Dental Implants

How can I help make my dental implant treatment a success?

In an article written for the national patient website for implant dentistry, click4teeth.com, our principal dentist Dr Colin Gardner reveals how you can help to make your dental implant treatment a success.

Dental implants are a well-established treatment for the problem of missing teeth and have a very good success rate.

Technological advances and detailed preparation mean that implant placement is a relatively minor surgical procedure. At Botanics Dental Care, your case will be carefully assessed and planned, and we will ensure that you are thoroughly informed and supported throughout your treatment.

There are many factors under your control which can contribute to the long-term success of your dental implants, such as:

  • Having enough bone in your jaw
  • Practising good oral hygiene
  • Adopting a healthy lifestyle

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How To Prevent Tooth Loss By Taking Control Of Your Life

Unless you regularly play some form of contact sports then you probably don’t foresee the loss of teeth at any point in your life. However, the unfortunate news is that tooth loss in adults is pretty common, especially once you’re over the age of 35 and if you’re into your 50’s or 60’s then it’s highly likely that you’ve lost two or more teeth. So what can you do to prevent tooth loss? Naturally as a dentist in Glasgow we’d recommend practising good oral habits, but it’s important to combine this with taking control of your life in general, and that means eating the right foods and living a healthy lifestyle.

dental implants GlasgowBelow’s a list of 8 risk factors which may well increase the chances of tooth loss:

  • Being over the age of 35
  • Being a male
  • Diabetes
  • Minimal professional dental care
  • High blood pressure
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Smoking

Practising good oral care to prevent tooth loss

One of the highest risk factors to losing teeth is by not taking care of them and this includes professional dental care. It’s important to visit your dentist in Glasgow on a regular basis for check-ups and a professional clean at least twice a year. A professional clean will remove any plaque or tartar which you haven’t manage to shift with brushing and flossing and it also means that any dental problems can be spotted in their early stages and treated.

It’s important to get into a regular routine of care at home too. This includes brushing at least twice daily and flossing at least once a day. This helps prevent the build up of plaque which if not removed can lead to tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. Just by making small adjustments to your daily brushing routine can go a long way to preventing tooth loss.

Living and eating right to prevent tooth loss

Tooth loss can also be prevented by living a healthier lifestyle and eating the right foods. Sugar is one of the biggest contributors to tooth loss and while it builds up our dental implants Glasgow side of the business, we’d far rather patients cut back on eating sugary food and sweets and kept their natural teeth. Smoking is also known to lead to weakened gums and tooth loss in time. Eating the right foods and living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t just contribute to a healthier mouth and teeth it also helps prevent conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure which are both linked to tooth loss.

Teeth are important to help you eat but they’re just as important for your confidence, as an attractive, healthy smile helps you connect with other people and can even further your career. Losing teeth doesn’t just lower self-esteem but also makes it look as if you’re not looking after yourself. So don’t be a victim of tooth loss, take care of them!

If you have any dental problems or haven’t had a check-up in a while then it’s never too late to start making improvements to your oral care. Why not schedule a check-up appointment with Dr. Colin Gardner at Botanics Dental Care. He’ll carry out a thorough examination of your teeth and if necessary put together a treatment plan to bring your oral health up to speed. Call today on 0141 334 3408 or book online at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk.

Top Reasons To Consider Dental Implants In Glasgow

There may well come a time when your teeth are failing and you need to consider what you’re going to do about it. There are conventional treatments such as dentures and bridges and then again, there’s also dental implants in Glasgow, which are without doubt the best option to natural teeth that there is. The reason being that they replace the entire tooth structure and are embedded into the jaw to become a permanent fixture. You could of course do nothing, especially if you’re only missing one or two teeth and they’re towards the back of your jaw and can’t be seen.

dental implants in GlasgowHowever missing teeth isn’t just about aesthetics and, if the problem isn’t addressed and the teeth replaced, it can lead to many more dental and health problems. Missing teeth can affect your bite, cause teeth to become misaligned, and lead to jaw problems.

