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Fed up with having gaps in your teeth? Regardless of your age, gaps in your smile can lead to you feeling under-confident; you may avoid social situations, or feel concerned about smiling for group photos. Of course, as far back as the ancient Egyptians, there have been solutions for missing teeth; dentures. A reliable method that is the golden standard in tooth restoration, dentures have been used to fill those pesky gaps in a smile, while also restoring the functionality of the mouth at the same time. However, many wearers of dentures worry about them moving unexpectedly or falling out which is not exactly the confidence boost that they had hoped for!

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At Warrendale Dental, we are proud to be able to offer our patients a more permanent solution to missing teeth. For suitable patients, we can offer dental implants in Herefordshire, which restores the functionality of your teeth and gives your smile a natural look that will leave you smiling from ear to ear.

Want to know more about our dental implants in Herefordshire? Read on for our top 5 FAQs!

Am I suitable for oral implants?

Before we fit your dental implants in Herefordshire, our dentists will have to check that your overall oral health is good and that you have enough jawbone to attach the implants successfully.

This will require some X-Rays to be performed and will also require you to answer a lifestyle questionnaire, but most of the adults we see at Warrendale Dental are suitable for oral implants.

How long does it take to have them fitted?

Depending on how many you are having fitted, the actual fitting of the implants to your jaw may take a few hours.

However, once fitted, you will have to wait for up to 6 months for your jaw to grow around them. Once this is completed, prosthetics (false teeth) will be attached.

What are the options for the healing period- what will I chew with?

Our dentists will provide you with a custom-fitted bridge, a partial or full denture to chew with while your jaw recovers from the implant fitting. However, if you would prefer something a bit more permanent and immovable during this period, talk to our dentists about other options.

Do oral implants hurt?

Many patients worry that having oral implants fitted will cause excruciating discomfort.

However, while discomfort is a subjective experience, having implants fitted is most closely comparable to having a tooth extracted; it may feel kin to bruising and will be sore for a few days. The sensation should be controllable with over-the-counter painkillers.

If you are worried about the level of discomfort, contact our team.

What about aftercare?

To ensure that your implants last a long time, you will need to care for them as though they were your natural teeth; brushing and flossing twice a day is a must to ensure longevity!

You will also need to visit our team twice a year for check-ups.

What are dental implants, and why may I choose to have dental implants in Herefordshire?

Individuals who may decide to undergo having dental implants may have lost one or even several teeth within the mouth.

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Dental implants are essentially small titanium screws that are inserted, using a special dental drill, into the jaw. Dental implants consist of three items, one of which is the dental implant itself (which is also commonly referred to as the base). The second part of the dental implant could be argued as the most important, as it connects both the implant and the porcelain crown together, hence why it’s commonly referred to as the connector. The connector, which also may be called the ‘abutment’, is connected to the porcelain crown.

What is a porcelain crown, and what is its role in the dental implant in Herefordshire?

The porcelain crown is the ‘tooth looking’ part of the implant, and could be argued as the most important part aesthetically. Crowns can be used within other forms of dentistry for preventive reasons (in order to strengthen a weak tooth). Dental implants in Herefordshire are unique to each individual patient in the way that they are custom made. The porcelain crown is matched uniquely to each patient’s surrounding teeth, to ensure it matches the shade and shape of the surrounding teeth within the mouth.

Why might individuals have missing teeth within the mouth?

Individuals may have missing teeth within the mouth for a wide array of reasons, one of which may be due to health concerns. One example of an oral disease which may lead to tooth loss (among other symptoms) can be gum disease. Tooth loss may be an obvious sign that something is not right in terms of your oral hygiene or health. Individuals may endure tooth loss due to an accident, such as falling off a bike.

Can missing teeth be left untreated?

Missing teeth left unresolved within the mouth is not recommended, this is due to health concerns which may develop as a result. Missing teeth can cause discomfort when completing daily dental tasks, such as eating, and cleaning the teeth. The hole left within the mouth may encourage bacteria to breed, which can cause further problems.

