What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a popular and successful long-term option for those who are missing teeth, have teeth that are deteriorating, or have chronic dental issues. They are a long-term replacement for missing teeth, which provides an aesthetic impact that alternative treatments cannot always match.
Dental implants are used to secure prosthetic teeth to surgically-implanted anchors in the bone. They also aid in the preservation of tooth-supporting bone, which deteriorates naturally when a tooth is lost. Dental implants are regarded as the gold standard in tooth replacement and patient care.
How Do Dental Implants Differ from Dentures or Bridges?
Dental implants are a great alternative to dentures and dental bridges. They function similarly to real teeth, and can restore your smile while correcting any issues you may have when speaking or eating.
When natural teeth are lost, it might be difficult to replace them with permanent dental bridges or dentures in terms of function and aesthetics. Dental implants restore missing teeth in a natural-looking and functional manner, therefore preventing bone loss and gum recession.
Why Choose Dental Implants Over Other Tooth Replacement Procedures?
Dental implants provide several advantages, including:
Implants are sturdy and last for a long time. Many implants can last a lifetime with maintenance and proper care. Our team of dental professionals will teach you how to best care for your dental implants, ensuring you get the best use out of them.
Dental implants have the appearance and feel of natural teeth, making your smile look natural. As the dental implants heal, they also become permanent, as they are designed to merge with the bone. You can be assured that your false teeth stay in place.
Easier to Eat
Sliding dentures might obstruct chewing, but dental implants operate identically to natural teeth, allowing you to consume your favourite meals confidently and painlessly. Unlike removable dentures, implants are designed to stay secure inside your mouth.
Implants alleviate the discomfort associated with removable dentures. You do not have to worry about slipping dentures, so you can talk naturally and comfortably. Each dental implant is designed just for you, and the false tooth that attaches to the implant is made based off a model of your mouth, so it fits just right.
Better Oral Health
With dental implants, you do not need to reduce the adjacent teeth, like you would for a tooth-supported bridge. As more of your natural teeth remain intact, it enhances your long-term dental health. Additionally, individual implants facilitate access between teeth, which also improves dental hygiene.
Dental implants remove the embarrassment associated with having to remove dentures. No more messy adhesives to secure dentures in place, and caring for them is as simple as tending to your natural teeth. Implants also result in fewer dental visits, as they require less maintenance than dentures.
What Can I Expect Pre-Surgery?
Dental implants cannot be obtained by walking into a dental clinic. The planning step is the most time-consuming part of the implant procedure, as you need to consult with numerous practitioners with varying specialities. Throughout this whole process, we will be there to help guide you on the next steps.
One of your first steps is to consult an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for a comprehensive dental examination of your mouth and jaw. This determines whether you are a good candidate for surgery. Additionally, you will see a periodontist, who evaluates your gums, jawbone and the surrounding structural support. The periodontist also assesses your suitability for dental implants. Next, you will consult with a prosthodontist who is experienced in both dentures and implant dentistry.
In certain circumstances, you may also need to schedule an appointment with an ear, nose and throat specialist. The entire procedure can take between six and nine months.
How Are Dental Implants Placed?
Dental implant surgery is conducted by an expert in the field. They are frequently referred to as periodontists or oral surgeons who specialise in implant placement.
Dental implants are inextricably linked to the mouth’s gum tissues and underlying bone. Periodontists are great members of your dental implant team, since they are dental specialists who practise exclusively in these specific areas.
Not only do our periodontists have experience collaborating with other dental experts, but they also have the specialised expertise, training and equipment necessary to ensure that your teeth look and feel natural. Your dentist and periodontist work together to ensure that your dental dreams become a reality.
This is a collaborative process including you, your dentist and your periodontist. Our team works with you to identify the best location and method for implant placement. Your periodontist develops a treatment plan suited to your individual needs based on your specific condition and the kind of implant chosen.
St. Andrew Street Dental Practice: Specialists in Implant Dentistry
We are regarded as a centre of expertise for dental implants in Hertford. We employ only the industry’s best implant procedures in conjunction with cutting-edge dental technologies and materials—all of which have been clinically approved and are constantly evaluated as part of our treatments. We take pleasure in providing patients with the highest level of care before, during, and after their treatment. Book time with our specialists now!