Archives for April, 2013

What Are The Benefits Of Our CT Scanner For Patients Near Rainham?

To be able to offer our patients the very best in dental care, we invest in the latest technologies and expertise. Kent Smile Studio near Rainham has an in-house Sirona XG3D CT scanner used to produce the highest quality dental imaging for diagnosis and treatment.

Advantages of the Sirona XG3D CT Scanner

By investing in the Sirona XG3D CT scanner, patients benefit in a range of ways:

  • Accurate diagnosis of oral health conditions
  • Precise specifications for design of dental restorations such as crowns, dentures and veneers
  • How best to insert dental implants that may support dental restorations
  • To support successful treatments, such as root canal treatment
  • By being able to learn about oral health from the high resolution 3D images

Using a more advanced X-rays system, such as the Sirona XG3D CT Scanner, enables our dentists and staff to work smartly, saving on time and cost that benefits both the practice and patients.

We choose the Sirona XG3D CT Scanner because its cutting edge technology generates higher quality resolution images than traditional X-ray equipment.

Beneficial Features of the Sirona XG3D CT Scanner

The beneficial features of Sirona XG3D CT Scanner includes:

  • Improved energy efficiency for environmentally-friendly treatment
  • Less radiation for better safety
  • Faster production of more high quality images used in diagnosis and treatment
  • Use as a training tool for developing expertise and exceptional treatment

Having an in-house Sirona XG3D CT Scanner allows clinicians to identify risks to oral health sooner and provide the right treatment in time before conditions may worsen. By using the 3D images to teach patients about their oral health, they are more likely to seek treatment in a timely way with less anxiety about receiving the care that is needed.

 

 

The Dangers Of Fizzy Drinks For Patients Near Aylesford

Although fizzy drinks are enjoyed by adults and children, their acid levels and sugar content are not teeth-friendly. Children are as prone to tooth decay from drinking too many fizzy drinks as adults are. Those trying to lose weight through dieting often substitute meals with fizzy drinks to feel full faster, however studies show that drinking too many fizzy drinks leads to tooth decay.

Fizzy drinks are linked to tooth decay

Tooth decay occurs when the natural bacterial level in the mouth becomes unbalanced, causing harmful bacteria to colonise around tooth surfaces and gum tissue. The increase in bacteria raises the acidic level of saliva in the mouth that erodes the protective enamel layer of teeth and inflames gum tissue.

Fizzy drinks are high in acid and sugar that increases the saliva’s acidity, resulting in dental enamel erosion that weakens tooth structure and exposes the inner tooth to infection-causing bacteria. As the enamel tooth surface erodes, tooth decay sets in causing cavities. Teeth may weaken to the extent that they fracture, chip or break.

There may be onset of gum inflammation or gingivitis as the acid and bacteria irritates gum tissue. Therefore fizzy drinks may cause damage to teeth and gum disease.

Treating and preventing tooth decay

Kent Smile Studio dentists near Aylesford may apply dental sealant to the teeth of children to reduce risk of cavities. When cavities develop, they should be treated by a dentist as soon as possible to prevent further dental trauma.

If tooth cavities are not filled with dental filler, infection may set in the dental pulp causing a lot of pain and tooth loss. Reducing intake of fizzy drinks and replacing them with healthier options that have lower levels of acid and sugar helps keep teeth stronger and lowers risk of tooth decay.

The Benefits Of Powerlase For Patients Near Rochester

We offer our patients laser treatment with PowerLase so that they may experience pain-free treatment with faster healing times. PowerLase is the latest in laser technology systems aimed at improving the success of a range of dental treatments.

PowerLase enables more treatment options

By investing in PowerLase, Kent Smile Studio patients benefit from laser treatments for treatment and prevention of tooth decay and gum diseases, such as Periodontitis and Oral Cancer. Dentists may use PowerLase before filling cavities with white composite filler or porcelain.

PowerLase is a versatile system that may be used by Endodontists to provide root canal treatment prior to insertion of dental implants, crowns, bridges or dentures. Oral lesions and diseased gum tissue may be removed using this laser technology.

PowerLase may also be used in cosmetic dentistry treatments, such as removing excess gum tissue and reshaping the gum line for a beautiful looking smile. Using PowerLase, our dentists combine their dentistry expertise, creativity and technology skill to deliver the highest standard of patient care.

