Treatment options for missing teeth

Having gaps in your teeth can feel horrible. It makes talking and eating hard work in day-to-day life and can lead to some embarrassing moments. If you are missing teeth, no matter how many, we can help you to fix the problem here at PDC Dental Implants in South Yorkshire. Our dentists are experienced in all methods of tooth replacement.

Dental Implants in South YorkshireWhat are your options?

There are a number of options available for replacing missing teeth:

  • Dentures
  • Bridges
  • Dental implants.

Dental implants in South Yorkshire are an increasingly popular choice for our patients. Let’s look at the 3 options to get a better understanding of how they work.

Dentures

Dentures are a traditional and low cost option. There are partial dentures and full dentures. Dentures should be taken out at night time for cleaning and sleeping. They can take some getting used to as they’re held in place by suction to the gums. It’s possible to use denture adhesives to help hold your dentures in place. Dentures can affect your speech and limit the foods you can eat.

Bridges

Bridges are securely fixed in place as they are attached to neighbouring teeth. These supporting teeth will be compromised as they’ll need to be ground down and have crowns attached in order to hold the bridge in place. As with dentures, bridges replace only the top of your tooth, not the root.

Dental implants

Dental implants in South Yorkshire are the modern way to replace teeth. They are a fixed tooth replacement that replaces the top of your tooth and the root. They don’t need to be taken out or cleaned in a special way. They look natural and feel natural. Patients tell us that dental implants in South Yorkshire are the next best thing to natural teeth, and we agree. Implants can be used in a number of ways. They can:

  • Replace failed, loose or broken bridges
  • Replace loose or broken dentures
  • Stabilise dentures
  • Replace one, several or a whole mouth full of missing teeth.

Want to find out more?

We can help you to choose the best tooth replacement option to fit your lifestyle. Why not call us today to book an appointment?

Deciding whether to have dental implants in South Yorkshire

For most people, getting dental implants in South Yorkshire is not something they rush into. Dental implants are not cheap, they are an investment and they involve having to spend time in the dental surgeon’s chair being drilled. No one rushes into that decision. But when your teeth are failing, or have already come out, you want to know that you have given yourself the best option for replacement teeth, and for most people that means dental implants.

Dental Implants in South YorkshireDr Alex Jones

If you decide to have your dental implants put in by us at PDC Dental Implants, the Dr Alex Jones will be your dental implant surgeon. Dr Jones has been placing dental implants in South Yorkshire since 2008 and in that time has placed more than 1,000 implants.

As well as placing dental implants, Dr Jones teaches other dentists how to restore them, and he also has articles published in dental journals. You will be in safe hands with Dr Jones.

Your implant consultation

The first step to deciding whether to have dental implants is to book yourself in for a consultation. This is your opportunity to see the clinic and meet the dental team, including Dr Jones, and decide whether this is somewhere you would feel comfortable having dental implants fitted.

For our part, we need to make sure that you are able to receive dental implants and whether you need extra preparatory treatments. Perhaps you are looking for dental implants as a replacement for some other kind of restoration that has failed, maybe a broken bridge or loose dentures.

We will carefully examine all your mouth parts, head and neck, paying careful attention to the health and position of your jaws. If we think you will need extra treatments, we may also need to do a CT scan as well as take x-rays.

If we think your jawbone is in good enough condition to receive dental implants, we can go ahead and book you in for implant surgery. You may want to get all your teeth replaced with a technique that anchors them onto only 4-6 implants on each jaw. There are lots of possibilities that we can discuss.

Dental implants in Barnsley are so versatile

You have probably heard of dental implants in Barnsley as being a very effective way to replace lost teeth. This is because they replace the root of the tooth as well as the crown, which makes them much more stable and long-lasting than more old-fashioned restoration methods.

Not only do they last longer but they also make sure that your jawbone stays strong and healthy, giving it the stimulation it needs to keep renewing bone tissue instead of resorbing it, which is what happens when there are no tooth roots in it.

