26 June 2018

The Warning Signs Of Impacted Wisdom Teeth – And What To Do About It

When it comes to your mouth, there are fewer things more painful than impacted wisdom teeth. We always thought the pain of teething was reserved for early childhood, where we wouldn’t really remember it when we were adults. But sadly, nature has conspired to save some of that pain for our early adult life, as well. Not only that, but it’s one of the worst things that can happen to your teeth naturally. But what are wisdom teeth, and why do they become impacted in the first place?

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Become Impacted?

Despite it being an incredibly painful experience and a complex treatment, wisdom teeth become impacted for a very simple reason. You see, all of the other teeth in your mouth tend to develop around the same time, and all arrange themselves in your mouth naturally. Sometimes they will be quite tight, other times there will be gaps, but usually, they will sort themselves out (sometimes with a bit of help!). But your wisdom teeth don’t come in with the rest of your teeth. Instead, they develop much later in your life, usually in your late teens or early twenties. This causes a lot of problems, as 4 new, fairly big teeth try to force their way into an already packed jaw. Usually wisdom teeth will grow without problems, but sometimes there is just no room in your mouth for them to grow through the gums (also known as ‘erupting’), and so they grow in at an angle, sideways or even get stuck below the gum line.

Symptoms Of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

There are a few different things that happen when your wisdom teeth become impacted. The most common symptom is pain in your jaw, particularly in the areas around your gums where the teeth are trying to break through. You might also get headaches that settle at the back of your head or at the sides, which can indicate problems with your wisdom teeth. A few people also experience problems chewing normally, struggling to open and close their mouths as they would usually. Changes in your mouth like reddening of the gums, swelling in your jaw, sudden bleeding gums and even newly occurring bad breath can also point towards impacted wisdom teeth. In short, if you start to notice changes in your mouth or experiencing jaw-based pain, it’s worth checking out.

Complications With Impacted Wisdom Teeth

When your wisdom teeth become impacted it can cause a lot of problems. The most common is overcrowding of the mouth, which is where wisdom teeth have to force their way up through existing teeth and push them aside. This can cause angular growth and compression, or even infection in some cases. There are also varying degrees of impacted wisdom teeth, from a minor compression to a sideways growth and infection, which can be difficult to deal with. Some wisdom teeth will manage to erupt through the gum line and a crown will be visible, while others lie beneath the gum line and are classed as ‘fully impacted’. If these teeth are left as they are, it can cause a number of complications for you. This includes things like permanent damage to the adjacent teeth, eroding enamel, pushing teeth out of their root or developing an infection in some areas. It can also be a secondary cause of gum disease and tooth decay, as these areas prove difficult and painful to clean properly. Perhaps the most severe complication of impacted wisdom teeth is the development of dental cysts. These happen because the wisdom teeth grow in a special sack located inside the jaw, and if the tooth becomes infected this can fill with fluid, leading to uncomfortable and painful cysts that can cause permanent nerve damage. If left untreated, these complications can lead to more serious issues, so it’s important you get them checked out as soon as possible.

Impacted wisdom teeth are never pleasant, and almost every one of you reading will know someone who has had issues with them. Wisdom tooth removal is one of the most common dental procedures carried out in the UK, with cavity treatments coming in first place. The warning signs for impacted wisdom teeth start quite subtly, but they escalate quickly, and the best way to catch them is with routine dental check-ups. If you’re not sure what your symptoms mean, always book an appointment with your dentist and describe your symptoms. For more advice on wisdom teeth or to book your check-up consultation, just get in touch with the Appledore team today.

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15 June 2018

Say No To Traditional Braces With Myobrace

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Straight teeth for adults and children
Did you know that nearly 75% of children will need braces or orthodontic work before they are 13 years old? It’s quite staggering really. But this is the age where the adult teeth have all grown in, and that period of change can cause a lot of problems in healthy jaw and bite development, including malocclusions. For a lot of children, this means having metal braces fitted to their teeth, to be lived with for months or even years to treat any number of malocclusions in their teeth. But what are malocclusions, and is there a way to treat them without traditional braces?

