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All About Dental Implants

Here at Yew Tree Dental and Implant Centre we specialise in dental implants… if you hadn’t guessed that already!

That’s because your smile is important. A cheesy grin in a photo, a knowing smirk between a couple, beaming at a loved one – these are all special moments. Research has also found that smiling can improve your mental wellbeing. Yes, the mere act of showing your teeth can actually cheer you up!

Unfortunately, those of us who have missing or damaged teeth may choose to suppress our smiles.

We are here to stop this from happening. Dental implants can be the perfect solution to a less-than-ideal smile, and will have you rivalling the Cheshire Cat in no time.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are designed to replace the roots/root of your teeth/tooth. This allows for new fixed, or removable, replacement teeth to be fitted.

The implant itself is a titanium screw that is inserted into the jawbone. This procedure is performed under local anesthetic and can take as little as 30 minutes for a single tooth. If multiple implants are being fitted, this will take longer.

Once fitted, the implant must fully heal before a crown or denture is attached. The healing process takes between six weeks and six months. Being fully healed means that the jawbone has fused around the implant, ensuring perfect stability.

Do I Need Dental Implants?

If you have any missing or damaged teeth you may benefit from dental implants. They can improve your smile and your self-confidence.

However, in order to get dental implants your jaw must be fully developed, meaning that they are not appropriate for those under the age of 18. Furthermore, before undergoing dental implants, your general oral health will be assessed. Making sure that we start the procedure from this point means that the insertion and healing process will go smoothly.

Do Dental Implants Hurt?

Dental implants are fitted under a local anesthetic, so you will not experience pain throughout the procedure.

However, whilst the healing process is getting underway you may be subject to some discomfort. This should be reasonably minimal and can be assuaged by using over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.

Book Your Appointment

If you feel that you could benefit from dental implants, simply schedule an appointment at Yew Tree Dental Care on our website today.

Alternatively, you can call us on 01753 522 500 or email us at [email protected] with any questions.

Mouthwash And Your Oral Care Routine

Mouthwash And Your Oral Care Routine

When considering your oral health it is very important to remember that prevention is far better than intervention.

By this we mean that avoiding oral health problems (prevention), is likely to be much easier than having to undergo treatment for an issue (intervention).

The majority of us are aware that in order to do this we need to be brushing our teeth twice per day, and flossing once a day.

However, some people are unsure where mouthwash should fit into their oral care routine.

Read on to find out more…

Should I Use Mouthwash?

As with a lot of things, this is a question that cannot be answered with a simple yes or no. However, providing that you stick to the above advice to maintain your oral health, mouthwash will not be a necessity.

Mouthwash: The Pros

Doctor Schwartz DDS suggests that mouthwash can be helpful in three ways:

Reducing the amount of acid in the mouth – Exposure to acid can cause the surface of your teeth to erode, this is referred to as dental erosion.
Cleaning hard-to-brush places – Some areas may be harder to clean than others, especially around the gums. Children may struggle to clean their teeth efficiently, and can use mouthwash with the addition of some water.
Remineralising teeth – This is a process that repairs lost enamel. Whilst teeth cannot be ‘rebuilt’ by practising good dental hygiene, remineralisation can be beneficial.

Dry mouth – Further to Doctor Schwartz’s suggestions, mouthwash may also be an effective way to deal with persistent dry mouth, which may occur due to different types of medication. However, if you are using mouthwash for this purpose it is important to find one that is alcohol free, as the alcohol may contribute to dry mouth and possibly lead to sores.

Mouthwash: The Cons

Ineffectual – Whilst many brands of mouthwash claim to provide you with fresher breath or whiter teeth, in actuality if a mouthwash does not contain fluoride it will be of little, or possibly no, benefit to your oral health.

Staining And Irritation – Cetylpyridinium chloride is an ingredient found in a number of mouthwashes that may stain your teeth, or cause irritation.

Antibacterial mouthwashes often contain chlorhexidine. Although this may be helpful for short-term use following some dental procedures, such as tooth extraction, or to reduce gum inflammation, long-term use is not advised as this can result in teeth staining.

Tooth Decay – Perhaps counterintuitively, some mouthwashes may actually lead to tooth decay. Acidic stabilising agents are commonly found in mouthwashes, as they extend shelf-life, however these ingredients have also been shown to erode tooth enamel and increase the risk of decay. Furthermore, many mouthwashes remove the ‘good bacteria’ found in the mouth, weakening your oral microbiome and leading to future problems.

Bad Breath

Many individuals who struggle with bad breath choose to use mouthwash frequently as a way to manage the problem. Unfortunately, this may be simply treating the symptom whilst ignoring a possible underlying issue.

If you find yourself concerned about bad breath, book in with us today.

Get Booked In

To schedule an appointment at Yew Tree Dental Care, simply head over to our website.

Alternatively, you can call us on 01753 522 500 or email us at [email protected].

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Tackling Toothache

Visiting the dentist isn’t a pleasant experience for everyone, and we know some people have anxieties and worries about dental and medical treatments at the best of times, let alone with everything going on with coronavirus. However, there are times when you need to be aware of what’s going on in your mouth – sometimes biting your tongue to get through the pain just isn’t going to cut it!

Toothache is extremely common, with most of us having suffered with it in some form or another at some point in our lives. Often, the pain is only small and temporary and can sometimes reveal itself after you’ve eaten something too hot or too cold! Yet, in certain situations, the pain can be unbearable – it is times such as these when visiting or contacting your emergency dentist at Yew Tree Dental is advised.

What Causes Toothache?

Toothache can be caused by numerous different things, ranging from ulcers or receding gums to an infected dental pulp. Normally, toothache won’t go away on its own, and if it does, it often comes back in a much more severe way. The longer you leave or tolerate toothache, the worse it is going to get – so seeking help sooner rather than later is something we advise!

One of the most common causes of toothache is tooth decay which occurs as a result of the bacteria that builds up in your mouth. This bacteria loves the food that you love – moulding with the sugars and starches to create a layer of plaque! Plaque is a sticky film which will erode the enamel on your teeth over time, eventually resulting in toothache!

Additional reasons for toothache include:

Bacterial infections
Jaw alignment issues
Sinus problems
Abscesses
Cavities
Broken fillings
Cracked or fractured teeth
Ulcers

When To Visit a Dentist

Toothache is often a sign of a bigger problem that can negatively affect your oral health, and in some instances, your health in general! That is why it’s best to see your dentist as soon as the problem arises – the longer you leave it, the more serious the problem is likely to become.

We recommend that you see a dentist if you have oral pain that lasts for more than two days or doesn’t go away after you have taken painkillers. Having a high temperature and pain when you bite are often signifiers that you should probably visit a dentist as well!

If you have made an appointment but are struggling to ease your pain whilst you wait, then we would recommend taking household painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol. If this doesn’t work then you can also try rinsing your mouth with salt water. Try and avoid sweet foods and those that are very hot or cold as they can make the pain worse!

Visit Us At Yew Tree Dental

Yew Tree Dental is an award-winning, family-run dental and implant centre that has been running since the 1960s. In that time we are proud to have had generations of satisfied patients and customers visit us, and we look forward to helping many more long into the future.

If you would like to book an appointment or want to seek advice from a dental expert, you can contact us on 01753 522500. Alternatively, you can email us at [email protected]

If you are experiencing difficulties with your teeth, please call us immediately so we can make you an emergency appointment.

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