Your Suitability For Dental Implant Placement In Chelmsford

Initial checks for our Essex dental implant patients.

It is now fairly well established that dental implants probably offer the most secure and long lasting option for replacing missing teeth. It is also possible that, in the years ahead, implants will become the norm as the use of dentures fades away.

Can anyone have dental implants placed though? In general, the answer is yes, but in today’s Blue Sky Dental blog, we look at some of the factors which may make the procedure and their longevity more complex in some patients than in others.

Bone density

One factor that can delay the placement of a dental implant is when x-rays show a deterioration in bone density in the area where the implant is due to be placed. This can happen for a number of reasons including loss of bone following tooth loss, advanced gum disease and social habits such as smoking or alcohol consumption. Providing that the patient is able to maintain a healthy mouth following the implant procedure though, this problem can usually be overcome through bone augmentation (bone graft) or a sinus lift. This will delay the start of the implant procedure but should not prevent it.

Diabetes

Whilst diabetics can have dental implants placed, it is important for patients with this, and some other illnesses, to be aware of the additional risks associated with their condition. Diabetics are known to be more prone to gum disease, a problem which could cause peri-implantitis and potentially the loss of the dental implant. Providing that the patient ensures that they clean and floss well around the area, and perhaps have additional professional monitoring at our Chelmsford dental practice, this should not prevent implant placement in most cases.

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Should You Use Charcoal Toothpaste?

Does this new product work, and is it safe to use?

From time to time, a new type of product goes viral, sometimes with a celebrity endorsement or two. Quite often, these are ‘natural’ solutions to a particular problem and usually, on the surface, seem to be safe. It would, therefore, appear that there is little harm in, at least, trying them.

Currently, the trend seems to be in favour of the use of activated charcoal which is increasingly appearing in face masks, lips balms and other cosmetics, as well as in toothpastes. In this role, it is said to act as a tooth whitener, but does it?

Scratching the surface

Like many teeth whitening toothpastes, those that contain charcoal attempt to whiten the teeth by removing surface staining. Care should be taken here, as this could also cause damage to the enamel of your teeth, making it more prone to sensitivity and even decay.

Some of these toothpastes containing charcoal have also been found to have lower than recommended levels of fluoride in them. This is potentially harmful to your teeth as fluoride helps to protect the enamel, strengthening them against problems like tooth decay.

Celebrity endorsements

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The Link Between Oral And General Health

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Researchers are increasingly finding links between gum health and the rest of our body.

Our key role at Blue Sky Dental, is to help you to have healthy teeth and gums.

This is our priority, although we are also able to help you to improve the way that they look too, through teeth whitening procedures and orthodontics, amongst a wide range of dental treatments.

Having strong and healthy teeth and gums, allows our Chelmsford dental patients to feel confident about eating any food that they wish and keeps you pain free too. Increasingly though, the health of our mouth is being seen to be linked to a healthy body.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s

We should say, first of all, that there is no direct evidence that having poor gum health means that you will have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Whether this causal link is determined in the future will depend on the findings of researchers. What has been noticed though is that poor oral health is noticeably more prominent in people with dementia. This could be due to them not looking after their teeth as well though. Our Chelmsford dentists are now being encouraged to note any unexpected changes in gum problems as an early indicator of possible dementia.

Diabetes

It is well established that diabetics are more likely to suffer from gingivitis and periodontitis than healthy people. There is now some suggestion that this may also work the other way around. Having gum disease has been shown to increase a person’s level of glucose, a common feature of diabetes.

Strokes and heart disease

Whilst, again, there is no confirmed causal link between gum disease and a heart problem, scientists have noticed more heart problems, including heart attacks and strokes, in those with gum disease. One theory is that the bacteria that is present in gum disease may enter the bloodstream and contribute towards a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

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Brighten Up Your Smile With Porcelain Veneers

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Veneers at Blue Sky Dental – creating beautiful smiles!

Discoloured teeth are a problem for many people. They can be caused by a number of factors, including diet, smoking and general poor oral health care. Whilst some discolouration may be improved through better care or a professional clean from our Chelmsford dental hygienist; in many cases, this will not be sufficient to leave the patient with the best possible  white smile.

