Exciting times at Dental Studio!

The Dental Studio team cannot wait to reveal our refurbishment project to you.

You have all been so wonderfully patient and supportive whilst this work has been in process, so on behalf of us all, thank you so much.

We at Dental Studio passionately work towards and believe in consistently enhancing our patient experience, this project has been a vision that we have now managed to achieve.

We have invested in this area to include, a relaxing waiting room with refreshment bar, private reception booths, a dedicated smile adviser meeting room and a beautiful training suite.

We will be having an official opening day very soon so we can showcase this and the many amazing treatments we can offer you all.

We will keep you posted!

Best regards always

Barbara
One very proud Business Manager!

‘FEELING THE PASSION’ (Well it is February!)

We at Dental Studio are extremely excited about the forthcoming year and will be sharing a regular monthly update with you all  going forward.

Last month during one of  our team training events we all took time to reflect on our achievements for 2018, discussing and planning our objectives for the year ahead. We discussed what worked well and what could we have improved on. We ensure our whole team are involved and input into our group future plans and development. Every single one of the team have so much to offer with their knowledge, experience and of course input of fresh ideas! It was a lively and fun debate.

Let us update you on the reflections of 2018 so far!

Dr Behari & Dr Ramjas have attended many conferences and training events to ensure their knowledge and skills are always advanced and updated! Apologies to those of you that may think they are on a jolly but let me reassure you, their passion and ambition to deliver simply the very best treatments using the latest technology for your our patients is second to none. We never stop learning!

Usha and Neresh are supported by a team who are truly passionate and focused to deliver an excellent service , together! There is not one person within our team across both sites who does not contribute on a daily basis!

Our supporting associate dentists and clinical team are also continually studying new advancements and developmental skills. We work together collaboratively which means that we can offer and deliver a holistic service to our patients covering all aspects of your treatment needs and requirements. You will not need to go anywhere else!

We have a fantastic team of Hygienist Therapists, who compliment us ensuring that your oral health needs, supportive education and well being remains our priority and  focus. We  offer a full range of oral health services , which we are also expanding due to patient need and demand! Prevention is key! This is our belief.

Our reception team are our silent superhero’s and key to the business, they work so hard to keep all of our cogs in motion, liaising with the clinical team,  building rapport with you our patients, putting you at ease,  answering any initial concerns and queries, following up the next day to ensure every patient is satisfied following treatment. The list is endless. They also make a mean cup of tea!

We have the most amazing team of dental nurses who boast a full range of skills and expertise in all areas including radiography, oral health education, photography and digital scanning, to name but a few! These lovely ladies also undertake our smile advisor appointments so we can get to meet you first to understand fully your needs and requirements, this helps us match you with the most suitable dentist to undertake your treatments.

Our trainee nurses are supported greatly by the expertise within the team however they also bring a fantastic input and keep us on our toes! Always bringing fresh perspective and ideas.

Our senior management team has over 60 years experience between us in the dental industry in all areas. (Gosh makes us sound old, I promise we are spring chickens at heart!)  Including CQC, compliance, staff training, HR, management and personal development! We have many hats to wear but most importantly we are always there for our team and patients, we thrive on being part of and witnessing their development and the amazing results achieved by the team on a daily  basis for our patients. It is an astounding place to work, I can tell you!

Together we aim to and bring you a first class service! I hope you can see and feel our passion for the services we provide to you. If there is anything at all you would like to see from our services or find out more about, drop us an email, give us a call, or pop in, please let us know!

There is much excitement coming our way this year, we will keep you all updated.

We all look forward to welcoming you, one and all!

Best regards

Barbara

Business Manager

Considering an Implant?

The ultimate permanent solution for people with missing teeth

 

It’s hard to exaggerate just how significant a breakthrough implant dentistry has been for people who have lost their natural teeth. Not only do dental implants offer an aesthetic appearance that is simply unbeatable, they also deliver the functionality and performance of healthy natural teeth.

Here at Dental Studio we are proud to work with Dentslpy who are the largest dental company in the world are and number 1 in the UK for Implants. They have conducted over 30 years of research and are recognised as a trusted premium brand.

Our Implantologist, Dr Sharad Patel, and our dentists have been placing and restoring implants for over 25 years and are renowned for  achieving excellent results for our patients.

 

How dental implants can literally transform lives

Whether you need to replace a single tooth or many, teeth in a day, dental implants offer the optimum combination of natural appearance and lasting performance. They can literally transform the lives of people who have not only worried about the way their teeth look, but also may have encountered discomfort when eating – or have even had to avoid some foods altogether. They offer the highest level of comfort – unlike dentures, no slipping or movement is possible, and you can care for them much as you would natural teeth.

