Creating the right environment for nervous patients in London

If you are a nervous patient, the team at Archway Park Dental would like to reassure you that you are not alone and that we can offer you a positive experience at the dentist. If you can trust our team to take care of your needs, you will be able to take advantage of the treatments and preventative care we offer to ensure that your teeth stay healthy.

Nervous Patients in LondonOften the first step to overcoming nerves at the dentist is to face the fact that you have an issue that needs special attention. Many people have just gotten used to brushing the idea of going to the dentist under the carpet. They imagine they are too busy or that they don’t need dental care when what’s really going on is that they have strong avoidant feelings.

Once you can talk to a member of our team about your anxiety, we may be able to do something to change the course of your treatment to avoid any triggers. If you have a specific issue with, for example, the noises at the dentist, we may be able to do something to reduce their impact, such as offer you music or a different course of treatment. Even if you do not know the specific cause for your concern, we can offer you a gentle environment where you are in control of the process and can take a break at any time.

For some patients and with some procedures, it may be better to have extra sedation. This can take the form of an IV or it may include inhalation sedation. The latter is where you inhale a safe and effective mixed gas. This type of relief is offered to women when they are giving birth, so this should reassure you of its effectiveness and safety. The gas should leave you feeling calm and relaxed. Any sensory irritations should be softened, and you may no longer be bothered by them. Once you stop inhaling the gas, it leaves your system quickly and you will return to normal and be able to drive home. All of this is in addition to any normal pain relief that accompanies your procedure.

Looking into gum disease and what you can do to prevent it

At Archway Park Dental, we want to help you look after your teeth and ensure that you never need extensive restoration or replacement work. That’s why we offer you information about gum disease and prevention in London when you visit our clinic.

Gum disease is the most common reason for tooth loss in the UK. It’s also preventable in most cases with proper oral care on a daily basis.

Gum Disease and Prevention in LondonWhat is gum disease?

Most adults will have some form of gum disease during their lifetime. It is caused by a long-term build-up of bacteria in the mouth which leads to plaque and tartar. Typically, the development of gum disease is divided into three stages:

  • Gingivitis – this is the preliminary and most minor form. The symptoms include bleeding gums during your tooth care routine, a bad taste in the mouth and irritation around the gums. It is usually possible to reverse any damage caused at this stage;
  • Periodontitis – if left untreated, gingivitis goes on to become periodontitis. This is where the gums start to pull away from the teeth exposing the dentin underneath. This is when it is possible for irreversible damage to occur. The problem also begins to worsen as more places develop that can trap food and debris;
  • Advanced periodontitis – eventually, gum disease can lead to a weakening of the structure of the teeth. This is the first step towards tooth loss.

Preventing gum disease

Depending on what stage of gum disease you have when you visit Archway Park Dental, we can offer you advice on how to address the issue. However, prevention is better than cure when it comes to dental issues. These are some of the ways that you can help to prevent gum disease:

  • Follow a comprehensive oral hygiene plan on a daily basis – this might include brushing, flossing, using inter-dental brushes, tongue cleaning and mouthwash;
  • Visit your dentist regularly – once you have tartar on the teeth, regular brushing alone won’t remove it so you need to have a clean and polish at the dentist to remove it;
  • Adjust your lifestyle – some lifestyle factors such as drinking and smoking can affect your teeth. We can offer you more advice on this during your visit.

Ways to keep your teeth going

The focus of dentistry has changed over the past few decades. Whereas back in the mid-20th century, dentists were eager to whip your teeth out and fit you with the latest dentures, now we are much keener that you hang onto your own teeth for as long as possible. Our ideal dental scenario is you smiling a beautiful last smile at your large group of loved ones gathered around your bedside, and your epitaph reading ‘They had really lovely teeth and they were all their own’.

Restorative Dentistry in LondonMore and more, people are getting into their 50s and 60s with all their teeth intact, albeit with a few fillings. Tooth decay no longer wipes out teeth like it used to, but also, you get to keep your teeth longer because dentistry has got better at finding ways to restore them.

Restorative dentistry in London is not just about replacement teeth in the form of dental implants, dentures and bridges, it’s about everything that restores your teeth from that first tiny filling, through the larger inlays and onlays, to the crowns. All of these play their part in keeping your teeth going.

