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Dr Ilja Sapiro MSc

Dr Ilja Sapiro MSc is the dental surgeon at Wanstead Dental. More »


“My ill-fitting dentures were really starting to affect my life but I now have dentures securely attached to implants and I’m delighted!”
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  1. How to Keep Your Toothbrush Clean

    November 18, 2014

    Brushing your teeth regularly is an important part of good oral hygiene. Your toothbrush works hard to clean every part of your teeth and mouth – but are you sure that your toothbrush is clean as well? As your toothbrush works hard to keep your teeth and mouth free of food debris and bacteria, it goes through a regular beating too, and is highly susceptible to germs and dirt. If you want to make the most out of your toothbrush, and if you want to make sure that what you putting inside your mouth is completely clean, you need to take certain steps to keep your toothbrush as clean as it can possibly be.

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    Before and after using your toothbrush, make it a habit to rub the bristles vigorously using your thumb, under running water. Taking a few seconds to regularly do this bristle-rubbing will dislodge any food debris and toothpaste residue that may be stuck in the middle of the bristles. It is also a good idea to disinfect your toothbrush by rinsing it with hot water, and then soaking it in a mixture of water and 3% hydrogen peroxide.

    After brushing your teeth, shake off excess water and air-dry your toothbrush in an area well away from the toilet, as germs from flushing can easily reach the toothbrush. Make sure that toothbrushes are placed in separate containers to eliminate the spread of germs caused by several toothbrushes coming into contact with one another.

  2. The Problem with Loose Dentures

    July 14, 2014

    Dentures that don’t fit properly cause a number of problems for the wearer. There are even times when the loose denture problems outweigh the advantages of using dentures as missing teeth solutions, especially when intense discomfort is experienced by the denture wearer. At IS Dental Care in Wanstead, we can help ease your pain and embarrassment with dental implants that can put an end to loose denture problems.

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    Problems with Loose Dentures

    Discomfort/Pain – The continuous rubbing motion of loose dentures against the gums causes pain and discomfort. The ill-fitting dentures can also rub painfully against other soft mouth parts, and the friction can cause irritating mouth sores to develop. It can also be uncomfortable to eat or chew properly with dentures that move continuously inside the mouth.

    Embarrassment – A person will experience a great deal of embarrassment when the dentures fall out unexpectedly from inside the mouth – an occurrence which is not that uncommon among those who use loose dentures. Another source of embarrassment is the clicking sound that results when one speaks, and the ill-fitting dentures simultaneously move against the gums.

    Jawbone Deterioration – Long-term denture use can cause jawbone deterioration, since the jawbone does not have the stimulation it needs to maintain its healthy structure. The jawbone will continue to become thinner as the years go by without the replacement for the lost natural tooth roots.

  3. Veneers for Beautiful smiles

    May 9, 2014

    The beauty of your smile will be affected by even the slightest imperfection. What seems like a small decayed part on your front tooth, for example, can actually make your entire smile look unattractive. If you are looking for a quick yet effective solution for smile imperfections, veneers at IS Dental Care Wanstead can bring back the complete beauty of your smile.

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    Dental veneers are custom-made porcelain shells that are placed on the front portion of an affected tooth to improve its appearance. This cosmetic dentistry treatment is used by celebrities who wish to get dramatic smile improvements in a quick way, with custom-made porcelain veneers that produce beautiful and natural-looking smiles.

    Veneers are used to improve the appearance of:

    • Spaced or gapped teeth
    • Chipped teeth
    • Broken teeth
    • Decayed teeth
    • Cracked teeth
    • Misaligned or crooked teeth
    • Discoloured or stained teeth

    The dental veneers are placed on the affected tooth without invasive procedures. If you are going for a veneers treatment, you do not have to worry about going through an uncomfortable or painful procedure for your smile improvement. The non-invasive procedure also ensures that more of your healthy tooth structure is preserved because only the damaged portions will be removed as part of the veneers treatment preparation.

    Do you want to improve the appearance of your smile? Are you interested in veneers? Please call us at 020 8530 4230 (Wanstead) to know more about dental veneers as a cosmetic dentistry option.

  4. Healthy Smiles with a Quick Hygiene Therapy Treatment in London

    February 7, 2014

    Do you have a healthy smile? Even if you brush your teeth regularly and use dental floss every day, you will still need to visit a hygienist to make sure that you have a completely healthy smile. The hygienist can also give you more tips on how to take care of your teeth and your oral health during a hygiene therapy session. Proper tooth brushing techniques, as well as the proper use of dental floss, can also be discussed during your hygiene treatment.


