June 17th, 2010
Dentures are the perfect way to replace teeth that have been lost to decay or physical trauma. Not only do they replace the aesthetic appearance of the teeth but they also support facial tissue and prevent unseemly sagging of the skin. But dentures can have their problems, as many wearers find. They can often become loose around the gums and fall out at embarrassing moments. This can cause a great deal of anxiety for some denture wearers who don’t want others to know they wear them. It can also cause problems when it comes to eating certain foods, which can become next to impossible in some cases.
This often leads many denture wearers to use denture adhesive strips and gels which secure the dentures in place. Denture adhesives are effective but they can be messy and still cause problems when it comes to eating certain foods. They are also an extra hassle that can be time consuming. But there is another answer to keeping your dentures secure in the mouth. Mini-implants are small titanium screws that are anchored directly into the jawbone. Fitted with small clips, dentures can be modified so that they can snap on and off to the implants, holding them firmly in place without the need for other adhesive substances. The dentures can simply be snapped out of the clips when it is time for cleaning or when sleeping.
Mini-implants are a smaller variation of the implants used to replace individual teeth and involve the same procedure to put them in place. The screws are drilled into the jaw, providing it is in a good enough condition, and then left to fuse with the bone and tissue to become firm. Five mini-implants are usually needed to secure one set of dentures. City of London dentists can give you more information about mini-implants and assess whether you are a suitable candidate for the treatment.
June 11th, 2010
Over the course of your life your teeth and gums are constantly under attack from bacteria and plaque that damage the teeth and cause dental problems. In some cases this can result in losing teeth due to severe decay. Having missing teeth not only looks unattractive but can have wider health consequences, such as causing the facial tissue to sag. This leaves a sunken appearance that can become permanent if not addressed in time.
For these reasons, City of London dentists usually recommend that patients who have lost all or the majority of their teeth have a set of dentures fitted. In the past dentures have often come with a stigma that they look false, are uncomfortable and are prone to falling out causing embarrassment. However, over the last ten years improvements in denture technology have seen vastly more realistic and well-fitting dentures become available for all patients.
A good pair of dentures should remain in place through suction around the gums alone. Many patients resort to using denture adhesives to keep loose dentures in place. These are effective but can also be messy and limit what foods the patient can eat. Your dentist can adjust your dentures so they will stay securely in place without the need for adhesives.
Alternatively, you could opt to have mini-implants fitted to the jawbone to act as a secure base for the dentures. These will keep the dentures securely in place without any unnecessary fuss or mess. You can even still use your regular dentures, which can be fitted with special clips so they can attach to the implants. In all, five mini-implants are used to secure one set of dentures.
May 13th, 2010
Dentures have been with us since just after the plough was invented, in the distant past they consisted of animal teeth, sea shells, ivory, bone and even wood, Benjamin Franklin had a polished set of wooden dentures that he wore with pride says a Central London dentist. Today dentures are much more sophisticated and are not just a useful aid to us in eating, they also give us a confidence that many people have lost in life with badly misaligned, discoloured and chipped or cracked teeth. They are designed by computers and made from the best materials available. The use of digital photography, digital X-rays, teeth moulds and computer programs are all combined to produce space age dentures to be proud of. Using the latest technical advances, an orthodontist uses 3D imagery to let us see what our new teeth will look like, and they will be specially designed to suit our individual mouths. You can literarily glue them in and forget about them, they are sealed much better and the old problem of food getting in between the plate and the roof or bottom of the mouth, is now virtually eliminated. Dentures can`t be worn by everyone, sadly some people just can`t get along with them, but they are few and far between. Your first stop will be your dentist, but you`ll already be seeing them and having teeth extracted for one reason or another. As you lose your teeth your dentist will work with you to start replacing them with dentures, these can start off with an individual tooth, a few on a plate or in rare cases a whole row of teeth can be extracted and replaced with designer dentures. Some people who suffer constant teething problems have opted to have a whole row removed, and replace with better looking, problem free dentures.
April 9th, 2010
If you have ever lost a tooth you will know that not only is it a painful experience, whether lost to dental trauma or decay, but also that the missing tooth can be a source of great embarrassment, especially if it is in a prominent place in the mouth. Missing teeth can make patients reluctant to smile and be the source of underlying self-confidence issues.
There are also a number of health reasons why missing teeth can cause problems. The space left by a tooth can be a shelter for bacteria, which can then cause other oral health problems. Other teeth can also lean into the vacant space causing alignment issues and also interrupting bite. Therefore it is very important to try and replace the missing tooth with a dental substitute. One of the most common and certainly the most realistic is a dental implant.
