Author: Cheltenham Dental Spa & Implant Clinic

Wave goodbye, say hello to dental implants in Cheltenham

As you bid a sad farewell to teeth that have done you proud, it’s ok to feel a sense of loss. These have been valued body parts and losing them is a big deal. You may also feel a sense of trepidation as you look to the future and wonder how best to replace them. You have 4 options:

Dental Implants in CheltenhamIf you want our opinion, here at Cheltenham Dental Spa, we think that dental implants are the most effective way that modern dentistry has found to replace teeth. This is because dental implants:

  • Replace not just the crowns of the teeth, but the roots too
  • Give you back your full chewing power
  • Are stable and won’t start wobbling around
  • Maintain a strong and healthy jawbone
  • Are easy to look after
  • Last for a long time, maybe your whole life.

That’s quite a long list of advantages. Let’s look at a couple in more depth.

Easy maintenance

Because dental implants in Cheltenham are embedded into the jawbone, you don’t have to take them out at night to rest your gums or to soak them clean. All you have to do is brush and floss them carefully morning and night. You also need to make sure to have regular deep cleans with the hygienist. You are aiming to keep plaque at bay so that your dental implants do not succumb to gum disease. They can’t be affected by dental decay. If you do this, you can expect your implants to last for at least 15 years, but it’s not uncommon for them to last for decades.

Full chewing power

Because dental implants are inserted into the jawbone, where they integrate with the bone tissue, they have immense chewing power, as good as your natural teeth. That’s about 200lb or 97kg, which is no mean feat for a little titanium post. You get your food choices back (think nuts, celery, roast potatoes, even steaks) and as eating is one of life’s fundamental pleasures, that’s a big, big plus.

Get the change done with braces in Cheltenham

If you have never had anything done to improve the look of your teeth, then you don’t yet have any idea how the subtle yet profound change that having a great smile can make to your life. If you grew up with mildly to moderately wonky teeth, you already know that you seem to be able to function just fine with them in terms of eating and speaking, but what about self-consciousness?

Braces in CheltenhamHow do you feel about smiling? Even if you are just the tiniest bit embarrassed about your wonky teeth, then each time you smile, you won’t be doing it completely spontaneously. Maybe, you hold a hand over your mouth when you grin, or have perfected the art of smiling with your lips clamped tight together.

Imagine if you could just go for it with a huge great beaming grin without having to worry about what other people think of your teeth? Wouldn’t that be great? Here at Cheltenham Dental Spa, we have a dentist specially trained to straighten out even the most wonky of smiles with braces in Cheltenham.

Whether you are an adult or a parent with a child whose teeth need sorting out, we can help you get the most effective braces in Cheltenham for the job. And by effective, we mean that not only will the braces we fit you with straighten out your teeth, but that they will meet your lifestyle needs as well.

Many people these days don’t want to have to wear metal braces that obscure their teeth if there is some way they don’t have to. We have a range of braces that are discreet, and some that are almost invisible. Dr Tomos Crandon will be able to advise you on which ones are the right ones for you or your child.

Discreet braces in Cheltenham

If discreet braces are right for you, there is quite a range to choose from. You can have bracket and wire braces that feature clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires. You can have transparent plastic mouth guard-like aligners that come out when you need to eat. You can even have braces that go behind your teeth and are completely hidden from view.

Chew with confidence with dental implants in Cheltenham

If you have lost some, or even all, of your natural teeth, dental implants could be the answer for you.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamWhat are dental implants?

A dental implant is a very small metal screw that is fixed directly into the jaw bone in the space where a tooth is missing. This screw can then be used to secure crowns, bridges and dentures in place. Over time the bone around the screw will actually mesh with the metal, adding even more strength and stability and making it a natural part of your jaw. At our practice, dental implants in Cheltenham start with a consultation, where we will look at your jawbone density and oral health to access your suitability for implants.

Advantages of dental implants

If you are thinking of getting dental implants in Cheltenham, you will need to know the advantages before you make such a big decision:

  • replacement teeth are secure and indiscernible, giving you confidence in your smile and improving your self-confidence
  • by replacing a missing tooth, you are preventing neighbouring teeth from tilting or shifting
  • you will be able to eat, bite and chew your food normally
  • you will no longer need to suffer the discomfort of a hard piece of food digging into your gum
  • dental implants help prevent bone loss in the jaw, which can occur after losing your natural teeth.

