How your Soho dentist can restore your smile

A dentist has numerous aesthetically pleasing ways in which to restore your smile. PS Dental Care in Soho offers a wide range of restorative and cosmetic dental treatments, and every option will be individually tailored to suit your personal requirements.

broken-teethOur teeth go through a lot in life, meaning that they can become discoloured, stained, or damaged easily. When you come into our Soho dental practice for a consultation, your dentist will undertake a thorough clinical examination to diagnose your problem, and will then talk you through all the relevant procedures at our Soho clinic, before creating a fully customised treatment plan.

Common smile concerns, and how your Soho dentist can help

Broken teeth

With all the precautions in the world, teeth can still get broken through accident and injury. Sometimes this requires a visit to the emergency dentist at our Soho practice – in any case, even mild chips and breakages should prompt you to see the dentist as soon as possible to minimise the chances of a painful infection occurring.

We have numerous restorative options available at our Soho clinic. The best option will depend on:

  • The location of the affected tooth/teeth
  • The type and amount of damage
  • Your general oral health
  • Your personal preference, when possible

Methods of restoring teeth include:

  • Composite bonding
  • Crowns
  • White fillings
  • Porcelain veneers

Discoloured or stained teeth

Our teeth are easily stained by a number of lifestyle factors, and the first thing your Soho dentist will do is to determine the nature of your tooth discolouration.

Teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to remove everyday stains, as long as a dentist provides the treatment. Permanent stains can be masked by porcelain veneers or composite bonding.

Crooked, crowded, and misaligned teeth

PS Dental Care in Soho uses the popular Invisalign discreet tooth straightening treatment to improve the alignment of adults’ teeth. Your dentist will prescribe the required series of clear, removable aligners, which are invisible to the untrained eye in everyday life.

Missing teeth

Missing teeth should always be replaced. At our clinic we offer cosmetic bridges, dentures, and for maximum stability dental implants to replace lost natural teeth.

The many ways a dentist can repair and restore a broken tooth

It happens; teeth get broken – a dentist should be called straight away. PS Dental Care in Soho offers a number of ways to repair broken or otherwise damaged teeth, designed to blend in with the natural colour of your teeth so that the results will be as aesthetically appealing as they are strong and practical.

What your Soho dentist can do

restore-broken-teethThe action your Soho dentist will take will depend on a number of factors, including what caused the tooth to break, how bad the damage is, where in the mouth the affected tooth is located, and the general condition of your oral health.

It’s very important to see a dentist as soon as possible after a tooth is damaged, to prevent the situation from getting any worse. Depending on how your tooth is to be restored, your dentist may be able to complete it in a single appointment at our Soho clinic, or you may need to come back for a second appointment in order to fully complete the procedure.

White fillings

We don’t use metal amalgam fillings at PS Dental in Soho, so if you need a filling anywhere in your mouth then you can rest assured that it will be tooth-coloured. Modern white fillings are very strong and durable, and suitable for the restoration of most teeth.

Composite bonding

For damage to the front teeth, your dentist may elect to use composite bonding. This involves using white filling material to rebuild your tooth (after some preparatory work) in order to make it look like it was never damaged. Again, the shade of composite material used will be closely matched to the natural colour of your teeth.

Crowns

Crowns are used when a tooth needs a great deal of restoration and reinforcement. This can happen if a tooth is severely decayed, or has been previous weakened by root canal treatment. Modern crowns are often made of tooth-coloured porcelain or ceramic set on a precious metal base.

Whatever the cause of your tooth damage, at PS Dental in Soho your dentist will find the perfect solution.

Dental implants: a guide to permanently replacing lost teeth

Dental implants are the only permanent way a dentist can replace your missing teeth. At PS Dental Care in Soho dental implants can be used to replace anything from one to all of your natural teeth, giving you back an aesthetically appealing smile and all the functionality of natural teeth.

dental-implants-sohoThe key thing to remember about dental implants is that they are not so much replacement teeth as replacement tooth roots. Indeed, they are the only substitute for natural tooth roots, which is beneficial to the health of your jaw bone as well as for keeping a crown, bridge, or denture in place.

PS Dental Care in Soho is a trusted provider of dental implants, and our implant dentists have carried out scores of successful dental implant treatments.

Your journey back to oral health begins with an implant consultation here at our Soho dental practice. During this consultation your dentist will use CT scans and x-rays to determine your current level of bone density.

It is a loss of density in the jaw bone that makes traditional dentures lose their comfortable fit. This is a common problem experienced by the vast majority of denture wearers, and one which can be solved by having dental implants placed at our Soho clinic.

Your dentist will determine how many dental implants you will need. Whilst in the case of a single tooth replacement you will require one implant and one crown, when it comes to multiple tooth replacement the good news is that a series of carefully placed dental implants can support a several teeth in bridge or denture form. In other words, you won’t need as many dental implants as teeth.

Most patients at our Soho practice only need local anaesthetic for implant placement. As soon as the implants are in place they will begin to integrate with your jaw bone, keeping it healthy and strong.

The integration process takes a few months to fully complete, during which time your Soho dentist may fit temporary teeth so you won’t be left toothless.

Once your new teeth are attached to your implants, they should last you for many years.

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.