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Are you making the best of your teeth?

Very few people are lucky enough to have a perfect smile but there’s no reason to feel that you have to put up with a smile that makes you less than happy. If you have been thinking about having braces in Kent, Staplehurst Dental might be just the practice that you’re looking for. At our surgery we use the latest methods and equipment, delivered by a team of highly trained professionals, who undergo continual professional development in the most up to date techniques, in both cosmetic and general dentistry.

braces-in-kentBraces for a better smile

Braces are a means of moving and re-positioning teeth that have grown out of alignment. Using a variety of orthodontic techniques it’s possible to resolve a wide number of different problems. Crowded, gappy and uneven or crooked teeth affect many of us. Not only do they look unattractive, they can cause long term problems with the alignment of your jaw or bite. This can eventually result in damage to teeth due to excess wear. It may also cause difficulty in maintaining an effective dental hygiene routine.

If your teeth are not growing correctly you may be advised by your dentist that you may benefit from wearing braces. Modern braces are an effective way of improving both the appearance and long term health of your teeth. Although wearing braces in Kent is a long-term investment in your appearance as well as your oral health, many modern treatments using braces can take six months or less depending on the severity of your problem.

Braces in Kent

If you feel that you really want to make the best of your teeth come for an appointment at our modern practice here in Staplehurst, Kent. Braces are one of the ways that you can maintain your oral health in the long term by ensuring that your teeth are well aligned and your bite is corrected, reducing the possibility of oral health problems in the future. If you feel that braces may be the solution for you, book a free consultation by phone or using our online booking system, or via our e-consultation service to find out if this treatment would work for you.

Posted on: January 12th, 2017 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Rebuilding your smile with dental implants in Kent

Loosing a tooth or teeth from trauma, decay or gum disease can be a very distressing experience, especially if our front teeth are affected. Tooth loss can have a major effect on how we feel about ourselves, lost teeth can result in our mouth and cheeks losing definition due to the lack of support from our teeth.

dental-implants-in-kentTraditionally, replacing missing teeth means using removable dentures and bridgework. This is not always a satisfactory solution, especially for the back teeth and many of us then find it a struggle when eating. Modern dental techniques are now available that can provide a more effective way of treating this problem. Here at Staplehurst Dental in Kent, dental implants offer a modern solution that is a clinically proven and safe alternative to bridges or dentures, helping to restore your smile, allowing you to talk, smile and eat with confidence.

Are dental implants painful?

Dental implants do require surgery as an artificial tooth root is inserted into the socket where a tooth has been removed or lost, this procedure is carried out under oral sedation. Once the gum and bone has healed around this, an artificial tooth is then fixed into place. Dental implants are regarded as a very durable tooth replacement option and can be used to replace just one or several teeth. Dental implants can also be used to support additional bridge work if necessary. There are several benefits to having dental implants, including improved support to the muscles of the lips and face and prevention of bone loss from the jaw. If you are thinking about finding out more about dental implants in Kent we can offer you a consultation to assess the suitability for this procedure for you.

Are dental implants the right solution for me?

We only offer this treatment after a comprehensive check-up to assess the health of your remaining teeth and any existing oral health issues when we can determine the suitability of dental implants for you. If you’re looking for dental implants in Kent, book an appointment with us at Staplehurst Dental Practice then our friendly and professional team can provide you with a tailor-made plan and answer any questions that you might have about this procedure.

Posted on: January 10th, 2017 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Dental veneers in Kent

Dental veneers are a simple and effective solution that can be used to correct a range of problems that affect the appearance of our teeth. Chipped, broken or discoloured teeth can occur for a variety of reasons and veneers are a quick way of restoring the overall appearance of teeth without surgery. Veneers can be applied to individual teeth to repair damage or can be used to improve the overall appearance of all of our teeth as a smile makeover.

At Staplehurst Dental we are pleased to be able to offer our patients a range of options for veneers in Kent. You might decide that you have one or two teeth that do not look as good as you would like or feel that the overall shape or appearance of your teeth is less than ideal.In either case dental veneers can be used to create a natural-looking smile.

veneer-in-kentEnhancing your smile

In Kent, veneers are a very popular and cost effective solution to correcting problems with damaged or misshapen teeth. Long lasting and natural looking, dental veneers are made from durable tooth-coloured porcelain or resin and are bonded to the tooth or teeth that require restoration. Once fitted the veneers are undetectable from normal teeth. The size and shape of the veneers can be adjusted to close small gaps, restore chipped or broken teeth, or even lengthen the appearance of the teeth resulting in a more even and attractive look overall.

