What to do When a Dental Abscess Strikes

Treating this painful problem at Arthur House Dental Care in Sutton Coldfield.

Whilst breaking a tooth or simple decay can be the cause of a toothache, without a doubt, one of the most painful types of toothache is caused when an abscess is present. Although initially the pain can be relatively mild, leaving the patient happy to ignore it in the hope that it will go away, within days it will become obvious that this is not the case and the severe pain will usually cause the patient to seek out urgent dental treatment.

The abscess

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Enamel Erosion, the Causes and Solutions

Our Birmingham dentist discusses the surface of the teeth and problems that can arise due to erosion.

Whilst some damage to teeth, such as breakages or even minor chips can be easy to spot and treat quickly, other damage can creep up quite gradually without us realising and until it is too late to prevent.

A case in point is when the enamel of the teeth become eroded. In many cases, this occurs on the upper surface of the teeth and, especially on the front teeth, may cause problems that are quite visible.


A potential sign that the enamel of the teeth is suffering from erosion is sensitivity, where the reduced enamel exposes the nerves inside the tooth to heat and cold.

Staining too is more likely as teeth staining foods and drinks such as red wine, find and cling to the tiny pockets left by the eroded enamel.

If you run your tongue or fingers on the front surfaces of your teeth and it feels rougher than it should, this is possibly a sign that your teeth have suffered erosion and may need treating by your local dentist.

What causes enamel erosion?

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The Benefits of Using a Dental Therapist

Maintenance of your oral health – an important ongoing discipline.

Much modern dental care is about prevention, and rightly so. Despite some excellent modern cosmetic dental benefits such as implants, the fact is that nothing will be as good as a healthy natural tooth and, although accidents can of course occur, keeping our teeth in good condition should be an essential part of our daily routine.

On a basic level, this simply means brushing and flossing our teeth each day. Naturally, this should be done correctly and a minimum of two minutes brushing with an efficient toothbrush is essential to remove the plaque from the teeth along with other small pieces of food debris.

Dental therapist

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Do you have a significant fear of the dentist?

Our answers to questions asked by nervous dental patients at Arthur House Dental Care in Sutton Coldfield.

There is no shame in feeling afraid when your dental appointment is just around the corner. In fact, you are in good company as it is estimated that around a third of the population in the UK experience some anxiety about visiting the dentist.

It may even surprise you to know that some dentists also experience a degree of anxiety about their own dental visits; this despite knowing and understanding the procedures and the effects of the anaesthetic too!

One theory, which seems logical, is that one of the main causes of our anxiety comes because the procedures are performed so close to the parts of the body where our sense receptors are located; i.e. eyes, nose, ears etc and therefore everything that happens seems to be magnified. Perhaps if our teeth were in our feet we would not be quite so concerned!

The fact is though, that some people do experience quite severe anxiety regarding dental visits, so we thought that it might be useful to look at two of the most commonly asked questions regarding dentistry for dental phobics.

Will it hurt?

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Free Cosmetic Dental Consultations in the West Midlands

Come and talk to us about how we can improve your smile with our modern cosmetic dentistry procedures.

Thinking about how you would like your teeth to look much whiter and straighter is one thing, but sometimes taking the next step can seem quite daunting. For those living in and around Sutton Coldfield and the general Birmingham area though, we are now offering free dental consultations for patients who are considering a smile makeover, adult orthodontics or dental implants.

At these consultations, our friendly staff at Arthur House Dental Care will talk you through the various procedures and their benefits as well as giving you an initial estimate of the likely cost. A final costing will be issued once you have decided on the procedures that you wish to have.

Smile Makeover

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Easier Cleaning with Invisalign Braces

Looking after the health of your teeth whilst wearing dental braces.

Dental braces have been proven to be a successful method to re-align a patient’s crooked or uneven teeth. For many years, this has been done using the traditional metal braces that many of us probably know from our younger years.

Whilst this type of brace performed its function well however, it did come with two distinct disadvantages. The best known is, literally, plain to see in that the braces were highly visible and unattractive, causing some people to withdraw from their social lives to some degree when wearing them.

A less widely known issue with traditional braces though, is the fact that maintaining a good oral health regime can be quite tricky and may even result in dental decay and halitosis if appropriate care is not taken.

Cleaning difficulties

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Could Teeth Grinding be the Cause of Your Tinnitus?

Signs that bruxism may be a contributory factor.

Teeth grinding is relatively common amongst adults, especially in the West. Although the exact causes of this are not fully known, it is widely believed to be related to stress.

Although changing our situation to ease the stress is an ideal solution to the problem, this is not always practical and even a concerted attempt to bring down stress levels can take several years.

Whilst damage to the teeth such as the wearing down of the enamel and even broken teeth can be caused by teeth grinding (or bruxism), what is perhaps less well known is that it is also thought to be a factor in those suffering from tinnitus.

If you have tinnitus and have some the following symptoms, it may well be that bruxism is a contributory factor in its cause.

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Do Dental Implants Offer Greater Benefits than Dentures?

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, which is the best solution?

Having missing teeth can be detrimental to us in a number of ways. Where the missing teeth are visible, there is inevitably the aesthetic factor, and very few of us would be happy to walk around with a front tooth visibly missing. The negative effects don’t end there though as leaving a gap in the teeth also has two adverse effects from an oral health perspective; firstly, by leaving a space between teeth, it is likely to cause the teeth either side of the gap to move into that space and become crooked. This, in turn, creates an uneven bite which puts the other teeth that come into contact with them at an increased risk of becoming worn down or even breaking.

A less visible disadvantage of leaving a gap is that the bone in the jaw, in this place, will slowly start to thin and can have an effect on facial shape, especially if more than one tooth is missing.

Dentures or Implants?

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Are Dental Implants Good Value for Money?

Why Birmingham dentists such as Arthur House Dental Care recommend implants so highly.

There is no getting away from the fact that having dental implants placed is not a cheap option. This is unfortunate as they provide an excellent replacement for a lost tooth. The fact is though, that the procedure not only requires years of extensive and continual training, but also that the material used in a dental implant is one of the most expensive in the world. Given the cost though, how good value are dental implants and do the benefits justify the cost? Let’s take a closer look….

Cheap implants abroad

First of all, let us take a look at the cheap offers we often see advertising the implant procedure overseas. Whilst this may be tempting and you may even strike lucky and get good quality, the stakes are pretty high. A mix of poor quality implants and insufficiently skilled and qualified dentists may mean that the implant is not only unsuccessful but may leave you in some degree of pain with little hope of getting your money back.

Unfortunately, too many patients have received a poor service abroad and have lived to regret it; consequently we would advise our patients at Arthur House Dental Care not to take up these offers.

UK Dental Implant Costs

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The Fastest Method of Teeth Alignment?

How we use the Inman Aligner to correct mild to moderate cases of misaligned teeth at our Sutton Coldfield dental practice.

Although not always suitable for all cases of misaligned teeth, the Inman Aligner is a very popular system for correcting crooked teeth in a short period of time.

Generally speaking, this method works best on the upper and lower front teeth and your suitability as a candidate for the treatment will be determined during the consultation at our dentist in Sutton Coldfield near Birmingham.

Should this method not prove appropriate for your own circumstance, all is not lost as we also have available a number of potential alternatives such as Invisalign, The Social 6 and the 6 Month Smile brace systems.

It should perhaps be noted that the Inman Aligner is not ‘invisible’ as many adult orthodontics are, but this is certainly offset by the speed in which they perform their task, meaning that they have to be worn for a shorter period of time in most cases.

How do they work and how long does it take?

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