Dental Implants

Your new start in the world of teeth

If you have lost one or more teeth, and maybe more are on the way out too, it can start to feel like the end of the world, but with dental implants in Buckinghamshire, you can turn it into a wonderful new beginning.

Dental Implants in BuckinghamshireAt Smile Design Dental, we have seen over and over again, how Buckinghamshire dental implants can transform people’s lives. Painful, failing teeth that look awful and are no longer up to the job of biting and chewing can slowly come to dominate people’s lives, restricting what they can eat, limiting what how they speak and laugh, perhaps even curtailing their social lives altogether. It never ceases to amaze us at how people who replace their failing natural teeth with great new dental implants get a new zest for life. It can really take years of them, both in appearance and in attitude. A burden is lifted.

Not as expensive as you think

You may have heard stories of how expensive dental implants are, and it is true that they are not cheap. The cost involves many factors such as materials, research and development, using high quality implants, surgery time, surgeon training and expertise, dental staff time too, as well as the cost of custom-making great porcelain crowns to subtly replace the teeth you have lost.

However, what you get for your money is a great deal of freedom that you cannot get with other replacement systems, plus a really long-lasting restoration, one that, if you take good care of it and avoid gum disease, could last for several decades, perhaps even the rest of your life.

Other replacement methods need to be replaced themselves every several years, and so, in the long run, getting dental implants in Buckinghamshire may not work out any more expensive than getting dentures or a bridge.

What dental implants will also do is give you the freedom to eat whatever you like, no matter how crunchy, chewy or bitty it is, plus the ability to really relax knowing that your teeth are going to stay exactly where they are and not embarrass you by sliding around in your mouth.

Modern day teeth for modern day people

There’s something rather old-fashioned about the idea of dentures. In an age when we can send emails round the world in a flash and robots can make us tea and walk the dog, it’s a bit last century to be wearing false teeth on your gums that have to come out at night. So, it’s no wonder really that in Buckinghamshire, dental implants are such a hit with our patients at Smile Design Dental.

Dental Implants in BuckinghamshireWe love dental implants. In Buckinghamshire, it seems like more and more people are coming in and asking for this very modern way to deal with a problem going back as far as people do. People have always lost teeth, but every one lost makes it harder to eat and speak clearly. The quest for a way of replacing lost teeth with something that works as well as the original has been on since the dawn of dentistry. People have tried putting bits of shell and jade into their empty teeth sockets, and some have been found fused to the bone. But, what made dental implants into the phenomenon they are today was the discovery of titanium as the ultimate implant material back in 1952.

Why titanium is so fantastic

Titanium is the perfect material for making dental implants, or any other implants for that matter. This metal is very light, it doesn’t corrode inside the body and it’s super-strong. All very good qualities, but this last one is what makes titanium almost magical. The body has a finely tuned immune system that reactions to foreign bodies by swelling up and trying to eject them. Think what happens if you get a splinter in your finger, swelling and pus until it comes out.

Not so with titanium. The body greets this metal like a long-lost friend and is so pleased to see it that it grows new bone tissue all over it. In just a few short weeks, your implant becomes fused with your bone tissue, and will be able to take on even the toughest steak or crunchiest roast potato.

To find out if dental implants in Buckinghamshire are right for you, why not book a consultation with us at Smile Design Dental?

A stable and long-lasting restoration

In Buckinghamshire, dental implants are increasingly popular because they offer a durable and secure restoration for your missing teeth. With proper care and maintenance, they can last a lifetime.

Implants are replacement tooth roots that sit in your jawbone. They are made of titanium for two reasons: one because it is very hard-wearing and so will last for many years; the other is that it has this fantastic property of being able to bond with your jawbone – the body recognises the titanium as natural tissue and growing blood vessels and bone around the implants, so they actually become part of your facial structure. This is excellent because it prevents the facial sagging that can happen with tooth loss and means implants are permanently secured in place.

Dental Implants in BuckinghamshireMany benefits

In Buckinghamshire, dental implants offer many advantages over other methods of tooth replacement. Unlike traditional dentures, they are fixed into the mouth. So, no slipping and sliding and difficulty pronouncing certain words. You can bite, chew and eat as usual – no need to only eat soft food. In short, they are as good as your natural teeth. And once you’ve had a replacement crown fitted on top of the implants, no one would know that they weren’t your own set.

You clean dental implants in Buckinghamshire as you would your natural teeth and unlike bridges, they don’t rest on surrounding teeth so you can clean in between each tooth.

Meet the team

Our principal dentist at Smile Design Dental, Dr Komal Suri, has replaced thousands of teeth over her last 15 years at the practice. She is passionate about restorative dentistry, and continues to update her skills, including training at the internationally recognised Kois Centre in Seattle – she is the only female graduate of this programme in the UK. She also studied implants and advanced surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons in London for two years.

Give us a call

To find out more about this innovative and durable tooth replacement solution, ring the surgery or drop in and find out how you can get back your fully radiant smile with dental implants in Buckinghamshire.

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.