Author: Hertford Dental Care

Dental implants: the new normal

Over the past decades dental science and technology have been working hard to bring you treatments that will help preserve your teeth, and where necessary, replace teeth with better more practical alternatives. People lose teeth in any number of ways, tooth decay or accidents are but a few examples and depending on the number of teeth affected the treatment has usually been a bridge or dentures. At Hertford Dental Care our principal dentists are the Doctors Black who are a dedicated husband and wife team. Their expertise, qualifications and equipment allows us to provide dental implants Hertfordshire here at our own surgery.

Getting to know our patients

The practice has been operating for more than seven decades and is well established in the local community. Our team goes out of their way to get to know our visitors and sees them as acquaintances rather than patients. From our friendly welcome to our calming and relaxing surgery layout, we want you to feel comfortable and stress free and able to discuss any concerns you may have with us.

All in one place

Having a good understanding of our patients allows us to be quite candid with you when discussing your dental problems. As an example if we find that you have less than fresh smelling breath, it could be a delicate topic to discuss. We find however that because we have taken the time to get to know you we can highlight the reasons and the solutions to this problem. If you are told that you should have an implant, it is less stressful to know that your own dentist is able to perform the procedure and that you don’t have to go somewhere else. The fact that you don’t have to trust your treatment to a complete stranger and that everything will be done in surroundings you are familiar with will be a huge comfort to you.

Implants, what’s the procedure?

It is necessary to have in-depth knowledge of your health and to establish any medication that you may be on or have been on in the past, so a comprehensive questionnaire needs to be completed. X-rays are routinely taken and in some cases a 3D scan may be required. We need to ascertain the density and health of your gums and jawbone to decide on the suitability of this treatment for you. We will discuss all the treatment alternatives that are available for your condition, giving you enough knowledge and help to make an informed decision. Once you have decided on dental implants Hertfordshire we create a treatment plan especially for you. Your next appointment will be for the procedure and after ensuring that all sterile procedures are in place we will make an incision in your gum. A hole for the titanium post will be drilled into your jawbone and the post will be screwed into place. This normally needs to heal before an abutment will be attached to the titanium post and then lastly the crown or artificial tooth will be secured onto the abutment. A single implant can support up to four crowns in a row. For a full new set of teeth four strategically placed dental implants Hertfordshire will be sufficient.

Aftercare and maintenance

We will advise you to rinse your mouth for about a week afterwards with an antibacterial solution. Two weeks is usually the time frame before the next appointment when we will need to check that you are healing properly and to remove any remaining sutures. After that you may start to gently brush your teeth with a soft brush and gradually move on to brushing and flossing as with normal teeth.

Dental implants providing relief

We see progress going on all around at a rapid pace and so too has dentistry progressed over the past few decades. Dentists today have an enormous task in providing reassurance, especially to more mature patients, when it comes to the latest dental treatments. The mere mention of orthodontics in the past would bring out tension in a patient. But progress has changed all that and performing procedures which were considered major before have become routine. We now concentrate more on preventive dentistry and where it is necessary to perform a more complex procedure we make every effort to ensure that your treatment is stress free, as your comfort is paramount to us.

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What conditions can be treated with implants?

Dental implants Hertfordshire will usually treat excessive dental cavities, broken teeth, excessively worn down teeth or missing teeth from any cause.

Is anyone eligible for an implant?

There are certain categories of people who would be unsuitable for an implant. If you are on immunosuppressant drugs and steroids we would not be able to consider you for this form of treatment. If you have a habit of clenching your teeth really tightly or grinding your teeth we would probably not be able to consider you. The reason for this is that these habits could put enough pressure on the implant to cause damage.

What is the procedure?

