Dental Hygiene

Dental hygiene is an extremely important part of dentistry. A dentist can only do so much, and much of the responsibility is on the patient. A good hygiene routine will require brushing at least twice a day, and flossing once a day, to ensure that all food and sugars have been removed from the teeth. It is crucial that this happens, otherwise bacteria can linger on the teeth and therefore start to produce acids, which is what causes decay. At Dentist FX, we want to ensure that you are well cared for, so we want to assess every part of your oral health, to ensure that your mouth is not only looking and feeling its best but functioning correctly and healthily too.

Mouth Cancer Screening in GlasgowSmoking

Smoking is another cause of poor dental health. Smoking can lead to symptoms such as staining of the teeth and bad breath, which can be undesirable if you are looking to improve your appearance. Smoking can also cause the loss of jawbone and gums, and can even assist with tooth loss, which can be extremely detrimental to your health.

Smoking can also cause mouth cancer, which can be extremely serious and potentially fatal, so quitting, or reducing the amount you smoke is in your best interest. If you are looking for a mouth cancer screening in Glasgow, then this is something that we offer. It is important to get scanned as soon as possible, and if you are a regular smoker, then to get scanned every now and then. In terms of a mouth cancer screening in Glasgow, Dental FX offer a professional service in the area, so if you are concerned about this aspect of your health, or have been a regular smoker, then it is important to get checked.

Other issues

There can be other issues that can be unseen, such as gum disease, that can contribute to health problems in the mouth. If you are experiencing blood when you have brushed your teeth, or receding gums, then these may be symptoms of periodontal disease. You should make it your number one priority to see us as soon as possible, as this can result in losing all of your teeth.

Build-up of plaque

A build-up of plaque can be a big factor in the deterioration of your oral health. Therefore, maintaining a good dental hygiene regime is extremely important. A scale and polish is ideal in this situation, as it can assist with removing plaque and tartar build-ups in the mouth that may have been unseen. If you are also interested in a mouth cancer screening in Glasgow, then this is also a service that we can provide, and is a crucial thing to be checking for, as it can be one of the most dangerous conditions of the mouth.

It is also important to get your teeth checked by us regularly. Any of the issues mentioned are often treatable if they are noticed early, and it is in fact the sustained neglect of the problem which contributes to their severity.

Why choose Dental FX to replace missing teeth in Glasgow?

Here, at Dental FX, we understand that losing teeth can be a very alarming experience, causing discomfort and lack of confidence. That’s where we can help! At Dental FX we offer modern solutions for your missing teeth. Whether it is for a single tooth or multiple teeth or indeed all your teeth, we have the answer! Perhaps you are looking for more information on having dental implants fitted? Look no further as we have over 20 years of experience fulfilling all your dentistry needs and are considered to be a leader in the field of dental implants.  Indeed, many of our patients travel from all over Scotland for us to replace missing teeth in Glasgow, knowing that we are committed to delivering a safe and quality service for all our patients.

Replace Missing Teeth in GlasgowWhat are dental implants?

Dental implants are a modern solution to replacing missing teeth. We simply place small metal screws, made of titanium, into your jaw in place of the missing teeth. Once established, the bone gradually bonds with the implants, creating a stable and secure base for artificial teeth. We can then fix crowns, bridges and dentures onto the implants in order to create a natural looking smile.

Dental implants are now the most popular choice for replacing teeth and here at Dental FX we can replace either one single tooth or multiple teeth. Dental implants can also stabilise and improve existing loose dentures or even fully replace them.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants give you the feeling and appearance of real teeth and provide support for your face so that your natural facial shape and smile are maintained, often taking years off your appearance! In addition, dental implants are not removed from your mouth like traditional false teeth. You will carry your new smile with you 24/7, just like the real thing!

Dental implants, if good hygiene is maintained, can last you a lifetime so that you never have to worry about missing teeth again. They provide a stable structure for replacement teeth in the form of crowns, bridges or dentures so that you can smile, bite and chew with confidence. Dental implants also stimulate the jawbone to grow, so keep your mouth healthy and strong.

