What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that is placed into the jawbone where you have a missing tooth. Once the screw has healed within the jawbone, which is completely painless we can then connect a dental crown which is the porcelain false tooth that you can see above the gum to completely restore the missing space and give you a natural tooth with a bite that is equal to a natural tooth.
Do Dental Implants Work?
The research shows that they are 97% successful and about 93% successful in smokers. This research has been done to look at the number of implants that are accepted by your bodies bone. If you have any bone disorders then this needs to be taken into consideration before we begin. Your medical history will be discussed before we begin any treatment because your safety is our number one importance.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
Dental Implants are very safe! The whole surgery is dedicated to you when you are having a dental implant and the whole surgery is specially prepared to ensure that the procedure is fully sterile. It is very rare to get an infection from a dental implant as the material that is used has been tested for many years. It is also the same material that is used when knee/hip replacements are done so there is a lot of research to show this.
Do Dental Implants Hurt?
Many people have a fear of dental implants because the thought of something going into your bone sounds scary. The process is actually very comfortable. We ensure that you will be very numb by using local anaesthetic so that you don't feel a thing.
The first stage will be the surgical phase where a small hole is created in the bone to which the implant is inserted. This process normally takes less than one hour.
Once the implant has been placed the area is packed so that it will start to heal straight away.
How Will I know If I have enough bone?
During your consultation our highly skilled implant dentist will assess the amount of bone you have and inform you if he feels that extra bone would need to be put in before the implant can be placed.
We also take a 3d x-ray before beginning any implant case which will show our Dr Kumar exactly how much bone you have. If you need extra bone this will be discussed before any implant treatment is begun and the costs for this will be explained.
How long will it take before I get my new tooth?
Depending on your circumstances this can vary.
If the tooth that is being replaced is heavily infected then we may need to extract this tooth and allow for the bone to heal before placing the implant to ensure that it is successful. This healing process can sometimes take about 3months and is known as a delayed placement.
Once we are happy that there is enough bone we will place the implant and allow for your bone to heal around it which takes approximately 2-3 months. Once this has been we can take the necessary impressions to have your dental crown made, which will be attached to your implant. This takes around 2 weeks to arrive from the laboratory so you should be able to have your new permanent tooth within 4 months of having your initial surgery.
Why choose Dental Implants instead of a Bridge or Denture?
Here are some of the reasons why dental implants are a great option for replacing a missing tooth:
- They provide an excellent aesthetic result. The look and feel of implants is the closest thing available to resembling a natural tooth.
- Dental Implants are superior to bridges because there is no need for any adjacent tooth
reduction. When implants are used to close the gaps left from previous
missing teeth, there is no need to use teeth either side of the space to hold the tooth in place unlike a conventional bridge. This is really beneficial because destructing the teeth either side of the space can damage the tooth and lead to the need for a root canal treatment.
- Dental Implants are superior to dentures because they are screwed into the bone and therefore when you bite the forces are transmitted to the bone in the same way that it would form a natural tooth. This helps to maintain the bone and avoid 'bone resorption'. This commonly occurs when patients where a denture for a long time because the dentures put pressure on the bone that causes the bone to shrink and become flatter. This often leads to the denture not fitting well and causing them to feel loose or fall out.
- Implants are fixed in the mouth and feel great which makes smiling and eating a lot more pleasant. No one wants there teeth to fall out when speaking or eating.
I wear dentures, can dental impants replace all of my teeth?
Dental implants can replace all of your teeth so that they are permanently fixed in the mouth and you will not be able to take them out. This would normally require 6-8 implants in the upper jaw and 4-6 implants in the lower jaw.
Another option is that dental implants can be used to secure your dentures in place, which is often a cheaper way to do it. Your dentures will be secure and click in place like a pen lid. You will still be able to take the denture out to clean them.
This would normally require 4-6 implants in the upper jaw and 2-4 implants in the lower jaw.
What are Mini Implants?
Mini dental implants are the same as dental implants except a bit thinner. The fact that they are thinner means that they can be placed into the bone with barely any surgery. Once the mini implants have been placed we can adjust your denture to lock into the implants in our practice so that when you leave your denture will feel more secure than ever.
They are great for securing loose lower dentures and the whole process is normally completed within an hour.
Can I have all my teeth replaced in one day?
Due to advances in technology you can now have your implants all placed in one day and leave with a new smile. This is commonly known as 'all on 4' and you can find out more information here.
Our implant dentist, Dr Kishore Kumar is highly experienced and
constantly updates his knowledge through continued professional
development. If you would like to arrange a consultation please contact
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corner of this page. If you would like a free consultation to discuss anything you like please call us today on 01132818873.
WHAT OUR PATIENTS SAY:
We have been providing professional dental treatement to a very high standard for years. Here's what a few of our patients say about our service:
"I have been going to Alexandra Road Dental Practice for 15 years and couldn't think of a bad thing to say, from the second you walk in to the time you leave you feel safe and welcomed, the staff are fantastic and highly skilled in what they do, I would never go to another dentist after coming here." Valo Connors
"Very pleasant from seeing receptionist to dentist and back to receptionist. Treatment painless. Very pleased with all treatment, teeth look great!" Laraine Denise Burton
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