DrBK use Florida Probes in the clinic in reading, but what is a Florida Probe?
Florida Probe is a probing and charting software used by dentists and hygienists to detect and diagnose periodontal disease.
The computer-integrated Florida Probe® is the only "complete" system for periodontal probing and charting. It provides an interactive exam that dramatically increases acceptance of periodontal treatments. Constant pressure, automated, "talking" Probe records all parameters of a periodontal exam, including pocket depth, to the nearest 0.2mm. Software, hardware and training included.
The Florida Probe may also help research companies to track down the progress and results of trial treatments performed on controlled study patients.
The advantages of the Florida Probe for the patients are an accurate diagnosis of the periodontal tissues (gums and surrounding structures), reproducible results using different examiners, the graphic report is easy to understand by the patient, you get a copy to take home to share with family members and results from one year to the next can be monitored to see if the periodontal health of the patient is changing over time.
This is a great system to help the patient who is interested in having their teeth for a lifetime.
Transform your smile
First impressions count. So imagine if every time you smiled you had 100% confidence that your teeth were as straight and as sparkling as a movie star. With dental veneers, now you can. By choosing veneers - wafer-thin, specially shaped porcelain pieces that attach to the front of the teeth - you really are saying goodbye to stained, crooked, protruding, damaged or rotting teeth (and even gaps!) forever.
What are veneers and should I consider them?
Veneers are wafer-thin laminates or shells of tooth-coloured material (porcelain, ceramic or composite bonding material) that are cemented to the front surface of the teeth to improve their cosmetic appearance.
Think of veneers in the same way you would think of false fingernails. Veneers work in exactly the same way - in a quick, painless and straightforward procedure they are bonded to the front of your existing teeth, leaving you with a smile that is simply perfect.
What makes veneers so special is their versatility. Here are just a few reasons why so many people come to us for veneers, and why they recommend them (and us!) time and time again:
- Damaged and chipped teeth - They get chipped through accidents that can sometimes occur and damaged through decay caused by too much sugary food in your diet. Patients who grind their teeth or have an uneven bite tend to wear their teeth down. Your teeth can be repaired easily with porcelain veneers. They can be matched so that they have the same look and colour to match your other teeth so that you get a look that is natural.
- Stained teeth - Just like your face ages so do your teeth. Sometimes teeth whitening does not work because the stains are ingrained through food and drink such as wine, tea and coffee or through smoking then dental veneers are an option for you. They are designed to hide any existing stains that cannot be removed by other means and hides any marks on your existing teeth.
- Crooked teeth - Appearance is becoming more important than ever before. If you suffer from crooked teeth they really can be very problematic. Dental veneers provide the answer when it comes to problems like crooked teeth, . Although dental veneers may not be the first choice for crooked teeth (with correction taking up to a year, or longer with braces) for teeth that are not overly crooked, dental veneers can be placed over the front of crooked tooth to give a straight appearance.
- Gaps - Have you ever wanted a more balanced looking smile? The spaces and gaps between your teeth create the balance in your smile and uneven gaps can spoil otherwise perfect teeth. . If you have an uneven gap between your teeth it is the first thing people see whenever you open your mouth. Veneers solve this problem by completely closing all the gaps between your teeth.
Types of Veneers (Composite veneers or porcelain veneers)
Porcelain veneers are the most popular. They are usually a much stronger and longer lasting than composite veneers which although ideal for small chips, they also stain more. Overall, porcelain veneers are designed to offer a more natural appearance.
The DrBK Clinic are experts with regards to working with Nervous Patients in Reading.
Many patients suffer from dental phobia, a nervousness that keeps them from seeking cosmetic dental surgery or routine care they need. This can lead to a host of problems, including gum disease, periodonitis, abscesses, and even tooth loss. If you are a nervous patient and seeking the care of a dentist, there are techniques that help you relax and make the procedures comfortable. Following is a list of the most popular techniques for easing dental phobia:
1. Communicate with Your Dentist
If you are worried about undergoing dental care, then it’s wise to begin by discussing your fears with your dentist. Many patients are so nervous about undergoing dental care that they neglect their teeth for years, and then they may feel embarrassed to see a dentist due to the state of their teeth. If this is your fear, then don’t be concerned: your dentist has seen hundreds of patients during his practice and will not be disconcerted by your situation. In fact, the best cosmetic dentists are happy to assist you now that you have chosen to seek care and will do everything they can to set your mind at ease. All our dental experts and hygienists will be more than happy to you with this.
