Cosmetic dentistry at Forest Dental

If you are hoping to improve the look of your smile, then here at Forest Dental in Loughton offer many different cosmetic treatments to help you with this. All of them vary with how much they can do in terms of changing the look of the smile, but they are all beneficial and can help boost your confidence.


Porcelain veneers

This type of cosmetic treatment can be an effective and quick way to improve the look of your smile. This involves you having specially-made slivers of porcelain attached to the front of your teeth, to cover any imperfections. Getting veneers does not require a lot of preparation to the teeth before, meaning it is less invasive than some other treatments and can also be done quicker. Veneers can disguise imperfections such as stains, small gaps, or minor misalignment.

C-Fast braces

If you are looking for straighter teeth, but want it done quickly, then these braces could be for you. They are similar to traditional fixed braces, but are less visible and only focus on a few front teeth. Focusing on the front teeth is a great way of doing it as these are the teeth that other people see the most, this also means it has a quicker result. The average treatment time for these braces is 5 months, but can be achieved in as little as 8 weeks depending on the condition of your teeth.

Cosmetic contouring

If you have minor imperfections in your smile, such as a tooth that has been chipped slightly, worn away or is too pointy, then contouring could be the treatment for you. This procedure is painless, cost effective and can improve your smile massively, just by making small adjustments. Our dentists at Forest Dental Loughton use polishing discs to gently contour your teeth to improve the look of them.

Teeth whitening

We offer two types of teeth whitening methods to suit your preferences, one that you can do from the comfort of your own home and one that happens in our dental practice. The first type is our Zoom teeth whitening treatment, this usually takes around 90 minutes to complete. If effective, your teeth can appear up to 9 shades whiter, after one treatment!

The other alternative is our home teeth whitening kit option. Your dentist from Forest Dental in Loughton will assess your teeth and take a mould of them so a custom whitening tray can be created. This tray fits perfectly round your teeth, and you can either wear it overnight or in two separate sessions during the day. This is great for people who may feel nervous about getting their teeth whitened in the dental practice.

White fillings

At our dental practice, we use a white material for our fillings so that when you smile or open your mouth, they are not visible to others. The white fillings are just as strong as any other type of filling, and are practically invisible.

We take pride in helping our patients maintain their smile, and we offer many different treatments to suit anyone’s needs. Don’t think twice about contacting our dental practice if you are looking for high-quality cosmetic dentistry!

Afraid to let your child have a dental appointment during Covid-19? Fear not, we at Forest Dental have you covered

During these uncertain times the dental hygiene regime has become even more paramount in our daily lives and we at Forest Dental Loughton have taken our patient and staff safety to heart. Even before Covid-19 we were consistently being awarded the highest rating from the Care Quality Commission. Therefore when Covid arose, stepping up to the challenge was easy, as we are highly committed to rigorous cleaning measures which include masks, wipes, disinfecting sprays, gloves, soaps and hand gels. All of these measures are in constant use and upon arrival we also ensure that our patients sanitise their hands.forest-dental-loughton

Why is it recommended to take my 12 month old to the dentist when their teeth are only just coming through?

We at Forest Dental Loughton believe that the best way to provide the utmost care is to avoid as many treatments or procedures later in life as possible. Even though it reduces our workload, if we can prevent your child from needing dental work later in life then we will. Our commitment is to providing the best possible care immediately and therefore having regular appointments from as early as 12 months is extremely beneficial.

What can our team do for you and your child?

To begin with, we want all our patients, whether young or old, to have a positive experience at Forest Dental Loughton both in the surgery and with the dental team. Previous studies have shown that the very first dental appointment taken by a child creates an important impression for future appointments, we therefore want it to be a positive experience for all involved. So rest assured your child’s safety and comfort are our top priority.

Once your child has settled into their appointment and feels comfortable we can offer a variety of treatments. First of all we can paint fluoride onto the surface of their developing teeth. Fluoride is completely safe and mineralises the teeth which ensures a natural protection is in place early on and hinders the development of decay.

Another method to protect the teeth is to use tooth-coloured fissure sealants. This sounds complicated, but is actually just a treatment that provides a thin protective layer over the biting surfaces of your children’s teeth which helps prevent decay on teeth such as the molars.

