A FULL DENTAL IMPLANT SERVICE
At Nantwich Smile Design we are extremely proud of our track record in successful dental implant treatment.
Our patients are discovering that implants not only feel secure and stable, allowing them to speak clearly and eat easily, but they look totally natural.
Anterior Single Tooth Replacement
The Full Effect
* Images Courtesy of University of Florida, Center for Implant Dentistry
The benefits of dental implants over more traditional solutions to the problem of missing teeth are clear:
- Maintains the integrity of facial structures by preserving the bone
- No need to grind down healthy teeth for a bridge
- Eliminates the pain of ill fitting partials and dentures
- Stable replacement teeth for eating and smiling with confidence
- Closest replacement possible to natural teeth
Our team have many years experience with all implant requirements and will happily answer any questions you have.
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THE CONSEQUENCES OF TOOTH LOSS
Throughout the course of life, teeth are lost for many reasons, including cavities, gum disease, cracked roots and accidents. When a tooth is lost, the bone that previously surrounded the tooth root deteriorates or melts away. This process is similar to the muscle atrophy that occurs from lack of use. Missing teeth can compromise your eating habits, speech and appearance.
Tooth loss in the front of your mouth can result in a visible defect in the bone that is difficult to camouflage, affecting the appearance of your smile, and your self confidence. Missing teeth in the back of your mouth lead to collapse of your bite, affecting the appearance of your face, your ability to eat, and the health of the remaining teeth. Complete loss results in facial structure collapse as the jaw(s) deteriorate over time.
THE DISADVANTAGES OF TRADITIONAL TREATMENT OPTIONS
Ideally, tooth replacement should preserve the integrity of your facial structures and replicate your natural teeth as closely as possible both in function and appearance. Unfortunately, traditional methods of tooth replacement such as bridges, partials and dentures do not preserve the bone.
In order to replace a missing tooth with a fixed bridge, it is necessary to grind down the adjacent teeth to fit the bridge in place. The space created by the missing tooth is filled with a bridge of three fused crowns which are cemented onto the teeth that have been ground down. In addition to the damage to the adjacent teeth, the bone deteriorated since the missing tooth is not replaced.
Removable partials and dentures actually accelerate bone resorbtion, or deterioration. The result is often a poor fitting partial plate or denture that significantly impairs the quality of life. In extreme cases, people who wear dentures will choose to avoid social contact, have unhealthy diets, suffer from constant ‘denture sores’ and sometimes experience depression. In addition, certain anatomical problems do not allow bridges, partial plates and dentures to be made to replace missing teeth.
A ‘NATURAL’ REPLACEMENT
Today, the preferred method of tooth replacement is dental implant treatment. Dental implants replace missing tooth roots, and form a stable foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like your natural teeth. Dental implants also preserve the remaining bone by providing the stimulation previously provided by the natural roots.
There are numerous advantages of dental implant treatment over other treatment options. It is not necessary to grind down the adjacent teeth for a bridge, or secure a partial denture to adjacent teeth with clasps which can cause tooth loosening. Implant-supported replacement teeth spare patients many of the disadvantages of traditional false teeth.
HOW DOES A DENTAL IMPLANT WORK?
Implants are made up of three components:
- The anchor which is implanted into your jawbone
- The post which is used to attach the replacement tooth
- The replacement tooth itself
The first step in the treatment sequence is placing the implant in the jaw using a gentle surgical procedure. The bone forms a strong bond to the implant after just 6-12 weeks, providing a solid foundation for attaching a replacement tooth (crown).
Following this brief period of time during which the bone is remodeling around the implant, fabrication of the replacement tooth can begin. This process involved a few appointments for attaching an abutment or post to the implant, taking impressions of your teeth, and checking for proper fit and colour of the crown.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Modern techniques have made it possible for nearly everyone who is missing teeth to qualify as a candidate for implant treatment. The determining factors are a sufficient amount of quality bone, good oral hygiene and generally good health.
Prior to implant placement, the remaining teeth and gums need to be healthy. Conscientious oral hygiene and regular check-ups with your dentist are also important for long-term success. In patients who have already lost significant amounts of bone, simple and predictable techniques are now available to accomplish bone regeneration prior to implant placement.
WHAT IS THE COST OF IMPLANT TREATMENT?
Since the individual needs of each patient are different, it is necessary to formulate a treatment plan before the actual cost of treatment can be determined. Many factors are involved in this process, including the number of implants needed, the type of replacement teeth desired and possible procedures necessary to enhance the final aesthetic and functional results. Once the treatment plan is determined, a fee is estimated taking these factors into consideration.
AN ELEGANT METHOD
Several million patients world-wide can already testify to the benefits of tooth replacement with dental implants. Implant treatment is recognised as a proven alternative to traditional methods of tooth replacement due to the inherent disadvantages of bridges, partials and dentures. Nantwich Smile Design consider implant treatment to be the preferred method of tooth replacement. For more information, or to arrange for a consultation, please contact us.
Dental Implants £1950 per tooth