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Dental Implants

Dental implants can be the best solution to replace missing teeth. Dental implant restorations are so natural-looking and feeling that you may forget you ever lost a tooth. You will be back to laughing, talking and eating as you always have done.

Am I suitable for dental implants?


- More and more patients are discovering that they are suitable for dental implants.
- Discover how: You never have to remove your teeth again.

Tooth replacement Options

Single tooth missing

Until now the only alternatives to filling the gap left by a missing tooth were a bridge or a denture, both of which can be uncomfortable or difficult to maintain. An implant, on the other hand, is a replacement that feels good, looks good and is the sensible choice replacing a natural tooth. Furthermore unlike a bridge or a denture, a properly patient maintained implant is more likely to last a lifetime.

Single tooth

 

Multiple teeth Missing teeth

Your chewing, appearance and confidence can all be improved by replacing a number of teeth at the same time. The most frequent occurrence of adjacent teeth missing is with the molar teeth at the back of the jaw. Although not as visually obvious as the front teeth, it is very important that these are replaced, because they are the multi-rooted teeth which do the ‘heavy work’ of grinding up food. If they are missing, some of that loading and work gets transferred to single-rooted teeth at the front of your mouth which are simply not designed to cope with the task.
If you have a number of adjacent teeth missing, or that need replacing, we can often join them together to form a bridge. This is a better and sometimes more economical solution than replacing each individual tooth with its own implant.

Multiple teeth

 

Full Jaw (No natural teeth remaining)

You may have loose or uncomfortable dentures and seek alternative treatments. These may make tasting food difficult, or feel bulky and not right in your mouth. And although every effort is made to produce comfortable dentures, over time bone is lost from the jaw due to the lack of teeth, which can cause previously well fitting dentures to become loose.

Undoubtedly, the best solution to these problems is through supporting your dentures using dental implants.

Dental implant retained dentures are complete dentures that clip onto dental implants, which sit solidly in your gums much like natural teeth. This can be such that the denture is removable by the patient, or fixed and only removable by a dentist. They are very successful at eliminating, or greatly reducing, any problems found with traditional dentures.

Full Jaw

     

 

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An implant is used to substitute a natural root of a missing tooth and is commonly a titanium screw which is carefully placed within bone into the preceise location of the intended tooth. The aim is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding bone. This creates initial stability of the implant.

Taking good care of your dental implants is vital for long-term success. With proper home care and professional maintenance, your new teeth can last for life.

Looking after your Dental Implants

Loss of teeth comes in many forms for many reasons:
Mouth trauma or accidental
Dental decay
Gum disease

Here are some of the benefits
Tooth-saving: Dental implants do not sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant. Your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!

Bone-saving: The presence of the implant maintains the structure of the bone beneath the replaced tooth, as chewing forces are transmitted through the implant to the bone and stimulate the natural process of bone renewal. This helps preserve a good appearance, both of the restored teeth and of the face.

Comfort: Dental implants are secure and will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence. Implants look and feel like natural teeth. Dental implants can be used to give removable dentures a firm grip. With dental implants, there is no need to use special glues to hold the false teeth in place, as there is with some dentures.

Reliable: the success rate for dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.

Cost effective: Because only one tooth is replaced rather than the three teeth of a bridge, dental implant tooth replacement can actually cost less than the traditional bridgework.

If you are interested in knowing more about dental implants, speak to your dentist. If they think dental implants are a viable option for you they can refer you within the practice for a consultation, at which your teeth and space(s) will be assessed thoroughly to see if you are definitely suitable.

Dental implants do not sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant. Your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!

To ensure a successful implant placement, clinicians must take into account the patient’s prosthetic needs, functional requirements, and anatomical constraints. During the assessments, 3-D imaging contributes to a greater success rate due to its ability to visualize previously undetectable anatomic variability and pathology.

Simply put, CBCT-generated images provide detailed information that 2-D radiographs cannot offer. This greatly aids in precision, which improves the entire implant process. Eg.

Without the aid of 3-D imaging, doctors often must speculate on bone density or exactly how deep implants need to be.
These scans are more accurate in showing bone height and width and allowing for accurate measurements of jawbone thickness, while defining the shape of the bone contours.
They allow surgeons to accurately locate the position of the inferior alveolar canal in the lower jaw, thus minimizing the risk of nerve damage
In the upper jaw, use of 3-D imaging during the implant planning process or surgical phase can aid inserting implants around the maxillary sinus, or assist in surgery where the maxillary sinus is augmented with bone.
The anatomy and health of the maxillary sinus are critically important during surgery and this offers superior views.
A CBCT scanner renders high-resolution images for one-tenth at a fraction of the radiation compared to a CT scanner.
Surgical guides and treatments could all be planned ahead of the actual surgery allow for safer procedures and protocols.

