Importance of maintaining good oral health

Maintaining good oral health and having an effective daily dental hygiene routine is an important part of our lives and positively impacts our overall well-being. Regular visits with the dentist in Chester, at least twice a year for maintenance of healthy teeth, and more frequent in the event of dental issues, is vital in ensuring that your teeth are clean, strong, healthy and that dental problems can be detected early, treated more successfully and further complications are avoided. Poor oral hygiene can result in many different issues of the teeth beginning with the build-up of plaque and the formation of tartar which is the root cause of many different diseases. If left untreated plaque and tartar can result in cavities,  tooth decay gum diseases including gingivitis and periodontitis and can even lead to eventual tooth loss. It is important to visit your dentist in Chester regularly to ensure such issues are detected before they can fully present themselves and therefore help avoid more serious issues and ultimately help retain your natural teeth for as long as possible.dentist-in-chester

Emergency care and general treatment at the dentist

In an accident or emergency which may have affected your teeth, it is essential that you see your dentist in Chester as soon as possible. Your dentist can provide emergency dental treatment, and the sooner that you are able to book an appointment and be checked by one of our dentists, the greater chance there is of successful recovery depending on the extent of the injury. Emergency dental care is available for issues such as toothache, chipped or broken teeth, problems with your fillings or crowns and other issues such as abscesses and facial swelling. These can be painful and uncomfortable problems and it is essential that you see your dentist as soon as possible to not only help treat the pain and discomfort but also prevent further complications and permanent damage. Your comfort, ease and well-being are our priority so you can rest assured that any treatment will be carried out with as minimal discomfort as possible, using anaesthetics where necessary. Your dentist will examine the extent of the damage and restore your teeth either temporarily or permanently and also prevent infection at the same time which will help prevent other problems and also help improve the overall health of your teeth.

Cosmetic dentistry

To meet the demands and requirements of the modern age of social media, selfies, and in accordance with advances in dental technology, there are now many different types of cosmetic dentistry available. Everyone wants to be able to smile more brightly and more beautifully and although previously dental treatment as an adult may have been embarrassing or uncomfortable, and avoided, cosmetic dentistry is designed to be discreet, convenient and comfortable to suit your hectic lifestyle but also meet your dental needs. If your teeth are healthy, whether you suffer from stained or discoloured teeth, misaligned, wonky, crooked teeth, gapped teeth or overcrowding, teeth of different shapes and sizes, speak to your dentist in Chester to find out the variety of different treatment options which are available for you to help achieve the smile that you are looking for.

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers at the dentist in Chester are a cosmetic procedure designed to smooth and eliminate aging features. At Future Health Partnership practices we use this injectable filler on facial lines and wrinkles. This leaves a patient with a fresh, young and youthful appearance which is the core aim of this procedure. Typically, fillers consist of hyaluronic acid which is a natural component that is produced by the body. Therefore, when this filler is injected there is less likely chance of getting an allergic reaction as the filler is not foreign to the body intake. The hyaluronic acid gels are usually and are made from non-animal sources. Throughout the years the skin’s natural hyaluronic acid usually disappears which ultimately leads to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. However, the dermal filler at the dentist in Chester replaces more hyaluronic acid to smooth the skin’s texture. Fillers are not only designed to treat the facial area but it can also be used for lip enhancement. Other areas such as the hand and neck contours can also be treated. If you are considering undergoing a dermal filler treatment, do not hesitate to book an appointment at the dentist in Chester.dentist-in-chester

Benefits of the dermal filler treatment

Dermal filler treatment is a great option to bring back the skin’s elasticity as well as producing a youthful finish. However, there are many more life benefits that follow with this cosmetic procedure.

Immediate results post procedure

One of the most common benefits that come with undergoing a dermal filler treatment is that it provides immediate results. After the dermal filler injection is placed into the problem areas you will gradually notice a huge difference on the skin.

Therefore, recovery time of the treatment is not an issue for patients and alongside this the treatment can approximately take only 10 minutes. For other cosmetic procedures like plastic surgery there is a longer recovery period. After the treatment is done an individual is free to work and continue their day to day lives without having to worry about recovery. However, with every cosmetic treatment there can be potential side effects which you may experience. These side effects tend to be less severe and not something that will need immediate medical attention. The usual and most common and minimal side effects are swelling or redness. This usually occurs near the treated area. However, these common side effects gradually disappear within several hours or even in some cases a day. With this treatment you are able to use makeup products post procedure to cover any side effects.

