We aim to provide you with information that helps you make the best treatment decisions. In this section, we provide useful articles to answer the questions we are often asked, and tell you more about the award-winning TDC team.
There are many factors to consider when deciding if dental implants are the right long-term solution for you.
Maybe you have problems with your loose and missing teeth,or your gums, or your smile.
Perhaps you’re not able to speak clearly, eat normal food, or even taste it. Or maybe you’re in pain and you want it to stop.
But although there many reasons why we might give someone implants, there’s a really simple test that can tell you instantly if you need our Smile in a Day treatment.
You don’t need to be a dental expert to do it, and there’s no specialist equipment required.
You just need one simple bit of kit: an apple.
Take a bite
Yes, that’s all you need to do. Try to bite into an apple.
If you can’t do so without it hurting – or if even just the thought fills you with anxiety – then dental implants could be the solution for you.
How can dental implants help me?
Dental implants are titanium posts that are placed into the jaw to replace the natural roots of decayed or missing teeth. New teeth can then be fixed onto the implants, giving you secure, natural-looking teeth that remain permanently in place.
Your first set of fixed teeth are placed on the day of implant surgery. They remain in place during the healing process until we exchange them, about three months later, for your final, permanent set at a non-surgical appointment.
So, no more inconvenience or worry about slipping dentures, no more painful, unattractive loose and missing teeth.
Whilst there are many benefits to dental implant treatment – two of the key benefits are that you can bite and chew just as if you had normal teeth, and you get back a beautiful smile that you are proud of.
What if I have been told I am not suitable for dental implants?
Smile in a Day is a highly skilled dental implant procedure that reduces months of treatment time into a single surgical appointment – in the hands of a skilled and experienced implant surgeon it delivers life-changing results.
Although you don’t need special requirements to benefit from Smile in a Day treatment, the procedure is suitable even for patients with serious gum disease and extreme bone loss. And in the vast majority of cases, no bone graft procedure is needed.
Under the care of our Lead Surgeon and GDC registered UK specialist, Dr Michael Zybutz, we routinely and predictably help patients who have been mistakenly told that dental implants are not right for them – and that their only option is false teeth.
Many of our patients have been told by their dentists that they do not have enough bone or their gum disease is too advanced.
They come to us as a last hope. We have helped hundreds of patients who have struggled with their loose and missing teeth or dentures, to have their smiles restored in just a few hours.
Using analysis to confirm your suitability
The ‘apple test’ is a handy shortcut but of course, every patient is different and has their own unique dental history, requirements and preferences. So it is important that you are fully assessed to ensure Smile in a Day is the right solution for you.
At your initial consultation, one of our highly qualified dentists will talk with you and examine your mouth and any existing teeth. You can then discuss your options together.
At the end of the consultation, if you and your dentist agree that you are likely to be suitable for the treatment and you wish to progress to the next step, you will have a CT scan.
The scan takes detailed 3-D computerised images of your jawbone – showing our team where and how much bone there is and where to place your dental implants (the images are used during surgical planning). The cost of the scan is £195.
Your CT scan is analysed by our Lead Surgeon, along with information gathered at your first consultation.
At this point we can confirm your suitability and provide you with your personal treatment plan. You can then decide if you wish to go ahead with the procedure.
Is it possible that I am not suitable for Smile in a Day?
Over 99% of patients who we put forward for a CT scan are suitable for treatment. If we do not think it is right for you, we will discuss alternative solutions to your dental issues with you at your consultation.
“It’s almost never the lack of bone that excludes you from having implants – our Smile in a Day treatment is designed to make maximum use of what little bone you have without the need for bone grafting. It’s usually a medical condition, for example diabetes,” says Advanced Aesthetic Dentist Dr Anthony Zybutz.
“In this case, we will refer you back to your GP who is likely to prescribe a new diet, exercise and medication. Usually, you will be ready for your Smile in a Day therapy in just a few months.“
How can TDC Smile in a Day help me when other dentists say they can’t treat me?
Our technique is award-winning
As well as having over 25 years experience in placing dental implants, Total Dentalcare (TDC) Implant Centres have been at the forefront of the same-day dental implant technique, practising it since it was first introduced into the UK.
In fact, TDC was founded specifically to offer the procedure over 10 years ago, and our award-winning TDC Smile in a Day treatment delivers consistently outstanding results.
The technique itself is highly skilled. The implants are placed at very precise angles that allow us to use the maximum amount of existing bone – hence being able to help people with extreme bone loss and bone grafts rarely being needed.
Dedicated implant centres – it’s what we do
We perform the procedure at our three dedicated implant centres in London’s Harley Street, Folkestone and Peterborough. We do not offer routine dentistry – our daily focus is on dental implant treatment.
And although the treatment is suitable for single, multiple or full jaw tooth restoration, the majority of our patients require at least one full jaw of teeth replaced on implants, often both.
Due to our focus, skill and experience we are able to help even the most challenging cases.
Whilst many patients self-refer to our centres after researching for themselves, many others are referred by general dentists for our specialist skills in the field of dental implant placement.
We offer specialist–led clinical and patient care
Our team is made up of highly experienced and trained dentists, dental nurses and support staff. We offer the very highest standards of clinical and patient care.
Our Lead Surgeon Dr Michael Zybutz is an American trained and UK registered specialist periodontist (gum specialist) – he specialises in the area of dentistry that is to do with the gums and bone surrounding the teeth, and the placement of dental implants.
Registered periodontal specialists are essentially experts in their field with a proven track record of implant placement.
Occasionally a patient may need additional treatment such as specialised zygomatic (cheekbone) implants. TDC are one of the few UK specialist centres able to provide this service.
Dental implants are certainly a great option if:·
- You’re missing some or all of your teeth
- Your teeth are loose
- Your loose teeth are causing you pain
- You wear dentures but they’re irritating, loose,keep falling out or stop you eating properly
- You have a failing dental bridge which needs replacing
- There are healthy foods you’re physically unable to eat, which is affecting your nutrition
- Or, if you just want to eat what you want, when you want
- You are afraid to smile and to go out socially because of how your teeth look
- Your speech is being affected by problems with your teeth and dentures.
If any of those sound relevant to you, or you want to find out if our Smile in a Day treatment could be right for you, you can request your free consultation with one of our experienced implant dentists.
Or call 02035536415 to speak with one of our friendly Patient Advisors – they will be happy to discuss your personal needs and answer any questions you may have about the procedure, dental implant costs and the TDC team.