Improve your smile and confidence

Dental implants are a long-lasting solution to replace one or more missing teeth and are generally suitable for most patients. Implants can offer improvement in the way you eat and speak, prevent your jaw bone from shrinking and improve your confidence. They offer a fixed alternative to ill-fitting dentures, keeping teeth firmly in place.

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Why choose dental implants at Dartford Road Dental Centre?

How do dental implants work?

Titanium posts are surgically placed into the jawbone, mimicking tooth roots. Over time, usually up to six months, the implant fuses with the bone and firmly establishes itself in your mouth. It can then provide a solid, permanent foundation for a crown or bridge.

Why should I have dental implants?

Whether you are looking to replace a single tooth or many missing teeth, we can use dental implants to provide stable and supported replacements for life. Implants allow you to regain the look, feel, and function of natural teeth, without the worry that your restoration will slip or fail.

A missing tooth can significantly affect the way you eat, speak, and feel. A gap can cause your facial shape to lose structure, as your gum can shrink, and the remaining teeth move over time. Dental implants not only restore your smile, but they can also greatly improve your quality of life and self-confidence. You no longer have to worry about avoiding certain foods and can feel happy about showing off your smile again.

Meet our implant dentist

Dr Wassim Chawich

Wassim is a Prosthodontist Specialist, and has a special interest in Oral Surgery. He is highly skilled in both simple and complex implant cases and all related surgical procedures.

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Spread the cost of your Implants treatment from only £208 per month*

At Dartford Road Dental, we believe that quality dental care should be affordable to as many patients as possible. That is why we have options available to help spread the cost.

*based on 1 implant (£2,500, over 12 months, interest free finance)

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What happens during treatment?

Step 1: Initial Consultation

At your initial appointment, we will carry out a full assessment of your general and oral health to ensure you are suitable for dental implants. We will also examine your teeth and assess the suitability of your jawbone.

Step 2: Planning

Using state-of-the-art digital scans and images, we precisely and accurately plan the best positions for your dental implants. If we find you have insufficient bone volume for implant treatment, we may suggest a bone grafting procedure to ensure successful implant placement.

Step 3: Fitting

The titanium implant is placed into your jawbone by our skilled implantologist, using a local anaesthetic to minimise any discomfort. The implant will take 3-6 months to heal and fuse to the bone, so a temporary tooth is fitted to protect your gum during the healing process.

Step 4: Smile!

Once your implant has fully healed and integrated, we fit your final crown or bridge and complete your brand new smile. We will give you some advice on how to look after your dental implant and leave you to start showing off your smile!

Benefits of dental implants

Secure

Dental implants stay firmly in place and will not slip when you are eating or speaking, or become loose over time. As they are held in place by your bone, you can be confident of their strength and durability.

Aesthetic

Implants look and feel just like natural teeth. You will be able to eat, drink and talk just as you did before, as well as show off a winning smile.

Effective

Dental implants are a well-established, safe, and highly effective way of replacing one or more missing teeth in any part of your mouth.

Supportive

Implants help to support and sustain your facial structure and remaining natural teeth. They protect your gum and can be fitted with no detrimental effect on your existing healthy teeth.

Innovative

Implants use cutting-edge digital dental technology combined with specialist expertise to create the next best thing to a natural tooth.

What our patients say

FAQs

Am I suitable for dental implants?

Most people are suitable candidates for dental implants, as long as they are generally healthy and have good oral health. However, they are not an ideal option for everyone. Dental implants are not usually offered to younger patients whose jaws are still growing. Smokers and patients with certain medical conditions, including diabetes, may struggle to heal properly following surgery and increase the risk of implant failure. It is also important that you have enough bone density in your jaw to hold the implants in place, but this can be improved with a bone graft. We will thoroughly discuss your overall suitability for implant treatment at your initial consultation.

Is dental implant treatment painful?

We use a local anaesthetic during dental implant surgery to ensure you are comfortable during the procedure. You won’t be able to feel a thing. After treatment, it is normal to experience some discomfort, and this can be managed with pain relief advised by your dentist. Implant treatment is often less painful than having a tooth extraction, and most patients can return to their usual routines the next day.

How long does the dental implant treatment process take?

The whole process, from missing teeth to securing fixed replacements, can take several months. The implant surgery is a relatively quick procedure, but the implants themselves need around 3-6 months to heal and fuse before fixed permanent teeth can be placed. The treatment process will be longer if you need a bone graft or other procedure first, but your new smile will be more than worth it in the end.

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime if they are properly looked after. This includes maintaining an excellent brushing and flossing routine, looking after your general health, and attending regular check-up appointments with your dentist. The crown or bridge that the implant supports may need to be replaced over time due to normal wear and tear.

Will other people know I have dental implants?

No, dental implants look and feel exactly like natural teeth. We can match the shape and colour of your existing teeth when creating your final fixed crown or bridge so it blends seamlessly into your smile.

What are the alternatives to dental implants?

If you have one or more missing teeth, you may also consider restoring your full smile with a bridge or denture. These alternatives are less expensive than an implant but don’t have the same superior stability, aesthetics, and versatility. They are also not likely to last as long. We are happy to discuss all the options for replacing your missing teeth and find the best one for you.

Will I find it hard to talk with dental implants?

You may find it easier! As your implants are fused to your jawbone and the replacement teeth securely supported, you shouldn’t have any trouble speaking and may find your speech becomes clearer once the gap in your teeth has been filled.

How do I clean my dental implants?

You should treat your dental implants just like natural teeth and include them in your normal oral hygiene routine. As they are made from artificial materials, your implants are invulnerable to decay or cavities, but you will still need to brush and floss to keep the gum surrounding the implant healthy and problem-free.

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39 Dartford Rd, Dartford, Kent DA1 3EG

When to visit

We have early opening hours!
Mon - Thurs 8:15am - 5:30pm
Friday 8:15am - 1:45pm
Saturday 9:00am - 1:45pm (appointment only)

By Bus: Bus numbers 96 and 428 stop directly outside the practice.
By Car: There is ample street parking nearby.