March 27th, 2019
The number of dental patients leaving the UK to have treatment abroad is rising year on year, but why has dental tourism become so popular, and is it safe to have treatment overseas?
CEO of Kreativ Dental, Attila Knott, said that travelling abroad is an appealing option for many because it offers significant cost savings. Kreativ Dental, which is based in Hungary, is one of a host of overseas clinics benefiting from this growing trend. Prices are substantially lower in parts of Eastern Europe than they are in the UK, and this means that patients can afford cosmetic treatments or services like dental implants, which they simply wouldn’t be able to pay for at home. As dental tourism booms in countries like Hungary and further afield in India and Thailand, competition becomes more intense and fees fall, making travelling for treatment an even more appealing option.
For some patients, the idea of taking a break is also attractive. Many people return having had dental work and enjoyed a holiday and still find that they’ve saved hundreds, even thousands of pounds.
While there are many advantages of going abroad for dental treatment, there are also drawbacks. Standards of training may not be as impressive, regulations and good practice guidelines may not be as stringent, and the quality of materials used may not be as high. To combat the risks, it’s crucial to undertake extensive research before choosing a clinic, and to ensure that dental professionals have the relevant expertise and qualifications. It’s worth noting that it will probably cost a lot more to see a UK dentist to correct botched dental work than it would have been to have treatment at home in the first place.
May 31st, 2018
If you’ve lost a tooth, you may be considering your next step. At Baker Street, we strongly encourage our patients to replace missing teeth, as gaps can impact oral health, as well as the look of the smile. We have extensive experience in creating brand new smiles using the latest restorative techniques, and we have a range of treatments available, including bridges, dentures and implants.
Which treatment is right for me?
There are various types of restorative treatment, which can be used to replace missing teeth. These include:
- Bridges: dental bridges are commonly used to replace a single individual tooth or a small number of missing teeth. There are different types of bridge available, and the most common is a traditional fixed bridge. This bridge is a false tooth which is fused to a crown on either side. Bridges can be made from metals but most people opt for ceramic bridges, as they blend in with the natural teeth for a beautiful smile. Bridges are an affordable solution, treatment takes just 2-3 weeks and a bridge should last up to 15 years.
- Implants: implants are widely regarded as the best long-term solution for tooth loss, but they are the most expensive option. Implant treatment takes months to complete, but the results are incredible. With implants, you can replace any number of missing teeth, and you can enjoy the same level of functionality as you would with a healthy, strong natural tooth. Implants are compatible with dentures, bridges and crowns, so they are a suitable option for most patients.
- Dentures: dentures have been used to replace missing teeth for decades. Modern dentures are lifelike in their appearance, and they’re also a much cheaper option than implants. Dentures can be used to replace full arches (complete dentures) or a smaller number of missing teeth (partial denture) and they are designed to produce natural-looking results.
If you have missing teeth, and you’re not sure what kind of treatment to go for, why not book a consultation? Our expert dentists can discuss the options with you, go through all the pros and cons and offer personalised recommendations.
April 30th, 2018
Have you lost a tooth? Losing a tooth can be distressing, but at Baker Street Dental, we’re here to ensure that it’s not the end of your beautiful smile. We can replace missing teeth using a series of different treatment options.
Tooth replacement options
If you lose a tooth or a number of teeth, there are various treatment options open to you. These include:
- Dental implants: dental implants are a long-term solution for missing teeth, and they can be used to replace a single tooth or a number of teeth. Implants are usually made from titanium, which is a biocompatible material. This means that the implant can integrate into the jaw bone tissue once it has been fitted. Implants are compatible with bridges, crowns and dentures and they are famed for producing incredibly lifelike results. Implants last for many years, but they are more expensive than crowns and dentures.
- Dental bridges: dental bridges are restorations, which are used to bridge the gap when a tooth is lost. Bridges are usually made from a false tooth, which is supported by a crown on either side. Bridges can be fitted in two sessions, and they should last up to 15 years. Ceramic bridges tend to be most popular, as they look the most natural.
- Dentures: if you’re missing a number of teeth or a whole arch of teeth, a partial or complete denture may be recommended. Dentures are sets of prosthetic teeth, which are designed to mimic natural teeth. Dentures don’t last as long as implants or bridges and some people find them uncomfortable, but they are the cheapest option.
