Don’t Start the New Year With Dental Pain!

Nobody wants to usher in a brand new year nursing dental pain. Although accidents happen, there are ways of reducing the risk of dental injuries, infections, and toothache. Here are some simple tips to help you keep dental woes at bay over the festive period:

  • Keep tabs on your dental hygiene regime: it’s very easy to get distracted at this time of year when you’ve got a to-do list as long as your arm and party season is in full swing, however, there’s no excuse for forgetting to brush your teeth. We strongly recommend twice-daily brushing using fluoride toothpaste. We also advise your patients to floss daily to achieve a more comprehensive clean.

 

  • Go steady on the festive treats: we all like to indulge over Christmas and the New Year, but try and be kind to your teeth. Avoid snacking, and try and moderate your sugar intake. It’s fine to fill your boots and indulge on Christmas Day but don’t embark on a mission to finish your stash of sugary delights in record time and spend the whole of January scoffing sweets and sugared almonds.

 

 

  • Book a dental check-up: nobody wants to have to deal with toothache or sore gums at Christmas. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, or you’ve noticed that your teeth are a bit more sensitive than usual or your gums are swollen, now is the time to pick up a phone and book an appointment.

New Year New You! 3 Treatments to Start 2019 in Style

A New Year is approaching, and what better time of year to treat yourself to a mini makeover. If you’re eager to start 2019 with a sensational smile, here are 3 brilliant treatments to consider:

Tooth whitening

Tooth whitening is a cosmetic treatment, which brightens up the smile by lightening the shade of the enamel. We use Enlighten tooth whitening to achieve incredible results, which last for several years. Enlighten treatment uses both home therapy and in-chair treatment, and takes a total of 15 days. For the first 14 days, you’ll wear bespoke whitening trays, which contain Enlighten bleaching agent, at home. This period will be followed by a 1-hour session in the dental chair, which will give your teeth that perfect winter sparkle.

Cosmetic braces

If you’ve decided that 2019 is the year to look and feel great, and you’re conscious of crooked, crowded or wonky teeth, now is the time to get in touch! We have some amazing orthodontic treatments on offer, and we can produce results in weeks, rather than months or years. Our treatment range includes Invisalign, the Inman Aligner, Quick Straight Teeth, and Six Month Smiles.

Veneers

Do you dream of a Hollywood style makeover? If so, veneers could be the ideal option for you. Veneers are wafer-thin shells of ceramic material, usually porcelain, which are applied to the surface of the natural teeth. Veneers are capable of turning stained, misshapen, worn and chipped teeth into a stunning new smile in just a couple of weeks.

If you’re keen to start 2019 with a beaming smile, why not get in touch and book a consultation today?

Secure Replacement Teeth with SynCone

If you’re looking for a secure solution for missing teeth, we may have just the treatment you’ve been looking for. Dentures have long been used to fill gaps in the smile, but sometimes, they’re not perfect. If you’ve had trouble with dentures in the past, and you’re looking for a more stable alternative, SynCone could be the answer.

Introducing SynCone

SynCone is an implant-retained denture system, which creates brand new, healthy-looking smiles with no risk of a denture slipping or sliding out of position. This treatment uses a combination of dental implants and dentures to produce incredible aesthetics and superior levels of functionality.

SynCone treatment involves placing between 4 and 6 dental implants in the jaw. These implants, which are small titanium screw-like devices, have a tapered end, and once they’re in place in the jaw bone, they can be connected to a new denture. The result is a beautiful looking smile, which is also completely stable and secure. We usually use four implants for the lower jaw and six implants for the upper jaw.

The advantages of SynCone

SynCone offers a host of advantages for patients who have a large number of missing teeth. These include:

  • Peace of mind that your denture will never slip
  • A perfectly-fitted, secure denture
  • Amazing aesthetics
  • Improved confidence
  • Same-day treatment: unlike conventional implant treatment, which takes up to 9 months, SynCone treatment produces same-day results
  • Increased functionality: you can eat whatever you like!

If you like the sound of SynCone, and you’d like to find out more, why not call us today and make an appointment?

Five Stocking Fillers to Help with Dental Health

Christmas is a time for giving, and what better gift than a healthy, beautiful smile? If you’re looking for ideas that will boost dental health, here are 5 great stocking fillers for fabulous pearly whites:

  • An electric toothbrush: electric toothbrushes are proven to remove plaque more effectively than manual brushes, and you don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve amazing results. Even the most basic models do a brilliant job of keeping the mouth clean and polishing those pegs.
  • Toothpaste: if you’re looking for an inexpensive treat for somebody who always seems to be running low on toothpaste, why not treat them to a couple of tubes?
  • Dental floss: floss may not be the most obvious choice of Christmas gift, but it plays an important role in reducing the risk of decay and gum disease.
  • Dental cleaning: if you have a friend or a relative who is obsessed with having a bright and beautiful smile, why not treat them to a dental hygiene session? Hygienists offer deep cleaning treatments, which remove surface stains and give the smile a gorgeous, radiant glow.
  • Cosmetic treatment: if you’re feeling generous, why not give a loved one the gift of a beautiful smile this Christmas? You can choose from tooth whitening, cosmetic bonding or push the boat out and go for a smile makeover. We have options to suit all budgets!

