Softening the creases

Surveys have revealed that:

  • Over 75% of people don’t feel confident to smile in a photograph.
  • Over 45% of people make judgements about people by the look of their smile.
  • Over 75% of people think that a beautiful smile helps people psychologically.
  • Over 65% of people think that an attractive smile helps romantically.

Being aware of this fact goes some way to explaining the rise in wrinkle reduction and increased softening treatments that we are experiencing in the Solihull, Birmingham area of the Midlands. We Therefore thought it prudent to write an extensive blog post covering the top questions most people ask about these treatments, one of which may be Botox.

We would also like to point out that whilst Botox may be suitable for you, it forms part of a wide range of treatments and prescriptions available. We will only ever prescribe a suitable treatment for you, which may or may not include Botulinium type A (Botox).

Botox®  is commonly used in the treatment of wrinkles, frown lines and crows feet. Over time these wrinkles will become permanent even when you’re not frowning. The Botox® treatment involves using a series of targeted injections that relax the muscles that cause the lines and wrinkles. The result is smoother, younger looking skin and you’ll be amazed when your wrinkles smooth out after a day or so, restoring your face to a more youthful and relaxed look.

How does Botox® Work?

Botox® works by relaxing the muscles on the face that cause wrinkles. When we express ourselves, such as talking and smiling we constantly use our facial muscles which causes lines and wrinkles on the face. Over the years these lines and wrinkles can become deeper and more prominent and are worsened by smoking, sun damage and loss of skin collagen and elasticity.

Injecting small amounts of Botox®, a purified protein derived from Clostridium Botulinum, using tiny needles, the signals between nerves and the injected muscles are prevented from connecting therefore reducing the activity in the muscles that cause lines and wrinkles to form.

Here’s an animation which shows how this works:

 

The Botox® works by blocking the nerve impulses to the muscle that trigger wrinkle causing contractions. The treatment can cause a little discomfort and redness may also appear on the treated area, but this will disappear after an hour or so.

How soon after treatment when I noticed results and how long will they last?

Botox® treatment is relatively quick, an initial consultation takes around 30 minutes, and then the treatment itself takes 15-30 minutes, depending on the area to be treated

Results can be seen after as little 48 hours and last for around 4-6 months. There is no recovery period, bruising or swelling after treatment. Botox® does not cause any loss of facial expressions. Only the treated areas will be affected.

Is there any pain associated with treatment?

Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Prior to injection, we may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream.

Will I still be able to frown after treatment?

It’s a commonly held myth that treatment paralyses your muscles so that you can’t move.

Although the results are visible, a treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic (botulinum toxin A) will not radically change your facial appearance or make you look as if you’ve “had cosmetic surgery.” The muscle activity that causes frown lines between the brows is temporarily reduced, so you can still frown or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases between your brows.

How long does treatment last?

The results from treatment with Botox® usually last around three to four months. If you did not continue with regular Botox® treatment, your lines would eventually come back to the level they were at prior to your treatment. As lines become softer and the muscles less active, regular clients find they may need Botox® less frequently than every four months.

How much does treatment with Botox® cost?

Derma fillers from £275.00 per 1ml
Anti wrinkle  treatments
  • 1 area – £150.00
  • 2 areas- £175.00
  • 3 areas – £199.00

Botox® is a very affordable treatment when compared to the surgical alternatives and provides you with a natural, healthy, rejuvenated look . The prices depend on whether the treatment required is mild, moderate or advanced. At your consultation appointment we will be able to give you a clear indication of the price.

What Options Do You Have To Replace Missing Teeth?

Fortunately, a growing number of people in the UK are keeping their teeth longer however, there are times when we lose teeth and need to find the options to replace them. This blog post seeks to help the local people of Solihull, Birmingham and the Midlands to understand more about these options and to then make an informed decision about which one works best for them.

Your options to replace missing teeth.

You basically have four options if you have missing teeth:

  1. Do nothing and leave the gap.
  2. Dental bridges.
  3. Dentures.
  4. Dental implants.

Let’s look at each of these in turn…

1. Do nothing and leave the gap

When a tooth is lost most people just see the gap, at worst thinking it looks a little unsightly. The problem is it can be far more than this. All of your teeth are in a fine balance with one another, the teeth either side maintain the position of the tooth in the middle and the teeth on the top maintain the teeth position on the bottom, and vice versa. This is called the dental neutral zone and has been written about extensively in academic articles.

>> Read more about the dental neutral zone in an academic article.

