‘Dental Implants’ Category

Ignoring that Toothache Could Mean You’ll End up Requiring Dental Implant in Kent

30th October, 2013

Have you recently had a nagging toothache? Perhaps you’ve ignored it or it’s simply gone away. It’s important to see your dentist in Kent if your toothache lasts longer than a couple of days, or if it’s especially severe. Make an appointment to see Dr Rik Trivedi even if the toothache seems to disappear as it will have been caused by some dental problem.

Dental Implant KentCommon symptoms of the toothache include having a nagging or throbbing pain, or sometimes the tooth may only feel uncomfortable when pressure is applied. If the tooth is infected you might notice you have an unpleasant taste in your mouth, and the gum tissue around the tooth may be swollen. Other symptoms can include having a headache or even developing a fever.

Toothache can be caused due to damage to the tooth that has allowed bacteria to penetrate, and this may be from trauma or through decay. Bacteria can also enter the tooth if it has fractured, or if it has an old or leaky filling. Sometimes teeth can become infected due to certain habits such as bruxism or tooth grinding, as this damages the tooth through wearing away the protective layer of enamel.

Diagnosing and Treating Toothache

Your dentist will carry out a physical examination of the tooth. The treatment can depend on the cause of the infection and the extent of damage to the tooth. It might be that all you need is a filling, although sometimes the bacteria will have penetrated the pulp and root canal of the tooth so it’s quite possible you may need root canal treatment to remove the infection. If the pain occurred quite some time ago and seemed to subside then it’s quite possible that the nerves within the tooth have died due to infection. Unfortunately the bacteria can still continue to spread and may affect the bone surrounding the tooth. In these situations the tooth may need extracting, and you might end up requiring dental implant in Kent.

Early Diagnosis Can Save Your Tooth

This is why it’s so important to seek treatment sooner rather than later, and is one of the reasons why we recommend six monthly check-ups with Dr Trivedi or another of our Kent dentists. If you feel nervous about visiting the dentist then do ask us for help as there are lots of things we can do to help you feel more comfortable about receiving treatment.

If you’re overdue for a check-up, call us today to book an appointment on 01474 537191. Nervous patients will find lots of information about sedation dentistry on our website at www.kentcosmeticdentists.co.uk and Dr Trivedi also has an e-mail course on overcoming dental fears.


Wisdom Tooth Removal Tooth That Doesn’t Require Replacement with Dental Implants in Kent

29th October, 2013

Wisdom teeth are well known for causing problems, as these third molars don’t erupt until the late teens when all the other teeth have long since come through. This means there is often too little room left for the wisdom teeth to erupt correctly, and they can frequently become impacted. This means they will try to come up underneath other teeth or to erupt sideways through the gum. Other problems can arise if the wisdom teeth only partially erupt, as the resulting flap of gum tissue around the tooth is the perfect trap for bacteria. This can lead to decay and infection, especially as wisdom teeth are often quite tricky to clean.

Dental Implant KentIf you don’t yet have your wisdom teeth Dr Rik Trivedi or another Kent dentist will have been keeping a close eye on their development through the use of dental x-rays. If they think you may develop problems, then they could recommend you have them removed before these can occur. Wisdom tooth removal is often easier in younger people as the bone hasn’t had sufficient time to harden, and the tooth roots won’t be fully developed. However you may wish to wait and see, and of course you can always contact the Parrock Street Dental and Implant Centre if you think these teeth may be causing problems.

What to Expect during Extraction

Tooth extraction is very straightforward and is normally carried out under a local anaesthetic, although Dr Trivedi can offer extra sedation if you feel nervous about this procedure. Recovery afterwards can depend on whether or not removal was straightforward, but generally you can expect to feel a little bit of discomfort for at least the first 24 hours. It’s also common to experience some bleeding before a blood clot forms in the empty socket. You might also notice a little bit of facial swelling and may wish to apply an ice pack during the first few hours. If your tooth was infected then Dr Trivedi it may have prescribed antibiotics and it’s important to take these until the prescription is completed.

Avoid touching the extraction site for at least 24 hours after surgery, and it’s also best to avoid spitting or sucking as this could dislodge the blood clot in the socket. It’s extremely important that this blood clot remains undisturbed as it helps the healing process and will keep the empty socket free from infection. Luckily wisdom teeth do not need replacing, so there’s no need to worry that you’ll need dental implants in Kent.

