Dentures are an affordable, fast but less than perfect way to replace missing teeth. Some people will find them easy and comfortable to wear, but quite a few will struggle, and this can get worse after having them for several years. So what is the solution? In fact you have a couple of choices, as you could enquire about having new dentures made at Bromley Dental Practice, or even having your old ones relined if they are still in reasonable condition. Alternatively you might want to find out about having dental implants in Bromley.
Replacing or Relining Old Dentures
Dentures tend to last between three and six years before they need replacing. During this time the ridge that used to support your teeth will gradually change shape. It will become flatter and less able to offer any retention to your denture. At the same time your denture might begin to show signs of wear and tear, as they can become broken or cracked, and denture teeth may look worn. One way to extend the life of your denture is to have it relined, a process that renews the fitting surface of the denture (the surface nearest your gums) so it is less likely to move around and should feel more comfortable. However this does not address the real problem which is the flatter bony ridge that will continue to be reabsorbed by the body, gradually offering less and less retention.
Dental Implants: A More Permanent Solution for Loose Dentures
Quite a few people still assume dental implants are an expensive option for securing dentures, but this isn’t really the case. An entire arch can usually be secured with just a few well-placed dental implants, and the results can significantly enhance quality of life. You’ll have two different options when using dental implants to get rid of an ill-fitting conventional denture. You can choose to have an implant retained denture which can be taken out for daily cleaning, or if you prefer you can opt for a fixed bridge which will be permanently cemented or screwed in position and which can only be removed by Dr Zaki Bashir. While some people will prefer to have a removable appliance, others might find the idea of a fixed bridge more appealing. These are things you will have to discuss with your dentist in Bromley, as they will be able to explain the pros and cons of each treatment.
So where do you start when trying to decide on a new denture or dental implants? Your best bet is to make an appointment for a consultation with your dentist in Bromley. They can take you through each option, step-by-step. If you decide to go for dental implants, you will need a more thorough consultation to assess your dental health and your general health. Dental implants do require quite a bit of planning, and although it’s true the whole process will take longer to complete than a conventional denture, the results will be well worth it. Imagine having teeth that stay in position as firmly as natural teeth, and being able to enjoy all those foods you currently have to avoid. The solution could be just a phone call away, so why not find out more today?
Most people will want to have the nicest smile they can, but not everyone wants to spend a lot of money achieving this. Although some people might need more extensive treatments such as dental implants in Bromley, others may only require minor modifications to their smile, and this is often quite easy and affordable to do. For example, Dr Zaki Bashir may be able to recommend treatments that only take a couple of visits to complete, and which won’t cost a fortune. The results can often be pretty amazing, and will do a lot to give your smile a quick and easy boost. These treatments can include renewing old fillings or using dental bonding and recontouring to slightly change the shape of your teeth and of course teeth whitening is always popular.
A Quick Consultation Can Tell You More
Your first step should be to book a consultation with Dr Bashir for his professional opinion. A quick check-up will determine if you need any fillings renewed, and will make sure your teeth and gums are healthy enough for teeth whitening. Your Bromley dentist can provide you with a treatment plan, showing recommended procedures plus the costs.
Spreading the Costs of Treatment
Treatments offered at the Bromley Dental Practice are all very reasonably priced, and we do offer patients interest free financing for work costing more than £350. It is entirely down to you as to how much or how little you decide to have done. It might be that you just need to have your teeth professionally cleaned. This procedure thoroughly cleans all the old tartar from your teeth, a substance that can look slightly yellow, before the teeth are polished to give them a bit of a sparkle. It is amazing what a difference this can make, as some surface stains will be removed, and it is great for keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
If you decide to opt for renewing old fillings, then this can usually be completed in one visit. The process uses composite resin that comes in many different shades so your filling can be closely matched to your natural teeth. This is perfect for renewing old white fillings that have become stained, or for replacing older style silver amalgam fillings. The same composite resin is used to bond teeth, a procedure that can repair any small chips or cracks, or which can build up the overall shape of a tooth that is too small or irregularly shaped. This is often combined with enamel recontouring, where a very small amount of tooth enamel is removed to recontour the tooth. This technique can sometimes be used to correct teeth that are very slightly overlapping or which are slightly out of line.
