Are Southampton dental implants the right treatment?

Technological advances in dentistry and decades of research, development and trial and error, have allowed dental implants to become an increasingly popular tooth replacement method, which is now more accessible than ever. However, despite their versatility and adaptability, dental implants are not a great solution for every dental patient.

Southampton Dental ImplantsAt Smilemakers Dental Implants Clinic, we stand by our patients’ choice to have Southampton dental implants and we will do our best to help them improve their missing teeth problems. Our experienced dentists will examine your teeth and jawbone thoroughly and help you decide whether Southampton dental implants are the right treatment for you.

Anatomy of dental implants

Dental implants are small, titanium, screw-shaped roots which are placed in the jaw. Their placement is carefully prepared by the dentist well in advance of the operation. Southampton dental implants replace the missing tooth roots of the missing teeth and function just like them. This is because they are embedded into the jawbone through a process known as ‘osseointegration’, which allows the surrounding bone tissue to heal with the implant root over a period of time. In the end, and once the implants have fused with the jawbone, the dentist will mount them with replacement teeth (most commonly crowns and bridges, but dentures can also be attached on top of dental implants).

Are Southampton dental implants the best option for me?

Like most dental treatments, dental implants have some limitations. One preventive factor, for instance, is the amount of bone available in the jawbone. Regular dental implants cannot be attached on a deteriorating jawbone. While this drawback rarely stops the use of dental implants, a lack of bone tissue can mean that your dentist may recommend a graft procedure or an alternative implant method, such as All-on-4 dental implants.

Oral and overall health are also important for dental implants. Patients with gum disease or other oral problems will need to treat them timely. Patients with health problems such as diabetes or heart disease should talk to their dentist and find out whether dental implants are viable.

Reclaim your smile

Modern dentistry has made dental implants more accessible than ever, so it’s unusual to find yourself in a situation where you cannot have them.

Achieve denture stabilisation with dental implants in Southampton

Dentures have been used to replace missing teeth for thousands of years, since there is evidence that they were even used in Ancient Egypt. However, modern dentures as we know them were first invented in the 18th century. Modern dentures are more lightweight than ever and do not need constant adjustments but, they come with certain disadvantages. Unlike dental implants, removable dentures cannot stop bone deterioration. Dental implants, on the other hand, are the most viable solution for missing teeth available in modern dentistry.

Dental Implants in SouthamptonAt Smilemakers Dental implant Clinic, you can now combine these two treatments in one for the fraction of the cost. It’s true – you can have dentures supported by dental implants in Southampton. Implant-supported dentures are a breakthrough in implant dentistry because they make dental implants more accessible to people who wouldn’t normally wouldn’t consider them because of their cost. Dentures supported by dental implants in Southampton are stable, reliable, do not become loose over time and they do not require special adhesives to stay in place. In short, they are just like real teeth.

The process of stabilising dentures with dental implants

Denture stabilisation with dental implants in Southampton involves the placement of up to 4 dental implants in the jawbone (whether upper or lower). These dental implants function as an anchor and foundation for the denture. The implants used for this process are smaller than regular implants and they are strategically placed into the jawbone for maximum retention. Implant-supported dentures can either be fixed or removable.

Advantages of implant-supported dentures

Dentures supported with dental implants in Southampton offer increased stability and comfort. Since your dentures are fortified by being attached firmly to the dental implants, they do not cause any discomfort or gum irritation. These dentures will not become loose over time and will not make embarrassing sounds when talking or eating. More importantly, the dental implants will strengthen your jawbone and prevent its further deterioration.

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If you want to learn more about denture stabilisation with dental implants in Southampton, you can reach us either via phone or our website.

Adjusting to dental implants

When something changes or you are learning a new skill, there is usually an adjustment period when things feel strange and awkward. After a while, you become ‘unconsciously competent’ and this means you have integrated your experience into everyday life. There are plenty of dental treatments that are followed by a few days or weeks of adjusting either to using new equipment or to the feel of something in your mouth. Dental implants require a little adjustment but perhaps not as much as you might think.

Southampton Dental ImplantsThis article deals with the period after Southampton dental implants are fitted. If you want to know more about the stages before this, you can contact us at Smilemakers Dental Implant Clinic, and we’ll be happy to provide all the information you need.

