June 24th, 2014
Dental anxiety is very common and if you asked patients if they felt anxious when they go to the clinic for a check-up or a dental procedure, the majority would say yes. In some cases, anxiety is mild and patients are able to overcome their nerves, but in others, anxiety is much more severe and this can prevent patients from seeing their dentist for long periods of time.
Without regular checks, there is a high risk of dental diseases, such as gum disease and decay, and dental abscesses. Our aim is to make patients feel comfortable, so that they are able to attend regular check-ups. We go the extra mile for nervous patients and we encourage our clients to relax and unwind when they come and see us. Our clinic is designed to provide a relaxing space and we are happy for you to watch films or listen to music. Our dentists are also willing to take time to chat to anxious patients, go through the treatment process and show them around the clinic.
We also offer sedation for nervous patients. Sedation is a technique, which is used commonly in medicine and dentistry. It helps to bring the body into a state of relaxation and prevents patients from feeling pain and experiencing anxiety and tension. We use IV sedation, which means that medicine is given intravenously (through a needle into a vein in the arm); this is not the same as general anaesthetic because you will remain conscious throughout the procedure.
After sedation, you will be able to go home and the effects of the sedative will wear off. We recommend arranging for somebody to give you a lift home, as you should not drive for 24 hours.
If you are a nervous patient, please do not hesitate to give our friendly reception team a call and discuss treatment at the clinic with them. We can help you to overcome your fears and ensure you feel more relaxed when you visit the dentist in the future.
June 20th, 2014
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Invisible braces have revolutionised orthodontic treatment and many patients have found the treatment process much less daunting as a result of having peace of mind that they won’t face any judgment based on their looks once they start wearing a brace.
With our invisible aligners, patients can go through the treatment process without anyone being able to spot their braces. We offer treatment for patients of all ages and we have solutions for a wide range of orthodontic issues, including problems with the bite, crooked and crowded teeth.
About invisible braces
Invisible braces are an excellent solution for image-conscious patients. We offer invisible aligners, which are removable appliances made from clear plastic. The aligners are shaped differently and they use gentle force to move the teeth and correct issues with alignment.
Although invisible braces are removable, it is important that they are worn for at least 21 hours per day to ensure the best possible results. If the braces are taken out for too long, they may not achieve the desired outcome and further treatment may be needed.
What are the benefits of invisible aligners?
Invisible aligners offer discretion through the treatment process and this gives patients more confidence. The aligners are also removable, which means you can continue to brush your teeth and eat in the same way and they are also light and comfortable.
If you’re looking to achieve a beautiful smile without the hassle of wearing visible braces, call us today and arrange a consultation. Invisible aligners could just be the treatment you’ve been searching for.
June 17th, 2014
Losing a tooth is never a good thing, but with our same-day treatment, you don’t have to panic! Tooth Now is an innovative treatment, which enables you to start enjoying the benefits of dental implant treatment immediately.
What is Tooth Now?
Tooth Now is a same-day tooth replacement treatment, which offers patients the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of dental implants without waiting for months. With this treatment, the implant and the temporary tooth are fitted on the same day, so you can enjoy your newly restored smile straightaway.
Why is it advantageous to replace missing teeth?
Most people immediately think of the aesthetic implications of losing a tooth, but there are other potential concerns to take into consideration. As well as affecting the look of the smile, missing teeth also affect the ability to eat, they may interfere with speech and they can also cause the remaining teeth to drift out of position. Replacing lost teeth has benefits for the look of the smile and oral function.
With Tooth Now, patients can speak and eat without any worries and enjoy a confident and healthy looking smile.
Our Tooth Now package
We offer an incredible Tooth Now treatment package, which includes everything from the initial consultation, to the final restoration. Our special price of £2,550 includes planning and consultation, CT scans, placement of the implant and the temporary tooth and then placement of the final restoration. The cost also covers any extractions that are required prior to treatment.
June 14th, 2014
At Kent Smile Studio we offer a comprehensive range of restorative treatments, including crowns and bridges. Our treatments aim to restore your smile and protect your teeth and we use the best quality materials and the latest techniques to achieve optimum results.
About dental crowns
Dental crowns are sometimes referred to as caps because they are placed over your tooth. Crowns are commonly used when a tooth is broken or severely decayed and they are usually fitted following root canal treatment when a tooth is infected. We can also use crowns as part of tooth replacement treatment once a dental implant has been placed.
Crowns are designed to make the teeth stronger, but they also improve the look of the smile, as we offer ceramic crowns, which match the shade of the teeth.
We are proud to offer our patients Cerec crowns, which can be designed, made and fitted all in a single treatment session on-site at the practice. These crowns are custom-made using state of the art technology and the treatment process is quick, convenient and completely painless.
