Specialist Dentistry

Specialist Dentistry

Specialist Dentistry is a type of Dentistry we offer here at Dorking Smiles to help with tooth loss and to help to improve the appearance of your smile. Within Specialist Dentistry, you can receive the following treatments:

  • Periodontics
  • Dental Implants
  • Prosthetics

Continue reading this blog to learn more about these treatments and what we can do for you here at Dorking Smiles. 

Periodontics

Periodontal Disease or Periodontitis is an inflammation of the gum, i.e. the tissue holding the tooth. It is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults.

The gums may become inflamed due to the bacteria contained in the plaque on the surface of the tooth. If it is left untreated, it can lead to bad breath and, eventually, tooth loss; it can also affect the gums, bones and other supporting tissues of the teeth. This issue is also known as being called the ‘Silent Disease’ due to a lot of people being unaware they have it until the advanced stages. Ensuring that you have regular dentist appointments with us here at Dorking Smiles means that we can keep a close eye on your teeth and gum health and notice any changes. We can then treat these changes quickly and effectively before advancing further.

You must keep an eye out for any of these symptoms and book a visit to us if you notice any of these in your mouth. Although signs and symptoms are highly varied, they may include:

  • Reddening and swelling of the gums
  • Gums that bleed on brushing together
  • Loose teeth
  • A bad taste in the mouth
  • Bad breath

At Dorking Smiles, our specialists here are able to treat Periodontitis. The severity of the disease can vary, and it depends at which stage we have found the condition depends on which treatment method would be best for you. Will will always recommend the best plan for you and talk to you through everything before proceeding with it. 

We focus the treatment on plaque control, as plaque is the principal cause of gum disease. We help you improve oral hygiene with a consultation covering the way you clean your teeth and the proper brushing techniques you should be using. Removing plaque and tartar from under the gums is especially important, so our nurses can do this with our scale and polish treatment. 

Once your active treatment has been successfully completed, it will be necessary for you to see the Dental Hygienist every three months for the first year after your treatment. This is to maintain your oral health, prevent further problems and help to keep the progress of your gum disease under close review in case any re-treatment is required.  

If your gum pockets are deep, often the case around the molar (back) teeth, periodontal (or gum) you may require surgery. However, our Specialists will try to avoid the need for surgery and talk through all the options to decide what is best. 

Our specialists will do everything possible to avoid the need for surgery. We will assess your response to this treatment throughout the initial phase and then decide if surgery is necessary depending upon the success.

Gum surgery is used to revitalise the lost gum and bone that forms around your teeth. The healing process is quite rapid, with most patients’ treatment healed within one week.

Dental Implants

A dental implant holds a replacement tooth or bridge. An artificial tooth root is surgically placed into your jaw and integrated into your bone structure with a new tooth, crown, or bridge attached to this implant. This means implants are often more ‘tooth-saving’ than traditional treatments since they do not rely on neighbouring teeth for support. Dental implants is an extensive surgery and there are other methods before this one. 

It is the process of inserting artificial tooth roots into the gum in the space of the missing teeth. These implants will bond with your jawline, allowing the dentist or oral surgeon to place replacement teeth like crowns, bridges or dentures to the root to form the new tooth. Dental Implants are often the best solution to a missing tooth because they look and feel just like natural teeth. They also do not have to be cut with a drill to provide support which means that the quality of the adjacent teeth is not sacrificed.

Some advantages include:

  • They make your teeth look more pleasing and give you a natural smile.
  • Dental implants look and feel just like natural teeth and provide the same functionality with a long-lasting method.
  • They are very natural, so they can help improve your confidence and replace the gaps in your mouth. 
  • They will take the pain or sensitivity you have been experiencing away and enable you to enjoy the foods you love again. 
  • They can also help to support your bone structure within the jaw and sustain your facial tissues.
  • The success rate of dental implants is extremely high. When inserting the implants, the quality of the adjacent teeth is not sacrificed.

