Dental implants: the ideal way to restore your smile

Dental implants aren’t just an excellent way to restore your smile – they can also give you back full functionality to your mouth, even if you have been missing teeth for several years. The skilled implantology team here at PDC Dental Implants in Barnsley are able to treat even complex implant cases where bone loss has occurred – so even if your dentist has told you that inadequate bone density has rendered you unsuitable for implant treatment, you should get in touch because we are confident that we can help you.

dental-implantsHow dental implants work

Dental implants, in essence, are bionic tooth roots. They are manufactured from titanium and are placed directly in your jaw bone in a minor surgical procedure, which is carried out here at our Barnsley practice. This can be done under local anaesthetic or sedation, depending on your requirements.

Once your implants are in place they will mesh with your jaw bone. Titanium is osteoconductive, encouraging bone growth and helping to prevent bone loss. After a healing period, which is typically a couple of months, your dental implants will have formed a strong enough bond to support new teeth – crowns, dentures, or bridges.

At our Barnsley dental practice we are proud to use only Nobel Biocare implants, which is one of the world’s leading brands. Nobel Biocare was set up by Per Braemark, the founding father of dental implants, in 1981, and still remains at the head of implant research and development.

Here at PDC Dental in Penistone, we (and our patients) have enjoyed a success rate of 97% in implant treatment, with more than 600 implants currently placed to date.

To book an implant consultation here at our Barnsley practice, get in touch with us today – even if you have previously been told you are not suitable for implant treatment.

How can dental implants help me?

Often, dental implants are the perfect solution for patients who have lost one or more of their natural teeth. At PDC Dental Implants in Barnsley, skilled implant dentist Dr Alex Jones has helped scores of patients to regain their confidence in their smiles, and improve their dental health, with the help of implant treatment.

dental implants barnsleyThe success rate of dental implants is very high – up to 98%. Certain factors can affect the likelihood of successful treatment, with smoking increasing the chances of implant failure.

Implants and the restorations attached to them (dentures, crowns or bridges) act much like natural teeth and, like natural teeth, they require good oral healthcare. This means adequate brushing and flossing, visiting your dentist and hygienist regularly, and following their advice.

At our Barnsley practice, we are keen to help as many people as possible benefit from treatment with dental implants. We understand that everyone will be at a different stage of their implant journey, which is why we offer two options for an initial consultation with implant dentist Dr Alex Jones.

The first option is an e-consultation. This is ideal for patients who are interested in dental implants but are not willing to commit to treatment at this stage. Nervous and anxious patients and those with busy schedules can also benefit from an e-consultation; all you need to do is email us a photograph of your smile and tell us what you would like to change, and a receptionist will call you back to discuss some possible treatment options.

The e-consultation is not medical/dental advice – you will still need to see a dentist for a thorough examination before treatment begins.

You are also welcome to come into our Barnsley practice for an initial consultation without having to email pictures first. We offer complimentary consultations with a treatment co-ordinator before you have an assessment with a clinician.

Dental implants and bone loss – what we can do

The technology and techniques around dental implants are constantly advancing. Some patients who have experienced bone loss may have been told by their dentist that they are not suitable for implant treatment; however, at PDC Dental Implants in Barnsley, we routinely help patients whose jaw bone has started to resorb.

dental-implants-barnsleyDental implants are small titanium screws that are put into the jaw bone in a minor operation. They act as the replacement for the root portions of missing teeth, supporting dentures, bridges or crowns. However, if you have had missing teeth for some time – perhaps wearing traditional dentures for several years – your jaw bone may have started to resorb or shrink back.

This can make placing traditional dental implants difficult, because they require adequate bone density to maximise their chances of success. However, at our Barnsley dental practice we offer a number of options for patients who have experienced bone loss. Here are the options:

Zygomatic implants

Barnsley implant dentist Dr Alex Jones uses zygomatic implants as a matter of routine for patients who have experienced bone loss in the top jaw. Zygomatic implants are longer than standard dental implants, which means that they engage the strong, dense cheek bones and provide a very strong support base for your new teeth.

In most cases, two zygomatic implants are used along with between two and four standard dental implants, although in patients with very limited bone availability four zygomatic implants may be used.

Bone grafts and sinus lifts

Bone grafts are used to rebuild your jaw bone prior to the placement of implants. This may involve using your own bone or a natural bone substitute. Sinus lifts involve using this material to pack the sinus cavity, after lifting the membrane.

Typically you will need to wait six months until your dental implants can be placed.

Dental implants to replace multiple missing teeth

If you have several missing teeth, dental implants could be the perfect solution. At PDC Dental Implants in Barnsley, our implant dentist Dr Alex Jones has successfully treated many patients with several missing teeth with the help of implants.

dental implantsIn most cases, for patients with multiple missing teeth the best solution is to use a combination of dental implants and fixed bridgework. When you come into our Barnsley dental practice for a consultation, your dentist will be able to advise you how many implants you will need.

