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.

Get new teeth in a day

If you have got failing teeth or already have lost all your teeth, you can now get a whole new set fitted on dental implants in one day.

All-on-4 in GlasgowPreviously, if you wanted to replace your teeth with dental implants, you would have to wait a good few months between having the dental implants fitted and having replacement crowns attached to them. This was so that the titanium implants could integrate with your jawbone to create a stable chewing base. A safe way to go about making sure the implants were successful, but it meant people were having to spend some time with gaps in their mouths, and while that might have been alright if the gaps were at the sides, if you were waiting for implants to replace all your teeth, the last thing you wanted to do was be toothless for all that time.

Now, at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we have solved that problem with a technique called All-on-4 in Glasgow, which means you can leave the clinic with a whole new set of teeth in place after your implant surgery. Here’s how it works:

Tooth removal

Most of our patients come in with very loose teeth due to advanced gum disease, or teeth that are badly broken down. We remove these teeth under local anaesthetic.

Implant surgery

We place four dental implants into your jaw, two on the upper jaw, two on the lower jaw. Then we attach a set of brand new teeth to these so that you walk out of the door with a great new smile and can go back to work and live your life. The teeth are often a temporary set, and you will come back to us after six months to get your custom-made porcelain crowns fitted.

Are you suitable for All-on-4?

When you come in for a detailed consultation we will use our cone beam CT scanner to look at your jaw to see if it will be able to hold dental implants. If it is, we will use the scans to plot where to put the dental implants.

Losing then finding your smile

Losing for a possession you think you have lost is a frustrating feeling, especially when you tell yourself that it cannot be found. You can trace your steps, wondering if you left it behind at café or the supermarket. Unfortunately, with a missing tooth, it leaves a gap in your smile that is not as easy to replace as a pair of specs of a set of keys.

Dental Implants in GlasgowAt The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we can help you forget about the teeth you once lost. By giving you natural-looking replacements for one tooth or many. You don’t have to any longer mourn the missing tooth that stole away your smile and self-confidence. If you are looking to fill in the gaps left behind, then why not consider dental implants in Glasgow?

Happy and healthy replacements

If you have a missing tooth, it can have a negative impact on both your self-esteem and your oral health. It is not uncommon for missing teeth to affect your face, giving your cheeks a sunken appearance if the bone structure is not retained. It may be that you are limited to soft foods and you are no longer able to eat the food you love.

By receiving dental implants to replace your missing teeth, you can smile with true confidence, eat what you like and reduce the risk of future complications like tooth decay and gum disease. In other words, dental implants give you a smile to last you many years, so long as you look after them the way you would your natural teeth.

To give you an idea of how the treatment works, dental implants are small titanium screws which are fitted into the jaw where the tooth is missing. Over time, the screw will heal and integrate with the jawbone and act as the root. From there, the artificial root can secure a number of new teeth. These replacements are made especially for your mouth, designed to match the exact colour of your remaining teeth.

Although the treatment causes some temporary discomfort, it is certainly worth it to know that you will be equipped with a full and healthy smile to last you a long, long time.

Lost something?

Losing a tooth can do some damage to your confidence, let alone losing several of them. While it may seem simple to leave the gaps as they are, this will only give you more issues to deal with in the future. The gaps left behind will affect the remaining teeth as they try to fill in the gaps, shifting naturally at an angle over time. It is important to look after yourself and the teeth that are left behind, and by considering dental implants in Glasgow, you are also seeking the smile that was taken away by your missing teeth.

Dental Implants in GlasgowYour smile is like a puzzle, it is only complete once it holds all of the pieces. At The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we want to help you find those pieces by filling in those frustrating gaps to your smiley picture.

Getting to know you

If you are considering dental implants, we want you to feel as comfortable as possible with your chosen treatment. Before the treatment can begin, we ask that you arrange a consultation. That way, your dentist can examine your mouth and review your medial history. Before or after your mouth has been examined, you can ask us any questions or voice any concerns you might have so that we can put your mind at rest. If you are feeling particularly nervous, you can discuss your preferences for sedation. This pre-treatment consultation is for you to feel at ease, and for your dentist to form a care plan suited to you.

Secure and reliable replacements

Understanding the treatment can often alleviate the fear of receiving dental implants. This treatment can fill the gaps of a single tooth or several teeth. Your dentist will fix a small titanium screw into the jawbone, acting as a replacement root for the tooth lost. Once this screw has integrated with the jawbone, it is then ready to secure a single replacement tooth or as many as you need. These are natural-looking replacements, customised to match your remaining teeth in both appearance and feeling.

Now the fear of the unknown is no more and you are already on your way to a beautiful and confident smile!

