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Options for replacing lost teeth

Not many of us get to the end of our lives with all our natural teeth intact, so it’s good to know that at the dentist in Stevenage there are ways to replace teeth to suit every situation and every budget.

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Some of us get teeth knocked out in an accident, often sports-related, when we have decades more chewing to do. Others lose teeth in mid-life as they crumble away from years of night-time tooth grinding. Others lose them in later life as the fight against gum disease is lost. Whichever way you are losing your teeth, it’s a distressing experience, and it’s time now to focus on how to replace them.

Dentures

You can get dentures whether you have lost some or all of your teeth. This method of tooth replacement features crowns attached to a hard-wearing material. If you have lost all your teeth, the denture stays in place by adhering to your gums. If you need to replace only some of your teeth, the crowns are fitted to a plate that rests behind your remaining teeth. Dentures take a bit of getting used to and you have to be careful to keep them clean.

Fixed bridgework

The dentist in Stevenage can use fixed bridgework to replace one or more teeth in a row. It is called a bridge because it is fixed to the teeth on either side of the gap for support. These 2 teeth are ground down and buttress crowns go over them. The bridge is usually made of a precious metal and coloured to blend in with your teeth.

As with dentures, you need to take good care to keep the bridge clean so that you don’t get bad breath or gum disease.

Dental implants

Dental implants are now most people’s first choice when they come to the dentist in Stevenage to replace lost teeth. Dental implants replace the tooth roots with screws or posts that are inserted into the jaw for stability. One implant can support up to 3 crowns on a bridge. They can also be used to make dentures more stable.

Need more information? Come on in for a chat.

White fillings at the dentist in Stevenage

Have you ever thought about replacing your amalgam fillings with white fillings? Getting white fillings is on many people’s dental ‘to do’ list for a few good reasons. Here at Smilecraft, we love seeing the change in how teeth look once all that grey has been removed and replaced with something that blends in with the teeth.

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Colour

Many patients are increasingly concerned with having a smile that looks great, and so having white fillings becomes a natural part of that. You can either have white fillings put in when you have a new cavity, or you can get old amalgam fillings replaced. The dentist in Stevenage can replace them individually as old fillings begin to fail, or as a job lot in a couple of appointments.

Decay

One problem with amalgam fillings is that, although we pack the cavity tightly, there is no seal around the edge of it. This means that there is always the chance that decay-causing bacteria can get in underneath the filling and cause more decay. White fillings, on the other hand, are bonded to the tooth, so there is no chance of bacteria getting in.

Strength

Amalgam fillings require more healthy tooth material to be removed. This can put stresses on the tooth and cause it to crack. The dentist in Stevenage does not need to remove so much healthy tooth material when white fillings are used, so the sides of the tooth are stronger.

Chewing

Another big plus with white fillings from the dentist in Stevenage is that we can give you back your chewing surfaces. White fillings are built up in layers, with each layer being cured with a UV light before the next one is put in. When the final layer is in and hardened, we can sculpt the surface of the filling to recreate the mounds and valleys of the chewing surface. This makes the filling more realistic and gives you back full chewing ability.

Cost

Sadly, white fillings are not available on the NHS. The price for a filling depends on its size and starts at £109. However, we do offer payment plans which offer an affordable way to pay for your treatments.

The Wand: it’s like magic

No one likes being made to feel pain, and most of us will do our best to avoid it. We sneak carefully around stinging nettles. We do strange little jigs around bees and wasps. We avoid going for check-ups at the dentist.

Wait! Rewind! That last one is not such a good idea. It’s also based on a premise that is fast becoming obsolete.

Whereas in your parents’ day, going to the dentist could entail pain from teeth being drilled, these days we have much more access to local anaesthesia and it’s a rare dentist who will insist on you having treatment without being numbed first.

We know what you are going to say next. You’re going to say that just having the local anaesthetic hurts. It hurts when the needle goes in and then it hurts when the liquid anaesthetic is injected into your gums and palette.

Well, that may be true at some dentists, but not here at Smilecraft in Stevenage because we have The Wand.

