TAKE A HOLIDAY – BUT NOT TO TREAT YOUR TEETH

Patients taking a trip overseas after seeing tempting website offers of cheaper treatment may gain short-term financial benefits, but a lack of aftercare can cause long-term problems for the ‘dental tourist’, warns an article in the dental magazine ‘The Probe’.
 Some in search of quick-fix and cheap cosmetic dentisty, particularly for implants, are travelling to clinics as far away as Mexico, Thailand and India, while European countries are becoming increasingly popular.
Overseas dentists may be as professional as their UK counterparts, but many patients go abroad for implants only to discover there has been little treatment planning prepared, and that when there are problems there is no follow-up strategy in place.
The article makes the point that “In order to get the treatment right, you must know the patient’s history”, be able to communicate clearly with the patient, have the correct equipment and know how to use it, and be conveniently placed for aftercare.
An added complication is that the British NHS will only provide a returning dental “tourist” with emergency treatment for such problems as infection or bleeding, and any other problems with an implant, for example, will have to be solved at the patient’s expense – often a costly exercise.
With more than 800 implant systems available worldwide, if can often be a major exercise for a UK dentist to identify exactly what the overseas clinic used in its treatment before starting to sort out the post-operative problem.
“Many of those who go abroad for impant treatment wont return to the (overseas) clinic for maintenance care as they expect their own UK dentist to provide it. Long-term care is often an after-thought”, says the article.
The good news is that your Chattering Class Clinic dentists are more than capable of providing expert implant treatment, as well as a range of other cosmetic dentistry solutions, with a financial plan that means you need not travel overseas –  unless you fancy a holiday.

HOW TO DEAL WITH A KNOCKED-OUT TOOTH

Experiencing the sort of accident when your child has fallen over and has knocked out one of their permanent front teeth is  a scenario that panics even the most calm parent, and  how to deal with the situation quickly and efficiently can make a huge difference to the outcome and the child’s appearance.
So this advice from the Chattering Class Clinic could be invaluable:
1. Comfort the child, and immediately try to find the tooth.
2. Do not scrub it, but clean any debris gently.
3. Ideally, rinse the tooth in the child’s saliva, or if you are the parent use your own saliva – but otherwise use milk.
4. If you can, place the tooth gently but with a little pressure into its socket, checking it’s the right way round – but don’t worry too much about the angle.
5. If you can’t put the tooth in place, keep it wet in saliva or milk – and get to a dentist as soon as possible.
6. Tell the dental practice you need to be seen immediately.
If you have any concerns about what to do in an emergency, or what day-to-day steps to take to care for your child’s teeth, your Chelsea dental team will always be pleased to talk to you on the telephone or live on-line.

Guard Against a ‘Tackling’ Problem!

It’s a great game for youngsters, and the not-so-young, but at the Chattering Class Clinic we are sometimes asked to treat rugby players with missing or damaged teeth – which could have been avoided had they worn a mouth guard.
Rugby is a high-impact sport, but football, cricket, boxing, martial arts and even cycling can carry the risk of damage to the teeth, not to mention a painful injury, a crooked smile and an urgent visit to a Chelsea dental dentist.
Dentists at our Clinic can advise on the best mouth protection to ensure you retain your looks, and safety, in your chosen sport, and should the worst case scenario happen, we offer a walk-in emergency service for patients who require urgent treatment.
Dental emergencies can include a broken tooth, missing filling or crown, a painful jaw or toothache – none of which have to be the result of your weekend sporting activity!
There are few pains worse than toothache, which indicates an underlying problem needing immediate investigation. A fractured tooth may be a sign that there is decay which has weakened the tough outer surface and is close to the nerve, or the fractured portion of the tooth has exposed a sensitive area.
Seeking assistance from our team will ensure the tooth is treated promptly and with care restore it back to its normal state. Whether you need a filling, inlay or crown these procedures can be undertaken in one visit. Visit our CEREC page for information on same day restorations
If you have lost a crown or filling, or if it has become dislodged, we can fix or replace it while you wait. It’s important to visit a dentist if you lose a crown/inlay as an unprotected tooth may lead to pain or further damage.
A swelling may be the sign that an infection is present, and redness or pain will tell you that you need immediate assistance to stop the infection from spreading.
If you have a dental emergency contact the clinic for expert advice and we will arrange an appointment within 24 hours.