Could I benefit from dental implants?


Are missing teeth making it hard to eat? Have your dentures become loose and uncomfortable? If the answer is yes, then dental implants may be the solution you’re looking for.

What are dental implants?
Dental implants can be a fantastic durable alternative to dentures for people living with tooth loss. Despite being used to provide a solution for both single and multiple missing teeth the concept for dental implants is largely the same. They are small titanium cylinders which are fitted within the jaw, to provide a replacement root for a single artificial tooth or multiple teeth. The replacement ‘teeth’  may be permanently fixed or removable, depending on the style of treatment and your requirements.

What are the benefits of dental implants?
When compared to traditional dentures there are many reasons why dental implants are often the favoured solution. Some of the benefits include:

  • Their high stability level means you can eat your favourite foods again.
  • You don’t have to worry about your teeth slipping whilst talking or eating.
  • They can look and function similarly to your normal teeth so you can simply get on with life.
  • If desired, we are able to provide a fully fixed-solution.

Am I suitable for dental implants?
Many people with loose or missing teeth are suitable for dental implants, however we like to take the time to listen to your requirements and expectations so we can offer you the treatment that will benefit you the most. We offer free dental implant consultations at Stourbridge Dental and Implant Clinic, so you can ask any questions you may have and feel confident about the treatment before progressing. Alternatively you can attend one of our regular implant presentations where you can learn more about dental implants from Principal Dentist Amit Pabari. To book your place or to schedule your free dental implant consultation call the practice on 01384 378361.

The importance of regular check-ups

For most of us, our mouths are the main method of communication; this alone should be reason enough to look after our teeth and gums. Everyday our teeth come into contact with sugar that can, overtime, cause dental complications. Maintaining a good level of oral health requires consistency throughout a combination of elements, including regular appointments with your dentist. Below are just a few of the key reasons why you should attend regular check-ups.

Maintain your teeth

It may sound obvious, but frequent oral-health checks will help you to maintain your teeth for longer. Plaque can build up quickly and if it is left untreated it can lead to further dental complications such as periodontitis, which may result in tooth loss.

Spot early signs of disease

Although we can all be aware of the symptoms of diseases such as mouth cancer or gum disease, it can be easy to miss the early indicators which, if recognised, could dramatically reduce the treatment required. Our dentists have a wealth of knowledge and will take the time to conduct a thorough oral-health check, highlighting and addressing any areas of concern each time you visit the practice.

A brighter smile

When you have a healthy mouth it shows. Clean teeth always give off a good impression, in fact recent surveys have revealed that when meeting someone for the first time, their smile is one of the first things we look at. Regular appointments with your dentist will help you to maintain the health and appearance of your teeth whilst reducing plaque levels.

Fresh breath

We don’t always notice fresh breath, but we do have a tendency to recognise when someone’s breath isn’t great. Bad breath can be caused by a number of different things, with poor oral health sitting up near the top of that list. Our dentists will be able to assess what it is that is causing your bad breath and advise you on the most efficient action to take to feel fresh again.

We understand that for some, a trip to the dentist is a daunting experience and therefore, regular check-ups might be missed off their to-do list. Our caring support staff will take the time to make sure you feel comfortable at Stourbridge Dental and Implant Clinic. However if you are particularly anxious, we do offer sedation techniques to make your time with us a little more relaxing.

We often hear people say they’re embarrassed by their teeth, but we can reassure you that you’ll not show us anything we haven’t seen before. If you’ve missed check-ups previously, don’t worry, we’ll be able to determine your current level of oral health and advise you on the best ways to achieve and maintain a healthy mouth.

Am I a good candidate for Dental Implants?

If you are missing one or more teeth due to trauma, tooth decay or gum disease, then you may be a good candidate for dental implants. Amit Pabari, Principal Dentist at Stourbridge Dental and Implant Clinic sets out some points below, which may help you decide.

1. You have a failing tooth which is still in place

If you have a tooth (or teeth) which is badly affected by decay or gum disease, or has broken beyond the point of repair, a dental implant may be a great choice.  We recommend that you make this decision before the tooth is extracted as sometimes an implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth is removed.

2. You are frustrated by loose dentures

Loose dentures can cause frustration and embarrassment in social situations and make it impossible to eat certain types of food, with detrimental effects to digestion and overall health. Usually with loose dentures people resort to using lots of denture adhesive, which can leave an unpleasant taste in the mouth as well as being cumbersome to clean. It is entirely possible to use a small number of implants to stabilise the denture making it comfortable in use. This can help to restore confidence eating, speaking and smiling at a lower cost than fixed implant bridgework.

3. Your root canal treatment failed

Root canal treated teeth are susceptible to decay and fracture. Many patients who have failed root canal treatment opt for dental implants, which are not susceptible to decay and almost never break. Implants are an excellent and prudent alternative to the root canal and crowning procedures.

4. You have a fear of dental procedures

Dental implant placement can be carried out under local anesthetic as with normal dental work, during the procedure, you should feel no more discomfort than you would for any typical dental treatment.
However for patients who are particularly anxious, we can offer intravenous sedation to allow you to relax peacefully while we carry out your treatment.

Although you may have soreness for a few days after placement of the implants, over-the-counter pain relief medication will alleviate the discomfort for most patients.

