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Curious about dental care at Coppertop Dental Surgery? Explore our Frequently Asked Questions to find answers to common queries about our services, procedures, and patient experience. Discover insights that will guide you through your dental journey and ensure you feel confident about the care you’ll receive. If you have specific questions not covered here, feel free to reach out to our dedicated team for personalised assistance.

The most common alternatives to dental implants are denture and bridges. Getting a bridge requires attaching false teeth to your existing teeth. This involves filing or modifying the teeth on either side of missing teeth in order to support bridge which can have implication is future. Also, often require replacement which makes it more costly option over time. Dentures are false teeth attached to plastic or metal plate which are placed in placed in mouth and are removable. They are cumbersome, uncomfortable and limit your dietary intake. Also, with time they might wear or become loose fitted causing slippage and imprecise fit issues. Whereas dental implants are the permanent solution to missing teeth. They are comfortable, effective, aesthetically pleasing, look and behave just like natural tooth, do not impact surrounding teeth and less costly over long run.
A person who can undergo tooth extractions or bridgework can undergo dental implant treatment. The location and the amount of bone available in the implant area is normally the major factor to be considered for any case. Normally implants are suitable and best option for most cases but its best to have a consultation with our dentist to check for suitability and ask any questions you might have for the treatment.
Dental implants are typically not available through the NHS, as they are considered a cosmetic procedure. However, in some rare cases where the implants are deemed medically necessary, the NHS may cover the cost. It's best to consult with our dentist and NHS dental services for specific eligibility criteria and options available in your area.
Your dentist should be able to give you a rough estimate about time after your first consultation. Nowadays some false teeth are fitted as the same time as implants for some cases. Check with your dentist to see if it’s suitable for you. Normally the false teeth are fitted after 3-4 months after placing the implant. In some instances it might take longer due to complexity of the case but your dentist should be able to let you know about this during your treatment.
They look exactly the same as your natural teeth.
Typically, implant treatment is no more painful than having a tooth extracted. Often, we place implants using a surgical guide that we can create from your CT cone beam scan. This enables us to insert implants through a small punch hole, akin to keyhole surgery. Consequently, the treatment is virtually painless.
It's a good idea to come and see us as soon as you can. If we need to extract a tooth before the implant, it's essential to do it delicately to preserve your own bone. If your dentist is experienced in this, that's fantastic! But if not, don't worry; we can handle the tooth removal at our surgery along with the implant placement. Just let us know what works best for you!
Implants are made from titanium. Bone has a natural affinity for titanium which enables it to grow around the implant effectively becoming part of your bone.
In general, most healthy individuals with good oral health are suitable candidates for dental implant treatment. However, a comprehensive dental evaluation is necessary to determine if you are an ideal candidate.
Our dentist will provide temporary tooth replacements during the healing period to ensure you don’t go without teeth. These can be removable dentures or temporary crowns.
After undergoing dental implant surgery, the initial recovery period usually spans a few days, during which you may encounter temporary swelling and discomfort. The complete healing and osseointegration process can extend over several months, allowing the implant to firmly integrate with the jawbone.
Although smoking can increase the risk of complications and hinder the healing process, smokers can still get dental implants. However, it is strongly advised to quit smoking or at least reduce smoking to increase the chances of successful implant integration.
There is no strict age limit for dental implant treatment. As long as you have good oral health and are suitable for the procedure, dental implants can be considered at any age.
Not every dental implant case requires a bone graft. It depends on the jawbone's condition and the specific implantation site. A comprehensive assessment by a dental professional will determine the necessity.
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, two popular options are dental bridges and dental implants. Both solutions offer their own set of benefits and considerations. The choice between a bridge and a dental implant depends on various factors, including your oral health, budget, and personal preferences. Consulting with a qualified dentist like us is crucial to determine the most suitable option tailored to your individual needs.
Yes, dental implants can replace multiple missing teeth. Implant-supported bridges or dentures are effective solutions for restoring function and aesthetics in cases of several missing teeth.
While rare, dental implant failure can occur. Common reasons include infection, poor osseointegration, peri-implantitis (gum disease around the implant), or complications during surgery.
While rare, dental implant failure can occur. Common reasons include infection, poor osseointegration, peri-implantitis (gum disease around the implant), or complications during surgery.