How much do dental implants cost?

The price of dental implants varies greatly between each patient, and the number of teeth missing within the mouth. The cost of a single dental implant may be a considerable outlay, however patients might not have to pay for their dental implant treatment upfront. Having a monthly finance plan can make it possible for patients to undergo their chosen treatment without paying a hefty upfront cost.

What if I feel nervous about visiting my local dental clinic?

Many individuals may experience some nerves when visiting their local dental clinic for a wide variety of reasons, one of which may be due to an irrational fear. An irrational fear, also commonly referred to as a phobia, may be triggered because of a negative childhood experience for example. If you are an individual who does feel nervous, then you are more than welcome to speak to one of the members of our team, to ease your concerns.

Can you explain what dental implants in Herefordshire are?

Dental implants are essentially small titanium screws that are put into the jawbone, in order to replicate a natural tooth root. Dental implants all consist of the three main components, the base, the abutment (also known as the connector) and the porcelain crown or bridge (as a few examples). Dental implants are inserted into the mouth, and can be maintained in a similar way to normal teeth. Dental implants all work in the same way, however the attachment varies. Single dental implants, as an example, use a porcelain crown to replicate  one single tooth within the mouth. All-on-four dental implants are self-explanatory in the way that they use four dental implants on one row of the mouth to support a dental bridge (essentially made up of porcelain crowns). These are just a few of the many examples of the wide array of dental implants which are available. Individuals who may choose to undergo this form of dental treatment may have lost one or even several teeth from within their mouth.

dental-implants-herefordshireIndividuals may choose to undergo their dental treatment with us at Warrendale Dental Care for a variety of reasons. We are unique in the way that we offer a wide array of types of dental implants, which can be attractive to potential patients. We strive to ensure our patients feel comfortable when undergoing treatment with us. We also aim to create a clean, professional, and comfortable environment for our patients, whether they see us regularly or are visiting us for the first time.

What causes the loss of teeth from within the mouth?

Teeth can be lost from within the mouth for a wide variety of reasons, some of which can be due to oral health concerns and issues. Gum disease for example can cause tooth loss. Cavities within the mouth that are left untreated (leading to a bacterial spread) can also result in tooth loss.

Incidents in daily life, especially with those who live an adventurous lifestyle, can also be a contributory factor in losing teeth, when indulging in sports or other more precarious physical activities. But the simple act of tripping over a kerb can also end up with the same result. Younger individuals may be more likely to lose teeth if they also have an active lifestyle.

What if I feel nervous when visiting the dentist?

If you are an individual who experiences anxiety when visiting your local dental practice, this may be for a wide range of reasons. Patients who have developed an irrational fear of any dental scenario may have experienced a negative incident as a child which has frightened them, continuing into adulthood. Regular check-ups and appointments may also be avoided for other reasons, such as the financial fear of a hefty lump sum after a dental treatment. Talk to us about any of these anxieties you may be feeling so that we can set your mind at rest.

Do you offer finance options?

At our surgery in Herefordshire we offer finance plans for those who need them where possible. We fully understand that patients who have chosen to undergo private dentistry with us may not have the initial money for their treatment. Prices will vary according to the complexity of the treatment required and the time over which treatment will be performed.

What are dental implants and why may I choose to have dental implants in Herefordshire?

Dental implants are essentially small titanium screws that are implanted into the jawbone in order to replicate a natural tooth root. Dental implants are tiny screws (typically less than one centimetre long) that aim to act in the same way as a root in stimulating the jawbone whilst supporting a patient’s prosthetic teeth. Essentially, although the attachments to the dental implant can differ, they all consist of the same basic three parts. The base of the implant (titanium screw), the connector (also commonly referred to as the abutment) and the porcelain crown (or maybe a all-on-four, or bridge for example). Porcelain crowns are suitable for individuals who have lost one single tooth in the mouth. Bridges, all-on-fours, and other implants are suitable for patients who have lost multiple or even whole rows of teeth within the mouth. Individuals may lose teeth for several reasons, some of which can be health concerns.