Dental implants can be life-changing

Even if you’ve only lost one single tooth as an adult, the effect can be quite stressful and devastating. People feel self-conscious if the gap is visible, and it can make eating certain foods uncomfortable and awkward. A dental implant can replace that lost tooth in a way that both looks and feels natural.

If you have lost several teeth, you are at risk of your face taking on a sunken appearance as the jawbone recedes without your teeth to keep it whole. Dental implants will stop this from happening, plus you won’t have to suffer the indignity of avoiding certain foods or having to deal with a bridge or dentures.

Here at Cheltenham Dental Spa, we will be more than happy to talk you through the advantages and process of dental implants in our Cheltenham practice.

Exceeding expectations with braces in Cheltenham

At Cheltenham Dental Spa, we hope to offer an exceptional experience when it comes to having your teeth straightened with braces in Cheltenham. We appreciate that getting this kind of treatment can appear to come with inevitable inconvenience or discomfort. We can talk to you about any aspects that are of concern to you and offer you advice and skills that will help your journey along. Below are some of the aspects of our service that we think of as particularly beneficial.

Braces in CheltenhamThorough consultation

Communication is one of the pillars of good dental service. This is a two-way process. We want to listen to your needs as well as supply you with all the information you need to feel comfortable choosing braces in Cheltenham with us. While this conversation is ongoing throughout your treatment, much of what you need to know is discussed during the initial consultation after a thorough examination of your teeth. This forms the basis of your treatment plan.

Options to choose from

Modern braces come in many shapes and sizes. We offer a number of those that are available so that, in some cases, you may have a choice about which one suits your lifestyle and budget. We will make recommendations as to which ones are best for your concern. Your options may include:

  • Aligners – these are clear and made from thermoplastic, so they are comfortable, removeable and discreet
  • Invisible braces – this is the term given to any braces in Cheltenham that make some effort towards blending in with the teeth to minimise the aesthetic impact of your teeth-straightening treatment
  • Lingual braces – for the ultimate in cosmetic discretion, some patients opt for braces that are fixed to the backs of the teeth. These sit close to the teeth so as not to interfere with the tongue once it becomes accustomed to the presence of the equipment.

Excellent aftercare

A dental treatment like teeth straightening doesn’t stop the day that your braces are removed. You will need to wear a retainer for a while. We also want to monitor your dental health to make sure that you enjoy your smile for as long as possible. That’s why we offer a comprehensive aftercare service at Cheltenham Dental Spa.

Why we love dental implants in Cheltenham

When it comes to replacing lost teeth, here at Cheltenham Dental Spa, we think the most effective replacement method is dental implants in Cheltenham. Teeth are meant to be anchored into your jawbone, stable, and able to cope with anything you choose to eat (this does not include using your teeth to remove bottle tops, although there’s always one who will try this).

Dental Implants in CheltenhamSo, if your replacement teeth can’t do what your natural teeth can do, you are looking at having to narrow down your food choices and at living with teeth that don’t behave as well as they should, wobbling and sliding around in your mouth instead of staying put and getting on with the job of eating, talking and generally looking fabulous.

Dental implants are the only tooth replacement method that anchors the crowns into the jawbone. By doing so they provide all the chewing power that you expect from your natural teeth, coping with forces up to 200lbs or 97kg, which is more than the average male chew.

How dental implants work

There are 3 parts to dental implants in Cheltenham. The actual implant is a small tapered post or screw. We insert this into a carefully sited and excavated channel in your jawbone. Once it is in place, we cover the top with a temporary cap, replace your gum and give it several weeks to integrate with your bone tissue, which will grow all over its surface.

Once the bone and implant have integrated, we open up your gum again and put a connecting part called an abutment into the implant, which has an internal screw, and attach your replacement crown or crowns to the abutment.

The crowns are handcrafted from dental porcelain, coloured, sized and shaped to blend in with the rest of your teeth. If you are having all your teeth replaced, our technicians can use old photos to create crowns that look like the teeth you lost.

We can put up to 3 crowns on a bridge onto each implant and we can replace an entire arch with only 4-6 implants. Come in and find out how we can give you replacement teeth that act like real teeth.

Cosmetic or complex? Braces in Cheltenham

Seems every high street dentist is offering braces these days. You may have seen banners for popular brand names such as Invisalign and Six Month Smiles braces in Cheltenham.

