Author: Cheltenham Dental Spa & Implant Clinic

Strong improvements

Losing teeth can be a real nuisance. You have to cope with unsightly gaps in your smile, and chewing your food can become an awkward experience. When you choose to have dental implants in Cheltenham, you’ll regain the strength and stability provided by your natural teeth. This powerful tooth loss solution integrates with your jawbone using a small metal post, so the replacement tooth is securely anchored. Therefore, you can bite into your favourite foods without worrying that the new tooth will fall out.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamThe stability and strength of dental implants is a major reason why people prefer them to temporary, removable solutions such as dentures and bridges. Dental implants in Cheltenham are also a user-friendly experience. They don’t need any clips or adhesives. They simply remain in your mouth alongside your natural teeth. If you look after them, dental implants in Cheltenham will last for many years.

Precision replacements

Dental implants in Cheltenham are customised to suit your specifications. We’ll take detailed, computerised images of your mouth so that your replacement teeth will look great and function efficiently. It’s important that your jawbone is sufficiently dense, too, so we might need to do some preliminary work to get you ready to receive your new teeth.

Our dentist will then place small, screw-like metal posts into your jawbone. After a rest period, you’ll return to our practice and have your replacement teeth attached to the metal posts.

Transforming your future

Aesthetic improvements and ease of use aren’t the only things provided by your dental implants in Cheltenham. They do good work behind the scenes, as well. By ensuring that your underlying facial bone structure stays robust, the implants prevent the development of a sunken appearance. Also, their stability means that dental implants in Cheltenham can aid pronunciation of certain words and phrases. This tooth replacement solution can transform your quality of life.

We can use implant dentistry to replace however many teeth you may have lost. If you’re missing a single front tooth after a sporting mishap, or a whole set of teeth that have suffered years of decay, we can give you a long-term solution.

Get your child off to a good start

Having straight teeth has never been so important for children. And it has never been easier to get them diagnosed and treated with braces in Cheltenham with Cheltenham Dental Spa.

We offer a range of cosmetic braces for adults and we also have a great braces dentist, Dr Tomos Crandon, who can treat your child to bring their teeth into alignment.

Braces in CheltenhamIf you bring your child along to see Dr Crandon when they are about 7 years old and their adult teeth are just starting to come through, this is just the right age for making accurate predictions.

Modern diagnostic methods mean that we are able to look at the adult teeth waiting to come through and predict if they will be aligned and if not, how they will come through.

Dr Crandon can use x-rays and scans to look inside the jawbone at the adult teeth, and use this information to draw up a treatment plan with braces in Cheltenham.

Although it is possible to treat misaligned teeth at any stage in life, problems to do with the alignment of the jaw need to be treated in childhood. Such problems include overbite, underbite and cross bite. Also, if there are problems to do with the shape of the jaw, childhood is the time to treat it. At this time, the jawbone is still plastic and malleable. After about 18 years old, the jawbone sets hard and its shape can no longer be altered.

Starting treatment with braces in Cheltenham

Children can start having treatment much earlier than in the past. Nowadays, it is often recommended that braces treatment starts at about age 9, when there is a good mix of adult and baby teeth. At this time, the teeth can be guided by the braces into the right positions, instead of waiting until they have descended and then rearranging them.

Treatment is over and done with just as the teen years, with their awful self-consciousness, begin.

If you would like to find out more about braces in Cheltenham with Dr Crandon, please call for a chat or bring your child in for a consultation.

A broken tooth

It’s no fun getting a broken tooth and needing a replacement. You may have concerns about how your smile will look with an artificial tooth, whether it’ll hurt or how much it’ll cost.

Alternatively, if you’ve had dentures for some time and they’re starting to cause you discomfort, it may be time for you to consider something different. This is where dental implants come in.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamWhat are dental implants?

You may wonder how an implant is different from dentures. An implant is like a metal screw that’s fitted into your jawbone, used to attach an artificial tooth. Unlike a fixed bridge, they don’t impact on your other teeth and offer more stability. The material they’re made from will bond with your jawbone, proven to encourage growth. When you need dental implants in Cheltenham, we’re a clinic you can turn to for quality treatment and care.

Getting dental implants with us

At Chetenham Dental Spa, you can be assured about getting quality dental implants by one of our highly-experienced dentists. Our team, led by Dr Ghaleb Karein, can provide you with everything you need to know about getting implants and take you through the whole treatment with ease.