The ideal candidate for implants will already have good oral and general health, and they must also have adequate bone available. This is what the implant will be fused onto, so there must be enough there to support the implant. The patient must also be able to look after their oral health, so once the implants are fitted, we know they will last. The insertion of the implants can be carried out relatively quickly and with minimal discomfort and will not require a general anaesthetic. Here at Dorking Smiles, we use the highest level of care and the most up-to-date modern techniques meaning that treatment usually is far less painful than you might think. 

 

 Maintaining good oral health is essential once you have received the dental implant treatment. This is to ensure that the implants will last and keep their functionality and help minimise any further problems occurring with your teeth. The implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and create an attractive smile, and we will help you through the whole process. 

 

Prosthetics

Unfortunately, tooth loss is something that affects millions of people every year, but we can improve the appearance of your smile using prosthodontics. Prosthodontic dentistry is an excellent and efficient method to use for tooth loss.

We know that the importance of the comfort of dentures is vital, so here at Dorking Smiles, we take time to ensure your dentures feel as natural as possible and fit perfectly. Because you will be wearing dentures for most of the day, it is important that they are comfortable and fit right. They also need to fit properly to ensure that they do not irritate your gums or cause problems while eating. 

We will help you with each step of your process and ensure that we work with you to get the perfect denture. Working with you in your appointments and consultations, we can assess your teeth, mould, and fit your dentures to ensure their functionality and longevity. 

Contact us today to book your consultation for more information on Prosthetics and the treatments we can offer here at Dorking Smiles. 

Dorking Smiles can offer a range of specialist treatment options. We will take time to discuss the different methods available here and help you choose what method is suitable for you. 

 
 
 
 

Dentures

Dentures

Tooth loss is a problem that affects far too many people in the UK, with 31% of the population having suffered from tooth decay at some point. The state of your teeth affects more than you might think; it’s not uncommon for missing teeth to be a big source of insecurity or cause issues when it comes to eating and speaking.
Dentures are an advanced, effective form of dental technology that restores missing teeth and can give you the smile you deserve. To find out more about how dentures can help you, don’t hesitate to contact the expert team at Dorking Smiles today.

What Causes Tooth Loss?

Tooth decay is the most common cause of tooth loss, and can have a huge impact on the state of your oral health. You must maintain a basic oral hygiene routine to upkeep a healthy lifestyle. Of course, most people are informed of the importance of dental health from a young age. However, it’s all too easy to neglect your teeth as you grow older and other priorities start to take over. When you start to overlook your oral hygiene, you will likely experience a buildup of plaque, which could lead to tooth decay if not removed effectively. Make sure to attend your regular dental checkups so that your dentists can identify and resolve any issues before they become more serious.
While tooth decay is usually down to neglect, some people are more genetically predisposed to suffer from the affliction than others. Tooth loss can also occur due to injuries. If you have had a tooth knocked out in an accident, call Dorking Smiles for an emergency appointment, and they will hopefully be able to reattach the lost tooth or offer a teeth replacement treatment, such as dentures.

Why Do I Need Dentures?

Here at Dorking Smiles, we offer both partial and complete dentures. Partial dentures are for those missing one or two teeth, whereas complete dentures can replace an entire dental arch.
Our priority here at Dorking Smiles is you, your health and your happiness. We have done our job if you walk out of our doors feeling happy and confident in your new smile. Tooth loss can significantly impact how you perceive yourself, meaning natural-looking and feeling replacement treatments such as dentures can work wonders for your self-esteem.

What Happens After?

After your treatment, don’t be worried if you experience some minor discomfort for the first few days as your mouth adjusts to the new sensation. Your dentist will arrange an appointment to follow up on your procedure and check your progress. If you are experiencing any sore spots, be sure to inform your dentist at this appointment. We suggest only consuming soft foods for a few days after your treatment to avoid dislodging the dentures or causing any unnecessary pain.

Visit Dorking Smiles for the Best Dental Care

We want all our patients to feel happy and confident in their smiles. If you’re suffering from tooth loss, give the team a call today to see if dentures can help you. You’ll be welcoming in a fresh new smile before you know it!

