How Safe And Effective Is Botox?

Safety and outcome concerns addressed by our Ipswich facial aesthetics team.

As you may have noticed, we now offer facial aesthetic treatments at the Foxhall Dental Practice. This is a useful addition to the cosmetic dental procedures on offer and can really help to give you a more youthful appearance.

Inevitably, we do get asked about the safety of this procedure as it has certainly received some poor press in its time. We take a look, in today’s blog, at the facts about this popular skin smoothing treatment.

What is Botox?

Botox, or Botulinum toxin, is a serum that is injected just underneath the skin in areas that have become wrinkled or are showing lines. Whilst in its crudest form, this could be dangerous, the Botox used in facial aesthetic treatments is a purified form and is administered in minute doses only. By doing this, it works to block signals from the nerves to the muscles, causing them to relax and easing the lines and wrinkles on your face.

Is the procedure painful?

The only sensation that you should feel is a slight prick as the very fine needle enters the skin. Some patients do experience a small amount of localised bruising in these areas for a few days afterwards. You may wish to have your treatment away from any public engagements if you are concerned about this.

Is it safe?

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Planning To Stop Smoking? Here’s How We Can Help

Our Ipswich dental team can restore your nicotine damaged teeth.

It can’t have escaped your notice that Christmas is fast approaching and whilst we may not think too much about them until after Christmas is over, many of us will also be making New Year resolutions shortly afterwards.

Whilst some of these resolutions will inevitably revolve around getting fit and losing weight, a significant number of people will be determined to stop smoking in the New Year. There are many benefits to be gained from doing so. Not only will you have significantly more money and be healthier, but it also provides you with the opportunity to have a nicer looking smile again.

Stained teeth

Whilst all teeth will darken as we get older, due to changes in colour of the inner part of our teeth, those who smoke will almost certainly suffer from this much earlier; heavier smokers especially are likely to have very yellow teeth.

Having taken the decision to stop smoking, there are a number of cosmetic dental procedures that can help to restore the whiteness of your teeth. Not only will these improve the way that your teeth look, but will also provide you with an additional incentive not to start smoking again.

Cosmetic dentistry

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Dental Care and Musicians – What’s The Link?

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Wind instrument players, did you know your teeth could be at risk?

Although you may not realise it; if you are a musician, you could be, unwittingly, damaging your teeth and gums. Drummers, guitarists and piano players can breath a sigh of relief as this does not apply to them directly, although good oral care is important for everyone obviously. The musicians mainly at risk are wind instrument players such as saxophone, trumpet or even tuba.

If you pick up your instrument and play very occasionally, the risks may be low, but dedicated musicians who practice for long hours are particularly at risk. Most damage is caused over a long period of time, though it is also possible to chip or break a tooth by banging it on the instrument as you put it to your mouth.


Long periods of practice with a wind instrument inevitably builds up muscles around the mouth in a way that would not happen under normal circumstances. This can cause problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) over time. This can cause pain and make eating, or even talking, quite difficult. It will also affect your ability to play your instrument effectively.

Whilst TMJ problems are one of the most common oral problems in wind instrument players, they are certainly not the only ones.

Dental pain

The pressure caused by continual and forceful blowing, and the vibrations created on your teeth, can affect those with sensitive teeth especially. If you are experiencing pain, we would recommend a visit to the Foxhall Dental Practice to discuss this with our dentists. Your teeth may have become worn or cracked over time and may need to be restored. Make sure that you explain to the dentist that you play a wind instrument as this may help us to diagnose the cause of any problems and attempt to prevent any problems from recurring in the future.


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Basics Of Dental Care – The Toothbrush

We all use one, but how can we get the best from this everyday dental care item?

Most of us probably don’t think a great deal about the humble toothbrush. We simply pick it up to brush our teeth twice a day before putting it back in its holder and either going out to work or going to bed.

Despite its relatively basic function though, the toothbrush is very important in the first line against dental problems, especially tooth decay and gum disease. In today’s blog, our Ipswich family dentists look at how we can get the very best from this essential dental tool.

A fresh toothbrush

Although we probably don’t think about the toothbrush much at all, this can be a problem in that many people use them beyond the point where they are effective. A toothbrush (or electric brush head) should be replaced at least every three months so that the bristles are firm enough to remove food and bacteria.

Manual or electric?

