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The Best Options for Tooth Replacement

Not only can a missing tooth change your appearance, but it can also cause problems with biting, chewing and speech. Depending on how many teeth you have lost, it can also cause a ‘sinking’ effect whereby your cheeks sink-in and causes wrinkling around the mouth. The more teeth you lose, the more flexibility in your cheeks as there is nothing to support them. 

Missing teeth can be caused by a number of factors, most commonly caused by tooth decay, gum disease or significant trauma and injury. Over time, missing teeth can result in further issues, which is why we always advise treatment for tooth replacement.

If you are looking for tooth replacement treatment, luckily, there are a number of excellent options available to restore your smile. The quicker you visit your dentist for advice on missing teeth, the better the options you will have for tooth replacement – so we always recommend visiting your dentist earlier on.

1. Dental Implants

Dental implants are one of the most common methods of tooth replacement and are affordable and extremely effective, as they stop the bone from receding as the bone has something to hold onto. They can be used to replace single missing teeth or multiple missing teeth.

Unlike some other tooth replacement options, dental implants look and feel like a real tooth. While they do take a short time to heal, they are an excellent permanent solution and can be secured with a dental crown.

The bone integrates around the dental implant to make it stable and secure for a long-lasting replacement for missing teeth. When cared for and maintained properly, dental implants can last a lifetime. Dental implants are a lifelong replacement, meaning that you won’t need additional appointments in-between your dental check-ups.

If you’re in a hurry, you’ll also be pleased to know that there is a treatment that gives you dental implants in just one day, meaning that you won’t need several appointments in order to restore your smile. Same-day dental implants make it possible to replace missing teeth in the space of a few hours.

2. Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are a great smile restoration option and can restore your ability to eat and speak, as well as your facial structure to stop the remaining teeth from sinking in. They help to rebalance your bite by filling in gaps between the teeth where you have lost teeth.

Dental bridges can be used to replace missing teeth if there are teeth on either side of the gap to support the bridge. They are incredibly strong and long-lasting, providing that you care for them properly and regularly visit your dentist every six months for check-ups. 

At Perfect Smile Spa, there are three different types of dental bridges we offer, including traditional bridges, resin-bonded bridges and implant-retained bridges. While we understand you are unlikely to understand the difference between these three types of bridges, we take the time to explain each treatment to help you make the best decision.

3. Cosmetic Dentures

Similar to dental implants, cosmetic dentures can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth that are missing. While many patients are put off by the thought of dentures as they believe they are prone to falling out, this is no longer true. Advancements in technology mean that modern dentures are completely secure, robust and will not fall out.

There are two types of cosmetic dentures – full dentures and partial dentures. As you’d expect, full dentures are suitable for when there are no teeth in the mouth, whereas partial dentures are used for when one (or very few) teeth are missing. Full dentures do not require teeth to secure them, although partial dentures do need some teeth to be secured.

Tooth Replacement at Perfect Smile Spa

At Perfect Smile Spa, we understand the importance of having confidence in your teeth with a perfect smile. This is why we provide a variety of tooth replacement treatments with 0% finance and affordable monthly payment options.
Our dental practice is located in Essex and is easily accessible from most areas around the UK. For more information on our treatments, please get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.

What to Expect From Dental Implants

Dental implants are the cutting edge in technology and are the next best thing to natural and healthy teeth if you suffer from tooth loss. They are a long-term and permanent solution for replacing missing teeth caused by tooth decay, periodontal disease, or injury.

As well as this, dental implants can also improve your speech, appearance, ability to eat, comfort and oral health, and are extremely durable. As they are designed to last a lifetime, depending on how well you take care of your dental implants, they are extremely convenient with no risk of falling out, unlike other temporary solutions to tooth loss.

What Are Dental Implants?

Placed directly into the jawbone, dental implants provide an artificial replacement for the root of your missing tooth or teeth. The dental implants are paired with dental crowns or cosmetic dentures for a robust solution that will not fall out.

