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Will Dental Implants Break or Chip?

October 18, 2018

oralhealth, dentalhealth, dentist, teeth,oralhealth, dentalhealth, dentist, teeth,If you have a missing tooth, the best solution is a tooth replacement with a titanium post and a crown. Dental implants are durable, reliable, and function just like a normal tooth. They often last a lifetime, with careful wear.

But could your dental implant break or chip? Yes, it can happen. These tips will help you prevent problems with your dental implant.

The crown can chip or break

Rarely will the titanium rod ever crack or fracture; however, the crown that caps the tooth may become damaged. This can happen if you fall or are injured in a contact sport. The crown can also break if you bite on something hard, like a pencil or a nut shell.

See your dentist right away

If you have a chip or break in your crown, see a dentist right away. This is not considered a real emergency, but you need to take care of it quickly. Your crown will need to be repaired or replaced.

The dental crown helps to protect your dental implant. The crown also allows your mouth to function well as you eat and speak. You don’t want to lose this functionality, so it’s important to get the dental implant restored.

If you need a new crown, your dentist will give you a temporary crown until a custom-made crown can be created. If you simply need a crown repair, the dentist might only need to fill in the chip (or break) with a composite resin. It will be fixed in one visit!

Protect your dental implant by:

Never using your teeth to crack nuts, bite pencils or open a package. Use them only for chewing.

Wearing a mouthguard if you grind your teeth at night. Your dentist can fit you with a custom-made mouthguard to protect your teeth.

See your dentist regularly. Checkups and cleanings are the best way to ensure that your dental implant – and your natural teeth – stay strong and healthy.

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How to Care for Your Invisalign Retainers

October 18, 2018

oralhealth, dentalhealth, dentist, teeth,oralhealth, dentalhealth, dentist, teeth,You’re thrilled at the prospect at finally having straight teeth and a great smile with Invisalign aligners. But you must be careful to take good care of your retainers. Here are five tips to protect them.

Clean your Invisalign retainers daily. They will collect food, bacteria and plaque, so it’s important to rinse them several times every day. Lukewarm water will remove any bacteria build-up. And soaking your retainer weekly in distilled water (with a drop of castile soap or baking soda) will disinfect the retainer. After soaking, gently clean the retainer with your toothbrush, then rinse it with lukewarm water. Never use boiling water or chemicals on your retainer.

Protect your retainer from extreme heat. Because your retainers are plastic, it makes sense that extreme heat will distort their shape. Always use lukewarm water to protect the retainer. If you accidentally leave your retainer in extreme heat, contact your dentist right away. You may need a replacement.

Don’t soak in mouthwash. Mouthwash has a pigment that your plastic retainer will absorb and can give your teeth an unwanted colour.

Clean retainers before storing them in their case. When you’re moving on to another set of retainers, it’s best to store them carefully — just in case you need them again later.

Remove your retainer when drinking any beverages. Keep your case with you so you can store it quickly when necessary.

Follow your orthodontist’s instructions and stay committed to keeping your retainers clean and maintaining good dental health.

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Smile Of The Month

October 16, 2018

This patient came into the practice for free consultation with our smile advisor
Jane. He had been unhappy with his teeth for several years and wanted a
long term solution. He wanted to improve his smile and start chewing again
comfortably. His main concerns were the old front porcelain bonded to metal

crowns which stood out, the uneven levels of his gums, short and worn teeth and a
large space on his upper left hand side. Most of his teeth were worn down due to a
problem of grinding and clenching his teeth at night time. The patient also wanted to
improve the colour of his teeth.
In a full comprehensive assessment with Dr Karim, a series of clinical photographs
were taken in conjunction with a 3 dimensional scan using our cutting edge digital
scanner. This helped to explain to the patient the different treatment options that
were available. We later used this digital scan to produce a simulation of the patient’s
new crowns therefore involving the patient in the design process.
At the consultation, we went through the patient’s dental history to get to the bottom
of why the teeth were so worn down. We concluded that due to years of clenching
and grinding at night, this had taken its toll on the teeth.
After discussing all of the options, we decided to start by whitening the teeth using
our premium Enlighten whitening system. This is the only system to guarantee the
lightest shade on a natural tooth shade guide. This allowed the patient to get to a very
light shade within only 3 weeks, without damaging his teeth.
Once whitening was completed, a gum lift was performed in order to improve the
architecture of the gums. This would allow the teeth to look more symmetrical.
A period of time was then left for the gums to heal. On the upper left hand side, the
failing crowns were removed, dental implants placed and a procedure was performed
to lift the sinus to create more bone height.
The old crowns were then removed and multiple crowns were redone but at the new
gum position.
2 weeks later the new crowns where back from the lab. We removed the temporary
ones and tted the permanent crowns. With the custom shade match, the new crowns
blended in perfectly to the newly whitened smile. The new crowns were metal free
improving the aesthetics and giving the patient a natural look.
The patient was delighted with the result and gained the ability to smile and chew
more condently.
If you would like to know about which options may be available to you please give us a
call or if you would like to explore more treatments similar to this, please call Jane on
0161-486-0743 to book in for a free non-obligation consultation