If you believe you could be a good candidate for dental implants and would like to learn more or discuss your options we hold informal presentations at the practice as well as free consultations.

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Four little things you need to know about ‘Smile Design’ at Stourbridge Dental & Implant Clinic

At Stourbridge Dental & Implant Clinic we provide smile makeovers, which may include treatments such as veneers, crowns, teeth whitening, same day white teeth, bridges, short-term adult orthodontics as well as dental implants.

Here are a couple of simple things we would like to share with you about smile makeovers:

1. Improve your smile

We often use the term ‘smile design’ at the practice to describe the dental treatments and procedures used to create a beautiful smile.  Smile design is a process, which considers the aesthetics and symmetry of the whole face to provide balance and harmony to any smile. We also consider other factors, like lifestyle and function when designing a smile; what’s the point of beautiful looking teeth if you can’t eat and enjoy your favourite foods?

2. Multiple techniques are often used to create the perfect smile

Smile design can incorporate a number of techniques in order to achieve your dream smile. This may include short-term orthodontics to move the teeth in a relatively short space of time.  To do this, we may recommend systems from popular orthodontic brands such as Invisalign or Six Month Smiles, both being so discreet they are almost invisible. These systems can also be used in tandem with other smile enhancement procedures like veneers or composite fillings to create perfect the smile. A veneer is a very thin layer of porcelain that fits over the front of the tooth, a bit like a false nail. Composite is a dental material, which is used to build up teeth in a similar way. Both treatments can be used where gaps need to be closed, if a tooth is broken or slightly misaligned. To add the final sparkle and zing to the smile we recommend teeth whitening.  Home teeth whitening kits are available or in surgery procedures like Zoom! teeth whitening deliver fast results and a healthy looking beautiful smile.

3. More than teeth

Sometimes a new beautiful smile can highlight other areas or imperfections that could use a little extra help.  For example, lines around the mouth or eyes may be more obvious to you now your attention isn’t drawn to your teeth.  Our range of facial aesthetic treatments can help rectify these problem areas too, using the latest wrinkle-smoothing treatment and fillers to soften crows feet, soften frown lines and revitalize lips in order to match your dazzling new smile.

4. Confidence boost

Being able to smile and laugh without feeling self-conscious can provide a much needed confidence boost and do wonders for your self-esteem. A beautiful straight bright smile can impact positively on all areas of your life, from having more confidence at work to being able to relax more in social settings with friends and family.

If you have always wanted a smile makeover but were unsure of where to start why not book a free “no obligation” appointment with us today to discuss all your options and flexible payment plans.

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Loose Dentures

Solutions for loose dentures

Loose dentures can be uncomfortable, embarrassing, and even painful to live with. What’s more, trying to maintain and repair dentures can be expensive and time-consuming. If you’re suffering from loose dentures, here are some possible solutions that may benefit you:

Relining your dentures

If your dentures are over two years old, they may require relining. Denture relining, or resurfacing, is an important part of caring for your dentures and ensuring that they fit your mouth correctly. In fact, because the bones and tissues in your mouth change over time, you may need to have your dentures relined earlier than the typical two-year period. There are two basic types of denture relines: hard denture relines, and soft denture relines. The former utilises a hard acrylic, the latter relies on a softer material, and is usually reserved for those with tender gums. We can help you determine which is best for you.

Dental implant retained dentures

While denture relining can provide a temporary solution to loose dentures, dental implant retained dentures are the ultimate solution. When dentures are retained via dental implants, they are no longer loose. This eliminates the need for adhesives, as well as discomfort caused by looseness. Implants can also help to preserve remaining bones in your jaw, can improve your ability to chew, look just like your real teeth, and, best of all, are secure. And with proper care, dental implants should last over 10 years.

dental implant retained dentures

Denture adhesives

Denture adhesives are a temporary solution for loose dentures, but shouldn’t be relied upon as a permanent fix. Small amounts of denture adhesives should really only be used to stabilise well fitting dentures, but are no competition to the near-perfect fit and security offered by dental implant retained dentures.

Book an appointment

you don’t have to live with loose dentures; if you’re not sure whether denture relining, I knew better fitting denture, or dental implants are the best route for you, book an appointment for a free consultation to come and see us. We can explain the different options and help you choose the right solution for your situation.

Call 01384 378361 today for more information

Dental Phobia ? – We can help

Nervous & Phobic Dental Patients

Most people don’t relish the idea of going to the dentist, but some people are more anxious about the experience than others. In fact, some people have a legitimate phobia when it comes to dental treatment. For them, the problem is so severe that they will go for years without actually visiting the dentist. This can lead to serious oral health problems that no amount of brushing or flossing will cure.

dental phobia

People who are anxious about going to the dentist may never completely overcome their fears, but there are things that they can do to make the experience a little less stressful. If you are nervous or phobic, here are a couple of things to consider for the next time you need to visit your dentist.

Communicate with your dentist

One of the most effective methods of fighting your fears is to simply bring them up with your dentist. Some patients are under the impression that the dentist will not want to hear about their fears or concerns, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Fear of dental treatment is quite common and your dentist will be prepared to answer your questions and address your concerns. Your dentist will start with issues that you’re comfortable with at the time. This may not take care of all the physical problems with your teeth, but it will ease your anxiety to the point where you can receive any treatment you need. Your dentist should help you get to the root of your anxiety so that it can be managed in the future.

