Improve Your Smile With a Gum Lift

Gum Lift Before & After

Gum recession is a common problem which occurs when the roots of the teeth are exposed. 

Receding gums is a common issue, so you’re not alone if you have this problem. There are many lifestyle habits which contribute towards receding gums, but that doesn’t mean that you have to live with the insecurity of receding gums.

Have you always felt your gums were the main feature of your smile? If you find yourself feeling insecure about the appearance of your gums, then you’ll be pleased to know that we offer a treatment to reshape your gums for a more even smile. 

Our gum reshaping treatment is painless and can transform your smile in a matter of minutes! This guide tells you exactly what to expect from the treatment, how much it will cost and the benefits of having gum contouring.

What Is a Gum Lift?

A gum lift, also known as gum contouring, changes the height of the gums to correct any imperfections with the gums being uneven by reshaping and resculpting the gum line. Gum contouring can transform the look of your smile and is a great way to enhance your confidence if your gums have been causing you to become self-conscious.

Gum recession is usually caused by a number of different reasons, including:

  • Brushing too hard
  • Flossing too aggressively
  • Clenching the jaw
  • Grinding the teeth
  • Some medical conditions
  • Smoking
  • Trauma to the gum
  • Gum infections
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Issues with the position of the teeth
  • Piercings

Following a gum lift, the gums will become more in balance with the smile and can leave you with a more confident and improved aesthetic.

While gum contouring is typically carried out for cosmetic purposes, it can also be a treatment used following on from some extreme cases of periodontal disease when the gums become damaged.

Gum Lift Before & After

The Benefits of a Gum Lift

Cosmetic treatments like gum reshaping can also help if you are embarrassed by a ‘gummy smile’, enhancing the aesthetics and helping to rebuild your confidence.

A gum lift really can be life-changing for any patient as it can transform the smile and work wonders if you suffer from any gum-related insecurities. The treatment can ensure you have healthy gums to complement your smile.

As well as transforming your smile, it also allows your dentist to properly check the condition of your gums to ensure your gums are healthy. The treatment is painless, extremely quick and has been a lifesaver for many of our patients.

Gum Lift Before & After

Does Gum Contouring Hurt?

Wondering what to expect from your gum lift treatment? Following on from your free consultation, we numb the whole area with a local anaesthetic to ensure the treatment is as comfortable and painless as possible. We also offer IV sedation for nervous patients who require further support during treatment, to ensure a comfortable experience.

The treatment is completed by a professionally trained dentist who uses expert technology for a precise and accurate result. The best news of all? A gum lift only takes around two minutes per tooth!

How Much Does a Gum Lift Cost?

With any dental treatment, the cost of a gum lift will depend on your individual needs, meaning that we give you a specific quote during your free consultation with us. If you’d like to find out more about how much gum contouring will cost you, we would be more than happy to discuss during your consultation.

Gum contouring starts from £125 per tooth and a maximum of £549 for up to 10 teeth, with the option to have 0% finance on the treatment too – meaning that the cost can be spread out for more manageable payments.

Gum Lift Before & After

Gum Reshaping Treatment in Essex

At our popular dental clinic in Essex, we can help you get the smile you deserve by reshaping your gums to reduce the amount seen when you smile.

At Perfect Smile Spa, we recognise how important a smile is to our patients. This is why our highly-skilled and experienced cosmetic dentists are there for you every step of the way in achieving your perfect smile using gum contouring.

Our dental practice is located in Essex and is easily accessible from most areas around the UK. For more information on our treatments, please get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.

Porcelain Veneers VS Composite Veneers: Which Is Best For You?

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Surprisingly to some, dental veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments, with the treatment exploding in popularity in the UK in the past few years. Dental veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic treatments, which completely transform the way the teeth look, giving clients the smile they always dreamed of!

The main advantage of having veneers is that it creates exceptional results and completely transforms the smile. Contrary to popular belief, veneers also require minimal preparation, conserving the maximum amount of natural tooth underneath. 

As a pain-free treatment, veneers are very quick and only take around five appointments following your free consultation. With good maintenance and care, your veneers can last you for many years to come, which makes them an excellent investment if you value a white, bright smile!

However, before you have veneers done, you’ll need to make a big decision as to whether porcelain veneers or composite veneers are better suited to you, your lifestyle and budget. This guide compares porcelain and composite veneers to help in making your decision.

Porcelain Veneers VS Composite Veneers

When you choose to have an innovative and modern treatment like veneers at your professional Essex dental clinic, you’re already well on your way to improving the aesthetics of your teeth. This does mean that you will need to choose which material you want your veneers to be made from, with the two main choices being porcelain veneers and composite veneers

Veneers can also be used to close in small gaps in the teeth when orthodontics aren’t always the most suitable option. As an example, veneers can be fitted to bring one tooth into line with the others if it is even slightly out of position.

Both materials are incredible at transforming your smile, but which is right for you depends on various factors. Of course, when you visit our dental clinic, we’ll talk with you to discuss what you’re looking for and recommend the best solution for you based on your budget and preferences. 

Porcelain Veneers

As the more natural option, porcelain veneers have the same appearance of natural teeth, with the translucent quality strongly resembling the enamel of the natural teeth.

