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How Liverpool Dental Spa can Bridge the Gap between Teeth

Friday, January 26th, 2018

If you have a missing tooth, you may be considering your options. We strongly recommend replacing lost teeth for many reasons, and we offer some excellent treatments. Missing teeth can affect the aesthetic of the smile and your confidence, but they can also have a negative impact on your oral health. We are delighted to offer patients in Liverpool an array of fantastic tooth replacement options, including dental bridges.

What exactly is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a form of restoration, which is used to fill gaps when a tooth has been lost through injury or dental disease. The aim of the bridge is to literally bridge the gap between the remaining teeth. The most common type of bridge is a traditional fixed bridge. This type of bridge is made from a false tooth, which is fused to a crown on each side. Bridges can be made from ceramics, which produces a very natural and lifelike aesthetic.

The benefits of a dental bridge

Dental bridges offer a wealth of benefits for patients who are missing one or more natural teeth. Bridges are much more affordable than dental implants and they can be fitted in just 2 appointments. As they are made from ceramics, bridges are also very discreet and you won’t be able to spot the difference between the bridge and the natural teeth. Bridges are also more convenient than dentures and they should last up to 15 years if they are well looked-after.

If you have a missing tooth and you’re exploring your options, our friendly dentists will be happy to provide you with information about bridges, discuss alternatives and answer any questions you have. Call us today or pop in and see us if you’re in town.

Getting to the Root of Infection with Endodontics

Friday, January 12th, 2018

We strive to ensure our patients have strong, healthy teeth. If you have a dental infection, it’s our mission to treat you and make you feel more comfortable as quickly as possible. When the infection has spread to the tooth pulp, there is often a chance to save the tooth by using a technique known as root canal treatment. The mere mention of root canal treatment can fill patients with dread, but this an incredibly important procedure, which can restore your smile without any pain. Contrary to popular belief, this procedure is nothing to be fearful of. Your tooth will be numbed and you can rest assured that you’ll be in safe hands with our experienced dental team.

About root canal treatment

If you have a tooth infection and bacteria have spread to the dental pulp, your dentist may recommend root canal treatment. Dental pulp is the living tissue of the tooth and once it becomes damaged or decayed, there’s a high risk of the tooth dying. Root canal treatment can save the tooth, providing an alternative to extraction. The aim of the procedure is to remove the damaged or decayed pulp tissue and stop an infection from spreading further.

Before you have root canal treatment, your dentist will talk you through the process and numb your tooth using local anaesthetic. This will help to ensure that you don’t experience any pain. When the tooth is numb, your dentist will drill into it to access the root canals. They will then remove the decayed pulp tissue and fill the root canals with gutta percha, a material used to seal the channels and prevent bacteria from spreading. We often recommend crowning the tooth following root canal treatment to make it stronger and more resistant to damage.

If you have any questions about root canal treatment or you’re a nervous patient and you’d like to learn more about how we could help you, call us and book a consultation.

Four Ways to Reduce Snoring in Liverpool

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Snoring is a very common problem. If you live with a snorer or you snore on a regular basis, this can take its toll on your sleep quality and your mood, as well as your relationships with others. If snoring has become a problem in your household, here are 4 ways you can try and banish sleepless nights for good:

  1. Change your sleeping position: many people find that they snore when they sleep on their back, rather than their side. If you do snore, try and alter your position to open up the airways and allow more oxygen to reach your lungs.
  2. Avoid alcohol before bed: if you find that you snore after a night out, this is because alcohol causes the muscles in your throat to relax. Try and avoid drinking anything alcoholic for at least a couple of hours before you go to bed.
  3. Lose weight: in some cases, snoring is linked to being overweight. If you are in the overweight or obese BMI range, losing weight could help to reduce snoring, as well as improving your general health. The best way to go about this mission is to combine regular exercise with healthy eating. We are here to help if you need any advice.
  4. Call and book a consultation: sometimes, the causes of snoring may not be as simple as sleeping on your back or having a beer before bed. If minor changes haven’t made a difference, call us and book a consultation. In some cases, we can intervene by providing you with a customised device, which is used to open up the airway and help you breathe easy. The device helps to open up the airway by moving the lower jaw forward slightly and holding it in this position while you sleep.

Do you live with a snorer or do you feel guilty because your snoring is keeping others awake? If snoring is an issue, we’re here to help! Call us today to find out more.

One Day Dental Repairs with Cerec

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Time is of the essence for many of us. If you haven’t got time to hang around waiting for new veneers or a brand new crown, we have good news for you! Gone are the days of waiting for results. With Cerec, we can offer one-day dental repairs right here in Liverpool city centre.

Introducing Cerec

Cerec is an amazing form of technology, which gives us the opportunity to provide our patients with same-day restorative treatment. Usually, when you need a new crown, for example, you have to wait around 2 weeks. In the meantime, a temporary crown will be placed. The process can be messy and temporary crowns don’t always fit brilliantly. With Cerec, there’s no need for any temporary measures. We can design, make and fit bespoke restorations in the same day. That’s right. In just one day, we take care of everything, so you don’t have to waste any valuable time.

