Looking to have dental implants fitted in Southampton? Come to Smilemakers Dental Implant Clinic

Dental implants are one of the most popular trends in cosmetic dentistry at the moment and they show no sign of stopping.

Years ago, such procedures were only accessible to the stars of Hollywood, but with increased demand came a drop in the price of having dental implants fitted and now, they are affordable for most people.

Dental Implants in SouthamptonA rise in demand has also led to more dental practices being able to offer them to their patients, so when shopping to have dental implants, what should you look for in a dentist?

At Smilemakers Dental Implant Clinic, we are able to offer you dental implants in Southampton for a competitive price. But there are many more reasons you should choose us!

Free consultation

Our dental team understand that when you decide to have dental implants in Southampton, it is a big decision. You will be undertaking a procedure that is not commonplace in your average dental check-up, so you will undoubtedly have many questions.

That is why at Smilemakers Dental Implant Clinic, we offer a free initial consultation to all of our patients who are looking to have dental implants fitted. This provides you with a no pressure space to ask as many questions as you wish of your dentist. Not everyone is suitable for dental implants in Southampton, and this consultation is the perfect time for our dental team to assess whether or not you will benefit from having dental implants fitted.

If you decide against having implants fitted, our team will not pressure you into this decision and will discuss other cosmetic dental options with you.

Experienced team

Every member of our dental team has extensive knowledge of fitting dental implants along with helping our patients maintain them and keep them in top shape post fitting.

We can advise you on aftercare of your implants. Although they may seem hassle free, maintaining dental implants is slightly more complicated than looking after natural teeth, but our team can advise you on which techniques you can use to keep your implants looking their best.

In the event that the crown of one of your implants becomes damaged, our team can replace it for you and can advise you on how to prevent damage in the future.

Specialised equipment

Our dental team is committed to providing all of our patients with the highest standard of care throughout the fitting of your dental implants.

We have invested in the most modern technology to help us fit your implants. This ensures that we are able to position them correctly in your mouth and to check that your jaw is not rejecting them before the crown fitting.

This commitment to care has led to us being one of the most advanced dental surgeries on the south coast, renowned for providing the highest level of dental care available.

Do you think dental implants are for you?

Contact us today for your free initial consultation.

‘Aren’t all dental implants the same?’ Different types of implants we offer at Smilemakers Dental Implant Clinic in Southampton

When you decide to undertake having dental implants fitted, you may be confused when your dentist begins discussing things like overdentures and crowns. With the world of dental implants rarely explored, it can be confusing to navigate through the technical jargon you will undoubtedly hear at your initial, free consultation with us.

Southampton Dental ImplantsAt our surgery in Southampton, dental implants are our speciality and our passion, but we are aware that they are not everyone else’s!

We have, therefore, provided you with the following article to explain the different types of implants we offer, so you can feel confident when you walk into that initial consultation.

What is a dental implant?

At our clinic in Southampton, dental implants are fitted by our dentists everyday but what exactly is meant by the term?

In essence, a dental implant is divided into two sections; the implant and the prosthesis.

Depending on how many of your natural teeth are missing, you may find that you only require one implant or, if all of your natural teeth are missing, our dental team may suggest fitting up to eight.

At Smilemakers Dental Implant Clinic in Southampton, dental implants are typically made from titanium and resemble small screws in appearance. These screws are attached to your jaw(s) in strategic places as determined by your dentist, after initial tests like X-rays and scans. Once your dentist is sure that these implants are sitting comfortably in your jaw, they can then move on to the next step of the fitting. Please be aware, that this initial stage may take up to two months to complete.

What is a crown? Or a partial bridge?

If you have undertaken extensive dental work in the past, you may find yourself more familiar with the terminology used by your dental team during your initial consult. After all, a crown is a crown and dentures couldn’t be anything different.

Technically yes and no.

In regular dentistry, a crown is placed in a prepared tooth to restore its functionality and in appearance, it resembles a crown on top of the tooth. In implant dentistry, a crown is a single, metal-based prosthesis or ‘tooth’ that is attached to a single implant, therefore filling a gap in your teeth.

Other types of prostheses are also available.

Overdentures

A perfect solution if you are missing a full set of teeth on either of your jaws, or both, overdentures are a set of custom fitted dentures that will be held in place by up to eight implants.

Unlike regular dentures, they cannot move and therefore, do not cause issues like ulcers or sores from rubbing.

