The pros and cons of dental implants

If you have lost one or several of your teeth then you will possibly feel self conscious about your smile. But negative emotional impacts are only a small factor in the wide range of complications that you may experience due to your incomplete smile.

Dental Implants in EssexAesthetically, missing teeth can lead other people to wrongly surmise that you are less intelligent, less successful and less trustworthy than those who are rocking a beautiful, pearly white smile. It can also lead to premature aging as your cheeks can appear sunken where teeth are not there to fill out the face.

Physically, poor oral health leads to poor nutrition. Missing teeth can be painful where the sensitive gum tissue can be damaged and cut at the site of missing teeth. You may have noticed that you have ended up eating foods that you are able to eat rather than what you should or want to be eating.

Your surrounding teeth can also move to accomodate for your missing tooth, causing issues throughout the entire mouth. Teeth are more exposed to harmful bacteria when not neatly lined up against one another and are at more risk of decay or damage.

It therefore comes as no surprise that is is important that you seek to replace teeth that have been knocked out or have needed to come out due to illness, disease, age or injury. We are here to advise you in a considerate and non-judgemental way on the best methods that are available to you.

What is a solution?

Perhaps the most popular option today, due the longevity, reliability and functionality of the end result is dental implants in Essex. This is where a small metal screw is surgically inserted into the jawbone, where it fuses over time with the bone and surrounding soft tissues to become a permanent fixture in the mouth, not unlike a natural tooth root.

When it comes to replacing teeth, as with any procedure, surgical or not, the advantages and disadvantages need to be weighed up so that you can have a full understanding of what you are committing to.

We need to take several scans in order to ensure that you are suitable for the treatment. There are many different options within the realm of dental implants in Essex which means that a lot of our patients can benefit from them. You perhaps may need some prior treatment to take place before we are able to insert the implant into your jaw.

If you have some kind of underlying dental or health condition then you may need to get this under control before you have dental implants in Essex for your smile transformation. Such conditions like gum disease or tooth decay may create complications so we believe it is better for you to wait until these issues are under control.

This is a permanent solution and you may find that like many of our patients, you hardly notice that you have a tooth implant over time. The crowns look and feel just like regular teeth and perform in just the same way as your original tooth did. With appropriate care of the site to avoid infection and rejection of the metal screw, then there is no reason why this treatment will not last you for your lifetime.

Dental crowns: a common dental restoration

We competently perform one of the most common kinds of restorative dentistry that takes place in a modern dental practice, which is dental crowns in Essex. They are used to fix teeth that have been broken, are weak due to excessive decay or because of a very large filling.

Dental Crowns in EssexKnown as the multi-taskers of dental work, dental crowns in Essex are used both restoratively to protect your tooth and cosmetically to enhance the appearance of your smile. If we have informed you that you need to get one of these ‘caps’ to fit over your teeth, then chances are that you are very likely to accidentally cause further damage to your tooth whilst eating and chewing. This can happen at any given time and is best to be avoided.

There is nothing wrong with getting one of these caps placed over the top of your teeth and dental crowns in Essex are a common restorative dental procedure that we frequently do to protect your teeth from further harm. They are coloured to look exactly like the natural hue of your tooth and are therefore invisible to see to the untrained eye. We are even able to tailor make every cap so that they suit your unique smile and teeth; there is no one size fits all for this kind of procedure.

Advances in technology

Previously, it was generally considered a somewhat lengthy and uncomfortable procedure for you when a crown needed to be fitted. You had to have moulds taken of your teeth which we then had to send away to a laboratory for the dental caps to be made and returned. They were then glued onto the teeth using a special cement.

With digital scanners and the innovative Cerec machine, this is a thing of the past. We first scan your teeth and then use these high quality images to construct a ceramic cap within a half hour using our in-house Cerec machine, meaning that the entire treatment can be done within the one appointment.

We use only the best materials to ensure longevity and durability of your cap. It is important to be able to provide you with a peace of mind when it comes to protecting your teeth from further harm as well as getting your time and money’s worth from your dental treatments with us.

If the materials are not of the best quality, there is a chance that after several years of wear and tear, the cap can come loose. This is considered to be a dental emergency and you should quickly present yourself to us in order to recover that exposed tooth.

