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Secure Dentures With Mini Implants

Posted in Dental Implants by UK Dental Tourism on September 15, 2010
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Nobody wants to lose their teeth but sometimes it happens either because of poor dental hygiene, accident or just as the result of age. When all or most of teeth have been lost it can often feel like there is little or no hope and can leave patients feeling quite despondent about the state of their teeth and smile. Lost teeth can also have a physical impact on the profile and structure on the face as the teeth act as a rigid support for facial tissue.

However, there are ways to replace missing teeth and with modern technology they are constantly improving in both functionality and appearance. Dentures have had a bad reputation in the past because they looked unrealistic and were also prone to falling out. Modern dentures however, are much better fitting and shouldn’t even need denture adhesive to keep them in place. Although many patients are opting to have mini-implants fitted to keep the dentures securely in place. These are small titanium screws that are anchored directly into the jawbone and can be used to clip dentures in place and hold them.

Modern dentures also allow much greater freedom to patients as they are capable of eating much more varied food and even things like apples present few problems. Our dentists will be able to give you a lot more information about the possibilities of modern dentures.

A well-made set of dentures should fit snugly around the gum tissue, using suction alone to remain in place. They should cause little or no irritation and be hardly noticeable when in the mouth. If your dentures are causing you problems then you need to make an appointment to have them sorted out.Ask your dentist to provide you with more information about how dental implants work and if you could be a suitable candidate.

Today, September 12th Is World Oral Health Day

Posted in Dental News by UK Dental Tourism on September 12, 2010
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The American Dental Association (ADA) joins with the FDI World Dental Federation, the worldwide voice of the dental profession, in observance of the annual “World Oral Health Day” Sept.12. The purpose of this day is to increase global awareness for oral health, as well as the impact of oral diseases on general health and well-being.

The date marks the anniversary of the FDI World Dental Federation and their groundbreaking International Conference on Primary Health Care, which was held on September 12, 1978. In addition the date honors Dr. Charles Godon, the FDI founder, who was born Sept. 12, 1854.According to the FDI, Sept. 12 was chosen to coincide with existing oral health days around the world, to honor the FDI founder, Dr. Charles Godon, who was born on Sept.12, 1854, and to jointly celebrate the anniversary of the groundbreaking World Health Organization’s International Conference on Primary Health Care at Alma Ata, Kazakhstan , taking place on Sept. 12, 1978.

Throughout the world, dental caries or tooth decay is the most common chronic disease, particularly affecting children and disadvantaged populations. Dental disease results in unnecessary pain and suffering, and missed work or school days. Periodontal or gum diseases have been associated with diabetes, adverse pregnancy outcomes and other systemic ailments. Untreated tooth decay seriously affects a person’s quality of life.

Each and every one of us, as dentists and citizens, as professional associations and public health advocates, are able to contribute to better oral health worldwide. Let us on this  World Oral Health Day join together to recognise that oral health is a vital part of wellbeing for all, celebrate the progress we have made to date, but at the same time commit ourselves to continue working towards better oral health for all.

New Approach For Treating Tooth Hypersensitivity

Posted in Dental News by UK Dental Tourism on September 9, 2010
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Recently NYU College of Dentistry researchers have identified a promising new approach for treating tooth hypersensitivity, while simultaneously preventing bacteria from causing further harm. Most toothpastes, protective strips and other treatments for tooth hypersensitivity utilize potassium oxalate to close the tubules. However, potassium oxalate cannot prevent a recurrence of tooth hypersensitivity because it is highly susceptible to the effects of acids in tartar, plaque, citrus drinks and other liquids.

In the NYU dental study, a coating made from fluoride and zinc ions in a calcium-phosphate matrix proved effective in reversing damage to the tubules caused by Streptococcus mutans, a bacterium commonly associated with tooth decay. The coating not only caused the exposed tubules to close again, but also prevented Streptococcus mutans from causing further damage.

Co-prinicipal investigators Dr Racquel Z. LeGeros, Professor and Associate Chair of Biomaterials & Biomimetics at the NYU College of Dentistry, and Dr Haijin Gu, Chief Dentist at Sun-yat-sen University Guanghua School of Stomatology in Guangzhuo, China, compared two groups of dentin samples immersed for 24 hours in a solution containing Streptococcus mutans. One group was treated with the calcium-phosphate/fluoride/zinc formulation for eight minutes, while the second group received no treatment. Bacteria multiplied on the untreated samples, but their growth and development was inhibited on the treated dentin. In addition, the treated group had significantly fewer open tubules than the untreated one.

“Because the calcium, phosphate, and fluoride ions formed a solution that occluded the open dentin tubules, and the zinc ions inhibited bacterial growth and colonization, our findings suggest that this formulation may represent a tooth hypersensitivity treatment that is less susceptible to the effects of acid than treatments made with potassium oxalate,” said Dr LeGeros, who plans additional testing to confirm the findings.

