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 info@themayhill.co.uk 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 themayhill.co.uk 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 themayhill.co.uk.

Private Orthodontic Care read more

Like many medical terms orthodontics is derived from the Greek word “to straighten teeth”. The main reason to carry out this treatment is to provide a dentition that is healthy, functional and aesthetically pleasing. Problems with crooked and out-of-place teeth are quite common in the UK. A recent study carried out in England and Wales found that around a third of 12 year olds would benefit from some degree of orthodontic treatment.

Around 80% of orthodontic treatment in the UK is carried out on children or young adults. Frequently this can cause disruption during important school years. The exam timetable will not change but the correct timing and scheduling of treatment is also crucial. We would advise early consultation, diagnosis and planning as the best way to offset potential problems with the school timetable.

Participation in sport and music, particularly wind instruments can also affect the way orthodontic treatment is managed. Our young patients often require gum shields and guards to protect their teeth at this vulnerable time.

Dr Justin Evans, our specialist orthodontist not only provides treatment of outstanding quality but is highly adept at managing these “busy” young people in a sympathetic and understanding manner. We treat our patient’s at the most opportune moment for them and will not keep them on unnecessary waiting lists.

Private orthodontics allows a wider choice of treatment options which includes tooth coloured brackets, “invisible braces” or lingual which are fixed behind the teeth. Treatment can commence at a time of your choice and there is greater flexibility with appointment times. No referral is needed for both children or adults, and as specialists we can let you know what type of brace would best suit your particular problem.

The cost of private orthodontics will vary according to the type of appliance used and the complexity of treatment. We are also able to offer flexible payment options including spreading the cost of treatment over the length of treatment which makes it more affordable for patients.

Please feel free to contact the practice for further information on the treatment options available . More details can also be found on our website at themayhill.co.uk or tel 01600 712020.

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National Smile Month read more

It always makes me laugh or smile! A month dedicated to the promotion of dental health. Of course the Mayhill is right behind this campaign but we like to think we are there for the other eleven months as well.

Fundamentally this campaign promotes the value of dental health in terms of hygiene, dietary control and long term maintenance. It also extols the virtues of a pleasant and attractive smile. This year we are sponsoring Smile Month via Sunshine Radio. We are giving away two free teeth whitening treatments for the best smile. All you have to do is take a smiley selfie with your smartphone and upload it to the Sunshine Radio Facebook.

Smile wellness involves a number of factors:

Colour

Yet another thing that deteriorates as we get older. Our teeth become darker at the neck, but grey at the tips as they wear. Dietary factors like tea, coffee and red wine also play a part. Realistic and lasting improvements can be made with teeth whitening procedures. Enlighten is our favoured system.

Position

Crowding, spacing and over prominence should be corrected in childhood. For various reasons this does not always happen and unfortunately poor tooth position also gets worse throughout life. Early treatment by an orthodontist is advised however, this problem can be treated as an adult.

Shape

The Romans and Greeks, who knew a thing or two about architecture and design used a ratio called Golden Proportion to describe the beauty they saw in nature. They used the same ratio in many of their buildings and monuments. The same phenomena is often used when re-designing a smile.

Correction of all or one of these factors requires correct diagnosis and planning and usually involves the expertise of a number of our team members. We work together to get outstanding results. Please call us on 01600 712020 for further advice or visit our new website on the Mayhill  for further information.

Kind regards,
Helen Guppy

You are invited to a Free Open Day read more

Meet our friendly team, take a look around our brand new practice and have an informal chat about any dental issues you may have. Practice schedule for the day is Saturday 17th May 10.00 am – 1.00 pm.

The Changing Face of Dentistry read more

Monnow Street like other high streets in towns and villages all over the country has changed beyond recognition over the last fifty years. Individual shops , service providers and retailers have been replaced by corporate chains. We are fortunate in Monmouth that specialist shops still thrive. To survive these businesses have to go the extra mile and provide brilliant customer care.

Similar changes have occurred in dentistry and we are entering an era when individual practitioners are being swallowed up by corporates like Oasis or Integrated Dental Holdings. Boots the high street chemist are having another shot at dentistry probably encouraged by the supermarket giants Asda and Sainsbury’s who are entering the dental market.

What will this mean for the customer otherwise known as the patient. Access and convenience are important and 24/7 dentistry will appeal to a lot of busy people. Undoubtedly the surgery spec will be high which is important as dentistry has benefitted enormously from CAD/CAM and new innovation.

There is one thing that I am pretty sure that the corporates will never be able to deliver. It’s the one thing that as a consumer I value the most; consistency. When I receive great service or treatment I love to pass on recommendation to friends or colleagues. When they in turn have a similar experience then I feel part of a successful business. On the other hand it is so disappointing when standards drop.

In dentistry consistency is so difficult to achieve and requires every member of the team to be in tune with the core values of the practice. For each and every patient their journey through our practice must be positive. The little things count for a lot ; a friendly greeting, familiar faces, gentle sympathetic treatment combined with focus and commitment to excellent clinical standards.

Our Mayhill open days are an opportunity for us to meet prospective patients on an informal basis. In the past we felt this has enabled us to help patients break down barriers to treatment which has ultimately benefited them enormously. We are delighted that some of these patients helped us make a video which captures exactly our core values. View it on our website on themayhill.co.uk . For further information on our open day please contact our team on 01600 712020 or email info@themayhill.co.uk.

Bringing Smiles to Life read more

Is it too late to straighten my teeth?

