Looking to save money on your dental treatment

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Want to maintain a healthy smile, without blowing your budget? Here at Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre we have some top tips to help you save money on your dental care.

1. Attend for regular, routine appointments

It may be easy to postpone your routine appointments if you do not feel you have any problems with your teeth, but it is much easier to fix any problems if they are identified and treated early. Just remember, the bill for a small filling will be much less than when you require an emergency appointment for a large cavity or abscess.

2. Join our Club

Join our Club

Our Membership Plan has been set up to reward and look after our patients who visit the practice regularly. Our membership plans give you the peace of mind of being able to budget for your dental treatment with convenient monthly payments and the optional Supplementary Insurance provides the peace of mind of knowing that you are covered for dental accidents and injuries both at home and abroad.

Essentials

Our Essentials plan is a maintenance plan that covers the cost of your routine treatment. By spreading the cost into fixed monthly amounts, it is possible to save money compared to paying as you go

Comprehensive Plan

Our Comprehensive plan is a plan that provides for your routine and restorative dental treatment and the amount you pay each month is based on a dentist assessment on the health of your teeth and gums.

3. Set up a payment plan

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At Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre we want you to achieve your desired smile. To make this goal achievable for everyone, we offer dental financing options including a 0% finance facility. This makes large treatments more affordable by allowing you to pay for it over an appropriate period, ensuring that you can get the treatment you need to make you look and feel amazing.

4. Maintain good oral hygiene at home

Routine dental appointments will help to cut down on your dental costs, but in order to ensure that you do not get a scare at your next visit, you need to ensure that you stay on top of the day-to-day care of your teeth as well.

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  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste
  • Use interdental cleaning aids daily.
  • Change your toothbrush every three months or more often if the bristles become worn
  • Cut down on how often you consume sugary foods and drinks.

If you would like to ensure you start 2021 as you mean to go on, book your routine dental appointments today at Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre on 01622 682 029.

New Year, New You

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The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing – Walt Disney

Your dental health is an important part of your overall wellbeing, so why not make this New Year the year you achieve the smile you have always wanted. What are you waiting for?

Here at Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre we can offer a number of different services which can help to improve the appearance of your teeth and smile.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening can help to improve the appearance of your teeth by removing staining and brightening the appearance of teeth. Teeth naturally discolour with age and this can be further exacerbated by smoking, drinking red wine, black tea, and coffee. Teeth whitening can be completed in as little as an hour in surgeryor can be completed at home at a time to suit you. Teeth whitening provides a relatively inexpensive way to dramatically improve the appearance of your teeth.

Teeth Straightening

If your New Year’s resolution is to correct problems with your smile caused by tooth crowding or crooked teeth, why not consider one of our teeth straightening procedures. Teeth straightening has the advantage of not only enhancing the appearance of your smile but also improves your oral health.

Dental Implants

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Worried by an unsightly gap caused by a missing tooth? Why not consider dental implants. Dental implants are currently the closest possible restoration to having your natural teeth back and if cared for properly can last for 10 years or more. Dental implants can provide the support for crowns, bridges and dentures so can provide a solution to either one or several missing teeth.

Facial Aesthetics

Facial Aesthetics can help to boost your confidence and enhance the appearance of your skin. Laughing, smiling, and frowning can all take their toll on your skin. Over time wrinkles deepen and this can have the effect of adding years to your face.  Here at Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre we can find a solution to keep your skin looking younger for longer.

Want to start the journey to a new you? Call Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre on 01622 682 029and book a consultation today.

Top Dental Emergency Questions Answered

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No matter how careful you are, dental emergencies can happen to anyone at any time. In this blog we look at some top questions, to ensure you know what to do should you have a dental emergency.

What is classed as a dental emergency?

Dental emergencies can be split into two main groups.

Visible damage to teeth – teeth can be chipped, cracked, or knocked out, crowns can fall out and fillings can be lost. It can happen while you are playing sport, in a trip or fall or by biting down on something hard such as a nut or something sticky such as a toffee.

Pain – dental pain may be caused by an infection in the tooth or gum or by a cavity or decay exposing the sensitive dentine of the tooth. 

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How do I treat a toothache?

If you are suffering with a toothache, rinse your mouth out with warm water. Using interdental cleaning aids, such as floss or interdental brushes, clean between your teeth to remove any trapped food. A cold compress placed on the cheek at the side of the toothache can help to reduce the pain as can over the counter pain killers. 

What do I do if I knock a tooth out?

