Aftercare advice for our Burton and Ashby facial aesthetics patients.
Through Yasminder Virdee, who has now completed her training at a highly respected Harley Street practice, we are now pleased to offer both dermal fillers and other anti wrinkle treatments at Alexandra Dental Care. Our Burton and Ashby patients can now enjoy safe and effective procedures that can help you look younger than your years, and which will last for many months.
Both anti wrinkle treatment and dermal fillers are injected just under the skin in the areas where they are needed, which is both safe and fast acting. We will complete a full assessment before any treatment as certain health conditions may make this treatment unsuitable for you; however most people can benefit without any concerns.
Providing that you are a suitable candidate, you can look forward to smoother looking skin within just a few days of receiving treatment. Generally, there are no after effects, aside from possibly a little localised bruising. Below we offer some simple aftercare advice for anyone who is due to undergo these procedures. Please read on:
Not all orthodontics (braces) have to be worn for a long period of time!
If you have visible front teeth that are crooked, and which show when you smile, you may have considered wearing dental braces but been put off the idea, due to the length of time that they can take to work. Many orthodontic systems may take over a year before they have successfully straightened your teeth and for some people, this is much too long.
Generally, braces that take longer time to work are the ones that are designed to straighten all of your teeth, including the more difficult to reposition rear teeth. Whilst there are good arguments for having this done; for many, the main aim is to only straighten the teeth that people see when they smile.
Cosmetic dental braces
In order to straighten the front teeth, orthodontic system known as ‘cosmetic braces’ can be used. These can act much faster than conventional braces as they only have to reposition the single rooted teeth towards the front of the mouth. It should be noted that these braces may not be appropriate in cases of severe misalignment.
One of the most popular cosmetic braces that we use at Alexandra Dental Care is the Inman Aligner.
Our Burton and Ashby dentist looks at five ways that stress can be harmful to your teeth.
Stress, in some form or another, is an everyday reality for many people. Whether it is the stress of where the next meal is going to come from or because of a difficult decision that needs to be taken in business, stress affects nearly all of us.
Much attention has been paid, in the media, to the harm to our health that stress can cause. However, less attention has been paid to oral health issues that it might lead to. In today’s blog, we will look at some of the possible consequences of stress on our oral health.
‘See through’ teeth
The enamel on our teeth should be white and non transparent. If you notice that your teeth have a translucent appearance, this means that you have been wearing away the enamel, possibly through teeth grinding (bruxism). As the enamel of the teeth is what protects the softer, more porous inner part, you should speak to the dentist at Alexandra Dental Care about this.
A painful, aching or clicking jaw is likely to result from stress. Very often this will be because the Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) has been affected. One of our dentists, Dr Yogi Savania has a special interest in this field and is available to help patients in the Burton or Ashby area with this problem.
Tooth replacement in later life
With rapid advances in science and medicine, we are generally living to be older than the generations before us. Whilst this is an obvious ‘plus’, it does bring with it challenges for our general and oral health. Especially with today’s high sugar diet, growing older means that we are more exposed to the risk of losing teeth, and may well need to look at our options to replace them.
Whilst dentures are still widely used, anyone who has had dental implants will tell you that they offer the best solution for lost teeth, bringing strength and longevity, as well as a natural look and feel.
Bone loss and osteoporosis
Whilst it is true that we generally lose bone mass as we get older, this does not mean that dental implant placement is not possible. Whilst there is a chance that bone density in the jawbone may be reduced in old age, this can often be restored using bone augmentation, or bone grafting. Whilst this does require a little extra time before the implant integration process can proceed, it can offer a better final outcome for most patients, than traditional dentures.
Being afraid of the dentist is common, but we are here to help….
We are fairly sure that some people have been afraid of visiting the dentist for hundreds of years, probably since the very first dental practices were established. Certainly, the various implements that can be seen on display in museums, from Victorian dental practices particularly, are enough to make the bravest person break out in a cold sweat.
Even now though, with highly skilled dentists, and modern dental equipment, a small number of patients still find it challenging to maintain regular dental appointments due to their dental anxiety.
At Alexandra Dental Care, we are well aware of their concerns and we do all that we can to make all visits, whether a routine check or extensive procedure, as comfortable as possible for all patients.
A warm welcome
As soon as you enter our dental practice, you will be warmly welcomed by our reception team, and, once details have been taken, you will be invited to wait in our comfortable waiting rooms. This area has been designed not only to be practical and comfortable, but in a way that helps to ease anxiety a little. For some patients, simple things like this can really help to reassure and make them feel more confident about their visit.
During my school days and early working life I suffered from bullying, name calling and nasty remarks from my peers about the gap in my front teeth. When you are being called such things as “rabbit teeth” you start to feel self-conscious and lack self-esteem.
I always felt embarrassed in groups and when I smiled for photos. I always shied away from photos and in groups I would hide at the back.
I would not smile.
Even if I accidently caught myself in a car rear view mirror, whilst sat in the back seat, I would be disgusted at my teeth. But it was not something I could talk about, I kept all the pain and upset to myself.
After these years of wanting to change things, my dentist, Yogi Savania, to my surprise, suggested that I could be treated. My family, particularly my mother tried to tell me not to have the treatment as my teeth were fine, but I really wanted to improve the situation because only I knew how much it affected me day to day. But Yogi and his team listened to me and helped me decide on the treatment. The decision to have cosmetic dentistry was a difficult one but one of the best I have ever made. Yogi has helped me to achieve the look I always wanted.
