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.

The myths

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Is Teeth Whitening Safe During Pregnancy?

white teeth and dental mirror

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.

What can I do?

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Full Mouth Restoration Without Resorting To Dentures

Where a full arch of teeth are missing, ‘all on 4’ could be your answer.

Multiple teeth can be lost through long term neglect which results in decay and/or gum disease. Where a full arch of teeth have been lost, the options for replacing them are limited; for example, a dental bridge is no longer an option as there are no natural teeth left to provide support. Traditionally then, the only available method left would be the use of full dentures.

Whilst dentures have improved in quality and certainly represent an acceptable aesthetic option, some wearers do find them uncomfortable and socially awkward. They can even change your speech in some cases.

But there is another option! Here at Blue Sky Dental we are pleased to offer an excellent alternative to dentures, in the form of same day dental implants supporting a full fixed arch of teeth.

New teeth in a day!

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Is Your Child Afraid Of The Dentist?

Our Chelmsford dentists offer advice for parents of dental phobic children.

Regular dental care is essential for all ages. Although visiting the dentist is probably not high on anyone’s idea of fun; as parents, we know how distressing the thought of a dental visit can be to children. Sometimes this might be a dental phobia that they have inherited from their parents, but equally may originate from stories that children tell each other at school.

At Blue Sky Dental in Chelmsford, we offer a friendly and supportive environment for children to receive dental treatment. We strongly believe that good quality dental care in their early years will help them to grow up with strong and healthy teeth.

If your child is afraid of seeing a dentist, we offer some advice below which we hope you will find useful.

Your phobias

As mentioned earlier, children often pick up habits from their parents, and, if you exhibit signs of anxiety whenever you take your child to the dentist, they will probably pick up on this too. If you can’t overcome your own fear, you may wish to consider allowing another relative who is comfortable with being at the dentist, to take your child for you.

Early care

Bringing your child to see a dentist at around one year old, is increasingly thought to be a positive move in helping them gain confidence. Evidence suggests that children who encounter the dental environment this early, develop less dental anxiety.

Play ‘dentists’

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Endodontics – Saving Infected Teeth In Chelmsford

A look at the role of the endodontist at Blue Sky Dental.

At our Chelmsford dental practice, we are proud to have a number of specialists as part of our team. This means that we can offer our patients first class, complex dental care for all their needs.

In today’s blog, we take a look at the role of one of the specialists, the endodontist.

The word ‘endodontist’ originates from ancient Greek words meaning ‘inside’ and ‘tooth’. This role then, involves dealing with dental problems that originate within the tooth. The most common of these being when the inner pulp becomes infected.

Root canal treatment

The most common procedure carried out by the endodontist is a root canal procedure. This is a highly effective way of treating a tooth where the materials in the root have become infected. Whilst antibiotics could ease the symptoms for a little while, the problem would eventually re-occur and a root canal procedure is the only procedure that can resolve this problem permanently. The procedure itself involves the removal of the top part of the tooth so that the dentist can access the infected pulp. This will then be removed and the hollow roots cleaned to remove any remaining infection. The canals will then be filled and a crown attached to the top of the tooth to re-establish strength and a natural appearance.

Patients will need to be aware that, during the procedure, the nerves are removed, along with other soft materials. This means that, although the tooth will be sufficiently strong for everyday use, it will not experience sensation as other teeth will. The result of this is that it is much easier to bite down too hard with the tooth so patients should exercise caution when using a root canal treated tooth for eating harder foods.

Why Blue Sky Dental?

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Bleeding Gums Could Lead To Periodontitis

Early symptoms should not be ignored and could lead to future problems.

The potential seriousness of gum disease now seems to more widely acknowledged, and a number of advertisements for products appearing on the TV are aimed at preventing it. One common tagline in these advertisements is a variant of “Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth”. It is good to see this message being spread more widely, although bleeding gums are not the only symptom associated with gum disease.

There are a number of other symptoms including sore or tender gums, gums that appear red or inflamed, as well as bad breath or receding gums. Spotting dental symptoms early on, and taking the appropriate action, can restore your gums to good health with relatively minor treatment.

Gingivitis

During its early stages, gum disease is known as gingivitis. This can usually be reversed or restricted through an improved home oral health care regimen and a series of professional cleans by our Ipswich hygienist, known as a ‘scale and polish’. This helps to remove hardened bacteria (tartar) which is otherwise difficult to remove. With regular care, gum disease should be relatively easily prevented for most people.

Periodontitis

What if we ignore the early signs of gum disease?  The problem then becomes more serious and not only is the patient likely to notice that the symptoms present themselves in a much more pronounced way, but, unseen below the gum line, the bacteria may start to attack the bone in which the teeth are held. Over time, this can cause the teeth to become loose, or even fall out. There is no guaranteed way to save the teeth from the effects of periodontitis although an invasive procedure, known as a ‘deep clean’ or root planing can sometimes achieve this, or at least minimise the damage.

