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MISSING A TOOTH OR TEETH? COULD IMPLANTS BE THE IDEAL SOLUTION?

March 4, 2014 by bridgeways

As published in the Totton & Romsey and West Wellow Gazette

Despite huge improvements in dental care, millions of people suffer tooth loss, mostly due to tooth decay, gum disease or injury. For many years, the main options for replacement were dentures and bridges, but implants have now become an alternative much more affordable to many as a result in advances over recent years.

WHAT ARE IMPLANTS?

Dental implants are artificial titanium or titanium alloy replacements for your tooth roots that are placed within the bone of your jaw to support the chosen restoration – crowns (caps), bridges or sometimes, dentures depending on the circumstances. These implant materials have been shown over many years to be well tolerated by bone.

There are many different implant systems available nowadays and they have come a long way since first developed. In order to support the replacement teeth such as crowns, dental implants have some form of internal screw thread or post space that allows a variety of components to be fitted. Once fitted, these components provide the foundation for the crowns, bridgework etc.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF IMPLANTS?

WHY NOT JUST LEAVE A GAP ONCE TOOTH HAS BEEN EXTRACTED?

We all have a full set of teeth for a reason and in many cases the meaning of that isn’t truly appreciated until it is too late – like so many things in life! Even the loss of a single tooth can for some people have unforeseen consequences such as:

CAN ANYONE HAVE DENTAL IMPLANTS?

In most cases, the answer is yes, depending on the condition and amount of bone in your jaw. Sometimes it may be necessary to first graft bone or artificial bone into the area of the implant if there isn’t adequate in the first place. You must be totally committed to maintaining good oral hygiene. Smoking and heavy drinking can increase the number of potential problems associated with healing, and therefore may negatively influence the long term health of the gum and bone surrounding each implant.

HOW SUCCESSFUL ARE IMPLANTS?

This can vary depending on where in the jaws they are placed, but in general, they have a success rate of up to 98%. They can last a lifetime, but just as with natural teeth, proper care and maintenance is the key to this being achieved.

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN GETTING AN IMPLANT?

There are several stages involved:

  1. Diagnosis and assessment to determine suitability and develop a treatment plan suited to you
  2. Insertion of the implant which is usually done under local anaesthetic, just like a filling. Implants are commonly screw or cylinder shaped and each is placed in a socket skilfully drilled at the precise location of the intended tooth. Close fitting creates an instant stability, which then over time is further enhanced by growth of bone into the microscopic roughness on the surface of the implant.
  3. Once healing has occurred and the implant has become fused into place, the final restoration such as a crown can be performed. This depends on a number of factors but varies from 6 weeks to 6 months.

DO YOU NEED AN IMPLANT FOR EACH MISSING TOOTH?

For a single missing tooth you will need a single implant. If you have a number of missing teeth in a row there could be the possibility that 2 or more implants may be able to support more than 1 tooth each-just like a conventional bridge. Your dentist can discuss the options available to you.

WHAT IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A FULL DENTURE?

If you have no teeth in the lower jaw, but are not yet ready for multiple implants, a conventional lower denture can be considerably improved by having two implants beneath the front section – this is called an overdenture. The same concept can be used in the upper jaw but usually more implants are required as the bone is generally softer. Implant supported overdentures can still be removed for daily cleaning but are much more stable and secure.

FINALLY

Although implants are far from cheap, they have certainly become more affordable and are continuing to increase in popularity, being the “gold standard” restoration of choice for many people for a multitude of reasons when looking at replacing missing teeth.

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