Dental implants are essentially small titanium screws (typically less than one centimetre long) that are adhered to the jaw or skull and act as a replica of the tooth’s root. Dental implants are inserted with the intention of having either a porcelain crown, denture, or bridge attached to them. Someone may choose to get dental implants in Barnsley if they have lost one or multiple teeth for whatever reason, one of which may be through an accident.
Having one or multiple teeth missing within the mouth can have severe problems for dental health and overcrowding when surrounding teeth may move into the gap. Bacteria build up within the mouth can lead to gum problems as well as more severe health issues, such as gum disease. Having one or several teeth missing within the mouth can cause extreme discomfort when completing daily dental tasks such as eating, and brushing teeth. We do advise patients to think seriously about replacing teeth for general health reasons.
Are there different types of dental implants in Barnsley?
An individual who has one tooth missing may require a different treatment to a patient who is suffering from the loss of multiple teeth. A patient who is missing one tooth ( maybe due to an accident) may decide to opt for a dental implant with a porcelain crown (a natural looking tooth alternative). An individual who is missing several teeth may decide to get a denture, a bridge, or a new treatment called ‘all-on-four-implants’. You should discuss which treatment may be the best for you in an initial consultation with us, or another healthcare professional. The treatment or procedure you decide may be dependent on a range of variables so it is important you consult with us on the best way forward for you.
What are bridges?
Dental bridges are a way for patients to solve any insecurities they may have about the loss of several teeth within the mouth. Dental bridges work by replacing one or multiple teeth within the mouth either through the use of dental implants, or by joining artificial teeth to existing adjacent teeth within the mouth. Within bridge work, there are usually 5 or 6 implants involved. Fixed bridgework allows you to replace all teeth in one or both jaws. The number of dental implants used varies greatly with each individual patient, if there is more bone available then more implants may be used. We or another dentist may use a variation of both single and fixed bridge implants, to produce the best result.
What are dentures?
Dentures are commonly thought of as to be used by patients who are older, however this is not always the case. Dental dentures can be used for patients who have lost a large amount of teeth within the mouth. Implants can also be used as a way of stabilising loose dentures, these are known as ‘overdentures’. Inserted fixed dental implants within the mouth can be used to solidify already existing dental work. Dentures are more financially viable than fixed bridges, although many patients may go on to get fixed bridges in the future, this is still a great alternative to stabilise dentures within the mouth.
Whatever your dental needs in this area we would only be too happy to meet you and discuss how we could help you get the best out of your treatment here at PDC Dental.