They’ve been around for a good while now, but it’s amazing how many people still don’t know about dental implants. Maybe this is because they are so good at replacing teeth that they are easy for you to keep secret. This is unlike dentures, which can make themselves known by slipping around in the mouth, and sometimes even popping out completely.
Dental implant-supported crowns can’t wobble around because the implants are fixed into the jawbone. The implants look like small posts or screws that are tapered to resemble tooth roots.
Here at Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester, we fit dental implants into your jawbone under local anaesthetic. This is more than enough to numb the area, but if you find it hard to relax at the dentist, it might be a good idea to also have some kind of sedation.
One dental implant can support up to 3 crowns on a bridge. This means you don’t have to replace every lost tooth with an implant. Indeed, if you have lost all your teeth, there are techniques to replace an entire arch on just 4-6 implants. If that sounds like something you might be interested in, just ask us about All-on-4 and Same Day Teeth.
Who can have dental implants?
Having dental implants requires a strong, dense jawbone. It needs to be able to sustain the minor surgery to fit the implants, and then to sustain the years of multidirectional forces that are created by chewing.
When you come to us for a consultation, we will take a good look at your jawbone. We will want to examine it using x-rays and scans so that we can be sure that your jawbone is in good enough condition to have implants fitted. If your jawbone has lost size and density through tooth loss, we may have to do some preparatory work to augment the bone. Treatments for this are bone grafts or sinus lifts.
We may also have to think carefully if you are a smoker or have uncontrolled type 2 diabetes as both can interfere with healing, which is an important phase in dental implant treatment.
Even if you don’t know it, it’s possible that you have seen lots of people with dental implants. This is because they are one of the most effective tooth replacement methods available. They are designed to look and function like normal teeth.
If you are interested in finding out more about the benefits that people report when they have dental implants then read on. We see patients experience some or all of the following when they have dental implants with us here at Aesthetic Smiles:
- Seamless functionality – the base of your dental implant is buried in your jawbone. The bone knits around it to secure it and then you can use your new teeth to perform all the natural actions that you could with your old teeth. You should find the action seamless as the process of healing ensures that your dental implants move in concert with the action of your jaw. If you have been living with deteriorating teeth for a while, you can even find yourself with functionality that is even better than before;
- Improved appearance – as we mentioned, new teeth look great when people have dental implants at Aesthetic Smiles. We do our best to match the shade of your restored teeth with any that you have remaining. If you are having all your teeth replaced, we can copy a photograph or give you something that is age and complexion appropriate based on our experience. It’s also possible for dental implants to improve the look of the outside of your face as well. The teeth help to make the face look full. Without them, it can take on a sunken appearance. Dental implants can help to restore a natural look;
- Healthier teeth – whether you are filling gaps or replacing broken teeth with dental implants, you should experience a higher standard of dental health once you have had your teeth replaced. If you have experienced any discomfort as a result of deteriorations, this is alleviated when your teeth are replaced. We recommend a diligent hygiene routine to take care of you gums and any remaining teeth but the prosthetic teeth attached to your dental implant will not decay.
Are you struggling because of tooth loss? Unlike other popular tooth replacement options, dental implants are permanent tooth replacements to restore your confidence to eat, speak, and enjoy life without restraints. The next best thing to real teeth, dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function like your natural teeth so you can always be confident in your smile.
At Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester, we realise that dental implants may seem a little costly compared to conventional bridges and dentures. However, considering their efficiency and permanency, they are usually the least expensive option. Traditional dentures and bridges have a limited lifespan and need replacement every few years. Dental implants, on the other hand, are permanently fixed into your jawbone and can last a lifetime with proper care.
How dental implants work?
Dental implants are small titanium posts, designed to replace the roots of missing teeth. They are made of titanium, a material which bonds with bone tissue over time. This helps to ensure that the jawbone remains intact and healthy. Dental implants also encourage the regeneration of new tissue in the jawbone and have no impact on the health of your natural teeth.
After the dental implants are surgically fixed into the jawbone, a healing period will ensue. Your dentist will then add replacement teeth on top of your dental implants. Replacement teeth can either be single crowns, bridges or dentures, depending on your individual needs and the number of teeth you wish to replace. Once your replacement teeth are in place, you will be able to eat whatever you want and continue your daily life uninterrupted.