When is this treatment a good option?

If you have discoloured fillings and would like to improve upon the appearance of your smile, then having a natural coloured cap covering these fillings or even replacing them is a very good option that we can offer you.

Alternatively, if you have had a root canal treatment, then you will need to have a crown to protect and cover that restored tooth. This allows you to bite and chew as if it were a real and fully functional tooth.

This treatment option is also used to anchor a denture or a bridge more firmly in place in your mouth. Their uses are really quite extensive and as such has been subject to rigorous testing to ensure quality and durability.

Need orthodontics in Essex? Come to Crofts Dental Practice to get that dream smile

Fewer things fill dental patients with more dread than being told they need braces. The image of that awkward teenager with large metal braces shoots through their mind and causes many patients to refuse treatment; leaving them with misaligned teeth and unresolved confidence issues.

Orthodontics in EssexAt Crofts Dental Practice, we can resolve the majority of dental alignment issues without having to fit traditional metal braces and can offer our patients a wide range of orthodontics in Essex to straighten their smiles.

Different types of braces

As dentistry has evolved, so have the different kinds of alignment solutions that can be offered to patients. Some dental practices are affiliated with a particular dental brand or type of dentistry, but at Crofts Dental Practice we will always put our patients needs first when discussing orthodontics in Essex with them.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces are comprised of both metal and brackets. Unlike traditional braces, they are fitted to the back of teeth and are therefore not visible when you smile.

They can be used to treat slight alignment problems or more complicated orthodontic issues.

Inman aligner

More specifically geared towards correcting overcrowding of the front teeth, the Inman aligner gently guides your teeth in to the new, desired position over a matter of weeks.

A plus of this type of brace is that it is removable and can be taken out when you are eating or cleaning your teeth. It is also ideal for orthodontic relapse and can even help with protrusions and with dental rotations.

Six-month smiles

This type of brace boasts being able to straighten teeth in a period of six months and in our experience at Crofts Dental Practice, it does just that!

With this particular brand of braces, there are actually two separate aligners that may be used. One is an invisible aligner that is custom made, fitted to your teeth, and the other is an invisible brace, comprised of thin wires to gently push your teeth into their new position.

As its name suggests, the average treatment time is around 6 months and this brace type can be used to correct crooked, spaced or misaligned teeth.


Invisalign is an ideal orthodontic option for our patients who have mild to moderate alignment issues. This system uses a series of clear, thin aligners to gently move your teeth into their new position.

One of the best things about using Invisalign is that the outcome is predictable. Using computer 3D modelling, you and your dentist can discuss how you want your teeth to look after treatment. Then, a customised set of aligners will be designed specifically to get your teeth into that position by the time treatment is completed.

These are just a few of the options you will have when you come to Crofts Dental Practice for orthodontics in Essex. we will specify any treatment based on your individual needs to give you the best outcome.

Call us today about orthodontic options!

Want to straighten or whiten your smile? Get porcelain veneers fitted in Essex

From time to time, we have all looked through a celebrity magazine and stared quizzically at someone whose teeth have seemingly transformed overnight.

Years ago, cosmetic dentistry was truly a luxury reserved for the stars of Hollywood due to prohibitive pricing; that has all changed.

Porcelain Veneers in EssexMany dental surgeries across the UK now offer a range of cosmetic dental treatments to all their patients, so that perfect smile is now within your reach!

A popular form of cosmetic dentistry is the acquisition of porcelain veneers in Essex. These provide instant straightening for slightly misaligned teeth and can also whiten your teeth without the need for cleaning!

Advantages of porcelain veneers

At Crofts Dental Practice, our dental team are extremely experienced in fitting porcelain veneers in Essex and have helped many of our patients straighten their teeth using them.

There are many other positive aspects to having dental veneers fitted, which we have heard from our patients time and time again.

Stain resistant

With the average diet containing multiple acidic foods such as coffee and orange juice, it is no surprise that our teeth can become stained.

Even if you have your teeth whitened professionally, given time, they may become stained again, meaning you can either choose to have them whitened again or you may opt to have veneers fitted.

One benefit of porcelain veneers is that they are stain resistant. So even weeks after they have been fitted, your smile will look as good as it did when you first left our dental surgery.

