Dental Implants in Hatfield
Dental Implants have been used effectively to replace missing teeth for nearly forty years.
They enable you to recover the natural function of your teeth and your beautiful smile after tooth loss. Our teeth play an essential role in our lives.
Once a tooth is lost it can severely affect our eating habits, self-confidence and appearance. Dental implants (usually made of titanium) can be used in several scenarios:
- They provide a way of replacing teeth. They are fully functional replacements that look and feel like your natural teeth.
- They can act as an stabiliser for your denture to be "clipped" onto which makes the denture more secure and comfortable to wear.
- They can act as an anchor for bridges or crowns.
The implant is biocompatible and is surgically placed into the jawbone where the missing tooth is. As your mouth heals, approximately two to three months after surgery, the bone and implant will begin to fuse together. It can then be used to fasten ‘false teeth’ into position.
Dental Implants have changed the lives of many of our patients. Replacing your missing teeth will not only benefit your facial appearance but also your oral and general well-being. They can help you to speak and eat with confidence and prevent further damage to your existing teeth.
Missing teeth-Dental Implants Explained
A Dental Implant is a titanium cylinder that is placed gently into bone to replace a root of a tooth.
There are 3 parts to a Complete Single Dental Implant:
- Dental Implant
- Abutment (or Post)
- Dental Crown
If you have missing teeth, be it 1 tooth or 32 teeth there are always only 4 options available to you:
- Do nothing
- Wear a removable denture
- Have a bridge
- Have Dental Implants placed with either a crown, bridge or denture fixed on top.
If you do nothing there are obvious consequences such as ‘a toothless smile,’ and less chewing power which means more strain is placed on the remaining teeth. Less obviously; the teeth around the missing tooth usually move, so the tooth behind or in front can tilt and drift into the gap. The opposing tooth can keep growing down or up into the gap. This will adversely affect the bite and can lead to further tooth loss.
Wearing a denture conveniently replaces the tooth or teeth but has the disadvantage of having to be removed for cleaning, often they can be loose, get food underneath, strip gums or give less chewing power all depending on the quality of remaining teeth and gum available.
A bridge is where the missing tooth or teeth are attached to the remaining teeth. This is usually done with metal wings that are bonded on or full crowns. A full assessment of the teeth on either side needs to be carried out to assess the suitability of a bridge.
The ultimate option is having dental implants with a fixed bridge or crown as this feels like having your own real teeth back. Unlike a bridge a Dental Implant does not affect the teeth on either side by cutting them, bonding to them and placing more strain on them.
At Distinctly Dental all the advantages and disadvantages of each option are discussed in detail so that together with the patient the best option is found for each individual. If you are interested in dental implants I do carry out free consultations so please do contact the surgery and arrange an appointment if you wish to do so.