Category: Dental Implants

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.

Improve your smile

Dental implants in Cheltenham are changing the way our patients live. Let our experienced and knowledgeable implant dentists here at Cheltenham Dental Spa help you rediscover the confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life. We believe that everyone deserves a smile to be proud of.

Dental-Implants-in-CheltenhamDental implants in Cheltenham consist of titanium posts which are placed directly into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone will bond and fuse seamlessly with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.

Before dental implants, there were no securely fixed prosthetics available for people who had lost all their teeth. Today, we can replace a full jaw with dental implants and a fixed bridge that results in a durable, stable and highly aesthetic solution. Dental implants in Cheltenham are versatile solution to missing teeth and even better, there’s no need to destroy your healthy tooth structure in the process.

The benefits

Dental implants have no visible metal fixtures; once finished, they appear to be healthy, natural teeth, bringing back the smile had lost.

A single crown or a bridge supported by a dental implant functions like your natural teeth. You can speak, eat, and smile as you would naturally. Even full dentures are at their most secure and reliable when fixed using dental implants in Cheltenham.

Cleaning dental implants is also simple. You brush and floss the way you would with your natural teeth. This means you can care for them without changing your everyday routine.

The benefits of dental implants in Cheltenham go far beyond just the aesthetic – they can also help prevent bone deterioration and preserve your facial structure.

Why choose us?

Our dedicated and experienced team at Cheltenham Dental Spa will make the dental implant process smooth and seamless for you. We continually work with the top implant providers to offer you the latest technology and techniques available.

We will guide you through each step of the implant process, from placing the dental implant to restoring the final tooth. We will help you to keep your dental implants for many years to come and potentially a lifetime with the correct care.

Get your familiar old smile back, only better

We all do our best to avoid losing our teeth. However, sometimes teeth decay or crumble, or get knocked out. When they do, these days you have more choice about how to replace them than traditional dentures and bridges.

At Cheltenham Dental Spa, dental implants in Cheltenham provide a long-lasting alternative to dentures and fixed bridges. In recent years, dental materials and technology have greatly improved. Dental implants are one of the many modern advances that people are increasingly taking advantage of. So, no matter how many teeth you have lost, it’s worth finding out if dental implants would work for you.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamNot sure what dental implants are?

Fair enough. Until you lose a tooth, there’s no need to know that dental implants are tiny posts or screws made of titanium. We put them into artificial sockets that we drill into your jawbone. Titanium is the material of choice for all implants, because it encourages the bone around the implant to grow new tissue and blood vessels. The new bone tissues grows all over the surface of the implant, meshing with it and firmly securing it in place. After a couple of months, the implant will provide a stable chewing base that is unparalleled by other artificial teeth such as dentures. Once the implants have integrated with the jawbone, replacement teeth can be fitted on top of them for a complete restoration of missing teeth. With good dental hygiene, dental implants in Cheltenham can last you a lifetime.

What to expect when you have dental implants fitted

At our practice, dental implants in Cheltenham are fitted by our highly trained implant surgeons using a local anaesthetic. This is usually ample to ensure minimum discomfort in an area that has fewer nerve endings than teeth. But we can give you sedation if you are anxious and will not be able to relax during the implant surgery.

While your implants are embedding in your jawbone, you can carry on as normal, wearing any artificial teeth you already possess, until you come back for us to fit your custom-made replacement teeth. After that, as long as you take care of your oral health, your implants should never need to be replaced.

The way forward with replacement teeth

Losing your teeth is never a pleasant experience. Whether it’s the sudden shock of an accidental knock-out, or the long, slow demise of decay and gum disease, the end result is the loss of an important body part and a gap where it used to be. It’s unsightly, especially if it’s at the front of your mouth, and without it, chewing and speaking clearly get a little bit harder. Lose more than a few, and you are in real trouble, and so are the rest of your teeth.

Dental-implants-in-Cheltenham-The question is: how are you going to replace those lost teeth? Have you thought about getting dental implants? In Cheltenham, they are becoming most people’s first choice for replacement teeth. At Cheltenham Dental Spa, we see more and more people coming in and asking for dental implants without even considering the more traditional alternatives.

Dental implants in Cheltenham are the modern solution for replacing teeth and yet they have now also been around long enough, about 40 years, to be considered tried and trusted. The experiments have been done and brilliant innovations made to use dental implants in situations that were never dreamt of at the beginning of their use.

