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Terms & Conditions

Our practice aims to provide dental care of a consistent quality, for all patients. We have management systems to help us, which define each practice member’s responsibilities when looking after you.

In proposing treatment we will take account of your own wishes. We will explain options, where appropriate, and costs, so that you can make an informed choice. We will always explain what we are doing.

We will do all we can to look after your general health. We will ask you about your general health, and about any medicines being taken. This helps us to treat you safely. We keep all information about you confidential.

Contamination control is essential to the safety of our patients. Every practice member receives training in practice systems for contamination control. Wherever possible single use disposables are used. Reusable equipment is sterilised by autoclave. We will always be polite and courteous in our dealings with you and treat you with respect at all times. We expect the same consideration from our patients in return. We reserve the right to refuse to treat any patient who is abusive or discourteous to any member of staff.

Our normal payment procedure is to ask you to pay a proportion of the cost of your treatment at each visit. The final payment being due on your last appointment. We are happy to give estimates of the total cost of a course of treatment before that treatment begins, and will keep you informed of any changes as treatment proceeds. Patients can choose to pay by either cash, debit or credit card. We no longer accept personal cheques.

Please give as much notice as possible if you have to cancel an appointment in an emergency. Please call on 01256 584485. For a genuine emergency cancellation, there will be no charge. With other cancellations, we will try to fill your allocated time with another patient but reserve the right to charge ( at a rate of half our normal hourly fee ) if we are unable to do so.

Whenever possible, please contact us about emergencies during normal surgery hours. If you need to be seen the same day, please get in touch as early in the day as possible. In the case of an emergency out of hours, phone the number below, and you will be put in touch with our dedicated paging service where you can leave a message for the on call dentist. If treatment is necessary, we will do our best to arrange it within 24 hours. Emergency Telephone (01256) 584485

We aim to make your treatment as pleasant as possible every time you visit us. However if you feel you have not been treated as you would have liked, or are dissatisfied with any aspect of our practice, we want to know. It is only through hearing from you that we can help and improve our service. Please mention your concerns in the first instance to your dentist. If they can not be resolved immediately and to your satisfaction, we may request your comments in writing. This practice operates an in-house complaints procedure for both Private and NHS patients, which adheres to nationally agreed criteria. More information is available from reception.

This practice stores patients data on computer and is registered with the data protection agency as a user of computerised records.

The registration number is Z7349265. More information is available from the DPR web site at www.gov.uk/data-protection. More information about our practice and services as well as general advice on dental care is available on our web site at www.hookdental.com

Caring dentistry for all the family
Get in touch:

Stanley House, London Road, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 9GA

Tel : 01256 762353

Implant Dentures

Implant-Retained Dentures

Historically, if you had lost all or most of your teeth, the only option was to have a denture. Thankfully, those days are gone.

If you find you cannot get on with dentures, find them wobbly, uncomfortable or embarrassing, it is possible to have a natural-looking removable denture that is firmly attached to a number of dental implants.

This is called an implant-retained denture and can be useful if you have lots of missing teeth or no teeth at all. Your dentures are secured with built in clips or press stud type fixings inside the denture that engage the dental implants, but can still be removed for cleaning and will stay put securely once in place. Typically, a full upper denture requires around 4 to 6 implants, and a lower denture just 2 implants.

The World Health Organisation states that the standard of care for any patient with all their lower teeth missing is that they should receive two implants and a implant supported lower denture

A big advantage of an upper implant supported denture is that often the bulky palate of the denture can be eliminated as the implants provide the stability for the denture and suction is not so important. This means a significant reduction in the bulk of the denture as well as not losing the taste of your food, which many denture wearers complain about.

As well as securing your denture, implants can also help improve your appearance. When teeth are lost the bone that held them in your jaw shrinks. Placement of dental implants can preserve this bone, maintaining the shape and structure of the lips and cheeks preventing the ageing ‘caved in’ look of older people with dentures.

What is a Dental Implant?

An implant comes in two parts. The first is an artificial root made from titanium that replaces the root of a missing tooth. It can be placed in either the upper or lower jaw and, in time (3-6 months), will bond or integrate with your own jaw bone. The implant is placed via a small surgical procedure that is carried out painlessly under a local anaesthetic (the area made numb).

The second part is what is visibly attached to the dental implant root. For those missing one tooth, a natural-looking crown will be created to perfectly match your existing teeth. If you have a full set of dentures, a full arch of teeth can be permanently attached to four or six dental implant roots - you don’t need one implant root for every missing tooth you have.

How long do implants last?

In a healthy person with a healthy mouth and bone, implant roots (the metal part) should last as long as your natural teeth. They need caring for as natural teeth do. The dentures supported by the implants can last a decade or more but will need some maintenance periodically to replace the clips and poppers that attach to the implants as they become worn.

Will treatment hurt?

All treatment is carried out under a local anaesthetic (the area made numb). Dental implant treatment is a minor surgical procedure that has been performed for many years, with excellent success rates.

When can dental implants be used?

Dental implants can be used for a wide range of treatment from one implant to replace one missing tooth, two implants to secure a bridge, through to multiple implants to replace all the teeth in the mouth with an implant supported denture or a fixed implant bridge.

How much do dental implants cost?

Implant supported dentures do vary in cost depending on the number of implants used and the style and construction of the dentures. All cases will be quoted individually, but as an example, patients at this practice who have had a removable lower denture stabilised with two implants have paid in the region of £8-9,000 and a full upper denture supported by 4 to 6 implants have paid in the region of £13-17,000.

Do you offer a free initial consultation?

Yes. You are invited to join us at Hook Dental for an initial free consultation to assess your suitability for dental implant treatment. At this 30-minute consultation we will explain the advantages and disadvantages of each dental implant option so that you can make an informed decision about your care.

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To find out how we can help you, call us on 01256 762353, email us or request an appointment and we will be in touch.