Have you lost all or some of your natural teeth? Bridges, dentures and flexible dentures are not the only solution, thanks to advances in modern dentistry. Have you heard of dental implants? Implant dentistry offers a clinically proven and safe solution to getting a great smile back and being able to bite and chew with confidence.
If your dentures are becoming uncomfortable and tiring, we have a fast, efficient and comfortable solution that will give you a second chance at the feeling of a mouth full of stable, permanent teeth.
All-on-4 is a revolutionary and highly advanced new method that allows a full mouth of new teeth to rest with complete, proven stability on only four implants. Here’s what it involves:
At our practice, we understand the impact a smile can have. We would never send you out without a complete smile. That’s why, usually, we will fit you with a temporary bridge (which looks identical to your natural teeth and functions just as well) before we add your permanent denture six months later.
We also offer sedation options for nervous patients. Dentistry doesn’t have to be frightening! With modern sedatives, many patients will hardly know they’ve been in surgery.
Tooth autotransplantation involves moving a tooth from one position to another within the patient’s mouth. Although not very common, this technique is very effective, especially in children and adolescents who cannot receive a dental implant. It is usually indicated after dental trauma in patients with dental agenesis. Wisdom teeth are also often excellent candidates to replace missing teeth.
Dr. Ernest Lucas-Taulé is an expert and recognized speaker in traumatic dental injuries and tooth autotransplantation. He is one of the few practicioners in the United Kingdom that perform these techniques. Dr. Lucas-Taulé has several publications about tooth autotransplantation in prestigious dental journals.
Those who have worn dentures for years are likely to have suffered bone loss. This does not mean you are unable to receive dental implants; you can still have successful implant surgery through a clinically proven procedure called bone grafting.
Bone loss is bad news, not only for your teeth, but also for the facial structure. If a tooth is lost and not quickly replaced with a dental implant, over time the bone behind it will recede and give the face a sunken appearance. Bone grafts revitalise and rejuvenate the face while providing the best possible foundation for implant treatment.
Bone grafting is not a procedure you need to be afraid of. It is a regular dental routine that is both painless and predictable.
We know that just like any surgical procedure, a bone graft can be daunting. We are more than happy to talk you through your procedure step by step and work out the best arrangement for you. We’ll always make sure you’re fully aware of every option and comfortable with your informed decisions before moving forward.
In cases of advanced gum disease and tooth decay, teeth may need to be extracted. Some patients may also develop impacted wisdom teeth, which can cause intense pain. This is alleviated by having them removed surgically. One area in which it is possible for dentists to specialise is oral surgery, an umbrella term for all dental procedures involving surgery, such as the extraction of teeth or wisdom teeth. It is always important to get the advice of a dental professional if you are worried about any of your teeth. Never attempt to pull out your own tooth at home as this could cause a more serious problem for you.
Peri-implantitis is the term used to refer to gum problems around dental implants. In many ways it is very similar to periodontal disease that affects the gums around natural teeth. If you notice any symptoms of this condition, it is imperative that you see one dentist as soon as possible.
In a similar way to how periodontal disease is always preceded by the milder form of gum disease, gingivitis, peri-implantitis is preceded by a milder condition called peri-implant mucositis. Again, like gingivitis, this milder condition is easier to treat, and patients with implants should remain alert to early warning signs. Symptoms of peri-implant mucositis include gums that are red and swollen (often without pain), and which bleed when brushed or probed. At this stage, however, the underlying bone is unaffected and there is no pus. Peri-implant mucositis is easily treatable. Investigations will also be made into the underlying cause to prevent it recurring.
Left untreated, peri-implant mucositis may develop into peri-implantitis, which is more serious, affects the bone, and requires more extensive treatment. Peri-implantitis is destructive and can cause bone loss. It affects both soft and hard tissues around your implants. There will also be pus around the site of infection.