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Private dentistry vs the NHS

2018 February 12
by Sanjay Narda

Of course, there are some great NHS practices and for some, these are a good option. But the demand for private dentistry is increasing and there are many reasons why this is the case.

  1. Over the many years we have been here, we often have positive feedback about the longer treatment times in private dentistry. We don’t like to rush our treatments and we book as much time as we feel we need to do the best job. Another way that time is on our side is we have less of a wait for appointment times. The NHS is under a lot of strain which often leads to long waiting lists and appointments get very spread out. We like to ensure that you have the choice of appointment time and get you booked in as soon as possible.
  2. The NHS is quite limited with treatment options and work under three different price brackets. Sometimes this can mean that the treatment you want is unavailable to you or will come at an extra cost. We have a wide array of treatment options available to suit your requirements. We also offer dental implants, orthodontic treatments and cosmetic dentistry, so whatever you need for your perfect smile, we can offer it to you!
  3. At our dental practice, we only have one dentist, Dr. Sanjay Narda, and he has been here for over 12 years. This means you will have the same dentist each time you visit which gives you continuity and peace of mind.
  4. While there is no doubt that private dentistry can cost more than NHS dentistry, we offer payment plans to help you with the cost. We offer different dental monthly plans, such as Denplan and Smilecare, which cover you for anything from just your check ups and hygienist visits, right up to covering extractions and fillings. With orthodontic treatments, we allow you to pay a deposit and then pay as you go so you can pay an agreed amount each visit helping you spread the cost.

To book an appointment, please call us on 01844 343381 or visit our dental practice in Princes Risborough. We see patients from Princes Risborough, Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Thame, Wendover and the surrounding areas.

NASA and Dentistry

2018 February 5
by Sanjay Narda

You may not think it, but NASA has had a lot of influence over new developments in the dental industry over the years. These developments are known as spin-offs. Other well know spin-offs ore memory foam and scratch resistant lenses.

The dentally related spinoffs that NASA have been involved with are:

  • Invisible braces, such as Invisalign, are made from a type of transparent ceramic called polycrystalline alumina. This material is very strong, so can be made quite thin and because of its clear appearance is perfect for invisible braces. It was originally developed for protection of infrared antennae on heat-seeking missile trackers!
  • NASA technology has been used to help prevent water contamination in dental procedures. The technology was originally developed for air and water purification in human space flight.
  • NASA is working with the U.S Navy to develop a new way to detect the onset of periodontal disease. This disease is the biggest cause of tooth loss in people over the age of 35. The technology uses ultrasonic waves to examine the tissues and was originally developed to detect cracks in air crafts without having to take them apart.
  • NASA is currently in the process of finding better ways of taking, developing and reading dental X-Rays. This will lead to better quality images, using less radiation.

Sanjay, the implant and cosmetic dentist at Bank House Dental Centre loves to talk astronomy! To book an appointment to see him, call us on 01844 343381 or come into our dental practice in Princes Risborough. We see patients from all around Bucks, including Princes Risborough, Aylesbury, Thame, High Wycombe and the surrounding areas.

Why do I need to floss?

2018 January 29
by Sanjay Narda

When you visit the dentist we are always telling you to clean between your teeth, but why do you need to do this?

Did you know that between the teeth makes up 30% of the tooth surface?

Cleaning between your teeth is just as important as brushing your teeth. This is because plaque and food debris get trapped between your teeth and can cause problems such as gum disease and tooth decay. Many of the problems we see here as dental professionals are between the teeth, so we always tell you to floss, floss, floss!

Now while flossing is perfect for very tight spaces and contact points, most of us have spaces big enough to use interdental brushes too (such as Tepe). These brushes come in many sizes, so it is important to choose one which gives a snug fit. Most people have at least two sizes to suit their teeth.

The cleaning routine we advise is as follows:

  1. Brush your teeth for 2 minutes using fluoride toothpaste and an electric toothbrush. The electric toothbrush is doing a lot of the brushing for you, so you don’t need to ‘scrub’ like a manual. The best way is to move the brush from tooth to tooth, counting 4 seconds for each tooth. Make sure you are touching the gum line, as this is where plaque sits.
  2. After brushing and while there is still some toothpaste in the mouth, go around with the Tepe brushes, starting with the biggest size first.
  3. Then you can floss! Use a sawing motion up and down each tooth rather than flicking the floss in and out.

