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What is an implant?
Implants are a successful and reliable option for replacing missing teeth.
A dental implant is an artificial replacement for a tooth root made of titanium. After the placement the implants are integrated within the bone on an average of 3-6 months and create a stable platform for a crown, bridge or denture.
The restoration of choice is usually fitted onto the implant by an internal screw or can be cemented.
Am I a suitable patient?
Dental implants are suitable for patient with a good general and oral health. They can only be placed once the jawbone had stopped growing (i.e. mid-late twenties and older). Excessive alcohol use and smoking are associated with higher failure rates. Also poorly controlled diabetes, bone disorders and gum disease can affect success rates/suitability. We discuss all concerns with you and only undertake treatment if a good outcome is expected.
Extractions & Oral Surgery
Root Canal Treatments
Crowns, Onlays & Inlays
Bad breath – causes
Bad breath, also called halitosis, can be embarrassing and in some cases may even cause anxiety. It’s no wonder that the stores shelves are overflowing with gum, mints, mouthwashes that are promising to eradicate this problem but most often they will only just disguise it temporarily.
In about 90% of halitosis cases, the origin of the odour is in the mouth itself.
Periodontal (Gum) Treatments
Our philosophy is focussed on prevention and we aim to help educate your children from a very young age not only on how to prevent dental disease and be dentally healthy.
We work with parents to help identify problem areas and work as a team to create a healthy environment. Our dentists and hygienists are happy to help provide nutritional dietary advice and demonstrate how to brush properly, floss and use mouthwash.
We offer free examinations to children under six years old and reduced fees for treatment when required.
Flouride Varnish Application
NICE guidelines set by the Department of Health show good evidence base for the regular application of fluoride varnish onto your child’s teeth up until adulthood. This will help harden the enamel and make it more resistant to decay.
Where appropriate, sealants can be placed onto the premolars and molars to reduce the chance of food and plaque trapping in teeth. This lowers the risk of dental caries (decay) in the posterior teeth. Your dentist will advise you on sealants should they be approproate.
Introducing your child to the dentist Once you’ve established a good tooth-brushing routine at home, the next step is the first trip to the dentist.
Take your child to the dentist when they’re as young as possible and at least once by the time they’re two. This is so they become familiar with the environment and get to know the dentist. The dentist can help to prevent decay and identify any health problems at an early stage. Just opening up the child’s mouth for the dentist to take a look is useful practice for when they could benefit from future preventive care.
When you visit the dentist, be positive about it and make the trip fun. This will stop your child worrying about future visits.
Take your child with you when you go for your own dental check-up appointments so they get used to it.