    Do you visit your hygienist regularly? Or are you worried about not being able to fit this appointment in your busy schedule? At IS Dental Care in Wanstead, you can have a quick hygiene therapy treatment that can be finished in under an hour’s time. You can visit our Wanstead clinic during your lunch hour for a quick hygiene therapy treatment, and come out having cleaner teeth and fresher-smelling breath!

    Regular hygiene treatments can help you maintain your whiter, brighter teeth. The hygienist will also provide professional cleaning services to prevent tartar buildup so you can avoid dental problems such as gum disease and tooth decay. You can avoid the dreaded bad breath (and the embarrassment that comes with the foul odour) by regularly going for hygiene treatments at IS Dental Care.

    Do you want to take better care of your teeth? Are you worried about bad breath? Please call us at 020 8530 4230 (Wanstead) to book an appointment for a quick hygiene therapy treatment.

  5. Speedy Teeth Straightening with Six Month Smiles in London

    January 11, 2014

    Teeth straightening can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile. Moving your teeth into better alignment can also make your teeth function better. However, orthodontic treatments can take a few years to be completed, and not everyone who has crooked teeth is keen on waiting that long to improve their smile.

    Do you want to have straighter teeth without waiting for a few years to complete an orthodontic treatment? The Six Month Smiles treatment at IS Dental Care Wanstead lets you say goodbye to crooked teeth in just half a year’s time.

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    Straighter Teeth in Six Months

    The Six Month Smiles works on moving spaced or crooked teeth (without the need for major changes in the bite) into a straighter position. This system provides teeth straightening results in an average treatment time of six months, compared to the years that a traditional orthodontic treatment needs to be completed.

    Clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires are used in the Six Month Smiles treatment, so you can have your teeth straightened in a very discreet way. Low forces are used in this orthodontic system for a more comfortable treatment period (compared to traditional dental braces). Teeth straightening with Six Month Smiles is more cost-effective, compared to the use of aligners, dental veneers, or traditional orthodontic braces.

    Are you interested in enjoying straighter teeth within an average of half a year’s time? Please call us at 020 8530 4230 (Wanstead) so we can discuss the Six Month Smiles treatment in more detail with you.

  6. What are Same Day Implants?

    January 6, 2014

    Missing teeth problems affect the appearance of your smile, and also have an impact on how you lead your daily life. If you have missing teeth, you know how frustrating and challenging it can be to smile, eat, and do other things that you will normally do if only you had your natural teeth. Same day implants at IS Dental Care Wanstead London can bring back your beautiful smile within the same day.

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    Same Day Teeth

    Same day implants, or same day teeth, are implants that are embedded to the jawbone – and then attached to a dental restoration – all within the same day. The technique for placing the implants in this procedure is minimally-invasive, so there will be no need to have a bone graft in cases when the jawbone has deteriorated. The implants are strategically placed on certain points of the jawbone to maximise the existing bone quality. Healthier, attractive smiles

    Same day implants are ideal for improving the fit of loose dentures. The implants provide a firm base where the dental restoration can be attached; as the implants are embedded into the jawbone, the dental bridge or dentures will not move around inside the mouth anymore. Same day teeth provide you with a healthier, better-looking smile in just one dental appointment.

    Do you want to improve your smile with dental implants? Please call us at 020 8530 4230 (Wanstead), and we will be happy to give you more details about the Same Day Implants treatment.

  7. Worry-Free Beauty with Wrinkle Reduction Treatments

    November 15, 2013

    As we grow older, the knowledge that we get from life experiences make us much stronger individuals. However, these experiences – and the life lessons we get from each experience – do not need to be obvious in the face and skin. You can still enjoy maturity and deep knowledge without the accompanying wrinkles and facial folds, with the help of wrinkle reduction treatments at IS Dental Care Wanstead London.

    Are you conscious of the way your face looks with wrinkles? Do you want to remove facial lines and folds? You can enjoy smooth, unlined facial skin with the help of wrinkle reduction.

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    Wrinkle Reduction: For a Younger-Looking You

    A face full of wrinkles is immediately assumed to belong to a person who is older, and more mature. If you have wrinkles, you will look much older than your actual age. Addressing the appearance of these wrinkles and facial lines can do wonders in how you look; when the wrinkles are smoothed out, you will instantly look much younger, and more energetic as well.

    Wrinkle reduction can be done with Botox treatments, with the muscle relaxant (Botulinum toxin) injected under the skin to fill out the folds and lines. The result is a dramatic improvement in the appearance of wrinkles – the skin looks smoother, plumper, and completely free from unsightly facial lines.