Last of all, seeing a child’s teeth develop from a young age enables our dental team to spot potential future dental issues such as underbites, crossbites or overbites. By spotting the possible signs of a future dental problem our dentists at Forest Dental can intervene early on and correct the issue quickly.

What are the long-term benefits of your child having regular check-ups?

Well the simple answer is, healthy teeth and gums for life. By having regular appointments as a child it can reduce the risk of tooth decay and potentially prevent fillings later in life. On top of all this it will eliminate as much as possible the fears and phobias of going to the dentist.

Please note that all dental work carried out carries a potential risk and therefore we recommend discussing any treatments or procedures mentioned in this article with your dentist.

Unleash the true potential of your smile through Forest Dental in Loughton

Let yourself shine

forest-dental-loughtonHere at Forest Dental in Loughton, our number one goal is allow each of our unique, individual patients – of all ages – to maximise the true beauty and potential reach that their smiles could have. Our smiles are one of the most important assets that we all possess. They are what we present to the world on a daily basis, and play a vital role in almost every aspect of our lives. As such, at Forest Dental in Loughton, we offer our patients an entire spectrum of cosmetic dentistry procedures and techniques – each being utilised around each patient to bring out the best in their smiles and boost their inner confidence.

Is cosmetic dentistry right for me?

You have probably heard of cosmetic dentistry at some point or other. However, deciding whether or not it is the best approach to help you bring about your best smile, requires first that you have a good grasp on what it actually is. Rather than being something entirely irreversible, or a privilege reserved only for the rich and famous – cosmetic dentistry is a field which expands over a whole range of procedures, from a simple, non-invasive treatment such as professional tooth whitening, to a complete remodeling of your smile through dentures. Each patient, if they are considering a cosmetic dentistry procedure to help boost the impact of their smile, must first visit us at Forest Dental in Loughton for a friendly chat with one of our expert cosmetic dentistry specialist who will help you work out which treatment is most suited to your needs and form a treatment plan – should you choose to continue.

Teeth whitening

One of our most widely requested forms of cosmetic dentistry across the spectrum, is also one of our least invasive. This is cosmetic tooth whitening, which is a cosmetic procedure which aims to rid your teeth of any signs of age, greyness or yellowing or remove and marks or stains that you may have. There are a number of reasons as to why your teeth may become marked or stained – such as whether or not your smoke or drink highly staining drinks such as black tea or coffee. Discoloration and yellowness of your teeth can be a natural result of aging, and can also be brought about through poor oral hygiene, or from taking certain prescription medications. Whatever the reason may be, however, here at Forest Dental, our teeth whitening cosmetic experts can completely reverse all signs of deterioration and leave you with a gleaming, glistening new smile.

How does it work?

The process of getting a whiter smile from us here at Forest Dental initially starts with a custom mould being made of your teeth. From this mould, a retainer is created – which you are then given to take home. Into this retainer, over the following two weeks, patients then place a small quantity of a peroxide-based whitening gel. As the retainer has been custom made to fit perfectly around the patient teeth, as the gel begins to eradicate the stains – there will be no areas left yellowed in the more difficult to reach areas. After a short timeframe, the patient can enjoy a brighter and more impactful smile which is bound to make a lasting impression.

Forest Dental Loughton

Forest Dental prides itself on providing high quality dentistry, underpinned by outstanding service. Dr Sab Rana tells The Parliamentary Review about how she has developed a dental practice with this ethos – one which considers the baseline in dental standards to be just that – “a baseline”. Forest Dental has consistently received the highest Care Quality Commission ratings and patient feedback regularly cites the personal nature of the service provided. Dr Rana talks at greater length about how she has developed Forest Dental over the past 15 years.

I graduated as a dentist from Liverpool University in 1993 and became an associate in a multipartner practice in Hertfordshire. During my 11 years as an associate, I was mentored by three principals and was grateful to them for sharing their considerable experience with me. While there were many advantages to being part of a multisurgery dental practice, such as sharing experiences, knowledge, holiday cover and cost, I felt that the service provided was, at times, a little impersonal as a result of the volume of patients that were treated on a daily basis.