Dental Implants in HerefordshireWhy do people lose teeth?

Health concerns such as gum disease may lead to individuals losing one or even several teeth within the mouth. Gum disease consists of several symptoms such as bleeding gums and sensitivity. Another health concern that may cause loss of teeth is a cavity left untreated. Cavities are essentially holes within the teeth that should be filled with a filling (whether this be a traditional metal filling, or a composite white filling). When these cavities are left untreated this can be dangerous, and allows the problem to escalate and the dental situation will therefore get worse. Bacteria spreading can cause the tooth to decay and eventually fall out. Teeth can also fall out through incidents, and non-health related factors. Falling off a bike, or having another type of impact may knock out one or even several teeth within the mouth.

Are there different types of dental implants?

At our surgery Warrendale Dental Care in Herefordshire, we are unique in the way that we offer a wide array of dental implant options. Single dental implants are used for individuals who have lost just one tooth. Single dental implants use porcelain crowns, which are custom made and matched to the shade of your surrounding natural teeth. The cost of a single dental implant varies massively between each individual dental clinic. At our surgery we do have finance options available.

Multiple dental implants consist of multiple porcelain crowns. If you are an individual who has had dentures in the past you may wish for a more sturdy and stable alternative, which is where multiple dental implants are perfect. Full arch dental implants can be used for individuals who have lost a whole row of teeth within the mouth.

How do I maintain dental implants?

In order to correctly maintain your dental implants it is important to visit the dentist regularly in order to track progress, and ensure your dental implants are healing correctly. Dental implants can be cleaned in the same way as normal teeth, so as well as feeling and looking like natural teeth, this is another huge advantage for the majority of patients who choose to undergo the process of dental implants.

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The root of the issue

Dental Implants in HerefordshireLosing one’s teeth can be a cause of great concern for many. Whether it be from an accident, deterioration over time, or just general neglect, it is a problem which is faced by countless people all over the country. If a tooth is lost, the detrimental effects can often be far greater than the purely superficial. As a person’s teeth are paramount to the shape and structure of their face, if a tooth or teeth are lost, then bone resorption can often occur, which results in the outward appearance of the patient being greatly negatively affected. This can often result in the patient appearing far older than their years, which can have a domino-effect on their self-esteem and confidence.

Here to help

However, this is not cause for despair. Our trained and professional team of practitioners, here at Warrendale Dental, are well versed in installing dental implants in Herefordshire, and can help restore lost teeth at their root — resulting in the restoration of our patients’ smiles to their former glory. Historically, those who lost a tooth or teeth would generally have to opt for a bridge or crown, to act as a purely prosthetic solution to a structural problem, which would only provide temporary relief and often lead to further detrimental damage to surrounding teeth arising as a result. Today however, science and innovation within the field of cosmetic dentistry has come on leaps and bounds, and our qualified professionals here at Warrendale are able to install dental implants in Herefordshire that will last a lifetime. By utilising some of the most innovative and emerging techniques, implant treatment is now at its zenith, and more and more patients are permanently restoring and returning their smiles to their former glory.

Filling in the space

The process of receiving dental implants in Herefordshire, initially begins with a friendly, no-obligation consultation between the patient and whichever of our highly professional dentists with whom they feel the most comfortable with. This consultation is carried out to establish the extent of treatment that is necessary, and allow the patient to familiarise themselves with the basis of the procedure. Thereafter, once they feel ready, the procedure can begin. First, a small hole is drilled into the gap within the patient’s mouth in the space where their missing tooth or teeth would be. Thereafter, a titanium socket is inserted into the hole and left to heal. Titanium is utilised due to its unique ability to fuse with human bone tissue. After the socket has been given time to fuse itself within the patient’s jaw, a prosthetic tooth, constructed from either porcelain or plastic, is then fitted firmly in place and thus the gap is bridged with a sturdy, good-as-new tooth. Treatment of this sort can have a massively beneficial and positive effect on the self esteem and confidence of those who seek it, as it affords them the ability to once more smile to their fullest potential without having to be embarrassed by exposing any large or unsightly gaps within their mouths.

