Reasons for Dental Implants:
- Replace missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth
- Restore ability to bite, chew and speak more clearly
- Restore your smile and confidence
- Lasts longer than conventional restoration methods
- Resolve bite and joint pain issues which might be due to teeth drifting into missing tooth space
- Control or improve facial contours (facial tissues) that help minimize premature wrinkles
What are the different types of dental implant treatment?
There are 4 main types of dental implant treatment that we offer here at NW1 Dental Care depending on your situation.
These are suitable for single missing teeth. The dentist will place one implant into the jaw and restore it with a single crown.
Implant supported bridges:
This type of treatment is suitable to replace 3 or more missing teeth together. In this treatment the dentist will place two implants, one on either end of the space, and then create a bridge made up of three or more teeth to go across the space.
Full arch restoration – All-On-4/All-On-6:
When you are looking to replace all of your teeth in an arch there are two different types of treatment we can offer you. The first is our All-On-4/All-On-6 treatment. In this treatment, the dentist will start be removing any remaining teeth in the jaw. They will then place between 4 and 6 implants into the jaw bone, that are then restored with one long 12 tooth bridge that is permanently secured to the implants.
Full arch restoration – Implant retained dentures:
Another full arch solution that replaces all of the teeth in one jaw is an implant retained denture. With this treatment between 4 and 6 ball-end implants will be placed in the jaw. A special type of denture is this created for you that can be snapped on and snapped off of these implants. The big difference between standard dentures which rest directly on the gums is that these can require an adhesive that can become loose during the day as well as sitting less tightly over time. By opting for implant retained denture as opposed to a standard denture, you eradicate this risk, creating a much more stable, firm and long term solution .
What is the dental implant treatment process?
Having a dental implant is a fairly simple and pain free process. You are first booked in for a free consultation with the implant dentist, at which a full clinical examination is carried out to assess your suitability. This will involve taking study models, simple X-rays and a full oral examination. A further 3D CT scan to help measure the bone density may also be needed. After the assessment the dentist will have a discussion with you to make sure you understand what will happen before, during and after the procedure. This is where you can ask any questions you might have.
In this stage the area where the implant is to be placed is numbed with local anaesthetic (just like if you were to have a filling), so that no pain is felt. A small hole is drilled into the jawbone and the implant is surgically placed into it. X-Rays will be taken to ensure the implant is placed to the correct depth and angle. The implant is then covered over with a cover screw and left to heal.
This is the time during which the implant area heals and integrates within the jaw bone. Your dentist will let you know how long depending on the case. During this time we can construct a temporary crown or denture for you so that you still have teeth in the area.
The final stage of the treatment is where the permanent artificial tooth or teeth are constructed. It can be a crown, bridge or a removable denture which is held firmly by ball-end implants which have been strategically placed in the mouth. This stage will require two appointments or more dependent on the type of structure constructed.
Aftercare and maintenance:
Once the treatment is complete you will receive aftercare instructions from your dentist. Maintaining good oral hygiene, eating habits and regular visits to your dentist will help keep the implant healthy and could last you for a lifetime.