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Your Questions Regarding Gum Contouring Answered

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

It’s not just issues with your teeth that you can visit the dentist for. Gum contouring (or gum re-shaping) has a become an increasingly popular cosmetic treatment which can dramatically change the appearance of your smile.

In the latest post from Love-Teeth Dental Practice, we talk further about gum contouring, answering many questions surrounding this treatment.

What is Gum Contouring?

A great smile is achieved by a balanced appearance of your teeth and gums. Gum Contouring is the process of realigning the gum to raise the gum level and show more of the teeth underneath.

There are many reasons why the gum may appear prominent in an individuals smile. Sometimes, a high lip will mean that all of the front teeth and gums are exposed, producing what is often known as a “gummy smile”. In other instances, certain medications may make the gum grow longer or a condition known as altered passive eruption can prevent permanent teeth from fully protruding, leaving large looking gums and very small looking teeth.

How is Gum Contouring Carried out?

Depending on the nature of the case, the gum may simply be trimmed back or the bone and gum may need to be trimmed. During the treatment, your dentist will use a local anaesthetic, alongside a laser or scalpel to reshape and trim your gumline.

Love-Teeth Dental Practice

Here at Love-Teeth Dental Practice, we offer a wide variety of cosmetic dental treatments to help you enhance your smile and your confidence. If you have been considering gum contouring for quite some time and would like to speak to a member of our trusted team for more information, please call today on 0161 773 7080. Book your free consultation with us regarding gum contouring and speak to us about our 0% finance option.

Time to smile again!

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

By Ilana Pine.

A special occasion seems to be a big factor in people’s decision to improve the appearance of their teeth.

You may have noticed that orthodontic treatment – which was once seen mainly in teenagers – is now more commonly seen in adults.

Teeth tend to drift forwards as we get older, creating crowding in the aesthetic region, seen by many as being unacceptable, and previous orthodontic treatment can relapse once the retainers are no longer worn.

Cosmetic braces are now widely used and increasingly by general dentists rather than orthodontists, meaning the overall cost can be lower.

Treatment times are also shorter with many cases being completed within six months. Simple whitening and straightening can also do so much to improve a smile. White filling materials can be used to reshape teeth, with fabulous results.

Here at Love-Teeth we offer smile makeovers always using minimal intervention rather than cutting into healthy tooth tissue wherever possible. These treatments are now more routinely available and in demand.

Digital photography is now used within dentistry so when we see a patient for the first time we usually take photos so that we can analyse the smile. The cost can also be split up over a long period, making your perfect smile another step closer!

The results really can transform your appearance – smiles all round. Contact us for an initial no obligation consultation.

Teeth to Be Proud Of

Monday, March 19th, 2018

By Ilana Pine.

Another recent client came to us with a common issue.

“Please advise! I’m getting married in a few weeks and am really worried about having photos taken. I am so embarrassed of my teeth and I don’t want to spoil the photos. Is there anything that can be done in a short time, with limited budget, as we’ve spent up on the wedding and quite painlessly if possible too? I’ve left it until the last minute as I’m quite nervous about seeing a dentist.”

I’m sorry to hear you won’t feel like smiling on what should be one of the happiest days of your life!

There are many ways in which we can help. Obviously, more time gives us more options, as does a higher budget. But you may be surprised at what can be achieved with tooth whitening, cosmetic correction with tooth coloured fillings – which can be used to shape, smooth, lengthen teeth and also to close unsightly gaps between teeth.

This is a painless procedure as they are just bonded to the surface of your own tooth, so no injections are necessary. The colour of the teeth fillings can be matched perfectly too. The cost is relatively low as they are simply fillings rather than costly crowns or veneers.

Missing teeth can be replaced with a removable part denture. These are simple and quick to make and will look good on the photos and for short term use.

It really is worth coming in for a free consultation to find out what can be done, you may be pleasantly surprised and walk out with a new smile. :). Why not contact us today.

The Whole Tooth about False Teeth

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

By Ilana Pine.

False teeth or dentures, as they are historically known, come in many materials, shapes and sizes.

Partial dentures replace only the missing teeth. These work well as they can grip on to existing teeth.

