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.

Suffered bone loss? Don’t write off dental implants yet – how we can help

People who have been wearing dentures for many years may have been told by their dentist that they are not suitable for dental implants because they have suffered bone loss.

dental implantsWhile bone resorbtion is a natural consequence of losing your teeth that can affect the implant process, it does not necessarily mean you are unable to have implants. At PDC Dental Implants in Barnsley, we have helped many patients with bone loss to get dental implants.

As a specialist implant centre, we have a wealth of knowledge and techniques at our disposal to help patients restore their smile. Dr Alex Jones has placed more than 800 dental implants and is experienced in dealing with complex cases at our Barnsley centre. There are two options for patients who have suffered bone loss. . .

Bone grafts

Bone grafting is a common procedure for patients who have suffered bone loss. Donor bone is taken from elsewhere in the mouth, or a natural bone substitute is used to rebuild bone in areas where it has been lost.

The area is then left to heal, which typically takes six months, before dental implants are placed. Occasionally with the upper jaw a procedure called a sinus lift is used, in which bone or bone substitute is packed into the sinus cavity, and implants are placed at the same time.

Zygomatic implants

Zygomatic implants are the treatment of choice at our Barnsley dental practice for patients who have experienced bone loss in the upper jaw. They are longer than standard dental implants and connect with the strong, dense bone of the cheekbone.

A huge advantage is that your dentist can place your implant-supported bridge at the same time as your implants. This cuts down on recovery time and on visits to the dental practice.

In most cases two zygomatic implants are used alongside two to four regular dental implants, although patients with severe bone loss may benefit from four zygomatic implants.

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