Savouring time together with friends and family, being complimented for your healthy-looking teeth, or eating a terrific meal in a nice restaurant – these experiences are what we all relish in life. However, many people forgo the chance to enjoy themselves because they have missing teeth. While others believe that having dental implants is simply not an affordable option.
Fortunately, this is simply not true. If you have a missing tooth or missing teeth and you want to do something to rectify the situation, the answer could be a visit to your dentist for a dental implant.
Very similar to a natural tooth, a dental implant consists of a titanium implant that is fitted into the jawbone then a porcelain crown is placed on top thereby creating a natural-looking appearance and a very long-lasting result.
Dental implants – what are the key benefits?
There are a variety of benefits available to you should you wish to replace missing teeth with dental implants. Here we focus on the main ones.
If I have badly fitting dentures or a missing tooth, is there anything that can be done?
Experiencing problems with badly fitting dentures? Embarrassed by one or more missing teeth? Dental implants can be the answer to your problems.
Dental implants provide a permanent and highly workable solution in solving both of these issues.
When you have a missing tooth, it can greatly impact your self-esteem. With a dental implant in place, your self-confidence improves as does your overall quality of life.
Implants are suited to individuals of any age, providing that you are in generally good health. Getting implants does not depend on the condition of your teeth.
At Azure Dental Clinic, there are a variety of treatments that we offer that will help to provide you with more self-confidence and improved quality of life.
For many, dental implants provide a much-needed safe and long-term fix. Dental implants are natural-looking and strong and they will feel as secure as your existing teeth.
There are dental health risks when teeth are missing
It’s common knowledge that if you lose one or more teeth it can have a large impact on your daily life – on your self-confidence. However, did you know that the loss of one or more teeth can also affect your dental health as well?
Healthy teeth, when chewing food, will help in strengthening your jawbone. If teeth are missing, because the jawbone in those particular areas is no longer being stimulated, it can cause the bone to shrink.
Given time, this shrinking can lead to sagging skin, and that causes premature skin aging. Sagging and premature aging of the skin is all the more pronounced for people that have numerous teeth missing.
In addition, the teeth in your mouth make up part of a complex structure. One healthy tooth sits alongside another healthy tooth, and this ensures your teeth remain neatly aligned. If gaps in this alignment occur your teeth can begin to twist and move.
Particles of food are easily caught up in larger spaces between your teeth, and this can cause tooth decay as well as gum disease.
How do dental implants work?
A dental implant replaces the root belonging to a natural tooth. Implants also provide support to manufactured bridges and crowns.
There are two parts to a natural tooth – under the gum, you’ll find the root. The root holds your tooth in place. Then there’s the part of the tooth that you see inside your mouth. This part is referred to as the crown.
A dental implant replicates the structure of a natural tooth. The natural root is replaced by sturdy titanium while the crown (upper part of the tooth) is made from porcelain so that it looks just like a natural tooth.
There is a further reason that titanium is used in place of the natural root – it’s not merely because it’s a very strong substance. Once the titanium ‘root’ is implanted into the jawbone, the bone grows over the surface so the titanium effectively fuses with the bone. This, in turn, creates a very strong and solid base for the porcelain crown above.
Some people may not be suited to dental implants
If you wish to undergo dental implant surgery, it’s important that you have good overall health. For those that suffer from diabetes or for individuals that smoke heavily, there’s a heightened risk of the onset of gum disease or some kind of infection following the implant surgical procedure.
Maintaining a good all-around oral health hygiene routine after a dental implant procedure has occurred is also very important. Failing to properly clean implants will allow them to gather a coat of residue, much in the same way that natural teeth gather deposits of plaque. This may seem harmless since a dental implant is made from titanium and porcelain. But there is a knock-on effect and that is it can result in bleeding from the gums, gum infection, and a general feeling of discomfort.
A dentist makes a decision about whether dental implants are suitable mainly depending on the health of your gums and your jawbone. For individuals that have suffered from a prior gum disease resulting in there being less bone volume available, it is possible to undergo a process known as bone grafting. At the rear of the upper jaw, if there is any missing bone, that bone can be rebuilt by way of a sinus lift. Nevertheless, the bone grafting will add a significant amount of time to treatment since healing is required before implants are fitted.
How we will help to put things right
After one of our highly experienced team at Azure Dental Clinic has carried out a free consultation, it’s then up to you to make a decision as to whether to continue with treatment or otherwise. If you do wish to go ahead, we will carry out a comprehensive dental examination and take clinical x-rays as well as digital photos of your mouth – both inside and out.
All of our findings will be discussed with you and we will advise you about what can be achieved. Shortly after, we will work together with you in devising a plan of treatment. Thereafter, we will dispatch an email to you detailing our discussion.
We will then present all of our findings back to you, discuss in detail any issues and advise you of all of your options, giving our experienced recommendations. We will work with you to formulate a treatment plan and within a few days of your clinical presentation, a letter will be dispatched to you via email and/or the post detailing our discussion. It’s merely a matter at this point of agreeing upon a date that treatment can begin.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants have three components: the crown that is made of porcelain and provides the tooth replacement, the titanium screw that’s inserted into the jawbone, and what is called an ‘abutment’, otherwise referred to as a post. The post is attached to the implant and the crown to keep the implant together.
In what way are dental implants beneficial?
They look like and perform just like natural teeth.
They have a precise fit and they do not require adhesives.
Implants are used to restore a natural smile and preserve your facial features.
In areas where there are missing teeth, implants are a preventative measure in terms of loss of bone.
They can improve your appearance, raise your confidence, and improve your ability to consume the food that you like.
Implants can last for an entire lifetime.
Are dental implants always successful?
With over one million patients having undergone dental implant treatment worldwide and after upwards of three decades worth of clinical experience, the statistical success rate for single teeth is 95% and almost 100% for implant bridges.
Are they suited to everyone?
Anyone that has lost a single tooth, numerous teeth, or all of their teeth can have dental implants to remedy the situation. There are very few scenarios whereby implants are unsuitable.
Can you be too old to have dental implants?
Short answer: no. Age simply is not a factor in terms of dental implant success. The bone healing process around an implant is almost to the same degree in patients that are above 60 years of age as it is with much younger patients. There’s really only one thing that can stand in the way for an older person – general medical health. If necessary, we will discuss this matter with you during your consultation.
Can dentures be replaced by implants?
Certainly! Dentures can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. With dental implants, you’ll avoid all of that because your teeth will not fall out or slip, you don’t have to worry about the food you eat, and there are no clips, clasps, or plastic covering to bother about.
Is the implant procedure painful?
Typically, the implant procedure occurs under local anaesthetic. As such, there is no pain throughout the procedure, though there may be a little discomfort over the initial week or two of the procedure taking place. If you suffer from a nervous disposition or for some reason your case is more complex than normal, we can consider a sedative. Nevertheless, the procedure of placing an implant is, in fact, generally more straightforward than removing a tooth.
Our practice is dedicated to keeping your mouth healthy and your teeth for life. We spend time to get to know you first of all; enabling us to discuss and plan together how you wish to be taken care of and then by providing the best care that dentistry has to offer.
The Azure Dental membership plan is the best way to keep you dentally healthy throughout your life. A regular monthly payment covers all your health reviews, with loyalties and fee reductions also included.
Fully flexible finance is available to ensure everyone is able to undertake his or her own ideal custom health plans. Finance can start from £500 and can be arranged over 12 months at 0% or spread out up to 5 years on an interest-bearing basis.