What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial substitute for the root of our natural tooth. It is anchored into place into a pre-drilled socket in your jaw bone, which then supports a crown, bridge or denture firmly in place.
Implants are made from titanium which is a metal well tolerated by the bone in your jaw. The aim when placing a dental implant is to achieve close contact with the implant and surrounding bone. The two then fuse together holding them firmly in place.
What can they be used for?
Implants can be used for different reasons:
- Single tooth replacement: if you have only one tooth missing in your mouth.
- Multiple tooth replacement: if you have one or more teeth missing
- Implant retained dentures: implants can be used to secure a full denture in the mouth
Single Tooth Replacement
Implants may be used for single tooth replacement if you have a failing root or have a fractured upper incisor requiring extraction. A single implant could also be used to replace a tooth after extraction. Restoration can be complete using a dental implant.
Implant Retained Denture
A denture can be retained using implants. For example, if bottom teeth become painful and require extracting due to gum disease, dental implants can be placed after extraction and connected to a bar. A clip will be attached to a denture and then clipped on to the bar. The final denture is stable and prevents resorption which can occur after dental extractions.
Can I get Dental Implants?
Yes – Our highly skilled and professional team in Blackburn can provide a full treatment of dental implants in Lancashire and surrounding areas. In fact, our implantology specialist, Mark Edmondson, has placed over 2, 500 implants in his career.
Advantages of Dental Implants?
There are many advantages to having dental implant treatment. (Which are sometimes also known as tooth implants) Some advantages are listed below:
- Reduced bone loss – normally, the bone surrounding the root of your natural tooth is maintained by a renewal process that occurs naturally in the body. If a tooth is lost, the body ceases to renew around the vacant area and bone loss (atrophy) may occur. The dental implant stimulates the bone growth, and so restricts the amount of bone loss that occurs.
- Improved function – Once dental implants have fully settled within your jaw, they function just as well as you natural teeth, and therefore you will no longer have to worry about the stability of your dentures.
- Better aesthetics – a dental implant should indistinguishable from your surrounding natural teeth.
Are Implants right for me?
Dental implants can be placed in patients of any age providing that they have fully developed jawbones, and that they have a sufficient quantity and quality of bone tissue available. Successful candidates for dental implants must also maintain good oral hygiene to remain suitable for dental implants.
Certain circumstances may mean that dental implants are not suitable for you:
- Heavy Smoking – this may slow down or hinder the healing process after implants have been placed.
- Excessive alchohol intake – the gums may not heal as well.
- Periodontal gum disease – all active gum disease must be treated prior to any implant procedure to ensure the long term success of the treatment. Periodontal disease causes bone loss which could jeopardise the success of treatment.
- Immuno-compromised individual.
Will I have enough bone for dental implants?
Your bone level and density will be assessed using dental x-rays and a CT scan is necessary. Information about nerves that should be avoided during the procedure can be gathered. If you do not have enough bone for dental implants, bone grafting and tissue regeneration procedures may be possible to carry out.
How long do Dental Implants last for?
Dental implants can last a lifetime depending on how well they are looked after. Supporting or neighbouring teeth can still be damaged by trauma or affected by gum disease and poor oral hygiene.
A good oral hygiene regime and regular visits to the dentist for reviews and scale and polishes should extend the lifespan of your dental implants.
Will dental implants hurt?
Dental implants are always placed under local anaesthetic and so are completely pain free for the patient during treatment. For patients who are nervous implants can also be placed using sedation.
After treatment some discomfort may be experienced, but should not continue.
Your dentist will discuss these issues in more detail upon your consultation visit.
How much will it cost?
As with many aspects of the cost of dentistry it is not always possible to give exact prices of treatment as all cases are different, and may follow different treatment paths.
Approximate prices are located in our implant fee guide; however, patients should be aware that prices may be subject to change depending on individual cases. Costs depend entirely upon how much work needs to be done. E.g. Bone grafts.
A costing can be given at the initial consultation once your case has been assessed.
Meet our Dental Implant SurgeonMatthew Gormally is our dental implant surgeon and during the last 11 years, Matthew has been involved in the placement and restoration of dental implants. In 2010, Matthew successfully obtained his Diploma in Implant Dentistry awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons of England (DipImpDent RCS). Find out more about Matthew…
If you require any further information or would like to book a consultation to see if implants may be right for you – contact us on 01254 51579.