Bromley Dental Practice uses the Zoom whitening system, as it is one of the most effective and extensively tested systems on the market. You can comfortably whiten your teeth in just an hour, or alternatively use our custom made whitening trays to bleach your teeth at home. Some people will use both treatments to get the brightest and best results possible.
Aging is a perfectly natural process, but it’s not something that most of us particularly enjoy, especially the physical effects. Luckily nowadays you don’t have to put up with them. Bromley Dental Practice can help make over your smile and your looks as Dr Zaki Bashir can provide patients with aesthetic beauty treatments including Botox and dermal fillers.
Some people might be quite surprised to learn dentists provide these kinds of treatments, but when you think about it your Bromley dentist is perfectly placed to do so. After all they have undertaken years of medical training in order to qualify as a dentist and know exactly how all the facial muscles work. This means they can apply the exact amount of Botox or fillers needed to provide an incredibly natural looking appearance that will keep people guessing as to whether or not you’ve had any work done.
Botox contains the botulinum toxin which might sound alarming but in fact it’s extremely safe. It’s injected into the facial muscles to help weaken the signals from the nerves that tell the facial muscles to contract. This has the effect of smoothing out unwanted wrinkles and crow’s feet. The effect can last anywhere from 3 to 5 months. A common concern is worrying that your facial muscles will be completely paralyzed and you will not be able to move them or show any facial expressions or emotions. This is certainly not the case, as you’ll still be able to move your facial muscles normally, just a little less than before. Your dentist in Bromley will make sure to only use the minimum amount necessary to get an extremely good effect.
Dermal fillers work in a slightly different way and Bromley Dental Practice uses a very well-known and respected brand called Restylane. Dermal filler is actually a form of hyaluronic acid. This is a substance that is produced naturally by the body, but production gradually declines as we age. Its purpose is to help the skin remain hydrated, and to provide volume, creating a more youthful look. The effects of dermal fillers gradually reduce after a few months but tend to last a little longer than Botox.
If you’re interested in refreshing your looks then it’s best to book a consultation with your dentist in Bromley. This is your chance to ask all the questions you might have about treatment, and to find out how much it will cost. At the start of your evaluation you might think you’ll only need one treatment or the other, but quite a few people can benefit from using a combination of both. This won’t necessarily be any more expensive as your dentist will need to use less of each. Using a combination of both treatments can often prove to be highly effective, as some wrinkles may be more deep-seated and will benefit from dermal fillers, while more recent wrinkles may be just fine with a little bit of Botox. Finally, Botox and dermal fillers aren’t just for the girls, as plenty of men are beginning to take advantage of this treatment as after all, we all want to look our best.
Not very many patients are aware of this fact, or even know very much about this disease. Mouth cancer can affect any part of the inside of the mouth, including the tongue, throat and lips. In 2010, 6,539 people were diagnosed with oral cancer in the UK. It’s estimated that over the next 10 years approximately 60,000 people will be diagnosed with this disease, and unless it’s detected early on around half will die. It’s not a very well-known condition; one of the main problems with mouth cancer is that it creates very few symptoms while in the early stages. Subsequently it is often diagnosed extremely late in the day when it’s much more difficult to treat. Your dentist Bromley is likely to be the only medical professional who regularly has the opportunity to examine the inside of your mouth, and who is fully qualified to screen you for mouth cancer.
What Is an Oral Cancer Screening?
