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The Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants can improve the jaw line, teeth structure, and smile of a person via a surgical procedure. Those who perform such dental surgeries to enhance the overall appearance of teeth are known as cosmetic dentists and they’re highly skilled at providing a wide range of dental treatments from removing wisdom teeth, helping you out in emergencies when you’ve broken or chipped your tooth and when your teeth have lost their original white colour.

Dental problems don’t just end with a cavity or discolouration. Everyone has had a situation when they’ve experienced dental pain, a broken or lost tooth or any other form of dental discomfort.

Beyond dealing with pain or discomfort, cosmetic dentistry allows patients to change the way their smile looks. Treatments like dental veneers can be used to change the shape and colour of their teeth, while dental implants can be used to replace multiple missing teeth.

Dental implants are becoming more and more common, as they can replace everything from a single missing tooth to a full set. They offer a realistic and long lasting replacement for missing teeth, and come with a number of benefits.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

They look real: Medical science has progressed so much that if you visit an implant dentist, you can get a fake set of teeth implanted which look and feel like a natural tooth. You can eat, drink and talk and the implant will look and behave just like your natural teeth.

They are permanent: People rely on dentures and bridges, but they’re not a permanent treatment. Old school dentists claim that bridges are permanent. It might be true in some cases. However, even bridges rely on other teeth for support, and if the other teeth fall out or are damaged, the entire bridge needs to be rebuilt. On the other hand, cosmetic dental implants look real and are permanent.

Dental implants are the best and most reliable option for replacing lost or missing teeth: You can use them to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. They actually replace the root of the natural tooth. Once the artificial teeth are fitted onto the implants, you will not feel them like artificial teeth any longer. You will be able to eat food properly and your teeth will look great.

Tooth replacement by cosmetic surgery can cost you a good amount, but many dentists will work with you to cover the cost. Many dentists offer easy financing plans to help spread the costs. Implants, while expensive, are a long lasting and effective investment, so it’s well worth the cost in most cases.

How safe are dental implants?

Despite the advancements in dental care along the lines of better treatment methods and increased awareness on how people can take care of their teeth, millions are still suffering from tooth loss. It is mostly caused by gingivitis, tooth decay or in some cases injury. The only treatment options that were available for people with missing teeth were dentures and bridges. But nowadays, one can get dental implants.

What are dental implants?

When one loses their teeth or when they are removed, the whole visible part plus the root are gone. A dental implant is inserted into your jaw bone so it can fuse naturally with it and provide a foundation for the placement of a crown. The implant is usually cylindrical in shape and has a tapered post made of titanium. The implant will need an abutment which is basically a connector that is put on top of the implant. The abutment can sometimes come built onto the implant that connects the implant with the crown.

The procedure

The first step involves creating an individualised treatment plan for the given patient. It is usually done by a team of professionals with experience in restorative dentistry or oral surgery. The plan will address the specific needs of the patient and the implant option that is best for the patient.

Next the implant is inserted into the jaw bone, specifically the socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it will grow around the implant – a process known as osseointegration – fusing with the bone and forming a strong foundation for the replacement tooth. This healing process can take several weeks or even months.

The abutment is then placed on top of the implant which will function to connect the replacement tooth and the implant. The dentist then makes an impression of your teeth and creates a model of your bite which they will use to make the new tooth or teeth. The impression and model of your bite capture details about your teeth which include how they are arranged and their type. The replacement tooth is then attached to the abutment.

Are there any risks?

Teeth replaced through this method function and feel just like natural teeth, which means they require the same level of care and attention as natural teeth. They should be brushed, flossed and regularly checked by the dentist so that they last for the longest time possible and function to their full capacity. Dental implants that have been well-taken care of can last a lifetime. The implants have a high success rate of up to 98%. Most risks arise during the surgical procedure which can range from nerve damage, injury to surrounding structures and sinus problems. These, however, are rare problems and most sessions are successful without any incidents.

 

Bone Grafting For Dental Implants

Dental implants are needed for a variety of reasons, often due to tooth decay or other medical reasons. Dental implants may be needed due to missing teeth, diseased teeth, gaps in teeth or supporting a new crown, bridge or denture. Before a dental implantation can take place, a bone graft may be needed in some cases where the jawbone isn’t a secure enough base.

What is a bone graft?

A bone graft is one of many surgical procedures completed by a trained dental professional where a piece of healthy bone is transferred to an area where the bone is either missing, damaged or not strong enough.

The bone grafting procedure

1. The patient will be given an anaesthetic to be put into a deep sleep, they will be monitored at all times. Sometimes the procedure can be completed with the patient under intravenous sedation.
2. A local anaesthetic is used to numb the area where the incision is needed.
3. A cut is made into the chin, jaw or other bone area to extract the part that is to be used in the dental implantation.
4. The dentist may cover the area with a thin tissue substance to keep gum tissue from filling the space as it heals.
5. The piece of bone is then transferred to the jawbone. This is often done with pins and stitches to keep a solid base for the new bone to grow. It can take months for the transplanted bone to become solid enough to support a dental implant.

