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Understanding TMJ

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The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your lower jaw to the skull. TMJ syndrome is pain and discomfort in the jaw joint that can be caused by a whole host of medical problems. Although many sufferers of the syndrome note a popping or clicking sound as first evidence of the condition, others suffer from more pronounced and painful symptoms.

Common Symptoms of TMJ

Many sufferers of temporomandibular joint syndrome have more than one symptom. Sometimes, these symptoms can be as simple as a minor clicking or popping sensation in the jaw joint. Other times, individuals may experience more pronounced pain in the head, neck and shoulders. As the condition becomes more painful and difficult to live with, individuals may experience more intense pain in the teeth when biting, headaches and migraines and sore muscles in the face and jaw while chewing. There are more visible symptoms to watch out for as well, including limited movement of the jaw, along with physical identifiers like the way the teeth meet when the jaw is clenched.

Causes of TMJ Injury to the jaw or temporomandibular joint can lead to TMD. These injuries can range in severity, from a knock to the head to regularly clenching the jaw in an improper way. Essentially, any disruption to a healthy motion of the jaw can lead to locking or persistent pain. The balance of the teeth and jaw system needs to be healthy and maintained, otherwise individuals stand a strong chance of developing TMD. If you are experiencing symptoms and don’t go to your dentist to get checked and treated, then you risk worsening the problem. This can heighten your levels of discomfort and can result in the progression of more serious conditions.

Expert Diagnosis at the BioPAK Centre

The Berkeley Clinic offers an innovative solution in the diagnosis of TMJ. At the BioPAK Centre, we offer an intensive and comprehensive way to investigate the health of your jaw and teeth and how they bite together. If you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident or suffered a serious injury to your face, suffer from regular pain in the back, neck and face, suffer from headaches or migraines or experience discomfort in the teeth when chewing, our diagnostic centre offers a reliable way of identifying the presence of serious TMJ disorders.

We can use JVA (joint vibration analysis) to determine the condition of your jaw joint in as little as 20 minutes. If we note any issues, we’ll provide recommendations for further actions. If you’ve noticed that your teeth aren’t clenching together correctly, a T-scan is another option. At the BioPAK Centre, we can arrange a T-scan to properly assess your bite accurately, providing you with a fantastic foundation for tailored dentist treatment to restore balance to your bite. If your scan identifies that an injury has led to damage your jaw, we can provide you with a medico – legal report that can be used in legal proceedings. This is particularly useful for those looking for settlement with a Personal Injury Lawyer and provides a reliable dental perspective for your case.

Other ways to manage your TMJ pain

It is also important to note that there are certain exercises for TMJ pain relief you can do at home to help ease any pain caused by TMJ. These exercises are thought to relax the jaw, strengthen jaw muscles and reduce jaw clicking. They involve moving your jaw joints in certain ways, our expert clinicians can advise the best exercises for you. Mouth guards can also be used to prevent teeth grinding and jaw clenching and also to help realign your jaw. Additionally, you can take ibuprofen or hold warm towels or ice against the area, to help relieve the pain.

Book an Appointment Today

Looking to book a consultation to get to the bottom of your TMJ problems? Book an appointment with the team at the Berkeley Clinic today. Call us to book a consultation on 0141 564 1900, or drop us an email via the online enquiry form.

Do you suffer anxiety when visiting the dentist?

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Dental phobia and anxious patients are incredibly common place. Although some patients express reservations about visiting the dentist out of embarrassment, many more find even the simplest procedure incredibly stressful and emotionally taxing. At the Berkeley Clinic, we’re not only experts in dental treatment and cosmetic procedures, we’re innovators in alternative approaches to putting our patients at ease.

At the Berkeley Clinic, we understand that dental fear can put off individuals from visiting the dentist for months, if not years at a time. Sometimes, the most unfounded of fears can lead to a minor dental problem transforming into a serious condition over time, causing more stress and hassle down the line. Unlike other establishments that rely on conventional anesthesia, we’ve pioneered a revolutionary selection of treatments and therapies to help put even the most anxious of patients at ease, meaning even the most involved procedures can be carried out with ease.

