Archives for June, 2013

Patients Near Rochester Learn About Our 12 Point Dental Health Check

When you visit the Kent Smile Studio for a check-up, you can expect more than just a quick look around. We like to assess the health of our patients’ mouth thoroughly, so we can keep an eye on any potential dental problems and spot the early signs of diseases like oral cancer. Also helping us in our quest to keep you happy, healthy and smiling is our state of the art CT scanner, which provides an in-depth view into even the smallest details of your mouth.

The 12 point dental health check

  1. How healthy do you consider your dental health?
  2. What particular aspects of your mouth and teeth are you worried about?
  3. Are you taking any medications and/or have any medical health conditions that may affect your dental health?
  4. Are you content with the aesthetic of your smiles; if not, what would you like to change?
  5. We then thoroughly check your teeth to check that they are strong and healthy.
  6. We look at the appearance and strength of your fillings/crowns and other restorations to see if they are still performing the way they should.
  7. We check the health of your gums, which is vital to the well-being of your whole mouth!
  8. We look for stubborn plaque, which can lead to dental decay and periodontal disease
  9. We examine the inside of your mouth, which includes the cheeks, tongue, roof and floor of the mouth and also the lips.
  10. We then check the outside of your mouth.
  11. We have a good look inside, between and under your teeth for any hidden problems.
  12. Finally-we check and assess how your jawbone is doing, which is essential to provide a stable smile.

If you live near the Rochester area and would like a dental check-up please pop into the practice, or give us a call.

 

Patients Near Gillingham Can Learn About Our Dental Care Plans

The cost of dental health care can often strike like a bolt from the blue; attacking your finances when you may not be able to afford it. However, with a dental health plan at Kent Smile Studio you can stop the bolt from the blue striking and pay for your dental health care in small instalments, to cover you in times of need.

What are the benefits of a Dental Care Plan?

There are a number of benefits with a Kent Smile Studio Dental Care Plan, including:

  • Easy routine payments for regular treatment
  • A fair system, where everyone pays an equal amount
  • Discounts on extra treatments
  • Protection if you are made redundant (for 12 months)
  • A wider choice of treatments
  • The ability to treat dental problems swiftly
  • Emergency Callout (for when you need a dentist in an emergency in any part of the world) and Worldwide Trauma Insurance (protecting you from the cost of accidental damage)

What Plans are available and what do they provide?

Maintenance Plan £12.80 per month

  • Twice yearly dental checks, which includes examination for dental decay and oral cancer, with x-rays provided if needed.
  • Twice yearly dental hygiene sessions, which includes dental cleaning, advice on periodontal care and preventative care to help stop gum disease or tooth decay.
  • Emergency dentistry (during practice hours).
  • 15% discount on laboratory based work e.g. bridges, dentures, crowns.
  • 15% off dental treatments, e.g. root canals, fillings, dental extraction etc.

We also have other treatment plans for patients throughout Kent and beyond, so please feel free to give us a call or pop into the practice to ask about what your options are. Dental plans can help you feel secure and at ease whatever my problem may arise, while also taking care of your regular dental care.

 

Wearing Braces With A Missing Tooth Or Crown For Patients Near Chatham

Braces are suitable for a range of dental problems, including gaps between teeth, crooked smiles, crossbite, overbites etc. Braces can also be suitable for patients who are looking to improve the straightness of their smile, but either have missing teeth or are wearing dental crowns.

Can braces be incorporated into my treatment?

If you have a missing tooth gap a brace could actually help you close the hole in your smile, to improve the aesthetics of your teeth. Crowns also do not need to be a problem and our highly skilled and highly trained dentists can provide orthodontic treatment personally tailored to your current dental condition.

Invisible brace treatment

Not only can we correct your orthodontic problem even if you have a gap or crowns, we also offer invisible brace treatment, so you can correct, improve and enhance your smile without anyone even realising! We offer ClearStep invisible braces, which use personalised removable and completely clear braces to gently move your new smile into place.

