New Dental Veneers In Epsom?

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Here are some quick tips to get the most from them….

Dental veneers can be used to correct a number of issues, but are perhaps most commonly used to restore the shade and appearance where a patient’s teeth are heavily discoloured or cracked. Once fitted, dental veneers should last in the region of ten years, depending on individual circumstances and how well they are maintained.

One of the fundamental aspects for making sure that veneers look great and function well over the years, is to maintain the integrity of the teeth on which the veneers are attached. So a good personal oral care regimen must be maintained.

Staining

As dental veneers are made from porcelain, they are quite resistant to staining and should not discolour quickly. This is because they are virtually non-porous and staining substances can’t get into the tiny pits and cracks as they can on a natural tooth. Surface staining though is still possible, and, for example, smoking may cause tar deposits to accumulate on the surface. Always make sure to brush both the surface of the veneer, and the rest of the tooth regularly.

Decay

The veneer itself cannot decay; however, the remainder of the tooth to which it is attached certainly can. Not only might decay of the underlying tooth mean that fillings might be required but it can also change the shape of the tooth and compromise the bonding of the veneer to it. As with the rest of your teeth, you should always brush the full area of the tooth well, including the gum line. If you don’t already, some form of inter-dental cleaning should also be used, whether tiny brushes or regular floss. Make sure too, that you see the hygienist at the Clock Tower Dental Clinic to help keep your mouth in tip top condition.

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Are You A Suitable Candidate For Dental Implants At Our Epsom Surgery?

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Factors which may contribute to a decision about implant placement.

At the Clock Tower Dental Clinic, we believe that dental implants are the best solution available for anyone wishing to replace a missing tooth. Offering a level of strength and stability that other solutions such as dentures and bridges can’t, implants are rapidly becoming the first choice for many people.

Whilst most patients are able to have dental implants placed, there are circumstances which may mean a prior procedure is necessary, or that a patient will need to make a lifestyle change in order for implants to be a practical solution for them.

Bone deterioration

A patient who has been missing a tooth for some time, may well lack sufficient bone structure into which the implant can be placed. A firm foundation in the jaw is needed to place a dental implant, so it may be necessary to have a bone graft or sinus lift before the procedure takes place. X-rays and scans at our Epsom dental practice will determine whether you will need either of these procedures, or are suitable to proceed without any upfront treatments.

Threats to the longevity of dental implants

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Essential Advice To Promote Strong And Healthy Teeth

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Our Epsom dentists offer some simple and easy to follow everyday dental advice.

Looking after our teeth and gums is relatively easy to do if we take just a few minutes each day to take care of them.

Whilst no one can guarantee against damage to a tooth caused by an accident, many dental problems are caused by neglect, to some degree.

In today’s blog, we look in more detail at how you can take care of your teeth on a daily basis.

Diet

It is well known that a diet that is high in sugars is not only bad for your general health in the form of obesity etc, but is also one that is likely to cause damage to your teeth. As sugars turn to acid, they erode the enamel, rendering the tooth more prone to decay. Other dietary factors can also affect your teeth. A high fruit diet, especially citrus, is not only a high sugar diet, even though they are natural sugars, but the high acid levels in fruits can also lead to enamel erosion.

Some special diets such as veganism can also lead to a lack of the right nutrients to build strong and healthy teeth. Without appropriate compensation, vegans can lack certain vitamins which are essential to strong teeth. If you do choose to follow diets like this, please take care to read up on how to obtain adequate nutrition.

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Clear Aligners – A Discreet Way To Straighten Your Teeth

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Straight teeth for Epsom patients, with near-invisible braces!

Modern cosmetic orthodontics offer patients a much more convenient and discreet route to an even smile when compared to traditional braces; none more so than the ‘Clear Aligner’ system. Whilst most newer generation dental braces use discreet materials, most still use a system of wires and brackets to reposition the teeth.

Though significantly less visible than the old “train track” versions, these can still be seen, and, in addition to this, dental hygiene can be difficult to maintain when wires and brackets get in the way as you clean and floss your teeth.

