Facing the problems of missing teeth with dental implants in Ealing

An incomplete smile is tough to live with. There are many direct and indirect issues that can develop due to gaps in your teeth. While we explore some of these below, at Ikon Dental Suite, we want to reassure you up top that, if you need tooth replacement, this is something we can help you with. Dental implants in Ealing are a strong and efficient solution to the problems caused by an incomplete smile.

Dental Implants in EalingOral health issues

Tooth sockets are prone to infection. The whole area is likely to recede, and the body diverts resources away from the gap once the tooth is missing. The sooner that you can replace missing teeth with dental implants in Ealing, the better. A dental implant stimulates the area around it and may improve the health of the surrounding teeth. Also, they are not subject to decay, although you still need to care for your teeth properly.

Drifting teeth

When a tooth is missing, the surrounding teeth are still subject to the same pressures from chewing but without the proper support. Over time, they can tend to drift into the open space. Not only does this make filling the gap trickier, it can also lead to necessary realignment treatment at a later date. A dental implant acts like a normal tooth and supports the overall structure of the smile.

Jaw misalignment

The jaw is moved around by the muscles of the face. These work most efficiently when they can bite and chew evenly. If the teeth do not meet properly and you have to skew the jaw muscles in order to chew food, this can lead to long-term misalignment issues and pain in this area. If you chew like this for a long time, then the issues can persist even after you have had teeth replaced and may need physical therapy to rectify the issue. This is another reason why it is better to act sooner rather than later when it comes to missing teeth.

We can help you with all sorts of issues at Ikon Dental Suite, but it is better if we can avoid as many as possible. We are committed to preventive care wherever possible.

How a periodontist in Ealing can help you

A periodontist is a dentist who is interested in the gums, the surrounding tissues that support them and the different conditions that affect them. As well as focusing on prevention, periodontics can also treat gum disease, place dental implants and deal with inflammation.

At Ikon Dental Suite, our periodontist in Ealing can restore the appearance and health of your infected, badly decayed or missing teeth. We provide a wide range of treatments ranging from deep cleanings and root scaling to dental implants.

Periodontist in EalingWhat are the benefits of seeing a periodontist in Ealing?

Though most patients will visit a regular dentist for prevention and routine dental work, certain patients require extra care and attention to detail. People who suffer from chronic inflammation and are susceptible to gum disease, should see our periodontist in Ealing. Not only do we specialise in gum care, but we can also help you prevent tooth and gum loss.

Gum care is important

Brushing and flossing daily will help most people keep their teeth and gums clean and healthy for longer. However, only a dentist can maintain teeth and gums free from plaque. If bacteria have created deep pockets inbetween your gums, your periodontist in Ealing will provide deep cleaning in the form of scaling and root planning. This procedure, which is completed in two or more stages, will ensure that plaque and bacteria will be removed from inbetween your teeth and that the health of your gums will be restored. Root planning, in particular, will smooth the roots for your teeth so that gum tissue can reattach without problems.

Nobody can do dental implants better than a periodontist

Periodontists also specialise in the placement, care and maintenance of dental implants. Their deep, anatomical understanding of the teeth, the gums, and the jaw, help them create a personalised treatment plan for each patient. Periodontists can also determine whether dental implants are necessary. Our periodontist will examine your teeth carefully and determine whether they should be replaced with dental implants or saved. In some cases, bridges or dentures may be a better alternative to dental implants (i.e. because of extensive tooth loss).

Can everyone have dental implants in Ealing?

Whether you are missing one or more teeth as a result of an accident, gum disease, or old age, chances are that you are considering dental implants. Most patients are suitable for dental implants. But sometimes, dental implants may not be the most viable solution for replacing missing teeth.

Dental Implants in EalingAt Ikon Dental Suite, we encourage patients of all ages and backgrounds to consider replacing their missing teeth with dental implants in Ealing. Age is not a barrier for dental implants, as long as the patient is old enough to have all their permanent teeth. Our experienced dentists will examine your mouth in detail and help you make a decision about dental implants in Ealing.

Conditions that can influence your eligibility for dental implants

Factors that can influence the success of dental implants include:

  • Your oral health
  • Your general health
  • The condition of your jawbone
  • Gum disease
  • Diabetes and other illnesses
  • Smoking and alcohol.

