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How To Remove Brown Stains from the Back of Teeth  2019

How do you remove brown stains from the back of teeth? It’s a common enough problem and a question that is asked often by people who have noticed that even though they may be strict about their dental hygiene, their teeth still becomes a little less pearly white.  We all want a dazzling, bright white smile. Many consider this to be a sign of good health, so if your teeth are a little on the stained side it can dent your confidence and make you feel a bit below par.   Identifying the triggers for this common issue is key, as is finding out the best way to remove them safely and effectively with a little help from a private Dentist, who will be able to assist and advise you should the problem be a little more persistent.   There are many causes for this, and some might surprise you more than others!  

Causes of Brown Staining on Teeth 

First, identify what the main triggers are for causing brown stains on teeth. Some of these are perhaps more obvious than others and it can be worth looking at your overall lifestyle to see what changes you can make to help you overcome the problem of brown stains between the teeth.  
  • Food and drink 

Food such as highly coloured fruits and vegetables (think blackcurrants or beetroot) contain stain-causing compounds that will build upon your teeth over time. Likewise, drinks such as tea, coffee and red wine contain tannins, which can turn your teeth a brownish colour if drunk regularly. Sugary soda-based drinks can also have the same effect, which is another reason why Dentists often advise against having these too often or avoiding them completely.   To prevent these stains from occurring, or to minimise the risk, regular, twice-daily brushing with a fluoride toothpaste will help. Drink cold drinks or alcoholic beverages that can cause staining, through a straw.  
  • Smoking and Tobacco 

Of course, one of the other major causes of brown staining is smoking and tobacco products. The best course of action to prevent staining is to give up, but in the meantime, it could be worth speaking to an Aesthetika Dentist to see how they can help with professional removal of brown stains from the teeth, especially if it is as a result of long-term smoking. 
  • Tooth decay 

When layers of enamel start to get worn away by the bacteria that is present in the mouth, it can form cavities. The resulting decay can end up turning a brownish colour. These will show up as spots of brown in and around the front and back of the teeth.  
  • Tartar 

Bacteria causes is a build-up of a sticky substance on your teeth known as plaque. If this isn’t properly removed by adequate brushing and mouth washing twice a day it can harden and turn brown. The only way this can be removed safely and effectively is by getting an appointment with your Dentist or Hygienist.  
  • Medical conditions 

Certain medical conditions such as coeliac disease can cause brown staining on the teeth, which can in some cases be permanent. It is always best to seek professional advice to treat this both for proper management of your health condition and also for good oral health.  

How To Effectively Remove Brown Stains on Teeth 

There are many different options to remove brown stains from the teeth. Some are over the counter, and some require professional advice. If you’re unsure about what to do, then it is always best to seek advice from a professional Kingston Dentist who can give the proper treatment and help.   Over the counter options for treating this problem include:  
  • Mouthwashes that contain hydrogen peroxide – often labelled as ‘whitening’ 
  • Toothpaste that contain sodium hypochlorite – again, often labelled as ‘whitening’ 
  • Whitening strips that will contain carbamide peroxide 
  • Whitening systems that use a tray and contain carbamide peroxide bleaching gel 
It is important to only buy these products from a reputable supplier such as a private Dentist, or pharmacy, who will be able to verify their sources and assure you that the products they sell are safe.  Normally, if the brown stains are caused by medical issues or by tartar, it is recommended not to treat them at home and to simply make an appointment with a Dentist for further help and treatment.   The dentist or Dental Hygienists will use special tools to scrape, blast, or rub tartar and plaque away from teeth and they can also undertake minor procedures to help whiten the teeth safely and give you professional follow up advice for home use afterwards.   Sometimes, the brown staining on teeth caused by certain medical conditions like coeliac disease or the effects of years of poor dental hygiene can be permanent. It might be possible to lessen them, but it isn’t always possible to remove them.   Further discolouration can be aided by the use of the following techniques:  
  • White composite fillings 
  • Veneers 
  • Crowns 
  • Airflow Stain Removal – is the best treatment for stains built up from food/drinks and tobacco. It eliminates most dental stains very effectively. Airflow uses high-pressure water that sprays powder on the teeth and it is relatively painless. 
Sometimes wearing a retainer or night guard may also be recommended.  

Can you Prevent Brown Stains on the Teeth?  

It is possible to minimise brown spots on the teeth. The biggest key to this is good hygiene. Brushing your teeth twice a day and using an appropriate mouthwash.  Use the following plan to make sure your dental health is tip-top!  
  • Brush your teeth with toothpaste containing fluoride two minutes twice a day.
  • Floss at least once a day
  • If you eat a lot of food with high sugar or tannin levels, rinse your mouth thoroughly, with either mouthwash or plain water after eating/drinking.
  • Use a fluoride containing mouthwash twice a day.
  • Have a dental check-up regularly.
  • Stop smoking
If it isn’t clear what has been causing the brown stains or discolouration, it is important to make an appointment with your dentist, to find out what the cause might be. 

How Aesthetika Can Help 

We look forward to hearing from and meeting new patients. We’re happy to talk to you and have an initial consultation with you to see how we could help.   If you’re struggling with the problem of brown staining on your teeth, then don’t suffer in silence or feel embarrassed any more. We can help you get a bright, white smile to be proud of. Contact a professional Kingston Dentist today. Find out more on how we can help   

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Private Dental Practice Vs NHS Dental Practices: Which Is Best? 

Private Dental Practice versus NHS Dental Practices: which is best? It’s a quandary many people have when assessing their treatment options with regards to their oral health.  

There really is no one correct answer to this question. Both methods of dental practice have their own benefits, though it is true that a private dentist will be able to offer more time to a patient, so they can make the very best of their appointment and fully address any issues or concerns they might have.  

