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The importance of regular hygiene treatments

Just like regular checkups with your doctor, making and keeping appointments with your dentist can prove vital to your general wellbeing – not just your oral health. It’s easy to put off a visit if you feel all is well and you’re not in any pain, but leaving extended periods of time between dental examinations can affect you in extremely negative ways.

 

One of the main causes of tooth loss is gum disease, which is sometimes also known as periodontal disease. While the process of aging is believed to result in the teeth loosening and becoming weak and worn – which may indeed lead to extractions being necessary – the development of gum disease is by no means inevitable and can be easily avoided if caught early. In extreme cases, the condition can affect not only the gum tissue itself, but also the bone structure supporting it. The bacteria and their resulting toxins wear these down, creating gaps in which they can collect and cause further damage. Tooth extractions are usually not necessary until the later stages of the disease, but the condition can become more and more difficult to treat the longer you leave it.

 

More serious cases are more obvious to the sufferer, who might display symptoms such as gums that are inflamed, red or painful and bleed easily, a receding gumline, loose or gapped teeth that were not so before, bad breath or a constant bad taste in the mouth, or a change in the way dentures fit, or in the way the top and bottom teeth meet. However, it’s quite common that a sufferer will see no symptoms, and in these cases the disease may be at work for months or years before it is discovered. It is therefore vitally important that regular checkups with the dentist are arranged and kept, as there are a number of simple treatments you can undergo to keep gum disease at bay, whether or not you are aware of its development.

 

Dental specialists can help to prevent the development of gum disease by performing a deep clean of the teeth and mouth, removing plaque and other superficial deposits and addressing areas where a build-up is more likely. If a patient presents with gum disease in its more advanced stages, the dentist can decide whether an extraction is necessary to prevent it spreading further. Gum disease can have serious negative effects on any individual, but is particularly dangerous for people who suffer from diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and those who are pregnant, as it can wreak havoc upon the immune system and affect the entire body.

 

If you haven’t had an oral hygiene checkup for some time, it is definitely worth your while to arrange one as soon as possible. To contact Oasis Dental and book an appointment today, simply call + 34 952 83 74 42 or email [email protected], and our team will be able to assist you right away.

 

2018-01-09T09:35:47+00:00 January 4th, 2018|Categories: Dental care|

How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?

Needless to say, you don’t way to pay over the odds for cosmetic dentistry, so you’ll need to take into consideration the main factors that can determine the cost of porcelain veneers.

Purpose.

Cosmetic dentistry is designed to improve the appearance of your teeth, giving you a reason to smile with confidence. If you require porcelain veneers for medical reasons, the cost may vary, so we highly recommend that you book a consultation to find out a little bit more about the porcelain veneers we provide!

The cost of veneers will also depend on any preparatory work. At Oasis Dental, we take into consideration the extent of work required to rectify any dental defects and tend to charge according to this.

Dentist.

The cost of porcelain veneers varies depending on the dental practice. Each practice has a unique price list that is specific to the facilities and services they provide.

At Oasis Dental Marbella, we make sure that each of our patients are made to feel welcome and have the opportunity to discuss any physical or emotional concerns regarding their teeth, with one of our dental practitioners.

Speciality.

The experience of the dentist carrying out treatment is another factor that affects the cost of porcelain veneers. Make sure you choose a cosmetic dentist who has a wealth of experience and expert knowledge if you want your porcelain veneers to last.

Quality.

The cost of porcelain veneers will vary depending on where they are manufactured and the quality of the porcelain used to create the thin shell. Veneers should also offer stain resistance, ensuring that they blend perfectly with the rest of your teeth.

Oasis Dental can help you to improve the appearance of any chipped, cracked or discoloured teeth, using the high-quality porcelain veneers, providing you with a more natural-looking smile!

Aesthetics.

Correcting cosmetic flaws doesn’t have to be your worst nightmare… if your teeth are poorly aligned or wearing away, you could benefit from porcelain veneers! We can apply the veneers to your teeth to add shape, texture and colour, overall providing you with even teeth.

Our porcelain veneers can be suited to the exact colour of your natural teeth so you needn’t worry about making your teeth more naturally enhancing! With all of this said, you still need to make sure that your veneers are properly cared for.

Quantity.

How many porcelain veneers do you require? The cost of the veneers will be dependent on the number of veneers you need. They tend to be priced per tooth too, so make sure you consider whether the thin porcelain shells need to be applied to individual teeth or several!