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is a form of professional dental and oral care that focuses on improving your teeth’ look, healthiness or appearance. Most cosmetic procedures are optional, but some may be essential to consider if you want whiter, brighter smiles with fewer stains or also for people who have chipped or cracked teeth! For Cosmetic Dentistry in Dorking, visit Dorking Smiles today.

Smile Makeovers

Have you ever felt worried or tried to hide your Smile? Are your teeth discoloured, chipped, cracked or misaligned? Here are Dorking Smiles and we can help you! Cosmetic Dentistry procedures can give you a ‘Smile Makeover’. Smile Makeovers will not only change how someone looks but also their confidence. With our expert help, you can be confident again in yourself and your Smile! Our professionals will consider all aspects when giving you a smile makeover, including facial features and characteristics such as age or gender that may affect what is best suited for you. We have a professional team of dental nurses and use the most up-to-date technology to help create your dream smile. We will ensure the Smile we give you is practical and lasts, as Cosmetic Dentistry isn’t just about appearance but also the functionality. 

There are many factors in which a Smile Makeover can help. We can repair worn, broken or chipped teeth, replace missing teeth or help straighten crooked teeth, and also help to whiten yellow stained and discoloured teeth. The possibilities are endless for what we can do for you here at Dorking Smiles, so why not give us a call today to discuss your Smile Makeover. 

Teeth Whitening

One of the most popular forms of Cosmetic Dentistry in Dorking is Teeth Whitening. This process can improve the overall look of your smile and improve your confidence. Everyone’s teeth can become yellow and stained over time so Teeth Whitening is a method of lighting the colour of your teeth to get rid of the yellow look. It is the process of changing the colour of the tooth’s enamel to reverse your teeth’ discolouration. 

There are many reasons why your teeth can discolour. Many lifestyle habits such as the type of foods you eat, drinking a lot of tea, coffee, wine and even starchy foods. Tobacco can also have a significant impact on the colour of your teeth. 

Here at Dorking Smiles, we offer two types of Teeth Whitening procedures. The first is called Boutique Whitening. This method is where we take impressions of your teeth and send them to the laboratory, where custom trays will be made specifically for you. You will then be given some chemicals to place in them and will need to wear them overnight. The other option we offer here at Dorking Smiles is a procedure called Airflow Cleaning. This method is completed by a jet of compressed air, water, and bicarbonate particles, polishing the teeth gently and wiping away any yellow stains, leaving behind a bright, white smile! This procedure costs £75.

Veneers

One option for creating a new look for your teeth is Porcelain Veneers. Veneers are a thin tooth-coloured shell custom-made to bond to the front surface of your existing teeth. This can help protect the tooth’s surface and enamel from damage and give your teeth a cleaner new look. They are used to improve your teeth’ colour, tighten spaces within your mouth, and enhance the shape of your teeth. 

Another word for Veneers is a Dental Facelift. The primary purpose is to enhance the appearance of your teeth by creating a clean white look. Another use for them is to help close the gaps in your teeth and also to help to ensure that you don’t have a ‘gummy smile’. 

To receive the best results from Porcelain Veneers, we advise that your teeth are relatively intact and minimally restored or filled. Veneers are sturdy and can resist most forces with the proper care and diet. 

Invisalign

For Cosmetic Dentistry in Dorking, Invisalign is another very popular treatment. We will use clear plastic trays or aligners to help to correct and straighten your teeth. This is a much more effective way compared to the traditional metal wired braces, as they are clear, and your teeth can become straight in a much more realistic time scale. As well as this, you will be able to see the physical process and the straightening of your smile quite early on, depending on how complex your case is.  

We will have a chat with you before you start your treatment to ensure that it is a suitable method for you. We have a fantastic team of Invisalign experts who will inform you of the duration of your case and the costs involved. To fully complete the Invisalign procedure can take around six months, depending on the severity of your case.

