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Dental implants: a guide to permanent tooth replacement

By using dental implants, a dentist can permanently replace one or more of your natural teeth. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent we welcome new patients of all ages for implant consultations, no matter why you have lost your teeth, nor how many teeth you have lost.

dental-implants-kentWhy to replace missing teeth (and why dental implants are often the best option)

Teeth should always be replaced, ideally as soon as possible after they are lost. Whether your tooth loss has occurred through decay, gum disease, or through accident or injury, it is always prudent to replace those teeth as quickly as possible.

Obviously, aesthetic concerns arise with tooth loss, particularly if it affects your front teeth. But at our Kent dental practice we are also keen to point out that losing your teeth can lead to numerous other problems.

Remaining teeth are likely to become crooked as they shift into the gaps left behind, and there’s an increased danger you could lose those teeth, too. Additional strain from the forces generated by biting and chewing is also put on the teeth that remain in your mouth.

When you have lost several or all of your teeth, you are likely to experience a loss of bone density. As well as causing problems with dentures, which will start to become loose, unwieldy and uncomfortable, and could even start to drop out unannounced, this can make placing dental implants in the future more complex and time consuming (you may require a bone graft first). These problems can limit your diet, can alter your speech, and can be a significant blow to your confidence.

Dental implants help to prevent these problems, because they replace the tooth roots and support bone growth, thus helping to preserve bone density.

There are several options for treatment with dental implants at our Kent dental practice, including in some cases the ability to place your implants and a full jaw of teeth at the same time.

Each implant case is different, and your options will be discussed when you come to our Kent practice for your consultation.

Posted on: June 23rd, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Teeth straightening without metal braces: your options

Modern braces don’t have to be made from metal, and can often straighten your teeth more quickly than you might expect. Some of the orthodontic options at Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent don’t even require you to wear a fixed brace at all. If you are interested in more discreet methods of teeth straightening, why not join us for a consultation?

teeth-straightening-kentTeeth straightening treatment at any age has many benefits, and we’re not just talking about the cosmetic gains to be had from improving the alignment of your teeth. Using braces or aligners can also reduce your risk of dental decay and gum disease by making your teeth easier to clean, can help to protect front teeth from accidental damage, and can seriously boost your confidence.

At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent, our orthodontic treatment is provided by Dr Jan Einfeldt, a leading cosmetic dentist who is only one of only 12 clinical instructors in the Six Month Smiles system of cosmetic braces in the world. Whatever your needs, Dr Einfeldt will find the perfect, customised solution to suit your individual needs.

Six Month Smiles cosmetic braces are just one of the discreet orthodontic options available at our Kent dental practice. This brace system is designed for rapid correction of mild to moderate aesthetic issues affecting the front six teeth – those that show when you smile.

Unlike standard braces, with Six Month Smiles you won’t have a mouth full of metal. Comprising tooth-coloured nickel-titanium wires and clear ceramic brackets, Six Month Smiles are designed to blend in with the natural colour of your teeth. What’s more, they have average treatment times of just half a year.

For those who need more extensive correction, we also offer treatment with Invisalign clear aligners at our Kent dental practice. Unlike braces, Invisalign aligners are removable, meaning you can take them out to eat, drink, clean, and brush your teeth. This makes it easier to maintain dental hygiene for the duration of treatment.

Your dentist will prescribe you with the required number of aligners, which you change every two weeks as your teeth move. At the end of treatment you will need to wear a retainer.

Posted on: June 21st, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Dental implants: the 21st Century teeth replacement option

More and more people are turning to dental implants to replace their missing teeth. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent, our implant dentists can replace one, some, or even all of your teeth with the help of implants. In some cases, your permanent new teeth can be attached to your implants straight away, in a procedure known as “All-on-4”.

dental-implants-kentAs the name hints at, All-on-4 dental implants treatment involves placing just four implants in the upper or lower jaw, on to which a dental bridge is attached. Some patients will require more than four implants to support a full bridge of teeth, and not everyone is suitable for this procedure. Your dentist will discuss your suitability for All-on-4 implants when you come for a consultation at our Kent dental practice.

Dental implants in Kent

At your implant consultation, your dentist will assess your suitability for dental implants and will check your level of bone density to make sure you don’t need additional procedures to rebuild your jaw bone prior to implant placement.

