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Four Ways to Protect Your New Crowns

Friday, April 7th, 2017

When you have a tooth crowned, you want it to stand the test of time. If you have a new crown, here are four ways to protect your tooth:

  1. Maintain good oral hygiene: the best way to protect your teeth from harm is to maintain good oral hygiene at home. Although a crown cannot become decayed, the area where the restoration joins the natural tooth tissue can, so it’s essential to brush twice-daily and floss.
  2. Wear a mouth guard: if you’re playing sport, and there’s a risk of dental injury, always wear a mouth guard. Even if you’re just messing around or training, it’s essential to protect your teeth and gums. If you don’t already have a mouth guard, we strongly recommend investing in a dentist-made gum shield. These guards offer a perfect fit, and they’re very good quality. We recommend using a mouth guard for rugby, hockey, boxing, martial arts, kickboxing and lacrosse.
  3. Avoid hard foods: eating certain foods can damage your teeth, and your new crown will not be invincible. Avoid hard foods like boiled sweets and popcorn and don’t crush ice between your teeth. We also advise against using your teeth to bite labels off clothing or take tops off glass bottles.
  4. Check in with your dentist: we cannot stress the importance of seeing a dentist on a regular basis enough. If you keep up to date with check-ups, you have a much lower risk of dental disease. Every time you have a routine check, your dentist will have a good look at any fillings or crowns you have and make sure they’re in tip-top condition.

If you need any more advice about caring for crowns, our dental team will be happy to help.

How Cerec can restore a broken tooth in one day

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Have you broken your tooth? If so, you may think that it’ll take a couple of weeks to mend it. The good news is that at Liverpool Dental Spa, we offer same-day repairs thanks to incredible Cerec technology. If you need a crown in a hurry, you’ve come to the right place!

What is Cerec and how does it work?

Cerec, or Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, is a form of dental technology, which gives us the ability to offer same-day restorative treatment. With Cerec, we can design, make and fit new veneers, crowns, inlays and onlays in just one day. The best bit is we can do everything on-site, so there’s no waiting around.

Cerec technology covers every aspect of treatment. With this software and machinery, we don’t need to create putty impressions and send them away to the laboratory. We simply take photographs, which are converted into model templates for your new restoration. These detailed images are sent to the milling machine, and, as if by magic, your new restoration is made. We can then fit the new crown, and restore your beautiful smile.

What are the advantages for me?

The best thing about Cerec is the speed. The traditional technique of making a new crown takes two weeks. With this system, we can do everything on-site in a single day. Cerec is also a more accurate process, and it enables patients to have treatment without enduring the messy and somewhat uncomfortable process of making putty impressions. When you only need a single treatment session, this can also save you any stress related to taking time off work or trying to fit treatment around childcare or other commitments.

Cerec is also advantageous for dentists, as it enables us to have more control over the treatment process.

If you need a crown fast, call us now! We’re ready and waiting!

How a Dental Crown Can Help Save Your Teeth

Friday, February 17th, 2017

If you have a broken or decayed tooth, you may assume that you’re going to lose that tooth. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. With dental crowns, we can save your teeth and restore your smile.

What exactly is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a type of restoration, which is used to treat infected, damaged and decayed teeth. If your tooth is need of some TLC, we may recommend crowning it. Crowns can help to save teeth that would otherwise fall into further disrepair.

Crowns are also known as caps because they are placed over the top of the damaged tooth. They fit onto the existing tooth structure, and they are custom-made to ensure a perfect, seamless finish. Crowns can be made from metals or ceramic materials. Many people choose to have ceramic crowns because they look more natural. If you have porcelain crown, for example, you won’t be able to tell the difference between the crowned tooth and the rest of your teeth.

Crowns should last anywhere between 5 and 15 years. It’s important that you look after your crown in the same way as your other teeth. When you come in for a check-up, we will have a look at your crown every time. If the crown is showing signs of wear and tear, we can replace it with a new crown.

At Liverpool Dental Spa, we can offer same-day crowns thanks to Cerec.

Why would I need a crown?

You may need a crown if your tooth has been damaged when playing sport or you’ve been involved in an accident. Alternatively, a crown may be recommended if you have a decayed tooth, or you’ve had an infection treated with root canal treatment. Placing a new crown helps to strengthen the tooth following root canal therapy. If you have a missing tooth, we can attach a new crown to a dental implant.

Did you Know Dentists Can Help With Headaches?

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

If you suffer from headaches, you’ve probably tried taking painkillers, and you may have been to see your doctor, but did you know that dentists can also help with headaches? If you have headaches on a regular basis, they can make your life a misery. We may have the solution you’ve been looking for, and hopefully, we can make your pain a thing of the past.

How can a dentist help with headaches?

There are lots of different causes of headaches. In many cases, headaches are linked to dehydration, and they can also occur after an injury or accident. It is also possible for headaches and migraines to be associated with TMJ disorder. TMJ disorder is a group of symptoms that affects the TMJ or the temporomandibular joint. This is the joint that joins your skull to your lower jaw. When you open and close your mouth or move your jaw from side to side, you can feel the joint moving. Symptoms of TMJ disorder include clicking and popping noises in the jaw, head, shoulder and neck pain, stiffness in the jaw and a limited range of movement in the joint.