The obvious first step to restore teeth to their former whiteness is to undergo a teeth whitening procedure. At Blue Sky Dental, we offer a comfortable and effective home whitening kit for this purpose. If your teeth have suffered badly from discolouration, and especially if they are also chipped or cracked, this may not be the best solution for you, however.

Teeth whitening consultation

Before any treatment commences, a consultation will be held at our Chelmsford dental clinic. As well as discussing any whitening procedure, we will also perform a thorough check of your oral health. Any problems with dental decay or gum disease will need to be treated before any whitening procedure can start.

We will offer our professional advice regarding the level of whitening you might expect from a teeth whitening procedure, and, if we feel that may be insufficient for your circumstances, we may offer teeth veneers as a whitening alternative.

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Protecting Beautiful Teeth In Chelmsford

If you are happy with your teeth, how can you keep it that way?

Apart from those coming for their regular six monthly check at Blue Sky Dental, we mostly see patients who either have a problem with their teeth or are unhappy with the way that they look. From time to time though, we do see patients at our Chelmsford dental practice who are perfectly happy with their teeth.

Even the most attractive teeth though can lose this appearance if things start to go wrong. In today’s blog, we offer some advice to these patients, to help them keep their teeth nice looking for as long as possible.

Health

The most important thing is to look after your teeth. However aesthetically pleasing they may be at this moment, they are as vulnerable to common dental problems, such as decay or gum disease, as any other teeth. Although damaged teeth can usually be restored aesthetically, your natural teeth are preferable, so it pays to look after them well!

Smoking

We strongly advise our patients not to smoke. As well as staining your teeth heavily, it also increases the likelihood of gum disease problems and may even lead to oral cancers. It is not unknown for smokers to brush their teeth harder than normal in order to remove any tar that has stuck to them. Unfortunately, this can also lead to damaged enamel which not only takes away the shine from your teeth, but makes them more vulnerable to sensitivity and infections.

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Looking After Your Root Canal Treated Tooth – 5 Ways

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Good aftercare for the best long term results….

When the inner part of a tooth becomes infected, there are only two options available;  the most drastic of these being to extract the tooth. In many cases though, a tooth infected in this manner can often be saved using a root canal procedure.

This essentially means the removal of the infected material, a thorough clean of the hollow canals to prevent re-infection, then filling the canals and adding a crown to complete the tooth.

Whilst this is an excellent way to save the tooth, it will not be quite as strong as a healthy natural tooth would be, and the following tips should help you to get the most from your newly treated tooth.

Antibiotics – You may be given antibiotics to be sure that the infection has completely gone. If we do supply these, please make sure that you complete the course as instructed.

Discomfort – As with any invasive dental procedure performed at any practice, there may be some discomfort following the procedure when the local anaesthetic wears off. This is normal and should cause no concern. You may take your usual pain medication to manage this for a short while, but if the discomfort continues, please call our Chelmsford dental practice immediately.

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Four Ways That Dental Implants Offer A Superior Experience To Dentures

Our Chelmsford dentist discusses why so many patients choose this option to replace missing teeth.

Dentures have been around for a long time and have certainly improved, both in appearance and the level of comfort afforded, over time. Despite this, many denture wearers still struggle with them for a number of reasons.

In today’s Blue Sky Dental blog, we look at the ways in which dental implants are widely considered to be a superior option for replacing missing teeth.

Strength – Dental implants are incredibly strong, and the procedure rarely fails if performed by an experienced implant dentist such as those at our Chelmsford practice. The titanium implant provides a replacement tooth root which gives the new tooth its strength, allowing the patient to eat any food that they wish, without difficulty.

Stability – One of the most common complaints of denture wearers is that they have a tendency to move around in the mouth when speaking or eating. Whilst dentures are generally more secure than in the past, this is still not an uncommon problem, and one that can cause both embarrassment and inconvenience. Dental implants are firmly anchored into the jaw bone, and, providing that they are looked after correctly (see next section), provide a stable replacement tooth that will not move about, whatever you are doing.

Easy to clean – Dentures are fiddly to clean and have to be removed from the mouth to do so. There is also a risk of breaking them if you drop them during cleaning. Dental implants are very easy to keep clean and should be looked after in exactly the same way that you should your natural teeth. Quality brushing, flossing and regular dentist and hygienist checks should keep your dental implants strong and healthy.

