dental tourism

According to a recent survey conducted by the British Dental Association (BDA), more people than ever before are heading abroad for dental treatment. Worryingly, this has led to a significant increase in the number of patients seeking emergency dental work in the UK.

Choosing to undergo dental procedures abroad comes with many risks. Here, we look at the dangers of dental tourism and why it is advisable to stay closer to home.

What Are the Dangers of Going Abroad for Dental Treatment?

Going abroad for dental treatment might seem tempting, especially with the cheaper costs. However, many patients who choose to have dental care abroad often end up dealing with nasty complications afterward. The recent survey carried out by the BDA revealed some sobering statistics about the risks involved with dental tourism. Here’s some of the main reasons you should be cautious of undergoing dental work abroad according to the latest survey:

Poor Treatment: Many UK dentists reported treating patients who had problems with their dental work done abroad. Issues included treatment that didn’t work, pain, and poorly done procedures.

Expensive Fixes: Fixing the problems experienced back home can cost significantly more than it would have done to just have the work carried out in the UK. Some patients had to spend over £1000, and in extreme cases, even more than £5000 to fix the damage caused abroad.

Questionable Quality and Follow-up: When you get treatment abroad, it might not be easy to go back for follow-ups or complain if something goes wrong.

Communication Issues: Sometimes there’s a communication issue between the patient and the foreign dentist, which can affect the quality of care.

Popularity Driven by social media: Many people are swayed by social media promotions showing ‘perfect’ smiles and shorter waiting times. But remember, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Always think carefully and research thoroughly before deciding to have dental work done in another country. The cheaper cost might end up costing you much more in the long run.

Beware of Turkey Veneers

Heading to Turkey for that picture-perfect smile? You might want to reconsider. Turkey veneers have become a popular procedure to achieve a perfect smile. However, many are unaware of what the procedure involves, and the risks of getting it done in Turkey. In some cases, patients have ended up having the nerves of their teeth removed and replaced with crowns without their consent or knowledge. Some patients have experienced severe pain and infections and are now paying for a lifetime of maintenance for their teeth due to these ill-advised procedures.

Usually, people opt for veneers to enhance the look of their natural teeth. They act like a cover and are less invasive than crowns. However, they still require part of the natural tooth enamel to be filed down. Once done, it’s not reversible, and normally they’ll need replacing after about 15 years.

Simpler Solutions for Fixing Your Teeth

If you’re looking to achieve that perfect smile without invasive procedures, there’s a simpler, more natural way to straighten crooked teeth or close those annoying gaps.

Invisalign is an effective, affordable teeth straightening procedure. It consists of clear, custom-made aligners that fit snugly over your teeth. They gently and gradually move your teeth into the desired position. The fact they are almost invisible is a major benefit for those who are embarrassed to wear traditional braces.

If you have veneers fitted, you’re signing up for replacements every 10-15 years. Invisalign lets you keep your own teeth and straightens them safely and naturally. You can also opt for a safe whitening treatment after, to show off your new confident smile.

So, if you want that perfect smile and a simpler, smarter solution, Invisalign might just be the perfect fit. It’s much cheaper and safer than heading abroad for veneers. Book a consultation with one of our expert dentists to see whether Invisalign could be an ideal treatment for you.

Waiting for dental treatment

A dental emergency can happen when you least expect it. Issues like severe dental pain, a knocked out tooth, bleeding from the mouth, a severely cracked tooth or an abscess are normally classed as a dental emergency and will require treatment as soon as possible.

However, there are dental problems that may not be classed as an emergency but that could cause wider health issues if not treated in a timely way. Issues like toothache, tenderness in the mouth, cheeks or gums, dental cavities or a missing filling or dislodged crown should be checked with your dentist when they arise.

Here, we look at some of the dangers of delaying dental treatment.

What are the dangers of waiting for dental treatment?

It’s easy to overlook dental treatment, but waiting can have serious repercussions. The British Dental Association recently warned that 1 in 4 adults are going without or delaying dental treatment. This came after the results of a Yougov poll, highlighting rising costs as a prime concern, as well as perceived pain of the treatment.

A minor issue like a cavity might seem common and easy to fix, but don’t let that fool you. Cavities, if ignored, can turn into a severe problem. While getting a filling is quite straightforward, many people underestimate the true danger of untreated cavities.

Think of a cavity as a small hole in a boat. Left unchecked, it allows water to seep in. Similarly, an untreated cavity opens the door to decay, and infection. As time goes on, these issues can escalate, causing greater damage to your oral health.

