Here at Bristol dentist practice CK Dental, we are all very excited about the forthcoming open day, on Saturday 25th April held at Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital The Chesterfield, from 10am to 4pm. This will be a great opportunity to meet the team and find out more about what we have to offer.

FREE dental check-up

As part of the event, we will be offering all visitors the chance to undergo a free dental health check-up with expert Bristol dentist Cornelius Krause. These appointments must be pre-booked, though, to ensure that there is time to treat everyone! This is the perfect chance to find out how healthy your teeth and gums are, and to talk to Mr Krause about any oral health problems you may have been experiencing.

The CK team will also be on hand to explain more about the following treatment options:

Invisalign

The original invisible brace, Invisalign straightens your teeth without the need for unsightly “train tracks”. We can tell you more about exactly what the treatment entails and let you know whether you would be a suitable candidate for Invisalign.

Denplan

Denplan is a payment scheme specifically designed to help spread the cost of private dental treatment, allowing you to stop dental problems before they start. Here at our Bristol dentist practice we are pleased to be able to offer Denplan to our patients, and at our open event we will be explaining just how the payment plan can benefit you.

Implants

Many people think that when they start to lose their teeth, dentures are the only option. Implants offer a great alternative, looking, feeling and behaving just like your normal teeth, and without the need to remove them overnight – once fitted, you can forget they’re even there! Come along to our open event on Saturday 25th April to find out whether implants could be right for you.

To find out more or to book your free dental check-up, call 0117 906 4870.

Healthy teeth is an achievable goal if you follow simple recommendations. It seems like barely a month goes by without yet another holiday designed to ruin our dental health, and Easter is one of the biggest offenders. Over the past few decades, Easter has turned into an excuse to eat as much chocolate as possible, and as soon as Christmas is over the shops are full of Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies and, these days, even chocolate hot cross buns!

Here at Bristol dentist practice CK Dental, we know that it’s hard to resist the odd sweet treat at Easter, so we’ve put together a few top tips to help you avoid ruining all the hard work you’ve put in to keeping your teeth healthy.

Keep the eggs for pudding!

As tempting as it is to scoff chocolate from the minute you wake up on Easter Sunday, Bristol dentist Cornelius Krause advises waiting until after breakfast. Luckily, immediately after is best, as your mouth will still be producing the saliva necessary to help wash the sugar off your teeth.

Wait before brushing

Although it may seem sensible to brush your teeth straight after eating chocolate, it’s actually better to wait for around half an hour, as all those sugars can soften the enamel on your teeth and if you brush too soon you risk eroding it away.

Think up choc-free alternatives

If EVERYONE gives each other chocolate for Easter, you end up either making yourself sick on the day, or having a cupboard full of chocolate for a month, which won’t do your teeth any good at all. So how about coming up with some alternative gift ideas – soft toy bunnies are great for kids, and they last a lot longer than a chocolate egg!

To get off to the best start this Easter, book a check-up at our Bristol dentist clinic, to find out how healthy your teeth are and get more great tips to maintain your oral health.

For more information or to book a consultation, please contact us.

Private dental treatment in Bristol costs can vary widely from practice to practice and is totally dependent on the work that has been recommended, as the cost is based on the time spent in surgery, the complexity of work involved, the materials used and the level of sedation that is necessary.

Here at CK Dental in Bristol, no unnecessary dental work is ever recommended. We understand that it can often seem very expensive, so we discuss all your options thoroughly at your consultation and explain clearly the level of necessity and implications of delaying dental work.

We provide you with a full and complete estimation of the costs in a written treatment plan and this is agreed with you before you go ahead with treatment. To assist patients further we have just signed up to a interest free payment plan, provided by Carefree Credit.

Why should you take advantage of this dental payment plan?

Carefree Credit is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and act in accordance with their rules to ensure responsible lending and good practice.