Your screening is carried out by Dr Zaki Bashir as part of your normal checkup. It’s completely painless and isn’t at all uncomfortable. During the examination Dr Bashir will be looking for any changes to the colour of the tissues inside your mouth, as well as any signs of lumps or thickened areas, or areas that feel rough to the touch. He will gently but thoroughly examine all the tissues inside your mouth, including underneath your tongue. It’s highly unlikely that he’ll find anything, but if he does then it’s a simple matter of taking a sample of a few skin cells so they can be analysed for signs of anything suspicious. Most times it’s likely any changes to the oral tissues will be due to something else completely, but it is better to know for sure.
Be Aware of Any Changes in Your Mouth
In between dental visits, it’s worth keeping an eye out for any signs that something might be wrong, and all this means is carrying out a quick self-check every month or so. This will help you become accustomed to the way healthy tissue should feel and look so that if anything does develop you’ll be far more aware that it isn’t quite right. Signs to look out for include any changes to the oral tissues, such as red or white spots, or any areas that feel particularly thick to touch or which are rough.
You should also be aware of any changes to the way your teeth bite together, or differences that affect the way dental appliances such as dentures or braces fit in your mouth. One of the first symptoms of mouth cancer is having an ulcer that doesn’t seem to heal up properly. Most ulcers should disappear by themselves within a couple of weeks. If yours seems to be hanging around for longer then it’s worth contacting Bromley Dental Practice for further advice.
People who are more at risk of developing oral cancer includes those who smoke or use alcohol to excess, or who have been exposed to the human papilloma virus. However it can affect anyone at any age so it’s important to be vigilant.
Tooth decay is incredibly common, and most of us will have at least one filling. It happens when the tooth enamel is attacked by bacteria in the mouth. Every time you eat something then particles of food remain in your mouth and combine with plaque bacteria to create a sticky film that covers your teeth and gums. You might even be able to feel this sticky film at the end of a very long day, just before you brush your teeth. The bacteria in this plaque biofilm use leftover food as an energy source, creating acid as a by-product. The acid attacks the tooth enamel, weakening and softening it, increasing your risk of developing a cavity.
One of the first signs that this might be happening is if you notice your teeth feel more sensitive when you eat something particularly hot or cold. This is because the outer layer of tooth enamel is gradually eroded away, exposing the next layer of the tooth structure which is called the dentine. This is a much softer material and consists of lots of tiny tubules that lead directly to the pulp of the tooth which contains all the nerves and blood vessels. Its exposure makes it much easier for the sensations of hot and cold foods to penetrate right to the centre of your tooth, causing sensitivity or even pain. Quite often there will be very few symptoms, and this is one of the reasons why it’s so important to visit Bromley Dental Practice at regular intervals.
Your Bromley dentist can examine your teeth using high magnification and will be able to pick up on any soft spots or pits in your teeth that could indicate the beginning of a cavity. At this stage tooth decay is quite easy to treat, and it’s much less expenses for Dr Zaki Bashir to place a small filling than to leave the cavity to develop until it is much more deep-seated. When this happens there is the risk the cavity could reach right into the pulp area of your tooth, and it can be pretty painful. Treatment would involve a root canal to remove the infected pulp and to repair the tooth. This can sometimes be done through placing quite a large filling, but often it can mean the tooth has to be restored with a crown. It’s far more cost-effective to attend those regular check-ups!
If you do have small cavity, Dr Bashir will recommend filling it with white composite resin material. This is tooth coloured and works in harmony with the rest of your teeth, providing as very strong and stable restoration. You’ll be kept comfortable right throughout treatment with a local anaesthetic as it’s necessary for your dentist in Bromley to remove all the infected and decayed tooth structure. Next, the area to be filled will be thoroughly cleaned and dried, and the composite resin is placed in tiny increments and will be hardened at regular intervals using a special light. Finally, it will be trimmed and polished so it looks very natural. Once treatment is completed you’ll be able to use the tooth as normal.
If you have any larger cavities Dr Bashir might recommend an inlay or onlay. This is made from porcelain and is stronger and longer lasting and more suitable for repairing large areas of decay.