White Fillings

A cavity is formed if you don’t brush your teeth regularly or eat a lot of sugary foods. There are many filling options, but White Fillings are the best way to resolve a cavity. If you already have Amalgam or Silver Fillings or even old, worn-out fillings, we can easily replace them with a white filling. A white filling creates a more natural and unnoticeable result. 

A white filling fills the cavity and are unnoticeable, and can even make your teeth appear whiter and brighter. They prevent further decay of the surrounding tooth structure as the joins are sealed and restorations bonded to the tooth. We have various fillings to choose from if you prefer something different, but a white filling will give the best result. 

Gum Line Correction

Gum Line Correction is an innovative procedure that helps you achieve the smile of your dreams. It is suited to those who feel they have a ‘gummy smile’ and helps to improve the health of your gum tissue. Another treatment we offer is something called ‘Gum Lifts’, which is a process that can be used in conjunction with Veneers and Crowns.  

All-On-4

All-On-4 is a fixed bridge attached to the Dental Implant that takes around six months with additional recovery time. A nickname for this procedure is ‘Same Day, Same Teeth’. We will extract any remaining teeth you have on the day of surgery, where 4-6 Implants will be placed on the upper arch and lower. This is an important and long term procedure, so before you agree to this, our dental nurses will discuss all alternative treatment options with you to ensure this is the right treatment method to take.

Here at Dorking Smiles, the comfort of our patients is our top priority. This treatment is very in-depth, so if you are a nervous patient, we can arrange for you to have sedation on the day of surgery to help you feel more relaxed and at ease. We will place the implants on your teeth, and an Implant-retained Bridge will also be fitted. Aftercare is one of the most critical steps in your treatment, so our dentists will provide you with complete care and advice.

Here at Dorking Smiles, we can provide a wide range of cosmetic procedures for your smiles. Please visit or contact us here at Dorking Smiles. We’re here to help you and ensure you receive the best care possible.

 

Emergency Dental Appointments

emergency dental appointments

No matter how well we look after our teeth, injuries and accidents can happen, requiring immediate attention from a dental professional. Here at Dorking Smiles, we offer emergency dental appointments for those who can’t afford to wait for a regular visit. This will give your dentist a chance to amend your dental issue before it escalates into anything more serious.

Is my Toothache a Dental Emergency?

Many people are unsure of what exactly constitutes a dental emergency. It’s generally fine for most dental problems to be left for a week or two as you wait for your regular appointment. However, sometimes the pain can be too severe, in which case, more immediate attention may be required. If your problem is causing you so much pain that you can no longer conduct your daily routine as usual, get in touch with one of the emergency dentists at Dorking Smiles.
Toothache is an all too common problem that most people will likely experience at some point during their lives. Typically, it manifests as a dull ache that causes mild, but not debilitating, discomfort. If, however, you are experiencing toothache so severe that it is making your life increasingly difficult and the pain is spreading to the rest of your body, it may be advisable to come in for an emergency appointment.

What Should I do in the Meantime?

Emergency appointments should not be taken lightly. We always want to prioritise the most urgent cases, which is why you should make you are definitely in need of immediate attention before calling for an emergency appointment. There are several measures you can take at home to ease your pain before coming in for your visit. We recommend trying a saltwater solution, which can be highly effective in removing the bacteria from the affected area and acting as an antiseptic. Make your solution by mixing half a teaspoon of table salt with eight ounces of water. For best results, this should be swilled around the mouth two to three times per day.
If you are still suffering after trying this, perhaps try some over the counter painkillers such as ibuprofen. Should your mouth start to swell, apply a cold compress to the cheek to reduce inflammation.

What If My Tooth Has Been Knocked Out?

If you have been involved in an accident, tooth loss can be occasionally unavoidable. To avoid losing your tooth for good, visit Dorking Smiles for an emergency appointment if your tooth has been knocked out, chipped or cracked. Hang on to the tooth and store it in your mouth or a glass of milk on your way to the dental clinic. If possible, avoid handling the tooth by its root. Once at your appointment, your dentist will bind the tooth to your adjacent teeth for support. As it heals, it should grow into position.
If it proves impossible to reattach your tooth, we offer a range of treatments designed to replace missing teeth so that your mouth feels and looks as natural as possible. Your dentist can go over your options with you and suggest the best choice for your situation.

