Category: Dental Implants

Dentures or oral implants? Options for dental implants in Cheltenham

Dating back to 7000BC in Italy, dentures have been used to replace missing teeth for centuries. Over time, animal teeth, human teeth and even carved stone have been used to try and help those wearing them to grind their food and to bite.

Luckily, modern dentistry has moved a bit further along than that!

Dental Implants in CheltenhamMany people who have dentures in today’s society have them bespoke fitted by a dentist, have access to advice on how to look after them correctly and even have cleaning solutions to soak them in overnight.

However, many users of dentures report not feeling entirely secure when using them. Even though there are denture adhesives in every chemist across the UK, denture wearers often complain about their dentures moving or rubbing against their gum line, causing irritation and ulcers. Now that is unpleasant!

Dental implants vs dentures

While we do not believe that dentures should be put on the back shelf, they are not suitable for everyone. If you are a younger person with gaps in their teeth from an accident, you may not like the idea of wearing dentures.

Dental implants in Cheltenham are a great option for either replacing missing teeth or securing dentures in your mouth. This will allow you to be able to eat any food you wish without worrying, while also giving you the freedom to laugh and speak without feeling your teeth are becoming loose.

Also, you don’t have to worry about them becoming damaged through storage, they are fitted to your jawline and will only need to removed for inspection by one of our dentists if required. They are just like real teeth in almost every way.

Will having dental implants placed hurt?

This is a very common question we are asked about dental implants in Cheltenham at our dental surgery.

Individuals who have had dental implants fitted have stated that having a tooth extracted is more painful, so discomfort associated with this procedure is minimal. If you are concerned about the level of discomfort you experience post fitting, please contact us.

How long will it take?

The length of time it will take having dental implants fitted in Cheltenham depends on how much work you are having done. For a small number of dental implants, we can have them designed, created and fitted all on the same day.

How much will it cost?

Again, the overall cost for having your dental implants fitted is difficult to estimate, as you may need preparation work and aftercare based on your individual needs.

Before you have any implants fitted, you will need to have a consultation with one of our dentists. This will allow them to discuss with you the level of work that they may feel you need and how much it will cost.

Remember, this initial cost should only be taken as an estimate, the prices may change due to aftercare.

Contact us today for more information on implants.

Dental Implants in Cheltenham allow you to be care-free

At Cheltenham Dental Spa, it is our mission to provide the highest standard of contemporary dentistry and cosmetic procedures in an environment that reflects our calming, and considerate nature. For the past ten years our in house team of expert dental practitioners have been utilising their combined experience of over two decades worth of cosmetic dentistry experience. We provide the local residents of Cheltenham with a dental experience like no other. We pride ourselves on putting the unique needs and requirements of each of our patients at the forefront of everything we do. We offer a bespoke patient centred dental experience which caters to each individual patient, rather than opting for the one-size-fits-all approach that is favoured by many practices across the country. It is this commitment to providing such an extensive level of care and consideration for our patients that has helped us gain such a high level of esteem from within the local Cheltenham community.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamBridging the gaps

Dental implants in Cheltenham are a very popular alternative to sporting a gap where a tooth should be . This is a cosmetic procedure which is only general opted for in instances where teeth are damaged beyond repair – and act as a prosthetic solution to large gaps within a patient’s mouth. The process of installing dental implants initially begins with lengthy consultations between the patient and a practitioner whom they trust wholeheartedly, sharing a good rapport. During these informal consultations, the practitioner will cover the basics of the procedure, and once the patient is happy with the process, treatment can begin. The process of installing dental implants in Cheltenham initially beings with a small hole being drilled into the patient’s gum, in the gap where the missing tooth or teeth would be. Then a small titanium screw is placed into the hole and left to heal. After a brief healing period – during which time the titanium fuses with the bone in the patients gum – a replica tooth (or denture) constructed from porcelain or plastic is then screwed into place, and thus the gap is bridged with a lifelike tooth. Treatment of this sort can have a massively positive effect on a patient’s self-esteem and confidence as it restores their confidence and once again affords them the ability to smile fully – without being embarrassed by large gaps or spaces in their mouths.

Cosmetic alignment

We offer braces in Cheltenham in various forms . Cosmetic braces are particularly popular here amongst young adults and teenagers, as – unlike conventional ‘train-track’ braces, they do not affect the patient’s outward appearance, and are often removable and as such allow them the ability to undergo essential dental realignment discreetly. Here at Cheltenham Dental Spa we offer a range of cosmetic braces, including Incognito braces, Damon aligners and Clear braces. Incognito braces are similar to conventional fused ‘train-track’ braces in that they are fixed to the front of a patient’s teeth – however, rather than using clearly detectable alloy metal aligners, Incognito braces use clear see through plastic alloys that are far less visible when worn. Damon aligners are removable retainers that are custom fitted to the contours of a patient’s teeth, when worn, they gradually align the patient’s teeth to their correct specifications. Clear braces are again similar to Incognito braces, however they are constructed from white plastic that is colour matched to the pigment of the patient’s surrounding teeth, and as such makes them virtually undetectable when worn.

A different sort of dentist

Here at Cheltenham Dental Spa, we’ve been fully committed to providing a warm, friendly and atmospheric dental environment for all our clientele during the past 6 years. Making the dental experience as enjoyable and comfortable as it can be, for all patients – young and old – has been at the centre of our ethos since the clinic was first opened in 2013 by Dr Ghaleb Karein and his wife Donna. Between them they have an excess of 14 years dental experience behind them, as well as two active and vibrant young children – so understand first-hand the minefield between young children and the dentist’s chair. This being so, they launched their ‘Tooth Fairy Clinic’ which aims to educate and introduce youngsters to dentistry in a non-scary and engaging way and build their confidence in all aspects of dental care and treatment.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamCosmetic aligners

One aspect of dentistry that is commonly needed by both children and adults, and is offered here at Cheltenham Dental Spa, is the installation of braces. There are two main categories of braces – cosmetic, and orthodontic. The latter requires a visit to a qualified orthodontist’s, and is only needed in cases of severe alignment issues, and cosmetic braces are available from dentists such as us and are primarily used to treat more visible teeth only. Cosmetic braces are discreet and can often be removed, and as such are generally favoured over fused orthodontic treatments, vastly boosting a patient’s self-esteem and confidence whilst restoring their smile.