Fixed partial bridge/ full bridge

Fixed bridges usually consist of a single implant in the jaw that supports either a single prosthetic tooth or several teeth.

Unlike regular full or partial bridges, it does not depend on the support of the surrounding teeth and is therefore extremely secure.

Are dental implants in Southampton the solution for your smile?

As we get older it can get pretty tricky to maintain a perfect smile without a little help along the way. This is when a good dental clinic can be worth its weight in gold, especially if you are looking for the best dental implants in Southampton.

Dental Implants in SouthamptonBut what exactly are dental implants, how long does the treatment take and are they the best solution for you? At Smilemakers Dental Implant Clinic, our aim is to answer all these questions and offer the best options for you on your road to a brighter smile.

We very often offer implants if a patient has been suffering from tooth decay or has possibly knocked out a tooth during an accident.  Contemporary dental implants in Southampton offer a solution that, if looked after well, can last for many years to come.

How do dental implants work?

We know that through modern-day dental technology, implants now have a very natural look to them and will help you to get your confidence back!  But how exactly does this procedure work?

Replacing missing teeth with brand new artificial ones has come a long way from the 1970s and can be done quickly, easily and safely.  After an initial consultation a very small, strong titanium post is positioned into the jawbone under the gum and then the crown is secured on to this.

We offer the chance for patients to have a single or even multiple teeth replaced and have a series of options, you can even have your teeth replaced in a day!

Are dental implants for me?

Implants are the perfect option for missing teeth and most people who are in general good health and have good oral health are usually able to have this treatment done.  However, as the gum and bone need to be healthy enough to heal around the implant, heavy smokers may not be suitable for this treatment. Implants are generally only given to those patients over 18, as we need to ensure that the jawbone has stopped growing before treatment.

Aftercare of dental implants

Look after your teeth and they will look after you. This is certainly applicable to artificial teeth too! Nothing could be simpler than looking after your implants. Simply stick to a regular home dental cleaning regime of brushing teeth twice a day and using floss or an alternative interdental cleaner too, to prevent the build up of deposits which are similar to plaque and bacteria.

Dental implants are the healthy option

Did you know that dental implants actually promote healthy bone growth and that they are also the next best thing to natural teeth? If looked after well they will serve you admirably and help you to reap the rewards of dental technology to the fullest.   With a substantially proactive home dental health care regime and regular checks by your dentist, there is no reason at all why your new smile cannot last for many years to come!

Are Southampton dental implants the road to your smile utopia?

We understand that it can be a little worrying to the patient when we tell them that they may need dental implants.  We could suggest Southampton dental implants if someone has been in a sporting accident and knocked out a tooth or if some teeth have been lost due to tooth decay.

Southampton Dental ImplantsSome patients may want slightly wonky and yellowing teeth replaced too and implants are ideal for this, as the beauty of them is that they can be made to the shape and colour desired.

For those who are nervous about having dental treatments, rest assured that all of the staff at Smilemakers Dental Implant Clinic are very experienced in making the procedure as quick and as easy as possible, in fact, most people return to work the following day!

Modern technology for a healthier mouth

Through dynamic dental technology, modern day implants offer a result that looks very natural and can last for many years, if looked after well.  In fact, having artificial teeth to replace those that are decayed or missing is probably one of the most beneficial oral healthcare treatments you can have.

Missing teeth can result in loss of jawbone density and having implants will ensure that stability is restored, whilst at the same time stimulating natural jawbone growth.

So as well as restoring your confidence, Southampton dental implants will lay the foundations for a new and healthier smile all round!

How does the procedure work?

A very strong, but small titanium screw is surgically positioned into the jawbone, then the artificial tooth is mounted onto the screw or post.  You can safely have a single tooth or even multiple teeth replaced via a dental implant bridge, where the artificial teeth are linked to the implants on the bridge structure.

How comfortable are implants?

Say goodbye to being careful about what you eat and hello to the biggest buffet of your life! As with implants you can eat as normal and relish in the same confidence as you would have with natural teeth!

Dental implants do not move around in the mouth like old fashioned dentures, they are very strong and secure. If you have noticed that your face has started to sag due to missing teeth, dental implants will also give your face a lift and help to diminish wrinkles.

Caring for your new smile

Look after your new teeth and they will look after you!  Implants can get deposits on them which are very similar to the plaque and bacteria that can be seen on uncared for natural teeth. So looking after your implants is key to keeping a healthy smile.  We suggest a full home dental cleaning regime of brushing your teeth twice and day and also flossing in between them.  If you follow good oral cleanliness and have your regular dental check-ups, there is no reason at all why your implants cannot last for many years to come! So what are you waiting for?

