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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

Do you even have any missing teeth?

Dental implants act as a substitute for teeth that are missing. What’s great about implants is they are extremely discreet and it’s highly unlikely that another person would be able to tell that you’re wearing an implant. Implants look just like ‘normal’ teeth: same shape, colour etc. and they work just as a natural tooth would. An implant is a titanium screw that bonds into the bone in a person’s jaw, when it’s fully bonded, it’s then topped with a bridge, crown or denture. This then forms a working bionic tooth. Staplehurst Dental Practice say that its dental implants in Kent are popular with many of its patients because of their high functioning ability and the fact that they blend in easily with existing teeth.

replace-missing-teeth-in-kentOther reasons to get implants

As implants are placed directly into the jaw, this means that they are self-supporting and don’t rely on the adjoining teeth. This is great as it reduces the strain on these teeth, ensuring that they don’t have to be altered in any way, which other tooth replacement methods can require and which can lead to damage. Kent dental implants can help to preserve jaw bone. This is important, as once a tooth is lost, the bone that holds it in place begins to shrink. Thiscan be detrimental to the appearance, causing the face to appear sunken and ageing. One of the main benefits of dental implants in Kent, is that they are permanently fixed in place. As they don’t have to be removed, the chance of loss, breakage and need for extra maintenance is reduced. In addition, the implants will never suddenly slip and slide around in the mouth, causing discomfort and potential embarrassment.

Do you want to be able to chew, eat and speak more effectively, but you find that the dentures you’re wearing are making these basic functions difficult? Do you want a more natural looking smile that could potentially last a lifetime? If you answered yes to either of these questions, contact Staplehurst Dental Practice regarding dental implants in Kent for a more effective way to replace your missing teeth.

Posted on: December 1st, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Why dental implants are the best option to replace missing teeth

Dentures, bridges and implants are three different methods that can be used to replace missing teeth. Dentures work very well for many people, but others find they never can quite get them to fit well, and that they move around in the mouth. They have also been known to affect the way that food tastes. Bridges can be a great optio n to replace missing teeth; however, they do involve filling in the teeth that are adjacent to the missing tooth, which can sometimes make these teeth weak and can give them an increased chance of developing decay in the future. Although all tooth replacement methods have their benefits depending on the patient’s needs, Staplehurst Dental Practice says the most effective and beneficial way to replace a missing tooth is to have a dental implant. Kent patients can receive anywhere between one implant and a full set of implants to replace a whole mouthful of missing teeth.

replace-missing-teethAccording to the European Federation of Periodontology (PED), missing teeth have been replaced by dental implants since the 1960s. They are able to support crowns, bridges and even dentures and there is now a large amountof research to show the effectiveness and convenience of dental implants. Kent clinic, Staplehurst Dental Practice, says that nearly everyone who would like to receive dental implants can do so. However, the bone tissue needs to be fully developed so it is able to hold the implant in place, therefore patients need to be over 18 years old. Kent dental implants will last for a number of years.If cared for as recommended by your dentist, there is a high chance that you will never have any issues with your implants, as they are designed to be a long-term, problem-free solution.

Staplehurst Dental Practice make its dental implants affordable to many of its patients by offering 0% interest finance option and accepting many dental plans. To find out more about dental implants in Kent, make sure you call the clinic for further information, or make an appointment to discuss your options with a dentist. Teeth replacement options have never been more convenient and natural looking.

Posted on: November 29th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Staplehurst Dental Practice – Veneers

Veneers are a fast, efficient treatment that can hide discoloured, chipped or broken teeth. At our calming, friendly clinic in Kent, veneers are something we feel we can offer you with confidence.

Veneers are extremely thin shields of hand-crafted porcelain that are firmly bonded over your tooth, or teeth. Due to their almost translucent properties they look very natural and they can be colour-matched to your existing teeth to perfect the impression. If you are considering them, come to our practice in Kent, veneers will be something we are happy to talk to you about.

veneers-in-kentThe treatment process

There are three steps to our treatment process. Consultation and planning, preparation and fitting. We will guide you through the procedures and make sure that you know what is happening each step of the way.

Consultation and planning

The first step in practically every dental procedure is the consultation. Your dentist needs to look and see your teeth before they can make any recommendations. After all, would you trust a mechanic who gives you a quote by looking at your car’s bonnet? When they have all the details your dentist can then lay out a treatment plan and offer you any information you might need to make your decisions.

Preparation

Everyone’s mouth is unique therefore every veneer is slightly different. Your dentist will take all the details they need to provide you with a bespoke solution. When they have the details your specific veneer can be made.

Fitting

When the veneer is ready, you can come back to the practice for the fitting. Your dentist will clean your teeth and prepare the tooth to make a strong bond with the veneer. They will lay out the veneer and make sure everything is correct before bonding the porcelain to your tooth. It’s that simple.

What should I do if I want veneers?

Our experienced dentists will walk you through your treatment and listen to any concerns you may have. We are aware some people are nervous about coming to the dentist and we will take every step to make you comfortable. So, if you want dental veneers in Kent please contact us for a consultation or for more information. We want you to smile, especially when you see us, it gives us a chance to be proud of our work!

