How dental implants can restore your smile, and all the action of natural teeth

Dental implants are one of the most exciting innovations of the past three decades in the world of dentistry. At Smile Design Dental in Buckinghamshire, our skilled implant dentist can use these titanium replacement tooth roots to restore both natural action and appearance to your jaw following tooth loss.

dental-implants-BuckinghamshireTooth loss has numerous causes, and contrary to what some people think is not just a problem that affects the older generation. Indeed, thanks to continual advances in dentistry, better healthcare and a greater realisation of the true value of a healthy and happy smile, fewer people are edentulous – meaning that they have no natural teeth left – than ever before.

A recent survey conducted by the Oral Health Foundation as part of National Smile Month revealed that only 6% of the adult population of the UK have no remaining natural teeth. Compare that with 36% back in 1978 and you can see how much things have improved in recent years.

However, tooth loss does still occur, and can affect anyone at any time in life. As well as the common culprits of gum disease and dental decay, accidents and injuries that involve a blow to the head or face can also result in lost teeth. The important thing is not to panic, but instead to contact your dentist immediately about tooth replacement options. At our Buckinghamshire dental practice, we believe that dental implants are often the best solution.

Buckinghamshire dental implants

At Smile Design Dental in Buckinghamshire we can use dental implants to replace anything from one to all of your natural teeth. They are placed in your jaw bone during minor oral surgery (which most patients at our Buckinghamshire dental practice only need local anaesthetic for).

After a healing and integration period – during which they form a bond with your jaw bone akin to that of natural tooth roots. Your Buckinghamshire implant dentist will then attach permanent new teeth – a crown or a dental bridge – to abutments on top of your dental implants, restoring both functionality and appearance.

Treatment time for dental implants is approximately six months at our Buckinghamshire clinic.

Enjoying life with dental implants: how to look after your new teeth

A dentist can use dental implants to permanently replace anything from one to all of your natural teeth, as well as to stabilise loose dentures. At Smile Design Dental Practice in Buckinghamshire we have carried out many successful implant treatments, and welcome new patients for consultations as well as referrals from other dentists.

The benefits of dental implants

dental-implants-BuckinghamshireDental implants have several notable differences when compared with standard dentures or dental bridges. These include:

Implants are the only way to replace the tooth roots, thus the only tooth replacement option that helps to maintain the health and integrity of the jaw bone.

Dental implants are the only permanent solution to tooth loss; they can last 20 years or more with good care, sometimes even for life.

With implants placed at our Buckinghamshire clinic you will enjoy incredibly natural function and appearance – in many ways like having new natural teeth.

Looking after dental implants for long-term success

At our Buckinghamshire clinic you will need a good level of bone density and a strong commitment to oral hygiene to enjoy successful implant treatment.

Your dentist will place the implants in your jaw under local anaesthetic and leave them for a few months to integrate, before attaching your permanent new teeth on top. At our Buckinghamshire clinic we will provide you with both short- and long-term aftercare instructions for your implants and new teeth, and these should be followed carefully.

For the first few days after dental implants are placed you may experience some swelling and discomfort, which over-the-counter painkillers can usually take care of. Ice packs can also help with the swelling.

Try not to probe the implant site with your tongue, and avoid hot (or excessively cold) food and drink in the early days.

Once your implants have been restored with teeth, you will need to brush and floss them in the same way as natural teeth, at least twice a day. You should also attend regular appointments with your Buckinghamshire dentist and hygienist, to make sure that your implants and teeth remain in the very best condition, free from plaque.

The many benefits of dental implants: a guide to permanent tooth replacement

Dental implants are a long-term solution to tooth loss. At Smile Design Dental in Buckinghamshire, our skilled implant dentist can use these artificial tooth roots to replace one, some, or all of your natural teeth. As well as keeping new teeth in place in your mouth, dental implants also ensure your jaw bone remains strong and healthy.

dental-implants-BuckinghamshireA shrinking jaw bone is the primary reason that traditional dentures become loose. It can also change the structure of your face and make you look old before your time. Unlike traditional dentures and dental bridgework, which only replace the crowns of the teeth, dental implants address the issue of the roots. They are made from titanium, which actively encourages bone growth, and after integration are as strong as natural tooth roots.

Buckinghamshire dental implants

We welcome new patients for dental implants consultations at our Buckinghamshire dental practice. In general it is best to replace missing teeth soon after they are lost so that bone loss doesn’t have a chance to take hold, and so that any remaining teeth don’t have time to shift out of position.