The placement of dental implants requires a small operation, which we are fully equipped to carry out here at our Kent practice. Thanks to the intricate planning that is undertaken prior to implant placement, most patients only require local anaesthetic for implant surgery. Any post-operative discomfort and swelling should only last a few days, and is usually manageable with over-the-counter painkillers.

Patients who are suitable for All-on-4 dental implants will have their new teeth fitted at the same appointment. Those who opt for standard implant treatment will need a healing period, after which you will be called back to our Kent practice to have new teeth – a bridge, denture, or a crown – attached to the abutments on top of your implants.

The advantages of implants

Dental implants have numerous advantages over standard dentures and bridges. Because they replace the tooth roots, and are made from titanium, they help to prevent bone loss. They hold your new teeth firmly in place just like natural tooth roots do, enabling you to eat what you like, speak and smile with confidence.

Posted on: June 16th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

How veneers can give you a stunning summer smile makeover in just a few appointments

Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular treatments on the cosmetic dentistry menu at Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent – and it’s not hard to understand why. With these thin porcelain shells, your dentist can permanently improve the appearance of a permanently stained or discoloured tooth, can provide an aesthetically pleasing repair for a chipped or cracked tooth, or can create a stunning new smile in a procedure known as a smile makeover.

porcelain-veneers-kentWhat’s more, veneer treatment is one of the fastest way to alter the appearance of your teeth, meaning you could have a stunning summer smile makeover with just a few visits to our Kent dental practice.

How veneers work

A veneer is a micro-thin porcelain shell that is bonded over the front surface of a tooth using strong dental adhesive. Some people liken them to false fingernails for the teeth, but unlike false nails properly designed veneers should last you for several years – so long as you visit your dentist on a regular basis.

Veneers originated several decades ago in Hollywood as a way for actors to quickly change the appearance of their teeth. The original versions weren’t meant to last – stuck in place with denture cement, they would usually drop out of their own accord after a couple of takes.

Modern veneers are somewhat different. They are designed to be beautiful, functional, natural, and long-lasting. You could have your very own Hollywood smile with the help of this treatment.

Kent veneers

When you come to our Kent dental practice for a veneer consultation with a cosmetic dentist, they will first prepare your tooth or teeth by removing a very thin amount of enamel. This aids in the bonding process. Impressions are then taken of your teeth and sent to the laboratory.

Your veneers will be made to the same thickness as the amount of enamel removed. After two-three weeks they will be back from the lab and your dentist will call you back to our Kent clinic to have them fitted.

We will carefully check you are happy with the fit of your veneers before bonding them in place.

Posted on: June 14th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Straighter teeth without metal braces: here’s how

Metal braces aren’t the only way to get straighter teeth. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent we offer a number of teeth straightening solutions designed for patients who want an alternative to a mouth full of metal. These include discreet orthodontic treatments and cosmetic dentistry procedures.

metal-bracesThe ideal solution for you will depend on your clinical need – the type and amount of correction you need – and will be discussed in detail by your dentist when you come into our Kent practice for a consultation.

A lot of people dream of a straighter smile, but still believe metal braces are the only option. It’s easy to understand why this could prove a barrier to treatment, particularly for adults with busy professional lifestyles. Thanks to modern dental advances, there are now a number of different routes to straighter teeth.

Cosmetic braces

For those in need of minor to moderate correction of the front teeth, Six Month Smiles are a popular choice. These cosmetic braces comprise clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires, and work in a matter of months because they focus on the teeth that show when you smile.

We offer complementary teeth whitening treatment for Six Month Smiles patients at our Kent dental practice, to give your smile an extra boost.

Invisalign options

Invisalign clear aligners are an alternative to braces. They fit comfortably over your teeth and guide them gently into an improved position. As well as being clear, thus invisible to the untrained eye, these aligners are also removable, which means you can take them out for short periods, for example to brush your teeth.

Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent offers three different Invisalign systems: The standard aligners can be used for a wide range of orthodontic problems, whilst Invisalign i7 is used for quick correction of mild issues.

Invisalign Teen are specifically designed for teenagers, allowing for the occasional misplaced aligner or missed treatment day.