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More than a happy face

Dental Implants in HerefordshireAt Warrendale Dental, we pride ourselves at putting our patients’ needs at the forefront of everything we do. Rather than simply opting for the one-size-fits-all archetypes, which is all too common in practices up and down the country, we take into account the needs and requirements of each individual patient. At Warrendale Dental, we believe in treating the patient, not the case, and caring not just about your mouths, but you as individuals. In doing this, we have gained a solid reputation within the local Ross-on-Wye community, and we hope to continue to serve them proudly. For anyone seeking dental implants in Herefordshire, you can rest assured that our trained and approachable staff are on hand every step of the way.

 Moving with the times

As no two sets of teeth are identical, it is our philosophy here at Warrendale Dental, that no two sets of treatments ought to be carbon copies of each other, but rather moulded to fit around the contours of each specific case. This is very much the case for those seeking  dental implants in Herefordshire, and our trained professional practitioners take every case we face as an entirely new and unique challenge. Losing one’s teeth is an issue which can cause a great deal of stress and discomfort for many. Historically, those who lost a tooth would generally have to opt for a crown or denture as a prosthetic solution. This could often lead to severe structural issues and result in the patient appearing far older than their years, making the very shape of their face appear disjointed. However, with the recent advances in technology and innovation within the field of cosmetic dentistry, science has facilitated us the ability to not only ‘patch up’ a missing tooth, but address the issue at its root, and reconstruct the tooth in a stronger and more durable manner than was ever before possible.

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The process of receiving dental implants in Herefordshire, from us here in Warrendale Dental, initially begins with a friendly, non formal consultation. This is done to assess the extent of the necessary treatment, and to allow our patients to familiarise themselves with the dental practitioner with whom they feel the most comfortable with, as well as the procedure. Thereafter, once they feel comfortable with the undertaking, a small hole will be drilled into the root of their gum, within the gap where the missing tooth or teeth would be. After this, a titanium socket will be inserted into the hole, and left to heal. Titanium is utilised for its unique ability to fuse with human bone, and after a brief healing period, in which it fuses with the patient’s jaw bone, a replica tooth is then inserted and thus the gap is bridged. Treatment of this nature can have a massively beneficial impact on the self-esteem of those seeking it, as they can once again smile without any fear or embarrassment of exposing large or unsightly gaps within their mouths.

Dental implants

Dental implants in Herefordshire are a key part of restorative dentistry. This is because many treatments can be based on dental implants, such as dentures and bridges, due to their strength. Dental implants are titanium screws that have been bonded into the jaw, which means they are as strong as the jawbone, and just as resilient. If you are looking for dental implants in Herefordshire, then we recommend Warrendale Dental as an option. We put the patient first in all our decisions, and always keep in mind their interests. Therefore, you can feel reassured that you will receive exactly the treatment you had in mind, and the outcome that you expected.

Dental Implants in HerefordshireRestorative dentistry

Restorative dentistry is about restoring the teeth to their natural function, whether it may have been lost due to decay or disease. This can be small decay on the edges of the teeth, which can be fixed with fillings, or in even more acute cases cosmetic bonding, which uses small amounts of tooth coloured resin to patch up areas of the tooth and leave a smooth finish, and also protect against any further decay or damage.

Crowns

If tooth decay has destroyed some or most of a tooth, then most of the enamel will be gone, and while the decayed parts of the tooth may have been removed, the tooth may not be useful anymore. Therefore, a crown provides a fantastic option for this, as it will replace the entire tooth with a porcelain cap, which will not only provide a sufficient replacement, but look appealing, and blend in with the rest of your natural teeth. Often, people struggle to tell which tooth is a genuine tooth, and which is a crown!

