Teeth whitening treatments in house and at home
Smile Tech Dental & Implant Centre, based in Blue Water Shopping Centre in Greenhithe near Dartford is here to help you brighten up your smile. Choose from our surgery treatments or at home whitening products. Book a consultation online now.
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Greenhithe and Dartford’s laser teeth whitening specialists
Our teeth whitening procedure is very effective and painless even for those with sensitive teeth. You will see the results instantly straight after your treatment and most results are between 5-15 shades whiter. You do not need multiple visits to our site for the one-hour laser teeth whitening (also known as power whitening).
Only dentists can use the hydrogen peroxide chairside laser method of teeth whitening, which is the only proven and most effective method of teeth whitening on the market today and 60x more effective than over the counter products. Your dentist will use a standard shade guide with you pre and post treatment to ascertain your result.
We aim to give you teeth that will make you smile with confidence every time. Our treatments will remove stains and discolouration which has occurred as a result of smoking, age, medication and certain foods and drinks such as tea, coffee and red wine. The treatment is not damaging to the tooth enamel and is totally non-abrasive, with results lasting between 3-9 months.
Full teeth whitening
60-minute treatment | £254 | includes pre-dental exam with X-rays
This full professional laser teeth whitening treatment (£199) offers instant and visible results. In just one hour you can expect results that are 5-15 shades whiter. Please allow an extra 30 minutes for an initial dental examination with X-rays and pre-treatment with our onsite dentist at a cost of £55.
A £100 deposit is required to reserve your appointment. You can book online or give us a call.
Teeth whitening trays (for home use)
£354 | includes pre-dental exam with x-rays
This appointment includes a consultation and impression-taking with our onsite dentist. From here we will custom make your teeth whitening trays which can be collected from the surgery in 4-5 days' time, you will also receive four vials of whitening gel to use at home (£299).
Please allow an extra 30 minutes for an initial dental examination with x-rays and pre-treatment with our onsite dentist at a cost of £55. Give us a call today or book your treatment online.
Brilliant smile laser and home trays whitening package
£499 | includes pre-dental exam with X-rays
The ultimate package for a perfect white smile! This 20-minute appointment includes a consultation and impression-taking with our onsite dentist. We will then custom make your teeth whitening trays which can be collected from the surgery in 4-5 days' time, you will also receive four vials of whitening gel to use at home.
You will also receive a full professional laser teeth whitening treatment on the day of your impressions with this package, which offers instant and visible results. In just one hour you can expect your teeth to be between 5-15 shades whiter. You can then continue topping up your white smile at home with trays. Total cost £448.
Please allow an extra 30 minutes for dental examination at the additional cost of £55. Book online now with £200 deposit payment or call 01322 686462.
*Please note that we do not perform teeth whitening on patients under the age of 18, or people who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Give the gift of a beautiful smile
Our teeth whitening the gift vouchers are the perfect gift for someone you care about. We can either send these via recorded delivery or you can collect them from our reception team.
Please note that all gift vouchers are non-refundable and must be presented on site at the time of treatment. Terms and conditions apply.
What is a dental implant?Almost all dental implants used today are made from titanium or titanium alloy, materials that have been shown over many years to be well tolerated by bone. The terms ‘osseointegrated implants’ or ‘endosseous implants’ are widely used to describe dental implants that can develop and maintain a close union with bone in order to support replacement teeth. A dental implant is essentially a substitute for a natural root and is usually screw or cylinder shaped. Each implant is placed into a socket carefully drilled at the precise location of the intended tooth. If an implant has a screw-thread on its outer surface it can be screwed into position and if it does not, it is usually tapped into place. The main aim during installation of any implant is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding bone. This creates an initial stability, which over time is steadily enhanced by further growth of bone into microscopic roughness on the surface of the implant. In order to support replacement teeth, dental implants normally have some form of internal screw thread or post space that allows a variety of components to be fitted. Once fitted, these components (the abutment) provide the foundation for long-term support of crowns, bridges or dentures.
