Dental Implants at Parkhill Health Care
Mr Wesam Aleid is our resident Implantologist. In previous dental posts he was a consultant in oral and maxillo-facial surgery and dental implantology at Lincoln County Hospital where he carried out many dental implant cases. You can read more about his dental qualifications and what other specialities he covers on his bio .
At Parkhill Health Care Medical & Dental Surgery, we use Straumann implants, the world leader in implant products. With the vast experience and expertise of our team we can also restore any other implant systems upon request.
A CROWN, BRIDGE OR ENTIRE SET OF TEETH CAN BE ATTACHED TO THE IMPLANTS. THE RESULT IS A FULL SET OF TEETH THAT LOOK AND FEEL JUST LIKE YOUR NATURAL TEETH.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial root, anchored into your jawbone, supporting a fixed tooth replacement. Because they are biocompatible, they stimulate the fusion to the bone needed to create a permanent tooth replacement. Benefits of dental implants include:
- Natural-looking tooth restoration – Dental implants feel, look and function just like natural teeth. You’ll be able to eat and chew like you used to, and once again have a beautiful smile.
- Biocompatible materials – Implants are usually made of titanium, and crowns and bridges of porcelain. Comfortable and highly successful when professionally placed, they will not compromise your healthy teeth.
- Dental implants can be used in many complex situations – If the surrounding teeth cannot support a bridge, a freestanding implant is still an option. If the amount of bone is not enough for a foundation, it can be grafted.
- A long-lasting solution – Contemporary clinical research shows excellent clinical outcomes for implant-borne restorations if maintained with good oral hygiene and regular reviews.
How do Dental Implants Work?
Because implants fuse to your jawbone, they provide stable support for artificial teeth. Dentures and bridges mounted to implants won’t slip or shift in your mouth — an especially important benefit when eating and speaking. This secure fit helps the dentures and bridges — as well as individual crowns placed over implants – feel more natural than conventional bridges or dentures.
For some people, ordinary bridges and dentures are simply not comfortable or even possible, due to sore spots, poor ridges or gagging. In addition, ordinary bridges must be attached to teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth. An advantage of implants is that no adjacent teeth need to be prepared or ground down to hold your new replacement tooth/teeth in place.
To receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. You must also commit to keeping these structures healthy. Meticulous oral hygiene and regular dental visits are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.
Implants are usually more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, and most insurance carriers typically cover less than 10 percent of the fees.
The American Dental Association considers two types of implants to be safe.
Endosteal implants — these are surgically implanted directly into the jawbone. Once the surrounding gum tissue has healed, a second surgery is needed to connect a post to the original implant. Finally, an artificial tooth (or teeth) is attached to the post-individually, or grouped on a bridge or denture.
Subperiosteal implants — these consist of a metal frame that is fitted onto the jawbone just below the gum tissue. As the gums heal, the frame becomes fixed to the jawbone. Posts, which are attached to the frame, protrude through the gums. As with endosteal implants, artificial teeth are then mounted to the posts.
What are some examples of Dental Implants?
SINGLE TOOTH IMPLANT
If you are missing one tooth, a dental implant will serve as a strong foundation for a dental crown. This crown is matched to the shade and shape of your other natural teeth, and will not affect the surrounding healthy teeth. Best of all, no one will be able to tell the difference!
MULTIPLE DENTAL IMPLANTS
If you have multiple missing teeth, we can attach a bridge to implants on either side of your missing teeth. This means that you do not need one dental implant per each missing tooth. This will reduce the risk of further loss of natural bone, and provide a beautiful, seamless and functional result.
FULL ARCH IMPLANTS
To replace all your teeth, dentures or bridges can be attached to the implants. A full arch implant-supported bridge leaves the gums free and does not cover your palate, so food tastes like it should and your teeth function like they used to. Imagine being able to eat, talk and laugh again without worrying! That’s the life-changing impact of dental implant technology.
If you would like to know more about dental implants, please give us a call for a consultation with Mr Wesam Aleid. He will discuss all available options, helping you make a choice that benefits your smile and oral health.