. He is able to meet the patients and see them through each step of the treatment up until the final fit of the denture. By seeing you, he is able to really capture the type of denture you are looking for and can make alterations to really meet your needs.

Please do not hesitate to call us and book your free consultation today.

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Grow Wrong?

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The main reasons why a wisdom teeth will erupt incorrectly, is due to spacing problems in the mouth. If there is not enough space, it can quite easily come out in various angles and impact other teeth and cause discomfort and even pain if that happens.

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Have These Problems?

This really comes down to evolution. The human race now has too many teeth for their mouths and not enough space. As we have evolved over the years, our bodies and mouths have changed and as a result, this issue has occurred. When you have all your teeth in your mouth, and the the wisdom teeth start to come through, it is very common for complications to arise.

Will I Need To Have Them Extracted?

This is very much a case by case question. It is very common to have headaches and some discomfort as the wisdom teeth come through. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they will need to be extracted as the discomfort can resolve itself when they settled down. In some instances, if there is an impaction with the other teeth, it can cause severe pain and may need to be extracted.

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come through and can start to come through around 15-25. They are the third molars and are often referred to as wisdom teeth as you are older (and wiser) when they start to come through.

Do I Need To See a Dentist?

If you are having pain it is worth having them looked at to see how they are erupting and for any early signs to be picked up on. If you are worried about your wisdom teeth or you are in pain, please do not hesitate to call us and book your appointment today.

Do you still have unanswered questions? Please feel free to submit them below!

By Dr Gursh Bajwa

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