If a permanent tooth is knocked out by force, with a trip or a fall, it is important that it is replaced into the socket as soon as possible. If the tooth cannot be replaced, keep it within a container of body temperature milk until dental help can be sought. It is important that you get to a dentist as quickly as possible, the best results are seen when a tooth is replaced into the socket within an hour of the accident. 

What do I do if I crack or chip a tooth or lose a filling?

If you crack or chip a tooth, rinse your mouth to remove any remaining loose fragments of teeth to prevent you from swallowing them. It is possible to use sugar free chewing gum to fill the gap caused by a lost filling or chipped tooth as a temporary measure until you can get to an appointment with your dentist.

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What do I do if I have a dental emergency over the festive period?

Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre is open as usual in the week leading up to Christmas. If you have a dental emergency in the days preceding Christmas, please contact the surgery on 01622 682 029 and we will endeavour to book you in for treatment as quickly as possible. Should you have a dental emergency over the festive period please ring the surgery on 01622 682 029 and the answerphone message will give you details on how to access emergency treatment. 

All the team at Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre would like to wish our patients a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you all in 2021.

Dentist healthy festive teeth wish list

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What do you think of when you picture Christmas day? Everyone slumped on the sofa, with their waistbands straining, a large tin of brightly coloured wrapped chocolates, a pile of nutshells or a few empty glasses of your favourite tipple? The festive season is full of fun and indulgence but be aware that all these wonderful culinary delights can put a strain on your dental health.

It is very important to be extra vigilant with your oral health over the festive period, if you want to avoid a dental visit in January. Remember your teeth are under attack from the sugars and acids in our foods for up to an hour every time you eat or drink. With regular snacking during the festivities this may mean that your teeth never really get a chance to recover.

So, the team at Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre have come up with five top tips to keep your teeth looking their best into 2021.

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Beware dried fruits

During the drying process, the sugars present in the fruits are concentrated. This means that a holiday favourite such as dates can contain as much as 63g of sugar in every 100g, which can be more than is in some chocolate bars! This is true whether they are eaten individually or in mince pies, Christmas cake or pudding.

Teeth are not tools

Many people end up damaging their teeth as they use them to tear Sellotape, open beer bottles or crack open nuts. Always ensure that you have a pair of scissors, bottle opener and a nut cracker handy, or you may be asking your dentist for a new set of teeth, come January.

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Say cheese

Cheese is great for teeth. It helps to return the mouth to its natural pH balance and reduces the risks of tooth decay. That is why an end of dinner cheeseboard is a great idea.

Do not forget your oral hygiene

It is very easy on busy days to forgo your usual routine and just give your teeth a cursory brush before bed. Teeth take a bit of a hammering, with all the chocolates, sugary foods and drinks and alcohol consumed over the festive period so be sure to take the time to:

  • Brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes, twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste
  • Use interdental cleaning aids, such as floss or interdental brushes daily

Moderation in all things

Moderation is definitely the most important thing to remember. Bear in mind that it is not the quantity of sugary food and drink you have, but how often you have them that will affect your oral health. Try to limit sugary foods and drinks to mealtimes wherever possible and drink drinks through a straw to reduce the time the liquid is in contact with your teeth.

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2020 has been a year like no other, all the team at Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre would like to take this opportunity to thank all our patients for their continued support and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you all in 2021. Should you have any dental problems during the festive period do not hesitate to contact the surgery on 01622 682 029 for details of our out of hours emergency cover.

Teeth Whitening

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Teeth whitening can be a very effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without causing any damage to the teeth and surrounding tissues. Teeth whitening can help to improve the appearance of your teeth if they have darkened over time or become stained through food, drink or smoking. Teeth whitening however will not change the colour of crowns, bridges and dentures so if you have any dental restorations you may well have to have them replaced if you are looking to drastically change the colour of your natural teeth.

At your consultation appointment the dentist will assess you to determine whether you are suitable for teeth whitening and will be able to give you an idea of the results you can hope to expect. The correct treatment for you will depend on cost and lifestyle factors, with the treatment that can best fit into your schedule and provide the best results. Prior to any treatment the dentist may advise that you have an appointment with the hygienist this will ensure that any surface staining or plaque and calculus build ups are removed. This will ensure the best possible results from your teeth whitening treatment.

There are two main forms of teeth whitening that can either be used independently or together to get the best possible results.

1. In Chair Teeth whitening

This will be completed in the dental surgery. Whitening gel will be applied to the teeth either directly or by placing it in custom made whitening trays. This will then be activated using a special light. This process may be repeated two or three times in an hour sessionand you will be able to see a difference in the colour of your teeth immediately.

