For some people, losing a tooth can be a very upsetting experience that can affect their ability to enjoy their favourite foods, as well as their confidence to smile, laugh and talk.
It can make you self-conscious about your beautiful smile and adversely affect the most basic chewing food action. If not replaced or restored, prematurely missing teeth can change the shape of your face over time, making you appear older and contributing to a more hollowed or “drawn” appearance.
Dental implants are a cutting-edge treatment to replace missing teeth, which feel secure, comfortable and look natural.
A dental implant involves inserting a false titanium ‘root’ (the implant) into the jaw. Once it has healed and is securely fused to the jaw bone, a custom-made tooth or even several teeth can be attached to replace those that are missing.
This creates an incredibly strong replacement that looks, feels and works just like your natural teeth, in fact, many patients who have a dental implant tell us they forget they even lost teeth in the first place!
Dental implants can be used to treat an individual lost tooth, or more than one implant can be used to secure a dental bridge, which is a great way to replace a several missing teeth or even an entire row.
Dental implants can be likened to artificial tooth roots. Made from titanium alloy, they look similar to screws. They are inserted into the upper or lower jaw by drilling into the bone. The gum is opened, and a round hole is drilled at precisely the right depth and width.
Once the implant is placed, it goes through integration or fusion into the jaw bone. This fusion into the bone anchors the implant and serves as the ‘root’ for your new tooth or a section of teeth.
The entire procedure may take several months to complete and generally involves the three phases below:
If you’re considering dental implants, the first step is to arrange a consultation with one of our experienced clinicians.
They will then be able to assess your suitability, answer your questions and explain the implant process in more detail. You can then make an informed, balanced decision about they right solution for you.
The typical cost of one implant is £2500.00 but can vary depending on your individual treatment plan. Should you require additional work to improve your oral health before your implant is placed, the cost will increase.
Any questions, concerns and finer detail can be discussed with your dentist during your first consultation. The initial charge for implants is pricier than other solutions, which have a shorter lifespan, but placing implants will save you money in the long term.
Once fitted, the crown (or prosthetic tooth) sits flush on the gum line and appears completely natural. The tooth provides a function that is unrivalled by other restorations as it’s secured firmly into your jawbone.
Dental implants can prevent bone loss and will support your facial structure:
When you lose a tooth, you also begin to lose bone mass around the missing tooth site. This is due to the absence of the root, which stimulates and strengthens the bone.
Placing a dental implant will encourage new bone growth, preventing future loss and weakening in the jaw area. Bone loss can give a sunken, ageing appearance around the mouth, which will impact the entire facial structure.
One of the most common complaints associated with tooth loss is what you can or can’t eat. Once dental implants are stable, you can eat and drink as normal.
Missing teeth can impact your smile and speech, and denture wearers often say that they worry about their dentures moving. With dental implants, you can go about your day with complete assuredness and confidence.
Implants require the same care as natural teeth. Regular brushing and flossing, as well as good oral hygiene will keep them in tip-top condition. Prevention is better than cure, so your dentist recommends regular dental check-ups.
If you consider the overall cost of dental implants in comparison to other restorations that will need to be replaced more frequently, they can be extremely cost-effective
With regular brushing and flossing, the implant itself can last a lifetime, assuming you have regular dental check-ups. The crown (or artificial tooth) can last about 15 years before it may need a replacement due to wear and tear.
This is one of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to dental implants. Most patients report that it was no more painful than having a tooth pulled or a filling done.
Local anaesthesia will be administered, which will numb the nerves around the implant area. You may feel some pressure during the procedure but will not feel any discomfort.
There will be some tenderness once the local anaesthetic wears off, and your dentist will recommend over the counter pain relief for a few days afterwards.
Once your dental implant is healed you can return to living life to the full, eating, smiling, laughing and talking with confidence once more.
The team at Oh My Smile help patients in Stockport & Cheadle, as well as all of Greater Manchester & Cheshire.
Want to find out if dental implants are right for you? Speak to the team or book online.