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Chips in Children’s Teeth

Friday, August 9th, 2019

When your child begins walking, naturally, you may worry about them falling or walking into something. As the months go on, your child will become more proficient at walking and will be a bundle of energy that enjoys running and playing.

Sometimes accidents happen and your child may fall and cause a chip in their baby teeth. Whilst some chips are superficial and nothing to worry about, some are more serious. Here at Love-Teeth Dental Practice, we have been taking care of children’s teeth since we opened our practice, and in our latest post, we discuss chips in children’s teeth and the symptoms you may notice.

Consult Your Dentist

No matter how big or small the chip on the tooth is, you should always make an appointment with the dentist so they can examine the tooth and the extent of the damage. Whilst some chips may be small, they can leave the remaining tooth extremely sharp, causing cuts on the inside of the mouth or tongue and require filing.

Tooth Discolouration

Any force on your children’s teeth can cause discolouration of the tooth which may be temporary. People often note that a chipped tooth turns brown, red, black or grey, which is a symptom of damaging the blood vessels. Once the blood vessels heal, you will usually see the tooth gradually going back to its normal colour. If the tooth does not go back to its normal colour, you should visit your dentist again.

Dental Care at Home

Once your dentist has analysed the chip and carried out any necessary work, you will need to continue with thorough dental care at home, making sure the area is properly cleaned. Even chips that have only caused superficial damage can still weaken the overall structure of the tooth and be more prone to decay. This is where keeping up to date with regular dental appointments is vital.

Love-Teeth Dental Practice

We have been taking care of children’s teeth for many years, priding ourselves on providing a comfortable and relaxed environment that children feel at ease in.

If your child has suffered a chip in one of their teeth, no matter how minor, we welcome you to book an appointment at our practice, putting your mind at ease and ensuring the dental health of your child.

To book please call 0161 773 7080. Alternatively, existing patients can book through our appointment portal. New patients can sign up using our new patient service.

All You Need to Know About Dental Implants

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

Dental implants are a great long-term solution for replacing missing teeth. Implants are preferred by many, especially when the tooth that is missing is visible. There are many questions surrounding dental implants and how the treatment works. Whilst we would always recommend you coming into the practice to discuss any treatment in detail, we have put together a few of the most common questions surrounding this treatment, giving you an insight into what to expect.

Firstly, let’s explain what dental implants actually are. The term “implant” refers to a titanium screw which is implanted into the gum, an extension will then be added to support a replacement tooth.

What Will the Implant Tooth Look Like?

It is important to note than your implant tooth will look very natural, seamlessly blending in next to your existing teeth. The replacement tooth will be made from a ceramic material, created by a specialist dental technician. As well as matching the colour of your teeth, the dental technician will also contour and shape the tooth to ensure it looks as natural as possible.

What are The Advantages of an Implant Over a Denture or Bridge?

The main difference and advantage between a dental implant and a bridge or denture, is that an implant is fixed in place. With a replacement tooth being fixed in place, you will have full confidence that it will not slip when talking, eating, drinking, laughing or carrying out any daily activity.

Another great advantage between a denture and an implant is that you will be able to taste more, as you will not have any plastic covering the roof of your mouth.

Whilst a bridge makes for a suitable solution for missing teeth, the teeth on either side of the gap need to be ground down for the anchors of the bridge. With a dental implant, however, no other teeth in the mouth need to be touched. An implant is, consequently, a more conservative solution.

Is the Procedure Painful?

Many people are concerned about the possibility of pain when they visit the dentist. With modern medicine and dental techniques coming on a long way, however, there is really no need to be concerned about pain. Your dental implant will be gently placed in your gum, under local anaesthetic. Whilst you may feel some discomfort during the days following the procedure, this is all part of the healing process and any discomfort can be alleviated with painkillers.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants are a durable solution to replace missing teeth and can last many years. When studied over a 15-year period, dental implants had over a 95% success rate.

How Long Does Implant Dental Treatment Take?

The time it takes to complete the work required for your dental implant will all depend on the complexity of the case.

The entire treatment can take between 5-10 months. At your consultation, however, you will be advised of how many appointments it will take for the treatment to be completed, as well as the time that will need to be aloud for in between these appointments.

Are Dental Implants Expensive?

In the long-run, dental implants are a very cost-effective solution. Other solutions to replacing missing teeth may be cheaper, but implants are often seen as the gold standard when it comes to a fixed, comfortable and natural-looking replacement for missing teeth.

Is Everyone Suitable for a Dental Implant?

The minimum age for dental implants is often around 20 to 21, as the dentist will need to be sure that your jawbones have stopped growing. There is, however, no upper age limit for dental implants, as long as there is sufficient bone to hold the implant in place.

Certain medical conditions, especially those that affect the bone or healing, can make the treatment difficult. Your dentist will be able to advise whether you will be able to have implant treatment following your consultation.