Distraction during your appointment

For some patients, a simple distraction is enough to make an appointment seem less stressful. Many dentists provide headphones so that patients can listen to music or audiobooks during procedures.

Sedation dentistry

Sedation dentistry has become an increasingly popular option for patients who simply cannot handle a visit to the dentist due to extreme anxiety. In sedation dentistry, the patient is given a sedative to help them relax, reduce or eliminate their anxieties during the appointment. For obvious reasons, sedated patients are often unable to drive after a dental appointment so they need to bring along an escort, usually a family member, to drive them home. The use of sedation can make a big difference to those who cannot face a dental appointment any other way.

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles

Dentists and orthodontists agree that the best way to straighten and improve the appearance of crooked teeth is through the tried and tested method of dental braces. However, there is a modern innovative approach that is fast becoming popular for treating cosmetic consequences of the majority of teeth misalignments.

This new approach to remedial dentistry takes into account that a shorter term solution could be much more beneficial to patients, and generally more cost-effective as well. As its name implies, the “Six Month Smiles” system accomplishes similar cosmetic objectives as wearing braces for a period of two or three years, and allows the wearer to resume a completely normal lifestyle much more quickly. The following video has plenty of information on the treatment :

 

 

Advantages of Six Month Smiles

The first obvious advantage of the Six Month Smiles approach is that it typically involves treatment of only 6 to 9 months. Since low forces are exerted on the teeth and gums, and the overall orthodontic treatment is far less than with traditional braces, the patient’s comfort, safety and oral hygiene can return to normal in a shorter time frame.

In addition the Six Month Smiles treatment is typically less expensive than traditional braces, since fewer visits to the dentist are required, and fewer changes are needed over the duration of the treatment.

How the treatment works

The wires, O-rings, brackets and the adhesive needed to attach braces to the teeth are all included in a single patient tray kit provided by Six Month Smiles. During the appointment where braces are actually installed, all these pieces are fitted and conformed to the patient’s mouth for optimum comfort and most effective teeth movement.

Patient’s best suited for Six Month Smiles

While the Six Month Smiles program may not be suitable for all dental patients with misaligned teeth, there are many people who can be successfully treated, and whose smile can be greatly improved. The most likely candidates for such treatment are those patients who do not want or require any changes to their bite, and only wish for the appearance of the front teeth to be improved.

If you want to find out if Six Month Smiles is suitable for you, call us today for a free appointment on 01384 378361

Emergency Dentist Stourbridge

Dental Emergency ? – Call 01384 378361

Most people will experience some kind of dental emergency during their lifetime, so knowing what to do when one arises can be important in preventing permanent damage, lengthy treatment and costly dental bills. If you experience a dental emergency, it is always best to react quickly and try to make sure the situation doesn’t become worse. Here are some of the ways to handle common dental emergencies.

Knocked out tooth

First of all, retrieve the tooth and lightly rinse it off, if any impurities have become attached to it. Avoid scrubbing or removal of any attached tissue fragments. If it’s possible to put the tooth back, replace it and make sure it is properly oriented. If replacement is difficult or impossible, place the tooth in a small container of milk or water with table salt. It is really important to arrange an appointment with your dentist as soon as you can, if you get a quick emergency consultation the chances are good that your tooth can be saved. As the time lengthens after tooth knockout, the chances of successfully saving the tooth reduce.

Broken tooth

if a tooth becomes chipped or broken, retrieve all pieces that you can find and rinse out the mouth with warm water. If bleeding, apply gauze to the affected area until it stops. Apply some kind of cold compress to the area outside the mouth where the tooth was damaged, so that swelling is minimised. Arrange to see your dentist as soon as possible.

Toothaches

The first step is to rinse out your mouth with warm salt water and then use dental floss to clean out between the teeth. If there is swelling, apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth in the area affected. Don’t apply aspirin or painkillers directly to the affected tooth, they can dissolve and burn the gum tissue. Contact your dentist and arrange for an appointment as soon as possible.

emergency dentist stourbridge

If a filling or crown should fall out, make a dental appointment as soon as possible and in the meantime slip the crown back over the tooth and keep it in place with a denture adhesive or temporary cement available from most chemists.

If you have a dental emergency, call us on 01384 378361, we have daily emergency appointments available and will always do our utmost to see you on the same day.

Dental Veneers – The Choices

Porcelain or Composite Veneers ?

If you’re not happy with the appearance of your teeth or smile, an increasingly common solution is dental veneers. Veneers can be very effective in correcting crooked, broken, or stained teeth as well as teeth with unsightly gaps.

Veneers are basically thin sheets of porcelain or composite, custom-made to directly fit over the teeth. They can improve the appearance and look of your smile dramatically. Find out more about veneers here.

porcelain & composite veneers

There are basically two types of dental veneers – composite and porcelain veneers. When correctly placed, these techniques can provide you a beautiful smile. But which one is the best for you? Here is a brief comparison. You can also find out more about dental veneers on Wikipedia.

