Archive for November, 2009

Children’s dentistry

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Hi Amit
I just wanted to write and thank you for your help with Olivia yesterday. We were extremely worried about the decay and advice we previously received so we are very greatful for your advice and for the treatment given to Olivia..
You obviously have a gift for working with children as Olivia’s never been so well behaved in a surgery.                 Regards Mr R.

Help for Phobic patients

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

From the very first phone conversation with Sue to the inital check up with Yasmin, then right through the treatment with Joe taking care of me, I can honestly say the experience got better! I don’t even get anxious any more. I can’t say I have overcome my phobia – I get around it, with sedation. Can I say that 5 hours in the chair with a cushion and a blanket, comfortably sleeping while the work goes on can only best be described as a very nice way to spend the afternoon!                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You are all so kind, I no longer feel like a silly child for making a fuss…..
And just look at my teeth now – Thank you Yasmin.

Very many thanks to you all.
Mrs D.

Thankyou for my Splint!

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Dear Dr Dodia,

I wanted to write a short message, thanking you for your professionalism and care. I am a corporate lawyer and always thought back problems came part and parcel with the job. You went through all my concerns and explained what was going wrong with my teeth. Unlike other dentists you took the time and fully explained to me my problems. You made me a splint, which has transformed my lifestyle. I no longer have any aches and pains in my back and my jaw is no longer stiff.

Thank you for all your help.

Ms K.

All these different crowns which one to choose?

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Choosing what crown to have can be very confusing. An informed decision would be made by you the patient after thorough discussion with your dentist at The Courtyard Clinic. It’s your dentist’s job to help educate you about your mouth and how it works. Only by understanding your mouth can you understand what treatment would be best for you.

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A Crown is a structure that is bonded on top of a tooth. Crowns are designed to improve the underlying tooth in various ways such as strength and appearance. In order for a crown to be placed on to a tooth the tooth must be prepared. A prepared tooth would have tooth structure removed in order to accommodate for the thickness of the crown. Let’s now look at what teeth would be suitable for a crown:

• Teeth that have been heavily filled with amalgam or composite fillings that requires strengthening
• Teeth that have been root treated are usually susceptible to breaking so require strengthening
• Teeth that are severely discoloured due to an existing large filling or extensive decay
Different crowns do different jobs. Some examples of crowns are:
• All ceramic (porcelain)  crowns
• Porcelain bonded to metal crowns
• Composite crowns
• Acrylic (plastic) crowns
• Full gold crowns
For improved aesthetics especially in area in the front of the mouth all ceramic crowns are a very popular option. For individuals that exhibit a powerful bite with possible grinding or clenching habits gold crowns at the back of the mouth might be advised. For further information about crowns, contact your dentist at The Courtyard Clinic.

Written by Dr Amit Dodia

Our Practice Manager

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

My name is Alison and I am the Practice Manager at The Courtyard Clinic. I joined here last October after being in my previous practice for over 20 years!
I originally worked as a Dental Nurse and progressed to becoming a Practice Manager not only responsible for the smooth running of the practice but also for the Business Development of The Courtyard Clinic.
My wide experience in dentistry and knowledge of the treatments we offer..helps me be able to try to answer as many questions and queries that you may have.

Courtyard Staff attending Courses!

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Last week the two dentists, Yasmin and Amit, along with their nurses, Sue and Mel, enjoyed a full day learning tecniques for ‘four handed’ dentistry. With a few tweaks here and there to their routines and positioning when they are working, they are finding each appointment more comfortable for themselves and their patients.

Pictures before and after whitening

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

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Tooth whitening is a perfect solution if your teeth are not  as white as you wish. The latest ‘Beyond’ whitening can lighten your teeth by up to eight shades in a single appointment.

Why not give your loved one something  special this Christmas? For example a tooth whitening package, which also includes a free consultation.

We are currently running a special offer up to Christmas that will give you 25% off any tooth whitening package. We can also provide a Gift voucher.

Please contact Alison at reception to book your appointment on 01932 582949.

Am I too old for braces?

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

No! Treatment can start at any age. Adults in their 50′s have had succcessful treatment.

‘Invisible’ braces are more popular with adults…these can be aligner based (such as Invisalign) or fixed metal braces put on the insides of the teeth where they don’t show.

Here at The Courtyard Clinic, we offer a variety of techniques and a free orthodontic consultation so you can see what options there are for you

Contact Alison on reception on 01932 582949 to find out more.

Do I have to change my diet during my orthodontic treatment?

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Not really but  avoid chewing ice cubes, and eating very hard foods such as nougat and pork crackling. It is also a good idea to reduce sweet, sticky, sugary foods.

Oral hygiene does have to be good during orthodontic treatment, therefore we at The Courtyard Clinic recommend regular visits with Marie our hygienist.

Will my teeth move after orthodontic treatment?

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Yes, unless proper retainers are fitted and worn as we advise.

Retainers can be removable or fixed in….Full advice is given on this at the start of    treatment.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         At The Courtyard Clinic our courses of treatment include retainers at no extra charge.