The fear of losing our teeth is something many of us experience. Today however, tooth loss does not have to be a permanent problem. If you have lost one tooth or several teeth, we offer Dental Implants as one of the treatment options available at our practice to replace missing teeth.
St Catherines Dental Practice uses Straumann dental implants. Straumann is one of the leading brands in implant dentistry.
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. To do this a titanium screw is placed in the jawbone and gives support to a replacement tooth, thus doing the job of the root of a natural tooth. Fixed bridges and dentures can also be supported by implants.
In most cases there are two stages to implant treatment. Firstly, the implant is placed in the jaw. Then, at later date, and after the implant has integrated and healed, the replacement teeth are attached to the implant. Sometimes it is also possible for temporary teeth to be attached to the implant.
Implant placement is a surgical procedure, carried out under local anaesthetic. The procedure will be discussed fully with the implant surgeon and support team and advice will be given on post operative pain relief to make sure patients are as comfortable as possible.
Implants survive best in a healthy mouth and patient. Smoking can increase the risk of implant failure longterm as can some medical conditions. Each patient needs to be assessed on an individual basis to fully explain any risks. Any tooth decay or gum problems need to be sorted out before implants are placed to give them the best chance of success. Good oral hygiene is essential and use of floss and /or interdental brushes.
When teeth are lost, the bone gradually dissolves away. It is therefore necessary in some cases to carry out a bone grafting procedure.
Longterm care of implants:- once an implant has been placed, it is vitally important that it is monitored and maintained in the longterm. we advise regular dental examinations and professional cleaning as required. Dental implants can, if not maintained, develop "perimplantitis" which is similar to gum disease. This is much more common in smokers.
To help you decide whether dental implants are right for you, you can contact us to arrange a Free Consultation where we will be able to go over the different options available to you. We will be happy to answer any queries you may have.
For more information and to request an appointment, please call our friendly team on 01476 563 164 or email us via our online contact form »