Your guide to dental implant treatment

Undergoing a dental implant procedure to replace missing teeth might seem a little daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Here at Dental Implants Hampshire, we will thoroughly explain the step-by-step process of getting your dental implants in Hampshire.

Assessment

Dental Implants in HampshireIf you are considering dental implants in Hampshire and want to find out more, our dentists are here to help. At your initial assessment we will discuss any dental problems you may have and the treatment options available to you. You will also get an idea about costs, payment options and time frames for your treatment.

After this, our dentists will carry out a thorough examination of your mouth to assess your suitability for dental implants in Hampshire.

Placing of your dental implants

Dental implant placement is a surgical procedure and will be carried out under local anesthetic, keeping your discomfort to a minimum. However for particularly anxious patients, sedation is also available to help you relax. Your implants will be carefully inserted directly into your jawbone. The implants themselves are made from titanium which fuses seamlessly with your body’s bone and tissues, creating a stable and strong foundation.

Fitting the replacement teeth

Once the implant has fused with the jawbone, the implants will be uncovered and abutments (the posts on which the replacement teeth will rest) are fitted. An impression will then be taken of your gum and abutments. This is then sent to the dental lab for your replacement teeth to be created. These are then attached to the abutments, completing your treatment with dental implants in Hampshire.

After a week or two of healing, you will attend a review, just to check that everything is going well. Our dentists will look to see if there is any movement, ensure that you are not experiencing any pain and make sure you are comfortable with your new teeth.

Aftercare

Dental Implants behave much like natural teeth and require all the same cleaning processes. A bonus of dental implants is that they cannot get cavities. With regular check-ups and an effective oral hygiene routine, your dental implants will last for many years to come, potentially a lifetime.

Do away with the struggle of false teeth

When it comes to tooth replacement, the 21st century is all about dental implants. In Hampshire, increasing numbers of people are opting for implants because they want more reliability of function, discretion and oral health, without the hassle of complex daily care.

These requirements can be even more important if you lost your teeth to an accident or injury. If you were very young when you had teeth knocked out, you may have been struggling with removable false teeth ever since.

Hampshire Dental ImplantsIn Hampshire, dental implants do away with that struggle, and you can once again live life as if all your teeth were your own. This can greatly enhance your quality of life if your false teeth have been obscuring your clarity of speech, preventing you from eating your favourite foods, or, limiting your chances in the dating world.

In Hampshire, dental implants can dramatically improve people’s lives because, unlike traditional false teeth, implants become a permanent part of your jawbone. At Dental Implants Hampshire, our implant surgeons insert them, during a minor surgical procedure, into special channels that they drill into your jaw. Over the next two to four months, the titanium implants stimulate the bone tissue to regrow and fuse with the rough surface of the implants, until they are held as securely in place as natural teeth. While this process, known as osseointegration, takes place you can continue to wear your own false teeth, although you will have to stick to a restricted diet.

Once osseointegration is well under way, you come in for your next session. During this appointment, we will add an internal screw, called an abutment, to the implant. It is to this that we attach your new artificial crowns. Your artificial teeth are specially made for you from hardwearing porcelain colour-matched to your own teeth, and sized and shaped so that these new teeth become indistinguishable from the ones Nature gave you.

If you take care of your new dental implants in Hampshire, they should last you a lifetime. Implants have a success rate of over 95%. All you have to do is clean and floss twice a day and resume enjoying life the way you did before you lost your teeth.

We can get you back your beautiful smile

Remember when you used to have all your own teeth? Your smile would have been one of the first things that people noticed about you. And they would have continued to notice it as they talked to you. We are hardwired to do so. But, if you have lost one or more teeth and have had them replaced with a bridge or dentures, you may be finding that other people can spot that some of your teeth are artificial. If so, maybe it’s time to find out more about dental implants in Hampshire.

Dental Implants in HampshireAt Dental Implants Hampshire, we can offer you two clinics at which you can have implant surgery. You can come to our clinic on Palmerston Street in Romsey or you can visit us at our clinic in Chequers Road in Basingstoke for dental implants in Hampshire. Whichever clinic is more convenient for you, you will find yourself in the same warm, relaxed and friendly environment, receiving high quality care using modern dental equipment and techniques.