Tooth hypersensitivity occurs when the dentin, which lies just below the surface of the tooth, becomes exposed, causing tubules―tiny structures that transmit stimuli to the tooth nerve―to open up. When open tubules come in contact with cold, hot, sweet, or acidic substances, painful stimuli are transmitted to the tooth nerve. Typically, hypersensitivity is caused by oral bacteria, which attach to the tooth surface and leave an acidic residue of tartar and plaque.

Bright Smile with Zoom Whitening

imagesCA74N4MCZoom teeth whitening  is one of the most up to date whitening products on the market, using a special power lamp to activate treatment for speedier results. Zoom works like most other tooth whitening treatments by applying an active gel to the surface of the teeth to bleach any discoloured areas.

Teeth whitening is a very popular cosmetic dentistry treatment that can really improve the appearance of discoloured and stained teeth. Teeth become stained over time because of foods that we eat and other lifestyle choices. Substances that are particularly bad for the teeth are red wine, coffee and tobacco. These can leave teeth yellow or brown spoiling the appearance of a smile making you seem older. Teeth naturally discolour as we age, so any premature discolouration will have the effect of adding years to your appearance as well as looking unhealthy.

Teeth whitening using Zoom can restore the appearance of discoloured teeth, making the teeth look cleaner and healthier and giving you the confidence that comes from a beautiful smile. Your dentist will apply the gel in specially designed trays so that it is in close contact with the teeth. They will also use any necessary safety equipment to keep the soft tissue of the gums and tongue safe.

Some patients may experience some slight sensitivity after treatment but apart from this the process is completely painless. Some patients will notice results immediately but others may require a few treatments, depending on the individual’s teeth. Teeth whitening is one of the most effective and affordable cosmetic dentistry treatments so ask your dentist what it could do for your teeth.For more information call us at 07974-106163

 

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Discover More About Braces At Shimla dentist

Posted in Orthodontics by UK Dental Tourism on September 6, 2010
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untitled1Braces can often be a very scary prospect for a teenager. The adolescent years are very difficult at the best of times so anything that can make you stand out from the crowd or attract negative attention can be very traumatic. This was often the case with the old style metal braces, which, let’s be honest, were hardly the most conspicuous of designs.

Thankfully, over the past ten years or so, a number of new orthodontic treatments have sprung up offering patients an alternative to wearing fixed braces. This has included the Inman aligner with its super-fast results, and Six Month Smile braces with their tooth coloured wires and brackets. However, one treatment stands out as the most efficient when it comes to discreet treatment.

Invisalign braces are made from one-millimetre thick clear plastic, which is almost impossible to see when in the mouth. This means that it is now possible to have your teeth straightened without anybody ever knowing. Not only is this a bonus for younger patients but also for older, professional patients who want to have straighter teeth without having to face the stigma of wearing braces in the workplace.

Not only are the Invisalign braces discreet, they are also fast-acting, with treatment being on average six-months shorter than with traditional braces. The Invisalign system uses a series of removable retainer braces over the course of the treatment each making a slight adjustment to the teeth. In all about twenty-five retainers are needed but this can vary according to individual needs. The fact that they are removable also means that the teeth are easier to clean and that they can be taken out for important occasions and sport. Call us for more information – 07974-106163

 

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Dental Restorations With CEREC Technology

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry by UK Dental Tourism on September 5, 2010
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Just as in other fields of healthcare and the wider world, technology is having an incredible effect on the world of dentistry. Our dentists are always looking to use new technology to improve the standard of dental treatment. New devices and tools are being developed all the time aiming to make treatment more effective and efficient, not to mention more comfortable for the patient. One of the most incredible new dentistry tools to have been developed is Cerec. This is a revolutionary new system of making dental crowns, veneers and inlays that is set to change the face of dentistry.Cerec is revolutionising the way dental treatments are being carried out and offer a glimpse into the future of dentistry.

Cerec utilises CAD/CAM technology, which stands for computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacture and is vastly improving both the speed and quality of dental treatment. Cerec technology has been made possible by the development in other areas, such as digital x-rays and three-dimensional imaging. This allows dentists to create an exact image of the patient’s teeth, which they can see instantly on their computer screen. Using this image, they can then design veneers, crowns and inlays that can then be manufactured in a fraction of the time.

The manufacturing process also utilises the incredible powers of computer technology. Whereas in the past a crown would need to be manufactured in the lab by building up layer upon layer of enamel, a Cerec crown can be milled form a single block in as little as six minutes. This incredibly means that you can go into a dentist’s surgery and have a crown designed, manufactured and installed in the same appointment. For a procedure that could take as long as a month from start to finish in the past, this chair-side surgery represents a huge leap forward.

