Transforming Dentistry Today with the Intraoral Digital Scanner in London
We are very proud to introduce the Intraoral Digital Scanner at Hampden Dental Clinic, where we are committed to using the most advance dental technology, making treatment faster and more comfortable.
The Advantages For You!
Digital dentistry simply makes for better dental treatment:
More Accurate– Using advanced laser impression technology, dental reconstructions can be created quicker and be more precise than ever before. Better Quality– Digital restorations use advanced materials free of metals, that along with the precision of digital scanning and natural looking design. More Comfortable– No more impression trays, no more gooey putty, the digital scanning techniques allow for more accurate impressions to be made without making you feel uncomfortable. You can breathe and swallow normally. Better Aesthetics– Digital teeth design allows for precise, teeth coloured restorations and more personalised treatment paths which allow for a natural looking, beautiful smile.
How Does it Work?
Carestream cs3600 is an advanced imaging system to allow for precise 3D impressions to be made without the need to bite into gooey material. The Wand will capture images of your mouth surfaces and gum tissue
Carestream cs3600 TimeLapse technology allows you to see a 3D model of your teeth, and gum tissue and their condition. Then we can decide the best treatment process for you.
Studies show that mouth cancer is on the increase and that early detection dramatically improves the chances of recovery. Mouth cancer screening is a short procedure at the dental practice that involves a thorough examination of your whole mouth, including the use of a handheld scanning device that is used to examine any lumps or lesions that you might have. This will highlight any risk factors so we can treat or refer you as quickly as possible.
It is recommended that you come in for a screening on a yearly basis. If you have any sores, lumps or long-term ulcers in your mouth, no matter how small, it is very important that you come in to have it looked at.
Late detection of mouth cancers have resulted in a higher proportion of deaths per number of cases than breast cancer, cervical cancer or skin melanoma, with about 2,700 deaths per year in the UK.
Because smoking is strongly linked with many forms of cancer and other dental problems, we always encourage our patients to quit smoking. An excellent source of information is the Mouth Cancer Foundation if you require any further information.
We warmly welcome you and your family at Hampden Dental Clinic. You deserve the confidence of a healthier, more attractive mouth.
Your regular dental examination
Identifying potential issues and helping prevent problems from becoming serious
In some ways your regular examination is the most important kind of dental appointment you’ll ever attend. Usually we ask you to come and see us every six months for a check-up, though some patients with exceptionally good oral health may only need to make an appointment once a year.
Regular visits are important because they give us the opportunity to check every aspect of your oral health – an important part of our philosophy of treating the whole of the patient, not just their teeth. Dental examinations aren’t just about looking for signs of tooth decay!
At Hampden Dental Clinic an examination starts with your tongue, palate and other soft tissues. The mouth is well supplied with soft tissue areas and this makes it an ideal “window” into your general health. We want to see healthy pink tissues, of course, but are especially vigilant in recognising any early signs of more serious problems such as ulcerated and “unusual” patches.
Mouth cancers, sadly, are on the increase and early detection is one of the most important factors if treatment is to be successful.
A thorough approach to spotting dental problems before they happen
During your examination we can investigate any dental problems you may have, discuss any cosmetic treatments you might be interested in – such as teeth whitening or veneers – and take routine x-rays. This is important to check the health of areas not visible to the naked eye. Normally we take x-rays about once every 12-24 months.
We still won’t take up too much of your time… but if you’ve ever experienced the kind of ‘check-up’ that leaves you feeling as though you’re in and out of the chair before you know it, you’re certain to appreciate our more thorough approach – and its ability to consistently prevent bigger problems in the long term.
To find out more and book an appointment please call 020 8368 1782
Many studies have shown that smoking and using tobacco products has a detrimental effect on your teeth and gums. The problem is caused by the fact that tobacco affects the gum tissue cells, making smokers more prone to getting infections in the form of gum and periodontal diseases. Other negative effects of smoking are: bad breath, stained teeth, jawbone loss, shrinking gums, mouth sores, decreased senses of taste and smell, poor healing of mouth sores and hairy tongue.
In addition to this, most people don't know that smoking is the main cause of mouth cancer, with thousands of people dying every year from mouth cancer brought on by smoking. As dental professionals it is important for us to tell you the risks for smoking and to help you to quit by giving you information and support. By cutting down and stopping smoking or using tobacco products your oral health will benefit very quickly and you will notice changes in your certain mouth. It is essential that you come into the practice for regular check-ups so we can help you maintain good oral health and give you advice and encouragement.
When we are asleep the pH of plaque is neutral (pH7). When we eat, sugars combine with the plaque to form acid and lower the pH. Brushing removes the plaque and the pH increases. Each snack reduces the pH for 30-40mins. Chewing something after meals releases saliva which helps to neutralise the acid. So chewing something like sugar-free gum, helps reduce the acid more quickly.
