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The best solution to missing teeth

Patients must be aware that they do have a choice when it comes to replacing lost teeth – they no longer have to settle for bridgework or dentures, which do not offer the aesthetic excellence of Dental Implants.

Dental Implants as a method of replacing missing teeth has become so successful, that they are now considered the best available option, and the primary treatment of choice. Dental Implants can provide a person with the confidence to smile – the essence of a beautiful face.

Dental Implants – Improving your Life!

When a tooth or teeth are missing in the mouth, this may have a huge impact on the appearance of the face. A gap in the teeth can cause problems for a person’s confidence as well as problems associated with the use of the teeth for eating and talking. implants can provide a permanent cosmetic and functional solution to missing teeth, producing an aesthetically pleasing smile, and providing a tooth where, before, there was a gap.

What is a Dental Implant?

A Dental Implant, in its most simple term, imitates the root of a real tooth. If a person has lost one or more teeth, an Implant can be used to simulate the root of the tooth by placing a titanium fixture into the bone beneath the gum, into which a prosthetic tooth is then attached. Implants provide many benefits and compare favourably with other forms of tooth replacement. By imitating real teeth, Implantology has marked a great technological development in dental treatment.

What are the benefits of Dental Implants?

A Dental Implant looks and acts like a natural tooth. It provides an alternative to dentures that may be uncomfortable or unstable. With dentures, the patient is often restricted as to what foods he or she can eat, and the denture may click or wobble. With Implants, the patient is free to enjoy the foods that a person with natural teeth are able to eat. As opposed to crown and bridge work, neighbouring teeth will not be involved when an Implant is placed. This reduces any harm to healthy teeth that are used to support a prosthetic tooth when a patient undergoes bridge treatment.

How long do Implants last?

If Implants are well looked after, and good oral health is maintained by the patient, the Implant should be as long-lasting as a natural tooth.

Are Implants successful?

Based on scientific evidence, present day Implants have a very high success rate.

What is the procedure for placing a Dental Implant?

Only a minor operation is needed to place an Implant. This is usually carried out under local anaesthetic. After operation, most patients report only minor discomfort, similar to that associated with a simple tooth extraction. This is easily controlled by analgesia. During the first stage of treatment, the surgeon will place the Implant into the bone beneath your gum in a position similar to that of a natural tooth root.

The implant can then begin the process of osseointegration, which involves the bone growing around the Implant to secure it.

Once osseointegration has occurred, a model of the patient’s teeth will be made, and from this, a prosthetic tooth will be made, which will then be attached to the Implant. The crown will look and feel like your own natural teeth.

One patient from Merseyside was referred to 10 Dental for dental implants due to a failing bridge. After treatment the patient said:

“ I am delighted with the cosmetic result, with people commenting on the appearance of my teeth, giving me a newfound confidence. I treat my implants as natural teeth, eat anything I like, and am free from pain. The actual procedure was not unpleasant during or after surgery. I can definitely say I am very happy I opted for Implant treatment.”

Who delivers this treatment ?

Dr Stephen Dodd and Dr Krishan Varma

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