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Why a Low Bone Density is No Longer a Barrier to Implant Treatment

Dental ImplantTraditionally, a lack of bone density has been seen as a barrier to dental implant treatment. Indeed, there are still some dentists who turn down patients for dental implants because they have suffered some degree of bone loss. However, thanks to modern dental advances, implant treatment is now available to more people than ever before.

The implantology team at Capital Dental in Twickenham are able to perform complex implant placement where additional treatment is needed to regenerate the levels of bone density before dental implants are fitted.

When bone density requires regeneration, a bone graft can be used in the lower jaw whilst a sinus lift – which involves lifting and packing the sinus cavity with bone grafting material – to rebuild the level of your jaw bone prior to implant placement. This adds some months on to overall treatment time, but is worth it to maximise the implants’ chances of success.

Bone loss is the principal reason that traditional dentures become loose. Loose dentures can cause a variety of problems, from difficulty eating a healthy and nutritious diet because of being restricted to soft foods to negative impacts on social life because of fear of dentures falling out in public. They can also make it difficult to speak clearly.

Dental implants can be placed under either local anaesthetic or conscious sedation. The latter option will require you to bring a friend to your appointment so that they can drive you home and take care of you until the sedatives have worn off.

Recent changes to the law in the UK mean that it is illegal to drive under a wide variety of drugs. Therefore, you must be completely sure that the sedative drugs are fully out of your system before you get behind the wheel of a car. Your dentist will give you full aftercare instructions after conscious sedation, and you should follow these carefully.

Temporary teeth may be fitted whilst your implants are healing, or you may be able to continue wearing your old dentures until healing and integration is complete. Your dentist will have to adjust them first to ensure a good, comfortable fit while you heal.

How Insurance Works for Dental Services

Dentist Checking Patient TeethOral hygiene starts with brushing your teeth twice a day and paying visits to your dentist for bi-annual cleaning sessions. The latter can easily rake in a considerable amount of money, and that’s where insurance comes into play.

In the U.K., dental insurance normally covers both regular services and non-routine treatments such as dental implants. If you live in Loughton, dental implant services can be included in your insurance package.

What’s more, some employers are offering dental plans as an added benefit to retain talents—another reason to keep your job when you have this benefit. Likewise, more than a third of employees say a dental plan would have a positive impact on their opinion for a company.

Insurance Stats

According to the Oral Health Foundation, employees who call in sick due to oral health problems costs the British economy an estimated £2.8 billion per year.

At the same time, nearly half England’s adult population has not paid a visit to a National Health Service dentist in two years. In terms of the insured population, 88% have no dental insurance plans. By gender, only 11% of men and 13% of women have them.

Plan Types

A maintenance plan and a capitation plan are some examples of dental coverage plans. Maintenance plans provide routine care and maintenance work, as well as cover accidents and emergencies. These plans usually cover two dental examinations, two dentist visits with x-rays each year.

On the other hand, capitation plans serve as an upgrade to maintenance plans. These offer unlimited treatment for a wide variety of services such as dental implants, root canal and extraction amongst others.


With the advent of the Internet, there are many ways to find bargain deals online for dental work. For instance, some dentists post ads to websites such as Groupon and LivingSocial. However, read the terms of each promotional offer very carefully and take note of the expiration.