1. Durability

On first glance, the majority of people would prefer porcelain veneers, not just because of the way in which they truly resemble natural teeth, but more importantly, for their durability. The average and is 7 to 10 years , however the main drawback is the removal of very small amounts of healthy tooth structure to provide space to attach the porcelain veneers.

Composite veneers are more susceptible to wear and tear, meaning they will need replacing every few years (3-5 years on average). However, on the spot repairs can always be done on composite veneers without complete replacement. Porcelain veneers, unlike the composite kinds, cannot be repaired. They have to be completely replaced if they become chipped, cracked or dislodged. The main appeal of composite veneers is that they do not require the removal of any tooth structure, they can be placed directly over the top of your current tooth

2. Finish

Both of these types of veneers provide a fantastic way of covering dental imperfections. However, porcelain veneers can give a more natural-looking smile makeover. The reason for this is porcelain contains the same light reflecting properties as the natural tooth enamel. In fact, porcelain veneers are designed to copy natural teeth characteristics.

3. Cost

At Stourbridge Dental & Implant Clinic we do not let cost get in the way of your perfect smile. We offer a variety of ways to spread the cost of the treatment over a period of time that is suitable for you.

Conclusion

Dental veneers, whether porcelain or composite, can treat wide-ranging dental issues like stained, crooked or damaged teeth. They can also close the gaps between teeth. Each of them have their own pros and cons. If you’re considering a smile makeover, we can help you to reach the right treatment choice according to your individual needs , so why not get in touch today ?

Invisalign or Six Month Smiles ?

Invisalign vs Six Month Smiles

Comparison of Invisalign and Six Month Smiles

Many people want to improve the look of their smiles and enjoy the confidence derived from having straight teeth and an attractive smile.

There are many products on the market offering straight smiles fast, effectively and permanently. Invisalign and Six Month smiles are two excellent examples of these products. It is often difficult to choose which product is right for you – does it meet your needs according to your budget and circumstances. In this article, we compare Invisalign and Six Month Smiles to help you make a more informed decision.

Difference between Six Month Smiles and Invisalign

The Six Month Smiles system differs from Invisalign in the sense that Six Month Smiles makes use of a tooth coloured wire and clear bracket system combined to give robust tooth movement. Six Month Smiles uses a fixed bracket which remains in place throughout the treatment period. On the other hand, Invisalign uses a variety of removable aligners to move teeth gradually into place.

Both of these options provide a more aesthetically appealing solution compared to traditional braces.

 

Which one of them works more quickly?

Six Month Smiles, just as the name suggests, can provide an excellent result in just six months. On the other hand, Invisalign can take substantially longer than this, with treatment times varying depending on the individual patient’s circumstances. Typically, Invisalign braces will be worn for 9 to 24 months.

How Do These Methods Work?

Six Month Smiles comprises a set of clear brackets and tooth coloured wires to not only move teeth quickly but also safely. Many people are worried about how they will look when wearing orthodontic braces but we can reassure clients that this system is discreet, short term (obviously !) and substantially cheaper than other methods of treatment.
On the other hand, Invisalign treatment makes use of a series of custom made and virtually invisible aligners – these are made of smooth plastic and worn over the top of your teeth. These invisible aligners gradually shift and straighten teeth into their final position.

Compared to traditional braces, both of these products are convenient and comfortable, and they allow patients to eat just about any food. Both systems are virtually invisible, and don’t negatively affect a patient’s aesthetic appearance. Whether you opt for Six Month Smiles or Invisalign, you can be sure that you won’t face up to the prospect of sharp metallic uncomfortable brackets that require tightening.

So which one is the right option for you?

In order to decide on the teeth straightening technique which is most appropriate for you, the best thing to do is request a free consultation. Following a detailed assessment of your situation, which may involve x-rays, we’ll be happy to explain the various options open to you and can discuss treatment times and payment options too.

You can also find out more about each of these systems on our individual treatments pages as follows :

http://stourbridge.wpengine.com/treatments/orthodontics/six-month-smiles/

http://stourbridge.wpengine.com/treatments/orthodontics/invisalign/

 

Damon Braces – Information

Benefits of Damon Braces over traditional braces

Orthodontic appliances such as braces are routinely used to straighten teeth. But traditional braces have their own challenges, namely, they are noticeable and often quite uncomfortable to wear.

Damon braces can not only be virtually transparent, they’re also more comfortable to wear. Visit our page on Damon braces for more information.

Damon braces

What Are Damon Braces?

Damon braces are modern alternatives to traditional braces. They consist of a self-ligating system which uses high tech wires as well as tieless brackets. These use a clip for holding an archwire inside the bracket. It means that instead of attaching the arch wire to brackets with elastic ligatures, brackets themselves contain a component which closes around the wire to keep it attached.

Benefits of Damon Braces over traditional braces

The Damon System is self ligating. It works by using wires and a bracket instead of O-rings or ligatures. This makes it easy to change the braces. Also, you will not experience the same pressure on your teeth associated with wearing metal braces.

Unlike traditional braces, Damon braces don’t use elastic ties for binding the brackets onto the archwire, something that makes cleaning hard. Instead, they are tieless which makes them easier to clean. There is also a substantial reduction in the friction so you will experience considerably less discomfort compared to traditional braces.

