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    What are they? A bridge replaces a missing tooth/missing teeth by attaching a false tooth/ false teeth to adjacent teeth in the mouth. A bridge is not removable and is cemented to the adjacent tooth/ teeth to the gap in your mouth. There are different types of bridges, your dentist will explain the differences. A

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    Dental Implants are an excellent way to give you your smile back, whether you are without your natural teeth or only have gaps between your teeth. We live in a world where a lovely smile is more and more important. Having a healthy mouth is a gateway to having a healthy body. If you have

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    “Six Month Smiles is a type of bracket and wire orthodontic correction for straightening the front upper and lower teeth in approximately six months; although treatment times vary depending on individual misalignment problems. Using clear brackets and tooth-coloured nickel-titanium wires, Six Month Smiles braces can treat a variety of orthodontic problems that affect the cosmetic

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    What is a SNOREGUARD ? Snoring results from a partial closure of your airway during sleep. As your muscles relax your lower jaw falls backwards and as a result there is a vibration at the back of your mouth of the soft tissue. Who SNORES? Anyone can snore. It happens more in men than women

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    “The Inman Aligner is a simple removable appliance used to align front teeth quickly and safely. It’s ideal as a stand-alone treatment or to align teeth prior to further cosmetic options such as bonding or minimal veneers. The Inman Aligner has Nickel Titanium coil springs that power two aligner bows that gently oppose each other,

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    “Invisalign straightens teeth using a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that are custom-made specifically for your teeth. As you replace each aligner every two weeks, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week, gradually moving towards the projected final position.” Provided by Pricipal Dentist Dr Amir Vahdat More Details: http://www.invisalign.co.uk/en/Pages/Home.aspx http://www.yourdentistryguide.com/invisalign/

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    What is whitening? Tooth whitening is the most effective way of making your teeth whiter, or a lighter shade. It will have the effect of making your teeth look cleaner. It will not change the colour or shade of existing crowns, bridges, veneers or restorations. How is it done? The safest and easiest way of

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    What are they? A veneer is a thin layer of tooth-coloured material that is put onto the front of the tooth to make it look better. The tooth might have been damaged by decay or an accident, or be discoloured. Veneers are usually only used as a cosmetic treatment, to improve appearance. They are therefore

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    What Are They? White fillings are made from composite resin that is bonded to the tooth. How Are They Made? The tooth is prepared in a similar way to a normal filling. An injection is given to numb the tooth. The decay and/or old filling is removed by drilling. The cavity is shaped by use

Dental Care

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    To avoid a dry socket (post operative infection of the bone), usually due to early loss of the blood clot… Avoid excessive exercise for several hours. Ideally, rest by sitting in a chair and use an extra pillow for the first night.Excessive exercise will cause further bleeding. Do not drink anything alcoholic for 24 hours.

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    BRUXISM – Grinding or Clenching your teeth

    Bruxism (Medical term for the habit of grinding/clenching your teeth). Who is most at risk? – You are more likely to suffer from bruxism if you: Have a stressful lifestyle Drink large amounts of alcohol Smoke Take medication for sleep, depression or anxiety (paroxetine, fluoxetine and setraline) Drink six or more cups of tea or coffee a

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    What is Fluoride? Fluoride is a natural mineral that is able to protect teeth against decay. It is not a substitute for cleaning your teeth and eating healthily. It is found in toothpastes, mouth rinses and is added to public water supplies in some areas (not in London). How does Fluoride work? If fluoride is

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    What is it? Keeping your teeth and gums clean, healthy and free from infection. Good oral hygiene will prevent dental decay and periodontal disease and is essential for preserving gums and the bone which keeps your teeth secure in your mouth. If you smoke you are much more likely to get periodontal problems. You are

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    TOOTH (dentine) HYPERSENSITIVITY and EROSION (worn teeth) What is hypersensitivity? It is a short sharp pain arising from exposed dentine (part of the tooth which is in communication with the nerve inside the tooth) in response to stimuli. These could be thermal such as hot or cold drinks, chemical such as sweet or acidic food

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    Your child’s first teeth will begin to erupt at about six months of age. The lower deciduous (baby) incisors (front teeth) erupt first followed by the upper deciduous incisors. These are followed a few months later by the lower, then upper deciduous first molars (back chewing teeth), the deciduous canines (pointed teeth at side of

General Advice

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    What are antibiotics? Medication designed to help the body fight an infection by attacking bacteria. What will NHS Dentist do? You have either come to see us within one of our urgent appointment slots provided for those who fulfil the following definition: If in the opinion of the dentist prompt treatment is necessary because the

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    Dental Amalgam – Information for Patients Under 15 Years Old

    What is dental amalgam? Dental amalgam is the silver coloured material that is commonly used to fill teeth that have decay. Amalgam is a mixture of mercury and other metals in a stable form and makes strong, long-lasting fillings. Dental amalgam fillings have been used to restore decayed teeth for more than 150 years. There

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    Dental Amalgam – Information for Pregnant or Breastfeeding Patients

    Information for Pregnant or Breastfeeding Patients What is dental amalgam? Dental amalgam is the silver coloured material that is commonly used to fill teeth that have decay. Amalgam is a mixture of mercury and other metals in a stable form and makes strong, long-lasting fillings. Dental amalgam fillings have been used to restore decayed teeth

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    At NHS Dentist Earls Court we recognised from the outset that patients are rightly concerned about what goes on “behind the scenes”. Every patient has to be confident when they walk into NHS Dentist Earls Court that the surgery and instruments are spotless. We have always taken great pride in training our staff from their induction and

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    What is it? Mouth cancer is a dangerous abnormal growth that can affect any part of the mouth. What to look for? Mouth cancer can appear as: An, often painless, ulcer that fails to clear up after about two weeks A growth or swelling which has been present for more than about two weeks Sometimes

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    PERIODONTAL ORAL HYGIENE  –  (Incorporating smoking and gum disease) Around 15% of the population have periodontal disease. This means that the supporting structures of the teeth (gums and bones) are slowly being lost through the disease process. These teeth may become loose which means you are at risk of eventually losing your teeth. The main

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    As a practice we sometimes need to refer a patient to a specialist dentist. This can be for surgical (taking a tooth out), endodontics (taking out the nerves in a tooth), periodontics (gum treatment) treatment, amongst other treatments. NHS England have set up a system whereby all referrals must go through their offices and they

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    If you are taking warfarin, we can still perform most dental procedures on you in the practice In the case of a surgical procedure e.g. an extraction we will need to do the following: When you are told by your dentist, please make the appropriate appointment at reception and then arrange an INR appointment 24-48 HOURS