Are White Fillings Only Beneficial From An Aesthetic Perspective?

How our Clapham patients can gain from having tooth coloured fillings.

The most obvious reason for choosing a white coloured filling over the standard type is that they simply look much nicer.

There is little doubt that many patients of the Confidental Clinic in Clapham have benefitted in this way, by having this cosmetic treatment, but is that the only benefit that they gain?

There is no  doubt that standard amalgam fillings offer very good strength, but they are also dark in colour. That is not their only disadvantage though.

Less extensive fillings

It might surprise patients to know that when a white filling is used, it is often possible to fill the tooth by removing less of the natural part of the tooth. This is because the decayed tooth needs to be shaped in a way that that allows the amalgam to be secured. White fillings, on the other hand, bond directly to the tooth, meaning that the tooth does not have to be shaped to the same extent and less natural tooth needs to be removed in many cases.

No shrinkage

Although it is possible to have amalgam fillings for many years without trouble, the metals used in amalgam fillings will gradually shrink. When they do this, it can leave tiny gaps at the edges of the filling, leaving a space between the filling and the natural tooth. Whilst this usually has little effect on the immediate functionality of the filled tooth, it does provide a space where bacteria and acids can enter. When this happens, it often results in new decay at the edges of the fillings. Further fillings may then be needed.

The ‘mercury question’

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The Pros And Cons Of Dental Implants

Things to consider when you need to replace missing teeth.

When we lose a tooth or two, especially where it leaves a visible gap, we are almost certain to look at ways of replacing them.

Whilst dentures and bridges are probably the best known method for most patients, dental implants are rapidly becoming the ‘go to’ choice for many. There are a number of good reasons for this which will will discuss shortly.

At the Confidental Clinic in Clapham, we believe in providing our patients with unbiased information so that they can make an informed choice about their treatment. With this in mind, below we take an impartial look at some of the potential disadvantages of dental implants too.

The pros of dental implants

Our belief is that, despite some of the perceived cons of this procedure, dental implants, once placed and looked after, offer the best way to replace a missing tooth. The following are just some of the reasons why.

Strength – Once fully integrated with the supporting bone, your new implant will be as strong, or stronger, than your natural teeth, allowing you to eat whatever you want.

Stability – Unlike some dentures, your new dental implants will not move around in your mouth. You can be confident, when eating or in conversation, that you will not have any wobbly teeth moments.

Ease of care – Unlike dentures and bridges, which can be quite fiddly to keep clean, dental implants can be treated as you would your natural teeth. You will need to brush them, floss and we also strongly recommend hygienist appointments at six monthly intervals to keep your teeth and implants at their very best.

Longevity – Healthy dental implants should last for a minimum of twenty years and very often many more.

Cons of dental implants

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Straightening Crooked Teeth With Cosmetic Braces

Six Month Smiles

Crooked and uneven teeth can be a thing of the past with discreet modern orthodontics.

Whilst the British have a reputation, largely in the US, for having crooked teeth, it doesn’t have to be this way, and an increasing number of patients at our Clapham practice have made good use of the modern orthodontics that are available to correct this problem. Whilst dental braces in the past have often appeared very unsightly and sometimes not been especially comfortable, the use of cosmetic dental braces has been a game changer for many.

The type of orthodontics needed will depend on each individual case and having straighter teeth starts with a thorough assessment at the Confidental Clinic. One of our most popular orthodontics is not technically a cosmetic ‘brace’, but it is worth taking a look at it before we venture on to those that are.

Invisalign

Invisalign braces are often used where there is significant unevenness of the teeth. Unlike many actual ‘cosmetic’ braces, these often have to be worn for a reasonably lengthy period of time. Because they fit over the teeth and are transparent though, Invisalign are almost invisible and can be removed for cleaning the teeth and whilst eating. This makes them a very convenient and discreet method of achieving straighter teeth.

Cosmetic braces

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Helping Your Child Overcome Dental Anxiety

Whether young or old, a fear of the dentist is relatively common.

As parents, there is a chance that we dislike taking our children for their dental appointments, knowing the anxiety that we also sometimes feel ourselves.