Walk in from a Winter Wonderland, Walk out with beautiful teeth

There’s no getting away from the fact that it’s chilly and bleak outside. As temperatures fall and the sun starts to set in the middle of the afternoon, what could be better than getting out of the cold and treating yourself to a brand new smile? If you’re looking for rapid results, we have some incredible treatments to tempt you this winter.

Cosmetic bonding

Cosmetic bonding is a brilliant treatment option for patients who have minor aesthetic flaws, such as chipped teeth, worn or uneven edges, misshapen teeth or gaps between the teeth. If you’ve chipped a tooth, you’ve got a tooth with a jagged edge, or you’ve got a couple of teeth that are a different size or shape to the rest, we can help! Bonding is a straightforward procedure, which involves using dental composite to reshape the teeth. Composite is a tooth-coloured material, which can be moulded to alter the shape of the teeth and carry out repairs. Once the composite is in the right place, we set it firm using a curing light. This treatment takes around an hour, there’s no pain involved, and you’ll notice an amazing difference straight away.

Tooth whitening

It may be dark and miserable outside, but that doesn’t mean that your smile can’t sparkle. With Enlighten teeth whitening, we can transform your teeth in just 2 weeks. Enlighten is a system that combines at-home and in-chair whitening to produce outstanding results. For the first 14 days, you can whiten your teeth in the comfort of your home. All you have to do is wear your custom-made Enlighten whitening trays for around 6 hours per day for 2 weeks. We will then arrange an appointment for you, and you’ll come and see us for your one-hour power whitening treatment. This will give your smile that extra glow.

If you’re looking for a simple, quick way to enjoy a beautiful smile this winter, why not contact us today?

Did You Know You Could Be Weeks Away From A Straighter Smile?

If you’re not au fait with developments and advances in the world of dentistry, it’s natural to assume that it takes months, or even years, to straighten the teeth. In the past, this was true. However, today, it’s a very different story. With modern treatment options, we can achieve results in no time at all.

Speedy straightening at Advance Dental Clinic

At Advance Dental Clinic, we understand the importance of speed, and we recognise that many of our patients don’t want to wait for months to enjoy results. If you’re looking for a swift solution for wonky or crooked teeth, we have great news. With fast-acting treatments, like the Inman Aligner and Quick Straight Teeth, we can achieve amazing transformations in a matter of weeks.

The Inman Aligner is a removable brace, which works rapidly to correct minor misalignment issues. Made from fine metal bars and a coiled spring, the aligner uses gentle forces to move the front teeth quickly. The Inman Aligner is ideal for those who need a small amount of movement, and it’s a great choice for patients who are in a hurry, with an average completion time of just 16 weeks.

Quick Straight Teeth

Quick Straight Teeth is a versatile solution for minor to moderate orthodontic issues. You can choose from a removable aligner or a discreet fixed brace and the average treatment time is 4-24 weeks. The exact duration will depend on your orthodontic prescription and how much movement is required.

If you have orthodontic imperfections, and you’ve always wanted a straight smile, why not get in touch with us and book a consultation? We’ll be happy to tell you all about our sensational, speedy braces.

Computer Crafted Restorations While You Wait With CEREC 3D

At Advance Dental Clinic, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with speedy, simple solutions for dental problems. If you need a crown or a new inlay in a hurry, we can help! With Cerec 3D, we can create computer crafted restorations while you wait. Gone are the days of hanging around for restorative treatment.

What is Cerec 3D?

In the past, when you needed a crown for your tooth, your dentist would prepare your teeth, create an impression using dental putty, and then send it away to a laboratory. There, a dental technician would use the putty mould to fabricate a bespoke crown for you. The crown would then be sent back to the clinic, and your dentist would fit the crown. This process usually takes around 2 weeks and it requires two dental appointments. With Cerec, we are able to complete every phase of treatment on-site, meaning we can provide you with a bespoke restoration in just one day. There’s no need to book multiple appointments, and we can craft your crown while you wait.

Cerec 3D can be used to create a range of restorations, including crowns, veneers, inlays, and onlays.

The advantages of Cerec 3D

Cerec 3D offers an array of advantages for both dentists and patients. These include:

  • A simple, hassle-free process with no need for messy putty.
  • Single-session treatment
  • Greater control of the design process for dentists
  • Enhance comfort for patients
  • Quick, accurate results

What does Cerec treatment involve?

Cerec treatment involves a very simple process. Rather than using dental putty to create a mould of your tooth, your dentist will take pictures using a specially designed camera. These images will be converted into 3D models by Cerec software. The model will then be sent to the on-site milling machine, and your bespoke restoration will be fabricated while you wait. Once it is ready, your dentist will place it, and secure it, and you can enjoy your brand new smile.