At Smile Design Dental in Buckinghamshire it is sometimes possible to place your dental implants straight into the sockets left by extracted teeth at the same time as we remove them. Your dentist will discuss this option if you have failing teeth that need to be removed.

We place dental implants under local anaesthetic at our Buckinghamshire clinic, and most people report it as being more bearable than a tooth extraction. You may experience some swelling and discomfort for a few days after implant placement; this can usually be managed by over-the-counter painkillers and ice packs, and shouldn’t last long.

The process of osseointegration begins as soon as your dental implants are in place. This sees the implants form a strong bond with the jaw bone.

Once the integration process is complete, you will be called back to our Buckinghamshire clinic so that your dentist can attach permanent new teeth. With good oral hygiene practises, these new teeth could last for life.

Why you should consider dental implants to replace your missing teeth

Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss. At Smile Design Dental in Buckinghamshire we welcome new patients for implant consultations, no matter what has caused them to lose their natural teeth.

dental-implants-BuckinghamshireBy using dental implants, your dentist will replace the missing root portions of the teeth. This is important for more reasons than you might think: as well as holding your new teeth – crowns, a bridge, or dentures – securely in your mouth at all times, replacing the tooth roots is also important to preserving the health and strength of your jaw bone.

It is a shrinking jaw bone that causes traditional dentures to become loose, which causes problems with eating, speaking, confidence and social life. By visiting Smile Design Dental in Buckinghamshire for treatment with dental implants, you can avoid all of these common denture problems.

Buckinghamshire dental implants

A dental implant is a small titanium screw that is placed in direct contact with your jaw bone during a small surgical procedure, carried out here at our Buckinghamshire clinic. To replace a single missing tooth one implant and one crown will be placed, whilst to replace several missing teeth a series of dental implants and an implant-retained bridge will be used.

Most people at our Buckinghamshire dental clinic only require local anaesthetic for the placement of dental implants, and can return to regular activities the day after surgery.

Dental implants take a few months to fully heal and integrate with your jaw bone. Your Buckinghamshire implant dentist may fit temporary teeth during the healing period, so that you won’t be left toothless.

After healing is complete you will be called back to our Buckinghamshire dental practice for your permanent new teeth to be attached. These teeth will both look and act so much like the real thing that few people will even notice they are false teeth.

Like natural teeth, dental implants and the teeth attached to them need good oral healthcare, including regular visit to the dentist and hygienist at our Buckinghamshire clinic for check-ups, maintenance, and hygiene appointments. You need to brush your new teeth at least twice a day.

Dental implants: the life benefits you’ll gain

Dental implants are the only way a dentist can permanently replace your missing teeth. At Smile Design Dental in Buckinghamshire our experienced implant surgeon can use implants to replace one, some, or all of your natural teeth, restoring a beautiful smile and so much more besides.

dental-implants-BuckinghamshireHow dental implants work

When we lose teeth, we lose both the visible crowns and the roots beneath. Dental implants are the only method of replacing the root portions of the teeth, which is important to the health and vitality of your jaw bone as well as to keeping new teeth in place.

A shrinking jaw bone is the primary reason that traditional dentures become loose. Badly-fitting dentures cause a number of difficulties, including problems with eating a healthy diet (denture sufferers are often restricted to soft foods), issues with speech, and obvious effects on your confidence if your dentures start to slip.

By placing a series of dental implants, your Buckinghamshire dentist can alleviate these problems, or ideally to stop them happening in the first place.

Buckinghamshire dental implants

At our Buckinghamshire dental practice, we place dental implants under local anaesthetic. The actual implant placement process is fairly simple from a patient’s point of view, thanks to the intricate planning your dentist will undertake prior to implant surgery.

After a healing period, which typically takes a few month and sees your dental implants form a very strong bond with your jaw bone, your Buckinghamshire implant dentist will attach your permanent new teeth to abutments on top of your dental implants, restoring both aesthetic appearance and natural function.

For a single missing tooth, one dental implant and one crown will be used. In cases of multiple missing teeth, or when all your teeth need to be replaced, we will use an implant-retained bridge at our Buckinghamshire practice.

Unlike standard dental bridges, which contain one or two teeth, bridges supported by dental implants can contain several teeth – they can even be used to restore a full jaw of natural-looking, natural-acting teeth.

Benefits include:

  • Being able to eat what you like
  • Being able to speak clearly
  • No fear of your new teeth slipping.

