Now that you need dental implants

You may be wondering what you may be letting yourself in for, in terms of what the treatment actually entails.

Here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, we take our dental implant patients through a treatment journey that usually takes a few months, and, depending on their oral and jawbone health, can take a bit longer. But don’t worry, as millions of people around the world can testify, dental implants are well worth the wait.

Dental Implants in GlasgowThe consultation

Every dental implant journey starts with an in-depth examination of your mouth and your jawbone. We need to carefully plan your treatment and make sure that your jawbone can cope with the implants. If it has lost size and density, it won’t be able to withstand the insertion process or cope with the multidirectional forces that chewing entails.

If we think that your jawbone has deteriorated, then we will recommend a bone graft or sinus lift to augment the bone. This preparatory treatment needs time to bed in and can add on a few months to your treatment journey.

If everything else is ok, we will then use x-rays and scans to plan where to site the implants, avoiding nerves and blood vessels.

The procedure

All that careful planning makes for easier insertion. This is a procedure that takes place under local anaesthetic. People are often pretty daunted at the idea of implant surgery, but you shouldn’t be. We are happy to offer you sedation so that you can completely relax, maybe even doze off, while we put in your implants.

Healing

Implants take a few months to integrate with your jawbone. During this time, the bone will be growing new tissue all over the implant. This will hold the implant firmly in place.

The crown

Unless you are having same day teeth, we will fit the hand-crafted crowns on after the integration process. You will now be able to eat and drink whatever you like.

Check-ups

It’s important to have regular implant check-ups. Plaque can affect implants and we need to make sure you don’t fall victim to implant-related gum disease.

Reap the benefits of regular hygiene visits

Just as you can never expect the dust in your house to suddenly stop appearing, so you can also never expect your mouth to stop producing plaque.

Your mouth is home to billions of bacteria. Some are good, some are harmless. Very occasionally you will get some that are downright harmful. But one thing is for sure, even though you will swallow billions of them every day in your saliva, and even though you will brush away billions of them too, they will be back.

Benefits of Regular Hygiene VisitsIt’s what bacteria do. They feed and they reproduce. Some of them, like Streptococcus mutans, love to feed on the sugars and starches that remain in your saliva. They are part of the digestive process that starts with using saliva to break down your food in your mouth before swallowing it.

However, as well as feeding and reproducing, Strep. mutans also gives off acids. And the more there is for it to feast on, the more acids it will produce.

As part of the sticky film of plaque on your teeth, what this means is that the film is gently oozing acids directly onto your tooth enamel and your gums. If you leave plaque for more than 3 days, it hardens into a chalky material we call tartar. You can’t brush that away. It sits there, oozing acids. These acids corrode your tooth enamel to create the right conditions for decay. They also attack and inflame the gums, starting the long, slow process of gum disease.

This is why, at the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, we are so keen that you keep up good oral hygiene at home and also why we can’t stress enough how important it is to have regular dental hygiene visits. The hygienist has the right tools to remove that chalky tartar and plaque, generally in places you can’t get to so well with a brush or floss. The hygienist can also give you great brushing tips and make sure you are using the best tools for the job.

Please don’t skip the hygiene visits, they are the foundation of good dental health.

The benefits of regular hygiene visits

If you want to have strong, healthy teeth for your lifetime, then you need to be disciplined about your oral health routine.

There are several parts to having good oral health. Some parts of that routine happen every day, twice a day. You brush your teeth for 2 minutes using fluoride toothpaste on a soft-bristled brush. Once a day you floss around your teeth to remove trapped food and also plaque from under the gumline.

Dental Hygiene in GlasgowThere are other parts to your oral health routine that don’t happen so often. The check-up and deep clean are more likely to be a twice-yearly occurrence, unless your dentist at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow has told you to come more often.

It can be tempting to decide not to bother with regular hygiene visits. They take time and effort and cost money. And for what? Well, let’s take a look at the benefits of regular hygiene visits.