This is a common question at the Foxhall Dental Practice in Ipswich. Whilst it is a personal choice, we would suggest that you use an electric toothbrush if you can as these do tend to be more effective and many have the added bonus of a pressure sensor. This means that the brush cuts out temporarily if you are pressing too hard on your teeth. This is good news as excessive force can lead to wearing down of the enamel.

Don’t share

However close you are to your partner or other family member, you should never share a toothbrush. Many infections and viruses can be passed on this way and each family member should have their own easily recognisable toothbrush.

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Restoring Aesthetics And Function With Prosthodontics

Fixed or removable prosthodontic treatments at the Foxhall Dental Practice in Ipswich

Whilst many patients will go through life requiring no more than the odd filling to keep their mouth healthy and functional, not everyone is as fortunate.

Whilst some serious dental problems may be avoided with better care, for some, the loss of teeth may be a result of an accident or side effect of an illness or medication.

Some prosthodontic treatments have significant aesthetic purposes, but others are also used to restore function of the mouth, enabling patients to eat and speak more comfortably and efficiently.

Specialist prosthodontist

We are fortunate, at our Ipswich dental practice, to have the services of a specialist prosthodontist in Hiten Pabari, who, as well as being comprehensively trained in this field, has also spoken at conferences on the subject and trained other dentists.

Whilst treatment for severe cases may be quite comprehensive and time-consuming, the end result of having a fully functional mouth is, without doubt, well worth the time spent having treatment.

Prosthodontic treatments

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Dental Emergencies Ipswich – What To Do First?

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In the event of a sudden accident, or a painful toothache, here is some simple advice

Should you find yourself in a situation where you are suffering from a severe toothache, or have received a blow to the face resulting in damage to your teeth, the last thing you are likely to want is complicated advice.

Speed is always of the essence when any treatment is needed, and, in today’s Foxhall Dental Practice blog, we offer our Ipswich patients some simple, and easy to follow, advice on what you should so if this situation arises.

Head injury check – If you have received damage caused by either an accident or a significant blow to the face, you should first of all ensure that you have no serious head injuries by having it checked at your local A&E.

Call us – Once you have been given the ‘all clear’ at the A&E, or where it does not apply, your first port of call should be to contact our Ipswich dentist and make an appointment to see an emergency dentist as soon as possible. Please make sure to let our receptionist know the nature of the problem so that they can offer any advice, and also prioritise appointments where possible. Please don’t delay in calling us. The sooner you call, the more likely we are to be able to see you for a same day appointment.

Pain relief – Unless you are given specific advice by our practice when you call for an appointment, we recommend that you take your usual pain medication. Avoid eating in the affected area of the mouth and avoid very hot or cold foods altogether as there is likely to be additional sensitivity. If there is swelling, a cold compress may be useful to help reduce this.

Get comfortable – Even if there are only a few hours until your appointment, it makes sense to be as comfortable as possible. If possible, try to rest, taking time off work if you can. This is especially the case if you drive or use machinery. Dental pain could cause you to become distracted and may potentially be dangerous.

Keep your appointment – In most cases, this is obvious, and anyone in pain is almost certain to do so. Where the pain subsides though, please do not cancel or miss your appointment. The reduction in pain could be solely due to medication that you have taken. Whatever the reason though, if a tooth is damaged, you can be almost certain that the pain will return, quite possibly more severely than before.

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Preparing Your Smile For The New Year

2018 is getting closer. Now might be the time to think about a smile makeover?

January 1st 2018 might seem like a long way away right now, but it will probably be here before we realise it.

The four months left gives our Ipswich patients plenty of time to consider possible cosmetic improvements to their teeth, and doing so now may even mean that your teeth will be looking their best in time for the Christmas festivities.

There are many treatments available at the Foxhall Dental Practice which can help to really boost your smile. If you feel that your teeth are not how you would like them to be, why not arrange a cosmetic dental consultation with us so that we can put a treatment plan into place and give you the smile that you deserve.

Minor improvements

For those seeking only minor improvements to their teeth, whilst it is still a good idea to start your planning now, treatment can be delayed until closer to the festive period so your teeth are in tip top condition when it arrives. These almost instant treatments include teeth whitening, one of our most popular cosmetic procedures. This treatment, in fact, takes just one hour. It is advisable to have this done a few days before any event however, as a few patients do experience a little extra sensitivity for a few days before returning to normal.

Intermediate improvements

Whilst teeth whitening improvements are almost instant, some other cosmetic treatments may require a couple of weeks or so for the treatment to be complete, or for the effects to be fully visible.

