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What Are Dental Implants?- Do I Need Them?

Are you looking for ways to improve your smile and gain more confidence? Here at Manor House Dental, we provide permanent solutions for replacing a missing tooth or teeth. This surgical procedure is known as dental implants where a titanium screw is placed directly into your jawbone to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are suitable for all ages of adults but are not recommended for those under the age of 18 as the jaw is still developing. Before you can decide whether or not you would like to have this treatment you will need to consult with your dentist.

 

How Long Does Dental Implant Treatment Take?

Dental implant treatments normally take between three to nine months, but every case can be different. It might take longer if you require extractions or bone grafts prior to the treatment. Your dentist should give you an estimate on how long your treatment will take.

 

Dental Implant Benefits

Getting dental implants has a range of benefits, these include:

  • Improved confidence and smile. Dental implants look realistic and feel like your own teeth.
  • Improved comfort. It eradicates the discomfort of removable dentures
  • Permanent fixture to tooth loss. Because they are fused with the bone.
  • Improved self-esteem.
  • Improved Speech. Dental implants allow you to speak more clearly.
  • Eating becomes easier. As they feel like real teeth you can eat your favourite foods with confidence and without any pain or discomfort.
  • Improved oral health. More of your own teeth are left intact without the need to reduce them, and they also keep your jawline healthy by stimulating the bone tissue which improves long-term oral health.
  • Highly convenient and easier to take care of. Unlike removable dentures, dental implants remain intact.

 

 

When Are Dental Implants Not an Option?

As this is a surgical procedure, you must be in good physical health. You also must have enough bone in the jaw to support the implants. If you have a chronic illness such as leukaemia or diabetes you may not be a suitable candidate to have dental implants.

 

Are Dental Implants Painful?

A lot of people worry about getting dental implants as they believe it to be a painful process. However, this is not usually the case. Dental Implants are pain-free as an anaesthetic is used but the procedure can be a little uncomfortable. This is normal and usually lasts around a day. Over-the-counter painkillers should be enough to manage the pain. However, if the pain consists or worsens over time, get in touch with us for further advice.

 

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants are designed as a permanent solution to tooth loss. They are highly durable and can last up to 20-30 years, depending on how well you look after your teeth and oral hygiene. Regular brushing and flossing will ensure their longevity. Here at Manor House Dental, we have finance options available to help you with the cost of the treatment.

 

Get in Touch With Us Today

If you want to get your smile back with dental implants, contact us today via email at  enquiries@manorhousedental.com or by phone on 0121 817 3929 for any enquiries. Our dentists are highly trained and experienced. Take a look at the amazing results achieved with Manor House Dental through our Smile Gallery.

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Dentist vs Dental Hygienist – What Does a Dental Hygienist Do?

What is a Dental Hygienist?

Dental hygienist jobs involve preventative work. They evaluate patients’ dental health, focusing on finding and treating any gum diseases. Dental hygienists are specialists trained in taking care of teeth and gums by removing tartar and plaque. Hygienists can also offer valuable advice on maintaining a healthy diet, patients can use this advice to avoid dental issues such as tooth decay and maintain a healthy style.

The main difference between a dentist and a dental hygienist is that a dental hygienist specialises in cleaning, scaling and polishing teeth. A dentist has a broader range of skills to treat and restore teeth and gums. Dental hygienists and dentists are both qualified, registered dental professionals.

 

What Does a Dental Hygienist Do? 

A routine dental appointment usually consists of the same stages. Your dentist will begin by completing a visual scan of your mouth, gums and teeth for any areas of concern. They will then carry out an oral cancer screening. They will then examine each tooth individually. This is known as a basic periodontal examination. This consists of your hygienist examining your teeth to test how it will go under the gum next to each of your teeth. Each sextant of your mouth will receive a score. Your mouth is split into 6 sections; upper right, upper front, upper left, lower right, lower front and lower left.

The scores for each section of your mouth are determined as follows:

  1. No pockets over 3.5 mm, no calculus, no bleeding after probing
  2.  No pockets over 3.5 mm, no calculus, but bleeding after probing
  3.  No pockets over 3.5 mm, but some calculus
  4.  Probing depth 3.5 mm – 5.5 mm
  5.  Probing depth over 5.5 mm

Your score will help your hygienist determine the progress of your dental health and oral health. By comparing scores from previous appointments, they can see whether your oral health is improving or declining.

Once your basic periodontal examination is completed, your dentist will then remove any plaque from your teeth. Advice on improving your dental health and a possible treatment plan will then be provided. To fix severe aesthetic issues with your teeth, cleaning may not be substantial. Once your teeth are in good health your dentist may suggest a smile makeover, teeth whitening or composite bonding to achieve the beautiful smile you desire.

 

Dental Hygienist Procedures 

Most dental hygienists perform oral health assessments. Here they will evaluate the current health of your teeth and gums. Dental hygienists also expose, process and interpret dental radiographs, remove calculus and stain from the teeth, remove plaque, apply preventative materials such as sealants and fluoride, guide patients on optimal oral health and teach patients oral hygiene techniques. Your dental hygienist will also be able to provide advice on improving your oral hygiene, and possible treatment. This may include repeat appointments, surgical techniques or a detailed clean of each tooth.

 

Can Hygienists Do Fillings?

If your dental hygienist is trained to do so, they may complete fillings under the dentist’s advice. Dental therapy is a separate qualification, but usually, dental hygienists will have both this and a hygiene qualification. They will be trained at a dental school to complete many dental procedures including most types of fillings. A lot of practices now have Dental Therapists performing some of the more routine tasks freeing up the dentists to complete more specialist work.

