Tooth Loss Could Be Causing Anxiety and Depression

Your tooth loss could be causing anxiety and depression!

Recent research shows that there is a link between tooth loss and anxiety and depression. The cause and effect between tooth loss and anxiety and depression seems to be blurry but there has been a link between all three factors. 

If you looking into getting dental implants or some method of covering up your toothlessness than you are one of the millions that go online daily to research a solution on toothlessness. New research is showing that they might be a connection between anxiety and depression and tooth loss. After all we live in a social media crazy world where everything is analysed physically. Many people choose not to smile or put their hands over their mouths if they are conscious about their smiles which send signals to your brain causing you to feel more sad than happy. Researchers are not sure if the results from the study are cause and effect because it could be that more depressed people neglect their health and their teeth which leads to toothlessness but nevertheless there is a link between toothlessness, anxiety and depression. Whatever the case is its important to get the message out there and make sure that people take care of themselves and their oral hygiene. Brush, floss and mouth rinse daily. 

Should you suffer from tooth loss the latest modern technique to fixing toothlessness is dental implants. The top American Dental Association suggests dental implants as the best solution as it keeps healthy bone intact and helps support muscles making you look years younger. 

Below are patients that underwent dental implant procedures

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A recent patient that visited Silver Oaks Dental Clinic in order to find a solution for her toothlessness.

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Our Case-Of-The-Month for October is Toy When we originally saw Toy she couldn't chew her food properly and was embarrassed to smile. Her jawbone was shrinking due to the loss of teeth over the years and wearing dentures. We did a full smile makeover to improve her confidence and quality of life which made her look years younger. Toy had previously worn dentures that did not suite her face structure, age and colour of her skin. The dentures were loose fitting as her jaw bone changed shape over the years due to the loss of bone. Initially we did bone grafting to replace missing bone and then we placed Dental Implants to replace her missing teeth. In order to place the implants, we had to do a thorough examination as to the amount of healthy bone available. We had to also assess risk factors and make use of 3-D scans in order to evaluate the situation ensuring optimal success. Every Dental Implant case is unique. Toy's case was a very complex one. By re-adjusting her bite, Toy is now able to chew properly and smile more confidently. Dr Huson skillfully implemented the completion of the total procedure which included Toy wearing temporary crowns in order to assess the look and feel of her teeth first. Once Toy was totally satisfied with her new look the final crowns were placed. 

Toy looked many years younger just by adding dental implants. You might ask how is this possible?

Missing teeth will result to sunken cheeks, which can make you look years older than your actual age. While you can’t necessarily see it, when you have gaps in between your teeth as a result of extraction, your jawbone will begin to shrink.

As a result, your cheeks will sag, and creases will form on your face. Dentures may fill in the gaps in your teeth, but they don’t actually address your shrinking jawbone. The only way to arrest the movement is through dental implants.Dr Huson has placed in excess 1500 Dental Implants and has worked under celebrity dentist Dr Joe Oliver in the Harley Street region of London. You are guaranteed work that is of the highest quality. Dental Implants are an ideal, long term solution to replacing missing or damaged teeth. Unlike dentures you will be able to chew and bite your food with ease. The procedure can last a lifetime and there is no need for their removal in order to have your teeth cleaned. Call us to book your appointment today on 031 202 6584 

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5 Ways to Whiten Your Teeth Quickly

5 Ways To Whiten and Brighten Your Smile

There are several misleading articles written by people who are not professional dentists and have NOT spent years studying and understanding the science behind whitening and brightening a person's smile. Several articles about ideas of oil pulling, tumeric, baking powder and apple cider vinegar are false and misleading. They can erode your enamel which will damage your teeth in the long term. There are many incidents were people who use these products have ruined their gums and teeth and entered the emergency room's of their dentists only to be told that they have damaged their teeth in the long term. By following the 5 ways to whiten and brighten your teeth you will not only save time but it will also save you money in the long term.   

Do Not Eat Teeth Staining Foods

The first tip to maintain a healthy white smile is to not eat food that stains your teeth such as curry, red wine, coffe/tea and smoke cigarettes. Prevention is better than cure. 

