Missing teeth can often affect a person’s willingness to smile confidently, and also the ability to eat and chew comfortably. Nowadays, the ideal option to replace a missing tooth is by way of a dental implant.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth (crown) that is mounted on top of a titanium ‘root’. The implant is placed in the jawbone. Titanium is the perfect material for implants, as it has been proven to work well with the body. The titanium root acts as a substitute for the natural root and is situated beneath the gum. The root provides a stable support for the crown which is fitted on top. You can choose a crown that is tailored to your preferences.
Q. Why might I need an implant
A. In many cases an implant is a long-term solution when replacing a missing tooth (or teeth), and is therefore worth considering. Implants feel like natural teeth, and they allow you to eat, drink, talk, and smile as normal.
Implants do not cause damage to the teeth on either side and are a great alternative for patients who do not get on well with dentures. To discuss implants in more detail please make an appointment for a chat with your dentist – together you can explore your options.
Q. Can I have more than one tooth replaced by an implant
A. Yes. Multiple implants can be placed to restore larger spaces. Implant-retained bridges and dentures are also an option when catering for more than one missing tooth.
Q. Are implants suitable for me?
A. In order to decide whether or not implants are suitable for you an initial implant consultation with our specialist is required. During the consultation you will be given a full clinical examination and implant assessment. You will then be given a complete treatment plan suited to you. In order for a
The health of your gums is vital to the health of your teeth, and knowing how to brush and floss effectively will keep your gums in good shape. Gum disease can produce swelling, soreness, or infection of the gums that support the teeth. There are two main forms of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Q. What is gingivitis?
A. Gingivitis causes inflammation of the gums. This happens when the gums around the teeth become very red and swollen due to the build up of plaque on the teeth. Plaque is soft, white, sticky stuff that accumulates on your teeth. It contains bacteria, and if it’s not removed it irritates the gums. Often the swollen gums will bleed when being brushed. But gingivitis is reversible – you just need to get rid of the plaque! Once the plaque is removed the gums can recover and become healthy once again.
Q. What is periodontal disease?
A. Long-standing gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease. There are a number of types of periodontal disease and they all affect the tissues supporting the teeth. As the disease gets worse the bone anchoring the teeth in the jaw is lost, making the teeth loose. If this is not treated, the teeth may eventually fall out. Periodontal disease is not reversible, but it is possible to stop the gum and bone from shrinking further, calling the process to a halt.
Q. How to prevent gum disease?
A. Regular brushing, interdental cleaning, and flossing will control the amount of plaque and tartar that builds up on your teeth. Ask your dentist for advice about correct brushing and flossing techniques. A visit to the hygienist for a more thorough scale and clean will remove any remaining tartar.
If you have crowns or bridges it is important to floss in order to keep them clean, as plaque can build up under the ledge of the crown. Smokers are more likely to develop gum disease than non-smokers. Diabetes and hormonal changes can also make you more susceptible.