July 12th, 2012
For most people missing teeth are unattractive and debilitating. There are now several options available to fill the gap one of which is dental bridges. Using healthy teeth as the support structure, dental bridges offer a strong and durable replacement tooth that blends in with the rest of your teeth with its natural appearance.
Dental bridges become a permanent fixture of your mouth and, unlike dentures, cannot be removed accept by a professional once they have been put into position. The most common type is the fixed bridge, these use healthy adjacent teeth to support the false tooth. Either side of the missing tooth, the healthy teeth are filled down to create the perfect service for crowns to be placed. Designed to the measurements of your teeth, a false tooth is created which is firmly bonded to a crown on either side. The crowns are then positioned on the healthy teeth and anchor the false tooth in position. Your new tooth will then have a similar strength to your original, natural tooth as well as the same functionality. If there are not two healthy adjacent teeth your dentist may recommend a resin bonded bridge which uses metal strips bonded to a one other tooth, instead of the two crowns.
Before making any decision about your missing teeth speak to your Kingston upon Thames dentist. They will be able to layout all of the possibilities: bridges, implants, dentures and more. Each option has different strengths and weaknesses, your dentist will know which is best for your specific condition.
February 3rd, 2012
You have probably heard about it, wanted it, but never thought you may be able to afford it- a dental implant, well think about it again.
This is rapidly becoming the treatment to have in Kingston-upon-Thames if you’re confronted with tooth loss in some form or other. It is a treatment that thanks to the laser, computer and 3D imaging etc, has become as easy to perform as having a veneer fitted.
It still sounds pretty painful, what with having a tiny titanium spike screwed into your jaw through your gums, but a laser does this with the utmost precision and with the minimal of damage, so that your mouth recovers quickly. It is so fast that you can have one fitted in a couple of hours.
Dental implants are starting to resign the dental bridge and dentures to the history books. The dental implant is robust and possibly better than the original root, as it will last for life and your teeth and gums are not as vulnerable to the abuse of bacteria. Your new teeth will also be very strong whilst looking unbelievable natural and restore the freedom to your mouth you may have thought you’d lost forever.
But the growth in the popularity of this treatment is not just borne out of how efficient and fast it is, it is also because the costs involved can be met by anyone. You can pay into dental insurance and payment plans that will help you to spread the costs if need be.
July 21st, 2011
It’s a credit to the world of technology, that dentistry has so many options to keep your mouth in healthy condition. There is literally nothing the modern dentist cannot do to keep that smile on your face and in Molesey, you can find an incredible array of options to replace a missing tooth too. Though it isn’t always vital to replace a missing tooth, the surrounding teeth in the mouth do tend to move and can be vulnerable to a build up of bacteria from the gap. Multiple tooth-loss can also result in premature aging in the face surrounding the gaps as the muscles start to sag. Partial or full dentures offer a good solution but they can be awkward to wear, although dental implants can help to keep them in place. But then, if you are going too have implants fitted, you may as well go the whole hog and get a completely new set of teeth that will restore your mouth to its former glory and then some. Implants are very robust and once fitted, last you a lifetime. They can also be used to reinforce the fitting of a dental bridge. Bridges are a tried and tested method of teeth replacement and probably the cheapest, permanent option available. The most common is a tooth that is attached to two adjacent crowns and then cemented onto the teeth either side of the gap. Bridges do require attentive cleaning, but are strong and sustain the balance of the mouth.
May 7th, 2011
Dental implants have been providing a popular solution to tooth loss for a number of years now and many patients are becoming increasingly interested in them as a way to get teeth replaced. There are a number of options available if you are missing teeth and you should take the time to consider which is best for you and your life, dental implants is one of these options.
One of the reasons that dental implants have been growing in popularity and prominence is that they are an incredible permanent and reliable way to sort out your tooth loss issues. Once a dental implant has been placed in the mouth you really won’t even have to think about the fact it is there. This is because a dental implant essentially replicates the function of your lost root. It is just like a socket really and your dentist can ‘screw’ a replacement tooth into it.
