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Addiction Health

You don’t need to pay right away for rehab

How are people paying for their rehab stay?

People are now relying on private health insurance to fund their stay in a residential rehab facility for addiction.

Instead of needing to have all of the money for the cost of treatment upfront, health insurance provides an effective payment plan for the patient.

Health insurance removes that barrier by providing affordable, reasonable costs to those that want to get better.

One of the main reasons struggling individuals do not get help for their drug addiction is because of a lack of money to afford treatment.

How to access rehab in Kent

There are different ways to pay for your stay in rehab.

  • Funding from the NHS
  • Self-funding
  • Insurance

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows 259 deaths were drug-related in the county and Medway between 2014 and 2016.

It is important for individuals in Kent who are struggling with addiction to get the right help so they can live a drug-free life.

What insurance plans are available to me?

Various health insurance providers may include residential rehab stays in their insurance packages.

Health insurance providers that include rehab in their insurance cover make the admission process simpler for those who want to get help in a residential rehab centre.

Health insurance providers have different criteria, so it is beneficial to look around when deciding on a health insurance provider in case you may not be able to receive health insurance from a specific provider.

Different insurance providers also may have different benefits in their plans and cover specific treatment in their plans – including stays at a rehab facility.

When deciding on a health insurance provider, the best thing to do is look at the providers and decide on one that includes everything that you require.

How does the admissions process work?

The admissions process for getting treatment in a rehab facility is simpler than it seems.

  1. Call your selected rehab clinic with questions about the insurance cover, admissions process or the method of treatment
  2. Call your private insurance provider to see if your insurance covers any residential rehab treatment
  3. Contact your GP to request a referral to your selected rehab clinic and send the rehab centre your health insurance number
  4. The admissions team at your selected private residential rehab clinic will contact your insurance provider and arrange your admission

The simplified admissions process makes it easier for those to get help to receive the help that will improve their life.

Instead of worrying about the admissions process, they will only need to focus on getting better and living a sober life.

If you are unable to stay in rehab for your addiction, there are ways you can get help at home.

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Dental Treatments

Becoming a Cosmetic Dentist

What it takes to become a cosmetic dentist

When it comes to pursuing a career as a cosmetic dentist, you will be required to undertake a 5-year course at university alongside further training.

This will involve a one-year vocational training course, where the trainee will undertake a role as a paid dentist in a dental practice.

Part of this program will also require the trainee dentists to attend various lectures as well as further training to educate them on all components of dentistry.

Choosing a university

Various universities will offer various different programs, so finding which one will be best for you and your career will be entirely up to you.

We would recommend doing some research on the best training academies, dental schools and universities that can offer you some credibility when you graduate.

You can view the Top UK Rankings and League Tables 2021 here.

Advice from highly acclaimed dentists

Dr Joe Oliver, founder and practice director of Joe Oliver Harley Street practices cosmetic dentistry in London and comments that:

The cosmetic dentistry industry across the world is booming right now. Especially after the current pandemic, many more people have been at home and have spent more time seeing their reflection on Zoom.

This has not only encouraged people to undertake more cosmetic procedures like veneers, but other cosmetic treatments like Invisalign as they can carry out their treatments unnoticed at home.

The industry is still expected to rise over the next coming years and if you have the skills, reputation and a good knowledge of marketing, you will certainly reap the benefits of this often lucrative industry.

Leaving education

Following their six-year training, the dentist will be pretty much left to their own devices, ideas and pursuits.

Be aware that dentistry is an ever-changing world of new inventions, innovations, improvements and methods, which affects every field.

To succeed as a cosmetic dentist it is vital that you keep up with and remain at the forefront of these modernisations.

The GDC will also require you to complete a certain amount of learning hours, which you and your future team will need to complete in courses every five years.

This is to ensure continued learning and that you deliver a high standard of care.

Dental education tips and resources

There are various websites that can help you throughout your education and provide real insights into what it’s like to become a cosmetic dentist.

Downloads and Resources | Oral Health Foundation

Oral hygiene resources | BDA

Oral Health: Teaching and Learning Materials (Primary) | Healthy Schools

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Dental Treatments Health

Missing Teeth

More than one missing tooth? Here’s what you need to do

Open any magazine or turn on the TV and the most immediate thing that will greet you is a plethora of actors and models with impossibly perfect smiles and bright white teeth.