Do you need porcelain veneers? Don’t hesitate to find out more information about our affordable veneers today, call us on +34 952 83 74 42!

2017-12-05T10:36:15+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Categories: Dental care|Tags: , , |

5 Tips For Making Dental Implants Last

It’s only right that you want your dental implants to last, but to do this, you need to make sure they are taken care of correctly and that’s where we come in. Here at Oasis Dental, we can help you to maximise the lifespan of your dental implants, providing you with expert knowledge and reassurance.

To get the most out of your dental implants, you may want to consider the following:

1. Attend all dental appointments.

Whether it be a simple check-up or for dental treatment, make sure you attend your appointments. No matter how scared of the dentist you are, don’t let your phobia prevent you from getting the treatment you need in order to maintain the quality of your teeth!

Not attending the dentist will only leave you more susceptible to developing gum infections and other oral problems, can you afford not to pay your dentist a visit?

2. Ask for advice.

Don’t grit your teeth and get on with it- speak up! If you’re concerned about the look or feel of your teeth, seek expert advice from a professional. At Oasis Dental, our team of dentistry experts have wealth of knowledge and experience and will be more than willing to help you to find the most suitable treatment for your dental imperfections.

Curious as to how to clean and care for your dental implants? Look no further than Oasis Dental Marbella. We can help you to maintain your dental implants, ensuring that they look natural and visually enhancing for longer.

3. Take care of your dental implants.

Regardless of how busy you are; make time to maintain your dental implants. By maintaining your dental implants, you can ultimately prolong their lifespan, allowing you to reduce additional maintenance which can burn a hole through your wallet!

Don’t be fooled into thinking that your cosmetic flaws are eliminated simply because you have dental implants- these implants aren’t going to care and clean themselves! We can help you to minimise damage and prevent any discomfort and bleeding, simply call us on +34 952 83 74 42to find out how!

4. Don’t forget to floss!

We can bet that you wouldn’t forget to brush your teeth, morning and night, but can you say the same about flossing? Having a dental implant doesn’t mean that you’re let off the hook- you still need to floss in order to remove any food that’s stuck between the smallest of gaps between your teeth.

Flossing your teeth (and your dental implants!) will enable you to smile from ear to ear, with confidence- we highly recommend!

5. Avoid sugar.

Sugary snacks are a big no-no if you want your dental implants to last! You need to think about the types of food you’re eating if you want your dental implants to provide long-lasting results. At Oasis Dental, we recommend you try to avoid eating too many sugary snacks as these are likely to make your dental implants less enhancing and more obvious.

Although dental implants don’t have cavities, your natural teeth do, therefore, in order for your teeth to look consistent, you need to reduce the amount of sugar in your diet. If you need to know more about this, our team of experts are always on hand to help you to maintain your dental implants, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today!

2017-12-05T10:35:46+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Categories: Dental care|Tags: , , |

The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning Your Teeth

1. When Do I Do It?

We’re usually told to brush our teeth once in the morning, and once at night before going to bed. However, experts recommend that you brush three times a day – an hour after every meal each time – to minimize any bacteria from food. Brushing too soon after a meal can cause enamel erosion, which is why an hour later is best. For this reason, too, dentists advise that you should brush your teeth before you have breakfast and not after.

2. How Do I Do It?

Think of your mouth in quarters. Your top left teeth, top right teeth, bottom left teeth and bottom right teeth. Focus on each area separately, moving from the front to back of your mouth. The front surface of your teeth should be your first focus, then the back, then the tops – i.e. the surfaces you use to chew. To freshen your breath, it’s also recommended that you brush your tongue!

3. What Do I Use?

Electric toothbrushes are definitely best, as they are designed to brush at the correct pace and pressure, and to meet the teeth at the correct angle. Some even have inbuilt timers to make sure you brush for the correct amount of time, and many feature varying movements and settings for deep-cleaning or sensitivity. It’s best to change your toothbrush or toothbrush head every three months at the very least, and store it somewhere clean, standing up, but not in a container as they breed bacteria. Always rinse your toothbrush with hot water after brushing, as this helps to kill bacteria and prevent them from multiplying before you next brush.

4. What About Toothpaste?

The best toothpaste for preventing cavities and other forms of tooth decay is a fluoridated toothpaste, also known as an antimicrobial paste. This kind helps to strengthen the enamel and repair any minor signs of tooth decay. Be sure not to swallow it, as this can lead to fluorosis (white spots on the teeth!). Use half your typical amount of past on your top teeth, then add the other half to brush your bottom ones, rinsing in-between. You should also use mouthwash to further reduce plaque and bacteria, care for your gums and kill gingivitis, and you should always floss!

