Author: Cheltenham Dental Spa & Implant Clinic

Time to upgrade

Do you find that your fixed bridge or dentures have not been functioning in the way you would like? Then you may be interested in hearing how they can be easily upgraded to dental implants in Cheltenham. At our surgery, Cheltenham Dental Spa, we can assess your suitability for this innovative treatment and put you on a path to a better experience of replacement teeth.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamWhether you have lost one or all of your teeth, dental implants in Cheltenham can provide a long-lasting solution that doesn’t compromise on function. The reason behind this is the implant design, so let’s break it down and find out why we believe dental implants to be an upgrade.

At the root of the problem

The design of our natural teeth is a story of two halves. Firstly, you have the tooth crown that we all see, with its strong biting surfaces that allow for the grinding and chewing up of food. Dentures, bridges and crowns replicate this aspect, providing a cosmetic fix and a tooth replacement that can chew through food. However, our natural teeth have a second structure below the gum line that provides a strong anchor for the crown, known as the tooth root. Unfortunately, no other tooth replacement option replicates the root and therefore provides less function.

Dentures sit on the gum line, using suction to hold them in place. Bridges are fixed to adjacent teeth, creating stability by sharing their neighbour’s solidity. Neither are fixed and both either indirectly or directly undermine the integrity of remaining teeth and the jawbone.

Dental implants are fixed into the jawbone. It grows naturally around the implant, creating a very stable, solid base. The dental implant resembles a screw, made from titanium. Both the shape and material encourage natural growth of the jawbone unlike any other replacement. It means that when you receive a dental implant you are replacing the entire tooth and not just the visible half.

With dental implants in Cheltenham you can look forward to a comparable replacement for your missing natural teeth. No more compromises and no more wobbly dentures, just natural looking teeth with great functionality.

The difference between cosmetic braces and orthodontic braces

It is becoming more common for adults to choose to wear braces in Cheltenham, in order to fix cosmetic dental problems such as overcrowded teeth, uneven teeth and misaligned teeth. But there is a difference between cosmetic braces and orthodontic braces.

At Cheltenham Dental Spa we offer both cosmetic and orthodontic braces, for adults, children and teens, with 0% finance available.

Braces in CheltenhamOrthodontic braces explained

Certain types of braces in Cheltenham need to be prescribed and fitted by an orthodontist. Orthodontists differ from dentists in that they focus on misalignment of the teeth and jaw. Often this misalignment can cause other physical problems including facial pain, speech impediments, headaches and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

An orthodontics can deal with things such as an overbite or underbite, and overcrowded teeth or teeth that are too spaced out. Often children and young adults are referred to an orthodontist to fix certain problems while their teeth and bones are still growing. Our orthodontist has lots of experience in helping kids and teenagers get the smile they want.

Cosmetic braces in Cheltenham

A dentist can deal with many of the same problems that an orthodontist can, but generally a dentist will fit more cosmetically-pleasing braces or aligners. Some types of braces and aligners are designed to focus on just the front teeth, or are only suitable for mild orthodontic problems.

Cosmetic braces in Cheltenham will often take less time to work than the traditional braces likely to be used by an orthodontist. If the problem is not too severe, a less extensive treatment plan can be used.

Types of cosmetic braces

There are a number of different cosmetic braces available now. Systems such as Six Month Smiles are designed to focus on the front teeth and have very speedy results. These braces use clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires so they are less noticeable than traditional braces. Clear aligners such as Invisalign are extremely discreet and can work on a wide range of orthodontic problems. They are also removeable so do not interfere with eating, and can be removed for photographs if necessary.

To find out if you need cosmetic braces or orthodontic braces in Cheltenham, come to Cheltenham Dental Spa for a consultation.

Bone grafts can make dental implants possible

You may have heard of dental implants in Cheltenham and visited a dentist to see if implants could work for you, only to be told you have lost too much bone density for implants to be fitted. Don’t worry though, as there are solutions available.

