We are always seeing the news reports about Hollywood celebrities and their new smiles. The number one thing that people often look for in a new partner is a beautiful smile. We are always looking for ways to improve our smiles. For many people, that is simply down to fixing up our teeth. Whether we are whitening them, getting general dental work, or using braces to reshape the positioning of our teeth, we are always on the lookout for a way to have an improved and beautiful smile of our own.
Not everybody will have to make use of dental implants in Glasgow during their lifetime, but there are some who may find dental implants to be extremely beneficial to their long-term dental health and make life that little bit easier. Even those who just want a healthier, nicer smile can consider them. Before we explain what dental implants are, we need to analyse just who ought to be investing in dental implants. Damaged teeth are always at risk, and accidents can happen.
Tooth Loss and Dental Damage Reparation
Given how important our smiles are to us for our body image and our views of beauty, we understand how tooth loss can easily damage the image we have in our minds of what our smiles should look like. Unsightly gaps between teeth or where teeth have once been can be extremely dissatisfying to many people. Dental implants Glasgow are a way around this problem, but it should be noted that we should always aim to prevent the need for implants where we can. Simple changes to your lifestyle, or simply realising where you need to improve your daily regime, can be the difference between losing a tooth and keeping it.
The Most Common Causes of Dental Problems
Everybody can be subjected to issues arising from their teeth depending upon the treatment of their teeth throughout life. As long as you take great care in the general maintenance of your teeth you should not happen across the majority of these issues. However, tooth loss and dental damage can arise at any point, so it is best to avoid getting into the habit of making the following practices a regularity in your routine.
· Bad Dental Hygiene
The number one cause of most dental issues is, without a doubt, bad dental hygiene. Your mouth is a delicate system that can become easily damaged by not being properly cleaned and maintained. At The Berkeley Clinic we often see the effects of a bad dental health regime first-hand. It is easy to tell who has not been keeping up with their regular brushing too. A brush before a visit to the dentist can just make your gums look more inflamed and not actually undo the damage done to your teeth. Your enamel is fragile and you need to continue to brush in order for your enamel to be preserved and protect your teeth from demineralisation. Without a dental healthcare regime, you will find yourself at risk of periodontal diseases.
An increasing number of children in Scotland are becoming more prone to tooth decay. It is a more prevalent issue in areas that are known to be poorer, however we also have clear indications that the diet in Scotland is on average worsening our children’s teeth.
Source: The Poverty Site
The above graph details the scale of the problem that we have faced when it comes to the tooth decay – particularly in children. In Scotland, every part besides one had been facing a dental hygiene crisis. The study displays that we must actively seek ways to encourage children, and ourselves, to practice better dental hygiene in order to prevent these statistics for our future and especially to prevent the future need for dental implants Glasgow.
Accidental damage is not uncommon. Even if you lead a very quiet life, sometimes life can just throw you a curveball that lands right on your teeth. Sportspeople are most commonly at risk, particularly those that are involved in high contact sports like boxing and rugby. Adult teeth cannot be regrown like they would when you were a child, so damage to a tooth that can be as bad as losing the tooth entirely can leave a lasting negative body image. Dental implants in Scotland are easily achievable here at The Berkeley Clinic for anybody suffering from tooth loss due to accidental damage.
· Irregular Dental Check-Ups
There is no reason not to visit your dentist once every six months. Two times out of the year is, in the grand scheme of things, not a lot of time at all. Getting to your dentist can be easy and there is often a dentist rather local to you that you can make use of. You may never know if you need dental implants in Scotland or not unless you go to the dentist and have your mouth examined for any irregularities. By not visiting, you are removing your chances of having more harmful layers of tartar and bacteria removed from the surfaces of your teeth. There is not much else to do that you can use to get out of going to the dentist, and there is always support if you are more nervous about going to the dentist. Don’t let anything else get between you and your dental health professional.
· Failed Root Canal Treatment
Despite the best intentions and professionalism of most dentists, there can be occasions where treatment may have not gone as planned. Some patients have had to take root canal treatment yet have found that the pain and inflammation they experienced has returned, often leading to a tooth needing to be removed to reduce the possibility of another painful experience when biting and chewing food.
