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Knightshill Dental Practice

132 Knights Hill, West Norwood, London SE27 0SR

Email: reception@knightshilldental.co.uk

 020 86704666

 

As an established practice specialising in general dentistry in London we provide a complete range of services for patients of all ages. By paying due care and attention to the long-term effectiveness of the treatments we administer, Knightshill Dental Practice can help patients retain their natural teeth for the remainder of their life. At Knightshill Dental Practice we are committed to delivering optimum standards of dental care for patients of all ages. That is why we provide a full range of general dental treatments, from routine examinations to root canal therapy.

 

Dental Check-ups

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

 


 

What′s true for almost everyone on this planet is that, at some points in their lives, people will need dental care. The mouth is resistant to many bacteria that constantly invade it and teeth have their weak spots and eventually they will be exposed to decay.

 

Dental check-up generally takes about 20-30 minutes. Using a probe, our dentist will check all sides of every tooth, looking for tiny points of decay. If everything is fine, all you pay is the minimum check-up fee. If there′s any suspicion, an x-ray of the tooth will be taken. Depending on the situation, you′ll be advised what′s needed to fix the problem.

 

A dental check-up every six months puts your mind at rest that nothing will be allowed to get out of control. Even if you′ve had a lot of dental restoration up till now, you can ensure that in future everything will be much easier for you.

 

 

At each check-up, our dentist will:

  • Examine your teeth, gums and mouth;
  • Ask about your general health and any problems you have had with your teeth, mouth, or gums since your last visit;
  • Ask about and give you advice on, your diet, smoking and alcohol use and teeth-cleaning habits;
  • Undertake any specialist investigations if required, such as X-Rays, or preventative treatments including an oral cancer screening;
  • Restore your smile;

 

Generally, the lower your risk of dental problems, the longer you can wait before your next check-up. So people with good oral health will probably need to attend only once every 12 to 24 months, but those with more problems will need check-ups more often.

 

To enjoy the high standard of care we offer here at Knightshill Dental Practice, call today on 020 86704666 or request your appointment online.


Cleaning & Prevention

Let us prevent dental disease rather than treat it at a later date

 


 

Cleaning & Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy, confident and beautiful smile. At Knightshill Dental Practice your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:

 

 

Removal of calculus (tartar):

 

Calculus is plaque that gets hardened overtime and harbors bacteria. It is caused by the continual accumulation of minerals from saliva and becomes firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can be threatening to the health of gums. Calculus can only be removed with special dental instruments.

 

 

Elimination of plaque:

 

Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!

 

 

Teeth Polishing:

 

Teeth Polishing is removing stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.

 

To request an appointment for Cleaning & Prevention call us on 020 86704666.


Bad Breath

Take Your Bad Breath Away

 


 

Bad breath is actually very common and usually the persons with it are unaware they even have it. Nevertheless, the bad breath cure is effective and relatively fuss-free.

 

In 90% of cases, bad breath is generated in the mouth, where bacteria produce gases which tend to smell like rotten eggs. These bacteria often hide in the areas that you miss when you clean your teeth, as well as on the back of your tongue.

 

Smoking is another prime culprit – by drying your mouth it makes the odour worse and also builds-up harmful tar and nicotine inside your mouth.

 

Under our care, we will investigate your mouth, diagnose the exact cause of your bad breath and show you exactly how to tackle it as part of your regular routine. If gum disease is the cause of halitosis, our expert dental hygienists will clean the pockets between your teeth and gums to remove the ingrained bacteria.

 

If you have any concerns about the freshness of your breath please do not be embarrassed to tell us. Once we are aware of your concerns we can act to ensure your confidence is restored quickly. Before your appointment do not smoke, use any mouthwashes or chew any gum. Try not to wear any after shave or perfumes. This will allow us to make a fair judgement as to whether a problem exists. Achieving lasting fresh breath is just a phone call away. Call us on 020 86704666.


Tooth Filling

Laugh with wild abandon!

 


 

If you dream of being able to throw your head back and laugh with wild abandon, then virtually invisible white fillings are the way forward. It takes some creative flair to match your teeth precisely but that′s just what our skilled dentist boasts at Knightshill Dental Practice.

