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Dental Surgery – Things to Know

October 30, 2013 | Comments Off

Dental health is important for everyone. Poor oral health and untreated oral diseases and conditions can raise the risk for other health problems such as heart attack, stroke, and poorly controlled diabetes, negatively impacting your general health and quality of life. According to a new study reported in an article in Medical News Today, poor dental health can even affect athlete performance! The study examined the impact of 2012 Olympic athletes’ oral health and found that poor oral health had impaired their performance.

Regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene practice can prevent dental diseases to a great extent. However, if your oral health issues are causing pain or other worrying symptoms, you may need dental surgery. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons perform various types of simple, complex and advanced procedures – from tooth extractions to gum tissue removal and jaw realignments – for cosmetic reasons as well as to help patients maintain a healthy mouth. Here is a brief overview of some common dental surgery procedures:

• Tooth extractions: Dental surgeons may have to remove decaying teeth that are beyond repair. They also extract wisdom teeth which are crooked or impacted below the gum line. Patients who want dentures may also request teeth extraction so that they can be replaced by a whole new set.

• Root canal treatment: Any trauma or infection of the tooth nerve is corrected by root canal therapy. The tooth’s root and pulp are removed and the tooth is filled and capped.

• Dental implants: Dental implants, which look, feel, and function like natural teeth, are a permanent solution to replace missing teeth. Implants can replace one tooth or several.

• Corrective jaw surgery: Improperly aligned jaws can be corrected with orthognathic jaw surgery. The surgery is also performed for cosmetic reasons to improve the facial appearance.

If you need dental surgery, look for an experienced surgeon close to where you live or work. You can do an online search at, a useful resource provided by the British Dental Association.

Factors Influencing Dental Bridge Cost

October 11, 2013 | Comments Off

There are many options to replace missing teeth and dental bridges are one of them. Dental bridges are false teeth which replace missing teeth that have been removed. A bridge can comprise a series of several dental crowns attached together or a single prosthetic tooth fixed to adjacent teeth. Just as in the case of any type of major dental procedure, it’s important to know what dental bridge work will cost before you go ahead. The cost of a dental bridge depends on several factors:
• Size and type of the bridge: Bridge size and type will affect the overall cost of the procedure. Bridges are measured in units. For one missing teeth, a three-unit bridge is used. Two crowns hold a fake tooth to replace the ‘real’ one that is missing. Four-unit bridges will be required for two missing teeth. Implant-supported bridges, supported by implants and not by regular teeth, are used when natural teeth are missing. A bridge that involves implants is more expensive than a regular dental bridge.
• Material used: The cost of the dental bridge would depend on the base material alloy which could be gold or porcelain.
• Dentist’s experience and location: Placing dental bridges will cost more if highly skilled dentists and lab technicians with superior training, artistry and experience are involved. The cost of dental bridges can also vary between urban and rural areas.
• Additional procedures: If additional procedures such as fillings or root canals in one or two of the adjoining teeth are necessary, dental bridge work will cost more.
Other factors that affect the tooth bridge cost include the patient’s level of dental insurance coverage, after-care, and number of appointments required with the dentist. Bridges on the NHS (band 3) cost £214. If you are eligible for help with dental costs, find a dentist that accepts NHS patients.

Factors Affecting Denture Cost

October 1, 2013 | Comments Off

Cost is a major factor in denture placement. The cost of dentures depends on several factors such as materials used, complexity of treatment and type of dentures chosen. It would also depend on whether the treatment was done through the NHS or privately. Here are some of the important factors that impact the cost of dentures:

• Type of denture: There are many different types of dentures, including implant retained dentures, partial dentures and complete dentures. A complete denture would cost much more than a partial denture which replaces only a few teeth. Implant-supported dentures are more expensive than tooth-supported dentures and tooth-tissue supported dentures. The cost of fixed dentures is also higher than the cost of removable dentures. A denture for missing anterior teeth is more expensive than a denture for missing posterior teeth.

• Type of material used: The price of dentures will also vary depending on the material used to make them and the framework in which the denture is placed (metal or nylon). Dentures can be made of ceramic, porcelain, acrylic or resin. Less expensive material may tend to look artificial. Although cost is significant, quality should not be compromised.

• Treatment plan: The cost of dentures also depends on what is involved in the individual treatment plan. If an additional procedure such as tooth removal is required before denture placement, treatment cost will go up.

• Dental specialist: Dentures are usually fixed by a prosthodontist or a cosmetic dentist and these specialists may charge differently. The specialist’s level of experience and education and the time spent on the treatment will influence the cost. The location of the dentist is also an important factor and costs for dental work will tend to be higher in major metropolitan areas than in less populated regions.