Dental Implants in BarnsleyNow that dental implants have been around for more than 30 years, the things that we can do with them have increased. Let’s take a look at what’s on offer with dental implants in Barnsley from us at PDC Dental Implants:

Same-day implants

If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, you don’t want to go toothless while your implants integrate with your jawbone. We can put in dental implants and give you a set of temporary teeth on top so that you never have to be without teeth. You still have to go carefully with chewing while the implants integrate, and when they have, we can fit some custom-made porcelain crowns that will look like natural teeth.

All-on-4 implants

Another one for those with entire arches of teeth missing. We fit 2 implants in vertically at the front of your arch, plus 2 more extra-long implants at a 45° angle along the side of jawbone and put an arch of teeth onto these. You may need 6 implants on the top jaw, to counter the effects of gravity.

Zygomatic implants

If you have lost too much bone on your top jaw to hold implants securely, we can fit you with extra-long ones that go through your jawbone and anchor into the dense cheekbone above.

Loose dentures

We can use dental implants to anchor your dentures to your jawbone, giving you back the freedom to eat what you like and laugh your head off without worrying about denture wobbles. We can either customise your dentures or fit you with a new set.

Join the revolution with dental implants in Barnsley

Oh dear! Has it happened again? Failed denture? Broken bridge? Gosh, they just don’t seem to last very long do they? No, it’s not you. It’s just what happens with this kind of tooth restoration; after a few years of daily use, they wear out and have to be replaced.

Dental Implants in BarnsleyBut maybe this time, you could replace your failed bridge or broken denture with something more durable, more lifelike, more stable. Maybe this is the time to have a consultation for dental implants in Barnsley with us at PDC Dental Implants. You never know, having dental implants instead of a bridge or a denture could change your life. Let’s look at how:

More stability

Because dental implants are embedded into the jawbone, they give you as much chewing power as natural teeth. If you have been on a soft food diet because of wearing dentures, this could be a real game-changer. Imagine being able to tuck into a steak again, or biting into a fresh, crisp apple. Imagine also, being able to roar with laughter at your friends’ terrible jokes without worrying about whether your teeth will exit your mouth in an undignified explosion.

Less hassle

Once your dental implants in Barnsley are in place and have integrated with your jawbone, you will find that keeping your teeth clean is far less hassle. If you have crowns that are fixed permanently into your mouth, all you have to do is carefully brush and floss twice a day to remove plaque. You also have to have regular cleanings with the hygienist. If you have implants to stabilise your dentures, you can still take them out at night to store in denture solution and to give your gums a rest.

Longer-lasting

Although dental implants in Barnsley seem like a big investment, they last for at least 15 years, probably a lot longer. So, when doing the sums, please bear in mind that, over time, your implants could work out as the same price or even cheaper than yet another bridge or denture.

Want to find out more? Come and have a chat with us. Dental implants are one of our favourite topics.

Teeth that work with dental implants in Barnsley

The reason teeth work so well is because they are firmly embedded into the jawbone. If you have ever had loose teeth, you will know how quickly they become less able to bite and chew. But when teeth are held in place by the fibres that connect them to the jawbone, they can withstand pressures of around 200lbs.

Dental Implants in BarnsleyTrying to get that power from a set of dentures is pretty hopeless, and fixed bridges, which rely on neighbouring teeth and require them to be ground down to receive buttress crowns, are only as good as the teeth they are secured to.

In Barnsley, dental implants give as much chewing and biting power as natural teeth. If you are unhappy with your restorations, maybe you have a broken denture or a broken bridge, now is the time to find out if you can replace them with dental implants in Barnsley.

Dental implants are fixed into the jawbone to mimic tooth roots. We insert them under local anaesthetic. We cut through the gum and carefully drill artificial sockets into the bone, avoiding blood vessels and nerves. This may sound painful but there are not so many nerve endings in the jawbone. If you are anxious, you can float through your treatment with oral or intravenous sedation.

Once the implants are in place, it takes 2-4 months for the bone tissue to grow tightly around them to hold them in place. However, if you are having all your teeth replaced, we can give you same day teeth, so that you leave the clinic with a temporary set of crowns in place. You will still need to follow the dietary directions required to give the implants time to integrate before you start using them at full power to chew things like steaks.