How we place implants at Dental Studio

 

After careful examination and measurement, dental implants are secured into your mouth using small screw-shaped attachments made from titanium. These are gently fitted into your jawbone to take the place of your missing tooth root. A new tooth can then be fitted onto the implant, once it has taken hold.

Our team  always take the utmost care to make sure our patients remain comfortable and relaxed throughout all procedures, and placing implants is certainly no exception.

Why dental implants are such an effective long-term solution to tooth loss:

 

  • They feel and perform just like your original teeth
  • They have a remarkably natural appearance, boosting self-confidence
  • There’s no need to shape any other teeth to secure the implant into the mouth – unlike bridgework or some partial dentures.
  • Dental implants help maintain the shape and structure of the jaw bone, preventing bone shrinkage caused by missing teeth

 

Find out more about dental implants with a complimentary consultation with one of our lovely smile advisors

 

They will be happy to discuss any implant questions you may have. Contact our receptionist team and they will book a consultation for you.

Living well

Can gum disease affect your general health?

When you think about problems associated with your dental health, you might typically imagine things like tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath. However, there’s evidence that poor dental health could also be related to some long-term conditions that you may not expect.

Research has shown that gum disease is associated with several other diseases. These include:

heart disease and stroke
diabetes
lung conditions
arthritis
complications in pregnancy

But some of the evidence supporting this research is inconclusive and so professional opinions are split. Here, I’ll explain some of the theories behind the headlines and why it’s thought that dental disease could lead to general health problems.

How could your oral health and overall health be linked?

There are a number of theories as to why the health of your mouth and the rest of your body could be related. To understand these, we first need to understand how gum disease develops.

If you don’t brush and clean between your teeth well enough, bacteria can build up to form a layer known as dental plaque. The build-up of this plaque leads to inflammation of the gums surrounding your teeth, causing them to become swollen and sore, and sometimes to bleed. This is known as gum disease.

Heart disease and stroke

Research has shown that your body may respond to the increase in bacteria in your mouth by producing what are known as inflammatory markers. Having bacteria and inflammatory markers in your bloodstream could contribute to the damage of blood vessels, which supply your heart and brain. This might lead to heart disease and stroke.

Some studies also suggest that treating gum disease might reduce the amount of overall inflammation around your body. It’s thought that this might help to reduce, but not prevent, your chance of developing cardiovascular disease. These findings are yet to be confirmed.

Diabetes

It’s well documented that people with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing gum disease. There’s a relationship between blood sugar levels and the severity of gum disease.

There are a few theories as to why this might be, but largely it’s thought to be due to an inflammatory response around the body (similarly to how gum disease affects the cardiovascular system).

Some research suggests that the relationship between diabetes and gum disease is in fact more of a two-way street than we first thought. This means that not only does having diabetes increase your risk of gum disease, but having gum disease increases your risk of developing diabetes too. However, further research is needed before we can fully understand how these two conditions influence each other.

Lung conditions

Your mouth is the main entrance point to your body, and your airways lead from your mouth to your lungs. So if your mouth contains a lot of bacterial plaque, the theory is that you could then breathe this into your lungs. Once inhaled, bacteria could then go on to cause an infection in your lungs or could aggravate an existing condition, such as pneumonia.

Is gum disease a direct cause or is it all a coincidence?

It’s important to understand the difference between two factors here – causality and association.

Causality means that something is a direct cause of another illness, which is what some of the research around this subject would suggest. In this case, that would imply that gum disease directly causes other diseases.

Association means that having gum disease may not directly cause other long-term diseases, but that the two are closely linked for a number of different reasons. For example, they are both influenced by common risk factors, such as smoking or diet. Therefore, this is an important point to consider, and many medical professionals hold this point of view when it comes to health-related issues.

Common risk factors

It’s important to note that gum disease and long-term illnesses have lots of common causes including age, stress levels and ethnicity. So it’s very difficult to know how significant each factor is and more so, which is the main culprit.

The same goes for the type of lifestyle you lead. It’s thought that if you don’t take care of your general health, for example, by eating a healthy diet, not smoking and doing regular exercise, then you may not be looking after your dental health very much either. For this reason, people who may develop heart disease, stroke, diabetes, lung conditions etc, may also be at an increased risk of developing gum disease, because of the lifestyle choices they make.

Although it’s complex, it’s clear that there’s a link between the health of your mouth and the rest of your body. But it’s not yet certain whether this is a direct cause or merely an association. Because of this, more research is needed.

If there’s one key take home message from what we know so far, it’s this: A good teeth cleaning routine, regular exercise, not smoking, a healthy diet and regular visits to your dentist are vital ingredients to achieve optimal dental and general health.

