Thinking Of Stopping Smoking In The New Year?

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Here are four very good reasons why you should.

We see a relatively large number of patients at our Purley dental practice whose teeth have been stained by cigarette smoke. For many patients, this is the only harm that they think that smoking does to their teeth, even if they do acknowledge other health risks.

With the New Year coming up, when many people will be making new resolutions, we thought that it might be a good idea to remind you of the very real harm that smoking can do to your teeth and gums.

Stained teeth

As mentioned above, if you smoke, it is almost guaranteed that your teeth will become stained from the tar that sticks to them, often causing them to become yellow. Whilst light smokers might get away with a straightforward teeth whitening procedure, some heavier smokers have to resort to dental veneers to restore the whiteness of their teeth.

Halitosis

The smell of stale cigarette smoke on the breath, and on the clothes for that matter, is deeply unpleasant. Both of these though are nothing in comparison to the halitosis that is caused through smoking where it leads to gum disease (see next item). If you smoke and find that friends are avoiding standing close to you when you talk, you need to see your local Purley dentist as soon as possible.

Gum disease

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Four Reasons Not To Be Afraid Of Your Dental Implant Procedure

Don’t be anxious about this tooth replacement treatment.

The dental implant procedure is, by necessity, an invasive one involving minor surgery. In order to place implants, the dentist has to create a small hole in the bone of the jaw into which the implant is to be placed.

This can sounds quite scary, especially if you are already an anxious patient, but the reality though, is nothing like as uncomfortable as you might expect.

At the Confidental Clinic in Purley, you can be sure that all of our implant dentists are highly skilled and experienced and will take very good care of you. In today’s blog, we look at four reasons why patients from across Surrey should not be concerned when it comes to having dental implants placed at our Purley practice.

Planning and preparation

A dental implant placement requires precision and accuracy, both to ensure that the implant is placed correctly, and to avoid any nerves that may be present in that area. Prior to the procedure, we will take x rays and 3D CT scans to make sure that your implant is placed safely and accurately.

Local anaesthetic

There is no need for a general anaesthetic to have this procedure, and you would need to attend hospital if indeed this was the case. Modern local anaesthetics are excellent and you should feel no major discomfort during the procedure, in fact many patients find that the level of discomfort is no more than with other types of treatment.

Minimal discomfort afterwards

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Getting The Most From ‘Invisible’ Braces

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Maximising the benefits of these popular orthodontics.

It is probably fair to say that orthodontic systems, such as Invisalign, are preferable to traditional braces in many ways. Few people relish the thought of having dental braces that consist of wires and brackets which are used to re-position the teeth. Even with the use of modern materials, these can cause some minor irritation and are still visible, albeit not to the same extent as traditional metal braces of course.

So, given the advantages of Invisalign orthodontics, it is perhaps only natural that these are the first choice for many patients. In today’s blog, our Purley dentists discuss how you can get the very best from this revolutionary teeth straightening method.

Wear them

It should probably go without saying, that to gain the full benefits of these highly discreet trays that fit directly over the teeth, you need to wear them for the time recommended by the dentist at the Confidental Clinic. This is usually around 20 to 22 hours each day. Due to their comfort factor, this is not a major issue for most people once they have initially become accustomed to them.

One of the many benefits of this type of invisible brace is that they are easily removed by the patient when eating meals or when cleaning their teeth. This is highly beneficial as it allows patients to eat normally, and to clean their teeth efficiently without food becoming trapped in the braces. However, this can also create problems for some people who may be tempted to remove them more often.  Whilst removal for short periods of time for an important situation, such as a job interview is acceptable, it can be tempting for some people to leave them out for longer periods of time. The more a patient does this, the longer the treatment time will take to complete. We highly recommend that you do your best to stick to wearing them as your Purley dentist suggests.

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Registering With An NHS Dentist

Essential NHS dentistry is available at our Purley dental practice.

