Do you dread ice cream?

If the thought of an ice cream or crunchy apple makes you grimace then you are probably familiar with the discomfort that some foods can cause. Many people have sensitive teeth in Bournemouth and it can happen at any time. Women are more likely to be affected than men and it is most common in people aged between 20 and 40, although it can start in your early teens and affect older patients too. At Castle Lane Dental Care, we hear how debilitating it is for people who cannot enjoy cold foods and drinks or even experience sensitivity due to cold air, acidic or sweet food or heat.

Sensitive Teeth in BournemouthWhy are my teeth sensitive?

Enamel is the hard part of the tooth which protects the sensitive dentine underneath. Unfortunately, the enamel can become weakened or thin due to damage, eating disorders, over-vigorous brushing, lack of dental care, age, medical conditions or tooth grinding. When the enamel can no longer protect the vulnerable dentine, pain can be the unpleasant result.

How can I resolve sensitive teeth?

Keeping your teeth as strong and healthy as possible is important so a good diet is essential, as well as regular check-ups with a dentist and an effective routine of dental care at home. You can also avoid triggers, such as cold or acidic food. There is also a range of toothpastes available which can help relieve the symptoms when used regularly.

When it comes to brushing, it is best to use a brush which is not worn and clean your teeth in gentle circular movements. Avoid brushing immediately after eating as some foods can make the enamel softer and more vulnerable to damage.

If you experience problems which you cannot resolve yourself, it is important to come and see us. We can identify the cause of your sensitivity, offer treatment to strengthen the enamel and suggest a programme of care which should resolve any issues. If you grind your teeth then a specially fitted mouth guard can protect your teeth at night.

Please do get in touch with us to find out how we can help you ease the pain and inconvenience of sensitive teeth.

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Why do my teeth hurt?

People who have sensitive teeth in Bournemouth can experience anything from a mild twinge to severe pain which can last for several hours. It is most likely to happen when you are eating or drinking something cold or your teeth are exposed to cold air. It can sometimes also occur when you are eating something hot, sweet or acidic. Avoiding triggers and taking precautions, such as brushing your teeth with warm water can help but you do need to seek help from your dentist. At Castle Lane Dental Care we can assess the reasons for your sensitive teeth and devise a personalised care plan to reduce the pain, protect your teeth and resolve the problem.

Sensitive Teeth in BournemouthWhat causes sensitive teeth?

The visible part of our teeth has a layer of enamel which protects the softer dentine underneath. The enamel is thinnest where the gum meets the teeth and can wear away. When this dentine is exposed, the tooth becomes sensitive. While lack of dental care can be a cause, there are many other reasons why the enamel can become thin. Brushing too hard and brushing from side to side can result in abrasion, particularly where the gum and teeth join. It can also be caused by acidic food and drinks as the acid attacks the enamel, resulting in weakness. Gums can also shrink back, exposing the vulnerable root, due to aging or because they are diseased due to plaque or tartar build-up. Some people grind their teeth which wears the enamel away.

What treatments are available?

When you come for an appointment, we will talk to you about your symptoms, identify the cause of your sensitivity and suggest treatment to tackle it. Applications of fluoride can strengthen the enamel or we can fill or seal vulnerable areas. The discomfort can take some time to improve and you may need several appointments. We will also advise you on how to protect your enamel and reduce the risk of sensitivity recurring.

There is no need to endure the pain of sensitive teeth. Enjoy your food again and talk to us about how we can help deal with the issues you are experiencing.

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Tried and trusted ways to support teeth

If you read about dentistry in the 21st century, most of what is written is about amazing innovations. Incredible invisible braces that can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing. Wonderful white fillings that fill cavities and keep your smile looking perfect. Veneers to cover up imperfections. Dental implants to replace the whole tooth, root and crown.

It’s easy to forget that most dentists, including the team at Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth, still offer solutions that have been around for decades, but have also been updated with new materials, equipment, and techniques to be even more effective.

Dental Crown and BridgeLet’s take a look at two old favourites, crowns and bridges.

All about crowns

Crowns play a really important role in extending the life of teeth that aren’t doing so well above the gum line, but are still in great shape below it, in the tooth root. Roots are vital for maintaining healthy jawbone tissue, so you want to hang on to your natural teeth for as long as possible, and crowns help do this. Crowns are porcelain covers that fit over the entire tooth, strengthening its structure so that you can carry on chewing and biting. These days crowns are usually made of highly durable and strong porcelain that is colour-matched to the rest of your teeth.

If you have root canal therapy, we will put a crown over the top to protect your tooth. Crowns are also a great way to cover up amalgam fillings.

Bridges explained

This is a tried and tested way of restoring up to three lost teeth in a row. It is called a bridge because the replacement crowns are supported by crowns fitted over the two healthy teeth on either side of the gap. The teeth are ground into shape and fitted with false crowns made of metal. This is covered with porcelain if the abutment crowns are at the front of your mouth. If you have a bridge, as they are not removable for cleaning like dentures, you need to be extra diligent about removing plaque and cleaning so that you don’t get bad breath.

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Ways and means to restore your teeth

We need teeth that work well if we are going to eat well and keep our bodies supplied with a good range of nutrients so that it can repair itself. Biting and chewing are important because we only have one set of teeth in the body. Once our food has been swallowed, there are no teeth further down in the digestive system to grind it into a paste that can release its nutrients.

But, as we go through life, things happen to our teeth. They decay, or they get broken, or fall out due to gum disease. Not only do gaps between teeth look unsightly, but they can cause the teeth next door to start shifting around and even fall out.

Dental Crown and Bridge in BournemouthBut the good news is that there are ways to save what’s left of broken or largely decayed teeth, and other ways to replace the odd missing tooth, thanks to crowns and bridges from us at Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth.

What are crowns?

A crown goes over your entire tooth to give it a whole new lease of life. These days crowns are generally made of strong, tooth-coloured porcelain that is shaped and sized to match your surrounding teeth. Crowns are used to strengthen teeth that have lost a lot of material to decay, or have been broken and need building back up. Crowns extend the life of a tooth that is damaged above the gum line, but still has strong and healthy roots. It is a good idea to hang on to such teeth for as long as possible because replacing roots means expensive dental implants, and without your tooth roots the bone in your jaw starts to shrink away, leading to a pointy-chinned, sunken look.

What about bridges

Bridges are used to replace one to three teeth in a row that are missing. They are called bridges because the artificial tooth crowns literally bridge the gap between two healthy teeth. Bridges are fixed in place by grinding down the teeth on either side of the gap to act as abutments to the bridge. The porcelain crowns are sized, shaped, and coloured to match the surrounding teeth.

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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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