Are dental veneers the right treatment for me?

Veneers are a very popular cosmetic solution with our patients here in Kent. Veneers which are made from very thin durable tooth-coloured porcelain or resin are individually made to suit and enhance the colour and natural shape of your own teeth. Having a dental veneer fitted takes three simple steps from start to finish. During the first consultation the dentist will create a plan with you of what is required to restore the appearance of your teeth and to check that veneers are the right solution for your needs. Once the veneer has been made it is bonded to the tooth surface at the final fitting using a specialised cement that fixes the veneer securely to the existing tooth.

dental veneers. Kent

dental veneers, Kent

Kent, dental veneers

dental veneers in Kent

Kent. Dental veneers

 

The benefits of this procedure,

Dental veneers fix several oral issues such as discoloured, chipped, broken or failing teeth. They are thin pieces of hand crafted porcelain that bond firmly onto the surface of the teeth. Unlike other cosmetic dental procedures, veneers do not require any surgery and can provide results in an instant.

Since they are extremely thin, dental veneers look natural onto the teeth. They are also tooth-coloured, which makes them invisible within sight. Many patients prefer dental veneers, because it allows them to improve their oral health in a quick and cost-effective way.

Dental veneers are undetectable once fitted and are matched to

We know that tooth injury and discolouration may be uncomfortable for some people, which is why we provide hard wearing dental solutions such as veneers.

  1. Porcelain Veneers

Are your teeth stained, chipped, or not aligned on top of each other? Veneers are a good treatment option to consider because they look like natural teeth and don’t require a major procedure. Veneers can also be used to close small gaps when braces are not suitable. If one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it into line with the others. Here is how they work:

  • A veneer is a very thin, tooth-coloured piece of porcelain (like a false finger nail, but more durable) that is bonded on top of your own tooth.
  • Based on your needs, the shape and size of the veneers can be adjusted to make your teeth overall look longer and or closer together.
  • You can have just one veneer fitted or a whole set, known as a smile makeover.

Life benefits

A quick and simple solution that enhances the appearance of the teeth

Long lasting natural look

  • Simple and quick solution to improve the cosmetic appearance of teeth.
  • Long-lasting smile enhancement.
  • Natural-looking restoration.

Bonding. Before the dental veneer is permanently cemented to your tooth, your dentist will temporarily place it on your tooth to examine its fit and colour. He or she will repeatedly remove and trim the veneer as needed to achieve the proper fit; the veneer colour can be adjusted with the shade of cement to be used. Next, to prepare your tooth to receive the veneer, your tooth will be cleaned, polished, and etched — which roughens the tooth to allow for a strong bonding process. A special cement is applied to the veneer and the veneer is then placed on your tooth. Once properly position on the tooth, your dentist will apply a special light beam to the dental veneer, which activates chemicals in the cement, causing it to harden or cure very quickly. The final steps involve removing any excess cement, evaluating your bite and making any final adjustments in the veneer as necessary. Your dentist may ask you to return for a follow-up visit in a couple of weeks to check how your gums are responding to the presence of your veneer and to once again examine the veneer’s placement.

Our dental veneer treatment involves a three-step procedure, which includes Consultation and Planning, Preparation, and Fitting. During these three stages, we will assure your comfort by discussing each procedure thoroughly. From consultation to fitting, we will closely listen to all of your concerns and requirements. We also provide veneer after care to ensure a long-term health for your teeth and mouth.

Staplehurst Dental Practice believes that quality dental care does not need to be expensive. Because of this, we provide a free consultation as well as a zero-percent interest rate on all financial packages. We also accept a range of dental insurance plans.

Creating a smile with the use of dental veneers is a true form of art. If you are in need of dental veneers in Kent, contact us today. We will gladly answer all of your enquiries.