· Poor Diet
Remember when your parents would tell you not to eat too many sugary foods or your teeth would rot? Dentists are frequently using the very same advice. It is difficult not to imagine that foods full of acids and sugars will be dangerous for your teeth. A small amount of sugar is fine, but constant exposure to the most damaging foods can be detrimental for not only your teeth, but your body’s overall health. If you cannot produce the vitamins and minerals that your body needs, it will begin to depreciate and slowly your body will show signs of deterioration. This will also show in your teeth. They will start to weaken and be far more prone to damage.
· Underlying Health Issues
One of the most surprising health issues that affects teeth for many people is diabetes. Diabetes is the condition where not enough insulin is produced in the body and as such does not properly convert sugars in your body’s system to energy, making them and other materials stay stuck in your system as their more harmful forms. Why is this difficult for your teeth? Well, statistics show that you are three times more likely to develop periodontal diseases if you have diabetes.
Diabetes makes it difficult to naturally control your body’s blood sugar levels. The body’s natural reaction to periodontal diseases is to start to raise the body’s blood sugar levels – giving a diabetic person a lot to worry about. This can start to lower their immunity levels, which in turn is what creates an ideal habitat in the mouth for growing increased amounts of plaque.
If you believe you have diabetes, get in touch with your dentist in Glasgow at The Berkeley Clinic to talk about what your dental health options are and for further advice on plaque prevention so that you do not have to struggle with major tooth decay or tooth loss.
Your dentist may tell you that you are currently at risk of developing a periodontal disease. These are identified usually by inflammation of the gums due to long term plaque exposure. Without regularly cleaning your mouth of plaque, you can often find yourself in the difficult position of requiring treatment. A visit to your dentist is a more efficient way of removing any build-up of tartar particularly where teeth meet the gums – a troublesome area that often develops the most tartar – that will leave you will less bacteria that can irritate your gums.
There are two main types of periodontal disease that both relate to one another, with one being milder and the other being a more advanced, aggravated stage:
The initial and less harmful stage of gum disease is gingivitis. This stage of gum disease is entirely treatable and is easily gotten rid of with daily care and attention to a regulated dental regime throughout the day. It is not as harmful as the advanced stages, showing mostly irritation in the gums and the potential for the gums to bleed more easily than normal. Gums can often recede and are painful to the touch, making brushing and flossing a more difficult task.
It is possible for the symptoms to be reversed if you are willing to keep track of a new daily regime to keep your teeth and mouth clean. Medicated mouthwashes can also be beneficial for early treatment to stop progression into periodontitis.
The advanced stage of gingivitis that is the most common reason for tooth loss and the reason why many of our patients require dental implants Glasgow. The symptoms can include bleeding gums, milky white plaque gatherings around and between the teeth, unusual odour from the mouth, red and swollen gums, and gums that have receded enough to show the root of the tooth. In the worst cases, periodontitis can eventually weaken tooth roots and the bone in your jaw, leading to inevitable tooth loss that cannot be naturally repaired. There are medications available to help treat periodontitis as it is a more advanced disease. These can usually be prescribed by your dentist or your doctor depending where you are checked for the developments in your mouth.
Never let any irregularities in your mouth go unchecked as it could lead to tooth loss, decay, and weakening of the jaw bone if they are stages of periodontitis. The following table shows the current range of medical products offered to people who have been affected by gum disease, showing the different areas which can be treated depending upon severity.
Medications Available for Gum Disease, Source: NIH
Not sure if you have Gum Disease?
Many of us can feel a little out of our depth when it comes to determining just what is wrong with us. When we feel sick, we go to the doctor. When something is wrong with your teeth, you should contact your dentist immediately. Pain in your gums, loose teeth, or bleeding can all be potential signs of gum disease or other dental problems that could be needing immediate treatment. The Berkeley Clinic are always there for our clients whenever they need us.