Porcelain veneers are by far, the most durable veneer material option and are incredibly strong and resistant to stains and chips, making them ideal for more permanent wear. When properly maintained, porcelain veneers can last for well over a decade or even 20-30 years. 

Porcelain Veneers

Often described as the gold standard in cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers create a beautiful and natural appearance which aim to mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth in a way that blends naturally.

While porcelain veneers can cost slightly more than composite veneers due to the need for them to be created in a dental laboratory, they do, however, last longer than composite veneers and are known to be slightly more durable.

Porcelain veneers do require some dental preparation, although this is very minimal and conservative to protect the enamel.

The only disadvantage of porcelain veneers is that they can take longer to create than composite veneers. Unlike composite veneers, porcelain veneers give more of a polished and detailed appearance, hence why they do take longer than composite veneers.

Composite Veneers

Composite veneers can be quicker to create in comparison to porcelain veneers and can even be completed in one single visit. Made from resin, composite veneers are bonded directly to the teeth and sculpted to the desired shape. Similar to porcelain veneers, composite veneers can improve the following dental problems:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Discoloured teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Damaged teeth
  • Gaps between the teeth

Composite Veneers

Composite veneers tend to be sculpted when placed on the tooth, which can make the treatment quicker and less invasive, although the difference in that respect is minor. Unlike porcelain veneers, composite veneers are easy to reverse due to the minimal preparation on your natural teeth, meaning that composite veneers are better suited if you aren’t looking for a longer-term solution.

Composite veneers can be used for treating a wide range of cosmetic dental problems and can improve the colour, shape, size and texture of teeth to make them more attractive by fixing minor chips and cracks in the teeth. 

Whilst most of our customers do opt for porcelain, composite veneers are ideal if you have a smaller budget. Both composite and porcelain are effective in transforming your smile, however, which material is right for you will depend on some factors.

Get Your Perfect Smile

We will speak to you about both of your options and whether porcelain veneers are better suited to you than composite veneers during your free consultation. From your initial appointment, through to the completion of your treatment and any check-ups along the way, we will guide and support you.

Aftercare is the most important step in prolonging the life of your porcelain veneers so we do recommend visiting your Essex dentist every six months for professional cleaning and have them examined once a year.

We also have an excellent selection of cosmetic dentistry procedures if you are undecided whether porcelain veneers are right for you. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.

Dental TikTok Trends You Shouldn’t Try at Home

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As we spend more time at home, away from work, and video calling our loved ones, we may be more likely to consider having cosmetic work done to improve the way we look. For many people, teeth can be a critical factor of how confident we feel in ourselves, which is why it’s understandable that some of us are considering having dental work carried out.

Although, with 3.7 million TikTok users in the UK, with a variety of different age groups, an increased number of us are becoming exposed to DIY hacks on the video-sharing platform, whether it be related to home renovation, self-improvement, or even DIY dental hacks!

From DIY filing down of the teeth to whitening our teeth ten shades lighter using a £4 bottle of hydrogen peroxide, there are some truly shocking DIY dental hacks that have become viral over the previous few months. With that being said, some of these dental hacks can cause lasting damage to the teeth and pain later on in life, so it goes without saying that these DIY dental hacks are certainly not approved by a dentist.

Filing Down Front Teeth

Like some other Brits, if you are struggling with confidence in how straight and aligned your teeth are, you may have looked into having orthodontics with a registered dental clinic. Orthodontics is a proven and safe method of aligning the teeth for a perfectly straight smile. 

However, a recent TikTok trend that has taken the platform by storm is the DIY tooth filing ‘hack’, whereby users are taking it upon themselves to file down their front teeth using a nail file rather than visiting their dentist for professional treatment and advice first.

While the enamel of your teeth is very thin and is there to protect your teeth against tooth decay, filing the enamel down can cause a number of issues with enamel not growing back. As well as exposing the teeth to a wide range of oral health issues, this hack also makes the teeth more affected with developing stains over time and surface irregularities. Shaving down the teeth can also make the teeth more prone to cavities.

DIY Teeth Whitening

Many high street products promise to give you dazzlingly white teeth for the same price as your standard toothpaste, so there’s no surprise that many of us are unaware of how teeth whitening works and why it should only be carried out at a professional dental clinic. Many of these high-street treatments contain dangerous abrasives that scratch the surface of the enamel away, which is why it is always advised to talk to a professional first.

However, there are several TikTok trends taking over the platform whereby users are creating their own ‘do-it-yourself’ teeth whitening trends using products found around the house or dangerous chemicals that can be easily purchased online.

Hydrogen Peroxide Teeth Whitening

The trend of using hydrogen peroxide to whiten the teeth has since led to the chemical selling out online. The bizarre trend sees TikTok users rubbing food-grade hydrogen peroxide, accessible online for just £4, on the surfaces of their teeth to whiten the teeth in less than three days. 

Unfortunately, hydrogen peroxide of any grade should be left to the professionals, and arguably, shouldn’t be sold directly to the public and should only be used under the supervision of a professional dentist. Prolonged exposure of the chemical is extremely dangerous and can irritate the skin and gums.

Unless you know exactly what you are doing, this technique is not safe and we advise you to visit a dentist for professional teeth whitening instead for safe results.