At our clinic in Southampton, dental implants are placed in the jaw. The bone in this area then heals around the titanium implants in order to help secure your new teeth. It is during this period that you will have to make adjustments to your lifestyle. These are temporary and simply designed to give you body and jawbone a chance to heal without disturbing your dental implants.

Minor adjustments

You will be given advice about the adaptations that you need to make when you leave Smilemakers Dental Implant Clinic, Southampton. Dental implants require a minor surgical procedure. This naturally means that you need to rest afterwards. As long as you are in good health and eating well, you should find yourself feeling sprightly not long after your fitting. Although you still need to take it easy when it comes to exercise or physical labour, you can gradually reintroduce your normal activities in the following weeks.

Natural use

Once the healing period that follows dental implants is over, you can use your teeth just as you would a natural set. By this time, you should be used to there being no gaps in your smile anymore so everything should feel normal. As long as you remember to care for your teeth and check your gums for any sign of poor health, you can more or less forget that you have prosthetic teeth.

Same-day teeth with dental implants in Southampton

Want to have dental implants but you are reluctant to go through a lengthy procedure? You can now have dental implants and replacement teeth on the same day, even if your natural teeth have to be removed. From single tooth replacement to a full arch of teeth, same day teeth with dental implants in Southampton can be installed easily and efficiently.

Dental Implants in SouthamptonAt Smilemakers Dental Implant Clinic, our experienced dentists will use innovative technology to plan your dental implants with precision. Modern technology powered by computer imaging enables our team to place your dental implants in Southampton, and construct and place your replacement teeth in just one day. Your self-confidence and appearance will be restored in one dental appointment.

Learn more about the procedure

First, you will meet with one of our experienced dentists to discuss your dental needs and expectations. They will review your medical and dental history, take x-rays, and take impressions of your mouth in order to create a temporary mould. Healthy bone tissue is really important to ensure the longevity of your dental implants.

Our CT scanner will help reveal the quantity and quality of your existing bone, the position of your sinuses (if you wish to replace your upper arch with dental implants) and provide detailed information about the state of your teeth. This information will help them precisely plan, angle, dimension and position of your dental implants.

During the same appointment, your dentist will discuss sedation options such as oral or intravenous sedation. Sedation is not required and most patients won’t feel uncomfortable during or after the procedure because local anaesthetic is used. However, nervous patients can be sedated.

After this, you will be scheduled for your implant surgery. Your dentist will extract teeth if needed before the surgery and will place your dental implants and replacement teeth, one after the other. Two weeks after surgery, you will return to the dental practice for a quick follow-up exam. After the dental implants fuse with the bone tissue, you will get your final teeth placed. However, you can use your temporary teeth as normal until then.

Want to learn more about same day teeth with dental implants in Southampton? Give us a call today.

Osseointegration and Southampton dental implants

Dental implants are a great option for replacing missing teeth, since they allow the bone tissue to interact with them through a process known as osseointegration. This biological process is possible due to a number of reasons.

Southampton Dental ImplantsAt Smilemakers Dental Implant Clinic, we have been using Southampton dental implants to replace missing teeth for many years with great success. The success of Southampton dental implants depends largely on the skill of our dentists, but also depends on osseointegration.

What is osseointegration?

Osseointegration is a biological process that occurs straight after the placement of dental implants in the jawbone. This process, which describes the successful fusion of the implant post with the bone tissue, is possible because dental implants are made of titanium, a metal that has the ability to attach itself to the bone tissue. When the titanium post is embedded into the bone, the bone accepts it instead of rejecting it by weaving fibers around it that make it sturdy over time. Osseointegrated dental implants are as stable as the rest of your tooth roots – or even more according to some dentists.

What can hinder osseointegration?

Osseointegration is not the same process for everyone. Some patients may only need a few weeks for their dental implants to fuse with their jawbone, while others may need several months. Just like most biological processes, osseointegration is affected by several factors. For instance, patients with controlled diabetes or heart disease will require more time for their dental implants to osseointegrated because these conditions can affect healing times significantly. The same applies for patients whose natural jawbone has deteriorated. Smokers and patients with active gum disease are not encouraged to have dental implants before they address these issues in advance. Studies and clinical trials have shown that implant rejection rates are higher among smokers – especially those who continue to smoke during the osseointegration period despite their dentists’ warnings.

Contact us for more information

Osseointegration is a fascinating biological process that allows dental implants to behave just like tooth roots. If you are missing one or more teeth and you want to replace them with dental implants, contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment.

