Transform The Way You Feel About Your Smile With The Ultimate Way To Replace Missing Teeth – Dental Implants
If you have missing teeth you will know that, among other problems, it can make you feel self-conscious and eating can be difficult and painful. Our implant patients no longer have these problems, they say their treatment was one of their best investments, and wondered why they have waited so long to change things. Implants are small metal screws that are placed in the jaw, a crown – a realistic, natural looking false tooth – is then fixed to the screw.
What are the options for implant tooth replacement?
Single Tooth Replacement:
Immediately (at the same time an implant is placed) or after a period of healing, an abutment is attached to the implant. This is a device that “abuts” or joins the implant to a tooth form called a crown, which replaces the tooth part you see in the mouth. It will hold a custom-made crown that the dental laboratory will fabricate and match to your existing teeth. The custom crown is cemented or screwed onto the abutment to permanently keep it in place. Once the crown is in place, it should be indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Fixed Multiple Tooth Replacement:
As with single tooth replacement, temporary healing caps or abutments may be placed on multiple implants until the healing phase is complete. After healing, permanent abutments are attached to the implants. They can attach to custom-made crowns or bridgework that a dental laboratory will fabricate to match your existing teeth. In the final step, the custom bridge, which will replace multiple teeth, is cemented or screwed onto the abutments. The teeth have been replaced without disturbing the healthy teeth next to them, and bone loss has been halted.
Removable Implant-Supported Tooth Replacement:
If all your teeth are missing, 2-6 implants may be used to support a denture. A new denture clips onto the implants making it much more stable and comfortable. This will give you more confidence in wearing a denture and minimise future loss of your jaw bone.
Small-Diameter Implant Placement and Restoration
Mini-implants, also known as small-diameter implants, can meet the needs of our patients with missing teeth on a single basis, multiple-tooth basis, or to support bridges and dentures. Innovative small-diameter implants make implant restorations possible for patients who suffer from bone loss.
These smaller implants have a similar success rate to traditional implants, but require less bone for placement. They can also eliminate the need for additional treatments such as bone grafting, sinus lifts, and nerve relocation.
Since dental implants function like your natural teeth, they make crown and bridge restorations possible for replacement of your missing teeth.
We will create each of your implant-crown and implant-bridge restorations individually to match your existing teeth so that you walk away with an attractive and seamless smile.
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Dental implants FAQ
Implants are a safe, well-established treatment. It’s probably true to say that implants, much like natural teeth, will last for as long as you care for them.
How well you look after your implants – and whether you go for your regular maintenance appointments – will have the biggest impact on how long they will last.
If you don’t look after your implants they will develop a coating similar to what you get on neglected natural teeth. Left untreated, this can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort. You could get all these problems with natural teeth.
If your implants are well looked after, and if the bone they are fitted to is strong and healthy, you can expect them to last for many years.
Placing an implant is often easier than taking a tooth out and is usually done using a simple local anaesthetic. You will not feel any pain at the time but, just like after an extraction, you may feel some discomfort during the week after the surgery.
Sometimes your dentist might give you a sedative if you are very nervous or if the case is a complicated one. General anaesthetics are rarely used for implants and are generally only used for very complicated cases.
Our dental team will give you instructions on how to look after your implant. They may give you some painkillers after the surgery – or make sure you have some at home – to take over the next few days if you need them.
No. But aftercare is important if you are going to have a long-lasting, successful implant. Your dental team should give you detailed advice on how to look after your implants. Cleaning around the teeth attached to the implants is no more difficult than cleaning natural teeth. However, there may be areas that are difficult to reach and you’ll be shown how to clean them. You may need to visit your hygienist more often but our dental team will be able to talk to you about this at your consultation.
Yes, if you don’t care for them well enough. If you keep them clean and have them regularly checked by your dental team you should not have any problems. Smoking also affects the health of implants. So, if you smoke, you may need to look after your implants more carefully.