A new smile with Porcelain Veneers

With the latest technology there are many different solutions to creating a stunning new smile. Instead of replacing the actual tooth, porcelain veneers can can be used to restore the tooth instead. Porcelain veneers are made out of thin layers of porcelain that are placed onto the front of your teeth. Many dentists use the analogy that dental veneers are what false fingernails are for your finger tips. They are very effective in restoring chipped/broken teeth, heavily stained teeth where bleaching wont be effective and minor gaps/misalignments to help give a perfect smile.

How do porcelain veneers work?

Good porcelain veneers blend in with the rest of the smile. The veneers are made from thin sheets of porcelain, this is the material of choice for replacement teeth as its properties are similar to that of the enamel in natural teeth. Thin layers of porcelain are slightly translucent, just like the enamel layer of the real teeth. When light falls on your teeth, it passes through the outer enamel and is reflected off the inner dentin layer of the teeth. The same happens with porcelain veneers to give a very natural smile. Having an improved natural looking smile can have a dramatic impact on your life, making dental veneers an attractive option.

The dental veneer procedure

The procedure used to place the porcelain veneers is simple and only takes a few hours in total to complete. After an assessment, the dentist will modify the teeth and take impressions on moulds of all the teeth. These are used by a dental technician to create bespoke porcelain veneers that are tailor made for your teeth. At the next visit, the dentist can then cement the porcelain veneers, often confirming you are happy with them.

The benefits of veneers

Other benefits of porcelain veneers include their increased resistance to staining caused by smoking, drinking coffee and other activities. If looked after they can last up to 15 years. They require little maintenance if good oral hygiene instructions are followed such as daily brushing, flossing and regular appointments with your dental professional.

Porcelain veneers are just one of many options that can be used to create a new smile. For high quality porcelain veneers in Birmingham it’s worth visiting the Scott Arms Dental Practice, we have over 20 years of experience in this field and can help create a smile that can change your life.

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Teeth Whitening for a New Smile in the New Year

Teeth Whitening for the New Year

Christmas has just past and we’re now approaching the year 2011. What better way to start the year than with a new smile.

Have you been dreading photos with the family at christmas due to the dreaded though of having to smile in a photo? Visiting your dentist could make such a large impact on your life, and have you excited for all the photos in the new year you get to pose for.

Teeth whitening is a simple procedure that can make a huge impact on the appearance of your smile. A dentist simply takes an impression or mould of your teeth, which is used by a dental technician to create tailor made whitening trays specifically for your teeth. These trays hold the whitening gel next to your teeth and protect the gums at the same time. The result of tooth whitening can be dramatic, lightning your teeth several shades.

What makes our teeth white?

The outermost layer of teeth is made of white enamel. However, over the years enamel is worn down and more of the yellow colour of the dentine making up the tooth is shown.. During our lives the teeth also become stained by foodstuffs, tobacco and bacteria, which brushing alone cannot remove.
Whitening your teeth isn’t the only option to improve your smile for the new year. Crowns and Veneers can be placed on top of the original teeth, and missing teeth can be replaced with Dental Implants. The dramatic effect implants can have can be seen in these Dental Implant photos.

Having a set of pearly white teeth this year could have a huge impact on your lifestyle and make the new year one to remember.

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Birmingham Dental Hospital Emergency

The Birmingham Dental Hospital is based in Birmingham city centre and provides dental emergency care for the general public in the Birmingham / West Midlands area . This service operates 9.00am-4.30pm from Monday-Friday. Outside these hours there is a basic emergency service running from 6.30pm till 8.30pm weekdays and 9.00am-11.30 am on weekends.

Many patients who have tooth ache outside of these hours seek dental treatment from other dental practices. One of the main dental services here, which provides additional services, is Scott arms dental practice. This practice is open till 11.00pm, 7 days a week / 365 days per year.

There are 2 types of emergency treatment, one of them being rapid swelling, affecting the patients breathing, and excessive bleeding from an extraction socket site. The second is urgent treatment, which is acute pain from toothache or minor trauma related incidents.

The dental hospital during normal working hours will cater for both of these dental emergencies, however outside these hours, emergency treatment as described above would require treatment at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Edgbaston. Urgent dental treatment, as described above, including regular toothache can be treated by other general dental practitioners.

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Professional Teeth Bleaching Information

Professional Teeth Bleaching

It’s December and everyone wants a smile as white as Christmas. How can you take the old yellow smile away and replace it with a fresh looking pearly white smile? The answer is Teeth Bleaching.

Tooth Whitening and Bleaching

As we get older our teeth become darker due to the mineral structure on the tooth, enamel is lost and teeth become stained from daily activities. Discolouration of the teeth can occur from; a build of up staining pigments over time from tea, coffee, certain medications, damage to the teeth and smoking. Simply brushing your teeth won’t be able to remove this staining. Luckily, tooth whitening can help where brushing alone doesn’t.