You may need only one tooth replacing. Or it could be a few, or even all of your teeth. We can help you replace any number of missing teeth, using our experience, knowledge and skills to give you back your beautiful smile.

Superior stability with dental implants

As dental implants are fitted into the jawbone, they are a long-lasting and remarkably stable solution for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants replace the missing root as well as the crown of the tooth. Having replacement tooth roots gives stability to your remaining teeth and also keeps your jawbone strong and healthy. If you don’t replace missing tooth roots, the teeth surrounding the gap left by the missing root can tip into it. Also, and very importantly, the jawbone itself can start to lose density. Jawbone shrinkage is what creates the sunken look associated with age, but which is actually the product of a reduced jawbone and missing teeth. The more teeth you have lost the more pronounced this can become.

In Hampshire, dental implants solve this problem and also create a stable base onto which custom-made artificial teeth can be fitted.

Replacement teeth that feel like your own teeth

If you have ever had something go wrong with your body to the extent that you needed to get a bit of it corrected it, you will know how hard it is to mimic Nature so well that you can just forget about what went wrong and carry on with life. Extra bits to correct your not so great natural assets can be a hassle. They get lost, they get broken. Ask anyone who has had glasses or contact lenses and then got their eyes lasered. It’s the same with teeth, ask anyone who has made the move from a bridge or denture to dental implants in Hampshire, and you are unlikely to find a bad review.

Dental Implants in HampshireBiomimicry

Having extra bits in your mouth that can get food stuck in them, have to be taken out to be cleaned, or that start to slide around after a few months is no fun, and about as far away from what Nature intended as you can get.

That’s why in Hampshire, dental implants are so popular. They are the closest thing to natural teeth available. Instead of relying on receding gums or adjacent teeth to provide a stable chewing base, they use the jawbone, just like natural teeth do. The implants are set into the jaw and they stay there, often for decades, providing the means to bite into crunchy foods and to chew tough foods, both of which are often the nutrient dense foods we need to be well-nourished.

The process

Dental implants are small titanium posts which we at Dental Implants Hampshire insert into the jawbone under local anaesthetic. The procedure requires a fair amount of drilling and as the idea of this can make people anxious, we are very happy to provide sedation for the procedure.

Once the implant is in place, it takes a few weeks to integrate with the jawbone. New bone tissue grows all over the surface of the implant, and this is what later holds it in place.

Implant care

Dental implants in Hampshire simply require regular brushing and flossing and hygienist visits to remove plaque. Dental implants can’t decay, but they can fall victim to gum disease.

Effective and long-lasting

When you start having to think about getting your teeth replaced, you have to think about what you want from your restorations. Teeth play an important part in eating, but they are also vital for the formation of certain sounds when we talk. Our teeth are in constant use, and take a lot of strain, sometimes even when we sleep, so it’s important that any replacements can do an effective job and can last a long time.

Dental Implants in HampshireAt Dental Implants Hampshire, we concentrate on giving people the highest quality dental implants in Hampshire because we know how vital teeth are.

We have seen what happens when replacement teeth don’t quite do their job well enough for long enough, and so it is no surprise to us that in Hampshire dental implants have become many people’s first choice for new teeth.

Effective

As dental implants in Hampshire are anchored into the jawbone, they provide a solid, stable anchor for the crowns, which means that you can continue to eat whatever you want without having to worry that your new teeth will not be able to stand the strain of chewing on a good steak, or biting into a crunchy apple. Your diet can be as wide and varied as you like, including raw and chewy foods that often contain the most nutrients. Also, you can talk and laugh with complete freedom. Your teeth will stay still, and you will not have to worry about any wobbling that might make you look odd.

Long-lasting

The way that dental implants work is by becoming fully integrated with the jawbone. The implants are made of titanium, a highly biocompatible metal that encourages the bone to produce new tissue. This grows all over the surface of the implant, holding it in place just like a natural tooth. This process takes a few weeks to complete, but afterwards, as long as you take care of your implants, you can expect them to last for decades. They cannot decay, but they can fall victim to gum disease, so you must clean and floss your implants thoroughly every day.

Have you been told you can’t have dental implants in Hampshire?

