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Dental Implants: A Permanent Solution for Missing Teeth

Introduction:

Dental implants have revolutionized the field of restorative dentistry, providing patients with a permanent and reliable solution for missing teeth. Whether you have lost a tooth due to decay, injury, or other oral health issues, dental implants offer a long-lasting and natural-looking replacement option. In this article, we will explore the concept of dental implants, their benefits, and the process involved in their placement.

Understanding Dental Implants:

Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone to serve as artificial tooth roots. These posts are biocompatible, meaning they can fuse with the surrounding bone through a process called osseointegration. Once the implant integrates with the bone, it provides a stable foundation for the attachment of a dental crown, bridge, or denture.

The Dental Implant Process:

Comprehensive Examination and Treatment Planning: The dental implant process begins with a comprehensive examination and treatment planning. Your dentist will assess your oral health, take x-rays or CT scans to evaluate the bone structure, and discuss your specific needs and expectations. This information will help create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your situation.

Implant Placement: The next step involves the surgical placement of the dental implant. Under local anesthesia, the dentist will make a small incision in the gum tissue to expose the underlying bone. A hole is then carefully created in the bone to accommodate the implant. The implant is inserted into the hole, and the gum tissue is stitched back in place.

Osseointegration and Healing: After implant placement, a process called osseointegration takes place. This is when the implant fuses with the surrounding bone, providing stability and strength. Healing and osseointegration typically take several months, during which time the implant becomes fully integrated with the jawbone.

Abutment Placement: Once osseointegration is complete, an abutment is placed on top of the implant. The abutment serves as a connector between the implant and the dental restoration. It protrudes through the gum line, allowing the dentist to attach the customized dental crown, bridge, or denture securely.

Restoration Placement: The final step involves the placement of the dental restoration onto the abutment. The restoration is carefully designed to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth, ensuring a seamless and natural-looking result. Once placed, the restoration is secured in place, providing you with a functional and aesthetically pleasing replacement for your missing tooth or teeth.

Benefits of Dental Implants:

Improved Functionality: Dental implants restore full chewing power, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence. Unlike removable dentures, implants are fixed in the jawbone, providing stability and preventing slippage or discomfort.

Enhanced Aesthetics: Dental implants closely resemble natural teeth in terms of appearance, providing a natural-looking smile. The restorations are customized to blend seamlessly with your remaining teeth, enhancing your overall dental aesthetics.

Longevity and Durability: With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. They are designed to be durable and resistant to decay, offering a long-term solution for missing teeth.

Preserving Bone Health: Dental implants stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone loss that commonly occurs when teeth are missing. This helps maintain the integrity of the facial structure and supports overall oral health.

Convenience and Confidence: Dental implants eliminate the need for removable dentures or bridges, providing a permanent and hassle-free solution. They allow you to speak, smile, and engage in daily activities with confidence, knowing that your replacement teeth are secure and stable.

All-on-4 and All-on-6

These two treatments provide a more natural-looking and comfortable alternative to dentures.

Especially useful for patients with gum disease and missing many teeth.

Of course having your own natural teeth is always the best for your oral health, but it’s very common to see patients who have problems with their teeth to such a degree that the only option is to have them removed. Due to the cost of dentistry in the UK, what most patients can afford are dentures- a non-fixed prosthesis plate that is kept in place with only denture adhesive.

The problem with dentures are;

All-on-4/6 treatment is a combination of implant bases and crowns and crown bridges to replace the teeth in a fixed and permanent set.

Firstly the patient’s remaining teeth will be removed if necessary ( please remember that as an ethical dentist, any healthy teeth will be saved where possible)

Patients with no teeth will have their mouths prepared and the implant bases placed.

Depending on the condition of the jawbone, and the results of our 3D tomography scans and x-rays either 4 or 6 implants will be placed on each jaw.

Extra procedures are common with the implant surgery;

Following a healing period of approximately 3 months, patients will come back to our clinic for a second short visit for the placement of the crowns/ bridges to complete their smile makeover. They will be given temporary dentures for the healing period with the possibility of fixed temporary dentures. Patients are generally very surprised at the ease of these procedures and lack of any substantial pain.

Conclusion:

Dental implants are a remarkable advancement in restorative dentistry, offering a permanent and aesthetically pleasing solution for missing teeth. With their natural appearance, functionality, and longevity, dental implants provide patients with a renewed sense of confidence and oral well-being. If you have missing teeth, consult with your dentist to explore the possibility of dental implants and regain your smile’s full potential.

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