Baking Soda Teeth Whitening

Another homemade whitening trend sweeping the TikTok platform is a homemade concoction of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. As mentioned above, hydrogen peroxide can irritate the skin and gums with long-lasting dangerous effects, however, when mixed with baking soda, hydrogen peroxide is far more dangerous and can cause irreversible permanent damage to your teeth and gums.

As hydrogen peroxide can soften the enamel while baking soda is an abrasive, the combination of the two ingredients together should never be used on your teeth.

Of course, fluoride toothpaste containing baking soda is completely safe to use and is approved by dentists, so it’s advised to stick to that if you’re looking for ways to whiten the teeth.

Lemon Juice Teeth Whitening

A staple item in most of our kitchens, lemon juice is another ‘home remedy’ TikTok trend for whitening the teeth, with users removing permanent stains from the teeth.

While lemon juice is high in acidity, it can cause acid erosion to the protective layer of enamel when rubbed directly on the surfaces of the teeth. Lemon juice teeth whitening can also produce very slow results, whereas professional teeth whitening can whiten your teeth as much as 20 shades brighter. 

Charcoal Teeth Whitening

A trend that has been around for some time and has been regularly promoted by social influencers is charcoal teeth whitening, which has since turned into a popular TikTok trend.

Unfortunately, activated charcoal is more coarse than regular toothpaste, and can therefore scratch the teeth and damage the protective enamel. In future, this can lead to the teeth becoming more prone to staining. Charcoal teeth whitening isn’t proven to produce life-changing results, with the black paste creating a temporary illusion of whiter teeth when the black paste or powder is placed next to the teeth.

Visit a Professional Dentist

These TikTok trends are temporary solutions which can lead to you either needing an emergency trip to the dentist or experiencing damaging results later on in life which can be costly and sometimes irreversible.

It’s always best to leave it to the professionals, so if you are experiencing a lack of confidence in your smile, a cosmetic dentist in Essex should always be your first point of contact.
Our dental practice is located in Essex and is easily accessible from most areas around the UK. For more information on our treatments, please get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.

Is COVID-19 the Best Time to Get Braces?

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For many of us, COVID-19 has turned into a time for self-improvement, both mentally and physically. Whether we’re pledging to increase our steps, become better in the kitchen or even taking more time out for ourselves to relax and step away from our usual hectic schedules, there’s no doubt that the last few months have changed our lifestyles.

Orthodontics are incredible for fixing problems with misaligned teeth, crowded teeth, gappy teeth or other combinations of orthodontic issues. A primary concern for patients looking into orthodontics is aesthetics. There’s no shame in wanting a perfectly straight smile, however, many of our patients often opt for the most discreet orthodontic option or decide to avoid orthodontics altogether in order to prevent others from finding out.

With that being said, the COVID-19 pandemic has ordered almost 46.6% of the UK population to work from home at one time or another this year. With this in mind, the pandemic could potentially be the best time to finally begin your smile transformation. So, if you’ve been on the fence about getting braces, now is the time to bite the bullet and talk to your orthodontist!

Why Is Now the Best Time for Orthodontics?

With a second national lockdown looming over the UK which is rumoured to last longer than the first initial lockdown, we are being advised to ‘stay at home’ and reduce contact with others by not meeting other households. When usually we would be regularly seeing friends and family in the evenings and weekends or constantly on the move, we are now staying at home with fewer opportunities to see our loved ones.

While we are currently only able to leave the house for emergencies, essential shopping or if we physically cannot work from home, having orthodontics at this time means that patients can take advantage of this treatment without the need to explain to others. 

Even when we are able to get out of the house, we are still required to wear a mask in public buildings and some public spaces. Covering the nose and mouth has become a life-saving precaution, meaning that the chances of someone seeing your braces have never been lower. There’s also a good chance that by the time the need for wearing masks is massively reduced, whether that be in a few months or even several years, you are likely to be at least halfway on your journey to achieving the perfect smile, or even completely finished with your treatment!

In order to keep in contact with work colleagues and loved ones from afar, most of us have also taken to Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype or FaceTime to communicate rather than face-to-face. Of course, this also means that the appearance of metal braces are minimised.

What Are the Benefits of Orthodontics?

While there are other cosmetic dentistry treatments available, orthodontics can gently push the teeth together to create a more natural and even smile. At Perfect Smile Spa, we have a wide selection of cosmetic straightening treatments, which range in price and treatment time. 

Orthodontic treatments are used to align your teeth for a straight smile and can resolve a number of issues, including diastema, overbite, or generally crooked teeth. Orthodontics can improve confidence, make the teeth easier to clean, facilitate oral hygiene and can also resolve other issues relating to dental health.

While orthodontics are generally most commonly used during teenage years, teeth can be corrected at almost any age, whether that is for practical or cosmetic reasons.

What Are the Types of Orthodontics?

There is a wide range of orthodontic treatments available, with some more tailored to unique orthodontic problems and others providing faster and more effective results. Some of the most modern and advanced procedures at our popular dental clinic include metal braces, ceramic braces, Smilelign, Fastbraces, Damon Braces, Inman Aligners, Six Months Smiles and Invisalign.

If you’re looking for invisible orthodontics, you can take advantage of our discreet teeth straightening options at Perfect Smile Spa.

