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Teeth straightening treatments

Many individuals desire to have straighter looking teeth; with teeth straightening dental treatments on the rise this has become a real possibility for most. At Gwersyllt Dental Practice we provide traditional brace treatment along with invisible orthodontics. This means that individuals often have the choice to pick their treatment method. One of the most popular treatments is our Invisalign aligner. This treatment is more commonly used among those who want a discreet look whilst undergoing the procedure. These clear and transparent braces are designed to straighten and align the teeth to the preferred positioning. Clear aligners at our dentist in Wrexham are removable, unlike metal braces which are visible to the human eye. These aligners are manufactured and are custom made to an individual’s mouth structure. This is so that the process is more comfortable, leading to a more accurate result. If this treatment is something that you would be interested in, do not hesitate to book a consultation with our dentist in Wrexham.

How do invisible braces work?

Invisible braces at our dentist in Wrexham are more favoured among adults and those in professional careers who do not want their treatment to be noticed. They are also a great option for younger adults, as some individuals may not wish to be associated with metal braces as this can cause inhibition or self-consciousness. The Invisalign treatment is a simple, quick process that requires less time to straighten the teeth. Treatment time can take as little as 6 months depending on the patient’s dental issues. The aligners are able to be removed when required, therefore no special diet will be necessary when wearing them. These clear aligners provide more comfort than the traditional metal braces, as they are made from plastic, therefore less force is needed to be used as there is no necessity for wires and brackets.

Who is eligible for the Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign is suitable for those who have crooked or misaligned teeth. It is also a good option for those who are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth. Clear aligners also help with straightening crowded teeth.

Benefits of invisible orthodontics

There are many benefits when undergoing the Invisalign treatment. One of the major benefits of this treatment is that it straightens the teeth leaving a patient with a beautiful smile. However, there are many more advantages to receiving Invisalign.

Improved cleanliness and oral hygiene

Clear aligners have the ability to be removed when desired, an individual can take Invisalign out when they are wanting to brush and floss their teeth. Once someone has performed these steps they can put their aligner back in. It is highly advised to clean the aligner itself to improve your oral hygiene. This is also to ensure there is no build up of bacteria and these aligners should be brushed in the same way as teeth. This will help and encourage a patient to keep their mouth clean and healthy. Improved oral hygiene is vital when undergoing the process of using Invisalign, as it is important to have healthy teeth and gums. This is so that whilst undergoing Invisalign treatment you are free from any periodontal disease or dental issue, and thus will enable you to gain the best results. 

The importance of visiting the Dentist in Wrexham

Why choose us?

Although location plays an important part in choosing a dental practice there are many other factors that should be considered to ensure you are receiving the best dental service. These include the methods and treatments used combined with the patient’s care and overall wellbeing.

Our dental team is up to date with all the most current dental knowledge and strives to use both traditional and modern dentistry to provide the best possible care. Alongside this, the dental practice uses a variety of modern technologies which, similarly to the dental knowledge, are constantly being refreshed to implement the highest services and systems to each patient. By keeping up to date with modern dentistry the practice is able to provide its patients with the most up-to-date, affordable treatments possible including orthodontics and cosmetic treatments. Our dental team are also on point when it comes to ensuring their patients have an overall positive experience at the Dentist in Wrexham. Whether a new patient, a nervous patient, or a regular to our dental practice we pride ourselves in providing the highest quality of care whilst providing a safe, comfortable environment for each patient.

Why are regular appointments important?

Dental check-ups are of extreme importance as they enable your dental team to work using the preventive dental method. This means that early intervention can take place as soon as a dental issue becomes apparent and prevent more complex procedures or treatments further down the line. Alongside this is the fact that whilst the patient’s oral hygiene method at home is extremely important as it provides the daily care of the teeth and gums, it is only one part. The second part requires dental knowledge and this is where the Dentist in Wrexham comes in. By working together as a team in and out of the dental practice, the patient’s oral hygiene will be constantly improved and maintained at a high standard of care.

Visiting as a child

Our practice encourages regular dental check-ups with children from around six months old. Whilst teeth may not be growing through just yet for some babies, this implementation of the visit to the dental practice has far-reaching benefits later in life by reducing the possibilities of being afraid of the Dentist in Wrexham. Fears and anxieties can often prevent people from visiting their dental practice and as a result treatment of dental problems can continue to deteriorate. Through relaxed, positive reinforcement of visiting the dental practice early in life, the patient is being conditioned to accept these visits as a positive, regular occurrence. Working in conjunction with the mental health aspect of the visits, regular check-ups as a child also enable preventive methods to be put in place with regards to reducing and eliminating the buildup of plaque. This can be done using different methods which include applying fluoride applications to the teeth or tooth coloured fissure sealants.

Please note, each dental treatment and procedure can carry a potential risk. We therefore encourage all our patients to seek further information and advice from their local dental team.

Tooth extraction dentist in Wrexham

There are many reasons why you may need a tooth extraction, and it is important to get one if it’s needed to protect your other teeth from infection from the damaged tooth. Your dentist in Wrexham will be able to extract your tooth, as well as replacing that tooth at a later date.

If you need a tooth extraction, contact our dental practice as soon as possible. We know it can be scary to think about getting a tooth extracted, so we will make sure that you feel as comfortable as possible throughout.

What’s the process?

Before the procedure begins, we may take x-rays of your teeth to get a better look at the area and pinpoint the problem. This can also help us to identify any other problems that may have occurred in the mouth.

Once you are ready for your procedure, you may be placed under sedation or on local anaesthetic, depending on the severity of your case. Your dentist in Wrexham will begin by enlarging the socket that your tooth is in to give more room to separate the tooth from the ligament. The bone that holds the root of your tooth is relatively spongey, meaning that by simply rocking the tooth back and forth, it causes the bone to decompress, making it easier to extract. By doing this, it creates enough space for us to separate the tooth from the ligament, which is one of the main things holding your tooth in place.

This procedure has no pain, due to the numbing effect of the anaesthetic, this is great to know for people who may be worried about an extraction. Your pain transmitters become numb, meaning it doesn’t hurt, but you will feel slight pressure. Our patients are surprised after some extraction procedure as they thought it would have hurt more.

When do I need an extraction?

Wisdom teeth

One of the most common reasons why people get tooth extractions is due to their wisdom teeth growing through without enough space. Because your wisdom teeth tend to take longer to grow than your other teeth, it means that when they do grow there may not be enough space between your other teeth for it to push through. This can cause pain and is an important reason to get a tooth extraction.

Decay

Tooth decay can also be a reason for a tooth extraction, as if you leave the tooth to decay for too long, the damage can become irreparable. This can also spread to your other teeth, possibly causing infection, so it is important to contact your dentist in Wrexham for an extraction if this happens.

Broken tooth

Another reason why you may need an extraction is if you have an accident and damage your teeth, and it can’t be repaired. Having a broken tooth can be incredibly painful, and also puts pressure on the surrounding teeth. This is why it is important to contact our dental practice as soon as possible after breaking a tooth.

Overcrowding

Sometimes, when your teeth grow, there may not be enough space in your mouth to home them. This is why it can be necessary for you to get an extraction of these overcrowded teeth, so that the pressure can be alleviated and any problems that come from it can be minimised.

Should I be concerned about canker sores or mouth ulcers?

Mouth ulcers are a common irritation, often linked to stress or being overworked, springing up in the wake of exams and during the build-up to presentations. The Americans prefer calling them canker sores but either way, when should you come in to our dentist in Wrexham to see us about an outbreak of ulcers?

The yellowish whitish sores typically occur on the inside of cheeks, lips and sometimes the underside of the tongue and roof of the mouth, stinging on contact with heat or acid. Popping up alone or in small clusters, almost everyone has had them. As much as we wish we could resolve them for you in our surgery, the truth is that they will often self-resolve in a few weeks.

You don’t have to worry about them being contagious, but some people seem genetically prone to them. There seems to be a wide family of normal commensal mouth bacteria which can end up forming an ulcer after the lining of the mouth has been disrupted by something, usually trauma or abrasion against jagged teeth. Some of our patients report them being triggered by acidic foods.

Chronic ulcers occurring in a similar place should not be ignored, as they are an important indication that something is going wrong. Perhaps a brace needs adjusting or a denture. It may also be a symptom of food intolerance. You should systematically explore your diet and eliminate potential allergens, like dairy, to see if it impacts on the formation of mouth ulcers.