Brush, Mouth Rinse and Floss Your Teeth Twice A Day

We are all about preventive dentistry. Maintaining a healthy smile in the long term is extremely important as it can save you alot of time and money. Brush and floss daily and visit your dentist twice a year for a cleaning. Mouth rinsing is also very important to do daily. Use a non alcoholic mouthwash such as Colgate or Listerine's non alcoholic mouthwash.

Eat Foods That Are Good For Your Teeth

Milk, yoghurt and cheese can help you maintain a healthy smile due to the calcium and vitamin D properties. It is important to eat such dairy. Chat to your dentist should you be lactose intolerent and he can advise further.  You know what they say an apple a day keeps the dentist away. Apples are like a toothbrush, chewing and biting into an apple can reduce cavity causing bacteria and increase saliva flow. Apples can gently remove plaque trapped between teeth. 

Use Carbamide Peroxide ( A Whitening Agent) 

Carbamide is both safe and effective to use rather than hydrogen peroxide. It lessens teeth sensitivity and is safe and will not erode your enamel. Speak to your dentist about designing a teeth whitening package that will achieve a bright smile for you. Whitening agent's if used under the supervison of the dentist will not only brighten your smile but drastically improve your confidence and quaity of life. 

Visit Your Dentist Twice Yearly 

The dentist is your teeth's best friend. I mean that literally!!! Getting your teeth checked and cleaned twice yearly can make your teeth much more brighterand any concerns can be addressed before it's too late and decay has occured. You will end up spending alot more if your teeth are not maintained. 

Lastly, it is wise to note that most of us are not born with perfect teeth. There are many modern cosmetic dental procedures in 2019 that can enhance and brighten your smile. Chat to your dentist and he might be able to straighten your teeth quickly without braces or replace missing teeth permanently with dental implants. 

Below is a recent patient that under went a cosmetic dental procedure to whiten and brighten her smile. 


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Tuscany approached Silver Oaks Dental Clinic after researching for several months over the internet on smile makeover options. She decided to get a smile make over to improve her confidence as she spoke face to face with many customers on a daily basis. 

Dr Huson's solution for her teeth included a combination of our famous teeth whitening treatment, crown lengthening and dental veneers.

In order to show a more prominent smile Tuscany had crown lengthening done. Teeth whitening and dental veneers removed her stained teeth and brightened up her beautiful smile. 

The first time that Tuscany stepped into our offices she was greeted by our caring practice manager's Sarah and Marge. Dr Huson and his assistant Christina analysed her smile and discussed possible options with Tuscany regarding her desired look. Dr Huson then went onto providing her with a bespoke treatment plan and quote. Tuscany booked in a study consult with Dr Huson to discuss her treatment plan and using the latest technology in  Digital Smile Design Dr Huson showed her various after pictures of what her potential teeth could look like on a computer. 

On the next appointment teeth cleaning and teeth whitening were carried out first by our thorough and accurate oral hygienist Maggy. Dr Huson prepared Tuscany's teeth for dental veneers. Guided templates and stents were used to ensure that the absolute minimal enamel were removed from Tuscany's tooth surface. (Often as little as 0.1 millimeters or often none at all). Dr Huson then shaped the teeth in preparation for the dental veneers. Before trimming of the enamel Dr Huson discussed the various pain free options with her. Dr Huson then made a model or impression of Tuscany's teeth.

The model was then sent to our onsite lab technicians, who custom made the dental veneers. After a few days Tuscany came back to get the veneers fitted. In the meantime, Dr Huson gave her temporary veneers. These temporary dental veneers match the planned final dental veneers. The reason why we do this is so you can see if you like the fit and feel and ask family and friends for their opinions on the aesthetics of your teeth. 