In the first instance Hertford Dental Care will conduct a thorough examination including X-rays and a 3D scan of the entire oral cavity. A comprehensive form is completed of your past and current medical history, and any emotional fears or apprehensions you may have will need to be mentioned. This is the time when we will discuss with you whether we believe that you are suitable for dental implants Hertfordshire. Once it has been decided to proceed, a complete plan of treatment appointments and a timeline will be produced. To ensure that you experience the minimal amount of discomfort, we will explain the various anaesthesia options available to you. If you decide to select an anaesthetic or sedation then we will recommend that you take a taxi home or have a friend or relative drive you home. We will remove the damaged tooth and root if it has not already been done. If the jawbone is dense and healthy the procedure will proceed, if not and a bone graft is required we will do this at this stage or at a later agreed date. If we carry out a bone graft it will require a few months to heal sufficiently to allow us to proceed. After this we are ready to drill into the jawbone at the exact location of the missing tooth. A titanium post is then screwed into the jaw and this post will act in the same way as a tooth root. We will then add an abutment which is then screwed into the post and this acts as a solid platform for the artificial tooth or crown. Dental implants Hertfordshire can replace up to four crowns in a row supported by one implant.

After procedure care

We recommend regular cleaning and flossing as with normal teeth, using a soft bristle toothbrush and regular six monthly visits to us. Being able to chew food properly will ensure that the digestive system can operate as it should and having a healthy mouth should lead to a healthy life and smile.

How dental implants can help put that smile back on your face following tooth loss

The role of good oral hygiene in preventing tooth loss

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If you have been affected by tooth loss then you are not alone and you do not have to suffer in silence. Having to put up with missing teeth has now become a thing of the past. Advances in dental technology and the rise in popularity of cosmetic dentistry means that you can maintain a beautiful smile throughout your life. Tooth loss in adulthood is a distressing, uncomfortable and often embarrassing situation to find yourself in and is usually caused by poor oral hygiene, which has resulted in issues such as gum disease and tooth decay which weaken the teeth so that they eventually fall out. By making sure you have an effective oral hygiene routine at home which you maintain every day, you can help prevent tooth loss and other complications later on in life. Unfortunately, sometimes despite good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist on a regular basis you may experience tooth loss as a result of an accident or injury which results in trauma to your mouth. Whichever situation you may find yourself in, we at Hertford Dental Care are always here to help. Even if you have not visited your dentist in a long time then do not let this hinder you, your oral health is our main priority and we will work with you to find out what the best treatment options are to help you deal with the loss of your tooth or teeth.

How do dental implants work?

The last few decades saw a rise in the popularity of dental implants Hertfordshire as an effective method of addressing tooth loss.

Dental implants Hertfordshire work by becoming a permanent fixture in your mouth which makes them an attractive option for those looking for a long-term solution. Dental implants are small titanium components which are inserted into the jawbone, where they fuse with the bone and replace the root of the missing tooth. A crown can then be attached to the dental implant via an abutment and becomes strongly fixed inside your mouth.

By having dental implants Hertfordshire not only will you be able to wear your prosthetic confidently and comfortably without the risk of it falling out, moving, or causing irritation to your gums or lips, they will also provide you with support. This means restoring the full functioning of your mouth which may have been lost as a result of tooth loss, allowing you to eat properly again, speak clearly if it has affected your speech, and also improving the overall appearance of your smile at the same time. This will help restore your confidence and self-esteem, but most importantly  it will help promote better oral health, as the implant will provide support for the surrounding teeth so that they do not have to take excess pressure or load which would eventually cause further complications in the future. Speak to us at our practice today, and find out more about dental implants Hertfordshire and how they can help improve your oral health very soon. Here at Hertford Dental Care your oral health is our priority and we will ensure comfort and ease throughout the process, helping you leave with a healthy, happy smile that you can look after and be proud of for the rest of your life.

Dental implants for a beautiful and healthy smile after tooth loss

Looking after your teeth to help prevent tooth loss in the future

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As a natural part of old age, the enamel in your teeth begins to wear away and your teeth become more sensitive, which can result in your teeth becoming more prone to damage and tooth decay, issues which if left untreated can eventually result in tooth loss. Tooth loss in adulthood or old age can be prevented by looking after your teeth from an early age. Making sure that you have an effective oral hygiene routine that you maintain throughout your life is key to good oral health and alongside good brushing and flossing techniques at home, it is important that you visit your dentist here at Hertford Dental Care on a regular basis. This should be at least once every 6 months if your teeth are strong and healthy, but more frequently if you are prone to dental issues, or have been diagnosed with problems with your teeth or gums.

