Dentures that don’t have a life of their own

One big problem with dentures is that they start out fitting well, but over time, they become loose and start to slide back and forth on the gums. This can make eating hard, and it can also stop people being spontaneous in how they express themselves.

May be this is where you are with your dentures. Are you finding that messy dental adhesives are not actually helping to keep your dentures stable? Are you being very careful about how you laugh or eat? That’s not a great way to have to live.

Implant Retained Dentures in GlasgowRock solid dentures

There is a way that we can make sure your dentures stay put, and that is by stabilising them on top of dental implants. Here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, we regularly transform people’s lives by fitting them with implant-retained dentures.

Here’s how they work:

We can either take your existing dentures and customise them with a bar so that they can fit onto dental implants, or we can make you a new set that are designed to fit on dental implants.

Often, when we make new implant-retained dentures, we are able to use cobalt chromium to put the crowns onto. We can use very thin strips of this metal, so your dentures will take up less room in your mouth. The metal also conducts heat, so you get back the sensations of heat and cold, which are such an important part of enjoying food and drinks.

The dentures fit onto attachments on your dental implants. You still take them out at night to clean, and to rest your gums. Because your dentures are now firmly anchored to your jawbone, you get so much more chewing power than when they were resting on your gums.

The procedure

We can carry out the procedure in one day under a local anaesthetic. We use special dental implants for this purpose and it is often possible to put them into your jawbone right through your gum, instead of having to cut a flap and lift it up. This is much better as far as healing is concerned.

Why not give us a call to find out how we can help you.

Wave goodbye to wobbly dentures

Modern dentures are so much more comfortable and realistic looking than those our grandparents had to wear. Whether you have full or partial dentures, they can really be a godsend if you have lost teeth.

Implant Retained Dentures in GlasgowHowever, no matter how great they look or feel, after a while your dentures are probably not going to fit as well as they did when they were first made. It’s not that your dentures have been badly made, it’s the natural process of shrinking that happens to your jawbone and gums when you no longer have tooth roots.

Tooth roots and the jawbone

Tooth roots no only stabilise the teeth, they also act as transmitters. Every time the teeth come together, the impact sends vibrations down into the surrounding jawbone. This tells the bone cells that the teeth are still in action and the jawbone needs to be strong and dense to support them. Take away the tooth roots and the bone cells no longer receive that message.

The cells interpret that lack of vibration to mean that there’s no more chewing going on and they can dissolve themselves. The bone melts away, losing up to 25% of its size and density in the first year alone after tooth loss.

This is why your dentures no longer fit, but there is a way to stabilise them and to look after your jawbone and that’s by getting implant-retained dentures.

What are implant-retained dentures?

These are dentures that have special attachments on their undersides. They go onto mini implants that are inserted through your gums into your jawbones in a procedure that typically takes less time than normal dental implants because there is no need to lift the gum to put them in.

Implant-retained dentures still come out at night, so you can rest your gums and give your dentures a good clean and a soak. But during the day, you will find you have way more chewing power. You will be able to eat foods that have been off limits since you got dentures.

Plus, you will relax in your daily interactions, knowing that your dentures won’t let you down. Come on in to find out more.

Feel confident this Mother’s Day

It’s great being a mum, but no one is ever going to tell you that it’s not extremely tiring at times. You don’t get enough sleep for many years and during the day, you never stop rushing around getting things done. No wonder if all that activity and lack of sleep is starting to show on your face.

And in today’s society, looking worn out has never been so easy to solve, with a variety of facial aesthetics treatments available.

Feel Confident this Mothers DayFacial aesthetics treatments are different from cosmetic surgery or face creams. The various treatments can make a visible difference in just a few days, but the changes don’t last forever. This means that if you don’t like what you see, you just have to wait a few months and the treatment will wear off.

So, why not give facial aesthetics a go this year in time for Mother’s Day? Facial aesthetics could make you feel and look great for the rest of the spring and summer, unlike a box of chocolates and a bunch of flowers, which will be all gone in just a week or two.

Here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, we offer facial aesthetics treatments alongside our cosmetic dental treatments.

