We’d like to formally introduce Associate Dentist, Dr Chris Hugh, who recently joined our team. Chris is highly skilled in both routine and complex dental procedures, and his patients can expect to feel totally relaxed during their treatment.
Chris qualified from Cardiff in 2015, and since then he has worked in busy private and NHS dental practices in Bristol and Cheltenham. Chris’s main interest is root canal treatments, and he is currently undertaking a Masters in Endodontics.
A Bristol resident, Chris is enjoying ‘getting to grips’ with his newfound love of climbing. He also continues to play football for Barry Town United football club as well as squeezing in golf, running and going to the gym!
Here, we find out more about Chris.
Why do you have a special interest in endodontics?
“It’s a part of dentistry that most dentists hate, so I am one of the ‘weird ones’. I think I have always enjoyed it, when I was in university I had quite a bit of exposure to it, so I developed a bit of an interest.
“It’s quite a complex treatment and it feels like a challenge. So, when you get your final x-ray and see the result it can be very rewarding.
“It is also nice to help patients maintain their teeth and return them to good health. In providing good quality root canal treatment this can help my patients to avoid having teeth removed.”
What are common patient concerns about root canal treatment?
“There is a common misconception that root canal treatments hurt. I chat with my patients about root canal treatment prior to the appointment, taking time to explain the treatment. This reassures them.
“I explain that a local anaesthetic is used and it should feel no different to having an ordinary filling done. There may be some tenderness afterwards but this should gradually get less over time. After this, patients feel much more at ease.”
“A lot of my treatment is of failing restorations that have to be replaced. But also, a lot of teeth will die over the years from decay or dental treatment intervention, and so a lot of root canal treatment can be required,“ he adds.
Why CK Dental?
“I feel much more at home in a private practice as I can take my time with my patients, which helps them feel more at ease as you develop more of a rapport with them and also increases my enjoyment in the job.
“CK dental is a beautiful, well laid out practice, and I am excited to work in such a lovely environment. I am looking forward to providing high quality dental treatment for my patients in Clifton.”
You can find out more about Chris, as well as the rest of the CK Dental team on our Team page here – ckdental.co.uk/the-team.