Corrects imperfections

Staining isn’t the only issue that veneers can correct.

Through our busy lives, we may incur minor or major cracks on our teeth, causing them to become misaligned or misshapen.

When you come to our dental surgery, we will examine your teeth and customise veneers to restore the natural shape to your teeth and hide the appearance of any cracks or misalignment. As dental veneers can be fitted in two settings, it really is a quick dental makeover.

Less invasive

Interestingly, many dentists are using porcelain veneers in Essex to replace the traditional dental crown. Traditionally, when a patient had a crown fitted, it was an arduous task of slowly prepping the tooth with specific drilling techniques, to ensure the crown stayed in place. As veneers are easier to fit and have a stronger bond to the tooth, they offer the perfect solution to traditional crowns.

Easy maintenance

Dental veneers have a long lifespan once fitted and require no special treatment to keep them looking their best. Indeed, all you need to do is keep up with your daily oral hygiene routine and your restoration will be easy to maintain.

Dental veneers are suitable for everyone not so confident about the look of their teeth and provide our customers with an instant boost of confidence. At Crofts Dental Practice, we offer our patients a free consultation and offer a dental plan to help you spread the cost.

Contact us today for more information.

Is it time to unlock your smile potential with Orthodontics in Essex?

Are you worried that your crooked teeth are knocking your confidence and that the only solution open to you is that of ugly metal braces?  Don’t despair, at Crofts Dental Practice we offer many solutions to any dental problems you may have and seeking orthodontics in Essex may just be the light at the end of the tunnel for your teeth!

Orthodontics in EssexBut just what is Orthodontics in Essex?

This type of dental practice deals with the correction of the alignment of teeth and jaws.  If these are not straightened this can lead to further dental issues because crooked teeth, for example, can sometimes be very hard to keep clean and tooth decay can occur.

So what treatments could there be for my crooked teeth?

We offer a number of solutions that could be the answer to your prayers for a stunning smile, the first is that of Invisalign treatment. If you feel self-conscious when thinking about having the old school metal braces, this could be the perfect treatment for you. Invisalign aligners are practically invisible as they are made from clear material.  A series of bespoke aligners are made specifically for each patient and these are each worn for around two weeks at a time, before moving on to the next aligners.

There is also another innovative alternative treatment which is that of lingual braces, they are are a dentistry solution for modern times. The treatment is very simple, an impression of the teeth is made and then a bespoke metal bracket is shaped for your teeth.  These brackets are fixed to the back of the teeth and attached with bands.  These braces move to align with teeth over time and can take anything from 12 to 18 months.

We also offer the Inman Aligner treatment which is ideal for overlapping or protruding front teeth. With this procedure, the teeth are guided to an ideal position in a very short time, in most cases 16 to 18 weeks. The Inman is very adaptable as it can be removed to fit with your lifestyle.

How do I look after my teeth after treatment

Overlapping and wonky teeth can not only cramp your style, but they can also damage your health.  With overcrowding or crookedness, teeth can be very hard to clean, especially in between, so it can be hard to complete an oral health regime properly.  By getting one of our  many new and contemporary treatments like Invisalign, Inman or Lingual braces, you will gain positive benefits to your oral health.

We recommend always cleaning your teeth twice a day and flossing or using an alternative, to ensure that you keep bacteria and plaque at bay.

Hello beautiful!

Your goal of a bright and straight smile will soon be reached if you take the opportunity of all the great treatments there are on offer here. You can feel safe in the knowledge that you will be in the good hands of dental professionals who, collectively, have years of experience between them. Let us use it to help you.

What do you see when you look in the mirror?

Are you greeted with a super smart smile or a rather sad looking grimace with crooked or yellowing teeth? Today, more than ever, we all want to look our best and all of us here at Crofts Dental Practice, want to help your teeth look and feel the best that they possibly can!

Veneers in EssexIf it is a bright white smile that you feel that you are missing, then having your teeth whitened could be the answer, but if your teeth are crooked or maybe chipped, another solution could be veneers in Essex!

Can Veneers in Essex solve both stained and crooked teeth?

