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Possible Causes of Implant Failure

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Everybody looks good when they smile, especially when it’s a full smile of healthy looking teeth. Teeth are prone to different diseases, such as tooth decay, root canal, toothache, sensitive teeth and bleeding gums over the course of time and possibly due to improper care. A number of techniques have been developed to treat dental infections; however when these infections become severe they can cause huge problems, including situations in which extraction of the tooth is the only option.

The process of placing a prosthetic tooth in place of a missing tooth is done with dental implants. It is positioned in the jaw by an implant specialist. Once successfully placed, the implant is left for a certain period of time so that the bone fuses with the implant enough to hold the tooth. It is usually made of titanium, as titanium is very well endured in the body. These are some of the common reasons dental implants fail.

Not Enough Supporting Bone

The prerequisites of a dental implant involve the consent of the implant dentist. The specialist first of all determines that the patient has well enough supporting bone to accommodate an implant and the prosthetic tooth. A specific surgical process is then followed to place the implant into the bone. Special consideration is to be made to ensure the implant is not rejected by the patient’s body.

Cutting through the gum tissue is required to properly position the implant to the jaw bone. After cutting and placing of the gum tissue and implant respectively, the gum will be sewn up to the implant or around it so that it can fuse appropriately with the bone. The implant is then is left to heal for some time, sometimes for months to ensure the unification of the implant and the tooth is tough enough to hold the prosthetic tooth.


A worst case scenario could result in implant failure. The statistics reveal that five percent of lower jaw and 10 percent of upper jaw implants fail. A possible reason for this could be the presence of bacteria in the jawbone before the implant is inserted. In that case when the implant in position in the bone, it can set free the bacteria and the tissue surrounding the implant is loosened by them. The germ infected implant ultimately becomes swollen and reddened which fails to heal and the implant can fail.

Aftercare Services

Another reason for the failure of an implant could be the negligence of aftercare of the tooth. It is imperative to follow all the guidelines given by the dentist after an implant so that the implant is successful and will never cause any issues. If after an implant and while following all the guidelines if a patient notices swelling or tenderness around the operated area, then the specialist should be consulted immediately as it could be a sign of infection.

Improper Placement

A dental implant can also fail if the implant is not correctly placed. An improperly placed implant is likely to be displaced again and again by the movement of the mouth while eating and talking. The patients should go for an implant only if a qualified and experienced dentist is involved.

How Not To Get Whiter Teeth – The Most Common Mistakes

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Baking Soda. Chewing Gum. Mouthwash. Bleach. Strips.

There are so many options out there for trying to get whiter teeth that it can all get a bit confusing learning what works and what doesn’t. If you’ve been wondering whether brushing your teeth with baking soda every second day is best or if you should be buying bleach strips you can put on in the evening when you’re on the sofa, I’ve decided to debunk some of the myths surrounding the most well-known methods to achieving a perfect smile.

Myth 1: Baking Soda Works

Dip your brush in to some baking soda every few days and give your teeth a liberal brush with the weir tasting powder? You’ll read on so many blogs how its the magical secret for whiter teeth, but the truth is that baking soda has no real effect on enamel and only serves to interact with bacteria in the mouth. Some people even argue that brushing with baking soda is a terrible idea because it can disrupt the amount of “good” bacteria in your mouth and leave you susceptible to gum problems.

Myth 2: Hydrogen Peroxide Works

Liberally throwing ACID around in your mouth isn’t something you’d usually do, and the same can be said for hydrogen peroxide. A lot of homemade toothpastes will tell you to mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide together and then use it on teeth. The big problem with this is that your gums can’t handle intense reactions very well (just think of when you drink something very cold and the sensation that causes)

When something like an intense peroxide comes in contact with open tissue like this, it can cause artifical damage and disruption.

Myth 3: Strips Work Best

It’s one of the easiest ways to try to whiten your teeth: you stick a strip on there, let it sit for a while and then wipe away. Strips are good if you want a short term fix to get brighter teeth for a short period, but it will leave you with little spots on the teeth where a strip doesn’t stick to properly. This mean you can end up smiling with a few notable yellow dots in the middle of a tooth.

Myth 4: At Home Kits Are Just As Good

You might see the large kits at a chemist that contain seemingly everything you’d ever need for white teeth. The big problem with these is the products inside aren’t the same as you get in a clinic. A shop on the high street can’t sell gels with the same concentration of peroxide as a dental surgeon can. That’s why its probably best to get a professional to look at your teeth rather than just rubbing a chemical on yourself when you don’t know what its made of.

Myth 5: Lasers damage enamel

Even if you tap your tooth and it feels hard, the enamel that surrounds your teeth has thousands of tiny pores. This is how when we drink or some that they can end up discoloured. A professional laser whitening treatment might seem dangerous when pointed at that enamel, but its helping to blast and lift out any of those pockets of yellow and brown that won’t shift with a million brushes from a tooth whitening paste.

