How to get the best smile with Smile Consultations20 October 2015 Categories: Uncategorized
As Dental Technicians we are often asked what happens at a Smile Consultation and what the benefits are, so this short article should help explain.
As generally the work you would like to have done is more cosmetic i.e. you don’t need a filling, the first things you should do is choose a Dentist who is experienced and has proven skills in Cosmetic Dentistry. Cosmetic Dentistry is very specialist and it is important you choose one who you feel comfortable with and who listens to what you want. If you are not sure how you find one you could consider looking on www.bacd.com which is the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, there is a “find a cosmetic Dentist” section.
The first priority when you meet your Cosmetic Dentist should be to sit down and discuss all of your concerns, ideas, needs and desires and for the Dentist to make sure that they understand your expectations regarding the look of your smile.
Taking time to listen to all your questions is paramount to the end result meeting your expectations. Your Dentist should then explain everything to you giving you all your available options and confirming these options with pictures of the sort of outcome you can expect potentially using digital smile design (DSD). DSD can really help you to visualise your face, your mouth and lips with a new smile which has been mocked up digitally for you to view. If your dentist doesn’t offer DSD they should at least have before and after pictures of patients they have worked with previously, this is a great way to see the real results and the Dentists quality of work.
Once you had time to consider the options and determined the right procedure for you, you should make a 2nd appointment with your Dentist. At this appointment your Dentist will generally take x-rays and photographs and again confirm they can perform your chosen procedure. During or after this appointment it is important that you meet your ceramist, the person who is making your new crowns, implants or veneers, if your dentist doesnt suggest this meeting, ask them to facilitate it as this is a very important step. Meeting your Ceramist will provide the best possible chance of the results you desire, as they are the skilled artists who mould, shape, colour and polish your teeth to match your desired smile.
The 3rd visit to your Dentist is generally for the procedure/s you have chosen and this is when the Dentist prepares your teeth for the procedure and in some cases completes the work.
Smile consultations are usually free and with no obligation but do check with your Dentist before booking an appointment, it’s the only way to find out the possibilities available to you for your perfect smile and it provides you with options and a much better idea of the potential results.
If you would like to understand more about what a Dental laboratory does like Ambridge Ceramics then please feel free to call us on 01765 607347 or if you would like us to make your teeth feel free to ask your Dentist.
Dental work, nothing to fear..20 October 2015 Categories: Uncategorized
Many men and women in the UK live with dental problems such as cracked, yellow, worn, chipped or damaged teeth. Many report it negatively affects their life and demises their confidence, so why are people not doing something about it? Is it really about the cost? Or maybe fear, pain or change? If this sounds familiar to you, then you know that sometimes a perfect smile seems like a distant dream.
Dentistry has moved on in leaps and bounds in the past few years and most dentists have vast experience in delivering patient solutions to combat the challenges. Most Dentists offer payment plans to deal with financial issues, sedation to combat fear and pain and even work with other professionals such as NLP and hypnotherapy practitioners to overcome anxiety and fear.
A joined up approach to Dentistry for an improved patient experience20 October 2015 Categories: Uncategorized
Mark Ambridge: Dental expert discusses ways in which Dental surgeons can get the best from the dental laboratory.
Getting the most from your laboratory & creating a great first impression!
- Information overload
2. Impression taking
6. Work protocol
Like most things in life you get out what you put in, if you take the time to give as much information as possible along with images then this is going to gain the best results for the patient. You can never give the technician enough information don’t forget you have met, and know the patient, you can see the way they talk, smile and visually look and conduct themselves. The technician usually has not met the patient unless we have conducted a smile consultation either at our lab or at the Dentists practice.
Take time to understand the patients’ expectations & what they really want to achieve and what the ideal scenario would “look like” to the patient. Patient consultation around why and what they want to achieve vs the right individual solution for them is critical in order to map and then set their expectation.
Consider sending pre-op and provisional images, full-face smiling, close ups with cheeks retracted, profiles, in fact as many images as you can from every angle.
Complete the lab card fully, i.e. age, sex and finer details of the patient is very important to the way we style the finished product.
Consider a meeting between the patient and your technician, if at all possible, it can make a real difference to the outcome, it also gives the patient a feeling of a joined up approach and an end to end solution. Patients often feel the importance of meeting their Technician and can have a tendency to be more open and honest to the person in the ‘back room’.