At Cheltenham Dental Spa we can use bone grafting to regenerate the jawbone and enable it to support dental implants.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamLoss of bone density explained

Our bodies are designed to work in specific ways, and often one part needs another to support it and keep it healthy. This is the case when it comes the teeth and jaw. Our jaws are supposed to have teeth in them. When several teeth are missing, it can have an adverse effect on the jawbone over time. Without the teeth roots, the bone can actually recede, making it difficult to fit dental implants in Cheltenham. This can even affect appearance, giving a somewhat sunken look to the face.

How can bone grafts help?

Bone grafting is a procedure where either a piece of bone from another part of your body, or a synthetic bone, is grafted onto the jawbone. Sometimes a piece of bone from an animal or another human is used, but there is more chance of the body rejecting this. The body is encouraged to assimilate with the new piece of bone, regenerating the jawbone.

This may sound like a scary procedure, but it is a routine operation that is quick and simple, presenting very few risks. The bone for the graft is often taken from the hip, where there is not likely to be much pain and it is easy to heal. There will be a period of healing, while the new piece of bone meshes with the jawbone, which can take a few months. Once healing is complete, you can be fitted with dental implants in Cheltenham.

It is worth the trouble?

Only you can decide whether you want to go through having a bone graft – it depends on how much you want to have dental implants in Cheltenham. Come in for a consultation and we can go through the process, making sure you have all the information you need to make a decision.

Too long in the tooth for braces in Cheltenham

No matter how many years it has been since you were first old enough to vote, you will never be too old to get your wonky teeth put straight. Maybe you think that having lovely straight teeth is for youngsters only, but this is not the case. Even if you are middle aged or older, born before the time that cosmetic braces started to appear, there is no reason why you cannot still take advantage of today’s revolution in braces in Cheltenham.

Braces in CheltenhamHere at Cheltenham Dental Spa, we can help you with misaligned teeth, no matter how complex or mild the misalignments are. The more complex malocclusions will need to be dealt with by our qualified braces dentist, but the mild to moderate ones are easily handled by the plethora of cosmetic braces on the market. Chances are, if you are an adult and were not made to wear braces as a youngster, then your teeth are only mildly to moderately misaligned.

Yes, even if you’re in your 90s you can get your teeth realigned

People think that teeth straightening can only be done in your early- to mid-teens and after that the teeth are set hard in the jawbone. This is not true. It is true that after about the age of 18, the jawbone sets hard and can no longer be reshaped with braces in Cheltenham, but the teeth can be moved no matter what age you are.

How teeth move

Teeth are moved by creating sustained pressure on them. With traditional bracket and wire braces, the pressure is created by tightening the wires through the brackets, creating a pulling pressure. The angle of the brackets determines in what direction the pressure will be created.

Modern aligners create a pushing pressure with bumps and ridges carefully placed inside them.

After about 72 hours of pressure, the jawbone responds by resorbing bone in front of the direction of pressure and rebuilding it behind the direction of pressure. This way, the tooth never becomes loose in its socket. This process can take a bit longer as you get older, but it still takes place.

Come and see what braces in Cheltenham can do for you.

Fall in love with your smile again

If you have reached the stage where you need to get replacement teeth, it’s probably been a while since you felt really good about your smile. Maybe you lost some teeth in an accident. Maybe, they’ve been crumbling away for a while. Whatever the reason, you’ve probably had feelings about your teeth that range on a spectrum from frustration to despair.

Looking into the future, how do you feel about your replacement teeth? Are you worried you’ll lose food choices and have to deal with embarrassing fails on the part of your false teeth? Would you like to fall back in love with your smile and feel great about your teeth again? At Cheltenham Dental Spa, we rather think you would, and we have a way that you can do so.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamInstead of getting fixed bridgework, or full or partial dentures, we can offer you dental implants in Cheltenham.

Dental implants in Cheltenham are small titanium tapered screws or posts that we put into your jawbone under local anaesthetic. After 2-6 months, your jawbone will have grown new tissue all over the implants because titanium is amazingly biocompatible.

Once this has happened, we can then attach custom-made porcelain crowns to the implants. These are made to match your existing teeth, and will be indistinguishable from them.

