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It can be a scary moment when you hear your dentist or hygienist utter the words ” you have some gum recession“, automatically you have visions of your teeth hanging on without supported gums or worse- visions of them all falling out! However, rest assured this is not the case- there are different stages of gum recession with most people falling into the “mild” category. Even if you have a more severe case, know that it can be treated and there are solutions for you.

What is gum recession? (Gingival Recession)

Gum recession is where the gum recedes below the tooth and pulls away from it leaving more of your tooth exposed at the root. When this happens, disease causing bacteria can start to build in the pockets of the gaps between the tooth and the gum line.

What causes gum recession?

  • Brushing your teeth too aggressively– you should always use a soft bristle toothbrush or an electric one and not be attempted to scrub your teeth!
  • Genetics – unfortunately the health of your gums can come down to genetics, if one or more of your parents suffered with gum recession there is a high likelihood that you will too.
  • Teeth grinding – grinding can cause undue stress on your teeth – a nigh guard can help with this. Teeth grinding can cause many dental issues so it is always worth investigating if you think you may suffer with it.
  • Not looking after your teeth– may be an obvious one, but not brushing your teeth at least twice a day, not flossing and not having regular dental checks all add greatly to the risk of developing gum recession.
  • Hormones – women have an increased risk of developing gum recession due to fluctuations in hormone levels seen in puberty, pregnancy and the menopause.

The treatment.

If you are diagnosed with mild gum recession catching it early and addressing it straight away will ensure you keep it under control. Your dentist can help identify the causes for it and instruct you on measures to address it and stop it developing it further. Your dentist will give you advice on what toothbrush you should use and how to use it properly, how to floss correctly and if needed as with teeth grinding, they can advise you on the different types of night guards. They will also recommend regular hygienists visits to keep the pockets free from bacteria.

If you are diagnosed with more developed stages of gum recession you may be referred to a periodontist (a gum specialist). A periodontist will do a deeper more intensive cleaning of your teeth and gums. How often this occurs will depend on the stage of the gum recession. Depending on the cause of your gum recession, your periodontist may advice you to have a surgical treatment also know as a gum draft. ( We will do a separate blog on gum drafting shortly!)

If you have any questions on gum recession or feel you may suffer with it you can call us on T: 01 4542022 or E: info@portobellodental.com and we can advise you accordingly.

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Before ortho- patient unhappy with the gap in her front teeth

 

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After ortho – patient delighted with her new smile!

 

 

Patient : CK in her 20’s didn’t like the space between her 2 front teeth.

Treatment: Orthodontics done by Dr Helen Walsh.

Cost of treatment: € 2995 which included a hygienist appointment at the end of the orthodontic treatment, as well as upper and lower fixed and removable retainers.

No re-touching of photos has been done.

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Patient: Female in her 20’s, obviously unhappy with her “snaggle tooth” on her top right hand side, her rotated canines (“eye teeth”) and crowded lower front teeth.

Treatment: Short term orthodontics with Dr Helen Walsh.

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Pre & post orthodontic treatment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duration of treatment: exactly 6 months.

 

Before & after smile!
Before & after smile- brilliant results in only 6 months!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of treatment: € 2995 which included hygienist visit and full mouth whitening after orthodontic treatment completed, upper and lower fixed and removable retainers.

 

No retouching of photos has been done–and our patient had not started the whitening process when these photos were taken.

To enquire about all our orthodontic options please contact us on T: 01 4542022 or book in for an exam and consult directly online here. 

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Patient: Male in his mid 20’s wasn’t thrilled with the gaps in his front teeth and also with the front two teeth overlapping

Treatment: Fixed Bracket Orthodontics with Dr Helen Walsh at Portobello Dental Clinic.

Cost: € 2995 including upper and lower fixed and removable retainers, as well as professional tooth whitening.

No re-touching of photographs has been done.