What are the other considerations when weighing up your treatment options? Here, we’ll take a look at the benefits of both private dental practice and NHS dentistry so you can make an informed decision about your dental treatment plans.  

What Are the Main Differences Between Private and NHS Dentistry? 

Patients can sometimes feel confused about the difference between private and NHS dental treatment.  

There is of course, a common assumption that private dentistry will be more expensive, and this is really not the case. By choosing a private dentist in Kingston you are actively seeking out a professional service, with the treatment outcome you require, that is cost effective.  

  • Private Dentistry 

As a rule of thumb, cosmetic treatments are not available on the NHS. This can mean that materials and treatments that will produce the best overall cosmetic appearance in a patient’s oral cavity are not always used. In private practice, treatment will always give both the best possible function, whilst being aesthetically pleasing too.  

Private appointments are usually always offered any time a practice is open, and this includes evening, such as post 5pm and usually weekends too. Anyone that cannot make an appointment during their working week can get treatment on a Saturday, and sometimes even a Sunday.  

Treatment in a private practice gives freedom to provide the patient with the best possible standard of treatment, using the highest quality materials. There are usually no funding restrictions and clinicians can focus on the treatment itself.  

Treatment work such as dentures, crowns, bridges and implants are usually sent to private laboratories in which specialist technicians hand make the item. In the unlikely event that any work sent to a private practice is unsatisfactory there is often greater flexibility in returning items and getting replacements or repairs quickly.  

Appointment times are often longer, so that treatment can be conducted at a relaxed pace. This often works better for patients who get very stressed about dental work or have a phobia. Often, clinics like Aesthetika will employ a dental phobia nurse who can help relax patients during treatment.  

With private treatments you can often asked to be referred to a specialist if a difficult procedure needs to be carried out, for instance a tricky tooth extraction.   

Some orthodontic treatments are not always offered on the NHS and as a rule orthodontic treatment for patients over the age of eighteen are not always available either. In a private practice this would be available.  

If you need treatment, your private dentist will give you a range of treatment options and costs, plus a written estimate before you commit to any dental work.  

  • NHS Dentistry 

NHS patients will always be treated with the same level of care as any private patients are. However, it is worth noting that the government has a few restrictions on treatment and will fix the patient charges at a national level.  

Treatment on the NHS is for functional reasons only and no cosmetic dentistry problems can be fixed.   

That said, NHS treatment is cost effective for the tax payer. Every NHS clinic works to a fixed NHS budget, this means that more cost effective materials and laboratories are used for more serious and complex treatments.  

The Government set guidelines for dental patients to be recalled, this means you should (in most cases) be offered regular check-up appointments. However, it does mean you can’t always have them whenever you want.  

NHS cleaning will focus on gum health and always treat what is clinically necessary, so for instance if you are at risk of gum disease or tooth decay, so you are assured that the health of your teeth will always come first.  

Appointment availability on the NHS can sometimes be limited and you may not always be able to get one outside of normal work hours. This can vary from practice to practice though and there are NHS clinics who have contracts to provide emergency services out of hours on weekends and Bank holidays 

Unfortunately, some treatments are not available on the NHS in certain cases such as cosmetic treatments, dental implants and some preventative measures. However, clinics do vary and it is always best to check.  

Services such as the hygienist are not always funded by the NHS, so if there is one at your practice you may sometimes have to pay extra to see them.  

You can have referrals for certain specialist treatments on the NHS but waiting times may be higher.  

Why Not Give Aesthetika A Call?  

A good dentist who cares about their patient will always discuss every aspect of their treatment before proceeding, so you all know your options and can work out what is most cost effective and workable for you. You should always be given a written treatment plan so you can see the treatment required and how much this will cost.  

To summarise, there is no one better form of dental treatment. The NHS will give you a good standard of functional treatment, which will suit a great many people. Private dentistry offers both functional and cosmetic treatment, but with a personalised plan and a full breakdown of costs.  

If you are interested in a consultation for private dental treatment in Kingston, then call Aesthetika today or Contact us for a free consultation. 


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How Much are Veneers? 

If you’ve been wondering about investing the time and money into some cosmetic dental procedures, you’ve probably wondered how much are veneers  Over the last decade a raft of makeover shows, and now increasingly social media influencers have sought to prove the worth of having a beautiful, pearly white smile that many of us want to replicate. This can have the effect of making people feel self-conscious when being photographed, because of the shame in having discoloured, chipped or cracked teeth.   In these more media-oriented times, it seems that one in three of us is now considering some form of cosmetic dental enhancement to give confidence back. It’s possible to find a solution to this issue, but finding the right private dentist is essential for any kind of cosmetic procedure.  

What are Veneers? 

Veneers are thin strips of pearl white porcelain that can be bonded to one or more teeth to hide staining, discolouration or cracking.   The damaged tooth needs to be filed down first and then this instant beautifier can be fixed securely over the top. They are more natural looking than false teeth and can provide a quicker and faster solution than crowns or caps, which are often an invasive dental procedure.   It’s possible to pick the right shade of veneer for you, and to know that they will fit naturally with the rest of your teeth. Veneers can also be used to fill in small gaps in the smile, that other orthodontic procedures can’t fix.  

Why Choose Veneers? 

