Straighten your teeth subtly with our dentist in Banbury

Here at Amsel & Wilkins we know how self-conscious it can make people feel when they are undergoing teeth straightening treatment, which is why we offer Invisalign, a discreet and convenient way of straightening your smile. Having an uneven or gapped smile can leave people feeling extremely insecure when it comes to smiling, and we do not want any of our patients to feel like this. Invisalign is a simple treatment that uses a 3D scan of your teeth to produce additional images that show how your teeth need to move if you wish to straighten them up. This scan means that our patients no longer have to endure messy impressions to discover the exact positions of their teeth either. Invisalign treatment generally targets the front six to eight teeth, so if you have severe misalignment issues this treatment may not be suitable for you, but our dentist in Banbury will be able to recommend an alternative treatment to help. If you would like to find out more about Invisalign or other teeth-straightening treatments please do not hesitate to book a consultation appointment with one of our practitioners today to find out what we can do for you.

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Clear aligners that are comfy to wear

Once your scans have been sent away they will be used to make several sets of custom made aligners for you. Your dentist in Banbury will make an appointment for you to pick these aligners up and try them on to make sure they fit comfortably. The aligners are made from clear plastic and fit snugly over your own teeth, so they are barely noticeable to other people. You will have multiple sets of aligners to wear in a specific order to ensure your teeth are moving correctly, but you will only be issued a few sets at a time and will be required to have check-up appointments to ensure your treatment is working correctly before getting your next few sets. The aligners themselves are entirely removable, so you can take them out when you want to eat or brush your teeth, but if you wish for your treatment to work efficiently you must be wearing them for at least twenty-two hours of the day.

Aftercare that will not let you down

Once you have completed your teeth straightening treatment with our dentist in Banbury they will arrange for an aftercare appointment to take place. At this appointment you will be provided with a plastic, custom made retainer and very clear instructions to follow. Normally you will be expected to wear your retainer constantly for a period of around seven days after your treatment has ended, and after this, you will be expected to wear it at night. How long you have to continue to wear it at night will depend on your individual circumstances, with some people only needing to wear it for a few months compared to others who will need to wear it at night for several years. Regardless of how long you need to wear it for it is important that you wear it properly, otherwise, your teeth are likely to return to their previous crooked positions and you may need to have straightening treatment again. 

Speak to our dentist in Banbury about upgrading from your dentures

At Amsel & Wilkins we understand the importance of not only having a smile that you love to show off but teeth that you can rely on when it comes to biting, chewing and speaking. Teeth can fall out for a variety of reasons, but dentures can fall out as well which is why we offer an alternate treatment that ensures your new teeth are not going to come loose, fall out or let you down when you need them the most. Our dentist in Banbury provides dental implant treatment, which is a way to replace your teeth securely in a way that leaves you with a completely natural-looking smile. If you have missing teeth and wish to replace them, or believe that it is time to upgrade from your dentures for peace of mind, then book an appointment to speak to one of our practitioners today. They will be able to explain the procedure to you in full and ensure that it is suitable for you as well as answering any questions that you may have.

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A straightforward way to getting a natural-looking smile

Once you have made the decision to have dental implant treatment with our dentist in Banbury you will have multiple appointments arranged as your mouth will need time to heal in between. The first steps after your consultation appointment are to insert multiple titanium screws into your jawbone, so your new teeth will have something to support them. How many screws you need when replacing an entire set of teeth will depend on your individual circumstances. Some patients can replace a full set of teeth requiring only four implants, whilst others can need up to twelve. Once your gums have healed around the screws you will have your new teeth attached to them. These teeth are made to look and feel exactly like normal ones. It is likely that you will have a full set of dentures attached to your implants, but some patients can have multiple partial dentures attached if this is a more convenient option.

You do not have to have dentures to benefit from implants

A majority of people seem to assume that dental implants can only be used when all of their teeth are missing. This is not the case and whether you are missing just one tooth or multiple you can speak to our dentist in Banbury to discover what options are available to you when it comes to replacing your teeth with implants. Generally speaking if you are missing one tooth it is likely that you will only need one titanium screw inserted into your jawbone and one crown attached to this to complete your smile. In cases where you are missing multiple teeth it will depend on their positioning as to whether you will require multiple crowns or a bridge to restore your teeth. A bridge can be used when there are multiple teeth missing next to each other, or when there is a missing tooth either side of an original one. If you have multiple missing teeth then you will not necessarily need one screw for each missing tooth that you have to replace as the screws are capable of supporting more than one false tooth each.

