Replace several missing teeth with dental implants

Dental implants are ever-increasing in popularity as a way to replace your missing teeth, and it’s not difficult to see why. Implants are the only permanent way to replace lost teeth, and are the only tooth replacement option that helps to prevent the problem of bone loss, because implants integrate directly with your bone.

dental implantsAt The Park Dental Clinic in Derby, all of our implant surgery is carried out by experienced implant surgeon Dr Moss Osman, who has helped many patients to restore their smiles with the help of dental implants. We offer free, no-obligation implant consultations for any patients interested in implant treatment.

How dental implants work

Dental implants are, in essence, replacement tooth roots. They are placed directly in your jaw bone in a minor surgical procedure, which is carried out under local anaesthetic or sedation here in the comfort of our Derby dental practice. Most patients experience minimal post-operative discomfort, which can be managed with standard pain killers.

Implants are small screws made from titanium, which was chosen because of its high compatibility with the human body. It stimulates bone growth and meshes with the jaw bone, to provide a stable base for new teeth in the form of crowns, dentures or bridges. A healing period of about three months is standard between implant placement and final tooth attachment, although you may have temporary teeth fitted during healing so you are not left with gaps in your mouth.

For several missing teeth, your dentist may recommend a bridge, partial denture, single crowns or a combination of some of these options, depending on the number of teeth missing, their location in your mouth, and your personal preference.

Your treatment options will be discussed at your initial implant consultation. Often, one implant can support several teeth in the form of a fixed bridge, so you won’t need as many implants as new teeth.

Using teeth whitening treatment for a brighter smile

Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure in the UK. It’s a great way to give yourself a smile makeover and, when carried out by a fully-qualified dentist, is safe, reliable and fast. At The Park Dental Clinic in Derby, our dental team have helped many patients to quickly and easily brighten their smile.

teeth whiteningWhen you think about what your teeth go through in a typical day, it’s not surprising that they become stained – even if you have an excellent oral hygiene routine. Drinks including coffee, tea, red wine and cola can all cause staining of the teeth, as can some medicines and medicated mouthwashes, and habits such as smoking.

Some people discover that as they get older their teeth lose some of their natural brightness. Teeth whitening delivered by a dental professional removes everyday staining and gets that natural brightness back, often leaving your teeth several shades lighter.

The most important thing to remember if you are looking for teeth whitening treatment is that it should only be carried out by a dentist (or a hygienist on a dentist’s prescription). There are numerous products available on the internet, on the high street and even in some beauty parlours that claim to whiten your teeth. However, these should be avoided.

The teeth whitening products used by dentists are subject to regulation and extensive testing. At The Park Dental Clinic in Derby, we use the Enlighten Evolution teeth whitening system, which is tried, tested and safe. It is the only whitening system in the world to guarantee a shade B1 of whiteness – which is the whitest shade in the UK. It has also been specially designed to produce near minimal levels of sensitivity.

Teeth whitening products from the internet or the high street are highly unlikely to have been tested as rigorously. In many cases they simply won’t have any effect, which is a waste of time and money. However, in some cases they can actually be harmful to your teeth and gums – which is why you should always see a dentist for teeth whitening treatment.

Nervous patients

At The Park Dental Clinic in Derby, we understand that many patients are nervous or phobic about visiting the dentist. In fact, fear of the dentist is the main reason that UK patients give for putting off seeking dental treatment – above lack of time or worry about costs. It is ironic, of course, that by failing to visit the dentist regularly, your chances of developing serious dental health problems increase, potentially leading to unnecessary pain and discomfort and the need for more invasive treatment when you do eventually attend a dental surgery.

nervous patientsThe whole team at our Derby dental practice understand and empathise with nervous patients’ concerns. However, we do not believe that fear should be a barrier to getting the treatment you need or the smile you deserve. We want to work with you to help you conquer your fear once and for all, and get a healthy, happy mouth for life.