The process is very simple; a quick online application which takes around three minutes and the decision is instant. Carefree Credit offer an interest free payment option that can be paid over 12 months. Alternatively, there is a low cost payment option that can be spread out over 24 or 36 months.

There is no waiting round or need to delay dental treatment – as soon as the application is approved, your Bristol dental practice is emailed so we know that we can start dental treatment immediately.

Why do we believe in this dental payment plan?

We are a leading Bristol dental surgery because of the quality of our highly trained staff and the gold standard equipment and materials we offer, all of which are very costly. Signing up to a payment plan such as Carefree Credit allows us focus on what we do best; providing the very highest level of service to you, the patient.

If you are interested in learning more about this dental payment plan, give us a call and one of the team can talk you through it and send you a link for the online application.

Dentist with free parking in Bristol at the Nuffield hospital in Clifton for your routine dental care

These days, people use the word ‘routine’ to mean dull, but the team here at CK Dental in Bristol knows that routine dentist appointments can save everyone a lot of time, money and most of all pain.

How often should I visit the dentist?

This varies from person to person – some of our Bristol patients need check-ups as frequently as every three months, others can get away with popping in once every year or two – but you can’t make that call yourself.

How frequently you need to see the dentist depends on your general oral health, and the only person who can assess that is your dentist. Brushing and flossing regularly and avoiding sugary foods are all good practice, but they can’t provide any guarantee of good teeth and gum health. Generally we advise that you visit our Bristol clinic for a check-up every six months, to ensure that nothing gets missed and that any problems get nipped in the bud before they escalate.

What will the dentist do at my check-up?

At a routine examination, your Bristol dentist will examine your teeth and gums, ask questions about your oral hygiene routine and eating habits, and offer advice on how to maintain good oral health.

A dental check-up can not only help you avoid the inconvenience of fillings, crowns and other expensive dental work, but can also detect serious gum disease and mouth cancer at an early stage, which can make it much easier to treat.

How is that different from a hygiene appointment?

Dental hygienists perform preventative work, so they will give your teeth a thorough clean – often known as a ‘scale and polish’, and give you advice on how to avoid plaque. This is really important as a top-up to whatever you are doing at home – it is very difficult to achieve such a thorough clean yourself.

If you’re not sure when you last had a routine dental examination, give our Bristol clinic a call now to make an appointment.

Dental phobic patients are welcome in our state of the art dental practice.

We offer numerous solutions to conquer fear and get you the smile you always wanted or just simply get you out of the trap.

Dental phobia is a very real and debilitating fear, often triggered by a traumatic experience. Unlike dental fear, which is usually expressed through anxiety, dental phobia can seriously affect quality of life.

Beat the fear

Here at CK Dental in Bristol, we wanted to be able to offer dental phobic patients a way to not only receive painless, stress-free dental treatment, but to actually overcome their fear.

Many dentists don’t understand dental phobia, or confuse it with dental fear, which means they don’t give dental phobic patients the special care and attention they need. Here at CK Dental, Bristol dentist Cornelius Krause has a lot of experience of dental phobic patients and the whole team is practised at putting nervous patients at ease.

One of the ways we do this is to provide a calm environment, to talk to you about your fears, and to explain thoroughly what the treatment involves, letting you know that we understand and empathise with your phobia. Another way is to offer sedation for dental treatments.

Sedation

Here at our Bristol clinic, dental phobic patients are offered conscious sedation to control the pain of any dentistry work. Also known as ‘twilight sedation’, conscious sedation means keeping you in a semi-conscious state, so you are relaxed and pain free throughout the procedure.

The medication is administered by our resident consultant anaesthetist, either orally or via an IV drip, and the anaesthetist will then be present throughout the procedure. Because recovery from conscious sedation is quick, most patients are able to return home soon after the procedure, although we do recommend that a friend or relative accompanies you.

