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Did you Know There Are Smaller Dental Implants?

Monday, May 1st, 2017

shutterstock_331993526Sometimes, traditional dental implants are not suitable for patients due to a lack of strong tissue in the jawbone. If there isn’t enough dense jaw bone tissue, the implant may fail. It is possible to carry out bone grafting, but another option that may be recommended is mini implants. As you may have guessed from the name, mini implants are smaller versions of traditional implants. They are often a viable solution for patients who have been advised against having standard implants.

What exactly are mini implants?

Dental implants are small titanium rods, which are similar to screws. They are implanted into sockets in the jaw bone and their role is to act as a new root. Once the artificial root has integrated into the bone tissue, a new tooth can be attached. The tooth crown is replaced by a crown, a bridge or a denture. Mini implants are essentially the same as traditional implants, but they are smaller, and that makes them easier to tolerate. If you don’t have dense tissue in the jaw bone, it may not be possible for your jaw to support a standard implant, but a mini implant may represent a brilliant alternative.

Mini implants are most commonly used to support a denture, and they can offer increased stability, improved functionality and amazing aesthetics. With a normal denture, the appliance is held by the natural suction of the gums, but with implants, the denture is stabilised by artificial roots. This means that there is no risk of the denture coming loose and you can enjoy complete peace of mind. It also enhances the strength of the denture, so you don’t need to worry about changing your diet.

If you’d like to find out more about mini implants, or you’re keen to see if you’re a viable candidate for treatment, get in touch with us today!

Did You Know You Could Have A New Set of Teeth in One Day?

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

shutterstock_89691148Modern dentistry never ceases to amaze us, and we hope that you’ll be as impressed with our treatment range as we are. Today, we can offer a broad spectrum of solutions to a host of dental problems, and we can remedy issues faster than ever before. If you’re looking for staggering results in a single day, you’ve come to the right place. Did you know that it’s now possible to have a new set of teeth in just one day?

How Can we Fit a Set of New Teeth in One Day?

If you have missing teeth, you may assume that it takes weeks, even months to restore the smile. However, you’d be wrong. With All-on-4, we’re able to produce an incredible new smile in a single day.

All-on-4 is an implant system, which uses a set of four implants to anchor a new set of teeth. Two implants are located at the front of the jaw and two sit at the back of the mouth. The implants at the back of the mouth are positioned at a 45-degree angle. The location of the implants is specially designed to take full advantage of the strongest bone tissue in the jaw. This means that only four implants are required, compared to 6-10 for traditional implant treatment.

What are the Benefits of All-on-4?

All-on-4 is a speedy solution for patients with missing teeth. Gaps in the smile can cause problems for your oral health, as well as affecting nutrition, and denting your confidence. With All-on-4, you don’t have to wait to enjoy the benefits of your new smile, and you can look forward to eating and smiling with confidence again. Aside from the speed of treatment, All-on-4 also offers many solutions to problems experienced by people who wear dentures. When the denture is stabilised by a set of implants, there’s no chance that it can slip or slide, and you can enjoy enhanced facial aesthetics, as well as improved bite power when you eat.

If you’d like to find out more about All-on-4, give us a call today!

How Mini Implants provide security and stability with less healing time

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

shutterstock_474706399Dental implants are an amazing innovation, but they’re not a viable option for every patient with missing teeth. Sometimes, implants cannot be recommended as a result of a lack of density and strength in the jawbone. If this is the case, it may be possible to bolster the bone using bone grafting. Another alternative is to use mini implants. Mini dental implants, as you may have guessed, are smaller versions of traditional implants.

The benefits of mini implants

Mini implants may be recommended for some patients because they cannot tolerate traditional implants. Mini implants are shorter, and as such, they don’t require support from the strongest bone tissue. We often recommend implant-retained dentures, which are dentures that are supported by mini implants, as a modern solution for tooth loss. With implants, there is absolutely no risk of the denture slipping, which gives you peace of mind, and improved tooth function. The procedure to fit mini implants is also less invasive than traditional implant treatment, and you can enjoy the results faster. Mini implants give you confidence when you smile, and they can also make you look and feel younger.