There are numerous causes of fear of the dentist, from a bad experience as a child to specific triggers such as the sound of the drill or the sight of a needle. Some patients worry about feeling out of control, while others expect to be judged if they haven’t visited a dentist in many years.

Our experienced and understanding team will take the time to listen to your fears and will explain any treatment and analgesia requirements carefully. Dental techniques have advanced greatly in recent years and most treatments are now pain-free.

We will never judge you if your dental health is less than perfect – all we want to do is help you get back to full oral health for life.

Many patients find that our team’s gentle manner, coupled with the time taken to explain any procedures and give reassurance that you will remain in control of your treatment, is enough, but if you are still nervous we also offer treatment under sedation.

Dentist Trishan Malhi is fully qualified in providing sedation, and you will be monitored carefully at all times during treatment.

Using braces to get straighter teeth

Orthodontics is the dental specialism that deals with the alignment of teeth, and with the bite – the way that the jaws meet together. At The Park Dental Clinic in Derby, our orthodontic work is carried out by dentist Trishan Malhi, who has a special interest in orthodontics and wide experience of using a variety of orthodontic devices to help patients get straighter teeth.

bracesWhen most people hear the word “orthodontics” they picture metal wire and bracket braces, sometimes called “train-track style” braces. Whilst these are a highly effective treatment, these metal braces are just one option. At our Derby dental practice we understand that many patients, particularly adults who require orthodontic treatment, don’t feel comfortable with the idea of wearing obvious metal braces for anything up to 24 months. Fortunately, we also have a number of discreet brace treatments available.

Braces remain the best and most-used way to straighten teeth. They afford your dentist or orthodontist maximum control over the movement of your teeth and provide safe and predictable results.

At our Derby dental practice we offer a number of discreet brace options. Depending on your clinical need and your personal preference, your dentist may recommend:

Lingual braces

Lingual braces are much like normal braces, with one major difference: they are placed on the rear or lingual surface of your teeth, so they will not be visible in everyday life. As with standard braces, they comprise metal brackets and wires, although the brackets have been specially designed to be more comfortable. These braces can correct a huge range of orthodontic issues, from minor changes to major movement.

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles are aesthetic braces designed to correct primarily cosmetic concerns. They have an average treatment time of just six months and work so fast because they only focus on the teeth that show when you smile. The brackets are clear and the wires are tooth-coloured, so these braces are very discreet.

Smile makeovers to improve your confidence

If you are interested in using cosmetic dentistry to boost the appearance of your smile but are unsure which treatments best suit your needs, a smile makeover could be the perfect treatment option for you.

smile makeoversAt The Park Dental Clinic in Derby we offer smile makeover consultations with members of our skilled cosmetic dental team, who will listen carefully to your concerns about your smile then will examine your teeth, gums and surrounding structures before recommending the best course of treatment.

Your smile speaks a thousand words, and a beautiful, attractive smile and provide a serious boost to your self-confidence. In turn, this can help you to be more outgoing and more successful in both business and personal interactions.

Here are just some of the treatments your dentist may recommend at your smile makeover consultation. For a full list of all the cosmetic dental procedures we offer, please get in touch with a member of the reception team here at our Derby dental practice.

Veneers

Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are placed over the front surfaces of the front teeth to improve their appearance. This treatment requires minimal preparation of your teeth and the results will be both beautiful and natural-looking, as your dentist will carefully match the shade of your veneers to the natural colour of your teeth. Permanent discolouration, small gaps, slightly crooked teeth, small chips and cracks can all be aesthetically improved with the use of veneers.

Discreet orthodontics

Many patients dream of straighter teeth but do not want to wear traditional metal braces. Fortunately, at our Derby dental practice we offer a wide range of discreet orthodontic options, including clear aligners, tooth-coloured braces and lingual braces, meaning you can straighten your teeth without the whole world having to know.

Tooth whitening

Our teeth are easily stained by drinks such as red wine and tea, among other things. Tooth whitening uses special dental bleaching gel to remove everyday stains and leave your teeth far brighter.

