What to do if you think you need a filling.
If you’re going to the dentist for regular checkups, we will be able to assess whether you need a filling or not during these appointments. If you’re going for the first time because you think something might be wrong, please book an appointment or call us to talk to our treatment coordinator.
What is a filling?
Fillings are a recommended and commonly used dental treatment used to treat tooth decay and keep teeth strong. Only a dentist can determine whether a filling is needed as we can get a closer look at your teeth and spot any signs of decay that may not be causing you pain yet.
During your appointment at Shifnal Dental Care, we will remove any decay on your teeth before replacing it with the best filling for you. There are two main types of filling materials, amalgam and white fillings.
Here at Shifnal dental Care, we have cosmetic procedures available to also remove your previous amalgam fillings and replace them with white filings.
What kind of filling should I have?
At Shifnal Dental Care, we offer white fillings as an alternative to amalgam fillings that you may have had previously. The newer white fillings blend into the natural colour of your teeth and therefore are a lot more cosmetically pleasing than silver fillings.
After a filling, your teeth tend to be more sensitive due to the decay being removed. This sensitivity should subside within two to four weeks, however we recommend that if the pain is unbearable or lasting for a prolonged period of time, that you speak to us to check that everything is okay. For the period of time that your teeth are sensitive, we would recommend that you stick to mainly soft foods to ease the pain.
If you’re not sure what you need, please contact us to find out more and to book an appointment.
Why should you get your teeth whitened?
Benefits of teeth whitening
Teeth whitening has grown in popularity over the last few years, with people learning the large benefits that follow a teeth whitening procedure. From improved self esteem caused by a fresh appearance to better oral health, teeth whitening is an easy solution to those wanting cosmetic dentistry. Research has shown that many people are insecure with their smile, with yellow teeth being one of the most common reasons. Here at Shifnal Dental care we want everyone to feel confident in their smile which is why we highly recommend our teeth whitening services.
What happens at a teeth whitening appointment
At Shifnal Dental Care, we offer two services for teeth whitening; Zoom whitening and home whitening.
Our Zoom whitening is completed by your dentist in a half hour session where the results will be instant. With this option, your teeth will be lightened up several shades, restoring them to their natural shade. During your appointment, your dentist will cover both your gums and lips and apply a gel to your teeth. This gel is then activated by a light in order for it to penetrate your teeth and break up any stains or discoloration.
We also offer an at home whitening service with professional tray whitening where you will usually see results over two weeks. For this procedure you will be given a custom-made tray for you to wear overnight whilst sleeping or for short periods of time throughout the day, making this a flexible and more subtle option for you.
The aftercare of having your teeth whitened
After having any dental procedure, it is vital that you follow the necessary aftercare procedure given to you by your dentist. Which is why you should always plan and research aftercare before having a procedure to avoid any unfortunate surprises. For teeth whitening, the gel causes your teeth to be more susceptible to staining for around a 48 hour period. For this reason we recommend that you avoid food and drink that can cause staining, such as coffee, chocolate and dark coloured fruits. The three most common products that stain teeth are; chromogens, tannins and acids. These appear in a large amount of products, but you will only have to avoid these products for a few days and it will be highly beneficial for you. In terms of upkeep for teeth whitening, speak to your dentist for the ideal amount of time to leave before having your teeth whitened again, as everyone’s teeth are different and will have different intervals before procedures. As a guideline, we would suggest to many people to schedule regular appointments that are no more than once every three to six months.
Contact us today if you have any questions or would like to book an appointment. Our friendly staff will be happy to help you.
A Guide To Invisalign Aftercare
Invisalign has become an extremely popular method of straightening teeth, as unlike metal braces they are almost invisible and they can straighten teeth as little as 9 to 15 months. But, like metal braces, there are still steps you need to continue to take after your orthodontic treatment:
By wearing your retainers you are preventing your teeth from moving back to their original position, and neglecting to wear them will affect the way your smile looks. Not only that, but it could affect your overall oral health.
Brush and Floss
Once you no longer need to wear the aligners all day it is best to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once, much like you did when you had to wear the aligners. Keeping this routine is great for your oral hygiene, and unlike with metal braces where you have to alter your oral hygiene routine, you will already be used to your aftercare routine.
An added bonus is that straight teeth are easier to keep clean!
