1. KT- female – Walton-On-Thames

    27th February 2013 by thecourtyardclinic

    Dear Alison

    I have just looked back at the initial photo’s Yasmin took of my teeth! What a difference, excellent results in a shorter time than I’d expected. Yasmin was always so professional, and explained everything to me which instilled confidence. Alison you were always so welcoming and efficient at arranging and changing all of my appointments, thank you!
    I would definitely recommend The Courtyard Clinic to others.

    Kind regards

  2. Fissure sealants

    21st February 2013 by thecourtyardclinic

    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, you know 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 say 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. Sometimes we use “flowable” composite which is kind of in between in it’s characteristics.

    How are they placed?
    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, but sometimes if there is lots of grooves there, so there may be a benefit to placing them. Another thing to think about is that in preschoolers, placing a sealant is just about as difficult as a small filling because little kids, well it’s harder to place the sealants. 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.

  3. Special Patients…. Aren't all patient's special?

    20th February 2013 by thecourtyardclinic

    Yes, of course, but there are those who require additional attention and care.
    These patients are generally classified as “special needs” patients. These are children (and adults) that have medical conditions which can limit their ability to fit comfortably into the normal routine of a dental surgery. They may have difficulty communicating, cooperating or have physical limitations of one sort or another. Children with Down syndrome or Cerebral Palsy make up most of the patients in this group. There are many other syndromes or handicapping conditions that can require special attention from the doctor and staff in the dental practice.
    Many special needs patients we see have no mental deficits or problems, it’s only physical limitations. Others have very severe disabilities.
    Routine dental exams and cleanings can be a challenge, not only for the parent or caretaker, but of course for the dental team. X-rays are often not possible and just getting a good look can be very difficult. How do we do fillings or other more technically precise procedures if the patient is moving or unable to cooperate? Well, that’s where Pediatric Dentists use their training and experience to find the best solution to a difficult problem. Many times special needs patients are treated in a similar manner as other patients. In some cases, however, the use of general anesthesia is the preferred method. Being asleep for dental treatment allows, x-rays, good dentistry all with the patient pleasantly asleep during the procedures. In addition to health concerns, Down syndrome patients often have specific dental problems like delayed eruption of teeth. There is often a higher incidence of missing and malformed teeth as well.
    Patients may develop malocclusions where normal orthodontic treatment modalities are limited. Many special needs patients have difficulty maintaining good oral hygiene.

    One cannot state the profound satisfaction of working with special needs patients. The parents of these kids are quite amazing. Some of these “children” are in their 30’s+, so the parents are much older than that, but they still show a loving dutiful caring for their children.

    Working with these patients can be difficult, but can also be quite rewarding.

  4. What are the Signs and Symptoms of Mouth Cancer?

    19th February 2013 by thecourtyardclinic

    Long standing non healing ulcers, red white patches on the tongue, gums, floor of the mouth or lips are the most common symptoms of mouth cancer. Unusual swellings or lumps in the mouth are often the first warning signs.
    Less commons symptoms include pain on chewing or swallowing, a sore throat that won’t go away over a long period of time (over 6 weeks), thickening of the cheek lining and unusual pain, bleeding or numbness in the mouth.
    Early Detection Saves Lives… the 5 year survival rate of mouth cancer patients is 50% BUT with early diagnosis, patients have a 90% chance of survival.
    so if you or anyone you know of, have any of these symptoms then please call Alison on 01932 582 949 to book you free Oral Health Screening all through February and March 2013.

  5. Faster Orthodontics here at The Courtyard Clnic!

    18th February 2013 by thecourtyardclinic

    Faster Orthodontics now available at The Courtyard Clinic! Acceledent is here!
    We are pleased to offer a new innovative treatment which helps braces move teeth faster. Just 20 minutes each day can help give you a beautiful smile in less time….ask us about Acceledent!

