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.

Sober October: What Does Alcohol do to Your Teeth?

An image of a glass of white wine and a glass of red wine.Alcohol may be consumed in moderation and as part of a balanced diet. When consumed in excess, however, alcohol can begin to take its’s toll on the body and this may be manifested in many ways.

Alongside complications in the body, alcohol can also cause problems with the teeth. This month is sober October, so to give you an extra incentive to push through until the end of the month, we take a look at some of the ways alcohol can affect your teeth.

Staining

Like many coloured drinks, alcohol can stain the teeth. What’s more, the acidity in alcohol can make them even more susceptible to staining. Consequently, even if you drink a light coloured drink, you are still at risk of tooth staining.

Wine is one of the most common drinks to drink both on nights out, with dinner and at home. White wine is more acidic than red wine, but red wine is more commonly associated with teeth staining.

Dryness

Saliva helps to protect the teeth from bacteria and plaque, but consuming drinks high in alcohol, such as spirits can cause a dry mouth.

Drinks such as vodka can also vary in ph. Some have a ph as low as 4, whilst others have a ph of 8. The lower the ph, the more at risk there is of exposing your teeth to damage.

Damage to Teeth From Alcoholic Beverages

In addition to staining and dryness, the negative effects of alcoholic drinks can also be from additions to the drink such as fruit or soda, which can erode the enamel.

Love-Teeth Dental Practice

Here at Love-Teeth Dental Practice, we are here to help you show off a smile you can be proud of. Our dedicated dentists and hygienists can provide invaluable information about the effects of your diet on your teeth as well as treatments that can improve your confidence in the appearance of your teeth.

To book an appointment, please call today on 0161 773 7080. Alternatively, click through to our new patient sign up or book an appointment online.

November: Mouth Cancer Action Month

An image of a dentist preparing to extract an impacted wisdom tooth.

The NHS states that every year around 6,800 people are diagnosed with mouth cancer. This statistic equates to 2% of all cancers diagnosed. November is mouth (oral) cancer action month and in the latest post from Love-Teeth Dental Practice, we take a look at some of the most common symptoms that are associated with mouth cancer and detail further information on this topic.

Early Detection is Important

As with any type of cancer, early detection is vital. If you spot any of the below symptoms, you should consult your doctor.

Signs and Symptoms

Sore mouth ulcers that don’t heal within several weeks
Unexplained, persistent lumps in the mouth
Unexplained, persistent lumps in the neck
Unexplained looseness of teeth, or sockets that don’t heal after extractions
Unexplained, persistent numbness or an odd feeling on the lip or tongue
White or red patches on the lining of the mouth or tongue – these can be early signs of cancer and should be investigated
Changes in speech, such as a lisp

Factors That Can Increase Your Risk

Oral cancer can form when cells on the lips or in the mouth develop changes. You can find out more about how cancers develop on the National Cancer Institute website.

There are various factors that can increase the risk of mouth cancer:

The use of tobacco – cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco and snuff etc.
Heavy use of alcohol
Excessive sun exposure to the lips
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Weakened immune

Your dentist is trained to spot signs of mouth cancer, so paying regular visits to your dentist is important.

Boost Awareness of Mouth Cancer

The Mouth Cancer Foundation has various ways to donate and get involved with the charity. If you would like to raise awareness of this type of cancer, head over to their website to see how you can get involved.

Love-Teeth Dental Practice

If you are experiencing any problems with your teeth or mouth, we welcome you to contact our dedicated team. We check for signs of oral cancer at every check-up. To book your appointment, please call 0161 773 7080.

Your Guide to Stain Removal

An image of teeth before and after stain removal, using airflow.Figures show that many people are unhappy with the colour of their teeth. Whilst it has become popular to have pearly white teeth, having slightly darker teeth does not mean they are any less cared for. In fact, the colour of teeth can vary, depending on the thickness of the enamel.

Aside from the colour of your teeth, you may be concerned about tooth staining, causing your tooth to appear discoloured. Let’s discuss staining in further detail.

Whilst there are a plethora of products on the market that claim to remove stains and whiten teeth, you will get the best results from receiving tailored treatment through your dentist. You will also be able to guarantee that the treatment you are receiving is safe and approved by a medical practitioner.

Treating Discolouration

In order to successfully treat discolouration and ensure the long-term effects of any treatment, it is necessary to understand what is causing it.

The treatment of stain removal is effective for those with stained enamel (extrinsic staining). Stain removal may be achieved within a regular hygienist appointment: a hygienist will use a combination of a scaler and hand instruments to remove plaque. Following on from this, the teeth will be polished.

Where there are multiple or severe stains on the teeth, airflow may be used to achieve great results. Airflow is a treatment of water, air and fine powder – usually sodium bicarbonate. Airflow is a powerful treatment that can clean the tooth’s surface and in between the teeth.

The Difference Between Whitening and Stain Removal

Whilst stain removal is an effective way of restoring teeth to how they looked prior to the stains, teeth whitening is the only way to change the colour of the teeth.

Many dentists will recommend a hygiene appointment, prior to teeth whitening.

