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Dental Implants

Nothing drains our confidence quite like a failing smile. When gaps start to appear, day-to-day things like eating, speaking and smiling can become a challenge to say the least. If you are thinking of putting your favourite foods back on the menu and that confident smile back on your face, implants may be your guardian angel.

A dental implant is the ultimate solution to replace missing teeth and has shown high levels of success for millions of patients. As well as replacing single teeth, they can be used to replace all of your teeth and are also great at securing your dentures – say goodbye to that messy glue!

The design of a dental implant is based on that of a natural tooth which is commonly described as having two main parts: the crown that sits above the gums and the root that sits securely below the gum.

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Dr Manoj Patel, our specialist in prosthetics and implantology, has completed advanced training in dental implant placement. He only uses the latest clinically proven implant systems and has successfully placed and restored over 700. He now accepts referrals from other dentists all over Kent at our Hythe Practice.

Dr Stephen Franks is also our dental implantologist and graduated from University College Hospital London in 1990. Stephen then received extensive implant training under the International Team for Implantology and achieved a Master’s Degree in Dental Implantology at Bristol University. Dr Franks has over ten years’ experience in placing implants and has placed well over 2,000 implants. His treatment protocols follow evidence-based research to ensure a high success rate. As well as single implants, Dr Franks also provides same-day and All-on-Four Implants, bone grafting and sinus lifts.

  1. They look, feel and function like your natural teeth
  2. Healthy teeth do not need to be drilled down to support the dental implant
  3. They have anti-ageing benefits as they help to maintain bone density which reverses the sunken facial appearance caused by tooth loss
  4. They are a fixed option and eliminate the discomfort and insecurity of loose, ill-fitting dentures

The life expectancy of a dental implant can vary. If well cared for, it is not unreasonable to expect a dental implant to last twenty years or more; however, if not properly maintained, dental implants have been known to start to fail within a few years.

A typical implant treatment would consist of the following appointments

  1. Consultation and CBCT scan
  2. Placement of the implant (approximately 30 minutes)
  3. Removal of stitches two weeks later
  4. Impressions 8-12 weeks later
  5. Fit of crown or bridge two weeks later

Implant placements are carried out as comfortably as possible as the treatment area is completely numb using local anaesthesia. Following treatment, you may experience mild or moderate discomfort for the first few days which is easily controlled with over-the-counter medication. Bruising and swelling can sometimes occur, which usually resolves within a week.

The All-On-4 Teeth treatment protocol allows us to remove your remaining teeth, place the implants and to fit a provisional bridge all on the same day.

This therefore reduces treatment times, normally avoids the need for complex sinus bone grafting, and reduces the cost of treatment. This is a fixed and secure solution, so there is no need to worry about your teeth moving about or dropping.

With this technique, you can visit the practice in the morning and leave with your new teeth in time for lunch.

Excellent success rates.

A single implant will support a single crown and is the ideal solution when compared to conventional alternatives as it does not compromise adjacent teeth.

A fixed implant bridge involves the placement of two or more dental implants. Crowns are then fabricated and connected to the implants with a centre crown that sits over the gums.

Implants can be used to support a fixed bridge. This means nothing is covering the roof of your mouth and they do not need to be removed at night. This is the ultimate solution to kickstarting your day-to-day wellbeing, especially when meetings, events and romance call.

Alternatively, implants can be used to secure and stabilise full dentures. This has been called the ‘gold standard’ of care for lower denture wearers. The treatment involves fitting of two or four denture implants. These are then attached to the dentures with special snap on connections. The dentures still need to be removed for cleaning; however, they are stable and secure without the need for messy denture adhesives.

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For more information on Dental Implants, get in touch with a member of our team today.

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ASHFORD 01233 620565
HYTHE 01303 262683
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