‘Dental Implants’ Category

Where do Dental Implant in Kent Fit into a Smile Makeover?

23rd October, 2013

Smile makeovers can include several different treatments, depending on exactly what needs to be done to help give you the smile of your dreams. One such treatment that can be very useful is dental implantology. Dr Rik Trivedi is the principal dentist at Parrock Street Dental and Implant Centre, and he has undertaken extensive additional training in this field, and is able to create functional and beautiful smiles.

Dental Implant KentDental implant in Kent can be used to replace just one missing tooth, or they can even be used to replace complete arches of teeth. If you currently have a full denture, and would prefer not to, then it may be possible to use multiple dental implants to hold a fixed bridge in position. If you are looking for something a bit more economical, then you might want to consider dental implants to hold your denture firmly in place.

Other Treatments Used in Smile Makeovers

While dental implants can form part of a smile makeover, they aren’t always necessary, and there are many treatments that are more commonly used. Most smile makeovers will include teeth whitening, as teeth do discolour and darken with age, and having them whitened is a quick way to give your looks a boost. This can be used as a standalone treatment, or in conjunction with other dental treatments such as veneers, crowns, white fillings, and bridges.

It is quite an art to create a great looking smile that functions properly, and which will make the most of your features, so it is something that has to be planned very carefully. Dr Trivedi will want to take impressions of your teeth which will be used to create plaster models, as well as x-rays. You’ll find he will take the time to discuss your smile requirements with you so the first diagnostic wax-up model of your teeth can be made.

This is where your plaster tooth model is adapted with tooth coloured wax to show how various treatments will work. This model can be adapted as often as necessary until you are happy with the results. Once your teeth have been prepared, then this model is used as a template to make any temporary teeth, so you get to ‘test drive’ your new smile before it is completed. If you are unhappy with anything then it can be corrected before your permanent teeth are made, although it is worth remembering that your permanent teeth will always look better than the temporaries!

If you are thinking about having a smile makeover, or even a mini makeover, then why not book a consultation to find out more? Call us on 01474 537191, or if you’d prefer you can fill in our enquiry form online at www.kentcosmeticdentists.co.uk.


Hopefully Fewer Children will Grow Up Needing Dental Implants in Kent

22nd October, 2013

A recent report from Public Health England has shown that more than a quarter of five year olds have tooth decay, and even though this might sound shocking, it is actually a decline compared to previous figures. The survey used data collected from 133,000 dental check-ups, and found that 27% of five year olds had one or more decayed teeth, compared to 30% back in 2008.

Kent Dental ImplantThis shows there is still room for improvement, especially as some 3% of children with tooth decay had to have teeth extracted, a process that is carried out under general anaesthetic in hospital. Undergoing such an experience while still very young is unlikely to make these children fans of visiting the dentist, and regular dental care is vitally important in helping adult teeth to last a lifetime.

Dr Rik Trivedi and his dental team are very keen on preventative dental care, and can really help parents who may be struggling with getting their children into a regular routine of teeth cleaning. We can help to lessen the chance of dental cavities in your children’s teeth through the application of dental sealants that are used to cover up the chewing surfaces of their teeth, as well as topical applications of fluoride to help harden their teeth. Your dentist in Kent can also help if you find it difficult to seek dental care.

Gentle Dental Care for all the Family

If you suffer from dental phobias and fears, then there is the chance that you could inadvertently pass this on to your own children, as they are likely to pick up on your reluctance to have dental treatment and could grow up viewing dental care as something to be feared. Dr Trivedi is also very good at dealing with nervous patients, and can offer additional sedation where necessary; all you have to do is ask us for help. Parrock Street Dental and Implant Centre often see people who have previously felt too nervous to visit the dentist for years, or even decades. It is possible to overcome these fears, and to go on to get the smile you’d really like, and sedation dentistry could even help you to have dental implants in Kent.

If you have young children, and would like to book a check-up for them then just give us a call on 01474 537191. If you struggle with dental phobias then take a look at our website on www.kentcosmeticdentists.co.uk as you will find lots of information on sedation dentistry, and you can read lots of testimonials from patients who used to be afraid of visiting the dentist.