Full dentures replace all the upper or lower teeth. These often work very well but some people may prefer to have a number of dental implants to hold them firmly in place.

From classic acrylic pink full dentures, flexible dentures and metal-based part dentures to designer dentures or telescopic dentures and the ‘Rolls Royce’ of dentures which are held in by dental implants, there really is a great choice to suit every mouth.

Our teeth are strongly linked to our feelings of security and it can often be traumatic when we lose them. It can take some time to find the perfect solution but at no point during the process should you have to walk around with any visible gaps.

Here at Love-Teeth we take pride in dealing very sensitively with this sometimes difficult situation and welcome every challenge which comes our way! Contact us now for a chat.

Jaw joint troubles tackled.

Monday, February 26th, 2018

By Ilana Pine

Recently a patient came to us with the following issue:

“I notice my jaw clicking when I eat or yawn and often wake up with a headache. My doctor thinks these symptoms may be connected and has advised me to visit my dentist. Could you advise me what may be the cause of this?”

It is not unusual to clench or grind your teeth, most often in your sleep. This may be stress related but can also become a habit. You may not be aware that you do this, but certain signs and symptoms may lead a dentist to this conclusion.

The first of these are signs of excessive wear on the teeth, where teeth look ground down and often these worn facets match in the upper and lower arches. Also, symptoms could be clicks and creaking in the jaw joint and/ or limited mouth opening; headaches on waking, mainly in the temple region; neck pains; locking jaw; scalloping of the tongue; sensitive teeth; bone loss around the teeth and/ or gum shrinkage; cracked or broken teeth, often teeth with no active decay; poor or broken sleep, and pain in the teeth, often without evidence of dental decay or any other cause.

The technical term for tooth-grinding is bruxism and the official name for jaw joint clicking and pain is temporo-mandibular pain dysfunction syndrome. Treatment for this depends on the symptoms. Some people have worn down teeth but don’t suffer jaw joint problems. In this case a simple night bite splint would suffice to prevent further wear of the teeth.

Cases involving painful and clicky joints do benefit from a bite repositioning splint, which puts the jaws into a position where it is impossible to get the back teeth together. This provides welcome relief from painful muscles surrounding the joint, but is also only worn at night.

A new revolutionary treatment called Cerezen has the added benefit of being worn day and night so will help those who clench while concentrating too, for example during work or driving. Instead of the traditional bite splint worn on the teeth, Cerezen are small custom-made tubes that fit into the ears to stop the habit. The person is aware of the tubes in their ear canal when they clench or grind and this causes the muscles to relax and programs them not to tighten.

Every person is different, so would need to consult a dentist who will assess their situation before prescribing treatment.

Clicking in the joints indicates wear and tear within the joint and, while the above treatment options will provide relief, severely damaged jaw joints may require physiotherapy or even surgery. Treatment can provide enormous relief instantly.

Worn down teeth can be built up to look better using filling materials, crowns or veneers. This will also help to restore face height as loss of tooth surface can be ageing.

All of the above treatments are available at Love-Teeth. Why not contact us for an initial chat and advice.

Up to date cosmetic dentistry in Prestwich.

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

By Ilana Pine.

Cosmetic dentistry has evolved in the past 10 to 15 years. A mouth full of veneers – think Simon Cowell and Jodie Marsh – is no longer considered the gold standard. So, what’s changed?

For a start, a decade on, these teeth are suffering the effects of being cut down in preparation for veneers. The removal of healthy tooth tissue to create the ‘perfect smile’ jeopardises the condition of the tooth and there is a higher chance of it becoming non-vital and requiring root treatments in the longer term.

A more conservative approach to better looking teeth is the Align-Bleach-Bond principle, which sees alignment carried out with Inman Aligners or clear braces.

Braces were once viewed as just for kids and teenagers but are now used more freely by adults. The idea of lengthy treatment times and having teeth extracted was off-putting. In addition, higher fees paid to specialist orthodontists were a barrier to many.

Straightening adult teeth has evolved enormously with the use of clear braces and even newer systems which can transform most crowded dentitions in as little as four to 16 weeks with minimal discomfort, removable no-damage braces , shorter treatment times and more affordable options, with general dentists now successfully treating cases under the guidance of consultants.

