Implants mimic the appearance of natural teeth. If you’re missing one or more teeth the team at Preston Smiles are happy to discuss your options and identify whether you’re a suitable candidate.
Dental implants have developed into a structured and well-researched procedure and considered the gold standard of care for many oral conditions. Dental implants are medical grade titanium devices placed into the jawbone to mimic the position of the tooth root. They are fixed into place, and are often given a period of time to heal and naturally integrate with the bone. This process is called osseointegration.
Implants can be used as a single tooth replacement or planned as multiple implants to replace a partial or full complement of artificial teeth. Once implants are integrated into your jawbone, they provide a solid anchor for your artificial teeth with replacement teeth at look, feel and function like natural teeth. They overcome common obstacles to conventional treatment such as sore spots, poor ridges, gag reflexes or missing teeth.
To receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant.
Are implants safe?
Natural teeth can be lost due to many reasons, but there is no reason to live without teeth. Dental implants provide a completely safe way of replacing a number of missing teeth, or all your teeth if necessary. As with any surgical procedure there are some risks, however the expertise at Preston Smiles can help in reducing unnecessary risk.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants can last a lifetime, but depends on well they are maintained and taken care of. A patient’s lifestyle and dental hygiene can affect the longevity of a tooth implant, so it’s important to discuss these factors with us.
How should I care for my dental implants?
Meticulous oral hygiene and regular dental visits are critical to the long-term success of dental implants. Within the first year after getting dental implants, it’s recommended that you regularly see your dentist to ensure no problems develop. If a tooth implant starts to feel loose or it’s affecting your bite, you should arrange to see us as soon as possible.
With recent advances in technology, Preston Smiles offers implant placement through flapless or ‘keyhole’ surgery. By using in-house scanning solution, we can virtually plan the entire procedure and use a custom stent. This means often no scalpel and no stitches allowing for quicker recovery and far less pain compared to traditional means.
Call to book today, we can also discuss various pain management solutions available such as relative analgesia or sleep dentistry.
The All-On-4® Procedure
The All-On-4® procedure was created by Dr Paulo Malo in Portugal, to overcome the risks of failure presented by implants that required bone grafting. The All-On-4 procedure is unique in that it uses the bone that the patient has available to anchor the implants. By avoiding the need for bone grafting, the procedure delivers some immediate benefits:
- Improved implant success rate.
- Lower cost to patient.
- Reduced number of operations.
- Immediate teeth