If you hate the fact that you are missing teeth, are upset at how all those spaces look and feel when you smile or would like to eat the foods that you used to be able to when you had all your teeth present, then definitely for you, Dental Implants are a perfect treatment to consider getting done.
Why consider dental implants?
Often when you lose teeth, the types of food that you used to like become difficult to eat as a result of all the spaces making it difficult to chew. Having a piece of plastic in your mouth in the form of a denture that food gets trapped around does not help either and ones quality of life decreases – food is meant to be enjoyed! Dentures also move about making it harder to speak and the chance of them moving during an important meeting or presentation can lead to a loss of confidence.
Thankfully dentures and spaces can now be a thing of the past as dental implants can get rid of the gaps and denture for good. Having fixed in, natural looking teeth will also make your smile as beautiful as it used to be, boosting the way you feel about yourself and changing the way the world looks at you.
What are dental implants?
Dental Implants are to all intents and purposes “screws”, made out of a special material called titanium. The wonderful property of this material is that it can be introduced into the human bodies bone and become part of it, fused together in a process called osseointegration. Titanium is very safe and inert and has been used for many years in the medical profession, especially in orthopaedic surgery where broken bones and fractures are screwed or plated together with it.This makes it ideal to use as a tooth root that other parts can be attached to, like fixed in multiple teeth bridges or single crowns.
There are many different types of implants available, but not all are equal, as some manufacturers in an effort to cut costs has lead to lower grades of titanium and other materials being introduced into the implants design, which is not an ideal situation.
At the Glasgow Smile Clinic we use the most researched and the best dental implants. They are made in Switzerland and Germany, so our patients can have the piece of mind that they have what we would want to be used in our families if they needed implants. The ones used by ourselves are made by Straumann and by Ankylos. You can find more information about them here and here.
The dental implant process
At the Glasgow Smile Clinic we offer FREE implant consultations to all those thinking about undergoing treatment with us. At this visit one of our dentists will see you and give you specific tailored advice regarding your own unique situation. There is no obligation to go ahead with anything discussed, it is just a great opportunity to get some friendly advice.
Should you wish to get more information, and take the process forward,we will then arrange a follow up visit where detailed information about your case will be taken, including x-rays and moulds of your teeth taken digitally.
The most important aspect of dental implants is having enough bone in your jaws to put the implants into. All people who lose teeth will lose the bone supporting the teeth after they have been removed. This does not mean that you cannot get implants if there is insufficient bone, but it may mean that we may have to put bone back in the important areas, in a process called bone augmentation. To find out if you have the appropriate amount of bone, a special 3D Xray called a CT Scan will be taken of your jaws, which will show us your bone with great precision.
Once we have all the information detailed above, we can then make an individualised treatment plan for you with a comprehensive breakdown of the fees involved. Should you then agree to go ahead with the treatment, an in depth report and consent form will be given to you to approve and the implant placement appointment arranged at your convenience.
Is it painful to have a dental implant?
Dental Implants are usually placed under local anaesthetic which means that during the procedure you should feel no pain.
After the treatment has been completed, it is normal to feel slight discomfort that can be easily alleviated by taking paracetamol or ibuprofen.Many patients return to work the next day or a few days later(if many implants have been placed at once). In some cases you may experience some bruising or swelling and again this can be well controlled with medication that we will prescribe you.
Our Dentists will be on hand to help you if you need anything that same day of the surgery, will call you personally four hours later to make sure all is well and will give you their own mobile phone numbers in case you have any questions that evening. We will make sure that you are in the best hands possible and are well looked after with our after care program.
Can anyone get a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are suitable for all adults who have missing teeth and there is no upper age limit to getting them done either. We have many patients in their 70s and 80’s who undergo this type of work.
Of course, certain issues may necessitate a different treatment plan or extra precautions such as if you have current or previous health concerns or are taking specific medications. We will ascertain this at your consultation by taking a detailed medical history from you and you will have plenty of opportunity to discuss these types of issues with the dentist.
In certain individuals who smoke, the successful outcomes from studies shows us that it is better if you are a non smoker. This doesn’t mean you cant get implants if you smoke, it just means that there is a greater risk of not having the implant work first time if you do – although many smokers have no problems whatsoever. Again, this will all be discussed with you beforehand to enable you to allow yourself to get the best long term and short term results possible.
Dental Implants are safe and effective, and will change your life for the better, making you more confident and increasing your quality of life manifold.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are a safe and effective way of replacing missing teeth. Your own teeth unfortunately did not last forever, thats why some or all are missing now. Teeth are subject to wear and decay, thats why some people have fillings and crowns too.
The good news is that implants will not decay like teeth do. However they can be susceptible to a gum disease type condition called peri-implantitis if you do not clean them properly like regular teeth should be cleaned.
If you do take care of them, visit our hygienist regularly and if they have been placed by knowledgeable and skilled dentists who have taken into consideration your whole detailed history, then dental implants can last a very long time – upwards of 90% are successful greater than 15 years later and many much, much longer. Our premium implants come with a standard 10 year warranty as long as you visit us and the hygienist at specific, regular dates to make sure you are looking after them as you should be doing.
How do i get a free dental implant consultation?
All you need to do is contact us via our phone number 0141-204-4080, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in the form below. If you are not calling us directly, will get back to you with a choice of dates and times that are convenient for you and we will make sure you get all your questions answered and help you on your way to a confident, natural and healthy smile.
My denture has alway bothered me. I think you can tolerate them but there is no quality of life like I used to have when I had all my own teeth! I always complained to my wife that it was never the same trying to eat the things I liked with a big bit of plastic in my mouth, and the denture always moved about so I was never confident meeting people or when I had an important client with my job.
I had fallen and broken my tooth when I was a teenager. The tooth had to be root treated at that time. After a few years I need a crown and a pin in it. Unfortunately a little while later the crown broke and the tooth wasn't salvegeable. It needed to be taken out and as you can imagine i was devastated that i wasting to be left with a gap at the front when I was only 29 years old.