Implant-supported bridges: uses and benefits

Have you ever heard of implant-supported bridges? Unlike regular bridges, these restorations are supported by dental implants and do not rely on your natural teeth for retention.

Dental Implants in South YorkshireAt PDC Dental Implants, bridges supported by dental implants in South Yorkshire are used to replace a few missing teeth in a row for an aesthetically pleasing and functional result. Instead of getting separate dental implants for each missing tooth involved, you can opt for this cost-effective and attractive replacement option.

How does it work?

The process for implant-supported bridges is not different from that of getting regular dental implants. Your dentist will still need to place the dental implants in the jawbone through a minor procedure for osseointegration to be achieved. Once the implants have fused to the jawbone, they can proceed to the last stage of this process, which is the fitting of the bridge on top of the dental implants. The number of dental implants required for this treatment varies from patient to patient and depends on the overall number of missing teeth. However, in most cases, each end of the bridge is supported by 2 dental implants, therefore that’s the minimum number required for this treatment to work.

What are the benefits of implant-supported bridges?

Traditional bridges can last for a specific amount of years and tend to wear and become loose over time. Moreover, traditional bridges require the grinding of your healthy teeth in order to be supported and this can lead to irreversible damage. Moreover, bone loss can make them more mobile and uncomfortable. Bridges supported with dental implants in South Yorkshire, on the other hand, are more stable and comfortable and do not compromise the health of your neighbouring teeth. They are very long lasting and, since they rely on dental implants, they are also more secure and less likely to move around your mouth. Replacing your missing teeth with a bridge supported by dental implants in South Yorkshire will preserve the natural spacing of your teeth and will encourage the healthy development of your jawbone over time.

To learn more about our implant-supported bridges, contact us today.

Denture stabilisation with dental implants in Barnsley explained

For some people, removable dentures are the only solution because of the extent of their tooth loss. However, despite their benefits and ease of use, removable dentures can become loose over time because they do not interact with the jawbone and cannot prevent its deterioration. If you have had enough of your dentures and you want to try something new, maybe it’s time to consider denture stabilisation with dental implants.

Dental Implants in BarnsleyAt PDC Dental, we offer a wide range of implant solutions to patients of all ages. Denture stabilisation with dental implants in Barnsley is a popular solution because it’s easy and cost effective. Why opt for regular dental implants, when you can stabilise your denture in your mouth for half the cost? To learn more about this procedure, continue reading.

What are implant-supported dentures?

Implant-supported dentures are a viable solution to loose dentures. These dentures are supported by and attached to dental implants. Both the implants and the dentures come with special attachments than help keep the implants in place once in the mouth, preventing movement and improving your overall oral function and chewing ability. Dentures supported with dental implants in Barnsley can be fitted to either jaw, but they are particularly beneficial in the lower jaw, where regular dentures tend to be less sturdy.

Is this treatment suitable for me?

Implant-supported dentures are ideal for patients who have lost many teeth in their upper or lower jawbone (or both), but don’t want to replace them with regular dental implants. Age is not an impediment to this treatment, but you will need to be in good oral and general health and must not smoke in order to have dentures fitted on dental implants. Just like regular dental implants, implant-supported dentures require great oral care in order to be maintained.

What can I expect from my implant-supported dentures?

Implant-supported dentures are more stable than regular dentures and will not move when they are in your mouth. Patients find it easier to smile, eat, speak and bite with implant-supported dentures. Not to mention that these dentures are much more comfortable, because no suction is required to keep them in place.

Bringing back your smile

In South Yorkshire, dental implants are providing a new lease of life for worn-out and uneven smiles. Here at PDC Dental in Barnsley, many of our patients come in to see us in a bit of a deflated state. Damaged and missing teeth can be painful and put a crimp on your day. It affects the way you laugh, smile, eat and maintain your teeth, and can really knock your confidence. Anyone who’s held back a smile or suppressed a laugh because of a less than perfect smile will understand this.

Dental Implants in South YorkshireWe also know how beneficial dental implants in South Yorkshire can be, and how they can help restore smiles to their former glory. While a standalone crown, bridge or denture is a fine way to replacing missing teeth, implants provide an array of extra benefits.

Stable and secure

Implants provide a strong foundation for a replacement tooth. This is because they are fixed directly into the jawbone and are the only restoration method that provides a replacement root as well as a crown.