Tuscany came in again to our clinic where bonding was carried out before the dental veneers were permanently cemented to her teeth, Dr Huson temporarily placed the veneers so that Tuscany could examine the fit and color. Slight adjustments were made at this stage because we have an onsite lab. Next, Dr Huson prepared the teeth to receive the veneers, the teeth were cleaned, polished, and etched -- which roughens the teeth to allow for a strong bonding process. A special cement was applied to the veneer and the veneer was then placed on Tuscany's tooth. Once properly positioned on the tooth, Dr Huson applied a special light beam to the dental veneer, which activates chemicals in the cement, causing it to harden or cure very quickly. The final steps involved removing any excess cement, evaluating Tuscany's bite and making any final adjustments in the veneer as necessary.  Tuscany then came in for a checkup to see if the veneers had taken to her teeth.

Tuscany was extremely happy with the outcome. Her treatment gave her a more trendy, youthful appearance similar to celebrities like Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez. We are so grateful to have been a part of her journey and feel honoured to be helping people change their lives and improve their quality of life. 

Dental veneers start from R5500 per tooth and can go up to R8500 per tooth.  Call us on 031 202 6584 to book your appointment. 


Straighten Teeth Without Braces

Straighten Teeth Without Braces 

Due to the recent technology and digitization of most industries you can now straighten your teeth without braces.

You can now straighten your teeth without braces in less than 3 months for normal cases. It is more cost effective than braces and saves one the hassle and embarassement of the metal braces showing in your mouth. We have the latest technology as Dr Huson spends alot of time updating his qualifications and going on several courses regularly at the same time he has worked in the Harley Street Region of London in the UK where he dealt with many celebrities and perfected the art of shaping and making teeth look as natural and straight as possible. We also have an in house lab that helps with designing your teeth so that you can straighten  you teeth without braces quickly

There are three methods in order to straighten your teeth without braces.

The first method is Dental Veneers. This is the quickest method as it can take less than 3 weeks to get done. So if you have less time on your hands and would like to straighten your teeth quickly then veneers is the way to go. 

The second method is clear braces (Inman Aligner or Invisalign). This might take around 6 to 12 weeks or more for normal procedures and visits every 2 weeks to the dentist to tighten the mouth guard. This is also a quicker solution to straighten your teeth rather than traditional braces. Although the disadvantage is that it takes longer than dental veneers to get your teeth straightened and more time consuming with additional visits to the dentist. When the dentist analyses your teeth he needs to see if this procedure can be done on your teeth as this procedure can only straighten your teeth and not correct a strong overbite.  

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Inman aligner treatment

The third method is the traditional braces - this method is the most costly method and you will most probably need to wear braces for over 2 years in order to get your teeth straightened. The look with metal braces in your mouth is also NOT aesthetically pleasing.

The fastest and most cost effective method of the three is Dental Veneers.  Below is a method of both dental veneers and the clear aligner that was used on a recent patient @silveroaksdentalclinic.

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When Sinothando came to us she wanted a quick solution to her long term problem and that was to reduce the gaps between her teeth and get them straightened without any long procedures such as braces. She also had peg laterals. In dentistry this refers to an anomly affecting her lateral teeth (Upper second Inscisors) causing her teeth to look abnormally small and cone shaped compared to being rectangular in shape.

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The solution for sinothando was simple orthodontics to pull the two front teeth together thereby straightening them without braces. Veneers were made to reshape the lateral teeth, again it was a solution to straighten teeth without braces.

She also had minimal surgery called a Frenectomy to relax the muscle in her upper lip which causes the formation of the huge gap in the middle of her teeth. The biggest advantage of Sinothando's procedure is that she didnt loose any tooth structure. Sinoathando loves her new teeth and loves to take photographs of herself showing of her new look. Her family say it has made her look more sophisticated and neat. We are very happy that we have helped her regain her confidence.

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Full Mouth Dental Implants

Full Mouth Dental Implants 

A recent patient that came to us to have full mouth dental implants. 

Full Mouth Dental Implants

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Dental implants replace diseased, damaged or missing teeth from root to the actual tooth. You can achieve a brand new set of teeth that is lengthened and/or straightened and changed to the colour of your choice. One that fits well with your face shape and colour of your skin.

full mouth of dental implants is life changing and requires no maintenance. You just have to brush and floss like the way you do with your real set of teeth. 

