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State-Of-The-Art Dentistry In A Caring Environment
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Our first Audio Podcast is now online. Dental Phobia Awareness Week is coming this June and in this podcast, Dr. Claire Hudson explains some of the modern techniques dentists use to help frightened and nervous patients through treatment. Listen to the podcast below and for more information and to register for an event, visit the website, www.cotswolddentalwellness.co.uk
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Are you afraid of the dentist and don’t know where to start?

Or do you just hate going to the dentist and want to find out if it can be easier?

In the UK, estimates are that over 40% of people have a mild to moderate fear of the dentist. 10% of people ignore broken teeth and pain and avoid going to the dentist entirely. This leads to further anxiety and feelings of guilt and embarrassment.

Fortunately, the vast majority of these people can receive pain free, guilt free and easy dentistry without having to visit a hospital to have a general anaesthetic.

Cotswold Dental Wellness leads the way as a centre for treating patients with a Dental Anxiety or Phobia.

So as part of Dental Phobia Awareness week in June, we are holding a series of invitation only events in Stratford and the South Midlands.

These events will be held not only in the practice in Chipping Norton, but also at some local “non dental” venues, ideal for those people who don’t even like going in through the front door.

There will be short presentations about how Dental Sedation techniques can help totally bypass the fear of pain, the drill and needles. We will show how modern dentistry can be made much easier along with the latest developments in the field, including Implant Dentistry, helping to replace those teeth and restore your smile back to its former glory.

Guests will be able to talk in confidence to Rob and his colleagues about their fears and worries and find out what treatments are available to help them overcome their anxieties.

Come and have a chat and let us help you to get the dentistry you need fear-free.

To find out more or register for one of the events, just call 01608 642993.

Cotswold Dental Wellness – helping you receive pain free, guilt free and easy dentistry.
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One of dentistry’s less popular experiences is have ‘impressions’ taken. That delightful mouthful of gunge that gives us a copy of your mouth.

Impressions are taken when we need to transfer your mouth to the dental technician to make crowns, bridges, dentures, and implant retained work. They have been around since the mid 1800s since when there have been astronomic improvements to the material (gunge) involved, but very little change to the principle itself.

Over the last few years a new wave of scanners have been hitting the market and the likelihood is that this is the future and sees the beginning of the end of impressions. 3D pictures are taken which we can transfer to the lab by email. Rather confusingly they are being referred to as ‘digital impressions’, which does nothing to dispel the idea of the mouthful of goo. Some of these systems call for spraying powder over the teeth, but the system I use doesn’t even need this.

I use a Cadent Itero intraoral scanner. It is simply great. I was one of the first in the UK to invest in this new technology and can honestly say I have never looked back. We place the scanner gently in the patients mouth and take a series of pictures, which the iTero stitches together to map the area required. The patient has no gunge, we can stop whenever a break is needed and it is one of the most popular decisions I have ever made in the eyes of my patients! The other advantage of this machine to the super-nerd that resides within this dentist is in the quality of work we get back. It doesn’t take a degree in dentistry to understand that the better something fits, the longer it lasts. With most dental restorations the weak point is where the restoration meets the tooth. The closer this fits, the harder it is for those cheeky little bugs to work they way back into the tooth. The work we fit that is produced with iTero fits amazingly well. So well that we have cut the time of our fit appointments as we so seldom do any adjustment at all unlike when I used to take impressions where is was not uncommon. I have never sent one back that doesn’t fit at all, which, whilst relatively rare with impressions in the right hands, does happen occasionally. Having used the system for two and a half years now, those first crowns we fit look as good as they did the day we fit them and the patients are pleased as punch. One of the first I did resides on my mother’s lower right first molar and she’d be straight on the hotline to let me know if there was the slightest hitch! The versatility of the scanner is also great, not just crowns, but bridges, veneers, inlays, onlays and the work we do on implants with it is simply fantastic.

Introducing the scanner has taken a tranche of patients who simply couldn’t tolerate impressions to a new level of oral health. Some people’s gag reflex is significantly more sensitive than others and this can be problematic in dentistry. With these patients it can be impossible to take x-rays. Sometimes I will use an acupuncture point to help desensitize the gag reflex but for an impression this is still a big challenge. Once an impression is in the mouth you can’t take it out until it sets. If you did the material would be unset and wouldn’t all come out in the tray, it’d be all around the mouth and the patient would be gagging with a mouthful of goo all over the shop. With the scanner we can stop any time. No goo, no setting, and the end of the ‘camera’ is smaller than an impression tray. Yes, there are still some patients with really bad gag reflexes where we can’t use the scanner even, but the cohort of patients we can’t do is much much smaller than with impressions.

Last year I had the pleasure of learning to do Invisalign, an almost invisible system of braces. (I am planning a blog post about this too at some point, watch this space)! I was thrilled that we can now use our scanner with Invisalign. The trays fit amazingly well, and Invisalign has a very high standard of impression required which we now have a 100% solution to – no chance of having the impression rejected with iTero.

So here we are a hundred and twenty ish years after those first impressions with an unrecognisable change to the system, popular with patients and dentists alike. Great process great results and I won’t be going back to impressions in the forseeable future – my patients wouldn’t let me!

Until next time.

Dr. Claire Hudson.
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Dentistry, dispelling some myths.

Talking about new and interesting innovations and how we can deliver them.  Trying to translate the unfathomable world of dentistry into something the ‘general public’ can understand.  So within that framework I think the most precious thing I have ever lost would be a patient.  (Not in the ‘dead’ sense of the word I hasten to add).  I mean that at times, I know that despite my best efforts, I will lose a patient to another dentist because they have not understood my explanation about their treatment options.  I would like to think that I am very good at my translation from ‘dental jargon’ to ‘human’, but there has been the odd failure that I know about.  I remember hearing from one of my patient’s neighbours that the patient in question had gone to another practice (200miles away) as I had said they ‘had to have implants’.  I certainly know that this is not what I said – I never say anyone has to have anything, it simply isn’t true.  The reality is though, whatever I said, that’s what he heard and I lost a patient because of it.  Lessons like that always remind me to try harder and I have been on lots of communication courses in the subsequent years, but keep with me that this is the one I knew about, there must be others.  So to help keep my precious patients I always endeavour to explain some of the mysteries of dentistry in numerous ways to try to keep them all, and now will share some of this with anyone who chooses to read this blog!
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If you’re ‪getting married‬ this summer now's the time to get the smile sorted! ‪

Cotswold Dental Wellness have a number of treatment options to make brides to be feel a Million Dollars on their special day.

Check out the website, www.cotswolddentalwellness.co.uk for all the details on Invisalign and teeth whitening.
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