Essex Orthodontics

Although orthodontic treatment is beneficial in your teens, it doesn’t mean it isn’t suitable for adults. More and more adults are now taking advantage of the discrete teeth straightening options currently available.

Our dental practice in Essex is easily accessible from most areas around the UK. For more information on our orthodontics treatments, please get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.

Mouth Cancer Action Month: What Causes Mouth Cancer?

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Mouth cancer affects around 8,300 people in the UK each year, making it the 6th most common cancer in the world. With this number continuously rising each year, mouth cancer takes more lives than cervical and testicular cancer combined. 

Like all mouth cancers, detection is vital. It’s crucial to know the signs, symptoms and understand what best to reduce your chances of contracting the life-threatening disease. The more we know about mouth cancer, the better chance we have of beating it. 

Dentists are natural leaders in leading the fight against mouth cancer, so when you visit your dentist for a check-up, they will carry out a mouth cancer screening to check for the signs, before you may even notice them.

Supported by the Mouth Cancer Foundation and the British Dental Health Foundation, Mouth Cancer Action Month takes place every November and highlights the importance of early detection, by raising awareness of the risks, signs and symptoms of mouth cancer.

What is Mouth Cancer?

Mouth cancer is a tumour that develops in part of the mouth, either on the inside of the cheeks, the roof of the mouth, the lips or gums, or on the surface of your tongue.

For reasons unknown, mouth cancer is more common in men than in women, with that being said, we are seeing an increased number of women diagnosed with the disease. As a large majority of mouth cancer cases are first spotted by dental health professionals during check-up appointments, it’s strongly advised to routinely visit your dentist and avoid any delays.

Mouth cancer is also more common in patients over the age of 40, however, more and more young people are now affected than before.

What Are the Symptoms of Mouth Cancer?

Common symptoms of mouth cancer include unexplained lumps in the mouth or neck that do not go away, unexplained persistent numbness, an odd feeling on the lip or tongue, unexplained loose teeth that do not heal after extractions, white or red patches on the lining of the mouth or tongue, changes in speech or, most commonly, painful mouth ulcers that do not heal.

What Causes Mouth Cancer?

Unfortunately, it’s unknown what exactly causes mouth cancer, however, we do know that up to 90% of all mouth cancers are linked to lifestyle factors. Of course, if any of the lifestyle factors apply to you, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are certain to develop mouth cancer, but that you are likely to have a higher risk of developing it instead. 

Here are some of the lifestyle factors that are linked to mouth cancer:

Smoking

Smoking is proven to increase your risk of developing mouth cancer by up to 10 times, whether it be pipes, cigars or cigarettes. Some evidence suggests that second-hand smoke in the workplace or at home can also increase the risk of mouth cancer. With more than 60% of mouth cancers linked to smoking, this is the number one contributing factor to mouth cancer.

Alcohol

With alcohol linked to 30% of all mouth cancers, it’s crucial to stick to the recommended UK guidelines of alcohol intake per week for both men and women, which currently stands at 14 units per week.

Diet

Not only is diet important for your oral health, but it can also be another contributing factor of mouth cancer, with a third of mouth cancers thought to be linked to an unhealthy diet. Our best advice is to eat a healthy and balanced diet, with lots of fruit and vegetables, as well as consuming foods high in Omega 3 and fibre.

HPV

Research also suggests that HPV (also known as the human papillomavirus) is another top contributing factor. In order to reduce the risk of contracting HPV, it’s important to practice safe sex and limit the number of partners you have.

Genetics & Cancer History

Unfortunately, if you have a family history of cancer or if you have had mouth cancer before, then you may be slightly more at risk of developing mouth cancer than those without a cancer history. If you are in this higher-risk bracket, it’s critical to visit your dentist more frequently.

How Common Is Mouth Cancer?

While mouth cancer isn’t as common as other forms of cancer, it is still the 6th most common cancer in the world. With that being said, the cases are slightly lower in the UK in comparison to other countries.

More than 65% of mouth cancer cases develop in adults over the age of 55, with only 12.5% of cases occurring in those younger than 50. Risks are higher for men which is thought to be due to men drinking more alcohol than women, but this is yet to be scientifically proven. HPV is thought to be one of the most common factors of mouth cancer in younger people.

How Do You Know If You Have Mouth Cancer?

The best way of determining whether or not you have mouth cancer is to regularly visit your dentist for dental check-ups. During every check-up, your dentist will carry out a mouth cancer screening to examine your mouth and look out for any signs, before they get the chance to turn into symptoms.

Of course, you should also be aware of the symptoms (mentioned above) and immediately visit your dentist and doctor if you feel you may be experiencing these symptoms. Only a dentist or doctor will be able to diagnose mouth cancer.

How to Treat Mouth Cancer

If mouth cancer is diagnosed early, it can be very easily treated using surgery alone. However, if the cancer is larger, then surgery should be followed by radiotherapy or through different methods. It’s worth understanding that advances in surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy have led to much-improved cure rates.

The outcome of mouth cancer can vary depending on which part of your mouth is affected and whether or not cancer has spread. Treatment can generally include surgery, radiation therapy (also known as radiotherapy), chemotherapy and targeted drug therapy.

