Dental Health

How your dentist can improve the appearance of filled teeth

At Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge, we offer a number of ways to improve the appearance of teeth that contain fillings. Gone are the days when having a filled tooth had to mean obvious metal amalgam; there are now a number of methods to fill teeth without an unsightly glint of metal.
white-fillingsOnce upon a time white filling material was considered less strong than metal amalgam. Thanks to advances in techniques and technology, the material used for white fillings is now considered almost as strong as its metal counterpart. What’s more, there are also a number of other options available at our Weybridge dental practice should your tooth require extra strength.
Metal filling replacements from your Weybridgedentist
If you have old, worn metal fillings that are preventing you from smiling, come to see dentist Danny. He will examine your teeth and will then recommend the best way to replace your amalgam fillings.
White fillings
In many cases, the best option is simply to remove old metal amalgam fillings and replace them with white composite ones. Whilst they are referred to as “white” fillings, this is a bit of a misnomer as your dentist will carefully select a shade of composite material that closely matches the natural colour of your teeth, ensuring that they blend seamlessly into your smile.
Your dentist will first remove your old filling, along with any additional areas of decay. He will then carefully shape white composite material to fill the cavity. This material hardens quickly once in place, and is designed to be durable and strong.
Other options
Sometimes, your dentist will find that your tooth needs extra strength to restore full functionality as well as aesthetic appeal. In that case, a tooth-coloured porcelain crown, inlay, or onlay may be recommended.

How your dentist can improve your smile without major treatment

A dentist enjoys nothing more than seeing a patient who was previously shy about smiling improve their confidence and their happiness thanks to cosmetic treatment. At Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge, we offer a number of ways to boost your smile without the need for extensive treatment. Read on to find out what we could do for you. . .
dental-treatmentsReplacements for metal amalgam fillings
At our Weybridge dental practice we are proud to treat patients holistically, and do not use metal amalgam fillings. We can in many cases replace your old metal fillings with more aesthetically-pleasing alternatives. Because there are several ways in which we can replace metal fillings, your dentist will first conduct a thorough clinical examination before recommending the best option to suit your needs.
Composite fillings
Often referred to as “white” fillings, composite fillings are in fact made to match the natural colour of your teeth. Your dentist will select a colour of composite material that closely matches your teeth, so the filling will blend in with your mouth.
This material is very strong and durable, and is particularly well-suited to the front teeth.
Porcelain inlays and onlays
Inlays and onlays are made from porcelain, and are more durable than composite fillings. An inlay is placed into a prepared cavity on your tooth, whilst an onlay is placed on top of a tooth, and is a better option for very large cavities.
Onlays and inlays may be considered a half-step between fillings and crowns, enabling your dentist to add strength to a weakened tooth without the need for a full crown.
Crowns
Your dentist can use a crown to restore strength, functionality, and aesthetic appeal to a tooth that has been weakened by extensive decay, root canal treatment, or a very big filling. Our Weybridge practice is metal free, so your crown will be porcelain or ceramic.

How your dentist can improve the appearance of filled teeth

At Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge, we are proud to use only white composite material for fillings. They are more versatile than traditional metal amalgam fillings, contain no mercury, and can be made to closely match the natural shade of your teeth. If you already have old metal amalgam fillings, your dentist can safely remove them and replace them with either white composite fillings or a range of other alternatives.
A potted history of fillings
dentist-surreyWhen fillings were first invented, metal amalgam was the only material available. Whilst this was both strong and durable, it is also very obvious in the mouth, particularly if used near the front of the mouth. White fillings have been around for many years and, whilst once considered less strong and durable than their metal counterparts, this is no longer the case.
Because of the increased versatility of white filling material, your dentist will have to remove less of your original tooth than with a metal amalgam filling. At our Weybridge dental practice we are passionate about preventative dentistry, and want to preserve as much healthy tooth structure as possible should you require a filling. White fillings enable your dentist to do this.
The procedure to replace old metal amalgam fillings with white ones is simple, and only needs local anaesthetic. Your dentist will remove the old filling, along with any additional areas of decay, and will choose a shade of filling material closely matched to the natural shade of your tooth.
Alternatives to fillings
At our Weybridge practice we also offer porcelain inlays and onlays, which again your dentist will match to the natural colour of your teeth. Inlays fit into the biting surfaces of teeth and are suitable for smaller cavities, whilst onlays cover a larger area of the tooth and suit bigger cavities.

