AJ Dental Group
Parkside Dental Centre
Parkside Dental Centre Goldsworth Park Health Centre Woking GU21 3LQ
Appointments/Enquiries: reception.parkside@gmail.com
Waterside Dental Centre
Waterside Dental Centre Devonshire Avenue, Woking GU21 5QJ
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A New Decade, A New Smile!

Have you considered starting the new year and decade with a great new smile?

Middle aged couple with good teeth2020 is now truly upon us and what better time than this, the start of a new decade to make some decisions about improving our smile. A great looking smile not only looks good but has also been shown to regularly boost self confidence, giving benefits in certain fields, such as employment and attracting a partner.

The reality is that our smile is one of the first things that people notice about us, so why not make sure it is an attractive one?

At the AJ Dental Group in Woking, we offer a number of treatments that can transform your smile into something probably beyond your own expectations.

Everyone will require a different combination of treatments, or perhaps just a single one. Through a consultation with one of our experienced cosmetic dentists, we can put a treatment plan into place that will give you a smile that you can really be proud of.

Let’s take a look at some of the key treatments that we are able to offer our patients.

Dental implants

Dentures have long been used to replace missing teeth. Modern dentures offer a reasonable aesthetic substitute but have some practical limitations. A number of patients find that they are restricted to eating certain foods because of their dentures whilst others may find them a little unstable at times. By using dental implants instead of dentures, you will find that you are able to eat a wide variety of foods of your choice. In fact, anything that you can eat with your natural teeth should be no problem at all for your dental implants. They are also stable and secure and can be cleaned the same way as your own natural teeth.

Orthodontics (dental braces)

Crooked teeth can spoil an otherwise nice smile. They can also cause a problem for your teeth as food becomes trapped more easily, potentially leading to more incidences of tooth decay and gum disease. Modern orthodontics can straighten your teeth more discreetly than in the past when highly visible braces were used. Where more complex correction is needed, Invisalign orthodontics offer a great and new way of doing so. Instead of using a series of wires and brackets to straighten your teeth, they use transparent trays that fit over your teeth. These are almost undetectable and can also be removed when eating or during your oral cleaning routine.

For more cosmetic straightening, faster acting methods such as the Inman Aligner may be a more appropriate treatment. Details of both of these orthodontic treatments can be discussed during your consultation at our Woking dental clinic.

Whiter teeth

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A Happy Tooth-Kind Christmas To All Of Our Woking Patients!

Some seasonal oral care advice from the dentists at the AJ Dental Group.

Dentist in surgeryAs we come towards the end of the year, it is time to write our very last blog of 2019. We hope that you have enjoyed the ones we have written so far and we are always happy to hear suggestions of topics you would like us to cover in the future.

Seeing as we are approaching Christmas and the New Year festivities, we thought that this would be a good time to offer some advice that is very appropriate for this time of the year. We want all of our patients to have a great Christmas and one that is trouble free as far as your teeth and gums are concerned. With this in mind, we offer some festive dental advice below.

Don’t overdo the booze

Most of us will drink more at Christmas than we do the rest of the year. Although this is understandable, it also means that the effects can happen much faster and to a greater degree. What for some people might be a feeling of ‘merriness’ could, for usually lighter drinkers, mean more difficulty in walking straight. Anyone who has been drunk will know how difficult it can be to coordinate when you have drunk too much alcohol and accidents are much more likely. Tripping over a kerb or walking into a door could very easily lead to significant damage to your teeth which would need urgent restorative treatment.

By all means drink if you wish to do so, but please try to do so sensibly. Alternate your alcoholic drinks with soft ones, especially water as it is sugar free and will also help to keep you hydrated and rinse residual food particles from between your teeth.

Keep the sugar levels down

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Should I Be Nervous About Having Wrinkle Reduction Treatment?

If you are considering facial aesthetics treatment but have concerns, please read on.

Wrinkle reductionWe are coming towards the end of 2019 and some of our Woking patients will no doubt already be looking ahead to the new year, making resolutions and determinations for 2020.

Personal improvement is likely to be high on the list and it is no coincidence that this time of year sees a surge in gym memberships and related activities.

We also often see an increase in cosmetic dental and facial aesthetic treatments at AJ Dental around this time of the year too. We have covered, and will continue to do so, a lot of dental topics recently, but today, we take a look at a popular anti wrinkle treatment which sometimes receives somewhat negative publicity; namely Botox.