Dental Implants at Love-Teeth Dental Practice

Here at Love-Teeth Dental Practice, we are fortunate enough to work alongside expert restorative dentist Dr Leo Klein, who has been placing and restoring dental implants for many years.

If you are not a suitable candidate for successful dental implants, Dr Leo Klein has a wide variety of other solutions to replace missing teeth, ensuring you can feel fully confident with your smile.

If you would like to book a consultation to discuss implants, please call us today on 0161 773 7080. Alternatively, send us your enquiry through our online contact form.

Braces for Children

Friday, July 19th, 2019

Braces are intended to help you make the most of your teeth, moving them back into alignment to ensure you can properly take care of your teeth and gums.

Children may need orthodontic treatment for a number of reasons, including, overcrowded or overlapping teeth or malocclusion (a “bad” bite). Having orthodontic treatment as a child, rather than in adulthood, is preferred as it means you will be able to better take care of the new adult teeth from the offset. Additionally, adults are typically more concerned with the appearance of their teeth and would often prefer not to have braces past their teenage years.

Before a child can have braces, their teeth and gums must be healthy. Once the braces are fitted, it is essential that the teeth are properly cleaned to avoid gum disease or tooth decay.

Depending on the extent of the treatment needed, traditional braces may be worn anywhere from 18 to 24 months. More modern teeth straightening treatments, however, such as Invisalign and the Inman aligner can provide great results in a shorter time period.

Once the braces have been fitted, regular appointments back to the orthodontist are needed for them to monitor how the treatment is progressing and tighten the braces when necessary.

Whilst children can still pick their braces and brace bands (if required) in a variety of colours, clear and white options are also available and are much less noticeable for those that are looking for a more discreet brace.

Once the teeth are in their new position, your orthodontist will then be concerned with ensuring they stay in their new position and do not begin gradually moving back. Keeping up with your orthodontic appointments is important to ensure your treatment does not extend longer than it needs to.

Love-Teeth Dental Practice – Orthodontics

If you would like to make an appointment to discuss orthodontic treatment for your child, please make an appointment today. Call 0161 773 7080 or make your appointment through our online booking portal. New patients can sign up here.

I’m Nervous About Calling the Dentist

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

We know that some people are nervous about the dentist, but that coupled with a fear of talking on the phone can mean many people wait a very long time before booking a dentist appointment, even when they really need one. In our latest post, we’ll be discussing what it can be helpful to prepare before you call us and what will happen when you give us a ring.

Calling The Practice

If you get nervous about speaking on the phone, it can be handy to have an idea of how you will explain the dental problem you are having before you ring. We won’t ask you specifics of exactly which tooth is hurting or expect you to know any medical terminology, but if you can tell us whether the tooth you are having problems with is at the front or back of your mouth and if it is at the top or bottom, that can be very helpful.

If you are experiencing pain in your mouth, the type of pain you feel may be different, depending on what is causing it. Telling our receptionists the type of pain you are experiencing can be helpful.

What Happens at My Appointment?

When you arrive at your dental appointment, you will walk into the reception area where you will be greeted by our friendly receptionists. In our reception area, we have a wide range of magazines for you to choose from. You will also be asked if you’d like a hot or cold drink. Further to this, in our reception area, we have calming classical music playing to help you feel at ease.

When it is your time to go into the dental surgery room, you will be called from the reception area by a dental nurse. Inside the dental surgery, you will find state of the art equipment and a television you can watch when laying down in the dental chair. Your dentist will listen to any concerns you have about your teeth and will work with you to create a tailored treatment plan to help you feel fully confident with your smile.

Love-Teeth Dental Practice

If you would like to make an appointment with us, please call today on 0161 773 7080. Alternatively, you can make your appointment online. Click through to our “Book Online” button or the “New Patient Sign up” button. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Oral Health and The Effect on Your Overall Wellbeing

Friday, June 21st, 2019

As a dental practice, we often speak about the importance of oral health and the wider effects it can have on the body. Research has shown that the state of your oral health can also have an effect on the overall frailty of older men.

The research carried out included 1,000 men from 24 towns across the UK and found those with poor oral health were more likely to suffer from weight loss, exhaustion, loss of gripping ability and low physical activity or a reduced walking speed.

Dr Nigel Carter, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, agrees with the findings of the research and stated “Oral health problems are more common among older adults with tooth loss, gum disease, tooth decay and dry mouth the most likely to occur. These conditions not only influence the health of the mouth but also impacts on a person’s quality of life too…”

Of the people examined in the study, 11% had trouble eating, 20% had no teeth, 29% suffered from dry mouth, 54% had gum disease. When the wider implications of poor oral health in the elderly are taken into consideration, including difficulty to eating, talking, swallowing and even smiling, it is easy to see why there may be an impact on the overall wellbeing of a person.

