Missing or damaged teeth can have a significant impact on our lives, affecting what we eat, how we smile and the way we look. Fortunately, dental implants offer the ideal solution. A titanium root is placed in the jawbone, permanently replacing the missing root structure and creating the perfect support for replacement teeth. The result is replacement teeth that look, feel and function just like new. With dental implants, you can give your smile the permanent support it needs, and live your life to the fullest.
How Do Dental
Dental implants work by effectively replacing the root structure of missing teeth and can support one or several replacement teeth depending on your individual circumstances. The implants are usually made of titanium and are placed directly into your jawbone to create an artificial root. Once in place, your jawbone will grow and fuse to the titanium, creating a solid foundation. Replacement teeth are then attached to the implants via an internal screw, known as an abutment. Once the replacement teeth are attached, they should feel and function just like natural teeth.
Who are Dental
Implants Suitable For?
While dental implants are suitable for any adult in good general health, there are certain circumstances that need to be considered. Firstly, you need to have enough bone in your jawbone to support the implant. Secondly, some conditions can increase the risk of implant failure. Patients who have diabetes, gum disease or drink or smoke heavily are at increased risk.
The best way to find out if dental implants are suitable for you is to have a full assessment with one of our dentists.
If you don’t have enough bone density, that doesn’t mean that dental implants aren’t possible, but does make the procedure more complicated. To increase the amount of bone in your jaw, bone grafting can be offered as a preliminary procedure. Likewise, by thoroughly evaluating your medical history, we can assess whether implants are your best option and can suggest any lifestyle changes you may need to make for the procedure successful.
What Is The Procedure Like?
The procedure will vary depending on any preliminary treatments you require and how many implants you need. However, for any dental implant, the overall procedure involves the following four steps:
Before undergoing any procedure, you need to have a thorough examination. This is an opportunity for us to review your oral and medical history, to discuss any concerns you may have and to create a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs.
2. Implant Placement
Based on your assessment, you will have the choice of whether to have the procedure under local anaesthetic, IV sedation or general anaesthetic. Once anaesthetised, the titanium screw will be placed into your jawbone, remaining under the surface for up to six months while it bonds with your jawbone.
3. Abutment Added
The dental implant will be uncovered and an extension, the abutment, will be added. This is technically the cap that your replacement tooth will be fixed to.
4. Replacement Teeth Attached
After a few weeks. once your gums have healed. a crown will be attached to the abutment This is your replacement tooth. which should look, feel, and function like your natural teeth.
What Are The Benefits Of
Dental implants are a well-established treatment for the replacement of missing or damaged teeth. While there are other options available to you, dental implants offer some significant benefits:
Preserve jawbone structure – when you have missing teeth. your jawbone gradually deteriorates as it isn’t stimulated. Dental implants replace the root of your tooth. Supporting your jaw as the bone fuses to the titanium root
Restore facial aesthetics – when you have missing teeth, your jawbone will Start to deteriorate, and your face can appear sunken. Dental implants promote the production of healthy bone and keep your face looking youthful.
Support existing teeth – when you have missing teeth. your other teeth will gradually move to fill the gaps. Dental implants stop your teeth from shifting and becoming unevenly spaced or crowded.
What’s more, dental implants are long-lasting and comfortable. Instead of dentures that can shift around in your mouth, implants create replacement teeth that remain firmly in place, giving you back the confidence you need to eat, talk and smile like before.
Dental Implants At
The team at Ambience Dental have been actively involved in implant dentistry for over 20 years and continue to expand their knowledge and education. Dr Ahmed Bedeir has a Masters Degree specifically in Oral Implantology. Dr John Saad and Dr John Pearman have travelled extensively to study alongside implant-specialists such as Dr Steven Chen.