1. Gum disease- we can help!

    31st August 2014 by thecourtyardclinic

    Gum disease (also known as periodontitis or periodontal disease) is one of the most common disease in the modern world. The disease can progress for many years with no symptoms and thus the first sign of the disease can be when the teeth start to become mobile- by this stage the damage has been done and the supporting bone of the teeth has been lost. Gum disease is caused by bacteria that grow on the tooth surface, the body defends itself against these microorganisms by attacking them as well as the the bone and gum around them.

    The symptoms of gum disease if there are any will be redness or bleeding of the gums while brushing teeth, a receding gum line, halitosis and eventually loose teeth.

    Gum disease has also been linked to other diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes amongst others

    HOW CAN YOU PREVENT GUM DISEASE?

    Regular visits to the hygienist and dentist to screen for and treat the condition

    Good oral hygiene including brushing 2x daily with an appropriate technique as well as  cleaning between the teeth with floss or interdental brushes 1x daily

    Stop smoking

    WHAT CAN YOU DO IF YOU HAVE ADVANCED GUM DISEASE?

    There are various treatments offered by general dentists as well as periodontists (specialist gum dentists) to stabilise the condition if it is caught early enough.

    Once bone is lost it is very difficult to get back.

    WHAT TREATMENT IS AVAILABLE FOLLOWING LOSS OF TEETH?

    Once a patient has lost their teeth to gum disease there are multiple options available for replacing them. These include:

    DENTURES
    BRIDGES
    IMPLANTS

    WHY IS MAINTENANCE SO IMPORTANT?

    Following treatment for gum disease if dentures/bridges or implants are placed it becomes even more important for the patient to maintain good oral hygiene, to not smoke and to keep up regular visits with the hygienist and dentist.

    So if you feel that you may have gum disease or would like to discuss the options for replacing teeth following gum disease give us a call on 01932 58294.


  2. Is cosmetic dentistry for you?

    28th August 2014 by thecourtyardclinic

    img1.jpg   Here at The Courtyard Clinic our priority to provide our patients and their families with happy and healthy smiles. A number of our patients come to us to improve the appearance of their smiles, our expert dentists are all well trained in advanced cosmetic dentistry and so are more than happy to help. Here are the 5 main ways we help patients achieve bright, brilliant smiles:

    1) Tooth whitening: tooth whitening also known as dental bleaching is a simple and non invasive way of giving our patients a more youthful smile. It involves the placement of hydrogen peroxide gel either in the clinic or in thin plastic trays at home. Many of our patients go up to 7 shades lighter!

    2) Tooth straightening: Often patients will be unhappy with the position of a certain tooth or teeth. The best way to align the teeth is by use of adult orthodontics or braces. Traditional metal braces is still the gold standard of treatment however there are many other options which can be more cosmetic and much quicker than the traditional 2 years of treatment. Treatments such as Damon, Invisalign, Inman Aligner and Social 6 Lingual braces are all available for patients to get the smile they always wanted.

    3) Cosmetic bonding: Patients will sometimes be unhappy with existing visible fillings at the front of the mouth, or may want to correct small discrepancies in the shape of position of their teeth. Cosmetic bonding can be used to change the shape of teeth often without drilling away any of the natural tooth. This “no drills/no injection” technique is fantastic especially for our nervous patients!

    4) Replacing missing teeth: missing teeth can provide an unharmonious smile which many patients are embarrassed of. These spaces can not only be a cosmetic issue but also a functional one with the surrounding teeth drifting an affecting the bite.

    5) Porcelain veneers or crowns: if the teeth have multiple cosmetic issues i.e. problems with a combination of colour, position and shape then porcelain veneers or crowns can be used. Often a patient will have old crowns which they are unhappy with which can be replaced for more cosmetic materials. In specific cases porcelain veneers can be used to provide a beautiful smile- this is frequently used for the “Hollywood smile” appearance that many people desire. If you are unhappy with your smile then give us a call- many of our patients have been putting off improving their smile for many years,  all of our patients who have improved their smiles wish they did it earlier! Call 01932 582949 and book in for a complimentary smile consultation today!


  3. Choosing the right 5-a-day for your children.

    13th August 2014 by thecourtyardclinic

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    Here at The Courtyard Clinic we see a lot of lovely children and a lot of parents trying to look after their kids teeth the best that they can. Most of us believe that giving our children their 5-a-day of fruit and veg is in their best interest, providing them with good nutrition to provide optimum health.

    This in the most part is true, however the risk with giving our children fruit juice or smoothies as one of their 5-a-day is that it can damage their teeth. Recent studies show that around half of five-year-olds have signs of wear on their tooth enamel- this is often associated with the high acid content in fruit juice and smoothies. The acid in fruit juices and smoothies can cause irreversible acid damage to the tooth enamel. Juicing or blending fruit also releases the sugars inside and is more harmful for the teeth if drunk frequently.

    Most children love fruit juice and will continue to drink them, so if your little ones do drink fruit juices or smoothies try and do it at meal times, and attempt to wash away the acid with water or neutralise it with milk afterwards. If you are concerned about tooth erosion or wear of your child’s teeth,  feel free to give us a call on 01932 582949 to have a chat.


  4. Smile Makeovers

    11th August 2014 by thecourtyardclinic

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    Jillian was thrilled with her new smile following tooth whitening, new crowns and replacement of her missing teeth.


  5. Further questions over safety of dental amalgam

    10th August 2014 by thecourtyardclinic

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    This link shows a trailer for an upcoming documentary on questioning the safety of dental amalgam for use in fillings. Here at The Courtyard Clinic we are a mercury free practice and no longer use dental amalgam. The British Dental Association and Department of Health currently view dental amalgam as safe for purpose in the NHS and the majority of dental practices in the UK continue to use the material. In other areas such as in Scandinavia the material is no longer used.

    As a practice we have made the decision to no longer use amalgam fillings containing mercury instead opting for modern white filling materials which are mercury free, and are designed to look as close to natural teeth as possible. We remove all of our dental amalgam using high volume suction to remove the vapour as well as carrying out the procedure under a seal called rubber dam,  which isolates the mouth from the amalgam vapour.

    If you are concerned about the mercury in your fillings and would like to have a chat or a complimentary consultation,  to discuss upgrading them for more modern white materials then please give us a call on 01932 582949 or book in online.


  6. Is it time that you finally made the decision to smile more? With Invisalign clear braces you can!

    7th August 2014 by thecourtyardclinic

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    What is Invisalign?

    Invisalign straightens teeth using a series of nearly invisible, removable clear aligners that are custom-made specifically for your teeth. As you replace each aligner every two weeks, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week, gradually moving towards the projected final position.

    With Invisalign, achieving the beautiful smile you have always dreamed of doesn’t have to be a big deal. In fact, it barely has to impact your day-to-day life at all.

    Comfortable, clear and removable – Invisalign transforms your smile without disrupting your life. Something that over 2.5 million people worldwide have already discovered.

    If you are worried about the straightness of your teeth and would like a complimentary consultation for Invisalign treatment give us a call today on 01932 582949


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