What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a false tooth which is attached in the jaw via a titanium screw for a permanent fixed tooth. The Dental Health Stop is a leading practice for dental implants in Wolverhampton, we have been successfully fitting implants for a number of years.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
They are incredibly useful in helping to secure a denture and they are a permanent replacement for missing teeth and they continue to support the bone structure in the jaw.
Dental implants are possibly one of the most ideal, long term solution, to replacing missing teeth, their strength and durability allow them to look, feel and function like a natural tooth; they are strong and durable given that they are cared for properly with regular dental checkups.
Dental implants improve the confidence of patients who once were uncomfortable smiling.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Existing Medical Conditions
If you can have routine dental treatment, you can generally have an dental implants placed. While precautions are advisable, patients with such chronic diseases as high blood pressure and diabetes are usually successful candidates for dental implant treatment.
Almost all implants placed in patients who have lost their teeth to periodontal disease or decay have been successful.
Currently Wearing Partials or Dentures
Implants can replace removable bridges or dentures, or they can be used to stabilize and secure the denture, making it much more comfortable.
As with most things they are never 100% guaranteed. But if patients are willing to care for them with regular dental checkups, interdental cleaning using floss, tepes etc then implants have a very high success rate. Dental implants have a higher failure rate with people with medical conditions such as diabetes, periodontal disease and those who smoke.
Bone loss is not uncommon for people who have lost teeth or had periodontal disease. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained and experienced in grafting bone to safely and permanently secure the implant.
The initial appointment will be a consultation to discuss all the options available to you for replacing the missing teeth. If Dental Implants are possible to replace the missing teeth, we will carry out radiographs and make study models of your jaws. In some cases, you may need to have a CT scan, which is a 3D image of your jaws. This is a great benefit for dental implant planning as the scan assesses the bone levels and will locate all nerves, so there will be a reduced risk of damage to nerves.
Dental Implant Planning
Once your dentist has all the information required, they can plan for placement of the dental implants. The dentist can also assess if a bone graft might be needed. In some cases, the bone levels are too low to place an implant directly into the bone – in these cases the dentist would need to carry out a bone graft first.