Your Dentistry Questions Answered
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If you’ve come and visited us at the Smiles Centre in the past 3 months or so, you probably would’ve seen me. The tall, skinny guy at the front desk who may or may not have made you a cup of tea.
Hi, my name is Filip 🙂
I’m 17 and this is in fact my first job- and what a job it is! Coming in to work every morning is like coming to a second home. Cup of coffee, done. Breakfast, done. It really is a special kind of place. I’m still in full-time education at New College and I’m studying Computing, Maths and Business Studies. I’ve been really lucky to join the Smiles team and provide them with my hard-working persona. I’m gaining confidence and self-driven skills with new challenges being made every day!
When I first started, I had to ask all my colleagues about how to do a certain thing and I used to get…scared, when there was pressure put on me. If you compare my work now compared to when I first started, it’d be like a day-and-night-difference! Some of the challenges I had to face was to actually understand the dental terminology and vocabulary. It was all gibberish at the start- honestly, it was a different language to me. But with the help of my wonderful team I managed to grasp most of it fairly quickly, thanks guys!
After serving many, many patients, I’ve realized how much quality of life our service at the Smiles Centre brings to people. Being able to smile is one thing, but being able to smile and feel happy and proud about it, is another. Hence, if you come to Smiles, we will make you feel better about your smile than ever before!
Hopefully, see you soon. Thank you for reading!
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Loose teeth problems are not only associated with children or babies who have their milk teeth fall out – these problems can also occur in adults. Loose teeth can cause embarrassment, pain, and discomfort when they are left untreated for a long period of time; the teeth that have become loosened may even lead to permanent tooth loss if the dental problem is not seen and treated effectively by a dentist early enough.
Causes of dental mobility:
Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease) – gum disease is one of the most common causes of loose teeth. When a gum disease is left untreated, the gums and the surrounding bone structure that support the teeth can weaken and become damaged – causing the teeth to become loose, and eventually fall out.
Dental Injuries – Dental injuries and accidents (due to falls, playing sports, or other trauma) can cause teeth to become loosened from their sockets. The force directed to the mouth or teeth area may be enough to totally knock off teeth in some cases.
Improper Teeth Alignment – improperly aligned teeth can cause additional stress and pressure in the way the teeth come in contact with one another. Over the passage of time, this pressure can cause teeth to move in an abnormal manner as the supporting structures surrounding the teeth weaken – causing the teeth to become loose.
Teeth Grinding – Bruxism or unconscious teeth grinding can also contribute to the development of loose teeth with intense and regular pressure.
Radiotherapy to the face and neck can cause long-lasting side effects or new side effects that develop months or even years later. These are called long-term or late effects. Two of the most common late effects are a dry mouth and an increased risk of tooth decay. Bone exposed to radiation can sometimes break down because of a decreased blood supply which can lead to loose teeth.
Periodontal treatment (Hygiene) – regular appointments with a hygienist/therapist will improve general oral health and especially gum problems. Instead of just giving your teeth a good clean, our therapist Amanda will go thorough oral hygiene techniques and she will make sure you understand why it’s important to follow a good oral hygiene routine. Loose teeth may become firmer after periodontal treatment. However, teeth which remain less than firm after treatment can continue to function adequately for many years.
Splinting – there are two basic types of periodontal splinting, with some variation. The first is “extra-coronal splinting”, in which a stabilizing wire, fiber-reinforced ribbon, or similar stabilization device, is bonded to the outsides of the teeth like a fixed orthodontic retainer. The second is “intra-coronal splinting”, in which a slot is milled into the affected teeth, and the stabilizing device is inserted into the slot and bonded in place. This can make the splint less visible, but accomplishes the same goal of immobilizing the teeth.
Extraction – this is the most drastic treatment and we would only extract the tooth in very severe cases. At Smiles we always try to save the tooth before even considering an extraction.
However, if you have to have a tooth taken out there are many options to replace it – I will talk about this in my next post.
Thank you for taking time you read my blog!
Pamela Zukowska, Trainee Dental Nurse
In the picture is what’s needed to take your impression, minus the monkey. The alginate in the spoon is mixed thoroughly with water to make a smooth paste. This is then put into the impression tray and used accordingly.
The Art of Taking An Impression.
This is something that i have been practicing recently ready for my training as a Clinical Dental Technician at the Smiles Centre. I have observed as much as possible in our clinics and found that it’s not as easy as it looks or is made to look. The requirements are skill, a good team around you and a relaxed patient… But as ever, practice makes perfect.
This is how it looks once removed. This will be for upper and lower dentures for one of our patients. The patient has a great amount of bone remaining on the upper but not so much on the lower. Tooth placement here will be key. These will now be disinfected, bagged and tagged.
That’s all for now, next time we go upstairs.
Thanks Simon Jennings.