Dental implants offer a permanent solution for your missing teeth. A dental implant is essentially a substitute for a natural root and commonly it is screw or cylinder shaped. Each implant is placed into a socket carefully drilled at the precise location of the intended tooth. Often the implant can be placed at the same time as removal of the tooth all on the same day.
If an implant has a screw-thread on its outer surface it can be screwed into position and if it does not, it is usually tapped into place. The main aim during installation of any implant is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding bone. This creates an initial stability, which over time is steadily enhanced by further growth of bone into microscopic roughnesses on the implant surface.
In order to support replacement teeth, dental implants normally have some form of internal screw thread or post space that allows a variety of components to be fitted. Once fitted, these components provide the foundation for long-term support of crowns, bridges or dentures.
You should discuss with your dentist whether implants would be right for you.
Patients need to have healthy gums, enough jawbone to take the posts and support the replacement teeth. They must also be prepared to maintain good mouth hygiene and visit the dentist regularly.
Dental implant patients need to be in good general health, because of the surgery needed. Some chronic diseases, such as diabetes, osteoporosis or chronic sinus problems, could interfere with healing and make implants more likely to fail. Make sure that you tell your dentist about any medicines that you take regularly, and your smoking habits.
Implants involve undergoing surgery twice or more over a period of several months.
Since they are complicated form of treatment, implants can be expensive.
Your dentist will tell you about the stages of treatment, who would be carrying out each stage and the timetable for completing treatment. You might be referred to a specialist.
Bone is exposed in the jaw where the tooth is missing. Then a hole is drilled and a metal post is inserted into the bone. This is usually done under local anaesthetic, but sometimes sedation or general anaesthetic is used. The gum is then stitched over the post and it's left to heal for several months, until the bone has grown around the post, making it secure. You may be provided with a temporary denture at this point if teeth have been extracted to make way for your new implants.
A second operation then happens, in which replacement teeth are mounted onto the implants. This requires a small cut in the gum above the implant. The replacement teeth might be single or in a group, and possibly as a 'bridge', attached to neighbouring natural teeth. They may be fixed permanently or attached in a way that lets you remove them for cleaning.
Until recent years, the only option for missing teeth was dentures or a bridge.
The problem with a bridge is that the neighbouring healthy teeth must be cut-down, and dentures can feel loose and cause pain. Implants, on the other hand don't affect adjacent teeth and are firmly fixed and integrated into your body's own tissues, just like the teeth they are replacing.
Dental implants are the treatment of choice to replace single or multiple missing teeth.
This is because they are made of titanium and are predictable, with a 95% success rate. Titanium is biocompatible, so the body will not reject the material. Therefore, it doesn't give way to negative side effects. Because of this, an implant is a long-term solution to replacing missing teeth and gives patients a beautiful smile that they can be proud of.
Implants to replace single missing teeth are very straight -forward with little downtime for our patients. In this situation, implants are used to replace teeth independently of each other, which reduces the need to treat additional, surrounding teeth.
Implants can also be used to replace multiple missing teeth and large gaps, in fact implants have proven to be extremely successful in dealing with this situation.
Implants can be used in the same way as teeth in replacing multiple missing teeth, i.e. it is not necessary to have an implant per tooth, indeed this is generally not a good idea as function and appearance is better served by replacing some teeth as ' bridged teeth' supported by implants which reduces cost and complexity as well as producing a better biological result in most instances.
Dental implants are small, titanium cylinders that are placed in the jawbone to serve as a base for a dental crown, fixed bridge, or denture, i.e. your replacement teeth. The strength that titanium provides allows the implant to serve as a replacement for a long time, and it gives the patient the ability to chew and speak normally.
When a crown is placed over the implant, it looks like a natural tooth and no one can tell that any work has been done. A replacement tooth will blend in with the patient's existing teeth and allow them to feel confident that they have a good-looking smile.
Often, we are able to give patients permanent fixed teeth where they have originally had dentures or very large gaps, this can be truly life changing dentistry for our patients
At Trinity Dental we want to use the absolute best for our patients and for that reason we chose Nobel Biocare as our dental implant educator and provider.
Nobel Biocare is a world leader in the field of innovative implant-based dental restorations – from single-tooth to fully edentulous indications.
Take a look at their website: https://www.nobelbiocare.com/content/patient/uk/en/home.html