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Bleeding gums – your oral health could be a risk!

Bleeding gums are often mistakenly considered to be a minor problem caused by over-brushing.  However, this can often be the start of something more serious; the onset of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a common yet serious problem that affects many of us. If left untreated, periodontal disease can destroy healthy gum tissue leading  to receding gums, infection, halitosis, open spaces between teeth and bone loss around the roots leading to tooth loosening and eventual tooth loss.

Moreover, research has shown that gum disease is linked to serious health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease and diabetes. A recent study lead by epidemiologist Moise Desvarieux, MD, PhD, found that people with increased levels of certain types of bacteria in the mouth were more likely to have develop clogging of the carotid artery in the neck. This can directly lead to strokes and heart attacks. And, as we know, clogging of arteries can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

There are several causes of bleeding gums including poor aural hygiene, badly fitting crowns and stress and hypertension. As such, it is useful to identify the causes before treatment so as to control them and to avoid future recurrences. At Advanced Dentistry your story is important to us and as such we will always listen to what you think might be the causes of your dental problems. That way we can establish direct links between lifestyle and dental health.

So what can be  done about treating the early stages of this potentially lethal disease? Periodontal disease is something that is best to prevent rather than cure. However, the early stages of gum disease can be halted so as to avoid them progressing to more advanced forms of the disease. Therefore, it important to catch the symptoms early and seek advice from us as soon as possible. Here at Advanced Dentistry we consider that there is always a solution and are more than happy to talk you through the full range of options that are available to you. Treatment for the early stages of periodontal disease involves scaling and curettage – or the scraping and scooping around the edge of the tooth. In more advanced cases small surgical procedures such as gingivectomy, which involves removing diseased gum tissue or alternatively, flap procedure to clean the root and surrounding bone damage.

As you can see, treatments for periodontal disease as wide-ranging and relative how advanced the problem is. However, we will always try to find the simplest solution. So don’t worry, give us a call today and have an initial consultation from a caring professional.

Aesthetic Dentistry or Cosmetic Dentistry…What’s the difference?

When it comes to the question of cosmetic dentistry many people get confused.  They perhaps see this as the only name for what is a highly skilled service to improve your teeth.  Be it the way that you smile or the fixing of serious problems.

At Advanced Dentistry we actually prefer to use the term aesthetic dentistry as true skill lies in fixing what the eye can see and by fixing what is underneath for an overall better result.

In today’s blog, we cover the principle similarities and differences between these two terms with one aim – to help you understand and hopefully to help you evaluate what you might need for your own oral health and your perfect smile.

Aesthetic dentistry is essentially where science and artistic principles are combined to provide great dentistry for people.  Therefore, while it is about improving the way your teeth look, it’s also about improving your oral health.  It actually embraces all kinds of dental treatments and has one aim…to ensure you get the very best outcome in terms of functionality, aesthetics and of course oral health.

Here at Advanced Dentistry, aesthetic dentistry is essentially about your individual treatment, whatever that may be.  We want to look for any dental problems and find a solution that will eradicate those problems, whilst also making sure you gain confidence from having a great smile and natural appearance.

Cosmetic dentistry is as the name suggests more about sorting out the visual aspects of teeth. Treatments can include things like veneers and crowns.   Solutions can also help fix things like crooked or discoloured teeth and in extreme cases disease, but it could be argued that some places where you can get treatment are not so concerned about what’s underneath those ‘veneers’.

Truly skilled dentistry will give you both health and cosmetic benefits – another reason why we tend to use the term aesthetic dentistry.  While you can have cosmetic dental treatments, it is always best to make sure that your actual oral health can sustain those cosmetic treatments.  In some cases, people themselves search for treatments of a purely cosmetic nature, only to find that work has failed very quickly and in some cases, has made an issue worse than it was before.

Getting a great smile is something that patients find gives them extra confidence, but equally that confidence is also built on strong oral health.  This means ensuring you gain continued health over time, as well as a great smile.

Here at Advanced Dentistry we pride ourselves in offering a full range of treatments that are designed to make you feel great both aesthetically and cosmetically.  All treatments are customised to fit your personal needs whatever they may be.  Advice is offered by a highly skilled team who will talk you through any advantages or disadvantages of one treatment or another.

So whatever dental treatments you are seeking out, don’t worry about the difference between the cosmetic and the aesthetic but do contact us for a free consultation to help you get the facts you need to achieve a great smile.

Bridging the gap between failure and success

If at any point in your life you have had to have bridgework undertaken you may well already be aware that it can need repair or might even need to be replaced.  This is particularly true if you have had it done and then not really had it maintained.

The key to good bridgework is ensuring it is consistently maintained as this will ensure you get long-term service from it, rather than seeing it as a permanent fix, with little or no maintenance required.

In today’s blog, Advanced Dentistry takes a look at why your bridgework can fail and what kinds of treatments are available to repair it or maintain it.

Why does bridgework fail?

One factor in failing bridgework is usually decay or leakage under the crowns on supporting teeth.  It can also fail where there is a fracture of the ‘abutment’ teeth.  If this is the reason your own bridgework has failed then if the teeth are still maintainable, then it is possible that new bridgework can be made, which will fix any issues.  If however the teeth are not in a condition that allows new bridgework, then you may need to consider dental implant supported crowns or bridges, which can be a good alternative.

There are a number of bridgework or bridges available depending on your personal circumstances and the current health of your teeth.

These can include:

A conventional bridge – this is often cemented to a tooth at either side of a gap where teeth are missing.

Cantilever bridge – this is often cemented to one tooth next to a gap and replaces a single tooth.

Removable bridges – these can be removed for cleaning and a type of denture.  They can be used with attachments on the teeth or existing crowns.

Dental implant supported fixed bridges – this kind of bridgework can be made on dental implants and it can be fixed by being screwed to an implant.

Making artificial teeth look natural

A common demand and challenge for bridgework is getting an artificial tooth or teeth to look natural, so that no one knows they are not real!  To do this we can undertake some soft tissue augmentation or gum grafting, resulting in a more natural look.

Looking after bridgework

It is vitally important that you ensure you maintain your oral hygiene when you have bridgework.  It means you must clean your teeth using a special floss threader so that you can reach under the bridge and that you might need to work a little harder to maintain your teeth overall.  However, this will provide longevity so it is worth the effort.

Having the right person for the job is probably one of the most important factors in maintaining your bridgework.  Numerous studies have shown that choosing the right dentist who has the right level of skill and precision will mean better bridgework to start off with.  Thus, maintaining the treatment is going to be much easier.

Here at Advanced Dentistry we pride ourselves on our extensive experience within the field and the long list of happy clients who have enjoyed great smiles and longevity from treatments received at our practice.

If you have failing bridgework and need help, do contact us for an initial consultation.



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