When your teeth are on the way out

If you have reached the point at which some of your teeth are starting to fail, it may be time to throw in the towel on treatments to try and make them last longer and go for extraction and replacement. Many people are tempted to forget the second bit and live with the gaps, especially if the gaps are at the sides and back of the mouth where they are less visible.

But at Ikon Dental Suite, we don’t recommend living with gaps for long. We think it is better to fill them with dental implants in West London and we have sound reasons why.

Dental Implants in West LondonYour jawbone after tooth loss

When you lose teeth, you lose not only something you need to bite and chew with but you also lose an important transmitter that emits signals that tell your jawbone to keep renewing its cells. Every time your teeth come together, the resultant vibrations go down into the tooth root and out into the surrounding bone.

As they jiggle about, the bone cells are stimulated into renewing themselves. When the jiggling stops, the cells don’t just not bother to make new cells, they actively start to dissolve the bone, thinking it is no longer needed for chewing.

Wearing dentures or having fixed bridgework is not enough to send these signals into the bone, so it recedes below them, becoming thinner and smaller. The neighbouring teeth can become loose too and even topple into the gap and fall out.

Keeping a strong jawbone

Dental implants in West London help preserve the integrity of the jawbone by replacing tooth roots and transmitting the required signals into the bone. Strong, healthy jawbones make the face look younger. As well as being able to eat whatever you like with dental implants in West London, you also look more youthful and healthy.

Find out more

The best way to find out more is to book a consultation with our implant dentist. They can talk you through the procedure and also take a look at your jawbone and see if it is strong enough to have implants, or whether you will need some preparatory work to build up the bone beforehand.

Forget you’ve got false teeth with dental implants in Ealing

If your replacement teeth don’t fit properly, if they get bits caught under their plate, if you have to take them out at night and put them in a glass to soak, if you have to buy adhesive for them, if they click when you speak or yawn, you are hardly likely to ever relax about them and forget they are there.

Dental Implants in EalingIf your false teeth are anchored into your jawbone, if they don’t slip around when you talk, or get food trapped under them, and if all you have to do to look after them is brush and floss like you do with normal teeth, then you stand a good chance of having long periods when you forget they are not your real teeth. Days at a time even. Wouldn’t that be great?

Not only great, but entirely possible if you get your lost teeth replaced with dental implants in Ealing from us at Ikon Dental Suite.

Dental implants in Ealing can let you forget all about them because of the way they are inserted into the jawbone. We create special channels in your jawbone and put them in, under the gum. Then, after period of healing that takes 2-6 months, they will be so firmly anchored into the bone that there’s no chance of them slipping around.

The implants are anchored because the bone responds to the titanium from which they are made like it is another part of the body. The bone grows new tissue all over the implants and it is this that holds them in place as firmly as if they were real teeth.

You will have the power to eat whatever you like with no slippage. Plus, your jawbone will stay strong and healthy and not deteriorate as it does when there is no root in the bone to stimulate cell renewal.

As for maintenance, you can treat your dental implants more or less like you would your real teeth. They don’t come out at night, so there’s no soaking to be done, just a thorough brush and floss and regular trips to the hygienist.

Are dental implants in Ealing right for you? Come in for a consultation to find out more.

Why dental implants in Ealing?

Crowns, bridges and dentures have been developed to not only replace the aesthetic look of your teeth, but also to replace some of their function. With 15 million people worldwide wearing these type of restorations, it’s worth looking at what they can and cannot do as a replacement of your natural teeth.

Crowns

Dental Implants in EalingCrowns sit on top of partially remaining teeth and are cemented in place. They are made from porcelain, resin or metals such as gold. They cover damaged, cracked or partial teeth, securing and protecting what is left, including the root. They can hide damage and restore teeth to look and feel like new. Although they cannot replace missing teeth by themselves, they often are used to help hold a bridge in place so that the bridge is secured fully.

Bridges

Bridges are made from a row of crowns. The middle crown will fill the gap that the missing tooth has left behind, whilst the adjacent crowns will fit onto your natural teeth, securing the middle crown. The bridge is cemented onto your surrounding natural teeth to create strength.

Dentures or false teeth

Dentures are used to replace several teeth through to all of your teeth. The denture is precision-made to fit snugly onto your gum, so that it doesn’t move.