 

At Knightshill Dental Practice, we use the most effective, modern, tooth-coloured materials. Unlike the more traditional grey amalgam fillings, the tooth-coloured ones look very natural, so no-one will be able to tell you have them.

 

White fillings are carefully crafted to blend in completely, leaving you with a lovely smile of which you can be proud.

 

 

What are the benefits of Fillings done by us?

 

  • Amazing results.
  • Highly skilled, experienced dentist.
  • Smile & laugh with confidence.

 

We will usually numb the tooth and its surrounding area with a local anaesthetic and will drill the decayed material from the tooth.

 

When the decay has been removed, the tooth will be filled with tooth coloured fillings. We will then shape the filling, so that it looks as realistic as possible and so it does not interfere with the way your teeth meet when you bite and chew.

 

We want you to be confident to flash your white teeth with pride, not concern. To find out more about white fillings please give our friendly team a call on 020 86704666.


Tooth Extractions / Oral Surgery

Use of modern technology to achieve the best results possible

 


 

We understand that having a tooth removed can be an upsetting and anxious time. If possible, we′ll always try and help you save your tooth, but if a removal is needed, we will do everything possible to make it as comfortable and simple for you as possible.

 

The most common reasons for tooth extraction is removing seriously damaged teeth because of tooth decay, a fractured or broken tooth or it may also be necessary to reduce dental crowding or the risk of infection and in case of preparing for a denture.

 

Tooth extraction procedures today are far less painful than ever before, thanks to powerful anaesthetics and sedatives. In many cases, a patient who has a tooth extracted experiences little or no discomfort and only minor bleeding.

 

We′ll always make sure that the area is completely numb before removing any tooth. We have a great team of dentists for more complicated cases including wisdom teeth removal.

 

Most tooth extractions are a straightforward procedure, followed by at-home care that includes rest and gentle care of the extraction site. Patients with extracted teeth sometimes need to take an antibiotic and at the very least, take precautions following the procedure to ensure that infection doesn't occur. Smoking, vigorous brushing, rinsing and drinking liquids through straws are discouraged during the post-operative period because they hinder healing and may cause the wound to open.

 

 

Wisdom Teeth:

 

Your wisdom teeth normally emerge from the gum after the ages of 17. They are the last of the large grinding teeth at the back of the mouth to emerge. Some people never develop wisdom teeth; others can have up to four - one in each corner of the mouth.

 

Often wisdom teeth cause no problems but sometimes there is just not enough space left in the mouth for them to emerge properly. When this happens, they are described as ″Impacted″. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, swelling, infection or damage to the teeth next to them.

 

If you have problems such as infection, cysts or tumours, tooth decay or gum disease around a wisdom tooth you should think about having it removed. If you have impacted wisdom teeth that are not causing problems you do not need to have them removed.

 

To book an appointment or for more information please contact us. You can see our price list by clicking here.


Root Canal

Take the Pain out of the Root Canal

 


 

Root canal treatment is one of the most complex dental procedures carried out. It is a skilled and time-consuming procedure.

 

Our caring staff is accomplished in treating the most difficult root canal treatment cases. We often have great success in treating patients who are experiencing pain or want to save their natural tooth, which might otherwise need extraction. By choosing Root canal treatment, you are choosing to keep your natural teeth. If left untreated, you could experience greater discomfort and it could lead to a serious infection.

 

Treatments are performed to the highest standards using the latest techniques and materials. Our Dentists have extensive experience in this treatment and will ensure every possible step is taken to make you feel relaxed and at ease. A local anaesthetic is also used to assist in your comfort.

 

 

Signs you may require root canal treatment:

 

  • Tooth sensitivity to sweets or hot and cold liquids.
  • Constant or intermittent throbbing tooth ache and pain.
  • Pain with biting pressure.
  • Tissue swelling of the face.

 

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or suspect you may require root canal treatment, please make an appointment with Knightshill Dental Practice as soon as possible and we will take care of this urgent dental treatment.

 

 

Length of Treatment

 

Root canal treatment mostly requires more than one visits, but sometimes it can be completed in a single visit depending on the situation. Some teeth have more roots than other, some teeth have curved root canals that are difficult to find - treating such tooth will require multiple visits. Moreover, teeth with active infections require more than one visits.