Who are dental implants recommended for?

We are able to offer dental implants as a solution to most of our patients here at Dental FX, with the exception of children, as their facial and jawbones are still growing. If you are missing any teeth or have any issues with your current crowns, bridges or dentures, dental implants could be the answer you are looking for!

So if you need to replace missing teeth in Glasgow, get in touch with us here at Dental FX so we can talk you through your options to regain a natural, fully functioning smile that is all your own, giving you the confidence to carry out your life with a smile!

Repair worn or chipped teeth in Glasgow by asking your dentist about veneers

Our teeth take quite a lot of punishment over our lives and the toll of this daily wear and tear can start to show in worn down enamel, chips and cracks in teeth. At first you might think this is how your smile is destroyed, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel in the form of cosmetic dentistry, more specifically veneers.

If you have any damaged teeth, this is why you should be asking your dentist about veneers.

Repair Worn or Chipped Teeth in GlasgowWhat veneers are

If you have never had to book an appointment to repair worn or chipped teeth in Glasgow and aren’t familiar with veneers, then worry not. They’re essentially a small piece of porcelain that’s placed over your teeth to cover up any damage, staining or gaps. Think of it like hanging a poster over a crack in your wall.

What does the procedure involve?

The process of having a veneer fitted is pretty simple. Your dentist will normally examine the area then match the colour of your teeth for the porcelain cap to ensure a natural looking cover. An impression of your tooth will be taken, and the area will then be cleaned, and a small section of enamel will be removed. Then a porcelain cap will be placed over your tooth and it’s fixed in place with an adhesive.

Is it painful?

A lot of people tend to be put off by treatments if they think they are going to be painful or too invasive. Veneers though are non-invasive and although you might feel some mild discomfort when your enamel layer is removed, the rest of the treatment should be relatively pain free. But, at Dental FX we ensure that the process of being fitted for veneers is quick, easy and stress free and our dentists will strive to provide you with the least amount of discomfort possible.

Are there benefits?

If you’re booking an appointment to repair worn or chipped teeth in Glasgow, there are a lot of great benefits to take advantage of with this treatment.

For one, the cap is easy to clean. Just brush it like you would the rest of your teeth, although be careful not to press too hard as you could dislodge the prosthetic. This also applies for flossing and mouthwash, don’t pull too hard with floss and stick to a low PH brand of mouthwash to avoid damaging the adhesive on the cap.

Another is that the treatments are pretty fast, which means you won’t have to spend too much time sitting in the dentist’s chair. The cap is also very durable, so there’s no need to continually come in to check it, but that doesn’t mean you can skip your 6 monthly check-up.

These are just a few interesting facts about veneers. So, if you’re looking to fix up your smile, repair worn or chipped teeth in Glasgow then contact your practice today and see what your dentist can do for you.

Chipped a tooth in a fall? Repairing worn and chipped teeth in Glasgow

If you are the type of person who thrives on playing football at the weekends or enjoys a game of rugby in your spare time, chances are you may have damaged one or several of your teeth.

In today’s society, even the most cared for teeth are not immune to becoming cracked or worn and if your worn or chipped teeth are in need of repair, there are many options available to you.

Repair worn and chipped teeth  in GlasgowIssues that can arise from chipped teeth

Unfortunately, even a small chip in a tooth can cause an issue if left untreated. Our dental team at Dental FX are experts in repairing worn and chipped teeth in Glasgow and have seen the consequences of not getting a worn tooth examined at an earlier stage.

Chipped teeth are weaker than unchipped teeth and can cause pain or issues with sensitivity when consuming hard foods or warm and cold beverages. Though a chip may appear minor, leaving it untreated can cause other bits of teeth to break off, potentially exposing the inner parts of the teeth. Not only does this cause intense pain, it can lead to more serious complications like infections and abscesses.