It’s essential to understand that an untreated cavity isn’t just a minor issue, but it can lead to tooth loss or more significant oral health issues.

Delaying root canal treatment

Root canal treatment becomes necessary when the pulp, which is the soft tissue within your tooth that houses blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, gets infected. These infections commonly arise from injuries, tooth cracks, or untreated severe cavities.

The procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic so you shouldn’t feel any pain. It involves making an opening in the tooth to remove the infected pulp and sealing the tooth to ward off future infections. The critical thing to remember is that the infected pulp won’t heal on its own, and a root canal is necessary to treat it effectively.

Patients sometimes mistake the absence of pain for healing. However, this usually indicates that the nerves inside the tooth have died while the infection persists. If left untreated, this infection can spread to your jaw, brain, blood, and even other parts of your body.

Getting the dental treatment and care you need

Waiting for dental treatment can lead to serious health complications. Rather than risking your health, it’s crucial to address any dental issues you are experiencing promptly. If you have any concerns because you are worried about what the treatment entails and if it will be painful, we can help put your mind at ease.

All of our dentists are highly skilled and will talk through any dental procedures before you go ahead. There are also different pain-relieving options for nervous patients or those with extra sensitive teeth that we can discuss with you. In fact, we are one of the few dentists in the country that can offer treatment under general anaesthesia if needed.

Don’t wait until the pain is unbearable. Call our friendly reception team on 0117 472 1600 to book an appointment with us today and take the first step towards ensuring your oral health.

Associate Dentist Chris

We’d like to introduce our new Associate Dentist, Dr Chris Chucas, who recently joined our growing Bristol team. As well as being a highly skilled dentist, particularly in oral surgery (the removal of teeth), Chris is qualified to do treatments under sedation and is a clinical lecturer at Cardiff Dental School.

Chris qualified from Liverpool in 2012, and has worked in both NHS and private practices in South Wales. During lockdown he was busy handling out of hours emergency clinics. But Chris’s main interest, and finely honed skill, is in oral surgery and sedation.

He is passionate about providing the best experience possible for patients, and sets himself a high standard of care. His focus is mainly to help his patients relax, especially those with dental anxiety.

Chris’s own way of relaxing from a very busy schedule is by embracing a love of ‘all outdoor exercise and sports’.

Here, we find out more about Chris.

Why do you have a special interest in oral surgery and sedation?

“I’ve always loved oral surgery ever since dental school. Initially I started having a lot of internal referrals for oral surgery, which has now expanded to taking referrals across the South West of England. I enjoy the intricacies and get great satisfaction from completing the clinical side.”

“Sedation attracted me because I’m passionate about providing the best experience possible for patients and I’ve seen so many cases where it has made such a big difference. It’s a great option for patients undergoing more complicated treatment or for anxious patients.”

How do you treat anxious patients?

“I always like to understand what is important to, and what concerns people. This is paramount, and it takes getting to know the patient well enough, to understand this well enough, so that tailoring the treatment to the patient is possible.”

“Everyone is different, and so the best way of doing anything can only be achieved by first getting to know the person in front of you. Once this has been established, I will always make sure I answer all the questions people have, as well as discussing the best options for that individual, including whether it’s worth considering options such as sedation.”

What can nervous patients expect at CK Dental?

At CK Dental, a lot of our patients are nervous about their dental treatment, which often stems from childhood experiences. Chris, as well as the rest of our dental team, are all highly skilled at putting patients at ease – explaining their treatment in detail beforehand, and discussing the different options for pain-free treatment. Patients will feel calm from the moment that they walk through the door into our relaxing environment, to the moment they leave.

You can find out more about Chris, 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.

Bristol Life Magazine

To celebrate National Smile Month, the team recently visited children at Christ Church C of E Primary School in Clifton to talk about the importance of brushing their teeth. We are also featured in this month’s Bristol Life magazine, with a special 50% off new patient offer.

Brushing for Better Health

The ‘Brushing for Better Health’ campaign is run by the Oral Health Foundation and highlights the importance of starting good oral health habits at an early age.

Principal dentist, Cornelius says, “The most important thing you can do to maintain your child’s oral health is to ensure they are brushing their teeth. Ideally, twice a day. Until the age of seven, children should be supervised while brushing their teeth to ensure it is done correctly. They should brush for two minutes.”

“Until the age of seven, children should be supervised while brushing their teeth to ensure it is done correctly. They should brush for two minutes,” he added.