What are the benefits of dental implants in Southampton?

Here at Smilemakers, we are one of the most highly revered providers of dental implants in Southampton. It has always been our philosophy here at Smilemakers to be ahead of the curve in regards to new and advancing technologies to benefit our patients. This has led to us being one of the most technologically advanced dental practitioners in the country. We feel that by combining both the latest in cutting-edge 3D digital mapping software and technologies with the first hand dental experiences of our committed in-house team of dentists, hygienists and impact treatment coordinators, a truly effective dental experience is achieved. Our friendly and approachable staff are available for free consultations to any patients seeking treatment in the Southampton area, and – as can be seen from our numerous positive testimonials – we are proud to serve Southampton and the surrounding area and hope to continue to do so for many years to come.

Dental Implants in SouthamptonFilling the void

Dental implants are only generally opted for in instances where teeth have been lost, or damaged beyond repair – and act as a prosthetic solution to gaps in a patient’s mouth. Here at Smilemakers we understand the embarrassment that arise from instances where teeth have been lost or damaged and result in gaps in your mouth. We also empathise with the struggles faced by those who wear dentures on a regular basis, and can offer a fixed, permanent solution that can vastly ease the embarrassment and suffering of an innumerable number of patients. The process of installing dental implants in Southampton initially consists of a consultation at our clinic between the patient and a member of our trained professional dental team with whom the patient feels comfortable. During this consultation, some basic health background questions will be asked – concerning the patient’s lifestyle, medical background and dental wellbeing. After this has been established, the patient will then be taken through the basics of the procedure and asked whether they would wish to opt for any general anaesthetics.

Moving mountains

Following from this, if a patient wishes to continue seeking treatment, a treatment plan would then be drawn up – detailing the extent of treatment and a rough timescale. X-rays and digital rendering would then take place, before the installation process can begin. Initially, a small hole would be surgically drilled into the patient’s gum in the gap where the missing tooth or teeth should be – whilst the patient is under the influence of general anaesthetic. Then a titanium screw is inserted into the gum, and left to heal. After a brief healing process, during which time the titanium fuses with the patient’s jawbone. Thereafter, a replica tooth constructed from porcelain or plastic is then screwed into the hole in the patient’s gum, and thus the gap is bridged with a good-as-new replica tooth and the patient’s smile is restored. Treatment of this sort can be massively effective in not only restoring a patient’s smile, but also their self-esteem and confidence as it can often be difficult to have to refrain from smiling for fear of exposing gaps in your mouth. So put your reservations to one side and contact us at Smilemakers for dental implants in Southampton.

Four ways to ensure your dental implants in Southampton last a lifetime

Yes, implants are designed to offer a lifetime of service; however, this does not mean patients electing to have implants surgically inserted into their mouths can neglect their oral health. Patients still need to play their part in taking good care of their implants by following the advice and guidance of their dentists. After all, an implant treatment is an investment, not only of money but time in the treatment process itself, and effort in improving self-confidence. At Smilemakers Dental Implant Clinic we urge our patients who have had teeth-replacement dental implants in Southampton to follow a strict aftercare routine for optimal gum healing and successful fusion.

Dental Implants in SouthamptonHow to ensure the long-term satisfactory use of your implants

Once you have had the surgical procedure, and depending on the complexity of your treatment, your dentist may recommend taking a few days off work and will provide you with antibiotic medication to prevent infection, and painkillers should you experience any discomfort. You may even be required to use a special mouthwash if your dentist deems it necessary. It is utterly important to follow all instructions carefully.

  1. Continue a good oral hygiene routine

Many patients falsely believe that just because implants aren’t natural, they do not require proper oral care. This is an error in judgement. It is as vitally important to continue with good oral health practices as you would with natural teeth. This means brushing twice a day for a minimum of two minutes, flossing at least once a day and having regular dental check-ups. Regular check-ups with a dentist will offer peace of mind that the implants have been successfully inserted, and should any problems be detected, proper measures can be put in place to rectify them.

  1. Minimise infections

Implant infections, known as peri-implantitis can occasionally occur. One risk of this type of infection is that the inflammation around the gum and bone can spread and affect the new implants as well as their titanium roots. The consequences of this infection can include the development of jawbone loss and implant instability, and eventually implants will fall out. Patients more at risk of developing peri-implantitis are diabetics, smokers and those with compromised immune systems.