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

Veneers and how they can benefit you

At Staplehurst Dental, we want to give you plenty of options when it comes to the maintenance and improvement of your smile. The more options you have, the more likely you are to find one that fits your unique criteria. When you visit our clinic in Kent, veneers are one of the options we will be able to discuss with you for things like chips, cracks, staining or even small gaps.

veneer-in-kentVeneers are small pieces of porcelain, or occasionally another material, that changes the outward appearance of your tooth in terms of shape, colour or position. For instance, it may be that you have a small gap between your teeth that you would like to close. If the gap is the only thing you want to work on and if it is the right kind of size, veneers can be made for one or both of the teeth on the side of the gap in order to make them slightly bigger. When this is fitted the gap will not be there and you will have natural looking teeth where the colour has been matched closely to the ones you already have.

The veneers are produced off-site from an imprint taken of the teeth where you want them and then they are sent back to our clinic in Kent. Veneers are very thin but the dentist will still need to take about half a millimetre off the tooth that will be supporting it so that the fitted piece will be flush with the surrounding teeth. This also provides room to add the dental cement which is what will hold the veneer in place. Your dentist uses a special light once they are sure the veneer is in exactly the right place. This hardens the cement very fast and you then have a long-lasting solution to your issue.

For many people veneers in Kent are a relatively easy and durable solution to smaller issues in your mouth. When you visit Staplehurst Dental, you will be given all the information you need to decide whether veneers are the right choice for you. Some people choose to have veneers to shore up the teeth as a preventive measure, whilst other choose to have a full set of veneers to completely refresh their smile. What you choose is up to you!

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

What are dental implants?

Many people consider dental implants in Kent, but what exactly are they? Here at Staplehurst Dental, we provide patients with dental implants and below are some of the questions we arefrequently asked about them.

dental-implants-in-kentWhat are dental implants?

If you get dental implants in Kent you can expect to have a titanium screw (like a tooth root) surgically positioned into your jawbone beneath the gum line. This allows your dentist to apply a replacement tooth or a bridge into that area. Possibly one of the best things about dental implants is that they don’t come loose like dentures can; they are a permanent fixture in your mouth for up to 20years, as long as they are looked after properly. Dental implants also benefit your general oral health because they do not have to be anchored to other teeth, like bridges.

How do dental implants work?

Because dental implants fuse to your jawbone, they provide stable support for artificial teeth. Dentures and bridges mounted to implants won’t slip or shift in your mouth — an especially important benefit when eating and speaking. This secure fit helps the dentures and bridges — as well as individual crowns placed over implants — feel more natural than conventional bridges or dentures.

For some people, ordinary bridges and dentures are simply not comfortable or even possible, due to sore spots, poor ridges or gagging. In addition, ordinary bridges must be attached to teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth. An advantage of implants is that no adjacent teeth need to be prepared or ground down to hold your new replacement tooth/teeth in place.

To receive dental implants in Kent, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. You must also commit to keeping these healthy and have regular check-ups with your dentist. This is all critical to the long-term success of dental implants.

For further information on dental implants in Kent, feel free to call Staplehurst Dental and we will help you as best we can. Our team of dedicated professionals is here ready to take your call, we look forward to hearing from you.

Posted on: November 17th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

Do dental implants really work?

Ever wondered why dental implants in Kent are so popular? Dental implants are often the first choice for patients looking to restore missing or damaged teeth. Compared to other options, dental implants are the most practical and cost effective solution on the market.

If you get dental implants in Kent, you will have the next best thing to healthy, natural-looking teeth.  Dental implants from Staplehurst Dental are strong and stable, and restore lost teeth so that they look, feel, fit and function like your own teeth. Other options for tooth replacement can lead to bone deterioration in the jaw, and can sometimes interfere with eating, smiling, and speaking.

dental-implantsDental implants are a long-term solution and are built to last, sometimes for up to 20years. Traditional, tooth-supported dental bridges only last five to seven years, and with proper care often more than ten years, but at some point they may need to be replaced. While dental implants may need periodic adjustments, they can last a lifetime when properly placed and cared for over time.

When you have dental implants in Kent there is no need to stay home and feel uncomfortable in public, or be embarrassed because your smile looks different, or worry that missing teeth will limit your ability to join in the fun. Some patients choose to remedy their missing teeth with dentures, but dental implants act as a permanent solution and do not need to be removed, allowing you to forget about them and get on with what is important in life.

A face without teeth can sag and appear sunken and sad. Dental implants help you to retain your natural face shape, and smile.

Dental implants in Kent help to protect healthy bone in your jaw. Leaving empty spaces in your mouth after losing one or more teeth can lead to additional problems such as the loss and deterioration of your jawbone. When it is not being used to support a natural tooth, the jawbone deteriorates, losing its strength and firmness. Dental implants are the only dental restoration option that works to preserve and stimulate what is left of the natural bone, actually helping to stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss.

For more information on dental implants in Kent, contact Staplehurst dental today.

