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Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2BP

Tooth Decay Is Largely Preventable – Here’s How….

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Basic knowledge and good daily care are essential for healthy teeth.

Anyone who has had a toothache will know how all encompassing the pain can be. It can lead to sleepless nights, even when it is a relatively minor one.

Once toothache is present, nearly everyone will call a dentist, however much they may dislike going to one. The tooth can then either be restored with a filling or crown, or, where the decay is too extensive, the tooth may need to be extracted as a last resort.

At Bradley and Partners Dental and Implant Clinic, we are very keen to help our Canterbury patients avoid this situation. Tooth decay can be prevented with appropriate care and part of our role is to ‘educate’ our patients how best they can do this.

These are the simple, but essential steps to take to help avoid tooth decay.

Mind your diet

Sugar has long been established as the ‘number one enemy’ of your teeth. Too much sugar contributes to decay, allowing bacteria to enter the tooth, causing further damage and often pain. In the past, keeping sugar consumption low was relatively straightforward but these days, sugar is added to so many foods that keeping consumption low is much more difficult. The reliance on snakcing and convenience food by many people, only serves to exacerbate the problem.

With a little care though, it is possible to reduce your sugar intake, and it will be beneficial to your teeth if you do. Your waistline may also benefit too.

Avoid ‘grazing’

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Same Day Dental Implants In Canterbury

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Replacing multiple missing teeth in just a single treatment visit.

Many of you will probably have heard about dental implants; about how they can be used to replace a missing tooth.

There is no doubt that this offers an excellent method for replacing a missing tooth, but what if you have lost a number of teeth, or even the full arch? Can dental implants be used to replace them too?

The answer is ‘yes’, although perhaps not in the way that you might imagine. The ‘obvious’ solution would be to replace each tooth individually with an implant. Whilst this could potentially work, it would require a very lengthy treatment period and would be extremely expensive. The good news is that this can usually be done more efficiently and by using far fewer dental implants, usually four, although sometimes a few more, depending on individual circumstances.

All on 4 technique – new teeth in just one day!

Other names for this procedure include ‘immediate loading implants’ and ‘same day teeth’. Unlike individual implant placement, the patient does not need to wait for the osseointegration period (jawbone bonding) to complete before they can use their new replacement teeth, although some initial care should be taken as we will discuss later.

To replace multiple consecutive teeth, or even a full missing arch, a number of implants are placed at strategic positions into the jawbone by one of the experienced implant dentists at Bradley and Partners Dental and Implant Clinic. This is very similar to individual placement except that the implants that are used towards the rear of the jawbone are specially designed to be placed at around a 45 degree angle. Doing so greatly increases their initial stability and allows them to act as a very firm and solid anchor.

With individual placement, you would then have to wait around three months before the abutment and crown were fitted, following the implant fusing with the jaw bone. Thanks to the rear implants though, this is not necessary, and, to complete your teeth replacement procedure, a fixed bridge, or occasionally specially fitted dentures, are then attached to the dental implants that have just been placed. Once this has been done, the treatment is complete and you can leave us with a new set of teeth in just a single visit to your Canterbury dental practice!

IV sedation option

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Whiter Teeth For Our Canterbury Patients

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Give your smile a significant lift with this safe and popular procedure.

Whereas once upon a time, dental care was simply about keeping teeth healthy for as long as possible, its scope has now expanded to cover their appearance too.

Naturally, having healthy teeth is the most important issue, and with the wealth of preventative advice and the wide range of restorative procedures available, this has become more straightforward than previously. With regular care, healthy teeth and gums are largely achievable.

Although it important never to ‘take your eye off the ball’ when it comes to oral health issues, those whose teeth are healthy may also consider ways to improve their appearance too. There are a wide range of cosmetic dental procedures available that can help with this. Some are quite complex and require relatively long treatment periods, such as orthodontics to straighten teeth, but for those seeking a faster way to give their smile a boost, there is one popular treatment in particular which works extremely well.

Teeth whitening

At Bradley and Partners Dental and Implant Clinic, one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments that we offer is teeth whitening and there are a number of possible reasons for this. It is one of the most affordable treatments, it is non invasive, and finally, it is a fast acting procedure. Using a whitening agent that not only whitens the surface enamel, but also lightens the parts of the tooth below the enamel, our fast acting treatment will leave you with a new whiter smile in very little time at all.

Whether you are looking to have a really white smile, or simply improve the colour a few shades, we can adjust the treatment to meet your needs.

Why have your teeth whitened?

