Keep the glint in your eye, not in your mouth

There’s nothing like a pair of sparkling eyes when someone is smiling a genuine smile. A merry glint tells the person being smiled at that the smiler is a warm and friendly personality. However, even the loveliest smile can be ruined when the teeth have an unwelcome glint: the glint of amalgam fillings.

Now we’re not saying amalgam doesn’t have its place in dentistry. It’s an incredibly useful and cost-effective way of filling a cavity. It goes in easily and stays put, lasting often for more than a decade.

Cosmetic Dentistry in BournemouthBut amalgam fillings don’t look silver when they are in your mouth, they look shiny and black. And if you have a lot of fillings, rows of amalgam glinting in the sun as you throw your head back to laugh is not pretty. It also tells everyone about your dental history, and not many of us actually want anyone to know we have lots of fillings.

A whiter alternative

One of the great advances in cosmetic dentistry has been the advent of white, or tooth-coloured fillings. At Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth, cosmetic dentistry users are very fond of white fillings, and here’s why:

First of all, it’s because they are white, or tooth-coloured to be precise. This means that once they are in place, these fillings blend in with your teeth and make it impossible for anyone to guess how many fillings you have had.

Another big plus is that we don’t have to remove as much of your tooth when we put in a white filling. The nature of white filling material and the way it is layered in, means that we only need to remove the decayed tooth material. This means fillings are smaller and your teeth remain stronger and will last longer.

The other big plus is how we can sculpt your white filling once it has been put in and cured with a UV light. This means we can recreate the chewing surface of your tooth, which takes the pressure off your other teeth and makes chewing more efficient, especially if you have lots of molars that have fillings in them.

We can do white fillings from new, or replace old amalgam fillings for you.

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It isn’t like a face lift

If you think cosmetic dentistry is self-indulgent, you could be forgiven for doing so, especially if you are a watcher of reality TV shows, where it seems that everyone has switched their natural teeth for those of Johnny Depp’s Willy Wonka — too white, too evenly lined up, so perfect in every way that they are actually rather creepy.

Yes, cosmetic dentistry can achieve this, but it can also give people back the smile they would have otherwise lost, or the smile they wish they could have. At Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth, cosmetic dentistry often comes after some kind of remedial dental work, rather than on its own.

Cosmetic Dentistry in BournemouthThe possibilities

Veneers, for examples, are fantastic if your teeth have taken a battering in some way and bits of them have broken off. This can often be the case with the top front teeth, which are often the first to break when someone falls off their bike, or bashes into someone else. Veneers can cover up a broken tooth in only 2 appointments and will keep their beauty for over 10 years if you look after them.

Cosmetic braces can straighten teeth that are misaligned, but don’t deal with bite issues. Yes, they make the teeth look great, but they also make it more likely that the teeth will last longer. When all the teeth are lined up, the pressure created by chewing is evenly distributed, instead of only some of the teeth taking the strain. Teeth are less liable to be ground down through over-use. They are also easier to keep when there are fewer hard-to-get-at nooks and crannies that plaque can build up in. This means less chance of decay and infection.

This is where teeth whitening comes in. If people have been using braces that are fixed to their teeth, when the treatment comes to an end, the braces, which were cemented onto their teeth, finally come off. This great unveiling can often be made even more amazing if the patient has teeth whitening treatment. This can also get rid of any mild staining that may have happened around the brackets during treatment.

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Oral health and dental hygiene in Bournemouth

Your oral hygiene is very important to your oral health. An oral hygienist is responsible for removing plaque from your teeth and gums helping to maintain good oral health. In parallel, regular check-ups with your dentist, including examinations to identify and treat potential dental issues before they escalate, are important for keeping your teeth clean and healthy for longer periods of time.

Dental Hygiene in BournemouthAt Castle Lane Dental Care, we believe that prevention is better than cure and we work with our patients to help them achieve great dental hygiene in Bournemouth. This involves regular check-ups and cleanings at the dental practice as well as consistent oral care at home. Our dedicated and trained oral hygienists will also teach you techniques to brush and floss your teeth effectively at home, thus prolonging their good health for longer.

Scale and polish

Maintaining a good dental hygiene routine at home is really important for health teeth and gums, however, it is not sufficient on its own. This is because some parts of the mouth are hard if not impossible to reach, leading to the build-up of plaque in-between your teeth and below your gum line. For this reason, regular hygiene treatment to remove plaque deposits is really important.

Your dental hygienist will gently remove plaque from your teeth and gums and use a special paste to polish your teeth in an attempt to keep your teeth plaque-free for longer. Once plaque is removed from the tooth surface and gums, your teeth will be easier to clean and floss.

