Four steps to dental implants in Buckinghamshire

If you have been on the receiving end of the discomfort and hassle that can come when you lose teeth, you might want to pop into us at Smile Design Dental and find out more about dental implants in Buckinghamshire.

Life gets a bit more difficult when you have missing teeth. And the more teeth you lose, the harder you can find getting through the day. Gaps in your teeth make it harder to chew. This means it’s harder to assimilate nutrients, and that can affect your overall health over the years.

Dental Implants in BuckinghamshireAlso, the more teeth you lose, the harder you will find it to talk clearly. You may find yourself wanting to talk less and less as you become embarrassed about your speech difficulties. If you are also embarrassed about your appearance, you may shut down and stay home and gradually find you have become lonely and isolated.

However, Smile Design Dental’s four-stage process for dental implants in Buckinghamshire can get you back to living life to the full.

Initial consultation

During your first appointment, we do a thorough examination. We need to find out what shape your jawbone is in. There’s a good chance that it will have lost density if you’ve been missing teeth for a while, or have been a smoker. But this can often be resolved.

Implant surgery

This is carried out under local anaesthetic. If you are very anxious, you can have sedation, and then you will be deeply relaxed while we create an artificial socket in your jawbone and insert the implant.

Healing and integration

Over the next few weeks, the implant will integrate with your jawbone to create a stable base for chewing, in a process called osseointegration.

The abutment and crowns

After osseointegration, you come back to us and we insert an abutment into your implant. This is a connector piece onto which we attach your crowns. Each implant can hold up to three custom-made crowns that will blend perfectly with your natural teeth.

Care

Twice daily brushing and flossing, and regular hygienist visits to avoid gum disease are enough to care for your implants.

Replacement teeth that work properly

Picture this scenario: you live in an old house and the window frames are rotting, the glass is cracked. You look into replacements and are told that although the replacements will look alright from the outside, your windows won’t open properly and will only let in about a quarter of the light. Also, you’ll need to buy new ones every eight years. You probably wouldn’t buy them, would you?

Dental Implants in BuckinghamshireHowever, up until not so long ago, this is the kind of thing you could expect with replacement teeth. If yours fell out or were removed, you’d be told that you’d either have to compromise the integrity of your neighbouring teeth to get new teeth on a bridge, or you’d have to have dentures, which have about a quarter of the chewing power of natural teeth. With this kind of Hobson’s choice, it’s no wonder that so many of our patients at Smile Design Dental are choosing something else. In Buckinghamshire, dental implants are now many people’s go-to choice for tooth replacement.

It’s easy to see why so many people prefer dental implants in Buckinghamshire: they give you back the full functionality of your teeth. This is because dental implants are fixed into the jawbone and therefore are as securely held in place as your jawbone used to hold your natural teeth. Dental implants mean you don’t have all that faffing around with only being able to eat soft food in case your teeth can’t cope, or losing perfectly good teeth to hold them in place.

Dental implants in Buckinghamshire actually become one with the jawbone. In a process known as osseointegration, the titanium of the implants meshes with bone tissue and blood vessels. Implants also fulfil another important function of the tooth root, which is to allow the transmission of tiny vibrations, from the teeth clacking together when you eat, into the bone surrounding them. The vibrations tell the bone cells to renew themselves, keeping the jaw strong, healthy and youthful looking.

Dental implants mean that you will not have to worry about looking prematurely old, with a pointy chin and sunken cheeks.

To find out more, why not come in for a consultation?

Tooth replacement in Buckinghamshire: dental implants

If you’ve lost one or more teeth, you may have heard of dental implants. This innovative and long-lasting restoration method has many advantages over other methods such as dentures and bridges.

Our principal dentist at Smile Design Dental in Buckinghamshire, Dr Komal Suri, has been restoring teeth here with dental implants for 15 years and can guide you through the process step-by-step. There are four stages to treatment.

Dental Implant in BuckinghamshireConsultation

Dr Suri offers a free consultation for any patients interested in having dental implants in Buckinghamshire. She will talk through costs, timescales and how the procedure works. This is a chance for you to ask questions and get clear on whether it is the right treatment for you.

Assessment

We need to make sure that you suitable for dental implant surgery and to do this we do a thorough examination of your teeth, gums and jawbone, including taking x-rays and photographs. Dr Suri will also ask you questions about your lifestyle and medical history. Some conditions, such as diabetes, can affect the success of implant surgery, and lifestyle factors such as smoking, can also play a part.

