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Spring 2019Dental Implants
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a solution used to restore gaps in your smile, replacing anything from a single tooth to a full arch of teeth.
The implant replaces the tooth root and is attached to a dental crown, bridge or denture depending on your individual needs.
An implant is a titanium screw, which heals with your jaw bone over a period of months once placed.
Dental implants have been in use since the 1980s and have proved to be a very successful alternative to removable dentures, which can feel loose on eating and speaking, or dental bridges, which involve aggressive preparation of the teeth adjacent to spaces in your smile.
Who can have dental implants?
Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible for dental implant treatment to restore their smile, provided they are in good general and dental health and have adequate remaining jaw bone. Even where bone loss has occurred since teeth were lost, there are procedures that can be used to bring back bone to make implant treatment possible.
There is no upper age limit for dental implant treatment and in fact removable implant dentures or fixed implant bridges can provide a new lease of life for older patients struggling to eat and speak with loose conventional dentures.
What is the process for implant treatment?
Initially a consultation visit is made where you can discuss your needs and assess your suitability for dental implant treatment. A detailed examination of your mouth including your gums and teeth is carried out at this visit.
You would typically then require further investigations including clinical photographs, radiographs, tooth models, wax tooth mock-ups of the proposed solution and a 3D cone beam CT scan before a bespoke implant treatment plan is formulated for you.
You would then have your implant(s) placed and after a period of healing of between two and four months, your implant(s) will be restored with a crown, bridge or denture solution as per your needs and wishes.
Overall you can expect treatment to be completed in around four to 12 months depending upon the complexity of your treatment needs.
How long will an implant last?
You can expect your dental implant solution to survive up to 25 years depending on maintenance of an excellent oral hygiene regime, good general health and regular review with your dentist and hygienist. Implants, like teeth, need to be maintained, as they can be susceptible to gum disease, just like teeth.
ABOUT THE WRITER
Dr Sandy Limerick is an Implant Surgeon at Waterside Dental Care.
Sandy is excited to have recently joined Dr Andrew Parashchak and his team at Waterside and will be offering implant treatment and maintenance alongside routine dental care in a caring, attentive and professional manner, in a calm and relaxed environment.
Sandy has a special interest in implant dentistry having complemented her expertise with successful completion of the Royal College of Surgeons Diploma in Implant Dentistry.
If you are considering dental implants to restore your smile then Sandy and the team at Waterside Dental Care will be happy to discuss this further with you and guide you through the process.
Waterside Dental Care
330 Yorkshire Street
Rochdale, OL16 2DS