To avoid these side-effects our staff at Future Health Partnership Practices will ensure that we provide our patients with the appropriate instructions prior to treatment. We will also provide post procedure instructions to reduce the risk of any infection

Long lasting results

Another major benefit from receiving dermal filler is the long lasting results this treatment provides. This treatment has the ability to last for approximately a year which means an individual will feel and look young. It is highly advised that an individual undergoes 4-6 touch ups after the first appointment. This will help maintain the results and create a long term finish.

The importance of visiting the Dentist in Chester

New patients

When a new patient younger or older visits our dental practice we want them to rest assured that they are in safe hands. The first appointment will therefore be around 30 minutes long and will have a detailed discussion with you about your dental needs and how we can work as a team to give you everything you need. During this time an extensive assessment of the teeth, gums, jaw and bite will be undertaken to ensure that we have an idea of what state your oral health is in and put a plan in place. From there we are able to create a bespoke treatment plan and advise our patient on how to maintain or improve the overall health of the mouth. In order to go the extra mile, an oral cancer scan will also be taken.

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Existing patients

Once the Dentist in Chester has an understanding of how the patient’s oral health is they will work from the patient’s bespoke plan which was established within the first appointment. For those in need of particular treatments, all available and relevant dental options will be discussed and explained to ensure that our patient understands the treatments available. The patients that only require regular dental check-ups will also receive the utmost care and in order to ensure that a high standard of oral health is maintained at home alongside a check and clean a discussion on how to maintain excellent oral health at home will take place.

Routine check-ups and what to expect

Whilst dental check-ups may seem unimportant if your teeth and gums feel ok, without the knowledge and a thorough examination of the teeth, gums and mouth it is sometimes hard to know. Regular check-ups allow our Dentist in Chester to work using preventive care.

Each appointment, whether a new patient or existing patient, will go through a thorough examination of the teeth, gums and mouth. Then depending on the individual case a series of x-rays may be taken if required. If the teeth are becoming negatively impacted by the patient’s life choices such as alcohol consumption or smoking then this will be discussed during the check-up along with any dietary issues or other general health problems which may be impacting the overall oral hygiene.

Most importantly a discussion and plan of action will be made for the at-home care of the patient’s teeth. This can include brushing techniques and whether or not to use an electric toothbrush. The use of interdental brushes or flossing for the areas where the toothbrush does not reach or a variety of other cleaning methods. Maintaining and improving oral hygiene begins at home and is perfected and tweaked in a dental practice. Through a combined effort from the patient and Dentist in Chester, the overall oral health can be at the highest level and as a result, prevent future dental treatments and procedures.

Please note, all treatments and procedures carry a series of potential risks. We therefore encourage all our patients to seek further information and advice from their local dental team.

Dentist in Chester for dental implants

If you are unhappy with how your teeth look due to gaps in the teeth or severely decayed teeth, then dental implants could be for you. These implants replace your natural teeth, but still look and act like them. This treatment is mostly used with patients who already have missing teeth, but can also be done after a tooth extraction.dentist-in-chester

Our dentists’ main focus is to make sure you are as happy as possible with your smile, and they can assist you. We will always make you feel welcome and comfortable when you come into our dental practice, as we know it can be nerve wracking.

How does it work?

The entire process of getting dental implants can take a few months, but it is very worth it because they can last a lifetime with the right care. There are a few steps to getting dental implants, all of them being an important part in the process of getting your smile back.

The first step of getting dental implants is having a consultation meeting with your dentist in Chester. This is vital in making sure that you are eligible for the implants in the first place. We will examine the area to make sure it is in a good enough condition, and will take scans to make sure there is still enough bone in the area to allow the implant to attach.

If you are eligible and ready for your dental implants, then the next step can begin. The more surgical parts of this treatment are done under local anaesthetic, but you will still be awake. The area will be numbed very well by the anaesthetic, but if you are still feeling nervous then we are able to arrange some form of sedation for you. Once you have your consultation meeting, there are usually two appointments which follow.

The first of these appointments will involve your dentist in Chester opening up the gum in the chosen area, and drilling the initial hole in the bone which will hold the implant. A metal post will be implanted deep into the bone and the area will be recovered and left for several months to heal. This healing stage is so important in making sure that the implant will be stable in the gum.

