For a lot of cases an implant is an ideal long term solution to consider for tooth replacement if you have a missing tooth or teeth. Implants feel like natural teeth so you can eat, drink, talk and smile as normal.
Implants do not cause damage to the teeth either side and are a great alternative for patients that do not get on with dentures. To discuss implants in more detail book in for a chat with your dentist and explore if this would be the right option for you.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth (crown) placed on top of a titanium ‘root’ that is placed into the jaw bone. Titanium is the perfect material for the implant as it has been proven to work well with the body. The titanium root provides a substitute for the root of the tooth underneath the gum and gives a stable support for the crown to be attached to on top. You can choose a crown tailored to your own preference.
If you wanted to know if you were suitable for implants then an initial Implant consultation with our specialist is required where he will complete a full clinical examination, implant assessment and complete a treatment plan for you.
Root canal treatment (also called endodontics) is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (known as the pulp) is infected through decay or injury. If the pulp becomes infected, the infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth. This may eventually lead to an abscess. If root canal treatment (RCT) is not carried out, then the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out.
The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal(s). The root is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure. Most courses of treatment will involve more than one visit to your dentist. At the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed. Any abscesses, which may be present, can also be drained at this time. The canal(s) are then cleaned and a temporary filling is placed with medicine inside the root lining to allow the tooth to settle. On the second visit, the root canal(s) are then cleaned again and shaped ready for the permanent filling. An x-ray is taken, and plans can be made for a crown to be placed over the tooth to protect it.
A root treated tooth will be more brittle than a natural tooth and so, for the majority of cases we recommend placing a crown over the remaining tooth to ensure that it is protected. Once the tooth is crowned it can be treated like any other tooth. It is important to maintain good oral hygiene at home and cut down on sugar frequency in your diet to prevent failure of the treatment through decay. Seeing your dentist for regular check-ups will help keep things on track.
The health of your gums is vital to the health of your teeth, and knowing how to brush and floss effectively will keep your gums in good shape. Gum disease describes swelling, soreness or infection of the gums that support the teeth. There are two main forms of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums. This is when the gums around the teeth become very red and swollen due to plaque build up on the teeth. Plaque is the soft, white sticky stuff that builds up on our teeth. Plaque contains bacteria, and if it isn’t removed then it irritates the gum. Often the swollen gums bleed when they are brushed during cleaning. Gingivitis is reversible! The plaque that causes the gums to be inflamed just needs to be removed, so that the gums can heal and become healthy again.
Long-standing gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease. There are a number of types of periodontal disease and they all affect the tissues supporting the teeth. As the disease gets worse the bone anchoring the teeth in the jaw is lost, making the teeth loose. If this is not treated, the teeth may eventually fall out. Periodontal disease is not reversible, but it is possible to stop the gum and bone from shrinking further, calling the process to a halt.
We provide special periodontal treatments here with the expertise of Ruben Garcia our Periodontist.
Regular brushing and interdental cleaning and flossing will control the amount of plaque and tartar build up. Ask your dentist about correct brushing and flossing techniques. A visit to the hygienist for a more thorough scale and clean will then remove any tartar that is left.
If you have any crowns or bridges it is important to floss and keep them clean; as plaque can gather under the ledge of the crown. If you are a smoker then you may be more likely to develop gum disease, also diabetes and hormonal changes can make you more susceptible.
Usually dental practices will refer patients who need complex extractions and surgical procedures. We offer the skilled services of consultant Ram Challa here at our practice so that patients can see an oral surgeon in our comfortable surroundings without a long hospital waiting list.
Ram works at Milton Keynes Hospital when he is not doing his session with us and has a wealth of experience making the most complex surgical procedures simple and stress free. For our apprehensive patients we offer sedation so that you can sit back and relax during treatment.