Cerec takes care of every aspect of the restorative treatment process. Using images of the teeth, Cerec creates detailed models, which are sent to the on-site milling machine. The custom-designed restoration is then fabricated and it is then ready to fit. There’s no need for putty moulds, temporary crowns or repeat appointments. Cerec also gives dentists more control over the design process and it is a more accurate way of creating customised restorations.

With Cerec, we are able to carry out repairs without delay and design brand new restorations, including veneers, inlays, onlays and crowns.

If you’re eager to find out more about this incredible time-saving treatment, call us now and arrange a consultation

Why there is nothing to fear with Endodontics in Liverpool

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

How do you feel when somebody utters the words root and canal in the same sentence? Root canal treatment is an endodontic procedure, which seem to fill dental patients with dread. The truth is that root canal treatment is nothing to worry about. It’s actually a really important procedure, which makes the difference between saving and losing a damaged or infected tooth.

About endodontic treatment

Endodontics is the dental specialty concerned with the tooth pulp. This is the living tissue of the tooth where you’ll find the blood vessels and the nerves. If the pulp tissue becomes damaged or decayed, there’s a risk that the tooth will die, as blood supply to the tooth will be reduced. In this case, dentists often recommend a procedure known as root canal treatment. This procedure, although much maligned, is a very effective treatment, which can prevent you from losing a natural tooth prematurely.

Root canal treatment has a bad reputation, but in reality, there’s really nothing to worry about. At Liverpool Dental Spa, we have many years of experience in carrying out this procedure and our friendly dental team will be there to support and reassure you every step of the way. The procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic, so you won’t feel any pain at all.

Once the effects of the anaesthetic have become apparent, your dentist will drill into the tooth to remove the damaged pulp tissue from the root canals. This prevents bacteria from spreading to the tooth. The root canals are then filled with gutta percha (a dental material) and sealed. Once the procedure is complete, we may also recommend crowning the tooth to make it stronger.

If you have been advised to consider root canal treatment, we promise that you have nothing to fear. Our team is experienced and skilled and we’re here to make the experience as stress-free and painless as possible. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

How Liverpool Dental Spa can reduce your Migraine

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Do you suffer from migraines? Do you feel like you’ve tried everything without any luck? If you’re suffering, we may be able to help. It’s time to put a stop to headaches and migraines and start enjoying your life again!

How we can help

It’s understandable to wander how headaches and migraines could possibly be remedied by dentists. Often, tension in the facial muscles and headaches and migraines can be caused by dental issues. If you grind or clench your teeth, for example, this can increase pressure on the muscles surrounding the temporomandibular joint and contribute to headaches and pain in the neck and shoulders. Our highly trained dentists have expertise in providing treatments, which can prevent tooth grinding and other dental issues, which may put you at risk of headaches or migraines.

One technique we use to alleviate pain caused by grinding the teeth is using a splint or a guard to prevent contact between the upper and lower sets of teeth. If you wear a customised guard at night, there’s no risk of the top and bottom arches coming together and this protects your teeth and prevents muscular pain and migraines.

What to do next

If you’re struggling with migraines and you don’t know where to turn, contact us today. We have a range of treatment options available and we will do our best to try and identify possible causes and find an effective solution.

Why it is important to take care of your Jaw

Monday, October 16th, 2017

We all know that it’s important to look after our teeth and gums, but have you ever given any thought to taking care of your jaw? Jaw pain is more common than you may think. If you’ve been waking up with a stiff jaw or you’re prone to headaches, why not give us a call? We may just be able to help!

What causes jaw pain?

Pain is often part of a group of symptoms, which is related to TMJ disorder. The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is the joint that joins the skull to the lower jaw. This joint helps to control the movement of the jaw, and you can feel it working if you place your fingers on your face at the side of your ear lobes and open and close your mouth. TMJ disorder causes symptoms such as a restricted range of movement in the jaw, clicking and popping noises and discomfort.

In many cases, there is no clear cause of jaw pain, but accidents, injuries and grinding the teeth can all contribute. If you have jaw pain, we recommend making an appointment.

How we can help

If you do have symptoms of TMJ disorder, we may be able to help by identifying the cause and finding a solution. If you grind your teeth, for example, we may advise you to wear a bite guard. This is a custom-made appliance, which eliminates the risk of contact between the top and bottom sets of teeth while you are sleeping. It can be difficult to know if you grind your teeth, as it occurs during the night, but if your partner has suggested that you grind your teeth sometimes, it’s a good idea to seek advice.

If you have jaw pain, or you’ve noticed that your jaw feels stiffer than usual, don’t suffer in silence. It’s best to take action as soon as possible to eliminate pain and reduce the risk of further damage.