Don’t look back

One real advantage of conscious sedation for dental phobic patients is that they often do not remember the procedure clearly, if at all, so they are less likely to be anxious in future. This, combined with our overall calm and open approach, can mean that dental phobia is a thing of the past.

Dental implants in Bristol at CK Dental, we find that patients are often confused about why they should choose dental implants over other – often cheaper – options to replace missing teeth. Of course, whichever method you choose is up to the individual, but we’ve decided to outline some of the advantages that dental implants hold over other treatments.

Dental implants protect your healthy teeth

While bridges can cause damage to the surrounding, healthy teeth, as you need to grind away at them to fit the bridge into the gap, dental implants are fitted into the root where the missing tooth was, so there is no impact on your other teeth.

You don’t need to make any changes to your life

While dentures can make it difficult to eat certain foods, implants behave just like your natural teeth. This also means you won’t experience any of the difficulty in pronouncing particular words that many patients suffer from in the first few weeks of wearing dentures, while they get used to the feel of the dentures in their mouth. And one major advantage is that dental implants stay in your mouth at night, so you don’t have to keep your teeth in a glass next to the bed!

Implants are predictable and built to last

Dental bridges only last for between five and seven years, whereas implants – when properly cared for – should last a lifetime. Dental implants have a long track record of reliable, long-term successful outcomes.

Second only to your natural teeth

While of course a natural, healthy smile is the ideal, dental implants really are the next best thing – they look and feel just like natural teeth, and there is no possibility of cavities. That said, you do still need to pay regular visits to the dentist.

Here at CK Dental, Bristol dentist Cornelius Krause works with a leading European maxillofacial surgeon to ensure that our dental implant treatment is the best it can be. For more information, click here.

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How to choose a dentist can be difficult. There are thousands of dentists across every town and city in the UK, so how do you pick which one is right for you? It can be difficult to choose which dentist to sign up with, particularly if you have just moved to an area, so the team here at CK Dental in Bristol has put together a few tips to help you out.

Ask for recommendations

If you have friends or family who you trust in the local area, ask if they can recommend a good dentist. You tend to see the same dentist every six months for a routine exam, so it’s important that you have a good rapport, and if your best friend likes them, chances are you will too.

Here at CK Dental in Bristol, we offer prospective patients the chance to come and visit before they join, so they know they are comfortable with the environment and the team.

Is it convenient?

It is worth thinking about the location – is it better for you if your dentist is close to your home, or to your work? Also, find out whether they offer lunchtime, evening or weekend appointments, if you work long hours.

Find out what services they offer

Dental practices will differ in the number and range of services they offer, so it is important to enquire about this, particularly if there is something specific, such as cosmetic dentistry, that you might be interested in.

Look at their website

Most dentists these days will have an extensive website, with background information on the team, a treatment list and prices, and even patient testimonials. All of this information will help you make the decision about whether this is the right dental practice for you.

For more information on the treatments we offer here at CK Dental in Bristol, please click here.

Food that  damage your teeth are various.

Good oral health can be maintained by brushing your teeth twice a day, and by paying regular trips to the dentist, such as Bristol dentist Cornelius Krause, who can check your teeth and gums for any signs of decay. However, you can also keep tooth decay at bay by avoiding certain foods, and we’ve made a list of some of the worst offenders.

Boiled sweets

Sweets that you suck are a dentist’s worst nightmare, as they effectively give the teeth a sugar bath. Not only that, but they can also trigger a broken tooth.

Ice

People are often surprised by this, as ice is made from water and doesn’t contain sugar, but sugar is not the only thing that can damage your teeth – crunching down on anything hard (like the boiled sweets listed above) can damage tooth enamel and increase your risk of an emergency trip to the dentist with a chipped or broken tooth.

Citrus fruits

Again, this one may come as a surprise, because we are led to believe that all fruit intake has major health benefits. Although you should not avoid citrus fruits entirely, do be aware that they have a very high acid content, which can be harmful to teeth, and can also irritate mouth sores and ulcers.