If you’ve lost a tooth, get in touch with us today and find out more about our amazing tooth replacement treatments.
June 19th, 2015
Dental implants have taken modern dentistry by storm and research shows that they are becoming increasingly popular year on year, but what exactly are dental implants, how do they work and what is so good about them?
About dental implants
Dental implants are small titanium devices used to replace the root of a missing tooth. They are placed inside small openings in the jaw bone and their role is take on the responsibilities of the root. Titanium is a biocompatible material, which means that the implant is able to integrate into the jaw bone. This process is called osseointegration and it enables the implant to provide the same level of stability as a healthy root. Once the process is complete, the head of the implant is then connected to a restoration, which replaces the visible part of the tooth.
What’s so great about implants?
One of the main advantages of dental implants is their versatility. Implants are compatible with a range of new restorations designed to replace the crown part of the tooth. Implants can be fitted to dentures, dental bridges and crowns and this means they can be considered by patients of all ages with single or multiple missing teeth.
Implants are also a long-term option for tooth loss and they last a lot longer than dentures and bridges. They also provide exceptional standards of functionality and natural aesthetics. Implant treatment can also help to reduce the risk of bone loss.
Are implants suitable for everyone?
Implant treatment is a viable option for a large proportion of patients with missing teeth, however there may be some circumstances when this kind of treatment is not the best option. Implants are not usually recommended for heavy smokers, as smoking slows the healing process and may increase the risk of implant failure. Implants may not be recommended for patients who have very weak bone tissue in the jaw, but it is possible to carry out bone grafting to strengthen the bone, so treatment may not be ruled out completely.
To find out more about implant treatment and see if you are a good candidate for innovative implants, call now and arrange a consultation.
January 26th, 2015
Dental implants are one of the most exciting developments in modern dentistry, but what exactly are they and could they benefit you?
The ins and outs of dental implants
Dental implants are small titanium appliances that are designed to act as a substitute tooth root in the event of a tooth being lost. The idea is that the implant integrates into the jaw bone tissue in order to provide the new restoration, which replaces the visible part of the tooth, with the same level of stability and support as a healthy tooth root.
Implants are currently the very best long-term solution for tooth loss, as they are designed to last for many years and require very little in the way of maintenance. Once the implant has been placed in a socket in the jaw bone, it is left to integrate into the bone tissue.
Once the osseointegration process is complete, a new restoration can be attached. This replaces the crown section of the tooth. Implants can be connected to various different restorations, including crowns, dentures and dental bridges.
Implant treatment usually takes between 3 and 9 months. This allows time for the implant to integrate fully. The planning process is very important with implant treatment, and our experienced dentists carry out thorough examinations and diagnostic tests to make sure that implants are a suitable treatment choice. Every step of the treatment process will be explained clearly, and patients are welcome to ask questions at any time.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants provide a host of benefits, including:
- natural aesthetics
- long-term results
- minimal fuss and upkeep
- enhanced oral function
- improved oral health
- reduced risk of bone loss
- versatility: implants are compatible with dentures, bridges and crowns and are therefore a suitable solution for most people with missing teeth
- high success rates
August 21st, 2014
Have you got a troublesome tooth? Do you suffer from dental pain or have you noticed that your tooth looks worn or feels weak? If you’ve got a tooth in need of restoration, we have a range of options, including beautiful, strong dental crowns.
About dental crowns
Dental crowns, also known as caps, are restorations, which are commonly used to protect and strengthen a tooth when it is fractured, decayed or weak as a result of an injury. Crowns can also be joined to a dental implant to replace a missing tooth and they are also commonly placed after root canal treatment, a procedure used to treat infected teeth.
Crowns can be made from various ceramic materials, as well as metals. Many people now choose to have porcelain crowns because they are a perfect match for the natural teeth and you can’t tell the difference between the crown and the rest of the tooth. As well as making the teeth stronger, crowns can also vastly improve the look of a damaged or decayed tooth.
Crowns are durable and strong and they should last for around 10 years, provided that they are cared for well; there is no special cleaning regime for a crown and you simply brush the tooth as normal.