Leaving the gap after tooth has been lost

Everything works in a fine balance and unison with one another to keep the teeth in exactly the right place, without the pressure of the adjacent teeth or opposing teeth your natural teeth will have a tendency to move!

The teeth either side of the gap will tend to drift into it and teeth/tooth opposing it will have a tendency to drift up/down. This can have an impact on your dentist’s ability to replace the missing tooth with a new one, due to the change in size of the gap, and more importantly it can have implications on the way your teeth bite together.

If your teeth bite together the wrong way ( known as a malocclusion), which could happen if you had teeth missing, it puts pressure on your jaw and muscles of your head, face and neck. This can lead to headaches and jaw joint pain.

>> Read more about the effects of malocclusion

The recommendation is, wherever possible, replace your missing teeth with one of the following options.

2. Dental Bridges

Dental bridges to replace missing teeth

A dental bridge essentially bridges the gap between missing teeth. Your dentist will prepare the teeth either side of the gap by gently removing the outer surface of the tooth, reducing it to a stump. Over the top of this new teeth will be made which support the new tooth in between.

The teeth either side of the gap are known as abutment teeth and the new tooth in the middle is known as the pontic. Depending on the clinical situation two or three teeth can be replaced with new pontics in these areas, supported by an abutment tooth (One trimmed down to support the new bridge) on either side.

Dental bridges have been around for many years and are an exceptionally cosmetic and reliable way to replace your missing teeth. The biggest downside is that the abutment teeth either side of the missing teeth have to be trimmed down. Sometimes these teeth may be diseased or decayed and require reduction anyway, but if these teeth are otherwise healthy it can be unnecessarily destructive to trim away otherwise healthy tooth tissue.

3. Dentures

Dentures are low cost way and cheaper alternative for replacing missing teeth. Dental bridges can be more expensive because in order to replace one tooth you effectively need to pay for three, two abutment teeth (one either side of the gap) and the new pontic (replacement tooth) in the middle.

On the whole, dentures are a cheaper alternative as the materials and time involved making them is much less.

Partial denture showing claspsPartial dentures, those involving only a few teeth, can be held in place using clips known as clasps. These classes are typically made of  stainless steel and engage in the undercut on the surrounding teeth. When you slide the denture in the clasps will click over the undercut and hold the denture firmly in place.

One of the biggest disadvantages with a denture is that they are removable, many people don’t like the idea of taking dentures out at night.

 

4. Dental Implants

Dental implant Compared to tooth rootDental implants can be one of the most successful ways to replace missing teeth, and here’s why.

Dental implants are often the most conservative option for restoring missing teeth. They don’t involve reduction of otherwise healthy teeth either side of them like dental bridges. They also don’t put pressure on other teeth like dentures do with their class or clips.

Dental implants act independently in your mouth to support the bone around the extraction site, the adjacent teeth and the opposing teeth.

Because the dental implant is placed into the bone itself it helps to stop the inevitable bone loss which always happens after a tooth has been removed, as previously discussed. Preventing this loss of bone also means that the soft tissue (gum) is also protected, thereby preserving your more natural and cosmetic smile over a longer period of time.

As with the other forms of replacing missing teeth a dental implant also supports the adjacent teeth and stops them drifting in towards the gap whilst at the same time supporting the opposing tooth preventing it from over erupting.

As previously mentioned, the biggest advantage to a dental implant is the fact that it can prevent or at least significantly reduce, further bone loss on the extraction site.

The cost of dental implants.

Whilst the initial cost of dental implant may seem high, if you take into account the overall and long-term cost it can actually be the best value option. If you have a dental bridge to replace missing teeth then you need to pay for three elements of that bridge, the two teeth either side of the gap and the new tooth in the middle of the gap. A dental bridge may also need replacing in the future if the bone where the tooth has been extracted continues to resorb.

When you take into account the cost of dental implants, the number of years it will last, the number of hours per day you’ll actually be using it then it can work out as the best value option. Remember, you don’t only use your teeth when you eat, you use them when you smile and often at night whilst you are asleep you may gently grind your teeth together, this means a dental implant is in use for a considerable number of hours per day.

Here’s an interesting article we found in the Daily Mail about dental implants…

£30,000, 5 hours in surgery, weeks of mashed vegetables… but my implants really are worth it

  • Holly Merrick had constant infections due to an overcrowded mouth
  • She spent £30,000 on a full set of implants in 2012 after her divorce
  • She says new teeth gave her the confidence to smile – and travel

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2746133/30-000-5-hours-surgery-weeks-mashed-vegetables-implants-really-worth-it.html

If you would like a free consultation to discuss now you might replace missing teeth with dental implants then please book your free cosmetic dentistry consultation today.

