Replacing Missing Teeth With Dental Implants

Strength and security from this popular tooth replacement method.

For many years, the only viable means of replacing missing teeth was through the use of dentures. Whilst this provides a reasonable option for cosmetic purposes and function, some people find that even modern dentures don’t offer the security and stability that natural teeth do. A dental bridge is another option, and one that does offer a greater degree of security, but not without some drawbacks.

A bridge can only be used where there are healthy adjacent teeth to attach the bridge to and these anchoring teeth also need to be shaped to provide firm foundations for the crowns which support the bridge. Understandably, this isn’t necessarily ideal for healthy teeth. However, patients of The Calverley Dental Practice in Tunbridge Wells do have another option.

Dental implants

Although they have been around since the mid 1960s, it is only relatively recently that dental implants have been widely available to the general public. They have, however, proved to be a big success and, with good aftercare, offer an excellent way of replacing a missing tooth in a manner that affords a strength equal to, or even greater than, a natural tooth.

Essentially, the ‘implant’ itself is a titanium screw which is placed into the bone in the jaw. This will then bond with the bone in a process known as osseointegration. After approximately three months, the implant will have formed an extremely strong bond with the bone and is now, in effect, an artificial tooth root. To this ‘root’, a dental crown is attached, which completes your new replacement tooth.

Multiple implant placement

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Don’t Be Concerned About Root Canal Treatment

Saving root infected teeth in Tunbridge Wells.

The words ‘root canal’ tend to conjure up images of something extremely painful in the minds of many people.

But in reality, the treatment is nothing to be concerned about and is often the only option available to save a tooth which has become infected internally.

In fact, many people misunderstand what happens during a root canal procedure, so in today’s blog, your Tunbridge Wells dentist explains the procedure in more detail for the benefit of our readers.

Why root canal?

A root canal procedure is performed when the inner part of the tooth becomes infected. This infection can be very painful as this is where the nerves of the teeth are stored. Without having a root canal procedure, the tooth would otherwise need to be extracted.

The procedure

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Restoring Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry

Options for beautiful smiles in Tunbridge Wells!

At The Calverley Dental Practice, we offer general dental care for the whole family, as well as a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures that are designed to restore the appearance of your teeth and boost a flagging smile.

Aside from the obvious aesthetic benefits of this, many patients who undergo these treatments find that their confidence and, sometimes, social lives, also improve.

We will look in more detail at various dental treatments, both general and cosmetic in future blogs. In today’s article though, we provide a quick overview of the cosmetic dental treatments available here at The Calverley Dental Practice, your local dentist in Tunbridge Wells.

Orthodontics (braces)

Many people have minor misalignment of their teeth. Whilst this may not present any immediate problems (although it is easier to keep straight teeth clean), crooked visible teeth do detract from a nice smile. We also suspect that more and more people would opt to have their teeth straightened if they were aware of the convenient and discreet modern braces that are now available. These are so much more unobtrusive and comfortable than the metal “train track” versions of the past!

At The Calverley Dental Practice, we use the Inman Aligner to correct minor issues. This is a discreet dental brace that is also removable and therefore convenient when eating food or when cleaning your teeth. Most patients find it to be quite comfortable, with the added benefit that it can straighten your teeth very quickly, often taking just six to sixteen weeks, depending on the nature of the problem.

Teeth whitening

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Diabetes and Dental Health

Most health experts agree that the UK is facing a huge increase in the number of people with diabetes. Therefore in this month’s blog article we take a look at the affects that diabetes can have on oral health.

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We’ve still moved!

We promise this is the last time we are going to mention our move, however it has been such an exciting and exhilarating time for us that we feel obliged to keep you updated.

And the icing on the cake, the final stage, the pièce de résistance is having our name in lights. Well, the practice name to be precise. Read more ›

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Have you met Mohsin?

Mohsin is our new Hygienist who joined us just prior to our relocation. As a British Army trained dental hygienist, he was awarded the Diploma of Dental Hygiene from the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh whilst training at the Aldershot base. He has undertaken the additional qualification of a BSc Hons degree in Dental Studies, which has deepened his knowledge into the treatment of patients with periodontal disease.

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The link between gum disease and stroke

Recent research has suggested that gum disease in patients carries a potentially higher risk of having a stroke than diabetes and has almost the same impact as high blood pressure in causing them.

Whilst obesity and smoking are commonly associated with raising the risk of suffering a stroke, many people don’t know the risks associated with poor oral health. According to the International Dental Health Foundation ‘only one in six people realise that people with gum disease may have an increased risk of stroke ‘.

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Have you met Vicky?

If you have visited our new site you may have noticed that Carol has been joined on reception by Vicky who is settling in well and says “I have had an amazing time getting to know the Calverley patients and being here at a time when the practice is developing has been fantastic. Even little things like seeing the new doors being placed have transformed the practice.

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We are ready and waiting to see you!

The entire Calverley Dental team, including our new members, are delighted that the practice relocation and renovations are complete (with just one or two minor tweaks left!).

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The link between heart disease and gum disease

Welcome to the first in a new series of health related features which we will be adding to the Blog section of our updated website. Each month we will be looking at the connection between your oral health and overall health. In the first article we are taking a look at the connection with Heart Disease.

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