 

Test your teeth knowledge

There are so many do’s and don’ts out there on dental care for you to digest, so our experts have made things simple. They’ve put together five quick fire question and answers you can get your teeth into.
Is brushing straight after breakfast good for you?
Wait 20-30 minutes for your pH levels to return to normal
Should I rinse after brushing?
No. Leaving the toothpaste on your teeth helps to protect them
How often should I floss?
Once a day
Should I avoid sugar?
Not altogether – try to eat small amounts of sugar at regular intervals
Do whitening toothpastes work?
They help remove stains which brightens your teeth rather than altering the shade

School children drinking ‘high levels’ of sports drinks

 

Dental studio encourages teenagers and children not to consume energy drinks which results in acid erosion of teeth and decay

  • sports drinksAlmost 90% of school children consume sports drinks, a new study published in the British Dental Journal has shown.

The research found almost 90% of 12 to 14-year-olds consume high-sugar acidic drinks, despite understanding the negative effects on their oral health.

Researchers believe children are drawn to the drinks due to their branding, believing the drinks are for everybody, despite being intended for adults taking part in sports.

‘Sports drinks offer no health benefits to children, and are helping fuel an epidemic of tooth decay,’ BDA chair, Mick Armstrong, said.

‘It’s no accident that we are seeing such high levels of consumption among children.

‘Cynical marketing is driving demand, and it is time Government drew a line.’

Sugar tax
The BDA is calling on the Government to bring sports drinks under the orbit of the soft drinks industry levy.

It claims if sports drinks are sold alongside regular soft drinks they should be covered by the sugar levy and restrictions placed on marketing and display.

The study also found that:

89% of school children consume sports drinks
73% of children believe water is suitable to be consumed when exercising
68% of children consume them regularly (one-seven times per week)
45.9% of those children surveyed believe sports drinks are for everyone, irrespective of age or activity level
65% believe sports drinks could lead to tooth decay.
‘Big business is getting away with targeting children with products designed for athletes,’ Mick continued.

‘High in both sugars and acids, these are not everyday drinks.

‘And if they are going to be displayed alongside colas, they should be subject to the same taxes.

‘Water remains the drink of choice when undertaking moderate exercise, and is the safest option for both oral and general health.’

The study – Knowledge of and attitudes to sports drinks of adolescents living in South Wales UK – is published in the British Dental Journal.

Six month smile

Six month smile (6 month) review

I was one of one children who had brace after brace as a youngster, from primary school through to senior school, all the way from ten up to fifteen years old. So when it came time to have my brace off, the last thing I was going to do was wear yet ANOTHER ‘brace’ in the form of a retainer! Sadly, no one explained the consequences to me of not wearing a retainer and that my teeth would naturally drift. And drift they did..

So here I am in adulthood, hating the fact that my lateral incisors (the ones next to my front teeth) were slightly in standing and my canine teeth were slightly out of the natural arch. I thought of many options over the years, when veneers came in I though of having my laterals veneered so that there were all level together, but that would be a procedure that was irreversible, potentially damaging to my teeth and would need replacing at some point during my life – maybe more than once. Not really an option.

So when the six month smile system was introduced it seemed like the option I had been waiting for. Short term, cosmetic orthodontics for exactly my situation. So I had the assessment and I was a good candidate for having it done. I had the initial photographs and impressions done and then waited a couple of weeks for my brackets etc to come back from the laboratory.

The initial appointment was a long one, the preparation of the teeth and the fitting of the brackets in each quadrant of my mouth and the arch wires fitted too. It cast my mind back to my days at school of having them on. It was uncomfortable for about a week and then I kind of forgot that I had them at all. I returned every 4-6 weeks to have them adjusted, the odd power chain on to close gaps and new arch wires on, all according to how the movement of my teeth was progressing. Each time they were adjusted it was slightly uncomfortable for about 24 hours then it all settled down again. There were certain foods I had to avoid – anything hard like nuts or crusty baguettes and anything with a strong colour like curry. I didn’t always manage to avoid curries, but it did turn my bands a nice luminous yellow colour from the turmeric.

The whole treatment took about 9 months because one of my front teeth wasn’t moving as quickly as the others, a quick X-ray revealed a hooked root which was anchoring the tooth in a certain position. My options were to move it very slowly – thereby extending my treatment or settle for how it was. I was quite happy with my results, so I opted to leave it as it was.

The day I had my braces off, I couldn’t stop smiling. My teeth felt so straight and my lateral incisors were now almost perfectly in alignment – just what I wanted. I feel I now have a natural smile with straight teeth and it really has improved my confidence to smile. My teeth were also re shaped during the treatment so they weren’t quite as flared as they had been and I am so happy with the result.

