Author: Ralston Dental

Great smiles created with dental implants in Leicester

Enjoying yourself is so important, especially if you have a busy work or home life as so many of us do. Eating out, meeting people, laughing with friends or maybe even meeting that special someone ensures we live life to the fullest. However, enjoying all the opportunities we are given can be affected if we don’t have confidence in the way we look, especially if it’s our smile. In a study conducted by Andrew Newberg, (the eminent neuroscientist and researcher), he revealed that out of all non-verbal communication, a smile produces the highest level of positive reaction than any other. A smile is that important!

dental-implants-LeicesterSo what do you do if your smile isn’t up to scratch?

Luckily cosmetic dentistry has come on leaps and bounds, and finding the right cosmetic dentist for you is very important. Cosmetic dentists offer a range of procedures that can fix smile problems. They can transform yellow teeth into pearly whites with teeth whitening treatments or replace missing, broken or decaying teeth with dental implants.

Finding dental implants in Leicester couldn’t be easier than with Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic. Having trained at the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons, Duncan Ralston, owner and head dental surgeon, ensures your dental implants are inserted with care and expertise. He has over 30 years of experience which informs his use of techniques to provide the very best in patient choice and care. He took over the family run practice, which is established in more traditional oral hygiene dentistry and created the cosmetic clinic offering a wider range of solutions for anyone in need of an enhanced smile in Leicester.

Dental implants are a fantastic treatment to solve the issue of missing teeth. The implants are screwed into your natural jaw line, then crowned, bridged or dentures are fitted to give you a completely natural-looking and natural-feeling tooth. It ensures that whether you’re eating, laughing or flirting – or if you’re lucky, all three – you can do so with absolute confidence. You don’t have to worry about your smile in Leicester, dental implant technology is readily available for you with Duncan Ralston and his team.

How dental implants can solve loose denture issues

Dental implants provide the perfect solution to people struggling with loose dentures. At Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic in Leicester, denture stabilisation is just one of many dental implant treatments on offer, designed to give you a second chance at a mouth of healthy and functional teeth.

With dental implants, a dentist can replace the root portions of lost natural teeth. This is important for two reasons: first, and most obviously, for ensuring that your new teeth stay secure and functional; and secondly, to help keep your jaw bone strong, dense, and healthy.

dental-implants-LeicesterThe jaw bone starts to resorb pretty quickly after you lose several teeth. As well as making traditional dentures loose and adding a further layer of complexity to dental implants treatments, this can also change the structure and appearance of your face, making you look old before your time.

At our Leicester dental practice we can use dental implants to prevent such issues. The problem of loose dentures is caused by a change in jaw bone density, rather than a change in the actual dentures, because they only replace the crown portions of your natural teeth, and don’t provide stimulation of the jaw bone.

Dental implants are titanium tooth roots, which are very compatible with the human body and form a very strong bond with the jaw bone, continuing to stimulate it when you bite and chew food. At our Leicester clinic we place dental implants under local anaesthetic in a minor surgical procedure. Many patients report this procedure as being a lot more bearable and comfortable than a tooth extraction.

It takes a few months for your dental implants to integrate with your jaw bone. Depending on the number of the teeth that are being replaced, your Leicester dentist may fit temporary teeth, or may adjust your existing denture so that you can continue to wear it during healing.

Once integration is complete, you will be called back to our Leicester dental practice to have your permanent new teeth fitted. These will look and function just like the real thing, and will last for many years with good care.

School visit by the team

Thank you Parkland Primary School for inviting us back! We enjoyed talking to the children about teeth, hidden sugars and looking after themselves.
Our favourite question from the children so far ….. How much sugar can a tooth handle!

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Thank you card

We’re the “BEST dental practice EVER”!
Thank you so much Nikki for your lovely card and words.
We are so happy that you love your new smile because we do too! We think we have the best team at the clinic but it’s always nice to hear.IMG_6991IMG_6989nikki

 

How dental implants are changing denture sufferers’ lives for the better

If you are suffering with loose dentures, dental implants could be the answer to your prayers. At Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic in Leicester we believe that they are, in the majority of cases, the best way of replacing lost teeth, giving you back all the freedom of a set of healthy adult teeth once more.

dental-implants-LeicesterDenture stabilisation is a common dental implant-based treatment for patients who have lost all the natural teeth in one or both jaws, or whose natural teeth are failing. Because dental implants replace the root parts of the natural teeth (indeed, they are the only way that your dentist can do so), they help to stop the jaw bone shrinking in addition to holding your dentures securely in your mouth.

The jaw bone starts to resorb when the natural tooth roots are missing for any considerable period of time, and in turn these unwanted changes to the structure of your face alters the fit of your dentures, making them increasingly loose, unwieldy, difficult or even impossible to use.

