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Dental Implants

What Are Dental Implants?

At Lyme Bay Dentristy in Dorset, dental implants are one of the most popular and effective restorative treatments available. If you’re looking for an alternative and more permanent solution to false dentures, we can help. If you would like to arrange a consultation with one of our implant clinicians, please click here.

For many people, dental implants are the answer to low self-esteem as well as a solution to related health problems.

What Are the Benefits of Implants?

An advanced method of dental treatment, implants combine long-term health benefits with natural, aesthetic improvements to your teeth. More specific benefits include:

  • Implants are unobtrusive. They look and feel like natural teeth and roots.
  • As they are made of titanium which is biocompatible, your body will not reject them.
  • Implants help preserve your jawbone, preventing further loss of teeth in the future.
  • Implant treatment is NOT a long procedure.
  • As implants are secured into your bone, they are comfortable and feel like a normal, non-synthetic part of your mouth, so unwanted side effects and difficulty chewing and speaking are not a problem.
  • Implants can be maintained in the same way as normal teeth are. You can look after your implants by brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing regularly to prevent the build up of bacteria and plaque.

Choosing Your Clinician

It’s important to choose the right dentist when you’re thinking about having dental implants, as it is a procedure requiring several years of study and training.

At Lyme Bay we take our patients’ health and safety very seriously – we only use implants from the world’s most prestigious manufacturers.

Which Solution Suits Me?

Our dentists here at Lyme Bay will be able to find you a replacement solution whether you have one tooth or several teeth missing. We know that every patients needs are different which is why bespoke treatment is paramount.

A Single Tooth Missing

Many patients believe that if their missing tooth is not at the front of their smile, then their smile is not affected – this is a common myth. Missing teeth can affect your overall health and can lead to the loss of other teeth and whether they are visible or not does not contribute to how good/bad the effects on your health are.

It is widely considered that the best solution to a missing tooth is a dental implant. Dental crowns are placed over the implant and your dentist will ensure that the crown matches the shape and natural colouring of your other teeth.

Several Teeth Missing  

When you have more than a single missing tooth, a dental bridge supported by implants may be the right treatment for you.

As with all tooth implants, dental bridges are durable and maintain the health of surrounding teeth. They have total semblance to your natural teeth and function in exactly the same way.

All Teeth Missing

Losing all of your teeth can have serious implications on your self-esteem and your health. Traditional dentures are not always the way forward as they can be painful and intrusive.

A fixed prosthesis or the ‘All-On-4’ solution is widely considered as the best option, as this minimises the disadvantages that often arise from having traditional dentures such as problems with eating, chewing and speech.

Fixed prosthesis/’smile in a day’

This innovative and straightforward restorative solution can replace missing teeth in a single day. Smile in a day is a treatment that can provide patients with a full set of new teeth on a single bridge.

What does the treatment involve? 

Your dentist will drill holes (matching the size of the implants) into the bone. When these are in place, your custom-made bridge is attached. Following this, your new teeth are ready. They will feel natural and be able to do everything that real teeth can do.

The benefits

  • The  procedure can be performed in one day.
  • The implants look and feel like normal teeth.
  • They can be maintained in the same way that normal teeth can.

 The process

Phase 1 – Assessment

The assessment phase is a consultation with your Lyme Bay implant clinician, who will evaluate your requirements and address your questions as well as which techniques best suit you.

Phase 2 – Surgical

Your dentist will place your implant into your jawbone whilst you are under local anaesthetic, though you will also be given the choice of intravenous sedation. Placement takes between forty-five minutes and three hours.

Immediate loading will be performed during this phase if the implant is ready for placement of the crown – if the implant needs further time to fuse with the bone then this will be delayed, which can take between six weeks and six months.

Phase 3 – Restoration

If you required delayed loading, you will need to visit us again once the implant has fused. You will then have a crown placed on the implant.

Is it important to replace missing teeth?

Many people think about the aesthetic value above all else when it comes to missing teeth. However, the health repercussions that come from failing to replace missing teeth, can be far more severe and extend beyond your oral health in ways such as:

  1. If you have a missing tooth, the movement of your jaw becomes affected and can result in TMJ Dysfunction, seriously impairing your mouth’s movement and requires surgery.
  2. Your teeth could move into any available gaps between them – this makes you more susceptible to gum disease and tooth decay and in turn, further tooth loss.
  3. Bone loss – bone loss ages and shortens your face as well as causing more teeth to become loss and fall out overtime. Aesthetically, your features could begin to droop if this is left untreated.