It is also possible to use Cerec technology to create a whole row of dental veneers that can completely transform a smile. Your dentist is now using Cerec technology to treat patients. Make an appointment to find out if you can benefit from the new technology at 07974106163

 

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How to take care of your child’s teeth

Posted in Children Dentistry by UK Dental Tourism on September 4, 2010
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As a parent, looking after your child’s teeth is very important. Teeth can be very fragile in the developing years so it is crucial you give your child the best start for a life of healthy teeth. Developing good strong teeth and good oral hygiene habits early on can be fundamental to a life of avoiding unpleasant dental treatment.

Shimla dentist have several key rules for parents to follow to best help their child develop healthy teeth. Firstly, it is vital to teach your children good habits early on. Start by helping your child to clean their teeth or do it for them if they are too young. Once they are old enough to start cleaning by themselves, make sure they are doing it thoroughly but avoid being pushy or making it seem like a chore. If your child is reluctant, turn it into a game or reward them for doing it well. It is also important to teach your child the importance of flossing, as this too is crucial to oral hygiene in their future.

Make sure your child is eating as healthily as possible as this can have an impact on how healthy their teeth are and eating the right kind of food can protect their teeth from decay and disease. Avoid giving them food or drink that is high in sugar and try to encourage them to eat fruit and vegetables as often as possible and drink water.

Perhaps most importantly, however, is the need to take your child to the dentist regularly.Dentists recommend that children should visit the dentist at east every six-months depending on their teeth. This can help to prevent any infection and ensure that child’s teeth are developing correctly. Dentists will also be able to give parents advice about how best to look after children’s teeth.

Power Toothbrushes Can Prevent Implant Failure

Posted in Dental Implants,Preventive Dentistry by UK Dental Tourism on September 3, 2010
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As a substitute for a missing or lost tooth it is hard to beat a dental implant for realism and authenticity. Dental implants are the only dental replacement that restores the whole tooth from crown to root and as a result is the sturdiest restoration available.Unlike other restorations, a dental implant will last a whole lifetime if properly cared for. A good standard of oral hygiene is needed to maintain the implant but the permanency it provides really sets it apart from other dental substitutes.Just like your natural teeth, you need to care for and clean dental implants. Plaque and bacteria that form around an implant can cause inflammation known as peri-implantitis. Daily cleaning of all the surfaces above and below the gumline is very important. The use of power brushes, whether electric oscillating or ultrasonic, can play a sound role in the successful maintenance of dental implants.

It is growing faster than any other segment in dentistry, and the suggestions for treatment planning and subsequent maintenance are being revised at a confusing, almost dizzying rate.Patients are bombarded with more information about maintenance every year. Dental hygienists are experts in helping our patients keep their dentition or implants healthy and their surrounding gums “in the pink.”

I believe the maintenance for dental implants should be discussed during treatment planning. Successful implant maintenance is time consuming. If patients do not receive enough education about implant maintenance, they cannot fully understand or make appropriate decisions about their care.

When we suggest the electric brush as part of home care aids, we should review the difference between natural dentition and dental implants. Natural dentition has a periodontal ligament and 13 Sharpy’s fibers that support the gum tissue and protect the sulcus from bacterial invasion. A dental implant does not have any of these anatomical features. It does not have a periodontal ligament, but a perimucosal seal (a thin band of tissue with one horizontal fiber running around the circumference), and the gum tissue may or may not have the complement of keratinized tissue. These two differences before all others, such as bacteria, restorative design, or the number of implants, will influence which electric/sonic brush I select.

Dental implants must be maintained more diligently than natural teeth due to the factors listed above. Implants and the surrounding tissue are subject to the same bacterial invasion as natural dentition. Just as the gingiva surrounding natural dentition can experience gingivitis, so can the tissue around implants. We just use a different term. Gingivitis that affects the soft tissue around an implant is called peri-implant mucositis. This is defined as reversible inflammatory reactions in the soft tissues surrounding a dental implant exposed to the oral environment, with no bone loss. Peri-implantitis surrounding dental implants is the term for inflammatory reactions in the hard and soft tissues, with loss of supporting bone.

Powered toothbrushes like Rotadent, Oral-B, Sonicare are safe for use around dental implants.By selecting a powered brush over a manual brush,patients who lack the motivation to do a competent job, or are challenged by physical conditions such as arthritis, will be able to properly maintain their implants.A very small head shaped like a conventional brush can give the best results.While choosing a brush head, you should choose one that will maximize cleaning of the flat surfaces, and that will carry the chosen toothpaste/gel or fluoride into the interproximal spaces.Softer the bristle its better.Remember — never use whitening or abrasive toothpaste when cleaning implant surfaces, no matter how soft the brush. Use a gel or fluoride rinse. Replace all brush heads every three months.

