Dental Implants are clinically proven to be a safe and long-term solution in replacing natural teeth allowing you to eat chew and bite with confidence. Dental implants dentistry is life-changing and can return strength, structure and function to your mouth.
In Surrey, Dr Karen Gangotra has completed her Master’s Degree in Clinical Implantology (Merit) and is known as a highly skilled and experienced implantologist offering dental implants as a permanent solution for your missing teeth.
DR KAREN GANGOTRA
BDS MClindent Implantology (Lon.)
GDC No.: 79931
Dr Karen Gangotra qualified from Guys & St Thomas’ Hospital with a Certificate of Merit in 2001. She is the owner and founder of Smilessence which was opened July 2007.
When Are Implants Used?
- A patient has a single tooth missing at the front or back of the mouth.
- Dentures need stabilising.
- Two or more teeth need to be replaced with an implant bridge.
- A patient doesn’t want to wear dentures anymore.
The dental implants process is where a strong post made of titanium is fitted into your jawbone, allowing a replacement porcelain/resin tooth to be added. An implant is essentially a substitute for a natural root and commonly screw or cylinder-shaped. In cases where several teeth need to be replaced, a dental implant bridge can be used to treat all missing teeth at once.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Improved Function of the Mouth
- Dental implants essentially function and are secured like normal teeth, so unlike dentures dental implants allow you to eat and speak with more confidence.
High quality, high grade materials are used in all stages of the process, from the titanium post through to your replacement crown. If taken care of with regular maintenance, a dental implant can last a lifetime and the related bridgework and crowns will last an average of 10-15 years.
The titanium post that forms the main structure of your implant is designed to attach to your jawbone and nurture bone growth around it, which can improve the shape and health of your face overall.
Dental implants are meant to replace a natural tooth, root and all, so once your treatment ends, they should feel as comfortable and natural as a real tooth.
Dental implants are made to blend in with the rest of your smile, giving a natural, consistent appearance. So, no one ever needs to know you’ve had dental implants installed!
Designed to be easy to care for, dental implants require very little maintenance outside of how you’d usually look after your teeth. Brushing twice a day with a low-abrasive toothpaste, flossing and regularly visiting the hygienist will ensure your implants stay in good condition.
Why Choose Smilessence for Dental Implants in Surrey?
What sets Smilessence apart from other dental clinics in Surrey is the experience and skill of resident implant expert, Dr Karen Gangotra. A world-class dental surgeon with expertise in implantology, she is highly skilled in the use of dental implants to restore smiles and change lives.
Our smile gallery illustrates just a few of the stories of lives changed using dental implants.
If you are considering improving your smile and think that you could benefit from dental implant surgery, contact us today to book your free smile consultation with Dr Karen Gangotra at Smilessence in Surrey.
Q. Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
A – To be a suitable candidate for dental implants, enough bone structure needs to be present. To check this, an x-ray/low dose CT scan is carried out to determine the volume and health of your bone.
Any person who has lost part or a whole tooth, fractured a tooth or has an existing space in their mouth is a good candidate for a dental implant. The evaluation for eligibility will take place after your first consultation for dental implants.
Q. Who may not be able to have a dental implant?
A – Implants are not necessarily appropriate for everyone. Age is not a limitation, but bone tissue quality and gum condition are important. Other factors that may increase likelihood of dental implants failing are:
- Excessive smoking as it deters healing,
- High alcohol consumption that affects the gums,
- Bisphosphonate medication
- Advanced gum and bone tissue deterioration from periodontal disease
- Patients with auto-immune disease that also affects healing-rate and fusion of the implant to the bone.
- Excessive teeth grinding is also a condition that can stall implant treatment.
Our experienced implant dentist, Dr Karen Gangotra can discuss these conditions with you and examine your mouth to see if you are a suitable candidate for dental implant treatment.
Q. How long do dental implants last for?
A – When looked after well, dental implants substructure can last for up to 10-15 years. To keep them in good condition, it’s advised that you regularly visit the dentist and hygienist.
What will my mouth feel like after surgery?
Slight discomfort and slight swelling is to be expected in the days following your dental implant surgery. Minor bleeding may also occur. This is easily treated with painkillers and/or antibiotics. It is very likely that you will need to eat soft foods until the site fully heals.
Q. How do I maintain my dental implant?
A – Making sure you brush twice daily with the correct brushing technique, use a fluoride containing toothpaste and chlorhexidine mouthwash, and floss at least once a week helps to prevent tartar and plaque build-up. Chewing sugar-free gum after meals also contributes to good oral hygiene. Avoiding any damage to the implant site is crucial, after surgery, so gentle brushing and eating of soft foods initially is recommended. Visiting our dental hygienist for regular check-ups will also help to maintain both your natural and implant teeth.
Q. Is the procedure painful?
A – Local anaesthetics are used to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. Due of this, the surgery is performed almost painlessly. Many patients are pleasantly surprised when they experience little to no discomfort during the operation. Oral and intravenous sedation is also available if requested.
Q. How will I appear immediately after my dental implant procedure?
A – The dental implant is non-visible part and the crown or bridge is the tooth part that you see. Once the dental implant is placed it is very likely that you will have some stitches in. These will be either dissolvable or non-dissolvable. You would be requested to attend Smilessence again after 2 weeks for a review and suture removal if required. One the dental implant heals beneath the gum surface, usually 3 months, a tooth/teeth can be placed on top of the implant(s)making it look very natural. During the healing period, temporary replacement teeth can be provided in the form of an adhesive bridge, or temporary removable appliance.
This would need to be discussed with Dr Gangotra at the consultation.
Patients may have one, two or a full mouth reconstruction.
In some cases, we can provide you with “Teeth in a Day” where a patient comes in with loose teeth and leaves with implants and temporary teeth.
For further information, please book in for your free consultation with Dr Gangotra.
Q. How long does it take to fully heal?
Typically, dental implants take about 6 weeks to fuse with the jawbone. However, you’ll be unaware of this happening. After 3 months your new implant will be fully integrated. Here at Smilessence, the integrity of the implant bond with the bone is tested before the implant treatment is full completed with a crown/bridge.
Q.How much do dental implants cost?
A – The cost of dental implants in Surrey varies from patient to patient as it depends on a number of factors.
- patients risk factors and specific needs
- Choice of analgesia -sedation/non sedation
- Materials used
- Further treatment for example, the need of bone grafting to build up the bone of the jaw to prepare for implantation, but this won’t be necessary for all patients.
To reduce costs, some patients choose to research alternative options or book their treatments overseas, but this can pose problems in terms of after-care. Dental insurance is also an option to investigate when advised on implants.
At your initial consultation after X-ray or CT Scan, Dr Gangotra will advise you on the treatments required and all the costs involved and payment options available. Smilessence does have interest free (over 12 months) and interest-bearing finance options available to spread the costs of dental implant treatment.