Tackling Oral Health

Doctor Carter of the Oral Health Foundation states that dental examinations may be useful indicators of frailty in the elderly. He added, “an urgent and preventive approach must be taken to the population’s oral health, in order to relieve future pressure on an already over-burdened health system.”

One of the simplest ways to improve and maintain oral health is by brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. You may also reduce the number of sugary foods you eat. If you tend to graze throughout the day, rather than have regular full meals, cutting down on your snacks may help your oral health by giving your teeth a break during the day before you begin eating again.

Love-Teeth Dental Practice

If you are concerned about your oral health or haven’t been to visit the dentist in a while and would like to find out more about the health of your teeth and gums, we welcome you to contact our friendly practice. We understand that everyone has there own reasons for not attending regular dental appointments, but our job is not to judge or tell you off, we’re here to improve your oral health in a comfortable and relaxed setting. To make an appointment, please call us today on 0161 773 7080. You may also register as a new patient by using our online registration form.

Visit Your Dentist Before You Jet Off

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

If you’ve recently booked a holiday, you’re probably thinking of beaches, good food and soaking up some sun. However, something else that should be considered before you jet off is booking that dentist appointment. Don’t worry, we know that a trip to the dentist is most peoples idea of fun, but a quick check-up before you go on holiday could save you from uncomfortable toothache whilst you’re away.

Sometimes, we don’t get any signs before it is discovered that we require some sort of dental work. The air pressure on an aeroplane can cause a recently drilled tooth to become very sensitive so it is a good idea to book your dental appointment at least a month prior to your trip away – possibly earlier if you believe you may need more than one appointment for your treatment.

If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while and believe you may need extensive dental work, including an extraction or root treatment, it is advised that you visit the dentist well in advance to ensure you can attend any necessary follow up appointments and let your mouth fully heal.

Seeking Dental Help Abroad

Whilst it may be possible for you to seek the help for a dental professional when in another country, depending on where you are, you may find it difficult to communicate your exact issue, should there be a language barrier. Additionally, the dental professional may find it difficult to relay to you what you should do after your appointment in order to keep your tooth happy and healthy.

Furthermore, when you seek dental help abroad, the professional treating you may not know your dental history, your feelings around visiting the dentist and if you have any planned treatment for the future.

Of course, if you require dental help and have a dental membership plan in place, try and check to see what this covers as you may be able to receive treatment without being landed with a large fee. If you are struggling to find a dentist, speak to your travel insurance agency who will be able to recommend a practice. Alternatively, speak to your hotel’s concierge to see if they can help you find a good practice.

Book Your Appointment With us Today

If you are looking to visit a trusted dentist before you head off on holiday, please call our friendly team today on 0161 773 7080 or send your enquiry through to our online contact form.

Sedation Dentistry: What You Need to Know

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

If you are struggling to make your appointment to visit the dentist, you are not alone. In fact, around 1 in 10 adults in the UK is thought to have a phobia of the dentist. Additionally, the British Dental Association estimates that 7 in 100 people never go to the dentist and puts a large portion of the blame for this due to fear.

Those with an extreme phobia may seek sedation dentistry to ensure they can sit in the dentist chair feeling at ease. Sedation dentistry must be carried out by a qualified dental professional and may be done at your local dentist or at the hospital. Contrary to popular belief, those that undergo a form of sedation are not asleep during their treatment and will still be able to talk to the dentist.

Here we’ve listed some of the common questions surrounding sedation dentistry.

Is sedation the same as being unconscious?

Sedation is not the same as being unconscious and you will still be responsive. However, many patients won’t remember much about their treatment and will be in a state of complete relaxation.

Can I drive after sedation?

You will not be able to drive after you have undergone sedation so it is important that you organise a lift home after your appointment to your dentist. Additionally, you will not be able to operate machinery or drink alcohol after your treatment.

When will the sedation wear off?

The time that it takes for your sedation to wear off will vary, depending on a few factors, including the dose you have had and your body’s own natural recovery system.

Will I feel any pain during dental treatment?

Most patients will not feel anything throughout their dental treatment under sedation. Many patients do not remember much about the treatment they have had and this may be particularly advantageous for you if you have a fear of the dentist.

How Will I Be Sedated at The Dentist?

There are three ways you may be sedated for before your dental treatment is carried out.

Inhalation Sedation

This form of sedation very effective and is similar to the gas and air given to patients during childbirth. To ensure the dentist can carry out the necessary treatment in your mouth, the sedation will be given through a nosepiece rather than through a mask which covers your mouth.

Sedative Tablets

In some cases, sedative tablets are used to keep you feeling relaxed in the dentist chair. The tablets should be taken before your treatment, as advised by your dentist.

Intravenous Sedation?