Diabetic individuals can be candidates for dental implants, but strict blood sugar control is essential. Diabetes management and overall health play a role in the success of the implant procedure.
Teeth grinding (bruxism) can impact dental implants. Our dentist may recommend a nightguard to protect the implants and address the underlying issue of teeth grinding before proceeding with implant surgery.
Dental implants can be placed after jaw surgery, depending on the specific procedure and its impact on the bone structure. A thorough evaluation by our dentist is necessary.
Dental implants are independent structures that do not negatively impact surrounding teeth. Unlike traditional bridges, adjacent teeth remain untouched, preserving their natural structure.
Dental implants are highly effective for replacing molars. Their stability and functionality make them an ideal solution for restoring the chewing capacity of these essential back teeth.
Dental implants in the upper jaw may come close to sinus cavities. Sinus lift procedures can create space for implants, minimizing the risk of interference and ensuring proper placement.
To find a good dentist near you for dental implants, start by seeking recommendations from friends, family, or your regular dentist. Additionally, online reviews and testimonials can provide valuable insights into the experiences of other patients. Look for dentists with expertise in implantology and those who are accredited by relevant dental organizations. Schedule consultations with potential dentists to discuss your specific needs, treatment plans, and associated costs. During these meetings, assess the dentist's communication style, transparency, and willingness to address your concerns. Ultimately, a good dentist for dental implants should have a proven track record, make you feel comfortable, and be committed to providing personalized and high-quality care.
Dental veneers are a long-lasting solution, but they may need replacement after many years due to wear or damage.
Veneers can last 10-15 years or more with proper care and maintenance.
The average cost of dental veneers in the UK varies but typically starts from £400 to £1,200 per tooth.
Yes, dental veneers can be used to improve the appearance of crooked teeth, but orthodontic treatment may be necessary for severe cases.
There are different types of dental veneers, including porcelain and composite, each with its own advantages and cost considerations.
The procedure for getting dental veneers involves a consultation, tooth preparation, impression, veneer fabrication, and bonding.
Veneers don't need special care, but maintaining good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups is essential for their longevity.
Yes, dental veneers can effectively fix stained or discoloured teeth, providing a brighter and more uniform smile.
Risks and side effects are minimal but may include tooth sensitivity and the need for replacement over time.
Dental veneers can be customised to achieve a natural-looking shade that complements your overall appearance.
Veneers can correct gaps or spaces between teeth, providing a more even and aesthetically pleasing smile.
Veneers can improve the appearance of mildly crooked teeth but are not a substitute for orthodontic treatments in severe cases.
Porcelain veneers are highly durable, while composite veneers are more affordable but may not last as long.
Dental veneers can be used on both front and back teeth, but they are more commonly applied to the front teeth for cosmetic reasons.
Recovery after getting dental veneers is minimal, with most patients resuming normal activities immediately.
While there are no strict restrictions, avoiding excessive consumption of staining foods and drinks can help maintain their appearance.
Yes, dental veneers are an excellent option for chipped teeth, restoring their appearance and function.
Veneers can help improve the appearance of bite alignment issues, but orthodontic treatment may be necessary for severe cases.
During a veneers consultation, you can expect an examination, discussion of treatment options, and evaluation of your candidacy.
Alternatives to dental veneers include teeth whitening, orthodontics, and dental bonding, depending on your specific needs.
When done under professional guidance or using approved OTC products, tooth whitening is generally safe. However, it's essential to follow instructions and consult with a dentist if you have concerns.
Not everyone is a suitable candidate for tooth whitening. Pregnant or nursing women and individuals with certain dental conditions may need to avoid or delay whitening treatments.
The duration of a tooth whitening treatment can vary depending on the method used. In-office treatments may take about an hour, while at-home treatments can span several days to weeks.
Some people may experience temporary tooth sensitivity during or after whitening, but it typically subsides after a short time.
While tooth whitening can significantly reduce many stains, some deep or intrinsic stains may not respond well to treatment.
The longevity of tooth whitening results varies, but with proper care and maintenance, they can last from several months to a few years.
Common side effects for tooth whitening may include tooth sensitivity, gum irritation, and temporary white spots on the teeth. These effects are usually mild and temporary.
Tooth whitening primarily affects natural tooth enamel. Dental restorations like crowns and veneers will not whiten with traditional whitening methods.
Tooth whitening is typically not recommended for children or teenagers because their teeth are still developing.