Gum Disease Could Increase Need for Dental Implants in Kent, As Well as Worsen Rheumatoid Arthritis

20th October, 2013

Gum disease is already well known for being the major cause of tooth loss amongst adults in the world, but did you know it’s also being connected to rheumatoid arthritis. The connection between gum disease and other inflammatory conditions is well-established, but researchers have found that the bacteria responsible for gum disease worsened collagen induced arthritis in mice, a condition that is similar to rheumatoid arthritis in humans, increasing the progression of the disease and its severity. This is due to the fact that the bacterium prompts the production of an enzyme which in turn exacerbates collagen induced arthritis.

Dental Implants KentSo what exactly is the connection between gum disease or periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis? The answer is that both are systemic diseases and both are inflammatory and can destroy soft and hard tissues. Past studies have shown that people with rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to have periodontal disease, and in fact one particular study found people with rheumatoid arthritis were up to eight times more likely to have periodontal disease. Interestingly it’s also been found that treating periodontal disease can help to improve rheumatoid arthritis. People with periodontal disease are far more likely to lose teeth, and as such may be more likely to need dental implants in Kent.

If you do have rheumatoid arthritis then it’s well worth paying extra attention over your oral hygiene. Dr Rik Trivedi or any of our dentists in Kent can help you improve your oral hygiene routine, and of course it’s essential to visit our surgery twice a year. If you have any signs of gum disease then it’s important to act quickly as otherwise this condition could destroy your gum tissue and eventually the ligaments and bone surrounding your teeth. This is no real reason for anyone to develop gum disease, although it’s true that certain people are more at risk of developing this condition. It is usually caused by a lack of oral hygiene, and is something that will affect most people during their lifetime.

Even if you think you have a great oral hygiene routine it’s possible that it could benefit from having a bit of an overhaul. It’s all too easy to get into a routine that may mean you are missing certain areas of your teeth when brushing and flossing. These are all things we can help you with during your regular check-up.

Has it been a while since you’ve visited a dentist in Kent?  Why not give us a call today to book an appointment? We’re open six days a week including two late nights and Saturday mornings. Call us on 01474 537191 or if you prefer you can fill in our enquiry form at www.kentcosmeticdentists.co.uk   and request a call-back.


Think Dental Implants in Kent Take Too Long? Ask Us about Teeth in a Day

18th October, 2013

Conventional dental implants in Kent can take quite a few months to complete and even though it is worthwhile, the length of treatment is something that some people struggle with. This could be especially true for patients who have no remaining teeth and who currently have to use a loose and uncomfortable denture. In this case a technique called All-on-Four might be more suitable. The technique has been especially designed to provide treatment for patients without any remaining teeth and is used to hold a denture or even a dental bridge securely in place.

Dental Implants KentTreatment is affordable and quick as it uses just four implants in the lower jaw and a minimum of six in the upper jaw to support a dental prosthesis. This makes it perfect for anyone who may have worn dentures for quite some time and who has suffered substantial bone loss in their jaw. Whereas conventional implants need to be surrounded by a minimum quantity of healthy bone, the implants used in this treatment can be placed in a minimal amount of bone. They are inserted towards the front of the jaw as this is the area where the bone tends to be the thickest and are specifically angled to provide extra support. The placement of these implants is quite different in that two of them are angled or tilted backwards, helping to anchor the prosthesis in position while spreading the load. Treatment is safe and has been in use for more than a decade with good results.

Once the implants have been inserted they can be immediately loaded with a restoration, even though this will be temporary until the implants have completely settled down. Using so few dental implants makes treatment much more affordable so more people can benefit from this innovation.

Dr Rik Trivedi plans all implant surgery very carefully and uses dental x-rays and CT scans to identify the best areas in which to place the dental implants. Implant surgery is minimally invasive and most people find it easy to cope with. If you are especially nervous then we can offer you extra sedation.

