Digital dentistry and how it can serve you

It’s a digital age and technology allows you to do and see amazing things from the comfort of home as well as supporting your life in numerous other ways. Any progressive industry is adopting its own methods of using the latest technological advances and dentistry is no different. Many techniques and pieces of equipment have been developed to give you the opportunity to have better treatment. These often achieve necessary steps in dental treatment in new ways. If you have impression free dentistry in Glasgow, then you will see one of them in action.

teeth-whitening-in-glasgowWhat is impression free dentistry in Glasgow?

When you visit The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, your dentist will need to get an accurate picture of the current state of your teeth to begin many different kinds of treatment. This allows us to see what needs to be done and to plan treatments.

In many practices, this is achieved by taking ‘impressions’. This involves biting down onto a gooey substance that the teeth sink into. Depending on the substance used, the patient often has to sit still with their mouth full until the substance begins to solidify thus creating a lasting impression of the teeth in the hardening goo. For people with a strong gag reflex, this can be almost intolerable. Even without this, the experience can be challenging because of the strange sensations that it creates.

Due to the latest developments, there is now a way to scan your teeth one by one which then creates a digital, 3D image. This is much more comfortable and accurate and it can be done very swiftly. Having an image of your teeth online has a host of other benefits such as being able to manipulate the image to see what effects different treatments will have. In many cases, you will also be able to see what your finished smile will look like after treatment. This can be very comforting if you have a long treatment to go through before you get to see the results for real. The increased accuracy also means that any dental fixtures that are created from the digital scans fit very well.

We look forward to offering you impression free dentistry in Glasgow at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry.

How does tooth whitening work?

Have you been wondering where to get tooth whitening in Glasgow? Tooth whitening is now growing in popularity as everyone searches for ways to have a brighter, whiter smile. There are two options available if you would like to increase the whiteness of your smile. You can either opt for an in-house treatment with the dentist, or you can purchase a whitening kit and do it yourself in the comfort of your own home.

teeth-whitening-in-glasgowWhat results can I expect from a whitening treatment?

You may want to give yourself a confidence boost for a special occasion in Glasgow. Whitening your teeth could be the solution that you are looking for. Tooth whitening is a safe and effective way to increase the brightness of your smile. Evidence shows that this treatment is effective in whitening teeth in up to 92% of cases.

Can you tell me more about how to whiten my teeth at home?

Yes! If you opt for a home whitening kit, you will need to fill the fitted mouth-guard with a gel that contains 10% hydrogen peroxide. You will then need to wear this fitted-tray for 60-90 minutes per day, in order to achieve to optimum results. This routine needs to be followed every day for 10 to 14 days in order for you to see results. With so many temptations of foods and drinks that stain your teeth while you live and work in Glasgow, whitening your teeth with either an in-house treatment, or a take-home whitening kit is an excellent solution.

Why do teeth discolour with age?

In today’s culture of deadlines, on-the-go schedules and take-away foods, there is never enough time to eat the foods that are best for our teeth.

Tea, coffee and red wine can stain the teeth and foods that contain sugar result in a build-up of plaque. This plaque causes the yellowing that is one cause of tooth discolouration.

Find out more

The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry offers both in-house treatments and kits to take home, so if having a brighter smile is on your to-do list then give us a call, or drop by our practice for more information.

All is not lost with All-on-4 in Glasgow

Complete tooth loss sounds like a daunting prospect however modern dentistry means the future is brighter than you think. Dental implants are small titanium screws that integrate into the jawbone, creating a stable, enduring base to fit replacement teeth. A single dental implant can anchor multiple teeth, making the replacement of a full set of teeth that much easier. At the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry we are taking this technology even further in Glasgow. All-on-4 takes the dental implant system to the next level using just four implants to construct an entire lower or upper jaw of teeth.

all-on-4-in-glasgowHow does All-on-4 work?

The art of using just four implants to provide a stable jaw of teeth that can bite into all manner of hard and crunchy foods has been years in the making. When dental implants are fitted, our highly trained dentists place them at specific angles that will provide the most secure base for the replacement teeth. As soon as the implants are in, temporary teeth are fitted to encourage the new fittings to stabilise. After six months of healing the temporary teeth are replaced with permanent teeth that give the patient a natural look and feel.

