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Different Implant Solutions Available to Patients from London

March 24th, 2012

Innovations in implant products and procedures means patients from London have more options in their quest for solutions for their missing teeth. There are three types of implants – root form, plate form and subperiosteal.

Root form, plate form and subperiosteal implants

Root form dental implants involve the insertion of replacement roots into the jawbone and gum line, and rely on osseointegration for bone grafts to merge with the jaw structure. Those who have had tooth roots removed due to infection or injury are good candidates for root form dental implants, as are those with narrow jaw lines.

When a person’s jawbone structure is not suitable for root form dental implants or bone grafts, plate form dental implants are used. A plate is inserted into the jawbone onto which dental implants are fixed. If the jawbone dimensions are not adequate for root form or plate form dental implants, then subperiosteal implants are inserted to rest above the jawbone and below the gum line.

Other types of implants

Mini implants are used to secure dentures, and immediate load implants can be inserted straight after a tooth extraction. Dental implants may also be temporary until permanent dental implants are ready for fixture. Nowadays, titanium posts are used as replacement tooth roots for root form dental implants. Once a patient has been examined and imaging has taken place, the dentist will advise on what type of dental implant is most suitable, based on the strength and dimensions of the jawbone.

All-on-4 and All-on-8 Dental Implants, and Smile Makeovers

Once root form, plate form or subperiosteal implants have been identified for your needs, the dentist will then discuss different types of dental implant products with you. In systems like All-on-4, 4 dental implants are used for a full arch of replacement teeth on the upper or lower jaw, and the All-on-8 provides even more stability using 8 implants with treatment in 10 days. The angle of insertion allows for enhanced stability. Implants are designed to give functionality, improve appearance and give patients a smile makeover that they can be proud of.

Denture fixative and its alternatives

August 3rd, 2011

Dentures are restorations that are used to replace a full set or a small number of missing teeth. Dentures are effectively false teeth, which are used to replace teeth that have become severely damaged or fallen out. It is always advisable to replace gaps in the smile because missing teeth can increase the risk of oral health diseases. Many people with missing teeth have low confidence and there are also issues associated with eating and speaking.

There are many different types of dentures and your dentist will discuss options with you so that you get the best dentures according to your prescription and your preferences.

How are dentures held in place?

In most cases, dentures are custom-made to fit the mouth perfectly and no adhesive is required to hold the dentures in place. However, some people prefer to use fixative to ensure that their dentures are held firmly in place. Many people who wear dentures worry about them coming loose in public and using fixative helps to put their mind at ease and make them feel more comfortable.

Alternatives to denture fixative

Some people choose not to use fixative, as the natural suction provided by the gums is usually enough to hold the dentures in place. In recent years, implant-retained dentures have become increasingly popular. These are dentures that are held in place by dental implants, which are small titanium rods that are fixed into sockets in the jawbone. Implant-retained dentures are advantageous because they provide excellent anchorage, which not only improves functionality, but also gives people complete peace of mind that their dentures will never come loose. Implant-retained dentures also tend to last longer than traditional dentures and they allow people to eat with greater comfort and confidence.

Modern dentistry: All on 4 Implants

July 1st, 2011

At some point in our lives (hopefully later on in our lives) many of us may have to look at dental dentures as a replacement for missing natural teeth.

Dentures are usually either removable or fixed. Fixed dentures are generally the easier to use, as they can pretty much be treated as usual teeth once they have been implanted, but they are generally the more expensive of the options too, because of the multiple dental visits and range of equipment that needs to be used if a large number of teeth are to be replaced.

What are All on 4 Implants?

All on 4 implants are a revolutionary new form of fixed implant dentures that are both affordable and easier to implant than traditional implants, meaning less dentist visits for the patient. Implants are used by drilling and securing a foundation in the jaw bone under the area the new tooth will be fixed. Most traditional implants are done this way, angled to the same degree. All on 4 is angled slightly differently, meaning more teeth can be supported by the same section of implant and jaw bone.

