Tuesday, 10 September 2019



 These days many of my clients are deciding to improve their appearance and are investing in cosmetic surgery.  This now in 2019 is nothing out of the ordinary in for women and men, but surgery generally does not improve the condition of the skin, especially in the areas that can be a” give away” to ageing , the areas of the neck and décolletage.
My advice is to all my clients whether they choose the surgery route or non-invasive anti- ageing treatments is to invest in a course of conditioning treatments for these areas, it is common to invest time and money on your face and forget these most important and delicate areas that are often neglected.

Autumn and winter are an ideal time to invest in such courses of treatment, when the sun is no longer so strong and the skin is not so exposed, so what do I suggest?After a long hot summer removing faded suntan and dead skin cells is vital to keep the skin soft and fresh looking and to encourage new and healthier skin cells.  Microdermabrasion with fine crystals, applied under suction lifts away the debris accumulated on the skin and allows this process to take place, conditioning masks and creams can now do a better job as these old cells have been removed.Treatments such as gentle acid peels and ultrasonic peeling are another alternative.Intense Pulsed Light treatment or IPL are a great addition to build up the quality and strength of the skin by encouraging the manufacturing of collagen.Any redness on the chest area or brown pigmentation can be greatly improved by IPL treatment but this must be done in the less sunny months.

Micro needling with serums, a treatment called Dermafrac, a painless needling procedure again improves the condition and quality of the skin, by moisturising and encouraging collagen.
To help the neck which is such a delicate area and can show the signs of ageing more quickly than others, skin tightening using Radio Frequency together with pads using micro current are  a very effective, pleasant and relaxing treatments.

It is necessary to invest in a short course of 4 to 6 treatments depending on the treatment taken over a period of months, treatments vary in price and a free consultation is necessary to decide on what is the best option for your skin.

Please contact Clinica Dental La Plaza and ask for Yvonne Rollinson BEAUTY WITH TECHNOLOGY

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Aidan's Story

Aidan came to us back in May after being petrified of visiting the dentist and had let his teeth and dental hygiene suffer as a result.  We've been following the progress of Aidan we're happy to report he now has his dream smile! After 3 months of work the results are outstanding.

Between 9% and 20% of us avoid going to the dentist because of anxiety or fear. ... Dental phobia is a serious condition. Dr Karen Gardner specialises In nervous patients. Have all your dental treatment done in a stress-free controlled manner. As you will there was nothing for Aidan to to worry about and he now has his smile back restoring both his teeth and confidence.

 Aidans treatment took 3 months to complete using cosmetic bonding, crowns and a bridge.

Aidan's teeth before any treatment. Many had fallen, were weak and discouloured.

His upper teeth prepared for crowns and a bridge. As you can see the incredible poor and painful state he was in.

He put his trust Doctor Karen Gardner who was very patient and careful when satrting treatment. Aidan had previously met with Karen and discussed what parts of the process most scared him and was taken through each step of the procedure and what it involved.

Aidan's lower teeth were attended to first and cosmetic cosmetic bonding was applied to restructure and shapen

His upper teeth were then fitted with temporary crowns.

After a month of temporary fixtures and fittings Aidan was then given his permanent and brilliant new smile. Not only did his smile return the shape of his face changed dramatically, having sagged and shrunk in the absence of teeth. His general confidence and wellbeing were restored.

Well done Aidan!

Monday, 10 June 2019

Coming Soon to Clinica Dental La Plaza-Bemer Physical Vascular Therapy

Bemer Physical Vascular Therapy stimulates and increases the microcirculation and promotes the blood flow in capillaries and at a cellular level. This improves the performance of the body's cells, which in turn favours the body’s own self-healing power.