Unsure if your wisdom teeth are being problematic? 5 signs that might mean they are by our dentist in Banbury

Between the ages of 11 and 17 years old, your body goes through many changes.

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And while the memory of adult teeth erupting can seem like a distant (and painful!) memory, for many people, their teenage years are overshadowed by the eruption of 4 more teeth in the mouth.

Known as wisdom teeth, these 4 molars appear at the back of the mouth, 2 on the top jaw and 2 on the bottom and, to be frank, they can cause a lot of issues. Why? Because they tend to erupt when your adult teeth are set nicely in your jaw. And as you can imagine, your adult teeth don’t take kindly to surrounding teeth popping up and crowding their space.

At Amsel & Wilkins, we have years of expertise dealing with problematic wisdom teeth and will conduct an assessment of these late bloomers to establish whether they need to be removed. If they do, our dentist in Banbury will remove them painlessly and easily, allowing your mouth to be free of pressure and crowding. Perfect!

So, what are some of the signs that those new wisdom teeth are going to be problematic? Read on to find out!

Discomfort

As you can imagine, when you have a new tooth coming through, it is going to be a bit uncomfortable.

However, if this discomfort persists when your wisdom teeth have fully erupted, then you need to see our dentist in Banbury for an assessment. The discomfort may be persistent or may occur when you are chewing food and can even take the form of sensitivity when consuming hot or cold liquids.

Swelling

Again, an erupting tooth does not occur without a fair amount of swelling, but our dentist in Banbury advises that all people with erupting wisdom teeth keep an eye on the swelling.

If it looks darker than the surrounding gum, is uncomfortable or is becoming too swollen for you to close your mouth properly, contact our team.

Bleeding

Excessive amounts of bleeding from an erupting wisdom tooth can point towards an issue. This indicates that the tooth may be impacted (not fully erupted) and is moving, causing the bleeding.

Should this occur, you need to contact our team who can assess if the tooth can be accommodated in your mouth or needs to be extracted by us.

Stiffness

A stiff jaw or issues with opening your mouth wide can also point to a problem with wisdom teeth.

As they erupt, the swelling or the tooth itself can put pressure on the surrounding nerves and cause problems with movement throughout your mouth and jaw. If you notice an issue with moving your mouth, jaw or tongue since you have had wisdom teeth erupting, please contact our team for an assessment.

Foul odour or taste

A sure-fire sign that there is an issue with your wisdom teeth is a foul taste or smell in your mouth.

This points towards an infection in or under the tooth, which requires urgent medical attention to resolve.

Worried about a tooth extraction? A brief guide from our dentist at Amsel and Wilkins

While many people have had a sore tooth at some point during their lives, in most cases it can be resolved by a filling or a crown.

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But if you have a tooth that is eroded by decay or you are preparing for orthodontics, you may need to have a tooth extracted or pulled.

And this can be intimidating, even for adults! But as is the way with most areas of dental care, the more you know about each procedure, the less anxious you will feel.

And at Amsel & Wilkins, while we will try and save every tooth if possible, should your tooth need pulling, our dentist in Banbury can make the experience comfortable for you. Using our state-of-the-art technology and tools, we aim to make all dental experiences as pleasant as possible and will endeavour to look after you and your family with the treatments we offer.

So, with that in mind, what are the different types of dental extraction that our dentist in Banbury can perform? Yes, that’s right, there is more than one type! Read on to find out!

Simple extraction

As the name suggests, this type of extraction is, well, simple and involves the removal of teeth whose crowns are visible in the mouth. This type of extraction is usually performed if you are having braces fitted, are having a wisdom tooth extraction or to prevent overcrowding.

In this instance, our dentist in Banbury will use a local anaesthetic to numb the area and will grasp the tooth to remove it.

During this, it is likely you will feel a sensation of pressure, which is totally normal. Once complete, our team will advise you on pain relief and will advise you on what to look out for in relation to infection.

Surgical extraction

OK, so a surgical extraction is a bit more complicated.

Once again, the clue is in the name and with surgical extractions, there are more tools involved and the procedure can take a little longer.

A surgical extraction is performed when you have a tooth that has broken below the gum line through decay or injury, or alternatively, it is impacted under the gum which is common with wisdom teeth. Should you need this extraction type, you will be numbed with an anaesthetic and our team will need to make precise incisions into your gums to remove the tooth.

To check that the procedure has been successful, we may also need to conduct X-rays to ensure that we have got all of the tooth fragments. And, as is the way with most surgical interventions, we may need to use stitches to close the opened area and to promote healing.

Signs of infection

With both types of extraction, it is important to be able to spot the signs of infection.