How we can help with wisdom teeth pain in the heart of Liverpool

Monday, October 9th, 2017

At Liverpool Dental Spa, we know all too well that the wisdom teeth can be incredibly troublesome. Sometimes, the teeth develop without any issues at all, but if you do start to develop pain, we are here to help. We understand that dental pain can be excruciating, and we’ll do everything we can to put a smile back on your face.

What causes wisdom tooth pain?

Wisdom tooth pain can come out of the blue and it can affect you even if you have healthy teeth and you take really good care of your pearly whites. In most cases, pain develops as a result of a lack of space in the jaw, which can cause the teeth to become impacted. This means that the tooth starts to grow at an angle, pushing against the neighbouring tooth. If you have pain and it’s getting worse or you’re getting bouts on a regular basis, we may recommend extracting the tooth. You don’t actually need your wisdom teeth and often, taking them out can benefit your remaining teeth, as well as alleviating pain.

If you do need your wisdom teeth extracting, your dentist will explain exactly what is going to happen. In some cases, extraction won’t be necessary and you may just need temporary pain relief while the teeth are growing.

Wisdom tooth extraction at Liverpool Dental Spa

We understand that having a tooth removed is not a very pleasant prospect and for some, even the thought of climbing into the dental chair can be terrifying. Our highly experienced team has expertise in removing wisdom teeth, and our dentists will do everything in their power to help you relax and stay calm. We conduct the procedure under anaesthetic, so you won’t feel any pain and we’ll be there to reassure you every step of the way. Our dentists are happy to answer questions and you can stop them at any time if you need a moment. After treatment, we will make sure that you’re happy and pain-free before you head home and we’ll be at the end of the phone if you need anything at all.

If your wisdom teeth are wreaking havoc, call us now!

Five Foods to Avoid This September

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Autumn is nearly here, and it’s time to switch up your diet and swap those summer classics for some cold weather staples. Your diet plans an instrumental role when it comes to oral health, so it’s really beneficial to keep an eye on what you eat. Here are 5 things to avoid this September for a healthy smile:

  1. Popcorn: when it’s cold and dark outside, many of us swap nights out for a cosy evening on the sofa with a film and some popcorn. Sadly, as delicious as it may be, popcorn can be very bad for your teeth. The sugary coating, the hard kernels and the starchy content all spell trouble for your pearly whites.
  2. Biscuits: we’re a nation of tea drinkers, and many of us love to dunk a biscuit in our brew. The bad news is that biscuits are full of sugar, which is harmful for your teeth. If you do fancy a treat, try and stick to one or two biscuits with a meal, rather than snacking during the afternoons.
  3. Crisps: crisps are a very popular snack, and while they may not have high sugar content, they tend to get stuck in the pits in your teeth and the starch is broken down into sugars. For a healthy alternative, try whole grain toast or crackers.
  4. Hot chocolate: when its pouring down, there’s nothing more tempting than an indulgent mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream, but spare a thought for your teeth next time you’re ordering at a café. Hot chocolate is full of sugar. Healthier options include hot milk, tea, and herbal tea.
  5. Cake: if you’re having a cup of tea, it’s natural to want a slice of cake. The trouble is that cakes contain all kinds of ingredients that aren’t very good for your health. Sugary toppings, icing and butter cream are bad enough before you even think about the sugar that has been added to the sponge mix.

Three Ways Liverpool Dental Spa can help with your toothache

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Have you been struggling with toothache? Are your teeth keeping you up at night or have you had to take time off work? Toothache can be very painful, but we can help to make you feel more comfortable. Here are 3 ways Liverpool Dental Spa can tackle toothache:

  1. Short-term pain relief: if you have pain that comes on very suddenly, our first priority to determine the cause and make you feel more comfortable. In many cases, we may be able to recommend pain relief to ease swelling and help you to feel more comfortable.
  2. Treatment for infections and cavities: toothache is usually caused by decay or dental infections. Although painkillers will alleviate pain, taking mediation won’t tackle the root cause of the problem. If you have a cavity or an infection, we will carry out the necessary treatment to prevent further complications. Treatments may include filling the affected tooth or draining and removing an abscess.
  3. Preventing further pain: once you’ve had treatment, we can offer advice and organise a follow-up appointment to protect your teeth and reduce the risk of you developing any further problems.

Toothache can be a real pain, so don’t suffer in silence if your pearly whites are causing you problems. Call us now and we’ll do our best to ensure you’re pain-free as soon as possible.


6 Dentistry Awards!

Winners for National UK Award

  • > 2009 Best Dental Team

Winners for North West Awards

  • > 2009 Best Dental Team
  • > 2008 Best Dental Practice

Finalists for North West Awards

  • > 2009 Best Practice
  • > 2008 Best Dental Team

Finalist & Highly Commended for

  • > 2007 Best Young Dentist Dr Marius McGovern