Gaps & Spaces/ Dental Implant

People lose teeth all the time, either through trauma when teeth are knocked out or due to decay, gum disease or old age. Whatever the reason for loosing your teeth they need to be replaced both for aesthetic and functional reasons.

Dental implants are now becoming the preferred option to replace missing teeth as they provide a longer- term solution, slow down bone loss and preserve nearby healthy tooth tissue. Dental implants are also commonly used to securely fix a denture in place, avoiding embarrassing denture slippage or denture fixatives.


What are dental implants?


Dental implants are screw-shaped or cylindrical root-form titanium posts that act as artificial tooth roots. These are carefully placed in the jawbone and allowed to heal. During the healing phase, your bone is growing right up to the implant surface in order to lock it in place.

Shortly thereafter, a crown is made to fit on top of the implant so as to replace a missing tooth or teeth with a "brand-new" tooth. In many cases, you can be functioning on your "new" tooth on the same day as your surgery!

Dental implant treatment is the preferred method of tooth replacement. These implants replace missing tooth roots, and form a stable foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like your natural teeth. Dental implants also preserve the remaining bone by providing the stimulation previously provided by the natural tooth roots.

Dental implants offer several advantages to the patient. Unlike traditional false teeth, it isnít necessary to grind down the adjacent teeth for a bridge or secure a partial denture to adjacent teeth with clasps - see below for more of the advantages of dental implants.


How safe is the implant therapy?


Thanks to continual technological advances, in expert hands, implantology is currently a very safe and predictable technique. It has been established beyond any doubt in hundreds of long-term clinical studies.

We are confident that implantology is a long-lasting treatment. Still, we should keep in mind that daily hygiene, regular follow-up visits as established by the dentist, and suitable maintenance are a must for proper functioning of the implants.

The implants and other components from the BTI Dental Implant System used in our practice are of the highest quality and precision as a result of extensive research and development.

What are the benefits of dental implants?


They look and feel just like your own teeth. Dental implants restore your confidence to talk, laugh, and chew with comfort and without worries.

Implants preserve the integrity of facial structures. Implants prevent the hard and soft tissue collapse that can occur under conventional bridges and removable partial dentures. In patients who have lost all of their teeth, the lower one-third of the face is prone to collapse if implants are not placed to preserve the bone and the facial  profile. Implants form a strong bond to the surrounding bone to provide support and anchorage for biting and chewing as well as stimulation for the bone to hold it in place.

Implant-supported crowns and bridges do not require neighboring teeth for support. When teeth are replaced using traditional tooth-supported bridges, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth are ground down  so that the bridge can be cemented onto them. This tooth structure can never be replaced. Removable partial  dentures use clasps and rests which have to be carved onto adjacent teeth. As the partial rocks back and forth, it can loosen the teeth it depends on for anchorage, causing them to be lost.

Implants replace the entire tooth and the missing root so it is a free- standing restoration. This leaves more of your natural teeth untouched and free of restorations which save your natural teeth.

Better health and nutrition because you can eat what you want. Patients with dentures often find themselves unable to eat certain foods, such as fruits and vegetables, which can compromise their nutrition. With dental implants, it is much easier to bite into and chew your favorite foods.

Ease of cleansing. An implant supported crown can be cleaned like your other natural teeth, i.e. brushing and flossing. Cleaning under a bridge, however, requires the use of floss threaders for proper cleaning, while a partial denture must be taken out several times a day and scrubbed clean.

Enjoy your food. Patients who wear an upper denture often have trouble really tasting food because the roof of the mouth is covered. With implant supported replacement teeth, it is not necessary to cover the roof of the mouth, so it is possible to enjoy the taste of all your favorite foods.

Eliminates the pain of ill-fitting dentures. Loose fitting dentures can be securely fastened using dental implants. This avoids embarrassing slippage of them and removes the need for denture fixatives.


                       

If you're unsure whether you're eligible for dental implants, or would like more information about the treatment, please
contact us today, make an appointment, or visit www.straumann.co.uk