These typically involve a foul taste or smell, prolonged discomfort, swelling, feeling nauseated, being physically sick or feeling hot or cold intermittently.

If you notice any of these signs following an extraction, contact our team.

How to tell if you need to visit the dentist

The best way to safeguard against potential threats to your oral health and protect your quality of life is to keep to the scheduled check-up appointments as instructed by our dentist in Banbury. At Amsel & Wilkins, we offer a range of top-quality dental care treatments to protect or restore dental health and function.

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Delaying a visit to our dentist in Banbury, or skipping out of regular dental check-ups altogether, means missing out on the opportunity to have red flags that point to a dental issue identified and treated. When no action is taken to treat worrying symptoms, a patient can be sure to expect more severe discomfort and pain, and the progression of the oral health problem.

We are always dismayed when patients only pay us a visit when in extreme pain. While our dental practitioners are well experienced in relieving dental pain and providing quality urgent dental care, all such pain and anxiety can be completely avoided if symptoms are treated when they arise and not left to escalate. Outside of pain and discomfort, there are other occasions when it is a good idea to have your teeth and gums looked at by a qualified dentist in Banbury

Times when you need to see a dental practitioner

You have bad breath

It is not always the case that bad breath is caused by some food you ate or beverage you consumed. Another quite common cause of bad breath is an underlying oral health problem. The only reliable way to tell for sure what the cause is of your bad breath, is to have a dental practitioner conduct an oral health assessment. Not only can our dental professional get to the root cause of your problem, we can also prescribe suitable dental treatment plans to regain oral health and your confidence to engage with others once again.

You dental appliances have become loose or damaged

Patients are not always conscious of the critical importance of having their loose dentures or damaged braces repaired. If the structural integrity of your dental appliance is compromised then this has a direct adverse impact on the outcome of your treatment plan.

Your teeth bleed or have suddenly become extremely sensitive

It is not par for the course for bleeding to occur around your teeth or for them to be sensitive when consuming hot or cold treats and these symptoms should not be ignored. Like all other dental problems, timely action needs to be taken to stop the progression of the minor problem from becoming a more major one.

Whether it is toothaches or mouth sores, poor oral health issues can quite quickly reduce the quality of life you experience.

Optimal dental health starts with a determined effort at observing all your dental-related obligations such as daily brushing and flossing and seeing our dental practitioner at Amsel & Wilkins. Please get in touch with our administration support team to arrange for a dental assessment as soon as possible, especially if it has been a while since your last dental check-up.

What you can expect from a top dentist

When wanting to find a reputable dentist in Banbury for quality dental care, it is important to first ask a critically important question – what expectations do I have in regards to the quality of care I receive and how I am treated as a patient when visiting the dental clinic? In asking this question, patients are able to identify the qualities they wish the dental professional from whom they receive their dental care to have. It is only when knowing what the qualities are that they are looking for that patients can align with the right dentist in Banbury.

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Good oral health is indispensable if patients are to experience a high degree of quality of life that is founded on physical, mental and social wellbeing. Good dental health helps patients to take care of their physical bodies, by ensuring they consume the nutrients they need and helps them look their best by providing them with a pleasing smile, which is needed to make a strong positive impression.

At our Amsel & Wilkins Dental Practice, it is our focused mission to ensure that each patient who visits us, receives the best possible dental care from a friendly, highly capable, professional dental practitioner. Read on to find out what characteristics our dentists possess that set us apart as a dental practice.

Must-have qualities expected from a top dental practitioner

In addition to the must-have qualities such as qualifications and real-world experience every practising dental practitioner should have, there is an extra set of merits that distinguishes a really good dentist in Banbury from the run-of-the-mill type. This unique set of qualities includes a number of attributes.

A genuine interest in patient care

Our services in dental care are coupled with a genuine interest in the health and wellbeing of our patients. We take the time to listen to our patients’ needs and wants in order to best understand how it is that we can help them achieve their goals. The easy-going nature of our dentists helps us get to know our patients as individuals. We present to our patients all suitable treatment options, as well as all necessary information, so that our patients can make the best decisions in regard to their overall wellbeing.

Commitment to ongoing professional development

Dentistry is far from being a stagnant field, rather it is coloured by continuous exciting technological developments and modernised systems. A dental practitioner, who is passionate about modern dentistry, will make learning about revolutionary methods a top priority in their practice of providing the very best of dental care.

Honest in our communication with you

We combine honesty and compassion when communicating with patients. We are aware that we need to be sensitive to the problems experienced by our patients and that a compassionate approach is often the best way to ensure that patients are comfortable in seeking the help that they need.

