Preparing For Your Cosmetic Dentistry in Clapham

Making sure your mouth is healthy for a positive outcome.

At the Confidental Clinic in Clapham, we offer a wide range of cosmetic dental procedures to help patients realise a great new smile. Before a cosmetic procedure takes place though, it is important to make sure that your mouth is as healthy as it can be.

By ensuring that problems such as decay and gum disease are not present, we are able to minimise the risk of the dentistry failing, saving you both disappointment and money.

General cosmetic procedures

Whether you are thinking of having a straightforward teeth whitening treatment or something a little more complex, such as dental veneers, it makes sense to make sure that your mouth is as healthy as possible first. There is little sense in spending good money on teeth that may need to be filled or worse, are on the way to being lost completely. For example, in the case of dental veneers, if the underlying tooth becomes decayed, this is likely to weaken the bond with the veneer and failure can result. In cases where the decay is significant, the shape of the tooth may be changed so radically that the veneer no longer fits the tooth at all and other restorative procedures need to be considered.

We’ve possibly all seen cases in the media where patients have had cosmetic dentistry failures simply because their own dentist had not addressed the health of their mouth before commencing?

This can be avoided by ensuring that your teeth and gums are as healthy as they can be. With good aftercare, your new cosmetic treatments should be effective for the maximum time possible.

Dental implants

In the case of dental implants, the same applies albeit with added precautions being necessary. Because this procedure depends on the successful bonding of the implant with the bone in the jaw, a number of other factors need to be considered.

To help prevent infections, and to generally boost oral health beforehand, we will ask you to refrain from smoking altogether and for drinking to be kept in moderation for a period both before and after the procedure. Both of these habits can increase the likelihood of both periodontitis and peri-implantitis, which are serious threats to a dental implant. Where possible, patients should also try to increase the amount of exercise that they do, prior to the procedure, if they are relatively sedentary.  This will help to improve the blood flow, which in turn improves the healing processes in the body.

All patients of the Confidental Clinic are encouraged to see both the dentist and hygienist at our Clapham clinic to help keep their mouth healthy. Preventative dental care means that you decrease the chances of needing invasive procedures such as fillings and extractions; something which we can all agree are best avoided!

To arrange an appointment with us, please call the practice on 020 7801 9060.