Does having a tooth extraction hurt?10 October 2017 Categories: Dental Anxiety Tooth extraction
By Dr. Geoff Baggaley
One aspect of dental treatment patients are often anxious about is the possibility of a tooth extraction – when a tooth needs to be removed. The most common reasons that your dentist may feel it is in your best interest to have a tooth removed are:
- A tooth that has broken down and can’t be repaired
- Severe tooth decay
- An abscess
- Gum disease
- Crowded teeth – when extra space is needed prior to braces being fitted (orthodontic treatment)
- Impacted wisdom teeth – when growing wisdom teeth can’t break through the surface of the gum
FILLING A GAP WITH A SINGLE TOOTH DENTAL IMPLANT18 September 2017 Categories: Dental implant
By Dental Surgeon, Dr. Tim Doswell
The most common case we do at The Raglan Suite is fill a gap with a single tooth dental implant. There are a number of reasons why a tooth may need to be removed, such as extensive decay or infection, trauma, a root fracture, a failed post crown or failed root filling. As dentists, we always try to save natural teeth. However, if it is clear that the tooth can not be saved, a single tooth dental implant offers a long term, stable and predictable solution.
New Suction Denture15 August 2017 Categories: Dentures
NOT ALL DENTURES ARE THE SAME!
By Chris Egan (RDT Dip Lds, CDT Dip Rcs Eng)
In March 2017, I travelled to Japan to complete a course on the revolutionary new suction denture technique taught by Dr Jiro Abe. As a result, I am now qualified to provide Suction Effective Mandibular Complete Dentures (SEMCD) – the very latest in suction effective dentures.
One of the most difficult things to achieve in dentistry is suction and stability on a full lower denture. This new technique, which eliminates the problem of the lower denture lifting by creating effective suction, is rapidly becoming popular worldwide. After achieving great results on my own patients, I can understand why this new suction denture technique offers such a huge advantage over a conventional full lower denture system.
What is Peri-implantitis and how do we prevent it?25 July 2017 Categories: Dental implant
By Dr. Tim Doswell (BChD Dip.Imp.Dent.RCS(Eng) (Adv.Cert))
There is little doubt that the “gold standard” way to replace a missing tooth is with a dental implant. They are very durable and are completely independent of the adjacent teeth, which makes them by far the healthiest option, especially when compared to the more conventional tooth supported bridges. As a means of securing dentures, they come into their own; loose dentures which can barely bite through soft bread can be transformed into teeth which can bite into an apple!
Shopping around for a Dental Implant27 June 2017 Categories: Dental implant
By Dr. Tim Doswell (BChD Dip.Imp.Dent.RCS(Eng) (Adv.Cert))
There is little doubt that the “gold standard” way to replace a missing tooth is with a dental implant. They are very durable and completely independent of the adjacent teeth, which makes them by far the healthiest option, especially when compared to more conventional tooth supported bridges. As a way of securing dentures, they come into their own; loose dentures which can barely bite through soft bread can be transformed into teeth which can bite into an apple! No more fixative!
So it is little surprise that the demand for dental implants in Yorkshire and the UK is growing rapidly and in response to this growth, there are more and more dentists offering dental implants as a solution.
How do you cope with dental anxiety or dental phobia?19 May 2017 Categories: Dental Anxiety Patient care
By Dr. Geoff Baggaley
BChD DGDP(U.K.) RCS Dip.Con.Sed(Newc)
If you’re very nervous of the dentist and dental treatment – you are not alone. It’s believed that over 60% of the adult population suffers from some level of anxiety about visiting the dentist. There are many people who feel a little uneasy about dental treatment, but they can usually cope. However, if you have an intense or persistent fear of the dentist, you may have dental anxiety or dental phobia and will need a sympathetic practice with additional support to get the treatment you need.
Dental anxiety is one of the body’s most powerful emotions. Anxiety in itself is a condition in which the body is preparing for something unpleasant to happen, and when that involves the mouth, it can be heightened. This ‘preparation’ by the body is accompanied by both physiological and psychological responses. The psychological responses are often tension and a feeling of impending danger and lack of control. The physiological responses are perspiring, increased heart rate and a liability to faint.
A significant percentage of the population suffer from dental anxiety and will often only go to the dentist when they have a dental emergency or are in extreme pain! The strength of this anxiety dissuades them from going to the dentist for those regular and essential dental check ups that help to prevent problems becoming.
Further to this, dentally anxious patients often carry a feeling of guilt – compounded by feeling that they are the most anxious patient who has ever walked the planet or that they have the worst teeth of anyone. The truth is very different.
Treating “dentally anxious” patients
At The Raglan Suite we successfully treat people with higher than average levels of dental anxiety every day. The thing is – teeth and gums, like the rest of our bodies, need to be looked after and any issues treated promptly. The main problem for dentally anxious patients isn’t just the possibility (or reality) of unsightly, stained or missing teeth, but the wider implications and substantial risk of undetected dental disease and oral cancer.
Getting help if you suffer from dental anxiety
If a patient hasn’t visited a dentist in a number of years, it’s important to get support. The first step is to talk to their own dentist about it – if a dentist is sympathetic, they will understand and make a special effort to help their patient feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. If the dentist has genuine empathy, they will be capable of building a strong relationship with their patient which is built on trust. Overcoming dental anxiety is primarily about finding the right dentist, one who the patient feels listens to them and genuinely understands their fears, one who they are comfortable with and trust 100%.