Making the most of your dental implant experience

It’s easy to get results focused. Often, we feel like the good stuff is what happens when you get ‘there’. However, this can constantly make us feel that happiness is just a little out of reach because when we get there, another goal presents itself and we never get to relax and enjoy. That’s why, at Expert Implants, we want to offer you some ways to enjoy the journey of getting dental implants in Southampton with us.

Dental Implants in SouthamptonIf you are looking into them, then you already know that the primary goal of dental implants in Southampton is to restore your smile to fullness and beauty again. This means that you’ll have great functionality and be able to enjoy your teeth. This is achieved through a number of steps. Typically, they are consultation, fitting and aftercare although there is an occasional need for preparatory work as well.

Enjoying consultation

This is the moment where you are taking action to start your tooth replacement journey. You might be excited or happy to finally be doing something to change your smile but it’s quite common to feel some trepidation as well. That’s natural at the start of a big process of change. At Expert Implants, we are here to support your excitement and offer you all the information you need to relax into the treatment. We can talk to you about sensations, costs and many other aspects of the experience.

Enjoying fitting

The fitting procedure itself is relatively swift and comfortable. You can lay back and feel the effects of the local anaesthetic which prevent you from experiencing any uncomfortable sensations. If you are feeling particularly nervous about this part, you can talk to us about extra support. We are happy to adapt the treatment to suit your needs.

Enjoying aftercare

At this stage, all you need to do is relax and follow the instructions of your dentist. In practice, this might mean taking a few days off work and letting go of some of the more strenuous aspects of your schedule. Enjoy this process, invest in some you-time and allow your body to do the work of healing so that your dental implants in Southampton become secure and ready to use.

Reasons why dental implants remain as popular as ever

Often described as ‘the next best thing to natural teeth’, dental implants remain as popular as ever. Not only do they replace missing teeth in the most natural way possible, but also they look like your real teeth so you can remain confident in your smile.

Southampton Dental ImplantsAt Smilemakers Dental Implant Clinic, Southampton dental implants provide better long-term value than other tooth-replacement options because they can last for many years without the need to be replaced. Moreover, they come with great benefits, which can convince even the most skeptical of patients.

Comfortable fit and natural appearance

Southampton dental implants are designed to look just like natural teeth. Once placed into the jawbone, dental implants are left to integrate with the bone tissue for a period of a few weeks (though this process can take up to several months). During this healing period, the titanium fuses with the bone tissue, creating a strong and stable base for replacement teeth. Once your implants are ready to be exposed, you can also have your replacement teeth mounted by your dentist. Replacement teeth can either be crowns, dentures or bridges which are made of high-quality materials such as porcelain.

Long-lasting and reliable

For some people, Southampton dental implants may seem expensive. Remember though that what you pay is what you get. Whereas conventional bridges and dentures need to be replaced every few years, Southampton dental implants have a great life expectancy and if you take good care of them they may even last for decades without the need to be replaced.

Improved oral health

Last but not least, Southampton dental implants preserve your natural jawbone by encouraging the creation of new bone tissue. They also help restore your biting, speaking and chewing function and your jawbone structure because they do not rely on your gums for retention.

For all these reasons, Southampton Dental Implants provide great value in the long-term. If you are ready for a consultation with one of our highly qualified dentists in Southampton, please contact us today and we will book an appointment for you. It is never too late to restore your oral function with dental implants.

Restore your oral health with dental implants in Southampton

Thinking about dental implants for your missing teeth? If you suffer from moderate or extensive tooth loss, then dental implants can help you regain your appearance and oral health. Unlike bridges and dentures, dental implants are incorporated into the jawbone, acting as replacement tooth roots.

Dental Implants in SouthamptonAt Smilemakers Dental Implant Clinic, we offer a full range of dental implants in Southampton including All-on-4 and implant-supported bridges and dentures. In some cases, we can also replace your missing teeth from root to crown in a day.

Behind the science of dental implants

Before you decide whether dental implants in Southampton are a great match for you, your dentist will examine your teeth thoroughly to see if you can have them. We will then explain to you how they work in detail. Dental implants are gently embedded into the jawbone, where your missing teeth roots used to stand. In order to become stabilised and to host replacement teeth, dental implants need to undergo a process known as osseointegration, during which your bone tissue attaches itself to the implant. This process can take from a few weeks to several months. Once completed, your dentist will attach your replacement teeth on top of your dental implants and your oral function will be restored.