How many teeth can be supported?All the common forms of tooth replacements, such as bridges or dentures can be replaced by dental implants. If you are missing just one natural tooth, then one implant is normally all that will be needed to provide a replacement. Larger spaces created by two, three or more missing teeth do not necessarily need one implant per tooth, however the exact number of implants will depend upon the quality and volume of bone at each potential implant site. Occasionally, it is even possible to join natural teeth to implants with a conventional bridge. In the upper jaw, bone density is generally poorer than in the lower and if you have no teeth at all, most treatment providers will want to place a minimum of 4 implants to support a complete arch of 10 or more replacement teeth. In the lower jaw, the bone towards the front of the mouth is often very strong and as a direct result, fewer implants may be needed than are required to treat a whole upper jaw. A simple treatment plan to provide 10 or more teeth in the lower jaw might be possible with as few as 2 implants, although it is still more common to use 4 - 6.
Who is suitable for dental implants?If you have good general health, then dental implants will almost certainly work for you. However, habits such as heavy drinking or smoking can increase the number of problems associated with initial healing and thereafter may negatively influence the long-term health of gum and bone surrounding each implant. Remaining teeth might also be compromised making treatment planning less certain. Some dentists will decline to place implants if smoking cannot be reduced or given up altogether. If you have any other complicated medical problems, then speak to someone with relevant experience - it is rare to have health problems that prevent the use of dental implants.
Oral hygiene - do you need a healthy mouth for dental implants?When you first enquire about dental implants it is often in response to an awareness of ongoing dental problems or the recent loss of teeth. Each of these problems will need to be diagnosed and treated in a logical manner, often placing implants in order to establish healthier conditions. Although it is tempting to focus on the more glamorous aspects of teeth supported by implants, basic dental health, which includes the treatment of gum disease, repair of decay and the elimination of abscesses will be just as important for the long-term success of your treatment. If you are aware of bad breath, loose teeth, or have noticed excessive bleeding, particularly when your teeth are cleaned professionally, you may have gum problems. Periodontal (gum) disease is a major cause of bone loss and with reduced bone, dental implant treatment can be more complicated.
Bone loss causesWhenever a tooth is lost or extracted a considerable amount of the bone that once surrounded the remaining root portion may disappear. This loss can be particularly rapid during the first few months and is described as ‘bone resorption’. Although the rate and amount of bone resorption is highly variable between individuals, it will always occur to some extent, unless specific care is taken to reduce its effects. Sometimes, the simplest measure to minimise bone loss after an extraction is to place the implant immediately or with the first few weeks. Dentures Many patients report that after a while their dentures become progressively looser and do not fit as well as they once did. Initially, the increased rate of bone loss following extractions is responsible for the observed deterioration of denture fit. Over the long-term it is the direct effect of chewing forces that causes slow resorption of supporting bone. Most people who have had dentures for many years will have needed a reline procedure to compensate for this bone loss. Therefore, the longer dentures are worn the less the amount of bone available for dental implants.
Implant failureIf an implant does not achieve or cannot maintain a rigid fixation with the surrounding bone it will eventually become loose and no longer able to support replacement teeth. Commonly the failing implant causes no discomfort and if there are enough other supporting implants remaining, it may not be necessary to replace it at all. Failures may not always be so easy to deal with and if you embark upon this type of treatment you have to be prepared to deal with this possibility. Most treatment providers will want to achieve rates much less than 5%, however in practice this could mean that 1 in 20 of the implants placed might not survive in long-term function. It is a good idea to discuss how your treatment plan might be affected by the loss of an implant.
Length of treatmentFor routine cases, from the time of implant placement to the time of placing the first teeth, treatment times can vary between 6 weeks and 6 months. The availability of better bone can be used to decrease treatment time, whilst more time and care must be taken with poorer bone, which can therefore extend treatment times beyond six months. If there is no reason to shorten the duration of your treatment then be prepared to wait - nobody loses an implant from being patient and allowing the bone to osseointegrate with the implant.