Book a free consultationThe Solihull Dental Centre and Implant Clinic has been providing dental implant treatments for 10 years. The practice is located on the High Street of Solihull town centre, a short drive from the centre of Birmingham and easily accessible from anywhere in the Midlands and Sutton Coldfield area.

A New Way to Enjoy Quality Dentures That Look and Feel GREAT

dentureDid you know that a typical visit to a dentist for a new denture would usually involve the dentist sending your denture mould off to be made at a dental laboratory, with no clinical interaction between the dentist and technician, and no consultation between the technician and the patient?

One of the problems with this is communication enabling you to get exactly what you want from your new dentures. Perhaps you want the natural aged look? Perhaps you want a Hollywood white smile?

Denture moulds

There is a huge selection of denture teeth available to choose from from round teeth, square teeth, triangular teeth old, young and anything in between… Unless you are given the full opportunity to discuss exactly what it is that you want it’s difficult to actually communicate this to the technician.

The logical next step for quality dentures

In years gone past a clinical consultation with the dental technician, the person actually making your new dentures, was not legal in the UK. But dental technicians can now undergo additional training to become a clinical dental technician (CDT) allowing them to register with the General Dental Council (the body which regulates the dental profession in the UK).

This change in the regulation, training and law has allowed direct contact between the person making your denture and you, thereby allowing you to express your concerns, talk in detail about your dentures and enjoy the best quality denture that looks and feels great.

What have Solihull Dental Centre done to embrace this change?

At the Solihull Dental Centre, we have teamed up with  Kevin Thomas to work closely with our dentist Dr Zubair Sacranie to achieve the most comprehensive treatment plan and best possible denture results for all of the following:

  • Complete or Full Dentures
  • Partial Dentures Chrome Dentures
  • Denture Repairs Bespoke
  • Dental Implant Supported Dentures

What is unique about this service is the:

  1. Personalised and expert clinical care
  2. Superior quality of dentures
  3. Clinical collaboration between dentist and dental technician
  4. Treatment delivered by the experts who make your new denture

Meet your denture clinic team

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Kevin Thomas (GDC No. 145573) has been a Dental Technician for over 35 years. He holds a City & Guild Certificate in Dental Technology, and a Diploma in Clinical Dental Technology from the Royal College of Surgeons. Mr Thomas has a relaxed and friendly approach which puts patients at ease, and draws on his extensive knowledge and experience to provide the best possible care and advice.
Dr. Zubair Sacranie (GDC No. 78020) is a highly qualified and experienced dentist, particularly in the fields of cosmetic dentistry and dental implantology. He has been the practice principal and owner of the Solihull Dental Centre & Implant Clinic since 2006. Dr Sacranie qualified at the University of Dundee in 2000 and is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Dr.Sacranie was awarded a Certicate in Implant Dentistry from Warwick University and attained his Master of Science degree in Dental Implantology from Sheffield University in 2009. He has worked extensively throughout the UK with leading cosmetic and implant surgeons, and he routinely receives referrals from other dentists in the Midlands for restorative and implant dentistry as well as facial aesthetic treatments.

Dr. Sacranie is pleased to be offering this new denture service which complements his implant and
cosmetic dental clinics at the practice:

“I am excited to be working alongside one of the most experienced clinical dental technicians in the West Midlands and I’m delighted to be introducing this innovative new clinic to my patients.”

So have you struggled with dentures in the past? Is now your time to find out how you can enjoy quality cosmetic dentures that look and feel great?

Transform Your Smile: Step 5

Tooth Whitening

  • Tooth Whitening  is a very effective way of lightening and improving  the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface or damaging it.
  • Discoloured teeth can be caused by food and beverages stains, tobacco, tooth decay, tartar and cracks in the teeth’s enamel.
  • The most common and effective type of whitening is a dentist-supervised home whitening treatment. Trays or moulds are custom made to fit into your mouth like gum-shields, into which the whitening gel is then put for approximately 30 minutes a day.
  • See great results from just 2- 4 weeks of using the home whitening kit! Transform your smile in time for your summer holiday or that special occasion….

Call the practice today on 0121 7053935 to take advantage of our special offer of £199 for a full course of home tooth whitening.

Transform Your Smile Step 4

Perfect Dentures

Dentures replace missing or lost teeth and are made of acrylic or metal. They can be full or partial dentures (to replace all or some of your teeth), dentures supported by crowns or even dental implants.

