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Booked an appointment? Here’s what to expect…

Your first visit to the practice is a consultation with one of the dentists. For more information and profiles on the team at Windsor please CLICK HERE.

During this consultation your concerns will be discussed and followed up with a brief examination of your mouth with preliminary x-rays. This is to help give the team an idea of your dental condition and what treatments you may need.

All treatment possibilities will be discussed and the fees involved will also be talked through. This first visit is very much about establishing your needs and the options available to you.

If you decide to pursue things further one of the patient coordinators will organise subsequent appointments for you.

The next step

This is where a more precise idea of your dental needs is established and a thorough exploration of the possible options is explored. This process involves a full case assessment of your mouth where the health, condition, appearance of your teeth, gums jaw-joints and the condition of soft tissues in your mouth are evaluated and assessed. You can expect:

  • Further x-rays
  • Clinical photographs
  • Moulds of your teeth
  • Biomolecular and DNA tests

This is to check for any problems not necessarily visible in your mouth and to enable us to treat you more effectively.

Variables

Everything that comes next is all dependent on whether your case is simple or complex.

In the more complicated cases you are provided with a treatment plan that details the following:

  • Various problems in your mouth
  • Options available to you
  • The recommendations of your dentist
  • The steps involved in the treatment process
  • An estimate of the fees

The treatments available at Windsor Centre for Advanced Dentistry are substantial. The areas covered are:

We have an in-house Dental Hygienist who can help you to optimise the day-to-day care of your mouth as well as treat any gum disease. The Dental Hygienist plays a key role in the ongoing maintenance of your oral and dental health.

At our practice, you’ll find a warm, friendly atmosphere in elegant, spacious surroundings. We provide a calming ambience and a professional, thorough service. For more information on our process, dental treatments and services at Windsor Centre for Advanced Dentistry please Contact Us or explore our website.

Studying periodontal disease (aka gum disease) – A UK Dentistry Guide

Gum disease affects 50-90% of the adult population in the UK in some form or another. Most people will experience at least one mild case of gum disease in their life. Mild cases of gum disease can be treated through an improvement in overall oral hygiene but the more severe cases require a visit to the dentist.

Windsor Centre for Advanced Dentistry is well travelled on this road and in this UK dentistry blog we hope to address the nature of gum disease, its symptoms, causes and treatments.

So what is gum disease exactly?

Gum disease aka periodontal disease is a condition that affects the teeth and gums. This is often caused by a build up of bacteria and plaque on teeth. If the plaque builds up too much it can inflame the gums.

How do I know if I have got it?

Healthy gums should be pink, firm and non-sensitive to brushing and food consumption.

If you have a form of gum disease you will most likely experience swollen gums and increased redness. A telling sign of gum disease is if the gums start to bleed after brushing or flossing. Catching it in its early stages is the key to prevention here.

However, if it has been left to develop, your smile will begin deteriorate more rapidly than you would like to see it leading into a more advanced stage known as periodontal disease. You will find that symptoms begin to increase;

  • Strange, horrible tastes in the mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gum line
  • Abscesses
  • Sensitive teeth
  • (in extreme cases) Tooth loss

What causes periodontal disease?

Surprise, surprise, a bad diet, poor nutrition and unhealthy lifestyle in general are the predominant factors in creating the primary cause of gum disease, which is bacterial plaque.

Additional causes include all the usual suspects you would expect to find on this list;

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Hormones (any significant changes)
  • Genetics (inherited problems)
  • Prescribed medications

What treatments are available?

There are varying methods on how to treat this condition.

At Advanced Dentistry we engage with Periodontics – which is the treatment, rehabilitation and restoration of patients affected by periodontal disease. It’s in fact, a large part of what we do here at our practice. Our personal experience is extensive in this area and we apply cutting-edge expertise and techniques on regenerating bone and gum tissue.

Dental implants and restorative dentistry factor in to the process in order to treat the severest cases and restore teeth and gums to an optimum quality state.

Prevention techniques

Beyond looking after yourself there isn’t really much more you can do. Oral hygiene should be an automatic part of your routine. Our best tips for maintaining good oral health outside of the practice:

  • Brush twice a day (after main meals too helps as a preventive measure)
  • Antimicrobial mouthwash
  • Flossing
  • Cut out the bad factors we have listed (e.g. smoking, sugary foods etc.)

Sometimes it’s down to your dentist to save your gums and teeth from things like periodontal disease, but most of the time it’s up to you.

Make 2014 the year you smile!

Well we can’t believe that it’s already the 10th of January and that the New Year has well and truly started!

In today’s blog, we thought it would be a good idea to have a think about resolutions and all the things you can do to get started off in the right way when it comes to your teeth this year.

Whatever your situation, the biggest resolution you can make in relation to your teeth is quite simply a dental check-up.  Many people don’t visit the dentist for long periods of time and through fear end up putting any kind of visit off.

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