Dental implants

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Give Your Teeth An Aesthetics MOT!

Why not take advantage of the latest cosmetic dental procedures in Chelmsford for a great new smile?

Most people see their dentist once every six months or so, and perhaps every now and then when restorative treatment is necessary. Modern dentistry though, offers so much more than many people realise, and there are a now a number of treatments available that can boost your smile in no time at all, and in a minimally invasive way.

At Blue Sky Dental, we are always happy to help our Chelmsford patients achieve the smile that they want and offer free non clinical consultations for this very purpose.

In today’s blog, we take a brief look at some of the fast acting procedures that we can offer patients that will help to bring out the best in their smile.

Teeth whitening

One of the most straightforward and non invasive dental procedures that can really give your teeth a boost is the teeth whitening procedure. This can be customised to suit each individual patient and allow them to have just the level of whiteness that they are happy with. To ensure both comfort and safety, we produce trays from impressions of the patient’s teeth into which the whitening gel is placed. These are designed to be worn at home for just a few hours each day, with full results being seen within a week or two. The same trays can often be used for later top-ups too.

Dental veneers

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Dermal Fillers – An Answer To The Effects Of Ageing?

Dermal fillers treatment in Chelmsford – look forward to younger looking skin!

Most people have probably heard of Botox by now, and indeed, many of our Chelmsford facial aesthetics patients have enjoyed this procedure with good effect, reducing the wrinkles on their skin.

In today’s blog, we take a look at a slightly less well known treatment that can also help to give you younger looking skin.

Dermal fillers

Dermal fillers are widely used in cosmetic facial treatments and are an excellent way of restoring skin that has become wrinkled or folded, or to fill out areas such as the cheeks and lips which tend to sink and thin as we become older. This happens because the collagen, which naturally fills these areas out, becomes lost with age and can’t be replaced naturally.

The fillers themselves can be made from a number of materials, depending on the type of treatment to take place. These are safe and well tested and you should not concern yourself with any negative publicity you may have seen of procedures that have gone wrong. The facial aesthetics team at Blue Sky Dental of Chelmsford are fully trained and experienced and will discuss outcomes with you before the procedure takes place. We reserve the right to refuse to treat anyone who is seeking an extreme, or potentially risky form of cosmetic treatment.

We will also discuss your general health and check for any potential reasons why dermal fillers may not be suitable for you.

Cosmetic facial areas

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Orthodontics Without The Fuss In Chelmsford

Our Essex orthodontist explains why clear aligners are easy and convenient to use.

If you thought that dental braces had to be unsightly and made from metal in order to straighten your teeth, you would be wrong.

Whilst this type of dental brace is still in use, and does correct the position of teeth effectively, it is no longer the only method available, and, at Blue Sky Dental, we are pleased to offer our Chelmsford dentistry patients the latest in orthodontic technology.

Our ‘clear aligner’ system allows patients to straighten their teeth without the use of wires and brackets to position them. Instead, a series of transparent trays are made, from impressions, which are then placed directly over the teeth.

Gentle pressure

Each of these trays are designed to move your teeth just a little towards their desired position. They do so by placing gentle pressure on the teeth, gradually moving them. This is essential as putting too much pressure on them could cause long term damage. This low pressure, plus the fact that the trays are made for each individual patient from accurate impressions, means that most people find this method to be much more comfortable than traditional braces.

Hygienic

Unlike traditional braces, where food and bacteria can become trapped in the wires and brackets that are used, clear teeth aligners are easy to clean. In fact, they are designed to be removed whilst you are eating and for cleaning your teeth. Providing that you clean your trays as well as brushing and flossing, there should be no increased risk of either gum disease or tooth decay.

Aesthetic appeal

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Caring For A New Dental Crown

Dental Specialist in Chelmsford, Essex

Useful aftercare tips from our Chelmsford dentists.

A dental crown, or ‘cap’ as it may be referred to by some, is an effective way to restore a tooth that has broken or is decayed where a filling would not give it sufficient strength. They are also used as the final part of both a root canal and dental implant procedure.

In general, crowns remain strong and intact, but if not looked after correctly, can cause problems for the patient, especially in the period just after treatment.

With this in mind, we offer some words of advice for Chelmsford patients of Blue Sky Dental, on how to ensure a strong and secure dental crown for many years.

Temporary dental crowns

When dental crowns are to be fitted, impressions are taken of the teeth to ensure accuracy, comfort and a natural appearance when treatment is complete. The impressions are then sent to a dental laboratory for the crown to be manufactured. This can mean a delay of a week or more before the crowns are returned for fitting. As this would leave the prepared teeth in a compromised state, temporary dental crowns are fitted, and, as these are not manufactured to the precise tolerance of the final version, it is often with these that some issues arise.

Special care should be taken to avoid exerting excessive force on temporary crowns and you should try to avoid using them to bite down on hard foods. This should wait until your permanent crowns are fitted and settled.

Permanent crowns

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