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.

Are dental implants right for me?

If you have lost one or more teeth, dental implants may be one of the options you are considering to replace them. At PDC Dental Implants in Barnsley, we have treated many patients successfully using implants. Here, we look at the advantages of implant treatment and how they could benefit you.

What are dental implants?

dental implantsDental implants are small titanium screws that your dentist places directly in your jaw bone in a minor surgical procedure. Most patients at our Barnsley practice have this treatment under local anaesthetic, although we also offer treatment under sedation for nervous patients.

The implants integrate with your jaw bone, helping to stop the bone loss that often occurs after you lose your teeth. They act as replacement tooth roots, on to which new teeth in the form of crowns, dentures or bridges can be securely attached.

Dental implants have several benefits over other options for tooth replacement, such as unsecured dentures or bridges.

We see a lot of long-time denture wearers here at our Barnsley dental practice who have discovered that dentures that once fitted perfectly have become loose over time, causing pain, discomfort and difficulty in eating chewy foods. Unsecured dentures can also fall out at unfortunate moments, making patients worried about laughing or smiling in public.

Traditional bridges use either crowns or wings on surrounding teeth to support a false tooth or teeth. This means your adjacent teeth need to be strong, with no large fillings. Placing crowns also weakens these supporting teeth.

By using dental implants to secure bridges or dentures, your dentist eliminates these problems. For multiple missing teeth there is no work required on remaining teeth, because the implants will support your bridge.

There is no danger of dentures secured by implants becoming loose and uncomfortable. The implants hold your teeth in place securely, and because they prevent the problem of bone loss, you won’t need to have your dentures adjusted.

Dental implants: the options for patients with bone loss

Dental implants are one of the most popular ways to replace missing teeth, but patients who have experienced bone loss are still finding themselves turned away by their dentist. At PDC Dental Implants in Barnsley, we offer a number of treatment options for anyone suffering the effects of bone resorbtion due to missing teeth.

zygomatic implantsBone loss is a common side effect of losing your teeth. It is particularly prevalent in patients who have been wearing traditional, unsecured dentures for several years, but who would now like to secure their dentures with dental implants.

If this sounds familiar, the first thing you should do is book an appointment at our Barnsley dental practice. Even if you have been turned away by your regular dentist, Dr Alex Jones and his team at PDC Dental Implants may well still be able to help you regain your smile.

Zygomatic Implants

Zygomatic implants are longer than regular implants, and are our treatment of choice here at our Barnsley practice for patients who have suffered bone loss. They engage the strong, dense bone that forms the cheekbone, and are a great alternative to complex bone grafting procedures.

Zygomatic implants are used to support fixed bridgework in the upper jaw when a substantial amount of bone has been lost. These implants also enable your dentist to provide fixed teeth in one day, reducing the number of visits you will need to make to the practice. Between two and four implants will be placed, depending on the amount of bone loss.

Bone grafting

Bone grafting uses either donor bone from another site in your mouth or artificial bone substitute to regenerate your jaw bone before standard dental implants are placed. A healing period of about six months is typically required after you have a bone graft before your dental implants can be placed.

Why dental implants are the perfect way to replace missing teeth

An increasing number of patients are turning to dental implants to replace their missing teeth. At PDC Dental Implants in Barnsley, our dental team specialises in implant placement. Here, we look at why implants are often the ideal solution for tooth replacement.

Why dental implants?

dental implantsOne of the biggest advantages is that dental implants look, feel and act just like natural teeth. Implants are essentially bionic tooth roots. They are small titanium screws placed by your dentist directly into your jaw bone. There they integrate with the bone and provide a very strong support for new teeth – either crowns, dentures or bridges.

Dental implants are the only permanent way to replace lost teeth. They help to prevent the common problem of bone loss that is associated with missing teeth, and with proper care and regular visits to the dental practice here in Barnsley for hygiene and maintenance appointments can last you many years – even a lifetime.

How do I get implants?

The first step for anyone interested in dental implants is to book a consultation with our experienced implant dentists here at our Barnsley practice. They will carefully examine you and take a detailed dental and medical history to assess your suitability for implant treatment.