The effects of tooth loss and the role of tooth replacement therapy

Having tooth loss is a difficult situation to find yourself in and by looking after your teeth from an early age you can help prevent such complications in the future. If, unfortunately, you have experienced tooth loss as a result of poor oral hygiene, lifestyle choices, illness, medication, or as a result of an accident that has caused trauma to your mouth, then speak to us at our practice and find out about the different treatment options which are available for you. Tooth replacement therapy works to restore the functioning of your mouth which may have been lost as a result of tooth loss, improve the aesthetics of your mouth and relieve you of the embarrassment or self-consciousness which you may be feeling as a result of losing your tooth or teeth. It can also promote better oral health by providing support to your surrounding teeth and prevent further damage or complications in the future.

Dental implants in the treatment of tooth loss

Dental implants Hertfordshire have proven a popular choice of treatment over the last few decades for tooth loss amongst dentists and patients alike.

Dental implants Hertfordshire are small titanium components which are designed to replace the missing root of your tooth. They work by being inserted directly into your jawbone and cause a process known as osseointegration which helps fuse the implant permanently into your jaw. Osseointegration takes several weeks to occur successfully and in this process new bone cells form around the dental implants Hertfordshire so that they become embedded in the bone, making it a permanent fixture of your mouth. Once your dentist is happy that the implant is successfully embedded in your jaw they will attach a small connector post to the implant which is known as an abutment. Then you are able to choose which form of prosthetic you would like or is more suitable for your requirements and this can be attached directly to the abutment, providing a comfortable and strong support for your crown or dentures, whichever you choose to have. Speak to us at Hertford Dental Care and find out more about dental implants Hertfordshire, whether they are the right treatment option for you and if so, how they can help you smile happily and confidently again very soon.

Speak to your dentist about tooth loss and find out how we can help

As an adult, tooth loss is an uncomfortable situation to find yourself in but it can usually be avoided by making sure you look after your teeth and maintain good dental hygiene throughout your life. Visiting your dentist on a regular basis makes sure that your teeth are clean and healthy, it also helps to avoid dental issues and deals with issues easily and effectively when they present themselves before they are able to have detrimental effects on your teeth to such an extent that you have to experience tooth loss.

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If unfortunately through the course of life you find yourself in a situation where you have experienced tooth loss, whether it may be as a result of poor oral hygiene, or other factors such as an accident or trauma to the mouth, it is very important that you contact your dentist here at Hertford Dental Care immediately. The sooner that we are able to deal with the issue the easier the treatment procedure will be and the less detrimental effect it will be able to have on your surrounding teeth. In some cases, we may even be able to save your tooth.

What are dental implants?

Here at Hertford dental care, we have found dental implants Hertfordshire to be a popular choice of tooth replacement therapy amongst our dentists and our patients. Dental implants in Hertfordshire have become a widespread method of treating tooth loss and it has proven to be more comfortable and effective than other tooth-replacement prosthetic options.

Dental implants Hertfordshire are small titanium components that are placed into the bone socket of your missing tooth. It is important to contact your dentist at the first instant when you lose your tooth or teeth because the longer that you take the greater chance there is of developing bone decay which can have a further negative impact on your natural teeth. Dental implants work by fusing into the alveolar bone of your jaw by a natural process called osseointegration. This is when bone cells form around the dental implant so that it is fixed into place and becomes a natural part of your jaw. As this is a natural process it can take approximately three months for successful integration to occur which is another reason why it is important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible so that the process can be started to ensure as little discomfort to yourself as possible and also to maintain the health of the surrounding natural dentition.

Once your dentist is happy that successful osseointegration has occurred then a connector post is fixed to the dental implant and the choice of prosthetic can be attached firmly to the implant to provide comfort, improve the aesthetics of your smile and restore the full functioning of your mouth to you can smile happily and confidently again. Speak to us at Hertford dental care and find out more about dental implants Hertfordshire and rest assured that you will be in safe, professional and caring hands where your comfort and ease are our priority and we will look after your oral health for the rest of your life.

