Ice Dental & Implant Centre
Dental Implants in Blyth Nottinghamshire
The ‘gold standard’ for replacing missing teeth
If you lose a tooth, or several teeth, you are likely to want to replace them, especially where they leave a visible gap in your smile. It is also important to replace missing teeth for functional reasons and the traditional way of doing this is to use dentures or in some cases, dental bridges. Increasingly though, people are turning to dental implants instead, and for very good reasons.
In addition to the fact that implants look entirely natural, they are also very strong, stable, easy to look after and allow you to eat any food that you want without difficulty.
What are dental implants?
The implant itself is a screw like object, usually made from titanium or similar material. It is placed into the jawbone in the area where the tooth was lost. It will then bond securely with the bone; a process known as ‘osseointegration’, leaving what is in effect an artificial tooth root. A dental crown is then attached to this ‘root’ using an abutment. Once the crown has been attached, you will have a strong replacement tooth that can last for 20 years and often many more, providing that it is looked after correctly.
Dental implants can be used to replace individual missing teeth, or multiple adjacent teeth. They can also be used to replace a whole missing arch of teeth. Rather than replacing these teeth individually, a small number of implants are placed which then hold a fixed bridge of replacement teeth in place.
Ice Dental and Implant Centre uses only the highest quality implants produced by reputable implant manufacturers such as Straumann. We have many years of experience with placing dental implants with hundreds of successful procedures completed, including complex cases.
Looking after dental implants
When you receive dental implants at our Blyth dental centre, you will be given full instructions on how to look after them so they serve you well in the long term. Unlike dentures which can be fiddly to clean, dental implants can be treated like your natural teeth. We recommend diligent brushing, flossing and also advise that you receive a professional clean from our hygienist every six months or so to help keep your implants healthy. This will also be of benefit for your remaining natural teeth.
Before a dental implant can be placed, you will need to have an initial consultation with one of our implant dentists. You will also need to have the area where the implant is to be placed scanned to determine the level and quality of available bone structure.
When a tooth is lost, the body reabsorbs bone from that area and this can, in some cases, affect whether an implant is a suitable for you. Where there is not enough bone available, there are options to build it back up to allow the implant procedure to take place. This procedure is known as bone grafting and we will discuss the options with you should you require it.