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How can a dentist in NW3 help you?

There are so many reasons to visit the dentist, to get a check up, to check your bite, to flag up any problems or pains, to look at how your smile can be improved and many more reasons beside. Did you know that most dentists also offer a free oral cancer screening as part of their regular check up?

dental-check-upIt is important to visit the dentist regularly so that a dentist can check for problems that may be invisible to yourself, or that may have no pain or other symptoms, but may be quickly diagnosed and treated by a dentist. A dentist can also spot early signs of tooth decay, and give you advice on how to prevent this. A dentist will also spot the early warning signs of any dental problems, meaning that you can save a lot of time and money preventing more serious dental problems before they start.

Why do people put off seeing a dentist in NW3?

There are equally as many excuses for not seeing the dentist. Many people cite fear of the dentist, dental-phobia, or anxiety related to their mouth or general appearance. Many people also feel embarrassed about their teeth or ashamed of their smile and hate it when people look at their mouth. We are used to seeing any patients with varying concerns and anxieties about their mouths and it is really nothing out of the ordinary!

You can rest assured that at RP Advanced Dental and Implant Centre you will be seen by our dental team,who are friendly and non-judgmental and so you have no reason to feel ashamed or embarrassed. Whatever your dental goals or problems, RP Advanced Dental and Implant Centre is here for you if you need a dentist in NW3.

What will happen when I book a check up at RP Advanced Dental and Implant Centre?

So once you make the decision to come and see us at RP Advanced Dental and Implant Centre, your dentist will check your head and neck, your teeth, gums and soft tissue on your mouth including your tongue lips and mouth. If we suspect any decay or disease, we may also take an X-ray of the mouth.

Beating fear of the dentist and getting back to oral health

It’s not uncommon to be scared of the dentist – in fact, although it may feel like an isolating experience, approximately one in ten UK adults is so scared of dentists and/or dental treatment that they never go for a check-up. At Hampstead clinic RP Advanced Dental and Implant Centre we are understanding of and sympathetic to the needs of nervous dental patients. However, we do not think it has to be a barrier to treatment.

oral-health-hampsteadWhilst only you can make the decision to fight your fear of the dentist and get back to oral health, once you take that first step the whole team at RP Advanced Dental and Implant Centre in Hampstead will have your back. Every patient’s journey will be unique, but we will do our utmost to ensure that you feel safe, comfortable, and respected at every appointment.

Fear of the dentist has numerous causes. A negative experience during childhood is a commonly cited reason for dental anxiety, which is why at our Hampstead dental clinic we encourage parents to bring their children in to visit the dentist from an early age.

Numerous studies have shown that early visits to the dentist help to reduce the risk of dental phobia later in life, and the whole team at our Hampstead practice will make sure that every experience your child has of the dentist is a positive one.

Some people have specific triggers behind their dental anxiety – the sound of the drill or the sight of a needle. Modern dental drills are a lot quieter than those used in the not too distant past, and it is sometimes possible to wear headphones during treatment so that you can listen to your favourite music and drown the sound out.

In terms of needles, at our Hampstead clinic we use The Wand pain-free injection system, which looks more like a pen than a needle and removes the margin for human error when your dentist is delivering local anaesthetic.

For those who need a little extra help to relax, there are two conscious sedation options at our Hampstead clinic. You can choose intravenous or inhalation sedation, subject to any medical conditions that may restrict your options.

Don’t let fear of the dentist hold you back

In this day and age, fear or phobia of the dentist no longer has to be a barrier to oral health. At RP Advanced Dental and Implant Centre in Hampstead, we are sympathetic and understanding to the needs of nervous dental patients, and are committed to working with you to find the perfect route back to health.

sedation-dentalFear of the dentist has numerous causes, from a bad experience during childhood to a specific trigger, such as the sound of the drill or the sight of a needle. Anxiety about being judged is also common, as is fear of what treatment may be needed.

At our Hampstead dental practice we will never judge you if fear of the dentist has caused your oral health to fall into less than perfect condition. Instead, we are committed to working with you, gently, professionally, and at your own pace, to help you conquer your fear.

