Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

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If you have one or more missing teeth, you might be a suitable candidate for dental implants. A dental implant consists of a titanium metal rod which is placed into the jawbone to anchor one or more artificial teeth. Dental implants can be used to restore the function and cosmetic appeal of your smile, allowing you to chew food properly and improve your speaking ability.

To have dental implants fitted it usually involves a small operation carried out using a local anaesthetic. The implant is placed into the jawbone and left to heal for a number of months. If you have multiple missing teeth, you can have a denture or bridge fitted using dental implants.

The advantage of using dental implants to fit bridges or dentures is that they are sturdy and permanently fixed into the jawbone. Most bridges on teeth will last 5-7 years before being replaced. Teeth on dental implants have been shown to last over 10 years plus as there is no risks of infection and decay problems. If you have no teeth, it’s possible to have a full upper and lower arch restoration using bridges fixed to dental implants or a full upper and lower arch restoration using overdentures fixed to dental implants.

If you would like dental implants but have been told you don’t have enough jawbone for the procedure, it’s possible to have a bone graft. When it’s been determined there is enough jaw bone, the implants can then be fitted.

If you want to know more about dental implants, Kent based practice Parrock Street Dental and Implant Centre can give you the smile you want. Our lead dentist Dr Rik Trivedi has extensive experience in fitting dental implants, having completed a year’s course in Dental Implantology at the Harley Street Centre for Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry. He has been placing dental implants since 1999 and is one of only an elite few who has been awarded the Diploma in Implant Dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons, England, considered the gold standard in dental Implant training in this country.

Please book an appointment with us by calling 01474 537 191. If you’d prefer to drop in and visit us our opening times are Monday and Wednesday from 9am to 5pm, Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to 8pm, Friday from 9am to 3pm and Saturday from 9am to 2pm.

Alternatively, please visit our website to learn more about Dental Implants in Kent. We can give you the smile that you’ve been missing out on!

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About the author Dr Rik Trivedi

Dr Rik Trivedi

Dr Rik Trivedi is the Principal dentist at Parrock Dental & Implant Centres. He has a keen interest in Cosmetic Smile Dentistry and braces, Dental implants, Facial Aesthetics, Prevention and is very experienced in the design and placement of Cerec Same Day Crown technology.