Missing teeth can have a massive impact on your self-confidence, diet and speech. Our dentists want you to be able to smile, eat and speak with confidence and comfort.
At Damira our first priority is always to save a patient’s natural teeth; there are many treatments that reliably and effectively improve the health and strength of natural teeth now, and if possible we will use those to preserve your own teeth. If that is not possible, there are a range of treatment options to replace missing or extracted teeth: dentures, bridges and dental implants. The best option for you will depend on the health of your, mouth, jaw and remaining teeth, and your personal preference.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are permanent, securely-fitting replacements for your natural teeth: they can last for the rest of your life with good oral hygiene. Many of our patients say that their dental implants have changed their lives.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
A dental implant is a small, titanium rod that is roughly the size of the fingernail on your little finger. The rod is inserted into your jawbone: this is usually carried out under a local anaesthetic, but other anaesthetic options may be discussed with your dentist. The rod acts as a new ‘root’ for crowns that look just like natural teeth. Once your implant has been inserted, you will need to wait for 3 – 6 months for it to ‘fuse’ with your jawbone: your jawbone will graft to the titanium and make it part of your jaw. This is what makes implants so secure and permanent.
After your implants have settled into place, your dentist can then make bespoke crowns that will be permanently affixed to the implant: these will be colour-matched, shaped and sized to look like your natural teeth.
Will Dental Implants Work For Me?
Dentures, bridges and dental implants are all available on the NHS* if your dentist believes that they are “clinically necessary,” and on a fee-paying basis if you have a particular preference for cosmetic or practical reasons. Your dentist will discuss with you which of these options will best meet your needs.
Dentures and bridges may not be viable options for you, perhaps because you do not like the idea or inconvenience of dentures, or perhaps because you have too few remaining healthy teeth for a bridge to be fitted. Dental implants may be the best solution for you because they are permanent, easy to maintain and are also highly cost-effective because they can last a lifetime with good oral care.
Dental implants may be suitable for you if you:
- have loose, uncomfortable dentures
- have missing teeth
- have loose and/or decayed teeth
- avoid social situations because you are self-conscious about loose dentures
- have large gaps in your smile that make biting or chewing food difficult
- feel that your speech is affected by gaps in your smile, or by your dentures
- are seeking a long-term fixed replacement for your missing teeth
If your jawbone is healthy and you are in good overall health, your dentist may recommend dental implants to you. Dental implants can be used to replace a few individual missing teeth, but can also be used if you have several missing teeth or no remaining natural teeth. If several or all of your natural teeth need to be replaced, it is not necessary to have an implant for each replacement crown: you can have implants spread throughout your mouth with bridged crowns permanently attached to those implants. This keeps the cost and discomfort to a minimum.
Dental implants can also be used in combination with dentures, to securely hold them in place whilst leaving your palate completely free.
Please don’t suffer in silence; dental implants are a simple, long lasting and cost effective solution to missing teeth. Call us to discuss how we can help you to achieve a permanent, healthy and strong replacement for your missing or decaying teeth.
We offer various finance options in all of our practices: for as little of £150 per month you could have a beautiful new smile.