A missing tooth or loose dentures can cause a number of personal and practical issues in your everyday life. Eating, chewing and speech- not to mention general self-esteem- can be seriously affected by sore gums or gaps. Dental implants are a functional, safe and long term solution, significantly helping to improve quality of life and enabling you to feel happy and confident again.
Implants are generally suitable for most people, no matter your age, the condition of your teeth or the number of implants you require. We can offer a number of treatments to help enable you to smile freely and live the life you want.
There are a number of benefits to dental implants;
Dental implants mimic the structure of a natural tooth and consist of a titanium root which is placed into the bone in your jaw and a manufactured crown which is fixed on top. Insertion is generally straight forward and takes around 15 minutes (for less complex cases).
Once fitted, the implant needs to establish itself over a period of 3-6 months while bone grows naturally around it- fusing it to the jaw and creating a solid base. At this point the crown, bridge or denture can be fitted. Made of porcelain, it looks natural and is strong and hard-wearing- just like your existing teeth.
During this recovery period, temporary restoration will be fitted if required and full dentures can also be worn.
Good general health is important and should be taken into account before undergoing any dental implant surgery. Patients with diabetes or who are heavy smokers have a greater risk of developing gum disease and infections following surgery.
A thorough assessment will be carried out before surgery and, taking into account patient requirements, a long-term plan will be drawn up to include regular after care. It is important to maintain good oral hygiene standards in order to avoid infection and discomfort. If implants are not cleaned properly then plaque will form- causing infection, bleeding and soreness.
Implants usually take place under a local anaesthetic although a sedative will be considered in some cases where treatment is more complex or lengthy. No pain should be experienced during the procedure, although you may feel slight discomfort in the immediate days or weeks following it.
Overall, dental implants are a safe, long-term option for many people and can boast a success rate of 95%. With regular long-term care and if they are looked after correctly they can last for 15 years or more.
Ian Seddon from Seddon Dental Implants is our visiting implantologist – please visit his website: http://www.seddondental.co.uk/ for more information.