What is Gum Reshaping?


Gum reshaping is a cosmetic dental technique to carefully re-contour the appearance of your gums so they nicely frame your teeth and will enhance your appearance. Ideally, you should only show a small amount of gum tissue when you smile or talk, but some people will show an excess of gum. This is called a ‘gummy smile’ and is frequently due to teeth being covered up with too much gum tissue. The teeth underneath may be exactly the right length and just need to be uncovered to reveal their natural shape and size. It might only be necessary to reshape the gums around one or two teeth, or if needed we can recontour all teeth that are visible when smiling.

Treating a Gummy Smile with Laser Dentistry

If you have a gummy smile, our dentist will gently examine your mouth to determine the reason and to see if recontouring your gums is the most appropriate treatment. Gum reshaping is precisely planned so we will only remove as much tissue as needed to cosmetically improve your smile. Treatment is provided using a dental laser to carefully remove only excess tissue, creating a more balanced appearance. Laser dentistry is a more comfortable form of treatment as it is extremely precise, so healing is faster and any side-effects are minimal.

Treating a Gummy Smile with Facial Injectables

Sometimes a gummy smile is due to an overactive muscle in the upper lip which is called the Levator Labii Superioris Alaequi Nasi muscle. This muscle pulls the lip upwards, exposing too much gum. Minute amounts of high-quality facial injectables are carefully administered to reduce the activity of this muscle so you will show precisely the right amount of gum tissue when talking and smiling.

When to Get Root Canal Treatment?


A chipped or cracked tooth or a tooth that has lost a filling should always be repaired as quickly as possible. Otherwise, there is the risk of the tooth becoming infected at which stage it will need root canal treatment. This is necessary when the infection penetrates deep inside the tooth, reaching the dental pulp which contains the tooth nerve. The infection can spread from the pulp into the root canals of the tooth, right inside its roots. An infected tooth can be very painful and without prompt professional dental care, there is the risk you may lose the tooth. Your body cannot eliminate this infection without medical help and there is the risk it could spread, affecting your general health.

What to Expect When Receiving Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment will get rid of the infection and pain so your tooth can be fully restored. Using special instruments, the pulp and root canals are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected and topical antibiotics are inserted into the empty pulp chamber to ensure all bacteria are removed. Your tooth will be temporarily sealed for up to six weeks until we are sure it is free from infection. Once your tooth has settled down, it can be fully restored with a beautiful dental crown, so you can smile, talk and eat in complete comfort.

What is a Dental Implant?


If you have one or more missing teeth, a dental implant is the most advanced way to restore it, artificially replacing your tooth with a small titanium post. The post is inserted directly into the jawbone during a short surgical procedure. We can use dental implants to support single crowns, bridges or even full-arch dentures.

What are the Advantages of Choosing Dental Implants?

Dental implants are self-supporting and will have only beneficial effects on your dental health. The implant post protects your bone, preventing bone deterioration. Implant-retained teeth provide the correct support for your facial muscles and prevent remaining natural teeth from shifting position.

Will My Implant Teeth Look and Feel Natural?

Here at Apple Dental, we use computer guidance when planning and placing our implants. This ensures your implants are inserted into precisely the right location, using a key-hole surgical technique that is smoother and faster. Computer guidance provides a more successful treatment, so that once your implants are restored with a crown, bridge or denture, they will look natural while being fully functional. If you require implant crowns, we can generally create these using CEREC CAD/CAM technology and which provides precision-fitted and highly aesthetic restorations and reducing the number of appointments required.

Here is Why You Should Add Chickpeas to Your Diet


Tasty and versatile, chickpeas are packed full of nutrients. Listed below are just a few reasons why you should add them to your diet.

  1. Just one cup of cooked chickpeas contains 15g of protein, making them a great addition to any diet.
  2. They are a rich source of dietary fibre and just one cup contains half the recommended daily intake.
  3. Eating chickpeas will provide you with plenty of manganese which helps support bone formation and wound healing.
  4. Chickpeas contain folate which aids new cell growth and brain cell communication.

Roast Kumara and Chickpea Salad with Almond Parmesan and Cider Vinaigrette


Made with dairy-free almond parmesan cheese, this chickpea salad is packed with flavour and is quick to make. If you are vegetarian or vegan, simply omit the feta.

Almond Parmesan Cheese

½ cup activated almonds
1/2tsp fine sea salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
¼ cup nutritional yeast

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until they form a crumble.

Chickpea Salad

11/2 cups cooked chickpeas rinsed and drained
1 large diced and cooked kumara
1 cup baby spinach
1 cup roughly chopped flat leaf parsley
½ cup crumbled feta cheese

Cider Vinaigrette

¼ cup raw apple cider
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1tbps Dijon mustard
1 minced garlic clove

Pinch of black pepper and sea salt to taste

Instructions

Mix together all the salad ingredients and sprinkle with the almond parmesan. Mix together all the dressing ingredients and dress the salad to your taste.

How Can Tooth Sealants Help My Child?