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

Dental Implants in Kent – the benefits

At Staplehurst Dental, we provide our patients with an open flow of information about the treatments we have available. We want you to know the benefits and challenges of any treatment in advance, so that you can make a decision about the best option for you.

dental-implants-in-kentWhen you are considering dental implants in Kent, it is worth knowing that it is a long-term decision that will affect your quality of life in many ways. In the short term however, the work can be quite extensive and the healing period is relatively long. For around about eight weeks you will need to be on a very limited diet to help the implants to settle into their positions without disturbance. That being said, let’s look at some of the fantastic benefits they can offer.

Practical improvement

The first and primary benefit is the return of much of the functionality of your teeth. You will be able to smile, eat and speak with confidence, as dental implants are a fixed solution that, once the whole process is complete, you do not have to spend a lot of time getting used to. They work closely with your jaw bone to imitate natural movement.

Cosmetic improvement

If you are concerned about the way you look with gaps in your teeth, then dental implants provide an obvious solution.

However, did you know that having them inserted can also prevent deterioration of the jaw bone through lack of use? The jaw bone reacts to having the implants inserted by growing around them and then the continued forces that the chewing motion produces keep everything stimulated and healthy long term. Avoiding jaw bone loss can prevent the face taking on a sunken look due to deterioration.

Hygiene improvement

You get better all-round oral hygiene when you have a full set of teeth which reduces your risk of infections and makes your teeth easier to take care of.You will need to have a conscientious hygiene routine to look after your dental implants and your remaining teeth. When you choose to have dental implants in Kent at Staplehurst Dental, we will give you all the advice we can to make this integration an easy and effective process.

Posted on: November 10th, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice

New teeth, new lease of life

If you have missing teeth then you do not need to be told about the effect they can have on your quality of life, especially if this affects your ability to choose the foods you want, or to smile with self-assurance. So, let us tell you about the joy of dental implants in Kent at Staplehurst Dental instead. Choosing to have dental implants is a big step, and it is one that you will find easier to take the more you know about what will happen. Visit our clinic for the most in-depth advice, but start here to get an overview.

dental-implants-kentStart to finish – how does it work?

The end result we are aiming for with dental implants is to have an implant in the jaw bone, which is then supporting one or more synthetic teeth.

The way we get there is first through a detailed consultation and examination. Your dentist will assess your suitability for dental implants by checking what you need, the density of your jaw bone and other things such as your general health. If you are well and have the physical capacity to support the implants in your jaw, then you can make the choice to go ahead. Some health conditions are contra-indicated but your dentist will ask you about these.

The next thing your dentist will do is make a comprehensive plan to insert the dental implants in Kent at our clinic. They need to pay attention to things like position in the jaw and angle of the implant to ensure that the new teeth work in concert with the motion of the jaw bone in a way that puts the least strain on the implants. They are very secure, but the forces of chewing are quite strong and multi-directional, so the more carefully their position is planned, the more likely it is that your implants will have the very long life that they are supposed to.

Next up is the actual insertion. You dentist drills hole in your jaw bone under anaesthetic and inserts the dental implants. This can be done at our clinic in Kent. Dental implants take a little while to mesh into the jaw bone so you will then need to heal for around eight weeks before having your synthetic teeth fitted for use.

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

Correct those minor imperfections in only three months

Are you one of those people who isn’t entirely happy with their smile because only one tooth is slightly wonky, or your teeth have shifted out of place after previous orthodontic work? Maybe you think your dentist won’t be able to offer a solution for such minor imperfections. After all braces are huge metal train-tracks that you have to wear for years to correct massive problems, aren’t they?

invisible-braces-in-kentWell, that may have once been the case, but in Kent, braces treatments have moved on enormously, and now, at Staplehurst Dental Practice, we can offer you convenient, discreet solutions for correcting minor orthodontic imperfections.

Braces in Kent for such problems now include the Invisalign i7 system. This is the latest addition to the Invisalign range of clear aligners, which are braces, but not in the traditional sense.

Invisalign i7 is designed to correct minor tooth movement and these braces in Kent can provide results in as little as three months, depending on your individual case, of course.

These Kent braces are designed for both adults and teenagers. They are not braces as such, but clear plastic aligners which fit over the teeth and apply pressure front and back to ease the teeth into a new position. The patient wears a series of aligners, which move the teeth in gentle increments. Wearers usually put in the next aligner after wearing the previous one for two weeks.

The great thing about these kinds of braces in Kent, is that they are made of clear plastic, so they are very hard to see. Someone would have to get up pretty close to you to spot them, which, if you are an adult operating in a business world, is reassuring. Also, these aligners are removable, which means you can take them out to eat, and to clean them.

If you would like to find out more about this revolutionary alternative to traditional braces in Kent, then why not make an appointment for a free consultation with our consultant. We can show you what steps the aligners will take your teeth through to reach their desired position using our digital simulation programme, reassuring you that with Invisalign i7, nothing is left to chance.

Posted on: November 3rd, 2016 by Staplehurst Dental Practice