Prevention is the Best Cure
Don’t get caught out by gum disease and the troubles it can cause for your dental health as a whole. A dental implant Glasgow is often needed because of the negative effects of a lack of dental care throughout a lifetime or neglect. It is important to know what happens to your teeth during your usual working day in order to ensure that you take the correct steps to prevent the long-lasting damage that we often see here at The Berkeley Clinic.
· Daily Brushing, Flossing and Mouthwash Use
It is a well-rehearsed speech by now that brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash are the three most important and required elements of daily dental care. Ideally you should be brushing at least twice a day; once in the evening and once in the morning. An evening brush will help to remove the plaque that has built up in your mouth throughout the day and weaken the acidity in your mouth. Overnight this acidity may start to build up again.
After eating breakfast before you head out for the rest of your day, brush your teeth again. As your teeth are at their most vulnerable once you have just eaten, brushing helps to limit the damage given from the food and reduces the amount of time it takes for the acidity to build back up over the course of the day. You can find other useful ways to supplement your brushing routine too, like chewing gum or eating an apple to clean the surface of your teeth and help to prevent tooth decay.
Graph showing the growing trend in children’s dental health in Scotland, Source: Scottish Government
Flossing is something that we as dentists will also always suggest, and for good reasons. Dental floss reaches many areas that your toothbrush cannot and allows you to have a very precise clean. The areas between your teeth are some of the most liable to collect harmful bacteria, and the areas between your teeth make up roughly 32% of the entire surface of your tooth. Not ensuring these areas are clean can cause damage you may not initially see, but you will begin to feel your gums display the initial symptoms of gum disease if you are not careful.
Mouthwash is another great way of ensuring the entirety of your mouth is thoroughly cleaned out. When we brush, we often forget to scrub the surface of our tongue that harbours hundreds of bacteria from the food we eat and ones that occur naturally.
· Regular Dentist Visits
This is the best method for you to maintain your natural smile and to protect the teeth that you have with the best advice tailored to your individual requirements. No two mouths are the same, and nobody wants their teeth to be subjected to too much damage across the years. A dentist is available to give your teeth a six-monthly deep clean, removing areas of tartar and decay that our toothbrushes just cannot reach to remove quite so easily.
According to the British Dental Health Foundation, around 69% of adults in Scotland visit their dentist regularly, and 27% of adults only visit their doctor when experiencing pain or discomfort. While you should always visit when your teeth don’t feel quite right, be sure to keep visits regular. Neglecting two visits a year to the dentist can lead to more problems than you might think. If you suffer from dentist anxiety, we have an exceptional service to assist you. Our Dental Anxiety Clinic is suited for those who are terrified of the thought of visiting the dentist.
· Chew Sugar-free Gum Between Meals
At work, school, or university it can be incredibly difficult to find any opportunity after your meals to brush your teeth and keep them clean despite this being the absolute best way for you to protect your teeth daily.
Source: British Dental Health Foundation
The above study clearly shows the advantages for your mouth of chewing sugar-free gum. Upon eating a meal, the levels of plaque and acidity in your mouth will start to increase to the dangerous ‘red’ levels shown. 5.5 is a neutral Ph for the mouth. If acidity falls below this level, tooth decay will be more prominent. Sugar-free gum has the ability to ensure your mouth begins to produce more saliva without the damages caused by sugar. Saliva is a natural cleaning agent in your mouth and is also responsible for neutralising the acidity, meaning that plaque has less time to form on the surface of the teeth. Chewing sugar-free gum is essentially an easy way to clean your teeth without the hassle of trying to find a toothbrush at work. Do not replace your regular brushing routine with chewing gum – only use this method for during the day.
· Medicated Mouthwash
For those of us who are already experiencing gum disease, there are special medicated mouthwashes available to purchase that can help to alleviate and treat the symptoms. It is not recommended to use much of this if you are not experiencing symptoms. This mouthwash is specifically made for the express purpose to healing your gums. There are those, however, that are great for protecting gums from symptoms such as bleeding while brushing, strengthening the health and resilience of your gums to keep them out of the way of harmful chemicals. Mouthwash is recommended as a daily supplement to your regular brushing routine, and noticing bleeding gums can be a good way of catching a larger issue before it leads to tooth decay or worse – tooth loss.
