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Do you need a Veneer?

Maggie Muthama

What are veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front and top surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility.

Do I need a veneer?

Veneers are often placed on people whose:

1. Teeth are discoloured;

2. Teeth are worn down, chipped or broken;

3. Teeth are misaligned, uneven or irregularly shaped;

4. Teeth have gaps in between them, and orthodontics (braces) are not suitable.

What is the process of placing a veneer?

The process is simple and uncomplicated, and is usually completed in 3 visits to the dentist.

Visit 1 - Diagnosis and Treatment: Your dentist should give you the opportunity to explain the result you are trying to achieve by placing veneers over discoloured, misaligned, irregularly shaped, word down, chipped or broken teeth. At Smile Studio our dentists take extra care to understand what you want corrected to ensure predictable and desired treatment results. Your dentist will then examine your teeth to make sure veneers are the best solution for you. Your dentist may also take x-rays and impressions of your mouth and teeth.

Visit 2 – Preparation: Your dentist will prepare the surface of your tooth/teeth for a veneer according to the treatment need. Your dentist may use a local anesthetic to numb the area. The amount of preparation varies depending on the condition of each individual tooth. Some cases don’t require any preparation at all. After taking a model/impression of your tooth your dentist will send the model off to a lab where your veneer will be made.

Visit 3 – Bonding: When you return to have your veneer fitted your dentist will place the prepared veneer temporarily to make sure the veneer fits. Once the fit is perfect your dentist will clean, polish your tooth/teeth and bond the veneer in place. Any excess cement will then be removed, followed by an evaluation of your bite and any final adjustments that may be necessary. Polishing and finishing is then done.

Follow-up: Your dentist may ask you to return for a follow-up visit in 2 weeks to ensure your gums are responding well to the presence of the veneer and to ensure the veneer is held properly in place.

Benefits of Veneers:

1. Veneers are individually sculpted to look like your natural healthy teeth.

2. The process is minimally invasive to the tooth structure.  Veneers require less tooth removal than crowns.

3. Gum tissue responds well to porcelain veneers.

4. The colour of the porcelain can be selected to make dark teeth appear whiter and natural.

Disadvantages of Veneers:

1. Your tooth may become sensitive to hot and cold food/drinks due to the tooth/teeth preparation. However this sensitivity normally disappears within a few days.

2. In some severe cases of discoloration and mal-alignment some tooth surface reduction maybe necessary, making veneers, in this case come to be considered as “irreversible”. However repairs can be made to veneers, and new ones can be placed.

Ask your dentist to explain carefully the advantages and limitations of veneers.

Are there any alternatives to Veneers?

Crowns and bonding are an alternative to veneers. Ask your dentist to clarify whether veneers, crowns  or bonding are the best option for you.

How long do veneers last?

Veneers can last beyond 5-10 years if they are well looked after.

Do Veneers need any special care?

No. Your dentist will encourage you to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for check-ups.

Visit Smile Studio today for a consultation and further advice on the best way to achieve the smile of your dreams.

Do you need a Dental Implant?

Maggie Muthama

What is an implant?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that support crowns, bridges or dentures. Implants are made of titanium, a light but strong material. Implants are surgically placed into your jawbone as an anchor for the replacement of missing teeth. You can have a number of teeth replaced with an implant or implants, from one tooth to a complete set.

Is an implant the best tooth replacement option for me?

One of the main determining factors of whether an implant is the best tooth replacement option for you is the condition and health of the bone (soft and hard tissues) in your jaw. Other factors, such as chronic illnesses (i.e. diabetes) may affect your suitability for an implant.

Benefits of implants:

1.       Improved aesthetics, function and confidence: missing teeth can make you self-conscious of your smile and laughing out loud. Implants offer better cosmetic and functional end results. Replacing a missing tooth with an implant will restore your self-confidence, and bring back uninhibited laughter to your life.

2.       The procedure is minimally invasive: your dentist does not have to grind down the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. The adjacent teeth are left untouched during the procedure; however, if you opt for a bridge as a tooth replacement option your dentist will need to interfere with what are sometimes perfectly healthy teeth in order to support the bridge.        

3.       The procedure reduces the likelihood of further loss of valuable bone structure in your jaw;

4.       Long term implants are more reliable, predictable, cost effective and satisfactory option than other forms of tooth replacement. Long term studies demonstrate a high rate of success, and can last a lifetime when placed correctly by a dental professional and maintained with consistent home oral hygiene and dental hygiene appointments.

5.       Implants provide a stable foundation for your new teeth which and the comfort and security they provide you allow you to enjoy things such as your favourite food. Whilst some tooth replacement options such as dentures move about, especially during meals, implants are anchored to the bone in your jaw like natural teeth, and therefore are more firmly placed and do not prevent you from eating as you would if you had healthy, natural teeth.

