Archive for January, 2019

Maintaining Your Gum Health

25th January, 2019

Every six months and each time we do a dental examination, we check a number of things, not just whether your teeth are decayed but all the many factors that relate to a healthy mouth. One of the major parts of the examination is your gum/periodontal condition. Unhealthy gums are not always obviously spotted so to determine if someones gums are healthy or not the dentist would measure the pockets. To measure gums the dentist uses a specially designed probe which has a ball on the end. The ball on the end stops it being sharp and also helps the dentist to feel hardened debris or any rough edges on restorations.

However the main feature of the probe is the contrasting black band to help show how far the probe can be slid into the edge of the gum. This will give the dentist an accurate score of your perio conditions.

The first band is 3.5 to 5.5 mm from the end of the probe. To measure the perio the mouth is divided up into six sections known as sextants consisting of the upper six front teeth, lower six front teeth and the four back corners.

Whatever the worst score for that particular sextant is, then that’s the score assigned to the whole sextant. So, if the whole sextant were perfect apart from one spot then the whole sextant gets the score of the worst spot. The scores point to the treatment to be carried out.

0 – All is fine in that sextant.

1 – An area of gum bleeds when gently probed – a sign of inflammation.

2 – The ball at the end of the probe can feel roughness due to either calculus (tartar)or due to an edge on a restoration

3 – The probe has gone in far enough to reach the start of the black band (over 3.5mm). This “pocket” is too deep for the patient to get into thoroughly with normal cleaning.

4 – The probe has gone in beyond the end of the first black band back onto the silver area (over 5.5mm) .  Full pocket charting is appropriate.

*  Added if the probe will slide into the area between the roots. Usually tied to a score of 4. This is called furcation involvement. Furcation involvements are very difficult to eliminate.

The BPE scores lead treatment planning but they’re also useful as an easy guide for patients to watch their own progress.

The Benefits Of Dental Implants In Sutton



In the world of modern dentistry, technology is advancing at an incredible rate. Dental appointments have been a inconvenience for employers for many years now, particularly if their staff are needing to take a whole morning, afternoon or even the entire day off work because of an oral procedure. But things are changing in dental surgeries which mean that dental procedures can be carried out quicker than ever. With the majority leading busy lifes surely anything that can reduce the time that patients need to spend in the dental surgery is good news. Dentists can fit more patients in and solve their pain problems more efficiantly.

The use of digital x-rays is at the heart of this change. Traditional x-rays have done a fine job for many years but they did have their drawbacks. For one thing, every single x-ray would have to be developed by expert staff in a special lab, This is a lengthy process and can often lead to the need for further appointments, which can be time consuming. There are also associated problems with overexposure and ruined film. Digital x-rays can be processed immediately for the dentist to examine solving patients dental problems quickly and easily.

X-rays can highlight hidden problems.  They can reveal the extent of dental damage such as tooth decay (cavities), bone-loss due to disease, check the growth of teeth, the condition of the mouth’s occlusion or ‘bite’, and continue to monitor any previous work done. The results of digital x-rays can be seen instantly on the computer screen giving you answers to your questions.

Digital x-rays also address the issue of safety. They require about 80 per cent less radiation meaning they are safer for both the patient and the dentist, who use them every day, Making them a quick, easy and safe option every time.

Ask Dr Shah  how a digital x ray can improve and solve your dental care problems.

Overcoming Dental Anxiety In Sutton



Dental anxiety is one of the most common phobias in the world with nearly a third of all adults disliking the dentist and 1 in 10 of us having a phobia so strong that we actually avoid making visits to the dentist. Dental fear is a problem that needs to be tackled head on however as our oral hygiene is incredibly important for our health.

Overcoming Mild Dental Anxiety

Mild dental anxiety is discomfort and nervousness at the dentist It can be treated in a number of ways.

Talking to your dentist

Talking to your dentist is the first step to overcoming your dental fears. Make sure your dentist understands your exact fears and work with them to make your appointment as relaxed as possible by taking breaks and letting them put you at ease. Here at Ninety 2 Dental we aim to make patients feel happy and comfortable, If you are a nervous patient we will be happy to allocate extra time for appointments as we want to make the dental surgery a calm, relaxing environment for you. We want you to remember you are in control, During treatment if you would like us to stop you can simply raise your hand whether it be because you need more anaesthesia, want to rinse, or simply need a break.

Practicing breathing techniques

Controlled breathing relaxes your body and shifts your focus to other things in order to preoccupy your mind. This is fantastic when you are at the dentist as you can avoid a lot of discomfort and anxiety. The easiest breathing techniques simply involve inhaling and exhaling through your nose for a slow count of three – so three seconds breathing in followed by three seconds breathing out. This technique is particularly useful as it also overcomes the breathing issues many of us feel when things are in our mouth.

Using relaxation techniques

There are a number of relaxation techniques that may work for you. You could bring music into your appointment with you, ask to have your favourite radio station on or just have the nurse chatting to you about something. Different relaxation and distraction techniques work for different people so try and find something that will work well for you.

Counselling

You can receive counselling for your phobia. This will aim to look at the root causes of your phobia and will try to work through it so that you can move beyond it. Counselling is free on the NHS for severe phobias and helps hundreds of people.

If your a nervous patient and would like more information on how we can help please click the link below to see our website page Nervous Patient Programme or simply call a member of our team on 0208 337 1168

http://www.ninety2dental.co.uk/sutton-surrey-dental-nervouspatient.html