If you’re not convinced then there’s some more reasons to consider dental implants in Glasgow:

  • Broken teeth – Broken teeth need removing since not only are they likely to cause you pain but they’re unable to work properly with your other teeth which means that undue pressure is put on neighbouring teeth as they struggle to compensate for the damaged tooth. However, a gap left by removing the tooth can cause the adjacent teeth to shift as they try to fill the space. Teeth support each other and once a tooth is removed it can cause others to loosen and eventually fall out. The solution is for your dentist in Glasgow to replace the tooth with a dental implant.
  • Decayed teeth – Teeth which are rotten or infected can be harmful for your mouth. Apart from the fact that they’re playing little part in biting or chewing any infection can spread to other areas of the mouth. A dental implant when used to replace a badly decayed tooth will restore oral health and rid the mouth of any unpleasant odours.
  • Bone loss – When teeth are missing it’s natural for bone loss to occur since like a muscle that isn’t being used, it slowly starts to wither away. This can alter the shape of your jaw and give a person sunken cheeks, which can age them prematurely. Dental implants support the lips and mouth and give the face a more rounded and softer appearance, making a person look younger. In addition, since implants are placed into the jaw and function like tooth roots, they put a halt to further bone loss and actually regenerate new growth.

Dental implants in Glasgow are extremely versatile and can be used to support a single dental crown, bridge, and even dentures, so no matter how many teeth need replacing there’s sure to be a solution to your dilemma.

If you’d like to know more about how dental implants could help you then why not book a free no obligation with Dr. Colin Gardner at Botanics Dental Care. He can address your concerns and answer any questions. Call today on 0141 334 3408 or book online at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk. We look forward to meeting you.

4 Benefits Of Implant Retained Dentures

Dental implants in Glasgow are proving so popular these days and that’s because not only do they look extremely natural but they are also so incredibly versatile. An implant consists of a titanium post which is surgically embedded into the jaw and then left to heal for a few months to allow the surrounding bone and gum tissue to bond with it. This creates a secure and stable platform which can then support a false tooth or teeth. They’re the closest thing to natural teeth because they replace the entire tooth structure, including the root, and thus feel, function, and look just like the real deal.

dental implants in GlasgowHowever, aside from securing single crowns or even a dental bridge, did you know that they can be used to support a full set of dentures?

Dental implants are in fact a blessing to denture wearers because as anyone who wears conventional dentures will tell you, they’re not an ideal substitute for real teeth. They often don’t fit that well, they slip out of place making it difficult to speak and eat properly, and they make your mouth and gums sore. Implant retained dentures or over-dentures as they’re often called really are the next best thing to a mouth full of real teeth. They give patients back their confidence and allow them to speak and smile with ease. They can also eat what they like and enjoy a more varied diet.

Benefits

Implant supported dentures have many benefits over their conventional counterparts, including:

  1. Stability – While conventional dentures tend to shift out of place, implant retained dentures, on the other hand, are held securely in place by small titanium posts which are rooted into the jaw. Since these posts or implants are surgically placed into the jawbone by your dentist in Glasgow, they provide the sort of stability and security that no adhesive or clasps could ever match.
  1. Biting, chewing, and speaking is easier – Because dentures are held securely in place, patients can bite, chew, and speak with ease just as they did with their natural teeth. Now there’s nothing to stop them from biting into a crunchy apple or reading a story to their grandchild.
  1. Can’t be distinguished from real teeth – Conventional dentures sit on the gum line whereas implant retained dentures are secured beneath the gum line which gives them a far more natural appearance. What’s more no-one will be able to tell that they’re not real teeth.
  1. Halt bone loss – When teeth are lost the bone and soft tissues that supported them begins to wither away from not being used. Conventional dentures can’t stop this from happening. However, dental implants in Glasgow (which secure the dentures) put a halt to bone loss by stimulating and regenerating the growth of bone and soft tissues, in much the same was as a natural tooth root.

If you’d like to learn more about implant retained dentures then why not book a free consultation with Dr. Colin Gardner at Botanics Dental Care. He can talk to you in more detail about the procedure and ascertain if they’re suitable for your needs. Call today on 0141 334 3408 to schedule a consultation or book online at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk.

Are Dental Implants A Good Fit For Me?

Dental implants in Glasgow are a great option for replacing one or more missing teeth. They consist of a titanium post which is surgically placed into the cavity of the missing tooth. This is then left for a couple of months in which time the surrounding bone and soft tissue grows over the post to keep it secure and to make it strong enough to support a false tooth. It also means that it is a permanent fixture in the mouth, which if cared for properly has the potential to last well over 25 years. While dental implants are an effective solution for tooth replacement, not everyone is suited to them. So to know whether or not you could be eligible, let’s take a look at some of the factors which you need to possess.

