Category: Dental Implants

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rebuilding smiles with dental implants in Cheltenham

Tooth loss is commonly associated with old age but the truth is it can strike at any age. Accident, injury or poor dental health can all result in missing teeth. If you’ve experienced tooth loss it is vital you seek treatment as soon as possible. At Cheltenham Dental Spa we provide the most reliable means to restore missing teeth and rebuild your smile in Cheltenham: dental implants.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamWhy should you treat your tooth loss now?

Missing teeth can draw attention to your smile for all the wrong reasons. However there are more than cosmetic consequences to tooth loss.

The absence of tooth roots causes the jawbone to deteriorate as it no longer receives vital signals from the teeth clashing together. The gums recede and neighbouring teeth become more likely to fall out.

Missing crowns mean that the remaining teeth have to work harder, become worn down faster and are more likely to become damaged.

Gaps in the teeth also give food debris more places to get lodged, giving bacteria a feast to thrive on, resulting in a greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium. They are placed directly into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Here they encourage new bone growth in and around them. This secures them in place, ready for the attachment of replacement teeth in the form of crowns, bridges or even customised dentures. As a single dental implant can support multiple replacement teeth, no matter how many teeth you have lost, dental implants in Cheltenham can effectively restore them all.

Are dental implants right for you?

For treatment with dental implants in Cheltenham to be successful, your general and dental health needs to be in good shape. This means, for example, any tooth decay or gum disease is resolved and diabetes is under control. Your jawbone also needs to be in a good state so that it can support your implants. Years of wearing dentures may mean your jawbone has already degenerated. There is hope however as we offer bone grafting to help rebuild your jawbone.

Understanding the dangers of losing a tooth

Finding yourself with a damaged or missing tooth can put you in an uncomfortable situation in many ways. Talking in public can become awkward or embarrassing as you may feel the need to hide the gap in your mouth. When teeth are missing biting and chewing can be impaired. This can mean that you avoid some foods for fear of the embarrassment of not being able to finish your meal. Perhaps you even stop going to dinners out or other social events. These reasons and many more can negatively affect your confidence and self-esteem.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamAs if these psychological factors weren’t bad enough, there are also serious physical implications for those suffering from a missing tooth. Firstly nearby teeth become at risk of losing their position in your mouth. Teeth are designed to adapt to pressure and to a certain extent they support each other. If one tooth falls out, it’s neighbours can begin to slide towards the gap that is left behind.

Even more worrying t is the fact that missing teeth can lead to the loss of jawbone density. Without the essential vibrations that travel through your tooth to its roots and on into the jawbone, bone density will decrease. This spells a big problem for your jawbone health and the future of your other teeth. It is possible for a jawbone to lose 25% of it’s density within the first year after tooth loss. Symptoms following on from loss of bone density include further tooth loss, a shrinking jawbone and eventually a sagging face.

If you have recently experienced tooth loss, dental implants in Chelthenham are a fantastic way to keep your existing teeth safely in their place and your jawbone in tip top health. Our dental implants in Cheltenham are as strong as your natural teeth. They will match your natural teeth in colour and shape and you won’t need to worry about additional maintenance as implants should be cared for in the usual way with careful brushing and flossing.

Opting for dental implants in Cheltenham will give you new, healthy teeth and peace of mind. Now there’s something to smile about. We can even design, create and fit dental implants for you in one day.

Don’t let a busy life make you miss out on dental implants in Cheltenham

Is replacing your missing tooth something you’ve been putting on the back burner? Is it always at the bottom of your to-do list? It’s no wonder, as having even a single tooth replaced can be a lengthy procedure. Whether you opt for a crown or dental implants in Cheltenham, it can take weeks and months for the process to complete. If you opt for an implant and you need to have a grafting operation to build up the density in your jawbone, that adds on a few more months.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamAnd while time is understandably at a premium in our busy world, leaving your lost tooth unreplaced isn’t a great idea as far as your health is concerned. The jawbone can lose up to 25% of its density in the first year alone after tooth loss. This is because the body believes the bone is no longer needed here, and resorbs it, so it can use the nutrients elsewhere. This can affect neighbouring teeth as they may start to drift into the gap and become loose themselves, creating even more time needed in the dentist’s chair.

