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Why Poor Oral Health Can Impact on Optimum Health

December 13, 2018

oralhealth, dentalhealth, dentist, teeth,oralhealth, dentalhealth, dentist, teeth,Poor oral health may be a warning sign of serious underlying health problems. Maintaining healthy teeth and gums, including regular dentist appointments, may help optimum health.

Key takeaways:

– Poor oral health could put you more at risk from serious health conditions including heart disease.

– Oral health issues such as gum disease can be a warning sign for other health problems including diabetes and HIV.

– Oral health can be more important when taking certain medications as they reduce saliva produced, impacting on your teeth and gums.

“Gum disease can be more severe and take longer to heal if you have diabetes. In turn, having gum disease can make your blood glucose hard to control.”

Read the full story here

The Connection Between Oral Health And Optimal Health

 

Dental Implants in Manchester – Is Cheap Always Good?

December 10, 2018

Dental Implants Manchester

The price of dental implants in Manchester can vary considerably. In fact, a quick Google search shows prices range from the higher hundreds to the lower thousands. In anyone’s book, that’s a significant sway, but unlike other forms of cosmetic dentistry, Manchester patients should know that when it comes to tooth implants, there are many variables which can and do affect what you pay. So is cheap always good? And more importantly, if not, then what should you really be expected to pay?

The implant pricing conundrum

When we take other cosmetic treatments such as Botox in Manchester, for example, it’s pretty easy to price accurately. Why? Because each patient will have roughly the same treatment. In this instance, medical practitioners will normally charge either by area or by a unit. So, one 50 unit vial of Botox is typically enough for one patient. This covers crow’s feet (2.5 units) the forehead (20 units) and the lines between the brows (25 units) As a result, the cost is always going to be the incremental price of one or more vials, depending upon the treatment needed.

However, when it comes to dental implants, Manchester patients should know that pricing isn’t quite so straightforward. Let’s take two patients for example…

Each has a missing back tooth that requires a single implant replacement. The first patient lost their tooth a few days ago when chewing on a toffee sweet, while the second patient lost their tooth about a year ago and chose not to do anything about it, until now.

Because the first patient has acted early, they would have experienced very little or no bone loss. This is the unfortunate process that occurs naturally when teeth are missing. As such, there is very little to be done other than attach the implant and fit the crown.

Conversely, when the second patient decides to finally do something about their missing tooth, they’ve already lost up to 25% of their bone tissue. Unfortunately, the implant needs sufficient and healthy bone tissue to anchor into and ensures the best chance of longevity. So now, before the implant is placed, the patient will need to undertake a bone graft. Additionally, because the remaining teeth have gravitated towards the gap, cleaning between them has made it difficult and because of this, the patient has developed gum disease which will also need to be rectified.

While the moral of this tale is perhaps to act fast when you have a missing tooth, the wider point is that costs can and will vary from patient to patient. No treatments are the same and this is one reason why the pricing of implant-based restorations isn’t straightforward.

Cosmetic dentistry Manchester – Other reasons for implant pricing fluctuation

In addition to variations in treatments, there are a number of other reasons which can affect the price of dental implants in Manchester. Let’s take a closer look…

Implant Branding

When we talk about Botox, Manchester patients understand that it’s a brand. While there are other wrinkle treatment alternatives on the market, Botox is by far the most popular and is used by 90% of all treatment clinics. In fact, getting Botox is a bit like ‘Googling‘ something, or ‘Hoovering‘ your carpet. No one ever says ‘I really should Bing that to find out the answer? Or, ‘it’s about time I Dyson’d my carpet because it’s really dirty’. Likewise. no one says “I looked in the mirror the other day and I’ve got so many wrinkles, I think it’s about time I had some Dysport treatment” Quite simply, it just sounds weird!

When it comes to dental implants, however, you don’t have that monopolisation that other successful brands have, so given that information, then surely an implant is an implant, right?

Well, not exactly!

Did you know that there are about 10-15 major implant systems on the market and over 200 different implant companies? With brands like Nobel Biocare, Straumann Bio-horizons and Zimmer leading the way, they have decades of clinical testing and proven results. Others, however, particularly those which new to the market, don’t have the financial clout of the big players and can only compete with them in the only way they know how…Price! In other words, when it comes to dental implants you tend to get what you pay for.

The problem is unless you ask your dentist what brand of implant they use, you’re not going to know. It’s understandable that if a dentist is offering cut-price implant-restorations, one way that they can still make a decent profit is to source cheaper materials and that may mean utilising lesser-known implants. With this in mind, you might want to consider if you’d be happy with a tooth implant that doesn’t have the clinical research behind it, from a company that has no proven track record in the industry.

Experience of the dentist

Nowadays, virtually every dentist offers dental implants in Manchester as a form of missing tooth replacement. Naturally, until we get to the stage where we can regrow our own teeth, implant-based restorations are the gold standard of missing teeth replacement at this time. Therefore, it’s understandable why dentists would want to offer this service for their patients, But in addition, due to their increasing popularity, offering dental implant treatments also makes good business sense.