    Do you want to get rid of unattractive wrinkles on your face? Please call us at 020 8530 4230 (Wanstead) so we can discuss the wrinkle reduction treatment that can give you a more youthful glow.

  8. The Importance of a Bone Grafting Treatment

    October 21, 2013

    Dental implants replace the form and function of lost natural teeth. The implants are attached to the jawbone, which is the reason why good jawbone quality is an important factor in an implant treatment. If the jawbone has thinned, or has suffered from deterioration, it may not provide enough support for the placement of the implants.

    Do you want to have dental implants as missing teeth replacements? Are you interested in getting dental implants, but your jawbone is thin or has suffered from bone deterioration? A bone grafting treatment at IS Dental Care in Wanstead London can help you get the implant treatment that you need.

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    Bone Grafting for Jawbone Deterioration

    Jawbone deterioration is common when tooth loss is not addressed soon enough. The jawbone will suffer from thinning and deterioration if it does not get the stimulation coming from the lost natural teeth. In cases when there is jawbone deterioration, a bone grafting treatment can be used to add to the quality of the jawbone before the dental implants can be attached successfully.

    A piece of bone, coming from the patient’s own body or from other sources, is placed over the area of the jawbone that needs to be augmented or improved. The bone graft is left to integrate with the rest of the jawbone for a period that usually lasts for 2-3 months. After this healing period, the jawbone will then be able to accommodate the successful placement of the dental implants.

    Are you interested in a bone grafting procedure to improve your jawbone quality? Please call us at 020 8530 4230 (Wanstead) for a free implant consult in London, and to know more about the benefits of a bone grafting treatment.

  9. Comfortable Denture Use with Dental Implants

    September 27, 2013

    Dentures can improve your smile after you have suffered from missing teeth. These teeth replacements make your smile complete again, and you do not have to deal with the embarrassment and discomfort of losing your natural teeth.

    However, removable dentures can also pose a number of problems especially when these dental prosthetics are used for quite a long time. The dentures will eventually lose their once-comfortable fit, and can even be the source of even more embarrassment and pain.

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    Do you have dentures? Are you interested in improving your denture use? Dental implants can help stabilise dentures so that you can enjoy more confident and more comfortable smiles.

    How Can Dental Implants Help Denture Wearers?

    Dental implants effectively stabilise dentures, which have a tendency to move around inside the mouth once they lose their comfortable fit. Without implants, removable dentures will eventually become loose; this is because the jawbone will deteriorate without the stimulation that the lost natural tooth root provides.

    The implants are attached into your jawbone, and will then be able to provide a firm base where the dentures can be attached to. Dental implants replace the missing tooth root as well, stimulating the jawbone to prevent the onset of further bone deterioration. Implant-stabilised dentures will stay firmly in place, and help you avoid the embarrassment and discomfort that come with loose dentures.

    Are you interested in improving your denture use with dental implants? Please call us at 020 8530 4230 (Wanstead) for a free implant consult in London, and to know more about the benefits of implant-supported dentures.

  10. Is it Possible to Have a Comfortable Dental Implant Treatment?

    September 20, 2013

    A dental implant treatment is regarded as uncomfortable. For nervous patients, the thought of going through the surgical procedures that come with the implants may be too much to deal with; some may even refuse to consider getting implants because of dental fear.

    If there is a way to get dental implants without the discomfort and anxiety – would you go for it? Will you be more open to the idea of having an implant treatment if it can be comfortable and anxiety-free? At IS Dental in Wanstead London, we understand your fears and offer a few options to make your implant treatment a more comfortable experience.

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    Worry-Free Implant Treatment in London

    Our clinic is appointed with comfortable and soothing interiors, to make you as relaxed as possible before, and during your treatment. Aside from providing you with a relaxing atmosphere, we also offer a few treatment options designed to help nervous patients – because you deserve to have dental implants without the worries and anxieties that come with dental phobia.

    • Sedation – The sedative is administered either through the mouth (orally) or through the veins (intravenously, with an IV line). Under sedation, you will be brought to a completely worry-free state of mind, so you will be relaxed and comfortable throughout the duration of the dental implant treatment.
    • Acupuncture – This traditional Chinese medicine practice involves the use of needles, which are used to stimulate pain relief, and also helps to ease the anxiety.
    • General Anesthesia (available in our Berlin clinic) – General anesthesia numbs your whole body, while your mind will be in blissful sleep mode. We will be the ones to take care of all the details of your trip to Berlin so you do not have to worry about the preparations; the rest of the implant treatment will be completed in our London clinic.

    Do you want to have a worry-free dental implant treatment? Please call us at 020 8530 4230 (Wanstead) for a free implant consult in London, and to know more about our options for phobic and nervous patients.