Why choose veneers? If you’re unsure or need to examine reasons why this procedure might be the best option for you, then here are three major reasons to speak to a Kingston Dentist about seeking this form of treatment.  
  • Brighten and whiten your smile 

Over time, the food and drink we consume takes its toll on our teeth. Tannins in tea and coffee and compounds from food can turn them yellow or brown. If you’re a smoker then this only makes the issue worse. It is possible to have bleaching or whitening procedures done at the dentist, but this is something that needs to be kept on top of. An easy way to whiten for good is to invest in porcelain veneers.  
  • Minor Cosmetic Issues Can be Fixed 

Veneers can often be used to correct minor dental issues that other orthodontic treatments can’t fix. As they are attached to the front surface of your teeth, they can camouflage small issues such as crooked teeth or gaps. Although they will only cover the issue, the only people that need know you have a slight imperfection are you, and your dentist. In some cases, orthodontic treatment might be the preferred method and it is always best to seek the advice of a trained dental professional in such matters.  
  • Damage to Tissues in the Mouth Can Be Minimised 

Overzealous tooth brushing or eating acidic foods can all have an effect on the tissues in your mouth, pushing back or eroding them. If you suffer from gastrointestinal problems that mean you produce a lot of stomach acid, or have reflux, this can also create problems too. Having veneers fitted can help stop this problem from worsening and correct any cosmetic issues that might have been created by any of the above.  

Choose the Right Dentist 

Committing to having veneers is one step of the process, knowing and choosing the right dentist to perform the procedure is another. There are growing demands for different types of dental cosmetic procedures and making sure you find someone you can trust and who is fully qualified is key.   A good quality veneer that fits properly and is comfortable needs a skilled private dentist to carry out the work. The maximum amount of tooth should be conserved. One of the key criteria for a well fitted veneer is that another dentist should not be able to spot it unless they examine you very closely.   Poorly fitted veneers can often appear bathroom-fixture white, and the porcelain they are made from is poor quality and will not be durable. Skilled technicians at a private Kingston Dentist clinic such as Aesthetika will use high quality materials to create an individually tailored veneer that will last and provide protection and durability.   Teeth are not uniform in size or colour and that is why getting a good colour match is essential. We’ll take the time to make sure we talk to you and help you choose correctly.   If a row of veneers needs to be fitted, an expert dental clinic such as ours will also work with the patient to make sure the shape and length of the teeth are also accommodated.   This is very important in terms of matching your front teeth on the top and bottom rows. A little tooth length needs to be visible, especially when the lips are relaxed. The upper teeth also need to follow the curve of the bottom lip.    The width of a smile needs to be considered too and adjustments will need to be made in order to make sure that your smile shows off you, and your personality and not a row of false looking teeth!  

How Much Do Veneers Cost?  

This will depend very much on the number of teeth that need treatment. Your dentist will be able to advise you of how much veneers will cost, alongside the colour match that will suit you best.   You can always book a free consultation with us, to talk to us about the procedure and what to expect. Call us today if you’re interested in having veneers to Find out more how we can help   

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Do braces hurt?

It’s a common question when youngsters and adults find they need this type of orthodontic treatment. It’s simple to answer and one that can make the difference between having the procedure done or avoiding it completely which could potentially lead to further oral health problems down the line.   Many people from teenagers to adults find that at some stage, they’ll need a brace fitting to help straighten crooked teethor to simply help them feel more confident and reassured about their smile! Whether you’re having braces as part of routine procedure or as part of a programme of cosmetic dental improvement it can help to understand how the procedure works.   In recent years, the technology for measuring, making and fitting braces to those in need of them has improved greatly. The introduction of innovations such as Fast Braces, that can help straighten and improve teeth quicker are worth considering and can shorten treatment time by up to nine months. It’s worth talking to a private Dentist about this, if your child, or indeed yourself need a brace.   With better technique also comes improvements in patience, care and understanding for those people who might find they scared of visiting the Dentist for regular treatment and procedures. Aesthetika is a Kingston Dentist that has a Dental Phobia certified Dentist who is available for appointments on request.   Having braces fitted need not be an ordeal, or something to be frightened of if you read our guide to understanding how the fitting process works and what to expect.  

Does Having a Brace Fitted Cause Discomfort? 

At an initial consultation your Dentist will take a good look at your teeth. They might want to take x-rays of both these, and your jaw too. These are completely pain free and shouldn’t cause any discomfort. The important thing to remember is to keep still and follow the instructions of your Dentist.
  • 1 – Taking impressions 
Impressions of your teeth might need to be taken. This is done by creating a mould with a putty like substance known as alginate. A tray, constructed of plastic will be filled with this soft, pliable material and then carefully placed over your teeth, one jaw at a time.   This should be completely pain free and will take about thirty seconds to set. Whilst there is no pain, it’s fair to say some patients do worry about feeling uncomfortable in such a situation and feel scared in case they gag. Try to relax and remember to breathe slowly and deeply through your nose. If you know you have a higher gag reflex, talk to your Dentist and Dental Nurse and they’ll do everything they can to make you feel as safe as possible.  
  • 2 – Fitting the braces 
Once your impressions have been taken and your private Dentist has discussed the type of brace you need, the braces will be constructed and a further appointment to have them fitted will be made. This will be a simple, short process in which we fit the brace and then discuss (if applicable) how to insert and remove any aligners to make sure they fit comfortably and correctly.   An appointment to have a fixed brace fitted will take slightly longer but is also very straightforward too. A special cement will be mixed and used to properly affix the brackets of the braces to your teeth. Once it is in place a blue light will be used to set them and prevent them from coming off. The brackets will then be joined using a metal wire. Depending on the type of fixed brace you’re having, it will be held in place with clips or elastic bands.  
  • 3 – Appointment aftercare 
Once you leave the treatment room you might possibly experience a period of a few hours in which your teeth start to ache, or where the inside of your mouth and particularly your cheeks feel a little sore.   These symptoms are perfectly normal and should not cause too much discomfort. Yes, they’re unwelcome, but there is no real need to worry. How long you might feel discomfort for can vary person to person, some may only feel it for a few hours, whilst others may notice it for a couple of days.  
  •  4 – Treating discomfort 
If you do find that you’re suffering with aching and discomfort, then simple painkillers that you might take to relieve a headache will help with brace pain first day.   Salt water rinses can also help to soothe and comfort sore gums and the inside of the mouth. Simply put a teaspoon full of salt into a glass of freshly boiled water. Allow to cool sufficiently, then gargle with it and spit out.   Remember to follow any advice given to you by your Dentist with regards to dental hygiene, brushing, cleaning and using mouthwash.  
  • 5 – Adjusting braces 
From time to time follow up appointments are required to have your braces adjusted (if they are fixed) or to have new sets of aligners fitted. Again, you may feel some slight discomfort after the appointment, but this should subside very quickly and can always be relieved by a dose of painkillers to manage any symptoms.  
  • 6 – Brace removal 
It won’t be long before your brace will be ready for professional removal. This is often the patient’s favourite appointment, and understandably so, but it can still feel a little nerve wracking.   Braces are removed carefully with special tools that are designed to clip them off without causing any harm to your teeth. Any cement that is set on the surface of the enamel will be gently removed. There may possibly be a slight feeling of pressure as this is done but shouldn’t be anything to worry about.  
  • 7 – Retainers 
After your orthodontic treatment you may be supplied with either a fixed or removeable retainer. These are made after taking a mould from your teeth. At the appointment when your braces are removed some more impressions will be taken. The retainer should sit comfortably on your teeth and not cause any pain at all. Wear this as instructed by your Dentist.  

