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Composite Bonding- A quick guide

May 6, 2021

Composite bonding is a really popular treatment for giving the teeth a straighter, more uniform appearance. It offers a more affordable option to the traditional porcelain veneers, and is a much quicker treatment too.

What happens during the treatment?

During the process, a tooth coloured resin is shaped around the patient’s own teeth to lengthen edges, alter the shape or size, and fill in gaps. This means there is minimal damage to the patient’s natural teeth because the original teeth do not need to be altered in any way first. It also means that the procedure can be done in one visit (following a planning appointment) as the procedure takes place while the patient is sitting in the chair. The new smile is created by the dentist there and then in the surgery, rather than having to wait for the laboratory to make them, as is the case with porcelain veneers.

How much does composite bonding cost?

Composite bonding costs between £200 and £350 per tooth, depending on how much of the tooth needs to be altered. They will typically last between four and eight years, depending on the location of the bonded tooth, the patient’s bite and their eating habits.

In as little as one or two hours, this treatment can make the teeth look absolutely straight, almost like you’ve had a brace. If you have chipped or uneven edges, gaps between the teeth or even mild crowding or crooked teeth then this treatment could give you the straight smile you’ve always wanted.

If you think you might be interested in having this treatment you can book in for a free Zoom consultation with Jane, where she can advise you on what you would need doing and how much it would cost. Alternatively, if you would just like some more information about it please feel free to call the practice.

In Summary:

Cost: £200-£350 per tooth

Number of visits: 1 (plus a planning appointment)

Time needed: 60-120 minutes

How long they last: 4-8 years

composite bonding before and after

Before and after pictures of a composite bonding case.

There is a short video explaining this treatment on our You Tube channel. You can view it by following this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KHNw-z30dI

For further information about this treatment: https://www.cheadlehulmedental.com/treatment/composite-veneers-manchester.html

 

The Risks of Impacted Teeth

May 6, 2021

We usually think of impacted wisdom teeth, but any tooth can become impacted and require the attention of a dentist. Impacted means that a tooth has not emerged fully and may not even be visible above the gumline. 

Some indicators of a possible impacted tooth are swollen or reddened gums, a persistent bad taste or painful or swollen jaws. 

An impacted tooth may be almost impossible to spot and usually requires a dental x-ray to verify the condition. This is why regular check-ups at the dentist are so important. 

Left untreated, an impacted tooth can lead to serious dental issues such as:

–   Infections. An impacted tooth is almost impossible to brush or floss correctly. The resultant build-up of food particles is a breeding ground for bacteria which cause gum and tooth infections.

–   Crooked or Crowded Teeth. As the impacted tooth tries to push its way through the gum it can force the surrounding teeth out of position — leading to crooked, crowded or misaligned teeth.

–   Damaged Tooth Roots. A cyst may form near the impacted tooth. The cyst can damage the roots of the impacted tooth or those nearby.

In some circumstances the cyst could also harm the bone that helps anchor your teeth and result in serious jaw problems. 

Read more at https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/what-are-the-health-risks-of-an-impacted-tooth/.

The Dentist and COVID

May 4, 2021

Even before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, a dental practise was a safe environment for patients. This is because dentists work in close proximity to patients and are fully aware of the risk of spreading germs and infections through blood or airborne droplets. 

Precautionary measures have been in place for many years but the arrival of coronavirus has seen even more steps introduced to protect both patient and dentist. Even for the most simple procedures like teeth cleaning, it is highly likely that:

–   Patients will be screened for Covid-19 symptoms

–   Patient numbers in the dental practice will be strictly limited

–   Face masks will have to be worn in the dental office until directed to remove it

As a further safeguard the dentist and dental staff will be using personal protective equipment (PPE) including gloves, gowns, face masks and full face shields. 

As with other places of business, social distancing will be adhered to and the office will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitised regularly. Many dentists now also offer virtual consultations before scheduling an appointment if it is deemed necessary. Dental appointments can also be staggered to minimise the number of patients in attendance at one time. 

Further Covid-19 preventative measures are detailed in the article at https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/how-dentists-are-ensuring-safe-environments-during-covid/.

What are the Surprising Benefits of Smiling?

April 29, 2021

Turn that frown upside down. We have all heard of this common expression and yet, there is a bit more than meets the eye in terms of how smiling can provide numerous benefits. Not only will displaying a bright set of teeth highlight a sense of confidence, but those who smile are said to attract others with similarly positive attitudes. Research has illustrated that those who smile are often perceived to be more intelligent, outgoing and emotionally empathetic.

Another interesting observation involves how smiling can impact your physiology. Those who make it a point to smile can enjoy additional health benefits. Here are notable observations:

–   Smiling naturally releases “feel-good” hormones known as endorphins.

–   Smiling will lead to a more positive sense of well-being.

–   Even “fake smiles” can have these very same effects.

We can now see that seeing your dentist on a regular basis is the best way to keep your smile fully intact. So, be sure to show off those pearly whites as often as you can!

“Endorphins are compounds that your body releases to help you deal with stress or pain.”

Read more about the effects of smiling here:

https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/why-your-smile-is-so-important/

Time for Professional Teeth Cleaning

April 27, 2021

Having regular check-ups at the dentist should be part of everyone’s dental health regimen. But many people tend to overlook the importance of having their teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis. 

Not only will a professional cleaning remove stains and brighten your smile, it will also improve the overall health of the teeth and gums — and help prevent infections and disease. 

Indications that it is time to schedule a cleaning appointment include:

–   Reddened or Swollen Gums often indicate the onset of gingivitis (gum disease) which should be tackled as quickly as possible. Cleaner teeth means healthier gums.

–   Bad Breath is often caused by plaque build-up which cannot be successfully removed by normal brushing and flossing.

–   Tooth Sensitivity often results from poor dental hygiene and can lead to gum infections or problems with the teeth.

Even if none of these problems are evident it is a good idea to schedule a professional check-up and cleaning with your dentist at six-month intervals. This will help prevent problems from arising in the first place or at least catch any potential issues at an early stage. More detailed information can be found in the article at https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/3-signs-you-are-due-for-a-teeth-cleaning/

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