Dental implants are the most recommended and favoured solution for tooth loss and have become the best way to get your confidence back after experiencing loss of teeth.

Depending on how many missing teeth you have, you can have one dental implant (for each missing tooth) or alternatively, you can have a full set of dental implants if you have lost all teeth.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Dental implants work by replacing the tooth root with a solid base for a dental crown and heal and integrate with the jawbone to anchor the crown. Within a few months of having dental implants fitted, the bone tissue will bond with the jawbone in the same way as a normal tooth root. 

Dental implants are typically carried out during two separate procedures. The first procedure is to fit the implant into the jawbone, then the second procedure is to fit the new tooth onto the implant once it has anchored to the jawbone.

Before and After of Dental Implants at Perfect Smile Spa

While dental implants can be an uncomfortable procedure, the procedure at Perfect Smile Spa is painless and carried out under local anaesthetic with the option to have IV sedation if the procedure takes longer or if you are nervous.

Our dental treatments are promised to be completely painless using painless dentistry methods and techniques to offer no pain and minimal discomfort.

What Are Dental Implants Made Of?

Dental implants can be made from zirconia, however, as the long-term performance and success rate of zirconia is yet to be proven, titanium is the preferred choice and is what we offer at Perfect Smile Spa.

Titanium dental implants are extremely durable and have an excellent track record backed up by decades of reliability. However, dental implants will only last a lifetime if you treat them with care, with regular brushing, flossing and routine dental visits, just as you would treat your natural teeth. Like any other restoration, your implant-supported teeth can still be damaged by trauma and affected by gum disease and poor oral hygiene, as well as infections if plaque isn’t removed effectively.

How Safe Are Dental Implants?

The dental implants procedure is one of the safest dental procedures with an extremely high success rate. The only reason why dental implants would be unsuccessful is if you weren’t eligible to have them, as dental implants aren’t for everyone. 

During your initial free consultation with us, we’ll talk you through your options and check if dental implants will suit you.

Dental implants can be placed in all adult patients, providing your jawbone is fully developed, you have sufficient quantity and quality of bone tissue available and you maintain good oral hygiene. With that being said, dental implants may not be suitable in some extreme cases, for example, you are a heavy smoker, drink alcohol excessively, you have periodontal gum disease or if you grind your teeth (Bruxism). 

If for whatever reason, dental implants aren’t suited to you, we would be more than happy to discuss alternative options or treatment you will need to have before being a suitable candidate, for example, treatment for gum disease.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

Dental implants typically start from £1159, with a free consultation during the beginning to check a dental implants procedure is right for you.

We also offer a dental finance service if you’d prefer to split up your payments, with no deposit required. Dental finance is also ideal if you’re looking to combine several dental treatments, for example, with our smile makeover.

How Can We Help?

Our dentists and team in Essex have advanced training in dental implant skills. We use implant techniques recognised for their innovation and reliability. Our cosmetic dentists have numerous dentistry awards as they use the most advanced equipment and aim to offer painless dentistry for nervous patients, including the option for sedation for optimum comfort.

At Perfect Smile Spa, we recognise how important a smile is to our patients. This is why our highly-skilled and experienced cosmetic dentists are there for you every step of the way in achieving your perfect smile using dental implants or any other cosmetic dentistry treatment.

We pride ourselves by giving our patients the most pleasant dental experience to enable them to overcome any fears and maintain their teeth for the rest of their lives.

Our dental practice is located in Essex and is easily accessible from most areas around the UK. For more information on our cosmetic dental treatments, please get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.

How To Take Care Of Dental Implants

Dental implants use titanium screws to make the crown more stable, are generally better than dentures due to less irritation and less movement, and can even restore your ability to chew, with a permanent and comfortable solution.

With our painless dentistry methods and techniques, you’ll be able to have the perfect smile without any pain and minimal discomfort, using a local anaesthetic, relaxing spa treatments and expert professional dentists who ensure you feel as comfortable as possible.

