Implant Retained Dentures

When fitted correctly, traditional dentures can produce great results. However, they have some potential drawbacks, such as causing discomfort and making it difficult to chew. If you’re looking to regain your confidence with dentures that fit, require fewer trips to the dentist, and produce stunning results, implant retained dentures could be the perfect alternative.

At CK Dental, we use the latest Straumann® implant retained dentures. Here, we’ll explain more about these dentures, and why you might consider these over other traditional options.

What are implant retained dentures?

Implant retained dentures offer a distinct advantage over traditional dentures as they are anchored to dental implants instead of simply resting on the gums. Not only do the implants replace the missing teeth, but also the missing roots, which makes them more effective and longer lasting than alternative dentures or bridges.

The Straumann® implant system uses implants embedded directly into the jawbone, providing a stable base that ensures your dentures are secure. What sets this system apart from other restorations is its convenience, comfort and natural results, all in a quicker time. The modern materials used are strong, long-lasting and require much less invasive surgery to fit.

Designed to work with the natural biology of the mouth, these can often be placed in a single session. In many cases, temporary replacement teeth can be fitted the same day. This quick turnaround offers more convenience than other traditional methods that require extended healing time and multiple appointments.

The benefits over traditional dentures

The advantages of choosing implant retained dentures extend beyond mere aesthetics and convenience. According to recent research, patients can even experience cognitive improvement associated with implant-like stimulation in the jaw. Studies suggest that the stimulation from chewing with implant retained dentures can mimic that of natural teeth. This can promote brain activity and potentially boosts cognitive functions.

Implant retained dentures also provide a level of stability and comfort that traditional dentures just cannot match. This stability not only helps with chewing and speaking more naturally, but also significantly improves patient confidence with no issues of dentures moving out of place.

Maintaining good oral hygiene also becomes easier with implants. Unlike traditional dentures, which require adhesives and special cleaning, implant retained dentures can be cared for much like natural teeth. This ease of maintenance contributes to better oral health and reduces the risk of gum disease often seen with conventional dentures.

Are implant retained dentures right for you?

If you are considering implant retained dentures, then the process begins with a consultation. Your dentist will be able to advise whether they are right for you. They’ll assess your oral health but will also go through your individual health/lifestyle factors and medical history. If you decide to go ahead, the procedure can be done under local or general anaesthetic, or sedation.

If you are unsuitable for implant retained dentures, then your dentist can advise you on the most effective alternative restoration solutions.

To find out if implant retained dentures could be right for you, schedule a consultation with our friendly reception team. We are here to help and support you every step of the way on your journey to a better smile and improved dental health.

Enhancing your smile

A perfect smile doesn’t just leave a lasting impression – it can also be a key factor in your overall confidence.

The quest for a perfect smile has led to an increase in social media trends, like the anti-wrinkle straw challenge on TikTok, claiming to prevent lip wrinkles. However, these quick fixes are often ineffective.

If you’re looking at enhancing your lips and improving your smile in a safe, effective way, there are several proven cosmetic dental treatments available.

Ranging from lip enhancements to teeth straightening and whitening procedures, here we’ll explore some of the most effective ways to achieve an attractive and confident smile.

Enhancing your lips

Dermal fillers are a popular choice for enhancing your lips, and for achieving a fuller, smoother and a more defined lip shape. By targeting the vermillion, which is the fleshy part of the lips, fillers add volume and project a more youthful plumpness.

These treatments can precisely outline the lip’s border, smooth out the fine lines around the lips, and enhance the Cupid’s bow for a more defined, attractive look. Fillers can also lift the corners of the mouth and soften the appearance of marionette lines.

Following the addition of Associate Dentist Kareem Mohamed to our team, you can now book facial aesthetics procedures at CK Dental including treatments for enhancing your lips.

Kareem, who has highly tuned skills in cosmetic dentistry, has a special interest in facial aesthetics and procedures that can help give balance to the whole face with lasting results.

Teeth whitening for a more confident smile

Once you have your lips taken care of, teeth whitening is an effective and popular way to boost the brightness of your smile. Over time, our teeth can become stained from common habits like drinking coffee, tea, red wine, or from smoking, which can dull their natural whiteness.

