May 11th, 2012
Teeth can be lost or broken just by biting into our favourite hard snack, after which we are left holding our mouth in despair! It is a well known fact that a lot of us will have missing teeth during childhood and adult life no matter what the reason. Whilst some of us go to the dentist to get this looked at, others bury their heads in the sand and try and forget those missing teeth hoping that the problem will just go away.
Why replace missing teeth?
However, if you don’t replace missing teeth the problem will affect the health of your mouth and your dental hygiene. A missing tooth affects how you bite, which adds strain to the rest of your teeth. Big gaps in your mouth also mean that any foods you eat will become trapped, which then breeds bacteria that cause gum disease.
There are also other problems that missing teeth can cause, such as ageing the look of your face, distorting the shape of your jaw and mouth, changing how you smile and also affecting how you speak.
What solutions are there?
One solution to tooth loss is a dental bridge, which can replace missing teeth using the remaining healthy teeth to support the new teeth for patients from Hanwell. The teeth on either side are crowned for full, long lasting support, with a pontic holding the replacement teeth sitting in between.
Another solution is dental implants. Cylinder shaped titanium rods are placed into the jaw, to provide a strong, stable foundation for a replacement tooth. Implants are also a great solution if you have dentures, as they keep them in place and prevent the sore gums and bone degeneration that loose dentures can often cause.
Dentures are removable and are created to look like your natural teeth using the latest dental technology. Dentures can also treat teeth that try to move because of the gap the missing tooth has created.
June 24th, 2011
The team at Sparkle would like to present to you some of our recent cases where we have given our patients brighter, straighter and healthier smiles. Nothing makes us happier than to see our patients flashing their new smiles and walk taller with their new-found confidence. Below are a few of our latest success stories:
This week’s Sparkling Smiles
This lovely patient was full of anticipation for his wedding but self-conscious about his smile. We fitted four veneers, just in time for his big day and now he can smile with pride for his wedding photos.
We created a beautiful smile with a two-unit bridge and composite fillings. In the words of the patient: “This is the best thing I have spent my money on… apart from my wedding.”
Tags: Cosmetic dentistry
, Crooked teeth
, dental bridges
, Porcelain veneers
, Smile makeovers
, Sparkle Dental Boutique
, Sunita Verma
, teeth whitening
, White smile
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February 28th, 2011
Dental bridges can be used to replace one or more missing teeth, not just for cosmetic reasons, but to improve your oral health too.
Not many people would be happy to carry on with an ugly gap in their smile after losing a tooth or teeth, which is where dental bridges come in. Bridges are false teeth which are anchored onto the teeth either side of the gap to hold them in place. The false teeth themselves can be made of pretty much anything – no doubt you’ve seen rappers with their gold or diamond false teeth? Most commonly, us non-celebrities will have our false teeth made of porcelain to match the shade of our remaining natural teeth.
Replacing missing teeth isn’t just a cosmetic consideration, though being able to smile without worrying about ugly gaps is an important reason for the procedure. On a more serious note, gaps in your teeth, whether caused by tooth decay or an accident, can affect your speech, the likelihood of developing gum disease and even the shape of your face. The gap can cause the teeth on either side to “lean” into the empty space which will actually alter the shape of your jaw and mouth area. Gum disease is more common in people with untreated gaps as more food and plaque can gather in the space between the healthy teeth, causing a build-up in the bacteria that causes gingivitis. All in all, good reasons to have dental bridges put in place are to stop the gap causing you oral health problems in the future.
Fitting the bridge itself takes at least two appointments; the first to take measurements and to check what shade of white the new tooth should be, while the bridge is actually fitted during the second visit. You may need to return for more appointments if the bridge is uncomfortable or too loose, so that adjustments can be made, but once fitted you can expect your dental bridge to stay in place for 10-15 years.
You have to maintain a very strict standard of oral hygiene when you have a dental bridge, as there is more chance of food or plaque becoming lodged in some of the areas around where the false tooth has been fitted. Make sure you brush and use mouthwash every day, carefully brushing around the bridge area. You can even buy special dental floss that can loop underneath the fixed part of your dental bridge to remove any plaque that is hidden away in the areas where your toothbrush cannot reach.
Sparkle Dental are here to add a little ‘sparkle’ to your smile
If you are concerned about a gap in your teeth or would just like more information about dental bridges, then you can speak to your local dentist in Acton.
May 24th, 2010
“I got a new bridge two months ago at another practice. Two weeks after the bridge was fitted, I cleaned under the bridge using superfloss. There was a horrible smell. I have been cleaning the area three times a day, but it remains the same. What can I do?”