The benefits

With dental implants in Cheltenham, you’ll get more stability in your mouth and you can eat, speak and laugh as you do with your natural teeth. The artificial teeth are strong and natural-looking, meaning you can feel confident in your smile looking great.

Do implants hurt?

Providing you with your dental implants in Cheltenham, we give patients anaesthetic so that they don’t feel anything during the process. Once the implant is fixed, it takes a while to heal before a tooth can be fitted, and many patients feel minimum pain during this time.

How long does it take?

Between the initial consultation and getting the permanent restorations, you can expect dental implants in Cheltenham to take 2-6 months, because of the time for the implants to integrate with the jawbone. However, we can offer implants with temporary restorations in the same day with Same Day Teeth.

Concerns?

If you have any questions about implants, you can always speak to one of our approachable and professional team members.

Getting straighter teeth

Do you have crooked or misaligned teeth? They may be affecting your confidence or causing you issues when you eat or speak, which can feel uncomfortable or painful. If you’ve thought about doing something about your teeth, then getting braces in Cheltenham may be a treatment you’d consider.

Braces in CheltenhamAren’t braces for children?

You may associate braces as something that children wear and think it’s too late for you as an adult. You may feel that it’s too late in life for you to get them. While braces are commonly worn by children because they can help while their teeth are still developing, there are now options available for adults. At Cheltenham Dental Spa, our highly-trained dental team offer a range of braces to suit everyone.

Types of braces

There are plenty of options our dentist can provide adults with regarding braces in Cheltenham to help with straightening teeth. These can include traditional metal braces or transparent braces that are subtler.

Our dentists provide patients with braces in Cheltenham that feel comfortable and will do a quality job of straightening out protruding or crooked teeth. They can also help to close any gaps between teeth.

Braces for children

We can offer children braces in Cheltenham to give their teeth a little bit of help to get straightened or to move them closer together. Children can wear their braces for any length of time between 1-2 years. During this time, there will be regular appointments to ensure that the braces are working well and having the effect they should be.

Benefits of braces

Using braces to help straighten your teeth may make you feel self-conscious or uncomfortable in the short-term, but in the long run will enhance your smile and make you more confident. Braces are much more lightweight than they used to be, meaning that you can feel comfortable wearing them and they can be cleaned more easily than they used to be. Not only will you be more confident, but you’ll find that your bite will improve and your teeth will be easier to clean.

Want to find out more?

To book a consultation to find out about getting braces, you can call us or pop into our clinic.

Taking care of dental implants in Cheltenham

Self-care is one of the watchwords of modern life. It applies to everything from keeping an eye on what you eat to ensuring your stress levels don’t spike too high, too often. There are times in our lives when we have to adapt our self-care goals to cover temporary or permanent changes to our circumstances. If you are considering getting dental implants in Cheltenham, this will apply to you just after your get your new teeth and in the long-term.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamWhen you need to make changes in your life, it is much easier when you can get comprehensive advice from a professional who has plenty of experience. When you have dental implants in Cheltenham with Cheltenham Dental Spa, our care does not stop when you have had your new teeth fitted. We pride ourselves on providing excellent aftercare and giving you practical, simple advice to ensure that your smile restoration experience continues to go smoothly.

Short-term adjustments

Self-care after dental implants in Cheltenham is guided by many factors including the extent of the work you have had, the lifestyle you normally lead and your general health. Everyone needs to rest for a little while afterwards, but this might be 24-48 hours, or it might be a bit longer if you need it. The important thing is to listen to your body as well as advice from Cheltenham Dental Spa. It has healing to do which is vital to the success of your implants so, once you have put the time and effort in to get your teeth replaced, do what you can to support this.

During this time, ensure that your diet remains nourishing and healthy even though it will be a little restricted for a time. During this period, the key is to ensure you do not eat anything or undertake any activity which will unduly disturb your dental implants.

Long-adjustments

The good news is that, long-term, your dental implants will require very little in the way of care that is outside of a sensible dental routine. You will need to be vigilant when it comes to the condition of your teeth and ensure that you keep up to date with your dental appointments but that’s it.

What are the different types of braces in Cheltenham and which is right for me?

Does the idea of wearing braces as an adult make you feel uncomfortable? More and more adults in Great Britain are turning to teeth-straightening treatmentsto ensure that their smiles become attractive again. After all, dental technology has evolved and modern braces are not as intimidating as they used to be.

Braces in CheltenhamAt Cheltenham Dental Spa, we welcome enquiries from all patients who wish to fix their crooked teeth with braces in Cheltenham. Although we offer conventional braces, we want you to know that they are not the only solution for your dental problems. Your dentist may recommend any of these braces in Cheltenham to help you improve your smile.