The teeth whitening process involves applying a powerful, yet safe bleaching agent, that penetrates the enamel to remove deep-seated stains and discoloration. The result is significantly whiter teeth that enhance your overall appearance and boost your self-confidence.

At CK Dental, our teeth whitening procedures are conducted with high-quality materials and by skilled professionals to ensure your comfort and safety. The process is quick, typically taking about an hour in the dental chair, which makes it a convenient option for those with busy schedules.

With proper care, the results can be long-lasting. Periodic touch-up treatments can also help maintain the whiteness for years to come.

Straighten the teeth with Invisalign

If you’re looking to straighten your teeth discreetly, Invisalign offers an excellent alternative to traditional metal braces.

Invisalign uses a series of clear, custom-made aligners that gradually move your teeth into the desired position. The aligners are virtually invisible and can be removed for eating, drinking, and cleaning your teeth. This method allows for a more comfortable and flexible teeth-straightening process, making it an ideal solution for adults and teens looking for a subtle way to improve their smile.

Begin your journey to a more beautiful smile by getting in touch today with our friendly reception team. They can schedule an appointment with Kareem to discuss a tailored treatment package for enhancing your lips and perfecting your smile. Find out more about the most effective treatments for achieving your specific goals, all carried out in our safe, calm and comfortable dental clinic in Clifton.

Choosing a Dentist for Facial Aesthetics

Dentists are renowned for their role in maintaining oral health, but their expertise extends beyond teeth preservation to enhancing facial aesthetics.

With the increasing popularity of cosmetic procedures, more people are opting for their dentists to perform wrinkle-reducing injections, appreciating the unique advantages they offer.

One in four cosmetic injections now provided by dentists

Recent research by the University of London found that dentists constitute a significant portion of cosmetic injection providers. About 24% of practitioners offering treatments like wrinkle injections are dentists. Dental nurses are also stepping into the scene, accounting for 8% of providers.

The study, which examined 3,000 websites, identified 1,224 independent clinics and 3,667 practitioners engaged in cosmetic injection services.

Why choose qualified dentists to help boost facial aesthetics?

There are a few reasons you might want to consider choosing a qualified dentist for cosmetic injections and facial aesthetics.

Here’s some of the reasons your dentist may be an excellent choice for procedures like hyaluronic acid dermal fillers:

Dentists are experts in facial anatomy

Dentists possess an in-depth understanding of facial anatomy, honed through extensive training and practical experience in oral and maxillofacial areas. This knowledge equips them with the precise skills needed to administer injections effectively. They will also ensure optimal placement and natural-looking results.

Their expertise allows them to enhance facial aesthetics while maintaining the harmony and balance of facial features.

Effective pain management

Pain management is a cornerstone of dental practice. This makes dentists particularly adept at minimising discomfort during cosmetic procedures. They are skilled in administering local anaesthesia and using techniques that reduce pain, ensuring a more comfortable experience for patients undergoing facial injections.

Improved safety and a sterile environment

Dentists operate in clinics that follow stringent sterilisation and safety protocols, providing a clean and safe environment for aesthetic treatments. This commitment to hygiene and patient safety minimises the risk of infection and complications, making dental clinics an ideal setting for cosmetic injections.

The expertise of qualified dentists in facial anatomy, coupled with their proficiency in pain management and adherence to safety standards, makes them an outstanding choice for those looking to enhance their facial aesthetics.

Facial Aesthetics at CK Dental

We’re thrilled to be able to offer a variety of facial aesthetic procedures thanks to our new Associate Dentist and Facial Aesthetics practitioner Kareem Mohamed. A distinguished member of the Royal College of Surgeons, Kareem is skilled in a range of treatments. These treatments can help to enhance facial and skin appearance, from wrinkle reduction to lip enhancement, skin rejuvenation, and facial contouring. With Kareem, you can expect exceptional patient care and results that meet your expectations.

Schedule a consultation with Kareem today and begin your journey to a more radiant and youthful appearance. Call us on 0117 472 1600 and speak to one of our friendly receptionists to make a booking, or you can email us at

Max Malins Invisalign

Max Malins, the current full-back for Bristol Bears who recently represented England in the Rugby World Cup, has started Invisalign teeth straightening treatments at CK Dental in Clifton.

Only available at Invisalign-approved dental clinics, Invisalign uses the newest clear aligner technology for improving smiles.