Never heard of The Wand? Then let us tell you all about it. By the time we’ve finished, you may not be actually clamouring for an anaesthetic, but if we need to give you one, you aren’t going to mind at all.

Why do stings hurt?

This is the question that dental researchers asked themselves when they were trying to work out ways to deliver injections without pain. Turns out, it’s not actually the needle entering the skin that causes pain, it’s when too much liquid goes into the cells too fast and they feel like they are going to burst.

What is The Wand?

The Wand is a computer-controlled way of delivering local anaesthetic. It looks more like a pen that a syringe. The computer injects small amounts of liquid at just the right pace so that the cells never feel like they are going to burst, and there is no pain.

You won’t feel a thing. You may even find yourself asking us if we have started with the injections yet.

So, don’t be scared any more. If you’d like to see The Wand, do ask next time you are in for a check-up. It’s a great gadget.

When your dentist in Stevenage becomes Dumbledore

Taking your children to the dentist for regular hygiene appointments creates a lifelong positive relationship between them and their dental health. However, if your child is facing more extensive treatment, involving possible injections, you and they may be feeling anxious.

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At Smilecraft we have invested in the latest technology in anaesthesia application. Instead of an injection we now use a wand. The wand is an evolution of the syringe, allowing for greater accuracy and ease of use. The wand is similar to a pen and can be used to apply a small amount of anaesthesia to a localised area. Our dentists are able to work in a much more relaxed manner as they can use the wand in a refined way, allowing for precision during treatments.

Some patients, when they have received an injection from the wand, are not aware that it has occurred, commenting “Has it happened yet?”. You can imagine the impact this has on nervous patients, especially if they are frightened of needles. This approach reduces anxiety and allows for greater relaxation. In addition, for children it removes any possibility of having a difficult experience. Your dentist in Stevenage is now even more child friendly.

No more numb mouth

Thanks to the precision of application, only the area that is being worked on will be numbed. If you have had injections previously, part of the difficulty of receiving treatment is the numb mouth and tongue afterwards. This numbing can make eating difficult and patients sometimes need to take time of from work. Equally, if a child has an injection that leads to this numbing, the whole process can feel more invasive and traumatic. Thanks to the localised application, any patient, including your child will leave their dentist in Stevenage, with full feeling in their mouth, lips and tongue.

Finding the latest technologies and techniques that can improve patient experience is at the heart of our practice at Smilecraft, bringing innovation to preventative dentistry through to restoration of your smile. Although our dentists may not be wearing pointy hats and long grey coats, they are nonetheless wielding a wand, whilst looking after you and your family’s oral wellbeing.

How can plaque affect your health?

If you run your tongue over your teeth before you brush them, chances are that you will feel a thin film attached on the surface of your teeth. This film is known as plaque and can cause many problems if it turns into tartar, a calciferous mineral that can lead to many oral health problems.

At Smilecraft, we advise our patients to book frequent visits to the dentist in Stevenage in order to have plaque and tartar professionally removed from the teeth. Even if someone brushes and flosses regularly, chances are that plaque deposits are still in-between their teeth and gums.

What is plaque?

Plaque consists of bacteria and food remains that form a film over the teeth after a meal. Over time, plaque hardens into a substance known as tartar and is gradually deposited in the teeth and gums. If you fail to remove plaque day by day with brushing and flossing, chances are that you will soon experience gum disease and/or tooth decay. However, brushing and flossing on their own are not enough – you should also visit the dentist in Stevenage. They have all the right tools to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth before it’s too late.

Removing plaque

Ideally, you want to have plaque removed from your teeth and gums, before it turns into a problem. Brushing and flossing your teeth daily will help keep plaque at bay to a certain extent and will prevent it from turning into tartar. However, some areas in the mouth are hard to reach and plaque likes to hide in these places. Your dentist in Stevenage has all the right tools to clean your teeth thoroughly and prevent plaque from creating problems.