What can you treat with ClearStep braces?

ClearStep braces can be used to treat a whole host of problems, including:

  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crooked smiles
  • Twisted teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • And much, much more

ClearStep braces are tailored to your personal orthodontic situation. An improved smile can also be beneficial beyond aesthetic reasons; improving the strength of a bite and reducing tooth grinding.

If you are interested in braces, even if you have tooth gaps or wear crowns, please pay us a visit or arrange a consultation. We can address and solve whatever dental problem you have, with our wide range of dental treatments for patients near Chatham and beyond.

 

 

 

We Offer Our Patients Near Rainham Discreet Invisible Braces

Adult patients with orthodontic problems often put off treatment, due to their perceived stigma of metal braces. Worried that they will look like a teenager and will need to try and hide their smile throughout treatment, many continue to suffer with smiles they are less than happy with. However, at Kent Smile Studio, we offer Invisible ClearStep braces, which provide excellent orthodontic movement without the use of wires and brackets.

How do ClearStep braces work?

ClearStep Invisible braces use clear plastic aligners to gently guide your teeth into place. First moulds of your teeth will be take, which are then sent to a ClearStep laboratory to create your personalised set of braces. Each braces is slightly different in shape and are worn for two weeks, after which they are changed for the next aligner in the set. This means your teeth will not be forced into place like traditional wire braces, and instead will be gently eased into position. The time of your treatment will depend on your condition, but it is rarely much longer than that found with metal braces.

The advantages of ClearStep

ClearStep braces are often preferred over metal braces because:

  1. They remain discreetly in the mouth throughout treatment, causing no embarrassment.
  2. They are completely removable, so you can clean your teeth and the aligner to prevent tooth decay and disease, which can occur with fixed braces.
  3. Less force, equals, less dental pain.
  4. You can continue to eat and drink as you like, as you can take your brace out before eating.
  5. Can be used in conjunction with whitening gel to enhance the overall aesthetics of your smile.

If you are from Rainham or the surrounding areas and interested in invisible braces, please feel free to get in touch with the practice and arrange a consultation.

 

 

We Look After Nervous Patients Near Rainham

A large number of UK patients fear the dentist so much that they will put off treatment, even when they are in the most extreme dental pain.

Here at the Kent Smile Studio we make sure that our patients have the most comfortable and relaxed visit possible; listening to their fears; answering any questions and taking our time instead of rushing our patients through their consultations and treatments. We also offer dental sedation, to take the worry out of dentistry and ensure that every patient receives the care they need.

Talking to patients

At Kent Smile Studio you can take your time and asks as many questions as you like to help you feel comfortable with your treatment. We take steps to explain every aspect of your treatment; feeling that a well-informed patient is a more comfortable one. We will explain what will happen with your treatment and care beforehand and will stop during treatment if you need a moment of calm. Our aim is to help you reach optimum oral health without having to suffer with anxiety and stress.

Sedation

Sedation involves a small injection to the back of your hand, which will gently ease you into a feeling of calm throughout your dental treatment. Unlike gas or injected anaesthetic you will retain all consciousness, but you will neither fear not feel any pain or discomfort, to allow for anxiety free dentistry.

If you are from the Rainham area, or even further afield and are worried about dental treatment we would love to talk to you and discuss anxiety free options to return you to your optimum dental health. Please feel free to call the clinic today to book a consultation.

 

 

 

 

 

All-On-Four Dental Implants To Treat Missing Teeth For Patients Near Aylesford

A damaged and gapped filled smile doesn’t have to be part and parcel of growing older; not with Kent Smile Studio’s All-on-Four dental implant treatment!

What is the All-on-Four dental implant treatment?

In the past loosing and then replacing a missing tooth or teeth often meant crowns and dentures, which would regularly fall out or cause jawbone erosion. Today we have dental implant technology, which utilises your jawbone to hold strong metal posts, or dental implants, which at as a root to hold crowns, and in the All-on-Four treatment, dentures. This means you can replace a whole arch of teeth using just four implants, for a renewed smile that stays in place and doesn’t fall out while eating or talking.