What does the procedure to fit mini implants entail?

We use minimally-invasive techniques to fit mini dental implants. Using a very precise surgical technique, we place the implant into the jaw bone. The head of the implant is exposed, and this enables your dentist to fit your denture. You won’t need stitches, and we can fit the implants and the denture in the same session.

If you like the sound of mini implants, and you’ve been searching for an effective solution for tooth loss, call us today and book a consultation. When you come and visit, we can go through the ins and outs of treatment, answer your questions and give you an idea of what you can expect if you choose to go ahead with treatment.

Dental CT Scan: Pinpoint Accuracy for Dental Implants

Monday, January 16th, 2017

shutterstock_370250474At City Dental Leeds, we aim to provide our clients with the best standards of care, and one way we do this is by investing in technology. We are proud to offer the latest innovations, such as dental implants, and cutting-edge technology, such as CT scanners, enable us to achieve pinpoint accuracy.

What happens when you have a CT scan?

CT scans enable us to see incredibly detailed images of your jaw, which is very useful when carrying out implant treatment. The actual scan doesn’t hurt in any way, and all you have to do is relax, and try and stay as still as possible. Before your scan, your dentist will tell you exactly what to expect, and you’ll be asked to remove glasses and jewellery. Usually, scans are complete within 15 minutes.

Why would I need a CT scan?

CT scans are often used to diagnose medical conditions, but in dentistry, we use them predominantly to plan treatment. With CT scan images, we can pinpoint the optimum site for an implant, increasing the chances of successful treatment. CT scans produce much more accurate pictures than X-rays. As well as locating the best site for the implant, the CT images can also act as a guide for dentists.

Initially, we may recommend a CT scan for patients who are thinking about having implant treatment. The findings of the scan will enable us to determine whether or not the patient is a good candidate for treatment. Implants integrate into the jawbone tissue, so it’s important there is sufficient density and strength in the bone to support the new implant. If your bone density is low, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t have dental implants. There may be other options, such as bone grafting or mini implants, and our dental team will be happy to discuss alternative treatments with you.

What Are My Options If I Have A Missing Tooth?

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

585811_blogDentists almost always recommend replacing missing teeth, but which options are available and why is it beneficial to replace a lost tooth?

The benefits of replacing a missing tooth

Perhaps the most noticeable effect of losing a tooth is the altered appearance of the smile. However, losing teeth is not solely a cosmetic issue. Lost teeth can also have a negative impact on oral health and also the function of your mouth, which affects your speech and the way you eat. Replacing missing teeth not only gives you a more attractive smile, which will make you feel more confident; it also enables you to eat a wide range of foods without any issues and improves the clarity of your speech. Tooth replacement treatment can also help to prevent the remaining teeth from slipping out of position and reduce the risk of oral diseases, including gum disease and tooth decay.

Tooth replacement options

There are various options available for people with missing teeth, including:

  • Dental implants: dental implants are a very close match to natural teeth and they are designed to act as a substitute for the tooth root. They are small titanium screws, which are fixed into the jaw bone to act as an anchor for a prosthetic, such as a bridge, crown or denture. Implants are able to offer the same level of stability as a natural, strong root and this means you can enjoy unrivalled standards of functionality. Implant treatment takes up to 8 months in total, but this option offers longevity, as implants are designed to last for many years.
  • Dentures: dentures are prosthetic sets of teeth, which are made from plastic and acrylic; they are designed to look like natural teeth and they can be used to replace a few (partial denture) or an entire set of missing teeth (complete denture). Dentures are custom-fit and they are held in place by natural suction, which is provided by the gums. Denture treatment usually involves just 2 sessions and dentures are a much more affordable solution than dental implants; however, they don’t last as long.
  • Dental bridges: bridges are a popular option for single missing teeth. There are different types of bridge and the most common is the traditional fixed bridge. A traditional fixed bridge is made from a false tooth, which forms part of a bar of crowns, with one on either side. Ceramics are commonly used to create bridges, as they match the aesthetic of the natural teeth. Bridge treatment is fairly straightforward and it usually involves 2 sessions; once the custom-made bridge is in place, it should last for up to 15 years.

