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How the dentist can help you at different stages of life

It’s important to visit the dentist regularly to maintain your oral and general health. PS Dental Care in Soho offers a full range of general and preventative dental treatments, as well as an extensive number of cosmetic procedures, and welcomes new patients of all ages.

oral-healthJust like with general health, people tend to experience different dental health concerns depending on what stage of life they are at. Your Soho dentist will provide you with fully customised treatment to suit your needs, no matter what they may be.

Children’s teeth

Children need to visit the dentist from a young age to learn how to look after their teeth as they grow up. Fissure sealants and fluoride varnish can help strengthen and protect teeth, whilst early indications of potential orthodontic problems can also be spotted and treated quickly.

Pregnant women

Pregnant women are more prone to a range of dental health concerns caused by hormonal changes in the body and as a side-effect of conditions such as severe morning sickness, which can cause enamel erosion of the teeth.

At our Soho dental practice your dentist can help to manage conditions such as pregnancy gingivitis and pregnancy granuloma, as well as helping to tackle tooth erosion.

Adults with cosmetic concerns

An increasing number of adults are seeking out the services of a cosmetic dentist to improve the appearance of their smile. PS Dental Care in Soho offers a full range of cosmetic dental treatments designed to combat problems such as tooth staining, tooth alignment, and gummy smiles.

Adults with reduced immune systems

Conditions that affect the immune system can make problems such as gum disease worse. Regular visits to your Soho dentist will help you to treat and manage these conditions.

Older people

Tooth loss can happen at any age, but is most common in the older generation. Our Soho dental practice offers tooth replacements dental implants, which your dentist can use to permanently stabilise your dentures or to replace one to a few teeth when combined with a crown or bridge. If you wear traditional dentures, we can help avoid common issues such as oral thrush.

Visit your dentist regularly to keep your smile happy and healthy

How often do you visit your dentist? At PS Dental Care in Soho we are keen to stress the importance of regular check-ups to keep your smile in prime condition. We are also eager to point out the benefits regular visits to your dentist and hygienist can bring to your general health.

oral-healthMost people believe that you should visit your dentist twice a year, and as a nation we are fairly good at maintaining this routine. A recent survey conducted by the Oral Health Foundation as part of National Smile Month 2016 found that 50% of us visit our dentist for a check-up every six months, whilst 21% say they visit annually. Only 2% of the population have never visited the dentist.

However, some people actually need to attend check-ups more frequently than every six months, whilst others don’t need to come in so often. You should always follow your dentist’s advice and come in as often as they recommend.

PS Dental Care in Soho welcomes new patients of all ages for general dental check-ups. When you come in for a new patient consultation at our Soho clinic, we will take a detailed medical and dental history, as well as conducting a thorough clinical examination.

A dentist is often able to spot early warning signs of conditions such as gum disease and tooth decay even before you have noticed anything amiss yourself. By using x-rays to check inside the teeth and underneath any existing restorations (such as fillings or crowns) your clinician can accurately diagnose any problems at a very early stage, making them easier to treat.

Both dental decay and gum disease can lead to tooth loss, whilst gum disease has also been linked to a range of other general health concerns, including heart and lung disease and diabetes. Our Soho dental team will be able to treat gum disease and decay easily if we spot them early.

Mouth cancer checks are also performed as a standard part of your dental check-up at our Soho clinic. If anything suspicious is spotted, we will refer you to a hospital consultant for further investigation.

Could dental implants be the perfect solution to your tooth loss?

dental-implants-sohoIf you’ve lost one or more teeth, dental implants may already be on your radar. At PS Dental Care in Soho we believe that, more often than not, they are the perfect solution to tooth loss. Read on to find out why. . .

Dental implants: the benefits

Dental implants have numerous advantages when compared to traditional dentures and bridges. For a start, implants are a long-term solution. They are designed to provide a permanent solution to tooth loss, and with proper care and regular follow-up appointments at our Soho dental practice, they could just last for the rest of your life.

The second key point about dental implants is that they are the only way to actively prevent bone loss, which is commonly seen in patients who wear traditional dentures or have several or all of their natural teeth missing. Implants are artificial tooth roots, made from titanium and placed in your jaw in a minor operation, carried out here at our modern Soho dental practice.

