Time for a chechup at your local dentist in London EC2
The check up is our regular chance to make sure that your teeth are in perfect shape, and hopefully prevent any major problems before they occur.
At your initial dental check up you’ll meet your dentist and be able to discuss any questions and treatment options you have in mind. We’ll review your medical history and discuss any issues that may affect your treatment.
After this, your dentist will carry out a thorough examination of your mouth checking all of your teeth and gums. We use the very latest dental technology including intra-oral cameras and digital x-rays so you can see exactly what the dentist sees, and ask any questions you may have. We aim to make this experience as interactive and informative as possible.
Fillings are a wonderfully effective way to repair teeth that have been damaged, either due to injury or decay.
We use a number of different kinds of fillings, such as: composite (white) fillings, amalgam (silver) fillings, and porcelain fillings. During your visit, we’ll discuss the different types with you, and help you choose the one that suits you best.
Composite (white) fillings are made from natural tooth coloured resins that are more aesthetically pleasing and can be matched to the same colour as natural teeth.
Amalgam (silver) fillings are made from an amalgamation of different metals and are silver in appearance. Amalgam fillings are resistant to wear; however, due to their colour they are more noticeable than composite fillings and are not usually used in very visible areas, such as front teeth.
Porcelain fillings are called inlays or onlays and are made by a technician in a dental laboratory and then bonded to the tooth. They can be matched to the colour of the tooth, resist staining, and are extremely durable.
Finally, your dentist will discuss with you the dental treatment options available and provide you with a suggested dental treatment plan.
Have you ever looked in the mirror, and thought ‘Hmmm, my teeth aren’t looking quite as good as they could’? If you have, we’re here to help.
Feeling unhappy about your teeth can really dent your confidence. Fortunately, there are a whole range of cosmetic dental treatments to get your teeth looking fantastic again. It could be as simple as a session of tooth whitening, or as involved as a full smile makeover.
Complexion, colouring and facial structure all play an important part when creating a bespoke, natural-looking smile that’s just right for you. Your local dentist in London EC2 .So we use the latest computer imaging technology to determine the very best solutions, and can even show you the potential results before the work is done.
What do you do if you have a dental emergency over the holidays? We’ve gathered together our top 5 emergency dental FAQs – bookmark this page!
Whether you’ve got swollen gums or your child has chipped a tooth, a dental emergency can threaten to spoil Christmas for everyone. Don’t let it! We’re here to arm you with the information you need to take the situation in hand and do the right thing while getting the help you need.
Bitten down too hard on a kernel of fancy festive popcorn? The treatment of your chipped or fractured tooth will depend on the degree of its injury, but you should see a dentist straight away. Don’t worry, as it’s usually easy to restore a damaged tooth and we might even be able to do it in a single visit. Call us for an urgent appointment and, in the meantime, try to avoid biting in that area or eating hot or cold foods.
Did the battle over the turkey drumsticks come to fisticuffs? If a blow or fall knocks one or more of your teeth out, you should recover it and remove any dirt or debris by gently rinsing it. To protect the fibres on the root surface, avoid handling the root. Your tooth will have a better chance of survival if you can keep it in its socket until you can get emergency dental treatment. If that’s not possible, put it in a cup of milk. If the tooth is simply pushed out of place, don’t force it back into its socket, just apply light finger pressure to reposition it to its normal alignment. Use a moist tissue or gauze to hold the tooth in its place and call us immediately.
TOOTHACHE OR SWOLLEN GUMS
Are your teeth or gums causing you more pain than Uncle Nigel’s bad jokes? There are a number of reasons for toothache and swollen gums, but it’s most often down to infection. Painkillers may help you feel more comfortable but don’t rely on them instead of seeing the dentist, as they allow more time for the infection to spread. If the pain has become worse over time, use warm water or a specialist mouthwash to rinse your mouth. You may also choose to gently floss or use a waterpick to remove any food that might cause infection. Call us immediately so we can assess the cause and help solve the underlying problem.
LOST FILLING OR CROWN
Did your nan’s Christmas cake pull your crown off with it? At Christmas, the only crown we’d want you to be taking off is the paper kind. If eating sticky foods pulls one out, or loosens a filling, then you’ll need to come in and see us. A loose crown should be saved so we can re-cement it as soon as possible, as long as it hasn’t been damaged. If a filling falls out, remove it from your mouth to avoid swallowing or choking on it. You won’t need to save it as it will be replaced with a new one.
BITTEN LIP OR TONGUE
Biting your tongue over your granddad’s views on Brexit? Christmas banter can be treacherous! If you’re in pain after biting your lip or tongue by accident (or on purpose), apply a cold compress to the inside of your mouth to reduce the swelling. If you can’t stop the bleeding with a compress, and are losing blood, you may need to visit your closest A&E to get stitches. Call 111 for advice.
We hope you’ll have safe and happy Christmas and New Year celebrations, but if something does happen, then hopefully you’ll now have a better idea what to do. Bookmark this blog post and program our number into your phone for rapid reference. And share this with friends and family, so they can be prepared too!
How To Get The Best Dental Care in London EC2 London
When should my child start visiting a dentist?
Following the guidance of the British Dental Society dental check-up before their first birthday. We are also on hand for dietary advice (especially on the intake of sugars) and proper oral care recommendations.
The journey to a life of healthy teeth and gums starts even before your child requires dental care. The relationship between your child and their dentist is just as important as their level of skill and expertise. Discuss your own dental visits with your child to dispel the myths and stereotypical “fears” associated with dentistry. If they see you smiling after a dental visit, they are likely to do the same!
Top tips for baby teeth
Baby teeth function as “placeholders” for your child’s permanent teeth, and if a baby tooth is lost too early it can cause permanent teeth to grow into the empty space, making it difficult for other teeth to find room. This could lead to a variety of future dental issues such as tooth decay, gum disease and abnormal wear of tooth surfaces to name a few.
Did you know that baby teeth are just as susceptible to cavities as adult teeth? Start brushing your child’s teeth twice a day as soon as they emerge using a very thin film of high fluoride toothpaste (no less than 1,000 ppm / parts per million). Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by protecting the tooth against bacteria and sugars in the mouth. Although important that your child spits out the toothpaste, it is not necessary for them to rinse with water so that the excess fluoride can continue to protect their teeth.
Should my child be seeing an orthodontist?
Depending on the needs of your child, the age at which treatment may be undertaken can vary. Orthodontic treatment is generally carried out once all the adult teeth have emerged, however in certain cases early intervention can minimise or even avoid future orthodontic treatment. As a rule, around the age of 8 is an appropriate time for your child to be assessed by our specialist orthodontist who works closely with all our dentists.
Keep it going!
At The Dental Surgery we believe the key to lifelong good oral health starts with proper education, at an early age, on how to look after your own teeth and recognise any signs of declining oral health. During your child’s first and subsequent check-ups, our team of dentists, hygienists and specialists will spend time showing them proper brushing and flossing techniques, providing dietary advice (such as being aware of their sugar intake) and preventative treatment where necessary (such as fissure sealants, topical fluoride applications and oral hygiene vists). We aim to make their appointments positive and something to look forward to.