Dental implants: the perfect way to secure your dentures

Dentures supported by dental implants provide much the same functionality as a natural set of teeth. At Leicester’s Aesthetic Smiles, we know that many denture-wearers are concerned about their new teeth becoming loose and uncomfortable as time passes – they may even fall out in public. Using implants to support dentures is the perfect way to prevent this.

Why dental implants?

dental-implantsDentists have used some form of denture to replace missing teeth since ancient times. Modern dentures are carefully designed to look and function much like natural teeth, but some patients still experience problems with their new teeth becoming loose over time. This often happens because standard dentures only replace the crown portion of a tooth. Without a replacement for the root, the jaw bone begins to resorb or shrink back, leading to loose dentures and a sagging appearance around the jowls.

Dental implants replace the root part of a tooth or teeth. These small titanium screws make direct contact with the jaw bone and support bone growth, providing a strong anchor on to which your dentures can be attached.

At Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester, our implant dentists have helped scores of patients to enjoy a new lease of life thanks to dental implants. The functionality and appearance of dentures attached to dental implants is the closest thing you’ll get to natural teeth.

How treatment works

First, you will need to come in for a consultation with one of the implant dentists at our Leicester practice. They will examine you and check you are suitable for implants, before creating a treatment plan.

The good news is that you won’t need as many implants as teeth. Usually, between four and six implants can support a full jaw of dentures. Your dental implants are placed under local anaesthetic here at our Leicester clinic. Your dentures may be attached immediately, or a healing period of a few months may be required.

Say Hello to Painless Injections: The Wand is Finally Here

Fear should never cause people to sacrifice their dental health. Many of the procedures we conduct here at Aesthetic Smiles involve the use of anaesthetic. Treatments become problematic right from the start when our patients, especially children, refuse to go anywhere near syringes. Being afraid of needles comes with numerous medical repercussions, which is why we have been delivering anaesthesia to anxious patients in a painless and non-threatening manner: using The Wand.

No Fear

aestheticsmilesThe Wand is essentially a computer-controlled dental injection. There is still a needle involved, but a pen-shaped device tucks it away from sight. We hold it like a pen as well, over the area where you need the shot, as a machine does the rest.

The tiny retractable needle delivers the medication at a very precise speed. Contrary to popular belief, it is not the piercing of the skin that causes pain, but the anaesthesia being administered too quickly. With The Wand, a computer moderates the speed and amount of anaesthesia, making sure that shots are as quick and painless as possible.

No Pain

The Wand has many advantages compared to the traditional syringe. Since it delivers anaesthesia at a slow, low-pressure rate, our dentists can control the dosage to target specific areas in need of an operation. We refer to this process as Single Tooth Anaesthesia (STA), which eliminates any collateral numbness in the patient’s tongue, cheeks, or lips.

We are one of the few dental implant providers around Leicester with access to The Wand’s many capabilities. Patients with dental anxiety benefit from this technology solid scientific background. In fact, research has found that The Wand induces the least amount of anxiety over any other injection method.

You no longer have to fear injections with The Wand. Back then, dental procedures had to start with a tiny sting from a syringe to eliminate the operation’s pain. With this technology, you can bypass that preliminary prick as well; making your visit to the dentist a painless experience from the second you sit down to the moment you look at your beautiful new teeth.

Contact us to learn more about quality, painless dentistry.

Using dental implants to restore your smile

Dental implants are a great way for patients who have lost teeth to restore their smile. At Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester, our skilled implant dentists can use implants to replace one, several or even all of your natural teeth – giving you back both your smile and the full functionality of healthy teeth.

How dental implants work

dental-implantsDental implants are small screws, made from titanium and placed directly in your jaw bone in a minor surgical procedure, carried out here at our Leicester dental practice. They replace the root portion of a missing tooth, and crowns, bridges or dentures can then be attached on top. Your new teeth will look and act just like natural teeth, and the good news is that if you have several or even all your natural teeth missing, you will not need an implant to replace every tooth; in most cases, one implant can support several new teeth in the form of a bridge or dentures.

How long do I need to wait for my new teeth?

Standard dental implants require a healing period of about three months. However, in some cases it is possible to provide you with fully-functioning new teeth at the same time as placing your implants. This is known as All on 4 or Same Day Teeth, and is a popular option at our Leicester dental practice.

Your dentist will carefully plan the positioning of four dental implants, angling them so that they can support the forces generated by biting and chewing food. A full set of temporary teeth – either a bridge or dentures, depending on your needs and wants – will then be put in place while your implants heal and bond with your jaw bone. Your permanent new teeth will then be attached at a later appointment.

