In the past it was accepted that patients had to live with missing teeth; this is no longer the case. Whether teeth have been lost through disease, decay or an accident, dental implants are an effective permanent tooth replacement option. They can be used in cases that range from a single missing tooth up to where all teeth are missing.
Are you currently wearing dentures? Did you know that you may be able to replace your denture with permanent implants? Make an appointment consultation to find out how.
What are implants?
A dental implant is an artificial root that is inserted into the jawbone to restore the aesthetic appearance and chewing function for patients with partial or full tooth loss. Dental implants can be used in either the upper and/or lower jaw and support the artificial teeth (crowns).
Implants are made from a strong titanium material which is biocompatible with the jawbone.
Once placed, the implant is allowed time to osseointegrate (attach to the bone).
A healing abutment (small artificial post) is then placed on top of the implant, which allows the soft tissue (gum) to heal around the area and form a collar to hold the final restoration (crown) in place.
During the healing process before the final restoration is cemented, a temporary artificial tooth is provided.
For more information about crowns, click here.
Dental Implant Procedure:
What are the consequences of leaving a gap?
Leaving a gap can lead to:
- Aged appearance
- Tooth shifting causing Malocclusion (‘bad bite’)
- Bone deterioration
- Negative impact on diet
The initial consultation will include a full examination and imaging of the teeth (photos and x-rays). The patient’s full medical history will be taken and then treatment options will be explained and discussed. A full treatment plan will then be provided before moving forward.
Dental implant restoration options:
1. Single missing tooth
Replacing a single missing tooth is a simple procedure that is normally completed within 20 minutes.
A stand-alone tooth is created and the adjacent teeth will not be touched.
This procedure involves the placement of a single implant (titanium artificial root) and is restored with an abutment and single crown (artificial tooth). The crown will be natural looking and matched to your existing teeth colour.
2. Multiple missing teeth
If there are multiple missing teeth, implant-supported bridges can be used to replace them.
A bridge is a permanent prosthetic appliance that is created when a number of crowns are connected to each other to form one piece.
An implant-supported bridge is similar to a regular bridge, but it is supported by implants and not by natural teeth.
Not every crown (artificial tooth) within the bridge will need an implant. When multiple implants are required, they can all be placed during the same appointment.
This procedure involves the placement of multiple implants to which the healing abutments are applied and the final restoration is then completed with bridgework.
The crowns that make up a dental bridge are made from porcelain to create a natural, translucent, colour stable appearance.
An implant-supported bridge will give you a fixed, functional and natural feel that is not possible with other treatment options. For more information regarding bridgework, please click here.
3. All teeth missing (no teeth)
Full Arch Reconstruction
Living with dentures is a thing of the past; in this day and age there are treatment options available to replace teeth permanently.
A full arch reconstruction can be performed either when all teeth are missing, or when the current teeth need to be removed due to issues such as disease or decay. The procedure involves a certain number of implants (artificial roots) being inserted into the jaw bone, depending on the individual case. This can be performed during one appointment or over multiple appointments; depending on the patient’s request. Temporary teeth will be provided at this point to ensure functionality.
The final prosthesis (artificial teeth) will be permanently fixed to the implants. The artificial teeth will be translucent and colour stable, creating a natural looking appearance. If ever required, this prosthesis can be removed by a practitioner.
Some of the advantages of a full arch reconstruction over a denture include:
- Smile, laugh and speak with confidence
- No more removing dentures at night
- No more ill-fitting dentures
- You can eat the foods you want
Implants can be used to stabilise a denture.
The implants are placed into the jaw bone and once fully integrated, attachments are then placed to help support the denture.
The denture is still removable, and must be removed at night and for cleaning.
Our quality promise:
At VC Dental we only use the highest quality products from the world leading brands in implant dentistry. Our dentists work with Nobel Biocare, Straumann and Ankylos, which are benchmark systems all over the globe. They offer the latest engineering technology and work to meticulous specifications so we can ensure the very best for our patients. These implants are fully functional and very natural looking just like real teeth, and offer long lasting superior quality.
Please note, any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should obtain personal advice from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
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