Four Point Action Plan For Dental Emergencies

Simple and effective advice from our Purley dental team.

We all hope never to be in a situation where we need a dental appointment in a hurry. Good home care, along with regular visits to the dentist certainly minimises the risk of this happening. Accidents do sometimes happen though, and when they do, the Confidental Clinic team are here to help.

Below, we offer some simple and practical advice on what to do when you need an emergency dental appointment at our Purley practice.

Important first steps

As a priority, if you have suffered facial damage, perhaps through a car accident or a heavy fall, always make sure to have yourself checked at the local A&E. It is important that you rule out any more serious head injuries before you do anything else.

Make an emergency dental appointment

Once you have been given the all clear, or where there is no serious facial trauma, your next step should be to call the Confidental Clinic straight away. The sooner you call us, the more likely it is that we will be able to find an appointment for you the same day. Delaying your phone call, even for a short while, may result in an appointment being filled by someone else. We will also offer advice on how to look after your problem until your appointment, where appropriate.

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Four Reasons Why Invisalign Braces Are So Popular

Invisalign braces

‘Invisible’ braces offering Purley patients discreet, comfortable teeth straightening.

Choosing to have your teeth straightened often means a commitment to wearing dental braces for a significant period of time and this is particularly the case where teeth are significantly out of alignment. It is important that teeth are not put under excessive pressure to re-position them, and this means that a gentle pressure needs to be exerted over a longer period of time, very often for more than a year.

This is one of the main reasons why people sometimes choose to leave their teeth crooked, rather than wear braces for a long time.  In many cases though, when people think of dental braces, they tend to think of the old fashioned metal ones, and are probably unaware of the wide range of modern cosmetic dental braces which now exist. One of the most popular of these being the Invisalign orthodontic system.

In today’s blog, we look at why patients who are looking to have their teeth straightened should consider using the Invisalign system offered by our Purley cosmetic dentists.

Highly discreet

As you may have guessed from the name, Invisalign orthodontics are designed to be as discreet as possible. Instead of using brackets and wires, as traditional dental braces do, Invisalign uses a series of transparent medical grade plastic trays which are worn directly over the teeth. These are produced from impressions of your teeth and each tray is designed to be worn for two or three weeks before being replaced with the next in the series. Each tray eases your teeth just a little more towards their desired position until they are straight and even.


Although you may find the feel of your new braces a little unusual at first, you will soon become accustomed to them. The vast majority of patients at the Confidental Clinic who have worn them, have noted how they soon got used to them and how easy it was to go about their normal lives.

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Do You Want To Have Nicer Smelling Breath?

Chronic breath conditions can be caused by oral health problems.

Most of the time, we probably think very little about how our breath smells. Providing that people don’t run away from us when we speak to them, the chances are that it doesn’t smell too bad. For some people though, having bad breath is a major concern and not very pleasant for those around them too. It can also destroy confidence and reduce social interaction.

Whilst some bad breath can be caused by the food and drink we consume, garlic being an obvious example; this type of bad breath tends to be transient and soon goes providing that we don’t consume it on a daily basis.


Persistent foul smelling breath is called halitosis and is very noticeable. If you have ever spoken to anyone who has this problem, the chances are that you have taken a sudden step backwards to avoid the smell. It can also be confusing for the person who has the bad breath. In most cases they probably shower regularly, wear clean clothes and generally look after themselves. The problem is that few people will tell you if you have bad breath and you may not notice it yourself.

What causes bad breath?

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5 Types Of Dental Fillings

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Your local dentist in Purley explains the uses of different types of filling material.

Having a tooth filled is one of the most common dental procedures, and one that many of our Purley patients will have experienced. Whilst these are usually a routine procedure, there are a number of different types of filling available.

In today’s blog, we take a look at the types and uses for some of the more common dental fillings that are available at the Confidental Clinic.


This is the most common type of dental filling, and is the one that our Purley NHS dental patients will be most familiar with. It can be used both for small and quite large fillings and is the strongest filling material available. The downside of amalgam fillings is the fact that, due to being made from metal compounds, they are a dark colour and therefore highly visible.

Tooth coloured fillings

Tooth coloured fillings are available privately at the Confidental Clinic.  Whilst once considered inferior in strength to amalgam, improvements have made them suitable for all but the largest fillings on the rear teeth. As the name indicates, these can be produced to match the colour of the natural tooth, rendering them next to invisible once the tooth has been filled.

Inlays and onlays

Whilst not strictly a filling, these can be used for larger cavities, especially on the rear teeth where a cosmetic solution is required that is also strong. These are made from impressions that are taken of the cavity and the inlay or onlay will then be produced at a dental laboratory and fitted to the prepared tooth on its return.

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Choosing The Right Teeth Braces

Our Purley dentist looks at differences between the various types of orthodontics.

The array of orthodontic systems available to straighten teeth can be overwhelming. At the Confidental Clinic in Purley, we have available, amongst others, Invisalign, Damon Braces, Lingual Braces and Inman Aligner. Each of these have specific roles to play and may be used for different situations.

In today’s blog, we take a brief look at each of the four types above to indicate the specific benefits and situations in which each might be used, following a thorough examination by our dentist.


Invisalign braces are an excellent and popular choice where appropriate. Avoiding the use of wires and brackets altogether, Invisalign braces are actually a series of custom transparent trays that fit over the teeth, gradually returning the teeth to their correct position.

Ideal for –  Generally crooked teeth, including the rear and side teeth

Advantages – Comfortable, almost invisible, convenient

Disadvantages – Relatively long treatment period in some cases

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Dental Care For Young Children in Purley

Why starting good dental care from an early age is so important.

