Teeth Whitening and why you should only see a Dentist

How does Teeth Whitening work?

Teeth whitening treatment such as Boutique Whitening works by gently bleaching your teeth. The concentration is an effective level which doesn’t harm your teeth in anyway.
You will receive a custom made set of trays which fit over your teeth comfortably. The active teeth whitening gel is placed in the trays and fitted onto your teeth. For best results we recommend you use your trays overnight and avoid coloured food or drink such as curries, berries, tea, coffee and red wine.

Does having your teeth whitened hurt?

Some people experience some sensitivity in their teeth whilst whitening. This is usually temporary but if you do experience sensitivity, smearing sensitive toothpaste on the affected areas works really well. Also, you can put sensitive toothpaste in your custom trays and alternate between the whitening gel one night and using sensitive toothpaste the next night.

Can whitening gel damage your teeth?

There has been no evidence that any persons tooth surfaces have become damaged in any way after going through with the home whitening treatment.

How old do you have to be to have your teeth whitened?

Patients must be over 18 to have their teeth whitened.

Only DENTISTS can legally prescribe teeth whitening treatment!

Teeth whitening is a safe procedure that whitens and brightens your smile. You will need to have your teeth checked for suitability of the whitening treatment by a dentist. It is ILLEGAL for anyone other than a dentist to prescribe teeth whitening treatment. Some beauty salons offer teeth whitening, but this is illegal if there is no dental professional present and it may put your oral health at risk. Make sure you only go to a registered dental professional for teeth whitening because whitening by people who aren’t qualified, is illegal.

Dentures / Overdentures

What are Dentures?

Dentures are removable false teeth made of acrylic, nylon or metal. They fit snugly over your gums to replace missing teeth and eliminate potential problems caused by gaps in your teeth.

Would Dentures be suitable for me?

If you have a few or all of your teeth missing, then Dentures would be a suitable solution to fix this. A denture is made from hard-wearing material that mimics the look of teeth and gums to give your mouth a natural appearance. Your denture will be made to fit snugly on your gums and you will be able to remove it for cleaning.

Are Dentures easy to eat and chew in?

When you wear dentures for the first time it may take some getting used to when eating and chewing. When you first start wearing dentures, you should try to eat soft foods cut into small pieces and chew slowly using both sides of your mouth. You should avoid eating sticky sweets or hard foods with sharp edges.

Importance of good dental hygiene with Dentures

Keeping your mouth clean is just as important when you wear dentures. It is important that you take extra care in your hygiene regime so that you can avoid bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. You should brush any remaining teeth, your gums and tongue every morning with fluoride toothpaste to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. The hygienist will be able to show you how to best take care of your denture and gums and will tell you about specialised brushes you can use to do this.

What are Overdentures?

Overdentures are removable dentures for people with a few or no remaining teeth. They
are secured by dental implants with a fitting which allows the denture to ‘clip’ onto.

Would Overdentures be suitable for me?

If you have loose or ill-fitting dentures, then Overdentures would be suitable for you. Your
ability to eat and speak may become affected if you have loose or ill-fitting dentures. Due to
advances in dentistry, there is now a procedure whereby your denture can be fixed to your
jaw with dental implants. This treatment, known as implant overdentures or denture
stabilisation, offers patients with dentures a more permanent solution and can improve
quality of life significantly. You will be able to enjoy your favourite foods again and feel
comfortable smiling, safe in the knowledge that your dentures are staying put.

The Overdentures treatment procedure

Here is how the Overdentures procedure works:
• You will have a minor procedure to place implants into your jaw.
• Once the implants have integrated with the bone and surrounding tissues for a period of time, your dentures are placed on top of the implants through a range of special fixtures.
• This means your dentures can still be removed for cleaning, but will stay put once in place.

Life Benefits of having Overdentures

• Enjoy a natural-looking smile and improved confidence in public.
• Experience less irritation of your gums caused by dentures and you don’t need to take your teeth out at night.
• You can eat, chew and bite without your dentures falling out or having to stick to a soft food diet for the rest of your life.

IMOS Contracts Awarded to Dental Care Group

Dental Care Group are proud to announce that twelve IMOS (Intermediate Minor Oral Surgery Services) Contracts have been awarded to 18 of our practices across East Anglia.
Dental Care Group, operates 20 practices in East Anglia and Northamptonshire and provides both NHS and private dental services. The group, which was formed in 2010, has an ambitious growth plan which focuses on delivering high quality affordable patient care to both NHS and Private patients.

