For patients struggling with the loss of one or more teeth, dental implants provide a comfortable, natural looking and long term solution that can not only change their smile but their lives.
Having revolutionised the practice of dentistry over the past 30 years, dental implants provide patients with a secure and reliable replacement which unlike temporary teeth or dentures they don’t have to worry about coming loose or fixing into place. A successful implant will be configured with the existing teeth and both aesthetically and functionally will act and look just like a regular tooth.
Dental implants have multiple applications and often cost less than you might think. Implants are not only used to retain crowns or bridges but can help to retain dentures (plates). If you are fed up of your dentures moving then implants can help to retain a denture and it is not as expensive as total replacement with crowns or bridges.
Why consider Implants?
The three ways in which we replace teeth are: Dentures, bridges and implants. A denture is a removable plastic tooth, also known as false teeth or plates. Dentures look great and they are the cheapest solution to any tooth replacement, but they are always removable and you need to take them out at night!
Bridges are fixed and often seem like the best option, but they are quite destructive and must be used under the right circumstances. The two teeth either side of the gap must be crowned and become the foundations that hold the false tooth, then we ‘bridge the gap.’
These two teeth are filed down using the drill to make space for the crowns that will hold the bridge, hence the damaging nature of the treatment. Plus, it does put all your eggs in one basket, once these teeth are linked then if you have a problem with any one tooth, you subsequently have a problem with all of the teeth involved in the bridge.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are an innovative solution used to support one or more false teeth. The implant is a titanium screw that can replace the root of a tooth when it fails.
Dental implants are a comfortable and natural-looking alternative to traditional prosthetic appliances such as dentures and bridges. They have the added advantage that when appropriately planned they will not cause harm to the adjacent teeth and have better longevity than any other dental appliance which can mean that implants are actually very cost-effective for patients, contrary to popular opinion.
Am I a Suitable Candidate for Dental Implants?
For patients who have experienced single or multiple tooth loss, dental implant treatment in Essex is a excellent long term solution that not only provides realistic tooth replacement but restores confidence.
However, dental implants are not a suitable treatment option for every patient and a full oral health assessment covering things such as occlusion (bite), teeth, jawbone and gums will all be carried out prior to treatment.
All implant treatment planning will involve a CBCT bone scan, this is 3D x-ray of the bones to show important oral anatomy and give the surgeon an idea of implant viability. An implant can only be placed if the surgeon is confident it is safe and there is sufficient bone to do so.
Ideally a patient will be over 21 years of age with healthy gums but there are some general health factors that will be taken into account which can affect suitability such as;
- Pre-existing loss of bone volume
Are Dental Implants Safe and How Long Will They Last?
Dental implants are a safe and well-established treatment in the dental industry. The implants will last for as long as you care for them, so it’s important to regularly book in for maintenance appointments to ensure they are healthy. If you do not look after your implants, they will develop a coating like natural teeth which if left untreated can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort.
What Does the Treatment Involve?
Our dental implant procedure in Chelmsford will involve:
- A thorough examination to identify any signs of gum disease and assess the quality of the bone.
- A scan to assess the quality and density of the patient’s bone to check the area before any work takes place.
- A procedure under anaesthetic to gently prepare the bone for the titanium implant. The gum will then be closed by stitching or grafting, and then it is left to heal.
Dental implants are considered to be the most stable tooth replacement solution available and for patients suffering from tooth loss it is the closest thing to having the real tooth back again.
Dental Implants Essex
At Advent Dental, we are lucky to have 2 dentists with a great deal of experience in bone augmentation (grafting) procedures, placing and restoring implants as well as other members of the team who are proficient at restoring implants. In combination with traditional restorative approaches, implants create new avenues for patients to realise a true smile makeover that can change the way that they look and give people a great deal more confidence in their smile.
Our team enjoy a fantastic and long-standing relationship with Straumann dental implants, the world leader in implant technology. Thanks to Straumann’s commitment to research and development and the skills and knowledge of our team at Sharrow we are able to produce excellent results for our patients.
Book an Appointment Today
If you are interested in dental implants Chelmsford then contact us today and we will be happy to book you in for a consultation. Our experienced implant dentists will be able to discuss your treatment options in full and help you to achieve the smile you deserve.