How does the All-on-Four dental implant treatment work?

First you will be assessed for your suitability for the treatment, after which you will return to the practice to have your implants fitted and then your dentures fixed. We only need 4 dental implants to secure your smile, as we fit them at a 45 degree angle at the back of the mouth, for extra stability. The implants sit within your jawbone to form what is essentially a new tooth root and actually stop jawbone disintegration, which often occurs after tooth loss and when wearing dentures.  Once your implants are in place your dentures are connected, which could actually occur on the same day! Your smile will look natural and hold strong without your mouth-no one will be able to tell you are even wearing dentures or implants!

Benefits over dentures alone

Lonely dental implant free dentures can often cause further dental health problems; eroding the jawbone and leading to sores within the mouth. The mouth is often found to change shape, which means you will have to have your dentures altered or made from scratch, which can be very expensive over time. With dental implant assisted dentures, such as those offered with the All-on-Four treatment these problems do not arise and you can live a new life with your rejuvenated and stable smile.

Patients near Aylesford can find all they want to know about the All-on- Four treatment by visiting the practice for a consultation, where we will be happy to answer all of your questions.

 

 

       

The Benefits Of White Fillings For Patients Near Rochester

In the past getting a filling meant unsightly metal within the mouth, often ruining the aesthetics of a beautiful smile. That isn’t the case at the Kent Smile Studio, where we offer white fillings to all our patients, to restore damage and tooth decay without altering the aesthetics of gorgeous smiles.

What are white fillings made from?

White fillings are made up of composite acrylic resins and are used at the practice over metal amalgam fillings, which have been considered unsightly and potentially unsafe for a number of years. White fillings are also much more attractive and can sit unnoticed within the mouth for the correction of many tooth erosion problems.

What does the process involve?

Our experienced and highly skilled dentists will first settle you back into our comfortable dental chairs and will then clean your teeth before applying the composite material. Lie back and relax as they mould the composite material into the tooth hole you are looking to fill and set it with a curing light. This helps the filling to fix and merge with the tooth and harden to prevent any debris and bacterial entering the hole.

Why are white fillings preferable to metal fillings?

Not only are white fillings more aesthetically pleasing that metal fillings they are also a great deal safer, with no risk of leakage of metals into the tooth or mouth. White fillings can also be used to correct small gaps between teeth.

If you are looking to restore a damaged tooth and are interested in white fillings, for a pure and clean looking smile, visit the Kent Smile Studio near Rochester today and ask for a personal consultation. We can correct a whole host to dental problems for patients who have suffered from tooth decay or erosion and are looking for a natural looking treatment to correct their problem.

 

 

Restorative Treatments Using Veneers For Patients Near Gillingham

The modern diet contains a lot of sugar and acid, which can often erode, damage and discolour our teeth. Many patients also worry about gaps between their teeth, or about crooked teeth but do not want to wear braces to correct the problem. Thankfully there are many advanced treatments these days which can correct these problems, including Kent Smile Studio’s beautiful porcelain and composite veneers.

What are veneers?

Veneers are thin, tooth shaded shells, which are applied strongly to the front of the teeth, to conceal any aesthetic problems and some alignment conditions to rejuvenate a damaged smile.

What is the difference between composite and porcelain veneers?

Composite Veneers

Composite veneers are the more cost effective option for restoring the natural appearance to your teeth and are applied and sculpted directly onto your damaged tooth or teeth. Treatment is often finished in one session, with results that can last between 5- 10 years. Composite veneers can also be used for patients who are looking to correct small gaps or minor tooth misalignment.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers usually require two visits, but this is because the veneers are custom made in an on-site laboratory and then fixed to the teeth during your next visit. Moulds are taken of the teeth you wish to correct, which are then used to create your personal porcelain veneers for the correction of mild tooth gapping or crookedness or tooth staining. Porcelain veneers are strong, but light and mimic natural teeth perfectly.  Porcelain veneers can often be a better, longer lasting choice to composite veneers, lasting 15 years plus.