We still do it though, because we know that it is in their interest to have healthy teeth and gums, and we certainly don’t want to see our children suffer from cavities and toothache.

Whilst a certain level of apprehension is understandable at any age, it is especially useful to help children overcome their fear. Whilst they can be made to see the dentist when they are young; if they carry their anxieties into their teenage years and beyond, there is a distinct possibility that they will stop going at the first possible opportunity. This will, inevitably, lead to dental problems that could have easily been avoided with regular monitoring by the dentists at our Clapham practice.

At the Confidental Clinic, we believe that it is possible to overcome dental fear in most young children, enabling them to have regular care throughout their lives. The following are some of the ways in which we, as parents, can help.

Be a positive role model

Even if they deny it, children watch us closely and often follow what we do, rather than what we tell them to do. If you are an anxious dental patient, they are likely to follow suite. As well as letting them see that you take good care of your teeth at home, put on a positive attitude when your own dental appointment is due, at least in front of them.

Education

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What To Expect From NHS Dental Care In Clapham

The benefits and limitations of this essential dental health service.

At the Confidental Clinic, we strive to provide high quality dental care for all of our patients, whatever their income.

As a part of this service, we offer NHS dentistry locally in Clapham. This essential oral health service is designed to help all patients receive treatments and advice to keep their teeth and gums in good health.

Because funding for NHS dentistry comes from money paid by our taxes, it probably comes as no surprise that only essential treatment is provided under this system. Those seeking cosmetic procedures, such as teeth whitening, will need to pay for this privately.

NHS care

All ‘necessary’ procedures are available under the NHS scheme. These includes check ups, fillings, crowns etc. It can also include hygienist cleaning but usually only where it is needed to restore gum health. ‘Optional extras’ such as the use of a natural tooth coloured filling are also not available on the NHS. Amalgam fillings are used as standard under this scheme.

This does not mean that more advanced procedures are not available. Treatments such as some root canal procedures and dentures are also available, but all NHS treatment is priced according to which band they are in. Current prices can be seen on the NHS website.

You can be sure that, whether you have NHS or private treatment, you will always be treated with good care and in a welcoming manner at the Confidental Clinic.

Should I go private?

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Treatments for a Weakened Tooth in Clapham

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When your bite feels less than confident, it’s time to act.

Nothing beats having an attractive smile, with teeth that not only look great, but also feel strong and able to cope with whatever we eat. Sadly, that probably doesn’t apply to many of us who often have one challenge or another with our teeth.

As far as making our teeth more attractive goes, the Confidental Clinic in Clapham does offer a wide range of cosmetic dental procedures, including the popular teeth whitening procedure, which can help to restore the appearance of your teeth. These should only be applied to teeth that are healthy though, and damaged, or weak teeth, should be treated before any cosmetic treatment can start.

Weak teeth

Whilst we usually know when we have broken a tooth, by the rough edges that can cut or generally feel uncomfortable; sometimes a tooth might feel generally OK but perhaps not as strong as it should do. Perhaps we subconsciously avoid using a particular tooth when eating harder foods without even realising it?

If you are in this situation, it is advisable to see one of our Clapham dentists to have this investigated in more detail. There may be a number of reasons for the tooth feeling weak as follows:

Decay

Although we will eventually know if the tooth is decaying, as toothache is likely to strike, significant discomfort is not always present in the early stages. It can though, make the nerves increasingly more sensitive, causing us to avoid putting pressure upon the tooth.

Cracks

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Vaping Shown Not To Stain Teeth

White teeth

Badly discoloured teeth caused by smoking could be a thing of the past.

As part of a  recent study on oral health, scientists took a look at the staining qualities of vaping products. These have been used by many people in order to stop smoking cigarettes. Using a robot to inhale both tobacco and vaping products, they showed that a two week exposure to tobacco based cigarettes caused very significant staining, whilst vaping products showed next to none.

Whilst stained teeth may be one of the less serious consequences of smoking cigarettes medically speaking, it is one that, nevertheless, causes very visible results, with teeth starting to become yellow, or even brown in the case of heavy smokers.

