Advantages Of Dental Implants Over Other Tooth Replacement Methods

double dental implant

The treatment period may be longer, but dental implants offer benefits that other techniques don’t.

Losing a tooth can be traumatic for the person involved and this is especially the case if the missing tooth is one of the ‘social six’ teeth that are visible when we smile.

Very few people will choose not to replace the missing tooth with an artificial one when this happens, but there are also strong arguments for replacing a non visible tooth too. Although the gap may not be seen by others, losing a non visible tooth can cause a number of potential problems, including:

  • Other teeth encroaching into the space, leaving teeth crooked
  • Thinning of the bone in that area, potentially causing facial changes
  • Chewing and grinding of food with other teeth that are not designed for that purpose. This can lead to premature wearing down of these teeth
  • Compensation made for a missing tooth can lead to bite problems and also potentially TMJ, a painful jaw disorder

Whether you can see a missing tooth or not then, it is strongly advised that a replacement be sought.

Dentures and bridges

Before we take a look at what dental implants can offer for our Ipswich patients, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of two of the most popular alternatives; dentures and dental bridges.

Dentures are still the most widely used tooth replacement method and they do have certain advantages in that they often require no dental surgery at all. This makes them especially popular with patients who are anxious about receiving dental treatment. Modern dentures are also more natural looking and comfortable than dentures of old. There are still drawbacks to this method though, and most denture wearers will admit to at least some degree of dissatisfaction with them. One of the main problems for some people is their lack of stability which can cause them to move around a little when eating. Not only does this make it more difficult to eat certain foods, but the friction involved can lead to soreness of the gums as well.

Bridges have an advantage over dentures in that they are more stable. The biggest disadvantage in this method is that their fitting often requires the teeth either side of the gap to be shaped in order to secure the bridge by means of dental crowns. Where these teeth are healthy and strong, it is not surprising that many patients are reluctant to have this done.

For both of the methods above, cleaning the replacement teeth involves more effort and can be quite tricky. Additionally, neither method resolves the problem of bone loss in the area of the missing teeth and in particular, this is a significant reason why dentures become less stable over time.

Dental implants

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Endodontic Treatment Recovery

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Advice on what to expect following root canal therapy.

Root canal treatment may cause anxiety in some patients when they are told that they need it and this is understandable given its historical bad press.

Fortunately, this anxiety is generally unfounded and a root canal procedure should cause no more discomfort than most other invasive dental procedures. A combination of an effective local anaesthetic and the skills of our Ipswich dental team, means that patients should have no cause for concern and any discomfort should be minimal.

Before we look at ways to help you recover from the procedure; our principal dentist Hiten Pabari offers a brief reminder about why endodontic treatment may be needed.

Nerve damage

Where a tooth has become damaged or decayed, bacteria can sometimes reach the root canals of our teeth. These are the ‘prong’ like parts that go down into our jawbone. In these canals are blood vessels, and, most notably for patients, the nerves. If bacteria enter this part of the tooth and damage the nerves, it is almost certain that you will know about it due to the pain which can become quite severe. Unlike decay in other parts of the tooth, the canals cannot be treated using a regular filling, and a root canal treatment will be necessary.

Although some patients may feel reluctant to have this treatment, for reasons mentioned above, there are really only two other alternatives. One is to live with the pain, which will only get worse and is something that, even if you can stand it, we certainly don’t recommend. The other is to extract the tooth. Whilst this would eradicate the pain, it would mean that you risk other teeth from becoming misaligned or would need to consider a replacement option, such as a bridge, denture or dental implant.

Using root canal treatment, we can usually save your natural tooth, giving it a reasonable level of strength and function.

Treatment

We have covered the actual treatment in an earlier blog, but to briefly remind patients of the Foxhall Dental Practice, this involves accessing the root canals and removing the infected material. The now hollow canals are cleaned and then filled with a material called gutta percha before finally attaching a dental crown to complete the treatment.

Aftercare considerations

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The Energy Drinks ‘Ban’ – Our Thoughts

Dr Chirag Kothari

Dr Chirag Kothari offers a dentist’s viewpoint about this recently announced initiative.

Some of our Ipswich patients will have picked up the papers today and read about the ban on sales of energy drinks to children. Whilst a few people may complain about this being a restriction of ‘choice’, the vast majority will, we feel, see this as very good news indeed.

These are exactly the high sugar type of drinks that are thought to be responsible for a dramatic rise in the number of children needing to have teeth extracted in hospital, due to tooth decay.

In many cases, these high energy drinks are not bought simply to give a bit of a boost before or after playing sports or other energy draining activities, but are often used as a replacement for food. This is especially the case where breakfast is concerned and it is far from uncommon to see schoolchildren on their way to school with a can of this type of drink in their hand.

What is wrong with high energy drinks?

There are two main reasons that this ban will hopefully come into being, namely two of the key ingredients in the drink, caffeine and sugar.

