Emergency dental appointments are available at our Epsom dental practice.
It goes without saying that the best oral health care consists of quality home cleaning, along with regular examinations by one of the dentists at the Clock Tower Dental Clinic in Epsom. With this, and a reasonably healthy diet, most patients should be able to maintain healthy teeth, perhaps with just a minor procedure or two.
Accidents do happen though, and, of course, unfortunately not everybody follows the above regimen. In either case, dental emergencies can arise and it is inadvisable to ignore them when they do.
When do I need an emergency appointment?
Some people consider it a dental emergency when they are experiencing severe toothache. Whilst this certainly should be classed as such, a dental emergency can also be when prompt treatment is needed to prevent further harm or damage to the teeth, gums or mouth.
For example, if a large section of a tooth has broken off, perhaps because of a fall, or biting on something harder than expected, this can be classed as a dental emergency, even if no pain is experienced. Ignoring a case like this is likely to result in further damage to the tooth, possibly resulting in its removal. On the other hand, prompt action may mean that the tooth can be saved. Sometimes a simple filling is sufficient but where damage is more significant, dental crowns or other treatments may be used instead.
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How the revolutionary ‘All On 4’ implant procedure can provide a new set of teeth in relatively few hours.
At the Clock Tower Dental Clinic, we are a long-established dental implant studio, well known not just in Epsom, but across Surrey too. With our highly skilled and experienced team, we have provided many happy patients with implants to replace missing teeth.
Whilst many now recognise that implants are the best option for replacing an individual missing tooth, offering both longevity and strength; fewer people perhaps, realise that they can also be used when a full arch of teeth need replacing.
Dentures or implants
The standard method of replacing teeth, where a full arch is needed, has long been use of dentures. A dental bridge is not an option as it needs adjacent teeth to be attached to. Whilst dentures have certainly improved greatly over the years, and now look more natural and offer a greater degree of comfort, they are not without their problems.
The two key concerns that patients sometimes express when discussing dentures is that they are tricky to keep clean and that they can move around in the mouth. It is this latter issue which often persuades patients to opt for the ‘teeth in a day’ option. The fact is that dentures move around, not because of what they are, but because, over time, with no teeth roots to hold in place, the jawbone gradually thins and loses density, causing it to change shape. When this happens, dentures can become less stable and move around.
All On 4
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How we make your dental experience as pleasant as possible.
It is indisputable that many people have a genuine fear of visiting the dentist.
Whilst, for some, this is at a manageable level, for others it can deter them from keeping their dental appointments, sometimes for years without seeing a dentist.
At the Clock Tower Dental Clinic, we see our fair share of nervous dental patients. Some simply need a reassuring friendly dentist to help put them at ease whilst they receive their treatment, but for others, it is not enough. For these patients, we have gone the extra mile to offer additional help.
Below, we take a look at some of the techniques and equipment available at our Epsom practice to assist anxious patients.
The Wand and INJEX
Both of these are relatively new methods of administering local anaesthetic. For some people, it is the ‘needle’ that they fear much more than even the most invasive procedure. This is obviously a problem as procedures without anaesthetic would prove to be painful. The Wand is the more established of these new methods and works by first of all ‘freezing’ the gum with a topical anaesthetic before the local anaesthetic is administered using a very fine needle, which is not felt due to the topical anaesthetic.
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Straightening teeth without unsightly traditional dental braces.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, a large number of people are thought to have avoided having dental braces in their teenage years, despite their teeth being uneven. The result of this is that many of us probably now look at our teeth and wish, in retrospect, that we had put up with them so that our teeth were now nice and even.
The good news is that it is not too late. Modern orthodontics, such as those that we offer at the Clock Tower Dental Clinic in Epsom, offer adults a way to have even teeth again, but this time with greater comfort and less visibility. Whether you simply have minor misalignment issues with your visible front teeth, or your teeth are generally crooked, we have a solution for you.
There are two main methods of teeth alignment which we use at your convenient Epsom dental practice. The first of these that we will take a look at is the revolutionary Clear Aligner system. This system offers orthodontics in a manner probably unfamiliar to most people. Gone are the wires and brackets approach of most orthodontic systems, and, instead, a series of transparent trays or ‘aligners’ are used. As with all orthodontic systems, this system is manufactured following scans and impressions to produce optimal results.
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CEREC – The ‘one visit’ solution for crowns and veneers.
At the Clock Tower Dental Clinic, we continually monitor new developments in the dental industry, assessing their benefits for our patients. One of our acquisitions from this research is CEREC technology which is a computerised means of producing dental crowns, veneers, inlays and onlays without the need for impressions to be sent to an off-site laboratory.
This method offers a number of benefits for our Epsom patients, who, like many people these days, lead busy lives and would prefer to spend as little time at a dental practice as possible.
Using a dental laboratory has always meant that procedures such as the fitting of crowns or veneers has needed two visits to our practice; one to take impressions and then another a week or two later, to have them fitted. Using CEREC however, digital impressions are taken which are then loaded into the advanced milling equipment. The CEREC technology starts to prepare the crown or veneer from a solid piece of ceramic and is usually ready within approximately one hour.
By using this technology, we can often preserve more of the natural tooth than is sometimes the case when using the traditional method of laboratory made restorations; another worthwhile benefit.
