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Do you find yourself stressed recently? Is it starting to have a noticeable impact on your mood and day to day life? If so, it may also be having an often overlooked impact on your oral hygiene as well. In which case, it’s important to be aware of the potential symptoms of stress on your oral health. And, more importantly, ways in which you can help to reduce these symptoms for a happier, less stressful, and mouth-happy life.
When it comes to stress and your dental health, understanding what is a result of stress can often be quite difficult. Especially as a majority of the time, you may be stressed without realising this fact until later. However, once you do recognise the signs of stress, some ways you may find it affecting your oral health may include:
Reducing stress at the source is the best way to help combat some of the above symptoms. However, fitting these methods into your everyday life may not always be that easy. That is why, for the most part, it can be important to make time for stress-reduction and making it a priority. As only then will you be able to help improve your overall health, including your long-term oral health.
Good ways to battle stress include:
Of course, cutting out stress from your life isn’t always a possibility. But, good oral hygiene and caring for your teeth health is important alongside these everyday stress factors. Which is why visiting your oral hygienist is especially important during periods of stress in your life, as you are far likelier to be experiencing issues or to develop issues during this time.
Whether you suffer from muscle tension, lip lines, forehead frown lines, teeth clenching or several other issues, you may have considered a facial rejuvenation treatment. In which case, you may have researched a number of different practitioners and ways in which you can seek out these treatments privately. But, have you ever considered visiting your dentist for your anti-wrinkle treatments?
Though perhaps a little surprising at first, a dental expert has a vast array of knowledge when it comes to the inner workings of the face. With that in mind, here are some of the best reasons that a dentist is a perfect choice when it comes to your facial rejuvenation procedures.
At Dental Solutions, our principal dentist is trained and experienced to carry out facial rejuvenation treatments. Gavin has over 12-years of experience in aesthetic treatments; using his dental knowledge of facial muscle anatomy and nerves, all procedures can be performed with extreme precision. Performing injections every day, Gavin has a steady hand and practice needed to create a natural, well-rested looking, result.
He has been trained to complete both Botox and dermal filler treatments. Anti-wrinkle injections are perfect for fine lines and helping the muscles to relax, whereas dermal fillers can also help reduce the appearance of scars–either from acne or injury.
One surprising application of Botox and other similar anti-wrinkle treatments is to help reduce teeth grinding and other muscle-related issues. Bruxism can cause prolonged pain and headaches, whilst also reducing enamel and potentially even causing a chipped tooth. Though most treatments look to help reduce dental damage, anti-wrinkle treatments could be the best way to prevent grinding from occurring from the start.
When applied, Botox can limit the full movement of muscles (which wears off over time). Injecting into the masseter muscle in the jaw and the temporalis muscles can help to reduce teeth grinding at night. Though not a permanent solution, it can be a good way to halt Bruxism until other oral solutions (such as a mouth guard) can be devised.
Here at Dental Solutions, we are officially a Save Face aesthetic treatment provider. We have been individually assessed by Save Face, a Standards Authority which has a robust set of requirements that are recognised by NHS England and the Department of England. Save Face is currently the only government-regulated register for facial rejuvenation treatments.
We achieved this certification in 2017, after achieving over 50 positive reviews on the platform.
If you’re not sure or are in any way concerned about facial rejuvenation treatments, then why not visit our clinic for a free consultation? Call our reception team on 01925 756565 or book your free consultation now. Alternatively, you can use the contact form.
November is mouth cancer awareness month and it is estimated that around 600 people will be diagnosed with mouth cancer in the UK this month alone. With figures of mouth cancer cases expected to rise over the coming years, it is important that we are all mouth aware in order to identify any signs or symptoms as and when they appear.
Early detection typically results in a 90% survival rate, so getting symptoms checked out as quickly as possible is vital. Having regular dental checkups, as well as carrying out self-examinations, will help to highlight any changes in and around your mouth.
Mouth cancer does not discriminate and can affect everyone, but typically it is associated with men over the age of 40. However, we all should be paying close attention to what is going on inside our mouths and, should we spot any unexplained or unusual changes, take urgent action. Mouth cancer can strike in a number of different areas, such as the gums, cheeks, lips and tongue and, given that early detection is crucial, being mouth aware and knowing the warning signs will increase your chances of survival.
Three signs and symptoms which you absolutely should not ignore are:
If you spot any of these symptoms, then you should see your dentist or doctor immediately. If in doubt, get checked out. Mouth cancer can be spotted in the early stages by visiting your dentist for a thorough mouth examination.