It is also important to remember that when a laser is pointed at teeth, peroxide needs to be applied to help accentuate how well it can work. Think of it as an accelerant.

Myth 6: Strawberry Toothpaste Works Naturally

So this is one myth that is very troublesome and seen a lot from YouTube vloggers. Make at home strawberry (or any fruit really) toothpaste involves mushing up strawberries, mixing it with baking powder and then brushing it on your teeth. People believe this works because of the naturally occurring acids in fruit. While it is true that acid can be beneficial at improving the shade of teeth when used correctly a fruit cocktail like this is a terrible idea. Why is it so bad? Because the natural acid won’t protect enamel but wear it down in a fashion similar to simply dipping a toothbrush in a can of cola and rubbing it on your tooth.

Some Basic Implant Care Advice

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Dental implants are primarily used as a means of allowing the patient to regain function in the teeth and mouth. That includes dental hygiene, too. However, caring for a dental implant requires a slightly different approach than caring for a natural tooth.

It’s more appropriate to use the term “maintenance” to describe all tasks that keep dental implants in shape and place, rather than merely “hygiene”. Despite this, caring for implants is usually easier than caring for any other tooth replacement solution.

After-surgery care is critical. Strictly stick to what your dental surgeon has recommended for you. Avoid hot and cold drinks, do not chew or allow food to the implant area. If you feel pain around the implant, do not try to adjust it. Take a painkiller. If that doesn’t help, refer to your dentist or surgeon. Under no circumstance allow any pressure on the implant for at least two weeks after the surgery.

Use dental hygiene products recommended by your dentist and dental surgeon. Though you will basically still use a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss and mouthwash, these can be slightly different depending on your unique situation. There are special products for caring for implants, or caring for mouths which have them. Your dental surgeon and dentist will monitor the situation after surgery and over long term and propose care products which would best support the implants. Never ignore these recommendations.

Do not miss check-ups. Although implants are a long-lasting treatment, the osseointegration process is critical, so is the stress implants experience during most patients’ everyday routine. Implants need to be occasionally checked for problems and possible wear and tear, so that an appropriate action can be taken in a timely manner.

Stop smoking! Smoking is causing harm to the entire body, and is detrimental for the implants too. Note that smoking shrinks the bone tissue which holds the implant, and causes it to become loose. On top of that, your gums will be weaker as well, and it’s not uncommon for smokers to have their implants fall out, despite the treatment, recovery and maintenance being successful. Also avoid drinking soda and other nutrients which are proven to be harmful for oral health.

Dental Veneers – Your Questions Answered

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There are a whole host of manufacturers and brands involved in the dental veneers industry. Here, we explain some of the different types of dental veneers on the market, and answers a few frequently asked questions.

How long do dental veneers last?

There is a difference in the lifespan of porcelain veneers compared with that of composite veneers. Porcelain veneers will typically last between five and 10 years while composite veneers last a year or two at most. Regardless of what kind of veneer you get fitted, they will eventually need to be replaced. Although veneers are strongly cemented into place, there have been cases where they have come loose and fall off. If such a situation arises, it is important that you keep hold of your veneer and contact your dentist immediately. If you follow a good oral hygiene program and visit your dentist for check-ups on a regular basis, your veneers will naturally last much longer.

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Is it possible to have veneers fitted on the same day?

Usually porcelain veneers are fitted over a minimum of two visits. A few cosmetic dentists have invested in CAM/CAD or in-house ceramic studios (CEREC) which can custom produce high-quality ceramic veneers on site in as little as six minutes. With this CEREC technology dental practices are able to offer single visit, same day ceramic veneers that can be fitted within an hour.

What about Lumineers? What are they?

Lumineers are similar to standard porcelain veneers but are fabricated (made) from a patented cerinate porcelain that is extremely thin. They are about the thickness of a contact lens but are very strong. With lumineers, the tooth surface does not need to be trimmed so the procedure is quicker and totally painless. There is another veneer system in the market known as Durathin veneers.

What are Da Vinci veneers?

Da Vinci veneers are similar to Lumineers in that they are extremely thin veneers that are often used for smile makeovers. They are only manufactured in the da Vinci laboratory in California. The da Vinci brand name is very popular, especially with high-profile cosmetic dentists in the USA, who often have celebrities amongst the clients.

What are MAC veneers?

MAC veneers are made from pressed ceramic, giving more strength than standard feldspathic veneers. There are the ideal veneer choice for smile makeovers. They are ultra thin shells of tooth coloured ceramic that are bonded over the front surface of your teeth in order to mask stains, close gaps or repair chips.