Chief Clinical Officer, Mayur Pandya said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for our Group and testament to the hard work and commitment of our dedicated teams. To be entrusted by NHS England to be delivering this service is a reflection of the quality of our clinical governance framework and our teams’ commitment to total patient care. We aim to provide an excellent, equitable and patient-centric service for all patients.”

Having provided IMOS Services at three of DCG’s Essex practices for the last 4 years, James Anang, Specialist Oral Surgeon, has been appointed as IMOS Director and is pleased to be leading the IMOS Surgical Team. James is also the Oral Surgeon and Clinical lead at Essex County hospital and Colchester General hospital.

CEO, Sanjay Shah said, “We are proud to have been awarded these contracts and look forward to working with NHSE now and in the future to provide more NHS services for patients.”

Importance of Attending Regular Check-ups

Why do I need a dental check-up?

A dental check-up allows your dentist to see if you have any dental problems and helps you to keep your mouth healthy.

There are many problems that can occur with your gums and teeth and your dentist will try to help improve the issues you have and they will advise you on the best techniques to keep your oral hygiene standards high.

Leaving any problems untreated could make them more difficult to treat in the future so you should go to your dentist as soon as a problem occurs so you can prevent them problem getting worse.

How often should I visit the dentist for a check-up?

Right after your dental check-up, your dentist will suggest a date for your next check-up depending on how good your oral health is. The time between your most recent check-up and your next dental check-up could be as short as 3 months and as long as 1 year.

You may also be advised to visit the Hygienist who will look after your gum health. At a hygienist appointment your teeth will be cleaned below the gum line, which is where plaque and tartar can build up and lead to gum disease if left untreated.

What should I do between every dental check-up?

You should try your best to take care of your teeth and gums between regular dental check-ups. Plaque is always forming on your teeth but you can help reducing the amount of plaque by brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day every day and especially before you go to bed at night.

So, is it important to go more regularly to the dentist, even from a young age?

In our opinion, the answer is yes, you should try to go to the dentist more regularly even from a young age as prevention is better than cure when it comes to issues with your teeth and gums.

When you are young, you tend to get fewer problems so you may not feel the need to go as often. However, if you don’t go for a check-up for many years and a problem occurs and you don’t rectify the issue quickly, you may end up with bigger health issues.

It is better to spend a small amount of time going to a dental check-up regularly, making sure your oral health is okay rather than spending a lot of time and money to try and fix the problems that were missed by not attending regular appointments. We suggest visiting a dentist twice a year.

Why Should I Visit a Hygienist?

What does a hygienist do?

Dental hygienists show children and adults how to look after their gums and teeth and carry out procedures which will deep clean and protect the teeth and gums. The main priority for a dental hygienist is to save teeth, keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

Hygienists help prevent gum disease

Gum disease causes painful gums, bad breath, bleeding and worst of all, tooth loss. You cannot have healthy teeth unless you have healthy gums, as gums provide the foundation for your teeth. Gum disease is in most cases, treatable. A hygienist will treat gum disease but most importantly, hygienists will show you an oral hygiene routine to make sure you take good care of your teeth at home.

Hygienists can help stop your gums from bleeding

Bleeding gums is usually caused by the inflammation of your gums which is also an early sign of gum disease. If you see a hygienist as soon as you notice your gums bleeding regularly, then it can be reversed. A hygienist will clean around your teeth and under your gums to remove causes of inflammation. They may also suggest an appropriate toothpaste and mouthwash to help ease the inflammation.

Hygienists can help to prevent tooth loss

Gum disease is the leading cause of adult patients losing their teeth. In the later stages of gum disease, teeth become very painful, loose and often become infected. This can sometimes lead to no other option but to remove the teeth that have become painful and loose. Sometimes, teeth become so loose that they will eventually fall out without having to get them removed. A Hygienist’s priority is to improve the oral health of the patient, reducing the risk of further tooth loss.

Whiter teeth, preventing bad breath and improving self-esteem

Stains build up on your teeth and are a real struggle to remove just by brushing your teeth. Tea, coffee, wines, certain foods, fizzy drinks and smoking can all cause your teeth to stain a yellowy/brown colour. A Hygienist will attempt to remove stains and restore your teeth to their natural colour.

Visiting a hygienist can also help prevent bad breath. An odour can be released by bacteria trapped under your gum line where only a hygienist can get to and clean properly.

Visiting a hygienist can really help your self-esteem as you will leave your appointment with cleaner, whiter teeth and you will also have a lot less chance of having bad breath. When your mouth feels clean and your teeth look whiter, it tends to make you feel better about yourself. The feeling of fresher breath can also make you feel better in social situations.

So, should I visit a Hygienist and how much does it cost?

