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Dental Implants

Dental implant being demonstratedIf you want to replace lost teeth, dental implants are a long-term, natural-looking option. Dental implants are suitable for most individuals.

It is advised that if you have any gaps in your smile, look for a repair as soon as possible because missing teeth can frequently cause patients to feel self-conscious or make biting and chewing challenging.

What are Dental Implants?

In order to replace the missing tooth, a dental implant is used, which is a titanium screw that is surgically inserted into the jawbone. Implants gradually fuse to the bone in your jaw, surrounding it after it has been fitted, securing the implant firmly in place.

What follows is a long-lasting solution and smile that looks natural thanks to the addition of an artificial tooth (a crown) that is fitted to the top of the implant, matching the colour and shape of your natural teeth.

Types of Dental Implants

Although they can also support a single crown, implants can also be used to replace one or more missing teeth instead of conventional bridges or dentures. Depending on your needs, one of the following implant solutions may be recommended to you:

Single implants & multiple implants

Here, a lost tooth will be replaced by a titanium screw. Direct insertion into the jawbone causes the implant to eventually merge with the surrounding bone. This keeps the implant safe. Once it has healed, you can attach your replacement tooth, which matches the rest of your natural teeth, to the top.

The length of this implant treatment might range from four to nine months, depending on whether any prior procedure is necessary. This is done so that the implant and jawbone can eventually fuse together.

Needing to replace missing teeth or failing teeth in a row may preclude you from getting multiple implants; instead, you might be recommended an implant-supported bridge or denture.

Implant-supported bridges

On occasion, bridges supported by implants are recommended to replace a row of teeth that have lost or become infected at the same time. They are used in place of traditional bridges and individual implants.

Conventional bridges frequently involve one or more replacement teeth with crowns on either end and are held in place by your natural teeth on either side of the gap. Your dentist might need to drill a tiny hole into each tooth on each side of your gap in order to insert a standard bridge. Sadly, they are powerless to stop bone loss, which frequently follows tooth loss.

This course of treatment typically lasts four to five months, though it varies from patient to patient. You might need to have auxiliary work, such as a bone graft, done before having an implant-supported bridge. If so, it can make your recovery between six and eight months.

Implant-retained dentures

Also known as ‘clip-in’ dentures or implant-supported dentures, these replacement teeth are held in place by dental implants. You might be able to get away with implant-retained dentures if you still have a few natural teeth but enough bone to support implants.

Frequently, dentures have a bar that fastens to your implants. The denture is more securely attached than a regular removable denture, yet you may still take it off to clean it. As a result, there is a lower likelihood that they may move around in your mouth or erupt during laughter or conversation.

Implant-retained denture therapy normally lasts between four and seven months, depending on your particular needs. You will need to wait a few months for the implants to heal after they have been implanted. If you already have dentures that are in good shape, you can use those instead of the temporary denture that will be provided for you during that time.

Smile-in-a-day treatment

For people with few or no teeth, the Smile-in-a-Day treatment, also known as full-mouth dental implants, is routinely used to replace missing or failing teeth with a full set of implants. It can take the place of many dental implants or removable dentures.

During the procedure, a set of four to six dental implants is used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. Your permanent teeth are usually restored three to four months after temporary teeth are attached to the implants.

Do I need dental implants?

As every scenario is different, your dentist will go through the options that will work for you in great detail at your initial consultation. A person’s lifestyle decisions, health conditions, and treatments can have an impact on how an implant heals in addition to having an impact on the gum and bone surrounding the implant. If this is the case, your dentist can go over other tooth replacement choices with you, such as bridges or dentures, if you aren’t a good candidate for dental implants.

Dental implants may not be advised by your dentist if any of the following apply to your situation:

  • You’ve undergone radiation in or near your jaw.
  • You have poorly controlled diabetes.
  • You use tobacco products like e-cigarettes or chew tobacco.
  • You consume a lot of alcohol
  • You use drugs recreationally

What is the dental implant process?

Making an appointment for a consultation at 33 Dental is the first step in acquiring dental implants. To choose the best course of action for you, we’ll take the time to go over your options with you.

You can arrange a phone call with a dental expert in advance of your visit to the office to learn more about implant treatment. To determine if you are a good candidate for implants and if they are the best course of action for you, a clinical examination is necessary after your initial appointment.

As part of the evaluation, your dentist will create a mould of your current teeth and take X-rays of your mouth. This helps them decide if you’d be a suitable candidate for implants and where to put them.

The dental implant procedure is a straightforward procedure that is usually done under local anaesthesia, making it very painless. But, if you do experience dental anxiety, your dentist will take steps to ensure that you are as at ease as possible during the procedure.

The dentist will cut a tiny hole in the jawbone and a minor incision in the gum. After that, the implant is inserted into the hole. The little incision is then commonly closed with stitches, though not everyone needs them.

The Smile-in-a-Day procedure is one instance when your replacement teeth will be fitted on the same day. Nevertheless, before an abutment can be attached, your bone and gums must typically heal. As a result, there may be a gap while the implant heals; alternatively, we can offer you temporary teeth until you’re ready.

At 33 Dental, your oral health is our number one priority. If you feel as though you may require dental treatment, would like to learn more about our treatment plans or are concerned with your dental care, please get in touch with us via phone at 0116 464 9002 or fill out our contact form and a member of the team will get back to you to discuss treatment options.


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COVID-19 update

Many of you will be aware that during the latest Covid 19 update dental practices have been given the green light to re-open the surgery from 8th June. Whilst this is good news, there are a number of procedures that we have being putting in place to make treatment safe for our patients and staff, as we are sure you will appreciate, this is taking some time to set up.

Our intention is, if at all possible to commence opening on the 8th June but this is entirely dependent on our ability to obtain training and appropriate PPE which as you know there is a great shortage of. This equipment will be essential for us to be able to operate.

From 8th- 29th of June we will be prioritising the most urgent of cases including those who have been experiencing problems during this lockdown period. We will contact you directly to arrange an appointment. This period may be extended if required.

Rest assured we are trying our utmost to source this PPE as soon as possible to enable us to extend our treatment further to include fillings, crown/bridge work, root treatments and surgical extractions, scale & polish ect.

We anticipate that it will be several weeks before we will be able to commence these more advanced procedures.

This is a rapidly changing environment which we are adapting to as quickly as we possibly can. We really appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this difficult period and look forward to welcoming you back to the practice soon.

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