Dental implants usually fuse with the jawbone without any problems in people with good oral and overall health. However, smokers, heavy drinkers, patients with diabetes or heart disease and patients with gum disease are not great candidates for dental implants because all of these conditions can affect either the proper osseointegration of dental implants or hinder the longevity of dental implants in the long run. Luckily, some of these conditions can be treated, whereas others can be closely monitored, allowing some of these patients to replace their missing teeth with dental implants.

Dental implants and the jawbone

To fuse properly and act as effective tooth roots, dental implants need a minimum amount of bone tissue to be supported. Any patients who are interested in dental implants in Ealing will be assessed to ensure that they have sufficient jawbone to support dental implants. If that’s not the case, patients can opt for a bone graft or an alternative implant procedure such as All-on-4.

Get in touch

If you are considering having dental implants to replace your missing teeth, keep in mind that you will first need to be examined by one of our dentists in order to determine your eligibility. Give us a call and we will book an appointment for you.

What is a periodontist?

In dental practice, as in medicine, there are general dentists and those who focus on particular fields of dentistry. A periodontist focuses on taking care of the gums.

Gum disease is extremely common, and most adults will experience it at some point in their life. For many, it shows up in a mild form. If you’ve seen blood after you’ve brushed your teeth, chances are, you had a mild form of gum disease. Careful brushing and a good clean at the dentist are often enough to resolve this.

Periodontist in EalingIf the disease progresses into a more serious form, then you might need the services of a periodontist in Ealing. This is when the gums start to become detached from the teeth, putting the teeth at risk of falling out or becoming so damaged that they need to be removed.

At Ikon Dental Suite, our periodontist in Ealing is passionate about prevention, and helping our patients to resolve issues with their gums before they get to the tooth loss stage. Fortunately, gum disease is preventable, and by keeping up with a great oral hygiene routine, you minimise your risk of tooth failure.

Here are our top tips for keeping your gums in excellent condition:

  1. Brush twice a day. We all have this imprinted into us from early childhood, but it’s worth repeating. A soft-bristled brush is best, so you don’t cause any unnecessary damage to the gums;
  2. Clean in between. Use floss or interdental brushes to remove food that gets stuck in the gaps between teeth. These gaps are ideal breeding grounds for plaque and bacteria, so it’s vital to keep them clean;
  3. Eat healthily. Again, we’ve all received this message many times in childhood for a number of reasons, but for your teeth, it really is key. A diet low in processed sugars will slow the growth of disease-causing bacteria;
  4. See your periodontist in Ealing. We know it’s probably not your favourite task to have your teeth cleaned, but it is necessary. Only dental equipment can remove the hardened plaque and tartar that cause gum disease. And, our periodontist in Ealing can also spot the early signs of gum disease, which only a professional eye can see.

Are you considering dental implants in Ealing?

Lots of people consider going for dental implants in Ealing but are put off by the thought of the procedure. Here at Ikon Dental Suite, we believe that fear of treatment shouldn’t put you off dental implants or leave you with a gappy smile.

Everyone deserves to smile with a full set of teeth. Whether you have taken a knock to the teeth, or the tooth has fallen or been extracted because of gum disease, it isn’t too late to restore your smile.

Dental Implants in EalingDon’t fear the drill

The main question on people’s lips when they think about dental implants in Ealing is, ‘does it hurt?’. This a question we can’t really answer, because everyone’s pain thresholds and individual dental situations vary. However, we can assure you that you will be given enough local anaesthetic to numb the pain during the procedure.

If you suffer from dental phobia, we will do our best to answer all your questions and listen to your concerns, to help you feel more at ease about treatment. It may also be a good idea to speak to others who have had treatment, so that you can see the benefits and get a better idea of what’s involved.

Look on the bright side

While the drill can seem scary, dental implants are often worth it. Dental implants provide a stable foundation for the new tooth. If you keep good oral hygiene, they can last upwards of 25 years. What’s more, dental implants give you back a beautiful smile and boost your confidence in your appearance.

Looking after your new tooth

Once you have had dental implants in Ealing, they are pretty easy to look after. It may take a while for the anaesthetic to wear off, during which time its best to avoid hot food and drink. It’s also a good idea to mainly stick to eating liquid and then soft foods for some time after surgery. If you experience any pain after treatment, this can be treated with over-the-counter painkillers.

To maintain good oral hygiene, you must brush and floss regularly as you would your natural teeth. We’ll also arrange check-ups to ensure that everything is looking as it should.

