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Dr Andrew Gough – Partner – Synergy Parkside Dental Centre

An occasional look at the roles of our Woking dental team

Dentist Andrew GoughMost of our blogs have been either about general dental care or specific treatments that we offer. These will continue, but we thought that it might be interesting for our patients to have a look at some of the specific roles carried out by individual dentists at our clinic.

In today’s blog, we will take a look at the role of Dr Andrew Gough who has been with us since the late 1980’s.

He is therefore one of our longest standing dentists and many of our patients will be familiar with him and his approach.

Making it fun

Can dentistry be fun? Most patients would probably disagree, but Andrew believes that it can be so and prides himself on his work with both children and older patients who are anxious about receiving dental treatment. With care, patience and the ability to explain clinical procedures clearly, many patients of a nervous disposition now find that they can see the dentist, if not actually looking forward to it, at least then with greatly reduced anxiety levels.

Smile makeovers

Andrew takes special interest in providing smile makeovers for his patients. Each patient is assessed individually to determine what treatments they need. This can range from something relatively straightforward such as a teeth whitening procedure, to more extensive treatment like dental veneers. All procedures are discussed and of course no pressure is placed on them to have any particular cosmetic procedure.

In addition to smile makeovers, Andrew is fully trained to provide wrinkle-reduction and dermal fillers for patients who wish to help roll-back the signs of facial aging.

Dental implants

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What Is A ‘Deep Clean’?

Looking at the difference between a clean by the hygienist and this more complex treatment.

gum diseaseAt the AJ Dental Group, our focus is on preventative care as far as is possible. Although we have every confidence in the procedures that we use to restore damaged teeth, there is no disputing that it is far better not to need the treatments in the first place by improving our cleaning and general oral care regime.

One of the ways that we do this is to encourage our Woking patients to see a dental hygienist on a regular basis. This not only allows them to learn about what they can do to keep their teeth and gums healthy but to also have a thorough cleaning known as a ‘scale and polish’.

Occasionally, we may have to advise a patient with poor gum health that they need to have a ‘deep clean’. Much as they might wish it was so, this procedure is not the same as a clean by the dental hygienist and is something very different as we shall see below.

Scale and polish

Let us first look at this procedure and what it entails and its purpose.

However well we brush our teeth, and even if we floss as well, there are always areas of our teeth that are next to impossible to keep entirely clean. It is in these areas that we tend to get a buildup of both bacteria and mineral deposits that form a rough surface. This surface will then collect even more bacteria, along with staining, and over time, this can lead to problems such as decay and gum disease. As we have mentioned before, gum disease can be quite uncomfortable, causing gums to become inflamed and sore and can also lead to problems like bad breath. Having a scale and polish procedure is an excellent way to help avoid it.

The procedure itself is relatively straightforward, non invasive and there is usually no need for a local anaesthetic in order for it to be carried out.

The first stage is to manually remove the excess tartar before ‘shattering’ and removing the rest using a sonic implement. Finally, the patient’s teeth are cleaned using a high speed brush to remove any final remnants and to leave the teeth and gum line as clean as possible. This procedure is usually carried out at six monthly intervals, or more frequently for those at higher risk of gum disease such as smokers and diabetics.

Deep clean

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Take Care With Cheap Dental Implant Offers

Lower priced dental implants may not be all that they seem!

Implant in the jaw boneWith dental implants increasingly becoming the number one option to replace lost teeth, it isn’t really surprising that many people look around for a bargain. Whilst this makes sense, from a financial point of view, it is also important to look at other factors as well.

As anyone who has bought a lookalike counterfeit product because it was cheaper will know, it may look the same, but the quality definitely won’t be.

Although when this is applied to clothes or bags, it is annoying when they deteriorate prematurely, when it comes to something like a dental implant, things can be much more serious.

Who supplies cheaper dental implants?

Though it might be possible to find a dental practice that is offering a time limited offer on implants, you are likely to find that prices for placing dental implants are not dissimilar across the UK. Where the real savings are to be made, these are usually at clinics overseas. This throws up an instant problem in that it means that you will have to travel to have the procedure done, potentially at a significant cost as flying will often be necessary. There have been cases where clinics have included the price of a flight and a hotel room in the price. To be able to place an implant and provide a flight and accommodation cheaper than a dental implant alone in the UK, should really set alarm bells ringing!

How can they be cheaper abroad?

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Stop Smoking For Better Oral Health

Eliminating this harmful habit will significantly benefit your teeth and gums.

Adam Mohsen - HygienistNow the initial few weeks of the new year have passed, it’s maybe a good time to look at what we hope to change without the pressure of a ‘new year resolution’.  Changes in your lifestyle can be made at any time and are often more successful when we make them at a time most appropriate to ourselves.

One of the most popular resolutions that gets made is to stop smoking. Now that all the parties and events where you might have been tempted to smoke have passed, why not make an attempt to kick this habit now?

Why stop smoking?

Where do we start? As any hygienist or dentist at Synergy Parkside in Woking will tell you, smoking can cause any number of oral health issues. Your general health can obviously be threatened too. Although on a team level, our prime role is to help you to look after your teeth and gums, we don’t want to see any of our patients suffering from illnesses such as lung or heart disease, and especially when it is largely preventable by stopping smoking.

