Dental Implants

Do you have one or more missing teeth?

If you have a missing tooth or loose and uncomfortable dentures then dental implants could provide you with a viable and permanent solution to the personal and practical issues that can be caused.

As well as difficulties when eating and speaking, a missing tooth (or teeth) can significantly affect your self-confidence and your ability to live day to day life to the full.

Dental implants could significantly help you to feel happy about smiling again.

The unique Astra TECH implants available at Rejuvedant are a very reliable, predictable and aesthetic way of replacing a missing tooth quickly and comfortably whilst also providing a durable and proven solution in the long-term.

How are ASTRA TECH implants different?

  • Due to the chemically modified titanium surface of the implant, the bone is stimulated helping to speed up the healing process and ensuring the implant fuses quickly and securely.
  • The Microthread system used in the implants means that bite pressure is distributed evenly creating less stress and thus less potential for damage over time.
  • The size and shape of the implant is significant. With its conical design the interior of the implant is well sealed minimising the risk of micro movement or leakage. The connective contour ensures maximum volume and connection with the soft tissues to ensure a firm base.

Why get a dental implant?

There are a number of benefits to replacing your missing teeth with dental implants;

  • It’s important to replace a missing tooth or teeth for the overall health of your mouth. With one or more gaps your remaining teeth can move or twist. You are also at higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease when you have gaps.
  • Your jawbone can start to recede when you have missing teeth- this is due to a lack of stimulation when you eat. This can result in sagging of the facial features causing you to look older.
  • Implants help to eliminate problems with eating, drinking and speech.
  • If you have visible missing teeth self-esteem can be greatly improved with implants.
  • Dental implants don’t affect your remaining teeth in any way.
  • Dental implants are now very well-established, highly successful and
  • They are much more comfortable and secure than dentures which can have a tendency to move around.
  • They look natural blending in in perfectly with your real teeth.
  • Over 95% of implants take successfully and when well looked after can last for 15 years or more.

How does a Dental Implant work?

Dental implants replace the roots of your natural teeth and support a manufactured crown or bridge.

Your natural tooth consists of two parts- the crown, which is what you see in your mouth and the root which is under the gum and holds the tooth in place. Dental implants are designed to best replicate this natural tooth structure – with the crown being made of porcelain to look like a natural tooth and the dental implant made of strong titanium acting as the root. Titanium is well tolerated by the body and once implanted in the jaw, bone grows onto the surfaces of the implant effectively fusing it to the surrounding bone- creating a solid and strong base.

Could I have a dental implant?

Dental implants are generally suitable for most people regardless of age, condition of teeth and the number of implants required.

The factors which will be taken into consideration are:

  • That you have a good standard of general health- to allow for successful recovery following surgery.
  • That you have healthy gums and suitable bone density to fit the implants (grafts and sinus lifts can be used if necessary)
  • Patients with diabetes or who are smokers are at a higher risk of infection following surgery.
  • That you follow a good oral hygiene routine at home.

What is involved?

In a standard case the insertion of implants is relatively straight forward. It should take around 15 minutes to fit one implant. The surgery will take place under a local anaesthetic so you don’t feel any pain. You may feel some discomfort in the days afterwards- this should be relieved with standard painkillers. Make sure you keep your implant clean with gentle brushing over the gum twice a day when you brush your teeth.

Following surgery, a significant healing time will be required to allow the implants to fuse with the jaw bone. This will take between 3 and 6 months.  If required, a temporary restoration and full dentures can be worn until the final crown is fitted.

Every patient is different. Your individual requirements will be discussed with you prior to the start of any treatment. Long term care is vital and regular check-ups and other maintenance will be scheduled as required. It’s important that the patient commits to a long-term.

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