Some natural remedies, like baking soda or activated charcoal, are believed to have mild whitening effects. However, their safety and effectiveness vary, and it's best to consult with a dentist before trying them.
In-office whitening is performed by a dentist and provides faster, more dramatic results. At-home whitening involves using products provided by a dentist or over-the-counter kits and takes longer to achieve results.
Yes, foods like coffee, tea, red wine, and habits like smoking can contribute to tooth staining over time.
You can, but it's advisable to use toothpaste or products designed for sensitive teeth or consult with a dentist for recommendations.
It's best to avoid consuming food or beverages that can stain immediately after a treatment to maximize results.
Yes, maintaining good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing, is essential during and after tooth whitening.
Combining methods should only be done under the guidance of a dentist to prevent over-whitening and potential tooth sensitivity.
Maintaining a whitened smile involves regular dental check-ups, avoiding staining foods and drinks, and using whitening toothpaste as needed.
Individuals with receding gums can undergo teeth whitening with caution. Customised treatments and desensitising agents can be employed to minimise discomfort and ensure a safe experience.
Teeth whitening is generally not recommended for individuals with untreated cavities or gum disease. Prior to whitening, addressing these dental issues is essential to ensure a healthy foundation for the procedure.
Finding a good dentist for teeth whitening is a crucial step in achieving a brighter and more confident smile. By conducting thorough research, seeking recommendations, checking credentials, and scheduling a consultation, you can make an informed decision about the right dentist for your teeth whitening needs.
In the UK, teeth whitening is generally considered a cosmetic procedure. Therefore, it is not routinely available through the National Health Service (NHS). The NHS primarily covers treatments that are considered essential for oral health and not purely cosmetic in nature.
Signs that you may need a root canal include severe toothache, sensitivity to hot or cold, swelling around the tooth, and the presence of a pimple on the gums. If you experience any of these symptoms, it's crucial to consult with our dentist for a thorough examination and diagnosis.
Contrary to common misconceptions, a root canal is not painful during the procedure. Local anaesthesia is used to numb the area, ensuring that patients are comfortable throughout the process. After the procedure, some discomfort may occur, but it can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
During a root canal, the dentist removes the infected or damaged pulp, cleans the interior of the tooth, and seals it to prevent further infection. In some cases, a dental crown may be placed on the treated tooth to restore its strength and functionality.
Yes, a tooth that has undergone a successful root canal can function normally. The removal of the infected pulp does not affect the tooth's ability to bite, chew, or perform daily functions. The tooth is preserved and can last a lifetime with proper care.
The duration of a root canal procedure depends on factors such as the tooth's location and complexity. On average, a root canal can take one to two hours. Multiple visits may be required for more intricate cases.
The primary alternative to root canal treatment is tooth extraction. However, preserving the natural tooth through a root canal is generally preferred as it maintains oral function and aesthetics. Tooth extraction may necessitate additional restorative measures, such as dental implants or bridges.
Root canal treatment has a high success rate, with the majority of cases resulting in a preserved and healthy tooth. Success depends on factors such as proper diagnosis, thorough cleaning, and the restoration of the tooth with a crown.
Yes, a tooth with a crown can still require a root canal if there is infection or damage deep within the tooth. The crown may need to be temporarily removed during the root canal procedure and replaced afterward.
In most cases, patients can drive themselves home after a root canal. The use of local anaesthesia ensures that patients are fully alert and capable of normal activities after the procedure.
While it's advisable to avoid eating until the numbness wears off, most patients can resume normal eating habits shortly after a root canal. Some sensitivity may occur, but it is usually temporary.
Root canal treatment on a wisdom tooth is possible, but it depends on factors such as the tooth's condition, and the patient's overall oral health. Wisdom teeth that are impacted or causing issues may require extraction instead.
Root canal treatment is generally safe during pregnancy, especially when local anaesthesia is used. It's essential to inform our dentist about the pregnancy, and elective dental procedures are often deferred to the second trimester.
It's advisable to postpone non-emergency dental procedures, including root canals, if you have a cold or flu. The body needs time to recover, and dental visits are best scheduled when you are in good health.
A tooth that has undergone a root canal is not immune to cavities. While the nerve and pulp are removed during the procedure, the outer tooth structure remains susceptible to decay. Regular dental care, including brushing and flossing, is essential to prevent cavities.