 

 

After the Treatment

 

After root canal treatment is over, a temporary filling is placed over the tooth which needs to be replaced with a crown as soon as possible. Tooth become brittle after root canal treatment. Purpose of the crown is to restore the tooth's strength and protect it from cracking. If the temporary filling is left too long, there are chances that bacteria from your mouth will reinfect the tooth.

 

The tooth may be sore for two to three days after the treatment. The worse the infection and inflammation you had, the more sensitive the tooth will be after treatment. Avoid chewing on the affected side.

 

The pulp which is removed during root canal treatment is the part which responds to temperature. After removal of infected pulp your tooth will no longer be sensitive to hot or cold.

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

 

 

Why does a root filling cost more than a normal filling?

 

A root canal filling treatment is a time consuming process. This process takes more time than routine filling and is performed usually over two visits. Not just that, root canal fillings require a great deal of specialist equipment and extra training, which adds to the overall cost.

 

 

Why is root canal treatment needed?

 

If the pulp becomes infected, the infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth. This may eventually lead to an abscess. An abscess is an inflamed area in which pus collects and can cause swelling of the tissues around the tooth. The symptoms of an abscess can range from a dull ache to severe pain and the tooth may be tender when you bite. If root canal treatment is not done, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out.

 

 

Can all teeth be treated with Root Canal?

 

Most teeth can be treated with Root Canal except in a situation where root canals are not accessible, the root is fractured, the tooth doesn't have enough bone support, or the tooth cannot be restored. When endodontic treatment is not effective, our dentist may be able to suggest other ways to save the tooth. If tooth has to be extracted, our dentist will suggest treatments options like implants or bridges to fill the empty space created because of tooth extraction.

 

 

What will happen afterwards?

 

After root canal treatment is over, a temporary filling is placed over the tooth which needs to be replaced with a crown as soon as possible. Tooth become brittle after root canal treatment. Purpose of the crown is to restore the tooth's strength and protect it from cracking. If the temporary filling is left too long, there are chances that bacteria from your mouth will reinfect the tooth.

 

The tooth may be sore for two to three days after the treatment. The worse the infection and inflammation you had, the more sensitive the tooth will be after treatment. Avoid chewing on the affected side.

 

The pulp which is removed during root canal treatment is the part which responds to temperature. After removal of infected pulp your tooth will no longer be sensitive to hot or cold.

 

 

I have been advised by dentist that I need Root Canal treatment, but the tooth doesn't hurt me. Should I be bothered?

 

When the pulp gets destroyed from inside of the tooth because of infection carried on for numbers of years, tooth becomes dead. In such situation there is no pain because there is no pulp inside the tooth which creates sensation of pain. However there can be still infection present that will lead to an abscess. Early treatment of the tooth will remove this infection before it worsens and will prevent the abscess from becoming big problem.

 

 

Will I need to have a crown put on after root canal treatment?

 

Crowns are caps made out of a material like porcelain, which fit over your tooth to protect it. Crowns are used to cover teeth that have been broken, or have been weakened by a large filling, decay or after root canal treatment. You may need to have a crown fitted over your tooth that has had root canal treatment because it can help to strengthen and protect your tooth from further damage.

 

 

Is root canal treatment painful?

 

In most cases, you will not feel any pain while root canal procedure is carried on. Our dentist will numb your tooth and the surrounding area first before starting the procedure. Some people fear of numbing shot more than the treatment itself. Now a days numbing gels and modern injection systems have made injections virtually painless.

 

 

I am having root canal treatment. How long will the restored tooth last?

 

After root canal treatment the restored tooth should last as long as your other teeth. Your treated tooth will stay healthy as long as the root is nourished by the tissues around it. This means your tooth could last a lifetime.

 

Contact us today at 020 86704666 and schedule your initial consultation.


Crowns

Restore the strength and shape of your tooth

 


 

A crown, sometimes known as a 'cap' is a protective cover fitted over the existing structure of a broken or damaged tooth to restore it's function and appearance.