· Quit Smoking and Drinking
A hard pill to swallow is administered whenever anybody mentions to a patient that they should stop smoking or drinking alcohol. Smoking can permanently stain your teeth and cause lasting discolouration that can be rather unsightly. Avoid smoking too much and you can save yourself the trouble of teeth whitening and ceiling discolouration. It has also been statistically shown that smokers are twice as likely to lose teeth than non-smokers. Smoking drastically affects your blood supply to the gums, and as such it can aggravate your current gum inflammation levels and the roots of your teeth.
Alcohol is another item that is worse for your health than it is any good. Although some wines claim to offer health benefits, you are still better going without it than anything else. Depending on the alcohol, you may be consuming more sugar than intended. Wine is able to discolour your teeth, but sugars can also be harmful to the rest of your body for many reasons. Avoiding alcohol means you can avoid any additional sugars, and also help to prevent the underlying health issues that so often relate to gum disease and tooth loss.
· Change Your Diet
Small changes to your diet can make all the difference when it comes to protecting your teeth from further damage. It is common knowledge that you can eat and drink high calcium items to ensure teeth and bones still remain strong (your teeth are bone, after all!). Having milk with cereal in the morning can give you a great energy boost in the morning and give you some of your daily dose of calcium. Fruits and vegetables are the best source of vitamins that you can give to your body. Depending on what it is that you need for your body’s condition, always ensure that vitamins and minerals are taken into account. Lessen the amount of sugars and fat in your daily intake and you will start to feel more energetic and have far more health benefits than just great teeth.
Dental Implants in Glasgow from The Berkeley Clinic
Sometimes, prevention just isn’t enough, and we find ourselves looking for solutions for tooth loss, decay, and other problems that change how our smiles look. Aesthetic treatments are always available for patients who require them, and we will always be open to appointments to see what we can do to make your smile the best it can be. Dental implants can be a permanent solution that goes above and beyond other dental replacement treatments. So, what are the basics of dental implants Glasgow, and why should you think about investing in using them as your priority source of treatment?
What are Dental Implants?
At its simplest, a dental implant is an artificial tooth that is placed with an artificial root shaped like a screw straight into the jawbone. The tooth is often a crown or bridge, sealed with the root to ensure no movement and very little need for any replacements or maintenance. The artificial root is made with titanium – a notoriously strong and long lasting metal. As the artificial root is secured directly into the jawbone like a natural tooth root would be, there is more stability for the tooth and movement is unlikely.
After the initial surgery to secure the implant in your jaw, your bone begins to heal around the implant in a process called osseointegration. The implant itself will more than likely never need to be replaced. The crown or bridge settled on top may need to be restored in time, but this is a minor procedure and the root will remain the same, meaning the root procedure is needed to be done only once for life-long convenience.
Most Common Reasons for Getting Dental Implants
There are a number of reasons as to the most common applications of dental implants in Scotland. As implants are one of the best, and most permanent, tooth replacement solutions available from The Berkeley Clinic in Glasgow. The most common reasons for dental implant Glasgow treatments usually are as follows:
· Gum Disease
As mentioned above, gum disease can be a massively detrimental force to your smile. The forced removal of teeth is never pleasant, and the added discomfort of having to endure the pain of gum disease can feel like a massive blow to anybody and their smile. The most advanced cases where teeth have either been removed or fallen out can be particularly disheartening. Dental implants provide a solution that is permanent and does not give further irritation to the gums like a denture would. You must ensure that all gingivitis is not present before the procedure, however. For the longest lasting solution that could potentially last a lifetime, this is the solution for your gum disease symptoms.
· Missing Teeth
There are a variety of reasons as to why somebody may have a missing tooth. Accidents can happen: somebody’s elbow may hit just a little too high, or that dive into the pool may have been optimistic into the shallow end. We have seen a multitude of reasons as to why teeth are broken and lost, but there is no need to live with the space left behind forever. If you are uncomfortable with it and want to have your old smile back, simply contact us at The Berkeley Clinic for all your dentistry Glasgow.