This oral health education is included in your hygienist appointments, we will even advise you of the right size Tepe to use. To book an appointment please call us on 01844 343381 or visit our dental surgery in Buckinghamshire. We see patients from Princes Risborough, Aylesbury, Thame, High Wycombe, Wendover and the surrounding areas.

Dr Sanjay Narda

Can the foods and drinks I consume cause tooth erosion?

2018 January 22
by Sanjay Narda

Firstly, what is erosion? Erosion of the teeth is the gradual dissolving of tooth enamel.

Prolonged exposure to foods and drinks which are ‘acidic’ or high in sugar will eventually lead to tooth erosion. Some of the more common acidic things that lead to tooth erosion are sweets, fizzy drinks, wine and fruit juices. Listed below are some pH values of certain foods and drinks, the lower the number, the more acidic the item is. Anything with a pH level lower than 5.5 can cause tooth erosion if consumed regularly.

  • Most tap water: 7.0
  • Milk: 6.9
  • Cheese: 5.9
  • Rice cakes: 5.0
  • Bananas: 4.6
  • Beer: 4.4
  • Orange juice: 3.8
  • Apples: 3.4
  • Cola: 2.5
  • Red wine: 2.5

It is fine to consume foods with an acidic pH level, but it is important to restrict the frequency of consumption. Tooth erosion can cause weakening of the teeth and exposure of the dentine which is darker in colour. Drinking water regularly will help to counteract some of the acidity, and seeing the dentist regularly is important to spot any early signs.

To book an appointment please call us on 01844 343381 or visit our dental practice in Bucks, located on the High Street in Princes Risborough. We are within easy access of Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Thame and the surrounding areas.

Dr Sanjay Narda

What is a dental implant?

2018 January 15
by Sanjay Narda

A dental implant is a strong titanium post or ‘screw’ which is positioned in the jawbone and left to fuse into place. The implant procedure is relatively simple, and the site heals very fast – much easier for you than having a tooth out! The fusing process, called osseointegration, takes a few months but once complete, they provide a stable support for a restoration to attach to.

The number of implants placed depends on how many missing teeth you have. We can place one implant for small spaces or we can place many – some people have enough to replace all their missing teeth.

After the few months of healing has taken place, it is time to ‘restore’ the implants. Restoring means we will prepare and fit the final attachment which will either be a crown, bridge or denture – depending on how many teeth we are replacing.

Here are a few cases that were carried out at the Buckinghamshire dental implant practice.

We believe that implants are the best way to replace missing teeth as they are independent to the adjacent teeth, and they look very natural. They also feel natural, you look after them the same as your other teeth and many of our patients forget which teeth are their own and which are implants.

The Bank House Dental Centre specialises in implants; we perform all our placements in the practice making it easier and simpler for you. If you have loose or missing teeth and are interested in implants, come and see us for a free dental implant consultation to see how we can help you.

To book an appointment with our implant dentist, you can call us on 01844 343381. Alternatively, visit our dental implant practice in Bucks. We see patients from Princes Risborough, Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Thame and the surrounding areas.

What causes jaw pain?

2018 January 8
by Sanjay Narda

Jaw pain is a relatively common occurrence, and although it shouldn’t happen there are many reasons why it can. While some people suffer a sudden sharp pain, others notice a dull ache that can increase over time. Finding out the cause is the first step to starting the correct treatment, so it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible. The most likely causes of jaw pain are;

  • Teeth grinding. Teeth grinding is the process of grinding or clenching your teeth that is not associated with chewing food. It is commonly done without the person realising, often during sleep, and is the most common cause of jaw pain. If left without treatment, it can cause severe damage to the teeth and jaw.


  • Temporomandibular (TMJ) disorder. This is a disorder affecting the joint of the jaw. Not only can it cause pain and restricted opening, but it can also cause the jaw to make a clicking or popping noise when opening and closing. In severe cases the jaw can become stuck in an open or closed position.


  • Dental conditions. These include decay, abscesses and gum disease and while they are separate from the jaw, the pain can radiate across causing jaw soreness. Another cause of aches is when you are missing teeth, as the remaining teeth are taking more pressure from biting and chewing.

If you are suffering from jaw pain, we will try to see you on the same day. Our dental practice is located on the High Street in Princes Risborough.

Dr Sanjay Narda

Seeing a dental hygienist

2017 December 18
by Sanjay Narda

A dental hygienist is a very important member of the dental team – they are here to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy! Most of our patients like to to see our hygienist every 6 months.

