The modern solution to replacing missing teeth
Tooth loss, at whatever age and for whatever reason can be a traumatic experience, but at Aurora Dental and Implant Clinics, we offer dental implants as a long-term and reliable solution to the problem of missing teeth.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small precision-manufactured titanium posts, which we carefully place into your jawbone. Your bone cells will then bond with the optimised titanium surface, resulting in a solid anchorage for replacement teeth. This process, called osseointegration, occurs over a period of two to six months, depending on your bone quality. Implants can actually help to support and preserve the jaw bone that frames your lips and cheeks, and preventing atrophy.
Implant treatment can also help you to avoid the premature loss of your own teeth. The traditional option of using dental bridges to restore gaps often involves substantial trimming of adjacent healthy teeth. Such treated teeth are more likely to become decayed, are more difficult to clean, and often require subsequent re-treatment.
Dental implants are surgically implanted as an outpatient procedure, usually with minimal post-operative discomfort. Most patients return to work the following day.
Single tooth replacement
If a single tooth has been lost due to an accident a dental implant can provide a reliable long-term solution in many cases. This treatment does not require any cutting of the adjacent teeth – such as would be the case with a traditional bridge.
Multiple teeth replacement
Dental implants can also be used to support multiple teeth. This usually involves the placement of two implants, which are used to support a fixed bridge.
Full arch implants
As an alternative to a denture, it is possible to replace all upper or lower teeth using just a few dental implants. The number of implants required is dependent on the clinical assessment of each individual case.
A loose fitting denture is a common problem for thousands of people. Securing dentures with dental implants will restore chewing function and reduce irritation of the gums.
What exactly is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root. Made from titanium – which is incredibly strong and well tolerated by the body – dental implants are surgically placed in the jaw bone to mimic the function of a tooth root. Over time, the jaw bone grows around the implant, creating a strong foundation onto which a prosthetic tooth can then be placed.
Can anyone have dental implants?
Almost anyone! Implants are not recommended for anyone whose jaw is still growing, but otherwise there is no upper age limit. Generally, if you enjoy good oral health, it is highly likely you will be suitable for implants. If your teeth and gums aren’t in good enough condition for implants, your dentist will suggest a treatment plan to get you in the best possible dental health before undergoing the procedure.
What does the implant procedure involve?
If you have good oral health, the dental implant procedure is straightforward and minimally invasive. Once a thorough assessment, including CBCT scans, has been undertaken and a treatment plan drawn up, the surgery itself is carried out under local anaesthetic.
Once an implant has been placed, you will then need to wait 3-6 months for a process called osseointegration to complete – this is when the bone fuses with the implant. At this point, you’ll be able to return to the dentist to have your custom-made restoration fixed to the implant. Every case is different, however, and your dentist will explain clearly what you can expect from your treatment before you undergo any procedure.
Are dental implants reliable?
Yes. They’ve been widely used for more than 40 years and have always been subject to the strictest quality controls in research, development and manufacturing. We only use globally recognised implant brands that have a proven track record. Across the world, dental implants have an extremely high success rate and are generally considered the best method of tooth replacement among the dental community.
What role do I play in looking after my implants?
Maintaining a high standard of oral health is crucial if you want your implants to perform successfully. Following implant surgery, we will give you specific personal instructions on how to care for your implants. If you’ve been referred to us for implants, you’ll return to the care of your general dentist, whom you will need to visit for routine reviews and regular hygiene appointments.
Why are dental implants more expensive that alternative treatments?
Successful and predictable implant dentistry requires time, skill and the use of the safest, well-researched materials. From manufacture through to placement, attention to detail is paramount, which is the main reason dental implants are costly. However, the vast majority of implant patients feel that the look, function and longevity of dental implants far outweigh the cost-effectiveness of alternative tooth replacements.
Implants are cheaper abroad - why stay in the UK?
Dental treatment abroad comes with extremely high risks. Firstly, there is no guarantee that your dentist abroad will meet the same high standards we have in the UK, or that the materials used in your procedure will be the tried and tested, globally recognised brands that give reliable results. Secondly, if you have treatment abroad, you won’t receive any aftercare. Dental implants involve major surgery and any complications can be very serious. At Aurora Dental and Implant Clinics, we are available 24/7 following implant surgery, and we continue to monitor your progress for the next five years.