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.

Dr Chris Hugh

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.

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


Dr Josie Leach

This month we welcome Dr Josie Leach to our team. A caring and empathetic dentist – patients of all ages will feel at ease with Josie. She always ensures that her patients receive the highest possible standard of care.

Josie qualified from the University of Leeds with a Bachelor’s degree in 2014. She completed her Vocational Training at a practice in Nottingham and was asked to stay on as an Associate. After this, she moved with her doctor husband ‘down under’ to Australia for two and a half years. There, she worked in practices in Mackay and then on the Sunshine Coast. On returning to the UK, she then worked in an independent practice in London.

Well travelled, Josie is now happily settled with husband and her beloved pooch, Murph, in Bristol. As big ‘foodies’ as well as ‘fitties’, they’re enjoying the culinary offerings in Clifton and about to embark on a kettlebell boot camp!

Here, we find out more about Josie and what patients can expect when they see her at CK Dental practice in Clifton.

What do you most love about being a dentist?

“I love seeing children in the clinic! I try to make it a fun and educational experience for them, and just want them to look forward to coming in more than anything else!

“I’ve also enrolled on Paul Tipton’s Post-Graduate certificate in Aesthetic Dentistry which starts next March.” The course covers topics such as ‘Designing a Beautiful Smile’, ‘Integrating Smile Design with Soft Tissue Treatments’ and ‘Using Digital Tools to Design the Perfect Smile’ – so plenty for our patients to benefit from!

What are the most common dental issues that you see?

“Recently, it’s more cosmetic issues due to the fact that most people have been (at least for part of it) working at home, on Zoom calls and on FaceTime. Either this, or patients who are nervous about visiting the dentist, and have been putting it off until they reach their pain limit.”

“There’s nothing I love more than seeing the change in those patients. They’ve been able to come to see me – and smile, feeling happy and comfortable to come in!”

So, why CK Dental?

“Having worked with Cornelius for the past few years, I’ve been able to watch how he works. I really agree with his ethos and patient care,” says Josie.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the rest of the team at CK Dental. I take huge pride in my work and set high standards for myself when I treat patients. Anxious patients will soon feel relaxed and calm in my company.”

You can find out more about Josie, 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 or email enquiries@ckdental.co.uk.

Transform your smile

Christmas should be a fun and magical time, as you make memories with friends and family that you can treasure forever. However, if you aren’t confident about your smile, it can quickly turn into a festive nightmare.

If you are dreading having to show your teeth for family photos, there are ways you can transform your smile in time for Christmas. Regain your confidence and enjoy the festivities with these fast, simple treatments…

Get that missing tooth replaced

Missing teeth can have a significant impact on confidence. Whether you have one, or multiple missing teeth, having them replaced can instantly transform your smile.

Dental implants are a permanent solution, lasting a lifetime with adequate care. They are titanium screws that are placed into the jawbone. Surrounding bone eventually fuses to the implant, keeping it in place. The screw is covered with a crown that closely resembles the natural colour of your teeth.

Straighten out uneven teeth

If you have a misaligned smile, it can greatly impact your confidence. Many adults don’t seek treatment to straighten crooked or misaligned teeth as they don’t want the embarrassment of wearing braces. However, the good news is there are solutions that are practically invisible to the naked eye.

Invisalign teeth straightening is an innovative treatment, consisting of transparent aligners. Easy to put in and remove, they straighten out the teeth much quicker than traditional braces. You can expect to see results within six months, and you don’t need to attend as many follow up appointments as you would with traditional methods.

Get a brighter, whiter smile

Over time, the teeth can become discoloured due to staining from food, smoking, caffeine, and alcohol. When they turn yellow, you might not feel as confident showing your teeth when you smile.

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular treatments requested by patients. Helping you to achieve a brighter, whiter smile instantly, there are a variety of treatments available. At CK Dental, we recommend the Pola Light Teeth Whitening kit.