  • Diagnosis and treatment planning. This first step involves your active participation. Explain to your dentist the result that you are trying to achieve. During this appointment, your dentist will examine your teeth to make sure dental veneers are appropriate for you and discuss what the procedure will involve and some of its limitations. He or she also may take X-rays and possibly make impressions of your mouth and teeth.

Preparation. To prepare a tooth for a veneer, your dentist will remove about 1/2 millimeter of enamel from the tooth surface, which is an amount nearly equal to the thickness of the veneer to be added to the tooth surface. Before trimming off the enamel, you and your dentist will decide the need for a local anesthetic to numb the area. Next, your dentist will make a model or impression of your tooth. This model is sent out to a dental laboratory, which in turn constructs your veneer. It usually takes 1-2 weeks for your dentist to receive the veneers back from the laboratory. For very unsightly teeth, temporary dental veneers can be placed for an additional cost.

Posted on: January 5th, 2017 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Straighter teeth at any age

There’s no doubt that our teeth play an important part in how we look and feel about ourselves. It’s probably one of the first things we notice about other people when we meet them and it can really affect our confidence if our teeth are crooked, protruding or unevenly spaced.

straighten-teeth-in-kentTo ensure they have straight teeth as adults, many children are fitted with the traditional train-track braces which can take up to two years to work. This procedure is not convenient for most adults. You may think that if you didn’t have braces as a child you’ll just have to live with your less than perfect smile forever. The great news is that this is no longer true and there are a range of different options available that are both quick and discrete. Here at Staplehurst Dental in Kent, teeth straightening is one of the treatments we offer to help improve your smile.

Teeth straightening in Kent

Having straight teeth is not just a cosmetic issue; uneven, crooked or misaligned teeth are hard to keep clean and are more prone to uneven wear, cavities and fractures. Teeth that are poorly aligned can also affect your overall health as problems with your bite or jaw alignment can cause problems such as head, neck or jaw aches. Straightened teeth may help to increase the longevity of the teeth themselves. If you’re considering what benefits teeth straightening may have for you for either aesthetic or medical reasons, we offer a range of adult-friendly options here at our friendly, modern dental practice.

You’re never too old to make a start

No matter what your age, a better smile is still possible with teeth straightening in Kent. At Staplehurst Dental we can work with you, to achieve your long-term aims. We realise how serious our patients are about their dental issues so we take time to assess your teeth before proceeding with any treatments. We take all the factors including treatment time, long-term oral health and cost into consideration before recommending the right solution for you. Book a consultation with our team today to discuss the range of tooth straightening options that we have available and you could see a smile to be proud of in just a few months.

Posted on: January 3rd, 2017 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

More about the braces we offer

At Staplehurst Dental, we think it is important to offer our patients choices when it comes to their dental treatment. While we are happy to be the guiding professionals, we know that patients are happiest when they are in control and can make informed decisions about their own health and smiles.

This is especially true when it comes to getting braces in Kent. Teeth straightening requires a level of commitment even for minor work. You will need to visit us fairly frequently during the treatment process. The more we work in partnership with you by giving great advice and listening to your needs, the better those appointments will be and the more successful your overall experience will be.

braces-in-KentWhat are braces used for?

When you get braces in Kent, it will be to realign your teeth in some way. Usually, this means straightening them to achieve a more pleasing look but it can also be beneficial in other ways. Having straighter teeth generally means that they are healthier overall.

In essence, the process of teeth straightening involves placing consistent pressure on teeth to move them in a desired direction. It will happen very slowly and gradually over a period of months. Total treatment time depends on the required goal, the method and the conditions within your mouth. The latter will be assessed at an appointment at our clinic in Kent. Braces are the equipment that is used to achieve the realignment.

What types of braces do we have?

We work with a number of tried and tested dental brands like Invisalign and Six Month Smiles. Each of these methods involves getting braces custom made for you.

Invisalign make a series of aligners for you to wear to achieve your desired result. You change your aligner every two weeks at home. Some patients like the fact that these braces are removable as they feel it gives them control over the process. However, you need to be disciplined enough to wear them for 22 hours per day to achieve the results you want.

Six Month Smiles involves clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires. The brackets are fixed to the teeth in planned positions and the wire is threaded through them. The wire then creates gentle pressure by pushing against the brackets which transfer force to the teeth.

