Dental Implants – FAQs
12 Nov 2016
Many people are now opting for a more permanent solution to missing or failing teeth with Dental Implants being one of the considerations. Bath Spa Dentistry, a cosmetic dental practice in the heart of the city of Bath, who has been providing this this treatment for many years, answers some Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions.
“Since having dental implants – I can attend any social event, go to any occasion, eat anything. Its just marvelous”.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the next best thing to your natural teeth; they are permanent replacements for failing or missing tooth roots. The dental implant is a titanium screw that replaces the tooth root and can be used to replace single teeth, several teeth or form the basis of a complete reconstruction.
For anyone with missing or failing teeth, dental implants can totally restore natural oral function, appearance and confidence. Very often patients feel much more confident after dental implant treatment; and this in turn improves overall appearance.
How do Dental Implants work?
The dental implant is placed into the jawbone, in the space once occupied by a tooth root. Once fitted a natural healing process occurs and during this time the implant fuses to the bone, a process called osseointegration. At this stage, a post can then be connected to the implant and a porcelain crown (or crowns) are constructed making either single tooth or complete mouth restorations possible.
What are the advantages of Dental Implants
There are many advantages of dental implants, as an alternative to dentures and bridges.
Patients feel more comfortable and confident, with an improved quality of life. Eating with dental implants is significantly easier than with dentures and people can enjoy meals without gum pain. With the ability to chew at least 80% as efficient as with natural teeth – foods that were previously avoided can be enjoyed. Speech is often much improved with dental implants and there is no worry about dentures slipping or even dropping.
Dental implants actually stimulate bone growth. The bone grows around the implant to support it, as it would with natural teeth roots. Improved chewing ability means that you are able to eat harder foods such as carrots and apples, which can have significant nutritional benefits.
What are the success rates of Dental Implants?
The success of dental implants is dependent on the quality and quantity of bone available at the implant placement site as well as the expertise of the implant dentist. The implant procedure is well established and well tested – Dermot McNulty, Owner and Clinical Director at Bath Spa Dentistry – has been practicing Implant Dentistry since 1987 and has over 25 years of experience in Dental Implant Dentistry combined with a 98% success rate.
What should I do if I am considering Dental Implants treatment?
With so many different options available, and many dentists offering a range of different implant types and brands, it is important to speak to a dentist that you trust. Find out what options are available to you and what the recommended course of treatment, timescales and costs are for your individual needs. Everyone is different and there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to failing or missing teeth. If you would like to have an initial no obligation chat with our Treatment Co-ordinator Alison at Bath Spa Dentistry, please get in touch today.
We are happy to answer any questions you may have, and guide you through what to expect if you are considering Dental Implants as an option.
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