For many people around the UK, this ‘ideal’ or ‘perfect’ smile is a dream which is spoilt by the appearance of gaps and missing teeth.

These unsightly gaps are nothing to be ashamed of, but often missing teeth can cause us social embarrassment or contribute to a sense of low self-esteem.

Missing teeth can also inhibit our ability to chew and digest food properly, leading to other health complications. Learn more.

If you are missing more than one tooth, then taking action to correct this becomes more urgent, not just for medical reasons, but to ensure you can be confident, happy and ready to smile again.

All on Four

In dentistry, great leaps forward are being made all the time, ensuring that procedures that once were at the cutting edge of science are now affordable and part of regular, everyday dentistry.

A safe and effective way to replace missing teeth and fill in those unsightly gaps is the incredible ‘All on Four’ or ‘All on Six’ technology that has recently entered the mainstream of modern dentistry.

Using jaw bone implants and multiple new teeth on a single fitting, this procedure offers a firm and stable new bite that looks great and only requires a single, very minorly invasive procedure done on the day of the first appointment.

Dentures

The more traditional option for replacing multiple missing teeth is the use of dentures. For years, this method was the go-to option for patients wanting to smile again.

This method can produce reasonable results and is available at many regular dentists, but the technology is old and has largely been superseded by the more impressive All on Four and All on Six implant method.

Ignoring Missing Teeth

While dentures might be old fashioned and not as effective as All on Four implants, they are still a better option than ignoring the issue completely.

Dental experts will agree that not taking action in the face of tooth loss can have significant longer-term complications for your health and mental wellbeing. Jaw bone loss, chronic pain and facial disfigurement are all possibilities if missing teeth are not treated. See what this dental website has to say about missing teeth solutions.

So take the advice of the experts and don’t ignore tooth loss. Speak to a dentist today about whether traditional dentures or All on Four implants are right for you.

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Addiction Rehabilitation

Recovery treatments for addiction

 What are the options available to me?

Depending on your preferred method of treatment, or what you have agreed with your doctor, you might opt for either inpatient treatment or outpatient treatment.

Inpatient treatment rehabilitation offers structured addiction support programmes with the patient living in the facility. Round-the-clock care and support is available at inpatient rehab facilities and suit those dealing with chronic addiction, as well as those who find it difficult to cope without full-time support.

Outpatient rehabilitation programmes offer the same treatment as inpatient clinics; however, patients can live at home during the process.

This type of rehabilitation allows patients to continue working if they feel able to do so, and see families and friends, while also attending treatment sessions. Read more about what options are available to you.

Types of treatment

Rehabilitation centres offer many types of treatment for addiction, for those with alcohol or drug dependencies or gambling addiction. While all rehabilitation clinics vary slightly, there is a selection of treatments offered at most rehabilitation centres in the UK.

Equine therapy

Caring for animals and interacting with them has proven to have many health benefits and can particularly help those battling addiction. While several animals are used in therapy, including dogs and cats, rehabilitation treatments involving horses is very effective in supporting patients recovering from addiction.

  • Equine therapy involves caring for horses, feeding, grooming, and leading them around outdoors. Sessions will usually take place in small groups, although individual sessions can be arranged at most centres. A horse handler will also be present.
  • Working with horses helps patients to focus their energy on the animal, to gain an understanding of them and take responsibility for caring for them.
  • Patients who struggle to express how they are feeling may find equine therapy particularly useful, as they can share their thoughts and feelings with the horse and find the companionship very rewarding.

Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR therapy is a form of psychotherapy developed to treat those battling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD can cause people to relive the traumatic event(s) they have experienced, through frightening flashbacks, nightmares or visions.

In the 1980s, American psychologist Francine Shapiro discovered that certain eye movements appeared to reduce the negative emotion associated with her traumatic memories.

Shapiro then developed EMDR therapy as a way of reducing the negative effects of re-experiencing traumatic memories and helping patients to cope with the memories without triggering a negative emotional response.

Family therapy

Family and Systemic Psychotherapy enables family members, couples and those who care about each other to express difficult thoughts and emotions in a safe space.