Take Action this Mouth Cancer Action Month

Prevention is better than the cure, which is why it’s critical to regularly visit your dentist for dental check-ups to have mouth cancer screenings and to check the overall health of your mouth. If you are a smoker, drink alcohol very frequently or if you have been diagnosed with HPV, it’s even more important that you regularly visit your Essex dentist for a check-up.

Other than regularly visiting your dentist, you can also limit your alcohol consumption, avoid tobacco, have a healthy and balanced diet and maintain good oral hygiene.

Our dental practice is located in Essex and is easily accessible from most areas around the UK. For more information on our treatments, please get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.

Seven Ways To Stop Bleeding Gums

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If gum disease is occurring, then you may experience bleeding gums, sore gums or inflamed gums. Gum disease, which affects 3 out of 4 adults in the UK, occurs when plaque and tartar on the teeth builds up and the associated bacteria irritates and inflames the gums, causing them to recede, bleed and become sore.

Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, and we want to ensure our patients don’t suffer that fate and instead have the healthiest and happiest gums, supporting a beautiful smile. This is why not only is it important to understand the signs of gum disease, but it’s also important to know what to do when you first spot the signs.

In this guide, we take a look at seven of the best ways to stop your gums from bleeding and how you can prevent gum disease from occurring.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Bleeding gums usually are a sign of poor dental hygiene, with the gums becoming inflamed and bleeding when there’s a buildup of plaque along the gum line. If plaque is not removed from the teeth properly, bacteria and what it omits can irritate the gums, which is the start of gum disease. If the condition is not treated, it progresses and gets worse, eventually destroying the gums, and the jawbone which holds the teeth.

If you don’t brush or floss enough, bacteria can spread and cause tooth decay or gum disease.

To improve oral hygiene, brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss once a day. You may like to read our guide on how to optimise your oral health.

Using Mouthwash

Antibacterial mouthwash can prevent and treat gum disease, which is a common cause of bleeding gums, by killing bacteria and reducing inflammation in the gums. Antibacterial mouthwashes can be purchased in the supermarket or from any pharmacy.

Fluoride mouthwash can also help in clearing the mouth of debris and preventing plaque from building up in the mouth, as well as freshening our breath. As gums are the foundation for healthy teeth, it’s important to care for them and ensure we use mouthwash on a daily basis to help treat and prevent gum problems.

Using the Right Toothbrush

With most things in life, it’s important to find what works best for you, and toothbrushes are no different. If you suffer from sensitive teeth and gums, you should opt for a toothbrush best suited for you, such as an extra soft or sensitive toothbrush. Firm or medium toothbrushes can be rough on the gums, so if you find that your gums bleed easily while brushing, you should try switching to a softer toothbrush.

It’s also important to replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles appear frayed, which may indicate that you are brushing too hard.

Gentle Flossing

While it’s recommended to clean between the teeth with floss once a day, it’s essential to be gentle and not apply too much pressure to your gums or teeth. 

Your gums will eventually build up in strength with consistent flossing as overall gum health improves, so it may take a while for your gums to stop bleeding when you floss.

Avoiding Smoking

According to DentistryIQ, smokers are three times more likely to suffer from gum disease than non-smokers, with smoking weakening your body’s ability to fight off infection and making it more difficult for your gums to heal and the body to heal its tissues.

As smoking is one of the biggest contributing factors towards bleeding gums, it may be well worth giving up or reducing the amount you smoke. Often, our patients notice improvements in their oral health soon after giving up smoking. Giving up smoking can benefit the whole body and can greatly increase the health of the mouth and gums.

Healthy Diet

A healthy diet rich in vitamins, minerals, fresh fruit and vegetables can support in keeping the gums healthy. Healthy gums can guard against heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, bad breath and tooth loss. Crunchy vegetables can help keep the teeth clean between meals, with leafy greens providing an excellent source of nutrients and reinforcing the enamel on our teeth.

Foods rich in vitamin C can strengthen your immune system and support in fighting off gum infections that cause bleeding gums. If you practice good oral habits and still find your gums bleeding, it may be worth adding more vitamin C into your diet. Cutting back on carbs can also help prevent the formation of plaque.

Visit Your Dentist

Wondering how to stop bleeding gums? If you notice any changes in your gums, teeth or mouth, it’s critical to visit your dentist for a dental hygiene visit as soon as possible. Pain, discomfort, redness or bleeding should be checked out as your dentist will be able to check for early signs of gum disease as well as other health-related issues that could be related.

Regular dental visits can stop minor issues before they become serious. As untreated gum disease can lead to infection and in some cases, tooth loss, it’s important to not delay visiting your dentist. The healthier your gums and teeth are, the lower your cost of dentistry!

How Can We Help?

We offer a complete gum assessment where our experienced team performs a full check of your gums to understand the kind of treatment and support you need. We can then help to treat the problems, and work to help prevent any further problems in the future. Support from our hygienists and dentists is a really good way to maintain healthy gums. 

We can help to remove plaque and tartar with effective cleaning techniques and also provide you with up-to-date advice on how to care for your teeth and gums day-to-day to help avoid any further issues.

We offer a wide range of treatments for gum problems, including advanced oral hygiene care and cleaning, as well as professional restoration treatments such as composite fillings, gum coloured fillings, gum surgery and ongoing hygienist services.

