When we lose teeth many problems are created including difficulties or inability to chew food, altered and unsatisfactory appearance, speech problems etc. It also leads to loss of jaw bone and support for the soft tissues of the face, causing sagging of the lips and sunken cheeks.
Dental implants are currently viewed as the gold-standard in the replacement of missing teeth. They are permanently fixed in position, feel normal in your mouth and do not damage any of the remaining teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dentures are often unsatisfactory since they are loose, hard to tolerate and need to be removed every night. Bridges are fixed in the mouth; however the process involves irreversible damage to the ‘anchor’ teeth holding the bridge. This can, in time, lead to further tooth loss and the production of a larger space.
Dental implant restorations are the closest thing you can get to natural teeth. They do not suffer with such issues as looseness or the need for daily removal. Nor do they damage the adjacent teeth. Dental implants reduce the amount of bone loss in the jaws after tooth loss, provide support for the cheeks and lips and facial soft tissues, and restore the ability to chew, speak and smile.
Dental implants can greatly improve your quality of life. They can improve your appearance, and other people will not be able to see that your teeth are supported by implants. As a result, you can have peace of mind, feel confident in your beautiful smile, speak normally and eat the foods you desire without fear of embarrassment or discomfort.
What is involved?
You will be carefully assessed for suitability, taking into account your specific needs and desired outcomes. Treatment planning will usually involve the taking pictures, impressions for the production of models of the teeth, standard x-rays and specialist imaging such as CT scans where necessary. We will discuss all the treatment options with you, including time-frames and costs, and you will decide which option to pursue. A written treatment plan will then be produced.
The dental implant is a small titanium screw which is carefully and painlessly placed under your gum into the jaw bone under local anaesthetic. Several months are allowed for growth of your bone onto the implant surface, firmly locking the implant into place. Once this has occurred the implant can be restored with a crown. For larger spaces two or more implants can be used to hold a dental bridge.
At Peartree Clinic Welwyn we are pleased to offer our clients the most up-to-date implant technology and painless treatment regimes. Dr Christopher Hajistilly has completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Dental Implants with the University of Warwick, and is currently completing the Masters of Clinical Dentistry in Implant Dentistry. This enables the team to provide the best possible care for you with the latest, evidence-based practice utilising the highest quality implants and components.