Are You Ever Too Old for Dental Implants? read more

As the population is now living longer and hopefully healthier lives, we need to think about how we can maintain our teeth for longer. Unfortunately we loose teeth over time due to wear, decay or gum disease and can end up with partial or full dentures. Dentures can become loose due to bone loss and eating can become difficult.

Dental Implants can dramatically improve the quality of life of patients , particularly the elderly enabling them to eat better, stay social and lead active lifestyles.

We have successfully placed implants into many patients who are in their ninth or even tenth decades. Realistically these individuals may be coming to the end of their lives and may question whether it is worth it. In fact this group of people gain the most as nourishment and nutrition is vital to both of them.

Dental Implants versus Dentures?

Dental Implants are now the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. Conventional dentures can cause damage to their jaw bone and compromise patient’s chewing function. Dental Implants allow patients to eat any food comfortably and effectively support the overlying teeth and prevent them from moving or dislodging. They also help preserve the jaw bone and prevent bone loss that can occur from conventional dentures.

What are the Treatment Options?

Two to Four implants can be used to support a removable denture. This provides stability for the denture and improves function and comfort. The other option would include a fixed prosthesis on four or six implants. This is also known as a hybrid and resembles natural teeth as it does not have coverage over the palate.

Are Dental Implants Affordable ?

Price is a perception of value. Dental implants can transform people’s lives giving them confidence to socialise, talk and eat with comfort. The benefits are felt every hour of the day. The tried and tested implant systems do occasion high costs. The less expensive alternatives come and go and this can be a problem for long term maintenance. This year we are celebrating a twenty year association with Nobel Biocare which is testament to the enduring quality of their products.

For more information or advice please call 01600 712020 or email

Pain Free Dentistry; Keeping Pace with Technology read more

Dentistry is truly entering a new age and it is hard to keep pace with innovation and technology. It is even harder to recognise the Sinclair C5s from the Apple Macs. Most importantly how can we make sure that these advances bring meaningful benefits to our patients. We have recently invested in two digital platforms that will revolutionise our practice.

One thing that I suspect will never change is the expectation that your dentist should do everything he or she can to minimise the discomfort associated with treatment. Anaesthetic injections can be administered almost painlessly in skilled and gentle hands. However the numb feeling can last for many hours after the patient has left the surgery which can make life difficult.

The Wand is a computer aided system delivering gentle but profound anaesthesia to the tooth but not to the lip, cheek and face. Our cosmetic dentist Jason Hart has used the Wand extensively completely removing the fear of the needle for hundreds of patients.

Jason uses digital smile simulation for all patients seeking cosmetic improvement to their teeth allowing the patient to see the goals of treatment prior to taking that first step. Many of the orthodontic cases he undertakes are planned using this technology increasing speed and accuracy. The gentleman below was highly satisfied with the outcome. The digital planning was a major factor in achieving this.

Cone beam computed tomography allows us to take 3D images of the teeth and jaws giving unparalleled diagnostic accuracy which far exceeds normal x rays which are in only two dimensions. This increases the margin of safety for patients undergoing all kinds of treatment including extractions, implant placement and root canal treatment. This is the dental version of hawk eye and is the gold standard when carrying out the procedures described above.

The same technology allows us to construct crowns, bridgework and orthodontic appliances via direct communication with dental laboratories all over the world. We currently work with labs in Toronto , Munich and of course Cardiff. This digital workflow allows us to work smarter and quicker.

We are determined that our patients are not left behind as dental technology moves forward.
For more information please contact us on 01600 712020 or

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Do you really need a  Facelift? read more

There are now new ways to lift and firm the face without having to resort to surgery. The world of aesthetic treatments has moved on greatly during the past 15 years. The forward momentum has brought many positive innovations to existing treatments.


For those of us who can’t face the knife, a Thread Lift could be the alternative. Facial thread lifts provide ‘immediate’ results, that continue to improve over 3 months and are scalpel-free!
PDO collagen stimulating threads improve areas that in the past have been very difficult to treat without resorting to surgery, areas such as a slack jaw line and a saggy, lined neck. The threads are fully biodegradable, dissolving over a 2-9 month period, with the results lasting 2-3 years!

