Coronavirus Information

Caring for you during COVID-19

We would like to reassure you that our implant centres are open to restore beautiful smiles.

We are delighted to welcome new patients for their no-obligation Smile in a Day consultations and TDC Smile in a Day treatment.
So, if you are seeking a solution for your loose and missing teeth, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

We understand that you may have some questions relating to Covid-19 and oral care, so we’ve put together the answers to some key questions.

You may want to read our Q&As in conjunction with the advice given by the Government and information from the NHS.

Our approach to Covid-19

TDC (Total Dentalcare) Implant Centres are part of the Bupa Dental Care Group. We would like to reassure you that we’re doing everything we can to keep our patients COVID safe.

Our safety measures to help protect our patients and colleagues from the potential risk of Covid-19 will remain in place even though there is no longer a legal requirement for people with coronavirus (Covid-19) infection to self isolate.

However, the public health advice for people with any of the main symptoms of Covid-19, or a positive test result, is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. Due to the higher risk nature of health and social care settings, which includes dental practices, the advice for staff members working in these settings has not changed.

The use of face masks and other Covid-19 precautions in TDC Implant Centre dental settings will continue to be a requirement of all patients, visitors and staff.

This is in line with government guidance for healthcare settings, which TDC and Bupa Dental Care are obliged to follow to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19.

Our general advice summary for all visitors to a TDC Implant Centre is as follows:

  • Visitors must not attend a dental practice if they have Covid-19 symptoms (e.g. high temperature, new continuous cough, loss or changes to taste and smell), or have received a positive test result.
  • All visitors must wear a face covering (unless exempt), adhere to social distancing and infection control measure whilst in the practice.

What dental care is currently being provided by TDC Implant Centres?

With the safety of both our patients and our people as our priority, we are delighted to be able to offer consultations and treatment in our dental implant centres.

Can I book a Smile in a Day consultation?

Yes – we are delighted to offer no-obligation Smile in a Day consultations.

You may also like to look across our website to learn more about the TDC Smile in a Day treatment, see wonderful patient before and after pictures, and read patient case studies and reviews.

General advice for dental implant care

If you have dental implants, you’ll understand the importance of keeping them clean and healthy to maintain their lifespan.

Peri-implant disease is the most common form of infection that can develop around implants.

It’s similar to gum disease around a tooth and is caused by a build-up of plaque. This causes bone loss around your implants and surrounding teeth.

The only way to prevent peri-implant disease is with regular cleaning and maintenance of your implants.

We recommend you:

  • Brush your implants at least twice a day with a soft-bristle toothbrush, including under and around the crown of the implant
  • Use an interdental brush coated with nylon every day to clean around the implant, or by using unwaxed floss tape or ‘super floss.’

“Safety has always been our priority at TDC Implant Centres.  We are delighted to welcome new patients and to restore beautiful smiles at our three dental implant centres.”

From all of us at TDC Smile in a Day

What sort of dental care regime should I follow at home?

The important thing is to maintain a regular oral care routine.

TDC Smile in a Day patients should follow the instructions given for keeping your mouth and dental implants clean.

Problems or pain with your dental implants

Problems with dental implants can vary from a short-term infection to a chronic infection such as peri-implant disease. Symptoms to look out for include:

  • Redness or soreness of the gum around your implants. This could simply be due to a plaque build-up and although the gums may be sore, cleaning properly may settle this down. Use a softer brush or soak your normal brush in hot water before using it as this may soften the nylon bristles. You could also use an antiseptic mouthwash for five to seven days, but don’t forget to clean between the teeth and implants with interdental brushes or dental tape
  • Difficulty chewing with your implants. This could be due to gum inflammation because a crown or bridge is slightly loose, or due to an infection
  • Noticeable swelling around the implants or gum. If it’s spreading up to your eye, down your neck or across your mouth, you must mention this when you contact your dental practice
  • The crown or bridge around the implants loosening, which could be due to the fixed crown or bridge around the implant screw becoming loose or to cement failure (if the crown or bridge is stuck on)
  • The implant(s) itself (the screw fixed into the jaw) loosening.

If you have a problem with a dental implant, you shouldn’t try to treat it yourself at home without speaking to a dentist first.

If you are a TDC patient, contact your treatment centre to speak with a member of our team.  If you are not a TDC patient, get in touch with your local dental practice in the first instance.

Where else can I visit for further information?

Further information can be found at:

Bupa Dental Care
Oral Health Foundation
British Dental Association