With numerous options on offer, it can be difficult to narrow down the choices and select which treatment is best; your dentist will be able to offer their expert advice and talk you through the pros and cons of each treatment.

What Are The Benefits Of All-On-Four Dental Implants?

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

2823674_blogWhen it comes to dental innovations, we like to move with the times and enable our clients to enjoy the best new treatments on the market. We are delighted to offer the amazing All-on-4 implant system, a terrific treatment, which enables patients to enjoy a brand new smile in just one day.

What exactly is All-on-4?

All-on-4 is a single-day implant treatment, which uses a set of four implants to secure an arch of new teeth. Two implants are placed at the back of the jaw, with the remaining two implants situated at the front. The implants serve to replace the tooth roots, while the denture replaces the tooth crowns.

All-on-4 is special because it facilitates rapid results. There are also fewer implants than traditional treatment and this means that the procedure is less invasive. Traditionally, between 6 and 10 implants are needed to stabilise a full arch of teeth and all implants are placed at 90 degree angles; with All-on-4, only four implants are used and the back implants sit at 45 degree angles.

Once the four implants are in place, the new denture can be attached and you can start enjoying the many benefits. In just one day, this treatment really can transform your smile, as well as your confidence and wellbeing.

Who is All-on-4 designed for?

All-on-4 can be beneficial for most patients who have a large number of missing teeth and is a particularly popular choice for those who have experienced issues with traditional dentures in the past. With All-on-4, the teeth are anchored by implants and this provides a much higher level of stability than the natural suction of the gums.

If you would like to find out if you are a good candidate for All-on-4, what are you waiting for? Call us now to book a consultation! We will provide you with all the information you need about the treatment and perform some simple, painless tests to see if it is a good match for your dental needs.

How Are Mini Dental Implants Different To Normal Dental Implants?

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

4546258_blogIf you’re searching for an innovative means of replacing lost teeth and you long for a natural looking result, mini dental implants could be the ideal choice. Mini dental implants are a smaller version of traditional implants, a hugely popular tooth replacement treatment.

About mini dental implants

Mini dental implants, as you can probably guess from the name, are small dental implants, which are used to anchor new teeth. Like traditional implants, mini dental implants are designed to replace the lost tooth root.

Mini implants different to traditional implants in size, but they also require a less invasive procedure and this means that treatment time is also shorter in most cases. Mini implants are commonly recommended for people who may not be the best candidates for normal implant treatment due to a lack of bone density in the jaw bone; they are easier to tolerate than larger implants and can be connected to dentures to provide optimum stability.

Mini implants and dentures

Mini implants are commonly recommended for patients who have experienced difficulties with dentures in the past and those who are looking for an effective solution to replace lost teeth. Traditionally, dentures are held in place by the suction of the gums, but with implants, they can be secured much more firmly.

With implants, the new teeth are stabilised in the same way as natural teeth; the implants act as the root and there is no risk of the denture sliding or becoming loose. The stability of the denture also increases its power, so you can enjoy a wider range of foods and gain peace of mind when you eat. Implants also create natural looking results, so you can feel confident when you smile.

If you’d like to find out if mini implants are for you or you’d like to book a consultation, call now or fill in the quick and simple enquiry form on our website.

What Happens If You Don’t Replace Missing Teeth?

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

3177025_blogAt City Dental Leeds promoting good oral health lies at the centre of what we do and we aim to encourage every client to take steps to reduce their risk of oral disease and increase their chances of enjoying a healthy, attractive smile. We actually encourage patients with missing teeth to explore tooth replacement treatment and we offer the latest techniques to restore oral function and create natural looking smiles.

What happens if missing teeth are not replaced?

Missing teeth can contribute to a host of problems, from an increased risk of oral diseases and issues with speech, to difficulty eating and cleaning the teeth. If missing teeth are not replaced, this can have significant effects on diet and nutrition, oral health, clarity of speech and facial aesthetics; there is also a risk of the remaining teeth slipping out of position.