The good news is that in most cases you won’t need as many dental implants as replacement teeth. Thanks to precise placement, two implants can support three or more new teeth in the form of a bridge. Where a bigger bridge is needed or where biting forces are particularly heavy, more implants may be required – your dentist will be able to advise you about what will work best in your individual case.

A huge advantage of using dental implants to support a bridge rather than having conventional bridgework is that there is no work required on remaining healthy teeth to support your bridge – your implants will hold it securely in place. This conservative treatment means your natural teeth will not be compromised.

In some cases, if you have a couple of missing teeth in different locations in your mouth, we may recommend placing a single implant with a crown attached to replace each missing tooth.

At our Barnsley practice we also use fixed bridgework to replace full arches (jaws) of teeth for patients who have lost all of their natural teeth, or whose natural teeth need to be removed because they are failing.

In most cases between five and six implants will be placed to support a full jaw of new teeth, although again this will vary from case to case.

Dental implants: how they can change your life

Dental implants are revolutionising the way people think about replacing missing teeth. At PDC Dental Implants in Barnsley, we have helped countless patients to restore their smiles and improve their quality of life with the help of implants.

What are dental implants?

dental-implantsDental implants replace the root portion of a missing tooth or teeth. They are small screws made from titanium that your dentist places in your jaw bone in a minor surgical procedure, carried out here at our Barnsley practice. Our teeth are made up of roots and crowns, and once implants have been placed a new crown, bridge or dentures are secured on top.

Teeth restored using dental implants look and act just like natural teeth. This means that not only will you have a smile to be proud of, but also that you will be able to eat anything you like – even hard foods such as apples or nuts and chewy foods such as steak. Being able to enjoy a full, balanced diet is one of the major benefits of dental implant treatment.

We offer two options for implant placement at our Barnsley practice. Most people have their implants placed under local anaesthetic, and many patients say that this is more bearable than having a tooth extracted. For nervous patients we also offer treatment under conscious sedation, meaning that while you will be awake and able to cooperate with your dentist, you will remember little or nothing about treatment, and will experience no pain or discomfort.

The type of restoration attached to your dental implants will depend on how many teeth you have missing, on your clinical needs and your personal preference. For a single missing tooth it is most common to use a crown, while for multiple and all missing teeth, you may be fitted with an implant-retained bridge or dentures.

How dental implants can give you a brand new smile – in one day

Dental implants are a popular way to replace missing teeth. At PDC Dental Implants in Barnsley, we have helped scores of patients to regain confidence in their smile and the ability to eat whatever they choose thanks to implants. In some cases, it is even possible to give you a brand new smile in just one appointment.

All-on-4 dental implants

dental implantsThanks to continuous innovation in the field of implants, our Barnsley practice is often able to offer same-day All-on-4 treatment for patients in need of dental implants. With this option, an entire arch (jaw) of missing or failing teeth are replaced with implants and restorations in a single visit.

You may come into our Barnsley dental practice in the morning with failing teeth, which your dentist will carefully remove. Dental implants are placed at the same appointment and highly realistic, high-quality fixed temporary teeth are attached to them.

This can also be a suitable treatment option for patients who have all their natural teeth missing in one or both jaws. Again, your dentist will place implants and attach top-quality temporary teeth to them in a single appointment, meaning you walk out of the practice with a brand new smile that you’ll want to show off.

If you have been wearing unsecured dentures, All-on-4 dental implants can free you from the problems commonly associated with them. Temporary teeth will be fitted on to your implants at the same time so you can smile and eat with confidence.

After a healing period of six months, during which your dental implants will integrate fully with your jaw bone, your dentist will fit a premium quality, permanent bridge built on a titanium framework. With proper home care and regular dentist and hygienist visits, these new teeth will last for many years – in many cases, they even last a lifetime.

Dental implants: options for nervous and phobic patients

Nervous patients may want dental implants, but may find their anxiety is preventing them from seeking treatment. PDC Dental Implants in Barnsley offers treatment under sedation, which has helped many nervous patients to get the treatment they need.

dental implantsFear of the dentist is the main reason UK patients cite for not keeping up regular dental appointments. At our Barnsley dental practice we have seen many patients with missing or failing teeth who have been too anxious to visit the dentist until an emergency occurs.

Our Barnsley dental implants team are sympathetic to nervous patients’ fears. However, we don’t think that it should be a barrier to getting the treatment you need and the smile you deserve. Fear of the dentist can range from mild anxiety to full-blown phobia. Thanks to our sedation options, we believe we can help all nervous and phobic patients to get treatment and conquer their anxiety once and for all.

Sedation options

At PDC Dental Implants in Barnsley we offer two options for patients requiring sedation: oral sedation and intravenous (IV) sedation. Oral sedation involves using sedative tablets to help induce a relaxed state. It’s a great option for patients whose fear is caused by the sight of a needle.

IV sedation is delivered by a small needle in the back of your hand. It quickly brings on a state of deep relaxation, which many patients describe after treatment as feeling like they have been asleep and have woken to find their dental implants in place.