Metal braces

Contrary to popular belief, metal braces are not only for children and teenagers. In fact, traditional braces have progressed since the age of bulky metal brackets and wires and they are not more discreet and lightweight than ever. Metal braces are made from high-quality stainless steel and can fix almost any teeth-straightening problem – no matter how serious it is.

Invisalign

Invisalign invisible aligners are fitted snugly over your teeth and help them move over a period of time. Your dentist will give you a new set of clear aligners every week or so, to help your teeth straighten out. This process can take from a few months to more than a year depending on your dental problems. Invisalign is ideal for image-conscious adults since it’s virtually invisible.

Incognito hidden braces

Incognito hidden braces work just like metal braces, with the exception that they are fitted behind the teeth. This way no one will know that you are undergoing treatment with braces in Cheltenham. Incognito braces are very comfortable and are designed to work for many types of teeth straightening issues, while gently working for you all day and night.

Damon braces

Damon braces in Cheltenham are popular with adults because they require fewer visits to the dentist. Unlike regular braces, they are self-ligating. Their wires and brackets are connected by a slide mechanism instead of rubber. Damon braces are very practical, because they don’t need to be adjusted by your dentist.

Is there a right age for dental implants in Cheltenham?

If you are missing one or more teeth, your dentist may have recommended dental implants. Modern dental implants are the next best thing to natural teeth, because they can restore oral function and allow you to eat, speak and chew properly. This is particularly helpful for patients who have been struggling with dentures for many years, but does not necessarily mean that dental implants are only available for older patients.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamAt Cheltenham Dental Spa, we offer dental implants in Cheltenham to young and old patients alike. You must be an adult, however, or at least have all of your permanent teeth in order to benefit from this treatment. While dental implants in Cheltenham can benefit many patients, they must have a fully developed jaw by the time of the operation.

Why dental implants are not an option for children and young adults

Before someone can have dental implants in Cheltenham, they need to undergo an eligibility examination. Dental implants are dangerous when placed in developing jaws because they can halt the proper development of adult teeth. Permanent adult teeth do not appear until the late teens or even early adult years for many patients. Therefore, at Cheltenham Dental Spa we rarely encourage this procedure on very young patients. If you have gaps in your smile and you are not eligible for dental implants in Cheltenham, you can have alternative tooth-replacement options until your permanent teeth erupt.

To determine if you are eligible for dental implants, one of our talented implant dentists will take an x-ray of your jawbone. This will help them decide if it appears sufficiently developed to proceed with implant dentistry.

Dental implants have no upper age limit

Older patients, on the other hand, can have dental implants even much later in life. The biggest difference between them and younger patients is how they have come to lose their teeth in the first place. Children and young adults tend to lose their teeth during accidents, whereas older people often have missing teeth because of tooth decay and gum disease. Regardless of the reason behind your tooth loss, we encourage you to ask us more about dental implants in Cheltenham.

Opening up and change!

Opening Up and Change

I decided last month that 2019 was going to be the year for immediate change. I have been at CDS for nearly 10 years and dentistry has swallowed me up and taken over every aspect of my life. For instance, I am always talking about it at home, with family and friends and even in my sleep!

It’s time to talk and do something different apart from work and escape this dental bubble I’m cocooned in. So whether it’s an activity, deep thought or reading a book, here goes my first attempt at opening up.

I took my six-year-old son Amin to tennis last Sunday; the day I’d usually be hyperventilating about Monday’s to-do list. Instead, I blocked out these thoughts and changed direction. Only then, I realised that I’d missed out on quite a bit of Amin’s development. Last time I recall him doing anything sporty was when he was a little chubby toddler trying to catch up with the other kids. However, credit to my wife who persevered and her constantly taking him to activities has paid off. Amin has been having lessons for the last month or two but I’ve not seen him play before. It was mind-blowing to see how a child who has never played the game until recently can hit everything that is thrown at him; forehand, backhand, pretend volley etc….

Don’t get me wrong, he is no Nadal or Murray, but he isn’t bad for a six-year-old. In fact, I recall the first time I played tennis; I was never coached and just hit the balls with friends and thought I was Agassi or Sampras. It was amazing to see this sudden confidence and development in my own son by a coach who believes in him. I never had that.