Because the number of implants used is so reduced, the amount of time you need to spend in the dentist’s chair is also reduced and may take only one dental visit of around two and a half hours. The time it takes to install the implants will vary, depending on both the amount of jaw bone and the quality of the bone.  The decrease in both the procedure time and the number of implants needed doesn’t only reduce cost for the patient, but will also significantly reduce the recovery time because your bone has less foreign materials to familiarise itself with.

Are there any other benefits?

Some people may have been turned down for dental implants because they lack the right amount of usable bone around the mouth. All on 4 implants could be the solution. Because All on 4 uses less bone to install the implants, patients who have been told they can’t have fixed dentures in the past may just be accepted for All on 4 dental implants.

Straumann Dental Implants at your Harley Street dentist

January 31st, 2011

Straumann is a leading international company for dentistry and is based in the third largest populated city in Switzerland, Basel. They are also the only company in the world to specialise in surgical, restorative and regenerative dentistry. It is, therefore, unsurprising to hear that their dental implants are also considered some of the best in the world.

Why are Dental Implants superior to other methods?

The only other non-removable method of replacing missing teeth is using a dental bridge. The dental bridge is implemented by filing away the top of the two teeth surrounding the lost tooth. The replica tooth is then anchored into place on the two teeth on either side that have been filed away.

Because the tooth is anchored through the use of nearby teeth, the replica is not attached to the gums, meaning both bone and gum recession will continue in the surrounding gum and bone tissue of the tooth. The dental implant uses titanium – which is very similar in its structure to bone and is very easily accepted by the body – to anchor the implant into the bone and gum tissue of the jaw. Because the implant is rooted into the gap of the tooth that has fallen out, the bone and gum loss that comes about after the loss of the tooth is stopped and can even be reversed. The final positive that dental implants have over bridges is the fact that, unlike the other method, there is no need to damage other perfectly healthy teeth.

Straumann’s variation of the technique improves this already commendable procedure. Whereas in the conventional procedure the implant is covered back up with the gum tissue once placed, Straumann does not do this, removing the need for a second appointment to uncover the implant again after the recovery period which generally takes from 6 weeks to 12 months depending on the patient and amount of work that is to be done.

Why is Straumann a good choice?

As well as a leading service and a success rate of 95% after 10 years, Straumann can boast over 50 years of experience since the company began in 1954. It can also claim to be one of the leaders in contributing research to the dental world with 6% of its overall profits going directly into research. Customer service is also a priority within the company and a loyalty offer is in place, offering customers the opportunity to attend events, discover more information on implants and their procedures and meet members of the company and other customers.

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Dental implants at your Harley Street dentist

December 15th, 2010

Dental implants are becoming an increasingly common treatment, with many people choosing them as a long-term solution for missing teeth. People often lose teeth, either as a result of dental health problems or as a consequence of an accident of injury; having gaps in the teeth may affect the appearance of your smile and it can also cause problems when you are eating and speaking.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are fine titanium rods, which are inserted into pre-drilled sockets in the jaw bone; the rod is designed to replace the root portion of the missing tooth. The implant needs time to settle into the gum but once the healing period is over, a new crown, denture or dental bridge can be attached to it, creating a natural looking replacement for the original tooth.

Why are dental implants so popular?

For many years, people who lost teeth had to choose between dentures and dental bridges to fill their gaps; however, in recent years, dental implants have been developed and provided a long-term alternative. Dental implants are a popular choice with both patients and dentists because they last a very long time and do not interfere with the healthy tissue around the missing tooth; dental implants also enable the new teeth to function very effectively in the same way as original teeth.

Dental implants also help to reduce bone loss and promote good oral health, as it is easy to clean the new tooth; unlike dentures and dental bridges, there are no special cleaning instructions and the implant should be cleaned in exactly the same way as natural teeth.

Dental implants are also beneficial for people who have dentures, as the implants provide better anchorage, which improves the function of the teeth. Implanted dentures also help to put people’s minds at rest because they know that their dentures will not come loose; implanted dentures do not affect speech or eating and they tend to fit better.

What does the procedure involve?

