No one wants to lose any teeth. Tooth loss at any age, and for whatever reason, can be a traumatic experience and can seriously affect a person’s everyday life and self-confidence.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants have quickly become one of the most popular and aesthetically pleasing ways to replace missing teeth. An implant is a small titanium metal post that is designed to replace the root of a missing tooth. The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone, usually under local anaesthetic, which is then allowed to integrate with the bone tissue, a process known as osseointegration. Once this has occurred, something that takes on average six to eight weeks, a replacement tooth, known as an abutment, is secured on the top of the implant.
This new tooth can look, feel and perform just like a normal healthy tooth. Multiple implants can also be used to support a crown, fixed bridge or denture, providing a secure, aesthetic solution to the problem of missing teeth.
How reliable are dental implants?
Implants are a proven, well-established and totally safe treatment backed up by many years of evidence-based research. Cared for properly by maintaining good oral hygiene dental implants should last for a great many years, if not a lifetime.
We are very proud to be able to offer dental implants at Albion Dental. Every patient’s case is different so treatment time and overall cost will depend on the complexity of the treatment involved. We ensure that every case is thoroughly planned and discussed with each patient and an estimate of costs given before any treatment begins.
DENTAL IMPLANT OPTIONS
Single tooth replacement
If a single tooth has been lost due to an accident a dental implant can provide a reliable long-term solution in many cases. This treatment does not require any cutting of the adjacent teeth – such as would be the case with a traditional bridge.
Dental implants can also be used to support multiple teeth. This usually involves the placement of two implants, which are used to support a fixed bridge.
As an alternative to a denture it is possible to replace all the teeth in an arch, anchored by several implants. The number of implants required is dependent on the clinical assessment of each individual case.
A loose fitting denture is a common problem for thousands of people. Securing dentures using dental implants restores chewing function and reduces irritation of the gums, leading to an enhanced quality of life. The additional support and stability gives the wearer confidence to eat what they want and smile and laugh without being self-conscious.