If you have signs of TMJ disorder, we may be able to help. One of the most common causes of TMJ disorder is bruxism, or grinding the teeth. Bruxism can damage the teeth, but it can also increase tension in the muscles surrounding the jaw.

Treating bruxism

Bruxism can be difficult to diagnose because most people grind their teeth subconsciously during the night. When you’re asleep, you’re not aware of what’s happening, and you don’t know that your clenching your teeth. When you see your dentist with symptoms related to TMJ disorder, they may be able to spot the sighs of bruxism; if you share your room with a partner, they may also tell you that you’ve been grinding your teeth in your sleep.

Bruxism can be linked to dental issues like broken crowns, but it’s often caused by anxiety or stress. If you have signs of TMJ disorder linked to bruxism, we can help by providing you with a custom-designed bite guard. This is a device, which you wear while you sleep. It helps to prevent the top and bottom arches of teeth coming into contact when you sleep.

If you’re sick of headaches, give us a call today. Hopefully, we’ll have you fighting fit in no time.

Bone Grafting –  Making the Impossible Possible for Dental Implants

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Dental implants are one of the most exciting developments in modern dentistry. They can literally transform your smile and give you back your confidence. Implants are suitable for many people, but they’re not always the best solution for patients with missing teeth. In some cases, you may be told that you’re not a suitable candidate for implants because there is a lack of dense bone tissue in the jaw. If this is the case, you don’t have to give up your dreams of a beautiful new smile. We can often carry out bone grafting to strengthen the bone tissue, and build up bone mass.

What is bone grafting?

Bone grafting is a procedure, which involves taking bone from one part of the body or using an artificial bone substitute and placing it a different part of the body. In the case of dental implants, grafting is used to increase bone density in the jaw, so that the bone is capable of securing a dental implant. Most commonly, our dentists take tissue from the hip or a different part of the mouth to prepare for implant treatment.

What happens during a bone graft?

Before you have treatment, your dentist will do some X-rays to check the depth and strength of the bone tissue. If the tissue isn’t dense enough, bone grafting may be recommended. Once the bone has been removed from the donor site, most commonly the hip, your dentist will make a small incision in the gum to create a flap. The flap will be lifted, and the donor tissue placed onto the jaw bone. The flap will then be closed, and the incision sutured. Gauze will be placed over the incision to promote healing and reduce the risk of infection. In total, healing time takes around 4 months. Once the healing process is complete, the implant can be placed.

Does bone grafting work?

Bone grafting is not successful in every single case. However, the success rate is very high, and most people go on to enjoy successful implant treatment.

A Step by Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Root canal treatment is a commonly-performed procedure, which is often used as an alternative to extraction. You may be advised to have root canal treatment if you have an infected tooth or you have suffered an injury, which has damaged the pulp tissue.

What is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is a dental procedure, which is most commonly used when the tooth is infected, and the pulp tissue is affected. The pulp contains the living material of the tooth, including the nerves and blood vessels. If the pulp is damaged or decayed, the tooth will start to die, as the blood supply will be reduced. To prevent losing the tooth, root canal therapy may be recommended.

The actual procedure is relatively straightforward. In many cases, people are very anxious about having this procedure because it tends to have a bad reputation. It’s made out to be an awful process, but actually, it’s a painless and highly effective way of saving a decayed tooth. We carry out root canal treatment under local anaesthetic, so you won’t actually feel any pain during the procedure. Most people leave us wondering why on earth they were so worried beforehand!

What actually happens when you have root canal treatment?

Before your dentist begins, they will explain exactly what is going to happen, and answer any questions. Your tooth will then be numbed using local anaesthetic. Your dentist will drill into the tooth once the effects of the anaesthetic have become apparent. The aim of treatment is to remove the decayed tissue from the root canals and then clean, fill and seal them. The process helps to reduce the risk of decay spreading.

After root canal treatment, we often place a new crown on the tooth. Crowns are restorations, which make the teeth stronger and more resilient.

If you have questions about root canal treatment, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Root Canal Treatment for Patients in Liverpool

Friday, March 18th, 2016

If tooth decay has become severe or there is gum disease present there is a risk that the root canal may become infected. This is the soft pulp section of the tooth where the nerve ending is found and unlike other dental infections it cannot be treated by antibiotics.

What is root canal treatment?

This treatment involves having the soft pulp at the centre of the tooth removed and filled. This treatment is usually used when tooth decay has penetrated the central structure of the tooth and the only way of saving the tooth is to clear out the decay and fill it.

What is involved in the treatment?

X-rays will be taken to assess the extent of the infection. In some cases your dental professional may suggest you wait a few weeks or months to see if with good oral hygiene the infection clears up. However, if it persists or gets worse the only option is root canal treatment. The tooth will be drilled into so that the dentist can remove the pulp. Once the canal is clear and washed out it will be filled. The tooth will be filled and in some cases a crown may be fitted to provide additional support and protection for the tooth.