I acquired Forest Dental, based in Loughton, Essex, in 2004 and my vision from the outset was to develop a family practice that offered a more personalised service. Over the past 15 year, with considerable support from my husband Seb, I am proud to say that I have evolved Forest Dental into this vision. Forest Dental is a single-partner practice which offers a broad range of services using the latest techniques and technologies. In addition, our emphasis is always on the provision of long-term dental care rather than quick fixes, whether for general, preventative, restorative or cosmetic dentistry. A key factor our success has been the quality of the clinical staff that I have worked with over the years. I have been very selective in ensuring that I only recruit motivated and talented people. Forest Dental’s current nurse, Victoria May, provides a vital chairside role in the overall patient experience and, coming from a Harley Street practice, understands the need for clinical excellence.

“We feel that our level of personalised service differentiates us from the competition”

24-hour service

Approximately five years ago we decided to replace our receptionist with a virtual PA company. This change was implemented to enable us to provide a 24-hour service to patients. Our virtual PA company answers calls throughout the day and night and then forwards a consolidated list to me detailing which patients have called and providing me with a brief summary of the reason for their call. I personally return each and every one of these calls, which enables me to prioritise, discerning whether a same-day emergency appointment is needed or if the issue is more routine in nature. This approach seems to be appreciated by my patients and, quite often, only advice or reassurance over the phone is required rather than an actual appointment.

Living relatively close to Forest Dental, I am able to open the practice at weekends and evenings for emergencies as and when needed. I am keen to ensure that my patients are well cared for and not left in discomfort. In an area such as Loughton, which has many dental practices in a two-mile radius, we feel that this level of service differentiates us from the competition.

Limited hours, unlimited attention

As a mother of two, my working day has to fit in around my other priorities. Although the hours I offer are limited – we are open four days a week – the attention I provide to my patients is unlimited. Through the 24-hour call monitoring, swift personal call-backs to patients and opening for emergency appointments, we have all bases covered.

We are proud to have received the highest possible scores from our periodic reviews by the CQC and continually strive to retain this level of rating. We provide a responsive and tailored service to our patients, including regular visits to the laboratories that we use for patient work to discuss with the technicians the specifics of each individual case. Forest Dental uses local laboratories as far as possible for patient work as we are committed to supporting local businesses.


“Although the hours I offer are limited, the attention I provide to my patients is unlimited”

Preventative and holistic

We have never, and will never, use amalgam fillings containing mercury, and we are now proud to offer BPA-free white fillings. We appreciate it is important to be able to offer alternative options for our discerning patients, and to explain the benefits and disadvantages associated with each option.

We have also invested in cutting-edge technology such as the Healozone machine, which allows tooth decay to be treated without having to drill the tooth, effectively “fillings without drilling”. While not suitable for every cavity, it has allowed us to expand our treatment and we are one of the only practices in Essex offering this service. In addition, our investment in a Diagnodent laser machine helps us to identify tooth decay in patients at an early stage so that we can provide preventative treatment. These technologies, as well as fibre-optic lighting in high-speed drills, intraoral cameras and advanced digital X-ray technology, enable us to offer our patients the latest technologies in their dental care.

Composite bonding

We are keen to provide minimally invasive dentistry and strive to improve a patients smile with a “mini-makeover” approach, using the latest composite bonding techniques. We have found these mini-makeovers to be very popular due to the fact that they are cost effective and do not destroy valuable tooth enamel.

A green future

I enjoy being a single partner practice, and I find it liberating to be able to make decisions on practice vision and ethos without broader consultation. I continually review our environmental impacts and continually look at ways of reducing Forest Dental’s consumption of single use plastics items.

I am passionate about providing high quality dentistry underpinned by all round service excellence. This is key to earning trust, building strong patient relationships and making a visit to the dentist something to look forward to.


» Principal Dentist: Dr Sab Rana
» Practice acquired in November 2004
» Location: Loughton, Essex
» Services: Dentistry
» No. of employees: 2

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Bring out your best smile with Forest Dental in Loughton

Time sees a change in demand

forest-dental-loughtonHere at Forest Dental in Loughton, we’ve noticed a distinct change in the perceptions around dentistry and how it is received. Being a longstanding staple in the Loughton community over time we have seen it grow and develop as all manner of trends came and went. In recent years though, we’ve noticed one trend which we embrace wholeheartedly. This is the increase in the amount of people seeking out and actively engaging with dentistry across all procedures. Historically, we have found that the hardest part of any procedure would be getting patients to actually go ahead with it. Today however, a record number of patients – both young and old – are flocking to our practice, seeking out treatments to maximise the aesthetics of their smiles and boost their overall oral health.