If you are suitable for implants, you may need remedial work before it is possible to carry out the surgery. If you have gum disease that needs to be treated first, and if you don’t have sufficient density in your jawbone to receive the implant, you may need a bone graft or sinus lift.

Treatment

The implant is fitted in a minor surgical procedure under local anaesthetic. If you feel nervous or anxious about surgery, you can also opt for sedation. This isn’t instead of anaesthetic: sedation helps to calm anxiety, so while you remain conscious, you feel calm and may not remember the procedure afterwards.

You will need take some time to recover after surgery. We recommend you take a day or two off work. You may feel some pain or discomfort, which can be remedied with over-the-counter pain killers.

Fitting

After the implant has healed, which can take up to three months, your replacement tooth can be fixed onto it. You then maintain your dental implant in Buckinghamshire as you would your natural teeth, with twice daily brushing and flossing.

Get to the root of your missing teeth problems

At Smile Design Dental, we know that replacing missing teeth is not simply a matter of crowns and bridges and full dentures. What goes on under the gum-line is just as important for a lot of people who have lost one or more teeth.

Dental implants in Buckinghamshire can have a hugely beneficial impact on patients because they replace the missing root as well as the tooth. Neither bridges nor dentures are able to do this.

Dental Implants in BuckinghamshireDental implants are tiny titanium screws. Titanium is a metal that has the amazing ability to integrate with our bone tissue. In Buckinghamshire, dental implants are fitted into the jawbone during oral surgery carried out under local anaesthetic. If you are especially anxious about oral surgery, you can opt for either oral or intravenous sedation so that you can fully relax during the surgery.

Once we have fitted the implants, your jawbone will need several weeks to heal. This is when new bone tissue and blood vessels will grow around the implants, and mesh with the metal to hold it securely in place. This is what creates a stable base for your new teeth to be able to cope with the multi-directional forces producing by biting and chewing.

In Buckinghamshire, dental implants are fitted by our dentists to resolve the top six problem areas that patients report. They can be used when all the upper teeth are missing; to replace missing back teeth; to replace one missing lower tooth or side tooth; and even to replace every single tooth at once.

That solves the root of the problem. What about the crowns? Well, we know that no one really wants to look like their teeth are not their own, which is why the crown (white) part of the teeth is hand-made in a specialist laboratory to match your surrounding natural teeth. Or, if you are having all your teeth replaced and have a photograph of your smile, or impressions of your lost teeth, then they can be matched from these.

If you look after them carefully, your dental implants can last for the rest of your life, so they are well worth the investment.

The nearest thing to your missing teeth growing back

Losing one or two teeth can have a big impact on your life, especially if you are young and lost them in an accident or through infection. It might feel pretty depressing to be faced with several decades of the hassle, discomfort and embarrassment that can be associated with some solutions to missing teeth.

If you wish you could put your missing teeth right back in, and not have to deal with removable prosthetic solutions, then dental implants in Buckinghamshire could be the answer for you.

Dental Implants in BuckinghamshireAt Smile Design Dental, in Wendover, we help people reclaim control of their mouths, their speech, and their eating choices by inserting dental implants to replace lost teeth.

If you would like to know more about what we can do for you, the best thing is to give us a call and book an appointment.

In the meantime, here’s some more information about dental implants to help you begin your decision-making process:

In Buckinghamshire, dental implants are tiny titanium posts that are screwed into the jawbone where the root of the missing tooth used to be. This is a minor surgical procedure, and afterwards, it takes some weeks for the gums and bone to heal. As they do so, the new bone tissue growth actually meshes with the new dental implant, holding it securely in place, just as it would a natural tooth root.

Once the dental implants have healed, which takes a couple of months at least, artificial teeth, custom-made to match the shape, size and colour of your own natural teeth, are screwed onto the posts.

Once in place, dental implants in Buckinghamshire can be treated just like the natural teeth they have replaced. This means that you can drink, eat, brush and floss as normal. And, the good news is that, as long as take care of them, dental implants very rarely fail, which means they can last for years. You may even completely forget that these teeth are not your own.

Dental implants in Buckinghamshire can be used to replace one, several or all of your natural teeth, and no one but you will be any the wiser.