Speaking with loved ones about a battle with addiction can be daunting, so family therapy is focused on supporting patients and their relatives to explore the challenges surrounding addiction and the impact it has on their lives.

Detox

The detoxification process can be very daunting for those battling drug or alcohol dependency. Detox programmes should always be undertaken with psychotherapy, to get the best from the treatment.

While detoxing allows patients to cleanse their bodies of the physical presence of drugs or alcohol, it is only the first step in recovery. A combination of individual psychotherapy, specialist therapy, and support from a dedicated team can facilitate a full recovery. More.

Luxury rehabilitation centres

There are several established luxury rehabilitation centres in the UK offering treatment for all types of addiction. Whether you are seeking treatment in a rural setting or convenient city location, here are five recommended luxury rehab centres:

  • The Cottage, Surrey – Exclusive, unique treatment for addiction, depression, anxiety, executive stress and eating disorders. Visit website.
  • Castle Craig, Peeblesshire, Scotland – A residential rehabilitation hospital treating those with all types of addictions in the picturesque Scottish countryside. Visit website.
  • Schoen Clinic Chelsea, London – A specialised day centre for eating disorders, anxiety and mood disorders. Visit website.
  • The Manor Clinic, Southampton – A treatment centre with accommodation for 13 people offering specialist rehab and therapy. Visit website.
  • AddCounsel, Mayfair, London – One client at a time therapy in central London for substance use disorders, mental health, and behavioural conditions. Visit website.
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Cosmetic Beauty Dental Treatments

4 Cosmetic Solutions for a Sparkling Smile

Popular Treatments for A Sparkling Smile

Today, there are so many ways that you can keep your smile sparkling. Cosmetic dentistry works to improve the appearance of your teeth, whether they are stained, misaligned or missing so that you can have that smile you always wanted.

1. Dental implants

Dental implants are the perfect and long-term solution for missing teeth. They are made from porcelain, so they blend perfectly with your teeth, giving you confidence and a gleaming smile.

They are long-lasting, strong and durable, meaning they are a cost-effective tooth replacement option for patients.

A dental implant is anchored seamlessly into your natural bone and requires minimal maintenance, which makes it an easy option that fixes your smile. Read more here.

2. Veneers

When your teeth become stained, broken or misshapen, veneers are a simple way to regain your perfect smile.

Veneers are made from a thin layer of porcelain and are used to cover a tooth or to fill minor gaps between teeth. This can enhance the appearance of your smile, but it can also help prevent any damage or decay.

Cosmetic uses for veneers:

  • Discoloured teeth
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Teeth that are unevenly shaped or chipped

Veneers are a simple and low maintenance quick fix that can brighten your smile.

Read about the benefits of veneers.

3. Teeth whitening

Teeth can become stained or discoloured for many reasons. What you eat or drink, if you smoke, your age, trauma or medication can all contribute to a change in the colour of your teeth.

A smile that looks healthy and white can boost your confidence and self-esteem. Teeth whitening is therefore a simple process that can make your teeth glisten, so you can regain your smile.

The teeth whitening process bleaches your teeth, breaking down the stains, and making your teeth look brighter and whiter without removing any of the tooth surface.

What are my options?

Professional bleaching

Firstly, a rubber shield or a gel will be put onto your gums to protect them. The whitening product – usually made from either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide – will be inserted into a tray that fits into your mouth like a gum shield.

During the process, the active ingredient will break down and oxygen gets into the enamel on the teeth, and the colour of the tooth becomes lighter.

Laser or power whitening

A rubber guard is placed over your teeth to protect your gums. Then, a bleaching product is painted onto your teeth, and a laser or light is shone onto your teeth to stimulate the chemical reaction.

This is a quick whitening solution because the light speeds up the process and the colour changes in less time.

Laser whitening can change your teeth colour up to six times lighter. Read more to discover the best whitening option for you.

 

4. Cosmetic braces

More and more adults are opting for cosmetic braces to help solve minor problems like misaligned or overcrowded teeth.

Cosmetic braces function in the same way as orthodontic braces, but a cosmetic brace tends to look more aesthetically pleasing.