Our website at www.kentcosmeticdentists.co.uk has lots more information on this treatment as well as photographs of actual cases and testimonials from delighted patients so why not take the time to see what other people have to say about this treatment? Alternatively you can fill in our enquiry form online or you can just give us a call on 01474 537191 to book your free consultation.


We Are Known for Our Dental Implants in Kent, but We Also Offer Sedation Dentistry

16th October, 2013

Recent research has discovered that women who are scared of visiting their dentist in Kent are up to six times more likely to have strong emotions over pictures of dental treatments compared to women who do not have any dental phobias. Even so, men and women were likely to be equally afraid over visiting the dentist, and in fact data from the Adult Dental Health Survey showed that nearly half of adults are likely to feel moderately scared to extremely afraid over dental visits. In spite of these high numbers it can be easy to think that dental phobia is a relatively rare condition, and if you are afraid of visiting your dentist in Kent you may feel quite alone.

Dental Implants KentThis is something that Parrock Street Dental and Implant Centre recognises all too well and is one of the reasons why Dr Rik Trivedi offers patients sedation dentistry. In addition there are lots of things that can be done to make you feel more comfortable when visiting the dentist, and if you haven’t been for a while you might be surprised at just how sympathetic and gentle dental care can actually be. The main thing to do is to make us aware of your anxieties so we can help you. We’ll make sure your dental care is tailored to your needs, and if you are particularly fearful then we also offer sedation dentistry.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is where drugs are administered intravenously either in your arm or in the back of your hand. The sedative will make you feel drowsy, but you’ll still be able to cooperate with our dental team. This treatment is excellent for anyone who is especially anxious for us to complete much more work during just one visit. If you currently have missing teeth and have always wanted to have dental implants in Kent then this could be the way forward for you.

If you’re only moderately anxious but would like a little extra help them we also offer laughing gas which is a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide. This will help make you feel pleasantly relaxed, and it has the added benefit that it will leave your system within just a quarter of an hour of treatment been completed so you can even drive yourself home.

If you’d like to learn more about sedation dentistry then why not take a look at our website on www.kentcosmeticdentists.co.uk as you can sign up for Dr Trivedi’s e-mail course on overcoming dental fears. Alternatively you can give us a call on 01474 537191 to discuss your concerns with any of our dental team.


Don’t Let Trick or Treating Lead to Dental Implants in Kent

15th October, 2013

Halloween is fast approaching, and even though this holiday isn’t widely celebrated in this country, one particular custom is becoming more popular. Trick or treating may be largely confined to across the pond, but the habit is spreading. If you are a parent then it might not be one you want to encourage, as most will not want their children to eat any more sweets than necessary, so what can you do to discourage the habit? There are various things you can do, such as getting together with other parents and agreeing to hand out healthy snacks such as sugar free gum, or choosing to stay away from food altogether and offering other small treats instead, for example fake vampire teeth, stickers or pencils or pens.

dental implants KentIf your child does come home with a lot of sweets then you can try rationing it out to them over a period of several weeks, or you can offer to buy the sweets from them in return for a contribution towards something they are saving up for. When they do eat sweets then it is better if they eat them fairly quickly, so they can clean their teeth soon afterwards. Eating them more quickly helps to ensure that the acidity levels in their mouth soon return to normal so damage to their teeth is minimised.

Great Dental Care Starts Young

Great dental care while they are young will help to reduce the risk of them requiring dental implants in Kent at a later date. Dr Rik Trivedi and all the dentists in Kent surgery are very child friendly, and will do everything possible to make sure they feel comfortable and that they are not scared of visiting the dentist, and if you have dental fears then we can also help you!

If you do have children, and know they are overdue for a check-up then why not make an appointment for them to come in and see one of our dentists? You can contact us on 01474 537191, or if you have any questions then you can email us on info@parrockstreetdental.co.uk

Incidentally trick or treating is often thought of as being a North American custom, it originated in the Middle Ages in various different guises. One such early custom was called souling, and consisted of small soul cakes being given out to soulers who would go door to door on Halloween offering prayers and songs for the dead. The practise of trick or treating only really began to become popular in North America during the last century.


