All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth!

As they open their presents this Christmas, millions of people with missing teeth will wish they’d asked Santa to bring them some new gnashers.  Now is the time to contact a dentist about dental implants to get rid of unsightly gaps, failing bridgework and uncomfortable dentures before the festive season.

Dental problems are rarely more inconvenient than during the Christmas festivities.  The simple pleasures of Yuletide fare or meeting friends and relatives can be a worrying prospect.  For people who have lost one or more of their natural teeth, nuts, cranberries, iced fruit cake, and roast dinners can all be difficult to eat. Kissing under the mistletoe, smiling and laughing can all too easily become an embarrassment.

Implant dentist Dr Peter Sanders, of Dental Confidence in Southampton, says: “Dental implants are the treatment of choice for anyone with one or more missing teeth.  Filling gaps with teeth that look and feel totally natural, restores confidence as well as dental function.  Implants also avoid the problems associated with dentures and bridges, such as weakening adjacent teeth and bone loss.”

Now is the time for people to start thinking about implants, as the treatment can take up to three months to complete. The website speeds up the process by putting patients directly in touch with their nearest implant clinic. There is no need for a referral from your own dentist. Patients simply use the search facility to find the dentist they want and contact them directly via the online facilities.

Pete Sanders explains: “The treatment begins with insertion of a titanium implant into the jaw.  The implant then needs time to integrate with the bone, which can take up to three months.  In more than half of cases, the replacement tooth or teeth can be attached immediately.  But, care must be taken with diet, until the implant has integrated fully.  Ultimately, the implant looks and acts just as a normal tooth would.  With good oral hygiene it is a permanent solution to missing tooth roots.”

Dental implants are by far the best treatment for missing teeth, but accessing them can prove difficult.  That’s why the patient site was created. According to the British Dental Health Foundation patient information leaflet on dental implants, “Over the longer term, implants are usually a more cost-effective and satisfactory option.”  Now anyone wanting a tooth implant can easily find and contact their nearest implant dentist to speed up the process of getting treatment.

The number of people in the UK who could benefit from dental implants runs into millions. At least six percent of adults have no teeth at all, almost twenty percent wear dentures and many more have gaps filled by dental bridgework. (Figures taken from the Adult Dental Health Survey 2009, published by The NHS Information Centre for health and social care, part of the Government Statistical Service.)

Dental implants are overwhelmingly a private treatment as the procedure is only available on the NHS if there is a medical need. Over 100 dentists and dental clinics throughout the UK offering dental implants are listed within the patients’ version of the online directory,

Dental implants: A dental implant is a small titanium fixture used to replace lost or failing tooth roots, to provide support for replacement teeth. They can be used to replace missing or failing teeth, support single crowns and fixed bridges, retain full dentures and to replace full and partial dentures.

Patient advantages: Dental implants mean an end to uncomfortable dentures and loose bridgework. Dental implants look and function like natural teeth, increasing the patient’s confidence of a completely natural smile. Patients are left able to eat, talk, smile, laugh and kiss with confidence. Facial and gum vitality are maintained.

Clinical advantages: With dental implants there is no need to damage the adjacent teeth as there is with conventional bridge work. Implants are as firm as natural teeth, can last a lifetime, and are cost-effective in the long term. Continued use of the supporting bone prevents the shrinking associated with conventional denture use.

DENTSPLY Friadent is campaigning to make implant treatment more accessible to dental patients throughout the UK.  In addition to providing direct access to implant dentists online via, the company is helping to make the option of dental implant treatment more widely available through patients’ own dentists. 

DENTSPLY Friadent is the implant division of DENTSPLY Inc, the world’s most prolific supplier of specialist materials used in dentistry.  The company manufactures the ANKYLOS® implant system, which many dentists choose for their patients because it provides superior long-term aesthetic outcomes.

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