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Replacing missing teeth

2018 July 23
by Sanjay Narda

If you are missing a tooth (or many teeth) or have a tooth that needs to be extracted, you may find yourself wondering how that tooth can be replaced. The good news is that there are a few options for replacing missing teeth.

  1. Dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth because they are a permanent solution that looks and feels natural. Another positive to an implant is that they do not damage other teeth and can in fact help to protect the other teeth from breaking as they help take some of the pressure. Most people are suitable for implants, but an assessment would need to be made to ensure there is enough bone. We offer a free dental implant consultation. To find out more about implants, please see our dental implant page or read our dental implant blog post.
  2. A bridge is a way to fill a gap created by a missing tooth, but it involves drilling the teeth either side of the gap so that they can hold the false tooth in the middle. The positive is that it is fixed into position, but it does have an average life span of 7-15 years. Once this span is over, you may find that the supporting teeth are too weak for another bridge.
  3. A denture is a removable appliance meaning they are sometimes uncomfortable to wear and difficult to eat with. Sometimes they are the only option due to finances or bone loss, so with modern techniques we can try and keep them as small and sturdy as possible. Most people still need to use some form of fixative to help hold them in place.

If you have a missing tooth or teeth and would like to replace them, please contact us on 01844 343381 for a free dental consultation to discuss these options.

Our dental practice in Princes Risborough is located on the High Street and is easily accessible from  Thame, Aylesbury, High Wycombe and the surrounding areas.

Dr Sanjay Narda

Unregulated tooth whitening

2018 July 16
by Sanjay Narda

In the last few years tooth whitening has become more popular which has unfortunately resulted in unregulated suppliers producing illegal products.

These products can contain as much as 300 times the legal amount of bleaching agent which results in damaging the teeth and gums and causes them to become extremely painful. In some cases, this pain never goes away as it results in 3rd degree burns which have life long effects on the mouth.

Even though it is illegal, it is becoming more and more common to see beauticians offering substandard whitening. Not only do they use unsafe products, they do not have the training to know if the teeth are healthy enough to have whitening treatments in the first place. The truth of the matter is, you should never purchase tooth whitening from anybody other than a GDC registered dental professional.

Whitening with a dental professional has the following benefits:

  1. We check the health of your teeth and gums before proceeding to ensure whitening is a safe option.
  2. The whitening gel is prescription only and has been tested for quality and safety.
  3. The whitening trays fit perfectly and will not irritate the gums.
  4. We provide you with the correct advice and aftercare.
  5. We are fully regulated.

We offer a free consultation to anyone interested in tooth whitening. If you would like to book an appointment, please call us on 01844343381 or visit our dental practice in Princes Risborough. We also see patients from Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Thame and the surrounding areas.

Dr. Sanjay Narda

Free Consultations

2018 July 9
by Sanjay Narda

Did you know that we offer free consultations? If you are considering cosmetic improvements (such as tooth whitening or veneers), orthodontic treatment or implants, we offer you a free appointment to discuss what we can do.

Your free consultation is the best way to get to know us, find out about what treatments we can offer you, and for us to answer any questions you may have. We will be able to give you an idea of suitability and advise you on the best way to improve your smile safely.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to book an appointment then please call us on 01844 343381. We see patients from Princes Risborough, High Wycombe, Thame, Aylesbury and the surrounding areas.

Dr. Sanjay Narda

Summer colds and your teeth

2018 June 4
by Sanjay Narda

The winter may be behind us, but bacteria and viruses don’t give up that easily! The average adult gets two to three cold in a year and they can happen all year round. But how do they affect our teeth?

  1. Blocked nose. When we have a blocked nose, it can affect our teeth in more than one way. Mouth breathing can dry out the mouth which reduces the saliva. Saliva helps to wash away bacteria and harmful acids so a lack of it increases the risk of tooth decay. Secondly when you can’t breathe through your nose, toothbrushing becomes harder to do, meaning you don’t spend long enough time doing it.
  2. If you suffer from sinusitis, the increased sinus pressure can cause toothache-like symptoms which can be painful.
  3. When you become unwell, you can often get dehydrated which again reduces the amount of saliva in the mouth. It is important to ensure you are getting enough fluid into your body by drinking plenty of water.
  4. When we have a blocked nose, a cough or a sore throat, we often reach for syrupy medication. These syrups and pastilles contain lots of sugar which is very bad for your teeth. Try and find sugar free versions and drink plenty of water to help control the acids in the mouth.