The factors which can lead to tooth loss

There are many different factors that can result in tooth loss and unfortunately, sometimes this is an inevitable part of old age. The main cause of tooth loss is poor oral hygiene and the buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth which results in many different dental issues. If left untreated these can cause cavities, tooth decay and eventually lead to the loss of the tooth. Smoking and other lifestyle choices can have a detrimental effect on your oral health and result in losing your teeth. Unavoidable situations such as accidents or trauma to the mouth can also result in tooth loss and finally avoiding the dentist is another major cause.

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Do not avoid the dentist – we are here to help

If you have a dentist phobia then rest assured that you are not alone. Here at Hertford Dental Care we are aware that there may be many reasons for which you do not like to visit your dentist. However, if you have experienced tooth loss and you have not been to your dentist for a while then do not let this affect your teeth any further. Your comfort and dental well-being are our priority and we are here to make you feel at ease so any treatments will be carried out under anaesthetic to avoid unnecessary discomfort where possible. Book an appointment with us and find out more about the different treatments and procedures that are available to help restore or replace your missing teeth. If you have been in an emergency then contact us immediately and we will do our best to help retain your natural tooth and if this is not possible then we will discuss the many different options which are available for you due to advances in Dental Technology. Do not suffer in silence, the treatment of tooth loss has become more convenient, comfortable and accessible for all so speak to us at Hertford dental care and find out more today.

Dental implants Hertfordshire

If you have experienced tooth loss then find out about dental implants in Hertfordshire here at Hertford Dental Care. This has become a widespread treatment method for tooth loss and the success of dental implants has made it a popular choice of tooth replacement therapy amongst dentists and patients alike. There are many different advantages of dental implants Hertfordshire and the sooner that you are able to speak to your dentist and book an appointment the more beneficial it will be for you and the less detrimental effect it will be able to have on your surrounding dentition. Speaking to your dentist as soon as possible means that the process can begin immediately, it can take a while for successful integration of the implant to take place and the sooner that this is done the earlier that you can regain full functioning of your mouth and smile happily and confidently again. Speak to us at Hertford dental care and find out more about how dental implants Hertfordshire work and how they can be the best treatment option for tooth loss for you.

Straighten up your smile and straighten up your life with dental implants Hertfordshire

Why visit the dentist?

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Dental health plays a significant role in our wellness and quality of life. Therefore it is a ‘must’ not to ignore or overlook the importance of consistently implementing good dental regimes. Failing to look after teeth will cause many problems and issues that can have a detrimental impact on the overall well being of a person. Our dentist at Hertford Dental Care will identify any dental problems that might be causing you pain or discomfort and help remedy the problem in the most effective and feasible way. Our dental professionals will personalise the treatment plan to suit each individual, as no two individuals have the same conditions of dental health or presentation.

What are some common dental problems?

There are many different kinds of dental issues that cause pain and discomfort and in turn impair the everyday life of an individual. They might be toothache, stained teeth, cavities, impacted teeth, sensitive teeth or crooked teeth. These issues can even cause severe stress both physically and psychologically.

What dental treatments do you provide?

There are many different types of treatments to help address the variety of dental problems that might impair the everyday functioning of a person’s life. There are bridges, crowns, fillings, braces and implants amongst others that can bring relief. These treatment options will be recommended by our dentist as required. However when it comes to the complete loss of a tooth or teeth we realise how important it is to adopt the right approach in restoration and we will often recommend a dental implant.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a small post-like device that is fixed and merged with the jawbone through osseointegration. This might take several months and in the end the fixture will act as a replacement for a tooth or teeth. A dental implant once fitted with a crown acts as an artificial tooth replacing the function and the aesthetics of a missing tooth or teeth. A dental implant is the nearest thing a patient can get to having a real tooth and it is indistinguishable from a patient’s remaining natural ones. Furthermore, such a tooth will not affect the other teeth around it and will mimic the lost tooth or teeth.

What are dental implants used for?