Thanks to new materials and techniques being developed, our dentists at Ikon Dental Suite can make them look incredibly natural, blending into your surrounding natural teeth. However, dentures do have some distinct disadvantages as they do not replace the root of your tooth.

The only dental treatment that can do this is dental implants in Ealing. The roots provide strength and stability to your teeth, anchoring them in place and also maintaining a healthy jawbone. When they are lost, the jawbone shrinks, which means replacements such as dentures will become loose.

Since dental implants in Ealing replace the root using a titanium screw that is biocompatible, non-corrosive and irritant-free, the bone continues to grow naturally and it can act as an anchor for crowns, bridges and dentures. This not only ensures longevity of replacement, it also makes them as strong as your natural teeth, fully replacing bite action.

Great gums

At Ikon Dental Suite, we believe prevention is better than cure, which is why we put a big emphasis on education. We educate our patients on how to take excellent care of their teeth and gums and we educate ourselves so we can provide the best possible service.

Dental disease is preventable and teeth for life is not an outlandish goal. Our periodontist in Ealing is a great resource for helping you to keep your natural smile until the end of your days.

Periodontist in EalingWhat does a periodontist in Ealing do?

A periodontist is a dentist who focuses on the tissues surrounding the teeth. This includes the periodontal ligament that connects the tooth to the jawbone, and the gums. We all know that we need to clean our teeth, but the gums sometimes get forgotten and it’s just as vital to maintain them. Our periodontist in Ealing can offer advice and information on gum care.

Keeping the gums healthy

The reason why gum care is so important when it comes to preventing tooth loss is that advanced gum disease is one of the main causes. Mild gum disease, or gingivitis, often manifests as bleeding gums when brushing the teeth. Most adults will have this level of gum disease at some point in their life and it is easily treatable. With a check-up from the periodontist in Ealing and a bit more care brushing and flossing, it will likely be resolved.

Don’t be tempted to leave it and ignore these early signs. Left untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis, a more advanced form of the disease. This can cause the periodontal ligament to become loose, and eventually lead to tooth loss.

All of which would be a real shame, because it doesn’t have to be this way. With regular check-ups and cleaning, the gums can be kept in tip-top condition. It isn’t enough just to brush at home, however. While gum disease sometimes shows itself in the early stages, this isn’t always the case, and you can only be sure of a clean bill of health after the sign off from a periodontist in Ealing.

Don’t leave your gum health to chance, see our periodontist in Ealing today.

Investing in the future with dental implants in Ealing

Some dental treatments last longer than others. Braces can realign teeth and they will always look great (if you wear the retainer after treatment). Veneers can last for 10 years or more.

But one of the longest-lasting dental treatments is dental implants in Ealing from us at Ikon Dental Suite.

Dental Implants in EalingDental implants in Ealing are the latest generation of tooth replacement devices. They follow on from dentures and fixed bridgework, and have one fundamental difference: they replace the root of the tooth. Neither of dental implants’ forerunners are able to replace the root and instead rely on not so great ways to get the stability that teeth require in order to be able to do their work of eating and talking properly.

Dental implants and the jaw

Having tooth roots is fundamental to having a strong, dense, healthy jawbone. Tooth roots don’t just stabilise teeth, they also act as transmitters, sending down vibrations every time the teeth of the upper and lower jaws come together, which is hundreds of times a day. The jawbone needs these vibrations to tell it that it’s being used and needs to keep producing new bone cells. When no signals come, the bone thinks it’s now no longer needed and starts to dissolve itself. If there are no teeth at all in the jaw, it can end up looking tiny with the chin very pointy and the cheeks sag inwards.

Put in dental implants in Ealing, and none of this happens. Dental implants fuse with the jawbone, which grows new bone material all over them, so they actually encourage bone growth.

How long do dental implants last?

Because dental implants fuse with the jaw, they don’t come out easily. The implant themselves can last for decades. The porcelain crowns may need replacing as they wear out, but new ones can be put onto existing implants. There are people out there still with the original prototype implants in their jaws, where they have been for 50 years.

So, even though dental implants in Ealing may seem expensive, in the long run they are very cost-effective. Plus, they mean you can eat whatever you like. What’s not to love?