This means that you get back your full chewing power; there’s no need to be on a soft food diet or to cut out nutritious crunchy and chewy foods.

Built to last

Implants are made from titanium, a light but hard-wearing metal that is also biocompatible. This means that it bonds with the natural structures of the body and is held in place by bone tissue and blood vessels. This makes dental implants in South Yorkshire as secure as natural tooth roots. Your dental implants in South Yorkshire will also last for a long time, up to 15 years with proper care.

Easy to maintain

Because dental implants in South Yorkshire behave like natural teeth, you clean them just like your natural teeth. Twice-daily brushing and flossing plus bi-annual check-ups and scale and polish cleanings will keep your implants in good condition for years to come.

Find out more

We provide dental implants in South Yorkshire for a range of different conditions; whether you need same day implants, zygomatic implants (fitted into the cheekbone), a single implant, bridge implants or implant supported dentures, we can help.

Discover the advantages of implant-supported dentures and say goodbye to your loose dentures

Dentures have been used in dentistry for many years with success. In fact, they are one of the oldest dental treatments documented in history. Luckily, modern dentures are far more functional and attractive these days, but still they come with several disadvantages. Unfortunately, for some people, dental implants are too expensive.

Dental Implants in South YorkshireAt PDC Dental Implants, we have combined the best of both worlds and you can now say goodbye to loose dentures without spending a lots of money on dental implants in South Yorkshire with denture stabilisation. This technique ensures that your false teeth stay in place since they are supported by dental implants.

Why have implant-supported dentures?

If you suffer from many missing teeth, dentures supported by dental implants in South Yorkshire should be something to look into. Dental implants are very beneficial for the jawbone since they halt bone loss and encourage the regeneration of new bone tissue. Moreover, dental implants in South Yorkshire are stable, secure, dependable and effective.

Their ability to keep your dentures in place will restore your oral function and allow you to laugh, eat and speak without problems. Moreover, implant-supported dentures will improve your speech and confidence, decrease irritation of the gum tissue, eliminate the need for expensive and messy adhesives and create a stronger biting force than regular dentures. In addition, the process for getting implant-supported dentures is easy and has minimal discomfort.

How are implant-supported dentures placed in the jawbone?

Dentures supported with dental implants in South Yorkshire require multiple visits to the dentist. During the first stage, the dentist will place a few dental implants into the jawbone. These dental implants are smaller than regular implants and they are designed with special mechanisms on their surface, so that the dentures stay in place. Once the implants have healed, your dentist will adjust the denture over the dental implants with special add-ons, providing you with the peace of mind that they won’t become loose over time.

Book your consultation

If you are interested in implant-supported dentures and you want to ensure if they are the best option for you, contact our friendly team today.

Implant solutions for multiple missing teeth

Dental implants are small, titanium, screw-shaped posts that replace the roots of missing teeth. They also help preserve tooth-supporting bone that naturally weakens when one or more teeth are lost. After all, bone loss is one of the most important consequences of missing teeth and can only be prevented with dental implants.

dental-implants-in-barnsleyNowadays, dental implants have developed considerably and there are many options available to patients who are missing more than one tooth. If you are interested in dental implants in Barnsley and you don’t want to spend a fortune on conventional dental implants to replace an entire arch of teeth, then it’s time to book an appointment with our implant dentists at PDC Dental Implants.

All-on-4 implants

All-on-4 dental implants in Barnsley make it possible to replace a full set of teeth with a simple, effective and safe treatment achieved with only one visit to the dentist. If you have had enough of loose dentures or if you have experienced a broken denture in the past, replacing all your teeth with a same-day implant procedure is beneficial for your oral health and your quality of life.

All-on-4 implants are designed to replace the upper or lower arch (or both). The placement of up to 4 dental implants at pre-planned positions and angles in your jawbone provides the base upon which the final restorations can rest.

Zygomatic dental implants

Zygomatic implants are used when there is not enough bone left for regular implants in the upper jawbone. They are used to ensure extra support and stabilisation in an area of the mouth which is very frail. Zygomatic implants are very sturdy, they are placed to the zygomatic bone and they are longer than normal dental implants because of all the support they need.They are completely safe and won’t cause any problems with your sinuses.

Say goodbye to dentures

If you are tired of wearing loose dentures and need an effective option to replace your many missing teeth, All-on-4 implants and zygomatic dental implants in Barnsley are great options. Your dentist will help you decide which is best for you.

Options for missing teeth

Dental implants in Barnsley are an excellent option for those seeking to replace one or more missing teeth. Dentures and bridges alone do replace missing teeth. Unlike your natural teeth, however, dentures and bridges are not anchored into your jawbone, so they do not offer the same strength or ease of use. With the addition of dental implants, failed bridges and dentures can be a thing of the past, providing permanent, comfortable and natural-looking dental prosthetics.

Dental Implants in BarnsleyIn Barnsley, dental implants are the better choice

Dentures alone offers the wearer a quarter of the chewing power of natural teeth. When your dentures are attached to dental implants, however, they fully replace all natural functions. This occurs due to the nifty way implants react to your bone. During a simple surgery, these titanium screws are placed into the jawbone. Titanium is biocompatible with our bodies, which means it will not break down or erode and it stimulates the natural growth of your bone. Since it is so adept at living happily in your mouth, it will not impede blood vessels or the soft tissue of your gums from also growing naturally. This means that after surgery, your gum will completely heal and your jawbone will grow onto and around the implant, anchoring it in place and making it a strong, stable platform for teeth-replacement options, such as dentures to be fixed onto.

Since dental implants in Barnsley are permanently ‘root’ tooth replacements such as dentures, your dentures will now function just like your natural teeth. You don’t have to worry about them slipping out of place when you’re eating, talking or laughing. In addition, because your jawbone is now growing naturally, you will never need to worry about jawbone shrinkage and failed dentures, due to them being ill fitting.

How long will they last?

With proper care, implants can last many years. Studies have shown, with proper care they are very long lasting, with the first person to ever receive dental implants living with them for over 40 years. By attending regular 6-monthly check-ups at PDC Dental Implants, we can look after your teeth and ensure your implants work for you for a long time to come.

Facts you might not know about dental implants

It seems like everyone is talking about dental implants in South Yorkshire at the moment. This relatively new dental technology is changing people’s lives for the better, which is wonderful, but how much do you really know about implants?

At PDC Dental Implants, Dr Alex Jones and his team have years of training and experience in dealing with all types of dental implants in South Yorkshire. They can answer all of your questions when you come in for a consultation, or chat to us in an e-consultation. But here are some facts about dental implants to keep you going.

Dental Implants in South YorkshireDental implants are older than you think

Although dental implants in their current incarnation are a relatively new technology, it turns out humans have been trying to replace lost teeth for an awfully long time – remains of ancient Mayans with tooth-shaped pieces of shell hammered into their gums.

Some figures for you

If you lose a tooth and don’t replace it with an implant, your jawbone density can start to reduce quickly, losing up to 25% in just the first year.

In America alone, 500,000 people get dental implants each year.

It is thought that around 6% of UK adults have no natural teeth. That’s a low percentage, but when you think about the whole of the country, it’s still a lot of people.

1 in 4 adults admit they don’t brush twice a day, which might account for the number of people with no teeth!

Dental implants in South Yorkshire can save your other teeth

If you’ve only lost one tooth, and it’s not visible when you smile, you may think there is no need to replace it with an implant. However, by leaving that gap you could be putting your other teeth at risk. Teeth rely on one another to stay strong. When a tooth is missing, the neighbouring teeth can start to tilt or twist. If a bottom tooth is missing, the opposing tooth in the top jaw can start to drop down with nothing to bite against.

A full set of implants in a day

With All-on-4 implants and same day implants, you can get a full set of new teeth in just one day.

Types of dental implants available

Implants is quite a buzzword in dentistry right now, with more and more people opting to invest in dental implants in Barnsley. Here at PDC Dental Implants, our implant dentist team have years of training and experience in fitting all kinds of dental implants.

Dental Implants in BarnsleyA brief description of dental implants

Not everyone is quite aware of exactly what dental implants are, so here is a quick explanation. Dental implants are small posts or screws made from titanium, which are fitted into the jawbone just like the root of a natural tooth. Because of the biocompatibility of titanium, the jawbone actually grows around it, making it strong and secure. A crown or bridge is fitted to the top of the implant, and you have natural looking and feeling teeth once more.

Types of dental implants in Barnsley

So now you know what dental implants are, what about the types? We fit a number of different dental implants. In Barnsley, our dentists are experienced in finding the best way to replace your lost teeth.

A single lost tooth is straight forward. This is replaced by a single implant, with a crown to take the place of the old tooth. You can treat the implant exactly the same as the rest of your teeth, and after a while you may even forget it’s there!

If an accident or medical problem has led to you losing 2 or 3 teeth in a row, they could be replaced with a single implant. The implant is strong enough to support a bridge with 3 teeth.

Anyone who has many lost or failing teeth can have them replaced with a system called All-on-4 implants. This is where a full arch of teeth is supported on just 4 or 6 implants.

We often see patients with failed dentures or a failed bridge, who want to replace them with implants. Depending how long the patient has been wearing dentures, they may have lost some density in their jawbone. In this case, there is the option of a bone graft or sinus lift, or zygomatic implants. They are longer than standard implants, and are fitted into the zygomatic bone, which forms your cheekbone.

What to expect from a dental implant consultation

If you’ve heard the latest buzz about dental implants in South Yorkshire and are wondering if they could be the answer for you, the first step is to book a consultation with an implant dentist. At PDC Dental Implants, we offer the options of an e-consultation, or you can visit in person at one of our South Yorkshire practices.

dental-implants-in-south-yorkshireWhat is an e-consultation?

We understand that you have a busy life and may not have a great deal of time to spare. Or perhaps you’re not sure you want to commit to having dental implants in South Yorkshire, but want to talk to someone about the options and costs involved. An e-consultation is a great first step. It is free, and gives you the chance to learn more and decide if you want to come in for a full consultation and assessment.

What happens during an implant assessment?

A full assessment for dental implants in South Yorkshire is quite a lengthy process, so you should plan for it to last a little under an hour and a half. This may sound like a long time, but dental implants aren’t for everyone and we need to make a detailed assessment of your mouth and jaw, plus there will be plenty of time to talk through the options and for you to ask any questions you may have.

During the assessment, we will take a close look at more than just your mouth. The muscles of your head and neck will be taken into account, as will your jaw joints and bones. We’ll have a careful look at the health of your gums, and take x-rays, photographs and impressions.

If you currently suffer with a loose denture or failed denture, you can talk to our team about these problems. They will tell you about the different types of implants available, including All-on-4 implants. They will also discuss your jawbone density and tell you about the options of zygomatic implants and bone grafts if they feel your jaw may not have the required density to support an implant.

If you decide to go ahead with dental implants in South Yorkshire, we will give you a detailed written report for reference.

What’s the difference between regular dentures and implant-supported dentures?

If you are considering dental implants for your missing teeth, chances are that you know very little about them. If you are not sure if this treatment can address your tooth loss, at PDC Dental Implants we are here to help since we have been providing dental implants in South Yorkshire successfully for many years.

Dental Implants in South YorkshireWe also appreciate that patients who have been wearing dentures may not wish to step out of their comfort zone and switch to dental implants. After all, replacing all of your teeth with dental implants can be expensive and will surely require time. But what if we told you that there’s now a way to enjoy the benefits of dental implants in South Yorkshire and get to keep your dentures as well?

How are implant-supported dentures different?

Removable dentures are designed to fit over the gums without interacting with them in an organic way. Dentures supported by dental implants in South Yorkshire, on the other hand, are secured on top of 2 to 4 dental implants with the help of connectors. These dentures are removable, though in some cases they can be glued in place.

Implant-supported dentures are sturdier than regular dentures because they rely on dental implants – the latter function as replacement tooth roots and stay firmly in place.

Do implant-supported dentures perform better?

Implant-supported dentures perform better than regular dentures in many respects. For starters, they do not slip out of place, meaning that you perform simple tasks such as eating, biting and talking without problems.

With these dentures, dietary restrictions are a thing of the past because you can re-introduce chewy foods in your diet. By providing stimulation to your jawbone through the dental implants, implant-supported dentures prevent bone deterioration that could lead to further tooth loss.

Moreover, implant-supported dentures do not need to be refitted every once in a while because your jawbone will not shrink with the help of dental implants. Last but not least, implant-supported dentures are made with high-quality materials and look, feel and function just like your real teeth.

Learn more

The best way to determine if implant-supported dentures are the right treatment for you is to call us today.