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MAR 18

The Benefits of Using a Private Dentist

If you are thinking of transferring over to a private dentist but are unsure if the costs are worth it, there are many things you need to consider. Although we are lucky to get free or cheaper NHS healthcare in this country, sometimes paying more means getting more. If you are tired of waiting for treatment, you may want to transfer to a private dental company, here’s why.


With the NHS, they must try and see so many patients in a day to meet demands. This means a dentist will see 40 patients in a day, with 10 minutes allocated to each patient. In the real world, this may not be long enough to get a full history of your habits and if there is anything underlying. When you see a private dentist, they can allocate more time for each patient, meaning it won’t be a rush job and you will feel like you are getting the time you paid for.

High-Quality Materials

The NHS needs to save money wherever possible and, therefore, they may use cheaper materials for fillings such as dental amalgam.  These still do the job, but they will not last as long, meaning over time, you’ll end up spending the same amount of money you would have on one filling at a private dentist, on the replacement of the first filling at an NHS dentist. At Progressive Dentistry, our private dentists  do not use amalgam metal fillings. They only use composite fillings and porcelain inlay/onlays, which do not contain mercury, bond to the underlying teeth and can provide additional support to the teeth. They also look more attractive than the metal fillings.

Better Technology

Private dentists can choose what technology they would like to use and may go with the more innovative and expensive technology that the NHS cannot. Private dentists may use the latest technology such as intraoral scanners, which ensure the best patient experience whilst taking photos and moulds of the teeth. This makes the time in the chair less uncomfortable and the dentist can see your whole mouth with ease. This technology can give a lot more precision to dental work and anything untoward can be picked up a lot easier, meaning you can feel safe leaving the dentist knowing you have no underlying conditions.

Dental Implants Aren’t Covered by the NHS

Unfortunately, if you need a dental implant, this is not covered by the NHS. If you lose a tooth due to an accident or bad dental hygiene, a dental implant will replace the root of the tooth with a titanium screw and then attach it to the jaw bone, so nobody will know that you have a false tooth in. This is much more aesthetically pleasing and ensures you can feel confident in your smile. Private dentists will carry out dental implants for you that can last 25+ years when looked after appropriately.

There are many reasons to transfer to a private dentist, including getting an appointment sooner, spending more time with your dentist, and getting the best technology to make your patient experience better and much more comfortable.
MAR 18
It is absolutely freezing outside and the snow is still falling. Beast from the East meets Storm Emma and chaos ensues.

However, we at Progressive Dentistry plough on as normal helping you to achieve the smile of your dreams and maintain a healthy mouth. We love creating new smiles that transform your outlook, give you greater confidence, radiate warmth  no matter how cold outside!

Our case study involves teeth straightening using a ceramic outside brace, followed by tooth whitening and cosmetic bonding. A great technique that is non invasive, involves NO drilling, NO needles, NO pain and is affordable! Please have a look at how we completed the case:

Before treatment. Crooked, yellow and chipped teeth Before treatment. Crooked, yellow and chipped teeth

before cosmetic bonding Teeth have been straightened using a ceramic tooth coloured brace. Just note how the back teeth are now visible. However, the teeth are uneven at the front due to tooth wear. The teeth have been whitened using the Philips ZOOM LED in surgery whitening.

Teeth are now even with cosmetic bonding; natural and life like. A lovely smile. Teeth are now even with cosmetic bonding; natural and life like. A lovely smile.

Our patient was delighted and has made a huge difference to her.

Some of you may wonder about the triangle of space between the front teeth. This often occurs when front teeth need to rotate. However, the gum line often fills in over the following months. We will post a photograph to compare!

Treatment completed by Dr Nissit Patel using Damon clear, Philips ZOOM LED whitening and G-aenial for cosmetic bonding. Photographs may NOT be copied for any reason with out permission.
FEB 18
We are very sorry, but if you have a cold sore we are not able to treat you

Cold sore


All dental treatments should be deferred for patients with active lesions as the virus can spread during the procedure, placing both the patient and oral health professional at risk of possible infection or re-infection.

We recommend that you wait until the cold sore has completely healed before attending your appointment. Not only because there is a high risk of spreading the virus to other parts of your face but also because your lips may feel sore and could crack or bleed during the dental treatment.

Cold sores are caused by a highly contagious virus called Herpes Simplex Type 1 (HSV-1). They appear as clusters of red, raised blisters typically around the lips. Cold sores are highly infectious and capable of spreading to other parts of the body. Once you have a cold sore, the virus will remain dormant in the nerves that supply feeling to the face and mouth. The virus can be subsequently reactivated by the following triggers i.e. exposure to sun, common cold, emotional stress or weakened immune system. There have been a number of well-documented cases of oral infection and blindness once the virus is transmitted to the eyes. Hence it is crucial to treat the cold sore with antiviral cream as soon as it starts developing to reduce its outbreak and duration.

If you have a cold sore and you have an appointment arranged, please give us a call with as much notice as possible so that we can reschedule your appointment.

If you have a dental emergency that cannot be delayed without causing deterioration in your condition, we may be able to treat you with extreme caution, however this is at the discretion of the clinician.

HOWEVER, if you would like the cold treated, we can help. Using laser technology, the virus can be disrupted and the healing process quickened. This type of treatment is a hundred times more effective than over the counter products, which are frankly, useless.

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