If you have a missing tooth or loose, ill-fitting dentures, dental implants could provide you with a viable and permanent solution to the personal and practical issues that these can cause. Winchmore Hill Dental Practice offers experienced dental implant treatment, so you can be confident that you will get the results you really want.
The benefits of dental implants
There are a number of benefits to replacing missing teeth with dental implants.
Dentures can have a tendency to move around in your mouth; implants stay in place – helping to keep discomfort and pain to a minimum.
Dental implants also protect the jawbone and prevent other teeth from moving around. They stop food getting stuck in gaps and potentially causing gum disease. Dental implants can help to greatly improve speech and problems that you may have when eating and chewing particular foods – yet they do not affect remaining teeth in any way.
The benefits with regard to self-confidence and lifestyle can be significant – particularly for those who feel sensitive about their appearance due to a missing tooth. Dental implants are a well-established, safe and effective way of replacing one, several or even all of your teeth .
Dental Implants FAQs
Overall, healthy gums and jawbone are the main factors taken into consideration when deciding if dental implants are suitable for a particular patient. For those with less bone volume as a result of previous gum disease, there is the option of bone grafting. A sinus lift can also be used to help rebuild any missing bone on the back of the upper jaw. In both cases, this would add significantly to treatment time as healing needs to take place before implants can be fitted.
Dental implants replace the roots of your natural teeth and support a manufactured crown or bridge.
Your natural tooth consists of two parts – the crown, which is what you see in your mouth, and the root, which is under the gum and holds the tooth in place. Dental implants are designed to best replicate this natural tooth structure – with the crown being made of porcelain to look like a natural tooth and the dental implant made of strong titanium acting as the root. Titanium is well tolerated by the body and once implanted in the jaw, bone grows onto the surfaces of the implant effectively fusing it to the surrounding bone – creating a solid and strong base.
No – dental implant surgery is extremely precise and involves minimal trauma. It is carried out under local anaesthetic so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. You will also be sent home with a comprehensive aftercare plan to help you recover as quickly as possible, and your dentist will ask you to come back regularly for progress checks.
Getting your dental implants abroad might be cheaper, but it carries a lot of risk. You cannot guarantee that the materials, training and techniques used abroad will meet the same high standards we have in the UK – and you won’t receive any aftercare. At Winchmore Hill Dental Practice we offer comprehensive aftercare for all our implant patients, and monitor progress through check-ups and hygiene appointments for years after the procedure.
The loss of one or more teeth can have a considerable impact not just on your everyday life, but on your dental health too. When chewing food, your healthy teeth naturally strengthen your jawbone. However, in those places where teeth are missing the jawbone can start to shrink because it is no longer being stimulated. In time, this can cause sagging – leading to premature ageing of the skin on your face – particularly if you have a number of teeth missing.
As well as this, your teeth all form part of an intricate structure with each sitting alongside the other ensuring they all stay in line- gaps can mean that other teeth start to move or twist. Food can also get trapped in the spaces potentially causing tooth decay and gum disease.