‘Gold Standard’ Tooth Replacement With Dental Implants in Ipswich

Could lockdown savings provide the opportunity to have arguably the best tooth replacement option available?

Implant in the jaw2020 was a tough time for most of us and we are all hoping that this year will prove to be a better one and there are cautiously optimistic signs of that. Even though we may have struggled during the various lockdowns and restrictions though, they may, for some of you, have presented opportunities as well.

Although it may have been frustrating and isolating, those of you who have been working from home and whose business was not significantly affected by the pandemic may have found that whilst your income stayed the same, your spending opportunities declined to the point where you have started to build up a level of savings.

No doubt, there are many things competing for any money that has been saved but if you are a denture wearer or have a gap in your teeth that you haven’t done anything about yet, this could be the perfect opportunity for our Ipswich patients  to have teeth implants at Foxhall Dental Practice.

Why dental implants rather than dentures?

Some might argue that dentures work perfectly well when it comes to replacing a missing tooth, and if that is the case for you, then that is fine. There are benefits to having dentures; probably the main one being that they often require no invasive surgery to have them. For many wearers though, and especially those who have had them a while, dentures can prove to be inconvenient and sometimes uncomfortable and unstable.

The reality is that dentures do not replace the missing root of the tooth and whilst this part may not be visible, it does play an important role. If you lose the root of a tooth, the supporting bone structure is no longer needed  and will gradually be reabsorbed by the body for use elsewhere. This in turn will cause minor changes in the shape of your face (and possibly more significant ones in the case of multiple tooth loss). As your face changes shape, your dentures will no longer fit as securely as they did before. This can cause them to rub against the gums, causing discomfort and may also move around in the mouth a little, sometimes creating speech issues.

Even in the best situation, dentures are fiddly and a little messy to clean as they have to be removed at night for cleaning; something that doesn’t apply to implants.

Reasons for choosing tooth implants

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Reasons To Smile in 2021

Brighter times are ahead of us so why not make the most of it and show off a new smile?

White teethWithout a doubt, for many of us, 2020 has been a horrible year. We may have started it with renewed optimism but it wasn’t long before we’d all heard about Coronavirus and Covid-19.

As time has gone on, we have all become aware of how deadly this virus can be and most of us will hopefully have abided by the restrictions that have been placed upon our lives.

We are probably at the darkest moment as we write this blog and we urge all of our Ipswich patients to follow the guidelines and keep all contact to an absolute minimum as much as possible. Gradually, we should see the number of cases and deaths start to fall, and, as the vaccine rollout hopefully gathers pace, life will hopefully start to gradually return to something like normal.

A Spring renewal?

Although it is unlikely that things will be back to normal by Spring, we should, with a bit of luck and determination, start to see some light at the end of the tunnel. It is likely that some of the restrictions at least, will have been lifted or eased and we will once again be able to see friends that we may not have seen for some time.

What has this got to do with dentistry you might ask. Well, because many of us have barely been out for some time, we probably have only taken action to look after the basics of our appearance as we weren’t coming into contact with others much at all. As things start to ease and we meet old and new friends, it makes sense to want to look your best and this should also help you to feel more optimistic for the ‘new dawn’ ahead.

This is where dentistry, or more specifically, cosmetic dentistry, comes into its own, and at the Foxhall Dental Clinic, we have a number of treatments that can really help to give you a beautiful smile. Some of these treatments have almost immediate results whereas others may take a little longer and you may wish to start thinking about these a little in advance.

So, let’s take a look at some of the cosmetic dental options that are available to our Ipswich patients.

Orthodontics

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Keeping Your Teeth Healthy At Christmas

And what to do in the case of a dental emergency

Dr Hiten PabariNo-one can deny that it has been a strange and difficult year, and even our usual looking forward to the festive season takes on a different look with likely restrictions and smaller gatherings for many of us.

Even so, we are sure that many of you will be doing your best to have as good and normal a Christmas as is possible under the circumstances.

Everyone deserves to be able to relax and enjoy themselves, especially this year, and, inevitably, more alcohol and sugar laden foods will be consumed at this time of the year. Keeping this in mind, the team at the Foxhall Dental Practice in Ipswich have put together a few suggestions on how to avoid dental problems over the break.

