What Are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants are alternatives to dentures. An implant is a titanium metal rod which is placed into the jaw bone to act like a tooth root to support a denture, crown or bridge.
For people who want a metal-free alternative we offer ceramic implants – click HERE for more information.
What Are The Benefits of Dental Implants?
They can replace a single missing tooth, or multiple missing teeth or they can be used to securely fix full dentures into place for ease of eating, talking & day-to-day activities.
When natural teeth are lost, the bone around them gradually dissolves away. This irreversible process is accelerated by the wearing of conventional dentures and causes premature ageing of the facial features. This is the reason why dentures become progressively more loose and have to be re-lined or replaced periodically to adjust to the changing mouth shape.
Dentures may `click’ or move whilst speaking or eating causing distress and embarrassment to the wearer. Implants can help solve these and other problems associated with the wearing of dentures and can be used to replace one or more missing teeth.
The earlier an implant is placed after the loss of natural teeth, the more bone is saved to maintain a youthful appearance.
Destructive preparations of adjacent teeth are not necessary with implants as is often required for bridgework, and the health of the teeth adjacent to a space is not compromised as is commonly found with dentures.
How Many Dental Implants Will I Need?
You can have any number of teeth replaced with implants—from 1 single tooth to a complete set. For a complete set, the number of implants used will vary from patient to patient, but normally 5 or 6 per jaw are sufficient.
If a large number of implants are required, they do not have to be replaced all at once. For a few missing teeth, 2-3 implants may be used.
The illustrations show how implants are used to secure a denture, crown or bridge.
Who Can Have Dental Implants?
If you are healthy enough to undergo routine dental extractions , then you are more than likely a suitable candidate for implants.
How Long Does The Treatment Take?
From the initial assessment to the final attachment of a denture or restoration takes approximately 6-12 months. A lot depends on how complicated your treatment is. Denture wearers can usually continue to wear their dentures during this time perhaps with some adjustment made to them.
With the use of our operating microscope which allows us to see minute details and fine structures, along with our Cone Beam CT scanner which provides 3D images. We can improve the quality of the examination, diagnosis and treatment.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
Implants are a well established, tried and tested treatment and they are made from materials acceptable to the body. It is a fact that if looked after then 90% of modern implants will last for at least 15 years. Daily cleaning is as important with implants as it is with natural teeth. Implants cannot become decayed but like teeth they can suffer from gum problems if not cared for.
Does The Placement of Dental Implants Hurt?
Implants are fitted using local anaesthetic, with or without sedation. The placement will therefore be painless but you may feel some discomfort in the week following the surgery. The dentist will advise you regarding pain relief during this time.
More information about dental implants can be found here.