Blogs and Media coverage

July 2018

My Invisalign journey at Wycherley’s Dental Practice

Wednesday 1st August

So I have been wearing my first set of aligners for 2 weeks now and today I have changed into my second set.

The first week took a bit of time to get used to not being able to snack or drink anything other than water with my aligners in but now I have a routine and it does feel strange to not have them in!

I also found it a bit tricky to take them out at the beginning but now it’s really quick and easy. Whenever I take my aligners out, especially when in public, I put them in the carry case given to ensure I do not lose them!

I did get some mild tenderness on biting and brushing my teeth for the first week but this is to be expected.

So my new set of aligners feel tighter like my first set did at the beginning. I have been given a few sets to change every 2 weeks but I can call the practice in the meantime, if I have any concerns. I am due to go back in 6 weeks. I am looking forward to seeing some movement in my teeth!

Wednesday 18th July

Over the next few months I will be doing a blog of my Invisalign treatment so people can get an idea of the process and results. So first of all what is it? Invisalign is a clear alternative to braces-there are 3 types of Invisalign depending on the level of crowding. I needed the middle level called Invisalign lite so I have 14 aligners altogether, which are to be changed every 2 weeks. They are almost invisible, hence the name!

First I had to have impressions and photographs taken of my teeth. In this appointment I explained to Dr Jakhu what I was unhappy with and he put together a prescription online to Invisalign. About a week later I had to attend the practice to view a ‘clincheck’ – this is an animated video of my teeth and the movements they will make if I carry out this Invisalign treatment. I was happy with the outcome and excited to start treatment! Dr Jakhu approved the clincheck and explained that now the aligners would all be manufactured and sent in the next couple of weeks.

Two weeks later and here I am. Today I attended my appointment to start the treatment, for the aligners to work best Dr Jakhu placed small tooth coloured attachments on a few of my teeth which fit into the aligners. Next he used a very fine serrated strip to file a small amount between a couple of my teeth – this was a bit of a strange sensation but not painful. Lastly he fit the first aligner and gave me a demo of how to take them in and out and keep them clean. I have to wear the aligner’s 20-22hours a day and cannot eat or drink with them in, other than water. Great for the diet!

I will go back in 2 weeks to see how I’m getting on and collect a few sets of aligners. I’ll keep you updated!

Wednesday 26th September 

So I haven’t added to the blog for a while but that’s only due to nothing much changing and me not wanting to bore you with the same things! However now I am on aligner 6 out of 14 and I am really starting to see some changes.. its quite easy to expect your teeth to start visibly changing early on but 10 weeks in and people have started noticing making it all seem worth it! My next aligner I will already be half way through treatment.

I am so used to wearing the aligners that I keep thinking it will feel weird not wearing them now! I am not saying I don’t miss snacking and probably too often lattes from the coffee shop but I am sure my body disagrees!

I am excited to see what changes happen in the next few months!

November 2017

Wycherley’s Blog

Mouth Cancer awareness month

Signs and Symptoms


Early detection of Mouth cancer is very important. Many cases are discovered at stage 4, where it can be too late. However, if it is caught early, the chances of surviving mouth cancer are nine out of ten.

As mouth cancer can strike in a number of places, including the lips, tongue, gums and cheek, it’s important that we all know what to look out for. Three signs and symptoms NOT to ignore are:

  • Ulcers which do not heal in three weeks.
  • Red and white patches in the mouth.
  • Unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth or head and neck area.

If any of these are noticed, it is essential that you tell your dentist or doctor as soon as you can.

The mouth cancer examination including VELscope screening

As part of every check-up the dentist carries out a visual examination with a VELscope scanner to check for the early signs of mouth cancer.  This powerful non-invasive tool is proven to be effective in checking for oral abnormalities that are often not visible to the naked eye.

Here are the areas the dentist will investigate during a normal check-up:

Head and neck

The dentist will look at your face and neck.  Dr Jakhu will judge whether both sides look the same and search for any lumps, bumps or swellings that are only on one side of the face.  Your dentist will also feel and press along the sides and front of your neck – they are looking for any tenderness or lumps to the touch.


The dentist will pull down your lower lip and look inside for any sores or change in colour.  Next, he will check to feel the lip for lumps, bumps or changes in texture.

Cheek, tongue and soft tissues around the mouth.

Dr Jakhu uses the VELscope scanner to help pick up any abnormities. He will look for red, white or dark patches on the cheeks. He then asks you to move your tongue from one side to another, again looking for any swelling, change in colour or ulcers

October 2017

Referrals for Treatments – Nova Article

Are you interested in one of our treatments but registered with another dentist? Simply get them to send us a referral or you can self-refer.

