Replacing teeth with dental implants

Implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth or all teeth or even to support a denture!

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Dental implants are the modern way to replace missing teeth. A dental implant is a small titanium screw that when placed in the jawbone works much like a root of a tooth usually would; supporting a tooth (a crown). Multiple implants can be placed to replace several missing teeth.

They give a final restoration with a natural feel and appearance and are very strong and durable.

Not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants as there needs to be sufficient healthy bone to place the screw in. Ask your dentist about implants.

At Glen Lea Dental Suite we use Astra Tech’s implant system, now called Dentsply: a system that is well known and recognised around the world. The success of these implants is very well documented. For more information about the system and the procedures involved, please visit www.likenaturalteeth.com or speak to your dentist.

 

 

Dental implants

 

Six reasons why you should consider implants instead of other solutions

1. They look, feel and function like your natural teeth

2. Healthy teeth do not need to be ground down to support the dental implants

3. Anchoring dental implants in the jaw bone stimulates bone tissue and gums, ensuring an attractive, aesthetic result while helping to maintain facial strucutres

4. Dental implants do not require any adhesive to hold the new teeth in place

5. They eliminate the discomfort and insecurity of loose, ill-fitting dentures

6. You have a secure, permanent tooth replacement

Drawing of an implant

How many missing teeth can implants support?

While the most common dental implants are single tooth implants, a few implants can also be used to support several teeth via a bridge or denture. Alternatively, you could keep your denture but have it permanently attached with as little as two implants under the right circumstances. The volume and density of the bone tissue where the replacements are required will affect how many implants are needed to replace a number of teeth.

Denta implants to repace multiple teeth

Step 1

The dentist will perform a thorough examination of your mouth. Dental Radiographs (x-rays) or even a CT (3D x-ray) may be used to determine what the jaw bone looks like. The dentist may recommend a tooth cleaning with the hygienist or therapist as the condition of the gums is very important for an implant to last.

Step 2

The implants are placed in the jawbone and allowed to heal for up to 6 months. The procedure is carried out under local anaethetics.

Step 3

An impression is taken of your mouth for the final restoration.

Step 4

The final restoration is fitted.

 

Dental implants to retain a denture

Full dentures can sometimes be loose and a source of frustration for patients, affecting eating and causing embarrassment. Dental implants can be used to fix a denture securely in place, making it much more comfortable and stable. It can look and function like normal teeth and is a cost effective option compared to a full arch implant retained bridge.

Dental implants to retain a denture

Step 1

The dentist will perform a thorough examination of your mouth. Dental Radiographs (x-rays) or even a CT (3D x-ray) may be used to determine what the jaw bone looks like.

Step 2

The implants are placed in the jawbone and allowed to heal for up to 6 months. The procedure is carried out under local anaethetics. A different number of implants will be required depending on the quality of the jaw bone and the restoration (the denture). Sometimes as little as two implants may be needed.

During the healing your own denture will be modified so that you can use as normal.

Step 3

Small "buttons" are placed on the implants to clip to the denture.

An impression is taken of your mouth for the final restoration. Sometimes a new denture with "buttons" may be required but we may be able to adapt your own dentures to make it clip onto the implants. If that is the case, "buttons" will be placed in your own dentures.

Step 4

The final restoration is fitted. The dentures will stay in place.