Dried fruit

Although dried fruits can be a very healthy snack, they are also sticky, which is not great for your teeth. Be sure to rinse with water after eating them, and to brush and floss carefully to remove any sticky residue.

Starchy foods

Bread, crisps and potatoes tend to leave a starchy build-up on the teeth which can lead to plaque. If you have a carb habit, remember to floss carefully after eating to try to minimise the damage to your teeth.

So long as you brush and floss thoroughly, twice a day, and pay regular visits to the dentist, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to enjoy all of these things occasionally, but if you do have concerns, or would like to book an appointment with a dental surgeon here at CK Dental in Bristol, please click here.

A UK charity, The Children’s Food Campaign, has recently suggested that a 20p per litre duty on sugary drinks would help to eradicate tooth decay and save the NHS millions of pounds.

Here at CK Dental in Bristol, we don’t take political sides, but we do welcome any measure that helps to limit the extent of tooth decay.

According to the British Dental Health Foundation, one in four children starting school has tooth decay, with one in three 12-year-olds having visible signs of decay. Soft drinks are the largest single source of sugar for children aged four to ten.

How can I limit the damage already done to my children’s teeth? Firstly, take them to see a dentist, such as Bristol dentist Cornelius Krause, here at CK Dental. The dentist will assess their oral health and tell you whether there are already signs of tooth decay. He will also give you advice on brushing, as well as foods and drinks to avoid.

Make brushing fun

With the advent of smartphones, there is now an app for almost anything you can think of, and toothbrushing is no exception. Download a child-friendly app with a catchy tune and a timer to help them brush their teeth for the full two minutes every time.

Make it part of the routine

Routine makes children feel safe, and if you make toothbrushing a regular part of their morning and evening routine, you will soon find that they do it without even thinking about it.

Give water to drink

According to CK Dental’s dental surgeon, Cornelius Krause, water should really be the only drink you give your children. If that’s not possible, however, do try to give them water after they have eaten or drunk something sugary, as it will help to wash the acid-forming sugars off their teeth, thus limiting the damage.

If you’re concerned about your child’s teeth and would like to book an appointment with Bristol dentist Mr Krause, please click here.

The season of love is just around the corner and we all want to look our best for that romantic evening out – or in! But it’s not just about red lipstick and high heels – poor oral health can be a real passion killer, so here are our top tips to keep your breath sweet and your pearly whites just that this Valentine’s Day.

Swap the claret for champagne

Red wine may be a romantic accompaniment to a Valentine’s meal, but it can cause permanent staining to the teeth if you drink it too often, not to mention the obvious staining to the teeth and tongue at the time of drinking – not really anyone’s most seductive look! Of course, all dentists would advise that you avoid alcohol entirely, as the sugars in it will stick to the teeth and cause tooth decay, but if abstention is unrealistic, then the team here at CK Dental in Bristol recommends that you stick to a small amount of sparkling white wine and follow it with a glass of water, to help wash away the sugars and avoid a hangover.

Say it with flowers

If you can, steer clear of sweet treats all together, and give your loved one a beautiful bouquet of flowers this Valentine’s Day. If you can’t manage that…

Stick with high quality chocolates

Like Christmas, Valentine’s Day is a time when chocolates and sweets are abundant, and it’s difficult to avoid temptation. If you must indulge, however, dental surgeon Cornelius Krause, of CK Dental in Bristol, recommends that you stick to high quality chocolate, with a cocoa content of 50% or above, as these will contain less sugar than cheaper versions.

Brush, brush, brush!

Above all – and as on any other day of the year – the most important thing, no matter what you eat or drink, is to brush your teeth thoroughly, twice a day. If you have eaten a few sugar-heavy items, then give your teeth an extra brush, about half an hour after eating.

For more information on the treatments offered here at CK Dental in Bristol, or to book an appointment with our dental surgeon, Cornelius Krause, click here.