Many general dental practices strive to offer a wider range of treatment options for their patients by finding a practice where they can refer them for treatment. We understand that it is important that the right practice is chosen. We provide excellent patient care and we offer a trusted service.

We are currently accepting referrals for intravenous sedation for anxious patients, Invisalign clear braces, Implants to replace missing teeth, Oral surgery (removal of wisdom teeth), CEREC crowns (one visit crowns), facial aesthetics and CT scans.

Patients can also self-refer; simply give us a call to book a consultation.

What dentists think of us

I have been referring my patients to Ash and his team for a few years now for Intravenous sedation and Implants. I have full confidence that my patients are well looked after and are given excellent care. My patients always return back to me very happy with their treatment, praising Ash and his team. I would recommend Ash to any dentist who is looking to refer their patients for treatment they currently do not provide. PM (Wolverhampton)

If you would like further information please do not hesitate to contact the practice on 01952 459459 or email •

August 2017

Implants-Nova Article









Dental implants have been used to replace missing teeth since the mid 1960s, but in recent years their use has become much more widespread. They can be used to support crowns replacing single missing teeth, bridges that restore a larger span of missing teeth, or even dentures. Implants are manufactured from titanium, a metal that is known to be compatible with body tissues and able to bond with adjacent bone during healing.

There is now a wealth of evidence from studies and from clinical experience to show that dental implants are a safe and convenient way to replace lost teeth with natural-looking results.

Case study

A 21 year old male came to Wycherley’s Dental Practice as an emergency patient having had an accident at work which resulted in losing a front tooth. His main concern was filling the gap but was against having to wear a denture long term. At his consultation I went through the options available, one of which being a denture and the others a bridge or implant. After some in-depth discussions and planning he decided that an implant would be the best long-term solution.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. The benefit of using implants is that they don’t rely on neighbouring teeth for support and they are permanent and stable.

Stages of treatment

  1.  Mr J attended as an emergency appointment complaining of a fractured upper canine tooth following an accident at work.
  2. Impressions were taken to make a temporary denture to restore function and aesthetics and the fractured tooth was extracted using local anaesthetic. Mr J then wore the denture for 6 weeks, allowing the gum and bone to heal.
  3. Implant placement: At the surgery appointment, local anaesthetic was used to numb the gum area and a titanium implant was placed.
  4. Bone graft: Due to a small defect in the patient’s bone some artificial bone was placed into the area.
  5. Over the next 6 months the bone graft was left to integrate and heal around the implant. During this time Mr J still wore the temporary denture so he could continue to have function and aesthetics.
  6. Implant exposure: After 6 months the implant was exposed from under the gum so that an impression could be taken to make the final crown.
  7. The final crown was fitted.

What is a bone graft?

If your jawbone isn’t thick enough or is too soft to support an implant, you may need bone grafting before you can have dental implant surgery. That’s because the powerful chewing action of your mouth puts great pressure on your bone, and if it can’t support the implant, it is likely the surgery would fail.

A bone graft can create a more solid base for the implant. We try to use your own bone but if that is not possible we use artificial bone.

If you have a missing tooth or teeth and would like advice on implants, please call the practice on 01952 459459.
We offer a free consultation so that you can come along for a brief discussion about your treatment options.

Dr Ashok Jakhu

July 2017

Dental x-ray technology- Nova Article

CBCT Scanning Machine

Here at Wycherley’s Dental Practice we pride ourselves on providing family, general and cosmetic dentistry to the highest standards in a relaxed and friendly environment. In keeping with our exceptional standards and the latest dental technology we are pleased to announce that we are now able to offer CBCT scanning for our patients. We are one of only a few dental practices in Shropshire to have our own in-house CBCT scanner.

What is CBCT scanning?

A dental CBCT scanner uses X-rays and a computer to produce 3D sectional images of the jaws and teeth.

Why should I have a dental CBCT scan?

The scan will give us detailed information which cannot be obtained from more conventional X-ray equipment. For example, if you are being considered for dental implants or other special procedures it enables us to assess the exact shape of the bone. We are then able to place an implant with a 3D view of your anatomy rather than with conventional 2D. This three-dimensional view will make planning, assessing and surgery much safer and more efficient for you, the patient.

What will I experience during and after the procedure?

You will not experience any pain during the procedure and you will be able to return to your normal activities as soon as the procedure is over.