 

 

Crowns are prescribed as a part of a treatment to restore teeth that have:

 

  • Undergone root canal treatment.
  • Severe tooth surface loss.
  • Poor aesthetic appearance.
  • To replace existing crowns with poor appearance.
  • To protect heavily restored teeth from breaking.
  • To restore broken down teeth and prevent further breakage.

 

Before we begin your treatment we′ll talk you through your options of course as we offer a full range of cosmetic dental crowns. For instance, if you require a crown at the back of your mouth you may prefer to opt for a hardwearing, less expensive crown made from ultra-durable dental composite. Alternatively, if you need a crown towards the front of your mouth you may decide to choose a natural looking cosmetic tooth-coloured one. Whatever type of dental crown is right for you, you can be sure that you′ll be very pleased with the results.

 

Preparation time will vary depending on the condition of the damaged tooth. The tooth will be reshaped, to ensure that once the crown is fitted, it remains the same size and shape as the natural teeth. It may also need to be built up with a filling first. A local anaesthetic is usually given prior to preparation, to avoid any discomfort. After preparation, an impression is taken of the tooth to be crowned and nearby teeth, using a soft mouldable material. This impression is given to a dental technician, who uses it to build your crown to the exact size and shape required. This will ensure that the crown fits comfortably. When using porcelain crowns, the colour will also be matched to the natural teeth.

 

The crown can last for many years if good oral hygiene is maintained, depending on the condition of the original tooth.

 

 

For more information on crowns book your initial consultation online or call us on 020 86704666.


Bridges

Bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth

 


 

Sometimes when a tooth is lost a space is left which can be unsightly, can cause difficulty in chewing or can result in movement of the adjacent teeth. There are many options for filling spaces including implant, dentures and dental bridge. If you have lost one or two teeth but would rather not wear a denture, you may want to opt for a bridge. Bridges are a series of crowns joined together to cover or close a space left by the loss of a tooth. They are permanent and once bonded into place will look and feel similar to natural tooth.

 

Bridges can be supported by natural teeth or by implants. At Knightshill Dental Practice we will check the health of your gums and the supported teeth to ensure that they are suitable for treatment and take appropriate measures if they are not. We will discuss all your options with you to ensure that you can keep your mouth healthy and your smile stunning with a well-fitting and natural looking bridge.

 

 

 

ADVANTAGES OF HAVING A DENTAL BRIDGE:

 

Generally speaking, the main advantages of having a dental bridge are:

 

  • Great looks (aesthetics)
  • In a traditional fixed bridge, not only can you fill the space of the missing tooth, you can improve the colour and the shape of the teeth that you are crowning either side. Porcelain looks great, matches the natural teeth exceptionally well and is very resistant to staining.

     

  • Not removable
  • A bridge is fixed in your mouth - you don't have to worry about taking it out to clean it like a denture.

     

  • Protective
  • If the teeth either side are heavily filled or broken down then by crowning these teeth as part of the bridge you are actually helping to strengthen them and replace your missing tooth at the same time.

     

  • Long lasting
  • Studies have shown that fixed bridgework, like individual crowns, is very predictable, durable and lasts a considerable length of time.

     

  • Relatively quick
  • A bridge in general takes only a little longer than a single crown and once the decision to make a bridge has been made, it generally takes two appointments from start to finish. This is a much quicker procedure than having an implant or even a partial denture.

     

  • Less invasive than implants
  • Implants require one or more surgical procedures to place the implant. You may also require bone grafting if you have insufficient natural bone available. For anyone who is unable to undergo implant surgery for medical reasons, it is a great fixed alternative.

     

  • Restore your smile
  • If you are missing numerous teeth, you probably look at old photographs and wish you can have that smile back. This wish can become a reality.

     

  • Restore your ability to properly chew
  • Losing a few teeth may affect your bite. People often chew on one side if they are missing teeth on the opposite side. Over time, this may cause bite issues and even TMJ problems. Dental Bridges help you to distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth.

     

  • Dental bridges help you speak properly
  • During speech, your tongue pushes against the back side of your upper teeth to achieve proper pronunciation. Missing teeth can quickly affect the way you talk.

     

  • Maintain the shape of your face
  • Your facial musculature and your jaw bone may change over time if you are missing many teeth. Replacing lost teeth will help maintain your facial tone and prevent facial changes.