Most patients can have implant treatment. Thanks to the skills and experience of our implant team, even those who have suffered bone loss can usually benefit from implants. In some cases, a bone graft or sinus lift may be required first, while in other cases your dentist may recommend zygomatic implants, which are longer than standard implants.

In most cases, implants are placed under local anaesthetic, and many patients at our Barnsley practice report it is less traumatic than having a tooth extracted. However, nervous patients may benefit from implant treatment under sedation.

Sometimes, new teeth can be placed at the same time as your implants. In other cases, a healing period is required before final restorations are placed.

Dental implants: your questions answered

If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth, you may be interested in using dental implants to replace them. At PDC Dental Implants in Barnsley, we only use Nobel Biocare implants – one of the world’s leading implant brands.

dental implantsThe company was set up by the father of dental implants, Per Branemark, in 1981, and it remains a market leader. At our Barnsley dental practice, our implants are placed by leading implant dentist Dr Alex Jones.

We understand that treatment with dental implants is a big decision, and we believe it is an excellent investment in your smile and your future. Here are some common questions about implants – if you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Barnsley practice. We are always happy to help.

What are dental implants?

Implants are small titanium screws that replace the root portion of a missing tooth. Titanium is highly compatible with the human body, promoting bone growth and preventing the common problem of bone loss that can arise after tooth loss.

At our Barnsley practice we can use implants to replace one missing tooth, several missing teeth or even all your missing teeth. Restoration work is completed by adding crowns, bridges or dentures on top.

Who can have implant treatment?

Most patients are suitable for treatment with dental implants, although if you have gum disease that will need to be treated first. Smoking can also affect your implants’ chance of success, so we always advise patients to give up before implant surgery.

Will it hurt to have implants?

Implant placement should not be painful. Most patients only require local anaesthetic, although sedation is also option at our Barnsley dental practice for nervous or phobic patients. Any post-operative bruising should be manageable with over the counter painkillers (always follow the dosage on the packet).

Dental implants for patients who have suffered bone loss

If your teeth have been missing for some time, your dentist may have told you that dental implants are not suitable for you. However, at PDC Dental Implants in Barnsley, Dr Alex Jones is highly experienced in complex implant cases, including for patients who have experienced bone loss.

dental implantsWhen we lose our natural teeth, bone loss is a common side effect as the jaw bone begins to resorb, leading to a sagging appearance in the face. Gum tissue may also recede, which is why many people who have been wearing traditional dentures for a considerable period of time experience problems such as loose dentures and denture slippage.

Using dental implants to secure your dentures is an effective way to combat this. Implants are osteoconductive, meaning they promote bone growth, helping to stop the problem of bone resorbtion.

For patients who have already suffered significant bone loss – enough for them not to be suitable for standard treatment with dental implants – we have a number of options available, and invite you for a consultation with Dr Jones here at our practice in Barnsley.

Zygomatic implants

Zygomatic implants are longer than standard implants, so they engage the strong, dense bone that forms the cheek bone. We use these as standard at our Barnsley dental practice for patients without enough bone for ordinary implants.

An additional benefit of zygomatic implants is that they enable your dentist to place fixed teeth at the same time as placing your implants.

Bone grafts

Bone grafts use either donor bone from another part of your mouth or natural bone substitute to rebuild your jaw bone prior to placing dental implants. You normally require a healing period of about six months after a bone graft before we can place your dental implants, to give the graft enough time to mature.

How dental implants are revolutionising the lives of denture-wearers

Denture stabilisation is an increasingly popular way of solving the problem of loose dentures, with the aid of dental implants. At PDC Dental Implants in Barnsley, skilled implantologist Dr Alex Jones has helped many denture-wearers to improve both their smile and their quality of life thanks to implants.

What are dental implants?

denture-wearersDental implants are small titanium screws that are placed directly in the jaw bone in a minor operation, carried out here at our Barnsley dental practice. In most cases this can be done under local anaesthetic, although we can treat nervous patients under sedation.