Once the post has fused to your bone, this is when it will be time to get your crown fitted. A custom crown/filling would have been made previous to this appointment ready for when the bone is healed. You can choose between removable and fixed implants, it is completely up to you. Your dentist in Chester will then attach the crown to the metal post and the process is complete!

The advantages

The main benefit that our patients love about dental implants is how easy it is to take care of them. All you have to do is make sure you are brushing and flossing regularly, just like you would with your natural teeth. It is as simple as that!

Another great advantage of getting dental implants is that it supports the teeth around it. When you have missing teeth, this puts pressure on the teeth surrounding it, meaning they can weaken and become damaged. When you have the implant in, this means that those teeth are supported, just like when you had your natural teeth.

Dental implants look just like your natural teeth, which our patients love. This is why it is such a popular way of replacing missing teeth. They will blend in almost perfectly with your other teeth, meaning no-one would ever know you have implants.

Dos and don’ts of tooth extraction

At Future Health Partnership Practices, we don’t take tooth extractions lightly, because we will always endeavour to save and repair teeth whenever possible. In severe cases of decay and unresponsive gum disease, it is unavoidable, so how should you manage your extraction so the procedure and aftercare go as smoothly as possible? Let’s find out more from our dentist in Chester.

Each person is unique so the following can only be a rough guide for the average patient.dentist-chester

Steps we go through in the clinic

Dependent on the location of the tooth, and the involvement of the root in the case of an impacted tooth, a set of X-rays may be carried out to guide the extraction. A local numbing agent is applied, usually by injection into the gum. Our dentist in Chester can also provide partial sedation at this point if required. Antibiotics will only be prescribed if there are active signs of infection, to avoid overuse.

Aftercare

Just a few tips on a speedy and successful recovery. After the extraction, the first 24 hours are the most important. Avoid aggressively rinsing out the mouth for 24 hours post-surgery, as it can disturb the formation of blood clots and new scabs. Choose softer foods and avoid very sticky food like toffee. If the extraction site bleeds, you can stem the bleeding by biting down on a piece of clean cloth for 10 to 15 minutes. Both alcohol and smoking can prevent healing and should be avoided for as long as possible post-extraction. A saltwater mouthwash can be used 4 times a day, but only after the first 24 hours when all bleeding has stopped. Brush with caution, avoiding the affected site, but don’t stop brushing.

Possible complications post-extraction

It is common to expect some secondary effects of extraction during recovery. Most of this sensation can be treated with over-the-counter pain relief. It is normal for the teeth located around the extraction to feel sensitive for several weeks, but in particular to hot or cold stimuli. There are several reasons why healing can be delayed. If healing is very poor, dry socket can occur. If clotting does not occur within 24 hours, please get in contact with us. Dressing, stitching and a course of antibiotics may be required. You may experience a sensation following the wearing off of the localised numbing injection, it feels like pins and needles or a hot/cold numbness. It usually only lasts a few days, but could be a sign of infection if it continues for more than a week.

A follow-up appointment with a dentist in Chester is not always necessary post-extraction, but we like to check the rate of healing and explore any symptoms you might be having so we stop further complications.

After a local numbing agent has been applied, there is no reason why you can’t drive or return to work after extraction from our dentist in Chester. If you have had a general anaesthetic, you will need an escort to leave the surgery and shouldn’t operate heavy machinery for the rest of the day.

When can I stop worrying about dry socket?

Dry socket is a common condition which is caused by tooth extractions; if you have recently had a tooth extraction it is something to be aware of, but it is still quite rare. In modern dentistry, less than 2% of all patients suffer from a mild case and it is not something we see much of at our dentist in Chester. So, let’s try to settle some of the worries you may have.chester-dentist

When a tooth is removed the surrounding gums should close around the vacant tooth socket, migrating over the exposed bone. If this process is disrupted, this can lead to a permanently exposed jawbone. This has its own risks with infection, but is also uncomfortable with the nerves in the jaw being exposed to air.

There are greater risks of a dry socket forming with wisdom tooth extraction, which is why we usually stitch the gum post extraction of wisdom teeth.

After an extraction, the first 24 hours are the most important to prevent dry socket. This is why we do not recommend using mouthwash and only lightly brushing during this critical period. If the blood clot in the tooth socket is not disrupted you should not have any issues with a dry socket.