For superior-quality, comprehensive dental care, trust in our competent dentists at Amsel & Wilkins Dental Practice. We are a well-established, modern, family dental surgery where our patient-focused philosophy is a guiding hand in all that we do.

Unsure if you need to see our emergency dentist? 5 signs that you have a dental emergency

Unsure if your toothache is anything to worry about?

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If you are like many dental patients, chances are that you think a dental emergency equates to being in excruciating discomfort. While this is true for the more serious side of these issues, such as abscesses and cracked teeth, many emergency dental problems may not cause discomfort at all!

Of course, if you notice anything akin to dental pain, you should contact our team immediately, but what are some of the other signs that you need a same-day check-up?

When you come to Amsel and Wilkins for emergency dental care, our dentist in Banbury will ensure that you are taken care of and that you leave our surgery feeling much more comfortable. We will offer you some TLC and provide the necessary follow-up appointments (if needed) so you can get back on your feet. Brilliant!

Still not sure if you need to see our dentist in Banbury for an emergency appointment? If you have any of the following issues, contact us promptly!

Loose/lost filling or crown

When you have a filling or a crown, they can come loose or become lost for several reasons, such as decay worsening or inadequate fitting.

Our dentist in Banbury recommends contacting us for an emergency appointment if you notice you have a lost or loose filling or crown, so we can restore your tooth and prevent infection from setting in.

Cracked or chipped teeth

Like a lost filling, many people will have cracks and chips occur in their mouths from time to time. Unless it is a deep crack that causes discomfort, you are unlikely to see it as an issue.

But a crack or chip in your enamel can spread and allow bacteria to get underneath your tooth, which can lead to abscesses forming. As we can restore a crack or chip with a simple composite filling, it is not worth the risk of leaving that crack open!

Swelling

Facial swelling is synonymous with more serious dental issues, such as impacted teeth or infections, so if you spot swelling near your throat, cheeks, or in your oral area, contact our team.

If you have noticed that the swelling has gradually grown on your cheek, or gumline our team will also perform an entire screening process to check for oral cancer. Better to be safe than sorry!

Detached brace

If you wear a fitted brace and one of the brackets detaches from the tooth, you need to be seen promptly by our team.

We can reattach it temporarily, but you will also need to have an urgent appointment with your orthodontist, so they can check that the realignment process has not been impacted by the detached brace.

Bleeding

When you have had a tooth removed or suffered from an injury, any bleed from your mouth should stop with the application of pressure.

If after 20 minutes of applied pressure there is still a bleed that is not slowing, you need to see our team.

Looking for a new dentist in Banbury? Reasons to join Amsel and Wilkins today!

Whether you have had a bad experience with your current dental practitioner, or are simply new to the area of Banbury, it can be tricky to know what to look for in a new surgery.

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Of course, if you are one of those lucky people whose teeth are perfect and only require a biannual check-up, then you may think it probably won’t matter which dental team you join. However, if you have a young family, if you are a nervous patient or if you are an adult who wants to have some cosmetic dental work done, then choosing the perfect team to meet all your needs is important!

And this is where our team at Amsel and Wilkins comes in!

At Amsel and Wilkins, our dentist in Banbury can offer you a wide range of services. We can help you with everything from sensitive teeth to dental implants and also provide great preventive procedures for both children and adults alike!

But what are some of the other reasons to choose our dentist in Banbury to oversee your family’s care? Read on to find out!

Nervous patients

First things first, if you are a nervous patient then our standard welcoming procedure will be exceedingly helpful to you.

You will be invited to a non-clinical appointment with our patient coordinator; this will help you to discuss any fears that you have, along with what you wish to achieve while working with our dentist in Banbury. You will be informed of what we offer, what you can expect from us and you will be given a tour of the surgery, so you will be familiar with the setting.

Extensive examination

Once you have joined our team, we will conduct an extensive check on your mouth, teeth, and gums, this will also involve an oral cancer screening as our team is very thorough.

Depending on your current dental presentation, we may also take X-rays, and we will then discuss our findings with you, so you can make an informed decision about your treatment. Communication is key to all success in life, and we believe in making everything about your treatment crystal clear, so you can feel confident about what’s ahead.

Opening hours

We know that your world does not work 9-5 and so, we are happy to be able to offer you a 6-day week, with Saturday appointments to help young children to get their check-ups regularly.

If you need an emergency appointment, we can offer it to you within 24 hours of you contacting the surgery, to help get you back on track and free from any discomfort.

Facial aesthetics

Many dental surgeries are now able to offer non-surgical facial aesthetics, and we are happy to have joined these ranks.

