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Bath Spa Dentistry is renowned as being one of the top centres for advanced dental implant and restorative dentistry in the UK
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.
Titanium is the most bio-compatible material we know and once placed, fuses to the jaw bone fully. It is because of this unique characteristic, that dental implants can be considered permanent.
How do they work?
The dental implant is placed into the jaw bone, in the space once occupied by a tooth root. Once fitted a natural healing process occurs, which is exactly the same as when a tooth is extracted. During this time the implant fuses to the bone, a process called osseointegration. At this stage, a post or abutment can be connected to the implant and then a porcelain crown, or crowns are constructed making either single tooth or complete mouth restorations possible.
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.
Functional advantages of dental implants
Eating with dental implants is significantly easier than with dentures. Enjoy meals without gum pain and with an ability to chew (at least 80% as efficient as with natural teeth) all types of food possibly previously avoided. Sense of taste will be improved, as the roof of the mouth will no longer be covered by a denture. Speech is often much improved with dental implants and there is no worry about dentures slipping or even dropping.
Aesthetic advantages of dental implants
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.
Dental implants can ‘fill out’ the mouth, changing profile, giving a more youthful appearance. They can also change the whole face by giving it a new smile. If dentures have been worn, new implants can stimulate muscle, giving new life and vitality to the face.
Health-related advantages of dental implants
Dental implants actually stimulate bone growth. The bone grows around the implant to support it, as it would with natural teeth roots. Oral hygiene and dental health improves; looking after implants is just as straightforward as looking after natural teeth. However regular maintenance with hygiene visits and dental examinations remain important for on-going care. The implants also protect the surrounding teeth – teeth are less likely to break if there are no gaps next to them. Improved chewing ability means that you are able to eat harder foods such as carrots and apples, which can have significant nutritional benefits.
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 with a success rate over 95%. The overall success rate of dental implants at Bath Spa Dentistry is above 98% over the last 25 years.