     

  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
  • Whenever a tooth is lost, the teeth around the space tend to shift, tilt, or drift into that space. A dental bridge would prevent undesired changes in the nearby teeth.

     

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

 

 

Why would I need a Bridge?

 

Dental bridges consist of an artificial tooth that is used to fill a gap where a tooth has fallen out or been removed. Therefore a bridge may be recommended if you're missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and joint disorders.

 

 

If you are missing a single tooth or several teeth, don't delay. Come in for an examination at and discuss your options with our dental team.

 

 

How are Dental Bridges Made?

 

Before a bridge can be made, the adjacent tooth (or teeth) must be reduced in size so that the crown or bridge will fit over it properly. After reducing the tooth/teeth, our dentist will take an impression to provide an exact mold for the crown or bridge. If porcelain is to be used, our dentist will determine the correct shade for the crown or bridge to match the color of your existing teeth. Using this impression, our dental lab then makes your crown or bridge.

 

 

Will the bridge feel normal?

 

The bridge will probably feel very ‘high' for the first few days. After a week or two the teeth will move slightly so that your ‘bite' feels normal again.

 

 

How long will the bridge last?

 

Generally dental bridges last for between six to eight years, depending on a patient's oral hygiene and how well the teeth are looked after. In some circumstances, a dental bridge can last over ten years. It will typically need re-cementing once during this period.

 

 

How does a dental bridge affect speech?

 

If you have had speech problems because of missing teeth, a dental bridge should help you speak more clearly.

 

 

How should I care for a dental bridge?

 

As with all dental procedures, good oral hygiene is important after having a bridge fitted. Because a dental bridge is reliant on the surrounding teeth, as long as these remain strong and healthy, they will offer the bridge a secure foundation. Daily brushing at least twice a day, flossing after meals and using a mouthwash will help keep teeth healthy and prevent decay and gum disease.

 

Furthermore, avoiding sugary foods and keeping to a healthy, nutritious diet will also maintain tooth and gum health.

 

 

Why should I replace missing teeth?

 

Your appearance is one reason. You may need a dental bridge to restore an attractive, natural smile. Many people who lose a front tooth or have a noticeable space between front teeth become self-conscious about smiling. They may think they appear unattractive to others.

 

Another reason is when you lose a tooth the gap left by a missing tooth can mean more strain is put on the teeth at either side. Also, the resulting gap between surrounding teeth can widen as these teeth shift or rotate out of position. When our dentist inserts a bridge to close the bothersome gap, healthy alignment of your teeth is restored for normal chewing, speaking and smiling.

 

 

How are missing teeth replaced?

 

There are three main ways to replace missing teeth. The first is with a removable false tooth (or teeth) - called a partial Denture. The second is with a fixed bridge. A bridge is usually used when there are fewer teeth to replace, or when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth. The third way is by the use of Dental Implants. This is where an artificial root is placed into the bone of the jaw and a crown or bridge placed on top of this.

 

 

What are bridges made of?

 

Bridges are usually made of porcelain bonded to precious metal. Sometimes other non-precious metals are used in the base for strength. There are also new bridges made entirely of a special type of strong porcelain.

 

 

How do I know which bridge to get?

 

That depends on what is being replaced. First ask yourself, are there teeth to both sides of the gap that I have? If not, then your options are considerably limited, as the floating bridge that is hooked up at both sides of gap is out of question. If only one side has teeth next to it, then a cantilever bridge is the way to go. If there are no teeth to both sides of it, than you are getting a Denture, aren't you?

 

The other thing to consider is how many teeth you are getting replaced and whether or not you are thinking of getting Dental Implants.

 

If you have any specific question about Dental Bridges please use our Consultation Booking tool to book your initial consultation online or call us on 020 86704666.


Dentures

Enjoy comfortable, natural-looking dentures from Knightshill Dental Practice

 


 

Dentures are removable replacements for your missing teeth, designed to look and function like your own natural teeth and surrounding gum tissues. They are generally made from an ultramodern acrylic material which is high-strength and durable. If you look after the dentures then this material is unlikely to stain or darken and will remain fresh and natural looking for many years.

 

The fact that we provide comfortable, natural-looking dentures is a real benefit to those people who no longer possess their natural teeth but for whom socailising and showing a confident smile is very important.