  • dental implants in GlasgowGood bone density – Because implants are placed into the jawbone there needs to be sufficient width and depth of bone to cover the implant and hold it securely in place. If this isn’t the case, then sometimes a dentist in Glasgow can perform a bone graft which gives more volume to the bone.
  • Good gums – Although dental implants can’t decay like natural teeth, they are vulnerable to attack from peri-implantitis. This is a disease which can attack the gum area surrounding the implant, undermine the bone, and cause the implant to loosen and fall out.
  • Good oral health – This ties in with having good gums as mentioned above, but it’s also vital that a patient maintains a high level of oral hygiene throughout their life or their dental implants can fail, whether this is six months down the line or six years later.
  • Patience – Apart from the oral aspects of dental implants, a patient needs to understand that dental implants aren’t a quick fix solution and treatment time can take up to nine months or longer, depending on how fast a patient heals at the various stages of the implant treatment. Should a patient require a bone graft then they will have to wait for that to heal and fuse with the surrounding bone before an implant can be placed, extending the time of the treatment even more.
  • Other factors – There are other factors which affect the suitability of a person for dental implants. For example non-smokers are preferred (or those who can stop smoking for the duration of their treatment) since smoking can impact on dental implant treatment as it slows down the healing process and often osseointegration, where the bone fuses with the implant, fails to take place resulting in implant failure. Also candidates who have uncontrolled diabetes, heart disease, or who have undergone radiation treatment to the face or neck, may also be unsuitable for implants.

If you’re considering dental implants in Glasgow then why not take advantage of our free consultation whereby you can come and speak with Dr. Colin Gardner to find out if you’re a suitable fit for dental implants and to get any questions answered. Call Botanics Dental Care on 0141 334 3408 or book your consultation online at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk. We look forward to welcoming you to our clinic.

Why Dental Implants Are A Good Option For Patients With Dry Mouth

Saliva does more than just keep the mouth moist, it also washes away bacteria and food particles which are left on the teeth after eating and drinking. However, if a patient is suffering with dry mouth, then there is insufficient saliva to carry out this task and consequently their teeth are more at risk of dental problems such as decay. In severe cases patients may even lose their teeth because of dry mouth and other oral problems. Dental implants in Glasgow are a good option for replacing teeth that have been lost due to decay, but are they a suitable option for someone with dry mouth? In a word yes! Implants are not affected by decay so in that respect they make a first class treatment for anyone who is lacking saliva.

The advantages of dental implant treatment

dental implants in GlasgowTypically in dentistry we strive to do all we can to retain a patient’s own teeth and if they’re suffering from decay then a dentist in Glasgow would remove the decay and fill the tooth. However in patients suffering with dry mouth it can be a better option to remove badly decayed teeth and replace them with dental implants. The reason for this is that decay is a constant battle for a patient who has dry mouth. Even if a decayed tooth is restored with a filling or dental crown the natural tooth structure beneath the restoration still remains susceptible to decay.

Dental implants are particularly beneficial to patients with dry mouth because they don’t decay. An implant consists of a titanium post which is surgically embedded into the jaw. It’s then left to bond with the surrounding bone and soft tissues to form a permanent structure in the mouth which can then be topped with a dental crown, bridge, or arch of false teeth. The implant looks, feels, and even functions like a natural tooth but because there is no natural tooth structure remaining there is nothing which can begin to decay. This means that patients with dry mouth can have their smile restored without the threat of future infection or decay which could lead to further restoration work and more expense.

If you suffer from dry mouth and have badly decayed teeth then we urge you to get in touch with Botanics Dental Care. We offer a free consultation where you can come and speak with Dr. Colin Gardner and the team to discuss your dental options. Dental implants in Glasgow are exceptionally versatile and there’s sure to be solution for you. Call us today on 0141 334 3408 or contact us online at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk. We look forward to meeting you.

Dental Implants in Glasgow – Post Operative Recovery Tips

Most people who are considering dental implants in Glasgow already have a pretty good idea of what’s involved both before and during surgery, but what about after? What should you expect and what can you do to aid recovery? We’ve put together some useful tips and guide-lines for post-operative healing following dental implant surgery.

Side effects

dental implants in GlasgowOnce your dental implants have been placed then you should expect the normal side effects of any oral surgery over the following few days, namely bleeding, bruising, and swelling. Although all of these conditions will gradually subside on their own there are a few things you can do to minimise their effects.

For the bleeding you should place a gauze pad over the affected area and apply light pressure. Do this several times a day and you should see the bleeding stop within 24 hours. If the bleeding is continuous then swap the gauze for a moistened tea bag. The tannic acid in the tea bag will help to clot the blood faster.

It’s also helpful for the first couple of days to apply a cold compress or ice pack to the jaw and cheek. Keep it there for 15 minutes at a time and the swelling will gradually subside. Once it has receded you might want to try a warm compress to promote further circulation.