Due to the way the threads are placed in the skin, and the collagen stimulating properties of the PDO Threads, treatment effects are:

  • Lifting and tightening of the skin
  • Rejuvenation of the skin
  • Smoothing of wrinkles
  • Narrowing of pores

The treatment in the photos below was carried out by Karen Lockett, Specialist Aesthetic Practioner  RGN NIP Under chin treatment – Before Under chin treatment – immediately after



Anti-wrinkle treatments are still the best for lines at the sides of the eyes, and frown lines in-between brows, and if done well, can open the eyes and create a natural but fresher more youthful look to the upper face.

This natural look is achieved by artfully injecting the face to avoid the ‘frozen look’. Our practitioner Karen Lockett is a master of this treatment. She explains that anti wrinkle treatments can be delivered providing great results while still keeping expression.


Dermal fillers become your skin support! Pillow faces and overinflated lips are a thing of the past at the Mayhill.

As with anti-wrinkle treatments, dermal fillers should also be about ‘less is more’, keeping effects subtle & natural, rather than ‘pumping up’ with excessive volume.

Karen explains that dermal fillers, positioned subtly in the mid-face, help to lift and reposition the cheeks providing a more youthful look. We can also use these dermal fillers around the mouth to provide support and soften lines; we use products such as Teosyal, Restylane or Juvederm.

Karen was awarded the prestigious title of Best Mobile Practitioner in the UK at the 2012/2013 Aesthetic Awards.  She is registered with the NMC and a member of the Royal College of Nursing and is available for free initial consultation at the Mayhill.

If you require any further information on our aesthetic treatments or would like to arrange an appointment, please either telephone on 01600 712020 or visit our web site on

New Faces at the Mayhill… read more

Recruitment in health care and related services is notoriously difficult. Identifying individuals with the right skill set who are also sympathetic to the needs and sensibilities of others is very difficult. Letters after your name are no guarantee of high clinical standards. I have colleagues who are so busy collecting qualifications that their actual patient contact becomes minimal.

Recruitment can of course be outsourced to an agency and this can work brilliantly in many sectors but in healthcare this can be hit and miss. Often the best clinicians will be contractually tied up or own their practices.

We have been fortunate to be in the right place at the right time on more than occasion when making appointments. At least that is what I thought. Then it began to dawn on me that our reputation was the best means of attracting brilliant staff.

Our specialist orthodontist Justin Evans was recommended to us by a colleague and has proved to be a perfect fit for us. Justin inspires trust and confidence which is so important when making decisions for young people. Achieving excellence is his default position. He works without the constraints of waiting lists or case restriction imposed by the NHS.

We have made two new appointments within the practice, both of whom approached us which bearing in mind the calibre of the individuals is a huge compliment to us.

Jason Hart has joined us purely as a cosmetic dentist. He is an accredited member of the British Academy of Aesthetic Dental Practitioners and has an international reputation. Jason has an amazing portfolio of cases and has a unique method of presentation for new patients who will see their anticipated outcome digitally prior to accepting any treatment. The level of clinical skill required to achieve these kind of results is rarely encountered.

Facial aesthetics and dermal care can only be entrusted to experienced and responsible practitioners. Karen Lockett has over 15 years of experience specialising in the aesthetic industry and is an award winning specialist in injectable treatments.. The environment and setting in which these products are delivered is very important as practitioners are unregulated. Quite simply we would not entrust our patients to anyone else.

We are thrilled that Justin, Jason and Karen are part of our expanding team. If you would like advice on any dental issue please feel free to call 01600 712020 or email

Another Year On at The Mayhill…. read more

As the New Year begins we celebrate our second anniversary and we can reflect on a really eventful two years where our practice has grown and our range of services has increased. Our dentists, nurses, therapists and receptionists have gelled to become a formidable team delivering consistent high standards to our patients.

Most importantly I hope our patients feel part of our practice. We value their support and are committed to building long term relationships which requires us to be really attentive to feedback.
We really enjoyed meeting prospective patients at a number of open days throughout the year. The last one on implant therapy was oversubscribed so we have set another date early in the New Year.