All on 4

Have you ever been or are you currently struggling with loose teeth?

Perhaps you have already lost your teeth or are struggling with a denture?

Are you finding it difficult to chew your favourite food or are you self-conscious about speaking to people face to face?

If you answer yes to any of these questions then there is a solution for you.

How does All on 4® work?

All on 4® works by removing all or most of your problematic teeth and then replacing them with a minimum of four dental implants (think of these as false tooth roots). The two at the front of the mouth go in straight and the two at the back of the mouth are put in at an angle. This helps to distribute your biting force over the whole mouth, whilst still providing you with the support you need. What happens next is the best part – You are never without teeth. Teeth that have been premade for you and only you are then screwed onto the man-made roots the day they are placed and this provides you with the comfort of having an immediate improvement – no more loose teeth or troublesome plate! However this 1st set of teeth are temporary, and you will be provided with a long term, aesthetically better set of teeth once the healing phase of 8-10 weeks is complete. Did I mention you can tailor your long term set of teeth to look exactly the way you would like them?

Case Study

Patient – 60 year old male

Prior to treatment the patient attended for an in depth consultation with Mr Arshad Ali. This was to discuss all of his concerns which turned out to be mainly that he had an upper arch existing bridge which now had abscesses in many areas. This bridge had been made in Trinidad seven years previously. He was also aware of a wobbly tooth and receeding gums. Mr Ali advised on the  possible treatments that would be beneficial but the only way to find the best solution would be if we could visualise his top jaw in 3D. This allows us to measure the bone height, width and depth in the whole top arch, allowing us to advise the patient of his options accurately. He decided to proceed with a 3D scan of his mouth and after a short 5-minute wait, he had the news he had hoped for. Implants were possible. Not only possible, but really the only solution, as the CT scan showed his other teeth weren’t great either – but he already knew that. We discussed the various options available and he ultimately wanted the implants but also something that didn’t come in and out of his mouth, as this would make him feel old before his time. All on 4® was his solution. We took some before pictures to keep on record as a base line of how our patient started his journey

Initially our patient attended for a second complementary consultation. By this point he had his letter and costs and this was just to ensure he understood the treatment and everything that it would entail. The plan was discussed and we advised his top right molar was to be removed before he went on holiday and at this visit we would take the impressions to have his temporary teeth made for his return from Australia.  We then took a set of  impressions to make a replica of the patient’s mouth. He had already had his top wisdom tooth removed by his dentist. From this impression the lab made a bespoke temporary set of teeth that could be aligned with the implants once placed.

Our patient arrived bright and early, but maybe not so bushy tailed as expected, as he was a little nervous of what  the day had to hold for him. However, this quickly subsided once we got started. The procedure consisted of initially numbing the top half of his mouth, removing all of the remaining top teeth and placing the six top implants – all of this lasted approximately three hours. The rest of the day was spent ensuring our patient was comfortable and pain free while his temporary set of teeth were being adjusted with the dental laboratory. Our patient decided to head home for a while and come back later in the day when his teeth were ready. He was provided with Ice (to stop any swelling from starting), antibiotics and painkillers to take at home. This rest lasted around four hours. His temporary set of teeth were then secured into place at 4.30pm and our patient couldn’t have been happier with his temporary result. He loved that he couldn’t, even if he wanted to, take them out. The following day, Arshad was shopping at Braehead when he bumped into our patient who was smiliang away; no pain, swelling or bruising!!

We reviewed our patient around 4 weeks after placement of the implants. He had no problems with swelling or bruising and was happy with his experience thus far. We introduced a Waterjet® at this stage so he could keep his gums and under the bridge clean. We also recommended a Hygienist visit so they could clean him mouth to a standard we wished him to maintain. The hygienist also went over how to use the Waterjet®.

At this stage we are three months after initial placement. On this visit we removed the temporary bridge and took impressions and sent this to the lab to make a final bridge for us. We replaced the temporary bridge and the patient was to return in one week for the next stage.

One week later, we tried in the wax version of our final bridge. We don’t proceed to a titanium base at this point to ensure there is no discrepancy with the impression taken last visit. This is to ensure everything is as accurate as possible. Our patient was enquiring about whitening his bottom teeth at this visit – what was great as we hadn’t yet chosen the final shade of our top teeth. He was advised to have in-surgery laser whitening and combine this with home whitening for two weeks. This would allow us, at the next stage, to match the new shade of his bottom teeth to the teeth we would place on his final All on 4®.

We tried in his new teeth and checked how he bites together. Everything is perfect, except that the patient feels his teeth are too straight! We made some minor adjustments which added character and the patient was delighted with his natural look. Next visit – fitting the final All on 4® bridge!