Though dental treatment is not free of charge with NHS, it is much cheaper than private dental treatment. Some types of dentures are not available on the NHS and private costs can be in the region of hundreds or even thousands of pounds. Repairs to dentures are free of charge with NHS.

Poor-fitting dentures can be very uncomfortable and even result in health issues. Make sure to find an expert dentist who can provide safe and effective treatment. Dental implants, though expensive, are an effective alternative to dentures.

Denture Repair

September 12, 2013 | Comments Off

A removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues, a denture is susceptible to damage. Denture fracture (prosthesis fracture) is one of the most serious complications associated with full dentures. There are several factors which cause denture damage such as wear and tear, a traumatic blow that knocks off teeth, accidental drops, stress from chewing and chemicals in the food. Shrinkage of supporting jaw bone and surrounding gum tissue can also result in poor denture fit and cause denture fracture. The fracture often appears initially as a midline fracture of the maxillary denture. Both porcelain and acrylic teeth are also susceptible to fractures through the teeth themselves.

Getting a new set of dentures can be very expensive. Denture repair is the ideal option. Emergency dentists offer same-day denture repair. However, while some types of denture fractures can be easily repaired, severe damage requires extensive procedures in a dental lab and takes time. Special acrylics, denture adhesives and professional-grade teeth are used to repair damaged dentures.

Before repair, the feasibility and success is assessed by looking at how well the fractured pieces fit with each other. Broken dentures or debonded teeth are done by hand. Fixing broken dentures with a clear line where the denture has fractured typically involves the following steps:

• The first step is gluing the fractured pieces together
• Next, the hard silicone mould which fits inside the denture is made
• The denture is placed into the silicone putty as it sets. When it has set, the silicone mould provides a strong, solid support for the denture
• The final step involves the removal of about an eighth of an inch from the either side of the plastic on the either side of the crack and replacing it with new acrylic

With this process done perfectly, your denture will be stronger than what it was before.

Dentures are an investment that requires proper care for longevity. Dentures of all types (complete dentures, partial dentures, or implant retained dentures) require regular maintenance and adjustments to ensure proper fit, retention, and support. It is recommended to have your dentures checked by a dental specialist at least every 1-2 years.

You should never attempt to repair your dentures on your own, as if anything goes wrong, you will end up paying more for professional repair. Repairs to dentures are free of charge with NHS.

The problems associated with denture fractures and their repair can avoided with dental implants.

Factors Impacting Cosmetic Dentistry Costs

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Cosmetic dentistry can remove stains on your teeth and make them whiter, cover them with crowns, repair chips, seal cavities, reshape teeth to match with the rest, and close gaps between teeth. Straight teeth free of flaws and a beautiful smile are what many people look for when going in for cosmetic dentistry. However, one main consideration is cost. Cosmetic dentistry costs can vary depending on various factors. Costs may differ from procedure to procedure and from clinic to clinic. Here are the major factors impacting the cost of cosmetic dental treatments:

• Expertise: Treatment by expert cosmetic dentists or specialists such as orthodontists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons will cost more than if done by non-specialists. The qualifications and experience of the dentist will also influence costs.

• Extent of treatment required: Procedures will vary from patient to patient. The extent of work and treatment required will impact the cost. For dental implants, cost will depend on the number of teeth that need replacement. Extra time and effort on the part of the specialist will count when fixing the charge for the treatment.

• Material used: The quality and cost of the material used for treatment will also affect the cost of the treatment. For instance, branded implants are more expensive than non-branded. Porcelain dental crowns cost more than crowns made of metal.

• Post-treatment care: After-care, maintenance, and follow-up appointments will impact overall cost.

Based on the factors such as the above, the cost of cosmetic dental treatment could vary as follows: teeth whitening from £300 to £1,000, dental implants from £1200 to £2,500 per tooth, and dental bridges from £250 to £800 per unit. In any case, your prime concern should be the quality and effectiveness of the treatment rather than the cost. A dentist that offers treatment to fit your budget may not necessarily provide the aesthetic results you are looking for.

Dental insurance plans may help you pay for a crown to safeguard a tooth but will not pay the extra cost needed to improve its aesthetic appearance. If your dentist determines that a certain cosmetic dental treatment can improve the health of your mouth, teeth or gums, then would be available on the NHS. However, if the procedure only offers visual enhancement, like teeth whitening, you cannot get it on and the treatment has to be done privately.