Take advantage of our offer

For advice on how to care for your children’s teeth, or to take advantage of the family discount, book an appointment with our friendly team by calling 0117 472 1600 or email .

More details about our special National Smile Month 50% discount offer can be found here –

Children’s Teeth

A recent study has revealed the alarming toll the cost-of-living crisis is having on children’s dental health. Parents are struggling to provide essential oral hygiene items. And teachers have been distributing toothpaste and toothbrushes in the fight against tooth decay.

In today’s blog we look at the current crisis facing children’s dental health and share some of our top tips for looking after your child’s teeth.

More children with poor oral hygiene

The recent study into children’s dental health was conducted by the British Dental Association (BDA) and Beauty Banks, a charity focused on hygiene poverty. It revealed 81% of secondary school teachers reported some of their students didn’t have access to basic items such as a toothbrush and toothpaste. This unfortunate reality has led to social exclusion for 41% of these children due to their poor dental hygiene.

A staggering 75% of teachers noted that the unavailability of toothpaste and toothbrushes has resulted in students exhibiting discoloured teeth and visible tooth decay. Additionally, nearly one-third had observed students experiencing dental pain or bad breath. Instances of bullying related to signs of inadequate oral hygiene have reached an all-time high.

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health recently cautioned that toothbrushes are becoming an unaffordable luxury item for some families.

Reduced access to routine dental treatment during lockdown has also contributed to a decline in children’s oral health. Now, tooth decay surpasses acute tonsillitis as the leading cause of hospital admissions among young children.

Tips for looking after your children’s teeth

The most important thing you can do to maintain your child’s oral health is to ensure they are brushing their teeth. Ideally, twice a day. A fluoride toothpaste can be purchased for less than £1 if you choose an own-brand. Toothbrushes can also be picked up for £1, lasting around three months.

Until the age of seven, children should be supervised while brushing their teeth to ensure it is done correctly. They should brush for two minutes, but not too soon after eating or drinking. The sugars in food soften the enamel on the teeth – so try to leave a good half hour before tooth brushing.

Maintaining dentists’ appointments is also crucial to help identify and treat any signs of tooth decay. However, many parents are struggling to get an appointment on the NHS due to the current dentistry crisis.

If you are struggling to look after your children’s teeth due to the cost-of-living crisis, help is available. Food banks, NHS Trusts, and many schools are offering free toothpaste and toothbrushes to those who need them. Supplied by Beauty Banks, oral hygiene items are now one of the most requested items for families.

Keeping your children’s teeth protected with CK Dental

For more detailed advice on how to care for your children’s teeth, book an appointment with one of our friendly dentists today. We offer an affordable and gentle family dentistry service, providing complete care for you and your little ones. For children over 6 years of age, the cost is £30, while for children under the age of 6 it is £15.

Looking After Your Smile

For many, Easter is a time to indulge in chocolate eggs and sweets. Supermarket aisles are brimming with Easter eggs, ready to be consumed over the holidays. However, amidst the festivities, it’s crucial to maintain proper dental care.

Taking the proper precautions can safeguard your oral health during the Easter season. Here are some of our recommendations for looking after your smile this Easter.

Limit Sweet Treats

Unwrap your eggs and enjoy them as a post-dinner treat on Easter Sunday rather than grazing on chocolate throughout the day. Constant snacking on chocolate and sweets produces damaging acids that attack your tooth enamel. However, by indulging in your chocolate all at once, you reduce the time that sugar stays on your teeth, decreasing the likelihood of tooth decay.

Drink Water After Chocolate

After eating your chocolate eggs, drink water to rinse away any residue left on your teeth. It also stimulates saliva production, which counteracts the harmful acids created by the sugar in the chocolate egg you just savoured.

Drinking plenty of water throughout the day also provides many additional health advantages. It helps boost energy levels, improves digestion, promotes blood circulation, eliminates toxins, and revitalises skin complexion. A healthy, balanced diet with plenty of Vitamin C is also beneficial for your gum health.

Avoid Hard, Sticky Sweets

If you also love to indulge in sweets during Easter, you’ll want to avoid those hard, sticky ones. Sweets with a sticky texture can become lodged between teeth, making them difficult to remove. This can prolong the sugar’s exposure to your enamel. Patients have also been known to lose fillings from chewing on toffees or to chip their teeth while biting hard sweets. Ideally, it’s better to stick to chocolate, with dark chocolate being the healthiest choice because of its lower sugar content.

