Crossbank Blog

13 August
It has finally happened. On 11th August 2015, I took possession of the new premises to which I will relocate my practice. Yes, it has some impressive foliage(see picture - my daughter was very impressed with the Blackberries), and yes, it needs plenty of work(17 spaces to design and furnish)on the inside. But I have a dream, and I believe I can make this place sparkle and sing. Not only with...
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11 August
Choosing the right dental practice and the right team to take care of your implant treatment is the first step towards your new smile. Whether you’re choosing to have implants to replace a denture that’s been restricting your enjoyment of food, or so that you know you can smile confidently again in photographs we know we can help and our primary focus will always be on giving you the...
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11 August
It’s one of the most common questions we’re asked about implant treatment and we can honestly say that you by using sedation and anaesthetic you will not feel any pain during your procedure. Like any surgery you would expect to feel some discomfort afterwards but rest assured, Neil will ensure that you leave the clinic with all the medications needed to keep you comfortable. We find...
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02 July
With the warmer weather we’ve all been turning to iced drinks to keep cool, but, do they set your teeth on edge? If you have sensitive teeth Summer time can literally be a pain! But, what causes sensitive teeth and what can be done about it? All of our teeth are covered in a hard protective layer of enamel which covers the more sensitive and softer dentine that sits underneath. Commonly...
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15 June
I've never been a good sleeper. I've never felt the need to lie in bed once awake, enjoying the comfort and warmth of the slumber. My mind is busy. It's the way I'm wired. I found that if I woke during the night, my mind would kick into gear, the cogs would start whirring, and that would be me awake for the day. Often this would happen at 2, 3 & 4 o'clock in the morning...
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01 June
In 2001 it all started. The move from the city of Sheffield to the Lake district to have my own dental practice (I had only ever worked in practices owned by others). On 1st July, I took possession of a building on the main street of Kendal that had housed a dental practice for over 60 years. The Georgian building was tastefully restored and updated to modern standards and best practice for the...
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21 May
How often do we stop and look critically (and objectively) at what we do and how we do it? Not just in terms of the results, but at the process and the generation of the energy and motivation that drives us in the first place. Are we efficient, or is there room for improvement? Not by cutting corners but by streamlining and leverage. Using the skills and knowledge of people that are better and...
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13 February
Our very own Noel Perkins was recently interviewed by 'Dentistry Magazine' recounting his experience of the Dawson Academy's extensive training course. (This article originally appeared on dentistry.co.uk on 10/02/2015.) Dentistry: Tell us about yourself and your dental history Noel Perkins: I qualified from the University of Sheffield in 2001, and then completed four years of...
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08 December
2 months in to the treatment I could see that my teeth were becoming noticeably straighter.  The aligners were pushing my back teeth outwards making a wider smile and creating more space for my front teeth to spread out.  They didn’t need to remove any teeth or put me through any painful processes.  The aligners themselves were not painful.  They were only uncomfortable...
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01 December
I moved to Cumbria from Devon around the same time as I turned 30.  I had to change dentist to keep up my attempt to keep my teeth as presentable as possible and the thought of our first meeting was of further dread.  By good fortune I overheard the conversation of my boyfriends family about Crossbank dental care and how good their treatment was.  Later that day I researched www....
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24 November
Squinting my eyes in the darkness I lean closer in to the mirror and a peculiar habit of mine compels me to curl up my lips to check my teeth. Something is amiss. I lean little closer and my mouth creeps in to a sleepy smile. Perfect straight teeth smile back in the moonlit room. I look a little closer before closing my eyes and I blindly pad my way across the landing and in to bed where I...
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03 November
So there we have it, it has finally happened.    Last Thursday I was awarded Fellowship to the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners of the Royal College of Surgeons.   The standards of competence for Fellowship are laid out in black and white in the RCS regulations;   Mastery indicates a level of expertise beyond competence,...
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30 October
As the dark nights set in and winter looms we tend to replace our healthy fresh salads and dessert favourites such as strawberries for warm wholesome comfort foods, not to mention desserts such as sticky toffee pudding. So what can we do to protect our teeth during this time? Well at Crossbank Dental Care we are excited to be exploring the world of confectionary. “Sweets!” I...