Our dental practice is located in Essex and is easily accessible from most areas around the UK. For more information on our treatments, please get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.

Is Private Dentistry Worth It?

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Visiting a private dentist can provide an astounding number of benefits, through a variety of treatments and even more facilities and advances in technology, making private dental treatments more effective and efficient.

Whether you’re thinking of having dental treatment or are looking to register with a new dentist, a private dentist in Essex may have not crossed your mind. With that being said, a private dentist can offer many exceptional services and benefits which you otherwise wouldn’t find through an NHS dentist.

Here are just a handful of benefits of visiting a private dentist and why it could be a better option for you.

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With a private dentist, you’ll be paying for a better service with guaranteed treatment in a calming and peaceful environment where you can relax during your dental treatments. 

Unlike visiting an NHS dentist, which rely on government funding, private dentists are able to put all time and money into providing high-quality treatments without cutting corners.

This better service also means that patients can take advantage of more experienced dentists and hygienists who can provide a more dedicated experience to focus on giving the best possible treatment for money.

Wider Selection of Treatments

Often, NHS dental patients will need to go back and forth and visit different partners for dental treatments, with the NHS only offering a small number of treatments. However, a private dentist has all aspects of dental treatment covered under one roof. This means that if you are looking at combining two dental treatments together, it can be far easier and quicker to visit a private dentist so that a treatment plan can be provided which is better suited to you.

Finding a good dentist can often be compared to finding a needle in a haystack, and once you have found a dentist you feel comfortable with, it can often be frustrating to be passed between multiple dentists for your dental treatments. A private dentist offers a great selection of dental treatments, including cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, endodontics, dental hygiene treatments and even some anti-wrinkle treatments for facial rejuvenation.

Painless Treatments

If you suffer from dental phobia, it can be a better option to visit a private dentist who can take the time to ensure you are comfortable during treatment and provide a positive experience.

Private dentists handle every treatment with care, compassion and understanding, with some private dental clinics even offering complete pain-free dental treatments. With many of us avoiding visiting the dentist due to a negative and painful past experience, the option to have a completely painless procedure can be life-changing.

Shorter Waiting Times

In recent months, many patients have found huge difficulty in booking appointments with their NHS dentist, with some appointments unavailable for several weeks. Once appointments have been booked, it can then be a waiting game of delayed or cancelled appointments with hectic schedules leaving patients in a waiting room for between 30-40 minutes.

However, private dentists are able to skip the waiting times with a better timetable and longer appointment times. This means that not only will you be given a fast appointment, you’ll also not be expected to wait around for a long time and will be seen to with no delays. With a part of dental anxiety triggered by long waiting times in the waiting room, visiting a private dentist can alleviate the stress and anxiety.

Longer Appointments

As mentioned above, longer appointments are scheduled for each treatment so that if you’d prefer your dentist to take their time and give you several breaks in between your treatment, that option is available. 

With longer appointments, you’ll also be given better care that isn’t rushed nor compromised and your dentist can take their time to provide a positive experience and give you the best possible treatment and care.

Modern Dentistry Facilities

While NHS dental clinics have all the equipment needed to carry out treatments, private dentists have a larger investment and can therefore have access to the latest technology and equipment. 

This means that more advanced treatments can be offered that are also far more comfortable and even quicker than alternative NHS treatments. The advancement of new technology in private dental clinics also means that results can be achieved far sooner with excellent clinical results.

Private Dentist in Essex

At Perfect Smile Spa, we recognise how important a smile is to our patients. This is why our highly-skilled and experienced cosmetic dentists are there for you every step of the way in achieving your perfect smile.

All of our dentists have the highest level of training and experience. We understand the amazing impact a beautiful healthy smile has on a person and we pride ourselves by giving our patients the most pleasant dental experience to enable them to overcome any fears and maintain their teeth for the rest of their lives.

Our dental practice is located in Essex and is easily accessible from most areas around the UK. For more information on our treatments, please get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.

Is Root Canal Treatment Painful?

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If you are suffering from inflammation or infection inside one of your teeth, your dentist may suggest having a root canal treatment to save your tooth from needing to be removed and to also avoid the infection spreading which can cause further damage to your oral health.

It’s important to visit your dentist as soon as you begin to experience any of the common symptoms, including sensitivity to hot and cold food or drinks, pain in the teeth, tenderness or even swelling in the mouth. Although, as there are sometimes no symptoms at all, it’s important to regularly visit your dentist for a check-up.

In this guide, we explain what a root canal treatment is, why you would need one and what you should expect from the treatment at Perfect Smile Spa.

What Is Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment is an important procedure which prevents a tooth infection from spreading through the root canal system. During the treatment, the canals need to be cleaned and the bacteria removed using special files. A root filling is placed to ensure the infection does not return so that the tooth can then be restored. 

The treatment aims to eliminate any infection in the affected tooth to then protect it from further damage, which, unfortunately, does mean that root canal treatments shouldn’t be delayed. For this reason, it really does help to be aware of the symptoms, even though they are difficult to avoid. Some of the common symptoms include:

  • Loose teeth/tooth
  • Pain when biting/chewing
  • Pain when eating/drinking hot or cold food/drink

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to visit your dentist. Whereas, more advanced symptoms that are of a higher urgency and should be treated as an emergency include:

  • Swelling of the face
  • Swelling of the gum surrounding the affected tooth
  • Pus oozing from the affected tooth
  • Pain in the tooth which appears darker in colour

It’s important to understand that the longer you leave these symptoms and do not react, the higher the chance of further damage and even the tooth needing to be removed. If you are delaying visiting a dentist due to fear or anxiety, it’s crucial to also understand that root canal treatments are important in having a pain-free, healthy and long-lasting smile.

