What are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants are titanium rods which act as a replacement for a natural root. The implant then supports a crown so that it looks natural in your mouth. Implants can be used to replace one or multiple crowns, as well as bridgework and loose dentures.
Planning for Implants
A full consultation is needed to assess your requirements and what steps are necessary to achieve your goals. This includes taking moulds of your teeth as well as a series of photos. A scan (radiograph or CT Scan) may be necessary to assess where we can place a dental implant predictably. By gathering as much information as possible one can determine where implants can be placed in order to create a natural and long-lasting result.
Who Can Have Implants?
Virtually anyone can have dental implants. Your dentist will assess your wishes, time availability, deadlines, medical and dental health and finances to create a unique plan for you. They will advise you of the benefits and risks of any procedure so you can be fully on board with your commitment towards your oral health. Patients travel to Bucklersbury Dental Studio from all over Hertfordshire including areas such as Hitchin, Letchworth and Stevenage.
What’s the Procedure?
Dental Implant placement is a small surgical procedure that is carried out while you are awake. It is similar to having any other dental procedure – although sedation is sometimes used for long procedures or nervous clients. The after-effects are similar to having a tooth taken out - slight discomfort, if any. We follow the strict conditions set down by the GDC and Faculty of General Dental Practice, making it the Gold Standard in implant therapy. You will always have our dentist’s personal number so your implant journey can be as care-free as possible.
Once an implant is placed, we place a crown on top if possible. If not possible, we will close up the area where an implant has been placed and cover it up with a temporary solution. You will not be left without teeth. We then let you heal and return to complete the process 3-6 months later.
How Successful are Implants?
Implants have proven to be 95% successful after a 10-year period. This percentage is increasing every year as technology and skills advance. As with all artificial materials in your mouth, maintenance is required and regular evaluations with the hygienist are necessary. If this is not done then you are likely to experience the same problems as with natural teeth.
Single Tooth Implant
When you have a small gap at the front or back of your mouth - or if you have a single failing tooth - a single implant is an ideal solution. Implants have been proven to be very safe, predictable and long-lasting. It does not require the adjacent teeth to be drilled and therefore acts independently from other teeth.
Multiple Dental Implants
When you have multiple missing teeth or failing teeth, more than one implant will be necessary to create a predictable solution. This can help support a bridge or denture as part of a smile makeover or full mouth reconstruction.
You are not alone. Most people do not get on with lower dentures. Dentures require support to stop them moving. This can be from teeth, gums or both. If you have no teeth, then the gum and bone shrink over time. This creates a constantly loose denture. You can stop the bone shrinking by placing implants - which can then support the denture. This will give you dentures that are great once again for chewing, speaking and smiling confidently.
This is a great concept when replacing a failing tooth. Sometimes the failing tooth can be removed and an implant placed straight away. If we can, we will place a temporary crown that will look good and function well. If we can't place the crown that day then an alternative form of replacement will be given so you don’t walk out toothless.
Soft Tissue Recreation
Where teeth have been lost or missing for a long time, the gum may have to be reshaped or rebuilt to create a natural-looking smile.
Where teeth have been lost or missing for a long time, the bone may have shrunk such that implant placement is not possible. Further procedures may have to be carried out to grow bone before implants can be placed predictably. So if you are based in Hertfordshire or even further afield, then contact us today to book your consultation.
At Bucklersbury Dental Studio, we have a very experienced visiting implantologist who looks after the implant needs of our patients.