Author: The Sutton Implant Clinic

Get your teeth back on track

Feeling insecure about your teeth becoming discoloured is one thing but experiencing tooth loss is another. Nothing can quite prepare you for the day you look in the mirror and find a gappy smile, or grimace, staring back at you. Luckily you don’t have to get used to this new look, you can restore the gap in your teeth and smile confidently again by getting dental implants in Birmingham.

Here at Sutton Implant Clinic, we offer dental implant treatment to restore any number of missing teeth.

Dental Implants in BirminghamWhat are the stages of getting dental implants in Birmingham?

Every case is different but in general, this is what you can expect:

  • You come for a consultation where we check your suitability for treatment and create a treatment plan;
  • We insert one or multiple small titanium dental implants into your jawbone;
  • The implant is left to heal and fuse with the bone in the jaw;
  • A crown is attached to the implant, which is made to match the rest of your natural teeth;
  • You reap the benefits of dental implants and flash the world your beautiful smile.

The benefits of dental implants

If you are feeling apprehensive about getting dental implants in Birmingham, we are here to help you feel at ease and answer your concerns. In the meantime, you can focus on all the benefits of dental implants that you have to look forward to:

  • They prevent your face from acquiring that sunken-cheeked look so often seen in denture wearers, as a result of missing tooth roots leading to degeneration of the jawbone
  • They are a long-lasting solution to failing or missing teeth, potentially lasting a lifetime with good oral hygiene
  • They look like your natural teeth, allowing you to smile and talk care-free again
  • They function as well as your natural teeth, meaning no food is off the menu, however tough or chewy.

Are dental implants right for you?

If you are interested in dental implants and are in good general and oral health (aside from your tooth loss), then chances are, dental implants are a suitable treatment for you. We can give you a definitive answer when you come in to see us.

Getting dental implants in Birmingham: your journey

If you’re looking to restore your smile following tooth loss, we can help you here at Sutton Implant Clinic with dental implants. The first step is to come for a consultation so we can take x-rays of your jaw and check the condition of the bone. If the bone has deteriorated, as is often the case if tooth loss is left untreated, we may first need to build it back up with a bone graft or sinus lift. Then we can look at beginning your treatment with dental implants.

Dental Implants in BirminghamDental implants are suitable if you have lost one, several or all of your teeth. Dental implants in Birmingham are a long-term solution to effectively fill the gaps in your smile and restore your oral function.

How does treatment work?

If you are a suitable candidate for dental implants, which we will determine after your initial consultation, then we will book you in for treatment at our practice in Birmingham. Dental implants consist of small titanium screws that are inserted in the jawbone to mimic the roots of the missing teeth. During treatment you are given a local anaesthetic to help numb the pain. If you are nervous about treatment, we will do our best to put you at ease and discuss any worries you have about the procedure.

The bone in your jaw needs to fuse with the implant. Healing time varies depending on the individual, but it can take a few months. Once the bone has meshed with the implants, the crowns are attached using abutments. The crowns are made to match the remaining teeth. Friends and family may hardly be able to notice the difference between your implants and your natural teeth.

How to take care of your dental implants

Once you have received dental implants in Birmingham we will advise you on how to look after the implants at home. If you experience any pain after surgery, this can usually be treated with over-the-counter painkillers.

Soon enough you will be able to eat whatever you like again. Dental implants act like natural teeth, and you must clean them regularly as you would your natural teeth. If you maintain good oral hygiene, they can last for a lifetime.

What to do when there’s a gap in your smile

When you find yourself with a gap in your smile due to tooth loss, it can really knock your confidence. Luckily, you can come to us at Sutton Implant Clinic for dental implants in Birmingham to get you feeling and looking more like your old self again.

All you have to do is come for a consultation where we can tell you all about what to expect, answer any of your queries, and assess your suitability for treatment.

Dental Implants in BirminghamMost people can have dental implants, however we need to make sure that there is enough bone in your jaw to support the implant. We will take x-rays to find out if there is enough bone and check it is healthy.

How do dental implants in Birmingham work?

Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth and are small titanium screws, which are inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. During a period of healing, new bone and blood vessels will mesh around the implants.

Crowns are then attached to the implants. They are made to match the rest of your teeth in appearance so giving you a natural looking finish.

Is dental implant treatment painful?

The big question on most people’s minds when they think about going for dental implants in Birmingham, is does it hurt? While everyone’s pain thresholds vary, generally, the reality of placing dental implants into the jawbone is not as scary as it sounds. During treatment, you will be given a local anaesthetic, which is more than enough to numb any pain.

If you experience any pain after treatment, this can be eased with over-the-counter medication.

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants in Birmingham are a long-lasting treatment; in fact they can last you a lifetime. They can’t get cavities however dental implants can fail if you don’t keep up with a good oral hygiene routine. This is because gum disease can affect the underlying jawbone in its advanced stages, which can cause the implants to loosen and so fail. Keep your teeth in good condition and your implants will see you through the years.

Dental implants: the technology that makes them possible

A flick of a switch and on goes the lights. A simple act that belies the amount of technology behind it: electricity grids, meters, cabling, fuse boxes and more. Take a closer look at some of life’s essentials and they turn out to be built on years of technological advances. Take your teeth for example, lose any and you’ll likely get them replaced with dental implants in Birmingham. After all, they are the most reliable method of tooth restoration and they get you back to full oral function, which is essential if you want to enjoy a varied diet. Dental implants are the culmination of several leaps forward in dental technology.

Dental Implants in BirminghamAt Sutton Implant Clinic, we understand how transformative treatment with dental implants in Birmingham can be and how none of it would be possible without several innovations, 2 of which come mind in particular, as you’re about to find out.

Innovation in the implants themselves

Before dental implants in Birmingham came along, bridges and dentures were the only way to replace missing teeth. This meant relying on the gums or neighbouring teeth to keep the artificial teeth in place, which as you’d expect, meant certain food items were forever off the menu for those who had these restorations in place.

And then in the late 1970s, Swedish physician Per-Ingvar Brånemark changed all that with his revolutionary work into a process called osseointegration. His research uncovered that the metal titanium could fuse with bone. This is the basis of successful dental implant treatment. Dental implants are made of titanium and when placed into the jawbone, they encourage new bone tissue to grow in and around them. This is what holds them firmly in place and gives patients’ replacement teeth a level of stability that is unmatched by other tooth replacement options.

Technology in the treatment

Treatment with dental implants in Birmingham at our practice is carefully planned out using 3D imaging technology. Advances in both computer software and imaging technology together allow us to capture your jawbone from every angle possible, creating a 3D reconstruction on the computer, which we can study in detail. This significantly improves accuracy and precision when it comes to placing your dental implants.

Pick a number, any number

The first time it happened was decades ago when you were playing hockey. Then it happened again a few years later when you had that accident. A decade or so after that, it was tooth decay that did it. Now you’re fairly certain you’ve lost more teeth than you’ve got left. Tooth loss is insidious, once it starts the impact on your dental health makes it more likely to keep happening unless you get effective treatment, pronto. What’s the most effective treatment around in Birmingham? Dental implants.

Dental Implants in BirminghamAt Sutton Implant Clinic, we’ve made our name, quite literally, in placing dental implants to restore missing teeth. It doesn’t matter how many teeth you’ve lost, dental implants in Birmingham provide a long-lasting, reliable solution.

Just the one

You’ve lost just the one tooth, but it has left an unsightly gap right in the front of your mouth for all to see. To say your smile isn’t what it used to be is an understatement. You could get treatment with a bridge but this means grinding down the 2 teeth either side of the gap to act as buttresses to support the bridge. If you want to keep all of your remaining teeth in good shape, a dental implant can do the trick. We’ll carefully drill a channel into your jawbone, into which we will place a single dental implant. After a period of healing, we’ll attach a custom-made crown, designed to seamlessly blend in with the rest of your teeth.

And a couple more

You’ve lost a few teeth in a row and you’re thinking dental implants in Birmingham are going to be beyond your budget as you’ll need one implant for each missing tooth. Well, think again. A single dental implant can support up to 3 missing teeth in a row, owing to its secure attachment within the jawbone, which is made possible by new bone tissue growing and meshing in and around it.

A mouthful

Wearing full dentures has left you feeling self-conscious about your smile and worried that whenever you eat, laugh or talk, they might just slip out. It’s time for dental implants. A whole arch of teeth can be supported on just 4-6 dental implants in Birmingham.

The science of dental implants

Have you ever found yourself part of a conversation about the latest technological widget where you’re not really following things but you nod and smile nonetheless? Ever wish you could be the one to throw in that erudite bit of trivia? Keep on reading and you’ll be able to do just that the next time someone mentions how great dental implants in Birmingham are.

Dental Implants in BirminghamDental implants have been around for decades, but it is only in the last few years that the knowledge of how effective they are has trickled down to patients, which is why you may encounter dinner party chat about the wonders of dental implants in Birmingham. At Sutton Implant Clinic, we’ve been raving about dental implants for many years. And here’s part of the reason why.

Seems like magic

Dental implants are the most secure tooth restoration around. They are placed directly into the jawbone where they become fully integrated, as if by magic. Except of course, it isn’t magic at all, it’s science. Dental implants are made of titanium, a miraculous metal, which is biocompatible. This means the body doesn’t recognise it as a foreign object. Rather than reject it, the body welcomes it with open arms, which is to say it grows new bone tissue around it, meshing with the implant and holding it firmly in place.

Pop quiz

Put this question out there at your next dinner party chat about dental implants in Birmingham: which hurts more, getting dental implants or getting a tooth extracted? You would think the answer is implants, after all getting dental implants involves oral surgery, cutting through gum, drilling a channel into your jawbone and then placing a piece of metal in it. In fact, it is quite the opposite. There are far fewer nerve endings in your jawbone than in your tooth roots, which makes placing dental implants less painful. Of course, when it comes down to getting your implants, you will also have local anaesthetic applied, which will keep your discomfort to an absolute minimum.

Find out more interesting information about dental implants and how they can help you deal with tooth loss by getting in touch with our friendly dental team.

Meet the skilled team behind our implant treatment

Your home and your car: two big investments that involve dealing with professions whom you really need to be able to trust. While estate agents and car salesmen may leave you feeling anxious about buying a house or vehicle, when it comes to big investments in your dental health, you’ll be glad to know that there is no need to worry.

Dental implants in Birmingham are one of the biggest investments you can make in terms of dental treatment. At Sutton Implant Clinic you’ll be putting your dental health in the hands of our skilled implant dentists, Dr Puneet Jain and Mr Graham James. Let’s find out more about the people you’ll be entrusting with your implant treatment.

Dental Implants in BirminghamDr Puneet Jain

Puneet is a graduate of Guy’s Dental Hospital, London and his career since then, spanning over 10 years, hasn’t just involved treating patients but also staying up to date with advances in the field through postgraduate education. Fewer than 100 dentists in the UK have a diploma in implant dentistry with the Royal College of Surgeons – Puneet is one of them. As an implant dentist he has enabled many patients to enjoy better dental health and has particular experience helping nervous patients deal with their dental anxiety. He now shares the wealth of knowledge he has gained placing dental implants in Birmingham by mentoring other dentists.

Mr Graham James

Graham not only completed his dental degree but also a degree in medicine and is our in-house consultant in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He has been a fixture at our practice for over 20 years, during which time he has placed countless dental implants in Birmingham. His skill and experience mean Graham welcomes complex cases, such as patients requiring a bone graft or sinus lift before implant treatment. He also teaches other dentists and surgical trainees about dental implantology.

Put your trust in us

So now that you know a bit about the team behind our implant treatment, why not book your implant consultation today and find out exactly how we can help you?

Invest in implants with us and we’ll do our very best to keep you smiling a healthy smile for years to come.

Dental implants: don’t be daunted

Getting dental implants can be a daunting prospect. Surgery, drilling, metalwork; it can all sound a bit much. However dental implants in Birmingham have been around for decades and the process of getting them has been honed to a fine art in that time.

Dental Implants in BirminghamAt Sutton Implant Clinic, we are here to make your implant journey as comfortable, smooth and stress-free as possible. For starters, understanding the implant process a bit better may help put you at ease. So, let’s address some common concerns right now.

Pain

Getting dental implants in Birmingham does involve oral surgery. But you can forget about enduring excruciating pain; dental implants are placed under local anaesthetic, which numbs the pain. This is more than enough to manage any discomfort as there are fewer nerve endings in the jawbone, where we will place your implants, than in your tooth roots. For especially nervous patients, dental sedation is also an option. This will relax you but still leave you able to communicate with us if needs be. We offer a choice of oral sedation, taken as a tablet, or intravenous sedation that goes straight into your bloodstream.

Upkeep

Dental implants are quite the innovation and maintaining them is far easier than you may think. They are permanent fixtures in your mouth, so don’t require removal for cleaning as dentures do. All you need to do is clean your dental implants diligently every day as you would your natural teeth. Continue to come in for your regular dental check-ups as well and your dental implants can last you a lifetime. An important point to note is that while dental implants can’t suffer from decay, gum disease can cause them to fail. So, keep on top of your oral health and your dental implants will see you through the years.

Expense

Dental implants in Birmingham are a pricier solution to missing teeth than bridges or dentures. But over the course of a lifetime, they more than make up for it as dentures and bridges will need replacing every few years. What’s more, we offer finance options to help spread the cost.

Should you consider dental implants?

Tooth loss, in the world of dental health, it’s the worse case scenario. Sometimes it’s quick and not so painless, such as a hockey ball to the face. Sometimes it’s a looming prospect after a long battle with dental disease. Whichever the case, tooth loss is something that needs to be treated as soon as possible. So if you have experienced tooth loss, dental implants in Birmingham are definitely worth considering.

Dental Implants in BirminghamAt Sutton Implant Clinic, as you’ve probably guessed from our name, dental implants in Birmingham are what we do, day in, day out. So trust us when we say that dental implants can transform your quality of life after tooth loss, whether you’ve lost one tooth from the front of your mouth or a whole jaw full of teeth.

Why act now?

Tooth loss is traumatic enough without letting the long-term consequences of tooth loss get the better of you. When your tooth falls out or is extracted, you don’t just lose the stuff up top but also the stuff below your gum line, the all-important tooth roots. These transmit the vibrations of your teeth clashing together all day into your jawbone. This tells your jawbone to stay strong and maintain its integrity. No tooth roots, no strong jawbone. In fact, your jawbone will actively release calcium as it believes it will be of better use elsewhere in the body. Within the first year of tooth loss, your jawbone can lose up to 25% of its density. This puts neighbouring teeth at greater risk of tilting, becoming damaged, and themselves falling out. More tooth loss means more jawbone degeneration and changes to your facial structure.

So should you be considering dental implants in Birmingham after tooth loss? We think the answer is clear.

What’s next?

Come in to see us for an implant consultation and we’ll talk you through the implant procedure, as well as thoroughly examine your teeth, jaws, gums and other oral tissues. The number of teeth you have lost will determine how many implants you need; one implant can support up to 3 teeth in a row. The health of your jawbone will be another factor in how we proceed with your treatment.

Don’t lose hope after tooth loss

Losing your teeth can change the dynamics of your smile. The loss of something as obvious as a front tooth can take your smile away completely. Whatever the reason for tooth loss, it is damaging to the appearance of your smile and your oral health. So what are the options? The modern approach to dentistry is all about comfort and effectiveness, which is why we provide dental implants in Birmingham at Sutton Implant Clinic.

Dental Implants in BirminghamThe procedure

A dental implant is a small titanium screw that is fitted into the jawbone in place of the missing tooth root. Once the implant has had time to integrate with the jawbone, it will act like a tooth root and a natural-looking replacement tooth will be attached on top. Whether you have lost a single tooth, several or all of your teeth, you can consider dental implants in Birmingham. Multiple implants can be used to replace teeth in the form of customised bridges or dentures.

Although we like to think that your only worry during treatment will be which social event you can show off your new smile at, we understand that there may be more to it than that. For some, a trip to the dentist can be daunting in itself. This is why it is important for us to get to know you and your teeth, so that you are welcomed into a familiar environment where all of your concerns are listened to. A consultation before receiving dental implants in Birmingham is useful because it gives us the chance to explain the procedure to you in detail and gives us time to put together a treatment plan suited to you.

The benefits of dental implants in Birmingham

Having your teeth replaced after tooth loss will enhance the appearance of your smile. It might mean that your confidence is restored, and you no longer have to feel self-conscious when you laugh and smile in the company of friends. As for your oral health, filling in the gaps will save your remaining teeth as they tend to shift into the gaps if left untreated and become more liable to damage.