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DEC 17
Eating your favourite foods is one of life's great joys. Perhaps  a medium rare steak, crusty bread, raw vegetables or a crunchy apple? Most of us take eating for granted. However, for those with missing teeth, eating may be limited to certain foods only and this certainly is not much fun.

There is an answer and they are called dental implants. In simple terms, dental implants are titanium cylinders that are inserted into the jaw bone. A phenomenon called 'osseointegration' where bone grows and fuses around the implant means that there is a biological connection that is incredibly robust. Teeth can then be supported onto the implants replacing the ones that were lost.

Our case below highlights the difference that dental implants can make. Our patient has lost all of his back teeth meaning that all of the bite and chewing is at the front of the mouth. Our front teeth are designed for incising down onto food (hence called the incisor teeth) rather than chewing. By using dental implants, we are able to replace the missing back teeth and restore the bite. Just take a look:

before dental implants left side Missing back left teeth. (the white cap is called a healing abutment)

Missing back right teeth Missing back right teeth

After dental implants, missing back teeth restored After dental implants, missing back teeth restored

After dental implants, missing back left teeth restored After dental implants, missing back left teeth restored

Now this may not be the most glamorous dental treatment but it is certainly the most life changing. If you have enjoyed your first juicy steak or granny Smith in years, you will know what we mean!

If you have missing teeth and would like to know more, please contact us. We offer free consultations on dental implants with absolutely NO obligation at all.

DEC 17
Fibroepithelial polyps are commonly seen in the mouth on the lip, cheek, gum line and tongue. There are a small mass of tissue that usually form in response to trauma such as lip biting or cheek chewing. Although, in the main, polyps are pain free and benign, they can be irritating especially if you keep catching them whilst eating which could cause ulcers or inflammation.

Here is a common appearance of a fibroepithelial polyp on the lip:

A soft mass of pink tissue on the lip. A soft mass of pink tissue on the lip.

Although these can be left alone, if you wish, removal is simple. With the Waterlase i Plus laser, the polyps can be removed within a minute without the need for a scalpel, stitches or any pain. Healing takes place within a few days and the polyp is gone forever. (unless you keep biting the area to form another one!)

Here is the lip one week after removal using the Waterlase i Plus laser:

Polyp has been removed and the lip is back to normal. Polyp has been removed and the lip is back to normal.

This type of treatment is not a specialist treatment requiring a hospital referral. At Progressive Dentistry, we have invested in the Waterlase i Plus laser and also the Epic 10 diode laser to provide the very latest in dental care on the high street (Fulham High Street that is)

If you have an annoying polyp and would like it removed, please contact us.

NOV 17
Our case of the month for November 2017 is one of our favourite treatments. This technique can completely transform your smile without the need for cutting teeth, without any injections, without any pain and it is affordable. We call it ABC.

A is for alignment. Aligning teeth into the correct position is essential for cosmetic dentistry. Without correct alignment, a great smile cannot be achieved. We use a number of teeth alignment systems. In this case, a Social 6 lingual brace was used. This is an amazing brace and one that we have great experience with.

B is for bleaching. Tooth whitening enhances a smile ten fold. Clean, fresh and white looking teeth illuminates a smile and radiates confidence. Our favourite system is the Philips ZOOM LED in chair whitening, which is simply astounding.

C is for cosmetic bonding. As adults, often our teeth have been subject to wear and tear. This leaves them uneven at the edges which can be unslightly once they are straight. Cosmetic bonding is a great option to enhance the smile without having to cut teeth down for porcelain veneers or crowns.

Here are the before and after photographs:

Before Social 6 lingual brace, teeth whitening and cosmetic bonding Before Social 6 lingual brace, teeth whitening and cosmetic bonding

After- straight, white and even. A great result. After- straight, white and even. A great result.

As you can see there is a huge difference. Why cut down the teeth for a quick fix when in 3-4 months, we can transform your smile with ABC? You also have to remember that porcelain veneers can be used after ABC for a Hollywood smile. Once the teeth are straight, we barely need to touch them to provide veneers that look a million dollars.

So, if you are considering a smile transformation for 2018 contact us. It may just be the best decision of your life.
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