Dental Implants Vs Bridges

August 24, 2013 | Comments Off

Both dental implants and bridges serve the same purpose – they replace lost teeth. While dental implants are replacement tooth roots, a dental bridge is a type of crown that is used to cover an empty space between two teeth, which typically occurs when a tooth is removed. Let’s compare these options and look at how they rate in terms of cost, treatment time, and various other factors.

• Oral health: To build a bridge, the dentist would have to file two adjoining teeth to support the structure. This can cause the healthy teeth to become weaker and susceptible to decay. A bridge can lose its support if the teeth or bone holding it in place are damaged by dental disease. Dentures may also have fit problems and interfere with taste. On the other hand, for an implant, a titanium screw is placed in the jawbone and a prosthetic tooth is attached to it.

• Durability: A proper implant has no physical downsides and is durable. Teeth under the bridge are still at a risk of decay, while implants are immune to decay. High quality implants can last a lifetime and require little maintenance. Dental crowns and bridges usually have to be replaced every 10 to 15 years. Placing dental implants demands healthy bone. The implant bonds to the jaw bone and becomes part of it, and is as strong as a natural tooth root.

• Bone loss: A bridge is a false crown placed between two real crowns. Bridges do not replace the root of the missing tooth, and result in bone loss. Dental implants do not affect healthy teeth. By replacing the tooth root, implants help to preserve the bone.

• Treatment time: An implant procedure takes more time than a bridge. Placing a bridge can usually be completed in about two or three visits to the dentist. Dental implants will require surgical intervention and the complete procedure can take several months. Moreover, depending on the complexity, implants can involve the teamwork of an oral surgeon or dentist, and a prosthodontist.

• Oral hygiene: Maintaining oral hygiene is crucial to ensure that the implants or bridges are not damaged by gum diseases. Cleaning is easier with implants than with bridges. Implants allow easy access between teeth, enabling everyday normal dental care. Flossing bridges are difficult. Food often gets stuck between the bridge and adjacent teeth. This causes periodontal infection.

• Cost: Dental implants are much more expensive than bridges. Implants are designed to be a permanent solution for missing teeth. Though they cost more, in the long run, implants are the most cost-effective solution.

• Insurance: NHS provides dental treatments such as dentures, crowns and bridges. Bridges are available on the NHS (band 3) and cost up to £214. NHS provides dental implants only in the case of a clear medical need.

To know more about the benefits and shortcomings of dental implants vs bridges schedule a consultation with an experienced dentist.

Points to Consider When Getting Dental Implants Done in London

August 9, 2013 | Comments Off

Dental implants have become a popular alternative to conventional dentures, bridges and crowns and are in high demand. This surgical procedure requires great precision in diagnosis and placement. London is an ideal place for dental implant treatment for the following reasons

• Availability of qualified experienced dentists, periodontists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons
• High success rate of up to 98%
• Comprehensive follow-up and after-care

Here are some important points to consider when getting dental implants in London:

• Find out if you are the right candidate for the treatment. Fix an appointment with a dentist specializing in implant procedures. If you have a tooth or teeth that are broken or decayed and healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant, your dentist will probably tell you to go ahead.
• Learn all you can about what to expect. Surgeons usually tell patients about the benefits as well as the risks of the procedure. Consider all the facts involved before you make the decision to go ahead.
• Consider cost. Dental implant treatment is expensive. See if your insurance plan covers the costs or a part of it – this depends on the reasons why you are having the procedure. Your dentist may offer financing options to help you cover the costs. If you have a clear medical need, you could get dental implants on the NHS.

The dental implant procedure involves two phases. During the first stage an implant is placed into the jaw bone and left to integrate with the bone for a period that may range from two to six months. In the second stage, implant is uncovered for the placement of a post or abutment. Finally, an artificial tooth is cemented over the post. The two common types of implants used include endosteal (placed in the body bone) and sub-periosteal (usually placed on the bone). Your dentist will choose the type which is right for you.

Dental Implants Abroad – Important Considerations

August 3, 2013 | Comments Off

Combining dental treatment with a holiday abroad or “dental tourism” as it is called is a popular practice in the U.K and other developed countries. The major advantage of choosing to get dental procedures such dental implants abroad is related to costs, which are much lower there. National Health Service (NHS) treatment for dental implants in U.K. is available only for patients with clear medical needs.

