What can i do about a missing tooth?
If you have a missing tooth, a tooth replacement option that keeps failing or loose ill-fitting dentures then dental implants could provide you with a viable and permanent solution to the personal and practical issues that this can cause.
Eating, speaking and even general self-esteem can be greatly affected due to a missing tooth and dental implants can significantly help to improve quality of life and self-confidence- helping you to feel happy about smiling again.
Depending on your overall health, implants are generally suitable for people of all ages and no matter what the condition of your teeth, there are several treatments available at The Courtyard Clinic to help restore your smile and improve your quality of life. For many people, dental implants are a safe, long-term solution offering strong and natural-looking replacements which feel just as secure as their existing teeth.
The Risks of Missing a tooth
The loss of one or more teeth can have a considerable impact not just on your everyday life but on your dental health too. When chewing food, your healthy teeth naturally strengthen your jawbone, however in those places where teeth are missing the jawbone can start to shrink because it is no longer being stimulated. In time, this can cause sagging- leading to premature ageing of the skin on your face- particularly if you have several teeth missing.
As well as this, your teeth all form part of an intricate structure with each sitting alongside the other ensuring they all stay in line. Gaps can mean that other teeth start to move or twist. Food can also get trapped in the spaces potentially causing tooth decay and gum disease.
how does a dental implant work?
Dental implants replace the roots of your natural teeth and this supports a crown or bridge that fits snugly into the implant head. Your natural tooth consists of two parts; the crown, which is what you see in your mouth and the root which is under the gum and holds the tooth in place. Dental implants are designed to best replicate this natural tooth structure – with the crown being made of porcelain to look like a natural tooth and the dental implant made of strong titanium acting as the root. Titanium is well tolerated by the body and once implanted in the jaw, bone grows onto the surfaces of the implant effectively fusing it to the surrounding bone, creating a solid and strong base.
Optimum health is important if you want dental implant surgery, so we will ensure your dental health and medical history is satisfactory before we proceed with treatment. That being said there are cases where people thought implants were not possible when they were so please do enquire for information about your personal situation.
It is also important to remember to maintain a good oral hygiene routine after the procedure. If you don’t clean your implants properly, they will develop a coat of residue, like plaque forms on natural teeth. This can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness, and discomfort.
Overall, healthy gums and jawbone are the main factors taken into consideration when deciding if dental implants are suitable for a particular patient. For those with less bone volume because of previous gum disease or tooth loss, there is the option of bone grafting. A sinus lift can also be used to help rebuild any missing bone on the back of the upper jaw.
All Biohorizon implants have incorporated the highly innovative Laser-Lok surface technology at the neck of the implants. This particular surface is the only one that has been clinically proven to generate connective tissue attachment to the gums. No other implant system has been able to provide this micro-biological connection.
Meet Our Expert
Dr Bhavin Pitamber is our expert periodontist and implantologist with a very gentle touch. He has broad experience with placing implants and ensuring the soft tissue healing around them is optimum. Here at the Courtyard Clinic, we are proud to offer our patients expert dental implant treatment by an experienced and well-tested clinician. Dental implants, if looked after properly with regular hygiene care, can last your lifetime and so we feel that such intricate treatment should be carried out only by the best, a clinician who regularly places implants daily. We can replace a single missing tooth with a dental implant and bespoke crown or we can completely rejuvenate your smile by placing implants and fitting new teeth all in the same day. Whatever your concern, we have the solution for you.
What We Can Do With Dental Implants
- Single tooth and multiple teeth implants
- Teeth in a Day – including the revolutionary all on 4/6 treatment
- Bone Grafting
- Sinus Grafting & Lifts
- Dental bridge on implants
- Denture on implants
- Full Mouth Rehabilitation with dental implants
All our implants are placed using local anaesthetic to make the procedure comfortable and IV sedation is available for individuals who do not want to undergo dental surgery fully aware of what is going on clinically.
Please see our implant brochure in the brochure section of the website for further information.
We offer a free implant consultation with our dentists so why not come in for a chat to see what we can do for you!
Full row of upper arch teeth implanted
1) Missing teeth
2) Missing teeth replaced naturally
3) A seamless looking smile
How To Get Started
Once you know you would like implants we will welcome you to the clinic for a consultation with our expert which will involve:
- A 1 hour appointment with Dr. Pitamber who will go over your medical history, examine your mouth and assess the need for conventional X-rays or any further scans.
- Treatment options are then discussed, and a detailed explanation of the procedures involved, and a timeline is given using video imaging and models.
- After the X-ray/ scan reports are finalised, a detailed written treatment plan is provided outlining costs and appointment schedules. The cost of dental implant treatment varies and is related to the number of implants required, the need for extra surgical steps and whether gum tissue reconstruction is required. Other factors include the laboratory work, the prosthesis type and the dentist’s and dental technician’s fees. A cost plan will then be developed.
- Once you are happy with your chosen treatment option and signed all your consent forms, you will be provided with a surgery date.