Dental Implants are one of the best ways of replacing missing teeth. A titanium post is implanted into the bone to support a replacement tooth. This acts like the root of a natural tooth. Implants can also be used to support fixed bridges or dentures.
Dental implant treatments normally has two stages. First, the implant is placed in the bone. Then, when the bone has healed, porcelain crowns are attached to the implant. In some situations it is possible for implants to be placed at the same time as your original tooth is removed but this would have to be examined by a clinician. Also you could have an immediate restoration as soon as the Implant is placed but is usually temporary and is usually acrylic but still looks aesthetically pleasing.
Would implants be right for me?
First, you should decide whether implants could be right for you. Contact us to arrange an implant consultation and discussion and we will let you know the possibilities.
Carillon Dental Care offers, in addition to restorative treatments, a variety of different implant supported solutions, from single tooth implants to full arch implant bridge work to fulfil the needs of individual patients. Single missing teeth can be replaced by implant-supported crowns, multiple missing teeth can be replaced by implant supported bridgework and edentulous jaws can be rehabilitated by implant-supported bridgework or implant-retained dentures. Implant-supported crowns can provide the following advantages over traditional treatment options:
- Look, feel and perform similar to a natural tooth
- Help preserve surrounding bone
- Do not compromise adjacent teeth unlike conventional bridgework
- Do not require removal unlike a removable partial denture
- Restore a patient’s appearance and self-confidence
Single tooth implant
Approximately 7mm of space between adjacent teeth is required to place a dental implant. Implant placement is rarely possible distal to the first molar region because access is limited. However, a dental implant should be considered for any single missing tooth anterior to this region.
Implants for larger gaps
Larger missing spaces (2 units and above) can be replaced with implant-supported bridgework. Traditionally these spaces are restored with a removable partial denture. However, patients often desire a fixed solution. This can be achieved with implant supported bridgework.
Patients often struggle with conventional complete dentures. A lower complete denture can be converted to an implant-retained overdenture if 2 implants are placed in the canine regions. This approach dramatically improves denture retention and stability and has been advocated as the modern standard of care. Upper complete dentures can also be retained by implants; this normally requires 4 implants splinted with a bar. When there is adequate bone volume it is possible to rehabilitate both upper and lower edentulous jaws with fixed implant bridgework.
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