Because bone loss is the main reason that standard dentures become loose and unwieldy, choosing dental implants helps to prevent all of these common denture problems. You won’t have to struggle with loose false teeth that affect your speech, diet, and self-esteem. Instead, you can just get back to enjoying your life free from the fear of your teeth falling out.

At our Soho practice our implant dentist can attach crowns, a bridge, or a denture to your dental implants, giving you back all the appearance and functionality of natural teeth. In fact, many people may not even realise your teeth aren’t the real thing.

Soho dental implants

The majority of patients at PS Dental Care in Soho only require local anaesthetic for the placement of dental implants. Because the procedure is carefully planned beforehand, placement is actually fairly simple from a patient’s point of view. Any post-operative discomfort won’t last long, and can usually be managed with over-the-counter painkillers.

After a healing period, you will be called back to our Soho clinic so that your permanent new teeth can be attached.

Visit your dentist regularly to stay healthy and happy

How often should you visit the dentist? It’s a commonly-heard question and at PS Dental Care in Soho we believe the answer is “as often as your dentist tells you to”. Good dental care is vital not just for your oral health, but for your general health and wellbeing too.

healthy-teethWe have a firm focus on preventative dentistry here at our Soho dental practice. The aim of preventative dentistry is to stop problems before they start, and to treat them promptly and with minimal fuss if they do arise. PS Dental Care in Soho welcomes new patients of all ages for general dental consultations.

A recent study showed that people in the UK are generally good about visiting the dentist. Half of adults say they have a general dental check-up every six months, whilst 21% claim to go annually.

Dig a little deeper, however, and there are more concerning statistics. A quarter of adults admitted to not visiting their dentist in the past two years, whilst more than a quarter only go when there’s a problem.

General advice is to have a general dental check-up every six months to ensure your oral health remains in tip-top condition. However, some people need to come more or less frequently, so when you come to our Soho dental practice your dentist will assess how often you need to visit us.

What your Soho dentist will do

You will be well aware that visiting the dental practice is important for your oral health. It should also be remembered that having healthy teeth and gums is vital to your general health and wellbeing, too. Tooth loss can wreak havoc with your ability to eat a healthy diet, can impact upon your speech and seriously damage your body image and self-esteem.

Some studies have shown a link between gum disease and conditions such as heart disease. Therefore, your dentist plays a vital role in keeping you healthy.

Visiting the hygienist regularly is also important in the fight against gum disease – the leading cause of tooth loss in the UK. At our Soho dental practice we offer full hygiene services.

Dental implants: common questions about replacing missing teeth

By choosing dental implants to replace your missing teeth, you can restore more than just a beautiful smile. PS Dental Care in Soho offers implant solutions to patients who have lost one, some, or even all of their natural teeth, and welcome anyone who has experienced tooth loss for an implant consultation.

replace-missing-teethDental implants offer an unrivalled functionality, meaning your new teeth will act very much like their natural counterparts. They will hold a crown, denture, or implant-retained bridge securely in place, enabling you to eat whatever you wish, to speak clearly, and to forget any concerns about loose false teeth that could slip out in public, meaning you can relax and enjoy your life.

At PS Dental Care in Soho we like to think of dental implants are more than just a tooth replacement; they are an investment in both your smile and your future.

Of course, as with any investment we know that choosing dental implants is a big decision. We’ve gathered some common questions about implants, and are also happy to talk through your concerns and queries at our Soho practice.

How do dental implants work?

Placed directly in your jaw bone in a small operation, carried out here at our Soho dental practice, dental implants are titanium tooth roots. They mesh with you bone in a process called osseointegration, serving the dual purpose of holding your teeth in place whilst also preventing bone loss.

What are the requirements for receiving dental implants?

Implants require a good level of bone density, and also require your mouth to be healthy. We can treat any underlying issues such as gum disease at our Soho dental practice prior to placing your implants.

How many teeth can I have replaced?

As many as you need. Dental implants can support single crowns or multiple-tooth bridges or dentures. In most cases, one implant can support several teeth. Your dentist will discuss how many implants you need at your initial consultation.

How long will my implants last?

