Monday: 9.00am – 8.00pm
Tuesday: 8.00am – 8.00pm
Wednesday: 9.00am – 5.30pm
Thursday: 8.00am – 5.30pm
Friday: 9.00am – 4.00pm
Saturdays by appointment only.
We’re pleased to welcome Sarah as a new receptionist at Dental Solutions! We asked her a few questions to get to know her a little better…
Ice breaker question: name three of your favourite things. No wrong answers here!
Okay, so you’re new to Dental Solutions. What drew you to working here?
After years of travelling to Manchester I was looking for something closer to home that would fit in with my children.
You’ve never worked in dentistry before, why the change?
I wanted to do something completely different to my previous role and after a few years at home bringing up the children I wanted to work with the public and meet lots of people.
What’s the best part of your day at Dental Solutions?
Seeing a patient that’s really pleased with their new smile!
What has surprised you most about working in a dental practice?
So many different procedures and things to learn. It is more complicated than I expected.
What would you like to be famous for? Realistically, what would you actually be famous/infamous for?
I would have liked to have been famous for cooking. To have written a cookbook.
The title of your autobiography is… Me, myself and Pie.
If you could travel anywhere in the world/universe–that you’ve never been to before–where would it be?
India. I would love to sample all the wonderful spicy foods.
What was the last thing you read/watched/listened to?
Read – Normal People, Sally Rooney
Listened to – The Courteeners
Watched – Killing Eve
And finally, what do you do to wind down after work every day?
Going for a run and a glass of wine!
And there’s everything you need to know about our new receptionist Sarah! If you’ve got any more questions or would like to book an appointment, she’ll be happy to help. Just contact us on 01925 756565 or visit this link: https://gavinismydentist.com/booking.
Did you know that treatments from your dentist can go far beyond just your teeth? Here at Dental Solutions, we’re experienced in treating other issues such as temporomandibular joint problems.
The temporomandibular joint is located at the front of the ear where the skull and the lower jaw meet. This joint allows the lower jaw to function properly and it’s made up of two bones that are separated by cartilage. Sometimes, issues can occur which causes the joint to become painful. This can mean that it clicks, clenches and pops, becoming extremely uncomfortable for the patient in their everyday life.
Other symptoms include the jaw grating and cracking, a dull ache in and around the ear, headaches and limited mouth opening.
The most common cause of temporomandibular joint issues is the jaw joint slipping forwards because of the overuse of muscles surrounding it. Chewing habits, grinding and clenching the teeth from stress can cause the muscles to tighten. Moreover, other habits such as nail biting, clenching, grinding or holding things between the teeth can also lead to temporomandibular joint issues. Lastly, less commonly, missing back teeth or an uneven overbite can also influence the position of the jaw.
Injury from sports may also move the jaw which can end up resulting in temporomandibular joint issues. Though there are many causes for the problem, often no obvious cause is found (aside from injury), as sometimes it’s a combination of different factors.
There are a variety of treatments to help soothe the symptoms of temporomandibular joint issues. On the whole, treatment is aimed at reducing the severity of the problem. Trying to encourage the cartilage to return to a normal position in the joint.
Treatment options include:
Painkillers – Anti-inflammatory medication can help to reduce pain in the joint, and can be taken in tablet form or applied as a gel.
Joint exercises – A warm towel should be applied to the area before beginning any exercises. The muscles are then gently massaged according to a programme agreed by you and your dentist.
Heat – Applying heat to the area can help with pain and swelling. Warm water in a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel can be held on the side of the face.
Relaxation techniques – Learning relaxation techniques can help you to control tension and stress in the area.
Replacing missing teeth with implants – This may be necessary in order to balance the bite.
Nightguards or ‘bite raising appliances’ like the Sci Splint
If the problem is severe, then it may be best to visit your dentist to see how they can help. At Dental Solutions, we offer nightguards, or an SCi splint as an effective form of treatment. The SCi is a British Dental Association approved treatment for temporomandibular joint issues and bruxism. It can help those who clench their teeth and tighten their muscles.
The SCi can reduce the parafunctional intensity of the temporalis, masseters and the lateral pterygoids (the small muscles in your jaw joints that open your jaw). Stopping back teeth and canine contact, which therefore helps in reducing temporalis clenching. This is a problem that affects over 80% of the population in the UK at some stage in their life, so it’s vital that patients who experience symptoms seek medical advice.
One of the biggest advantages of the SCi treatment is that it’s tailored to you, comfortable to wear at night, and the mouth guard is bespoke-made to your teeth. It can prevent the symptoms associated with bruxism and treat the issue to produce excellent clinical results.
