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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.

How Fissure Sealing Can Help You Children Take Care of Their Teeth

In dentistry, prevention is always better than cure. At Advance Dental, we strive to do everything possible to keep our younger patients free from dental dramas, and we provide preventative treatments, including fissure sealant treatment.

What is fissure sealant treatment?

Fissure sealant treatment is a preventative therapy, which is recommended for children as a means of reducing the risk of tooth decay. A sealant is applied to the teeth, usually the molars, to provide a protective barrier, which fills the tiny cracks and crevices on the biting surface of the tooth. Sealant material is applied to the tooth, stretched out to cover the fissures and then hardened using a curing light. By filling in these tiny gaps, there’s a lower risk of food and bacteria becoming trapped in the tooth surface, which reduces the risk of plaque formation and protects the tooth from decay.

Is fissure sealant treatment painful?

Fissure sealant treatment is painless, quick and effective. Your child won’t experience any pain at all and within minutes, they’ll be free to get back to whatever the rest of the day holds.

Who can benefit from fissure sealant treatment?

This is a preventative service, which is recommended for all children. Generally speaking, this treatment is designed for children who have developed their adult molar teeth. Most commonly, treatment is provided for children aged between 6 and 10 years old. Once they are in place, sealants can last up to 10 years.

If you have children and you’d like information about the benefits of fissure sealants, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’ll be happy to answer questions and help you decide if this is a treatment you’d like your child to have.

The Importance of Sterilisation Procedures

As we all know, our mouth is home to many microorganisms and these have the potential to cause dental problems if not monitored. The growth and spread of these organisms should be effectively checked, which is when dental sterilisation becomes so important.

In most cases the bacteria found in the mouth originate from your bloodstream. The other way bacteria are spread is from a sore throat or a cold. If the bacteria of one person make it to another person it can become even more dangerous and can create serious complications.

Dentists use many different instruments to complete dental procedures. As these instruments enter the mouth of a person they are exposed to a host of microorganisms, which is why it becomes very important to effectively sterilise instruments.

There are three major methods that can be used to sterilise dental instruments. The first is dry and involves heating the dental instruments to a very high temperature. Most of the harmful bacteria are not able to survive high temperatures. The second method that can be used to get rid of bacteria is steam. This method involves a combination of high temperature and pressure to kill all kinds of microorganisms. The time taken for this method depends on the pressure used, as the higher the pressure the less time it takes. The third method used is heated chemicals, where the gas formed by the heating of a mixture of chemicals is used to sterilise the instruments.

While all the above mentioned method are very effective ways of getting rid of bacteria, immersing these instruments into disinfecting solution before using the advanced sterilising methods should not be overlooked. Traces of blood or other organic matter should be thoroughly removed and while handling a patient the dentist should wash their hands with soap or disinfecting gel and use gloves. This is not only beneficial for the patient, but for the dentist as well.

The Best Way to Banish Mouth Ulcers

Mouth ulcers are non-infectious and may result from food allergies, smoking, stress, anxiety, hormonal changes, certain medical conditions and medications. Some people find that mouth ulcers run in the family.

It is worth discussing serious mouth ulcers with a medical professional, as they may be a sign of iron or vitamin B12 deficiency. Those suffering with Crohn’s and Coeliac disease or arthritis may experience mouth ulcers. Although easily treated, mouth ulcers may be a sign of a serious immune-deficiency conditions or viral infection.

Treating a mouth ulcer

Mouth ulcers may be rarely experienced, not affecting oral functions such as eating and speaking. Mild and occasional ulcers may heal naturally within a week without treatment. More frequent ulcers that cause discomfort may be treated through:

Oral hygiene techniques

Changing your toothbrush for a softer one and rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash containing an ingredient such as chlorhexidine gluconate may give relief. By keeping the mouth clean, gum tissue irritation and mouth ulcers may be prevented. Mild ulcers may be relieved through rinsing the mouth with warm water and salt.

Avoid oral irritants

Avoiding foods, such as coffee and peanuts, that are known to trigger mouth ulcers help in preventing onset. Selecting softer foods may be better. Changing ulcer-triggering medications may help.


Where stress and anxiety is the cause of frequent mouth ulcers, a lifestyle change to reduce stress levels may make all the difference. Some people find that exercise helps as well as relaxation techniques such as meditation.


