Clifton Dental Studio 92 Queens Road, Bristol

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Clifton Dental Studio, 92 Queens Road, Bristol, Avon,BS8 1RT

Call Clifton Dental Studio Today On 0117 973 1910

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Amazing Results Using Enlighten Teeth Whitening

Enlighten teeth whitening from Clifton Dental Studio make incredible smiles

Over time teeth are likely to become dull or even stained.  This is as natural as the way the youthful sheen of your hair fades as you get older.  But you don’t have to put up with dull or stained teeth as whitening procedures can reverse the process and give you the brilliant smile that is so important in social occasions.  Enlighten teeth whitening is one of these methods to whiten your teeth and it produces stunning results! Most teeth whitening procedures cannot achieve the level of whitening that Enlighten can. Dentists refer to the whitest possible shade of teeth as B1 and Enlighten can restore even the dullest, most stained teeth to that level.  It has recently been imported from the United States where the personalised whitening trays which allow maximum contact between whitening gel and teeth. As if a brace is being fitted, your dentist will take moulds of your teeth so that the trays can be fabricated with your unique mouth in mind.  The trays will have special Enlighten tooth whitening gel applied to them and then they are to be worn every night for the next 14 nights. After just two weeks the main treatment is concluded by a forty minute session at your dentist.  The makers of Enlighten recommend that the trays and gel are worn for one night out of every forty to maximise the effect and retain your newly sparkling teeth.

Looking for a cosmetic dentist? Bristol dentists are here to help

You don’t need to put up with discoloured teeth any longer. Ask your Clifton dentist about how Enlighten teeth whitening can give you a long lasting and brilliant white smile.

Periodontal Disease: Symptoms to Look Out For

This winter, we’re determined to get rid of gum disease for good and we’re encouraging all our patients to keep up to date with regular check-ups and take steps at home to reduce the risk of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an advanced form of gum disease that causes irreversible damage to the gums and affects the stability of the teeth. Periodontal disease affects the bone tissue, which holds the teeth in place, eventually causing them to come loose. Periodontal disease usually develops when gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease, is left untreated.

What causes gum disease?

Gum disease is caused by harmful bacteria that release plaque acids that irritate the gums and result in them becoming sore, swollen and tender. Plaque acids are released by bacteria, which gather in the mouth as a result of poor oral hygiene. The risk of gum disease is also increased by smoking. Diet can also increase the risk of developing gum disease and we strongly recommend a healthy, balanced diet and avoiding consumption of sugary and acidic foods and drinks on a regular basis.

Preventing gum disease

Good oral hygiene is the best form of defence against harmful bacteria and we recommend brushing twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time, flossing and using inter-dental brushes. We also advise patients to stick to regular 6 monthly check-ups and to be vigilant for the warning signs of gum disease. Symptoms to look out for include inflammation, soreness and redness in the gums and bleeding gums. Advanced symptoms include an unpleasant taste in the mouth, loose teeth and the development of pockets between the teeth and gums. We also encourage our patients to keep an eye on their sugar intake. If you notice any signs of gum disease, it’s really important to see your dentist as early as you can. Leaving gum disease untreated increases the risk of it becoming more serious and causing permanent damage to your teeth and gums.

Clearing Up Confusion About Dental Implants

Dental implants may be big news on the dental scene, but not everyone is familiar with what they are and how they work. If you’re new to dental implants, here is a guide to help you understand a bit more about this incredible treatment.

The ins and outs of dental implants

Dental implants are small titanium prostheses used to replace the tooth root when the natural tooth is lost through injury, infection or gum disease. The aim of treatment is to anchor a new crown, bridge or denture to create a healthy looking and functional smile. Before you start implant treatment, it is important for us to plan your treatment precisely. Once we have checked that you are a good candidate for implant treatment, we use the latest technology to find the optimum site for the dental implant in your jaw bone. A socket is created in the bone tissue using a dental drill and the implant is then placed very carefully. This involves creating an incision in the gum and lifting a small flap to access the bone. Once the implant is secure, the flap is closed and the implant is left to heal. Titanium is selected because it is biocompatible, which means that it can integrate into the bone in the same way a natural root is anchored. Once the process of osseointegration is complete, the implant can then be joined to a crown, denture or bridge, which replaces the visible part of the tooth. Implants are impressive because they provide the same level of functionality as a healthy tooth. They are last for many years and produce beautifully natural looking aesthetics, so nobody will ever guess that you have implants rather than natural teeth.

Am I a suitable candidate for implant treatment?

Implant treatment is suited to most adults with missing teeth, however there may be some exceptions. If you have active gum disease, your bone tissue is very weak or you are a heavy smoker, there may be other options that are more appropriate before we continue with treatment. When you have your consultation, we will go through some basic tests to ascertain whether implants are suitable and discuss the treatment and any other potential options in detail with you.  

What to Do About Discoloration in the New Year

If you want to start the New Year looking and feeling your best, why not call us and book an appointment to find out more about teeth whitening? If bright white, beautiful teeth are on your resolution list, we’ve got the perfect treatments for you!

