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What are the benefits of having a dental implant?

If you’re missing a tooth or two, there are probably a few other things you’re missing too; being able to eat certain foods easily, pronouncing certain words clearly, not to mention being able to smile and laugh without worrying about hiding the gaps in your mouth! These are just the problems your missing teeth are causing that you know about, but unfortunately there’s a lot more going on behind the lips that only becomes apparent when it’s too late.

When your teeth fall out or are removed without being replaced for whatever reason, your remaining teeth will naturally shift in your mouth to close the gap a little. This can affect your bite, create new, hard to reach tooth surfaces susceptible to plaque build up and you could end up with tooth decay, gum disease or headaches as a result. Perhaps even worse still, you could end up with a set of teeth moved so far from their original positions, that they then need straightening. Tooth straightening treatments are more expensive and involve a lot more effort on your part to fix, than getting a dental implant fitted at a time when it was needed.

An additional problem caused by missing teeth is a negative change to your facial structure. Without teeth in place to support the muscles of your face, your jawbone will naturally shrink, causing your profile to sag and prematurely age your appearance significantly. None of this good news obviously, so let’s talk about the good news now. The damage caused by missing teeth is quickly and simply rectified by having an implant fitted. If you act fast enough, an implant can even be fitted into the hole of the original missing tooth.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a titanium root that is embedded into the jawbone. It serves as the root for a crown that will sit on the gum, effectively filling the gap created when you lost a tooth. It acts like a natural tooth, is created from materials that your mouth is unlikely to reject and lasts a lifetime.

Implant benefits

If you have an implant fitted within 3 months of losing your natural tooth, you should avoid the expense and damage caused by not taking corrective action. Your profile won’t give you an older appearance, you’ll be able to eat any food you want and not worry about how you appear in a social situation.

Matt Lamb is our resident dental implantologist, who is highly trained and experienced in fitting implants. He can advise you of the best course of action to take to maintain the health of your mouth. To book your first consultation with us please give one of our professional team members a call. We can answers any queries or concerns you might have, as well as talk you through the procedure in more detail.

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Hints and tips to help you get the most from your Invisalign braces

If you’re interested in Invisalign braces or you’re currently wearing these clear, removable aligners to straighten your teeth, we’ve put together some helpful hints and tips shared by Invisalign patients to help you get the most from your treatment:

  1. Clean your teeth every time you eat or drink something that isn’t water

One of the big attractions of Invisalign braces is that they can be taken out when you want to clean your teeth. You will still need to clean your teeth after every meal, snack or drink that isn’t water because bacteria can get trapped between the aligner and your teeth otherwise, creating a breeding ground for tooth decay, while what you’ve eaten can potentially stain your aligner; if your aligner is stained, it will lose its almost invisible finish.

  1. Schedule some hygienist appointments for extra cleaning

You might find it helpful to see the dental hygienist more regularly than usual to help keep your teeth extra clean during your treatment.

  1. Invisalign braces can treat complex cases

People often assume that Invisalign is only suitable for straightforward, mild alignment problems. In fact, Invisalign can successfully be used to treat complex orthodontic cases.

  1. Keep two sets of cleaning essentials in your home

Many people find it helpful to keep a toothbrush and other cleaning essentials in the bathroom and the kitchen of their home to make cleaning their teeth and aligner after eating as quick and convenient as possible.

  1. Always carry a travel teeth cleaning kit

As you’ll need to become a pro at cleaning your teeth every time you eat or drink, it’s a good idea to carry a wash bag of teeth cleaning essentials wherever you go so that you can clean your teeth at any time.

  1. Remember a case for your aligners

As part of your travel cleaning kit, try to remember a case for your aligners so that you have somewhere to store then when you’re eating. Beware of wrapping them in a paper serviette if you’re eating out as we’ve heard of people leaving their aligners in restaurants this way.

  1. Set a timer when you take your aligners out to eat

You should wear your Invisalign braces for at least 22 hours a day to enjoy the best results. Set a timer each time you take your aligners out to eat or drink so you can keep track of how much time you’ve gone aligner-free.

  1. Change your aligners before bed

You will need to change your Invisalign aligners once a fortnight. Many patients find it helpful to put take an over-the-counter painkiller, such as Ibuprofen, and put a new aligner in before they go to bed at night. This means that they sleep through the initial hours with each new aligner when the fit can feel tight and the pressure can be uncomfortable.

  1. Wash your hands

Wash your hands before you take your aligners out or put them back in to help protect your mouth from germs.

  1. Rinse your tray in warm water

Before you put a new aligner in, you might find it helpful to wash it under warm water as it will feel more comfortable when it goes into your mouth.

From single implants to a complete smile – your guide to dental implants

In past blogs, we’ve talked about dental implants and what makes them the ‘gold standard’ option for tooth replacement. What you may not realise is just how much scope dental implants give us to restore not just one missing tooth but even a complete smile. This month, we’ve put together our at-a-glance guide to dental implant treatments and how they work.

Single dental implants

Using single dental implants, we can replace not only the missing tooth, filling the gap everyone sees, but also the missing root within your jaw bone. This is important because the implant helps to strengthen your jaw bone and stops the teeth on either side of the gap from drifting or rotating without a neighbouring tooth to keep them in place. Having a single implant can also stop you adapting your bite to compensate for the gap and will look completely natural, returning your smile to its former glory.

Teeth in a day

Teeth-in-a-day dental implants use what’s known as the ‘All-on-4’ method, where a complete new arch of false teeth and prosthetic gum is fitted in your mouth on just four implants in each jaw. These implants are placed at a slight angle to create more anchorage and can sometimes be placed even if you’ve lost significant amounts of jaw bone. With All-on-4 ‘Teeth-in-a-day’ dental implants, you are less likely to need a sinus lift too.

We can attach a fixed restoration arch to your dental implants or a removable arch. Because of how the implants sit within your jaw bone, we can even attach your false teeth immediately after the implants are placed, so you don’t need to wait for your mouth to heal after your surgery.

Implant dentures

Implant dentures offer a fantastic alternative to traditional dentures. By placing two or more implants into your upper and/or lower arch, we are able to create a secure base on to which we can attach your dentures. This means that they are unable to move or come loose. For denture wearers, this is a revelation, letting them enjoy a much more varied diet and greater confidence. The added bonus is that, by having a few implants inserted, it can help to build up your jawbone density and preserve your facial structure.

So there you have it – just three of the ways we’re using dental implants in Derby and the surrounding area to transform smiles and give people back their confidence in their smile.

South Normanton Colts are Champions!

South Normanton Colts U15s Win League

Here at Glendair Dental Practice in Alfreton, Derbyshire we love getting involved with the local community. For the past 6 years, we have been sponsoring South Normanton Colts football club.

The under 15s have recently been celebrating becoming champions after winning the Division 1 title. It has been a great season for all of the team, especially as they won the Division 2 title last year, and also came runners up in the cup final! This is an amazing achievement, so we would just like to say a massive congratulations from everyone here at Glendair.

It has been amazing supporting South Normanton Colts over the years, so we’re sad to see that the team will be coming to an end. It is however, brilliant to know that they are going out on a high as champions.

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Tel: 01773 832 164 (24/7)   Email: info@glendairdental.co.uk

The Surgery, Limes Avenue, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 7DW

Matthew Lamb BDS (Sheffield 2004)  GDC No. 83639.

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