DENTAL IMPLANTS FAQs
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant, or dental implants, are artificial tooth roots that mimic a natural root. They are surgically anchored into your jaw to support a tooth or multiple teeth.
The implant can be placed to replace any missing tooth or teeth within the mouth. This final result is a long-lasting, fixed and permanent replacement of tooth/teeth.
Is it painful?
Mr Hughes, a leading implant surgeon from our Preston practice says: ‘It is much easier to put things in than to take things out.’ This is to imply that removing teeth – something that has naturally grown within your jawbone – is sometimes more difficult and painful than placing dental implants.
With our formal implant training and experience – given that we place hundreds year after year – we at Camden Place, Preston, adopt conservative and minimally-invasive surgical techniques to make the dental implant journey as pain-free as possible. It is why most of our patients report little or no discomfort post-operatively from their implant placements.
Dental Implant treatments we offer:
- Immediate dental implants
- Implants for single tooth replacements
- Implants for replacement of multiple teeth
- SAME DAY FULL JAW FIXED TEETH
- Full jaw teeth replacement – Fixed
- Full jaw teeth replacement – Removable
- Advanced surgical procedures, sinus elevation and bone grafting
- Complex cases beyond the competence of implant dentists in general practice
- Cases with postoperative clinical complications
- Postoperative oral health, hygiene and long term implant care
- Implant fee guide
Your dental implant journey begins with our complimentary clinical examination, which includes x-rays of the mouth and a discussion with your dentist to determine the best possible implant option for you and how you are going to proceed on your dental implant journey.
Dental Implant placement:
Implant placement is a relatively simple, minor surgical procedure that is performed under sterile conditions within our custom-built dental implant theatre at our clinic in Preston. The treatment is performed under local anaesthesia with sedation, if required, to make the procedure more comfortable for the patient to alleviate any stress or anxiety regarding the procedure.
Dental implants usually take between 2 and 4 months to fuse with the patient’s bone. During this integration period, temporary dentures or bridgework can be worn as appropriate to help the patient. In some cases, temporary teeth can be fixed to the implants while they integrate in a process known as ‘immediate loading’.
The restorative phase:
Once integrated, the dental implants can be brought into function with a variety of new teeth options (definitive restorations) ranging from a single crown, small or large bridge, or a removable over-denture.
Our specialist implant dental technician, who works closely with our Preston practice, working to form individualised implant prosthesis.
What happens if I don’t replace my missing or bad teeth?
It is important to replace missing or failing teeth as with fewer teeth on which to chew, the stresses on the remaining teeth increase and reduce their lifespan. Unopposed teeth can change position and interfere with the way you bite and chew, so causing further damage to your mouth and it’s overall appearance.
Your failing/bad teeth – due to tooth decay of gum disease – can eventually lead to severe toothache, infections and continued bone loss, making future prosthetic work, including dental implants, dentures and other treatments more surgically demanding.
Can dental implants preserve bone?
This is one of the most important features of dental implants. Once in place and supporting teeth, everyday functional forces (eating, smiling, talking) stimulate the surrounding bone, which responds by becoming stronger and denser. Like all things there are limits as to how much work a dental implant can do. Your treatment provider at Camden Place, Preston, will be able to discuss this in more detail as it relates to your individual case.
What are the alternatives to replacing my teeth?
- Accepting the gaps that have appeared between your teeth and having continued difficulty chewing your food. Also, accepting the potential gap in your smile depending on where the lost tooth/teeth have originated from.
- You can opt to wear a denture. However, wearing a denture can have problems with retention due to the on-going shrinkage of the gums and bones under the denture. Dentures will be able help the issue, but will seldom resolve it. To add, dentures are no less socially acceptable now as they were years ago! Therefore, you may want to reconsider their use.
- Bridgework is attached to adjacent teeth to replace the missing teeth by drilling them down, which in turn risks their long-term prognosis. The supporting teeth will then have to bear extra biting forces. Loss of the supporting teeth can lead to a wider gap within the teeth and the potential to cause other teeth to fail!
How long do implants last and what is the aftercare?
Once the dental implants and surrounding soft tissues are seen to be healthy and the new implant-retained teeth are comfortable and correctly placed, it is the quality of your personal attention to your oral hygiene and willingness to attend regular maintenance reviews/check-ups that will have most influence on how long they will last.
