The loss of a tooth or multiple teeth can not only be distressing but can have long term implications for the health of your mouth. Here, at The Family Dental Practice, we understand this. And hence, in addition to denture, crowns and bridges, we offer dental implants to our patient.
STEP 1: If you think dental implants may be the solution for you, please get in touch with us and we will arrange an implant consultation ( £50 for the initial implant consultation, however this charge is taken off if you decide to go ahead with the treatment.) with Dr Rashmi Nayak. She will explain in detail how implants work and talk you through the procedure. Your free consultation will include any necessary x-rays, a personal treatment plan and an estimate of costs.
STEP 2: Once you have had a chance to review your personal treatment plan and are ready to proceed we will arrange a suitable appointment for the implant to be placed. A temporary restoration will be placed in the gap so that you are not left with a gap in your mouth.
STEP 3: After a healing period of three to six months, during which time the implant integrates with the bone and becomes solid, your permanent replacement tooth will be fitted.
Dentures, though have the advantage of being relatively inexpensive, they need to be removed for cleaning and when you sleep. Some patients also struggle to get used to wearing dentures and also find that dentures can be uncomfortable. They may also impede speech and reduce the enjoyment of eating.
Bridges offer the advantage of being 'fixed' in the mouth and can look very natural. However they require the teeth adjacent to the gap to be reduced in size by drilling to allow the bridge to fit correctly. This destruction of often completely healthy teeth is best avoided if possible as it can have long term implications.
Implant dentistry offers a clinically proven and safe solution to getting a great smile back and being able to bite and chew with confidence. Dental implants are a reliable solution for replacing one or more missing teeth.
Can I have implants?
Dental implants are suitable for most adults with good general health. Habits such as heavy drinking or smoking can increase the number of problems associated with initial healing and thereafter may be bad for the long-term health of gum and bone surrounding each implant.
However, each case is different and if you do have any medical problems then speak to your dentist prior to starting any treatment. It is only in some circumstances that health problems prevent the use of dental implants altogether.
This is how they work
Dental implants are small metal screws that are placed in the jaw in place of a missing tooth.
Once established, crowns, bridges and dentures can be fixed onto the implants, creating a natural-looking and stable restoration.
When you lose your natural teeth, your jaw bone and surrounding tissues start to resorb or disappear over time. When implants are placed in the jaw, it stimulates the remaining bone to grow and mesh around the metal, along with tiny blood vessels, preventing bone loss.
Retained bone structure prevents the face from acquiring a 'sunken' look.
Implants help restore function so you can eat, chew and bite as usual.
Implants are a natural-looking way to replace missing teeth.