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Young Dentist of the Year

Following our recent post in November 2011 Dr Neel Panchal did win the award Young Dentist of the Year.

Congratulations to him

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What is CEREC?

State of the art dental bio-ceramis restorations in one single visit

Imagine a dental practice where you can go and have your new false tooth made and fitted during a single visit and within an hour. This is what CEREC technology by Sirona Dental Systems UK has made possible.

CEREC is a revolutionary system that enables your dentist to design, fabricate and fit a new crown, veneer, onlay or inlay in a single visit, a procedure that would normally take at least two weeks, if not more!

How does this CEREC technology work?

Your dentist will prepare your tooth in the normal way he/she would before fitting a crown or a veneer. At this point, instead of using “dental putty” to take an impression of your tooth, a digital image is taken using a special camera. This image is then converted into a 3D computerised model of your tooth, which is used as a guide to design your new restoration. Once your dentist is happy with the newly designed tooth, this data is sent to an onsite milling machine, which fabricates your new tooth from a high-quality ceramic block. The milling process can take anywhere from as little as 6 minutes to 30 minutes depending on the exact technology and complexity of the tooth. The latest CEREC MCXL machine can mill a crown in as little as 6 minutes.

The ceramic blocks come in a wide variety of shades and colours, and your tooth will be selected to match your surrounding teeth. Once the crown or veneer has been milled, the dentist may characterise it and stain it to match your surrounding teeth, before either polishing it or glazing it in a furnace. Your new restoration will then be cemented into place onto your prepared tooth

What are the benefits of CEREC?

here are several advantages to having treatment with CEREC over conventional, laboratory-made restorations: No Impression required: If you hate impressions or can not tolerate them, then this is the ideal treatment option for you.

Everything is carried out in a single visit – you only need to visit the dentist once – take one day away

from your work or life to have the procedure – instead of the usual two or three visits.

Only one set of local anaesthetic injections – since the entire procedure can be carried out within the hour, you only need to have one lot of injections.

Your dentist is in complete control of the final result – since the crown or veneer is designed and fabricated from start to finish by your dentist, he/ she has total control over how it will look and fit, whereas a crown made in a laboratory is under the c ontrol of the technician who hasn’t even seen the patient.

No temporary restorations – if you have lab-made veneers, you would require temporary veneers during the wait for your new teeth. These have been known to fall off and cause problems, which is a step that is omitted with CEREC restorations.

How much does CEREC cost?

You would probably think that restorations made with this state-of-the-art technology would cost a lot more than standard lab-made veneers and crowns. However, there is often very little – if any – difference in price, because you only need one appointment with the dentist and there are no laboratory fees to incorporate into the price of your treatment. CEREC crowns can vary in price from as little as £380 up to £700+ per tooth. Many dentists offer interest-free finance plans to help spread the costs of your treatment.

    Dr Sam Afshar DDS(Swe) MScs(KCL London). British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Accredited Implantolog surgeon, Dento-Facial Aesthetic, Principal Putney Dentists Tel: 020 8785 6772, Fax: 020 8246 6821, Email:

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    Mouth Cancer Walk

    Thank you to all our patients that sponsored Julie Di Agi and Sheryl in September on the Mouth Cancer Walk. We raised £286.80

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    Considering Cosmetic Dentistry?

    Everyone would like to have a perfect smile, but nature is rarely so accommodating. Even if you’re one of the lucky ones who never needed braces, the rough-and- tumble of life, along with habits such as smoking or drinking coffee, invariably result in chips,
    stains, or an overall dingy appearance.

    Until fairly recently, there wasn’t a lot the average person could do to improve the appearance of teeth beyond having them cleaned once or twice a year. In the last two decades, however, improvements in dental materials and restorative techniques have made it possible for most of us to have close to model-perfect teeth that resist color changes and are almost as strong as the originals.

    If you have been considering ways to brighten your smile or correct imperfections, there’s never been a better time to do it.
    These improvements are not always just cosmetic. Many of these treatments can improve oral problems, such as your bite.

    Bleaching is a common and popular chemical process used to whiten teeth. Discoloration occurs in the enamel and can be caused by medication, coffee, tea and cigarettes. Discoloration also can be hereditary or due simply to getting older. Bleaching should only be performed by a trained dentist, in the office or, under dental supervision, at home. Many patients enjoy bleaching at home because it is more convenient.

    Bonding is tooth-colored material used to fill in gaps or change the color of teeth. Requiring a single office visit, bonding lasts several years. When teeth are chipped or slightly decayed, bonded composite resins may be the material of choice. Bonding also is used as a tooth-colored filling for small cavities. Additionally, it can be used to close spaces between teeth or cover the entire outside surface of a tooth to change its color and shape.

    Crowns, also known as caps, cover a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and appearance. They are used in cases where other procedures will not be effective.

    Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic placed over the front teeth to change the color or shape of your teeth. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked.

    Contouring and reshaping
    Tooth reshaping and contouring, is a procedure to correct crooked teeth, chipped or irregularly shaped teeth or even overlapping teeth in a single session. Tooth reshaping and contouring, is commonly used to alter the length, shape or position of your teeth. Contouring teeth may also help correct small problems with bite. It is common for bonding to be combined with tooth reshaping.

    Many other procedures and techniques are available that Cosmetic Dentists are using to give you the smile you wish achieve.

    The best advice that I can give you is:

    “Choose the most conservative procedure, as the dental treatments are often irreversible.”

    (If any doubt, please contact me for a free, no obligation answer/consultation: or ).

    Which procedure is right for me?
    A Cosmetic dentist can answer any questions you may have about techniques used to improve your smile. The condition of your teeth and desired result you want often dictates the best procedure. If you are considering a treatment, there are a few questions you can ask a Cosmetic Dentist before deciding if a particular procedure is right for you.

    • What will the changes look like?
    • What should I expect through the course of treatment?
    • What type of maintenance will be required?

    Dr Sam Afshar DDS(Swe) MScs(KCL London). British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Accredited Implantolog surgeon, Dento-Facial Aesthetic, Principal Putney Dentists Tel: 020 8785 6772, Fax: 020 8246 6821, Email:

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    Young Dentist of the Year Award

    Dr Neel Panchal has been short listed for The Dentisrty Awards, young dentist of the year, London Region

    we wish him well

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