1. Dental Fillings Heal Teeth with Stem Cells

    9th September 2016 by thecourtyardclinic
    dental model showing different types of treatments (gold crown, porcelain veener, gold inlays, amalgam and composite fillings)

    dental filling model

    Scientists have developed regenerative dental fillings that will help replace dentures. The researchers are in the next phase of development, seeking to find a technique to insert the fillings.

    Key takeaways:

    • The regenerative dental fillings have been described as a new dental paradigm for dental treatments.
    • These fillings stimulate stem cells to grow new dentin which effectively lead to growth of new teeth.
    • The restorative treatment makes use of therapeutic biomaterials that trigger this new application of stem cells.

    “We have designed synthetic biomaterials that can be used similarly to dental fillings but can be placed in direct contact with pulp tissue to stimulate the native stem cell population for repair and regeneration of pulp tissue and the surrounding dentin.”

    Read the full story here


  2. Do You Need Dental Implants?

    3rd September 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    Illustration of teeth showing dental implant structure

    Dental implants are typically used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. In some cases, implants can help stabilize partial dentures — so they are more stable. Care for dental implants is simple and similar to the care for natural teeth. You will simply need to regularly brush, floss and have check-ups.

    Key takeaways:

    • Dental implants have numerous advantages such as improved speech, improved smiles and appearance, better chewing, convenience and improved oral health.
    • Dental implants have a success rate of about 98 percent.
    • Patients who have healthy gums, enough bone, and are committed to oral hygiene qualify to have dental implants.

    Once the implant has bonded to the jawbone, a small connector post, called an abutment, is attached to the post to securely hold the new tooth. To make your new tooth or teeth, your dentist makes impressions of your teeth, and creates a model of your bite (which captures all of your teeth, their type, and arrangement).

    Read the full story here


  3. 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


    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


    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.


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



    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.

  4. 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!

  5. Smile Makeovers

    11th August 2014 by thecourtyardclinic


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

  6. Dental Implants: a time machine for lost teeth

    2nd July 2014 by thecourtyardclinic


    Dental implants have changed the face of dentistry over the last 25 years. It used to be that if you lost a tooth the only options were to live with the space, have a removable denture or have a dental bridge held off the adjacent teeth. None of these solutions were ideal and all of them require some form of extra load being placed on the remaining teeth.

    A dental implant is a small titanium screw which is placed in the bone of the jaw to replace the missing tooth or teeth roots. The bone of the jaw grows towards the titanium screw and it becomes integrated into the jaw, it can then have a tooth or many teeth built on top of it.

    Who can have dental implants??
    If you have good general health then dental implants will almost certainly work for you. However, habits such as heavy drinking or smoking can increase the number of problems associated with initial healing and thereafter may negatively influence the long-term health of gum and bone surrounding each implant. Remaining teeth might also be compromised making treatment planning less certain.

    How do you choose your implant dentist?

    The placement of dental implants requires the additional training following qualification as a dentist, make sure your dentist has been appropriately trained and is experienced. Using a dentist who only uses the highest quality materials is also to be advised, there are some dental implant companies who do not have a lot of evidence supporting their product. Here at The Courtyard Clinic our implant surgeon is extremely experienced and we only use the best implant materials to make sure we provide the highest success rates for our patients.

    If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to see if you are suitable for dental implants, give Alison a call today on 01932 582949 and book in for a free consultation.

  7. dental implants – all on 4- Chertsey – Surrey

    2nd April 2014 by thecourtyardclinic

  8. Minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry at The Courtyard Clinic, Chertsey.

    27th November 2013 by thecourtyardclinic


    Our newest team member Dr Simon Chard has recently returned from a 3 day meeting in London with some of the leading lights in cosmetic dentistry at the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD) conference 2013. The conference, in it’s 10th year, is an opportunity for people from around the world to come and present the most modern techniques in improving patients smiles.


    The key trend this year was minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry, something the team at The Courtyard Clinic is very passionate about!

    Minimally invasive dentistry is the philosophy that when improving patient’s smiles we remove as little of the patient’s natural tooth as possible- thus improving the prognosis of the patient’s natural teeth. Traditional cosmetic dentistry developed a less than ideal reputation in the dental world for being overly destructive of natural teeth. The new wave of modern and ethical cosmetic dentists, such as the dentists at The Courtyard Clinic, employ the latest materials, techniques and technology to be as minimal as possible.

    This includes the use of:

    • Adult orthodontics (braces)
    • Tooth whitening
    • CEREC technology
    • Modern Ceramic materials
    • Modern aesthetic white filling materials
    • Implants

    At this latest conference Dr Simon, who sits on a number of committees for the BACD, enjoyed discussions on a number of these latest advances in the field and this week has brought them back to review their implementation with the team at The Courtyard Clinic.

    Please contact Alison on 01932 582949 or at reception@thecourtyardclinic.com if you would like to improve your smile in a modern and minimally invasive manner.

  9. Female-Chertsey-Implants-nervous

    28th October 2013 by thecourtyardclinic

    I clearly remember the day my tooth fell out. I sobbed and sobbed which was in part due to the huge gap in my mouth but also because I was terrified of dentists due to previous bad experiences at other practices. I found the Courtyard by luck after searching on the internet for dentists that welcome nervous patients and I can honestly say that I actually enjoy my visits to the dentist! I am an experienced dental patient now because after not going to the dentist for many many years, having a sweet tooth and opting for painkillers rather than a visit to the dentist, I understandably needed a lot of work done. 


    Everything recommended was explained in a clear and professional manner right from the beginning so there were no surprises along the way. I was terrified to begin with (and who wouldn’t be after avoiding the dentist for a decade!) but with order accutane from canada each passing visit, I felt better and better about the care I was receiving and less nervous. 


    Having an initial overview of the work I needed really helped focus me on the importance and necessity of looking after my teeth but I also felt that the practice really cared about the overall wellbeing of my teeth- something which I had never encountered. Doctor Yasmin goes above and beyond any dentist that I have ever met and with every visit I’ve had, she has shown compassion, patience and a high degree of skill.  The biggest decision I made (aside from actually sticking with a dentist!) was to have implants and I am so glad that I did. My mouth and teeth look and feel so much better and I am no longer embarrassed to smile or scared to go to the dentist. Aside from the way they look, my teeth and gums actually feel so much better.  The excellent receptionist with exceptional people skills, the conscientious hygienist, the talented and nimble implant surgeon, and the skilled Doctor Yasmin make this The Courtyard Clinic an outstanding 5 star practice. 

    I really cannot recommend Doctor Yasmin and her team highly enough. Thank you to everyone!

  10. Updating our knowledge for Nervous Patients

    29th September 2011 by thecourtyardclinic

    Last weekend Dr. Yasmin George spent her Saturday with 180 like minded doctors and dentists when she attended the SAAD Autumn Conference at the Royal Society of Medicine in London.
    SAAD (Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry) is a leading body in the field of sedation in dentistry and the treatment of nervous and phobic dental patients. Dr. George and her team regularly update their knowledge and can confidently offer a range of clever techniques to enable nervous and special needs or handicapped patients receive the dental care they want and need.
    The Courtyard Clinic can now help even the most ‘needle phobic’ patients thanks to the latest techniques we offer.
    For more information call us on 01932 582949.

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