Your guide to dental implants: all you need to know
Losing a tooth is very painful. But more than that, losing a single tooth can impact not only your smile but also the functionality of the mouth. But whether you have a single missing tooth, several missing teeth, or are generally unhappy with your teeth and your smile, dental implants are one of the most advanced ways to deal with missing, broken, or crooked teeth and thus ensuring a healthy mouth and confident smile. And so we are pleased to present our quick guide to dental implants.
Choosing a specialist
If you are considering dental implants, it is essential you choose a specialist that has the appropriate experience and qualifications and also provides plenty of information about the processes and options available. For example, Newham Dental based in Ely are Dental Implants Dentist specialists. Before you even contact them, their website offers plenty of information and a free download information pack to guide you through the process of having dental implants.
It is also essential that you start with a full dental assessment to ensure dental implants are the best option for your personal situation.
What to do when you have lost one tooth?
When a single tooth is missing, getting a dental implant is the ideal way to get it replaced. Getting an implant is better than having a gap in the mouth, which could severely impact adjacent teeth’s position. As if there is any gap inside the mouth, they will begin to tilt into the gap, making it more difficult to clean the teeth either in front or behind the gap.
Each dental implant has an artificial root which then replaces the space which was previously occupied by the dental root. Once the implant has been infused with the bone, the crown is customized and placed on top of the implant. The final result of the implant mimics the actual function and feels of a natural tooth.
Replacing multiple teeth
The process for replacing multiple teeth is similar, except that a prosthesis is formed that acts as a frame and is built to look like natural gums and teeth. The prosthesis is attached to the new dental implants. Four implants are usually placed in each jaw to support each bridge of newly designed artificial teeth.
Fixing loose dentures
If you have already had loose dentures made which look fine, but you feel having ‘false teeth’ is bothersome and restrictive and, perhaps, adversely affects your self-confidence, there is a very cost-effective option.
This problem can be easily fixed using four implants per jaw that attach to your existing dentures. The process is much the same as described above, accept your existing dentures are used rather than having a complete set of new teeth made.
This option can also be used for people who have suffered loss of jawbone due to loss of teeth.
What is guided bone regeneration?
Guided bone regeneration is a procedure in which minor repair of bone is carried out. It usually takes place at the same time as a titanium implant.
Human bones have the capacity to rebuild themselves partially. Having a biomaterial can provide the support the body needs to regenerate the lost bone. The material which is placed in the jaw acts as a physical space holder. It mechanically prevents the collapse of the tissues in the surrounding areas. This guided bone regeneration helps to fool the body to recognize the graft as natural bone. Over time, it breaks down and is replaced with the natural bone. This helps to support and augment the jaw bone when using dental implants if the existing bone is not sufficient for long-term stable implant anchoring. It also helps to repair defects around previously placed dental implants.
We hope you find our guide to dental implants useful and having a basic understanding might help you on your journey to better-looking and healthier teeth, a lovely smile, and loads more confidence.