Category: Dental Implants

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.

A guide to dental implants as a solution to tooth loss

Choosing dental implants to replace your missing teeth can seriously enhance your quality of life. At Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic in Leicester, our implant dentist, Dr Duncan Ralston, can use implants to replace one, some, or all of your natural teeth, and can treat both simple and complex cases.

dental-implants-LeicesterThere are numerous benefits to dental implants when compared with traditional dental bridges or dentures. A standard bridge needs support from your adjacent teeth, which more often than not results in the loss of healthy tooth structure, and also needs these teeth to be strong, healthy, and free from large fillings in the first place.

Neither standard bridges nor dentures replace the roots of lost teeth, and when tooth roots are missing for any period of time, the jaw bone is likely to start shrinking. This is the primary reason that traditional dentures become loose and ill-fitting, and can also cause a prematurely aged appearance to your face.

At our Leicester dental centre we believe dental implants are, more often than not, the optimum solution to tooth loss.

It’s wrong to think of dental implants as replacement teeth as such; more accurately, they are replacement tooth roots. They are placed in your jaw bone under local anaesthetic or sedation at our Leicester clinic, preventing the problem of bone loss whilst simultaneously holding your new teeth – be they crowns, bridges, or dentures – securely in place in your mouth.

Dental implants help to eliminate common denture woes. You will once again be able to eat whatever you like, including the occasional treat. You can also enjoy clear speech and a renewed vigour for life with no danger of your dentures slipping out unexpectedly.

If you need several or all the teeth replaced in one jaw, your Leicester dentist may opt to use an implant-retained bridge. Unlike traditional bridgework, implant-retained bridges don’t need any support from remaining teeth, meaning they stay healthy and strong.

An implant-retained bridge can also support more teeth than a standard bridge. At our Leicester clinic a few choicely placed dental implants can support a full jaw of teeth in bridge form.

Your guide to dental implants for permanent tooth replacement

Dental implants are an excellent, permanent solution to tooth loss. At Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic in Leicester we pride ourselves on providing the perfect implant solutions to suit all needs, no matter whether you’ve lost a single tooth, some teeth, or even all of your teeth.

dental-implants-leicesterWe use the world-renowned Ankylos German system of dental implants at our Leicester clinic. They are well-known across the world for providing a permanent, functional, and aesthetically pleasing tooth replacement solution for all patients, whatever their clinical needs.

How dental implants work

Dental implants aren’t replacement teeth, but replacement tooth roots. They will be placed in direct contact with your jaw bone in a small operation, which is carried out under local anaesthetic delivered via The Wand pain-free injection system at our Leicester dental practice.

Once they are in position, a process called osseointegration begins. This involves the dental implants meshing with the jaw bone, and it takes approximately six months to complete. After this your dentist will attach your permanent new teeth – be they crowns, dentures, or an implant-retained bridge – to the abutments on top of your implants, restoring both aesthetic appeal and full functionality to your jaw.

The implant work at our Leicester dental centre is carried out by Dr Duncan Ralston, a highly experienced implant dentist. We welcome patients for no-obligation dental implants consultations to learn more about how this treatment can help you.

Advantages compared with standard dentures and bridges

Standard dental bridgework and dentures only replace the crowns of lost teeth. When the roots are not replaced, the jaw bone is likely to resorb, which can make it harder to place dental implants in the future and can also result in changes to the structure of the face.

Bone loss causes dentures to become loose, which causes a wide range of problems. Traditional bridgework, meanwhile, relies on adjacent teeth for support and may involve the loss of healthy tooth structure.

Dental implants help to prevent bone loss, holding either a denture, a bridge, or a single crown in place, without any need for work to be done on surrounding teeth.

How dental implants can enhance your quality of life after tooth loss

Dental implants are the only permanent solution to tooth loss. Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic in Leicester offers a wide range of implant treatment options, designed to replace anything from one tooth to all your teeth.

dental-implants-LeicesterThe implant treatment at our Leicester dental practice is carried out by Dr Duncan Ralston, a highly experienced implant dentist who has carried out scores of successful restorations using dental implants.

How dental implants treatment works

Dental implants are replacements for the root portions of lost teeth. They are placed in direct contact with your jaw bone in a small oral surgical procedure, carried out at our Leicester dental practice under either local anaesthetic or sedation.

Made out of titanium, implants not only hold your teeth securely in your mouth, but also help to prevent bone loss, a common side-effect of missing teeth that is at least partially responsible for the problems experienced by many traditional denture wearers.

When the jaw bone shrinks, it follows that dentures will become loose. In some cases the whole structure of your face can actually change. Dental implants will help to stop this from happening.

