Replacing missing teeth at Park Street Dental Clinic
A dental implant is an artificial tooth that replicates the real thing with a titanium cylinder that is inserted into the jawbone. Over a few months, this fuses with the bone and will act as the new “root” to which a crown or bridge is then attached. This means implants look, feel and function just like regular teeth.
Read on to find out more about implants here at Park Street Dental Clinic.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Implants have many advantages over other methods of replacing teeth such as dentures. The following are the main advantages.
Prevent bone degeneration
As implants act like natural teeth, they retain the structure of the jawbone and help prevent bone degeneration, so you can maintain a more youthful look.
Protect remaining teeth
Dental implants help to maintain a stable bite by keeping the other teeth in place, preventing them becoming misaligned.
No damage to your other teeth
Traditional bridgework requires healthy teeth to be filed down, which can cause problems for gums or root canals and lead to further decay. Implants avoid this problem because they do not require your healthy teeth to be filed down.
Easy to clean and comfortable
An implant is easier to clean and does not need an attachment that can cause damage to neighbouring teeth. Unlike dentures, which can be uncomfortable or ill-fitting, implants feel just like real teeth.
The Dental Implant Process
During an initial consultation, we assess your teeth, gums and the condition of your jaw bone so we can create a tailor-made treatment plan. If we decide your jaw bone is not able to support implants, you may need bone grafting to ensure that it can.
In most cases the implant is then left for between 3-6 months while it fuses with the bone – a process known as “osseointegration”.
Attachment of crown/bridge
Once integrated, the implant can be uncovered and your new replacement tooth attached to restore your bite and smile.
Why should I get implants?
Dental implants are a safe, natural looking solution to missing teeth and ill-fitting dentures that not only produce wonderfully restored smiles but can also be beneficial to your overall oral health.
They can also eliminate problems associated with tooth loss or denture wear, such as low self-confidence, speech problems and chewing difficulties.
Overall, implants are an excellent solution for anyone with missing teeth.
How long do implants last?
If you pay close attention to your oral health, there really is no reason why your implants shouldn’t offer a long lasting solution. To ensure their longevity, you need to treat them just like your natural teeth, which means plenty of brushing and flossing and making sure you keep up to date with your dental check-ups.
Dental Implant solutions to replace missing teeth start from just £1950. Interest free finance available.
Full or Partial Dentures
Do you have several missing teeth or a number of decayed or rotting teeth that need to be replaced? Do you struggle to eat certain foods or avoid smiling and talking to people because you are ashamed and embarrassed by your smile?
If so, then a denture (otherwise known as false teeth) could offer you a highly suitable solution- helping to restore look and function to your mouth- allowing you to eat, talk and smile easily and with increased confidence.
Benefits of Dentures
Dentures are especially useful when there are insufficient teeth remaining to support a bridge, or where the remaining quality/quantity of bone does not allow the option of a dental implant. Dentures can be full or partial depending on the number of missing or damaged teeth.
A denture can also help to return structure to your face- particularly in the cheeks and lips, resulting in a dramatically healthier and more youthful look. Dentures are removable but can also be fixed more securely with denture implants.
In the past, dentures have been considered unattractive and uncomfortable. However, modern dentures are much more natural looking and comfortable. When fitted correctly no fixing adhesive should be required and it is often very difficult to tell whether someone is even wearing dentures as they can look so realistic.