Even with the advent of dental implants, there is nothing that does the job of a natural tooth quite like the natural tooth itself. Yes, we can make crowns out of porcelain that look just like the tooth you lost, and yes, we can mount it on an implant and people are amazed at how much they look like their real teeth. But implants are expensive and they can fail, although that is a rare occurrence.

It is better always to hang on to your natural teeth. You need the roots you see. That’s why, no matter how battered the crown of your tooth may be, if the root is strong and healthy, we will always try every kind of restoration before we extract your tooth.

Tooth roots play a vital role not only in chewing, but also in keeping your jawbone strong and healthy. Without your roots, it quickly starts to deteriorate. So, even if money is no object, don’t rush to get dental implants, give restorative dentistry with us at Archway Park Dental in London a go first.

Nervous patients in London: reframe your dental experience

If you are one of the many people who have avoided going to the dentist for years because the idea of it fills you with anxiety, you will be pleased to know that at Archway Park Dental, we are trained in taking care of nervous patients.

Fear of the dentist comes in several different forms, and, if you have some type of phobia, it is worth coming to Archway Park Dental. We will make sure that your visit is as comfortable and positive as possible.

Nervous Patients in LondonCalming nervous patients is an art that starts as soon as you walk in the door of our dental practice. We offer a warm and welcoming reception area, friendly, relaxed reception staff, and home comforts such as sofas rather than hard chairs to wait on.

In the dentist’s chair, we will offer you, as an anxious patient, sedation so that you can go through your treatments feeling relaxed and unafraid.

There are several levels of sedation:

  • Minimal sedation keeps you awake but relaxed;
  • Moderate sedation may prevent you from remembering much of the procedure and you may slur your words;
  • Deep sedation keeps you just this side of sleep but you can still be woken up.

We use different types of sedation, depending on how sedated you need to be.

If you want to be minimally sedated, you can inhale nitrous oxide and oxygen through a mask over your nose. You will be awake but relaxed, and the gas will wear off quickly, and you will be able to drive home afterwards.

You will need oral sedation to reach a deeper state of relaxation. The typical sedation drug used by dentists is called Halcion, a member of the Valium family. It takes about an hour to kick in, and will make you groggy and you may even fall asleep, but can be awoken with a gentle shake of the arm.

Moderate sedation can also be administered intravenously, which gives the dentist the ability to continually adjust the levels.

Whatever sedation you receive, you will still need a local anaesthetic to numb the area being worked on to prevent you from feeling any pain.

Replace your missing teeth with dental implants in London

If you are missing one or several teeth, you will need to replace them in order to avoid further oral health complications. Each tooth in your mouth plays an important role in your ability to eat and speak, while also impacting your quality of life. When one or more teeth are lost, your oral health is affected.

Tooth loss can be addressed in various ways, some of which are more effective than others. At Archway Park Dental in London, dental implants are our method of choice for patients who have lost one, several or all of their natural teeth. Unlike conventional bridges and dentures, dental implants are organically attached to the jawbone and create a strong foundation for replacement teeth.

Dental Implants in LondonWhat are dental implants?

Dental implants are made of three main parts – the implant post, the abutment, and the replacement teeth. The implant post is made of titanium and is surgically inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of the missing tooth. Titanium is a material that has the ability to fuse with the bone tissue, allowing the jawbone to naturally fuse with the dental implants. This process creates a long-lasting solution while also ensuring a secure foundation for the replacement tooth or teeth.

Benefit from a complete smile

Dental implants have many benefits compared to conventional tooth replacement options. Unlike regular dentures, dental implants do not become loose. Moreover, unlike conventional bridges that require grinding down healthy tooth enamel for support, dental implants do not affect the health and appearance of your natural teeth. A major benefit of dental implants is that they preserve bone and prevent further deterioration of the facial structure, improving your appearance and facial characteristics. Overall, dental implants help you feel better about yourself and improve your quality of life because they allow you to eat, smile and socialise without reservation.

Replace your missing teeth today

Dental implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth using specialised procedures. In most cases, as long as you have healthy gums and adequate bone density and quality, you a good candidate for dental implants. We are here to help you make this decision.

How to prevent gum disease

Gum disease is a serious oral infection that can cause tooth loss, as well as contribute to overall health problems like diabetes and heart disease. As more and more research about gum disease takes place, it is highlighting that prevention is key.

