Choose our dentist in Loughton for bespoke dental care with a smile

A different kind of dentist

At Forest Dental we aim to be a dentist in Loughton which is synonymous with bespoke, patient-centred dental care and excellence of the highest order. We believe that a good dentist is one who truly listens, connects and treats their patients on an individualist level whereby all patient’s unique needs and aims are taken into account along every step of their dental journey with us. This approach has allowed us to become of the top dental care providers in the Loughton area, who pride ourselves on our quality customer feedback and consistent Care Quality Commission ratings of the highest possible standards.

Whether you are looking for bespoke cosmetic density, a new family dentist, a nervous dentistry specialist or an expert hygienist and periodontist, at Forest Dental we are here to help.

What does a periodontist do?

Here at Forest Dental our practice firmly believes that prevention is always the best form of treatment, which is why we are a dentist in Loughton who has a particular focus on periodontics and dental hygiene. For anyone who is unsure, a periodontist is a specialist type of dental practitioner who focuses their expertise and skills purely on making sure that every patient’s teeth are in a fit and healthy shape, and that there is no evidence of anything sinister developing throughout their mouth – such as decay, abscesses or gum disease.

While there has been a particular focus in recent years on cosmetic dental work, the good that a dental hygienist does is often far more beneficial in prolonging the longevity and health of your smile – as well as making your teeth look brighter and healthier. When you visit our dentist in Loughton for a hygienist appointment the first thing which will happen is we will examine your teeth and gums for any signs of disease, decay or disrepair.

Our hygienists are experts in spotting the early traits of gum disease or decay, and – should any be noticed – they will make sure you get the treatment you need in time. Following from this the hygienist will then carry out what is known as a ‘scale and polish’ – a deep cleaning process that is broken down into two stages. Firstly the hygienist will use an ultrasound scraper and other equipment to get rid of any plaque or tartar build ups in all areas of your mouth – including the harder to reach pockets between teeth.

After all areas of plaque and tartar are removed, our hygienist will then shine and polish all throughout your teeth, cleaning them of any leftover bacteria and leaving them looking far whiter and fresher.

What if I am scared of the dentist?

At Forest Dental we recognise that dental anxiety can be a massive obstacle that stands in the way of people getting the treatment they need, and as such has devoted an entire branch of our practice to helping nervous patients undergo dental treatments. We are the only practice in the local area that utilises a Healozone machine to treat tooth decay painlessly and non-invasively through the use of ozone gas which clears away all bacteria without the need for drills or dental cleaning equipment. Fear is the number one preventer of adult dental care and something which at Forest Dental we’ve gone to great lengths to help the patient’s overcome so they can get the care they need and enjoy their smiles fully.

The benefits to your family of using Forest Dental Loughton

When we were young children, our parents always told us to make sure we brushed our teeth before going to bed, as they wanted us to grow up with strong, healthy dentition as well as a good set of standards regarding our oral health and hygiene.

Some of us may carry on using the good practices we were taught by our parents throughout our lives to keep our teeth healthy, we may also go on to pass these practices to our own children when we become parents, teaching them to brush their teeth just like we were taught.

One of the other important things we are taught about from an early age with respect to our oral health and hygiene is the importance of visiting the dentist for regular check-ups and to receive any treatments we may need in order to aid us in our daily fight for good oral health.

Here at Forest Dental Loughton, we understand that many families want to be able to visit the same dental practice and this may be the best way to encourage the children in any family unit to fully engage with a dentist and their oral hygiene.

No need to be nervous

Everybody suffers from nerves from time to time, this is something that most of us can accept as a statement of truth. However, at Forest Dental Loughton we are very aware that the idea of visiting the dentist can often invoke a sense of anxiety and trepidation in adults, this can also be a particular problem with young children. Our staff understand this and will go to great lengths to put any nervous person’s mind at ease and make them feel comfortable about seeing the dentist. This may help any children you introduce to the practice feel happier about engaging with the dentist as they will be greeted by a friendly face.