Some cosmetic aligners are designed to realign the front teeth only or are only suitable for minor orthodontic needs. There are a variety of cosmetic braces that are now available:

Six Month Smiles

These aligners focus on the front teeth, and the results are much quicker than conventional braces. Six Month Smiles use a clear bracket and tooth-coloured wires so they are less noticeable and discreet.

Invisalign

Invisalign straightens your teeth extremely discreetly and can solve a wide range of dental issues. They are removable too, so do not interfere with eating, or can be removed for photographs. They are also comfortable to wear during the night.

The beauty with Invisalign is, while your teeth are being straightened, you can still smile confidently!

Learn more here.

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smoking

The E-Cigarette Debate continues into 2019

• It is April 14th, 2019. I have just smoked my last cigarette.

I announced that I was quitting smoking, and no one believed me. The cynics had a body of evidence to back up their assertions. I had previously given up smoking on umpteen occasions and had shown pathetic levels of will power every single time. This was then followed by a period of denial, and Watergate levels of cover up as I began the process of the smoking liar – that horrible period where the cessation stops, and the sneaky smoking habit begins again. Christ, I even developed an obsessive-compulsive habit of washing my hands with anti-bacterial hand wash as it was the only thing that removed the smell of cigarettes from my hand. It was a desperate attempt to avoid being exposed as a fraud.

A friend of mine went a stage further – he bought a pair of driving gloves to hold a cigarette, in a desperate bid to avoid exposure.

The whole thing was rather pathetic, and on April 14th, 2019, my 15-year smoking habit stopped. The final straw was a combination of two embarrassing moments. My daughter mentioned that I smelled of bacon crisps, which was a bit of a degrading note to self. But, the final straw happened when I was hiding under the willow tree in my garden to have an early morning sneaky smoke. I was shat upon by a seagull. It was a sign from above that something had to change.

So, I once again set out on that road to hell – the process of becoming an ex-smoker. This time, I am pleased to report that I have not had a cigarette for a whole year. I have finally slain the beast.

The first few weeks were the worst. It was utter hell. I almost broke at Derby rail station as I tried to find ways to kill time as my train was delayed by three hours. Usually, in situations like this, I would have just stepped outside the station and smoked my way through the hiatus. Without my filthy little friends to prop me up, I spent long and discombobulating afternoon browsing magazines in WH Smith. I felt like a lunatic. I almost broke down in tears due to my withdrawal symptoms.

The cessation process did get easier over time – largely due to using e-cigarettes. A few friends of mine had started using them, and they swore by them. So after a trial and error process to try and find an e-cig that worked well for me, I settled upon the fabulous Green Smokes.

Nicotine gets a lot of bad PR, yet, the negative health effects are minimal and comparable to caffeine. It is the tar, smoke, tobacco and carcinogens within tobacco based cigarettes that cause the damage. E-cigs have none of this. They only have nicotine and the emission of safe non-polluting water vapour. I use Wick and Wire for my vape juice, but there are others.

What I love about e-cigs is the ability to behave like a smoker, yet having more freedom to smoke anywhere. For the smoker, the process of smoking is everything. E-cigs allow the smoker to continue the habitual process of smoking – even in public places.

Awareness is slowly increasing about e-cigs. I know of many people who have now completely given up tobacco cigarettes for e-cigs – including myself. In fact, I suspect that in 10 years time, due to e-cigs, it will seem ridiculous to smoke tobacco cigarettes unless someone has some sort of latent death wish. Recent research has claimed that e-cigs have helped nine out of ten smokers quit tobacco completely, and around one million people now use e-cigs in the UK.

Cost also comes into the equation – for the price of 150 tobacco cigarettes (roughly £100) I get an e-cig cartridge equivalent to 150 cigarettes at a total cost of £8. A massive saving for these austere times.

Tobacco companies are running scared of e-cigs and are lobbying hard against them. In some places, the politicians and the busybodies are listening to this propaganda. Several countries (including Austria and New Zealand) restrict the sale of e-cigarettes, by classifying them as medical devices; others (Brazil and Singapore) ban them altogether. Some airlines ban passengers from using e-cigarettes on their planes. The EU is looking closely at e-cigs and the wheels are in motion towards restrictions. This is utterly scandalous, and smacks of old tobacco lobbying and government posturing to protect tobacco tax revenues.