Visit Dorking Smiles for Emergency Dental Appointments

To avoid problems with your teeth, maintaining basic oral hygiene is critical. However, unfortunately, things can sometimes happen that make tooth loss or pain outside your control. In these cases, emergency dental appointments are necessary. To fix your tooth loss or extreme toothache, call the expert dentists at Dorking Smiles today.

Teeth Whitening: A Guide to the Most Perfect Smile

Teeth Whitening: A Guide to the Most Perfect Smile

If you’re noticing some discolouration within your teeth, why not think about getting them whitened? Over recent years, teeth whitening has become an extremely popular option for those feeling insecure about teeth discolouration. We all know how important a smile can be when it comes to making the best impression on those around us.  When your teeth are stained, it can affect you on both ends: what people see and how you feel internally too! Stains happen for many reasons, such as age or genetics. Still, luckily, there’s always something we can do about yellowing stains from coffee and tea; just let our professionals whiten them up!

We hope this blog helps you consider your options for getting perfect teeth whitening in Dorking!

How does teeth whitening work?

Teeth whitening is a great way to get the smile you’ve always dreamt about. It works by using Hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxides, which are excellent at removing stains from your teeth! These chemicals penetrate deep into any old residue left behind due to coffee or other drinks that may have been consumed previously so that it will be gone for good with this treatment alone.

We know that tooth staining can be a real problem for some people, which is why our team of specialists work hard to find the best methods. With this in mind, we offer Boutique whitening treatments with excellent results! You will receive special trays made just for your mouth; they’re designed, so you wear them overnight while sleeping over at home; there is no need to visit us every few days like other less convenient options require. 

If you want to get your teeth white and bright again but aren’t sure if Boutique whitening is not suitable for you, we’ve got another option. It’s called Airflow cleaning, where machines use high-pressure air with water shot at specific angles on top of the enamel so it can remove any stains from coffee or wine without hurting or damaging your teeth.

How long does it last?

When you get your teeth whitened, it’s important to remember that the result is only temporary. You’ll need regular dental care and to keep up with a great cleaning routine for this treatment plan to work effectively!

How much does teeth whitening cost?

With our diverse range of teeth whitening treatments, you’ll find the perfect option for your needs. For just £75 per procedure with Airflow Cleaning, contact us today for further information on what price suits your best for your desired treatment.

Can you have teeth whitening whilst pregnant?

Women who are pregnant or have given birth recently sometimes want to get their teeth whitened. We advise that you wait until after the baby is born, but it can be done by a professional if they see fit. Do not perform any home treatments yourself! This may cause damage and harm your pearly whites in an unsafe way.

Should I get my teeth whitened?

When it comes to looking your best, teeth whitening could be the perfect solution for you! We achieve outstanding results every time; this safe and easy treatment ensures that no patient feels pain or discomfort. Leaving them feeling confident (and beautiful) with a bright smile their whole life long. So if there’s anything left unsure about what would suit your lifestyle better after reading the above, don’t hesitate anymore because contacting us today will get further information on getting started right away!

 

Invisalign: What to Expect When You Begin Treatment

Invisalign Treatment

Invisalign takes the hassle out of teeth straightening. Whereas traditional metal braces are known for being uncomfortable and unattractive, Invisalign, also known as clear aligners, are virtually invisible and significantly more comfortable. Our team at Dorking Smiles are experts in Invisalign and can give you that perfectly aligned smile you’ve been looking for. If this has piqued your interest, please don’t hesitate to give us a call today, and we can discuss whether Invisalign could work for you.

How Does the Invisalign Process Start?