Removing the build-up of plaque and tartar

Even though you brush your teeth really carefully, you are bound to miss some areas of plaque, mostly because you can’t get at them with your brush. After about 3 days, the plaque hardens into tartar, and this cannot be removed with a toothbrush. It needs to be scraped over with the hygienist’s special tools.

Removing all the areas of tartar that you have missed means that you no longer have patches that are giving off acids. If you leave these undisturbed, they will be leaching acids straight onto your tooth enamel and gums, and will do so until the hygienist removes them.

Removing staining

When the hygienist gets to have a go at your teeth, you will get any residual staining removed too. You emerge with cleaner, brighter teeth and will feel better about your smile.

Education

The hygienist can also help spot areas where you can brush up on your cleaning techniques and give you tips on what brushes and flosses to use.

Regular hygiene visits mean cleaner, brighter teeth and an improved cleaning technique. Put like that, it makes sense to have regular visits.

Dentures that don’t have a life of their own

One big problem with dentures is that they start out fitting well, but over time, they become loose and start to slide back and forth on the gums. This can make eating hard, and it can also stop people being spontaneous in how they express themselves.

May be this is where you are with your dentures. Are you finding that messy dental adhesives are not actually helping to keep your dentures stable? Are you being very careful about how you laugh or eat? That’s not a great way to have to live.

Implant Retained Dentures in GlasgowRock solid dentures

There is a way that we can make sure your dentures stay put, and that is by stabilising them on top of dental implants. Here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, we regularly transform people’s lives by fitting them with implant-retained dentures.

Here’s how they work:

We can either take your existing dentures and customise them with a bar so that they can fit onto dental implants, or we can make you a new set that are designed to fit on dental implants.

Often, when we make new implant-retained dentures, we are able to use cobalt chromium to put the crowns onto. We can use very thin strips of this metal, so your dentures will take up less room in your mouth. The metal also conducts heat, so you get back the sensations of heat and cold, which are such an important part of enjoying food and drinks.

The dentures fit onto attachments on your dental implants. You still take them out at night to clean, and to rest your gums. Because your dentures are now firmly anchored to your jawbone, you get so much more chewing power than when they were resting on your gums.

The procedure

We can carry out the procedure in one day under a local anaesthetic. We use special dental implants for this purpose and it is often possible to put them into your jawbone right through your gum, instead of having to cut a flap and lift it up. This is much better as far as healing is concerned.

Why not give us a call to find out how we can help you.

Wave goodbye to wobbly dentures

Modern dentures are so much more comfortable and realistic looking than those our grandparents had to wear. Whether you have full or partial dentures, they can really be a godsend if you have lost teeth.

Implant Retained Dentures in GlasgowHowever, no matter how great they look or feel, after a while your dentures are probably not going to fit as well as they did when they were first made. It’s not that your dentures have been badly made, it’s the natural process of shrinking that happens to your jawbone and gums when you no longer have tooth roots.

Tooth roots and the jawbone

Tooth roots no only stabilise the teeth, they also act as transmitters. Every time the teeth come together, the impact sends vibrations down into the surrounding jawbone. This tells the bone cells that the teeth are still in action and the jawbone needs to be strong and dense to support them. Take away the tooth roots and the bone cells no longer receive that message.

The cells interpret that lack of vibration to mean that there’s no more chewing going on and they can dissolve themselves. The bone melts away, losing up to 25% of its size and density in the first year alone after tooth loss.

This is why your dentures no longer fit, but there is a way to stabilise them and to look after your jawbone and that’s by getting implant-retained dentures.

What are implant-retained dentures?

These are dentures that have special attachments on their undersides. They go onto mini implants that are inserted through your gums into your jawbones in a procedure that typically takes less time than normal dental implants because there is no need to lift the gum to put them in.

Implant-retained dentures still come out at night, so you can rest your gums and give your dentures a good clean and a soak. But during the day, you will find you have way more chewing power. You will be able to eat foods that have been off limits since you got dentures.

Plus, you will relax in your daily interactions, knowing that your dentures won’t let you down. Come on in to find out more.