Is the procedure of placing an implant painful?

Placing an implant is as easy as having a tooth removed. As with extractions and fillings dentists use local anesthetic when placing an implant. Patients do not feel pain during the procedures but may experience discomfort for up to a week after the implant has been placed. Mild painkillers can be prescribed to ease this discomfort.

How long will it take to heal?

Once an implant has been placed it can take a few months for the bone in your jaw to grow and fuse with the implant/s. In the time it takes for this to happen your dentist may place a healing cap and a temporary denture on the implant site to protect it. Once the bone grows around the implant, holding it securely in place, your dentist will place a crown over the implant. The shape, size and colour of the crown will be custom made to make sure that it blends in with your other teeth.

How long do implants last?

Implants, like natural teeth, will last as long as you care for them. Looking after your implants involves brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing your teeth at least once a day, and visiting your dentist as per his/her recommendation. Like natural teeth, failure to brush and floss will lead to the development of plaque not only around your implant but around the rest of your teeth, which can lead to gum disease.

What next?

Visit Smile Studio today for further consultation and advice if you think you may need an implant to replace a missing tooth/teeth.

Do you need a crown?

Maggie Muthama

A crown is a “cap” that is normally placed over a tooth. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials, but the majority of crowns are made of a precious metal base, which is then layered with porcelain.

Crowns are used to repair teeth that have been broken or that have been weakened by decay.

Here are some examples of instances why you might need a crown:

  1. You have a discoloured tooth and would like to improve it’s appearance;

  2. You have a root filling and need a crown to protect what is left of your tooth;

  3. You have a missing tooth, multiple crowns can be used to replace it (This is called a bridge);

  4. You have an implant and need a crown to cover it.

The procedure of fitting a crown is simple: your dentist will shape your tooth to fit your crown by removing a layer of the outer surface and leaving a strong inner core. The thickness of the crown is the same thickness as the layer of the outer surface of the tooth removed. After the tooth is shaped your dentist will take a mould of the prepared tooth, and one of the opposite jaw. The impressions are then sent to a dental technician, along with information regarding the shade of the crown you and your dentist have chosen together. The shade of the crown is chosen to match your other teeth to make sure that the crown looks natural when it is placed. Your dentist can place a temporary crown as the dental technician is preparing your permanent crown. When the crown is ready to be placed your dentist will use a special cement/adhesive to hold the crown in place.

Looking after your crown is simple: all you have to do is brush your teeth twice a day, and floss at least once a day. The crown itself cannot decay, but decay can form where the edge of the crown meets the tooth. It is therefore important to ensure that you keep your teeth and gums as clean as possible. This will also ensure that your crown lasts for many, many years to come.

When your dentist recommends a crown it is usually to ensure that your teeth remain healthy, and your smile remains bright. Visit Smile Studio today for a consultation and more information if you think you may need a crown.

The importance of flossing your teeth

Maggie Muthama

We've all heard our dentist say that we should brush our teeth twice a day, and floss at least once a day. However the majority of us brush our teeth once a day, and rarely or never floss. What many people don't realise is the importance of flossing as an important part of maintaining not only dental but general health.

The difference between a toothbrush and dental floss is that a toothbrush cleans the tops and outer surfaces of your teeth and gums, whilst dental floss is designed to clean the tight spaces between the teeth, and the gaps between the base of the teeth and the gums (where toothbrushes cannot reach).

Mouthwash should not be considered a replacement for dental floss. Whilst mouthwash does kill bacteria that causes plaque (a sticky film of bacteria) it cannot remove the bits of food that often get lodged in between teeth, and the gaps between the base of the teeth and the gums.

Flossing regularly allows you to remove plaque whilst it is still in its soft and pliable form. Failure to remove plaque causes tartar, a much harder substance, which can only be removed by a dentist using a scraper. Tartar buildup can cause gingivitis (red swollen gums which are the first signs of gum disease). If not removed properly the tartar can spread below the gum line causing periodontitis (which is characterized by inflammation, and eventual tooth and bone loss).

At Smile Studio we recommend that you floss your teeth at least once a day not only to keep your smile beautiful and healthy, but to prevent more serious diseases beyond discoloured teeth, discomfort and bad breath. Bacteria in an unhealthy mouth can harm the rest of your body, and contribute to heart disease, diabetes and respiratory illnesses. Therefore flossing is a small step that can have significant implications for your long term health and well being. A combination of brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day and using mouthwash can strengthen tooth enamel and remove plaque.

Call 020 4400622 or email info@smilestudio.biz now to book a consultation with Dr. Odera or Dr. Mutai. This consultation can save you money in the long run: the cost of a dental emergency visit as a result of gingivitis or periodontitis can cost up to 10 times the cost of regular check-ups over a period of time.

Visit Smile Studio today and gain access to education and information about your dental health and your individual dental needs.