Cosmetic Dentistry


Who can benefit from cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry can provide the answer for anyone looking to improve appearance; by achieving a beautiful smile, their self-confidence, and even prospects for romantic and career success may increase.

It can be a little daunting when deciding whether cosmetic dentistry is right for you.

It is important to know and understand the benefits and risks and what you can expect during the process.

‘Cosmetic derives from the ancient Greek ‘kosmetike’ meaning the ‘art of dress and adornment ’and from ‘kosmmeo’ which means to arrange, adorn ,to dress or embellish. Cosmetic dentistry is essentially superficial or ‘only on the surface. However ,in reality with dentistry you may expect that here may be the need for lots of ‘beneath the surface ‘change.

10 questions to you may want to ask your dentist.

1 Am I a suitable candidate for cosmetic dentistry?

2 Are my goals realistic?

3 Can you show me a mock-up of what my smile will look like?

4 Will I get a chance to view my smile before the final crowns or veneers are finally fitted?

5 What are alternatives to your treatment suggestion?

6 What are the long and short term benefits and risks to my treatment?

7 What are the professional fees involved?

8 How many visits will be required ?

9 How long will the treatment will be expected to take?

10 How do you work with the dental technicians to produce cosmetic results?

At the Harrow Dental Centre we combine the art and science of dentistry with the magic of you .

The team at the Harrow Dental Centre  will endeavour to answer all these questions before any dental care is commenced.

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Oral Health and Rheumatoid Arthritis


Poor oral health may be linked to rheumatoid arthritis, based on a new study.

Researchers from the University of Louisville determined that poor oral health can raise the risk of rheumatoid arthritis based on the presence of an enzyme that is around when a person has gum disease. This enzyme, called peptidylarginine deiminanse, has also been associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition in which one’s joints become swollen and painful.

The problem with this enzyme is that it results in the body transforming some proteins into a form of protein called citrulline. The body often confuses citrulline and thinks it will cause problems and attacks it as a result. This produces inflammation in people who deal with autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.

Previous studies have pointed to links between oral health and rheumatoid arthritis, with many determining that the problem is more widespread among people with gum disease.

The researchers analysed other forms of oral bacteria and concluded that none had any impact on rheumatoid arthritis.

More research on the relationship between oral health and rheumatoid arthritis could prove to be valuable. There is also a large amount of evidence that connects oral health and systemic problems. Many studies have shown the correlation between gum disease and a higher risk of stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, heart disease and numerous other health problems.

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