Before your dentist can begin the Invisalign process, you must first attend a consultation appointment so that you and your dentist can ascertain whether or not this would be a suitable treatment option for you. Your dentist will take into consideration factors such as your age, oral health and medical history. It’s also vital that you are fully willing to commit to the treatment, else you risk sacrificing its effectiveness. If you cannot wear your Invisalign trays for at least 22 hours per day, we don’t recommend pursuing this treatment. During this consultation, you can also discuss the cost of the treatment and decide whether or not you would like to set up a payment plan to split up the payment over an extended period.

Then What?

If you are certain you would like to proceed, your dentist will take photographs, x-rays and impressions of your teeth to send to an Invisalign technician. They will use this information to create a 3D model of your teeth’s intended progression to their final position. From this, they will create your bespoke Invisalign aligners.

What Happens Once I Get my Aligners?

Your dentist will supply you with a series of aligners that must be worn in a specific order. Over the course of your treatment, these trays will gradually shift your teeth into the correct position. Each set should be worn for two weeks at a time.
When it comes to Invisalign, it’s crucial that you understand the importance of consistency. If you neglect to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours per day, your teeth will not move as quickly as they should, and your next set of aligners will likely not fit. The only instances in which your trays should be removed is when you are eating or brushing your teeth. We also recommend brushing the trays each night with a soft brush to stave off bacteria buildup. This will lower your chances of exposure to gum disease.

What Happens After I Finish My Treatment Plan?

After you complete your treatment, there’s a chance that a few stray teeth may still be misaligned. In this case, you may require refinement trays to tweak the final teeth into place. Once all your teeth are in the desired position, you must wear retainers at night to make sure they don’t become crooked again. We suggest wearing them every night for the first few months, but you may decide to reduce this wear time to a few nights per week after this period. It’s a common misconception that retainers should only be worn for a short period after you finish your teeth straightening treatment; after all, teeth can move at any point in your life.

Visit Dorking Smiles for Invisalign

Invisalign is an innovative method of teeth straightening that has taken the world of dentistry by storm over the past few years. There are several reasons for this, including the fact that they are more convenient, more attractive, removable and involve no uncomfortable brackets or wires. The treatment period is also typically much shorter than that of traditional braces. If you’re interested in pursuing this option, please get in touch with Dorking Smiles today, and our friendly team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Adjusting and Improving your Smile with General, Cosmetic & Specialist Dentistry in Dorking

Dentistry in Dorking

We can improve and adjust your smile with dentistry in Dorking. We want you to feel confident with your teeth, and so we aim to help you do so. We prioritise how you desire to look so that you feel the happiest! We use general and cosmetic dentistry to get your teeth white and straight! Keeping your self-esteem high can be a job for your oral health – so let’s maintain that, shall we?

General Dentistry in Dorking

For general dentistry in Dorking, we can look at improving and sustaining a good level of oral health. A healthy mouth needs good oral hygiene, and this, in turn, improves your smile. Not only does being healthy make you feel confident, but it naturally makes you look confident too! With our recommendation, you will be brushing twice a day and seeing our dentist regularly! The average person should visit at least once every six months. We want to prevent your minor issues from becoming severe with your mouth, such as tooth decay or gum disease. Tooth plaque can also increase your likelihood of teeth loss and affect your smile! So we help by educating you per visit on your oral health and teaching you new ways to keep your teeth healthy. Dentists will show the difference between plaque-free teeth versus those covered in bacteria with their expertise! Tooth brushing is one of the most important habits you can have. Not only does it keep your teeth and breath clean, but it also demonstrates how much power we actually have when it comes to maintaining our oral health! When it comes to worrying about dental health, you’re not alone. Many people have felt self-conscious about their smile and would welcome an appointment with the dentist too! With our general dentistry in Dorking, we can improve your smile by making the necessary changes to improve your teeth, and essentially, your confidence too! 