Teeth need roots

Teeth are a bit like icebergs; you only see some of them and it’s easy to assume that there’s not all that much of interest going on under the surface of the gum line. But, just like icebergs, you ignore what’s beneath at your peril. Teeth have roots, and the roots are there for a very good reason. The crown may be the bit that does the chewing but without the roots to keep them firmly anchored into the jawbone, your teeth cannot chew anywhere near as effectively.

Dental Implants in BuckinghamshireAs with natural teeth, so with replacement teeth. They too need roots if they are going to do as good as job as your natural teeth. That’s why at Smile Design Dental, we recommend dental implants in Buckinghamshire.

Yes, you can have dentures, or you can have a fixed bridge, but, if you really want teeth that have full functionality, then you need dental implants in Buckinghamshire.

A better bite with dental implants

In an adult male, chewing can produce multidirectional forces of up to 97kg, or 200lbs. That’s a lot of force. Dentures, which rely for their stability on suction to the gums, can, at their best, only produce about a quarter of that. And, while fixed bridges can do better, they get their stability from being anchored to neighbouring healthy teeth and using their roots. This sounds pretty good, until you realise that in order to achieve this, the perfectly good neighbouring teeth have to be ground down in order to be fitted with buttress crowns. Then, you’ve lost two more teeth.

When you choose dental implants in Buckinghamshire, you won’t affect any healthy teeth. In fact, dental implants will help preserve them by putting something into the gap to stop them drifting around.

Dental implants are replacement roots made of titanium that are inserted into artificial channels drilled into the jawbone under local anaesthetic. They integrate with the bone and so can last for decades, even for the rest of your life, with good daily dental care. They also help preserve the strength of the jawbone and so also your facial structure.

Smart teeth replacement

Just as phone technology keeps leaping forwards, so does tooth replacement technology. You wouldn’t expect your old Nokia from 1997 to be able to suddenly be able to do what your Samsung can in 2017, so why would you expect old ways of replacing teeth to do much more than they could 50, 40, 30 or even 20 years ago. Bridges will always need to grind down healthy teeth for their support and dentures are always going to rely on receding gums and shrinking jaws. Not so with dental implants in Buckinghamshire because they rely on something totally different for their stability. Just like natural teeth, they rely on being embedded into your jawbone.

Dental Implants in BuckinghamshireAt Smile Design Dental in Buckinghamshire, dental implants are our preferred way of replacing your lost teeth, and we think they will be your preferred way too. This is because dental implants give you back the full functionality of your teeth without affecting any of your remaining teeth. Indeed, they can help them stay strong, and they do the same for your jaw too.

What your jawbone needs

The trouble with the jawbone, as with any bone, is that it requires constant stimulation to remain strong. It is not enough that it is moving up and down while talking and eating. It actually needs to receive constant tremors through the roots of the teeth to know that it is still in use. Without this, the bone cells not only stop renewing themselves, they actually start to dissolve themselves, and the jawbone shrinks and loses density. This happens really fast and before too many years have gone by, your chin has gone all pointy and is nearer your nose, and your cheeks are sagging inwards. It’s a prematurely aged look, and it’s not good.

You can avoid this, and get back your full chewing power, when you have dental implants in Buckinghamshire. They may seem more expensive than the alternatives, but, with careful brushing and flossing and regular hygienist visits to avoid gum disease, they should last you for decades. This means they can work out cheaper in the long run.

A stable solution to missing teeth

Missing teeth can seriously undermine your appearance and general wellbeing. Restricting yourself to soft foods and dealing with a smile that you do not like can reduce your quality of life, as well as causing practical issues. Many people resign themselves to putting up with the problems, but having dental implants in Buckinghamshire from Smile Design Dental can help. Dental implants replace the natural tooth roots to offer a secure, long-lasting option for restoring missing teeth that can enhance the appearance and functionality of your mouth.

Dental Implants in BuckinghamshireWhat is involved when I have dental implants in Buckinghamshire?

The first stage when you are considering having dental implants in Buckinghamshire is a complimentary consultation so that we can find out what you would like to achieve and you can ask any questions. We will advise you on estimated costs and likely duration of treatment. If you decide to proceed, then we assess the state of your existing teeth and gums using an examination, x-rays and photographs. Your mouth and jaw need to be healthy so, if necessary, preparatory work is carried out and then the implants are fitted during a minor operation. This involves placing a small metal screw into the jaw under local anaesthetic. The bone and blood vessels mesh around the metal, holding it securely in place. Your dental implants can then be used as a stable base for fixed dentures, crowns or bridges.