Dental bridges are a popular tooth replacement treatment, which offer an affordable and quick alternative to dental implants. Bridges are designed to literally bridge the gap when a tooth has been lost. The most common type of bridge is a traditional fixed bridge, which comprises of a false tooth, which is anchored by two crowns.
Dental bridges, like crowns, can be made from metals and ceramics and porcelain bridges are very popular because they blend in with the teeth and create beautiful, natural looking aesthetics. Bridge treatment is simple and quick and there is no pain involved. Once the bridge has been made based on an impression of your mouth, it will be fitted and secured into place.
Crowns and bridges are durable treatments and they should last at least 10 years.
June 13th, 2014
Are you longing for a stunning summer smile? Do you dream of a flawless set of pearly whites? Now, your dreams can become a reality, with our amazing veneer treatments. Veneer treatment has become incredibly popular and is often linked with perfect celebrity smiles, but you don’t need to be an A-list star to enjoy the benefits; our treatments are accessible to all and guarantee an incredible Hollywood-worthy smile!
What are veneers?
Veneers are shells of ceramic material, usually porcelain, which are shaped to look like the teeth. They are positioned over the top of your teeth in the same way as a false nail sits over your natural nails and they create beautiful smiles.
Veneers are very thin and light and they are available in an array of different shades and shapes, so you can enjoy getting involved in the design process to create your dream smile.
How does treatment work?
Veneer treatment is carried out in two key stages. Once the planning is complete, your veneers will be made according to X-rays, images and impressions of your teeth. Your teeth are prepared before the veneers are fitted; this is a simple process, which involves etching the surface of the tooth to make space for the veneers and applying bonding agent to enable the veneers to stick firm to the teeth. Once the veneers are ready, they are placed on top of the teeth and secured using dental adhesive.
Who can benefit from veneers?
Veneers are a cosmetic solution for patients who want a more attractive smile. They are commonly used to address problems like chipped and discoloured teeth, but they are also a viable option for patients who simply want a bright and beautiful smile. Although the main benefits of treatment are aesthetic, treatment also usually has amazing effects on confidence and self-esteem.
June 10th, 2014
At Kent Smile Studio we are delighted to offer our clients the latest treatments and technology and we are delighted to have a CT scanner on-site.
What are the benefits of a CT scanner in dentistry?
Detail and accuracy
Our Sirona XG3D scanner allows us to generate extremely detailed images, which are much more insightful and precise than traditional X-ray images. This allows us to see changes in the tissue or abnormalities, which may not have been picked up by X-rays or the naked eye.
Planning and precision
We also use the CT scanner during the planning stage of implant treatment to determine the best site for the implant and check for issues related to bone density. The images allow us to find the optimum position for the implant, improving the chances of successful treatment.
Our Sirona CT Scanner takes just 14 seconds to bring up images, so we can make diagnoses very quickly and start thinking about the appropriate course of action as early as possible.
CT scanners emit much lower doses of radiation than X-rays, making them a safer and more environmentally friendly option. Many patients are understandably worried about the safety implications of diagnostic tests and we are able to give them peace of mind. Our Sirona scanner has an exceptional safety record and we are happy to talk through any concerns with our patients.
We can use our scan images to talk patients through a diagnosis, explain how treatment will work, outline the benefits of treatment and show them any potential problems or warning signs. Being able to see the images enables patients to gain a better understanding of what may be wrong and how treatment can help. Better understanding can also help to ease patient anxiety.
June 6th, 2014
Ageing is something, which is impossible to avoid; however, it is possible to make yourself look younger. With our amazing non-surgical facial treatments, you can enjoy a younger looking, smoother and brighter complexion.
About facial rejuvenation
Facial rejuvenation treatments are designed to revive and refresh the skin to give you a gorgeous glow and beautifully smooth skin. Our treatments, which include dermal fillers and Botox, provide a non-invasive alternative to surgery for lines and wrinkles, dull looking and sagging skin.
Botox is a purified form of toxin, which is injected into the skin to make it look smoother and younger. Botox works by blocking nerve signals to the muscles in the face and the results tend to last around 3-6 months. Botox is a popular option for people who have lines around their eyes, nose and mouth.
Dermal fillers are another treatment, which helps to reduce the visibility of lines and fillers also help to add volume to sagging and lifeless skin. Fillers can help to combat signs of collagen loss and they can also create more definition in the facial features. We can also use fillers to add more volume to the lips.
The procedure is extremely simple. After the consultation and planning stage, the filler or Botox is injected into the specified areas of the skin using a very fine needle. Sessions usually only take 15 minutes and there is minimal pain involved.
What are the benefits of facial rejuvenation?