What Is A Bemer Machine

The machine is designed to help people who have health issues including cancer patients and can be used to treat a number of health-care related problems including arthritis, back pain, diabetes,fatigue, peripheral arterial diesease, ployneuropathy, torn ligaments, bone fractures, sprains, rheumatism, Insomnia, stress and colds

Its premise is to use electromagnetic signals which helps to strengthen one's organs, muscles, and immune system. using a pulse that stimulates microcirculation which improves overall blood flow.  Improved circulation has a large range of generalised positive benefits; removing toxins, increases transportation of oxygen and delivery of nutrients throughout the body.

Supporting the treatment of Arthritis


A large number of healthcare-related problems, including Arthritis, are not caused by the general failure of the organism's control systems. In fact, the opposite holds true. The control systems continue to work – they just work in the wrong place, at the wrong time or with dysfunctional biorhythms. For this reason, the aim of any therapeutic procedure must be to stimulate the body's own regulatory mechanisms in such a way that the dysfunction at hand can be brought under control by the organism itself using the natural mechanisms in place.

Arthritis therapy

The new and modern BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy provides a way of stimulating key regulatory microcirculatory mechanisms by complex means in the event of dysfunction or disease. Very recent findings – related to the regulation of tissue blood supply and the overarching nervous and humoral regulation – have presented a promising method of using biorhythmically defined simulative signals to generate a therapeutic physical stimulation of restricted or dysfunctional blood flow through organs.

Healing Processes with Arthritis

BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy is a complementary treatment that provides critical underlying support for healing processes in the treatment of degenerative disorders of the musculoskeletal system. It assists in restoring an adequate supply to the relevant tissue cells, thereby helping to relieve pain caused by Arthritis. Targeted treatment of individual areas, however, must be achieved by means of simultaneous physiotherapeutic or pharmaceutical measures, although such measures would be much less successful or even entirely unsuccessful on their own.

How Physical Vascular Therapy helps with Back Pain


“BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy” uses a scientifically proven method to transmit stimulation signals to the precapillary arterioles and postcapillary venoles.The purpose of these signals is to ensure that the arteriole and venoles move better and faster again, driving vasomotion. This enables medicines administered against back pain to reach their destination by ensuring that the blood flow in the capillaries is more effective and once again adequate. But this is not the only benefit. The improved circulation in the capillaries can ensure that the supply to the cells works better again and that waste products can be correctly disposed of. The stimulation signals for the precapillary arterioles and postcapillary venoles and are transmitted into the body using electromagnetic fields.

Help with Diabetes through BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy


Among patients with diabetic polyneuropathy (a disorder of the peripheral nerves that can give rise to pain, pins-and-needles sensations, burning or numbness in the arms and legs), a course of BEMER therapy lasting several weeks was successful in significantly improving the function of the subcutaneous microcirculation and the immune system.
Another study demonstrated that, where diabetes patients receiving conservative, outpatient treatment had undergone a 27-day course of BEMER therapy on their sores, these became significantly smaller than on diabetes patients in the control group. It was therefore possible to significantly improve the impaired healing of sores.
Viewed in a holistic therapeutic concept, this makes BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy an absolutely essential complementary treatment in the therapy of metabolic disorders such as diabetes mellitus and the prevention of metabolic syndrome, especially in these modern times dominated by stress and lack of exercise.

Physical Vascular Therapy and Fatigue


BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy supports the natural reaction capability of the immune system and activates the body's self-healing powers by strengthening its regulation mechanisms. This enables a wide range of alleviating applications that enable vast improvements in therapy results in many indications. A constantly growing number of medical and therapy practices are successfully using BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy for the alleviation of a variety of conditions. For patients experiencing fatigue, it appears particularly important in many cases that BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy is able to improve the ability to fall asleep and stay asleep, and supports the body with key regenerative processes during this rest phase.

Vascular Therapy as a treatment for Peripheral Arterial Disease


BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy is a scientifically proven procedure that uses stimulation signals to speed up the inadequate movement of the smallest vessels, the capillaries, which in turn improves the supply and disposal of tissue and organ cells. The use of BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy has achieved documented successes in both the prevention of peripheral arterial disease and the treatment of the disease in its early stages by improving microcirculation. For example, the clinical effectiveness of BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy as an effective complementary therapy option in peripheral arterial disease has been proven by way of a controlled study. This study demonstrated that patients with peripheral arterial disease were able to walk a much larger distance after BEMER therapy than patients who did not receive this therapy.