Why regular dentist visits are essential to a healthy, happy smile

Some people only visit the dentist when they have a problem, such as toothache or a lost filling. However, at Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge, we are eager to stress the importance of regular visits to the dental practice – even if you think you have a healthy mouth.
dentistThe problem with many common dental health issues is that they have few noticeable symptoms in the early stages. Gum disease and tooth decay are the main causes of tooth loss in the UK, but it can be difficult to spot the early signs at home. That’s where your dentist comes in; with advanced technology and techniques, the team at our Weybridge dental practice are able to spot very early signs of tooth decay and gum disease, and to treat them before they become serious.
How often should I visit the dentist?
Standard advice is to visit the dentist every six months for a general check-up. Everybody’s needs are different, however, and some people need to visit more frequently. You should always follow your clinician’s advice.
At our Weybridge dental practice our focus is firmly on preventative dentistry. This is designed to stop problems before they start, ensuring that your mouth stays in healthy condition and reduces the need for more extensive, expensive treatment further down the line.
Your dentist also plays a pivotal role in the fight against mouth cancer. The number of cases is on the increase, and again it is often difficult to spot the early signs at home. We carry out mouth cancer checks as a standard part of a general dental check-up at our Weybridge clinic, and if we spot anything of concern we will refer you to a hospital consultant straight away for further investigation.
We welcome new patients of all ages at our Weybridge dental practice, for both general and cosmetic dentistry.

Regular dentist visits help keep your mouth healthy

You should never wait until a problem arises to visit the dentist. Regular visits to the dental practice are essential to keeping your mouth in top condition. At Danny De Villiers Dentist, Weybridge, we welcome new patients of all ages, whatever your needs.
How often should I visit the dentist?
dannythedentistIn most cases, it is recommended that you attend a dental check-up every six months. Sometimes you will need to visit more frequently, particularly if you have a condition such as gum disease that needs careful monitoring and treatment, and you should always follow your dentist’s recommendations.
But my mouth feels healthy – why do I need to go?
Many dental health problems start with few – if any – noticeable symptoms. Gum disease and tooth decay are the leading causes of tooth loss in the UK, but with both conditions they may have become fairly advanced before you notice anything of concern.
At our Weybridge practice, we are passionate about preventative dentistry – helping to stop problems before they start – and believe that early detection and intervention where necessary is key to maintaining your oral health.
Plaque is the main cause of tooth decay, and even if you have a good home oral health routine, plaque is likely to build up in difficult to reach areas, such as between the teeth. At our Weybridge practice we use early decay detection techniques to spot any areas of concern, which will often not have had the chance to produce any noticeable symptoms. The sooner decay is detected, the easier it is to treat, with less healthy tooth structure being damaged.
Similarly, the early symptoms of gum disease may be noticed by your dentist or hygienist before you have spotted anything at home. Again, early intervention is key, and can help to save your teeth.
Other conditions, such as mouth cancer, are also checked for as standard at our Weybridge clinic during your routine dental check-up.