What is Botox?

Botox is one of the most widely used wrinkle reduction treatments currently available. It is a purified ‘toxin’ that is used in small enough doses to render it perfectly safe if used correctly. It acts on the facial muscles, stopping them from contracting and thereby reducing the wrinkles of the face.

The Botox serum is injected just under the skin using a fine needle and should cause no significant discomfort. Patients may just feel a small pricking sensation in the treatment area.

Results can usually be seen within a week or so of the treatment and last for several months. This period will depend on individual circumstances and our Woking facial aesthetic team will be able to advise the expected length of the results.

Avoiding ‘extreme’ results

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Four Types Of Dental Emergency

Advice for our Woking patients regarding when to seek an emergency dental appointment.

Dental surgery in WokingWhat constitutes a dental emergency? It is a very good question and one that may be misunderstood to some degree. The word ‘emergency’ probably gets us thinking of flashing blue lights and a very serious situation indeed.

For patients who have very severe pain, such as that caused by a bad toothache or an abscess, it probably seems blindingly obvious that they need an emergency appointment. In other situations though, appointments may be delayed when really they should be treated as quickly as possible.

At the AJ Dental Group in Woking, we will of course, prioritise appointments for people who are suffering from a painful tooth, and we will also offer advice on how to stay as comfortable as possible until such a time that we can see you.

Given that being in pain constitutes a dental emergency, what other situations might also be classed in this way?

Chipped or fractured tooth

A tooth can chip or fracture for a number of reasons. You may have bitten down harder than you intended to and caused a small piece of tooth to break away. This may be negligible in size but it shouldn’t be ignored. Any tooth damaged in this way will probably have been weakened, and not getting it restored quickly could easily lead to further damage and the need for more extensive treatment to the tooth.

Where enamel has become compromised, it becomes easier for bacteria to enter the inner part of the tooth. When this happens, tooth decay, and possibly root canal infections may not be too far away. So whilst the degree of urgency may vary depending on the damage, please don’t wait too long before seeing us!

Knocked out tooth

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Dental Implants To Replace A Full Arch Of Missing Teeth In Woking

Losing all of your teeth does not mean that dentures are inevitable.

There are a number of reasons why we might lose most of our teeth or perhaps even all of them. Poor long term oral health care is a likely cause but tooth loss to this degree can also happen due to serious accidents. Whatever the reason behind it, it is safe to assume that the person concerned will want to replace their missing teeth to restore their smile and mouth function.

The first thought that probably crosses most people’s minds when they are in this situation is that they will need to have dentures.

Whilst modern dentures are more natural looking and comfortable than their predecessors, they are not always ideal. Dentures have to be secured using a special adhesive and can feel unpleasant and be somewhat messy, especially at first.

Even those who have worn full dentures for some time would admit that there is room for improvement. As there is no tooth root left in the bone, this will gradually reduce in density and cause small changes in the shape of the jaw. This can cause dentures to become more unstable and can make eating certain foods quite tricky.

Fortunately dentures are not the only solution available to replace a full arch of missing teeth. Dental implants offer an excellent way of achieving this and these are available at our Woking dental clinic.

Implants for full arches

For those who don’t yet know, dental implants are artificial titanium tooth roots which are placed into the jawbone. The bone then grows around the implant, firmly bonding with it. This provides a very strong and stable foundation onto which a dental crown is added. This then leaves the patient with a very strong, long lasting and natural looking replacement tooth.

From this knowledge, it would be understandable if people thought that replacing a large number of missing teeth, such as in full arch loss, would mean undergoing invasive treatment for each of the teeth that needed to be replaced.

Whilst this could feasibly be done, it would be both challenging for the patient and also a very expensive way to achieve its aim. A different, far less expensive and invasive treatment can achieve the same result as this procedure. Instead of using individual implants for each missing tooth, a procedure is used that is sometimes called an ‘all on 4’, ‘teeth in a day’ or ‘same day implants’.

Why ‘all on 4’?

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Managing And Treating Sensitive Teeth

Tips on easing discomfort and treatments that can help.