2. Make Sure You Know Your Procedure
If you are worried about any cosmetic dental procedure, it may help to know exactly what to expect in advance. Your dentist and his nurses should be able to describe the procedure to you in detail and answer any questions you have before the procedure begins. In fact, the best cosmetic dental practice will have a thoroughly informed staff, from reception to nurses to the dentist himself, who can anticipate your fears and give the information you need to allay those fears.
3. Relaxation and Distraction Techniques
There are many Harley Street dentists who specialise in relaxation and distraction techniques for nervous patients. Such techniques could include aromatherapy, massage and hypnotherapy. Dentists also offer relaxing music, scented candles and oils, and DVD goggles to help ensure a pleasant experience whilst you are in the dental clinic.
4. Pain-Free Injections
If you are primarily nervous about having an injection during your dental procedure, your dentist can offer several ways to ease your anxiety. Many dentists numb your gums with an anaesthetic gel before your injection so you won’t feel it. Others can deliver the anaesthetic with a system known as “The Wand,” which does not look like a traditional syringe and therefore eases the anxiety many patients feel. Often, dentists will simply talk to a patient while giving the injection, distracting them during the process. In some cases, this is all that is required to relax the patient.
5. Sedation Dentistry
Many dentists now specialise in sedation dentistry, in which a patient is sedated through oral or intravenous means. This puts the patient into a dream-like state, during which he is completely relaxed. This may seem like an extreme measure but for patients who are absolutely terrified, it’s a viable method of getting the dental care they need without neglecting their teeth. Don’t allow fear to override your need for proper dental work; if sedation is necessary, then seek out a dentist for whom this is a speciality.
DRBK - YOUR DENTIST IN READING
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
As well as the wide range of dental and facial aesthetic treatments available at Dr BK, you can of course rely on the highest standards of routine dental healthcare.
Encompassing regular consultations (designed to catch problems early), fillings, oral hygiene and other aspects of general dentistry, the Dr BK team offers a highly professional service to keep your teeth and gums in tip-top condition.
We offer a wide range of dentistry services here at the clinic in reading and we
What is ‘gummy smile’?
A gummy smile is only considered so when there is a high percentage of gum covering a person’s front teeth. This is commonly caused by genetic factors, but it can also be due to certain health conditions or as a side-effect to some high blood pressure medication. Such a condition can cause a person’s self-esteem to plummet and can make the process of smiling an unappealing one. This is a condition that mainly affects the front teeth but can also shape other teeth out of sight. ‘Gummy smile’ is not so much a medical dilemma but is more of an aesthetic problem. It can however have a negative affect on an individual’s self-confidence, affecting their mental welfare, which is why gum contouring is such an important dental treatment.
What is gum contouring?
Gum contouring, also known as gum reshaping, is a cosmetic form of dental treatment used to improve the general look of a person’s teeth. It is primarily used in cases where the individual has what is commonly known as ‘gummy smile’. This is a condition in which the gums cover too much of the teeth, usually the front teeth, and this can leave the length of the teeth looking too short, which can affect a person’s general desire to smile.
Such a condition may be caused due to genetics, health circumstances or as a result of certain high blood pressure prescriptions. This can have an affect on an individual’s self-confidence and may see them do their best not to smile in public. Thankfully, gum contouring is a dental treatment which is painless and able to solve the problem of ‘gummy smile’ through quick and painless treatment.
Gum contouring is a procedure which is most commonly done through the use of a scalpel. However, technological advances have seen special laser devices emerging in the treatment of ‘gummy smile’. The scalpel or laser will be used to trim away at any excessive gum overlying the teeth. This is a quick and often painless treatment. The scalpel will make the process slightly longer, and the laser also has the added bonus of being able to seal blood vessels during the procedure. This will help to limit the amount of blood released due to the incision. Along with the use of crowns and veneers after the treatment is complete, gum contouring is a simple procedure that can easily remedy ‘gummy smile’.
What does the gum contouring procedure involve at the Clinic?
To begin with a local anaesthetic is used to take away feeling from the area where the procedure is to commence. The scalpel or laser device will then be used to trim away at the excessive gum that is covering the front teeth. As well as cutting away at the gum, the dental practitioner will also work to reshape the gum that is to remain in place. The healing process is relatively quick, but will be made faster if the laser device is used, as it works to seal blood vessels, in order to prevent excessive bleeding once the procedure is complete.
There are certain instances in which the removable and reshaping of the gum is not enough. If this is the case then the dental practitioner may need to remove some of the bone in which the teeth are rooted. This will be down to the judgement of the dental practitioner, should they think the gum will reform too far down on the teeth. This may seem more daunting to some than the mere removable of excessive gum, but it is just as simple a procedure. Once treatment is complete you may be prescribed with veneers or crowns to help improve the look of your smile.