However, more often than not, patients have been let down by an unpleasant or painful experience, or by a dentist who may appear more interested in working quickly and with little understanding of the patient’s anxiety.
Dental Anxiety Management Professionals at The Raglan Suite
At The Raglan Suite, we use a range of different methods of care to create a safe atmosphere in which the patient feels confident enough to accept advice and treatment. The aim is to encourage positive dental experiences.
We start with behavioural management techniques, which alone can be successful. Often an anxious patient simply needs to be allowed the time to “tell their story” of why they are anxious, and to be heard. If this is received with empathy, it may be enough to enable simple dental checks and procedures to take place. If this is effective, so begins a relationship of trust, and more complex care may be provided. However, it also needs to be accepted that a some patients who have been avoiding the dentist for some time may need more than simple dentistry to regain good oral health.
If, following behavioural management techniques, a patient still feels a high level of anxiety, we can also provide different forms of sedation to help them relax. If a patient is sedated, they are still awake and able to respond throughout the procedure, but they won’t be aware of what is happening and may not even be able to remember it.
There are different ways to be sedated:
- ‘Gas and air’ (inhalation sedation) – this is simply a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen which is breathed in through a nasal mask and provides a level of sedation and analgesia (pain relief).
- Intravenous Sedation – this is the use of sedation drugs which are delivered through a small plastic tube placed carefully in a vein, usually in the arm. This drug has a very useful side effect, in that the patient usually remembers very little of the dental visit. This form of sedation can only be performed by a dentist or doctor that is specially trained.
Our approach for treating dental anxiety
At The Raglan Suite, I work exclusively with people who suffer from dental anxiety. In my experience, even people who have extreme fear about the simplest dental procedures can learn to receive treatment in a manner that feels safe and calm. Our approach here at The Raglan Suite is to encourage small, yet conquerable steps. The first step is simply having a chat with me, in a comfortable, non-clinical room, to discuss their feelings and concerns. That is it – there is no obligation to continue from there, but it’s often the case that once that initial step has been taken and trust is initiated, patients want to move forward with improving their dental health and getting their smile back.
In conclusion, it is important to remember that if a patient suffers from dental anxiety or dental phobia, they are not alone. There are many, many people who share their anxieties and equally there are many ways that we can help them towards achieving a happy, healthy smile.
Dr. Geoff Baggaley
Dr. Geoff Baggaley is a professional in the management of dental anxiety and teaches dentists across the UK on how to deliver his techniques to their own anxious patients. If you would like to meet with Geoff to discuss your concerns in a non-clinical environment, simply fill in the online form and one of our Treatment Co-ordinators will contact you.
What is ‘Reconstructive Dentistry’?28 March 2017 Categories: Uncategorized
By Dr. Steve Byfield
BDS(lond) MFGDP RCS (UK)
Reconstructive Dentistry is the term used for the treatment of patients who have experienced advanced dental disease.
Symptoms range from loose, missing or decayed teeth, increasing tooth spacing (especially in the front of the mouth), to very worn teeth and the inability to chew food properly. Reconstructive Dentistry is the treatment used to return the patient back to dental heath and restore tooth function and aesthetics.
Due to the complexity of reconstructive dentistry, it normally involves what is called a “multidisciplinary approach”. This means that a team of highly skilled clinicians, who work exclusively within their chosen field of practice, are brought together to provide treatment and ultimately the best clinical result for the patient.
What are ‘Invisalign’ braces and how do they work?16 February 2017 Categories: Orthodontics
By specialist Orthodontist, Megan Hatfield (BChD MDentSci FDS MOrth RCS (Eng))
Many adults ask me how I can help improve their smile. Either they never had braces when they were younger or their teeth may have changed position over time.
There is no age limit on orthodontics, providing there is good dental health. Our adult patients range from 16 to over 60. However, most adults looking for orthodontic treatment need it to fit in with their work and lifestyle, as well as be comfortable, so traditional ‘train-track’ braces are not ideal.
Are Immediate Dentures a solution?27 January 2017 Categories: Uncategorized
By Clinical Dental Technician, Chris Egan (RDT Dip Lds, CDT Dip Rcs Eng)
In order to answer this, let’s first explain what “immediate” dentures are. Immediate Dentures are those that are put in ‘immediately’ after having a tooth extraction. They can replace one tooth or a number of teeth. Immediate Dentures are constructed before the teeth have been removed and inserted immediately after the removal of the teeth.
If the prognosis is very poor for all your remaining teeth, as commonly happens with severe gum disease, an ‘immediate complete denture’ or dentures (top and bottom) may be made and fitted. An ‘immediate partial denture’ could also be made as a temporary solution during a course of treatment to allow the gums to heal.
What does “minimally invasive” aesthetic dentistry mean?12 January 2017 Categories: Uncategorized
By Dr. Kim Taylor (BDS MSc (AES Dent)
To be able to smile with confidence is a joy that cannot be underestimated. As more aesthetic dentistry treatments become available and the ways in which this can be achieved become more accessible, increasing numbers of people are realising their dream and vision of the perfect smile.
But how is the way we approach this changing and what does minimally invasive aesthetic dentistry actually mean?