Teeth Bleaching is a common procedure performed daily at Teeth Bleaching Dental Practice’s in Birmingham and across the UK. Professional teeth bleaching is usually carried out by a dentist taking an impression of the patients teeth to make a bleaching tray, which will protect the gum tissue from the bleaching agent. Professional teeth bleaching is achieved by using oxidising agents such as hydrogen peroxide which penetrate the enamel of the tooth and lighten its shade.

For professional teeth bleaching its certainly worth your time visiting your dentist to talk about the procedure. Lately there has been a large increase in the number of teeth whitening advertisements on the internet. Patients should be aware that the bleaching agents used in professional teeth bleaching could be harmful to the patients health if the procedure isn’t carried out by a trained professional and a lot of over the counter teeth whitening products are not strong enough.

The effects of professional teeth bleaching can last up to 3 years, and this will ultimately be different between person due to different patient lifestyles and tooth composition. Smoking and eating/drinking products that would stain your teeth can cause the effects of teeth bleaching to wear off faster.

Professional teeth bleaching is such a simple procedure; it’s quick and can drastically improve the appearance of your smile. For more professional teeth bleaching information or teeth whitening Birmingham, feel free to contact the Scott Arms Dental Practice.

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Dental Implant Testimonials – what do our patients say?

Dental Implant Testimonials

It is a known fact that Dental Implants are the perfect way to replace a missing tooth. We recently received some testimonials from patients who had received Dental Implant treatment in Birmingham from us and they are available to be seen on our website. Stay tuned for more dental implant testimonials over the upcoming month.

The testimonials can be viewed here:

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London to Paris Bike Ride for Regain

London to Paris Bike Ride for Regain 29th September – 2nd October

On the 29th September till the 2nd October Dr Philip Tangri, practice owner of the Scott Arms Dental practice, will be cycling 237 miles from London to Paris. The aim of this challenge is to raise funds for Regain, a charity involved in helping men and women paralysed in sporting accidents from across the UK. The charity provides direct help with the purchase of special equipment like sports wheelchairs, voice-activated computers and hand cycles. This equipment will enable tetraplegics to lead more independent and fulfilling lives.

We hope that we can raise some funds for this fantastic charity. If you’d like to donate it’s quick and simple to do online. Donating online through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – We raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

Here’s the link to donate: Just Giving


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Toothache Myths

Toothache certainly isn’t easy to endure. The good news, however, with improved dental care and regular checkups the excruciating pain of a toothache is not as common as it once was. However, there’s a few common toothache myths patients have:

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Toothache Myths

    • Toothache means you’ll lose the tooth. Nowadays this is not the case with advancements in the field of Dentistry. At the core of each tooth is a soft mass of tissue called the pulp. In a healthy tooth, the pulp contains living fibres, cells, nerves and a blood supply, extending into the root(s) through the root canal(s). Decay or injury can destroy the living pulp. Because dead pulp lacks a blood supply, it is more prone to infection, leading to an abscess and toothache.
      Root canal treatment (also known as root filling or endodontics) involves removing damaged or dead pulp and filling the space left following cleaning. Root-canal therapy can save an abscessed tooth or one with painful, inflamed pulp, so you won’t have to lose it
    • Pain relief medication cures toothache.
      Medication might temporarily relieve the pain from toothache but it does not cure whats causing the toothache. Toothache must be relieved by finding the underlying problem and treating it. The only way you’ll solve the underlying problem is to book a visit to the dentist and have them sort it out.
    • Putting aspirin on the tooth. If you want to use aspirin to help relieve the pain of a toothache, swallow it with a glass of water. Do not place it on the tooth or surrounding gum. Aspirin and most other pain relief medication needs to be ingested for it to work. If you apply aspirin topically onto the tooth you could end up burning your gum or cheek, which can cause further painl.
    • If the pain disappears, the problem’s gone. Pain is a warning sign, given by your body to say when somethings wrong. It shouldn’t be ignored even if it goes away temporarily. Dental pains aren’t just related to tooth problems, for example pain in your upper teeth can be caused by sinus problems.
    • Tooth extraction is painful.
      Local anesthetic injections desensitizes a patient to pain during an extraction so that the tooth can be removed without much discomfort. Most of the discomfort during the procedure is all psychological, a lot of patients simply fear the dentist. Dental phobia is a big problem in the UK, however with Dentists being trained to treat nervous patients and using sedation, the procedure to solve a patients toothache can be made as comfortable as possible.

Please note, if you’re experiencing toothache or any tooth pain you should see an emergency dentist immediately.

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Problems with Yellow Teeth

Yellow Teeth Whitening

Whether its smiling when you’re out and about, or having a photo taken at a party, many people are embarassed of their smile because of their yellow teeth. They know they brush their teeth daily but still the yellow stains wont go away. What is actually causing this yellow appearance?

