Category: Dental Implants

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At Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic, Leicester, dental implants are our forte. We believe they are the perfect solution to missing teeth. We pride ourselves on our skills in cosmetic dentistry. All of our cosmetic dentists are trained to high levels to give each of our clients the peace of mind they deserve at our practice.

dental-implantsOur primary cosmetic dentist, Dr Duncan Ralston has over 32 years’ experience in orthodontics. He has been running Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic for over 28 years. He studied around the world to bring his acquired knowledge and expertise back to his own practice. His chosen field is implant dentistry and he completed the prestigious diploma for implant dentistry in 2010.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant essentially replaces any missing teeth with a titanium screw, providing a sturdy, strong foundation for one or replacement teeth or crowns.

It is placed directly into the jaw bone and allowed time to fuse directly to the bone, providing a seamless join between your jaw bone and the screw. At Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic, Leicester dental implants are performed by our highly trained cosmetic dentist, to ensure a professional process to your cosmetic dentistry.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

There is a huge array of benefits to dental implants in Leicester. Firstly, they are the next best thing to our natural teeth, with a fit and function with direct correlation to healthy teeth. Some other options can lead to weakening of the bone, as well as trouble with eating and speaking.

Another benefit is the sheer lifespan a dental implant can provide. With proper care and attention from our cosmetic dentist, they can last you a lifetime. This is exceptional when compared to the traditional methods of tooth-supported dental bridges, only having an expectancy of between 5-10 years.

Dental implants also allow you to keep your teeth in your mouth, not in a jar by your bedside table at night. They are fused directly to the bone, so there is no fear of slippage. You can floss and brush without fear of clicking or shifting the tooth.

An innovative solution for the tooth you’ve been missing

Whether it is one tooth or lots of teeth you are missing, it can steadily become a big issue in your life. Your teeth are a very visible part of you that helps you to eat, chew, smile and talk. Anything that affects them can affect one or all of those things but it does not have to be a permanent issue.

With dental implants in Leicester at our clinic, you can return to a high quality of life. Due to the long term and fixed nature of implants, they can go a long way towards giving you back the abilities you had before losing teeth.

solution-for-missing-teethHow does it work?

At our clinic in Leicester, dental implants are explored as an option first through consultation with one of our fully qualified dentists. We check that they are the right solution for you and give your mouth a comprehensive examination to ensure suitability and that the implants will be effective in your circumstances.

Once we have all the information you need, we will discuss the situation with you thoroughly so that you can make an informed choice and feel happy to go ahead with any work. Treatment time depends on what needs to be done and how many implants you want but it can be a relatively short and simple procedure.

Implants are fixed directly to the jaw and they are then used as points for fixing items like crowns, dentures or bridges into place.

We want you to feel great

We can answer any questions you have and address any concerns face to face or over the phone. At Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic, Leicester, dental implants are just one of a range of solutions we offer to suit many issues, needs, timescales and budgets so you can be sure that if we offer them to you as a solution then you are benefiting from a wide range of experience.

Implants are a long term solution and will become a part of your life and we want to make sure that you are completely satisfied now and in the future. Contact us today to start on this journey and we’ll be happy to help.

Keep your false teeth in your mouth, not in a glass by the bed

In Leicester, dental implants are modern dentistry’s answer to the tragi-comedy of dentures. This next generation of artificial teeth technology solves all those denture problems so-beloved by British comedy shows: teeth moving around in the mouth, spending the night in a glass of water, and, falling out at the most inopportune moments. All entertaining to watch, but embarrassing if those dentures are your dentures.

dental-implants-in-LeicesterSo thank goodness for dental implants in Leicester, which are different from false teeth in that they are permanently fixed into the jaw bone. At Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic in Leicester, dental implants and other treatments are carried out by clinic-owner Duncan Ralston. Duncan has 30 years of practical experience in dentistry, as well as top-class training and cutting-edge equipment.

If you are thinking about having dental implants in Leicester, then the first step is to come and see Duncan, our cosmetic dentist, for a consultation to find out if dental implants are suitable for you. You will receive a written treatment plan for the dental implants in Leicester, and if you decide to go ahead, you will enter a two-stage process. During the first stage, Duncan uses his cosmetic dentistry skills to cut into your gums and precision-sculpt a new socket in your jaw where your missing tooth root once was. He will then fix a dental implant into this. Dental implants are very small metal screws, often made from titanium, that are permanently screwed into the bone where the root of your tooth used to be. Once the dental implants are in place, you will need to wait a few weeks for them to settle in. The bone tissue and new blood vessels will start to grow around the dental implants, meshing with them, and permanently anchoring them in place.

The second stage is when Duncan fixes new artificial teeth that have been custom-made to blend perfectly with your natural teeth. You can have single teeth fitted, or a permanent bridge if you have a few teeth missing. And you can even have dental implants to hold a full set of teeth, upper and lower, in place. The choice is yours at Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic.

Dental implants in Leicester – See how a cosmetic dentist can improve your smile

At Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic, we offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry treatments to fully restore your smile to its natural vitality, functionality, shine and dazzle! Most cosmetic treatments focus on the aesthetic appearance of your teeth, but did you know that many cosmetic treatments also improve your oral health as a side effect as well?

dental-implants-in-LeicesterMissing teeth? Dental implants in Leicester could solve the problem

When you see our cosmetic dentist you will be made aware of the full range of treatments that we offer to our patients. When you have a missing tooth or several missing teeth, this can cause a bigger problem for you than just the way your mouth looks. If you are missing teeth then you may have a noticeably gappy smile, or worse you may start to lose some of the gum and bone that previously had surrounded the (now absent) tooth. What can also happen in this case is that the teeth either side of the missing tooth can slide into the gap, leaving further gaps in the smile, but also in some cases twisting, requiring further orthodontic treatment. In these cases in Leicester, dental implants are a very popular solution because the titanium part of the implant will mesh with the bone and help to restore the health of the mouth, making sure that the surrounding teeth are prevented from the problems associated with missing teeth. For this reason it is of vital importance to consult your dentist as soon as possible once a problem has arisen.

Dental implants are a very popular solution for many patients because they not only look as good as your original tooth (or teeth), but are a permanent fixture. After a short healing period, your dental implants can also be used with confidence in the same way as your regular teeth. If you decide to visit us at our practice to discuss having dental implants in Leicester, we will be more than happy to explain the procedure in detail and will be able to quickly assess you and give you a timeline for your treatment.

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.

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.