Recovering From A Tooth Extraction

Some helpful aftercare advice from your local Purley dentist.

Although recovering from a tooth extraction may not be in the same league as following a major operation, it can, to some degree, cause a level of stress for some patients. In addition to this, there are necessary steps that should be taken to ensure that the healing process is trouble free.

In today’s blog, a dentist from the Confidental Clinic offers their advice on how to make your recovery as speedy and trouble free as possible.

Be kind to yourself

Although not essential; if you can, we would advise that you attend your extraction appointment with somebody who can take you home afterwards. This is not as important as if you have had sedation, but can make the journey home less stressful. Driving, or travelling on public transport with a numb mouth isn’t the most pleasant experience. When you get home, be nice to yourself and allow a few hours to rest. Perhaps indulge yourself in your guilty TV pleasure and take some time to allow your body to start to heal itself without the hassle of everyday life.

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Turn Back Time With A Full Makeover At Our Purley Practice!

Extensive improvements to an ageing appearance can be yours at the Confidental Clinic.

The phrase ‘growing old gracefully’ used to apply to people accepting their age and all the physical changes that came with it. These days though, it does not have to mean that, and there are a number of treatments that can be used to provide patients with a younger appearance.

We all reach that ‘certain age’ when we take a look in the mirror and recall when our teeth looked great and the only wrinkles that appeared were when we smiled. The good news is that we are able to help you to reverse the appearance of some of these changes and enjoy a younger looking appearance once more.

Full consultation

The best way to approach this makeover is to have a full consultation with our cosmetic dentists who will be able to assess what improvements can be made, and put an action plan into place. You may also wish to see our facial aesthetics team, but more of that later. Our experienced dental team will consult with you about what you want to achieve and offer suggestions as to the best way to do this. At no time will you be pressured into receiving any treatment that you don’t wish to have done; we will advise you and the final decisions is always yours. We will also discuss the cost and suggest the best dental finance plan for you, should you wish to take up this option.

Dental treatments

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Gents – Have You Considered What Cosmetic Dentistry Can Do For You?

The number of men seeking cosmetic treatments continues to grow.

The times are changing at a rapid pace, and attitudes change with it. It is not that long ago when the idea of a man receiving cosmetic dental treatment would have seemed ludicrous, perhaps with the exception of famous film stars.

Increasingly though, men are seeking out ways to improve their appearance in the same way that women have done for some time.

Our fathers may have grown old with wrinkled skin and possibly missing teeth, but that does not mean that you have to. At the Confidental Clinic in Purley, we have a wide selection of cosmetic procedures that are equally ideal for men as they are for women.

Teeth whitening

Whether you are male or female, your teeth with gradually darken as you get older. This is unavoidable and the only way to reverse this successfully is to have them whitened. Although there are toothpastes advertised on TV that claim to do this, the reality is that any improvements using this method are likely to be minimal and only a professional teeth whitening procedure is likely to result in a degree of whiteness that you will be happy with.

Dental veneers

If your teeth are heavily stained, perhaps through years of smoking, a teeth whitening procedure may still not be sufficient to restore the colour of your teeth. Dental veneers can be used when teeth are too badly stained for a whitening procedure. In addition to this, minor chips and cracks will no longer be visible once your veneers have been expertly fitted at our Purley dental practice.

Dental implants

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Dental Veneers For A Great Looking Smile

This cosmetic dental procedure offers a fast way to really improve your smile!

Most of us would probably like to improve the appearance of our teeth, in one way or another.

Sometimes this can be done quite simply by using a teeth whitening procedure, for example, but equally, more complex dental treatment might be needed such as the use of dental implants to replace any teeth that are missing.

One flexible treatment which can correct a number of problems are dental veneers and these offer a fantastic way to address some of the issues which can detract from a patient’s smile.

