Dental implants have made significant improvements in dentistry. They are the ideal solution for replacing one or more missing teeth. We can offer you a permanent and aesthetic tooth replacement that will make you feel like you have your own tooth back again.
Missing teeth – If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants may be the best option for replacement. Dental Implants have many advantages:
Aesthetics – Aesthetically they can look like a natural tooth and will sit in the gum in the same way as a natural tooth.
No damage to remaining teeth – Unlike bridges or dentures, dental implants do not require support from other teeth.
Prevent bone loss – Having a dental implant in the bone will stop the bone and gum tissue from shrinking and therefore will maintain facial support and structure.
Increase the life of remaining teeth – Dental implants will protect the remaining teeth from excessive forces (by spreading the chewing load) and will stop teeth adjacent teeth from drifting, tilting and over-erupting.
Fixed – Dental implants are fixed in your mouth and do not require removal like dentures.
No more fillings or sensitivity – Dental implants will never need a filling or root canal treatment and they will never be sensitive.
Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement in most circumstances where teeth are missing. They can be placed on the same day as tooth removal or a long time after the tooth was removed, and can be used when just one tooth is missing or when a number of teeth are missing.
In most cases, the implant placement is extremely quick and practically pain-free. In fact, most people find implant placement to be a more pleasant procedure than having a tooth removed. If you still feel nervous or apprehensive we can provide you with sedation options so that you can be away with the fairies while you have your teeth extracted or your implants placed. At the end of the treatment, you will have a brand new tooth that looks, feels and functions exactly like a natural tooth!
Immediate Tooth Replacement
Do you require teeth in a day? If you are about to lose a tooth we can arrange to have it removed and for the placement of an implant at the same visit so that nobody would ever know what happened. Immediate implant placement is possible if there is no infection and there is sufficient bone.
Single Tooth Replacement
If only one tooth is missing, a single implant is the gold standard of tooth replacement. It will not damage adjacent teeth as with a bridge or denture. It will maintain the positions of the remaining teeth by preventing the teeth from moving into the space. It will preserve the bone and therefore help to maintain the gum architecture around the teeth and will allow for superior aesthetic results compared to other forms of treatment.
Multiple Teeth Replacements
If more than one tooth has been lost it is possible to have 2 or more implants adjacent to one another. It is also possible to have implants joined together with a bridge so that you do not need an individual implant per tooth.
This procedure can be much more cost effective than individual implant replacements and as the implants join together as a fixed bridge, less surgery is involved. This means minimal cutting of the gums and quicker healing!
Implant Retained Dentures or Dental Implant Removable Bridges
Occasionally, for some patients, for example, where there is a history of aggressive gum disease, it may be wise to consider a removable bridge supported by dental implants. A removable bridge will be easier to keep clean and also easier for future monitoring and maintenance of the dental implants.
In some cases, some teeth will be considered non-restorable and will need to be removed. Dental extractions can be completed with very little discomfort, but sedation options are available to help reduce anxiety caused by fear and nervousness typical of dental surgery.
In most individuals, wisdom teeth can cause many problems such as infection, tooth migration, pain and swelling, and inflammation. Removal of wisdom teeth is best done preventatively at an earlier age so that the risk of problems arising can be minimized. Your dentist will advise you if yours would need to be removed. As always, sedation options are available to those with anxiety.