Afterwards, I got talking to Tom and I asked how he sustains the patience to talk to young children for hours and get down to a level or language they can really understand because he seemed to have a spell over my son. He looked at me with a big grin and said, “you underestimate how much kids can take in and how much they choose to ignore or pretend they didn’t hear”. I believe my wife calls this selective hearing. He then went on to explain how coaching youngsters is easier than coaching adults as they don’t have bad habits.

It struck a chord with me as I’m always asked by parents about their children’s oral health and hygiene habits. Often mummy or daddy will say, “little Luke doesn’t let us brush his teeth” and “he likes his sweets” or “he still sucks his thumb”.

By not applying the principle of the child’s ability to analyse and understand tasks is something I as a parent have fallen short of!

Perhaps it’s time to change the approach. Several pieces of literature show that kids do get it. So next time you try and explain to a child why they shouldn’t suck their thumb, don’t stop telling them. Amin was once the chubby kid in the playground that didn’t want to join in but through repetitive play, he now loves joining in. So they will stop when you explain to them the dangers of a bad diet. They will brush their teeth by themselves if we keep showing them how to do it and like Tom, believe in them just a bit more. Perhaps using a favourite teddy as an example could be an idea; there is surely a way. They’ll understand if we speak to them and repeat over and over again. They do get it! Just like Amin fell under Tom’s spell ?

3 ways you can get a boost from braces in Cheltenham

Sometimes it’s hard to get motivated, even if it is about something you really want. This usually means that you are focused on the challenges of the issue rather than the exciting aspects. Once you shift your perspective and focus more on the benefits of your choice, you’ll find it easier to get going.

When it comes to realigning your smile, the team at Cheltenham Dental Spa are here to help you clarify your goals, understand your options and get the force of enthusiasm behind your smile plans. Whether it’s for you or a member of your family, we know plenty of ways to give you a boost to help you make a start.

Braces in CheltenhamTaking charge

Simply the act of deciding to get braces in Cheltenham means you are taking charge of the way you look and acting to resolve any issues. Straightening your teeth can take a while but you can derive satisfaction from the fact that you are on your way. With some treatment methods, we can show you how your smile will look when you’ve finished so you know what to look forward to.

Exploring your options

One of the ways we support our patients at Cheltenham Dental Spa is to offer them as much choice as possible. That’s why we have a range of swift-acting and discreet braces for you to choose from. When we meet you for an initial consultation, we will check which of our systems are likely to work best for you and then offer you a choice.

Some people prefer to have fixed braces that are fitted and then they don’t need to worry about them outside of a normal daily care routine. Others like a removable option because they prefer to be in control of their teeth-straightening process.

Setting your children up for life

We also work with children at Cheltenham Dental Spa. Getting braces in Cheltenham at an early age means crafting a smile that will last them into adulthood. Appearances are socially important at any age and we are conscious of this when we work with your children and teenagers. Braces don’t have to have a huge impact on the smile and we offer some very discreet options.

Protect and maintain your dental implants in Cheltenham

Dental implants have replaced more traditional tooth replacement options in recent years and for good reason. These small, titanium posts are attached directly to the jawbone and fuse with the bone tissue to create artificial tooth roots.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamRegardless of why you need dental implants in Cheltenham, at Cheltenham Dental Spa, we will do our best to replace your missing teeth and restore your oral function. Our practice offers a wide selection of implant solutions, whether you are missing one single tooth or several teeth. We can also restore your entire mouth with dental implants without breaking the bank.

What are dental implants and why are they so effective?

Dental implants are very small posts which are placed into the jawbone through a small oral surgery. Their aim is to support restorations that mirror either a single tooth or a group of missing teeth. These restorations can either be crowns, bridges or dentures. The need for dental implants in Cheltenham can be caused by tooth decay, gum disease, an accident or simply old age. And unlike regular dentures and bridges, these small titanium posts are incorporated into the jawbone and do not rely on your teeth and gums adding unnecessary pressure.

Ask your dentist about the maintenance of your dental implants

Dental implants do not require special care as long as you brush and floss them daily along with the rest of your natural teeth. However, you should be careful about a few things.

For starters, smoking can seriously compromise the proper function of dental implants (even after the healing period has passed), because it encourages the development of gum disease. Staying away from nicotine for good is the best thing you can do about your dental implants and your oral health in general.

If you want to ensure that your dental implants are thoroughly cleaned, you can invest in interdental brushes or a water pick. Both devices will clean around your dental implants thoroughly, avoiding the accumulation of food remains and bacteria in-between your dental implants.

Don’t be afraid to ask

All in all, dental implants should be treated just like your regular teeth. If you have any questions about their maintenance, don’t hesitate to call us today.