Can Gum Disease Be Reversed?

When plaque and tartar build up on the teeth, the associated bacteria irritates the gums and causes them to recede, bleed and become sore. This is also known as gum disease, which affects 3 in 4 UK adults.

As gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, if you are noticing signs of gum disease in between visits to the dentist, it’s crucial that you book an appointment with your dental hygienist as soon as possible.

Some of the symptoms to look out for include swollen gums, tender gums, receding gums, gaps developing between the teeth, loose teeth, a change in the way teeth fit together when biting, bad breath, bad taste in the mouth and bleeding gums.

When patients with gum disease visit us, the most common question they will ask is “Can gum disease be reversed?”. This guide explains everything you need to know about the types of gum disease and whether or not they can be reversed.

The Types of Gum Disease

Many patients get confused with the different types of gum disease and assume there is just one type. However, gum disease is separated by different stages and can be more complex to treat as it progresses to the next stage. In total, there are four categories of gum disease.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is a non-destructive form of gum disease where gums appear red, swollen and can bleed easily. At this stage, there are only a few signs at this stage and most are painless, meaning that gum disease can often go unnoticed. 

Gingivitis is most commonly caused by a lack of oral hygiene and is reversible. As the mildest form of gum disease, gingivitis must still be treated by seeking professional treatment otherwise it can progress to periodontitis. Gingivitis is the only stage of gum disease that is completely reversible as it has not yet had time to attack the bones. Excellent oral hygiene and regular dental checkups can treat and reverse gingivitis.

Slight Periodontitis

Slight periodontal disease is the second stage of gum disease that spreads below the gum line and can also affect the gum tissue. Some common symptoms of periodontitis include bad breath, receding gums and pockets around the gum line where bacteria hides. At this stage, the infection has already spread to the bone. 

It is not reversible, but it is manageable. This does mean that patients will need to visit their dentist for treatment as excellent oral hygiene is not sufficient in reversing the damage thus far.

Moderate Periodontitis

The third stage of periodontal disease, also known as moderate gum disease, cannot be reversed. Unfortunately, the systems are the same as the second stage (slight periodontitis) however, the effects are greater, with bacteria beginning to attack your bloodstream and immune system. While it isn’t completely reversible, it can be controlled and managed with expert medical care and treatment. Treatment can be given in the form of scaling and root planing to deep clean the gums and remove the deposits of bacteria.

If moderate periodontitis is left untreated, it can progress to bone and tooth loss, gum sensitivity and increased bleeding.

Advanced Periodontitis

The fourth and final stage of periodontitis is known as advanced periodontitis and occurs when the infection spreads and evolves into disease-causing bacteria. This, unfortunately, gives you a much higher risk of bone loss. Advanced periodontal disease causes red, swollen gums that ooze pus and can also be paired with the loosening of teeth, cold sensitivity, painful chewing, and severe halitosis. 

This stage of periodontitis requires treatment in order to clean the periodontal pockets developed through the stages and rid them of bacteria. If left untreated, advanced periodontitis can lead to gum recession, spacing or gaps between the teeth and serious health problems.

Gum Disease Treatment

Gum disease treatment will depend on the extent of your gum disease and how severe the case is. We do recommend reading our guide to the Ways To Stop Bleeding Gums, however, even if the bleeding does stop, you will still need to visit your dentist.

You cannot cure gum disease, but you can control it as best as possible. The main goal of treatment is to control the infection.

If you do suspect you have gum disease, we advise you to contact us as soon as possible. We also advise that you:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day and after meals with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss regularly to remove plaque from between teeth
  • Using interdental brushes in between your teeth that are the correct size
  • Visiting your dentist/hygienist routinely for a check-up and professional cleaning
  • Quit smoking (this can make treatment for gum disease less successful)
  • Eat healthy

Book a Dental Hygiene Visit

Treating periodontal disease quickly is extremely important and critical in preventing further damage and serious health issues. The best way to keep on track and reduce the risks of gum disease is to schedule regular check-ups and cleanings, while practicing good oral hygiene on a daily basis.

If you are noticing the signs of gum disease, it’s important to visit your dental hygienist before it’s too late. Dental hygienists are specially trained in the prevention and treatment of gum disease and they can also give you detailed advice on improving your personal oral health regime.