At Archway Park Dental, gum disease and prevention in London are taken very seriously. During your check-ups, we will examine your teeth thoroughly and look for early signs of gum disease. If you already have gum disease, we will consider various treatments with you.

Gum disease and preventionWhat is gum disease?

Gum disease is an infection of the soft tissue surrounding your teeth. Many patients do not realise they have it because it is often painless until it reaches a critical stage.

Diagnosing gum disease early and treating it on time will help minimise damage and the need for more extensive dental treatment. Plus, unmanaged gum disease can increase your risk of diabetes and heart disease.

There are two types of gum disease – gingivitis and periodontitis.

Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease, usually manifested by swollen gums that may also be red, tender, or bleeding. At this stage, gum disease can be easily treated. However, without proper care, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, a condition that may cause gum collapse and tooth loss.

Gum disease is a combination of many factors, including poor oral hygiene, genetics, and smoking. Certain conditions, such as diabetes and pregnancy, can also increase your chances of developing gum disease.

How can I prevent it?

Preventing gum disease is not complicated as long as you practise good oral hygiene. Although this may seem obvious, good oral care is vital for healthy gums. Brushing your teeth is not enough; you should add flossing to your routine to reduce the risk of plaque building up and damaging your gums.

Nothing helps more in preventing gum disease than eating healthy foods. Be sure to avoid sugary foods and drinks. Eating a balanced and nutritious diet filled with vitamins and minerals boosts your immunity and helps prevent many diseases, including gum disease.

Last but not least, visiting your dentist regularly cannot be stressed enough. Getting your teeth professionally cleaned will help prevent gum disease more effectively.

Restore your smile and confidence!

Very few of us get away without at some point needing some kind of restorative dentistry. This is the dental profession’s term for treatments that restore our teeth to the way they were, so that we can use them again for eating, talking and smiling.

Restorative dentistry covers everything from a tiny filling to replacing every single one of your teeth. It can even cover things such as treatment for a cleft palate. Let’s take a look at what restorative dentistry in London is on offer at Archway Park Dental.

Restorative Dentistry in LondonFilings

The big decision these days is whether to go for amalgam or white composite fillings. People still think white fillings are a vanity product, but, now that the materials have become stronger, white fillings can in fact do a better job. This is because the composite actually bonds with the tooth material, rather than just sitting in the hole as amalgam does, so there is less chance of bacteria sneaking in around the edges. Also, the dentist does not have to remove as much healthy tooth material, so the tooth is stronger.

Inlays and onlays

These are pieces of porcelain that are placed over large cavities, usually on the back teeth, to make them stronger, rather than just using a filling.

Crowns

These cover the entire tooth, which may have crumbled or decayed, but is worth keeping because it still has a healthy root.

Bridges

These replace lost teeth, usually one or two next to each other. The bridge of metal has the crowns suspended off it and it is anchored to the neighbouring healthy teeth by grinding them down and covering them with crowns.

Dentures

These are removable restorations on a plate. Full or complete dentures replace all the teeth and feature arches on a base that fit over the gums and relies on a good fit and suction for anchoring. Partial dentures replace a few teeth and clip onto neighbouring teeth.

Dental implants

These replace one, several or all of the teeth. They are artificial tooth roots that are embedded into channels drilled into the jawbone. The titanium integrates with the bone over a period of weeks. Dental implant restorations can last for decades.

Great-looking and stable replacement teeth

After you lose a tooth, the gap in your smile can make you feel funny about your appearance. If you’re missing several teeth, it’ll be harder to bite into and chew your food. You might change the kinds of food you eat, to make mealtimes easier. Temporary replacement teeth, fitted over the gums, can be helpful in restoring your smile’s appearance, but they still require great care when eating and drinking.

In London, dental implants provide replacement teeth that function as well as natural ones. They stay permanently in the mouth, and integrate with your jawbone to restore the strength and stability you had with your natural teeth. At Archway Park Dental, dental implants are used to replace any number of missing teeth, from a single one to a whole set. They use small titanium posts, inserted into the jawbone by the dentist. The replacement teeth are then securely attached to the implanted posts after a short period of healing.