As one of the most trusted brands of porcelain (ceramic) veneers, da Vinci veneers have been on the cosmetic dentistry market for more than 25 years. Having featured on ABC’s Extreme Makeover show, da Vinci veneers have gained popularity in the public eye. As well as being highly resistant to permanent staining, da Vinci veneers claim to be thinner than conventional veneers and therefore require little or no anaesthesia during placement so that patients have a natural appearance.

Before they are bonded, your dentist will show you how your veneers look so that you can preview your new smile before you veneers are permanently cemented into place. If you or your dentist are not 100% happy with their colour then the colour of your da Vinci veneer can still be adjusted with the shade of the cement to be used.

The Brain Boosting Power of Creatine

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Historically only used by bodybuilders and other fitness enthusiasts, creatine is fast becoming one of the most commonly used supplements outside of the gym as well. It has a myriad of health benefits related to physical fitness, but research is starting to show that it may help boost brain power too.

In a study in Australia they found that, at least in the short term, creatine consumption has a positive effect on memory. It’s thought that the additional energy creatine can provide to the body and the brain is the key behind the improvements.

Most advice around creatine timing suggests you should take it before and after a workout, but there’s very little improvement to be found when compared to taking it at other times throughout the day. Try supplementing with creatine twice a day – you’ll notice better energy levels, alertness and brain power!


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Southampton Dentist Interview

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For many years, Dr Ben White has been at the forefront of cosmetic dentistry, especially in the area of dental implants in Southampton. Here, he looks at another well known area of dentistry which is becoming ever more popular – dental veneers.

For many years now, dental veneers have been used to create the ultimate smile makeover. It is possible to transform crooked, stained, damaged or badly worn teeth into a brand-new, straight, white smile, using dental veneers.

So what exactly are dental veneers?

Many dentists describe dental veneers as doing the same for your teeth as false fingernails do for your hands. Veneers can be porcelain, ceramic, or made from composite bonding material. Veneers are wafer thin laminates or shells of tooth-coloured material and are cemented to the front surface of teeth to improve their cosmetic appearance.

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What treatments or problems are veneers used for?

Here are some of the reasons why patients opt for treatment with dental veneers:
Stained teeth.

Badly stained teeth that cannot be improved by teeth whitening or prophyflex treatments can be greatly improved by dental veneers. In this case the veneers are used to simply cover any existing stains on your teeth. This is a very quick and relatively inexpensive procedure.

Damaged teeth.

Teeth that have become badly worn through excessive grinding or indeed teeth that have been damaged by the continued and excessive consumption of carbonated drinks over a number of years, can be hidden using veneers. Also teeth that have been chipped or broken can also benefit from veneers. A small chip on a tooth can be quickly repaired using composite bonding also known as composite veneers. A single damaged tooth can also be easily repaired with a porcelain veneer that has the same characteristics and colouring as your natural teeth.


Spaces or gaps (known in dentistry as diastemas) between your teeth can easily be closed using dental veneers giving you a more uniform looking smile.

Crooked teeth.

Veneers are not the ideal treatment for crooked teeth. In order to keep your natural teeth structure then orthodontics or Invisalign braces will probably be a better solution. However, such treatments can take up to a year or indeed longer. If however your teeth are not severely crooked then veneers placed over their front surface will give a straight and perfectly aligned looking smile. For this type of treatment, many people refer to veneers as “instant orthodontics” as you get a similar end result in a fraction of the time.
So which are better – composite veneers or porcelain veneers?

The most popular type of veneers are porcelain. Porcelain veneers offer a more durable alternative which is stronger than its composite counterpart. Composite veneers do not last as long as porcelain veneers and are prone to staining. Porcelain veneers also offer a more natural looking, translucent appearance. Whilst composite veneers are much cheaper than porcelain veneers, they do not last as long and need replacing more often, so,as a result, they could end up costing you more in the long run. Composite veneers are ideal for small chips, as this treatment preserves more of your natural tooth structure.

Planning Your Summer Garden

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As we move into spring, it’s around the time people start planning their garden for the summer. While the winter time is typically the time for decorating the inside of your house, the prospect of spending those warm summer evenings outside in the sun means thoughts quickly turn to the outdoors.

Deciding what kind of renovations you’d like can be tough, as there’s so many options open to you. Do you opt for a higher maintenance garden with plenty of greenery and flowers, or something lower maintenance with more concrete areas or decking?

Your choice will largely depend on how active you are and how much time you have to devote your garden. Many retired people look to their garden as a way of keeping active, and tend to opt for more plants, grass and vegetables as they require ongoing maintenance. They not only have the time to spend in their garden, but the health benefits of spending time tending it are well worth the additional work. For those who simply don’t have the time there are plenty of companies like Garden Force waiting to help you.

