Restorative dentistry is the practice of replacing teeth with artificial models, such as crowns or bridges, in order to restore the natural function of the mouth. Aside from the cosmetic benefits of having all your teeth, having missing teeth can be poor for your health, and can create a ‘sunken’ look to your face. It is our priority at Warrendale Dental to make sure that you are fully supported, so we will make sure to advise you on how to restore your naturally functioning mouth as effectively and as comfortably as possible.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a relatively new treatment, that involve the replacing of the entire tooth with a titanium screw. While this may sound basic, the treatment is extremely advanced, and only the most experienced dentists can administer the treatment, and the entire process can take a long time to finish. For this reason, dental implants can be expensive, and can take a long time to administer, so definitely consider whether they are your best option. If you are concerned about getting dental implants in Herefordshire at our practice, then do not hesitate to contact us, or simply ask your dentist during a check-up or visit.
How do dental implants work?
If you are considering getting dental implants in Herefordshire, then please speak to one of our team about what your next steps are. It is customary for all patients to go through a dental implant consultation, so that we may determine if you are eligible for dental implants.
Dental implants need a certain amount of space in the jawbone in order to be effective, and to stay secure. This means that if you do not have enough space in the jawbone, then you could be denied the treatment. Sinus cavities that are too close to the jawbone can also be a cause of treatment failure, as the implant will breach the cavity and will therefore be lost and potentially damaging. However, in these cases, there are procedures that can be carried out, such as a bone graft for a lack of bone, and a sinus lift to create more space for the implant. Both of these procedures can be costly, and add more time and expense to the treatment, so it is important to consider carefully, and discuss the options in depth with your dentist.
To begin dental implant treatment, the gum is first opened to expose the jawbone. Then, a hole is created in the jawbone, making sure that any surrounding jawbone is not damaged. The implant is then carefully inserted into the jawbone, and then left for a period, from 6 weeks to 6 months. This allows the bone to grow into the implant, and become fully fused together, so that it is completely secure. Once this has occurred, then a crown can be added to the implant and the treatment completed. If you are interested in dental implants in Herefordshire, then please contact Warrendale Dental for further information.