Oral health reassurance

The link between smoking and cancer has been clear for many years. The recent changes to tobacco packaging are the latest attempt to reduce the number of people who take up this life-threatening habit. You may have seen the photographs, on some cigarette packets, of the potential effects of mouth cancer. Pictures like these are not easy to look at. They’re intended to deter people from carcinogenic substances, but they can also cause worries for people who’ve long since given up smoking, or even people who’ve never smoked at all. In Glasgow, mouth cancer screening is offered by dentists as a way to provide professional scrutiny of your at-risk oral tissues.

Mouth Cancer Screening in GlasgowA proper look at your condition

Maintaining good oral health is a key part of your overall wellbeing. At Dental FX, we can give you up-to-date information and contemporary advice, which will help you to keep your mouth in a healthy condition. This will reduce the overall risk of developing gum disease, tooth decay, and other dental problems. If you’re trying to quit smoking, we can provide support and information to encourage you towards your goal. The condition of your teeth and mouth will greatly improve very soon after your last cigarette. Our friendly professionals are trained to spot the early signs of unwanted developments that may indicate mouth cancer, and will speedily refer you to the appropriate medical services if further investigations are needed.

A healthy life

Life can be difficult when the function of your mouth is impaired. You may know this at some level yourself, if you’ve experienced toothache, or if you’ve had to cope with the numbness that can linger after receiving a local anaesthetic. We want all of our patients to be free from oral difficulties, so they can enjoy life without the inconvenience of problems in the mouth. Our mouth cancer screening service provides regular reassurance to patients. By allowing us to pay attention to your teeth and the tissues that surround them, you take care of your future oral health. Screening for mouth cancer ensures that any potentially serious problems are detected at an early stage.

Join the implant revolution

One of the things that people dread about getting older is bits of their bodies stopping working. Most of us imagine that by the time we are pensioners, we will no longer be the proud owners of a full set of natural teeth. Teeth can go missing at any age. When we are young, they tend to get knocked out in sports accidents or mucking about at school. Children even lose teeth to decay from eating and drinking too much sugar.

As we get older teeth can crumble away due to decay, or being ground down at night, or through gum disease. Whatever the reason, the more teeth we lose, the harder it becomes to bite and chew our food sufficiently well to get maximum nutrition from it. Also, gaps look awful, especially if it’s the front teeth that are missing.

Replace Missing Teeth in GlasgowThank goodness then, that there is now a fabulous way to replace missing teeth. A way that replaces the whole tooth, root and crown, creating a powerful and stable chewing base that can last for the rest of your life. We are talking about dental implants.

The basics of dental implants

At Dental FX in Glasgow, dental implants are fast becoming our patients’ first choice for replacing missing teeth. This is because only dental implants can give them back the full functionality of their lost teeth.

Dental implants can be used to replace just one tooth, or up to three in a row on one implant, or a whole arch of teeth on several implants. They can even be used to stabilise dentures if patients have less money to invest in a whole set of implants.

Dental implants are made of titanium. They are inserted into channels drilled into the jawbone. The titanium stimulates the growth of new bone tissue and the two mesh together over several weeks of healing to create an artificial tooth root that can withstand multidirectional chewing forces of up to 97kg or 200lbs.

The crowns, which are screwed onto the implants, are made from porcelain colour-matched, shaped, and sized to blend in with the original teeth. They stay in then for the rest of your life.

New Service at Dental fx from Dr Nahida Roy

Dr Nahida Roy

Do your teeth stop you from smiling?
Do you want straight teeth and a perfect smile…quickly?
Do you want an affordable option to straighten your teeth?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to the above then we may have the answer you’ve been looking for.

Introducing: QUICK STRAIGHT TEETH

What is QST?

Quick Straight teeth (or QST for short) uses fixed or removable clear braces to align your front teeth

 

What can QST do for me?

Using QST clear braces we can correct misaligned teeth, gummy smiles and many other common dental issues that people have

 

How long does it take?

