How dental implants help protect overall health

Many patients underestimate the great danger tooth loss poses to the health of the patient and by extension, the overall quality of life. Even a single tooth loss can trigger a sequence of events that can lead to costly treatments. At Leamington Spa Dental Practice we strongly advise patients who have lost a tooth to book a consultation to discuss what treatment options are available to replace missing teeth.

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Provided the patient meets the criteria, we suggest dental implants Leamington Spa as a preferred missing teeth replacement solution. Patients will find that with dental implants Leamington Spa, they are able to avoid most of the challenges associated with traditional artificial teeth appliances. More than this, tooth replacement implants are designed to better protect dental health as well as overall health (physical and mental). We take a look at these protective benefits and how they work.

Protective health benefits of tooth replacement implants

While other tooth replacement solutions go some way to resolving problems patients who have teeth missing encounter, dental implants Leamington Spa go further than this by offering protective benefits to health. This makes dental implants an all-round safe and effective missing teeth solution. The benefits of tooth replacement implants to oral health and overall health:

Avoid jawbone loss. The jawbone is one of the structures in the mouth that is directly impacted when teeth fall out. When a tooth is lost, the jawbone loses the stimulation provided by that tooth’s root, and overtime as other teeth are lost, the jawbone begins to shrink, risking the longevity of remaining teeth.

Avoid neighbouring teeth moving out of position. Another danger to oral health is when neighbouring teeth to the one that was lost, begin to shift into the space left open. This unwanted consequence can lead to misaligned teeth which will require treatment to correct to protect the aesthetic value of a beautiful smile.

Avoid oral infections. There are two kinds of bacteria present in the mouth: the harmless and the bad. The bad kind is responsible for tooth loss which also has an adverse effect on gum health. Usually saliva takes on the role of getting rid of bad bacteria but when there is an overload of bacteria in the mouth, oral infections occur.

Oral infections in conjunction with gum disease, brings down the mouth’s protective barriers (gums and jawbone) and the pathway for bad bacteria to enter the bloodstream is opened. These bad bacteria can then lead to a whole host of medical problems (or aggravate them if already present) such as cardiovascular disease, birth complications in pregnant women, pneumonia and a compromised immune system.

Avoid risk of malnutrition. Tooth loss can make it very challenging for patients to eat a diverse array of foods, sticking mainly to soft, easy-to-eat foods. For these patients, malnutrition becomes a concern as they may avoid eating nutrient-dense foods or lose their appetite due to eating challenges.

Avoid loss in confidence. Gaps in teeth leaves a patient embarrassed about the look of their smile. This loss in confidence directly impacts a patient’s ability to engage with others, and their professional and social lives suffer.

Have you lost a tooth? Avoid all the above risks to your health by booking a consultation with our friendly dentist at Leamington Spa Dental Practice.

Cosmetic dentistry and how it can help you

Cosmetic dentistry is an increasingly popular field of dentistry that is ever-evolving and becoming more accessible and convenient to help suit individual requirements and needs.  Up until very recently, there has been a reluctance amongst adults to consider dental treatment for cosmetic purposes in otherwise healthy teeth, however, times have changed and everyone wants a beautiful smile. To meet the changes in demand, dentists have been developing many different types of cosmetic dental treatments. Cosmetic dentistry specialises in improving the appearance of natural teeth and gums, such as whitening of stained or discoloured teeth, alignment of crooked teeth and improving the aesthetics of the teeth in general.

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Fillings are one of the most commonly carried out procedures in dentistry and almost everyone requires fillings at least once in their lifetime. They are used in the treatment of cavities and tooth decay. Cavities can occur over time in teeth of all ages and fillings are required in children and later in life. They usually occur as a result of poor oral hygiene where plaque is not effectively removed from the surface of the teeth and when bacteria in the plaque secrete acids that damage the surface of the tooth and cause tiny holes which ultimately become one large hole. This then needs treatment in the form of a filling because if left untreated it can result in tooth decay and tooth loss. There are many different types of fillings available such as amalgam fillings, gold fillings, porcelain fillings, inlays, outlays and composite, white fillings in Leamington Spa. These can be chosen according to whatever is most suitable for your tooth or to meet your individual choice and requirements.