The one thing I will be doing every single night is…wear my retainers!
By Jo Russel

A white wedding – Part 4

My teeth whitening journey from ‘no, I can’t’ to no looking back

Some decisions we make and never regret. For me, it was saying ‘yes’ when my now-husband proposed.

Deciding to have my teeth whitened was another. Admittedly it wasn’t an immediate ‘yes’, unlike my instant and resolute response to my true love’s request. It was a decision which took a while to make but once I’d decided, I never looked back.

Our wedding day was drawing near and for almost three weeks, I’d been wearing my bespoke trays with whitening gel every night. I knew an amazing transformation was taking place and when I saw Neresh and Hayley for a check up towards the end of the process, this was confirmed.

I was asked to hold up a chart, which shows the varying shades of tooth discolouration, next to my teeth – just as I did during my initial consultation. It was wonderful when Neresh confirmed that my teeth had lightened by 12 shades – a remarkable result!

The beauty of ‘at home whitening’ is that you can control how white your teeth become. The fear that my teeth wouldn’t look natural was unrealised as I received compliments on ‘looking well’ rather than being asked ‘have you had your teeth whitened?’ My aim had been achieved.

As well as making my teeth look brighter, whiter and cleaner, the process seemed to give my entire face a boost; my lips appeared to have more colour, my skin tone looked healthier and the whites of my eyes seemed brighter. Just what you want before you walk down the aisle!

And so the big day arrived. I awoke to dazzling winter sunshine and the knowledge that today I’d become a ‘Mrs’. All eyes were on me; I felt a million dollars and I didn’t stop smiling a confident smile which came from the inside out. It was a day I’ll never forget and a white wedding in more ways than one.

Let the transformation begin…

My teeth whitening journey from ‘no, I can’t’ to no looking back

The wait was over. Whiter teeth were now within reach – in fact, the answer was in my hands.

I left the Dental Studio holding a classy black bag which might have lead an onlooker to conclude that I’d indulged in a dose of retail therapy.

The classy bag did not contain a designer dress. Even better, within it sat a sassy zip-up black case packed with everything I needed to get my teeth whiter, brighter and shiny, just in time for walking down the aisle.

Hayley explained how the home whitening system worked and was great at outlining the dos and don’ts. It’s simple, straightforward and safe – what’s not to like?

The cool black case, which was to be kept in the fridge, was filled with 12 syringes containing whitening gel. With a syringe in hand, I went upstairs to notch up another experience in my dental whitening belt.

With the smoker’s tooth powder and whitening wand experiences of my past becoming dim distant memories, I embraced this latest bid to get whiter teeth wholeheartedly and with confidence. This time, I knew it would work.

I took the custom-made trays out of the case and squeezed small ‘dots’ of gel into each tooth-shaped mould. And if you’re picturing rugby player’s gum shields, all chunky and bulky, you’re way off course; these trays are thin, lightweight and flexible.

Putting them in soon became part of my pre-bed routine, along with rinsing my contact lenses and applying night cream, and it didn’t take long to get used to sleeping with the trays.

The whitening process is pain-free but some days my teeth were sensitive. It was no surprise though – Neresh and Hayley had told me there may be increased sensitivity. So I simply avoided cold food and drinks, and focused on the fresh smile that was in the making.

 

Part 2 – A complete consultation

 

My teeth whitening journey from ‘no, I can’t’ to no looking back

Having decided to say ‘I do’ to teeth whitening in readiness for my winter wedding, it was time to attend my initial consultation at The Dental Studio in Waterlooville to determine whether I was suitable for home whitening 

When I arrived, the warm welcome I received from Neresh and Hayley set the scene for what was to follow; the most thorough and informative dental examination I’ve ever experienced.

Neresh spent time finding out about me and what I wanted, and then briefly explained the purpose of the consultation and what it would entail.

Firstly, my teeth were photographed and X-rayed from various angles. Within seconds the images – which were both slightly unnerving and utterly fascinating – were displayed on the large wall-mounted screen in front of me.

Neresh pointed out which teeth were strong, where enamel was thinning and which fillings were getting old. I was also photographed holding a chart, which depicts the various shades of tooth discolouration, next to my teeth. This meant the colour of my teeth could be compared pre- and post-whitening.

Throughout the consultation Neresh checked everything made sense, that I understood and was happy. It was a ‘yes’ hat-trick from me!

As my mouth MOT came to a close, Neresh delivered the good news; I was suitable for teeth whitening. A mould of my teeth was then taken so the custom-fit trays which hold the whitening gel could be created; this was quick, easy and straightforward.

I had just a week to wait before my bespoke trays were ready for collection and after my incredibly informative and enlightening consultation, I was starting to see my teeth in a whole new light – and looking forward to them becoming white.