Apart from being more comfortable to wear, the Damon Clear system is also much less noticeable. You’ll feel less self conscious and be able to smile more naturally for the entire course of treatment.
Through light, continuous force, Damon braces let the memory-shaped wires move easily within the brackets. Most orthodontists prefer using Damon Braces because they can move teeth faster into the correct position.

Other Advantages of Damon Braces over Traditional Braces

• Shorter treatment times
• Fewer visits than with traditional braces
• Better appearance during the treatment because of clear brackets and less bulky wires
• There is very rarely a need for teeth to be extracted. Damon braces are also an excellent choice for people with severe crossbites, underbites or overbites.

• Brackets are smaller and flatter so more comfortable

How traditional braces differ from Damon braces

In all fairness, traditional braces have witnessed some improvements in the last 20 years. Today, they are made with lighter and stronger materials.

However, they differ from Damon Braces in that they use elastic ties to position the wire in the brace. For this reason, traditional wires can become quite uncomfortable as a result of the friction between the ties, wires and brackets. They’re also bulky and can require more thorough cleaning and maintenance. If you want something that has a more comfortable fit, and produces accurate and efficient results, the Damon system is usually an excellent choice.

Dental Implants & Dental Bridges Compared

Are Dental Implants Right For You ?

If you lose one or more of your teeth, you need to know the best method of replacing them within the shortest time possible. By having your missing teeth replaced, you will not only get back your self-confidence and smile but also reduce the adverse effects lost teeth have on your jawbone, gums and your remaining teeth. In this article, we compare the two most common methods of teeth replacement, – dental bridges and dental implants.

dental implants or dental bridge

What are Dental Bridges?

A dental bridge refers to a common dental restoration technique that is used to replace one or more teeth by actually bridging gap that has been left behind by the missing teeth. The artificial tooth, also known as the pontic, is attached to the adjacent tooth or teeth by either a crown or a small wing. Dental bridges are best used by patients wishing to replace single missing teeth.

What are Dental Implants?

Simply put, a dental implant refers to a false tooth root made from titanium which connects to the jawbone and at the same time supports a crown. After it has been inserted via a short surgical procedure, it is important that the titanium post integrates or fuses with the jawbone. This ensures that it firmly anchors in position. After the completion of the osseointegration process, an abutment gets attached to the implant. The abutment will protrude above the gum line and provides the surface which the dental crown will be cemented or screwed onto.

The benefits of each treatment

 

Dental Bridges

• Natural look: bridges can often be used to improve the shape and colour of the teeth being replaced. Modern porcelain is very sophisticated and requires a skilled dental professional to fabricate a bridge that closely mimics natural translucencies as well as multiple shades that are incorporated in natural tooth structure.

• Affordability: A traditional bridge costs around £450- £950 per unit.

• Fast: the process is fast and can often be finished in just a few weeks.

• Low risk: In case a bridge fails, pontics, if attached with a wing, can be replaced quickly and painlessly.

• Straightforward procedure: bridges are a very common solution to the problem of tooth loss and are also routine procedures dentists.

Dental Implants

While bridges may appear initially more affordable compared to implants, implants tend to be the more cost-effective option in the long term. The cost of an implant is determined by the following factors:

• Surgery complexity

• The number and type of teeth that are being replaced

• Material and brand of abutment post and crown, as some brands have more experience and research evidence behind their individual, usually patented designs

The cost of dental implants

Every case is different but an average cost for a single implant would be around £1850 – £2500. This includes the abutment and crown. Where it is used for supporting a bridge, the fee for implant retained bridges depends upon the length of the span of the bridge..

Which one should you choose?

There is some evidence to show dental implants can last longer than dental bridges, and it also can give more aesthetically pleasing results. Although they are initially costly, they can provide a well fitting, long-term and visually pleasing dental restoration. Viewed in the longer term they actually cost less since they are not normally replaced as frequently as dental bridges.

Why not contact us for a no obligation chat-our knowledgeable staff will be able to help with any questions you may have.

The Dangers of DIY Teeth Whitening Kits

The Background

In 2011, Britons spent over £76 million on toothpastes that promise to whiten teeth. This is according to a Daily Mail article published in March of the same year. People who desire to whiten their teeth have three main options at their disposal: professional teeth whitening by a qualified dentist, treatment in beauty salons, or DIY home kits. Although a majority of the people who undergo teeth whitening have it done by a professional dentist, there’s a significant number that cannot afford specialized dental services and opt for DIY home kits. Unfortunately, the dangers of buying home teeth whitening treatments far outweigh their perceived benefits. Click the link for more information on safe Stourbridge Dental teeth whitening treatments .

chemical burns from teeth whitening

The Risks

Martin Fallowfield, a dentist and spokesperson for the British Dental Association, elaborates on the harmful contents contained in teeth whitening kits purchased online or administered in salons. He notes that some of them contain chlorine dioxide, an acid disinfectant commonly used for cleaning swimming pools. Unfortunately, manufacturers don’t include the harmful ingredient on their products’ labels. The acid can eat away the teeth, burn the gums, or destroy the enamel, causing teeth sensitivity.