What Is A Malocclusion?

If we’re being technical, a malocclusion is defined as: ‘A misalignment or incorrect relation between the teeth of the two dental arches when they approach each other as the jaws close.’ But if we’re speaking in plain English, it’s just the specialists’ word for crooked teeth or a misalignment of your teeth when you bite. There are a number of different forms malocclusion can take, and they are all pretty common, particularly in children. Malocclusions can take the form of:

Overcrowding: A very common issue caused by a lack of space for the teeth in the jaw. This causes the teeth to become crooked and overlap. It’s the single most common reason for orthodontic work in adults.

Overjet: An overjet is where your top teeth extend past your bottom teeth horizontally (not to be confused with an overbite). The teeth protruding into your cheek can cause some problems with eating and speech.

Overbite: Ideally there should be a little bit of overlap from the upper to the lower teeth, in some cases the upper row of teeth go out too far, resulting in an overbite.

Crossbite: A crossbite is where your upper teeth come down inside your lower teeth. This can happen just on one side, at the front, back or even all over your jaw.

Anterior crossbite (underbite): This particular type of crossbite only affects the front teeth, and displays the opposite problem to an overbite, with the lower teeth jutting out past the upper ones.

Spacing: Spacing can occur between two or more teeth across your whole jaw. Some of the causes of spacing include missing teeth, small teeth, tongue thrusting and thumb sucking.

Diastema: A diastema is the space between two teeth, usually at the front (think of the famous Rimmel London model).

Impacted tooth: Impacted teeth aren’t able to come through the gums normally (known as eruption), and so get stuck. To treat this you may need to have the tooth removed, or have it exposed so that a brace can be fitted.

Missing tooth: Missing teeth can develop as a result of trauma, or the teeth could simply not develop properly and never erupt.

On average, 2 out of 4 children will have or develop a malocclusion at some point in their childhood. For some, it will be the result of habits, such as thumb sucking, while others will be caused by adult teeth growing in and causing problems. If left unchecked, these small problems can grow and cause real dental issues as an adult, requiring extensive and usually very expensive treatment. However, if they are treated early, from the age of around, then the treatment can help the child’s teeth grow naturally into the correct formation. This means improved facial development, less pain and difficulty doing normal things like chewing or breathing through the mouth, and a decrease in bad oral habits like snoring and tongue thrusting. It also means a lot of money and time saved on orthodontic treatments in the future.

How Does Myobrace Help?

The Myobrace system has been designed as an alternative to the traditional, bulky braces of old. Instead, it’s a preventative pre-orthodontic treatment that focuses on addressing the underlying causes of crooked teeth – such as poor oral habits or abnormal development. It’s a series of appliances which have been proven to correct the habits of poor dental development while providing light forces to realign teeth into their natural positioning. Rather than wearing braces of complicated uncomfortable dental appliances 24 hours a day, the Myobrace system only needs to be work for one or two hours a day and overnight while sleeping. Combined with a series of ‘myofunctional exercises’ also known as ‘trainer activities’, the Myobrace can completely eliminate the need for invasive orthodontal work in the future. The Myobrace is best suited for children aged 3 to 15, but can be used to treat adults if needed, and is the perfect way to naturally correct crooked teeth.

Dr Teresa Day Clinical Director and Founder of Appledore Dental Clinic Milton Keynes
Dr Teresa Day Appledore Dental Clinic Founder and Clinical Director
At the Appledore Dental Clinic, Dr Teresa Day is an expert in fitting and treating with the Myobrace system. When the warning signs of malocclusion are spotted at your child’s regular check-up, Dr Teresa can perform an evaluation to see if your child is suitable. With our help, your child can avoid having uncomfortable braces fitted, and instead enjoy a simple dental correction while going about life as usual. For more information, please get in touch with the clinic today and book your consultation.

