Dental Implants at 207 Dental Care, Manchester
Are you unhappy with your missing teeth?
If you have a missing tooth or ill-fitting dentures you will be well aware of the problems that can be caused- both on a personal and practical level. As well as issues with speech and self-confidence (even eating and chewing can be hard), gaps can cause your remaining teeth to move and twist. Food can get stuck in holes- potentially causing gum disease and tooth decay.
If you have several missing teeth this can also lead to sagging in your facial skin over time- potentially making you look old before your time.
For many people dental implants are a practical and long term solution to replacing one or more missing teeth. They are a safe and well-established method of restoration which will provide a strong, well fixed and natural looking alternative to dentures. Finally you can feel happy about smiling again.
How can dental implants help me?
The benefits of dental implants;
- Implants are well fixed and secure, just like natural teeth- unlike dentures which can have a tendency to move- often causing embarrassment and discomfort.
- Dental implants help to protect the jawbone. Remaining teeth cannot move, and food cannot get stuck in gaps.
- Dental implants can help to improve speech plus the ability to eat and chew.
- Self-confidence and lifestyle can be significantly improved.
- Dental implants are a safe way of replacing one, several or even all of your teeth if required- but the real bonus is that they don’t affect your remaining teeth in any way.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants replace the roots of your natural teeth and hold a manufactured crown or bridge in place. Firstly, a strong titanium implant much like a screw will be implanted in your jaw. Overtime, the bone will fuse naturally to the surface of the implant establishing a solid base onto which a natural looking porcelain crown can be attached.
It can take several months for an implant to fully establish and a temporary restoration (or full dentures) can be worn until the final tooth can be fitted. The procedure can be performed under a local anaesthetic or with a sedative for extra comfort/
Before you can be considered for implant surgery it’s important that you have good overall general health as this will help significantly in the recovery period.
Patients with diabetes or who are heavy smokers have a greater risk of developing gum disease or infections following surgery and therefore may not be suitable candidates. It’s important to keep up a good level of oral hygiene after surgery in order to avoid infection and other problems.
Overall, each patient is unique and your specific case will be discussed with you before the commencement of any treatment.
Implants have a very good overall success rate (around 95%) and with regular long-term care they can last for many years making them a very cost effective solution for many people.