Cosmetic Dentistry in Dorking

Everyone wants white teeth because it signifies how healthy your teeth are. We offer teeth whitening services that make your teeth look bright and beautiful. When you visit us for cosmetic dentistry in Dorking, you will smile with the utmost confidence! We also offer veneers and dental enhancements such as teeth straighteners! It is no surprise that teeth straightening is so popular because it can change the way you look entirely, making your face more symmetrical and enhancing everyday tasks like eating and talking. With cosmetic dentistry in Dorking, you will feel over the moon with your teeth. Not only this, but if you consider veneers, this can improve your teeth too. Veneers transform the look of your teeth by using porcelain – which protects your teeth from damage. You will have the smile you always dreamt of! Dentists recommend veneers for those who are unhappy with their teeth and would like something natural-looking. 

Specialist Dentistry in Dorking

Specialist dentistry is when a dentist has done extra training in a specific treatment, which means you will get highly-trained care from them. At Dorking, our dentists have specialised in implants, periodontics and prosthetics. Dental implants are the most efficient way to get long-lasting teeth that can withstand any activity. The titanium screw is typically used in place of a root when it fails, which means you will not need as many tooth extractions or fillings! Dental implants are the most effective way to replace missing teeth and keep them strong. The condition known as periodontics is the art of treating diseases and injuries to your mouth. If left untreated, this can lead to problematic tooth loss or bad breath and problems for other parts of our body such as gums! The specialist field called ‘Periodontics’ has durable treatments; they help you feel healthy by cleaning out dirt trapped deep within the mouth. It aims to eliminate tooth loss and bad breath too. We’ll review the progress of your gum disease treatment make sure there are no future needs for medications or visits with a hygienist. If you have suffered from tooth loss, prosthetics may be effective for you. When you lose your teeth, it’s hard to maintain a happy and confident attitude. You may feel self-conscious about how people view or treat you – prosthetics can improve your speech and smile too! Prosthetic dentistry replaces missing teeth with either fixed or removable dentures.If you want a better smile, prosthetics may be the perfect solution. Specialists can enhance those empty spaces in our mouths and create an even more beautiful appearance!

VISIT DORKING SMILES TODAY

We’re excited to have the opportunity of enhancing your smile. Visit our treatments page and learn about improving teeth with General, Cosmetic & Specialist Dentistry in Dorking now!

The Importance of Regular Dental Visits in Dorking

Regular dental visits in dorking

Attending the dentist on a regular basis is the single most beneficial thing you can do for your oral health. Neglecting to do so could have serious implications for not only your teeth but also your gums. It’s not uncommon for people to prioritise the dentist less and less as other parts of their life get in the way. The dental team here at Dorking Smiles is passionate about educating our patients on the best way to go about treating their oral care. When you visit our practice every six months or as advised to do so by your dentist, we will always give you expert advice tailored to your needs and goals, provided with the aim of helping you achieve your perfect smile. If you remember the importance of regular dental visits in Dorking, there’s nothing standing in your way to becoming the best version of yourself.

THE EXAMINATION PROCESS

When you arrive for your appointment at Dorking Smiles, your dentist will first conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and gums to check for any underlying issues. This process will involve checking for cavities, which may or may not involve using an x-ray machine, and checking for plaque. Both of these issues could become significantly more severe over time if left unchecked. Untreated cavities will likely lead to tooth decay and potentially tooth loss in some cases. This will not only cause discomfort and functionality issues but will also require specialist treatments to fix.

Plaque is a sticky bacteria that coats the surface of your teeth. While this substance should be relatively simple to remove through brushing and flossing, an excess of plaque can eventually harden and turn into tartar, which is much more difficult to remove and requires the use of specialist equipment. Tartar could cause a host of issues, including various oral diseases. When examining your teeth, your dentist will also use special tools to measure the gaps between your gums. Particularly wide gaps often indicate unhealthy gums.

What are the Pros of Regular Dental dental visits in dorking?