Another good way to encourage a child to engage with the dental practice is to bring them along to see a parent receiving a check-up. As if they can see mum or dad is happy to allow a dentist to examine their teeth, gums, and mouth it may help put them at ease and make them feel comfortable allowing the dentist to do the same to them. Children will often follow examples laid out by their parents that they believe are good for them and are in their best interest.

The provision of dental treatment

No parent wants their child to require complex dental treatment, but if they should need it then it is always good to know that they are registered with the local dentist. At Forest Dental Loughton we encourage parents to register their children with us from a young age, in that way we are ready to help them with their oral health needs as they grow from children to teenagers and finally into adulthood, ensuring they have the ability to enjoy a high standard of oral health at all stages of their lives.

To this end we are a family-friendly, gentle dentist in Loughton, with a team dedicated to offering the very best dental health.

Smile makeovers with our dentist in Loughton

A smile makeover is an excellent way of addressing multiple aesthetic issues which may be affecting the appearance of your teeth. Not only does a smile makeover help create a beautiful smile, but it also helps promote better dental health, so that you can enjoy a happy and exuberant smile for life. Here at our practice our dentist in Loughton will carry out a comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums to look for any underlying dental issues which may be affecting your dental wellbeing. If your teeth are clean and your gums are healthy then you are ready to undergo a smile makeover. If your dentist in Loughton detects any underlying dental issues, then we at Forest Dental can offer you a full range of dental treatments and procedures to help address these problems prior to beginning your smile makeover with us. This may include treating any signs of cavities or tooth decay, carrying out any fillings where necessary, treating any signs of gum disease and performing a professional clean of your teeth and gums to remove any plaque and tartar which may have built up in your mouth.

Once our dentist in Loughton is happy that your teeth and gums are clean and healthy then you will undergo a smile assessment. This will include a three-dimensional scan and X-rays where necessary to create a digital image of your mouth. We can use the latest in digital dental technology to manipulate this image and show you how different treatments and procedures can help improve the appearance of your smile. Our dentist will then put together an individually tailored smile makeover for you.

Here at our practice we offer mini smile makeovers and full smile makeovers, depending on your dental requirements and your personal preferences. A mini smile makeover is suitable for those who require minor correction of the teeth to create a beautiful smile. Mini makeovers are carried out using composite bonding by our dentist. Composite bonding helps mask minor imperfections of the teeth. It is a simple non-invasive procedure and helps create beautiful results.

For those with more complicated aesthetic conditions of the teeth such as significant misalignment issues, chips and cracks on the teeth, irreversible staining or missing teeth, we recommend a full smile makeover. A full smile makeover is made up of a range of treatments and procedures to help achieve the smile of your dreams.

Teeth straightening

A full smile makeover may consist of addressing the alignment issues of your teeth to begin with. We have a range of orthodontic treatment options to do this. If you have complex orthodontic needs then you may have to undergo fixed orthodontic treatment or if you have minor misalignment issues then you may be suitable for removable clear braces to help straighten your teeth. Once you have straightened your teeth, you may consider transforming the surface of your teeth using dental veneers. These are thin shells which are securely attached to the front of your teeth to mask all imperfections completely and create a brand-new smile for you. Speak to us today to find out more about dental veneers and the different treatments and procedures that are available to help you achieve a healthy and happy smile with our dentist.

When was the last time you saw a dentist?

In order for us to have optimum oral health, it is recommended that you have regular appointments with your dentist. This is so that the dentist can examine your teeth, identify if there are any dental issues, and advise on the most suitable dental treatment to resolve your issue.

If you do not book regular appointments with a dentist however, you run the risk of having dental issues left untreated, which can lead to further problems down the line that can ultimately affect your physical health and wellbeing.

If you cannot remember the last time you saw a dentist, and you are based in Loughton, why not visit our practice Forest Dental Loughton, where our team of highly trained dental professionals will be able to help you on your dental health journey.