Cosmetic dentistry

For mild correction of tooth alignment, we also offer a range of cosmetic dental procedures at our Kent practice. This can involve adding veneers or crowns to produce a more uniform appearance, or polishing away part of a tooth/teeth to make your smile straighter.

Posted on: June 9th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

With veneers, you can enjoy a summer smile makeover

Veneers are one of the quickest ways a dentist can give your smile a makeover. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent, we offer free consultations for people interested in veneer treatment. If you’d like to make over your smile in time for summer, why not join us to find out how this treatment could give you the smile you’ve always dreamt of, in just a few appointments?

smile-makeoverHand-crafting your dream smile

The first veneers were used in Hollywood as a temporary method of changing the appearance of an actor’s teeth. These weren’t designed to be a long-term solution, and rarely last more than a couple of takes because they were held in place with denture cement.

However, as with many things from the movie world, the demand for veneers soon spread outside of Hollywood, and dental teams began developing a more permanent solution for patients who were unhappy with their smile.

Modern veneers are designed not just to look beautiful and natural, but also to be long-lasting. With proper care, they can last you for several years. At our Kent dental practice we take pride in crafting each and every veneer to perfectly suit each patient’s needs.

Kent veneers

Individually hand-crafted from tooth-coloured porcelain, every veneer is designed to be both aesthetically pleasing and entirely realistic, meaning the results will be noticeable, but won’t look fake. Today’s veneers are bonded firmly in place with strong dental adhesive, so they will stay in place. A single veneer can be used to cover a permanently stained our discoloured tooth, whilst a full set can create a complete smile makeover.

If you are interested in veneer treatment, come into our Kent practice for a consultation. Your dentist will discuss what your ideal results will be, and will talk through your options.

Unlike crowns or bridges, veneers require very little preparation of your teeth. A very thin amount of enamel is removed to help with bonding, and each veneer will be made to the same thickness as this enamel.

It takes approximately a fortnight for our dental ceramist to craft your veneers. Your dentist will check you are entirely happy before bonding them in place.

Posted on: June 7th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Dental implants: the secret to restoring your smile

With dental implants, a dentist can permanently replace your missing teeth. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent we have a skilled team of implant dentists who can restore not just a beautiful smile, but also give you back full functionality to your jaw.

dental-implants-kentIn fact, dental implants are the next best thing to natural teeth. That means no more struggling with ill-fitting dentures or sloppy denture cement, no worrying that your teeth will fall out unexpectedly in public, no dietary restrictions, and no more shame about a gap-toothed smile. Instead, you can enjoy eating all your favourite foods without struggle, and can smile, laugh and speak with confidence. Read on to discover how our Kent dental implants team can make this dream a reality for you. . .

Dental implants in Kent

No matter how many teeth you are missing, or how you came to lose them, your journey towards restoring your smile with dental implants begins with a consultation with an implant dentist here at our Kent practice.

Dental implants are a safe, cost-effective and long-lasting way to replace one or more lost teeth. Whilst the initial cost may seem more than standard dentures or bridgework, you will soon be reaping the benefits; implants are an investment in your smile and in your future.

One of the first things your dentist will check is the level of bone density in your jaw. Resorbtion of the jaw bone is a common side-effect of losing several or all of your natural teeth, and is particularly prevalent in long-term traditional denture wearers.

There is no need to panic if you have experienced bone resorbtion, however. Your dentist may just need to perform an additional bone grafting procedure in order to restore adequate bone density. This will add about six months to your overall treatment time, but will be worth it.

Your dental implants will be placed under local anaesthetic or conscious sedation. Some patients at our Kent dental practice are suitable for immediate, permanent teeth, whilst for others a healing period is necessary. After a couple of months, a crown, bridge, or denture is fitted.

Posted on: June 2nd, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Teeth straightening: not just for kids

Teeth straightening procedures should never be seen as purely aesthetic concerns. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent we offer a number of different methods of straightening teeth, many of which can have significant benefits for your dental and general health.

teeth-straightening-kentThe benefits of teeth straightening

Some 70% of the adult population in the UK are unhappy with their smile to the extent that they don’t like smiling for photographs. At our Kent dental practice we offer a number of ways to make over your smile, using both orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry to create the smile you’ve always wanted.