Why Choose Aesthetika? 

We’re a long standing and respected dental clinic and our work reflects this. Our passion for providing cutting edge dental treatment in a relaxed setting is second to none.   Our skilled team of dental professionals will look after all your dental and orthodontic needs. We offer everything from routine check-ups through to more complex treatments including braces and aesthetic work full smile makeovers and veneers.   We want our patients to receive an individual and personalised treatment service that considers their needs. We also understand that some people are more phobic than others about visiting the Dentist and so offer appointments with a trained Dentist who specialises in dental phobia. Contact us for a free consultation today, to experience the difference that is Aesthetika.  

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How do you get perfect teeth?

It’s quite simple, here are 7 little changes you can do that will give you perfect teeth. Just tweaking your oral health routine can improve the cosmetics of your teeth that will give you a smile to be confident about. Implementing techniques into your daily routine can help your teeth to last longer and look their best, it can also help you avoid painful issues that can arise from improper care.  Over the last few years we can see an increase in people paying for brighter, whiter teeth. But just painting a broken-down fence won’t make it look it’s best, the fence needs mending first, and the same can be said for your teeth. Remember you are beautiful no matter what, but your teeth can sometimes make you lose your confidence, start at the basics and get your teeth into shape and you will start to feel good about yourself again.  We are all busy and knowing how to care for our teeth the right way isn’t always easy along with conflicting advice can be confusing. Our 7 little changes to your routine will give you everything you need to do to make your teeth look and last better than ever. So next time you can visit your dentist with a big smile. 

7 Little Changes that’ll Make a Big Difference to your Smile 

 
  1. Brush Twice a Day 
Use a fluoride toothpaste twice a day for between 2 to 3 minutes. If you don’t brush them properly a film of bacteria will build up around the teeth causing plaque that could lead to gum disease and tooth decay. 
  1. Use the Correct Tooth Brush 
The amount of force you use will affect the overall look and health of your teeth. The NHS advise that it doesn’t matter whether you use an electric or manual toothbrush, as long as you brush all the surfaces of all your teeth.  
  1. Check your Technique 
Don’t just sweep the toothbrush around your mouth, hold the tooth brush at a 45-degree angle. Keep your brushing pace slow and gentle and make sure you reach the front, back and tops of your teeth.  Your dentist or hygienist can give you more advice based on your own dental health and needs. 
  1. Floss Daily 
Start at the top of the tooth, be firm but gentle using a scraping motion between the teeth. If you find floss hard to use, you can try dental tape, which is thinner. Flossing is a great way to remove tartar and plaque that brushing sometimes can’t  Again, your dental team can advise you about using dental floss. 
  1. Cut down on sugar and acidic drinks 
What you eat, and drink can cause tooth decay, so a healthy diet is important for your teeth. 
  1. Straighten Crooked Teeth 
According to the NHS around a third of children need orthodontic treatment. There are different types of aligners which can be used to help with this, which can be either removable or fixed onto the teeth. Find out more on how we can help. 
  1. Get Routine Dental Check-Ups 
To get perfect teeth visit your dentist regularly, your dentist can make sure that you are brushing and flossing sufficiently and ensure your gums and teeth are healthy as a result. They can also offer you tips and advice to make sure your smile is one you can smile with confidence with, as well as catching any issues before they become big problems.  Why not book an appointment today to get started on getting the perfect teeth you deserve? At Aesthetika Dental Studio, our modern dentistry techniques ensure all our oral hygiene check-ups and consultations are as thorough as possible. Allowing accurate diagnosis that our dentists can then use to recommend the best possible treatment plans for you and your individual needs moving forward. 

Why choose Aesthetika? 

  We value patient health and comfort above all.  We’re deeply proud of what we have created here at Aesthetika Dental and we feel our work reflects this. You are assured that we will always deliver our best, simply because we are passionate about what we do.  At Aesthetika Dental Studio, our highly skilled team of passionate and dedicated dental professionals can cater for all your dental needs. The comprehensive dental services we offer range from routine dental check-ups, through to complex cosmetic dentistry solutions including; dental implants, full smile makeovers and veneers.  Our aim is to ensure that each patient experiences the ultimate in individual, personalised cosmetic, general and specialist dental treatment, in a comfortable, warm and friendly environment.  Our years of experience mean that we have seen all manner of dental problems and the challenges that these can pose. Having overcome all of these we strive to give to our new and loyal patients alike the same standard of care that we would expect ourselves.  So, don’t be frightened to come visit the dentist, book an appointment  online or call us on 02089367726 and come see for yourself. 