Dental implants Hertfordshire are used to replace a lost tooth or teeth at the root. The fusion between the fixture and the jawbone makes this type of restoration very enduring and stable. Most of these dental implants Hertfordshire are made of titanium. There is no reaction between the titanium and the jawbone and therefore titanium is the most commonly used material in this treatment

What is the success rate of this treatment?

This is one of the most commonly used dental treatments for missing teeth, it is very often recommended by our dentists for those patients eager to complete their set of teeth once more. The success rate of this treatment stands at an impressive 98%, making it one of the most effective treatment options that can be used to fully restore mouth function.

What is the goal of a dental implant?

Dental implants Hertfordshire can replace a single tooth using a crown or several or all teeth through prosthetics such as bridges or dentures. The main aim of this treatment is to restore the lost functions of the mouth as well as the overall appearance.There are several things that our dental professionals take into account before deciding if this treatment is the right treatment option for you. They include, the location of the missing tooth or teeth, quality of your jawbone, your health, the cost and your preferences as our patient. If these are in order our dentist will carry out this treatment and will help restore the aesthetics of your mouth and your resulting smile.

Have you thought about getting an implant? Dental implants in Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire dental implants have become a more common form of cosmetic and restorative dentistry. So, you might wonder with many local clinics now providing implants, what actually are they and how do they work?

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An implant is a small rigid titanium rod which acts as an artificial root that is strongly fused with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. This fixes it firmly in place and allows it to support a prosthetic tooth.

Once the procedure is completed, the attached prosthetic is often indistinguishable from the patient’s natural teeth. This is partially due to colour matching of both the enamel shade and translucency in the prosthetic tooth. It is also due to its extreme firmness, which stops prosthetic teeth from moving in the same manner as a normal denture or bridge, which can affect the way you eat and talk. Implants also have similar care requirements as your natural teeth; they are cleaned by brushing alone and require check-ups every six months. Some of our patients end up forgetting which of their teeth are implants due to their ease of use!

How can dental implantation is carried out

Before any surgical intervention can take place, a thorough check-up is required. This will involve an examination, as well as a set of X-rays being taken to examine the suitability of the jawbone and likelihood of successful implantation. At this point,your general health and medical history has to be discussed, as well as any medication you may currently be prescribed.

There are several conditions which would make dental implants inappropriate or require alterations from the standard implant model we use. These include blood clotting disorders and infectious diseases, prescription medication like warfarin, chemotherapy used to treat cancers or similar medications used to alter immune responses.

If you are suitable for Hertfordshire dental implants, the procedure is carried out in two stages; the first involves the implantation of the titanium peg into the jawbone. To do this, the gum is opened and held apart exposing the jawbone. If there is a vacant socket, the titanium implant will be placed in this socket; if the tooth being replaced was lost many years ago the socket will be closed, requiring a new one to be drilled. When the titanium peg is in place, the gum is closed and stitched, which stops the titanium peg from being disturbed during the osseointegration process. As new bone grows around the peg it is fixed in place, which takes approximately 4 months based on general health. Only when the titanium peg is fully integrated will our dentist attach the prosthetic to the implant, which is known as loading.

The prosthetic tooth is held in place on top of the titanium implant by a connector. These have a semi-permanent lock which keeps the tooth firmly in place, but allows the dentist to remove a prosthetic tooth if it was to ever become damaged without performing an extraction on the titanium implant.

Any Hertfordshire dental implants fitting requires additional training beyond the standard dental degree. We have a local implant specialist who will be happy to talk you through the procedure if you have any further questions and can provide portfolio examples of previous implantations that they have performed.

Oral implant treatment options; a short guide

Losing teeth or being generally toothless is rarely a desirable state of affairs, whether it be due to an accident or disease, it is an unfortunate fact of dentistry that we see no shortage of patients suffering from missing teeth. It is our primary goal to ensure tooth loss doesn’t happen and in some cases to perform restorative treatment that reverses the damage and minimises the chances of losing a tooth. But, there are times where tooth extraction is simply unavoidable.