White fillings in Leamington Spa, are also known as composite fillings. They have become the most popular choice of fillings as they are an attractive alternative to the conventional amalgam fillings which have a silver like appearance and are very noticeable in the mouth. White fillings in Leamington Spa are designed to be moulded to the exact shape of the tooth and are set into place using UV light. They provide more support and stability as they are bonded strongly to the tooth and they have been found to require less of the original tooth to be taken out when removing the decay inside the cavity which helps preserve the integrity of the original tooth. White fillings in Leamington Spa are metal-free, and therefore they are invisible and they are resistant to changes in temperature and other factors in your mouth, which helps prevent issues such as sensitivity which can occur with amalgam fillings, and they also help prevent further damage to your teeth. The way they are moulded helps support the tooth further by repairing any minor existing damage which may be present on the surface of your tooth such as tiny cracks in the enamel and this helps increase the longevity of your natural tooth as well. They are designed to blend closely with the natural colour of your tooth and therefore they are completely undetectable as they are almost invisible so no one will have to know that you have fillings unless you want them to. Speak to your dentist to find out more about why white fillings may be the perfect choice of filling for you.

What are fillings?

Fillings are one of the most common forms of dental treatment that people can require in their lifetime. Fillings are used to repair cavities in your tooth that have been caused by decay over time. The main cause of cavities is the consumption of food and drinks that are high in carbohydrates and sugars which lead to holes forming on the surface of your tooth. At Leamington Spa Dental Practice in Warwickshire fillings are a simple treatment that our dentists are able to undertake for you both under the NHS and privately, for cosmetic purposes.

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What are the different types of fillings?

The two main types of fillings available are white fillings and amalgam fillings. White fillings, also known as composite fillings, are designed to be moulded to the exact shape of your tooth and are set into place with a UV blue light. The second type of fillings available are amalgam fillings. Dental amalgam consists of a mixture of metals including liquid mercury and a powdered alloy made of silver, tin and copper. Dental amalgam fillings are known as silver fillings because of their silver-like appearance. We offer white fillings Leamington Spa and we can replace your old amalgam fillings or composite fillings should you require.

What are the benefits of white fillings?

One of the benefits of getting your white fillings Leamington Spa is that we can ensure that they blend more closely with your natural tooth colour, so you will not be able to tell that any work has been done at all. Therefore they are more aesthetically pleasing. Technology allows us to be able to blend colours further to match your other natural teeth for a seamless finish. White fillings provide support to teeth that have been weakened by decay and also to any crooked teeth you may have. An additional benefit of white fillings is that they contain insulating properties which offer more protection from hot and cold foods. Nowadays due to advancements in technology, getting your white fillings Leamington Spa will mean that they are more durable and there is no fear of them cracking.

What are the drawbacks of white fillings?

There are very few disadvantages to having white fillings.The main drawback is that they are more expensive than amalgam fillings and this is due to the more skilled procedure that is required. Also white fillings are not as strong as amalgam fillings and are more likely to get stained and deteriorate quicker over time through the consumption of wine and other foods that can cause damage to teeth. In addition the decay or cavity is more likely to reoccur under the white filling and may need to be re-done over time.

Who is eligible for white fillings?

It is important that you get your filling treatment as soon as you need it, as an untreated tooth decay could lead to more problems that could require serious treatment in the future. When undertaking the procedure we will make you as comfortable as possible by giving you a local anaesthetic. The next time you require a white filling come and visit us at Leamington Spa Dental Practice in Warwickshire and we can talk to you about your specific dental needs.

Dermal fillers in Leamington Spa

Growing old is an inevitable fact of life and should be embraced as a privilege not afforded to all. However, looking old is something we would all prefer to delay as much as possible. Moisturising and anti-ageing creams are very effective at keeping elasticity in the skin, but do not reduce the wrinkles.