Dental Hypnosis Experts

We’re one of the only clinics in Scotland that offer patients with dental fear and phobia a full-service solution. Our clinical team aren’t just some of the best trained in the business, they’re also trained in alternative approaches to help put anxious individuals at ease. Dental hypnosis not only relaxes those who feel uneasy, it can also transform the way those with anxieties approach dental health in the future. Dental hypnosis has a wide range of benefits and applications, including but not limited to, anxiety management and relaxation, phobia management, pain control and more. It can also be used as a successful treatment of stress related conditions like recurrent Aphthous Stomatitis and TMJ dysfunction. Hypnosis can also be used to modify oral habits for the best, helping stave off damage caused by lifestyle habits like smoking, nail biting and more.

What is Conscious Sedation?

 

At the Berkeley Clinic, one of our most celebrated approaches to reducing anxiety in our patients is Conscious Sedation. This method essentially involves the use of drugs to depress the central nervous system, relaxing the patient while still maintaining a high enough level of consciousness that the patient remains verbal and communicative throughout. There are three main types of conscious sedation, including inhalation, oral and intravenous. Inhalation sedation is one of the quickest and safest approaches, ideal for more basic procedures and a go-to for children and patients who might have issues with other procedures. Intravenous sedation is a more effective method and produces more rapid states of sedation. It’s often used with more involved dental procedures and despite some minor side effects like mild amnesia, it’s often lauded by patients who’ve experienced it. Finally, oral sedation involves the consumption of a sedative drug in liquid or tablet form. This can help diminish feelings of anxiety and dental fear.

Get in Touch with the Berkeley Team Today

If you’re looking to overcome dental fear and pursue procedures to fix your smile or resolve a long-standing oral health issue, get in touch with the team at the Berkeley Clinic today. Get in touch directly at: reception@berkeleyclinic.com or call us on: 0141 564 1900. Alternatively, you can drop us a message via the online enquiry form.

New Year, New You !

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The festive period isn’t just an enemy of your waistline, over-indulgence during the Christmas break can lead to major setbacks with your teeth and gums. If overhauling your oral hygiene regimen is at the top of resolutions for the New Year, why not see how The Berkeley Clinic can help you meet your goals. With an expert team of oral health professionals, we are your go-to destination for when you’re looking to get your teeth in order.

Talk to the team today about our treatment plan, from teeth whitening solutions and smile makeovers, to Invisalign braces and dental implants for those more noticeable cosmetic woes. In the meantime, we’ve put together a few tips on how to make those first few steps towards a healthy, happy smile in time for the New Year.

Make flossing a foundation of your new oral hygiene routine

 

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For decades, we’ve been told the benefits of flossing, but many have yet to take up flossing as a cornerstone of daily dental upkeep. Conventional brushing only provides you access to about two-thirds of surface area of the tooth, meaning there’s always going to be stray square inches that are left untouched and in need in desperate need of a clean. These unattended areas of the mouth are hotbeds for bacteria build up, particularly in the problem areas of the jaw where cavities are known to develop and gum disease is more likely to make a foothold before causing unsightly bleeding and painful inflammation. Problems within the mouth can lead to a whole host of problems away from the teeth and gums themselves, with a raised risk of heart disease, arthritic conditions and diabetes. Even just a short spell flossing can make a huge improvement, so fit it into any available space in your schedule and start perfecting your floss techniques from today.

Brush twice a day, every day

 

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No matter how simple or substantial your dental hygiene ritual, it’s not going to make the difference you want unless you’re consistent. Make sure you’re brushing your teeth at least twice a day to keep on top of the minimum of maintenance needed to stave off more serious conditions from taking hold causing the need for specialist dental treatment. You’ll always want to make sure you’re brushing your teeth for a minimum of two minutes, every time you’re stood there in front of the vanity mirror.

