Implant dentistry is the most advanced therapy available to replace missing teeth. Dental implant restorations generally look, feel and act like natural teeth.
Dental implants may offer you important advantages compared to other treatment options: improved good health and enhanced appearance, which may lead to greater self confidence and a better quality of life.
Teeth can be lost for a number of reasons, including cavities, periodontal disease or trauma.
If you are missing your natural teeth, we may recommend dental implants to replace the roots of some of the missing teeth. An implant-retained restoration will be created and placed on the dental implants to rebuild your teeth in a beautiful and natural looking manner.
The implant dentist at the practice is Dr Bal Sekhon BDS (Manchester) MJDF (Royal College of Surgeons) MSc (UCLan). He has received implant training at the highest possible level with a distinction received at Masters Degree Level in dental implantology. In addition to this he has been training by highly esteemed surgeons Professor Cemal Ucer and Robert Dyas. Dr Bal is currently working on the implant team at two dental practices and unlike most practices his training allows him to carry out all aspects of the work involved.
Dr Bal will guide you through the entire process to ensure the best possible result is achieved and that you are involved throughout.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a titanium medical device which is placed into the jawbone. Implants can be used to support individual crowns, bridges or dentures if more than one tooth is missing.
Are implants safe? How long will they last?
Implants are a well-established, tried-and-tested treatment with many procedures carried out worldwide. The implants can last a life-time if they are maintained correctly.
I have some of my own teeth. Can I still have implants?
Yes. You can have any number of teeth replaced with implants, from one single tooth to a complete set.
Can implants always be used to replace missing teeth?
It depends on the state of the bone in your jaw. Your dentist will arrange for a number of special tests to assess the amount of bone still there. If there is not enough, or if it isn’t healthy enough, it may not be possible to place implants without grafting bone into the area first.
Do implants hurt?
Implants are usually placed with local anaesthetic or with sedation. You will not feel any pain at the time, but you may feel some discomfort during the week following the surgery. This is usually due to having stitches in place, and the normal healing process.
Can I have the new teeth straight away?
Unfortunately it is not wise to push the healing boundaries. The implants need to bond (integrate) with the bone after they have been placed. This takes at least 3 months. If you are having one, two or three teeth replaced, you will have a temporary restoration in the meantime. If you have complete dentures, then you can wear them throughout the healing period once they have been adjusted after the surgery.
How long does treatment take?
It takes about 4-5 months from the initial assessment to the time when the artificial teeth or dentures are finally attached to the implants.
A lot depends on how complicated your treatment is. Your dentist will be able to give you a timetable once the surgery has been done.
Are the teeth difficult to clean?
Cleaning around the teeth attached to the implants is no more difficult than cleaning natural teeth. However, there may be areas that give you problems and you’ll be shown methods to help.
If I had gum disease when I had my own teeth, will I get it with the teeth attached to the implants?
Implants can develop problems if not looked after well as can normal teeth. There are some risk factors that may affect the success of dental implants which the dentist will discuss with you if applicable.
Can I take the teeth out if they are fixed to implants?
Most artificial teeth attached to implants can only be placed and removed by the dentist. However, if you have complete dentures fixed to the implants by bars, then you’ll be able to take them out for cleaning.
Do the implants show?
Your dentist will make sure that the implants won’t show during all normal movements of the mouth and lips.
Do I have an implant for each missing tooth?
No, unless you’re only having a single tooth replaced. Normally, five or six implants are used to replace all the teeth in one jaw.
What happens if the implant does not bond (integrate) with the bone?
This happens very rarely. If the implant becomes loose during the healing period or just after, then it is easily removed and healing takes place in the normal way. Once the jaw has healed, another implant can be placed there. Or, the dentist can make a bridge, using the implanted false teeth that have taken.
Do implants require special care?
Dental implants are not ‘fit and forget’ and they will require the same special attention to cleaning as natural teeth to prevent the onset on gum disease. The dentist may recommend a cleaning and maintenance programme to ensure that your implants and teeth remain healthy.