The problem is that as a patient, how do you know you’re getting someone with the relevant experience to handle the complexities and varieties that a particular dental implant treatment throws up? They might, for instance, need to change tack due to an unforeseen problem during surgery, so the question is… do they have the skills to be able to do this? Invariably, handling cases which aren’t straightforward often only comes with a lifetime of chairside experience.

Other added treatments    

We’ve already mentioned that no two implant cases or implant patients are the same, and also the fact that an implant-based restoration can encompass a wide range of other treatments, so let’s further expand on that.

While the need for bone grafting is an obvious one, other treatments such as sinus lifting, nerve repositioning, and even teeth extraction may also be required before a dental implant can successfully be placed. Let’s say your dentist has examined your teeth and realised that certain teeth are failing. It wouldn’t be cost effective or ideal for the patient if the dentist were to try to fix them, so instead, they may decide that the best option is to replace them with dental implants. For this reason, teeth may be extracted as part of the implant restoration process.

Alternatively, in some patients, there might not be enough bone height in the upper jaw or the sinus cavity is too close to the jaw for safe implant placement. For this reason, the dentist may need to perform a sinus lift.

In rarer cases, nerve lateralisation or nerve repositioning may also be needed. This type of surgery occurs when the patient has a severe lack of jaw bone in the lower jaw. As the bone shrinks the inferior alveolar nerve moves closer to the surface of the gum line. In its current position, any dental implant placed into the jaw could damage the nerve. For this reason, it’s carefully moved or repositioned to allow more space for the implant-based restoration to take place.

The point is that when building a treatment plan, all of these factors will be taken into consideration and they will affect the final cost.

Dental Implants In Manchester – The pricing conclusion

Like many things in life you get what you pay for and dental implants are no exception. So, when you see a dental implant advertised for say £895.00 you need to ask yourself what does that entail?  Is it purely for the implant? Does it include the crown and abutment? What about the Implant used? Does it reflect the experience of the dentist or any further treatments? The only way to find out is to ask the questions. Any dentist worth their salt will be more than happy to give you all the answers you need and if they don’t, or appear a little cagey, then you know what to do!

Finally, you also have to weigh up the costs of dental implants in Manchester alongside other missing tooth replacement options. For example, while dental implants may appear initially expensive, they can last for many years, giving you decades of hassle-free smiles. On the flip side, due to bone resorption, dentures and dental bridges will need replacing as they only have a shelf life of somewhere between 5-10 years. So unlike implants, they aren’t a ‘one time only’ expense and therefore quality dental implants may work out cheaper in the long-term.

There you have it, everything you need to know about dental implant cost and why pricing isn’t that straightforward.

If you’re considering dental implants as a form of missing tooth replacement, then you might want to talk to Church Road dental and cosmetics. As the name suggests we offer the very best cosmetic dentistry in Manchester, including Botox. Manchester residents should also know that our highly experienced team led by Dr. Shi Karim are at the cutting edge of implant dentistry here in Manchester and have successfully transformed the smiles of hundreds of patients. To find out more about how we can help you, why not contact us on 0161 486 0743 and book yourself a consultation today.

How To Handle Your Child’s Tooth Grinding

December 7, 2018

oralhealth, dentalhealth, dentist, teeth,oralhealth, dentalhealth, dentist, teeth,Tooth grinding is damaging at any age but is particularly worrisome in children as their adult teeth are still developing:

– A morning headache is often the first symptom.

– Tooth grinding can lead to inflamed gums and cracked teeth.

– Although a nightly mouthguard can prevent any damage, a long-term plan to treat the underlying cause is better.

– Tooth grinding is often the result of stress, anxiety, hyperactivity or attention deficit disorders or a misaligned bite where the grinding relieves jaw pain.

“You may need to address the issue from a holistic standpoint with your child’s paediatrician and his or her dentist if not a psychiatrist.”

Read the full story here: https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/how-to-prevent-and-treat-your-childs-teeth-grinding/

 

Teeth Whitening When You Have Dentures or implants

December 6, 2018

oralhealth, dentalhealth, dentist, teeth,oralhealth, dentalhealth, dentist, teeth,If you are considering dentures or implants, there are some things you need to know about teeth whitening:

– The procedure is advised before having any dental restoration procedure

– This allows the dentist to match the colour of your implant or denture to your natural teeth when they are at their best.

– The porcelain that implants are made from is resistant to stains, so whitening won’t be necessary.

– Dentures are created from a different material that does stain, but doesn’t benefit from whitening – so you may need to replace them at a later time.

“Whiter teeth give the appearance of health and youth as well as boosting your confidence, so it’s understandable that white teeth would be a priority!”

You can read more details here: https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/can-you-get-professional-teeth-whitening-if-you-have-dental-implants-or-dentures/

Dental Implants Manchester – Why Replace A Tooth Anyway?