Dental implants involve placing a titanium screw into the jawbone to act as a base for an artificial crown. Because they are the only replacement to restore the whole of the tooth from root to crown, they are sturdier than other dental substitutes such as dental bridges and partial dentures. They also do not prohibit the eating of certain foods which can be the case with these restorations.
Dental implants are also permanent and will not require updating at any point in the future. Once it has been implanted and fused with the tissue and the bone it almost becomes as much a part of the mouth as a real tooth. London dentists can also use a series of mini dental implants to act as a base for a set of dentures. This removes the need for messy adhesives and also alleviates the anxiety of loose dentures.
February 9th, 2010
Losing some or all of your teeth can be a very traumatic not to mention painful experience. It can affect your speech, facial muscles and your ability to eat many types of food but there is a solution. Although dentures have had a stigma attached in the past for being slightly unpleasant, unrealistic and poorly fitting, modern dentures are far superior and can restore both the functionality and appearance of a real set of teeth.
A good fitting set of dentures should be secured by suction alone but many people feel the need to use denture adhesive strips and gels. These are effective but can also be messy and prevent eating certain foods. Denture pads are available that eliminate the messy aspect but can also have their drawbacks. One modern alternative is to have a set of mini-implants fitted directly into then jaw bone. These then act as base to clip the dentures onto, removing the anxiety that dentures may fall out at an inopportune moment, a very common fear.
Dentures are suitable for eating almost all foods with few problems and can also help to maintain profile and restore speech. Some difficulties may be experienced when the dentures are first worn for a few days or even weeks but this is just a case of getting used to them. It is a good idea to discuss the possibility of dentures with a London dentist if you are considering them, in order to gain a clearer understanding of exactly what is involved in the manufacture and fitting process. Dentures can not only help to restore your teeth but can also go a long way to rebuilding your confidence after the initial pain and embarrassment of tooth loss.
December 22nd, 2009
Wearing dentures can be a real burden, especially if loose or ill fitting dentures are constantly falling out or irritating the gums. This can be a cause of great anxiety for wearers and can often lead patients to resort to rather unpleasant denture adhesives for added security. But now there is a new, more permanent solution that allows denture wearers the confidence to enjoy life with no limits.
Mini-dental implants are small titanium screws that are anchored into the jawbone to act as a solid base for the dentures. They can be fixed using special clips attached to your existing set of dentures that allows them to snap on and off when required. Because the mini-implants are attached to the jaw itself, it feels more like the structure of a real tooth and also acts like it, meaning foods previously off limits to many denture wearers no longer present a problem.
The implants usually come in sets of five for each dental arc. A City of London dentist will fit the implants during routine surgery and they will then be left for several weeks to allow the bone and soft tissue to fuse with the titanium. Once this has happened the dentures can be clipped on to the implants and the patient is ready to enjoy a worry and hassle free life.
Dental implants are a permanent solution that will not need replacing at any point in the future. The cost of mini-implants is kept down as they are able to function with existing dentures after some minor adjustments. There is no more need to live in fear of embarrassment at the hand of your dentures, no more need to turn down a delicious looking apple because you are worried your dentures may break. Mini-implants have been changing the life of thousands of denture wearers all over the country so why not ask your dentist what they can do for you.
December 10th, 2009
Dentures, or partial dentures, are artificial teeth that are specifically designed to replace all or part of the dental arc when teeth have been lost to decay or accidental damage. In the past dentures have had something of a bad reputation because they were unrealistic and patients often had trouble with poorly fitted sets, but denture technology has come a long way.
Losing teeth, whether to decay or because of a head trauma or accident, can be a very unpleasant experience. Everyday activities like eating and drinking can become very difficult and speech and facial structure can be adversely affected. It is important to replace missing teeth to limit the damage done to bite and also for aesthetic reasons. Many people with missing teeth feel embarrassed about their situation and are ashamed to smile or show their missing teeth. A set of dentures can restore a patient’s confidence to smile and eat foods made difficult when teeth are missing.
Modern dentures are made from a combination of ceramic and acrylic resin. They are fitted over the top of remaining gum tissue and ideally should remain in place by suction alone. This is sometimes not the case and loose dentures can fall out or cause irritation to the sensitive gum tissue. For this reason many denture wearers resort to using adhesives to secure their dentures, which is an added hassle and can prevent patients eating certain foods. One alternative option that is becoming more popular is mini-implants anchored directly into the jawbone to act as a solid base for the dentures. This reassures the wearer and feels more like real teeth.
Losing your teeth is something we could all do without, but with nearly a quarter of all people aged over 75 having no original teeth remaining it is a fact we may have to face. However, with improved quality denture technology available form City of London dentists, wearing dentures is not the burden it used to be. Denture wearers can now live a perfectly normal life, eating what they want when they want free from the worry of embarrassment.
