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What Are Veneers and Why Get Them?

Dental Veneers are a relatively simple and effective way of performing a smile makeover and have you smiling with confidence once more.

Veneers are commonly used for those with heavily stained teeth, chipped teeth or to fix gaps in an individual’s smile.  However, having veneers fitted is a big decision, as the process will, in most cases, involve the irreversible shaping and contouring of the original tooth to allow the veneer to be fitted, so it’s essential you have the best information available to you when making such a decision.

So, in the rest of this guide, our Marbella dental experts will help you take a deeper look into what veneers are, and why you might get them.

Interested in our expert porcelain dental veneer treatments, then get in touch with our team today and book your free consultation!

 

What are Veneers?

A veneer in its official dentistry definition is a “thin piece of porcelain, that is used to re-create the natural look of teeth while ensuring strength and resilience is provided of equal measure to natural tooth enamel.” Here at Oasis Dental Marbella, we specialise in the detailed bespoke custom making and fitting of porcelain veneers, matching them to the rest of your teeth’s colouring and fitting them with exquisite precision, to the front surface of your teeth, improving the appearance of your smile with a solution to meet your expectations.

 

Why do we as dentists use veneers? 

As dental experts, we pride ourselves in offering our patients the most suitable solution to their dental needs, and veneers are often able to correct multiple problems at the same time, including discolouration or to cover chipped and fractured teeth. Results can also be provided faster than other forms of treatment such as braces. With careful planning, we also have great predictability in the final result allowing you to pre-approve the end result.

 

Why should you get veneers?

As we mentioned above veneers provide a relatively simple, quick and effective solution for a range of general and cosmetic dentistry requirements, and the ability to custom make your veneers so as to match the colour and shape of your other teeth, it means you get the exact look you want.

The shade of some patients´ teeth can be naturally dark throughout their life and veneers can be used to hide this discolouration of our teeth. Due to the porcelain glaze, it is unlikely that drinking and eating some of your favourite snacks will stain your veneers, however, if you damage the surface of the porcelain you can leave the veneers susceptible to potential staining.

 

How are veneers fitted?

Here at Oasis Dental our veneer treatment process will require a minimum of two appointments.

After planning appointments to determine exactly what you are looking for, the first treatment visit involves contouring the teeth slightly if required by removing a very small amount of your tooth enamel.

From here we shall make an impression of your teeth which we will use to custom craft your veneer. To protect your tooth during the time between your first and second visit, we’ll fit temporary veneers. This gives you an opportunity to preview the final result.

Once we’ve created your laboratory-made custom veneers, at the second appointment the temporary veneer is removed, the tooth cleaned, and the area is prepared before the veneers are tried in to make sure you are completely happy with the result.

We will then use the adhesive bonding to ensure the veneers are fitted precisely and polished, to give your smile that beautiful gleam you were looking for.

 

Book Appointment for Veneers

With that short and sweet guide, you’ve got everything you require to be fully informed about the dental veneer process from what are veneers to why you may want to get them. If you’d like to learn more about our veneer treatments, then why not give our expert team a call today and we’ll be more than happy to answer any other questions you may have.

2018-03-22T12:52:27+00:00 March 30th, 2018|Categories: Smile Makeover, Veneers|

How to Fix a Broken or Chipped Tooth

Chipped or broken teeth can be caused by a number of reasons, some will leave you in significant pain and urgent need of an emergency dental appointment, while other cracks and chips may not even be noticeable, but leave your teeth open to further damage and potential infection. In the rest of this article, We’ll also explain what treatment options are available and if you can fix a broken tooth?

 

Suffering from a chipped or broken tooth? Then get in touch with our team today and let us help you become pain-free and happy with your smile once more!

 

What can cause broken and chipped teeth?

Our tooth enamel is one of the strongest tissues in our bodies, but it can still be damaged by a number of everyday items and bad habits or accidents which can cause breaks and chips in our teeth’s structure.

Also, teeth with decay beneath the service are more susceptible to breaks due to a weakened internal structure.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common source of chips and breaks:

  • The chewing of hard food items such as nuts, ice or boiled sweets.
  • Improper use of your teeth, such as opening bottles.
  • Unexpectedly biting down on something hard, such as an olive stone.
  • Receiving a knock to the face, common for contact sports players.

 

Chipped teeth

Chipped teeth are a fairly common occurrence ranging from small unnoticeable chips to more noticeable missing portions of your teeth, which can cause substantial levels of pain, due to the possibility of the nerve having become exposed. As we age, the edges of teeth get slightly worn away and this also can cause increased sensitivity.

