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Should I Fill My Own Cavities Using Filling Kits On The High Street In London?

April 24th, 2014

Cavities are a sign of tooth decay, which can also cause toothache, weakness in the tooth and sensitivity. There are high street dental kits available to buy, but we highly recommend seeing a dentist if you have dental problems.

If you have a cavity, there is a risk that bacterial infection and decay can spread through the tooth and this can cause pain and result in significant damage to the tooth, which may result in the need for extensive restoration or root canal treatment. Infections can also result in abscesses, which are very painful. The best course of action is to treat a cavity early using a filling. Often, the danger is that people buy a high street kit and perform a DIY filling procedure as an alternative to going to the dentist, which only serves to increase the risk of further damage and the spread of decay through the tooth.

The filling procedure

At the Harley Street Dental Studio we use the latest restorative treatments to produce strong, healthy teeth. Our white fillings help to restore and strengthen the tooth without impacting on the aesthetic of the tooth; they also help to prevent the spread of decay, as the cavity is cleaned thoroughly and the decayed tissue is removed.

The filling procedure is relatively short and there is nothing to worry about. Before the procedure, the tooth is numbed using local anaesthetic to ensure that you feel comfortable during the process and your dentist will then remove the decayed tissue, clean the cavity and place adhesive inside the hole so that the filling will bond properly. White fillings are made from dental composite, which is placed inside the cavity while in soft, malleable putty form. The composite is shaped to match the cavity and your dentist will then shine a curing light onto the tooth to set the composite. Once the composite is hard, your dentist will make any final touches.

Dental first aid kits can be handy as a stop-gap in an emergency, but we generally recommend seeing a dentist if you are able to. This ensures that you get the appropriate treatment quickly and prevents you from suffering from pain.




How to treat and prevent toothache

January 21st, 2011

Toothache is a very common condition, which affects us all at some point in our lives. Most people experience mild toothache, but sometimes toothache can be very severe and this usually requires emergency dental treatment.

What are the causes of toothache?

Toothache is a general term, which is often used to describe any pain in the jaw and face. The most common cause of toothache is inflammation of the pulp; the pulp is the inner portion of the tooth, which contains the nerves and blood vessels. When the pulp becomes inflamed, this often contributes to tooth pain. The pulp may become inflamed as a result of the formation of dental cavities, fractures or damage to the teeth or gum recession; sometimes toothache can also be caused as a result of damage to fillings.

In children, toothache may also be caused by teething and the development and eruption of new teeth.

What are the symptoms?

Obviously, the most common symptom of toothache is pain in the mouth or face. However, other symptoms may also develop: these include increased sensitivity, bleeding gums, swelling in the jaw and around the teeth and increased pain when chewing. Some people experience acute pain, while others have a constant throbbing pain.

Dealing with toothache

If you have toothache, you should arrange to see your dentist as soon as possible. Don’t leave it, thinking that it will go away, as it will probably just get worse and the pain could be symptomatic of a more serious condition. While you wait to see your dentist, you can take over the counter painkillers to ease the pain.

The treatment for toothache depends on the cause of the pain. In many cases, toothache is attributed to decay and your dentist will treat this by removing the decayed tissue in the tooth and fill the area with a filling. If your toothache is associated with damage to the filling, your dentist will usually take out the old filling, clean the cavity and replace it with a new filling. If your pain is caused by an infection in the pulp, you may need to have root canal treatment.

How to prevent toothache

Most of us will experience toothache at some point in our lives but there are steps we can take to try and reduce the risk of tooth pain. The most important and effective way of preventing all oral health problems is to adopt and stick to a good daily oral hygiene routine. This should include brushing the teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, flossing and using mouthwash on a regular basis. The other way to increase the chances of enjoying good oral health is visiting the dentist for regular check-ups. This means your dentist can keep an eye on any developing conditions and treat them before they get any worse. You can also reduce the risk of toothache by eating healthily and restricting the amount of sugary and acidic foods you eat and arranging to see a dentist as soon as you experience toothache or other symptoms of oral health problems.

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Cosmetic bonding at your Harley Street dentist

January 10th, 2011

Cosmetic bonding is a popular cosmetic dental treatment, which is carried out to improve the overall aesthetic of the smile.

When is cosmetic bonding used?

Cosmetic bonding is a means of improving the appearance of the smile; it involves applying a tooth-coloured dental material to the tooth in order to repair cracks, fill in chips, fill cavities, reshape teeth and disguise small gaps between the teeth.

The dental material is made from a mixture of acrylic resins and fillers; the paste-like substance can be moulded into any shape before it is hardened.

Cosmetic bonding is very popular because it helps to preserve the natural look of the smile and improve the overall appearance of the teeth. Many people have chipped teeth or small gaps between their teeth and this may make the feel self-conscious. Cosmetic bonding is a quick and simple treatment, which can transform the smile in a matter of minutes. Many people also choose to have tooth-coloured fillings because they blend in with the natural teeth and are not visible when you smile. An increasingly large number of people are also choosing to have their metal amalgam fillings replaced with white fillings.