2. At home Teeth whitening

The dentist will take impressions of your teeth and will have custom made whitening trays created. You will then be given the whitening solution to put into the trays when you are at home. This treatment has the advantage of allowing you to fit treatment around your schedule. The length of time you need to wear the trays will vary dependent on the solution that the dentist prescribes, it can be anywhere from 30 minutes, to eight hours while you sleep. You would normally expect to see results within three to four weeks although this will depend on the depth of the staining and discolouration present on your teeth.

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The effects of teeth whitening would be expected to last for a couple of years, but we would normally advise that you have a top up every year to keep your teeth looking bright.

If you would like more information on our teeth whitening treatments or to book an appointment please call Maidstone Dental and Implant Centre today on 01622 682 029 or go to our website request an appointment

Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre – Your Local Emergency Dentist in Maidstone

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If you feel that you need emergency dental treatment during the working week, contact us at , Maidstone Dental and Implant Centre, emergency dentists in Maidstone as soon as possible and we will arrange for you to be seen in one of our emergency slots.

If you have a problem out of hours please still call the surgery and there will be a message on the answer phone of how you can receive emergency treatment.

You may require urgent treatment if you have:

A toothache or swelling

This is one of the most common reasons patients seek emergency dental treatment and there are a number of different causes.

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Pain is often caused by an infection within the root of the tooth. If this is the case the dentist will aim to drain the infection and may prescribe antibiotics to help remove any remaining infection.

You will need to attend for further treatment so a permenant solution can be found. It may be necessary to have a filling, root canal treatment or if it is not possible to save the tooth it will need to be extracted.

Trauma to the face, mouth of teeth following an injury or accident

It is possible that some of the teeth may become loose, crack or chip and if this is the case it is advisable that you see your dentist so that a full assessment can be carried out.

A permanent tooth knocked out

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If a permanent tooth is knocked out by direct force it may still be possible to reposition the tooth. Where possible replace the tooth in the socket immediately and seek dental treatment straight away. If there is the potential for the tooth to be swallowed, keep it in a container of body temperature milk. Ensure that the milk is not cold, if it is this will shock the tooth and make in unviable.

Bleeding following an extraction that does not stop or a dry socket

Following a tooth extraction there is the potential for the socket to continue to bleed if the blood does not clot properly. This is most likely to occur in patients who are taking blood thinning medication such a warfarin and aspirin. In these cases it may be necessary for sutures to be used to hold the socket together. These will naturally dissolve after a week or so and just allow the gum more time to heal.

It is also possible if the blood does not clot properly for an infection to develop in the extraction site, this is known as a dry socket. If this happens it can be extremely painful and may smell quite unpleasant. This can be treated by using a warm saline solution to clean the area and then packing the socket with an antibacterial dressing. The site will need to be cleaned regularly to reduce the chance of any further infection.

A broken tooth or lost filling

A broken tooth or lost filling may cause pain because of the sharp tooth edges left behind and because the underlying dentine may be exposed. It is also possible the broken tooth or lost filling may cause aesthetic problems if it is noticeable when you talk or smile.

There are a number of treatment options then available, the tooth may be re-filled, crowned, have root canal treatment or if the prognosis is poor it may need to be extracted. The your dentist will be able to discuss all the possible options with you before you make the decision on how you would like to proceed.

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If you feel that you need emergency dental treatment during the working week, contact us at Maidstone Dental and Implant Centre, emergency dentists in Maidstone, on 01622 682 029 ,as soon as possible and we will arrange for you to be seen in one of our emergency slots.

If you have a problem out of hours please still call the surgery and there will be a message on the answer phone of how you can receive emergency dental treatment.

Mouth Cancer Action Month

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This November Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre are proud supporters of the Oral Health Foundation’s Mouth Cancer Action Month.

Currently mouth cancer is one of the few cancers experts predict will see an increase in diagnosis over the coming years. Mouth cancer is currently the 16th most common cancer in the UK, but still many people are unaware of the factors that put them at risk of developing the disease.

Mouth Cancer Risk Factors

Although mouth cancer can affect anybody, and is strongly associated with the age and gender of a person, around 91% of all diagnosis are linked to lifestyle factors. This means that by amending our lifestyle choices, we can cut the chances of developing mouth cancer.