If you have any questions about Cerec of you’re interested in same-day treatment, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Did You Know Replacing Your Fillings Can Make Your Mouth Healthier?

Fillings are used very commonly in dentistry to combat decay and strengthen teeth with cavities. Although fillings can last for several years, they’re not a permanent solution. If you’ve had your fillings for a long time, it may be time to think about replacing them.

The benefits of fillings

Fillings are restorations, which are placed inside cavities, or small holes in the tooth. The aim is to make the tooth stronger, but also to protect the tooth. Placing a filling and cleaning the cavity can help to prevent harmful bacteria reaching other parts of the tooth. If you have a cavity, and you don’t have a filling, there’s a risk of the hole getting larger, and the tooth could also become infected.

How long do fillings last?

The lifespan of a filling will depend on the material used. Today, most people have fillings that are made from dental composite, a tooth-coloured material. In the past, mercury amalgam fillings were much more common. Composite fillings should last around 5 years, while amalgam fillings last up to 15 years. Although amalgam fillings are more durable than composite fillings, there are several advantages of white fillings. Most importantly for patients keen to preserve the look of their smile, white fillings are incredibly discreet, and they blend in with the natural tooth shade. Composite fillings are also safer and more environmentally-friendly than mercury amalgam fillings.

The advantages of replacing fillings

If you’ve had fillings for a long time, you may need to replace them. Fillings can become worn over the course of time, and this can impact oral health. If the filling doesn’t fit the cavity anymore, there’s a chance that bacteria will be able to penetrate the tooth. A worn filling could also cause the tooth to become weaker. When you go to the dentist for routine check-ups, they will take a look at any fillings or crowns you have, and check for signs of wear or tear. If your dentist thinks you might benefit from a new filling, they will discuss this with you.

How to avoid a Dental Nightmare Before Christmas

It only seems like yesterday that we were basking in the sunshine and revelling in unexpected football-related joy, but Christmas is creeping up at a rate of knots. In just a few weeks, many of us will be looking forward to taking time off and spending it with loved ones. Christmas is the most wonderful time of year, but what happens if dental nightmares spoil your plans? The last thing anybody wants is to be nursing toothache or painful gums instead of enjoying a festive feast. If you’re keen to keep your smile in check this winter, here are some tips:

Brushing and flossing

Good oral hygiene is the best weapon against unwanted dental issues, so make sure you set aside 2 minutes every morning and evening to brush and a few minutes to floss each day. Brushing and flossing remove bacteria and bits of food, which helps to prevent the formation of plaque. Plaque is the most common cause of gum disease and decay. A good daily oral hygiene routine will also help to prevent bad breath and keep your smile sparkling.

Book a dental check

If you haven’t been to the dentist in the last 6-9 months, now is the perfect time to call and book an appointment. Dental checks take a few minutes, they’re completely painless, and a trip to the dentist could enable you to enjoy Christmas without any worries about troublesome teeth.

Watch what you eat

Christmas is a time of indulgence. While it’s brilliant to stuff yourself with festive treats, spare a thought for your poor teeth. Nobody is saying that you can’t enjoy yourself at Christmas, but try and limit the damage to your smile by avoiding fizzy drinks, sticking to main meals, rather than grazing, and keeping an eye on how much sugar you consume.

If you need any more festive dental advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Why Tooth Coloured Fillings Are Better For Your Teeth In Essex

If you have a cavity in your tooth, our dentists will probably recommend placing a filling. There are different types of filling, and in most cases, we recommend tooth-coloured fillings.

About tooth-coloured fillings

Tooth-coloured fillings, also known as white fillings, are an effective, aesthetically pleasing means of protecting your teeth and preventing the spread of infection when a cavity, a hole, forms. If you have a cavity, there’s a risk of bacteria spreading to other parts of the tooth, and this can increase the risk of infection and further damage. White fillings offer an alternative to mercury amalgam fillings, which are becoming less popular.

The benefits of tooth-coloured fillings

Tooth-coloured fillings are becoming more commonplace due to their aesthetic benefits, but also as a result of concerns about the safety and environmental impact of mercury fillings. Tooth-coloured fillings are virtually invisible when you smile, unlike amalgam fillings, and they’re also safe and more eco-friendly.

How is a filling placed?

If you need a new filling, or you’re having an old filling replaced, your dentist will explain exactly what is going to happen before administering local anaesthetic to numb your tooth and prevent any pain. Once the cavity is clear of any old fillings or debris, the tooth will be cleaned thoroughly, and then a bonding agent will be applied. This will help the composite material to stick inside the cavity. The composite, which is matched to your natural tooth shade, will be poured into the cavity and then shaped to ensure a snug fit. Your dentist will then shine a curing light onto the tooth and this will set the filling. The final step is to carry out any final adjustments to make sure the filling fits the cavity perfectly. Placing a filling should take less than an hour.