The results are life changing, returning a patient’s ability to eat all manner of foods and smile from cheek to cheek. At the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, All-on-4 technology is put to use by our team of highly trained dentists who collectively have over 50 years of experience in dental implants, making us ever ready to help you with your dental implant needs.

Why choose us for All-on-4 in Glasgow?

All of our dentists are trained at postgraduate level in order to provide you with high quality care. We aim to make your treatment journey as comfortable as possible and have treatment co-ordinators on hand to help make that journey smoother. For patients who are especially anxious, we also offer sedation and hypnotherapy. Ensuring you feel safe and cared for is always a top priority.

If you want to know more about All-On-4 in Glasgow, please get in touch and our staff will be happy to answer your questions.

An introduction to InMode face and body rejuvenation

Do you think that you currently look older than you feel? Have you got unwanted folds, lines, or wrinkles on your skin that make you feel self-conscious or under-confident? Or do you just deserve a pampering session?

InMode-treatmentsIn all of these circumstances, the InMode face and body rejuvenation procedures offered by the Scottish Centre for Excellent in Dentistry, Glasgow, can help. These treatments are designed to be both fast-acting and pain free, meaning you could be enjoying the feeling of younger-looking skin more quickly than you might think.

Modern lifestyles can play havoc with our skin. A number of factors, including spending too much time in the sun without adequate protection, not drinking enough water, smoking, or drinking too much alcohol can all leave their mark on the surface of our skin in the form of lines, wrinkles, folds and sagging.

We can also suffer from stubborn areas of fat that are hard to shift even with regular exercise and a good diet. The InMode treatments offered at our Glasgow clinic can address all of these issues and more, in a non-invasive, non-surgical, pain-free manner.

Treatment options include:

Radio frequency reshaping and body contouring

TiteFX is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction, used to improve the contours of your body with the help of radio waves. This treatment is suitable for many areas, including the buttocks, thighs, abdomen, arms, back, flanks, hips, and knees.

Fractional rejuvenation

Fractora can be used to slow the effects of ageing and restore the appearance of the skin, making you look and feel many years younger. Suitable areas for treatment include the upper and lower eyelids, foreheads, cheeks, mouth, and neck. As well as being an effective treatment for wrinkles, fractional rejuvenation is also an excellent option for reducing the appearance of scars.

Fractional thermal contraction

Fractora Firm again uses radio frequency to stimulate the formation of new collagen beneath the skin and to contract your skin layers to improve the surface appearance. This treatment is suitable for both the face and body.

For the face, this treatment can be used to counteract sagging skin on the face as a whole, or can be focussed on specific areas such as the jowls, the forehead, the eyelids, or the neck. It is also a suitable treatment for crow’s feet. It can also be used on the arms and abdomen.

Let’s Talk about Why Dental Implants Are so Great

Even just a few years ago it would have been quite unusual to hear about someone with dental implants, but nowadays many of us will know at least a few people who have had this innovative treatment. In fact dental implants have now been safely used for decades and there’s nothing experimental about the treatment. They are widely considered to be the most optimal form of tooth replacement available today and is available to you at Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry.

dental-implants-glasgowAn implant post partially replicates a natural tooth root, as even though it is connected to the bone in a different way, it carries out exactly the same function. One of the great things about dental implants is the way they help to stabilise bone and prevent bone loss that is otherwise inevitable once teeth are extracted.

How do Dental Implants Stabilise Bone?

Most dental implants are made from commercially pure titanium which has the unique property of being osteophilic which roughly translated means it is bone loving. It’s described in this way as titanium is able to fuse with natural bone, something that was discovered quite by chance and which has since gone on to revolutionise dentistry. A strongly fused dental implant cannot move, and all the stresses created through biting and chewing on the implant are transmitted through the implant and into the bone. This is another way in which dental implants function like natural tooth roots, as transmitting these stresses helps stimulate the bone, stabilising it and preventing bone loss.

Why Is It so Important to Prevent Bone Loss?