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Oral Health Issues And Older Patients

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Treatment of later years problems at our Canterbury dental clinic

Dental problems can happen to anybody if they don’t look after their teeth well. If you don’t brush effectively, or have a diet that is high in sugar; tooth decay, and perhaps other issues, are almost certain to follow.

Whilst this can happen at any age, there are a number of oral care issues which are more likely to arise when we become older. At the Bradley and Partners Dental and Implant Clinic, we believe that our patients deserve the best treatments available, whatever their age.

Wear and tear

As you would expect, even if you brush and floss your teeth well; by the time you have reached your later years, there is likely to be some general wear and tear of the teeth. Small chips may have broken off at various times, which were not even noticeable. A number of these may weaken the tooth structure a little and, perhaps, cause it to crack as well.

In some cases, these small cracks and chips could expose the dentin layer beneath the enamel, potentially increasing the likelihood of tooth decay and even root canal infections. Almost certainly though, they will cause the tooth to look unattractive and even dull in colour.

Whilst a tooth whitening procedure may help to restore the colour in older people’s teeth, it can sometimes be more appropriate to have veneers fitted as these not only restore the tooth colour, but also remove the issues of cracks and chips which the whitening treatment won’t.

Missing teeth

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Porcelain Dental Veneers For A Beautiful New Smile

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This cosmetic dental procedure can help to restore discoloured, chipped and cracked teeth

Beyond wanting to have a healthy and trouble free set of teeth, many patients who attend our Canterbury dental practice would probably wish to have the best looking teeth possible too.

Although we can all help to prevent some cosmetic issues associated with our teeth at home, sometimes, only professional care can restore their appearance to the level that is desired.

In today’s Bradley and Partners Dental and Implant Clinic blog, we are going to look at one of the more common treatments that is used to restore teeth that have suffered from years of wear and tear, or have suffered from severe discolouration, perhaps from long term smoking.

A word about teeth whitening

Before we look at veneers, it is worth mentioning that, as far as discolouration goes, the first option should always be to investigate whether a teeth whitening procedure is possible. This is a non invasive procedure that can help to restore your teeth to a whiter colour. However this treatment is less effective where any discolouration is heavy and where there are physical deficiencies such as with chipped or cracked teeth.

What do dental veneers do?

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Dental Implants Or Dentures?

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Our Canterbury dental team look at the pros and cons of these two teeth replacement methods

Traditionally, the loss of any teeth would mean a choice of two options; either leave a gap or replace the missing tooth with a partial, or full, denture. The first option is inadvisable, and not only for aesthetic reasons. Any missing teeth that leave a gap will allow a space for other teeth to encroach into.

Over time, even a single missing tooth can cause other teeth to become crooked and unsightly. Whilst dentures go some way in preventing this from happening, they come with their own ‘problems’.

Even with modern, and greatly improved dentures, some wearers still find them uncomfortable and unstable. Whilst they now look more realistic than may have been the case in the past, they also still fail to replace the lost root of a tooth. Without this, bone degradation is likely to occur and can lead to the dentures becoming ill-fitting and moving around in the mouth. This can lead to socially awkward moments and may also making eating certain foods more difficult.

Are dental implants the answer?

Dental implants are increasingly suggested as the best alternative to dentures, and, at Bradley and Partners Dental and Implant Clinic, we have to say, we totally agree with this analysis. Whilst both methods offer a means of replacing the more visible aspects of tooth loss, dental implants benefit patients in ways that dentures simply can’t.

As mentioned earlier, dentures do not replace the missing root section of a lost tooth, leading to bone loss and a lack of stability. Dental implants, on the other hand, fulfill this very role, and can be thought of as a replacement tooth root. They are usually made from titanium, a material used because it successfully bonds with the bone in the jaw, in a process known as osseointegration. It is this very process that provides such a strong and secure base onto which a crown is finally attached. Once completed, an implant has a very long life if looked after correctly, and those who have them, generally treat and consider them exactly as they do their natural teeth.

How are implants placed?

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Prompt Treatment For Emergency Dental Problems

Seeing a dentist as soon as possible increases the chances of a positive outcome

If we look after our teeth well, most of us would probably expect our trips to the dentist to be for routine examinations only. Life though, doesn’t always work out that way, and dental problems can occur with no forewarning, sometimes leaving us in significant pain.

Even the best dental care in the world can’t prevent accidents, such as falls or collision that could leave you with damaged and broken teeth.

Tooth decay and toothache can also strike, especially if you don’t clean your teeth well, or haven’t seen a dentist for some time. Even those who look after their teeth may suffer if their teeth are not as strong as they could be, due to family genes.