If you wish to have some wrinkles and fine lines removed, or simply want your lips to look fuller and plumper, our team at Amsel and Wilkins can offer you dermal fillers to refresh your appearance. We can also offer targeted wrinkle treatments too, so all areas are covered! Brilliant!

Why should you visit a dentist in Banbury?

There are many reasons why you should make the effort to visit your dentist in Banbury at least twice a year. Not only is it beneficial for your oral health, but you can also benefit emotionally, as there is no element of uncertainty hanging around you. You can confidently know that your smile is healthy and that the steps you are taking year-round will pick up on any slight changes immediately, meaning that together we can take preventive action.

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We use high magnification and intensive lighting to thoroughly inspect your teeth and accurately identify any changes that may have occurred since your last visit. If we are able to consistently check your teeth every 6 months, then such changes can be swiftly reacted to and dealt with before they become potentially major concerns.

By using the best possible materials and restoring your teeth on their former glory quickly, you can confidently know that should you need some kind of restorative treatment it will be long lasting and durable. It should not be an everlasting battle to remain healthy and enjoy strong teeth. We believe that a little goes a long way and by doing necessary restorative treatments correctly, we can maintain the integrity of your smile so that you can enjoy it for longer.

What are some of the restorative treatments we offer?

Do you have missing teeth? Many people find that a missing tooth changes their entire lives and not for the better. It is only when we have lost a tooth that we truly understand the importance of having a complete set and how they work together to make eating and chewing a thoughtless and enjoyable experience.

When a tooth is lost, either through injury or due to poor oral health, your dentist in Banbury will urge you to replace it in the best possible way. However, some people do not do this and adjust their lives to this new reality.

This can result in an increase in infection and pain in the gums, as hard or sharp foods can cut or damage the exposed gums. Over time, your remaining teeth can shift and twist to compensate for the missing tooth which can be uncomfortable, creating further complications and leave you at further risk of more tooth loss.

By replacing missing teeth with dental implants, your dentist in Banbury is able to restore your smile again to full functionality confidently due to the guaranteed longevity of this style of treatment. Should you be viable for this treatment, and most without underlying health conditions are, then a 98% success rate is currently proven and the treatment lasts for several decades without interference.

This means that you can move forward with your life after missing teeth, rather than needing to adapt your life to a new normal as a result. If you’re interested in enjoying foods again and smiling with confidence, then we are here to make it happen however we can. Make an appointment to talk to us about any of your oral health care concerns as soon as you can.

Comprehensive dental care by your dentist in Banbury

It’s critical that you invest a small portion of your time every year in committing to visit your dentist in Banbury. This can reduce overall dental costs and maintain a stronger, healthier smile year in and year out.

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It is proven that those who do regularly visit their dentist in Banbury and follow recommendations set out by them, in addition to keeping their teeth and gums clean and fresh with biannual hygienic appointments will discover that these expenses will be less than costs that can amount when you avoid the dental chair until an emergency forces you to show up.

Therefore, not only can you cut costs in your dental care in the long run, but you can confidently shine, knowing that your oral health is competently monitored and cared for. This means you can enjoy your smile for longer and should something begin to deteriorate, we can act swiftly, minimising the impact that this can have on your emotional and physical welfare.

What are some of the treatments that we have available?

We care for your oral health in many ways. We focus on a preventive approach for everyone from children to seniors. During each stage in our lives, we need a slightly different kind of care and we look at your unique circumstances and react accordingly, ensuring that your specific needs are met.

Should there be any concerns that need to be immediately addressed, such as a cavity that needs filling, tooth removal, a root canal or a crown, then we swiftly take action and provide these restorative treatments when you are ready and in need.

In addition to preventive and restorative treatments, we offer a range of cosmetic solutions that ensure you feel like you are presenting with your best possible smile. These include teeth whitening or veneers, but also can be more complex treatments such as straightening.

What is important is that we take the time to thoroughly examine your teeth and gums and find out what it is that you need in order to enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile. After an examination, we will discuss the results and work out a purely bespoke plan that meets your needs and wishes so that you can confidently embark on a journey towards the smile of your dreams.

With a combination of different treatments, your dentist in Banbury is able to create a healthier and happier smile for you which ensures that you can get the most out of your teeth. So whether you have crooked or cramped teeth, missing teeth or you are simply looking for a check-up to ensure you are able to maintain great oral health, we are here to meet your needs.

Come on in when it is suitable for you for an initial consultation and see how our service and attention to detail sets us apart from the rest. Our high-end equipment and innovative techniques mean that you get the best results for your oral and general health.