Invisible braces

The Clear Aligner system offers patients of the Clock Tower Dental Clinic in Epsom, a new and more convenient way to straighten teeth. Gone are the wires and brackets, and, instead, a series of clear plastic trays are used which fit directly over the teeth. These are made following impressions which our dentist will take, ensuring that they not only do their job effectively, but also offer the maximum level of comfort for the patient.

Whilst comfort is obviously a significant factor, the main appeal of this type of orthodontic is that they are very discreet and also convenient. As they are made from a clear medical grade plastic and sit directly over the teeth, they are virtually invisible to most observers.

In addition, Clear Aligners are specifically designed to be removed when you eat and also for brushing your teeth. This, naturally, means that you can continue your usual oral health regimen with no problem. The trays will also need to be kept clean so that they do not harbour harmful bacteria and you will be advised of the best cleaning method for them during the initial fitting.

Whilst you should remove the trays when eating and cleaning only, it may be appropriate to remove them, for example, if you have an interview if it helps you to feel more confident. Removing them too often though, may result in a longer period of time needed to straighten your teeth and this should be borne in mind.

Disadvantages?

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Tooth Extraction And Replacement Options in Epsom

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How we take out a tooth and examine options for closing the gap.

At the Clock Tower Dental Clinic, we will always try to save a patient’s natural tooth wherever that is a practical option.

There are a number of procedures including fillings, crowns and root canal procedures that can help us to do this, but sometimes a tooth is simply too badly decayed or damaged to be worth attempting to save. The only option available to us at this stage is to extract the tooth.

Providing that the extraction is straightforward, and does not require specialist dental treatment, such as where the tooth has broken at the gum line, it can be extracted by one of our experienced Epsom dental team. Whilst some patients believe that a tooth is pulled out using force, this is usually not the case and the procedure is less traumatic than many patients fear.

Tooth extraction

To remove a tooth, the patient will be given a local anaesthetic to minimise any discomfort. Using forceps, the dentist will then grip the tooth and rock it gently from side to side. By doing this, the bone which holds the tooth in place slowly releases its grip and the tooth can then be gently removed from its socket. Naturally, there will be some bleeding and you will be given some gauze to bite onto which helps to form a clot – this is the start of the healing process. You will be given full aftercare instructions to ensure that your recovery is comfortable and straightforward.

Replacing the tooth

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What We Look For During Your Dental Check Up

Our Epsom dentists explain how your oral health is monitored.

Most patients of the Clock Tower Dental Clinic come to us at six monthly intervals to have their teeth and gums checked by one of our dentists. Providing that good care has been taken to keep both the teeth and gums clean in the period between, it is likely that no treatment, or only minor treatment will be needed.

So is a six monthly check-up always needed? Our recommendation would be that, unless you have a long history of completely trouble-free teeth and gums, then leaving it longer between appointments increases the likelihood of problems arising and needing more extensive treatment when they do.

What we look for

When we perform an oral health check for a patient, we look for many things. The following are some of the key points of a routine dental check up:

Dental decay

Sometimes, dental decay can be obvious to the naked eye and we examine a patient’s teeth closely for signs of this. Sometimes though, it may occur under the surface of the tooth, and, in order to check for this, an x-ray may be necessary. These can reveal not only tooth decay, but also any initial signs of bone loss caused by the onset of gum disease. X-rays at the Clock Tower Dental Clinic use low doses of radiation and are perfectly safe for most people. If you are pregnant though, please let us know, as x rays are usually avoided during this time.

Inter-dental cleanliness

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A Whiter Smile For Spring!

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Fast acting teeth whitening treatment at our Epsom dental practice.

With Spring now officially here, and even a few pleasant days already behind us, many of us will be starting to put away our thicker darker clothing and bringing out the brighter colours for Spring. For many people too, this is a time when they start to think about having a teeth whitening procedure to brighten up their smile for the sunnier days ahead.

For those who have had stained or discoloured teeth for some time, this may appear to be a wish that can’t easily be fulfilled. No doubt many will have tried the wide range of whitening toothpastes now available and will, quite probably, be disappointed with the results.

There is good news for anyone in this situation, in that a professional teeth whitening procedure will produce much better results that can leave your teeth up to eight shades whiter than they were before.