The grand reveal. We removed out patient’s temporary bridge for the final time. Our patient, who we have gotten to know very well over the past four months, is absolutely delighted, as are we. We took some images to show him his before and after pictures and provided the patient with a free hygienist visit so they could show him how to maintain his new teeth.

Patient Feedback

In all the sessions I had at the centre the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. For anyone with any apprehension about visiting a dentist they made you feel at ease. Having confidence in your dentist makes the whole experience less traumatic and Mr Ali goes to great lengths to ensure you fully understand your treatments and I stills that confidence.

My treatment has gone exceptionally well. It was completed in a relatively short period of time (the time was dictated by ensuring that proper healing had taken place and that the implants were secure).

I would have no hesitation in recommending Mr Ali and his team to all my family and friends. Some have already experienced implants at other establishments and are amazed at what I have had carried out in such an efficient manner and pain free.

 

Stabilise your dentures with dental implants in Glasgow

Dentures have been used for centuries to replace a full arch of missing teeth and until a few decades ago, they were the only replacement option available. Despite their ease of use and convenience, dentures can be a not-so-practical solution for patients who wish to restore their bite. As gums recede over time, dentures tend to become loose and slip out of place, producing weird noises when you speak or eat and causing painful sores in your mouth.

Dental implants, on the other hand, replace missing teeth, both root and crown, instead of just replacement crowns sitting on the gums. However, dental implants are a big investment and not all people can afford them. But, what if we told you that you can now combine both treatments in one at the fraction of the cost? At The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, you can have your dentures stabilised with dental implants for a permanent, confident smile.

Dental Implants in GlasgowHow do dental implants work?

Dental implants are small titanium screw-shaped posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone in order to replace missing tooth roots. Since they are made of titanium, a metal that is compatible with the human body, they gradually fuse to the jawbone and become a permanent part of the mouth. After a healing period, which can last from a few weeks to several months, your dentist will attach your permanent teeth on your dental implants. These can be single crowns, bridges or implant-supported dentures such as bar attachment dentures.

Bar attachment dentures

Bar attachment dentures are an innovative treatment providing patients with fully functional teeth on dental implants in only one visit to our dental practice. The treatment is ideal for patients who have lost most of their teeth and would like to have their dentures permanently fixed on two to four dental implants.

The operation is quite simple and the patient can often return to their normal activities the next day. Over dentures can be taken out for cleaning but you don’t have to remove them while you sleep. Patients with significant bone loss can benefit from this treatment since very few dental implants are required.

Let’s Talk about Why Dental Implants Are so Great

Even just a few years ago it would have been quite unusual to hear about someone with dental implants, but nowadays many of us will know at least a few people who have had this innovative treatment. In fact dental implants have now been safely used for decades and there’s nothing experimental about the treatment. They are widely considered to be the most optimal form of tooth replacement available today and is available to you at Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry.

dental-implants-glasgowAn implant post partially replicates a natural tooth root, as even though it is connected to the bone in a different way, it carries out exactly the same function. One of the great things about dental implants is the way they help to stabilise bone and prevent bone loss that is otherwise inevitable once teeth are extracted.

How do Dental Implants Stabilise Bone?

Most dental implants are made from commercially pure titanium which has the unique property of being osteophilic which roughly translated means it is bone loving. It’s described in this way as titanium is able to fuse with natural bone, something that was discovered quite by chance and which has since gone on to revolutionise dentistry. A strongly fused dental implant cannot move, and all the stresses created through biting and chewing on the implant are transmitted through the implant and into the bone. This is another way in which dental implants function like natural tooth roots, as transmitting these stresses helps stimulate the bone, stabilising it and preventing bone loss.

Why Is It so Important to Prevent Bone Loss?

The bone supporting teeth is called alveolar bone. It’s a very special type of bone that develops as the teeth erupt. Once teeth are removed it is soon lost as alveolar bone is quite fragile and simply reabsorbs back into the body. Areas where the bone is already thin will reabsorb more quickly which is particularly bad news if you lose your upper front teeth and can soon cause the face to look as if it is collapsing in on itself. Modern dentistry enables this bone to be replaced through grafting techniques, but it’s far easier to prevent its loss from occurring. If you do lose one or more teeth and are considering dental implants then it’s best to have them done sooner rather than later. This will help prevent bone loss and will reduce the need for bone grafts. In addition, you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of having dental implants much sooner.