Leicester dental implants

Once your dentist has placed your dental implants at our Leicester clinic, they will be left to heal and bond with the jaw bone for a few months. This means that they will provide exceptional anchorage for your new teeth.

In terms of new teeth, either a single crown, a dental bridge, or a set of dentures can be attached to your implants. This won’t just restore aesthetic appearance, but will provide great functionality, meaning that you can eat what you like, can speak clearly and smile with confidence – and with no fear of wayward dentures letting you won.

The success rate of dental implants is very high – up to 90%. Your Leicester dentist will provide you with aftercare instructions, and you need to come back to the practice on a regular basis for check-ups and maintenance appointments. Implants and the teeth attached can be affected by gum disease in the same way as natural teeth, so prudent care is important.

Dental implants: an introduction to permanent replacements for missing teeth

Dental implants are the only permanent way a dentist can replace missing teeth. Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic in Leicester offers a number of implant-based solutions to tooth loss, carried out by highly experienced implant dentist Dr Duncan Ralston.

replace-missing-teethAny dentist will stress the importance of replacing missing teeth one way or another – failing to do so risks both your oral and general health as tasks that we take for granted, such as eating or speaking, can become much more difficult. At our Leicester clinic we believe dental implants are, more often than not, the ideal solution to tooth loss.

Unlike traditional dental bridgework or dentures, dental implants address the issue of missing tooth roots. When the roots of teeth are missing for a considerable period of time, the jaw bone can start to resorb, making dentures loose, causing a sagging of the skin around the jowls, lips, and face, even in some cases altering the entire appearance of your face.

Dental implants are bionic, titanium tooth roots. Titanium is osteoconductive, which means that it encourages bone growth. This means your implants will help to avoid the issues associated with bone loss as well as holding your crown, bridge, or denture securely in place with a similar strength to that of a natural tooth root.

We offer free implant consultations with our treatment co-ordinator at our Leicester dental practice, during which you can ask any questions you may have about dental implants, and learn more about both their advantages and what exactly is involved in implant treatment.

Leicester dental implants

We have been using the popular German Ankylos system of dental implants at our Leicester dental practice for the past 15 years, and have carried out numerous successful implant procedures.

Dental implants can be used to replace anything from one tooth to all your teeth. Depending on your clinical need and personal preference, your dentist can attach single crowns, an implant-retained bridge, or dentures to the abutments on top of your implants after a healing period.

Our Leicester clinic uses The Wand pain-free injection system for delivering local anaesthetic. Dental sedation is also an option.

Dental implants: common questions about treatment

Dental implants are an increasingly popular way for a dentist to replace lost teeth, and at Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic in Leicester we don’t find it difficult to understand why.

dental-implants-LeicesterBy using dental implants, your dentist has a permanent way to restore not just natural-looking teeth, but also full functionality to your jaw, meaning you can enjoy eating what you like, can speak, smile, even sing with confidence, and with no fear that your false teeth will fall out.

At our Leicester dental clinic we like to view dental implants as an investment in your future as well as in your smile. Of course, choosing to have oral surgery is a major life decision, and you are bound to have some questions. Below are some common questions and answers about implant treatment.

If you can’t find what you need to know here, please get in touch with Karen, the Patient Coordinator here at our Leicester clinic. She will be more than happy to help you.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants replace the roots of missing teeth. They are placed directly into carefully pre-planned sockets in your jaw bone during a small operation here at our Leicester dental practice. Once in place, implants heal and integrate with your bone, serving the dual purpose of holding new teeth in position and actively preventing bone loss.

I need an operation? Will it hurt?

Not at all. Many people only need local anaesthetic for implant placement. We use The Wand pain-free injection system to deliver the anaesthetic, so you should experience no pain during the procedure. We can also treat you under sedation if you prefer. Post-operative discomfort is usually mild, and manageable with over-the-counter painkillers.

Can I have my new teeth immediately?

After placement, your dental implants will mesh with your jaw bone in a process called osseointegration. This takes a few months to complete, during which time your dentist may fit temporary teeth. Your permanent new teeth will be attached after integration is complete.

What kind of teeth will I have?

Either a bridge, crown, or denture, depending on your clinical need.

With dental implants, you can get your smile and your freedom back

By using dental implants, a dentist can restore three things: your smile, full functionality to your jaw, and the confidence needed to get out and enjoy your life. Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic in Leicester offers a number of implant solutions, which will be tailored to suit your individual needs by our skilled implant dentist, Dr Duncan Ralston.

dental-implants-LeicesterAdvantages of treatment with dental implants

Dental implants are one of the most exciting innovations of modern dentistry. They are the only way that a dentist can replace the root parts of any missing teeth, and are the only permanent tooth replacement option.

