Natural teeth can be lost through trauma and dental disease.
To date there is nothing that can match mother nature. The options for missing teeth tend to include a denture, a bridge or a dental implant. A denture is a removable option but can affect speech and may increase plaque retention. A bridge is a fixed option but its fabrication may require irreversible preparation of a tooth or teeth. This is no longer considered to be the optimal treatment, especially if the teeth to be used in a bridge are healthy and unfilled.
Dental implants are becoming a more accepted treatment for many patients throughout the world wishing to replace their missing teeth.
So what is an implant?
An implant is generally made out of titanium which is a metal used in various aspects of medicine and is well known for its excellent healing properties in the human body. The implant acts similar to a tooth root and is directly anchored within the jaw bone so it can be used to support a crown or if several implants are used they can be used to retain a bridge or loose dentures.
How long have implants been around for?
Throughout history various attempts have been made to discover materials which could be used as a dental implant. A major break through came in 1965 when Professor Branemark placed the first titanium root type implant into a human jaw bone. His research dated back to 1952 so the technology has been around for over half a century. To date millions of implants have been placed world wide and there is an excellent success rate. Implants have continued to improve in their design and features which have enabled us to place them even in the most complex situations.
Are implants for life?
I would like to say yes but as with everything it is how you treat and care for them. Implants can indeed last a life time in a well cared for mouth but if not then like anything in life they will not last. Implants like teeth can be affected by the bacteria in the mouth and if not cleaned can get gum disease like teeth. Therefore, they are not fit and forget and regular attendance at your dentist is needed for inspection and hygiene
So who should place implants?
Not every dentist has been trained to place or restore the implants. Special training is required as well as a sound understanding of the principles that surround them. Our team in Heaton Moor Dental is highly trained with our main surgeon achieving a Masters Degree in dental Implantology with a distinction and our head nurse having worked in this field for over 2 decades. We have invested in the latest technologies to ensure that our implants are the best they can be.
Do implants hurt?
The placement of an implant will require a small surgical procedure similar to a tooth extraction and a filling combined. There may be little or some swelling and bruising depending on the complexity required but this would be discussed beforehand. We have not had anyone say yet that it wasn’t worth it though and dental implant treatment can be life changing.
How should I get started with the process?
A dental implant requires careful planning prior to its placement so a consultation and possibly a 3 dimensional scan may be needed. We would be happy to discuss this with you further or please contact our surgical lead Lynn if you would like a chat.
Our contact details are firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on 0161 637 4041 if you’d like to know more.