Treatments

Treatments

Dental Implants

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a small, titanium screw that is placed in the jaw bone in a minor surgical procedure, carried out under local anaesthetic and/or with the use of conscious sedation, depending on patient preference. The implant then supports replacement teeth in the form of crowns, secured dentures or bridges.Dental implants feel and function like natural teeth and is a great option for restoring your smile and regaining confidence.

Reasons for dental implants:

Aesthetics – dental implants look and feel good and excellent results are achievable that look exactly like natural teeth.

Durability – dental implants offer a permanent solution to tooth loss.

Comfort – a dental implant is such a good tooth replacement, that you don’t even remember it’s not real.

Improved oral health – since treatment with dental implants involves placing implants in areas where there are no teeth and does not affect your other healthy teeth, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving your long-term oral health.

The benefits of dental implants

You feel great because you can talk, smile, eat and laugh again with confidence

Improved facial appearance – the loss of back teeth can cause your mouth to sink and face to look prematurely older

The correct functioning of your mouth – with missing teeth, your speech may be affected since the front teeth help to form certain sounds

Prevention of bone loss from the jaws – after teeth are removed, the jawbone that was associated with the roots of the missing tooth dissolves away. The insertion of dental implants restores the natural functions of the mouth and maintains the bone.

At Andover dental practice, our Implantologist Dr Rachael Evans provides implant consultations and treatments once a month.Rachel is an Associate Dental Surgeon with a special interest in Oral Surgery. She works in collaboration with the other dentists in the practice to help solve their restorative problems. She provides the surgical solution, when necessary, whilst the others provide the restoration.

Rachel is an experienced and capable surgeon generally using the Ankylos Dental Implant system, offering single implants to multiple implants including the “All on 4” system. Another treatment gaining in popularity is denture stabilisation using mini implants.

Implant Secured Denture

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a titanium metal rod which is placed into the jawbone. It is used to support one or more false teeth. In practice, both the false teeth and their supporting rod are known as ‘implants’.

Are dental implants safe and how long will they last?

Implants are a well-established, tried-and-tested treatment. Over 95% of modern implants should last for many years with the right care.

I have some of my own teeth. Can I still have implants?

Yes. You can have any number of teeth replaced with implants - from one single tooth to a complete set.

Can dental implants always be used to replace missing teeth?

It depends on the condition of the bone in your jaw. Your dentist will arrange for a number of special tests to find out the amount of bone still there. If there is not enough, or if it isn’t healthy enough, it may not be possible to place implants without grafting bone into the area first.

Do dental implants hurt?

Placing the implants means a small operation. This can be done using a simple local anaesthetic, and sometimes with sedation if you are very nervous. Sometimes the dentist needs to use a general anaesthetic for complex cases. You will not feel any pain at the time, but you may feel some discomfort during the week after the surgery. This is usually due to having stitches, and the normal healing process.

How long does the treatment take?

Your dentist will be able to give you a rough timetable before the treatment starts.

Usually the permanent teeth are fitted 6 to 9 months after the implants are put in, but many implant systems now allow the time to be as short as 3 months.

Some teeth can now even be fitted at the same time as the implants (known as immediate implants) but you should check with your dentist to see whether these are suitable for you.

What about after care?

Your dentist may give you some pain relief after the surgery, or check whether you have them at home to take over the next few days if you need them. Your dentist may also prescribe antibiotics. Don’t smoke, exercise or drive for the rest of the day. Don’t rinse the area and only eat soft foods. However it is important that you keep your mouthclean by brushing - but do not poke the implant site. You can use a chlorhexidine mouthwash every day during the first week after surgery (you can get these from supermarkets and chemists). Check with your dentist if he or she feels this is appropriate.

What happens next?

The implants need to bond with the bone after they have been put in. This usually takes at least 3 months in the lower jaw and 6 months in the upper jaw. Sometimes the implants may be stable enough when they are fitted for the artificial teeth to be fitted much sooner than this.

Are dental implant expensive?

Unfortunately, yes. However, in many situations, the cost of the treatment is only a little more than the cost of more conventional treatment with crowns and bridges. Over the longer term, implants are usually a more cost-effective and satisfactory option.

There are advantages too. An implant to replace a single tooth avoids the need to cut down the teeth either side for crowns to support a bridge. Normal dentures often mean you can’t eat or speak well, due to the dentures moving about. But teeth attached to an implant don’t cause this problem as they are anchored to the bone more firmly than natural teeth.

Where do I get dental implants?

Talk to your dentist, so you can be referred to a specialist (implantologist) for assessment and treatment. Your dentist may already carry out some or all of this type of treatment and will giveyou the advice you need. Remember to ask exactly what treatment is proposed, what experience the dentist has in this work, the total cost of the treatment and what the alternatives are.

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