Category: Family Dentistry

Quality dental treatment for all the family

Downham Market Dental Care welcomes new patients of all ages for consultations, no matter what their requirements may be. People have different dental needs at different stages of life, but one thing remains universal: you need to visit your dentist and hygienist on a regular basis to ensure that both your oral and dental health remain in top condition.

quality-dental-treatmentOur team of highly-qualified dental professionals are highly committed to providing effective treatment for all the family. Let’s look at what our dentists can do for patients at various stages of life. . .

Babies and children

Bringing your child to the dentist from a young age is an important step in helping them to have good oral health for life. Early visits to the dental practice help to familiarise youngsters with the practice, and to see the dentist as a friendly face whom they enjoy visiting every six months, so that they can show off their progress on looking after their teeth.

Fissure sealants and fluoride varnish are available to all children at the practice, to help protect and strengthen their teeth against decay. Should decay be found, prompt intervention makes the process much more bearable, and avoids the need for distressing procedures such as tooth extractions. Early warning signs of orthodontic problems will also be picked up on, making treatment easier.

Teenagers and adults

Teens and adults require regular dental check-ups to avoid problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. For those who experience tooth staining, teeth whitening is a popular option, whilst regular visits to the dental hygienist help to ensure tooth cleaning routines are efficient, helping to avoid problems such as bad breath.

Patients who smoke can also benefit from help to quit the habit from the dental team.

Pregnant women

Pregnant women are more susceptible to conditions such as gum disease and enamel erosion. Nodules – pregnancy granuloma – can also often develop on the gums. These are harmless, but visiting the dentist helps to reassure patients.

Older people

Getting older doesn’t need to mean losing your teeth. Your dentist can help you to keep your natural teeth healthy, but if you do experience tooth loss can provide dentures or bridges as replacements.

Why choosing dental implants is an investment in your future

Dental implants may already be on your radar if you have suffered tooth loss, but you may be wondering if this much-touted treatment is really the best solution to your missing teeth.

dental-implants-wattonThere are two key points to note about dental implants when comparing tooth placement options:

  1. They are the only permanent method of replacing lost teeth
  2. They are the only way your dentist can replace your tooth roots

In essence, a dental implant is a bionic tooth root. They are made out of titanium and are placed in direct contact with the jaw bone under either local anaesthetic or conscious sedation at Clarence House Dental Care in Watton.

Not only to implants ensure that your teeth stay firmly in your mouth, they also help to preserve the health and density of your jaw bone. When several or all of the natural teeth are missing, the jaw bone will start to resorb or shrink. This is the primary cause of loose traditional dentures, and can also change the entire structure of your face and cause sagging of the skin around the jowls, making you look old before your time.

Most people who wear traditional dentures will experience problems with their fit. Ill-fitting dentures can cause your gums to become sore if they start to rub, can limit you to a soft-food diet, can change your speech and can have a significant negative effect on your confidence. If your dentures begin to slip or fall out in public situations, it can restrict your social life, contributing to the problems of loneliness and social isolation that are common among the over-75s as people start to avoid situations where slipping teeth can cause embarrassment.

By choosing dental implants, you can avoid or alleviate all of these problems. Implants integrate with your jaw bone in the months after surgery, meaning they will hold dentures, crowns, or bridge in position with a similar strength to that of natural tooth roots.

This means that you will be able to eat, speak, and smile with confidence, and can get back to enjoying time with friends and family with no fear that your teeth will let you down.