What are dental implants?
Dental implants have become widely used in mainstream dentistry as an attractive alternative to dentures and bridges; they are usually the treatment of choice for missing, broken or damaged teeth as they are the closest you can get to healthy and natural teeth.
Built to last, you can enjoy life without worrying about your teeth; eat, smile, talk and go about your day to day activities with confidence.
When a tooth is removed, the root of the tooth is also lost as well as the visible part of the tooth, called the crown. In order to replace a missing tooth permanently, a dental implant is needed to replace the root.
Implants are usually made of Titanium. The implant is placed in the jawline, which acts as a root where it can fuse with your natural bone, forming a sturdy foundation for the replacement tooth (crown).
A complete implant system includes placement of the implant, crown and abutment – which is used to connect the implant and the crown.
Do missing or damaged teeth really need to be replaced?
Aside from the obvious cosmetic reasons, there are some significant health reasons to replace missing or damaged teeth. By neglecting a gap in your mouth, this can actually leave the surrounding gums and teeth vulnerable to decay through food getting lodged and therefore bacteria entering your system.
You may find that over time your jawbone could shift due to neighbouring teeth attempting to fill the gap. Shifting teeth are more volatile and prone to decay and gum disease.
Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the fact that the absence of just one tooth can potentially lead to an array of further oral health issues. To summarise, these issues include:
– Your remaining teeth will be more vulnerable to decay through shifting which leads to food being harboured in the additional room.
– You are likely to become more susceptible to gum disease, which is also linked to heart disease, strokes and diabetes
– Your ability to chew certain foods may be impacted.
– Your facial structure and speech may be affected by jawbone resorption.
Replacing your missing or damaged teeth is the best way to prevent further health damage and restore confidence in your smile.
I have dentures – do I need a dental implant?
Dentures have proved a great solution for missing teeth for a long time now, but technological advancements have since come a long way and there are advantages to dental implants that you may wish to consider.
Reasons to replace your dentures with a dental implant:
– Dental implants are much more comparable to real teeth in their appearance.
– There is no movement with fixed implants therefore generally speech is better than with dentures.
– The ability to chew food is completely restored.
– Dental implants are long lasting, whereas dentures need to be realigned as jaw structure and gums change with age.
– Dentures can be lost and can break at the most inconvenient times, while dental implants are fixed.
What aftercare do I need for my dental implant?
For long-term success, taking care of your implant is important. As with natural teeth, implants require the same regular dental check-ups and conscientious oral hygiene. Once you follow these guidelines, your implants should last a lifetime.
Once treatment has been completed, you will be provided with comprehensive aftercare information and instructions.
If you have your dental implant surgery at MyHealthcare Clinic and decide to become a member, all aftercare and follow-up appointments are covered. Annual follow-up appointments are booked for all implant patients to provide them with ongoing support with the dental implants and oral health care.
For more information about the MyHealthcare Clinic Membership please click here.
How do I find out whether I need a dental implant?
If you are in any of the following situations, then we would recommend you seek advice about the possibility of dental implants or alternative solutions:
– You are missing a tooth or multiple teeth.
– You have damaged or broken teeth.
– You are experiencing a toothache.
– You currently have dentures or bridges and are looking for a more permanent solution.
To find out whether you need a dental implant, simply contact a specialist dental implant clinic, such as MyHealthcare Clinic.
Why choose MyHealthcare Clinic for your dental implant treatment
Dental implants are sophisticated devices and their success is largely dependent on the experience of your dentist. Our team of experts at MyHealthcare Clinic have placed over 10,000 dental implants successfully, many of which were complex cases.
Offering a choice of three flexible payment options, including interest-free, our Implantologists can help find the most appropriate solution to meet your needs.
Contact us on 020 7099 5555 to find out your suitability for dental implants or for more information about dental implants at MyHealthcare Clinic, visit our dental implants page.