If you decide to go for dental implants, your dentist will first check your general oral health and treat any underlying or developing conditions. The implant is placed in a socket on the jawbone, so it is first necessary to cut and lift the gum and drill a small hole in the bone; the titanium implant is then fixed into the hole and the gum flap is stitched and closed. The implant is then left to settle into the gum and the gum tissue is left to heal for a period of 6 weeks to 6 months; after 4 to 6 weeks, a temporary crown can be fitted to the implant and then the permanent crown will be attached once the healing period has come to an end. There is the instance where people do not have enough bone mass to take the implant; if this is the case, the dentist may use a bone graft procedure to take bone from another place in the body and added to the bone in the jaw.

Are implants suitable for everyone?

Dental implants are appropriate for a vast majority of individuals, although smokers, heavy drinkers and people with dental health problems will usually be advised to go for an alternative treatment.

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The implant of the dentistry world

November 5th, 2010

Immediately when you hear the word ‘implants’, you think of artificial breasts/lips/cheeks – and in this modern day where ‘the faker the better’, there’s nothing worse than associating the word ‘implants’ with ‘dental’.  Would you be happy to think of your dental implants as ‘fake teeth’?  Neither would we here at the Harley Street Dental Studio.

Because you’re worth it

Young or old, one tooth or several teeth – if it’s a dental implant you need, then there’s a dental implant suitable for you.  No matter if you have an existing medical condition, gum disease, wear dentures or have experienced bone loss; depending on the extremity of the case you can still be considered as a possible dental implant candidate.

Here comes the science!

Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth or for support (such as bridges), crowns or dentures.  There are two types – those that sit on top of the jaw bone, and those that consist of an artificial tooth root (an implant bolt) which is screwed into the jawbone, supporting restorations resembling a tooth or several teeth.

The purpose of dental implants is to fix metallic anchors in the jawbone so that they can be fixed into the jaw bone, allowing the replacement teeth to be received and held into place.  Healing usually takes around three months, with little to no pain experienced.  Dental implants should be considered if you want to replace weakening or missing teeth, and they frequently deliver better results than bridgework, resin bonded bridges or root canal treatment.

What are the advantages?

Other than having a new set of teeth, benefits include reduced bone loss.  Where you may have lost a tooth the bone around the area will slowly disappear, but a dental implant can stimulate bone growth, preventing loss of bone structure.  Where dentures proved problematic with coming loose and affecting speech, dental implants actually improve function due to being fixed into the jaw instead of resting on the gums.

Dental hygiene is greatly improved as unlike dentures and bridges, which require special attention regarding cleaning practices, dental implants are maintained just like natural teeth – by regular brushing and flossing.  Replacing missing teeth with dental bridges requires teeth adjacent to the gap to be healthy, and if supporting teeth is damaged, will result in the ruining of the bridge restoration.

And last but not least – dental implants will create better aesthetics.  If performed correctly, dental implants should look as natural as your real teeth; providing a more improved functional and cosmetic outcome.

Statistically successful

Dental implants are one of the most successful dentistry operations, and while it is uncertain that an implant procedure will prove to be effective, studies have shown a 95 per cent success rate over five years for implants in the lower jaw and 90 per cent for implants in the upper jaw.  The reason for a lower success rate in the upper jaw is due to being of a lesser density than the lower jaw, making implantation harder to achieve.

Is it expensive?

Depending on the number of implants needed and the complexity of the case, costs can range from £800 to £3000.  Prices vary due to the level of skill of the surgeon, the quality/brand/type of implant, the location of the clinic where the procedure is performed, and the level of aftercare provided.

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The process of referrals at Harley Street Dental

November 1st, 2010

The team at the Harley Street Dental Studio is proud to work alongside dentists and is committed to delivering the best possible standards of care to all patients. Dr Mark Hughes and his team of highly trained professionals are pleased to welcome referrals and have developed an effective referral process to make the patient’s care plan as effective and efficient as possible.

The team at Harley Street Dental Studio includes a number of specialists in a variety of areas, including prosthodontics, dental implants, oral surgery, cosmetic dentistry and facial aesthetics.