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Wrinkles are, of course, creases in the skin as a result of years of smiling, laughing and frowning, all signs of a life well lived. While we cherish the memories we don’t have to accept the consequences.

Dermal fillers at our practice in Leamington Spa are a fantastic way to reduce these wrinkles without distorting the face like some surgeries. They really do turn back the clock in a painless and non-invasive way.

Here’s how it works

So, let’s talk about the science bit, what are dermal fillers Leamington Spa?

Essentially, dermal fillers Leamington Spa are a hyaluronic acid based protein solution which is injected directly into the wrinkles or any facial lines in order to encourage regrowth of skin tissue cells and restore their natural volume. The most common brand of dermal filler is called Juvederm which is what we use here.

What can you expect?

You should start to see and feel the effects within 2-3 days, but it can take up to two weeks for the skin cells to grow and achieve the full effect. We normally recommend that you come back after two or three weeks for a follow up appointment but this is entirely at your discretion.

The results, unfortunately, are not permanent, but usually last up to 6-8 months. This will vary from person to person and deep lines will be softened and may take several treatments before desired results are achieved. Finer lines will disappear completely.

Do you have concerns?

Dermal fillers Leamington Spa have been extensively performed on millions of people across the world and their safety is beyond doubt.

There are, of course, some rare medical conditions which affect the muscles and will prohibit certain people from receiving this treatment. It is also not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. But do not worry, we will make sure that you are thoroughly fit and ready to receive the injection before we begin.

The injection itself is virtually painless. Other than a slight sting from the needle, you should not feel any discomfort whatsoever. There may be some very minor bleeding or bruising and, in some very rare cases, an allergic reaction may occur, but we will always be on hand to monitor such issues.

After the procedure

There are a few things that should be avoided for around 6 hours after the treatment that may increase the blood flow and diminish the effect of the injection. These include hot baths, exercise, sun exposure and drinking alcohol. It is also advisable not to immediately touch the injected area or apply make-up. We do, however, advise actively using the treated area immediately after the treatment. Frowning, or better still, smiling and laughing will enhance the effects of the injection and stimulate cell regrowth.

So get ready to say goodbye to those wrinkles and embrace the face you remember!

The Importance of children’s dentistry

It’s easy to think that dental treatments are only required as we get older. While we do see a higher risk of tooth decay and the need for dental treatment as we progress in age it would be very dangerous to assume that children need no attention at all when it comes to their teeth and general oral health.

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let’s take a look at what you can do and what our team at Royal Leamington Spa dental can do to help you to make sure that your child has the best chance of a healthy mouth.

When is the right time to start?

If your child is starting to develop teeth then now is the right time to introduce them to the idea of cleaning your mouth and teeth. Allowing them to get used to cleaning their mouth regularly even if it’s not being done by themselves will get them well on the way developing good oral hygiene habits. Encourage them to try brushing on their own even if still under supervision. When you feel that they are ready, perhaps between the ages of 3 and 6, it would probably be a good time to add into the routine a child-specific toothpaste. One that includes fluoride would be best. Children learn from example, so it’s vital that they can see that you are following a good oral health routine including brushing your teeth and flossing at least twice a day.

When’s the right time to start taking a child to the dentist?

It can be hard to know when to start looking for children’s dentistry in Leamington Spa. Here at  Leamington Spa Dental Practice, we are family orientated, we love to welcome patients of all ages with NHS and private treatment available for children that are starting to get their teeth through. While this may seem daunting for a parent or even scary for a child we can arrange it so that your appointment and your child’s appointment are at the same time. When they see that you are comfortable sitting in the chair they will be reassured that there’s nothing to be scared of at all.

Help your child choose the right food

All involved in children’s dentistry in Leamington Spa know that growing children get hungry, they are likely to want a snack but did you know that many so-called healthy foods and snacks are full of sugar. So choosing the right snacks that promote good oral health is important for your child.