Discover more below, and find out how you can start your own teeth straightening journey with a special invitation to our Invisalign Open Day event where you’ll receive some exclusive discounts.

Max chooses CK Dental for Invisalign treatments

Invisalign is a modern teeth straightening system and a discreet alternative to traditional braces. It can help correct issues such as crowding, misalignment, spacing and rotations of teeth.

Some patients see results in as little as three to six months, achieving a new, confident smile and with minimal interference to daily life.

In fact, Max had wanted to get his teeth straightened for many years. “Attention to detail, friendly service and state of the art facility,” he said were reasons for choosing CK Dental for his Invisalign treatment.

Cornelius explains, “Scans are the first part of the Invisalign treatment that we are providing for Max. He will have custom-made clear aligners for gently and comfortably moving his teeth into a better position. They will conveniently fit around his active lifestyle and can be removed when needed. We will keep an eye on how things are progressing and can make adjustments if needed as we go along.”

Max said, “I feel very comfortable with CK Dental managing my treatment plan. They’ve talked me through everything, making it super easy. I can’t wait to continue the process and see the results in a few months’ time.”

Cornelius, Becky and Max Invisalign
Left to right, Principal Dentist Cornelius, Dental Treatment Coordinator Becky, and Max

Come to our Invisalign Open Day

To find out more about how Invisalign is transforming smiles in Bristol, come along to CK Dental’s Invisalign Open Day on Thursday 29th February.

On the day, you’ll have a free consultation and, if you go ahead, you’ll receive some exclusive discounts worth over £1,900, including a free Pola Light whitening treatment and custom fit Vivera Retainers.

Be advised that we have limited availability. Call us now to secure your place on 0117 472 1600. Alternatively, you can email us at or book your slot via the form on this page here >

Facial Aesthetics Treatments

We’d like to introduce Associate Dentist, Dr Kareem Mohamed, who recently joined our Bristol dental practice. As well as being an experienced dentist with a background in oral and maxillofacial surgery for treating complex dental issues, Kareem is highly skilled in cosmetic dentistry and facial aesthetics. He is also a clinical teaching fellow at Bristol Dental Hospital.

Kareem qualified from Manchester University in 2012, and has since worked in both NHS and private dental practices. After gravitating towards oral and maxillofacial surgery, treating complex dental cases and medical conditions related to the mouth, teeth, jaws, and face, this naturally led him into facial aesthetics.

Kareem’s focus is providing safe and effective treatments for patients, for helping with oral health as well as for enhancing looks and giving balance to the face.

As a clinical teaching fellow at Bristol Dental Hospital, Kareem enjoys supporting students with their own journey, while this also gives him the opportunity to keep up to date with the latest research.

We asked Kareem about how facial aesthetics can compliment dental treatments.

What led you to specialising in facial aesthetics?

“I started doing it in 2019. I wanted to try something different; facial aesthetics is much more hands-on, particularly compared to the surgical side of dentistry.

“Facial aesthetics focuses on the structure of the face, so it builds on my oral and maxillofacial and dentistry training. Medical training for doctors means that they either become very specialised or stay general, whereas dentists thoroughly understand head and neck anatomy. This improves results but also reduces the risk of complications.

“Another reason that I believe that dentists are better suited to facial aesthetics – and I’m a bit biased here – is because I feel dentists have a better eye for detail. We are used to looking at intricate details, almost at the macro level, and making fine adjustments or enhancements.”

Can facial aesthetics treatments also address dental issues?

For reducing wrinkles, botulinum toxin is a highly effective treatment. I treat the dynamic wrinkles in the upper third of the face, such as the crow’s feet and frown lines. I also can treat gummy smiles and a wide jaw, as well as the lip flip procedure, which fits very much into my skill set.

“Using Muscle Relaxing Injections to treat overdeveloped masseter muscles has both a functional and aesthetic application. Injecting botulinum toxin relaxes the muscle and can alleviate TMJ and bruxism or teeth grinding. However, there is also a cosmetic benefit as it can slim the lower third of the face and reduce a jaw that is too wide.”

Why choose a dentist for facial aesthetics treatments?

“I use gold-standard products such as Restylane dermal fillers and only offer patients treatments that I know are safe and effective. My background and training mean avoiding the latest fad or new trend. I will wait until the treatment has enough of an evidence base in terms of safety and results before I start to offer it.”

