Category: Dental Hygiene

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/

The importance of visiting the dental hygienist

The dental hygienist plays just as important a role in looking after your teeth as the dentist does. Many people, when they think of a hygienist, picture a professional tooth clean – often known as a scale and polish. Whilst this is one of the hygienist’s important roles, in fact there is a lot more that they do, too.

dental-hygienistLast year, the General Dental Council (GDC) relaxed the rules on dental hygiene appointments, meaning that you no longer need to visit a dentist before seeing the hygienist. At Downham Market Dental Care in Norfolk we believe that looking after your oral health should be as easy as possible, and accessible to all. That’s why we offer direct access appointments with our skilled and friendly hygienist.

As mentioned, thoroughly cleaning your teeth is an important part of the dental hygienist’s remit. Even those of us with excellent home brushing and flossing routines are likely to have areas that are hard to reach, and it is here that plaque and tartar can build up. A professional scale and polish will remove all traces of both tartar and plaque, which are major causes of gum disease, dental decay, and tooth loss.

Another important function the hygienist provides is to help you develop a more efficient cleaning regime at home. This may include teaching you how to use special tools such as interdental brushes to get to those hard-to-reach areas, which type of toothpaste to use, and advice on tooth brushing technique. It can also include dietary advice, including how to cut down on sugar in your diet, which will improve your oral and general health.

Hygienists are also excellent at removing common stains from the teeth, which may enable you to brighten up your smile without the need for teeth whitening (an excellent option for pregnant and breastfeeding patients, who are advised to avoid teeth whitening).

Sometimes the hygienist can also carry out teeth whitening procedures, although this always has to be on a dentist’s prescription.

Helping to avoid tooth loss and gum disease are vitally important to protecting your general as well as your dental health, because gum disease has been linked to many conditions whilst tooth loss can affect your diet.

The importance of visiting the dental hygienist

The dental hygienist plays just as important a role in looking after your teeth as the dentist does. Many people, when they think of a hygienist, picture a professional tooth clean – often known as a scale and polish. Whilst this is one of the hygienist’s important roles, in fact there is a lot more that they do, too.

dental-hygienistLast year, the General Dental Council (GDC) relaxed the rules on dental hygiene appointments, meaning that you no longer need to visit a dentist before seeing the hygienist. At Downham Market Dental Care in Norfolk we believe that looking after your oral health should be as easy as possible, and accessible to all. That’s why we offer direct access appointments with our skilled and friendly hygienist.

As mentioned, thoroughly cleaning your teeth is an important part of the dental hygienists remit. Even those of us with excellent home brushing and flossing routines are likely to have areas that are hard to reach, and it is here that plaque and tartar can build up. A professional scale and polish will remove all traces of both tartar and plaque, which are major causes of gum disease, dental decay, and tooth loss.

Another important function the hygienist provides is to help you develop a more efficient cleaning regime at home. This may include teaching you how to use special tools such as interdental brushes to get to those hard-to-reach areas, which type of toothpaste to use, and advice on tooth brushing technique. It can also include dietary advice, including how to cut down on sugar in your diet, which will improve your oral and general health.

Hygienists are also excellent at removing common stains from the teeth, which may enable you to brighten up your smile without the need for teeth whitening (an excellent option for pregnant and breastfeeding patients, who are advised to avoid teeth whitening).

Sometimes the hygienist can also carry out teeth whitening procedures, although this always has to be on a dentist’s prescription.

Helping to avoid tooth loss and gum disease are vitally important to protecting your general as well as your dental health, because gum disease has been linked to many conditions whilst tooth loss can affect your diet.

Dental hygiene: how to look after your teeth and gums

Did you know that, as well as keeping your teeth and gums healthy, good dental hygiene is beneficial to your overall health and wellbeing? Clacton Dental Care now offers direct access dental hygiene appointments, which means you are able to see the hygienist without having to visit the dentist first.

dental-hygiene-clactonWhen most people think of the hygienist, the first thing that comes to mind is a professional tooth clean –a scale and polish. In fact, this is just one of the important roles a dental hygienist plays. They are also instrumental in tackling and preventing tooth decay and gum disease.

Both tooth decay and gum disease are caused by a build-up of dental plaque. A scale and polish involves the removal of all plaque and tartar, including from areas that are hard to reach at home. But it is best to prevent plaque gathering in the first place, and your hygienist can help you to improve your home dental hygiene routine to make sure the problem doesn’t recur in the future.

This advice can include the type of toothbrush to use, specific brushing and flossing techniques customised to your individual needs, and the use of special tools such as interdental brushes. Your hygienist can also provide health advice, including how too much sugar in your diet will be bad news for your teeth.

You should always follow your hygienist’s advice. Top tips for taking care of your teeth and gums at home include:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste
  • Don’t brush them immediately after eating or drinking anything but water – you should wait an hour after meals
  • Use dental floss and/or interdental brushes as directed
  • Never use your teeth to open bottles, to hold anything, or indeed for any other purpose other than biting or chewing food.

Gum disease is a series problem, which can cause issues such as bad breath and gums that bleed after tooth brushing in the early stages. If it is left untreated, it can develop into the more serious form of periodontal disease, which can lead to loosening of tooth ligaments, and ultimately to tooth loss.

The importance of good dental hygiene to general health

Good dental hygiene involves team work. You, your dentist, and your hygienist need to work together to create an effective tooth cleaning routine, helping to preserve not just the condition of your teeth and gums, but also boosting your general health and wellbeing, too.

dental-hygieneWhen most people think of a dental hygienist, they envisage professional tooth cleaning – a scale and polish or air polishing. Whilst this is a vital part of the hygienist’s role, it is far from all that they do. Your hygienist will help you to improve your home brushing and flossing routine to reduce the chances of dental plaque building up in the first place. This may involve using special equipment such as interdental brushes to clean any hard-to-reach areas effectively.

A hygienist can also provide you with dietary advice to help you cut down on food and drink that can damage your teeth – those high in sugar or those that are acidic, for example, both of which can weaken tooth enamel.

Dental hygiene appointments are beneficial to patients of all ages. In the case of children and teenagers, advice will be presented in an engaging, educational, and age-appropriate manner, helping to furnish youngsters with efficient tooth cleaning strategies for life.

Removing plaque from your teeth helps to keep them healthy and strong. It is also vital to avoiding dental decay and gum disease, both of which can cause tooth loss if not treated promptly. Several studies have linked gum disease to a number of general health concerns, ranging from heart and lung disease to low birth weight in babies whose mother suffered from the condition, as well as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Therefore, preventing gum disease or treating it promptly should it arise is vital to your general health.

The dental hygienist can also help to tackle the common social problem of bad breath. Most people experience temporary bad breath at some point in life – for example, if they have eaten strongly spiced food, or are suffering a bad cold or sinus infection. However, the most common cause of persistent bad breath is that old foe plaque.