We can also look at combining other procedures such as teeth bleaching, implants and additional veneers, crowns etc. procedures that will improve the overall restorative results.
Mark Ambridge featured in Dental Lab Journal20 October 2015 Categories: Uncategorized
Mark Ambridge, Director of Ambridge Ceramics is one of the most highly respected and experienced Dental Technicians in the UK.
Mark is featured in this months Dental Lab Journal for his attendance, feedback and contribution to the lecture evening run by the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD). The lecture took place in February 2015 and was delivered by Dr Mark Willings and it was extremely well received by all who attended. The BACD study club is instrumental in bringing Dentists and Technicians together to cover relevant and interesting topics. The BACD promote a “joined up” approach between all parties involved, to ensure the best possible results for patients, something Ambridge Ceramics is extremely passionate about.
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What is Tooth Decay?20 October 2015 Categories: Uncategorized
What is Tooth decay?
Tooth decay happens when the enamel and dentine of a tooth become softened by acid after you have eaten or drunk anything containing sugars. Over time, the acid makes a hole called a cavity in the tooth. ‘Tooth decay’ is also known as ‘dental caries’.
What causes tooth decay?
Tooth decay is caused by plaque acids that build up and gradually dissolve away the out layer of the tooth called the enamel and then dissolve the second layer called the dentine, of the tooth. Decay damages your teeth and if left untreated may lead to the tooth needing to have a filling placed in it to stop food particles and sugar continuing to decay the tooth. In some instances the tooth may ever have to be removed completely.
What is enamel?
Enamel is the hard, protective outer coating of the tooth and is the hardest part of the body. It does not contain any nerves or blood vessels and is not sensitive to pain.
What is dentine?
Dentine lies under the enamel, forming most of the tooth, and it can be very sensitive to pain. Dentine covers and protects the central ‘pulp’ of the tooth.
What is the pulp?
The pulp is a soft tissue which contains blood vessels and nerves and is in the middle of the tooth, this is very sensitive and can be damaged easily.
What is plaque?
Plaque is a thin, sticky film that keeps forming on your teeth constantly, we can remove plaque with brushing, hence why brushing twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time and flossing is crucial to remove plaque. Plaque contains many types of bacteria and can be very detrimental to teeth.
Why do my teeth decay?
Decay happens when sugars in food and drinks react with the bacteria in plaque, forming acids and as we know acids can erode. Every time you eat or drink anything containing sugars, these acids attack the teeth and start to soften, dissolve and break down the enamel. The attacks can last for an hour after eating or drinking, before the natural salts in your saliva cause the enamel to ‘remineralise’ and harden again. It’s not just sugars that are harmful: other types of carbohydrate foods and drinks react with plaque and form acids. (These are the ‘fermentable’ carbohydrates: for example ‘hidden sugars’ in processed food, natural sugars like those in fruit, and cooked starches.) You should always check the ingredients in the food you eat. Generally anything with ‘ose’ such as; glucose, fructose and sucrose in the name is a sugar.
Having sugary snacks and drinks between meals can increase the risk of decay, because your teeth come under constant attack and do not have time to recover. It is therefore important not to keep having sugary snacks or sipping sugary drinks throughout the day.
What are the signs of Tooth decay?
In the early stages of tooth decay there are no symptoms, but your Dentist or Hygienist may be able to spot a damage leading to a cavity in its early stages when they examine or x-ray your teeth. This is why you should visit your dental team regularly, as small cavities are much easier to treat than advanced decay.
What happens if I have a cavity?
Once the cavity has reached the dentine your tooth will generally become sensitive, particularly when you have sweet foods and drinks, and acidic or cold/hot foods. However your tooth can become sensitive and feel uncomfortable without the influence of food or drink.
As the decay increases and starts to creep closer to the dental pulp you may suffer from toothache. If the toothache is brought on by hot or sweet foods this may last for only seconds. As the decay gets closer to the dental pulp the pain may last longer and longer, you may need to take painkillers to control the pain as it can be very severe (always seek the advice of your Doctor or Dentist). If you feel these symptoms you must visit your Dentist straight away as the tooth is actually dying, and you may even develop a dental abscess if it is not treated.
What happens if I don’t get it treated early?