If you have neglected your teeth after a cold or flu, or if you are having any other problems with your teeth it is important to book an appointment. Contact us on 01844 343381 to book an appointment or visit our dental practice in Princes Risborough.

Dr. Sanjay Narda

The effects of smoking on your teeth and mouth

2018 April 30
by Sanjay Narda

While we are all aware of the negative impacts smoking can have on our health – how it can affect our teeth is not always common knowledge.

  1. Smoking can cause the teeth to become discoloured and stained due to the nicotine and tar found in cigarettes. Not only does this staining not look very nice, but the rough surface of the staining can encourage plaque which can damage the teeth.
  2. Gum disease. Studies have shown that smoking is one of the biggest risk factors in developing periodontal disease. Not only do smokers develop more plaque and tartar, they have a lack of oxygen in their blood stream meaning the periodontal tissues are more likely to be destructed.
  3. Tooth loss. Periodontal disease is a progressive disease that eventually leads to tooth loss. On average, smokers lose between 2-3 teeth every 10 years.
  4. Lack of healing. Another affect caused by a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream is reduced healing following dental procedures. The chemicals found in tobacco interfere with the healing process.
  5. Oral cancer. It is a well known fact that smoking increases the risk of developing oral cancer (as well as other cancers). Smoking is the main avoidable risk factor for head and neck cancers.

Giving up smoking is the best way to slow the progression of gum disease. Giving up is not easy and many people try and fail to do so. If you are struggling, then there are smoking cessation clinics which help you to kick the habit. Secondly, an effective oral hygiene routine is essential to slow the progression. Thirdly, regular check ups are important to make sure your teeth, gums, tongue, cheeks and throat are healthy.

To book an appointment, please call us on 01844 343381 or visit our dental practice in Princes Risborough, Bucks.

Dr Sanjay Narda

5 promises to our patients

2018 April 23
by Sanjay Narda
  1. We will always be honest. We believe that to give the best dental care we must always be honest to our patients. This has helped us to build a good level of trust with our patients as we always give realistic expectations and don’t promise outcomes that are not possible.
  2. We will always act in your best interests. We never do any treatment on our patients if we feel it is not in their best interests. This means that we will always put the health of the teeth first and will not propose treatment plans that will be detrimental to the teeth.
  3. We will always keep you involved in the decision making. We feel that our patients should be put first and have a right to make their own decisions.
  4. We will always listen and understand. We know that some of our patients are nervous and find coming to the dentist a big challenge. We are always here to listen to any concerns and proceed at a pace that suits them and makes them feel comfortable.
  5. We will always have a desire to learn. In an industry that is forever growing and changing we believe it is important to keep up to date with the latest techniques and keep moving forward.

Dr. Sanjay Narda

Should I use Corsodyl mouthwash every day?

2018 April 16
by Sanjay Narda

Corsodyl is a brand name for a range of products including toothpastes and mouthwashes. The adverts show the range of products that they offer and advise daily use to stop bleeding gums.

It is important, however, to be aware of the differences between the products in the Corsodyl range and be aware of how and when to use them. The two ranges are outlined below:

The ‘daily’ range – This range consists of the toothpastes and of the ‘daily’ mouthwash. These are designed for frequent/daily use. The toothpastes contain fluoride alongside other ingredients and are similar to other toothpaste brands. The mouthwash contains fluoride and a small amount of chlorhexidine digluconate (0.06%). These products are safe for everyday use.

The treatment range – this range consists of the original Corsodyl mouthwash (0.2%), and the Corsodyl gel (1%) which both contain a much higher percentage of chlorhexidine digluconate. These products are excellent treatments but are designed only for short term use. They can be used after extractions and surgical procedures, for mouth ulcers, or for gum conditions but only on your dentist’s recommendation. Prolonged use of these products can cause staining and discolouration of the teeth and tongue, and temporarily affect your sense of taste so we do not recommend daily use.

If you have already used the treatment products for a long time and are noticing staining, this can only be removed with a scale and polish from the hygienist.

To book an appointment, please call us on 01844 343381 or visit or dental centre in Princes Risborough, Bucks.

Dr Sanjay Narda

Oral Cancer

2018 March 26
by Sanjay Narda

Seeing a dentist regularly is very important, we don’t just check your teeth! There are many things that we look for in your dental check up and the most important one is oral cancer. Oral cancer includes cancer of the tongue, floor of the mouth, throat lips & cheeks. It can be life threatening if not diagnosed early.