· Decay and Discolouration
Misshapen and discoloured teeth caused by decay can be a far removal away from the picture perfect, straight white teeth look that we often idolise. Years without brushing, or even just weak enamel, can give our teeth a new lease of life. Don’t worry if you feel like you aren’t eligible for dental implants – we are able to fit dental implants in Glasgow if and when you want them! So for that Hollywood smile you want, talk to us today about your choices.
· Replace Dentures
For a lot of people, dentures can be downright uncomfortable. They are not a permanent solution to a permanent problem in your mouth. Dentures are made of a fitted frame that has one or more fake teeth attached to fill in the gaps that missing teeth leave behind. They are most often used by the older demographic as they are a cheaper alternative to permanent teeth replacement and are easy to clean and maintain. However, many people find that dentures are not reliable.
Dentures can often be the root of issues such as:
- Inflammation of the gums
- Unnecessary movement while eating and chewing
- Extensive care routine and maintenance
Dentures are held directly to the gums with a sealant, though some brands can be weak, causing movement and friction against the delicate skin of the gum. This irritation puts many people off of having the use of dentures further. Dental implants Glasgow are sealed directly into the jaw and do not move, creating no room for damaging skin and irritating friction.
· Difficulty Eating
Lots of issues can arise around eating if teeth are not how they should be. Misaligned teeth or missing teeth – particularly canines and molars – can make the task of eating just about anything difficult. Teeth are important for us to be able to bite and chew, so any pain or missing teeth can make different foods difficult to eat. Front teeth missing can make biting into harder objects like apples more difficult, and chewing can be generally uncomfortable. Dentures are an option, as are bridges if you are missing only one or two teeth, but many people seek a more permanent solution. Dental implants are great, won’t fall out, and can get you back to eating your favourite snacks in no time.
· Bone Deterioration
Some conditions can leave bones being very, very weak. Calcium deficiencies and diseases can have a negative effect on all bones in the body. Periodontitis is very often a cause of weakened bone structure in the jaw, resulting in loose and missing teeth in the worst cases. As dental implants are directly attached to the jaw, they are made to be far more secure in your gums and will not let your teeth move so freely as natural, loose teeth may do. In the worst cases, all teeth in the mouth can be replaced for a beautiful, all-round new smile.
· Facial Reconstruction
Bone deterioration and the loss of teeth can often lead to the impression of a sunken face, something that many patients are eager to remove and return their faces to looking as they did before teeth were lost. Fake teeth can give a similar result, but it is often not the permanent solution that is most sought after, particularly for younger patients. Dental implants provide the best way for entire lines of teeth to be replaced, and require very little maintenance.
· Immediate Treatment Required
Dental implants have become a far faster, more readily available form of treatment available to patients at local dental clinics. Advances in dentist practices have meant that we are now able to have treatments that are completed faster than in previous years, and there is no fuss surrounding dental implants in Glasgow from us at The Berkeley Clinic. If you are looking for a fast turnover for your treatment, contact us today.
Free Space Can Have Negative Effects on Your Teeth
There are a lot of options out there for you to take if you are missing a tooth. It is your own choice whether you would like to invest in dental implants or not – though we highly recommend them! Even missing one tooth can actually have negative impacts on the rest of your mouth, not just on the blank space. Filling up the gap with an extra tooth is a fantastic aesthetic treatment, especially at the front of the mouth when we are talking and smiling, but what else does a dental implant Glasgow prevent from happening in your mouth?
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· Additional Pressure on Teeth
Your teeth are collectively taking the same amount of pressure in your mouth when all spaces are taken up. When a tooth is missing, there is one less tooth to take the usual amount of pressure, so teeth are forced to take on a little more pressure than normal. If more than one tooth is missing, this amount continues to increase, and this can eventually lead to damage to the remaining teeth including fissures and cracking. Fixing broken teeth could be a preventable procedure if dental implants are given a chance.
