You can lose a tooth at any age through trauma, rough sports, gum disease or advanced tooth decay. The space that is left needs to be filled for the following reasons,
- A missing tooth can alter your smile and appearance.
- Adjacent teeth to the gap can lean into the space and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together.
- Speech can be affected.
- The shape of your face can change when you lose a tooth due to loss of bone.
- Gum disease and tooth decay can occur as a result of food accumulating in the gap.
The most common ways of replacing a missing tooth or teeth are Bridges, Dental Implants and Dentures. A dental implant is a permanent solution for a missing tooth. The implant is a small titanium screw which is inserted into the jawbone, this replaces the natural tooth root. Titanium is a metal which is easily accepted by our bodies. The implant forms a strong bond with the bone and in most cases is anchored in the bone in just 6 weeks. This provides a stable foundation for restoration work to be carried out to replace the missing tooth or teeth.
Straumann Dental Implants have been scientifically tested and documented for over 30 years and have a long term success rate of over 95% as shown in clinical studies.
The advantages of dental implants as opposed to traditional dentures and bridges are:
- The support for a bridge is the neighbouring teeth, even if they are still healthy. Therefore healthy tooth tissue is being compromised.
- The missing tooth root is not replaced.
- When there is no tooth root, bone loss occurs and this can gradually compromise the fit of a denture.
- Ill-fitting dentures cannot only be painful but they can cause difficulties with eating and speaking.
Before placing a dental implant the dentist will take a full medical history and carry out an oral examination. X-rays and models of your mouth will be used to determine the most suitable treatment plan. The treatment plan will be discussed in detail with you and you will be given the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.
The placement of the dental implants takes place in a normal dental surgery and is carried out under local anaesthetic. Once the implant is placed, it is left to heal, this takes between 6 weeks and 3 months.
John Newland and Marek Skalka both place dental implants at Blossomfield Complete Dental Care.
Sarah and Martell, two of our nurses, have been specially trained as Implant Nurses and assist John and Marek throughout the procedures.
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John and Marek use Straumann Dental Implant products, to read more about these and to view them click here: www.naturally-attractive.co.uk