Utilising LED light technology, this at-home kit is a brilliant, advanced whitening system. You’ll receive the award-winning Pola whitening system, alongside a comfortable LED mouthpiece. Simply apply the mouthpiece for 10-15 minutes a day, for a total of five days. Tough stains will be gradually removed, leaving behind a bright, white smile.

Whatever teeth issues you are dealing with, there is a fast, effective treatment available. If you are interested in any of the above treatments, book a consultation with one of our friendly dentists today.

Throughout November, we are offering the Pola Light Whitening kits at an introductory rate of just £195. The treatment typically costs around £250, so take advantage of the offer while it lasts.

tooth sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity can develop at any time, causing anything from a slight painful twinge to serious discomfort.

Sensitive teeth aren’t just a real pain to deal with, they can also be a sign of a more serious problem. Here, we look at some of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity and how to treat it.

What causes tooth sensitivity?

Many things can trigger tooth sensitivity. If you want to eliminate the issue, you need to first understand what’s causing it. Let’s look at some of the main causes…

Dental erosion

Over time, the enamel on the teeth can get worn away. As it does, the teeth lose their protective coating, leading to sensitivity. Acidic food and drink are typically to blame, though erosion also occurs naturally over time.

As you age, the gums can start to recede, sometimes revealing the root of the tooth. As there is no enamel to protect the roots, they can become extremely sensitive.

Gum disease

A buildup of tartar and plaque can lead to receding gums, and potentially damage the bones that support the teeth. When left untreated, gum disease can cause potentially serious health issues as well as tooth sensitivity.

Brushing too hard

You might think that brushing your teeth harder will help to keep them squeaky clean. However, what it actually does is wear away the tooth’s enamel. Brushing from side to side can also cause this problem, resulting in tooth sensitivity.

Teeth whitening

Now, teeth whitening is becoming a popular choice to remove stains from teeth and achieve a brighter smile. However, many treatments, especially those bought without the advice of a dentist, can leave the gums feeling sensitive and sore. This is mostly down to levels of bleach used in some teeth whitening procedures. At CK Dental, we can ensure that you receive the safest and most effective teeth whitening treatment.

You can opt for safer, gentler teeth whitening options such as the new *Pola Light teeth whitening kit. It provides additional hydration during the whitening process, minimising the risk of sensitivity.

*We currently have a limited number of Pola Light whitening kits at a special discounted price, so please get in touch to enquire by calling 0117 472 1600 or email enquiries@ckdental.co.uk.

Tooth grinding

If you frequently clench or grind your teeth, it can result in sensitive teeth. Over time, the grinding and clenching motions wear down the enamel.

Treatments include wearing a mouth guard for a period to prevent you from grinding the teeth.

Cracked teeth

Another potential cause of tooth sensitivity is cracked teeth. If the tooth becomes damaged or cracked, it may reveal the nerves of the teeth, causing severe discomfort.

When should I seek help for tooth sensitivity?

If you are experiencing sensitivity because of a broken or cracked tooth, you will need to seek help from your dentist. You may need a filling, or a crown fitted.

Any tooth sensitivity that carries on for longer than a few weeks should be looked into. There are many treatment options available, and your dentist will be able to help you identify the cause.

If you are struggling to manage your tooth sensitivity, book a consultation with one of our friendly dental experts today.

Knock out a tooth

Your teeth may be the hardest substance in the human body, but that doesn’t make them invincible. If you fall, or suffer an impact to the jaw, it can knock out a tooth, requiring immediate treatment.

Following Falls Prevention Week, a national awareness campaign that occurs each September, we look at what you can do if you accidentally knock out a tooth.

What to do if you knock out a tooth

Having a tooth knocked out can be a traumatic experience. However, there is a chance the tooth can be saved if you know how to handle it.

If you find the tooth, pick it up by the crown and not the root. If it is dirty, run it under the cold tap for a maximum of 10 seconds. Do not attempt to place it back in the hole if it is a milk tooth. Otherwise, put it in as soon as possible and seek urgent dental help immediately. If it won’t go in easily, place it in milk, or saliva until you can get to the dentist.

If your child has had a tooth knocked out, don’t try to place it back in. Keep the tooth clean, don’t touch the root and store it in milk until you can get to a dentist.