Stopping smoking

At the Confidental Clinic in Clapham, we always encourage people to stop smoking. Studies have shown that, however long you have already smoked, it is still beneficial to stop. From a dental perspective, problems such as gum disease and oral cancers are more common in smokers than non smokers.

It is important to note that whilst vaping seems to have been one of the biggest revolutions in helping people to stop smoking, it has not been possible to do any long term studies on potential health issues that it may cause. Early indications however, show that, even if some health issues do arise, they are probably unlikely to be as serious as those caused by smoking tobacco products. That said, we do not endorse vaping other in that it appears to be less harmful than cigarettes. Quitting all forms, smoking and vaping, would be our best advice.

Switched to vaping?

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Benefits Offered By A Dental Bridge

Bridges are still a popular tooth replacement method at our Clapham practice. Here’s why….

Although looking after our teeth correctly greatly improves our chances of keeping them healthy and strong well into later life; as we become older, the challenges become greater, and the longer we live, the greater the risks of accidents that may threaten our teeth too.

Especially as we enter the later stages of our life, it is likely that we may suffer at least some tooth loss. When this happens, there are a number of options to replace them including dental implants, dentures or a dental bridge. In general, we believe that dental implants offer the best of these three options. There are, however, a few reasons why people may not choose these, including possibly budget and the desire to avoid invasive treatment.

Of the three main options, the dental bridge is probably the least understood, and in today’s blog, we look at how patients of the Confidental Clinic in Clapham can benefit from this particular treatment.

What is a dental bridge?

As the name indicates, a bridge ‘bridges’ the gap between missing teeth. It consists of a false tooth, or teeth, that are used to replace the missing ones. At either end of these teeth are crowns. Depending on the number of missing teeth and the location, there may be one or more crowns used. These are the attached to the teeth either side of the gap, holding the false teeth securely in place. As this does require preparation of the teeth that the crowns are being attached to, it may be worth considering the option of implants to hold the bridge in place. Indeed, this is how a full bridge of teeth can be used to replace a full arch of missing teeth, where there are no natural teeth left to provide support.

The benefits of a  bridge

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Choosing Your Local Dentist In The Clapham Area

What things should you look for when you need to register at a new dental practice?

If you are new to the Clapham area, you might be considering which dental practice to choose. Equally, perhaps you already live around here but are looking to change your dentist for some reason. This can be a bewildering process, especially with the ever increasing range of treatments available. Below, we offer our guide to some of the things to consider when you are in this situation.

Conveniently situated

Whilst it may seem convenient to simply go to the dentist that is closest to you, this is not always the best choice, although equally, it may be. Location will naturally be a factor, especially if you are older or disabled, for example, but choosing a dentist that meets your needs should be your priority. Our modern dental practice is just a 5 minute leisurely stroll from Clapham Junction station and is therefore very convenient for patients living in this area of London.

Friendly team

We appreciate that visiting the dentist is not high on most people’s favourite things to do, and we always try to make your visit as pleasant as possible. This starts with our friendly and experienced team. From your initial greeting by our receptionists to our clinical dental staff, you can be assured of a warm and friendly welcome at our Clapham practice.

Technology

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Will Dental Implants Really Improve Your Quality Of Life?

Looking at why more and more people are turning to implants.

Although not the cheapest method of replacing a missing tooth, or teeth; an increasing number of patients at our Clapham practice, as elsewhere, are turning to dental implants when they have lost a tooth.

Although modern dentures are by no means redundant, and are still popular with many patients, the titanium implants that we provide at the Confidental Clinic are clearly producing the desired results for those that have them.

What are the advantages of having dental implants?

Dental implants provide a number of benefits for patients, and we will cover these shortly. It is important though, to acknowledge the main reason for all of these benefits, and that is the osseointegration process.

Unlike dentures or a bridge, which are attached to the teeth and gums through clips, adhesives or crowns,  implants take a different approach entirely. The titanium implant is placed into the patient’s jawbone, and is then allowed to fully bond with the bone, before the abutment and crown are attached, finally completing the procedure.

The osseointegration process provides an extremely secure ‘artificial root’, and this is the main reason why they offer the hugely positive experience that they do.

The key benefits

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