Author: DentalFX

Looking good is only half the story for teeth

It’s great that everyone now has access to cosmetic dentistry treatments that allow them to have really great, confidence-boosting smiles, but let’s not forget that beauty is only skin-deep and that it’s possible to have great looking teeth that are quietly going rotten with decay and gum disease behind their veneers, dental implants, whitening or whatever else in the way of cosmetic dentistry you choose to have done.

General Dentistry in GlasgowThat’s why, at Dental FX in Glasgow, we place as great an emphasis on general dentistry as we do on cosmetic dentistry, and we want you to do so too.

The check-up

The check-up is the backbone of all dental treatments. It’s our bi-annual opportunity to have a good poke around in your mouth and check that everything is in good nick. We look at your natural teeth, your restorations, your gums, your fillings, everything. And if you are over about 40, you should get all the soft parts of your mouth checked too, to make sure there are no mouth cancers showing up.

If we do find something that needs fixing, whether it’s decay that needs to be removed, fillings that are wearing out, teeth that are starting to crumble from bruxism, or signs of gum disease, we can send you for more general dentistry treatments to sort them out.

We are an NHS dentist as well as a private dentist, so you may well be able to get your general dentistry treatment on the NHS. It will even be free if you are:

  • Not yet 18
  • Over 18 but in full-time college
  • Pregnant or nursing.

The scale and polish

We usually recommend that patients have twice-yearly scale and polish sessions too. Allowing our hygienist to remove all that plaque and tartar that your brush couldn’t get at not only makes your mouth feel great but extends the life of your teeth as it helps prevent gum disease.

For kids

Children are more prone to decay, so we can help them with fluoride treatments to harden up their tooth enamel and fissure sealants to stop decay-causing bacteria getting into crevices on their back teeth.

Come and get checked out for mouth cancer

The Scots have a terrible reputation for being unhealthy, and while this is not as true as it used to be, we do love a wee dram (or several), and we are not as fond of fruit and veg as we used to be. Fewer of us smoke than in the past, but there are still enough of us at it, and most of us could do with losing a bit of weight. It’s just life in Glasgow in the 21st Century right? Well, yes, but it’s not having a good effect on our mouths.

Mouth Cancer Screening in GlasgowYou may be more worried about lung cancer or bowel cancer, but if you are over 35, you should be getting a mouth cancer screening in Glasgow once every 12 months. Sounds a bit dramatic? Well, the statistics are dramatic. Mouth cancer is the 6th most common kind of cancer worldwide.  Around 6,800 people are diagnosed with mouth cancer each year in the UK, which is about 2% of all cancers diagnosed.

There are direct links between mouth and throat cancers and lifestyle. If you are a smoker, if you drink alcohol regularly, if you don’t eat much fresh fruit and veg, if you are overweight, then you are more likely to develop mouth cancers.

At Dental FX, we can carry out a mouth cancer screening in Glasgow along with one of your bi-yearly check-ups. It won’t take long. All we do is have a good look round inside your mouth, using a mirror to check your tongue and underneath it, at the back of your throat, around your gums and palate and inside your cheeks. Once we’ve done that we will also use our hands to feel into your neck and throat to check for any lumps there.

Mouth cancer usually shows up as lumps and bumps that won’t heal, but it could also be what’s behind a suddenly hoarse voice or a tingly lip. We will ask you if you have notice anything unusual recently.

If we do find something, don’t panic. In its early stages, mouth cancer is pretty easy to treat. Any lumps can be cut out and analysed.

How are you going to replace missing teeth?

Some people think that there is too much choice now in the world. Choosing the right shampoo, for example, can take hours as you weigh up the pros and cons of frizz removal versus colour brightener. There is also more choice in the world of tooth replacement: dentures, or bridges, or dental implants? How do you know which to go for?

Replace Missing Teeth in GlasgowMaybe it’s a good idea to come to see us at Dental FX in Glasgow and we can talk you through the different ways to replace missing teeth. One thing is for sure though, if you want stable teeth that don’t need to be replaced for at least 15 years, allow you to eat what you want and are easy to maintain, then you need to get dental implants.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium posts or screws, usually tapered like tooth roots, that are inserted into channels carefully sited in the jawbone to avoid nerves and blood vessels. They get their famous stability from the fact that titanium is highly biocompatible and the jawbone greets it like another body part and grows new bone and blood vessels all over it, thus fusing with it and holding it securely in place.

