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National Smile Month- 20 / 05 / 2016

At Implant Cosmetic Denture Centre, we’re celebrating National Smile Month!

National Smile Month is the UK’s largest oral health campaign, which kicked off on 16th May until 16th June 2016; to help promote the campaign, we are running a special offer for teeth whitening, a dental check-up,  plus clean and polish.

The National Smile Month campaign was established in 1976. Now into its 40th year, the campaign has helped to change the oral health landscape of the UK.  National Smile Month is a great opportunity for patients to learn a little more about oral health and why it’s so important for our overall well-being.

The three key messages promoted by National Smile Month organisers, The British Dental Health Foundation, include:

  • Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
  • Visit the dentist regularly, as often as we recommend.

There’s evidence to suggest that not everybody keeps to these three most basic of messages. Did you know that 25% of adults don’t brush twice a day, including a third of men! Those who do only brush once per day are a third more likely to develop tooth decay.

50% of adults say they visit their dentist every 6 months and only 21% of adults say they visit their dentist annually. Remember, visiting the dentist annually reduces the risk of tooth decay by 60%!

It has also been found that 60% of people aged 65 and over regret not looking after their teeth earlier in life, so why not book an appointment now to visit our friendly dental practice- remember prevention is always better than cure!

If you would like more information about national smile month, visit their website www.nationalsmilemonth.org

Dental Hygiene East Anglia- 13 / 03 / 2013

Dental  hygienists ensure that you are looking after your teeth properly, they monitor plaque levels and look out for the onset of gum disease. The hygienist will help you to steps to avoid serious dental problems in the future.

Soon after you brush your teeth in the morning, a thin layer of bacteria forms on the surface of all of your teeth, this is plaque. The bacteria on your teeth turns any sugar you eat into energy and acid which will soften and dissolve the hard enamel surface of your teeth, this process is called demineralisation and can cause cavities.

At first, these cavities won’t cause pain, however as the cavity gets worse it will reach the dentine which is underneath the enamel and makes up the bulk of your tooth. Dentine is sensitive to pain therefore causing tooth sensitivity to hot and cold. Saliva helps to wash away the acid on your teeth to prevent this happening, however when consuming sugary food and drinks between meals , the saliva doesn’t have enough time to remineralise your teeth and prevent cavities occurring. A change in diet which includes limited sugar really can help save your teeth from cavities, fillings and extractions.

In extreme cases, if not dealt with properly, this build up of plaque can cause the early stages of gum disease, known as gingivitis. The symptoms of gum disease include your gums becoming red, swollen, shiny and they could even bleed. If your gingivitis is not treated, further irritation can occur, gradually spreading to the bone structure around your teeth, creating pockets which are difficult to clean and your gums could shrink. This further stage of gum disease is called periodontitis,  if this is left untreated for a number of years, your teeth could eventually fall out.

To avoid all of this from happening dental hygienists will clean your teeth thoroughly,  removing the build up of plaque and tartar. After this they will most likely recommend ways to avoid the build up of plaque and tartar in future, highlighting the way you brush or floss your teeth for example.

Dental hygienists may recommend that you use a different tooth brush, such as an electric one with a smaller head. Or they may recommend that you use a new toothpaste with extra fluoride if you need it. There is an array of different oral hygiene products on the market, your hygienist should educate you on the best products to use for your individual needs so that you can keep your teeth healthy.

The Perfect Smile To A Happier Life- 22 / 11 / 2013

Dental Hygiene East Anglia- 13 / 03 / 2013

Dental  hygienists ensure that you are looking after your teeth properly, they monitor plaque levels and look out for the onset of gum disease. The hygienist will help you to steps to avoid serious dental problems in the future.

Soon after you brush your teeth in the morning, a thin layer of bacteria forms on the surface of all of your teeth, this is plaque. The bacteria on your teeth turns any sugar you eat into energy and acid which will soften and dissolve the hard enamel surface of your teeth, this process is called demineralisation and can cause cavities.

At first, these cavities won't cause pain, however as the cavity gets worse it will reach the dentine which is underneath the enamel and makes up the bulk of your tooth. Dentine is sensitive to pain therefore causing tooth sensitivity to hot and cold. Saliva helps to wash away the acid on your teeth to prevent this happening, however when consuming sugary food and drinks between meals , the saliva doesn't have enough time to remineralise your teeth and prevent cavities occurring. A change in diet which includes limited sugar really can help save your teeth from cavities, fillings and extractions.