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Smoking

  • Most mouth cancer cases continue to be linked to smoking tobacco.
  • Each cigarette transforms saliva so that it can damage cells in the mouth and can turn them cancerous.
  • Smoking increase your risk of developing mouth cancer by three times compared to non-smokers.
  • Smoking cigars and pipes increases this risk further.
  • Smokeless tobacco use can increase the risk of developing mouth cancer by 15 times.
  • By quitting smoking, you can help to reduce your risk of developing the disease by more than a third. Another great reason to kick the habit!

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Alcohol Consumption

  • One third of mouth cancer cases are linked to drinking alcohol to excess.
  • The key is excess! An occasional glass of wine is not a problem, drinking a bottle in an evening is.

Human Papillomavirus

  • The human papillomavirus (HPV) is estimated to overtake smoking as the number one cause of mouth cancer in the future.
  • HPV is very common and almost every sexually active person will get HPV at some time in their lives.
  • 90% of HPV infections go away by themselves
  • Sometime HPV infections can persist and cause abnormal tissue growth and other changes to cells, which can cause cancer.
  • Limiting the number of partners, you have and practising safe sex will help to reduce the risk.

Environmental factors

Environmental factors

  • Second-hand or environmental tobacco smoke can increase your risk of developing mouth cancer by 87%, even if you have never smoked yourself.
  • Poor diet can also be linked to more than half of cases. A diet rich in fruit and vegetables will not only keep your body fit and healthy, it will also help to reduce your risk of developing mouth cancer

More than 2,000 people lose their life to mouth cancer every year in the UK. It claims more lives than cervical and testicular cancer combined. The key to improving survival rates is early detection, with 90% of people surviving for more than five years if the cancer is detected early.

If in doubt, get it checked out!

If you are concerned about any changes you have noticed in your mouth do not hesitate to contact Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre on 01622 682 029 and book an appointment.

Bruxism: Are you harming your teeth while you sleep?

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Have you been told that you grind your teeth in your sleep? Do you suffer from chronic headaches or jaw pain because you clench your teeth? If so, a custom night guard might be the answer.

What Is Bruxism?

Bruxism is the medical term for grinding or clenching your teeth and jaws. Grinding refers to moving the jaw back and forth. Clenching refers to biting down with excessive force for long periods of time. Bruxism is a common condition and normally occurs during sleep or times of stress. Most people do not even know that they grind their teeth in their sleep until they are told by their sleep partner or dentist.

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Over time, grinding your teeth in your sleep causes extensive damage to the structure and enamel of the teeth, which can lead to decay and increased sensitivity. It can also cause headaches, disrupt your sleep, and cause pain in the jaw, face, and neck.

What Is Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome?

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome refers to problems affecting the function of the muscles of the jaw or the temporomandibular joint that connects the jaw to the skull. Injuries to the jaw and bruxism are common causes of temporomandibular joint syndrome. Symptoms include:

  • Pain or tenderness in the face, jaw, neck, shoulders, or around the ear
  • Difficulty chewing or opening the mouth wide
  • A popping or clicking sound when you open or close your mouth
  • A jaw that seems to get stuck or locked in a position
  • Swelling on the side of the face

What Is a Custom Night Guard?

A night guard looks similar to the trays used for teeth whitening and sits over the teeth to protect them from grinding or clenching. A teeth protector for sleeping does not actually stop you from clenching or grinding your teeth; however, it does shield and cushion the teeth from excessive wear and helps re-establish the natural space between the upper and lower teeth.

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Although a night guard is not the only treatment for bruxism or temporomandibular joint pain, it is an affordable, convenient, and non-invasive treatment option. A properly fitted night guard shifts the jaw and teeth into proper alignment, which can alleviate jaw tension, headaches, pain, and other symptoms of temporomandibular joint syndrome.

Why Is It Important to Get a Mouth Guard for Jaw Clenching?

Ignoring your bruxism symptoms can lead to serious dental issues requiring expensive treatments. For example, bruxism is a leading cause of root canal treatment. Individuals who grind their teeth can experience up to 2 millimetres of enamel erosion by their 20s, which increases the risk for cavities. Jaw clenching can subject the jaw and teeth to as much as 40 minutes of massive force per hour, which can set the stage for jaw and muscle pain.

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At Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre, we strive to make your visit as comfortable and stress-free as possible. If you are experiencing tooth damage, jaw pain, or other symptoms of bruxism, call today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists. If your dentist determines that your issues are caused by teeth grinding or clenching, we will help you find the right night guard or bruxism treatment for you. Call us today at 01622 682 029 to book your appointment.