If you are less than happy with your smile and have found tooth whitening to be ineffective on staining and are not interested in braces to correct small tooth gaps or crookedness, then composite or porcelain veneers could be the perfect treatment for your dental problems. Visit our practice near Gillingham today for a personal consultation, to see what we can do for you.

 

 

Introducing Our CT Scanner For Patients Near Aylesford

Some parts of your mouth remain hidden from the naked eye and problems can lurk unsuspected and unseen, until it is too late, and they have caused a dental problem. However, with our Sirona XG3D we can check the inside of your teeth and mouth, to ensure that nothing goes unnoticed.

What does the Sirona XG3D Scanner do?

The Sirona XG3D Scanner can take high resolution images of your mouth in just 14 seconds, to help us find the source of any problems and come up with a treatment plan to correct it. The Scanner is a great deal better at finding decay and disease than conventional X-rays and can spot a situation before it has chance to develop, take hold and ruin your smile.

What are the benefits?

  • The results are incredibly quick, taking only 14 seconds to create a high contrast, 3D image. This means you do not have to wait for your results to come back and a treatment plan can be made the very same day, if any problems have been found.
  • Lower doses of radiation means that our CT Scanner is a great deal safer than X-rays. We are proud to say that our scanner holds an exemplary safety record, which helps put our patients at ease.
  • Our Scanner also helps get the patients involved, who is not able to see the ins and outs of the workings of their mouth to highlight their problem areas and educate how treatment will go and how to prevent it happening again in the future.
  • The Scanner also helps with the placement of dental implants, so you can rest assured that you receive the best restorative treatment possible.

Patients near Aylesford and beyond can receive the very best treatment at the Kent Smile Studio with our high-tech CT Scanner.

 

 

 

Improve Your Facial Aesthetics With One Of Our Facial Rejuvenation Treatments For Patients Near Chatham

Refresh and rejuvenate your facial features at Kent Smile Studio with one of our quick and easy treatments. Normally only requiring one visit, choose from Botox or dermal fillers, to banish lines and wrinkles and provide your face with almost instance enhancement.

Our skilled and experienced team can utilise the latest treatments to ease and smooth deep lines and wrinkles, plump and enhance lips and bringing a fresher, more youthful look to your face and smile. Choose either treatment by itself, or combine it with a smile makeover for stunning, long-lasting results.

Botox and dermal fillers for the treatment of

• Eyes
• Lips
• Mouths
• Nose
• Cheeks

A natural, more youthful looking you

Both Botox and Restylane (dermal fillers) have been used for many years to help return a youthful appearance. Treatment is administered in just one 10-30 minute session at the Kent Smile Studio near Chatham, with results lasting between 3-6 months, after which you can easily top up the results with another visit.

Botox and Restylane, perfect for correcting:

• Crow’s feet around the eyes
• Smoker’s lines around the mouth
• Lines from the nose to the mouth
• Frown lines about the forehead
• Marionette lines, which pull the mouth downwards

Lip enhancement using Restylane

Restylane can also be used to plump and add volume to the lips, for a fuller and shapely pout. Lips can lose size and definition with age, but with just one session with Restylane you will be able to seen an instant improvement. Not only can Restylane plump lips it can also be used to define them, bringing definition to cupid bows for a truly beautiful smile.

Facial Contouring and Restylane

Restylane has even more uses and can be applied to the contours of the face to restore the shape and volume you may have lost. Cheeks and chins can also be enhanced with a single session of Restylane, for an amazing facial transformation without the use of surgery.

So if you are looking for instance facial rejuvenation in the Kent area, don’t hesitate to visit the Kent Smile Studio near Chatham.