Diet

Dental implants need plenty of time to heal with the surrounding bone and gum tissue and any movement of the implants early on can disrupt this process. For this reason you should stick to soft foods such as rice, soup, noodles, eggs, fish, and soft cooked vegetables. Avoid anything crunchy, hard, or chewy for as long as possible.

After the first week you can gradually add a few more foods into your diet but carry on being careful when you eat. Don’t chew directly on the implants and if you can, use the opposite side of your mouth. The implants will heal quicker if you keep them free from stress.

Oral hygiene

When implant failure occurs it’s usually because infection or disease around the implants has prevented them from healing properly. Therefore it’s vital that you keep your teeth and gums healthy which includes brushing and flossing gently around the implants, both regularly and thoroughly.

Your dentist in Glasgow is likely to give you some additional tips such as:

  • Refrain from smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Refrain from drinking alcohol
  • Use a mouthwash in addition to brushing and flossing
  • Get plenty of rest for the first few days after surgery
  • Stay in touch with your dentist and contact him immediately if bleeding doesn’t stop or there are any signs of infection so that it can be treated in the early stages

If you’re considering dental implants in Glasgow then why not come and speak to Dr. Colin Gardner at Botanics Dental Care. He and the team are highly skilled and knowledgeable and offer a free consultation where you can get all your questions and concerns answered. Call today on 0141 334 3408 or book online at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk.

Exploring The Risks And Advantages Of Dental Implant Surgery

Anyone seeking dental implants in Glasgow should never make their decision to go ahead without being fully informed about the procedure. Dental implants have grown hugely in their popularity and are widely considered the best form of tooth replacement that modern dentistry has to offer. However, as with all surgery there are risks and benefits associated with dental implants that should be weighed up by each patient considering both their lifestyle and goals.

Let’s start with the risks first:

  • dental implants in GlasgowInfection – The titanium posts which make up part of the implant can cause infection if the surgery isn’t carried out in a sterile environment with disinfected tools, or if the implant site isn’t cared for properly after surgery. Patients and their Glasgow dentist should monitor the implant carefully for any signs of infection which can compromise the surrounding tissue and jawbone if not dealt with right away.
  • Nerve damage – If a nerve is damaged during surgery it can cause temporary or permanent tingling, numbness and pain. Affected nerves can cause pain in any area of the face, mouth or jaw.
  • Sinus issues – Although it’s a rare occurrence a dental implant can poke through the gum tissue or jaw and enter the sinus cavity which can affect the functionality of the sinuses and cause infection. If this happens then the implant will have to be removed and placed again.
  • Implant failure – A dental implant may fail to fuse successfully with the surrounding bone and soft tissues. Usually if this happens or if the implant is rejected, it will occur during the first year. However, more than 90% of implants attach to the surrounding bone successfully the first time round.
  • Post surgery pain – As with most surgeries patients can expect a degree of pain, swelling, bruising, and soreness. Your dentist in Glasgow will often prescribe antibiotics to lessen the risk of infection and pain can usually be kept under control with over the counter medications.

Benefits of dental implants

  • Strength – Implants provide a strong platform which can support one or multiple teeth by means of crowns, bridges, and dentures.
  • Reshape facial structures – As implants consist of both an artificial root and tooth not only do they support a prostheses but they also help to fill out cheeks and jaws which have that ageing hollow look about them.
  • Security – Finally implants provide security and functionality. Since crowns, dentures and other false teeth fix firmly onto the implants they feel more more secure than dentures held in place with adhesive, and bridges or crowns which are fitted to other teeth.

For most patients the benefits of dental implants in Glasgow far outweigh the risks and many say that they’re totally changed their lives for the better. If you’re considering dental implants as a form of teeth replacement then why not come and speak with the professionals here at Botanics Dental Care. You can schedule a free consultation with Dr. Colin Gardner and the team by calling 0141 334 3408 or book online at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk.

Should You Opt For A Crown Or Implant Supported Bridge?

A dental bridge has long been a popular method of replacing missing teeth. By literally ‘bridging the gap’ with false teeth attached to the framework of a bridge, functionality and aesthetics are restored. Before receiving a bridge, however, you will have to decide how you want to have it supported. As a dentist in Glasgow we want all our patients to be fully informed and to understand the benefits and limitations of each restorative technique. The information below is intended to give information on both techniques and suggest who might be a suitable candidate for each one.

Crown-supported bridges

dental implants in GlasgowTraditional bridges are supported with the use of dental crowns. The bridge is made up of one or more replacement teeth and anchored in place with a crown at each end. The crowns are cemented over the teeth at either end of the gap, where the missing teeth once were, in order to hold the bridge in place.