The implant itself is strategically placed right against your jaw bone, under your gum so that they will fuse together. This ‘osseointegration’, as it is called, is one of the best aspects of dental implants and why many people opt for it. But you needn’t only consider dental implants if you have just one missing tooth. Several dental implants can be placed at once to replace several lost teeth. If you have lost a number of your teeth then your dentist can place several implants in the correct positions which can then support a bridge of replacement teeth.
To have dental implants placed requires surgery which will be too invasive for some but talk to your dentist and you might find that dental implants are just the solution for your missing teeth that you have been looking for.
April 23rd, 2011
There’s an incredible range of techniques and products around to replace missing teeth in Surbiton these days; implants and bridges are in vogue right now as they are considered to be more desirable than dentures. But have you seen the dentures around today? Long gone is the imagery associated with them; they too have taken a leap into the 21st century, being made from far more flexible materials and more natural looking ‘teeth’- once in, they are hard to separate from the real thing. Modern dentists will resist the urge to ‘pull’ all of the teeth, as before, which means that where possible, partial dentures can be fitted. These come in many shapes and sizes, but essentially, they fit so true and firm around the remaining teeth, they allow a freedom similar to that of having a full set of teeth. But even if all the teeth have been lost, full dentures too are in a world of their own compared to the dark ages. Again, modern dentures fit the mouth far better than they ever did, thanks to the development of new, softer materials that adhere to the mouth far better than before, almost to the point that adhesives are almost unnecessary. Mini- implants have also been godsend to denture wearers. They can be located into the jaw within a couple of hours and once the dentures have been modified, they simply click onto the implants, locking them over the gums. Dentures now give you freedom, not imprison you.
April 13th, 2011
Nobody wants to lose any of their teeth. But the fact is that sometimes it happens, as a result of a sustained lapse in oral hygiene, gum disease or even a one off accident which has affected your mouth and dislodged a tooth. It is very painful indeed to lose a tooth but it must be dealt with as soon as possible. This is so that your mouth is able to function as it is supposed to and also so that you can regain your confidence by having a full set of teeth to show off when you smile.
There are a number of options available to replace lost teeth, ranging from dentures (a full set or a partial on) to dental bridge work. All of these methods are effective in their own way but if you want probably the most permanent solution to tooth loss then you might want to consider dental implants.
Dental implants work by replicating the lost root part of your tooth. Instead of the root, essentially a socket is installed beneath the gum, into which a false tooth can be secured. The stability that this allows for is incredible, especially when one considers that the dental implant will, over time, fuse (or osseontingrate, to use the clinical term) with the jaw bone itself. The titanium they are made from has the special combination of properties that innovators always look for: extremely lightweight and also very durable.
Your Sunbury dentist will be able to give you all the information about what is involved with having dental implants fitted. The process is too invasive for some but the results are truly long lasting, allowing you to get on with your life as if you never lost a tooth in the first place.
February 7th, 2011
Your mouth is a finely tuned composite of all of the different parts and it relies on them all working together to allow it to function properly. If you have lost a tooth or teeth your ability to eat, drink and even talk will be compromised. Thankfully there is a long term solution to this in the form of dental implants, which are widely available in the United Kingdom.
Dental implants basically act as a substitute for the root part of a tooth that you have lost. They are like sockets, into which a replacement tooth can be screwed. They can also be used in conjunction with dental bridge work and support a number of other teeth.
Your dentist will need to make an incision into your gum so that the implant can be placed next to your jaw bone. The reason for this is so that the implant integrates with the bone in a process called osseointegration. This gives the replacement tooth an incredible secure housing.
Then a temporary replacement tooth is screwed into the implant and the area is stitched back up. After a period of healing, your permanent replacement will be installed and you will be able to treat it just like a regular tooth, thanks to the stability and hard wearing nature of dental implants. The fact that they are made of titanium is a huge bonus because this material is very light and very durable.
The success rate of dental implants is extremely high and many thousands of patients have benefited from the procedure. If you want to know more about it, speak to your Molesley dentist and find out what dental implants can do for you.