Invisalign – Caring for your braces

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With more and more people opting for Invisalign teeth straightening procedures to improve the appearance of their teeth.

The team at Maidstone Dental and Implant Centre have some top tips to ensure that your aligners have the best possible care.

Good Oral Hygiene

Although Invisalign aligners are removable, you will still need to ensure that you brush your teeth and clean interdentally after every meal, prior to replacing your aligner.

This may seem tedious or excessive, but neglecting your oral hygiene can lead to serious oral health problems such as gum disease and tooth decay, or cause unsightly staining on your teeth. Taking good care of your aligners is essential for avoiding complications while you are wearing them and to ensure that you end up with great-looking teeth once you’re not! No matter how much money, pain, and time you’ve already invested in Invisalign, proper oral care is still the key to walking away with a beautiful, healthy smile.

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Clean Your Aligners

Ideally, you should be cleaning your Invisalign aligners each time you brush your teeth. Remember, that any plaque or food particles will also sit on your teeth if you don’t practice good dental hygiene, regardless of whether you’re wearing a brace or not. So don’t fall into the trap of thinking your teeth are protected from tooth decay when wearing Invisalign aligners.

Rinse your aligners every night and brush them gently with your toothbrush to keep them fresh and clean and use the Invisalign cleaning system to keep your aligners clear. Under no circumstances should you soak your Invisalign aligners in mouthwash. With so many mouthwashes on the market each containing different chemicals, it would be impossible to advise on what is safe and what isn’t. Most mouthwashes also contain a coloured pigment, which may transfer onto the invisible brace leaving you with a strange tinted brace.

Routine Dental Appointments

It is also important that you attend for your dental appointments. These will normally be scheduled every four to eight weeks and allow the dentist to closely monitor your treatment. If you miss appointments your treatment will be extended and take much longer to complete.

Get Repairs Quickly

If you break or lose your Invisalign aligners, it is very important that you attend an appointment with your dentist as quickly as possible. While your aligners are lost or damaged your teeth can start to move back into their original position, increasing your treatment time.

If you have any questions or would like more help and advice on caring for your Invisalign aligners do not hesitate to ask the dentist on your next visit to the surgery. Call Maidstone Dental and Implant Centre today on 01622 682 029 and book a consultation.

Dental Implants

Over the past few years there has been a large increase in the number of people turning to dental implants to fill gaps caused by missing teeth. Dental implants are used to support one of more false teeth; this could be in the form of a crown, a bridge or dentures.

The team at Maidstone Dental and Implant Centre, cosmetic dentists in Maidstone have been placing dental implants on patients for a number of years and have hundreds of happy clients who have been able to regain their smile. Dental implants are a safe and well-established treatment and are currently the closest possible replacement to having your own teeth back again. Provided they are looked after, dental implants provide a long term solution and should last for many years.

Treatment

Prior to any treatment you will need to attend for a consultation appointment. At this appointment, the dentist will perform a full examination of your mouth and take x-rays to assess the level of bone present in your jaw. If you do not have enough bone or the bone is not healthy enough it may not be possible to proceed with dental implants without first having a bone graft.

Most dental implant surgery is complete under local anaesthetic; this means that you will be awake and aware of what is going on during treatment. If you are very nervous the dentist may prescribe a mild sedative to help keep you calm during your appointment. Placing a dental implant is often easier than taking the tooth out was initially. You may experience some discomfort in the week following surgery, but this should be easily managed with over the counter pain killers.

It will normally take 3-4 months from the placement of the screw into your jaw for the dentist to be able to start the restoration. This ensures the bone has time to heal fully around the titanium screw securing it in place.

Once the site has healed fully the dentist will be able to form the crown, a bridge or dentures to fit over the screw and fill any gaps. It is not always necessary to have one dental implant for every missing tooth, your dentist will be able to advise on the ideal placement of any dental implants to give the best retention for any restoration. Once in place the restorations will match closely the natural colour of your teeth so no-one will know that you have missing teeth.

Aftercare

Looking after your dental implants should be no more difficult than looking after your natural teeth. However, the dentist may advise that you attend for more regular hygienist appointments to ensure that the dental implants stay free of plaque and calculus build up.

If you do not care for your dental implants properly there is a risk of developing gum disease can affect the stability of the dental implant and in the long term if left untreated can cause the dental implant to fail.

At Maidstone Dental and Implant Centre we are able to offer high quality dental implants with our specialist Dental Implant and Oral Surgery Team.

Call us on 01622 682 029 to book in for a dental implant consultation today and start your journey to your ideal smile.