Many people only have slightly crooked teeth, or even just one or two front teeth out of position. In this case it can be overkill to go for full braces, and most people would not want to undergo orthodontic treatment for many months or even years. In the past one solution would have been to have the teeth ground down for veneers or crowns, but this is not something most dentists would like to do as it means removing healthy tooth material that can never be replaced. Nowadays, thanks to advanced orthodontic technology, it’s possible to straighten your front teeth within just a few weeks or months.
Dr Zaki Bashir can fit patients with the Inman Aligner, an extremely discreet device designed to correct minor cases of misalignment, or orthodontic relapses. An orthodontic relapse is where somebody has previously had orthodontic treatment, but has failed to keep up with wearing their retainer, allowing the teeth to move slightly out of position.
How Does the Inman Aligner Work?
The Inman Aligner is removable and just about invisible. The only sign of it will be a clear coloured wire that runs across the front of your teeth. This is powered by a lingual coil spring that applies pressure to the teeth, forcing them into the correct positions through a squeezing motion. The wire across the front of your teeth will squeeze the teeth against the spring inside the appliance, slowly but comfortably moving your teeth into position. It’s extremely quick and easy to have this appliance fitted, and afterwards you’ll just need to visit the Bromley Dental Practice once a month for a check-up that takes just quarter of an hour. Often treatment can be completed in as little as 2 to 4 months.
What to Expect during Treatment
A lot of people are concerned that orthodontic treatment is uncomfortable or even painful. It is true that it does involve some minor discomfort as your teeth are being forced to move position. You might find you need to use over-the-counter painkillers for the first few days until you get used to the sensation. Wearing any sort of dental appliance can stimulate the flow of saliva, but you should soon adjust to this effect within a day or two. It’s possible the aligner might affect your speech, but as you get used to it you should find it returns to normal.
The Inman Aligner is ideal for treating the top or bottom front teeth but won’t correct any major issues with the way your teeth bite together. If you have more severe orthodontic problems it’s likely your dentist in Bromley will suggest an alternative type of treatment. More extensive problems with malocclusion can often be corrected with Clear Braces, a system that is designed to treat all the teeth in the mouth rather than just the front teeth. Once your teeth are in the correct positions then you need to be prepared to wear your retainer as directed by your Bromley dentist. This helps ensure all your hard work and effort doesn’t go to waste, and is an unobtrusive device designed to keep your teeth in the correct positions.
A porcelain veneer is a very thin piece of porcelain, typically 0.5mm or less, and it fits over the front surfaces of your teeth. This treatment is used to correct the appearance of front teeth. Porcelain veneers are a great way to help improve your smile, without making any major changes to the structure of your teeth. Your Bromley dentist would only need to remove a very small amount of tooth material to create enough room for the veneers. Porcelain veneers can be used to:
- Change the shape of teeth, including their length and size
- Hide teeth that are discoloured or stained
- Mend chips or cracks in teeth
- Replace worn areas of teeth
- Correct the appearance of slightly misaligned teeth
- Close up or minimise gaps in between teeth
This treatment is extremely versatile as your dentist can replace just one or two veneers, or you can choose to have multiple veneers on both your upper and lower front teeth. If you choose to have multiple veneers then it’s possible to change the overall shade of your teeth to something lighter and whiter if desired.
What’s the Procedure for Having Dental Veneers?
You’ll need to visit Dr Zaki Bashir to find out if dental veneers are the right choice of treatment. Your dentist in Bromley will want to discuss the type of results you hoping to achieve, as well as the number of veneers required. The next step will be to prepare the teeth for the veneers. This is where Dr Bashir will remove a very small amount of tooth structure from the front surfaces of the teeth due be veneered. Next, an impression is taken of your teeth to be sent to the dental laboratory so the veneers can be fabricated. Once they are finished they will be returned to Bromley Dental Practice for fitting. Your dentist might need to make a few small adjustments to the fit perfect before they are permanently bonded in position. The veneers are quite strong once they have been bonded onto your teeth, and you can brush and floss them as normal. It’s best not to use them for biting into extremely hard foods, or for opening packets as you could chip them.