Never miss a step in your schedule

It can be all too easy to miss a few brushes in your schedule, but if you’re one who is prone to missing out on evening brushes, make sure this is a key area of focus. Bacteria can cause huge deposits of acid to form across the teeth throughout the night if left unattended, while a decreased rate of saliva protection while you sleep means there’s a perfect storm of conditions going on within the mouth that might lead to common dental complaints down the line. Give yourself a real shot at maintaining a beaming smile with minimal effort just by ensuring that evening brushing session is never skipped in the future.

Stamp out sugar

Sugar is a killer of healthy smiles. Not only does excess sugar stand as a key contributor to the build-up of bacteria, it can ultimately lead to the formation of cavities and start-up of teeth decay in otherwise healthy mouths. Cutting out excess levels of sugar is not only a smart move your waistline, the effects will be felt immediately within your mouth. Consider swapping out high-risk foods for new ones if you worry you’ll fail to maintain your new food plan and eating schedule.

Speak to the Team Today!

 

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Here at The Berkeley Clinic, our expert team are committed to providing premium dental care and treatments to help support your New Year’s resolutions. Whether you need to discuss a consultation with one of our dentistry professionals or want to talk more about the dental plans and treatment packages available, we’re happy to talk. Speak to the team directly and drop us a line on: 0141 564 1900, get in touch online, or email us at: reception@berkeleyclinic.com.

 

 

 

 

Cosmetic Dentistry in Glasgow

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Ask anyone what they would like to improve about their appearance, and a smile makeover will almost certainly be at the top of their list. A glowing set of teeth not only improves your overall facial appearance; it can be a real confidence booster and elevate your self-esteem. At The Berkeley Clinic in Glasgow, we offer an amazing range of cosmetic dental treatments at affordable prices.

Quality Cosmetic Dentistry in Glasgow

At our award-winning clinic, you will find a great selection of dental treatments. We are one of the most technologically advanced dental clinics in the UK, with state of the art equipment and machinery, with a top-flight team of some of the most experienced dentists and orthodontic experts in the country. We’ve fine-tuned our treatments for your convenience, giving you better results more quickly, saving you the hassle of undue discomfort and allowing you to enjoy the benefits of a brighter smile in no time at all.

Give Yourself a Dream Smile Makeover

 

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No matter what you don’t like about your teeth, you are spoiled for choice at The Berkeley Clinic. Are your teeth looking a little tired and discoloured? Consider our teeth whitening solutions for a quick fix solution that will have your smile looking brighter than ever. We also provide some of the finest orthodontics, dental crowns, veneers, dental implants and aligner treatments around. One of the biggest concerns for patients receiving dental treatment is that said treatment will affect the overall appearance of their teeth and gums. You’ll find several options at our clinic to help minimise the appearance of restoration and treatment, from white fillings and perfectly matched dental crowns, to gum reshaping procedures that will restore the overall appearance of your mouth to something altogether more natural. For a sure-fire way to improve the appearance of your smile, make sure you speak to our friendly care team  to find out more about the options available to you.

Specialist Dental Treatments

 

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We’re experts in CAD/CAM digital dentistry. Here at our clinic, we utilise the CEREC 3D System across a range of treatments. This system is specially tailored to minimise the length of treatment required by patients, even for those suffering from more serious conditions. Even conditions like cracked or crooked teeth can be resolved in as little as one appointment by utilising this innovative 3D solution. For patient requiring dental crowns, veneers and reconstructions, the CEREC 3D System is an ideal way of ensuring replacement teeth and components look and feel as natural as possible. We’re one of the few clinics in the UK with their own in-house ceramic studios, making us the go-to for bespoke cosmetic dentistry in the UK.

Get in Touch Today!