Dental Implantation

After the jawbone has healed from the bone grafting, the dental implantation procedure can then take place.
1. The oral surgeon will place the patient under either local or general anaesthetic.
2. A cut is made into the gum of the affected area in order to expose the bone.
3. Holes are drilled deep into the bone.
4. The dental implant metal posts are implanted into the holes created.
5. Once this is complete, osseointegration begins. This is where the jawbone grows into and merges with the surface of the dental implant. This can take several months.
6. Once osseointegration is complete, the surgeon will once more reopen the gum to expose the implant.
7. The new crown or tooth is then attached to the dental implant.

The entire procedure can take months to complete and the patient may face some swelling and bleeding.

Dental Implants v Dentures

Having one or more missing teeth is a common problem, especially among adults, but whilst having a missing tooth can cause embarrassment and sometimes discomfort, there are various ways to improve the appearance of your smile.

One such option is to wear dentures, but with recent advances in technology, people can now choose to have replacement teeth implanted into their jawbone.

Dentures

Dentures are false teeth that are usually secured with denture adhesive. Your dentist will take a mould of your mouth and jawline and this is then sent away to a specialist who will create your dentures. Once the final cast is fitted, minor adjustments can be made to ensure that it is comfortable and matches your individual bite.

With recent improvements to the quality and appearance of dentures, this cost-effective way of replacing teeth is a popular option. It is also a good choice for people whose jaws are either too weak or too unhealthy to support implants.

The main downside to wearing dentures is the fact that they can slip out of place if not secured with adhesive properly, which can not only cause embarrassment but can also be very uncomfortable. Another negative aspect of wearing dentures is that with age, the jawline can change, resulting in dentures having to be adjusted and realigned to the shape of the wearer’s mouth.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are replacement teeth that are surgically implanted into the jawbone. After administering a local anaesthetic, your dentist will expose the jawbone, drill a hole and insert a metal post. Your gum will be stitched over the metal post and it will be left to heal whilst the bone grows around the metal post to make it secure. Another operation will then be required to fit the replacement teeth onto the metal post.

Although local anaesthetic reduces pain considerably, this kind of procedure requires invasive surgery which may put some people off. Other downsides to having dental implants are cost and time. As the procedure is far more complicated than having traditional dentures fitted, it is far more expensive and can take much longer to complete.

However, due to the metal post that is implanted into the jawbone, this kind of replacement tooth is far more secure than dentures as the metal post acts as a natural root for the tooth. Implants also look and feel like ordinary teeth, making you feel comfortable and much less self-conscious.

 

Common Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

Dental Implants and Orthodontics

Most dentists offer a wide range of dental treatments from basic check-ups to complex dental procedures. So, whether you require a routine dental examination, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics (straightening), teeth whitening, dental hygiene, dental implants or sedation, your dentist should be able help with the highest level of professional care.

Orthodontics and Dental Implants are two of the most common treatments and the following is some more information on the procedures.

Orthodontics

If you have crowded, gappy or twisted teeth often affect self-confidence there are many tailor-made solutions available, so you can get the smile you deserve.

In fact, treatments such Invisalign and Inman Aligner have transformed the world of orthodontics.Orthodontics uses a ‘brace’ to correct the position of the teeth. And, rest assured, gone are the days of the unsightly metal ‘traintrack’ appliances, which cover most of the teeth! Today’s braces are almost invisible and much more comfortable to wear. Even the traditional metal braces are smaller and better in appearance.

There is a range of appliances that exists so dentists can tailor the treatment to match your specific needs and lifestyle. Dentists are also aware that timescale can be important, so we can offer treatments that will be effective in six months or less.

Dental Implants

Lost teeth or ill-fitting dentures can make eating, talking or smiling an embarrassing problem. But now, significant technical advances in dentistry mean implants can correct problems that were once untreatable. And this permanent solution will let you live your everyday life in complete confidence.

What are dental implants?

Implants look and feel like natural teeth and have a very high success rate. An artificial root is placed and becomes a permanent anchor for a new color-matched tooth. They can be used for single missing teeth or up to a full arch of fixed replacement teeth. They can also stabilise loose dentures.

Dental Implants are the best solution for missing teeth because:

They look great. Implants look and feel like your own teeth – no-one will ever know you have a replacement tooth or teeth. Because implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum shrinkage that often occurs with bridges or dentures.

They save your other teeth. Implants do not affect the teeth next to it. With a bridge, your neighbouring teeth are often altered, as they need to support the bridge. Implants do not need this support, so more of your own teeth are left untouched. This offers a significant long-term benefit to your oral health.

