Dingle Dental Practice
Dr. Bryan G. Long B.A. B.Dent.Sc.(T.C.D.)
A Smile for all the Family
Dental Implants & Tooth Implants
Dental implants, or tooth implants, are usually the best way to replace your missing teeth. You can rest assured as they have now been trusted for a generation to provide a safe and comfortable solution for the problem of failing teeth. Thousands of people, just like you, have benefited from the comfort that dental implants can bring.
If you need a single tooth or multiple teeth replaced, or want more secure dentures, there is simply no better way.
How do dental implants work?
This video showcases what a dental implant is and how they work. We take a look at the procedure to place dental implants from start to finish.
Advantages of Dental Implants
- Improved appearance: Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth.
- Improved comfort: Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
- Easier eating: Ill-fitting dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence.
- Improved self-esteem: Dental implants can give you back your smile and new lease of life.
- Improved oral health: Dental implants don't require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
- Durability: Implants are very durable and with proper care can last a lifetime.
- Convenience: Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.
Problems Solved By Dental Implants
- Loose Teeth: If you are suffering from wobbly or loose teeth then dental implants may be the right solution, Unlike loose teeth dental implants are anchored securely into the jawbone. That means they can feel very strong and give you great confidence in your chewing and your smile.
- Poor Appearance: If your teeth are unsightly and in the wrong place then implants may be the right solution. Sometimes orthodontics or veneers can solve the problem but in severe cases implants can help.
- Failing Root Canal Treatments: Unfortunately root canals don’t always work. If a tooth has been very badly infected it can be almost impossible to fully sterilise it.
- Fractured Teeth: If a tooth has a crack below the gum-line or through the middle of the tooth then a dental implant could be the way to go.
- Failing Bridges: If you have a dental bridge in your mouth which is coming loose or where the tooth is decayed then implants may be the right way to get a long term solution.
- Loose Dentures: A denture that moves around can be extremely uncomfortable and damage your quality of life. Dental implants can either completely replace a denture with fixed teeth or they can make loose dentures more secure.
- Missing Teeth: If you are missing teeth then dental implants are usually the ideal way to replace them. They are the most tooth-like method of tooth replacement.
- Bone loss Prevention: Unlike other options dental implants actually stimulate the jawbone like real teeth do. That means they can help prevent bone loss in the jaws and sometimes even grow it back or increase bone density.
- Prevent Premature Ageing: When bone loss in the jaws occurs then facial collapse isn’t hard behind. Implants help keep the bone and the face in the right place.
Are dental implants suitable for me?
There are several different types of implants designed for different types of situations. However, for an implant procedure to work there must be enough bone in the jaw and the bone must be strong enough to both hold and support the implant. If there is not enough bone we can stimulate and grow the bone in a procedure called bone regeneration.
We have a wide range of implants and can cater for patients with many different requirements. Even if you have been previously told you are unsuitable for implants, due to bone loss for example, there are a multitude of options available to you.
Following an assessment we can discuss what is suitable for your needs.