Foods to avoid might be; dried fruit as this contains a lot of sugar. Energy bars or protein bars again contain a lot of sugar and can stick to the teeth leading to higher chances of decay. Sports drinks though promoted as a healthy option are often chock full of sugar and calories.

Fresh fruit and nuts are a great option for your children teeth. Unsalted or low salted nuts such as almonds and cashews are great also. If your child is particularly hungry then perhaps a bowl of low sugar cereal and milk as a more filling choice.

In conclusion, your child’s teeth oral care is an important responsibility and we at Royal Leamington Spa dental are well equipped to advise you exactly what options are available for you. Should you need a children’s dentistry in Leamington Spa then you can count on us to help.

Let your child’s smile shine through children’s dentistry in Leamington Spa

Committed to the community

At Leamington Spa Dental Practice, we recognise the challenges and pressures that many of our patients have been under for the past few months. Whilst the world may be changing, our commitment to our patients has remained strong and true.

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Parents of young children especially may have struggled to manage their child’s oral health routines as easily under these challenging circumstances. The children’s dentistry Leamington Spa that we provide here at Leamington Spa Dental Practice is second to none, and we have taken all the necessary precautions to ensure that treatments can be carried out in such a way that the patient feels comfortable and relaxed throughout.

Any parents who feel their child’s oral health could do with a professional eye, should contact us here at Leamington Spa Dental Practice and arrange an appointment with our children’s dentistry specialists.

Why choose Leamington Spa Dental Practice?

At Leamington Spa Dental Practice there has been a dental practice at our location for over 150 years. As you can imagine our site has seen a lot of families throughout that time, and we pride ourselves on being a provider of children’s dentistry Leamington Spa as well as a pillar in the local community.

Our practice provides both NHS backed and private dental treatments to children. For children of an early age, it is recommended that you visit our practice when their teeth first begin to show. Visiting our practice at such a young age can be a great way of educating and informing your child about the value of good oral health early in their development.

This can help the child view dental appointments as a positive experience, and improve their chances of living their entire lives with a full set of healthy teeth.

What does children’s dentistry Leamington Spa cover?

Regular dental appointments with our younger years dentistry experts at Leamington Spa Dental Practice can also be a great way of preventing tooth decay. Decay is a common problem, especially in children who often have a sweet tooth.

Preventing this from happening comes from educating the child at an early stage about good oral habits at home, as well as having regular dental check-ups with our younger years dentistry experts. This also prevents the need for any more invasive treatments being carried out.

We can arrange special appointments for young children to allow them to be treated at the same time as their parents or guardian. Doing so often gives the child the comfort and confidence to be unafraid, as they can see their parent or guardian next to them, also undergoing treatment.

Extensive treatments

If you child should need more extensive dental work – such as an extraction – then we will always do all we can to make the experience as comfortable and relaxing for them as possible. We understand that a lot of children are not typically ‘excited’ about a trip to the dentist, but here at Leamington Spa Dental Practice we do all we can to change that, and make the experience both informative and comfortable.

Are you searching for children’s dentistry in Leamington Spa?

If the answer is yes, then our Leamington Spa dental practice could be the perfect dental clinic for all of your family’s dental care needs. Located within the heart of Leamington Spa, our team of highly professional and fully qualified dental specialists all possess the same shared passion and enthusiasm for the dentistry they provide within the walls of our modern and accommodating dental practice.

Why should children’s dentistry Leamington Spa always be a priority?

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At our dental clinic we always prioritise our patients’ oral health needs, children’s dentistry Leamington Spa is therefore no exception. Our professional and friendly team not only ensure our patients’ smiles are as healthy they can possibly be, however they also strive to be a friendly group of faces your children can look forward to seeing every six months. We understand that every parent wishes for their children to be as healthy as possible, whilst avoiding creating negative experiences at the dentist which can unfortunately be carried into adulthood for many individuals.

Creating positive dental routines from a young age

In addition to creating a positive image surrounding children’s dentistry Leamington Spa from a young age, reinforcing positive habits, such as brushing regularly within the comfort of their own home, can also ensure a healthy smile is maintained all the way through to adulthood for many of our younger patients. Several procedures practised within the walls of our clinic such as teaching children the importance of keeping their smile healthy and showing younger patients how to brush correctly for their unique dental case, can last a lifetime.