Using the BEMER treatment for accelerated healing of Torn Ligaments


It is necessary in this context to differentiate between treatment of acute symptoms and subsequent treatment. Acute symptoms should be treated by way of first aid by cooling the swelling so that it subsides. Between around 15 and 20 minutes are usually adequate in this connection. The injured area should also be rested in an elevated position. Such a position also reduces the flow of blood and relieves the pain. It is also recommended that a compression bandage be applied. A doctor should then be involved for subsequent treatment, if only because a layperson can often not tell a torn ligament apart from a sprain. The doctor will then decide whether an operation is necessary or whether the ligament tear can be healed using non-invasive, conservative methods. If surgical measures are necessary, the affected ligaments can either be rejoined or possibly replaced by other tendons in the body. Conservative treatments are performed by consistent exercises and muscular training. Other potential options are bandaging and possibly plaster-casting for stability.
The healing process of the torn ligament itself – whether conservative or surgical methods are applied – requires a healthy portion of patience. However, this process involves not only potentially the need for physiotherapeutic exercises – improving blood flow also plays a key role. Effective blood circulation improves the supply of nutrients to the affected tissue and reduces inflammation, enabling it to support the healing process after a ligament rupture massively. The use of BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy is particularly well-suited to this purpose. This vascular therapy activates the body's self-healing potential, thereby supporting the healing of wounds and injuries, including those caused by ligament ruptures. A multidimensional signal structure provides effective stimulation for restricted or dysfunctional microcirculation, supporting the body's key control mechanisms for healing, recovery and regeneration processes. The support that BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy provides in the regeneration processes has been confirmed by a series of studies that have scientifically demonstrated the effectiveness of BEMER Therapy. For example, BEMER Therapy enables improvements in microcirculation, which has a positive impact on the healing process of ligament ruptures, which in turn can reduce the time that the patient spends suffering following a ligament rupture.

The Excruciating Pain of Torn Ligaments

One unfortunate movement, and the damage may already be done – torn ligaments! This is not something that just sportspeople suffer from particularly frequently. In other walks of life and in other activities, torn ligaments – also known as ruptured ligaments – are not uncommon. Why is this? The ligaments consist of taut connective tissue, are normally extremely strong and serve to stabilize the joints. However, sudden movements (for example, when running with high heels, tripping from a curb, or running on uneven surfaces) can cause a ligament to tear. And while the proverbial wisdom that you can rupture a ligament with the smallest movements is somewhat overstated, it's also not all that far from the truth. There is no doubt that torn ligaments are one of the most common sporting injuries to occur when playing soccer, basketball, or squash. Among the known causes are a twisting of the knee or of the foot, things that occur often when playing soccer, for example. It is often the abrupt twist that causes a ligament to be so heavily overstretched that its fibers are pulled to breaking point. The joint can still be moved, but sadly only in certain directions. Breaking these limits can quickly cause a ligament to tear. The sufferer will notice the acute symptoms extremely quickly, because a ligament rupture will be followed by sudden and intense pain that re-occurs whenever the area is put under further strain. Effusions are also frequent, not uncommonly causing swelling with possible bruising. The improper loads and postures will also almost always cause damage to other areas of the musculoskeletal structure.
Typical types of Ligament Rupture
  • Rupture of the lateral ligament in the high ankle (sprain),
  • Collateral ligament rupture in the knee,
  • Cruciate ligament rupture in the knee,
  • Ligament rupture in the elbow,
  • Ligament rupture in the thumb,
  • Carpal ligament rupture.