The reason teeth straightening is so visible these days is because it is now possible for a general dentist to learn, in a fairly short space of time, how to fit certain cosmetic braces.

Braces in CheltenhamTime was, braces in Cheltenham could only be fitted by a dentist who had not only completed their 5 years at general dental school, but another 2-3 years studying how the teeth and jaws fit together. This is so they could diagnose misalignments and use appliances, such as braces, to correct any issues.

Braces before the 1990s were pretty much of the fixed, metal variety, highly conspicuous, and built with the strength to shift the strong back teeth with 2-3 roots each, as well as the lighter front teeth, which are held in place with one root. They had to be measured, fitted and maintained by a braces dentist, to make sure treatment stayed on track over the course of around two years. Not for the faint hearted and not surprisingly, people with mildly wonky teeth didn’t bother going through this ordeal.

However, advances in dental technology and techniques in the last 20 years means that braces are now made from lighter materials, are more discreet and in some cases only shift the front teeth, meaning they can do their work quickly: sometimes in as little as four months. These braces make cosmetic rather than necessary health changes, straightening up the smile rather than realigning the jaw.

So, while these modern braces in Cheltenham don’t require the same level of care as complex fixed metal ones, who would you rather have looking after your treatment? A dentist who has done a weekend course in fitting a particular kind of brace, or one who has trained for years on how to bring harmony to the teeth and jaws?

At Cheltenham Dental Spa, Dr Tomos Crandon, our braces dentist, fits both cosmetic and complex braces, and can meet all your teeth straightening needs. Call in today to find out more.

Confused about dental implants?

Not many people will know about dental implants until they lose a tooth, so it’s not surprising if you feel clueless about dental implants in Cheltenham. Dental implants are replacement tooth roots made of titanium. Once in place, natural looking crowns can be fitted on top of them.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamDental implants in Cheltenham for a better smile

Dental implants at Cheltenham Dental Spa can make a huge difference to our patients’ lives. We have seen many success stories over the years with patients who have been suffering with missing teeth or uncomfortable dentures. For them, having dental implants is like getting their natural teeth back. No more awkward moments of slipping dentures, no more gaps, just natural-looking tooth restorations. Dental implants in Cheltenham can give people the confidence to laugh and enjoy life again. We want all of our patients to have a smile they can feel proud of.

Worried about a pain?

Did you know, this procedure is less painful than getting a root canal and more like getting a filling. Your jawbone has very few nerves running through it, fewer than your teeth. This is why getting a dental implant isn’t as bad as it sounds. You might be worried about pain in your gums, just as well then that your mouth is the fastest healing part of your body. The procedure is simple and carried out under a local anaesthetic to numb any feeling during the procedure. You can also opt for sedation to calm you if you feel you will be too stressed during the procedure to make you feel totally relaxed.

Recovery

It has to be said, you aren’t likely to feel your best for a couple of days after the treatment. We recommend that you ask someone to accompany you home, you should also spend the first 24 hours in bed to let your body recover properly. You will need to eat liquid food for the first week whilst your mouth heals. Over-the-counter painkillers will help you with any pain after your procedure.

Outcome

Our patients agree that the outcome is well worth the liquid diet for a week. They are left with beautifully natural-looking teeth that function just like normal teeth.

Braces or naturally straight teeth?

Not many people are lucky enough to have naturally perfect teeth, so there’s no reason to feel ashamed of your own ones. Most people who have straight teeth have simply managed to get braces before you. Many adults many think that it is too late to get braces; however, they would be wrong. Braces in Cheltenham can be used at any age to straighten teeth. Many adults also don’t bother getting braces because they hate the idea of wearing unattractive braces for two or three years. Now at Cheltenham Dental Spa, we think this is fair enough. That is why we have a wide range of discreet braces available for you to choose from. Adult, lifestyle-friendly braces are discreet or invisible and don’t interfere too much with your day-to-day life.

Braces in CheltenhamOur modern braces in Cheltenham include:

  • Invisalign: the thin, clear plastic, removable aligners that are almost invisible;
  • Incognito: the braces worn behind your teeth so nobody can see them;
  • Six Month Smiles: the fast-acting, clear, fixed brace;
  • Clarity Advanced: the extra comfortable, tooth-coloured, fixed brace;
  • Damon: the translucent, fast-acting braces;
  • Inman Aligners: the removable, fast-acting brace for front teeth only.

Modern braces

Today, modern braces can offer adults a way to get the teeth they had always hoped for. If you have mild to moderate issues with your tooth alignment, or crowded teeth, we can help you. We always aim to give you the best treatment possible and advise you on which braces will be the right fit for you.

Depending on the type of braces you opt for, your treatment times will differ. There is usually a quicker treatment time with fixed braces than removable braces. Some patients prefer quicker treatment, others prefer the convenience of being able to take their braces out if they feel like it.

If you are unsure which braces in Cheltenham will be right for you, come in for a consultation. Over the years, we have treated many patients with braces in Cheltenham, so we know a thing or two about what will work for you. During an appointment, we can give you a price estimate for the different types of braces, along with rough treatment times.

Get your teeth back with dental implants

Having missing teeth loose dentures can really undermine your confidence and self-esteem. Eating can become a big struggle and often you will have to avoid foods that you enjoy because they are too difficult to eat. Our dental implants in Cheltenham offer a reliable way to solve the issue of missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures. Implants are just as strong as your natural teeth, and sometimes they are even stronger. We can fit implants for one missing tooth or many, and we can restore your full set of teeth if necessary. For those who have suffered with badly fitting dentures for a long time, solving the issue with dental implants can bring great relief and a renewed sense of confidence.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamThink you can’t get dental implants? Think again

In some cases, people have been told they can’t get dental implants due to a lack of bone density. Here at Cheltenham Dental Spa, we could help you overcome this. Many people who have had missing teeth for a long time, or who have severe gum disease, also suffer with loss of jawbone density. A jawbone that does not receive vibrations from healthy, secure teeth becomes redundant and is reabsorbsed into the body. The jawbone becomes weak, it’s no longer strong enough to hold dental implants and crowns. If you have this problem and would like dental implants in Cheltenham, we can offer you a bone regeneration treatment.

Bone grafting for dental implants in Cheltenham

We can regenerate your jawbone with bone grafting. This involves replacing an area of your jawbone with a stronger material. At first, this procedure sounds pretty scary. However, oral bone grafting is a routine, predictable and relatively low-pain procedure. In most cases, bone grafting can be performed comfortably in our practice with local anaesthetic. Bone grafts are made of a sterile material. Once we have performed a bone graft, your body will adopt the material as your own bone. The gum tissues around it will grow naturally too. Once this area has become strong, you are ready for dental implants to be fitted and crowns or dentures placed on top. Your new teeth will look natural and feel strong.

A world of options for straighter teeth

Perfectly straight teeth aren’t just something you see on TV presenters or actors anymore. Take a look around and you’ll increasingly see your peers with beautifully aligned pearly whites. Odds are they weren’t born with teeth in such harmonious alignment. Dentistry today offers a variety of teeth straightening systems to resolve crooked, crowded and spaced out teeth, as well as bites that don’t quite line up. At our modern dental practice, Cheltenham Dental Spa, we offer a full range of braces in Cheltenham for all ages.

Braces in CheltenhamAs children and teenagers our jaws and teeth are still in the process of growing. This makes them particularly malleable, making it a good time to get braces to straighten crooked teeth or correct misaligned bites. Our dentist, Tomos Crandon, has years of experience helping our youngest clients smile brighter with braces in Cheltenham.

If you missed out on the chance to have your teeth straightened as a child or were unlucky enough to have your straightened teeth shift back, you’ll be glad to know that you can still get your teeth straightened as an adult. While the adult jaw is set hard, which makes correcting bites a challenge, adult teeth can be shifted along at any age with braces in Cheltenham. There are a variety of discreet systems, both fixed and removable, which you can discuss with one of our experienced dentists. These include:

  • Invisalign: a series of removable, clear, plastic aligners custom-made to fit over your teeth and gradually nudge them into straighter positions;
  • Inman aligner: two spring-loaded bows that push the front teeth into alignment in a matter of weeks;
  • Six Month Smiles: a fixed system that uses clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires that won’t dominate the teeth, with results in on average just six months;
  • Incognito lingual braces: fixed braces that can handle all manner of misalignments but are hidden from view as they are fixed to the backs of the teeth.

There are even more braces in Cheltenham that you can explore at a consultation with one of our dentists. The pros and cons of each treatment will be clearly explained so that you can make an informed decision, with cost and convenience also factored in.