It’s all about the jawbone

If you are losing your teeth, you need to get into see us as soon as you can after one falls out. What happens to your jawbone in the area where teeth have been lost can sometimes preclude you from having dental implants in Cheltenham. Without the root of the tooth in the bone sending down vibrations from the jaws bumping up against each other, the bone tissue thinks that it is no longer in use. It starts to dissolve itself and the area around a lost tooth can lose up to 25% of its density and size in the first year alone after a tooth is lost. This can make it harder to insert dental implants.

There are ways round this, such as sinus lifts, bone grafts and extra-long dental implants that anchor into the cheekbone rather than the upper jaw, but far better that we put in your implants without all that time-consuming and more costly treatment.

Dental implants: the go-to solution for restoring missing teeth

Losing teeth is something most us expect as we get older. However, accidents, injuries and poor dental health mean tooth loss can strike at any age. Whatever your age, if you have lost a tooth or teeth, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. At Cheltenham Dental Spa, we offer our patients dental implants in Cheltenham as the most effective and durable tooth replacement solution around.

Why should you replace your missing teeth?

Losing teeth isn’t just a cosmetic issue. Of course, no one wants to smile widely and show off gaps in their teeth, but there is far more at stake if you don’t get dental treatment after tooth loss.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamGaps in your teeth can alter your speech, make eating and chewing more of a challenge, and put neighbouring teeth at risk of tilting into the gap. And that is just what is going on above your gum line. Below your gum line your jawbone will be worse for wear.

To remain strong and healthy, your jawbone needs to receive daily signals from your teeth clashing together. These signals are sent down into it via the tooth roots. No tooth roots, no signals, no reason for your jawbone to maintain its density and size. And so, it starts to shrink back, your gums start to recede, and your facial structure begins to sag.

While dentures and bridges can help deal with eating, chewing and smiling without gaps between your teeth, they can’t do anything about your deteriorating jawbone. That’s where dental implants in Cheltenham come into their own.

The power of dental implants

Dental implants are small titanium screws or posts that sit within the jawbone, acting as artificial tooth roots. Once replacement crowns or a bridge are attached, the dental implants send the necessary signals into the jawbone to keep it healthy and strong. What’s more, being anchored into the jawbone, means your replacement teeth give you back full chewing function, unlike dentures, which can only provide about 25% of the chewing force of natural teeth.

To find out more about dental implants in Cheltenham, get in touch with our friendly team who will be happy to book you an appointment with one of our highly trained implant dentists.

Change your teeth, change your life

If you have been finding that your fixed bridge or dentures don’t really cut the mustard and they are now at the point of needing to be replaced, perhaps now is the time to consider upgrading to dental implants in Cheltenham.

At Cheltenham Dental Spa, we believe that dental implants are the first choice for replacing lost teeth, whether it’s a single tooth, a few teeth or even all of your teeth.

The reason we are so keen on dental implants in Cheltenham is that they give much better functionality that either bridges or dentures.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamIt’s all about the roots

Nature designed our teeth to get their stability from being anchored into the jawbone. Unfortunately, neither dentures nor bridges use the jawbone at all.

Dentures rely on suction to the gums for their stability and at best can only offer about a quarter of the chewing power of natural teeth. Also, the gums tend to recede and the jawbone shrink when there are no longer teeth in it to stimulate bone cell renewal, which means that dentures become looser over time.

Bridges are fixed to neighbouring healthy teeth, borrowing off their roots for stability.

Dental implants however, are fixed into the jawbone to provide 100% of the stability of previous natural teeth. The titanium that the implants are made of stimulates the bone to grow new tissue all over the implants. This is what holds them in place and it is so effective that implants usually stay in place for decades.

The crowns

Dental implants in Cheltenham with us at Cheltenham Dental Spa can be used to replace even an entire arch of teeth. There is no need to have one implant per crown. One implant can support up to three teeth and an entire arch can be supported on between four and six of them.

Denture stabilisation

Dental implants in Cheltenham can also be used to give stability to wobbly dentures. We can either use new dentures or get your existing ones customised to attach to the implants.

Why not pop in for a consultation and find out how dental implants could change your life?

More teeth for life

Modern dentistry is all about having teeth for life. Our goal as dentists at Cheltenham Dental Spa is to help you keep your teeth healthy and fit for purpose for as long as possible. But, should you lose one or two in an accident, or they start to fail due to decay, gum disease or grinding, then we’d like to be able to offer you more teeth for life with dental implants in Cheltenham.

Dental implants in Cheltenham can be teeth for life because of the materials they are made of and the way they fuse with the jawbone after being inserted. All you need to do once your dental implants have integrated is make sure you stick to a diligent daily oral healthcare routine and have regular visits to the hygienist.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamKeeping your implants happy

It’s not that your dental implants in Cheltenham can decay. The porcelain that the crowns are made of cannot be eaten into like teeth because there is no dentin or pulp beneath the surface.