As the next best thing to natural, healthy teeth, dental implants traditionally have a very high success rate. Dental implants have the ability to restore a lost tooth so that it looks, feels and functions like a normal and natural tooth.

There is no reason dental implants can’t last a lifetime when taken care of correctly and effectively. In this guide, we explain how to take care of your dental implants so that you can enjoy your perfect smile for a lifetime.

How Often Should Dental Implants Be Cleaned?

It goes without saying, but you should care for your dental implants in the same way you would care for your natural teeth. While implants do not decay, they can develop plaque which can irritate and inflame the surrounding gum tissue.

This means that you should brush your teeth twice daily and make sure the gum line and teeth are cleaned thoroughly each time to avoid infections, particularly as this is where plaque can gather.

You should also continue to visit your dentist every six months for a checkup and for regular professional cleaning. You should clean twice a day with a soft-bristle toothbrush and low-abrasive toothpaste, due to many kinds of toothpaste containing abrasive ingredients which can remove the glaze from the porcelain. Make sure to brush under and around the implant and use a nylon-coated interdental brush to clean the hard-to-reach places, flossing daily with unwaxed floss.

Whilst the success rate is extremely high, if you do experience any worries or concerns following a dental implant treatment, you should visit your Essex dentist as soon as possible, before your next agreed visit date.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants have been used for over 30 years to replace missing teeth and can last a lifetime, depending on how well you look after them. Implants are very durable and will last many years. Of course, this does mean that dental implants require ongoing maintenance and regular visits to the dentist for a checkup.

Like any other restoration, your implant-supported teeth can still be damaged by trauma and affected by gum disease and poor oral hygiene, as well as infections if plaque isn’t removed effectively.

Foods to Avoid After Having Dental Implants Fitted

Dental implants improve your ability to be able to chew and eat foods, meaning that you’ll be able to enjoy all foods you once used to with your natural teeth, especially if you are looking at having dental implants due to suffering from missing or damaged teeth.

However, you should take precaution when consuming particular foods soon after having dental implants fitted. Some foods you should limit or try to avoid in the weeks following the fitting of your dental implants will include apples, carrots, crisps, crusty bread, ice cubes, chewy sweets and meat that requires excessive chewing, for example, beef.

Soon after having dental implants fitted, you may find it easier to opt for softer foods to get used to the sensation of having dental implants, as they are extremely likely to feel different. These soft foods generally include pasta, rice, mashed potato dishes (including cottage pie), jacket potatoes, soup, smoothies and juices. It’s not compulsory that you must consume these foods after your treatment, however, many have found it easier to adapt this way.

Once your implants have healed and your mouth feels comfortable enough, you can begin to introduce different foods into your diet, and it won’t be long until you’re able to enjoy all of your favourite foods again. 

How Can We Help?

Our dentists and team in Essex have advanced training in dental implant skills. We use implant techniques recognised for their innovation and reliability. Our cosmetic dentists have numerous dentistry awards as they use the most advanced equipment and aim to offer painless dentistry for nervous patients, including the option for sedation for optimum comfort.

At Perfect Smile Spa, we recognise how important a smile is to our patients. This is why our highly-skilled and experienced cosmetic dentists are there for you every step of the way in achieving your perfect smile using dental implants or any other cosmetic dentistry treatment.

We pride ourselves by giving our patients the most pleasant dental experience to enable them to overcome any fears and maintain their teeth for the rest of their lives.

Our dental practice is located in Essex and is easily accessible from most areas around the UK. For more information on our cosmetic dental treatments, please get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.

Are you afraid of having Dental Implants?

What are Dental Implants?

Dental Implants are titanium screws that are placed in the jaw bone. A post is then secured to the dental implant and either a crown, bridge or denture can be fixed to this.

The advantages of implants:

  • The titanium screws act like a root making the crown more stable
  • Some people can be allergic to the materials that are used to create dentures whereas implants are completely bio-acceptable
  • Speech is generally better with implants as dentures can be quite irritating and they have to be removed at night.
  • There are no sore points with implants as they do not move
  • Your ability to chew is completely restored

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Teeth Fitted in a Day!

