Regency House Dental Practice has now being providing dental implants in-house for a number of years.
Mark Howdle is highly experienced and passionate about this field of dentistry and is becoming increasingly popular in replacing missing teeth.
Do you have missing teeth? Do you have old denture or bridges that are in need of replacing? Are you looking for a permanent and natural looking solution to restore your smile? Dental implants maybe the right option for you.
Q. What are dental implants?
A. A dental implant is a titanium post which is placed into the jaw bone. It is used to support one or more false teeth. In practice, both the false teeth and their supporting post are known as an ‘implant’.
Q. Are implants safe and how long do they last?
A. Implants are a well-established, tried-and-tested treatment. Over 95% of modern implants should last for many years with the right care.
Q. I have some of my own teeth. Can I still have implants?
A. Yes. You can have any number of teeth replaced with implants – from one single tooth to a complete set.
Q. Can implants always be used to replace missing teeth?
A. It depends on the condition of the bone in your jaw. Your dentist will arrange for a number of special tests to find out the amount of bone still there. If there is not enough, or if it isn’t healthy enough, it may not be possible to place implants without grafting bone into the area first.
Q. How long does treatment take?
A. Your dentist will be able to give you a rough timetable before the treatment starts. The full treatment is usually spread over a few months.
Q. Are the implants difficult to clean?
A. No, but the after care is important if you are going to have a long-lasting successful implant. We will give you detailed advice on how to look after your implants. Cleaning around the teeth attached to the implants is no more difficult that cleaning your own, natural teeth. However, there may be some areas that are difficult to reach and you will be shown methods to help you. You may need to visit the hygienist more often but this is something that can be discussed.
Q. If I had gum disease when I had my own teeth, will I get it with the teeth attached to the implants?
A. Yes, if you don’t care for them well enough. If you keep them clean, and don’t smoke, then you should not have any problems.
Q. Can I take the teeth out if they are fixed to the implants?
A. Most artificial teeth attached to implants can only be placed and removed by the dentist. However, if you have complete dentures fixed to the implants by bars, then you will be able to take them out for cleaning.
Q. Do implants show?
A. Your dentist will make sure that the implants won’t show during all normal movements of the mouth and lips. You will need to be able to see them to clean them properly.
Q. Do I have an implant for each missing tooth?
A. No, unless you are only having a single tooth replaced. Normally, five or six implants are used to replace all the teeth in one jaw as each implant can usually support two teeth. For a few missing teeth, two or three implants may be used.
Q. Is the treatment expensive?
A. Unfortunately, yes. However, in many situations, the cost of the treatment is only a little more than the cost of more conventional treatment such as crowns and bridges. Over the longer term, implants are usually more cost-effective and satisfactory option.
There are advantages to implants too. An implant, to replace a single tooth, avoids the need to cut down the teeth either side for crowns to support a bridge. Normal dentures often mean you can’t eat or speak well due to the dentures moving about, but teeth attached to an implant don’t cause this problem as they are anchored to the bone more firmly than even natural teeth.
Please note; not everyone is eligible for implants and not all gaps can be restored, certain factors can influence your suitability for dental implants, such as medication, health issues and smoking. Please speak to your dentist at your next appointment or contact the practice if you require further information.
For Further Information
Call the practice today on 01785 815818 to book in for your consultation with Mr Howdle.
At Regency House Dental Practice we accept payment via cash, debit and credit card, there is no additional surcharge for using credit cards. For extensive treatments there may be options for finance or payment options that can be paid on a monthly basis. Please speak to one of the team for further information.