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  • Dental Examination

    What is it?

    This is the first step to a healthy mouth. The Dentist will check your gums, teeth, tongue and jaw to make sure that each area is healthy. You and your dentist can discuss the results and plan the best way to deal with any problems. A recall interval will be set ranging from three to twenty-four months.

    What will my Dentist do?

    As well as looking in your mouth, the dentist will advise you on the following:

    • Any problems you’ve noticed (such as pain or sensitivity)
    • Your diet (sugary snacks and drinks can cause tooth decay)
    • How you clean your teeth (correct cleaning helps prevent decay and gum disease)
    • Smoking and drinking (both can harm your mouth)

    An examination will include the following:

    • Look at your face and neck to see that they are healthy
    • Feel under your jaw
    • Look inside your mouth, at your tongue, the roof of your mouth and the back of your throat
    • Look at your teeth and gums for signs of decay, damage or gum disease (for children, your dentist will also look at tooth and jaw development in case orthodontic treatment is needed)
    • Compare your mouth now with how it was when they last saw you
    • Decide whether more information is needed taking x-rays if indicated
    • Tell you about any treatment needed, explaining the choices and whether there will be any cost

    *The examinations may take longer if you are seeing a new dentist for the first time

    What are the benefits?

    • Regular examinations mean that your dentist can spot problems and correct them early before the treatment becomes complicated
    • Regular examinations allow a risk assessment of your oral health to be done informing you and allowing you to try and improve your chance of a healthy mouth
  • Preventative and Minimal Invasive Dentistry

    At Bax Dental our main aim is to reduce the risk of dental decay, gum disease and other health issues. As we get to know you, we build a picture of your risks and possible problems you could face in the future. We will help guide you away from the need of fillings and extractions, to keep your smile looking healthy. The best tooth is an unrestored one. Following advice from our team should in the long term reduce costs and treatment visits to us.

    Routine visits to Bax Dental help us reinforce and monitor the prevention side of your dental health. If problems do occur it lets us act early using well practiced minimal invasive techniques.

    Minimal Invasive Dentistry

    Minimal intervention dentistry is the holistic patient care philosophy that encompasses the complete patient dentist team-care approach to manage dental disease by identification and diagnosis, prevention and control, restoration and recall, through educating and empowering the patient to take responsibility for their personal oral health.

    Attending your Dental appointments regularly, should lead to less treatment and avoid larger fillings or worse extractions. If problems are caught early then minimal invasive techniques can be used to save your smile, preserving as much of the natural tooth as possible whilst producing healthy and cosmetic results.

  • Dental Implants

    Dental Implants

    Treatment with dental implants has provided patients with a proven option to replace missing teeth for many years. Developments in the materials and techniques used have now made them the gold-standard for tooth replacement, and they avoid many risks and disadvantages of alternatives such as bridges and dentures.

    Our implant team consists of two dentists Craig Jack and Gavin McManuns. They have known each other since they were clinical partners at Manchester Dental School. Along side the Bax Dental support team they can offer you a comprehensive service, from a single tooth replacement to full mouth rehabilitation.

    We are taking referrals from local dentists through to self-referrals from patients. Once treatment is complete your dentist will be provided with full details on treatment completed and future maintenance requirements.

    Craig Jack was awarded a Masters Degree in Prosthodontics in 2010 and is actively involved in the teaching of postgraduate students as well as lecturing across the North West. His experience should allow you the best possible outcome for your smile.

    Gavin McManus undertook training in implant dentistry with the Centre for Advanced Dental Education and extended his skills by successfully completing the gold standard of implant diplomas with the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners and the Royal College of Surgeons. He has recently co-authored a journal article on implant dentistry for the British Dental Journal. His practice is now limited to Oral surgery and Implant dentistry.

    Craig will be providing your treatment plan and restoring your smile once the implants have been placed and had time to settle. He can also provide treatment to complete your smile where we have been able to maintain your natural dentition, or provide a treatment plan for your dentist to complete your case.

    Gavin will be expertly placing dental implants and providing the surgical side of your treatment, to ensure sound foundations on which your smile will be restored. He is able to offer sedation for nervous patients if needed.