Cavities frequently develop on the chewing surfaces of adult premolars and molars. These are the large back teeth that grind up food and which have lots of fissures, easily trapping food and bacteria. Using tooth sealants is a cost-effective and non-invasive way to protect these more vulnerable tooth surfaces and there is no need for anaesthetic.

What are Tooth Sealants?

Tooth sealants are made from a flowable resin material that when painted onto clean teeth quickly hardens to form a strong, smooth and easy-to-clean surface. This prevents bacteria from causing cavities in these tooth surfaces. Once in place, tooth sealants should last for years but our dentists will regularly check their condition and can replace them if needed.

How are Tooth Sealants Applied?

Your child’s teeth will be cleaned and lightly etched as this improves the bond between the tooth and the sealant. Next, the teeth are dried and the sealant is applied to the tooth surfaces. It is soon hardened with a special light.

Can Tooth Sealants Help Teeth with Fillings?

Tooth sealants can only be applied to healthy teeth that don’t have any cavities or fillings. Here at Apple Dental, we strongly suggest applying dental sealants soon after the adult back teeth emerge.

Should You Brush or Floss First?


We encourage our patients to brush twice a day and to floss last thing at night so you go to sleep with teeth that are as clean as possible, but we often get asked if it is better to brush or floss first. Some people think it is better to floss first because food and plaque trapped in between the teeth is loosened and can then be brushed away. Others argue the opposite. This is because brushing leaves some fluoride on your teeth which is then pushed in between your teeth during flossing, providing a little extra protection.

Developing a Regular Oral Hygiene Routine

The most important thing is to do what you most feel comfortable with and to develop a regular routine. One common mistake is to regard flossing as being supplemental or less important than brushing. Both are equally important and the contact areas in between teeth account for approximately a third of your tooth surfaces that will remain dirty if you fail to regularly floss. If you frequently find you forget to floss after brushing then perhaps it might be better to floss first.

We love helping our patients improve their oral care routine so please ask us for help and advice during your next visit.

Is Teeth Whitening Effective and Safe?


When you see us here at Apple Dental for a professional teeth whitening treatment, we will ensure it is effective and safe. After first checking your mouth to ensure this procedure is appropriate, we will carefully customise your whitening treatment, providing you with excellent results while minimising or eliminating possible side-effects such as tooth sensitivity. We offer two forms of teeth whitening, using only the highest quality whitening products.

Choose One-Hour Teeth Whitening for Quick Results

In as little as an hour, our in-chair treatment will lift deep-seated stains, brightening your teeth by several shades. After protecting your gums and lips, teeth are painted with our professional strength whitening gel which is light-activated to penetrate your teeth more easily. This process may be repeated several times until the desired results are achieved.

Whiten While You Sleep

Alternatively, we can provide a customised home whitening kit consisting of specially made whitening trays that will fit comfortably over your teeth. You simply need to wear the trays for several hours each evening or while asleep. Treatment takes approximately two weeks to complete but you will notice a real difference in just a few days.

If you would like to safely achieve a brighter and whiter smile, contact us to book your consultation.

Here’s Why You Should Include Mushrooms in Your Diet


Mushrooms are tasty and are packed full of essential nutrients. Here’s why you should be eating more mushrooms.

  • Mushrooms are low in carbohydrates and have no cholesterol or fat. They contain enzymes that help lower cholesterol levels.
  • Mushrooms are a great source of iron.
  • Mushrooms are a source of linoleic acid and beta-glucans which are known to have anti-carcinogenic properties.
  • Mushrooms contain vitamin D which helps the absorption of calcium and phosphorus.
  • They also provide calcium which is essential for healthy teeth and bones.
  • Mushrooms have natural antibiotics that help inhibit fungal infections and microbial growth.
  • Ergothioneine is a powerful antioxidant that is found in mushrooms, helping to boost the immune system.

Mushroom and Potato Frittata


Tasty, warming and quick to prepare, this recipe includes seasonal, healthy mushrooms.

Ingredients

250g coarsely chopped Carisma potatoes
8 free-range eggs
6 rashers chopped, rindless middle bacon
1 red onion, half finely chopped and half thinly sliced
160ml milk
30g shredded cheddar
120g ricotta
Zest from 1 lemon
200g halved cup mushrooms
1/3 cup flat-leaf parsley

Instructions

  1. Cook potatoes until tender and whisk eggs and milk together in a medium bowl. Season.
  2. Preheat grill on high and heat a non-stick 21 cm ovenproof frying pan over a medium heat. Cook the chopped onion, mushroom and bacon for five minutes until the onion softens and bacon is browned.
  3. Add potato and cook while stirring for one minute. Add the egg mixture and reduce heat to low.
  4. Top mushroom mixture with ricotta and sprinkle with cheddar. Cook for seven minutes until egg is nearly set.
  5. Finish frittata under grill for three minutes until golden and set.
  6. Serve with sliced onion, parsley leaves and lemon zest.

Serves 4