Whiter teeth

The most obvious use for dental veneers is to provide a patient with a whiter nicer looking smile. Whilst a teeth whitening procedure can also do this, it may not be entirely successful if the patient’s teeth are very badly stained, such as might be the case with a heavy smoker. With dental veneers, even a lifetime of heavy smoking can be overcome aesthetically by attaching dental veneers to the front surface of a previously prepared tooth.

Whilst the dental veneer procedure is a little more invasive than a teeth whitening procedure, it is also more permanent. A teeth whitening procedure will improve the whiteness of a patient’s teeth for several months but then will need re-whitening if you wish to maintain the colour. Dental veneers, on the other hand, should last for approximately ten years and are highly resistant to staining, so maintaining the whiteness for a relatively long time.

Cracked and worn teeth

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Dental Implant Preparation

Treating bone loss and periodontal problems prior to an implant procedure.

Most patients who wish to have dental implants placed are usually able to do so without the need for any prior procedure.

Healthy gums and little or no bone loss should mean that implants can be placed in the regular manner and should be healthy, strong and stable.

This may not be the case for every patient though, and, in some cases, patients may need prior treatment to restore their gums to health and provide sufficient bone for the implant to be placed into.

Bone loss

Bone loss can occur for a number of reasons. This can include external factors such as the side effect of medication. More often though, bone loss in the jaw is due to general ageing, periodontitis (advanced gum disease) or where a tooth has been missing for some time, allowing the bone to reduce in this area. Placing a dental implant into an area where there is insufficient bone structure would be asking for trouble, and the likelihood is that the implant would fail; a result that is both undesirable and unnecessary.

At the Confidental Clinic in Purley, we offer bone grafts and sinus lifts that enable us to restore the bone structure in the area, to a level where an implant placement should be successful. These procedures do add a little extra time to your treatment, but this is essential if you want your implants to be both long lasting and secure.

Bone grafts

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Healthy Teeth And Dental Braces

Invisalign braces

Problems and solutions when you need your teeth straightening in Purley.

One of the main concerns that people have when seeking to have their teeth straightened is that of the high visibility of dental braces. This is an understandable concern and can have an impact on a person’s social life and confidence in some cases.

There is a less well known problem though, in that traditional dental braces do make it more difficult to keep your teeth clean, and there is an increased risk of gum disease and dental decay if you fail to do so.

At the Confidental Clinic in Purley, we offer patients an alternative method of straightening teeth which deals with both of these issues, in the form of Invisalign braces.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic system which completely abandons the traditional method of straightening teeth. Gone are the wires and brackets of traditional braces which are used to exert pressure on the teeth. Instead, these are replaced by a series of medical grade transparent plastic trays which sit directly over your natural teeth. This method puts only gentle pressure on the teeth, making it a safe and comfortable way to achieve a straighter smile in a virtually invisible manner.

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A Checklist For Healthy Gums

Having healthy gums is not difficult if you follow a few simple rules.

Whilst most of us focus on having healthy teeth, our gums are also important and need to be looked after well. This is not difficult to do and the rewards are well worth the few extra minutes it takes each day. Failure to look after our gums can cause bad breath, discomfort and eventually even tooth loss.

The groundwork for healthy gums can be done by the patient, with the addition of professional dental supervision to keep them in tip top condition.

Brushing

The most basic part of oral health care is to brush your teeth. Whilst doing so, you should also remember to brush your gums and how you do this is important. Making sure that your toothbrush is no more than three months old, you should angle the bristles slightly downwards so that they reach into the gum line. This will help to remove food and bacteria that has become trapped there. There is no need to brush too hard, and doing so may well cause damage to the enamel on your teeth and gum recession.

Flossing

The use of dental floss or other inter dental cleaning method is key to having healthy gums. Much dental decay and gum disease starts in the difficult to reach areas between the teeth, but if you use floss correctly, this will help to prevent this quite effectively. If you find flossing difficult to do, please don’t give up. Our friendly dental hygienist is available for appointments to offer help and advice about your oral health and will be happy to show you how to use floss or other inter dental cleaning device.

