Dental implants are tiny titanium screws (typically no bigger than one centimetre in length) that are inserted into the gum, by its use we aim to replace the missing root of the tooth that may have fallen out during an incident or for some other reason. The greatest thing about dental implants is that the bone is able to grow onto the surface of the implant, so it is therefore able to support a replacement tooth crown.
How do dental implants in Milton Keynes work?
A dental implant is a typical solution to a missing tooth, or several teeth. Initially, some gum tissue is removed by us (or pulled back), and a hole is drilled into the jaw bone, (a form of anesthetic may be required during this process). A special dental implant is positioned and a healing cap is then adhered before the gum is replaced. The bone will then grow around the implant which provides a strong fixture. Once this has fully grown the healing cap is exposed and will go on to being replaced with an abutment. Finally, a new synthetic tooth is added which will fill the empty gap.
Why might someone opt for dental implants in Milton Keynes?
An individual may decide to get dental implants if they are missing one or several teeth within the mouth. The loss of one or more teeth can have a severe impact on a patient’s self-confidence as well as their dental health. If one of your front teeth are missing, you may wish to get a temporary dental implant whilst a more permanent option is being discussed with us. If a tooth is missing, surrounding teeth may attempt to move into the missing space, this can cause a variety of problems and may later require orthodontics to straighten the teeth. Missing teeth can cause extreme discomfort, whilst chewing and completing other day to day activities, so it is important for our patients to fix these problems.
Are there other forms of dental implants?
Bridges and dentures are a way of replacing multiple teeth, or a whole row of teeth within the mouth. Bridges are fixed within the mouth and have the aesthetic advantage of being extremely natural looking, although one disadvantage is that surrounding teeth may have to be reduced in size in order to allow the bridge to fit. Bridges are a fixed and therefore long term option, however the damaging of natural teeth is best to be avoided as we feel it may cause long term dental health concerns.
Dentures may be an option for those who have financial concerns, as they are relatively inexpensive. However, like clear aligners dentures have to be removed for cleaning (and when you sleep). Some individuals may prefer bridges as they are a fixed option and may not cause discomfort and reduce the enjoyability of eating, like dentures may do.
Do dental implants last forever?
Although no guarantees can be made, if dental implants are looked after properly they can last ten years. If you do not drink or smoke and maintain a healthy lifestyle they can last a long time, the success rates for dental implants are around 98% for the first ten years. It is important to ensure you attend regular check-ups with us in order to maintain your implant, the prosthesis may eventually need replacing, however this is a relatively low cost and simple process. We have enjoyed success with these procedures and are happy to feel we are giving back a quality of life to those who struggle with tooth loss.