Dental implants are very versatile. One implant can hold up to 3 teeth on a bridge, which means that you can fill a small gap without having to compromise the integrity of neighbouring teeth, as you have to with fixed bridgework.

Over the 30 or so years since dental implants first became available, dentists have experimented with ways to make them more versatile, and techniques to make them available to more people, those who would have once been told that their jawbones were not good enough for dental implants.

For example, extra-long implants can be inserted through the upper jaw and anchored into the cheekbone if there is not enough bone density in the upper jaw.

Also, All-on-4 is a technique that uses only 4-6 implants to anchor an entire arch of teeth. Nowadays, same day teeth means that you walk out the door after implant surgery with a set of temporary crowns already in place, so that you never have to be without teeth.

Wear and tear repaired

When you think about the amount of action our teeth see over a lifetime, it’s not surprising that every now and then they get chipped, or as you get older they start to look a bit worn around the edges.

The thing is that every bit that goes missing in action, maybe from biting down on a something hard like an olive stone, or from accidents like losing a corner of a tooth from a squash ball in the face or another sporting injury, weakens your teeth. Worn and chipped teeth can also make you very self-conscious about your smile, sometimes to the point of not wanting to smile at all.

 Repair worn and chipped teeth in GlasgowIf you have weakened a tooth by chipping it, it’s important to get it fixed. If you leave it chipped, it can lead to more serious problems in the future, with decay and further structural damage.

Come to Dental FX in Glasgow and let us find a way to repair worn and chipped teeth that are letting you down.

Back teeth

Sometimes the easiest way to fix a chipped back tooth is with white composite filling. Made of plastic and glass, composite is more durable than it used to be, plus it can be shaped once it has been cured, which means you get the shape of your tooth back, along with the colour.

Veneers and composite bonding

These are 2 cover-over treatments for chipped and worn teeth. Veneers are porcelain sheaths that are fixed over the fronts of the teeth. They can last for at least 10 years if you look after them well. Composite bonding is sculpted over the teeth. Both work really well on the front teeth, where looks really matter.

Crowns

If you have got a lot of damage that is really weakening your teeth, you might need to cover it over entirely with a crown. This is a great way to hang onto teeth that have healthy roots but are in danger of collapse because the upper part is so damaged. Modern crowns are usually made of dental porcelain.

Why not let us take a look at your damaged teeth, and together we can work out a plan to make them look great again?

Children’s teeth, care is important

Some people have the mistaken belief that they don’t need to worry too much about the state of their kids’ teeth because it won’t be too long before the adult set comes through, so any decay will just fall out with the baby teeth. It’s a gamble and not one we think you should take.

Looking after children’s TeethMore decay than adults

Here’s the thing: children’s teeth are far more susceptible to decay than adult teeth for two reasons. Firstly, youngsters are still developing their brushing skills, which are limited because having to stand still for two minutes twice a day and brush goes against every fibre of the being of your average race-around kid. So, they rush brushing and miss bits because they are still learning how to hold a brush as well as stand still for two minutes. Secondly, children ingest far more sugar than adults. They are on the squashes and juices while we are experimenting with boutique gins. They also eat more sugary snacks, and even healthy ones, like raisins cause problems because they cling to the teeth, giving bacterial plaque a long feast, enabling them to produce even more decay-causing acids.

Why decay is so harmful for kids

The reason why looking after children’s teeth is so important and we can’t just let a bit of decay slide because the teeth will fall out anyway, is that underneath those dispensable kids’ teeth are adult teeth, and decay can leap-frog from one to the other. So, your child might have teeth come through that already have serious decay issues going on.

How to protect against decay

We have two ways here at Dental FX in Glasgow to help protect your children’s teeth. Dr Nahida Roy can use fluoride treatments to mineralise the teeth. The fluoride is painted on and helps strengthen teeth against decay. As well as this, Dr Roy can coat the back teeth with fissure sealants. These are painted onto the chewing surfaces of the teeth and act as a barrier against decay-causing acids.