Dental implants: life benefits of permanent tooth replacement

Dental implants – the only permanent way to replace missing teeth – have several life benefits when compared with traditional bridges and dentures. At Smile Design Dental in Buckinghamshire our skilled implant dentist has carried out numerous successful implant procedures, helping patients who have lost one, some, or all of their natural teeth.

dental-implants-BuckinghamshireTo find out more about dental implants, and to discover if you are a suitable candidate for this treatment, we invite you to join us at our Buckinghamshire clinic for a consultation with our implant dentist.

Buckinghamshire dental implants

For dental implants to be placed at our Buckinghamshire dental practice, you will need to be in good general health, have healthy gums and adequate bone density to support your implants. Of course, you must also be committed to taking good care of your oral health once your implants and new teeth have been placed. If you’ve suffered the stress and inconvenience of tooth loss once in your life, you will be keen to avoid it happening again.

So long as you meet all of these criteria, your dentist will plan your implant treatment. Scans and x-rays will be used as part of diagnosis and treatment planning, to ensure your dental implants are placed in the optimum position to support your new tooth or teeth and to withstand the forces generated when biting and chewing food.

If you need several or all of the teeth replaced in one jaw, it is unlikely that you will require as many dental implants as you do teeth. Thanks to the precision planning that goes on prior to implant surgery, one implant can usually support several teeth. In some cases, a full arch of teeth can be replaced with between four and eight implants and either a bridge or denture.

Most people at our Buckinghamshire dental practice only require local anaesthetic for the placement of dental implants, and post-operative discomfort is manageable with over-the-counter painkillers.

We will leave your dental implants to heal and integrate with your jaw bone for a period of approximately three months, to ensure a firm base for your new teeth is established.

Are dental implants the perfect solution to tooth loss?

Dental implants are a modern solution for patients with missing teeth. At Smile Design Dental in Buckinghamshire we believe that more often than not they are the ideal option for treating tooth loss. If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth, read on to discover what implants could do for you. . .

dental-implants-BuckinghamshireThe mechanics of dental implants

Unlike standard dental bridgework or dentures, dental implants replace the root portions of missing teeth. They are placed in your jaw bone in a minor oral surgical procedure, which is carried out by our skilled implant dentist under local anaesthetic at our Buckinghamshire dental practice.

Once in position, your implants will form a strong bond with your jaw bone – similar to that of natural tooth roots. Dental implants are carefully crafted out of titanium, which is osteoconductive (supportive of bone growth). This means that implants are the only tooth replacement option that actively prevents the jaw bone shrinking.

How many dental implants will I need?

The number of implants required will depend on your individual situation, and will depend on how many teeth you need to have replaced. This will be determined during your initial implant consultation at Smile Design Dental, Buckinghamshire.

In most cases of multiple tooth replacement, you won’t need as many dental implants as you do teeth, because several new teeth in bridge or denture form can usually be supported by two or more implants.

Life benefits of dental implants

Dental implants come with many life benefits. Because they support bone growth, there is no need to worry about your new teeth becoming loose. This means that you can:

  • Eat
  • Speak
  • Smile and laugh

with confidence, and with all the functionality of a healthy jaw of teeth.

As long as you take good care of them, your implants and the new teeth attached to them should last for many years – often even a lifetime. You will need to attend regular check-ups and maintenance appointments at our Buckinghamshire clinic to ensure your implants and teeth stay in prime condition. If you have lost teeth once, you won’t want to risk that again.

Advantages to choosing dental implants to replace your missing teeth

Dental implants give your dentist a permanent way to replace missing teeth. At Smile Design Dental in Buckinghamshire, we have carried out many successful implant treatments. These artificial tooth roots, made out of titanium, are suitable for the replacement of anything from one tooth to all your teeth.

dental-implants-BuckinghamshireIt’s important to replace lost teeth for many reasons. One of the most obvious is the aesthetic concerns having a gap-toothed smile can cause, which can affect your self-confidence and your relationships with others in a professional and personal capacity if you become coy about smiling in public.

Missing teeth also put immediate strain on your remaining teeth, which may become crooked and more difficult to clean, ultimately increasing your risk of further tooth loss. When many teeth are missing, this is likely to have a huge negative impact on your ability to eat a healthy diet, which can have serious consequences for your general health. What’s more, your speech could be affected, too.

At Smile Design Dental in Buckinghamshire, we believe dental implants are often the best method of tooth replacement.

