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What’s periodontal disease and how do I know if I have it?
Periodontal disease affects the gums, bone and other supporting tissues of the teeth. Although most individuals suffer gum inflammation from time to time, around 10% of the population appear to suffer from the more severe forms of the disease which cause loss of supporting bone. This group appears to be at greatest risk of losing teeth through periodontal disease. It is caused by the bacteria which regularly collect on the teeth.
The signs and symptoms of periodontal disease vary significantly but may include gums that bleed when brushing, together with signs of more advanced disease such as movement or drifting of the teeth. However, it is possible to have the disease and not be aware of these signs. It is essential to see your dentist regularly so that special assessment techniques, sometimes including x-rays, can be carried out as part of your routine dental examinations.
Regular dental examinations will ensure that the right diagnosis is made.
I can advise you about any necessary treatment. This will often include specific oral hygiene methods to help you control the bacteria that collect on your teeth. There may also be a need to carry out some professional cleaning of your teeth. Most cases of periodontal disease can be successfully treated by your dentist using methods such as these. Occasionally, more complex treatments are required and I can advise you accordingly.
What are facial aesthetic treatments?
The aim of the facial aesthetic treatments is to imitate nature and if properly administered yields a result that is harmonious with what surrounds it. This ensures that the result is naturally noticeable but nobody knows!
Facial aesthetics should enhance the natural beauty of the face and mouth. Using a variety of treatments like Botox® or dermal fillers, I strive to improve a persons natural beauty so as not to give a superficial (or plastic) appearance. I consider the whole face not just the individual parts of it.
Facial aesthetics are slightly more invasive than beauty treatment, however there is usually a noticeable improvement either instantly or within a week.
Seeking a facial aesthetic treatment is the natural step for the client who has traditionally looked after their image.
What is Botox® and is it safe?
Botox® has been in use since 1978 for a variety of medical conditions and to temporarily relax muscles mainly in the upper one third of the face and around the eyes.
Wrinkles and frown lines develop as a result of using facial muscles repeatedly throughout a lifetime,with the skin creasing in areas of greatest use. Added to this, the ageing process causes the slow down of collagen and elastin production in the skin, so that as we get older these lines become permanent and are present even when we are not frowning or expressing. By reducing the movement of muscles in these areas, the skin stops being creased and is allowed to recover, causing the lines to soften or even fade away. In the areas treated, the muscles are temporarily inactivated (always reversible), during which time the patient can break the subconscious habit of over- using these muscles.
Depending on each individual and the dose used, the response to treatment can vary from slight relaxation of the muscle to minimal movement.
I favour the less is more approach,which ensures the result is naturally noticeable but nobody will know you have had a helping hand.
For the procedure itself, I inject minimal amounts and follow this with a review after 2 weeks, after which a top-up dose may be needed. Depending on the area treated, dose used and how you respond to Botox®, repeat treatments will be required around every 4-6 months.
With such expert care comes the good news that side effects of this treatment are very rare. It is important that if you intend to have Botox®, you attend a specialised clinic where the treatment is carried out by a registered person. My clinics have satisfied the ‘Treatments You Can Trust’ Registrar who has confirmed that I meet the Quality Standards that allow me to be admitted to The Register.
What are Dermal Fillers?
Non-invasive procedures such as the use of dermal fillers can rejuvenate the face,without the associated risks of general anaesthetic, down time or cost of surgery.
I normally use dermal filler in the lower third of the face; around the mouth, for those creases between that lead down from the nose to the mouth and from the lips down to the chin area.
Dermal fillers also give beautiful results when injected into the lips and mid-face cheek area to boost or enhance the cheek bones area.
As we age, the natural collagen and elastin in the skin diminish as cells lose their ability to produce more of their youthful component.The skin becomes dryer, thinner and less able to fix itself.When we are born we have plentiful amounts of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) in our body, as we get older this store of HA diminishes, leaving the skin less well supported and so lines and wrinkles develop.
By lifting and smoothing targeted folds and wrinkles by adding volume, dermal fillers can make an enormous difference to a person’s appearance giving them a more youthful look.
The treatment of wrinkles with dermal filler will usually involve injecting this naturally occurring product (HA) through a tiny needle.
The aesthetic outcomes of treatments with Dermal Filler are seen immediately after the treatment. Treating wrinkles with Dermal Filler is fast and safe, leaving no scars.
Tell me more about fillings and crowns?
My favoured approach is minimally invasive dentistry by using adhesive cosmetic fillings to treat decayed teeth. Decayed areas of your tooth are removed under local anaesthetic and a filling is placed to seal the gap. Very large areas of decay may require inlays or onlays, placed in or on top of a tooth.
Crowns are used to give extra strength and improved appearance to worn or badly damaged teeth. They fit on top of a prepared tooth and can be made of metal or tooth-coloured material. Bridges replace one or two missing teeth, with wings or crowns on surrounding teeth providing support for a false tooth in between.
Root canal treatment is needed when the pulp or nerve at the centre of a tooth becomes infected. The infected area is removed and the root canals are carefully cleaned before being sealed and filled. In many cases, a crown is placed on top to strengthen your tooth.
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