Fluoride from the water supply and from fluoride toothpaste ... ... forms a protective coating on the tooth surface. Each time sugar is consumed, acid forms on the tooth surface. Fluoride reduces the amount of acid formed by the plaque. Less acid and less damage is evident on the Fluoride protected tooth.
What causes sensitive teeth, and how can I treat them?
When you have sensitive teeth, certain activities, such as brushing, eating and drinking, can cause sharp, temporary pain in your teeth. Sensitive teeth are typically the result of worn tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots. Sometimes, however, tooth discomfort is caused by other factors, such as a cavity, a cracked or chipped tooth, a worn filling, or gum disease. If you're bothered by sensitive teeth, visit your dentist. He or she can identify or rule out any underlying causes of your tooth pain.
3 Main Causes of Tooth sensitivity
• Acid Erosion – consumption of too much acid which are found in fizzy drinks and citrus fruits. • Gum Disease – which can cause the gums to recede and expose the sensitive root surface • Toothbrush abrasion – by brushing too vigorously, from side to side or brushing up and down
How Can I prevent sensitive teeth?
Where possible review your diet and cut down on the amount of acidic in your food and drink intake.
Your dental or hygienist can demonstrate tooth brushing techniques that will not damage the enamel. Brush your teeth twice a day in circular motion with a soft or medium bristle brush using fluoride toothpaste. Use a fluoride mouthwash. It is important that you change your toothbrush every 3 months or when the bristles have become worn. Also regular visits to your dentist can prevent tooth sensitivity.
Caring for sensitive teeth
Replace your normal toothpaste with sensitive toothpaste which you can also rub onto the affected area. It can take a few days or even a few weeks for this to take effect. It is important that you keep brushing your teeth twice a day in order not to make the problem worse. Don’t brush straight after eating acidic foods as this can soften the enamel.
If you have been suffering from sensitive teeth for a few weeks then make an appointment to see your dentist or hygienist for advice. You do not have to suffer with tooth sensitivity. Simply book an appointment on 020 8368 1782
Regular dental exams for children are a critical part of preventive health care.
During a dental exam, the dentist or hygienist will clean your child's teeth and evaluate your child's risk of tooth decay. The exam might include applying a sealant or fluoride to reduce the risk of decay. A dental exam for children might also include dental X-rays or other diagnostic procedures.
The dentist or hygienist will likely discuss your child's diet and oral hygiene habits and demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques. Other topics might include preventing oral injuries or, for adolescents, the health risks associated with tobacco, substance abuse and oral piercings.
How to help children brush their teeth properly
• Guide your child's hand so they can feel the correct movement. • Use a mirror to help your child see exactly where the brush is cleaning their teeth. • Make tooth brushing as fun as possible by using an egg timer to time it for about two minutes. • Don't let children run around with a toothbrush in their mouth, as they may have an accident and hurt themselves
How Cavities Develop
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NICDR), the mouth is full of hundreds of bacteria, many of which are beneficial to the oral ecosystem. However, certain harmful oral bacteria actually feed on the sugars you eat to create acids that destroy the tooth enamel, which is the shiny, protective outer layer of the tooth. Cavities are a bacterial infection created by acids, that cause your teeth to experience a hole in them. Without treatment, cavities can progress past the enamel and into the deeper layers of the tooth, causing pain and possible tooth loss.
Top Ten Tips For Children
1. Lead by example. Show your kids that practicing good oral health is important and can be fun by practicing good oral health yourself.
2. Choose a dentist that you and your family will like and trust. It will make the experience more enjoyable for everyone.
3. Take them to the dentist regularly – usually every six months or as directed by your dentist – for routine cleanings and checkups. This is not only good for the mouth; it can also help your child build a comfort level with the dentist.
4. Remind them to brush. Always ask your children if they brushed their teeth before they leave for school and when they are getting ready for bed.
5. Encourage them to brush at school. A travel toothbrush can be easily packed in your child’s backpack so that he or she can brush after snacks and lunch while at school.
6. Teach the importance of flossing. Flossing is just as important as brushing and may also help prevent gum disease. Gum disease may be associated with health complications later in life.
7. Make sure your child eats breakfast every day. There’s evidence that young people who eat a high protein breakfast have noticeable reductions in cravings for sweets later in the day.*
8. If they’re going to drink soda, have them use a straw. Doing so reduces their teeth’s exposure to sugar.
9. Reduce sugar in their diets. Replace sugary snacks and drinks with healthy alternatives, such as fruit, cheese and crackers and water.
10. Reward healthy habits. Leave little treats from the “tooth fairy,” every now and then, to reward your child for practicing good oral health.