· More Prone to Cavities
It is known that if there are spaces between teeth, the surface area of the surrounding teeth drastically increases. With more surface area for plaque to cover, the risk of decay to your teeth increases. More plaque, more decay, means you will be far more prone to cavities in the surrounding teeth around the left over gap. Ignoring cavities can have a lasting effect on your teeth if you do not have them filled and treated.
Cavities in the teeth can lead to longer-lasting problems for your teeth. Cavities, if left without treatment, can often form a dental abscess. You may then need to have treatment in the form of a root canal. The breakdown of dentine through to the root can be painful, so if you experience any pain in your tooth, contact your dentist for an appointment and use painkillers until you can be given treatment.
· Periodontal Disease More Likely
An exposed area of your gums can, unfortunately, make you become more prone to various forms of gum disease. With a chance for more plaque to build up on more surfaces around and on your gums, you are incredibly more likely to suffer the negative effects of plaque and the possibility of the development of gum diseases. Always ensure that your daily dental hygiene plan is kept to when you have lost a tooth, or call your dentist to advise on options such as dental implants in Glasgow to amend the problem of the missing tooth.
· Migrating Teeth
You may think that teeth remain unmoving in your mouth and are fixed in place, but this is in fact the opposite. Many people have deformations of their teeth due to the movement of them over time, showing overlaps and overbites to name a few common problems of migrating teeth. We have seen that in many cases where a tooth has been lost, the neighbouring teeth have been very prone to migration in the mouth. At times, there can be instances where the neighbouring tooth has moved to angle towards the gap, making the alignment of your teeth change.
The reason why this can be increasingly negative is that your teeth are angled the way they are to make eating and chewing an easier process for digestion and your jaw has a specific way it is formed to chew naturally. If your teeth are irregularly angled or placed, you may also find that you do not like the look of them either, and removal and replacement to a false tooth could be the aesthetic treatment you need for not just the one tooth, but those that have now migrated, costing you more money. Treat the problem first time and avoid these issues.
Everything is preventable if you use dental implants to decrease the free space left in your mouth. If you are concerned about using dental implants, there is no need to worry. At The Berkeley Clinic we have a full support system for you and the treatment that you choose. We will always advise on the best advice for you to take you towards your favoured smile.
Number of Huge Benefits with Dental Implants Glasgow
It is safe to say that in choosing dental implants you are undoubtedly being given the best treatment that is available to you in terms of tooth replacement. Forget about the hassle of dentures, the worrying about weak bridges, or the movement of your teeth. Find yourself at ease with your new teeth with these great benefits of having dental implants in Glasgow.
· Implants Fit Better
Unlike dentures or other tooth solutions, implants are made to fit directly into your jaw and gums. They do not simply sit on top of the gum and cause irritation. Instead, as they are fused to your jawbone, movement of the implant is as unlikely as it is to fall out while speaking or eating. It will not happen. The dimensions and shapes of our teeth vary from individual to individual, meaning that it is important for us to seek out solutions that are tailored to our specific needs. Dental implants offer us the freedom of the choice to have a much more refined and perfectly fitted solution.
· Natural-Looking Finish
There will be nothing left behind in your mouth for anybody to suggest that you are using dental implants! Often people can be concerned that others will know if they are wearing full or partial dentures, but there is no need to have any concerns about anything less than real showing in your smile. Our choices of bridges and crowns are perfectly created with different colours and shapes to ensure that we can pick artificial teeth that best suit the rest of your natural smile.
If you are looking for implants to improve the look of your teeth and for them to be more white, why not try implants and veneers? Veneers are a great solution for teeth that do not need to be replaced, covering them with a new ceramic finish to protect the front teeth and make them look as white or natural as you would like.
· A Longer-Lasting Dental Solution
Dental implants are not made to be a semi-permanent solution. They are given to any patient who wishes to have their tooth loss problems both visually and physically solved for what could be the rest of their life. With the right care given to your dental implants, they could most definitely last you a lifetime. Durability of your implants are important to us, and we use only the best technology to ensure that your implant is placed correctly, fitted securely, and that you will hardly be able to tell the difference when using them that they aren’t actually real!