Facial rejuvenation is a non-surgical method of making the skin look younger, healthier and brighter. The treatment process is incredibly simple, sessions are very quick so they can be fitted into the daily routine very easily and the results are temporary, so there is not such a significant commitment once you decide to give treatment a go. Treatment is also more affordable than surgery and it does not carry the same risks; recovery time is also much shorter.
June 3rd, 2014
Replacing missing teeth always has benefits and we can now offer a same-day toot replacement treatment to restore your confidence and give you a stunning new smile. All-on-4 is a dental implant system with a difference, as we can place the implants and the new teeth in the same day for instant results.
What is All-on-4?
All-on-4 is a dental implant treatment, which offers patients the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of dental implants with the added bonus of express treatment; unlike traditional implant treatment, which takes several months, this treatment process can be carried out in a single day.
All-on-4 has two major differences to traditional implant treatment. The first difference is the number of implants used; usually, between 6 and 10 implants would be recommended to support a full arch of new teeth, but this system uses just four. The second difference is the angle of the implants. Traditionally, implants are placed at 90 degree angles, but in this case, the two implants that are positioned at the front of the mouth are placed at 45 degree angles.
How does All-on-4 work?
All-on-4 is able to use fewer dental implants because of the position of the implants. This treatment is designed to make the most of the strongest bone tissue, which is located at the front of the jaw. The angle of the implants also increases stability and support.
What are the benefits?
The most obvious benefit of this treatment is the speed. In most cases, implant patients have to wait a minimum of 3-6 months to see the results of their treatment, while All-on-4 offers instant results. All-on-4 is versatile and it can transform lives for those who have been missing a large number of teeth for a long time.
All-on-4 is an excellent choice for patients with full arches of missing teeth because it offers the same level of functionality as healthy natural teeth and the aesthetics are amazing. Patients do not have to worry about issues associated with dentures, such as sore spots and slipping and they can look forward to eating and enjoying their favourite foods without any anxiety.
May 31st, 2014
At Kent Smile Studio we pride ourselves on providing our clients with the latest technology and we are delighted to offer Quicklase laser dental treatment.
In recent years, laser treatment has become increasingly commonplace in dentistry and medicine and we are now about to use Quicklase technology in a variety of different procedures.
We are able to use the PowerPen by Quicklase for a variety of different treatments and procedures, including:
- the detection and treatment of gum disease
- gum contouring
- treatment for decay
What are the benefits of laser dentistry?
Laser dentistry has numerous benefits for patients and it enables us to work quickly and accurately.
Lasers often take the place of drills and this is good news for those that have a phobia of the dental drill and they can also eliminate the need for making incisions in the soft tissue. Not only does this reduce the risk of bleeding, it also speeds up the healing process and reduces the risk of pain. Many patients are also comforted by the fact that treatment will be less invasive.
Without incisions, there is also a much lower risk of infection, as bacteria cannot enter the body through the wound.
Laser treatment is also quicker and more accurate than traditional techniques and it is very versatile.
By reducing the risk of pain during treatment, laser treatment also eliminates the need for injections and this is a major benefit, as many patients become anxious when they learn that they have to have an injection in their mouth.
If you would like to find out more about laser treatment and how it could make a difference to you or find out about our latest Quicklase treatments, call us today!
May 29th, 2014
At Kent Smile Studio we come across many patients who feel anxious about seeing a dentist or having treatment. We understand that many people are scared or worried about going to the dentist and we have measures in place to help patients to feel as comfortable as possible. We want every patient to be able to see our dentists without feeling worried or stressed and we have experience in helping patients who suffer from anxiety and dental phobia.
First steps for nervous patients
We understand that some people have such a profound fear of going to the dentist that they avoid going to a clinic until they cannot tolerate dental pain any longer. Without regular appointments, there is a real danger of oral diseases developing and we do all we can to try and help nervous patients to overcome their fears so that they feel confident enough to see their dentist every 6 months for a quick routine check.
If you are nervous about seeing a dentist, we are here to help. We make time for anxious patients and we are happy to meet patients before their scheduled appointment for treatment to have a chat, answer questions and try to allay any fears or concerns. Often, patients are worried because they are unsure of what is going to happen and we can help to ensure that this is not the case by organising an informal consultation to explain treatment processes, outline what will happen when you come in for your treatment and explain how it will benefit you.
We are also happy to take you around the clinic and give you a tour and enable you to meet the team, so that you will be greeted by familiar faces.
Treatment for nervous patients
Aside from adopting a caring and understanding approach, we are also able to offer treatment under sedation for nervous patients. Sedation is a means of helping you to feel more relaxed when you have treatment and it involves giving you medication to make your body and mind feel completely calm and relaxed.
If you would like to find out about sedation or you are looking for a dental clinic, which has expertise in caring for nervous patients, call us today to chat to one of our friendly team.