The implant process
The process of the dental implant procedure is always in two stages. The dental implant fixture stage and the restoration stage.
During the fixture stage, your gum will be cut back and jawbone as well, to allow a metal dental implant to be embedded into your jaw bone where the root of your missing tooth was. Eventually the dental implant will fuse to your jaw bone over the following months in a process known as osseointegration. Once the jawbone and dental implant have fused together, the restoration stage will involve a crown or an artificial tooth being attached to the dental implant to complete the restoration of your missing tooth.
Denture wearers usually complain about the loss of biting pressure and ulcers in the mouth as a result of wearing dentures. Since dental implants act in the same way as normal teeth, dental implants represent a more long-term and stable alternative to dentures.
Correcting tooth loss
Missing teeth can severely affect your eating patterns, as your ability to eat and chew without pain may diminish. Gaps in your smile can distract from an otherwise perfect smile. It is important to address the gaps left by missing teeth as these spaces can instigate a number of oral health concerns.
Unless your tooth loss was triggered by trauma (most likely if your tooth was knocked out) then it is important to determine the cause of your tooth loss. Dental conditions, such as periodontitis (advanced gum disease), is a dental concern that can cause teeth to become unstable and unsupported. By identifying the trigger for your missing teeth, our dental professionals can help you to regain your oral health.
In addition to identifying the cause of tooth loss, it is also important to correct tooth loss to prevent other dental conditions from occurring. Gaps in your smile can cause teeth to shift and migrate in order to bridge the gaps left by missing teeth. This may not only damage the appearance of your smile, but it can also cause disharmony in the structure and positioning of your teeth. Tooth loss can also cause discomfort to the soft tissues in your mouth.
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For more information on a more permanent solution to missing teeth, please contact Honeysuckle Dental today. With new training, Dr Andrew is now fully qualified to administer local anaesthetic.
My teeth have been missing for a long time, can I still have implants?
There are many patients who are concerned that they have left their dental implant treatment too late in order to be a success. At Honeysuckle Dental we will thoroughly assess your suitability and especially whether you have enough jawbone mass to support dental implants. You will rarely not have enough bone mass in your jaw, but we do need to be mindful of the safety implications.
How long will dental implants take?
Usually, teeth removal and dental implants can be done during the same procedure. Although it is dependent on your specific case and will be determined by your dentist.
However, there are cases where the implant must be inserted (the titanium screw) and given time to heal, allowing for it to fully fuse to the bone, before the porcelain tooth replacement can be fitted.
What happens if I wait?
If you have been advised to get dental implants, then it is not recommended that you wait to get them. If your teeth are damaged or missing this will lead to bone loss and if this happens then this may lead to further issues.
Simple actions like chewing will become increasingly difficult and cause discomfort. Usually, the more complicated a procedure is, the more costly they are. Without having implants, your dentures will begin to cause you pain and discomfort as the bone in your jaw decays.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a permanent supportive natural looking replacement for damaged or missing teeth. Not only do they take the place of the superficial tooth, they also replace the root.
They are made up of a titanium screw which is attached to your gum or bone in your jaw to secure the implant. Whereas the visible part, the replacement tooth, is usually made of porcelain.
Are implants expensive?
We always do our very best to provide dental care that is accessible and affordable and while dental implants may appear to be expensive initially, what price would you put on anything else that has the potential to last you your whole life? Dental implants can transform your smile in a number of ways, including improvements to your quality of life, appearance and functions of your bite.
Is the treatment going to be painful?
Most implants are placed under a local anaesthetic and while the initial injection may sting a little bit, you shouldn’t experience any sharp pains for the duration of the procedure. What you may feel is some pushing and pulling, but it will be a vague sensation and is not painful, and we will ensure that we check your level of feeling before we begin.