If you want to try facial aesthetics for the first time, it’s worth coming in for a consultation with our cosmetic doctor Sameena Rashid. Sameena is a general surgeon, who has been working in facial aesthetics since 2010.

As well as Botox to soften lines and dermal fillers to plump out wrinkles and fill in hollows, we also offer various treatments to enhance your skin quality.

We have treatments that use radio waves to stimulate the production of collagen deep in your skin. It will tighten loose and sagging skin and is particularly useful in tightening up loose jowls and the neck.

We also offer TiteFx, a treatment to reshape the contours of your body by tightening them up. It’s great for the abdomen, arms, buttocks, knees and thighs.

Why not come on in and see what we can do to boost your confidence for Mother’s Day?

Treat Yourself This Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is coming up. This is your day. How are you going to feel? Are you going to feel bursting with youth and exuberance and confidence? Or are you going to feel a bit worn out and old before your time?

Feel Confident this Mothers DayAt The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, we’d like to suggest that you go for the former, and we have a few great treatments up our sleeves to help you make the most of yourself and to boost your confidence levels for Mother’s Day and the months that follow.

When it comes to facial rejuvenation techniques, we offer 2 firm favourites to smooth away wrinkles and plump out hollows.

Botox

Good old Botox. It’s been around for a long time now and it’s one of the nation’s trusted techniques for reducing those signs of ageing we’d all like to go away, please. Botox works by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles to contract. People find it works really well on muscles that are habitually contracted, such as crow’s feet around the eyes, worry lines on the forehead and frown lines between the brows. It takes about a week for the full effects to appear, so if you want to look your best for Mother’s Day, don’t leave getting Botox treatments until the last minute. You can expect your treatment to last up to 4 months though.

Dermal fillers

Brits are also having a love affair with dermal fillers. These are injections of hyaluronic acid, a natural compound produced by the body to lock in moisture in cells. We produce less and less of it as we age, which is one reason why facial skin can start to look papery. We use dermal fillers to plump out hollows and wrinkles and it works really well on the lower third of the face, on the lines around the mouth and also to plump out the lips. You can even use it on the backs of your hands to plump out wrinkles there. Dermal fillers will show up immediately after treatment, but they too can take a few days for their full effects to become apparent.

Book yourself in for a consultation now.

Ever thought of getting your teeth whitened?

Have you been toying with the idea of getting your teeth whitened in 2019? If so, you won’t be alone. Teeth whitening is the most popular dental treatment throughout the world.

At The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we do teeth whitening for many of our patients, so we can confirm that it’s very popular in Glasgow too.

Teeth Whitening in GlasgowWhat makes teeth whitening so popular?

We think it is because you can dramatically change the look of your smile without having to undergo any treatments that will alter the structure of your teeth.

Whitening is not permanent, but you can make it last longer by watching what and how you eat. Plus, when it does finally wear off, you can easily get a top-up treatment. Teeth whitening is safe to repeat as many times as you like. It can make your teeth feel sensitive for a while though, so you may need help with that.

What does whitening do?

Whitening gels contain hydrogen peroxide (water with an extra oxygen atom) that gently lifts out traces of foods and drinks that have got lodged in the pores of your tooth enamel. These surface stains are easily removed and whitening works on 92% of cases here.

Whitening will not work on stains that are intrinsic to your teeth, but you can cover them over with veneers or composite bonding instead.

There are 2 ways you can get your whitening done.

In the clinic

Book yourself in for a power whitening session and you will see dramatic results in around an hour. We use a plastic barrier over your lips and gums and then paint your teeth with a fairly strong concentration of whitening gel. We stop the treatment once your teeth have reached the shade of white you wanted.

In your home

Or why not get some gel trays made to exactly fit your teeth and carry out your whitening treatment at home. It takes longer, a couple of weeks, because the solution is milder, but once you have the trays you can buy more gel to top-up your treatment as and when you like.

