What are Dental Implants?
If you have missing teeth, The Dental Surgery Burnham in Burnham Village is extremely well qualified to bring back your smile and the functionality that only a full set of teeth can give you.
Missing teeth create problems with biting and chewing, even speaking, and if the gap is near the front you are likely to be embarrassed as well. We never underestimate the issues of self-esteem as they relate to the smile.
There are hidden problems too. When you lose one or more teeth, your jawbone and surrounding tissues start to "resorb" or shrink. This is why the faces of edentulous people – people with missing teeth, including those with full dentures – often have that sunken look. Ideally, we will place an implant immediately after the original tooth is lost, before any resorption, but this is not vital. There is a tendency, too, for the teeth each side of the gap to gradually collapse into that gap, affecting your bite and your appearance.
Thanks to modern dental technology and expert skills, we at The Dental Surgery Burnham can solve these problems with dental implants, which are titanium metal screws placed permanently in the jaw, on top of which we attach a false tooth. Alternatively we may place a fixed "bridge". In a case involving one missing tooth, a single bridge is made up of a false tooth supported each side by crowns that are attached to the adjacent teeth. This is an effective treatment but comes at the cost of a significant amount of healthy tooth that must be cut away to make room for the crowns.
Implant dentistry is a major focus at The Dental Surgery Burnham, with several of our doctors highly qualified and experienced in the procedures involved. Our dental team is constantly seeking more knowledge in implantology and, with implant quality critical to the quality of the treatment, we use only the most trusted brands.
- Assessment - We assess the state of your jawbone and gum where the tooth was lost. Depending on the state of the jaw we sometimes need to prepare the site by doing a bone graft or sinus lift, which will build up the jawbone where the implant will go. As soon as you are ready, and assuming yours is a suitable case for an implant, we make an appointment to place the implant.
- Implant placement - The titanium implant is placed in the jawbone and left for three to six months. During this time new bone grows around the implant, securing it in a process called osseointegration.
- Abutment and crown placement - A connecting piece called an abutment is screwed into the implant and a false tooth that has been made to exactly fit and match your other teeth is placed on top. The quality of these restorations is such that you can easily forget which tooth is the false one!
- Caring for your implant - Our hygienists will show you how best to care for your implant. There is nothing complicated but it is important that you maintain a healthy mouth because, as with any other tooth, you do not want to create problems that may threaten the implant's stability.
Implants can be used to replace several or even all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw, a procedure known as a full-arch rehabilitation. This type of procedure, which is much superior to dentures, can achieve dramatic results for your facial aesthetics and your general wellbeing. Not only will you have a completely natural-looking set of new teeth, but you will also enjoy the advantages of having them permanently attached: comfort, stability, easier chewing and biting, and easier cleaning.
Ill-fitting dentures can be a curse, making eating and even speaking difficult, and if you don't know when they are going to come loose, this can affect your confidence. Many people are now getting implants to stabilise their dentures, bringing back that confident smile.
Denture stabilisation is much like a normal dental implant process, beginning with the placement of implants in your jawbone and allowing time for the bone and the implants to integrate. Once that has happened, we use special fixtures to attach your denture to the implants.
The benefits of denture stabilisation using implants are:
- You can eat, chew and bite without your dentures falling out
- You'll no longer have to stick to a soft-food diet
- You can still take the dentures out to clean them but you don't need to take them out at night
- You can smile in the confidence that your dentures are secure and natural-looking
- And all of these improvements are for life
The Dental Surgery Burnham is handy to Buckinghamshire, Maidenhead, Reading, Windsor and Beaconsfield, but wherever you are, we would be happy to see you and advise you if you are thinking about implants or denture stabilisation. Phone us on 01628 664614 or send an email via this website and we will reply.
If you are visiting us for the first time, The Dental Surgery Burnham is at 43-45 High St, and there is plenty of parking at the nearby village car park.Back to Treatments