As gum disease can affect other areas of the body including your lungs and your heart, it’s crucial to have regular checkups and that you visit your dentist as soon as you spot the signs of gum disease, even if you only notice one symptom.

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.

Six Things to Consider With Orthodontics

Realigning teeth can be achieved through a variety of procedures and are most common for patients looking to fix issues with misaligned teeth, crowded teeth, gappy teeth or problems with an anterior bite, underbite, crossbite or overbite.

If you have already decided that you would like to straighten your teeth with orthodontics, you’re most likely wondering how to begin and what steps you need to take. As there is a wide variety of treatment options available, you might be wondering how to choose which treatment is best for your lifestyle, oral health and your budget.

This guide explains the six things you should consider with orthodontics, including budget, appearance, treatment time, maintenance and how to choose the right orthodontist for you.

1. Appearance & Visibility

Orthodontics are extremely popular with younger adults and older children who have misaligned teeth. However, the thought of having orthodontic treatment to many adults is daunting and is something they would usually avoid as they feel embarrassed about others finding out. When we think of orthodontics, we most likely think of the old-fashioned metal brackets, also commonly referred to as “train tracks”.

Modern orthodontic treatments provide a variety of discreet solutions that are completely invisible to others. Some examples of discrete orthodontics include Invisalign and Smilelign, which are extremely effective.

2. Treatment Time

There are a wide range of orthodontic treatments to choose from, each with a very different treatment time. Of course, the treatment time does depend on the condition of your teeth (how aligned they are) and also if you have oral health problems or require treatment before undertaking orthodontics.

As each orthodontic treatment can move your teeth at a different pace, the type of orthodontic treatment you choose can impact the treatment time. While many patients are looking for orthodontic treatment ahead of a work event, wedding or birthday, they are usually looking for a quick treatment that can provide results in as little as a few weeks.

During your initial consultation, your orthodontist will give you a tailored plan of your orthodontics journey and how long you should expect each treatment to take. As an example, Invisalign, which is the most popular form of orthodontics, takes between 12-18 months for the complete treatment time. 

3. Treatment Cost

Orthodontic treatments massively vary in cost due to the duration of treatment and your preferred option which can both play a part in determining the final cost of treatment. As you may require treatment before having orthodontic treatment, this can also impact the overall cost and may influence your decision of which treatment is best.

As we provide 0% finance on all treatments, this also gives you interest-free and low cost payment plans to pay for your treatment, without the need for a deposit.

4. Maintenance of Braces

Orthodontic treatment is a commitment. While most orthodontic treatments require minimal fuss of maintenance, others will require you to use particular orthodontic floss to clean your teeth, while some orthodontic treatments require you to wear them for a set amount of hours each day.

With Invisalign, for example, you need to clean your teeth before replacing them each time while regularly cleaning the removable retainers throughout the day.

You can live a completely normal life with orthodontics with no restrictions. With that being said, you may be advised to steer clear of sticky foods that can get stuck in your teeth (e.g. chewing gum) or foods that are hard and crunchy (apples or raw carrot).

5. Pain and Discomfort

It’s inevitable that you may experience minor discomfort with orthodontic treatment when it is first applied. Every orthodontist is different but you should never experience significant pain during any stage.

If you are concerned about pain and discomfort or if you have a general phobia of the dentist, we do recommend carrying out research on orthodontic clinics and to opt for painless dentistry if possible. At Perfect Smile Spa, we provide completely pain-free dental treatment meaning that you will never experience pain during or after a treatment.

6. Your Orthodontist

Whether you’ve decided on which treatment option you’d like, or if you still can’t yet decide, the next step will be to find an orthodontist to discuss your treatment options and give you a tailored plan of what to expect. At this point, you’ll also get an idea of how much each treatment will cost.

Orthodontics are best placed to identify which treatments are suitable and unsuitable for you, so don’t panic if you are still unsure.

An experienced orthodontist can also give you a strong estimate of exactly how long each treatment will take and which will produce the best results for your budget and preferred timescale.