Take years off your smile with teeth whitening

As we go through life, eating and drinking all sorts of highly pigmented foods and drinks, our teeth collect their traces. Fancy a glass or 2 or red wine to celebrate the end of dry January? Drinking loads of tea and coffee in the meantime? Perhaps you are a big fan of tomatoey sauces? Or maybe you are still a smoker? If you consume any or all of the above, as they pass by your teeth, they will be leaving tiny traces of themselves lodged in the pores of your tooth enamel.

Teeth Whitening in GlasgowThat’s right, tooth enamel is porous, and when we eat or drink, it becomes more so, which is how it is able to collect traces of food and drink. Tooth brushing can’t dig around in those pores, and even the hygienist can’t get rid of surface staining if it’s down in the enamel. But teeth whitening can.

Teeth whitening gels use hydrogen peroxide to gently lift out these surface stains. If you have ever used hydrogen peroxide on an infection in your skin, you will know how it bubbles out the infection. It does something similar to surface stains on your teeth.

How quickly it works depends on the percentage of hydrogen peroxide in the whitening gel. The gel we use when we carry out power whitening treatments in the clinic here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow is stronger. The whitening gels you take home contain 10% hydrogen peroxide.

The stronger gel can remove 60-70% of your stains in just an hour when you come into the clinic. We protect your lips and gums with plastic barriers before painting on the gel, which is activated by a UV light.

If you still need further whitening after that, we can supply you with a take home kit. This kit has gel trays that are made to fit your teeth exactly from impressions made with dental putty. You put the gel in the trays and wear them for a short period each day, and it will take about 2 weeks to remove the staining.

Try whitening and watch the years fall away from your smile.

Faster impressions, and no goo

Many of our patients don’t much enjoy it when we have to take impressions of their teeth in order to make prosthetics such as crowns or veneers, or to make mouth guards to protect them against sports injuries or grinding their teeth at night.

But now silicone impressions are a thing of the past here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry. We have now invested in a handheld digital scanning device.

Impression Free Dentistry in GlasgowNo more breathing difficulties

Having your mouth filled with silicone putty was an unpleasant experience for quite a few of our patients. Some had to contend with trying not to gag if the putty came up against the back of their mouths. Others found it hard to breathe through their noses as they waited the minute or so that is required while the putty hardens. With the Trios 3Shape, the process is incredibly fast so you should not need a break, but if you do, we can pause the scan and give you time to recover before we carry on.

Introducing impression-free dentistry

The Trios 3Shape makes highly accurate 3D images of your teeth. It does this by taking thousands of pictures of your teeth, even more quickly than a video camera does. As it takes the pictures, they are sent to a nearby screen where the pictures are built up into one 3D image of your teeth and the surrounding gum and palate tissue. We can view the pictures from any angle to get a really good look at your teeth.

This only takes a few seconds. Because the pictures are digital, we can then send them instantly over the internet to the dental lab where technicians can use them to make you a new crown, veneers or crowns for dental implants. This dramatically cuts down on waiting times for new prosthetics as there is no delay between us making the image and the lab receiving it while it is transported in the post or via courier.

We look forward to letting you experience this innovative technology next time you need to have your teeth measured for some kind of prosthetic or mouth guard.

Putty is for windows, not for dentistry

Here’s the scenario. You come along to the dentist for a crown, dental implants, braces, a mouth guard, or veneers. In order to get your treatment done, your dentist needs to know the exact size, shape and position of your teeth.

Impression Free Dentistry in GlasgowSo, the nurse gets out a bowl and starts mixing up some purple gloopy stuff. It looks like some kind of playing dough, but this isn’t a game. You are about to have to open wide while the dentist jams the whole bowlful of goo up (or down) around your teeth. Somehow for around the next minute, you are going to have to sit still and try to breathe through your nose and not choke while the putty hardens to create an impression of your teeth. Fingers crossed you don’t have a cold. The dentist pulls it out, and it feels like your teeth are going to come out with it.

If you are lucky, the impression works first time. If not, and the shape of your teeth is not clear enough, you will to have repeat the process. It’s enough to put you off visiting the dentist, and for some people, it does.

