Is Tooth Sensitivity Cramping your Style? read more

Is the taste of ice cream or a sip of a hot drink making you wince with pain? Does brushing or flossing sometimes cause you pain? If so, you may have sensitive teeth. Any sensitivity needs to be checked with a dentist as there could be other possible causes such as tooth decay, fractured teeth, worn fillings, grinding or clenching and gum disease. If your dentist has ruled out these problems then it is likely to be tooth sensitivity.

Tooth sensitivity occurs when the enamel that protects the teeth gets thinner or when gum recession occurs, exposing the underlying surface called the dentine. This reduces the protection the enamel and gums provide to the tooth and roots. The dentin contains microscopic tubules which are exposed when the enamel wears thin. These tubules allow heat, cold and acidity to stimulate the nerves inside the tooth. This causes hypersensitivity. Dentin may also be exposed when gums recede.

Preventing Tooth Sensitivity

  • Incorrect or over brushing can cause gum recession. Teeth should be brushed gently using a soft bristled toothbrush twice a day. A soft brush can prevent tooth abrasion and prevent enamel wear. Use short strikes following an up and down movement.
  • Avoiding acidic foods and drink can help prevent sensitivity and enamel wear.
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste to strengthen tooth enamel.
  • Flossing once a day can help get rid of plaque on the gum line and keeps gum healthy thus avoiding gum disease.

Treating Sensitivity

  • Desensitising toothpastes; These contain compounds that help block transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve. Put some paste on your finger and directly apply on the sore spot and gently massage.
  • Desensitising products; The dental team can treat the affected teeth with fluoride gels and varnishes. These can be painted on to the teeth at regular appointments to build up protection. If this does not alleviate symptoms the dentist may seal or fill around the neck of the tooth to cover exposed dentine.
  • Surgical gum grafts; This will replace the lost gum tissue from the root.
  • Root Canal Therapy; If the sensitivity is severe and persistent and does not respond to other methods.
  • Get treated for Bruxism: if you grind or clench your teeth use a mouth guard at night. Grinding your teeth can cause the enamel of the teeth to wear away, making the teeth sensitive.
  • If you would like further advice please feel free to call the Mayhill Dental Centre on 01600 712020 or email on

Pearly Whites in Time for Summer read more

Everyone wants whiter teeth, but what are the best ways of achieving this?
Looking through the internet can be very confusing, is it max white, pearly white, what strength, is it safe to use and the list goes on!!

Tooth Whitening can be an effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. 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.

A recent European Directive made it law that only qualified dental professionals can legally whiten your teeth. There is no insurance for people offering whitening illegally. Peroxide products over 6% are banned in the EU as they can cause chemical burns and sensitivity. The EU has approved products that are safe and effective to whiten teeth without removing the surface of the tooth.

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.

There are a number of tooth whitening systems which include home whitening, same day tooth whitening or a combination of in-surgery and home. All methods have the potential to improve the colour of your smile. They also require top ups to maintain the colour. At least once every six months to keep your teeth shiny white. Treatment times can vary depending on the system. Home whitening systems use custom made trays that you fill with gel and wear from 30 minutes a day or overnight. Treatment time is usually 2 weeks. Power whitening or laser such as the Phillips Zoom provide same day whitening. The light speeds up the reaction of the whitening product and takes an hour. This achieves the same result as wearing 14 days of trays. Other systems such as Enlighten can take up to 2 weeks.
Many people say that they feel years younger after the treatment, having erased the effects of ageing, coffee and red wine. We are offering a free tooth whitening consultation so if you want to brighten your smile predictably with amazing results contact The Mayhill Dental and Specialist Centre Tel 01600 712020 or email

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

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.