Dr Sunita Verma in Brentford says:
Firstly, I think it would be a good idea to have your bridge checked to ensure that the bridge is fitting well. When a bridge is first fitted, you need to get into a good oral hygiene routine straight away.
At Sparkle Dental Boutique, I routinely encourage my patients to see our hygienist, particularly if they have had restorations fitted including a bridge, crown or porcelain veneers.
After eating and before you go to bed, you need to brush your teeth and gums with a soft brush, especially where the bridge meets the gum line (margin). At the margin, harmful bacteria can gather to cause tooth decay and gum disease. You also need to floss at least once a day using superfloss. This will help to remove plaque under and around these areas to maintain good oral hygiene. With a bridge you must clean under as well as around the bridge to prevent food debris and plaque gathering and the area becoming infected.
My advice would be for you to see a dentist so that they can check your bridge and also check whether you have an infection under the bridge. I would also advise you to see a hygienist for professional cleaning so that any build up around your bridge and teeth can be removed. The hygienist can also show you you how to look after your bridge and maintain good oral health.
April 19th, 2010
Modern cosmetic restorations like dental implants, crowns and bridges in Chiswick look and feel just like your own natural teeth. All result in improved appearance and good oral hygiene. How?
Crowns preserve compromised teeth and combined with bridges, they prevent teeth from drifting. Implants also prevent drifting and they preserve bone tissue. All three procedures are directly responsible for improved self confidence…which will of course keep you smiling!
A bridge is a combination of crowns and artificial restorations that close a gap left by a missing tooth (or teeth) restoring your smile and redistributing the workload. Placing a crown on a high risk tooth as early preventive treatment, saves time and money and maybe even your tooth!
- If you are in good general and oral health, you may be an excellent candidate for dental implants – no matter what your age.
April 15th, 2009
The Vita EasyShade Compact
Have you ever wondered how at Sparkle Dental Boutique, Hounslow we manage to get the shade of your new crown, veneer or bridge just right?
Dr Sunita Verma, Principal of Sparkle Dental Boutique says “In order to get a perfect result, we do go as far as sending some of our patients to the laboratory to see our Master Ceramist so that the shade of their crown, veneer or bridge can exactly match the colour of the rest of their teeth. This matching ensures the most natural result!“
“Within the practice however, we now use a new piece of equipment called a Vita Easyshade Compact, which provides accurate and reliable results time and time again, at a click of a button. It even measures shades that are usually difficult to place.”
“The tooth shade is displayed in just a few seconds ensuring perfect results each time. This gadget certainly resolves issues that we face in the treatment rooms of variations in illumination and daylight which sometimes sees the shade of a tooth change within one appointment!”
“With the introduction of the Easyshade colour matching instrument, shade matching is simple, predictable and quick and my patients love it!”
October 20th, 2008
Did you know that James Bond star Daniel Craig lost two teeth whilst making Casino Royale?
So what can you do if you happen to lose a tooth?
Dr Sunita Verma from Sparkle Dental Boutique, Brentford says `Missing teeth are sometimes unsightly and can also affect your appearance. Gaps left by a missing tooth can also mean that a greater strain is put on the teeth at either side. Gaps can also affect your “bite” as the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes both decay and gum disease.”
If you have a missing tooth or several missing teeth, there are many ways in which the gaps can be closed to give you a beautiful, healthy smile:
October 3rd, 2008
Wearing the crown jewels may not be a possibility for most of us, but make no mistake wearing a porcelain crown will not only rejuvenate your smile but will make your feel like a queen!
Crowns have always been used to restore teeth that have been severely damaged or weakened by trauma, root canal treatment or large fillings. They are also used to support bridges which are used to close gaps and can be attached to implants to rebuild and enhance your smile.
Crowns are now often used to enhance protect and strengthen teeth and improve the looks of your smile.
Dr Sunita Verma from Sparkle Dental Boutique, Hanwell says “Crowns have come a long way from the all metal restorations, which are often made of gold. They are strong, long lasting but unsightly at times. Porcelain fused metal crowns create a more natural look than all metal crowns and though the metal limits translucency, it adds strength, which is particularly useful at the back of the mouth.”
“The all ceramic or all porcelain crowns look the closest to natural teeth enamel and do not have the tell tale dark metal margins at the gumline as sometimes occurs with porcelain fused to metal crowns. These crowns are strong, long lasting and youthful looking. In fact, we use all porcelain crowns for a lot of our smile design or smile transformation cases to give patients beautiful smiles.”
Today, replacing outdated crowns is a way to take years off your age and appearance!