Here at Dorking Smiles, we cannot stress enough the importance of regular dental visits in Dorking. There are a number of oral problems that can easily go unnoticed if not inspected by a dental professional. If caught in the early stages, your dentist will, in most cases, be able to fix the problem before it becomes anything more serious. Alternatively, it may be much more difficult to amend the problem if it is not noticed until it is too late. Even if it is a more obscure problem, such as bad breath, your dentist can get to the root of the issue, fixing the problem and improving your oral health in the process.

Moreover, attending your dentist can be highly beneficial in terms of your dental knowledge. Most people are aware of the basics of oral hygiene, but your dentist will be able to tailor their advice to your situation, which will help you combat any problems you may be facing.

Lastly, keeping your oral health in check will also have a huge impact on your self-esteem. It’s not uncommon for dental issues, such as misaligned or yellow teeth, to trigger certain insecurities. We care deeply about the health and happiness of our patients and want to make sure all of them feel confident in their smiles.

Visit Dorking Smiles Today

So, what’s your excuse? Book an appointment with the expert, friendly team at Dorking Smiles today. Your perfect smile is waiting for you!

How Sugar Ingredients Affect Dental Care in Dorking

dental care in Dorking

You’ve probably had it drilled into you for your entire life that sugar is bad for your teeth. It’s something we’re told from a young age, yet tooth decay remains a serious issue, despite its main cause being common knowledge. Here at Dorking Smiles, we’re on a mission to change that. We want our patients to understand how sugar ingredients affect dental care in Dorking, so that they can apply this knowledge to their own lives and save their teeth from the trauma of tooth decay. Having an awareness of what’s occurring in their mouth should also help them to avoid any further issues in the future.

Why Sugar Isn’t Actually the Main Villain

It’s a common misconception that sugar itself is to blame for tooth decay. In truth, it acts as more of a trusty sidekick to the main villain, which is lactic acid. Lactic acid is produced when the sugar that you consume reacts with the bacteria in your plaque. The acid then lowers the pH level of your teeth, making them more acidic, which causes the minerals in your enamel to dissolve. Enamel is the protective coating on your teeth that shields them from harm. When this is damaged, your teeth are left vulnerable to problems like tooth decay and cavities.

Avoiding the Impact of Sugar on Your Oral Health

Now that you have an understanding of how sugar ingredients affect dental care in Dorking, you must also understand how to fight against their damaging impact. The logical solution would be to cut out sugar entirely, which would effectively prevent the risk of tooth decay by sugar consumption. However, here at Dorking Smiles, we want to give constructive and realistic advice to our patients. It would likely not be practical or sustainable to eliminate sugar from our diets in this day and age. Therefore, we suggest reducing the amount of sugar you currently consume, perhaps making small swaps in your day-to-day life to limit your teeth’s overall exposure to sugar and lactic acid. This might involve refraining from sweetening your coffee in the morning or choosing a low-sugar alternative to your favourite snack. In this vein, we generally advise keeping your in-between meal snacks as sugarless as possible, reserving your sugar intake for mealtimes. When consuming sugary beverages, drinking through a straw can be highly advantageous, as this will reduce the amount your teeth are exposed to sugar in the drink.

The most important thing you can do for your teeth is to maintain basic oral hygiene. This is something that many overlook and can lead to many dental issues if not rectified. Brushing twice a day with a toothpaste containing fluoride is highly recommended, as this will remove any plaque or bacteria from your teeth. We also strongly recommend flossing daily to remove any leftover food from between your teeth, which could lead to tooth decay if left unchecked. After consuming sugar, it’s a good idea to rinse your mouth out with water, as this will wash away the food and sugar residue from your teeth.

Come to Dorking Smiles for Preventive and Restorative Dental Care

It’s amazing how following such simple steps will produce such effective results. Aside from these tips, the best thing you can do to prevent tooth decay is to attend regular dental checkups. This will prevent any dental issues from going unnoticed. If there are any issues, your dentist can swiftly rectify the situation by administering a suitable treatment. Here at Dorking Smiles, we offer countless treatments fit for any issue you may be having. For more information on preventing tooth decay or booking an appointment with our expert team, contact Dorking Smiles today. Your teeth will thank you for it!