This treatment is not suitable for everyone, so your implant options will be discussed by your dentist during your initial consultation at our Leicester practice.

What You Didn’t Know About Invisalign

You may have heard many things about Invisalign, the brand that paved the way for today’s clear braces. Thanks to them, more and more adults are encouraged to seek orthodontic treatment to have a better, more beautiful smile.

aesthetic-smilesThat does not mean you should jump into the decision of getting Invisalign, either. Your dentist is still the best person to determine whether clear braces are a suitable treatment for you.

In the meantime, here are the truths you need to know as early as now:

You actually have to wear them.

As with any orthodontic treatments, Invisalign takes commitment. You have to keep them on for at least 20 hours a day to get the best results. There are no ifs or buts.

It is not the right treatment for everyone.

Invisalign can address most orthodontic issues, such as gaps, crooked teeth, or minor over/under bites. For patients with more complex and severe problems, traditional metal braces may provide quicker results.

Your toothbrush will be an indispensable companion.

You will need to use your toothbrush, as well as a mini tube of toothpaste, in between meals, so that food bits do not linger in your mouth longer than it has to. In other words, committing to Invisalign means a lot of brushing, which will be beneficial in many ways.

You may lose weight – unintentionally.

With clear braces in your mouth, mindless midday snacks become a conscious effort, considering all the brushing you have to do in between. When an afternoon craving hits you, you are forced to stop and think twice about serving yourself that piece of cake. Some call it a bother; we call it a blessing in disguise.

Invisalign is surprisingly comfortable.

Invisalign is virtually painless, which is one of its more popular benefits. Because it is a metal-free system, there are no wires to scrape against your teeth and gums.

 

Last but not least: They are 100% worth it.

For some patients, Invisalign can be life-changing. You will no longer be bothered by your teeth, become a more mindful eater, and a devoted brusher and flosser. If only for these reasons, Invisalign is completely, absolutely worth it.

Are you excited to know if Invisalign is for you? Contact us and book a consultation with our specialist today.

6 Month Smiles: The fast, discreet way to straighten your teeth

If you dream of straighter teeth, 6 Month Smiles may be the perfect option for you. Dentists at Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester have used this modern brace system to straighten the teeth of many patients successfully. They are just one of the discreet orthodontic options available from our Leicester dental practice.

How 6 Month Smiles work

six month smilesBraces remain the best way for your dentist or orthodontist to straighten your teeth. They give maximum control over tooth movement and enable precision-planning of your treatment.

However, many patients balk when they hear the word “braces”, picturing the traditional metal wire-and-bracket contraptions popular with children and teenagers. Many patients, especially adults with professional careers, do not want to wear these traditional braces for long periods of time (treatment with standard braces can take up to 24 months).

That’s where 6 Month Smiles come in. They take the traditional principles of orthodontics and adapt and modernise them, enabling treatment to be completed in an average time of just six months and using clear and tooth-coloured components so that they are not as obvious as metal braces in the mouth.

If you are interested in treatment with 6 Month Smiles, you should book a consultation with a dentist here at our Leicester dental practice. These braces are designed to correct minor orthodontic problems and focus primarily on aesthetic concerns, including crooked and crowded front teeth. For more major orthodontic correction, there are several other discreet options available from Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester.

The reason that 6 Month Smiles work so quickly is that they focus on the front six to eight teeth – those that are visible when you smile. They are highly discreet and designed with your comfort in mind, and because of the shorter treatment times they do not cause any problems with maintaining good oral hygiene during treatment.

How dental implants can enable you to enjoy eating again

Dental implants don’t just help you get your smile back; they can also enable you to enjoy a healthy, balanced diet, including all your favourite treats, once more. At Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester, our implant dentists have helped scores of patients to get their confidence in their smile and their ability to eat whatever they choose back with the help of implants.

dental implantsWhen you lose all or most of your natural teeth, you may find your diet is restricted to soft foods. Even if you wear traditional dentures, you may find that you are unable to enjoy a chewy steak or crunchy apple like you used to, because your dentures have started to come loose.

Dental implants prevent the problem of loose dentures and are the closest thing you can get to a whole new set of fully functioning teeth. At our Leicester dental practice, our experienced implantology team can replace one, several or all of your natural teeth with dental implants, combined with dentures, bridges or crowns.

Standard dentures often become loose because over time the jaw bone and gums start to shrink back. This means that while your dentures fitted well when you initially got them, they soon become ill-fitting and uncomfortable, and you may find yourself making regular visits to the dental surgery to have them adjusted.

Dental implants combat bone and gum shrinkage because they replace the root portion of natural teeth. They form a direct bond with the jaw bone, helping to prevent bone loss, and provide firm anchorage for your new teeth.