Bridges

If there are multiple teeth in a row missing, then a bridge may be necessary. A bridge is essentially a partial denture and can be extremely effective at restoring multiple missing teeth in a row, without having to treat each socket individually. A bridge is often secured by a bridge either side, or in some cases a dental implant.

Dentures

To replace several teeth at once, specifically an entire row of teeth, dentures are a very effective option. Dentures can be easily fitted and removed, so that you can remain hygienic, and also readjust them if they are uncomfortable. One of the main problems with dentures is that they can slip or move when you are eating, which can not only be irritating, but also damaging to the gums, making them become sore. Therefore, dental implants can provide a solution to this in multiple ways. One of the main ways is that dental implants can be used, as a foundation to the dentures that are removable and re-attachable. This means that your dentures will remain extremely secure, but will still be removable, and will not require any adhesive.

If you are looking for dental implants in Herefordshire for this reason, or any other reason, then do not hesitate to contact us and find out how you can benefit from this treatment.

What is restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is the practice of replacing teeth with artificial models, such as crowns or bridges, in order to restore the natural function of the mouth. Aside from the cosmetic benefits of having all your teeth, having missing teeth can be poor for your health, and can create a ‘sunken’ look to your face. It is our priority at Warrendale Dental to make sure that you are fully supported, so we will make sure to advise you on how to restore your naturally functioning mouth as effectively and as comfortably as possible.

Dental Implants in HerefordshireWhat are dental implants?

Dental implants are a relatively new treatment, that involve the replacing of the entire tooth with a titanium screw. While this may sound basic, the treatment is extremely advanced, and only the most experienced dentists can administer the treatment, and the entire process can take a long time to finish. For this reason, dental implants can be expensive, and can take a long time to administer, so definitely consider whether they are your best option. If you are concerned about getting dental implants in Herefordshire at our practice, then do not hesitate to contact us, or simply ask your dentist during a check-up or visit.

How do dental implants work?

If you are considering getting dental implants in Herefordshire, then please speak to one of our team about what your next steps are. It is customary for all patients to go through a dental implant consultation, so that we may determine if you are eligible for dental implants.

Dental implants need a certain amount of space in the jawbone in order to be effective, and to stay secure. This means that if you do not have enough space in the jawbone, then you could be denied the treatment. Sinus cavities that are too close to the jawbone can also be a cause of treatment failure, as the implant will breach the cavity and will therefore be lost and potentially damaging. However, in these cases, there are procedures that can be carried out, such as a bone graft for a lack of bone, and a sinus lift to create more space for the implant. Both of these procedures can be costly, and add more time and expense to the treatment, so it is important to consider carefully, and discuss the options in depth with your dentist.

To begin dental implant treatment, the gum is first opened to expose the jawbone. Then, a hole is created in the jawbone, making sure that any surrounding jawbone is not damaged. The implant is then carefully inserted into the jawbone, and then left for a period, from 6 weeks to 6 months. This allows the bone to grow into the implant, and become fully fused together, so that it is completely secure. Once this has occurred, then a crown can be added to the implant and the treatment completed. If you are interested in dental implants in Herefordshire, then please contact Warrendale Dental for further information.

The Different Types of Dental Implants Available in Herefordshire

Cosmetic dentistry has become very popular over the years with more and more people turning to corrective surgery to amend their facial woes. One type of dental procedure that’s on the rise is the use of implants to fix various issues people are having with their teeth.

Dental Implants in HerefordshireFor those that are interested, here’s a quick rundown of what they are and the things you can expect to see should you decide to book an appointment at Warrendale Dental Care.

What are they?