A working relationship

As dental professionals, the team recognise that dentists want to keep in touch with their patients during the referral and treatment process and they will endeavour to contact the dentist and keep them in the loop throughout the time they spend at the Harley Street practice. Dr Mark Hughes and his team are also keen to liaise with dentists and actively involve them in the decision making and discussion processes involved in the treatment plan.

How it works

The team has worked hard to ensure the transition between dentists and specialists is as seamless and stress-free as possible. The first stage of the process involves the initial referral form being completed, the patient details being verified and an appointment being made with the patient. At this time, Harley Street Dental will contact the General Dental Practitioner to confirm the appointment. The patient will then attend a consultation and the treatment plan will be discussed with the patient and sent to both the patient and the GDP. The patient will then undergo treatment and the treatment report will be sent back to the dentist; the patient will then be referred back to their GDP.

When receiving a referral, the Harley Street Dental team promises to offer the patient optimum standards of care and customer service, involve the dentist in the treatment plan and refer the patient back to their GDP after treatment. The team is also keen to offer support and mentoring to General Dental Practitioners and will help dentists to earn credits for continuing education.

Throughout the year, the Harley Street Dental Studio runs events and team building exercises with referring dentists. This helps to build strong relationships and enables everyone to get together, learn new things and have some fun at the same time.

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Implants for Greater Security

October 22nd, 2010

Finding out that you have to have dentures fitted brings all kinds of questions to mind; will they be noticeable? Can I still eat all my favourite foods? Will the dentures move around in my mouth? It’s understandable to be worried about all these things and more, especially if you are having dentures fitted to the lower jaw which usually results in more slippage and movement, making eating and speaking difficult and sometimes embarrassing. But with modern advances in dental technology there is a system that provides much more security and comfort for denture wearers.

Straumann Implant system

The Straumann Implant System is one such new method of fitting dentures. Rather than just being fitted into the mouth, or fixed in place with adhesive, using this system dentures are fixed onto titanium implants attached to the jawbone that replace the natural root of the missing tooth. It may sound a bit futuristic, but evidence has shown that the body readily accepts titanium and the metal is used frequently in repairing broken bones with no side effects. The system can be used to attach both dentures and crowns and is fitted in just one session with no further surgery required, unlike in some other implant systems.

Dental implant procedure

Fitting the implants is a simple procedure that will be carried out by a specialist prosthodontic expert. Only local anaesthetic is required while the titanium implants are being attached to the jawbone and the recovery period can be as little as six weeks. Once everything has healed up nicely, and the titanium “roots” have successfully fused with your own jawbone, then the dentures or crowns can be attached to the part of the titanium implant still visible. During the healing period, you will, of course, be provided with temporary dentures.

Often patients wanting this type of system in their mouth have to visit an oral surgeon to have the implants fitted before returning to their own dentist to get the crowns or dentures attached. These days many of the top, modern dental surgeries, like Harley Street Dental, can carry out all the steps of the treatment under one roof, making it much more convenient that travelling to different surgeries. Harley Street Dental has their own team of surgical professionals as well as an experienced prosthodontic specialist to fit the implants and dentures, all working in the same surgery in London. Not only is the treatment convenient, but it also has high approval from those who have had it done. Physiologically, these implants feel more like real teeth than removable dentures. After all, you won’t take out these dentures to clean them once they are attached, but will clean them with special toothpaste while they remain in your mouth.

Success rate

The success rate of the Straumann system has proven to be very high, and the implants still have a 95% success rate ten years after the fitting. Millions of these implants have already been fitted around the world, giving millions of people confidence in their smile even if they have to wear dentures or have crowns fitted. Unless you are unlucky, your implants should last your whole life and evidence has even shown that they can help preserve bone and gum tissue that is usually damaged by more conventional treatments. The dentures and crowns themselves will be made to blend as naturally as possible with your own teeth so no-one would be able to notice you are wearing dentures. Especially when you are still able to eat all the foods you enjoyed before having them fitted!

