Dental implants are an excellent treatment option for people who have missing or failing natural teeth, as well as those who have been struggling with poorly-fitting traditional dentures. The experienced implantology team at Kent dental practice Staplehurst welcome new patients for implant consultations, to discover how these tiny bionic tooth roots can change your life. We think you’ll like what you hear. . .
Treatment with dental implants
If you opt for treatment with dental implants, they will be placed by a skilled implant dentist here at our Kent practice. Put directly in the jaw bone in a minor operation, which can take place under local anaesthetic or sedation depending on your preference, these titanium screws replace the root portion of a missing tooth or teeth.
After a healing period of a few months, your dental implants will have formed a very strong bond with your jaw bone, creating a stable base on to which your dentist will then attach your new teeth – crowns, dentures, or an implant-retained bridge.
In some cases, usually when all the teeth in one jaw need to be replaced, it is possible to attach your new teeth at the same time as placing your implants in a procedure known as All-on-4.
The benefits of dental implants
Implants are the only permanent way a dentist can replace teeth. They have a success rate of up to 98%, and they and the restorations attached to them won’t just look like real teeth, they’ll act like them too.
This means that not only will you find renewed confidence in your smile, but also you will be able to maintain good nutrition by eating a healthy and balanced diet, which is often impossible with standard dentures.
We offer free consultations at our Kent practice for those interested in treatment with dental implants.
When you think about teeth straightening treatment or orthodontics, do you picture metal train-track braces? Most people do, but most people are ill-informed. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent we offer a number of far more discreet ways in which adults and teenagers alike can achieve the straighter teeth they’ve always dreamt of.
Discretion is key
In the selfie age, it’s not hard to see why people looking for teeth straightening treatment might balk at the thought of having to wear traditional metal braces for long periods of time. Whilst they are very effective, they are also very obvious, and have a habit of interfering with everyday life.
We understand these concerns at our Kent dental practice, but we also know the health benefits of teeth straightening treatment. Straighter teeth are generally healthier teeth – so long as you visit the dentist and hygienist regularly, and have a good oral healthcare routine at home. That’s why we are proud to offer discreet orthodontic treatment using either tooth-coloured braces or removable clear aligners.
When you come to our Kent clinic for an orthodontic consultation, your practitioner will examine your teeth and your bite – the way the jaws meet together. They will then discuss the pros and cons of all relevant treatment options, so that you can make an educated choice.
Among the subtle teeth straightening treatments at Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent are:
Six Month Smiles
These tooth-coloured cosmetic braces are designed both to work quickly, and to blend in with the natural colour of your teeth. They focus on the front teeth that show when you flash a smile.
Invisalign comprises a series of clear, removable aligners that fit over your teeth to guide them into a better position. We also offer treatment with Invisalign i7 (for minor correction) and Invisalign Teen, specifically designed for teenagers’ teeth.
If, when you hear the word “braces” you picture the traditional metal train-track-style devices popular with teenagers, you may be put off teeth straightening treatment. However, at Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent, we urge you to think again, because we offer a number of more discreet methods to straighten your teeth.
An introduction to discreet orthodontics
Discreet orthodontics is teeth straightening treatment for the 21st Century. Using either braces or aligners, it gives your dentist ways to straighten your teeth without everybody knowing that you are having treatment.
At our Kent dental practice we offer treatment with both tooth-coloured braces and clear aligners, all of which have their own benefits and all of which provide a subtler way to straighten your teeth.
We welcome both adults and teenagers who are interested in discreet teeth straightening treatments to our Kent dental practice for a consultation with a member of our orthodontics team.
Do I need braces or aligners?
Clear aligners and tooth-coloured braces can be used for a wide range of orthodontic correction. When you come to our Kent clinic your dentist or orthodontist will carefully examine your teeth and will talk you through the pros and cons of each appropriate treatment. That way, you can be assured you have all the knowledge and facts that you need to make a choice about your treatment.
We use Invisalign clear aligners at our Kent dental clinic. This comprises a series of aligners that fit snugly over your teeth to guide them into a new position. Being both clear and removable, Invisalign aligners have a minimal impact on your lifestyle. We also offer Invisalign Teen, specifically designed for teenage teeth.
Six Month Smiles
These cosmetic braces are made of clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires. Average treatment time is just six months, because they focus on the teeth that show when you smile.
Dental implants are a thoroughly modern way for your dentist to replace your missing teeth. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent, our implant team have helped scores of patients not just to make over their smile, but also to enjoy an improved quality of life with the help of implants. Read on to discover how you could join them. . .
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are bionic tooth roots. Teeth comprise crowns and roots, and implants are the only way for your dentist to replace the root part of any teeth you have lost. They are placed in direct contact with the jaw bone in a minor surgical procedure. This is carried out by a skilled implant dentist here at our Kent practice, and requires just a local anaesthetic.
In some cases, mostly people who need to replace all the teeth in one jaw, dental implants and new teeth can be fitted on the same day in a procedure known as All-on-4 implants. In other cases it is best to leave the implants for a few months to heal. During this healing period your jaw bone will start to grow around your implants, providing a very strong anchor when your dentist attaches your permanent new teeth a couple of months later.
Depending on your needs, your dentist will use crowns, a bridge, or dentures to replace the crown portion of your natural teeth. These are permanently attached to your implants, although in the case of dentures you will still be able to take them out for cleaning. However, there is no danger of them becoming loose or falling out.
The advantages of dental implants
Implants offer many advantages, including the ability to eat whatever you like. At our Kent practice we can help patients with loose dentures regain control of their life with the help of implants.
