Dental implants are one of the most innovative dental treatments currently available and we are proud to offer this revolutionary treatment here at Hughes & Owen. Created to provide a long-lasting tooth replacement option, dental implants can be used to completely restore a smile, or simply provide an effective and durable base for a replacement tooth.
Dental implants can be used to support one tooth or entire arches of teeth depending on what you need. The implant itself is made from titanium and is designed to replace a tooth root, providing a sturdy base for a replacement tooth above the gum line.
The very first step to a new implant is a thorough consultation process where we will answer any questions you may have about the treatment, and assess your suitability. It is a treatment that is dependent on a successful healing process and so it is important to check that your current oral health and lifestyle provides the best chance of the implants working well.
If you are suitable for the treatment we will provide you with a transparent treatment plan explaining the time and costs involved. Moving forwards, we then book you in with a highly-experienced, local implant dentist where the titanium rod will be placed into your jaw alongside your natural teeth. Following this procedure your implant will need to bond to your jawbone which typically takes three to four months. The final stage of the process, the restoration, is then provided in-house by Dr Mark Watson.
The process of the titanium implants bonding to your jawbone is called osseointegration. To encourage this healing process, we recommend abstaining from habits such as smoking and excessive drinking, as well as taking part in light exercise and leading a healthy lifestyle. The healthier you are, the quicker and more effectively your body will heal, giving your implants the best possible chance of bonding with your jawbone well.
Life with dental implants brings many benefits including:
Dental implants are extremely advanced, modern dental treatments and they can provide you with a lifetime of strong, sturdy and beautiful teeth.
Do you have gaps in your teeth or are tired of trying to cope with ill-fitting dentures? Please contact the implant team at Hughes and Owen to see how we can help.
A dental implant is an advanced piece of technology which provides a long-term, effective solution to tooth loss. The implants work by replacing the tooth root with a small titanium rod which forms a very strong bond with the jawbone during the first few months of placement. Once they have successfully healed, the restoration process proceeds, with one of our experienced dentists, Dr Mark Watson, completing your treatment. Dental implants are very versatile and can be used to replace one tooth or multiple teeth, depending on your needs.
Implants can be used to replace a single tooth and are particularly useful if you don't want the fuss of dealing with a denture. Unlike implants, dentures don't prevent the jawbone degrading in the area where the tooth has been lost which can lead to movement of adjacent teeth and even changes in the shape of your face.
Bridges are another potential alternative to single tooth implants but they also don’t prevent jawbone degradation. Additionally, they require the surrounding healthy teeth to be prepared for the crowns which support the bridge.
In comparison, dental implants for single tooth replacement are straightforward, effective and long-lasting and whilst there are a few months of inconvenience initially, are generally considered to be the best method for replacing lost teeth.
Implants can be used to replace multiple teeth, improving the use, structure and appearance
of the mouth. Whether the teeth at the back or the front of the mouth are missing, they all have an important part to play in overall oral function of the mouth and it only takes one missing tooth to cause all kinds of problems.
Every single tooth lost creates extra pressure on the remaining teeth when doing the job of grinding our food. Each lost tooth also means a lost tooth root which causes issues with the structure of the jaw as mentioned earlier.
Dental implants are a great option here because they provide a sturdy base to support multiple replacement teeth above the gum line. Depending on your individual circumstances, two or more implants may be able to support several teeth at the same time, but we will always ensure to use as few implants as possible to keep the procedure as efficient and cost-effective as we can.
Dental implants can also be used as an excellent alternative to full arch dentures, requiring little to no maintenance, and lasting for many years, if not a lifetime. With full arch replacement your implant dentist will look to use as few implants as possible to support a full arch of permanent new teeth. How many implants you need depends on your individual circumstances but it is often four – a process known as “all on 4”, or possibly 5 or 6.
Implants can also be used to support and stabilise dentures and be used in conjunction with other restorative or cosmetic dentistry treatments to create full smile makeovers.
If you live in the Burton or Swadlincote areas and you are tired of dealing with missing teeth or uncomfortable dentures, please call in to see how Hughes and Owen can help.