Implants and Dentures
Do you have missing teeth due to disease or an accident?
Although it is not always necessary to replace missing teeth, it is often done for appearance reasons or because of problems with speech or eating.
There are a number of ways to replace teeth and these include dentures, bridges, and implants.
The dental implant has gained considerable acceptance as the gold standard choice. For many patients, dental implants can be an effective way of filling those gaps, giving you back a natural looking smile that you’ll want to show off.
At last you can smile with confidence and eat the foods you enjoy.
Do you find it difficult to eat a juicy steak or bite into an apple?
Are you embarrassed to smile, or do you lack confidence because of missing teeth?
Are your dentures loose and do you worry about them moving?
The good news is that we can help.
At Synergy Dental & Implant Centre, we can offer a fixed solution with dental implants from one of the world’s bestselling dental implant companies.
An implant is the closest thing to a natural tooth and has many advantages. Regain your confidence with the smile you have always dreamed of, eat your favourite foods without pain or discomfort and enjoy life to the fullest.
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are a fixed solution that feel and function like normal teeth, they don’t move which means that you can eat and smile with confidence. The implant itself is a small but strong post that takes the place of a missing tooth root by being placed into the jawbone. A dental crown is then placed on the top of that root.
Dental implants are made from surgical titanium (as used for artificial joints) and are considered to be the most secure and reliable teeth replacement solution available today. One implant can replace a single missing tooth, two implants can secure a loose denture, or multiple implants can be used to replace all the teeth in the mouth. In short, they are the nearest thing to having your natural teeth back again.
How dental implants work
The process of inserting an implant sounds daunting, but this minor surgical procedure is carried out at the surgery using local anaesthetic, we can also use a gentle sedative to make the patient feel comfortable and relaxed.
The implant is left for between three and six months to allow it to settle and for the bone to grow around the implant before it is used to support false teeth or crowns, the body accepts titanium and treats it like natural bone. When your implants have firmly integrated, permanent replacement teeth are attached on top. These will look and function much like natural teeth and, with proper care, will last upwards of 25 years.
Most adults are suitable for dental implants, and the success rate for treatment is extremely high. Age is not an important factor, although implants are not generally recommended for growing individuals. Smoking has also been conclusively shown to reduce success. An excellent standard of oral hygiene is also necessary for long-term success.
If you want to find out whether implants are for you, contact the Synergy Dental & Implant Centre for a free consultation with one of our Client Care Coordinators.
Benefits of dental implants
A dental implant is the only fixed way to replace a missing tooth. Traditional bridges often need to be replaced and do not provide as much stability as a crown secured by a dental implant. Implants are the closest option to natural teeth, unrivalled for appearance or function.
Traditional bridges require your adjacent teeth to be strong enough to support them. If your teeth are weak or you have large fillings, it may be difficult to place this type of bridge securely. A dental implant is anchored in the jaw bone and it provides very firm support without relying on your surrounding teeth.
Replace loose fitting dentures
Maintain bone structure after tooth loss
Improve the appearance of your smile
Boost your confidence
Function and feel just like natural teeth
Improve chewing and speaking
Prevent bone loss
Long term solution
High success rate
Dental implants will enable you to enjoy your life, and appreciate the pleasure in eating your favourite foods once again.
Choosing to have implants fitted at Synergy Dental & Implant Centre means you are choosing to have the best. Our dentists are leaders in their fields, with many successful implant cases behind them.
Dentures may be used to replace one or all teeth, except the very back molars because to do so would make wearing the dentures more difficult.
Dentures that replace a few teeth are called partial dentures while those replacing all the teeth are called complete dentures. Complete dentures stay in place by suction and muscular control. When complete dentures are worn for the first time many people may find them strange and difficult to control. However, with guidance from a dental professional, within a short time control is usually acquired.
Partial dentures are made of acrylic or metal and acrylic. Sometimes they incorporate wires which are attached to remaining teeth to help to keep the dentures in place.
Partial dentures made of metal are more easily designed to rest on the remaining teeth. This is healthier than covering the gums. Metal is stronger than acrylic and is therefore thinner and often more comfortable to wear, however it is much more difficult to add additional teeth to a metal denture if more teeth are lost.
It is most important that dentures and the remaining natural teeth are kept very clean to prevent the damaging effect of plaque.
If you have lost all of your natural teeth, you may be struggling with unsecured dentures. While dentures are a great way to replace your missing teeth, traditional dentures do not address other common problems associated with tooth loss, including bone loss and shrinking gums, which can cause your dentures to become loose and uncomfortable.
What is denture stabilisation?
Denture stabilisation uses dental implants to secure your dentures. You will still be able to remove them for cleaning, but there is no danger of them becoming loose and uncomfortable, or of them slipping out at an inopportune moment.
How many implants do I need?
The good news is that if you replace all your teeth with dental implants, you will not need as many implants as teeth. Our implant dentist will carefully plan your treatment and, after taking detailed x-rays, scans and impressions as necessary, will tell you how many implants you need.
For denture stabilisation, we commonly place four or six implants, which are carefully positioned so that they can withstand the forces created by biting and chewing. After a period of healing (usually a few months) your permanent dentures will be attached to your implants using special fixtures.
The implant process, step by step
Initial implant consultation, where our implant dentist will assess your suitability for treatment with dental implants.
X-rays, scans and impressions will be taken as needed, to aid in treatment planning.
Implants are placed here at the practice, under local anaesthetic or sedation.
Your implants are left to heal in a process called osseointegration, during which they form a firm bond with your bone.
When healing is complete, your permanent dentures are attached.
In some cases, it is possible to attach restorations at the same time as placing your implants. See our Same Day Smiles page for details.
Single Tooth Missing
At our Stoke-on-Trent dental practice we see patients who have lost a tooth for many reasons, including injury, accident and decay. Whatever the reason for losing a tooth, it can be very distressing and can affect your self-confidence. At Synergy Dental & Implant Centre we have several options for patients who have lost a tooth, and often recommend a dental implant – the only permanent tooth replacement option.
Multiple Teeth Missing
Dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth. They are the only permanent tooth replacement solution, and as well as addressing the problem of gaps in your mouth can help to prevent the bone loss and gum recession that is common in patients who have lost teeth.
At Synergy Dental & Implant Centre in Stoke-on-Trent, our implant dentists can replace one, several or all your missing teeth using dental implants. For multiple missing teeth we offer two options: implant-secured bridges or multiple single implants with crowns.