 

Our modern knowledge and techniques will ensure that dentures from Knightshill Dental Practice look great and feel comfortable, allowing patients to eat with confidence. We offer variety of dentures to suit most budgets.

 

If you have several missing teeth, possibly from some time ago, then you will benefit from having dentures as they will provide support for your cheeks and lips. Dentures can reduce the amount of lines and wrinkles around your face, this can literally take years off your face.

 

 

TYPES OF DENTURES:

 

Dentures are of three types: Complete Dentures, Partial Dentures and Implant Supported Dentures.

 

 

 

Complete dentures

 

The dentures that replace all the teeth are known as Complete Dentures and they rest on the gums that cover the jawbones. The stability and retention of these dentures can be improved by attaching them to Dental Implants. Candidates for complete dentures have lost most or all of their teeth. You can have a full denture on your upper or lower jaw, or both. Complete dentures are also called "conventional" dentures.

 

 

Partial Dentures

 

Dentures that replace some but not all of the teeth are known as Partial Dentures. They attach to the teeth that are still present and cover and rest on the gums and bone where the teeth are missing. Dental Implants can also be used to stabilise partial dentures. A partial denture fitted in the spaces created by missing teeth prevents other teeth from changing position. A partial denture is suitable for those who have some natural teeth remaining.

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

 

How will dentures affect my appearance?

 

Replacing missing teeth is very good for your appearance as well as your health. A denture will help you look better by providing the support that your cheeks and lips need. Without this support, sagging facial muscles can make a person look older. At Knightshill Dental Practice each set of dentures is personalised to your gums, lips, tongue and your whole mouth. Having good-looking teeth also gives you more confidence and freedom to smile.

 

 

Will dentures affect the way I eat?

 

Like anything new, you need time to adapt to your new denture. Chewing is one of the skills that needs to be adapted when you receive either replacement dentures or have your first dentures. Start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly, using both sides of your mouth at the same time to stop the denture moving. Avoid sticky foods for a little while. After a while, you should be able to eat fairly normally, but it may take more time to get comfortable with harder foods or sticky foods. Properly fitted dentures enhance your chewing ability, helping your body properly digest foods and obtain the nutrition it needs.

 

 

Can I chew sugar-free gum with dentures?

 

Dentures and chewing gum do not usually work well together, no matter which brand of chewing gum you decide to try. The gum typically sticks to the acrylic plastic in the denture and may break a seal on the dentures, which will loosen them as a result. Gum may remain stuck to the denture and eventually harden and discolor. Ultimately, if you wear dentures, you should avoid chewing gum.

 

 

How will dentures affect my speech?

 

The ability to speak clearly depends on coordination between your tongue, teeth, lips and cheeks. A denture that's property titled allows all four components to work together naturally. With a new denture, you may initially notice some minor differences in speech - pronouncing certain words may take practice. Most patients find they adapt and speech becomes natural very quickly. Reading out loud and repeating difficult words will help. If you find that your dentures occasionally slip when you laugh, cough or smile, re-position them by gently biting down and swallowing. If this happens a lot, consult our dentist.

 

 

How do I take care of my dentures?

 

  • Avoid using boiling water to sterilize the denture, because hot water can cause the denture to lose its shape.
  • If you wear a partial denture, remove it before brushing your natural teeth.
  • When you're not wearing the denture, soak it in denture cleanser or water.
  • Dentures may break if you drop them. Always clean your dentures over a bowl of water or a folded towel in case you drop them.
  • If you notice a build-up of stains or scale, have your denture cleaned by our dental team.

 

 

How do I clean my dentures?

 

Daily care and cleaning of a new denture is very important to help maintain good dental health. For everyday cleaning, take the dentures out and hold with your thumb and forefinger. Make sure wherever you're cleaning them, it's never over a hard surface. Put a towel down on the vanity, or make sure the sink is full of water. If you drop them, they won't break. Brush thoroughly, as you would if the teeth were in your mouth. Avoid using bleaching agents, as they will discolor the pink acrylic for the gum line.

 

 

How long will dentures last?