People also ask: 

  Should I use an electric or manual toothbrush?  It doesn’t matter, electic or manual are both equally good, if you brush all the surfaces of all your teeth and you use fluoride toothpaste.  What type of toothpaste should I use?  It’s important to use a toothpaste with the right concentration of fluoride. Your dentist can help advise on this if you are unsure.  Should I use mouthwash?  Using a mouthwash that contains fluoride can help prevent tooth decay, but don’t do this straight after brushing your teeth or it’ll wash away the concentrated fluoride in the toothpaste left on your teeth. Try to choose a different time to use mouthwash, such as after lunch.  How can I make my teeth healthy again?  Follow our 7 steps and you will begin to see a difference. 

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Can A Loose Tooth Be Fixed

Baby teeth are supposed to fall off and give way to permanent teeth. However, when the same thing happens to adults and permanent teeth become loose this is not normal and needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

So can a loose tooth be fixed? Short answer, yes. Having a loose tooth does not automatically mean that you will lose the tooth. With the help of a good dentist, a loose tooth can easily be saved in most cases. However, the chances of a loose tooth getting better by itself are very slim. This is why it is so important to make an appointment with your dentist immediately you notice that your tooth has become loose.

So What Are Some Of The Causes Of Loose Teeth In Adults?

Permanent teeth in adults can become loose due to a number of reasons. Your dentist will tell you what has caused your loose teeth when you are in the chair with them. That being said, here are some of the main causes of loose teeth in adults:

1. Gum disease

This is one of the most common causes of loose teeth. When you have gum disease, bacteria build up in your gums causing them to recede from the tooth, making it hard for them to hold the tooth in place. Sometimes these bacteria can also damage the root of the tooth or even the bone itself.

If gum disease is the cause of the weak tooth, treating the underlying cause of the problem is the most important step in getting the loose tooth fixed. Often, this requires that your gums get deeply cleaned and treated to kill any bacteria in them while also getting rid of the plaque below the gum-line. Only then can the loose tooth be stabilised.

2. Trauma or injuries due to accidents, sports or fights

Depending on the extent of the damage, there is a good chance that a loose tooth due to trauma or injury can be saved. Even if you have a very loose tooth, if you get to the dentist on time it is possible to save it. This is why it is very important to get to your dentist as soon as possible in the event of an accident or injury.

3. Excessive stress to the teeth due to grinding or clenching

Clenching or grinding your teeth too hard upon themselves can damage the ligaments that attach the teeth to the bone. Grinding your teeth when you sleep, called bruxism, is a common problem that many people go through. It is a major cause of loose teeth, especially if you have a gum infection or if your teeth have been weakened by decay. Luckily, the damaged ligaments beneath the teeth can be repaired. If you seek help immediately you notice a loose tooth, and if your gums are healthy, a dentist can easily strengthen these ligaments once again with.

So How Do Dentists Fix Loose Teeth?

One of the most common solutions for stabilizing loose teeth in adults is attaching them to neighbouring teeth. This procedure is called splinting and is a temporary solution that takes care of the problem for a few weeks. Splinting helps the gums around the loose tooth to heal and the ligaments beneath the tooth to strengthen around it. The tooth splint is made of resin and wire, which the dentist uses to attach the loose tooth to a neighbouring healthy tooth. Sometimes, an additional plastic splint may be added to further support the loose tooth.

If you have bruxism, your dentist will also recommend a night guard after your loose tooth has been fixed. A removable night guard can go a long way in reducing the effects of bruxism. The night guard also gives the ligaments and gums time to heal while also protecting the teeth and any dental work that has been done.

Are There Cases When Loose Teeth Can’t Be Saved?

Yes. Sometimes, especially if you have extensive damage due to gum disease, your dentist may be unable to save your tooth. If your tooth has also been severely damaged, your dentist may also have no other choice than to pull it out. After your tooth has been extracted, the space left will be filled with an implant or bridge.

Luckily, today’s advances in technology in the dentistry industry have made it possible to save most cases of loose teeth. It is now more likely than ever that your loose tooth will be saved, particularly if you have healthy gums and you make a dentist appointment as soon as possible.

What To Do If You Have A Loose Tooth

1. Give Us A Call

Give us a call here at Aesthetika Dental Studio and make an appointment if you notice that you have a loose tooth. We will advice you on the best course of action.

2. Leave Your Loose Tooth Alone

If you notice that your tooth is loose, do not push it, pull it or wiggle it around with your tongue or finger. Although it may be tempting to do so, you need to resist this urge because it will only further weaken the tooth. If you have been told that the tooth will be removed, do not try to do it yourself. Permanent teeth are more strongly attached to their roots and to the bone than baby teeth. Trying to pull one out runs the risk of over-bleeding, getting infected, or breaking off a piece of the tooth in the socket. Let professionals pull out the tooth.

3. Treat The Tooth Nicely

Do not bite into hard surfaces or foods. Avoid crunchy foods, sticky foods, fruits like apples that need to be bitten into, and foods that tend to stick in your teeth like popcorn. Eat only soft foods. You also need to keep the tooth clean by rinsing your mouth gently with salty water.

Final Thoughts

Hoping that your tooth will heal on its own is frankly a very dumb strategy to take. This almost always leads to the tooth falling off completely. If you feel like something is wrong, do not gamble, make an appointment with your dentist and get your tooth checked out. As you wait for your appointment date, be gentle with that tooth. Eat soft foods, brush with a soft-bristled brush, and rinse your mouth with salt water regularly to keep the area clean and disinfected. As a rule of thumb, the earlier you see your dentist, the higher the chances that he will save your tooth.