Applying Physical Vascular Therapy on Bone Fractures


BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy can be considered to be a milestone in physical vascular therapy. This vascular therapy activates the body's self-healing potential, thereby supporting the healing of wounds and injuries, including those caused by bone fractures. It also supports the regenerative processes in the organism. At the core of BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy is a multidimensional signal structure that provides effective stimulation for restricted or dysfunctional microcirculation. It supports the body's key control mechanisms for healing, recovery and regeneration processes. BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy generates considerable improvements in microcirculation without a doubt. This has been confirmed by a series of studies that scientifically demonstrated the effectiveness of BEMER Therapy. The results of the study reveal that BEMER Therapy has been shown to provide protection and prophylactic effects. It has also been proven that this therapy applied to wound healing, for example with bone fractures, contributes positively and assists in regeneration. According to the current state of medical science, there is no other physical therapy option to have been proven to be effective in treating microcirculatory disorders than BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy. In short, BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy is considered to be a viable option for achieving timely healing results in bone fractures.

Physical Vascular Therapy helps with Rheumatism

BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy is an excellent complementary treatment in the therapy of degenerative disorders of the musculoskeletal system, for example rheumatism, and is recommended by many doctors. Its effectiveness has been demonstrated and proven in a large number of scientific and observational studies.

Therapy for Rheumatism

For the first time, the new and innovative BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy creates the means to stimulate the key regulatory mechanisms of the body's microcirculation by complex means in the event of dysfunction or disease. Recent findings – related to the localized regulation of tissue blood supply and the overarching nervous and humoral regulation – have presented a promising method of using biorhythmically defined stimulative signals to generate a therapeutic physical stimulation of restricted or dysfunctional blood flow through organs.

Healing Processes with Rheumatism

By restoring an adequate supply of blood to the relevant tissue cells, the fundamental requirement for the healing process of degenerative diseases of the musculoskeletal structure is met – thereby also establishing the conditions needed for the relief of rheumatic discomfort. Targeted treatment of individual areas in the case of rheumatism, however, must be achieved by means of simultaneous physiotherapeutic or pharmaceutical measures. However, these measures alone would only be of limited success or entirely unsuccessful.

The Use of BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy in Supporting the Treatment of Rheumatism

Many healthcare-related problems, including rheumatism, are not caused by the general failure of the organism's control systems. In fact, the opposite holds true – the control systems continue to work, they just work in the wrong place, at the wrong time or with dysfunctional biorhythms. For this reason, the aim of any therapeutic procedure must be to stimulate the body's own regulatory mechanisms in such a way that the dysfunction at hand can be brought under control by the organism itself using the natural mechanisms in place.
Pharmaceutical products are ineffective in this case. There is no effective medicine for this type of disorder. And even if such a product did exist, the dysfunction of the microcirculatory distribution means that the product would only at the required location in insufficient quantities. It would then have to be administered in such high dosages that there would be severe side effects.

Improve Falling and Staying Asleep

BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy uses a multidimensional signal structure that provides effective stimulation for restricted or dysfunctional microcirculation, supporting the body's key control mechanisms for prevention, healing, recovery and regeneration processes. This treatment assists the function of the white blood cells, enabling them to be quickly activated against foreign threats to health. This can be used as a basis to enable the immune system to protect the body better and more effectively against infections and damaging environmental influences. Today, our health-related quality of life can be measured using validated and internationally available measuring instruments. One of these measuring instruments, the SF-36, has 36 questions and comprises eight domains that are scored using scales. These eight domains are vitality, physical functioning, bodily pain, general health perceptions, physical role functioning, emotional role functioning, social role functioning, and mental health. There is also a shorter version with just twelve questions, known as SF-12, which was used in a large-scale customer survey for BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy. It has also been demonstrated that the use of BEMER therapy enables significant improvements in sleep values to be achieved. The Jenkins scale was used for this study. The assessment of the studies revealed that over 60 percent of all users experienced significant improvements in their quality of life (p < 0.001) ‒ after just six weeks of BEMER therapy. Two thirds of users also reported that they were able to sleep better.

