Dental Implants

Why Dental Implants?

Dental tooth implants are a highly effective restorative treatment and it also happens to be an area our Saint Martins dental clinic are experts. Implants are the ideal way to replace one or more broken or missing teeth and offer a way to deal with missing teeth that is much more permanent and comfortable than wearing removable dentures. With the help of our implant dentists, we can take care of any unsightly gaps give you the smile you want.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental tooth implants are one of the most advanced treatments dental care has to offer and, as well as improving your smile visuallu, they also benefit your dental health:

  • Implants are titanium screws that are drilled into the jawbone out of sight and provide an artificial root, to which prosthetic teeth can be attached. The screws biocompatible, which means they will not be rejected by your body. Instead they will integrate with the bone and even strengthen it.
  • Dental implant surgery does not take long and thanks to the use of anaesthetic, it is painless too. The procedure requires just one session and the implants will be ready to use immediately after.
  •   While dental bridges can affect healthy, adjacent teeth, implants are not invasive and will integrate in your mouth as if they had grown there naturally.
  • Since the implants are fitted securely into the bone, the fixed prosthesis will feel comfortably natural and it will be all too easy to forget it is even there.
  • This stability will prevent any negative side effects that can be caused by regular dentures, such as discomfort, inflammation of the gums or impaired speech. You can use the implants as if they were your own teeth.

Provided you maintain good dental hygiene, dental implants will be a seamless replacement for missing teeth and potentially last a lifetime.


Choosing your clinician

Having dental implants is a very delicate procedure, which is why you need to be very selective when it comes to choosing a dentist. Years of postgraduate study and accredited training are compulsory before a dentist is qualified to carry out the treatment, but fortunately our skilled Hereford implant dentists have not only fulfilled these requirements but they are also published authorities on the subject. As well as their credentials, they also have access to extensive facilities for this very purpose, including our onsite CT scanner, which allows for more accuracy and safer treatment.

While a skilled professional is vital to successful dental implant treatment, the type of implant being used, as well as the laboratory it comes from are also important. For this reason we only use implants from the world’s leading manufacturers and most experienced laboratories in the country. We have no higher priority in the tooth replacement process than your health and safety.

Questions you should ask your clinician are:

  1. Which implant manufacturer do you use and why?
  2. Has it be extensively tested?
  3. Do you trust the manufacturer and why?
  4. How widely is it used worldwide?
  5. How satisfied are your patients with the results?

What is the right solution for me?

Every patient is unique which is why our dentists assess each individual case in order to determine what kind of treatment is necessary. You could have one or several missing teeth but either way, our dental implant specialists will be able to find a solution. Whichever implant you need, our experts will be able to provide you with the treatment you need for a healthy, confident smile.

Only one tooth missing

If you only have one tooth missing you may think that if it isn’t visible you don’t need to do anything about it but the truth is, every gap must be filled whether it affects your smile or not. It doesn’t matter if a tooth is missing from the front or back of your mouth, either way it can have negative effects on your oral health and a replacement really is necessary.

The best solution to a single missing tooth is a dental implant, which will provide the base for a dental crown. These crowns are just as convincing for others to look at as they are for you to use. With the appearance, feel and function of a natural tooth, as well as the shade and shape to match your own teeth, nobody will be able to tell the difference. As an added bonus an implant will also help maintain the health of its surrounding teeth.

Several teeth missing

When more than one tooth is missing, it may seem like a big problem but it can actually be solved quite easily.  A dental bridge supported by implants will make it look as if there were never any teeth missing

Just like other kinds of implants, dental bridges are durable and have protective qualities. The jaw will be at less risk of bone loss and the integrity of the adjacent teeth will also be strengthened. Bridges also blend in perfectly and work just like real teeth.

All teeth missing

If you are unlucky enough to have lost all of your teeth it can greatly reduce your quality of life and self-esteem. In addition to feelings of embarrassment, many people suffering from this find dentures cumbersome and uncomfortable.

Many wearers of dentures experience pain and discomfort, especially if they fit awkwardly and require a dental adhesive, and difficulties with eating and speaking clearly can also cause further embarrassment.

if these problems sound familiar to you then a fixed prosthesis supported by implants may be the answer to your troubles. You will be amazed at how much better it feels and the confidence boost you gain is a huge benefit. This treatment is known as All-on-4 and will restore your ability to eat, speak and smile with confidence!

All-on-4 Implants

All-on-4 dental implants are a cutting-edge restorative treatment for replacing missing teeth. All-on-4 is so called because it is made up of a single denture or bridge housing replacement teeth, which is all held in place by just four implants. The implant surgery is quick and simple enough to be carried out all in one day, earning the treatment the alternative name, ‘smile in a day‘. Regular implants are the preferred method for replacing individual teeth but with All-on-4 you can replace an entire set of teeth with a single bridge.

The reason All-on-4 dental implant treatment can be performed so quickly is because it is so straightforward. First the holes for the implants are drilled into the jawbone, under anaesthetic of course, and then the implants are placed into them. These holes are precision drilled to ensure that they are the exact size required to hold the implants in firmly and safely. When they are in place, a bridge, which is specially created to fit in your mouth properly, is attached and your new set of teeth are immediately ready to use. Smile!

These new teeth will look and feel natural, which means you will be able to eat and speak comfortably as if they were your own. You won’t be able to tell the difference and neither will anyone you smile at.

The process

Dental implant surgery is generally done in 3 phases:

Phase 1- Assessment

Since every patient is different you will need to organise an appointment with your implantologist, so that they can assess your case and determine which treatment will best suit your requirements. They will talk you through your options and advise you on which techniques and implants will be best for you.

Phase 2 – Surgical

This is when the implant is placed into your jawbone. This is a simple but delicate process that can be carried out there and then in our Hereford dental clinic under local anaesthetic, although if you are particularly nervous then intravenous sedation will be available to you. Placing the implant takes between 45 minutes and 3 hours, although the crown will only be placed at this time if the implant is ready for it. This is known as immediate loading but if the patient requires time for the implant to integrate with the bone then delayed loading will be advisable. The integration period varies but can last between 6 weeks and 6 months.

Phase 3 – Restoration

If your dentist decided that delayed loading would be preferable then a second visit to the implant dentist will be needed once the integration period is complete. At this point the permanent crown will be applied to the implant and your new tooth will be ready for use.

Does it matter if I have missing teeth?

While missing teeth can affect your appearance and self-confidence, they are also a health issue and must always be replaced. Missing teeth can have the following effects on your dental health:

  • Missing or broken teeth can create problems with the way your jaw opens and closes, such as TMJ Dysfunction. This is extremely painful and more often than not will require surgery.
  • A gap will allow teeth to move over time since they will not have an adjacent tooth to support them. This can increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease and ultimately lead to the loss of more teeth.
  • In more extreme cases a missing tooth could lead to bone loss. This will not only shorten and age your face prematurely, but also increase the chance of more teeth loosening and even falling out if left untreated. These effects on your bone structure will make your features droop.