Dental implants and the new teeth attached to them are designed for:

  • Longevity
  • Realistic action
  • Aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Here at our Buckinghamshire dental practice, we can replace one tooth with a single implant with a crown attached, several or all of the teeth in one or both jaws with a series of implants and a bridge attached. Dental implants can also be used for denture stabilisation, providing a vastly improved function.

As well as affecting the appearance and function of your jaw, missing teeth can also cause changes to the face, with unwanted wrinkles around the mouth and a collapse of the lips common side-effects of tooth loss.

In addition to a range of dental implant treatments, we also offer a wide selection of facial aesthetics procedures at our Buckinghamshire clinic. If you choose dental implants to restore a youthful appearance to your smile, aesthetics treatments including lip volumisation and Botox wrinkle reduction can be the perfect complement at the end of implant treatment, leaving you looking and feeling many years younger.

Dental implants: life benefits of permanent tooth replacement

By using dental implants, your dentist can permanently replace your missing teeth. At Smile Design Dental in Buckinghamshire we can replace anything from one lost tooth to all your natural teeth with the help of implants.

dental-implants-BuckinghamshireDental implants are the only permanent way to replace missing teeth, and come with numerous benefits when compared with other tooth replacement options. They do more than just replace the aesthetic appearance of your smile; they give you back the full functionality of a jaw of healthy teeth, too.

How treatment with dental implants works

A dental implant should be thought of as an artificial tooth root. Made from titanium, which is both strongly compatible with the human body and supportive of bone growth, dental implants are placed directly into your jaw bone in a small operation, carried out in our modern and comfortable Buckinghamshire dental clinic. Most people only require local anaesthetic for the placement of implants, and any post-operative comfort is usually manageable with over-the-counter painkillers.

Over a period of months, the dental implants will heal and integrate with your jaw bone, providing a firm anchor on to which your dentist will then attach your permanent new teeth. At Smile Design Dental in Buckinghamshire, we can replace a single missing tooth with one implant and one crown, several or all of your teeth with a series of implants and an implant-retained bridge.

The average treatment time for dental implants at our Buckinghamshire practice, from initial consultation to final restoration of permanent new teeth, is approximately six months.

The benefits of implant treatment

As previously mentioned, dental implants have numerous advantages over both traditional dentures and standard bridgework. Traditional dentures often become loose because they only replace the crown parts of the teeth; without anything to replace the roots, the bone may shrink. Implants prevent this.

Traditional bridge-work relies on adjacent teeth for support, so those teeth need to be strong, but paradoxically may lose strength when crowns are placed on them. Implant-retained bridges need no work on surrounding teeth.

With implants you can:

  • Eat a full, healthy diet
  • Smile and speak confidently
  • Never fear your teeth slipping out

Dental implants: life benefits

Dental implants are a cost-effective, permanent way for a dentist to replace your missing teeth. At Smile Design Dental in Buckinghamshire, we have successfully treated many patients with implants, giving them back not just an aesthetically-appealing smile, but also the benefits of a fully functional jaw. . . not to mention their self-confidence.

dental-implants-buckinghamshireIf you are interested in dental implants treatment in Buckinghamshire, read on to discover how you, too, could soon be enjoying the life benefits of implant treatment.

In the not-so-distant past, traditional dentures and bridges were the only options for patients who had lost some or all of their teeth. Whilst these replaced the crowns of the teeth (and whilst the modern versions are more comfortable and realistic in appearance and function than ever before) they came with their own set of problems.

Traditional bridges required crowns on adjacent teeth to support a false tooth, which often resulted in the loss of healthy tooth structure. Dentures, meanwhile, often fitted well to begin with only to become loose over time, causing multiple problems from denture sore mouth to difficulty eating and speaking, coupled with the danger of your teeth falling out unexpectedly, which could devastate your confidence and ruin your social life.

Dental implants are one of the most innovative developments of the past 30 years. They are small titanium screws, which are placed in direct contact with your jaw bone in a minor operation, carried out here at our modern Buckinghamshire dental practice. They replace the roots of missing teeth, and form a strong bond with the jaw bone so that your dentist can then attach a permanent bridge, crown, or denture on top.

The other key feature of dental implants is that the help to prevent bone loss, which is the cause of many denture woes. For an implant-retained bridge, there is no work needed on adjacent teeth.

With regular maintenance appointments at our Buckinghamshire dental practice, your implants will last many years. Your new teeth will stay exactly where they should be, and your ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence will be restored.