Treatment options

Luckily, repairing worn and chipped teeth in Glasgow is not a difficult process in most cases and typically can be completed with one dental visit. Our team of dentists at Dental FX treat many chipped or worn teeth everyday and can easily help you regain complete function of that damaged tooth in no time.

Fillings and bonding

If one of your teeth towards the back of your mouth has a crack or chip, your dentist will probably opt for a composite filling, these are easy to place and are largely unnoticeable.

If your chip or cracked tooth is more towards the front of your mouth, your dentist may recommend dental bonding. This uses a tooth coloured composite and is stuck to the affected tooth with a mixture of gel and adhesive. Once moulded, it is set in place and hardened using ultraviolet light. This procedure is exceedingly simple and can be completed in one visit.

Crowns

When a large part of your tooth has broken away, your dentist may choose to place a crown on the damaged tooth. Depending on which tooth has sustained the damage, crowns can be made of either metal or porcelain.

An imprint of your tooth will be taken, and you will be fitted with a temporary crown until a permanent one is fitted within the following two weeks.

Veneers

If one of your front teeth is chipped, veneers are a quick and easy way to disguise the damage. To fit it correctly, your dentist will take impressions of the tooth and your veneer will be created in a specialist laboratory. It will be attached to the tooth up to 2 weeks later using a special bonding material.

Need to repair worn and chipped teeth in Glasgow? Visit us now at Dental FX.

Are you ready to repair worn and chipped teeth?

Are your less than perfect teeth wearing your confidence down?  If you are struggling to maintain a golden smile through natural wear and tear, or possibly something like a sports injury, it could be time to visit us at Dental FX to repair worn or chipped teeth!

Worn and Chipped Teeth in GlasgowThere are various options available to patients that are suffering with, and needing to repair, worn or chipped teeth, but one thing is for certain, the sooner you contact us the better!  Apart from being sensitive and very painful if the nerves are exposed, your teeth can be vulnerable if left in this condition for too long and cause further problems to your oral health down the line.

So what are my options when treating this problem?

A small chip can be sorted out very easily, usually in just one visit to our dental practice.  If the problem is at the back of the mouth, a filling will suffice.  Whilst a chip at the front of the mouth may need a treatment known as dental bonding. This treatment allows the chip to be treated via the bonding of natural tooth coloured resin, which is then hardened with a special light.

But what if a larger section of my tooth has come away?

Never fear, a larger chip can be solved too with dental crowns. These are the perfect way to repair teeth that have been made weak from decay or broken during a hectic game of hockey or football!  Crowns can be made from various materials such as porcelain or metal and are simply a tooth-shaped cover that is attached to your tooth.

With this treatment, one of our dentists will remove a layer of the tooth’s surface, but ensuring that the strong inside is left.  Our dental professionals will make a mould of the prepared tooth and it will be given to our technician to make a bespoke crown. You may have a temporary crown put in place whilst your final one is being crafted.

What about unsightly chips in the front of my mouth?

Veneers are a superb option for worn or chipped front teeth and you can also experience the joy of having these made lovely and white too if you have all the front teeth replaced! This winning solution can help with a number of issues at once by changing the colour, size and shape of the tooth.

Now take that dental chip off your shoulder and out of your mouth!

Hiding your smile behind your hands, and feeling ever more uncomfortable in social situations, is not how any of us want to live our lives.  But help is at hand, due to the marvellous, dental innovations available nowadays. So why not give us a call so that we can discuss all the options available to you. With a great home oral hygiene regime and regular check-ups, there is no reason why your new smile can’t last for years to come!

Two ways to get your teeth looking lighter

Here at Dental FX in Glasgow, we like to offer two ways to get rid of stains to make your teeth look lighter and brighter.

Teeth lose their pearlescent luminosity over the years because of what we eat and drink. If you are partial to several litres of tea or coffee a day, or if you like to relax with a glass of good red in the evenings, then you increase your chances of staining your teeth. Particles of pigment from these drinks, plus various other highly pigmented foods and drinks get lodged in the pores of tooth enamel. Tobacco, of course, is another big offender.

