1. The Courtyard Clinic named on Top Dental Website Awards 2014

    31st July 2014 by thecourtyardclinic

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    The Courtyard Clinic is proud to announce that we have been featured in the 2014 Top Dental Sites awards from BracesOrInvisalign.com under their “Sharp-Looking Dental sites” section:

    http://www.bracesorinvisalign.com/top-dental-sites-2014/

    The panel of judges reported that The Courtyard Clinic offered a simple design but covered nearly every single question with ease on its homepage.They particularly liked our dedicated a page to patient anxiety, especially for younger and first time patients.

    Here are The Courtyard Clinic,  we pride ourselves on giving our patients as much information as possible, we feel that especially with our nervous patients this is incredibly important. We are very happy to receive such a lovely award.


  2. New smiles in a day with CEREC at The Courtyard Clinic

    21st July 2014 by thecourtyardclinic

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    Here at The Courtyard Clinic all of our dentists are experienced users of the CEREC system.
    CEREC is a state of the art technology which allows our dentists to provide crowns and veneers to an incredible level of accuracy in 1 visit instead of the traditional 2 visits you will find in most dentists.

    This means
    1) no temporary crowns or veneers
    2) less time needed in the dental chair
    3) No gooey impression material
    4) Metal free restorations

    The dentists at The Courtyard Clinic are so passionate about this topic that one of our dentists (Dr Simon Chard) even lectures nationally to other dentists on how to use this fantastic technology.
    So if you have old crowns/veneers which no longer look there best or are interested in new crowns or veneers then give Alison a call on 01932582949 and book in today!


  3. Early intervention braces – give your child the best start at a great smile for life!

    20th May 2014 by thecourtyardclinic

    Give your child the gift of a healthy, beautiful Confident Smile.

    All parents want the best for their children, when it comes to dentistry that means straight teeth, properly sized jaws, a good profile and a broad, beautiful, happy smile. Our aim is to be a positive influence in your child’s dental health with preventative dentistry being our main focus. We believe in teaching children to take care of their teeth from an early age and monitoring them as they grow to ensure they develop properly and in good health.

    Early intervention orthodontics helps expand children’s arches, allowing the adult teeth to come through in a healthier, straighter, more cosmetic position. This reduces crowding and improves the jaw position and the way the teeth bite. By starting at as young as 7 we are able to work with the child’s growing and developing jaws, making room for their teeth and thereby avoiding the need for the extraction of healthy teeth later which would have been traditionally necessary.
    Indeed the American Orthodontic Association recommends that all children at the age of 7 yrs should have an orthodontic evaluation.

    If you are interested in investigating early intervention treatment for your child, please give us a call on 01932 582949.


  4. Sensitive teeth? The team at The Courtyard Clinic can help!

    10th April 2014 by thecourtyardclinic

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    Sensitive teeth is a very common reason for our patients to come and see us. There are many reasons behind sensitive teeth, here are some of the most common:

    • Brushing injuries: usually on the outer surfaces of the teeth facing the lips and the cheeks. Brushing hard can damage the gums and make them recede, exposing the sensitive root surface. The root surface is not covered with the hard enamel, which makes it vulnerable to hard brushing and more damage.
    • Grinding/clenching: If you grind/clench your teeth, small cracks can develop in the tooth enamel making it sensitive to temperature changes or sweet and sour.
    • Drinking acidic juices or fizzy drinks frequently: Frequent consumption of these beverages dissolves the hard enamel and the sensitive dentine is exposed.
    • Bulimia: a characteristic of this eating disorder is self-induced vomiting. This exposes the teeth to the acidic content of the stomach leading to the dissolving of the enamel and the exposing of the sensitive dentine.
    • Bad habits: such as biting nails or pens.
    • Broken teeth or broken fillings.
    • Gum disease: If you suffer from gum disease, the gums around the teeth will recede and the sensitive part of the teeth is exposed.

    If you experience teeth sensitivity, come and see the team at The Courtyard Clinic for treatment. This may vary depending on the cause.

    There are many products that you can buy over the counter or you can get from your dentist to treat the symptoms of teeth sensitivity.

    Tips to minimise teeth sensitivity:

    • If you are a hard-brusher change to a softer toothbrush
    • Use toothpastes for sensitive teeth
    • Use mouthwashes containing fluoride to strengthen the teeth
    • If you are a grinder/clencher you need to see your dentist who will provide you with a bite guard to protect your teeth from the grinding forces.
    • If you have broken teeth or fillings see your dentist for treatment.

    If you have sensitive teeth and would like to do something about it contact Alison and the team at The Courtyard Clinic on 01932 582 949 or book an appointment on line by clicking the link on our homepage.


  5. Call us if you loose a filling!

    17th February 2014 by thecourtyardclinic


  6. Crowns in a day for busy patients in Surrey

    9th January 2014 by thecourtyardclinic
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    The patient in the photo above came in with a broken tooth and less than 2 hours later left with a new aesthetic cerec crown.