Joy for Shorter Treatments! Getting the Smile You Want in No Time

Missing out on orthodontic treatment when you were a kid must feel so petty now, in hindsight. After all, using braces was somewhat a rite of passage for teenagers growing up. This, even though the use of traditional orthodontics with brackets and wires was not so cool. Nonetheless, you are an adult and you need to deal with your dental imperfections now.
dannydevilliersdentistWith that in mind, know that some of the most effective cosmetic solutions will not take years to produce noticeable results. Here at the dental office of Danny de Villiers, we can help you achieve the beautiful smile you have always dreamed of through the 6 Month Smiles program. This is all possible with the help of the latest dental techniques and technologies, which we proudly use.
Different Ways, Less Waiting
You must understand that cosmetic dentistry involves procedures that tackle issues regarding appearance. It will have a positive effect on your overall dental health, but it is not like what general dentistry does. Still, we are dentists and if we spot any anomalies in your teeth, we are able to provide dental services that will help pave the way towards improved oral wellbeing.
No matter what the issue is, you can count on us to deliver a quick dental turnaround for you. Whether you need inlays, onlays, crowns, teeth whitening or veneers, our dentists will strive to help you achieve a better smile in no time.
Speaking of crowns and veneers, rest assured that it will blend with the natural colour of your teeth. By using Spectro Shade, we are able to determine the exact shade of the tooth and use it in our solutions. We will not let you go out there with discoloured teeth.
Treatments for Everyone
The dental office of Danny de Villiers is open to patients of any age. You can trust us to ensure that everyone in the family maintains a healthy set of teeth. You can be sure that our goal is always the same with everyone: to provide the highest quality dental care.
Contact us today for more details.

The Ultimate Confidence Killer: Unpleasant Breath

Nothing ends a conversation or ruins a first impression faster than bad breath.
bad breathBad breath (also known as halitosis) can easily deter the people around you. Anyone dealing with this condition can attest to how difficult it is physically and emotionally. Whenever you attempt to talk to someone, you find them edging away instead of listening intently. Of course, there is that old play of a friend suddenly offering you mints out of nowhere.
Unpleasant breath can make you terribly self-conscious, but apart from that, it also affects your self-esteem.
How Your Breath Affects your Confidence
Cases of bad breath are common and it should not be an embarrassment, but it is. It can be hard to feel good about yourself when you offend others with your breath. When you see others flinch when you speak, it can be detrimental to your view of yourself. Initially, you think it is just your breath, but as you see the effects, you cannot help but feel bad.
It can also affect your intimacy with family and friends. Chronic or recurring bad breath is unattractive for most people and affects your chances of socialising with others.
The Culprits Behind Unpleasant Breath
There are numerous factors behind your condition. Usually, failure to practice good dental hygiene causes a build up of food particles on your teeth, tongue and gums. Your body’s breakdown of bacteria results in the release of strong odours from your mouth.
Your diet also contributes to how your breath smells. For example, if you always eat meals with pungent food items, such as garlic and onions, these ingredients will definitely spoil your breath.
There is Still Hope
Fortunately, all hope is not lost! You can still regain your confidence by stepping up to halitosis with a few simple tricks. For example, brush and floss your teeth multiple times each day to rid your mouth of bacteria build-up. Also, drink lots of water to increase your saliva, which removes halitosis-causing food particles.
Your dental practice is also your best mate when it comes to battling bad breath. By visiting your dentist, you receive recommendations on how to properly deal with halitosis.
Danny de Villiers Dentist takes the time to come up with the appropriate health plan to improve your oral health. Get in touch with our certified Weybridge dentists and we will help you regain your confidence with fresher breath.

A dentist without a drill?

One of the main causes of fear of the dentist is the sound or feeling of the drill. What if we told you it was now possible to practise drill-free dentistry? At Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge, we have been pleasantly surprising patients from all across Weybridge by providing just that: dental treatment without the need for a drill.
danny de villiers dentistWe are delighted to offer treatment with Aquacut Quattro, which uses air abrasion to enable your dentist to remove only the desired material from a tooth, meaning there is no damage to healthy tooth structure and no risk of stress fractures or chips. This both improves physical comfort for patients and boosts their peace of mind.
The air abrasion device we use at our Weybridge dental practice produces no vibration, turbine noise or unpleasant smell, and does not generate any heat. This makes it ideal for young children as well as for patients who are nervous or phobic of visiting the dentist.
Unlike standard rotary cutting instruments, the Aquacut at our Weybridge practice does not come into direct contact with the tooth, meaning your dentist seldom even has to use local anaesthetic. For nervous patients from Weybridge, this can help access to much-needed treatment.
Laser treatment options
At Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge, we embrace modern technological advances in dentistry. That’s why we offer laser treatment for a range of soft tissue conditions at our Weybridge practice.
Dentist Danny is certified by the World Clinical Laser Institute and uses one of the latest Diode Soft Tissue Lasers.
Lasers can be used to treat a number of conditions affecting the soft tissues in and around the mouth. These include:

  • Laser Bacterial Reduction
  • Laser Curettage
  • Gingivoplasty
  • Cold Sore Treatment
  • Canker Sore Removal
  • Frenectomy
  • Treatment of Denture Sores
  • Fibroma Removal

Imagine if the dentist didn’t need the drill. . .

What would you say if we told you that trips to the dentist no longer need to involve the drill? Even for patients who need fillings? This may sound like a dream come true, particularly for nervous patients. At Danny De Villiers dental practice in Weybridge, drill-free treatment is now a reality, thanks to laser dentistry.
danny de villiers dentist in weybridgeOur Weybridge dental practice is keen to remain at the forefront of developments in dental technology. Patient comfort is key, which is why we embrace the use of lasers for many treatments.
How can my dentist fill my tooth without using the drill?
At Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge we use the Aquacut Quattro tool to remove decayed tooth tissue. The precision offered by this piece of equipment means we can preserve healthy tooth structure, remove only the desired areas of decay, and eliminate the risk of stress fracturing or chipping. We’ve found this greatly improves patients’ comfort.
There is no uncomfortable contact of the drill with the tooth, no need for an injection, and no disturbing drill noises – one of the main causes of dental phobia. In addition there is no vibration, heat generation nor unpleasant smell, making it ideal for nervous patients and for young children with small cavities.
What else can the laser do?
Your dentist can provide a range of other treatments with the help of the laser. It is excellent for soft tissue work including:
Frenectomy – To remove unwanted attachments that cause speech impediments.
Gingivoplasty – Your dentist can shape your gums to even out tooth proportions and replace excess gum tissue.
Remove cold sores – Laser treatment can prevent cold sores before they have a chance to fully break out.
Remove canker sores – Laser treatment can also be used to cure canker sores. The problem is treated in seconds, often before it causes pain.

The Surprising Effects of Bulimia on Teeth

For a person struggling with bulimia, eating is an unescapable struggle—it is a battle to stay thin while giving in to the compulsion to overeat. Bulimia nervosa, or more commonly known as bulimia, is an eating disorder characterised by a series of binge eating and attempts to get rid of the food immediately, usually through self-induced vomiting. It is a futile effort to stay in shape, and it causes damage to the stomach and kidneys.
dental solutionsBulimia also has adverse effects on teeth. We explain the relationship between this eating disorder and a person’s dental health in the discussion that follows:
The Dental Repercussions of Bulimia
Bulimia causes dental problems in two ways. First, bingeing on sugary foods and drinks may make a person’s teeth a breeding ground of cavity-causing bacteria. Second, bulimics usually induce vomit to get the food out of their stomach. Vomit contains bacteria and acid that may cause dental erosion.
Damage to the enamel may depend on the frequency of purging and the countermeasure to neutralise the acid content in the mouth. When the enamel is worn down, the teeth become sensitive to cold and hot food. They also become vulnerable to infection-causing bacteria, which also attack the gums and cause tooth loss.
Vomiting also abnormally stimulates the salivary glands, which may then lead to swelling. As the vomit is acidic, it may cause mouth sores.
What to Do
We advise people struggling with bulimia to have their teeth checked as soon as possible. Usually, we recommend using fluoride mouthwash and toothpaste. It is also recommended not to brush teeth aggressively, as the enamel is already delicate at this point. If vomiting cannot be avoided, rinsing thoroughly with water will help neutralise the acid’s effects on the teeth.  Contact us today to find the right dental solutions that suit your current needs.
For a long-term solution, however, we advise people to consult a counsellor. Recovering from this type of eating disorder can be difficult, especially if mind and body are already used to it.