What are the risks?

Dental CBCT scans are low dose examinations and give an X-ray dose to the patient that is considerably less than a medical CT scan.

You will be invited back to the practice for a consultation appointment with me to discuss the results of the scan. This valuable piece of equipment allows us to assess, diagnose and treat a range of simple and advanced complex cases including implant surgery.

If you would like further information please do not hesitate to contact the practice on 01952 459459 or email

Dr Ashok Jakhu

April 2017

Missing Teeth- Nova Article

There are many reasons for tooth loss, but no matter what the reason, replacing your lost permanent tooth is important for better function as well as appearance. Gone are the days when the only option people had was to wait for all their teeth to be gone and then get a full denture made. The choices available now can be removable dentures or fixed bridges or implants.

When teeth are missing, it can affect the way the rest of your teeth bite together. Your remaining teeth may tilt and drift into the gaps and food can get trapped in the spaces, increasing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. When many teeth are missing, your facial muscles can become saggy, affecting your speech and appearance.

At Wycherley’s Dental Practice we offer a number of treatment options to restore your smile and fill any gaps that you may find unsightly or may be affecting function.

Partial dentures

A partial denture can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. A partial denture is a framework (plate) with a number of false teeth on it. There are different types of partial dentures, but they commonly include a metal and/or plastic plate with plastic or porcelain false teeth. Partial dentures often have metal or tooth colour clasps; where possible, these clasps are hidden so that they can’t be seen when you smile or talk. Alternatively, I may recommend flexible partial dentures; these adapt around the shape of your teeth and gums and can be used when it’s difficult or impossible to fit a plastic or metal denture.

Full dentures

Full (or complete) dentures are needed when you have no teeth left in your upper or lower jaw. They are usually made of a plastic plate with plastic teeth. Full upper dentures cover the roof of your mouth, a very thin layer of saliva between your palate and the denture creates suction which keeps it firmly in position. Your facial muscles and tongue also help to keep it in place. Full lower dentures are often more difficult to keep in place because the floor of your mouth moves a lot, and the ridge where your teeth used to be shrinks with age. However, good dentures should fit your mouth exactly so you shouldn’t need to use denture adhesive cream (fixative).


These are false teeth fixed on to adjacent natural teeth. If only one or two teeth are missing, I may recommend a bridge. I would attach a false tooth (or teeth) to your natural teeth on either side or occasionally on only one side of the gap. Bridges are made of porcelain and/or metal. The natural teeth on either side of the space are specially prepared for crowns to fit on top, these crowns are permanently attached to a false tooth in the centre. Bridges are cemented in place, so you can’t remove them for cleaning – to keep your natural teeth healthy you should clean the gap under a bridge with a special dental floss. Our very experienced hygienist will show you how to floss under your bridge. On average, bridges last between five and 10 years. However, well maintained bridges can last as long as 20-30 years.

Dental implants

A dental implant is a metal rod (titanium or titanium alloy) that is placed in your jaw bone to hold a false tooth (or teeth) in place. Over several months, your jawbone fuses with the metal rod; dentures, bridges or crowns can be screwed or clipped on to the implant. Well maintained implants placed into adequate bone can be expected to last for many years and probably for your lifetime.

We are able to offer 0% finance to help spread the cost of treatment and have our own practice membership plan from £13.10 per month.


February 2017

Invisalign Offer-Nova Article


Wycherley’s Dental Practice is proud to announce that we will be hosting an exclusive Invisalign offer where you can have a free Invisalign consultation and take advantage of up to £645 off treatment including free teeth whitening and retainers.

Our Exclusive Offer to You

For this special event, we are offering up to £645 off Invisalign Full, Invisalign Teen or Invisalign Lite. You can even spread the cost using our flexible 0% finance plan.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is the clear braces system that everyone is talking about. Several top celebrities have used Invisalign, including Chris Evans, Cheryl Cole, Justin Bieber and Mike Tindall to name but a few.

Invisalign aligners fit exactly to your teeth. They are comfortable, almost invisible and, as they do not cover the palate, speech is hardly affected at all, making them perfect for many people’s lifestyles. The duration of the treatment is usually between nine and eighteen months.

Spaces are limited for this amazing offer. The first step is a free consultation at Wycherley’s Dental Practice.

At your free consultation you will have the opportunity to tell Dr Jakhu how you would like to improve your smile. In return, Dr Jakhu will be able to assess your suitability and answer any questions you may have to ensure Invisalign is the right treatment for you. If you are then happy to proceed you will benefit from up to £645 off your treatment.