Using cosmetic dental treatments to get the perfect smile

Our smile is the first thing that many people notice us. A beautiful smile can help to make a great first impression in both business and personal circles. However, many people in the UK are unhappy with the appearance of their smile. A good cosmetic dentist can help to boost the appearance of your smile with a range of treatments, helping to improve your self-confidence to boot.

cosmetic dental treatmentsCosmetic dentistry is the specialist area that focuses on the aesthetic appearance of your smile. At The Park Dental Clinic in Derby, our cosmetic dental specialists have a wide variety of techniques at their disposal to help you achieve the smile of your dreams.

The first step should be to book a cosmetic dental consultation at our Derby practice. One of our cosmetic dentists will listen to your concerns about your smile, what you like and what you would like to change, and will carefully examine your teeth and gums. They will also take factors such as facial structure and hair colour into consideration to ensure that the result of any treatment looks both beautiful and natural.

At the end of your consultation your dentist will discuss the pros and cons of all relevant treatment options, enabling you to make an educated choice about your treatment. In some cases, one treatment will be all that is required, while in other cases combining two or more options from our extensive cosmetic dentistry menu will be needed to help you achieve the perfect smile.

Among the cosmetic treatment options available here at our Derby dental practice are:

Tooth whitening

Tooth whitening treatment involves the use of special dental bleaching products to remove everyday stains and discolouration from the teeth. When carried out by a dentist it is safe, effective and reliable, and can boost your smile quickly before a special occasion.

Veneers

Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain placed over the front surfaces of the teeth to improve their appearance. Veneers can cover permanent discolouration, chips, cracks and gaps between the teeth.

Same day teeth and dental implants

Dental implants are an increasingly popular way for patients to replace missing teeth. At The Park Dental Clinic in Derby, we offer several dental implant solutions for patients who have lost teeth – including, in some cases, the option to have your implants and new teeth fitted in one session, in a procedure known as “Same Day Teeth”.

What are dental implants?

same day teethDental implants are small titanium screws that your dentist places directly in your jaw bone, using a minor surgical procedure. Once in place, the implants integrate with your jaw bone and provide a firm base on to which new teeth – crowns, dentures or bridges – can be attached. Essentially, they are replacements for the root portion of a lost tooth and can prevent the common issue of bone loss that occurs frequently in patients who have lost their natural teeth.

What about Same Day Teeth?

One of the good things about dental implants is that you do not usually need as many implants as teeth. In most cases, one implant can support several new teeth thanks to precise and careful placement by your dentist.

Same Day Teeth involves the placement of four implants to support a full arch (jaw) of teeth. Using the All-on-4 dental implant system developed by Nobel Biocare, your dentist places two implants at the front of the jaw bone, parallel to where you natural teeth were, and two implants at the back, angled to help spread the forces generated by biting and chewing.

Your new teeth are then attached to the implants using special abutments. It really is possible to walk into the dental practice in the morning with missing or failing teeth and walk out later the same day with a brand new set of new teeth.

Same Day Teeth can be used in the majority of implant cases. If your dentist recommends standard dental implants, there is a healing period of about three months before your permanent teeth are attached to them. You may have temporary teeth fitted during this healing period, so you will never be left with gaps in your mouth.

Which orthodontic treatment is right for me?

Orthodontics is the dental specialism that deals with the alignment of teeth, and the bite – the way that the teeth and jaws meet together. At The Park Dental Clinic in Derby, we offer a number of different orthodontic treatments for patients of all ages. The perfect treatment for you will depend on a number of factors, including the type and amount of orthodontic correction required, your lifestyle and personal preference.

orthodontic treatmentAt our Derby dental practice, orthodontic work is carried out by Dr Trishan Malhi, a dentist with a special interest in orthodontics. Dr Malhi completed the diploma in Primary Care Orthodontics in 2013, and his experience involved working as a clinical assistant in orthodontics at the Royal Derby Hospital between 2003 and 2013.