We also advice patients to use Waterpik, a fantastic tool to clean under the implant crowns and bridges.The Waterpik® Water Flosser fitted with a Pik Pocket™ Tip  is ideal for cleaning below the gum line. This soft tip is placed slightly under the gum-line and the gentle pulsations of water or therapeutic solutions flush out bacteria.Delivering CHX with the Waterpik Pik Pocket™ Tip is More Effective than Rinsing with CHX for Implant Maintenance.

We advise all our patients to regularly see the hygienist and to brush, floss their teeth and use mouthwash. This same advice is given to our implant patients as well.Once implant treatment has been completed, our hygienist will show our patients how to maintain their oral health and how to look after their implants. Implants need looking after just as much as natural teeth.For any more information please call us at 07974-106163

 

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New Procedure for Head and Neck Cancer TLM

Posted in Uncategorized by UK Dental Tourism on September 2, 2010
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Head and neck cancer can have a significant impact on a patient’s appearance after traditional open surgery, not only due to scarring but by altering the ability to eat and speak.However, surgeons at the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine are using a different approach that avoids cutting a patient’s face and neck, instead using a face’s existing openings.

Called transoral laser microsurgery (TLM), it’s a minimally invasive technique that Bruce Haughey, MD, director of head and neck cancer surgery at Siteman, has perfected over the last decade and is now teaching surgeons around the country.

It’s estimated there are about 29,000 new cases of head and neck cancer diagnosed annually in the United States. The treatment of head and neck cancers has a dual focus: eliminating the cancers that affect the mouth, throat, voice box, upper swallowing passage or skull base and providing the latest reconstructive procedures to restore patients’ appearance and ability to communicate and swallow.

“Traditionally, these areas have been approached by very wide operations where large incisions are made on the face and neck,” says Dr. Haughey. “Because this is cancer surgery, these are large operations with safety margins to make sure that cancer is removed.”Dr. Haughey says the unfortunate side effects of that procedure can be functional losses, scarring and prolonged recoveries that really can set patients back with communication, eating and swallowing difficulties. With TLM however, surgeons work through the mouth to find structures in the throat using an operating microscope and laser to surgically eradicate the cancer.

“We use the preexisting cavities of the head to access these regions where the disease is located,” says Dr. Haughey. “We pass endoscopes through the nostrils or the mouth and work around corners to reach these regions.”

Not only is the procedure less invasive, it also offers quicker recovery. “There’s tremendous efficiency in terms of time,” says Dr. Haughey. “Time spent in the hospital after surgery is reduced by 50% or more and the functional recovery of speech and special senses all return much more quickly.”

TLM is primarily for those with hard to reach tumors. For patients with large tumors the procedure is usually only available at large volume centers like Siteman. Dr. Haughey had performed over 400 TLM procedures.

“We’ve been collaborating with colleagues at Mayo Clinic on TLM and are teaching this more widely,” says Dr. Haughey. “We taught a course in May to a select group of head and neck specialists from around the country and as time progresses I think you will hear more about the procedure.”For more information about head and neck cancer or transoral laser microsurgery, visit http://www.siteman.wustl.edu

Regular Dental Visits Can Save You Money

Posted in Preventive Dentistry by UK Dental Tourism on September 2, 2010
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Why do I have to visit the dentist for checkups if nothing hurts? Because you can’t see what the dentist sees. Shimla dentist uses magnification for every examination he does. And with a special camera, he can show you cavities, leaking fillings, gum disease, tooth wear, or even oral cancer that you would never know existed. Dr. Goma can prevent small problems from developing into larger health concerns that will cost you considerably more time and money to fix in the future.

* Gum Disease – What’s the most common disease? What accounts for 70% of all tooth loss? Gum disease. Recent studies show that people with periodontal disease are twice as likely to develop heart disease or diabetes. Oral bacteria can enter the bloodstream through the gums, jeopardizing your whole-body health. Signs of gum disease may include bleeding gums and pockets between the teeth, but you may not have any symptoms at all. Dr. Goma treats early and advanced periodontal problems, but early treatment is always easier and more successful.
* Tooth Decay –  If the dentist finds a cavity, he simply removes it and replaces it with a white filling. Problem solved. However, if your cavity gets below the gum line, into the root canal area, or underneath the tooth cusp, you may need crowns, implants or more advanced, costly care. Dr. Goma can help you prevent cavities with regular checkups and cleanings.
* Oral Cancer – Oral cancer is one of India’s deadliest cancers, claiming the lives many every year. Risk factors include tobacco, alcohol consumption,  cheek or lip biting, and poorly fitting dentures. However, 25% of oral cancers occur in people who have NO risk factors at all. During your regular dental checkup, Dr. Goma screens your head and neck while checking your mouth with magnification. When caught in its early stages, oral cancer has an 80 to 90% cure rate.

Regular visits to the dentist’s office may not only save you money, they may also save your life. To schedule your checkup or cleaning, call our dental office at 177-6450704.

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