Simultaneous whitening and white filling bonding have both advanced hugely and can help to achieve a perfectly attractive and natural smile without the need for removing tooth tissue.

As a certified practitioner of the Inman Aligner, among other systems, I can’t recommend it highly enough. The results are very pleasing and include fixed-on retention to hold the teeth in place for years to come.

Your naturally perfect smile is now a realistic option and within easy reach.

Why not contact us for an initial assessment. We’re always happy to have an informal, no obligation chat.

Missing teeth? So many options now available.

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

By Ilana Pine

When people feel insecure, they often dream about their teeth becoming loose and falling out. Losing teeth is something very difficult to go through and can affect our confidence, happiness, social life, work, and relationships, not to mention our ability to eat properly.

Especially for the elderly, having poor dentition or dentures can lead to rapid decline and even early death, due to the inability to eat and chew food.

Loss of even one tooth in the arch can be problematic. Drifting of teeth either side of the gap and in the opposite arch can cause a domino effect of bone loss around the teeth. In the UK it is not uncommon to see people with missing teeth. In many cases extraction is given as the only option to a toothache, creating a quick fix. This is misleading in the fast moving world of dentistry.

Here at Love-Teeth we do everything to save teeth. With quality root treatment, many teeth can be saved. When there is no other choice, a tooth needs to be removed but there are many options for filling the gap:

Dental implants
These have become more popular in the last 10-15 years and are the best replacement for a natural tooth, provided they are put into the right patient! Another requirement for successful dental implants is suitable bone. Those with bone loss due to gum disease are not good candidates unless they go through extensive bone grafting from other sites, for example the hip.

In addition, regular visits to a suitably qualified hygienist and a non-smoking patient are all essential in preventing failure of the implant integrating into the surrounding bone. For single tooth implants in an otherwise healthy mouth, implants are often the best choice. If there are multiple teeth lost, which generally means extensive bone loss, other options must be considered.

Dentures and bridges
Well-made and well-fitting dentures can be a good option. Bridges attached to standing teeth are also a good option for those wishing to have fixed-in teeth. Generally they need preparation (some cutting down) of teeth either side of the gaps, but can also be stuck to other healthy teeth in some cases, preventing unnecessary tooth cutting.

On the continent, there are many other options not generally available in the UK. Telescopic bridges and dentures can restore your teeth to full function and aesthetics without loose dentures, without implants and without surgery – even in cases of gum disease, loss of bone and loose teeth.

We are very privileged at Love-Teeth to have our very own master-craftsman dentist who has 40 years’ experience and who has practised dentistry on three continents. Unusually, he also taught himself to be a dental technician and produce his own crowns and bridges to ensure their perfection.

He offers a full range of treatment options including dental implants, telescope bridges and dentures, as well as precision attachments in what can only be described as dentistry meets engineering!

Whatever the dental issue we’d be delighted to have a no obligation chat about the best way forweard. Why not contact us now for a chat.

Looking for a new dental surgery?

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Have you recently moved into the area? Perhaps your dentist is the one who has moved away? Or may be retired? You may now have children and are looking for a more child-friendly practice?

There are many reasons why people look for a good dental practice with an excellent reputation for not only high-quality general and cosmetic dentistry but who cater for the nervous patient and of course families with young children.

Love-Teeth is a dental practice which ticks all the boxes. Principal dentist Ilana Pine qualified over 18 years ago and gained invaluable experience working in many different family dental practices across Manchester before opening this modern state of art prestigious practice.

Committed to providing quality, affordable dental care, with a team of nine excellent staff and who have recently won an award at the Private Dentistry Awards 2017, Love-teeth provides an exemplary service to each and every one of their loyal patients.

Our treatment rooms have been fully equipped with the latest dental technology and even entertainment systems with television or films via internet streaming sites are available for patients to watch during some treatments. The reception area includes charge points for phones, and tea and coffee for patients while patients wait.

Please take a look at our website -you will find a wealth of information if there is anything else you need help with please do not hesitate to either visit the practice or get in touch.

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0161 773 7080

3 Kings Road, Prestwich

Manchester, M25 0LE

Ilana Pine: GDC 74579
Leo Klein: GDC 44239

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