Our teeth whitening treatments

Our dental team has carefully selected a wide range of whitening treatments to ensure our clients enjoy beautiful, bright smiles. We offer some of the world’s leading whitening treatments, including Enlighten, in addition to incredibly simple and convenient home whitening systems. Enlighten: a popular choice with A-listers, Enlighten is often touted as the world’s best whitening system. Enlighten treatment takes 15 days in total and involves two weeks of home treatment topped off with a one-hour session in the dental hair. Home whitening couldn’t be simpler and involves wearing a bespoke Enlighten whitening tray for 14 consecutive days at home. On the 15th day, you pop in and see us for a one-hour treatment. We apply whitening agent to your teeth and then shine a light to activate it. Home whitening: home whitening is brilliant for those who have very hectic schedules, as it can be fitted around your day to day routine very easily. Before you begin treatment you come in for a consultation and this allows us to check your oral health and create impressions of your teeth. These impressions are used to create your custom-made whitening trays. You wear the trays, which contain whitening agent, at home for around 6 hours per day for up to 14 days. By the end of treatment, your smile will look lovely and radiant and the results should last for a long time. If you do fancy giving your smile a bit of extra sparkle further down the line, it’ very easy to top up treatment. If you’re dreaming of a white smile this Christmas, why not call us today and arrange an appointment?

5 Steps to a Straight Smile with Incredible Invisalign

What would you say if we said we could straighten your teeth in just 5 simple steps? This may sound too good to be true, but with Invisalign, achieving a stunning smile really is that easy.

5 steps to a straight smile with Invisalign

Step 1: At your consultation, we will carry out some tests to see if you are a good candidate for Invisalign and explain how the treatment works, what benefits it offers and how it could impact your smile and your confidence. If you want to go ahead with Invisalign, we take photographs and impressions of your teeth and these are sent away to the Invisalign laboratory. Step 2: Invisalign software covers the photographs and impressions of your teeth into detailed models used to create your bespoke removable aligners. When your aligners are ready, they are sent back to us. Most people have between 12 and 48 aligners. Step 3: We fit your first aligner and your treatment begins! We will explain how to use your aligners, when to take them out and how to keep them clean and of course, we will be happy to answer any questions you have. Step 4: you wear your aligners every day for at least 22 hours, removing them when you eat and brush your teeth. Each aligner is worn for 2 weeks. We arrange progress sessions every 6 weeks or so to se how you are getting on. Step 5: you remove your last aligner for the last time and your treatment is complete! Congratulations, you can now start showing off that fabulous new smile! If you like the sound of Invisalign invisible aligners and you would like to book a consultation, now is the perfect time to give us a call. Treatment typically takes between 12 and 24 months and the aligners are virtually invisible, so nobody will even know that you’re wearing a brace!

Everything You Need to Know About Complete Smile Rejuvenation

We offer complete smile rejuvenation to repair and reconstruct the smile in cases where the teeth are damaged extensively or there are a large number of missing teeth. In order to achieve a beautiful result, we employ a range of different dental treatments and techniques. Our award-winning dentist Dr Neil Gerrard is incredibly experienced in this field, so you can enjoy peace of mind that you are in extremely safe hands.

What is complete smile rejuvenation?

Complete smile rejuvenation is a technique that uses a combination of restorative treatments to repair and replace broken and lost teeth. Treatments used to achieve a complete smile rejuvenation include:
  • dental bridges
  • dental implants
  • porcelain crowns
  • veneers

What does treatment entail?

Complete smile rejuvenation is a complex process and planning is of paramount importance. Before we start carrying out treatment, we conduct thorough examinations and tests to ascertain the degree of damage and decide which treatments would be most beneficial. Communication is key and we explain the treatment options and what is happening at which point.This helps to make sure every client has a clear idea of what treatment involves and what they can expect from their individual reconstruction. Once your personalised treatment plan has been drawn up, your dentist can start your treatment and you will have a series of sessions. The exact process will depend on which treatments you have and your dentist will let you know what is planned for each individual session. By the end of your treatment, you can expect your smile to look more attractive and you will  feel a lot more confident when you smile is in the spotlight.

Perfect Porcelain Crowns Fit for a Royal Feast This Christmas!

Most of like to indulge at Christmas and if you’re looking forward to a festive feast, this is the perfect time to book an appointment and sort out any dental problems. With our porcelain crowns, we can ensure you’re ready to enjoy a feast fit for a king or queen this Christmas.

About porcelain crowns

Porcelain crowns are dental restorations called into action when a tooth is damaged, broken or infected. The aim of the crown is to strengthen the tooth and reduce the risk of further injury or decay. Crowns are placed over the existing tooth structure once the tooth has been shaped and prepared. Porcelain crowns are very popular because they match the colour of natural teeth and have a lovely sheen to make your smile sparkle.

What does treatment involve?