Dental Implants in Kent Are All Very Well but What If You Only Want a Denture?

12th October, 2013

That is no problem, as Dr Rik Trivedi or another of our dentists in Kent will be able to make you a full or partial denture to replace your missing teeth. Full dentures are used to replace complete arches of missing teeth, and can be used for both upper and lower teeth. Partial dentures are used to replace one or more missing teeth, and they may be fabricated to have metal clasps that fit around your remaining teeth, and which are used to hold the denture firmly in position. Both types of dentures can be made from either acrylic that comes in various different gum colours, or some will have a substructure made from cobalt chrome. Cobalt chrome is used because it is a very light and strong alloy, and enables the denture to be constructed with less bulk.

Dental Implants KentModern dentures in Kent can look very good as the plastic teeth can be placed in arrangements that look very natural. The process for making full dentures is quite complicated; your dentist in Kent will need to ensure that it gives the correct support to your facial muscles, and will take accurate measurements that will be used by the dental laboratory to fabricate your new denture, as well as very detailed impressions. A well-constructed denture can make quite a difference to your appearance, especially if you currently wear an old and ill-fitting denture that is somewhat past its sell-by date. You may notice you look more youthful than before, and that fine lines and wrinkles are smoothed out due to your facial muscles receiving the proper support.

It is worth remembering that most dentures will need replacing after just a few years, although it may be possible for your dentist in Kent to adjust the fitting or to reline it to make it fit a little better. The reason why they need replacing relatively frequently is because your jawbone will change shape, and the ridge that used to support your teeth will flatten off, making retention more difficult.

It is important that you bring your denture with you to each check-up, so we can make sure it is fitting properly, and that it is not damaged in any way. A properly fitting denture will help ensure you do not lose bone more quickly than necessary, whereas an ill-fitting denture could speed up this loss by placing extra pressure on your gums.

Want to know more about dentures? Why not book a consultation with us? You can fill in our enquiry form online at www.kentcosmeticdentists.co.uk or you can just give us a call on 01474 537191.


Could Fluoridated Water Reduce the Need for Dental Implants in Kent?

11th October, 2013

Fluoride is often touted as being something that can prevent tooth decay. Its addition to toothpaste and other dental products does help to protect the teeth against cavities, but good dental health is still reliant on regular check-ups with Dr Rik Trivedi, or another dentist in Kent, as well as great dental care at home.

Dental Implants KentAt the moment much of Britain does not receive fluoridated water, but a recent survey carried out by the British Dental Health Foundation has found that nearly 80% of people in Britain would support its addition to the water supply. Just one tenth of the population currently receives fluoridated water.

Its possible addition to the water supply was described by the chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, as being one of the most important things to help improve the oral health of the nation. Fluoride is a mineral that can occur naturally in water, and which is found in some foods. It is also something that may be applied to your teeth during dental check-ups to help harden the tooth surfaces, especially if you have quite thin tooth enamel, or have teeth that are especially sensitive. But could it help to reduce the need for dental implants in Kent?

The answer to this is not on its own. Using fluoride toothpaste or drinking fluoridated water will help to give some protection against tooth decay, but you do have to make sure you brush your teeth thoroughly for two minutes each day, and that you continue to floss once a day. Regular check-ups will help us to pick up any small lesions or pits in your teeth that could indicate the beginnings of a cavity, and if you have children then we may recommend fluoride applications to help prevent cavities from forming. We also like to seal children’s permanent back teeth once they have all erupted. Dental sealants are quick to apply, and help to protect the chewing surfaces of the back teeth from decay, as these areas are especially vulnerable. Even though fluoride is useful for children and adults, our dentists in Kent may not necessarily recommend its use for very young children below the age of two, so it is well worth asking us for advice.

Our dental team are always more than willing to answer any questions you might have about dental health, as preventative care is very important to us. If you know you are overdue for a check-up then why not give us a call to book an appointment on 01474 537191. You can also read more about preventative dental care on our website on www.kentcosmeticdentists.co.uk.


