Are Discoloured Teeth Dulling Your Smile?

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Effective Teeth Whitening near Swindon at The Cottage Dental and Implant Clinic

Are you fed up of hiding your smile because of stains and discolouration? Do you long for a celebrity smile?

White teeth are an essential part of looking and feeling your best so it’s important to understand why our teeth become stained and consider some of the ways we can fight discolouration.

What causes discoloured teeth?

There are two main types of tooth discolouration:

Extrinsic

This type of discolouration occurs when the enamel is stained by external sources such as coffee, red wine, dark fruits and smoking. Stains form on the surface of the tooth and can darken the tooth shade.

Intrinsic

This is when the layer below the enamel (the dentin) becomes darker or more yellow and could be the result of antibiotics, tooth trauma or exposure to too much fluoride as a child. Age also plays a part here, as when a person ages the outer enamel becomes thinner and allows the dentin to show through.

What are the treatment options for discoloured teeth?

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Are Sensitive Teeth Causing You Pain?

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The Cottage Dental and Implant Clinic in Wootton Bassett, Swindon can help.

Sensitive teeth are a very common problem for many people and can make eating and drinking a painful experience. Whether it causes the occasional twinge or much more intense pain, sensitivity may be a result of diet, poor dental care or could be a warning sign for more serious dental problems.

Desensitising toothpastes can help to ease the pain but it is important to understand why the sensitivity is occurring and look for more natural solutions.

Here at your local dentist near Swindon, we understand that tooth sensitivity can affect anyone and we aim not only to provide treatment for current pain but also promote a healthy oral hygiene routine to prevent sensitivity from occurring in the first place.

What causes tooth sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity occurs when the protective layer of enamel gets thinner and exposes the dentin underneath. This often happens at the gum line where the enamel is thinner and results in a reduction of protection for the tooth and root. Although some studies have suggested that it affects women more than men, and occurs more commonly in people between the ages of 20 and 40, here at The Cottage Dental and Implant Clinic we have found that it can affect anybody and have treated people of all ages.

So if sensitivity is caused by the thinning of enamel, what causes it to wear away? There are many causes but the main ones are:

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Wisdom teeth removal at The Cottage Dental and Implant Clinic

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Oral surgery for problematic wisdom teeth.

Wisdom teeth (or third molars) usually begin to erupt between the ages of 17 and 25 and have developed a reputation for causing problems! So do they deserve this reputation?

In a word, yes. For many people they can cause pain, swelling, cysts, infections and can even be responsible for damaging neighbouring teeth.

So why do we have this problem? Some people believe it is down to evolution and a result of our jaws shrinking with the number of teeth staying the same. Others believe it is simply due to individual jaw space and teeth placement.

Whatever the cause, it remains the case that for some people fitting 32 teeth neatly into the gum line just isn’t possible and this is where the problems start. If a wisdom tooth doesn’t have enough space to develop properly, or if it comes through turned to the side or tilted, it can become impacted against the teeth in front of it. At The Cottage Dental and Implant Clinic near Swindon, we see the damage that impacted teeth can have and encourage patients to contact the clinic at the first signs of problems.

So what symptoms should you look out for?

  • Swelling
  • Bad breath / unpleasant taste in the mouth
  • Difficulty or pain when opening the jaw
  • Pain when eating

Even if symptoms go away, it is still important to speak to your dentist as the relief may only be temporary.

Wisdom teeth removal near Swindon

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Healthy Gums For Healthy Teeth!

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Your gums – the foundation of a healthy mouth

We know (because we are told almost daily by toothpaste adverts) that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the UK. However, the causes and treatments are still an area of confusion for many people.

Gum disease is a very common problem for adults so it’s vital that people are aware of the signs, symptoms and treatments available to combat it. Here at the Cottage Dental and Implant Clinic near Swindon we are focused on early detection and prevention but also have very effective techniques for dealing with all stages of the condition.

What causes gum disease?

Gum disease is typically caused by a build up of plaque on the teeth. This unpleasant sticky substance is full of bacteria which, if not removed, can irritate your gums causing swelling, soreness and sometimes bleeding. Certain foods can cause a very acidic environment in the mouth and in conjunction with plaque, can lead to a breaking down of tooth enamel and subsequently result in tooth decay and tooth loss. Although plaque can be brushed away, if it is left for too long it can turn into tartar which can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist. The early stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis and if this isn’t diagnosed and treated quickly it can develop into a much more serious condition called periodontitis.