You can find out more about Kareem, as well as the rest of the CK Dental team on our Team page.

If you would like to book an appointment at our Clifton dental practice, please call us on 0117 472 1600.


We warmly welcome Dr Lynsey-Jayne Fulton, our new Associate Dentist who joins our dental practice. An Invisalign Go provider, Lynsey-Jayne can offer patients a contemporary way to straighten their teeth and transform their smile.

Hailing from Northern Ireland, Lynsey-Jayne graduated from Queens University Belfast in 2018. Then, she moved to Bristol to complete her foundation training at Keynsham Dental Care where she was an Associate for two years.

Now, Lynsey-Jayne is looking forward to meeting new patients and working with our highly skilled team to provide high quality dental care in the local community.

“I wanted to offer patients a discreet alternative to traditional braces”

After further training in the Maxillofacial department at Gloucester Royal Hospital, then in restorative dentistry at Cardiff Dental Hospital, Lynsey-Jayne developed a keen interest in minimally invasive, aesthetic dentistry.

In 2020, she became an Invisalign Go provider, so that she could offer her patients, “a discreet alternative to traditional braces”.

“I enjoy providing Invisalign which offers a contemporary approach to transforming smiles. It can greatly improve a patient’s confidence by giving a more aligned, fuller smile.”

What dental issues can be treated with Invisalign?

“Invisalign can address issues such as crowding, misalignment, spacing and rotations of teeth.”

“Invisalign is a discreet and comfortable alternative to fixed braces. They can be removed when required and give predictable results over shorter treatment times.”

Find out more at our Invisalign Open Day

You can meet Lynsey-Jayne and the team on Thursday 29th February at our Invisalign Open Day. Find out for yourself why Invisalign is the ideal solution for a straighter and more confident smile.

You will receive a free consultation and, if you go ahead, you’ll be able to take advantage of some exclusive discounts worth over £1,900, including a free Pola Light whitening treatment and your very own, custom fit Vivera Retainers. To book your slot, visit our page here >

To find out more about Lynsey-Jayne, visit our Team page, and to book an appointment please call us on 0117 472 1600.

Treating Periodontitis

Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gums, periodontal ligament and the bone supporting the teeth. It is commonly known as gum disease. In the UK, 10% of the adult population suffer from severe periodontitis and up to 50% can suffer from milder forms, however, if periodontitis is caught early, it can usually be managed successfully without the need for specialist surgery

Associate Dentist, Nick Banfield has recently completed his Post-Graduate Diploma in Periodontology, expanding his expertise in periodontology, and is now able to treat this condition with more competence and skill compared to the usual practice norm of receiving treatment from the hygienist. This means he can offer patients with this condition more in-depth treatment.

Here, Nick talks about this common dental condition, with advice on prevention, management and the treatments offered to patients with gum disease.

What causes periodontitis?

Periodontitis results from long term chronic inflammation of the gums over a long period of time. In patients that suffer from the condition, their immune system launches an exaggerated response to the bacteria in their mouths leading to destruction of the supporting structures of the teeth leading to tooth mobility, infection and possible premature tooth loss.

Certain factors lead to people being more prone to developing periodontitis including:

  • poorly controlled diabetes
  • smoking
  • poor oral hygiene
  • genetic susceptibility (family history)
  • certain medications
  • stress
  • poor diet

If patients have any of the above risk factors then they are more likely to develop gum disease

Periodontitis can be linked to a range of medical conditions, and has a bidirectional link with diabetes, where diabetics are more prone to developing periodontitis, having periodontal treatment improves the control of diabetes in diabetics and having untreated periodontitis can increase the risk of developing diabetes in the future in previous non-diabetic patients.

Recent research is providing evidence it may have a link with many systemic inflammatory conditions such as cardiovascular disease and dementia but further research in this area is needed.

Quite frequently, there is a genetic risk to developing the disease and many relatives of periodontal patients may suffer from the disease. The effects of periodontitis (receding gums, mobile teeth, gum infections/abscesses and tooth loss) become more obvious with age as the condition progresses but by the time this occurs and the patient is aware of the problems it is often too late to effectively treat. That is why it is important to try and manage and treat the condition before it gets to this stage.