The dentists at Foxhall Dental are not doctors, so it is not right that we discuss in too much detail, the caffeine issue. From a dental perspective, there is probably little harm in caffeine on its own (where sugar content is not relevant). The only area that it may affect is when the patient becomes too ‘edgy’ and anxious because of their caffeine intake. This may cause some to grind their teeth, potentially causing dental wear and even breakages.

More generally, caffeine is thought to be responsible for a rise in problems such as stomach problems, inability to sleep properly and hyperactivity. There is a school of though that claims that the fast energy boost provided by these drinks and other high energy foods, leads to a ‘slump’ later on, potentially affecting the child’s ability to focus and learn whilst at school.

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What Is A Complete Smile Makeover?

Dr Hiten Pabari

Dr Hiten Pabari explains the many benefits of modern cosmetic dentistry.

Cosmetic dentistry is very popular nowadays because it is so much more accessible. It used to be reserved for movie stars and those with endless cash to spend; but now it is more affordable, it is available in various different forms, and treatments can be combined to create a total smile makeover.

Here at Foxhall Dental we offer a wide variety of treatments in cosmetic, general and restorative dentistry. These treatments are available individually or combined to complete transformational makeovers for patients who are ready to have the smile they always dreamed of.

Why Patients Might Want A Smile Makeover

Lots of patients want teeth whitening or straightening to improve their smile, but others want a more comprehensive smile makeover. This can be for a number of reasons, but often they have lost confidence in their smile and may even cover their mouths out of embarrassment. Their smile may have degraded due to:

  • Dental injury
  • Dental disease
  • Life habits like smoking and excessive drinking
  • Poor oral care
  • A combination of factors

A person may have stained teeth, chipped teeth, missing teeth or a combination of lots of different issues that could have caused them to be so ashamed of their smile, their personal and professional life has been affected.

Here at your Ipswich dentist we are not here to judge, we are only here to help you. There is always a dental solution for your smile, no matter how affected it might be.

Smile makeovers provide the opportunity to ‘start from scratch’ and get the smile you have always dreamed of!

Smile Makeovers At Foxhall Dental In Ipswich

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What Should You Do When You Suffer A Dental Injury?

Dr Samuel Ofori-Attah

Emergency dental appointments in Ipswich.

Dental injuries can happen for a number of reasons.

A simple fall, sports or road accidents can cause an injury to occur and any blow to the face can cause the soft tissues or gums to become damaged and/ or the teeth to loosen or come out completely.

If you suffer a dental injury, this article will give you an idea of what to do. Dr Samuel Ofori-Attah of Foxhall Dental Practice offers advice below.

First Aid

In the event that the person who has been injured has had a blow to the head, then emergency medical advice should always be sought. Visit your nearest A&E and get an assessment just to check there isn’t any injury or concussion. Emergency medical help should also be sought if the injury seems to be causing a risk in the way of bleeding or swelling (if it is blocking the airways or threatening to).

If a tooth has been knocked out try to avoid touching the root and pick it up by the top of the tooth, rinse it and then place it back in the socket gently. Don’t worry about placement, just place it back in the socket and dentist will adjust it when they see you. You should bite down gently on the tooth if possible. If the tooth cannot be replaced, it should be kept in milk, or if you do not have any milk, then saliva will do. Any broken teeth should be kept, but not placed back in the mouth.

In most situations seeking medical advice, whether that is an emergency department or your Ipswich emergency dentist, is really important so that you get the right treatment for your injury. Even if you think you are OK, it is possible there could be injury beneath the surface that you can’t see.

Treating Dental Injuries

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Key Things To Tell Your Dentist

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The next time you have a check-up….

Here at your Ipswich dental practice we have a thorough list of things we check when you come in for a checkup; like symptoms of mouth cancer, signs of tooth decay and any evidence of bite problems. However, we can be aided in our efforts to help ensure your optimum oral health if you let us know certain things when you come in to see us.

The more we know, the more informed we are about your dental health needs. We can then create a detailed and unique care plan to suit your individual oral health needs. Dr Avina Gandecha from our clinical team advises 10 key things to tell your dentist next time you have a checkup:

1. If You Have Been Having Any Oral Pain

If you have been experiencing any oral pain, it is important for us to know so that we can find out the cause. Even sensitive teeth are usually sensitive for a reason. If we know you have pain in a specific area, we can investigate it for you.

2. If Your Gums Have Been Bleeding

Bleeding gums is a common sign of gum disease which can be more easily treated once it is identified in the early stages. If the disease develops it becomes much more serious and can lead to tooth loss. The sooner you tell us about this symptom the better your long term prognosis.

3. If You Are Pregnant

We need to know if you are planning on becoming pregnant so that we can do any dental work and diagnostics beforehand. If you are pregnant already we need to know so that we can understand your unique needs during this time. Any information about vitamins, medications, specific health advice from your doctor, cravings and morning sickness is information we need to know.

4. If You Want To Improve Your Smile

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How Damaging Is Alcohol For Teeth And Gums?