For further information on the orthodontic treatment we provide see here. To book an appointment for an orthodontic assessment contact us on T: 01 4542022 or E: info@portobellodental.com

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Patient: Male, in his 20’s was unhappy with the appearance of his teeth

Treatment: Fixed Bracket Orthodontics with Dr Helen Walsh

Duration of treatment: 5 months

Cost: € 2995 including upper and lower fixed and removable retainers, as well as professional tooth whitening.

No re-touching of photographs has been done.

For further information on our orthodontic treatments visit here. To book an appointment for an orthodontic assessment contact us on T: 01 4542022 or E: info@portobellodental.com

Let’s talk teeth whitening – what exactly is it, is it bad for our teeth and what’s the difference between going to a dentist as opposed to a beauty salon for the treatment?

What exactly is teeth whitening?
When asked -“what would you like to improve most about your smile?” The most common response from people was whiter & brighter teeth – this is where teeth whitening comes in.
Teeth whitening is the process of brightening the colour of your natural teeth, removing stains and discoloration.

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Above patient Brian (33 years) was unhappy with the shape and colour of his teeth. After discussing various options including Orthodontics, we decided to do a course of tooth whitening followed by cosmetic bonding of his front teeth to change their shape.

Treatment: Tooth Whitening followed by Cosmetic Tooth Bonding.

Duration of treatment:  Slow-release whitening followed by one visit in the chair for Cosmetic Bonding.

What happens during the treatment process?
The process is relatively simple, involving just a few steps. Firstly, your teeth and gums are checked to ensure that you are dentally fit and a good candidate for whitening. Then impressions are taken, and a custom-made tray that fits exactly to your mouth will be fabricated. Once the trays fit properly, you will be showed how to use the whitening gel, which is placed in the tray and worn through the night as you sleep. The trays are extremely thin and comfortable to wear, people rarely have any problems sleeping with them.

Is everybody suitable?
Most people are suitable candidates for whitening. However, if you have existing crowns/veneers/fillings on your front teeth- due to the material are unable to whiten.

How long do the teeth whitening effects last?
Teeth whitening results are long-term, but not permanent. People who smoke, or expose their teeth to foods and drinks that cause staining will see the whiteness fade more quickly than those who don’t. Once your whitening trays are made, they can be reused, and it is a simple and inexpensive process to “top-up” from time to time. We recommend topping-up one night every second month to maintain optimum whiteness.

How “white” will my teeth go?
This depends on a number of factors and results will vary between patients. Our system will get your teeth to as white as they will naturally go. Check through our smiles gallery to see some of our patient’s results.

How soon will I see results?
You will see results within a few days – just in time for Christmas!

Is it going to damage my teeth for the future?
Absolutely not- studies of teeth whitening products using Carbamide peroxide showed little to no effect on the hardness or mineral content of a tooth’s enamel surface- this is the

Are there any side effects?
Between 10-20% of people who whiten their teeth experience sensitivity, either during the night when whitening, or the following day. This sensitivity is transient, and normally goes away within 24 hours. Using sensitive toothpastes, or special desensitising gels available from Portobello Dental Clinic will normally alleviate the sensitivity.

It’s cheaper in a Beauty Salon – I’ll just go there…
It’s cheaper for a reason- beauticians cannot check your teeth for decay/defective restorations, they will not be able to diagnose gingivitis nor periodontal disease. They are also unqualified to administer and monitor teeth whitening products.
Dentists are bound by codes of practices including cross infection control measures that are often not in place in such commercial whitening businesses.
The only saving grace is the commercial whitening clinics/beauty salons cannot get access to the same professional strength teeth whitening systems as the dentists (obviously the dental companies only issue their high strength product to Irish & UK registered Dentists). So there is an element of damage limitation, in so far as, the product doesn’t actually work particularly well. The percentages of hydrogen peroxide that commercial whitening businesses/beauty salons can get access to is so low that there is no chance of these whitening products actually working to the same degree as dentist delivered teeth whitening.

It’s been said time and time again- but sometimes spending slightly more now will save you in the long run.

So do you fancy a white Christmas…?   
Contact us directly on T: 01 4542022 or see here for our half price Teeth Whitening offer !