This approach is completely wrong. Those charged with improving public health should be promoting e-cigarettes, not discouraging their use. Of course, e-cigarettes should be regulated, but e-cigarettes are a much more viable option for quitting smoking than say, patches – as the smoker gets to give up and still indulge in the habitual side of smoking, without the health risks.

The right approach is not to dehumanise smoking, but to humanise e-smoking. It is a much better option for both the smoker and passive smoker. The NHS should be endorsing e-cigs as a form of cessation.

 

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Cosmetic Beauty Dental Treatments

Orthodontic Options for Straighter Teeth

Considering orthodontic options to straighten teeth largely hinges on the diagnosis and where the individual is on the continuum of mild to severe orthodontic condition.  Teeth may need straightening to improve bite and speech, to prevent the development of a jaw disorder, or to correct teeth misalignment. Click here.

Nowadays, there is a range of modern choices for comfortable and convenient teeth straightening treatment:

Removable braces systems

Mild orthodontic conditions such as irregularly spaced teeth, crooked or protruding teeth, and overcrowded teeth may be corrected with a removable braces system. Retainers are an example of removable braces systems used to keep teeth in their proper positions after teeth straightening with a fixed braces system.

Removable braces systems include near-invisible aligners made out of clear plastic to resemble a mouth shield or guard that fits over the front teeth. The aligners may be replaced every two weeks, such as with Invisalign technology, as teeth straightening progress. Clearstep is another example of a removable braces system designed to be easily removed for sporting activities, teeth cleaning, eating, singing and playing of musical instruments.

Compare to Invisalign.

Fixed braces systems

Fixed braces systems are often used to treat more severe orthodontic conditions. Modern fixed braces systems differ from traditional metal braces in that elastics are not used in the design, and brackets are made out of tooth-coloured ceramics. More information.

Braces are also used during smile makeovers. Click here.

Lingual braces systems

Lingual fixed braces systems offer complete discretion as the tooth-coloured brackets are fitted behind the front teeth, not visible to others when smiling.  Incorporating self-ligating technology, Lingual braces systems are designed to be passive and to reduce friction for improved comfort and oral functions such as eating and speaking.

Other orthodontic devices

To correct bite functions and jaw disorders, orthodontic headgears are available. These devices go a step further than fixed braces systems in that they aid in regulating the movement of the jaw for proper bite function. An individual receiving treatment with alternate orthodontic devices for severe malocclusion may progress to the removal of the headgear and use of a retainer later to keep teeth in their proper positions.

Choosing a braces system

While the orthodontic diagnosis plays a key role in the type of braces or aligner system recommended by the dentist, personal preference does too. Individuals have options in choices of fixed and removable braces systems as more brands appear on the market with unique features for making teeth straightening a pleasant experience. Finding out about these choices from dentists and research will help you choose the right orthodontic treatment for you.

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Cosmetic Beauty Health

Cosmetic Skin Treatments

Skin Care Treatments for Men and Women

A course of skin care treatments are designed to treat or remove a number of skin problems such as:

  • Cosmetic Beauty Skin Care
  • Semi permanent makeup
  • Birthmarks / blemishes / acne scars
  • Blood spot removal / liver spot removal
  • Skin care for men / Skin care for women

This non-abrasive laser skin care has become popular because treatments can be done in a short amount of time with virtually no downtime. This type of beauty skin care not the only treats the inconsistencies in your skin, but also other facial conditions such as blemishes and facial redness.

Image by Laser offers a wide variety of professional skin treatments designed to treat specific skin concerns such as pigmentation, sun damage, premature ageing, acne, open pores, redness, facial veins and rosacea. Their services include carbon laser peel, cosmelan depigmentation peel, and facial-lase. Click here to find out more about these treatments and what they involve.

In addition, by improving skin tone, it will prevent wrinkles and decrease pore size, and leave your skin feeling silky and clean. This procedure offers many advantages because it is non-invasive with minimal adverse effects, and is suitable for both men and woman.

All of our technicians are fully qualified having completed extensive training in their chosen techniques. Click here to find out more about semi permanent makeup training.