Yes!  You heard correctly. If you have overlapping or wonky teeth and you think they need whitening up, veneers in Essex could help by changing the size, colour and shape of your tooth.  These are made of very thin porcelain and are attached to the front of your natural tooth, simply and easily and can be expected to last from 10 to 20 years.

How exactly does this treatment work?

First, your teeth will need to be prepared for the procedure, sometimes a small piece of tooth needs to be taken away to allow enough room for the veneer to be attached.  It is possible to have this procedure for just one tooth or for a number of teeth.  Depending on what is needed for each specific case, we can make the shape of the new tooth covering longer or even closer to other teeth.

If there is just a single tooth that is the issue, because of staining, for example, the porcelain can be matched in colour to the other teeth in the mouth. But if it is a Hollywood glamour puss smile that you are after, all of your front teeth can be covered and made lighter in colour and in shape if that is desired.

The treatment of porcelain veneers takes longer than composite as these are crafted by a technician, so could take a couple of weeks, but we think the result is well worth it!

Making you feel at ease

We understand very well that some people have worries before any dental treatments. If you are a nervous patient, make sure to let us know at our initial discussion.  We offer a whole range of options for the specific needs of each patient, to reflect the individual and the unique dental treatments that are required and we are very used to dealing with those that have fears of dental procedures.  Our team will make sure that your road to a beautiful smile runs smoothly and painlessly!

And it’s as easy as that!

There is no need to suffer in silence as with today’s modern dental technologies, there are plenty of remedies!  The treatment for stained or crooked teeth is simple, easy and painless, so why not make the most of our expertise and ask us how our treatments could be the solution for you!

A fabulous smile is only half a year away

How many years have you spent wishing you had a lovely straight set of teeth? It can seem like a great smile will take forever to achieve, but if you choose Six Month Smiles at Crofts Dental Practice in Essex, your lovely new smile could be as little as 4 months away.

Six Month Smiles in EssexSix Month Smiles cosmetic braces only take 4-9 months to straighten out mild to moderate alignment issues. It’s not very long is it?

What are Six Month Smiles?

Six Month Smiles are modern-day discreet fixed braces for adults with mild to moderate alignment issues. Fixed braces draw the teeth into position using wires pulling through brackets attached to the teeth.

Six Month Smiles are different from traditional braces because the Lucid-Lok brackets are made of clear ceramic and are smaller than metal brackets. The wire that runs between the brackets to create the pull is thinner and coated in a tooth-coloured material.

Six Month Smiles create a discreet-brace look that blends in with your teeth rather than overwhelming them. The smaller brackets and fine wire use a gentle force on your teeth.

These braces are designed to work on your front 6-8 teeth only. These teeth, known as the ‘social 6’, are the teeth that show when you smile. They can be moved with gentler forces, and more quickly, than the back teeth because they only have one root. Pre-molars and molars have 3 roots, and so require more force and take longer to move.

The whole process takes only a few months and then you will have your new smile.

After treatment

Everyone who has their teeth straightened needs to wear a retainer after straightening is complete. A retainer holds the teeth in their new positions and stops them wandering out of place.

You can wear a removable retainer, which goes over your teeth like a mouth guard, at night. Or we can fix a bonded retainer to the back of your teeth, and this is then permanently in place.

Want to know more about how you can get a new smile in only half a year? Come in for a free consultation.

The many benefits of dental implants

Dental implants aren’t like any other kind of replacement tooth. They give you back your whole tooth, including the root.

It may seem that the important part of the tooth is the bit you chew with, but if a crown does not have a good firm anchor, it can be frustratingly hard to process your food.

Dental Implants in EssexMany of the benefits of dental implants spring from the fact that implants replace the root of the tooth, thus giving a firm base on which to build.

Dentures rely on adherence to the gum, or fitting neatly behind other teeth. They may fit perfectly at first, but jawbones shrink and many people find that after a while, their dentures start to slide around in their mouths, wobble, and even sometimes fall out entirely.

This will never happen with dental implants. The implants are small posts or screws made of titanium that are inserted into your jawbone under local anaesthetic. Titanium is incredibly biocompatible and your jawbone will grow new tissue all over the implant. After 2-6 months, your jawbone will be wrapped closely around the implant.

This gives you back full chewing power. You will be able to eat whatever you like again, unlike with dentures, which often mean having to stay on a soft food diet for the rest of your life.

