General Dentistry » Dental Implants
Dental implant treatment is now one of the largest growth areas in modern dentistry. They are currently the gold standard for the replacement of missing teeth, offering a fixed and stable foundation onto which crowns or bridgework can be attached and supported. With careful planning and preparation the implants can look, feel and perform like natural teeth.
|The gold standard for replacing missing or soon to be lost teeth||Confident that you are being provided with the best treatment currently available in modern dentistry.|
|Offer best aesthetics and function||Look, feel and function like natural teeth|
|Provide the best long term stability, outlasting conventional bridgework||
Less chance of requiring further treatment or re-treatment for that tooth.
Current studies indicate that 95% of implants are still in place more 15 years after treatment. The expected lifespan of conventional bridgework is up to 10 years, less if the bridgework has been provided by the NHS.
|Help support the bone around adjacent teeth||
Reduces the chances that your remaining teeth may loosen or move (drift)
Maintains the facial profile and supports lips and cheeks. (see diagram below)
|Fixed in place and do not need to be removed||
Have the confidence to eat, speak and function as if the tooth had never been lost. *
*it may be recommended that some foods and activities be avoided or protection worn to help protect the implants from damage
Diagram showing the comparison between Implant restorations and Bridgework.
Dental implant treatment in the UK has now become the treatment of choice for patients wishing to replace missing teeth using modern dental techniques. They are the gold standard for the replacement of missing teeth, offering a fixed and stable foundation onto which crowns or bridgework can be attached and supported. With care and attention these new restorations look, feel and perform like natural teeth.
With careful planning and preparation the procedure is now as routine and straightforward as many of the other procedures on offer today. In fact, most implant patients are pleasantly surprised at the ease with which the treatment is carried out. For patients who may still be a little apprehensive we offer sedation techniques to help relax them throughout the procedure.
|Before Dental Implants|
|After Dental Implants|
Prior to starting your treatment we complete a comprehensive assessment of your mouth, teeth and gums enabling us to provide you with a plan for your treatment needs. Our goal is to restore your mouth to a healthy and stable state.
We use the latest in dental CT scanning technology to provide us with a 3-Dimensional image of your mouth. This allows us to accurately plan your treatment for optimum results.
Prior to treatment starting, we will discuss all the options available to you and provide written confirmation of this along with an accurate assessment of the fees for your investment.
Implants can be used in the following circumstances:Replace missing single teeth.
- Very often this is a crowned tooth that has had a root treatment with a post/pin holding it in place. With time the post loosens and the root fractures requiring it to be removed.
- This can be due to the age of the crown, trauma, infection or damage from a strong bite.
Replace multiple missing teeth
- This can be in one area of the mouth or multiple areas.
- If several teeth are missing in the one area, bridgework can be supported with implants
- If the missing teeth are in different areas, they can be treated and restored simultaneously.
Full arch rehabilitation
- this can replace all the missing teeth in a single jaw or in both upper and lower jaws.
Modern advances allow us to provide “Teeth in a Day” which is the Columbus Bridge Technique
- This technique allows for implant placement one day and a full set of teeth fixed in place the next day.
Stabilize loose and ill-fitting dentures.
- Patients who have worn dentures for a long time can have a variety of implants solutions to help secure and stabilize their dentures.
- The implants are placed and a new customized denture is made that securely clicks onto the implants, giving better stability improving fit, feel and function.
- In the upper jaw this is usually made without the need for a full palate, restoring taste and reducing the uncomfortable feel of plastic in the palate.
- There are usually 4 implants placed for the upper jaw and 2 in the lower.
We commonly use implants as part of a multi-treatment approach in rehabilitating your mouth, gums and teeth and will only provide them where we feel there is an excellent long term prognosis and in patients who are committed to achieving and maintaining good oral health.
Common causes for tooth loss where implants can be placed are:Trauma/injury
- the crown or root of the tooth is too badly damaged to be saved and the tooth has to be extracted.
Damage to an existing crown(s), bridgework or filling(s)
- Commonly these cases involve front teeth which have been root treated and have a post or pins to help retain a crown or bridgework. Usually the root of the tooth has fractured and the tooth may also have become infected.
- the bone supporting the tooth has been lost due to gum disease (periodontitis, gingivitis, pyaria), the gum recedes and the tooth becomes loose and no longer functions effectively.
Infection around a tooth.
- if not from gum disease, the infection is usually caused by a root filled tooth becoming re-infected. This can be discovered when a routine x-ray is taken, the tooth becomes sore or the patient usually notices a small lump (sinus) in the gum next to the tooth, sometimes with a bad taste or smell too.
Old Fashioned Dentistry
- unfortunately we hear a lot of stories from patients whose dentist, when they were younger, didn’t believe in fillings or root treatments or trying to save teeth and extracted them instead.
- This meant a lot of patients ended up getting a denture or bridgework prematurely.
- Fortunately most of these ‘traditional’ dentists have since retired and a more up to date approach has been adopted.
In the examples illustrated above it is very important that professional advice be sought as soon as possible. In the cases where there is infection, including trauma and gum disease, there is the real risk of bone loss in the area requiring treatment.
While this may not prevent implant treatment being provided, additional procedures may be required to replace the lost bone prior to the implant(s) being placed.
This may result in a poorer final aesthetic result, additional fees for the procedures and prolonged treatment times.
Whether you start the treatment straight away, or not, we would always advise making an informed decision rather than waiting till ‘something had to be done.’
The above points are designed to give you a general overview of the treatments we provide. For more information please contact reception on 0141 423 5161 to arrange a free implant consultation.« Back to Treatment Menu