Impression-free dentistry

But not any more at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry because here we have a new bit of kit called Trios. This is a scanner that goes into your mouth. Instead of modelling your teeth in putty, with the Trios scanner, we can create digital 3D images of your teeth.

The Trios scanner works by taking more than 2000 2-dimensional pictures a second. This is 100 times than a normal video camera. As the Trios scanner works, the pictures are sent instantly to a nearby screen, where they build up into a 3D image of your teeth.

Once the picture is complete, we can move it around to view it from any angle. We can send the pictures straight to the lab for the technicians to work on a perfect replica of your teeth to create the crowns, veneers, or prosthetic teeth you need. This cuts down on the time required to make you new teeth, whole or part.

We’re really proud of our scanner and our patients love it too.

How long does whitening last?

Getting your teeth whitened is the most popular form of cosmetic dentistry throughout the world. People love it because, no matter what the shape, position or condition of their teeth, it gives them a lift and makes their owner look more youthful and healthier.

But, like all cosmetic dental treatments, whitening is an investment and you will want your investment to last as long as possible. Let’s take a look at what causes tooth discolouration, how whitening works and how long it lasts.

Teeth Whitening in GlasgowThose nasty stains on your teeth

In the majority of cases, discolouration is caused by traces of things we have ingested getting caught in the pores of our tooth enamel. These traces of things like coffee, tea, red wine and berries are embedded in the pores and won’t come out with brushing or hygienist treatments. They build up over time.

There are some problems that whitening can’t fix, and in that case, we would probably recommend that you have veneers to cover up the discolouration.

Two ways to get whitening

At The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we offer 2 ways to get your teeth whitened. You can come into the clinic and get your teeth whitened in around an hour. We use a fairly strong hydrogen peroxide gel that we paint onto your teeth and activate with a UV lamp. You can choose the shade of white you want to lighten to.

Alternatively, you can do the whitening yourself at home, using a milder gel and a set of bespoke gel trays we make from impressions of your teeth. These fit your teeth exactly to produce maximum contact between the gel and your teeth. You wear them for a short period each day and, depending on the depth of discolouration and how white you want to go, the results take 2-3 weeks to appear. The great thing about DIY home whitening is you can just buy more gel when you want to top up your treatment.

How long does whitening last?

It is generally reckoned that whitening treatments last about 18 months, but you can make them last longer by cleaning your teeth after every meal and avoiding the foods and drinks that cause staining.

Scottish winter welcomes smiles

Here we go again. The sun is disappearing from Scotland for the next few months. It’s dark, dark, dark again and we all need each other’s smiles to keep cheerful. How is yours doing? Is it up for breaking out spontaneously on the streets of Glasgow as we trek through the dark to and from work? Or are you keeping it under wraps and going for the grimace rather than the grin?

If you are a closed lip smiler because you are ashamed of your teeth, then why not think about getting the word’s most popular cosmetic dentistry treatment and giving us all a boost with your whiter smile?

Whitening in GlasgowWhy so popular?

Here at The Scottish Centre for Dental Excellence, we think teeth whitening is so popular because it’s an easy way to transform any smile without having to have treatments that alter the size, shape or position of your teeth. It’s so easy, you can even do it yourself at home. Or, if you’d rather, we can do it for you at our dental practice. With either method, it’s a good idea to get any plaque removed first as this creates a barrier between the whitening gel and your teeth.

Take home whitening kits

It’s safer to use a kit from a dental practice than one bought off-the-shelf because the gel trays we give you are made to fit your teeth exactly. This means that you get maximum contact between the gel and your teeth without it spilling out and onto the soft parts of your mouth. The home-use gel uses 10% hydrogen peroxide, which is milder than the one we use in the clinic. You can buy courses that take 10-14 days, or 5-7 if you have already had power whitening at the clinic. You wear your gel-filled trays for 60-90 minutes every day.

Power whitening

We can use a stronger gel in-clinic, painting it onto your teeth, having already protected your lips and gums with plastic barriers. It takes about an hour to go several shades lighter.

Whitening is successful in about 92% of treatments. If your discolouration is not suitable for whitening, you may want to think about having veneers instead.