Other home kits bought online contain hydrogen peroxide. This chemical compound is a strong oxidizing agent, which penetrates the porous enamel, and oxidizes the stains on a person’s teeth. The discoloration is eliminated when the stains react with oxygen, because they undergo a chemical change. The process is effective and harmless only when the concentration of hydrogen peroxide is within the permitted limits. The European Union has set a limit of 0.1% hydrogen peroxide in online and ‘off the shelf’ purchasable home whitening products, which UK retailers are supposed to comply with.

Stuart Johnston of the British Dental Association cautions against high doses of hydrogen peroxide, which could cause chemical burns to the mouth’s lining, if not protected. Home kits typically comprise of a mouth guard containing a bleaching gel. If the guard does not fit perfectly on the teeth, the gel may spill out and come into contact with the gums. This can cause teeth sensitivity, permanent gum recession, and blistering. Ingesting significant quantities of hydrogen peroxide can also lead to throat, gut, and stomach burns.

Some online products have been found to contain hydrogen peroxide at 150 times more than the permitted limit. In 2010, the Guardian highlighted such a product, -“LAwhite teeth whitening pen”. Amazon was selling the teeth whitener for £9.95 in the United Kingdom (U.K.). The product contained 35 percent carbamide peroxide, which was equivalent to 150 times the legal limit of hydrogen peroxide in whitening kits.

The majority of other teeth whitening products, especially toothpastes that do not contain hydrogen peroxide, use abrasive ingredients to achieve the same result. While the substitute may seem less risky, the abrasives may be too harsh on the teeth, causing significant damage to the enamel. This means that in attempts to avert whiten their teeth, a person can actually end up with permanent teeth damage. The irony of DIY teeth whitening products is that if used incorrectly, they could actually cause more teeth discoloration, the same problem they seek to eliminate.

Visit A Dentist First

A visit to the dentist is recommended for people who wish to have their teeth whitened. A dentist will conduct a professional mouth examination and cleaning. Sometimes an examination may reveal that teeth whitening is not necessary and that a person’s teeth require only a thorough cleaning to remove stains and make them white. A dentist will also check the teeth for cavities as these should always be treated before proceeding with the whitening procedures. The dentist also assesses the health of a person’s gums. In case of inflammation, it’s best to postpone whitening and seek treatment first. Finally, a dentist can create tailor made, personalised whitening kits and offer useful insight and advice on whitening teeth, and what to expect.

 

Teeth Whitening at Stourbridge Dental & Implant Clinic

For teeth whitening Stourbridge Dental & Implant Clinic offer a variety of treatments and below you’ll find plenty of information on one of our most popular treatments – Zoom Laser Teeth Whitening

 

Zoom teeth whitening can be described as a patented bleaching system which lightens the enamel and dentin and eliminates discolouration. It’s considered to be an effective and fast form of teeth whitening. The procedure normally takes less than an hour to finish. Before making an appointment, the dentist usually schedules a dental examination and cleaning to ensure you do not have any prevailing dental issues which need addressing.

zoom teeth whitening at Stourbridge

The Process Involved
The first step is to make sure that your gums and lips are covered. This keeps the whitening solution away from the covered areas and applies it only to the teeth. Once your teeth get exposed, a hydrogen peroxide gel is then applied to them. A special light is then directed at your teeth in order to activate this whitening gel. You’ll normally need three coats of the whitening gel during the procedure. The gel is replaced with a fresh layer around every 15 minutes.

After the final 15 minute session, a fluoride gel is applied. This gel is basically used to help reduce any sensitivity the whitening gel might have caused. Before going home, you’ll receive a Zoom teeth whitening kit to take with you. This kit includes custom fit trays and a whitening gel. We will explain to you how to use the kit effectively in order to keep your teeth whiter for longer.

How It Works
The Zoom laser whitening gel’s main active ingredient is hydrogen peroxide. As this hydrogen peroxide gets broken down, the oxygen enters the dentin and enamel, bleaching the stained substances whilst the tooth’s structure remains unchanged. The Zoom laser’s light activates hydrogen peroxide which helps it penetrate the tooth’s surface.

Benefits of Zoom Laser Teeth Whitening
-It is one of the fastest and most effective ways to whiten teeth. You get to see the results instantly after the procedure. It’s also a safe treatment for whitening teeth and can lighten the teeth up to ten shades.
You will get to take with you a zoom kit for more touch ups which lets you extend the period of time the treatment keeps the teeth white.
-It’s a safe procedure, which has minimal side effects. The main side effect found in any meaningful client numbers, is sensitivity of the teeth, and that’s why a special fluoride gel gets applied after the treatment. If you do still suffer from some teeth sensitivity, it’ll fade quickly.
-The treatment is highly comfortable for patients.
-The procedure is performed by a dentist who monitors the entire process.
-The gel penetrates your tooth enamel, removing difficult stains.
-Whiter teeth can boost your confidence. You’ll no longer be afraid to share your smile with the world.

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Inman Aligner FAQs

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Another popular orthodontic treatment we offer is the Inman Aligner . Read on to find out how you can quickly straighten front teeth with Inman Aligner treatment.