Ulcers for more than 10 days

If your mouth ulcers are spreading or persistent for more the 10 days, our dentist in Wrexham

can intervene. An oral steroid ointment can relieve the inflammation and permit the healing to begin. If your ulcers are growing in size beyond the size of a 5 pence piece, contact us immediately and we will try to book you in for an appointment on the same day.

If your chronic mouth ulcers are also accompanied by joint stiffness, gas/diarrhoea and fatigue, you should talk to your GP about them as there is a good chance they are a part of a larger auto-immune disorder. 

Prevention

If you’ve just got your mouth ulcers under control and are not looking to go through that again, there are steps you can take to avoid reoccurrence.

If your ulcers are along your checks in line with where your teeth meet the cheek, they may be due to excessive chewing. You should reduce the use of chewing gum and be cautious when eating.

If they are on the inside of your lips and are also accompanied by receding gums, you may be brushing too hard causing gum erosion and abrasion on the inside of your lips.

Brushing after meals and flossing daily could help to control the build-up of commensal bacteria to stop them from becoming a future problem. But for a more in-depth look at your specific case, you have to talk to our dentist in Wrexham who will be able to advise you and book you in for a check-up if required.

The dental services you may not associate with a dentist!

The bread and butter of a dental clinic may be incisors and molars, but we do more than just drill teeth; the skill set of our dentist in Wrexham with a well-stocked clinic can do more, like dermal fillers and tooth whitening. You have probably heard of such procedures but having them performed at a dental surgery can easily be misunderstood, due to the marketing strategies of some questionable providers. It’s time to sort out the wheat from the chaff and answer your questions along the way.

Dermal fillers permanently change your face

No, they do not. This is not true but there is some swelling in the first hour after receiving a filler. Then, it is slowly broken down and fully absorbed into the body within 6 months with many patients opting to then have their fillers replaced

Fillers are always safe

In general, correctly applied fillers are very safe, there are times where it may be best to avoid them or delay your treatment until a later date. If you have an active cold sore, it could be spread across the injection site by the dermal filler needle or if you are going to have a facial massage or any dental work performed within a few hours of receiving a filler.

Fillers are made from acid

Well, they are not made from acid, but hyaluronic acid is the primary ingredient in the most pedantic way. Yes, it lacks clarity and doesn’t really tell us much; both ketchup and battery acid are acidic but that does not make them comparable. Hyaluronic acid is a normal component of tissue, with the average human having about 11% hyaluronic acid. It is considered biologically inert and allergic reactions to it are extremely rare.

The beauty salon does dermal fillers, why should I go to a dental surgery?

There are many outlets which will provide dermal fillers. Fillers are not regulated in the UK, which means they can be performed by anyone without training. Our dentist in Wrexham can not only provide fillers but our experience with facial anatomy training, patient care and medicine allows for a safer and more regulated service.

Home bleaching teeth is the same as having it performed in a clinic

They are similar in method but the concentration of the agent used and the treatment time is very different. The bleaching component used in both is hydrogen peroxide but the kits approved for home use contain less than 1% of it. This makes it a lot safer, especially on the gums. The treatment in-clinic is more exact and can be more concentrated.

Home kits can be purchased through your local dentist

This is true and has several advantages. The bleaching gel is held in a bleaching tray which keeps it in place; in the clinic, we will form a tray around your teeth to ensure the gel remains in contact with the teeth and only the teeth. The trays that come in home kits are not personalised and are often ill-fitting. Also, by sourcing the products from our dentist in Wrexham, you avoid the risks of counterfeit medical goods that can come from online purchasing.

Dental implants; what’s all the fuss about?

There is a reason why dental implants get spoken about a lot online and in dental surgeries, but why? Dentists are excited because for the first time we can completely restore a tooth with no remaining fragments or even a vacant gum socket. Our implantologist at Gwersyllt Dental Practice is Mr Guest, who’s advanced training allows us to provide dental implants in our clinic, with the highest standards of care and an above-average success rate. There are limitations to dental implants and here our dentist inWrexham will break down the implant process.

How do they work?