A hygienist appointment shouldn’t hurt. We hear many of our new patients express concerns about seeing a hygienist, but the experience really shouldn’t be a painful one. We have all the latest equipment, and everything can be adjusted to suit you and your individual needs.

Hygienists remove plaque and tartar from the teeth which not only helps to prevent gum disease but also reduces the risk of cavities forming. If you already have gum disease, regular visits to the hygienist can slow its progression and help you keep your teeth for longer.

As well as removing the plaque and tartar, the hygienist can show you ways to look after your teeth from home which is really important. Showing you how to give your teeth and gums the best daily care will help you to keep them clean, healthy and looking their best.

If you haven’t been to the dentist in a long time and need to see the hygienist, then the first step is a consultation with the dentist. This appointment will rule out any tooth and mouth problems and then you can make an appointment with the hygienist. You won’t need to see the dentist again for 6 months, but you can see the hygienist as often as you need to.

If you need to book an appointment, please call us on 01844 343381 or visit our dental practice in Princes Risborough. We see patients from Princes Risborough, Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Thame and the surrounding areas.

Dr. Sanjay Narda

I’ve lost a tooth. When should I get an implant?

2017 December 4
by Sanjay Narda

If you have lost a tooth, or if you have a loose tooth that needs extracting, a dental implant is a great option. It is the most natural looking, and feeling option and is completely independent from your other teeth.

Once you have lost a tooth, the bone from the area will start to shrink as your body thinks that it no longer needs it. Most of the bone shrinkage occurs within the first year. Continued bone loss will mean we will have less bone to utilise for the implant. It is still possible to have an implant if the tooth has been missing for a long time, but X-rays will be necessary to determine the extent of bone loss.

It is best to book a free dental implant consultation as soon as you know you want an implant. We will take measurements of the area and advise you of the optimal time for implant placement if suitable.

If you wish to book an appointment, please call on 01844 343381 or visit our dental practice in Princes Risborough conveniently located on the High Street. We see patients from Princes Risborough, Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Thame and the surrounding areas.

Dr. Sanjay Narda

Why is it so important to wear retainers after orthodontic treatment?

2017 November 27
by Sanjay Narda

When you have orthodontic treatment, you will always be advised to wear a retainer at the end, otherwise the teeth tend to start moving back again. When you have been through months of orthodontic treatment, the last thing you will want is for your teeth to move back into their original positions!

Retainers are much easier to wear than orthodontic appliances and are a simple way to maintain the results you have achieved. There are different types of retainer but you will usually have the option of something clear and removable, or something fixed.

Your dentist will advise you on the best retention to suit you following your treatment, sometimes suitability will depend on how out of position your teeth were to start with. You will usually be advised to wear the retainer day and night for the first three months and then following a review by the dentist, you can go onto nights only.

If you are considering orthodontic treatment, take a look at our Smile Gallery to see what we have achieved in our Princes Risborough Dental Centre. Call us on 01844 343381 to book a free consultation. We see patients from Princes Risborough, Wendover, Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Thame and the surrounding areas.

Dr. Sanjay Narda

Why should I visit my dentist every 6 months?

2017 November 13
by Sanjay Narda
  1. They check for plaque and tartar. Even if you feel you are very thorough with your tooth brushing, plaque is forming in the mouth all the time and it is hard to remove it all. Plaque that is left will form tartar and this is impossible to remove without the help of your dentist and hygienist. Plaque and tartar can cause cavities in teeth and also causes gum issues.
  2. They check for gum disease. Plaque that builds up on the teeth can start to damage the gums causing them to become inflamed and bleed. This is the start of gum disease and if it is allowed to progress, the gums will detach from the root surface and eventually cause bone loss, loosening the teeth.
  3. They check for tooth decay. Bacteria in the mouth can produce acid that attacks the teeth, leading to cavities. If seen early, these can be fixed easily with small tooth coloured fillings. If left, they can make the tooth sensitive and then eventual painful.
  4. Oral cancer detection. As part of your dental check-up, your dentist will check for signs of oral cancer which is a very serious disease and can show no obvious signs at first.

As well as the above, there are many other abnormalities that can occur in the mouth and the dentist is highly trained to recognise these. New technologies mean that they can also straighten crooked teeth in short amounts of time which makes look better and makes them easier to clean. They also offer advice and help correct any bad habits that may potentially cause future problems.

If you live in Princes Risborough, Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Thame, Wendover or any of the other surrounding areas, call us on 01844 343381 to book an appointment with our dentist in Princes Risborough .