Missing teeth can hinder your speech and ability to enjoy food. Thankfully, dental implants have revolutionised tooth restoration
The loss or absence of teeth, be it through dental disease, an accident or congenital defect, can cause overloading of the remaining teeth and affect their long-term viability.
Many options exist for the replacement of lost teeth, but the dental implant has gained considerable acceptance as the gold standard choice. For many patients, dental implants can be an effective way of filling those gaps, giving you back a natural looking smile that you’ll want to show off.
A dental implant's longevity and ability to restore normal function and the appearance of teeth make them the most reliable choice when compared to alternatives.
The dental implant is placed into the jaw bone following precise planning. Following a period of integration into the jaw bone, the final crown can then be attached to it.
Dental implants can be utilised to replace single teeth, multiple teeth, dental bridges and even provide support for full dentures.
Replace missing teeth
Look, feel and function like natural teeth
Do not require adjacent teeth to be ‘cut back’
Hold partial/full dentures securely in the mouth
Replace the tooth root, which preserves the bone and slows down the ageing process
Prevent over eruption and teeth tipping forward
Prevent bone collapse and provide better long-term aesthetics
Are successful in over 96% of cases (our success rate is over 99%)
Malcolm will need to see you for an initial consultation, so that he can examine your teeth, talk to you about your individual case and take a detailed medical history. At this stage, he will also take X- Ray images and suggest computer tomographs for three dimensional imaging. This will enable him to build up a clear picture of your mouth and see whether there is any bone loss of which we need to be aware. Before your implant(s) can be fitted, Malcolm will need to make sure you are otherwise dentally fit.
When it comes to Malcolm fitting your implant(s), he'll give you a local anaesthetic to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. A temporary restoration may be placed on the implant during the healing stage or, if you wear dentures, you may need to wear these while your mouth heals. He will, of course, discuss all of this with you in advance. Approximately one week after your operation, Malcolm will need to see you to remove the stitches at the implant site. It then takes between six and sixteen weeks for you to heal.
Malcolm will give you detailed aftercare instructions to follow because it’s essential that you look after your teeth and the implant site to prevent infection. Once the dental implant has healed, he will fit a custom-made crown, bridge or denture (depending on your case) to the implant(s). This will be perfectly matched in shape and colour to your surrounding natural teeth.
At Springmount Dental & Aesthetics we can offer you IV sedation to help you have your treatment in complete comfort and without anxiety.
Sedation is a very safe way to make you feel calm and tranquil during your treatment without being asleep. Our trained and experienced staff will guide you every step of the way. This way, your treatment can be completed without stress in our comfortable homely surroundings.
We use a drug called Midazolam which is administered slowly. This has a gradual effect that lasts the duration of your treatment. Once finished, our team will ensure you continue to feel relaxed and comfortable whilst the sedative medication wears off. We pride ourselves on making sure you’re our priority; in doing so, we dedicate plenty of time to focus on you, taking things slowly and steadily. It is not quite like General Anaesthetic, as you remain conscious throughout, meaning you can chat to us throughout or even watch a movie on our ceiling-mounted TVs.
We will perform a comprehensive sedation assessment prior to the procedure. At this appointment Malcolm and our friendly nurses will assess your health and plan the treatment. We will explain the whole process in detail and happily answer any questions you may have.
Sedation is suitable for a whole range of treatments. From a deep clean to the placement of an implant – nothing too big or too small. Just ask our team to see how sedation can help you.
Dental implants have long-term success rates of 93% to 98%, and are well tolerated by the majority of patients. In more complex cases, especially where there has been some bone loss or facial damage, Malcolm may need to carry out bone augmentation before he can fit your implant. He would need to assess your individual case to see whether you’re a suitable candidate for implants.
Yes. Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth or even all your teeth. Malcolm can also use implants to fix your implant-retained dentures in place.
The success rate for bone grafts in the jaws for the purpose of placing dental implants is very high. There is a risk that your body will reject the graft, and this risk is higher if you smoke or have certain medical conditions. Again, Malcolm would discuss this with you.
Every case is different but you can normally expect to have your final restoration placed about 18 weeks after the tooth is inserted in your jaw. In more complex cases, treatment can take up to 18 months.
Not at all. As long as you’re dentally fit, there’s no upper age limit for dental implants.
Dental implants can only be fitted once the jaw bone has fully developed and finished growing, which means they are not suitable for children.
Dental implants have an excellent safety record, although they should only ever be fitted by an experienced dental professional. Malcolm uses leading implant systems that are supported by years of research and successful case studies.
Your dental implant(s) will generally be inserted under a local anaesthetic to minimise the discomfort of the operation. You will experience some pain in the days after the procedure but this can usually be managed well with over-the-counter painkillers and following our recommendations for your post-operative care.
With the right care and attention, your implants have the potential to last as long as your natural teeth. Factors such as smoking and certain medical conditions can reduce the lifespan. If you neglect your teeth, your implants can still get plaque and tartar, which can lead to gum infections, bleeding, bone loss and eventual implant loss.
Although your implant(s) can be fitted under local anaesthetic, this is still a surgical procedure. This means that, as with any surgery, risk factors may vary depending on any pre-existing medical conditions you have, such as diabetes or osteoporosis. Malcolm will always take a detailed medical history to properly assess your case and make you aware of the potential risks. He will ensure that your overall oral health is good before we go ahead with fitting your implant.
Once your dental implants are fitted, you need to look after them in the same way as you would your natural teeth. If you have a bridge fitted to two or more implants, Malcolm may need to give you special flossing tools to clean your teeth properly. He will explain all your short- and long-term after-care in detail. As well as brushing and flossing after meals, you will still need to attend your regular check-ups and hygienist appointments.