Restore your smile
Corona Virus – Dental Update
Issue Date: 15/6/2020
Life Dental & Wellbeing is now open.
We are not running at full capacity yet as we are phasing our return to the new normal so please be patient if you are struggling to get through to us or waiting to hear back from you about an appointment. As expected, the way we operate will be a bit different but please do be reassured that we will continue to look after you and your oral health in a safe clinical environment.
If you have a dental appointment in the coming weeks we will be contacting you the day before to talk through the appointment procedure and ensure that you are happy to attend.
If you have a dental emergency please call the practice during normal working hours and we will endeavour to help you, however please be aware that there are some restrictions on the treatments we can undertake during the current Alert Status. Outside normal working hours and at weekends or on Bank Holidays please call the practice for further information that will guide you through the Out of Hours service.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Ben Pearson and the team
What does it involve?A titanium screw replaces the missing tooth moulds are taken to allow the construction of a new porcelain tooth.
How many appointments?A minimum of 5 appointments over a 4-6 month period.
How much does it cost?Single implant + porcelain crown £2574
What are dental implants?
If you are concerned about a missing tooth or missing teeth, you may want to consider dental implants as a way to restoring your smile.
The upper right central incisor (the tooth on the left) was lost after an accident several years before. The teeth were whitened and the tooth was replaced with an implant-supported porcelain crown to renew the smile for this lady.
A dental implant is an artificial substitute to replace the root portion of your teeth. The implant is a small threaded screw made of titanium alloy that is placed into the bone of your jaw. The implant fuses with the existing bone to form a strong and long-lasting anchor upon which a new tooth can be attached. The replacement is matched to your natural teeth and then fixed onto the new foundation to give a permanent solution to a missing tooth.
Not only are dental implants a realistic way of replacing lost teeth, but implants can also be used as a more permanent alternative to a bridge or a more secure way of wearing a denture.
How long does the implant placement procedure take?
Initially, an assessment appointment is required, during which x-rays are taken. The implant placement procedure is completed under local anaesthetic by Ben Pearson, our dentist in Exeter. After a period of healing the implant is left in place under the gum for about three months to allow it to knit to the bone. The next stage involves uncovering the top of the implant and taking a mould of your teeth so that the new porcelain crown or bridge work can be made. This is then fitted about two weeks later.
Dental implants need a healthy foundation. If you are considering an implant your gum health and toothbrushing will be reviewed to ensure your mouth is in optimum condition before the implant is placed.
How much do dental implants cost?
Details of costs can be found on our fees Page. We are also able to offer interest-free credit.