Custom Fit Mouthguard for Sports

October 15, 2018

oralhealth, dentalhealth, dentist, teeth,Almost any form of sport involves the risk of injury to a larger or lesser degree. Padding and protective clothing will protect the body but what about the mouth, teeth and gums? Mouthguards can be bought relatively inexpensively in most sports shops but do not offer the same degree of protection that a custom fit mouthguard does. The benefits of a custom fit mouthguard include:

– A better and more secure fit

– More comfortable to wear

– Protects each tooth individually

Having a custom fit mouthguard made by the dentist is a simple procedure. Surprisingly “these mouthguards are more affordable than people think” and can save worry and anxiety. Read more about custom fit mouthguards at


Got Bleeding Gums? Our Didsbury Dental Practice tells you all you need to know

October 15, 2018

At our Didsbury Dental practice, we’re a private dentist in Manchester that often treats patients suffering from bleeding gums.  Did you know that healthy gums should never bleed when you brush and floss your teeth? So, if yours do, (and we’re guessing that could be the case if you’re reading this blog) then we recommend that you visit your Cheadle dental practice for advice as soon as you can.

Didsbury Dental Practice

Should I be worried about bleeding gums?

Well yes …. a little bit. You see, gums won’t just stop bleeding of their own accord and heal themselves, but thankfully there’s every chance that we can discover what’s causing your gums to bleed and help rectify the problem.

This Cheadle dental practice blog explains why gums bleed, how common the condition is, the different stages of gum disease, and what you can do to prevent it.

The main reason that gums bleed is poor oral hygiene. No doubt you’ve heard your dentist talk about the importance of brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day to remove any plaque that accumulates on your teeth. When you’re not doing this, or if your brushing technique is letting you down, bacteria can accumulate, particularly below the gumline, and infect the soft gum tissue which surrounds your teeth.

Symptoms of gum disease

If your gums are redder than normal, feel sore, or are swollen, and bleed when you brush your teeth or bite into hard foods like apples, then it’s likely that you have the early signs of gum disease, or what us Didsbury dental practice dentists call ‘gingivitis’.

At this first stage, no real harm is being done but if the bleeding is ignored then the condition can progress and may develop into Periodontitis which is a severe form of gum disease that can cause tooth loss. That’s the bad news…

The good news is that in the majority of cases a thorough clean of your teeth and gums by one of our hygienists will remove the hardened plaque that has caused gingivitis. Provided you maintain good oral hygiene from then on, bleeding gums should become a thing of the past.

Will just brushing at home stop my gums from bleeding?

Perhaps you’re wondering whether you can stop your gums from bleeding by simply raising your game and brushing your teeth more regularly at home? Is it just a case of removing any plaque with a toothbrush and dental floss? In most cases plaque that is difficult to reach or that has hardened cannot be removed purely with a toothbrush and will need a professional clean from your private dentist in Manchester.

Besides, there are other reasons for visiting your dentist if you have bleeding gums. It’s extremely common for most people to have a mild form of gum disease at some point in their lives but because often there are no painful symptoms, it’s sometimes allowed to continue untreated. If left it can spiral out of control.

In fact, were you aware that periodontal disease is the number one cause for tooth loss?

This is why we recommend regular 6 monthly check-ups at our Didsbury dental practice so that any mild gum disease can be spotted and treated right away by our hygienists. It’s a standard practice for them and most times patients find their gums stop bleeding after treatment and any other issues connected with gum disease, such as bad breath,  will disappear too. The bottom line is…If left untreated, your gingivitis will probably develop into periodontitis.

So, what’s the deal with periodontitis? Why is it so serious?

Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that damages the soft gum tissue and causes the bone which supports your teeth to erode. This means your teeth will lose their stability and may eventually fall out.

What’s more, periodontal disease has also been linked with other medical conditions including heart attacks, strokes, and lung disease. Studies have also revealed that a high percentage of people with periodontitis are at greater risk of developing diabetes.

This is why it’s important to visit your Cheadle dental practice if your gums are bleeding so we can assess the situation. We’ll carry out a thorough oral exam and hopefully rule out periodontitis. Either way, early diagnosis is key to a successful outcome.

To remove all of the plaque from both the surfaces of your teeth and the tooth roots usually requires a few dental appointments. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled to check that the gum inflammation has lessened and that all of the plaque has, indeed, been removed.

How to avoid a recurrence after treatment

Naturally improved oral hygiene is the first step and you’ll be shown by your Didsbury dental practice hygienist how to brush your teeth effectively.

Other factors also play a part. For instance, your diet can make you more susceptible to gum disease so it’s important to cut down on sugary foods and drinks and to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables in order to maintain healthy teeth and gums Stress and smoking also have a negative impact on dental health. In other words, a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle are as important for your dental health as they are your overall health.

Everyone’s human, yes even us dentists! Which is why it’s not uncommon for people to sometimes lapse and neglect their oral hygiene. This is another reason for us recommending regular dental checks, either 3 or 6 monthly depending on your dental history.

So, to get back to the question of “Will my gums stop bleeding on their own?” The answer is probably not without having your dentist/hygienist give your teeth a thorough clean to remove the build-up of plaque.

To stop your gums bleeding we recommend that you book an appointment with your private dentist in Manchester. That way, you can be reassured that all of your dental issues have been dealt with and your bleeding gums are well and truly a thing of the past.

If you’re suffering from bleeding gums then don’t delay. Call our Cheadle dental practice on 0161 486 0743 today and get your oral health back on track.

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