What Are Dental Implants?
Dental tooth implants are one of our most effective restorative treatments and is a technique our Apollonia Dental Centre carries out. If you need to replace one or more broken or missing teeth and would prefer a more permanent alternative to false dentures, a visit to our implant dentists will provide you with the solution you need to reclaim your quality of life, your smile and your self-esteem.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Tooth implants are a highly advanced method of dental care, combining the benefit of a convincing, appealingly natural look with genuine dental health benefits:
- Implants are artificial roots that look and feel like natural teeth. The difference is barely noticeable. Implants are made of titanium, which is biocompatible. This means your body will not reject them. Implants stabilise and stimulate the jaw bone, which helps preserve it and prevent further loss.
- Dental implant treatment is a short procedure. While dental bridges can affect healthy, adjacent teeth, implant surgery is not invasive in this way.
- The fixed prosthesis is stable and comfortable due to the implants being secured into the bone. This rules out any undesirable side effects associated with more conventional dentures, such as adapting, social embarrassment, gum inflammation or difficulty with chewing or speaking.
With correct care and dental hygiene, dental implants will prove to be a long-lasting replacement for lost or damaged teeth.
Choosing your clinician
Choosing the right dental implants dentist is vital as it is a highly specialised procedure that requires years of postgraduate study and accredited training before it should be performed.
Successful dental implant treatment also depends on the type of implant placed, as well as the laboratory used, which is why we only use implants from the world’s leading manufacturers and the most experienced laboratories in the country. Your health and safety is our main priority during the tooth replacement process.
Questions you should ask your clinician are:
- Which implant manufacture do you use and why?
- Has it be extensively tested?
- Do you trust the manufacturer and why?
- How widely is it used worldwide?
- How satisfied are your patients with the results?
What is the right solution for me?
Whether you have one or several missing teeth, our dental implant experts will be able to find the correct replacement for your particular problem. Since every case is different you will need to consult your local clinician but whatever restorative solution you require, we will be able to provide the right dental implant to have you smiling with confidence once more!
Only one tooth missing
Patients generally feel more compelled to have a gap filled when it is visible and it is a common misconception that if it is not a front tooth missing and their smile is not affected, they will not need to replace it. This is however a mistake as any missing tooth can have negative effects on your oral health, regardless of whether they can be seen or not, and replacement is compulsory.
If you only have one tooth missing then replacing it with a dental implant will be the best solution. Implants provide the foundation for a dental crown, which have the convincing look, feel and function of a natural tooth. The crown will also match the natural shade and shape of your own teeth so no one will even notice the difference. It will also help maintain the health of the adjacent teeth.
Several teeth missing
If you have more than one tooth missing, a more appropriate treatment could be to replace them with a dental bridge, supported by implants.
The dental bridge is a durable option and, as is the case with all tooth implants, it has the added benefit of protecting the jaw from bone loss and maintaining the health of the neighbouring teeth. They also look like your own natural teeth, and function just as well too.
All teeth missing
If you are unfortunate enough to lose all of your teeth it can have a significant impact in your quality of life and self-esteem. Many people in this position find the use of conventional dentures inconvenient and painful.
Common complaints include pain, discomfort from dental adhesive if they fit awkwardly, and embarrassment caused by impaired ability to eat and even talk clearly.
If you suffer from any of these then a fixed prosthesis supported by implants could be the solution you are looking for and you will be amazed by the confidence boost they give you. This solution is known as All-on-4 and will give you back the ability to eat, speak and smile with confidence!
All-on-4 implants are a cutting-edge restorative method of replacing missing teeth. The name derives itself from the four implants which hold it in place, but the most notable aspect is the fact that all the replacement teeth are built onto a single denture or bridge. The implant surgery is simple and can be performed all in one day which is why the treatment is also known as ‘smile in a day’. Whereas normal dental implants are used more for replacing individual teeth, All-on-4 can provide you with as much as a full set of teeth all on a single bridge.
All-on-4 dental implant treatment is straightforward, which is why it can be performed so quickly. First the holes for the implants are drilled into the bone to match the precise size of them, before they are placed in. Once these are in place the specially-made bridge is attached and your new set of teeth is ready to use.
Your new set of teeth will look and feel natural, and you will be able to eat and speak with as much ease as if they were your own natural teeth.
Dental implant surgery is generally done in 3 phases:
Phase 1- Assessment
Every case is unique and deciding on the correct treatment for each individual patient is vital for a successful dental implant. First you will need to consult your implantologist, who will assess your requirements, and discuss your options, including which techniques and implants will suit your cause.
Phase 2 – Surgical
This phase sees the implant placed into the jawbone. The process is straightforward and can be carried out in the Bath dental clinic under local anaesthetic, although more anxious patients will have the option of intravenous sedation. The placement of a dental implant will take between 45 minutes and 3 hours, and may or may not include the placing of the tooth crown itself. Immediate loading will be done if the implant is ready for the crown, but if the implant needs time to fully integrate with the bone then delayed loading will be necessary. This can take between 6 weeks and 6 months.
Phase 3 – Restoration
If delayed loading was required then you will need to pay your implant dentist another visit once the implant is fully integrated. They will place a permanent crown on the implant and your new tooth will be fully functional.
Does it matter if I have missing teeth?
While a confident smile is an important asset, missing teeth is also a health issue and replacement is always mandatory. Missing teeth can affect your dental health in the following ways:
1. Missing or broken teeth can affect the way your jaw opens and closes, which may result in TMJ Dysfunction. This is extremely painful and often requires surgery.
2. Your teeth may move into any gaps between them, making them more vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease, which may result in further tooth loss.
3. Missing teeth can result in bone loss. This shortens and ages your face, but also causes more teeth to loosen and even fall out if left untreated. Over time your features may droop and appear more distorted.
Before and After
Replacing a missing front tooth is one of the trickiest procedures in dentistry:
This single-tooth implant and crown has produced a good looking result without needing to “grind-down” the adjacent teeth