Patients we treat who have lost more than one tooth often wear dentures or partial dentures. Common complaints include mouth discomfort and increased difficulty eating or speaking.
Did you know that if you wear dentures you have to eat soft foods for the rest of your life?
This can really affect your overall quality of life, as well as causing many other serious oral health issues and complications.
These consequences often result in physiological and psychological issues. Read more on the effects of missing teeth here.
Call 01992 552115 to consider all your available options.
Advances in dentistry
- Multiple teeth can easily be replaced with one implant that acts as a bridge between teeth. The strong titanium implant screws are able to support a bridge of up to four teeth (in a row). Noted as an affordable solution to replace missing teeth, the procedure is long-lasting and requires little maintenance. See All-on-Four.
- Depending on the bone mass in the jaw bone (this can deteriorate quickly in the presence of missing teeth), implants can be implanted the same day, or over a period of a few months. Implants are designed to look, feel and operate exactly like normal teeth. See the benefits.
- Implants require some healing time – this process is where the titanium screw fuses with the jawbone (this can take a few months). Once this short period is over your new implants can be then fitted with a porcelain crown, which will be crafted to blend flawlessly with remaining teeth.
Ignoring gaps in the mouth
There are multiple oral health consequences and issues that occur as a direct outcome of having lost multiple teeth.
When gaps are left ignored, chances of the jaw bone receding grow, which results in your face appearing sunken. On top of this, gum disease can form easily, which will also erode away bone and gum.
Overall issues include:
- Cosmetics: The aesthetics and cosmetic aspect of your smile can have a direct impact on your confidence and well-being.
- Function: Your chewing ability can be affected in various ways depending upon which teeth are missing. If the spaces are left unrestored the remaining teeth will have to take more pressure from chewing. This strains the remaining teeth and can lead to excessive tooth wear affecting structural integrity.
- Bone Resorption: When more teeth are missing then bone augmentation and grafting procedures are often required. This is especially true when the missing teeth are alongside each other. Also if the missing teeth are at the front of the mouth then it can be challenging to achieve the correct aesthetics if excessive bone loss has occurred. Bone and gum grafting procedures may need to be considered. Learn more.
Teeth missing from the mouth can result in physiological and psychological issues. Read more on the effects of missing teeth here.
Comprehensive Treatment Planning is Critically Important
It is important to note that when replacing multiple teeth, proper attentive planning at the initial stages is critical.
There are important aspects to consider and integrate into the final plan, such as correct, harmonious and stable bite and proper structural integrity of all the teeth.
A comprehensive assessment followed by detailed treatment planning will ensure the longevity of the resulting treatment with dental implants.
We work together with any referring dentist so that you can achieve a result that is both aesthetic and functional.
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We work with your own dentist
We are able to collaborate with your current dental practice.
At The Perfect Smile, we are often referred patients to complete cosmetic and restorative work their current dentists are unable to perform.
So any patient that is referred to us for the implant treatment will be referred back to their dentist to complete the restorative aspect of the implant.
Treatment Solutions for Multiple Missing Teeth
If single teeth are missing from different parts of the mouth and your natural teeth in between, then the dentist may advise you to have a single dental implant in those areas supporting a single crown.
This means that you do not have to overburden the neighbouring teeth to the gap.
This is also useful in cases where the neighbouring teeth are unsuitable for traditional dental bridges.
This allows you to have multiple missing teeth replaced around the mouth. The surgical placement of all the implants can be done at the same time.
When several teeth are missing next to each other, then an implant-retained bridge is a great solution.
This is often the treatment of choice when your natural teeth on either side of the gap are not strong enough to support a traditional dental bridge.
Two or more implants can be used to support and anchor a bridge of multiple artificial teeth.
The bridge is made of a metal alloy framework with porcelain to give both strength and aesthetics.
In a similar respect, an innovative technique called all-on-4 can be used in cases where there are no teeth present at all.
In this technique, a fixed prosthesis is placed on top of four implants strategically placed in the jawbone.
When choosing this treatment, the teeth can be used normally 24 hours after surgery and the patient does not have to wait for osseointegration to occur.
When there are no teeth at all in the jaw, then wearing a denture can be the only option available.
However, due to continual bone loss, dentures become loose over time. This instability leads to uncomfortable dentures that cause sore spots and embarrassing moments where the denture can drop down or move when either speaking or chewing.
Traditional dentures use the gums, teeth and facial muscles to keep them in place. Although at first dentures are quite good and facilitate healing, they can gradually over time become unpredictable and unstable.