Treatments for mouth ulcers are available at local pharmacies without the need of a doctor’s prescription. A doctor may prescribe medication to treat mouth ulcers, such as corticosteroids and painkillers. The medication aims to reduce the inflammation caused by the ulcer and heal the wound. Contact the team at Advance Dental Clinic in Essex for more information.

Routine Dental Check-Ups to Keep Your Oral Health in Top Condition

We all know that our teeth are one of the most important parts of our bodies. Why not when they are the key element to a dazzling smile, and who doesn’t want one of those? But, in order to make sure that your smile is perfect you should have a regular check-up, because even though your smile may look good to you there could be serious underlying problems. These can have a serious effect on the teeth and ruin your smile later on.

The routine dental visit

When you have finished eating, plaque starts to build up on your teeth within 15 minutes. If this is not removed thoroughly and effectively then it can lead to tooth decay, which will flourish if not treated correctly.

Tooth decay itself is the most common of all health disorders and, believe it or not, is second only to the cold. It is caused due to the acid of the plaque left on the teeth liquefying the enamel and this then leads to cavities (holes) in the teeth, which result in tooth decay. These cavities can be painless and remain undetected at first but can result in the nerve and blood vessels in the tooth being destroyed. Ultimately, it can result in the loss of your tooth and a great deal of pain.


If you go for regular dental check-ups then this can be avoided, because cavities can be detected in their early stages during a routine check-up, as they may show up on x-rays before they are even detectable to the naked eye.

There are other issues as well, such as periodontitis and gingivitis, which can occur by not treating your teeth properly; you may not even be aware of them until it is too late. So make sure you make regular visits to your dentist to keep your teeth in check, because you don’t want to lose that wonderful smile now do you?

Getting to grips with General Dentistry in Epping

When you pop along to your dentist for a check-up, you’ll get treated with what is known as general dentistry. The dentist has a set of rules to abide by in order to maintain the health of your mouth with. What to look for are any signs of plaque, tooth decay, gum disease and any signs of wear to the teeth from grinding and backed up by an x-ray, your dentist can set about overcoming any of these issues. Basic treatments involve scaling and planing your teeth to remove any infection, giving you a filling or root canal treatment if needed and then give you a ‘spit and polish’ until the next time you pay a visit. You also have the services of a hygienist who work with your dentist: they concern themselves primarily with preventative dentistry and can help you with problems of diet, smoking, oral hygiene and if need be, get you involved with herbal options to help care for your teeth and gums. All of this is good dental dentistry, which is also handy to have if you require some cosmetic work done in the future, as it can ensure that your teeth are healthy enough for any touch-up work you fancy. If you want to know more about the ‘ins and outs’ of general dentistry and what it does for you, then call the Advance dental clinic who are based in Chelmsford, because they serve the Epping area as well. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.

An Epping dentist advises on general dentistry

General dentistry is the term used to describe all the services a modern dentist surgery offers, says an Epping dentist. This can be anything from advice about oral care to a dental implant, with teeth whitening and repairs in between. Starting with oral care all dentists now have an oral care nurse on duty to advise their patients how to take better care of their teeth, this will range from flossing and brushing techniques to choosing the correct brush for the individual patient. From the time you get your first molars to the time you start losing your adult teeth, your dentist will be able to advise you on the best way to prevent premature loss of your teeth. Teeth whitening is a fairly new facility offered by general dentistry practitioners, this used to be something that cosmetic dentists had a monopoly on as their clients tended to very rich ones. With new techniques and less training time whitening has become very popular over the past 10 years. Your dentist can also offer you veneers that solve many problems from discolouration to crooked, chipped and cracked teeth. Veneers are offered in either a thin version or a porcelain one, they are glued or cemented into the surface of the tooth and basically cover up any of the problems mentioned. They last from 3-5 years for thin veneers and 10-15 years for porcelain ones, both are replaceable. For more complicated problems a dentist can also handle dental implants, these are used to replace lost teeth with false ones that are permanently anchored to the jaw bone just like a real tooth. A crown is also possible to replace part of a damaged tooth, and this facility comes with a bridge version that anchors a false tooth between two other false teeth, these are anchored onto the teeth either side of the false one. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.