Feel confident this Mother’s Day

It’s great being a mum, but no one is ever going to tell you that it’s not extremely tiring at times. You don’t get enough sleep for many years and during the day, you never stop rushing around getting things done. No wonder if all that activity and lack of sleep is starting to show on your face.

And in today’s society, looking worn out has never been so easy to solve, with a variety of facial aesthetics treatments available.

Feel Confident this Mothers DayFacial aesthetics treatments are different from cosmetic surgery or face creams. The various treatments can make a visible difference in just a few days, but the changes don’t last forever. This means that if you don’t like what you see, you just have to wait a few months and the treatment will wear off.

So, why not give facial aesthetics a go this year in time for Mother’s Day? Facial aesthetics could make you feel and look great for the rest of the spring and summer, unlike a box of chocolates and a bunch of flowers, which will be all gone in just a week or two.

Here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, we offer facial aesthetics treatments alongside our cosmetic dental treatments.

If you want to try facial aesthetics for the first time, it’s worth coming in for a consultation with our cosmetic doctor Sameena Rashid. Sameena is a general surgeon, who has been working in facial aesthetics since 2010.

As well as Botox to soften lines and dermal fillers to plump out wrinkles and fill in hollows, we also offer various treatments to enhance your skin quality.

We have treatments that use radio waves to stimulate the production of collagen deep in your skin. It will tighten loose and sagging skin and is particularly useful in tightening up loose jowls and the neck.

We also offer TiteFx, a treatment to reshape the contours of your body by tightening them up. It’s great for the abdomen, arms, buttocks, knees and thighs.

Why not come on in and see what we can do to boost your confidence for Mother’s Day?

Treat Yourself This Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is coming up. This is your day. How are you going to feel? Are you going to feel bursting with youth and exuberance and confidence? Or are you going to feel a bit worn out and old before your time?

Feel Confident this Mothers DayAt The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, we’d like to suggest that you go for the former, and we have a few great treatments up our sleeves to help you make the most of yourself and to boost your confidence levels for Mother’s Day and the months that follow.

When it comes to facial rejuvenation techniques, we offer 2 firm favourites to smooth away wrinkles and plump out hollows.

Botox

Good old Botox. It’s been around for a long time now and it’s one of the nation’s trusted techniques for reducing those signs of ageing we’d all like to go away, please. Botox works by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles to contract. People find it works really well on muscles that are habitually contracted, such as crow’s feet around the eyes, worry lines on the forehead and frown lines between the brows. It takes about a week for the full effects to appear, so if you want to look your best for Mother’s Day, don’t leave getting Botox treatments until the last minute. You can expect your treatment to last up to 4 months though.

Dermal fillers

Brits are also having a love affair with dermal fillers. These are injections of hyaluronic acid, a natural compound produced by the body to lock in moisture in cells. We produce less and less of it as we age, which is one reason why facial skin can start to look papery. We use dermal fillers to plump out hollows and wrinkles and it works really well on the lower third of the face, on the lines around the mouth and also to plump out the lips. You can even use it on the backs of your hands to plump out wrinkles there. Dermal fillers will show up immediately after treatment, but they too can take a few days for their full effects to become apparent.

Book yourself in for a consultation now.

Ever thought of getting your teeth whitened?

Have you been toying with the idea of getting your teeth whitened in 2019? If so, you won’t be alone. Teeth whitening is the most popular dental treatment throughout the world.

At The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we do teeth whitening for many of our patients, so we can confirm that it’s very popular in Glasgow too.

Teeth Whitening in GlasgowWhat makes teeth whitening so popular?

We think it is because you can dramatically change the look of your smile without having to undergo any treatments that will alter the structure of your teeth.

Whitening is not permanent, but you can make it last longer by watching what and how you eat. Plus, when it does finally wear off, you can easily get a top-up treatment. Teeth whitening is safe to repeat as many times as you like. It can make your teeth feel sensitive for a while though, so you may need help with that.

What does whitening do?