They give you confidence. Implants allow you to speak, eat and smile confidently. They are secure, so you can say goodbye to the embarrassing clicks and wobbles of loose dentures. And, also, gone are the worries about misplaced dentures and messy pastes and glues!

They are reliable. Implant treatments have been well-researched and have a consistently high success rate.

The cost of dental implants explained

Our thanks go out to Dr David Cashel who is an experienced cosmetic dentist based in Glasgow who also offers dental implants services. David explains in the following article why you have to be careful when comparing the cost of dental implants.

Normally a dental implant is made up of three different components :

The dental implant
the abutment
the replacement tooth, crown, denture or bridge

If you’re being quoted for dental implants it is very important to make sure that each component is included in the price. Prices will vary depending on your location, the materials used  and the dental implant system in question. There is plenty more information on dental implants here – ADI(Uk)

 

Many people are sucked into what they believe is a very competitive price, only to find out that the abutment or the replacement tooth or both have not been included in the original price. Dr Cashel also believes you should go for quality as your top marker. If the materials used are not made of titanium, particularly the implant, then you should think again. The thing to bear in mind about titanium is that it actually fuses with the bone to form a rock solid replacement tooth root. No other implant material can do this so while titanium is a fairly expensive option, the benefits it brings far outweigh the cost.
You should also make sure that the dentist who will be placing your implants has a strong track record of success in this area. Ask him or her to give you examples of previous cases and ask for testimonials from existing clients. Any good implant dentist will be more than happy to allow you to contact previous patients.

Finally, there’s been a lot of comment in the media about dental holidays. This is where people fly abroad for cheap dental work and have a holiday at the same time, the leaving that the total cost is around the same as they would have paid back in the UK. While there are many competent and experienced dental implants dentists throughout Europe, you need to know that if something goes wrong then it will be put right at no further expense to yourself. In the UK, the majority of dental implant dentists will offer a minimum five-year guarantee on their services. Indeed many now offer 10 year guarantees.
If you have your dental implants procedure performed abroad and something goes wrong then you’re faced with an difficult decision. Dr Cashel has seen many patients with botched implants who have had to go through restorative surgery in order to have working teeth again. So not only are they out of pocket for the original poor work, they then have to pay to have it done again.

As with almost anything in life, if you’re spending a lot of money then it is wise to do your own research. Dr Cashel has had many patients who have had over 20 years of trouble-free implants and there is a flexible finance package which allows you to spread the cost over several years.

What are the most frequent questions asked about dental implants?

How long do Dental Implants last?

We have asked Dr Stephen Jacobs of Dental FX in Glasgow about his experience with dental implants patients and what the most common questions he is asked by his patients about the procedure?

The two main questions that dental patients asked me about whether dental implants are “What is the success rate?” and “How long will they last?”

Question – What is the success rate of dental implants?

In short the answer is that while every dental procedure comes with failure risk, luckily this happens very infrequently. Factors that contribute to the failure rate of implants depends on whether they are secure into natural bone or grafted, their location in the mouth and whether the person is a smoker. Statisically a smokers failure rate is 2.5 times more likely to have a dental failure than someone who doesn’t.

Question – “How long will a dental implant last for?

The answer to this question is even shorter – we honestly don’t know. What we do know that best way to extent the longevity of a dental implants to have to keep up scrupulous oral hygiene, and evaluate the dental implant both clinically and radio-graphically at your regular visit with your dentist.

 

Are Dental Implants Value For Money ?

An interesting article courtesy of Dr Chudasama at www.dentalkind.com who has many years of experience placing dental implants in patients from Billericay and the Essex area. The question is asked – “Dental implants are extremely expensive. How can you justify the cost ?”

The answer to this question is complex, but Sunil explains it as follows :

Dental implants are expensive, there is no getting away from that. The level of skill and training required to qualify to place dental implants is extremely rigorous and can take several years. Once qualified, the dental implantologist must spend a great deal of time with each potential patient, assessing whether the patient is suitable for implants, and the whole process from start to finish can take up to 6 months and involve up to 10 or even 12 visits to the dental practice. There is a substantial capital investment required in the equipment needed to provide a dental implants service, and the cost of the dental implants materials themselves is substantial as well.

On the plus side, apart from the many physical and psychological benefits that dental implants give to the patient, Sunil urges people to take a long term view of the costs involved. With many patients now enjoying troule free dental implants lasting over 20 years, he rationalises the cost by saying ” here in Billericay, dental implants procedures probably cost on average around £6000 . This sounds like a huge amount, but if you then divide that cost across the lifetime of the implants, you suddenly realise that your dental implants actually cost you less than £300 per year, which is around 80p per day – you can’t get a decent newspaper for that nowadays ”

Also, the cost of dental implants in Essex for his patients can be spread over several years to ease the financial burden, so if you are considering getting dental implants, and you’re in the Essex area, why not give Sunil a call at dentalkind.com – there’s a warm welcome waiting for you from all the team there.