How is a knocked-out tooth treated?

If you have the tooth, your dentist will be able to help you secure it back in place. Splinting is typically used to keep the tooth attached to the teeth at either side. The splint will be left on for a couple of weeks before being removed.

If you couldn’t find the tooth or it is unable to be saved, a dental implant can be used to replace it. They provide a long-lasting solution, helping to hide unsightly gaps, and give you the confidence to smile.

Dental implants are created from titanium, and they are implanted into the jaw. A temporary restoration will be provided for a period of two to four months until the tooth has healed. Over that time, the bone will begin to grow around the implant, keeping it firmly in place.

Preventing a knocked-out tooth

Although it isn’t always possible to prevent an injury, there are some ways to prevent a tooth being knocked out. Mouthguards are especially effective for athletes participating in contact sports.

The Bristol Flyers Basketball team, sponsored by CK Dental, have custom-made mouthguards to protect the teeth during play. Mouthguards are affordable, effective, and can prevent an emergency trip to the dentist. Custom-made to fit each patient’s mouth, they can also be worn overnight to prevent teeth grinding.

If you have knocked out your tooth, getting to the dentist quickly is the key to saving it. To learn more about mouthguards or dental implants, book a consultation with our friendly dental team now.

Invisalign Aligners

Want straighter teeth but worried about having to wear braces? With the return of the new school year, the last thing you need is to worry about hiding your teeth when you smile. The good news is there is an alternative to traditional braces that can fix your teeth and help you regain your confidence.

Invisalign braces are 100% invisible, and they produce results in less time than traditional braces. Read on to find out more about this revolutionary tooth straightening approach.

What are Invisalign aligners?

Invisalign aligners are clear, custom-built aligners produced by Invisalign specialists. 3D digital scans are taken of the teeth, before the aligners are created – so that they fit snugly and comfortably. Additionally, there are no brackets or wires to worry about, and they are created from a flexible plastic.

The aligners are created to apply just the right amount of pressure to the areas needed, gradually helping to straighten out the teeth. It can take up to six months for the aligners to work, and they need to be worn for 20-22 hours each day.

You will need to remove the aligners to eat and clean your teeth, but other than that they stay firmly in place.

Benefits of Invisalign aligners

There are many benefits of choosing Invisalign aligners over traditional braces. The fact that you can’t see them and there are no brackets or wires to worry about is one of the main ones. This can be very reassuring for students who may worry about how they might look at school. Other benefits include:

  • More comfortable than traditional braces
  • Removable for eating and playing sports
  • No risk of emergency dental visits due to broken wires
  • Personalised to match your teeth

Those who wear Invisalign aligners claim they are much more comfortable than traditional braces. This, alongside the other many benefits, is because they are created to accurately fit your mouth. The personalised service means you benefit from the best possible results.

You will need to be monitored throughout the six months you are wearing the aligners. This will accommodate any changes as your teeth move into position.

Book now for a consultation

To learn more about Invisalign aligners and how they might benefit you, book a consultation with our new Invisalign specialist, Alex James. With a keen interest in cosmetic dentistry, Alex will instantly put you at ease. At your first meeting, you can discuss what to expect if you choose to proceed with the Invisalign treatment.

After wearing your Invisalign aligners for the specified amount of time – usually between 12 and 18 months, your results will be long-lasting.

Call us now to book your first appointment on 0117 472 1600. Alternatively, you can email us at enquiries@ckdental.co.uk.

Clifton Practice

This month we welcome Dr Alexander James to our expanding team at our Clifton practice. A friendly, confident and approachable dentist – we are certain that patients will feel at ease throughout any dental treatment with him.

Alex graduated from the University of Bristol in 2016 and he was individually awarded the BDA Medal for achieving the highest grade for restorative dentistry in his year as part of his degree.

As well as providing all aspects of general dentistry, Alex has a particular interest in cosmetic dentistry. He is also a certified Invisalign provider, helping patients improve their smiles.