You get to see a virtual 3D treatment plan (ClinCheck© treatment plan). This shows the series of movements your teeth will go through over the course of the treatment allowing you to see upfront what your teeth are expected to look like at the end of the treatment. From the results of the ClinCheck treatment plan, your custom-made, patented clear plastic aligners are produced especially for you. Your treatment consists of a series of these nearly invisible, removable aligners that you change every two weeks for the next set.

Each aligner is individually manufactured for your teeth and as you replace each aligner your teeth will move little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to the final position.
Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible and others may not even notice that you are wearing them, making Invisalign a seamless fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions.


“On completion of my Invisalign treatment I would like to thank Ash and all the staff at Wycherley’s Dental Practice for your help during the treatment process. From the initial consultation, at which we discussed the best form of treatment to correct the alignment of both my upper and lower teeth, the preferred option was Invisalign. Although I was initially sceptical about the degree of correction Invisalign would give, on completion of the treatment, I feel the process has exceeded my expectations.” Mr T (Shropshire)

“I could not be more happy with the results of my Invisalign clear braces!! Because of Invisalign I now have perfectly straight teeth and it’s given me the confidence to actually smile properly. Invisalign are easy to use, easy to clean and barely noticeable once inserted. Worth every penny, they have changed my life because I now have a smile to be proud of. I totally recommend them. I’d also like to add that Dr Jakhu has been excellent. I’m usually nervous about going to the dentist but he has been very professional and friendly, which made me feel at ease and in safe hands.”  RW (Wolverhampton)

To take advantage of this exclusive offer or for more information please call reception on 01952 459459

Wycherley’s Dental Practice is proud to announce that we will be hosting an exclusive Invisalign offer where you can have a free Invisalign consultation and take advantage of up to £645 off treatment including free teeth whitening and retainers.


September 2015

All about Newport

Bespoke smiles by Ash

What impact does your smile have on your life?

Do you want to change your smile to improve the colour, shape or length of your teeth, or change the appearance of your gums or lips?

Smile design is a highly technical process requiring great skill and experience to achieve a natural looking beautiful smile.  Using a combination of your desires and our expertise, we carefully select the cosmetic procedures and methods to achieve the most desirable, natural looking smile for you. These can range from simple composite bonding and tooth whitening to beautiful porcelain veneers, or strong, durable crowns meticulously custom made for you.  Gaps where you may have missing teeth can be restored with dentures, bridges or implants. The bite is carefully analysed for total comfort and the colour verified, along with details such as the surface texture and lustre to ensure your smile looks and feels completely natural.  We never compromise on materials and only use the best available. You also have the peace of mind knowing we have undergone extensive postgraduate training in private cosmetic dentistry to deliver your dream smile.









Combination of crowns, veneers and bridge work


The Smile design process


During your initial cosmetic consultation, we take time to thoroughly check your dental health and to understand your ultimate smile desires and expectations. We use digital photography to create before and after images so that you can see the results of your cosmetic dentistry, in addition, digital x-rays and intra-oral camera’s allow for expert evaluation and precise planning of your cosmetic procedure.  We show you some examples of ‘smiles’ that you can choose from we and suggest you bring in any photos of celebrity smiles that you like which can be customised to suit you.  Once all this information is collated  it is sent to the laboratory where your smile is produced in wax for approval at your next appointment.

Review appointment

At the review appointment we show you the diagnostic wax up which has been designed for you, this gives you the opportunity to make any alterations.

Provisional preparations

At this appointment your existing teeth are reshaped and prepared ready for your ‘temporary smile’.  You will leave this appointment with an exact copy of what your finished smile will look like.  The temporary restorations we fabricate allow you to ‘trial your smile’, get used to how your new smile will look and feel and show your friends and family. You may decide that there things you don’t like and want to change and this gives you a chance to make sure the look is right for you.

Definitive preparations

After you have had your trial with your new smile we see you again to check that you are happy with how it looks and feels.  If you are happy we then remove the temporary ‘smile’ and tidy up the prepared teeth ready for the final impressions.  The impressions are then sent to the laboratory to make your permanent smile.  You are then fitted with another temporary set until your permanent restorations  are ready. the case.

Fit your permanent ‘smile’

This is the final stage, your temporary restorations are removed and replaced with the permanent crowns, bridges or veneers.

The length of treatment is determined by the complexity of the case, for example if you require dental implant treatment and this will be discussed with you at your initial consultation.