We implement the modern 3-part implant. A titanium implant and a connector, topped with the ceramic porcelain prosthetic.

Titanium implant

The implant sits in the jawbone when installed and looks like a short titanium rod. It is kept in place by new bone growing around it and fusing to it.

The connector is fixed to the top of the implant and allows the implant to be placed independently of the prosthetic. This is done to give the implant time to set into the jawbone without the daily pressures it would have to endure if it was inserted with the dental prosthetic attached.

Although a single tooth is the most common prosthetic that we use, there are others like an implanted bridge or an anchor for a set of dentures.

The dental implant treatment pathway

A full assessment has to be carried out with our dentist in Wrexham, exploring your medical history and taking X-rays to confirm that you are suitable and that the implants are likely to be successful. The implanting of the titanium component is performed with a 4-6 month recovery period before a further assessment is made to ensure that they are fully set, allowing the prosthetics to be attached via the connector.

How do they compare to other forms of restorative dentistry?

The lifespan of an implant after successful integration is unmatched, even compared to endodontics, and has a longer lifespan than crowns or veneers.

There is also the capacity to remove the prosthetic component and replace it without having to extract the whole implant, making any future work much easier to perform for our team.

How would an implant affect my everyday life?

There are dental procedures with long-term consequences, like the hot and cold sensitivity that may accompany veneers or the gradual darkening of root canalled teeth. But the dental implant is as close to natural teeth as you can achieve with the same bushing requirements and twice-yearly check-ups. The artificial tooth enamel used on most prosthetics is much more stain-resistant than natural enamel, so even if your new tooth was colour matched at the time of fitting your natural teeth will darken faster leading to the implant standing out. However, this can usually be resolved with a scale and polish or tooth whitening.

Are there age restrictions on getting dental implants?

 Yes; you need all your adult teeth and need to be healthy with normal bone density. But there are no upper age restrictions on oral implants with our dentist in Wrexham.

When are sensitive teeth a good reason to go to the dentist?

Sensitive teeth aren’t exactly rare and if you never experience them, you almost certainly know someone who does. In reality, dental sensitivity is more common in 20 to 40-year-old women than any other group. Most of the time, it’s not a big issue but if you’ve tried to treat it yourself at home for the last 2 weeks and it is not getting better or has got worse, it is time to come see us, your friendly dentist inWrexham.

What causes temperature sensitivity?

Your teeth have a hard outer layer called enamel, it’s milky white and is largely opaque. Beneath it is the softer, yellowish spongy material dentine. Unlike enamel, dentine is porous and when exposed, teeth become sensitive, The enamel only extends to the gum line, with the root of a tooth made entirely of dentine. If the gum starts to recede, the dentine becomes exposed. But there are many reasons why the enamel may have been disrupted without receding gums.

Tooth whitening

The two most common methods of whitening teeth are abrasion, which can wear away the enamel, or bleaching which can chemically alter it, making it much more permeable.

Cracked tooth or filling

If the sensitivity is severe and came on suddenly, a cracked tooth or filling could well be the cause and you should book yourself in to see our team.

Tooth grinding

If it is the tips of your teeth which are sensitive, you could be grinding them in your sleep.

Over brushing

Yes, it can be caused by too much of a good thing! If you habitually brush your teeth too hard, you will eventually thin out your enamel and expose the dentine.

Dental erosion

The hardness of enamel comes from a lattice of calcium compounds. Unfortunately, it is chemically vulnerable to acids either from foods or acid reflux, which can break it down and once again expose the dentine.

What should I do to stop sensitivity?

If you haven’t tried already, you should first attempt to treat it yourself for 2 weeks. Get a high concentration fluoride-based toothpaste; it must be at least 1350ppm. There are many brands available from your local pharmacy or supermarket, and make the necessary lifestyle changes to prevent it progressing.

If tooth whitening has triggered your sensitivity, talk to us about strengthening the tooth. If you are self-whitening at home you should stop.

If the sensitivity is at the tip of your teeth, and you wake with muscle stiffness in your jaw you could be grinding your teeth during the night. Our dentist in Wrexham can help you with a custom mouthguard, but tooth grinding is a side-effect of some prescription medications so you should talk to your doctor first

Switching to a softer toothbrush and being more cautious when you brush will help prevent over-brushing and will allow the enamel to heal.