We recommend that all adults that have good oral hygiene habits and a healthy mouth should visit a hygienist at least twice a year. Even though your oral hygiene may be to a very good standard, it is recommended that you visit a hygienist to get a professional clean so all plaque and stains can be removed from your teeth and from your gums.

At Dental Care Group, the charges for visiting a hygienist start from £49.00 depending on what practice you decide to book the appointment with. If you would like to view all our fees for the treatments we offer at Dental Care Group, please click here.

Why Should I Replace Missing Teeth?

What causes tooth loss?

There are many reasons as to why adults will lose their teeth. The most common way is a combination of poor oral hygiene and a bad diet.

We recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day for a minimum of 2 minutes and also floss at least once a day to help reduce the amount of plaque build in and around your teeth. Plaque build-up can cause cavities. Cavities are caused as the bacteria eats away at the enamel on your teeth. Bad oral hygiene can also cause you to get inflamed and infected gums which are signs of gum disease. Both gum disease and tooth decay can weaken the tissues supporting your teeth which then leads to your teeth becoming loose and then possibly falling out.

Your diet is also key to maintaining your teeth and good oral hygiene. Eating a lot of sugary sweets, gum and other sugary snacks as well as drinking sugary drinks, can lead to tooth loss. Having lots of sugar in your diet contributes to tooth decay especially if you don’t use correct oral hygiene techniques. Smoking also contributes to tooth loss as it really damages your gums.

Should I replace a missing tooth?

There are a few reasons why you should replace your missing teeth promptly after they fall out.

The first reason is to keep your smile looking as good as possible to help your confidence. Having a missing tooth can affect your confidence so replacing your missing teeth will certainly help you remain confident about your smile.

Also, a gap in your teeth may contribute to the movement of your other teeth. The teeth surrounding the area of the missing tooth will tend to shift towards each other in order to fill the missing gap.

Lastly, replacing a missing tooth can be vital to how your teeth function. Your teeth are used for eating, communicating and smiling. If you are missing a tooth or more than one tooth, it can affect your pronunciation of words. Also, when eating certain types of food, it can affect how you eat and it can be very uncomfortable.

What treatments are there that can replace a tooth/teeth?

There are 3 main treatments that we would suggest to replace missing teeth.

The first treatment we would suggest for missing teeth is Dental Implants. In our opinion, dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth. They act as a natural tooth root, allowing a crown to be attached which looks just like your other teeth. Here are some benefits of having dental implants:

  • Implants feel & look like natural teeth
  • Eat & drink with comfort
  • Implants are long lasting, stable and comfortable
  • We use a high quality branded implant for treatment
  • Clinically proven
  • High success rate

The second treatment we would recommend are Bridges. A bridge is a fixed solution to a missing tooth or teeth. Bridges are typically made of precious metal base which gives them a solid structure and makes them hard wearing. They are bonded to your natural teeth and a crown is placed in the gap. Having bridges makes chewing and eating easier as they are fixed.

The last treatment we would suggest would be Dentures. If you have a few or all your teeth missing, then dentures are a very good solution to solve this. A denture is made from a hard wearing material that mimics the look of teeth and gums to give your mouth a very natural appearance. You can remove your dentures so you can clean it to make sure your oral hygiene levels remain high.

Is it expensive to have missing tooth/teeth replaced?

Replacing missing teeth does come at a cost but we offer monthly payments which can help your dental treatment be more affordable in the long run. For example, one of the treatments we offer are dental implants. Dental implants could cost you from £39.90 per month over 60 months with 9.9% APR. If you want to know more about our finance, try our finance calculator to see what other monthly plans would suit you best and you can also have a look at the prices of all other treatments we have to offer. https://www.dentalcaregroup.org/dental-fees/

Tooth Decay

What is Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay is a very common issue in today’s society and especially in young children. Tooth decay occurs due to a build-up of plaque on your teeth that releases acid. This causes the rotting and cavities to appear in your teeth. Allowing plaque to build up on your teeth can cause other issues such as gum disease or abscesses.