Treatment options include. . .

Lingual braces

Lingual braces work in the same way as standard braces, with one big difference. They are placed on the rear or lingual surfaces of the teeth, so are not immediately obvious in everyday life.

At our Derby dental practice we use Incognito lingual braces, a leading brand that can correct even complex orthodontic issues. For simpler aesthetic problems, we also offer treatment with Incognito Lite braces, which focus on the front four teeth – those on show when you smile.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a system of clear aligners that fit snuggly over your teeth and gently guide them into a new position. Unlike standard braces, these aligners are removable, which means you can take them out for short periods to eat, to clean, and to brush your teeth. This is a good option for patients worried about the extra hygiene requirement of braces, and can treat a wide range of conditions.

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles are discreet braces that are perfect for correcting primarily aesthetic concerns. They comprise clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires, and work very quickly because they focus on the front six to eight teeth.

Why would I need root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy (or endodontics, to give it its scientific name) has a bad reputation. The thought can make even the bravest of patients feel nervous. However, root canal therapy is nothing to be afraid of when carried out by a skilled dentist. It is also essential to save your tooth. At The Park Dental Clinic in Derby, we practise preventative and conservative dentistry, and will always strive to save as much of your tooth as possible.

root canal therapyIf your dentist tells you that you need root canal therapy, this is because the pulp or nerve at the centre of your tooth has become infected. This can happen because of tooth decay, or because your tooth is damaged due to accident or injury. Whatever the cause, root canal therapy is necessary to remove all traces of infection, and prevent the need for your tooth to be extracted.

All teeth contain root canals. In front teeth there is usually one root and one root canal, while in back teeth there may be several root canals. If you don’t take your dentist’s advice and have root canal therapy, the infection may spread through this root canal system, causing considerable discomfort and eventually leading to a painful swelling known as a dental abscess.

At our Derby clinic our highly-skilled dentists will use advanced equipment and precise techniques to clear the root canal system of all traces of infection. This is usually carried out under local anaesthetic, although we can use sedation if you’re nervous. The procedure feels no different to having a standard filling.

A temporary filling will be placed to give your tooth time to settle. You will be called back for a second appointment to check all traces of infection are gone before your tooth is permanently filled. In many cases your dentist will also recommend capping the tooth with a crown to give it extra strength.

How can dental implants improve my smile?

Dental implants are an ever-more-popular way to replace missing teeth. At The Park Dental Clinic in Derby, our skilled implantologist Dr Moss Osman can replace one, several or even all of your natural teeth with implants – helping to restore confidence in your smile.

dental implantsIf you have gaps in your mouth from one or a few missing teeth, the chances are you will feel self-conscious when you smile or laugh in public. Dental implants are the perfect way to rebuild your smile, creating restorations that are not just highly realistic-looking, but also act just like natural teeth.

Patients who have lost most or all of their natural teeth may have worn dentures for some years. At first, these probably fitted perfectly, and restored a lot of confidence and functionality. However, because there is no direct contact between your dentures and your jaw bone, many patients find that over time their jaw bone and gum tissue starts to resorb or recede, causing dentures that once fitted well to become loose, uncomfortable and unwieldy.

Most of us have laughed at clips on the internet of some unfortunate person’s dentures falling out at an inopportune moment such as blowing out birthday candles, but most of us wouldn’t find it so funny if our own dentures did the same thing.

Ill-fitting dentures can make wearers self-conscious about smiling or laughing in public, and can also restrict the diet to soft foods, with many healthy options and favourites suddenly off the menu.

At our Derby dental practice, we can stabilise dentures using dental implants. Implants are small titanium screws that replace the root portion of a tooth and are directly in contact with the jaw bone, preventing bone loss. After a healing period, permanent replacement teeth – dentures, crowns or bridges – are attached to the implants, creating a realistic, natural-looking smile and restoring full functionality, meaning you’ll have plenty to smile about.