If you’re interested in achieving the smile you’ve always dreamed of, it’s time to get in touch with the team at The Berkeley Clinic. Call the team direct on: 0141 564 1900 to arrange a consultation or request more information. Alternatively, you can email us at: reception@berkeleyclinic.com. Need a little more guidance before you book a consultation? Why not use our online enquiry form to drop the team a message outlining your query. We’ll be back in touch with all the information you need in no time.

 

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Straight Teeth Solutions in Glasgow

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A crooked smile isn’t just unsightly; it can dramatically affect your confidence and self-esteem. If you’re constantly finding an excuse not to smile, it’s about time you consider what treatment options are available to you. At The Berkeley Clinic, we have a range of teeth straightening treatments available for all kinds of conditions.

Premium Dental Treatment for Straight Teeth

Here at The Berkeley Clinic, we’re committed to helping patients achieve the smile of their dreams. Our award-winning clinic is one of the most experienced and best equipped around, ensuring you’ll find the solutions you’re after, no matter what is causing you to be unhappy with your smile. There are numerous causes for misshapen teeth and crooked smiles, including dental crowding, uneven spacing of teeth, underbites and overbites, deep bites and more. Once you’ve booked in for a consultation and examination, our dental experts will fully assess your personal situation before outlining the options available to you. We appreciate that every patient is unique, so you’ll only ever get a treatment plan that’s tailored to you.

Keep It Simple with Invisible Braces

 

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For adult patients, braces can seem like an extreme and uncomfortable option in the effort to straighten teeth. Thanks to the latest innovations in orthodontic treatment, this simply isn’t the case. Here at The Berkeley Clinic, we are specialists in Invisalign treatment, offering patients a less invasive, more comfortable and more effective way to remedy crooked teeth and misshapen smiles. Invisalign braces are customised to each individual, ensuring maximum comfort while they’re being worn, and optimum straightening results. These clear braces are moulded after an in-depth 3D scan of your teeth, ensuring teeth are straightened in all the right places. What’s more, these clear braces can be easily removed when eating, drinking, brushing and flossing, meaning you won’t have to worry about damaging your aligners. You’ll be given a new aligner every few weeks as your teeth slowly migrate and straighten, with each set of braces expertly customised to you and you alone.

Affordable Orthodontic Solutions

 

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There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to teeth straightening, so you can expect to pay differently depending on the treatment plan you go for. At The Berkeley Clinic, we’re all about transparency, which is why our team will guide you through affordable options upon your consultation. We also offer a range of flexible payment options to all of our patients, perfect if you’re interested in pursuing more advanced and involved dental treatment.

Get In Touch Today

Ready to release the smile you’ve always dreamed of? It’s time to get in touch with the team at The Berkeley Clinic. Call us on: 0141 564 1900 to speak to one of the team and arrange a consultation, or drop us a note via our online enquiry form. Alternatively, you can speak with one of our friendly representatives via our live chat function.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Safe Amalgam Removal in Glasgow

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When it comes to cavities, dental fillings can be a quick and effective solution to unsightly gaps and problematic holes. Many of us who have undergone treatment for dental fillings in the past, might have been happy with the results, but those who have undertaken the procedure in the distant past may find that the materials used to plug cavities includes potentially harmful substances like zinc, copper and mercury. It’s shocking to think, but some historic dental fillings can contain up to 50% mercury.

Redefine your smile with amalgam removal

If you’re looking to remove potentially harmful amalgam fillings, The Berkeley Clinic is the place to go. We are a mercury free zone and have never used harmful amalgam fillings, relying instead on safer alternatives. What’s more, our expert team of dentistry professionals are some of the most experienced around when it comes to extraction and removal of amalgam, minimising the risk that mercury can cause and replacing them with much safer alternatives.