Whitening gels contain hydrogen peroxide (water with an extra oxygen atom) that gently lifts out traces of foods and drinks that have got lodged in the pores of your tooth enamel. These surface stains are easily removed and whitening works on 92% of cases here.

Whitening will not work on stains that are intrinsic to your teeth, but you can cover them over with veneers or composite bonding instead.

There are 2 ways you can get your whitening done.

In the clinic

Book yourself in for a power whitening session and you will see dramatic results in around an hour. We use a plastic barrier over your lips and gums and then paint your teeth with a fairly strong concentration of whitening gel. We stop the treatment once your teeth have reached the shade of white you wanted.

In your home

Or why not get some gel trays made to exactly fit your teeth and carry out your whitening treatment at home. It takes longer, a couple of weeks, because the solution is milder, but once you have the trays you can buy more gel to top-up your treatment as and when you like.

Take years off your smile with teeth whitening

As we go through life, eating and drinking all sorts of highly pigmented foods and drinks, our teeth collect their traces. Fancy a glass or 2 or red wine to celebrate the end of dry January? Drinking loads of tea and coffee in the meantime? Perhaps you are a big fan of tomatoey sauces? Or maybe you are still a smoker? If you consume any or all of the above, as they pass by your teeth, they will be leaving tiny traces of themselves lodged in the pores of your tooth enamel.

Teeth Whitening in GlasgowThat’s right, tooth enamel is porous, and when we eat or drink, it becomes more so, which is how it is able to collect traces of food and drink. Tooth brushing can’t dig around in those pores, and even the hygienist can’t get rid of surface staining if it’s down in the enamel. But teeth whitening can.

Teeth whitening gels use hydrogen peroxide to gently lift out these surface stains. If you have ever used hydrogen peroxide on an infection in your skin, you will know how it bubbles out the infection. It does something similar to surface stains on your teeth.

How quickly it works depends on the percentage of hydrogen peroxide in the whitening gel. The gel we use when we carry out power whitening treatments in the clinic here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow is stronger. The whitening gels you take home contain 10% hydrogen peroxide.

The stronger gel can remove 60-70% of your stains in just an hour when you come into the clinic. We protect your lips and gums with plastic barriers before painting on the gel, which is activated by a UV light.

If you still need further whitening after that, we can supply you with a take home kit. This kit has gel trays that are made to fit your teeth exactly from impressions made with dental putty. You put the gel in the trays and wear them for a short period each day, and it will take about 2 weeks to remove the staining.

Try whitening and watch the years fall away from your smile.

Faster impressions, and no goo

Many of our patients don’t much enjoy it when we have to take impressions of their teeth in order to make prosthetics such as crowns or veneers, or to make mouth guards to protect them against sports injuries or grinding their teeth at night.

But now silicone impressions are a thing of the past here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry. We have now invested in a handheld digital scanning device.

Impression Free Dentistry in GlasgowNo more breathing difficulties

Having your mouth filled with silicone putty was an unpleasant experience for quite a few of our patients. Some had to contend with trying not to gag if the putty came up against the back of their mouths. Others found it hard to breathe through their noses as they waited the minute or so that is required while the putty hardens. With the Trios 3Shape, the process is incredibly fast so you should not need a break, but if you do, we can pause the scan and give you time to recover before we carry on.

Introducing impression-free dentistry

The Trios 3Shape makes highly accurate 3D images of your teeth. It does this by taking thousands of pictures of your teeth, even more quickly than a video camera does. As it takes the pictures, they are sent to a nearby screen where the pictures are built up into one 3D image of your teeth and the surrounding gum and palate tissue. We can view the pictures from any angle to get a really good look at your teeth.

This only takes a few seconds. Because the pictures are digital, we can then send them instantly over the internet to the dental lab where technicians can use them to make you a new crown, veneers or crowns for dental implants. This dramatically cuts down on waiting times for new prosthetics as there is no delay between us making the image and the lab receiving it while it is transported in the post or via courier.

We look forward to letting you experience this innovative technology next time you need to have your teeth measured for some kind of prosthetic or mouth guard.