How long do dental implants last?During the period after the new teeth are fitted, the success of each treatment stage will be the main factor determining how the implants are performing. Once the implants and surrounding soft tissues are seen to be healthy and the new are teeth comfortable and correctly adjusted, it is the quality of your home care and willingness to attend regular maintenance reviews that will have the most influence on how long they will last. When poorly cared for, implants will develop a covering of hard and soft deposits (calculus and plaque) which is very similar to that found on neglected natural teeth. Untreated, these deposits can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort, just as can occur around natural teeth. It could probably be said that implants much like teeth will last for as long as you can keep them clean. Well-maintained implants placed into adequate bone can be expected to last for many years and probably for your lifetime. However, just as you would expect conventional crowns, bridges and fillings to need occasional repairs or replacements during their lifetime, your implant-supported teeth may also have similar maintenance requirements over theirs.
What you need to know before treatmentIt is accepted practice that you should be given a written summary of your treatment planning discussion(s), highlighting your current dental situation and any alternatives there are to dental implants. This summary should also include an overview of the anticipated treatment stages and give you some idea of how long treatment is likely to take, how many implants are required and what the fees are expected to be. There may well be other issues specific to your case and these would be dealt with accordingly.
CT scans and bone assessmentRoutine dental x-rays show large amounts of detail, but in only two dimensions. From these views it is generally possible to judge the height of bone available for implant placement, however, more advanced imaging techniques are sometimes needed to determine the equally important bone width, which can otherwise only be estimated from clinical examination. Dental CT scans There are now a number of advanced x-ray techniques which allow your jawbone to be looked at in all three dimensions. The most accurate and widely available is known as the CT (computed tomography) scan. Images obtained by CT scanning will normally be able to show all of the information required about your bone, including quantity and quality, but most importantly the presence of anatomical structures that must be avoided. All of these CT scans are undertaken on site at the practice.
Anatomical structure informationUpper jaw In the upper jaw, provided the implants stay within the bone that once supported your own teeth there are really no important risk areas. If you have missing upper back teeth then the shape and location of the maxillary sinus (the region above the roots) can be shown to you. The maxillary sinuses can be seen on most x-rays and are therefore readily avoided. Lower jaw In the lower jaw the most important anatomical structure to be avoided is the ‘inferior dental nerve’. This nerve runs from the area behind the wisdom teeth, passes under the molars and emerges onto the skin of the face in the region where your premolar teeth are or used to be. This is why a normal dental anaesthetic produces a numb lip even when the needle was placed right at the back of the mouth. If this nerve is disturbed or damaged during the placement of dental implants it can lead to temporary or even permanent numbness of the lip on the affected side. This is a rare but important complication. CT scans are generally the best means for identifying the location of this nerve and allow implants to be placed with considerable confidence. However, these are rarely available within a normal dental surgery environment. It will therefore require a visit to a suitable hospital where the scan is generally completed within a few minutes. Whilst CT scans are more expensive than routine dental x-rays, the information they provide is often invaluable for complex treatment planning and knowing where important anatomical structures are located.
Where can dental implants be placed?Dental implants are routinely placed beside natural teeth and this is generally very safe to do. The only exception to this would be if the natural root was very curved or tilted unfavourably in the proposed path of the implant. This could cause the root to be damaged by the implant, however this can usually be avoided by careful pre-operative planning. If a tooth is inadvertently damaged by the placement of a nearby implant, any resulting problems can generally be resolved by root canal treatment in which the nerve of the natural tooth is removed.
Replace missing teeth whilst treatment is taking place?If the teeth being replaced by dental implants are in a clearly visible part of your mouth it is most likely that you will want to have some teeth present whilst the treatment is underway. There are a number of ways that this can be done, ranging from simple plastic dentures to removable bridges. If replacement teeth are used during treatment stages it is important that they do not apply uncontrolled pressure to the underlying implants. You should expect to make a number of visits after the implants are placed and before they are bought into function, for small adjustments to any temporary teeth.