 

Is Dental Hygiene Worth It? 

Dental hygiene appointments are crucial for maintaining good oral and dental health. Your dental hygienist can clean your teeth better than you can. 90% of people do not brush or floss their teeth correctly. Teeth decay and gum disease are the leading causes of tooth loss. Gum disease takes years to develop and is mostly painless. It is crucial to book regular hygiene appointments to stay on top of concerns such as gum disease that can only be noticed by a trained professional. A good hygienist should spend a lot of their time educating people in the correct way to brush and floss.

 

Dental Hygienist Appointment 

To book a hygienist appointment with a highly trained and experienced oral hygiene professional, contact Manor House Dental today! Our dentists and hygienists are excellent at what they do and have generated a wealth of success stories. Visit our smile gallery today to see our amazing results.

 

Dental Hygiene FAQ’s

How Is Staining Removed From Teeth? 

Staining teeth can be caused by many things. Food and drinks such as red wine, coffee and curry are some of the main culprits. These stains are removed by hygienists with special instruments used to scrape, debride and polish away any stains. Teeth are then polished back to their natural shine.

Is it Painful to Get Your Teeth Cleaned? 

Getting your teeth cleaned professionally should be a comfortable experience. Some methods and technologies can be used to prevent pain. If there is any gum disease present, then a scale and polish may become slightly uncomfortable. Levels of pain will depend on any disease present or the condition of the individual’s mouth and teeth. If for any reason your treatment becomes uncomfortable, you should let your dentist or hygienist know. 

How Often Should You Get Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned? 

We recommend getting your teeth professionally cleaned anytime between every 3 months to once a year depending on your current oral and dental hygiene. Every person is different, every mouth is different so it depends on how healthy or unhealthy your mouth is and how well you are doing with your home care. Bleeding gums when brushing flossing or eating or pain in the teeth are a good sign that it might be time to book a hygiene appointment.

Can Tartar be Removed From Teeth? 

Yes, but only by trained professionals. Tartar needs to be removed with specialist instrumentation and equipment. A deep clean of your teeth should remove all built-up tartar.

What Type of Toothbrush Works Best? Manual or Electric? 

There has been much debate over the best type of toothbrush. We recommend using an electric toothbrush as they are more reliable to give an effective clean.

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Requirements for Braces – Do I Need a Brace?

You may be wondering do I need a brace? In recent times, the need for cosmetic perfection means more and more people are considering dental braces to achieve perfectly straight teeth. But did you know straight teeth mean so much more than a beautiful smile?

Crooked or misaligned teeth can impact your health in many ways. From gum disease, bad breath, tooth decay and they can even have an impact on your mental health.

At Manor House Dental we offer a range of cosmetic braces options to help you achieve a straighter smile!

 

What Are Cosmetic Braces?

Cosmetic Braces are a gentle, minimally invasive treatment for adults that uses sound orthodontic principles to straighten the upper and lower front six teeth – the ‘Social Six’ that make up your visible smile.

So, if you’re considering cosmetic braces have a read of some of the most frequently asked questions we encounter.

 

Do I Need Braces If I Have Crowded Teeth?

Crowded teeth are one of the main reasons people decide to have dental braces.

Overcrowding is when there is not enough space on your jaw for all your teeth. This means the teeth in your mouth will be crowded together. Unfortunately crowding usually tends to get worse with age.

Crowded teeth are harder to clean as simple processes like brushing and flossing can be difficult, which can cause an accumulation of plaque on the teeth. A build-up of plaque on the teeth can cause bad breath, gum disease and ultimately lead to bone loss around the teeth. Cosmetic braces are a great treatment option for overcrowding.

Straight teeth are easier to brush and floss as there is more room for the toothbrush bristles to get to the tooth’s surface.

Do I Need Braces If I Have Spaces or Gaps in Between My Teeth?

While some people suffer from teeth too close together, some people have large gaps in between their teeth. Gaps can occur because of:

  • teeth which are smaller than average
  • high frenum attachment (the band of skin between teeth attaching lip to the jaw) can cause spacing to develop
  • mismatch of the jaw and size of teeth
  • tooth loss
  • bad habits such as thumb sucking
  • Ageing factors such as gum recession and bone loss

Having properly aligned teeth is critical to a healthy mouth and the overall health of your body. Large gaps between teeth can cause bacterial growth and plaque build-up, leading to tooth decay or periodontal disease. Gaps can also cause trouble biting, chewing, or swallowing, and cause pain in your teeth or jaw. For these reasons, it’s best to close gaps between your teeth.

Cosmetic Braces are an excellent treatment for gaps or spaces in between your teeth. There is a range of options available, speak to your dentist to see which options are best for you.

 

How Long Will I Need a Brace For?

Braces treatment isn’t a precise science. Each case is different. What may be true for your friend or sibling may not be true for you. The amount of time will usually depend on the severity of the misalignment that is being corrected, the type of brace you chose, and how well you follow the treatment plan. The condition of your oral health can also be a determining factor. For those with poor oral health, you may need some hygiene treatments before you can get braces.

In general, cosmetic braces can take between six months to more than 24 months to complete.

 

Types of Cosmetic Braces

Here at Central Orthodontics, we offer a range of cosmetic braces.

There are a number of different cosmetic braces available now. Systems such as Six Month Smiles are designed to focus on the front teeth and have very speedy results. These braces use clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires so they are less noticeable than traditional braces. Clear aligners such as Invisalign are extremely discreet and can work on a wide range of orthodontic problems. They are also removable so do not interfere with eating, and can be removed for photographs if necessary.

To find out if you need cosmetic braces, book a consultation at Manor House Dental today!