People Also Ask:

1. What Do I Do If I Have A Loose Permanent Tooth?

Simple answer: make a dentist appointment. Getting a loose tooth checked out by a dentist is the surest way to save it. The first thing you need to do is call your dentist, then follow his instructions to the latter as you wait for your appointment.

2. Can Receding Gums Grow Back On Their Own?

Gum tissue is different from other body tissues like skin tissue or muscle tissue. Receding gums are gums that have pulled away from the tooth, exposing its roots. They do not grow back, and you need to consult your dentist for a solution if you are experiencing this issue.

3. Why Do My Teeth Feel Loose?

If your teeth feel loose, it is likely due to one of three main causes: gum disease, trauma or bruxism. Of these, gum disease is the most common cause. Gum disease occurs when pockets of bacteria are created between the tooth and the gums, causing them to recede and make the tooth loose. However, the only way to know for sure the reasons behind your loose teeth is to have them checked out by your dentist.

4. How Can I Prevent Loose Teeth?

The best way to stop yourself from having loose teeth is by preventing the most common cause of it: gum disease. You can do this by brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing regularly to prevent plaque build up between your teeth, and visiting your dentist at least twice a year. If you do this, you will never suffer from loose teeth due to gum disease. Furthermore, your teeth will be strong enough to stop themselves from getting loose because of other factors such as trauma and bruxism.


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How Long Do Veneers Last?

Veneers are the perfect solution for you if you want to gain that beautiful smile that you have always wanted. They work for people with tooth decay, uneven bites and severely stained teeth. Veneers that are of a high quality and placed by an experienced dentist can last for a surprisingly long time with proper care.

So how long do veneers last? While being very durable, veneers are not permanent. They usually last for between 10 and 15 years. During these time, they may still require a few cosmetic repairs.

The most common type of veneers is porcelain veneers. These are typically thin shells of medically treated ceramic that are attached to the surface of teeth. They are usually custom made for each individual patient and look as close to natural teeth as possible.

Veneers are used for a variety of dental issues. They may be used for cosmetic dental corrections, teeth whitening or even orthodontic adjustments. These include chipped teeth, cracked teeth, gaps between teeth, misaligned teeth and discolouration. This, along with being almost lifelike, makes veneers one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures.

A Short History Of Veneers

In the 1920s, Dr Charles Pincus, a Hollywood dentist, came up with the idea of using veneers to give actors and actresses brighter smiles on screen. He used temporary fronts on the teeth of stars which gave them bright smiles. However, it wasn’t until the 1960s that Dr Michael Bunocore created a stronger bonding solution which made it possible to affix the porcelain for longer. In 1982, JR Calamia and RJ Simonsen used the techniques of Dr Michael Bunocore, making veneers last even longer while also making them available to everyone.

Today, veneers are more lifelike than ever. Technological innovations have made them stronger, and it is now possible to recreate nearly perfect dental matches within a very short time by using digital imaging systems.

What Can Damage Veneers?

Veneers can be damaged through accidents, natural wear or even your diet. These damages significantly shorten the lifespan of the veneers. As a rule of thumb, anything that can damage natural teeth can also damage your veneers.

According to the American Dental Association, veneers can be stained just like natural teeth through exposure to some foods and drinks like coffee, tea and wine. They can also chip and crack just like natural teeth especially when you bite down on very hard foods. Luckily, good dental professionals can easily fix these damages.

Reasons Why Veneers May Not Be The Right Choice For You

For you to get veneers, you need to have healthy gums and teeth. If you have any prior underlying dental issues such as tooth decay, root canal infection or gum disease, you may not qualify for veneers. Patients with such issues need to be treated for them first before being cleared for any cosmetic enhancement.

If you want to get veneers, you need to understand that the procedure is irreversible. The dentist has to shave your enamel or remove a layer of enamel from it before attaching the veneer. Once this is done, you will need to replace the veneers or find an alternative restoration procedure to take their place. Your teeth can no longer be naturally exposed, as the enamel has been weakened. This means that the decision to get veneers placed should not be taken lightly.

For some patients, stronger replacement ceramics may be required after their veneers get damaged. Some of these cases include patients who suffer from bruxism and those who play contact sports. Your dentist need s to evaluate your case individually and offer his recommendations.

So What Can You Do To Make Your Veneers Last Longer?

The natural lifespan of veneers is 10-15 years. Although there is nothing you can do to increase this number, it can significantly be shortened if you do not take care of your veneers as you should. Treating them well and following the guidelines set by your dentist is the only way to get the most out of your veneers before you have to replace them at the end of their natural lifespan.

Getting veneers placed can be quite an investment, so if you want to get your money’s worth out of it, you need to make sure that they last for as long as possible. You need to follow your dentist’s directions to the latter. That being said, here are a few general tips on how to properly care for your veneers:

1. Your Teeth Are Not Tools.

Your Teeth are not replacement scissors or bottle openers or heaven knows what else. Almost everyone is guilty of taking this shortcut when faced with a loose string or a simple knot that needs cutting. However, once you have veneers placed, you can no longer indulge in this guilty pleasure. This is one of the fastest ways to chip a veneer, so if you want them to last, do not use your teeth as tools.

2. You Cannot Go Wrong With Good Oral Hygiene Practices.

Veneers stain just like normal teeth do. The foods you eat are the primary sources of these stains, so you need to watch what you eat. Drinks like tea, coffee and wine need to be taken in moderation. Also, remember to brush your teeth twice a day and don’t forget to floss. Visit your dentist at least twice a year for your semi-annual checkup and clean up.

3. Don’t Grind Your Teeth.

If you have the bad habit of grinding your teeth when you sleep or clenching them when you are concentrating on something, you need to talk to your dentist about it and how it can affect your veneers. Bruxism, or grinding your teeth in your sleep, can severely shorten the lifespan of your veneers. You can easily fix the issue by using a mouth guard at night.

