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How Tooth Coloured Fillings Keep Your Smile Brighter


Tooth coloured fillings are a great way of disguising the fact that you have got a mouth full of fillings. Tooth coloured fillings work in exactly the same way as amalgam fillings and were once considered to be a less permanent solution. Advances in dental technology has resulted in tooth coloured fillings being as long lasting as amalgam fillings. In this world of social media and selfies people are opting for tooth coloured fillings because they look natural and aesthetically pleasing. Although you can replace all of your existing fillings with tooth coloured fillings it is advisable to replace them when your dentist advises you.

What Are Tooth Coloured Fillings Made From?

There are two types of tooth coloured fillings available; glass ionomer and composite, both are made from minute glass particles but are applied in different ways.

Glass Ionomer Fillings are generally used with baby teeth and the sides of teeth. The process involves a chemical reaction with teeth causing it to bond with the surface of the tooth. This type of tooth coloured filling is very brittle and is not hard wearing.

Composite Fillings are again composed of powdered glass and ceramic and added to a resin base. This type of tooth coloured filling is more robust than glass ionomer fillings but not as strong as amalgam fillings. Generally this type of filling is used on front teeth where there is less likely to be chewing and grinding.

Can You Decide If You have Tooth Coloured Fillings?

If your dentist suggests to you that you can have a tooth coloured filling on your tooth you can decide whether to opt for a tooth coloured filling or an amalgam filling. Generally people choose which type of filling they would like based on financial and practical reasons.

If you would like to discuss the possibility of having tooth coloured fillings please contact us here to make an appointment.

Why You Should Not Do Oral Surgery Yourself


It has recently been report by the press that people are taking dental treatment into their own hands and performing oral surgery on themselves. The BBC website reports how Mike Cowley a furniture restorer from Wisbech in Cambridgeshire has pulled out most of his own teeth with a pair of pliers. He took his dental care into his own hands because he was unable to make an appointment with an NHS dentist or wasn’t offered a satisfactory payment plan from a dentist near him.

Another DIY dentist maintains her cavity by applying a home dental kit to her tooth every month. Although both people sound very resourceful and are probably saving themselves money in the very short term, their barbaric oral surgery will end up costing them a small fortune to repair when their gums and existing teeth get infected. If your friend asks you to help them to perform DIY oral surgery on them, please refuse because it is against the law to practice any kind of dentistry (even the caveman kind) when you are not a qualified dentist.

The implications of unsuccessfully performed DIY oral surgery can vary from being uncomfortable to excruciating. If you have periodontitis your teeth are already loose and are probably likely to fall out easily making the remaining hole vulnerable to infection. If you perform DIY extraction using pliers or other contraptions from your tool kit you may unwittingly leave a fragment of tooth behind, increasing the risk of an abscess or infection.

If you use super glue to make a home made crown or seal a cavity you will probably end up with the mother of all infections simply because it is impossible to make sure that you have removed the infected area of the teeth in the kitchen. The bottom line is that any DIY oral dentistry that you do should only be a temporary measure.

If you are avoiding visiting the dentist because you cannot afford to pay for your treatment in one transaction please get in touch with us and we could help you to organise a payment plan. As with most things it is always cheaper and easier to receive proper dental treatment sooner rather than later.


How Looking After Your Dental Implants Can Keep You Smiling!


Dental implants are often used to replace teeth that have fallen out due to an accident or removed because they are severely decayed. Many people choose to replace lost teeth with implants because they are virtually indistinguishable from our own teeth and they are less cumbersome than dentures. The tooth part of the dental implant obviously won’t decay because it is not made of human tissue but the implant section can still cause you to suffer from gum infections, if you don’t clean your teeth thoroughly.

Dentists are having to treat an infection called peri-implantitis, which is a gum infection caused by a bacterial infection around the implant that causes inflammation of the gums and possible reduction in the jaw bone. Eventually the implant will fall out simply because there is no more bone left to hold it in place. People who smoke and don’t clean their teeth well are most at risk of losing their implants, that is why it is important that you have regular check ups, include flossing and use a mouthwash in your dental routine.