When the implants have had a chance to integrate with the bone, they provide a firm anchor on to which Dr Jones will attach your dentures. Dental implants can also support bridges and crowns for patients who still have some of their natural teeth.

What are the main benefits of implant-secured dentures?

Dentures are a popular choice for patients who have lost all of their natural teeth. However, they have a tendency to become loose over time as gum tissue and bone recede, meaning you may have to make frequent visits to your dentist to have them adjusted. You may also find yourself struggling with sloppy pastes to secure your dentures every morning.

At our Barnsley dental practice we recommend using dental implants to stabilise loose-fitting dentures, also known as overdentures. As well as ensuring your dentures stay firmly in place, this also prevents any more bone loss, so you can be sure that your snug fit will last.

When you come into our Barnsley practice for denture stabilisation, Dr Jones will place two or three implants in the lower jaw and/or four implants in the upper jaw, and will then attach special studs on to them. Your dentures can then be clipped securely on to them.

Why should I replace my teeth with dental implants?

More and more patients are turning to dental implants to replace their missing teeth. At PDC Dental Implants in Barnsley, our highly-regarded implant dentist Dr Alex Jones has placed more than 800 implants, with some 80% of these patients having our practice recommended by friends and family.

dental implantsWe have many patients who are happy to testify how dental implants from Dr Alex Jones at our Barnsley clinic have transformed their lives, improving their health both physically and mentally. Here we look at why implants are such a good option to replace missing teeth. . .

Why replace missing teeth?

All dentists agree that we should replace any natural teeth we lose. Dental implants are the only permanent way to do this.

At our Barnsley dental practice we see patients who have lost one or more of their teeth for a wide variety of reasons, from accident and injury to gum disease and tooth decay. Whatever the reason, it is essential to replace lost teeth not just for cosmetic dental reasons, but also for the sake of your general health.

When we lose teeth, any remaining teeth have a tendency to move into the gaps. Often they become crooked and misaligned in the process, which makes them difficult to clean. This in turn can further increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease, potentially leading to further tooth loss.

It is also common to suffer receding gums and bone shrinkage, particularly if you have lost all or most of your natural teeth. This is a common problem in denture wearers and is why unsecured dentures often become loose. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that stops this from happening, because they integrate with the bone and support bone growth, providing firm support for secured dentures, bridges or crowns.

What to expect at your dental implants consultation

Interested in dental implants? The first step is to come into our Barnsley dental practice for a free, no-obligation implant consultation with one of our treatment co-ordinators. We also offer initial e-consultations for busy patients, for which you need to upload photographs of your teeth to our website using our online form. Before any implant treatment you will also need a detailed implant assessment.

Implant consultation

dental implants consultationComing into PDC Dental in Barnsley for an informal consultation is a great way to discover how we can use dental implants to improve both your smile and your quality of life.

This is a relaxed meeting with a treatment coordinator, who will be able to answer any questions you may have about dental implants, treatment options and our Barnsley dental practice. You will have the chance to take a look around our facilities and relax with a cup of tea or coffee, and will also have the chance to meet one of our implant team.

It’s the perfect chance to find out more about dental implants and whether they are a suitable option for you. If you’re a nervous patient this informal chat can help you get the feel of PDC dental practice and to gain reassurance from our empathic team.

Implant assessment

Before treatment with dental implants begins, you will need an implant assessment. This is a comprehensive nine-point appointment during which we fill find out more about you, how missing teeth are affecting you, and what you would like your dentist to achieve.

Here are the nine steps of the assessment, carried out in the comfort of our Barnsley dental clinic. Your dentist will:

  1. Assess the muscles and glands of your head and neck
  2. Assess all the soft tissues inside the mouth
  3. Take a computerised digital record of all your teeth
  4. Complete a full gum health assessment
  5. Carefully examine your jaw joints
  6. Look at your bite (how your teeth fit and work together)
  7. Take any necessary x-rays, and a CT scan if necessary (here at our Barnsley practice)
  8. Take a full set of photographs of your face, teeth and smile
  9. Take impressions to allow us to make models of your teeth for further detailed examination

You will have a further meeting after your dentist has assessed your results to discuss your treatment options.