Putting a smile back on your face with dental implants

Putting a smile back on your face with dental implants

 April 28, 2022

Introduction

Over 9000 private dental patients trust Mouth Dental’s multi-clinic practice to find lasting solutions for challenging or complex dental problems. Treated by our team of renowned dental specialists using state-of-the-art technology, our patients appreciate our crafted solutions and the aftercare that we provide. Our dental implants have helped restore the smiles of many over a range of age groups. From the initial consultation to the actual procedure, we provide a committed treatment and professional advice, ensuring you always chose the right option for your needs.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants help restore smiles through the surgical procedure of restoring missing teeth. The implanted teeth are fully functioning and bring back confidence to your smile. The implants are surgically placed in your jawbone, where they act as the roots of missing teeth. They fuse with the jawbone over time which means they do not slip, make a noise, or cause bone damage, which can happen with conventional dentures or fixed bridgework. These titanium roots can support removable dentures, replacement crowns and bridges.

What are dental implants made out of?

Today, thanks to the advances in technology and research, dental implants are made from a variety of non-corrosive materials selected for their unique properties and advantages. The main positives include being resistant to fracturing and corrosion, and durability. These days most implants are made from titanium and zirconia. Dental implants made from titanium or titanium alloys will bond with the bone which grows around them, a process called ‘osseointegration’, which helps the implant function like a natural tooth root.

Titanium is the most sought after metal for dental implants because it can create a permanent fixture in the bone, plus thanks to its durability it provides a long-lasting replacement. Zirconia is a more recent discovery and is a preferable option for those who have a metal allergy and cannot use titanium. It is also showing potential in making the surgical process easier as it has a one-piece construction compared to the three-pieces of titanium.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants help securely replace one or more missing teeth. This not only makes it easier for you to chew and speak without the fear of shifting teeth, but it also helps prevent facial sagging and premature aging. Facial sagging is caused by bone loss which happens when you are missing teeth as there is a lack of structure. Without tooth roots or implants there is nothing keeping the jaw bone stimulated which is why the bone starts to deteriorate. Bone loss continues over the years after losing a tooth or teeth.

Unlike dentures that can be uncomfortable, unstable and sore, dental implants are comfortable, durable, and look and feel like natural teeth. They provide full chewing capabilities and after a while most patients cannot even tell the difference between the implants and their natural teeth. They can also be brushed and flossed as normal.

Dental implants can last a lifetime, unlike dental bridges that have a lifespan of roughly 10 years. The implants that integrate with the jawbone are bio-compatible and non-toxic, so the body does not reject it.

Dental implants not only stimulate the bone they also keep the adjacent teeth stable and avoid having them shift towards the gap.

Dental Implants: The procedure

The actual surgery will depend on the type of implant you need and the condition of your jawbone. It can involve several procedures, as it requires the bone to heal tightly around the implant. This produces one of the main benefits of an implant: solid support for your new teeth. The healing required between procedures means that the entire process can take months to complete.

Assessment – You will have an initial assessment with your dental surgeon to evaluate your gums and jaws to see if you are suitable for dental implants. This procedure does require a certain degree of healthy bone for the implants to be placed. If your bone material is reduced, then you may be recommended a smaller dental implant or a bone grafting to improve the intended implant site.

Bone grafting – This involves a graft being placed in the location of the extracted tooth, which prepares the site for the implant. There are different types of bone graft materials, which you can decided on at the initial consultation or assessment. After grafting, a period of healing is required before the implant can be placed.

Dental implant – Once healed, your dental specialist will then place the dental implant and if needed, a temporary crown. A single implant can take about ah hour to be placed. You will likely be prescribed over the counter pain relief medication to manage the first few days after this procedure.

Healing period – There will be a period of healing before your permanent crowns can be placed. While it normally means a period of several months, for some it can take up to six months or longer for the jaw to heal completely. Your progress will be assessed over this period to schedule the final appointment.

Final step – Your temporary crown will be removed, and an abutment will be attached to the dental implant and then the permanent crown. This is the final step after which you will be advised on the proper after care for your new dental implant.

What is the recovery period?

The actual recovery after the entire process is completed is relatively quick, usually as fast as 1-2 days. This will vary according to your age, health, and dental hygiene. If you have had more than one implant done then it can take around 1-2 weeks.

Dental implants – Aftercare

  • The mouth needs to be kept as clean as possible. Start brushing, avoiding the surgical area initially but then clean with a toothbrush once tenderness permits.
  • Use a saltwater wash to help with the healing. The water used should not be too hot and should be held over the surgical area for as long as possible.
  • You will be asked to use an ice pack if swelling does occur and over the counter pain medication for the first few days after surgery.
  • Try and keep food away from surgical area for as long as possible. Rinse after eating.
  • If you do smoke, you will be advised not to until the wound has healed completely.

Dental implants vs Dental Bridges vs Dentures: What is the difference?

Dental Implants – If you have a few teeth missing from different parts of your mouth, an implant is the best way to fill the gaps

Dental Bridge – If you are missing three to four teeth in a row, then a dental bridge would be the better option for you.

Dentures – These are removable prosthetic teeth that can be attached to the gums and removed when required and are available as partial or complete dentures. Dentures are the best option if you are missing many teeth together or all of your teeth.

How long do dental implants last?

With proper care dental implants can last a lifetime, especially the titanium screw. However, crowns may need to be replaced after about 10 to 15 years due to wear and tear. Regular dental check-ups are essential.

How much do dental implants cost?

Overall, a dental implant generally costs upwards of £2550, including the initial consultation, implant placement and crown placement. This does vary according to each patient’s individual treatment requirements.

Conclusion

Dental implants are worth the time and cost as they last a lifetime and help you regain your beautiful smile. They give you the peace of mind of not having to deal with missing teeth and the complications that follow. Mouth Dental’s team of dental specialists will make the journey easy and stress free so that you too can enjoy having perfect functioning teeth once again.

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