In extreme cases, if not dealt with properly, this build up of plaque can cause the early stages of gum disease, known as gingivitis. The symptoms of gum disease include your gums becoming red, swollen, shiny and they could even bleed. If your gingivitis is not treated, further irritation can occur, gradually spreading to the bone structure around your teeth, creating pockets which are difficult to clean and your gums could shrink. This further stage of gum disease is called periodontitis,  if this is left untreated for a number of years, your teeth could eventually fall out.

To avoid all of this from happening dental hygienists will clean your teeth thoroughly,  removing the build up of plaque and tartar. After this they will most likely recommend ways to avoid the build up of plaque and tartar in future, highlighting the way you brush or floss your teeth for example.

Dental hygienists may recommend that you use a different tooth brush, such as an electric one with a smaller head. Or they may recommend that you use a new toothpaste with extra fluoride if you need it. There is an array of different oral hygiene products on the market, your hygienist should educate you on the best products to use for your individual needs so that you can keep your teeth healthy.

Facial Aesthetics - 13 / 02 / 2013

Did you know that The Implant, Cosmetic & Denture Centre now offer facial rejuvenation treatments? This means that not only can we achieve a youthful appearance through cosmetic dentistry, we can also reduce the fine lines and wrinkles on your face!

What is Facial Rejuvenation?

Small injections block the muscles from contracting, which would cause the wrinkles on your face in the first instance, therefore once you have the injections you will have a smoother appearing face.

The injections are available for the following:

  • Frown Lines
  • Forehead
  • Crows Feet
  • Neck and Lower Face
  • Armpits or Bald Forehead in cases of excessive sweating.

How long does it take?

The procedure only takes a few minutes and causes little discomfort. It usually takes two weeks to take full effect and will last for 6-12 months.

Are there any side effects?

Side effects are minimal, with the most common being slight temporary bruising in the injected area or a headache which will resolve usually within 24 hours.

Who can have non surgical facial treatment?

This treatment is suitable for those aged between 18 and 65, however those who are pregnant, breast feeding or have neurological disease should not have this treatment.

If you would like further information about facial aesthetic treatment  please speak to a member of our team.


Partial Dentures - 15 / 01 / 2013

Dentures (False teeth or prosthesis) are dental restorations that are custom made to replace missing teeth and gums after tooth removal.

A partial denture is one of the options available after extraction of a single tooth or teeth to replace and restore missing tooth / teeth and gums in dental arch.

Partial denture is mostly made of plastic that is just placed on top of gums and around remaining teeth covering most of the area of the arch and palate if upper denture. It is possible to have biocompatible metal denture base used instead they are made individually with insertion path to help retain denture in place around remaining teeth covering considerably less of the gums and palate (if upper). Good fitting dentures with complete biting teeth surface will help the patient with mastication and will increase their dietary abilities. Better appearance and more secure denture will improve the patient’s lifestyle and their competence in socialising.

When you first receive your dentures, eating may take a little practice, so you should start with soft foods which are cut into small pieces; as you become more used to your dentures you can add other foods until your diet is back to normal.

Your speech may also be affected with dentures and pronouncing certain words could take practice; reading aloud could help your articulation.

When taking care of your partial denture, always clean your dentures over a bowl of water or a towel in case you drop them, as they could break. When cleaning your dentures, the general rule is: brush, soak, brush. Brush your teeth using toothpaste and a tooth brush, then soak in an effervescent (fizzy denture cleaner and then brush again.

Your partial denture should last several years if you treat them well, however they may need to be relined or re-made due to wear and tear or a change in the shape of your mouth.

Dental Implants Ipswich - 14 / 12 / 2012

Dental Implants are titanium screw-like structures of different sizes and lengths and they are sited in existing bone after required preparation. Using special connectors tooth coloured and shaped restorations are fitted onto implants after osseo-integrations have taken place. They can be exchanged, if the dental situation has altered, to provide support for a larger restoration or to secure a denture. The advantages of dental implants include:?

  • Time-tested results- for more than 40 years dental implants have been successfully fitted worldwide; the procedure is backed by extensive clinical and scientific evidence.
  • Look younger- Teeth provide the face with structure, without them you could have an unpleasant 'caved in' look which can add years to your appearance.
  • Increased confidence- Dental Implants mean that the patient no longer has to shy away from smiling or have impaired speech due to not wanting to open their mouth fully and show their bad teeth.
  • Enjoy your food again- implants allow you to eat foods which were previously off limits due to the lack of teeth and painful gums.
  • Good dental hygiene can be reintroduced- looking after the implant is similar to looking after your natural teeth. All you need to do is brush and floss daily, with regular trips to your dentist who can spot any problems, should they arise.