What is Oral Surgery?

You see your dentist at every check-up and come to feel at ease with the way they work. If your dentist refers you to an oral surgeon for treatment, you may feel apprehensive at thought of seeing someone you aren’t familiar with. An oral surgeon, however, is trained to perform dental surgeries that you general dentist may not be qualified to do.

There are various types of oral surgery procedures;

Impacted wisdom teeth
Gum graft
Tooth implants
Maxillofacial surgery
Root canal
Jaw and teeth repair following an injury

Am I Asleep During Oral Surgery?

You may be awake or asleep during oral surgery procedures, depending on the type of procedure carried out and how anxious you feel about the treatment.

Intravenous Sedation

IV sedation will make you feel relaxed and sleepy and is used for patients with or without a fear of the dentist that would prefer not to know what was happening during their treatment. For dental treatments, once you are sedated, you will also be given an anaesthetic in your mouth to numb the area being treated.

Following a procedure involving IV sedation, you will not be allowed to drive or operate heavy machinery, so must ensure you have someone there to pick you up. You will typically wait around 30 minutes in the dentist before leaving.

You will be informed of any special measures to be taken before having IV sedation, such as not eating or drinking for a certain period of time.

Our Specialist Oral Surgeon, Sandra Glass

At Love-Teeth Dental Practice, we are happy to have specialist oral surgeon, Sandra Glass at the surgery. Sandra can provide IV sedation for patients that request it and is highly regarded for putting even the most anxious patients at ease.

For any problems you are experiencing with your teeth, please contact our lovely team on reception who will happily book you an appointment. Call 0161 773 7080 or head to our contact form and send us an enquiry.

How to Find a Reputable Dentist

No matter whether you’re a nervous patient or not, finding a dentist that you can trust to deliver expert care shouldn’t be difficult. We’ve compiled some top tips to help you find a dentist that will deliver great patient care.

General Dental Council

Firstly, it should be noted that all dentists should be registered with the General Dental Council, a regulatory body that monitors all dental professionals in the UK.

CQC Report

The Care Quality Commission carries out inspections of health and social care services at least once every five years, and reports their findings publically. You can search for a company and the CQC findings by heading over to their website. The key five things the CQC inspects for are whether a service is safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.

Reviews

Reviews are a great way to hear opinions from other people about a product or service. If you want to find out more about a dental practice before booking an appointment, consider checking them out on social media and Google. Both social media and Google my Business allow business owners to respond to reviews and engage with their audience, so you should be able to get a feel for how they treat their patients on these platforms.

Free Consultation

If you are considering a particular treatment, many dental practices will offer a free consultation, allowing you to get to know the staff and the surroundings before you sign up.

If you are not considering any particular treatment, but would still like to see the practice in person before signing up, you could always take a trip down to the dentist and speak with the receptionist about their availability for new patients. There is no obligation for you to sign up on that day and you could simply take a leaflet about their treatments or membership plan and save your decision for another day.

Love-Teeth Dental Practice

We take pride in the high level of patient care we provide and continuously strive to improve our range of services. If you are looking to register at a new dental practice, we welcome you to give our friendly team a call, come down and see us or register online.

Key Facts About Toothache

There are no two ways about it, pain in your mouth is always unpleasant. There are various things that may cause toothache and a variety of treatments available. If you are experiencing toothache, you should always consult a dentist to minimise any longterm damage and get you out of pain as soon as possible.

What Causes Toothache?

Cavities as a result of tooth decay are a common cause of toothache. Gum disease, losing a filling, injuries or abscesses can also cause toothache.

The type of pain you feel may be mild to severe. If you have lost a filling but do not feel any pain, it is still highly important to visit your dentist as the tooth will be weakened and pain could come on suddenly.

What Does Toothache Feel Like?

The pain felt from toothache may come and go or be constant. The level of pain you feel may vary, but any pain in the teeth should always be checked out by a dentist.

Toothache is often a sharp and sudden pain, but, depending on the cause of the pain, may also feel like a dull ache.

It is not uncommon for people that are experiencing toothache to find it difficult to pinpoint where the pain is coming from; pain in a lower molar can sometimes feel like it is stemming from the ear. Additionally, pain felt in the top jaw may feel as though it is caused by your sinuses.

Why Does Toothache Hurt More at Night?

Many people report that their toothache is worse at night. This is just another reason to get your pain seen to as soon as possible and not delay until the next day.

Pain may feel worse at night because you are lying down and putting extra pressure on your teeth. The pain felt during the day may also have worsened and peak during the night,

Of course, it may also be psychological. Whilst the pain itself may not have changed, there are fewer distractions to focus on when going to sleep, meaning your thoughts are only on the pain, making it seem worse.

What Are The Best Painkillers for Toothache?

Toothache often comes alongside swelling in the mouth and where this is the case, anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen may work best. If you are unable to take anti-inflammatory medication, paracetamol is your next best option until you can see your dentist.

Book in Today

Coming in for your routine dental appointment will ensure that any issues are spotted quickly so that preventative measures can be taken.

No matter when your last dental appointment was, we always welcome emergency appointments. Please call 0161 773 7080 today.

Types of Teeth and Their Functions

Once all your permanent, adult teeth have come through, you should have 32 teeth in total. Your adult set of teeth will be made of various types of teeth;

8 incisors
4 canines, also called cuspids
8 premolars, also called bicuspids
12 molars, including 4 wisdom teeth

Incisors

The eight incisors sit at the front of your mouth, with four in the upper part of your jaw and four in the lower part.