Dental anxiety can be a serious condition – even the thought of visiting a dentist can be enough to trigger panic attacks with a range of unpleasant symptoms. At our Hampstead clinic we will take the time to listen to you and to offer you gentle encouragement. We will also talk you through any procedures that may be required in an easy-to-understand way, and will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have at any stage of treatment.

Many people who haven’t visited a dentist in many years are pleasantly surprised when they learn about the advances that have taken place in the world of dentistry in recent years. Most modern dental treatment is pain free, and at RP Advanced Dental and Implant Centre in Hampstead we use The Wand pain-free injection system, which eliminates the “bee sting” effect sometimes caused by dental injections.

Our Hampstead clinic also offers two options for dental sedation. The first is inhalation sedation, which involves breathing in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen through a small mask, and is a great choice if needles trigger your anxiety.

The second option is intravenous sedation, which takes affect almost instantly, because the sedative drugs are delivered directly to your blood stream.

How your dentist can help you find the perfect dentures

Visiting the dentist is no less important if you have lost your natural teeth. RP Advanced Dental and Implant Centre in Hampstead offers a number of solutions to tooth loss, with options to replace anything from one to all of your teeth no matter why you have lost them.

dental-implants-hampsteadFor patients who have no natural teeth left in one or both jaws, or whose remaining teeth are failing, our Hampstead dental practice offers a selection of dentures designed to give your smile an attractive appearance and a realistic action. To create a truly natural function, your Hampstead dentist can use dental implants to stabilise your dentures, which doesn’t just keep your new teeth securely in place, but also helps to maintain the health of your jaw bone.

When several or all of the natural teeth are missing, the jaw bone begins to resorb (shrink), which can alter the whole structure of your face, as well as causing issues with the fit of your dentures. Many people who wear a traditional denture find that it fits perfectly when their dentist first prescribes them, only to find that their new teeth become increasingly loose with the passing of time.

This can cause problems with eating, speaking, and with confidence, and you may find that you need to revisit your dentist to have your dentures relined, adjusted, or entirely remade.

At our Hampstead clinic, our implant dentist can successfully stabilise your dentures with dental implants to put an end to all of these problems – or, ideally, to stop them arising in the first place.

Dental implants replace the tooth roots by integrating with the jaw bone, thus preventing the issue of bone loss. Your Hampstead dentist can place dental implants under local anaesthetic or sedation, depending on your personal preference.

We use The Wand pain-free injection system at our Hampstead dental practice, so whichever option you choose you can be assured that you will not experience any pain.

After a healing period, your dentist will attach your dentures to abutments on top of your implants. Whilst you can still take them out for cleaning, otherwise they will stay where they should.

Make preventative trips to your dentist an essential part of your health routine

Is your dentist an essential member of your health team? At RP Advanced Dental and Implant Centre in Hampstead we believe they should be. Good oral health is vital to your general wellbeing, as conditions affecting the mouth can also affect other parts of the body.

preventative-dental-careStandard advice is to visit your dentist for a general check-up every six months. Some people need to come more often – for example, if a condition such as gum disease needs treatment or monitoring – whilst others with excellent oral health can come less frequently. You should always listen to what your dentist says and follow their recommendations.

At our Hampstead dental practice we welcome new patients of all ages for general dental consultations. We have a firm focus on preventative dentistry, and thanks to our Wand painless injection system and our sedation dentistry options we can help patients whose fear of the dentist has put them off seeking treatment for years.

Hampstead preventative dental care

When you come for an initial new patient consultation at our Hampstead dental practice, your dentist will take a detailed dental and medical history. It is important to tell us of any conditions you may have or medication that you may be taking, because this can sometimes affect your treatment choices.

We will also ask about any problems you may have noticed since you last visited a dentist, and will perform a complete clinical examination.

Preventative dentistry means aiming to stop problems before they start, or to catch them early if they do arise. That almost always makes treatment quicker, simpler, and less expensive.

Gum disease and tooth decay – the two leading causes of tooth loss – often have few early warning signs for you to spot at home. Thanks to the advanced techniques used at our Hampstead clinic your dentist can often flag these issues up before you’ve even realised you are suffering from them.

Because gum disease has been linked to a number of general health conditions, and because tooth loss can damage your ability to eat a healthy diet and cause issues with self-image and mental well-being, it is essential to spot and treat these conditions early.