4. If You Play Contact Sports, Wear Oral Protection.

The same goes for any activity that may result in impacts to the face. Make sure you have a mouth guard on because these activities can easily lead to chipped or cracked veneers.

Do Veneers Hurt?

Veneers look and feel as natural as normal teeth. They should not be uncomfortable or painful, and you should definitely talk to your dentist if you experience any discomfort.

Most patients also often wonder whether the process of getting veneers placed hurts. Before your veneers are placed, your teeth need to be filed down. This process is mildly uncomfortable, but it is not painful. Furthermore, every good dentist will do their best to make your experience as comfortable as possible. For patients with dental phobia, sedation may be offered if it is necessary. However, typically, the process is totally pain-free and sedation is not needed.

So How Much Do Veneers Cost?

The cost of veneers usually differs from patient to patient. Some of the causes of these variations include the number of teeth that need veneers, the type of veneers used, placement procedures, the location of the dental practice, and the experience of the dentist. All these factors act together to influence the final cost of the procedure. Typically, veneers can be quite expensive, costing several hundred dollars per tooth. This is one of the main reasons why you need to take good care of them.

Final Thoughts

Veneers can last a really long time if you take care of them well. Although they are one of the fastest ways to get that perfect smile, you need to properly take care of them if you want to get the most out of them. Otherwise, you will have to do frequent and expensive repairs, and nobody wants that.

People Also Ask:

1. How Long Do Veneers Last On Front Teeth?

Veneers on front teeth are often the most susceptible to damage. This is because they are the primary points of contact with everything, from staining foods to impacts to the face. However, with proper care and by following the tips above, there is no reason why they should not for over a decade.

2. How Long Does It Take To Get Veneers Fitted?

The process of veneer fitting form initial consultation to final placement usually takes an average of 2 to 4 weeks. The first stage immediately after the initial consultation is having temporary veneers made. Your teeth will then be prepared and your temporary veneers placed. Finally, your custom veneers will be fabricated. This entire process happens over two to three visits.

3. Are Temporary Veneers Really Necessary?

During the veneer fitting process, some patients usually wonder why they can’t skip the temporary veneer stage and go right to getting their custom veneers fabricated. Well, temporary veneers are essential for two main reasons. First, they help our patients get a general idea of what the final custom veneers will look and feel like. If there are any issues, it is easier to make changes at this stage. Secondly, they help protect your teeth until the final veneers are placed.

4. Are Veneers Permanent?

No. Veneers are not a permanent replacement for teeth. Although they can last for over a decade, they still naturally wear and need to be replaced. Furthermore, during these time, they may still require a few cosmetic repairs, depending on how you use them.


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The Dangers of Eating Without Dentures or Implants

Whether it be through old age or simply not taking care of your oral health properly, losing teeth is perhaps more common than you might think. Whilst incidences of adult tooth loss have significantly decreased since the 1970’s due to better healthcare, tooth loss does still occur. But, if you’ve experienced tooth loss and haven’t yet done anything to replace them, it’s essential you’re aware of the potential damage you could be causing. Eating without dentures or implants can be dangerous to not just your mouth, but your body too. Many underestimate the importance of teeth (especially if they’ve just lost one or two), and simply continue eating without them. Whilst this is extremely tempting and, over time, easy to develop a skill for, it’s important to consider the irreversible damage you could be causing.  

Pressure on Gums & Jaw

When chewing food in an area of your mouth without teeth, you’re inadvertently placing an unnatural amount of pressure on your gums and jaw. Food must be chewed properly to be safely swallowed. And, when teeth are missing, the gums and jaw have to work extra hard to ensure this happens. In time, the surrounding teeth and gums will become very sore and irritated, significantly increasing your risk of developing infection. Your jawbone will also suffer due to this pressure change, becoming more prone to fractures and permanent joint disorders. Even softer foods will become more difficult to chew if you continue with this habit, creating a vicious cycle that’s simply not going to resolve unless you replace your missing teeth.  

Bone Loss

Whilst only likely to happen if you consistently eat without implants or dentures for a long period of time, the risk of bone loss is definitely something you should take note of. Using your gums to chew can wear away the corresponding bone ridges of the jawline. Each time you chew, bite or clench on food, the ridge will experience pressure it’s simply not used to. This will cause the bone to eventually recede, resulting in permanent bone loss. And, to add insult to injury, if bone loss becomes too severe, receiving implants may be unsuccessful as the bone needs to be stable enough to accommodate them.  

Gastrointestinal Issues

The risks of eating without teeth stretch further than just the mouth. Failing to properly chew food to the same degree a full mouth of teeth would can lead to significant gastrointestinal problems once the food reaches the digestive system. If food pieces are simply too big to be broken down properly, this causes ‘incomplete digestion’. The full nutritional value won’t be absorbed by your body and, once the incompletely-digested food reaches the colon, a much greater volume of bacteria is likely to develop.  

The solution?

Replace your missing teeth! Whilst the above risks are unlikely to occur if you spend a mere couple of weeks eating whilst missing a couple of teeth, they’re almost guaranteed to arise if you leave replacing them for too long. Here at Aesthetika Dental Studio, we offer extremely durable dental implants specifically designed to look and feel like natural teeth – giving you the freedom to eat whatever you want without any risks! Get in touch today to discuss treatment options with one of our oral health experts.   Aesthetika Dental Studio.  

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Thought Fruit Juices and Smoothies Were a Healthy Option… Think Again!