Stress BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy


Do you feel annoyed and overwhelmed by the smallest of events? Maybe even unmotivated, drained, and tired? Are you constantly in a bad mood and are unhappy with your professional and/or private life? Do you find it hard to switch off? If so, it's probable that you're in a vicious circle of stress. But you're not alone. Recent studies have shown that almost six out of ten Germans consider their lives to be stressful. Excessive strains at work, the constant pressure of deadlines, family stress, financial worries – all these factors can cause you to feel constantly tired and exhausted. The ability to be reached at all times thanks to modern communication technologies and sensory overload from the media also have a negative impact on this. It is estimated that one in six days of corporate absenteeism is caused by stress and work pressure. Therefore, all things considered, this is reason enough to take a closer look at the topic of stress.

Applying Physical Vascular Therapy with Colds

BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy can stimulate limited circulation in
the smallest blood vessels, positively supporting the body's self-healing
and regeneration processes. Enabled by strengthening
the body's regulatory mechanisms, the natural responsiveness of
the immune system and self-healing powers is activated, which
has a positive effect on wound healing. More and more therapists and doctors
successfully apply BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy in their practices.

Monday, 27 May 2019

Can mouthwash raise your blood pressure?

Could good oral hygiene hurt your heart? Swishing mouthwash may raise your blood pressure, according to a new study. 

After 19 healthy people rinsed with an antiseptic mouthwash twice a day for a week, researchers found that their blood pressure increased 2 to 3.5 mm Hg—a bump that, if left alone, could up your risk cardiovascular disease by 7 percent, the study notes.

Antiseptic mouthwashes contain antimicrobial agents that kill oral bacteria to reduce the risk of plaque and gingivitis. But some oral bacteria are good and help form nitrites, which transform into nitric oxide—a substance that helps dilate and relax blood vessels. In the study, using mouthwash reduced nitrite production by 90 percent and nitrite levels in the blood by 25 percent. 
Here's the catch: The study used a specific type of mouthwash that contained the ingredient chlorhexidine. In the U.S., mouthwashes with that ingredient are usually prescribed by a dentist—most OTC ones don't contain it. It’s not clear yet whether other, less potent antiseptic ingredients in mouthwashes have the same result.

Don't know which brand to buy? We can advise you on all mouthwash and how suitable they are for you.

So for now, these results don’t necessarily mean you should skip mouthwash. Based on your oral history—risk of cavities and gum disease we  can tell you if one is necessary to your routine.  But if bad breath is your problem, look for a natural mouthwash or one that freshens breath only—and doesn’t eliminate bacteria. 

And remember, brushing for 2 minutes twice a day and flossing between teeth daily is still the best way to keep your mouth clean. And that can pay off for your heart: Improving gum health can slow the progression of plaque build up in your arteries, possibly because unhealthy bacteria levels contribute to harmful inflammation, according to a 2013 study in the Journal of The American Heart Association.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Cleaning your teeth may be even more important than you thought.

Gum disease is common and unpleasant, but, according to a growing body of evidence, it could also play a role in a surprising range of seemingly unrelated health problems.
Woman cleaning teeth

Cleaning your teeth may be even more important than you thought.
Plaque — a sticky substance that contains bacteria — builds up on teeth. If it is not brushed away, the bacteria can irritate the gums.

The gums may then become swollen, sore, or infected; this is referred to as gingivitis. In general, gum disease can be treated or prevented by maintaining a good oral health regime. However, if it is left to develop, it can result in periodontitis, which weakens the supporting structures of the teeth. Gum disease, which is also called periodontal disease, is widespread. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost half of adults in the United States have some degree of gum disease.

The mechanisms behind periodontal disease are relatively well-understood, and newer research shows that this health problem may play a role in the development of a number of other conditions, including Alzheimer's disease, cancer, and respiratory disease.

