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JAN 20
14
TUESDAY 14TH OF JANUARY 2020
Time has certainly flown by and we are now in full swing into a new decade! We forgot to posy our case of the month for December but it is one worth waiting for. The case involves ICON treatment to treat very opaque white areas on the upper front central teeth.

Now white areas on teeth are generally not a biological issue but they can be unsightly and have an affect on smiling with confidence. In the past, the treatment for such areas was to cut away the whiter area and then place a filling to mimic the adjacent tooth structure or place porcelain veneers. However, the major issue with this is that this involves drilling away sound tooth which can never be replaced. There will always be the issue of maintenance and replacement fillings or veneers over time. Drilling can be traumatic to the pulp (nerve and blood supply) and if this can be avoided, our advice is to be minimal and less destructive.

ICON treatment involves a process called 'resin infiltration'. In simple terms, the areas are washed and dried in a specific manner to open the white areas to resin application to hide the lesions. Here are the before and after results:

White areas on the front central teeth which are obvious affected our patients confidence on smiling


After ICON treatment. The areas are almost completely hidden with NO drilling at all of the tooth surface


We advise tooth whitening prior to the treatment so that the shade of the teeth is improved and this will enhance the affect of the ICON process. In general, a take home kit is sufficient for this with a total time frame of 14-21 days 1 hour per day or overnight.

This process is completely pain free and can be maintained with ease. Minimally invasive dentistry at it's very best.

Treatment completed by Dr Nissit Patel.

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JAN 20
07
TUESDAY 7TH OF JANUARY 2020
The temporomandibular joints, also known as the TMJ, is a complex set of joints, ligaments, and jaw muscles at the base of the skull in front of the ear. We have one on each side of our head, connecting our lower jaw to our upper jaw. Each TMJ has a disc-like structure made of cartilage between the ball and the socket. This disc acts as a cushion so our jaws can open backward, forward, and even sideways. Our TMJ allows us to perform actions such as chewing, biting, yawning, and speaking.

TMJ Disorders: Causes

A healthy TMJ is an essential part of a healthy life. Should this unique system malfunction in some way, it will result in a severely painful disorder. Like any joint in our body, the TMJ can become fractured, displaced, and inflamed. This is particularly common after an injury to the jaw area.

An overbite or an underbite may not seem too damaging, but ignoring it may also cause a TMJ disorder. Some people have the habit of grinding their teeth or clenching their jaw, whether knowingly or unknowingly. Although it isn’t quite as widespread, some people have even developed arthritis in their jaw as they age. All these things put a massive strain on the TMJ and may lead to a shooting, radiating pain that limits one’s ability to perform oral functions.

Symptoms to Watch Out For

TMJ disorders always manifest through pain and discomfort. If your jaw is feeling tender or swollen, it’s a sign that you may have fractured or dislocated your TMJ. Aside from jaw discomfort, take note of an ache around your ear. Difficulty chewing or pain while speaking is another common symptom. Other people suffering from a TMJ disorder experience their joint locking together, making it difficult to eat, chew, and speak. Sometimes, a clicking sound accompanies the pain.

When to See a Doctor

If the pain, swelling, or tenderness persists for more than a week, seek medical attention immediately. If you can’t open or close your mouth completely, book an appointment even earlier so a professional can make an assessment. In severe cases, your dentist may refer you to a TMJ specialist who will discuss possible treatment options for your problem.

TMJ Disorders: Treatment Options

A specialist will check your joints and jaw muscles for tenderness, clicking, locking, and fractures. Recommended treatment is a step-by-step plan going from simple therapy to more involved procedures.

This “less is best” approach includes home remedies such as:

  • Avoiding chewing gums and hard solid foods

  • Sticking to a liquid-based diet for a while

  • Applying hot compress on the area

  • Practising relaxation techniques


Your dentist may also advise you to perform specific jaw exercises to strengthen your muscles. Anti-inflammatory drugs, pain relievers, or muscle relaxants may help you manage the pain. Those who grind and clench their jaws while they sleep may need to wear a night guard or a bite plate before going to bed.

If an uneven bite is causing your TMJ disorder, the dentist may recommend for you to wear braces or reshape some teeth. If all of these conservative measures fail and your symptoms persist, surgery may be an option.

Most TMJ disorders are temporary and can be managed by simple home remedies. However, it isn’t a good idea to put off getting help until your condition is exacerbated. We’re rated as one of the best dentists in Fulham & London. Get in touch with us today for a  consultation!

 

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JAN 20
04
SATURDAY 4TH OF JANUARY 2020
Your children’s oral health is easy to be overlooked, because most of the time, it doesn’t present significant problems. However, you should not forget the importance of dental health especially for children. Before it’s too late, start investing more in your child’s oral health so that they will have beautiful smiles and healthy teeth as they grow.

Below are four ways to be on top of your child’s oral health. Keep on reading to find out more.

  1. Routine dental visits


Keep in mind that oral health isn’t just about the teeth, but it’s also about the lips, and gums, among others. Because of this, it’s advisable to take your children on routine dental visits every six to twelve months. By doing so, they will keep their oral health in check and at the same time, they get more used to being around a dentist.

  1. Set a home routine


As the adage often goes, good habits begin at home. If you want your child to have healthy teeth, you have to set a routine at home. For example, teach them to set a specific time during the day and night for them to brush their teeth. If they do not practice this routine, know that it’s easy for cavities to grow in unclean mouths.

We advise having a simple egg timer in the bathroom to time 2 minutes of brushing. The average brushing time for children is 27 seconds!

  1. Prepare healthy food


Know that some foods and drinks can cause cavities to build in your child’s teeth. This is why you need to prevent it early on by preparing healthy meals for them. As much as possible, limit their junk food intake, or totally eliminate it from your home if possible. Keep in mind that what your children consume is essential to their oral health. You may have a good routine at home and consistent dental visits, but if your child is eating junk food, then the former will defeat its purpose.

Hidden sugars are everywhere in food. For example, a tin of baked beans contains nearly 20g of sugar! The frequency of sugar intake increases the risk of tooth decay. Minimise the frequency to minimise the risk. Try snacks such as carrot sticks, cucumber, olives, fruit and  rice cakes in between meals.

  1. Take care of their gums


As mentioned, oral health isn’t just about the teeth but about the entire mouth as well. This is why you must not neglect your child’s gums because unhealthy gums can cause decay and damage their teeth.

Take time to brush your teeth with your child so that they can copy you. There are plenty of great, inexpensive electric toothbrushes that will be more effective than manual brushing alone. Battery operated ones are fine but we prefer ones that can be charged.

In this article, we have provided you with several ways that will help you keep your child’s oral health in check. It’s important to remember that your children look up to you, so you must show them that you’re taking care of your oral health as well. Be a good example and they will be more eager to follow your footsteps.

Remember that having a healthy routine at home and serving them healthy food will make a huge difference to their oral health. Educate them about the importance of oral health and make them feel involved in the process. Also, make sure to choose a dentist that you’re comfortable with and also ones who’s good with children. Keeping your child’s oral health in check is doing them a favour for their future. A good set of teeth and good oral health will boost their confidence, which is why this is an investment that you will not regret!

If you are looking to learn more about dental care for your child in Fulham, London, get in touch with us today to see how we can help.

 
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