Is it uncomfortable when dental implants are placed?Most patients will be very familiar with the dental anaesthetics used for routine dentistry and will know how effective they are. Implants are placed using the same anaesthesia. Depending upon the complexity of your case, the operation might take anything from 30 minutes for a single implant, to several hours for complex bone grafting and multiple implant placements. Since the surgery normally involves exposing the bone in the area where the implant and/or bone graft is to be placed you can expect some minor swelling and occasionally bruising afterwards. For most patients, any of the simple painkillers you might take for a headache will be all that is needed for a few days. If you experience more discomfort than this, contact your treatment provider who can prescribe a stronger medication. Healing is generally uneventful and any stitches are removed two weeks later. During the first few days you should report any unexpected levels of pain or swelling so that it can be assessed. If in doubt always ask for advice, as early detection of a problem will often lead to a simpler solution. You may also be asked to take a course of antibiotics and to follow some simple procedures such as rinsing with salt water or an antiseptic mouthwash. It is important that you carry out these instructions.
Bone graftingIncreasing bone with Geistlich Bio-Oss®/Geistlich Bio-Gide® This explanation sheet describes the material characteristics of Geistlich Bio-Oss® and Geistlich Bio-Gide®. It should be read together with other information you receive from your dentist for your planned treatment. It will assist you in giving your informed consent to the treatment. Why is an explanation necessary? There are numerous materials that are currently available for increasing bone. Your dentist must inform you about the alternative treatment methods and the materials that are available. Geistlich Bio-Oss® Bone replacement material 1. What are the reasons for using Geistlich Bio-Oss®? In your particular case, you do not have enough of your own bone available for the dentist to be able to stabilise a tooth to securely anchor a dental implant. Geistlich Bio-Ossc® will be used to increase your own bone, thus providing the dentist with an adequate amount for the procedure you require. 2. What is Geistlich Bio-Oss®? Geistlich Bio-Oss® is a bone replacement material that is used to increase the body’s own bone. Geistlich BioOss® is composed of the hard, mineral portion of natural bone and has a structure very similar to that of a human bone. It is therefore well accepted by human bone tissue and serves as a guiderail for the new bone growth. The starting material is carefully inspected bovine bone that has undergone treatment with patented processes for purification and sterilisation. Included amongst these processes is the treatment of Geistlich Bio-Oss® at high temperature for more than 15 hours, after which it is highly purified and finally sterilised. In certain procedures, Geistlich Bio-Oss® collagen is used for regenerating bone. This product is the same as the Geistlich Bio-Oss® described above, but has highly purified natural collagen fibres added to it. The collagen is obtained from pigs. 3. What is the function of Geistlich Bio-Oss®? Geistlich Bio-Oss® is a solid scaffold which serves as a guiderail to allow new bone to grow. This scaffolding material enables and facilitates bone formation in the area where the operation is performed. It is inserted into the operation area in the form of grains or small blocks. Your own bone slowly grows in the Geistlich Bio-Oss® material, which at a later time is gradually broken down by the body. 4. Are there alternatives? As an alternative to Geistlich Bio-Oss®, one can use the body’s own bone, which is taken from a different location, for example the chin or hip. However, this procedure requires additional anaesthesia. Once the bone sample is removed from its original site it is then inserted into the operation area. In this procedure, the following must be considered: There is now a second area of operation, which may be associated with additional pain or loss of sensitivity. It is possible that the amount of the newly gathered bone will not be adequate for the intended purposes. Geistlich Bio-Gide® Collagen Membrane 1. What is Geistlich Bio-Gide®? Geistlich Bio-Gide® is a membrane made of collagen that is generally used to cover the bone replacement material. 2. What is the function of Geistlich Bio-Gide®? It has been proven that better healing rates are achieved when the Geistlich Bio-Oss® particles are covered with a membrane (Geistlich Bio-Gide®). Because the tissues of the gum grow more rapidly than the new bone, the membrane protects the Geistlich Bio-Oss® particles from this faster growing connective tissue. This ensures that the underlying bone can heal in an undisturbed fashion. 3. What is Geistlich Bio-Gide® made from? Geistlich Bio-Gide® is composed of highly purified natural collagen obtained from pigs. 4. Does the Geistlich Bio-Gide® membrane have to be removed in a second procedure? No. The collagen membrane becomes completely broken down by the body, hence a further operation to remove it is unnecessary. Are there any