Dental Implants v Dentures

Having one or more missing teeth is a common problem, especially among adults, but whilst having a missing tooth can cause embarrassment and sometimes discomfort, there are various ways to improve the appearance of your smile.

One such option is to wear dentures, but with recent advances in technology, people can now choose to have replacement teeth implanted into their jawbone.


Dentures are false teeth that are usually secured with denture adhesive. Your dentist will take a mould of your mouth and jawline and this is then sent away to a specialist who will create your dentures. Once the final cast is fitted, minor adjustments can be made to ensure that it is comfortable and matches your individual bite.

With recent improvements to the quality and appearance of dentures, this cost-effective way of replacing teeth is a popular option. It is also a good choice for people whose jaws are either too weak or too unhealthy to support implants.

The main downside to wearing dentures is the fact that they can slip out of place if not secured with adhesive properly, which can not only cause embarrassment but can also be very uncomfortable. Another negative aspect of wearing dentures is that with age, the jawline can change, resulting in dentures having to be adjusted and realigned to the shape of the wearer’s mouth.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are replacement teeth that are surgically implanted into the jawbone. After administering a local anaesthetic, your dentist will expose the jawbone, drill a hole and insert a metal post. Your gum will be stitched over the metal post and it will be left to heal whilst the bone grows around the metal post to make it secure. Another operation will then be required to fit the replacement teeth onto the metal post.

Although local anaesthetic reduces pain considerably, this kind of procedure requires invasive surgery which may put some people off. Other downsides to having dental implants are cost and time. As the procedure is far more complicated than having traditional dentures fitted, it is far more expensive and can take much longer to complete.

However, due to the metal post that is implanted into the jawbone, this kind of replacement tooth is far more secure than dentures as the metal post acts as a natural root for the tooth. Implants also look and feel like ordinary teeth, making you feel comfortable and much less self-conscious.


What is ‘Teeth in a day’?

How You Can Get Teeth in a Day

If your smile could use some help, you may have put off the decision of having work done for a number of reasons. One of them was probably that you didn’t want to spend months waiting to get your new teeth along with all the other complications that can come with the procedure. Fortunately, now this no longer needs to be an issue that keeps you from smiling with confidence. With All-on-Four implants, you can get brand new teeth in a single day.

Who Are They For?

All-on-Four braces are really for people who have the most severe of dental problems. If you just want straighter teeth or need one replaced, this wouldn’t be for you. However, if you have to hide your smile because you’re embarrassed by how much damage has been done to them, then All-on-Four implants are definitely an option worth exploring.

For example, do you currently wear dentures of some sort? Are the teeth you have beginning to fail you and you know it’s only a matter of time before they’ll have to be pulled? Could your smile benefit from a full restoration of the top or bottom row?

How Do They Work?

The great thing is that, as the name makes clear, All-on-Four implants only need four points in your jaw for them to be installed. One option is to simply attach them right into your jawbone. However, many people have jawbones that are falling apart or otherwise don’t provide enough material for an installation to take place. This may have convinced you in the past that permanent implant solutions simply weren’t possible them.

Well, now you can throw those dentures away because we have the technology to move bone from one portion of your body and graft it on your jaw. With that, the orthodontist will have more than enough bone to apply All-on-Four implants.

Best of all, this entire procedure is one that can happen while you’re comfortably asleep. That’s why this is a single day solution (unless the aforementioned bone graft is needed). You’ll walk in with the smile you no longer want and in a couple hours, will walk back out with beautiful new teeth.

Permanent Dentures

All-on-Four implants are essentially permanent dentures. This means that once they’re installed, they’re staying there. You never have to worry about taking them off when you go to bed at night or to clean then. Sleep soundly with these dentures in and never worry that you’ll experience issues.

In fact, you can even leave them in to clean. You’ll just brush them exactly like you would your normal teeth, with a toothbrush and everything.  Once they’re in, these are your new teeth for life!

Installations That Won’t Budge

It’s not just that All-on-Four implants are permanent. It’s that they also stay perfectly in place. If you currently wear dentures, you may struggle with the fact that they are constantly moving around. Trying to eat with them, for example, can be a terrible challenge, because their movement means that food can become trapped and cause further problems.

On top of that, non-permanent solutions mean you constantly have to worry about the embarrassment that occurs if they pop out during conversations.

Again, All-on-Four implants aren’t going anywhere. They’ll sit in your mouth and stay there just like anyone else’s teeth would.

Ask your orthodontist today about All-on-Four implants or do a Google search for dental professionals in your area who specialize in this procedure. The procedure is easy and the result is permanent, meaning you can enjoy a beautiful smile for the rest of your life.