Orthodontics in Essex

If you are considering orthodontics, we are more than happy to provide you with a free consultation to guide you on each treatment we have available.

All of our treatments are completely pain-free too, so there’s no need to worry about feeling uncomfortable during any treatments or appointments. Best of all, we offer 0% finance and affordable monthly payment options if you’d like to spread out the costs.

For more information, please get in touch or call us on 01708 207526.

7 Reasons Why You Should Get Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned

We all know that we should be visiting our dentist for regular checkups, however, one thing we may not be aware of is that we should also be scheduling routine dental hygiene appointments to have our teeth professionally cleaned.

Regular maintenance of our oral health at home is essential in keeping our teeth healthy and clean, however, this doesn’t necessarily mean that our oral hygiene routine should stop there.

This guide explains the core reasons why you should be scheduling a dental hygiene appointment, and the importance of getting your teeth professionally cleaned.

  1. Keeps Your Teeth in Tip-Top Condition

Brushing at home, your teeth may look and feel clean, but the back of your teeth and molars are usually areas that get missed and need close attention.

It’s critically important to also have your teeth professionally cleaned to keep your teeth in tip-top condition. Professional dental cleaning helps to thoroughly clean the areas of our mouth that we can’t see or struggle to reach with a toothbrush. This prevents the build-up of plaque that can lead to infections later on.

  1. Can Remove Stains

Teeth whitening is the most effective way to brighten your smile and achieve whiter teeth, however, professional dental cleaning can remove some stains on the surface of your teeth that normal brushing can not.  Whereas teeth whitening removes all stains and gives you a whiter smile.

Although our popular teeth whitening procedure is the most effective way of giving your smile a boost and can brighten your teeth several shades whiter, a professional cleaning can remove some stains, for example, from tea or coffee consumption.

  1. Removal of Tartar

Tartar is a collection of bacteria that build on your teeth and the gum line and is a form of hardened plaque. However hard we try to avoid the buildup of tartar, it can be difficult to avoid, particularly in those hard to reach places. 

Over time, tartar can become a breeding ground for bacteria to collect and can increase the chances of gingivitis and periodontitis. Our professional dental hygienists provide dental cleaning to remove any tartar that cannot be removed at home with normal brushing.

  1. Gum Disease

Gum disease is a very common condition that is experienced by most UK adults at least once in their lifetime. 

Bacteria that sit in your mouth can cause your gums to become inflamed and infected, resulting in gum disease that is experienced by many of us each year. If gum disease remains untreated, it only gets worse.

Regular dental hygienist appointments remove the deposits that create the environment that can lead to gum disease. As gum disease is also linked to other conditions, including heart problems and diabetes, taking the time now to have your teeth professionally cleaned can prevent gum disease from causing further damage later on in life.

  1. Prevents Bad Breath

Bad breath is extremely common, and can most often be prevented by changing our daily habits. Bacteria that sits on the teeth can turn into tooth decay and gum disease, which can cause issues with bad breath.

When visiting a dental hygienist for a professional cleaning, they will be able to provide you with guidance on what is causing your bad breath, and outline ways to prevent this issue from occurring in the future. In most cases, regular professional cleaning can prevent long-term bad breath completely.

  1. Reduces Chances of Heart Disease or Strokes

Unfortunately, there are higher risks of having heart disease or strokes if you have gum disease. As gum disease can often go undetected, visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups and having professional cleaning from a dental hygienist gives you the best possible chance of reducing these risks.

Clean teeth are the best way to prevent gum disease. If your mouth isn’t healthy, it makes it harder for the rest of your body to stay healthy too.

  1. It Can Prevent Future Problems

Emergency treatment can be costly, which is why taking the time to invest in your oral health can prevent major problems in the future. While many of us fail to visit the dentist when we really should to save a few pounds, we are very likely to spend a lot more in the long run unless we really take care of our teeth now.

During your appointment, the hygienist can give your teeth a thorough clean and can spot other issues that may need further investigation. As the hygienist will inspect your mouth before cleaning, you’ll have an additional level of reassurance that your mouth, gums and teeth are all healthy.