· Minimal Maintenance, Maximum Convenience
You won’t need to do much more with your dental implants Glasgow than you would with natural teeth. Simply brush your teeth twice a day, floss, and take care of what you eat during the day for the best results from your new teeth. If you opt to go for an option like dentures there are a lot more things you need to do to keep them clean and operational. Buying things like cleaning agents for the teeth and sealant to attach them to your gums can be costly in the long run too, so why would you opt for the more complicated route to a brighter, better smile? Dental implants will save you time, effort, and money for an easier, more natural life with your teeth.
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- And gain a more natural routine for your teeth!
It is recommended that when you have dental implants in Glasgow, especially a full set of new teeth, that you see a specialised dental hygienist at least once every 3 – 6 months to have your teeth professionally cleaned. This is essential for the longevity of your teeth and for the prevention of gum disease. Essentially, you should be going at the same times somebody with natural teeth would, so if you are already regularly visiting your dental hygienist, you won’t have much more to worry about!
· Protect Your Surrounding Teeth
Your dental hygiene will be able to improve with the use of dental implants in Scotland. If your new teeth are individually fitted, the small spaces between them are far more natural and more easy to clean. You will also be limiting the amount of surface space available to plaque on the surrounding teeth to the implant. Your surrounding teeth will also benefit from the additional support of a permanent addition to your gum line. Protection by added support means that your teeth will be able to continue to support themselves and not gravitate towards empty spaces or break under additional pressure.
· Confidence Builder
A lot of our clients approach us needing dental implants because they are simply not confident in their smile. We understand that it is incredibly important for you to feel your best when in a social environment, and how crucial it can be for a nice smile and an easy way to talk and chew to work for you. Job interviews, workplace meetings, presentations, even eating dinner with friends, can all be occasions where you may feel that your teeth need to be at their best. Sometimes people can feel that dentures can be ineffective and may be prone to slipping when talking, or find that missing teeth can have a negative impact on speech like slurring and lisps.
With dental implants, you can be given that boost of confidence you need to start your day with a beautiful smile. All of our dental solutions can be tailored to you, so whether you are looking to replace a lost tooth or are simply looking to replace a row of damaged and decayed teeth, we will be able to help you to the best of our abilities and give you back a natural, healthy-looking smile you can be proud of.
· Easily Accessible
There are no difficult ways to have to get dental implants Glasgow and no hoops to jump through. As long as you are eligible for tooth extraction procedure, you are able to be considered for dental implants. At The Berkeley Clinic, we assess our patients with a 3D scan of the bone in their jaws, so that we can carefully assess if dental implant surgery is suitable for your bone structure. This is the best way for us to find out if the dental implants will work or not. Don’t worry if you are not eligible following a scan – we have other solutions such as veneers and bridges that can help you!
It is important to note that we will not perform dental implant procedures if you are currently struggling with decay, gingivitis or other gum problems. As gum diseases can grow to be a serious problem that can affect the teeth, roots, and potentially your jaw, they will need to be treated first before we can place your implant in order to make sure they have the maximum security possible in your mouth. We can refer you to our dental health specialists to make sure you have the best treatment possible and can then be on your way to brand new dental implants.
A Quick, Easy Procedure Done in Your Own Time
We always strive to give you an appointment time that best fits around your schedule. We are always available to advise on what to do when coming to us for a new procedure and you will be well informed every step of the way, from start to finish. To give you confidence and know what would be happening, we have put together some information on what happens during your treatment.
What happens during the procedure?
The dental implant Glasgow procedure is commonly finished in either three steps or one. At The Berkeley Clinic, we often use one step to keep our patients’ appointment times at a minimum so as not to be too disruptive to their daily lives with our Same Day Smil.es procedures.
Firstly, we always offer a consultation before any procedure is undertaken. Our lead surgeon Dr. Greig McLean will lead the consultation, so you will be with our top surgeons for your initial advice and assistance. All costs and the treatment plan will be calculated from there. If after your consultation you still feel confused, we are always here to take your questions and help you to understand what is involved.
