Dental implants are titanium screws that are placed within jawbone. A post is then secured to the dental implant and either a crown, bridge or denture can be fixed to this.
Dental implant treatment has a success rate of more than 90% over a 15 year period. In fact titanium, the metal used, is used widely for hip replacements.
Usually with local anaesthetic, dental implants can be easily and comfortably placed. The dental implant is placed within the jaw bone and left to heal for usually 3-6 months. During the healing phase a fixed bridge or removable denture is used to close your gap. Once the dental implant has integrated to the bone we move onto stage two.
A precision post is secured into the healed implant. On top of this is then placed a porcelain crown, fixed bridge or cosmetic denture, depending on each individual case.
The amount of teeth implants needed depends on the size of the gap and where they are positioned in your mouth. You don’t necessarily need an Implant per tooth missing. If you have 3 teeth missing in a row you can have 2 implants and a 3 unit bridge.
Dental Implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth. This treatment doesn’t interfere with your remaining teeth, is a permanent fixture and is the healthiest option for your mouth. Another option to replace missing teeth is a Cosmetic Denture. Cosmetic Dentures are removable but can be clipped around the remaining back teeth for extra stability. Any teeth lost in the future can be added to the Denture. Porcelain Bridges are also an option. Bridges are fixed to teeth either side which hold it in place. Cosmetic Bridges can last you at least 15 years or more. Dental Implants can also be used to stabilise a full denture. When teeth are removed the bone recedes as there are no teeth for the bone to hold onto. Over time this will make dentures become loose. They interfere with everyday life and make eating and speaking difficult. 4-6 Implants can be placed with small attachments which allow the Denture to be clipped in place. This makes the Denture stable and secure.
Your treatment is carried out by two dentists working together. Our Prosthodontist, who is based in Essex, places the actual Implants and the Cosmetic Dentist will place the Crown or Bridge on top.
Perfect Smile Spa based in Hornchurch Essex is a Leading Cosmetic Dental practice and specialises in PAINLESS dentistry. All of our Dentists are based in Essex. Call us for a free consultation on 01708 442 114 or email [email protected]