We asked Alex a few questions about his experience, his motivations and why he has chosen to join our Bristol dental practice now.

What is it about being a dentist that motivates you?

The most motivating and rewarding part of being a dentist is witnessing the transition of a formerly very nervous patient into someone who actually finds attending the dentist enjoyable! It is a privilege to have the opportunity to build such amazing trusting personal relationships with so many different individuals. It is also genuinely fun to have a job that involves problem-solving and so many technical skills on a daily basis.

What are the most common dental issues that you see?

The two most common problems we face daily are without question: dental caries (tooth decay) and periodontal (gum) disease. Both are almost entirely preventable with good oral hygiene and limiting the frequency of consumption of sugars in the diet.

So why CK Dental?

CK Dental is a stunning ultra-modern practice that strives to offer patients the very best journey and experiences from patient care to high quality treatments. Being situated in the heart of Clifton Village is probably the most desirable location to work in Bristol.

I have been equally very impressed with Principal Dentist, Cornelius and his wife Sheryl (Practice Manager). They have both been so friendly and accommodating in my encounters with them so far. I just get the feeling I am onto something really special with this practice.

I am genuinely very excited and proud to be joining the team at a practice as alluring as CK Dental. I will make a full commitment to every patient I treat to deliver high-quality care in both the overall patient experience and clinical aspect of the treatment. I take pride in my chair-side manner and sincerely hope that every patient benefits from my friendly and amicable yet ethical and professional approach.

You can find out more about Alex, 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 practice, please call us on 0117 472 1600.

Teeth on Holiday

Heading off on a much-needed summer getaway this year? While holidays are all about kicking back and taking it easy, it’s important to keep on top of your dental health. Spending just a few minutes each day to look after your teeth on holiday can help to spare you a trip to the dentist on your return.

So, what should you be doing to take care of your teeth on holiday? Here’s some simple tips you can follow…

Get a teeth check-up before going on holiday

To make sure you don’t need to deal with any nasty dental problems while you are away, it’s a good idea to undergo a check-up. Your dentist will be able to spot any potential problems before you jet off. This will ensure you don’t end up seeking emergency dental work on your trip.

Pack your toothbrush

It’s not always as easy to pick up a toothbrush on holiday as you might think. Obviously, this will depend upon where you are heading to, but just to be safe double check you have packed yours before you go. It is also worth packing some interdental brushes – ideal for cleaning in tight spaces between your teeth as well as between braces, crowns, bridges and implants.

In the event you do find yourself in a foreign country without a toothbrush, you can place a clean face towel over your finger with a little toothpaste on it. Use your finger to rub it over your teeth and then rinse off. Try and use a cloth that has a rough surface for best results.

Try and stick to three meals a day

On holiday, it’s easy to spend all day grazing on snacks. Depending upon the type of snacks you are consuming, this can cause havoc for the teeth. To avoid snacking too much, try and stick to eating three meals a day.

Keep your lips protected

It isn’t just your teeth that you need to protect while on holiday. Your lips also need a little TLC due to their exposure to the sun’s UV rays. To keep them protected, apply sunscreen regularly. When you drink or eat something, re-apply the sunscreen.

Stay hydrated

It is important to stay hydrated for adequate saliva production. This helps to rinse debris and food particles from the mouth, preventing infections and gum disease. Drinking water is much better for your oral and general health than alcoholic or sugary drinks.

Pack an extra set of dentures

If you wear dentures, don’t forget to pack an extra pair to take with you. You’d be surprised by how many people lose their dentures while on holiday. The last thing you need is to be left without any dentures for the duration of your getaway.

Added protection for your teeth on holiday

Prevention is always the best way to avoid any unwanted trips to the dentist while you’re away or when you return. For total reassurance, a Denplan Essentials plan includes Worldwide emergency dental cover. It also includes temporary dental treatment in case of emergency either at home or abroad.

If you follow these simple tips, your teeth and gums will thank you. If you’re due to set off on your summer holidays this month, book a check-up with CK Dental. Ask our friendly practice team about our different Denplan monthly treatment plans to suit your budget and needs.