 

Fixing a Chipped Tooth

Depending on the severity of the chip, will affect which path of treatment is used to fix your tooth. A small unnoticeable chip, may not require any treatment at all, though it’s worth having your dentist take a look just to ensure you’re not at risk of any further damage. In the instance that the chip leaves your tooth feeling sharp our dentists will polish your tooth down so that it doesn’t cause any cuts within your mouth and may simply seal the surface

For those larger and more painful chips, we will look to rebuild the structure of your tooth using a composite material: bonding. If there is pre-existing decay then this can be cleaned up first and the appropriate steps are taken to ensure correct bonding of the material and moulding to the desired shape.

 

However, if there has been a lot of tooth structure lost, you may require a crown or veneer fitted to ensure the aesthetic look of your smile and protect the remaining structure. Similarly, those patients where there has been a lot of wear on the teeth, more advanced treatment may be required to restore the correct bite, function and aesthetics

 

A Broken Tooth

Sometimes the damage to a tooth can be so extensive that the tooth splits in half. This can be an extremely painful experience and in this case, the best treatment may be extraction rather than restorative measures.

Although in most cases a broken tooth will be painful, due to the exposure of nerves within the dental pulp, some patients may not feel any pain, as sensitive decay within the tooth may have already destroyed the nerve over time and hence no pain. These decay induced breaks often occur in back and wisdom teeth, which are harder to reach when cleaning. Patients may have had a long-standing cavity and not been aware of it until the tooth suddenly fractures when eating something soft because it was greatly weakened. Complete breaks of front teeth tend to occur from impact from accidents, sports injuries, or the chewing of hard foods.

 

How to fix a broken tooth

When it comes to a broken tooth there are several options available to you and your dentist. Here at Oasis Dental, we will always try to restore your teeth where possible, composite bonding or dental crown may be used to help seal the tooth and protect the nerve and the remaining area of the tooth, due to the weakened structure.

In the case of severe breaks and decay, where the tooth can’t be saved, then an extraction is the only option, which can be a much more complex procedure than a regular extraction due to the weakened tooth state. We can then consider options for tooth replacement.

 

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Here at Oasis Dental Marbella our expert team of dentists are always on hand to help restore and treat your chipped, cracked and broken teeth offering a relaxing dental environment and a tailored plan to ensure you receive only the highest quality of dental treatment. If you’d like to book a consultation with one of our expert team then get in touch today!

2018-03-22T12:41:07+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Chipped Tooth|

I need a Root Canal – 5 things you need to ask your dentist today!

So, you’ve been told you need a root canal, and a quick Google on your phone has left you scared and concerned, well in this guide we’ll take a look at what exactly a root canal procedure is and provide you with everything you need to know and should be asking your dentist in Marbella about regarding  your root canal treatment.

What exactly is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is a dental procedure which is needed to stop infection inside your tooth tissue, prevent infection spreading to other structures in the body and to ultimately preserve the tooth in the mouth. By the time a root canal procedure is required it is accepted that the nerve of the tooth has “died”, usually due to extensive decay but sometimes due to traumatic injury or other causes and the only other alternative is to extract the tooth.

I know that may sound scary, but don’t worry, as root canal treatment is a standard and relatively common procedure and one the expert dental team here at Oasis Dental are used to performing.

In nearly all cases following root canal treatment, a crown may be required. A dental crown is a rigid covering which is fitted to the tooth to help protect and preserve the structural integrity of your tooth and allow you to use it as you would normally.

Now let’s take a look at what you should be asking yourself and your dentist both prior and after your root canal procedure.

5 Things to ask your Dentist in Marbella

How do you know I need a root canal?

Like many other diagnoses, the dentist will need to do a clinical examination and take a full history to determine if the pulp inside the tooth is infected and if a root canal treatment is indicated.

There are a number of things your dentist will use to decide on if you do require a root canal these may include

  • Lingering Pain

    – A key sign of the health of the pulp in your tooth is whether you feel lingering pain after exposing it to hot or cold temperatures. If, the pain lingers, long after the stimulus is removed then this may indicate to your your dentist that the pulp is infected and that the nerve that feeds into your tooth is not responding normally and starting to “die off” or partly dead already.

  • An Abscess

    – The identification of an abscess is a clear sign of an infection. This can be seen clinically as swelling on the gum at the side of the tooth or the whole face may appear swollen and inflamed. In addition, later on some changes may also be seen on the Xray at the base of the tooth.

Do I need a root canal now or can I wait?  