If there is no improvement in two weeks call us and we will book you in for a check-up with our dentist in Wrexham. Based on the pattern of the enamel thinning, it will not take long for us to see the causes of the sensitivity For many patients, a fluoride varnish or sealant should resolve the dental sensitivity.

How are orthodontic conditions treated?

Orthodontics

The term orthodontics refers to a special type of dentistry that has a main focus on the treatment of misaligned teeth and jaws. These conditions have been with us since prehistoric times: even 50,000 years old human remains have been found to have crooked teeth. The first author to describe these conditions was the famous ancient Greek doctor, Hippocrates. Another Roman writer hundreds of years ago, Celsus, recommended newly appearing teeth to be pushed into their correct position by exerting pressure on them with the owner’s fingers. Even ancient Egyptian mummies have been shown to have a very early form of today’s braces in their mouths: they consisted of metal bands wrapped around each tooth, which were bound together with a material that is currently thought to be catgut. The biggest developments in dentistry and particularly in orthodontics however happened during the past 200-300 years. With the invention of dental adhesives and the more widespread use of stainless steel instead of precious metals, orthodontic treatments have become more available to the wider public than before. If you are looking for a dentist in Wrexham to treat orthodontic conditions, why not book an appointment with us to get those teeth straighter! .

Metal braces

Metal braces are still one of the most common orthodontic treatment methods. These braces consist of brackets and archwires. The brackets are fixed onto the surface of the teeth using special dental adhesives. After this, they are bound together using the metal archwire. The archwire’s tension determines the amount of pressure exerted on the teeth. As the treatment progresses your dentist will progressively increase the pressure exerted on your teeth in order to get the desired results. Metal braces are still popular, probably down to the broad spectrum of orthodontic conditions they can treat and their relatively low cost. Metal braces with brackets are not removable and they require special oral health habits for the time they are used. Usually you will need a special type of toothbrush with a narrow end that allows you to clean some of the area under the brackets. If you are looking for a dentist in Wrexham to treat orthodontic conditions, visit us or book an appointment with us via our phone number or email.

Alternatives to metal braces

Many patients with orthodontic conditions really require treatment, but are reluctant to get it because of their aesthetic or comfort concerns associated with metal braces. Luckily these are not the only treatment options today. For example Invisalign is a transparent plastic aligner that fits on a patient’s dental arches perfectly. These aligners are removable therefore you do not need special toothbrushes or oral health habits. Another popular alternative is to use lingual braces. These are custom made metal braces, but they are almost invisible to external eyes, due to their brackets being attached to the inner side of the teeth rather than the outside. Clear braces work on the exact same principles as the traditional metal braces with brackets. The only significant difference is that clear braces are made out of tooth coloured brackets and transparent plastic archwires, which makes them blend into your smile perfectly. If you would like to find a dentist in Wrexham to treat orthodontic conditions, book a consultation with us, so that we can find the perfect solution for you.

Prevalent dental conditions, their treatments and prevention

Dental injuries

Dental injury can include numerous different conditions. It can refer to traumatic damage occurring to the teeth, the gum tissue or the inside of the cheeks. Dental injuries can range in severity from mild scratches to a whole tooth or teeth getting knocked out, to even more severe orofacial injury. The treatment also varies depending on the severity of the injury. Chipped teeth or broken teeth are often treated with veneers. Veneers are small shells of a tooth coloured material, which are inserted upon damaged teeth to improve both their aesthetic appearance and their function. If an entire tooth gets knocked out, you may try reinserting it into the hole it is missing from, after gently cleaning it by really softly biting on a sterile handkerchief. See your dentist immediately if this occurs. Rinse or lick off any impurities from the knocked out tooth and store it in milk (but not water) while you get to your dentist. In case the original tooth cannot be reimplanted, a dental implant might be a good option. If you are looking for a dentist in Wrexham to treat injured teeth do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Caries

