at Causeway Dental
A Dental Implant is a medical device made of titanium used to replace the root of a tooth. They are implanted into the jaw where they help to stabilise the jawbone while giving support to the tooth. Using a dental implant removes the common problems associated with dentures and bridges. There are no clips to damage neighbouring teeth. The teeth look more natural. People with implants regain the ability to eat with confidence. The securely held teeth will prevent the irritation caused by poorly fitting dentures moving around in the mouth and stop any embarrassing clicking noises. Implants are more comfortable than dentures as they do not cover the soft palate of your mouth.
Using dentures can lead to loss of bone – causing the face to look sunken. Dental implants can help arrest this bone loss by transferring the force of chewing to the jaw as they are integrated into the jawbone.
Implants can be used to replace individual teeth or to support full dentures. A single replacement consists of a crown on top of a titanium implant.
If you have lost several adjacent teeth they can usually be placed onto 2 implants.
A full set of dentures can be supported on as few as 4 titanium implants. The number of implants needed will depend on the size of your jaw and the quality of the bone. A full denture clicks firmly into place on solid titanium supports and is only removed for cleaning.
Dental implants have revolutionised the treatment of missing teeth in the last 30 years. By providing a secure, long term solution implants have given people with dentures back the ability to chew the whole range of foods
WHAT TYPE OF
DENTAL IMPLANTS DO YOU USE?
At Causeway Dental we use Straumann Dental Implants. Straumann are the second largest Dental Implant company in the world and have been making titanium implants for more than 25 years.
STRAUMANN - MAKING TITANIUM IMPLANTS FOR MORE THAN 25 YEARS
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AM I SUITABLE
FOR DENTAL IMPLANT SURGERY?
We will carry out a detailed assessment of your general and dental health along with 3D scans to asses your suitability for dental implants.
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and find out how we can help you.
I LOST ONE TOOTH
TREATMENT WITH ONE IMPLANT
I LOST SEVERAL TEETH
TREATMENT WITH MULTIPLE IMPLANTS
THE IMPLANT PROCESS
1. INITIAL CONSULATION
At your first consultation we will do a full dental exam, take x-rays of your mouth and then take impressions of your mouth. This will let us assess if you are suitable for implants and give us the information we require to draw up a course of treatment.
After we have the results we will chat with you to draw up a suitable treatment plan. We will discuss time-frames, and our financing options if you decide to go ahead.
2. PRE-IMPLANT TREATMENTS
Your mouth needs to be in good condition before we place the implant to ensure good healing.
If you have any dental issues picked up during the initial exam, we will book you in to perform any treatments & we will treat any gum disease before we continue with the implant surgery.
If you require a bone graft we will perform the operation under sedation. You will need several months for the graft to heal properly and amalgamate into the bone. After the initial two weeks healing most patients can wear a temporary denture so that you will not be without your teeth.
Once the new bone has become part of your jawbone we will arrange an appointment to have the implant placed.
3. PLACING THE IMPLANT
The next stage is getting the titanium implant which will anchor your new teeth. This small titanium screw will be implanted into your jawbone.
You will be given local anaesthetic to prevent you feeling pain during the procedure. The procedure can take 1-2 hours and we would recommend having someone with you to drive you home.
Most patients report that there is very little discomfort and that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they anticipated.
Most patients can leave the surgery wearing some type of temporary prosthesis so that you will not be without your teeth.
Once the implant has been placed, your jaw will start to heal around it. It can take several months for the implant to fully integrate with the bone.
4. FITTING YOUR PERMANENT TEETH
Once the implant has fully integrated with the bone and the soft tissues have healed you will be ready for your permanent teeth.
At this appointment the permanent implant will be fitted onto the titanium screw. The crown or bridge will look like your natural teeth. The metal implant is hidden out of sight beneath the gum.
For a single replacement, a crown will be cemented onto the implant. For multiple teeth your new denture will be fitted onto the posts.
Your dentist will then teach you how to care for your implant. If you have a full set of implant supported dentures you will be taught how to remove them for cleaning.
The health of your mouth and how long your implants last, depend on you looking after your oral health. Your dentist will provide an aftercare plan to help you care for them.
THE IMPLANT PROCESS
Frequently asked Questions
Q. How long do Implants last?
How long your implant lasts, depends on how well you look after your oral health. With proper care some people have reported 30 years wear from their implants. The crown or denture attached to the implant may need replacing at some point, but you should get the same length of wear as you would from a standard crown.
Q. What are the advantages of dental implant treatment?
The teeth look more natural. People with implants regain the ability to eat with confidence.
The securely held teeth will prevent the irritation caused by poorly fitting dentures moving around in the mouth and stop any embarrassing clicking noises.
There are no clips to damage neighbouring teeth.
Implants do not cover the soft palate of your mouth. This makes them more comfortable than dentures, your sense of taste is improved and users report fewer problems with excess saliva.
Dental implants can help preserve the structure of your face by slowing bone loss in the jaw.
You will also feel a lot more confident when you smile.
Once you have received your dental implants you will have a full set of natural looking teeth again. Your bone tissue and jaw structure will be much stronger and you will have received treatment for any gum disease or tooth decay.
Most of all the overall wellbeing, and your facial appearance will look much more brighter and attractive.You will also feel a lot more confident when you smile.
Q. Who may not be able to have dental implants?
Implants are not necessarily appropriate for everyone.
Age is not a limitation, but you need to have good general health and good quality bone to place the implants into. Patients who have poor gum health may not be suitable as long term gingivitis may present risk to the patient.
Heavy smoking, heavy drinking, and advanced gum disease are all factors that affect the success rate of dental implants succeeding. These factors all affect the healing rate of the patient and can impact on the chances of the implant successfully fusing to the jawbone.
Patients who grind their teeth excessively (bruxism) may not be suitable for treatment. If a patient repeatedly grinds or clenches his or her teeth while they are recovering from the first stage of dental implant treatment, the implant is not able to properly bond with the jawbone.
Your dentist will discuss these issues with you.
After examining your mouth they will be able to tell you if you will be suitable for the treatment.
Q. How will I benefit from dental implants?
The benefits of implant treatment include appearance, the enhanced ability to chew and enjoy your food and the protection of your remaining teeth and jawbone.
Dental implants offer many benefits never before available for the treatment of missing teeth. In short, dental implants will look, feel and function like your own teeth.
HOW MUCH DO DENTAL IMPLANTS COST?
The cost of Dental Implants varies between patients. It depends on a number of factors, including the number of implants required, the condition of the patient’s mouth, and if any extra procedures which are required.
After the initial examination and x-rays your dentist will advise you on what treatments are required and what costs are involved.
We offer 0% Interest FREE Finance Plans for our Dental Implants.
You can spread the cost of your treatment over months or years.