What you should know about our dental practice

Our practice Forest Dental Loughton has been providing high quality dental treatments for our patients using the latest in dental technology to provide long lasting dental care. We offer to our patients dental treatments within the following areas of dentistry; general treatments, cosmetic dentistry, preventative dentistry and also treatments for those who have missing teeth.

If you have not visited our practice before however, we would advise you to book an appointment with us and have a new patient exam.

What to expect as a new patient at our practice

At Forest Dental Loughton we are always happy to welcome new patients to our practice and with our new patient exam, it gives us a chance to get to know more about you, your dental health and find out your long term goals for your teeth.

When you arrive at our practice, we will ask you to complete a questionnaire, which will ask you questions regarding your dental needs, if you have previously had any dental history and for you to disclose our medical history and any pre-existing conditions you may have. This is important as should you require dental treatment, we will be able to use the information you have given us to ensure that you are given the most suitable treatment.

You will then meet with our principal dentist Dr Sab Rana who will invite you into her surgery to carry out a thorough assessment of your teeth, gums and mouth. X rays and photographs will help our dentist to make a diagnosis if needed.

Once our dentist has completed the examination, your dental health will be discussed in detail and should you require any dental treatment, you will be presented with the most suitable options. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and raise any concerns you may have at this stage.

Once you have decided to go ahead with the recommended treatment, you will be given a detailed treatment plan which will include important factors such as how long the treatment will be, along with fees and options for payment.

If you are particularly nervous about having dental treatment you will not need to worry, as our practice will treat you with the utmost care and respect, creating a calm and professional environment for you to feel comfortable at all times.

When you need a dentist In Loughton, you need Forest Dental!

Visiting the dentist in Loughton might not be on your bucket list of things to do, but it is an essential part of keeping your mouth healthy and happy. At Forest Dental, we specialise in preventive dentistry and we have received the Quality Care Commission’s seal of approval by being awarded the highest rating for the care we provide to all of our patients. Our aim is to provide a friendly and professional service that helps you to keep your teeth and gums healthy. If you have any problems, we also aim to treat these by keeping pain to an absolute minimum. We use the latest technology, including our Healozone machine to treat decay without drilling and the Diagnodent machine to diagnose decay as soon as possible, keeping problems to a minimum. Alongside this, we also offer cosmetic treatments, which are very popular with our patients, as they give them the confidence they need to smile freely.

Teeth whitening

If you come to see our dentist in Loughton, you may be interested in teeth whitening. We use Zoom, which is perfect for anybody who is self-conscious about the appearance of the colour of their teeth.

How to get started

Before you get started on any treatment, we offer a free consultation, where you can discuss your concerns about your smile. This will give us a chance to examine your teeth and to get an understanding of what you want to achieve. We will then be able to recommend the best course of treatment for your specific needs. With Zoom whitening, we can then explain how this works and you can ask as many questions as you need to ensure that you are happy with the treatment plan.

What is Zoom?

Your dentist in Loughton will be able to explain fully, but in a nutshell Zoom is an at-home or in-practice treatment that requires you to have a custom-made tray for your teeth. Once this has been made bespoke for you, you will be provided with the Zoom bleaching agent to put in your tray. You then need to wear the tray overnight or for two sessions a day as directed by us. Normally, after a couple of weeks, you will then be able to come back to the practice and have a 90-minute laser whitening session to finish everything off. Results typically yield teeth that are 9 shades whiter, although this can vary depending on the shade your teeth were before treatment.

What else do I need to know?

There are different types of staining. Surface staining can be caused by smoking, caffeine, red wine, curries or medicines, for example. Internal staining may be caused by an accident or nerve endings being removed. At our practice, we will be able to discuss the causes of the staining you have and how effective treatment will be for your teeth.

