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Eating during dental healing time

Eating during healing time

I have to apologise for not being very active recently. But with the Malev Hungarian Airlines leaving the skies forever, our customer service team was very busy advising and developing new ways so our dental patients from abroad can reach their Hungarian dentists even more easily.

Anyway, yesterday I couldn’t resist having a quick breakfast at my favourite Hungarian cafe, when I spotted an old friend. He was on his mobile talking in a very strange way. When he finished the conversation I went over to greet him. He was glad to see me and straight away started explaining his experience with his dentist.

My friend (let’s call him Robert) is a mayor of a nice, little Hungarian village, he has been for over 15 years now. His teeth were okay, nothing fancy, sometimes he needed the odd filling or root canal, but that was it. Till one day he looked in the mirror and noticed how the enamel of his teeth started disappearing and the colour turning into a darker shade of grey. Well, as his job involves lots of networking and sometimes press appearance he decided to pay a visit to his dentist and ask about his options. The dentist suggested bridges for him for all of his upper teeth, explaining the health and the aesthetic benefits. Most appealing was the possible result of looking even younger, as the new teeth would look a lot whiter and sparkler.


So Robert decided to go for it all. But he had no idea of how many changes this process will bring into his life. He said the dentist started the work on his teeth early January and only 4 weeks later will do the fitting of the new crowns. During the 4 weeks he has to wear temporary teeth… those will not protect from the feeling of cold or hot, so the increased sensitivity due to grinding is present all the time. And the function of those teeth is also very limited. This is only natural, but I asked him who his dentist was. I never heard of her though…. Also advised, next time when he needs a dentist in Hungary get in touch with me, as our dentists would’ve done the job within 5 working days, saving him a whole month of temporary discomfort!

Anyway, this little conversation given me the idea of advising on food. Dental patients travel abroad for all sorts of dental treatments. Yes, the savings are great; in most cases aftercare is also offered. I can only advise on Hungary, as I know its medical developments and believe it offers the best for the foreign dental patients. Normally, there is a healing period for every dental treatment. When receiving new dental crowns or bridges it can be anywhere from 3 days to 10 days. When getting dental implant the healing period can be as much as 9 months. Even receiving teeth whitening could bring in some new rules in our life in terms of what we should and should not eat and drink.

When receiving dental crowns during the healing time dental patients are wearing the temporary teeth (3-10 days) should avoid hot or cold food or drink. Room temperature is the best. Also in most cases chewing is not an option. Whilst staying in Hungary I would highly recommend engaging with the soup culture. Soup plays big part in a Hungarian’s diet, as it is the first in a usually 2 course lunch meal. You have the watery soups, options with meat or vegetables only, as starters. The most popular ones are: gulyas soup, Jokai bableves (a special bean soup), borsoleves (pea soup) and cernametelt soup (thin pasta soup). And they have the thick soup types; they call them “fozelek”, as a main course. English patients find this quite funny.

Once one said: “OK, so if I have soup as a starter and thick soup as main, I dread asking what the dessert is…”

Eating during dental healing time

 

Anyway, it might seem all baby food but great option for those, who still wish to sample some delicious Hungarian cooking that does not require chewing.
Most restaurants in Hungary offer “menu of the day”, usually 2-3 a la carte options for about £3 per person, but also you can find soups and “fozelek” (thick soup) on traditional Hungarian Restaurant’s menus.

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Is it possible to have teeth like a Princess for less?

26/11/2011

I normally don’t write over weekends. But sipping my morning coffee on this lazy Saturday morning, I came across a piece of news worth commenting on.

Smile like a princess: The secret to Kate Middleton’s perfect pearly whites revealed says the headline in the Daily Mail. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2066489/Smile-like-princess-The-secret-Kate-Middletons-perfect-pearly-whites-revealed.html#ixzz1eoA6XYuu)

Reading the article I found how Kate visited a foreign dentist, a French dental specialist based in London’s prestigious Wimpole Street. Immediately, I was thinking if it is allowed for a princess to show fear or confusion over dental treatment… anyway, the news is about Kate’s pearly white, bright smile and speculations over it.

Many dental patients wish to achieve the whitest teeth possible, but most of the patients wish to remain natural looking at the same time, just like the Princess. And it is possible in several different ways.


Teeth whitening is an all time favourite, you can read more about it in one of our recent articles (click http://hungariandentaltravel.co.uk/teeth-whitening/).

The way they suggest Kate got the prefect in-perfect smile is by a specific method called micro-   rotation. According to the dentist, -who is specialist in creating in-perfect, natural looking smiles- this can be achieved quickly by grinding and polishing teeth or adding individual veneers.

The article states this result with the French dentist can cost between £4000- £11000 over a period of   six months to two years,

Many Hungarian dentists have special expertise in the subject and for a savings of 40%-70% this option is really worth considering. For approximate dental prices with a dentist in all over Hungary and Budapest, please visit this page http://hungariandentaltravel.co.uk/prices/

 

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Teeth Whitening…..What to expect!