Dental Hygiene Appointments at Perfect Smile Spa

At Perfect Smile Spa, we offer cleaning-only appointments, so you can take care of routine maintenance without visiting the dentist first. Regular visits to the hygienist help identify problems as early as possible and also prevents potential complications.

If you’re wondering what to expect from dental hygiene appointments, we recommend heading over to our Dental Hygienist page. 

Ways Stress Can Affect Your Dental Health

Growing health concerns and pressures around us can cause us to feel more stress than usual. When we feel stressed, our mental health can be pushed and our body can also be impacted. As April is Stress Awareness Month in the UK, we are encouraged to recognise how stress can impact our mental health and our physical body, as well as identifying ways to better cope with this stress.

Of course, stress can also have a negative effect on our oral health in numerous ways that you may not have ever considered. Paying close attention to your oral health and your symptoms can help in preventing long-term damage.

In this guide, we identify the different ways that stress can have an impact on our teeth, mouth and gums.

Teeth Grinding

Grinding of the teeth, or more formally known as bruxism, is something that many of us do without realising. Teeth grinding is most common when we are sleeping, although some people may experience a habit of grinding the teeth throughout the day, without realising they are doing it.

Teeth grinding can be a sign of stress or anxiety, and can cause serious knock-on effects, for example, jaw pain, neck pain, cracked teeth, chipped teeth or headaches.

If you are noticing your teeth chipping or cracking, you may well be grinding your teeth in your sleep. We recommend visiting your dentist as soon as you notice this and try to avoid clenching your teeth together where possible.

Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)

Temporomandibular Disorder, also more commonly known as TMD or TMJD (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction), is a disorder that can cause pain, discomfort and stiffness around the jaw, ear and temple.

Teeth grinding and clenching as a result of stress can further lead to Temporomandibular Disorder which can result in the need to undergo dental treatment or wear a mouthguard.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is extremely common and can affect most UK adults at one time or another. It is most often caused by poor oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing habits. 

Although many people aren’t aware of this, stress can impact your immune system, meaning that your body may struggle to fight bacteria and you can be more prone to gingivitis and periodontitis. This means that bacteria can thrive and the risks of inflammation increase.

If you are finding yourself struggling with stress, it can be important to take extra care of your gums and visit your dentist for regular cleanings to keep bacterial plaque levels down.

Mouth Ulcers

Mouth ulcers aren’t uncommon, and we have all had them at one time or another. They are unpleasant, uncomfortable and can take up to 14 days to heal.

Mouth ulcers are more common in those of us who suffer from stress as we are more likely to bite our cheeks or tongue. Stress and anxiety can both increase the risk of developing mouth ulcers. Most ulcers do not require treatment and just need time to heal. As mouth ulcers are an open invitation to bacteria, you may also be more prone to bacterial infections.

To reduce the risk of further infections and to reduce discomfort, you can use Bonjela Gel to make it more bearable to eat, drink or brush your teeth.

Neglected Oral Hygiene

A general lack of sleep and stress can cause us to neglect our oral hygiene. This includes stress-eating, increased sugar cravings or avoiding visiting the dentist for checkups. When we are stressed, a routine generally goes out the window, meaning that we may not be taking care of our teeth as we should be.

It’s natural to feel stressed from time to time, however, if you feel your oral hygiene routine is suffering as a result of stress, it’s crucial that you visit your dentist for a checkup and advice.

Visit Your Dentist

Every step you take to reduce stress can improve your overall health and wellbeing. While it’s easier said than done, we do advise limiting stress around you and ensuring you get adequate sleep, connect with loved ones and include physical activity to keep you energised.

If you are experiencing any of the above issues, we do advise you to follow up with your dentist regarding these concerns. Getting problems checked over sooner can avoid you having treatment later on.

At Perfect Smile Spa, we understand the importance of having confidence in your teeth and know the consequences that stress can have on your oral health and smile.

For more information on our treatments, please get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.

The Best Options for Tooth Replacement

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Not only can a missing tooth change your appearance, but it can also cause problems with biting, chewing and speech. Depending on how many teeth you have lost, it can also cause a ‘sinking’ effect whereby your cheeks sink-in and causes wrinkling around the mouth. The more teeth you lose, the more flexibility in your cheeks as there is nothing to support them. 