Can cosmetic bonding be used for all cavities?

White fillings are a great alternative to metal amalgam fillings, especially if you are conscious about your appearance. However, bonding is not suitable for all cavities. Cosmetic bonding is only suitable for small cavities, as the material is not strong enough to withstand everyday wear and tear when it is spread over a large area. If you want a tooth-coloured filling and you have a large cavity, you may be advised to get a ceramic filling, as these are stronger. Some dentists have Cerec technology, which means you can get your ceramic restoration made on site. If this is not the case, your dentist will order a ceramic filling and it will be manufactured in a laboratory and returned when finished.

Are there any drawbacks?

The only real drawbacks of cosmetic bonding are that the material is not as strong as ceramic or porcelain and the composite tends to become discoloured quicker than the natural tooth. This may mean that the composite area of the tooth looks a slightly different colour to the rest of the tooth.

Should I consider cosmetic bonding?

If you have a gap between your teeth, a chipped or broken tooth or want to improve the shape of a tooth, you should consider having cosmetic bonding. It is a very simple procedure and could make a real difference to your smile, especially if you’re conscious about the way your teeth look. If you’re worried about the procedure, talk to your dentist. This is a very safe and simple treatment, which does not always require local anaesthetic and is often finished very quickly.

Cosmetic bonding is a great way to make small changes to your smile. Often people assume that if they have a chipped tooth or a gap between their teeth, this will require extensive treatment and this puts them off; however, this is not the case.

Looking for cosmetic dentistry? Talk to Harley Street Dental Studio

The Harley Street Dental Studio has a vast range of services to enhance your smile. For more information on any aspect of cosmetic dentistry contact us on 020 7636 5981.

Halloween: A scary time for teeth

November 10th, 2010

So October is over, summer is long gone and perhaps some of us are worried about the damage Halloween has had on our kids’ (and perhaps our own!) teeth. Naturally, dental problems – what with sweets at Halloween and an array of sweet and sugary foods on Bonfire Night – have been seen to notably rise during autumn. With cavities and tooth erosion abound many people look for the different types of dental care available to them at this time of year.

Are the cold winter months bad for our teeth?

The reason autumn is such a danger to teeth is not because of the amount of sugar that is eaten but the amount of time spent eating sugary foods. Throughout autumn sugary foods are consumed more consistently than any other time of year. The main problems that occur from excessive sugar consumption are tooth erosion and decay. Every time you eat, acid is produced by plaque – a bacteria in the mouth – as a result of the sugar in your meal, it sticks around for around half an hour once you’ve finished eating, eroding the enamel of your teeth and takes saliva an hour to neutralise; this is known as tooth decay. Tooth erosion is caused by acids directly from sugary foods and effects the whole tooth; the time that the acid is attacking the tooth is generally the same with both however. Because of this it is better to eat sugary foods over a short period of time than spread out the consumption.

Many dentists are now advising people to give out small toys or healthy snacks at Halloween rather than sweets and snacks which are more commonly associated with Halloween. Many people might see this as not traditional to Halloween or simply decide they still want sweeter snacks!

The options available to you

If this is the case dental treatment may become something that will be needed. There are a number of cosmetic bonding options (a dental technique where a tooth-coloured material is fixed over a tooth, either for cosmetic reasons or to protect the tooth). One of these options is to get a dental crown, which takes its name from the way the material will be attached to the top of your tooth, similar to a crown. This procedure will involve multiple trips to the dental practice. Firstly the area that is getting the crown will be numbed using aesthetic. Secondly your dentist will file away the decay and a small portion of the tooth enamel of the damaged tooth so the crown can sit evenly with your other teeth.

Sometimes if your tooth has been badly eroded your dentist may have to add to the tooth enamel so that it is the same size as your other teeth. Next a mould will be made of your tooth and sent away so your crown can be made. This generally takes 2 to 3 weeks and you will be given a temporary crown in the mean time. When you return once the crown has been made, the tooth will once again be numbed and the temporary crown removed. Your dentist will then cement the new crown in place.

Another method is to get a filling, this procedure is much simpler and takes only one visit, it is something most people will at least have considered at some point. The decay of the tooth is firstly removed with the use of the infamous drill we all dread. A specialised filling specific to your tooth is then fitted. This filling can be a number of colours. White ones are seen to be the more aesthetically pleasing but generally don’t last as long as the more traditional silver fillings.

Looking for cosmetic dentistry? Talk to Harley Street Dental Studio

The Harley Street Dental Studio has a vast range of services to enhance your smile. For more information on any aspect of cosmetic dentistry contact us on 020 7636 5981.