Self medicating for toothache can cause an overdose
A recent study, which appeared in the British Dental Journal, warns that self-medicating for toothache is a major cause of overdose. Nottingham’s Queens Medical Centre A&E unit found that overusing paracetamol to alleviate tooth pain contributed to both accidental overdose and liver failure and has led to a high number of admissions at the hospital. The study’s authors claim that there needs to be more information available regarding safe paracetamol usage and dosage. In addition, they called for better dental cover availability, particularly for emergencies. The study found that thousands of patients suffering from toothache are being treated in A&E for the effects of a paracetamol overdose, because they faced such a long wait to see a dentist. Some people experienced so much pain while they waited for a dental appointment that they had taken more than 20 times the recommended dosage of paracetamol within a 24 hour period. For adults, the maximum recommended dosage is 75mg within a 24-hour period, according to the British Medical Journal. Almost 50,000 people in the UK need hospital treatment each year following an overdose of paracetamol, at a cost of over £50,000. Other medical professionals are in agreement that the rise in admissions for this reason is a concern. Dr Rupert Evans, of Cardiff’s University Hospital of Wales, said he is becoming increasingly worried that patients are accidently exceeding the doses for the drug and could be seriously damaging their livers. Dr Evans said he had seen an increase in overdosing cases recently, with patients with toothache unaware they were also combining the pain-killing tablets with other medicines containing the same drug. The British Dental Association claims that routine dental care also needs investment to prevent this. It said that lives had been put “at risk” by a “failure” to provide emergency care due to a lack of funding and resources, which has led to people self-medicating, not seeking help or having to wait too long for appointments. If you’re suffering with toothache please contact Dr Young and his team who can see you very quickly. Tel 01606 75615 E-mail: email@example.com
How to easily cut out sugar
Many of us regularly consume too much sugar. In addition to the wider impact on our health, a high sugar intake can lead to tooth decay. By making a few simple changes, you can reduce sugar in your diet, or even cut out sugar completely. Start by looking at your diet and identifying ways to phase out sugar or replace it with something else. Snacks are often the easiest place to begin. If you reach for a chocolate bar or keep a bag of mints on hand, look for alternatives, such as unsalted nuts and raw vegetables. If you like sugary drinks, or add sugar to tea or coffee, look to replace these with water or herbal teas. Sugar is found in lots of everyday foods, so you need to carefully read food and drink labels. While it might be easy to avoid sugar-laden desserts and cakes, sugar lurks in many unexpected places, such as in soups, cereals and savoury snacks. Many times, sugar will even be listed as something else, such as ‘high-fructose corn syrup’ or ‘dextrose’, so you need to stay vigilant! Look for alternatives, such as muesli (with no added sugar) with fresh fruit. Some foods, such as soups and pasta sauces, can be made at home, using fresh vegetables and herbs. Changing the way in which you consume sugar can also have tangible benefits. For example, if you like fruit juices, or simply can’t face giving up those fizzy drinks completely, drink them through a straw to protect your teeth. Also, you could try switching to dark chocolate, as it has a lower sugar content than milk chocolate. Sugar reacts with the bacteria found in plaque, creating an acid that eats away at the tooth enamel. This could lead to fillings, tooth loss or a root canal. Taking some simple steps now to eliminate or reduce sugar in your diet could mean you avoid these problems later.
How to handle toothache
Sudden onset pain in your mouth or jaw is often a sign that something is wrong. There are many possible underlying causes, so it’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible. However, in the meantime, there are a few things you can do to help alleviate the discomfort. Self-treating tooth and jaw pain If you are experiencing discomfort, there are some things you can do to help yourself. If the pain is severe, you might try a painkiller. Over-the-counter pain relief, such as aspirin, ibuprofen or paracetamol can be effective. You might also try a topical pain-relieving gel applied to the affected area. If the pain is milder, or you prefer a drug-free treatment, you could try an ice-pack pressed lightly against your cheek. It’s not advised to apply the ice directly to your tooth! Alternatively, if you are experiencing swelling, you can try saltwater. Salt has bacteria-killing properties, so rinsing your mouth with a saltwater solution can help. Use half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water, gently rinse your mouth and spit it out. You can repeat this as often as required. What causes toothache? There could be a whole range of toothache causes, such as tooth decay, gum disease, abscesses or tooth misalignment. However, whatever the cause, the sooner it can be identified and treated, the better. Whatever the underlying issue, toothache causes pain that can range from a dull throb to a severe sharp pain. You might experience this discomfort continuously or periodically, such as when biting down or drinking something cold. While it might be tempting to continue to treat mouth or jaw pain at home, especially if it’s not too severe, this can lead to more serious problems in the long run. So, if you’re in any discomfort, it is important to make an urgent appointment with your dentist to determine the ‘root’ cause. We are available to offer you an appointment very quickly, no need to suffer. Please call Dr Young’s team 01606 75615
Why a visit to the hygienist is important
A visit to the hygienist should be a priority for your dental care, helping to prevent gum disease and show how best to keep your mouth healthy. A Northwich hygienist will be tasked with cleaning your teeth during what’s often referred to as a scale and polish, removing tartar and plaque. Between the hygienist, dentist and yourself, your care can be better coordinated and a plan put into place. Your hygienist will be able to advise you on aspects of diet, flossing, tooth cleaning, products and lifestyle. Hygienists can provide fluoride treatment and varnishes, and apply fissure sealants. Fluoride can be a benefit for those with tooth decay, while anti-bacterial solutions are available that can help kill bacteria. With a dental prescription, many also undertake tooth whitening. For children, biting surfaces of the back teeth can be sealed. Most procedures will be painless, but speak to your Northwich hygienist if discomfort arises, as anaesthetic cream may be offered. Most dental practices will have a hygienist on staff. Those that don’t will be able to refer patients, for instance to a local hygienist in Northwich. The procedures carried out in the role will also vary between practices, as will the prices, which is why a written quote prior to the work being undertaken is advised. By removing the calculus build-up on your teeth and providing advice on oral health maintenance, the build-up of plaque and tartar should be reduced and thus the risk of gum disease should also be lessened. Your hygienist in Northwich will be specially trained and skilled and able to spend a longer period of time with you than a dentist to get your teeth clean and to provide important advice. A dental routine at home, supplemented by regular hygienist visits, is the best way to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible.