PowerLase gives patients greater control over treatment

Besides giving pain-free treatment with quicker recovery times, PowerLase also lowers likelihood of scarring as sutures or stitches used in traditional surgery to seal incisions are not required. Risk of infection is reduced as laser treatment is sterile and accurately targeted for safer treatment.

Laser treatment with PowerLase replaces more invasive surgery involving drills and injections. Patients experience less anxiety about their dental care and a greater sense of control and confidence in their treatment. Patients suffering with dental phobia may experience greater peace of mind in treatment with PowerLase.

PowerLase saves time in preparation for treatment and dental procedures that reduces treatment times and saves patients money in long run. In some cases, fewer appointments are needed because PowerLase allows for pre-treatment preparation and combining of treatments. Contact Kent Smile Studio near Rochester for more information.

The Benefits Of All-on-Four Dental Implants For Patients Near Gillingham

Patients who have lost one or more teeth due to dental avulsion, tooth decay, gum disease or trauma have options in replacing missing teeth. At Kent Smile Studio we offer treatment with restorations such as dental bridges, crowns, and dentures.

Dental implants for greater stability

These restorations are fitted through different procedures, such as with plates, clips or dental implants. Dental implants are inserted through the gum line into the jaw bone to replace missing tooth roots. The dental restoration is anchored to the implant, such as a titanium post, offering better retention, stability and control.

Patients with loose fitting dentures may opt for dental implant-supported dentures to secure their replacement teeth. Dental implants with anchored restorations are made to look and feel just like normal, healthy teeth.

Dentists are continually improving solutions for patients in replacing missing teeth, and for this reason we offer our patients the latest in dental implant innovation – All-on-4 dental implants.

All-on-4 dental implants for better oral functions and aesthetics

All-on-4 dental implants enhance oral functions such as eating and speaking while improving appearance and natural beauty. We give our patients the choice of All-on-4 dental implants so that they may have same day teeth without having to wait a long time for natural-looking replacement teeth.

At Kent Smile Studio near Gillingham, All-on-4 dental implants are custom-made for the lower, upper or both dental arches to support crowns or dentures for a same day smile. Dental implants may not be suitable for all based on oral health condition. Our implant dentist assesses each individual’s oral health condition for suitability of All-on-4 dental implants.

A key difference in implant technology is that the All-on-4 dental implant system is inserted at a 45 degree angle to facilitate faster osseointegration or bone fusion, to better reinforce teeth structure and provide greater dental stability.

Reveal A Stunning Smile With Dental Veneers For Patients Near Chatham

Dental veneers can be the solution to all who desire to improve their appearance and have a beautiful smile. Increasingly popular, dental veneers may be used to reshape and align teeth or mask tooth discolouration.

Dental veneers enhance natural beauty

Those with mild orthodontic conditions such as skew, protruding or irregularly spaced teeth have an alternative choice to braces in straightening their teeth. Although modern braces systems such as invisible braces are recommended for re-positioning misaligned teeth, braces may not be suitable for all. Dental veneers may then be an option to re-sculpt tooth appearance for a stunning smile.

Although teeth stained by foods and tobacco may be whitened for a brighter and healthier appearance, teeth whitening may not be suitable in cases of genetic tooth discolouration. Dental veneers bonded to the tooth surface may cover dental discolouration so that teeth appear a more natural white shade.

Dental veneers are wafer-thin and are custom-designed to fit each person’s tooth shape and shade. Patients have choices in types of dental veneers, such as porcelain or white composite veneers, and in designing their perfect smile.

Choices in dental veneers

At Kent Smile Studio near Chatham, we aim to offer patients choices in dental veneers and involve them in their own smile design. The two main types include composite white veneers or porcelain veneers. The main differences are that composite veneers are crafted with dental resin and are either directly moulded to teeth using cutting-edge light activating technology or are bonded after indirect preparation.

Porcelain veneers are usually made bespoke from dental impressions and images in a dental lab before being bonded to minimally-etched teeth. Two appointments are usually needed for porcelain veneers to be fitted. Porcelain veneers offer the ultimate in smile transformation and last from five to ten years.