Symptoms of Tooth Decay

There are a few symptoms that may mean you or your child could be suffering from Tooth decay. Here are a few examples:

  • Toothache – continuous or intermittent pain
  • Bad breath
  • Black or brown spots appearing on teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity

Ways to prevent Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is a common problem however it can be entirely preventable. There are many ways to avoid tooth decay. Here are a few examples:

  • Visit your dentist regularly
  • Cut down on sugary food and drinks, particularly within an hour of going to bed
  • DO NOT smoke or drink alcohol excessively
  • Brush your teeth properly with fluoride toothpaste twice a day, using floss and an interdental brush at least once a day

Protecting your children’s teeth from Tooth Decay

To prevent your children from tooth decay, you must from an early age show them healthy eating habits and most importantly, show them the best ways to keep their teeth clean. By showing your children the best way to keep their teeth and gums clean, you will help them keep a lot more plaque from sitting on their teeth and this will significantly reduce the risk of them suffering from tooth decay. Also, regular visits to the dentist from a very young age will ensure that your children’s teeth are being cleaned properly. If you are not aware of the best techniques to show your children, a dentist can show them some of the best ways to keep their teeth as clean as possible.

Facial Aesthetic treatment; what’s it like and why have it?

So what’s it like to have anti-wrinkle treatment? We visited the Dental Care Group’s Chief Clinical Officer, Mayur Pandya to find out more:

I was expecting the treatment to take longer than it did, and for it to have been quite painful. Surprisingly, this was quite comfortable. Are most patients nervous about their treatment?

MP: All patients have a degree of anxiety before any treatment but I think that the uncertainty and anticipation of it all exacerbates this. It is important as a practitioner to be empathetic towards patients’ feelings of anxiety and to provide that reassurance throughout the procedure.

How do you decide what is the best way to achieve this?

MP: Communication and listening to your patients’ needs and wants is critical. Sometimes, the desired result is unachievable, partially achievable, or achievable only after multiple treatment visits and it is always important to highlight this from the very outset.

What does facial rejuvenation aim to achieve?

MP: rejuvenation aims to reverse the signs of ageing: reduction of active lines (wrinkles), plumping and increasing of skin/tissue volume and restoration of the elasticity of the skin.

What causes skin damage?

MP: Two big causes of premature skin ageing are exposure to sunlight and tobacco smoking. Photo-ageing  from chronic exposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays can lead to loss of skin elasticity, volume, and thickening of the skin’s upper layers. This results in creasing, wrinkling and deep line formation. Additionally, the risk of skin cancers due to cellular DNA damage is hugely increased.

Living in Great Britain, sunlight should be less of a risk though?

MP: This is a common misconception. UV radiation is present in the atmosphere even in the winter months, even through cloud cover, just to a lesser degree.

We recommend to all of our patients on the skin clinic, sunscreen products all year round, and SPF50 in the summer months. NeoStrata Skin Active Cellular Support SPF30 is an excellent daily product.

And smoking?

MP: We recommend all of our patients to stop all tobacco products as part of their dental care, and encourage them to visit their GP or Pharmacy who can help them to join a smoking cessation programme. The incidence of oral cancers is increasing in the UK and tobacco is a major risk factor. The thousands of chemicals and multitude of carcinogens in tobacco smoke causes cellular DNA damage, leading to mutations, and reduces bloodflow, which in turn affects the skin and its ability to repair and turnover.

How does Botox make me look younger?

MP: Botulinum Toxin A, the active ingredient in Botox, Azzalure, Bocouture, is a protein that is produced by certain bacteria (Clostridium Botulinum) which temporarily blocks the activity of the nerves in the muscles and reduces the amount that these muscles move. In the forehead, for example, a commonly treated area of the face, this stops the skin creases around and above the eyebrows and around the eyes by reducing the muscles that cause these wrinkles. Consistent and controlled use of BTA, will therefore result in less or no creasing of the skin, thereby reducing the “active lines” and wrinkling which adds up over the years.

Is this how the Hollywood Stars look virtually wrinkle-free?

MP: Through regular, controlled and early use of BTA, people can reduce the activity of these powerful muscles in our face, thereby reducing the formation of wrinkles and slowing the appearance of ageing.

If Botox is a toxin, can it be used safely?

MP: BTA is a neuro-toxic protein which prevents the nerve from fully acting on the muscle. In larger doses, or from the bacterium itself, it can be harmful. However, if the dose is controlled, the delivery of the injections carefully placed, in relation to the anatomy of the patient, then the desired effect can be achieved. The dose can always be “topped up”, and in almost all cases, it is far better to underdose to control the effects. Always discuss your medical history, allergies and medicines that you may be taking, so that your practitioner can assess any risks and your suitability for treatment.

Are there any other uses for Botox?

MP: There are medical uses for BTA, including for migraines, excessive sweating, urinary incontinence and Multiple Sclerosis.

Why are dentists carrying out these facial aesthetics procedures, and why would they be the best people to carry out these treatments?