So, if you are keen to find out more about how you can get a lighter and brighter smile, why not come and see us to find out why there is a reason to get excited about going to the dentist?!

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Are you apprehensive about going to the dentist?

Do you avoid committing to your regular six monthly check-ups, because you are afraid of what they may find? At Forest Dental Loughton we have learned over our decades of practising that many patients suffer from the same phobias. Just as your medical doctor develops an understanding which defines his ‘bedside’ manner, so it is for dentists and their ‘chairside’ manner. We practise what we call gentle family dentistry, where we put our patients first and because we have two ears and one mouth, we listen more than we talk. This allows us to develop a relationship with our patients and having welcomed many patients since 2004 we can see that our patients are happy with our particular calm approach.

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy

We at Forest Dental Loughton believe that preventive dentistry is the key to keeping your teeth and gums healthy for the duration of your life. If we do find a problem we aim to fix it correctly ensuring that it does not reoccur, so that you do not end up in a never-ending cycle of requiring ongoing dental treatment. It seems strange that we will take our car for its regular service, but when it comes to maintenance of our teeth and gums, in many cases we are less motivated. Regular brushing and flossing, together with six monthly check-ups and regular hygienist cleaning, are all part of our preventive dentistry programme.

Give your children a wonderful gift

What better gift can you give to your children than health and part of that gift must be dental health. We encourage our patients to bring their children in from the age of six months old. You can start to bring them in when you attend your appointments, our well-trained staff will look after them while you receive your treatment. It is important that from an early age they experience the environment of the dental surgery with its smells, sights and sounds. They will get used to people in white coats wearing masks and the telephones ringing and people moving around as they go about their daily routines. As they grow up and start to have their own examinations they will be stress free and not feel apprehensive about their dental visits. By starting early we are also able to educate them on the correct way to brush and floss their teeth, and we can guide them on the most suitable equipment for their cleaning. Any problems that may be manifesting as they are growing will be identified by us and treated early to avoid any problems in later life. All of this will help them to enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. We are now seeing the second generation of families who started to visit us almost two decades ago.

You are part of our family

Forest Dental Loughton prides itself on caring for patients by treating them with respect and in the same way that we would like to be treated. Our service is geared around making your experience the very best that it can be. We attend regular training and seminars as equipment and techniques improve, so that we can provide you with the best treatment available at any particular time.

Considering your options and selecting our dentist in Loughton

The location

When first deciding upon which dental practice to visit, whether for yourself, your family or all involved, the location can play a huge part in it. After all, the last thing any of us wants to do is travel hours away in order to have our oral health check carried out. The location of the practice along with parking facilities therefore becomes one of the leading reasons to choose a dental practice.

But although this is of course all very important, what other aspects should you be considering?

The quality

Particularly with all the extra health and safety measures that have been implemented over the past couple of years, it is important to know that your dental practice has you covered. At Forest Dental we have consistently been awarded with the highest rating from the Care Quality Commission ensuring that it is not just our word for you to go on, but official standards which are being continuously proven. Whenever attending an appointment whether medical or cosmetic with our dentist in Loughton it is important to know that the quality of care in terms of knowledge, friendliness and of course hygiene are met, which is why we put a lot of emphasis on all aspects of our care.

Focussing on the longer term dental care

Whilst for some patients a quick fix solution may be the preferred choice of treatment, when it comes to our patients we are always focussed on the long-term plan. Although you may dislike your dental visits and wish to attend the minimum number of appointments possible, our dentist in Loughton wants to see you on a yearly basis at least, so as to help maintain or improve your healthy smile as often as possible. Once or twice a year to keep your smile in check is what we hope to achieve at the very least with every patient we have. With this in mind we therefore constantly look for ways to encourage our patients to come for regular check-ups alongside other essential checks, such as mouth cancer screenings or hygiene appointments.

Our focus is your dental care, encompassing the past, the present and into the future. We are in for the long term and hope as a team we can achieve your desired smile.