If you are new to the Purley area, or are looking to move from your current dentist, you may have come across our practice and wondered what we can offer?

We pride ourselves on providing an excellent service for all our patients and we offer a wide range of procedures, both general and cosmetic, where required.

We have covered many cosmetic dental procedures in previous blogs, and, in today’s, we take a look at a few of the treatments that our Purley NHS dental patients can expect.

Essential care

NHS dentistry is not designed to make your teeth look great, although we will always do whatever we can to produce the most aesthetic result possible. What it does provide though, is good quality essential dental care that will keep your teeth and gums in good health.

Dental checks

An essential aspect of any good dental care is to have your teeth checked on a regular basis. For most people, this will be every six months. In some circumstances, you may be requested to attend more regularly; diabetics, for example, are more prone to dental problems.

Fillings

A common treatment that most people will be familiar with is the dental filling. If this is done on the NHS, an amalgam filling will be used. These are very strong, but are also very visible, being a dark material. Tooth coloured dental fillings are available, but only if paid for privately.

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Four Point Action Plan For Dental Emergencies

Simple and effective advice from our Purley dental team.

We all hope never to be in a situation where we need a dental appointment in a hurry. Good home care, along with regular visits to the dentist certainly minimises the risk of this happening. Accidents do sometimes happen though, and when they do, the Confidental Clinic team are here to help.

Below, we offer some simple and practical advice on what to do when you need an emergency dental appointment at our Purley practice.

Important first steps

As a priority, if you have suffered facial damage, perhaps through a car accident or a heavy fall, always make sure to have yourself checked at the local A&E. It is important that you rule out any more serious head injuries before you do anything else.

Make an emergency dental appointment

Once you have been given the all clear, or where there is no serious facial trauma, your next step should be to call the Confidental Clinic straight away. The sooner you call us, the more likely it is that we will be able to find an appointment for you the same day. Delaying your phone call, even for a short while, may result in an appointment being filled by someone else. We will also offer advice on how to look after your problem until your appointment, where appropriate.

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Four Reasons Why Invisalign Braces Are So Popular

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‘Invisible’ braces offering Purley patients discreet, comfortable teeth straightening.

Choosing to have your teeth straightened often means a commitment to wearing dental braces for a significant period of time and this is particularly the case where teeth are significantly out of alignment. It is important that teeth are not put under excessive pressure to re-position them, and this means that a gentle pressure needs to be exerted over a longer period of time, very often for more than a year.

This is one of the main reasons why people sometimes choose to leave their teeth crooked, rather than wear braces for a long time.  In many cases though, when people think of dental braces, they tend to think of the old fashioned metal ones, and are probably unaware of the wide range of modern cosmetic dental braces which now exist. One of the most popular of these being the Invisalign orthodontic system.

In today’s blog, we look at why patients who are looking to have their teeth straightened should consider using the Invisalign system offered by our Purley cosmetic dentists.

Highly discreet

As you may have guessed from the name, Invisalign orthodontics are designed to be as discreet as possible. Instead of using brackets and wires, as traditional dental braces do, Invisalign uses a series of transparent medical grade plastic trays which are worn directly over the teeth. These are produced from impressions of your teeth and each tray is designed to be worn for two or three weeks before being replaced with the next in the series. Each tray eases your teeth just a little more towards their desired position until they are straight and even.

Comfortable

Although you may find the feel of your new braces a little unusual at first, you will soon become accustomed to them. The vast majority of patients at the Confidental Clinic who have worn them, have noted how they soon got used to them and how easy it was to go about their normal lives.

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Do You Want To Have Nicer Smelling Breath?

Chronic breath conditions can be caused by oral health problems.

Most of the time, we probably think very little about how our breath smells. Providing that people don’t run away from us when we speak to them, the chances are that it doesn’t smell too bad. For some people though, having bad breath is a major concern and not very pleasant for those around them too. It can also destroy confidence and reduce social interaction.

