Dental Implants Leeds
Dental Implants Leeds: A dental implant is a screw like structure that is surgically fixed to the jawbone. This structure acts like the root of a natural tooth and is the strong fixed base that supports one or more artificial crowns that appear like natural teeth. It is one of the most effective and advanced methods of replacing missing teeth.
How can Dental Implants benefit you?
Missing one tooth
Missing multiple teeth
Missing all your teeth
Dental Implants Leeds : Benefits
High success rate
No damage to adjacent teeth
It is important that your suitability for dental implants is assessed by an experienced dentist. A number of factors need to be checked to determine suitability for implants.
As a minimum requirement, you will require healthy gums and an adequate amount of jawbone to support the implant. A thorough medical is essential as a number of conditions can make implants unsuitable. These include but are not limited to the following:
• Poor plaque removal, poor oral hygiene
• Poorly controlled diabetes
• Heart conditions
• History of radiotherapy in the head and neck area
• Hereditary bleeding disorder e.g. haemophilia
Dr Imad Al-Hussein, Dental Implant Specialist at Montreal Dental Care
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The Science of Dental Implants
Most dental implants are made of three components. The metal implant, the abutment and the crown.
The metal dental implant is most commonly made out of titanium. Titanium is a strong, lightweight and biocompatible metal. These qualities make titanium a highly suitable metal to use for dental implant. After placing the implant into the jawbone, a period of around 3 months is given to allow the metal to fuse with the jawbone. This process is known as osseointegration and is a crucial biological process that determines the success of dental implants. This fusion also helps preserve the jawbone around the dental implant, thus maintaining the jawbones density and shape.
The metal abutment, which is placed onto the dental implant, is essentially a component that connects the dental implant and the porcelain crown.
The porcelain crown, which looks and feels like a natural tooth is then fixed onto the abutment.
Dental Implants Leeds Procedure
For most patients, the placement of dental implant and prosthetic crown involves two main stages.
After assessing your jawbone and determining the ideal position for the placement of the dental implant, the implants is surgically fixed into your jawbone.
A period of 3-6 months is allowed for the bone and metal implant fuse together, in a process known as osseointegration. If it is a front tooth that is being replaced, you can wear a temporary denture during this time.
The metal implant which is fused to your jawbone will be covered by the gum at this stage. Your dentist will uncover the implant and attach a small healing abutment. An impression is then taken. The prosthetic crown is then made by a specialised laboratory. At the final appointment, the crown is fixed onto the abutment.
The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months.
Benefits of a CT scan for Dental Implants
A CT scan is much more accurate and useful than normal x-ray radiographs when treatment planning for Dental Implants.
A CT scan can be very useful in providing a 3D image of the jawbone and locate anatomical landmarks, like arteries and nerves.
The height, width and quality of jawbone is best determined with a CT scan.
This information will first allow the dentist to determine if there’s enough alveolar bone to support a dental implant.
Secondly, the dentist can accurately plan the most suitable location for the implant to be placed. Placement of a dental implant in the most suitable location is an important factor that determines its long-term success.
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Dental Implants Leeds : FAQ
There are no special requirements for looking after implants. Treat and look after them like normal teeth. That means brushing twice a day and dialy flossing, in addition to regularly seeing your dentist for examinations.