We can also help teach your children how to brush their teeth and our fun children’s area will help them learn that going to the dentist is a positive experience.

Why repair worn and chipped teeth in Glasgow?

Our teeth are tools that we have for a lifetime. That means that they get used many times a day, every day. Without them, life is less enjoyable and substantially more difficult. They are essential for positive life experiences like eating well and smiling. Looking after your teeth is a gift that you give yourself. Even with the best care, however, it’s possible for your teeth to become worn and chipped. That’s why we offer services that repair teeth at Dental FX in Glasgow.

repair worn and chipped teeth in GlasgowIt’s quite common for patients to feel a bit embarrassed about the state of their teeth. Many people feel a level of guilt about the care they have taken of their teeth. At Dental FX, we want to assure you that you will not be judged and that it is never too late to take action to care for your oral hygiene. There are so many modern dental procedures that we can offer you to support a renewed commitment to your smile.

What treatments do we offer?

It goes without saying that, as damage to your teeth worsens, you need more extensive treatment to sort it out. That’s why it is best to see us as soon as possible if you think there might be a problem with your teeth. Ideally, we’d like to see you at Dental FX once every six months so that we address problems before they become serious.

When you do visit us, we may be able to offer you one of the following treatments:

  • Clean and polish – if there is no damage, we can use this preventive measure to help create an environment where something is less likely to happen with your teeth;
  • Filling – mild to moderate damage can be addressed using a filling. We offer tooth-coloured repairs so that they blend in with your teeth;
  • Crown – more extensive damage might require the application of a crown. This involves putting a cap over the whole of your tooth after removing any decayed material. This prevents further damage and allows you to use the tooth normally again;

Tooth replacement – this is the most extreme treatment we offer patients and we do all we can to prevent you getting to this stage.

Common teeth whitening questions

When you approach a cosmetic dentistry treatment, like teeth whitening in Glasgow, it’s best to ask all the questions you have upfront. At Dental FX, we love talking to our patients about ways to improve their smile whether that’s through oral healthcare or a cosmetic procedure. We are happy to give you all the answers you need to feel comfortable going ahead.

It can feel strange at first when you decide to have an elective dental treatment because people are not used to thinking about visiting the dentist as something that can be fun and exciting. However, patients usually find that changing their mindset opens up a whole range of cosmetic possibilities.

Teeth Whitening in GlasgowYou can get specific information about how teeth whitening will work for you when you get in touch with Dental FX. Below are just some of the common questions we hear from patients who come to us for this procedure.

How much does it cost?

Currently, the cost for teeth whitening with Dental FX is £225. Depending on how you care for your teeth, you can expect the effects to last up to three years. To put this in perspective, people often get their haircut every six weeks at an average cost of £25 per time. Over three years that’s £650 and more than eight visits per year.

Does it hurt?

Teeth whitening has been given to millions of people all over the word and is safe. You should not feel any sensations during the procedure. Occasionally, some patients experience sensitivity after a teeth whitening. This is usually temporary and can be addressed using products recommended by your dentist at Dental FX.

What results can I expect?

When you have your first consultation with Dental FX, we will assess your teeth to make sure that you have stains that will respond to treatment. Most people will see their teeth lighten by several shades. Occasionally patients present with stains that are part of the structure of their teeth. This is caused by early ingestion of certain medications or chemicals. These stains do not respond to lightening procedures and, if this is the case for you, we would need to discuss other options for refining your smile.

Keep that youthful smile

When people fret about how old they are looking these days, they tend to scrutinise their faces and necks, pulling cheeks up and back, pulling at the loose skin under their chins. People can spend a fortune trying to smooth away the years from their faces. Yet they neglect another sure sign of their age: the state of their teeth.

Teeth Whitening in GlasgowTeeth age too. They become yellower and lose their shine, the edges get worn flat and the gums can recede, making the teeth look longer. One way to lose a few years in a few minutes or days is with teeth whitening. Here at Dental FX in Glasgow, teeth whitening is already popular with our younger patients; it’s the older ones who need persuading.

Those who are happily married or in a long-term relationship may never need to do anything to get the teeth of their youth back, but for older people back on the dating scene, having an alluring smile is really important.