These front teeth help you chew foods such as apples, and the adult set will grow in from around six to eight years old.

Canine Teeth

You have four canine teeth, which sit next to your incisors. Once again, two sit on the lower jaw and two sit at the top.

The canine teeth have sharper and more pointed edges than the incisors, helping you to tear food.

Typically, your upper canines will grow first, followed by the lower set.

Premolars

Moving onto the eight premolars. These teeth are bigger than the incisors and canines and you will have eight of them in total in your mouth – two that sit on the bottom jaw and two at the top.

Premolars will often come in around the age of ten and help to chew tough foods.

Molars

Molars make up most of the teeth in your mouth and you have 12 of them in total – six coming through on the bottom jaw and six on the upper jaw.

Molars are big, strong teeth that sit at the back of the mouth. They have a large surface area which helps you to chew food into small enough pieces to swallow. Your molars include four wisdom teeth which will often come in between the ages of 17 and 25. Wisdom teeth are sometimes referred to as third molars.

Our teeth help us to chew and speak properly and have a big effect on our jaw shape and overall appearance. There are a wide variety of tooth replacement options on the market today so you can select the option that is right for you, should you suffer the loss of a tooth.

Booking Your Dental Appointment

We have plenty of ways you can make an appointment with us and offer a free consultation;

Call our reception team on 0161 773 7080.
Book online using our handy booking forms for new or existing patients.

The Benefits of White Fillings

On the 1st July 2018, the NHS published new rules that meant dentists could no longer use mercury amalgam fillings in children under 15, pregnant or breastfeeding women. The controversy surrounding fillings containing mercury has been popular since they became regularly used in the 1830s. Whilst it is still a dental solution used by many, white fillings are becoming increasingly popular for those who would like a more natural-looking solution.

Here at Love-Teeth, we are passionate about providing dental solutions that restore your confidence in your teeth and smile. In today’s post, we discuss some of the many benefits of white (composite) fillings.

Natural Looking Dental Solutions

An image demonstrating the difference between a mercury filling and a composite filling in situ on a tooth.

For many years, there was no choice when it came to the colour of the filling you received. The consequences of this were that fillings were easy to spot and many people lost confidence in their teeth and smile.

Today there are many more options available for preventing the need for a filling. If you should require a filling, however, white fillings are a great solution.

White fillings are barely visible when in situ and can be made to suit the colour of your natural teeth so there is no visible mark between your teeth and the filling.

What Are Tooth Coloured Fillings Made of?

Composite
Glass ionomer
Porcelain inlays

Typically, your dentist will advise you regarding the best type of filling for the cavity you have.

The cost of your filling will depend on the material used and the size of filing required.

Protected Teeth

Unlike mercury fillings which can slightly change in size, white coloured fillings remain the same, meaning there is no chance of your teeth being fractured during contracting and expanding.

Love-Teeth Dental Practice

If you are interested in replacing your amalgam fillings with new white fillings, please call our dedicated team today on 0161 773 7080. Alternatively, book your appointment using our online booking form. We look forward to seeing you at the practice soon.

Five Facts About Us

When you sign up to a dental practice, you’ll be asked for a variety of information. From your name, address and contact details to the medication you take and any allergies you have. Considering that fact that you provide this information to us, we thought it would be nice for us to share five facts about us to you.

We hope this post makes coming to the dentist a little less daunting.

Our Receptionists

We have four receptionists at the practice and occasionally, you’ll find our dental nurses greeting you at the desk. We think it’s nice for you to be able to put a face to a name before you visit a practice, so you can find each team member by looking at “who we are”.

We Offer Sedation at the Practice

Not every dental practice offers sedation in-house, and that’s just one of the things that makes us unique. We welcome nervous patients and even take referrals for sedation from other practices.

We Provide Cosmetic Dentistry

As well as offering general dental check-ups and the various treatments you associate with a dentist, including fillings, extractions and root canal treatment, we also offer cosmetic dental treatments. Our cosmetic dental treatments range from teeth whitening, veneers and gum contouring.

We have over 100 5 Star Reviews

We’re very proud of the fact that we have over 100 five star reviews on our Google listing. If you are wary of going to the dentist due to a previous bad experience, or haven’t been in many years and want some reassurance that you are coming to a great practice, we welcome you to head over and read our reviews.

We Have Affordable Membership Plans

Our membership plans start from as little as £9.99 a month for adults and £5.99 a month for children.

Our membership plans come with a wide variety of benefits which we welcome you to read more about.

Join us at Love-Teeth Dental Practice

If you’re looking for a friendly and welcoming dental practice that uses state of the art equipment, we welcome you to get in touch. Please call our team today on 0161 773 7080. Alternatively, sign up or book your appointment using our online forms.

Opening Hours
Monday 8.30am - 5.30pm
Tuesday 9am - 7pm
Wednesday 8.30am - 5.30pm
Thursday 8.30am - 5.30pm
Friday 7.30am - 2pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday 10am - 1pm
Out of Hours Care

Please call our reception for instructions when we are closed:
0161 773 7080

We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Contact Us
0161 773 7080
info@loveteethdp.co.uk

3 Kings Road, Prestwich
Manchester, M25 0LE

Dentists:
Ilana Pine: GDC 74579
Leo Klein: GDC 44239

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