Affordable Dental Implants
If you have lost one or more teeth, then it is important to replace them and one way to do so is with dental implants. The advantage of choosing a dental implant is that this restoration can be extremely long-lasting and an implant provides a very stable anchorage point for a replacement tooth. The final restoration can look and feel just like a natural tooth. Another huge advantage of dental implants is that they closely replicate a real tooth root and help to preserve your jawbone, halting the loss of bone that naturally occurs after tooth loss.
What are Dental Implants?
A traditional dental implant will normally consist of three parts. The first part is the implant post that is made from medical grade titanium and which is placed into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. The post must be left to heal or Osseo integrate with your jaw, a process that encourages new bone cells to grow around and on the post so it will fuse with your jawbone. Once this process is completed, several months after the initial surgery, an abutment can be attached to the implant post. This is used to support the replacement tooth and will protrude just above the jawbone. The final part of the implant is the replacement tooth which will be attached to the abutment.
There are many different sized implants and we only use top quality implant parts that have been thoroughly tested. Dental implants can support single or multiple teeth or fixed bridges. They are also frequently used to stabilize dentures that clip onto special abutments and which can be removed by our patients for easy cleaning.
Who Can Have Dental Implants?
The only real requirement is good dental health and good general health. It is important that you don’t have any real medical issues that could affect healing after surgery, for example diabetes. If you are diabetic and have this condition well-controlled then implants may still be possible. Smoking can also impact the success of treatment as it does affect healing. Dental implants are suitable for anyone whose jaws have finished developing and growing and they can be particularly good for older people who may have worn dentures for some years and who have found they are increasing loose and difficult to comfortably retain.
Dental Implants Procedure
You will need a full consultation, including your medical history, as well as diagnostic tests that include x-rays and a CT scan. These tests identify the position of important structures in your mouth so we can make sure your implant is inserted in the best possible location for function and for aesthetics and they will show us the amount of bone available in your jaw. This is important as dental implants need a minimum amount of healthy, strong bone with which to integrate. Jawbone can be destroyed as a result of periodontal disease (gum disease) and it is gradually lost after teeth are removed. If we do think there isn’t quite enough bone for dental implants then the amount can be increased through having a bone graft which is a very straightforward surgical procedure. Sometimes it is possible to place the additional bone at the same time as the implant.
The actual process to place the implant is relatively quick as a single dental implant can be inserted in around an hour. It can be carried out under a local anesthetic, or if you prefer we can provide additional sedation as we want you to feel completely comfortable during treatment. Over-the-counter pain relief is normally sufficient for any discomfort and we will give you advice on how to keep the surgery site clean during the initial healing period. We may prescribe an antimicrobial mouthwash and antibiotics. If the implant tooth is in a highly visible area of your mouth then we can provide a temporary tooth for cosmetic purposes. Recovery afterwards should be straightforward and you will be able to return to everyday life the day after a single dental implant.
Dental Implants Aftercare
Dental implants are easy to look after as they can be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth. Regular home dental care combined with professional hygiene appointments will help keep them clean and healthy.