Our smile is one of the first things people notice about us and they will make subconscious or conscious judgments about it. So, if you are planning on going dating, having an attractive smile will make all the difference to your chance of romance.

Our teeth collect traces of pigment from the food and drinks we consume. If you are big on tea, coffee, red wine, berries or tomato-based foods, there’s a strong likelihood that your teeth have stains from these things in the enamel.

Most surface stains are easily removed with teeth whitening, which can be done either here at Dental FX in a matter of about an hour, or at home in two or three weeks, depending on the severity of the staining.

Teeth whitening is a not a permanent treatment, although once you have had your teeth whitened once, they are unlikely to ever get so stained again. You can extend the life of your whitening by avoiding foods and drinks that stain, and also by brushing your teeth after every meal so that stains don’t have time to get established. You can also have top-up whitening treatments to keep your teeth pearly-white.

Airflow – dental hygiene revisited

Emerging technology is transforming all areas of life and dentistry is no exception. The innovative Airflow technique uses a machine that cleans and polishes the teeth with a mix of water, compressed air and fine powder particles. This method is better than traditional cleaning methods that use scraping tools and polishing discs and which can be time-consuming and potentially painful for the patient.

At Dental FX, we are committed to good oral hygiene and Airflow technology enables us to ensure that your teeth are healthy and sparkly clean. Our dedicated team of dentists and dental hygienists will make you feel comfortable every step of the way and will clean your teeth thoroughly. They can also give you advice on gum health, oral care at home and can show you how to brush and floss your teeth properly.

Airflow in GlasgowWhat is Airflow?

In Glasgow, Airflow treatment is designed to remove simple tooth staining from the teeth. Although this treatment is not a tooth whitening therapy, the Airflow will significantly improve the colour of your teeth and give you a fresh smile.

This cleaning and polishing therapy works by the projection of tiny bicarbonate particles under water pressure onto the surface and in between each tooth. Treatment time rarely exceeds 20 minutes and by the end, your teeth will look and feel smoother, cleaner and brighter.

Airflow is a handy clean and polish tool, but it can also be a great alternative to more expensive whitening treatments for patients with surface discolouration. However, Airflow cannot replace your regular appointments to the hygienist and in some cases scaling may be involved in order to remove any hardened plaque from the teeth prior to the Airflow treatment.

How long will it last?

Treatment with Airflow is very effective and results can be lasting. However, this depends entirely on your diet, lifestyle and oral hygiene routine. If you consume tea, coffee, red wine and highly-pigmented foods and beverages on a daily basis, then you can expect the staining to return over a few months. If you rarely consume staining foods and drinks and you brush and floss your teeth diligently, then your teeth may remain bright for up to a year following treatment with Airflow.

Focus on Dr Nahida Roy

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

A. When I was at school I had a Saturday job helping my father’s friend out. He had a busy practice. He really enjoyed his job which had a real impact on this surly teenager!

Nahida RoyQ2. Where did you train and what have you done since you qualified?

A. I trained at Glasgow Uni, I can’t believe that was nearly 26 yrs ago.

I worked in a busy southside practice for many years. I gained a huge amount of experience there.  I then went on to buy my own practice and loved it.

Two children later I’m here working in Bearsden, not far from where I studied all those years ago.

Q3. What do you find most challenging in dentistry today?

A. Dentistry today is really fast moving and exciting.

It’s not just about the patient’s oral health but about treating the patient in a much more holistic way.

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

A. What I love about dentistry is that it’s so varied as no two patients are ever the same. This makes every day different and enjoyable. Having a healthy mouth makes a massive difference to the patient not only from a physical way but also psychological difference.

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

A. I vividly remember my frightening experiences with my school dentist growing up and I’m very aware of how my patients must feel if they’ve had similar experiences. Dentistry has come a long way and patients should feel safe and confident knowing that we’re here to look after them.

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

A. Snowboarding and scuba diving are my two obsessions outside of work.

I’m currently learning to fly fish badly!!

Q7. What have you found most rewarding

A. The most rewarding thing about my job is being part of a patient’s journey from them not being confident enough to even smile and then to see them leaving my surgery happy and smiling!