In order for the crowns to be fitted the two ‘anchor’ teeth need to be filed down and shaped so that the crowns will fit. This means that these two teeth will always need a crown in the future, so it really is a permanent solution. What’s more the teeth must be healthy in order to support the crown.

Implant supported bridges

Implant supported bridges are very similar to traditional bridges with the difference being that they are anchored to dental crowns which have been placed onto dental implants. The crowns are fitted to the implants which allows patients who don’t have adjacent healthy teeth to the gap where the teeth need replacing, to receive a bridge.

A patient having an implant supported bridge needs to have dental implants placed on either side of the bridge. As it can take on average six monthsfor dental implants in Glasgow to fuse with the surrounding bone and tissue, the ideal candidate for an implant supported bridge is a patient who loses further teeth once implants have been placed.

Which technique is the right one for you?

The choice of dental bridge depends mostly on the condition of the patient’s teeth. If this is the first occurrence of tooth loss and you’ve only lost one or two teeth, then it makes sense to use other teeth to support a bridge. You may also want to consider a traditional bridge if you don’t want to undergo surgery, there is evidence of gum disease, or if there is insufficient bone in which to place an implant.

Conversely, dental implants are a great choice for patients who don’t want to modify what are otherwise healthy teeth. The implant can be placed at either end of the gap where the teeth are missing and the bridge placed over the top to fill the space. Because implants are a stand alone treatment there’s no need to grind down adjacent teeth to fit a crown. Another benefit is that dental implants put a halt to further bone loss helping a patient retain their facial structures. If more teeth are lost in the future to warrant the need for dentures, then implants can be used to stabilise an entire row of replacement teeth.

To learn more about how you could restore your smile with one or other of these treatments why not schedule a consultation with Dr. Colin Gardner at Botanics Dental Care. You can call direct on 0141 334 3408 or book online at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk.

4 Common Problems You Could Face With Dental Implants

If you’re considering dental implants in Glasgow then it’s worth knowing that over 90% of procedures result in success. However, the longevity of dental implants not only depends on the implants having been fitted properly but also on a patients commitment to maintaining them in an effective manner. As with any surgical or dental procedure there are a few factors which can cause complications to arise, so here we take a look at three of the most common.

  1. dental implants in GlasgowLoose implant – One of the most common causes for implant failure is that the implant becomes loose and eventually falls out. Often this is because the titanium implant has failed to fuse with the surrounding bone in the jaw in a process known as osseointegration. This is sometimes due to incorrect positioning by an experienced implant dentist in Glasgow or could be the result of a sudden blow to the mouth. In addition, certain conditions such as diabetes can slow down the healing process or prevent it from happening at all. Implants require a good density of healthy bone if they are to fuse effectively and remain stable. Often if a person has been missing teeth for some while they will have lost a lot of bone and in cases such as these a bone graft may be needed. This will naturally add on length to the duration of the treatment since the bone graft will have to heal before the implant can be placed.
  1. Tissue damage – Dental implant complications can also arise from damage to the nerves or soft tissues. Although it’s natural for your gums to feel sensitive following implant surgery if persistent pain continues or your gums are still bleeding after a couple of days, then get in touch with your Glasgow dentist right away. These problems can be caused by inexperienced dentists carrying out the procedure so it’s always advisable to look for a dentist who has proven success in placing dental implants and who uses state of the art equipment like CT scanning and 3D computer imagery, to take any guesswork out of the placement of the implants into your mouth.
  1. Infection – Occasionally infection or peri-implantitis as it’s called can occur when bacteria is present during surgery. It can also be caused by dental cement, which secures the crown on to the abutment, escaping from beneath the crown and getting trapped in the gums. Peri-implantitis causes the gum tissue and bone around the implant to become inflamed which in turn can cause bone loss and implant failure. Sometimes it can be treated but in most cases the implant will need removing. There are times when infection doesn’t occur until months or even years after the implants have been placed. The patients who are most at risk are those with diabetes, patients with thin gums, smokers, and those who fail to maintain a good level of oral hygiene.

If your implants suddenly become loose or you’re experiencing other problems with them it’s important to contact your implant dentist in Glasgow as quickly as you can. Sometimes early treatment can save an implant but often it will need to be removed.

We can’t stress enough the importance of choosing a dentist who has plenty of knowledge and inexperience in dental implants to restore your missing teeth. Most dental clinics offer free implant consultations so take advantage of this and book a few in order to make an informed decision. To get your free implant consultation with Botanics Dental Care you can book online at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk or call us direct on 0141 334 3408. Dr. Colin Gardner and the team look forward to meeting you.