Use Fluoride Toothpaste and Floss

Make it a habit to brush your teeth using fluoride toothpaste twice each day and floss regularly. Using interdental brushes between the teeth before brushing is a healthy bedtime routine. This helps to protect the enamel, keeping the teeth strong. Sugary snacks weaken the enamel, and brushing right away might cause further erosion. You should also brush after consuming sweets and chocolate but remember to hold off for at least 30 minutes.

Book a Dental Hygiene Appointment

Regular visits to your dentist and dental hygienist will help maintain your teeth and keep them in prime condition. They will clean away any soft plaque build-up on your teeth and give you advice on your homecare routine. They can also suggest treatments tailored to keep your teeth strong and healthy.

Book a dental hygiene appointment to protect your smile and keep your teeth healthy this Easter. You could even invest in a whitening treatment to eliminate staining and improve your smile.

Call us on 0117 472 1600 to book an appointment with a friendly dental hygienist today.

Invisalign provider

According to the British Dental Journal 75% of the UK population could benefit from some type of orthodontics work. Having the perfect smile will boost your confidence and enhance your personal and professional life.

Some people are turning to online options for a quick fix to straighten their teeth that avoids dentist visits. But by choosing teeth straightening without a professional in oral healthcare and cosmetic dentistry, they are potentially putting the health of their teeth at serious risk.

Here, you’ll discover why choosing an Invisalign provider dentist is a safer option than ordering teeth aligners online.

The dangers of teeth straightening without a dentist

Teeth straightening options have come a long way since the old fashioned ‘train-tracks’. Now, adults can achieve an even, beautiful, healthy smile in a matter of months with customised, clear and removable aligners.

Patients that choose online teeth straightening products, without first ensuring their suitability for straightening with a dentist, are putting their oral health at risk. What they may not realise is that the health of the teeth and gums needs to be checked first.

Even when provided with a DIY tooth mould, this will not show up the full picture. For example, the depth of your roots and strength of your teeth to withstand the pressure of aligners is vital. Any weakness can result in an unstable bite, gum disease, nerve damage or even tooth loss.

Why choose an Invisalign provider dentist?

Invisalign is the world leading cosmetic tooth straightening system having helped over 10 million people world-wide to achieve the smiles they deserve.

At CK Dental, as an Invisalign-approved provider we can provide professional and safe teeth straightening. Our dentists have undergone specialised training and are accredited providers. The main benefits of choosing us for teeth straightening are:

See the results first – We can show patients how they will look at the end with a bespoke 3D simulation before any financial commitment.

Check you are good to go – We always check your suitability to go ahead with treatment. 3D digital scans and all necessary x-rays are taken of the teeth, before the aligners are created – so that they fit snugly and comfortably.

Careful planning and monitoring – The aligners will precisely and carefully move your teeth into the desired position. This is based on the exact movements your dentist plans out for you. We’ll carefully monitor you on your straightening journey to accommodate any changes as your teeth move into position.

One of the best things about Invisalign, is that you’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life.

Although mostly a cosmetic treatment, Invisalign can also improve your long-term oral health. Placing teeth in favourable positions leads to easier cleaning and less stress when it comes to everyday eating.

The Invisalign technology we use is developing all the time. There are also quicker and lower cost options for patients. For example, with Invisalign Go patients can see results in as little as three months.

Book with our Invisalign specialist

Our friendly Invisalign specialist, Alex James has a keen interest in cosmetic dentistry, and will be able to discuss with you everything you need to know about teeth straightening at your appointment.

Alex completed his Invisalign training in 2016 and has obtained a vast level of experience, knowledge, and expertise on his journey to improving many patients’ smiles.

Alex is happy to currently offer FREE consultations to existing and new patients for Invisalign*.

You can call CK Dental on 0117 472 1600 or email to find out more.

*New patients will have to undergo a full examination at the same appointment as part of checking the suitability of oral health for Invisalign – there will be no extra charge for x-rays, clinical photographs or digital scans that will be included in the consultation!

Dental nurse Clifton

Dental Nurse Emily is the newest member of our growing new dental team at 1 West Mall in Clifton.

Emily completed her dental nursing training in 2019 whilst working at a busy NHS practice in Trowbridge. She has since worked in a private practice in Bath before joining the CK Dental team.

Emily enjoys assisting the dentist and has a keen interest in cosmetic dentistry, having also trained in facial aesthetics. “I enjoy seeing the transformation of the patients’ smiles and the happiness it brings them,” she says.

