Dental implants are an excellent choice to replace missing teeth, however they are also the most costly and do not come without risks. Dental implants are the most innovative form of restoring teeth up to date. Prospective patients are welcome to attend consultation with one of our dentists for an overview on the various implant treatment options. Please call our reception on 01924 210697 to book an appointment or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why choose us for dental implants in Yorkshire?
The treatment is carried out by a highly trained dental implant surgeon with years of experience and excellent results. We offer weekend appointments so that you can relax and unwind after the procedure. Our prices are very competitive without compromising on quality, please see our price list and promotional offers for more information.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small screw, made of titanium with a diameter of about 3-4 mm and a length of 7mm to 21mm. It is made of titanium because this material is completely biocompatible which means it will not cause an immunological response resulting in rejection of the implant by the human body. After an implant placement, a dental implant becomes surrounded by bone and acts as stable base to support a cosmetic porcelain crown, bridge or a dental implant denture.
Implant treatment consists of two phases: surgical and prosthetic.
Benefits of dental implants:
● no need to prepare (drill) adjacent healthy teeth as with conventional crown and bridge work
● long-lasting, aesthetic and natural
● increase the stability of your Bridge or Denture for eating, speaking and smiling
● restore bite, lip support and reduce wrinkles
● dental implants preserve jaw bone and gums that usually shrink away after tooth loss
Before an implant placement all patients need to see our implantologist for a consultation, during which your medical history will be reviewed so that we know about any medical conditions that can affect your mouth. Radiographs or a computer tomography will be taken to assess the condition of your bone and impressions of your jaws may be taken at this stage to cast study models of your jaws. After we have recorded all of the above, we will then tell you of our findings and discuss what needs to be done. We welcome your questions and comments about what we can achieve for you. We will also prepare a draft treatment plan for you which will inform you of procedures involved, costs and timescale of your treatment.
Implantation is a procedure, carried out under local anaesthetic, which makes it completely painless. A dentist cuts the gums and prepares the place in the bone into which the implant will be screwed. Then, a dentist will check the implant positioning by taking a radiograph and if everything is in place, the wound will be sutured. At this stage, the gum completely covers the implant, and no part of it is exposed. Immediately after implantation begins a process of osseointegration, which occurs when bone cells attach themselves directly to the titanium surface, essentially locking the implant into the jaw bone. The time it takes to complete the osseointegration of the implant with the bone is always determined individually, but it can be assumed that for implants in the upper jaw is approximately 6 months, in the lower jaw about 2-3 months. After this period, an implant is being exposed. It is a procedure involving the gingival incision and exposure of the upper part of the implant. Then, a healing ring is screwed onto an implant, that allows for a proper healing of the gums around the exposed implant and shapes gums around the implant for a better prosthetic reconstruction. After around 30 days, the patient is ready for the next stage - the prosthetic reconstruction.
The course of this stage depends on the predetermined treatment plan. Generally, after the removal of the healing ring, an abutment is screwed onto an implant (an abutment is a part that connects the implant with a dental crown, bridge or denture) and impressions of the jaw are taken and then sent to a dental laboratory where a prosthetic dental technician prepares a dental crown, bridge or denture. The final stage is to cement the dental crown, bridge or denture so that the attachment is stable. The patient is also given advice on the frequency of any future check-ups or follow up visits and how to maintain proper oral hygiene. Once the implant is in place, it will serve well for many years provided the patient follows good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keep regular appointments with the dentist.