Virtually painless | affordable treatments

Laser skin rejuvenation is virtually painless. You will be able to resume normal activities immediately. Laser skin rejuvenation works by aiding the growth and remodeling of collagen. The laser targets your own layers of collagen beneath the skin’s surface. In a few months, the stimulated collagen will fill the void of wrinkles and scars. This procedure does not require local anesthesia and is very well tolerated. Contact us for more information about these treatments.

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Health

Three Spiritual Healing Examples that Provide Natural Healing Treatment

Improve Your Mental and Physical Health

Revitalising and re-energising ourselves can be done in numerous ways. Spiritual treatment is becoming a popular solution, hobby and lifestyle for those seeking ways to improve themselves.

We’ve outlined three spiritual treatments that can help cleanse your soul.

Yoga

Yoga is a brilliant spiritual, physical and mental exercise. Yoga is a popular exercise to undertake in the UK because of its countless health benefits, including; increased flexibility, maintains a balanced metabolism and helps cardio and circulatory health.

“Yoga is fantastic because it isn’t limited to anyone. Young, middle-aged or old, its beneficial for whoever.”

Yoga is a popular hobby and exercise for many people. You can join a yoga class or undertake your own private sessions.

Supplements

Add vitamin supplements to your diet

Natural supplements can improve your well-being.

It is important to keep yourself healthy and in good spirit. This often means having minor levels of discomfort, high energy levels, great fitness levels and optimistic mental health. A way to achieve this is by taking natural vitamin supplements. Typically these help to reduce inflammation, as well as improving energy levels and can prevent illnesses. Click here for vitamin supplements.

Recommended supplements:

  • Vitamin D
  • Curcumin
  • Omega 3S
  • Probiotics
  • Vitamin K

Meditation

Meditation is incredibly important for allowing you to free your mind and body. It promotes a productive lifestyle and is highly-focused on your own emotional health. This can include improving your attention span, reducing age-related memory loss and reduces stress.

“There are multiple scientific benefits for undertaking meditation. It promotes a healthy lifestyle and can be extremely effective in revitalising yourself.”

Engaging in meditation can help explore you. It enables you to spend some time alone and with yourself, and sometimes people need that to relax and dwell on their own thoughts.

Clairvoyance

Clairvoyance focuses purely on the mind. It’s a spiritual journey you undertake with a clairvoyant who is capable of pinpointing and understanding potential problems. They help offer solutions and guidance in times that may be difficult for you.

“Clairvoyance is unique. It’s similar to a counsellor and therapist, but during sessions with a Clairvoyant, you gain a sense of reassurance, validation and acceptance.”

Unlike the other two methods, Clairvoyance isn’t physical. It can help give you a better understanding of events that have happened to you and it gives you a chance to deal with your problems with a neutral person.

 

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Dental Treatments

The Incredible Benefits of Dental Implants

The advantages of a dental implant may be too good to ignore

 

The essential Solution for Missing Teeth

A missing tooth is a problem that is tough to ignore. You can notice the gap when eating, drinking or brushing your teeth. However, not only can you notice a missing tooth by looking in a mirror, others can too.

Cosmetic dentistry is assumed to be purely atheistic. However, cosmetic dentistry is fantastic in its offering for tooth replacement options. Dental implants are becoming a popular choice for replacing missing teeth and enhancing your smile.

What are the Benefits of Getting an Implant?

A dental implant looks incredibly natural after it’s been placed in. Not only well you immediately grow more confident with your smile, you’ll also begin reaping the oral health benefits of replacing a missing tooth.

A dental implant can help:

  • Revitalise your smile. Over 53% of UK adults are unhappy with their teeth. Dental implants can be the perfect solution for restoring your confidence and reducing anxiety.
  • A durable, long-lasting solution. Dental implants can potentially last a lifetime if properly looked after. Their durability and strength ensure that they’ll remain in your smile for a long time.
  • Reduces chances of Gum disease. A missing tooth can be the cause of several oral health complications. Because there’s no tooth to protect the gum, its exposed to bacteria and plaque build up. An implant prevents this from happening.

Dental implants are designed especially for you. Don’t let a missing tooth hold you back. A dental implant can help fix your imperfections and improve your oral health. Find out what other dental treatments can help you today.