What are the advantages of a dental crown?
Dental crowns can make a real difference to oral health, as well as the look of the smile. If a tooth is damaged or there is a large cavity, this can be painful, but the functionality of the tooth is also likely to be compromised. With a crown in place, the tooth is stronger, so you can eat without any worries about the tooth crumbling, and the smile will also look healthier and more attractive. Crowns are strong and they are easy to look after and they often help to prevent further damage, which may eliminate the need for further treatment down the line.
June 25th, 2014
Like any industry over the past one hundred years, dentistry has benefited greatly from the massive leaps and bounds in technology that has weaved itself into dental surgeries around central London. The experimentation and progress behind the scenes has seen new and more durable materials being used for fillings, bridges and especially dentures; the glues and bonding chemicals have also been vastly improved to hold such fittings in place, which can only be good for you, the patient.
The world of orthodontics has also spread its wings: computer technology and digital imaging/x-rays have been able to make more accurate diagnoses on the teeth beforehand, after which, you have an incredible range of precision and bespoke braces and aligners to choose from to get the job done fast and discreetly. It was the turning point for dentistry when computers came along: they have made so many processes easy to analyse and perform…and quickly too. However, the most radical introduction into surgeries has been that of the laser that has seen the modern dentist dispensing with drills and scalpels- at last!
A laser can perform fillings, root canals, gum contouring and its most sensational use, the fitting of dental implants; lasers do very little damage to bone and gum tissue- painlessly, making healing quicker than ever before. The golden age has dawned for dentists and their patients, whether it be all of the above that you need to have, or even just a touch or BOTOX or teeth whitening- dentists can perform anything these days, and who’s to say what newer technology lies ahead in the future!
February 3rd, 2014
Many people have a missing tooth or a number of missing teeth. While it can be very distressing to lose a tooth, there are some amazing tooth replacement treatments available in the city of London today. One intriguing development in modern dentistry is the dental implant. Implants are a long-term solution for missing teeth and they can be used in a wide range of scenarios to treat patients of all ages. The actual implant is a small titanium post, which is designed to replace the tooth root; it is secured into a small socket in the jaw bone and integrates into the bone tissue to take on the role of the missing root. Once the implant is in place, a process called osseointegration takes place and the implant settles into the bone. Once the process is complete, the visible part of the new tooth can be attached; this may include a crown, a dental bridge or a denture for patients who have a large number of missing teeth. Dental implants are the most effective treatment for missing teeth and although they are more expensive than alternative treatments, such as dentures, they last a lot longer. Implants also provide amazing aesthetics and unrivalled levels of anchorage for the new restoration, which reduces the risk of irritation and improves the ability to eat and chew food.
October 7th, 2013
One of the most distressing conditions that can hit you in London is that of tooth-loss. It can not only affect the future of your oral health, but it can floor you visually and puncture your confidence and self expression. So, it is important that you get the hole filled in with something. You can have a denture or a bridge fitted, but in both of these and one that will stand alone if need be is to have a dental implant fitted. This can not only help to ‘ground’ other fittings, but it is the most perfect way to house a crown to fill up the gap left by a lost tooth. In just a couple of hours, laser surgery will have one of these small titanium ‘roots’ screwed into the jawbone; once in it is there for life- it is very robust, and from there on in, it can hold any fitting of your choosing firmly and strongly. Although this is the best option you can go for, it can be expensive if the work is complex, so chat with your dentist about the various methods of paying for this, because you won’t look back once it has been done.
September 28th, 2013
If you have gone through the trauma of losing a tooth, or even a few, finding a solution is essential to your future oral health in the city of London. But if you are going to do this, you may as well do it right and if you want the best, then go for a dental implant because with one or two of these set into your mouth, you will be fixed up for life. It is such an easy operation to have done these days and with the aid of pin-point laser surgery, it will go through the gums and into the jaw in a matter of minutes- then the implant can be screwed into the bone. It may sound dreadful, but it is surprisingly painless and the healing will be quick; then soon after, the fitting of your choice can be set into place. Implants are very strong indeed; better than your original root, and less likely to suffer from infections in the future. Talk to your dentist first because you’ll need to work out a way of paying for it- but it will be amazing for you once it is all over.