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29 May 2018

What Happens When You Need A Dental Implant?

dental implants milton keynesNo one likes the thought of losing their teeth, but sadly for some of us this is a reality. You can lose a tooth through decay, damage, trauma or just old age, leaving you with gaps in your lovely natural smile. This doesn’t only look bad, but it can also cause damage to the teeth around it. So instead of leaving it as a gap, you can get it filled in with an artificial tooth, also known as an implant. Having an implant can help restore your smile and protect the teeth around it. And while it can take some time to do, it’s worth it in the long run. Your average dental implant takes between 3-6 months from start to finish with 4-5 visits to the dentist during that time. To help you understand your implant journey, we’ve put together this little guide on how dental implants are made and fitted by our resident implant expert, Dr Martin Whelan.

Appointment 1 – Consultation
Dr Martin Whelan Appledore dental implants
Dr Martin Whelan

Before you have any work done you will first need to see your dentist in order to decide if an implant is right for you. At Appledore, dentist Dr Martin Whelan will perform a thorough examination of your damaged tooth or gap, as well the teeth around it, and a full jaw exam to assess if there is any further damage. They’ll then review your medical history, take X-Rays and make impressions of your teeth and gums so that the implants can be made. In some cases, where they see potential problems they may also do a CT scan of your mouth to assess how much jawbone is available to hold the implants in place. It will also show them where your sinuses and nerves are so that they can avoid them during the surgery. If this scan shows that your jawbone is eroded or damaged enough to cause problems, then the dentist will discuss ways that they can build up the bone. This process is called bone grafting, which involves adding processed bone or synthetic materials onto your jawbone to build a strong surface, If you need bone grafting it could take between 4 to 12 months before your jawbone is ready to receive the implant.

Appointment 2 - Implant Placement

The placement of the actual dental implant can be done very quickly if no extra procedures are needed to get started. However, if your dentist has decided you need bone grafting before the procedure, it can be delayed by 5 to 12 months. The placement of the implant is fairly simple. Your dentist will use a personalised guide over the gap to show them where the implant will need to be placed before drilling a small hole into the jawbone. From there they will use a sequence of slightly bigger drills, gradually widening the hole for the implant to sit in comfortably. The physical implant is then placed gently in the hole and screwed in place. This is then left to heal for a few months. During this time the bone will fuse with the implant material, creating a solid base for the upper crown to be fitted to. You won’t be able to see any difference in your teeth just yet, as the implant sits below your gum line. So for now, you’ll just have a gap.

Appointment 3 - The Healing Collar/Temporary Crown

Once the implants have successfully fused with the bones in your jaw and healed, you’re ready for your second surgery. This involves making a small incision in your gums around the implant to expose it slightly. A healing collar or a temporary crown is then placed on the head of the implant. There isn’t much difference between the two, it’s usually the dentist’s choice. This procedure is done to encourage the gum tissue to heal correctly around the collar and hold the gum away from the implant itself, which allows for easy placement of the final crown later on. A healing collar or temporary crown will be left in place for around 10-14 days, while a temporary crown will need to be in place for 4-6 weeks to be effective.

Appointment 4 – Placement Of Permanent Crown

This is the final stage of the dental implant process, and it’s usually done around 5-11 months after your initial consultation and fitting. As soon as your collar or temporary crown is fitted, your dentist will start working on the permanent crown for you. This part of the process takes between 2-3 weeks, which gives you plenty of time for your mouth to fully heal. The final crown can be fitted to your implant in 2 ways, depending on your preferences. It can be cemented onto the implant base, or it can be screwed in. Your dentist will have discussed both of these options with you beforehand, so you know what to expect. In general, cemented crowns will often look better in the long term because there is no screw hole in the crown that could be visible after wear, but a screw crown can be easier for your dentist to remove in case there are problems later down the line. Once your permanent crown is in place you’ll need to care for your implant the same way you care for your natural teeth – brush and floss regularly, and make sure you don’t eat anything too crunchy that could cause it to crack.