One of the most common smile wishes heard at our Kent dental clinic is the desire for straighter, better-aligned teeth. A lot of people think that as an adult teeth straightening treatment is beyond their reach; whilst orthodontics is seen as standard for children and teenagers these days, there are also a number of teeth straightening options available to adults.

Many people are instantly turned off the thought of teeth straightening as an adult because they wrongly equate orthodontics with obvious metal train-track braces. In the 21st Century there are, in fact, many more subtle methods to straighten teeth. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent we can use either fixed, tooth-coloured braces, or clear removable aligners.

As well as the obvious aesthetic benefits to teeth straightening, it can improve your oral and general health in many ways, including reducing your chances of developing gum disease (which has been linked in some studies to conditions including strokes, diabetes and heart disease) and tooth decay because it makes your teeth easier to clean.

By correcting issues with protruding front teeth, you can help to protect your teeth from potential damage caused by accident or injury. If you have issues with your bite that make you grind your teeth at night (known as bruxism), using discreet orthodontic products can significantly reduce these problems.

There are a number of options available at our Kent dental practice, which will be discussed in full at your initial consultation. They include:

Six Month Smiles (cosmetic braces)

Invisalign (clear aligners)

Invisalign i7 (aligners for mild issues)

Posted on: May 31st, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

How dental implants can restore function and aesthetic beauty to your jaw

Dental implants are a modern method of replacing missing teeth. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent we can replace one, some, or even all of your natural teeth with implants, restoring not just a beautiful smile but also full functionality to your jaw, enabling you to eat exactly what you wish.

dental-implantsWho is suitable for dental implants?

More people than ever before are reaping the benefits of using dental implants to replace their missing teeth, thanks to advances in techniques, materials, and technology.

Dental implants are suitable for people with one or more missing teeth, those whose remaining teeth are failing and cannot be saved, and people who currently wear traditional dentures.

We welcome new patients at our Kentdental practice for implant consultations, to discover how you could soon be enjoying the functionality of a full mouth of healthy teeth once again.

Dental implants in Kent: the process

When you come into Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent for an implant consultation, one of our experienced and skilled implant dentists will undertake a full clinical examination, including using x-rays, CT scans, and impressions as necessary to help with planning your dental implants.

In the majority of cases only local anaesthetic is needed for the placement of implants, although our Kent implant dentists do also offer treatment under sedation if you are nervous.

After extensive planning, the required number of implants are placed in direct contact with your jaw bone in a minor oral surgical procedure. For most patients, a healing period of a few months is needed to give your implants time to mesh with your jaw bone. However, in some cases, when all the teeth in one jaw need to be placed, your permanent new teeth are attached at the same time in a procedure known as “All-on-4”.

Posted on: May 26th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Why dental implants are often the perfect way to replace missing teeth

For modern tooth replacement options, look no further than dental implants – small titanium screws that replace the root portion of one or more missing teeth, creating a firm base on to which new teeth are then attached. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent, we are able to replace one, some, or even all of your natural teeth with implants.

dental-implants-kentWhy you should replace missing teeth

Missing teeth cause many people to hide their smile away in public, which can have serious effects on their self-esteem, as well as their interactions with others in the personal and professional sphere. When several teeth are missing, the jaw bone is likely to shrink back or resorb, which can make future placement of dental implants more complex (although still possible) and can cause a sagging of the facial skin.

Even one missing tooth can cause other teeth to shift position into the gap, getting crooked and twisted in the process and thus more difficult to clean, which can ultimately increase your chances of further tooth loss. So if you ask any dentist they will tell you to replace your missing tooth or teeth, and in many cases dental implants are the best way to do this.

Dental implants in Kent

We place dental implants under local anaesthetic at our Kent practice, so you should experience no pain. Your dentist will undertake extensive planning prior to implant placement to avoid any nerves, so post-operative discomfort should be mild, and in most cases manageable with over-the-counter painkillers.

In most cases your implants will be left to heal and mesh with your jaw bone before abutments and finally your new teeth are attached on top. However, if you are suitable for All-on-4 implant placement, these stages may all be completed at the same time.

Posted on: May 24th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice