You could be grinding or clenching your teeth…

May 5th, 2016

bruxing at Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey

Check out the photo above. Notice the edges of the upper and lower front teeth? It shows how much your teeth can be worn down from teeth grinding.

Teeth grinding or Bruxing is term given to people who clench or grind their teeth. Often they are not even aware that they are doing it. Studies show that people who do NOT grind or clench the teeth normally touch their teeth together for a very short period of time in 24 hours- usually just a few minutes total.

The reality is that most people clench or grind their teeth on occasion. For example when your angry, anxious or if you have disturbed sleep. But grinding or clenching on a regular basis is called bruxing.

Latest research shows that lifestyle in response to stress and anxiety is a significant cause. Night time bruxing can produce forces of 250 lbs per square inch. That’s enough force to crack the shell of a walnut!

Grinding- side to side movement of the jaw- often occurs when sleeping. A as side effect certain medications and drugs act to stimulate the brain and can result in teeth grinding.

Teeth clenching- clamping the upper and lower jaws together- often occurs in the daytime.

The consequences of bruxing can result in:

  • Front teeth worn down so they are flat
  • micro-cracks and broken fillings that can lead to nerve damage
  • Migraines or headaches and aching jaws due to overworking chewing muscles
  • Teeth worn down to dentine causing sensitivity to temperature
  • Gum recession due to pressure at the gum line
  • Loose teeth and gum pockets due side to side pressure

It is very hard to completely stop bruxing however the effects can certainly be reduced. The best thing to do is see your dentist to assess whether you may be grinding. One practical treatment option is to provide a custom-fit hard bite plate. It is designed to absorb the force of bruxing and reduce the forces on your teeth and reduce the muscle stress. Over the counter soft night guards are available but as they are soft they often get chewed away. Unfortunately soft night guards actually stimulate the wearer to brux even more in their sleep. Although the teeth are protected, the muscles and the jaw joint is not protected; so muscles symptoms such as headaches will increase with soft appliances.

Additional treatments for bruxism may include: orthodontics; stress reduction; muscle relaxants such botulinium injections; adjustments to medications.

Speak to your dentist to see how you can be helped.

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Ready to smile for summer after adult braces…

April 28th, 2016

Before adult orthodontics at Time Dental in FarnhamAfter adult orthodontics at Time Dental in Farnham

This Is Jackie. She is a regular at our dental practice as she sees us to look after her general dental care. One day she tells us that she is unhappy with the space in between her upper front teeth and the crooked lower teeth. She also wanted them to be a little whiter. She previously had orthodontic treatment as a teenager, but she never wore her retainers and so her teeth drifted back.

This is a very common story that we hear Time Dental and we treat many relapsed orthodontic cases.

We talked through her options which ranged from clear aligner braces, fixed clear bracket orthodontic braces a referral to a specialist orthodontist. She saw pictures of similar cases that we had completed and wanted the fastest option which were the clear fixed orthodontic braces.

No longer are the metal train tracks necessary. Advances in technology mean that the brackets can now be clear to make them as discreet as possible. When the braces are on the first 2-3 weeks can be difficult as your mouth gets used to the brackets in place. Fixed brackets are the most efficient way of moving your teeth. We can often complete case in 8 – 10 months. In Jackie’s case we finished in 8 months and its a great result. We also did some complementary teeth whitening at the end. She was really happy.

The reason why we can complete in such a short time is that we are focusing on the upper and lower FRONT teeth only. Specialist orthodontists aim for comprehensive ideal treatment, and in many cases adults do not want that. They just want to correct what is seen at the front of the mouth.

In order to prevent the teeth from relapsing we provide retainers. They can be fixed or removable and they are required for life in order to keep your teeth straight.

If your interested, call us at Time Dental on 01252 723 008 for a FREE consultation.

Gum Disease- What to do about it…

April 21st, 2016

periodontal disease- how to stop it at Time Dental, surrey

We had a patient in the other day who had not been to see a dentist in 4 years after having a traumatic experience at another practice. Whenever we hear these stories it is very sad, as the patients are understandably put off from going for regular dental health checks and they also build up a fear.

In these cases it is often a tooth ache that forces them into a situation of having to see a dentist. In this case the lovely lady was suffering from advanced gum disease which resulted in her tooth becoming extremely loose. So every time she bite down she would catch the wobbly tooth.

Gum disease is preventable. That’s the good news. If it is caught early before irreversible damage is done.

There are many factors that contribute to gum disease such as smoking, genetics, poor dental hygiene, stress, diabetes, malnutrition and a weak immune system to name a few.

Gum disease isn’t always painful, so you may not know you have it. That’s why it’s so important to have your regular checks at the dentist and to also visit your hygienist.

If you have gum disease, your gums may bleed when you brush and you may have bad breath. This is the early stage called gingivitis.

Plaque bacteria is the common culprit of gum disease. It builds up in your mouth daily which is why it is so important to brush your teeth twice a day as well as clean interdentally.

