Dental implants are essentially a replacement tooth root system that is implanted into your jawline and allows the re-building of natural looking teeth that can then be screwed into the implant, giving you a natural healthy-looking smile. They are a long-term solution to many dental issues including single and multiple tooth loss. The implants will give you improved functionality including the ability to eat as normal which is a huge benefit over standard dentures.
What are Dental Implants made from?
Typically, dental implants are made of titanium making them super strong and durable. Titanium is also generally accepted by the body and not treated as a foreign body which then allows the jaw bone to fuse with the implant creating an even stronger long-term base.
Are dental implants safe?
Dental implants are one of the safest dental procedures that you can undergo and when completed by an experienced professional the results are predictable giving you the allowing for your replacement teeth to look work and feel natural.
Who would benefit from Dental Implants?
Anyone who is missing one or more teeth could benefit from dental implants. As long as the patient is in good health and their jaw has finished growing (which can be anywhere between 16-21, but your dentist can advise you more on this) then implants may be possible. Dental implants are also a great alternative for those needed bridge replacements or are no longer happy wearing dentures as it offers a much more long term solution.
What are the different types of Dental implants available?
The two most common types of dental implants are Endosteal Implant and Subperiosteal Implants.
- Endosteal implants are typically screw shaped, cylinders or plates that are fitted directly into the jawbone, this is the most common type of dental implant.
- Subperiosteal Implants are used when a patient has a shallow jawbone and either cannot or does not want it re-built. In these cases, the implants are placed underneath the germline but above the jawbone itself.
Each dental implant will be designed specifically to fit you and this will all be thoroughly discussed prior to fitting.
How long does the treatment take?
The length of treatment varies depending on the extent and severity of the initial problems and what type of dental implant you are having, and any additional preparatory work you will need completing including:
- Single tooth implant
- Multiple Tooth Implant
- Full Mouth Dental Implant
- Bone Augmentation
- All on four Dental Implants
In general terms excluding the consultation appointments and check-ups the actual fitting of the implants can be done in one day and you should be able to return to work the next day managed with over the counter pain medication, you will then usually have the permanent teeth fitted at a later date once the bone has had time to fuse to the implant.
What is typically involved in the treatment?
- Consultation and Planning – which includes discussing your needs and medical history. Examining your teeth and taking X-rays. You will go through the options available to you.
- Dental Implant Placement – The implants will be inserted into the jaw bone and temporary teeth attached to them to allow the bone to fuse prior to permanent teeth being inserted. This will ensure that the implants are in their permanent position to minimise movement of the permanent teeth.
- Insertion of the Connectors/Abutments which is what the permanent teeth will be attached to. If you are having multiple teeth attached to each implant (in all on 4 for example) then additional connectors will be required.
- Placement of individually custom-made teeth made exactly as you want them, colour matched to your existing teeth for a perfectly natural looking smile.
How long do Dental Implants last?
Dental implants are built to last, and could potentially last a lifetime if cared for properly. This is compared to the average 5-7-year lifespan of a bridge which even in the best cases will only last 10 years.
What are the benefits of Dental Implants?
The benefits of Dental Implants are fast and include:
- Value for money – Although the initial outlay may be higher than alternative treatments the longevity and ease of care that comes with them make them a much more cost-effective option.
- Closest to the real thing – Dental implants look and feel natural and function like real teeth, whereas dentures and bridges can lead to bone and gum deterioration over time.
- Keep your face – Dental implants do not alter your natural face shape and smile and in cases where many teeth were missing return it to its previous state.
- They don’t come out – Unlike dentures which need to be removed to be cleaned and often kept in a cup. Dental implants stay in your mouth at all time removing the stigma or tooth replacement. No one will ever know you have them unless you chose to tell them.
- They stay healthy – You can’t get cavities in implants ore the replacement teeth and they actually help to keep remaining teeth healthy as they don’t put any strain on the existing teeth like bridges do.
Overall dental implants could be the solution you have been looking for, they are a long term healthy strong solution to so many dental issues and you owe it to yourself to at least have a consultation. Get your natural healthy smile back and start being you again.