Although mouth cancer is strongly associated with men over 40, lifestyle also plays a huge role in developing mouth cancer. Around 9 in 10 cases are linked to lifestyle risk factors, such as alcohol and smoking. The influence which our daily habits and choices have on our overall health is huge, but by amending them and making small changes towards healthier day-to-day choices, you can help to reduce your chance of developing mouth cancer.
When it comes to mouth cancer awareness, there are five key risks which you should be aware of:
Tobacco – this is the leading cause of mouth cancer and transforms saliva into a deadly cocktail which damages cells in your mouth, which can then turn cancerous.
Alcohol – Excessive alcohol consumption is linked to over a third of mouth cancer cases in men and a fifth in women. Heavy smokers and drinkers are up to 35 times more at risk of developing mouth cancer.
HPV (the Human papillomavirus) – the world’s most common sexually-transmitted virus is increasingly being linked to the rise of mouth cancer cases and is expected to become one of the leading causes of the disease in the future.
Diet – Research has shown that a diet which is high in fresh fruit and vegetables can reduce the risk of developing mouth cancer in the future.
Chewing or Smokeless Tobacco – Smokeless and chewing tobacco is not a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes, contrary to popular belief, and is very popular in Asia, USA and Europe.
There are more than 8,300 people diagnosed with mouth cancer each year in the UK and, in many cases, can have a lasting and substantial impact on the quality of life, even affecting how you talk, breathe and eat. Being mouth aware is vital and, as well as attending regular check-ups with your dentist, you can also carry out frequent checks for changes in your mouth, head and neck at home. Even if you have no teeth, it is vital that you regularly check for changes in the mouth.
Mouth cancer can affect anybody, so it is important that we know what to check for. If you have any worries or concerns about changes in your mouth, or would just like to book a check-up, then get in touch today. Or call our reception on 01925 756565.
In this blog, we take a look at some of the benefits of zygomatic implants and why they just might be the best option for you.
Zygomatic implants differ from other types of implants such as All-on-4, as they are anchored in the zygomatic or cheekbone hence the name. Typically, the zygomatic implant is ideal for patients who may have inadequate or poor quality bone in their upper jaw, and so regular dental implants would be impossible. When dentures have been worn for a long time, it can lead to the loss of large amounts of supporting bone which creates a ‘collapse’ or loss of face height. Zygomatic implants correct this loss of facial structure which also has a rejuvenating effect to the appearance of the face.
Dr Brookshaw and patient Janice discuss her zygoma implants in this video, explaining why it was the best solution for her after so many years of struggling to find a dentist who could provide her with a fixed solution; https://youtu.be/hv3fE6ortKE .
Although Zygomatic implants are considerably longer than conventional implants, the treatment is very similar from the patient’s perspective. The placement of Zygomatic implants is minimally invasive, using our image guided surgery. Also, to make the experience as comfortable as possible, this treatment always takes place under sedation.
Once the surgical placement of the zygomatic implant is completed the bridge is fitted the same day. This removes the need for a waiting period for grafts to heal; meaning patients can be free of their dentures practically overnight. The whole procedure is completed in a single session, meaning you don’t have to wait six months for a confident new smile. The zygomatic treatment plan is also a faster alternative when compared against more complicated bone grafting procedures.
One of the biggest benefits when it comes to zygomatic implants is the fact that the recovery time is relatively speedy. As mentioned above, the dentures can be fitted the same day as your surgery. But, the surgery itself does not require a bone graft and thus the recovery time can also be much faster –between 4 to 6 months.
“In terms of the implant treatment on the day itself I had no discomfort, whilst feeling aware of what was going on around me most of the time. I was expecting pain in the following days but instead it was more a feeling of discomfort with a bit of swelling and minor bruising on my jawline which was controlled quite easily with ibuprofen.
When I went back to work after a week, my colleagues were so complimentary – they just couldn’t believe how natural they looked. My confidence has really grown since the treatment – I no longer cover my mouth which I used to do before the treatment.”
“I can’t say enough to praise and thank the team for what they have done for me. My teeth feel and look natural – they feel normal and completely secure in my mouth like my own used to be. I can eat an apple once again without wondering if my plate would snap.
I think that my confidence had drained away before this treatment – I used to avoid social situations where eating was involved. My wife has noticed that I smile a lot more now than I used to before treatment and that my confidence is back. I’m so much happier than I was!”