Achieve a beautiful and natural smile

Missing teeth can ruin your smile and compromise your looks. Dental implants can fill the gaps in your smile naturally and nobody will notice that you are having replacement teeth, because implants look, feel and function just like your real teeth.

Improved oral function

If you find it difficult to eat, speak or clean your teeth because of gaps in your smile, then invest in dental implants in Southampton and say goodbye to your dental woes. With dental implants you will experience an improvement in your chewing, biting and speaking ability almost immediately.

Stop jawbone loss

Last but not least, dental implants protect your jawbone in a way that conventional bridges and dentures can’t. By taking the place of your missing tooth roots, dental implants stimulate the jawbone and create new bone tissue, ensuring that your jaw remains strong and healthy.

Are Southampton Dental Implants for you?

If you have lost teeth you will no doubt be looking at replacements for both functional and cosmetic reasons. Dental implants may already have been offered to you as an option, or you may have come across the treatment from internet searches or friends and family who have them. So, are they for you and are you suitable for them?

Southampton Dental ImplantsAre you suitable for dental implants?

Dental implants are placed in your jawbone during a simple dental procedure under local anaesthetic. Afterwards, a healing process will begin in your jawbone and your gum. This process bonds the implant to your bone, creating an incredibly strong structure for dentures, crowns or bridges to be fixed to. Since the healing process is incredibly important, you need to have good oral health, good general health and good bone density.

If you are under 18, it is unlikely we would consider fitting you with dental implants. Southampton dental implants require a mature jaw to be placed into, so we would need to wait until your jawbone has fully grown.

Your general health will be taken into consideration as heart problems, arthritis and certain lifestyle choice such as heavy drinking or smoking could impact on implant success. In most circumstance, we like to work with individuals towards smoking cessation or, in the rare case that you’re not suitable, we will provide you with alternatives.

In Southampton dental implants are generally not refused and it is a rare that we do need to look at alternatives. However, we may need to do some preparatory work such as curing any gum disease or tooth decay that could compromise the healing process. We can also look at fixes where bone is not dense enough to allow the bonding process or hold the implants in place. We may consider bone grafts or positioning the implants at different angles.

At Smilemakers Dental Implant Clinic, we believe in creating opportunities for everyone to receive this treatment that restores the full function and look of natural teeth. Southampton dental implants can really provide the answer for anyone who has lost teeth. Come in today for a consultation and find out more.

7 interesting facts about your dental implants

If you’ve lost a tooth, you might be contemplating having a dental implant. This simple treatment effectively replaces missing teeth from crown to root. In Southampton, dental implants offer a good alternative to other tooth replacement options. Here are some interesting facts to help you decide whether to receive this treatment.

Southampton Dental ImplantsWhy Southampton dental implants are out of this world

Implants are made out of titanium. This is an incredibly strong, lightweight and non-corrosive metal, which makes it perfect for the harsh environment of your mouth. To illustrate just how strong it is, titanium is used to build space shuttles.

Although it’s new tech, it’s an ancient idea

Replacing teeth is not a new idea. The ancient Mayans used tooth-shaped shell pieces hammered into their gums to replace missing teeth. Thankfully, dental implants are now small, metal screws that your dentist at Smilemakers Dental Implant Clinic will skilfully place into the jawbone during a simple surgery. The surgery only requires local anaesthetic; we can also offer you sedation if your nervous.

No decay here

Your dental implants are long lasting and will never decay. All you need to do is look after your oral hygiene with a good brushing and flossing routine, protecting your gums and surrounding teeth.

They are long-lasting

Southampton dental implants can last you for decades with proper care. Bridges, crowns and dentures only last around 10 years.

Strong implants, strong jawbone

Implants do not inhibit bone growth; in fact, they stimulate cell renewal. Other restorative treatments, such as dentures, do not support the jawbone and so it starts to deteriorate.

It’s a ‘real replacement’

Since dental implants are anchored in the jawbone, they create a very strong base for a crown or denture to be fixed to. They withstand bite and jaw movements with no displacement. In fact, they act exactly the same as your natural teeth. You can eat and speak with no worries that they will slip.

You’re not one in a million

For once you’ll be glad not to stand out from the crowd. Roughly 27 million adults have at least one missing tooth. However, with dental implants no one will notice yours.