Posted on: December 22nd, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Restore your beautiful smile with dental implants

If you have ever lost a tooth, you will know that that gap can have a daunting physical and emotional impact. You suddenly have an altered appearance, especially if that lost tooth is one of your front social six teeth.

dental-implants-kentThese days there is a stable, long-lasting and reliable solution to missing teeth: dental implants. In Kent, you can have dental implants fitted by the caring professionals at Staplehurst Dental, right in the heart of the Weald.

Want to know more about dental implants in Kent?

Great! Let’s start with what dental implants are. Dental implants are tiny metal screws, usually made of titanium. These dental implants are screwed into your jaw bone where that missing tooth or teeth used to be. It then takes a few weeks for the dental implant to settle into place, and then an artificial tooth or bridge can be screwed on it. The crowns of your dental implants will have been custom-made to match the colour of your already existing teeth, so the dental implants will blend in perfectly.

And here’s what makes dental implants in Kent such a popular option

Once your dental implants are inserted and the new artificial tooth or bridge attached, they do not have to come out again! This is because the implants actually mesh with new bone and blood vessels growing around them. This means that you can treat dental implants just like normal teeth. We’d like to say you can forget about them completely, but we want you to keep on brushing and flossing with the utmost care, so instead please treat your dental implants as if you cherished them as much as your own natural teeth.

The other great thing about dental implants is that they keep your jawbone healthy and strong. The jawbone is stimulated to grow by all the hundreds of tiny clashes between your teeth that go on each day. These frictions stimulate new tissue growth and when it is not there, the jawbone instead loses density, both around where a tooth was, and eventually in the inner bone as well. In Kent, dental implants stop this happening, and you retain a younger look along with better eating function.

Posted on: December 20th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Smoking and dental implants in Kent

If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth, then dental implants may be the ideal solution for you. Dental implants can also treat other dental issues such as falling teeth and loose dentures. Staplehurst Dental Practice offers dental implants in Kent to all patients who wish to regain confidence in the smile.

dental-implants-in-KentHowever, implant dentistry and smoking do not mix. If you are considering dental implants in Kent, then one question you can expect from your dentist at consultation stage is whether you are a smoker or not.

Whether you are an occasional or chronic smoker, you know already that smoking is a bad idea for many reasons. Smoking can compromise your general and oral health in more than one ways: breathing problems, lung cancer, yellow teeth and bad breath are only a few.

Smoking is also considered one of the major causes of tooth loss and the reason why you may be needing dental implants in the first place. If you are serious about your health and the success of your dental implants, you should consider quitting smoking.

Many studies and practical evidence have provena significant correlation between smoking and dental implant failure.More specifically, post-surgery implant wounds cannot heal properly if you are a smoker. Therefore, is it strongly suggested that you quit smoking a few months before the procedure for your teeth and gums to return to their natural, tobacco-free state.

Even if you quit smoking and your dental implants heal successfully, should you return to smoking, this may cause further future problems such as gum disease, tooth loss or discolouration.

Smoking may also hinder the success of your implants at any stage of your life. Dental implants can fail even if they heal successfully. Studies have shown that smokers with dental implants experience many post-implant complications, which may or may not result in implant failure or may even require surgical intervention.

It is definitely recommended that you quit smoking if you are considering dental implants. If you are a smoker considering dental implants in Kent, it’s worth talking to our dentists at Staplehurst Dental Practice.

Posted on: December 15th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Top reasons people to opt fordental implants in Kent

Have you lost one or more teeth? Every year many adults lose their teeth due to accidents, face trauma, gum disease or bad oral hygiene habits. To replace lost teeth you can either get a bridge or dentures, or you can rely on dental implants. At Staplehurst Dental in Kent, dental implants are fixed by Dr Jan Einfeldt, an award-winning cosmetic dentist with years of experience in the field of restorative and cosmetic dentistry.

dental-implants-in-kentOne of the most obvious advantages of dental implants is that they protect the healthy teeth in your mouth. In contrast, dental bridges rely on your natural teeth for support. Fixing bridges on your teeth can be tricky. Bridges that are not supported on implants can destroy your adjacent healthy teeth in order to be put in place. Dental implants do not put any strains on other teeth.