With regular visits to your dentist and hygienist, your implants and the teeth attached to them will last you many years.

Why choosing dental implants is an investment in your smile and your future

By choosing dental implants to replace your missing teeth, you are not just investing in your smile, but in your ongoing health and in your future. At PS Dental Care in Soho we offer a number of implant solutions, designed to replace one, some, or even all of your natural teeth.

dental-implants-sohoBenefits of dental implants

Compared with traditional tooth replacements – standard bridgework or dentures – dental implants have many benefits. One of the most important is their permanence – with regular visits to our Soho dental practice for aftercare, your implants and the teeth attached to them could last you for life.

A traditional dental bridge requires support from your adjacent teeth. This may involve removing healthy tooth structure for the placement of crowns, and requires supporting teeth to be strong and free from large fillings. By using dental implants to support your bridge, no work is needed on your other teeth, ensuring they stay strong and healthy.

Modern dentures are both aesthetically pleasing and functional, but because they do nothing to address the problem of missing tooth roots, the jaw bone often starts to shrink. This can lead to your dentures becoming loose, making eating and speaking difficult and impacting on your confidence if they are prone to slipping.

Dental implants prevent all of these problems. The only way your dentist can replace your tooth roots, they don’t only hold your new teeth in place, but also actively support bone growth, avoiding the problems caused by bone loss and meaning you can eat, speak, smile and socialise with confidence.

Soho dental implants

Most people need only local anaesthetic for the placement of dental implants at our Soho dental practice. Once your implants are in position, they will be left to heal and integrate with your jaw bone for a few months. Temporary teeth may be attached during this time.

After healing is complete, you will be called back to our Soho clinic so that your dentist can attach your permanent new teeth. Depending on your clinical need, this may be a single crown, a bridge, or implant-retained dentures.

How your dentist can spot oral health concerns early

Visiting your dentist regularly is essential not just to preserving your oral health, but also in helping to prevent general health concerns. At PS Dental Care in Soho we welcome new patients for general dental consultations and hygiene appointments, as well as for cosmetic dentistry and restorative procedures such as dental implants.

gum-diseaseToday’s high-sugar diets are bad news for your teeth, as well as for your general health. Whilst everything in moderation is a good motto to live by, consumption of too much sugar should be avoided. Both your dentist and hygienist can help you to understand the impact that dietary factors can have on your teeth and gums, and suggest some modifications to your diet that will benefit both oral and overall health and well-being.

We are passionate about preventative dentistry at our Soho dental practice. In an ideal world, all oral health problems would be stopped before they could start. However, in the real world problems do occur, and as with any health concern the sooner a dental health issue is spotted, the quicker, easier, and cheaper it is to treat.

The problem is that many dental health concerns, such as tooth decay and gum disease, have few early warning signs that you will notice yourself at home. That’s where your dentist comes in; using the latest diagnostic techniques and technology, your Soho dentist can spot these conditions at a very early stage, helping you get treatment and get back to full oral health quickly.

Teeth may look healthy, but decay could be lurking beneath the surface. At our Soho clinic we will use x-rays as necessary to check the condition of the inside of your teeth, as well as the condition of any existing restorations such as crowns, bridges, or fillings.

Gum disease has been linked to general health conditions, including heart disease and strokes. Again, your dentist can spot it early, and can treat it appropriately before it becomes serious.

Your Soho dentist will perform an oral cancer screening as a standard part of your general check-up. As with any form of cancer, early diagnosis maximises your chances of a full recovery.

Dental implants: giving you more than just a lovely smile

There’s more to dental implants than just an aesthetically-pleasing smile. At PS Dental Care in Soho we can replace one, some, or all of your natural teeth with implants, which give you back the full functionality of a healthy jaw, and alleviate many of the common woes reported by denture-wearers.

dental implants sohoHow dental implants work

Standard dentures and bridges only replace the crowns of missing teeth. With dental implants, your dentist has a way to replace the tooth roots. Replacing the roots is important to help avoid bone loss, which is common in patients who have lost several teeth.

Bone loss, and shrinking gums, cause many common denture problems, as when the jaw bone shrinks the dentures that once fitted so well start to get loose, affecting your ability to eat solid foods, to speak clearly, causing denture sore mouth as your false teeth rub your gums, and having a negative impact on your confidence as you fear your dentures could fall out.