Professional care

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NHS Dental Checkups In Purley

The cornerstone of affordable oral health care.

Ideally, no-one should go without having their teeth checked at least twice a year. This preventative measure should ensure that your mouth remains healthy, with any necessary treatment being kept to a minimum.

At the Confidental Clinic in Purley, we offer NHS dental care so that patients in the area are able to have their oral health checked at an affordable price. With so many more serious illnesses now being linked to oral health issues, these check ups could save more than your teeth!

The check up

Most people will have regular check ups and have probably heard the dentist using shorthand to record the condition of your mouth. These are important for monitoring changes in your mouth and include:

Teeth – The dentist will examine your teeth for signs of wear which may make the tooth more vulnerable to decay. The type of bite you have will also be recorded and monitored for any significant change. Dental decay, or caries, will also be looked for and, where found, you will be requested to make an appointment to have the tooth filled.

Gums – The health of your gums is incredibly important as periodontitis can result in tooth loss. The dentist will look for potential signs of gum disease, such as bleeding or sore gums. If you do not already see the hygienist, we may suggest that you do so. In fact, whether you have gum disease or not, this is an excellent way of making sure that your mouth is in the best of health.

Oral cancer – Given the fact that a dentist is in an excellent position to examine your mouth on a regular basis, they increasingly play a front line role in detecting signs that could potentially be cancerous. These may include redness, lumps or sores of the soft tissues in the mouth. Whilst these may be caused by other things, we may suggest that you visit your GP to have them checked by an expert. Please remember that we do not diagnose cancer but may refer you to your GP as a precautionary measure.

Healthy and attractive teeth

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Dealing With A Dental Emergency in Purley

Useful advice for patients – what to do, and what not to do.

With good ongoing oral health care, including, brushing, flossing and regular visits to the Confidental Clinic in Purley, it is hoped that you should never have the need to make an emergency appointment.

Unfortunately though, dental emergencies can happen to any of us and may be out of our control if caused by a fall or accident, for example.

In the case of any sudden damage to a tooth, or a toothache, we recommend that you call us for an emergency dental appointment as soon as you can. The earlier you call, the more likely it is that we will be able to see you the same day.

Below, we offer some useful advice about what to do, and not to do, should a dental emergency arise.

Severe toothache

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Dental Implants – How Patients Can Help Ensure Successful Treatment

Creating the best conditions for successful implant integration.

Dental implants are not only considered by many to be the ‘gold standard’ of teeth replacement methods, but also have an extremely high success rate, with failures being quite rare.

Providing that you have your implants placed by a reliable dentist such as those in the team at our Purley dental practice, rather than risking cheaper implants abroad, the risk of failure is small.

Where implants can fail, providing that they have been placed correctly in the first place; it is often a failure on behalf of the patient to follow professional advice on how to look after them, especially in the early stages where the implant is still bonding with the bone in the jaw.

All patients having dental implants at the Confidental Clinic will be given full instructions on their aftercare and do need some discipline to adhere to them to help ensure success. Below, we offer some essential advice for those with new dental implants or those considering them.

Pre procedure

Your dentist will scan and x-ray your teeth to make sure that you are a suitable candidate for dental implant placement. Providing that you are healthy and have sufficient jaw bone density to place the implant, your procedure can go ahead.

Before it does though, there are a few things which you, as the patient, can do to be in the best condition possible, ready for the procedure.

  1. Stop smoking and reduce your alcohol intake. Both of these habits can have a significant negative impact on your oral health. They both increase the risk of gum disease which can weaken the bone as well as peri-implantitis which is a threat to the implant, once placed. Healing times are also increased for smokers which can create problems for the new implant.
  2. Get fitter – You don’t have to join a gym or do strenuous exercise, but, if you have a sedentary lifestyle, more exercise such as walking will help the circulation, including in the area of the surgery which will help it to heal faster.

Post procedure

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