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Implants 

Dental Implants

What are Dental Implants?

Implants are an ideal way to replace single teeth, multiple teeth or secure a loose denture. They can also be used to replace a denture altogether with a fixed alternative.

Implants are small screws made of surgical titanium and will replace the root of a lost tooth. It will also serve to preserve and strengthen the jawbone, which is slowly lost once a tooth is removed.

What are the Advantages of Implants?

Once implants have been placed, attachments can be then placed to support crowns, bridges or dentures. This enables the teeth to function with comfort and confidence and dentures can become a thing of the past. Even dentures, supported by implants, will function much better than those resting on the gum alone.

Dental implants:-

  • Replace your lost tooth roots
  • Preserve the bone of the jaw
  • Look, feel and work like natural teeth
  • Give life-long tooth replacement
  • Don't damage adjacent teeth
  • Provide stability as the crown is firmly attached to the underlying implant
  • Restores your natural chewing ability
  • Restores the full appreciation of food if you are replacing dentures.

 

 

How are Implants Placed?

There are several steps to implant placement and the restoration procedure.

  • A consultation with Stuart is needed to carry out a thorough examination of your mouth. X-rays and impressions of your mouth are taken and, in some cases, a CT scan may be necessary to plan the exact site and position of intended implant placement. We will then discuss all the options available and explain the various stages ahead.

  • Study models of your mouth are used to plan the new tooth positions to ensure the correct position of the implants and teeth.

  • Implant placement. This is usually carried out under local anaesthetic with an option of intravenous sedation. The procedure is carried out under strict sterile conditions.

  • After a suitable healing period while the implant attaches to and integrates with the jawbone, special pillars called abutments are attached to the implants, onto which the teeth will be eventually secured.

  • Trial crowns or bridges are sometimes attached to the implants to ensure that the final restoration will be correct.

  • The final implant supported teeth are fitted.

 

What are the Alternatives?

There are two other methods of replacing missing teeth:

  • a bridge attached to adjacent teeth
  • a removable denture

 

Dentures involve wearing, what is essentially, a foreign body in the mouth, made of either plastic, metal or a combination of the two. They can be obtrusive and uncomfortable and can affect speech and taste. They need to be removed for cleaning and many people find dentures embarrassing.

Bridges require that the adjacent teeth are drilled down to receive crowns or other attachments and this is destructive and irreversible. The adhesives for bridges can fail and bridges will need replacement at intervals of approximately ten years.

Although, in some cases, these traditional methods of replacing missing teeth are appropropriate, implants provide a proven alternative that offers a permanent solution without damaging other teeth or wearing removable false teeth.

Implant System Used

Stuart uses the Bicon Implant system and this implant has had 25 years of clinical use. We often use the new shorter style implant that avoid the need for bone grafting in areas where tooth loss has led to decreased amounts of bone available for implant placement. Stuart is a member of The Association of Dental Implantology and has had extensive training in implantology and the Bicon system. More information can be obtained about implants from www.bicon.com and www.adi.org.uk