Because they are made from titanium, and because they are placed directly in your jaw bone, dental implants prevent these problems, holding your teeth firmly in place and helping to stop bone loss. This means that your denture or bridge will give you the full functionality of a second set of natural teeth, enabling you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.

Soho dental implants

Placing dental implants requires minor oral surgery, which our modern Soho dental practice is fully equipped for. The majority of patients only need a local anaesthetic for implant placement.

Your dental implants will take a few months to fully heal and bond with your jaw bone. During that time your dentist may fit temporary teeth, so that you are not left with gaps in your mouth. Once healing is complete, you will be called back to our Soho practice so that your dentist can fit your permanent new teeth – which may be crowns, a bridge, or dentures, depending on your clinical need.

We believe everyone deserves a healthy smile, which is why we offer a number of finance options at our Soho practice, to help make implants accessible to all.

How your dentist can quickly enhance the appearance of your smile

If you want to boost the appearance of your smile, your dentist has many treatments and techniques at their disposal. At PS Dental Care in Soho, we are proud to treat every person as an individual, and think every smile is as unique as the person behind it. Therefore, whatever you want to improve about your smile, we will work with you to create a bespoke treatment plan.

teeth-whitening-sohoThe majority of adults in the United Kingdom are unhappy about smiling in photographs. More and more people are turning to the world of cosmetic dentistry to enhance their smile’s appearance. Cosmetic dentistry is a wide field containing techniques large and small. Here, we look at how your Soho cosmetic dentist can quickly and effectively create the smile you’ve always wanted. . .

Treatment from a Soho cosmetic dentist

Come into PS Dental Care in Soho for a consultation with a cosmetic dentist, and they will establish what your dream smile would look like, as well as asking what you like and dislike about the smile you’ve currently got.

Some of the fastest and most popular smile boosters at our Soho practice include:

Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening should only be performed by a dentist, because that way you will know that it will be as safe as it is effective. Treatment involves the use of a special dental bleaching gel to remove everyday stains from the teeth. It can be carried out at home, or here in the comfort of our Soho dental practice.

Porcelain veneers

Your dentist can use a single porcelain veneer to cover a permanently discoloured tooth, or one with a small chip or crack. Alternatively, a full set of veneers can be used to create a smile makeover. Treatment is usually complete in two appointments.

Composite bonding

With composite bonding, your dentist uses the same material as is used for white fillings and can be used as an instant alternative to porcelain veneers to mask permanent tooth stains. Composite bonding can also be used to repair chipped, cracked, or decayed teeth, to deal with minor alignment issues, and to alter a tooth’s shape.

Dental implants in Soho: all you need to know

Soho dental centre PS Dental Care offers dental implants to replace one, some, or even all of your natural teeth. Implants have a number of benefits over traditional dentures and bridges, and are the only way to permanently replace missing teeth. They give you back not just your beautiful smile, but also the full functionality of a healthy jaw.

dental-implants-sohoWhat are dental implants?

Dental implants replace the root portion of one or more missing teeth. They are small titanium screws that are placed directly in your jaw bone in a minor operation, carried out here at our Soho clinic by an experienced implant dentist.

Surgery? Does this mean a lot of down time?

No. The placement of dental implants is intricately planned prior to surgery, meaning the placement process itself is actually relatively simple. Most patients at our Soho practice only require local anaesthetic, and report the procedures as being more bearable than having a tooth extracted. Any post-operative discomfort is easily alleviated with over-the-counter pain relief, and should only last a few days.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Implants are the only permanent way to replace missing teeth, and the only option to replace the roots. They help to prevent bone resorbtion – a common side-effect of tooth loss – and hold your new teeth firmly in place, meaning you can eat a healthy and varied diet without the restrictions of standard dentures.

What options do you offer?

Your Soho implant dentist can replace a single missing tooth with one implant and one crown, several or all missing or failing teeth with a series of implants and either a bridge or dentures.

Aren’t dental implants expensive?

Whilst they may initially seem more expensive than standard dentures etc, we see implants as an investment in your future and your health. We offer a number of finance options.