There’s no doubt that in Hampshire, dental implants can transform lives, especially if people have been struggling with their missing teeth or dentures for a long time. Being able to once again eat what they like, speak clearly and smile and laugh without embarrassment can feel like a miracle.

But, what if you have been to see someone about having dental implants and been told that you can’t have them? Is that the end of the road? Well, maybe not. It’s well worth getting a second opinion and at Dental Implants Hampshire, we are very happy to provide one.

Dental Implants in HampshireIt’s all about your jawbone

The success of dental implants depends on how well they integrate with the jawbone to provide a strong and stable chewing base.

You need to have a strong jawbone that will heal well around the titanium implants once they have been inserted. Ideally, new bone cells and blood vessels will grow all over the surface of the implant and these will hold the implant in place.

However this may not happen if:

  • You have been without teeth for some time and the bone cells have dissolved so much of the jawbone that it has shrunk and become spongey;
  • You suffer from uncontrolled type 2 diabetes, which can hinder the healing process;
  • You have advanced gum disease that is attacking the bone around the implant site;
  • You are a smoker, which can hinder blood flow to the site and slow down or prevent healing.

Giving up smoking and controlling type 2 diabetes can greatly increase your chances of being able to have dental implants in Hampshire. We can probably help you with gum disease and we have a couple of ways of dealing with jawbones that have started to resorb.

You could have bone graft material inserted into the site. This requires opening up the bone and packing either your own or synthetic bone material into the jawbone and then allowing it some time to integrate with the bone already there. Or, if your problem is with your upper jaw, you can have extra-long implants anchored into your cheekbones.

An introduction to dental implants in Hampshire

If you’ve never heard of dental implants before, and you’ve just lost or are losing teeth, then you are in for a pleasant surprise when you come to us at Dental Implants Hampshire for a consultation about ways to replace them.

In Hampshire, dental implants are the most effective way to replace lost teeth. They offer full functionality, that is they work as well as your natural teeth, without compromising other teeth around them. Plus, if you look after them well, which is pretty simple to do, they can last for the rest of your life. Let’s take a look at what dental implants are.

Dental Implants in HampshireReplacing the whole of the tooth

Dental implants in Hampshire are titanium posts, generally about 1.3 centimetres long. They are either a post or screw-shaped. Inside, each has an internal screw as well. The dental implants are inserted into your jawbone and replace the root of your tooth. This gives the crowns incredible stability, and means that you can carry on eating a wide and varied diet containing any crunchy, sticky, chewy foods you want, including important raw vegetables and fruit.

Each implant can carry up to three crowns and whatever you need is fixed onto the implant with a component called abutment that is screwed into the implant’s internal screw.

The implant process

In Hampshire, dental implants are inserted under local anaesthetic, and if you are a nervous patient, you can also opt for sedation.

The dentist cuts through the gum and drills into a carefully chosen site to create an artificial socket. The implant is either tapped or screwed into place, and the gum sewn back. Over the next few weeks, the implant integrates with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. Once the two have meshed together, your custom-made crowns can be added.

Care

Implants cannot decay, but they can become loose if they are affected by advanced gum disease. Your job is to clean them thoroughly twice a day, with careful brushing, flossing, interdental brushes and mouthwash to make sure that plaque does not build up. Supplement your routine with bi-annual hygienist visits and your implants should last a lifetime.

Feel the fear but get dental implants in Hampshire anyway

Being scared of the dentist is not uncommon, but it should not be allowed to stop people getting the help they need. Most dentists, including your lovely team at Dental Implants Hampshire, appreciate that it can be scary to lie back in that chair with your mouth open while someone delves around in it with noisy instruments and lots of water. After all, we have to go to the dentist too.

Dental Implants in HampshireAs people who put in dental implants in Hampshire, we also appreciate that some of our patients have ended up having to have their teeth replaced because their fear of the dentist stopped them receiving treatment that could have saved their teeth. It’s a horrible catch 22 situation to be in – you’re scared so you miss your check-ups and don’t go for fillings, and then before you know it, your tooth has to come out.

If you leave gaps in your jaw, or even have dentures, your jawbone will shrink away and your facial structure will sag inwards. The most effective way to replace teeth is with dental implants in Hampshire. Unfortunately, there is no way round having to go through minor oral surgery to get them, but we can make it much easier to bear, perhaps even float through, by offering you sedation.