If plaque bacteria remains on the teeth it becomes hard which is called tartar or calculus. The tartar cannot be brushed away, you would need professional help to remove the tartar and harmful bacteria from the mouth.

When gum disease is advanced the boney foundation of your teeth is destroyed which makes you more likely to get infections, abscesses, dental pain and tooth loss.

If you want help with your dental health, why not give us a call at Time Dental on 01252 723 008?

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What’s happening in Camberley- Time Dental update

April 20th, 2016

camberley news from Time Dental in Surrey

As your local dentist to Camberley in Surrey, Time Dental are giving you a guide for stuff to do in Camberley. Check out the list below. There’s plenty to do.

Today Wednesday 20th April- Tru Nightclub #WNC at 52 High Street.  Mid -week mix of Party, House and Anthems playing in the main room. Tickets on £3. from 10pm – 2am

Thursday 21st April- Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite at Camberley Theatre. The Strictly Come Dancing favourites will dance a mix of Latin and Ballroom showcasing their fantastic dance skills.  For a higher priced ticket you even get to meet and greet the couple. Tickets start from £24.

Friday 22nd April- Rick Wakeman at Camberley Theatre. An evening with Rick, one of Britain’s greatest “Rock and pop” keyboard players. Expect some great music, funny anecdotes music stories. The evening starts at 7:30 pm until 10 pm

Saturday 23rd April- Soul of Santana at Camberley Theatre. 2 hours of Latin-salsa rock from the tribute band to Carlos Santana. Tickets are £17. Get ready with the your dancing shoes.

Thursday 28th April- Graffiti Classics at Camberley Theatre. A traditional strong quartet with a difference. The evening’s a crazy blend of classical music, stand-up comedy, opera and dance show. What’s not to love? Tickets are £19.50 and the show starts at 7:30 pm

Saturday 30th April- Flaskback to the 80’s at Pine ridge golf club. The best George Michael and Wham tribute band ever! The show starts at 7:30pm with a late night dj until 1am.

That’s a jam packed April in Camberley. At Time Dental we love being part of the community. Come back soon to see what else is happening in your town.

Straight teeth in just a few months- Time Dental in Surrey

April 14th, 2016

Before braces at Time Dental, SurreyAfter braces at Time Dental, Surrey

This is Clive. He comes to see us for his general dental care and hygienist appointments. One day he asks me if anything could be done about his crowded upper teeth and also make them whiter. I asked him how long it had bothered him for and he said many years but just had not thought to ask me!

So we discussed what could be achieved and went through his options to straighten them. His options included clear aligners, fixed brackets or a removable spring appliance called the Inman aligner.

All 3 options would work well for him. He was not really bothered what the braces looked like and just wanted the fastest option. In his case the Inman aligner was the appliance for him.

The aligner is a removable appliance that is only taken out when eating food or having a hot drink. It is relatively discreet, but the advantage of this appliance is that it works very fast because it use very gentle pressure.

We finished the case in 5 months and Clive was very pleased with the results. Due to his grinding habit he had worn the edges of two of his upper teeth. To help him achieve a whiter smile, we carried out professional teeth whitening which is a very simple and safe procedure. Once his teeth were whitened we also composite bonded the edges of his two teeth to restore the symmetry.

The results look great.

To see how we can help you call us on 01252 723 008 for a FREE consultation.

Time Dental- Private dental care at its best.

What’s happening in Fleet, Hampshire- update from Time Dental

April 8th, 2016

Fleet, Hampshire events from Time Dental in Farnham

As you local dentist to Fleet, Hampshire- Time Dental feel it’s important to be part of the community. So here’s the latest of what’s happening in your town:

Friday 8th April- The Hartley Wintney Country Market taking place at 09:45 until 11:00 am at the Womens Institute Building on Green Lane. The market sells hand crafted and home cooked goods.

Friday 8th April- Jenny Eclair- How to be a middle aged woman (without going insane). The show starts at 8:00 pm at the Harlington on 236 Fleet Road and will be extremely funny. The April event is sold out but she is back in November.

Saturday 9th April- Elvetham Heath Artisan food and craft market. Starts at 11:00 am until 1:30 pm at the Key, Elvetham Heath. This is a monthly market on the second Saturday of every month. They sell goods from local as well as independent suppliers.

Monday 11th April- Fleet Film Night. Doors and bar opens at 7:30 pm. Admission £6. Showing award winning films from around the world at this regular fortnightly event at the Harlington, 236 Fleet road.

Thursday 14th April- Fleet 4 Business– weekly networking meeting at 07:15 am to 09:00am at The North Hants Golf Club, Minley Road. For members who understand the importance of networking and want to gain new business contacts and clients.

Friday 15th April- Disco Skate Roller Disco. Starts at 6:00pm until 9:30 pm. Entry is £6 per person which includes skate hire. Snacks and drinks available at the Harlington, 236 Fleet road.

