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What are implants?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth that replicates the real thing with a titanium cylinder that is inserted into the jawbone. Over a few months, this fuses with the bone and will act as the new “root” to which a crown or bridge is then attached. This means implants look, feel and function just like regular teeth.

Read on to find out more about our implants here at Park Street Dental Clinic.

The advantages of implants

Implants have many advantages over other methods of replacing teeth such as dentures. The following are the main advantages.

  1. Prevent bone degeneration

    As implants act like natural teeth, they retain the structure of the jawbone and help prevent bone degeneration, so you can maintain a more youthful look.

  2. Protect remaining teeth

    Dental implants help to maintain a stable bite by keeping the other teeth in place, preventing them becoming misaligned.

  3. Don’t require damage to other teeth

    Traditional bridgework requires healthy teeth to be filed down, which can cause problems for gums or root canals and lead to further decay. Implants avoid this problem because they do not require your healthy teeth to be filed down.

  4. Easy to clean

    An implant is easier to clean and does not need an attachment that can cause damage to neighbouring teeth.

  5. Comfortable

    Unlike dentures, which can be uncomfortable or ill-fitting, implants feel just like real teeth.

The four applications of implants

Implants have four applications: single tooth replacement, multiple tooth replacement, denture stabilisation, and full mouth reconstruction.

Single tooth replacement

Replace a missing front tooth with an implant and a crown.

Multiple teeth replacement

Replace multiple teeth in a row with implant supported bridgework.

Denture stabilisation

Stabilise your dentures with dental implants.

Full mouth reconstruction

Restore your mouth completely with implants.

How are implants placed?

Implants are placed in a four-step procedure, which is detailed below.

During an initial consultation, we assess your teeth, gums and the condition of your jaw bone so we can create a tailor-made treatment plan. If we decide your jaw bone is not able to support implants, you may need bone grafting to ensure that it can.

A small cut is made in the gum and the titanium post (implant) is carefully inserted. An anaesthetic during surgery will ensure that this process is comfortable and pain free.

In most cases the implant is then left for between 3-6 months while it fuses with the bone – a process known as “osseointegration”.

Once integrated, the implant can be uncovered and your new replacement tooth attached to restore your bite and smile.

Why should I get implants?

Dental implants are a safe, natural looking solution to missing teeth and ill-fitting dentures that not only produce wonderfully restored smiles but can also be beneficial to your overall oral health.

They can also eliminate problems associated with tooth loss or denture wear, such as low self-confidence, speech problems and chewing difficulties.

Overall, implants are an excellent solution for anyone with missing teeth.

How long do implants last?

If you pay close attention to your oral health, there really is no reason why your implants shouldn’t offer a long lasting solution. To ensure their longevity, you need to treat them just like your natural teeth, which means plenty of brushing and flossing and making sure you keep up to date with your dental check-ups.

Prices

Dental Implant solutions to replace missing teeth start from just £1950. Interest free finance available.

How to book an appointment with Park Street Dental Clinic

To book an initial consultation, phone us on 01844 215404 or send us an email at info@parkstreetdental.co.uk. We aim to respond to all email enquiries within 1 working day.

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