Go For Regular Checkups & Cleanings
Regular dental checkups and cleanings both during and after your orthodontic treatment are important as any hard plaque needs to be removed and your oral health needs to be checked. With regular checkups, your dentist can assess your teeth and gums to ensure you have a healthy smile, and with an exam and x-rays can catch any issues early. Making treatment much simpler and more affordable.
Eat a Healthy Diet
A healthy diet full of the necessary vitamins and minerals, fruits and veggies, lean protein, low-fat dairy, complex carbohydrates and good fats can go a long way in boosting your oral health. Prevent the formation of cavities by enjoying sweets and sugary drinks in moderation.
Wear a Mouthguard When Playing Sport
Protect your lovely straight teeth with a mouthguard to prevent dental traumas when playing sports such as; hockey, rugby or football. After finishing Invisalign treatment, losing a tooth due to an elbow to the face or a nasty spill would be extremely annoying.
Hopefully, these steps will give you a small guide as to what happens after the last Invisalign tray, so that you can keep your newly straight smile looking its best.
If you have any questions, would like more advice, or are after Invisalign treatment, contact Shifnal Dental Care via our online form or by calling 01952 460119. Our team is always happy to help.
Finding A Good Dentist
Finding the right dentist for you can seem like a daunting task, especially as there are usually several dental clinics in your area. But, finding the right dentist for you can be made simple with these tips:
Start with the Basics
Choosing a practice that is nearby and easy to get to is a no-brainer, whether this be in your own vehicle or via public transport. It would be of benefit for you to have easy access in an emergency.
Another important point to check is the dental practice’s opening hours. For example, Shifnal Dental Care is open 8am to 8pm most days which means our customers have the flexibility to try and get appointments that are suitable for them and work around their daily lives.
Do I need a specific type of dentist?
Some people have a specific specialty in mind when looking for a dentist due to their needs, but if you don’t have anything specific in mind a general dentist would be the best option for you.
Most people go for general dental practices, as these offer a great range of services from cosmetic to family dentistry.
Would my friends and family recommend Shifnal Dental Care?
Your friends and family wouldn’t stay with their dentist if they weren’t happy and comfortable with them and the service they have received. So, asking them specifics of what they like about their dentists to give you a better idea of their work.
Also, by asking them how long they have been with their dentist gives you a good idea of how reliable their service and treatments are. However, if they have only ever had check-ups and cleanings take their advice with a pinch of salt, check what Google reviews say.
Check out our Google & Facebook Reviews
If you have managed to narrow down the list of potential dental practices with the recommendations from those closest to you and the dentist’s physical location, then check out their reviews.
Look at the reviews that tell a full story rather than those that just rate them as good or bad. The full story reviews detail people’s experiences with the dentist and their team, giving you a much clearer picture of what it is like to be a patient there.
Talk to us!
Our Care treatment coordinator Katherine can talk you through all the options available and show you results that we have achieved for patients in a similar situation as yourself.
By chatting to us you can gain a sense for the atmosphere and find out how we can tailor our service to your needs. You can even express concerns and fears you have about dental care, and we will go through how we will alleviate these so you have a good experience.
Finding a good dentist doesn’t need to be hard and Shifnal Dental Care could be the right place for you. Our dentists look after patients from around Shropshire including Telford, Shrewsbury, and Wolverhampton. We aim to ensure that you receive high-quality dental treatment with kindness, courtesy, and patience in a friendly environment.
Why Are Dental Crowns Needed?
Sometimes teeth need more than filling material to keep them looking their best and prevent the tooth decaying any further, in this instance dentists often turn to dental crowns. This is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over the tooth to restore the shape, size, strength and improve the appearance.
Why Are Dental Crowns Needed?
Dental crowns are needed and used for a number of reasons:
- Protects weak teeth from decaying and breaking or holds together parts of a tooth that has been cracked.
- Restores the already broken tooth or a severely worn down tooth.
- Covers and supports a tooth that has a large filling that has left very little tooth.
- Helps hold a bridge or denture firmly in place.
- Covers misshapen or discoloured teeth to improve the appearance of the tooth.
- Covers a dental implant.
There are instances when a crown may be used for children’s baby teeth to:
- Save a tooth so damaged by decay that the tooth can’t support a filling,
- Protect teeth of children considered to be at high risk of tooth decay and has difficulty keeping good oral hygiene,
- Decrease the frequency of general anesthesia for children unable to handle it due to age, behaviour or medical history.
