Dental Implants in York
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth, fill unsightly gaps and can greatly improve both the aesthetics and function of a smile.
Our expert implant dentists based in York are well trained in the latest implant procedures; they use the highest quality materials and most modern technology to deliver a unique dental experience. Dental implants are an advanced treatment which patients tend to have many questions about.
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What is a Dental Implant?
When a tooth is removed or lost, whether it is due to dental injury or decay, a dental implant can be used to replace the root portion of the tooth. Made from titanium alloy, the Dental implant is surgically placed directly into the jawbone after which they can support dental crowns and bridges or dentures to restore long term function.
What does Dental Implant treatment involve?
Initially, the Dental Implant dentist will ensure there is sufficient bone to support the dental implant. Then, if this is found to be the case, the Implant dentist will begin treatment by placing you under local anaesthetic or using sedation for the more nervous patient, to ensure a painless procedure. A small hole will then be drilled into the jawbone using a special dental implant drill, wherein the titanium implant is fitted and left to heal for around 3 to 6 months. During this time a temporary tooth will be attached. Then, once integration of the Dental Implant is complete the Implant dentist will be able to fit a crown, bridge or denture according to your wishes.
How long does Dental Implant treatment take?
The length of dental implant treatment will differ per patient. However, on average you can expect treatment to take around 1-2 hours for each dental implant procedure. Our team will be able to advise on when appointments are necessary and if you will need to take any time off work.
What if I need a bone graft for my Dental Implant treatment?
A dental bone graft is an additional procedure implemented when there is insufficient jaw bone to support a Dental implant. This is usually due to instances where the patient has suffered from gum disease, lost teeth but not had the missing teeth replaced or where with the passage of time the jaw bone has resorbed. In the past it was not possible to use Dental implants in places where there was insufficient jaw bone however modern advances in Implant dentistry have seen this change. We are able to take bone grafts from other areas of the body or can use artificial bone graft substitutes to help compensate for any deficiency in bone quality or quantity to facilitate the placement of dental implants.
Our team of Implant dentists at Fresh Dental Smile Clinic York are happy to discuss all the considerations for replacing missing teeth with dental implants.
Are Dental Implants a better option than dental bridges & dentures?
Though each restorative method has its advantages dental implants are often considered a better cost effective solution due to the level of stability and comfort Dental Implant treatment offers. One of the major benefits of Dental implants is they transmit chewing forces to the jaw bone, which helps to maintain and prevent further bone loss in the jaw. If there is no Dental implant as with conventional bridges and dentures, the bone may recede and over time the shape of the face may change.
Whereas dental bridges are anchored onto neighbouring teeth for support, dental implants are placed directly into the jawbone to allowing much better chewing ability and function. Dental bridges and dentures also tend to require neighbouring healthy teeth to be prepared in some way, usually by way of filing. Dental Implants, in contrast, are placed into the jawbone usually without any need to disturb adjacent teeth.
Removable dentures can be loose and poorly fitting and need to be taken out at night to be cleaned. Dentures can be made more stable with mini- dental implants or normal sized dental implants. Dental implants, on the other hand, are able to mimic the stability of natural teeth and are permanently fixed.
Possible complications with Dental Implants
The Dental implant may fail to integrate with the jaw bone and this can cause a failure, but this occurs in only rare cases. Our Implant Dentist in york assess each Implant case individually to consider possible risks and problems of Implant surgery advance.
Am I too old for a Dental Implants? Is there an age limit for implants?
No, you are never too old for a Dental Implant. As soon as the jaw has stopped growing an implant can be placed. Therefore in younger patients implants can only be placed when the jaw bone is fully developed. At the other end of the spectrum, there is no age limit for implants as long as there are no significant medical risk factors.
If you would like to consider replacing gaps or missing teeth with Dental Implants discuss your options with our award winning team at Fresh Dental Smile Clinic in York. Book an appointment for a Free consultation with our Implant Dentists in York on 01904 623 687.