Please contact us if you wish to book a place.

Our practice is pro- active in helping patients achieve solutions to their dental needs in terms of function and cosmetics. However, prevention and maintenance are essential to everything we do.
Catherine Tait our therapist is dedicated to working with patients to achieve dental health. Most importantly she is gentle and sympathetic.

Catherine is also accredited to use the Enlighten Tooth Whitening System.

Facial Aesthetics often complement a beautiful smile. We are delighted to be joined by one of the UK’s most experienced practitioners. Karen Lockett has been working with injectable fillers and botox for over 15 years. She is now available for consultation at the Mayhill.

Justin Evans our specialist orthodontist has now been with us for over seven months and we are now seeing the results of treatment. It is fair say outcomes have been exceptional. It is really satisfying to see how the confidence of a patient grows as the development of a beautiful smile progresses.

We offer a range of orthodontic treatment to suit children and adults. There are no waiting lists and no restriction on scheduling appointments.

The benefits of healthy straight teeth are life-long.

I work very closely with Andy Mathews enabling us to share our skills across a wide range of dental treatment. Andy and I have worked together for many years training literally hundreds of young dentists. Teaching keeps us both up to date and in touch with new innovation.

If you want a truly bespoke patient experience then I invite you to become part of our practice. Please feel free to call the Practice on 01600 712020 or email at for any advice or further information on the services we provide.

Dental Implant Evening read more

Come along to find out how dental implants can be your long term solution to replacing loose dentures and missing teeth.There will be a presentation followed by a Q&A session. Reserve your place as numbers will be limited.
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Why you are better off choosing a specialist Orthodontist! read more

If you suffer from crowded teeth or an improper bite, the problem can be corrected with orthodontics. However, when you have made that all important decision to do something about your imperfect teeth who should you trust with your treatment, a dentist or specialist orthodontist?

Orthodontics is a specialised branch of dentistry that takes account of the development of the face, teeth and jaws to attain the best function and aesthetics. This is often achieved through the use of orthodontic appliances such as fixed braces or clear aligners. Treatment time can be as little as 6 months or over an extended period in more complex cases. In most cases treatment is discrete and unobtrusive.

An orthodontist is a qualified specialist who had first trained as a dentist and then undergone a further three year full time training. This extensive training is probably the most important reason why you should choose one for your orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists have the ability to recognise many characteristics of dentofacial deformities and bad bites. As orthodontic treatment has the ability to change the position of teeth and the profile of your face permanently, it is best to trust someone that specialises in this field.

There has been a recent boom in general dentists providing orthodontic treatment. This kind of treatment is known as short term cosmetic orthodontics. This generally focuses on the front teeth and does not concern itself with how the upper and lower arches come together. The results can be impressive but rapid relapse is also possible unless accurate retainers are employed. Of course, success rates will depend on the training, experience and talent of the dentist providing the treatment.

Choosing a specialist orthodontist gives you the added advantage of a high level of experience as well as peace of mind throughout the course of treatment and beyond. Cost is kept down as treatment planning is not farmed out to a third party as is the case with many of the highly publicised systems.

At The Mayhill, specialist orthodontist Justin Evans has over 20 years’ experience in this field. He offers a range of expertise that is hard to match.

Please feel free to call us on 01600 712020 for further advice or consultation or visit our website on

Dental Implants- Home and Abroad read more

We have exalted the benefits of dental implants many times in these pages. The benefits to patients’ who have lost teeth or struggle with dentures cannot be underestimated. Cost is often the only barrier to treatment and quite understandably patients weigh this up against other disbursements that life throws at them.

The internet has alerted many patients’ to the possibility of dental tourism where implants are placed in Eastern Europe at a fraction of typical UK costs. Even in London’s Harley Street implants are often at bargain bucket prices!

In recent months we have had to deal with a number of cases where implants provided abroad have failed. In these patients’ the treatment planning was very poor and the quality of laboratory work left a lot to be desired. When things start to go wrong the free flight and hotel stays in Budapest dry up. The dentist who spoke perfect English when treatment is sold to patients’ can only speak Hungarian or Greek when they receive complaints. The long term success of dental implants relies on regular follow up appointments which can be another problem when taking treatment abroad.