Inman Aligner-The Treatment Explained

Over the years, advancements in the field of dentistry have brought about a range of solutions for different conditions. One such is Inman Aligner, which is a removable appliance mainly used to align the front teeth. It can also be used to pre-align teeth before bonding, veneers or other cosmetic options. Here’s a close look at this popular dental solution.

How does Inman Aligner work?

The aligner comes with coil springs (made from Nickel Titanium) that power 2 aligner bows on your front teeth. One bow pushes forward while the other pulls back. This action guides your teeth into the new position quickly and safely. Despite having a metal wire, the appliance is typically not visible and tends to resemble a clear gum shield.

What does the treatment involve?

Usually, the initial step in treatment with Inman Aligner is to determine if the procedure is suitable for the patient. The general condition of the teeth will be examined and relevant x-rays taken. If you’re found to be a suitable candidate, the treatment will continue. Here are the steps involved.

1. Making of impressions

Impressions are usually needed for the fabrication of the Aligner in the lab. The device is created on accurate 3D printed models that are digitally corrected and aligned into the appropriate set-up according to aesthetics and your bite.

2. Fitting

You will then be fitted with the appliance. The dentist will give you a detailed chart indicating areas where any interproximal reduction is required as well as where any additional parts of the aligner may need to be placed.

3. Wearing the Aligner

You should ideally wear the appliance for at least 16-20 hours a day. While you can wear for lesser time, the treatment time is likely to increase.

4. Regular Checks

Checks are needed at least every 2 to 3 weeks during the treatment period. They allow the dentist to assess how you’re responding to treatment as well as make any adjustments where necessary.

Note that it can take up to 7-10 days of wearing the appliance to become acclimatized. During this period, your speech might be affected but things should return to normal within 10-15 days.

How long does Inman Aligner treatment last?

In general, treatment takes anywhere between 6 and 16 weeks; less complex cases may be completed in a month or so with more complex cases taking up to 4 months. However, since the appliance is very efficient, it works significantly faster compared to alternative orthodontic techniques out there. After treatment is complete, you need to wear permenant retainers in order to prevent relapse. These are typically placed behind the front teeth and are never visible in your smile.

What are the benefits of Inman Aligner?

1. Relatively quick results

The appliance can correct crowded or protruded front teeth in as little as 4 weeks especially where there’s little misalignment.

2. No need for replacements

Only one appliance is needed, unlike treatments with other orthodontic appliances. There’s no need replace it every two weeks.

3. Easy to use

The Aligner is not a permanent fitting and can be easily removed & inserted. This allows for normal eating and brushing.

Invisalign Braces – Your Questions Answered

We’ve compiled a short post around the typical questions we are often asked about one of our most popular treatments – Invisalign . You can also click the following link for more information on Invisalign treatment at Stourbridge Dental & Implant Clinic

 

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Invisalign Braces FAQs

· What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a modern invisible way to straighten your teeth. Invisalign uses 3-D computer imaging technology to depict your complete treatment plan, starting with the initial position of your teeth and progressing to the final desired position. From this, a series of custom-made “aligners” are produced for your teeth. The aligners are custom calibrated to precisely fit your mouth for the various stages of the treatment plan.

· What are the aligners made of?

They are made using a clear, medical grade, strong and non-toxic plastic. Since the aligners are clear, nobody notices that you’re wearing them. This makes Invisalign seamlessly fit in with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions with others.

· How long will the treatment take?

Every patient is different. The length of the treatment depends on how severe a patient’s orthodontic issues are. It can vary anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. Most treatments last for approximately 9-12 months. The treatment plan is determined by us, based on your specific needs.

· What are the benefits of Invisalign?

The Invisalign aligners are almost invisible, which is the main reason they have become so popular. No-one sees a mouth full of metal when you smile in front of them. They are also removable, giving you complete flexibility when it comes to eating and drinking. All you have to do is take them off. The same also applies when brushing and flossing, and unlike traditional braces, they don’t have metal wires that can irritate your gums and cheeks.

Invisalign enables you to view your treatment plan and virtual results before you start any treatment, so you’ll know in advance how your teeth are expected to look once the treatment is finished.

· How many people have been treated with Invisalign?

Invisalign has been used to treat over 3 million patients across the world. And the number grows with each passing day.

· How do I use Invisalign?

You should wear your aligners for around 22 hours a day, including when you’re asleep. Take off your aligners as you eat and clean your teeth only. Additionally, you should remove your aligners when you’re drinking anything except cold water to avoid staining them and risking tooth decay caused by sugars in the fluids. You will visit to us every 4-6 weeks to review your progress and allow for modifications if necessary.

· Will Invisalign affect my speech?

Just like most of the other orthodontic treatments, the Invisalign aligners can temporarily affect your speech, but generally, people barely notice it. You may have a slight lisp for a couple of days but as your tongue gets more used to the aligners, this effect disappears.

· Will the Invisalign treatment hurt?

It’s fairly common to experience some mild soreness in your teeth for a short period after each new stage of aligners. This is to be expected and it happens with the vast majority of orthodontic braces when they are adjusted. It simply means that your teeth are moving gradually in the desired directions. The soreness gradually goes away after each new set of aligners has been worn for a day or two.

All on 4® Dental Implants Explained

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What does the  All on 4® implant procedure entail?