Another significant advantage of dental implants is that they can be used to replace more than one tooth at a time. If you opt for a conventional bridge, then the teeth that will support it have to be healthy. This is not the case with dental implants, where various combinations can be possible. Dental implants can be employed to replace a single missing tooth to a full denture.

Dental implants involvevery little maintenance. You will hardly notice the difference in your daily routine since you will only need to maintain your good oral habits. Our high-quality dental implants at Kent are very sturdy and they can last a lifetime. Dental crowns and bridges, on the other hand, will have to be replaced every 5 to 10 years depending on quality and wear.

If you opt for dental implants in Kent, you should take into consideration another important benefit: implants are easier to preserve compared to conventional bridges. You will only need to clean and floss your implants regularly along with the rest of your teeth.

Knowing these facts will help you make an informed decision about dental implants. For a consultation or more information about dental implants in Kent give us a call or email us today.

Posted on: December 13th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Exploring your options for teeth straightening in Kent

Whatever your reaction is to the idea of teeth straightening, at Staplehurst Dental, we want to help you go ahead with it if that’s what you want. It may be that the whole process is much faster, more comfortable and more discreet than you imagine.

There are a lot of options out there to choose from when you are considering teeth straightening in Kent. At Staplehurst Dental, we are proud to work with two of the leading dental brands to offer you the freedom of choice.

teeth-straightening-in-KentWhat is important to you?

In order to help you decide which treatment you want, you need to know what options will suit you. To find out, you can have a detailed assessment of your smile at the dentist. At this point, you can also talk to them about what is important to you.

Do you want a budget option, fast treatment or an aesthetically pleasing solution? Perhaps you have a pressing dental issue that you think will be solved by teeth straightening. Let your dentist know what your priorities are and they will do their best to adapt our offerings to you.

Invisalign

Invisalign is one of our methods for teeth straightening in Kent. Unlike traditional treatments, it involves clear aligners that fit close to your teeth. These are made out of specially designed, clear plastic through which you can see your smile. They are also relatively thin. All of this means that they appear almost invisible when you are wearing them. In addition, the aligners are smooth on the outside and so are comfortable for the inside of your mouth.

We offer a special Invisalign option for teenagers as well.

Six Month Smiles

Six Months Smiles is the other great partner we work with. This system is a little more like a normal brackets and wires treatment except that the brackets are clear and the wires are tooth-coloured so that they blend in with your teeth.

Six Month Smiles focuses on the front teeth that are visible when you smile. This is where most people have an aesthetic issue that they would like to fix. It is often possible to achieve results within four to nine months with an average treatment time of six months.

Posted on: December 8th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Long-lasting peace of mind for your teeth

What are dental implants? Here at Staplehurst Dental, more and more of our patients are asking about this method of tooth restoration, as an alternative to removable dentures and bridge work.

We know that many of our patients are concerned about what happens if they lose teeth, especially as they get older in Kent. Dental implants are one method we recommend as it provides a long-lasting, easy to maintain and natural-looking approach to tooth replacement.

dental-implants-in-kentImplants are a metal screw that is fitted into the jaw bone to replace the tooth root that a false tooth is then fitted on to. As such, they offer a more fixed solution than removable dentures.

Is it right for me?

As with any procedure, implants aren’t suitable for everyone. Here is the basic criteria for anyone considering having dental implants in Kent:

  • You will need to be in good general health. The treatment is safe and simple, much like having a filling, but it is still surgery and involves having a local anaesthetic. Patients need to be well enough to receive that.
  • Your gums need to be healthy in order to accept the implant.
  • You need to have adequate bone density in your jaw to fix the implant into. If your bone is thin or soft, it may still be possible to have the implant after a bone graft.
  • There needs to be enough bone height in the upper jaw and space between the jaw and sinuses. If not, you may still have the implants after a sinus lift.

Feel confident in your smile

If you are wondering whether this treatment would work for you, come into the Staplehurst Dental practice and we can go through all the options. We will carry out tests to see if dental implants in Kent are the right way for you to restore your teeth and feel confident again in your smile.

What is clear to us at Staplehurst Dental is that dental implants in Kent are becoming increasingly popular. Chat to us today to see if this is the right way for you to feel confident in your teeth for years to come.

Posted on: December 6th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice