Change your world with dental implants

If you’re missing a tooth, or multiple teeth, it’s certainly embarrassing. If you’ve got loose dentures, that’s equally difficult. You just don’t feel like yourself. You’re hiding your smile, often eating alone. That’s where dental implants can help.

A dental implant is a natural-looking replacement tooth. They are very durable, as they are made of titanium, and will be secure in the jaw. The metal root is set in the jaw’s bone and it will fuse with the natural bone, creating a sturdy and secure dental implant.
With a dental implant there are many benefits:
· Very similar in appearance to a healthy, natural tooth with a carefully colour-matched crown.
· Secure fit so you can laugh, talk and eat without embarrassment.
· No more avoiding certain foods or slurring your words.

An implant can also secure a bridge or dentures for greater convenience and comfort.

During your consultation, your dentist will evaluate the potential for implant treatment. They will review your medical history and conduct a thorough examination of your oral cavity to identify any potential issues. Typically, X-rays will be captured, and in some cases, models might be created to gain a more detailed understanding of your mouth’s condition following your appointment. All of these steps contribute to precise treatment planning.

Good dental health is vital to any treatment. You will be informed about any pressing issues and the necessary steps to address and stabilize any tooth or gum concerns. Achieving stability in oral health holds significant importance as it greatly enhances the predictability of implant treatment.

Before treatment commences, you will be provided with a summary of your treatment plan and discussions. Your dental situation will be highlighted and your options for care also explained. The summary also includes an overview of anticipated treatment and estimated treatment times, number of implants, and estimated fees. Any other specific factors to your case will also be addressed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dental implants are generally appropriate for most adults who are in good overall health, as they are typically recommended after the jaw has completed its growth, which occurs mainly during adulthood. However, it’s important to note that excessive alcohol consumption or smoking can substantially raise the risk of complications concerning the bone and gum tissues surrounding the implants. Individuals who smoke might not be considered suitable candidates for implants.

Only a small number of medical conditions exist that would advise against the use of dental implants. A thorough discussion about your medical history will take place during your consultation to determine your eligibility.

Dental implants have the versatility to replace anywhere from a single tooth to multiple missing teeth, even encompassing an entire set of jaw teeth. Implants can provide support for crowns, bridges, and dentures as well.

In cases of a solitary missing tooth, a combination of one implant and a crown can serve as a replacement solution.

Larger spaces created by two, three or more missing teeth do not necessarily need one implant per tooth. The number of implants required will depend on the bone quality and position.

It’s worth noting that patients who habitually clench or grind their teeth (bruxism) might face a heightened risk of exerting excessive pressure on their implants.

Implants are frequently necessary when dental issues or tooth loss become evident. It’s essential for the underlying cause to be identified and addressed before implant therapy can proceed. If you’ve observed bleeding gums during cleaning, persistent bad breath, or teeth that feel loose, it’s possible that gum disease is present.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a significant contributor to both tooth and bone loss. Bone loss reduces the amount of bone available for implant treatment and it can become more complicated but not impossible.

From implant placement to having the first tooth can take between 6 weeks to 6 months. Better bone availability and quality can reduce treatment time, whilst poorer bone requires more care and patience so could extend the time beyond 6 months. If you need a tooth removed before implant treatment this will likely add 2-3 months onto your treatment time.
Once the implants and surrounding bone and gum are healthy and new teeth are comfortable, your home care and regular attendance to dental appointments will have the greatest effect on the longevity of your implants.

Inadequately maintained implants can accumulate hard and soft deposits (plaque and calculus), akin to what occurs with neglected natural teeth. If left untreated, these deposits can lead to bleeding, discomfort, and gum infections. Conversely, with proper care, implants have the potential to function effectively for many years, akin to natural teeth.

However, similar to the way traditional crowns, bridges, and fillings sometimes require occasional repairs or replacements, your implant-supported teeth will also demand similar maintenance attention as the years go by.

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