By choosing denture stabilisation with dental implants at our Leicester dental clinic, you can prevent these problems from happening, or improve the situation if bone loss has already begun.

Common issues experienced by people whose dentures have loosened include:

  1. Problems eating a healthy diet and getting good nutrition because of being limited to soft foods.
  2. Altered speech, difficulty speaking with clarity.
  3. Denture sore mouth when dentures repeatedly rub the gums.
  4. Severely dented confidence if your teeth become prone to falling out in public, potentially restricting your social life.

Dental implants can solve all of these problems. These titanium tooth roots are put in direct contact with the jaw bone under local anaesthetic at our Leicester clinic, and because they are osteoconductive new bone material and blood vessels will readily grow up around them.

Once integration is complete, your Leicester implant dentist will attach your new dentures to abutments on top of your dental implants, restoring all the function of a natural set of teeth.

Dental implants have a success rate of more than 90% – it’s time to regain your freedom.

Dental implants: benefits of permanent tooth replacement

Dental implants offer numerous benefits when compared with traditional dentures or dental bridgework. At Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic in Leicester, our skilled implant dentist can use implants to replace anything from one to all of your teeth – permanently.

dental-implantsThe main issue with traditional dentures is that they only replace the crowns of the teeth (as do traditional bridges). Problems arise because when the tooth roots are missing for any significant period of time, the jaw bone starts to shrink back. This both alters the fit of your dentures, making them increasingly loose, unwieldy, and impossible to use, and also affects the appearance of your face as your bone structure changes.

Using dental implants, your Leicester dentist can prevent all of these problems. In cases of full-arch and/or full-mouth restoration, by choosing dental implants you won’t have to worry about your new teeth becoming loose. There will be no restrictions on your diet, meaning you can easily maintain your nutrition, no problems with speaking, and absolutely no danger of slipping false teeth ruining your social life.

This is because implants are made out of titanium, and actively promote bone growth. They will both hold your dentures or bridge firmly in place and prevent your jaw bone from shrinking.

Leicester dental implants

At our Leicester clinic we see dental implants as an investment in your future. You will never have to struggle with sloppy denture pastes again, won’t have to leave your teeth in a glass of water by the bed overnight, and can smile and laugh heartily safe in the knowledge that your teeth will stay where they should, always.

The majority of patients at our Leicester dental practice only need local anaesthetic for implant placement, and any post-operative discomfort won’t last long and is manageable with over-the-counter pain relief and ice packs.

Temporary teeth are often fitted whilst integration takes place, and when this is complete (after a few months) your Leicester dentist will then attach a permanent bridge, denture, or single crown.

Karen, Patient Co-Ordinator at Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic in Leicester, welcomes new patients for free dental implants consultations.

Choosing dental implants for a better life

Dental implants don’t just improve your smile; they can revolutionise your life. This might seem like a grand claim but at Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic in Leicester we believe it is true. Anyone who has struggled with loose-fitting dentures for years or even without teeth will know the misery that can bring.

dental-implants-LeicesterBy using dental implants, your Leicester dentist has a way or replacing the roots of your teeth. In fact, implants are titanium tooth roots, and they are placed in direct contact with your jaw bone under local anaesthetic. Once there, they will instantly start to integrate with the bone, keeping it strong and healthy.

It’s a shrinking jaw bone, caused by the loss and non-replacement of the natural tooth roots, that make lead to your dentures becoming loose in the first place. Loose dentures can seriously restrict your diet, can change your speech, and can cause a huge amount of damage to your self-confidence.

By choosing to have dental implants at Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic in Leicester, you can rid yourself of such common denture problems – or avoid them entirely.

Here’s how treatment works. . .

At your initial implant consultation, your dentist will assess how many implants you will need. In most cases at our Leicester clinic between four and eight implants are placed per jaw. Once they are in position they will be left to heal for a few months, during which time they will integrate with the jaw bone.

In most cases you will be able to continue wearing your old dentures during the healing period, after your Leicester dentist has adjusted them. You shouldn’t wear them for the first few days after implant surgery, in order to give your gums time to heal themselves.

After your dental implants have sufficiently integrated with your jaw bone, you will be called back to our Leicester clinic to have your permanent new dentures attached. Whilst you will be able to take them out for cleaning, they will otherwise stay exactly where they should, enabling you to get out there and enjoy life once more, free of slipping dentures for good.

Using dental implants to get your life back

Choosing dental implants as a solution to your tooth loss will give you back more than just your smile. At Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic in Leicester, we can use implants to replace anything from one to all of your natural teeth, restoring natural action as well as appearance.

dental-implants-LeicesterIf there is one thing that every dentist in the land will agree on, it’s that missing teeth should always be replaced one way or another. At our Leicester dental clinic, be believe that in the vast majority of cases, dental implants are the best solution.