This risk increases dramatically if you have a history of dry socket, are a smoker or are on oral contraceptives. With difficult extractions, the resulting tissue damage to the gum seems to make a dry socket more likely. There doesn’t seem to be a silver bullet solution to preventing all cases of dry socket, but with care and attention, the vast majority of cases are avoidable. If you have had an extraction at our dentist in Chester and the discomfort continues for more than 10 days, call us and we will be able to advise you further or book you in for a check-up.

Treatment options

Once a dry socket has occurred, we will be able to mitigate it by cleaning it out to prevent any bone infections and will pack the socket with an antiseptic numbing fibre to relieve the symptoms.

This will allow tissue migration beneath the fibre, which can be removed at a later date.

Your mouth will have to be kept extremely clean during this process, with regular use of a saltwater or prescription mouth rinse. As well as avoiding alcohol and smoking due to their retarding effect on healing and tissue migration, it may be necessary to redress the socket. If so, we will provide dressing and a member of our clinical team can tutor you on applying them at home, as well as how to brush without disturbing the gum.

For the management of further soreness, non-steroidal, anti-inflammatories are recommended. If over-the-counter options are insufficient, we will prescribe a stronger medication. The application of a cold compress can help to reduce swelling. The use of steroids will slow the rate at which the dry socket closes.

If the discomfort spreads along the jaw or to the eye socket, there may be a bone infection, which can be very stubborn once they become established. Please inform us immediately so treatment can start at the dentist in Chester without delay.

Worried about tooth extraction?

With our Future Health Partnership Practices’ dentist in Chester we are mindful of the concerns which many people have around dentistry and around extractions in particular. Let’s try to demystify the process, so you know what to expect each step on the way.dentist-chester

We will try to be as accurate as possible, but there are a lot of features which will have an impact on how each given extraction may be carried out, so we can only give a general guide here.

Pre-extraction

There are many reasons why an extraction may be warranted. Unless it is something very trivial like a baby tooth removal, the first clinical step would be a dental X-ray to get a better understanding of the root structure of the tooth and if the extraction will be a more simple or specialist task.

Discussing the extraction

This is where each step will be explained before the procedure, so there are no surprises and you are fully informed. We will ask about your medical history and any allergies or pre-existing conditions you may have. Then, a non-verbal method of communication will be agreed upon, usually raising a hand, so if there are any issues during the procedure you can signal to our dentist to stop and address the issue.

Anaesthetics and sedations for extractions

There are a few options at our dentist in Chester, but full or general anaesthetic is not one of them. To safely maintain unconsciousness, an anaesthesiologist is required and for most dental procedures, this is excessive. If a patient insists on being fully anaesthetised, we can refer you to a specialist with access to an operating theatre.

For most patients, local anaesthesia is acceptable. It allows the numbing of all discomfort, but still allows you to feel pressure and will not suppress your breathing. If the idea of being conscious during extraction is disturbing to you, a benzodiazepine can be used with the local anaesthetic to help you say calm and tranquil throughout the procedure.

Tooth extractions; how do you do it?

The art of tooth extraction is to remove the tooth in one piece while minimising the disruption to other teeth and the surrounding gum. The complexity comes with pathology; it’s very unlikely we would be pulling a healthy tooth, so the method of extraction must be tailored to the situation. For instance, a cavity damaged tooth may have become too fragile to grasp with forceps or the root is compacted and possibly intertwined with a neighbouring root system. The tooth will be progressively loosened until fully liberated from the gum. A stitch may be used to close the gap left in the gum to help with healing if the gum is heavily disrupted by the extraction.

Aftercare

After the extraction, a few minutes of bleeding should be expected; we would prefer it if you stayed in the surgery until the bleeding is stemmed. After local anaesthetics, you are free to drive and go about your day as usual. Over the next three to four days you should treat any discomfort with over-the-counter medications. The gum should settle and return to normal over the next week and a half. If you are in discomfort after 10 days please book a check-up at our dentist in Chester, so we can assess progress.

How we approach extractions

Here at the Future Health Partnership Practices, our dentist in Chester has a forward-facing ethos on dentistry, but that does not mean we don’t value the perfection of one of the oldest dental treatments; tooth extraction. dentist-in-chester

The process

All work must start with a conversation. You’ll have some questions posed to you by our dental team; we’ll need to know about your medical history, past allergic reactions and address any concerns you may have. It’s important to inform us of any medication you are taking at this point.