High quality dentures will allow you to

  • Smile confidently
  • Eat comfortably
  • Speak clearly

Your perfect dentures should…

  • Fit in your mouth snugly
  • Match the size, colour and shape of your natural teeth
  • Support sagging facial muscles
  • Improve your smile
  • Not cause irritation or discomfort

For a complementary denture consultation with our visiting denture expert or for a free smile makeover consultation with Dr Zubair Sacranie please contact the practice on 0121 7053935 or enquire via our website at www.solihulldentalcentre.co.uk

SUMMER SPECIAL IMPLANT OFFER

SUMMER SPECIAL IMPLANT OFFER

Fully restored dental implant, includes implant and crown:

 £1495 (normal price £2000)

  • Call 0121 7053935 to book a free first consultation to assess your suitability
  • Treatment planning consultation- £70 (normally £100)
  • Does not include CT scans, diagnostic models and x-rays
  • Special implant offer for new patients only and valid only until the end of August 2014

New Bespoke Denture Clinic at the Practice

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The Solihull Dental Centre and Implant Clinic is offering new and existing patients the services of a bespoke, new denture clinic at the practice. This clinic is being run by visiting technician and denture expert Kevin Thomas in partnership with Dr Zubair Sacranie, the practice principal at the Solihull Dental Centre and Implant Clinic.

What is unique about this service is the:

  • Personalised and expert clinical care
  • Superior quality of dentures
  • Clinical collaboration between dentist and dental technician
  • Treatment delivered by the experts who make the product

A typical visit to a dentist for a new denture would usually involve the dentist sending a patient’s denture mould off to be made at dental laboratory, with no clinical interaction between the dentist and technician, and no consultation between the technician and the patient.

At the Solihull Dental Centre, however, having this in-house denture clinic allows patients to benefit from the team work and shared expertise of Kevin Thomas and Dr Zubair Sacranie to achieve the most comprehensive treatment plan and best possible results for all of the following:

  • Complete or Full Dentures
  • Partial Dentures
  • Chrome Dentures
  • Denture Repairs
  • Bespoke Dental Implant Supported Dentures

Kevin Thomas has been a practicing Dental Technician for over 35 years. He holds a City & Guild Certificate in Dental Technology, and a Diploma in Clinical Dental Technology from the Royal College of Surgeons. Mr Thomas has a relaxed and friendly approach which puts patients at ease, and draws on his extensive knowledge and experience to provide the best possible care and advice.

Dr. Zubair Sacranie is a highly qualified and experienced dentist, particularly in the fields of cosmetic dentistry and dental implantology. He has been the practice principal and owner of the Solihull Dental Centre & Implant Clinic since 2006.  Dr Sacranie qualified at Dundee University in 2000 and being a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Dr.Sacranie has also studied Implant Dentistry at Warwick University as well as being awarded an MSc in Dental Implantology at Sheffield University in 2009. He has worked extensively throughout the UK with leading cosmetic and implant surgeons, and he routinely receives referrals from other dentists in the Midlands for restorative and implant dentistry as well as facial aesthetic treatments.

Dr Sacranie is delighted to be offering this new clinic at the practice: “I am excited to be working alongside one of the most experienced clinical dental technicians in the West Midlands and I’m delighted to be introducing this innovative new clinic to my patients.”

For more information or to book your complementary denture or smile makeover consultation, please contact the practice today on 0121 7053935.

Transform Your Smile: Step 3

 Cosmetic Veneers

  • What? A thin layer of porcelain or composite material which fits over the front surface of a tooth.
  • Why? Veneers can improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth
  • How? An exact shade and shape of veneer is made to lighten discoloured teeth, make a chipped tooth look intact or close small gaps when orthodontics (braces) are not suitable.

To discuss having veneers or for a full smile makeover consultation with Dr Sacranie please contact the practice on 0121 7053935 or enquire via our website at  www.solihulldentalcentre.co.uk.

Transform your Smile: Step 2

Good Oral Hygiene and Preventative Care

  • Preventive dentistry means keeping a healthy mouth and keeping your teeth for life, by preventing tooth loss, decay and gum disease.
  • Have a good home routine to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
  • Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Clean in between your teeth with ‘interdental’ brushes or floss .
  • Use a mouthwash, which contains antibacterial ingredients to freshen your breath and help prevent gum disease, and fluoride to help prevent decay.
  • Have a  ‘preventative dental strategy’ for you and your family – these include treatments like a regular scale and polish, fluoride varnishes, and fissure and pit sealants to protect teeth from any future decay (particularly beneficial for children).

To discuss your preventative dental care, book an appointment with one of our expert dental hygienists or enquire via our website at  www.solihulldentalcentre.co.uk.