Dentists in both Hungary and England agree that patient expectations for teeth whitening procedures are often unrealistic which can cause disappointment for the patient. Dentists are generally keen to avoid patient dissatisfaction when it comes to teeth whitening procedures and likewise patients don’t want to waste money on procedures that don’t have the desired effect.
Teeth Whitening procedures are often provided in Budapest for overseas dental patients but it is not a procedure whereby the British, Irish or American dental patient will have flown in especially for it. For those patients who require teeth whitening as a standalone procedure it is generally more cost effective to have it done with your local dentist at home. Teeth Whitening often compliments other treatments for the dental tourist rather than it being a standalone procedure. An example would be when a patient is having Bridgework on their upper jaw and they require teeth whitening on the lower jaw so that the upper and lower teeth blend in with each other.


Hungary has a reputation for providing high quality dental care at much lower prices than you would expect in your home country but teeth whitening is one of those procedures whereby the price is approximately the same both in Hungary and in your home country. The main reason is that the bulk of the cost is in the material with little labour involved.
Dental patients are often seduced by teeth whitening advertisements whereby the model has the perfect smile. This often leads to the patient having a greater expectation in the product which can lead to disappointment and perhaps even complaint.

Crooked Teeth
It may sound obvious but teeth whitening procedures do not fix crooked teeth. If you have crooked teeth then your teeth will still be crooked after the teeth whitening procedure. They will just be whiter crooked teeth. Advertising is very powerful and often patients will think that they will get the perfect smile just like the model in the teeth whitening advertisement.

Tetracycline Staining
Once again, teeth whitening procedures has its limitations when it comes to tetracycline staining. Teeth whitening may help but often it will not give you that perfect smile like the model in the advert or brochure.

A1 White Smile
Just because the model in the teeth whitening brochure has that perfect white smile it does not mean that the same can be achieved for your teeth. With claims that laser teeth whitening can take your back up to 10 shades whiter it is hard to ignore but in reality the dentist should only try to do what is realistic. In many cases teeth whitening is used to take your teeth back just a few shades as safety is important and the health of your tooth should not be compromised.



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Removing Amalgam Fillings Safely

02/11/2011

Many people walk around with Amalgam fillings in their mouth. These dental fillings are easily recognisable because they are a dark grey or a silver colour.

They don’t look very attractive and amalgam fillings comprise of 50% mercury which is a toxic metal.
Amalgam fillings were a popular choice by many dentists because it is inexpensive, strong and long lasting. The downsides of amalgam fillings are that they don’t look very nice and they release small amounts of mercury vapour for extended periods of time which can be inhaled.

Nowadays patients have choices when it comes to choosing filling materials and white coloured composite materials are less expensive and stronger than they used to be.
If you don’t have any amalgam fillings already in your mouth then you may want to think twice before allowing your dentists to place them.

The interesting debate is what to do if you already have amalgam fillings?
1) Do you have them removed and replaced with a safer and more attractive material?
Or
2) Is it safer to leave them alone?
If you suffer from metal sensitivities then removal of your amalgam fillings should be seriously considered but what should you do if they are not causing you any bother?
Those that decide to have their amalgam fillings removed usually fall into two categories. Patients who want to improve their appearance and those that are worried about the health implications from the mercury.

For those that are worried about the health implications of mercury there is a dilemma. If you leave the mercury in place we know that mercury will release small amounts of vapour over prolonged periods of time. If the amalgam filling is removed then there is a high chance that a higher dose of mercury will be inhaled and enter the bloodstream. Some dentists believe that it is better to remove these fillings because of the long term health benefits. Other dentists strongly believe that it is safer to leave them in place.
If you decide to have them removed then it is well worth it to choose a dentist that will take precautions. Discuss the procedure with the dentist and investigate whether they have the correct equipment to remove your mercury fillings safely.

Removal
Dentists that are prepared for Amalgam filling removal should have special cutters for slicing the amalgam so that the filling material can be removed in larger pieces. Dentists that grind the filling out with a high speed drill will aerosolise the mercury particles which can be inhaled. Remove the amalgam material in large chunks spraying with water to keep the temperature down and the particles grounded.


Disposal
The dentist will no doubt use a suction pump to remove debris from your mouth. It is important to know whether the suction pump discharges outside of the building or whether it pumps the vapour back into the room. It is a more expensive installation but it is better to have the vapour discharging outside of the building otherwise both the dentist and the patient will be inhaling the mercury vapours.
Amalgam separators are also used to ensure that waste water is filtered before entering the sewage system as small amounts of mercury can pollute large volumes of water.
It is also essential for all staff present to wear fully serviceable respirators.

Barriers
It is essential for the patient to be fully protected during the procedure. It is advisable for rubber dams to be used to isolate the area. Covering the patients face will also prevent loose particles to fall in the patient’s eyes or onto the skin.

Excavation
It is essential that the dentist fully excavates the area. Using a magnifier will allow the dentist to fully inspect the area to ensure that all amalgam is removed before placing the new filling material.

Patients Air Supply
It is important for dental patients to avoid breathing in mercury particles during the process. If air can be provided via a nose hood then the patient can have clean air provided to them which will be safe.

Supplements
Although few studies have been made many dentists advise taking vitamin C, zinc, charcoal and magnesium to help with the chelation of mercury from your system. Increased water intake and an addition of garlic in your diet will not do you any harm.

Hungarian Dentists
Many dentists in Budapest and surrounding areas in Hungary have the expertise and equipment to safely remove amalgam fillings.

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