We’re all gums about gums

What puts a smile on your face? A good night out with friends? Binge-watching your favourite TV show at home? At Ikon Dental Suite, ensuring our patients have healthy gums is what makes us smile. Often overlooked, your gums are essential to keeping your teeth secure and strong enough to handle all that chewing, eating, talking and laughing you do all day. Our periodontist in Ealing has spent years learning all about how best to take care of your gums, keeping them free from disease, so you can keep on smiling.

Periodontist in EalingSo why would you ever need to visit our periodontist in Ealing?

Gum disease is more prevalent than you think

Most adults in the UK have gum disease, according to the NHS. You may have mild gum disease right now and just not know it. It is likely that at some point you will experience early stage gum disease, known as gingivitis. If untreated this can lead to more severe gum disease, known as periodontitis.

Gingivitis can make eating uncomfortable

Signs of gingivitis include red, sore and/or swollen gums. This is because they are inflamed. That inflammation comes from acids released by bacteria that live in your mouth. Daily brushing and flossing, on top of regular cleanings at the dentist, are usually enough to keep these bacteria in check. High sugar diets, a less than diligent oral hygiene routine or missing your regular dental check-ups, provide opportunities for these bacteria to thrive. When they do, gum disease ensues and that can make enjoying a meal increasingly hard as your gums become sensitive.

Periodontitis can cause you to lose teeth

When gingivitis goes unchecked, bacteria can start attacking not just your gums but the ligaments that support your teeth too. Pockets will start to form between your gums and teeth, causing your teeth to become loose and eventually fall out. And tooth loss brings a whole host of other problems, from difficulty eating and speaking to changes in your facial structure.

So, if you want to keep your teeth firmly in place and continue to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and all those snacks in between, then you’ll be in need of our periodontist in Ealing.

Implants, bridges or dentures?

Here at Ikon Dental Suite, we have the skills, training and experience to restore your smile with dental implants in Ealing. Dental implants are used to replace missing or failing teeth. They are reliable, secure and feel like natural teeth once they have settled in. For people who have lost or broken one or more teeth, dental implants are often the perfect restoration choice.

Dental Implants in EalingWhat are the alternatives to dental implants in Ealing?

Other options for tooth restoration include bridges or dentures. These have been around for a very long time so they are tried and tested. However, they do have drawbacks. It is important to understand all of your options before choosing your dental restoration method.

Bridges

A bridge literally bridges the space left behind by one or more missing teeth. It uses teeth on either side of the gap as supports to hold it in place. These support teeth will need to be ground down and crowned with the bridge to hold the it securely. A bridge replaces only the crowns of missing teeth, not the roots. Take extra care during your daily cleaning to make sure your bridge is clean and doesn’t cause bad breath.

Dentures

A denture is a removable tooth restoration moulded around your gums. Dentures rely on suction to the gums, along with cheek and tongue muscles to keep them in place. Adhesives can be used to keep your dentures from slipping around; however it is not good to use adhesives all the time. As with bridges, dentures replace only the crowns of teeth and not the roots.

Benefits of dental implants

Implants are the only complete tooth and root restoration. This makes dental implants stronger and more comfortable than bridges and dentures. Once they are fitted they will feel, look and behave just like natural teeth.

Making the choice

It is important to find the right restoration for each patient. Every case is different. Your dentist can help you to decide what the best choice is for you and your lifestyle. In Ealing, dental implants are becoming the popular choice for tooth restorations. When you know the benefits of dental implants it’s not hard to see why.

Which dentist in Ealing for gum disease?

Gum disease is the silent destroyer of your teeth. It doesn’t eat away at them causing big painful holes like decay does, instead it attacks the tissues that surrounds them until, eventually they come loose in their sockets and fall out.

Advanced gum disease, known medically as periodontitis, can be difficult to treat successfully and many people find it a good idea to go to a trained gum disease dentist in Ealing for treatment.

Dentist in EalingHere at Ikon Dental Suite, our clinical director Dr Manish Bose and Dr Cristian Dobreci are both highly trained in periodontology. We are a referral clinic, so your general dentist can refer you to us if you need treatment for advanced gum disease.

What exactly is gum disease?

Gum disease is caused by the acids that the bacteria in dental plaque produce when they feed on sugars in the mouth. The bacterial plaque accumulates over all the surfaces off the mouth. Getting rid of plaque (and trapped food) is why we brush our teeth. However, it requires diligent twice-daily brushing, flossing and regular trips to the hygienist to remove all the plaque from around the gum line and from crevices between the teeth.