Why sterilisation procedures are so important in a dental practice
Hygiene is of vital importance in any dental practice and it is one of the standards on which the Care Quality Commission (CQC) judges the quality of a service. Setting high standards of hygiene is a key priority for good dental practices as it can prevent cross infection and minimise any risks to the patients. If you are looking for a good dental practice Northwich is home to the best. Where possible, the instruments that are used in dental treatments are single use disposable items, so they are completely sterile. However, when it is necessary to use non-disposable instruments, they will undergo rigorous cleaning procedures. Your Northwich dentist will ensure that instruments are thoroughly cleaned by going through a washer disinfector. When this cycle has finished, the instruments will be sterilised. Sterilisation is carried out by placing the cleaned and disinfected instruments in an autoclave. Prior to entering the Autoclave the instruments are bagged and placed on a non vacuum cycle. The instruments can remain clean and disinfected within the bag for up to a year. Look for a Northwich dentist with a dedicated sterilisation room where instruments can be cleaned and sterilised to the highest standards possible. In addition to ensuring that all instruments are clean and sterile, a good dental practice Northwich based will also consider the general environment of the surgery and treatment area, ensuring that the air quality is good and the occurrence of airborne viruses and bacteria, including the common cold and MRSA is minimised. This can be achieved through the installation of an ultra-violet disinfection system such as Bacticlean. Sterilisation procedures are extremely important to prevent cross contamination and to ensure that infection rates following surgery are the lowest they can possibly be. A good dentist will have lower than average post-surgical infection rates and high implant success figures, so you can take these into account when choosing your dental practitioner.
Michael’s Implant story
I was initially referred to Dr Peter Young by my own dentist Andy McCrae at Sandiway in Cheshire. Andy had been looking after a problem tooth for a while which had been suffering from a series of abscesses. In the end Andy had no alternative but to remove the tooth. Dr McCrae fitted a plate to fill the gap that was left by the missing tooth which I persisted with for two months, but I just couldn’t get on with it at all. I had no confidence in it when I was eating and ended up taking it out, which was far from ideal in social occasions. I decided to look at an implant as an alternative to the plate, so Dr McCrae recommended a couple of implant providers. I went to see Dr Young first. I instantly felt that I was in the right place as soon as I walked through the door. The team were welcoming and friendly – my first impression was very good indeed. Dr Young then met me for my consultation and we went through the implant procedure and costings in the detail that I needed to decide that I wanted to go ahead. I trusted Dr Young and felt that I was in safe hands. In terms of the procedure itself, I imagined that it was going to be painful. I needn’t have worried – I honestly didn’t feel a thing. Now the implant is complete I am absolutely delighted – I can eat what I want without a second thought. I have just been for my annual check up which showed that the implant was absolutely fine. As usual the staff were brilliant – they always remember your name and are there to chat and put you at your ease. They even make you a coffee if you want one! I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Young to anyone, in fact it’s the best decision I ever made.
I first came across Dr Young many years ago after I had experienced the traumatic failure of four implants after some treatment at the Dental Hospital. Losing my teeth had a terrible impact on me psychologically – I remembered when I was little my own Dad putting his dentures in a glass and I knew that I didn’t want that to happen to me. Dr Young had been recommended to me to help to find a positive solution to the problem which he did with a great deal of sensitivity and understanding – obtaining second opinions, reassuring me and standing up for me. In the end the problem was resolved, but I’m convinced that it wouldn’t have been without Dr Young’s persistence and support. I then felt confident enough for Dr Young to sort out the remaining problematic teeth, and I had several crowns placed by him. There are no words to express how grateful I am to Dr Young for the care and sensitivity he has shown to me over the years. Dr Young is very caring but he’s also a plain speaker and was always honest and open with me, and took the time to explain what was happening. I was really fearful that I would never be able to smile again, so I now think he genuinely gave me my life back and I can’t recommend him highly enough. I have already recommended him to a number of my friends, one of which is currently being treated by him at the moment.
Beryl’s Implant story
I was referred for implant treatment by my own dentist after an infection in the root of my front tooth a few years ago which had caused the crown to fail. I’d had the crown on my front tooth since the age of 18, so it had been there for many years. But I didn’t want to replace it with a false tooth, I was keen to have an implant. I was referred initially to a place in Warrington who were taking ages to get back to me, but then I realised that Dr Young was around the corner from where I lived so I booked in there for an implant consultation instead. I have been terrified of dentists all my life- when I lived in the West Midlands I always went along to the dentists with my mother- so it took a lot of courage to walk through the door. I am so glad I did. Dr Young explained the procedure in great detail – from the operation to remove the infected tooth right through to the implant itself. He also explained how long each stage would take. So whilst I was still apprehensive, I felt more in control of what was happening. The procedure itself was straightforward and pain free- there was a little bit of pain once the anaesthetic wore off at home which I simply controlled with paracetamol. What impressed me was that his team phoned me twice – once the evening after surgery, then again the next day to check that I was OK. The nurses at the clinic are always so accommodating and helpful, and Dr Young is a lovely man , very polite and respectful. My implant now looks and feels completely natural and it’s hard to tell which of my front teeth is an implant and which is the normal tooth- I can also eat whatever I want without a second thought. So if you are nervous about the dentist but need an implant, don’t hesitate to go and see Dr Young. If I can, anyone can!
Ros’s Implant story
I first came across Dr Young via a colleague of mine who had had an implant 4 years ago. He couldn’t have recommended Dr Young more highly, so I didn’t hesitate in calling the practice directly and booking myself in for a consultation. The reason for the consultation was due to a crown that was beginning to fail on my front tooth. It had started to move over a period of time and looked awful and out of place. My own local dentist had tried to replace the crown but unfortunately the roots of the tooth had cracked and the crown was neither secure or viable long term. The only suitable alternative for me was an implant. My job in the hotel industry means that I spend a lot of time talking to people and it’s really important for me to look and feel confident. When I met Peter for the first time, I knew that I had come to the right place. He was very caring and took the time to explain to me at the consultation, and then in writing every stage of the treatment, and the amount of time it would take between treatments, stage by stage. I felt completely informed and confident that I was in the right hands and decided to proceed with the treatment straight away. Dr Young took his time – the treatment took approximately 9 months from start to finish but I was delighted with the way the treatment went, and that the surgery wasn’t at all painful. The whole team at Oral Implants are great – the nurses all appreciate how nervous you are feeling and were always there to provide support during the treatment. Every time I went they seemed genuinely pleased to see you and really cared about the progress I was making towards my new implant. It was a 54 mile round trip to the clinic from my house, but I would have gladly travelled 154 miles for the quality of treatment and the care I received. I too have since recommended Dr Young and his team to others -so if you are searching for the best person to place an implant – I couldn’t recommend them highly enough.