Missing teeth can be caused by a number of factors, most commonly caused by tooth decay, gum disease or significant trauma and injury. Over time, missing teeth can result in further issues, which is why we always advise treatment for tooth replacement.

If you are looking for tooth replacement treatment, luckily, there are a number of excellent options available to restore your smile. The quicker you visit your dentist for advice on missing teeth, the better the options you will have for tooth replacement – so we always recommend visiting your dentist earlier on.

1. Dental Implants

Dental implants are one of the most common methods of tooth replacement and are affordable and extremely effective, as they stop the bone from receding as the bone has something to hold onto. They can be used to replace single missing teeth or multiple missing teeth.

Unlike some other tooth replacement options, dental implants look and feel like a real tooth. While they do take a short time to heal, they are an excellent permanent solution and can be secured with a dental crown.

The bone integrates around the dental implant to make it stable and secure for a long-lasting replacement for missing teeth. When cared for and maintained properly, dental implants can last a lifetime. Dental implants are a lifelong replacement, meaning that you won’t need additional appointments in-between your dental check-ups.

If you’re in a hurry, you’ll also be pleased to know that there is a treatment that gives you dental implants in just one day, meaning that you won’t need several appointments in order to restore your smile. Same-day dental implants make it possible to replace missing teeth in the space of a few hours.

2. Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are a great smile restoration option and can restore your ability to eat and speak, as well as your facial structure to stop the remaining teeth from sinking in. They help to rebalance your bite by filling in gaps between the teeth where you have lost teeth.

Dental bridges can be used to replace missing teeth if there are teeth on either side of the gap to support the bridge. They are incredibly strong and long-lasting, providing that you care for them properly and regularly visit your dentist every six months for check-ups. 

At Perfect Smile Spa, there are three different types of dental bridges we offer, including traditional bridges, resin-bonded bridges and implant-retained bridges. While we understand you are unlikely to understand the difference between these three types of bridges, we take the time to explain each treatment to help you make the best decision.

3. Cosmetic Dentures

Similar to dental implants, cosmetic dentures can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth that are missing. While many patients are put off by the thought of dentures as they believe they are prone to falling out, this is no longer true. Advancements in technology mean that modern dentures are completely secure, robust and will not fall out.

There are two types of cosmetic dentures – full dentures and partial dentures. As you’d expect, full dentures are suitable for when there are no teeth in the mouth, whereas partial dentures are used for when one (or very few) teeth are missing. Full dentures do not require teeth to secure them, although partial dentures do need some teeth to be secured.

Tooth Replacement at Perfect Smile Spa

At Perfect Smile Spa, we understand the importance of having confidence in your teeth with a perfect smile. This is why we provide a variety of tooth replacement treatments with 0% finance and affordable monthly payment options.
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.

Invisalign VS Traditional Braces: Comparing Orthodontic Treatments

Invisalign VS Traditional Braces

Invisalign VS Traditional Braces

Traditionally, braces are made of metal and are attached to the outside of the teeth. However, there are now a wide variety of teeth straightening options that are comfortable, discreet and provide fantastic results in a much shorter frame of time.

Some of these teeth straightening treatments include Smilelign, Inman Aligners, Six Month Smiles, Fastbraces, and Invisalign, the most popular aligning treatment we have at Perfect Smile Spa. 

If you’re reading this, you are most likely looking to straighten your teeth but can’t decide between Invisalign or traditional braces, also known as Fastbraces. This guide compares the two treatments together to help you decide which is best for you.

 

Discreet and Invisible

Want teeth straightening without the need to feel worried about the appearance of braces? Invisalign alleviates the requirement for the use of visible wires – which can often become a source of embarrassment for many of our patients who would prefer to avoid traditional train-track braces.

The biggest benefit of Invisalign is that the retainers are virtually invisible, and are therefore discreet and ideal for patients who are self-conscious and would rather their treatment went unnoticed. Invisalign is also highly suitable for adults who feel embarrassed to wear braces.

Traditional braces are almost impossible to hide and are typically very noticeable. However, with more of us wearing masks and now working from home, is COVID-19 the best time to get braces?