One hour treatment

Using the Zoom 2 teeth whitening system, the dentists at the Clock Tower Dental Clinic are able to whiten your teeth in just one hour. No local anaesthetic is necessary and you should feel quite comfortable during the procedure. A guard will be fitted which prevents your lips and gums from coming into contact with the whitening gel, which is a form of clinical bleach. This prevents any potentially painful and unsightly burning. Once we are happy that you are protected, the whitening gel is then applied to your teeth.

A special dental light is used which activates the whitening ingredient and begins the process. During the hour or so once the treatment starts, you are free to just relax or read or listen to music or watch TV. Finally, once the treatment is over, the gel will be removed and you should be able to see an amazing improvement in the whiteness of your teeth.

Maintenance

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Do You Still Smoke?

If so, you might want to consider the increased risk of these dental problems….

Whilst smoking is on the decline, it is still thought that around one in every seven of us still indulge in the habit. Despite the now well known risk to our health, it seems as though nicotine is still a difficult drug for many to kick.

What many people don’t take into consideration is that, as well as general health problems, smoking can affect your mouth in many ways, both aesthetically and medically.

Your Epsom family dentist takes a look, below, at some of the ways that smoking can have a negative impact on our teeth and oral health in general.

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Gum Disease Prevention – The Scale And Polish Procedure

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How this essential Epsom hygienist treatment helps to keep your gums healthy.

Whilst most people probably associate going to the dentist with keeping their teeth healthy, dentists are not only concerned with the teeth, but also the patient’s gum health. If the gums become infected, this can lead to damage being done to the underlying bone structure which holds the teeth securely in place.

The biggest threat to a patient’s gums is gum disease. Whilst later stage gum disease, known as periodontitis is the greatest danger, and often needs specialist periodontal treatment, early stage gum disease, or gingivitis, is easier to treat and to prevent.

Hygienist visits

Regular visits to the hygienist at our Epsom practice are an excellent way of helping to keep on top of your oral health regimen and many patients here at Clock Tower Dental Clinic find that the discussions and advice given, helps them to improve their oral health care at home.

Whilst the guidance given by the hygienist, concerning dietary improvements and better flossing techniques, for example, will greatly improve your chances of avoiding gum disease; the professional cleaning procedure, usually known as a ‘scale and polish’ performed by our hygienist, will also help to look after your teeth and gums.

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From Amalgam To A Tooth Coloured Filling

Safe removal of dark amalgam fillings at an Epsom dentist in Surrey

Along with discoloured teeth, one of the things that can really detract from an otherwise nice smile is when a number of teeth have been filled with the dark coloured amalgam fillings which are commonly used. Whilst this type of filling certainly offers a high level of strength, it also comes at the price of being highly visible.

Increasingly, and largely because of this factor, patients of the Clock Tower Dental Clinic in Epsom are turning to the natural looking tooth coloured fillings that we offer as an alternative.

Amalgam removal

Use of tooth coloured fillings follows a similar pattern to regular fillings and no particularly special treatment is required to place them. Many of our patients have been so pleased with their new natural fillings that they have gone the extra step to have their current amalgam fillings removed and replaced with new, natural-looking cosmetic versions. At the Clock Tower Dental Clinic, we offer safe amalgam removal for patients from across Surrey, offering them the chance to swap a smile spoiled by dark fillings to one when they are virtually invisible. There are also some patients who prefer to avoid amalgam fillings because of the mercury component which is used within them.

To remove the amalgam, a local anaesthetic is given as it would be for a regular filling. Patients are also given the option of having a face covering to protect them from any particles of amalgam which become airborne during the procedure. Some people prefer these extra safety protocols which we have developed for our patients having amalgam removal in Epsom, Surrey.

The amalgam filled teeth which are to be treated are isolated from the other teeth using a rubber dam and other specialist equipment. Next, the amalgam is removed using a dental drill leaving a clean cavity which is finally filled using the natural looking cosmetic filling. This is then shaped and the bite checked so that the patient not only has nice looking, but comfortable fillings too.

We also offer the option of natural lavender essential oils which can help patients to relax during the procedure.

Post procedure care

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