Efficient amalgam removal

Regardless of which dental procedure you’re checking in for, one of the main concerns for any patient is speed and efficiency. At The Berkeley Clinic, our team have streamlined steps to ensure no patient has to spend more time than they need to in the chair. Once you’ve spoken with one of our consultants and agreed upon a course of action that everyone is happy with, we’ll arrange a one-stop procedure to remove multiple amalgam fillings in a single sitting, saving you unnecessary expense, undue pain and discomfort, and valuable time. Our expert team will also talk you through the restorative options available to you, ensuring your smile is returned to its former glory in no time.

 

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The dangers of mercury amalgam

Mercury amalgam used in dental fillings typically contain a minimum of 50% mercury, high concentrations of silver and significant levels of copper. Although mercury has long been used in dental care and fillings, in recent years, there’s been growing concern about individual sensitivity to mercury, implications on pollution, and risk to health. If you’re concerned that you might be sensitive to mercury and wish to replace your current set of fillings, you’ve come to the right place. If you feel as though you need some further consultation and guidance on the matter, our team will talk you through all the possible implications of maintaining mercury amalgam fillings and the alternative options available to you. For more information just visit our safe amalgam removal landing page.

 

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Get in touch with the team today !

If you’re looking for safe and effective amalgam removal in Glasgow, The Berkeley Clinic is your go-to destination. Drop us a message via our online enquiry form to request further information and one of our team will be back in touch ASAP. Alternatively, drop the team an email at: reception@berkeleyclinic.com or drop us a line direct on: 0141 564 1900.

Dental Implants in Glasgow

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Are Dental Implants Right For You?

 

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Damaged, decayed and missing teeth are never fun. However, many continue to suffer in silence without resolving the issue, struggling through the discomfort and allowing the problem to potentially become much worse. Whether you’re worried about the cost of dental implants or the discomfort involved in the procedure itself, the team at The Berkeley Clinic are here to put all our concerns to rest.

Why Choose Dental Implants?

If you’re suffering from missing teeth or the latter stages of tooth decay, you’ll no doubt be experiencing plenty of problems. A missing tooth can cause issues for the surrounding gum tissue and neighbouring teeth, affect the way you chew, eat and talk, as well as severely dent your confidence. Partial dentures and bridges can go some way to combat tooth loss, but these are never a permanent solution and bring their own problems to the table. Dental implants are a quick, painless and relatively affordable way of restoring your teeth to their former glory. You’ll be able to eat all the foods you love without the worry of pain or discomfort, plus smile as much as you like without worrying about unsightly gaps.

How Does the Procedure Work?

The easiest way to decide if dental implants are right for you is to book a consultation at The Berkeley Clinic today. Our award-winning team will guide you through all the options available to you. We’ll discuss the scale of tooth loss, damage or decay before undertaking a 3D scan to better assess the situation. From there, we’ll be able to determine whether it’s best to replace certain teeth with individual implants, replace a stretch of missing teeth with a bridge implant, or replace an entire mouthful of missing teeth with new implants. Once you’ve had an implant fitted in place, it’ll eventually fuse to your jaw bone. This means that should the implant ever need restoring or replacing, a new crown or bridge can be quickly and easily added without requiring any invasive procedures. Find our more about our implants procedure with our trusted guide.

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Quick and Easy Consultation, Lifetime Results

In the past, patients suffering from tooth loss or decay had to settle for dentures or dental bridges, today there’s much more choice on offer. Here at The Berkeley Clinic, we’re pioneers in new dental processes and technology, providing some of the best dental plans in Glasgow and beyond. We go the extra mile to ensure every patient gets the smile they’ve always dreamed of, with long-lasting results that’ll quickly resolve cosmetic woes, while giving you back the freedom to enjoy everyday life and things many take for granted. Our experienced team also includes some of the best trained dental hygienists around, meaning any other issues can be quickly resolved, while ensuring the aftercare you receive is second to none.

 

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Get in Touch Today!

If you’re interested in discussing dental implant options, contact The Berkeley Clinic today and get the smile of your dreams

Teeth Whitening Glasgow – All That Glistens

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One of the first things you notice in a person is their smile, this is why it is not surprising that teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental treatment in the UK. It’s a quick and effective way to enhance your smile, and in turn boost your self- confidence.