What Types of Dental Crowns are Available at Shifnal Dental Care
Permanent and temporary crowns can be made from:
- Metals – these include alloys that have high contents of gold or platinum, or bade-metals. These crowns withstand the forces associated with biting and chewing well and generally last the longest with regards to wearing down, meaning they rarely chip or break. However, due to the high price of gold these crowns are expensive.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal – for a more normal-looking tooth then this is the right option, as the porcelain can be matched to the surrounding teeth. However, with this crown material, there is more wear to the opposite teeth and it can chip or break off, as well as the metal underlayer potentially showing through around the edges of the crown.
- All-resin – this material is less expensive when it comes to dental crowns, however, they do wear down over time and are more prone to fractures.
- All-ceramic or porcelain – this material provides a much better colour match to other teeth than metal or resin and are much more suitable for people with metal allergies, making them ideal for front and back teeth.
Additionally, here at Shifnal Dental Care, we offer full contour zirconia crowns (solid zirconia)’ are milled zirconia restorations that are glazed for natural anatomy effects with no layered ceramic. The benefits of this type of crown is extreme resistance to fracture and wear; also thin walls of the crown allow only minimal tooth preparation.
What’s The Difference Between Temporary & Permanent?
Temporary dental crowns can be made onsite at your dental practice and are typically made from an acrylic-based material. They are used primarily to protect the tooth until a permanent crown has been made by a dental laboratory. Permanent crowns are designed to last for years and improve the appearance of the teeth they cover, giving the patient more confidence when smiling.
Do’s & Don’t of Caring For a Temporary Dental Crown
Before being fitted with a permanent crown a temporary one is fitted and as this is not as secure as a permanent crown then there are some care steps to take:
- Avoid foods such as; chewing gum and caramel, as these sticky foods have the potential to pull the crown off.
- Move the bulk of chewing to the side of the mouth without the temporary crown.
- Avoid chewing hard foods like; raw vegetables or candy rock as this could dislodge or break the crown.
- When using dental floss to clean teeth slide it out from between the crown and teeth rather than lift to avoid accidentally pulling off the temporary crown.
Should any issues occur with a temporary or permanent crown it is important to see your dentist straight away so that they can fix the issue and leave you smiling happily.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
Permanent dental crowns can last anywhere between five and fifteen years, depending on the amount of wear and tear it is exposed to, how your oral hygiene is, and your personal habits like ice chewing, teeth clenching, or nail-biting.
Here at Shifnal Dental Care we love making people proud of their smile and we often do this with some beautiful ceramic crowns!
To enquire about getting the smile of your dreams with dental crowns contact our team through our online form or call 01952 460119.
The Symptoms and Treatments of Gum Disease
We’ve all seen toothpaste adverts on TV and heard from our dentist about the dangers of gum disease, but what actually is it? And how can we spot it, treat it and prevent it in the first place? We’ve put together a list of the common ways to spot gum disease as well as how we can prevent or treat it.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is caused by a buildup of a sticky substance called plaque. Plaque contains bacteria, some of which is harmless but some can be harmful to the health of your gums.
Plaque is normally removed when brushing your teeth but, if missed, can begin to build up and irritate your gums.
What are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
Most adults have gum disease to some extent and most people will experience it at least once, so it’s important to be able to spot the signs.
Initial symptoms include bleeding gums after brushing or flossing and red, swollen gums. This is the early stage of gum disease and is commonly known as gingivitis.
If the initial symptoms are left untreated, more serious issues can begin to develop. The tissue and bone supporting the teeth can be affected. Know as periodontitis or periodontal disease, its symptoms can include:
- An unpleasant taste in the mouth
- Bad breath
- Tooth loss
- Puss collections developing under the gums, known as an abscess/
How to Treat Gingivitis
The best way to treat gum disease is to prevent it in the first place. If the signs of gum disease have already developed the best course of action is to visit your dentist.
Good oral hygiene is the first step you should take to keep your mouth clean, healthy and disease-free. To keep on top of your oral hygiene you should:
- Floss your teeth daily
- Brush twice a day for at least 2 minutes.
- Use a good fluoride toothpaste.
- Get regular dental checkups.
- Antiseptic mouthwash.
Dental Treatments for Gum Disease
If gum disease is allowed to develop, more serious treatment may be needed and you may need to visit your dentist who can decide on the best treatment.