  6. Somnowell snoring appliance

    11th February 2013 by thecourtyardclinic

    The Somnowell is the first oral device of its type made from chrome cobalt alloy, and is widely regarded as the Rolls Royce of oral devices. It is impervious to the bacteria and fungi commonly found in acrylic plastic and thermoplastic Mandibular Advancement Appliances, and is suitable for long-term use in the mouth.
    The Somnowell was invented by a highly respected Consultant and Specialist Orthodontist, who has successfully treated royalty, celebrities, and many medical professionals.
    The Somnowell is the culmination of over 15 years research and development. In a recent study 98% of patients reported the Somnowell device as being a success.
    While comparably priced appliances will last only a fraction of the time, the Somnowell will look and feel exactly the same after decades of use.
    How does it work? ?The Somnowell gently holds your lower jaw in the ‘recovery position’ while you sleep, an ideal method for ensuring a well maintained airway. While other MMAs infringe on tongue space, causing the user discomfort, the Somnowell’s unique lower jaw connecting section gives the tongue free space to move. The Somnowell is so comfortable you won’t even notice you are wearing it. The wearer can talk freely, drink and take medication.
    The design of the Somnowell takes into account the individual features of each user’s jaw joints, so the appliance can be used as a highly effective treatment for jaw pain. An added benefit of the Somnowell is that it keeps the teeth in position, and the Somnowell Retainers are currently recommended by specialists as a permanent retainer after orthodontic work.
    The Courtyard Clinic has been offering this appliance for a number of years now and has ben delighted with the results.
    Contact us today on 01932 582949 to arrange a free consultation.

  7. Pregnancy and oral health!

    by thecourtyardclinic

    Now, when a woman is pregnant, there are a lot of obvious hormonal changes. Dentally this can manifest as bleeding gums. The best preventative there is closer attention to good oral hygiene and a good diet.

    Sometimes ladies develop a red purple bump or swelling on the gums called a pregnancy tumor (which sounds scary, but is benign).

    It is best to avoid x-rays or medications especially during the first trimester, so we may delay any treatment or routine diagnostic x-rays a few months. Hopefully, the patient has good oral health so that little problems will not turn into bigger ones because of treatment delay. I’m sure there are many other good sites with information for expectant moms. In fact, here is one from the: ADA. Things are not always so easily planned but, if you are thinking about starting a family, make sure your dental treatment needs are in good order beforehand.

    Oh, and don’t forget to schedule your baby for their first dental visit by age one!

  8. Our Free, No Obligation, Consultation

    by thecourtyardclinic

    Free Dental Consultation

    At the Courtyard Clinic in Chertsey, Surrey, we offer all new prospective clients a free initial consultation. Why? Simple. If we, as patients, wished to find a new practice, we would want to see the practice first. We would want to meet the staff and the dentist.
    We would like to be able to have a relaxed and informal chat about our needs and desires for our teeth, our smile and our long team oral wellbeing. In short, we would like to make sure that we felt confident to entrust this new practice with the care of my teeth before booking an appointment for an examination.

    With this in mind, we would like to invite you for a FREE consultation at the Courtyard Clinic.
    You will be given a guided tour of our clinic and the services we offer. You will be able to meet our dentists and our staff.
    We will have a relaxed chat in our lounge and discuss your wants and desires for your teeth, your smile, your long term well being and any concerns you may have.

    In short, we will offer you every opportunity to see if you would like to entrust us with the care of you and your teeth.

    Interested? Call us today on 01932 582 949

  9. chewing gum good or bad!!

    by thecourtyardclinic

    Is chewing gum bad for your teeth? Should I let my child chew gum?

    To get right to the point, chewing gum is ok! In fact, there are studies that indicate chewing gum stimulates salivary flow and inhibits the bacteria that cause tooth decay. This is especially useful when chewed right after a meal. Of course, brushing right after would be the best, but we do not always have a toothbrush and paste at the local steak house.

    The only case where I would suggest no gum are young children that might choke on the wad of gum. I would also suggest a teenager who has bad TMJ problems to lay off the constant chewing of gum so as not to aggravate the problem.

    Of course, I would advise sugarless gum, that’s a no brainer. In fact, gum with the artificial sweetener Xylitol* has been shown to be particularly beneficial. Trident with Recaldent (casein phosphopeptide), which is a milk based protein, seems to help in the remineralization process to prevent decay.

    So, yes, enjoy that (sugarless) gum!

  10. The Wand

    by thecourtyardclinic

    The Wand:

    As a dentist who has a special interest in treating nervous and phobic patients and also children and teenagers who have had previous bad experiences, I can wholeheartedly recommend ‘The Wand’ to dentists and patients.
    ‘The Wand’ is the computerised delivery of local anaesthetic which is so gentle, slow and controlled that many patients don’t even know they have had their tooth ‘numbed’.
    I have children under the age of 9 receiving local anaesthetic with The Wand and they are smiling during the delivery….as a Mum myself you really feel good about the level of care you are giving when this happens.
    I have had The Wand in my practice for the last 4 years and now regard it as an essential part of my delivery of care to ALL my patients, whether they tell me they are apprehensive or not.

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