Contouring and Reshaping Teeth

Post by: Gerarda on 02 May 2023

Contouring and reshaping teeth is a cosmetic dental procedure that can involve aesthetic grinding to change the shape or the length of one or more teeth. The reshaping of teeth may also involve building up a tooth with composite to improve the overall appearance.

Contouring and reshaping teeth is done:
1. to remove small imperfections
2. to correct uneven or irregularly shaped teeth, especially on the edges
3. to correct excessively pointed, chipped, crowded or crooked teeth
4. to correct minor fractures, especially on the edges of the front teeth
5. to improve the overall appearance of the smile.

It is important to note that this procedure is mostly used for slight teeth corrections. More severe cases may require other treatments such as orthodontics, crowns or veneers to accomplish the desired results.

There are many procedures available to create a beautiful natural looking smile and still maintain good oral health. It is important for you to decide on the results you would like to achieve. It is also important for you to know what is possible to do.

Your Prosthodontist (Specialist in Dental Prosthetics) can help you decide. Call for a dental examination to assess what is needed and what is possible.

50% of Brits Not Happy with Their Smile

Post by: Gerarda on 24 Mar 2023

Did you know that half of British adults are unhappy with their smile, a fact from research commissioned by Straight Teeth Direct. This can be due to a number of factors, such as misaligned or discoloured teeth, gaps, or even missing teeth.

The good news is that dentistry offers a variety of solutions to help improve the look of your smile. One option is teeth whitening, which can help brighten stained or discoloured teeth. It is important to have your teeth cleaned before you bleach so you remove the stains first. You bleach the teeth, not the stains. Another option is orthodontic treatment, such as braces or Invisalign. While braces are more traditional and typically used for children, adults do use them, but usually don´t like to as they are so obvious in the mouth and take time to realign teeth and close gaps, up to 2 years or more. Invisalign on the other hand is a customized digital treatment plan in which a patient wears a set of aligners/trays that are changed every 1-2 weeks and the process can take as little as 6 months.

For those with missing teeth, dental implants or dentures both partial or full depending on if you have remaining teeth, can provide a natural-looking replacement. And if you have chipped or damaged teeth, dental bonding, composite restoration, veneers or crowns can help restore their appearance.

Improving your smile isn’t just about cosmetic benefits. It can also improve your overall dental health. Straighter teeth are easier to clean and reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Replacing missing teeth can prevent other teeth from shifting out of place, leading to occlusion problems / bite problems and even more dental and TMJ (temporomandibular joint) issues in the future.

If you’re unhappy with your smile, make a dental appointment to speak with your dentist about your options. With innovative dental techniques and technology, achieving the smile you’ve always wanted is even more possible than ever before.

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Posted on Friday 24th March 2023 at 12:45 pm

Tooth Enamel Erosion and How to Prevent it

Post by: Gerarda on 19 Apr 2021

Even though you have the body’s hardest tissue covering your teeth, enamel, it is still very susceptible to damage especially from crunching or grinding hard substances, consuming acidic drinks, or chipping from opening a bottle with your teeth or biting your fingernails.

Enamel covers the crown of a tooth and is the only part visible outside the gum. Enamel serves a function of protection, providing a layer of insulation against temperatures and chemicals. If you have a tooth that has eroded you can have sensitivity for hot or cold when eating and drinking. Breathing cold air or eating sweets can also give you that same sensitivity. Once the tooth has eroded it leaves openings for the sensitivity to get through to the layer of tooth that contains the nerve fibers.

What causes tooth enamel erosion?
Eating too much food or drink containing sugar and acids erodes the enamel on teeth. Normal bacteria in your mouth thrive on sugar and unless you maintain good oral hygiene, bacteria are left to feed on the sugar which wreaks havoc on your teeth.

Tooth enamel erosion can be caused by the following:
• Soft drinks & fruit drinks
• Sour foods or candies – any food that tastes sour indicates the presence of an acid
• Foods high in sugar and starches – bread, pasta, rice, couscous, potatoes, breakfast cereals, oats and other grains
• Bulimia or alcoholism – frequent vomiting can erode the tooth enamel
• Dry mouth or low saliva flow (xerostomia)
• Environmental conditions – grinding (bruxism), wear and tear, stress
• Abrasion – brushing your teeth too hard or using a hard toothbrush
• Acid reflux disease (GERD) or heartburn
• Gastrointestinal problems
• Medications (antihistamines, aspirin, vitamin C)

How to avoid tooth erosion?
• Limit the amount of acidic food and drink you consume. If you are having a soft drink or fruit juice then have a glass of water or milk after to rinse your mouth or eat a piece of cheese.
• Drink water throughout the day.
• Use a soft toothbrush.
• Use fluoride toothpaste.
• Get treatment for any health conditions.
• Ask your dentist about sealants or dental bonding to prevent tooth erosion.

What to do if I have tooth erosion?
The tooth needs treatment in the form of tooth bonding or depending on the amount of tooth substance lost, it may need a veneer or a crown to protect it from further damage.

Tooth Enamel and Erosion

Post by: Gerarda on 08 Aug 2019

What is tooth enamel?
Tooth enamel is that hard, shiny layer of material which protects your teeth against decay. It is the layer of material that you are to brush and floss on a daily basis. To be more precise, it is hydroxyapatite, a translucent calcium phosphate. Suffice it to say enamel is the hardest mineral element in your body, even harder than bone. Don´t be fooled though as it still can be damaged.

What causes enamel to be damaged or eroded?
• Poor oral hygiene
• Acidic food & drinks (lemon juice, limes, grapefruits, grapes, pineapples, pomegranates, blueberries) to name a few
• Soft drinks in excess
• High sugar and starch diet
• Teeth grinding – wears away the enamel and leaves the dentin exposed
• Medications (antihistamines, decongestants, high blood pressure medications (including diuretics & calcium channel blockers), antidepressants, sedatives, pain medications, antacids
• Dry mouth – xerostomia, where the saliva glands don´t make enough saliva to keep the mouth wet. Many times this is a side effect of medication or radiation therapy.
• Acid reflux that occurs more than a couple of times a week
• Gastrointestinal problems – repeated vomiting from GI problems or eating disorders

What does tooth erosion look or feel like?
When your teeth become rough and irregular, or serrated like a saw blade you know the enamel has eroded. Essentially you reshape your teeth. You can experience sever sensitivity to both cold and hot temperatures and to sweets. You can also feel a shooting pain through one or more teeth so much so that it makes your eyes squint.

Can tooth erosion be repaired?
Once tooth enamel is gone, it´s gone. Teeth need to be rebuilt with composite restorations, crowns or veneers. The advantage of composite restorations is that it is a comparatively inexpensive and a conservative way to restore teeth. The result is immediate. More extensively damaged teeth might necessitate a porcelain veneer or porcelain crown.

You only get one set of permanent teeth; therefore, you might as well look after them. They are not meant to bite off thread or to open a bottle cap in a pinch. Your teeth need to be healthy as they not only serve to make us look good, but they also aid in digestion. As your mouth is the beginning of the digestive system it stands to reason that if you have digestive problems then you look to the overall health of your mouth as well as your stomach to determine the problem.

Begin by looking at your teeth and see whether any of the above symptoms are similar to yours. If they are then you know what to do. Call your dentist for a check-up.