Are dental implants right for me?

A healthy mouth is a prerequisite for patients considering this procedure in Buckinghamshire. Dental implants also require a commitment to regular care as the replacement teeth can accumulate a coating in the same way as natural teeth. This means that they require cleaning to avoid the possibility of gum issues or infection in any remaining natural teeth. Just as we encourage all of our patients to carry out regular dental care, you will need to effectively clean your replacements and come for regular hygienist appointments. We are proud to be able to offer our patients in Buckinghamshire dental implants, which many have told us have changed their lives.

Invest in the benefits of dental implants in Buckinghamshire and say goodbye to the problems of missing teeth or unsatisfactory replacements.

Replacement teeth with permanent benefits

In the friendly environment of Smile Design Dental in Buckinghamshire, dental implants are used to improve a wide variety of tooth loss problems. Whether you’ve lost a whole set of teeth over many years, or just a single one in a sporting accident, implant dentistry will provide an effective and long-lasting solution.

You might already be wearing removable dentures, in which case we can use implants to stabilise them, which will remove the need for messy adhesives and bothersome cleaning procedures. Your custom-made new teeth will function just like natural ones, and they could last for the rest of your life.

Dental Implants in BuckinghamshireThe problems caused by missing teeth

Having a gap in your smile can make you want to hide your mouth in photos, or keep it covered up when laughing out loud. These kinds of worries about your appearance can prevent you from properly enjoying your social life.

The loss of several teeth can lead to bone deterioration. A weakened jawbone is more fragile, and you may develop a sunken appearance as the underlying structure of your face is altered.

Mealtimes can be daunting. It can be difficult to process food properly, and tricky to keep the remaining teeth clean. When you have dental implants in Buckinghamshire, these problems will no longer be a concern. Your appearance will be improved while your dental function is enhanced.

The stages of treatment

Firstly, the dental team will get to know your oral health history. We’ll make sure your teeth and oral tissues are healthy enough to receive the implants. Some preliminary work might be needed to achieve this. We’ll take some detailed images of your mouth, so that the treatment can be precisely customised to your particular needs.

After this comes the minor surgical procedure, in which the dentist will place small metal posts into your jawbone. A period of healing will follow, before you return to the practice to have your new teeth affixed to the implants.

Bright future

Your jawbone will form a strong bond with the implants, allowing you to enjoy your food, smile, and talk like you used to. Having dental implants in Buckinghamshire can significantly improve your quality of life.

Is it time for you to get dental implants in Buckinghamshire?

Dental implants are a dental solution that many people find gives them a new lease of life. Losing your teeth can affect more than just your oral health. It changes the way you look, which can affect your self-esteem. The functionality of your mouth is also affected and can restrict your food choices or even your options when it comes to social functions. If this already sounds familiar, or you are in a position where you are likely to lose teeth in the near future, it could be time to consider dental implants in Buckinghamshire with Smile Design Dental.

Dental Implants in BuckinghamshireAt Smile Design Dental, we ensure that you understand the benefits of dental implants in Buckinghamshire before we begin your treatment. This helps you to prepare and gives you something to look forward to.

The benefits

Dental implants restore your teeth. Even if you have multiple missing teeth, you can have these replaced using dental implants and teeth that are mounted on a secure denture or bridge. This means that you can smile, eat, laugh and speak with confidence again.

Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, if they are properly cared. Diligent dental hygiene is still important for the longevity of your dental implants and the surrounding gums but, beyond this, there is little that you need to do to look after them.

Why you should not wait

Dental implants are embedded in the jawbone. This needs to be strong and dense enough to endure the actions of chewing.

When you have your natural teeth, the jawbone is supplied with blood and kept in good condition by the body so it can do its job. As soon as you lose teeth, the body begins to adapt and no longer supports the area in the same way. This can lead to deterioration of the jawbone to the point where it is no longer able to support dental implants without additional preparatory work.

The sooner you can have dental implants fitted, the better it is for the health of your jawbone. Once they are in place, your dental implants stimulate the body to continue to supply the area surrounding them with blood and other necessities.