Unfortunately, teeth can become stained and discoloured due to a variety of reasons. Sometimes your teeth will become discoloured simply due to ageing. However, lifestyle and food choices can also take their toll on your glistening smile. There are two main types of tooth discolouration:

• Extrinsic – this is the type of stain that you are most likely to be aware of and is when the outer layer of the tooth (the enamel) is stained. It is typically caused by food and drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine, berries and sweets. Smoking also causes extrinsic stains.

• Intrinsic- most people tend to be less familiar with these type of stains. This type of discolouration refers to stains which originate from within the tooth itself. There are many potential causes of this including dental trauma, overuse of fluoride, decay, dental fractures and hereditary conditions.

How can I prevent teeth discoloration?

 

There are a number of changes you can make in order to avoid having yellow discoloured teeth. These could be simply reducing your consumption of dark- coloured foods and drinks, or sipping darker beverages throw a straw to minimise exposure to your teeth. Read more about the most common causes of teeth discolouring in our blog.

Improving your dental hygiene by brushing, flossing, using mouthwash daily and having regular visits to the dentist will all assist in eliminating teeth discoloration. You can also reduce the risk of staining your teeth by taking precautions to prevent dental injury such as wearing a mouth guard whilst playing sport and avoiding eating hard foods.

Fortunately, at the Berkeley Clinic, we can help eliminate teeth discoloration with our safe and painless teeth whitening procedure. With our X white pro ultimate whitening package, you can say goodbye to yellow teeth!

 

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What does teeth whitening at the Berkeley Clinic involve?

 

In as little as an hour our dedicated team will work their magic to transform your smile. Our dental clinicians will perform in- house whitening on you by placing a protective barrier between your teeth and gums. They will then apply whitening gel to your teeth and a blue light is shone on them to activate the whitening. Once this safe, in house whitening procedure is complete, you can take home our bespoke teeth whitening kit prepared in our in-house 4 D dental lab. This kit will further enhance the brightness of your smile and will make your pearly whites sparkle even more. Find out more about our teeth whitening process here.

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Teeth Whitening Glasgow: Choosing Berkeley Clinic

 

Legally, whitening treatments must be carried out by fully qualified dental professionals working to the prescription of a dentist. So at the Berkeley Clinic you know you are in safe hands. Our care team will take time to determine what is best for you and ensure that you achieve the best teeth whitening result. What’s more, our 4D lab technicians will take an impression of your mouth to customise trays that will fit your teeth perfectly. This makes the follow up process at home easier, safer and more effective. So why not brighten your smile with our X white pro ultimate whitening package for only £299!

 

 

If you have any questions about our fantastic whitening offer or would like to book in for a consultation at our award winning clinic in Glasgow, contact us and we will help you achieve that perfect Hollywood smile.

 

Dental Anxiety Treatment At Berkeley Clinic

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dental anxietyMany start to feel anxious or fearful before a dental appointment. Visiting their dentist can cause some people distress which may lead to them missing their appointment.

It is advised to make regular dental check-ups as they are important for our oral well-being. Dental or hygienist appointments are usually pain free however even the thought of the dentist can put patients off, this sort of stress is usually brought on by dental phobia or anxiety.

At our dental clinic in Glasgow we do the best that we can to provide our patients with a relaxing atmosphere before and during their treatments. Find out more about what dental anxiety is and how it can be treated below. Read the rest of this entry »

What Are The Benefits Of Dental Implants?

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Dental-ImplantsAre you considering Dental Implants? Great! Dental Implants are a great option for some patients as there are lots of benefits of having dental implants. 10,000 people have lower jaw dental implant procedures in the UK alone, each year and this long-term treatment is growing in popularity.

Still haven’t made your mind up yet? Let’s have a look at what tooth implants can do for you. Read the rest of this entry »

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