Sensitive teethDeep within the root canals of our teeth are the nerves and it is these which send signals to our brain when we have a toothache or simply let us know if we are biting down on something too hard. These are important warning signals that tell us that something is wrong and that we need to take action, whether that is to reduce the strength of our bite or to make an appointment to see a dentist as soon as we can.

Whilst a bad toothache might be dealt with relatively quickly through professional dental treatment, there are some sensations we may consider are not severe enough to see a dentist about. One of these is when we have sensitive teeth that may cause us problems when we eat or drink something hot or cold.

Causes of sensitive teeth

At the AJ Dental Group in Woking, we believe that any type of pain or discomfort should be examined as soon as possible, simply because even minor pain can progress and get a lot worse. There can be a number of possible causes for sensitive teeth, especially if it comes on suddenly. One reason is that you may have cracked or chipped a tooth without even realising it. This means that the extremes of temperatures reach below the enamel into the more porous dentin layer of the tooth. This semi porous section allows the temperature to reach the nerves, triggering the unpleasant sensation that people with sensitive teeth will be all too familiar with.

Another common reason for sensitive teeth is due to enamel wear on the surface of the teeth. This can be caused by a number of things including excessive brushing and poor diet, especially when the teeth are exposed to high sugar and acidic food and drinks, along with other issues such as teeth grinding and some eating disorders. Whatever the cause though, it can be very unpleasant and most patients will want to reduce the level of discomfort that they feel.

Reducing sensitivity

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Don’t Try DIY Dentistry!

Why professional dental care is the only sensible solution.

Dental treatmentThere was a time when we would not have dreamed of attempting to do anything to our own teeth, other than perhaps pull out a wobbly first tooth (something we don’t recommend by the way).

In these internet savvy days though, many of us take it upon ourselves to try to find cheaper ‘shortcuts’ in many areas of our lives.

Whilst some of these can be useful, such as decorating tips, when it comes to medical and dental advice, this can be foolhardy and even dangerous.

In today’s AJ Dental Group blog, we will take a look at some of the more common examples of DIY dentistry that you are likely to come across if you search for these shortcuts. But please don’t try them!

Teeth whitening

By far the most common DIY dentistry tips surround teeth whitening. This is perhaps not surprising as many people believe that most discolouration simply occurs on the enamel of our teeth and can therefore simply be cleaned off. This is not completely correct as discolouration also occurs internally. As we will see in a moment, going the DIY route can lead to many potentially serious pitfalls along the way.

Let us start by looking at the commercial avenues that a lot of people follow in the form of tooth whitening toothpastes. There is a presumption that because these are commercially available, they must be safe. Even this ‘safe option’ can cause damage to our teeth though.

It is first of all worth noting that these toothpastes aim to whiten teeth by including similar active bleaching ingredients to those found in a professional teeth whitening treatment. The key difference though is in the quantity in each case. A professional whitening treatment is carried out and supervised by a dentist and the amount of active ingredient allowed is relatively large. The same is not the case for toothpastes, which can be misused or even eaten by young children and for this reason, there are strict limits on the amount of bleaching agents allowed. This means that they are largely ineffective and when it comes to whitening your teeth, you shouldn’t expect to see great results.

Where some of these toothpastes cross into dangerous territory is that they might include additional abrasive materials in order to remove surface staining. Although this may improve the whiteness of your teeth, there is also a real risk that damage can be caused to the enamel, particularly if you brush too hard. Once this becomes damaged, not only are your teeth likely to become sensitive, but the risk of cavities is much greater.

Lemon juice ‘solution’

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Looking After Our Teeth And Gums In Later Life

Don’t tolerate poor oral health just because you’re getting older!

Middle aged couple with good teethIf you take notice of advertisements on TV, in the press or on social media, you can’t help but have noticed that most of those for the dental industry are geared largely towards younger people. Various methods of teeth whitening and achieving straight even teeth are two of the most popular.

It is good that young people are now interested in both the appearance and health of their teeth and gums, but it is also important to remember that we will all (hopefully) grow old, and that good oral health care should not stop in our fifties or sixties and beyond.

Although we may be less focussed on the appearance of our teeth when we are older, it is still important that they remain as healthy as possible.

A strong set of teeth can have a positive effect on our quality of life; indeed, in our old age, it can also make a significant difference to the quality of our diet and subsequent health.

