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?

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Missing one tooth

Losing your first tooth can be a traumatic experience for many, particularly when it’s a front tooth. It can affect your self-confidence and the replacement options of a bridge or a small denture are often unsatisfactory. A dental implant can be the perfect solution giving you a result that looks and feels like a natural tooth.

Missing multiple teeth

Patient with multiple missing teeth may be wearing a partial denture. For many, their ability to chew food is negatively affected, and the dentures can be a cause of embarrassment. Implants can be the perfect solution for replacing multiple missing teeth. A few implants can be used as an anchor for a bridge with multiple teeth.
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Missing all your teeth

When you’re missing all your teeth and wearing dentures, the dentures are only supported by your gums and the contours of the jawbone under the gums. This often results in loose dentures that are difficult to eat and speak with. Dental implants can change this by providing an anchor on which a specialised denture clips on to.

Dental Implants Leeds : Benefits

Natural Feel

The aesthetic and tooth like crown is attached onto the implant which is fused to your jawbone. They won’t move about dentures or fall out like some bridges do. It’s the closest thing to a real tooth.

High success rate

In the right hands, like the experienced Dr Al-Hussein, dental implants can have an excellent success rate. The level of expertise of the clinician is perhaps the single most important factor in determining the long-term success of a dental implant.

Chewing

People with missing teeth or dentures often struggle to chew food. They might compromise by avoiding the foods they love, or swallow food without adequately chewing it which can cause digestion problems. Implants are strongly fixed to the jawbone and will allow you to chew food like you would with normal teeth.

No damage to adjacent teeth

Implants are anchored to the jawbone whereas dental bridges or dentures are supported by the adjacent teeth and gums. Bridges require the drilling and removal of healthy tooth tissue to help anchor the bridge. Implants cause no damage to the adjacent teeth, giving the adjacent the best chance of remaining healthy.

Jawbone preserved

Bone resorption is the natural process that occurs in the jawbone around the root of a tooth after the tooth has been extracted. The body no longer needs the jawbone and begins breaking it down. This loss of jawbone can affect facial appearance and contour. The presence of a dental implant where a tooth was previously lost stops or reduces bone resorption and helps preserve jawbone

Long Lasting

Despite their cost, when dental implants are expertly placed and well maintained, they are often a one-time investment that can last a lifetime. When considering the improvement in quality of life it can provide, it really is the most cost effective and smart way to replace missing teeth.
Can everyone get Dental Implants?

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
• Cancer
• Poorly controlled diabetes
• Heart conditions
• History of radiotherapy in the head and neck area
• Hereditary bleeding disorder e.g. haemophilia
• Smoking

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.

First stage:

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.

Second stage:

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

Prices start from £2200 per dental implant. The cost will increase to around £2500 if additional procedures like a bone graft is required.
Similar to a lot of other dental treatment, the procedure is carried out under local local anaesthetic. With local anaesthetic, the discomfort you’ll feel will be minimal. For several days afterwards there will be some pain and discomfort as the bones and gums are heal. This is usually well manageable with painkillers.
This is an important question to ask as the success of the implant procedure is in large part due to the skill of the dentist that places them. At Montreal Dental Care, our principal dentist Dr Imad Al-Hussein places all the implants. Dr Al-Hussein completed his MSC in dental implants and has a wealth of experience in successfully placing dental implants.

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.

Unless you’re experiencing any issues, follow up appointments should be every 6 months for your regular examinations.
Dental implants are fixed and are not removable like dentures. The exception is implant retained dentures which may be removed liked tradtional dentures.
The optimal time for placing of an implant is usually 6-12 weeks post extraction. Placing an implant at this stage preserves as much of the jawbone as possible. Implants may also be placed in areas where the space has been present for a long time
The material of choice for most implants is titanium. This is because titanium is the most biocompatible metal available and therefore most likely to fuse successfully with your jawbone in the process known as osseointegration.
When expertly placed and well looked after, dental implants can last a lifetime
Only local anaesthetic Is used during the procedure. Therefore, you will be awake and conscious.
In most cases yes. However the cause of failure but be identified and corrected before considering a replacement implant. Otherwise the same problem will cause the implant to fail again.
Synthetic bone grafts use calcium rich material that mimic bone such as hydroxyapatite. Natural bone graft uses bone taken from another part of the body.
The risks and possible side effects of the dental procedure can vary with each individual. Your dentist will assess the risks before commencing with treatment. These are some of the possible risks involved: • Infection of the implant site • Temporary or permanent nerve damage, which can result in pain, numbness or tingling sensations in nearby tissues. • Exposure of maxillary sinus when placing implants in upper posterior region. The above risks are significantly reduced when the procedure is carried out by an experienced dentist and after carrying out the necessary pre-op checks and scans.
It is possible; however, your dentist will likely advise you to have 4-6 implant screws with an implant retained denture on top. This is a more cost-effective way to replace your teeth if they are all missing.
The need to replace a missing tooth usually depends on its location and what function it provides. A dental implant must be serve a purpose to make it worthwhile. When front teeth are missing, there is a clear aesthetic need to replace the missing teeth. Also, when missing teeth are affecting your ability to adequately chew food, this is another very good reason to consider implants. Dental implants would be of great benefit to you as they function like normal teeth and allow you to chew normally.
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