For some people, going to the dentist is a breeze, but for others, it s nothing short of a horror situation. Unfortunately, it s something we all need to do if we want to keep our teeth and gums fresh for years to come. Many people go to the dentist when they re young, but then put it off for the next twenty years because they simply don t want to experience it again. However, going to the dentist at least once every six months is highly recommended and you ll just need to be brave to get the outcome you wa… READ MORE
The health of your mouth is critical to your overall health, which is supported by robust scientist evidence. Here are 10 tips to help maintain a healthy mouth and healthy body:
Brush twice a day for two minutes. We prefer electric brushes.
Clean in between your teeth with floss or inter dental brushes every night.
Use plaque disclosing tablets occasionally. This will highlight where the deposits are building up allowing you to clean more effectively.
Waterjets are useful if you hate flossing. Our recomm… READ MORE
We are now into a new year, 2016 and what better way to start the year than transforming your smile.
If you have a deadline in mind such as a special occasion, a holiday, a party or even your wedding now is the time to plan ahead.
For example, here is list of how long treatments usually take:
1. Simple crowding: 1-3 months
2. Moderate crowding: 3-6 months
3. Advanced crowding: 6-12 months
4. Straightening and bite correction: 12-24 months
5. Porcelain veneers: 1 month
6. Tooth whitening: 90 minutes … READ MORE
This article is for dentists, written by Dr Nissit Patel.
As a dentist, I strive for excellence in all aspects of dentistry. In all indirect restorations, superb impressions are paramount for accurate recording of the prepared tooth/ teeth and surrounding soft mucosa, gingiva. It is all too easy to accept a sub optimal impression and ask the technician to ' do his best'. This is not acceptable. The working impression should replicate the patient as closely as possible.This will allow your technician to cas… READ MORE
Dr Nissit Patel will be away next week attending the Implant Direct congress. The list of speakers is impressive and there are sure to be some great tips and techniques that can be learnt for the benefit of our patients.
Last year, Dr Patel attended the American Academy of Implant Dentistry annual congress. Continual education is extremely important especially in a field such as implant dentistry, where the science is ever improving.
If you are in need of dental implants to replace one, several of all mis… READ MORE
After fitting your orthodontic appliance (brace), it is important to follow some simple but important instructions. We have also provided some useful information and advice regarding after care.
TOOTHBRUSHING AND ORAL HYGIENE
Oral hygiene is critical to the success of treatment. Please brush normally 2-3 times a day using a manual or electric toothbrush. It will be very difficult to floss your teeth but interdental brushes can still be used, which are very effective. The use of a mouthwash is advised on … READ MORE
It is Christmas eve and the big day is nearly here. Here are some use useful tips to avoid any dental disasters on Christmas day (when all dentists are closed!):
1. Avoid hard, crunchy sweets especially if you have large fillings or have had extensive dentistry
2. Drink from a cup or plastic glass rather than a bottle. An inadvertent knock could fracture an incisor!
3. Drink responsibly- falling over after a few too many may ruin your Christmas smile
4. If you grind your teeth at night please and have a… READ MORE
For those dentists out there who are curious about what is acceptable when fitting your indirect restorations such as crowns, bridges, implant crowns and bridges, inlays and onlays, here are some useful facts on marginal fitting:
Quality ratings for marginal fitting:
1. Clinically excellent: no gap; smooth transition between margin and tooth; probe does not catch
2. Clinically acceptable: space of 150 µm; slight probe catching
3. Clinically unsatisfactory: space > 150 µm - 250 µm; probe penetrates in… READ MORE
It is that time of year again- back to school. The summer holidays are over and the new school year begins. Oh well, never mind, it will be half term soon!
Here are some useful tips on maintaining your child's oral health for the new school year:
1. Avoid sugary drinks. Fizzy drinks are especially bad. Did you know that a can of cola contains 4 tablespoons of sugar. Yes, that is correct- tablespoons not teaspoons.
2. Avoid snacking on processed snacks such as the weird and wonderful shaped crisps. These … READ MORE
Our dental tip of the day involves prevention, in particular reversing early decay. Did you know that in many cases dental decay starts from in between the teeth called the interdental area? If left untreated, these lesions will gradually progress and become closer to the nerve leaving you at risk of the dreaded root canal treatment.
Our tip is simple- prevention is better than cure. Ensure your oral hygiene is excellent, clean properly in between the teeth using dental floss and brushes. We can also presc… READ MORE