Usually three to nine months

 

What are the benefits of QST?

Affordable option to full orthodontics

Treatment carried out in-house so no need to attend another practice

Fixed and removable appliances are almost invisible

Comfortable to wear

 

Example of before and after using QST

Before After Using QST

 

 

 

 

This outcome was achieved in 6 months

For further information call us today on 0141 931 5533

How old do your teeth look?

It’s fair to say that most of us care about how we look. We live in an image-conscious society, where how we look can sometimes be as important as what we can do. Part of looking good is looking as youthful as possible – 50 is the new 35, 60 the new 40 and so on.

People can spend a lot of money on clothes and hair and keeping fit, but there are a few parts of the body that can give away our real age, and one of those is our teeth.

Worn and Chipped Teeth in GlasgowWhat happens to your teeth over the years?

Thanks to the advances in dentistry in the past few decades, it is now not impossible for people to retain all their teeth into their 50s, 60s and beyond. Yes, you may still have all your teeth, but they are now several decades old and will have seen quite bit of action. All that biting and chewing will have had an impact on your teeth. Remember when they first came through when you were a kid, how your 2 front top teeth almost had little ridges along the bottom edge and were rounded at the corners?

Teeth can also get worn where we brush them all the time; we call this type of wearing erosion and it can mean that the enamel gets thinner and the yellow dentine below starts to show through, which is why old age is associated with yellower teeth.

Chips are not uncommon in teeth that have been around for a while. Maybe they are signs of a sports injury, or the tooth was chipped when you bit down on something hard like an olive stone.

Solutions

Whatever the cause, at Dental FX we can repair worn and chipped teeth using tried and tested methods.

If the broken tooth is near the back of your mouth, we can mend it with tooth-coloured composite, the stuff we use for white fillings. If it’s a really big bit that’s broken off, we’d do better to use a crown, as this will also strengthen the tooth.

At the front of your mouth, you might prefer to go for veneers, which are porcelain sheaths that are fixed over the front surfaces of the teeth.

Caring for children’s teeth in Glasgow

Good oral hygiene habits are acquired over time. Caring for children’s teeth is an important part of keeping their bodies healthy and it’s never too early to get started. Ideally, children should visit the dentist as soon as their first teeth erupt and that’s because healthy baby teeth set the stage for strong permanent teeth.

At Dental FX, we are passionate about preventive dentistry and we love receiving young patients to our practice. Looking after children’s teeth in Glasgow is what we do well and we have a dedicated children’s area in our practice, where children can relax while waiting to see the dentist. Dr Nahida Roy, has a friendly and relaxed manner and being a mother of two herself, she knows how important it is to take good care of children’s teeth and gums. If a child seems to be at risk for cavities or other problems, we recommend fluoride applications or dental sealants.

Childrens Dentistry in GlasgowFluoride applications

Dental fluoride treatment is one of the most effective ways to prevent tooth decay and prevent good oral health in children. Fluoride plays an important role in preventing tooth decay, which is why you can find it in most toothpastes and added to drinking water in some regions. Studies have shown that fluoride applications at the dentist are both safe and effective in decreasing cavities and preventing tooth decay. Fluoride acts as a shield against acid attacks caused by sugars and plaque bacteria and can be beneficial in controlled doses administered by an experienced dentist.

Dental sealants

Just like fluoride, dental sealants are also effective at keeping plaque bacteria at bay. Although brushing and flossing can remove food particles and plaque effectively, they cannot always reach the back teeth to remove the food and plaque. Sealants protect these hard-to-reach teeth (usually the molars) from tooth decay by keeping out plaque and harmful bacteria.

Children are good candidates for dental sealants, because they are at higher risk of developing decay. Typically, children should have sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as these teeth erupt. This way, dental sealants can protect teeth through the ages 6 to 14, when cavities are more likely form.