Teeth Whitening in GlasgowTucked away like this, they can’t be removed with a good brushing and flossing. Over time, the staining builds up.

So, how to get rid of these stains? Well, you can choose between two methods:

Airflow

This is a great way to remove stains that our hygienist uses. Airflow uses a gentle jet of air combined with fine particles and water to gently remove hardened plaque. It also removes stubborn stains without any scraping.

You may well find that once your teeth have been given the Airflow treatment, you don’t need to get them whitened. But if you do still want teeth whitening, then we also have that on offer.

Teeth whitening

This treatment works by lifting stains out using a gel containing hydrogen peroxide as the active ingredient.

The first step with teeth whitening is to get bespoke gel trays made. To do this, we need to take impressions of your teeth. We can often make impressions and have them ready for you that same day. So, you could come into Dental FX in the morning and get your take-home kit on your way home from work. You put the whitening gel in the trays and wear them over your teeth for a short period every day. Generally speaking, it takes about 2 weeks to whiten your teeth.

Intrinsic discolouration

Sometimes your discolouration is in the tooth structure itself, and it can’t be removed. In this case, we would recommend veneers as a way to hide this problem.

Fresher smiles start with teeth whitening

Now that summer is knocking at the door, people are starting to think of new clothes, making over their houses and gardens and other ways to freshen things up a little.

One great way to bring a freshness to your smile, which is your most important non-verbal tool of communication, is to have your teeth whitened. Teeth whitening is a simple, non-invasive procedure and at Dental FX in Glasgow, we offer a same-day service so that you can get going on your treatment straight away.

Teeth Whitening in GlasgowHow whitening works

Teeth get stained and discoloured as we go through life, and pigments from the things we consume get caught in our tooth enamel. Whitening lifts those stains out and also works on the enamel itself to lighten it.

Whitening treatments use hydrogen peroxide, a tried and trusted whitener. This is put into a gel that you soak your teeth in every day for a short period to lift out the stains.

To make sure that the gel gets maximum contact with the teeth, you need bespoke gel trays. These trays fit you precisely and means there is less chance of any gel coming out and getting into the rest of your mouth.

When you come into Dental FX, we taken impressions of your teeth and then make the gel trays for you that very same day.

You go home with a whitening kit and then put some gel into the trays and wear them for a short period every day. Depending on the severity of your discolouration, it takes 2-3 weeks for your teeth to reach the desired shade of white.

Keeping up appearances

Whitening is not a permanent treatment but you can extend the life of it by being careful to avoid the foods and drinks that cause staining. These include tea, coffee and red wine. You can also brush your teeth after every meal to remove stains.

When your teeth do need a top-up treatment, all you have to do is come in for more gel and you are good to go.

Great isn’t it? Why not book a consultation and let’s get started on your summer smile.

Another way to get rid of stains

The things that many of us rely on to get us through the day can also leave evidence behind. Those cups of tea and coffee, that red wine, even that tobacco (as apparently there still are smokers in the UK) leave stains behind on our teeth. Over time, the stains build up and discolour the teeth.

Airflow in GlasgowOrdinary brushing doesn’t get rid of these stains and sometimes even a trip to the hygienist for a scale and polish doesn’t seem to do the job. You don’t really want to get your teeth whitened. Is there another way you can get these stains removed without having to go the whole hog of having your teeth go several shades lighter?

Yes, there is and we have it here at Dental FX in Glasgow. It’s called Airflow and it does a grand job of getting rid of stains.

Airflow is a jet of air, water and finely powdered sodium bicarbonate. Here at Dental FX, our hygienists, Michelle Britton, Teresa Cameron and Nicola McPherson, use it to great effect. They love seeing people’s face when they look at their teeth after a session with the Airflow equipment. It’s like the years have been stripped away from their teeth along with the stains.

They are back to their usual gleaming look without being made artificially lighter.