By replacing lost teeth, you can enjoy enhanced oral function with clearer speech and the ability to chew and break down a wider range of foods, a more attractive smile and increased confidence and a lower risk of oral health problems.

How can we help?

We offer a range of tooth replacement treatments, including bridges, dentures and dental implants. There is a great deal of interest surrounding implant treatment because this is a relatively new concept in dentistry.

Dental implants are currently the closest match to a natural tooth and they provide excellent natural looking aesthetics in addition to stability, durability and amazing levels of functionality. Essentially, with implants, you can do everything you used to do with a full set of healthy and strong teeth. Implants are built to last many years and they offer a solution for most patients with missing teeth because they are compatible with bridges, dentures and single crowns.

If you’d like to find out more about our dazzling dental implants, call now!

We Can Replace Missing Teeth Effectively In Central Leeds

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

2433646_sCity Dental Leeds is delighted to offer dental implant treatment to fulfil all your tooth loss needs. This innovative treatment provides an amazing solution to lost teeth and it can be hugely beneficial for patients of all ages. We are lucky to have two highly experienced implant dentists in our team, so you can rest assured that you’re in very safe hands.

About dental implants

Dental implants are the latest tooth replacement treatment on the market; they are designed to take on the responsibilities of the tooth root and they are compatible with a range of restorations, so they can be used to treat patients of all ages with varying dental needs.

Implants are made from titanium and they resemble small screws; the implant is secured into a socket in the jaw bone and once it has integrated into the bone tissue, the head of the implant is then attached to the restoration. Implants are compatible with bridges, dentures and crowns, so you can benefit if you have just one, a few or multiple missing teeth. The integration process, which ensures maximum stability for the new tooth, is known as osseointegration and it usually takes 3-6 months.

Once the restoration has been joined to the implant, your smile will look completely natural and your new teeth will function in the same way as healthy natural teeth. You can eat and enjoy a diverse range of foods, your speech will be clear and you can enjoy enhanced facial aesthetics, as the new teeth will provide additional support for your cheeks and lips.

As well as restoring the beauty of the smile and functionality of the mouth, dental implants can also help to reduce bone loss and they offer a long-term alternative to dentures and dental bridges.

If you have missing teeth and you like the sound of dental implants, call us now to find out more and see if you are a good candidate for treatment.

 

 

Replace Missing Teeth With Mini Dental Implants

Friday, December 26th, 2014

2797271_blogIf you’re searching for a tooth replacement treatment, which offers both reliability and innovation, mini dental implants could be the perfect choice.

What are mini dental implants?

Mini implants, as the name suggests, are miniature versions of traditional dental implants. Mini implants are easier to tolerate than larger implants and this often makes them a viable option for patients who may have been advised against traditional implants due to lack of bone density in the jaw bone.

Mini implants can also be attached to dentures to provide greater stability and they often prove a really effective solution for patients who have had trouble with ill-fitting dentures in the past. With implant-retained dentures, the dentures are supported by mini implants and this means that they are held firmly in place and cannot slip.

How are mini implants fitted?

The procedure to fit mini implants is less invasive than traditional implants and recovery time is quicker. We usually carry out the procedure under local anaesthetic, but we can also provide sedation for patients who feel nervous or apprehensive. We use a highly accurate, minimally-invasive technique to gently place the implants in sockets in the jaw bone. The head of the implants protrude through the gum tissue and can be attached to a new restoration, such as a denture.

Treatment usually involves a single procedure and you can enjoy the benefits straightaway, rather than having to wait for months like you do with most traditional implant systems. After the implants have been fitted, they can be attached to the denture immediately and you can enjoy your new smile, as well as eating and speaking with ease and confidence.

If you’d like to find out more about mini dental implants or you’re keen to book a consultation, bob in when you’re next in Leeds or simply give us a call. Your City Dental dentist will be able to talk you through the process, highlight the pros and cons and carry out test to check your suitability for treatment.