Prevention is the best course of treatment

It is our philosophy here at Forest Dental in Loughton that the best course of any dental treatment is to avoid the need for any treatment at all. This is done through an increased focus on preventive dentistry and education around good oral habits – particularly with our younger patients. However, if any dental work is required, our expert team of dental practitioners and specialists are on hand to meet and surpass any expectations. Through the use of some of the most cutting-edge dental machinery and practices, we aim to combat any dental issues which patients may present to us and provide them with the smiles they deserve.

Cleaning the cushions

One of the most popular forms of preventive dentistry we provide here at Forest Dental in Loughton is the identification of early signs of onset gum disease or periodontal disease. Our gums are arguably the most important part of our mouths as they act as a seal or cushion to our teeth and protect and preserve the integrity and strength of our teeth. Periodontal disease (or gum disease) is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults, and is generally avoidable if the patient boosts their oral health and it is identified early. Telltale signs of gingivitis, which is the precursor to periodontal disease, is often first recognised if you are spitting blood constantly when brushing. If this is noticed, we recommend a visit to one of our experienced dental hygienists, to thoroughly examine your gum health.

Polishing up on things

Gingivitis, and, in turn, periodontal disease are both caused by untreated build-ups of plaque or tartar between and around your teeth. If build-ups are recognised by our dental hygienists they may suggest you have a ‘scale and polish’ service. This preventive dentistry procedure removes any build-up of plaque or tartar, as well as removing any superficial stains or discolouration to your teeth. Whilst similar treatments such as cosmetic tooth whitening may be a purely aesthetic solution, a scale and polish service aims to maximise your oral health and minimise the risk of gingivitis or any other dental issue developing. A scale and polish service is one of the most effective ways of restoring your natural oral health, as well as leaving your teeth whiter and brighter than before.

It’s about more than just a check-up at Forest Dental

Most people visit their dentist sporadically, missing scheduled check-ups and suffering with tooth pain for months on end before seeking advice. Some people are just unaware of treatments that are now available, continuing to suffer with crooked front teeth or gaps in their smile. The range of treatments available at our practice is vast and can resolve nearly all of your dental dilemmas.

dental-check-up-loughtonAt Forest Dental in Loughton we are passionate about smiles. Everybody should be proud to show off their smile, and if you are not satisfied with yours then it is time to book a consultation appointment with one of our practitioners, to see what we can do to help you transform your smile into one that you love. They will be able to assess the condition of your teeth and inform you of which treatments are likely to be most beneficial to you.

Are crooked front teeth damaging your self-esteem?

At Forest Dental in Loughton we understand how upsetting it can be to feel self-conscious about smiling because of crooked front teeth. People often feel like their front teeth stand out and that it is all that people notice, but luckily at our practice we can straighten your front teeth for you in as little as eight weeks.

This treatment is perfect for people who have simple corrections that need to be made to their front teeth. If you are unsure as to whether you are suitable for treatment or not then booking an appointment to see one of our professionals will allow them to assess the condition of your teeth and inform you if this treatment is ideal.

The braces are attached to the outer surfaces of your teeth with clear brackets, making them discreet and not easily noticeable to others. The wire attaching them is tooth coloured, making it a lot less noticeable than the usual metallic wire that traditional braces have.

Do you have gaps in your smile where teeth have fallen out?

If several of your teeth have fallen out then it can be traumatising, and people often do not know what to do. A bridge is an appliance that is capable of restoring multiple teeth, and whilst it is metal based, its exterior is porcelain, meaning it completely blends in with your other teeth. If you need a bridge for your front teeth then it is likely to be constructed just of porcelain so it is more aesthetically pleasing. Having a bridge does not only restore the appearance of your smile, but also enables you to chew food with confidence again and be free from pain and discomfort.

If you are worried about cost or simply do not wish to replace your teeth on a permanent basis, you can opt for a removable bridge instead. This is a lot less expensive than a fixed bridge, but offers ultimate convenience as you are able to pop on your smile for special events such as weddings or business conferences. Sometimes you will be provided with a removable bridge whilst you wait for your actual bridge or similar appliance such as veneers to be made.

Why you should visit Forest Dental in Loughton

If you are looking for great dental care in Loughton then look no further. Here, at Forest Dental in Loughton, we provide our patients with professional dental treatment in our caring family practice, using the latest technology and dentistry techniques in order to provide quality dental services for all the family. We are a small practice and care about each and every one of our patients. We pride ourselves on offering a safe and gentle dental service for the whole family.

