Do you have a missing tooth and wish to smile and eat with more confidence?
Dental Implants are a modern, popular method to replace lost teeth. We can place a titanium implant securely into the bone in place of the tooth root. We may then attach a crown, denture or bridge onto the top.
Traditional methods for replacing teeth include dentures and bridgework. Both of these however have their own drawbacks. Dentures have the potential to be loose and as a result may cause embarrassment. Dental bridgework can be destructive to adjacent teeth and as a result make them weaker. Replacing missing teeth with implants will provide a fixed solution which preserves surrounding bone.
Dental Implants transmit the force of chewing to the jaw bone, and as a result help to conserve it. In the case of dentures or conventional bridges, the bone gradually reduces. Therefore this can change your facial expression and appearance.
What does Implant Treatment Involve?
We place dental implants under a local anaesthetic. The whole procedure takes a reasonably short amount of time. It is necessary to wait several weeks for integration into the bone. Finally a crown, bridge or denture can be placed over the top.
We place implants which are made of titanium or a titanium-zirconium alloy. Both of these are bio compatible and as a result bond well with bone.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants have a success rate of in excess of 95% over a ten year period. Good oral hygiene and also refraining from smoking for instance will increase the longevity.
Who makes the dental implants?
Here at Ainsty Dental Practice we use the Straumann Group® which include Straumann and Neodent implants both popular and clinically proven choices. Straumann is a Swiss company who have been making Implants since 1974 and are one of the largest companies providing implants worldwide. Neodent was founded in 1993 and are based in Brazil, they are the second largest dental implant company worldwide.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
- They look and also perform like natural teeth.
- Durability due to a 95% success rate.
- No coverage on the palate and hence no gagging or loss of comfort.
- Stability as a result of the implants being fixed, therefore no worry of your teeth falling out.
- Dental implant placement does not require the reduction of adjacent teeth in contrast to dental bridges.
Dental Implant Case Examples
A patient was unhappy with wearing a denture and wished to have a fixed solution. Two implants were placed to create a secure and aesthetic solution as a result providing more confidence when eating and smiling.
This patient has lost their lateral incisor and does not like wearing a denture, therefore an implant was chosen.
The loss of a tooth resulted in a partial denture which was subsequently replaced with an Implant therefore allowing the patient to eat and smile with more confidence.
Who places our dental implants?
Dr Stephen Davies BChD, MSc (Dental Implantology)
Stephen is our experienced implant dentist who has being placing dental implants for a number years and has a gained a masters degree in dental implantology. Stephen is also the practice owner and takes pride in providing the best possible care.
Five steps to Dental implant treatment
To make it easier to understand the stages involved in dental implant treatment, let us break it down into five steps. All of the steps require the support and work of your dentist.
First of all your dentist must evaluate your case from the clinical history, analysis of the oral scenario and with additional examinations they may deem necessary. Above all it is important to evaluate each case to find the best solution.
Placing of the Implant
Your dentist will place one or more implants surgically. Depending on your circumstances, they will consequently assess whether to restore the tooth immediately or not.
The stitches are generally removed around fourteen days after surgery. Based on your medical circumstances, your dentist will assess how much time will be required for healing. Consequently this may vary from six weeks to several months.
Once integration is complete, your dentist will assess the best way to restore your tooth. This depends on the anatomical characteristics of the bone bed, where the implant will be placed. The tooth may be restored on the day of surgery (immediate loading) or after a period of bone regeneration. This stage requires modelling and the production of a model of your mouth. The laboratory need this to create your prosthesis. To achieve success, it may be necessary to conduct one or more trials before finalising the treatment.
Implant treatment does not end when the prosthesis is placed. It is very important to follow your dentists instructions on cleaning as well as attending all of the check-ups. This is the only way to ensure your implant treatment is durable over the long term.
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