Dental implants are now a highly popular and effective solution for restoring missing teeth. They offer a long term, comfortable way to replace anything from a single missing tooth to an entire arch. They are also an attractive alternative to traditional dentures, particularly for those who have been dissatisfied with the fit or feel of dentures.
When it comes to looking after your teeth, it is natural to have questions – and for many patients a key consideration when it comes to dental implants is whether or not they are safe. To help put your mind at rest, we’ve answered some of your most common questions.
What exactly are dental implants?
In the simplest terms, dental implants are replacements for the natural roots of teeth that are missing or have become too damaged to support crowns or bridges. They form a permanent foundation to hold natural looking replacement teeth, from a single tooth to a complete arch. Depending on the number of teeth to be replaced, the number of implants required will vary. Whilst a single tooth will need an implant of its own, bridges or even entire arches will require more – typically five or six.
Dental implants are made of medical grade biocompatible titanium. This particular material is chosen because it has the unique ability to fuse with the surrounding bone, providing a level of strength comparable with the original root. When properly fitted by an experienced dental implant specialist such as Dr. Adrian Mullish, these replacement roots are as effective and secure as the natural roots they have replaced – if not stronger – and pose absolutely no risk to the patient.
Why choose dental implants?
Dental implants are generally a good choice to consider when you have missing or damaged teeth and your dentist has advised you that other treatments are not possible, usually because of damage to the roots. A benefit of dental implants is that they allow permanent replacement teeth to be fitted, rather than opting to have repairs done which can fail in the future. Because implants provide such a strong and secure base for the replacement teeth, many future dental problems and complications that can arise as a result of failing teeth can be avoided. Dental implants do not compromise otherwise healthy teeth and roots in the same way as crowns and bridges can, meaning they can also help you to retain your remaining natural teeth for much longer.
It is important to understand that missing teeth really should be replaced. Over time, gaps can cause the natural shape of the jaw to change and the bone to weaken. As well as making you appear older, this can also cause problems with speaking, eating and lead to other complications. All of these can be prevented with professionally fitted dental implants. With this in mind, it is worth noting that the risks associated with such problems far outweigh any risk posed by the implants and related procedures.
Are there any risks with dental implant surgery?
Here at Adrian Mullish Dental Care, dental implant surgery is conducted by Harvard trained dental implant specialist Dr. Adrian Mullish. With his gentle, painless approach to dentistry, he has transformed the smiles and lives of many hundreds of patients over the last twelve years.
Whilst most patients will experience nothing more than minimal discomfort, it is important to remember that dental implant treatment is a minor surgical procedure and can be different for every patient. With the experience and expertise of Adrian and his team, you can be assured that the risks associated with the procedure are absolutely minimal. You’ll also be offered exceptional after care too, to help avoid any discomfort during the healing process.
Generally speaking, the biggest risk for dental implants is posed by gum disease, which over time can cause damage to the gums and bone. To ensure that this is does not pose any problem, Adrian will conduct a thorough examination of your mouth for any signs of gum disease before your implant treatment begins and treat if required so you can be sure of success.
To find out more about getting dental implants or to book a consultation now, call Adrian Mullish Dental Care on Watford 01923 231861.