Forest Dental in LoughtonHere, at Forest Dental in Loughton, we are committed to the safety of our patients and adhere to a strict cross infection policy in order to protect both them and our staff. We always aim to use disposable equipment where possible and employ rigorous sterilisation procedures in order to provide the safest environment that we can for our patients.

We care deeply about our patients and always hope that they will choose to stay with us for their long-term dental care. We focus on providing lifetime treatment for their dental needs and are always here to support them with any advice needed. Our staff, here at Forest Dental in Loughton, are very experienced in all areas of dental treatment. Whatever your dental needs, be it preventive, restorative or cosmetic dentistry, you can be confident that we can help you achieve your goals.

What technology do you use?

We use a range of modern technology here at Forest Dental in Loughton, to support patients with all of their dentistry needs. We can treat tooth decay without the need of a drill, using our wonderful Healozone machine and can detect early tooth decay with our DIAGNOdent machine, meaning that we are able to intervene early to give you the best possible care for your teeth.

We also use digital X-rays, fibre-optic lighting and intraoral cameras in our practice, making Forest Dental in Loughton a truly modern environment in which to treat all the dental needs of both you and your family.

What are the benefits of being your patient?

We always promise to welcome our patients into a professional and caring environment. We inevitably treat our patients with the utmost respect and take any concerns seriously, responding to them in a helpful and informative way. You can be confident that any treatment you are advised to have will be fully explained and that we will make you fully aware of all the options that are available to you and their associated costs.

We are committed to doing the very best we can to keep appointments running to schedule so that you don’t have to wait around for your treatment. Our dentists have a reputation for consistently performing their best standard of dental work for our patients and always use the best quality materials available to them. We will always keep you up to date and informed of the latest dental techniques and how these could help you and your family.

In addition, all dental work carried out here, at Forest Dental in Loughton, is guaranteed for a minimum of twelve months, meaning you and your family can rest assured that we are doing our very best to provide you with a caring and quality service and will be here for you in the long term.

Tips for Staying Calm During That First Visit at Forest Dental in Loughton

For a lot of us a visit to the dentist is just another part of our routine, get up, get ready, sit in the chair, go home. It sounds easy, but for a lot of people that short visit can be a pretty stressful time, especially if it’s your first time at a practice. There are a lot of new faces, sights and sounds to get used to that can overwhelm people and make you anxious.

Forest Dental in LoughtonEven though we do take things slow on your visit at Forest Dental in Loughton, here’s a couple of things we recommend our patients try at home and in the chair to put you at ease on your next appointment.

Communicate with your dentist

When you’re sitting in our practice, we can’t stress enough how important it is that you communicate with us. Not only will it put you at ease and make you feel more in control, but it will also let your dentist know when things are getting a little too much for you during your treatment.

If you struggle with speaking to other people because you’re anxious, why not try simple hand signals to say if you need a break or are feeling uneasy at any point. The more you talk to your practitioner, the easier the experience will be for you.

Practice breathing techniques

Most of us when we’re nervous tend to hold our breath, this is the worst thing to do if you’re feeling nervous as it decreases the oxygen in your blood whilst the adrenaline only continues to climb. Which is why a lot of people with anxiety tend to shake quite a bit when they’re nervous, all that adrenaline and nowhere for it to go.

Taking long, slow even breathes helps to circulate and increase the oxygen in your blood supply, which breaks down that energy and relaxes you. Try to time it whilst particularly hard treatments are happening like injections or when drills are used.

Listen to music

Listening to your favourite tunes is a great way to lower stress levels. Although heavy metal and thumping dubstep are a big no-no as that music was made in mind with getting your heart rate up. If you have anything you listen to that’s of a slow tempo then that’s perfect to just chill out to, as your dentist at Forest Dental Loughton does their job.

Take in a stuffed toy

At Forest Dental in Loughton we certainly won’t judge you if you stop by with a plush toy that you like to cuddle up to. Having something from home that you can hold and squeeze if you’re feeling stressed is a great way to relax you during your treatment.

Keep a few of these in mind ahead of your next appointment and you should find that you will start to feel less scared about visiting our practice. We’re open to whatever you need to do to make things better for you.


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