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Your Tick List For Healthy Teeth And Gums

Dental Specialist in Chelmsford, Essex

Helping our Chelmsford patients to maintain a healthy mouth.

In our blogs, we often write about sophisticated dental procedures, that can help you to restore either damaged or unsightly teeth. Whilst we are pleased to be able to offer these treatments, the fact remains that prevention is by far the best option.

Sometimes accidents do happen and an emergency dental appointment may be necessary.

Many dental problems though can easily be avoided, or at least reduced, by taking a look at our daily actions. In today’s blog, we offer our Chelmsford dental patients a useful ‘tick list’ to see how well they are looking after their teeth.

Healthy diet – Sugar intake should be lowered as much as possible as this is a leading cause of tooth decay. If you must eat sweet foods, try to eat those that stay in your mouth for just a short time. Sweets that are sucked for long periods of time may be more damaging to the enamel and fizzy, sugary drinks should, ideally, be avoided altogether.

Regular cleaning – Make sure that you brush your teeth effectively twice a day. Use a brush that is no more than three months old and use a toothpaste with fluoride in it. To check that you are brushing correctly, ask the hygienist at Blue Sky Dental to show you how on your next visit.

Flossing – Many dental problems start between the teeth where a toothbrush may not reach. Adding dental floss to your regular routine can play a significant role in avoiding the need for fillings etc. Again, if you find flossing difficult, our dental hygienist will be only too happy to show you how to do this.

Stop smoking – Smoking causes far too many problems for it to be worth it. From a dental perspective, gum disease, mouth infections and oral cancers are often caused by smoking. If you do still smoke, please do yourself a favour and stop!

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Just How Safe Is Botox?

Should our Chelmsford patients be concerned about this facial aesthetics treatment?

From time to time, a story about Botox treatment arises in the national newspapers. In the vast majority of cases, this involves a celebrity who has had the treatment and the results have been disastrous.

This, inevitably, makes some people cautious about having this treatment.

Like many stories that are written to attract readers though, many details are often missed out in order to make the story more ‘sensational’. If we were able to delve deeper into these cases, we would find that there was more to the story that we initially read.

Botox is safe

To be clear; Botox is safe providing that it is used correctly. Yes, it does derive from a toxin, but, in the small doses that should be used, this does not present a health problem at all in a healthy patient. We will always check that you are a suitable candidate for Botox treatment and, for example, if you are pregnant, or breastfeeding,  we will not perform this procedure for you.

The treatment works by injecting small quantities of Botox just under the skin in the area where the lines and wrinkles are. This then works by blocking the nerves that cause us to frown, for example, leaving patients with smoother, younger looking skin.

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Is Teeth Whitening Safe During Pregnancy?

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Safety first at Blue Sky Dental in Chelmsford.

Being pregnant can affect different women in different ways. For some, it is a joy all the way through, whilst for others, it is a struggle with a big reward at the end of it.

For the latter group, cosmetic dentistry could be a tempting way to improve how they feel about themselves but ‘expecting’ does bring with it the added responsibility of protecting the unborn child and not exposing it to any risks.

A few mums to be, that are patients of Blue Sky Dental, have asked us about the safety of having a teeth whitening procedure. We address this issue in today’s blog, along with alternative suggestions as to how you can safely improve the appearance of your teeth.

Teeth whitening

The tailored home whitening kits that we provide for our Chelmsford cosmetic patients do include chemicals in the form of a whitening bleach. Studies have shown there to be no evidence to suggest that the whitening solution is harmful for mums to be or those nursing a young child. Despite this evidence, however, legislation does exist that prevents teeth whitening treatments being carried out for women who are either pregnant or breastfeeding.

Whilst this may be frustrating for some, health and safety laws are designed to protect, and, as a teeth whitening procedure is not an essential dental treatment, legislators have obviously decided to err on the side of caution. We would urge that expecting patients (or anyone else for that matter), do not seek out a rogue whitening boutique. These are now illegal and have been found, at times, to administer large doses of the whitening bleach. This could be harmful to both yourself and the child.

If you have had a teeth whitening procedure but weren’t aware that you were pregnant at the time, there should be no cause for concern. If you are worried about it in any way though, please consult your GP.

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