Monitor your sugar intake

Even if we don’t usually eat too many chocolates and sweets throughout the year, most of us will relax this over the Christmas and New Year period. The chances are that even if we don’t intend to, we will be given chocolates etc as presents and as we already have them, well, why not! The reality though is that sugar is bad news for your teeth and gums and especially if you eat them throughout the day. Eating them in this way supplies an almost constant food supply to the potentially harmful bacteria in our mouths. If you must eat sweets and chocolates, try to leave significant time between them to allow your mouth to recover and for the saliva to wash away some of the sugars.

Watch the alcohol

Aside from the sugar content of some alcoholic drinks, there can also be other problems which stem from drinking alcohol, especially to excess. A common problem is that it can leave us with a dry mouth, and whilst it might be unpleasant to wake up feeling like that, the real problem is that if the mouth has been dry overnight, the number of bacteria that is potentially harmful to our teeth and gums will have multiplied. This is one of the possible causes of gum disease and also explains why older people are more prone to it as they produce less saliva.

The other issue with alcohol consumption of course, is drunkenness. If you become too intoxicated, there is a higher risk of falls and collisions that could result in a broken tooth or two. Our advice is to enjoy yourself but drink in moderation.

Drink plenty of water

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Which Type Of Tooth Filling?

Ipswich dentist, Dr Chirag Kothari, explains the pros and cons of different types of dental fillings.

Dr Chirag KothariBy far the most common procedure carried out by dentists is the humble filling. This is used when a cavity appears in the tooth, usually caused by tooth decay. The decaying material is firstly removed and the cavity then filled using one of a number of materials.

There are two main types of filling materials that are most often used in dental practices in the UK and each have its own pros and cons.

Some types may not be suitable for all cavities and here at Foxhall Dental our team will always discuss the most appropriate one for your own particular needs so that you receive the best treatment outcome possible.

Without further ado then, let us take a look at these fillings, along with a brief look at other possible restorations.

Amalgam fillings

This is the type of dental filling that many of our patients will be most familiar with. It is a strong but dark coloured material that is made from a mixture of metals that include tin, copper, silver and mercury.  It does offer a very high level of strength and also lasts for a long time before it will need to be replaced and the tooth refilled. Amalgam dental fillings are not without their drawbacks though. The most obvious of these being the dark colour which makes a tooth filled in this manner very visible when we laugh or smile, or even yawn. For this reason, many of our patients are increasingly turning to cosmetic options when a filling is needed on a particularly visible tooth such as those at the front of the mouth, sometimes also called the ‘social six’ teeth.

Amalgam fillings can also shrink a little over time. This can lead to tiny gaps appearing between the filling and the tooth. This small gap can attract bacteria and further decay is quite possible. Finally, the use of mercury in amalgam fillings has caused some discussion over the years. It has been shown to be safe to use in this situation but the potentially negative impact of mercury in the environment means that it is likely to be phased out in the coming years ahead.

Tooth coloured fillings

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Dental Ideas For Christmas Gifts

Our Ipswich dentists suggest some tooth friendly Xmas presents

teenagers with straight teethWith the year we’ve all been having, it may have even escaped our attention that Christmas is not too far away. It is likely to be a very different Christmas to our usual one although much of that may well depend on how well the current restrictions work and how well they are adhered to.

One thing that is likely though is that we may not be able to shop in the same way as we usually do, due to the risk that this could greatly increase the number of Covid-19 cases and put us back to square one.

This means that many of us will be doing even more of our Christmas shopping online than we usually do, and because of this, it may be wise to start your shopping a little in advance.

In today’s blog, we thought that we would take a look at a few ideas for Christmas gifts that you can buy your friends and loved ones that are tooth friendly and can benefit your smile.

Electric toothbrush

We have mentioned before about how a worn toothbrush is ineffective at cleaning your teeth and removing bacteria and food particles. This can be a good time to change your toothbrush and maybe even switch to an electric one if you currently use a manual toothbrush. It is generally agreed that electric toothbrushes are more efficient and although they may feel a little unusual initially, few users switch back to a manual one once they have used them for a while.

Water pik

Whilst we firmly believe that dental floss is the best way to clean between your teeth, we also acknowledge that a lot of people will simply not carry this out. If you know someone like that, a water pik might be a suitable option. These ‘blast’ fine jets of water between the teeth, helping to remove food that has become trapped. We don’t believe that this is as effective as learning how to floss, but it is better than doing nothing at all. Whether you use floss or a water pik, you should also see our Ipswich dental hygienist every six months to have your teeth professionally cleaned with a scale and polish treatment.