 

1. Initial consultation and diagnostics.

In order for us to properly evaluate your individual requirements and suitability for All-on-4® implants, you’ll need a consultation where we will discuss various aspects of the treatment and also ask about your medical history. It may be that you will need a series of diagnostic tests which may include x-rays, a CT scan, measurement of your bone density and impressions taken of your existing teeth. This will provide us with information in order to plan your treatment and determine if you will need to have any existing teeth extracted.

In some case we need to create a bespoke surgical template which ensures guided and exact implant placement. To do this we use specialised software and a dedicated treatment planning system, which will allow for detailed diagnostics including the identification of available bone structure. It will also help to create virtual implant placement according to your anatomical situation and exact prosthetic needs.

If, following your diagnostic appointment, there is no need for bone grafting or for other treatment prior to the implant surgery itself, your surgical appointment will be scheduled. At this appointment any teeth needing extracted will be removed, your implants will be placed and your prosthesis fitted during the same appointment.

2. Extractions and placement of four dental implants.

Stourbridge Dental Implants All on 4 diagram

Four implants will be placed in the jaw in such a way that the bone will surround, anchor and secure them into place. Two implants are placed upright in the front part of the jaw and two implants are placed in the back part of the jaw at an angle of approximately 45°, to achieve maximum contact and anchorage to your existing bone structure.

 

3. Attachment of abutment and teeth.

Once the four implants have been placed in the jaw, the abutments (a component which connects the implant to the teeth/bridge/denture) will be attached to the implants. The new replacement teeth are then attached to the abutments and adjusted to ensure an optimal bite so that maximum comfort is achieved.  This technique is much less invasive and much less time consuming than the traditional full arch implant. This is because the All-on-4 ® technique only uses four dental implants in the procedure as opposed to six or eight implants in a traditional full arch implant technique.

4. Follow-up and second set of permanent teeth.

Approximately 3 months or so after the initial fitting, there will be a follow-up appointment. Three months after the initial appointment the gums should be fully healed and implants completely fused to the natural bone.  At this stage, depending on your treatment plan, your dentist will take new impressions in order to prepare a final, stronger, permanent set of teeth which can then be adjusted to a perfect fit.

Our summary of the advantages of the All-on-4 ® technique.

It requires only 4 implants as opposed to 6-8 to secure your arch.

It involves lower fees and is more cost-effective as there are less implants and less visits required.

It can avoid the need for bone grafts.

Implants and teeth are all placed and fitted in one appointment as opposed to several appointments needed for the traditional method.

Guided computer aided techniques ensure accurate implant placement

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Veneers in Stourbridge

What exactly is involved in the procedure of having dental veneers fitted?

Here at Stourbridge Dental & Implant Clinic we offer E-max veneers, and you can find out more by visiting our main dental veneers page

1. As with any other cosmetic dental procedure, the first part involves a consultation and examination by your orthodontist or dentist so that they can get a better understanding for what you require and what the treatment options are. At Stourbridge Dental & Implant Clinic, we consider this to be the most important part of the whole process. It also allows your practitioner to discuss any concerns you might have. Your dentist or orthodontist should explain the treatment procedure to you and also give you an accurate guide as to the likely cost of your treatment.

2. Before your veneers are designed and manufactured, your dentist will need to reshape and prepare the front surfaces of your teeth so that they can accommodate the veneers. In order that you do not feel anything during the procedure you will have your teeth and gums numbed with a local anaesthetic.

3. Your dentist will then shave off a tiny part of the front surface of your teeth using a special tool called a burr (dental file or drill). The amount of the front surface of your teeth that is removed should be the same thickness as your veneers so that they will sit on the top of your teeth seamlessly.

4. Your dentist will then take an impression or mould (copy) of your teeth. This involves taking an imprint of your teeth similar to how you would leave footprints in sand. This is done by placing special dental putty into your mouth on a tray, and pushing it into your teeth.

5. This mould of your teeth, known as an “impression”, is then sent to a dental laboratory. This impression is used by dental technicians to cast an accurate model of your teeth which can be used as a guide to fabricate your new veneers. Normally this process takes between one and three weeks.

6. Your dentist may fit you with some temporary veneers to protect your prepared teeth while you’re waiting for your actual veneers to be fabricated. Please note that not all dentists will offer temporary veneers.

7. At your second appointment your dentist will fit your new veneers to your teeth. Firstly, the dentist may just sit the veneers over your teeth to see how they look when you smile as they may need to be trimmed or adjusted.

8. This is followed by a thorough cleaning of your teeth and the front surfaces of them will be etched (roughened) with a special acid gel so that they provide a good surface for the dental cement to stick to.

9. Cement is then applied to the back of the veneers and they are cemented into place. Then a special curing light is used to activate the dental cement so that it bonds the veneer permanently to the front surface of your prepared tooth. Any excess cement is usually trimmed away and polished to leave a beautiful and natural looking restoration.

Welcome to the new Stourbridge Dental & Implant Clinic website!

Stourbridge Dental & Implant Clinic has recently taken over Dennis Lodge dental surgery in Amblecote, Stourbridge. We are currently in the process of a complete refurbishment bringing the practice up to date with the latest dental technology. Please feel free to call us today to arrange a free consultation with one of our experienced team, and see the progress for yourself.