 

Comfort and Adjusting

Best of all, Invisalign is far more comfortable to wear than other treatments. Invisalign have far fewer mouth and gum problems because they are specially tailored to the mouth, so there is no possibility of cuts to the inner cheeks or uncomfortable rubbing.

Traditional braces are not painful but can cause some slight discomfort when adjusted as the teeth are pushed into position. This discomfort usually lasts for a day or so and is bearable.

 

Daily Activities

Unlike other orthodontic treatments, Invisalign can be easily removed for brushing, flossing and eating. The ability to remove Invisalign is a huge selling point as it means that patients can continue on as normal. 

You will need to be strict and wear your Invisalign for 20-22 hours each day, so if you’re a little forgetful, you may find that treatment will take much longer and we do advise being disciplined.

However, as traditional braces cannot be removed at home, they are continuously working all throughout the day and night and can be easily worn when eating and drinking, with some small restrictions on eating extremely hard foods. It doesn’t cause any pain to eat with traditional braces, although you may find some small discomfort if you are eating shortly after having your braces adjusted.

 

Treatment Visits

When you come to our clinic, we discuss your insecurities to find out the most suitable orthodontic treatment for your exact budget and requirements. If Invisalign is suitable for you, we will discuss your treatment plan, including payment and the treatment timeline. We will then take a 3D scan of your teeth to create customised retainers in a laboratory. 

With Invisalign, you’ll have fewer consultations and check-up appointments at the dentist, which can be an extreme selling point for patients who lead a busy lifestyle or are situated further away from Essex.

On the other hand, traditional braces require more consultations and visits to tighten the braces for adjustments. These trips mean that you’ll be required to visit our dentist more frequently compared to Invisalign patients. With that being said, our dental clinic is open on Saturdays, so you will be able to visit us outside of your working week.

 

Effectiveness

Both Invisalign and traditional braces are fantastic in delivering effective results. Although, Invisalign isn’t suitable for everyone, and we will discuss the best treatment for you during your free consultation.

For more complex cases, we may advise traditional braces or steer you away to our other orthodontic treatments

Our free consultation talks through your options, determines the timeframe and what to expect from the results. We aim to give you a detailed summary of each orthodontic treatment to allow you to make an informed decision that is best for you.

 

Orthodontics in Essex

Whether you’re looking for Invisalign, Fastbraces, or if there are other orthodontic options you are considering, we are more than happy to provide you with a free consultation to guide you on each treatment we have available.

All of our treatments are completely pain-free too, so there’s no need to worry about feeling uncomfortable during any treatments or appointments. Best of all, we offer 0% finance and affordable monthly payment options if you’d like to spread out the costs.

For more information, please get in touch or call us on 01708 207526.

What to Expect From Dental Implants

Diagram of dental implants

Dental implants are the cutting edge in technology and are the next best thing to natural and healthy teeth if you suffer from tooth loss. They are a long-term and permanent solution for replacing missing teeth caused by tooth decay, periodontal disease, or injury.

As well as this, dental implants can also improve your speech, appearance, ability to eat, comfort and oral health, and are extremely durable. As they are designed to last a lifetime, depending on how well you take care of your dental implants, they are extremely convenient with no risk of falling out, unlike other temporary solutions to tooth loss.

What Are Dental Implants?

Placed directly into the jawbone, dental implants provide an artificial replacement for the root of your missing tooth or teeth. The dental implants are paired with dental crowns or cosmetic dentures for a robust solution that will not fall out.

Dental implants are the most recommended and favoured solution for tooth loss and have become the best way to get your confidence back after experiencing loss of teeth.

Depending on how many missing teeth you have, you can have one dental implant (for each missing tooth) or alternatively, you can have a full set of dental implants if you have lost all teeth.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Dental implants work by replacing the tooth root with a solid base for a dental crown and heal and integrate with the jawbone to anchor the crown. Within a few months of having dental implants fitted, the bone tissue will bond with the jawbone in the same way as a normal tooth root. 

Dental implants are typically carried out during two separate procedures. The first procedure is to fit the implant into the jawbone, then the second procedure is to fit the new tooth onto the implant once it has anchored to the jawbone.