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24 September
We recently attended the Westmorland Show, not a first visit for many of us, but our visit visit as both a practice and exhibitors! Here's what one of our Dental Hygienist's,Dawn Towart, made of it all! Having recently moved to the area I was excited to be not only attending, but taking part in the Westmorland County Show with the team at Crossbank Dental. With a record attendance of...
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07 July
It is interesting sometimes to pause and take a look at what you've actually been doing for the last 5 years.  It's now 7:20pm on a sunny Saturday evening and I've just finished reviewing what I've been up to since 2009.  I'm currently studying for the Fellowship of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners, which is part of the Royal College of Surgeons.  ...
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03 June
Two years ago I was asked to speak at Bredent Medical's conference in Munich and this year at their third biannual meeting I felt privileged to be invited again. Two years ago it was my first time on a big stage speaking to a large group of people, but this year was different. I didn't have the luxury of being the newbie on the block. I was no longer an unknown name, and couldn'...
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12 December
About eight winters ago I was strolling down Marlborough High street and impulsively bought a bin. It was quite a big, but very nice Brabantia bin with a flip top lid. I remember questioning my decision a few hours later as I struggled home on the train with the one hundred litre bin. Bin transportation and rail transportation aren't a marriage made in heaven and because of the price - this...
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15 November
My wife and I were fortunate enough to gain VIP tickets to the world premier of Alastair Lee and Leo Houlding's latest film; The Last Great Climb last Monday night. Whilst Alastair Lee as a film maker and director is not particularly well known in mainstream movie making, within the climbing community, his films are extremely well known for their excellent production and unusual flair and...
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17 October
I was very touched this morning by reading one Seth Godin's blogs regarding his good friend Jay, who had recently passed away. Whilst not an obituary as such, it does describe Jay in a way that made me wish I'd known him. Every day we can fortuitously cross paths with people that we admire. They have qualities and characteristics that we could emulate if we allowed their '...
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11 October
Ultimately it is trust, not risk that should guide our decisions. Trust in our chosen friends, colleagues, mentors and experienced professionals to help and advise. The risks involved with certain actions should and can be mitigated by connecting with those around us. In my professional world this applies to tooth replacements with dental implants. As an implant surgeon I mitigate risks for my...
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02 October
Risk is everywhere and everything. It is what we accept everyday of our lives during everyday activities.  When we cross the road, or when we get in to our cars to drive anywhere, we accept there are inherent dangers and consequences of our actions.  There are inherent risks within any medical procedure and implant treatment is no different in that respect. At Crossbank we...
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25 September
I'm Neil Cooper and I am the clinical director and owner of Crossbank Dental Care, an Implant referral centre. I see my role as extending beyond replacing and restoring teeth with dental implants, but to developing and leading a first class support team. Having a vision of the future and guiding the practice towards it in terms of surroundings, ambience, and the delivery of excellence within...
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26 November
I recently had the pleasure of enjoying a long weekend mini break with my family, my wife and 2 children, to the North-east coast. For those of you who have never been to the North-east, Northumberland is one of the most beautiful and unfrequented places I have visited in the UK. The weather has always been kind to us there, and this last weekend was no different. We stayed on a caravan park,...
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12 November
Not long ago I found myself in Munich in a very nice hotel, up on stage in front of just over 600 people. I was there as a guest of Bredent Medical Systems, having been invited to talk about the implant work that I do. I don't find it easy speaking in public, and certainly standing in front of over 600 educated and esteemed colleagues, was way outside of my comfort zone. It was a 3 day...
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05 November
Choctober is over finally! Whilst some dentists might not actually admit to their patients that they eat chocolate and sweets and ice cream and all of the nice stuff that we can get hold of, a little bit of realism helps a lot. I have recently celebrated my 41st birthday and my family and friends know that quietly, I'm a secret chocoholic! Normally I prefer dark, and often Green & Black...
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01 November
Movember has come round again and I thought that this year myself and Ben Harrison at Crossbank Dental Care would get involved. It's something that I haven't involved the practice in before, even though I have had significant reason to do so. For those of you that don't know, Movember is all about raising awareness of mens health issues, primarily testicular cancer and prostate cancer...
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