A question that we hear quite frequently at the Confidental Clinic is all about when parents should first take their child to see a dentist. There is no firm and fixed answer to this question, but we tend to agree with the guidelines of bringing them at around one year old. This early age may raise a few eyebrows, but the argument for doing so is logical. The feeling is that bringing children at this early age will allow them to become accustomed to the dental clinic environment with all of its smells, sounds and sights.

Young babies will easily adapt to new environments, whereas, a child who is a little older may be aware that the family dentist is not always a fun place to be and may also have heard some misguided ‘horror stories’ from other children. This can make encouraging a child to go to the dentist much more difficult and could, potentially, lead to long term oral health problems over time.


From a very young age, parents should clean a baby’s gums with a dampened, clean piece of material. This will help to keep their gums healthy and free from small pieces of food. You can continue this method when the baby teeth start to show, until such a time that a soft toothbrush can be introduced. Our child friendly dentists are always happy to see very young patients, and it is very rare, at around one year old, that there will need to be any dental issues of much concern. We may advise parents how to improve the way they clean their child’s teeth, but the chances of the need for any treatment is very minimal indeed.

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Recovering From A Tooth Extraction

Some helpful aftercare advice from your local Purley dentist.

Although recovering from a tooth extraction may not be in the same league as following a major operation, it can, to some degree, cause a level of stress for some patients. In addition to this, there are necessary steps that should be taken to ensure that the healing process is trouble free.

In today’s blog, a dentist from the Confidental Clinic offers their advice on how to make your recovery as speedy and trouble free as possible.

Be kind to yourself

Although not essential; if you can, we would advise that you attend your extraction appointment with somebody who can take you home afterwards. This is not as important as if you have had sedation, but can make the journey home less stressful. Driving, or travelling on public transport with a numb mouth isn’t the most pleasant experience. When you get home, be nice to yourself and allow a few hours to rest. Perhaps indulge yourself in your guilty TV pleasure and take some time to allow your body to start to heal itself without the hassle of everyday life.

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Turn Back Time With A Full Makeover At Our Purley Practice!

Extensive improvements to an ageing appearance can be yours at the Confidental Clinic.

The phrase ‘growing old gracefully’ used to apply to people accepting their age and all the physical changes that came with it. These days though, it does not have to mean that, and there are a number of treatments that can be used to provide patients with a younger appearance.

We all reach that ‘certain age’ when we take a look in the mirror and recall when our teeth looked great and the only wrinkles that appeared were when we smiled. The good news is that we are able to help you to reverse the appearance of some of these changes and enjoy a younger looking appearance once more.

Full consultation

The best way to approach this makeover is to have a full consultation with our cosmetic dentists who will be able to assess what improvements can be made, and put an action plan into place. You may also wish to see our facial aesthetics team, but more of that later. Our experienced dental team will consult with you about what you want to achieve and offer suggestions as to the best way to do this. At no time will you be pressured into receiving any treatment that you don’t wish to have done; we will advise you and the final decisions is always yours. We will also discuss the cost and suggest the best dental finance plan for you, should you wish to take up this option.

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Gents – Have You Considered What Cosmetic Dentistry Can Do For You?

The number of men seeking cosmetic treatments continues to grow.

The times are changing at a rapid pace, and attitudes change with it. It is not that long ago when the idea of a man receiving cosmetic dental treatment would have seemed ludicrous, perhaps with the exception of famous film stars.

Increasingly though, men are seeking out ways to improve their appearance in the same way that women have done for some time.

Our fathers may have grown old with wrinkled skin and possibly missing teeth, but that does not mean that you have to. At the Confidental Clinic in Purley, we have a wide selection of cosmetic procedures that are equally ideal for men as they are for women.

Teeth whitening

Whether you are male or female, your teeth with gradually darken as you get older. This is unavoidable and the only way to reverse this successfully is to have them whitened. Although there are toothpastes advertised on TV that claim to do this, the reality is that any improvements using this method are likely to be minimal and only a professional teeth whitening procedure is likely to result in a degree of whiteness that you will be happy with.

Dental veneers

If your teeth are heavily stained, perhaps through years of smoking, a teeth whitening procedure may still not be sufficient to restore the colour of your teeth. Dental veneers can be used when teeth are too badly stained for a whitening procedure. In addition to this, minor chips and cracks will no longer be visible once your veneers have been expertly fitted at our Purley dental practice.

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Dental Veneers For A Great Looking Smile

This cosmetic dental procedure offers a fast way to really improve your smile!

Most of us would probably like to improve the appearance of our teeth, in one way or another.

Sometimes this can be done quite simply by using a teeth whitening procedure, for example, but equally, more complex dental treatment might be needed such as the use of dental implants to replace any teeth that are missing.

One flexible treatment which can correct a number of problems are dental veneers and these offer a fantastic way to address some of the issues which can detract from a patient’s smile.

Whiter teeth

The most obvious use for dental veneers is to provide a patient with a whiter nicer looking smile. Whilst a teeth whitening procedure can also do this, it may not be entirely successful if the patient’s teeth are very badly stained, such as might be the case with a heavy smoker. With dental veneers, even a lifetime of heavy smoking can be overcome aesthetically by attaching dental veneers to the front surface of a previously prepared tooth.

Whilst the dental veneer procedure is a little more invasive than a teeth whitening procedure, it is also more permanent. A teeth whitening procedure will improve the whiteness of a patient’s teeth for several months but then will need re-whitening if you wish to maintain the colour. Dental veneers, on the other hand, should last for approximately ten years and are highly resistant to staining, so maintaining the whiteness for a relatively long time.

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