Repair worn and chipped teeth in Glasgow

Wear and tear on our teeth over the years is expected and, sometimes, we can do almost nothing to prevent it. If you have heavily worn or chipped teeth, it is really important to visit your dentist, as they will determine the causes and the treatment. At Dental FX in Glasgow, repairing worn and chipped teeth may include white fillings and composite bonding or porcelain veneers and dental crowns, if the damage is more extensive.

Chipped Teeth in GlasgowWhite fillings and dental bonding

If you have a single chipped tooth or cracked tooth, the result of injury or accident, we offer white fillings and dental bonding. Both are quick, safe and easy ways to repair the problem in just one visit to our practice. White fillings are very discreet because they are tooth-coloured to match the rest of your teeth. Your dentist will drill the affected tooth to remove any decay and smooth the edges before the filling is placed. White fillings are easy to install in one visit because they turn hard in seconds with the use of a special light.

If you have small chips on your teeth, on the other hand, your dentist will use composite bonding to restore their appearance. Using a tooth-coloured composite (made of glass and plastic), your dentist will repair the tooth and shape it to look like it used to originally.

Crowns

Crowns are ideal when larger pieces of the tooth have broken or chipped. Essentially, crowns are tooth-shaped caps made of porcelain or composite that cover the entire tooth and help protect it from decay and gum disease. The procedure is relatively quick and can be completed from a few days to a couple of weeks. The tooth will need to be prepared before the final placement of the crown and this may require removing part of the tooth enamel.

Veneers

Porcelain veneers are very thin porcelain shells, which are ideal for covering chipped and worn teeth. Your dentist will lightly prepare the tooth by removing a small layer of the enamel and will take impressions, which are sent to the laboratory for your veneer to be made. Once ready, the veneer will be bonded to the front of your teeth with a special glue.

Brighten your teeth with teeth whitening in Glasgow

We all want a brighter smile, yet very few people have pearly white teeth naturally. If brushing, regular dental cleanings and lifestyle changes just aren’t enough, professional teeth whitening is a safe and cost-effective solution to make your smile bright again. At Dental FX in Glasgow, we believe that the most comfortable, effective and safest way to brighten your teeth is for us to provide you with a customised tooth whitening kit with bleaching trays.

What causes yellow teeth?

Teeth Whitening in GlasgowTeeth tend to become darker as we age, however, genetics and lifestyle choices may accelerate this process. Coffee, tea and red wine are notorious for staining the teeth, yet other drinks with high acidity such as soda, juices and sports drinks can also stain tooth enamel. Highly pigmented foods can cause staining over time. Even healthy foods including blueberries and strawberries can stain your teeth.

Your genetic profile also determines whether you teeth will be on the white or the yellow side. This not about the colour, but the thickness of the enamel. People with thin tooth enamel are more likely to have their teeth appear yellow compared to people with very thick tooth enamel. Last but not least, some medications are also responsible for tooth staining.

At-home teeth whitening with trays

At Dental FX, we use tray bleaching, a type of professional whitening that employs custom-made trays and whitening gel prescribed by our dentists. Once you receive the custom-fitted trays, you will fill them with whitening gel and wear them for a few hours a day for two or three weeks. At-home teeth whitening is entirely safe and will not hurt your teeth and gums. It generally takes 10-14 days, but you will be able to notice results within the first few days.

Ready to regain your smile?

Once the treatment is over, you will notice how different your teeth look. Unlike over-the-counter products that can cause gum irritation and discomfort, professional teeth whitening at Dental FX is safe, tested and entirely comfortable. If you would like to know more about teeth whitening or any of our cosmetic procedures, just give us a call and our friendly dentists will be happy to help you.

Focus on Gareth Calvert

Questions and Answers Gareth Calvert

Q1. Did you always want to be a dentist? If not, how did it happen?