Early stage gum disease causes swollen, bleeding gums, which then start to pull away from the teeth, creating pockets of space between the tooth and the gum. Plaque-forming bacteria can get into the pockets, where the acids they give off can start attacking the jawbone and the fibres that attach the teeth to the bone, which can become infected, creating ulcers. When periodontitis is left untreated, the teeth become loose in their sockets and either fall out or have to be removed.

Treatment

Your dentist in Ealing at Ikon Dental Suite will treat advanced gum disease by regularly cleaning out pockets under the gums. We may also have to plane away any infected tissues from the tooth root. We use a local anaesthetic to do this. If you have ulcers, you may need to take a course of antibiotics.

If you think you need help with gum disease, please call or email us for a consultation.

Are you sure you can’t have dental implants?

The world of dental implant research and development is fast moving and it can take a while for the latest knowledge to trickle down to dentists who do not offer dental implants themselves.

Maybe your dentist has taken one look at your jawbone and told you can’t have dental implants in Ealing because you don’t have enough bone left to support them. Have you been for a second opinion? It is all too easy to just accept what your general dentist says and find yourself caught in a life of soft food and wobbly dentures as a result.

Dental Implants in EalingWhat causes bone loss?

The jawbone needs to know it is in use in order to renew itself. It knows this from the vibrations that come down through the tooth roots each time the teeth meet together in biting, chewing, talking, laughing and all those unconscious impacts that go on all day, every day. The tremors signal to the bone cells to renew themselves. When those tremors cease, as they do when lost teeth are replaced with either dentures or fixed bridges, the bone in the area around the lost root actually starts to dissolve itself, losing up to 25% of its size and density in the first year after tooth loss. In the upper jaw, this can also mean that the sinus cavities get much larger, making it even harder to find enough dense bone to anchor the implants into.

Zygomatic implants

And yet there is a good chance that you can have dental implants in Ealing even with a jawbone that is less than perfect. Here at Ikon Dental Suite, our implant dentist, Richard Brookshaw, is one of only a handful of dentists who has the skills and experience necessary for replacing lost teeth with extra-long zygomatic dental implants in Ealing. These are used in cases of extreme bone loss. They go through the upper jawbone and anchor into the dense cheekbone above.

Richard Brookshaw has placed more than 5,000 dental implants since he completed training in dental implant placement back in 2001. He also works as an international lecturer in dental implant surgery and as a mentor for new implant surgeons.

Signs that you need to see a dentist in Ealing

Whether you are nine or 90, your oral health matters. Unfortunately, a considerable number of people in the UK fail to see the dentist regularly, even though check-ups and dental examinations have proven to prevent serious oral health issues in the long run.

Dentist in EalingIf you think you have waited too long for your dental visit, then schedule an appointment with Ikon Dental Suite, your dentist in Ealing. We are committed to offering great oral care to our patients. Even if you have an impeccable oral health routine and you do not have any symptoms of poor dental health, only your dentist in Ealing can effectively diagnose potential problems and help prevent them.

Here are some signs that you may be experiencing dental health issues:

 

  • Sensitive teeth
  • Puffy and bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • A bad taste in the mouth
  • Pain and swelling
  • Abscesses
  • Toothache
  • Dry mouth
  • Spots and sores in the mouth.
  • All of the above symptoms are indicative of dental problems, which may be threatening your overall wellbeing. For instance, puffy and bleeding gums are indicative of gum disease, while spots and sores in your mouth may be signs of oral cancer.

    Why do regular dental visits matter?

    Developing a close and stable relationship with your dentist in Ealing is really important, since they will be able to monitor your oral health and spot potential problems early on. If gum disease and tooth decay are spotted early, they can be easily reversed with appropriate treatment. The same applies to other problems affecting your teeth and gums. Visiting the dentist at regular intervals is also really important if you have certain conditions, such as diabetes, which can affect the health of your mouth.

    How often should I visit the dentist?

    While it is generally recommended that you visit bi-annually, different patients have different dental needs, therefore this matter cannot be solved with a one-size-fits-all approach. Your dentist at Ikon Dental Suite will assess your individual dental needs and provide care based on your specific circumstances. If you are prone to cavities and gum disease you will need to visit us, your dentist in Ealing, more frequently to ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy.