The joy of dental implants read more

If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to restore your ability to eat, speak and smile with comfort and confidence, then dental implants may be right for you. Perhaps your dentures don’t fit comfortably or securely or you might have difficulty chewing. Confidence about your smile and teeth can affect how you feel about yourself both personally and professionally.

What are dental implants?
An implant is an artificial replacement for the root portion of a natural tooth, made of titanium. This metal is well tolerated by bone and integrates into the bone tissue well. Dental Implants can be used to replace individual teeth or used as attachments to hold dentures and bridges. Mini dental implants are smaller than traditional implants. These can be placed in thin bone and used to retain dentures. Mini implants have the advantage of immediate placement in thin bone at a reduced cost, but are not strong enough for individual teeth.

What are the barriers to treatment?
1. Cost
95% of Implants survive for at least 10 years. The initial costs which are not inconsiderable must be viewed in this context.

2. Fear
Implants are placed painlessly with very little post-operative discomfort. Intra-venous sedation is offered to patients who are particularly anxious.

‘It’s great being able to smile and laugh again and to eat foods which loose teeth and pain had forced me to give up.’

Implant treatment case study

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A few years ago I saw a lady who had battled with gum disease all her adult life. She suffered for several years with facial pain due to loose teeth. Sadly, her concerns had been ignored by her dentist. Eventually her teeth were extracted and replaced with dentures. She mistakenly believed all her problems were now solved. When I initially saw her she was very tearful as she described her past experiences. This same lady now has fixed teeth, can eat anything she wishes and is totally confident in her appearance. It has now been ten years since we first placed implants for her.

To book your FREE IMPLANT CONSULTATION please call us on 01600 712020 or email us at

More information on dental implants can be found here

Focus on gum disease read more

Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in the adult UK population. It is caused by bacterial plaque accumulating on gum margins around and between teeth. Initially this causes bleeding and swelling (gingivitis) which if left untreated results in pocket formation and bone loss (periodontitis). Teeth become loose, infected and ultimately require extraction. Sadly many patients are not made aware of the problem until it is too late. Your dentist should carry out an assessment of gum health at every examination.

Certain groups for example smokers and diabetics can be more vulnerable and there may also be hereditary factors. Recently a link between gum conditions and cardiovascular disease has been suggested. This is not fully proven but is certainly a cause for concern.

The good news is that with the correct treatment gum disease can be prevented and in cases where an established condition exists can be halted. A simple scale and polish makes teeth feel fresh and clean but is not an effective treatment. A more thorough approach is required.

Dental hygienists are trained to give patients treatment to ensure that even the most inaccessible areas are cleaned. This can be achieved gently and painlessly but requires time. Advanced techniques using local anti bacterial and lasers can also used with good outcomes.

The patient needs to be encouraged and motivated to maintain high standards of oral hygiene. The whole mouth looks and feels healthy and the unpleasant side effects like bad breath can be eliminated. Patients who build regular hygiene into their routine have dramatically reduced treatment needs.

If you are concerned that you may have issues with your gums then prompt diagnosis and treatment is advisable.

Contact the Mayhill Dental and Specialist Centre where you will receive peerless standards of care.

For more information and advice please call 01600 712020 or email us at


Mayhill Open Day – Saturday 18th May read more

An open day is a great opportunity. On one hand we want to show off and market our new practice and on the other it provides patients with an opportunity to meet us and find out what we are all about.

We really enjoy meeting patients with our gloves off! It gives us a chance to discuss dental problems and anxieties in an informal way. This can be the first step for many patients who are not enthusiastic attendees or who have worries or concerns over treatment they have received in the past.

At our first open day our team will be on hand to give demonstrations and advice on all aspects of dental health targeted at all age groups. Question and answer sessions will be given by David Guppy and Cameron Currie specifically related to dental implants, cosmetic dentistry and almost invisible orthodontics. Our Dermatologist, Louise Hull will also be available for informal consultations on facial aesthetics.

You will be very welcome to tour the practice and see for yourself the standards we are setting ourselves. We will be offering very special offers on home bleaching and our membership plans.

Please come along and join us. Complimetary bubbly and nibbles will be on offer.

Tooth whitening-the facts! read more

The most common cause of dark or yellow teeth is smoking, red wine and tannic acid in tea and coffee. Teeth also darken naturally as we age. Surface staining can be removed by a hygienist but this is usually transient and in time the staining returns. The same is true of whitening tooth pastes which can be very expensive but have a negligible effect on the colour of teeth.

Tooth whitening or bleaching as prescribed by a dentist can remove the intrinsic nature of the discolouration and dramatically whiten your smile. The process is well tested and safe when provided by a dental professional.

Broadly speaking there are two techniques. In surgery whitening, which often involves a modified light or laser, has fallen out of favour. The use of trays and home bleaching is far more reliable but does take longer. The Enlighten system guarantees the B1 natural white shade. It achieves this with very low concentrations of the bleaching agent with little or no sensitivity. The trays are constructed to bleach the whole tooth. The fade back is very slow and foodstuffs or drinks seem to have very little or no effect.

If you want to brighten your smile predictably with amazing results contact at The Mayhill Dental and Specialist Centre Tel 01600 712020.

Food for thought read more

People who maintain their chewing ability are probably less likely to develop dementia, compared to those who cannot chew well any more, researchers from the Department of Odontology and the Aging Research Center at the Karolinska Institute.

According to previous studies, several factors can contribute to our risk of dementia. Some studies have pointed to a link between having no teeth and losing mental function more rapidly and being more likely to develop dementia.

The action of chewing makes more blood flow to the brain. People with few or no teeth will chew less resulting is less blood flow to the brain. The hypothesis is that if there is less blood flow to the brain, the risk of eventually having dementia rises.

A team of Swedish researchers set out to determine whether tooth loss and chewing ability might impact on cognitive function. They gathered and examined data on a nationally representative sample of 557 elderly people (aged 77 years or more).

They discovered that people who had a problem with chewing hard food, such as apples, had a considerably higher risk of developing dementia.

‘Whether elderly persons chew with natural teeth or prostheses may not contribute significantly to cognitive impairment as long as they have no chewing difficulty. The results add to the evidence of the association between chewing ability and cognitive impairment in elderly persons.’

With this in mind it must be the duty of dental surgeons to maintain teeth where ever possible. At the Mayhill Dental and Specialist Centre we have the skills to save teeth that other dentists might condemn.

We also have over 20 years experience in placing dental implants to replace teeth that have been extracted. We can restore function which might be even more important than previously thought!

For further information please call David Guppy on 01600 712020 or email us at