In some cases your new teeth and implants can be fitted at the same time, while in other cases a healing period is required. Your dentist will advise you of your best treatment route when you come for a consultation at our Leicester clinic.

Invisalign: straighter teeth without the metal

Invisalign is one of the most popular ways for patients to straighten their teeth without the need to wear braces. It can be used to correct a wide range of orthodontic problems, and is just one of the discreet orthodontic options available from Leicester dental practice Aesthetic Smiles.

invisalignMany adult patients dream of having straighter teeth, but do not want to wear metal braces for up to 24 months. At our Leicester dental practice our team fully understand this; whilst braces are very effective, they are also very hard to ignore and can interfere with busy adult lifestyles. Products such as Invisalign have revolutionised the world of orthodontics, enabling more people than ever before to have treatment without everybody knowing about it.

How Invisalign works

Invisalign comprises a series of clear aligners that fit over your teeth and gently guide them into a new position. Every set of aligners is custom-made, so they will fit your teeth precisely, and you will need to change your aligner every couple of weeks as your teeth start to move.

The exact number of aligners and length of your treatment will depend on the type and amount of correction that is needed, as Invisalign can be used to treat everything from minor to severe orthodontic issues. When you come into our Leicester practice your dentist will be able to advise you how long your treatment will last, and how many aligners you will need. As with braces, you will need to wear a retainer at the end of treatment to keep your teeth in place.

Your dentist will first assess your suitability for treatment, and will then take impressions of your teeth to enable your aligners to be created. Thanks to the advanced Invisalign computer software, you will be able to see what results to expect before starting treatment.

You will have to visit the dental practice every six weeks or so to check your treatment is progressing as planned.

Why dental implants are an increasingly popular way to replace missing teeth

Dental implants are fast becoming one of the most popular ways to replace missing teeth. At Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester, our skilled implantology team offer a wide range of implant treatment options – including, in some cases, Teeth in a Day, where your new teeth are placed in the same appointment as your implants.

dental implantsAs dentists, we would always recommend you replace your missing teeth as soon as possible. This isn’t just for cosmetic reasons – missing teeth can have a devastating impact on your confidence in your smile, and with it your self-esteem – but also for a range of health reasons.

When teeth are lost, the bone beneath them slowly starts to resorb or shrink back, without the tooth roots in place. This can make future placement of dental implants more complex (although by no means impossible) and can lead to a sagging appearance around the lower jaw.

Even a single missing tooth results in more strain being put on your remaining teeth by the forces generated by biting and chewing, which in turn puts these teeth at more risk of damage. Remaining teeth may also become crooked and harder to clean as they move into any gaps, and you may find your diet is limited.

At our Leicester dental practice, our skilled implantology team offer a large selection of options for treatment with dental implants. Some patients are suitable for Teeth in a Day treatment, which involves placing implants and new teeth at the same appointment, without the traditional healing period. This can be particularly suitable for patients with low bone density, who may have been told they are unsuitable for dental implants by another dentist.

In other cases, your dentist will recommend traditional implants, which are placed in the jaw bone here at our Leicester practice. They are then left for a few months to mesh with the bone, before your permanent new teeth are attached.

Invisalign: the discreet way to straighten your teeth

Invisalign is the perfect way to correct a range of mild to severe orthodontic problems without the whole world knowing you are having treatment. Here at Aesthetic Smiles dental practice in Leicester, we are treating an increasing number of patients with these discreet clear aligners.

invisalign treatmentOne of the most common wishes that dentists hear from patients is the desire to have straighter teeth. Perhaps you missed out on orthodontic treatment when younger, or had treatment only for your teeth to move back to their original position.

Many patients hear the word “orthodontics” and picture metal braces and head gear. However, thanks to massive advances in the field of orthodontics in recent years, your dentist now has several discreet treatment options available to them. Invisalign is among the most popular and versatile. At our Leicester dental practice, we offer this treatment to both adults and teenagers.

How Invisalign treatment works

Invisalign comprises a series of clear plastic aligners that fit comfortably over your teeth and guide them gently into a more desirable position. Every set of aligners is custom-made to fit each patient’s teeth perfectly. You will need to change your aligner every couple of weeks as your teeth begin to move, and will need to wear a retainer at the end of treatment.

The number of aligners you will require will depend on the type and amount of correction needed. When you come in to our Leicester practice for you initial Invisalign consultation, your dentist will advise you how many aligners you will need and how long treatment should take.

At Aesthetic Smiles Leicester we use the latest 3D computer technology to enable your dentist to show you what results to expect before you start treatment.

As well as being clear – thus invisible to the world – Invisalign aligners are also removable, so you can take them out to eat and clean.