What is an Implant?
Dental Implants are small titanium screws that integrate with the bone to act as artificial roots supporting the construction of artificial teeth above. This allows improved function, speech and aesthetics.
What can implants are used for?
Dental implants are used when a tooth or teeth have been lost. An implant can be used to:
- Replace a Single Tooth
Dental implants are an ideal solution for replacing a single missing tooth and eliminate the need to grind down healthy adjacent teeth for a bridge.
- Replace Several Teeth
Implants can be used to replace and support individual crowns or bridges. Support from adjacent healthy teeth is not necessary because implants act as replacement tooth roots.
- Replace all Teeth
In addition to looking and functioning like natural teeth, implant-supported dentures and full bridges are designed to be a stable and effective long term solution. Implants eliminate the need for adhesives to keep dentures in place. Implant supported bridge and retained over denture.
Dental Implant Supported Dentures
Dental implant supported dentures are firmly anchored to the jawbone. This helps to prevent bone loss and causes them to feel much more like natural teeth.
How is it done?
First, you will have a detailed consultation with one of our specialists. They will explain the procedure and show you examples. You will be given some suggestions for treatment that may suit you, together with an idea of costs and timescale.
If you decide to proceed with treatment, you will then return for “preplanning”. This is an assessment and planning appointment. Following this, we will be able to provide you with a written report, proposed treatment plan and estimate detailing the timescale and cost of treatment.
Treatment with dental implants requires meticulous planning to ensure a successful, predictable outcome. A precise and delicate surgical technique is necessary and this should be provided by an appropriately trained surgeon. The next stage is the surgical phase. This is a relatively simple, gentle, minor surgical procedure to place the implant into the bone under sterile conditions, where it is left to heal for 3-12 weeks.
This phase is normally carried out under local anesthesia. Intravenous sedation is available, and is often used to help those who are anxious, or having extensive treatment. Although some implants can be loaded into function immediately, or soon after surgery, it is often suggested that this period of healing is allowed for the implant to fully integrate before loading. This significantly reduces the risk of implant failure. A temporary prosthesis is used as a transitional measure until the implants are integrated.
In some carefully selected situations it is possible to place implants and restore them with teeth immediately. For complex procedures, we are able to admit patients to a local private hospital that has appropriate facilities for in-patient treatment under general anesthetic. Following the appropriate healing period, the restorative phase can be performed. The implant is uncovered, impressions are taken and the final restoration is fitted. Patients undergoing complex treatment may have several of these phases progressing simultaneously. The entire procedure may take as little as a few weeks, or for complex reconstruction of several damaged jaws, up to 18 months.
The actual procedure chosen depends on several factors, such as your dental health, the number of teeth involved and which teeth are replaced. These factors will also determine the total number of visits to the dentist throughout the treatment period.
Advantages of Dental Implants
- A long lasting fixed alternative to removable dentures.
- Provide high levels of support for the replacement of several teeth.
- The ability to chew and enjoy your food in a similar way to that achieved prior to tooth loss.
- Avoids damaged to adjacent teeth as required by bridges.
- Confidence that the fixed bridge or tooth replacement feels as secure as a natural tooth.
- Predictable results.
Will I need one implant for each missing tooth?
No, unless of course only a single tooth is being replaced. It is usual for six implants to be used in the lower jaw to support 10-12 teeth, with eight implants normally being used in the upper jaw. Where a few teeth are missing, two or three implants are sufficient.
Can anyone have implants?
Generally speaking, anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or decay may be a candidate for dental implants. There are very few cases where implants could not be provided. “Not having enough bone” does not mean that you cannot have implants. Some patients may not have enough suitable bone to place the implants. This can, however, be rectified by our expert surgeons. The main limitations on treatment are what the patient is prepared to undergo. Age is certainly not a limiting factor, although it is inadvisable for implants to be placed in growing individuals.
Smokers are slightly more likely to develop problems with dental implants, as smoking ahs a significant and detrimental effect on the progression of periodontal (gum) disease, which can affect implants and teeth alike. Our specialists will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and health history.
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