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Dental Implants

Dental implants provide ideal solutions for missing teeth and can significantly improve the quality of life of a person who has previously suffered from missing teeth problems. Dental implants by Acorn Dental Care can bring back the bright smiles to the faces of people with missing teeth – so they can enjoy their lives, even after suffering from missing teeth.

What are Dental Implants?

  • Dental implants are artificial tooth roots embedded directly into a person’s jaw bone
  • The implants will then be used to replace both the form and the function of teeth that have gone missing.
  • Once the dental implant has been placed successfully onto a patient’s jaw, it will then serve as a firm anchor where teeth restorations (such as dental crowns or dental bridges) will be attached.
 
 
 

Video: Dental Implant Placement

 

 

 

 

 Benefit of Dental Implants

Improved Appearance – Missing teeth will make a smile look incomplete with unsightly gaps. Tooth loss can also cause facial muscles (especially those around the lips/mouth, and cheeks areas) to take on a sagging appearance, since the presence of teeth provides support for these muscles. Dental Implants can make a smile look complete, eliminating unattractive gaps caused by tooth loss. The dentures also provide much-needed support for facial muscles to avoid sagging muscles that can make a person look a lot older than he/she actually is.

Confidence Boosting – Missing teeth can make a person feel self-conscious, and can make even the simplest acts of speaking or smiling very challenging to undertake – especially in the presence of other people. Dental Implants replace the form and function of natural teeth that have been lost, and can make a person feel confident once more to enjoy normal, daily activities.

Improved Chewing/Eating – It is very hard to eat or chew without teeth, or even with just several missing teeth. Dental Implants fill out the space left by missing teeth, and replace the function of natural teeth so that a person can go back to the pleasure of eating or chewing food – without any difficulties.

Improved Speech – Missing teeth can cause a person to have trouble speaking in a clear way. Dental Implants  make it easier for a person to speak/talk in a normal way, which can be difficult to manage with several or all teeth missing.

The Nobel Biocare Dental Implant Intro Video

Patient Stories: People who Have had Nobel Biocare Impants
(Now Available at Acorn Dental Care in Slough Berkshire UK)

Video: Full Lower Implants

  • A number of implants may be used to secure a lower denture.
  • A hole is made in the jaw bone for each Implant.
  • The Implant is placed and a healing cap fitted.
  • The gum is replaced while the bone recovers.
  • Access to the Implant is made and the second part of the Implant is attached.
  • Tiny magnets in the denture then keep it securely in place.
 

 

Dental Implants Related Treatments

Bone Grafting

A surgical procedure used in dentistry, with the goal of augmenting (or adding to) the patient’s existing (and insufficient) jaw bone mass. A bone grafting procedure will be necessary in cases when traditional dental implants cannot be successfully placed, due to insufficient bone mass.

Video: Bone Grafting

  • After a long period after a tooth has been lost the bone often shrinks away and becomes too thin to place an implant.
  • New bone can be ‘harvested’ from various places shaped and secured underneath the gum.
  • A healing period of several months will be necessary before an implant can be placed.

Sinus Grafting (Lift)

Also called sinus augmentation or sinus lift, sinus grafting is a dental surgical procedure that deals with the lifting of the sinus membrane upwards, creating enough space for a bone grafting procedure to be successfully done. Sinus grafting and bone grafting are surgical procedures that aim to augment insufficient jaw bone mass so that dental implants can be placed and properly supported.

Video: Sinus Lift

  • Sinuses are cavities inside the structure of our skull.
  • When we lose a tooth, the bone around the root area starts to recede.
  • This can lead to the sinus expanding into the tooth root area.
  • If you choose to have an Implant there may not be sufficient bone to support it.
  • Special material can be inserted to encourage bone re-growth and ‘lift’ the sinus.
  • Over time, the bone will re-grow providing enough bone to support the Implant.

 

Video: Dental Implnts with Bar (to Secure a Lower Denture)

  • A number of Implants may be used to secure a lower denture.
  • A hole is made in the jaw bone for each Implant.
  • The Implant is positioned and a Healing Cap applied.
  • The gum is replaced while the bone recovers.
  • Access to the Implant is made and the second part of the Implant is attached.
  • The bars are attached and tiny magnets in the denture then keep it securely in place.

Dental Implant Cleaning and Maintenance

 

Video: What are the Options for My Single Missing Tooth?

  • When a tooth is missing there are usually a number of solutions available.
  • You could have a false tooth made and fitted to a plate.
  • Alternatively a Bridge can be fitted to an adjacent tooth.
  • Or you could have an Implant which doesn’t affect the adjacent teeth.

Video: What are My Options for Multiple Missing Teeth (Lower Jaw)?

  • When a number of teeth are missing, there are various options available.
  • You may choose to have a denture.
  • But over time, your gums will recede and the denture may not fit as well.
  • You could choose to have Implants to secure the denture.
  • One way is a small number of Implants with a bar and magnets to hold the denture another is a small number of Implants to which the denture is secured or a greater number of Implants onto which a set of teeth and permanently fitted.

 

Video: Dental Implant Crown Options

  • Once an Implant has been placed an abutment is fitted to hold the Crown.
  • The abutment and the base of the crown may be metal.
  • However, in certain light, this can make the tooth look dull.
  • An alternative is for the abutment to be made of white material and the Crown made of solid porcelain.
  • This will give a more natural look to the tooth.

 Video: Immediate Placement of a Tooth Lost in Trauma or Sports Injury

  • When a tooth is lost through trauma replacing it immediately with an implant can be desirable.
  • The open socket readily receives the right kind of implant and improves the healing process and reduces the time before the implant can be fitted.

Video: Bone Expansion – After a Long Period After a Tooth has been Lost

  • After a long period after a tooth has been lost the bone often shrinks away and becomes too thin to place an implant.
  • One solution is to physically expand the bone, using special tools prior to the placement of the implant.