Discrete orthodontics

We offer various forms of cosmetic dental treatments, such as Invisalign, Incognito braces, Clear braces, Damon braces and Inman aligners. Invisalign is a custom made retainer, constructed from a mould of the patient’s mouth, which – when worn, gradually aligns the patient’s teeth to their required specifications – set out before treatment begins. The benefits of Invisalign is that the retainer is removable, and thus can be worn at a patient’s leisure, and the mouthguard is also practically invisible when worn. Incognito braces are similar to typical ‘train-track’ braces in that they are fused to the patient’s teeth, however they are virtually undetectable as they are fixed to the back of the patient’s teeth rather than the front. Clear braces are again similar to conventional fused braces, however they are constructed from a clear plastic-alloy and as such are undetectable from the outside. Damon braces are similar to Clear braces, only they are fused to the teeth with clear or white ceramics, and thus are again difficult to detect from the outside. Inman aligners are similar to Invisalign, however they are primary used to combat protruding teeth and are worn for shorter time frames and made of a less malleable material.

Dental implants in Cheltenham

Another service that is available here at Cheltenham Dental Spa is the installation of dental implants. Unlike dental aligners, dental implants in Cheltenham are only generally used when teeth have been lost or are damaged beyond repair. The process of installing dental implants in Cheltenham begins with a small hole being made in the root of the patient’s mouth, in the gap where the tooth is missing. A titanium screw is then inserted into the gum, and given a period of time to heal. During this period, the titanium fuses with the bone. After which, a new replica tooth (or denture) constructed from ceramics is placed on the screw and thus the gap between the teeth is filled and the patient can once again smile.

The lowdown on dental implants in Cheltenham

If you have one, or even all of your teeth missing, you may have had dental implants recommended as a possible permanent solution to your tooth loss. If you are contemplating dental implants as a treatment option, it’s good to get the lowdown on what they are and how they can enhance your life.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamWhat are dental implants?

In Cheltenham, dental implants are small metal screws made from titanium. Titanium interacts with our bodies in a very special way; it won’t corrode or cause irritation with the soft tissues in the mouth. It also encourages natural bone growth, stimulating the bone to grow onto the implant surface. The titanium screws anchor the implant in place providing a strong, stable base for a dental prosthetic such as a crown, bridge or denture onto the implant. We will use one or several implants to secure dental prosthetics in place.

How dental implants in Cheltenham will enhance your life

There are many advantages to dental implants, however there are two main areas of improvement.

No lifestyle changes

The first thing that may have changed when you lost teeth will be what you can and can’t eat. Chewing may have become problematic when eating dense or crunchy foods, meaning you’ll have cut them out of your diet. With dental implants there is no compromise; you can eat and drink anything you like. In addition, when you think of dentures, we often think of them soaking in a glass overnight. No matter what your age, this may feel like quite an adjustment to your lifestyle. With dental implants, since they are permanent, you don’t need to take them out for cleaning, you just brush and floss as normal.

Supporting your long-term oral health

Without the support of your tooth roots, your jawbone will start to deteriorate. This creates two potential problems for your mouth. Firstly, surrounding teeth can start to shift and fall into the gaps. Over time this will lead to further tooth loss. Secondly, since the facial muscles are no longer supported by the jawbone, the cheeks sag, prematurely aging you.

At Cheltenham Dental Spa, we can advise you on whether dental implants could be the permanent, long-term solution to your tooth loss.

Regain your dental abilities

To have dental implants in Cheltenham is to regain the appearance and function of those teeth you have lost. At Cheltenham Dental Spa, we’ve been providing replacement teeth for many years using the techniques of implant dentistry. These teeth will fully integrate with your jawbone, and thus provide the same level of strength as your natural ones. As well as that, your new teeth will be fully customised so they fit in with your dental appearance, and perform their tasks effectively.

Dental Implants in CheltenhamMaking things better

Advances in dental technology mean that contemporary replacement teeth are of a high standard. Temporary solutions like dentures and bridges are carefully constructed from durable materials. However, dental implants provide a significantly longer-lasting solution with a welcome degree of user-friendliness. Once you’ve received your dental implants in Cheltenham, you won’t need to learn how to use clips or adhesives. The new teeth simply remain in your mouth. If you care for them properly, your dental implants in Cheltenham will last for decades.

Another advantage of dental implants in Cheltenham is that they help preserve your facial bone structure. After prolonged tooth loss, the bones beneath your face can deteriorate, which produces a sunken appearance. Implants help to prevent this process.

Receiving dental implants in Cheltenham

We’re always happy to talk to you about what the process of having implants means for you, so you can make an informed decision about how to proceed. When you’re ready, we’ll take detailed measurements of your mouth, so that your replacement teeth can be produced with precision. If your jawbone isn’t quite dense enough, we might need to do a bit of preliminary treatment to get you prepared.

Then we’ll place the implants – small, screw-like metal posts – into your jawbone during a minor surgical process. After a short rest, you’ll return to our practice to have the custom-made substitute teeth securely attached to the posts.

Dental implants in Cheltenham can be a major transformation in your overall experience of oral health. We can use them to replace any number of lost teeth, from a single one to the entire set.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.