In fact, with both sedation options you will not be asleep, so will be able to co-operate with your dentist’s instructions. However, you will be very relaxed and will remember little if anything about treatment when sedation wears off.

Dental implants are much like natural teeth. So long as you attend regular check-ups, they should remain in prime condition for many years.

Can I have dental implants if I have suffered bone loss?

Dental implants are a popular way to replace missing teeth, but many patients who have experienced bone loss fear they are not suitable for implant treatment. At PDC Dental Implants in Barnsley, our skilled implant dentist Dr Alex Jones has helped many patients with bone loss to regain confidence in their smiles with the help of implants.

Why bone loss happens

dental implantsOur teeth comprise two parts: the crowns, which you can see, and the roots beneath the gum line. Tooth roots connect with the jaw bone. When teeth are lost, the bone slowly starts to resorb without the roots, which can lead to a sagging appearance in the face.

If you have been wearing traditional dentures for some years, you may well have suffered bone loss. This is the reason that dentures frequently become loose over time, even if they fitted perfectly when you first started wearing them. This is a common complaint from patients who visit our Barnsley dental practice.

How dental implants help

Dental implants replace the root portion of the tooth. These small titanium screws directly connect with the jaw bone. Because titanium is very compatible with the human body and because the implants are osteoconductive (supportive of bone growth) they help to stop bone loss.

What happens if I have already suffered bone loss?

At PDC Dental Implants in Barnsley, our skilled implant dentist Dr Alex Jones can help you even if your own dentist has said you are not suitable for dental implants because of bone loss. There are a few treatment options available, and the best one will depend on your individual circumstances.

We often use zygomatic implants at our Barnsley practice. Zygomatic implants are longer than standard dental implants, meaning they can connect with the dense cheek bone.

The other alternative is to have bone augmentation treatment to rebuild your jaw bone before implant placement.

Dental implants: an introduction

Dental implants are the perfect way to replace missing teeth. At Barnsley dental practice PDC Dental Implants, skilled implantologist Dr Alex Jones has helped many people from all walks of life to restore their smiles and their confidence with the help of implants.

What are dental implants?

pdc-dental-implantsIn a nutshell, dental implants are bionic tooth roots. Our teeth comprise two parts: the crown that you can see and the root hidden beneath. Implants are little titanium screws that are put into the jaw bone to replace this root part; crowns, dentures or bridges are then attached on top to replace the visible part of the tooth.

Why dental implants?

At our Barnsley dental practice we are keen to extol the many virtues of dental implants. These include:

  • Implants are the only permanent way to replace missing teeth.
  • Implants and the attached restorations are the closest thing you can get to natural teeth. They look and act in much the same way, enabling you to smile, bite and chew with confidence.
  • They help to prevent bone loss. When teeth have been missing for a considerable time period, it is common for the jaw bone to start to resorb. Implants integrate with the jaw bone and help to stop this happening.
  • When one or a few teeth need to be replaced, implants do the job without any work being needed on your remaining natural teeth. Other options such as standard bridges require crowns or wings on adjacent teeth for support, which can weaken these teeth.

How does treatment work?

When you visit us at our Barnsley dental practice, you’ll be assessed for implant treatment. If you have suffered bone loss, you may require bone augmentation or treatment with zygomatic implants, which are longer than standard dental implants.

Implants are placed under local anaesthetic or sedation. New teeth may be attached immediately, or after a healing period of a few months.

Using dental implants to secure dentures

Denture stabilisation uses dental implants to hold your dentures firmly in place. At PDC Dental Implants in Barnsley, we would recommend that all patients who wear dentures think about having this treatment – it can seriously improve your quality of life.

pdcdental_dental-implantsIf you wear traditional, unsecured dentures, you’ll likely be aware of the problems that can come with them. You may find yourself frequently visiting your dentist to have your dentures adjusted because they have become loose and uncomfortable. This can affect your diet, as it becomes more difficult to bite and chew food, your speech and your self-confidence – after all, nobody wants their dentures to fall out in public.

Securing your dentures with dental implants helps to prevent these problems. A common cause of loose dentures is bone resorbtion – your jaw bone shrinking after your teeth are lost.

Dental implants help to prevent this because they act as permanent replacement tooth roots. They are made from titanium, which is highly compatible with the human body, and integrate the bone, which helps stop it resorbing.

At our Barnsley dental practice we offer two options for patients who need dentures: denture stabilisation using dental implants, or fixed bridgework, again using implants.

Denture stabilisation involves using between two and four implants (depending on which jaw we are working on) on to which your dentures can be clipped using special studs. This improves support and retention, so your dentures won’t fall out. Your dentures will still be removable, and your dentist will show you how to remove and reattach them for cleaning.

Bridges, unlike dentures, are not removable. You need to look after them like normal teeth, with regular visits to our Barnsley dental practice for maintenance appointments, and regular trips to the hygienist, because plaque and tartar can build up on restorations just as on natural teeth.