Looking for cosmetic dentistry? Talk to Harley Street Dental Studio

The Harley Street Dental Studio has a vast range of services to enhance your smile. For more information on any aspect of cosmetic dentistry contact us on 020 7636 5981.

Stem cells and dentistry

October 8th, 2010

What is stem cell research?

Stem cell research is a subject of great debate and frequently hits the front pages of the newspapers. Stem cells are found in all multi-cellular organisms. In humans, stem cells are usually taken from embryos or adults. Stem cell research enables scientists to convert stem cells into a range of different cells; stem cell research is predominantly used in medicine but it is also used in dental studies.

Stem cell research is highly contentious because it provokes a debate about tampering with nature. One of the most commonly debated subjects is that of cloning, with many people stating that they are against cloning because it contravenes natural processes. Other people are strongly in favour of stem cell research because it could lead to radical breakthroughs in the fields of medicine and dentistry and potentially many lives could be saved.

How does stem cell research affect dentistry?

One of the major research areas within the dental field is facial reconstruction. Stem cells regenerate themselves and stem cell research could therefore be used to encourage the facial tissue and bone to regenerate following an accident or injury, which damages the facial muscles and tissue. Bone regeneration could make a huge difference to dentistry in the future, as bone loss is common with ageing and certain treatments, including dental implants which require sufficient bone density to support the implant. There is also the potential to restore dental tissue, including dental pulp, cementum and periodontal ligaments, which could help to restore a damaged tooth and prevent the spread of decay.

Here at the Harley Street Dental Studio, we like to keep abreast of recent research studies and will always endeavour to provide our clients with the newest products and treatments.

Looking for cosmetic dentistry? Talk to Harley Street Dental Studio

The Harley Street Dental Studio has a vast range of services to enhance your smile. For more information on any aspect of cosmetic dentistry contact us on 020 7636 5981.

Need a Dentist? London Warned about Treatment Abroad

September 4th, 2009

If you’re looking for a dentist, London and UK patients are being warned to avoid treatment abroad.

Dental and medical treatment abroad may be tempting as the prices appear to be just a snip of what you’d pay for a dentist in London. But a report in The Telegraph newspaper has warned that going abroad for medical or dental treatment can not only be a false economy, it can lead to emotional as well as financial scars.

If you’re looking for a dentist, London has some of the best in the world. But the cost of dental treatment has prompted some people to look further afield to find more affordable alternatives. But The Telegraph is warning, if things go wrong, the emotional and financial scars will last longer than the physical ones. If you’re looking for a dentist, London or across the UK, it can be nigh on impossible finding one on the NHS. More people are looking abroad for quick and affordable alternatives.

Dentistry Abroad: A False Economy?

Waiting lists are part of the growing trend for Brits seeking medical and dental treatment abroad. Other reasons cited include the fact that there are many dental services, especially cosmetic dentistry, that are simply not available on the NHS to the majority of its patients. Going abroad often appears cheaper than opting for private treatments from a top London dentist. It’s for these reasons that there has been a growth in ‘global health tourism’. It has been estimated that 50,000 Brits travel abroad for health services – from cosmetic surgery to dentistry. Although some believe this figure is much higher. But there has long been a big question mark over the safety of having surgery abroad. And the Health Protection Agency recently issued a warning about a new super-bug that resists antibiotics that is being brought over to the UK by patients who have sought treatment overseas. Although ironically, fear of British super-bugs, such as MRSA is often a reason for some patients to seek treatment abroad in the first place.

Demand for Dentists – London Patients Need Remedial Work

It’s all about balancing cost and safety. In the UK dental implants can cost around £3k, in Budapest, it can be a third of the price. But there are risks, risks that can leave you worse off financially and emotionally. The British Medical Association advise: “We’d urge people to consider all eventualities before making a decision…What happens if there are complications? What happens if the treatment doesn’t work? What language will the medical notes be in?”

According to the British Dental Association, London and UK dentists have to undertake remedial work as a result of botched trips abroad. If you are thinking of dental work abroad, make sure you do your homework and are aware of the potential risks and the hidden costs.

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