How does it affect oral health?

Smoking can affect our teeth, gums and oral cavity in general in many different ways. Most tobacco products contain chemicals and some of these are known to be carcinogenic (potentially cancer causing). Especially if our gums are already unhealthy or where we have small lacerations, the irritation of smoke in our mouth may well lead to infections and can also lead to a slowing down of healing following a dental procedure.

There are two specific issues that are more likely to arise in smokers than in non smokers from a dental perspective though, and we look at these now.

Gum disease

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A New Decade, A New Smile!

Have you considered starting the new year and decade with a great new smile?

Middle aged couple with good teeth2020 is now truly upon us and what better time than this, the start of a new decade to make some decisions about improving our smile. A great looking smile not only looks good but has also been shown to regularly boost self confidence, giving benefits in certain fields, such as employment and attracting a partner.

The reality is that our smile is one of the first things that people notice about us, so why not make sure it is an attractive one?

At Synergy Parkside in Woking, we offer a number of treatments that can transform your smile into something probably beyond your own expectations.

Everyone will require a different combination of treatments, or perhaps just a single one. Through a consultation with one of our experienced cosmetic dentists, we can put a treatment plan into place that will give you a smile that you can really be proud of.

Let’s take a look at some of the key treatments that we are able to offer our patients.

Dental implants

Dentures have long been used to replace missing teeth. Modern dentures offer a reasonable aesthetic substitute but have some practical limitations. A number of patients find that they are restricted to eating certain foods because of their dentures whilst others may find them a little unstable at times. By using dental implants instead of dentures, you will find that you are able to eat a wide variety of foods of your choice. In fact, anything that you can eat with your natural teeth should be no problem at all for your dental implants. They are also stable and secure and can be cleaned the same way as your own natural teeth.

Orthodontics (dental braces)

Crooked teeth can spoil an otherwise nice smile. They can also cause a problem for your teeth as food becomes trapped more easily, potentially leading to more incidences of tooth decay and gum disease. Modern orthodontics can straighten your teeth more discreetly than in the past when highly visible braces were used. Where more complex correction is needed, Invisalign orthodontics offer a great and new way of doing so. Instead of using a series of wires and brackets to straighten your teeth, they use transparent trays that fit over your teeth. These are almost undetectable and can also be removed when eating or during your oral cleaning routine.

For more cosmetic straightening, faster acting methods such as the Inman Aligner may be a more appropriate treatment. Details of both of these orthodontic treatments can be discussed during your consultation at our Woking dental clinic.

Whiter teeth

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A Happy Tooth-Kind Christmas To All Of Our Woking Patients!

Some seasonal oral care advice from the dentists at Synergy Parkside Dental.

Dentist in surgeryAs we come towards the end of the year, it is time to write our very last blog of 2019. We hope that you have enjoyed the ones we have written so far and we are always happy to hear suggestions of topics you would like us to cover in the future.

Seeing as we are approaching Christmas and the New Year festivities, we thought that this would be a good time to offer some advice that is very appropriate for this time of the year. We want all of our patients to have a great Christmas and one that is trouble free as far as your teeth and gums are concerned. With this in mind, we offer some festive dental advice below.

Don’t overdo the booze

Most of us will drink more at Christmas than we do the rest of the year. Although this is understandable, it also means that the effects can happen much faster and to a greater degree. What for some people might be a feeling of ‘merriness’ could, for usually lighter drinkers, mean more difficulty in walking straight. Anyone who has been drunk will know how difficult it can be to coordinate when you have drunk too much alcohol and accidents are much more likely. Tripping over a kerb or walking into a door could very easily lead to significant damage to your teeth which would need urgent restorative treatment.

By all means drink if you wish to do so, but please try to do so sensibly. Alternate your alcoholic drinks with soft ones, especially water as it is sugar free and will also help to keep you hydrated and rinse residual food particles from between your teeth.

Keep the sugar levels down

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Should I Be Nervous About Having Wrinkle Reduction Treatment?

If you are considering facial aesthetics treatment but have concerns, please read on.

Wrinkle reductionWe are coming towards the end of 2019 and some of our Woking patients will no doubt already be looking ahead to the new year, making resolutions and determinations for 2020.

Personal improvement is likely to be high on the list and it is no coincidence that this time of year sees a surge in gym memberships and related activities.

We also often see an increase in cosmetic dental and facial aesthetic treatments at Synergy Parkside around this time of the year too. We have covered, and will continue to do so, a lot of dental topics recently, but today, we take a look at a popular anti wrinkle treatment which sometimes receives somewhat negative publicity; namely Botox.

What is Botox?

Botox is one of the most widely used wrinkle reduction treatments currently available. It is a purified ‘toxin’ that is used in small enough doses to render it perfectly safe if used correctly. It acts on the facial muscles, stopping them from contracting and thereby reducing the wrinkles of the face.

The Botox serum is injected just under the skin using a fine needle and should cause no significant discomfort. Patients may just feel a small pricking sensation in the treatment area.