When poorly cared for, implants will develop a covering of hard and soft deposits (calculus and plaque), which is very similar to that found on neglected natural teeth. Untreated, these deposits can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort for the patient. For this reason, it is crucial for patients also to visit our Dental Hygienist, Mrs Justine Eastwood, at the time of their check-up appointments to allow implant teeth – as well as you natural teeth – to be professionally cleaned and maintained. We would also recommend taking your dentists advice and visiting Camden Place, Preston, on a regular basis to ensure teeth are being well maintained.
It could probably be said that with good maintenance dental implants will last just as long as natural teeth.
Usually, most of our patients become practice members. This entitles them to regular check-ups with the dentist, x-rays and hygienist appointments included within the ‘Practice Plan Membership’ at our Preston location.
Immediate removal of tooth/teeth and implant replacement
An infected, broken down or troublesome tooth – especially in the smile-line – can be removed and immediately replaced by an implant and a temporary tooth attached all at the same visit.
This allows patients to achieve excellent aesthetics with an individual implant crown without having to wear a denture.
Though not ideal for all patients, our free of charge complimentary consultation can establish whether this mode of treatment is suited for you.
Single tooth dental implant:
Be it a back chewing tooth or a tooth in the smile-line, a single dental implant can be placed to replace this.
The final crown is made on a customised, computer-designed abutment (connection), specific to the clinical situation and patient, to give the near perfect final position and appearance of tooth.
Take a look at some of the patient testimonials from Rob Shawcross and Dr MFB
Multiple teeth on dental implants (implant bridge):
When 2 or more teeth are missing – back or front – implants can be positioned so that multiple teeth can be supported on them. The supporting teeth are known as implant bridges.
This is a more cost-effective way of replacing multiple missing teeth than to have single, individual dental implants.
Routinely, we place 3 or 4 teeth bridgework on 2 implants.
Take a look at the work we’ve done for Lorraine Tillet
FULL JAW FIXED TEETH:
Patients with already several or completely missing teeth, can have between 4 and 6 dental implants with fixed teeth supported on them. This not only transforms a smile but greatly enhances chewing capacity!
Who is this is for?
- Patients wearing any form of removable dentures – this includes partial or full dentures.
- Loose or unstable dentures due to lack of bone.
- Patients with a strong gagging reflex which is stopping them from wearing dentures.
- Patients with decaying teeth on the verge of loosing their teeth and not wanting to wear dentures.
- Patients with gum disease affecting all their teeth on the verge of loosing their teeth and not wanting to wear dentures.
- Patients affected by lack of tolerance and diminished oral sensation due to plastic dentures.
- Cost! Sometimes continuous having filling after filling, root canal after root canal treatment, crowns after crowns, denture after denture, etc… For every single individual tooth can lead to overall higher costs. The full jaw of implant fixed teeth can be a more cost-effective form of treatment in the long-term.
SAME DAY FIXED TEETH:
This is indicated for patients who fit the criteria for full jaw fixed teeth to have fixed, permanent teeth all in a SINGLE DAY.
Patients come in the morning at 9am, have their teeth removed, have 4-6 implants placed and leave by 4pm with fixed teeth.
Dentures can be used to replace one or more teeth, up to a complete set if all the teeth in one jaw are missing. There are two types of dentures, full or partial. Full dentures are more commonly constructed entirely of acrylic whereas partial dentures are constructed of acrylic bonded to a chrome framework.
At Camden Place Dental Practice, Preston, we work with what you have, take a look below!
Removable dentures retained by dental implants:
For patients already wearing a denture(s), who need some stability to their dentures, dental implants can be placed to give the dentures some much needed retention.
Usually 2 dental implants in the bottom jaw and 4 implants in the upper jaw are placed A female component with the seating surface of the denture and a male component on the implants allows the removable denture to ‘click’ into position on the implants.
This is a much cheaper alternative to fixed teeth, but very effective!
We can offer a complete service for our implant patients at Camden Place Dental Practice, Preston. This will include:
- Free consultation and x-rays (as needed).
- CT Scan.
- Transport: Pick-up and drop-off service.
If you have any questions regarding the dental implant process, whether you would be eligable for dental implants, have a question about dentures or anything else please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly and professional team at Camden Dental Practice, Preston, and book your FREE consultation with our dental implant specialists by calling 01772 556 050 or contact us here.