Dental Implants in York
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth, fill unsightly gaps and can greatly improve both the aesthetics and function of a smile.
Our expert implant dentists here in York are well versed in the latest implant procedures; they use the highest quality materials and most modern technology to deliver a unique dental experience.This is an advanced treatment which patients tend to have many questions about.
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What is a Dental Implant?
When a tooth is removed or lost, whether it is due to injury or decay, a dental implant can be used to replace the root portion of the tooth. Made from titanium alloy, the implant is placed directly into the jawbone after which they can support dental crowns and bridges or dentures to restore long term function.
What does treatment involve?
Initially, the dentist will ensure there is sufficient bone to support the implant. Then, if this is found to be the case, the dentist will begin treatment by placing you under local anaesthetic or using sedation for the more nervous patient, to ensure a painless procedure. A small hole will then be drilled into the jawbone using a special dental drill, wherein the titanium implant is fitted and left to heal for around 3 to 6 months. During this time a temporary tooth will be attached. Then, once integration is complete the dentist will be able to fit a crown, bridge or denture according to your wishes.
How long does treatment take?
The length of treatment will differ per patient. However, on average you can expect treatment to take around 1-2 hours for each implant procedure. Our team will be able to advise on when appointments are necessary and if you will need to take any time off work.
What if I need a bone graft?
A bone graft is an additional procedure implemented when there is insufficient bone to support an implant. This is usually due to instances where the patient has suffered from gum disease, lost teeth but not had them replaced or where with the passage of time the jaw bone has resorbed. At one time it was believed not possible to use implants in places where there was insufficient bone, but modern advances in dentistry have seen this change. We are able to take bone grafts from other areas of the body or can use artificial bone graft substitutes to help compensate for any deficiency in bone quality or quantity to facilitate the placement of implants.
This is a straightforward procedure and one out team at Freshdental Smile Clinic York are happy to discuss with you.
Are dental implants a better option than dental bridges & dentures?
Though each restorative method has its advantages dental implants are commonly seen as a better cost effective alternative solution, due to the level of stability and comfort they offer. One of the other major benefits is, implants transmit chewing forces to the jaw bone, which helps to maintain and prevent further shrinkage of the bone. If there is no implant, as with conventional bridges and dentures, the bone may recede and over time the shape of the face may change.
Whereas dental bridges are anchored onto neighbouring teeth for support, implants are placed directly into the jawbone to allow for greater support and tooth strength. Dental bridges and dentures also tend to require neighbouring healthy teeth to be prepared in some way, usually by way of filing. Implants, in contrast, are placed into the jawbone usually without any need to disturb adjacent teeth.
Removable dentures need to be constantly taken out to be cleaned and can be loose for some patients, though they can be made more stable with mini-implants of normal sized implants. Dental implants, on the other hand, are able to mimic the stability of natural teeth and are permanently fixed.
There is the chance that the implant may fail to integrate with the bone and this can cause a failure, but this occurs in only rare cases. By assessing each case individually and scrutinising every step of the implant procedure our team at Freshdental Smile Clinic are able to identify possible risks and problems and achieve smile perfection.
Am I too old for an implant? Is there an age limit for implants?
No, you are never too old for an implant. As soon as the jaw has stopped growing an implant can be placed. Therefore in younger patients implants can only be placed when the jaw bone is fully developed. At the other end of the spectrum, there is no age limit for implants, given of course the patient does not display any significant medical risk factors.
For more information on the procedure or if you wish to discuss your options with our team contact Freshdental Smile Clinic York and book an appointment today on 01904 623 687. You may also request an appointment from this link.