Crown treatment usually involves two sessions: the first session is used to shape the tooth and create the mould for your new crown. Your dentist will remove any decayed or damaged tissue and clean your tooth thoroughly before using dental putty to create an impression. The second session is used to fit your new crown and it usually takes place around 2 weeks later. The crown is placed over the tooth and firmly secured. Porcelain crowns should ideally last around 5-10 years. When you have your crown fitted, your dentist will explain how to look after it and they will also check your crown every time you have a routine dental check-up. If you’ve been struggling with toothache or haven’t been to the dentist in a while, now is the time to give us a call and make sure you’re fighting fit for the festive period!

Glorious Gum Re-Shaping in the Heart of Bristol

If you have a gummy smile, you might be hoping for a simple solution that can transform the appearance of your smile and make you feel more confident when your pearly whites are on show. The good news is that we have just the treatment for you: gum reshaping. If you feel self-conscious about the look of your smile, we can help.

What is gum re-shaping?

Gum re-shaping is a cosmetic procedure and is most commonly used to treat a gummy smile. A gummy smile is not a dental health problem as such, but it can affect your confidence and have a major bearing on the way you feel, especially around others. A gummy smile is a term used to describe the look of the smile when a larger than normal amount of gum tissue is visible. It often makes the teeth look small and can make the smile look imbalanced. Gum reshaping aims to expose more of the tooth crown by removing a small amount of excess gum tissue. The end result is a beautifully balanced smile and hopefully, a much more confident client.

How does gum reshaping work?

Gum re-shaping treatment can usually be completed in a single trip to the clinic and it is a simple procedure. Your dentist will carefully remove a small amount of gum tissue and shape the gums to unveil more of the tooth crowns. Your dentist will explain exactly what treatment involves and what you can expect during and after treatment when you have your consultation. If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to ask. If you would like to find out more about gum reshaping or discuss some treatment options to make your smile look more attractive, our friendly dental team will be happy to help!  Why not give us a call today?

Incredible Info on Implant Retained Dentures

Dental implants are a modern dental phenomenon and we are incredibly proud to offer implant treatment and implant-retained dentures right here in Bristol. If you’re not up to scratch with implant info, here is a guide to the ins and outs of implant-retained dentures:

What are dental implants and when are they used?

Dental implants are a modern solution for patients with missing teeth and can be used as an alternative to dental bridges and dentures. Implants are made from titanium, which is a biocompatible material. This means that once the implant is placed inside a socket in the jaw bone, it can integrate into the actual bone tissue. Integration facilitates enhanced stability, which means that the new tooth offers the same level of strength and functionality as a healthy natural tooth. Dental implants are suited to most people with missing teeth, as they are compatible with various different restorations including bridges, dentures and single crowns.

Everything you need to know about implant-retained dentures

Implant-retained dentures are secured by dental implants. With this treatment, you can enjoy all the benefits of implants and dentures combined. Sometimes, people have issues with dentures, such as a poor fit, irritation and limited ability to enjoy a wide range of foods. With implant-retained dentures, none of these issues are a concern and you can enjoy peace of mind that your denture is completely stable. Implant-retained dentures may be advisable for patients who have experienced problems with traditional dentures in the past or those who have a large number of missing teeth. Implants are built to last for many years and provide the closest match to natural teeth. If you’d like to find out more, simply call reception or pop in and book an appointment.

The Beautiful Benefits of Modern Dentures

Dentures sometimes get a hard time, but if you still have the impression of great big bulky, heavy sets of false teeth when you hear somebody mention dentures, you’ll get a lovely surprise when you see our magnificent modern restorations. Gone are the days of uncomfortable artificial teeth and today, dentures are sleek, natural looking and comfortable.

The beautiful benefits of our modern dentures

We use only the finest materials and are fortunate to work with highly skilled dental technicians. As a result, our modern dentures don’t just look great, they also offer all the functional benefits of healthy strong teeth. We offer partial and complete dentures for all your tooth loss needs and our modern dentures offer the following benefits:
  • natural looking aesthetics
  • impressive bite power
  • comfortable fit
  • durability
  • increased confidence
We offer a comprehensive denture service and will be here every step of the way, from the initial consultation to follow-up sessions. We carry out repairs as necessary and also check the fit of the denture on a regular basis to prevent irritation and pain. With our modern dentures, you can look forward to enjoying meals out, meeting new people and showing off your new smile with confidence. If you are interested in denture treatment or would like to book a consultation to find out more about dentures at Clifton Dental Studio, why not give us a call or pop in and see us?  

Call Today On 0117 973 1910 Email info@cliftonsmiles.co.uk

Dr Gerrard is a Bristol based Cosmetic dentist with many years of experience and is one of only a small number of dentists accredited by The British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

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Contact Clifton Dental Studio Today!

Call Today On 0117 973 1910
Email info@cliftonsmiles.co.uk
Clifton Dental Studio, 92 Queens Road,Bristol, Avon,BS8 1RT

Monday to Thursday 9am – 5pm, Friday 8.30am – 3pm

Dr. Neil Gerrard BDS (Bristol), RDT, MSc (Dental Implants),  GDC no 76257. Clifton Dental Studio is a Private Dental Practice. Website last updated: July 2018
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