Why choose our dental clinic to cater for your family’s dental care needs?

At Leamington Spa Dental Practice we understand how difficult it can be to stay on top of your children’s oral health. Unfortunately for many of our patients a combination of a hectic work and social life can sometimes get in the way of keeping their dental care up to date, which is why our team is always on hand to make the entire process as simple as possible for our patients. We understand how tricky the modern world of dentistry can be, which is why many parents may find it tough to find the right dental practice to accommodate for every member of the family’s dental needs, which is where we step in.

A dental clinic you can trust. But don’t just take our word for it

Patient reviews are becoming increasingly important, and therefore valued within the modern field of dental care. If you are an individual who priorities previous patient reviews before seeking treatment at our modern dental clinic, then we suggest you take a look at our impressive past patient reviews now.

What are our patients saying about our treatments?

Just one of our many positive patient reviews describes our services as both professional, and caring. In addition, our patients state that our experienced and friendly body of dental healthcare professionals make the entire dental experience far more pleasant, something which they will always strive to do.

The benefits of children’s dentistry Leamington Spa

There are so many ways that children’s dentistry Leamington Spa can have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of your child. We work on ensuring that oral health care is practised correctly and becomes a natural habit for young children as they grow into adults.

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We understand that there are positive impacts on presenting a young child to a dentist beyond the health of their teeth as well. Many people find that they have a fear of the dentist and when it boils down to it, it can stem from experiences or lack thereof during childhood.

Should a parent speak negatively about an experience in the presence of a child, this can also have damaging impacts on how a child feels about their experience, so be mindful of this. Given the opportunity to speak to, connect with and encourage their younger patients, dentists relish in the opportunity to guide young minds and inspire new generations on caring for their teeth and gums correctly, for many years of strong, natural teeth.

Children’s dentistry Leamington Spa works mainly on preventive options, using education to allow children to understand the importance of brushing their teeth and giving parents the tools to ensure that children are given the best possible start.

At around the age of 7, checking the alignment of the jaw and positioning of the teeth can occur and this gives everyone an indication on whether alignment treatment is necessary moving forward. The sooner this occurs, the faster the treatment can be completed.

At what age should I take my child to the dentist?

We suggest that once the first tooth erupts, which is generally at 6 months of age, you can bring in your baby for their first dental check-up. At this age, we are only getting to know your child, answer any questions you may have, quickly check inside the baby’s mouth and allow them to get used to the feeling of this, as well as the sights, smells and sounds that are typical in a dental practice.

This can aid in alleviating fears growing up, especially if these check-ups remain routine throughout the child’s developmental years, allowing for a positive habit to be formed which they are more likely to carry on into adulthood, probably resulting in a statistically healthier smile.

Children’s dentistry Leamington Spa gives power to both parent and child in a way that is inspiring and rewarding. We hope that both you and your child can see the reason behind caring for your teeth whilst allowing you to do so more easily.

With specific preventive treatments, such as fissure sealants available, we can reduce cavities in young teeth which, if left to develop, can have a devastating impact on the health of their teeth in years to come.

A fissure sealant is a material that we apply to the tops of molar teeth which have deep grooves in them, proven to be difficult to clean adequately. The grooves are filled in, creating a smooth, easy to brush surface, repelling debris and bacteria, keeping teeth and gums cleaner.

Want to know more about dental implants? Your top 5 FAQs answered by Leamington Spa Dental Practice

If you have recently lost a tooth or teeth, it can feel like a knock to your confidence, particularly if the missing tooth is near the front of your mouth.

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In years gone by, many people would have primary worries focusing on the aesthetic issues that accompany tooth loss, but today people may also have concerns about issues such as jawbone loss and gum recession. Not only does losing a tooth cause a gap in your smile, but it can also impact on surrounding teeth too, causing them to protrude at odd angles and putting them at a higher risk of tooth decay.