Everyone thinks that dental implants in Cheltenham are expensive and while it is true that the initial outlay can be a good deal more than having dentures or a bridge, it’s important to bear a few things in mind.

Firstly, one dental implant can support up to 3 crowns a bridge. We can put a whole arch of teeth onto 4-6 implants.

Secondly, dental implants in Cheltenham last for at least 15 years. You will probably need to get the crowns replaced at some point, but the posts can last for decades if you look after them well. This means careful brushing and flossing plus regular hygienist visits so that plaque does not turn into gum disease.

That’s all you need to do. Over the decades, you could have to replace dentures and fixed bridgework several times over, and they could work out to cost just as much as dental implants.

Smile for the camera with braces in Cheltenham

There’s no getting away from the camera these days, even if you don’t have your phone camera pointed at yourself every time you go out, any event is riddled with selfie opportunities and commands to smile.

If you have wonky teeth, then you have probably perfected a way round the photo nightmare. You’ve probably got a smile that has closed lips, or you will be looking away. Perhaps you even have your hand over your mouth? What do you think when you see those pictures of yourself? Do you look happy? Do you look like the miserable one in the group? Are you bit of a Posh Spice, the world’s most famous non-smiler? When you see pictures of her looking fabulous, but not smiling, do you warm to her? Do you think people warm to you when you don’t give the camera a big, fat grin?

Braces in CheltenhamTruth is, our smile is our most important way of signalling to the world that we are happy and friendly and worth getting to know, so if we can’t use it to its full advantage, we are doing ourselves out of some vital social contact.

You can turn all this around and get a camera-ready smile by investing in braces in Cheltenham with us at Cheltenham Dental Spa.

Braces in Cheltenham for adults

It’s very likely that if you are an adult looking for braces in Cheltenham, then your teeth don’t need serious treatment to get them aligned. The vast majority of the population’s misalignments fit into the mild to moderate category, and braces in Cheltenham for this category can be amazingly discreet.

With our range of discreet braces, you won’t have to suffer the embarrassment associated with wearing braces, which most people continue to wrongly associate with awkward adolescence. In fact, teeth can be realigned no matter how old you are.

We have fixed braces that blend in with the teeth, and removable aligners that pretty much disappear once they are in place. Why not come in for a consultation and find out which ones are right for you? If you are worried about cost, we have finance deals available.

Choosing the right replacement teeth

There are several things to consider when you lose one, some or all of your teeth and need to find the best way to replace them. What suits one person does not always suit another, so it’s a good idea to draw up a list of considerations.

Ask yourself, what are teeth for? Here at Cheltenham Dental Spa, we believe that teeth play a vital role in:

  • how you eat
  • how you speak
  • how you look.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamYou need your replacement teeth to work as well as possible in all these areas, and in our experience the method that fulfils all these criteria the best is dental implants in Cheltenham.

Roots with dental implants in Cheltenham

The reason why dental implants excel in all 3 areas is because they replace the whole tooth, root and crown, whereas dentures and bridges only replace the crowns and use other, not so effective, ways to get stability. Dentures adhere to the gums (which is about 25% effective in terms of chewing) and bridges require 2 good teeth to be ground down to become buttress crowns.

Eating

Dental implants on the other hand provide 100% of the chewing capability of natural teeth because they are embedded into the jawbone, where they fuse with the bone, which grows new tissue all over them over the course of several weeks. You have to watch your diet while this is happening, but once the process is complete, you can eat whatever you like.

Speaking

Once dental implants are securely integrated, you need never worry that your teeth are going to start sliding around in your mouth. Denture wearers fiddle around with messy adhesives to get their teeth to stay in place so they can talk, laugh and yawn without embarrassing themselves. With dental implants, you don’t have to worry about any of this. Your teeth stay exactly where they should be.

Looking great

Dental implants in Cheltenham help you maintain a strong, healthy jawbone and facial structure by stimulating jawbone cells to renew themselves. Other replacement methods cannot do this and lead to a shrinking jaw and collapsed face.

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.