Intravenous sedation may be used for patients that have an extreme fear of the dentist. Given by an injection into the back of the hand or arm, the drugs will sedate and calm you, but will not put you to sleep. Many people that have intravenous sedation do not remember much about their treatment due to the highly relaxed state they are in.

Love-Teeth Dental Practice – Sedation

Here at Love-Teethe Dental Practice, we put a great focus on patient care and welcome nervous patients or those that have had a negative dental experience in the past. With many years of experience, we understand that for some, a trip to the dentist can create a wealth of anxiety which we strive to put at ease.

When you make an appointment at our practice, you will be in control at all times, able to pause and recommence treatment during your appointment. We take the time to speak with you about your previous dental experiences to help us understand what triggers your anxiety, making every effort to ensure a calm and comfortable environment for you. What’s more, unlike many other dental practices, we use a surface anaesthetic gel for every treatment we carry out, ensuring your complete comfort.

If you are a nervous patient, please get in touch with our friendly reception team and let them know. We will book you an appointment on a day and time to suit you, giving you a chance to get to know your dentist. Call 0161 773 7080. If you prefer, pop down and see us at the practice, where we can book you an appointment in person.

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.

What is an Impacted Wisdom Tooth?

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

An impacted wisdom tooth is a tooth that has grown at an angle, got stuck or only partially erupted. Not all impacted wisdom teeth need to be removed and in our latest post, we explore this topic further.

Did you know that the removal of wisdom teeth is one of the most common surgical procedures carried out in the UK? As wisdom teeth come through after the other teeth, there often isn’t enough room for these teeth to grow through properly, however, this is not to say that they always need removing.

Do Impacted Wisdom Teeth Need Removing?

If you have an impacted wisdom tooth and it isn’t causing pain or any other issues, there is often no need to visit your dentist, apart from for your regular dental check-up. This is because there is no proven benefit for removing impacted wisdom teeth that are not causing any issues.

In some cases, where the teeth haven’t fully erupted, food and bacteria can become trapped around the tooth and cause a build-up of plaque. If left, this can cause:

An Abscess
Gum Disease
Tooth Decay
cysts and benign growths (in very rare cases)

Impacted Wisdom Tooth Removal

Depending on the nature of the case, your dentist may carry out the removal of an impacted wisdom tooth or they may refer you to the hospital.

The procedure will be fully explained to you and you will be given a local anaesthetic injection to numb the area. Whilst your dentist may provide you with an estimate of how long the removal of the tooth will take, the procedure length will vary, depending on the nature of the case.

Love-Teeth Dental Practice

We work with a fantastic oral surgeon, Sandra Glass, who carries out more complex extractions. What’s more, Sandra is fully qualified to carry out sedation for patients that require it. If you would like to contact us regarding the removal of a wisdom tooth, we welcome you to contact us. Please call today on 0161 773 7080 or send your enquiry through to our online booking form.

Are Teeth Genetic?

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

There are various things that can affect the health of your teeth, including both your oral hygiene habits and your genetics – yes your oral health may be affected by your genes!

In our latest post, we discuss which aspects of your teeth may be affected by genetics, ensuring you can take necessary steps to maintain the health of your mouth.

Gum Disease

Treatments for gum disease are often advertised on the television, making this a well-known condition that can affect people of all ages. Gum disease actually begins as gingivitis and then proceeds to develop into gum disease if left untreated. Whilst your oral hygiene can play a major part in preventing gum disease, it is recognised that genetics is a major risk factor for developing gum disease.

Early diagnosis of gum disease is important for protecting your teeth and gums, so make sure you don’t skip your dental check-ups. If you know that gum disease runs in your family, mention it to your dentist.

Is Tooth Decay Genetic?

Tooth decay may occur as a result of bad oral hygiene and a sugary diet, but genetics can also play a part. In fact, some variations of the gene beta-defensin 1 (DEFB1) are linked to a higher risk of tooth decay in permanent teeth.

If you believe that you or your children are at a higher risk of developing cavities, you may want to speak to your dentist regarding preventative sealant treatment and which toothpastes are best to use.

Is Tooth Alignment Genetic?

Whilst the use of a pacifier and thumb sucking can cause the teeth to be misaligned, the shape and size of the jaw can also be hereditary and cause over-crowding, gaps and issues with the bite.

If there is a history of orthodontic issues in your family, be sure to alert your dentist. Early treatment for children will allow the teeth to grow in properly and potentially avoid other problems later on.

Love-Teeth Dental Practice

Our highly trained team take pride in providing helpful advice to ensure the oral health of every patient we see. Keeping up to date with your dental check-ups is imperative for spotting any issues early on and taking the necessary steps to treat them.

If you think you’re due for a check-up, call us today on 0161 773 7080 or simply make your appointment through our booking form.

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