At last – you can smile with confidence & finally eat the foods you have always wanted
- Do you find it difficult to eat your favourite foods, enjoy a juicy steak or bite an apple?
- Are you embarrassed to smile, or do you suffer from confidence issues because of missing or loose teeth?
- Are your dentures loose and do you worry about them falling out?
At Peartree Clinic Welwyn we can offer a fixed solution with dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants offer a strong, secure and natural looking solution for missing teeth. They are highly advanced in dental restoration and a truly modern way to fill in the gaps in your smile. Implants create a fixed new tooth root, using strong titanium posts placed into your jawbone to support a crown or bridge. Titanium is used for dental implants as it is very well tolerated by the body. Over time, the titanium root fuses to the surrounding bone in the jaw, becoming a solid and durable foundation.
The advantage for you is that you will regain your confidence with the smile you have always dreamed of. You would be able to eat your favourite foods without pain or discomfort and would be able to enjoy your life to the fullest.
- Improve your facial shape
- Boost your self-esteem
- Be used for better fitting ‘implant retained’ dentures.
- Replace loose-fitting dentures
- Maintain bone structure after tooth loss
- Improve the appearance of your smile
- Boost your confidence
- Function and feel just like natural teeth
- Improve chewing and speaking
- Prevent bone loss
- Long term solution
- High success rate
- Eliminate the need for dentures which, if ill-fitting, can cause several irritating problems such as slurred speech and impaired chewing ability
What are the benefits of dental implants?
What does the process for Dental Implant treatment involve?
- Step 1You will be carefully assessed for suitability, considering your specific needs and desired outcomes. Treatment planning will usually involve taking pictures, and impressions for the production of models of the teeth, standard x-rays, and specialist imaging such as CT scans where necessary.
- Step 2We 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.
- Step 3The dental implant is a small titanium screw that is carefully and painlessly placed under your gum into the jawbone under local anaesthetic. Several months are allowed for the growth of your bone onto the implant surface, firmly locking the implant into place.
- Step 4Once 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.
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We know that Dental Implant treatment can be expensive, which is why we are pleased to offer flexible payment options to help spread the cost.
Why Choose Peartree Clinic Welwyn?
We are UK trained and use only the highest quality implants, materials, and specialist laboratories with a long history of reliable and professional service to ensure we achieve the best results possible. Dr Christopher Hajistilly has achieved the Master of Clinical Dentistry (Implant Dentistry) degree and is a member of the ‘International Team for Implantology’ regularly attending and contributing to study clubs and conferences. Our team remains up to date with the latest training, materials, methods, and technology. We use this knowledge and training to provide the best possible outcomes for our patients.
What types of Dental Implants are available?
Single Missing Tooth
A single missing tooth can be a troublesome issue for many people. An elbow during a game of football, a calamitous crunch onto a cherry or olive stone, a failed crown, decay, or gum disease are but a few reasons for this unfortunate scenario. Missing a front tooth is an obvious problem but missing back teeth can lead to problems chewing and digesting food or discomfort when eating on the gum where the tooth is missing. Other problems include unwanted movement of the neighbouring or opposing teeth, as well as increased pressure on and risk of damage or fracture to the remaining teeth.
Though there are multiple options for the replacement of missing teeth, the single tooth implant is currently the ‘Gold Standard’. Dentures are not fixed and need to be taken out at night. They may be loose, cover the palate or the tongue space and affect speech and taste. Bridges involve additional pressure on adjacent teeth and normally involve permanent removal of some of the tooth, which shortens the natural tooth’s life expectancy. An implant supported crown is the closest thing you can have to a natural tooth. It has the most natural appearance and function, is permanently fixed, does not need to be removed at night or interfere with speech and taste, and doesn’t require treating the adjacent tooth structure. The treatment is relatively straightforward and highly predictable.
Multiple Missing Teeth
For a variety of reasons, you may suffer the loss of two or more consecutive teeth. This may be gradual, where for several years you felt able to deal with just one missing tooth and chew reasonably well. However, after losing another, you are now unable to chew on one side of the mouth and the other teeth are becoming overloaded and uncomfortable. A previously functioning tooth-supported bridge that has failed could leave you with several teeth missing in a row. Or you may have suffered a ruinous trip, fall or accident causing several front teeth to be lost in one go.
Most people do not want to use a removable denture and for larger spaces tooth supported bridges may not be suitable or sensible. Whether your motivation is more cosmetic for the front teeth or functional for comfortable and even chewing on your back teeth, an implant supported fixed bridge may be the ideal solution for you. Implant supported bridges look, feel and function like normal teeth. They are permanently fixed, do not need to be removed at night or interfere with speech and taste, and do not require the adjacent teeth to be treated for the fitting. This solution will restore even, balanced chewing and spread the forces evenly around your mouth, protecting your remaining teeth. It is also reassuring that you do not need to have one implant per missing tooth. For example, three or four missing teeth can often be fitted to two implants at either end of the space to be restored. Implant solutions are the most predictable long-term outcome with the highest success rates.
Our dazzling Dental Implant results – Before & After
Frequently Asked Questions
- Am I suitable for dental implants?
- Most people are suitable candidates for dental implants, as long as they are generally healthy and have good oral health. However, they are not an ideal option for everyone. Dental implants are not usually offered to younger patients whose jaws are still growing. Smokers and patients with certain medical conditions, including diabetes, may struggle to heal properly following surgery and increase the risk of implant failure. It is also important that you have enough bone density in your jaw to hold the implants in place, but this can be improved with a bone graft. We will thoroughly discuss your overall suitability for implant treatment at your initial consultation.
- Is dental implant treatment painful?
- We use local anaesthetic during dental implant surgery to ensure you are comfortable during the procedure. You won’t be able to feel a thing. After treatment, it is normal to experience some discomfort, and this can be managed with pain relief advised by your dentist. Implant treatment is often less painful than having a tooth extraction, and most patients can return to their usual routines the next day.
- How long does the dental implant treatment process take?
- The whole process, from missing teeth to securing fixed replacements, can take several months. The implant surgery is a relatively quick procedure, but the implants themselves need around 3-6 months to heal and fuse before fixed permanent teeth can be placed. The treatment process will be longer if you need a bone graft or other procedure first, but your new smile will be more than worth it in the end.
- How long do dental implants last?
- Dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime if they are properly looked after. This includes maintaining an excellent brushing and flossing routine, looking after your general health, and attending regular check-up appointments with your dentist. The crown or bridge that the implant supports may need to be replaced over time due to normal wear and tear.
- Will other people be able to tell I have dental implants?
- No, dental implants look and feel exactly like natural teeth. We can match the shape and colour of your existing teeth when creating your final fixed crown or bridge so it blends seamlessly into your smile.
- What are the alternatives to dental implants?
- If you have one or more missing teeth, you may also consider restoring your full smile with a bridge or denture. These alternatives are less expensive than an implant but don’t have the same superior stability, aesthetics, and versatility. They are also not likely to last as long. We are happy to discuss all the options for replacing your missing teeth and find the best one for you.
- Will I find it hard to talk with dental implants?
- You may find it easier! As your implants are fused to your jawbone and the replacement teeth securely supported, you shouldn’t have any trouble speaking and may find your speech becomes clearer once the gap in your teeth has been filled.
- How do I clean my dental implants?
- You should treat your dental implants just like natural teeth, and include them in your normal oral hygiene routine. As they are made from artificial materials, your implants are invulnerable to decay or cavities, but you will still need to brush and floss to keep the gum surrounding the implant healthy and problem-free.