10 Things You Should Know Before Having Dental Implants read more

1) Dental implants are accepted as the most successful and trusted method of tooth replacement used today. Dentists themselves opt for this treatment when faced with the prospect of losing teeth.

2) There are over 150 manufacturers of dental implants worldwide. Only five companies have clinical trials supporting treatment protocols for over 40 years. Nobel Biocare remains the pre-eminent company in this sphere. Beware of cheaper imitations.

3) Implants can be used to remove the need for unstable or ill-fitting dentures. This can be a life changer for patients who struggle to eat a meal or who have difficulties and embarrassment in social situations.

4) Age is no barrier to treatment. We have successfully placed implants into patients in their 10th decades. The benefits to the elderly are often the greatest as nutrition is vital to their continued good health.

5) Implants replace natural teeth, look and behave like the real thing. In many circumstances they look even better.

6) The age of keyhole surgery is now with us. Using CAD CAM technology implants can be placed accurately and painlessly through the gum. This avoids sutures and speeds up healing. It also makes the prospects of same day teeth a reality.

7) The same technology makes bone grafting and complicated surgery less likely. Before making the necessary financial commitment to have implants make sure your dentist has also made the same commitment to provide the most up to date solutions for you.

8) Maintenance and good hygiene around implants is vital to long term success. This has never been easier. Hygienists and therapists now use air flow abrasion to clean implants and natural teeth painlessly. No need for the dreaded metal scrapers!

9) Implants can be expected to last for decades, perhaps even a life time. Most outcomes are retrievable allowing maintenance, update and repair. It is best to avoid cemented restorations which make this difficult and may cause irritation to the gum tissues.

10) Dentists who have successfully placed implants over several decades build up the treatment skills and knowledge required to avoid problems. Combine that with a willingness to embrace new technology and you are in safe hands.

The Link Between Gum and Heart Disease read more

There is growing concern over the link between gum disease and other chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, strokes and problems in pregnancy. It is estimated that over half of all adults in the UK have had gum disease at least once.

Gum disease begins with sticky bacteria commonly known as plaque, which build up around the teeth. This stage is known as gingivitis which causes inflammation and bleeding of the gums. If left untreated gingivitis can turn into gum disease otherwise known as periodontal disease. The gums will eventually shrink back from the root of the tooth creating pockets which gradually widen. Long term, if left untreated, the infection and inflammation attack the tissue and jaw bone which can cause the tooth to loosen.

The common link between gum disease and chronic health conditions is inflammation; the body’s natural response to an infection. The build up of inflammatory substances in the blood seems to worsen heart disease and other chronic infections. The same bacteria found in gum disease is also found in hardened arteries. As bacteria from bleeding gums enter the blood stream, they attach to fatty plaques in the heart blood vessels which can cause clots.

Causes of Gum Disease

  • The most common cause is poor oral hygiene and not visiting the dentist and hygienist regularly for professional cleaning.
  • smoking
  • reduction in the flow of saliva due to medication
  • hormonal changes such as pregnancy
  • diabetes can make it hard to control infections
  • Genetics, although early preventative measures can counteract predisposed gene factors

Aging and Gum Disease

Studies have shown that older people have the highest rates of gum disease. The elderly also have a higher risk of heart disease. Gum disease and tooth loss are not a natural part of aging. With good oral hygiene and professional care tooth loss can be prevented at any age.

Signs of Gum Disease

  • Swollen, red or sore gums
  • Pus between teeth and gums
  • bad breath
  • brown deposits along the gum line

Prevention of Gum Disease

  • Daily toothbrushing and flossing
  • having teeth professionally cleaned regularly by a dental hygienist , above and below the gum line, a procedure known as scaling and root planning.
  • See your dentist regularly for examinations
  • Stop smoking
  • Reduce sugar intake and sugary snacks

The good news is you no longer need a prescription from your dentist to see a hygienist. For further information or advice please call 01600 712020 or email info@themayhill.co.uk.

The Effects of Sugar on our Dental Health read more

The British Dental Health Organisation (BDHF) is fully supporting proposals made by chef Jamie Oliver in his campaign against excess sugar. As part of his new documentary “Jamies Sugar Rush” is taking an in depth study of the devastating effects that sugar is having on our dental health and particularly in children.

Around half of 8 year olds have dental decay which means they are likely to have decay in their adult teeth. Tooth decay is the number one reason for hospitalisation in children and while we cannot blame the food and drink industry entirely, they do have to take a sizable portion of the blame.

What Does Sugar Do to Our Teeth?

Every time we consume sugar, the bacteria which sticks to the teeth surface converts it into acid. This gradually eats away at the enamel, eventually forming a hole or cavity. The length of the acid attack will depend on how much saliva is in your mouth and how long the sugary food stays on your teeth. Early tooth decay can have no symptoms but your dentist should spot a cavity in its early stages on examination of your teeth.

Can we enjoy sweet foods and still keep our teeth?

Let’s be realistic. Sugary foods are part of everyday lives and it is highly unlikely that we will just stop consuming sugary products. Many fizzy drinks contain over 12 spoonful of sugar and really should be avoided. Many food producers are using sugar to enhance food taste which is what Jamie Oliver is campaigning against. His manifesto which is endorsed by the BDHF is proposing a 20p levy per litre on every soft drink with added sugar, a ban of junk food marketing and showing sugar content in teaspoons on front of packaging.

A strict regime of regular tooth brushing (first thing and last thing at night) using a fluoride toothpaste and mouth wash if you have lots of fillings.

Tips to reduce tooth decay

  • Cut down on the frequency of sugary snacks, its frequency rather than quantity that causes decay.
  • It is best to consume sugary food after a meal as saliva defence is good which minimises the duration of acid attack.
  • Sugar Free Gum chewed after sugary food boosts saliva in the mouth.
  • Always try and choose the sugar free option where possible.

For further advice or help please call The Mayhill Dental Centre on 01600 712020 or email info@themayhill.co.uk

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 info@themayhill.co.uk

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 themayhill.co.uk.

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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 themayhill.co.uk

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 themayhill.co.uk

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