You can find out more about Emily, 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.

teeth hurt

Have you noticed your teeth hurt during colder weather? As temperatures plummet in the winter months, it can leave our teeth feeling a lot more sensitive than usual. Even if you don’t typically experience tooth sensitivity, this can quickly change in cold weather.

In most cases, patients can manage their tooth sensitivity with a range of at-home treatments. However, sometimes it could be a sign that something else is going on underneath the surface. Here, we look at some of the most common reasons your teeth hurt in cold weather.

A sudden change in temperature

The sudden drop in temperature can cause the teeth to hurt. Even if you don’t usually experience sensitive teeth, that could change while you are out during the colder weather. You may notice it hurts when you take a deep breath through your mouth, or when speaking to somebody outdoors.

This is a natural response to the change in temperature as teeth expand in the cold, and cracks can develop in the enamel. These cracks can expand further and cause permanent damage if not treated quickly. Therefore, it is worth booking a dental check-up so any damage can be repaired straight away.

Sensitive nerves/thin enamel

Some people have naturally more sensitive teeth than others. Your dental nerve may be enlarged, damaged, or overactive, causing it to be more sensitive than usual. Similarly, thin enamel can also cause sensitivity as there is little protection between the nerves and the cold air.

Looking into ways to restore and protect your enamel will help to prevent tooth sensitivity in the colder weather. Our dentists can recommend the best treatments that will give you the best protection.

Receding gums

When the gums recede, they leave the roots of the tooth exposed. Unfortunately, the roots tend to be hypersensitive to any outside stimuli. When the temperature drops, this can lead to a sharp, intense pain.

Receding gums can also be a sign of gum disease. If you suspect you do have gum disease, it is imperative to seek treatment from your dentist. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to more severe health issues.


If you feel a sharp or throbbing sensation in your tooth, or pain while you bite down, it could be a sign you have cavities. Over time, untreated cavities can lead to infection, which can be extremely painful. If you notice cold sensations within the tooth, it could be an indicator that something is wrong. Again, this is something you should get checked out immediately by your dentist.

Teeth grinding

If you regularly grind your teeth, it will wear down the surface of the tooth, as well as create tiny chips. This can reveal the dentin underneath, which is extremely sensitive to colder temperatures. The enamel of the teeth doesn’t grow back, so unless treatment is sought, your sensitivity issues will be ongoing.

If you are experiencing painful or sensitive teeth this winter, book a check-up with one of our friendly and skilled dentists. They will help get to the cause of the problem quickly, and advise you on the best treatments to eliminate it.


Root Canal Treatment

Also known as the pulp, a root canal is a part of your tooth. Containing the blood vessels, nerve tissue, and a variety of cells, it helps to give the teeth vital nutrients while providing moisture to surrounding tissue.

Being told you need to undergo root canal treatment can be daunting. To help give you an idea of what to expect, below you’ll discover everything you need to know about this common treatment.

What is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is referred to as endodontic therapy, and it is performed in three different steps.

The first step is to clean out the root canal. This is done by drilling into the tooth and removing everything inside the root canal with tiny files. The procedure is performed while the patient is under local anaesthetic.

Once the root canal has been cleaned, the next step is to fill it. The tooth will be shaped and decontaminated, then filled with material like rubber. An adhesive cement helps to completely seal the canal. A temporary filling will be put in and the patient will need to avoid biting or chewing on the tooth.

After a few days allowing the tooth to settle, another appointment will be arranged to fit a filling or crown over the tooth. This will help strengthen the tooth and keep it in place.

Will root canal treatment hurt?

The most common question patients have when they discover they need root canal treatment is whether it will be painful. While you may experience some pressure or discomfort, the procedure itself does not cause any pain.

If you do feel slight pain, it is typically down to the infection not the treatment.

As local anaesthetic is provided, you shouldn’t feel pain during the procedure. However, as it wears off you may experience tenderness in the area. This can usually be controlled with over-the-counter painkillers. If they don’t, you can ask for stronger painkillers to be prescribed.

Treatment for nervous patients

Many patients are understandably nervous about undergoing root canal treatment. If the mere thought of visiting the dentist makes you anxious, you certainly aren’t alone. However, help is available, and those who need it can choose to be sedated during the procedure.

At CK Dental, we have a new dentist who is a highly skilled Endodontics specialist. Dr Chris Hugh has become a much valued member of the team. His natural friendly and calming nature helps to put even the most nervous of patients at ease.

Book a consultation with Dr Chris Hugh today to learn more about the procedure and discuss sedation options if needed.