For further information, you can visit Oasis Dental today at www.oasisdentalmarbella.com

2017-12-05T10:37:42+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Categories: Dental care|Tags: , , |

Finding the Perfect Cosmetic Dentist in Marbella – What to Look For

1. Hear Say

Chat to your friends and take a look online to see what other peoples’ experiences have been like, and who they’d really recommend (or advise you to steer clear from!) You need to be completely at ease when you visit your dentist, so review sites and online locations where you’d typically find write-ups of companies and services such as Google and Facebook really are invaluable.

2. Specialism

You know you’re in good hands once you discover that the dentist you’re scoping out is the most qualified in the country when it comes to your chosen procedure. Take the time to look into the educational history of the specialists you’re considering, as you might just be pleasantly surprised at what you find. Naturally, all licensed cosmetic dentists are specialists, and highly skilled at what they do, but it does wonders for your peace of mind if you’re dealing with a real front runner.

3. Location

The importance of your clinic’s physical location really depends on the type of treatment you’re booking in for. If you’re going in for something comparatively major, it may soothe your nerves to get the journey over and done with as soon as possible. Also, if you’re likely to need anaesthetic for your procedure, you might feel rather drowsy afterwards, so being near home would be quite a bonus. In the end, it all depends on your own preferences, but be sure to take this element into consideration!

4. Rapport

It’s really important that you meet your potential new dentist before confirming that you’re completely happy with your choice. It’s important to talk about your chosen procedure with the specialist that you’re considering, but it’s also vital to check that you feel completely at home and safe in their hands and in the environment of their clinic.

Never settle for a dentist simply because you want to avoid the stress of looking any further. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable and happy with your eventual choice, so if it needs to take a little longer, just let it happen! If you would like to talk to a specialist at Oasis Dental about any of the above issues, all you need to do is call +34 952 83 74 42 and our friendly team will be very happy to assist you.

2017-12-05T09:47:35+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Categories: Dental care|Tags: , , |

Is too much orange juice bad for your teeth?

With our modern day diet, dentists are now becoming increasingly concerned about a condition known as pathological tooth wear. Although the condition can be caused by multiple factors, one of the main contributing sources is acid in the diet. Many foods and drinks we consume contain high levels of acid. It can be present in the form of vinagarette dressings, wine and of course fresh citrus juices.

The acids can actually attack the enamel (outer structure) of your tooth and cause it to dissolve away over a period of time (erosive wear).

Wear is considered pathological when the wear is occurring at such a rate that the appearance and function is significantly affected and symptoms such as acute sensitivity occur. In a well-known study ten years ago, an estimated 5–7% of 1,007 adults studied had toothwear that could justify treatment.

Like everything the key is moderation so you might want to cut back on the volume and frequency of orange juice you are consuming. In addition, there are several things you can do to reduce the effect that the acid has on your teeth:

  • Never brush your teeth immediately after drinking citrus juice. Allow at least half an hour so your saliva can neutralise some of the effect and remineralize the surface at least partially prior to then physically scrubbing the softened enamel.
  • Try never to have citrus juices just before bedtime as your saliva levels at night will be lower and therefore have less protective effect
  • Try to drink through a straw. This minimises the actual contact of the juice with the teeth
  • Try to drink juice chilled. At lower temperatures, the acidic effects are less pronounced and therefore will do less damage

It is important to your dentist regularly so he/she can monitor your teeth and identify wear and the progression of wear over time. They can provide you with further individual appropriate advice should this pathological wear continue and become a bigger problem for you.

2017-12-04T12:47:10+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Categories: Dental care|Tags: , |

Alternatives to amalgam fillings increase in demand as benefits become widely recognised

Amalgam has been in use in dentistry for over 100 years and evidence has shown that mercury can leak from these fillings over time. This has led to concerns that this mercury could be affecting the user’s health and has eventually caused a shift to mercury-free alternatives.

Today, with the increase of chemicals such as pesticides, preservatives, processed ingredients in food, and diverse contaminants in our environment; sensitivities, allergies and other illnesses are increasing rapidly.

Environmental doctors consider the toxicity of heavy metal as part of holistic wellness approach to improving patient’s health. These doctors focus on different sources of metals when the patient’s lab reports/diagnostic tests show higher than normal levels of mercury and other metals. They then aim to remove/ reduce these contributory sources and may recommend the safe removal of silver mercury fillings. It is vital that if choosing to remove amalgam fillings, certain safety precautions are taken to protect the patient and not increase the burden on the body as the highest mercury release occurs at the time of placement and removal of the restorations.