Many people drink alcohol to some extent, but is this really harmful to our oral health?

You may have noticed in some of our Ipswich dental practice blogs, that alcohol is often mentioned alongside smoking when discussing certain problems, such as gum disease.

Whilst the majority of us would acknowledge smoking to be harmful, something that is now well established in fact; we may feel more ambivalent when it comes to alcohol. Although not everybody drinks, many of us do drink in moderation and may not feel that the little we consume could cause significant harm, especially to our teeth and gums.

Inevitably, the odd drink here and there will be less harmful than if you drink heavily each day. Even if you are a light drinker though, it is worth understanding the different ways that alcohol can affect your oral health.

Gum disease

Regular consumption of alcohol is likely to have a negative effect on your gum health. As many of us will know, alcohol causes dehydration and very often leaves us with a dry mouth in the morning. When you wake up like this, you may also notice a sticky ‘goo’ in your mouth. This is actually a collection of bacteria, and, although these bacteria are always present in our mouth, when our mouths are dry, they multiply much faster. The increased number of potentially harmful varieties can soon lead to gum disease if this is a frequent occurrence.

Halitosis

Linked to the increased number of bacteria is the possibility of halitosis. Whilst the smell of stale alcohol on the breath is unpleasant, it is nothing compared to the offensive odour of halitosis. The gases expelled by these bacteria, along with the smell of decaying soft tissue, can be very unpleasant indeed.

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What Sets Your Teeth ‘On Edge’?

Can certain sounds and sensations actually have a physical effect on our teeth?

Probably everyone has different sounds that set their teeth on edge, as the saying goes. One of the most common examples of this is the sound of fingernails being scraped along a blackboard. Does this actually have anything to do with the health of our teeth though?

Taking a break from looking directly at the procedures available at our Ipswich dental clinic, our Foxhall Dental Practice team attempt to answer this question.

Survival instincts

From a number of research projects, it appears that this particular sound has a frequency which is very similar to the cry of a baby or someone screaming. The conclusion drawn from this is that this sound becomes impossible to ignore and may be linked to a very old warning signal of distress, helping the survival of young babies and adults in trouble.

There are other theories too. One of which suggests that our reaction to this sound is due to the shape of our ear canal.

There is much research on the topic but none of it appears to relate to our teeth. The general consensus is that the term originates from the phrase to ‘edge the teeth’ meaning the sensation of sensitivity when we eat something acidic, such as raw rhubarb. A similar phrase has also been found in a version of the bible from 1382 and is mentioned at least once by Shakespeare.

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Avoid Hospital Dental Appointments For Your Children

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Good oral healthcare advice for younger patients.

A recent report has stated that on average, children are having to wait for over 250 days for a hospital appointment to have their rotten teeth extracted.

There are two points to this problem. Firstly, no parent should want to see their child in pain for anywhere near that length of time, and, secondly, in most cases, having to have teeth extracted in hospital, could often have been avoided with better oral care.

It really is not that difficult to avoid most tooth decay and whilst some areas of the teeth may be a little trickier to clean than others, a bit of persistence and practice, should help.

Teeth cleaning

A good teeth cleaning regimen is the basis for healthy children’s teeth. Don’t be surprised if your child is not a fan of doing this though, that is far from unusual. For younger children especially, you should supervise them to make sure that they clean their teeth correctly. Also, remember that once they have cleaned their teeth at night, you should not give them any further food or drink, apart from water. Doing so will mean that sugars and acids remain on their teeth all night whilst they sleep, increasing the likelihood of dental problems in the future.

Benefits of a dental hygienist

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The Easy, Safe Way To Whiter Teeth In Ipswich

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When done by a professional, your teeth can be whiter in just one hour.

Teeth whitening is now quite a big business which can be seen by the number of  ‘teeth whitening’ toothpastes now available and which are growing at a very fast rate.

Naturally, when some people buy these they may expect to see spectacular results. Unfortunately, this won’t happen as the amount of the whitening ingredient allowed in them is heavily restricted by law for safety reasons.

The only way to have your teeth whitened to any significant degree is to have this done by a qualified cosmetic dentist, such as those at our Ipswich dental practice. There are two types of whitening treatments currently available; the custom home whitening kit and a ‘one visit’ teeth whitening treatment. Both of these produce equally great results.

Home whitening

This treatment involves impressions being taken of your teeth and trays made from these to fit you comfortably and securely. You will then be given a whitening solution, along with instructions, so that you can whiten your teeth at home. This involves wearing the trays for a few hours a day for around two weeks to achieve the whiteness that you are aiming for.

It should be noted that these do differ from shop bought whitening kits in two ways. Firstly, in a shop bought kit, the trays will be a general size and not made for you individually. This does increase the risk of the bleaching agent leaking onto your gums and lips, potentially causing irritation. Secondly, and similarly to toothpastes, the quantity of whitening ingredient is much lower than that provided by a dentist, and will therefore produce less successful results for most people.

In-house teeth whitening

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