The condition of the veneers will be checked at each appointment, and regular professional dental care will help prolong their life. Eventually they will need to be replaced, and this treatment is generally not reversible.
Dental veneers are often used in combination with other treatments such as tooth whitening and orthodontic treatment. Using two or more treatments together doesn’t necessarily cost much more, but could be the best way of preserving as much of your tooth material as possible. For example if your teeth are slightly out of alignment then Dr Bashir might recommend you wear braces first of all to help straighten your teeth, before placing veneers. This can mean fewer veneers are required to help perfect the look of your teeth. The overall colour of your teeth can often be lightened considerably through tooth whitening prior to veneers. Dr Bashir will always recommend the most conservative method to brighten up your smile while still achieving top quality results.
Lots of people have lost all their teeth in either the upper or lower jaw, or both jaws. As a result dentures are still a popular and affordable way of replacing all the teeth in the mouth, but they are not without problems. One particular issue about tooth loss is the way the bone in the jaw gradually reabsorbs. This occurs as the bone no longer receives any sort of stimulation from the natural tooth roots, and as a result the ridge that used to support your teeth will gradually become flatter.
Bone loss can be a particular problem for denture wearers, as it reduces the amount of retention available. Normally lower dentures rely on the bony ridge to hold them in place and for retention, and as this gradually flattens the denture is more likely to move around which can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. It’s not such an issue for upper denture wearers as the denture is made to cover up the roof of the mouth, giving it reasonable retention. In spite of this it’s still not an ideal solution, especially as an upper denture can feel quite large and bulky and it covers up all the taste buds in the roof of the mouth which makes eating less enjoyable. This is where using dental implants in Bromley can really help.
Using Dental Implants to Support a Lower Denture
Dr Zaki Bashir can place a few dental implants towards the front of mouth to support an entire lower denture. It can take just 2 to 4 dental implants to support the denture, bringing the cost of treatment well within the reach of most people. The denture clicks on to the dental implants so it’s firmly held in position but can still be removed for cleaning.
If you currently struggle with a loose denture then this can make a considerable improvement to your quality of life, and you’ll also find it a lot easier to eat properly. A good diet is essential for good health, so an implant supported denture could help improve your general health. There’ll be no need to use denture adhesives to hold your denture in place, and you’ll no longer need to worry that it will move or shift about. It should also be a lot more comfortable to wear, as loose dentures can rub on the gum tissues, creating sore spots.
What about Using Dental Implants for an Upper Denture?
This is certainly possible although you will need more dental implants to hold the denture in position. An upper denture that is retained with dental implants can be constructed in a horseshoe shaped design by your dentist in Bromley, so it will uncover all those taste buds in the roof of your mouth, and you should find eating a much more pleasurable experience.
Using dental implants to support dentures is a great way to stabilise them while not costing a fortune. This technique has already helped many people regain their confidence and self-esteem while wearing dentures. If you are interested in it’s well worth contacting Bromley Dental Practice to find out more.
Lots of people do and they’re not even aware they have the habit as it can often occur during sleep. It’s not uncommon for people to be completely oblivious to the fact they clench and grind, unless they are told they are making a noise during the night by a sleeping partner, or if the problem is identified by their dentist in Bromley. The proper term for clenching and grinding is bruxism and it’s no joke. It can do a huge amount of damage to the teeth and also to the gums due to the pressures placed on these structures, and it can affect the jaw joints. The worst cases will do so much damage that teeth will need to be completely replaced and early treatment is essential to minimise the effects on the teeth and jaws.
