Each missing tooth does not necessarily require an individual implant to replace it. Often a more stable and cost-effective approach is to place an implant at either end of the 'tooth gap' and bridge across the implants with a dental bridge. The chewing function is then restored with a minimum number of implants.
Traditional bridge treatments require your dentists to file down the neighbouring healthy teeth, in order to attach the bridge in place. Dental implant technology alleviates the need to damage these healthy teeth, instead anchoring your bridge to implants, bonded with your jaw.
The implant itself is a titanium screw placed into the jaw, to replace an original root. It’s a straightforward process which can be completed under local anaesthetic. The implant will need three to six months to heal and bond with your jaw bone to provide a solid support for your replacement tooth.
Temporary replacement teeth are usually fitted at the same time as your implant placement, which will stay in place until the final restoration appointment at Hughes & Owen Dental Care.
Once your jaw has healed, an abutment will be fixed to the implant to hold your replacement teeth (crown or bridge) in place. Abutments are produced in titanium, gold or porcelain, and can come as a standard fit or crafted specifically for you. These options offer a range of aesthetics results, depending on your requirements.
Crowns or a dental bridge are then fitted on top, to replace your missing teeth. Your dentist will carefully match the colour of your crown to your natural teeth.
An implant is a great choice for a single missing tooth, whether it’s visible or not, and the results can be life-changing. A single implant provides the foundation for a crown, which will be created at Hughes & Owen Dental Care to match your teeth exactly.
Dentures can be uncomfortable, irritating and embarrassing. With advances in Implant Dentistry, Hughes & Owen Dental Care now have many innovative techniques for either denture stabilisation or completely replacing the need to wear a denture.
As with natural teeth, good oral hygiene is important for preventing gum disease and prolonging the life of your implants. You do not need to remove the teeth fitted to your implants, but clean them as you would your natural teeth. A high standard of daily care, along with regular check-ups with your local Hughes & Owen Dental Care dentist and hygienist, will help to ensure your mouth stays healthy and your implants last as long as possible.
Contact Hughes & Owen Dental Care today to find out more about dental implants in Burton on Trent and how they could work for you.
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