Although inexpensive bridges and dentures are another option, in the long term they are a more expensive option as you will need to change them every 5 years. Dentures are also removable and lack the comfort and stability of dental implants. Dentures can become loose and embrass you should they fall out whilst talking. Dentures usually change in shape as you lose more bone due to not having any teeth or implants holding the bone. You will need to maintain dentures every 5 years which becomes more costly in the long run. Bone loss makes one look over 10 years older due to the lack of muscle and skin support which increases wrinkles.  Dental implants are attached to the bone in your jaw therefore The American Academy of Periodontology reccomends a full mouth of dental implants over dentures or bridges in order to maintain bone and dental health. 

A recent patient named Hachimi underwent a full mouth of dental implants. Hachimi came to us with implants that were placed from some other dentist. He was not happy with these implants and needed a dental makeover. When Dr Huson analysed his teeth for a full mouth of dental implants he discovered that Hachimi had an unpleasant prosthesis which was very difficult to clean and didnt fit his mouth structure and appearance. They were unhygienic and was very unhappy with such a situation. 

We removed the implants that were failing and replaced them with the latest technology. We offered him the best dental implants from the most pronominent manufacturers in the industry so that it lasts Hachimi a lifetime and so that he wont have any problems with his full set of dental implants. 

We replaced the dental implants with new dental implants in better positions, according to Digital Smile Design (DSD) principles. Digital smile Design is the latest technology using digitization to design your teeth according to your face shape. You are able to see the potential results before they are carried out and you can then tell the dental surgeon if you would like to go ahead with that. It is an extremly useful tool to help you achieve your desired look. 

Hachimi wore temporary teeth which gave him a chance to look and feel the functionality and the aesthetic look before the final fit. After the finals were placed the bite and position was re-checked and adjustments were made to make sure he was happy with the results. 

The end result of Hachimi's treatment was a corrected smile and a stable bite which allowed him to smile, laugh and talk confidently. He is one of the many happy customers at Silver Oaks Dental Clinic. Dr Huson is an expert in Dental Implants. Patients from all over the world come to him to get their implants done as he worked for many years in the Harley Street Region of London placing celebrities implants. Dr Huson has placed over 1500 implants all with excellent results using the latest tools in smile design and the best manufacturers in the world. 

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Medical and dental tourism in South Africa

Thanks to South Africa’s leading position as a global medical and dental tourism destination, medical tourism is one of the fastest growing - and therefore most important and priority-worthy sub-sectors of South Africa’s already booming tourism industry. This is according to South African Tourism, who notes that the potential for this sector to grow is significant, sensational and still ‘untapped’ despite ferocious and phenomenal growth in the last few years.

At Silver Oaks we have certainly seen the effects of this growth. Because we partner with several safari and similar providers, we are able to help you with a full-service bouquet when it comes to your dental tourism needs in South Africa.

Medical and dental tourism in South Africa has experienced and upward trajectory that exceeds the global year-on-year growth of 15%. By 2015, revenue from medical and dental spend from foreigners in South Africa had leapt from €39m (R582 million) to €64m (R961 million), and has long surpassed R150 million mark.

Tourists from Europe, other African countries and Australasia account for the big jump in revenue and medical tourist numbers for the most part.Dental tourism in South Africa as a stand-alone subsector stands almost shoulder-to-shoulder with medical tourism as a sub-sector.

What makes South Africa such an tour de force in medical tourism globally?