For working people with neither the time nor the desire to spend maintaining a garden, a paved or decked garden may be a better option. They often require a little additional work at first – laying slabs and cutting decking is fairly hard work – but beyond an occasional cleaning with a pressure washer there’s far less ongoing work needing to be done.

As well as the garden itself, consider the best way to enclose your property. Hedges can be an attractive option, but will need to be trimmed regularly to stay looking their best. Wooden fencing is relatively inexpensive and requires less maintenance than a hedge, but will require painting and occasional repair as wear and tear sets in. Metal fencing is a more expensive option, but involves far less maintenance than the other options.

Ultimately it’s important to not only get the garden you want, but one which suits your way of life. Although you may want a green, lush garden you may not have the time of the resources to give it the love and care it deserves.

The Future of Dental Appointments

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When was the last time you called your dentist and were able to get an appointment within a few days? For most dentists in the UK, finding a spot for new patients often means they need to wait weeks, if not months, before they can be seen. This is usually because there are a lot of other people waiting to be seen, however a lot of appointments go to waste through cancellations and people simply not turning up.

There’s a lot of administration work involved in running a dental practice. Patients need to complete forms to register with the clinic, office staff need to enter them in to the system, appointments need to be manually scheduled and managed by staff, reminders need sent out to patients, bills and cancellation fees need sent out… It’s not easy!

Fortunately, there are some clever applications now available to make everything easier, both for dental practices and patients. Appointment management software makes it much easier for everything to be managed, from registration to appointments to patient reminders.

Using one of the leading examples,Glasgow Smile Clinic,  we can see the benefits of these systems. Patients can register online and book their appointments, freeing up plenty of time for dental office staff. Reminders are automatically sent out to patients ahead of their appointments to make sure they don’t forget, saving on the number of missed appointments.

It’s a great system for dental staff too. Far fewer people will need to be manually entered in to the database, patients can book their own appointments (dentists can even set times for specific treatments to better manage their workload) and there’s far less chasing of patients involved. It even sends patients a message asking for reviews of the service, which can help to improve the overall experience for patients.

As more practices switch over to this system it should become easier for us all to get appointments faster and at a time which suits us. No more waiting weeks to see the dentist or calling for an emergency dental appointment first thing in the morning. The future of appointment management is here, and it’s going to be great!


Why Whiten your Teeth?

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Teeth discoloration can be a big problem for middle-age and elderly people. This is especially so for individuals who drink lots of tea, coffee and alcoholic beverages. Teeth discoloration also occurs because of aging. Even simple foods, as well as different types of chemicals used in processed foods, lead to stains on teeth. Simple discoloration can be removed with over-the-counter teeth whitening products, but if the stains are strong and deep then professional treatment under the supervision of a dentist is needed. Discolored teeth are not only cosmetic problem but also pose health risks. The hard stains start damaging teeth enamel. There are two types of teeth whitening options.

Home Use Products

If the stains are not that deep, then these products can be used to whiten the teeth. In this range there are products like teeth whitening toothpaste, gels, strips, bleaching trays and other types of kits. It is important to use any such over-the-counter product only if there is no other teeth problem. Even simple whitening products that do not require prescription contain harsh chemicals. These chemicals may help whiten the teeth but if a person is suffering from teeth problems like cavities or bleeding gums then the use of such chemicals can prove harmful. It is better to consult a dentist before choosing any teeth whitening system that can be used at home.

Professional Treatments

Dentists perform a thorough checkup before recommending any teeth whitening treatment. They take into account the patient’s age and present conditions of teeth and gums. They consider eating, drinking and smoking habits of the patient. They perform the procedure under their direct supervision so the patient can be sure of receiving the best treatment without any problem. Professional procedures involved use of bleaching agents in concentrated form. Most clinics also have laser teeth whitening treatment facility. While professional treatment can be expensive compared to home use systems, the results are better and there is less chance of anything going wrong.

Advantages of This Treatment

Discolored teeth give a wrong impression of the person. This problem can be a big drawback if the person aspires to work in a profession where personal appearance and look is very important. A person with white teeth smile has a better chance of being liked by other individuals. This can prove beneficial in personal as well as in professional life. Whitened teeth are also good for health because really clean teeth do not collect stains easily.

Risks and Drawbacks of Teeth Whitening

All types of teeth whitening systems and products contain some type of bleaching agent, usually hydrogen peroxide. Individuals allergic to this chemical may not undergo this treatment. If products intended for home use are not used properly and as instructed by the manufacturer then the result may not be as expected. Most treatments require multiple sessions. People having bleeding gums, sensitive teeth, or other such teeth or gums problems may not undergo this treatment.

Most problems associated with this treatment can be avoided easily by consulting a dentist before choosing any particular teeth whitening system. A dentist is the right professional to diagnose type of discoloration and determine the right course of treatment according to the type and level of stains.