Before and After of Dental Implants at Perfect Smile Spa

While dental implants can be an uncomfortable procedure, the procedure at Perfect Smile Spa is painless and carried out under local anaesthetic with the option to have IV sedation if the procedure takes longer or if you are nervous.

Our dental treatments are promised to be completely painless using painless dentistry methods and techniques to offer no pain and minimal discomfort.

What Are Dental Implants Made Of?

Dental implants can be made from zirconia, however, as the long-term performance and success rate of zirconia is yet to be proven, titanium is the preferred choice and is what we offer at Perfect Smile Spa.

Titanium dental implants are extremely durable and have an excellent track record backed up by decades of reliability. However, dental implants will only last a lifetime if you treat them with care, with regular brushing, flossing and routine dental visits, just as you would treat your natural teeth. 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.

How Safe Are Dental Implants?

The dental implants procedure is one of the safest dental procedures with an extremely high success rate. The only reason why dental implants would be unsuccessful is if you weren’t eligible to have them, as dental implants aren’t for everyone. 

During your initial free consultation with us, we’ll talk you through your options and check if dental implants will suit you.

Dental implants can be placed in all adult patients, providing your jawbone is fully developed, you have sufficient quantity and quality of bone tissue available and you maintain good oral hygiene. With that being said, dental implants may not be suitable in some extreme cases, for example, you are a heavy smoker, drink alcohol excessively, you have periodontal gum disease or if you grind your teeth (Bruxism). 

If for whatever reason, dental implants aren’t suited to you, we would be more than happy to discuss alternative options or treatment you will need to have before being a suitable candidate, for example, treatment for gum disease.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

Dental implants typically start from £1159, with a free consultation during the beginning to check a dental implants procedure is right for you.

We also offer a dental finance service if you’d prefer to split up your payments, with no deposit required. Dental finance is also ideal if you’re looking to combine several dental treatments, for example, with our smile makeover.

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.

11 Common Dental Myths and Misconceptions

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Knowing how best to maintain your teeth and gums can prevent a number of issues in the long-term. It’s safe to say that knowledge is power, and while we have heard some crazy dental myths and misconceptions over the years, understanding what is true and what isn’t can help keep your teeth in tip-top shape in-between visits to the dentist. 

New developments in dentistry and recent findings have now made it clear of how you can look after your teeth at home. Interested in some of the common dental myths we hear from our patients? Here are our top 11…

1. Only Sugar Causes Tooth Decay

While eating too much sugar can increase your risk of tooth decay, there are other factors that can also contribute too. This means that even if you don’t have a lot of sugar in your diet, you can still very much be at risk of cavities.

Tooth decay can also be caused by food and drink high in carbohydrates, including starchy foods. We recommend cutting down on starchy foods or foods containing high amounts of sugar and to look after your teeth and gums.

It’s also important to know the signs in order to visit your dentist at the right time. Some of these symptoms include a toothache (or occasional sharp pain), bad breath, an unpleasant taste in the mouth, grey, brown or black spots appearing on your teeth and tooth sensitivity.

2. White Teeth Are Healthy Teeth

We understand that we all desire to have a beautiful white smile, however, a white smile doesn’t necessarily mean your teeth are healthy. This also means that just because your teeth are white, it doesn’t mean that there is no need for you to visit the dentist. 

You can still have white teeth and be suffering from cavities, infections or other conditions, so it’s crucial to understand that the colour of your teeth can vary and visiting your dentist should still be your routine.

It’s impossible for natural teeth to remain completely white and eventually begin to yellow due to lifestyle factors and the foods/drinks we consume. Of course, there are teeth whitening treatments available if you wish to brighten the shades of your teeth. 

3. It’s Safe to Have Teeth Whitened at a Beauty Salon

Whitening teeth may leave the underlying cause of discolouration unaddressed, which is why it’s always best to visit your dentist for teeth whitening rather than visiting beauty clinics or salons.

Teeth whitening is a form of dentistry and should therefore only be carried out by a regulated dental professional. Over recent years, we have seen a countless number of beauty salons becoming prosecuted for illegal teeth whitening.