Toothache is a sign that you should visit your Dentist straight away, as it is a warning that something is wrong, once your tooth is hurting there it definitely needs to be seen. If you don’t do anything, this will usually make matters worse and you may lose a tooth that could otherwise have been saved and suffer unnecessary pain and discomfort.
What areas of my teeth are more likely to decay?
The biting surfaces of the teeth and the surfaces between the teeth and at the gum line are most likely to decay, because food and plaque can become stuck in these areas and can be hard to reach when brushing and flossing. But any part of the tooth can decay and be at risk.
What treatment will I need?
If the decay is not too serious, your Dentist will most likely remove all the decay and repair the tooth with a filling. Sometimes however, the nerve in the middle of the tooth can be damaged which is a more serious procedure. If the nerve is damaged the dentist will need to carry out root canal treatment by removing the nerve and then repairing the tooth with a filling or a crown. If the tooth is so badly decayed that it cannot be repaired, the dentist may have to take the tooth out.
Will I always need a filling?
No. In the very early stages of decay, your Dentist may apply a fluoride varnish onto the area. This can help stop more decay and help ‘remineralise’ the tooth. However, it is important to follow the cleaning routine your dental team suggest, using a fluoride toothpaste to prevent decay starting again.
Is there anything I can do to protect my teeth against decay?
As each of the adult molars (back teeth) appears, and if the tooth is free from decay, a ‘pit and fissure sealant’ can be applied to each tooth, this protects the tooth. The sealant is a plastic coating that fills all the little crevices in the tooth surface and acts as a sealant whilst also creating a flat surface that is easier to clean. Adults can also have this treatment if the teeth are free from decay. Your Dentist will discuss whether this is the right treatment for you. Children can also have fluoride varnishes painted onto their teeth twice a year which will help to reduce the chances of decay.
What can I do to prevent decay?
The best way to prevent tooth decay is by brushing your teeth thoroughly last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with a fluoride toothpaste. Make sure that you brush the inner, outer and biting surfaces of your teeth. Using ‘interdental’ brushes, or dental floss or tape, also helps to remove plaque and food from between your teeth and where they meet the gums. These are areas where plaque can build up as they are harder to reach so it’s important to “floss” as an ordinary toothbrush can’t reach these areas.
Is there anything else I can do?
Visit your dental team regularly, as often as they recommend. Have sugary and acidic food and drinks less often or cut them out of your diet altogether. Avoid having snacks between meals, to limit the number of times your teeth are under attack from acids, remember it’s the sugar from food and drink which reacts in your mouth to form acid.
Chewing sugar-free gum for up to twenty minutes after a meal can help your mouth produce more saliva, which helps to cancel out any acids that have formed.
How can my Dentist and hygienist help me prevent decay?
Your dental team will show you what areas you need to take most care of when cleaning. They will also show you how to brush correctly and clean in between your teeth with ‘interdental’ brushes or floss.
If you wish to know any more about tooth decay, protecting your teeth or the treatments available to you, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org we work alongside Dentists around the UK and can also put you in touch with a Dentist to suit you.
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We Have Moved12 January 2015 Categories: Uncategorized
We have now moved to the new lab so if you are planning on popping in or sending us anything, you’ll need the new address which is:
All the existing phone numbers etc. are now working as normal.
Thankyou for your patience during our move.
Ambridge Ceramics presents at ADi National Focus Meeting November 201416 December 2014 Categories: Uncategorized
This year the focus was on Digital Dentistry and the growing use of CAD/CAM restorative solutions within implant dentistry.
We’d like to firstly thank everyone for the fantastic feedback and positive comments on the day, but also present a few of the key slides again here as they answer the most common questions that came to us after the presentation.
There is so much information entering the profession regarding the developments of Digital Dentistry and CAD/CAM but unfortunately this does seem to leave some confusion over some key benefits, and exactly why the move to Digital or CAD/CAM can be so beneficial when restoring implants.
Below are a few questions we received and we will try to provide as clear an answer as we can, based upon our years of experience with a very wide range of CAD/CAM system, services and partners out there.
Is CAD/CAM really more accurate?
This recent study again confirms that the fit of CAD/CAM structures (both Zr and Ti tested here) were significantly better than that of cast frameworks, the results of this study are below:-
The microgap between the Zirconia beam and the abutments was between 10-26 μm,
The microgap between the Titanium beam and abutments was between 6-18 μm,
The ‘misfit’ of the Cast metal beam was between 181-301 μm.