 

Dentures typically last anywhere from 5-10 years. The bone and tissue in your mouth change as you age - even though your teeth are gone, your mouth and gums will continue to change shape for the rest of your life. Because dentures are artificial, obviously, they will not change with the shape of your mouth and will need to be replaced or adjusted.

 

A loose dentures can cause discomfort and problems of sores or infections in your mouth. It can also make eating and talking more difficult. It is important to replace loose dentures before they cause problems.

 

 

How often should I visit the dentist after I have dentures?

 

It is important to continue having regular dental checkups so that our dentist can examine any oral issues. With age, your mouth will continue to change as the bone under your denture shrinks or recedes. The dentist will be able to evaluate the fit of your denture, offer suggestions for denture care and hygiene and check for issues that may arise.

 

 

Are there any alternatives to dentures?

 

Bridges and Dental Implants are a possible alternative to dentures. Implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. Implants and bridges may resemble the "feel" of real teeth.

 

 

How can I whiten my dentures?

 

It is not possible to whiten dentures like natural teeth because dentures are made of plastic. To minimise staining, properly clean your dentures daily to remove food and plaque bacteria. Brushing with a denture brush or soft toothbrush will prevent dentures from becoming permanently stained and keep your mouth healthy.

 

 

Can I sleep wearing my dentures?

 

Yes, you can wear your dentures at night but it is recommended that you remove them before you go to sleep. This will give your gums and bone a chance to relax from the pressure of the denture during the day. Dentures should be cleaned at night and stored in water during the night.

 

 

When can I wear my Dentures?

 

This is a personal preference; however we recommend that you wear your dentures as much as possible. Remove them at least once a day and brush the tissues underlying the dentures with a soft tooth brush. This removes any plaque build up along with any food debris. Removing dentures for some time or during the night stimulates the blood vessels which is an essential part of healthy tissue.

 

 

How should I store my Dentures?

 

Dentures are designed to function in a moist environment it is therefore it is not advised to let the dry out. If your dentures are left out of your mouth for any long period of time they should be kept in water.

 

 

Will my Dentures break easily?

 

Dentures are made from very resilient materials but it is recommended to clean them over a basin of water or a towel so that if they fall they do not break.

 

If you have any specific question about Dentures please fill our Online Contact Form or call us on 020 86704666. Use our Online Consultation Booking tool to book your initial consultation.


Children′s Dentistry

We make dental visits fun for kids and easy for parents

 


 

Sometimes the hardest part of finding the right pediatric dentist is finding someone that your children feel safe and comfortable with. You want to know that someone is taking good care of your little ones and that they are being offered the best, gentlest and most compassionate care available. At Knightshill Dental Practice our goal is to provide superior dental care in a child-friendly environment.

 

Children are not always able to be patient and cooperative during a dental exam. At Knightshill Dental Practice we know how to examine and treat children in ways that make them comfortable.

 

 

 

Each member of our team is excited to be here and it shows. We'll take the time to greet your child and introduce ourselves. We know that new experiences can be scary and that your child may have seen representations of dentists on TV and in movies that aren't quite accurate. Getting to know us and seeing that we are gentle and kind people is a great first step toward changing that perception.

 

The check up - Our dentist will look at the following:

  • Which teeth have erupted (come through the gum).
  • Accessing the development of the jaw.
  • Looking at the soft tissues (tongue, cheeks, lips and throat).
  • Checking for cavities in the teeth.
  • As the child gets older we will assess how they bite together to check if orthodontics are required later on.

 

 

Orthodontic Treatment:

Many children end up needing orthodontic attention at some point during their development. Because we want our dental practice to be able to address the majority of your child's pediatric dental needs, we offer orthodontics treatment. Click here To know more about orthodontics treatment offerd by us.

 

 

We offer specialist dental treatment for children who have:

  • Suffered injuries to the tooth or teeth.
  • Developmental issues such as missing teeth, enamel problems or underdevelopment.
  • Special needs and surgical needs e.g. impacted teeth, tissue removal, extra teeth and where teeth fail to emerge properly.
  • Complex medical history or conditions.

 

If you have any specific question about your child's dental care please fill our Online Contact Form or call us on 020 86704666. Alternatively Use our Online Appointment Booking tool to meet one of our dentists.