Protection against plaque

Fortunately, there are ways to protect against plaque without having to visit the dentist in Stevenage all the time. Plaque is at its most vulnerable state a few hours after eating. Always brush and floss your teeth. Ideally, you should also use an antibacterial mouthwash. Even if you are a great brusher and flosser, you will still need to see your dentist from time to time. The standard number of cleanings is 2 per year, yet some people produce more plaque than others.

Prepare for the spring by visiting the dentist in Stevenage

Spring is here and you may be wondering if it’s time to see the dentist for your routine check-up and cleaning. If your last visit to the dentist was more than 6 months ago, or if you don’t remember when you last sat in the dentist’s chair, then it’s time to schedule an appointment with your dentist in Stevenage.

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At Smilecraft, we are excited to help you prepare your smile for the spring and give you more reasons to show your teeth proudly. Whether you are looking for a general check-up or cleaning, or you are wondering if it is time to explore your cosmetic dentistry options, we are here to help.

Advantages of visiting the dentist regularly

Studies have shown that people who visit the dentist at least twice a year, are less likely to develop gum disease or tooth decay. Similarly, patients who don’t avoid the dentist are less likely to suffer from general diseases linked to bad oral hygiene such as diabetes or heart disease. Patients with these conditions should visit the dentist in Stevenage more than twice a year, since symptoms of oral infection can be invisible.

Visiting your dentist in Stevenage at the beginning of the spring will take away your smile-related worries and help you remain in the path of great oral health.

What to expect during your check-up

At Smilecraft we prioritise prevention and for this reason, we examine our patients’ teeth, gums and mouth thoroughly during their check-up. In some cases, we may even take x-rays to determine the cause of an infection or see through the gums thoroughly. Moreover, we provide screenings for oral cancer, especially to patients who are at risk of developing it.

How to know when to visit the dentist in Stevenage

If you suffer from a toothache, see blood in the sink every time you brush your teeth, or your teeth have suddenly become sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages, then it’s time to arrange a dental appointment at our practice. If you are interested in greeting the springtime with a healthy and beautiful smile, contact us today.

Preventive dentistry for kids

When you think about what you want to put in place for your children, the various elements add up to making sure that they are happy and healthy. A good job, good health, somewhere nice to live, good friends and a happy family of their own. This is what most parents wish for their children to have a good life.

Preventative Dentistry for Kids

Teeth play a very important part in the good health aspect of a life. Without good teeth, it’s not possible to eat properly, to bite into and chew up the nutritious foods we need to sustain our bodies. Also, good teeth play a vital role in having a good smile. And a good smile is one of the most important tools we have in making that first contact with people, be they a prospective partner, a new social group or someone who can decide whether or not we get a good new job or a promotion.

Without those connections, it may not be possible to get the money to pay for the new house and so on.

So, having a good set of teeth is more important than it is sometimes given credit for.

What can you do to make sure that your children have good teeth while they are growing up at home, and continue to look after them once they have flown the nest?

Well, here at Smilecraft Dental Care, we believe that the first step is learning a good oral health routine that your child will keep to even after they have left home and there is no one to ask them, ‘Have you brushed your teeth?’.

We also believe in looking after baby teeth as well as possible, because decay can move from baby teeth through to the adult teeth behind them.

To that end, we offer preventive dentistry for kids. We can paint their back teeth with fissure sealants that form a protective barrier against decay causing acids and bacteria. We can also mineralise the teeth with fluoride treatments.

These are timely treatments for youngsters who have not yet mastered all the skills of toothbrushing and whose tooth enamel has not yet hardened.

Help your child beat decay. Book them in for preventive treatments today.

How we meet our patients where they are

In an ideal world, we’d all have time, energy and motivation to look after the various aspects of our health, including teeth. The reality is that dental care is just one on a long list of things that individuals and families need to attend to. At Smilecraft, we spend time thinking about how our services can support people with accessing dental care in a way that is easy for them. To that end, here are some of the things we have come up with to meet people where they are when it comes to visiting the dentist in Stevenage.

