At Whole Tooth we offer a comprehensive range of treatments to help you with any dental issue you may have, including long-term solutions that will help you use your mouth to its best capacity for eating, drinking and of course smiling!
Although some treatments may not feel essential, such as teeth straightening or replacing a missing tooth, you may find that you will benefit from having such a treatment done. You will be able to clean your teeth more easily and thoroughly or prevent other teeth from being affected. your greater confidence in social and work situations, knowing that you can smile and talk with ease and not ‘hide’ your issue.
Specialist treatments will give you greater confidence in social and work situations too, as you will be able to smile and talk with ease and not feel like you have to ‘hide’ your teeth.
Root Canal Treatment
You may need root canal treatment if the blood or nerve supply to the tooth has become infected. It’s important to have treatment as soon as possible to prevent a painful abscess forming, which may even cause the loss of a tooth if left untreated.
The procedure is done under local anaesthetic and our dentists will make sure that you are kept comfortable throughout the procedure and reduce any anxiety you may have.
Having straight teeth not only helps with being able to clean your teeth thoroughly and preventing dental complications, straight teeth can also can affect a person’s general wellbeing, self-esteem and confidence.
Our specialist orthodontists can advise you on the best type of brace to suit your requirements and budget.
Fixed braces come in a number of styles and types and are suitable for children and adults, but of course are visible and cannot be removed for cleaning teeth.
A great alternative is Invisalign, a barely noticeable, custom-made, removal set of aligners that gently straighten your teeth to the final position you would like. Teeth straightening has been revolutionised by this innovative process and literally millions of people have benefitted from this simple treatment for a better smile.
Q. Why Is Gum health Important?
A. 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 can produce swelling, soreness, or infection of the gums that support the teeth. There are two main forms of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Q. What is gingivitis?
A. Gingivitis causes inflammation of the gums. This happens when the gums around the teeth become very red and swollen due to the build up of plaque on the teeth. Plaque is soft, white, sticky stuff that accumulates on your teeth. It contains bacteria, and if it’s not removed it irritates the gums. Often the swollen gums will bleed when being brushed. But gingivitis is reversible – you just need to get rid of the plaque! Once the plaque is removed the gums can recover and become healthy once again.
Q. What is periodontal disease?
A. 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.
Q. How to prevent gum disease?
A. Regular brushing, interdental cleaning, and flossing will control the amount of plaque and tartar that builds up on your teeth. Ask your dentist for advice about correct brushing and flossing techniques. A visit to the hygienist for a more thorough scale and clean will remove any remaining tartar.
If you have crowns or bridges it is important to floss in order to keep them clean, as plaque can build up under the ledge of the crown. Smokers are more likely to develop gum disease than non-smokers. Diabetes and hormonal changes can also make you more susceptible.
Missing teeth can often affect a person’s willingness to smile confidently, and also the ability to eat and chew comfortably. Nowadays, the ideal option to replace a missing tooth is by way of a dental implant.
Q.What is an implant?
A. A dental implant is an artificial tooth (crown) that is mounted on top of a titanium ‘root’. The implant is placed in the jawbone. Titanium is the perfect material for implants, as it has been proven to work well with the body. The titanium root acts as a substitute for the natural root and is situated beneath the gum. The root provides a stable support for the crown which is fitted on top. You can choose a crown that is tailored to your preferences.
Q.Why might I need an implant?
A. In many cases an implant is a long-term solution when replacing a missing tooth (or teeth), and is therefore worth considering. Implants feel like natural teeth, and they allow you to eat, drink, talk, and smile as normal.
Implants do not cause damage to the teeth on either side and are a great alternative for patients who do not get on well with dentures. To discuss implants in more detail please make an appointment for a chat with your dentist – together you can explore your options.
Q.Can I have more than one tooth replaced by an implant?
A. Yes. Multiple implants can be placed to restore larger spaces. Implant-retained bridges and dentures are also an option when catering for more than one missing tooth.
Q.Are implants suitable for me?
A. In order to decide whether or not implants are suitable for you an initial implant consultation with our specialist is required. During the consultation you will be given a full clinical examination and implant assessment. You will then be given a complete treatment plan suited to you. In order for a dental implant to be placed, and also to be successful in the long term, the oral hygiene has to very good, and regular visits to the hygienist are recommended as part of the treatment plan.
Nervous Patients and Sedation
We pride ourselves on patient care and work especially hard with nervous patients to ensure their visit will be as positive as possible. Many of our patients are nervous of dentists and usually with good reason. One bad experience can put people off for life and more often than not it is down to anaesthetic problems. Many fear that they are out of control, that the dentist is rushing and not listening. We have many systems in place to help people deal with these issues.
- Firstly we invite nervous patients to just come and have a look around the practice, meet the staff and get used to the surgeries. You can also book a free of charge consultation to have a 10 minute chat with a dentist to explain any fears or apprehensions about treatment. Often, this first step is the biggest hurdle for many nervous patients.
- We allocate a lot of time for our patients so we don’t ever have to rush a procedure. This gives us plenty of time to discuss treatment options and reassure patients throughout.
- All our dentists will stop immediately if you raise your hand. If you feel nervous or uncomfortable at any time, treatment will stop. This means our patients are always in control.
- If patients are nervous, and still unable to have treatment, then we can prescribe mild oral sedatives which can help you feel more relaxed, and able to have treatment carried out.
- For really nervous patients, we find that in-house intravenous sedation with our visiting sedationist, Etienne Deysel, is a fantastic option. This allows us to carry out a full range of treatments while you are comfortable and relaxed.
- We like answering questions! Any questions, however silly they may seem to you, will be answered fully. We find talking patients through a procedure makes them less stressed as they know what is happening, why it’s happening and what will happen next. On the other hand if you prefer not to know then just relax and listen to the radio! Talking to us will help us understand your needs and keep you relaxed and happy.
What is sedation?
We offer really nervous patients in-house intravenous sedation. Intravenous sedation enables even the most nervous patients to have all dental treatments carried out. Patients are still able to communicate whilst under sedation and fully conscious, but will feel relaxed and calm. After treatment, patients remember very little of the treatment that has been carried out as it often has an amnesic effect. As with all sedation, patients need to be escorted home by a responsible adult chaperone. Etienne is a very experienced medical anaesthetist, who visits dental practices to provide intravenous sedation for patients, giving the patient’s own dentist an opportunity to carry out the treatment whilst the patient is comfortable.
Dental practices normally refer patients who need complex extractions or surgical procedures. However, we offer the skilled services of oral surgeon Ram Challa here at our practice. This means that our patients can see an oral surgeon here, in our own comfortable surroundings. It also means that patients do not have to wait on a long hospital waiting list.
Ram Challa works at Milton Keynes Hospital when he’s not here working with us. He has a wealth of experience when it comes to making the most complex surgical procedures simple and stress-free. We offer sedation for apprehensive patients; so you can sit back and relax during your treatment.
What to do next…
If you are worried about your teeth or gums for any particular reason, or need to book
a routine check up we would be very happy to help.