There are many different signs and symptoms of oral cancer including: swellings, red or white patches in the mouth, ulcers that don’t heal, difficulty chewing and swallowing and unexplained numbness. Oral cancer does not always give you pain or discomfort in the early stages, so it might be something that you are not aware of.

You are more likely to get oral cancer if you have a family history of it, if you smoke, drink or if you have excessive sun exposure. With that being said, 25% of oral cancers appear in people who do not smoke or drink alcohol, so it is still important to get checked.

If you would like to book an appointment, please call us on 01844343381 or visit our dental practice in Princes Risborough, Bucks. We see patients from Princes Risborough, Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Thame and the surrounding areas.

Dr. Sanjay Narda

Our Patient’s Smile Journey

2018 March 19
by Sanjay Narda

A big thank you to our patient who wrote about their smile journey with us.

I just wanted to say thank you to everybody at Bank House Dental centre, especially Sanjay who has transformed my smile. I wanted to write about my journey to help others know what to expect if they are thinking about straightening their teeth.

I’d always been unhappy with my teeth, I had braces as a teenager but never wore my retainer and over the years my teeth moved back into their starting position – in fact I think they were even worse than before. I had always wanted to have them straightened again but was worried about the cost and felt too embarrassed to have braces in my 40’s so I kept putting it off. One day I was looking at the photos from my brothers wedding and thought enough is enough, I hated my smile and I had to get this problem sorted.

I contacted the Bank House Dental centre to enquire about tooth straightening and was pleased to hear they offered a free consultation. My consultation was very informative, and I quickly realised that orthodontics had changed since I was at school! Sanjay was not pushy and went through my options. There were a few options available to me, and I decided my preference was Invisalign – clear removable braces.

My second appointment was a more thorough check of my teeth. Sanjay had to make sure my teeth were healthy enough to be moved so he took X-rays, and some photos and impressions of the teeth. It was explained to me that this would be sent to the lab and my next appointment would be for a visualisation of my treatment plan.

My visualisation appointment was very helpful because I was able to see the way the braces would straighten my teeth step by step and even got to see the final result. I wasn’t expecting the result to be so good as I knew they would never be perfect, I just wanted to get started!

My next appointment was to fit the aligner. I had to have small tooth coloured bumps placed on the teeth, so the aligner could ‘hang on’ to something to enable it to guide the teeth into position. These felt a bit strange at first but were quite discreet and I got used to them quickly. I was told to wear the aligner all day except for eating and cleaning my teeth.

During the straightening journey I had to come in for checks every two weeks, so Sanjay make sure everything was on the right track and I was given new aligners each time. These appointments are quite short, and I was able to come in the evening, so my work wasn’t affected. I couldn’t believe it, but Sanjay was able to straighten my teeth in 12 weeks!

My final appointments – To finish the treatment, I needed to have a retainer made to keep my teeth in place – I’d learnt my lesson with this one! I had to have impressions and the retainer was fitted a few days later.

I am so glad I decided to straighten my teeth, it couldn’t have been easier, and I can’t believe I put it off for all those years. Most of my friends and family had no idea I was even wearing a brace – the aligners were completely clear and discreet. I would urge anybody considering straightening to go for a free consultation, you won’t regret it! It has been a month since I finished the treatment and I still can’t stop smiling! 

Stabilising Loose Dentures

2018 March 12
by Sanjay Narda

They may have fit when you first got them, but over time dentures can become unstable and uncomfortable. This is because our gums and bone structures change shape and shrink away which leads to the denture becoming loose.

Not only can this cause gum soreness and oral discomfort, but it has a big impact on the function of the teeth making eating a difficult task.

Sometimes the movement is so severe that the teeth can drop down when talking which can be obvious to others and cause embarrassment. They can also have a big effect on speech, causing lisping and whistling.

The good news is that a simple and safe procedure can stabilise them and help them stay put. The procedure involves placing some dental implants into the bone under local anaesthetic which once healed, will provide a sturdy base for the denture to ‘click’ into. You will then be able to eat comfortably again and smile with confidence.

We offer free consultations for dental implants and the procedure is carried out at our dental centre by our implant specialist, Dr. Sanjay Narda. If you are interested, please call on 01844 343381 to book an appointment or visit our dental centre in Princes Risborough. We see patients from Prince Risborough, High Wycombe, Aylesbury, Thame and the surrounding areas.