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Excellent administration

When you visit the dentist in Stevenage, you will meet our friendly administration staff. They are the ones who make sure it’s easy for you to sign in and make your next appointments. The whole process is designed to be streamlined so we don’t take up any more of your time than is necessary. You can also use our online booking time to make your next appointment at a time that is convenient for you.

Patient hygiene

We know that hygiene is one of the primary patient concerns. You want to know that you are having your treatment in an environment that is clean and safe. Wherever we can, we use disposable, individually wrapped instruments for each patient. When this isn’t possible, we follow a rigorous decontamination procedure. You can read about this on our website and ask a member of staff at any time if you want to know more. Each person that you work with is highly trained in hygiene procedures and can address any concerns.

Comfort

Of course, it’s much harder to make time to visit the dentist in Stevenage if you have anxiety around the process, or fear that you will be in pain during your appointment. When you visit Smilecraft, we can talk to you about all the sensation you might feel during treatment and give you the option to take a break or halt treatment at any time.

We also work with The Wand which is a pain-free injection system. Even if you need work that requires numbing, you won’t have to bear the pain of the injection to get the anaesthetic effects.

About our dentist

Based in the centre of Stevenage Old Town, Smilecraft is a private dentist that’s been treating patients for generations. As a dentist in Stevenage, Smilecraft is well-known as a professional and approachable clinic that aims to provide patients with a competent, safe and highly effective range of treatments. We’ve built great relations with our patients, many of whom have been with us for a long time. Our patients include adults and children.

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Putting your dental health first

It’s our aim to put your dental health at the heart of everything we do.

We believe in developing positive and trusting relationships with our patients so that they can come to us with questions or for guidance about effective ways of looking after their teeth and gums. It’s a combination of this with regular, routine check-ups that will go a long way to keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Our professional and experienced dental team at the dentist in Stevenage is available to provide patients with quality care and the information needed to keep their teeth well-maintained at home with regular maintenance. This includes guidance on how to brush and floss your teeth, as well as information on what to include in your diet for optimum dental health.

What we offer

Whether you need a dentist to provide check-ups and general appointments or a more in-depth treatment, we can provide what you need. Our treatments cover preventive, cosmetic and general dentistry to suit all requirements and needs. Tooth extractions, fillings, root canal and teeth whitening are just some of the treatments available to our patients.

Our dentist in Stevenage can provide check-ups and dental care for adults and children of all ages.

Our facilities

The goal for our dentist in Stevenage is to use quality equipment and to be up-to-date with modern dentistry tools and resources. This ensures that we can consistently offer a competitive course of care to our patients.

A dentist you can rely on

Our team of dentists will be there when you need us and we’ll take the time to listen to any concerns you have. Please do get in touch with us today to find out more.

The importance of good dental health

Having healthy teeth and gums is good for overall health. This is because when you have an issue with a tooth, it can cause other bodily symptoms and make you feel unwell. As a dentist in Stevenage, we understand the importance of this and help our patients to give them a high standard of dental care when they need it, as well as general dental care, including regular check-ups. By having check-ups every 6 months, we can help our patients to prevent problems and treat issues before they become serious.

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About us

When you need a dentist in Stevenage, Smilecraft is a local clinic you can turn to. When new patients register with us, they tend to stick with us. Over time, our team has built solid and trusting relationships with many patients, who have grown to stay with us and have gone to register their children with us.

Our unique appointments system

If going into your dentist in Stevenage is something that’s just too nerve-wracking, you can start with our e-consultation. You simply complete an online form and include a photo of yourself. The form will give you a chance to let us know about any problems you’re having with your teeth and what you’d like to have done to improve your smile. With this first step, it may feel easier to come into our clinic to make a booking with one of our dentists.

If you’re comfortable to come and see us right away, we have an online booking system you can use. For new patients, we give an hour-long appointment. This is because you will need to complete a form about your full medical history and so that the dentist can complete a full examination and assessment of your teeth and gums. At the end of your appointment, we will talk with you about the results, letting you know about any issues that need to be treated and what the options for this are. To secure your appointment, there is a £15 booking fee, which will then be deducted from the cost of your treatment or check-up.