Taking care of your safety
Here at Dentist@29 we understand how VITAL strict Sterilisation procedures are at any good dental practice. Our mouths are teeming with tiny microbes, and any dental practice that sees a lot of patients a day has an inherent potential for spreading infectious germs between patients through contaminated instruments and surfaces. Here at Dentist@29 we minimise all risks by ensuring strict sterilisation procedures are adhered to at all times by all staff. We believe that the whole team should be responsible and therefore constantly invest in improving training and hygiene standards. You can read more about our hygiene procedures here http://oralimplants.co.uk/hygiene-standards/ Here are just some of the basic sterilisation procedures we carry out. Instruments Every instrument undergoes a thorough sterilisation process after every use. Single use items are discarded safely. Machines No corners are cut when ensuring our patients safely. We have the best sterilisation machines to ensure compliance and best practice at all times. One of our machines the hydrim c61wd. Record keeping All the team is accountable for stringent record keeping. All sterilisation tasks are logged, checked and checked again. Our machines also have USB data back-up to ensure there are faults in the sterilisation cycle. Checking things again After each sterilisation all instruments are visually inspected. Keeping instruments sterile We use sealed sterile pouches and date everything. It’s important to note that we are HTM 01-05 compliant. You can read more here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/decontamination-in-primary-care-dental-practices
One of the many benefits of implanted teeth is that they function just like your natural teeth. But in the same way that a natural tooth can suffer from diseases caused by bacteria build-up, so can an implanted tooth. But don’t be alarmed; with a good cleaning routine, your implants can last a lifetime. Peri-implant diseases are caused by bacteria becoming established under the gum line. The bacteria cause inflammation of the gum tissue and, if untreated, this adversely affects the bone structure that is anchoring the implant. There are two kinds of peri-implant disease: peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis. Peri-implant mucositis is limited to the soft tissues that surround the implant. With this condition, the bone is not affected and if it is treated early, the mucositis can be reversed. However, if it is not treated effectively, it can lead to peri-implantitis. In peri-implantitis, the inflammation in the soft tissue of the gums progresses and affects the bone which supports the implanted tooth. This condition normally needs surgical treatment. Symptoms The gum around the implanted tooth may feel sore and tender, with signs of inflammation. The gum may bleed when you are brushing your teeth. As with normal teeth, prevention is far better than cure. You should maintain good oral health habits, including brushing and flossing. It’s essential to have regular appointments with a dentist who can spot the warning signs early on and take action to prevent the disease progressing. Risk factors If you have pre-existing gum disease; you have significant levels of plaque on your teeth; you smoke; you suffer from diabetes; or you have some other systemic conditions, it’s even more important to have your implants assessed regularly for peri-implant disease as part of a general oral and dental check-up.
Cheshire Dental Specialist
While it can be difficult to find a dental specialist Cheshire is lucky to be able to access the services of Peter Young, who is recognised by the General Dental Council as a Specialist in Oral Surgery and frequently gives lectures to dentists on expert techniques and procedures. When it comes to the field of implants, he has an excellent reputation both nationally and internationally, and very wide experience. In fact, he has been doing implants for 23 years and has now carried out 4,000 of these procedures. So if this is something you are thinking of doing, you can rest assured that you couldn’t be in better hands, even if your implant is more complicated than most. Friendly and professional, he will make sure the whole process is as easy as possible for you. Peter Young also specialises in more complex oral surgery and although he is a Cheshire dental specialist, dentists nationwide refer patients to him for specialist procedures. So if you need a an expert dental specialist Cheshire based, Peter Young will ensure that you have the highest standard of dental surgery, along with outstanding patient care. Now based in Cheshire, as a Cheshire dental specialist Peter Young has a distinguished history of research in dentistry and oral surgery. He spent ten years at Manchester University Dental School, and has a PhD in Bone Grafting and Implantology. Six of his years there were spent in specialist study of oral surgery, implants, bone grafting and what is known as “prosthodontic” dentistry – the science and medicine of tooth replacement. He then studied in Germany and Sweden in order to learn the latest techniques. If you have decided to explore the option of implants or other tooth replacement, talk to Peter Young, who is known not only for his expertise and experience but also for the excellent and sympathetic patient care that he offers every one of his patients.
Going abroad for dental treatment
Going abroad for the dental treatment you need might sound like the ideal way of saving money and enjoying an extra holiday at the same time, but in reality, it can be a big mistake. Although an overseas dentist may advertise very cheap treatments such as oral implants, crowns, bridges and veneers, you should carry out meticulous research before opting for dental treatment abroad. Language can often be a problem, and unless you are able to speak the same language as your overseas dentist, you will probably not understand what he is telling you about the treatment. It can also be difficult to ask questions, so if you have any queries about any aspect of the procedure, you may not be able to get the information you need. Following any instructions about your aftercare can also be a problem if you do not understand the language. If you decide on dental treatment abroad, you will not be able to benefit from follow up care from the dentist responsible for your treatment. If you go to your local UK dentist, however, they will ensure that you have all the necessary check-ups to make sure that healing is taking place satisfactorily. Whilst you can, of course, see a dentist in the UK following dental treatment abroad, they will not have access to the records about the foreign procedure. In the event of problems arising after dental treatment abroad, it can be difficult to take legal action if you feel that the foreign dentist has done something wrong to cause those problems. With treatment in the UK, this would not be a problem. Before booking any dental treatments abroad, always read the terms and conditions very carefully to see whether the overseas dentist is willing to take responsibility for any follow up treatments that may be needed.
What happens to our teeth as we age
Recent research has linked the health of our teeth and gums to overall health, underlining the need to take care of our teeth. But for teeth over 50, there are some changes in the mouth which may cause concern. What happens Your teeth may seem thinner and more yellow than white. Your gums may have receded, which may make teeth over 50 more sensitive. Aging can make teeth thinner and more likely to break. As we age, moisture is lost throughout the body, and in the mouth that means less saliva. Saliva is important, because it washes away bacteria. Left in place, it can lead to decay, gum disease and infection. If your gums aren’t healthy, they become swollen and bleed after brushing, which can develop into root cavities, loose teeth and ultimately, tooth loss. Receding gums expose more of the roots of the teeth, which is why you may become sensitive to hot or cold food. Gums can also recede due to aggressive brushing, or dental problems such as misalignment, grinding or clenching. What can you do to help? Peter Young, a leading dentist in Northwich recommends maintaining a good dental hygiene routine – brushing twice a day, and flossing daily. Brush your tongue, as far back as you can without gagging, this will clear bacteria and freshen breath. Make sure you have regular dental check-ups and see the hygienist every six months. Eat well, avoiding sweet treats and eating crunchy fruit and vegetables, like apples, which increase saliva. Drink plenty of water and eat foods that are rich in calcium, which supports teeth. A little extra help If discolouration bothers you, then you can speak to our dentist in Northwich about teeth-whitening. Veneers are another way to refresh the look of your teeth, as is dental bonding, using plastic resin. Braces remain an option – if you’ve always been unhappy with the positioning of your teeth, it may still be possible to do something.
What can I expect when getting dental implants?
It’s only natural to be anxious of a procedure that you know nothing about. At every stage Dr Young will be only too happy to explain every step and answer any questions or address any concerns you have. At your implant placement visit, arriving in comfortable cool clothes is advised; this ensures you are comfy as this procedure can take between 30 minutes to over an hour. You’ll be covered in sterile drapes as this is a surgical procedure carried out under sterile conditions. The team will all be wearing sterile gowns, gloves and masks. You will be given an injection of local anaesthetic (the same as you will have had for a filling or similar dental treatment). You will feel no pain at all during the procedure. After the procedure you will feel okay and sometimes, some paracetamol are advised before the local anaesthetic wears off. This just ensures your comfort. You can eat and drink as normal; some people favour a soft diet for a few days. When the dental implant is placed the gum is stitched over. There are a few occasions where the implant top is left visible but you’ll be informed if this is the case. The implant now needs to integrate with the bone in your jaw (osteo integration). This is a healing process and usually takes around 8 weeks but in a few cases this can be up to 16 weeks. We test the implant before any restoration work is carried out, the test is quick simple and painless. After the desired result is achieved we can expose the implant. This is a minor and relatively swift procedure to uncover the top of the implant if it has been covered. We can now take an impression of your mouth and implant. A quick and simple appointment. This impression is sent to our dental technician, if the tooth we are replacing is at the front of your mouth, an appointment is arranged for you to visit the laboratory. This is so the technician can obtain the best and most natural looking cosmetic colour match for you. The technician then makes your dental device and this stage can take up to 3 weeks. After your device is ready you’ll be brought in to the surgery to see Dr Young for a fitting appointment. Before your device is fitted permanently Dr Young will show it to you in place, in your mouth, by looking in the mirror to ensure you’re happy with the cosmetic outcome. The next stage is lots of smiling from you as your treatment is complete and you no longer have spaces where teeth should be.
Dental implant maintenance
A dental implant is essentially a titanium post which is placed in the jaw bone to replace a missing tooth root (the part you can’t see). The implant is then restored at the top, replacing the missing tooth. It’s easy to think that once you have undergone this process, the need for regular dental examinations becomes a thing of the past. But after a missing tooth has been replaced in this way, any lack of care to this structure can and does cause implant damage and eventually implant failure may occur. It’s a similar process as losing a tooth through gum disease. Regular examination visits prevent this process and early detection is vital in maintaining and preserving the life of your implants. There are many factors to consider when monitoring the health of your implant. Visually does the gum around your implant(s) look a healthy pink colour? Do you see any bleeding when you clean? When you are eating, does your mouth feel the same as before, or has something changed? Gum bleeding and changes to gum colour could be indicators of peri-implantitis, essentially gum disease around your implants. Any concern in connection with your implants, be it large or small can be addressed easily by Dr Young. Even if you’ve had your dental implants placed elsewhere, it is possible for Dr Young to maintain them for you. During an implant examination Dr Young would be checking for redness, bleeding and implant stability. He will also x- ray your implant. Any concern regarding dental implants can be addressed by Dr Young and at the practice he also specialises in the treatment of peri–implantitis and peri–implant mucositis. If your regular dentist has a concern regarding your implants Dr Young will accept a referral and offer his opinion and any necessary treatment to restore your implant(s) to optimum health. So even if it’s a small thing that is concerning you, don’t delay, Dr Young would rather see you for a simple check and some reassurance that your implant is okay, than deliver the news that there is active disease around your implant because you thought it was better to not have it checked. Even if you’re new to the Northwich and Cheshire area and have had implants fitted by another dentist Dr Young is still happy to see you. A simple call to the practice is all it takes. Please call 01606 75615 to speak to one of our friendly Reception team.
What are apicoectomies?
This surgical procedure deals with a dental root problem. Infections around the root of a tooth are usually treated with dental canal work. However, when that doesn’t work, your dentist may recommend an apicoectomy. Dental canal treatment involves your dentist cleaning around the tooth root to ensure that any infection, decay or plaque is removed, allowing the gum and tooth to become healthy once again. Sometimes, infection can return and your dentist can either attempt root canal treatment once again to clear away any infection, or if the problem appears to be deep-seated, they may suggest an apicoectomy. A dentist’s aim is to help you keep your tooth. If you have an infection around the root of a tooth, it will cause decay of the tooth, causing you pain, and the tooth will eventually fall out. Root canal treatment is the first plan of attack in this circumstance, but if the infection returns after is has been cleaned up, your dentist will either admit defeat and perform an extraction to completely remove the tooth, or will try and save it by performing a surgical apicoectomy. First, your dentist will cut into your gum to take a closer look at the root infection. A cracked tooth root will always be susceptible to infection, so an extraction may be the best option. If the tooth root appears to be strong, your dentist may slice away the root tip, removing the entire infection and allowing the tooth root to be completely cleaned and sealed, providing much better protection for the future. These surgical procedures that cut the root tip are called apicoectomies. If your dentist suggests an apicoectomy as a way of removing infection from your tooth root, don’t be fearful. This procedure may well save your tooth and prevent extraction. Apicoectomies are performed under anaesthetic so it won’t hurt. However, you may experience some bruising, tenderness and swelling around your jaw after surgery
Gum Disease – Frequently asked questions
What is gum disease? A condition where the gums become swollen and infected by bacteria from ineffective tooth cleaning. There are two main types, gingivitis and periodontitis. What is Gingivitis? An inflation of gum around a tooth or teeth. At this stage, gums look red and bleed when brushed. What is periodontitis? Gingivitis that hasn’t been treated. Periodontitis not only affects the gums but also the bone around teeth. It causes bone shrinkage which leads to tooth loss when untreated. I clean my teeth every morning, why have I got gum disease? For your mouth health to be at its best, teeth need to be thoroughly cleaned with a toothbrush for 2 minutes or longer. Between the teeth should be cleaned with floss. Will I lose my teeth? Gum disease can result in tooth loss, but regular twice yearly dental check ups prevent this and detect it when it’s early stages and completely treatable. Have I got gum disease from smoking? Yes, smoking is a major contributing factor in gum disease. So stopping smoking will help my gum disease? Yes, and also a renewed cleaning regime at home and regular visits to your dentist and hygienist. My Mum had it so I was always going to get it wasn’t I? No, gum disease is caused by inefficient oral hygiene. Isn’t gum disease just a natural part of ageing? No, not at all. With good oral hygiene regimes at home and regular dental check ups you need never to have it. My gums bleed when I floss, so it’s not right for my gums? The opposite, bleeding on flossing means it’s not being done enough. Correct flossing technique on healthy gums doesn’t cause bleeding. If you see blood whilst cleaning your teeth, you likely have gum disease.
What are the benefits of dental implants
The biggest benefit from dental implants is that they give you your smile back. Missing teeth cause bone loss and bone loss in your mouth causes a sunken appearance of the face. This has an ageing affect. Dental implants take the place of the roots of the missing tooth / teeth. They support surrounding teeth and help to prevent bone loss occurring. This aids a youthful appearance which improves self esteem. Dental implants look and feel like having your own teeth as they are situated in your jaw bone. Being fixed into your mouth your speech is improved as there are no more missing spaces or poorly fitted dentures, pronunciation becomes easier. Your mouth will be comfortable again as the implant becomes part of you, this allows you to eat your favourite foods once again with confidence. Even smiling in a photograph and laughing out loud can be done without thought. The teeth surrounding the spaces are preserved as the implant is a stand alone restoration. It is for this reason that dental implant treatment is most often the treatment of choice by patients and the most recommend treatment by dental professionals. Dental implants are, in most cases, the least destructive to the surrounding areas of the mouth. Missing teeth and poorly fitting uncomfortable dentures impact on all areas of your physical and emotional well being. Dental implants improve this and the proof can be seen in our very own patient accounts below.
Latest Offers from Peter Young
There are currently a number of special offers available from Peter Young. Visit Dentist@29 in Northwich, to discover the benefits that dental implants could bring to your life. You may already have dental implants. If this is the case, consider coming to Peter Young for your check up. When you ring up to book your annual implant review, quote “offer 1” and you will receive a 10% discount if you are a new patient. When you come for your review, we will make sure that your gums are in shape, using a six point probing method. We will check for inflammation, infection and recession. We will also take images to confirm that your implants are still sound and we will make sure your bite is as it should be. This is also your chance to discuss any issues or problems you have had. You will also get 50% off your next annual implant review, if you recommend a friend who goes on to receive dental implant treatment here at Dentist@29. When you call to book, just mention your friend’s name and quote “offer 02” to receive your half price review. The third special offer we are currently running at Dentist@29 is 10% off a second course of treatment, if you have already received implants from us. When you ring our reception desk to book in, please quote “offer 03” to receive your discount. Whether you are looking for a new Northwich dentist or you have recently moved into the area, we are sure you will appreciate the experience, professional manner and gentle approach of Dr Peter Young.
Jane’s Apicoetomy and Implant story
I had experienced problems following an Apicoectomy which had been performed by another clinician, and had been advised that it was a difficult decision as to, either repeat the Apicoectomy and replace a crown, or to proceed to an Implant. I was very anxious and after several sleepless nights, and not knowing how to make the right decision, I decided to seek a second opinion, and made an appointment to see Peter, despite almost an hours journey to get to Northwich. He put me at ease straight away, explained everything in depth and gave me confidence that he could help me make an informed decision. I remember at the end of the consultation sitting in the dentist chair and saying how much better I felt! He advised a CT scan which suggested that an implant was the best way forward, so despite being upset at the loss of a tooth, I had every faith in Peter to be able to achieve a good result with an implant. I am a retired Physiotherapist so have always worked in a caring environment, however the care I have received throughout by Peter and his team has been amazing. Lisa the implant coordinator, was great too, explaining what was going to happen every step of the way, and I very much appreciated being able to phone her several times for advice and reassurance. I was also given lots of handouts with advice and post-operative instructions, which am convinced helped my recovery. It was noticeable to me how much less swelling, and pain occurred, and how much quicker I recovered compared to the Apicoectomy done by another clinician. The treatment took just over a year to complete, but now it is finished my implant feels completely natural in my mouth and I am absolutely delighted I don’t have to wear the temporary denture! You really don’t appreciate your teeth until you lose one. Thanks again to the team, and I am very happy to recommend Peter Young to anyone who is considering having an implant.
Dental Implants and our most frequently asked questions
What is a Dental Implant? It’s a titanium metal post which is surgically placed into the jaw bone below the gum to mimic the root of a missing tooth or teeth. Why do I need a Dental Implant? To replace a lost tooth or teeth in the mouth without involving any of the surrounding teeth. Where are they fitted? Any area where there are missing teeth in the upper or lower jaws. Will a Dental Implant look like a real tooth? Yes, the titanium section is all below the gum. This allows for a tooth coloured restoration on top, in the visible part of the mouth. Do they hurt? There should be no pain during the insertion of the implant but there may be some discomfort pot operatively. This is usually controlled with paracetamol or ibuprofen. Are they expensive? The cost varies depending on how many implants you require. A full written and signed estimate will be given and explained prior to any treatment undertaken. Our patients report back that having the implant was well worth it and represented good value for money. Will the implant last forever? Provided oral health is maintained, yes. A full cleaning regime will be given after placement. Annual maintenance checks are required (similar to a dental check up). I don’t have any teeth, why do I need dental implants? To maintain the bone in the jaws ensuring you have well fitting, secure and comfortable dentures (false teeth). Will anyone be able to tell I have dental implants? No, you will just look like you have a healthy natural smile. I’m frightened of dental treatment, can I have dental implants? Yes, in the majority of cases it’s a straightforward procedure performed under local anaesthetic. If you can cope with injections then you should have no problem having dental implant treatment. Why can’t my own dentist fit dental implants ? Because they have to be fitted by a qualified oral surgeon. You can still see your own dentist for all your other treatment though.
Periodontal disease and the risk to Implants
Every year patients are referred to me for implant consultations. The patients have already lost or are about to lose teeth through active periodontal disease. The risk of placement in mouths with active disease is at best poor cosmetic outcome. At worst, full implant loss. Neither being the outcome anybody wants. There are 3 categories 1 – For referred patients found to have no dental disease at all the implant process is simple, straightforward and the end result is the best it can be cosmetically. Simple yearly reviews are all that’s required post operatively. 2 – For referred patients found to have minor gingival inflammation a course of hygiene therapy is required. This is backed up with meticulous home care. Once stable and maintained gingival health is achieved, implant treatment can begin. Post operatively, providing the oral hygiene standard doesn’t slip, reviews are all that’s required. 3 – For referred patients found to have substantial active periodontal disease. Implant treatment doesn’t begin until periodontal treatment has proved to work, there should be no infection at all prior to placement. Placement with periodontal disease is total failure at the outset. Just as periodontal disease causes bone and tooth loss, the equivalent disease process around implants perio-implantitis causes bone loss and implant loss. For this reason I work closely with two periodontologists. Optimum gingival health is essential for predictability in implant work. Advanced periodontal treatments are used to achieve optimum gingival health. A product called ‘Emdogain’ is delivering extremely good results in drastically reducing pocket depths. It is an organic enamel derived matrix sourced from pig enamel. For the patient it requires a minor oral surgery procedure. This procedure results in the re growth of mandible and maxilla bone. Stabilising bone loss. Of course at every step of the implant process the patient is fully consented on any referral / procedure required. Obviously, there is and will continue to be patients referred to me after having implants placed elsewhere who are developing the signs and symptoms of periodontal problems around implants. There are 2 types :- Peri-implant mucositis-minimal bleeding on probing, slight inflammation, no periodontal pockets. Peri-implantitis– pockets around implants, lots of inflammation and bleeding, loose implant(s) and suppuration. Both of these conditions can and are treated here with good results. Despite what some patients believe, implants require good oral hygiene, regular examination and looking after just as you would a natural tooth. So education here is key with annual detailed implant check ups.
Private Dental Implants Cheshire
The reason for needing dental implants is always tooth loss. Tooth loss can happen for many reasons including disease, accidents and decay. Sometimes people have previously had all their teeth removed – not so long ago this was common practice for patients over a certain age. Implants can also be used to get rid of a partial denture. Regardless of the reason for tooth loss it’s distressing and nobody wants to be in this position. If your smile has lost its brilliance due to tooth loss, or you have a number of missing teeth, or even if you have previously lost all your teeth then dental implants are your answer.* Dr Young BDS PhD has placed dental implants for over 30 years, and his success rate is very high. Dr Young’s private practice in the heart of West Cheshire is well established and offers all aspects of private dental care specialising in oral surgical procedures and dental implants. Choosing Dr Young for this treatment will improve your smile and restore any lost confidence. So look no further than Dr Young, in his care you’re getting the benefit of his extensive knowledge and skill, not to mention an exceptional eye for detail. So if you’ve always dreamed of getting rid of your poorly fitting denture, losing the spaces where your teeth once were, or your own dentist has suggested dental implants, you need look no further than Dr Young. Start the ball rolling with a simple consultation, this appointment will answer all of your queries and assess your suitability for dental implants. So if you’ve lost your smile Dr Young will help you to find it again. *A consultation is always needed to assess your mouth on an individual basis. Treatment offered will depend on your current situation.
Loraine’s Implant story
Loraine’s Implant story I was originally recommended to Dr Peter Young’s practice in Northwich by my dentist Dr Caldwell at The Alders Dental Practice in Newton-le-Willows. I had actually lost a tooth and I didn’t like the idea of having a plate. My dentist had also investigated the possibility of having a bridge but unfortunately the neighbouring tooth wasn’t strong enough to support it. I asked Dr Caldwell what he would do in my situation and he said that if I had the money for an implant that I should go and see Dr Young, and that he had been successfully referring patients to him for many years. And so my implant journey began, I phoned and made an appointment with one of his team. I researched the implant process on line before my appointment. I thought that it looked very daunting but the thought of wearing a denture instead spurred me on. Dr Young explained everything very thoroughly in language that I understood – no jargon – and he really put me at my ease at every appointment. He took his time and I never felt rushed. On the day of the implant itself I was rather overcome with anxiety and nerves – I just didn’t really know what to expect. I had nothing to worry about. I can honestly say that I didn’t feel a thing- it really wasn’t a bad experience at all. My mouth was a little tender afterwards but it was soon settled with the use of paracetamol. So now the treatment is complete the implant feels just like a normal tooth. I am much more conscious of my dental health now, in particular how important gum health is and I have regular 3 monthly hygienist treatments. I definitely would recommend Dr Young to others without question, in fact a neighbour of mine came in recently and had 2 implants as a result of the care I received and the glowing report I gave him of my experience at the practice.
Lynn’s Implant story
Lynn’s Implant story I first came to Dr Young’s surgery after a referral from my own dentist- Anne Budenburg in Chester. I am a keen golfer at Sandiway Golf Club near Northwich, and funnily enough as soon as I mentioned that I needed implants my sister and quite a few of the ladies I play with mentioned his name and rated him highly, so I felt reassured even before I walked through the door of his Northwich practice that I would be in safe hands too. A broken root in my mouth had caused an infection and then 5 teeth failed over a period of time. I was wearing a plate to cover the missing teeth which was OK, but I absolutely hated taking it out at night. I had four implants in total- the treatment took a bit longer than I expected but we had to wait quite a while for the infection to settle in my gums before any implant placement could take place. Peter is a genuinely nice guy, he explains everything to you very thoroughly at each appointment. He was also very accommodating when deciding the colour and shape of my implant crowns and bridges. It was important to me that my teeth didn’t look too perfect and that I had a natural smile. It took a little bit of altering and changing to achieve this, but it seemed just as important to Peter as it was to me that we got it right. So now the treatment is complete, I am delighted with my smile and the freedom of not having to take out my plate at night and to eat pretty much I want. My own dentist Anne Budenburg has organised a gum shield to protect my teeth at night as I grind my teeth when I sleep. I have since recommended Peter to a friend who has then gone to have treatment at the practice.
Barbara and Harry’s Implants
Barbara and Harry’s Implants Barbara I first came to Peter after my local dentist in Preston recommended that I should come and see him about the possibility of some implants. I had been having some problems with my gums which had them led to problems with my teeth. It turned out that my dentist had been taught by Peter at UCLan and had been very impressed by him. Whilst it is quite a way to travel from Preston to Northwich, it was important to me that I was going to be treated by the best person. I have never been particularly confident in the dentist chair so I was surprised how relaxed I felt almost immediately with Peter. We spent a lot of time talking though my dental health and the results that I wanted to achieve. Peter presented me with the different options available with a full explanation of each alternative and I decided to ahead with his recommended treatment plan. I never looked back and have been thrilled with the excellent results he has achieved for me. I used to cover my mouth when I smiled, now I smile without a second thought. Harry I started coming to Peter after Barbara had started treatment. She was so complimentary about him and it made sense for us to come at the same time as we were driving over from where we lived in Preston. I have had 2 implants now and I also have been very pleased with the results. Peter is meticulous to a fault- in my opinion he is an excellent surgeon – you just trust the man. Not only have we recommended him to friends but he has also treated our daughter and grand daughter too.
Philip’s Implant story
Philip’s Implant story I was originally recommended to Dr Peter Young’s practice in Northwich by my dentist Andy McRea at McTooth in Sandiway, Cheshire. The problem with my tooth started when I was a student – I had fallen over the handlebars on my bike and damaged my front tooth. I had always had a fear of dentists from a young age so when I first came to visit Dr Young and he explained the course of required treatment that I needed, what was entailed in an implant, and that it would take quite some time to complete I admit that I chickened out and decided to delay my treatment. Dr Young didn’t put me under any pressure to have an implant at any point, but he did warn me that the problem would probably get worse, which it duly did and so I came back having decided to go ahead with treatment. I did a lot of research on google about Dr Young and his extensive experience and about the treatment itself so I felt that I had made a considered choice and I wasn’t disappointed. Due to the long standing injury and the gradual deterioration of the tooth’s root and gum Dr Young explained that the procedure would need to be done in stages to ensure a long lasting and viable implant. He took his time – treatment was spread across 12 monthmonth gaps, and at each appointment Peter recapped on where the treatment was up to and what he was going to dothat day. That was really helpful as I felt very involved in the treatment and as a result less nervous about the procedure itself. That, and the fact that Peter and his team were always calm and professional at all the appointments put me at my ease. Having the implant has made a huge difference to me – I am much happier now with my smile and I can chew on an apple once more – something I had missed being able to do for such a long time. I wouldn’t say it feels like a completely natural tooth – I can tell it is an implant but it feels strong and very much part of me! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Peter to friends – and in fact I have done already. Peter was also extremely helpful when my daughter had a bad hockey accident and damaged a tooth, and I am sure as a result saved it by speedily putting us in touch with a very good Endodontist that he knew well.
Joanna’s Implant story
Joanna’s Implant story I was originally recommended to Dr Peter Young’s practice in Northwich by my dentist in Altrincham – and that was over 15 years ago. I’d had a lot of work done before then on my teeth and had a number of crowns that kept falling off and also had a bridge that was insecure. I was worried about enjoying daily life as I just couldn’t smile or eat with complete confidence.It felt like my teeth didn’t belong to me. My dentist had suggested implants as an option and recommended that I came to see Dr Young for a consultation. I was impressed by Peter from the start, he was both courteous and kind to me. He listened to my problems and I felt as though I was in safe hands – that he knew what he was doing and I therefore trusted him. I felt that he had come across my problem many times before and knew exactly how to fix it for me. He was also fair with the treatmentoptions and alternatives that he proposed and the cost, which was clearly broken down and explained to me. Over the years that I have been treated by Peter I have had 8 implants in total. You will perhaps be surprised to hear that none ofimplant surgery has actually hurt at all. You have an injection to numb the pain – but even that doesn’t hurt – Peter is very gentle. However your mouth is open for quite a long time and it is a bit noisy but you could always bring some music along to play into earphones. Peter and his nursing team are meticulous. All the treatment is planned in great detail and my surgery always goes smoothly and to plan.There is some minor discomfort afterwards but that is eased quickly by paracetamol. So now my treatments are complete I feel so much more comfortable and confident when I smile. My implant teeth feel completely natural – just like normal teeth. I would be happy to recommend Peter to anyone interested in having implants – I have always had every faith in him.
Phil’s Implant story
Phil’s Implant story I have been a general patient at Peter’s practice in Northwich for many years, in fact before Peter took over the practice. Peter has been a super dentist for me over the years. However when an old crown failed 2 years ago I knew that I wanted a fixed tooth to replace it, not a denture. I play regular 5 a side football so it was important not to feel conscious of a tooth falling out whilst playing or playing sport with a gap in my mouth. I was very apprehensive prior to the implant treatment itself- I have never been in hospital so the thought of surgery was quite daunting. I shouldn’t have worried. I was in the chair for about an hour and the procedure was very straightforward and surprisingly pain free. And now the treatment is complete my implant feels brilliant – I treat it like a natural tooth but with a little more respect! I also have regular 6 month check ups to ensure that all is going well. If I ever needed another implant doing I wouldn’t hesitate in having one again, and also I would always ask Peter to perform the implant surgery. He’s a brilliant guy and I trust him explicitly.
Implant Retained Dentures Cheshire
Implant Retained Dentures Cheshire An Implant retained denture is a denture (set of false teeth) that sits on and is retained in the mouth by dental implants. A standard denture sits on the bony ridge where the teeth would’ve been. The bulkier the jaw bone the better the denture stays in place. The first set of dentures is usually acceptable but with time the jaw bone will shrink once teeth have been removed and the dentures become looser and looser. This impacts on talking, eating, appearance and makes the mouth sore. An implant denture has special attachments that snap on to the dental implant abutment, much like a press stud. Leaving the denture stable and secure in the mouth. The denture can be easily removed as part of your daily oral hygiene regime. As with non -implant dentures, you must not sleep with them in place and they should be cleaned twice a day along with the gums and visible parts of the implant. Implant retained dentures can be made for the upper or lower jaw, more commonly for the lower jaw as there is less bone here and so bone loss affects the quality of the fit more often. In the upper jaw we require at least four dental implants for the best outcome and support. In the lower jaw, 2 implants are enough to keep the denture secure. An implant retained denture looks like a standard denture, with a pink gum line and natural looking teeth. A complete oral hygiene regime and regular dental checkups are of great importance to keep the implants and your mouth in the best condition possible. Why do I need Implant Retained Dentures? After the removal of the teeth, bone loss is a natural part of the healing process. Standard dentures can be re-made and tightened but eventually over time it’s inevitable that they will become loose and poor fitting due to bone and gum shrinkage. This then affects every part aspect of your life, even your health and well being. Certain foods can’t be eaten, talking is affected, confidence is affected and the mouth becomes sore. Implants allow you to eat what you like and be confident that your denture will stay in place comfortably all day. Contact Peter Young and his team for high quality implant retained dentures.
Natural or not natural
Natural or not natural – after tooth restoration this should be the only question ….. Dr Peter Young has exacting standards and demanding specifications when it comes to his patients finished restorations. Steve Dunn our amazing Dental Technician knows this only too well. Yet he continually raises the bar with every finished crown, bridge or implant restoration he produces. Steve has been working with Oral Implants for 30 years. Steve’s dental laboratory is just minutes from the Castle Street Practice and his workshop is equipped with some of the most up to date CAD and colour scanning technology around. This allows for the most accurate design and colour matched restorations achievable. Steve prides himself on continually producing the closest possible colour match to the surrounding natural teeth. Dr Young’s patients regularly visit Steve’s workshop as part of their treatment to ensure this exquisitely high standard is achieved again and again. Steve has and will continue to be a vital and important part of Oral Implants continuing success. He commented ‘Combining my 30 year experience with the investment into the very latest cutting edge technology means that I can offer the very best quality and most natural looking restorations to Peter’s patients. It’s really rewarding to work as an extension of the team at Oral Implants and also to meet Peter’s patients. This way I can continually ensure that I achieve the closest possible match to their natural teeth and that they are happy with the work we produce for them at the laboratory. I also make an amazing cup of tea for anyone visiting!
Dental Treatments in Cheshire by Dr Peter Young
Dental Treatments in Cheshire by Dr Peter Young Dr Young is an extremely experienced specialist oral surgeon and Dental Implantologist. To date he has placed over 4,000 dental implants with an impressive 26 year surgical career. If your dental implants have been placed elsewhere, Dr Young can help maintain them. The team @29 offer services to treat and diagnose cases of Peri-implantitis and Peri-implant Mucositis. So if you have any concerns at all regarding your dental implants Dr Young can assess your mouth and if all you need is reassurance that everything is fine, then that’s exactly what Dr Young will provide. No unnecessary treatment is prescribed at Dentist@29 and you will always receive a 100% honest evaluation on your oral health. If you require no treatment then Dr Young will tell you this at every examination provided. Dr Young also offers a full range of private routine dental procedures to an exceptionally high standard. All carried out in his well-established calm, exceptionally clean Dental Practice. Again your oral health will be evaluated honestly. Dr Young is more than happy just to see you twice per year for a simple oral health examination and a catch up, along with a visit to our hygienist Gill Young. On offer at Dentist @29: Dental Examination Oral Cancer Screening Scaling and Polishing Periodontal Examination (assessing the risk and diagnosis of gum disease) Periodontal treatment (treatment of gum disease) Tooth Coloured Fillings Amalgam fillings (silver) Crowns (cap) Bridges Dentures Extraction (tooth removal) Specialist Oral Surgery Implant suitability assessment Implant Placement Implant Maintenance Diagnosis and treatment of Peri-implantitis and Peri-implant Mucositis Surgical Extraction (tooth removal) Apicectomy (tooth root surgery) Gingival Surgery (surgery to the gum) We accept referrals for oral surgery patients from your current dentist.
Do You Need Dental Implants?
Do You Need Dental Implants? Do you have a missing tooth? Do you have several missing teeth? Have you previously lost all of your natural teeth? If you answer yes to any of the above questions then Dental Implants are your answer. Tooth loss can affect anyone of any age. Be it through disease, surgery, illness, accident or tooth decay. Let Dr Young assess your suitability for dental implants with a consultation at Dentist@29. Tooth loss is distressing but it doesn’t mean having a gap forever. Implants and implant retained dentures offer a fixed solution to missing teeth and restore the beauty to your smile. A non smoker has a much better outcome long term for implants. However if you are a smoker please don’t be put off from booking a consultation. The model mouth for fitting dental implants into is a mouth with little or no bone loss and no evidence of periodontal disease (gum disease). That said –just because bone loss has occurred doesn’t always mean you’re not suitable for dental implants. It may just take an additional procedure to get you there. This is why the consultation process is paramount prior to commencing dental implant procedures. There are lots of options on offer at Dr Young’s surgery, the whole team are always happy to answer any questions you may have prior to booking your implant consultation. At the consultation you will of course be able to ask Dr Young any questions you may have about the treatment, no matter how small or large. Ask away, Dr Young would much rather you have a total and complete understanding of any necessary treatment and the different options available. A full and comprehensive treatment plan including costs will be sent to you by post after the appointment. You are under no obligation to commit to the treatment. We understand completely should you feel the need to think it over for a while afterwards.
Private Dental Care in Cheshire
Private Dental Care in Cheshire Dr Peter Young PhD, BDS is a very highly qualified Dental Surgeon and Specialist Oral Surgeon. He boasts an impressive 26 year surgical career, to date he has placed over 4000 successful implants. His clinic in Northwich, which he has built up over 33 years offers all aspects of private dental care. Everything from routine dentistry to specialist oral surgery procedures, including dental implant placement. Dr Young and the team at Dentist@29 offer a friendly, professional service from the moment you enter the practice. Dr Young has a gentle manner and takes exceptional care of his patients. He is well known for his care of dental phobic patients and can quickly put them at ease with time, patience and skill. Any questions, concerns or fears are answered and dealt with at the outset and any required treatment is undergone at the patients control and desired pace. Whether you require a simple oral health examination or wish to be assessed on a more complex surgical issue, Dr Young and the team are here to help. Dr Young will always assess honestly and if you don’t need treatment he will tell you this. It is a good opportunity to meet the team and tour the premises. There is always an opportunity to discuss any findings, ask any questions you may have or any reassurance you may need. A full and comprehensive treatment plan outlining any treatment required plus costs will be given. The surgery also offers an affordable monthly payment plan to cover the cost of dental care, this starts at just £16 per month. The practice accepts new patients on a daily basis and the team there are always happy to answer any questions you may have prior to booking your first appointment with Dr Young. So come in and see the difference …
What is Peri-implant mucositis?
Peri-implant mucositis is early stage gum disease around already placed dental implants. This is Inflammation presenting as swelling, soreness and or infection of the tissues surrounding the implant. There are two main forms of Peri-implant gum disease: Mucositis and Peri-implantitis. Mucositis This is inflammation in the surrounding soft tissues of single or multiple dental implants, which is still localised and hasn’t yet caused bone loss. After assessment and diagnosis by Dr Young a suitable cleaning regime at home and with our Hygenist Jill, we can usually make this condition reversible. We are still able to treat this even if the implants were fitted elsewhere. Left untreated this condition progresses into peri-implantitis, which can lead to loss of implants. Mucositis is caused by numerous factors: Ineffective cleaning leaving behind bacteria and plaque Incorrectly fitted dental implants making effective oral hygiene impossible Smoking Gum disease activity before dental implants Mechanical failure of implant components Irritation caused by oral cements Symptoms Red swollen gums around dental implants Bleeding on brushing Bad breath A bad taste inside the mouth A simple and easy assessment by Dr Young can identify a cause for all of the above. Mucositis isn’t the end of your implants, it’s treatable. So if you do have concerns, or would just like any existing dental implant work assessed, Dr Young and his team are here to help.
Peri-implantitis is a condition that occurs when bone is lost around a dental implant. Inflammation in the soft tissues around the implant can lead to inflammation and eventual loss of the bone surrounding it. Patients are frequently unaware that there is anything wrong until it is fairly advanced, as there is little pain associated with the condition. Risk factors Smokers are at higher risk of the disease than non-smokers. Medical conditions such as osteoporosis and diabetes increase the risk and people with compromised immune systems are also more likely to suffer from the condition. Persistent grinding of the teeth can also cause bone loss around dental implants. People who have previously had gum disease are at higher risk, and good dental hygiene is very important to help prevent development of the condition. Surgical factors that can increase the risk of bone loss around a dental implant include implants that are too large, lack of tightness in the implant, overheated bone or soft bone. Symptoms of peri-implantitis The gums may appear red, or they may bleed. The gum pockets may deepen. Pus can sometimes come from the gums or implants and this can cause an unpleasant taste in the mouth. Metal threads can be exposed and the loss of bone can be seen on X-rays. Patients can experience tenderness or a dull ache around the area of bone loss, and in very severe cases, the neck glands can swell and the implants may become loose. Peri-implantitis Treatments Fortunately, peri-implantitis treatments can be carried out by experienced specialists in oral surgery. The aim of treatment is to halt the bone loss and maintain the implants, and this can be a complicated procedure. In addition to carrying out implants and undertaking other oral surgery, Peter Young is able to offer reparative treatment to patients who have lost bone around a dental implant that was carried out elsewhere.