Easing you through implant treatment

Dental implant surgery takes place under local anaesthetic because there aren’t many nerve endings in the jawbone. This can be supplemented with oral or intravenous sedation.

Oral sedation means taking a tablet about an hour before surgery. You will be deeply relaxed through your treatment, but able to communicate easily.

Intravenous sedation is administered straight into the bloodstream via the back of the hand and the levels can be adjusted throughout the surgery. It does mean the use of needles, however. You will probably drift off with intravenous sedation, but if we need to communicate with you, you will be easy to rouse, and then you can drift off again. Afterwards, you are likely to be pretty groggy and unfit to drive, but as we always recommend getting someone to take our patients home after implant surgery anyway, this is not an extra requirement.

Give your dentures a firm footing with dental implants in Hampshire

Dentures can be so amazing and also so frustrating. On the one hand, they are a brilliant and cost-effective way to replace missing teeth, whether you have lost all of them or only some. On the other hand, they can become a hassle and even a downright embarrassment if they don’t fit properly. And it is often the case that dentures that start off fitting really well can become loose and start sliding around in your mouth after only even a matter of months.

Dental Implants in HampshireAt Dental Implants Hampshire, we know all about the ups and downs of wearing dentures and how to get them to stay still all day – with dental implants in Hampshire.

Getting to the root of the problem

The problem comes down to this: teeth need roots to anchor them firmly into the jawbone so that they can cope with the powerful forces that are generated when we bite into food and chew it. These forces can be as much as 97kg or 200lbs in the average male chew.

Dentures rely on being firmly fitted around the gums, creating a kind of vacuum, for their stability. This is achievable to a certain extent, but even the most well-fitted dentures can only achieve something like a quarter of the power of natural teeth, and biting into crunchy and chewy things is no longer possible. People have to eat their apples by cutting slices off rather than biting into them. And, over time, the jawbone shrinks if it no longer has tooth roots in it to stimulate cell renewal.

But, dentures can be made to sit still by attaching them to dental implants in Hampshire. The dental implants are mini implants that are inserted into the jawbone through the gum, rather than cutting a flap in it and pulling it back, which makes the surgery much quicker. It usually takes between two and four implants per jaw. The dentures are then attached using either a snap-on ball attachment or a bar.

Your current dentures can be customised or, if they are getting worn, you can have new ones custom-made.

All-on-4 dental implants in Hampshire – are they right for you?

All-on-4 dental implants offer an innovative approach to tooth replacement. A fast and cost-effective way to escape the discomfort and embarrassment of wearing dentures, All-on-4 is the name of a specific technique to replace all or most of your missing teeth in the upper or lower dental arch.

Dental Implants in HampshireAll-on-4 dental implants were developed by Dr Paulo Malo and Nobel Biocare to immediately replace a full arch of teeth without needing bone grafting. At Dental Implants Hampshire, we use Nobel Biocare implants for this treatment. Although nowadays there are many implant providers available, Nobel Biocare is a market leader in its field, offering high quality, durable dental implants. Dental implants in Hampshire look, feel and function just like your regular teeth.

What are All-on-4 dental implants?

When patients are missing a significant number of teeth, there is no quicker solution than All-on-4 dental implants in Hampshire. After your consultation appointment and with the initial steps set up, you will visit the dental practice for the surgery, which will last only a few hours. You literally come in the morning and leave by the early afternoon with a brand new and functional set of teeth.

While the traditional dental implant procedure requires as many as 8-10 dental implants for an entire arch of missing teeth, All-on-4 uses only four. These implants are small and longer than regular implants and they are fixed at an angle into the jawbone. This way they fuse easily into the available bone, saving you the additional step of bone grafting.

However, the most important benefit of All-on-4 dental implants is that they can receive provisional replacement teeth the very same day of the operation, providing you with a complete smile in only a few hours. These temporary teeth look and feel much like natural teeth, and you can bite and chew normally immediately after surgery. After the healing period has passed, your dentist will place your final set of replacement teeth on top of your All-on-4 dental implants.

Whether all of your teeth are gone or if they are starting to fail and you are looking for a permanent solution, All-on-4 dental implants in Hampshire are a viable option. Call us today and schedule your appointment.