If you are thinking of going abroad for dental implant treatment, proceed with caution. Here are some important points that you need to consider:

• Consider risks and after-care: Follow-up and after-care is very important when it comes to implants. Regardless of where you have your dental implant procedures, there are risks involved such as potential nerve injury, failure of the implant to integrate with the bone, and so on. Post treatment issues can be expensive to rectify and not covered by insurance. If you have your implant treatment in the U.K. and develop problems, getting your review done is much easier, and more convenient and cost-effective than having to go abroad once again.

• Regulations: Regulatory standards differ from country to country. The standards in the country where you choose to have your treatment may not meet the guidelines of the General Dental Council in the U.K. which are aimed at improving patient safety, enhancing the quality of care and assuring public confidence in dental regulation. In the U.K., strict action is taken against dental professionals who do not meet the standards set down by the General Dental Council or practice without being registered.

• Communication issues: Language could be a problem. It’s important that the people treating you can speak English or a language you can comprehend.

If you are considering dental implants abroad, do your research well on the dental professionals who will be providing your treatment. Check out their qualifications and standards of care. Schedule a consultation before the treatment, ask a lot of questions and make sure you are fully aware of the procedure and the risks involved. Have realistic expectation but do not compromise when it come to your health and safety.

Dental Implant Procedure – Steps Involved

July 26, 2013 | Comments Off

Dental implants are artificial roots made of titanium to replace missing teeth. The treatment is becoming popular as it is a long-term solution and reduces bone loss. Implants are an ideal alternative for dentures and bridges. You can replace one tooth or several teeth with implants. A variety of dental specialists such as a periodontist, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and a prosthodontist, may be involved in planning your treatment.

Dental implant treatment involves several procedures in different stages. The dental specialist begins by taking x-rays and a CT scan to inspect bone quality and the anatomical structure of your teeth. This is done to determine how much jawbone is available to hold the implant and to avoid any issues with drilling. The duration of the implant treatment depends on the type of procedure and number of implants to be placed. Most dental implant surgeries are performed in the dentist’s office in a hospital setting under local anesthesia.

In the first stage, implants are placed within the jaw bone. Bone grafting is done if there is not enough bone in the jaw or if the jaw bone is not strong enough. Once the dentist assures that jaw bone is healthy enough to receive the implant, the gum tissue is opened and a space is created in the bone with a special drill to place the implant. After implant placement, the gum is sutured or stitched back into place. As the tissue heals the implants get attached to the gum, a process which can take three to six months. During this time, you may be asked to cautiously wear temporary dentures and follow a soft diet as chewing forces may affect healing.

The second stage involves re-exposure of the implant for placement of a post or abutment in the implant. The artificial tooth or crown is cemented over the post. If several teeth or all of your teeth are replaced, a fixed bridge is anchored to your implants.

Your dentist will schedule checkups during the following year to ensure that your implants are working properly. The success of the dental implant treatment depends on multiple factors such as quality and quantity of the bone.

Dealing with Common Dental Implant Problems

July 24, 2013 | Comments Off

Dental implants are an increasingly popular alternative to removable dentures or fixed bridges for tooth replacement. Implants provide numerous benefits such as enhanced oral health, appearance, speech, durability, ability to eat, and convenience. This treatment has a high success rate. However, like any other cosmetic or reconstructive surgery, there are some potential complications associated with dental implants:

• Peri-Implantitis (Infection): Dental implant infection can occur due to the presence of bacteria during surgery or post-surgery. This problem is the result of the patient’s poor dental hygiene. Infection can results in inflammation, bone loss and implant failure.

• Loose implants: Implants may become loose or unsteady due to lack of sufficient bone mass in the area of the mouth where they are placed or due to the failure to integrate with the bones. Unsteady implants can even break.

• Implant breakage: Dental implants are usually made of artificial metal, titanium. An implant can crack or fracture if it is subjected to excessive external forces such as an unbalanced crown or a blow to the face.

• Nerve damage: Improper placement of dental implants can result in nerve impairment, which can be very painful. Three-dimensional CAT scans are necessary to determine the position of all relevant anatomical structures before surgery.

Other problems that may occur are sinus cavity damage, bad breath due to poor oral hygiene, implant rejection, and allergic reactions. In the event of any kind of problem after your implant treatment, patients should contact their dentist immediately.

Older adults, people with osteoporosis or diabetics, smokers and people who have had cancer are sometimes ineligible for dental implant treatment because of poor osseointegration or bones integration. In people without such issues, the risk of complications is reduced if the surgery is performed by an experienced prosthodontist, periodontist or oral surgeon. Smoking has a detrimental effect on bone and tooth health, so stop smoking before you apply for dental implants. Maintain a healthy lifestyle as overall good health can contribute to the success of your implant surgery.


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