Gums and the brain

Although spatially the gums are near the brain, one wouldn't normally associate dental complaints with neurological conditions. However, some studies have found a link between periodontal disease and tooth loss and cognitive function. One study looking at cognitive performance followed 597 men for up to 32 years. The authors conclude:
"Risk of cognitive decline in older men increases as more teeth are lost. Periodontal disease and caries, major reasons for tooth loss, are also related to cognitive decline."
Researchers have also linked periodontal disease with an increased buildup of beta-amyloid in the brain — the neurological hallmark of Alzheimer's.Other experiments have produced evidence that one type of bacteria commonly found in cases of periodontitis — Porphyromonas gingivalis — can be found in the brains of individuals with Alzheimer's.

Following on from that discovery, in a more recent study, researchers showed that P. gingivalis infection boosts the production of beta-amyloid in the brain. In this study, the researchers paid particular attention to an enzyme produced by P. gingivalis called gingipain. They found that this protease was toxic to tau, another protein that plays a pivotal role in Alzheimer's.

It is worth noting that other researchers have concluded that beta-amyloid is produced in response to a pathogen. The way we view Alzheimer's is slowly changing.

In the future, scientists hope that targeting gingipain enzymes might help stop neurodegeneration in some people with Alzheimer's disease. They have already designed a gingipain inhibitor, which they are testing in humans.

The researchers hope that it will "slow or prevent further neurodegeneration and accumulation of pathology in [Alzheimer's disease] patients."

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

What are your options for facial rejuvenation?

You might think you need a facelift or neck lift when you actually may just need filler and Botox or vice versa. What are your options for facial rejuvenation? The most commonly sought-after procedures include eyelid rejuvenation, facelifts after age 50 and the use of facial fillers and Botox when there is no facial skin sagging or jowling.

Is eyelid rejuvenation right for me?

Eyelid rejuvenation, also known as blepharoplasty, is a common area of the face that patients request to refresh first. Eyelid rejuvenation usually precedes a face and neck lift or can be done at the same time. The eyes are the windows to the soul, and as you age, that window will start to show severe signs of aging. Loss of volume in the face leads to sunken eyes and sagging skin that was never there before. Since your eyes are the most prominent feature of your facial structure, it is vital, when considering eyelid rejuvenation, that you do not change the appearance of your eyes too dramatically. We cannot overemphasize this concept enough because excessively slanting or making your eyes smaller with surgery will forever change how you look to yourself and to others. The goal is to look like yourself only better.

Is a facelift what I need?

Facelifts, also known as rhytidectomy, is sometimes required to correct sagging facial skin. There are many different techniques used to accomplish a facelift. We cannot stress enough the importance of choosing a real board-certified plastic surgeon who is a true expert and who specializes in facial rejuvenation when considering a facelift. Facial rejuvenation is so much more than just a facelift, and when done correctly, facial rejuvenation focuses on facial harmony. To maintain facial harmony, often facelifts are accompanied with eyelid surgery and filler to restore the eyes, bring back the natural jawline and reestablish fullness in your cheeks.

Do I need Botox?

Neuromodulators such as Botox and Dysport and Xenomin are agents that block muscular nerve signals, which in turn weakens the target muscle limiting or nullifying muscle contraction. The action of Botox, in turn, results in diminished unwanted wrinkles in the target area. Botox has multiple uses and can be used to treat crow's feet, forehead furrows, frown lines, skin bands on the neck, etc. When considering plastic surgery procedures to address the effects of aging, you should always work in close partnership with a board-certified plastic surgeon who understands the aging process. You need an expert that can help you determine if neuromodulators are appropriate to correct lines and wrinkles or if a more invasive procedure is necessary.

Do I need fillers?