By replacing lost roots promptly, you can avoid many of the pitfalls of traditional dentures, which have a tendency to become loose thanks to shrinkage of the jaw bone and gum tissue when tooth roots are missing. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed in direct contact with your jaw bone in a minor operation, carried out here at our Leicester dental practice.

Most patients only need local anaesthetic for the placement of dental implants, which we provide using the pain-free Wand injection system. However, we are also fully equipped to provide treatment under conscious sedation at our Leicesterdental practice, for nervous patients or those undergoing lengthier procedures.

Over a period of a few months, your dental implants will heal and fully integrate with your jaw bone. When this healing process is complete, you will be called back to our Leicester clinic to have your permanent new teeth fitted – these may be a crown, bridge, or denture, depending on what your individual clinical needs and preferences are.

Your new teeth with both look and function just like their natural counterparts, meaning you can eat what you like, speak, smile, and laugh with confidence.

For patients currently struggling with loose-fitting dentures, we can use dental implants for denture stabilisation at our Leicester dental practice. This involves placing a number of implants (commonly between four and eight) in your jaw then securing your dentures on top, giving you back all the freedom of a jaw full of healthy teeth.

Dental implants: life benefits of tooth replacement

Using dental implants, your dentist can permanently replace your missing teeth. At Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic in Leicester, our implant dentist, Dr Duncan Ralston, can use implants to replace one, some, or all of your natural teeth. Unlike other tooth replacement options, implants don’t just restore an aesthetically pleasing smile, but also give you back all the functionality of a healthy jaw of teeth.

dental-implants-LeicesterThere are numerous benefits to choosing dental implants to replace your missing teeth. One key point is their permanence – with proper aftercare and regular follow-up visits to our Leicester dental practice, implants and the teeth attached to them will last many years.

Another important point to note is the high success rate of dental implants treatments. Studies have shown that – again, so long as you look after them – implants have a success rate of more than 90%.

Whilst traditional dental bridges can only replace one or two adjacent teeth, and require strong surrounding teeth for support – often necessitating the removal of healthy tooth structure to facilitate crown placement – bridges supported by dental implants require no work on adjacent teeth. In addition, implant-retained bridges can carry far more teeth than their standard counterparts – in some cases, just four implants are needed to support a full-arch bridge.

Traditional dentures are known for becoming loose over the years. This can affect your ability to eat solid foods, to speak clearly, and can seriously dent your confidence, curtailing your social life if you fear your teeth could fall out.

Denture problems often arise because of bone loss, which happens then tooth roots are missing. Dental implants replace the tooth roots and support bone growth, holding your new teeth firmly in place.

Leicester dental implants

When you come to our Leicester practice for an implant consultation, your dentist will first assess the level of bone density to check if you need additional procedures prior to implant placement.

Most patients at our Leicester clinic only need local anaesthetic for the placement of dental implants. Soon you will be enjoying:

  • Speaking clearly
  • Eating what you want
  • Renewed confidence
  • No fear of teeth falling out
  • The functionality of a healthy jaw

A guide to dental implants and new teeth

Dental implants don’t just restore aesthetic beauty to your smile, they also give you back full functionality in your jaw. At Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic in Leicester, our skilled implant dentist, Dr Duncan Ralston, can replace one, some, or all of your natural teeth with dental implants.

dental-implants-LeicesterYou should always replace missing teeth, ideally immediately or as soon as possible after tooth loss occurs. To do otherwise risks both your dental and general health in the long term.

One missing tooth instantly puts more strain on those teeth that remain; other teeth also often move into any gaps, becoming twisted, misaligned, and harder to keep clean in the process. This can lead to a build-up of dental plaque, which can ultimately lead to further tooth loss.

Several or all missing teeth will impact upon your diet, as you may find yourself limited to soft foods or liquids, struggling to get proper nutrition. In addition, your jaw bone may start to shrink and your gums to recede, causing traditional dentures to become loose and affecting diet, speech, and confidence.

With dental implants, your dentist is able to address all of these problems. Small titanium screws that are placed directly in your jaw bone in a minor operation here at our Leicester practice, implants are bionic tooth roots. As well as holding replacement teeth firmly in place, they also actively prevent both bone loss and gum recession.

Leicester dental implants

When you come to our Leicester dental practice for an implant consultation, your dentist will discuss the most appropriate treatment for you. Dental implants can be used to support a single crown, a dental bridge, or an implant-retained denture.

With dental implants you will soon be enjoying a second chance at a healthy mouth of teeth, with no dietary restrictions. A recent survey showed that the four foods that make us smile the most are chocolate, curry, a roast dinner, and a breakfast fry-up. If you’ve worn dentures for some time you may have missed these favourites; with dental implants, you will be able to enjoy them all once more – as an occasional treat, of course!