December 3, 2018

When it comes to dental implants, Manchester patients who have experienced missing teeth may wonder if they really need to replace them, particularly if the gaps aren’t visible in their smile line. Of course, an implant-based restoration would be nice, but in all honesty, why would you bother? It’s an invasive, surgical procedure after all. The simple answer is that you don’t have to. There are other missing teeth replacements such as the fitting of dental bridges or even partial dentures that do a great aesthetic job of plugging the gaps and we’ll address this key point in a while. But first, why visit a dentist in Hale with a missing tooth problem in the first place?

Dental Implants Manchester

The domino effect of change

You may be forgiven for thinking that a missing tooth at the back of your mouth is no big deal. After all, aesthetically it can’t be seen and it doesn’t affect your speech or chewing. What you might not know however is that what seems like a small deal now, may cause a whole heap of trouble further on down the line. Our dentist in Manchester explains…

When we lose a tooth the first thing that happens is that the bone tissue which once surrounded the tooth root is no longer needed. As such the body starts to reabsorb the calcium contained within and distributes it to other places that need it more. The result is a gradual shrinking of the jaw bone which can be as much as 25% in the first year. Over time, however, the thinning jaw structure can cause the face to change shape dramatically.

At the same time, the adjacent healthy teeth will slowly start to gravitate towards the gap causing them to shift in the mouth. This can lead to biting alignment problems, making them more difficult to clean and therefore increasing the chance of further tooth decay and gum disease.

From an aesthetic point of view, the facial skin which was once taught over the jaw will also start to sag as it’s no longer supported by the bone structure underneath. As you can imagine, that can cause wrinkles and lines making you appear older than your years.

So, with all this in mind, are dental implants in Manchester really necessary?

In a word no! Conventional bridges and partial dentures do a seemingly good job of plugging the gap, restoring bite function and preventing your otherwise healthy teeth from shifting. Indeed, many people go down this non-implant route when considering their missing teeth options. Generally, these options are more cost effective, less time consuming and with speedier results. For example, temporary crowns can be placed pretty much immediately while permanent restorations can be ready in as little as two weeks.

So that’s that argument sorted – dental implants are a luxury rather than a necessity, right?

Well…not quite! You see, despite the ease and simplicity of fitting conventional bridges and dentures, there’s one thing they can’t do that dental implants in Manchester can, and that’s put an end to the bone resorption process!

As an experienced dentist in Hale, once we explain this fact to people, they’re usually more likely to consider undergoing dental implants. So how does it work?

Remember we mentioned that bone resorption occurs when the body feels that the bone tissue is no longer required, Well, when a patient is fitted with partial or full dentures or dental bridges, for sure they’ll have teeth, but the problem is that the tooth root (the part needed to stimulate bone tissue) is still missing. As such and sadly, bone loss continues even with the new restorations in place and is the reason why dentures need continual adjustment. It’s also one of the reasons why non-implant restorations have a relatively short shelf life – in some cases, just 5-7 years.

Conversely, an integral part of the function of a dental implant is a titanium root. When anchored into the jaw, it tricks the remaining bone tissue into thinking that it is a natural tooth root. As such, the bone starts to fuse with it in a process known as osseointegration. Because the body believes the bone tissue is useful and needed, it no longer reabsorbs it back into the body and… hey presto – No more bone shrinkage!

But moreover, once anchored firmly in position, dental implants in Manchester can remain in place for a long period of time. While implant crowns may need replacing due to wear and tear, the titanium implant section – the bit that’s embedded into the jaw – can be in place for many years to come.

The psychological benefits of dental implants 

Of course, the ability to halt bone loss is a great plus for anyone considering implant-based restorations. However, there are other key benefits that you might not originally think of. Our dentist in Manchester explains…

Confidence boosting

Just imagine having hassle-free teeth replacement that you didn’t have to worry about every time you chewed something or spoke. Just imagine being able to talk to people without having to worry about embarrassing denture slippage or pronunciation issues Or, just imagine not having to worry about taking teeth out before you go to bed. How much of a psychological confidence boost would that be?

But that’s not all! Because dental implants have the ability to give you a fuller mouth, they better support the sagging skin around the jowls and jaw area. As such, dental implants can quickly rejuvenate an appearance. In some cases, the transformation can be quite dramatic, often taking years off a person’s look.

Overall wellbeing

The other fact that people might not know about dental implants in Manchester is that they give you back the ability to eat whatever you like. Even when teeth are replaced with bridges and dentures, patients will need to be careful about what they eat as they have a limited bite force compared to natural teeth. On the contrary, implants are super-strong once anchored into position and as a result, patients can eat whatever they like, giving them the freedom to choose a healthy eating lifestyle should they wish.

So, there you have it!  We’ve looked at why you really should replace missing teeth and why you should consider implant-based restorations to do it. If you’d like to find out more about dental implants, or if you’re considering dental implants in Manchester as a tooth replacement option, come and talk to the team at Church Road Dental and Cosmetics. As your experienced implant dentist near Hale, we’re a dentist in Manchester you can trust. Call Dr. Karim and the team for a no-obligation consultation on 0161 486 0743 today.

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