 

Enjoy Our Innovative Beauty Treatments For Patients Near Rainham

At Kent Smile Studio we want to help you look your best. Whether your skin in damaged from excess sun exposure or you are starting to show signs of ageing, our wrinkle-free Botox treatment and dermal fillers will smooth your complexion for a younger looking skin.

Skin care and beauty

Our skin is considered one of the major organs of the body. We look after our skin by keeping it hydrated – drinking enough water and moisturising. However, sometimes all the care we give our skin is not enough to reduce wrinkling or skin folds on the forehead, around the eyes, nose, and mouth.

Some of us may have sunken cheeks and thin lips that we simply desire to enhance. The choices in treatments, such as Botox and dermal fillers, are aimed to smooth the skin and provide volume to the cheeks and lips. The results of our beauty treatments are immediate and may be maintained through top-up care.

Choosing Botox versus dermal filler treatments

Botox is a treatment containing safe amounts of botulin toxin often used in medical treatments such as for neuro-muscular conditions. When injected within the facial muscles, Botox relaxes the muscles, smoothing facial lines for a more fresh and youthful appearance. Botox works for frown and forehead lines, crow’s feet, nasolabial lines, smoker’s lines, and marionette lines.

Dermal filler treatments, such as Restylane, contains ingredients that occur naturally within the body for hydration and when inserted within  facial wrinkles, fills the lines and folds for smooth-looking skin. Lips may be enhanced using dermal filler for a fuller shape and lip definition. We offer facial recontouring to bring out the best in your facial shape and features, such as the cheek bones and jaw line. Our beauty treatments revitalise facial expressions and natural beauty. Contact the team at Kent Smile Studio near Rainham for more information.

 

Dental Technologies We Offer To Patients Near Aylesford

The best dental practices keep abreast of innovative technologies to provide the highest quality in treatments and patient care. As leaders in dentistry and cosmetic care, Kent Smile Studio invests in a suit of technologies for the development of staff and benefit of patients.

Innovative technologies at Kent Smile Studio

Technologies play a vital role in dentistry in diagnosis, treatment and communications. Through using technology in our practice, we identify oral health conditions for timely treatment and effectively manage patient records with integrity.

Examples of our modern technologies include:

  • Sirona XG3D CT Scanner with high resolution 3D images
  • Koday Digital X-rays with reduced-radiation X-ray images
  • Nikon D200 Extra-Oral Camera for precise makeover pictures
  • PowerLase for smart laser treatments
  • In-house computer system
  • Social media for patient communications

Each of these technologies improves the standard of care we offer our patients. Using such technologies we are able to involve patients visually in understanding their oral health and treatment needs.

The CT Scanner’s 3D images are used to facilitate dental treatment preparation and procedures, such as for dental implants. When combining images with X-rays, dentists may obtain accurate measurements for operations and custom-making of dental restorations such as crowns and dentures.

Extra-oral pictures obtained from the Nikon D200 camera may be used not only in diagnosis and treatment, but in understanding patient expectations versus results in cosmetic dentistry treatments, such as smile makeovers. Patients receive pain-free treatments with non-invasive PowerLase laser technology.

Our in-house computer system is comprehensive for accurate patient records, provision of services, and compliance with professional dentistry standards. Our systems allow us to provide patients with written treatment plans transparently outlining recommendations, benefits, risks and costs.

Using social media including texts and emails, we are accessible to patients for appointments, urgent care and feedback. For more information please contact the team at Kent Smile Studio near Aylesford.

Dental Care Plans Available To Our Patients Near Rochester

Kent Smile Studio strives to make patient care accessible and affordable to more patients. Where NHS provision may be limited to eligibility criteria, expertise, and waiting lists, we offer more treatment options to patients through dental care plans.

Dental care plans are designed to meet the needs of different patient groups, such as those requiring mainly routine checks and treatments, those wanting primarily dental hygiene care and those in need of emergency or travel dental cover.

Why choose a dental care plan?

A dental care plan aims to provide cover or insurance for dental treatments through payment of an affordable monthly premium. Dental care plans allow people to spread the cost of the dental treatments, lowering the immediate expense of a dental treatment.