Tooth caries are very common and a condition that affects a lot of us throughout our lifetimes at least once. They are caused by diets high in sugar and by poor oral hygiene. These two factors can result in our oral microbiota to overgrow. Our oral bacteria secrete waste products, such as organic acids while feeding on the sugar residues found in our mouth. These acids can contribute to the dissolution of our teeth’s calcium phosphate content, which gives it rigidity and durability. This can result in tooth decay and the subsequent formation of cavities. Tooth decay and cavities are primarily treated by fillings. Traditionally fillings were made out of amalgam, which is a type of mercury alloy. Due to both health and aesthetic concerns, today’s white fillings are made out of a composite material. While fillings do not cure the cavity, they can prevent further decay and they can significantly improve your quality of life. If you are looking for a dentist in Wrexham to treat tooth decay or caries, book an appointment with us, so that our dedicated and experienced dental team can address any problems you have quickly and smoothly.

Tooth loss

Tooth loss can be extremely distressing. Numerous causes can be behind tooth loss. The leading causes of tooth loss are tooth decay, periodontal disease and dental trauma. Tooth decay and periodontal disease are both primarily caused by oral microbial overgrowth and the resulting increased rate of organic acid production. If the decay reaches the pulp tissue it can infect it and result in tooth loss. The bacteria also cause inflammation in the gum tissue, which if left untreated can cause severe and permanent damage of the gum tissues. This can result in tooth loss. Tooth loss can be treated by dental implants. These are screw-like metal appliances surgically inserted into the jawbone, with which they integrate to provide a reliable and strong fixing point for the replacement teeth. If you would like to find a dentist in Wrexham to treat tooth loss with dental implants, we can soon have you enjoying full functionality of your teeth once more.

How do some common dental treatments work?

Veneers

Veneers were invented in the 1930s by a Californian dentist, who intended to change the appearance of actors’ smiles prior to film shoots and acting performances. At this stage veneers were a very temporary solution, they only stayed on for the time of the performance, for a few hours at most. Luckily nowadays thanks to the advancement in dental technology, veneers can last for many years if looked after and prepared well. Veneers are used to improve the appearance and function of the teeth. They are small shells attached on the surface of the teeth made out of a certain tooth coloured material. There are numerous materials veneers can be made out of, however today composite veneers are used most often. The advantage of veneers in comparison to dental crowns is that they come with a smaller amount of preparatory work, they are less invasive and spare more of the original natural tooth. The only preparatory work that often has to be carried out is grinding a small part of the tooth upon which the veneer will be placed in order to make it stick easier. If you are looking for a dentist in Wrexham to get veneers, we will soon have your smile sparkling with confidence again!

Teeth whitening

Tooth discolouration is a very common condition that affects most of the population to varying degrees. It is generally not pathological and is not a cause for serious concern, therefore teeth whitening is classified as a cosmetic dental treatment. Numerous reasons can be behind tooth discolouration. These include the frequent consumption of staining foods and beverages, e.g. coffee, tea and red wine. Also smoking, poor oral hygiene, dental plaque, ageing associated dentine exposure, certain antibiotic drugs, and the frequent use of certain types of antibacterial mouthwashes can cause staining. There are various types of teeth whitening treatments. Unfortunately most of the DIY methods available on the internet are not sufficient, and can even cause harm by damaging your enamel. Make sure you get professional help if you would like to whiten your teeth. Some teeth whitening treatments are carried out in the clinic using a special whitening gel and a light source, while others are carried out at home using custom made bleaching trays and a whitening agent. If you are looking for a dentist in Wrexham to treat tooth discolouration, and regain the look of healthy white teeth, do not hesitate to book an appointment with us at the Future Health Partnership Practices.

Braces

Orthodontic conditions affect a large part of the population. The most popular treatment method for orthodontic conditions is the use of braces. The metal braces with brackets we know today have existed since the 1970s, when dental adhesives were invented. Nowadays there are numerous alternatives to metal braces for patients who would prefer not to get them. Invisible aligners, such as those manufactured by Invisalign are excellent for the treatment of conditions ranging in severity from cosmetic/mild to moderate. More severe orthodontic conditions can be treated with invisible braces, which work based on the same principle as metal braces, with the only difference being the transparent and tooth-coloured materials used during their manufacture. If you would like to find a dentist in  Wrexham to treat orthodontic conditions, book a consultation with us to determine how we can get you on the path to a straighter, beautiful smile.