  1. Manage chronic conditions

Before seeking dental implants in Southampton it is important to discuss your overall health and any pre-existing conditions with your dentist. Overall good health is a critical factor in protecting your implants. Medical conditions that include diabetes, osteoarthritis and even poor immune systems place you at risk of implant failure. Managing these conditions by following the instructions of your doctor religiously (taking your prescribed medication as directed and routine medical check-ups) is part and parcel of successful implants.

  1. Maintain healthy gums

Another influential factor in strong implant insertion is healthy gums. Healthy gums secure implants more effectively and offer a protective barrier from undesirable elements such as food particles affecting the implants. Gum disease cause gums to weaken and recede, and leads to the exposure of the root of the tooth as well as the implant. Gum disease, when left untreated, can cause additional complications with the quality of bone beneath the gum line. Weakened bone structure can result in bone loss which places the support of implants at risk.

If you have any questions or concerns about aftercare treatment for your implants or for more ways to ensure optimal recovery, please schedule an appointment with one of our dentists at Smilemakers Dental Implant Clinic.

Useful tips when considering dental implants in Southampton

At Smilemakers Dental Implant Clinic we place particular emphasis on our patients practicing proper oral healthcare after receiving implants as a tooth-replacement treatment, to ensure fast and effective healing takes place and for the successful fusion of implants. If you are considering dental implants in Southampton make sure you have a perfect understanding of the techniques and tasks that need to be observed to keep the implant site clean and free of harmful bacteria.

Dental Implants in SouthamptonFailure to follow recommended care instructions puts you at risk of a number of complications that include: bleeding gums, gum infection and bone loss; not to mention implant failure and having them fall out. The following post-surgical care tips are highly recommended to ensure your implants remain healthy and last for a lifetime.

How to take care of surgical implants properly

  1. Pay attention to your brushing

Brushing is your first form of protection against the formation of plaque. A good tip is to use a toothbrush with soft bristles, preferably one suitable for implants, gentle enough to clean and protect the surface of the implant. Try to keep to the minimum of two minutes of brushing time using tartar-control toothpaste.

  1. Floss daily

Flossing is another effective technique to remove plaque or food that gets stuck between teeth. Flossing every day is best to ensure the cleanliness and good health of your teeth. If you’ve had implants inserted into your mouth, make sure to ask your dentist to show you the proper way to floss in order not to damage the implants or your gums.

  1. Implement an extended oral hygiene routine

While brushing and flossing every day are the two top priorities, these are certainly not the be-all and end-all of a proper dental hygiene routine. For successful dental implants in Southampton to take place additional responsibilities may include using antimicrobial mouth rinses, interdental brushes, committing to routine implant examinations and professional cleaning. Your dentist is best placed to use special equipment to clean implants thoroughly without damaging the surface area.

  1. Don’t eat hard foods

Certain foods that are hard or sticky can be damaging to implants. Foods like dried fruit, caramel-coated sweets and even ice can threaten the structural integrity of implants.

  1. Limit your alcohol intake

After undergoing the surgical implant procedure, you will want to ensure healing takes place quickly and effectively. One way to help the healing process along is to limit your alcohol consumption, as drinking over the daily limits can slow down the post-surgical healing.

  1. Refrain from smoking

For optimal healing to take place after having implant treatments there needs to be an adequate flow of blood to the bone, gums and teeth. Patients who smoke are urged to avoid smoking once implants are inserted and integrated, as this reduces blood flow and can affect the health of the implants.

Failure to care properly for implants can cause problems such as mucositis, the earliest sign of which is bleeding. It is possible to reverse this condition if it is diagnosed and treated early. If you have a concern or need the professional eye of a dentist to check on the health of your implants, give Smilemakers Dental Implant Clinic a call to make an appointment.

Southampton dental implants – self-care tips and advice

If you have decided to move forward with your implant surgery and you are puzzled about post-operative care, there is no need to worry anymore. Just like any type of surgery, dental implants require good care in order to remain in good shape and functional for a long time.

Southampton Dental ImplantsKnowing what to expect just after an implant operation will enable patients to take the right decisions and avoid complications. At the first stage, it is our responsibility at Smilemakers Dental Implant Clinic to educate you on Southampton dental implants and how to take good care of them after your operation. Most of the time, a thorough oral hygiene routine and frequent dental visits are sufficient to keep your Southampton dental implants healthy in the long run.