You don’t need a degree in dental technology to understand what implants are, as it’s a fairly straightforward procedure. They are basically a prosthetic tooth that’s been fitted to a screw that’s been implanted into your jaw line. Over time the bone naturally heals over the site to give a rigid and more natural look to the inserted tooth.

The screws are normally made from titanium as it’s strong and the metal is sterile to aid in the healing of the treated area. It also means you won’t need multiple visits for dental implants in Herefordshire as the screws are durable enough to potentially last for years before any maintenance is required.

What are the different types?

When you come in for your appointment for dental implants in Herefordshire you will normally find that there will be two general options for implant procedures. The first is the endosteal, this is the most common type of dental fixtures and these are usually inserted into your jawbone and are made from titanium.

The other type of implantation route is with subperiosteal, which are put under your gums but not in, on or around your jawbone itself. This can be done for a number of reasons, the main being when a patient does not have enough healthy jawbone to graft to and reconstruction of the site is not an option.

What are the benefits?

For those that undergo this procedure there are a lot of benefits to be gained. The biggest of which is that it can boost your self-confidence if you had concerns about your appearance before treatment. Having an implant is also a great way to work around speech problems or difficulty with certain words that can happen with poorly fitted dentures.

Because of how durable the prosthetic is it will also last a relatively long time with the right amount of maintenance. Our recommendations for cleaning it is to brush it the same way you would any other teeth. Although, be careful when you’re flossing as you could potentially damage the prosthetic if you’re a little too invasive with the floss.

It’s becoming more socially acceptable to have dental prosthetics as they’re a great solution to the problems of chipped or damaged teeth as well as cover up any gaps you may have. So why miss out on the opportunity to improve your smile, ask your dentist about implants on your next appointment.

Why Your Dentist in Herefordshire Would Recommend Dental Implants

Having cosmetic work isn’t as controversial as it used to be, from facelifts to Botox and everything in between. One popular treatment is the use of implanted teeth to correct chips, cracks, gaps and other damage.

Dental Implants in HerefordshireBut, what if you’re not sure if you need this or not and want to save yourself a visit to our Warrendale Dental Care clinic? Then here’s a few helpful tips. Hopefully this helps you make a decision.

Signs you might need implants

Because we can’t see our own mouths when we’re not brushing twice a day, it can be hard to spot signs that you need to book an appointment for dental implants in Herefordshire. Generally, a good rule of thumb is if you’re experiencing problems with any chewing or speaking because of your teeth. Another easy to spot sign is if you’re starting to feel self-conscious about your teeth whenever you’re talking to another person or are just out in public.

The implantation procedure

The procedure itself is pretty straightforward. Normally the damaged tooth is removed, a graft for your jawbone is prepared and the implant is placed in its chosen spot. Or if a gap is being covered, then a larger prosthetic is fitted to cover the additional area.

Although there is some discomfort involved in the procedure, a local anaesthetic is used on the area to reduce the pain as much as possible.

The benefits of implants

There are numerous benefits to signing yourself up for dental implants in Herefordshire, the biggest of which is the boost it can give to your self-image. Being able to show off a new and improved smile can make your life a lot more positive.

Another perk of this procedure is that the implants are relatively easy to maintain. To make sure it lasts we recommend you just clean it as you would any other teeth in your mouth. Although, make sure to be a little lighter on the brushing and careful with the floss.

Post-treatment advice

Like any surgery there’s a couple of things you should keep in mind afterwards. The most important of which is the fact that you’re going to be under the influence of aesthetic, so have someone drive you home or book a taxi. Also, the area may be numb for a while, but any pain will kick in soon afterwards, so use over-the-counter pain relievers to remedy this.

You should also be careful with any hot or cold drinks for a while as your mouth will be extremely sensitive.

These are just a few of the things you can expect when you book an appointment for an implant. As mentioned above, there are a lot of good reasons for having it done and there are some easy signs to watch out for if you’re unsure if you need it. But if there are still doubts then strike up a conversation with your dentist on your next visit to the practice about dental implants in Herefordshire.