Our primary aim at Dental Solutions is to ensure every patient leaves feeling confident and happy. Richard Brookshaw has been helping implant patients for years achieve their dream smile. He is both nationally and internationally respected as a lecturer in all aspects of Implant Dentistry, so patients know they’re in the best possible hands for their zygomatic implants.
We want to make every patient feel welcome, which is why we offer a completely free, no obligation consultation. Let us show you how dental implants can improve your quality of life today. For further information about any of the services we offer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our attentive team who will be happy to help on 01925 756565. Alternatively, you can book an appointment through this link: https://gavinismydentist.com/booking.
Do you ever feel a twinge in your teeth when eating or drinking something hot or cold? The discomfort and pain associated with sensitive teeth can vary, but it’s a common pain that many people suffer from. Learning to manage and help deal with the symptoms with tooth sensitivity is therefore quite important for your daily life.
To find out what’s causing this discomfort, you should visit your dentist for a check-up and ask about tooth sensitivity. Your dentist will be able to identify the cause of your sensitive teeth symptoms and rule out other causes of tooth pain, such as tooth decay, infection, disease or injury.
Many people suffer from sensitive teeth and it can start at any time. It is more common in people aged between 20 and 40, and women are more likely to be affected than men.
The part of the tooth we can see has a layer of enamel that protects the softer dentine underneath. If the dentine is exposed, a tooth can become sensitive. This usually happens where the tooth and the gum meet and the enamel layer is much thinner. Some usual causes of sensitivity are:-
You are more likely to feel the sensitivity when drinking or eating something cold, from cold air catching your teeth, and sometimes with hot foods or drinks. Some people have sensitivity when they have sweet or acidic food and drinks. The pain can come and go, with some times being worse than others.
You may find that hot, cold, sweet or acidic drinks, or foods like ice cream, can bring on sensitivity, so you may want to avoid these. If you have sensitivity when brushing your teeth with cold water from the tap, you may need to use warm water instead. It is important to keep brushing your teeth regularly – if you don’t, this could make the problem worse.
Ultimately, sensitivity is caused by a number of issues. If you are concerned or would like more information on how to manage this issue, then it is best to seek a dental appointment to get to the bottom of the issue.
Therefore, here are some of the considerations you need to make when it comes to choosing between Invisalign and traditional braces.
As one of the biggest selling points of the brand, Invisalign is known as the ‘invisible’ brace. They have earned this moniker because when wearing these braces they are almost undetectable in day to day life. For most adults, this sleek and discreet solution is one of the factors which makes this treatment so attractive.
When it comes to Invisalign vs. traditional braces, one of the defining factors is the ability to remove them. For Invisalign users, the patient is able to remove the aligners whenever they eat. Whereas traditional braces are bonded brackets which are fixed on every tooth and connected via a flexible wire, which is then adjusted at every subsequent appointment. These consistent adjustments then leads to straighter teeth at the end of the treatment.
If being able to remove a brace is important to you, then Invisalign is the clear and obvious choice. Having the ability to remove the aligners also makes routine cleaning like brushing and flossing much easier, which is important to maintain during any orthodontic treatment.
One of the biggest considerations to make when it comes to braces is the length of treatment. A long treatment is often not ideal, as it can put some people off from the treatment entirely. On average, all treatment types can have a varied length depending on your individual case. Anywhere between 6 and 18 months is typical for both Invisalign and traditional braces.
For that reason, you will need to seek an individual consultation to determine your potential treatment length for either choice. That way you will be able to make an informed decision which is tailored to your needs.
Typically, the cost of a treatment can be one of the factors which drives the choice of orthodontic treatment. And the cost can differ depending on the severity of your case. For example, you may be able to choose from either Invisalign Lite or i7 – which are both typically shorter treatment lengths. These are ideal when only minor alignment issues need to be addressed. With shorter treatment times, the cost is also reduced.
If you are struggling with the choice between Invisalign and traditional braces, then book a free consultation today. Our expert team of orthodontists can help make the choice become clear with a treatment plan that is suited to your case needs. Contact our friendly reception team on 01925 756565 to find out more.
I was first recommended to Dental Solutions by the insurance company after a bad coach accident damaged my teeth on holiday in Tenerife back in 2004. The team at the practice were absolutely brilliant at restoring the extensive damage caused by the accident and helping me to smile again.
As a result of the way that Jean had been cared for, when a crown kept breaking, which then led to the breakdown of the tooth altogether, Dental Solutions was the first port of call for me when I needed an implant.