Dental Solutions use proven methods to treat temporomandibular joint issues. The SCi treatment is quick and easy and is usually fitted in just 10-15 minutes. For more information, book your free consultation on 01925 756565 or book online through this link: https://gavinismydentist.com/booking.
Here at Dental Solutions we are here to help and support our patients through this difficult time after a cancer diagnosis.
It is important to stay on top of your dental hygiene with regular dental check-ups if you’re a patient undergoing cancer treatment. By frequently visiting the dentist, you’re helping your mouth to stay as healthy as possible during treatment.
Our hygienists Sarah and Vicky recommend that you visit a dental hygienist and dentist before commencing treatment, as routine cleaning cannot be carried out whilst having chemotherapy. They can also offer advice and help support you from the start.
Some people suffer from side-effects of treatment- here are some examples and ways of managing them (please read our products suggested in the section below)
Products our clinicians advise;
Promoting a good, controlled diet is crucial during treatment – and it’s best to start as early as possible. It’s important to consume all the vital nutrients but be mindful to avoid the intake of sugar, be it processed or natural. Approximately two weeks before your treatment, you should reduce your oral bacterial load. Choose a mouthwash that contains the active ingredient chlorhexidine gluconate as this can help get rid of some of the bad bacteria in your mouth. To make it as effective as possible, check with your dentist which toothpaste is best to use alongside the mouthwash (see recommended products at the end of the blog also).
Your doctor may recommend drinking high calorie drinks because of your lack of appetite. However, you should also be aware of how damaging this could be to your teeth. It’s advised that you drink the whole drink in one sitting or use a straw. You should also alternate with drinking water. After any sugary drinks, rinse with water/mouthwash or chew sugar free gum to reduce the risk of decay.
Furthermore, patients who complain of a metallic taste in their mouth after chemotherapy may be recommended pineapple, fresh or tinned. Not only can it get rid of the taste, but it will also help to break down proteins as it contains the enzyme bromelain. It’s important to alternate with water, as it may also cause decay and erosion to the tooth surface.
Undergoing dental treatment during chemotherapy requires special care from your dentist. We will ask for a platelet/full blood count check prior to a number of different treatments, including something as routine as interdental cleaning due to the risk of haemorrhage of infection caused by bacteraemia. This will also assure the dentist that your immune system can cope with dental treatment during chemotherapy. After your treatment, we encourage you to regularly attend examinations as part of your ongoing care. You can send the dentist your treatment details prior to your appointment.
At Dental Solutions, we have experience in providing dental treatment during chemotherapy, and pride ourselves on offering such patients the special care and attention they need. If you’d like more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, and we wish you all the best with your treatment.
Getting braces is almost a rite of passage for many teenagers nowadays, all in a bid to ensure they’ve got beautifully straight smiles as they reach adulthood. However, accessing dental treatment for teens can be frustrating when it comes to the NHS. Perhaps your teenager hasn’t qualified for free orthodontic treatment on the NHS but still wants straightened teeth, or maybe they’ve been placed on an impossibly long waiting list.
If it looks like your teenager’s teeth are beginning to grow crooked or not as straight as they’d like, then we’re here to help. Orthodontics doesn’t just improve the aesthetics of a smile – it works to also improve the overall bite. Therefore braces can have a positive effect on your overall health. And what better time to have braces than when your child’s friends and classmates have braces too?
At Dental Solutions, we have an affordable interest-free payment plan that allows you to budget for treatment. For an all-inclusive price of £2,500, your child could be on their way to a straighter smile.
Besides creating a lovely smile and improving self-esteem, there are additional benefits to having straight teeth. Improper chewing due to misaligned teeth or bite can also result in uneven wear on the teeth and issues with the jaw. Straighter teeth also makes it easier to chew food; if teeth are severely out of line, they may not be able to play their role in breaking down food as effectively possible. Your teeth are part of a much larger system of muscles and joints that can affect your head, neck and other parts of your body. Because everything in your body is linked, a bad bite could cause other issues without even realising it. For example, teeth that are too crowded or overlapping may cause frequent headaches.
What’s more, straight teeth can prevent difficulties with speech. If your teeth are out of line or protrude too far forward, it can affect your speaking patterns. When an overbite or underbite gets adjusted, patients can pronounce certain words better. This can also help to prevent snoring problems that can become apparent in the future. Straighter teeth are also much easier to keep clean, especially for adolescents, preventing decay or gum disease issues that may also affect their oral health in the future.
Other benefits of getting fixed teen braces with Dental Solutions include:
All treatments are overseen by Badri Chari who is a specialist Consultant Orthodontist at Stepping Hill Hospital. Badri also lectures in Orthodontics at Manchester University Dental School.