A. In the final years of school, I was torn between Engineering and Dentistry. I always enjoyed the mechanical aspects of problem-solving, so combined with caring for people, Dentistry was the obvious choice. These aspects still motivate me today and undoubtedly why I chose a career in Restorative Dentistry.

Q2. Where did you train and what have you done since you qualified?

A. I completed my Undergraduate training at the University of Glasgow Dental School and Hospital. I then spent 2 years working between general practice and secondary care in Glasgow. After which I was fortunate enough to begin postgraduate education in Newcastle Dental Hospital’s Restorative department.

After 12 months I returned to Scotland, to work in the Maxillofacial unit in Forth Valley. Shortly after this, I entered specialist training in Restorative dentistry back in Glasgow Dental Hospital and part time in general practice.

On completion of specialist training, I was awarded the Diploma in Restorative Dentistry from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow and appointed a Consultant in Glasgow Dental Hospital.

Gareth CalvertQ3. What do you find most challenging in dentistry today?

A. Negotiating what radio station we listen to or is with the window open or closed.

Q4. What type of dentistry do you enjoy doing best and why?

A. I enjoyed my specialist training in gum treatment, root treatment, implant treatment and crowns/bridges, but In Glasgow Dental Hospital I am fortunate to treat patients with hypodontia which require all aspects of these treatments. In Dental FX I enjoy delivering gum treatment as this is the foundation of oral health but would be happy to discuss any other concerns you have regarding your smile.

Q5. What advice would you give to a nervous patient?

A. Come in for a chat. We can talk through any concerns you have and put you back in control of your smile.

Q6. What do you like to do outside of dentistry?

A. My obsession with gadgets doesn’t stop at work, it includes anything with a petrol engine. I enjoy competitive sport to blow off steam so I play squash and 5 a side football. Otherwise, I’m a dog person with a soft spot for baking which my friends like to remind me of.

Q7. What have you found most rewarding

A. Professionally, it was travelling to Ghana with a charity to develop the skills of 20 undergraduate dentists in emergency care for a small village that had no access to dentistry. Personally, it was navigating myself across China for 4 weeks.

Professional teeth whitening in Glasgow

As we age, our teeth tend to become yellow and lose their natural shine. This is caused by many factors, some of which cannot be controlled. One of the easiest ways of regaining your smile’s youthful appearance is through professional teeth whitening.

At Dental FX in Glasgow, we understand that your smile has seen whiter days. This is why, we are able to help our patients whiten their teeth professionally either in the dental chair or in the comfort of their own home, depending on their lifestyle and individual needs. Whiter teeth can make a great difference in your smile and overall appearance.

Teeth Whitening in GlasgowCommon causes of tooth discolouration

Even if you brush and floss your teeth regularly, chances are that you will develop tooth discolouration at some point in your life. There are many factors that many cause your teeth to darken. Some of them are directly under your control, while others are not preventable. Generally, your dental health is determined by genetics beyond your control.

Some people are born with thinner and more sensitive tooth enamel or discoloured teeth. Several medications can also lead to tooth discolouration. Failing to brush and floss your teeth will also lead to tooth decay and yellowing of your teeth. Finally, ageing takes a toll on your teeth as well as consumption of certain foods, including coffee, tea and red wine.

Teeth whitening treatments

After determining the cause of your discolouration, our experienced dentists can suggest suitable treatment options. Over-the-counter whitening agents might help, but professional whitening is safer and more effective. When teeth whitening is not an option because of tooth sensitivity or other reasons, veneers can also brighten your teeth permanently.

We appreciate that people with different lifestyles have different requirements. Keeping this in mind, we offer customised treatment options, which are specifically designed for your needs.

In-practice whitening

Whitening treatment at our practice can be performed at your own convenience upon scheduling an appointment. This way you can have your teeth brightened by several shades in under an hour. It involves whitening your teeth with prescription-strength hydrogen peroxide and laser technology.

At-home whitening

Alternatively, our dentist can provide you with custom-fitted bleaching trays that will help you whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own house.