Appointment 5 – Check Up

Around 6 months after your permanent crown is fitted you will need to see your dentist for a check-up. During this visit your dentist will do a routine exam of all your teeth and the implant, and ask how you are finding your crown. If you are experiencing any discomfort or your crown is wobbling, cracking or loose, your dentist will be able to fix this here. However, these complications are very rare, and 99% of implant check-ups are uneventful, routine check-ups.

Overall your dental implant procedure should be painless, and you will only need anaesthetic for appointments 2 and 3. If there are no complications you will be enjoying your complete smile in no time. For more information about dental implants or to book in your consultation with Dr Martin Whelan, just get in touch with us at the Appledore Clinic today.

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16 May 2018

Invisalign Winner Ian Starts His Straight Teeth Treatment @ Appledore

 Ian was very happy to find out he was the winner and could have his invisalign treatment FREE at Appledore.

Milton Keynes dentists straight teeth without extractions, Smile advisor Chrissy, winner Ian with Dr Teresa before Invisalign treatment
Appledore Smile Advisor Chrissy, Winner Ian, Dr Teresa

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 Winner Ian before treatment
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16 March 2018

Signs your child's jaws are not growing well

Signs your child's jaws are not growing well
Signs your child's jaws are not growing well

Does your child:-
~ have difficulty breathing through their nose?
~ grind their teeth at night?
~ snore?

Are you always telling them:-
~ to close their mouth when they are eating
~ to make less noise when they are eating?

Have you noticed that their teeth are crooked, stick out, or don’t meet?

Most orthodontic problems, particularly crowded teeth and an underdeveloped lower jaw, are caused by habits such as mouth breathing and tongue thrusting. If these habits are not corrected the necessity for braces will be increased.

At Appledore Dental Clinic we are firm believers in early intervention
Non-extraction orthodontics.

With a dental appliance from Appledore DentalClinic your child’s jaws will be encouraged to grow correctly.

Treatment is simple and effective. It does not involve wearing braces or using complex and uncomfortable dental appliances 24/7

Wearing an appliance for just one to two hours each day and whilst sleeping, combined with a few simple yet effective exercises each day is all it takes for a real change to occur.

Dr Teresa our Clinical Director and Founder is one of only a few dentists in the UK offering this transformational treatment.

Book your child's place now, no obligation to have treatment, advice will be given. 

Call 01908 230 209 or email smilesmk@appledore.co.uk

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Embarrassed by your skin? Appledore have the solution!

A wide diversity of vascular and fibrous skin blemishes can be quickly and easily treated with
Advanced electrolysis by Carolyn at Appledore
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Advanced Electrolysis by Carolyn at Appledore.

Results are very effective and often immediate, offering a blemish free smooth skin.

Removing any unsightly skin blemishes that may have affected your confidence and wellbeing, recently or throughout your life, can be easily treated by an electrolysis specialist. The demand for these procedures is very high but unfortunately the medical profession is not only too busy but in most cases reluctant to do anything with benign lesions as the N.H.S. funding is very restricted. They are seen purely as a cosmetic problem regardless of the psychological effect on the person having the unsightly marks, lumps and bumps on their skin. 

Fed up with your skin issues? Carolyn may have the answer you've been waiting for.

As far back as the early 1900’s electrolysis was being used for the treatment of port-wine marks, broken capillaries, skin tags, spider naevi, a variety of warts and even xanthelasma (yellow pigmented spots or plates found on the eyelids). Today it has progressed a long way and with ongoing improvements and modern technology it is a safe, comfortable and effective treatment still very much in demand with the clients of today.
Book now to see Carolyn Claypole, Appledore's Advanced Electrolysis Specialist. Call 01908 230 209 or email smilesmk@appledore.co.uk


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