Dental implants offer a permanent solution for your missing teeth. A dental implant is essentially a substitute for a natural root and commonly it is screw or cylinder shaped. Each implant is placed into a socket carefully drilled at the precise location of the intended tooth. Often the implant can be placed at the same time as removal of the tooth, all on the same day.
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If an implant has a screw-thread on its outer surface it can be screwed into position and if it does not, it is usually tapped into place. The main aim during installation of any implant is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding bone. This creates an initial stability, which over time is steadily enhanced by further growth of bone into microscopic roughnesses on the implant surface.
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Dr Nishan Dixit
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Why have dental implants?
Replacing missing teeth is important for a varoety of reasons. Being able to eat and chew are simple to explain, as is looking good - if your teeth are missing it's difficult to do eithe rof these effectively.
- However there are a few other less obvious reasons that can affect your overall dental health.
- When you have missing teeth the adjacent teeth either side will have the tendency to 'fall' in to this space, the opposing teeth on the opposite jaw will also tend to 'over erupt' in to these spaces. Over a period of time this can result in jaw joint problems, eating difficulties and possibly headaches as your muscles need to adjust to the new positions of your teeth.
- Another reason not to leave gaps between your teeth is that the bone where the tooth has nbeen removed will slowly resorb. This has the effect of shrinking the gum in this area which has a significant aesthetic problem associated with it.
- When the bone shrinks, or resorbs like this it means that there is less bone for us to place an implant at a later date should you so decide, therefore placing implants soon after a tooth is extracted preserves bone in the long term.
What exactly are dental implants?
- Dental implants offer a permanent solution for your missing teeth. A dental implant is essentially a substitute for a natural root and commonly it is screw or cylinder shaped. Each implant is placed into a socket carefully drilled at the precise location of the intended tooth. Often the implant can be placed at the same time as removal of the tooth, all on the same day.
- If an implant has a screw-thread on its outer surface it can be screwed into position and if it does not, it is usually tapped into place. The main aim during installation of any implant is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding bone. This creates an initial stability, which over time is steadily enhanced by further growth of bone into microscopic roughnesses on the implant surface.
How are implants fitted?
- Most of the time implants the procedure for fitting implants is done under a local anaesthetic, if you are particularly nervous then dental sedation can be arranged for you to help you relax. Once the implant is in situ and the procedure is complete we will leave it for around 3-6 months to fully 'integrate' with your jaw - this is one of the amazing things about dental implants... your body does not recognice it as a foreign object and actually grows around the implant, welcoming it in to the bone of your jaw.
- During this healing and integration phase you will either have a temporary dental implant crown or the implant will be hidden under the gum and so the space will still be present. It depends on your clinical situation as to what the best option is.
How do the implants replace the teeth?
- After the healing and integration phase is complete, typically 3-6 months, we will make a new tooth to fit on top of the implant, which by this time is rock solid in your jaw. Normally this new tooth attaches to the implant itself and is made to match your surrounding teeth exactly.
What if you chose to have dental implants?
This would allow you to eat, smile, chew and laugh again with absolute confidence. It would also preserve your surrounding tooth position which will keep your bite in its natural position. Dental implants are the one of the most logical and effective choices to replace missing teeth.
What problems are there with dental implants?
- Dental implants have a success rate in the high 90% - this means they are one of the most reliable forms of treatment. Problems can occur if:
- The patient smokes
The area around the implant is not kept clean
It is therefire vital that you follow the oral health care instructions that will be given to you after your implant is placed. This may include a combination of flossing or using brushes and mouth washes to ensure that your mouth is clean.
- Sometime the crown (cap) on top of the implant can break - this is the part that looks like a tooth, this is rare but can happen. Normally these crowns (caps) are screwed in to the implant, so it is a case of removing the broken one and having a new one made by the dental technician.
Should you go abroad to have dental implants?
- Whilst implants are now almost a routine dental treatment we always advice that you remain under the care of a suitably qualified and treained dentist at all times. The implant procedure requires a few appointment:
1. The initial assessment
2. Diagnostic phases to work our where the implant will go precisely
3. Placement of the implant
4. Placement of the dental crown on the implant
- If you are having to travel abroad for these appointments this can get very expensive and negate any financial savings made on the implant itself.If you see a local dentist you are also able to book for emergency appointments should anything happen during the stages, particularly the healing phase.
- Overall it is our recommendation that you do not go abroad for your implants as the ultimate cost to you could fr outweigh any savings you might have made.
- Bluecourt Dental Care have been placing dental implants in Harrow for the past X years and are happy to welcome patients from Sudbury, North Wembley and Northolt areas of Middlesex
In order to support replacement teeth, dental implants normally have some form of internal screw thread or post space that allows a variety of components to be fitted. Once fitted, these components provide the foundation for long-term support of crowns, bridges or dentures. Click here for illustrated information.
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