A friendly approach

Nervousness within patients is more common than some may think, and whilst there are patients who can push this anxiety aside, for others it can be crippling and affect their oral care. For those who are nervous around the dental practice it is important to inform the dental team from the receptionist through to the dentist in Loughton so that they can assist in whatever way possible. It may be through certain music playing whilst you are in the chair or an appointment at a specific time. No matter what the request, help us to work with you so as to provide you with the dental care you need. All our patients are important to us and working together for the benefit of your oral health is our aim both in the short and long term.

Whitening and brightening your smile at Forest Dental

When patients have spent years consuming caffeinated drinks, coloured beverages such as red wine or taking certain medications that stain the teeth, it may be that their smile has been tainted with the stains of these choices. Whilst for some this cosmetic impact may not be something they are concerned about, for others, the stained smile can cause a variety of discomforts. This is where the option to whiten your teeth may become appealing.

Whilst teeth whitening, like all dental treatments and procedures, is not a one size fits all method, there are a variety of possibilities which can be discussed with you by our knowledgeable dental team at Forest Dental Loughton.

Choosing over-the-counter whitening products to save the pennies

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As with all treatments and procedures there are a variety of options readily available to be carried out at home. Whilst over-the-counter or internet solutions are not something that is strongly recommended, they are often the cheaper options. This is always an appealing aspect to anything we look at purchasing, but by attending Forest Dental Loughton for your teeth whitening process you are not only ensuring that the necessary safety checks of the product have been carried out, but you are also ensuring that the materials used are specific to your individual case. Having white teeth is a very generic and broad term, whereas brightening up the smile with teeth whitening products is not quite that simple. After all, very few people intentionally seek a smile that is so white it appears completely fake. By working with your dental team at Forest Dental Loughton we are able to brighten your smile whilst ensuring the process leaves a natural appearance to it rather than a synthetic one.

Overnight treatments

Although we strongly recommend using tooth whitening treatments provided by your dental team, this does not mean that you have to spend large amounts of time at the dental practice. One type of tooth whitening treatment is an at-home kit. These rely heavily on the patient’s commitment to the process, as the patient is provided with a special paste that is to be inserted into a retainer type tray and worn overnight. This particular treatment often suits patients who are too busy or potentially nervous when it comes to their dental visits. Whilst check-ups are needed to ensure that the process is working efficiently, the length of time within the Forest Dental Loughton surgery is greatly reduced.

A Zoom treatment

For patients who are seeking a quick fix to their discoloured smile, it may be that they pop into the dental practice for an intensive 90 minute treatment known as ‘Zoom’. Whilst this procedure does not suit every patient, the results are immediate and therefore patients that are seeking a brighter smile for a special event may be more swayed towards the more concentrated procedure.

No matter how discoloured your smile may appear to yourself, discuss your options with your dental team to ensure that you are understanding each treatment and choosing the most suitable one for yourself. Your comfort is one of our aims and therefore choosing the treatment to suit your needs is essential.

The importance of visiting the dentist in Loughton

As adults, we all know that teeth need to be taken care of, as once we lose them, they cannot be replaced by allowing them to grow back. The need to keep our teeth clean is something we are all aware of, for this reason, we all grow up knowing we must brush and floss our teeth every day if we want to enjoy good oral health and hygiene.

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We recognise this so strongly that we pass this idea down to our children, in the hope they will grow up and have strong, healthy teeth and gums. We also hope that as we have taught them, they will teach their own children the importance of good oral hygiene too.

We also all recognise the need to visit the dentist in Loughton to attend regular check-ups and receive any treatment we may require. However many of us choose to ignore the recommendations of the dentist and put our check-ups off by a month or two, believing everything will be alright. But parents continue to tell their children to clean their teeth twice a day and go for their regular check-ups, is it not time for adults to heed our own advice?