You can ask about Airflow at your next session with the hygienist or at your next check-up, or you can ring up to find out more and book a session. We usually recommend that you have any build-up of plaque removed first and the Airflow machine can do this for you.

This is a great way to spruce yourself up for an important occasion such as a wedding, or a first date.

If you have Airflow as an extra during your hygienist appointment, it will cost £20. If you have it as a full appointment, the price is £47.

There are some stains that Airflow cannot remove, so it’s a good idea to let us have a look at your staining before you book a session. If your staining won’t budge with Airflow, you can try teeth whitening, or have the discolouration covered over with veneers.

Improve your smile this Mother’s Day with cosmetic dentistry

Mother’s Day is coming up soon. Have you thought about what you would like your family to give you this year? If you’ve already got enough perfume, flowers and chocolates, maybe 2019 could be the year that your family help you upgrade your smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry in GlasgowIt may seem like an odd idea for a gift, but getting a great new smile can have wonderful knock-on effects in other areas of your life.

If you look around you, you will see that having a lovely smile has become a vital part of looking well-groomed for the under 40s, and there’s no reason why all mothers should not join their children in upgrading their smiles.

Here at Dental FX in Glasgow, we have highly experienced cosmetic dentists who can advise you on the best way to improve your smile. All you need to do is come in for a consultation. We can take a good look at your smile and suggest some ways that it could be improved.

Here are some simple treatments that can make all the difference:

Tooth contouring

If you have teeth that have been damaged or are bigger than the rest of your teeth, we can reshape them using a polishing tool. This easy treatment doesn’t even require an anaesthetic and it can transform your look in minutes.

Veneers

Another popular treatment is using veneers to cover over imperfections. Veneers are tiny sheaths of dental porcelain that are shaped and coloured to blend in with the rest of your teeth. We cement them on over the front of your teeth to hide problems such as cracks, chips, worn edges, discolouration that can’t be removed with whitening, and to make teeth that are mildly out of alignment appear straight.

Teeth whitening

Remove stains from red wine, coffee, tea, berries, smoking and more with teeth whitening treatments. We can make you gel trays in a day and then you carry out the treatment yourself at home.

We have a range of other treatments including reducing gummy smiles, cosmetic braces and replacing amalgam fillings with white fillings. Come on in and find out more.

Keep plaque at bay

Plaque is the root of all evil in your mouth. That may sound harsh, but it’s true. Plaque is that sticky layer of bacteria that coats your teeth, tongue and even the inside of your teeth.

It’s not the only bacteria living in your mouth, and in itself it’s harmless. The trouble is it feeds off the sugars in your mouth and then gives off acids. These acids, at source where they are most concentrated, eat away at your tooth enamel, creating holes for decay-causing bacteria to sneak in through and start attacking the soft layers of your inner tooth.

Visit our Hygienists in GlasgowThe acids also irritate and inflame your gums, as acids do, leading to gum disease, which, in its later stages can also result in infection. Both problems eventually lead to tooth loss.

Your part in plaque removal

You need to remove plaque twice a day. The best way to do this is by brushing with a soft-bristled brush for 2 minutes with a fluoride toothpaste. Back this up with a good floss once a day to remove plaque from around the gumline.

You also need to visit our hygienist at Dental FX in Glasgow twice a year for a scale and polish. The reason for this is that, no matter how hard you try, you will never be able to get rid of all the plaque.

After plaque has been on your teeth for around 3 days, it hardens into a cement-like layer called tartar. The only way to get this off your teeth is to scrape it off with special tools. If you leave it, the layer of living plaque next to your teeth will still be giving off damaging acids.

What the hygienist does

The hygienist uses sonic removal as well as manual tools to remove the build-up of tartar and plaque. They then use a paste and polisher to polish the surface of your teeth. This makes it harder for plaque to cling to.

If you need help with brushing, the hygienist can suggest techniques and tools to make your twice daily regime more effective.

Why not book to visit the hygienist today and start the year with lovely clean teeth?