Keeping the gums disease-free

We don’t want you to see our periodontist in Ealing. Honestly, we would rather you didn’t have to call on the services of our clinical director, Dr Manish Bose. Manish is a highly experienced and skilled periodontist in Ealing, having completed a 3-year programme in periodontology at University College London. He’s been a dentist for more than 20 years, so he’s seen his share of gums in that time.

Periodontist in EalingBut we really would rather you didn’t have to call on his expertise. This is because gum disease is preventable, and if we had our way, none of our patients would succumb to it.

What is a periodontist?

Let’s go back a step and explain what a periodontist in Ealing does. A periodontist focuses on the treatment Fn the supporting structures of the teeth. This includes the gums and the periodontal ligament that attaches the tooth to the jawbone.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is very common, and most adults will have it at some point in their lives. In its early stages, it’s not a problem. You may have seen a little blood come out when you brush your teeth – this could be a sign of mild gum disease. With a little extra care in cleaning your teeth, this can be resolved. If it carries on for a while, you should consult your periodontist in Ealing.

If this is left untreated, it can progress to advanced gum disease. This affects the periodontal ligament and loosens the tooth.

But this can be avoided with a great oral hygiene routine. This is why we impress on our patients the importance of coming in for their regular 6-monthly check-up. This way we can spot the early signs of gum disease and treat it before it becomes a problem. We can also remove the build-up of plaque and tartar that eventually causes disease and decay. Don’t feel bad for this: only professional dental equipment can remove this hardened substance.

You can do your bit by brushing and flossing twice a day and eating a diet that is low in refined sugar. With all this in place, you may never need to see our periodontist in Ealing.

Avoid problems with your dental implants in Ealing

If you have decided that dental implants are going to replace your missing teeth, you need to plan your next steps carefully. For starters, you should find an experienced dental surgeon who focuses on dental implants.

Dental Implants in EalingAt Ikon Dental Suite, we are all about dental implants. Our experienced dentists and periodontists have completed many dental implant procedures over the years and have much experience in the wider area of implant dentistry. To ensure that you are a good candidate for dental implants in Ealing, your dentist will complete a thorough examination of your mouth.

Early stage implant complications

Problems or complications from dental implants in Ealing are quite rare, but they can happen and our aim is to be as prepared as possible. Just after your operation, you may experience some pain or discomfort but this sensation will go away after a few hours. If pain persists, your dentist will provide medication. While pain and swelling are common after an operation for dental implants in Ealing, you should keep an eye out for symptoms such as infection, movement of your implants, and a sudden allergic reaction. Most of these problems can be addressed by your dentist immediately without meaning any further complications for your dental implants. However, failure to follow your dentist’s instructions can lead to complications that may be irreversible.

Late stage implant complications

In some cases, dental implants are a great success initially, yet complications can arise after a few months (or years). Long-term complications of dental implants can arise from improper oral hygiene or an injury to the area surrounding the dental implant. If your gums are inflamed, you have difficulty chewing, you can feel your dental implants move, you experience increased swelling and you are in severe pain, chances are that your dental implants have sustained damage. Smokers are also more likely to experience implant failure.

Protect your investment

Dental implants are a very safe and viable tooth replacement option with a low failure rate, but accidents happen. To ensure that your dental implants remain strong and healthy, take good care of them on a daily basis, visit your dentist and get informed on all the potential risks.

Why choose a periodontist in Ealing for dental implants?

Periodontists are dentists whose work focuses on all things that affect the gum tissue, including the planning and placement of dental implants. If you wish to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, you need a periodontist rather than a general dentist.

Periodontist in EalingAt Ikon Dental Suite, we are passionate about dental implants and we have placed many successfully over the years. Our periodontist in Ealing has the ability and expertise to handle all types of implant problems – from single missing teeth to more complicated tooth loss issues. To ensure the highest standard of care, we use the latest techniques and technology in implant dentistry.

A periodontist in Ealing has extensive training in dental implants

For any dentist to become a periodontist, they need to receive an additional three years of training once they finish the dental degree. This training focuses on the planning, management and operation of dental implants. Periodontists are also trained to perform oral surgery on a regular basis. Not only are they capable of evaluating the condition of the gum and the surrounding bone tissue, but they are also knowledgeable of the procedures required for placing dental implants. Moreover, at Ikon Dental Suite, we do not remove teeth unless it’s absolutely necessary. Your periodontist in Ealing can easily tell if a tooth can be saved after examining your mouth.