Losing just one tooth can damage your oral health, with your remaining teeth immediately having to take up additional strain when you bite or chew food. These teeth often move into the spaces left by missing teeth, too, becoming harder to clean in the process.

When several or all the teeth are missing, your diet will become severely restricted, and you will experience issues with both speech and self-confidence.

By using dental implants, all of these problems can be solved – or ideally entirely avoided in the first place. At our Leicester dental practice we can combine a single implant with a crown to replace one lost tooth, and can use several dental implants in conjunction with either a fixed bridge or dentures to solve multiple tooth loss, or loss of all the natural teeth.

The benefits of dental implants

Dental implants help to protect the strength of your jaw bone as well as keeping your new teeth firmly in your mouth. Loss of bone density is frequently seen in patients with traditional dentures, and is the primary reason that such dentures often become loose and unwieldy.

By using implants to stabilise your dentures, your Leicester dentist can alleviate common denture issues, enabling you eat what you want, speak with clarity, and generally get on with enjoying life without your loose dentures getting in the way.

Implants are designed to be a long-term, even permanent solution to tooth loss. Of course, you will have to take good care of them; visiting the hygienist at our Leicester clinic will help you learn how to clean them.

The numerous advantages of dental implants as tooth replacements

Dental implants have many advantages as replacements for missing teeth. Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic in Leicester offers a range of dental implant-based teeth to restore your smile and your oral health by replacing anything from one to all of your natural teeth. We welcome new patients for implant consultations.

dental-implants-LeicesterWhen you start to lose teeth, you begin to lose more than just your beautiful smile. Even one lost tooth puts instant additional strain on remaining teeth, which can also move out of position and become difficult to clean. If you are missing several or all of your natural teeth, your ability to eat a healthy diet, to speak clearly, and to smile with confidence can all be impaired.

Sharks can regenerate their teeth many times over, but humans require a different solution. Our adult teeth are meant to last us for life, but often our modern lifestyles – with diets too high in sugar and acidic foods and drinks – get in the way, causing us to lose our teeth prematurely.

Dental implants are an effective solution to tooth loss caused by gum disease and tooth decay, as well as teeth lost in accidents. They require your mouth to be healthy to maximise your chances of success, but your Leicester dentist can treat periodontal disease prior to placing your implants.

Leicester dental implants

Most people at our Leicester dental practice only require local anaesthetic for the placement of dental implants, which many report as being more bearable than a tooth extraction.

Once your Leicester implant dentist has placed your dental implants in your jaw, a process called osseointegration begins. This sees the titanium tooth root replacements forming a strong bond with your jaw bone, providing a firm anchor for your new teeth as well as helping to preserve the strength and health of the jaw bone.

At our Leicester clinic we can combine dental implants with a fixed dental bridge, a denture, or a single crown, depending on your clinical situation. After a healing period you will be able to enjoy all the functionality of a new set of natural teeth.

Dental implants: common questions answered

Choosing dental implants is an investment in both your smile and your future. That’s what we believe at Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic in Leicester, where we can use implants to replace anything from one to all of your natural teeth.

dental-implantsWe understand, however, that choosing dental implants is a big decision. We’ve collected some common questions and answers about dental implant treatment here. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please get in touch with a member of the team here at our Leicester dental clinic. They will be more than happy to help.

How do dental implants work?

Teeth comprise roots and crowns, and dental implants replace the roots. Indeed, they are the only way to do so. They are placed in direct contact with your jaw bone during minor oral surgery at our Leicester clinic, and after healing provide long-term, secure support for new teeth.

Oral surgery? Do I need to take time off work? And will it hurt?

Not at all. Dental implants are placed under local anaesthetic, and at our Leicester clinic we use The Wand pain-free injection system to deliver your anaesthesia. In terms of down time, most people return to normal activities the day after implant surgery. You can manage any post-operative discomfort with over-the-counter painkillers.

How many teeth can dental implants replace?

As many as you need. At our Leicester clinic your implant dentist can use this treatment to replace anything from one to all of your natural teeth, attaching a single crown, a bridge, or dentures to your implants to restore natural appearance and function.

My dentures used to fit but now they’re loose. Will this happen with my implants?

No. This is one of the key benefits of implant treatment. As well as holding your teeth in place with a strength akin to that of natural tooth roots, dental implants help to preserve the health of your jaw bone. What this means in real terms is that you will be able to eat, speak, and smile as if you had a second set of natural teeth!

With regular check-ups at our Leicester clinic, your implants can last for life.