MP: Dentists undergo rigorous training at dental school in biochemistry and human anatomy to a high level with hands-on dissection training too. There is a huge focus on learning the muscles, nerves, arteries and veins of the face, as well as the skeletal sub-structure and so we are in a good position to understand the musculature and nerves which we are trying to act on. Further training in Botox refreshes this knowledge and unites the two disciplines. As dentists, we refine our dexterity and finer hand movements as well as being highly trained in delivering painless injections.

How long do the effects last?

MP: The effects of Botox usually last around about 3 months, however consistent and careful use of Botox can have a longer-lasting effect on the muscles and resultant skin tone and wrinkle formation. The advantage of the temporary effect of Botox is that if an undesired result is achieved, this will “wear-off” and is completely reversible.

What about dermal fillers?

MP: Dermal fillers are made of collagen, hyaluronic acid, or other materials. The filler that is commonly used is hyaluronic acid, with brands such as Juvederm and Restylane popular in the UK. Fillers combat “volume loss” and can be used to plump up the tissues under the skin, reduce wrinkles by reducing the sagging from loss of tissue volume. These are reversible and last between 4 to 6 months, although results can vary from individual to individual.

So a combination will result in a more youthful look.

MP: By reducing active lines and wrinkles, combating the loss of volume and plumping up the tissues to re-form the smooth contours of the face with accentuation of the jaw-line and cheekbones, age-related appearance changes can be visibly rejuvenated. Looking after the elasticity of the skin through cessation of smoking and effective sun-protection all goes hand-in-hand to maintaining that youthful look.

The Dental Care Group offers facial aesthetic treatment at a number of their dental practices. For more details email enquiries@dentalcaregroup.org

 

 

Teeth whitening options

Your smile is the first thing a person notices on introduction. Everyone smiles in the same language, and a smile represents humoru, joy and happiness around the world. But, the stained look of your teeth can devastate an otherwise gorgeous smile.

Is a dull, darkened, or yellowed smile preventing you from making the right first impression? At Dental Care Group in Brentwood, tooth whitening can brighten your smile. Getting your teeth whitened is considered to be one of the safest and most conservative cosmetic dentistry procedures available. Giving your pearly whites a beautiful shine with tooth whitening in Brentwood can often have the biggest impact on your overall smile.

Teeth Whitening in BrentwoodWhy do teeth darken?

Teeth darken for several reasons such as medication, certain foods, tannin-based beverages, dental traumas and even genetics. Other factors include using tobacco products, having severe decay or infections, the ageing process and not taking adequate care of your oral health.

Professional whitening at home

Our cosmetic dentistry patients can also opt for take-home tooth whitening kits. If you prefer the convenience of at-home teeth whitening, but you haven’t found success with over-the-counter teeth whitening products, you can get a professional teeth-whitening kit from our Brentwood practice.

If you’re dissatisfied with your yellowed, stained smile, then why not take advantage of Dental Care Group in Brentwood tooth whitening options, in our practice or in your own home?

Why am I losing my teeth?

It is not uncommon to lose one or  more of your teeth, either from trauma, decay, infection, or old age. Some people simply accept this and choose to not do anything about it. Your teeth are fundamental to the aesthetics of your smile and contribute to maximum dental and overall health. If they fall out or are extracted, you are advised to replace them.

Don’t let a gap in your smile affect your health, relationships, profession, or self-confidence. It’s time to give dental implants in Brentwood serious consideration.

Dental Implants in BrentwoodWhy do I need to replace missing teeth?

Your teeth play a big role in your digestive system, your speech and your appearance. They also promote strength in the jawbone; the more you chew, the stronger the bone and the more support for your teeth.

When teeth are missing, it throws off the mutual relationship between the bone and the teeth, and the jawbone will start to deteriorate. Neighbouring teeth can start to loosen and can shift out of place to fill in the gap and could even fall out completely if you do not seek treatment.

What exactly are dental implants?

Many people refer to the entire prosthetic as a dental implant, but technically, the implant is just the screw made from titanium. Your dentist at Dental Care Group secures the dental implant in the jaw, just as a natural tooth root. After oral surgery, the biocompatible metals, designed to be accepted by the body, fuse directly with the jawbone. This provides support for the abutment and crown that make up the rest of your prosthetic tooth, creating your completed dental implants in Brentwood.

What dental implants do you use?

For your dental implants in Brentwood, we use the Osstem dental implants system. It is currently the globe’s fifth most popular and trusted implant system and is Asia’s number one dental implant system. Over 60 countries around the world use this system out of many hundreds available.

For front teeth (incisors and canines) an angled abutment (post) will be required. Our dentists will advise you if you need the angled abutment (post) on back teeth for your dental implants in Brentwood.