Losing one or more teeth is distressing; here, we examine dental implants, one of the best ways to restore your smile.
We see many patients at our Leicester dental practice who have lost teeth. Often, they have lost confidence in their smile, and depending on how many teeth are missing may also have trouble enjoying their favourite foods.
As dentists we have many tooth replacement options at our disposal, but only one way of permanently replacing missing teeth: dental implants.
What are dental implants?
Implants are small metal screws placed directly in the jaw bone, where they bond with the bone and act as artificial tooth roots. Your dentist will then attach restorations (false teeth) to them, which may be a crown, a bridge or dentures, depending on your needs.
What are the benefits?
Dentists agree that missing teeth should always be replaced. One obvious benefit is that it improves the appearance of your smile, but at our Leicester dental practice we are keen to stress other benefits, too:
Dental implants integrate with the bone, helping to prevent bone loss and facial sagging
Both implants and attached restorations look and act like natural teeth, and are permanent
You are able to enjoy a full, healthy diet and are not restricted to a soft food diet
If you lose teeth, other teeth may move into any gaps, becoming crooked and harder to clean
No more struggling with loose, uncomfortable dentures
With proper care and regular visits to your dentist, dental implants will last you many years
If you are interested in using dental implants to restore your smile, why not book an appointment at our Leicester practice for an initial implant consultation? We’ll assess your suitability and discuss your options for implant treatment.
Popcorn—the perfect companion for cinemas or a simple movie viewing at home.
These puffy kernels are healthy snack options for those who crave guilt-free indulgences. A tub of popcorn contains unprocessed whole grains, which contain fibre and antioxidants. If you do not overload your popcorn with salt, oil or butter, it is low in calories, sodium and fat.
You might wonder: ‘What is not to like about popcorn, then?’ Ask your dental practice or periodontist and they will reply with two words: gum abscess.
What is Gum Abscess?
Abscess occurs when a pus formation affects your teeth or gums. The pus is a result of your body’s effort to fight the threat of bacteria from infecting your mouth. Your immune system sends white blood cells to the infected area to get rid of harmful germs.
An abscess forms when your body cannot drain the pus. It manifests due to tooth decay or cavity, deep pockets between the gums or trauma (food or debris embedded in the gum). In terms of trauma, dentists point to one foreign object that appears to be the leading culprit in most abscess cases: popcorn hulls.
Popcorn’s Role in Causing Inflammation
Ever wondered why kernels often lodge themselves between your gums? The kernels’ tough and rounded coatings often conform to the tooth crown’s round shape. It is easy for the hulls to slip between the tiny gaps of your teeth and gums (pockets). Once these kernels are stuck, it is difficult to remove them with a toothbrush, floss or even a toothpick.
The presence of foreign matter leads to abscess, which results in toothache or throbbing pain in the gums. Other symptoms include swelling and redness of the mouth and of your face. With severe cases, you might suffer from vomiting, nausea, chills, fever or diarrhoea.
Your Next Step
Seek a dentist’s help right away if you are suffering the symptoms. Dental practices often use x-rays and other dental instruments to remove the source of infection, as well as drain the fluid from the pus. It seems scary but abscess often responds immediately to the procedure. Your dentist might also prescribe medications to soothe the inflammation.
You can still enjoy popcorn—just be mindful of this issue and always mind your gums. Partner with Aesthetic Smiles for a healthier and abscess-free smile. Call us now for a free consultation.
Dental implants are an increasingly popular way to replace missing teeth. At Aesthetic Smiles, Leicester, our experienced implant dentists can help you to get your smile back for good. Here we explore how they can help you. . .
What is a dental implant?
In a nutshell, dental implants are permanent replacement tooth roots. They are placed in the jaw bone and support restorations in the form of crowns, bridges or secured dentures.
How do they work?
Implants are made of titanium, which is highly compatible with the human body and is osteoconductive – meaning they support bone growth. Your dentist carefully places them in your jaw, where they integrate with the bone over time, providing a firm anchor for new teeth.
The first step is to visit us at our practice in Leicester. You will have a consultation with an implant dentist, who will assess your suitability and talk you through the procedure.
So long as you are suitable, your practitioner will carefully plan and position your implant(s) with a minor surgical procedure, under local anaesthetic. After a healing period of a couple of months, final restorations (new teeth) are attached.
How long will they last?
With proper aftercare, dental implants should last you many years. You will need regular appointments with your dentist and hygienist, and should follow all aftercare instructions carefully. At Aesthetic Smiles we provide full, detailed aftercare.
Why are dental implants better than other options?
Implants and their restorations look, act and feel like natural teeth. They are firmly secured, so there is no danger of your restorations slipping. You are able to enjoy a full, healthy diet, and because they support bone growth, you should not suffer from problems such as sagging skin, associated with unsecured dentures.
To book an implant consultation, call in to our Leicester dental practice or contact a member of our reception team. It’s the first step towards a brand new smile.
Adults who want to straighten their teeth are turning in droves towards Invisalign braces. These revolutionary orthodontic products move your teeth into a more desirable position gently, quickly and discreetly. At Aesthetic Smiles dental practice in Leicester, we have treated many happy patients with Invisalign, giving them the straight teeth they have always dreamt of.
Many patients, when asked by their dentist what they would like to change about their smile, reply that they would like straighter teeth. They often wrongly believe that, having missed out on orthodontic treatment as a child or teenager, there is no help available to them, or that if there are treatments available they will be highly inconvenient and noticeable, too much for a busy adult’s lifestyle.
At Aesthetic Smiles we have treated many happy patients from Leicester and beyond who want straighter teeth. Invisalign Braces can be used to treat both adults and teenagers with mild to moderate orthodontic problems. These braces are clear, custom-made to fit your teeth and are removable, which means you can take them out to eat and to clean your teeth.
What are Invisalign braces?
Invisalign comprise a series of clear aligners or braces that are made to fit your teeth exactly. They gently move your teeth into a new position, and you change your aligner every couple of weeks as your teeth move.
Invisalign braces are removable, which means you can take them out yourself to eat, to clean them, to brush your teeth and for short periods for social occasions. However, you should always follow your dentist’s advice and wear them for most of the time, or your treatment will take longer.
At our Leicester dental practice you can even see the results you can expect before starting treatment, using special computer technology.