Bone loss issues

You may have been told you can’t have dental implants in Barnsley because you have not got a strong and dense enough jawbone. This can happen if you have been wearing dentures or a bridge for a while, or if you have had gum disease. We can sometimes solve this issue with zygomatic implants, which are extra-long and anchor into the cheekbone rather than the upper jawbone.

Versatile dental implants in South Yorkshire

Although dental implants have been around for about 40 years now, in that time they have proved to be incredibly versatile. And, as dentists around the globe have enthusiastically experimented with them and combined them with other advances in dental and medical treatments, such as bone grafting, they have become available to more people who would have once been told they could not have dental implants in South Yorkshire.

Dental Implants in South YorkshireDental implants have now become most people’s first choice when they are looking for a way to replace their teeth. Some are even using dental implants in South Yorkshire to replace their replacement teeth, or at least make their replacement teeth work more effectively.

Stabilising a loose denture

The trouble with dentures is that they adhere to the gum and jawbone, and these both recede when they no longer have tooth roots in them. So, even though a denture can start off fitting really well, over time, it will almost certainly become loose and start to slide around on the gum.

Dental implants can be inserted through the gum and into the jawbone and then used to stabilise the dentures with special snap on ball or bar attachments. The denture still comes off for cleaning and to rest the gums at night. People with denture issues who can’t afford to, or don’t wish to, move entirely over to dental implants, find this is a great halfway house. They can have their denture customised to go onto implants, or have a new denture made.

Replacing a failed bridge

Bridges break. And when they do, it might be a good time to move from a bridge that is stabilised on buttress teeth to one that is stabilised with a dental implant. One dental implant, inserted into the jawbone, can support up to three teeth in a row. And dental implants in South Yorkshire have a longer life than fixed bridges. You can expect the porcelain crowns to last for around 15 years, and the implant post to last for at least that, probably decades.

Why not come and see us at PDC Dental Implants to find out how dental implants in South Yorkshire can enhance your life?

The versatility of dental implants

Here at PDC Dental Implants, we love all the different ways that we can work with dental implants in South Yorkshire to replace lost teeth. Dental implants have been around for more than 30 years now and in that time, all sorts of innovations have meant that they are now available to more people then ever.

Dental Implants in South YorkshireTime was, if you wanted dental implants in South Yorkshire, whether or not you could have them very much depended on the state of your jaw. If your jaw was not strong and dense enough to be able to heal around the implants and hold them in place while eating, that was that, no implants for you.

Now, however, not only can we get around that one by using extra-long zygomatic implants that go through your jawbone and anchor into the dense cheekbone above, but we can do all sorts of other things with dental implants too.

Replacing bridges

If you have a failed, broken or loose bridge, you don’t have to replace it with another bridge. You can replace it with dental implants in South Yorkshire instead. One dental implant can hold up to three teeth on a bridge.

Stabilising dentures

Perhaps you would love to have dental implants in South Yorkshire but can’t afford them. Instead you are putting up with loose dentures. Did you know that we can stabilise your dentures using dental implants? We can customise your current dentures, or make you a new set, so that they can be attached to dental implants. You will need 2-4 dental implants in each jaw, usually two in the lower and four in the upper jaw. You still take your dentures out to clean them and rest your gums, but you get your freedom around food choices back because you will have so much more chewing power.

Replacing all your teeth

Also, we can replace all your teeth with far fewer dental implants than you might think. We use a technique called All-On-4, which allows us to put a whole arch of teeth on only four dental implants, two at the front and two longer ones at 45° angles at the back so they give support along the length of the jawbone.

What’s on your to-do list for today?

Some days are just ordinary, run-of-the-mill periods when you are happy just to get from one end to the other feeling relatively sane. Others are high-achievement days that leaving you feeling exhilarated and like you really got something done. At PDC Dental, we love the latter type of day and we hope that we can help you have one when you choose to get dental implants in South Yorkshire.

Dental Implants in South YorkshireIt’s not every day that you can put ‘get new teeth’ on your to-do list and cross it off with a sense of satisfaction when you get home at night. With same-day dental implants in South Yorkshire at PDC Dental, the possibility exists.

Why is getting new teeth such a buzz?