As we age, our bodies naturally lose fat. This is especially evident in the face. Fat loss is especially apparent in the hollowing of the eyes and cheeks. Soft tissue fillers help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by adding volume and fullness back to the face. Most fillers such as Restylane, Voluma or Juvéderm work by replenishing the hyaluronic acid levels in your skin and pulling in moisture from the body to add to its plumping and smoothing effect. These safe, degradable hyaluronic acid fillers are helpful at reducing early signs of aging such as plumping thin lips and softening facial creases and wrinkles.

When should you have facial rejuvenation?

As with any elective medical procedure, you should only undergo facial rejuvenation when you are in good health physically, psychologically and mentally. When deciding to have plastic surgery, you want to make sure your body and your immune system are in good shape to minimize the risk of complications. Facial rejuvenation is not advisable if you have any significant underlying medical issues, and especially if you smoke.

For your safety, we cannot stress enough the importance of discussing your goals with us and can therefore perform the correct anti-aging surgical procedure that will restore your youthful face.

Monday, 11 March 2019

What You Need To Know About Peg Teeth

Do you have small, pointy teeth on either side of your front teeth? Good news: you’re (probably) not a vampire.

Those small teeth are called peg teeth. The condition is caused when adult teeth don’t develop normally – or at all. In some cases, a peg tooth may be a baby tooth that was never replaced by a permanent tooth. In other cases, typically when the tooth is noticeably pointy and is cone-shaped, it’s a hereditary condition.

Should I be worried about having peg teeth?
From a dental standpoint, peg teeth typically don’t cause oral health problems such as a misaligned bite or shifting the position of other teeth. Occasionally another tooth will erupt underneath – or even inside of – a peg tooth. If the peg tooth or surrounding teeth are painful or sensitive, or if your gums are tender or sore, check in with your dentist. He or she will probably x-ray your teeth to see if there are any structural problems that are causing the discomfort.

Usually though, peg teeth tend to be a cosmetic issue. If you’re not happy with the appearance of your smile, ask your dentist what treatments are available to enhance the appearance of your teeth.

Cosmetic dental treatments for peg teeth
Depending on the shape and size of your peg teeth, a dentist can use composite resins, porcelain veneers, or dental crowns to remodel your smile.

Resins, sometimes called “dental bonding,” are often used to restore chipped teeth. Your dentist will apply a tooth-colored composite material made of plastic resin and glass to your peg teeth to build up their size until they match your other teeth. The composite starts out as a liquid, which your dentist paints on to your broken tooth and then hardens with a curing light. Several layers of this material are often applied to give your tooth the right translucency and shape. The process is painless, and local anesthesia is not usually needed. The bonding material is fairly durable, but can chip off over time. Follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions closely to keep your bonded teeth intact and healthy.
Veneers are super-thin coverings affixed to the front surface of your tooth. It’s a more complicated and permanent restoration than bonding. First, your dentist will shape and prepare your peg teeth using a dental drill. Next, a model of the affected tooth and the teeth around it is made, using a putty-like impression material, or with a handheld digital scanner. The veneer will likely be made by a dental lab, though some dentists can make veneers right in the office. If a lab is involved, your dentist will place a temporary veneer on your tooth while you wait for your permanent veneer to be made. The veneer covers your teeth, creating the appearance of a normally-sized tooth. Veneers tend to be pretty resilient, but they can chip and fall off – especially if the underlying tooth suffers from decay, is damaged or is very small.

Crowns are more complex than resins or veneers. A crown for a peg tooth will cover much or all of the existing tooth. Your tooth will be reshaped so the cap will fit properly, and a local anesthetic is usually necessary for your comfort. After the tooth- is prepared, the dentist will make a model of your bite, send it to the lab that is making your crown, and give you a temporary crown until your permanent crown is made. Dental crowns are extremely lifelike and strong, resistant to stains, and can be expected to last for years.

Does dental insurance cover the cost of fixing peg teeth?

Unfortunately, unless your peg teeth need to be fixed for oral health issues – your bite is being affected, or you can’t chew or speak properly, etc. – chances are the procedure will be classified as cosmetic. And most dental insurance policies do not cover cosmetic procedures.