Often adults are so busy making sure that they fulfil all of the commitments they have in everyday life that they forget to adhere to a good dental routine. Children are frequently reminded that they need to clean their teeth twice a day for two minutes in order to keep their teeth healthy. If everybody took a two minutes twice a day to clean their teeth then there would be less people with gum disease and no need to have implants fitted.

If you are considering having implants fitted or already have implants then don’t hesitate to make an appointment to have a check-up to see what the best course of action is regarding your implants.


How The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique Painlessly Solves Gum Recession


Gum recession is one of those conditions that is associated with getting older and people who have noticeable gum recession are said to be, ‘long in the tooth’. Age is not the only cause of gum recession, factors that can cause gum recession include; periodontal disease, genetic predisposition, aggressive tooth brushing and crooked teeth. Time tends to accentuate gum recession so that it becomes very noticeable and the roots of your teeth become exposed. Gum recession causes deterioration to your teeth as well as your smile.

Once the lower parts of your teeth are exposed they are more inclined to decay because there is no enamel to protect the roots and sadly teeth are likely to become loose and fall out easily. having healthy gums results in having a healthy mouth so you will need to make sure that your gums are in tip top condition before you embark on gum recession surgery. If you are a current smoker or still have periodontal disease you will not be able to have treatment straight away. This would be a good time to give up smoking and get all of your other dental issues solved.

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is very simple and will not leave you with unsightly stitches and a painful mouth at the end of your treatment. The Pinhole Surgical Technique does not rely on skin grafts and can be completed in one session. An incision is made into the patient’s gum using a needle then specially invented dental instruments are used to stretch the gum enabling it to expand and cover the exposed roots. There is no need to use a scalpel or any other blades because the principle behind the whole procedure is an adjustment of existing gum tissue.


One of the greatest benefits of The Pinhole Surgical Technique is that you can smile confidently straight away after treatment with very little evidence of the procedure to be seen. If you are interested in finding out more about the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique to solve your gum recession problem please click on this link where you will be able to watch a demonstration video about it.

If you think that the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique could be the answer to your gum recession problems, please feel free to make an appointment and we can discuss the best course of treatment.

How Looking After Your Teeth Can Maintain Your Smile!


If you have started to watch, ‘The Truth About Teeth’, on BBC 1, you will have seen examples of how neglecting your teeth can cause pain and a lowering of your self esteem. Decayed and damaged teeth not only make you feel sad they also directly affect your health and ultimately your smile. Adopting a good oral hygiene routine which includes; brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes and visiting your dentist regularly will ensure that your smile remains intact.

The main causes of tooth decay are sugary and acidic foods, which destroy the enamel exposing the softer dentine underneath. If left unattended the affected tooth will literally rot away causing infection to weaken the bones under the gum. Once your gums become infected they will start to recede exposing more of the tooth. The combination of receding gums and depleted jaw bone eventually results in teeth becoming loose and eventually falling out.

Badly infected teeth can be treated with a procedure called a root canal which involves removing the infection from the central part of the tooth and sealing it up so that it cannot become reinfected. Dr Sihra specialises in root canals and often has patients referred to him from other dentists who are less confident at successfully treating the truth, in 99% of cases Dr Sihra is able to save the tooth – which is very much the preferred option.

If you have receding gums you may benefit from having a procedure called The Pinhole Technique. The Pinhole Technique involves repositioning the gum so that it covers more of the tooth. Repairing the gum in this way benefits you aesthetically and also prevents the teeth from getting loose.

Dental implants are a very practical alternative to dentures as they remain in the mouth rather than having to be taken out like regular dentures. After you have had your dental implants fitted you have to make sure that you adopt a good oral routine because the comes can become infected and eventually cause the implants to fall out.

Whatever issues you have with your teeth please don’t let a fear of the dentist prevent you from getting the treatment you need. Dentistry has moved on considerably since the middle ages and dentists really want to save your teeth rather than remove them.

Where teeth are concerned it really is a case of, ‘A stitch in time saves nine’, because untreated teeth can go from needing a simple procedure to it causing pain and discomfort much quicker than you think.

Obviously prevention is better than cure, but if you have found yourself in a position where your teeth are starting to cause you serious problems it is vitally important that you make an appointment with your dentist.

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