4. You’re Too Old for Braces

Many patients visit the Perfect Smile Spa clinic as they are embarrassed about their uneven smile, but at the same time are against the idea of orthodontics due to their age. Although it’s more common for children and young adults to have orthodontic treatment, we are seeing more and more adults (of all ages) opt for orthodontics, particularly as there are discreet orthodontics available, such as invisible braces and Invisalign

Advances in these orthodontics to offer more discreet options mean that adults who weren’t able to address their orthodontic issues when they were younger are now able to address them now.

5. Baby Teeth Do Not Need to Be Brushed

Despite baby teeth only being temporary, it’s crucial to have good brushing habits in order to also have healthy gums. By using the correct brushing technique and brushing twice a day, the build-up of plaque can be prevented and therefore the risks of tooth decay and gum disease reduced.

As tooth decay is a rising problem among children, it’s important to understand the importance of starting good oral hygiene habits early in order to keep the gums, teeth and mouth as healthy as possible. Tooth decay is also the leading reason for the hospital admission of children.

Reducing the amount and frequency of sugar intake and practising good oral hygiene can be a great place to start, but it’s vital to maintain good oral hygiene at any age.

6. Flossing Isn’t Important

Maintaining oral hygiene isn’t just about brushing your teeth and using mouthwash. An important step missed out by many patients is dental flossing, which is crucial for removing bacteria and cleaning between the teeth. As particles of food can also become stuck between the teeth, flossing is one of the most important steps in keeping your teeth and gums healthy and can even remove up to 80% of plaque.

While brushing can clean the surfaces of the teeth, flossing can clean around a third of the tooth surface, which a normal toothbrush would be unable to do. Brush, rinse and floss!

7. Bad Teeth and Gums Are Inherited

Even though this would be an interesting fact, it isn’t actually true. However, the spacing, size and alignment of your teeth are inherited.

With that being said, it’s impossible to inherit bad teeth or poor gums as these will only occur due to lifestyle factors and how well you take care of your teeth.

8.Brushing After Eating

One myth that shocks a lot of our patients is that it’s better to brush your teeth after eating breakfast in the morning. While many of us believe that brushing after breakfast will mean we can start our day with clean and fresh teeth free of food, it has been scientifically proven that brushing your teeth before breakfast can have a better effect on your teeth and gums.

You should never brush your teeth immediately after eating as your teeth will be weaker due to the pH level in your mouth. While we know it makes more sense to brush after having breakfast, this can be harmful to your protective enamel.

Brushing your teeth before breakfast can rid the mouth of plaque build-up overnight. This is why we recommend waiting at least 30 minutes to brush your teeth after having a meal.

9. Bleeding Gums Are Normal

Even though 90% of the adult population experience some form of bleeding gums, it doesn’t mean that this is normal and should be left to take care of itself.

Gums that bleed during brushing or flossing is due to the inflammation of the gums. In many cases, this can be due to gum disease or gingivitis, as well as excessive plaque buildup. If you have noticed your gums are bleeding when you brush, you must visit a dentist as soon as you can.

10. It’s Okay to Drink Soft Drinks If They Are ‘Diet’

Yes, soft drinks do contain high amounts of sugar, and while we all admit to having a soft drink every once in a while, it’s important to have limits and drink water as much as possible. 

The acidity in soft drinks can be damaging to the teeth, meaning that even ‘diet’ drinks can be damaging to the teeth. Over time, soft drinks can wear down the enamel, leaving you at a higher risk of cavities, sensitivity or even tooth loss. Even the natural sugars in some fruit juices can be just as damaging.

11. Root Canal Treatment Is Extremely Painful

Is root canal treatment painful? We’ve all heard that root canal treatment is extremely painful, which is why when patients visit us for endodontics, they are usually very concerned about the level of pain.

However, dentistry has come a long way. The procedure itself provides very little pain, but it’s usually the tooth infection that causes any excruciating pain. Ironically, root canal treatment can take this pain away, so there’s really nothing to worry about. 

Contrary to popular belief, root canal treatments aren’t as painful as they seem. As a dentist in Essex, we offer painless dentistry and aim to make dental treatments as pain-free as possible. 

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.

How Can We Help?

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 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 cosmetic dental treatments, please get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.

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?

Porcelain Veneers

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.