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A Simple Guide: Dental Implant Placement

Considering a dental implant? If you have loose or missing teeth, or a denture you simply struggle to tolerate, the chances are you’ve considered dental implants. If you are considering implants or your dentist has recommended implant treatment, there is a good chance you are considering the steps involved.   

We have created a quick and easy guide to the steps involved in dental implant placement here at Unidental: 

  1. Initial Consultation  

The first step is to attend for a consultation. At your consultation, you will meet with your dedicated treatment coordinator who will take the time to discuss your concerns. Your treatment coordinator will take a series of clinical photographs, and will escort you into your appointment with one of our expert implant dentists. During this appointment, your dentist will do a comprehensive dental exam, assessing the health of your mouth, gums and jaws. Your dentist will assess your suitability for a dental implant. Suitable candidates for dental implants have the following attributes: 

  • Missing one or more teeth 
  • Damaged tooth 
  • Good oral hygiene 
  • Sufficient bone in the jaw to support implants 
  • Overall decent physical health 

If for any reason, you are deemed unsuitable for a dental implant, the team will discuss the next steps, and any treatment required prior to beginning your dental implant procedure.  

A detailed CBT (3D) scan is taken of your mouth and jaws, allowing us to plan your case to perfection.  

Your dentist and coordinator will talk to you about the recommended treatment plan, going over the steps of the procedure, the time-frame for treatment, and what to do during recovery. We also discuss whether or not you need a bone graft. Finance options will be discussed in detail, and you will be given plenty of information to take away and consider. Your treatment plan is designed and tailored with you in mind, and each plan is different according to the patient’s individual needs.  

2. Planning 

To plan your case with such remarkable precision, we need to gather vital information.  

At your planning appointment, we will take photographs, scans and a CBT (3D) radiograph. With specialised software, we transform these details into a virtual image of your teeth, gums and jaws. We can now accurately place your implant on screen, avoiding adjacent teeth and important nerves.  

Your unique digital plan is manipulated to provide your dentist with a surgical guide. This rests in your mouth, providing us with the perfect platform to deliver your implant(s) in the ideal position. 

 3. First phase of treatment  

The first phase of treatment involves the removal of any teeth which are being replaced with dental implants. Our clinicians will provide you with a temporary replacement solution (temporary denture or temporary bridge) to wear whilst you undertake the remainder of your treatment (where necessary). Most importantly – if you are missing a front tooth, you won’t be left with a gap!  

If a bone graft is required, this will be delivered at this appointment. Following a bone graft procedure, you can require up to 9 months of healing time before your jaw is ready for the first implant.  

4. Implant Placement 

The next phase of treatment is your implant placement. The dental implant is made of titanium and is gently placed in your jaw bone. This procedure usually takes 1-2 hours. The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic, ensuring you are comfortable throughout. For more anxious patients, we offer dental sedation to keep you calm and relaxed during your appointment.   

Once your implant has been placed, your implant dentist will place a healing cap to protect your implant. If your implant is replacing a visible tooth – you will be provided with a temporary implant crown or bridge so you are not left with a gap.   

After you’ve had the implant placed, it is important to allow time for the site to heal, and your implant to integrate with your jaw bone. This process usually takes up to 3 months.  

5. Implant Uncover  

Once your tissues have healed, we remove your healing cap or temporary crown/bridge and take a series of impressions to create your permanent abutment (the attachment that connects your implant to the crown) and permanent crown/bridge. Your impressions are sent to a specialised laboratory where your final implant work is created, bespoke for you. This is a quick, pain-free appointment. You can expect to spend around 30 minutes at your appointment, and no local anaesthetic is required.

6. Final Fitting 

3 weeks later – Unidental receives your final implant crown from the laboratory, and it is ready to be fitted. Again, no local anaesthetic is required. Your dentist gently removes your healing cap/temporary crown, and places your final implant crown. Treatment is complete and you walk away with a new smile.  

7. Maintenance  

Once your implant has been placed, routine maintenance is extremely important. We take this very seriously at Unidental, and our team will take the time to explain what is required. Strict oral hygiene is crucial to the long-term success of your implant, and we will take every step to assist you. You will be offered opportunity to join our enhanced care plan – which entitles you to 2 x dental health examinations, and 4 x hygiene appointments per year. Plan members also benefit from an additional 10% off any required treatment in the future.  

As a minimum, we recommend that all implant patients attend for an annual implant screening appointment, to check the health of the implant and the surrounding tissues. The majority of our implants are successful and without issue, but should a problem arise, success rates are much higher when caught early.  

Undertaking dental implant treatment is a big decision. It is not a quick-fix treatment, and the planning and procedure can take several months. It is important to remember that if cared for correctly, implants can last for many, many years (in some cases, a lifetime). Implants are the closest replica to your natural teeth, bringing back your smile, allowing you to chew properly, and restoring your confidence.  

At Unidental, we offer dental implants for as little as £1730.00 (£36.33/month). To book a complimentary implant consultation for you or a loved one, telephone our team of experts on 0161 480 8040.

Dental Implants: Are They Right For Me?

When it comes to dental implants, many people report that they feel frightened or unsure about going ahead with implant treatment. Fear is the main barrier to patients openly communicating with us about their dental implant options. We have created this blog post to educate our readers and patients on the most common concerns relating to dental implants, and the correct response to those concerns. Too often, people make a decision based on hearsay. We are here to answer your concerns truthfully and directly.

Concern 1: I’m afraid of the dental implant procedure.

Fear is commonly associated with visiting the dentist. More advanced procedures, such as dental implant placement, carry a weightier load than the average dental visit. In most cases, fear simply stems from the unknown. People report that they have heard implant ‘horror stories’ and couldn’t possibly go ahead with treatment. At Unidental, we take implant placement extremely seriously. Whilst we recognise that each individual is different in their response to pain, discomfort and recovery, we can state with confidence that implant placement is pain-free.  Every implant placement we carry out is subject to strict diagnostic testing and digital planning. We place your implant using minimally invasive surgery and tools to ensure maximum accuracy. With such careful planning, our implants are placed quickly, painlessly, and precisely as planned.

Some slight discomfort following your implant placement is normal, although this is minimal and usually resolved with over-the-counter pain relief. Patients report that discomfort following implant placement is no worse than a common dental extraction.

Concern 2: Dental implants are too expensive.

Dental implants are certainly not something we would consider cheap. Implants are made with strong surgical metals like those used in hip replacements and other implant surgeries. Implant placement is a procedure which requires knowledge, skill, and experience. We provide only the very best planning, materials, and treatment delivery, to ensure your implant has the very best long-term prognosis.

Missing teeth have a detrimental effect on our quality of life. Missing teeth cause embarrassment, affect how people perceive us, and can directly impact our weight and overall health. Implants are the gold-standard treatment option for replacing missing teeth. Far superior to removable dentures, or dental bridges, and the closest replica to a real tooth, implants naturally carry a larger fee. We ask patients to consider a few key points if they are contemplating a dental implant:

  1. If you were to put £1 in a jar every time you hid your smile, what would that add up to?
  2. What is smiling and eating confidently worth to you?
  3. What other costs will be incurred replacing dentures and/or dental bridges throughout your lifetime?

When we consider the above factors, dental implants might be considered more valuable than first thought. The average fee for a dental implant is around £2500. At Unidental, we believe that a healthy smile is a necessity, which is why we are proud to offer our patients dental implants for as little as £1700. Our finance options (including 0%) allow you to spread the cost of your dental implant for up to 5 years, paying as little as £36.33/month (terms and conditions apply).

Concern 3: I’m too old for a dental implant.

Too often we hear patients report that they are ‘too old’ for dental implants. Age is relative, and is not specifically used to assess suitability for dental implants. No-one is too old to enjoy smiling, eating, and living healthily, and tooth loss does not have to be an expected rite of passage as we get older. Replacing awkward acrylic dentures which often become ill-fitting as we age, dental implants provide the comfort and confidence to enjoy your retirement years.

 

Concern 4: I haven’t looked after my teeth, so there is no point starting now.

This is an extremely common response when we discuss dental implants with patients. More often than not, we hear patients report that there is ‘just no point’, or they ‘don’t deserve’ a dental implant. We are here to be a little bit upfront, and say that yes, you do deserve a dental implant. There are a lot of different factors that can cause tooth loss, from smoking, to diabetes, to poor oral hygiene. Whatever the reason for tooth loss, every person deserves the right to smile and chew confidently.

At Unidental, we provide you with your dream smile, but more importantly we provide you with the tools to maintain your smile after you leave us. Whatever your level of confidence when it comes to brushing and taking care of your teeth, we will support you in every way we can to maintain your new smile at home. We offer health maintenance packages which allow our implant patients to visit us for regular maintenance, and for minimal costs.

For any patients looking to explore their implant options, we offer complimentary consultations at our Stockport practice. Our friendly team of experts will carefully assess you and provide you with a tailored plan to suit your individual needs. With no obligation attached, it is a wonderful opportunity to explore your options in relaxed surroundings. Telephone the Unidental team on 0161 480 8040 to book your FREE CONSULTATION today.

Dentistry: The Unidental Way

For many of us, visiting the dentist can be a nerve-wrecking experience. Selecting the right dental practice is often a challenge that will make or break your ability to attend. Too many patients report that they have been unable to attend a dental practice for many years due to a previous bad experience. We want to make that challenge easy!

Unidental is a unique dental clinic located in Stockport, Greater Manchester. Using the very latest dental technology, we adopt a revolutionary digital workflow, from diagnosis, through design and planning, to treatment delivery. We recognise the importance of a great smile, which is why we are committed to listening to patients, and understanding their smile aspirations. The Unidental team are continually striving to offer the ultimate experience, from a warm welcome in our purpose-built contemporary environment, to a life-transforming smile. We are committed to delivering the highest standards of care from a simple examination, to a full smile make-over. We pride ourselves on our ability to help patients make an informed choice, aided by our groundbreaking visual technology. As a large provider of dental implants and cosmetic dental treatments, our goal is to provide affordable dental excellence for all. We promise the warmest of welcomes in our state-of-the-art clinic.

The Team

At Unidental, our team stop at nothing to deliver a 5-star service. Our clinical team offers high-quality private dental care, working alongside a passionate and committed support team. All team-members have undertaken extensive training, with a real emphasis on patient care. Their enthusiasm and continual development ensures they are up-to-date with the most advanced techniques, and provide dental care with a high level of precision and expertise.

The Products

Various dental products now litter the market, from Invisalign, to ‘All On 4’ dental implants. At Unidental, we are proud to have produced our own line of dental products, products which deliver the quality and affordability championed by our team.

SmyDesign

We understand that a beautiful mouth is a healthy mouth, and that’s why we are committed to showing our patients how life-changing a beautiful smile can be. SmyDesign is a revolutionary digital-smile-design system that enables patients to see exactly how their new smile will look, before committing to treatment. Whatever cosmetic dental procedure is being considered, our experts are able to work with our patients to deliver the smile they have always dreamed of.

SmyDesign offers dentists a unique digital treatment planning system (for all dental disciplines), which provides a fantastic tool for communication with patients. Such groundbreaking technology in turn delivers 3D mock-ups and ‘trial smiles’, and enables treatment to run simply and smoothly.

SmyOne

The SmyOne digital implant system means that, in many cases, we can place dental implants instantly. The system enables us to plan the placement of implants in the best position from an aesthetic, prosthetic and biological point of view. It also incorporates computer-guided surgery, ensuring implants are placed in the correct location, at the exact angle and depth required. All SmyOne solutions begin with a unique digital plan, which allows treatment to run simply and smoothly.

Using the SmyOne system has several benefits for patients, who no longer have to go through several months of implant treatment, but instead receive their new smile in a day. The surgery is precise and minimally invasive, and requires fewer visits to the dentist.

SmySecret

SmySecret is a digital orthodontic system of near-invisible aligners. SmySecret provides the perfect solution for patients who need orthodontic treatment but don’t want to wear visible braces, and at a fraction of the cost of leading market brands such as Invisalign. The SmySecret system is endorsed by world-leading orthodontists, such as Professor David Suárez-Quintanilla.

Like all SmyLife products, SmySecret starts with a unique digital plan. Using a bespoke set of SmySecret aligners, this state-of-the-art orthodontic system can be carried out from the comfort of your own home.

Unidental Services

SmyLab Exclusives

  • SmyDesign
  • SmyOne
  • SmySecret
  • SmyWhite

Unidental Cosmetics

  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Cosmetic Bonding
  • Metal-Free Crowns
  • Orthodontics
  • Digital-Smile-Design
  • Ceramic Studio
  • Tooth Whitening
  • Gum Alignment

Unidental Tooth Replacement

  • Dentures
  • Metal-Free Bridges
  • Digitally Designed Dental Implants

Unidental Skin Clinic

  • Wrinkle-Smoothing
  • Dermal Fillers
  • Lip Enhancement

Unidental Extras

  • Digital Planning
  • Trial Smiles
  • Specialist Periodontal Treatment
  • Oral Surgery
  • Cerezen
  • Conscious Sedation
  • Invisalign
  • Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Solutions

What Our Patients Say

At Unidental, our patients are our biggest supporters, with many of our new patients attending through word-of-mouth recommendation. We are so confident in the services we deliver, that we offer complimentary consultations at the practice, for anyone interested in any kind of dental treatment. In your complimentary consultation, you will spend an hour with your dedicated treatment coordinator. In this hour, you will meet with your treating dentist, who will assess three key areas of your mouth: health, function, and cosmetics. The Unidental team will take the time to provide a treatment plan tailored to your needs, and together, you will relax over a drink and discuss your options for a brighter, healthier smile.

If you would like to book a complimentary consultation at our Stockport practice, telephone our lovely front-of-house team on 0161 480 8040. Together, let’s find your smile. 

Welcome to Our Blog!

Welcome to Unidental, and to our weekly blog. We believe in providing our patients with a unique dental experience. Our private dental clinic is located in Stockport, Greater Manchester. At Unidental, we pride ourselves on providing the latest advancements in dental technology, and the very warmest of welcomes.

In addition to general dentistry, we offer advanced solutions in cosmetic dentistry, implantology, orthodontics, periodontics, and restorative dentistry. Furthermore, we offer an exclusive range of products and services, from sMyOne (dental implants), to sMySecret (transparent braces), to sMyDesign (digital smile design).

At Unidental, we believe in bringing kindness and dentistry together. We provide dental care in the most relaxed of surroundings, by a highly-trained team who truly understand the importance of patient care. We champion open and honest communication, and work to develop strong levels of trust between our patients and the team. Our weekly blog will be a new form of communication with the practice, and a place to stay up-to-date with the Unidental team and our interaction with the Stockport community.

We will be updating our blog weekly and welcome your comments. We love to hear your thoughts and ideas on developments we are making, and new services being introduced.

Thank you – and enjoy our blogs!

The Unidental Team

Dentist examining a patient's teeth in the dentist.

9 Benefits of Having a Clean Mouth and Teeth

As you get older having frequent dental visits and a clean mouth and teeth are more important than ever.

Whether you have all of your original teeth or a full set of dentures, it is crucial to keep an eye on your oral health.

In fact, the older you get, the more important dental health becomes. While it can be easy to forget about compared to more pressing matters, visiting the dentist twice a year is essential to having a clean mouth and teeth.

Read on to learn about the benefits or good oral hygiene.

9 Benefits of Having a Clean Mouth and Teeth

By keeping up with your regularly scheduled dental visits, you’ll enjoy the many benefits of having clean teeth.

1. It Can Prevent Cavities

Have you noticed that a white film builds up on your teeth throughout the day? That substance is called plaque and it is the main cause of tooth decay. When plaque sits on your teeth for an extended amount of time, it’s acidic chemicals destroy your tooth enamel.

Brushing and flossing twice a day helps to alleviate this issue and prevent plaque from causing cavities. However, it can be difficult to remove all of it. A professional cleaning at the dentist will remove all of the plaque and protect your teeth from cavities.

2. It Can Prevent Gum Disease

Another harmful result of plaque build-up is that it hardens to become tartar. This is a substance that can only be removed by the dentist. If left unattended, it tartar can cause periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease affects the tissues surrounding your teeth that hold them in place. While periodontal disease is usually the result of poor dental health if you are a smoker, your risk factors for periodontal disease increase dramatically.

Left untreated, periodontal disease will cause sore and bleeding gums as well as extreme pain while chewing.

3. Having a Clean Mouth and Teeth Can Prevent Tooth Loss

When periodontal diseases escalate, the plaque moves from the teeth down to the area around your tooth’s roots. There its acidic properties can attack and destroy the bones in your jaw.

This is what causes tooth loss among adults. By scheduling regular cleanings, your dentist can monitor the condition of your gums and jaw bones.

4. It Gets Rid of Stubborn Bad Breath

Is there anything worse than talking to someone who is suffering from serious halitosis? You end up spending more time thinking about a polite way to offer them a mint or stick of gum then actually listening to what they are saying.

Lingering bad breath is frustrating for everyone. This means that even after you brush your teeth, the bad breath returns again quickly. Bad breath is caused by the bacteria that live in your mouth.

The only way to get rid of stubborn bacteria in your mouth is a visit to the dentist for a professional dental cleaning. You need to follow that up with a rigorous oral hygiene routine, otherwise, your bad breath problems will persist.

5. It Will Brighten Your Smile

Pretty much all of our favourite beverages can stain your teeth. The list includes coffee, tea, cand red wine and well, we certainly can’t imagine giving all of those things up!

Did you know that your teeth are made up of multiple layers? Under your tooth enamel, there is a bone-like tissue called dentin. As you get older, the outer enamel of your teeth thins which allows the yellow dentin to show through the enamel.

While toothpaste can remove some of the stains, having a dental cleaning will remove the more stubborn stains leaving you with a brighter smile.

6. It Minimises the Occurrence of Diabetes

Did you know that being over 45 increases your chances of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes? And the risk factor is exacerbated for people who are overweight or obese.

Diabetes is also connected to gum disease. Periodontal diseases limit your body’s ability to process insulin. Additionally, severe gum diseases can affect your body’s ability to control its blood glucose levels. This can actually cause diabetes to get worse.

7. Ignoring Your Oral Health Increases Your Risk of Pneumonia

Pneumonia is an infection that affects your lungs. It causes inflammation in the air sacs in your lungs which makes it difficult to breathe. In older adults, pneumonia can be debilitating or even downright fatal.

In order adults, having poor oral health can lead to pneumonia. Don’t forget that any of the bacteria that is left to gestate in your mouth is being breathed into your lungs as well. When you breath bacterial droplets into your lungs, you are leaving yourself susceptible to pneumonia

8. You Will Enjoy Improvements to Your Overall Health

Your oral health and general health are deeply connected. By ensuring that you have a clean mouth and teeth, you’re reducing your risk of heart disease, stroke, lung infections, erectile dysfunction and even cancer.

When you visit your dentist every six months, they do much more than just a thorough clean of your teeth. They also take x-rays and check that there are no indicators of oral cancers or other health issues.

9. You Will Save Money in the Long Run

Preventative care is much cheaper than reactive care. Brushing your teeth and flossing twice a day as well as seeing your dentist once every six months will help to prevent tooth decay and other oral hygiene issues.

Imagine if you visit the dentist once every two or three years and plaque is left to grow in your mouth unchecked? Or worse, you’ve developed gum disease and left it untreated. By going to the dentist regularly, you avoid more expensive and invasive dental procedures later on in your life.

Don’t Ignore Your Dental Health

Paying attention to your dental health is just as important as monitoring your general health. These are just some of the many benefits that you will enjoy by having a clean mouth and teeth.

Take charge of your oral hygiene and book your next dental appointment with us today. We’ll have you showing off your pearly whites in no time!

Surgeon at work

Emergency Dental Care in Stockport: What You Need to Know

Tooth decay is a serious problem in the UK as even 25% of children 5 years and under have decay in their teeth. Poor health care can lead to undiscovered dental issues that lay the foundation for major issues later on.

However, even people with the best dental hygiene can end up needing emergency dental work.

If you’re located in Stockport, you might end up needing emergency dental help when you least expect it.

Here are your first 6 steps to take when dental disasters strike.

1. Decide The Level Of Emergency

When you feel like you might have encountered a dental emergency, you need to figure out how severe it is. You might just be encountering temporary pain or you might have done permanent damage to your teeth.

Take a moment to assess the situation. The pain may quickly subside if you give yourself a moment.

A trip to the dentist for an emergency, especially one that turns out to be minor, could be many factors more expensive than a standard visit. In order to avoid unnecessary bills, assess the possibilities.

If you have a toothache, try painkillers. If it persists and causes serious pain and discomfort, this is the reason to call a dentist.

An abscess or an infection in your gums could be more severe than just the pain involved. If left untreated, it could result in a serious medical issue.

If you have fillings that have come loose or have broken, you should seek emergency help. A loose filling could expose the nerves in your mouth and give you unbearable pain.

A cracked, broken, knocked out, or otherwise fractured tooth or crown should be fixed immediately.

2. Wash Your Hands

While your first impulse might be to reach into your mouth and deal with the issue, you need to be sure you wash your hands vigorously. You could have exposed wounds or tissues that could lead to an infection in your mouth. If you have an open abscess, you don’t want to make it worth.

Don’t handle broken teeth or pieces with dirty hands.

Washing your hands with warm and soapy water will also help you to calm down and take a step back. Once your hands are clean, you can start dealing with the problem at hand.

3. Take Your Time

You’re going to need to take a deep breath and calm yourself before you start doing anything. Make sure you save any small broken pieces of teeth. While you might think it’s a lost cause, many dentists can repair even the most desperately broken teeth.

Your only concern is to make sure that you keep them moist. Whole milk is the best way to keep them effectively moist in a fluid that is vital to their ability to be repaired.

Believe it or not, spitting into a small container is also very effective. You or a friend should spit into the container with the teeth in it. The bacteria from your mouth will help keep them alive.

Water will break down teeth in a way that the other liquids won’t. If you’re in a bind, a spoonful of salt in a glass of water will help keep the teeth from being broken down. In the worst case scenario, you can keep the teeth or pieces in your mouth, so long as you can keep from swallowing them.

4. Replace Knocked-Out Teeth

If a tooth was completely knocked out, try to place is back in your mouth. Getting it back in will keep it from drying out and maintain its consistency. Dry teeth can change shape and are more liable to be easily damaged.

If the end of the root is rounded and there are no sharp edges, try to fit it back into the socket. You have a short amount of time to get the tooth back into your mouth and to keep the tooth alive.

Avoid touching the root, as you can cause an infection. Only touch teeth by the top.

Rinse the tooth off with water if it was knocked out of your mouth completely. Avoid any chemicals or cleansing soaps of any kind. Don’t worry about sterility, just general cleanliness.

Be gentle when replacing it and hold it in place until you can get help from a dentist. Find some gauze to bite down on in the interim.

5. Apply Constant Pressure

Like any kind of open wound, constant pressure will keep you from losing blood. If you have access to gloves, this can be helpful in avoiding infection. Cover it with a sterile cloth or gauze if you have that around.

Apply pressure with bare hands if absolutely necessary but use a clean and dry cloth above everything else.

Keep applying pressure for at least 15 minutes and don’t worry about how it looks. Peeking will only allow the wound to bleed more. Leave the blood-soaked cloth if it becomes soggy and simply add more.

6. Call Your Regular Dentist

When you encounter a dental emergency, the first call you should make is to your regular dentist. If this is during normal hours, you can probably rush in and they can move some appointments around.

After hours or on weekends, they may have a call service that could connect you to your dentist. Your regular dentist will charge you much less than an emergency specialist randomly chosen from the directory.

Emergency Dental Issues Happen To Everyone

There’s no telling when you’ll need emergency dental help. Dental emergencies can happen as the result of a car accident, or simply biting into the wrong olive. If you maintain great dental hygiene, you will deal with very few dental emergencies in your lifetime.

If you’re curious how dental health factors in with your overall physical health, check out our report on how it all fits together.