If you’re concerned your wisdom teeth are causing problems then why not book an appointment for a check-up? You can call us on 01474 537191 or alternatively you can fill in our enquiry form online at www.kentcosmeticdentists.co.uk  to request a call back.


Ways of Replacing Missing Teeth: Are Dental Implant in Kent Right for You?

27th October, 2013

If you are missing teeth then Dr Rik Trivedi, or any dentist in Kent will always recommend replacing them, but the choice of how to do so is largely down to you. The simplest way, and the most cost effective method, is to have a denture that can replace a few teeth, or all your teeth if necessary. Alternatively you may want to opt for a bridge that is either cemented to existing teeth, or which is held in place by dental implants. You can also use dental implants to hold single crowns or even a denture. Many dentists in Kent think of dental implants as being the gold standard for replacing missing teeth, but does this necessarily mean they are the right choice for you?

Things to Consider About Dental Implants in Kent

Dental Implant KentDental implants are the most permanent way of replacing missing teeth, but some people may be concerned about the surgical procedure involved in inserting the posts into the jawbone. The time taken to insert a single implant is pretty short, ranging from half an hour to an hour, and you will be kept comfortably anaesthetised during this time. If you have dental phobias or are particularly scared about dental treatment, then Dr Trivedi may well be able to help you through offering extra sedation.

Dental implants will not affect any existing teeth, unlike bridges that are supported by existing teeth, and partial dentures that may need metal clasps that fit around natural teeth. They are also good for helping to preserve the bone in your jaw, as the jawbone surrounding your implants will receive stimulation from the implant posts which helps to promote the growth of new bone cells.

While they are great, and many people will find them well worth the effort, it would be pointless to think dental implant in Kent will be the best choice for everyone. If you have any medical conditions that affect your immune system (for example diabetes) then you might find an alternative method of tooth replacement a better bet. If you smoke and really don’t want to give up, even for a while, then your risk of implant failure will increase significantly.

The best way to find out if you would benefit from dental implants or if an alternative solution might be better is to ask Dr Trivedi. You can ask questions through filling out our enquiry form at www.kentcosmeticdentists.co.uk or you could just give us a call on 01474 537191, to book your consultation.


Is Flossing the Way to Avoid Needing Dental Implant in Kent?

25th October, 2013

Well it will certainly help, as flossing is one of the best ways to help keep your gums healthy and free from disease. Having the correct flossing technique, and taking the time to do it every day, will help remove much of the plaque and food particles that can build up on your teeth and gums during the day. The reason why flossing is so important is that it is able to reach areas where your toothbrush simply can’t get to. Even if you have a brush with a relatively small head, it will still not be able to get in between each tooth. These contact areas between the teeth are particularly vulnerable to tooth decay, and to gum disease.

Dental Implant KentWhenever you floss, you need to make sure the floss reaches right down to and just below the gum line. This is the point where the tooth meets the gum, and is one of the areas where plaque can build up if not regularly removed. It is important to floss every day as plaque can soon harden into tartar, a hard yellowish substance that will have to be scraped away during your check-up and professional cleaning at Parrock Street Dental and Implant Centre. Tartar also does a great job of irritating and infecting the gums, causing inflammation, bleeding and tenderness that are the early signs of gum disease.

What Happens if You Don’t Floss?

If you fail to floss, or tend to only floss when you can feel you have something stuck in between your teeth, then you are greatly increasing your chances of developing gum disease, and your chances of needing dental implant in Kent.

The build-up of tartar and plaque on your teeth will create more and more inflammation in the gums as your body tries to fight back against the infection, and it is this inflammation that will cause the most damage to your gums, and to the bone and ligaments surrounding your teeth. There are various treatments for chronic gum disease, a condition called periodontal disease, but these can be expensive and will need to be carried out as part of an on-going treatment plan as chronic disease cannot be cured. Eventually these tissues will be destroyed, and your teeth will become loose,, and by this stage there will be very little that Dr Rik Trivedi, or any of our dentists will be able to do to save them.

Why let things get to this stage when we can help you. If you find it difficult to floss then ask us for help and advice. We take preventative dental care very seriously and we always have the time to offer practical advice. Call us no on 01474 537191, or why not fill in our enquiry form online at www.kentcosmeticdentists.co.uk  and request a call back?


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.