Dental Implants in LondonA personal difference

This durable tooth loss solution is customised to meet your personal needs. Using contemporary technology, we take detailed images of your mouth, and create precise treatment plans to maximise the effectiveness of your new teeth. Once they’re in place, you can enjoy their many benefits.

Implant advantages

Dental implants bring several long-lasting improvements:

They remain in the mouth permanently. You no longer need to use messy adhesives, and you clean them just like natural teeth;

The stable base enables you to enjoy your favourite foods without worrying that the replacement teeth will fall out;

The implants help to prevent bone deterioration, and retain the firmness of your face’s underlying bone structure;

Pronouncing certain words and phrases can be easier once the implants are in place.

As long as you care for the teeth properly, they could last for the rest of your life. They can bring a significant change to the way you feel about yourself, improving the aesthetic appeal of your teeth while enabling enhanced dental function.

Dental anxiety

Many of us have probably gone through that feeling of anxiety when planning to go to the dentist for treatment. But sometimes dental phobia can keep you from getting the dental care you need. If you fear the dental chair, you may want to consider sedation dentistry at Archway Park Dental, which is designed to relax nervous patients in London.

Sedation options

Nervous Patients in LondonThere are several kinds of sedation options depending on the procedure and each individual patient’s needs.

IV sedation is a popular choice with our very nervous patients. IV stands for intravenous sedation and is a common procedure where a sedative is injected into the vein on the arm of the patient. The effects are quick and IV sedation has been proven safe and efficient. It is also ideal for procedures that may last for several hours since there is the option to re-administer the medication or adjust as needed.

Non-medical options for nervous patients

For those suitable, and on non conflicting medications we can provide an oral sedative which can have a great effect on calming nervous patients. This can simply be administered to the patient 30 minutes before their procedures.

We ensure every member of our dental team understands and empathises with those of our patients who are nervous about seeing a dentist. Dentophobia can have an overwhelming impact on dental health and can leave some patients suffering in silence before extreme dental pain forces them to seek treatment.

We also ensure that our patients know and understand how to signal to us if you need a break during any of your dental treatments. Many patients may need five minutes to relax without the worry that you are inconveniencing the dentist and you never will be with any of our highly qualified and dedicated dentists here at Archway Park Dental.

By providing a safe, comfortable environment, staffed with our highly trained team we do everything we can to ease anxiety and help our patients to relax. Our reception area is calm and tranquil with comfortable seating, magazines and papers to read and in the surgery we have comfortable chairs and can even play the music of choice.

Our skilled staff take the time to talk to our patients and determine the cause of the anxiety, which allows them to provide the sensitivity necessary. We take great care to understand how our patients feel and act accordingly.

By providing a gentle, caring approach to dentistry we maintain a relaxed atmosphere where our patients can feel safe and secure. We believe maximising relaxation techniques are just as important as technical expertise, so from the moment you enter to the moment you leave, you can remain in a relaxed state of mind.

What happens when you come to us for implants

Choosing to have your missing teeth replaced with dental implants in London is a big decision. It’s also a big commitment of time and resources. Naturally, you want to know that your choice of both treatment, and provider, us at Archway Park Dental, is a good one.

That’s why when you visit us for your initial consultation, we will listen carefully to your issues and how you want to resolve them. Our implant surgeon, Dr Terenyi, will thoroughly examine your mouth to make sure that we can fulfil your wishes, and confirm that your jaw is strong and healthy enough to support dental implants. We may need digital x-rays to get an accurate picture of your jaw. We also need to check for other hidden oral health issues that will need clearing up before we can begin implant treatment.

Dental Implants in LondonDental Implants in London Your treatment journey

We carry out the treatment for dental implants in London in several stages. The first requires a surgical procedure. Dr Terenyi will create new sockets in your jawbone and insert the dental implants into them. The implants Dr Terenyi will insert are tiny posts made of titanium.

During the following weeks, your jawbone will grow new tissue and blood vessels around the dental implants, fusing with their surfaces to hold them in place just as if they were natural teeth. This fusion provides great stability. Implants are rarely dislodged, even with all the hard chewing action that we put our mouths through.

Finally, you return to us for the final part of your treatment for dental implants in London. Our Oral Surgeon can now fit an abutment, to your implant. Onto this is fixed, either a custom-made artificial tooth, a bridge, or even a whole set of dentures can be added.