November 22nd, 2009
As dental technology improves with the increased use of computer aided design and manufacture dentists are able to achieve more realistic and lifelike results. One aspect of dentistry that has significantly improved over recent years is the manufacture of dentures. In the past dentures have often been poorly made and fitted and at best only partially lifelike. Perhaps because of this, dentures always seemed to have a stigma attached and were often a source of great embarrassment for wearers. Fortunately this seems to be becoming a thing of the past, relegated to the dental dustbin.
Dentures are required when a patient has lost some or all the teeth in a dental arc. This could be due to periodontal disease or tooth decay, or even as the result of some kind of head trauma. Whatever the cause, tooth loss can be very embarrassing causing several psychological issues such as loss of confidence or self-esteem. But missing teeth affect more than just a patient’s emotional state. Missing teeth in a dental arc can cause remaining teeth to lean or slide into the space. This can cause disruption in bite which can be irritating and even be the cause of painful jaw disorders called TMJ.
Cosmetically, teeth act as supports for much of the facial tissue which will sag if not held in place by teeth. This sunken appearance makes patients look much older than they are and can become permanent if the teeth are not replaced soon after they are lost.
Dentures are artificial sets of teeth that, if fitted correctly should stay attached to the gums by suction alone. Often, if dentures are ill-fitting they can fall out causing embarrassment to the wearer. Many patients resort to wearing sticky and messy dental adhesive gels or strips for extra security. It is now possible to attach dentures using a series of mini implants secured to the jawbone. This provides the added security hat denture patients need without the mess.
It is important for denture wearers to keep up regular visits to the dentist as dentures can cause gum irritation and even erosion that can be very damaging. A London dentist will be able to offer further advice about the benefits and possibilities of dentures.
October 22nd, 2009
There are many reasons why a patient may have lost some or all of their teeth. It could be the result of periodontal disease, or tooth decay. It may even be the result of an accident or head trauma. Whatever the reason, having missing teeth can be a source of great embarrassment and cause self-confidence issues. Just as importantly though, having missing teeth can have a negative impact on profile and can ultimately lead to sagging of the facial tissue. For these reasons it is very important to replace the teeth with dentures, or a partial denture if only a few teeth are missing.
Dentures, which act as a removable substitute for teeth, have had a stigma attached to them over the years but this is becoming less of a factor. Technological advances have meant that dentures have vastly improved in quality and appearance. A set of dentures today will look and feel a lot more realistic than the dentures of the past. Modern dentures are normally made from acrylic resins, but a whole new range is being introduced called Valplast flexible dentures. Ask your London dentist about the new ranges of incredibly realistic and comfortable dentures.
If your dentures are constructed accurately, the suction alone should be enough to keep them securely in place. For dentures that are not as well fitted, it may be necessary for some patients to use denture adhesive. Some patients just feel more comfortable knowing that their dentures are secured. But adhesive can be messy and make the eating of certain foods more or less impossible. More and more patients these days are opting for dentures secured by rigid dental implants. This can really provide the security and extra confidence that some denture wearers need.
Dentures are fairly resistant to staining and wear, but they will last longer if they are properly cared for. Removing dentures at night and brushing them twice a day like regular teeth will help to prolong their life. A London dentist will also be able to offer professional denture cleaning services at your regular six-monthly check up. It is important to maintain these visits even if you have no teeth remaining. Dentures can become ill fitting due to changes in the mouth and gum erosion and may need refitting by the dentist for maximum comfort and security.
September 12th, 2009
Teeth lost through gum disease, old age and injury or trauma have traditionally been replaced through the use of dentures or by a fixed bridge. However, in recent times the use of dental implants has been implemented and there are several advantages to this technology. Dental implants offer a more permanent solution than dentures as well as the fact that implants have been shown to slow down bone loss and the surrounding tissues are preserved. If done correctly, they also offer aesthetic advantages too.
A dental implant entails the drilling of an artificial socket into the gum before allowing the gum to heal for a period of several weeks. Usually, a temporary denture is offered for this period. Once the artificial socket has integrated with the surrounding bone tissue, the denture (tooth), bridge or crown is attached at a later date.
A number of factors must be taken into consideration before a dental implant is offered but most cases who have good oral hygiene should benefit from such treatment. However, the following factors can affect the success of an implant:
1. Heavy smoking – this can prolong the time needed for an implant to heal.
2. Excessive alcohol consumption – similar effect to above.
3. Gum disease – periodontal gum disease can affect bone composition, which in turn can affect the success of an implant. It must be treated prior to treatment.
4. Immune-suppressed individuals and
5. Teeth-grinders – a gumshield can help at night.
The cost of a dental implant ranges from £800 for a single tooth implant to several thousand pounds for bridge work and complete replacement. Dental practitioners in West London are now offering this type of technology and are available for consultation to discuss your requirements.