Research by a tourism specialist department in FNB, one of the big five retail banks in South Africa and frequent winner of global banking accolades for its world-leading electronic banking engineering and breakthroughs, ascribes the country’s leading position in worldwide medical tourism to the following factors:

  • South African medical and dental qualification, training and professional body admission standards are on a par with, and in some cases higher and more stringent, than in foreign countries. As a result, South African dentists and doctors are sought after in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand in particular.
  • The South African currency means foreigners get exceedingly good value for their medical and dental procedures, while the integrity of adherence to the best of global standards remains in place.
  • The country has great infrastructure. Whether by road or air, the infrastructure is mostly well-maintained and sign posted. The urban metropolises are modern, vibrant and international with a uniquely South African flavour.
  • The food and amenities on offer in general are highly palatable and pleasing to international travellers.
  • There is an abundance of sightseeing options and experiences.
  • Access to neighbouring countries such as Mozambique, Botswana and Namibia is quick and effortless, and under two hours away by plane depending where in South Africa travellers find themselves.
  • English is widely spoken and understood everywhere, as are foreign accents. This is critical when travellers undertake dental tourism in South Africa. There are 11 official languages but English is the language of commerce, work and parliamentary proceedings.
  • Medical technology is on a par with what can be found in the rest of the world. South Africa is no stranger to medical innovation either, with Dr Chris Barnard having pioneered the first heart transplant in Cape Town’s Groote Schuur Hospital.

The impact of dental tourism in South Africa

South African Tourism takes medical as well as dental tourism extremely seriously because of what it is already contributing to the local economy, what vast potential it still has and the treacle down effect to the rest of the tourism industry.

Figures should that the average medical tourist spends an average of 6 days in South Africa. As a result, there are numerous gains for many tourism and tourism-related touchpoints. This means revenue traction for formal and informal tour operators, the hospitality industry and accommodation services, retail, safari and environmental attractions, the transport sector, food, catering and beverage services, and spas and wellness centres.

dental tourism in south africaSouth African Tourism is committed to improving both medical tourism and dental tourism in the following ways:

  • Reminding all stakeholders that the success of medical and dental tourism in South Africa rests on the exchange rate, and that pricing structures have to remain competitive.
  • Engaging all stakeholders to keep the quality of services at international standard or higher.
  • Diversifying procedures, in tandem with medical care and hospitality services offered to potential medical tourists.
  • Getting the medical, dental and tourism spheres to form an even more tight-knit triad as partners who work together to offer a premier, effortlessly integrated offering to travellers from abroad.
  • Advising allied businesses how to diversify their product offering so that it benefits their bottom line while still representing value to tourists, with whom they may otherwise not engage economically.

As a medical tourist destination, South Africa has it all

Most medical tourists to South Africa stay a few days more than they need in order to recuperate, statistics show, because the country as a destination encompasses so much to experience.

The spas and wellness centres combine healing techniques from around the world. Whether it’s tai chi or traditional western therapies those coming for dental tourism in South Africa are seeking, they’ll be sure to find it.

There is no shortage of extreme adventure either. From white water rafting to ziplining, skydiving and the world’s highest bridge bungee jump, microlighting and more, there is ample adventure to get that adrenaline pumping.

On the shopping front, locally made high-end fashion and the like is well made and reasonably priced compared to overseas. Most international designer lines are available here too, sometimes at a cheaper price. Duty-free shopping has the most to offer the international traveller.

As for wildlife and safari’s, the country is home to the Big 5. Besides lion, cheetahs, leopards, elephants and hippos, there are incredible and rare game and bird species at many sights.

The natural splendour of the country is also unrivalled. From majestic Table Mountain and the winelands in Cape Town, the garden route along the east coast, Durban and KwaZulu-Natal’s tropical paradise-like havens and lush lowlands and highlands to the starkly beautiful Karoo and eastern Free State.

At Silver Oaks we are a premier dental cosmetic and reconstructive surgery practice specialising in meeting the medical needs you have as a dental tourist. We have had the pleasure of performing life-altering dental work on travellers from many corners of the globe and can’t wait for you to make us your next pit stop too.

  • We will plan and map out the extent of the work required and make a formal diagnosis.
  • We may then have to build up the bone if it is too brittle to accept an incision straight away.
  • Next comes the actual implant insertion.
  • Then, we give the jaw bone time to heal.
  • Your final denture or visible part of the replacement tooth is now fitted.
  • We like to see you back for a final check up and to provide you with care instructions.
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