I wish I had worn my braces when I was younger!

I want straight teeth now but I couldn’t wear train tracks!

It will take too long and cost a fortune!

These are comments that I hear from patients very frequently and yes we tend to assume that orthodontic treatment is the preserve of the young. Patients also tend to view orthodontics purely from an aesthetic point of view and often chide themselves for even considering treatment in the name of vanity!

Orthodontics is one of the most effective and least invasive ways of achieving straight teeth. It is a popular choice for both adults and children. Straight teeth are usually healthy teeth, maintenance is easier and this reduces the chances of tooth decay and gum disease. This is as true in teenage years as it is mid to late life. Orthodontics in adults is now common place.

The technology has advanced to allow braces to be practically invisible. The metal bits can be fitted to the back of your teeth or ceramic and clear wires can make the train tracks disappear.

Justin Evans is an internationally renowned orthodontist .who is a visiting specialist at The Mayhill Dental & Specialist Centre . Justin can be relied on to offer simply the best treatment and outcome for his patients. He will make sure all options are visited and discussed for each individual. His experience, patience and understanding puts his patients immediately at ease.

Justin has young children himself and so is aware of the tactics involved in gaining the trust and compliance of young individuals embarking on orthodontic treatment. He can make the process fun and celebrate the virtues of straight healthy teeth.

At The Mayhill we are committed to excellence and accessibility to treatment. Orthodontic treatment often entails awkward appointment times and an interminable waiting list. We will see you at your convenience and look forward to helping you and yours. We also offer 0% finance to help patients spread the cost of treatment. For more information or to make an appointment please call 01600 712020 or email info@themayhill.co.uk.

Cosmetic dentistry in Monmouth read more

The answer is not simple. Our smiles like our eyes are a window to our personalities and reflect our mood and emotions. I often see faces light up with an engaging and open smile only to be swiftly hidden away with self consciousness and embarrassment caused by dark, stained or uneven teeth. Paradoxically if we think of people with beautiful smiles they rarely have perfect teeth.

We are often approached by patients who request smile makeovers or redesign. Our first action is to make sure that their dentitions are fundamentally healthy prior to any aesthetic considerations. The colour shape and contour of the pink stuff (gums) is just as important as the white stuff (teeth). Healthy smiles need healthy gums.

The next step for us is to gauge the patient`s disposition and expectations. There may be an obvious problem that requires simple non invasive treatment. In other cases a good deal of discussion between patient and clinician is required perhaps in a non clinical environment. We have an extensive library of cases we have previously treated and even animation of the procedure itself. In complex cases we will take study models on which we rehearse the intended treatment.

Patients are given written treatment plans usually with a number of options. We usually have a secondary consultation to enable us to address any concerns or questions the patient may have.

Broadly speaking there are three areas where aesthetic concerns arise.

Colour: As our teeth age, become progressively darker. Many foods and drinks will cause further staining. Bleaching techniques can safely and reliably reverse this. Our preferred product is Enlighten which guarantees results and is a very gentle process.

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Before and after bleaching with Enlighten

Crowding: Many adults perhaps did not have the opportunity or the inclination to have orthodontic treatment in their youth. Although they may regret this they may be unwilling to consider prolonged treatment to straighten them. Cfast™ is a great solution which focuses only on the front teeth with a six month completion time.

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Before and after Cfast™ othodontics

Crowns and veneers: These are used to treat aesthetic concerns but often become the biggest problem. Poorly fitting with black margins these restorations can give a very disappointing outcome. I am often amazed at what patients will accept. A new generation of ceramic crowns offer resilient and beautiful results.

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Replacement of poorly fitting crowns with E-max ceramics

These cases have been completed in the last six months at the Mayhill Dental and Specialist Centre by David Guppy and Cameron Currie. If you would like further information or advice please call us on 01600 712020 or visit our website on themayhill.co.uk

Recapture your smile! read more

A great smile creates a great impression, personally or professionally. If your smile is less than perfect it can affect your self confidence and the way others perceive you. The revolutionary Cfast orthodontic treatment can straighten your teeth in just 6 months and give you the fantastic smile you’ve always dreamed of!

What is Cfast?
Cfast is a gentle, minimally invasive treatment for adults that uses sound orthodontic principles to straighten the upper and lower front six teeth – the ‘Social Six’ that make up your visible smile. Using a tooth coloured wire and clear brackets, it gently straightens your teeth to give you that healthy, beautiful smile.

How does it work?
Cfast uses special nickel – titanium wires to straighten your teeth in a controlled and predictable way. The treatment uses lighter forces than traditional orthodontics, so it is more comfortable as well as much quicker.

How can it be so much faster than traditional braces?
Traditional orthodontics focus on the position of your bite, so can take years of treatment wearing metal braces. Cfast focus on just the front teeth that make up your visible smile, so treatment time is far less.

Will the teeth stay straight after treatment?
After completing the Cfast treatment, you will need to wear a retainer to support your teeth in the new position.

You can choose from different retainer options, ideally with a bonded retainer placed after the cfast treatment.

What are the drawbacks?
Cfast is comfortable, safe and affordable. It is a cosmetic procedure and is not always suitable if specialist orthodontic treatment is required.

Cfast cosmetic tooth alignment is fast, discreet, affordable – achieving great looking smiles during as well as after completion of treatment.

Cfast is now available at the Mayhill Dental and Specialist Centre.

Book now for your free consultation on 01600 712020 or email info@themayhill.co.uk.