Pain relief options

It is normal for an anaesthetic to be used, this is a local numbing agent which is administered by injection into the jaw and gum. This will stop all painful sensations, but you will still feel pressure on your mouth. This can be disconcerting if you are unprepared or this is your first extraction. You will be conscious or awake for the whole of the treatment and capable of communicating.

In modern dentistry, full sedation is avoided whenever possible. You can take sedative anti-anxiety medication which can keep you relaxed while still conscious.

The option for full sedation is reserved for adults with severe learning disabilities and young children who may not be compliant. Full sedation is carried out in the hospital with the assistance of an anaesthesiologist in these cases, so we would have to refer you.

How a tooth is extracted

After the application of a numbing agent, you’ll be encouraged to talk by answering a few questions. As the numbing takes effect, your speech will slur which is the sign that our team is waiting for, to start with the procedure.

Our dentist in Chester will widen the tooth socket by pushing and pulling the tooth, gently loosening it before pulling it away from the gum and extracting it fully. Depending on the condition of the tooth, different tools will be used during and after the extraction. Depending on the presence of an infection or gum disease, the extraction hole may need cleaning and stitching.

If you feel any pain at all during the procedure, you must immediately tell our team; this is usually done by raising your hand or ‘tapping out’ on their arm. We will stop and reapply the local anaesthetic.

Bleeding should be expected; a piece of soft gauze and cotton wool will be provided to allow you to bite down and stop the bleeding. We strongly recommend patients don’t leave our surgery until all bleeding has stopped.

Post-extraction

Your post-extraction care will vary significantly, depending on the nature of the extraction and the reasons why it was performed. It is no longer standard procedure to provide antibiotics prophylactically, but if an infection is present antibiotics will be prescribed.

Mouthwash is not always required but if gum disease was a feature in the extraction, a medicated mouthwash is recommended. There may be some post-extraction discomfort; this should be expected as the anaesthetic wears off. Usually, over-the-counter painkillers are appropriate, but if the discomfort becomes excruciating or the bleeding doesn’t stop, you will need to call our dentist in Chester.

Why does our dentist in Chester recommend regular check-ups?

Having a healthy, happy smile without an unpleasant odour is the kind of smile that everyone wants. Whether in the early stages of life or the older stages, dental hygiene is paramount and therefore our dentist encourages all our patients to have regular appointments.dentist-in-chester

What can regular dental appointments potentially help to prevent?

When our dental team refers to routine appointments, we mean every 6 months or as close to that as possible. This will not be the same for every patient as some may require more frequent visits or potentially less visits, but this will always be discussed with you. It may seem a lot when you are not suffering from any discomfort or noticeable issues, but the earlier we spot any potential problems in your mouth the better chance we have of reducing and potentially eliminating the problem. Preventive dentistry is what our dentist in Chester thrives on and if all our patients follow this ethos our more severe cases would be reduced dramatically. The way forward to a healthy mouth is to use preventive dentistry as much as possible.

What does a standard routine appointment entail?

To begin with our dentists will take an in-depth examination of your teeth, gums and mouth. This may include X-rays depending on what the physical assessment of your mouth shows.

Talking to you, our patient, is of course paramount during any appointment, as only you are able to tell us if any issues or discomfort has occurred since your last appointment. Therefore we will discuss any dental problems that may have arisen with you.

Believe it or not your general health and dietary issues can have a mild to severe effect on the health of your teeth and gums. For instance smoking. We therefore will also discuss this with you so as to provide you with all the possible information to make healthy choices.

A potentially obvious part of the appointment is to talk about your overall dental cleaning habits. Brushing technique is paramount in keeping the teeth, gums and mouth healthy, therefore once this has been discussed, our dentist in Chester will further advise on any beneficial improvements that can be made such as flossing.

Once an understanding of potential improvements in dental hygiene has been made we will discuss and explain any further treatments that may be needed, and discuss making hygienist appointments.

A detailed treatment plan will then be agreed and provided to you.

Whether providing a new dental plan or continuing with a current plan we are happy to answer any questions that you may have and provide you with information on all the options available. Our dentist in Chester wants you to be as comfortable as possible with your treatment plan.

If there is no treatment required and all your questions have been answered, we will inform you of your next recommended appointment.

Regular check-ups make preventive dentistry possible.

We always recommend discussing any of the treatments and procedures that you think you may need with your dentist, to gain more information before making any decisions.