What to Expect from a Root Canal Treatment

As root canal treatments are a tricky procedure,  you may be referred to an endodontist who specialises in root canal treatments.

Your dentist will need to examine your teeth using an X-ray to identify where the pain is coming from and to find out if you require treatment. This X-ray will also show your dentist how far an infection has spread. This step is important as it enables your dentist to ensure a root canal treatment is best for you or to identify whether you require another treatment if your teeth are too badly damaged for root canal treatment.

How Long Does a Root Canal Take?

Root canal treatments typically take around two dental visits to complete, although this is dependent on how infected your tooth is, as you may only need one visit. 

The treatment usually lasts between 1-2 hours, however, this may change based on which tooth requires the treatment. Of course, timing will vary from patient to patient, but the timeline of your root canal treatment will be explained to you fully during your initial free consultation.

How Painful Is Root Canal?

Contrary to popular belief, root canal treatments aren’t as painful as they seem. As a dentist in Essex who offers painless dentistry, we aim to make dental treatments as pain-free as possible. Whilst root canal treatments are typically dreaded by many patients, our aim is to remove the fear associated with this treatment and make the procedure precise, quick, smooth and pain-free, in as little as one session.

With painless dental treatments held as one of our core values, we take our time to make sure every care is taken to make you feel comfortable and provide a positive dental experience that will help you defeat your dental anxiety and any fears relating to having a root canal treatment.

We’re even able to offer IV dental sedation as a means of relaxing you during the procedure to put you into a tranquil state of mind. Unlike general anaesthesia, you won’t be put to sleep, but you are likely to have very little memory of the treatment once it is complete. This method allows us to make root canal treatments as painless as possible.

There’s no need to worry if you’d rather not have sedation, as we ensure our dental clinic is the most relaxing setting possible. We can provide you with any spa treatments during your root canal treatment, with the option of music, films and any other refreshments of your choice. Our cosmetic therapist can provide facial and body treatments to put you at total ease during any of your visits.

How Can We Help?

Our dentists and team in Essex have advanced training in carrying out root canal treatments. We take our time to ensure that every care is taken to make you feel as comfortable as possible with our painless dentistry. This means that any dental treatment you have with us, including a root canal treatment, is as painless as possible.

Our dental practice is located in Essex and is easily accessible from most areas around the UK. For more information on our root canal treatments, please get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.

Do Anti-Wrinkle Injections Hurt?

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If you’re reading this blog, you’re most likely looking for ways to improve the appearance of your skin if you’re suffering from sun-damaged skin or are beginning to see wrinkles appear. Fortunately, the easiest and safest solution to hide the appearance of wrinkles or sun-damaged skin is to visit a safe dental clinic for anti-wrinkle injections.

Botox injections have experienced a boom in recent years, helping people to look and feel younger and more attractive. When patients visit our dental clinic in Essex for anti-wrinkle injections, the most common question we receive is “Do anti-wrinkle injections hurt?”. While many patients expect anti-wrinkle injections to hurt, they should be completely pain-free when administered correctly and professionally.

This guide explains the basics of anti-wrinkle botox injections, including what you can expect, how long they last and how the treatment can be made as comfortable as possible, particularly for those with a fear of needles.

What Are Anti-Wrinkle Injections?

Anti-wrinkle injections are the best form of anti-ageing available on the market and are an approved procedure which is completely safe, providing injections are carried out by registered professionals. These injections can be used on the lips, forehead, cheeks and chin.

Useful in correcting lines and wrinkles on the forehead, frown lines and around the eyes (also known as crows feet), anti-wrinkle injections are fully effective in making you look 10 years younger and to provide you with that all-important confidence boost that we all need.

Botox injections can be administered in a way that appears natural and blends in with your natural appearance. As anti-wrinkle injections contain hyaluronic acid which is naturally produced in your body, it’s a completely safe solution which is proven to smooth out fine lines, wrinkles and deep folds.

What to Expect from Botox Injections

Upon your first consultation for botox injections, the practitioner will be talking you through your particular skin type and any skin problems you suffer from to decide which anti-wrinkle treatment is best for you, your budget and your lifestyle. 

As we understand that choosing whether anti-wrinkle injections is for you is a big decision, it’s critical that all treatment options are researched during the initial consultation. This is important as the consultation process assesses your compatibility with anti-wrinkle treatments.

It’s crucial to also discuss any medications or health conditions you may have so that your consultant can find the safest treatment for you.

When having your first treatment of anti-wrinkle injections, it will usually only take between 5-10 minutes, with around 3-10 days for the injections to fully take effect.

How long anti-wrinkle injections last for will completely depend on which areas are injected and how much of the solution is injected. We usually advise that anti-wrinkle injections can last between 3-6 months, so if you want a long-term solution, you’ll need to revisit for top-up injections after this time.

