Dental Implantsat Dentalcare Trowbridge
What are Dental Implants?
If you’re missing teeth, it can be painful and lower your self-esteem. You may find that you don’t want to smile or are embarrassed of your teeth.
There are different options to replace missing teeth and these can include dentures, dental bridges and dental implants. We can talk to you about these different options and which would be the most suitable for you.
Dental implants are becoming popular with our patients as they are recognised as being the only permanent replacement for missing teeth. Unlike dentures which can become uncomfortable over time to wear, dental implants are fitted into your gums so that you can eat, drink, speak and carry on with your life as usual.
A dental implant is made up of 3 components: The titanium rod which is gently placed into your gum and acts as the new replacement tooth root. An abutment or post is then connected to this rod and sits in the gum. The final part is the crown or new fake tooth which sits on top of the abutment and is what is visible in your mouth.
Your missing teeth options
Generally, the type of dental implant that you have will depend upon how many teeth you wish to replace. Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth or a complete set of teeth.
Single dental implant
If you have one missing tooth, and the rest of your teeth are in good or healthy condition, then you may need just one single dental implant. The dental implant will be carefully inserted into your jawbone and the crown or new tooth will be fitted to the top. Often this all happens in just one appointment time. You may be given a temporary crown whilst a permanent crown that matches the colour of the rest of your teeth is custom-made for you.
All-On-4 dental implants
If you are missing many teeth or if you find that a lot of your teeth are in poor condition, or if you have no teeth at all, you may be recommended to have all-on-4 dental implants.
Just 4 implants are placed into your gums and these are used to support a complete set of new teeth. The benefit of all-on-4 implants is that they are a cost-effective way of replacing more than one tooth rather than having several single dental implants. Surgery and healing time can also be a lot quicker.
Are Dental Implants right for you?
Dental implants have many benefits, but you will need to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages with other forms of replacement teeth.
Dental implants are suitable for you if you:
- Are currently embarrassed by your smile or your teeth
- Have a single missing tooth or many missing teeth
- Have loose, failing, broken teeth or teeth that are in poor condition
- Suffer discomfort with missing teeth
- Don’t want to wear dentures
- Want to enjoy all your favourite foods
- Find dentures uncomfortable or feel that your speech is affected with dentures
At Dentalcare Trowbridge, our staff have treated thousands of patients with dental implants and are extremely experienced in the process of dental implants. We can talk you through the benefits, the process and which treatment would be best suited for you. We have a dental implant coordinator who provides support and advice to you throughout the entire process. We recommend that you book a consultation to find out more.
Frequently asked questions about Dental Implants
Are dental implants painful?
Just like any other surgical procedure, you may experience some discomfort during the process. We keep pain to a minimum by administering a local anaesthetic so that you cannot feel anything, but you may feel sore once this has worn off. Painkillers over the following few days will help, and after this time you should experience no pain or discomfort at all. You will then be able to enjoy your brand-new teeth!
Are dental implants suitable for everyone?
Dental implants are suitable for practically everyone who has lost a tooth or is missing several teeth or all teeth. Age is not a barrier for having dental implants fitted. There are very few occasions when we will find that dental implants are unsuitable for a patient and this generally happens when the medical health of a patient is not good or if your jawbone is not strong enough to withstand dental implants. Your dentist will be able to advise if you are suitable at your consultation.
Are dental implants better than dentures?
There are advantages and disadvantages to both, and only you can decide which is right for you. Your dentist will be able to give you more advice. Dentures are cheaper than dental implants, but dental implants are permanent. You will not experience any slip with implants, you can carry on your life as usual without the worry of avoiding certain foods or situations. Dental implants can often last a lifetime, restore your confidence and protect the health of your other teeth and gums. Dentures and implants both have advantages and disadvantages and it is a good idea for you to find out more information at your dentist who can help you to decide which is the best option for you.
How do I care for my new dental implants?
You care for your dental implants just like your other teeth – by brushing at least twice a day. Flossing will be different. It is important that you maintain a good oral hygiene with your dental implants and continue to visit your dentist and hygienist as instructed. In doing so, you preserve the life of your dental implants.