Reduced risk of implant failure

While dental implants are very successful in restoring missing teeth and implant advancements have decreased failure rates considerably in recent years, there is always the possibility of something going wrong. However, our periodontist in Ealing has the training, knowledge and experience to avoid problems that could lead to implant failure. Even if something comes up during or after surgery, chances are that we can deal with it effectively.

Faster healing

We firmly believe that with greater knowledge and experience comes greater speed and competence. At Ikon Dental Suite, we use technology to pre-plan dental implants and avoid unnecessary procedures during the surgery. This means that we know where to place the dental implants in advance, further reducing any trauma to the neighbouring tissues.

To learn more about our implant services, please get in touch.

Maintaining your dental implants in Ealing: a guide

Patients who have had dental implants often wonder whether these tiny titanium posts and the replacement teeth on top of them require special care. Truth is that the daily care of dental implants is very similar (if not identical) to the care of natural teeth, since they should be kept clean and plaque-free at all times. However, special instructions are provided after an implant operation to ensure that they heal successfully over time.

Dental Implants in EalingAt Ikon Dental Suite, we always provide customised aftercare instructions to all of our patients who are having dental implants in Ealing. Patients who have implant surgery should follow the specific care instructions they are given by their dentist or contact us for further questions and/or clarifications. In the meantime, we have assembled a few guidelines on how to take care and maintain your dental implants in Ealing.

Keeping up with your dental implants after the operation

After the surgical procedure, which is carried out under local anaesthesia and possibly sedation, your dentist will place a gauze over the implant sites in order to control bleeding. Pressing down on a few gauzes is enough to stop bleeding, though if bleeding continues for a few hours after the operation, patients you are advised to contact us as this may be a sign of infection.

Most patients will feel minimal pain or discomfort after the operation, but this can easily be dealt with with prescription drugs or simple painkillers. However, be careful not to place the drugs directly on the gum tissue since they can cause serious burns. Your dentist will recommend a diet of soft foods and drinks during the first days after the implant operation; however, patients are advised against using a straw for a few days. Gradually, you will be allowed to re-introduce solid foods into your diet, being careful not to chew too hard in the area of the dental implants.

Initially avoid brushing or flossing the dental implants, but brush and floss the rest of your teeth normally. As soon as sensitivity goes away, you can return to your normal oral care routine, together with the help and supervision of our dentists.

Not sure when to see a periodontist in Ealing?

A periodontist is a dentist with advanced education who specialises in the gums. More specifically, periodontists prevent and treat gum disease and other issues affecting the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Periodontists also provide tailored implant solutions to patients with a few or many missing teeth.

Periodontist in EalingAt Ikon Dental Suite, our periodontist in Ealing has advanced training and can diagnose and treat all the disorders, infections and diseases of the gums, the most common of them being gum disease.

Learn more about gum disease

Even if your smile looks healthy and beautiful, you cannot know what happens inside your mouth without the expert knowledge of the periodontist in Ealing. Gum disease is a general term that describes many infections of the mouth which are related to the periodontic ligaments – in simple words, the tissues that hold your teeth in place. In general, gum disease shows no symptoms during its early stage. However, if you have bleeding, puffed, sensitive, red or inflamed gums or a bad taste in your mouth, it is time to book an appointment with the periodontist in Ealing. If you leave this condition untreated it can cause more serious problems such as abscesses, loose or moving teeth, and ultimately tooth loss.

Dental implants

Periodontists are also through trained in dental implants and know how and where to place them in the jawbone for maximum impact. Moreover, they have the expertise and experience to place dental implants by taking into consideration functional, restorative and aesthetic parameters. Finally, a periodontist also knows which treatments may be essential before, during and after implant placement to maximise implant retention and prevent infection.

When should I see the periodontist?

If you have one of the symptoms below, it’s time to book an appointment with your periodontist in Ealing:

  • short-term or chronic gum disease
  • jaw problems
  • tooth loss
  • peri-implantitis
  • abscesses or other conditions affecting your jawbone.

To learn more about our treatments for gum disease or the dental implant options we offer in Ealing and to schedule a consultation with our periodontist, please call us today and we will be happy to help.