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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

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