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Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, or multiple missing teeth. Additionally bridges and dentures can also be supported by dental implants. Occasionally a single dental implant can replace more than a single tooth, the precise number of implants needed will be determined by the quality and density of bone volume.
A dental implant, also referred to as a tooth or teeth implant is a popular option which is more comfortable, functional and attractive compared to alternatives like dentures or bridges.
A dental implant is a metal post that holds a replacement tooth. They are usually made of titanium and fit and fuse with your jawbone and hold a replacement tooth in place like roots support natural teeth. Implants are designed to look and feel like a natural tooth. If you look after your implants and follow a good oral health routine your implants can last for the rest of your life.
Why do customers choose to have dental implants?
Dental implants are very popular for a range of reasons including:
Appearance – dental implants look and feel just like your own teeth, they are designed to fuse with bone so they become permanent
Speech – alternatives to dental implants can be disruptive to speech, for example ill fitting dentures can move causing your speech to be slurred or to sound quieter. Dental implants allow you to speak normally and without feeling self conscious
Comfort – implants fuse and become permanent, therefore eliminating irritation and discomfort, and avoid uncomfortable removable dentures
Dining – implants give you confidence to eat all your favourite foods as normal, without pain and without feeling self conscious
Confidence – dental implants can give you the confidence to smile and look your best
Health – implants can improve your oral health, nearby teeth are not affected or altered
Durable – implants are extremely durable and with care can last a lifetime
Convenience – implants are like your natural teeth, unlike alternatives like dentures which need to be removed to be cleaned or at night
What Are The Alternatives?
Alternatives to dental implants include removable dentures (false teeth) or a bridge – false teeth that are fixed onto your adjacent natural teeth. If your need for implants has resulted from dental health problems, your dentist will seek to explain and treat the cause of these problems before starting your dental implant treatment.
Dental Implant Treatment
If you are considering dental implants, see your dentist as soon as possible. This is because some treatments such as dentures affect your bone which can affect options for dental implants. An advantage of dental implants is that they can preserve bone which becomes stronger and denser.
Your dental implant dentist will design a treatment plan that meets your needs. Dental implants are suitable for most adults with good general health. Patients should have healthy gums and sufficient bone to hold the implant. X-rays will be taken, to check the suitability of your jawbone, a scan may also be used. You can expect to receive a written summary of your treatment options, covering your current dental health and alternative treatment options. This should also break down your treatment into stages, along with the number of implants you require and expected fees.
Dental Implant Surgery
Treatment times vary and can be completed between 6 weeks and 6 months. Times can vary depending on your requirements and the quality of your bone which can decrease treatment times. This is because more time and care has to be taken with poorer bone.
Implant placement surgery is a simple and minor surgical procedure that can be performed in your dental practice under local anaesthetic. Your dentist will administer your anaesthetic and make a cut into your gum and drill a hole for the implant. If you are having a tooth removed, your dentist may be able to place an implant at the same time. Sedation can also be used to relieve anxiety if required. The procedure normally takes 1-2 hours.
The tooth root of the implant, a small screw like rod made of titanium is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the titanium implant which securely anchors it in the jaw. The healing process can take anything from six weeks to six months.
Once the implant is securely anchored in the jaw bone, a small connector called an abutment is attached to hold the new tooth, called a crown. Impressions of your teeth are used to create a model which the crown is based on. The colour of the crown is matched to your existing teeth.
Implants can be fitted as:
One stage implant – the implant rod and abutment are fitted at the same time
Two stage implant – the implant rod is fitted and buried into your gum, after your bone has healed you will have another operation to attach the abutment
Artificial teeth may be attached on the same day, or you may have to wait for healing to take place in which case a temporary bridge or denture can be fitted so that no gaps are visible.
Risks, Complications And Problems
Dental implant procedure risks are low as implants are a safe, well established solution in the UK and Europe however every procedure carries a risk of complication. These can include side effects which is most likely temporary such as swelling and discomfort. Complications after the procedure can include excessive bleeding or a reaction to the anaesthetic. Occasionally the implant does not fuse with your jawbone properly and can become loose. You may need to have a replacement implant fitted.
Smoking affects the health of implants and natural teeth, you may need to take extra care of your implants. Patients who have a habit of clenching or grinding (bruxing) their teeth can cause complications by placing too much pressure on their implants. However treatment planning and use of a night bite guard can solve this problem.
If you need pain relief you can take over the counter pain relief such as paracetamol. Your dentist will schedule follow up appointments. After surgery and recovery your replacement teeth should look and feel the same as your natural teeth and you will be able to enjoy the confidence and benefits of your dental implant. Look after your dental implants and follow a good oral health routine.
You can expect your dental implants to last for years, implants can even last a lifetime, and as long as natural teeth if they are placed into adequate bone and properly maintained. The biggest influence will be your personal attention to oral hygiene and attending regular appointments. If implants are neglected, they will develop calculus and plaque – deposits which are similar to those affecting natural teeth.
What Are Same Day Implants Or Teeth In A Day?
Same Day Implants refers to having a implant fitted in one day, including preparatory work such as extracting any unhealthy teeth. However it is also necessary to have a consultation and examination including x-ray prior to treatment. Same day implants are sometimes offered by dental practices, dental implant clinics, centres and cosmetic dentists.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
Implants are not normally available on the NHS, unless a patient has had an accident or suffered from mouth cancer. However often the cost of implants is only slightly more than the cost of crowns and bridges over the long term. Implants also provide greater benefits and confidence. For example if you have a bridge, adjacent teeth will need to be cut down and have crowns fitted in order to support the bridge. Dental implants don’t affect adjacent teeth.
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