Dental veneers – Fitting dental veneers is a two stage process. Firstly, a fine layer of the badly stained surface enamel is removed and impressions are taken. These are sent to a dental laboratory for the veneers to be made. This usually takes a week or two and temporary veneers will be fitted to protect your teeth in the meantime. You will be recalled to our Ipswich dental practice for the fitting of your new porcelain veneers when they are available.

Botox and Dermal fillers – Although not a dental treatment, we have a dedicated facial aesthetics team at the Foxhall Dental Practice who can perform facial aesthetics treatments to give you smoother looking skin. This is a simple treatment but requires around two weeks for the effects to be fully visible.

Longer term improvements

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NHS Dental Care – Treatment Bands

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NHS dentistry is available at our Ipswich practice.

At the Foxhall Dental Practice, we are pleased to offer dental care on the NHS for those who require it and where availability allows.

Whilst the range of procedures is limited only to those treatments which look after the health of the teeth and gums, and not their appearance, the list of procedures available is still quite extensive.

In today’s blog, we take a look at a few of the more common treatments available within each band of treatment, with band 1 being the most straightforward and the more complex dental procedures being in band 3.

Band 1

Band 1 generally contains treatments that you might receive when you need routine treatment, or simply an examination or x-ray. Emergency dental treatment is also covered, as are dental fillings and fluoride sealants. It is worth noting that cosmetic dental fillings are not included in this, and standard amalgam fillings will be used unless cosmetic fillings are paid for privately.

A scale and polish may also be performed in this band of treatment, but only where it is clinically necessary.

Band 2

Band 2 treatments include those in band 1, but also offer more involved treatments such as root planing, where gum disease has become advanced and may be affecting the roots of the teeth and the bone structure. It also includes root canal treatments which can help to save an infected tooth that would otherwise need extracting.

One of the most common treatment in this band is a tooth extraction. You can be assured though, that we will do all that we can to make sure that this is a last resort wherever possible. Some minor oral surgery such as cyst removals are also included in this band.

Band 3

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Smoother Skin Using Botox

We now offer facial aesthetics at our Ipswich dental practice, for younger looking skin.

There comes a certain time in life when we notice that our skin has lost its once youthful appearance. Lines start to appear in places they hadn’t before and we generally start to look our age.

Whilst some people are happy to let this happen, a growing number of people are opting to have facial aesthetic treatments to help reverse these signs and maintain younger looking skin for as long as possible.

At the Foxhall Dental Practice we are pleased to offer treatments for this ‘problem’ in the form of Botox injections. Whilst these have sometimes received a bad reputation in the press, the procedure is both successful and perfectly safe in the hand of skilled professionals such as those at our Ipswich dental practice.

The procedure

Botox injections can be used to smooth skin and reduce lines and wrinkles. Some of the most common areas that are treated in this way include:

  • Forehead frown lines
  • Lines at the edges of the eyes

To correct these issues, a small amount of Botox is injected just under the surface of the skin in the relevant areas. Whilst you may experience a slight prick as the fine needle enters the skin, there should be no major discomfort. The Botox works by relaxing the muscles and causing them to contract, leaving the skin significantly smoother. You should start to see results within a few days, with the full results visible after a week or so.

It is worth mentioning that there may be some minor bruising in the area of the injections. This should only last for a few days before returning to normal, but you may wish to arrange your appointment at a convenient time to work around this.

Can Botox go wrong?

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Kiss Loose Dentures Goodbye!

Using dental implants in Ipswich to stabilise or replace dentures.

Nobody wants to lose their teeth, but sometimes we can’t help this.

Whilst much tooth loss can be prevented by good dental care, both at home, and via the services of a dental professional, teeth can be lost through accidents and leave the patient wondering how to choose the most suitable tooth replacement method.

The ‘go to’ option for replacing missing teeth has, for some time, been dentures. Many patients still choose this option, perhaps partially because it is a non invasive procedure that seems both easy and convenient.

Periodically, some people come to us here at the Foxhall Dental Practice, disappointed with their dentures. A common complaint is that tend to move around in the mouth, making eating difficult, and causing embarrassment when they do so in public. This is rarely due to the quality of the dentures, but, more commonly, due to facial shape changes caused by loss of bone in the jaw over time.

Your options

Any denture wearer unhappy with their loose dentures has four main options available to them:

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