The patient journey for dental implants in Kent for a happy future
Increasing numbers of people of all ages are turning to dental implants to replace their missing teeth. Kent dental clinic, Centre for Aesthetic Periodontics and Implantology Limited, offers a wide range of implant treatments, both simple and complex, opening up all of the benefits dental implants can bring to an ever-increasing patient demographic.
Tooth loss is traditionally associated with the older generation – the over-75s in particular. However, it can happen at any age and for many reasons. Ultimately, the most important thing is not why it has happened to you, but the fact that it has happened, so you need to decide what to do next.
Dentures and dental bridges have long been the stalwarts of tooth replacement, but the traditional varieties only replace the crowns of lost teeth. At our dental clinic we can combine a series of dental implants in Kent with an implant-retained bridge or denture, as well as one implant, one crown for people who need a single tooth replacing.
Kent dental implants
Your dental implants journey will begin with a consultation here at our Kent clinic, during which an experienced implant dentist will conduct a thorough clinical examination, taking x-rays and CT scans to aid with diagnosis and treatment planning, as well as assessing the bone volume to check whether you have enough to support dental implants. Sometimes bone needs to be built up with a graft first.
If dental phobia has played a role in your tooth loss, your dentist can treat you under sedation here at our Kent clinic. This does not mean you will be unconscious as with a general anaesthetic, but will be very relaxed and peaceful, and free from pain.
Once your dental implants have been placed, a process called osseointegration begins, which sees your implants mesh with your jaw bone to form a bond akin to that of a natural tooth roots. Temporary teeth are often fitted, and you will be recalled to our Kent clinic a few months later, when this integration is complete, to have a permanent denture, crown, or bridge attached.