Dental implants are a very effective way of replacing missing teeth.
Dental implants are a modern long-term solution for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants can boost self confidence by improving appearance, chewing function and speech. Here we have example before and after treatment photos for a dental implant placed at FHDC.
Having a dental implant procedure provides many advantages. These include improving appearance by providing a natural looking replacement for a missing teeth. As implant teeth are custom made for each of our patients it is possible to ensure that they match perfectly with your natural teeth.
Bite an apple
It is possible to improve chewing ability by replacing missing teeth with a dental implant, and they feel and function just like natural teeth, providing great stability and ease of chewing and biting.
Choosing a dental implant eliminates the need for other natural teeth having to be drilled to support bridges or dentures and you do not need to opt for a removable denture.
Patients that have opted for dental implants are delighted that they can bite apples again or chew steak.
Secure new teeth
A dental implant is an artificial root that is fitted into the jawbone, and is made of titanium, a material that is bio-compatible with the human body. Once dental implants have been placed, they will fuse with the jawbone. When this process is complete (usually after at least 6 weeks), moulds are taken and natural-looking teeth can be made and secured onto the implants.
Dental implants are a safe, well-established, tried-and-tested treatment with a very high success rate, and just like natural teeth, will last for as long as you care for them. How well you look after your dental implants – and whether you go for your regular maintenance dentist appointments – will have the biggest impact on how long they will last. If dental implants are not cleaned properly they will develop a coating similar to that found on neglected natural teeth. Left untreated, this can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort. All these problems could occur with natural teeth.
Benefits of dental implants
You can eat steak or other complex food that requires chewing or biting
Implants have the functionality and appearance of natural teeth
Dental implants can last a lifetime if looked after
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial root which is placed into the jawbone. This is then used to support an artificial tooth known as a dental crown. A number of implants can be used to replace multiple missing teeth.
What are dental implants made of?
Implants are made of pure titanium, or a combination of titanium and zirconium. These materials are very well accepted by the body, so an implant can unite with the tissues around it. Once this has happened, usually after around eight weeks after the procedure, a restoration such as a crown can be attached to the implant to create the new tooth.
How successful are dental implants?
At FHDC we use the Straumann and Biohorizon implant systems which are from global leaders in Implantology. Extensive international research has shown that there is over a 90% chance that a quality implant restoration will remain in successful use 10 years after being placed.
Do dental implants hurt?
Placing a dental implant is often easier than taking a tooth out and is usually done under a simple local anaesthetic, similar to when having a filling done. The procedure itself is comfortable, but just like after an extraction, you may feel some discomfort for a few days after the dental implant is placed.
How long does the treatment take?
Your dentist at FHDC in Leeds will be able to give you an idea of the treatment time during your consultation. Usually the final teeth are fitted onto the dental implants 3-4 months after the dental implants are placed.
How do I look after dental implants?
You will be given advice on how to look after your dental implants, both immediately after dental implant placement and for long term care. Cleaning dental implants is no more difficult than looking after natural teeth. Dental hygiene appointment are often recommended.
Do I have to take the teeth out if they are fixed to implants?
Most teeth are permanently fixed to dental implants and will look and feel like natural teeth. If you have removable dentures secured by dental implants, these can usually be removed for cleaning.
Do the implants show?
Although dental implants are made of titanium, this is hidden under the gum, and the dental implant will look just like a natural tooth. The new teeth can be designed to match exactly with your own teeth.
Do I need a dental implant for each missing tooth?
A single missing tooth will need one dental implant. If you have two or more missing teeth next to each other these can often be replaced with just two implants Your dentist at FHDC will advise you as to where implants will be needed depending upon the teeth which need replacing.
Who is suitable for dental implants?
Dental implants can generally be placed in most patients. Some factors that can affect suitability for dental implants include a small number of medical problems and certain medications. Sometimes there may not be enough jawbone but an additional procedure can be carried out to bulk up the bone prior to placing dental implants.
Our implant dentist will assess you and provide a bespoke treatment plan and discuss the cost of treatment at your first consultation.
What are the alternatives?
Do nothing, i.e. accept the gap. Although seemingly the simplest option, teeth around a gap will usually move into the gap to some extent. Whilst this doesn’t always happen, it usually does and may lead to food trapping and problems with the bite.
Bridges – a bridge is attached to one or both teeth at the sides of the gap, and replaces the missing tooth. Bridges can be very successful, but have the drawbacks of committing one or more teeth to holding the bridge, which may lead to problems with these teeth in the future
Partial denture (plate) – this is a simple type of restoration, but is removable i.e. not fixed to the teeth. In some situations it can be a good option, e.g. if many teeth are missing, but if one or two only are missing it is generally quite a poor option, as they are quite bulky.
What are the stages?
Initial assessment visually and with an ‘x-ray’
A small CT scan is taken to accurately assess the area of the gap in 3-D, and allow detailed treatment planning of the implant stages
Review and discussion to explain the treatment procedures
Implant placement, and possibly placement of a temporary tooth/teeth
Review of the implant, impressions and placement of the permanent restoration (e.g. a crown)
Reviews to assess ongoing implant health.
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To discuss how Far Headingley Dental Care can help you replace your missing teeth with a dental implant, please complete the enquiry form on this page or call our practice in Leeds on 0113 275 1323 during normal office hours.
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