At the AJ Dental Group in Woking, we aim to help patients of all ages, young and old, to have healthy teeth and gums, both through preventative care and through restoration where it becomes necessary.

Prevention

Diligent home care is important as well as seeing one of our dental team for regular check ups. We also strongly recommend that both young and old attend hygienist appointments on a regular basis. These are usually every six months, but older patients may benefit from having them more frequently as they are in a higher risk group for gum disease. One of the things that happens when we get older is that saliva production is reduced and this has a negative effect in two ways. The reduced quantity of saliva means that it is less likely to flush away food residue and bacteria from our mouth and dryness also creates the ideal environment for bacteria to thrive.

Seeing the hygienist and dentist, whilst maintaining a sensible diet and a good cleaning routine at home, are the best ways to keep your oral health on track.

Restoration

Although anyone can have poor quality teeth, the reality is that the longer we live, the more damage is likely to have been done to them. Whether this is through poor oral care or simple wear and tear, it does mean that, as we get older, we may need more restorative treatment to help keep our teeth healthy and functioning. Whilst treatments, such as fillings and crowns are commonplace for patients of all ages, there are a few treatments which may be particularly useful for the dental problems we experience in later life.

Yellow teeth

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Top Tips For Home Dental Care Which Works!

AJ Dental Group resident dentist, Dr Andrew Gough, offers his professional advice.

Dentist in surgeryAs experienced dentists, and with the range of treatments available to us at our Woking dental practice, we can now go a long way to restoring teeth that have become decayed or have broken. This is good news for anyone who has a dental problem, but many of these can often be avoided in the first case.

Although accidents can and do happen, and we can, to a large degree, reduce the number of problems that we have by being careful about what we eat and drink, a large part of preventative care still revolves around how our patients look after their teeth at home.

The truth is that keeping your teeth clean and healthy is not difficult and doesn’t take much time at all. Despite this, some people take less than ideal care when doing this. Below, we offer a brief and simple, yet important guide to looking after your teeth at home.

Brushing

This is the very foundation of good home oral care. There really is no excuse not to brush your teeth twice a day, for a couple of minutes each time. Even if you do this though, there are a number of things that you should check that you are doing.

  • Are you using a worn out toothbrush? If so, this will be less effective at removing bacteria and food. Make sure to change your brush every three months or even before if you notice the bristles becoming worn. The same applies to the head of an electric toothbrush.
  • Angle the bristles towards the gums, both top and bottom. This helps them to reach into the gum pockets where bacteria and food can collect.
  • Always use a fluoride toothpaste. Whilst most toothpastes contain this, some may not. Please check the label.
  • Brush gently in a circular motion. There is no need to ’scrub’ your teeth hard and doing so is likely to lead to enamel wear and sensitive teeth.
  • Check that you really are spending two minutes brushing. Set a timer and we suspect you may be surprised to find that you are actually falling short of this, even with the best of intentions.
  • When you have finished, spit but don’t rinse with water. This enables the fluoride to have more effect.
  • Never eat or drink anything but water after you have brushed your teeth at night.

Flossing

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What Should You Expect During A Routine Dental Appointment?

Dental check up

Woking dentist, Dr Dani Sharma, explains what happens during a regular check up.

Routine dental appointments typically do not involve treatment, and even if you are slightly nervous when it comes to dentistry in general, you should not be concerned. Check ups are essential to ensure a healthy mouth and to diagnose minor issues before they get worse.

Patients of the AJ Dental Group should not underestimate the importance of these appointments as, without seeing a dentist regularly, problems will accumulate and worsen, potentially leading to tooth loss and/or pain. The chances of more invasive treatment becoming necessary is much more likely if you regularly skip your check-up appointments.

If you haven’t had a dental examination for some time, you may be building up a false picture in your mind of what happens during them. So to help with this, we have put together a simple guide as to what happens at a routine check up appointment.

Choosing your dentist

If you haven’t seen a dentist for a while, or are new to the Woking area, it can be difficult to choose which dentist to see. Some of your decision may be based on location, but you may also wish to factor in the treatments that they can provide. Whilst your immediate oral health might be the prime reason, you may decide later on for example, to have a missing tooth replaced with a dental implant or even have your teeth straightened for a more attractive smile.

We are pleased to offer these and many other services, as well as a friendly team of dentists and support staff here at the AJ Dental Group!

Your appointment

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