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What Are Ceramic Dental Implants?

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Ceramic dental implants are the latest advancement in the implants market. They are effectively the same as the metal implants but with a few key differences.

Difference Number 1 – Material

The main difference is the most obvious one. They are made out of a ceramic material rather than a titanium material. Even though the titanium material is safe to use in the mouth and is the same type of metal used in hip replacements and artificial limbs, we understand some patients simply prefer to not have any metal in their mouth.

Difference Number 2 – Colour

Because the metal materials are a metal type colour which is quite dark, they need to be placed further into the bone so it doesn’t give the restoration teeth a dark shadow (which is not aesthetically pleasing). With ceramic implants they are able to be placed not as deep into the jawbone as they are a white ceramic material and will blend in with your new teeth.

Difference Number 3 – Placement

Due to how deep the metal implants need to be placed, it does mean it requires a greater bone density for the implants to be placed in. With ceramic implants they do not need to be placed just as deep, meaning they can be used for cases who may have very little bone to place implants in (case dependent).

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If you have lost a tooth or multiple teeth and would like to know what options will be the most suitable for you, please do not hesitate to call us and book your free consultation today. Where our implant dentist will assess your case and offer suitable treatments to meet your needs.

Braces Or Dental Veneers?

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Now this can be quite a loaded question as it does really depend on your individual case. It is quite common to have people enquiring for both braces and dental veneers as they are unsure which will be the most suitable treatment for them.

Why Braces

If your unhappy with the straightness of your teeth and their positioning, braces tends to be the most suitable option. This is because if you did want veneers but had crooked teeth, the veneers would be bonded onto crooked teeth (as they are like false finger nails but for teeth).

Why Veneers

If you are unhappy about the shape, embrasures, size or colour of your teeth, then dental veneers may be the treatment for you. They can really give you the highly sought after dazzling hollywood smile.

We offer both composite and porcelain veneers. Both can give you very excellent results, but with the main difference that the porcelain option are made out of a more stronger material and can have a longer lasting life.

Having Braces Before Veneers

If you are really keen on having the hollywood veneer smile but do suffer from crooked teeth, it might be worth considering an orthodontic treatment to begin with, which is then followed up with Veneers. This is so your teeth are straight for the veneers to fit nicely on top (and the teeth will also be retained in position by the retainers.

As well as having the braces and retainers in the orthodontic package, teeth whitening is also included. This means at the end of the straightening your teeth you can really give them a lift to finish off your smile (in case you decide against veneers).

To find out what options are available to you and will best meet your needs, please do not hesitate to call us and book your free consultation today.

What Are Dental Implants?

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Dental implants are one of the most modern and exciting ways to replace missing teeth. They are in essence titanium or ceramic pegs that are surgically and carefully placed into your jawbone. They will then fuse with your jawbone, giving you strength and stability for your new teeth on top.

The implants can be seen as as equivalent root replacement, as they will fundamentally act like the new root of the tooth. The implant is not actually visible once they are placed as they are hidden in the gums and by the teeth on top.

After the healing period of the implant placement appointment, the tops of the implants are uncovered and prepared for the final restoration to be fitted on top.

We work with one of the leading suppliers of dental implants, who are an internationally recognized company: Straumann. We only use recognised providers of dental implants so our patients are secure with the knowledge that they are having a high quality implant, that has been used and tested for many years, made out of a high quality material.

Implant Restorations

The placing of the implants is only part of the treatment. It is an important step as this is what will then go on and anchor in place your new teeth. Depending on the exact case you have (e.g. number of missing teeth, where they are located etc), the restoration we used to replace your missing teeth will vary. If there are multiple missing teeth, it could be an implant retained bridge, or in the worst case scenario of full sets of teeth (overdentures). In milder cases of single tooth replacements, this can be achieved with a single implant retained crown.

We offer many different treatments for a vast number of scenarios, if you are unsure what treatment will best meet your needs, please do not hesitate to book your free consultation today.

What Is A Gummy Smile?

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Gummy smiles is the term used to describe when a large portion of the gums are visible when you are smiling. Even though it is not a medical problem, it can very much affect the aesthetics of your smile, and is considered a cosmetic treatment to treat.

How Are Gummy Smiles Treated?

Depending on the severity of your gummy smile, there are a number of ways which may be ideal to treat your case. In younger patients who are showing a gummy smile, an orthodontic option may be more suitable for them as the brace can help to manage and control the bone development, helping to reduce the gummy smile.

A more temporary treatment can be through the use of anti ageing treatments. These injections can be used on the upper lip, which will in turn will relax the muscles, allowing them to drop and hide the gummy smile.

Another option is through the use of laser gum reshaping. This is when a laser is used to carefully cut away any excessive gum.

How Do Gummy Smiles Form?

The way a gummy smile is formed can be down to a number of reasons. In some cases, you may of been born with a short upper lip, which causes more of your gum to be shown. Sometimes when your teeth are erupting, you may have an abnormal eruption, which again causes more of the gum to be seen. Lastly, it can be down to how you develop as a child. These early stages can be very important and regular visits with the dentist can monitor any changes, spotting any warning signs early on.

To find out what options may be suitable for your gummy smile, please do not hesitate to call us and book your free consultation.

Do I Need To Have My Tooth Extracted?

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If you have started to experience a lot of pain with a tooth, then you may be considering having it extracted. An extraction is when the dentist surgically and carefully removes the afflicted tooth from your mouth.

In the first instance, we will always evaluate to see if the tooth can be saved. Even though modern restorations are very good at what they do, we understand that nothing will ever be as good as your own natural teeth. We will always explore the options of saving your tooth, which may involve a root canal to save the afflicted tooth.

What If My Tooth Is Not Saveable

In the worst case scenario that your tooth cannot be saved, we will always discuss with you (prior to the extraction) gap management options. There are multiple reasons why it is important to consider gap management options – the most obvious reason is aesthetics, especially if it is one of your front teeth. The other reasons, which are not as obvious, is the detrimental affects that occurs in your mouth after you have lost a tooth. This is known as bone resorption, which is a natural affect, where the area of the missing tooth, starts to fade away and deteriorate – which unfortunately has a knock on effect on your surrounding teeth, as they can become loose and start falling out themselves (the speed at this affects us will vary from person to person).

There are now multiple options that are available when it comes to replace a missing tooth. One of the most exciting and modern ways to do this, is through the use of dental implants. Implants are titanium or ceramic pegs that are placed into the jaw bone (can be done under sedation). They will act as the new roots of your new tooth restoration. The false tooth, bridge, or denture, will then be attached to the implants for a secure tooth replacement option.

To find out more information, please do not hesitate to call us and book your free consultation today.

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