Throughout the treatment he and the staff have been so kind and helpful. They were good at explaining each procedure and I felt confident each step of the way. His thoroughness, attention to detail and calming ways were fantastic and the way I was cared for by his kind nurse really was great. The receptionists were always very helpful in sorting my appointments and payments.
If you are taking your children ‘trick or treating’ in the Burton and Ashby area, please read on.
Although more widely popular in the US, there is little doubt that Halloween is increasingly popular with children in the UK too. Many parents will be taking their children ‘trick or treating’ in their local areas and subsequently having to deal with the large bags of ‘sugary goodness’ that their children return home with.
In today’s Alexandra Dental Care blog, our children’s dentists discuss ways that you can help your children avoid the worst consequences of Halloween.
Accept but stay in control
Unless you are very fortunate, you are unlikely to convince your child to avoid eating the sweets altogether. This does not mean that you shouldn’t exercise a level of control over which sweets they eat and when they eat them.
Although all sweets will contain high levels of sugar, those that are quickly chewed, then swallowed, are generally less damaging to the teeth than those which are chewed for a long time or sucked. The longer a sweet is in the mouth, the longer the sugar comes into contact with the teeth. We recommend that you try to keep the latter type of sweet to a minimum.
Try to agree times when the children are allowed sweets and stick to these times. It is important that lengthy periods of time are allowed between eating sweets so that the saliva can wash away much of the sugar from the mouth. Kids usually like chewing gum, and this can be an excellent alternative in periods between eating sweets. Not only will using a sugar free gum (don’t use regular gum) help to remove debris and bacteria, but also increases saliva flow which helps to wash the sugars away.
A guide to the dental implant procedure in stages.
Patients who attend Alexandra Dental Care from Burton and Ashby may have seen various pieces of information around the practice about dental implants. Many of us will lose a tooth, or a few teeth, during our lifetime and it makes good sense to consider implants as an option for replacement.
We have discussed the many benefits of dental implants in previous blogs and in today’s we take a look at the process of implant placement at the various stages.
We offer free non clinical consultations for anyone interested in having dental implants placed. There is no obligation to go ahead with the procedure but this provides an excellent opportunity to discuss the procedure in detail and answer any questions that patients may have. We will examine your mouth and take x-rays to determine if you are a suitable candidate for implant placement.
Bone grafts and sinus lifts
Whilst the majority of patients will not need these procedures; where the bone into which an implant would be placed is degraded, a prior bone graft or sinus lift may be necessary to provide a strong enough foundation into which to place the implant.
What we offer patients from Swadlincote and surrounding areas.
At Alexandra Dental Care, we pride ourselves on running a successful dental practice which people are happy to be patients of. From the skills of our dental team to the way that our waiting room is decorated, we are constantly monitoring how we can improve our service to you.
Recently we asked ourselves,what it is about our practice that encourages patients to come to us, and, in most cases, stay with us for a very long time. These were some of our answers.
We believe that every member of our staff is important to the overall feel of the practice. We know that a lot of people worry about their visits to the dentist, in varying degrees, so it is important that they receive a warm and friendly welcome when they walk through our doors. Our waiting room is designed to provide a relaxing environment to prepare you for your appointment, and, of course, we will always try to keep your waiting times to a minimum.
Our dental team are all highly skilled, many with years of experience of dealing with both straightforward and complex dental treatments. Whether you need a simple small filling or a complex dental implant placement, our team have the necessary skills to help.
Our Burton and Ashby patients benefit from all the usual dental procedures that you would expect of any dentists. But in addition to this, we offer advanced cosmetic dentistry for those looking to improve the appearance of their teeth. This could include a straightforward teeth whitening procedure, or the use of advanced discrete orthodontics to straighten the teeth, or both!
Helping our patients make an informed choice when shopping.
We are sometimes asked, by our Burton and Ashby patients, which toothpaste they should buy. The choice of toothpastes is now much wider than at probably any other time in the past. TV adverts regularly make claims for toothpastes aimed at a number of dental problems. Choosing the right one, can therefore, sometimes prove to be a headache.
Although, here at Alexandra Dental Care, we don’t wish to recommend one particular brand over another, our general guide to toothpastes below, might be useful to patients unsure of which toothpaste to buy.
Brushing your teeth is very important, and you should always make sure that you change your toothbrush, or brush head, every three months in order that it remains effective. If you continue to use a worn toothbrush, it probably won’t matter greatly which toothpaste you use, as the soft and damaged bristles will not clean your teeth efficiently.
Prices of toothpastes can vary widely, and it is very difficult to ascertain whether a newer, cheaper brand is as efficient as a well known brand. Whilst everyone will have their own favourites, there are a few things to keep an eye open for when looking for a good quality toothpaste.
Fluoride – A good toothpaste must include fluoride. This helps to strengthen the enamel on your teeth, helping to protect your teeth from decay. Whilst most toothpastes will contain this, you should especially check ‘natural’ toothpastes as these may not always do so.
Small print – If you are attracted to a particular toothpaste because of a TV advert, try to make sure to read the small print at the bottom of the screen. This often contains a legal requirement about the claims, and is likely to give a truer picture of the results that you might expect!