So, what can you do? Is there a way for a dental team to solve the aesthetic and functional issues that come along with tooth loss? Yes, there is!

When you come to our dental practice, regardless of whether you have lost a single tooth or an entire set, our team may suggest dental implants in Leamington Spa. Affixed to your jaw, implants offer a sturdy alternative to dentures or bridges, and can also be colour matched to blend in with your surrounding teeth. Brilliant!

Curious to learn more about dental implants in Leamington Spa? Read on for answers to the most frequently searched questions surrounding this prosthetic option.

Is the fitting painful?

We will admit it; the idea of having something fitted to your jaw does not sound comfortable.

However, when you come to us for dental implants in Leamington Spa, our team will make sure that your jaw is completely numbed before the fitting begins. Post treatment, we recommend using over-the-counter pain relief, but the discomfort should only last a few days.

Am I suitable for them?

Provided that your overall oral health is in good condition and that you have enough jawbone to support implants, then you will probably be suitable. To assess your suitability, our team will take X-rays of your jaw, to determine if it can hold implants.

I read there are different types of implants – is this true?

Yes it is, there are a number of implant options.

The most commonly used implant which resembles a small screw is known as the endosteal implant. If you are not suited for that, our team may suggest subperiosteal implants or micro-implants. If you are having implants fitted to your top jaw, but have a thin jawbone, we may recommend fitting a zygomatic implant.

How long do they last?

With correct care, oral implants can last up to 40 years!

However, you will still need to attend biannual check-ups with our team and should avoid lifestyle choices such as smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol, as they can shorten the longevity of implants.

Do they need specialist aftercare?

In the first few weeks post fitting, avoid hard or spicy foods, as these can irritate the implant site and cause the implant to move. Gargle with saltwater regularly to promote healing and switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush for brushing. And, of course, try not to smoke cigarettes or consume excessive amounts of alcohol.

Do I need dental implants?

If you have a missing tooth then you could benefit from dental implants in Leamington Spa. This is an increasingly popular option for patients who are missing some of their natural teeth. There are many reasons why you may have lost a tooth; this could have been through decay, gum disease, as a result of injury or as a result of an accident. Having missing teeth can cause general health problems which is why it is a good idea to treat this as soon as possible.

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The missing teeth could cause other teeth to move and could also make the face appear sunken. This could have implications on your speech and leave your surrounding teeth more susceptible to disease and infections. We understand that a missing tooth or indeed teeth is something that can cause great pain and embarrassment and that is why we think that this treatment could be the one for you. This article will run through how this treatment works as well as the benefits that could be provided if you decide that this is the right treatment for you.

How do they work?

Dental implants in Leamington Spa work through a set of strict guidelines to ensure that the implants are fitted in the correct manner. Bridges, crowns and dentures can be implemented on top of the implant and the finish that works best for you will be discussed at your initial consultation. Implants are made up of a small titanium screw which are placed directly at the jaw bone. This yields to the bone and provides a solid support for the new tooth.

This is done under local anaesthetic and is classed as a minor procedure, making it an accessible treatment to many different patients. After the site has been given enough time to heal and the implant has been incorporated into the bone then the new tooth is built on top of the implant. This gives the new tooth the look and feel of a natural tooth and can help you complete your smile again.

What benefits are associated with this treatment?

There are many benefits that can be associated with this treatment should you decide that dental implants in Leamington Spa could be the treatment for you. By having the implants fitted you are ensuring that your smile is as healthy as can be by reducing the risk of issues such as periodontal disease and other infections. Your smile will be complete again and this can do major things for your body confidence and self image.

You could become happier with your smile again. The implants will allow you to eat, speak and smile with confidence again. Your implants can last a lifetime provided that they are cared for in the proper manner. Your dentist will advise you on the best way to look after your teeth. If you think that this treatment could be for you then you should consider having a look at our website as well as getting in touch with us, here at Leamington Spa Dental, so we can begin to help you on your journey to a healthier smile.