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Implants

The Ultimate in Tooth Replacement Options

 

We offer a range of dental implant options whether you are looking to replace a single tooth or require a full set replacement for missing or deteriorated teeth.

What are Dental Implants?

It is not always possible to save a natural tooth due to a variety of reasons such as gum disease, excessive wear, tooth decay, injury or accident, certain medications or poor oral hygiene.

A dental implant is designed to look and feel like natural teeth and are superior to dentures in terms of function. Dental implants are a far more reliable solution for teeth replacement because they are permanent, fixed and hence feel natural. They also restore full chewing function meaning you can eat foods that may have previously been painful/difficult to eat with dentures.

The implant is a titanium fixture that is placed in the jawbone and replaces the natural root of the lost tooth. This titanium fixture bonds with the bone to form a secure and permanent foundation for the tooth replacement. If one or more teeth are missing, multiple implants serve as anchors to replace a segment or a full set of teeth.

The key benefits for dental implants include:
  • Improved look of your smile
  • Improved comfort and speech
  • Enjoy eating what you want
  • Maintain healthy adjacent teeth
  • Boost your confidence
  • Preserve jawbone
  • Long term results

Single Tooth Implant

If you have a single tooth that is missing or has broken down we can implant a replacement tooth (i.e. a crown) with a titanium implant that is inserted into the jawbone. When you are considered for a single tooth implant we assess your risk factors and whether bone or gum grafting will be required. Replacing a missing or damaged tooth is not only important for your appearance but also your long-term dental health. A missing tooth can cause changes in the bite if your tooth is not replaced.

It is preferable to insert the implant at the same time as the tooth extraction (known as immediate replacement) however this is not always possible if the socket needs to heal before placing the titanium fixture.

Your dentist will determine what procedure will work best for you.

When you have a single tooth implant a dental implant with a ceramic crown is often used, the benefit of a single tooth implant is that the surrounding teeth remain intact. This helps stabilise the bite and preserve the jawbone.

The Dental Implant Procedure

You will need four visits to complete a single tooth implant with an initial examination and x-ray to determine your suitability for the procedure and individual needs.

Visit 1: Examination & X-rays

Approximate Duration: 15-30 minutes

The first visit is about advising you of your suitability for implant treatment and discuss alternative treatment possibilities that may improve your overall dental health. The examination will include an inspection of your mouth, gums, teeth and jaw plus one or more x-rays. This examination assesses the amount of bone available specifically for the implant. After this initial appointment a cost plan is prepared and given to you for your consideration.

Visit 2: Installing the Dental Implant

Approximate Duration: 30-60 minutes

The second appointment involves inserting the tooth implant to the jawbone. This procedure is performed by our Implantologist under local anaesthetic or under sedation, a healing screw is inserted to cover the implant while it heals. Although it will take around three months for the implant to bond with the bone you can expect to work the day after your surgery. We may provide a temporary solution to reduce the impact on function and appearance during the healing process.

In some cases it is possible to place an immediate temporary crown attached to the implant at the same surgical visit.

Visit 3: Impressions and Final Aesthetics

Approximate Duration: 30 minutes

After three months you will have a third appointment to confirm that the implant has successfully bonded to the bone. If it has successfully bonded the temporary tooth/healing screw is taken out and an impression of the final crown is made to fit over the implant. At this stage we need to confirm that the shape and colour of your new tooth appears natural and is an exact fit.

In some cases an additional ‘try-in’ appointment may be required to fine-tune the final aesthetics.

Visit 4: Crown Insertion

Approximate Duration: 30 minutes

The fourth visit is when we permanently secure your new implant, the aim is to restore aesthetic and function so it feels like a natural tooth. An implant must be treated like any other tooth and daily oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing is important.

Multiple Teeth Implants

If you need multiple teeth replaced with dental implants we often use only two or more implants rather than placing an implant support under each tooth. This is because often two more implants can be used to replace a segment of three or four teeth.

Placing an implant under each tooth also presents its problems, such as it becomes very difficult to floss between each individual tooth, which can lead to future dental problems. Studies have also found that when tooth implants are close together this can lead to recession of gums and teeth become susceptible to bone loss.

As with any dental implant treatment, sufficient bone density is required to sustain the dental implants. If there are any concerns about your bone density this will be discussed with your dentist and alternatives will be advised.

Key reasons for multiple teeth implants

If you have multiple teeth missing it can affect more than just the aesthetics of your smile, it can also lead to many health and wellbeing problems. When you have several teeth missing this can lead to health problems such as a misaligned bite, bone loss, compromised strength and health of remaining teeth and decay and gum disease.

To maintain good oral health and prevent developing further functional and aesthetic problems in the future, it is best to consider replacing missing teeth with dental implants.

The Procedure  for Multiple Dental Implants

Multiple teeth implants are generally performed over four visits to your dentist. Your suitability is determined on the first visit with an x-ray of your teeth and without complications the implant treatment will be completed within four visits.

Visit 1: Examination & X-Ray

Appointment Duration: 15-30 minutes

The first visit consists of an examination and x-ray, this is to determine your suitability for an implant bridge and any individual needs you may have. At this appointment you will receive a treatment plant and costing for your consideration.

Visit 2: Installing the Dental Implant

Appointment Duration: 30-60 minutes

The second appointment is when the teeth implants will be inserted in the jawbone under the gum, this procedure is performed under local anaesthetic or under sedation. Once the teeth implants are in place, healing caps will be inserted to cover the fixtures while they heal. You will need around three months for the bone to bond to the fixture although you may be able to go to work the next day. You will likely be given a temporary solution to reduce the impact on function and appearance during the healing process.

Visit 3: Impressions of Final Aesthetics

Appointment Duration: 30 minutes

By your third appointment the implants should have successfully bonded with the bone, at this stage we can remove the temporary teeth/healing screws and take an impression to make the final permanent bridge. This is when the shape and colour of your new teeth are determined, in some cases we may do an additional ‘try-in’ appointment to fine-tune the aesthetics.

Visit 4: Smile Solution

Appointment Duration: 30 minutes

The final appointment is where your dentist will permanently insert the new implant bridge. The bridge is fitted in one piece over two or more fixtures, the aim is to restore function and aesthetics so your teeth look and feel like natural teeth. Even teeth implants require daily oral hygiene including regular brushing and flossing.

Full Set Dental Implants (All-On-4)

If all of your teeth need to be replaced we will suggest that you consider an ALL ON 4 dental implant.

For detailed information about ALL ON 4 and whether they may be suitable for you, click here.

 

If you would like to know more about dental implants or other tooth replacement options book an appointment today to discuss your queries with our dentists.

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