    Here at The Courtyard Clinic we pride ourselves on offering our patients the latest state of the art treatment to provide them with the best quality of care. Cerec is a modern technology that the dentists at the practice utilise to provide patients with aesthetic and strong crowns and bridges without the need to return for 2 visits.

    What are the benefits of CEREC?

    There are several advantages to having treatment with CEREC over conventional, laboratory-made restorations:

    Everything is carried out in a single visit – you only need to visit the dentist once – take one day away from your work or life to have the procedure – instead of the usual two or three visits.

    Only one set of local anaesthetic injections
    – since the entire procedure can be carried out within the hour, you only need to have one lot of injections.

    Your dentist is in complete control of the final result
    – since the crown or veneer is designed and fabricated from start to finish by your dentist, he/she has total control over how it will look and fit, whereas a crown made in a laboratory is under the control of the technician who hasn’t even seen the patient.

    No temporary restorations
    – if you have lab-made veneers, you would require temporary veneers during the wait for your new teeth. These have been known to fall off and cause problems, which is a step that is omitted with CEREC restorations.

    Minimally invasive- With cerec technology we utilise adhesive dentistry to only remove what is necessary to protect your teeth. This more modern approach to dentistry allows our dentist to reduce the risk or root canal and improve the prognosis of the teeth over the patients lifetime.

    If you think you may need a crown or bridge placed then contact Alison today on 01932582949 or email on reception@thecourtyardclinic.com


  7. Nervous patients cared for at The Courtyard Clinic

    3rd January 2014 by thecourtyardclinic

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    Our experience in treating anxious or phobic patients means we fully understand what a big step coming to the dentist can be for many. You’ll never be rushed or pushed into a decision at The Courtyard Clinic; you’ll always be made to feel very welcome and in control at all times.

    In the event that you do need a local anaesthetic or numbing of the tooth we can administer it using the innovative and painless ‘Wand’ technique, rather than having to use a needle. Our patients inform us this is a revelation for them as for many nervous patients the injection is a major hurdle.

    For many people, a dental visit, or even the thought of one, can cause immense worry and stress. We hope to change all that and have designed our environment to make our patients feel relaxed and comfortable. If you decide to go ahead, we have many techniques to help us to put you completely at your ease. We offer the free use of our Movie glasses, watching your favourite film can act as a fantastic destraction whilst the treatment is being carried out.

    For those patients who are very anxious we offer intra-venous and oral (tablets) sedation, this puts the patient at ease whilst still being awake and without the need to be in a hospital enviroment.

    If you have any concerns or anxieties about coming to see us you’re always very welcome to visit the practice before commencing treatment to talk to us about sedation, painless dentistry or simply to take a look around the practice and meet the friendly team.

    To find out more about our special range of treatments for nervous patients please contact Alison on 01932582 949 or email reception@thecourtyardclinic.com. New patients can now also book a free consultation on the website homepage.


  8. Prevention is better than the cure- Fissure sealants for children in Surrey

    30th December 2013 by thecourtyardclinic

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    The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends placing dental sealants on the first permanent molars (at around 6 years of age) and the second permanent molars (which come in around 12 years of age).

    Why? –Well, basically there are a lot of studies that say placing sealants helps reduce the incidence of cavities. Does it mean you will never get cavities?–no, it still can happen, but sealants can reduce the kind of cavities that form in the pits and grooves of the back teeth,  on the top of the tooth–you still can get them in between the teeth and on the smooth surfaces.

    How long do they last?–Even with a well placed sealant, dentists do see cavities form in areas previously sealed. Sometimes the sealant wears off (chewing ice for instance), or sometimes just because someone is very prone to cavities. They last from 5 to 7 years if you take care of them–even adults can get sealants, but they seem to be most effective in the cavity prone years of youth. What is the material? It is the same material as used in white fillings without as much filler/reinforcing material, it’s a bis-GMA resin, With less filler the sealant can flow into the grooves better as shown in the picture above. Sometimes we use “flowable” composite which is in between in it’s characteristics.

    Does it hurt?–We like to say it’s like painting fingernails–it is just painted on the tooth–now that can be harder than you think as these teeth are in the back of the mouth. Most of the effort is keeping the area dry.

    Do you put them on baby teeth?–you can, but generally no. The enamel in baby teeth is different microscopically, they don’t seem to stay as well. It is often better to simply have regular checkups to catch things early. Also, many cavities in baby teeth are in between the teeth which sealants do not prevent.

    If you feel your child has not had fissure sealants placed and would like to protect their back teeth through the difficult years of childhood then contact Alison for an appointment at The Courtyard Clinic on 01932582949 or email on reception@thecourtyardclinic.com .

     


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