The three step process of implantation involves burying the implant into the jawbone underneath the gum, waiting for the gum to heal and the artificial root to begin to fuse to the bone. Once secure, the next stage is adding an abutment to the root which will hold the artificial tooth, and once this has been settled in place, the artificial tooth can be placed on top to settle in line with your other teeth once healing has been approved for this stage. In one-stage dental implantation, a temporary abutment is added to the implant for the healing process.
The teeth you are fitted with on the first day are a prototype for your new, permanent smile. They help immensely with the healing process, and we can assess what changes you would like to have on your final smile if there are any things you wish to make. A full set of teeth will take somewhere between 2 – 3 visits to have them fully completed, but you can be assured that you are going to have a great experience.
You are under general anaesthetic during the procedure, so don’t worry about feeling a thing. Our professionals will ensure you are well looked after and that you will have a great dental experience to share with friends and family.
Unsure how flexible your weekly schedule is for treatment? Not to worry. The Berkeley Clinic is open late on weekdays and on weekends to offer full flexibility for all of our patients.
Care by Experienced Dental Professionals
We understand that you will only want the best care possible, and we are happy to provide you with that. Current legal procedures mean that any qualified dentist can offer dental implants in Glasgow to their patients. However, this also means that there are some places where more inexperienced dentists may wish to advise you.
At The Berkeley Clinic you will be in the hands of professionals who are experienced in their dental implant procedures and are competent in the dentistry world. Our team of dentists are fully trained to secure your implants. In fact, we have such a great, skilled team that many of our dental technicians even go to conferences around the world to do lectures and speeches about their knowledge in implantology. We even have on our team the expert knowledge of our very own Dr. Greig Maclean who is one of our most experienced implant dentists. He is most well known for his dental implant Glasgow work, cosmetic and laser dentistry, and is trusted by many anxious patients looking for help with improving upon their dentist anxiety. Why not come and see our specialists today?
Mostly Pain-Free Experience
As with other tooth removal procedures, at The Berkeley Clinic Glasgow we use plenty of numbing agents in the mouth to ensure that you don’t feel a thing while we work. We carry out the procedure using a local anaesthetic, so again there is very little pain you will be experiencing throughout. After the surgery there will be some typical post-procedure pain. You just had something new added to your jaw, after all, but don’t worry. The pain is a very dull ache, and you may feel a little bit swollen and tender for a few days, so try not to work your jaw too much or put too much pressure on your implants while they heal.
If you can avoid any social events where talking or excessive eating/drinking is involved, we would highly recommend it to assist in the overall healing process. Do not fret about anything you are worried or concerned about regarding our dental implants. The procedure will be painless and the ache is minimal afterwards.
Anxious? We Will Help You Every Step of the Way
The Berkeley Clinic is home to an award winning dental anxiety clinic, winning the ‘Best Treatment for Nervous Patients’ award from the Private Dentistry and Dentistry Scotland Awards in 2013 and 2014. Individually, our team has earned 4 awards for their work with anxious patients. If you are anxious about visiting a dentist, but are really wanting to have your dental implants in Glasgow, we can offer some tried and tested methods to get you feeling great, relaxed, and at ease when coming to visit us at Berkeley.
We want to help you get better, and we also want you to get the treatments that you deserve. Your emotional wellbeing is important to us, and we believe that nobody should have to miss out on visiting their dentist. Dr Mike Gow who works in our surgery is our clinical director for the anxiety and phobia clinic, and is also the current president of the International Society for Dental Anxiety Management, meaning you can be sure you are getting stellar care and attention for your anxiety requirements and treatment.
Dental Implants Make the Best Choice for Your Smile!
There is absolutely no reason for you to have to worry about dental implants. With the reasoning above, our expert care and advice, and the professional job that you will have finished here with us, you can be sure to have a new smile that feels absolutely natural and not fake at all. We are always open to new patients and are available for consultations today. Contact Us for your consultation today and you can be on your way to a brand new smile with The Berkeley Clinic dental implants in Glasgow.
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