A missing tooth can also create uneven wear on the teeth when they are biting and chewing, as you will tend to bite more on one side to avoid the gap. This can cause them to wear down and fail, meaning, you guessed it, more time at the dental surgery.

At Cheltenham Dental Spa, we want to help you avoid this oral health downward spiral by making replacing your missing teeth as fast as possible.

That’s why we offer dental implants in a day with Same Day Teeth. You will need to come in for a consultation with us beforehand to make sure you are suitable for this type of treatment, but if you get the go ahead, the next time you come in to see us, you’ll walk away with a new tooth.

Using 3D scanning technology, we can precisely place your dental implants in Cheltenham using a computer-generated surgical plan. We then create and fit your crown. You will need to be very gentle with your new tooth until it has fully healed, and not bite down on it for several weeks.

Transforming life after tooth loss

Losing your teeth can result in all sorts of consequences. It can alter your diet and you find yourself having to give up eating your favourite foods because your new teeth can’t cope with them. It can take up valuable time as you spend ages cleaning and storing your teeth instead of brushing them and sleeping with them in your mouth. It can mean having to budget every few years to replace your replacement teeth. And it can sometimes be mortifying when your replacement teeth start wobbling around in your mouth or even break and leave you toothless while you get new ones made.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamAt Cheltenham Dental Spa, we can help you avoid all the above hassles and embarrassments by fitting you with dental implants in Cheltenham. We can replace your teeth or even help you find a way to get your dentures to stop wobbling around.

Dental implants in Cheltenham are incredibly versatile. They can be used to replace one tooth, a few teeth, or even every single tooth in your mouth. One dental implant can support up to three teeth on a bridge, and we have ways of replacing all the teeth on one arch with between four and six implants.

The key to good replacement teeth

Replacing teeth is all about finding ways to make them stay still and withstand the powerful forces we create when we chew and bite into food. The key is to replace the root of the tooth as well as the crown and dental implants are the only method that really does this. Dentures rely on adherence to the gums for their stability. Even at their best, they only give about a quarter of the chewing power of real teeth. Bridges rely on being fixed to neighbouring healthy teeth for their stability, and that means grinding those teeth down to make them into buttresses. Two more teeth gone, in effect.

Dental implants in Cheltenham are embedded into the jawbone, and once they have integrated with the bone tissue, which takes several weeks, they can withstand chewing forces of more than the average male. Plus, they help preserve the integrity of the jawbone.

The gory truth about dental implants

Stories abound about the pain and suffering of going through dental implant surgery. The drills, the hours and hours in the dentist’s chair, the pain afterwards. Well, let us at Cheltenham Dental Spa put the record straight: getting dental implants in Cheltenham is really not that bad. If it was, no one would have it done, and in fact, this method of tooth replacement is often people’s first choice for replacing teeth.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamYour gums

Yes, we do have to cut a flap in your gums, so that we can get at the bone and put the dental implants in Cheltenham in.

The drilling

Yes, there is drilling. We have to use the drill to create new artificial sockets in which to put the dental implants. We take our time over this, for sure, but not because we love to see you suffer. Quite the opposite in fact.

We drill carefully, starting off with a very small drill to create a hole. And then we gradually make it bigger with wider drills. We do this because if we went in straight away with a wide drill, we could crack the jawbone. We also take our time because we don’t want the friction from the drill to overheat the bone and kill off the bone cells. We also flush the area with lots of cool water to keep the temperature down.

The pain

People say that having dental implants in Cheltenham is like having root canal therapy, but we think that’s wrong. That means drilling into an infected tooth. We are drilling into healthy, strong bone. And the jawbone has far fewer nerve endings than teeth, along which to transmit pain signals to the brain.

And actually, you don’t have to feel any of the pain because local anaesthetic will be enough to numb the area. You don’t have to spend the treatment hyped up on anxiety either. If you think you are going to find it hard to relax, you can have either oral or intravenous sedation.

Afterwards

We would like you to spend 24 hours in bed, and eat a liquid diet for a week, but you should be able to get by on over-the-counter painkillers quite easily.