Root planing is a deep clean under the gums that removes bacteria and other debris from the roots of your teeth,
Tooth Scale and Polish
If plaque is allowed to build up, it can become hard which may require a scale and polish to remove. This deep clean involves the hygienist scraping away the build-up with dental tools and then polishing to remove any stains or marks.
If you think you may have the signs of gum disease, or you just want to get a checkup for peace of mind, talk to our friendly team at Shifnal Dental Care today on 01952 460119 or Book Online
What Are The Different Types Of Dental Bridges?
There are four types of dental bridges; traditional, cantilever, maryland and implant-supported. All these dental bridges work to provide the patient with a good bite grip when eating and protect the gums underneath from damage due to the pressure applied when eating.
They are often the most popular solution to a confident smile and healthy eating bite when an adult is missing one or more missing teeth, but what exactly does each dental bridge do?
Traditional Dental Bridges
These dental bridges are used when there are natural teeth surrounding a missing tooth or gap on both sides. It consists of one or more false teeth (pontic) made from ceramic or porcelain that are fused to metal, this is held in place by crowns on the natural teeth (abutment) either side of the missing teeth.
To place crowns on the natural teeth the dentist needs to remove some enamel from them, this is irreversible as enamel does not grow back. As a result, these teeth will always need to be protected with crowns even if you decide to have a different dental bridge fitted later on.
Cantilever Dental Bridges
This dental bridge is very similar to the above traditional bridge, however, it is fixed to just one natural tooth as there is only one to the side of the tooth gap.
As with the traditional dental bridge, the dentist will need to remove enamel from the natural tooth to fix it in place. It is worth noting that due to the bridge being fixed only on one side there is a slightly higher chance of tooth fracture or crown loosening over time.
Maryland Dental Bridges
These resin-bonded bridges are usually recommended for replacing missing teeth at the front of the mouth as they use metal or porcelain bands to bind the false tooth to the back of the natural teeth.
This procedure does not require the enamel to be removed from the natural teeth, however, it is not as durable as the traditional dental bridges. Patients are recommended to be careful with their bite force on areas of the mouth with these dental bridges.
Implant-Supported Dental Bridges
This dental bridge is only used when there is more than one tooth missing as they are supported by dental implants rather than natural teeth.
A dental implant is fitted in place of missing teeth, creating a series of holds for the dental bridge. Sometimes dentists may recommend a false tooth be suspended on the dental bridge between two implants, as a complete set of implants is not always possible.
It is important to note that this type of dental bridge can take several months to complete with two surgeries:
- To fit the implants,
- To fit the dental bridge.
All of the options above will be thoroughly explained and accessed by your dentist, with them recommending the most appropriate types of dental bridges to you. They will also talk to you about taking care of your dental bridge when it is in place, as most last between five to seven years, but with excellent dental hygiene, ten years or longer is attainable. This includes avoiding the following foods:
And overly hard foods.
There is no need for missing teeth to dampen your smile, with so many great options open to you your dentist is sure to find the right fit for your smile. Ask us about how we can help you today!
What Are The Benefits Of Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry covers a lot of different products and procedures, but they all have one aim – to give you the smile you have always dreamed of. However, did you know that there are actually lots of benefits to cosmetic dentistry and that the perfect smile is not the only positive outcome from it?
Cosmetic dentistry is not just for superficial appearances, it can help improve an individual’s diet.
An uneven bite or missing tooth may prevent someone from properly chewing their food, which will make digestion more difficult. By correcting this with braces or tooth implants a person’s chewing will improve and so will their digestion, meaning they get the most out of every meal.
Inlays and onlays are another cosmetic procedure that will help to strengthen teeth to improve chewing, they do this by reinforcing the tooth in much the same way as a filling would or by replacing the biting surface.
Improved Dental Health
This type of dentistry can have many benefits to dental health as well as diet, as a lot of cosmetic dentistry procedures aim to strengthen teeth and protect sensitive areas within the mouth to enhance their aesthetics.
Dental crowns help prevent any damaged teeth from further deterioration, by removing a certain amount of the tooth surface and this is replaced by a colour matched ‘cap’ to mimic a natural tooth. As well as improving the appearance of the teeth crowns can be considerably stronger and more durable than larger fillings.