Neither can the implant posts in your jaw decay. They are made of titanium, which does not rust.

However, the bone in which the implants are placed can be affected by gum disease. It is this that you need to watch out for.

Gum disease is caused by plaque, which is that sticky film you can find on your teeth when you haven’t cleaned them for a few hours. It harbours bacteria, and if it is not removed for about three days, it starts to harden into what we call tartar. The bacteria in plaque feed on the sugars in your mouth, which is why you need to clean the food out of your mouth twice a day. The bacteria give off acids and these can eat into natural teeth to cause decay. But these acids can also irritate and inflame the gums, which can lift away from the teeth to form pockets into which food can get trapped, or more plaque can build-up, leading to putrefaction of the food and more acid, this time getting at the bone under the gum into which your teeth, real or implanted, are lodged. The bone can get eaten away, loosening the teeth or dental implants, which can fall out.

How dental implants in Cheltenham can restore and protect your smile

If you have one or more missing teeth and you would like to invest in your smile and oral health, then dental implants are a viable solution for you. Dental implants can restore your teeth naturally, since they are embedded into the jawbone and look, feel and function just like your real teeth.

Dental implants in Cheltenham offer a stable and permanent tooth replacement solution to patients who wish to avoid conventional dentures and bridges. Depending on your individual needs and your dental situation, your dentist will have a crown, bridge or denture to fit on your dental implants. This restoration will be secure and will help you restore your smile and oral function permanently.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamWhat are dental implants?

Dental implants are small titanium posts that look like the roots of missing teeth. They are surgically fixed into the jawbone, where they gradually bond with the bone tissue to create a strong and sturdy foundation for replacement teeth. Dental implants can hold a replacement tooth, bridge or denture, depending on the number of teeth you are missing.

Benefits of dental implants

Compared to conventional tooth replacement methods, dental implants have many unique benefits. Empty spaces in your mouth, created by losing one or several teeth, can lead to additional health issues, such as the deterioration of your jawbone. The lack of stimulation provided by chewing and biting forces the jawbone to lose its strength and firmness. Unlike conventional bridges and dentures that simply sit on the gums, dental implants are the only restoration option that preserves and stimulates the natural bone. They also encourage the growth of new bone tissue.

Dental implants are a long-term solution. They may need adjustments from time to time; however, they can last a lifetime when properly placed and cared for. Strong and stable, dental implants restore your missing tooth so that they look and fit just like the rest of your teeth.

No more worrying that your dentures might slip or fall out and no need to stay at home because your smile looks unattractive. Dental implants in Cheltenham can help you speak comfortably, eat your favourite foods and retain your natural face shape and smile.

Have new teeth in a day with All-on-4 dental implants in Cheltenham

If you have lost most of your teeth, or will soon have your last, failing teeth removed, you are probably thinking that dentures are more affordable than dental implants. While this is true, conventional dentures tend to become loose and uncomfortable over time, creating more problems than solving them. What if we told you that you can enjoy the benefits of both treatments at a fraction of the cost? All-on-4 dental implants in Cheltenham are the answer.

Dental-Implants-CheltenhamAt Cheltenham Dental Spa in Cheltenham, dental implants are our treatment of choice for patients who have lost most of their teeth. Implant-supported teeth look and function just like real teeth, and are easy to keep healthy. Unlike conventional dentures, All-on-4 overdentures provide functional teeth on the same day. With this innovative dental implant solution, you no longer have to avoid certain types of food just because your denture cannot handle them.

How can All-on-4 dental implants restore my missing teeth?

Dental implants are a viable solution for replacing missing teeth because they are permanent, offering stability and durability, just like your real teeth. Unlike conventional tooth replacement options, dental implants are anchored into the jawbone, providing a strong, root-like structural support for replacement teeth.

While dental implants represent a significant milestone in dentistry, they involve rather time-consuming and complex procedures (i.e. bone grafting). The multiple treatment stages can take up to 18 months to complete, depending on the number of dental implants required.

All-on-4 builds on the strong principles of dental implants to provide the same stability and functionality, allowing for an easier way to have replacement teeth placed on the dental implants. Unlike removable dentures that may slip off or feel loose on your gums, All-on-4 overdentures are securely supported by 2-4 dental implants, which are strategically placed into the jawbone for maximum support and stability. This treatment is not only the most efficient way to replace all your missing teeth, but also the most cost-effective. Individual dental implants to replace each tooth are expensive and impractical.

Get in touch

If you wish to find out more about how All-on-4 dental implants in Cheltenham can effectively solve your tooth loss problems, contact our friendly team today.