Dental Implants have revolutionised dentistry as people today can enjoy the comfort of natural teeth via these implants. If you have lost a tooth, missing multiple teeth or have unsatisfactory denture, dental implants can be the answer for you. To see what you can be achieved with dental implants, kindly refer to our website before and after pictures section of our website.
At Thorndike Implant and Dental Care we make sure that you receive the best care. We have a dedicated team who endeavour to support you throughout the treatment and long term maintenance. All implants are placed by highly experienced UK qualified implantologist, Dr. Behzad Manzoor. His qualification includes MSc. in implant dentistry from Guy’s hospital and Membership of Royal College of Surgeons.
We offer quality dental implants at affordable prices. Dental implants with crown starts from £1499. Flexible payment plans are also available on request. We would welcome any question and enquires if you are interested in dental implants and other treatments provided at our practice. For further information kindly call us at 01634 817 417 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill a contact form.
Introduction to Dental Implants
We live in an age when people aspire for the very best. Fortunately, dentistry has come into a new age and provides excellent opportunities to improve a patient’s appearance, comfort and self-esteem.
Dental implants can be an effective long-term solution to replace one or multiple teeth. Studies show that implants provide greater structural support and last longer than bridges or dentures. They are typically constructed of titanium, a strong and safe material that effectively integrates with bone. Implants are placed in the jawbone to replace the roots of the original natural teeth. New artificial teeth are then attached enabling normal function.
Dental implants allow oral surgeons to replace missing teeth in a way different than traditional techniques such as dentures or bridges. Traditionally when a tooth is lost the gap is restored by using the remaining adjacent teeth to support an artificial tooth. This requires removing healthy tooth structure from the adjacent teeth and thereby compromising their long term viability.
Dental implants can replace from one missing tooth to a complete set of teeth. The success rate of this process is 90-95% for a period of 15 years. As a result of this procedure chewing ability is improved immediately.
How can you benefit from Dental Implants?
Any person who needs to replace one or more missing teeth can benefit from dental implants. Especially in a situation where the adjacent teeth are previously unrestored or when there are not enough teeth to support a bridge but the patient does not want to wear a denture. People wearing complete or partial dentures who wish to make them more stable or wish to have permanent teeth again can benefit.
What is the structure of a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small screw made of metal which acts as a tooth root. It is made of titanium, a precious metal which has been proven to be particularly biocompatible. The body accepts it as if it were part of it and titanium is used in many medical situations. Its high strength and resistance make it invaluable in its use in dental implants.
What is a dental implants?
A dental implant is a small screw made of metal which acts as a tooth root. It is made of titanium, a precious metal which has been proven to be particularly bio compatible. The body accepts it as if it were part of it and titanium is used in many medical situations. Its high strength and resistance make it invaluable in its use in dental implants.
dental implants provide a stable foundation for replacement teeth in the form of crowns, bridges or a denture which look, feel and function like your natural teeth.
How do they work?
Many years of research have created highly sophisticated design forms and materials for use in today’s implants that maximise the process called osseointegration. This is a healing process during which bone grows around the tiny threads of the implant and fuses to the implant surface.
Once osseointegration is complete a precision abutment or post can be attached to the implant and a new custom-made crown/denture is fitted onto it.
Single and Multiple tooth replacement
Missing single teeth
Replacing a single missing tooth with a dental implant is an ideal solution. The implant acts as a natural tooth in function and appearance. Using an dental implants avoids the involvement of any other teeth.
Multiple missing teeth
When more than one tooth is missing multiple implants can be used to replace these teeth. However because implants can be linked or splinted together using bridges, it is not always necessary to replace every missing tooth with an individual implant.
Replacement of all teeth by Stabilising and anchoring dentures
The simplest way to replace all missing teeth is with a denture. When this is a complete denture there can be difficulties with reduced function, and confidence. Dental implants provide an excellent solution, acting as an anchor for the denture resulting in greatly improved stability and reassurance for the wearer. A minimum of two implants are needed for a lower denture and a minimum of four for an upper denture.
Replacement of all teeth by Complete crown and bridge reconstruction
In the same way that single teeth can be replaced by an implant and a crown, the same is true for many or all the teeth in one jaw. These cases demand a very high level of planning and the number of implants required will vary depending on a which jaw is being treated and the individual case.
The dental implant Complications
Although Dental Implant have very high success rate of around 90%, like any other surgical procedure it can have its complications.
Implant needs to fuse with bone in first 3-6 months, failure to do so can result in the loss of implant.
In people with history of gum disease, receding or thin gum type, gums can shrink at the implant site. This may require soft tissue and bone grafting.
Gradual bone loss can occur over the years around implant if good oral hygiene is not maintained. People with compromised health & gum disease can be more prone to such phenomenon called peri-implantitis.
Implant supported teeth are prone to wear and tear and may need replacement or repair after prolonged use.
The Implant Process
The implant process what actually happens?
Initially a consultation appointment is made where a discussion of requirements on an individual basis is done. Usually photographs and x-rays (if required) are taken at this stage. An outline treatment proposal is then formulated and sent to the patient prior to a further discussion appointment ten days to two weeks later.
The treatment proposal is discussed and any concerns or fears are addressed. If the patient is happy to go ahead, models of the teeth are taken. From these models mock ups of the teeth can be made by the laboratory technician to mimic the shape of the new tooth or teeth to be replaced. This diagnostic stage is of great importance in order to achieve a successful final result.
This phase covers the placement of the implants and if indicated bone grafting can take place. There follows a healing phase, usually between 3-4 months while the implants fuse with the bone.
Following healing of the gum, impressions are then taken for the final teeth. This may involve a number of visits for:
1 Impressions & Recording of bite and shading of teeth
2 Try in & Final fit
During the first year after your new prosthesis has been placed on the implants, it is necessary for the dentist to confirm that it fits well and works satisfactorily. Regular checkup appointments will usually be scheduled at 1, 3, and 6 month intervals in the first year. At these checkups, x-rays may be taken to examine the implant-bone relationship and rule out any disease. After the first year, follow-up examinations are usually necessary only once a year.
These phases are a guideline, each case will be planned individually.
(Thorndike dental practice is located in Medway, Kent. We offer professional dental implant services in Kent at affordable prices. We also offer 24 hour emergency dental service)