Post-operative advice

Just after the implant operation, dental implants will be covered with gauzes in order to eliminate bleeding and avoid infection. A certain level of discomfort is expected, though this will usually go away with common painkillers. This type of discomfort can last for a few days. Some swelling and sensitivity should be expected, but if bleeding continues for many days after the surgery, then it is imperative to speak to your dentist.

During the first day, you are advised not to eat or drink very hot or hard food. Depending on the type of Southampton dental implants installed in your mouth, soft foods should be consumed just after your surgery. This way you will give time for your dental implants to heal.

Exercise should be avoided for the first few days, since it can lead to bleeding and swelling. However, once your energy levels are restored, you can return to your normal activities and start exercising again. After a few weeks, you can also re-introduce solid foods to your diet (unless your dentist recommends otherwise).

The importance of frequent specialist care

Visiting the dentist is a big part of any implant aftercare plan. If you have had implant surgery recently, you should visit us regularly in order to ensure that your implants are healing properly and avoid unnecessary complications that could even lead to implant failure. Frequent dental examinations and cleanings are essential for the health and longevity of your dental implants.

Gum disease and dental implants in Southampton

You probably already know that untreated gum disease is dangerous for your oral and general health, because it can lead to periodontitis, an advanced type of gum disease that attacks the soft tissue keeping your teeth securely in place. Unfortunately, many patients do not know that their gums are infected as they become too used to their symptoms or may not notice them at all. The truth is that gum disease does not manifest with painful symptoms and for this reason it’s really important have your teeth and gums checked at regular intervals.

Dental Implants in SouthamptonAdvanced gum disease can cause tooth loss. At Smilemakers Dental Implant Clinic, we will use dental implants in Southampton to replace the missing teeth of our patients – whether the result of gum disease or another ailment. At the same time, we will strive to keep the infection from spreading in the first place. As such, patients with active gum disease cannot have dental implants unless they have their gum disease treated. This is because gum disease can delay the healing process and create an environment that increases the risk of infection around the sites of the dental implants.

Regulating gum disease

Patients with gum disease who wish to have dental implants in Southampton should arrange treatment prior to their implant surgery. Once the gum disease is removed, we will examine your teeth and help you determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants in Southampton.

Our dentist will primarily assess the amount of gum and bone tissue in your mouth. If your jawbone tissue is severely deteriorated, we will present to you alternative options involving dental implants. If dental implants are not possible, we will suggest different treatments that may be more compatible. Our main aim is to ensure that your jawbone is strong enough for receiving the dental implants.

We can help

Do you have active gum disease and you want to have dental implants in Southampton? We may be able to help. If you want to learn more about this treatment and what we can do about your oral health, contact us today.

Southampton dental implants can improve your oral health

Missing and badly decayed teeth can affect your quality of life significantly. If you already suffer from tooth loss, you know that simple actions such as eating or speaking are more difficult, not to mention that you are likely to encounter more health problems in the long run.

Southampton Dental ImplantsDental implants are widely considered a viable restorative option because they can replace the entire structure of a missing tooth – from root to crown. Southampton dental implants, in particular, are offered by our dentists at Smilemakers Dental Implants Clinic, who are in favour of this treatment over other conventional tooth replacement methods because of the many functional and oral health benefits it provides.

Tell me more about dental implants

Dental implants are artificial screws or posts made of titanium, which serve as substitutes for the roots of missing teeth. When the abutment, the connector placed on top of the post, is attached to an artificial tooth – such as a crown, denture or a bridge, then you can have a long-lasting, natural-looking, fully-functional replacement tooth. Unlike other tooth replacement options that have no interaction with the jawbone, dental implants are united with the jawbone and create a robust foundation for replacement teeth.

Why select Southampton dental implants?

Trauma, tooth decay, gum disease, broken roots and irregular tooth positioning are all reasons that can lead to tooth loss. Once a tooth is gone, your jawbone will begin to deteriorate and your neighbouring teeth will eventually move into the gaps created by your missing teeth.

Aside from aesthetic reasons, tooth loss can also be harmful to your oral health. Tooth loss can compromise your ability to eat and speak properly, leading to an overall decrease in your quality of life.

Not convinced?

Southampton dental implants are very effective at replacing missing teeth because they can prevent gum deterioration, tooth decay and misalignment. Dental implants can solve both aesthetic and structural problems, while restoring your teeth. If you want to learn more about this innovative treatment and the ways it can help your smile, give us a call and we will book a consultation appointment for you.