Now retired, I have had a long career as a highly decorated chef, and I still keep in touch with the industry, so it’s important to keep my smile in good shape, without any dreaded gaps. Both Jean and I are very active fundraisers within Lions Clubs International and still love to travel, and we both feel that a nice smile is important when meeting new people.
Gavin fitted a temporary bridge to ensure that the missing tooth wasn’t noticeable while I had the necessary scans and impressions. This was to ensure that the implant could be secured with enough bone and that the implant looked as natural as possible in my mouth.
The implant process itself was painless on the day- just a little scratch with the needle, then I felt nothing more.
Now the implant is complete I would say it feels great, just marginally different to the other teeth in my mouth. I follow the care instructions that the team at Dental Solutions have given me which is a rigorous 2 minute job every morning with a tepe brush.
We can both highly recommend Dental Solutions for the first-rate care that they have given us over the years.
For more information on how we can help to restore your smile, with dental implants or any of our other cosmetic procedures, simply call now on 01925 756565. Our friendly reception team are waiting to help.
I first came to Dental Solutions after a referral from Museum Street dentists in Warrington. I was suffering from some missing teeth and associated bone loss and gum recession. I did look around at other dentists in the Warrington area where I live, but I really liked the Facebook page at Dental Solutions and actually recognised a couple of people in their gallery of patient stories, so I decided to call them for a free consultation.
The practice is lovely–just located on the Canalside in Lymm village. From the moment I walked in it had a great relaxed feeling, you can sense a real friendly team atmosphere–I just thought–this is where I want to come. Gavin was completely reassuring and so I decided to go ahead.
I first needed a bone graft, then on the day of the implant placement with Richard I felt a small amount of discomfort, I can only describe it as pressure but no real pain. Post-surgery discomfort was controlled with paracetamol and my implants healed well.
The new implants have given me more confidence–my close friends have noticed this too and have also complimented me on my new smile. In future I wouldn’t think twice about having more implants if I needed them.
The decision to get dental implants is often difficult to make. Although there are many benefits to dental implants, there are also many things to consider. The best way to decide if dental implants could be right for you is to speak to your dentist who will be able to answer all of your questions. This is why we are hosting a dental implant open evening.
We would like to invite you to our dental implant open evening, taking place on Wednesday 25th September from 3 pm to 7.30 pm. During the event, prospective patients will enjoy a 30-minute consultation with Gavin Laidlaw and have the chance to ask questions and find out more about the procedure. Nicola Corless, our implant treatment coordinator and practice manager will also be available to answer questions.
Get in touch if you’d like to arrange a dental implant consultation.
On the day of your appointment, you will be invited to the practice for a free 30-minute consultation with Gavin Laidlaw BDS Principal Dentist and Nicola Corless Implant Co-Ordinator and Practice Manager. During this time you will have the chance to ask any questions you might have about the procedure and put your mind at ease. We specialise in the care and treatment of very nervous or dental phobic patients, so if you are nervous about the process we will be able to help. You will have a chance to look around our implant suite and meet the nursing team who will be on hand to answer your questions. At the end of the consultation, you will be given an individual treatment plan and quotation.
Do you have loose dentures that feel uncomfortable or loose-fitting? Then our All on Four treatment could be the perfect dental solution for you. Usually £17,995 now £16,995 excluding sedation* [Saving £1,000].
Appointments are available on a first come, first served basis. We anticipate that the demand for this event will be very high, so please book soon to avoid disappointment.
You can book your appointment by calling 01925 756565 or by filling in the form below to request a callback.
“I used to cover my mouth with my hands when I smiled, and now I don’t have to. I know that I smile much more than I ever did, I now want to show off my smile. I can honestly say that whilst it wasn’t cheap, it was the best money I have ever spent. From that first meeting with Gavin to meeting Richard Brookshaw and the nursing team I have been treated with so much kindness, patience and care.”
People now say that I look really well. I can eat what I want to again. I laugh without covering my mouth. I am much less self conscious and feel that I don’t have to hide any more- I am a much more open person than I was before.
My new smile exceeded all my expectations- I just looked in the mirror and gave Gavin and his nurse a big hug! And now? I eat normally with no trouble whatsoever. I was even told by someone who I’d met the other day ‘Aren’t your teeth lovely for your age!’
Now the treatment is complete I can eat pretty much whatever I want- crunchy snacks, crusty bread, I can even bite into apples which I hadn’t done since I was 15! I smile with a lot more confidence.