‘Teeth in a day’ refers to a treatment where all of the teeth or dentures in the jaw are replaced by dental implants and the patient receives new fixed (non-removable and screwed in) teeth on the same day.

This technique has the advantages that treatment time and treatment complexity is significantly reduced. It usually means that the patient can avoid additional bone grafting surgery, so it ends up being a cost-effective and relatively more comfortable way of restoring large gaps or complete arches. Continue reading Teeth Fitted in a Day!

Dental Implants Vs Dentures – A Comparison

Dental implants are made of titanium screws and metal which is fully compatible with the human body.  The dental implant itself is drilled into the jaw and bone socket. The process is completely painless as you are given a local anaesthetic and this will numb the whole mouth. Once the implant is inserted it needs to fuse with the bone. Thereafter it takes 5-8 months to fix the prosthetic tooth onto the implant.  Dental implants are very stable, as they have a root-like portion that fits into the bone socket, like natural teeth. People who have implant-supported artificial teeth can chew efficiently. Continue reading Dental Implants Vs Dentures – A Comparison

Would You Like Teeth in a Day?

These days’ people want ‘things done yesterday’. Unlike some things medical procedures cannot be rushed.

However it is possible these days to get teeth made in a day. In this article we will discuss the options of ‘same day teeth’ using dental implants and fixed teeth.

Dental implants are the most reliable source of filling in a gap or replacing an unhealthy tooth, if done correctly. They also have the highest longevity number compared to other treatment options, such as dental bridges and dentures. The dental implant is screwed into the jaw bone and either a crown or bridge can be placed on top of the implant, to give full restoration. Your dentist will match the color and shade in correctly for the color of your teeth and gums, so it will go unnoticed that you have a ‘false’ tooth. Previously in the implant world, the whole procedure to complete everything, from the implant the crown, took a few months to finish. As time has moved on and technology has evolved, thankfully we can now fit a dental implant in and crown on the same day as the dental extraction, so no need to wait for healing of the traumatized area anymore, no more walking around with unwanted gaps!

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What if I don’t have enough bone for a dental implant?

Why it happens
If you lose a tooth, the bone in that area will gradually start to shrink, while the other http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-seniors-image11846925areas stay intact. There are many reasons why people loose teeth. It can be caused by some of the following:

  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Dental caries (cavities) and infection
  • Injury or trauma
  • A defect in development

Dental implants can be very useful when:

  • we would otherwise have to crown (cap) healthy teeth
  • A denture or bridge would be difficult or sometimes impossible because there are no suitable teeth or gums for support.

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Are Dental Implants Safe?

pic3A dental implant is an artificial substitute/replacement for the root portion of your natural tooth and is anchored into a pre-drilled socket in your jaw-bone to support a crown, bridge or secure a denture firmly in place. Implants are made from titanium, a material that is well tolerated by bone and integrates easily with bone tissue. During the placement of a dental implant, the goal is to achieve a close contact between the outer surface of the implant and the surrounding bone tissue so they can “fuse” together  creating a stable support for the new teeth. The time frame to complete a dental implant is usually 3-6 months.  Continue reading Are Dental Implants Safe?

How Long Does Dental Implant Treatment Take?

How long do dental implants take to do? 

One of the most advanced and natural way of replacing teeth are dental implants. Over ten million teeth implants have been placed in the USA alone and the numbers are growing every year.

So what is a dental implant?

A dental implant is an artificial substitute/replacement for the root portion of your natural tooth and is anchored into a pre-drilled socket in your jaw-bone to support a crown, bridge or secure a denture firmly in place. Implants are made from titanium, a material that is well tolerated by bone and integrates easily with bone tissue. During the placement of a dental implant, the goal is to achieve a close contact between the outer surface of the implant and the surrounding bone tissue so they can “fuse” together  creating a stable support for the new teeth. The time frame to complete a dental implant is usually 3-6 months.

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