Welcome to your first newsletter for Genix Healthcare at Huddersfield.
My name is Sue and I am the Practice Manager. My job involves managing all operational aspects within a friendly and quality driven practice.
As a practice we strive for excellent customer service for all our patients as well as providing support and direction to staff and patients alike.
Let me start by introducing you to our wonderful staff. Our experienced dentists are Rana Alsalem and Romit Sharma and they ensure that your teeth are in good hands.
Our qualified dental nurses Jody Inkester, Chrystal Crampton, Nicole Clayton and Donna Bromiley, provide assistance to the dentist during surgical procedures, amongst many other duties behind the scenes.
Last but not least is our Hygienist and Therapist, Katherine Crooks.
If we haven’t already met you yet, we look forward to introducing ourselves when you next visit. In the meantime, here is the rest of our news and articles. We hope you enjoy it.
A dental implant is a small metal rod or screw, which is secured through the overlying soft tissue into the bone beneath to become the root or support an in situ artificial tooth or teeth, or to stabilise loose removable dentures.
While dentists tend to refer to only the invisible ‘root’ element within the bone as an implant, many patients use the term to describe the complete installation of a fixed false tooth.
There are several different types of implant, and they can be used to replace a single lost tooth, several teeth or even a full set of teeth if necessary. Sometimes a number of teeth can be fixed to and between implants, so, for example, a full set of upper teeth would not need a separate implant for each tooth. Once they have become established implants are strong and durable, and they are becoming an increasingly popular long term solution for many patients who have lost one or more teeth. Generally speaking, implanted false teeth look like and work as efficiently as natural teeth.
The implant itself is usually made of titanium, and once inserted the metal rod gradually fuses with the jawbone during the healing process. When the dentist is satisfied the implant is strong enough, the new tooth, or teeth, are attached.
Great care is taken to ensure the teeth look natural and match the exact colouring of any existing natural teeth. Making sure that implants, dentures or cosmetic procedures like whitening look ‘right’ is called ‘aesthetic’ dentistry.
Patient’s who find their dentures do not fit securely, causing embarrassment or making chewing some foods difficult, are likely to benefit from implants to hold them more tightly in place. Implants can also strengthen a weak jawbone following a traumatic extraction.
Not all dentists are trained in implantology, so if you think implants might help you, or you would like to know more, visit your practice for professional advice on which type of implant(s) would be right for you.
The technical word for gums is ‘gingivae,’ so gingivitis is inflammation of the gums. Healthy gums are pale pink and firm to the touch. If your gums become very red and swollen, you have gingivitis.
Gum disease is caused by the build up of plaque on your teeth, particularly round the base of the tooth where it emerges from the gum. Plaque is made up of a film of bacteria, which is created by food and saliva throughout the course of everyday, and its formation cannot be avoided altogether.
If plaque is not removed by regular tooth brushing and flossing or brushing between the teeth, then because it is acidic the gums become irritated and inflamed. Cleaning between the teeth is particularly important, and if you have difficulty flossing with cord there are different widths of narrow, interdental brushes readily available, which will help.
Although gingivitis is relatively painless, it’s easy to recognise if your gums are affected because they will bleed easily when you chew hard foods or brush your teeth. If this happens you should see your dentist as soon as possible, since gingivitis can easily develop into a more serious condition called periodontitis. In periodontitis the gums recede from the teeth, gaps appear between the teeth and gums and your teeth may even fall out.
Because gingivitis often doesn’t hurt, many people just ignore it until it is too late to prevent permanent damage to their gums. It’s also true that however thoroughly and often you clean your teeth, you cannot completely clear away plaque everyday, so you need to visit your dentist for regular check ups when your teeth will be fully cleaned. If you notice bleeding or discoloration on your gums, don’t be complacent because it’s not painful; taking no notice could cost you your teeth a little later on.
An appointment with your local practice will give you the confidence that your teeth are properly clean and free from plaque, and your dentist can treat and check for any developing gum disease.
We hope this gives you a bit of an insight into our practice. At Huddersfield, we greatly appreciate your feedback so we can improve our services. We would like to wish all our patients a Happy Easter and look forward to seeing you next time you visit Genix.
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