Love-Teeth Dental Practice

If you are interested in the stain removal or teeth whitening, we welcome you to get in touch. Please call our team today on 0161 773 7080. Alternatively, use the links on our homepage to book your appointment.

Healthy Lunch Box Ideas

An image of two children hugging in autumn leaves and smiling.The start of this week marked the first week back at school for many children. Alongside ensuring school uniforms are neatly ironed and alarm clocks are set, comes the chore of making packed lunches.

Finding inspiration for yummy packed lunches can be challenging, especially when you’re trying to keep them healthy and low in sugar.

Here at Love-Teeth Dental Practice, we’re well-versed when it comes to foods that can be harmful to teeth, so for our latest blog post, we have put together some helpful inspiration for you to take away.

Why is Sugar Bad for Teeth?

It is a well-known fact that sugar is one of the main causes of tooth decay, but how does this occur? When sugar is broken down by the bacteria in your mouth, it produces an acid which dissolves a tooth’s surface – this is the first stage of tooth decay.

Are Fruit Sugars Bad For You?

Whilst fruit is an essential part of a healthy diet, fruits also contain a lot of natural sugars. Whilst natural sugars can still be harmful to your teeth, they are more healthy to the body overall and contain vitamins required for a balanced diet.

Being mindful about the type of fruits you are eating, and the portion sizes can be helpful. Certain fruits, such as apples, contain more fibre than others. Fibre stimulates the production of saliva in the mouth, which can help to neutralise the acids on your teeth and wash away excess food particles. Some fruits that contain the lowest amounts of sugar are blueberries, strawberries and raspberries.

Combatting the Effects of Sugar

The most effective way to lessen the effects of sugar on your teeth is to consume less sugar. On the other hand, considering sugar is in one of the major food groups – fruit – cutting it out entirely is not altogether beneficial. You can, however, cut down or cut out, some of the major culprits for a beneficial change, including sugary drinks, sweets.

Additionally, becoming wise to foods often described as having “hidden sugars” such as ketchup or certain cooking sauces can also be beneficial.

There are various things you can do in order to ensure the sugar you consume has a less damaging effect on your teeth. Brushing at least twice a day is beneficial to the overall health of your mouth and will significantly help to protect against decay.

Another way to help protect your teeth is to leave at least an hour after eating or drinking before brushing your teeth. When you consume certain food and drinks, you can cause the enamel to become more vulnerable; brushing straight away may mean you disrupt this enamel further and brush away tiny particles, rather than letting it settle down before you brush.

Lastly, it goes without saying that a good oral hygiene routine plays a vital part in protecting against decay. Whilst brushing is important, flossing is also a necessary part of your routine and will mean that you remove more plaque than brushing alone.

Healthy Lunchbox Ideas For Kids

Keep it simple with star-shaped sarnies. If you have young children, giving them something fun to open up at lunchtime cannot only make them smile, it will also warm your heart, knowing they’ll get a surprise at the fun addition in their lunchbox.

Sandwiches don’t have to be boring. Cut your sarnies into star shapes and freeze the excess crusts for breadcrumbs.

For an interesting filling, stir red pesto into cream cheese and spread onto both sides of the bread. Pop in the fridge the night before and there you have it, a fun and tasty treat come lunchtime. Pair this with slices of cucumber and carrot. You can use any leftover sandwich filling as a dip.

If your children are a little older, why not make them healthy wraps? Lay the tortilla flat and spread hummums on the bottom third, then top with lettuce, carrot and cucumber or avocado. Line with some salsa on top and sprinkle on some cheese.

Tasty Treats

If it’s a snack you’re looking for, rather than a full lunch, how about making your own energy balls?

Ingredients

100g pitted medjool dates
100g pecan

nuts
50g pumpkin seeds
50g rolled oats

4 tbsp cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa
2 heaped tbsp almond butter
zest and juice 1 orange

Blitz together the above ingredients until it is starting to clump together, adding a drop more juice where necessary. Roll the ingredients together into walnut-sized balls, with lightly oiled hands and you’re finished. A healthy snack, ready to eat.

Why is a Healthy Lunch Important?

By mid-day, your little one is likely to need some sustenance to keep them going throughout the afternoon. Whilst they might feel they need a quick energy boost in the form of a sugary drink or a quick chocolate bar, the best type of food will be one that releases energy slowly.

Foods high in sugar will provide what is commonly referred to as a “sugar high” but these energy levels are not sustainable and will quickly drop, causing a crash in energy.

Understanding what foods will release their energy slowly will help your child feel energised throughout their school day.

Consider some of the following:

Hard-boiled eggs
Bananas
Vegetables and dip
Trail mix

Love-Teeth Dental Practice

Book your little ones in for a dental check to ensure no nasty surprises. We take a preventative approach to dentistry, helping to minimise the risk of any tooth pain.

To book an appointment for yourself or your child, please call today on 0161 773 7080. Alternatively, existing patients can book their appointment through our online booking portal.

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Tuesday 9am - 7pm
Wednesday 8.30am - 5.30pm
Thursday 8.30am - 5.30pm
Friday 7.30am - 2pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday 10am - 1pm
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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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