What is a dental implant used for?

An implant is used to substitute a natural root of a missing tooth and is commonly a titanium screw which is carefully placed within bone into the preceise location of the intended tooth. The aim is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding bone. This creates initial stability of the implant.

Taking good care of your dental implants is vital for long-term success. With proper home care and professional maintenance, your new teeth can last for life.

Looking after your Dental Implants

Why might I need a dental implant?

Loss of teeth comes in many forms for many reasons:
Mouth trauma or accidental
Dental decay
Gum disease

Here are some of the benefits
Tooth-saving: Dental implants do not sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant. Your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!

Bone-saving: The presence of the implant maintains the structure of the bone beneath the replaced tooth, as chewing forces are transmitted through the implant to the bone and stimulate the natural process of bone renewal. This helps preserve a good appearance, both of the restored teeth and of the face.

Comfort: Dental implants are secure and will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence. Implants look and feel like natural teeth. Dental implants can be used to give removable dentures a firm grip. With dental implants, there is no need to use special glues to hold the false teeth in place, as there is with some dentures.

Reliable: the success rate for dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.

Cost effective: Because only one tooth is replaced rather than the three teeth of a bridge, dental implant tooth replacement can actually cost less than the traditional bridgework.

If you are interested in knowing more about dental implants, speak to your dentist. If they think dental implants are a viable option for you they can refer you within the practice for a consultation, at which your teeth and space(s) will be assessed thoroughly to see if you are definitely suitable.

Can implants work with natural teeth?

Dental implants do not sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant. Your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!

CBCT Scan 3D Imaging

To ensure a successful implant placement, clinicians must take into account the patient’s prosthetic needs, functional requirements, and anatomical constraints. During the assessments, 3-D imaging contributes to a greater success rate due to its ability to visualize previously undetectable anatomic variability and pathology.

Simply put, CBCT-generated images provide detailed information that 2-D radiographs cannot offer. This greatly aids in precision, which improves the entire implant process. Eg.

Without the aid of 3-D imaging, doctors often must speculate on bone density or exactly how deep implants need to be.
These scans are more accurate in showing bone height and width and allowing for accurate measurements of jawbone thickness, while defining the shape of the bone contours.
They allow surgeons to accurately locate the position of the inferior alveolar canal in the lower jaw, thus minimizing the risk of nerve damage
In the upper jaw, use of 3-D imaging during the implant planning process or surgical phase can aid inserting implants around the maxillary sinus, or assist in surgery where the maxillary sinus is augmented with bone.
The anatomy and health of the maxillary sinus are critically important during surgery and this offers superior views.
A CBCT scanner renders high-resolution images for one-tenth at a fraction of the radiation compared to a CT scanner.
Surgical guides and treatments could all be planned ahead of the actual surgery allow for safer procedures and protocols.

Frequently asked questions about Dental Implants

  • Will I be able to feel the implant?

    Our dental implant procedure ensures that the final result is comfortable and natural feeling. So much so that you won't even feel the difference.

  • How long will they last?

    The success rate for dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.

  • How many appointments will I need?

    There are normally four appointments following the initial consultation and records with additional reviews and monitoring.

    Free Consultation – X-rays/ CT scan , discuss treatment options with dental implant clinician.

    Records: Record taking – Impressions, bite record, measurements, tooth shade and shape. We take time to do all the necessary pre-planning at this stage.

    Appointment 1: Surgery: Tooth extractions, Implant Placement, fit temporary – is fitted on the SAME DAY as the surgery. You will normally leave with your provisional teeth in place.

    Review: Two weeks later you return healing checked and sutures removed.

    Appointment 2: Surgery to Uncover the implant 3-4 months later. Implant healing check, x-ray, healing cap to shape the gum is fitted and left for 2 weeks.

    Appointment 3: Impressions, photographs, shade and shape ,bite of teeth is record and sent to the dental laboratory.

    Appointment 4: Final restoration fitted if approved 2-3 weeks later. Should any further modifications be need this is sent back to the laboratory for adjustments prior to final fitting.

    Review : This is to assess outcome, bite, oral hygiene.

    Monitoring: Annual reviews recommended to monitor your dental implants.

  • Home care for your dental implants

    Taking good care of your dental implants is vital for long-term success. With proper home care and professional maintenance, your new teeth can last for life.

    Looking after your Dental Implants

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