Please be aware that you won’t be able to have botox if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You have acne where the anti-wrinkle injections are to be administered
  • Have any muscle or nerve disease that may affect the reaction of anti-wrinkle injections
  • You are allergic to anti-wrinkle injections

Can Anti-Wrinkle Injections be Painless?

If you’re looking for painless anti-wrinkle injections, then you’ve come to the right place. At Perfect Smile Spa, we provide painless treatments using advanced methods, extensive experience in dentistry and our investment in medical technology.

We also aim to provide the most relaxable setting with our 7-star service. When visiting our dental clinic, you can alleviate any stress or anxiety while enjoying our luxury spa treatments in a completely relaxed environment. We offer you music, films and any refreshments of your choice during your dental treatments. 

If you’re feeling tense, you can even relax in our soothing and stress-reducing massage chairs prior to your appointment. We also have a cosmetic therapist who works with us who can provide relaxing body treatments while you are getting anti-wrinkle injections administered.

How Can We Help?

Wondering how to get rid of wrinkles? We provide free botox consultations and can provide guidance if you are looking for ways to improve your appearance and are thinking of anti-wrinkle injections as a solution. Anti-wrinkle injections have provided added confidence and self-esteem to many of our patients to look more youthful and feel more confident.

If you are interested in anti-wrinkle injections in Essex to improve the appearance of your skin, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.

How To Take Care Of Dental Implants

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Dental implants use titanium screws to make the crown more stable, are generally better than dentures due to less irritation and less movement, and can even restore your ability to chew, with a permanent and comfortable solution.

With our painless dentistry methods and techniques, you’ll be able to have the perfect smile without any pain and minimal discomfort, using a local anaesthetic, relaxing spa treatments and expert professional dentists who ensure you feel as comfortable as possible.

As the next best thing to natural, healthy teeth, dental implants traditionally have a very high success rate. Dental implants have the ability to restore a lost tooth so that it looks, feels and functions like a normal and natural tooth.

There is no reason dental implants can’t last a lifetime when taken care of correctly and effectively. In this guide, we explain how to take care of your dental implants so that you can enjoy your perfect smile for a lifetime.

How Often Should Dental Implants Be Cleaned?

It goes without saying, but you should care for your dental implants in the same way you would care for your natural teeth. While implants do not decay, they can develop plaque which can irritate and inflame the surrounding gum tissue.

This means that you should brush your teeth twice daily and make sure the gum line and teeth are cleaned thoroughly each time to avoid infections, particularly as this is where plaque can gather.

You should also continue to visit your dentist every six months for a checkup and for regular professional cleaning. You should clean twice a day with a soft-bristle toothbrush and low-abrasive toothpaste, due to many kinds of toothpaste containing abrasive ingredients which can remove the glaze from the porcelain. Make sure to brush under and around the implant and use a nylon-coated interdental brush to clean the hard-to-reach places, flossing daily with unwaxed floss.

Whilst the success rate is extremely high, if you do experience any worries or concerns following a dental implant treatment, you should visit your Essex dentist as soon as possible, before your next agreed visit date.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants have been used for over 30 years to replace missing teeth and can last a lifetime, depending on how well you look after them. Implants are very durable and will last many years. Of course, this does mean that dental implants require ongoing maintenance and regular visits to the dentist for a checkup.

Like any other restoration, your implant-supported teeth can still be damaged by trauma and affected by gum disease and poor oral hygiene, as well as infections if plaque isn’t removed effectively.

Foods to Avoid After Having Dental Implants Fitted

Dental implants improve your ability to be able to chew and eat foods, meaning that you’ll be able to enjoy all foods you once used to with your natural teeth, especially if you are looking at having dental implants due to suffering from missing or damaged teeth.

However, you should take precaution when consuming particular foods soon after having dental implants fitted. Some foods you should limit or try to avoid in the weeks following the fitting of your dental implants will include apples, carrots, crisps, crusty bread, ice cubes, chewy sweets and meat that requires excessive chewing, for example, beef.

Soon after having dental implants fitted, you may find it easier to opt for softer foods to get used to the sensation of having dental implants, as they are extremely likely to feel different. These soft foods generally include pasta, rice, mashed potato dishes (including cottage pie), jacket potatoes, soup, smoothies and juices. It’s not compulsory that you must consume these foods after your treatment, however, many have found it easier to adapt this way.

Once your implants have healed and your mouth feels comfortable enough, you can begin to introduce different foods into your diet, and it won’t be long until you’re able to enjoy all of your favourite foods again. 

How Can We Help?

Our dentists and team in Essex have advanced training in dental implant skills. We use implant techniques recognised for their innovation and reliability. Our cosmetic dentists have numerous dentistry awards as they use the most advanced equipment and aim to offer painless dentistry for nervous patients, including the option for sedation for optimum comfort.

At Perfect Smile Spa, we recognise how important a smile is to our patients. This is why our highly-skilled and experienced cosmetic dentists are there for you every step of the way in achieving your perfect smile using dental implants or any other cosmetic dentistry treatment.

We pride ourselves by giving our patients the most pleasant dental experience to enable them to overcome any fears and maintain their teeth for the rest of their lives.

Our dental practice is located in Essex and is easily accessible from most areas around the UK. For more information on our cosmetic dental treatments, please get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.