Deciding to have dental implants can be quite a big decision, and we are sure you have lots of questions. The best way to get answers is to book a consultation with one of our Dentists at Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry. Your dentist in Glasgow will need to thoroughly examine your mouth and can help you decide if dental implants are the right option. It’s not the quickest treatment, as you usually need to wait several months in between having the implant post inserted and receiving the final restoration. Additionally, if you need teeth extracting prior to implants then you’ll have to wait for the empty sockets to heal, and this generally takes three or four months. This might seem long-winded, but spending additional time at this stage will help ensure your implant is a success.

The advantages of dental implants to replace missing teeth

More and more patients who have lost their natural teeth are choosing dental implants to replace them. Here at the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, our skilled implant dentists have helped people of all ages to restore their smile with implants.

As well as providing a natural-looking, aesthetically pleasing result, there are several other advantages gained from treatment with dental implants. Here, we look at how implants can have a positive impact on your health.

dental-implants-glasgowThe closest thing to natural teeth

Many patients visiting our Glasgow dental practice are distressed about losing their natural teeth and are looking for a solution that restores function as well as appearance.

Dental implants do both. They are the closest thing to natural teeth and, with proper care and regular visits to your dentist and hygienist, will last you upwards of 25 years. They integrate directly with your jaw bone, acting like the roots of your natural teeth. This means that they provide a firm support for replacement teeth – dentures, crowns or bridges – enabling you to bite and chew a full and healthy diet.

This is a particular benefit for patients who have been wearing traditional unsecured dentures for some time, who find that their diet may be restricted to soft foods.

Preventing bone loss and facial sagging

Another advantage of dental implants is that, because they integrate with your jaw bone, they help to prevent the problems of bone loss and associated skin sagging that plague patients wearing unsecured dentures.

At our Glasgow dental practice we can help patients who have already suffered bone loss and facial sagging with a combination of bone grafts, dental implants and facial rejuvenation treatments, to give you back a more youthful appearance.

When you come for your initial consultation, your implant dentist will be able to advise you if you need a bone graft before having implant treatment, to maximise the chances of successful treatment.

The advantages of dental implants to replace missing teeth

More and more patients who have lost their natural teeth are choosing dental implants to replace them. Here at the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, our skilled implant dentists have helped people of all ages to restore their smile with implants.

dental implants1As well as providing a natural-looking, aesthetically pleasing result, there are several other advantages gained from treatment with dental implants. Here, we look at how implants can have a positive impact on your health.

The closest thing to natural teeth

Many patients visiting our Glasgow dental practice are distressed about losing their natural teeth and are looking for a solution that restores function as well as appearance.

Dental implants do both. They are the closest thing to natural teeth and, with proper care and regular visits to your dentist and hygienist, will last you upwards of 25 years. They integrate directly with your jaw bone, acting like the roots of your natural teeth. This means that they provide a firm support for replacement teeth – dentures, crowns or bridges – enabling you to bite and chew a full and healthy diet.

This is a particular benefit for patients who have been wearing traditional unsecured dentures for some time, who find that their diet may be restricted to soft foods.

Preventing bone loss and facial sagging

Another advantage of dental implants is that, because they integrate with your jaw bone, they help to prevent the problems of bone loss and associated skin sagging that plague patients wearing unsecured dentures.

At our Glasgow centre we can help patients who have already suffered bone loss and facial sagging with a combination of bone grafts, dental implants and facial rejuvenation treatments, to give you back a more youthful appearance.

Please contact us for more information or to book a consultation appointment.

The benefits of dental implants

Many people know that dental implants are a great solution for replacing teeth – but did you know that they also come with health benefits? At the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, based in Glasgow, our skilled implant dentists have helped many patients to restore their smiles.

Dental implants: an overview

Dental implantsdental-implants are titanium screws that your dentist places in your jaw bone. In essence, they are replacements for the root part of a missing tooth. New teeth can then be attached on top in the form of dentures, bridges or crowns, depending on how many teeth you are missing and on your personal preference.

At the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, our implant dentists can use dental implants to restore one, several or all of your teeth. They can even treat complex cases, such as patients who have suffered bone loss and require a bone graft or sinus lift.

What are the benefits of implants?

Dental implants are an excellent solution to replace missing teeth; with a good dental hygiene regime and regular check-ups, they will last you for many years, maybe even a lifetime.

Implants are made of titanium, which is highly compatible with the human body. It supports bone growth, so helps to prevent the common problem of bone loss that often occurs when teeth have been missing for some time. In addition, this helps to prevent the skin around the jaws from sagging, which can give a prematurely aged appearance to the face.

New teeth will not become loose the way that unsecured dentures can, meaning you can enjoy a full, healthy diet. There is also no need for work on any remaining teeth, unlike with traditional bridges.

To book an implant consultation at our Glasgow practice, get in touch today.