No temporary replacements
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Advice on a speedy recovery from your local Epsom dentist
Whilst we will do everything that we can to preserve a natural tooth, including fillings, root canals and crowns; there are times when the only realistic option available is to extract the tooth. This is usually a straightforward procedure, performed using a local anaesthetic, and one which usually does not take too long.
The nature of an extraction though, does mean that diligent post-extraction care is needed, so we thought it would be helpful to provide the following guidance to help patients of the Clock Tower Dental Clinic in Epsom with a comfortable and rapid recovery.
Immediate post procedure care
Once a tooth has been extracted, your dentist will place some gauze on the area of the wound and ask you to keep it there for a short period of time. This is important as it not only minimises any loss of blood, but also helps a blood clot to form in the area which starts the healing process. You will also be given extra gauze in the event that the first blood clot becomes dislodged, causing further bleeding.
Please take care not to dislodge the clot though – this can easily happen if you accidentally poke it with your tongue or finger. Eat soft foods slowly and carefully too and do not brush in that area. In the event that you do displace the blood clot and it does not re-heal, please contact us immediately as this can lead to a painful dry socket.
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Creating a great looking smile with a fast acting teeth whitening procedure.
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular and widely used procedures in the field of cosmetic dentistry. There are many reasons for this including the speed, affordability and the non invasive aspect of this treatment. Above all though, a teeth whitening procedure can be one of the most effective ways to really improve your smile.
We have performed this procedure for many people from the Epsom area, most of whom initially came to us believing that their discoloured teeth were something they would simply have to live with. However, following a consultation and treatment, they have been delighted with the near-instant results; often improving the whiteness of their teeth up to eight times.
So, how do we achieve whiter teeth for our patients?
In house treatment
Teeth whitening can be done either in our Epsom dental practice, or at home. The benefit of ‘in house’ teeth whitening is that your teeth are whitened quickly, typically within one hour. Home whitening kits are also available and are very effective – but do take longer to work.
At the Clock Tower Dental Clinic, we use the revolutionary teeth whitening method called ‘Zoom 2’ which is simple, straightforward and involves no invasive work.
Before the procedure commences, the patient’s lips and gums are protected to stop them from coming into contact with the whitening ingredient to prevent burning. A whitening gel is then applied to the teeth and this is activated using a special light. Within approximately one hour, the gel will have done its work and is removed, leaving the patient with significantly whiter teeth.
At home whitening kits
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Implants can benefit a wide range of patients.
Dental implants are rapidly becoming the ‘go to’ method for replacing missing teeth. Whilst dentures are still used, an increasing number of patients find that they are inconvenient, sometimes uncomfortable and unstable in the mouth.
At the Clock Tower Dental Clinic in Epsom, Surrey, we are able to offer our patients both individual and multiple implants. Where a number of teeth need to be replaced, it may prove both impractical and expensive to replace each one with an individual implant. In this circumstance, it is possible to use just a few implants which then hold a fixed bridge in place.
The only patients that we can rule out of having dental implants, without the need for examination, are younger patients who have not yet fully developed facially. To place a dental implant into a patient who is too young, would cause significant future problems as the jawbone grew. In cases such as these, a temporary measure such as a bridge or dentures, might be used until they are old enough to receive implants.
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Good oral health for all generations in Epsom.
We are sometimes asked which is the most important time of our lives to look after our teeth. The answer to that is quite simple; all ages. Whether very young or very old, good oral health is essential although specific issues may arise at different stages of our lives.
At The Clock Tower Dental Clinic your local dentist in Epsom, we see patients of all ages, including different generations of the same family. We take pride in our ability to provide healthy and attractive teeth for all ages at our Surrey dental practice.
Let us start with the youngest age of all. Although dental problems in babies are very rare, it is now widely believed that a child should first be taken to the dentist at around one year old. Although treatment is unlikely, these early visits allows them to become accustomed to the sights, sounds and smells of a dental practice and, it is thought, that this early exposure helps to prevent dental anxiety in later life.
Young children should definitely be seen by a dentist. There are few children who don’t enjoy eating large quantities of sugar, sometimes without the parent even being fully aware. Our dentists are very patient with young children and can help them to understand how sugar can damage their teeth, and also teach them the best way to brush their teeth effectively. Any sign of dental decay can be treated early on without the need for a potentially more frightening experience for the child later if the problem is neglected.
The teenage years are when a lot of dental damage occurs. Sugary foods and drinks are often consumed in large quantities, and, although it is decreasing, many teenagers also take up smoking during teen years. This is very bad for oral health, general health and can also increase the risk of oral cancers. Although teenagers do tend to have a mind of their own, we do urge parents to encourage them in any way that they can, to visit our convenient Epsom High Street practice.
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Everybody always tells me I have great teeth, and how great it must be working in a dental practice being able to have my teeth checked and treated regularly. The truth is we rarely have our teeth checked!
So, I plucked up the courage to see Rav for a check-up. Radiographs were taken and to my dismay I need a filling.
Having never had any treatment before I was petrified…. but I needn’t be.
Rav used The Wand and I did not feel a thing. The Wand is a computerised anaesthetic system that gently introduces the anaesthetic through a very fine needle. The cartridge is warmed to body temperature and the gum frozen first. I was then able to have my treatment without feeling a thing, and the numbness wore off comfortably after only a couple of hours.
Painful injections really are a thing of the past!
We use The Wand for every patient and most do not even realise they have had an injection.
Dentistry does not have to be painful, we have a Magic Wand.