If your teenager can’t get an appointment through the NHS, then Dental Solutions can help. Visit the practice to see how we can help to get your teenager’s smile on the right track, for a beautifully straight smile for years to come at an affordable price, with payment plans and Interest Free Credit if required. You can book a completely free consultation by contacting our friendly and helpful team on 01925 756565 or book through this link: https://gavinismydentist.com/booking.
Does your other half complain of a bad night’s sleep because of your snoring? You’re not alone. Snoring is a common complaint among many patients we see here at the practice. Not only does it affect the individual, but also their partner! Unfortunately, snoring is something that patients simply can’t stop, which makes it even more frustrating.
Finding a long term solution that doesn’t involve any tablets or uncomfortable chin straps can be tricky. However, Dental Solutions may just have the answer you’ve been searching for. Our anti snoring device The Sleepwell has already helped lots of our patients achieve a better night’s sleep.
‘I had been suffering from disturbed sleep in the night for quite some time – waking, snoring and generally tossing and turning- it had become a real problem. With encouragement and support from my husband I went along to a Specialist doctor in Wilmslow who first asked me to wear a tracking device on my wrist to monitor my blood oxygen levels overnight. The result was that there were low oxygen dips over 30 times a night which was causing the disturbance. He recommended that I visit my dentist to get a mandible anti-snoring device.
I have been visiting Gavin for over 30 years- so when I saw him he understood my situation completely, was extremely sympathetic and fitted me for a device which is a bit like a retainer to wear.
I really felt that this was my last chance to resolve the problem once and for all, and whilst it has taken a few weeks to persevere and adjust the tightness of the device, it has completely transformed my and my husband’s night’s sleep and is actually now quite comforting. I now have a new ritual at bed time – read a book for a while, snuggle down, pop in the device, get comfy, turn out the light and lo and behold, we now both wake up refreshed after a great night’s undisturbed sleep! I would highly recommend this device to anyone suffering with a similar problem- it has completely transformed my life.’
The anti snoring dental device prevents your lower teeth and jaw from falling back during your sleep. This is what causes many patients to snore. It’s made bespoke to your mouth, so no two devices are the same. Wear it at night before you sleep and you’ll soon notice a difference when you and your partner feel refreshed in the morning! At first, it may take a while to get used to wearing such a device while you’re sleeping. But with continuous use, this should become a normal part of your night-time routine. This will give you a guaranteed deep, restful night.
As mentioned, each anti snoring dental device is tailored to the patient’s bite. If you’re considering having an anti-snoring device fitted, then book your completely free consultation to come and see Gavin, the Dental Solutions Sleepwell practitioner. You can book an appointment directly through this link: https://gavinismydentist.com/booking or give us a call on 01925 756565.
For the past 5 years, I have been very unhappy and self-conscious with previous work that had been carried out with different dentists. The main issue was being so nervous, having to have sedation for the slightest treatment to be carried out. I had tried hypnotism to minimise my fear, but with no result, visiting probably every dentist in Warrington, Liverpool and Manchester! Cost was not my main concern- at the end of the day, this was something I needed to have done just the once.
So, this is where Gavin Laidlaw entered my life! Naturally I was nervous at my first appointment. As soon as I walked through the doors I was greeted by the delightful receptionists and after waiting just five minutes, I was called in by one of Gavin’s pleasant nurses. I immediately noticed was the beautiful view of the canal and boats from Gavin’s windows. I was greeted by Gavin with his softly spoken manner. I was very fearful of getting up on the chair and I could tell that Gavin sensed this. At the end of a thorough consultation, Gavin was very professional and honest, in what would be his plan of treatment. I decided there and then, it was Gavin I wanted to help me to achieve my confident smile back. So, then my 3-month journey began. It would have been even quicker if I hadn’t opted for sedation for the prep, then the permanent result at the end.
I was so nervous, I could never attend alone for any of my appointments. Yet, as time went on, back and to, my fears and phobias started to go away. Gavin made me feel so much more relaxed. The prep work took 3 hours, but I was under sedation. My appointments between the prep work, and the final results helped my confidence with each appointment. I felt that I really mattered to the team, and that meant so much to me. I was starting to relax. I had really come to trust Gavin. His work mattered and was important to him which I think makes him as skilful as he is.