As we mentioned earlier, a quick google and poor dental advice can leave people scared of the thought of a root canal, but waiting and putting of such a procedure can be a dangerous thing to do. The need for a root canal, comes because of an infection within the tissue of your teeth, as with any infection, this can spread and potentially infect more vulnerable tissue such as the heart, lungs or brain. In this day and age antibiotics help to control the spread of infection but the cure will only come if the tooth is extracted or if a root canal procedure is done. So this cannot be delayed indefinitely and treatment should be carried out as soon as the diagnosis has been made. The prognosis for keeping the tooth goes up the quicker the procedure is carried out.

Do I need a root canal, or can I have an implant?

Should you decide to opt for extracting the tooth then a dental implant is one way to potentially fill the missing space.

A common statistic used regarding the success of root canals is that only a 85% – 95% success rate can be guaranteed, this is due to the complex canal system within the teeth. Success varies depending on the condition of the tooth at the start and each case is different. The decision to extract and replace with an implant versus preserving the tooth with a root canal treatment and a crown, should always be discussed on a case by case basis.

Both options are valid and the team of Dr King and Dr Miller-Wojtan are always happy to discuss with you in detail the pros and cons of both, referring to your personal case.

What should I expect during the root canal procedure?

The first thing you should expect is not to feel any pain what-so-ever during the procedure, as your dentist will ensure to apply the local anaesthetic to completely numb all pain, if you can still feel anything as your dentist begins to perform the root canal, you shouldn’t feel afraid of speaking up and letting them know, so that they can apply more anaesthetic, and you can feel pain free during the procedure.

After successfully ensuring you can’t feel anything, your dentist will proceed with the root canal procedure. This may take a longer visit of about 1 hour or sometimes can take two separate visits depending on the complexity of the case. The treatment is essential very similar to having an ordinary filling and the tooth will look no different afterwards.

What should I know for after my root canal?      

After your root canal, your dentist will want to get you booked in for the fitting of your dental crown. We usually wait a few weeks to ensure that the tooth is symptom-free, during which time you will have a temporary filling in place and need to avoid putting any heavy biting forces on the tooth as it will be susceptible to fractures.

After the root canal procedure, you may feel some painAnd if this occurs it tends to be 12 to 24 hours following the treatment and you should feel comfortable in taking any pain medication you may require. If treatment is successful this pain will eventually completely disappear.

We hope this guide has put your mind at ease regarding the root canal procedure you may be in need of, and has given you an idea of some of the things you should discuss and ask with your dentist, prior to your procedure. If you’d like any more information on root canal procedures that we provide here at Oasis Dental, Marbella, then please feel free to give us a call or contact us through our website.

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2018-03-07T10:39:36+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Categories: Root Canal|

What you need to know about Teeth Whitening? 8 simple truths from our dental experts!

Both people’s thoughts about and the actual process of whitening itself have significantly evolved;  teeth whitening is becoming a much more common dental procedure, as it moves away from a luxury, withheld for Hollywood stars, and has become a must-have for anyone who wants to ensure their teeth match the careful and sophisticated appearance they have built for themselves.

So, in the rest of this blog we’ll look at some of the important information you should know about the teeth whitening process both prior, during and after the process.

If you’d like to book a teeth whitening appointment with our team here at Oasis Dental then simply click here today!

  1. A simple procedure

    –  teeth whitening lightens the existing colour and shade of your teeth. Firstly, your dentist in Marbella will check the health and suitability of your teeth before covering the lips and gums to ensure only your teeth are exposed. They will then apply the whitening gel, which here at Oasis Dental is designed to work seamlessly with our Zoom bleaching light technology. Both the gel and light then work together to gently penetrate the stains in your teeth, breaking up the staining molecules and reducing the discolouration.

  2. How teeth whitening works

    – As we mentioned above the whitening gel and bleaching light work together to break up the stains, but how do they do this? Our teeth act like sponges, made up of tiny pores, as we eat and drink, colours of the food and drink we consume can be absorbed through those pores, staining our teeth. And as we apply the whitening gel, this too is absorbed by the pores in our teeth, and gently breaks down the staining molecules through a chemical process releasing them from our teeth.

  3. Real Teeth Only

    – Teeth whitening can only be used to whiten our real teeth, this is due to the process discussed above. This may not seem like much of an issue, but when tooth coloured fillings or, crowns, or veneers are fitted they are matched to the colour of the surrounding teeth, meaning that they may look slightly out of place after undergoing teeth whitening, as they will remain unaffected compared to the new lighter colouring of your whitened teeth.