Whilst some bad breath can be caused by the food and drink we consume, garlic being an obvious example; this type of bad breath tends to be transient and soon goes providing that we don’t consume it on a daily basis.

Halitosis

Persistent foul smelling breath is called halitosis and is very noticeable. If you have ever spoken to anyone who has this problem, the chances are that you have taken a sudden step backwards to avoid the smell. It can also be confusing for the person who has the bad breath. In most cases they probably shower regularly, wear clean clothes and generally look after themselves. The problem is that few people will tell you if you have bad breath and you may not notice it yourself.

What causes bad breath?

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5 Types Of Dental Fillings

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Your local dentist in Purley explains the uses of different types of filling material.

Having a tooth filled is one of the most common dental procedures, and one that many of our Purley patients will have experienced. Whilst these are usually a routine procedure, there are a number of different types of filling available.

In today’s blog, we take a look at the types and uses for some of the more common dental fillings that are available at the Confidental Clinic.

Amalgam

This is the most common type of dental filling, and is the one that our Purley NHS dental patients will be most familiar with. It can be used both for small and quite large fillings and is the strongest filling material available. The downside of amalgam fillings is the fact that, due to being made from metal compounds, they are a dark colour and therefore highly visible.

Tooth coloured fillings

Tooth coloured fillings are available privately at the Confidental Clinic.  Whilst once considered inferior in strength to amalgam, improvements have made them suitable for all but the largest fillings on the rear teeth. As the name indicates, these can be produced to match the colour of the natural tooth, rendering them next to invisible once the tooth has been filled.

Inlays and onlays

Whilst not strictly a filling, these can be used for larger cavities, especially on the rear teeth where a cosmetic solution is required that is also strong. These are made from impressions that are taken of the cavity and the inlay or onlay will then be produced at a dental laboratory and fitted to the prepared tooth on its return.

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Choosing The Right Teeth Braces

Our Purley dentist looks at differences between the various types of orthodontics.

The array of orthodontic systems available to straighten teeth can be overwhelming. At the Confidental Clinic in Purley, we have available, amongst others, Invisalign, Damon Braces, Lingual Braces and Inman Aligner. Each of these have specific roles to play and may be used for different situations.

In today’s blog, we take a brief look at each of the four types above to indicate the specific benefits and situations in which each might be used, following a thorough examination by our dentist.

Invisalign

Invisalign braces are an excellent and popular choice where appropriate. Avoiding the use of wires and brackets altogether, Invisalign braces are actually a series of custom transparent trays that fit over the teeth, gradually returning the teeth to their correct position.

Ideal for –  Generally crooked teeth, including the rear and side teeth

Advantages – Comfortable, almost invisible, convenient

Disadvantages – Relatively long treatment period in some cases

Damon Braces

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Dental Care For Young Children in Purley

Why starting good dental care from an early age is so important.

A question that we hear quite frequently at the Confidental Clinic is all about when parents should first take their child to see a dentist. There is no firm and fixed answer to this question, but we tend to agree with the guidelines of bringing them at around one year old. This early age may raise a few eyebrows, but the argument for doing so is logical. The feeling is that bringing children at this early age will allow them to become accustomed to the dental clinic environment with all of its smells, sounds and sights.

Young babies will easily adapt to new environments, whereas, a child who is a little older may be aware that the family dentist is not always a fun place to be and may also have heard some misguided ‘horror stories’ from other children. This can make encouraging a child to go to the dentist much more difficult and could, potentially, lead to long term oral health problems over time.

Babies

From a very young age, parents should clean a baby’s gums with a dampened, clean piece of material. This will help to keep their gums healthy and free from small pieces of food. You can continue this method when the baby teeth start to show, until such a time that a soft toothbrush can be introduced. Our child friendly dentists are always happy to see very young patients, and it is very rare, at around one year old, that there will need to be any dental issues of much concern. We may advise parents how to improve the way they clean their child’s teeth, but the chances of the need for any treatment is very minimal indeed.

Very young children

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