There is a wealth of information showing that amalgam restorations release mercury into patient’s bloodstream over time although much debate continues as to the overall impact of this on the patient’s health. However, there is a growing trend to remove these fillings and change to the modern alternatives – just in case! These newer fillings are also designed to match the natural colour of the teeth, so they are much more aesthetically pleasing.

Oasis Dental Clinic is an amalgam free practice as newer “mercury free materials” are superior to the traditional fillings in terms of aesthetics, wear and polishability over time and the ability to withstand stronger chewing forces. They are also minimally invasive and maintain the integrity of the tooth structure. Our practice offers modern techniques and equipment and highly trained and experienced staff to make sure that fillings are correctly placed for long term success.

The special package, called Dental Detox, was developed to deal with demand for amalgam removal. This package includes; a full consultation and assessment to ensure that the patient understands both the positive and negative implications of replacing amalgam fillings, removal of the fillings and appropriate high-quality replacements.

Dental amalgam restorations, also called silver mercury fillings, were introduced to North America in the 1830s and have been the standard restorative filling for back teeth. Silver mercury amalgam restorations are comprised of 50% mercury, with the balance being silver, copper, tin, and zinc. Over time the exposed surface changes. The fillings corrode, and surface texture becomes rough. Mercury vapor is released by chewing grains, nuts, seeds, and gum, as has been detected in studies using mercury vapor analyzers.

Written by Dr. Nina King

2017-06-16T11:41:30+00:00 October 11th, 2015|Categories: Dental care|Tags: , , , |

Does your smile make a great first impression?

One of the first things that people notice about you is your smile. A beautiful, healthy smile can make you appear more confident, successful and can even make you look years younger!

These days we are all concerned about our appearance and it is not enough to have teeth and gums which are disease free. We want to make a great first impression and be proud of our smiles; to not have unsightly gaps between teeth or to have old grey silver fillings showing. Do you think you would be less embarrassed to smile if your teeth were whiter or straighter?

Stained or discoloured teeth can often be made at least one shade whiter by simply having a thorough professional cleaning and polishing. Of course, this treatment is not purely aesthetic as it also improves the health of your gums and supporting tissues so you can keep your teeth for life. If you want a more dramatic change in colour, then whitening treatments are available. Take home kits are designed for use in the comfort of your own home from as little as 30 minutes a day for 5 days. In addition, for an even more rapid result we do the Zoom in house whitening which can have your teeth dazzling in just over an hour!

If you wish to change the shape or form of teeth, then it may be possible to do veneers to correct any unevenness in your smile. This very predictable treatment option allows us to use thin fingernails of porcelain to overlay the teeth and create symmetry and harmony in the smile zone. The current ceramic materials have improved tremendously allowing light to pass through easily to mimic natural tooth shading and characteristics.

Advances in dental technology, materials and techniques now mean that you have a large choice of options available to you in order to achieve your dream smile. Come and tell us what you want your smile to look like and we will listen and advise you on the best options for you.

2017-06-16T11:42:25+00:00 October 11th, 2015|Categories: Dental care|Tags: , |

Topical Fluoride Treatment

The Oasis Dental Clinic is pleased to offer patients the application of topical fluoride as a preventative treatment as part of a long term plan to maintain great dental health.

What is topical fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water. Topical fluoride treatment contains this same fluoride mineral that is widely occurring in toothpastes but the concentrations of the topical fluoride therapy is much higher and is applied for longer, up to 4 minutes per session generally. Once applied to the tooth surfaces fluoride will continue to leach into the tooth surface for a month or more.

What are the benefits to me?

Every day, minerals are added to and lost from a tooth’s outer enamel layer. Minerals are lost (demineralization) from a tooth’s enamel layer when acids – formed from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth – attack the enamel. Minerals are redeposited (remineralization) to the enamel layer from the foods and waters consumed. If the balance is not controlled then the enamel damage will continue and lead to tooth decay.

Topical fluoride treatment helps shift this balance positively as fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. It can also reverse early decay.

Topical fluoride treatments are safe if used as recommended (i.e. they should never be swallowed) and are a quick, painless, cost effective way to help your teeth to stay strong and healthy for longer!

2017-06-16T11:43:40+00:00 October 11th, 2015|Categories: Dental care|Tags: , |