Some of the common causes of tooth loss are accidents, trauma, hereditary disease, and decay caused by inadequate dental care. The damage can have detrimental cosmetic and functional outcomes.
A missing tooth can make you self-conscious about your appearance, especially if the gap is in the front of your mouth. It can also cause malocclusion or complicated bite, impacting your chewing ability or speech. In some cases, missing teeth can lead to periodontal damage or result in insufficient bone growth. A dental implant is an effective option to address these concerns.
A dental implant primarily consists of:
An implant is a close match to your original tooth. It is custom manufactured to provide a natural appearance and feel. With proper oral care, implants are durable and can provide a long-lasting solution to missing teeth.
Dental posts are made from biocompatible material. They easily blend in with the surrounding tissues and diminish any irritation or inflammation. They fuse with the jawbones, stimulating new growth and thus strengthen the jaw.
A traditional denture is fixed to the gums with adhesive. It may gradually become loose, causing functional difficulties as well as embarrassment. In case of implant retained dentures, the implants firmly hold the denture in place, eliminating the need for adhesives and pastes. This provides better comfort and functionality and can enhance your ability to bite, chew, and speak more clearly.
The Dental Implant Treatment
Whether you are looking to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or all the teeth in your mouth, an implant can provide the solution. At The Link Dental Surgery, we are happy to address any queries you may have about the restorative treatment.
Our team of medical professionals will assess your bone mass and jaw structure while determining your suitability for the implant. Dental x-rays and photographs will be taken. If an implant is recommended, your dentist will discuss the procedure with you.
The implant process is carried out in two stages. First, a tiny titanium rod is inserted in your jawbone. If your treatment requires more than one post, they also may be embedded during the same session. Post-surgery, the biocompatible rod is given three to six months to fuse with the bone.
The next stage consists of placing the prosthetic tooth or dental appliance on the post or posts. This session is normally carried out after a few months or, once the gum has had time to heal.
Once the procedure is complete, regular visits to the hygienist and dentist will keep the implant clean and healthy.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a small, titanium-based metal rod embedded in the jawbone as a replacement for a missing tooth root. The artificial root can be fitted with a crown, bridge, or denture as per your clinical requirements.
How can an implant help me?
A dental implant aims to replace your missing tooth or securely hold your bridge or denture in place. This can not only help you regain the functionality of your mouth, but also boost your confidence and self-esteem.
I need to replace multiple teeth; will I require a separate implant for each tooth?
An individual implant may not be needed as a single post can also provide support to multiple teeth. Your dentist will assess your condition to determine your dental implant requirements.
Who can undergo a dental implant procedure?
An adult with reasonably good health, who is looking to replace one tooth or multiple teeth can opt for a dental implant. At your implant assessment consultation, your general health and any pre-existing medical condition will be reviewed along with your gums and teeth to ascertain your suitability for the treatment.
Is the surgery painful?
The surgical procedure for the implant can be carried out under a local anaesthetic to make the treatment as pain-free as possible. A sedative can be administered if required.
Are the implants durable?
With good dental care and regular check-ups with your hygienist and dentist, your implant can last for a long time.
Is there any special care routine to be followed?
Good oral hygiene habits, like those followed for your natural teeth, are essential. After your dental implant or implants have been fitted, you should regularly visit your hygienist, who can carry out the required upkeep. Check-ups with your dentist will help to maintain the new teeth in the desired condition.
To speak to our dental professionals for more information on dental implant, please call us on 01252 872497.< Back to treatments