When it came to the last appointment, lasting 1.5 hours, I was booked in for sedation. With each of the follow-up appointments, Gavin would try his very best to get me to do the last hurdle without sedation. Gavin’s softly spoken reassurance, telling me how far I had come, really did boost my confidence. So, I decided to beat this and to go without it. Naturally, on the day I was very nervous but there I lay, for 1 .5 hours! The TV above my head was a great distraction. Gavin was very attentive, explaining everything he was doing. Before I knew it, it was done! The end results were far better than I could have ever imagined. With Gavin’s skilful, professional work, they couldn’t have looked any more natural! I cried with happiness! I was so proud of myself. I cannot begin to thank Gavin and his amazing team, to get me there. The constant reassurance, the calming surgery, every single person who works there – you have all been amazing. I now have the smile I had only dreamt about.
Is your body Summer ready? What about your teeth?
For a limited time, here at Dental Solutions, you can save an incredible 40% on our Zoom! Tooth Whitening every Friday.
It’s a pain-free, simple, procedure. So, book in and feel free to relax as our expert team works to provide you with a smile you can be proud of!
And don’t just take our word for it! Our patients have glowing reviews for this amazing treatment:
“I recently quit smoking so I wanted my teeth to look white again. The girls were great and after just an hour and a half in the chair they achieved a great result and am now very happy with them. 5 Stars!“
“I had some Zoom! whitening before a holiday to help reduce the appearance of some calcium speckles on my teeth. Very happy with my treatment and the friendly team that looked after me. 5 Stars!“
Hi, my name is Jillian, this is my journey of treatment at Dental Solutions with Zygomatic implants. As a young girl in the 1960’s, I was given antibiotics that made my second teeth come through discoloured. At the age of 21, I had veneers which lasted till I was 28, then I had my teeth crowned. At the age of 45, the caps became loose, so I had to lose my front top teeth, followed by many more which meant me to have to have a palate or denture which was heartbreaking to me. I hated having my photo taken as I hated my smile. Going out for meals was ok but I just hated that after I’d eaten I had to go to the bathroom to clean and replace the glue on my palate- it really got me down.
I have a job working with the public and hated the way my face had sunken in and my top lip was virtually non-existent. I looked old!! I had enquired about implants when I first lost my teeth but was told I did not have enough bone to secure them. I just thought this is it for the rest of my life.
Then I stumbled over Gavin My Dentist web site! Reading about zygomatic implants got me excited so I booked a free consultation with Gavin. After having a scan Gavin gave me the news that Richard could do this procedure for me. I was so excited I went home and cried. In January 2019 we started my implant journey.
I was introduced to Nicky the implant coordinator who was fab and really friendly- putting me at ease as it is a big procedure to have done. There were some questions I asked but couldn’t be answered precisely as everyone is different and you need to have personal experience of the procedure. Which gave me an idea of writing a blog about My Zygomatic journey.
Arrived at Dental Solutions at 8 am feeling apprehensive and excited at the same time.
I’m not one for needles, injections just one of those things I hate personally but all my fears were pushed aside by the team. The sedation was great as when I came round after the first part of the completed procedure I didn’t have any recollection of what had just happened.
I was then taken into a comfy room to come round after my sleep and waited there for my bridge to be made which was then successfully fitted by Richard Brookshaw who had also performed my surgery. As advised when I got home I started taking over the counter pain killers and anti-inflammatories. I found it hard to drink at first due to the numbness in my mouth but managed in the end.
The pictures below are before surgery and after surgery
Slept ok. Woke up in the night to my cheek bone aching so I took more painkillers and anti- inflammatories which helped. My face had started to swell, and the bruising had started to come out already- whether that was due to me applying Arnicare cream yesterday when I came home. There was a little more movement in my jaw so drinking and eating was better as I hardly had any movement the day of surgery. I had a few headaches which I was told to expect. Eating was ok I just had soup and mousse as my appetite was not that good. The picture below is the morning
Slept much better didn’t wake up for pain killers. My face had swollen up more especially on the right side, so I iced packed it for 10 minutes every hour. The bruising had come out more but mainly on my cheeks and lower jaw but I’m still applying the arnicare cream.
You can see that my face has started to swell, and the bruising has started to come out.
Another disturbed night due to swelling and incredible thirst.
Didn’t have a good day as I was sleeping a lot for some reason or other.
The stiffness had seemed to ease from my jaw so I had lots more movement, but the swelling had started to travel towards my neck which was uncomfortable it felt like I had swollen glands. The bruising and swelling really came out today as you can see.
Feeling ok sleeping normal now stopped taking all pain killers as I felt I did not need them.
Still keeping to a soft diet of rice, pasta, soup etc.
Bruising starting to fade and swelling going down and feeling more like myself.
I found brushing my teeth with my electric toothbrush was a little too much on my new bridge, so I just bought a soft manual one but used it on my bottom ones.
