Dental implants are a fantastic way to help restore your smile. They are often cited as being one of the most effective ways to fill in the gaps left by one or more missing teeth. This is because they offer exceptionally durable support for natural-looking replacement teeth.
Dental implants are normally made from tough titanium. Titanium is used as it is well-tolerated by the body. The implant acts as a substitute tooth root as it essentially fuses with your jawbone, providing a firm foundation for a brand-new tooth.
The implant will be carefully placed in your jaw, using a local anaesthetic. The gum is stitched up so it will heal over the implant. Once the implant and the jawbone have fused, a false tooth is attached to the implant in the form of a crown, bridge, or denture. There are many benefits to getting dental implants, which we will explore further.
Dental implants – the benefits
- Closest replacement to a lost natural tooth.
- They are extremely stable and durable.
- Can be placed independently from the rest of the teeth, so can preserve the health of the remaining teeth.
- No messy adhesives, gum irritation or, ‘teeth popping out’ incidents, which can be associated with dentures.
- Speaking and eating will become easier.
- They can offer a boost to your self-esteem.
- They can last for many years if looked after properly.
What dental implants do we use?
Here at The Edge Dental in Alderley Edge we use a leading dental implant company to provide our patients with dental implants. Straumann has earned worldwide trust for over 60 years by remaining true to itself. We feel there are many reasons why using a Straumann dental implant is the best choice for your oral health.
We know that having any dental treatment can be daunting and dental implants are a relatively new concept to get your head around. That’s why at The Edge Dental we offer a dedicated dental implants team who will guide you through each stage. You will be looked after from the initial free consultation right through to the aftercare appointments and you will receive around-the-clock support.
Am I a suitable candidate for dental implants?
If you have missing teeth, either through decay, gum disease or injury, and you are looking for a more permanent alternative to dentures then dental implants could be suitable for you. However, there are a few factors that will affect whether you can have implants or not.
It’s important to realise that having dental implants requires surgery, and the process of ‘osseointegration’ (when the titanium posts bond with the bone) takes several months. Also, for the procedure to be successful, you will need healthy gums, free from any signs of periodontal disease.
You will also need sufficient bone density so the implants can be placed successfully. We can assess your bone volume and if you don’t have quite enough bone, then don’t despair, you could still have implants by undergoing a bone grafting procedure.
Looking after your dental implants
In a similar way to natural teeth, your dental implants will last longer if you look after them by keeping up with a regular and thorough cleaning regime. The replacement teeth are resistant to bacteria, but the surrounding gum and bone are not. If you keep your mouth bacteria-free your implants will last longer and potentially last as long as your natural teeth.
The best way to find out if dental implants will work for you is to give us a call on 01625 599001 to arrange a FREE CONSULTATION. We’ll let you know all your implant options and will happily answer any of your questions. We offer 0% interest finance options for patients to help spread out the costs of getting dental implants. You can use our online finance calculator to work out what your payments would be.