Tuesday 19th April- Fleet Jazz Club. The show starts at 8:00pm tickets are £12. Hosted at The Harlington, 236 Fleet Road.

Saturday 23rd April- Kast Off Kinks. The original members of the Kinks play at The Harlington. Tickets are £18 and the bar opens at 7:30 pm. Get your dancing shows on!

Friday 29th April- The Stevie Wonder Experience. Tickets are £18.50 and the show starts at 8:30 pm. The show includes a ten piece live band with the UK’s number 1 Stevie Wonder tribute band. Not to be missed.


How dental implants improves confidence

April 7th, 2016

before dental implant at Time Dental in Farnham, SurreyAfter dental implant at Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey

Listen to this story. Miss J came to see us because she was unhappy with her front crown. It was tipped at an angle and the colour didn’t look right. She was also aware that she had a tooth missing at the front next to the crown which meant she had an uneven number of teeth which gave her smile an asymmetric look.

On further inspection the tooth with the crown had an infection at the gum line with was unrestorable. The tooth adjacent to the crown also had a very uneven surface which had picked up staining.

Her main goal was to feel confident to smile again.

We discussed her options for replacing the infected tooth and she decided on a dental implant. This was a great treatment option for her as it replaced the tooth that was missing without any detriment to the teeth adjacent to the old crown.

A dental implant is a titanium screw that is carefully placed in the jaw to replace the root of the tooth. It has many advantages as it helps to preserve the foundation of your teeth which is bone.

Once the implant was placed by our highly trained expert implant surgeon, a temporary bridge was placed to make sure no gap was visible. After the implant had healed we carefully constructed the bespoke handcrafted crown which sits on top of the implant.

As well as fitting an implant, we also carried out composite bonding on the teeth adjacent to the crown to help give the smile more symmetry.

The results speak for themselves. Miss J was extremely happy with her final smile. This will last her many years.

If you’re interested in this type of treatment call us at Time Dental on 01252 723 008. We’re your private dental care at its best.

Happy Easter! from Time Dental in Surrey

March 27th, 2016

Easter Sunday- Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey


He has Risen!

Top tips for a tooth friendly Easter…

March 23rd, 2016

easter egg tips from Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey

I love Easter. Spring has started. Longer days, better weather ….usually! The great outdoors looks more colourful. And don’t forget lovely Easter eggs! For some reason Easter egg chocolate seems to be tastier! Or is that just me?

It’s very easy to get carried away with Easter eggs and chocolate. I always say moderation is key. Check out our top tips for a tooth friendlier Easter this year:

1. Try buying a smaller egg rather than the huge ones! Simple but effective tip.

2. Get an egg with a higher percentage of coco. They generally have less sugar than the milk chocolate ones.

3. Limit the number of eggs for the family / individual.

4. Rather than eating multiple eggs or one large egg over a day or two just restrict it to one particular time of day. This will reduce the frequency of acid attack to your teeth.

5. Enjoy the long weekend! Ok that’s not a tooth tip but it’s worth remembering.

Have a Happy Easter!

p.s. Don’t forget the real reason for Easter! Why not drop by and listen to the Good News story of Easter at Jubilee Church, Farnham on Sunday the 27th March? It’s a very relaxed and informal service starting at 10:15 am at Weydon School in the main hall.

If you want further advice and care for you dental health then call us at Time Dental on 01252 723 008. Private dental care at its best


Sugar tax surprise in Budget- report from Time Dental, Surrey

March 18th, 2016

Sugar tax in Budget- Time Dental blog Surrey

Well, nobody saw that one coming! George Osborn announced a tax to be placed on the volume of the sugar-sweetened drinks companies import or produce.

Jamie Oliver was around parliament that day when the Budget was announced and did a little victory dance. It was only in Autumn last year when the sugar tax was rejected by parliament.

The levy is being aimed at high sugar drinks, particularly fizzy drinks which are very popular amongst the youth. There are going to be two bands: a high band for the most sugary drinks with more than 8g / 100mL and another band for total sugar content above 5g /100mL.

Examples of drinks that fall under the high band would be drinks such as full- fat Coca-cola, Lucozade energy, Irn-bru, and Pepsi. The lower rate band would be drinks such as Sprite, Fanta, Schweppes Indian tonic water and Dr Pepper.

George Osborn predicts that the sugar tax will raise £520 million a year which he says will be spent on increasing the funding for sport in primary schools.

There are a number of reasons why the sugar tax is targeting drinks: They are the number one source of sugar amongst teenagers; the fizzy drinks are “empty calories” and have no nutritional benefit; they are extremely high in sugar- one 330ml can can contain 9 teaspoons of sugar which takes you above the daily recommendations in one hit; they are often not seen as a treat and part of everyday drink consumption.

There has been a mixed reaction to the sugar tax. I for one am for it. It will certainly raise awareness of sugar intake which will in turn help the public make a more informed choice. This will certainly have a positive impact on the children across the country.

If you’re looking for help with your dental health, call us on 01252 723 008 at Time Dental.


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