Symptoms of Bruxism
There are lots of different symptoms of bruxism which include the following:
- Feeling increased sensitivity towards hot and cold
- Noticing your teeth look chipped or cracked
- Your teeth could look shorter or worn down
- You may wake up with a headache or aching jaw
- It might be painful to open and close your mouth
- Your gums might have begun to recede
- Your teeth may have notches at the base
If you have any of these symptoms and haven’t been to the dentist for a while then it’s worth booking a check-up with Dr Zaki Bashir, to hopefully rule out bruxism. Your dentist will soon be able to identify whether or not you have this condition and can recommend treatment to prevent further damage to your teeth and gums.
Treatment usually focuses on preventing the teeth from coming into contact while you’re asleep, and this is done through providing you with a custom-made night guard. Most night guards are made from a thermoplastic material and fit comfortably over the teeth, holding your bite slightly open. It does take time to get accustomed to wearing a night guard, so you need to allow yourself a few weeks to get used to the feeling.
You’ll need to thoroughly clean your night guard after each use, using a soft toothbrush and a smear of toothpaste to scrub the inside. It’s also quite nice to freshen it up with a few drops of mouthwash every week. Make sure it is stored somewhere it can dry naturally, and that it’s kept out of the reach of dogs as it is not unknown for them to chew on their owners night guards.
What Causes Bruxism?
Bruxism is thought to be related to stress, and if you know you are under quite a lot of pressure at the moment then it could be worthwhile taking steps to reduce this. While it might not be possible to eliminate stress completely, there are various measures you can take to at least reduce the impact, for example taking up exercise or yoga, or trying meditation. If bruxism is causing quite a lot of pain around your jaw joints then it can be helpful to use heat pads to relax the facial muscles.
Hopefully, using a night guard will help reduce or eliminate bruxism. It might only be necessary to wear the night guard for a few months, although some people will need to wear it in the longer term.
Many of us will lose one or more teeth during our lifetime. This might be due to advanced gum disease or tooth decay, while others will be unlucky enough to lose a tooth in an accident. If you lose a tooth that is right in front of the mouth then it is highly likely that you’ll want to replace it as soon as you can, both for aesthetic and functional reasons, but what if that tooth is right in the back of the mouth where it is less visible? Is it still necessary to replace the tooth or is it possible to leave an empty space?
It’s highly likely that Dr Zaki Bashir will recommend replacing any tooth, regardless of whether it can be seen while smiling and talking with others. The reason for this is that all your teeth are designed to work as one unit, and each tooth has an effect on its neighbours. If it is missing then it can impact the adjacent teeth as well as the opposing teeth.
Effects of the Missing Tooth on the Rest of Your Teeth
When a tooth is removed by your dentist in Bromley, the rest of the teeth in your mouth will begin to shift, especially the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. They will begin to move towards the empty space which has the effect of destabilising them and can lead to other gaps opening up in between other teeth. This also changes the way your teeth bite together. The teeth directly opposite the empty space will also begin to move towards the gap.
This is because the forces of biting and chewing against other teeth help to keep them in place. Once these forces are removed then the teeth begin to drift towards the empty space. If you lose quite a few back teeth then it can affect the dimensions of your face as there will be a loss of height between the upper and lower teeth which puts increasing pressure on the front teeth. As a result they could begin to splay outwards.
Different Choices for Replacing Missing Teeth
Your choices include partial dentures, bridges and dental implants. Partial dentures can be a temporary or permanent measure but are not ideal. They are held in place by metal clasps that fit around existing teeth, and sometimes it’s necessary to adapt these teeth so the clasps fit a little better. In spite of this partial dentures can often move and shift around and can rub on the gum tissues.
Dental bridges are permanently fixed in place and are very popular. They consist of crowns that fit over the adjacent teeth and which are attached to the replacement tooth, resulting in a strong restoration. This is a great solution if the teeth either side of the missing tooth would benefit from being crowned. Dental implants in Bromley offer the most permanent solution, artificially replacing the tooth root with a titanium post that supports the crown. It can take a few months to complete treatment so this solution is a little slower than the alternatives but it can give the best results.