Those wishing to access private dental care if they do not meet NHS eligibility or need immediate treatment, may do so through use of a dental care plan. Dental care plans also offer membership benefits, such as payment convenience, choices in dental treatments, treatment discounts, quality treatment time, international emergency insurance and redundancy protection if needed.

Types of dental care plans

We offer patients three main types of dental care plans that include:

  • Maintenance Plan
  • Hygiene Care Plan
  • Worldwide Trauma and Emergency Callout Insurance

Maintenance treatments include dental examinations and screening, dental hygiene with teeth cleaning, prevention of gum disease and temporary treatment in dental emergencies. The worldwide trauma insurance and emergency callout insurance is included.

The Hygiene Care Plan includes everything in the Maintenance Plan with two additional annual dental hygiene appointments. Prices vary for these plans from as low as £12.80 per month and are subject to change. Get in touch with us at Kent Smile Studio near Rochester to learn more about our Dental Care Plans and how they may benefit you.

Clearstep Invisible Braces For Our Patients Near Gillingham

As leaders in orthodontic care, we provide our patients with modern invisible braces systems to straighten teeth for a beautiful smile.

Kent Smile Studio is proud to offer Clearstep as an invisible aligner solution for patients with orthodontic conditions, such as over-crowded, crooked and irregularly-spaced teeth. Clearstep is a proven orthodontic treatment producing smile transforming results for people of all ages.

The Clearstep choice

Custom-designed from medical grade clear plastic, Clearstep are ultra-thin aligners fitted to the front of the teeth to gently re-position teeth in the shortest time. Using the latest technologies, Clearstep aligners are fashioned to meet the unique dimensions of a person’s teeth and mouth.

We choose to provide Clearstep to patients as this innovative braces system may be used to treat mild orthodontic conditions or be used in combination of treatment for severe orthodontic cases. Worn in two-week treatment series, Clearstep aligners are hygienic, comfortable to use, discrete and effective in delivering teeth straightening outcomes.

Patients choose Clearstep because it is a braces treatment not obvious to others, may be combined with teeth whitening, corrects teeth alignment and enhances natural beauty. Individuals having Clearstep treatment experience greater confidence and feel healthier. Clearstep does not interfere with ability to eat and communicate. The aligners may be removed and refitted by a dentist.

Getting Clearstep invisible braces

Clearstep is an alternative to traditional metal braces and other modern braces systems. Clearstep improves on conventional metal braces and is a unique modern braces solution. By getting in touch with us, our clinician may assess your oral health and suitability for Clearstep braces.

If Clearstep invisible braces is the right choice for you, dental impressions and images will be taken for custom-making of your Clearstep aligners. Contact the team at Kent Smile Studio near Gillingham today for more information about the special features of Clearstep.

All About White Fillings For Patients Near Chatham

People of all ages at some point in their lives need a dental filling to restore a tooth cavity or reinforce tooth strength. Teeth wear over time and may be prone to decay or infection. White fillings may be used not only to fill tooth cavities and gaps but may also be used to reshape teeth for better alignment.

Types of white fillings

White fillings may be used for different purposes, such as simply filling a tooth and serving as an inlay or for capping in tooth with an onlay such as a crown. The materials used in creating a white filling also determine its type, such as a composite white filling versus a porcelain white filling.

White composite and porcelain fillings

Dental composite and synthetic resins are used to make white composite fillings. The material is formulated to match tooth shade and gives a natural tooth texture and appearance. These fillings may be used to replace mercury-containing amalgam metal fillings, or unsightly silver and copper fillings.

White composite fillings are regarded as a healthier and more aesthetically-pleasing dental filling option to metal fillings that may be noticeable when smiling. The benefit of white composite fillings is that they are more natural in appearance and do not leak or expand like metal ones.

White composite fillings are versatile in that they may be used in filling small cavities or deeper holes. Entire tooth cusps may be capped with an onlay or crown.  These fillings may be applied within one sitting if a curing light is used to activate and harden the white composite.

White porcelain fillings are considered the aesthetic-ultimate in dental fillings. The porcelain is strong, durable and mimics natural tooth shape and shade. Kent Smile Studio near Chatham offers patients choices in composite and porcelain fillings for inlays, onlays, crowns and veneers.