Finding the Perfect Orthodontist

Finding the Perfect Orthodontist

Whether it’s for you or your child, if you’re in the market for orthodontic work, then you need to have the best possible orthodontist to do it. The good news is that you shouldn’t have any trouble finding one these days. However, the flip side of this benefit is that you’re going to have to do some pretty serious homework before you make your final choice. Without the best possible orthodontist working for you, you may not end up with the perfect teeth you had in mind too. Here’s what to look for.

A Specialist

Many dentists are qualified to do all kinds of procedures we usually associate solely with orthodontists. For example, many dentists are able to put Invisalign braces on your teeth or even do traditional braces. However, that doesn’t mean they’re your best option, even if they are more convenient to visit.
Orthodontists don’t just go to dental school. They usually graduate top of their class and then spend three more years doing rigorous study to attain their orthodontist’s degree.
Even for something as seemingly simple as Invisalign braces, you want someone who will know how to look for other potential issues too. An orthodontist is more likely to know all the different procedures that can be used to help you get the perfect teeth you always wanted.

Go with a Private Practice

You should also look for a private practice. If you end up with an orthodontist that is simply on staff for a larger company, you run the risk that they’ll leave at some point while you still have braces on. This isn’t the end of the world, by any means, but it’s much better to have the same doctor the entire time.

This won’t happen at a private practice because the orthodontist owns it. So you’ll start with and finish with the same practitioner.

Furthermore, go with a private practice that is at it full time. More than likely, your private practice orthodontist will be working plenty of hours, but be sure. While you shouldn’t expect any emergency problems with braces, little things may crop up like wires that poke you or a piece that falls off. Ideally, you want to know you can stop in at anytime during the week and get help from your orthodontist.

Find Flexible Financing

Getting braces is never cheap, but that doesn’t mean it has to be unaffordable. Look for a private practice that will offer flexible financing options to help ease the burden a bit. Given how expensive orthodontic work often is, this shouldn’t be too difficult.

Try to find a practice that is in your insurance network, offers 0% financing and who will accept a down payment with ongoing monthly payments.

Don’t Fall for Bargain Service Though

You’d never expect to find a brand new car with 0% financing and half the normal price. If someone tried to sell you one, you’d rightfully react with skepticism. While most orthodontists are going to be above such reproach, this type of thing happens from time to time. Sure, you save some money upfront, but the service you receive in return leaves a lot to be desired.

Read Reviews Online

Most orthodontists can be found on Internet review sites where you can find what prior customers thought of them. This is a huge advantage, but you should also ask around your social circle and see what people whom you actually know have to say. Plus, this way you can examine the results up close too.

There’s no doubt that finding the perfect orthodontist will take a little extra work on your part. However, when you consider how important their work is it’s definitely worth it.

Common Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

Dental Implants and Orthodontics

Most dentists offer a wide range of dental treatments from basic check-ups to complex dental procedures. So, whether you require a routine dental examination, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics (straightening), teeth whitening, dental hygiene, dental implants or sedation, your dentist should be able help with the highest level of professional care.

Orthodontics and Dental Implants are two of the most common treatments and the following is some more information on the procedures.


If you have crowded, gappy or twisted teeth often affect self-confidence there are many tailor-made solutions available, so you can get the smile you deserve.

In fact, treatments such Invisalign and Inman Aligner have transformed the world of orthodontics.Orthodontics uses a ‘brace’ to correct the position of the teeth. And, rest assured, gone are the days of the unsightly metal ‘traintrack’ appliances, which cover most of the teeth! Today’s braces are almost invisible and much more comfortable to wear. Even the traditional metal braces are smaller and better in appearance.

There is a range of appliances that exists so dentists can tailor the treatment to match your specific needs and lifestyle. Dentists are also aware that timescale can be important, so we can offer treatments that will be effective in six months or less.

Dental Implants

Lost teeth or ill-fitting dentures can make eating, talking or smiling an embarrassing problem. But now, significant technical advances in dentistry mean implants can correct problems that were once untreatable. And this permanent solution will let you live your everyday life in complete confidence.

What are dental implants?

Implants look and feel like natural teeth and have a very high success rate. An artificial root is placed and becomes a permanent anchor for a new color-matched tooth. They can be used for single missing teeth or up to a full arch of fixed replacement teeth. They can also stabilise loose dentures.

Dental Implants are the best solution for missing teeth because:

They look great. Implants look and feel like your own teeth – no-one will ever know you have a replacement tooth or teeth. Because implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum shrinkage that often occurs with bridges or dentures.

They save your other teeth. Implants do not affect the teeth next to it. With a bridge, your neighbouring teeth are often altered, as they need to support the bridge. Implants do not need this support, so more of your own teeth are left untouched. This offers a significant long-term benefit to your oral health.

They give you confidence. Implants allow you to speak, eat and smile confidently. They are secure, so you can say goodbye to the embarrassing clicks and wobbles of loose dentures. And, also, gone are the worries about misplaced dentures and messy pastes and glues!

They are reliable. Implant treatments have been well-researched and have a consistently high success rate.

The cost of dental implants explained

Our thanks go out to Dr David Cashel who is an experienced cosmetic dentist based in Glasgow who also offers dental implants services. David explains in the following article why you have to be careful when comparing the cost of dental implants.

Normally a dental implant is made up of three different components :

The dental implant
the abutment
the replacement tooth, crown, denture or bridge

If you’re being quoted for dental implants it is very important to make sure that each component is included in the price. Prices will vary depending on your location, the materials used  and the dental implant system in question. There is plenty more information on dental implants here – ADI(Uk)


Many people are sucked into what they believe is a very competitive price, only to find out that the abutment or the replacement tooth or both have not been included in the original price. Dr Cashel also believes you should go for quality as your top marker. If the materials used are not made of titanium, particularly the implant, then you should think again. The thing to bear in mind about titanium is that it actually fuses with the bone to form a rock solid replacement tooth root. No other implant material can do this so while titanium is a fairly expensive option, the benefits it brings far outweigh the cost.
You should also make sure that the dentist who will be placing your implants has a strong track record of success in this area. Ask him or her to give you examples of previous cases and ask for testimonials from existing clients. Any good implant dentist will be more than happy to allow you to contact previous patients.

Finally, there’s been a lot of comment in the media about dental holidays. This is where people fly abroad for cheap dental work and have a holiday at the same time, the leaving that the total cost is around the same as they would have paid back in the UK. While there are many competent and experienced dental implants dentists throughout Europe, you need to know that if something goes wrong then it will be put right at no further expense to yourself. In the UK, the majority of dental implant dentists will offer a minimum five-year guarantee on their services. Indeed many now offer 10 year guarantees.
If you have your dental implants procedure performed abroad and something goes wrong then you’re faced with an difficult decision. Dr Cashel has seen many patients with botched implants who have had to go through restorative surgery in order to have working teeth again. So not only are they out of pocket for the original poor work, they then have to pay to have it done again.

As with almost anything in life, if you’re spending a lot of money then it is wise to do your own research. Dr Cashel has had many patients who have had over 20 years of trouble-free implants and there is a flexible finance package which allows you to spread the cost over several years.

What are the most frequent questions asked about dental implants?

How long do Dental Implants last?

We have asked Dr Stephen Jacobs of Dental FX in Glasgow about his experience with dental implants patients and what the most common questions he is asked by his patients about the procedure?

The two main questions that dental patients asked me about whether dental implants are “What is the success rate?” and “How long will they last?”

Question – What is the success rate of dental implants?

In short the answer is that while every dental procedure comes with failure risk, luckily this happens very infrequently. Factors that contribute to the failure rate of implants depends on whether they are secure into natural bone or grafted, their location in the mouth and whether the person is a smoker. Statisically a smokers failure rate is 2.5 times more likely to have a dental failure than someone who doesn’t.

Question – “How long will a dental implant last for?

The answer to this question is even shorter – we honestly don’t know. What we do know that best way to extent the longevity of a dental implants to have to keep up scrupulous oral hygiene, and evaluate the dental implant both clinically and radio-graphically at your regular visit with your dentist.


Are Dental Implants Value For Money ?


Dental implants are expensive, there is no getting away from that. The level of skill and training required to qualify to place dental implants is extremely rigorous and can take several years. Once qualified, the dental implantologist must spend a great deal of time with eachAll Posts potential patient, assessing whether the patient is suitable for implants, and the whole process from start to finish can take up to 6 months and involve up to 10 or even 12 visits to the dental practice. There is a substantial capital investment required in the equipment needed to provide a dental implants service, and the cost of the dental implants materials themselves is substantial as well.

On the plus side, apart from the many physical and psychological benefits that dental implants give to the patient, Sunil urges people to take a long term view of the costs involved. With many patients now enjoying troule free dental implants lasting over 20 years, he rationalises the cost by saying ” here in Billericay, dental implants procedures probably cost on average around £6000 . This sounds like a huge amount, but if you then divide that cost across the lifetime of the implants, you suddenly realise that your dental implants actually cost you less than £300 per year, which is around 80p per day – you can’t get a decent newspaper for that nowadays ”