The majority of Periodontitis cases can be managed with a dedicated oral hygiene routine tailored to each individual patient and visits to receive non surgical periodontal therapy. In severe cases surgical treatment is sometimes indicated when stability of the condition hasn’t been met with non surgical treatment alone.

“Periodontal patients have to be committed to hygiene visits every three months after receiving periodontal therapy to maintain stability – it isn’t curable but can be successfully managed where it doesn’t progress and get worse. If they go back to their old habits or stop seeing the hygienist, it just comes back,” explains Nick, adding, “the worst case scenario is that then they could potentially start losing teeth.”

How is periodontitis diagnosed?

Periodontitis can be diagnosed by an initial dental examination of the gums and routine x rays. If periodontitis is noticed then a more in depth periodontal examination is carried out where the depth of the gum pockets around the teeth are measured and further x rays are taken to assess the amount of supporting bone around the teeth that has been lost. This will then confirm the severity of periodontitis and aid the dentist what treatment is needed and the prognosis of the condition. Periodontitis can present with different symptoms, when it is mild/early patients will often be unaware of having the condition. When it is more advanced, symptoms can include bleeding gums which can be swollen and painful and infected, bad breath and loose teeth.

How is periodontitis managed?

For managing periodontitis, it is crucial to follow your dentist’s advice with your teeth cleaning routine for improving your oral hygiene.

“Eighty per cent of controlling it is what they do every day at home,” Nick says, “so it’s important that time is spent showing how to effectively clean your teeth and gums and what is needed.

“If improved oral hygiene with regular hygienist visits isn’t controlling the disease sufficiently, then non-surgical treatment options can be explored where plaque and calculus is removed from deep beneath the gum line. This is done across two sessions and under local anaesthetic so is painless. For nervous patients, there is also the option of sedation.”

Surgical options for periodontitis

Usually, an improved oral healthcare routine with non surgical periodontal therapy will stabilise the condition in 80% of cases. However, if periodontitis remains unstable in localised places then surgical treatment may be needed to restore periodontal health where resective and regenerative surgical procedures can be used for reducing periodontal pockets and replacing lost bone in certain situations.

However, certain criteria always need to be met first, including having extremely good oral hygiene.

“If they follow the dentist’s guidance, and really do it properly, then the non-surgical treatment usually works,” concludes Nick.

If you are concerned about periodontitis, if there is a family history or if you are experiencing symptoms, then get in touch with CK Dental for an appointment by calling 0117 472 1600.

Pola Light Teeth Whitening

At CK Dental, we know how important a bright, white smile is to our patients. When you aren’t happy with your teeth, it can have a significant impact on your confidence.

For a limited time only, we are offering the Pola Light Teeth Whitening kit at a discounted price. Helping you to achieve a brighter, more confident smile in just five days, this fantastic kit can be used in the comfort of your own home.

Discover more about this revolutionary kit and our limited time offer below…

What is Pola Light Teeth Whitening?

Pola Light teeth whitening is a new, at-home, advanced tooth whitening system that uses LED light technology. Combining an LED mouthpiece and the award-winning Pola whitening system, it is fast, comfortable, and easy to use.

The treatment takes just five days and is either applied for 10 or 15 minutes twice a day. It has been formulated to gently remove tough stains while minimising sensitivity with added hydration.

Each Pola Light teeth whitening kit includes:

  • 1x Pola LED mouthpiece
  • 4x Pola Day tooth whitening syringes 3g, 6% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1x Instruction guide
  • 1x USB charging cord

Simply charge the mouthpiece and wear it for 10-15 minutes at a time, as instructed. There are no cords on the mouthpiece, making it easy and comfortable to wear.

What are the benefits?

This revolutionary new whitening system delivers excellent benefits for patients. There are no follow up appointments to attend, though you will need to undergo an initial assessment to determine your suitability for the treatment.

The fact it works in just five days is another huge bonus. In as little as 20 minutes a day, you could end up with bright, white, healthy-looking teeth.

Many tooth whitening kits can leave the teeth feeling sensitive, especially right after the treatment. However, thanks to its added hydration and gentle formula, Pola Light tooth whitening helps to ease sensitivity.

As an at-home treatment, it is also a lot more convenient than other kits. Additionally, as one of the most advanced tooth whitening systems on the market, patients can enjoy excellent, professional looking results.

