Category: Dental Implants

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.