The bone supporting teeth is called alveolar bone. It’s a very special type of bone that develops as the teeth erupt. Once teeth are removed it is soon lost as alveolar bone is quite fragile and simply reabsorbs back into the body. Areas where the bone is already thin will reabsorb more quickly which is particularly bad news if you lose your upper front teeth and can soon cause the face to look as if it is collapsing in on itself. Modern dentistry enables this bone to be replaced through grafting techniques, but it’s far easier to prevent its loss from occurring. If you do lose one or more teeth and are considering dental implants then it’s best to have them done sooner rather than later. This will help prevent bone loss and will reduce the need for bone grafts. In addition, you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of having dental implants much sooner.

Deciding to have dental implants can be quite a big decision, and we are sure you have lots of questions. The best way to get answers is to book a consultation with one of our Dentists at Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry. Your dentist in Glasgow will need to thoroughly examine your mouth and can help you decide if dental implants are the right option. It’s not the quickest treatment, as you usually need to wait several months in between having the implant post inserted and receiving the final restoration. Additionally, if you need teeth extracting prior to implants then you’ll have to wait for the empty sockets to heal, and this generally takes three or four months. This might seem long-winded, but spending additional time at this stage will help ensure your implant is a success.

Regular hygiene visits: essential to your dental health

Having good dental health doesn’t just mean regular visits to the dentist. The dental hygienist also plays a vital role in ensuring your teeth and gums stay in excellent condition. Generally speaking, it is recommended you visit the hygienist at least every six months, although some people will need to come in more frequently – for example if you have a condition that needs monitoring – and you should always abide by what your dentist or hygienist says.

dental-hygieneThink “hygienist” and most people think of a scale and polish, a professional tooth-cleaning procedure designed to remove any plaque or tartar from your teeth. This can also help to remove tooth staining without the need for whitening treatment.

However, in actual fact the hygienist does a lot more than just cleaning your teeth. Regular hygiene visits are important in the fight against gum disease (which your hygienist can also help to treat), which is one of the most common causes of tooth loss in adults in the UK.

A dental hygienist will also furnish you with customised advice on your home cleaning regime. This can include the right type of toothbrush for your needs, the correct brushing technique, and use of specialist devices such as interdental brushes to clean between your teeth effectively.

Dental hygiene appointments are important for patients of all ages. Your hygienist can give dietary advice to help you to eat a healthy diet that benefits your overall wellbeing as well as your dental health. For young patients, dietary and brushing advice will be presented in an engaging and age-appropriate manner, which can help your children to enjoy good oral health for life.

They hygienist can also help with common dental problems such as bad breath, which are frequently caused by gum disease, plaque and tartar build-up. To get your dental health back into prime condition, book a hygiene visit at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry today.

How invisible orthodontics is helping adults improve their smiles

When they hear the word orthodontics, many people automatically think of traditional metal and wire braces that children and teenagers often wear. While we find these appliances are very popular with younger people, who enjoy being able to customise their braces with a wide selection of coloured wires for an individual look, at the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, we also appreciate that many adults who want straighter teeth don’t want to wear obvious metal braces.

invisible-orthodonticsInvisible orthodontics takes the well-established principles of traditional orthodontic treatment and revitalises them for the modern age. At our Glasgow dental practice, our team of dentists and orthodontists have many discreet devices at their disposal, enabling them to provide treatment that is invisible or near-invisible for maximum discretion.

Fixed or removable appliances

The best treatment option for you will depend on the type and amount of correction needed. At the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, our dentists will carefully assess your needs before recommending the best fixed or removable appliances.

Fixed appliances

Braces remain the most common treatment in orthodontics. They are effective at treating mild, moderate and more severe orthodontic conditions.

Patients at our Glasgow practice who are interested in discreet braces have several options to choose from.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces work the same way as standard braces, but are attached to the rear surfaces of the teeth, so nobody will be able to see them. These are a good option for patients who need a higher degree of correction, as they can treat even severe orthodontic issues invisibly.

Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces use clear or tooth-coloured wires and brackets, attached to the front of the teeth. They are highly discreet and nearly invisible.

Removable appliances

Clear aligners are one of the most popular treatments in modern orthodontics. They have the added benefit of being removable, so you can take them out to eat and to clean.

The advantages of dental implants to replace missing teeth

More and more patients who have lost their natural teeth are choosing dental implants to replace them. Here at the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, our skilled implant dentists have helped people of all ages to restore their smile with implants.