Will the tooth look different after treatment?

Sometimes teeth that have had root canal treatment do appear darker than untreated teeth. If this is the case the tooth can be whitened to make it blend in with the surrounding healthy teeth.

What will happen if treatment is not completed?

In the long run the tooth will have to be removed. Once the infection becomes severe the pain associated with it will become unbearable. This is why root canal treatment is recommended in some cases as this will at least save the tooth and avoid the need of a dental implant or denture.

Effective Tooth Loss Treatment with Desirable Dentures

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Losing teeth can be distressing at any stage of life, but with our modern dentures, we can restore your smile and help you to feel more confident and comfortable. Although dentures have a bit of a bad reputation, modern appliances are incredibly lifelike and are designed to fit like natural teeth, so you shouldn’t have any problems at all. If you have a large number of missing teeth and are looking for a simple solution that will also give you a beautiful and healthy looking smile, look no further than our dazzling dentures.

About modern dentures

In the past, dentures may have been bulky, uncomfortable and artificial looking, but today it’s a completely different story. We work with highly skilled dental technicians and use only the highest quality materials to produce incredibly comfortable and natural looking dentures. With our modern dentures, you’ll be able to smile with confidence, enjoy a wide range of foods and speak clearly.

We custom-design dentures to fit the contours of your mouth perfectly and once your dentures have been created, we fit them and check that you feel comfortable. We recommend frequent follow-up sessions and we also offer repairs and adjustments. We provide excellent quality partial and complete dentures for all your tooth replacement needs.

Am I a good candidate for dentures?

Dentures are suitable for most people who have missing teeth. Partial dentures are used to replace a small number of missing teeth, while full or complete dentures are used to replace an entire missing arch. Dentures are more affordable than dental implants and we can usually fit them in just 2 or 3 sessions, so you won’t have to wait long to enjoy the results.

To find out more about our desirable dentures, call us today!

Crown Yourself This Christmas with a Remarkable Restoration

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

If you’re looking forward to celebrating like a VIP this Christmas, why not treat your troublesome tooth to a brand new crown? With same-day CEREC treatment and hand-crafted porcelain crowns on offer, we can ensure you have a smile fit for royalty this festive season.

What are crowns and why would I need one?

Crowns are a type of restoration most commonly employed when a tooth is broken, fractured or decayed. A crown is also known as a cap, as it sits over the top of the tooth. Crowns can be made from various materials and porcelain crowns are very popular as they restore the teeth without taking away from the beautiful aesthetic of your smile.

Crowns can also be used with dental implants to replace a missing tooth and they are often fitted following root canal treatment, when a tooth is decayed and harmful bacteria have reached the living tissue of the tooth, known as the pulp.

The main purpose of the crown is to strengthen and restore the tooth, but in many cases fitting a new crown can also have amazing aesthetic benefits.

Crowns are not a permanent solution, but they should last for many years. When you come for your routine dental checks, your dentist will have a look at any crowns you have to see how you are getting on.

Crown treatment at Liverpool Implant and Aesthetic Dental Spa

We are very proud to invest in the latest dental treatments and technology and are delighted to offer CEREC and traditional hand-crafted porcelain crowns. We use only the finest quality materials and our dentists have extensive experience, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.

With CEREC, we are able to offer same-day restorative treatment, so you can enjoy the benefits of a brand new bespoke crown without delay. Ask our dentists for more information!


Treatment for Broken Teeth in Liverpool

Friday, October 16th, 2015

If you break a tooth, there is a risk of further damage and we can offer a range of treatments to restore and strengthen your smile. The first step is to ascertain the extent of the damage and we do this by examining and performing an X-ray of the tooth.

Treatment for chipped teeth

If you have a chipped tooth, there are various restorative and cosmetic options available to you, including composite bonding and veneers. Composite bonding, also known as cosmetic bonding, is a process designed to patch up the teeth and improve the aesthetic of the smile at the same time. Your dentist uses composite, which is also used for white fillings, to repair chips and build up worn edges to make your teeth stronger and make your smile look more attractive. The procedure is quick, the results are visible immediately and you don’t need any injections.

Veneers are also an option for patients with chipped teeth, but they are a cosmetic rather than a restorative solution. Veneers are available in different shapes and sizes and help to create beautiful smiles.

Treatment for a broken tooth

If your tooth has suffered more extensive damage, restorative treatment will be recommended. Crowns are a popular treatment for broken teeth. Dental crowns are placed over the natural tooth once the tooth has been prepared and the damaged tissue has been taken away. Crowns are custom-designed and can be made from metals or ceramic materials. Once they are in place, crowns should last for up to 10 years.

Sometimes it is hard to tell if a tooth is broken. Signs to look out for include pain, especially when you use the tooth to bite or chew, sensitivity and a feeling of weakness when you use the tooth.


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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