Benefits of dental implants
Unlike other tooth replacement options such as dentures and bridges, dental implants are much easier to maintain. As a matter of fact, you don’t need to do much more than you would for your natural teeth. Brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist regularly, will help keep your dental implants strong and healthy for longer.
Whether you want to replace one tooth, several of your teeth or all of them, dental implants are very versatile. Treatment with dental implants also includes more cost-effective solutions like denture stabilisation, where you will probably need only need four to six implants to support an entire upper or lower dentures.
More importantly, dental implants help preserve the health and stability of your jawbone and keep your natural teeth healthy and functional.
If you are missing some of your teeth, or even just one then you’ve probably looked into ways of replacing them. One of the most popular methods is to use dental implants to support replacement teeth. This system is widely available at Aesthetic Smiles, but is it right for everybody?
Are You Generally Healthy and Do You Have Good Oral Hygiene?
The truth is that while some people will find dental implants are absolutely brilliant for replacing teeth, others may be better off considering an alternative system. Ideally people thinking of having dental implants should be in good general health, they shouldn’t smoke, and they shouldn’t have any outstanding oral issues such as untreated gum disease. In addition it is necessary to be prepared to undergo a surgical procedure, even though it is only very small and is easily tolerated by most people. It’s also important to be prepared to carefully follow all postoperative instructions, and to maintain good dental health for life.
Dental Implants Require Meticulous Maintenance in Order to Remain Trouble-Free
There is a common misconception that because dental implants are artificial they don’t need any maintenance and that they cannot deteriorate in any way. In fact this couldn’t be further from the truth, as dental implants are surrounded by living bone and gum tissue. If they aren’t properly looked after then oral bacteria will quickly build up around the implants, infecting and inflaming the gum tissues, and eventually eating away the bone surrounding the implants. If the tissues surrounding a dental implant become infected then it might not be possible to save the dental implant which would be a real waste of time and money.
Is Your Jawbone Healthy?
A good candidate for dental implant surgery also needs to have a sufficient amount of healthy bone structure to support the implant. It’s not necessarily a problem if you lack the appropriate depth and width of bone as it can be built up using a bone graft. Sometimes it might be possible for the bone graft at the same time as the dental implants, but other times this procedure will need to be carried out separately and will add to the overall treatment times.
Do You Have Any Diseases Affecting Your Immune System?
If you do then this could affect your dental implants through making it harder for your body to heal and trickier for it to fight off any infections. Diabetes is a particular concern, especially as this disease is becoming increasingly common. If you are diabetic and want to consider dental implants then book a consultation with your dentist in Leicester to find out if it’s a possibility. If your blood sugar levels are particularly well controlled then you may be able to have dental implants, but otherwise an alternative might be recommended.
Everyone is different and this is one reason why the evaluation for dental implants needs to be so thorough. You’ll find your dentist in Leicester will want to take dental x-rays and a CT scan to see exactly what’s going on in your jaw. This is to make sure the treatment is right for you and that it has every chance of success.
Dental implants offer the only permanent way for a dentist to replace your missing teeth. At Leicesterdental practice Aesthetic Smiles, our skilled implantology team can replace one, some, or even all of your teeth with the help of implants. In some cases, it is even possible to fit your implants and your permanent new teeth on the same day. This will depend on your individual circumstances, and will be discussed by your implant dentist at your first consultation if this option is of interest.
How dental implants work
Our teeth are made up of two parts: the crowns that are visible in the mouth, and the roots beneath the gum line. Both parts are equally important to good oral health and normal dental function. Dental implants are the only option that replace the root portion of one or more missing teeth, forming a very strong bond with your jaw bone in the process.
The placement of dental implants requires oral surgery, carried out at our Leicester clinic. In most cases, just a local anaesthetic is required; your dentist will carefully plan your implant placement prior to surgery to avoid nerves and other vital structures, whilst also ensuring that, when they are loaded with teeth, your implants can withstand the forces of biting and chewing.
In some cases it is possible to place your new teeth at the same time as your dental implants. This is known as “Teeth in a Day” and is not suitable for all patients – your dentist will let you know if it would work well in your case.
Traditional implant surgery requires a healing period of about six weeks. In this time your implants mesh with your bone and provide a strong anchor for your new teeth to be attached to. You will be called back to our Leicester clinic after healing to have your permanent teeth fitted.
At Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester, we have used dental implants to successfully help scores of patients to replace their missing teeth. Implants differ from other tooth replacement options in that they are the only permanent way for your dentist to replace missing teeth, and are the only option that forms a direct contact with your jaw bone to help prevent bone loss.
Bone loss is a common side-effect of losing your natural teeth. Dental implants help to stop this from happening because they are made from titanium, which is osteoconductive (supportive of bone growth) and because they act as a replacement for the root part of one or more missing teeth. Without replacements for the tooth roots, your jaw bone is likely to start shrinking back, which leads to a sagging of the skin around the jowls and a prematurely aged appearance in the face.
Why it’s important to replace lost teeth
Preventing bone loss is not the only reason you should replace missing teeth. Of course, there are the obvious aesthetic concerns (most people with gaps in their mouth are self-conscious about smiling) but there are also dental and general health reasons to replace lost teeth.
If you don’t replace missing teeth, your remaining teeth are likely to become crooked and harder to keep clean as they move into any gaps. This can increase your chances of developing gum disease and tooth decay, which can ultimately lead to further tooth loss.
Your ability to eat a healthy and balanced diet may also be affected, as biting and chewing food becomes more difficult. Dental implants help to combat all these problems, and ensure that your new teeth will stay firmly in place.
At our Leicester dental practice, our skilled implant dentists can replace one, some, or even all of your missing teeth with dental implants.
Get in touch today to book a dental implants consultation at our Leicester clinic.
A dentist uses dental implants to replace one, some, or even all of your natural teeth. At Leicester dental practice Aesthetic Smiles, our skilled implantologists have a strong track record of successful implant treatment. In some cases, it’s even possible to fit you with your implants and your new teeth on the same day.
Why should I choose dental implants?
Some people consider dental implants to be an expensive treatment option when compared with other tooth replacements, such as standard bridges or dentures. But at Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester we prefer to see implants as an investment in your smile – and that’s one of the best investments anyone can make.
Dental implants are the only permanent way for your dentist to replace missing teeth. They are small titanium screws that are fitted directly into your jaw bone here at our Leicester clinic. New teeth – crowns, dentures or bridges – are then affixed on top.
The functionality provided by implants is unrivalled. Because they act like natural tooth roots, your new teeth will enjoy very firm support, and you will enjoy the ability to eat whatever you like and to speak and smile with confidence. With proper care and regular visits to the dentist and hygienist, your implants could last your whole lifetime.
What is Teeth in a Day?
Teeth in a Day is a popular procedure at our Leicester clinic, in which your dentist places your implants and new teeth on the same day. This means that you can enjoy the benefits of having new teeth that don’t just look great, but provide improved functionality, too, without having to wait for the standard six-week healing period.
Who are dental implants for?
We recommend that anyone who has lost teeth, for whatever reason, considers dental implants. Investing in your smile is great for your physical health, and has been known to induce an improved sense of wellbeing.
Dental implants are a very modern and popular method of replacing missing teeth. Some patients, however, hear about traditional implant healing times and worry they will have to suffer a few months without teeth. At Leicester’s Aesthetic Smiles dental practice, we are often able to eliminate this concern thanks to our Teeth in a Day treatment option.
How does Teeth in a Day work?
Traditionally, after your dentist has placed your dental implants, you have to wait for at least six months for your custom-designed implants to fuse adequately with your bone structure. This is to ensure they provide maximum strength anchorage for your new teeth.
At Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester, we embrace the latest technological advances in dentistry and use state-of-the-art technology to enable many patients to have their new teeth attached at the same time as their dental implants are placed.
After a consultation with an implant dentist to check that dental implants are the best solution for you, and that you are a suitable candidate for Teeth in a Day, your implant surgery will be booked. You will come into the practice and have your implants precisely placed in your jaw bone, using a minor surgical procedure. An artificial tooth restoration is then attached to your implants, meaning you will walk out of our Leicester practice with natural looking, natural functioning teeth on the same day.
Just like with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with Teeth in a Day, which will be explained by your dentist at your initial consultation. However, our skilled team of implant dentists are trained to minimise such risk and maximise the success of treatment.
Dental implants have a very high success rate – up to 98% – when properly looked after. This includes regular maintenance appointments and visits to the hygienist at our Leicester dental practice.
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?
Dentists 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.
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.
The 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.
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.