Some of you have already had to live without teeth for a while, so the answer to this question is a no-brainer for you. However, if you are facing the prospect of missing teeth or you have learned to live with a few gaps, you may still need a bit of motivation to get dental implants in South Yorkshire.

New teeth mean that you can choose the foods you want to eat again based on what makes your mouth water and your palate happy rather than what you can break down.

New teeth mean that you can flash a toothy grin at people without wondering what they might think of any gaps. This can give you an all-round confidence boost.

New teeth mean that your mouth is healthier and more likely to remain that way for a long time.

Are same-day dental implants right for you?

One of the first things that we will do at PDC Dental Implants is to assess your needs. This will lead to some recommendations or possibilities that we can discuss with you. Same-day implants are not always the best way to go but, if we can, we will offer them to you as they are quick and convenient, and you can go straight from no teeth to smiling with one visit to the clinic.

There’s no precise way to tell before your first appointment whether you can use this option so please call to book a consultation with us as soon as possible.

Broken denture – problem or opportunity?

There are lots of issues in life that can cause you to stumble temporarily. When this happens, you can either see it as a disaster or capitalise on the moment and use it as an opportunity to reassess your options. For example, if you have a broken denture, this might be a good time to review your options when it comes to teeth replacement options. You may be able to consider a procedure, like dental implants in Barnsley, to give you a more stable solution.

Dental Implants in BarnsleyWhen you first find that you have a broken denture, give us a call at PDC Dental Implants. We can help you with your immediate needs as well as discuss your options, such as dental implants in Barnsley, with you.

Broken denture – is it inevitable?

There are ways that you can guard against breaking your denture accidentally but sometimes things still happen. Also, there is inevitable wear and tear on your dentures as they get a lot of daily use. When you have dentures, they do not stimulate the gums and support systems of the mouth, so these do tend to recede over time. This means that the fit changes and you get less grip that you do when you first have them. This can cause a few problems such as slippage, sores and a higher potential for damage.

How can dental implants in Barnsley help?

Many people find dental implants are a more secure and durable option than dentures. They are secured in the jawbone so they offer more bite pressure than dentures and their performance level does not diminish over time. Depending on the circumstances in your mouth and several other factors, you can either choose to use dental implants to replace your dentures or you can combine them with your current solution using a method called implant-retained dentures.

Due to the potential for deterioration in the mouth, it is best to seek advice about dental implants as soon as possible. Your chances of having the solution you want are higher if the material in your jawbone is robust. Once in position, dental implants stimulate the area around them which can prevent further breakdown in the area.

The benefits of dental implants

Here in Barnsley, dental implants play a major role in restoring long lost confidence and maintaining the health of your natural teeth. With proper care and attention dental implants have the potential to last for decades. They can help to prevent deterioration of the jawbone and in Barnsley, dental implants are a comfortable tooth restoration treatment since after the treatment is complete, apart from continuing your usual oral hygiene routine, there is little else to think about.

Dental Implants in BarnsleyWhat exactly are dental implants in Barnsley and how do they work?

At PDC Dental Implants we are happy to discuss with you all the potential benefits you can gain from dental implants in Barnsley. Dental implants are intended to be an exact replacement of your missing tooth or teeth. They are designed like a real tooth, even to the extent of having a root. The root of the dental implant is actually a small titanium rod. This is screwed into the jawbone. This replacement root is what prevents the deterioration of the jawbone. The jawbone can deteriorate if there is no active stimulation such as from your teeth chewing. This rod mimics the root of the tooth and causes this stimulation as your teeth make their chewing motion. After the rod has been inserted into the jawbone and a period of healing, appropriate for each individual case, has passed, then a replacement crown is attached to the rod. Having dental implants inserted also means the healthy teeth surrounding the gap have no cause to move unnecessarily. It also means there are no gaps in which bits of food can get caught, which could result in a build-up of plaque.

How many teeth can be replaced with dental implants

In Barnsley, dental implants can replace a single missing teeth, a few teeth or an entire upper or lower arch. If a complete arch is failing, we amy be able to carry out an All-on-4 implant, which means we can actually replace the entire arch, and usually attach a fixed bridge, all in one day. The lower arch usually only requires four implants. The upper arch may require six.