Who is most at risk of gum disease?

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Facial Aesthetics at The Cottage Dental and Implant Clinic.

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Enhance what nature has given you….

Beautiful teeth are just part of the story when it comes to making you look and feel younger and rejuvenated. For many people, unwanted lines and wrinkles on the face can lead to insecurity and a loss of confidence.

Here at The Cottage Dental and Implant Clinic, we offer a range of options to help diminish the signs of facial ageing. All our facial treatments are carried out by our qualified practitioner and a full consultation will be offered to ensure you are informed about all your treatment options.

As a person ages, weakened collagen in the face can lead to furrows and wrinkles. This can be the result of sun exposure, gravity or excessive facial movement and muscle action. One of the most popular ways of dealing with this problem is by using muscle relaxants which work to reversibly paralyse the muscles in the affected areas. Here at your local Wootton Bassett Clinic near Swindon, we are proud to offer a highly popular and well known treatment which has been helping people combat those pesky signs of ageing skin for many years – BOTOX®.

What is BOTOX® and how does it work?

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Dental Implants – Smile with confidence!

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Sustainable tooth replacement solutions in Swindon

Do you suffer the misery of missing teeth? Do you hide your smile for fear of people noticing the gap or gaps in your teeth? Or maybe your dentures are loose and you’re desperate for a way to secure them? Here at The Cottage Dental and Implant Clinic in Wootton Basset near Swindon, we have the answer – dental implants.

Our implant treatments are carried out by Dr. Elmanharawy, a Royal College of Surgeons qualified implant surgeon who has successfully placed over 5000 dental implants in in the last 20 years. Through the combination of Dr. Elmanharawy’s expertise and a dedicated team of dental professionals, we are able to offer impartial advice, effective treatments and exceptional after-care.

So how do dental implants work?

A dental implant takes the place of a natural root and is usually shaped like a screw or a cylinder. A socket is drilled into the target gum area and the implant is then screwed or tapped into position. By achieving close contact with the surrounding bone, we are able to ensure immediate stability which then increases over time as the bone grows. Once fitted, the dental implant provides a strong foundation for crowns, bridges or dentures.

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Cosmetic Dentistry at The Cottage Dental and Implant Clinic

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Enhancing smiles in Swindon!

It’s well known that your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you, so if you lack confidence in this area it may actually be having a negative impact on your life. Here at The Cottage Dental and Implant Clinic in Wootton Basset near Swindon, we can transform your smile with some of the latest techniques in cosmetic dentistry.

If you’ve always wondered whether cosmetic dentistry could help you, why not have a look at what we have to offer and take the first step to a brighter, more beautiful smile. Here are just some of the treatments we offer:

Smile Makeover

Everybody’s smile is unique and requires different treatments and procedures to perfect it. Our Smile Makeover is designed to create an individual and tailored plan which details exactly how we can achieve the desired results. The first stage of this process is called Smile Analysis and involves an initial consultation about your needs and expectations, a detailed examination of your teeth and a discussion about the treatments we would recommend. These treatments may include dental veneers, dental implants, cosmetic crowns and teeth whitening. Based on the findings of the analysis, a clinical plan is finalised and we can give you an estimate of prices and payment plans, so you can have absolute confidence in the overall cost of your treatment.

Dental Veneers

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Welcome to our new dental blog!

An overview of services at Cottage Dental and Implant Clinic near Swindon

A warm welcome to the new Cottage Dental and Implant Clinic blog!

Here we will regularly update you on the latest news from the clinic as well as information regarding oral health, dental procedures and anything else we think you might be interested in. But first we want to let you know a little bit more about us and what we do, so please sit back, relax and let us update you!

Who are we?

We are based on the High Street in Royal Wootton Bassett, near Swindon and offer state of the art equipment and dentistry in a relaxed and professional environment. We are proud to say that our Clinical Director and Principal Implant Surgeon, Dr. Elmanharawy, is one of the most qualified implant surgeons in the whole of the UK, giving you confidence that you are in very good hands. We also have a dedicated hygienist focussing on oral health and hygiene to help you with regular cleaning and the latest dental health education.

Our experienced nurses offer professional patient care and our receptionist will ensure you receive a caring, friendly and helpful welcome to the clinic. Our wonderful team are here to guarantee you receive exceptional service before, during and after your treatment.

What do we offer?

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