Dental implants prevent damage occurring to the guns and jawbones by creating a barrier between them and food or other teeth. It is a small part of titanium which is placed in the jaw bone in place of the missing natural tooth root, making it a secure fixture within the mouth. Improving bite and preventing damage to sensitive gums in the mouth.
The above two procedures are good examples of cosmetic restoration that not only improve the smile but also the dental help of the smile’s owner.
Improved Appearance & Self-Confidence
Often people can feel self-conscious about a flaw with their teeth, for example, if they have chipped or cracked it. This can lead people to be less inclined to smile and show their teeth and could cause them to shy away from social interactions. That is why the cosmetic dental procedure dental bonding is ideal, not only does it improve the appearance of the tooth but it improves a person’s self-confidence in their smile.
Stained teeth can often cause people to become unhappy with their smile. There are two cosmetic dental procedures that can improve the appearance of stained teeth:
- Dental veneers – thin, tooth-coloured shells that are attached to the front surface of teeth. Often made from porcelain or resin composite materials and are permanently bonded to your teeth.
- Teeth whitening – through the use of either Zoom or a professional tray whitening gel, teeth become whiter in appearance.
Both these dental cosmetics improve the appearance of teeth and recreate a person’s beautiful smile.
Whilst cosmetic dentistry has many aesthetic advantages, it also has important health ones too – from improving dental health to enhancing mental health. Take a look at all the teeth enhancing procedures Shifnal Dental Care have on offer.
Find out how we can help you create the smile you have always wanted by contacting our treatment coordinator Katherine on 01952 460119 or email us.
Christmas Teeth Whitening Gifts
We can all feel self-conscious about how our teeth look, whether it be about their alignment or colour, and Christmas is a time of year we all want to look our best. In truth, our teeth are affected by everyday wear and tear that can leave stubborn stains, and the natural bright, white shade becomes darkened. Want to reawaken that gleaming smile of yours?
Shifnal Dental Care has two ways of bringing the sparkle back to your teeth in time for Christmas.
Dreaming of a white Christmas? With Zoom it can be achieved in less than an hour!
Our Zoom power whitening can whiten teeth by up to several shades, reinvigorating your smile.
Your lips and gums are covered before a gel is applied on to your teeth. A UV light is positioned over your teeth to activate the gel, this then gently penetrates your teeth, breaking up stains and discolouration.
Professional Tray Whitening
Rather take care of it yourself at home? With our professional tray whitening, you can!
Our professional home whitening kit is simple to use. All you need to do is place whitening gel into a custom-made tray that you either wear whilst asleep or for short periods throughout the day.
Start to see results within two weeks and you won’t be just lighting up the Christmas tree lights, you’ll be lighting up the room with your smile too.
At Shifnal Dental Care, we believe that every smile is important. Find out more about our teeth whitening treatments so that you can countdown to Christmas with a smile.
Have a pearly-white Christmas!
Laura’s Invisalign Diary: Month 11
Yes, the country is still in lockdown so I have not been to the dentist at all this month either, my teeth are doing fine and I have only 2 more sets to go! (that is if I don’t need any more corrections that might be made, but I’ll have to find out that once I see my dentist again)
I still hope everyone is keeping safe with social distancing in their minds and I also would like to give out my sympathies to anyone who is or has a relative suffering from this global pandemic.
All the set changes this month have been smooth and they haven’t hurt at all, my teeth are straightening out nicely and I am very happy with the results so I would just like to say that I fully recommend these to anyone who wishes to have their teeth straightened without having wires wrapped around their teeth.
My life in lockdown is pretty much the same every day and try to do five lessons worth of work that has been given to me online. I eat breakfast, lunch and dinner and I always go on a walk with my dog Mars every day. When I finish my work for the day I will either talk to my friends on facetime or I’ll reorganise my room for the hundredth time. Honestly, I am bored after these two months of not being in school but I know it is for the better so we can try and stop the virus spreading any more than it has already. School wise I miss everything: I even miss just being in lessons because even though most subjects are going fine I’m finding it hard to teach myself work. Especially my maths work that I was given a few weeks ago because even after I emailed my teacher for help on the work I still had to ask my dad to help me. Other subjects have been going fine I think it just depends what subject work you are doing because there are some subjects that are easy to teach yourself like art and geography, but others that are extremely difficult.
I wish I could say more but my day has been extremely repetitive this month so there is not much more to say, again I hope everyone is keeping safe.