Claiming your discounted Pola Light Teeth Whitening kit

Want to try out this new effective system? CK Dental is giving away 10x Pola Light teeth whitening kits at a discounted rate of just £195. The treatment usually costs around £250.

This promotion can be claimed by registered and non-registered patients, and it runs until 30 November, 2023. You must be 18 or over to take up the offer, and it is important to note that it will not change the colour of crowns or fillings.

To take advantage of this fantastic teeth whitening offer and to book your first consultation, call our friendly reception team on 0117 472 1600. For terms and conditions please visit our website here –

dental hygienist visit

October is Dental Hygiene Month! This is the perfect time to remember the importance of taking care of your dental hygiene. With the right approach and routine, you can improve your oral health, as well as achieving a brighter, more confident smile.

To celebrate, we are currently offering two dental hygienist appointments for the price of one!

Here, we’ll share some tips on how to keep your smile healthy and sparkling bright. Plus, find out more about our limited time offer.

How to maintain good dental hygiene

To keep your teeth and gums healthy, there are some basic tips that will ensure your teeth are kept in the best possible condition between your hygienist appointments. These are as follows:

Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste

Brushing your teeth twice a day, for approximately 2 minutes with a fluoride toothpaste is the best first step to ensure good dental hygiene. By regularly removing the plaque that builds up on the teeth, you can help prevent gum disease. This can lead to tooth loss, or more serious health issues if left untreated.

Floss your teeth

Flossing your teeth before brushing is an effective way to remove food debris and bacteria from hard to reach gaps between the teeth. There is research showing that interdental brushes can be more effective at plaque removal than floss. Of course, your dental hygienist can check your flossing technique or can make recommendations for interdental brushes if required.

Reduce your sugar intake

By reducing your sugar intake, you can protect the enamel on your teeth from eroding, leading to tooth decay. Avoid fizzy drinks and sweets, and choose healthy snack options.

Visit your dentist

Keeping on top of your routine dental appointments will help to keep your teeth in the best condition while detecting any issues early on. With regular dental hygienist appointments, we can remove any plaque debris, and give you tips for maintaining your teeth and gum health.

Claim your free dental hygienist visit

To celebrate Dental Hygiene Month, CK Dental is running a special October promotion. When you book one dental hygienist visit, you can claim a second appointment totally free of charge! This is open to new or existing patients, and there is even the option to ‘gift’ your free second treatment to a friend or family member.

This promotion can be claimed by both new and existing patients, and it runs until 31st October 2023. You must be 18 or over to take up the offer, and you will need to make both bookings together.

To take advantage of this fantastic offer and to book your hygienist appointments, call our friendly reception team on 0117 472 1600. For terms and conditions please visit our website here –

Dental Treatment Coordinator

This month, as the Autumn term begins, we warmly welcome new Dental Treatment Coordinator/ Nurse, Becky Taylor to our Clifton team. Becky is a very experienced Dental Nurse, having worked in both private and NHS sector dental practices for just over 2 decades.

Originally from Bristol and now living in Whitchurch with two children, Becky enjoys travelling around the UK and abroad, as well as baking and cooking.

Skilled in dental implant procedures

Becky completed her Dental Nurse qualification in 2010 at Bristol Dental Hospital whilst working for the NHS. After 14 years in the public sector, she went on to gain valuable experience in a private dental practice at Longwell Green Dental and Implant Clinic, where she has worked for seven years.

In the last two years, Becky has been Head Nurse at Longwell, where she has already been working alongside CK Dental’s Principal Dentist, Cornelius and assisting him with complex dental implant placements.

“I completed a radiography course in 2021 that allows me to take X-rays on patients. During the course, Dr Krause observed me assisting with dental implant patients during surgery. This will also allow me to operate the scanning machines at CK Dental.”

Helping patients with dental anxiety

Becky is not only looking forward to joining the rest of the team at 1 West Mall, but also meeting patients and helping put them at ease at their dental appointments.

“I really enjoy all aspects of patient care, but in particular helping nervous patients through an anxious time at the dentist,” she said.

You can find out more about Becky, as well as the rest of the CK Dental team on our Team page.

If you would like to book an appointment at our Clifton dental practice, please call us on 0117 472 1600.