Don’t Need Something As Drastic As Dental Implants in Kent? Ask Us about a Mini Smile Makeover

9th October, 2013

We know we are called Parrock Street Dental and Implant Centre, and it’s true we are well known for providing all sorts of dental implant in Kent. However we can offer our patients the full range of dentistry treatments as well as facial treatments. Even if you aren’t missing any teeth, then you still might be interested in a mini smile makeover and even small changes can do a lot to improve the appearance of your teeth.

Dental Implants KentIf you haven’t visited our dental surgery recently for a check-up, then why not book an appointment right away? We’ll be able to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy, and a professional cleaning will help put a bit of sparkle into your smile. In addition we can also suggest small ways that you can improve your teeth. For instance it could be that any fillings you have might have need renewing. It’s important to renew fillings periodically as they do begin to leak and could let in bacteria increasing the risk of tooth decay. In addition if you have any white composite fillings then these can gradually become stained. Having them replaced can make your teeth look somewhat whiter.

Teeth whitening is another quick and easy treatment that is extremely affordable. Dr Rik Trivedi or another of our dentists in Kent can supply you with custom-made whitening trays. These are extremely easy to use, and you’ll find them very comfortable to wear. You’ll be able to see the results of tooth whitening within just a few days, and of course you’ll always have the whitening trays to touch up the results every so often. Using these two treatments in combination could give you quite a boost, especially as you’ll know your teeth are not only beautifully white but also healthy.

Of course if you’re looking for something a little more substantial, then we do offer full smile makeovers. These can use a combination of different treatments such as orthodontics, dental implants, crowns, bridges, veneers and of course teeth whitening. A full smile makeover can take quite a few months to complete as it does need to be carefully planned in order to get the very best results. If you have a big event coming up then it’s worth thinking ahead.

Interested in giving your smile a bit of a boost? Why not give us a call to book your consultation today on 01474 537191. Alternatively you may want to research all the treatments mentioned above on our website at www.kentcosmeticdentists.co.uk.


Diamonds May Increase Efficacy of Dental Implants in Kent

7th October, 2013

It sounds like science fiction doesn’t it? But a new study carried out in the states has discovered that diamonds could help to promote bone growth, increasing the longevity of dental implants in Kent. It’s important to stress that these are not the sparkly diamonds found in rings and other items of jewellery, but instead they are something called nanodiamonds. This type of diamond is created as a by-product of mining and refining conventional diamonds, and each nanodiamond is just 4 to 5 nanometres across and if viewed underneath a microscope would look exactly like a little football.

Dental Implants KentResearchers are hopeful that their use could help to improve bone growth, and could help to mitigate the effects of a disease called osteonecrosis. This is a condition that breaks down the bones, and if it occurs in the jaw has the potential to stop people from speaking and eating. Anyone with dental implants and who suffers from this condition is likely to find their implants gradually fail.

In order to stop such failures dentists have to continually carry out additional procedures which can be both invasive and expensive. Currently dentists often have to insert a sponge that contains proteins to help promote bone growth, but the use of nanodiamonds could deliver these proteins more effectively. This is due to the fact that the diamonds allow the proteins to be delivered over a longer time. In addition the nanodiamonds can be administered in a way that is non-invasive, for example through an oral rinse or through an injection.

This type of research is pretty exciting, especially as it was originally discovered that nanodiamonds were effective in treating certain forms of cancer, and osteonecrosis is often a side effect of chemotherapy. This discovery led the researchers to investigate whether or not nanodiamonds could help to treat the bone loss associated with osteonecrosis.

Obviously this research holds tremendous potential, but it could be some time before Dr Rik Trivedi is able to treat patients in this way. In the meantime conventional dental implants will work well for most people who are in good general and oral health. Dr. Trivedi has advanced training in implant dentistry and will only recommend dental implants if he thinks they are the right course of treatment for you.

You can book your free initial consultation with Dr. Trivedi simply by giving us a call on 01474 537191. You ‘ll also find lots of information on dental implants on the Parrock Street website, at www.kentcosmeticdentists.co.uk or you may want to download Dr. Trivedi’s free e-book on dental implants.