Here at Smiles & More we are only to happy to help with advice all we can. We will give advice and our opinion on all options available to you and as Dental Implants are only available via consultation with a qualified Implantologist, We will refer you to recommended qualified Dentist / Implantologist who will be only too happy to see if you are a suitable candidate to have dental Implants.
Dental implants are frequently the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth. Rather than resting on the gum line like removable dentures, or using adjacent teeth as anchors like fixed bridges, dental implants are surgically placed in the jaw bone via a qualified implant dentist
What is a dental implant ?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth . Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws . Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, the individual dental implants fuse with your jaw bone and become a solid anchor point for either crowns , bridges or retained dentures .Dental implants can be used when replacing single and multiple missing teeth .
Why choose dental implants ?
There are a number of reasons why you should consider a dental implant
- Without the root structure of a natural tooth present , the jaw bone can shrink . This situation is at its worst when you lose all of your natural teeth The shrinkage will make your face look older and wearing denture's will become an uncomfortable and embarrassing task particularly in the lower jaw .
- The dental implant is stable ,secure and comfortable . No adjustment is needed after placement . Normall it will last a lifetime .
Advantages of Dental Implants and Denture Stabilisation :
- Little or No movement
- More comfortable
- Hard wearing
- Improve proper chewing just like natural teeth allowing a better diet and improved health
- Improve speech and confidence
Twenty years ago, patients would have had no alternative but to employ a fixed bridge or removable denture to replace lost teeth. Fixed bridges and removable dentures, however, are not the perfect solution and often bring with them a number of other problems. Fixed bridges sometimes affect adjacent healthy teeth, and removable dentures may lead to bone loss in the area where the tooth or teeth are missing.
Composed of titanium metal that “fuses” with the jawbone through a process called “osseointegration,” dental implants never slip or make embarrassing noises that advertise the fact that you have “false teeth,” and never decay like teeth anchoring fixed bridges. Because dental implants fuse with the jawbone, bone loss is generally not a problem.
Dental Implant Design
A dental implant which is designed to replace a single tooth is composed of three parts: the titanium implant that fuses with the jawbone; the abutment, which fits over the portion of the implant that protrudes from the gum line; and the crown, which is fitted onto the abutment for a natural appearance.
Many people who are missing a single tooth opt for a fixed bridge; but a bridge may require the cutting down of healthy, adjacent teeth that may or may not need to be restored in the future. Then there is the additional cost of possibly having to replace the bridge once, twice or more over the course of a lifetime. Similarly, a removable partial denture may contribute to the loss of adjacent teeth.
Conventional dentures may contribute to the loss of bone in the area where teeth are missing. When a tooth is missing, the bone may erode and weaken until it may be necessary for us to graft bone to the area to strengthen it for placement of a dental implant. When a missing tooth is replaced by a dental implant, the fusion, or osseointegration, of the implant and bone provides stability, just as the natural tooth did.
If you are missing several teeth in the same area of your mouth, you may still enjoy the confidence and lifestyle benefits that come with dental implants. Your Dental surgeon will place two or more dental implants, depending on the number of teeth that are missing. Your replacement teeth will be attached to the implants to allow excellent function and prevent bone loss. The implants will serve as a stable support that tightly locks into your replacement teeth and dentures to prevent slipping and bone loss.
When they count the benefits they enjoy as a result of their dental implants, patients say their implants eliminate the day-to-day frustrations and discomfort of ill-fitting dentures. They allow people to enjoy a healthy and varied diet without the restrictions many denture wearers face. With a sense of renewed self-confidence, many people rediscover the excitement of an active lifestyle shared with family and friends and the chance to speak clearly and comfortably with co-workers. For all these reasons, people with dental implants often say they feel better… they look better… they live better.
How much do dental implants and denture stabilisation cost ?
The fee for dental implant treatment depends on several factors , the cost is calculated by ,
- The number of dental implants to be placed
- The type of restoration to be placed on the dental implants ie, dentures , single or multiple crowns or bridges or a combination of .
- Building up of the bone if necessary
A specific fee /estimate can only be given after a thorough diagnostic examination of your mouth and implant dentist as given you your options and their treatment recommendations .
Will dental implants work for you and your dentures ?
Anyone who is missing one or more teeth maybe a possible candidate for dental implants . The factor which determines this is the amount of jaw bone . The implant dentist will evaluate whether dental implants are a viable solution for you.
Is my age a problem ?
Ocassionally , older patients express concerns that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits of dental implants . However , your health is more of determining factor than than your age .Certain diseases and health issues may contraindicate dental implant treatment .
It is important to discuss Dental Implants thouroughly with a dentist prior to choosing this as a solution.
Whilst Smiles & More are able to advise on solutions for dental implants, the actual fitting of these implants needs to be done at a qualified dental practist by an implantologist. Smiles & More are able to recommend qualified and experienced dentists to assist in this, or you may wish to discuss this with your existing dentist.
As always we are always here to talk your options through with you so please feel free to get in touch if Dental Implants are something you are considering or have any questions about.