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Once it has occurred, the remaining treatment options revolve around prosthetics and how to fix them in place. Partial dentures and bridges are the most common solution and are considered the standard treatment option in NHS dentistry.

More comprehensive treatment is available in the form of dental implants Hertfordshire. This allows a prosthetic tooth or a set of dentures to be permanently anchored into the jawbone, fixing them in place and allowing them to feel far more natural and part of you than any removable prosthetic could.

How dental implantation works

The increased treatment options provided via dental implantation are mainly due to the level of control that the dentist has in placing the implant. As a fully artificial alternative to a root, this means that no aspect of the original tooth needs to be preserved and the tooth that is being replaced may have been lost many years ago, widening the treatment window for older patients.

It is also a viable alternative to replacing teeth where the root has become irreversibly damaged, perhaps by a persistent dental abscess where traditional crowning would be ineffective.

Dental implants Hertfordshire take place in two sessions. During the first one, the implant is placed into the jawbone after the gum has been opened; if a socket is available, the implant will be placed into the vacant socket, otherwise a new aperture may need to be drilled into the jawbone. Once the titanium implant is in place, it will be closed over and stitched, protecting the implant from being disturbed as new bone grows around it and fixes it in place. Once it is fully fixed in place (which may take 4 or more months depending on your rate of bone growth), the prosthetic tooth can be mounted onto the implant. This is done using a temporary locking connector that will hold the prosthetic tooth in place. But in the event that the prosthetic becomes damaged in the future, it allows our dentist to remove the prosthetic without having to extract the implant from the jawbone, making any future dental procedures far simpler and cheaper.

A single implant is used to affix a single prosthetic tooth in its place making it the most common form of dental implants Hertfordshire, but it is not the only one available. Implants can be used to affix a bridge into the mouth, supporting up to 4 teeth. An evenly spaced set of 5 implants can be used to anchor an entire denture. These options are considered superior to the current techniques, as they do not require natural teeth to be placed under stress and have a much longer average lifespan.

The many options with Hertfordshire dental implants

Whether you have a single missing tooth or are looking to replace your dentures with a more durable and resilient fixture, then trust us with our range of treatments that are designed to suit your individual and unique needs, so that you can come out feeling great with a fully functional smile once again.

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When we lose one or some of our teeth, either through an injury or due to poor health, it can be a devastating affair. There are several compounding complications that you can subject yourself to if you do not see to restoring this tooth as quickly as possible.

In addition to this, some of the other treatment options that are available to use may not have the longevity that Hertfordshire dental implants can offer. Should you be unfortunate enough to need restorative treatments earlier in life, you may find that with some treatments, you need to replace them time and time again. The initial investment that is required for an implant procedure will pay for itself in a short time in these situations, not to mention the additional benefits that you can enjoy by using this more reliable method.

What are some of the additional benefits we speak of?

Using Hertfordshire dental implants ensures that your entire smile is as supported and healthy as it can be. By modelling the treatment on your natural tooth structure and effectively replacing the tooth root as well as the visible crown, you are supporting your jawbone, which can degrade over time when it isn’t stimulated as it should be.

Dentures and other tooth replacement systems that sit on the top of your gums and do not penetrate to your jawbone are unable to keep the bone active and produce cells like your natural teeth or Hertfordshire dental implants can. This treatment is the only tooth replacement system that can do this and therefore, makes it a wise choice for those people who are looking to enjoy many more years yet out of a fully functional smile.

How can we do this? How does the treatment work?

Firstly, we need to ensure that you are suitable for this treatment and with no upper age limit and restrictions surrounding general health being the main limitations, we find that many of our patients can enjoy this procedure.

We will determine how best to use the implant for your situation, whether we support a single tooth from it, several teeth or as one of four implants for a denture stabilisation treatment.

A minor surgical procedure is needed to insert the titanium metal rod that will serve as your new tooth root and this bonds with your jawbone over time, creating this strong and stable structure. There is about a 98% success rate for the treatment and aftercare is straightforward with our experienced professionals constantly on hand and monitoring your health to ensure that infection is avoided.

A fully functional smile is imperative to a good wellbeing and we are eager to provide this to all of our patients.