Obviously we only see things when there are problems. Many patients are satisfied with their outcome. However, we would advise treading very carefully where implant costs are heavily discounted abroad or in the UK. We were recently offered copies of one of the major implant systems at a fraction of the cost of the genuine product. A tempting offer but one we refused very quickly. These copies have no scientific studies behind them and no proven history. The grade of titanium used is also lower. Like any other fake goods, they rarely live up to the expectations and we would never risk our patients’ care and longevity of their outcome with sub-standard implant components. We use Nobel Biocare or Astra implants which are the market leaders.

If you are considering investing in dental implants we would be happy to meet you at our implant open evening coming up on the 13th of November. You will need to register your interest as places will be limited. We will demonstrate how implants can help you and give examples of cases where patients have been helped by one of the most successful treatments in dentistry. Please call 01600 712020 or email for more details or to reserve your free attendance.

Teeth for Life read more

They say nothing lasts forever but with good dental care throughout our lives perhaps our teeth can. It is a long journey and there are few mile stones to consider, however, with the right strategy and advice the lifetime of our dentition can be extended.

Pregnancy can take a toll on mother`s teeth and gums. Prevention and maintenance are essential at this time. If mum has good dental health then the chances are that baby`s will follow suit.

Toddlers need to be on message right from the word go. Supervised brushing and avoidance of sweet sticky foodstuffs and drinks will prevent decay. Remember milk teeth are important and should be conserved and shed naturally paving the way for the adult dentition.

The teenage years are crucial and the teeth are at their most vulnerable. Straight teeth are usually healthy teeth and into the bargain look fantastic. Orthodontic treatment at this time is invaluable.

Student years; one simple message! Don`t undo all the good work! A big lifestyle change can result in rapid deterioration in dental health.

We know that dental health has a significant impact on general health particularly cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Gum disease is probably the biggest enemy. For some reason there can be long gaps between attendances in middle age which allows this condition to go undiagnosed. The situation can usually be rescued by hygiene therapy.

As we get older our teeth can begin to look tired and worn. Fortunately these effects can be reversed and our smiles can be rejuvenated with non invasive cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic techniques have advanced enormously. Visit our website to see how we have helped some of our patients.

Life expectancy has increased and we expect our teeth to keep up in terms of function. This is not always possible and we meet a lot of elderly patients whose lives are blighted by poorly fitting dentures. Dental implants offer these patients hope and a new lease of life.

At the Mayhill we treat three generations of the same family. Their needs may be different but the level of expertise we provide is the same. Our team will always offer sound advice. Please feel free to call us on 01600 712020 or visit our website on for further information or advice.

Specialist Dentistry at the Mayhill read more

Is there a distinction between general dentistry and specialism?

I suppose a specialist will tend to focus on one particular element of dentistry whilst a generalist will tackle any number of different treatments within his or her comfort zone. Anything that is difficult gets sent to a referral practice or a hospital department.

Hospital referral will involve waiting lists, unscheduled appointments and inevitable communication problems between one or more departments. Confusion reigns! Orthodontic treatment is the classic example.

Multi specialist referral practices are rare outside major cities and may lack the team approach which is often required. Responsibility between the specialist and the referring dentist can be blurred. Some cases need the input of more than one specialist.

Oasis, Boots and the other corporates will have their own visiting specialists that dip in and dip out of the practice. The dentist will tend to refer in house and so is limited to whom he might refer and this might not be in the best interests of the patient.

The Mayhill is a general practice that is specialist lead and so we try to make no distinction between general dentistry and any other form of dentistry. We apply the same standards; use the same level of expertise and high tech equipment for all our patients. We work as a team borrowing each other’s skills to achieve great results that quite simply cannot be achieved by a sole practitioner.

We see many Denplan patients referred to us for a second opinion or specialist treatment who are disappointed to find that their plan does not cover them for this. Our membership scheme includes access to all our in house specialists for consultation and reduced rates for treatment. If you are on a plan check that these benefits are included and then look at the monthly cost!

Please call us on 01600 712020 for more information or visit our website on