When pain strikes, or significant damage has occurred, you should always try to see a dentist as soon as you can, and not delay treatment any longer than is necessary.

When you need an emergency dentist?

The fact is that, when you suffer from a toothache, or when a tooth breaks, you should seek prompt advice from your local Canterbury dentists. Depending on your symptoms, an appointment will be made as soon as possible. We offer an emergency clinic from 8am to 9pm every weekday morning, whether you are a patient of Bradley & Partners Dental and Implant Clinic or not. This is a fee paying appointment, although free if you are a registered Denplan patient. Full information can be found on our emergency dentist page on the website.

We will always do our best to see you as soon as we possibly can, and priority will be given to the more serious cases. Please let our receptionists know the nature of your problem when you call us for your emergency appointment.

Some symptoms happen very rapidly and then fade a little. This can lead to some patients putting off making an appointment, for example when a person is nervous. Taking painkillers for a toothache can help to relieve the symptoms, but may convince the patient that their problem is manageable. Rarely though, does the problem go away and delaying treatment will likely cause further issues.

Why you shouldn’t wait

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Teeth Straightening – The Discreet Way

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Canterbury dentist Dr Panagiotis Georgiadis looks at why Invisalign is such a popular orthodontic system

It is not so long ago that, if you had crooked teeth, you were left with two basic choices; either put up with the way that they looked, or have some rather unsightly wiring placed into your mouth.

Whilst these older type of braces usually  ‘did the job’ quite well they were also extremely visible, sometimes causing the wearer to avoid social events as much as possible.

Times change though, and advances in cosmetic dentistry means that people wishing to have their teeth straightened can do so using almost invisible dental braces. One of the most popular systems in use today is the Invisalign orthodontic system which we have available at Bradley and Partners Dental and Implant Clinic.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign offers an entirely different method of straightening teeth compared to the more traditional method of wires and brackets. Whilst both systems work by exerting a gentle pressure upon the teeth, Invisalign do so in a more discreet manner.

Instead of using wires and brackets, Invisalign uses a series of transparent ‘trays’ made from a medical grade plastic. These are produced from scans and impressions that are made of your natural teeth, ensuring a comfortable fit. The plastic is completely transparent, and the fine materials that are used means that hardly anyone will notice that you are wearing them. Their lack of visibility is one of the main reasons that many people prefer them to other types. The discretion factor though, is not the only good reason to consider this particular system.

Convenience

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Your Festive Guide To Good Oral Health

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Our Canterbury dental team offers some words of advice….

For some people, Christmas is the highlight of their year, whilst others may be less enthusiastic about it. Most of us though, will take part in Christmas activities including parties and family events, and fun though these may be, they also pose additional challenges to our teeth and gums.

We are not suggesting that you avoid friends and family at this time of year in order to keep your oral health in good condition, but it is always worth having the facts at hand so that you can make an informed choice as to what you do, and don’t want to do over the festive period. In today’s blog, we offer some thoughts to our Bradley and Partners Dental and Implant Clinic patients on how to avoid oral health problems this Christmas.

Alcohol

Let’s start with one of the most likely causes of severe damage to teeth that may require an emergency appointment. Many people drink little during the year, but when a Christmas party arises, some do start to drink, often in greater quantity than they can really safely manage. This can contribute to any number of problems that can potentially lead to dental trauma. Falls, collisions and even fights are not unheard of when someone has drunk too much. Christmas is easily spoiled by having to have emergency dental treatment when time would be better spent with friends and family. Drinking in moderation is the sensible play.

Smoking

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Introduction To Our Dental Services

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Whether you need routine dental care or a smile improving cosmetic treatment, we are here to help!

Welcome to the very first Bradley and Partners dental blog. In the future, we will be looking at different aspects of the procedures that we provide at our Canterbury dental clinic, along with the latest in dental and general oral health news. These blogs are written with our patients in mind and we hope that you find them useful. If you have a topic that you would like us to cover, please do let us know.

In today’s blog, we take an introductory look at some of the main services that we are pleased to offer our patients.

General family dentistry

For many people, making sure that they see a dentist to help ward off tooth decay and other common problems is an essential part of their overall health plan. This usually means a six monthly check-up to make sure that all is well, and, where a problem is detected, to ensure that it is treated during its early stages.

There are a number of treatments that fall under the ‘general dentistry’ tag, and these typically include:

Fillings – The most common treatment. This is used for filling a cavity caused by decay and also where a tooth has broken away. The most common materials used for this procedure are amalgam (darker coloured fillings) and composite (more natural tooth-coloured fillings). Both of these have their pros and cons and we will discuss these with you at the time.

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