Patients often make the transition from dentures to Implants due to the negative effects of tooth loss resulting in these difficulties. Learn more.
Implants provide unique functionality that is similar to teeth, using the jawbone to obtain support and stability.
Implant-supported dentures can improve the chewing ability, stability of the teeth, proper bite functioning and provide good aesthetics.
There are a variety of ways dentures can be connected to the implant. One option is via a small locator copings (as used in overdentures) or larger abutment copings where the denture connects more retentively over the implants. Retention bars and telescoping attachments are also used.
The type of attachment is based upon the foundation of the jaw and the treatment needs of the patient. As few as two implants can be used to treat a case where all the upper or lower teeth are completely missing.
Implant-supported dentures are more beneficial over traditional dentures since they are more retentive and yet you retain the ability to remove the dentures for better cleaning.
In cases that have a history of dental decay and gum disease, this is a great solution to give back cosmetics and chewing ability.
Implant-supported denture treatment can be important for those patients that need the additional facility of being able to clean the implants better with better visual access. A fixed solution like a bridge can be difficult to keep clean in those that are not as dextrous.
- We can help establish monthly payment plans.
- We provide 0% finance for up to 24 month term plans. Many patients find our payment plan option very useful.
- Terms over 24 months will be low-interest bearing.
- If you would like to consider this option we will need to carry out a few credit checks.
- We can discuss payment plans at both the Hertfordshire & the London clinic
At The Perfect Smile, we understand that patients may be naturally nervous when thinking of undergoing dental implant surgery.
We would like to reassure you that the dental implant treatment is not painful at all due to proper use of local anesthetics to deeply numb the bone and gum.
We can also use sedation techniques that also contribute to no pain or discomfort. More.
Single Dental Implant Timeline
- Step 1: We will start the process with a highly detailed and thorough comprehensive examination and assessment. We will then construct a customised treatment plan and design your implant treatment.
- Step 2: Your new implant(s) will be surgically placed in your mouth.
- Step 3: On this review appointment we will assess your healing and make sure everything is going as planned.
- Step 4: Records and impression will be taken to construct the top part (post and crown) of the implant.
- Step 5: The final part of the implant (post and crown) will be fitted.
- Step 6: This appointment gives you the opportunity to have any further refining cosmetic enhancements or minor adjustments.
- When a tooth is removed from the mouth, the surrounding bone that holds the tooth in place will diminish in height and width and volume. This may have an effect on the immediate and final appearance of the gum tissue in this area and possibly the surrounding teeth as well.
- The larger the width of bone or the height of the bone, the wider and longer implant can be. A wider and longer implant increases implant stability and thus success. We asses the bone height and width by taking digital radiographs or by taking a CT Scan. More.
The price of a dental implant can depend if any further treatments are needed to make sure your implant is a success.
Our inclusive single dental implant treatment costs £2995 and includes the abutment and crown. More.
Once the implant has fused with your jawbone and tissues, the artificial titanium implant acts as an ordinary root. The longevity of your implant depends on how you improve and maintain your oral health. Read more.
There isn’t an age limit for dental implants. However, it’s typically recommended that dental implants aren’t placed for under 18 years old. Read on.
A dental implant offers a wealth of oral health benefits. Not only can an implant improve your smile, but it can also realign neighbouring teeth, protect your mouth from gum disease etc. Read the benefits.
“If treated correctly, dental implants can last from ten to twenty five years or more.”
Once the implant has fused with your jawbone and tissues, the artificial titanium implant acts as an ordinary root.
The longevity of your implant depends on how you improve and maintain your oral health. Read more.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
The price of a dental implant can depend, for example, if any further treatments are needed to make sure your implant is a success like bone regeneration.
Our inclusive single dental implant treatment costs £2,995 and includes the abutment and crown. More.
Is the process painful?
You can expect to feel some pain when having a new implant, however, with modern anaesthetics the discomfort is kept to a minimum. Post-process there can be some swelling and aching for 5 -10 days.
Many patients have multiple implants in a single day without undue pain or distress. More.
Will my implants match the colour of my existing teeth?
Implants are colour matched and then shaped to blend in with your existing teeth. To the naked eye, an implant is very hard to spot.
Highly experienced team
Unparalleled level of patient trust: Dr Rahul Doshi is the founder of the Perfect Smile and is the current President of the BACD.
With over 25 years of dental implant experience, Dr Rahul Doshi proudly leads a highly-skilful team that has access to the latest dental technology.
- 150+ years of combined experience
- Est in 1994
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