Tooth loss can :
- Make you feel uncomfortable about smiling or eating in public.
- Affect your self confidence and impact your daily life
- Cause the jaw bone to shrink from lack of stimulation.
- Affect your smile and it changes the shape of your face
- Make you to look prematurely aged.
- In the front of your mouth result in a visible defect affecting the appearance of your smile, your self-confidence and possibly your speech.
- In the back of your mouth can affect your bite, your face and your ability to eat.
- If untreated, can cause loss of bone in jaw and can affect position of surrounding teeth.
Dental Implants can prevent bone loss. As the jawbone requires pressure from chewing in order to maintain its density, it will deteriorate in the absence of a tooth. In the first year after you lose a tooth, your bone will lose 25% of its volume, and this will continue for as long as the tooth goes un-replaced by an implant.
Regular dentures and bridges can actually worsen bone loss because there is nothing to stimulate the bone. On the other hand, implant-supported dentures and bridges act like natural teeth and provide the pressure necessary to maintain bone density.
Because the implants fuse to the jawbone and offer a secure base for the replacement teeth, some patients find this a comfortable option in restoring their smile.
In many cases, implant-retained teeth look and feel more like natural teeth.
Do I need a dental implant for each missing tooth ?
No,unless you’re just having a single tooth replaced. In general, one implant can support two or more teeth using a bridge or partial denture. If you are having all of the teeth in your jaw replaced, 4-8 implants may be needed to support a full denture we will talk to you through this and every other aspect of your treatment.
FLOSS & SMILE DENTAL IMPLANT GUARANTEE:
For your Peace of Mind, all of our dental implants are covered by our one year guarantee.
If your dental implant needs to be replaced within the 1st 12 months there is no charge except where:
- Additional treatment was advised prior to implant treatment such as bone grafting and was not taken up by the patient
- A different type of treatment was advised to be more appropriate
- The restoration provided was intended to be temporary
- A like for like replacement is not appropriate
- Further work has been carried out on the tooth since the original treatment
I’m interested in getting dental implants, what should I do?
The first thing to do is to book a consultation with us. At your consultation you can ask any and all questions you have, and we will be happy to answer and advise you.
Based on a comprehensive examination we will determine the best treatment for you and walk through all costs involved . We are always on hand to advise and guide, if there is anyway we can make your treatment more comfortable please do not hesitate to let us know.
I have a loose denture. Can Dental Implants help me?
Yes they can. Dental implants are an excellent solution for the millions of people who have loose dentures. Dental implants offer many advantages over conventional dentures, which are often uncomfortable and, due to movement, limit a person’s ability to speak and eat normally.
Because of this, many people feel self-conscious wearing their dentures.
The dentures can be secured into place by locking on to 2-4 implants.
Implants are commonly used to replace individual missing teeth but they can also be used to secure or stabilise loose dentures in either the upper or lower jaws. Instead of having a crown (cap) fitted to the top of the implant a precision-made attachment is fitted which inserts into the underneath surface of the denture, securing the denture to the implant. In the lower jaw this can be achieved with as few as two implants.
If there is sufficient bone available and you are willing to have more implants inserted then you can often be fitted with a completely solid set of teeth attached to the dental implants (a full-arch bridge). This set of teeth would stay in permanently and would look and feel very similar to a natural set of teeth.
Is dental implant placement painful ?
No dental implants are typically placed under local anaesthetic. If you are very nervous or suffer from dental phobia we can offer you sedation.
How long does it take to place dental implants ?
They may be placed in as little as 30 to 60 minutes depending on the location and the number of implants placed.
When will I receive my new teeth ?
Treatment time varies by patient. Typically, you will have some type of temporary teeth until your implants bond to the bone. We can provide a time estimate based on your treatment needs.
How do I care for my dental implants ?
Home care for your implants consists of brushing and flossing. Regular dental visits are required for long term health and success.
How long can dental implants last ?
Implants can last many years if cared for properly. Many implants have been in place for more than 40 years.
How does the long term value of dental implants compare to other options ?
Dental implants are low maintenance and provides stability and confidence in your smile. Therefore, the long term value of dental implants far exceeds conventional treatment options.
How does it work ?
We will evaluate your condition and create a treatment plan tailored to you. You will be informed of all likely costs before the treatment itself begins so there will be no surprises.
The dental implant process takes place in three steps
Step 1 Treatment planning
We will take xrays and create a model of your existing teeth to determine the optimal implant position occasionally a bone or gum tissue graft will be necessary to create adequate space for the implants.
Step 2 Implant placement
Dental implants are placed into the bone in a relatively pain free procedure. If you are very nervous or suffer from dental phobia we can offer you dental sedation.
Step 3 Replacement teeth
You will usually need to wait between 4 to 8 months for the implant to bond , before your permanent replacement teeth (Crown, bridge or denture ) can be placed, restoring your natural smile.