    Please contact reception or email if you have any questions. We look forward to meeting you and showing what is now possible with modern dental techniques.

    What are Dental Implants?

    Dental Implant

    A dental implant is made from titanium and resembles a small screw. Once placed, the surface of the implant interacts with the surrounding bone to form a strong bond and a natural looking artificial tooth (the crown) can then be connected to the implant.

    When can Dental Implants be used?

    Losing a tooth often leads to there being a visible gap between the other teeth which can be unsightly and upsetting. Conventional dentistry such as dental bridges involves drilling into adjacent teeth that may be perfectly healthy. Implants avoid the need to drill into any other teeth, and therefore avoid possible complications such as infection, fracture, and ultimately the loss of these teeth.

    Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, multiple teeth, or all teeth.

    In patients who have no natural teeth left, dental implants can be particularly useful to provide extra anchorage for removable dentures. This can be of great benefit when there is not much natural bone remaining for a denture to “grip”, causing looseness, discomfort, and difficulty eating.

    Treatment needs to be planned carefully however, and factors such as bone quality and quantity, tooth and jaw relationships, and general medical health may affect suitability for certain treatments.

    How long does treatment take to complete?

    Treatment consists of three phases – planning, surgical, and restorative. The surgical phase consists of a minor procedure to place to implant and often requires the use of a small amount of bone grafting if there is insufficient natural bone. After the implant has integrated with the bone, the new artificial teeth will be designed and constructed to fit over the implants.

    Depending on the complexity of the case it may take between five and twelve months to complete treatment.

  • Hygienist Treatment and Fresh Breath Clinic

    Perio

    The hygienist visit is one of the most important parts of maintaining oral health. Bax Dental recommends patients see the Hygienist when indicated according to your risk assessment carried out at your check up. Some patients benefit from three monthly visits. Others can be recalled at twenty-four monthly intervals.

    The hygienist will measure the gaps between gums and teeth with a rounded probe to explore whether any signs of gum disease is present and will undertake any treatment necessary to help prevent the disease from progressing.

    The hygienist will advise on an oral hygiene routine specific to the individual, depending on various patient and risk factors. This is the most important part of your visit. It is vital that advice is followed and good habits with brushing, interdental cleaning and lifestyle adjustments are continued in between visits.

    Fresh Breath

    We are always conscious about keeping our breath smelling nice, and there are many products such as mints and mouth spray that exemplify this, however, these products generally only hide the smell rather than treat the actual cause of the bad breath.

    Bad breath (Halitosis) can be caused by a number of things, but is normally associated with either the food we eat or bacteria that lives in our mouths – in particular on our tongue or the back of our mouth.

    Causes of bad breath can also be attributed to medical conditions such as diabetes, or digestive system issues. People can be embarrassed to seek advice about the issues of bad breath. However, it is a common problem and as always we are here to help.

    Our Hygienists provide care and education as well as thorough cleaning which will help the fight against bad breath. Regular hygiene appointments and correct brushing at home will help reduce gum disease and bad breath.

    Our clinical team Jon, Shanella, Kate and Claire have attended many postgraduate courses, which building on their clinical experience has helped many patients with different degrees of gum disease.  We all routinely suffer from gingivitis (bleeding gums), early intervention, recall and review can help save issues later in life.  If things do go wrong please see our leaflet for advice to help improve the condition of your gums. We work closely with a specialist colleague and may suggest a referral for advice or occasionally treatment.

  • Cosmetic Dentistry

    At Bax Dental we will try to make your teeth feel and look as natural as possible if they need to be restored.  There are certain limitations, where the most cosmetic option could damage your teeth more than necessary, and we would struggle to recommend this.  Many of the newer minimal invasive techniques involve little or no damage to your dentition and teeth can be repaired quickly and are more cost effective than traditional crowns or porcelain veneers.

    Composite Veneers

    Following on with our natural minimal intervention approach to dentistry we have been offering composite build ups to help improve the appearance without causing unnecessary damage to the teeth and avoid costly treatment plans. This technique has many uses from simply closing a gap or masking a discoloured tooth through to full mouth rehabilitation in excessive tooth wear.

