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What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?

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Improved Appearance: pros and cons, the reason why implants are so popular

Dental implants provide a perfect and reliable solution to treat missing teeth and restore your smile back to its attractive, enticing, charming potential.

Unfortunately, for most adults, tooth loss is an avoidable part of ageing and the number of patients requiring restorative work to repair their smiles is increasing.

Tooth loss can be worrying – there are certain things we can practice to reduce the likelihood of losing a tooth and keep our teeth as healthy as possible, natural decay and accidental tooth loss are sometimes inevitable.

How can I avoid tooth loss?

No one wants to lose a tooth, and although this is often out of our control, we believe that the below measures can help to keep your teeth in their healthiest condition for as long as possible.

  • Proper oral hygiene: Although it seems like tired advice, caring for your teeth when brushing and cleaning is the foundation for keeping those teeth and gums strong and healthy. Brushing and flossing help remove plaque which leads to decay and can prevent gingivitis (gum disease). This is both the most common and the most effective advice.
  • Avoid smoking: Using tobacco will increase your risk for contracting gum disease, oral and throat cancers, along with oral fungal infection (candidiasis).
  • Be conscious of your diet: Processed sugars contribute highly to tooth loss since the sugary foods contain bacteria that produce acid in the mouth and damage the teeth. Eat a diet rich in fruit and vegetables to keep your teeth strong and healthy.
  • Use fluoride: Fluoride can help rebuild or remineralise weakened enamel. Purchase a toothpaste with fluoride in it.
  • Book in for regular check-ups with your dentist: Many cases of tooth loss could be prevented if they were detected earlier. If the implantologist spots the decay before it damages the whole tooth, we can recover rather than remove the tooth.

So, what happens when I lose a tooth?

When you lose a tooth (whether accidental or surgical), your dental surgeon will recommend several options based on your specific case and financial budget. These options may include dental implants, bridges, crowns, veneers or dentures.

Read our dental implant procedure guide here.

What makes dental implants special?

Here are some of the enticing benefits of choosing dental implants as your preferred treatment option:

  1. Aesthetically pleasing: We design and manufacture your dental implants so that they fit in perfectly with your natural existing teeth. For this reason, you will be left with a beautiful, straight, symmetrical smile and it is unlikely people will be able to tell you had a missing tooth.
  2. Durability: Dental implants are well-known and praised for their enduring strength and durability. With proper care and attention from both you and our expert dental staff, dental implants can often last up to 25 years.
  3. Fit: One downside of having dentures is that if they do not fit properly, then the treatment can sometimes leave patients with a lisp. However, since dental implants are permanently fitted, your speech or chewing ability will not be affected by a moving tooth.
  4. Improved oral health: Having dental implants can improve your oral health since the surrounding teeth usually do not have to be filed or impacted in order to insert the implant, it means that the surrounding teeth stay healthy and intact. Also, having individual implants means that the natural tiny gap between the teeth remains so that you can continue to clean adequately between the teeth to prevent infection.
  5. Fixed position: Since the implant will be rooted securely in place, you do not have to worry about getting into embarrassing situations, for example, dinner parties where you have to remove the tooth before eating etc…

Why choose us?

Dr Ali is an expert implantologists who specialises in restorative and cosmetic dentistry
Principal Specialist Dentist Dr Ali Rifai

We are proud to be one of Surrey’s most trustworthy and reliable dental practices, providing optimum care and treatment to patients both new and loyal.

Our clinic is well-known throughout the local community as we accept patients from Addlestone, Chertsey, Chessington, Claygate and beyond.

We have an impressive team of qualified and skilled dentists, our principal dentist was educated in the Barts and the Royal London hospital in London and is an accredited member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentists (BACD) and a member of the Association of Dental Implantology.

Dr Ali Rifai has completed a Master Degree in Clinical Dentistry with a speciality in Implant Dentistry. He continues to learn new techniques and insights at many prestigious institutions globally, in Europe, USA and Asia. He has placed several hundred implants in his career. Read reviews and testimonials.

This means our practice and techniques are fully informed by the latest research and technologies in the dentistry field, and we are always at the forefront of new innovative methods and treatments.

Make the best decision for your teeth today – get in contact with The Gentle Dental and find out how we can be of service to you.

Call us on 020 8224 7562 for more advice or information, or click here to book an appointment online.


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