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WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS? (written by Stuart Bright)

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

What Are Dental Implants?


Dental implants provide a fixed, permanent solution to missing teeth. The implant is usually made out of titanium and is placed into the jaw bone where the tooth is missing.


It is essentially a substitute for a natural tooth root and grows together with your jaw bone to function just like a natural tooth. Once fitted, implants provide the foundation for long-term support of crowns, bridges or dentures.

Dental implants are a well established, tried and tested treatment and over 95% of modern implants should last many years with the right care.


Single implants


A dental implant provides an excellent, permanent tooth replacement option for a single missing tooth.

  • It can feel and function just like a natural tooth.
  • It can preserve the health of the adjacent teeth by eliminating the need to grind down the teeth next to the gap for support.
  • It can stimulate bone tissue and gums, which ensure an attractive and pleasing result over time.

implant photo



Multiple implants


When a number of teeth are missing, there are various options available.


You may choose to have a denture but over time, your gums will recede and the denture may not fit as well.

Multiple dental implants could be placed to help eliminate the discomfort with large gaps or ill fitting dentures, so you can eat, speak and smile with confidence.

Implants can be used to stabalise a denture or can be used to support a full arch of teeth which are permanently fixed in place to completely avoid the need for a denture


Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013




Why clean in between teeth?


Daily interdental cleaning is imperative. Plaque build up between teeth will not be cleaned by a toothbrush or a mouthwash and can lead to tooth decay, calculus/tartar formation and gum disease


Tooth decay


When interdental cleaning doesn’t take place plaque will stagnate between teeth, when sugary foods and drinks are consumed the plaque will turn to acid causing tooth decay. If the plaque between teeth is removed effectively on a daily basis this can be prevented.


Gum disease


Bacteria in plaque can irritate the gum and cause inflammation, initially the gum will be slight red, puffy may bleed when brushing but not necessarily be painful, this is why gum disease sometimes goes unnoticed by patients. If gum disease is left untreated and allowed to progress, the plaque bacteria will not only irritate the gum but start to eat away at the bone that supports the teeth which eventually can lead to tooth loss.


What is the best way to clean in between?


For interdental cleaning, the choices are endless (floss, tape, sticks, single tufted brush, superfloss, brushes) but your hygienist will advise you on what is the best for you, they will choose the correct aid based on the size of the interproximal spaces and the ability and motivation of the individual.



Flossing – floss picks/floss/tape are passed in between teeth and a sweeping action used to clean underneath the gum. Most patients will use a sawing action which is wrong and can make the gum sore.




Interdental brushes - come in a range of different sizes and textures to accommodate different size gaps

- The brush is passed directly through each gap as close to the gum line as possible to achieve effective plaque/food removal.









Airfloss/water jets - a jet of water and air is passed through each gap in between the teeth, flossing and/or interdental brushes are recommended alongside these devices to mechanically remove the plaque as plaque is a very sticky substance and not removed by airfloss/water jet alone.


“My gums bleed so I don’t clean in between”  


When you first start to clean in between you may notice bleeding. If this happens then persevere, don’t be put off, the gum is bleeding because you are dislodging the old plaque that is irritating the gum.


It is important to clean between daily to stop the plaque from stagnating. It may take a few weeks for bleeding to stop completely so don’t be disheartened if your doing everything you should and don’t notice the bleeding stop straight away.


If certain areas bleed more than others don’t avoid them and concentrate on those areas more possibly cleaning between twice a day until the bleeding stops.



If you are unsure whether you are using the correct interdental cleaning aid or performing the wrong technique, your hygienist will be happy to go through this with you at your next appointment.  BOOK AN APPOINTMENT




Thursday, October 31st, 2013

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Brushing your teeth is the best way to remove plaque, a biofilm containing harmful bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease, the most common cause of tooth loss.


You should brush your teeth at least twice a day with a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste and particularly before you go to bed at night. Spit out any excess, but do not rinse toothpaste away with lots of water, you will get rid of all the benefit of it. (more…)