Tooth fairy box

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Dental Practices Remain Open During Second Lockdown

Dental service and oral care advice for our Ipswich patients

Foxhall Dental PracticeIt was a possibility for some time and now it has finally happened; we are in a national lockdown again due to the rising number of cases and hospital admissions of Covid-19.

Although this is a nationwide lockdown, there are some significant differences from the first one. The most widely known of these is that schools and universities are open this time around. The good news is that so are dental practices, including our own.

Patients of the Foxhall Dental Clinic will be pleased to know that we are still able to open for appointments and especially for those that need urgent treatment. Although we may not be able to see you quite as quickly as ‘normal’ times, we will do our very best to see you as soon as we possibly can.

Patient safety comes first

As those of you who have been able to attend our Ipswich dental clinic since the last lockdown will be aware, there have been a number of changes to the way that we operate in order to keep both our staff and our patients safe. These include:

PPE – Although our dentists have worn face masks and disposable gloves for some time, full PPE is now used to keep any possible Covid-19 transmission risks to an absolute minimum.

Social Distancing – You will see notices reminding patients to keep a distance from each other and the waiting room has been rearranged to facilitate this.

Hand sanitisers – Although many of us are now washing our hands better and at more regular intervals, we still strongly encourage the use of our hand sanitiser stations that are situated throughout the practice. You may have washed your hands before you left home, but, for example, touching a surface that has a lot of contact, such as on a bus, could still mean that you have picked the virus up.

Fallow time – This is the additional time that we allow between each patient to make sure that our treatment room is as clean as it can be. Surfaces and any reusable equipment are fully disinfected between patients.  This is one of the main reasons why we are currently able to see less patients each day.

All in all then, we believe that our practice is as safe as it can possibly be and we encourage you to come along with confidence.

Keeping your teeth healthy during lockdown

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The Faster Way To Whiter Teeth!

Our one hour teeth whitening treatment is really popular! Leave our Ipswich practice with a beautiful, brighter smile….

White teethYou may have looked at your teeth in the mirror recently and wondered what happened to that youthful sparkly smile of old?

If you have, you are not alone and certainly not the first.

Whiter teeth have been treasured throughout the ages and maybe surprsingly, various attempts at whitening teeth have been carried out in the past.

Amongst those attempting whitening treatments were the ancient Greeks (a mix of white wine vinegar and pumice stone), the ancient Romans (human urine!!!!) and some barbers in the 18th century attempted to whiten teeth using acid. As well as some of these being pretty revolting, even if they did whiten the teeth a little, serious harm was likely to have resulted due to the acids used eroding the surface enamel.

In the 21st Century, these are no longer used, although some teeth whitening toothpastes do use additional abrasives (a little similar to the ancient Greeks!) This can only remove surface staining though and not any internal discolouration and can still cause harm to the enamel on our teeth.

How can the Foxhall Dental Practice help?

Our experienced Ipswich dental team are able to help patients who wish to have whiter looking teeth, not only safely, but in a very short space of time too. Our fast acting treatment means that you don’t have to sit at home wearing a tray for a few hours a day for a couple of weeks. Both at home and in-house treatments are equally effective and safe (if used correctly) but our in-house treatment offers the opportunity to have whiter teeth in just a single hour.

How does it work?

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Dental Implant Recovery

Looking after yourself and your new implants!

double dental implantThere are many good reasons to choose dental implants as a replacement when you have lost a tooth, or a number of teeth.

Unlike dentures which sit above the gums, implants are placed, at our Ipswich practice, into the jawbone and act as a substitute tooth root. This means that they are more stable than a denture and also offer a degree of strength that will enable you to eat any food that you want without worrying if they will become loose in your mouth.

We have covered the procedure surrounding the placing of implants on our Ipswich dentist blog before. This time, we look at what you need to do when you are recovering from the procedure. This will not only help to make things more comfortable for you but will also minimise any risk of damage to your new implant.