Dental implants are also very versatile. One can support up to 3 crowns on a bridge, and we can replace an entire arch of teeth on just 4-6 implants.

As well as all this, maintaining your dental implants is very similar to your normal oral health routine. You just need to thoroughly brush twice a day and also floss. The aim is to get rid of plaque and avoid gum disease. Apart from that, you also need regular implant check-ups and cleanings with the hygienist.

Dental implants have a 98% success rate and we have many happy patients with dental implants here at Crofts Dental Practice in Essex. Patients can expect their implants to last for at least 15 years and even for decades.

Why not book a consultation to find out more?

Why do we care whether or not you smoke?

You’d think it would be no skin off our noses at Crofts Dental Practice in Essex if you smoke or not, so why do we offer smoking cessation help? After all, we’re not your GP.

Well, smoking affects the entire body and it particularly shows up in the mouth, affecting the gums and teeth.

Smoking Cessation in EssexSmoking and cancer

Mouth cancers include cancers of the lip, tongue, salivary glands, throat as well as the mouth itself. And tobacco use is the top risk factor for oral cancers. You may not know you have oral cancer, as the first symptoms often don’t hurt. They show up as strange lumps or numb patches, toothache or a feeling that something has got stuck in your throat.

Smoking and gum disease

Gum disease is not just about dental plaque giving off acids that attack the gums and tooth roots. Smoking also has a big part to play in it. This is because the bacteria that cause gum disease are present in higher amounts in smokers’ mouths.

Also, when you smoke you have lower levels of components that play an important part in the way the body’s immune system works. The result is that you are more likely to get inflamed gums, and lose more collagen and bone.

Smoking constricts the blood vessels and so the blood is less able to get to the gums to keep them healthy.

And if that wasn’t enough to put you off, if you do get gum disease and you smoke, you won’t heal from treatment as well.

All this means that you are more likely to lose teeth to gum disease than an ex-smoker or a non-smoker.

Are you less kissable too?

If you smoke, unless your partner is also a smoker, you are less kissable. Your teeth stain easily, your breath smells and your tongue is coated. If you are dating, stopping smoking widens your choice of partner.

Smoking cessation at Crofts Dental Practice

We can offer you a free consultation on smoking cessation. Advice and support can make all the difference to stopping. So, come on in and let’s get you on track to a healthier, happier mouth.

Help your face stay looking lovely

Dentistry has so many great techniques to keep your teeth looking in mint condition, but did you know that the dentists at Crofts Dental Practice in Essex can also offer treatments for your face?

Facial Aesthetic in EssexYour dental team already has an in-depth knowledge of your facial anatomy, along with years of post-graduate experience in taking care of it. Even though using the dentist for facial aesthetics may seem a bit weird, the more you think about it, the more sense it makes. When you consider how much time dentists have spent learning and training, you can see that we have great skills needed to deliver facial aesthetics in precise pain-free ways.

At Crofts Dental Practice, we use facial aesthetics to soften wrinkles and folds without permanent cosmetic surgery. The two most popular non-permanent treatments are Botox and dermal fillers. You can have them together or separately.Botox and dermal fillers complement each other wonderfully, one smoothing out wrinkles while the other fills out hollows.

Dermal fillers

We use fillers that contain hyaluronic acid. The body produces this substance naturally, using it to form bonds between skin cells and retain moisture. But production decreases from the age of about 30, resulting in the skin increasingly losing its glowing, plump look. Instead, without the levels of hyaluronic acid of our youth, the skin takes on a faded look and starts to hang from our bones, creating hollows. Dermal fillers plump out the face with something that is now missing. It works well in hollows such as the folds that run from the nose to the mouth, or the lines from the mouth to the chin. It also works well on plumping out a flattened top lip and on crow’s feet. People also use it on the backs of the hands. Effects last up to a year.


This is the brand name for injections of the botulinum A type toxin. This was originally created to stop excessive sweating, but scientists discovered that it also temporarily blocks signals from the nerves to contract muscles. When the muscles cannot contract, wrinkles can be smoothed out. Treatments take effect over a week and last for about 4 months. Botox is particularly popular for frown lines and forehead lines.