  4. Sensitivity

    – Most people naturally suffer from some form of teeth sensitivity if exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures. However, as a side effect of the teeth whitening process, it is normal for your teeth to feel more sensitive, as they become temporarily dehydrated, this sensitivity should however reduce and disappear within 12-48 hours.

  5. Not Permanent

    – Teeth whitening is not a permanent process, and the consumption of staining materials and age, will over time cause repeated stains and discolouration of your teeth. Here at Oasis Dental as well as providing our in-surgery treatment, we can also provide you with a take-home system, making an accurate mould of your teeth which are then used to produce personalised trays to fit your mouth. You can then use these trays for a limited period for a few nights along with whitening gel when you wish to whiten your teeth again in the future

  6. Biggest Staining Culprits

    – After undergoing teeth whitening it is advised that if you want to prolong and make the most of your new gleaming white teeth, that you should avoid the biggest culprits of teeth staining when possible. Some of the biggest staining culprits are dark coloured drinks such as tea, coffee and some carbonated drinks. Red wine is also a cause of stains due to the purple pigments found in the grapes. Another major culprit is tobacco and cigarettes.

  7. It won’t damage your teeth

    – There have been concerns that older whitening process may have caused damage to your teeth, however, the products used at Oasis Dental, have been approved for use in this manner without causing any damage to teeth if used appropriately. However, it is very important to first check your teeth are healthy and you are a suitable candidate for the whitening process to ensure it is appropriate for you.

  8. Not everyone’s teeth are the same

    – As mentioned way back in point one the first step our dental team will take is to inspect the general health of your teeth and their suitability for the teeth whitening treatment. Here they will discuss both what you’d like to get out of the treatment and their expert opinion on what you should expect after undergoing teeth whitening, as no two people’s teeth are the same, and it is important to gauge realistic expectations as colour changes will vary from person to person.

So, there you have eight straightforward and simple truths about the teeth whitening process that you should know before considering having your teeth whitened. Of course, if you have any further questions or you’d like to book a teeth whitening consultation with our team at our Marbella dental surgery then please give us a call today or use our booking form.

 

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2018-03-07T10:40:17+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Categories: Teeth Whitening|

The Smile Makeover and What It Can Do For You

One of the most upsetting body hang-ups that many of us suffer from is self-consciousness surrounding our teeth. Problem areas on the body can be covered with clothing and temporarily forgotten, but dissatisfied feelings about our smiles affect us during the happiest of occasions, leaving us looking glum or awkward in photos or suffering from paranoia during our laughter-filled interactions with loved ones. However, even the toughest tooth-related issues can be solved. A Smile Makeover, like the one offered by Oasis Dental, is a life changing investment for those who just want to let their smiles shine. Here, in a few steps, are the many ways that the Smile Makeover can help you achieve that goal.

 

  1. Understand your requirements

It’s your perfect look, so it’s all down to you. When you first express a wish to change your teeth, an appointment for a comprehensive smile assessment will be arranged, where expert cosmetic dentists will discuss your requirements with you. The approach they will take – which will involve a combination of your preferences and their expertise – will be agreed upon, and you’ll come to realise that the perfect smile isn’t so far out of reach after all.

 

  1. Visualise your new look

Diagnostic models of your teeth will be adapted to allow you a preview of what your smile will look like after the makeover, allowing you and your dentist in Marbella to discuss the process with visual aids. Approaches can include the use of a state of the art whitening process along with diamond-edge contouring of the teeth and gums to give an even, symmetrical look that is both healthy and natural.

 

  1. Take it for a spin

It’s your investment, so you ought to get the final say. A “trial smile” period is often arranged, where you have the opportunity to come back and request changes to your look before the process is officially completed. This allows you to truly own your look and remain in charge throughout the treatment.

 

  1. Debut the new you

Once your procedure is complete, you can really grab life with both hands and start to feel the full effect of your glorious new smile – on both you and everyone around you. The best thing that the Smile Makeover can offer you is a fabulous end result that will boost your self-confidence to a place you never imagined.


It really doesn’t take much to get the ball rolling and start the short and simple journey to a brand-new look. Oasis Dental is open from 10 in the morning until 6 in the evening Monday to Friday, with an earlier finish of 3pm on the Thursday. Don’t hesitate to discuss any and all concerns with the team; We are there to give you the best possible experience and put you at your ease. Call us today on +34 952 83 74 42 or email [email protected] to start the conversation and book your smile assessment.

2018-03-07T10:41:24+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Categories: Smile Makeover|