Bananas are healthy. Strawberries are healthy. Mangos are healthy. There’s a theme here… Fruit is healthy. So why when putting a couple of these fruits together in a blender, are we suddenly faced with health warnings from the likes of the Oral Health Foundation, who claim fruit juices and smoothies could be leading to irreversible damage to the nation’s teeth? The concern lies within moderation. And like most things, too much of a ‘good thing’ doesn’t necessarily make for the best, or healthiest decision. Take nutrition and exercise as an example. If someone wants to lose weight, you may expect that person to join a gym and train 4/5 times a week. You may also expect them to diet. Typically when we think diet, we think salads. Now if that person goes to the extreme, and eats nothing but salad for a week, that person will begin to feel tired and lack energy. A diet of just salads gives deficiencies within protein and carbohydrate intake – both of which supply the body with the vital energy needed to exercise. That person then begins to feel weak and will naturally crave sugars to boost energy levels. To satisfy these cravings that person will more than likely end up binge eating on readily available ‘snack food’ to satisfy the cravings. So to use salads as a metaphor, ‘too much salad’ can actually have an adverse affect on someone losing weight. Back to the fruit. Fruits contain a variety of nutrients, antioxidants and high levels of natural sugars. The good news… These natural sugars give our bodies energy. The bad news… sugar is bad for our teeth. So what can we do? We need to find a balance. Every time we eat or drink something acidic, the enamel of our teeth softens and some of the tooth’s mineral content will be lost. And with some fruit juices and smoothies containing up to four times the recommended daily amount of sugar, you can see where the issue lie. Many of us might opt for a banana or apple to accompany our breakfast, and some mango or kiwi fruit for lunch. Add on top of this a mid-morning smoothie and all of a sudden our daily sugar intake has sky rocketed. Just like the salad scenario, too much fruit is a having an adverse affect on our health. So what is our recommendation? In a word – water. 2 litres of water a day to be precise (not in one sitting!). Doing so is not only a healthy option for teeth and gums, but drinking water at regular intervals throughout the day boosts metabolism, hydrates skin and improves digestion. So to conclude. Should you stop eating fruit altogether? No, certainly not – but moderation is key. Should you stop drinking smoothies and fruit juice? Yes. Replacing with water and the benefits are endless… Don’t forget to ‘Like’ our Facebook page for more information and tips on how you should be caring for you and your family’s oral health. Whether an existing patient of ours, or whether you have not had a chance to visit Aesthetika Dental Studio yet, please do get in contact here if you’d like to arrange a dental check-up where we can discuss any concerns you may have over your dental regime. Aesthetika Dental Studio.

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Bad Breath – winning the battle!

It’s one of those things. We’ve all been guilty of it at least once. And at the time, the embarrassment… well let’s just say we avoid confined spaces with others until we’re back at home with a toothbrush in hand, at all costs! And it’s not necessarily caused through lack of cleaning, or a poor oral hygiene routine. Instead, more often than not, bad breath is caused by that extra cup of coffee we had at breakfast, that tuna sandwich we had at lunch (and they said tuna was good for us!), or that extra garlicky curry we ate for dinner. Saying that, regardless of what causes bad breath the outcome is the same. Embarrassment and dread. So if the dreaded bad breathe does catch us out, what can we do to stop us from running to the nearest exit and avoiding human contact at all cost? Well we’ve put together five handy tips that should help you avoid getting in that situation in the first place! 1. First the basics – 2:2 Because we can’t say this enough. It’s vital not just for the smell of your breath, but for your oral hygiene itself, that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once daily. Finally rinse with mouthwash to get rid of pieces of food that get stuck between your teeth and gums. If this excess food is left then you can expect excessive build-up of plague. And it turn (you guessed it), this build-up of plague will inevitably cause bad breath. 2. Don’t forget your tongue The tongue has the heaviest bacterial amount of any part of your mouth. Nevertheless many people don’t take the time to clean their tongue. There’s no surprise that overtime, if not cleaned properly, this bacteria can build-up to cause severe cases of bad breath. Bonus tip – If possible try to use a separate toothbrush or a tongue scraper to lightly brush and clean your tongue. This avoids spreading any bacteria from your tongue to your teeth and gums. 3. Choose tea over coffee By no means are we saying ditch the coffee completely. After all, morning coffee is a ritual in our house! We’re simply talking about moderation here. Any more than two or three cups of coffee in a row, especially without drinking water alongside, then you can expect bad breath. With bad breath and coffee it’s not so much the smell of the coffee beans, more so the drink itself creates a favourable environment for oral bacterial growth. Coffee also has a drying effect, which reduces saliva flow and allows foul-smelling bacteria to linger longer. Hence why it can be even worse without adequate water onboard. 4. Back to the tuna! For many a good tuna sandwich is the perfect lunch option. Filling, healthy and packed with protein! However the fact of the matter is that it smells, as does all fish for that matter.  And why do they smell? Without going to scientific, the smell comes from the fish’s tissues being exposed to air after they have been caught. We don’t want you to ditch the tuna altogether but if you do go for that lunch option make sure your office draw is stocked with sugar-free gum to combat the inevitable. Or a spare tooth brush would be even better! 5. An apple a day keeps the dentist away We already know that a build-up of bacteria in the mouth is a common cause for bad breath. And incorporating fruits and vegetables which are rich in fibre is one of the best ways to remove this bacteria from the mouth. Our recommendation would be to eat at least one apple a day. Apples also help to moisten the mouth – which will also help with the inevitable coffee overdose! And there you have it. Our five top tips on how to avoid the dreaded curse of bad breath! Try including these into your daily oral health regime and do let us know how these work for you and your family. Don’t forget to check-out and ‘Like’ our Facebook page for more information and tips on caring for you and your family’s oral health. If you have concerns about bad breath, and would like to discuss any of our dental treatment options with our oral health experts, please use our handy online booking form here. Aesthetika Dental





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