Smoking

If you smoke, it is very important that you stop, not only before your procedure, as you will have been instructed, but also afterwards, especially whilst the implant fuses with the bone. Studies have shown that smoking significantly increases the risk of implant failure. This is due, in part, to it being a significant contributor to periodontal diseases that can lead to bone loss. If the bone holding your implant degrades, the implant may become unstable and even come out.

Individual implant placement recovery

Although this very successful procedure will leave you with strong and long lasting replacement teeth, it is still a minor surgical procedure and patients should expect a degree of discomfort in the area of the treatment for a short while afterwards. This is usually quite manageable by taking your usual pain killing medication for a few days. Any rare cases of significant pain should be discussed with your dentist and, of course, we are also available for any other aftercare advice as well.

There are things that you can do to help yourself though and which will also help your new implants to get off to a good start.

Immediate aftercare

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Sharing A Toothbrush And Other Bad Bathroom Habits

A little carelessness could create problems for your oral health

Dr Chirag KothariMost of us have probably built our oral health regime based on what others, most likely our parents, have taught us. We may believe that this is perfectly fine as we haven’t really known any other way.

Whilst some of these habits may have sound foundations, some are also likely to be out of date and could even be affecting your teeth and gums.

This blog will hopefully also be useful to those Ipswich students who will be returning to university in this unusual year. Although there may not be the parties of previous years, student living can be quite chaotic initially and until people start to settle into a new routine. Hopefully, our suggestions will at least help to avoid some common errors.

We asked some of the Foxhall Dental Practice team to name some of the poor habits in the bathroom that might be most damaging to oral health. Here are some of their suggestions.

Never share a toothbrush

There are no circumstances when it is OK to share your toothbrush. This applies whether it is with your family, friends or complete strangers, although the latter is obviously the most risky. Your toothbrush should be yours alone and sharing another person’s toothbrush is almost certain to mean the transference of bacteria from mouth to mouth. Regular readers of our blogs will be aware of the potential harm that some bacteria can cause. As well as the possibility of tooth decay, periodontal diseases can occur which can not only be uncomfortable and unpleasant (bad breath anyone?) but can also, ultimately, result in tooth loss if not treated effectively and in time.

It isn’t just oral health problems that can be passed on in this way either. Serious health issues such as hepatitis and HIV can also be passed on by sharing your toothbrush. This is obviously a higher risk if you share with strangers but it is best to eliminate the risk altogether by not sharing your toothbrush with anyone at all.

If you do find yourself in a position where you have forgotten or lost your own toothbrush, use something such as kitchen towel with some toothpaste on, or if all else fails use your finger. This is better than sharing a brush although you should replace your lost/missing brush as soon as you can.

Chewing sugar free chewing gum can also be useful to help keep your teeth clean on a temporary basis so it is always a good idea to keep some handy. Do remember though that this should never replace brushing your teeth and you should return to this (with your own brush) as soon as you can.

Keep your toothbrush away from the toilet

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Causes Of Plaque And Tartar

Don’t neglect your gums recommends Foxhall Dental hygienist, Clementine Hynes

oral hygiene equipmentFrom a very young age we are encouraged by our parents and schools to take good care of our teeth and to brush them well twice a day. This is good advice but unfortunately the gums are rarely mentioned at this age. This is unfortunate as habits learned early on in life tend to stay with us as we grow up.

As a result of the focus largely being on the teeth, many of us start to get a buildup of tartar on our teeth and especially around the gum line. This can lead to gum disease as well as tooth loss if not managed better.

What is plaque and tartar?

Plaque and tartar sometimes get confused and although they are similar in some ways, they are not the same. Plaque is very common and, in fact, we all produce plaque every day of our life. It is a thin film of bacteria, both good and bad, which coat our teeth during the day and night. In itself, it is not especially harmful as long as we maintain a good cleaning regime. Whilst we may not notice plaque; if you go to bed dehydrated and wake the next morning with a white gooey substance around your teeth and gums, that is plaque. It builds up especially in warm dry places and a dry mouth is the perfect environment for that.

Tartar contains bacteria but also minerals from the saliva. Unlike plaque, which is a soft substance, tartar hardens and attaches itself to our teeth and especially on the gum line. This presents a problem in two ways; firstly, it is almost impossible to remove simply through brushing your teeth and secondly, it creates a rough surface which additional bacteria can collect on, to say nothing of substances that can cause tooth discolouration.

Prevention

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