Dental Implants for Tooth Replacement
Here at Lovesmile we provide a full range of dental implant treatments, starting from single tooth replacement to full mouth rehabilitation. Denture stabilization using dental implants is also performed at our surgery.
Dental implant treatments are planned and executed for patients on an individual basis. Bespoke treatment plans are devised based on the oral status and requirement of each individual patient. Patient requirements and welfare take priority when we plan our implant treatment.
We have also kept our prices low, so that it is affordable to everyone.
1.What is a dental implant?
This is a fixed artificial tooth to replace missing tooth/teeth.
2.Can dental implant be used to replace multiple teeth?
Yes. Dental implants are used to replace multiple teeth. The higher the number of teeth missing in a continuous span then a bridge will be used supported by sufficient number of implants.
3.How are dental implants done?
Dental implants are placed surgically in bone and usually the gum is closed around the healing implant until the implant has integrated with the bone sufficiently. Radiographs are made to assess integration and then with a second surgical entry the implant is exposed and impressions are made for fabrication of the crown/bridge.
4.Is the procedure painful?
As with any other dental procedure dental implant surgery is done under local anaesthetic, once the area is numb you will hardly feel anything. Should you be nervous about the procedure you can prefer to request pain free dentistry, here a combination of oral sedation and computer controlled delivery of local anaesthetic- The Wand will be used. Usually you may feel some discomfort during the initial healing period as with any other surgical procedure.
5.Are implants safe?
Dental implants are made of titanium, a material which has proven to be biocompatible or in other words safe to be used within the human body. With current scientific technology dental implants have been proven to be the most conservative option against dental bridges or dentures when replacing missing teeth.
6.How successful is dental implants?
Dr Prasath has been working with dental implants since 2008, he has a track record of more than 95% success rate. Even when there is a failure he is capable of rectifying with advanced grafting procedures and augmentation techniques.
7.Are dental implants available on the NHS?
Unfortunately dental implants are not available on the NHS at the moment. They are done on a private fee per item basis.
8. I have a loose denture. Can dental implants help me?
Yes they can. Implants are commonly used to replace individual missing teeth but they can also be used to secure or stabilise loose dentures in either the upper or lower jaws. Instead of having a crown (cap) fitted to the top of the implant a precision-made attachment is fitted which inserts into the underneath surface of the denture, securing the denture to the implant. In the lower jaw this can be achieved with as few as two implants.
If there is sufficient bone available and you are willing to have more implants inserted then you can often be fitted with a completely solid set of teeth attached to the dental implants (a full-arch bridge). This set of teeth would stay in permanently and would look and feel very similar to a natural set of teeth.
9. What are the advantages of dental implants?
Because the implants fuse to the jawbone and offer a secure base for the replacement teeth, some patients find this a comfortable option in restoring their smile. In many cases, implant-retained teeth look and feel more like natural teeth.
10. What are consequences of tooth loss?
Throughout the course of life, teeth are lost for many reasons.
Missing teeth at the front of your mouth can result in a visible defect affecting the appearance of your smile, your self-confidence and possibly your speech. Missing teeth at the back of your mouth can affect your bite, your face and your ability to eat. If untreated, missing teeth can cause loss of bone in jaw and can affect position of surrounding teeth.
11. Dental Implants prevent bone loss
A major benefit of dental implants is that they prevent bone loss. As the jawbone requires pressure from chewing in order to maintain its density, it will deteriorate in the absence of a tooth. In fact, in the first year after you lose a tooth, your bone will lose 25% of its volume, and this will continue for as long as the tooth goes un-replaced by an implant.
Regular dentures and bridges can actually worsen bone loss because there is nothing to stimulate the bone. On the other hand, implant-supported dentures and bridges act like natural teeth and provide the pressure necessary to maintain bone density.