Nearly a year ago, my teeth were not in good shape, notably those in the upper jaw.
So, consultations began with the dentist's detailed prognosis, information and advice.
Three choices emerged:
Next came a series of X-rays, in reassuringly hi-tech surroundings.
I was informed that the entire business might take about 6-9 months to complete. There needed to be time-gaps to ensure healing and acclimatisation.
Later, there was a further consultation, in which mouldings and measurements were taken in preparation for the procedure itself.
The next week, I was in the dentist's chair at 9.30 am. As agreed, only the upper jaw was to be dealt with.
I had a local anaesthetic, but was not sedated (It seems that a few patients react to sedation by becoming too relaxed. It is better for the dentist to perform his intricate task if the patient can respond readily to guidance. However, I understand that those who prefer it are always welcome to take the sedation option).
It was a lengthy process. I didn't feel a thing, although I could hear my teeth being removed and the implant sites being drilled, which some might find slightly disconcerting. I got out of the chair at about 1.15 pm.
Before the numbness wore off, I took two Paracetamol tablets and no further medication was necessary. Later that day, I was pleasantly surprised that post-operation pain was mild, and non-existent by the following day.
A temporary bridge was supplied, so that I could look respectable and eat relatively normally.
After a further three weeks, there came the first version of a new set of teeth, consisting of a long bridge supported by the four implants. It looked good, felt comfortable enough and its insertion was a painless procedure.
For the next few months, the implants would be bedding in, so it was important that my diet was softish. Rules-of-thumb: avoid any hard food (e.g. apples , so-called "hand-cooked" crisps, etc.) and meals which require a knife and fork. Select meals that can be cut and eaten with a spoon alone (e.g. M&S Mini Meals).
I got used to my new teeth quite quickly (I've heard that the mouth not only heals faster than other body parts, it also seems to accommodate changes more easily).
The second version of my new teeth was inserted a few months later. It was just as painless and trouble-free as the first version. By then, I could eat more adventurously.
Finally, the third version. After years of being in a dentally substandard condition, I can now smile properly and eat far more enjoyably.
At every stage, the dentist and his assistants/nurses have demonstrated skill, diligence and an admirably professional attention to detail.
The entire experience occupied a lot of my time and implants are not inexpensive.
It was worth it.
My first words on completion of the implant procedure 'You would never know it wasn't always there!'.
Jiten Patel of Smiledent Dental Practice, is an extremely intelligent and skilled dental practitioner. The whole process of the implant procedure was undertaken with the utmost patience, full explanation, carefully, expertly, and with consideration always of the individual patient needs, in this case myself, undergoing the treatment.
I found the many visits I made were made without trepidation or anxiety, trusting absolutely that Jiten would apply his dental practice expertise, taking the time as needed, to ensure an outcome both satisfying to the patient, and one that would meet Jiten's own personal high standard expectations.
Jiten is clearly a dedicated and more than diligent dental practitioner. Jiten is interested in exploring and implementing the latest innovative procedures, and applying them as is appropriate and helpful. A week into my new implant and indeed, 'you would never know it wasn't always there!' I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Jiten Patel.
I have been going to dental practices for many years. I was experiencing major problems with my front tooth. However, at last, I found the right placed which was Smiledent Dental Practice.T his practice was very helpful in helping me find a solution to my problem. Dr Jiten Patel was the dentist that was helping me. I had a missing tooth therefore needed an implant and Smiledent Dental practice have not only changed my smile but my life. I highly recommend to anyone trying to find the best dental practice this is the right place! I am amazed a Dr Jiten Patel's work, I can eat absolutely anything without worrying.
I have had one successful implant treatment which was done by Jiten Patel at Smiledent Dental Practice. When I lost my tooth which was in my smileline I was upset at the thought of having a gap in my teeth. I discussed this with Jiten and it was decided the best option would be to have an implant. I was bot worried at first, as I had never had anything like this before. My dentist explained the procedure and it was booked for the next week. On the day of my procedure, I was very nervous but the staff at Smiledent were very supportive and helpful. My first appointment went well. I had slight pain but after some painkillers it subsided. A week later I went for a check up and everything was going well.4 months later went for my implant to be finished. I had a lovely tooth and my smile is wonderful. I am in the process of having a second implant done, and am just finishing the first stage. Would definitely recommend it to everyone especially after the support and aftercare received by Jiten and his team.
I was a bit self conscious of having a bridge and took steps to have an implant. Dr Patel told me in details of the procedure and what would happen. Six months later and an implant later, I can say I am happy knowing I have support in eating and enjoy myself again. Can't wait for the other two implants. Thanks Dr Patel.
Dear Parimal. Thank you so much for changing my life. Now I can smile.
I should like to thank you and your team for your caring and expert management of my dental problems over the last couple of years. As you know I had a nasty fall which resulted in the loss of four of my upper front teeth. Fortunately my son in law, who is a dentist, recommend I see you as an emergency.
I could not have been in better hands and despite my trauma was reassured by your patient and clear explanations of the proposed treatment plan. I required two implants and two crowns to correct the damage caused by the fall.
Although apprehensive I was very pleasantly surprised by the absence of pain during my treatment and by how smoothly everything went. It was such a relief to be able to eat normally again and an added bonus that my teeth now look far better than they ever did before. I am very grateful for all your help and feel fortunate to have benefited from your skill and expertise.