Everything getting back to normal now- swelling and bruising have totally gone
The feeling of having teeth firmly in my mouth is the most amazing feeling ever
I cannot describe how good it feels and how much more confident I have become.
At first, I was a little shy about them but now it just the most amazing feeling I can’t stop smiling. I did find it a little strange to talk but by slowing down my speech and trying to pronounce my words more it helped as sometimes a slight lisp pops out.
The difference it has made to my face is unbelievable. They say it’s a dental facelift and they are not wrong. I have had lots of positive comments from my clients saying I look 10 years younger and believe me I’m buzzing. I went out for a meal and not having to leave the table to go and make sure my denture was ok was just wonderful.
Going on holiday 5 weeks later was great- no more denture glue in the plastic bag going through check-in feeling embarrassed.
These are some of my after photos:
I am now 6 weeks post-surgery, and everything is great. I am still only eating soft foods as advised for the first months. I had my first hygienist appointment the other day and she showed how to clean my bridge with a Waterpik water flosser which is amazing.
The bridge I have now is only temporary for six months while everything heals and settles down. I hope that this has helped you if you are thinking of going through this procedure.
It’s the best thing that I have ever done!!!
Do you know that there is a link between uncontrolled or undiagnosed diabetes and gum disease? Diabetics have a higher risk of developing gum disease (periodontitis) than people who have healthy blood sugar levels. The relationship goes both ways; research indicates that having a serious gum infection can make it more difficult to control blood sugar levels. Taking care of your mouth, whether you have diabetes or not, is more important than you may be aware of. And visiting your dentist and hygienist regularly to keep on top of gum health with diabetes is more important than many people realise.
Gum disease is inflammation of the gums caused by bacteria. The germs in plaque infect the teeth and gums, leading to gingivitis, the first stage of this disease. If left untreated, this oral health condition can result in tissue damage and eventual tooth loss. The more serious stage of gum disease is known as periodontitis. People with periodontitis have a higher risk of diabetes. What’s more, those with diabetes are three times more likely to develop periodontal disease.
Keeping your mouth, teeth and gums healthy is a very important part of managing your diabetes.
Gum disease is very common and most people are affected by it at one stage in their life. But when you have diabetes, you’re more at risk (this risk factor is also higher in smokers).
People with Type 2 diabetes are around three times more likely to develop dental problems than people who don’t have diabetes. People with Type 1 diabetes are also more at risk.
One of the most common causes is having high blood sugar levels for a long period of time. High blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels in your gums. This makes them more likely to be inflamed and become infected.
Gum disease and infection can in turn increase your blood sugar levels, which can lead to other complications like heart disease.
Patients with severe periodontal disease and diabetes are three times more likely to develop kidney failure, have a higher risk of death from coronary artery disease and coronary heart disease.
Untreated periodontal disease affects glycemic control. The treatment of periodontal disease reduces average blood glucose (sugar) levels by an average of 0.4%. Putting this into perspective; each 1% reduction is associated with a 21% reduction of deaths related with diabetes, a 37% reduction for myocardial complications, and reduced need for insulin administration and medications. (Simpson TC , Needleman I, Wild SH et al: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010)
Looking after your teeth and gums should be a basic part of how you manage your diabetes, because you can prevent potential complications or spot them early enough to get the right treatment from your dentist. We’ve got information on how to keep your mouth healthy. A big part of this is about regularly checking your blood sugars and trying to keep to your target range.
It can be successfully treated, especially if caught early. Management includes improving your oral health routine and by having an intensive course of treatment, in which the teeth are thoroughly cleaned by a dental hygienist, and regular dental check-ups. It is important to understand that the treatment of periodontal disease is a partnership between the patient and the hygienist & dentist who care for the patient. Achieving and maintaining good oral hygiene and attending regular dental appointments are a lifelong commitment.
Treatment also involves stopping smoking and having a healthy diet and lifestyle. People who smoke respond less well to treatment than non-smokers.
At Dental Solutions we welcome patients from all dental practices. For any patients who may be nervous, we offer longer appointments to ensure the treatment is as comfortable as possible. We also use local or topical anaesthetic for any sensitive areas. We offer specialised hygienist treatments beyond scaling and polishing. Our advanced Airflow teeth cleaning system will clean with outstanding results; it is a comfortable, advanced treatment for sustained bacteria reduction. After every visit, the hygienist will recommend the best time to come back to help maintain a healthy mouth.
For more information on any of the services we offer, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with a member of our friendly team on 01925 756565 for a completely free consultation. You can also book an appointment via this link: https://gavinismydentist.com/booking.