Up until recently, the only options available to replace a missing tooth or teeth were a bridge or a denture, both of which can be uncomfortable and difficult to maintain. A dental implant looks and feels just like a real tooth, so it’s the ideal solution to fill a gap left by a missing tooth.
Implants are artificial roots that are gently placed into the jawbone where the tooth once was. As they are made of titanium, the implant has the ability to fuse to the bone and cannot be seen once they have been surgically implanted. Titanium is also bio compatible, which means that it will not be rejected by the body.
Dental implants not only help create a beautiful smile, but most importantly, they help give you a more secure bite and the ability to rediscover all of your favourite foods. Without question, dental implants are the gold standard in dentistry for replacing missing teeth, but they can also be used successfully to secure loose dentures.
What are the benefits of Dental Implants?
As well as representing the very latest in state of the art dentistry, implants offer several health benefits compared to other treatment options:
- No tooth preparation
At The Raglan Suite, our primary aim is to enhance your smile without damaging any healthy teeth. With dental implants, the teeth either side of the implant site are left untouched and do not need to be filed down
- An alternative to dentures
Most patients, given the choice, would prefer to avoid dentures. Dentures move during chewing, they get food stuck underneath them and can be socially and emotionally debilitating. Dentures can also aggravate gum disease and can cause tooth decay as they attract more plaque.
- To stablise existing dentures
Dental implants can be used to stabilise existing dentures. This is particularly useful in the lower jaw where full lower dentures are often loose. The dentures can be connected to implants via press-stud like connections. Please visit the overdentures / denture stabilisation page for more information.
- Nutritional advantages
Teeth are obviously important for chewing food effectively, so that the stomach can digest the nutrients in food more efficiently. Research has shown that patients with a reduced ability to chew, such as denture wearers or those lacking a full set of teeth, are more likely to suffer from nutritional deficiencies and gastrointestinal disorders.
- Psychological benefits
Not only does tooth loss cause nutritional problems, patients also report that tooth loss makes them “feel older”. Dentures are very much associated with old age. Implants offer the best solution as they are the closest dentistry can offer to replacing real teeth.
Listen to Dr Tim Doswell talk about dental implants on Stray FM Extra
“I have just completed two courses of implant work and cannot praise enough the overall experience. All staff have excellent interpersonal and professional skills. Tim Doswell has made me feel so relaxed and confident, something I have not experienced before when having dental treatment. I would thoroughly recommend anyone thinking of an implant to go to the Raglan Suite.” – Margaret Smith
Types of dental implants
When a failed tooth has to be extracted, the implant can only be placed after a 6-12 week healing period. The final crown is fitted to the implant after a further 3 months, by which time the bone will have fused to the surface of the implant.
In some circumstances, it is possible to extract a tooth, place an implant and fit a temporary crown, all in one visit. This is called ‘Same Day Teeth’. After three months of healing the temporary crown is then replaced with a permanent crown.
Dental implants can be used in situations where there are multiple adjacent teeth missing. Most commonly, this would be when we are using implants to replace a removable denture. This is healthier for the mouth as dentures tend to accumulate a lot of plaque, which can damage the gums and lead to tooth decay. A fixed implant supported bridge is also much more comfortable in the mouth and feels like having natural teeth again.
To book your FREE consultation and assessment with one of our implant surgeons, click here or call 01423 565432
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Links to further information:
Blog: The cost of Dental Implants – why so much?
Blog: How long do Dental Implants last?
Blog: Dental Implants abroad – if something seems too good to be true?