If you have lost a tooth or in more serious situations multiple teeth, it can be very distressing and can have a negative impact on the aesthetics of your smile, the way you talk, and how you enjoy your favorite foods. Dental implants are a way to securely replace your missing teeth.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants are an artificial root that are placed at gum level, which effectively acts as an anchor to hold your new teeth in place.
To break it down simply, the treatment comprises of two main components:
- The implants itself – as mentioned, these are placed at gum level to secure your new teeth into place
- Restoration* – these are fixed onto the implants and will be the visible parts of your new teeth
* Depending on how many missing teeth you have or the locations of the missing teeth, the restoration used to complete your smile can vary e.g. implant retained dentures (overdentures), crowns, bridges.
To see how we can help you and discuss all of your options, please do not hesitate to call us and book your consultation today: 01902 842 555
Why Would You Want Dental Implants?
Missing teeth is no fun. They can have a negative effect on our looks, which in turns impacts our self-confidence. It will also effect the functionality within our mouths. For example eating can be more difficult and it may cause further complications if you favor a particular side to chew on e.g. overloading your TMJ (temporomandibular joint) muscles can lead to TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) – causing a variety of symptoms such as:
- Myofascial pain
- Clicks in the jaw
- Pressure behind the eyes
If you have lost a tooth or multiple missing teeth, we are here to help you explore the best options to meet your needs. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us on 01902 842 555 – We will be with you every step of the way!
Did You Know?
When you lose a tooth it causes bone resorption. What this means is the area where your tooth used to be will start to fade away and deteriorate. How quick this happens will vary from person to person. What this means for you is that not only the missing tooth is a problem to worry about, but it can lead to the surrounding teeth to become loose and eventually fall out themselves (worst case scenario).
When an implant is placed into the jaw, it stimulates the bone to grow, which helps stabilize this region of your mouth to prevent further tooth loss. Another problem that can occur when there is a gap in your mouth, the surrounding teeth can start to shift towards this space, causing crooked teeth. This will impact the overall aesthetics of your smile but will also make it more difficult to clean your teeth (common with overcrowding crooked teeth) – Good oral hygiene is key to prevent a build up of bacteria (which plays a big part in tooth loss).
Unlike traditional dentures and bridges, which can need replacing every few years, implants have the potential to last a lifetime with good oral hygiene.
Why Choose Treetops
We offer a full range of implant services in-house at Treetops Dental Surgery. Implants can be used in a variety of ways – to replace a single tooth or to replace a number of teeth (an implant-supported bridge). As few as two implants can be used to support a denture, too. We only use Straumann implants, an ethical and trusted brand of global renown (KEY POINT: it’s important you ask your implant provider which system they are using, to ensure your getting a reputable product put in your mouth).
We will take our time to understand your needs and discuss all suitable options with you. Our friendly team are on hand to support you through your journey to a new smile.
Dental Implants FAQ
The implant is a high tech plug that replaces the root of a tooth when it fails. Just like a tooth root, it is placed into the jawbone using state of the art equipment and techniques and is made from super-strong biocompatible titanium – to which your jaw bone will eventually bond to, once your jaw has bonded to the implant, a prosthetic tooth can be screwed into your implant. Implants are a safe, well-established treatment. It’s probably true to say that implants, much like natural teeth, will last for as long as you care for them. How well you look after your implants – and whether you go for your regular maintenance appointments – will have the biggest impact on how long they will last. If you don’t look after your implants they will develop a coating similar to what you get on neglected natural teeth. Left untreated, this can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort. You could get all these problems with natural teeth however just like natural teeth, if your implants are well looked after, and if the bone they are fitted to is strong and healthy, you can expect them to last for many years. However, just as with other surgical implants (such as a hip replacement) there is no lifetime guarantee.
Implants can only be considered for healthy mouths – so some patients may find that the process of getting implants will first require other dental work, such as bone grafting, gum surgery or orthodontics, if this is the case we would refer you in-house to one of our other clinicians for this treatment, we would ensure this process would be a seamless patient journey.
To book an appointment at Treetops Dental Surgery for an initial consultation to assess your suitability for implants just call on 01902 842 555
It can vary between 3-6 months depending on the complexity of your case, this will be discussed with you during your consultation.
Yes, dental implants are a well-established treatment, supported by over 30 years of clinical evidence and a 95% success rate or higher. Implants actually improve the health of your jaw.
Treetops Dental Surgery pride ourselves on making our patients as comfortable as possible and Implant surgery is so high tech the majority of our patients have reported it is no worse than having a filling however if there is any discomfort, this can just be managed with basic medication used to treat basic aches and pains.
We recommend you take it easy on the day of surgery, however the next day just return as normal, if you are experiencing any discomfort this should be minimal, so can be managed with normal painkillers.
Treetops dental surgery offer a wide range of options for nervous patients, including sedation, please make us aware if you are feeling nervous and we can discuss this with you at your consultation so we can put a plan of action in place going forward.