As well as providing a natural-looking, aesthetically pleasing result, there are several other advantages gained from treatment with dental implants. Here, we look at how implants can have a positive impact on your health.

dental-implants-glasgowThe closest thing to natural teeth

Many patients visiting our Glasgow dental practice are distressed about losing their natural teeth and are looking for a solution that restores function as well as appearance.

Dental implants do both. They are the closest thing to natural teeth and, with proper care and regular visits to your dentist and hygienist, will last you upwards of 25 years. They integrate directly with your jaw bone, acting like the roots of your natural teeth. This means that they provide a firm support for replacement teeth – dentures, crowns or bridges – enabling you to bite and chew a full and healthy diet.

This is a particular benefit for patients who have been wearing traditional unsecured dentures for some time, who find that their diet may be restricted to soft foods.

Preventing bone loss and facial sagging

Another advantage of dental implants is that, because they integrate with your jaw bone, they help to prevent the problems of bone loss and associated skin sagging that plague patients wearing unsecured dentures.

At our Glasgow dental practice we can help patients who have already suffered bone loss and facial sagging with a combination of bone grafts, dental implants and facial rejuvenation treatments, to give you back a more youthful appearance.

When you come for your initial consultation, your implant dentist will be able to advise you if you need a bone graft before having implant treatment, to maximise the chances of successful treatment.

Crown and bridge restorations with dental implants

Dental implants, combined with crown and bridge restorations, are the only permanent way to replace one or a few missing teeth. At the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, based in Glasgow, our skilled team of dentists and prosthodontists have helped many patients to regain confidence in their smile thanks to a combination of implants, bridges and crowns.

How it works

crown-bridgesCrown and bridge restorations look and act much like natural teeth. Dental implants are in essence replacement tooth roots – small titanium screws that are placed directly in the jaw bone by your dentist in a minor surgical procedure here at our Glasgow practice.

The major advantages of implants to secure crown and bridge work are that they provide unrivalled stability because of their integration with the jaw bone, while also helping to prevent the common problems of bone loss and movement of remaining natural teeth that often occur after tooth loss.

If you are interested in using implants to replace one or two missing teeth, your first step should be to book a consultation with one of our skilled implant dentists here at our Glasgow dental practice. They will carefully examine your mouth and will assess your suitability for implant treatment.

As long as you are suitable for treatment, we will next make an appointment for your implant(s) to be placed. If you need one tooth replaced, you will have one implant with a crown attached. For two or three adjacent teeth, we may recommend an implant-secured bridge.

Your implants will be placed here at our Glasgow practice under local anaesthetic or sedation, depending on your preference. In most cases you will require a healing period of a few months, during which temporary crown and bridge restorations may be fitted.

Once the healing process is complete, your final restorations will be attached.

Not all crown and bridge work is the same – the importance of finding a quality cosmetic dentist

Crown and bridge work is one of the biggest areas in restorative and cosmetic dentistry. If you need a bridge or a crown, you’ll want a quality restoration that will last you many years. At The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, based in Glasgow, our skilled team of dentists and prosthodontists use only the highest-quality materials and the latest techniques to create long-lasting, natural-looking new teeth.

What is prosthodontics?

bridges glasgowProsthodontics is the specialist area of dentistry that deals with replacing missing teeth and restoring damaged or worn teeth. Full and partial dentures, crown and bridge work all fall under a prosthodontist’s remit.

At the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, our dentists and prosthodontists work together to help patients with lost or damaged teeth, whether you need a single crown or a full set of dentures secured by dental implants.

Here, we look at the crown and bridge options we offer to patients. . .

Bridges

Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. Your bridge may be supported by adjacent teeth or may be attached to a dental implant. When you come into our Glasgow centre for a consultation, your dentist will recommend the best option for you.

Traditional bridges comprise a false tooth or teeth supported by crowns on surrounding teeth. This requires the adjacent teeth to be strong and healthy enough to support the bridge, which is why at our Glasgow practice we will carefully select cases for traditional bridge treatment based on suitability.

Adhesive bridges offer a good alternative option, with wings attached to adjacent teeth to provide support. Another option is to have your bridge secured to one or more dental implants, which are bionic tooth roots that provide firm support.

Crowns

Crowns are used to restore worn or weakened teeth. They can be made of porcelain, ceramics or gold. Porcelain and ceramic crowns provide an entirely natural-looking restoration for damaged or worn teeth.