Although rare, a root canal can fail if infection persists or if new issues arise. Signs of a failed root canal include persistent pain, swelling, and the recurrence of symptoms that initially led to the root canal.
It is safe to brush your teeth after a root canal. However, it's important to be gentle around the treated area and follow any post-operative care instructions provided by the dentist.
A root canal on upper molars may be close to the sinus cavity. While it's rare, complications can lead to sinus issues. Dentists take precautions to minimize the risk, and any concerns should be promptly addressed.
Root canals can be performed on teeth with braces, but the procedure may require additional considerations. Our dentist will work in collaboration with the orthodontist to ensure the best outcome for both oral health and orthodontic treatment.
If you are in severe dental pain and need urgent assistance, this is when to seek emergency dental treatment. It could be caused by infection, injury, or trauma. You may be experiencing severe tooth decay, a broken tooth, knocked out teeth, or a dental abscess.
Get in contact with us as soon as possible. We will be able to give you advice until you are able to be seen by the emergency dentist. In most cases, your emergency appointment will be booked for the same day.
There is usually no need for you to visit A&E for a dental emergency, as dentists are far better equipped to treat you in a dental practice than a doctor in a hospital. You may also waste time waiting in A&E to find you can’t be effectively treated. If you have a dental emergency, the best option is to contact your dental practice for advice.
No, we accept any patient who has toothache and promise to see them on the same day they call if possible.
We offer pain free dentistry to all our patients; we even have sleep dentistry for those patients who are very anxious.
Yes, if you are in a different area or can’t get to your regular dental practice, you are able to visit a different dentist. Many practices reserve several emergency appointments for existing or unregistered patients. Also, if you are unable to get an emergency appointment at your normal dentist, they may be able to advise you of another practice that could help.
By their very nature, most dental emergencies cannot be avoided. However, if you maintain a good regular oral hygiene routine, your teeth and gums will be in the best condition and better able to avoid severe pain due to decay or abscess.
Dermal fillers are substances injected beneath the skin to add volume and smooth out wrinkles. In facial aesthetic treatments at dental clinics, hyaluronic acid-based fillers are commonly used to plump up areas like lips, cheeks, and nasolabial folds, creating a more youthful appearance.
Yes, facial aesthetic treatments performed by qualified dental professionals are generally safe. Our dentists have a thorough understanding of facial anatomy and are well-trained to administer these treatments with precision and care.
Yes, dental clinics offering facial aesthetic treatments can often combine these procedures with dental treatments. For example, patients may choose to enhance their smile with cosmetic dentistry while addressing facial aesthetic concerns simultaneously.
The recovery time for facial aesthetic treatments is typically minimal. Patients may experience some temporary swelling or bruising, but they can usually resume normal activities shortly after the procedure.
The duration of results varies depending on the specific treatment. Generally, results from dermal fillers can last several months to a year, while anti-wrinkle injections may last around three to six months.
Side effects are usually mild and temporary, including redness, swelling, or bruising at the injection site. These effects typically resolve on their own within a few days.
Some facial aesthetic treatments, such as dermal fillers, can help address mild sagging by restoring volume to the face. However, for significant sagging, surgical options may be more suitable.
Most adults in good health are suitable candidates for facial aesthetic treatments. A consultation with a dental professional can assess individual needs and determine the appropriateness of specific treatments.
Some dermal fillers may be used to improve the appearance of certain types of acne scars by filling in depressed areas and creating a smoother skin texture.
Here's the main difference: Dermal fillers add volume to the face and fill in wrinkles, while anti-wrinkle injections temporarily relax facial muscles to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Results from facial aesthetic treatments are often visible immediately, with optimal results becoming apparent in the days following the procedure.
While there is no specific age restriction, the appropriateness of facial aesthetic treatments is determined on a case-by-case basis. Consultations with our dental professionals help assess your needs and expectations.
In some cases, certain facial aesthetic treatments, particularly those involving hyaluronic acid fillers, can be partially or fully reversed with the use of specific reversal agents.
Dental professionals offering facial aesthetic treatments have in-depth knowledge of facial anatomy, ensuring precise and safe administration of treatments. They consider overall facial harmony and balance when performing these procedures.
Yes, skilled dental professionals aim to achieve natural-looking results with facial aesthetic treatments, enhancing features without creating an overly artificial appearance.