Results can usually be seen within a week or so of the treatment and last for several months. This period will depend on individual circumstances and our Woking facial aesthetic team will be able to advise the expected length of the results.

Avoiding ‘extreme’ results

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Four Types Of Dental Emergency

Advice for our Woking patients regarding when to seek an emergency dental appointment.

Dental surgery in WokingWhat constitutes a dental emergency? It is a very good question and one that may be misunderstood to some degree. The word ‘emergency’ probably gets us thinking of flashing blue lights and a very serious situation indeed.

For patients who have very severe pain, such as that caused by a bad toothache or an abscess, it probably seems blindingly obvious that they need an emergency appointment. In other situations though, appointments may be delayed when really they should be treated as quickly as possible.

At the Synergy Parkside in Woking, we will of course, prioritise appointments for people who are suffering from a painful tooth, and we will also offer advice on how to stay as comfortable as possible until such a time that we can see you.

Given that being in pain constitutes a dental emergency, what other situations might also be classed in this way?

Chipped or fractured tooth

A tooth can chip or fracture for a number of reasons. You may have bitten down harder than you intended to and caused a small piece of tooth to break away. This may be negligible in size but it shouldn’t be ignored. Any tooth damaged in this way will probably have been weakened, and not getting it restored quickly could easily lead to further damage and the need for more extensive treatment to the tooth.

Where enamel has become compromised, it becomes easier for bacteria to enter the inner part of the tooth. When this happens, tooth decay, and possibly root canal infections may not be too far away. So whilst the degree of urgency may vary depending on the damage, please don’t wait too long before seeing us!

Knocked out tooth

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Dental Implants To Replace A Full Arch Of Missing Teeth In Woking

Losing all of your teeth does not mean that dentures are inevitable.

There are a number of reasons why we might lose most of our teeth or perhaps even all of them. Poor long term oral health care is a likely cause but tooth loss to this degree can also happen due to serious accidents. Whatever the reason behind it, it is safe to assume that the person concerned will want to replace their missing teeth to restore their smile and mouth function.

The first thought that probably crosses most people’s minds when they are in this situation is that they will need to have dentures.

Whilst modern dentures are more natural looking and comfortable than their predecessors, they are not always ideal. Dentures have to be secured using a special adhesive and can feel unpleasant and be somewhat messy, especially at first.

Even those who have worn full dentures for some time would admit that there is room for improvement. As there is no tooth root left in the bone, this will gradually reduce in density and cause small changes in the shape of the jaw. This can cause dentures to become more unstable and can make eating certain foods quite tricky.

Fortunately dentures are not the only solution available to replace a full arch of missing teeth. Dental implants offer an excellent way of achieving this and these are available at our Woking dental clinic.

Implants for full arches

For those who don’t yet know, dental implants are artificial titanium tooth roots which are placed into the jawbone. The bone then grows around the implant, firmly bonding with it. This provides a very strong and stable foundation onto which a dental crown is added. This then leaves the patient with a very strong, long lasting and natural looking replacement tooth.

From this knowledge, it would be understandable if people thought that replacing a large number of missing teeth, such as in full arch loss, would mean undergoing invasive treatment for each of the teeth that needed to be replaced.

Whilst this could feasibly be done, it would be both challenging for the patient and also a very expensive way to achieve its aim. A different, far less expensive and invasive treatment can achieve the same result as this procedure. Instead of using individual implants for each missing tooth, a procedure is used that is sometimes called an ‘all on 4’, ‘teeth in a day’ or ‘same day implants’.

Why ‘all on 4’?

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Managing And Treating Sensitive Teeth

Tips on easing discomfort and treatments that can help.

Sensitive teethDeep within the root canals of our teeth are the nerves and it is these which send signals to our brain when we have a toothache or simply let us know if we are biting down on something too hard. These are important warning signals that tell us that something is wrong and that we need to take action, whether that is to reduce the strength of our bite or to make an appointment to see a dentist as soon as we can.

Whilst a bad toothache might be dealt with relatively quickly through professional dental treatment, there are some sensations we may consider are not severe enough to see a dentist about. One of these is when we have sensitive teeth that may cause us problems when we eat or drink something hot or cold.

Causes of sensitive teeth

At Synergy Parkside in Woking, we believe that any type of pain or discomfort should be examined as soon as possible, simply because even minor pain can progress and get a lot worse. There can be a number of possible causes for sensitive teeth, especially if it comes on suddenly. One reason is that you may have cracked or chipped a tooth without even realising it. This means that the extremes of temperatures reach below the enamel into the more porous dentin layer of the tooth. This semi porous section allows the temperature to reach the nerves, triggering the unpleasant sensation that people with sensitive teeth will be all too familiar with.

Another common reason for sensitive teeth is due to enamel wear on the surface of the teeth. This can be caused by a number of things including excessive brushing and poor diet, especially when the teeth are exposed to high sugar and acidic food and drinks, along with other issues such as teeth grinding and some eating disorders. Whatever the cause though, it can be very unpleasant and most patients will want to reduce the level of discomfort that they feel.

Reducing sensitivity

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