October 6th, 2010
Have you have lost a tooth of late and you’re looks with it? Then help is at hand in the form of a dental implant, as a dentist from Kingston-Upon-Thames explains. Vanity aside, it’s not always necessary to replace a missing tooth depending on where the tooth was and how it was lost. If the tooth was lost due to a trauma or injury, the teeth either side of the gap may start to move and loosen, leading to gum disease and infection. In this case, a dentist may well advise you to replace the missing tooth. One such method is a dental implant. Implants have come a long way over the last twenty years and procedures a lot more refined. In brief, a titanium screw is anchored into the bone structure to act as a root, to which the tooth, dental bridge or crown can be attached. If you are missing several teeth, then several implants may be required. Before implants can be fitted, a dentist will check your mouth for signs of gum disease which must be treated before the procedure can go ahead. Then after x-rays to check the bone structure (in some cases, bone grafts may be necessary), the dentist will cut a flap into the gum and drill into the bone, screw in the new ‘root’ and stitch the gum back. The fusing process can take up to 6 months and during this healing process, hygiene is of the utmost importance. (Heavy drinking and smoking can stop the gums from healing properly and teeth grinding can hinder fusing). When the gums have healed, they are lifted again and a temporary crown is attached for a further 4 weeks until the gums have matured and then the final restoration can be fitted to the implant. If this explanation hasn’t disturbed you, implants can be expensive- up to £2000 per tooth. But the benefits are rewarding and your looks will return!
March 20th, 2010
Dental implants are the most realistic and effective dental substitutions. They are the perfect solution for patients who have suffered the trauma of a knocked out tooth or a tooth lost to infection, who still retain a strong jawbone.
Missing teeth can be very embarrassing and also the source of dental health complications such as misaligned teeth and excessive bacteria build up. It is therefore very important to try and replace missing teeth as soon as possible with a dental restoration. There are a number of these available, including dental bridges and partial dentures. It is the dental implant however, that provides the most solid and lifelike alternative to a real tooth.
The implant itself comes in the shape of a small titanium screw. This is drilled into the jawbone in a process that sounds a lot more unpleasant than it actually is. It is then left to fuse with the surrounding tissue in a process called osseointergration. Once this has bonded, it can then be used as a base for a post and artificial crown. In this way, a dental implant replaces the whole of the tooth from top to bottom, unlike every other dental restoration.
Dental implants are permanent and less likely to suffer damage than other more temporary replacements. They should be treated and cleaned exactly like normal teeth in order to preserve their functionality. It is also possible to have a series of smaller implants fitted to act as a base for a set of dentures. By clipping dentures to mini-implants you can alleviate the annoyance and anxiety of loose dentures or dentures prone to falling out. It also makes eating certain foods a lot easier and removes the need for messy denture adhesives. Ask your Sunbury dentist about your suitability for a dental implant.
January 14th, 2010
A dental bridge is one of the simplest ways to restore the appearance of a lost or knocked out tooth that also preserves its functionality and dental health benefits. It is important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible, as even one vacant space in the dental arc can have a severe negative impact on the remaining teeth.
Missing teeth can leave hollows which harbour dangerous plaque forming bacteria, which will then attack other teeth. This is especially true for patients who have already lost teeth to decay or infection. Theses hollows are very difficult to clean thoroughly and need to be filled with a dental prosthetic. Vacant tooth spaces can also encourage movement within the dental arc that can result in bite interruption and painful jaw and joint conditions.
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap between missing teeth acting as a rigid support, filling in any hollow preventing the build up of bacteria and restoring the use of a functional tooth. The bridge itself is an artificial tooth, known as a pontic, attached on either side with a dental crown. The pontic is attached to the crowns using either dental bonding or resin bonded strips.
A dental bridge from a Weybridge dentist can last up to fifteen years if properly maintained, serving all the purposes of a real tooth and looking cosmetically accurate. The pontic can be specifically matched to the other teeth in the mouth for the most lifelike appearance. Dental bridges are one of the most affordable solutions to losing a tooth and don’t involve the unnecessary hassle of a less permanent replacement such as plate or partial denture.