The Causes of Yellow Teeth

The primary and most natural cause of yellow teeth is due to age. As we age our white enamel is lost from our teeth, as the layer of enamel becomes thinner our teeth become more yellow. Apart from age, there are pigments in chromogenic substances such as coffee, cigarettes, tea and fizzy drinks that stain the teeth and cause them to become more yellow. You’ll notice this in your daily life, people who consume a large amount of these products will have darker or yellower shade of teeth than others. Unhealthy nerves rooted deep within a tooth can also discolouration which will affect other surrounding teeth.

Can Fluoride Whiten The Teeth?

There is a common misconception in regards to fluoride based toothpastes, people seem to think they will make their teeth whiter, or in some cases brushing teeth on a regular basis is enough to whiten ones teeth. Too much fluoride can cause problems like enamel fluorosis, which can weaken the enamel and can induce a more yellow colour of the teeth. Also, Medicines such as certain antibiotics contain ingredients that may be yellowing agents, promoting discolouration within the teeth. These medicines in some cases might not cause the teeth to become more yellow on their own, but they make individuals more prone to teeth discolouration so extra care is needed.

As mentioned earlier, brushing the teeth alone can not bring back a natural white shade of the teeth. However, there are plenty of teeth whitening products available that can improve the shades of your teeth. This most efficient and easiest form of tooth whitening is definitely seeing a dentist and asking for professional treatment. The dentist checks the shade of the teeth at the start of treatment and discusses how light you would like your teeth to be. An impression is taken of the teeth, from this the laboratory makes a thin vinyl tray, like a gum shield that fits to your teeth. The whitening process is carried out using a special whitening gel (Carbamide Peroxide) which is put in the thin vinyl trays and sits on top of the teeth. Whitening can take up to 14 days depending on how light you want your teeth to look. The dentist will then review your progress to ensure you are satisfied with the result.

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Getting Over Your Fear Of The Dentist

Getting Over Your Fear Of The Dentist

Dental anxiety, or a fear of visiting the dentist, is a problem that many people in England have, and something that is somewhat difficult to overcome. This fear normally prevents rational people from visiting the dentist and maintaining good dental health. Visiting a dentist is not just important when a problem arises with your teeth, but also extremely important in preventing them arising. Patients who suffer from dental anxiety may avoid seeing their dentist, which prevents stopping dental problems before they start and can lead to problems which could of been avoided in the first place.

When someone who suffers from dental anxiety finally goes to the dentist, they normally find that even the smallest of problems can turn serious and require a lot of work and intervention from the dentist. Even though you may not realise it, regular cleaning visits to your dentist is the best way to keep your teeth healthy, and prevent problems such as decay and cavities.

Several techniques can be used to overcome dental anxiety. Some of these require mild sedatives, also referred to as sedation. Sedation will help you to calm down, although you will normally be awake to answer questions or talk to your dentist. The sedative is either inhaled or given intravenously (through a vein).

Some people who suffer from dental anxiety have had bad experiences. Any type of negative dental experience will normally result in emotional scarring and last for years. Anything that results in negative feelings for the patient will normally cause them to feel in a negative way toward the entire dental profession. Although all dentists aren’t bad – a negative experience will certainly make a patient feel that way.

Establishing trust is very important with the patient/dentist relationship. You’ll be going to your dentist on a frequent basis, so you’ll want to be sure that you can trust him. Often when you go to your dentist for the first time, you should let them know about your dental anxiety. If they do not do things to help you relax, you may be suited to another dentist.

You can always tell who the better dentists are by the type of facilities they have. Dentists who have a lot of customers or nice offices, have established themselves and proved that they are indeed the best. If a dentist has a lot of patients, it lets you know that he has them for a reason. People that are satisfied with a dentist, normally return.

If you suffer from dental anxiety, you should always let your dentist know in advance. This way, they can work with you to overcome your fear. Over time, you’ll find that you can overcome your fear and establish a great relationship with your dentist. You can get over your fear of dentists, no matter how bad your fear may be. It will take you some time, although your dentist should be willing to work with you. Before you know it, you’ll be over your fear and more than willing to go to your dentist.

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A few reasons to visit your dentist

Why should you come in for a dental check-up?

Your dentist will give you a personal recommendation of how often you should have a check-up. Current guidelines recommend that for under-18s check-ups should be between three and 12 months, and for adults between three and 24 months.

This will:

  • Ensure your teeth and gums are in good shape
  • Allow the dentist to remove any plaque and tartar, which contributes to cavities and gum disease
  • Enable the dentist to spot serious health problems early when they can be treated successfully
  • Enable you to learn how to brush and floss your teeth properly
  • Build your confidence if you’re nervous, as you’ll get to know your dentist and know what to expect at each visit

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