    Often this treatment

    • Can be done without local anaesthetic
    • Can be repaired quickly and inexpensively
    • Doesn’t damage the tooth further
    Costmetic Before

    Before

    Cosmetic Upper Teeth Done

    Upper teeth done

    Cosmetic Lower Teeth Done

    Lower teeth done

    Minimal invasive techniques may not be suitable for everyone or if existing restorations fail, so at Bax Dental, we offer the full range of crowns, dentures and bridges.

  • Headaches and Jaw Problems

    Anyone with persistent headaches should be examined by a dental or medical expert. We are pleased to have Shanella working with us, who is a specialist dentist in the TMJ clinic at Manchester Dental Hospital. She has been providing advice and treatment to our patients.

    The joint between your jaws, just in front of your ears, is called the temporomandibular joint, but is known as ‘TMJ’ for short. The jaw joints are examined in a routine check-up and the dentist can help treat any symptoms arising from TMJ problems.

    What are the symptoms?

    • Clicking noises when you move your jaw
    • Opening/closing of the mouth difficulties
    • Swelling or soreness over the joint
    • Pains in the face, neck or chewing muscles. In some people pain in the shoulders and back can occur
    • Headaches or migraines, particularly when you first wake up
    • Earache, possibly with ringing of the ears too

    Clicking or grating noise problems can be solved by:

    • Cutting up food into smaller pieces
    • Avoiding particularly chewy or hard foods
    • Avoiding opening your mouth too wide, particularly when yawning

    Joint pain is usually due to the increased tension on the jaw muscles. Things that cause this include:

    • Grinding and clenching teeth
    • Habits such as chewing on a pen or biting your nails regularly

    The above habits are often caused by fatigue and anxiety. Painkillers can relieve the problems on a short-term basis, but to solve the problems you can try:

    • Using relaxation techniques
    • Giving up the habits above (pen chewing etc.)
    • Wearing a ‘biteguard’ during the night to lessen the grinding of the teeth in your sleep

    Referral to specialist colleagues is occasionally needed.

  • Children's Dental Care

    Here at Bax dental we take pride in helping children and young families to achieve good oral health.

    Patients usually don’t know about the process of tooth decay or gum disease. The first thing to realise is that these are infectious diseases. Bacteria that live in our mouths cause tooth decay and gum disease, these can be passed from patient to patient. Prevention, routine monitoring, assessing risk and education on how to improve you and your child’s chances of a disease free mouth is our aim.

    Children should come to the dentist as soon as possible. A good introduction is to bring them when you visit us. This allows them time to get accustomed to the surroundings. Each child is very different so we will be lead at their pace. Most children really enjoy visits to Bax dental.

    We will guide when necessary using disclosing solution that will indicate where they are missing with their toothbrush. Discussions on diet and when to have sugar will be mentioned at every appointment. If  things do change and new cavities develop a detailed diet analysis can be done with the family to highlight foods and drinks that can be increasing the risk of tooth decay.

    When appropriate high fluoride varnishes and toothpastes can be prescribed to try and strengthen teeth. Along with a healthy diet and good oral hygiene the risks of disease decrease.

    What is really important is that children feel we are here to help. A growing number of young adults who were toddlers when Jon first started treating them now have completely disease free mouths. Risk factors indicate that they now only need to see us every eighteen to twenty-four months. We are of course available if they need advice or a problem develops, usually with wisdom teeth at this age.

    Please see an example below of how we managed a patient who had an accident snapping one of his adult front teeth. The patient was a regular attender at the practice, which made treating him very easy. Advanced materials used at the correct time have stopped him needing root canal treatment at this age and hopefully saved his tooth for many years to come.

    Children's 1

    This shows the patient tooth treated with biodentine and a temporary white filling.

    Children's 2

    Fractured portion of tooth prepared ready to stick back into mouth.

    Children's 3

    Temporary filling removed with tooth prepared to have fractured portion reattached.

    Children's 4

    Tooth fixed. There is still risk of it breaking again or the nerve dying at a later date.

    Children's 5

    View from back of mouth.

    Children's 6

    Treatment complete.

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