Veneers are ultra-thin shells of porcelain, hand-crafted to fit your teeth precisely. At Kent’s Steplehurst Dental Practice, our cosmetic dentists often recommend using them as part of a smile makeover.
Porcelain veneers are a great way for your dentist to provide striking changes and improvements to the shape, colour, outline, and surface texture of your natural teeth, with minimal preparation and little work needed on existing tooth structure. Some types of veneer require no preparatory work at all. Your clinician can also use them to repair cracks and chips in the tooth surface, or achieve a straighter look without the need for orthodontic treatment.
At our Kent practice we use the latest digital smile design technology to enable you dentist to show you what results to expect before starting treatment, helping that you are entirely happy with what your new smile will look like.
If you are interested in a smile makeover with porcelain veneers, we invite you to join us for a consultation with a cosmetic dentist at our Kent clinic. Your practitioner will examine your teeth and gums and will discuss the various treatment options available to help you achieve the smile of your dreams.
Should you both agree that veneers are the best option, your dentist will prepare your teeth by removing a very thin piece of enamel under local anaesthetic. Each veneer will be prepared to the exact same thickness as the amount of enamel removed, so the results will look completely natural. The only exception is if you have a cracked or chipped teeth, in which case that veneer will be made thicker to cover the cracked area.
After two or three weeks your veneers will be ready, and your clinician will check that you are entirely happy with how they look and feel before attaching them with a firm bonding agent.
Braces remain, in many cases, the best way for your dentist or orthodontist to straighten your teeth, because they give maximum control over each tooth’s movement. However, at Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent we know that a lot of patients feel self-conscious about wearing obvious metal appliances for upwards of two years – which is why we have some more discreet options on offer.
The highly-skilled orthodontic team at our Kent dental practice can use either tooth-coloured braces or clear aligners to adjust the position of your teeth. Some appliances are more suited to cosmetic correction, whilst others can be used to treat more severe orthodontic problems.
When you come into our Kent clinic for an orthodontic consultation, your orthodontist will carefully examine your teeth and your bite (the way that your jaws meet together) and will listen to what you want to achieve from treatment before running through the pros and cons of all appropriate options to get you there.
At Staplehurst Dental Practice the orthodontic options on offer include:
Six Month Smiles cosmetic braces
Whilst these are braces, they are not obvious metal contraptions. Comprising tooth-coloured nickel-titanium wires and clear brackets, Six Month Smiles are designed for aesthetic orthodontic correction. They blend in with the natural shade of your teeth so are not immediately noticeable, and work so fast because they focus on the front teeth – those that show when you smile.
Invisalign clear aligners
These clear, removable aligners are a viable alternative to braces for many mild to moderate orthodontic conditions. Treatment involves using a series of custom-made aligners that have been specially designed to fit snugly over your teeth. You change your aligner every fortnight as your teeth begin to move. The number of aligners and the length of your treatment will depend on the type and amount of correction required.
In the modern world, teeth straightening need not involve having a mouth full of metal. Whilst braces remain, in many cases, the best way to straighten teeth, at Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent we appreciate that many patients – particularly adults in need of teeth straightening – are put off by the thought of traditional orthodontic devices to the point where they fail to seek treatment.
We also think that everybody deserves a smile of which they can be proud, and we know that straighter teeth are healthier teeth because they are easier to clean. For that reason, we offer a number of discreet teeth straightening treatments at our Kent dental clinic.
Teeth straightening can be achieved using braces or aligners. When you come for an orthodontic consultation at our Kent dental practice, your orthodontist will carefully examine you and will find out a little bit about your smile wishes and your lifestyle, so that they can recommend the most appropriate course of treatment.
Among the teeth straightening options at Staplehurst Dental Practice, Kent, are:
Six Month Smiles
These cosmetic braces have an average treatment time of just six months, and work so quickly because they focus on the front teeth – those that are on show when you flash a smile. They are made up of clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires, meaning they blend in with your teeth.
Invisalign comprises a series of clear, removable aligners that fit comfortably over your teeth and gently guide them into a new position. As well as regular Invisalign aligners, we offer both Invisalign Teen (specifically designed for younger teenagers) and Invisalign i7 (suitable for quicker, milder correction) at our Kent dental clinic. You change your aligners on a regular basis as your teeth start to move, and you will need to wear a retainer at the end of treatment.
Dental implants are one of the greatest advances in the world of dentistry in the past 30 years. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent our skilled implant surgeons can replace one, several, or all of your natural teeth with implants – restoring not just your confidence to smile, but also the full functionality of a set of natural teeth.
Why missing teeth should be replaced
People lose teeth for many reasons – accident, injury, tooth decay and gum disease. Whatever the reason for losing one or more teeth, a dentist will always recommend that you replace them. This is because any remaining teeth may move, tip or tilt into any gaps, affecting your bite and your ability to speak and eat. Additional strain is also placed on remaining teeth when you bite and chew.
If you lose several teeth you are also likely to experience bone loss, which happens because the jaw bone starts to resorb without the tooth roots in place. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that help to prevent bone loss. They are also the only permanent way for a dentist to replace your missing teeth.
How dental implants work
Dental implants are small titanium screws that your dentist places in your jaw bone in a small operation, which is carried out here at our Kent practice. They form a strong bond with the jaw bone and promote bone growth, providing a firm anchor for you new teeth – crowns, bridges or dentures.
Sometimes, we can fit your new teeth at the same time as your implants in a procedure known as All-on-4. In other cases, a healing period will be required, during which your implants integrate with your bone. At the end of this period you will be called back to our Kent clinic to have your new teeth fitted.
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