An important aspect of your dental hygiene session also involves your dental hygienist supervising your oral health routine at home. Some patients require a more personalised approach to hygiene due to the specific placement of their teeth or other dental problems. Your dental hygienist will show you the best ways to brush and floss your teeth so they remain free from plaque.

How long will it last?

The success of treatment and maintenance of the results depends on many factors, the most important of which is your motivation to establish a good oral hygiene routine at home. Visiting your dental hygienist for regular cleanings is also important for maintaining your teeth and gums healthy for longer.

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Restore your oral health with dental hygiene in Bournemouth

Dental hygiene aims to improve the health of your teeth and gums in the long run. This may involve keeping your already-healthy mouth clean and germ-free or diagnosing oral conditions such as gum disease and tooth decay. Dental hygienists are specially trained to perform thorough cleanings of the teeth and gums and also advise patients on how to brush their teeth properly.

At Castle Lane Dental Care, we have two oral hygienists, both of whom are passionate advocates of good oral health education for patients of all ages. Apart from keeping your teeth and gums plaque-free, our hygienists are also trained to offer other preventive services, such as treatments for problems with bad breath. Dental hygiene in Bournemouth is an important part of the efficient operation of our dental practice.

Dental Hygiene in BournemouthWhat does the procedure involve?

Patients whose teeth and gums are already in good condition are advised to visit our dental practice for regular dental hygiene appointments. This will minimise the risk of developing gum disease or tooth decay. If you have noticed symptoms like red, swollen or bleeding gums, then it is likely that you are suffering from gum disease. In this case, visiting the dental hygienist as soon as possible is really important for effective treatment.

The success of gum disease treatment depends on the teeth and gums being as clean as possible. Your dental hygienist will clean your teeth thoroughly with special equipment and pastes, a procedure known as a scale and polish. This will remove plaque and other bacteria from your teeth and below your gum line. The success of the treatment is directly dependent on your motivation and oral hygiene routine at home.

Prevention is better than cure

As with any health problem, successful dentistry is based on the belief that prevention is better than cure. For this reason, a dental hygienist plays an important role, both for the patient and in the dental practice in general. Besides cleaning your teeth thoroughly, they can also advise on the best ways of keeping them in perfect health by following good dental hygiene habits. More importantly, they can educate both adults and children about the importance of a healthy diet and regular dental cleanings.

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White fillings for beautiful smiles

Sometimes filling are unavoidable, but thanks to modern technologies, they are now more aesthetic and less invasive than ever. Dentists have been repairing decayed teeth with metal fillings for generations, but an increasing number of patients are turning to white fillings in order to fill their cavities and protect their teeth from further decay. Unlike metal fillings, white fillings are inconspicuous and blend in with the natural teeth.

At Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth, if necessary, we remove metal fillings refill with tooth-coloured, composite resin. This is a completely safe procedure that will strengthen your teeth and improve the overall appearance of your smile.

White Fillings in BournemouthWhat are white fillings?

White fillings are used to restore the natural structure and appearance of teeth. They are usually made of composite resin, a combination of different materials such as glass, plastic and silicon. What makes composite fillings unique is their ability to bond with the tooth enamel. Unlike metal fillings that merely fill the gap, white fillings attach to the teeth, taking its shape.

In applying white fillings, your dentist will prepare the surface of the affected tooth with the aid of an acid gel. This will prepare the surface, making it easier for the filling to stick on it. Unlike metal fillings, white fillings are hardened in place with light, a process which takes only a few minutes to complete. After your dentist finishes filling the tooth, they will have you bite on carbon paper to make sure the filling is not irregular. If it is, then your dentist will lower the filling to match the rest of your teeth.

Whereas metal fillings require extensive preparation of the affected tooth, less preparation is usually required for composite fillings. The success of composite fillings depends on your dentist’s technique and experience. At our practice, we offer our patients high-quality white fillings carefully placed in your teeth by our well-trained and experienced dentists.

Get in touch

Want to learn more about white fillings in Bournemouth? Whether you want to change your old, discoloured fillings or whether you need a new filling, your teeth can look naturally beautiful with white fillings. Call our practice today and book your appointment.

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Replace your old metal fillings with white fillings in Bournemouth

Amalgam (metal) fillings have been used effectively in dentistry for many years, however, an increasing number of patients are eager to replace them with white fillings due to various cosmetic considerations. At Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth, we can safely remove your old metal fillings and replace them with tooth-coloured ones for an increased aesthetic effect. This is simple procedure that can be completed in only one visit to the dentist.

What are white fillings?

White Fillings in BournemouthWhite fillings are made of high-strength composite resin (a combination of glass and plastic) that can be easily colour-matched to your natural teeth. Unlike metal fillings, white fillings actually bond to the tooth-protecting the enamel and helping prevent fracture. Composite fillings are less likely to fall compared to metal fillings. At the same time, white fillings protect teeth from extreme temperature changes.

What to expect

White fillings can be placed either by a general or cosmetic dentist, since they have become increasingly popular among patients of all ages. Your dentist will isolate the tooth and try to keep it dry, while removing the old filling from the interior. Then, they will clean the tooth thoroughly in order to ensure that they have removed any remains of the old filling. Once ready, your dentist will place the composite resin material in layers in the filling and sculpt it around your teeth to look natural. Composite resin hardens in seconds, therefore, you can leave with a new filling in only one visit to the dentist.

Advantages of white fillings

Unlike metal fillings, composite fillings bond to the tooth and allow your dentist to sculpt the material for an aesthetically pleasing result. Composite resin is a very strong material that helps restore most of the original strength of the tooth, whereas metal weakens the teeth, making them prone to breaking. Besides looking natural and seamless, white fillings also desensitize teeth and make them more resilient to hot and cold temperatures. More importantly, white fillings require less removal of tooth enamel.

If you are thinking about replacing your old discoloured, metal fillings with white fillings for a natural smile, please call us or request an appointment today. We look forward hearing from you.

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Jaw problems and how to treat them

Jaw problems known as TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders affect your complex jaw joint. If you experience symptoms like pain or a clicking sound every time you bite, you are probably suffering from a TMJ disorder. Fortunately, jaw problems are easier to diagnose and treat than they were in the past. Since some types of TMJ problems can lead to more serious conditions, early diagnosis and treatment are really important.

At Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth, we can treat your jaw problems either by surgery or with the aid of specialised equipment. Depending on your individual situation, our experienced dentists will examine your jaw joints and muscles and determine the best treatment option.

TMD & Jaw Problems in BournemouthHow to determine if you have a TMJ disorder

TMJ disorders are common and depend on many factors. If you clench or grind your teeth or tighten your jaw muscles, then you are likely to develop a TMJ disorder. Same applies for damaged jaw joints or arthritis, a bone disease. Sometimes, a TMJ disorder can be the direct cause of a misaligned bite and can only be treated with teeth straightening. If left untreated, all of these conditions can damage the jaw joint or tear the muscle ligaments. As a result, the little cushion of the jaw joint can move out of position causing pain and discomfort.

Therefore, if you have sore, stiff muscles around your jaws and suffer from frequent headaches, it is likely that you are suffering from a TMJ disorder.

Treatment

Your dentist will recommend a number of treatments in order to improve the balance and function of your jaw. Once we evaluate your problem and confirm a TMJ disorder, we may recommend teeth straightening treatment or surgery. If the TMJ disorder is related to teeth clenching, then treatment may include wearing a hard plastic appliance at night to help your teeth surfaces from clenching and putting too much pressure on the jaw muscles. Other treatments may include replacing missing teeth or adjusting any ill-fitting bridgework or dentures that you may have.

A TMJ disorder is a potentially serious condition, therefore, it is really important to visit your dentist as soon as you feel uncomfortable. This will ensure that the problem does not become worse over time, requiring more drastic and expensive measures to correct.

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TMD treatment simplified – everything you need to know about it

Do you suffer from chronic pain in the jaw, face, head, neck or shoulders? This pain may be caused by TMD, also known as a temporomandibular joint disorder. The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. It is a unique and complicated joint, the proper function of which depends on the co-ordination of your jaw joints and teeth, as well as the muscles of your face, head and neck. In order for you to able to chew and speak properly, all these muscles and joints should function properly. When one part of this system is not in balance, you are likely to develop TMD.

TMD & Jaw ProblemsTMD affects an estimated 30% of adults in the UK at some point in their lives. Most patients get better by themselves without any treatment, but quite a few people experience chronic jaw problems and pain. If you are suffering from TMD, your dentist at Castle Lane Dental in Bournemouth will examine your jaw joints carefully and suggest a plan to treat your symptoms.

Causes of TMD

Generally, TMD is caused by a combination of factors like jaw problems and bone disease, such as osteoarthritis. It is also believed that tooth grinding and head or neck muscle tension may worsen TMD symptoms. Stress is also a possible factor for developing TMD. However, it is not clear whether stress is a cause or just a side-effect. Other factors that may be responsible for TMD are ill-fitted dentures, as well as daily habits such as fingernail biting and pen or pencil biting. Poorly aligned teeth can also cause TMD.

How your dentist can help

At Castle Lane Dental Care, we will try to establish the cause of your TMD and use minimally-invasive techniques, to help you self-manage the condition whenever possible. We may suggest wearing a night guard made of clear plastic. This mouth guard fits over the teeth of one jaw so that you bite into it rather than your teeth. We also offer an innovative treatment, called Cerezen. It is inserted into the ear canal and helps to prevent grinding because of the ear canal’s close proximity to the temporomandibular joints. We may also recommend seeing an osteopath, chiropractor or physiotherapist to help alleviate your symptoms.

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Denture stabilisation in Bournemouth

Are your dentures loose and wobbly? Perhaps your dentures move when you use your mouth and you find it difficult to eat, smile and talk with confidence? With implant-supported dentures, you can now goodbye to expensive denture adhesives, sore gums and embarrassing moment and return to something that can be compared to your natural teeth.

At Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth, we appreciate that although every effort is made to produce comfortable dentures, over time bone deteriorates, which can cause previously well-fitting dentures to become loose. Perhaps the best solution to these problems is through supporting your dentures with dental implants.

Denture Stabilisation in BournemouthWhat are dental implants?

Dental implants are small, titanium fixtures, which are surgically embedded into the jawbone and fuse with it over the time span of a few weeks. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants act as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth. Dental implants are permanent and provide a strong foundation for permanent or removable replacement teeth.

Implant-retained dentures

Implant-retained dentures are full dentures that clip onto four or more dental implants, which are fixed sturdily into your upper or lower jawbone. Once your dental implants have had time to fuse with the jawbone and surrounding tissues, your dentures are placed on top of them using special fixtures. This way you can still remove your dentures for cleaning or during sleep, but once in your mouth, they will stay safely in place. Implant-retained dentures combine the benefits of dentures and dental implants for the fraction of the cost of replacing your teeth entirely with implants.

Benefits of implant-supported dentures

Because they are supported by dental implants, these dentures are very solid and stable in your mouth like your natural teeth would be. The mechanism of attachment between the implants and the denture allows for only the necessary movement and flexibility that would be expected with your natural teeth.

Unlike regular dentures, implant-supported dentures do not sit on your gums, as they gain their support from the underlying dental implants. This way they are less likely to become loose or cause pain and sores. More importantly, implant-retained dentures are considerably smaller than conventional dentures since their retention is gained through the dental implants rather than the addition of extra dental material.

Long-term solution to tooth loss

If you are unhappy with your loose dentures and considering stabilising them with dental implants, contact us today.

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Replace your missing teeth with dentures in Bournemouth

If you have lost most or all of your natural teeth due to gum disease, tooth decay or injury, dentures can be an ideal and cost-effective solution. Dentures are removable dental appliances. Unlike dental implants and bridges, which are permanently attached to the bone, dentures are essentially prosthetic teeth attached to a supporting structure sitting over the gums.

At Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth, dentures are one of the most popular solutions for missing teeth. Our dentures are either acrylic or metal-based, and can be used to replace several or all missing teeth. Dentures used to replace a few missing teeth are also known as partial dentures, while full dentures cover the entirety of the upper or the lower jaw (or both).

Dentures in BournemouthUnlike older versions, modern dentures are made of high-quality, lightweight materials that look and function pretty much like natural teeth. Dentures can be removed at night, for cleaning, or whenever desired. The most affordable dentures are made of plastic, but even more expensive versions such as dentures made of porcelain usually cost less than dental implants.

Full dentures fit comfortably over your gums, although they may require periodic adjustments in order not to become loose over time. Partial dentures, on the other hand, can be secured easily to your remaining teeth with the aid of special clasps.

Taking care of your dentures

Just like your natural teeth, you should brush your dentures daily in order to remove food remains, bacteria and plaque. Regular cleaning will also prevent permanent staining and help your gums stay healthier for longer.

While you can use any soft toothbrush, it is best to use a special toothbrush designed for cleaning dentures. Avoid using harsh brushes, which can permanently damage your dentures.

Even if you wear full dentures, it is really important to take good care of your mouth. This translates into brushing your gums and soft tissues before you put on your dentures in order to help stimulate circulation and help remove plaque. While dentures are easy to fit and maintain, your dentist will advise you to visit for regular check-ups. These are important for determining the fit and comfort of your dentures.

Overall, dentures offer a simple, functional and affordable solution to the problems of missing teeth.

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