Making a professional ally in the fight for good oral health

The staff at our dentist in Loughton know how they want to be regarded by their patients in the area, they want to be seen as reliable allies in the front line battle for good oral health and hygiene. Our team of professionally trained staff are all patient-focussed and we know that patients’ oral health and hygiene is important to them, making it important to our team.

We encourage all our patients to attend our practice frequently for their oral check-ups, as this will allow our team to examine their teeth, gums, and mouth, allowing us to monitor their oral hygiene progress and provide early intervention treatment if required to prevent serious issues developing.

One other key reason patients should stick to regular check-ups is the fact they provide the perfect time for a conversation about any concerns between the patient and dental professional, this can be helpful when used to inform the development of a treatment plan and allows our dentist to hand out helpful advice. If they feel the need to refer you to other professionals, then the check-up time is the correct place to have a conversation around their roles in your treatment.

Remember – prevention is always better than the cure

The main reason for keeping to your regular check-ups is that it will help to prevent the occurrence of issues developing, as we can provide early intervention treatment and advice you may require. This will help to stave off the need for any invasive dental treatment and  help you to maintain high standards within your oral hygiene and health.

Make your check-up appointment and keep to it

The longest check-up time at our dentist in Loughton is thirty minutes. Surely this is time well spent, as it helps to maintain your oral health and hygiene. Look at it another way, if you need two check-ups a year that is one hour a year to maintain your teeth versus losing them completely for the rest of your life.

We are a family-friendly, sympathetic dental practice in Loughton, Essex, with a team dedicated to offering the very best oral health care.

Forest Dental keeping the community healthy

At Forest Dental Loughton we believe in helping the community to become healthier by encouraging proper dental hygiene. We believe that we are contributing to the overall well being of the community that we serve. Our team of dedicated staff provide patient care that can detect possible future health concerns early, that otherwise might only be diagnosed much later in other practices. Tooth decay and gum disease have been linked to more serious illnesses. Bacteria from the mouth can lead to infection of the heart lining or cardiovascular disease and the resistance to infection caused by oral bacteria can increase the probability of becoming diabetic. In women who are pregnant the increase in oral bacteria during pregnancy can also cause a number of other complications.

Providing care and treatment for the whole family

Forest Dental Loughton provides a full range of treatment for the entire family. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to the dental surgery from an early age to acclimatise them and make the surgery a secure and pleasant place to visit. A welcoming and caring team approach helps our patients to confide in us and trust us with their dental concerns. From reception to dentist our philosophy and approach is the same – that you are our focus. Children we treat now are the future adult patients of our dental practice and a reputation for care and attention to detail is what makes a dental practice successful.

Preventive dentistry

Proper routine dental hygiene and six monthly visits to the dentist are a part of the overall regime required to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. By starting to visit a dentist at a young age correct advice on brushing and flossing will become routine.

Latest technology and training

The latest dental equipment allows Forest Dental Loughton to offer exceptional diagnostic and treatment results. The use of a laser detector pen allows for the detection of tooth decay that can be accurately pinpointed effortlessly. In addition we use equipment that uses oxygen converted into ozone to safely and effectively remove harmful bacteria. Detecting the problem early allows treatment to occur before it is necessary to drill and remove the decay and then to fill the cavity created. Dental technological advances are rapidly changing dentistry and staff training on the latest equipment and techniques is ongoing. This allows for the provision of long-term, permanent dental care rather than temporary fixes.

Solving patients’ dental issues

As a dentist the primary goal is to provide patients with first class service and excellent dental care. The result of doing this well will build a good reputation leading to a successful dental practice and happy patients.

Reviews bring patients

Technology today exposes us all to the world especially on social media and positive reviews mean that patients are satisfied. It is an immediate measure of how well a dental practice is doing. It is vitally important that dentists pay attention to the concerns of their patients and seek to address those concerns quickly and efficiently. A dental practitioner now not only has to be good at providing top class dental care, but customer service to match. This is the ultimate goal of our practice each and every time a patient comes through our doors.